A heart attack, terrorists, a big truck, or choking to death (with or without help) could get me before my cancer, but actuarially it is unlikely. It’s probably going to be the cancer. I’ve had about 18 months to get used to the idea and I’m pretty much resigned to it. Pissed off, of course, but, as Gilda said, “It’s always something.” And as Walt Kelly said in “Pogo,” “Don’t take life so serious, son; it ain’t nohow permanent.”
Anyway, why I mentioned cancer at all is that there’s a side effect that wasn’t covered in the literature: having cancer can be freeing. I’ve never been overly concerned with my own popularity, but since my diagnosis, honesty has trumped tact at every turn. Getting my personal message out and imparting any wisdom I might have accrued in 61 years (ONLY 61! Crap!) of learning the hard way is more important to me than not offending.
For instance, it took about one minute to decide to stick that OBAMA 2008 sticker on my car even though I know that 80 percent of Mason County voters backed Bush in 2004. Most people don’t limit their friends to people who won’t cancel out their votes and if I run across, or over, some who do, tough noogies. What are they going to do about it? Not like me? Even if I notice, and that would require getting right in my face, any resulting pain will probably not last long. See what I mean? Free.
Which brings me to the real reason for this post: I want to share something about restricting access to safe and legal abortions.
NO LAWS RESTRICTING ACCESS TO SAFE AND LEGAL ABORTION
Politicians at the level where those laws are made are all from the economic upper-middle-class at the very lowest. Their wives (or they, themselves, in the case of women legislators in their child-bearing years), girlfriends, children, and grandchildren will have the means to go where abortions are safe and legal should they desire to have the procedure done. So, until such time as all females who wish to travel outside the country are forced to pee in a cup prior to the issuance of their gate passes or before they mosey into Mexico…
ALL LAWS RESTRICTING ACCESS
Those same well-off legislators have no qualms about adding further misery to the lives of poor women by forcing them to have children they don’t want, can’t afford, and frequently conceived due to the same problems that cause them to remain impoverished: low IQ, abusive relationships, substance abuse, lack of education, and/or an inability to be organized enough to be consistent with methods of birth control (and those same legislators don’t want to see government money put into birth control or family planning education, either).So that’s where I stand on THAT. Think about it or don’t—I tried. Hate me or don’t—so what? As Janis Joplin sang, “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”
Saints celebrating feast days today include, but are not limited to, Saint Hippolytus (patron saint of horses and prison officers), Saint Radegund, Saint Wigbert, Saint Benild, and Saint Maximus the Confessor.
Still having birthdays today are Kathleen Battle, Fidel Castro, and Pat Harrington, Jr.. Also born on August 13 were Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980), Ben Hogan (1912-1997), Annie Oakley (1860-1926), and Lucy Stone (1818-1893)(another early women's rights pioneer).