Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

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

Saturday, 13 September 2014

13 September 2014. In Russia… “Liberal” Means “Conservative” and “Communist” Means “Patriot”… And That Ain’t All…

00 Liberal Notions. 13.09.14

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In Russia, “liberal” means “Anglosphere conservative”… that is, Free Markets, privatisation, no social safety net, no strong state to help people, everything in the hands of scheming oligarchs (what the diff between the Koch brothers and Kolomoisky? None that I can see). Russians hate Liberalism… that is, they hate everything stood for by Rush Limbaugh, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Willy Romney, or Rick Perry. Besides which, even the most corrupt Russian pol has nothing in comparison with the average American congressmen (if they weren’t rich when they came to Capitol Hill, they are when they leave). As Russians say, “The commies didn’t tell the truth about communism, but they told us the truth about capitalism”. The sanctions are seeing Russians look to themselves for their needs… the opposite effect from which the Western oligarchs wanted! Talk about the Law of Unintended Consequences! In fact, what these “sanctions” did was to reiterate to all Russians how evil the Free Market is and now evil its advocates are in truth. Thank you, Koch brothers! Your greed and stupidity helped to wake up the Rodina… and that’s a fact…

BMD

Sunday, 10 August 2014

10 August 2014. Fox News Reports of Donetsk Siege False and Mendacious… Typical Republican Disregard of Reality

00 Fox News. 15.07.14

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Fox News is living up (or should I say, “down”) to its usual standards. It’s reporting that the Galician hillbilly thugs (one can’t call such undisciplined and violent trash soldiers) are surrounding Donetsk!! If that were so, how are foreign volunteers getting into the city? It’s completely untrue… it’s a typical Republican opium dream… it’s much like their substitution of footage from Athens for events supposedly happening in Moscow. Then again, Fox has such stellar lights as Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly on staff (both are loud warmongers who cowardly punked out and refused to serve in the forces themselves). In short, anyone who depends on Fox for the truth is brain-damaged and clueless. No decent person should attend to Fox’s obvious lies. No Orthodox Christian should ever watch or access their anti-Rodina propaganda. Their ideology is 180 degrees removed from anything taught by the Lord Christ; it’s evil and Anti-Christian to the bone (no, Pat Robertson, Glenn Beck, and Franklin Graham aren’t Christians, they’re American Radical Sectarians, something entirely else altogether). You can stand with Roger Ailes and Antonin Scalia (whose defence of “legal torture” is illegal and immoral under the Nürnberg standards) or you can stand with V A Chaplin and HH… I KNOW where I stand on that one…

This is why the US Republican Party is cruisin’ for a bruisin’… it refuses to face reality… when reality doesn’t please them, they simply make things up. After all, it has the likes of Rick Perry (the most supremely corrupt pol in the USA) in its ranks. Take heart… the neoliberal edifice erected by Slobberin’ Ronnie is tottering… it’s why they’re lying about events in the Ukraine. They don’t want you to know how deeply they are in the shit (and their clients are in even worse shape). I gotta walk away from this one… the Fox News zombies aren’t going to listen… they truly believe what these poseurs churn out.

Moral Communist Fairness or Amoral Republican Theft. that’s the choice on offer. Why do the Republicans hate Communism? That’s simple… under communism, they couldn’t steal what they do under crapitalism. They wouldn’t have their house in the “right” swanky suburb or their country club membership or their wetback nannies and gardeners! Poor babies! Choose well… I have. What’s that? Which side of the barricades am I on? I don’t think that I have to spell it out, do I? As I said, choose well, the fate of your immortal soul IS at stake…

BMD

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

22 July 2014. A Point to Ponder… Is ”Anti-Abortion” “Pro-Life?”

Life's a Bitch. 04.12

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Barbara-Marie Drezhlo. Respect for Life from Beginning to End. 2012

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“If you think fertilised eggs are people, but refugee kids aren’t, then, you’re going to have to stop pretending your concerns are religious”.

That quote is a show-stopper. I have a friend whose mother is really conservative, and really Christian, who’s “Pro-Life” and “Anti-Abortion”, literally stop cold in her tracks, and recant her belief about these refugee children needing to be deported yesterday. The most amazing about-face I’ve ever seen a conservative make when presented with such overwhelming and incredibly simple logic.

http://proudtobeafilthyliberalscum.com/2014/07/22/shoot-kids-crossing-border/#comments

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There are people who call themselves “Pro-Life”… but they’re for warmongering in foreign parts… they’re for the death penalty… they’re gun nutters… they’re against single-payer healthcare for all… they’re for insanely long prison sentences… they’re for smashing unions so that the Affluent Effluent can steal more of the country’s substance… but because they’re anti-abortion, they’re “Pro-Life!”

I think not… 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.

This IS a point to ponder…

BMD

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