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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

10 June 2015. Animal Funnies… A Doggie Concerto… One Minute Before the Shoe Landed

00 Yorky dog. 10.06.15

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Georgia Woman Charged With Murder For Taking Abortion Pill, Could Face the Death Penalty… This is Why I HATE the so-called “Pro-Life” Movement and Will Fight It To My Last Breath

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo. Pro-Life Means... 2012 copy

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Read this:

On Saturday night, Kenlissa Jones begged her neighbour to drive her to the hospital. Jones, a 23-year-old mother of a young son, had taken Cytotec, an abortion pill she procured online. However, Cytotec is only safe in the first trimester of pregnancy, and Jones was over five months pregnant. She delivered the foetus in the car, and it died after half an hour in the hospital. The authorities promptly charged Jones with malice murder. The crime is punishable by death or life imprisonment.

Jones isn’t the first woman to face prosecution for attempting to abort her own foetus. I recently wrote about Jennie Linn McCormack, an Idaho woman who, like Jones, took abortion pills in her second trimester, and was later arrested for it. By the way, McCormack wound up suing Idaho and knocking down its anti-abortion laws in court. The details of these cases are tragic and grisly, causing both pro-choice and anti-abortion groups to shy away from them. On the pro-choice side, no one wants to celebrate a doomed 5-month-old foetus delivered in a car. On the anti-abortion side, few are willing to concede they believe that the state should prosecute women like Jones and McCormack. As I explained in my McCormack article, anti-abortion activists generally insist that the law should protect women by prosecuting only abortion providers. However, the law didn’t protect Jones or McCormack. It sent them to jail.

By restricting access to abortion clinics and honest counselling, the draconian abortion laws enacted in states like Georgia push women like Jones to terrible extremes. Rather than find a clinic willing to perform her abortion… that would probably have been illegal under Georgia law… Jones bought a pill online. Rather than get a safe medical abortion, she took a dangerous gamble, and… after a period of intense pain… delivered a foetus in a car. Her story doesn’t fit neatly into the pro-choice or pro-life narrative. It simply illustrates what happens when a desperate woman takes her abortion into her own hands. Currently, Jones is in jail without bond. Her case will soon go to a grand jury.

9 June 2015

Mark Joseph Stern

Slate.com

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/06/09/georgia_woman_charged_with_murder_for_taking_abortion_pill.html

I wrote this a year ago:

Bernie Sanders is more Pro-Life than the lot of them… yes, I know that he’s “Pro-Choice”, but when you add up all of his other good points, they outweigh this bad point. In like manner, Rick Perry and Sarah Palin aren’t Pro-Life at all… all the other evil that they advocate overwhelm that one good point. Like it or not, we face a full-blown moral dilemma, which we shouldn’t turn into a cartoonish caricature. It isn’t a simple matter… I wish that it were! Neither position is purely ”good” or purely “bad”. However, I’d say that the Church teaches that a strong state is a necessity in our fallen world, it supports government-sponsored healthcare, and it teaches that the death penalty is a rare resort (like for the Minsk Metro bombers or for the Uniate putschists in the Ukraine). The Republican Party fails on all points. Its anti-abortion plank fails to rescue it. Orthodox Christians can’t vote for warmongering racists in good conscience.

The Republican Party is the party of “Greed is Good” and “God has a plan for your life”… neither one is good. The first contradicts our Lord Christ (The love of money is the root of all evil)… the second destroys Free Will, thus destroying all truly Christian concepts of theodicy (“Why is there evil?”). Don’t forget what the Apostle said, “Love God… and do what you will”… that isn’t a manifesto for licence. Do think on it… the matter is too serious for childish and mawkish posturing. Unfortunately, that’s all that we’re getting now… from both sides.

Let’s keep it simple. This is what happens when you listen to Republican and sectarian anti-abortionists. They’re NOT “Pro-Life”… the guilty party was the person selling the drugs… but no, the “Christian” sectarians and GOP want blood. I gotta walk away from this one. If you need proof that we need to elect Bernie and not Chilly Hilly or any of the Repug clown car, this is it. This is repugnant, disgusting, and without justification. Kiss my ass, “Pro-Lifers”… you don’t give a good goddamn who you hurt. I’m on the other side of the barricades and I’m gonna fight you as long as God gives me breath.

Spare a prayer for Kenlissa; she didn’t deserve this.

BMD

DNR and LNR Withdraw Proposed Amendments to the Ukrainian Constitution Mentioning the Crimea and Sevastopol

00 pushlin and deinego. dnr. lnr. lugansk PR. donetsk PR. 07.04.15

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The LNR and DNR withdrew their proposed amendments to the Ukrainian Constitution mentioning the Crimea and Sevastopol. DNR and LNR representatives D V Pushilin and V N Deinego said in a joint statement, “The DNR and LNR consider the Crimea to be an integral part of Russia. Moreover, ideally, our Republics also would like to join the Russian Federation. However, we can only determine the status of the DNR and LNR within the parameters of the Minsk agreements. We want to emphasise that our ally Russia supports these agreements. These agreements state that we should determine the status of the Donbass through amendments to the Ukrainian Constitution. Yet, the Ukrainian Constitution has articles about the Crimea. We note that we mentioned the Crimea only in the technical and legal sense. No one can make something out of that, for the simple reason that the Crimea is not, and cannot be a subject of negotiations in Minsk. However, taking into account Ukrainian efforts to ratchet up propaganda to inflate insignificant formalities into a political concession, we decided to withdraw proposals referring to the Crimean peninsula. To avoid any further speculation on this subject, we’re withdrawing suggested draft amendments to the Ukrainian Constitution that mention the Crimea and Sevastopol. Nevertheless, we invite the Ukraine to adopt our remaining draft amendments without further delay”.

10 June 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/politics/dnr-i-lnr-otzyvayut-svoi-proekty-popravok-v-konstituciyu-ukrainy-v-kotoryx-upominayutsya-krym-i-sevastopol.html

10 June 2015. Let the Sea Roar, and the Fullness Thereof

00 St Petersburg. RUSSIA. 09.06.15

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