Abortion (2001)

July 17, 2022

I wrote this article after working at a local women’s clinic that primarily performed abortions. As a writer I wanted an ‘inside look from the inside’, to see if after 6 months working there, I would better understand the very controversial subject.

This article was printed in a Free Press paper, but other than that, I have not published it until today. Since it is so applicable to current discussions, I felt it would be good to share my experiences. I can only ask that you not be the judge of me, whatever your thoughts. Only God can judge us in the final analysis. .

The physician was the only one who actually performed the abortions. Personnel worked as assistances and advocates for the women.

During my employment I wrote a contract for ANYONE outside protesting to sign if they so chose. It was to be signed by the woman seeking an abortion and a person who was willing to do ANYTHING to help the woman and child. If they would help, the woman would opt NOT to follow through with the abortion.

I circulated the contract, talked to so many people – those yelling baby killers, and those holding gross signs with a late term abortion child…….NOT ONE PERSON was willing to do anything to help – not financially, not as a counselor, a babysitter, a grandparent and/ or friend. No one would commit to keep an abortion from happening. It broke my heart.

I was able to just post a photo of most of the article, but page one would not come up, for some reason – so I simply retyped it.

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As I closed the door behind her, the young woman turned and burst into tears.

“You must understand,” she plead, “I can’t go through with it.  My dad would kill me if he found out I was pregnant.  It was the first time for me!”

“Please understand I’s important you do,” she began.  “This was not supposed to happen. I am a Christian.  My boyfriend found out and broke up with me.  My dad would be furious.  He’d call me a murderer.”

I handed her a tissue as she tried to stop sobbing.  My mind flashed back to the day I picked up a newspaper and noticed a jo for a part-time health worker.  The ad asked interested candidates to send a letter stating a position on abortion and enclose a resume.  I knew this was to open a new chapter in life experience and I knew I would respond that day.

The ad intrigued me, as did writing my position on abortion.  I had refused once to ever consider an abortion.  I never felt that decision belonged to anyone but the pregnant woman, (and maybe the man who impregnated her) – but to me personally it was not an option.

Within the week I received a call from the Women’s Health Clinic.  The woman on the phone was friendly and told me a meeting was to be held for those who had sent resumes and a letter.  She told me there would be a “self-help” group that day, and that we would be invited to participate, though it wasn’t mandatory.

Again, I was intrigued.  “Self-help” she explained, was the experience of learning how to use a speculum to open and separate the walls of the vagina so you had a clear view of the cervix.  A view of your own cervix (while holding a mirror) to see if it looked healthy.

My innate shyness blossomed momentarily, overtaken soon by the curiosity I felt to learn more about my own body. I wrote the date of the meeting on my calendar and mused how strange a thought it was to ponder checking my own cervix to see if it looked healthy.

I had raised three children but never been taught to do that!  It sounded like a good thing to know.

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I wrote the Governor and several people regarding this horrific release of prisoners into the state…. God bless Doug LaMalfa!

May 10, 2021

I asked such questions as :Who will pay for housing and medical for them, are they going to ship them to different cities in Ca? Why didn’t we vote on this issue? Won’t this turn Susanville a ghost town if the prison is closed there?

Etc. Etc. Etc. I received from all the standard, “We will get back to you…..” with the exception of one person – our Congressman, Doug LaMalfa. He wrote a letter confirming his concerns too.

This will ruin California. We also support about 2 million illegal immigrants since we were declared a sanctuary state- I don’t remember voting on this issue. I am worried about my children and grandchildren, and ALL the children’s safety. This is Doug’s letter:

From: “Congressman Doug LaMalfa” <CA01DLIMA@mail.house.gov>

Subject: From the desk of Congressman Doug LaMalfa

Date: May 7, 2021 at 6:10:03 PM PDT

To: mo@jett.net

  
  Dear Mrs. O’Brien,

Thank you for contacting me regarding the closure of Susanville’s Correction Center. I appreciate you taking the time to share your views with me and your patience while waiting for a response.  As you might have guessed, I am extremely disappointed and concerned that the State CDCR, in what appears to be a surprise move made with no local or public input, will be closing the California Correctional Center in Susanville.  This decision comes as California is seeing a significant increase in crime due to poor policy decisions that have resulted in early release of felons and high recidivism. The reduced capacity resulting from this closure would require a troubling escalation in the housing of state prisoners within our county jails, further increasing costs on our overburdened local counties’ law enforcement. It’s already a crushing burden on the budgets of our county jails, which are ill-equipped to safely hold hardened criminals, as well as on our District Attorneys and courts.  As the California Correctional Center is a major feeder for fire camp trainees, our ability to train and make ready the crews to respond to future wildfire seasons is even more incapacitated. This closure would also hit Lassen County with a devastating blow by eliminating 1,080 high-paying jobs from the region. The California Correctional Center in Susanville and the trainees it sends to convict fire camps are an integral part of our public safety infrastructure, and I continue to urge state decisionmakers to reconsider this devastatingly poor decision. Since I am a federal representative, this issue falls outside of my jurisdiction, as CDCR is a state program. To that end, I encourage you to contact the state Assemblywoman, Megan Dahle or State Senator Brian Dahle, as they can advise you on how to help this cause so the CCC remains open.  Senator Brian Dahle                                                 Assemblywoman Megan Dahle
State Capitol, Room 2054                                          State Capitol, Room 4208  Sacramento, CA                                                          Sacramento, CA                                  916-651-4001                                                              916-319-2001     I appreciate the opportunity to be of assistance. If you would like to stay connected to our office with the latest news, legislation, and other useful information, please visit my website at http://lamalfa.house.gov. Thank you again for writing to me. It is an honor to be your representative in Congress.
Sincerely,
 
Doug LaMalfa
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If you are concerned take a few minutes and with to one of the people listed above….or call. Write the Governor.

I do not have small children at home, but I have grown children and grandchildren, and I am deeply concerned about ALL the children! Please join with me to try to do something and get some answers!

Thanks!

Half of California’s prisoners to be released in this sanctuary state!

May 5, 2021

This week “changes” were approved by the State Office of Administrative Law. There was little public notice. Plans were submitted by a group of twenty-one people (under governor newskum’s guide )to help fulfill one of his promises he made during elections…..this small group submitted and approved within a three week span a program that will release approximately 76,000 prisoners into the general population.

The goals were presented by Dana Simas, the department spokeswoman, to help the incarcerated population to practice good behavior and participate in programs leading to safer prisons. She said the changes would reduce the prison population by allowing incarcerated presumes to earn early releases.

The legal director of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, which represents crime victims, said the notion of good behavior to earn “credits” towards release, is a misnomer. Credits will be given back and really the rules just encourage a giveaway of them. He felt inmates shouldn’t be released any earlier.

The prison populations have already dropped more than 21000 from the roughly 117,000 in prisons before the pandemic. Some have been held in county jails, which causes the cities more problems.

gavin is trying to fulfill his promise to close some prisons, which putting the entire population of California citizens at higher risk.

Susanville will close by July, which will probably turn this prison-dependent community into a ghost town. Also Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy will close by October.

The prison population has been declining for a decade beginning when the state kept lowering the crime level for felons . In 2014 voters reduced penalties for property and drug crimes, and two years later approved allowing earlier paroles for most inmates.

State Senator Jim Nielsen, a Republican, critiqued Gavin for doing this all on his own authority instead of the will of the people or through elected officials.

Additionally California is already a sanctuary state. This generally means the cooperation with federal immigration enforcement agents, in order to protect low-priority immigrants from deportation, is limited. Those who are “known criminals” among the illegals are still turned over to authorities.

Here is an important legal point: being undocumented (the gentile term for illegal) is not a crime. It is a civil violation. Undocumented immigrants (from all countries with those who “offend our laws”, have rights in the United States. In California alone there are approximately 2,200,00 “unauthorized” human beings, according to Pew Research Center.

Currently, more bleak cells (first created by the Obama regime) are being build. There are thousands of. people crowded into them, and our president says there is no border crisis. There has never been the high number of unescorted children crossing the border before now.

To answer a question you may have, I do not capitalize the names of someone I do not respect. This is the end of the post for today. Later or tomorrow I will post the questions I am seeking answers by writing gavin, LaMalfa, and Dahle. I tried to contact Jim Nielsen but was unable to even leave an email because I am “out of his district.”

If you have any questions please let me know and I will include them with my growing list. We citizens, and taxpayers, need answers!

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CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR, YOU SUCK!

May 24, 2020

Governor Newsom (California) is severely restricting the reopening of churches……don’t get too close / don’t sing or use religious materials much (paraphrasing) – it is garbage.

Bars are open.  Liquor stores are open.  The right to worship is one of our basic rights.

If this is sooooooo bad in California, then you had best keep the state all closed for the flu.  Also the increased measles problem – no vaccines for illegals and those who choose not to get them….

Bill Gates – you are a piece of trash too.  If you are not familiar with him, but have only heard great things about him and Melinda – do a thorough research on them.  He stands to make billions on a potential vaccine.  He is also supports something permanent put into every human being to monitor them.  HA!

I AM JUST PLENTY PISSED OFF.  AT LEAST I HAVE A VENUE TO RELEASE MY ANGER.

I’m done.  Now back to happiness…no one can steal the time of my life for more than a few minutes.  It just isn’t worth it.  Besides, I know the truth.

Continuing California Fiasco – Thanks gov!

May 20, 2020

A few quotes from various California publications.

Who meets qualifications to get free motel or hotel rooms:

…..”Only homeless people who meet certain criteria, including being older than 65 and having health conditions that make them susceptible to dying of COVID-19, qualify. The goal of leasing 15,000 rooms would fall far short of reaching the total number of unhoused Californians in those vulnerable groups, but it still represented a massive undertaking that would have to unfold on a far more rapid timeline than most housing programs…”

…..”the largest impediments in some counties have been delays in preparing leased rooms for occupancy — not, as the governor has complained, NIMBY interests at the local level.  In other counties, a shortage of staff to care for homeless residents, providing services such as food services, security, nursing and case management, have been responsible for delays.” 

Gosh, for those who qualify, and WANT to be monitored, and told when and where they can leave the rooms (honestly) – it sounds like they will be on a brief Corona virus vacation….

On a side note:

……”Undocumented workers flooded California’s coronavirus disaster relief website Monday, causing the site to crash for several hours.  Monday was the first day undocumented Californians could apply for the one-time payment of $500 per individual or $1,000 per household. “

The site was crashed by the number of “ILLEGALS” scurrying to get help.  I know, I know, undocumented is politically correct, but at this point, who gives a damn what I say!

Definitions:

  1.  Undocumented – not having appropriate / or LEGAL documents.
  2.  Illegal – contrary to or forbidden by law.

California our First Communist State

May 3, 2020

Good job governor.  Required to stay off beaches, business’ closed, etc.  Citizens being ticketed, and when protesting at the capital, armed guards with batons – ready to “control” those who are outraged about it all.  Things have gone too far.  Is this still America?

I truly believe the hardest hit in California are indigents, illegals, and those who live in poverty.  I think that is probably what is happening in New York too.

Newsom allocated $50 million to BUY or provide rooms for ninety days for the largest homeless population of any state-108,000 people.  Oh, he is also providing trailers.

He also is using 100 million more for grants to provide support services.

Let’s think about it:  You can come to California and stay if you entered illegally, or are an indigent.  California provides free phone and service to everyone like this.  Redding provides tents, bikes, clothing and such.  Now free food and motels and a stipend monthly.

I wonder if he leased or bought the motel 6 chain (one of many provided).  Curiously I also wonder what will happen when the state “reopens” (if ever)….will all these folks just be told “Okay, times up.  Leave. ”

Perhaps not.  Newsom is talking about buying hotels so long-term housing will be provides.  Hmmmm….I think that includes food, medical services, cleaning services, and of course, security services. What do I know, I am a peasant with a hard-working husband who exchanges his life for what these folks will be given for fee.  After all Newsom says these people are California”s most vulnerable citizens.

I know in California we are experiencing “early releases” from jails.  “You’re done.  We don’t want you to get sick.  Here is $200.00.  Bye bye.

I may have mentioned, one non-violent offender was released, and 24 hours later my friend had to shoot and kill him because he was coming into her home.  Police said she did the right thing.

California is still on a “STAY AT HOME order. I guess we are “lucky” we are ALLOWED to go out at all.  I tried to get an accurate count on corona virus deaths – I mean the actual count, not these counts that are including deaths really not accurate, but “clumped together” with other deaths – no luck.

Just a note to give you CDC numbers on the flu virus this year thus far this year: between 39 million and 56 million flu illnesses, minimum 410,000 hospitalizations, and as many as 62 thousand deaths from flu. 169 of those were children.

For You My Friends!

April 30, 2020

I just thought one of you might not have “spring” in your yard…..so I wanted to post the photo of these flowers for you to enjoy.  I wish there was a way to send flowers with the lovely fragrance some produce.  Take a breath and let your shoulders relax, and  your mind receive the new plug of oxygen to invigorate and relax you simultaneously.  Relax, exhale and let go of any thoughts that are holding your joy hostage.  Love and blessings to you all!white flowers.jpg

Hello. Please enjoy these amazing flowers.

April 30, 2020

If YOU do not have any spring flowers near you, perhaps a photo of some lovely ones in my yard will be at least acceptable. I wish the fragrance of different flowers could be passed along here.

I do not even know the name of the tree these flowers come from.  It is a large tree, although smaller ones produce these bouquets too. Aren’t they exquisite?

NOW please spoil your mind and body:  Wherever you are, standing, sitting or lying down – give yourself a minute or two to relax.  Easier than you think…take a big slow breath through the nose and hold it for a moment or two (knowing) it will refresh you, relax you, and energize you all at the same time! Visualize this happening. When you exhale (through the mouth) send any negative thoughts along with the exhalation.

Let any worry, anger, insecurity, or other negative thoughts be blown out to dissipate immediately. See this happening in your “mind’s eye.  Do this slowly for a couple of minutes and then get back to “it” – whatever it is!  The physiology of the body (the way it functions) REALLY works this way…Help it do what it does by by thinking in these terms when breathing.  Amazing things will happen if you “practice breathing” a few times a day to get the benefits. Get in the habit!

Please believe me when I say I care!  God knows I really do!

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The Truth about what Socialism really is…..

January 31, 2020

Think about this before you accept socialism as something you want to see in America.  READ ON….

Socialism is extremely in vogue. Opinion pieces which tell us to stop obsessing over socialism’s past failures, and start to get excited about its future potential, have almost become a genre in its own right.

“Charting new destinations for humanity”  sounds amazing, right? But what does this mean, in practice? How would “the people” manage “their” economy jointly? 

Would we all gather in somewhere , and decide how many products of one type we should produce? And just exactly – WHO GETS WHAT and how often!  What, and really think about this one,  if it turns out we don’t agree on much, WHERE DO WE GO FROM THERE?

These are not some trivial technical details that we can just leave until after a revolution. These are the most basic, fundamental questions that a proponent of ANY economic system has to be able to answer. 

Almost three decades have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall – enough time, one would think,  for “modern” socialists to come up with some ideas for a different kind of socialism.  After all those years they have still not moved beyond just staging buzzwords that sound amazing, and oddly enough….just before an election! 

Those authors do not seem to remember, that there is nothing remotely new about the amazing aspirations they talk about! Giving “the people” democratic control over economic life has always been the aspiration, and the promise, of socialism. 

Is it not that this has never occurred to the people who were actually involved in earlier socialist projects?  When facts are placed next to each other, on the pro’s and con’s of socialism, ultimately the majority of countries FAIL miserably when socialism is put into place!

As far as I could discover, there  was never a time when socialists started out with the express intention of creating stratified societies led by a technocratic elite. Socialism, however,  always turned out that way, but not because it was intended to be that way.

Socialism, democratic or not, is just what is/was found in the Soviet Union. It is also found in Cuba, East Germany, North Korea and Nicaragua.   

These regimes are noted to have been, and still are the most impoverished, bleak, brutal, and inhumane in history.  Obviously Democratic Socialists in America do not want to be associated with them at this point in time.

Other nations have been ruined by socialism, which socialists always purports to be for the people.

VENEZUELA

Hugo Chavez was praised by U.S. elitists for seizing the nation of Venezuela’s oil to eliminate poverty and provide free health care and education for all.  In actuality Chavez murdered a nation.

When he died he left the country’s control to someone equally unscrupulous!   This man made things much worse! The economy is in shambles, stores are empty! Many people live without what we consider basic needs; such as toothpaste and toilet paper. 

Citizens are malnourished and sick.  They are desperate.  This country proved its oil reserves to be most plentiful on this oil hungry planet.

The U.N says since 2014, over 2 million people have fled.  Another 800,000 to a million  may leave by the end of this year!  Only those in control of the government in socialism, live well. 

GREECE

Greece, too, is in the midst of many tragedies.  The socialist movement was founded in 1974, and has played a large part in the crisis’ that are still occurring.  Greece has been called Socialism on steroids, by Stephen Moore, an economist who wrote for the Washington Times. 

He said, that it is a place where the government gives a lot of things away for free, few people work, and millions receive government pensions, paychecks, or welfare checks.  As of three years ago, only half of the young people were employed. Many people have been forced to retire early because of no work opportunities.  

The people have hoarded food, money and medicine.  The government had three  international bailouts so as to avoid default on huge debts.   The weaknesses of socialism are playing out right now!

SPAIN

Spain is another country that has experimented with quasi-socialist governments, and citizens are paying a terrible price for doing so!  The country has gone from budget surpluses, and a growing middle class – to wrenching stern and extreme policies, and collapsing wages  triggered by Spanish bank failures.  

Spain had been a modern, wealthy, and technologically advanced European social democracy. Then the Socialists launched the largest stimulus package in the European Union( as a share of the economy.)

The national debt doubled rapidly, banks and governments failed, taxes were raised, and unemployment reached Depression-era levels.  The economy was wrecked.

ISRAEL, UNITED KINGDOM, INDIA

These three countries embraced socialism,  it always, seems successful at first.  But As historian Lee Edwards wrote (the Daily  Signal )-The United Kingdom, India, and Israel have all embraced socialism, however, decades later have moved towards free market capitalism.

At first all seemed wonderful and the countries seemed to be thriving.  But as other countries have discovered, government planners could not keep pace with increasing population, and overseas competition.  

The declining economic growth and rising unemployment in all three countries forced them to abandon socialism. 

 The Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher reported that “the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

NORDIC COUNTRIES

If someone reports socialism as a success in Nordic countries…that is actually a poor example.  Actually they practice mostly free market economics with high taxes exchanged for generous government entitlement programs.

These countries were economic successes before they build welfare states…

the productive economies generated good incomes for workers, which in turn allowed governments to raise tax revenue needed to pay for social benefits.  It was not the government benefits that created wealth, but the wealth that allowed the luxury of generous government programs.

Also, something that reflects the lack of government interference in business is that none of these countries have minimum wage laws.  Workers are paid what they are worth, not based on government’s perception of what is fair.

Government planners were not able to keep up with an increasing population and competition from overseas.  After economic growth declining, the three countries abandoned socialism and turned towards capitalism.

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This has been a very long post- but if you read it all, you should have some truthful ideas of what socialism  is.  It is a flawed system based on faulty principles.  Those principles are not consistent with human behavior, and do not help the human spirit to thrive – it destroys it instead!  

Socialism promises prosperity, equality, and security for all. What it ultimately delivers is poverty, misery, and tyranny! If you have any doubts these words are true….verify them yourself.  I did!

Diesel and Donna

September 24, 2019

Diesel and Donna

My day began as many others do. The morning was a bit cooler. I cannot say I am sorry ,as recently, the hot weather has taken a toll on my energy level.

It was a day of a routine schedule. Nothing exasperating, nothing remarkable , until I saw a statuesque young woman, with blonde hair, walking her dog. He was a fairly large, very black dog. They moved slowly together.

We passed and I said hello . I mentioned her dog limping….thinking perhaps the dog had twisted an ankle.

My Axel Bear, a Rottweiler, often charges across the yard to chase the sounds along the fence-line. In doing so, sometimes he twists his paw. One time he tore both ACL joints and was in severe pain. But that is another story……

She said her boy was eleven and had arthritis. I have some arthritis so I know how painful it is. I can voice my pain All a dog is able to do is limp, or pant, or sometimes voice an occasional whimper. All the owner can do for his or her beloved dog, is attend to the business of caring for the animal, when these things become obvious.

This afternoon I saw this patient and kind – lovely woman, walking her dog again. I watched her for a few minutes.

She was in pace with the animal in pain. She never hurried the dog or got impatient. She just lovingly stood as he looked around, sniffed the air, and decided when it was time to walk a few steps further.

It was genuinely an amazing sight to see. In recent days, I have read about dog owners giving their dog away when they get old…taking them to the dog pound, or trying to sell them saying,“We just moved and we cannot have a dog.” It makes me FUME!

When we accept the unconditional love of the greatest friend human beings have – a dog – we need to not only feed and care for them through out their young and vibrant years; we need to fulfill our commitment, as we would with a child, during those more difficult and painful years. We should not dump them because they need more care and perhaps medical help…or because we are fearful to see them wither on the vine and pass away.

As I watched these “friends” walking past, I could not help but ask what their names are. The young woman said, “This is Diesel and I am Donna.

I asked if I might write a bit about them, and though taken by surprise, she said it was alright.

I wanted to tell this LOVE STORY between a young blonde woman, and a very black older dog. The love was obvious. The patience and care was beautiful, and it touched my heart deeply!

If only everyone who accepted all that a dog has to offer, would fulfill a dog’s life, as this woman is obviously doing, it would be miraculous.

Bless them both. When the time comes for separation, I know, and believe with ALL my heart – God would never give us such a gift only to end the Spirit forever.

I believe Diesel will be playing, pain free, at the Rainbow bridge, and waiting with kisses and love in his heart, for his Donna!