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Recently, I had a “discussion” with my brother-in-law on Facebook about the recent health care reform legislation that caused the entire fabric of our nation to unravel dominated our news cycle for at least 48 hours before being usurped by Tiger Woods. At some point in this discussion, one of his friends chimed in with that old trope “I don’t want my tax money to go towards abortion.”

Breathe, it’s OK. they just don’t know any better.

I briefly schooled her in the Hyde Amendment and Obama’s executive order (signed that same day), and she actually thanked me for the info.


Anyway, that’s not the point. In that same response, I said “I’m pro-life. I don’t want my tax dollars going toward the bombing of innocent civilians. Who do I vote for?”

That’s right. Pro-life.

Breathe, it’s OK. I’m Pro-choice, too. Were that choice up to me, I’d chose life. But that choice isn’t up to me, and shouldn’t be. Invasions, state-sponsored revenge killings, torture, indiscriminate targeting of civilian populations… I don’t consider anyone “pro-life” if they oppose abortion but support these atrocities.

I get the “choice” between the least odious of two choices when it comes to voting. I go with the one that’s going to do the most good to the most number of people and the least harm to the least number of people. Turns out neither of them are ever gems, but I have to start somewhere, I guess. Voting for them doesn’t mean I can’t tell them to go fuck themselves when they’re bad.


Human Sacrifice

Posted: 13 May 2009 in death penalty

I am vehemently opposed to any form of capital punishment. I know of no crime that anyone can commit that gives the state the right to murder them in retribution. That’s right – even Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot all rolled into one wouldn’t have me screaming for blood.

Capital Punishment is a bit of a misnomer.  It is not the state imposing a punishment, but rather the state becoming an instrument of vengeance. It is, in fact, a form of human sacrifice.  We kill these people who we have determined to have crossed a line in order to absolve society of their wrongdoing.  The fact that this vengeance – this blood offering – is meted out much more often to minorities for similar or lesser crimes than it is to Caucasians simply reinforces my opposition to it and my view that it is simply a horrific ritual.

Maybe we should stop sugar-coating it by keeping it behind closed doors, and just go with the theatre of it.  Candles, robes, a kriss, yanking still-beating hearts from chests…  Because hey, we’re only dealing with (mostly) black people who killed white people, right?