Monday, February 21, 2011

Georgia says "We can't make abortion legal, but we can investigate you if you have a miscarriage."

This is Georgia (the state, not the country...some people do get confused) so why am I surprised that state Representative Bobby Franklins wants make abortion illegal and have investigations into all miscarriages to ascertain if they were truly spontatneous.

According to the Daily Kos, this isn't a new thing. Someone introduces a bill ever session that would make abortion a crime. It's hilarious, it's like the term Roe vs. Wade is something that doesn't apply to their state for reason.

Here is the wording of the law, though my second link is also a link to the summary.

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend the Official Code of Georgia Annotated so as to provide that prenatal murder shall be unlawful in all events and to remove numerous references to such procedures; to amend Title 16, relating to crimes and offenses, so as to make certain findings of fact; to define certain terms; to provide that any prenatal murder shall be unlawful; to provide a penalty; to repeal certain exceptions to certain offenses; to provide for severability; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

irishwitch says in the article on the Daily Kos "That banging sound you hear is me  beating my head against the stone wall of sheer stupidity."

I'm banging my head right along with you irishwitch. I'll share ibuprofen with you if you need some...I have plenty stocked up these days.

Also in the Daily Kos article, irishwitch makes an interesting point.

Franklin's H1 basically says that GA has a duty to protect all innocent life from the moment of conception until natural death (yet he also proposed a bill last session that would forbid the CDC from requiring mandatory  flu vaccinations in a pandemic; apparently preventing massive deaths from a pandemic don't come under the  heading of protecting life). He announces that we all know life begins at conception, and that abortion is "prenatal homicide". Furthermore, he states that a fetus is (or should be)  a person under GA law, and thus entitled to equal protection under the law (yet gay adults shouldn't be allowed to marry, according to Representative Franklin, under that same equal protection clause in the GA constitution).

I particularly wanted to share a piece of music with you all, because damn if it isn't illustrative of that paragraph, but it appears that Roy Zimmerman has yet to record his song "The Lumpy Side of Freedom" and I only remember bits and pieces from when I saw him in concert.

To sum it up, people like Franklin are happy to have freedom of long as it doesn't impede their ability to force everyone to follow the rules of their religion. When they realize that freedom and justice for all isn't mandated by their religious laws...they find themselves waking up on the lumpy side of freedom and they don't like it very much.

The most ridiculous thing about this law, even more ridiculous than a state representative thinking he can bypass federal law, is that the bill contains NO EXCEPTIONS! Not for health reasons for the fetus, not for rape or incest, not to save the life of the mother, Franklin sees this as black and white. The fetus, I'm sorry, the BABY as they want me to call it, is equally important and must be given equal care to that of the mother. I'm sorry, but I don't see it that way.

Besides that, this law turns women who have miscarried into criminals, which is simply unacceptable, cruel and ridiculous. Franklin needs a slap in the face from women everywhere, but we'll reserve the front of the line for the women who have been pregnant and had miscarriages (1 in 3 if you're interested).

I doubt this law will pass, even if it did I highly doubt it would stand for long before it was taken before the supreme court. That doesn't really matter though, what matters is that our country has become THIS ridiculous!


Sorry, I need to go cry for humanity now.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Book Review: Blackveil - Kristen Britain

Okay, this is less of a book review and more of a preview I suppose.

About the Blackveil: Book Four Of Green Rider 

The long-awaited sequel to Green Rider, First Rider's Call, and The High King's Tomb. 

Once a simple student, Karigan G'ladheon finds herself in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand when she becomes a legendary Green Rider-one of the magical messengers of the king. Forced by magic to accept a dangerous fate she would never have chosen, headstrong Karigan has become completely devoted to the king and her fellow Riders. 

But now, an insurrection led by dark magicians threatens to break the boundaries of ancient, evil Blackveil Forest-releasing powerful dark magics that have been shut away for a millennium

I've been reading the Green Rider series since it first came out. I remember picking the first book up in the Greenwood library in Arkansas one day when I was bored. It was Kristen Britain's very first published novel. (As a struggling novelist myself, I hold no illusions that it was her first novel...since we all write a few pieces of crap before we right anything good.)
I've read the first three books...or the first two and a half. For some reason the last one that she wrote (The High King's Tomb) was dull and dry in comparison to the first two (Green Rider and  First Rider's Call), which were exciting and fresh feeling for the fantasy genre. I feel she let the third book become to bogged down by political intrigue and a hopeless and melodramatic love affair between the main character and the king. I read the first half of the book and then skipped ahead to the end and read the last two chapters. Since then I have occasionally pulled out my copy (my parent's bought me a hardback copy when the third book was freshly published) and I have skimmed chapters, waiting for the sequel to come out and now that it has (Blackveil) I am a little apprehensive about buying it.
What if I spend that money and the fourth book is as dry as the third! It has certainly been a while since the third book came out, but will that have made a change for the better or worse in Britain's style of writing? I don't know yet, but the same tenacity that made me attempt to read all of the Harry Potter books (I failed...I can't stand Rowling's writing style. The movies are amusing, her writing is not.) means I will undoubtedly be purchasing the book to at least attempt reading it. Of course, given the move of publishing and bookstores to electronic publishing I will probably be forced to buy the ebook format that it was published in on February 1st...Penguin books probably won't opt for a paper version. I guess I need to get and ebook reader and that depresses me, but that's a topic for another day.

I'll read the book and write a review when I'm done. I'm going to try to incorporate book reviews as a regular thing on this blog since reading and writing are so important to me.

In other news (specifically blog news) I am now writing my blogs using Scribefire Next which is a neat little tool which lets you blog in a box at the bottom of your internet screen. They have a version for Google Chrome and one for Firefox (which is what I use) and it's proving to be extremely wonderful for writing opinion pieces since I don't have to flip between tabs as much while writing. If you have any problems with my blog lay out because I'm no longer using Blogger to write my posts, let me know and I'll do my best to address the problem.