Imagine one of them foreign countries, ya know where they ain’t got no common sense. Some banana republic, some Ubeckystan kind’a place. Some representative gets up in their capital and proposes some legislation that says the government should make personal health care decisions for its citizens to the point that the government takes away individual autonomy over their own bodies. because, you know, the government and this legislator’s invisible friend in the sky have decided this is the RIGHT thing to do. Of course that legislator, filled to over flowing with common sense and the divine knowledge of their invisible friend would know all there is to know about the simple biology involved in their proposal. Welcome to the mental state of Conservistan, located in Texastan, Texas Legislator Claims Rape Kits Are A Form Of Abortion
Texas Rep. Jody Laubenberg (R) sponsored several anti-abortion measures currently making their way to the Governor’s desk. Taken together, they would shut down the vast majority of the state’s women’s health clinics and criminalize abortions after 20 weeks. But in reasoning out why she did not support an exemption for rape victims in the 20-week ban, Laubenberg betrayed a woeful lack of information on the procedures a victim of rape undergoes — namely, the “rape kit,” which is used to collect data on the assailant and in no way relates to pregnancy:
When Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, called for an exemption for women who were victims of rape and incest, Rep. Jody Laubenberg, R-Parker, explained why she felt it was unnecessary.
“In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out,” she said, comparing the procedure to an abortion. “The woman had five months to make that decision, at this point we are looking at a baby that is very far along in its development.”
The remark about rape kits, which is not accurate, sparked widespread ridicule on social media sites. Laubenberg, who has difficulty debating bills, then simply rejected all proposed changes to her bill without speaking until the end of the debate.
Rape kits are used to collect DNA evidence from the bodies of rape victims; after a victim enters a hospital, staff collect bodily fluid, residue under the victim’s nails, and any blood or hair samples that could be relevant for an investigation. Rape kits are in no way equivalent to an abortion.
Jody feels very deeply that ignorance and malevolence is indeed a good basis for ramming her legislative agenda down everyone’s throat, including forcing rape victims to carry the babies of rapists to full term. I do not have Jody’s address and I strongly advise against it, but one assumes that if Jody received regular instructions from the public inquiring about her uterus and vagina and what she should and should not do with those parts of her body, she would welcome such advice. Since she feels that her uterus and the uterus of every woman in America is the general public’s business, perhaps she could start sending out mailers and buy billboards and give everyone in Texastan regular updates. Jody would feel right at home in Iran where the mullahs think much the same way. The mullahs are even called conservatives.
A secondhand clothing and pawn shop and a cheap rate hotel. Memphis, Tenn. October, 1939.
If you like virtual traveling you might enjoy this post from one of the neighbors, Spanish Basque Country : the Atlantic coast ( 56 photos ).
Tumblr is not the only guilty party, but quotes are part of the Tumblr culture ( along with a few other quirks). Some quotes stand on their own, but many require context. Often they are repeated incessantly, draining then of their power. Often they seem to substitute for the quoter’s lack of imagination. Henry David Thoreau addressed this phenomenon and general poor habit 150 years ago,
It would be a truer discipline for the writer to take the least film of thought that floats in the twilight sky of his mind for his theme, about which he has scarcely one idea (that would be teaching his ideas how to shoot), faintest intimations, shadowiest subjects, make a lecture on this, by assiduity and attention get perchance two views of the same, increase a little the stock of knowledge, clear a new field instead of manuring the old; instead of making a lecture out of such obvious truths, hackneyed to the minds of all thinkers. We seek too soon to ally the perceptions of the mind to the experience of the hand, to prove our gossamer truths practical, to show their connection with our every-day life (better show their distance from our every-day life), to relate them to the cider-mill and the banking institution. Ah, give me pure mind, pure thought! Let me not be in haste to detect the universal law; let me see more clearly a particular instance of it! Much finer themes I aspire to, which will yield no satisfaction to the vulgar mind, not one sentence for them. Perchance it may convince such that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in their philosophy. Dissolve one nebula, and so destroy the nebular system and hypothesis. Do not seek expressions, seek thoughts to be expressed. By perseverance you get two views of the same rare truth.
If an excerpt counts, then I just broke the rule myself.