I'm a general now. So that's pretty awesome. I don't think I made it into the top fifty for voting power, but I should soon. So yay me; and in your face.
If your reading this you have to much free time.
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Posted by Overtired - November 4th, 2008
I got 6th place in the pumpkin carving contest!
After seeing some of the entries I didn't think I stood much chance of making it into the top four so number six is awesome.
But unless I'm mistaken, I'm the only one to have done a Pico carving this or last year. Which seems odd to me. Because I think of Pico as the newgrounds mascot. Though he's got his own day, so that's fair I guess.
So now if Obama gets elected, this'll be like the best day ever. :-p
Posted by Overtired - July 15th, 2008
One of the big flaws with the thinking of a lot of pro-choice activists in their defense of legal abortions is they rely heavily on the notion that the thing being aborted is not a full fledged human being. While that is true and makes the position that abortions should be legal all the more sound it is far from critical.
Even if you grant the developing human full status as a human; equal to you or me; that still doesn't entitle it to use another person's body against that person's will.
One simple example is that no one is required to donate blood under any circumstances. And that is only a very minor inconvenience. Granted in the right circumstances people would think you're a miserable bastard for not donating but clearly no one has a right to your blood.
Another example is a follows. Let's say you wake up one day and find yourself attached to another person through a system of tubes. The people around tell you that the person you're attached to is a world class violinist and is suffering from liver trouble and needs to borrow yours for several months. This will limit your mobility and there is some fairly minor risks for you but now that the procedure has begun it cannot be stopped without killing the violinist. While it would be quite good of you to endure the procedure, you're rights were clearly violated. And again, the violinist has no right to use of your organs without your consent.
Some would argue that the crucial difference is that a pregnancy is the result of a willing action. But that logic doesn't work either. Many pro-life people will say that abortion is only acceptable if the mother's life is in danger, if the child would develop severe birth defects, or if the mother was raped. The problem with this position is that it says it's okay to murder an innocent child if the woman didn't want to have sex. But if the woman wanted to have sex then it's not okay. This turns the child into a punishment for wanting sex. And I think we can all agree that a child shouldn't be used as a form of punishment.