There was one thing that Obama said in the debates that won me over substantially. That was his view on abortion. He expressed up front that there are people who believe strongly on both sides of the matter, and that there has been much strife. He expressed his dismay that his support of a woman's right to choose was offensive to some. And then he said that he would like to take actions that would make the issue of abortion less, because abortions would not be needed. I have long imagined that there might be a way through government to help mold society in such a way that less people seek abortions, because there are less accidental, unwanted, or unsupportable pregnancies. To avoid the issue of abortion altogether...by assuring that every fertilized egg had a happy home awaiting....imagine. I was heartened to hear that another person saw it from that angle. Rather than to have it out about the moment that life begins, let us get very serious and focussed about helping life to begin where it is loved and cared for, and not where it will not flourish.
I talked with my dad today. He's from the generation before the baby boomers. What generation is that? He doesn't know and I don't either.
A new study on the baby boomers shows that the suicide rates of white people aged 40-64 have been increasing every year since 1999 for a total of a 16% increase. Blacks are suiciding less, the rates are level for that time period among Asians. There are plenty of theories about the reason for the boomer's increasing depression and suicide, ranging from the imagined vanity of "the youth generation", or the prevalence of drug usage in that generation. Drug abuse is strongly associated with suicide. But nobody really knows. Why do you think middle aged whites are offing themselves in increasing numbers?
In other news, the sales of firearms and ammo has increased 8-10% since the economic shit started flying off the fan.
And in Japan there is a shortage of obstetricians, such that very ill pregnant women are dying from a lack of any doctoring at all. There are those who say that a pregnant woman should be able to get care from any doctor, but the liability of obstetrics has regular physicians closing their doors. Very alarming. I would help a pregnant woman today, if I could, if she needed it, if she couldn't get better help. I would probably get in trouble for it, but I do not see how humans can turn sick humans away to die. I do not understand. Liability be damned.
Another juicy tidbit for the news. The shrub administration is spending 100's of thousands of $$ on official portraits for Cabinet secretaries, military "brass" and others of import in the administration. The portrait of Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld cost $46,790. Old Rummy. I can't help but to think about how far that kind of pocket change would go toward paying for my education.
And last but not least, the fattest man in the world has gotten married. He slimmed down from 1,244 pounds to 683 pounds in time for the event, and didn't have any cake. I wonder if he was able to consummate his marriage.