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Stop male genital mutilation

Oh, those moonbatty San Franciscans! They’re trying to get the banning of circumcision in San Franciso on the city ballot.

Horrors! Slicing off an infant’s foreskin is a God-given right!

Except that it isn’t.

It is what it is: male genital mutilation.

There is consensus that female genital mutilation, even for — perhaps especially for — religious reasons should be banned throughout the United States of America, but male genital mutilation widely is considered normal. (I guess that in essence we tell our male newborns: “Man up, you fucking baby!”)

So it (genital mutilation) seems to be a line-drawing game. Involuntarily slicing off a female’s clitoris (and perhaps other portions of the external female genitalia along with it): Bad. Clearly. Duh! Involuntarily slicing off a male’s foreskin: That’s perfectly OK, you moron!

“Opponents say the [San Francisco anti-circumcision] ballot measure would never stand up in court because it violates the freedom of religion clause of the U.S. Constitution,” notes SFGate.com.

Yet parents may not withhold certain medical treatments from their children because of religious beliefs, courts have ruled; the state’s interest in protecting the safety and well-being of the children within the state trumps the parents’ religious beliefs in these cases, the courts have ruled.

So again, this is a matter of degree.

To believe that non-medically necessary circumcision is OK is to say that a little genital mutilation is OK. Just not a lot of genital mutilation. (Non-medically) castrating an infant due to the parents’ religious beliefs, for instance, obviously would be illegal and immoral.

Non-medically necessary circumcision is, at the very least, child cruelty.

There will come a day, if we human beings have not destroyed our species by then, that future generations will regard the dead practice of circumcision as what it is (well, was): a cruel, barbaric, unnecessary practice based on religious custom (that is, based upon ignorance/superstitution).

There is no God. Therefore, there is no God who gives a shit as to whether or not a male still has his foreskin or not.

Most parents who still circumcise their infant sons, I believe, do so primarily because it’s just custom. I don’t believe that it’s a deeply religious thing for them. It’s just what you do: snip it off. (That reminds me of the joke that I tell when eating rings of calamari with friends at a restaurant: that calamari is what they do with the discarded foreskins. And that if they fried them, they could make something a lot like pork rinds…)

My fraternal twin some time ago asked our mother why she had us circumcised. My mother, who never has been religious — never took us to church, never talks about God or Jesus or any other of that hocus-pocus bullshit — answered him that that’s just what parents did.

You just did it; you didn’t think about it.

But we need to take an actual look at what we actually are doing: We are taking a knife to an infant and slicing off a portion of the infant that in the vast majority of cases we don’t need to slice off.

And this has to cause the infant pain. We probably don’t need our earlobes, but few would argue that it’s OK to lop off an infant’s earlobes. (Indeed, what if a parent’s religious beliefs mandated that the infant’s earlobes be chopped off? Would the religious beliefs trump the earlobes?)

Homo sapiens wouldn’t have come this far (I do believe that we are at around 7 billion human beings on the planet) if evolution had fucked up the reproductive function, for fuck’s sake. The foreskin is not the problem that so many claim that it is.

For any actual foreskin-related pediatric medical problems, such as chronic phimosis that does not respond to other treatments, if involuntary circumcision truly is medically necessary, then fine, do it. But to perform the procedure routinely on male infants is child cruelty.

And if it’s a religious thing, why not let the male decide for himself when he turns 18? I realize that the Old Testament prescribes eight days for circumcision, but if one believes in a God that truly gives a shit about foreskin status, wouldn’t God’s attitude on the matter be better late than never? At least an average 18-year-old could decide for himself.

I never got the choice, and neither have millions of other victims of male genital mutilation.

The practice of routine circumcision is backasswards and needs to go. No one has the constitutional right to mutilate, in the name of religion, the genitalia of his or her childeven ” just a little.”

P.S. Take a look at these pictures of a circumcision procedure and tell me that this is not genital mutilation. The author of the website predictably claims HIV/AIDS prevention as a justification for circumcision, but that is FUCKING BULLSHIT.

The real “reason” for the vast majority of circumcisions is: “That’s the way we’ve always done it!” Mindless circumcision mindlessly was performed long before HIV/AIDS ever came on the scene, so HIV/AIDS prevention is a bullshit defense of the child cruelty that is non-medically necessary circumcision.

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Donald Trump, president of pettiness

When I wrote that I hope that Donald Trump runs for president, I didn’t mention that Trump’s “platform” thus far has consisted — solely, as far as I can tell — of questioning where President Barack Obama was born.

I didn’t mention that because (1) Trump couldn’t win the White House anyway, no matter what; (2) Obama’s birth certificate is an uber-non-issue; and (3) my previous post on Trump was about political strategy, not about the fucking birth certificate.

But now that Obama himself has released his full, long-form birth certificate, I’ll finally write about the fucking birth certificate.*

First of all, the die-hard “birthers” aren’t going to accept the full birth certificate or any document that Obama might put forth. They are going to continue with the conspiracy theories with which they have so much of an emotional, irrational investment. They reject Obama with every white supremacist fiber of their being — primarily because he’s half-black — and no document on the fucking planet is going to change that.

This is fine. These conspiracy theorists are a whackjob minority. Minority. Obama didn’t need to release his full birth certificate in order to win re-election. I might argue that in the political long term, the better political strategy might have been for Obama to allow the crackpots to continue to stew, increasing his chances for re-election in 2012.

Those who never would vote for a black person for president never would vote for a black person for president anyway. Those are votes that permanently are lost to the white supremacist/racist Repugnican Tea Party.

It would have been better for Team Obama to continue to allow the “birthers” to turn off the undecideds, it seems to me, since it’s the undecideds (a.k.a. “swing” or “independent” voters) who — as amazing as it is that anyone could even be undecided — who apparently determine presidential elections these days, terrifyingly. (Well, when the radical right-wingers on the U.S. Supreme Court aren’t deciding the “winners” of our presidential elections, that is, of course.)

And then there is Trump.

“I am really honored to play such a big role in hopefully, hopefully getting rid of this issue,” Trump trumpeted in response to the release of Obama’s full birth certificate.

Trump already has demonstrated that he’s way too fucking petty to be president of the United States of America.

With the nation’s economy still in shambles — with China expected to overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy by 2016, with the Repugnican Tea Party’s “path to prosperity” being a disastrous plan to allow the rich and the super-rich pay even less in taxes than they already do and to destroy Medicare, and with neither of the duopolistic parties seriously talking about seriously cutting the bloated budget of the military-industrial complex, which would be key to solving the nation’s federal budget deficit — we have had Donald Trump stating that he feels “honored” to have played “such a big role” in the “issue” of where Barack Obama was born.

Identifying the nation’s most pressing problems, and then acting to solve them — isn’t that the main role of the president of the United States of America?

Thus far, all that Trump has done is jumped onto the nutjob bandwagon.

Of course, being wealthy himself, and with his future being fairly secure, why should he care about what the rest of us care about — the nation’s economy and the security of our future (including, of course, protecting Medicare from the raping, plundering and pillaging of the profiteering privateers)?

Donald Trump has the luxury of being able to focus on petty political myths.

The rest of us have much, much bigger fish to fry.

The one glaring hole in all of the Obama conspiracy theories — I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again — is to actually believe that after the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars that both Billary Clinton and John McCainosaurus had at their disposal to conduct opposition research on Obama in their own quests to win the White House in 2008, there was something damaging about him — and something pretty big — that their investigators/researchers failed to find. This is rather unfuckinglikely.

Obama’s die-hard haters are going to remain his haters. He needs to write them off if he hasn’t already.

Instead of trying to appease the haters who never are going to cast a vote for him anyway, Obama should be groveling on his hands and knees for the forgiveness of and for the support of members of the “professional left” like me who don’t plan to vote for him in November 2012 or to give him a fucking penny toward his re-election — not because we are wrapped up in racism-inspired conspiracy theories, but because we’re still waiting for that “hope” and “change” that he promised us back in 2007 and 2008.

P.S. This is a gem. The Associated Press reports that:

In a statement after Obama spoke [about the release of his long-form birth certificate], Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called the issue a distraction — and yet blamed Obama for playing campaign politics by addressing it.

“The president ought to spend his time getting serious about repairing our economy,” Priebus said. “Unfortunately, his campaign politics and talk about birth certificates is distracting him from our number one priority — our economy.”

I’m often not sure if Priebus and his ilk are liars or are insane.

Clearly, Donald Trump — not Obama — has been making Obama’s birth certificate into an “issue.”

To blame Obama for responding to the “issue” is to blame the victim, which seems to be the Repugnican Tea Party traitors’ favorite pastime, such as how they blame the working class and the middle class for the nation’s economic collapse instead of the treasonous Wall Street crooks who still remain free.

And the assertion that the Repugnican Tea Party — which especially during the eight, long, nightmarish years of unelected rule by the BushCheneyCorp allowed the Wall Street weasels to loot the treasury — truly cares about our economic recovery is like the assertion that the incompetent surgeon who seriously botched your surgery really cares about your health. (And to assert that handing Medicare over to the profiteering private wealth care weasels and that to reduce the taxes for the rich and the super-rich even more is going to help the economy is like having that incompetent surgeon who amputated your wrong leg “fix” the problem by amputating all of your limbs.)

*If you are interested in background on the birth certificate brouhaha, The Associated Press gives this fairly good backgrounder:

The short-form [birth] certificate [that] Obama’s campaign released in 2008 is a legally recognized document, the one Hawaii residents receive when they request proof of their birth. Anyone who wants a copy of the more detailed, long form document must submit a waiver request, and have that request approved by Hawaii’s health department.

Obama submitted his waiver request last week, asking for two certified copies. His personal counsel, Judith Corley, also submitted a letter on Obama’s behalf, saying the president was asking for a waiver so he could make the certificate publicly available and relieve the burden on the health department by the numerous requests it receives for records of his birth.

Hawaii’s health director, Loretta Fuddy, responded with a letter of own dated April 25, approving the waiver request. Corley traveled to Hawaii to pick up the documents and carried them back to Washington on a plane. The documents arrived at the White House around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The White House has released copies of each of the letters.

The newly released [long-form] certificate is signed by the delivery doctor, Obama’s mother and the local registrar. His mother, then 18, signed her name (Stanley) Ann Dunham Obama.

The form says [that] Barack Hussein Obama II was born at 7:24 p.m. on Aug. 4, 1961, at Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital, within the city limits of Honolulu.

There’s no mention of religion. It says his father, Barack Hussein Obama, age 25, was African and born in Kenya and his mother was Caucasian and born in Wichita, Kan. Obama’s mother and the doctor signed the certificate on Aug. 7 and 8.

Hawaii’s registrar certified the new photocopy of the document provided to the White House on April 25, 2011.

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