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My parents taught us that people who curse are only demonstrating a limited vocabulary and an inability to adequately express themselves. Sorry Mom and Dad — I’ve temporarily lost command of the Mother Tongue.

SERIOUSLY?! You have got to be fucking kidding me.

Senator Obama:

I am completely supportive of a ban on late-term abortions, partial-birth or otherwise, as long as there’s an exception for the mother’s health and life, and this did not contain that exception

Senator McCain:

Again…just again, an example of the eloquence of Senator Obama, health (indicates air quotes) of the mother. You know, that’s been stretched by the pro-abortion movement to mean almost anything…


Let’s set aside the fact that the GOP is supposed to be the party of minimal government and personal responsibility — the original MYOB party.

Let’s set aside the fact that pro-abortion is a fabulously ludicrous term. No one runs around wanting the abortion rate to rise. It’s not on any woman’s Top 10 list of Must-Have Life Experiences.

Instead, let’s talk about why a politician is better qualified to make decisions about my health than my doctor. Or we can talk about how we would decide where to draw the line between The Health of the Mother versus The Life of the Mother.

Please – spare me.

K was a high-risk pregnancy for about 27 weeks. I had had 3 prior unexplained miscarriages (2 of them back-to-back, immediately prior to this pregnancy); placenta previa; a 1 in 48 chance of the baby being born with Downs; and, approaching the ripe old age of 35, was considered of Advanced Maternal Age.

When we met with the genetic counselor, which my Perinatologist required, she explained all sorts of statistics to us — things no expectant mother wants to hear or consider. I was prepared for that. What I was NOT prepared for was when she said something along the lines of “if your baby turns out to have certain genetic disorders, it is possible that attempting to carry to term could endanger the baby’s life in utero and it could also endanger YOUR life…”

I don’t remember the rest of what she said. I don’t remember if she said I might have tough choices to make or if she said the doctor’s primary concern would be for my life… I just remember thinking that no matter how badly I wanted this second child, no matter how long we had waited and how much she was already loved, I would do everything in my power to ensure that my four-year-old wouldn’t grow up without a mother. Even if it meant terminating a pregnancy that was so wanted, so anticipated, so loved. I’m pretty sure that even my father — who is as Republican as they come — would agree with me.

I submit to you, Dear Readers, that a vote for Senator Obama on November 4 is a vote for life — a woman’s life.

As for you, Senator McCain…keep it up, my friend. You’re doing “Great”

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My Dear Husband is so proud of himself – he believes he coined a new term for Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin…V-PILF (MILF, PILF…get it?) He likes her jaunty little glasses and even though my friend Ben says her hairstyle is too “republican”, I like how her hair does what it is supposed to do when you put it in one of those claw-clips (the things those of us who grew up on LI used to call jap-snaps before the world went all PC…)

Everyone is apeshit one way or another over Gov. Palin. Rumors abound about her and facts are routinely misreported (though I guess I don’t find this surprising.) And the number of people who speak with self-important authority about just about anything never ceases to amaze me. Could you at least GET THE FACTS before shooting your mouth off? As best as I can tell, here are some actual facts about her…and what I think about them.

  • She is strongly anti-choice. I have *never* understood how the party who (supposebly) is for small government, personal responsibility, and minimal intervention in one’s personal life can promote the most intimate intrusion into people’s lives.
  • She may believe in book banning (rumor appears to be false according to snopes.com). If proven true, I think that should scare the shit out of anyone with reasonably passable critical thinking skills. Nazis ban books — not modern-day Americans.
  • Palin has no problem with public schools teaching creationism. Absolutely, totally fine with me. As long as you teach kids about the Flying Spaghetti Monster right along with it. 😛  Spare me — I believe in God; my husband doesn’t. But neither of us want our kids taught anything remotely religious in a public school unless its in an analytical comparative religions class. Teaching faith in public schools in the name of ‘fair and balanced” curriculum is a total sham. There are plenty of educational institutions where you can appropriately find faith-based teachings — they are called religious schools.
  • She doesn’t think humans are the cause of climate change. We may not be THE cause but please…the majority of climate scientists have formed a “consensus” on this. Consensus is lacking on the *effects* of climate change  — not that it is happening and that we are a major cause of it.

There are also places where I think the country needs to get off her case — either because the “facts” are wrong or because they’re right but so twisted that the conclusions drawn from them are nonsensical. For example

  • Horrors! She got genetic testing during her last pregnancy…yeah, so? Ignorance is not always bliss…some people would prefer to know whether they are carrying a child with a chromosome abnormality *whether or not* they plan to abort. It’s called preparation and planning.
  • She requested a bazillion in federal earmarks…yeah, so? Show me an elected official who doesn’t.
  • Palin cut funding for special needs kids. No she did not. In fact, she increased funding for special needs students with high-cost requirements.
  • She doesn’t have enough Executive experience. HELLO? Sen. Obama has NO executive experience.

On balance, do I want Sarah Palin in or near the White House? No I do not. I believe we need a fundamental shift from where we are and McCain/Palin can’t provide that. But still — be fair in your criticisms of people — even (especially) those you don’t like. There are plenty of reasons to not support McCain/Palin — you don’t need to go inventing reasons, people.

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