…and with savage good humor
after they finished torturing / brutalizing / degrading him
they threw him naked / writhing / screaming
into the pit amid the mutilated corpses
of his friends / family / followers
and carefully started shoveling muck on him
to form an air pocket so he would stay alive for hours
surrounded by the ravaged remains of his loved ones
and as he felt the ice cold blood soaked earth fall around him
he bescreeched “my god my god why have you forsaken me?!?!?”
and the men above paused and laughed and said
fool, who do you think sent us?
It has been pointed out that outrage is no good if it does not point to a viable solution. For those who might be interested in helping out by taking in children who are in need of foster care, we present the following resources:
Even if one can not be a full time foster parent or an adoptive parent, one can be a child advocate and help out in some way. Like the story of the starfish on the beach, it may not be possible to help them all, but it will mean everything to the ones who can be helped.
William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
Yes, I’d cut down every law in England to do that!
Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!
Better known to American audiences as The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, this iconic Italian Western frequently scores high on “best of” lists: Sergio Leone’s best film, the best of the Dollar a.k.a. “Man With No Name” series, the best spaghetti Western, and (more rarely) the best Western ever.
It is a grand, entertaining epic, a significant notch up in scale from the previous films in the series. It is almost a post-apocalyptic sci-fi story, set in a landscape of bleak lifeless deserts and abandoned blasted and burned out cities destroyed by war.
The restored version is currently streaming on Netflix, returning about 14 minutes of previously deleted footage but only serving to make an already meandering story even more meandering. No new or vital story points are revealed, though Eli Wallach’s Tuco character certainly benefits the most from the fleshing out.
And that’s what makes The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly so fascinating…and muddled.
I’ve been asked, “But what about adoption for unwanted children?”
To that I say:
and even more
That is the best, most humane solution to the problem of a woman’s unwanted pregnancy. It’s a perfect example of “pony up”. Give that child a stable, loving home. Raise it to its full potential. Personally assume that responsibility.
A blessing for the child
A blessing for the parent
A blessing for the society
GO FOR IT!
Cartoonist Lauren Weinstein was told that the child she was carrying had a high (1-in-4) chance of carrying the cystic fibrosis gene to such an extreme degree that it might require a lung transplant before age 5. Weinstein tells the story of her nerve-wracking three week wait to find out if this would be the case in her story “Carriers” (parts one / two / three / four / five).
It has a happy ending and
her daughter was born
Many reading her story will rejoice, but say to themselves,
“If it had been me, I would have never even thought of terminating my pregnancy.”
Good for you.
I mean that.
I want you to have a choice.
Just like I want Lauren to have a choice.
Just like I want billions of other women to have a choice.
Because nobody knows what is best for a woman and the pregnancy she is carrying other than that woman herself.
She gets to make her own decisions.
Just as you get to make your own decisions.
She’s certainly entitled to seek medical advice and/or moral support from others, but in the end, she is the one who has to either see it through to a live birth or terminate it.
It is, quite simply and quite literally,
And I drop the f-bomb very deliberately & in its sexual context to get the point across:
Not your uterus,
not your problem,
not your responsibility,
most certainly not your business,
If you’re serious about wanting to reduce the number of abortions in the world today, see to it that birth control is reliable, available, and inexpensive (free would be best; we can pay for it with the money we would otherwise spend incarcerating unwanted/abused/neglected children who grow up to be addicts and/or felons).
See to it that sex education is universal, pragmatic, sensible, and easy to understand. Wishful thinking, no matter how devoutly inspired, does not trump science or the realities of human nature. Be prepared for and compassionate to people who make messy mistakes; there but for the grace of God…
See to it that no mother ever has to worry about affording a safe place to raise her child, or how she will feed her child, or pay for her child’s health care, or her child’s education (you can slice a fraction off the defense budget for this; we can somehow squeak by with only 999 new jet fighters instead of 1,000).
…or shut up.
The Comics Reporter,
for the tip off
I forbid you to have sex without MY permission.
I forbid you to know anything about birth control.
I certainly won’t pay for your sex education.
If you defy ME and have sex anyway,
then I want you to get pregnant / catch the clap (or better yet, AIDS!).
I forbid you to have an abortion.
I will judge you and call you a murderer if you do.
I demand you bring the pregnancy to full term.
I demand you bring the pregnancy to full term
even if the child will be born with a fatal condition.
I demand you bring the pregnancy to full term
even if you already have a house full of children and
you are stretched to the breaking point.
I demand you spend 18 years of
your life (minimum!) taking care of this child.
I will not help you.
I will not offer any financial subsistence.
I will not lift a finger or spend a dime of MY money to help you provide
food / lodging / medical care / education for the child.
I demand you suffer for your sins.
However, you may not judge ME.
Because just by saying I oppose abortion,
just by condemning you for your choices,
I am pure and holy.
(Did I miss anything?
Did I not summarize our