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Remain Calm! All Is Well!!!: A(nother) Modest Proposal (EOW – 296)

Posted on: March 1, 2012

I’ve been thinking.

There’s been a lot said and written about the now-infamous Vagina Virginia proposition requiring a virginia vaginal ultrasound prior to having an abortion.  (Sorry.  They are becoming somewhat interchangeable.) Of course, we have only really talked about that particular legislative action because it is so outre.  There are many, many more states that have ultrasound requirements that have gone unmentioned because they are less invasive.

Since it seems to be all right for government to demand an unnecessary test in order to undergo a legal procedure, how about if we just take this whole idea forward?

The state has a  right to insist on an eye exam before you are licensed.  Because of the increase of road rage, what say we have drivers take a psychiatric exam as well?  I know that this is expensive and inconvenient, but we have to do what we have to do in order to keep the roads safe.  Isn’t life supposed to be sacred? Better yet – I have heard  ad nauseum that guns don’t kill people, people kill people.  Most states try to keep guns out of the hands of lunatics, but psychiatric records are confidential.  Let’s insist that anyone who wishes to purchase a weapon undergo psychiatric testing on the spot and have the vendor obtain the results prior to selling the weapon.  Even better – let’s test every member of the incipient gun owner’s family, just in case Junior’s nursing a budding psychotic breakdown.  In the spirit of confidentiality, psychiatrists can score the evaluation as “pass” or “fail”. Good ol’ Virginia says that you can have as any handguns as you like, but I believe that in the spirit of fairness, there should be new psych exams with every purchase.  After all, they would absolutely insist on a new songram with each and every pregnancy, wouldn’t they?  This is a huge opportunity for the Commonwealth – you know, the state that is for lovers – to prove its assertion that they only want for women to have all of the information.  Well, I know deep down in my heart that no one wishes to have themselves or a member of the family become a mass murderer, so ergo the recurring psych evaluations.  Now that I think of it, perhaps a neurologic evaluation might be prudent as well to exclude any signs of dementia, early onset or otherwise.  I know that this could seem expensive, embarrasing, and unnecessary, but human life should be of paramount consideration here.

Further, should you want a fishing license, you must first undergo a battery of allergy tests in order to prove that you have no ichthine allergies.  Human life is sacred, doncha know, and we have no plans to take care of your wheezing and rash – you’ll just have to die.  So, if you don’t know if you have allergies, you just can’t fish.  Period.

Why stop with government?  Should you not have to submit to a complete physical prior to obtaining a mortgage?  The bank has the right to know that you are healthy enough to keep working and cover the mortgage, and we cannot chance further disruption of the economy.  Of course, you can always sign up for a disability policy of their choice – at your expense, of course.    Perhaps your local grocery store should check your blood sugar before you purchase cookies.  Maybe you should fork over your marriage license prior to acquiring that new K-Y stuff.  Let’s involve the marketplace in the safety and morality of our citizens, courtesy of the “conscience clause”.  They need something to do while they are not being regulated, and if corporations can refuse to provide contraceptives, just imagine what else they can do.

Hail Ford!  This is an open thread.

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37 Responses to "Remain Calm! All Is Well!!!: A(nother) Modest Proposal (EOW – 296)"

Even more damning is the Blunt bill that would allow employers to pick and choose parts of their insurance coverage that goes against their “morals”.

Does it get anymore dangerous than this? Each employer, no matter his religious affiliation, would be permitted to deny coverage to an employee simply based on his or her own “conscience”.

Contraception, blood transfusions, HIV treatment, gastric bypass, smoking prevention – anything each individual employer deems unacceptable to his/her personal likes and dislikes.

What is happening to this country? Mittens first declared he opposed this Draconian policiy but within hours – nothing new here – reversed course and approved it.

This is your GOP on steroids. Stupid, crazy, insane people pushing their agenda beyond comprehension.

It’s funny how these right-wingers are all for smaller government – except when they’re not!

How anyone can support this stuff is beyond me.

I have never seen such insanity being imposed on the populace in all the years I have been on this planet!

Also, I have yet to hear one reasonable Republican stand up and say “enough”. Of course that is assuming there is one reasonable Republican left in the ranks.

Scott Brown from MA has come out in favor of this bill. That alone is reason enough to see him defeated come November by Elizabeth Warren and I don’t care which label one uses to describe political affiliation.

This bill is dangerous from so many aspects that for anyone to defend it is stupid.

Exactly so. They are for small government unless they are against it. They are horrified about government intrusion unless they are for it. They want government out of their business, but not out of your business. It’s almost funny, except when it’s not.

Forget the “death panels”.

This bill will be based on the “Soup Nazi” approach.

“No coverage for you!”


The WaPo did a nice editorial about the GOP overreach with the Va ultrasound bill.

You sent a shiver through me, chat, when you mentioned banks requiring physical exams before granting a mortgage. I can totally see this. If you are not healthy enough, or make unhealthy lifestyle choices like smoking, you might be required to purchase insurance making the bank the beneficiary in the event of your death.

In the words of the inimitable Stephen Colbert, “Get the government out of the bedroom and put it back where it belongs, in a woman’s vagina. Men will tell women when they need to worry about such things.”

Never in my lifetime did I think there would be even the hint of a debate about things such as contraception. I can’t help but believe that the Repubs as children came to believe in the “way back machine” from Rocky and Bullwinkle. Once the moose and squirrel invent it, dial it back to 1950, all will be well — this has as much chance of happening as anything you see on Fox News or Drudge.

@7: I am only halfway kidding, Janice.
@8: Sadly, I remember the glorious days before Griswold. The amazing thing is that conservatives of the Goldwater ilk argued pro-contraception (? strange term indeed) stating that the government did not belong in its citizens’ bedrooms. Now conservatives argue loudly that business should be unfettered with little regard to the safety of its customers while they sing “Onward Christian Soldiers” en route to our medicine cabinets.

Unless they have reason to believe my vagina is hiding an oil well, they need to keep out!

What is wrong with these people?

Natural resources are dwindling. We have already passed the 6 billion number for world population. Many countries can barely feed their own. How many more people can we sustain if this keeps up?

Along with the Catholic Church, the blockhead fundies, and the promise of the Rapture taking place in a matter of time, is there anyone out there with an ounce of reasoning to combat this insanity?

Golden staircases, warrior angels, clothing left behind, smiting, carnage and an avenging god out to clear the planet are tales out of a science fiction book that have become the “norm” in today’s culture.

How did we ever get to this?

Well put, Pat. Hmm…..would the theoretical basis of the Commonwealth cover vaginal oilwells, or would you first have to go underground in order to meet the criteria?

#11: I am committed to “doing my part” but there are limits.

BTW: Andrew Breitbart is reported dead at the age of 43.

Breitbart? My God, he was a really young man.

Yep, I just saw the news about Breitbart. I can’t even pretend to care. *shrug*

The eulogies are beginning to flood in from the Right.

However, this man was a first rate hatemonger, nothing else.

Not a journalist or a serious pundit, he peddled, wallowed, and spewed hatred which inflamed and lowered the dialogue that is evident today masking as “poitical discourse”.

A second rate Rush Limbaugh, he basked in the spotlight merely for his inflammatory rhetoric and nothing more.

I posted on facebook that I just couldn’t bring myself to bother caring about him and someone responded: “I would care, but he’s not a fetus.”

@16: Amazing response!

@16, That’s one of those, “I wish I had said that!” comments. Classic!

Blunt Amendment fails 51-48.
Casey(PA), Manchin(WV) and Nelson (NE) broke ranks and voted for the amendment. Snowe(ME) broke ranks and votes against.

DYB@16: You got some cool people who hit your fb page! LOL!

I’ll issue an “I’m sorry for his family” and that’s about it.

@22> Wow.

DYB@@23: And the priest at the funeral did *not* accompany the family to the cemetery so the funeral director had to try to get another priest to meet them there for the final graveside service. Douche!

@24. Yeah, I saw that. He should absolutely be thrown out. I hope the church takes disciplinary action against him, and the woman who was denied communion pursues it.

Let this be a lesson to all of us, when you carry around that much bile, acerbity, animosity, animus, antipathy, bad blood, bitterness, dislike, enmity, evilness, hatefulness, hostility, ill will, implacability, malevolence, maliciousness, malignance, malignity, meanness, mordacity, poison, rancor, repugnance, resentment, spite, spitefulness, venom, viciousness, and vindictiveness, it isn’t good for you. I used a thesaurus in order to make sure I didn’t purposely miss anything unlike that which made Mr. Breitbart’s celebrity.

D: According to this, he’s a parochial vicar for that church. I don’t care what he is, he should not be dealing with families anymore.

Prolix@26: yeah, it certainly seems like it built up in him and choked him to death.

That’s a good list there! :lol:

That is one hell of a list, and every word fits like a glove. I’m sorry for his family, but I’ll shed no tears over Andrew Breitbart.

Chat, I felt truly sorry for his family before his passing.

@30: Another comment that I wish that I’d said. LOL!

Prolix@30: LOL!!

Got a link to this in email. Fynny or Die, womens’ health experts speak out.


obviously that’s funny or die. :roll:

yes, it is – also, the one on Santorum.

Should have added a nsfw, but WP won’t let me edit comments now. :evil:

I added it.

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