Archive for June, 2014



Lobby Hobby

I’ve been gone for a while. Well, I’ve been here but I’ve been gone. The wife and I just had another child a few months ago. When I shrugged and said “Yeah. One more. What difference will it make?” it was probably the least effective my brain has ever been in my entire life. And that includes drunken blackouts. Now, like most people in our situation, the wife and I are exploring various ways to ensure that we never have another fucking kid ever again. Ever. Because the joy would kill us both. Or cause one of us to kill the other. And then take out a Walmart. It could go on and on. The point being, look at the needless violence and suffering that is avoided by having access to contraception.

The belief that birth control is somehow immoral or evil has long since retired to the same category as the belief in a flat Earth or that human sacrifice brings rain. It’s a view so goofy and devoid of reason that it’s actually funny people still take it seriously. Why would you be so passionately opposed to something that brings nothing but benefit to society? Truth is, I don’t know. But the issue of why some people believe the fucked up things they do is separate from the question of whether or not a fucked up person can also be a building with people inside who work there.

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that business owners can object on religious grounds to a provision of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law that requires closely held private companies to provide health insurance that covers birth control.

In a 5-4 vote on ideological lines, the justices said that such companies can seek an exemption from the so-called birth control mandate of the law known as Obamacare. The decision, which applies only to companies owned by a small number of individuals, means employees of those companies will have to obtain certain forms of birth control from other sources.” – REUTERS

So that was the story that broke today. And predictably, the reaction from liberals and conservatives have dominated the opinion pages of the media which is really just one large opinion page anyway. And I’m guessing we’ll be hearing about this decision for weeks to come. Well, I won’t. I’ll be in my underwear watching old SEINFELD episodes. But, you get my point.

Conservatives are declaring this a victory for religious liberty and moral values. Which is dumb because people are still going to fuck and buy rubbers. Like, every day. And conservatives who own businesses are going to find that their antics in court haven’t helped spread Christianity or broaden the appeal of ancient sexual mores. Quite the opposite. Once in the spotlight these people will look even sillier than they already do. And that’s pretty silly. Like, clown shoe territory.

Liberals are decrying this as the moment the American Taliban took over and forced women to have babies at gunpoint while reading bible verses. And while I don’t doubt that’s what conservative America wants, it’s nowhere near what it got.

“In a majority opinion by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, the court said the ruling applies only to the birth control mandate and does not mean companies would necessarily succeed if they made similar claims to other insurance requirements, such as vaccinations and blood transfusions.

In the majority opinion, Alito indicated that employees could still be able to obtain the birth control coverage via an expansion of an accommodation to the mandate that the Obama administration has already introduced for religious-affiliated nonprofits. The accommodation allows health insurance companies to provide the coverage without the employer being involved in the process.”

So, yeah. This was a bad decision by the Supremes. We shouldn’t be giving stupid people special rights. If anything, we should be surgically removing them from the levers of power and influence. Or else one day we’ll all have to wear wizard robes to the office and pray to the sun while we work. Or whatever the hell these people are about. But, at the end of the day the religious right has had such a horribly bad decade that they could probably use some cheering up. And liberals need to focus on more realistic threats to civilization and not whatever fantasy weirdness the owner of the local crap store believes in.