Supreme Court Decision

A7BE3942-2CCD-4B85-B110-BA582CA8208FThe Supreme Court today let stand a lower court ruling invalidating an Indiana ban on abortions solely on the basis of sex, race, or disability. But in a strange twist, a majority of the justices also said the state’s requirement that fetal remains be buried or cremated after an abortion should be allowed to take effect.

The justices concluded 7-2 that the state of Indiana has a “legitimate interest in the proper disposal of fetal remains” and that a requirement to bury or cremate an aborted fetus does not impose an “undue burden” on access to abortion.

Emboldened by this decision, Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation in a number of states to require funerals for other removed organs. Organs subject to these new laws include the uterus, ovaries, breasts, and the appendix.

When interviewed by a reporter from the Associated Press, one GOP congressman explained that, “just like a fetus, when doctors remove an organ that God placed inside a woman’s body, the woman needs to show it the respect it deserves by providing the organ with a proper burial.”

The reporter pointed out to the congressman that all of the organs mentioned in the proposed legislation apply only to females, with the exception of the appendix. The congressman acknowledged that, saying, “Removal of the uterus and ovaries are forms of birth control, which violates God’s commandment to procreate.”

“But isn’t a man having a vasectomy also a form of birth control? Why isn’t that included in the law?”

“There’s nothing to bury, young man,” the lawmaker said. “that’s a silly question.”

“And what about breasts?” The reporter asked.

“Breast removal disfigures the body God gave women in order to make them sexually attractive to men. Their removal is yet another form of birth control,” the Republican said.

The reporter shook his head in disbelief. “But men have appendixes,” he said. “Does your law require that a funeral be held for an appendix surgically removed from a man’s body?”

“Now you’re being ridiculous,” the GOP lawmaker said. “You know that in America, men can do whatever they want with their own bodies.”

“Do you honestly believe that women will vote for you when you’re up for re-election, given your support for these rather draconian proposals?” the reporter asked.”

“Of course,” he said. “We’re doing God’s work. Besides, women know their place. They’ll do whatever their husbands tell them to do.”

Note: while this is a satirical post, Indiana did, in fact, enact a law that included requiring the burial or cremation of an aborted fetus and the Supreme Court of the United States upheld that part of the law.

Wag the Dog

7DF94628-A955-43BD-A0AE-808032378ABE“Why do you always rush to judgement, sir?” Kellyanne asked. “Sometimes embracing silence until you have all of the facts in hand is the best move.”

“That’s nonsense,” Donald said. “I’ve never let facts cloud my thinking. People must recognize what an extremely stable genius I am. If not, they are simply backward idiots and are not worth the time of day.

“You realize, don’t you, sir, that saying things like that just serves to spark even more alienation among your opponents,” Kellyanne said. “You really need to pick your battles more deliberately.”

“You don’t know what you’re talking about, Kellyanne,” Donald said. “I’ve been fooling most of the people most of the time for decades. Now excuse me. I am going to meet the Secretary of Defense in the Rose Garden to announce to the press that I’m ordering a Navy warship and an aircraft carrier to the Middle East as a way to instigate a war with Iran. That will divert everyone’s attention and distract all of those losers from yapping about this impeachment crap.”

“Oh yeah,” Kellyanne thought, rolling her eyes. “The old ‘wag the dog’ strategy always works so well, doesn’t it?”

Written for today’s Three Things Challenge from Paula Light. The three things are “garden,” “Secretary,” and “warship.” Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (rush), Your Daily Word Prompt (silence), Word of the Day Challenge (backward), Ragtag Daily Prompt (spark), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (pick).

Rory Asks About Loose Change

80CF8C23-F1F2-4C92-B36D-3211B8FBB332Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, has another one of his infamous questions posts, this one about “change and the unexpected.”

So let me dig deep into the cushions of my couch and see what kind of change I can come up with.

Right now, right this minute, what could happen that would change your life totally for the better?

If I bought a Powerball or Mega Millions lottery ticket and won a huge sum of money (i.e., more than loose change).6D8F5919-1ACA-4D67-85AE-E2BAAAD0C794

How well do you handle changes in your life, to your life, or to your regular routines?

I deal okay with change, I suppose. As a retiree, my routine is comfortable, but I don’t mind shaking things up every so often.

If you could jump into a pool of something odd [not water] what would it be?

How about a big mud hole? Nothing like wallowing in some nice, thick mud, right?

What would be so much better if you could simply change the color of it?

The grass in my backyard. I’d change it to green from the yellowish-brown it currently is. Hmm. Perhaps watering it might help.

If you had a time machine, would you go back in time or visit the future and would you change anything?

Since I’m not sure that the human race has much of a future, I’d go back in time and do something, although I’m not sure what, to make sure that Donald Trump does not get elected to the office of President of the United States. Then there might yet be a potential future for the human race.

Do you prefer dogs over cats or cats over dogs?

We have one of each and I love them both equally.48BF92B0-A28C-4403-BEBF-68B4521759C6

How would you react if you were unexpectantly changed into a frog?

I’d probably croak.

Write a random sentence about blogging without using the letter G.

I love to write and publish posts on WordPress about this, that, and the other.

If you could change the world over, what would you change?

I’d remake the human psyche to be inclusive rather than exclusive.

Why did you do that?

So that humans would abandon the philosophy of “birds of a feather flock together,” and ensure that we embrace the fact that we are all the same under the skin.

If you could disinvent something, what would it be and why?

God — the worst human invention ever. Look at how many lives have been lost and atrocities committed in the name of God.

You have been gifted an elephant – you cannot give it away, donate it, or sell it – what are you going to do with your elephant?

Make elephant stew?

What are your values with regards your life?

To live the best life I can and to not harm or hurt any other beings along the way.

Who do you prefer to spend the most time with?

I spend most of my real-world time with my wife, my dog, and my cat. I also spend a considerable amount of time with you folks.

Which is worse, falling over or not getting back up again?

Not getting back up again. Duh!

If the currency was happiness and goodwill, what job would you perform?

Generating happiness and creating goodwill.

You have lost your Interney connection for ten days, there is no internet connection within 50 miles of where you live. It matters not about what you use to connect, it simply isn’t happening – what will you for those ten days?

Relax and take time to smell the roses.649-03291655

Twittering Tales — The Negatives

6DCF3865-3C82-4D28-9BC8-3F2D59DF3ABF“Get me those negatives, goddammit,” the senator told his fixer. “That private detective took some compromising photos of me and is threatening to sell them to the Times unless I pay up. If those pictures ever get published, my career, my marriage, and my life will be finished.”

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Written for this week’s Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman. Photo credit: Moritz 320 at

FOWC with Fandango — Pick

FOWCWelcome to May 28, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “pick.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.