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Roe v Wade Gone, onus back on States

3 min read

People in the USA are very angry right now. The Supreme Court has overturned the Roe v Wade decision, citing the fact it was decided on the flimsiest of reasonings in the first place.

The argument comes back to Section 1 of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

The key piece I have put in bold. The Pro Life argument is that an unborn baby is still a "person" and therefore deserves this protection. The "pro abortion" argument comes back to the first sentence of the section that says "All persons born..." as being the important part. Well, at least for those that actually pay attention to the legal aspect rather than the "women's rights" aspect.

I want to be careful here. I am neither pro-life nor pro-abortion. I think this is a decision that must be up to those involved in the situation. I think women should be able to have an abortion when it's required, but I am also against using abortion as a form of contraceptive. There should never be a situation where an 11yo victim of rape is refused an abortion by the state. I'm also not happy for some 25 year old to have an abortion just because she decided she didn't like the idea of keeping it after a one night stand. Responsibility is a huge part of the issue for me. It should not be used to enable a lifestyle, but it should not be illegal either.

I think the court made the right decision though. This issue is so important that it should not be determined by a case that was shakey at best. This absolutely an issue the Federal Congress needs to resolve. And if the Democrats were smart, they'd be using this as an issue for the Federal Midterms later this year.

Let the gnashing of teeth begin. I welcome the hate this post will bring. Take me on!

Stephen

Rough start to the day, but I'm doing it. Starting work at 6am, getting up at 4:30am, is hard, but I'm slowly adjusting to it.

How are you doing?

Stephen

Checked into 740

Vaccine time

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Saigon 1975 vs Kabul 2021

Saigon 1975 vs Kabul 2021

If he wants to take credit for the successes, he also gets credit for the failure. Biden lost Kabul. This failure, and the deaths it brings, are on Biden's shoulders.

Stephen

Well done, Biden. You successfully managed to repeat the Fall of Saigon, even after your predecessors managed to hold the Taliban off AND seriously fuck it up all at the same time. Takes a special kind of incompetence to take credit for "ending the war" and then managing to watch your enemy sweep through and retake the country in a matter of days.

Stephen

Mallard MUST go. Completely unacceptable

PM doesn't have the cojones to do it though

3 min read

I think it's about time the PM admitted that her little effort to try and get Mallard in line by giving him the Speaker position when even his own constituents didn't want him any more has failed. The man has been sucking of the teet of the public coffers since the early 1980s, and his behaviour has never been exemplary. But his behaviour in regards to the claims he made that a staffer was a rapist, proven to be false in court, are just too much. The fact that Mallard is now using the Privilege of the house to make the same accusations the tax payer has already had to pay restitution for, is beyond a joke. 

As the NZHerald describes it...

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given House Speaker Trevor Mallard a very public dressing down, saying his conduct in the House last night was "totally inappropriate".

But she stopped short of heeding National and Act's call to sack Mallard as she said resignations would not resolve the underlying issues which led to last night's debate.

She said the blame lay with everyone who participated in the session – "no one, last night, covered themselves in glory".

Last night, Mallard used the legal immunity of parliamentary privilege to claim that a worker – who he apologised to for falsely accused of rape – committed sexual assault.

His rape claim previously led to a defamation payout of more than $300,000 to the worker.

The scenes in the House last night were rare, as Mallard was acting in his capacity as Minister of Parliamentary Services, and he was not chairing the session.

Totally inappropriate? That's it? The man has a history of pushing the limits. He's already been put in front of a judge for making this same claim in the past. The tax payer had to fund his legal costs, and then had to pay out the damages that were awarded against him.

But this was only "inappropriate" and not worth sacking him or asking for his resignation.

Our Prime Minister has shown once again that she doesn't have any leadership qualities. The best she can offer is a hug and a tear. A sympathetic look as you give her your sob story. But when she has to actually front up and deal with real issues, she's completely lacking. Mallard should not only be sacked, he should be censured at the very least. He should be required to make a public withdrawal of his comments, and an apology to the man he has once again accused of sexual assault. An accusation a court has already found to be complete defamation.

Mallard was one of the Clark Government's attack dogs. He was openly and proudly the bully when in Opposition during the Key years. He relished the ability to make comments across the house without being held accountable for them. That has never changed. He has no ability to control his mouth. That much is clear.

This is enough. If the PM isn't willing to take a stand and fire this man, then she's completely failed as any sort of a leader. Hopefully the public finally see that and start to push back and make her hold her ministers accountable.

Stephen

Today is going to be a massive day. Time to face some consequences of my poor lifestyle choices.

Stephen

Chauvin Guilty on ALL Counts

Justice, or fear of riots?

2 min read

So this morning the jury returned a Guilty verdict on all counts against Chauvin. I strongly believe that this is does not represent the truth, nor does it represent the actual evidence presented in this case.

There is no doubt the jury witnessed the riots after last week's latest shooting by a police officer. No doubt they were most keenly aware of the scrutiny and the threats of violence if the verdict was anything other than guilty. I have no doubt they were aware of the threats made against witnesses that testified on behalf of the Defense. They will have seen their city boarded up preparing for their verdict. They will have known the State declared a state of emergency.

So they decided that the safest course of action would be to provide a guilty verdict and walk away.

Chauvin has the right to appeal. I just hope he lives long enough to be able to see the appeal to it's conclusion.

If you're a police officer in the US, what incentive do you have left to continue working in that role? I fully expect we will see a lot more police officers quit or "retire." If an officer can be found guilty of 2nd Degree Murder in the course of doing his job, using the skills he was trained to use, then no officer is safe.

I hold the Media and the Democrats accountable for this. The media for whipping up a storm and actively encouraging the riots... Sorry, "peaceful protests." And the Democrats, especially Maxine Waters, for blatantly calling for more violence if they didn't get their way.

Stephen

NZ Government extends COVID powers for 2 more years

2 min read

So the Minister of Immigration has announced that the NZ Government will extend their "temporary" powers implemented due to the pandemic.

“Over the past year, we have had to make rapid decisions to vary visa conditions, extend expiry dates, and waive some application requirements across entire visa categories. These decisions have provided more flexibility and certainty to visa holders and employers in New Zealand, and made more migrants available for industries facing labour shortages in a time when New Zealand’s Covid-19 health response needed our borders to be closed,” said Kris Faafoi.

“We have been able to make these necessary changes under the Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Bill, which expires in May 2021.

“Today, I have introduced a Bill to maintain those powers until 2023.

“The Bill will go through a short Select Committee process and is expected to pass in May.”

https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA2104/S00008/covid-19-immigration-powers-to-be-extended.htm

What the minister is failing to point out is that these extended powers have allowed the government to force everyone entering the country to spend time in what essentially amounts to a prison. Unless you're a famous Australian performance group that creates content targetted to children about the same age as the Prime Ministers child.

Ok, that's cynical of me. But by the same token, it really feels like this Government is really loving having the powers they have and they're going to do everything they can to keep these "temporary" powers. Unfortunately, because the country put them in power at the last election, without the need for a coalition partner, they're able to do anything they like without any sort of checks and balances.

The government of any nation should ALWAYS be subservient to the people. But it seems like *every* government is using the pandemic as a means to take more power for themselves, and implement restrictions and limitations on the people they're supposed to be working FOR. The entire "Covid Passport" is a really good example of this.