Pro-life?

Recently, a doctor who performed abortions was murdered by a pro-life activist.

Let’s think about that one for a moment.

I guess his concern for life ends at birth.  Or else he feels that  the right to life doesn’t apply to abortion doctors.  Sorry to tell you this, but abortion doctors are a form of human life.  And I hope you have a long prison stay to think about that.

However, I see another side to this.  Personally, even though I am pro-choice, I am vehemently opposed to late-term abortions.  First of all, a woman has six months to deal with that decision.  Secondly, a fetus can survive outside outside the womb as early as 23 weeks.  At that point, it is truly ending a life, and not simply performing a medical procedure.

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Published in: on June 8, 2009 at 8:54 am  Comments (1)  

Gay marriage–Why cry about it?

So, New York is considering legalizing gay marriage.  New Hampshire already has.  And people are all kinds of upset.

Why?

As I see it, if two men (or two women) decide to marry each other, it won’t affect my life one bit.  It’s not like it will undo my marriage.  Besides, why deny a percentage of the population their civil rights?  You see, with marriage comes rights of inheritance, power of attorney, rights over mutually adopted children, and the ability to put the other on health insurance policies.  And please don’t drag out the “immorality” line.  Not even fifty years ago, certain states decreed it “immoral” and hence illegal for two people to get married if one’s skin happened to be a few shades darker than the other’s.  See Loving v. Virginia if you don’t believe me

That’s my political view.  However, from a halachic standpoint, it is wrong for two men (and some say, two women) to engage in an act of sexual intimacy.  It’s very much forbidden by the Torah.  SO, I can’t argue with that.  In fact, I would not go to a rabbi for any halachic questions if I knew that he had officiated at such a wedding.

So, i guess it’s a complicated issue for me.  However, I do support gays getting their legal rights with my vote.  And in the end, I guess that’s all that counts.

Published in: on June 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm  Comments (9)  

Pirates ahoy!

Recently, a pirate attack on an Italian cruiser was thwarted.  Before that, pirates captured a ship and took the captain hostage for five days.

Huh?  Last time I checked, this was the 21st century.  Most peple think of modern piracy applying to DVDs, not ships.  When we think of the swashbucklers of the high seas, we think of tall ships carrying the likes of Blackbeard, Long John Silver, and Captain Hook.  We think of Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, chests filled with gold dubloons and treasure, eye patches and peg-legs.  We think of the Jolly Roger, lusty wenches, swords, and Jean LaFitte (technically a privateer).  Mostr of all, we think of the 18th century.  Nowhere in our image are Somalians running around with AK-47s.

Published in: on April 29, 2009 at 10:15 am  Comments (4)  

Last post before Pesach

Has it been a crazy month here in this cat’s hat!

Life with the Things has been–interesting.  Thing 1 got Pinocchio from the Queen Mom and has watched it about 10,000 times.  So far she’s picked up her colors, can count to eight in one-to-one correspondence and can identify two letters of the alphabet–Q and Z, or as she calls it, “zebra.”

Thing 2 wants to crawl, and is this close to crawling backwards.  She’s also making a few “baby noises.”  A part of me just wants her to stay this age–tiny, cute, toothless, and in love with Mommy!

We had a babysitter for a while, but she was pretty worthless.  She came, and she sat.  I had to push her to engage my kids.  Of course, this is really fun while I’m trying to clean for Pesach.

Also, like everyone else, I am following the recovery plan with some interest.  The stimulus knocked $1,200 off our tax bill this year.  Yay for President Obama!

Published in: on April 2, 2009 at 11:12 am  Leave a Comment  

The Monkey has left the White House

“”I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear that I will execute the office of President of the United States faithfully, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

The Reign of Stupid is over.  Woohoo!

Published in: on January 20, 2009 at 9:00 pm  Comments (10)  

Happy New Year!

Happy 2009 to all!  Only 20 days until Barack Obama takes office (w00t!)

Published in: on January 1, 2009 at 12:13 pm  Leave a Comment