7 Quick Takes Friday - September 26, 2014

Apologies in advance, but this is going to be an exasperated quick takes; I have a few things to get off my chest.

Russell Pearce is an idiot. According to him, I should be forcibly sterilized because my family qualifies for Medicaid. Hello, Mr. Pearce, I work full-time but my salary alone is not such that our family can easily get by. And believe me, my husband is diligently searching for a job so we can get off Medicaid as soon as possible. Unfortunately, this is a crappy economy. Want to loan us $50,000 so we can manage for a year without public assistance? No? Then shut your piehole. (And yes, I did write him a letter saying this, although in slightly more tactful terms.)

I adore the blog at SecularProLife.org, but the combox has been overrun with pro-abort trolls. I think that most people have simply stopped commenting because it is just so wearying to deal with the constant attacks and slurs. For example, take a look at the following exchange I had today (it's long, so feel free to scroll past -- and apologies if, after seeing this, you sustain a head injury due to the force of your facepalm):

Why do I even try? Oh, I know... it's for the lurkers. I was converted to the pro-life cause in large part because I read tons of blog articles, and their subsequent comboxes, debating the different issues. I never participated, though. I'm hoping that other silent lurkers may be similarly convinced.

Then there's this idiocy, in which Obama et al are encouraging businesses to refuse to serve other businesses that buy and sell firearms. So.... let me get this straight. I can refuse to serve a gun owner, or a business owner that buys/sells guns, but I can't refuse to participate in a gay wedding? How does that work, exactly?

William came home with this assignment the other day:

I don't really mind the assignment itself -- yes, it's obnoxious to have projects that require direct parental assistance given that I have already gone through first grade and certainly don't need to repeat the process by working on an assignment, but whatever. The pennies requirement made me raise my eyebrows. And penalizing kids who can't find pennies from 2007-8 to present? Whaaaa? That is so dependent on dumb luck that it's baffling to me. We very rarely carry cash anymore, and I don't really want to go to the bank and get rolls of pennies in hopes that we'll get the right ones.

Thankfully my awesome friend Rose dug through her change jar and found all the pennies we need, but still. I could see making it an extra-credit aspect of the assignment, but it just seems grossly unfair to make it a requirement that you're penalized for not fulfilling.

Anyway. In happier news, we've scheduled Peter's first birthday party for October 4! How is it possible that my baby is turning one already??? *sob*

Please, please continue praying for our family. Collin still has had no luck on the job front as of yet... he's had a few interviews, but no offers. It's discouraging to say the least. Thank you!

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  1. Praying for your family.

    I stopped reading the SPL blog comments altogether...

  2. There are many idiots roaming the earth.

    I know how bad the economy is as I have been in job hunting mode for a very long time myself. You have to do what you have to do. My goodness, it's not like you asked to be in this position or expect to be in it forever.

    That timeline project sounds like a hassle. Right,you already went through first grade. What if there was a digital accident, and someone can't find all the pictures you need? Can you draw pictures?

    Also, what about businesses that sell firearms to police departments?

  3. Sigh... Umm yeah so any breastfeeding mammal dependent on breast milk are not individual organisms, because of their reliance on others?

    The abortion argument rests on two individuals with competing rights. The woman wins out, her rights to body outweighs her offspring. Another example would be with kidney/bone marrow donation, you can't force an individual to donate their kidney (even to their own child) because their rights to body weighs in favor to one dependent on a transplant.

    Now I'm pro life, but I understand the pro choice argument. It isn't that a fetus is less human, just as the person needing an organ/bone marrow isn't less human.

    1. Of course, where the argument begins to fall apart is when you consider that in the vast, vast majority of cases, the mother purposefully engaged in activity that is known to lead to babies, and that while major things can go wrong in pregnancy and delivery, she's probably facing an inconvenience of a year (assuming she gives up the child for adoption, nine months pregnancy + recovery period after childbirth). Is being inconvenienced for a year worth killing someone over? That's really different than giving away part of your body that really was never intended to be removed (although people can and do recover from it). Pregnancy and childbirth is a natural end of sex, although it seems like most of the world today has forgotten that.

    2. I grew up with sex being self serving and casual, sex leads to pregnancy has been erased from everyone's understanding. Why do you think Obama's HHS mandate wants IUDs to be free and gynecologists blame parents when question that it us recommended that teenagers get one?

      Being from the 90s, they really don't even push condoms for STD prevention. One in three Americans has an STD.

      When it comes to sex, it is the one thing people can't reason with. So the cope with desire to sex be only self serving, an unborn child is dehumanized and relationships never bond between two people.

      My husband and I are beginning to be only couple left married.

  4. Keep up the good work, Joanna! I know it's stressful and exhausting, but I'm not (yet) able to articulate my arguments as well as you. I'm working on it, but keep up the good work and know that you are a voice for millions of people who feel the same way, but can't put it into words. Bless you!


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