Wednesday, July 26, 2006

A person can only rant but so much about the same things

The Senate officially passed a law that would make it a felony to drive a minor woman across state lines in order to avoid the parental consent laws in that state.

Bush, being the great orater that he is, put it eloquently:

In a statement, Bush said that "transporting minors across state lines to bypass parental consent laws regarding abortion undermines state law and jeopardizes the lives of young women."
'Cause yeah, going from one state where it's illegal for a minor woman to get a safe, legal abortion if she so chooses, into another state where she is free to get an abortion without her parents or a judge's consent is somehow endangering her life. It's always mind boogling how they miss such an ironical moment as this.

Did you hear how the Hezbollah are destroying Lebanon? This is a fairly new development but, as the cliche goes, the volcano has been ready to erupt for a while now. So much for peace treaties.

It's certainly telling to watch your country's Secretary of State be the only voice of dissent in a meeting, held in Rome, where everyone else decides working toward a peaceful ceasefire will create optimal results for everyone involved, whether directly or indirectly.

Let's see: there is still talk of invading Iran, thankfully Libya backed down, Iraq is a mess but the US wants to increase American troops in Baghdad under the guise of protecting the capital and now they want to put us down in Lebanon 'cause, ya know, we're pro-Israel but only because we're heavily pro-Christian and hey, we all know where Jesus lived. Nevermind the people who live there now.

Now on to the good news already.

Andrea Yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

I know she killed her 5 children by drowning them in the bathtub and it's a bad thing to do no matter the mental state. However, by finding her not guilty using the insanity defense, the jury effectively admitted that a woman's psychosis is a very real issue. By proxy, they also admitted the effects of post-pardum depression are not to be messed with no matter what Tom Cruise shouts at Matt Lauer about using vitamins and exercise as a way to keep your mind in a sane place.

The jury announced to the world that post-pardum depression is indeed a true mental illness and for that I am glad.