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Posted on Wednesday, August 20 2008 @ 17:36:36 Eastern

I don't sleep a whole lot. Sleeping in is a nice option whenever its possible, but regardless of what time I wake up, my head rarely hits the pillow before 4am. Luckily, the cable and satellite companies have done us all a public service by creating the CSPAN channels.

Thanks to this benevolent action, I can watch the Washington Journal every morning and hear the ignorance of America straight from the horse's slack jawed mouth. For each news story discussed on the Washington Journal, droves of viewer phone calls are taken and broadcast for all to hear, no matter how ridiculous or asinine they may be. Usually, it's good for a few laughs. I couldn't muster up any chuckles on my last viewing, though.

Rather than taking calls from crazies on both sides of the "aisle," they were only talking to Republicans. The topic of discussion was whether Joe Lieberman would be a viable Vice President for John McCain. Assuming that republican opinions on this are more valuable than Washington Journal watcher opinions in general requires also assuming that any of those opinions are worth ****, which they aren't, so I'll let that lie.

What really bothered me was the constant discussion by every shmuck with a Grand Old accent of Lieberman's stance on abortion. I can see why, of the policy stances available, that would be one that these troglodytes are concerned about, given McCain's cancerous nature and age. I mean, what happens if McCain kicks the bucket in a bus wreck with the Supreme Court? Liberal ol' Liberman, who chose to separate from the Democratic Party, would certainly appoint judges bent on legalizing free abortions for everyone. The apocalypse cometh!

Looks like I got a bit ahead of myself, there. After all, that last paragraph assumes the opposition to legal abortion makes sense at all. Sure, you could see it as "murder." The prevention, or in the cases of late term abortions, ending of what would be a human life. That's serious business, right? We send people to jail for that! We... kill people... for that. But, the Bible says "an eye for an eye," right? That's why it's OK when a hospital or orphanage in Iraq gets leveled accidentally, right? Hmm... dead injured people and children doesn't make for a settling mental picture. We'd better sweeten that up with a colorful phrase... Collateral damage! There. Guilt gone! Now when we accidentally kill innocent Iraqis, it isn't murder, like abortion is!

It's a good thing "murder" only applies to humans, too. We are the ultimate species, so we should get to decide what deaths are murder and what deaths are necessary. It's science! What, are we going to arrest the Colonel for the genocide of the nation's chickens? No! Chickens are being only fit for eating and egg production!

Vegitarianism isn't the answer I'm looking for, just a bit of perspective and honesty. Death is a part of every life and the more we try to skew that fact with pretty language, the worse off we are, the less sense the world makes. Killing a baby growing in your tummy might not be the best option, but it's an option. This isn't the film Children of Men. We aren't facing an issue of global under-reproduction. China limits the number of children its citizens are allowed to have while we ***** and moan over the constitutional legality of destroying a mindless clump of cells in a woman's uterus, regardless of the fact that those cells and the nature of the operation were science fiction to the authors of the Constitution.

You aren't special, you ****ing monkeys. The sooner humanity figures that out, the better.
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