Some Reasonable Middle Ground On Abortion?

Seven countries in the world allow abortions after 20 weeks:  United States, Canada, North Korea, China, Singapore, Vietnam and the Netherlands.

By 20 weeks, babies not only have a heartbeat but feel pain and have fully formed fingers, toes and noses.

Restricting abortion after 20 weeks is not a radical idea.

Inspirational Quote of the Day

Brave Ukrainian woman tells Russian soldier: ‘Put sunflower seeds in your pocket so they grow when you die’

May we all have the spirit of this woman!

(The sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine. You may find the video of the exchange between the woman and the solider online.)

Odd Priorities On Immigration

The Biden Administration announced that it will allocate an additional 20,000 visas for citizens of Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti.

At roughly the same time, the Administration said that it was starting to place greater scrutiny on, and to deny, visas for citizens of Afghanistan. Many of these Afghans previously aided the US and our military.

These Afghans are being persecuted and killed by the Taliban. Afghan citizens have to jump through hoops to show they are being persecuted and face death threats daily, yet others are allowed in based on perceived threats from gangs and/or economics.

When did America stop prioritizing help for our allies, who are in danger of paying the ultimate price for helping us?

Trump’s Ego Requires That He Insults The Recently Deceased

Yesterday, we got word that Colin Powell passed away at age 84. Powell had a distinguished professional career and was the first Black Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, serving under Presidents Bush and Clinton, and was appointed the first Black Secretary of Statue by the second President Bush.

Less than 12 hours after the announcement, Donald Trump’s Save America Political Action Committee released a statement from the former President. “Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big mistakes on Iraq and famously, so-called weapons of mass destruction, be treated in death so beautifully by the Fake News Media…He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace.”

Why was that necessary?  At a minimum, Colin Powell was an historic figure. But, of course, it was not necessary but it was that another public figure was getting attention and praise that Trump so craves and demands for himself. And if Trump has to be cruel to a family grieving over the loss of a loved one earlier in the day, and callous to a military to whom he was a leader for years, then that is secondary to Trump.

THAT is why he is no longer President. He is just a terrible person, no matter what his policies may have been.

Reparations For Slavery?

A handful of members of Congress, led by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), have introduced and are pressing for a vote on a bill that would pay reparations to black Americans for slavery.

That raises the question:  should we also require reparations from Japanese-Americans for Pearl Harbor? No?  Then you see how ridiculous that whole topic is.

On a broader scale, the very thought is so ridiculous that imposing mass punishment on a population for a crime or crimes committed by certain people is specifically prohibited by the Geneva Convention. Even agreed upon international law thinks the question is so obvious that it is outlawed across the globe.

San Francisco Logic

In an ongoing feature called “San Francisco Logic”, we will be providing periodic items in the news from the world of San Francisco, where the predominant thinking is….how should we say?…somewhat different than the rest of us.

In the most recent example the head of the school board, Gabriela Lopez, talks about all the good things that coming from NOT having in person learning in schools. Students “are learning more about their families and their culture spending more time with each other. They’re just having different learning experiences than the ones we currently measure and the loss is a comparison to a time when we were in a different space.”

Trump’s Legacy?

In retrospect, it’s clear that I should have shared my thoughts on the legacy of the Trump Presidency before January 6. My goal was to share some objective thoughts on a divisive figure, who I once felt gets too much praise from his worshippers and too much hatred from his detractors.

Yet the attack on the Capital, the very seat of our government, and the attempt to capture lawmakers who were meeting at the time forever sealed the legacy of Donald Trump. To all but those he said infamously (but shockingly prophetically) would follow him even “If I murdered someone on 5th avenue”, he will go down as the President who tried to overturn an election with violence. 

Let’s not be naïve and think that his selection of January 6 to hold a rally was coincidental. It was not. Yet few of us would have imagined the events that followed. After encouraging his followers to ‘march to the Capitol’ and show some strength, he was followed by his son Donald Jr., who encouraged followers to march to the Capitol and ‘fight’ for what was ‘right’ and then by his lawyer who encouraged the mob to put lawmakers through ‘trial by combat’. The mob obliged and attacked the Capitol, several photographed holding plastic handcuffs and wearing body armor while hunting for lawmakers amid a crowd chanting “Hang Mike Pence”.

Donald Trump’s legacy has been sealed for history. If you are like me, you still have trouble wrapping your mind around the events of Jan. 6 and that a number, though a very clear minority, of seemingly decent Americans excuse or minimize it. In my wildest imagination I never dreamed I would see video of someone beating a Capitol police officer with an American flag and people breaking windows to get into the House and Senate chambers, and I have not even been able to formulate words to say.

Yet, in coming days, Thinking Man will have some thoughts to share on what four years of a Trump Presidency have left us. Stay tuned.

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