Another Look at Roe v. Wade

18 May

May 18, 2022

Abortion is not a “Right”. It is a medical procedure beyond the auspices of the State to regulate or ban or support.

The Supreme Court needs to reverse Roe v Wade to declare that there is no legal justification for the Federal Government, state governments or any other public entity to regulate abortion. Reverse the stand that abortion is a “right” and instead make this medical procedure a nullity for government intervention at any level other than any normal medical activity.

The groundbreaking recent article by Gillian Brockell in The Washington Post, Abortion in the Founders’ era: Fact-checking Alito’s history – The Washington Post should be cut and pasted into the Supreme Court’s majority decision reversing Roe v Wade.

She correctly points out that research shows that there was no interest on the part of the founders in abortion. There were no laws in any country controlling the “right” to an abortion, and almost no contemporary commentary from the period other than if a person killed the woman during an abortion they could be charged with murder, which is pretty much the same as the law is today. Some spoke against abortion, yet they also spoke against such things as witchcraft. Do we want to elevate witchcraft to a “right” to be preserved for all time, or do we just want to leave it to religious freedom to muck it about.

She doesn’t mention it, yet even the Catholic Church did not ban abortions until 1869, long after the Constitution was written. I have great respect for this and other religious objections, yet they don’t have the “right” to declare one of many medical procedures to be a “right” to the exclusion of all others, and have their views reflected by the Supreme Court; which should be looking at the concept of “rights” as it was understood by the founders and the general society of the time.

Truly, the elevation of abortion is almost entirely a religious phenomenon, and, as pointed out by Brockell, is of relatively recent origin. The Supreme Court should never overlook the freedom of religion, and at the same time should not elevate religious doctrine into Constitutional law, which would be a violation of core religious freedom.

There is no scientific evidence to support a special status for abortion in Constitutional law. Therefore, it should not be there before the Court at all. Roe judged that “a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy was protected by the US constitution.” It is not. It is not a “right” at all. It’s a medical procedure. No more, no less. It was religious fervor that inflated abortion into the Constitution. Nothing else.

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Trump and Munchausen by Proxy

8 Dec

December 8, 2021

When Donald Trump was elected it went straight to his head, and he saw himself as the benevolent father and all other Americans as his “children.” It’s my non-medical speculation that he has been afflicted most of his life with the mental illness Munchausen by Proxy, now known as “Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another.”

Until he got involved in the presidential campaign, whatever mental state he had served him very well as the leader of his companies. I supported him. He’s had his day in history, now he needs to return to the excellent business activities he’s pursued all his life. Not to do so will only tarnish his historical image.

“Factitious disorder imposed on another” is when someone falsely claims that another person has physical or psychological signs or symptoms of illness or causes injury or disease in another person with the intention of deceiving others.

People with this disorder present another person as sick, injured or having problems functioning, claiming that medical attention is needed. Usually this involves a parent harming a child. This form of abuse can put a child in serious danger of injury or unnecessary medical care.

Reference: Factitious disorder – Symptoms and causes – Mayo Clinic

Even now Trump is envious of Putin (the other blonde) and wants to be the dictator-benevolent father of all his subjects-children, the people of the United States of America by falsely claiming or causing the daily belief that our country and its people are dying or severely injured and diseased, and only he, the benevolent father, can save it. All the stirring up he is doing is classic Munchausen by Proxy done on a societal scale.

The literature on Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome states that the condition is most often discovered in people responsible for family members as a parent or caretaker.

But what if it were to affect individuals responsible for large numbers of people? What if it were to affect politicians responsible for policies to protect the public from the death and destruction of our country and the like? Note that there is always a doomsday scenario in what Trump preaches, and Trump alone can save the country from disaster, but only if he’s given unlimited dictatorial authority to abuse his “children”. (like the other blonde, Putin).

He also gets to feel powerful and in control. I have the answers. I can explain this to people who are frightened or confused. People are looking up to me and following my instructions. I am the most important person in the world right now. Delusions of Grandeur….

The biggest payoff is getting attention. He’s being admired for setting up problems that he alone can fix. And the payoff is higher when he works everyone, especially his followers, into a dangerously false panic.

What Trump really wants is totally un-American. He wants to be the dictator. On January 6 he showed that he wants to overthrow the Constitution to make himself life ruler by fiat.

OUR COUNTRY IS NOT IN DISASTER! WE ARE MOSTLY STABLE AND WELL-ALIGNED. We’ve had to deal with some crises and changes in thought patterns, yet none of those will in any way bring our country down. Anyone who says different is a liar, and a promoter of fictitious problems; also known as factitious promotion of his children-fellow citizens.

And the why and the wherefore of Trump’s duplicitous tactics likely can be explained, in part, by an egotistical need to remain in the limelight. It’s a shame he doesn’t realize how badly our country needs a strong, honest leader, be it a Democrat or a Republican. Someone who is not consumed by fictitious crises yet takes care of the real crises as they arise.

Trump has not retreated on any of his lies. He just flogs his “children” into mental illness of their own, instead of backing down. They are his proxies. He said as recently as December 4 that, “Anybody that doesn’t think there wasn’t massive Election Fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election is either very stupid, or very corrupt!” He really wants to keep them sick, even though he knows for sure that he lost the election.

White supremacy is one of the real crises we have right now. Is it going to tear us apart? Emphatically no! Trump is out there encouraging NOT white supremacy but making it into a crisis that requires his dictatorial leadership to solve and stirring up its adherents to believe that the issue will bring down the whole country without him. He is an opportunist, grabbing at any issue that can make his “children” ill so he will have to take care of them as a parent-dictator. It will require all of us working together to eliminate the vestiges of white supremacy.

Similarly, Trump is NOT encouraging refusal to vaccinate. He’s had his shots and is safe. He’s making the anti-vaxxers into a very loud crisis that requires his dictatorial leadership. He’s stirring up these screamers to believe that the issue will bring down the whole country without him. He’s a little delusional here, since state governors have more say about the vaccine than the dictator-president he wants to be.

I say let the anti-vaxxers live in peace. Those of us who are vaccinated can claim no moral superiority over them, so don’t get so all high and mighty about those others. Don’t encourage their Trump-induced rants, just totally ignore them.

Trump’s TV show “The Apprentice” ran for 15 seasons and was a hit. The format of the show is no surprise. He was the benevolent father-dictator who loudly and viciously crushed one of his “children” every week on national TV. This is the perfect show for someone with Munchausen’s by Proxy.

Trump is actively encouraging all this QAnon and election fraud stuff opportunistically since he himself doesn’t believe in these things. He poisons the minds of his “children,” normally rational US citizens, to get the polity to believe that he, Trump, as dictator, is the only one who can save the country from ruin. This is his ultimate proxy fiction, and also his ultimate hubris. Go home, Donald.

We don’t need your education.
We don’t need your thought control.
No dark sarcasm in the classroom.
Teacher, leave those kids alone.
Hey, Trump, leave those kids alone!
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.                                                                                   

With apologies to Pink Floyd


I am totally indebted to Kirsten Mortensen for giving me the concept of Munchausen by Proxy on a societal scale. See https://kirstenmortensen.com/munchausen-syndrome-by-proxy-on-a-societal-scale/ While my subject, Donald Trump, is different than what she wrote about, the concept is a Home Run. A small amount of what is above is paraphrased or taken from what she said. I want to make it clear, though, that she never mentions Trump in her blog.

I recently found an article on Trump and Munchausen by Proxy which was written half-way through his administration. That article was like a voice crying in the wilderness of what has followed: https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/01/19/president-donald-trump-and-political-munchausen-syndrome-proxy

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US School Shooters and Mass Killers are Domestic Terrorists: change the detention laws, not the gun laws

16 Mar

Students marching in protest around the country against school shootings!

By Mike McGee

In each of the latest US mass murders, including the one in Florida, the killers had clearly telegraphed their intention to do what they did. The police did not feel they had the authority to detain them, so the killers acted within a day or two of being released without detention.

These scenarios are not the fault of the police, and not the fault of guns, and not the fault of foreign political terrorists. It’s our laws that are way out of date. At the federal and state levels we need to rewrite the laws to take account of the ongoing situation inside the United States.

It’s refreshing to see students march all over the country to protest the ongoing wave of domestic mass murders, many in schools. They know something needs to be done. They think they know the single solution to the problem: stop gun sales. They would be more credible if the students marched in protest of the wave of mass shootings and simply demanded that their government find ways to address the domestic danger.

There is no one solution that will stop these domestic mass murders. I’m going to propose that Congress and state legislators have been wishy-washy about confronting domestic terrorists and passing tough laws to detain and control them before they act. Here’s one way to close the jagged holes in the laws.

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North Korea’s been Strangled Between Two Superpowers for 70 Years – Can You Blame The “Rocket Man” for his antics?

9 Mar

By Mike McGee

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 15, 2021

The United States was in Afghanistan for good reasons, and now it has withdrawn for good reasons. Now that the United States has restored the much disliked sovereignty of Afghanistan by withdrawing all its troops and direct political influence, we need to take a closer look at Korea. Our military occupation has ceased to be meaningful now, in 2021. Maybe we need to pull out like we did in Afghanistan and let the Koreas work things out on their own.

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China and the United States, for different reasons, have conspired together since maybe 1949 to keep North Korea poor and isolated. The historic reasons were perhaps adequate 70 years ago, even 40 years ago. South Korea was able to establish itself as a first-world economic power using Capitalistic means. That’s a good thing.

The lack of examination of the need for near total strangulation means that this ancient history has led in a straight line to today. And history does not create the same outcome as it did back in 1949. We need to pay attention to what’s going on now. For the last 30 or more years the American rationale for continuing to blockade and strangle North Korea has faded from year to year. Our government has ignored these changes and has not acted. This includes Clinton, the Bushes, Obama and Hilary Clinton. All have been in denial and turned the other way.

The most catastrophic current consequence of the imposed isolation and blockades are the impoverishing and weakening of the 25,000,000 civilian citizens of North Korea. North Korean defectors who make it across the border to South Korea are almost always underweight and undernourished. Many are infected with dozens of parasitic worms, some as long as 11 inches. These type worms were eradicated in South Korea in the 1970’s. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/world/asia/north-korean-defector-parasitic-worms.html

How are China and the United States not complicit in maintaining the horrible conditions of the civilian population of North Korea for over 70 years, including the North Korean famine in the 1990’s that claimed the lives of more than a million civilians? China and the United States are the architects of poverty, famine and death in their dance with history involving Korea. Writing this makes me feel nauseous and sorrowful. This is a wrong that needs to be righted, now. And perhaps it will be.

The coming together of the Communist and Capitalist Germanies didn’t wreck things. The Berlin Wall turned out to be a statement with no substance. Our leaders paid more attention to ending that separation because it involved Europeans, with whom we have an affinity.

This disparity demonstrates that few in the US really care about North Korean citizens since they are alien to us. So, we’ve kept the status quo for 70 years without paying attention. Let’s say that North and South Korea came together as a single country. There would be as little hysteria as the Germanies. Practically the only consequence to the West would be that the unified “Korea” could, if negotiations fail, become a nuclear state. I doubt that this combined nation would do the United States harm, especially since we would have stepped out of their internal affairs and removed barriers to trade, and we would still want their exports.

Given the right to govern their own affairs, the two Koreas also have a right to maintain two separate sovereign states. The removal of US troops and sanctions in this scenario will have a salutary effect on the United States. Thereafter we cannot be rightfully blamed for what happens on the Korean Peninsula, and so there would be no reason to aim nuclear missiles at the United States.

The isolation of North Korea by China is largely driven by their fear of illegal immigrants. If the northern border was more open, huge numbers of North Koreans would cross into China to live a better life. The Chinese have had a very effective “border wall” in place for 70 years, and anyone who gets across is subject to being shot. The Chinese don’t want any Koreans to enter their country at all. They’ve had in place for 70 years the border wall that Trump only dreamed of.

For the United States, the isolation of North Korea is likely more based on ennui and lack of attention than anything else. This lack of interest is covertly racist, in that we have almost entirely turned the other way on what we do, in the face of starvation and famine of Asian people we don’t understand.

Even South Korea has made a series of overtures to North Korea for the two nations to be joined or to cooperate. Until now the US wouldn’t hear of it. We have our troops stationed at the 38th Parallel to prevent any cross-border contamination, though we don’t shoot Koreans who make it across this red line. Our vice president snubbed the lead North Korean delegate at the Olympics.

To be more specific, what would happen if the United States unilaterally withdrew all our troops from the Korean peninsula, and dropped all sanctions and blockades against North Korea and encouraged others to do the same; and stopped meddling in the internal affairs of the Koreas? No one can say, yet one can imagine.

(N.B., of course we would interfere with the international buying and selling of nuclear arms or parts by any party on the Korean Peninsula!)

The first consequence would be that Kim Jong Un would really have no one to complain about or threaten with those nuclear weapons. He’s said he might give up his nuclear arsenal if the US threat is withdrawn (those nukes are very expensive to build and maintain!).

China would likely increase trade with North Korea, yet still maintain their border wall. With better economic conditions and normalized trade, the Chinese border wall will likely no longer be a big issue. China is entitled to keep out illegal immigrants but has no greater right than us to starve the country they may be coming from.

It’s likely that regardless of the new round of talks, after a lot of posturing over a period of years the two Koreas would find a way to reunite their countries, perhaps under some sort of semi-socialist political management. That’s the way it went in Germany. Why not with the Koreas? They are sovereign nations, so they don’t have to, though.

The United States has for many decades kept up sanctions and blockades against North Korea. The only tangible result has been that many North Korean civilians live at a starvation level. Studies show that long-term sanctions rarely work in any event. There is only shame on us and our partners for continuing to promote poverty and poor health when such sanctions are explicitly not working and not justified.

Removing the US military presence, and the economic sanctions and blockades, will among other things have the effect of stopping the United States from being a conspirator in the starvation and lack of access to medical and agricultural advances among the 25,000,000 citizens of North Korea. Sometimes I feel like we see what the US is doing there only as a personal duel between our leaders and Kim Jong Un. We tend to forget about the 25,000,000 individuals who live in the worst possible conditions in North Korea, mostly because of what we are unconsciously doing.

I am a black belt in Korean Tae kwon do. My teaching masters made me tough as nails. The South Korean grand masters were more tough than you can imagine. North or South, the Korean character is to take what is thrown at you and throw it back, harder. The average Korean, North or South, has more strength and determination than you can imagine. The United States should stop trying to keep its boot on the neck of the Korean Peninsula. It hasn’t worked up to now and will never work. Let the Koreans decide their own fate. They will do a good job of doing so.

From http://www.mcgeepost.com Copyright © 2018 by Michael H. McGee. All commercial rights reserved. Non-commercial or news and commentary site re-use or re-posting is encouraged. Please feel free to share all or part, hopefully with attribution.

Lagniappe. This stuff is not a part of the blog and so read it only for your amusement. It is quite speculative and imaginative and is not researched at all.

Kim Jong Un with his Hollywood-style antics has done a good job of waking up the US policy makers from their 40-year sleep. I’ll bet he has almost run out of “nuclear weapons”. The underground explosions that were set off were likely black-market bombs or even groups of suitcase bombs, all of which were bought up over the years to use for a display of forceful ability. It’s likely that none could have ever fit on a missile. And nobody’s ever said for certain that North Korea has the ability to manufacture plutonium. There is only speculation that this is so.

Kim Jong Un knows that it will lose any nuclear exchange, so his threats are no more than paper tigers. The drama of the hermit kingdom affecting world history has been cleverly scripted by North Korea, with the intention of waking up sleeping policy-makers in the US and China. It does not seem to have worked.

If they were fully awake, our US policy-makers would be aware that North Korea has not been a real threat for many years. Kim Jong Un and his ensemble acting company gets good reviews for bringing a serious problem to the light of day.

Is What We See with our Eyes an Exact Duplicate of What’s Out There?

6 Feb

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By Mike McGee

We don’t inquire nearly enough what it means that the capacity for science itself exists in conjunction with our bodily makeup…. Our bodies are our primary instruments.” Michelle Kathryn McGee, October 24, 2017.

This very accurate assertion – that our most detailed and accurate science is capacitated through the body – is broad and wide-ranging. Due to a recent experience I’m going to ask questions about how the rest of our body affects what we see with our eyes. Since I am not a scientist, these questions, often beginning with known scientific fact, are an exercise in imagination, for your entertainment. The ultimate question, though: does what we see with our eyes represent what’s out there, or is what we see a modified version of what’s out there?

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There. Is. No. Big. Bang! A Legal Scholar Gives His Evidence

13 Dec

The above artistic rendition is approved by both CERN and NASA as an accurate representation of the “big bang” and our universe. What’s wrong with this picture?

By Mike McGee

Most people today believe the outdated twentieth-century notion that “big bang” is what created our universe. A minuscule singularity exploded and held enough energy to propel the rocks and stars throughout a cone-shaped section of empty space for more than 13 billion light years of time and space. The hard truth, according to me, is that our universe, however big or small it is, has been around a long time, without the need for a singularity to get it started.

The twentieth-century creation myth of the “big bang” is not and never has been based on facts or observations. It is a fictional story told by scientists who have done mathematical calculations, and cherry-picked “observations” through telescopes. It is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Continue reading

Can I Blow Your Mind? Groups of Bacteria Inside Humans, and viruses like Covid-19, May Have Independent Thinking or Reasoning Abilities.

15 Sep

By Mike McGee

As we discovered in a previous blog entry at https://mcgeepost.com/2017/09/05/want-your-mind-blown-science-shows-the-human-brain-is-not-a-single-entity-its-billions-of-individuals-who-dont-touch-each-other/, there are about 100 billion active neurons in each human brain. Most scientists believe that the collectively grouped neurons in the individual brain conduct most of the thinking and doing activity of each such person.

The hundred billion individual neurons in the brain have life yet not intelligence. It is an established scientific fact that only when grouped together do the neurons in a human brain take on a collective sentient intelligence.

Now let’s take it one step further, outside known science. Individual bacteria or viruses in the human body have life yet not intelligence. We can thus easily imagine that when grouped together in mass these bacterial or viral clusters may act like grouped neurons, and have intelligence.

We are going to explore this other and additional possible source of human thinking and acting. Aside from the neurons and the brain, the non-human bacteria and viruses living in each persons’ body may have a meaningful effect on our thinking and doing. Continue reading

Want your Mind Blown? Science shows the Human Brain is not a single entity. It’s Billions of Individuals Who Don’t Touch Each Other.

5 Sep

By Mike McGee

Look at the two pictures above side by side, and tell me which one is a human neuron. Yeah, the other one is a squid. And like a colony of squid, the human brain is a whole lot of Individuals Who Don’t Touch Each Other. Knowing this blew my mind. Or at least it blew certain individual living entities – neurons – within my mind. How about you?

Generally accepted science says that each single human brain and nervous system is made up of about 100 billion neurons. Each of these neurons is a separate cellular body which operates on its own, though it accepts and rejects indirect input from other neurons. Each of these neurons is factually an isolated island of life, since no one neuron touches another neuron directly at any time. All of their communication comes from sending chemicals across the cup-like ends of lots of arms that look much like the suction cups on the tentacles of a squid. With neurons, specific chemicals pass from one neuron to another across these cups or receptors, as one might pass food from one person to another. There is no direct contact. Vast numbers of glial cells surround, support and protect the neurons. Neurons are found in nerve pathways throughout the body as well as in the brain.

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Global Warming: Darwinian Evolution in Humans?

12 May

By Mike McGee

Most scientists have a difficult time looking at the possibility of the Darwinian evolution of the physical form and structure of human beings in responses to challenges from the environment. We can easily see how a plant or a lower animal can alter its structure and very being, or become extinct either locally or widespread, under evolutionary pressures exerted over only a very few years.

Global warming is almost certainly a product of the increase in the population of the earth from 2 billion to 7.5 billion souls in the span of less than a century. It is mathematically definite that the increase in body heat and cooking fires and auto engine heat alone will raise the natural planetary temperature to some degree. Add on factories and HVAC and land denuded for agriculture or meat, and other things needed to sustain a larger population, and there is even more natural and inevitable pressure increasing the planetary temperature. Continue reading

Executing a Criminal is Really Easy Now… So Why Do We Make it so Difficult?

29 Mar

By Mike McGee

I’ve always been a supporter of the death penalty. It’s actually physically easy for a state or nation to conduct a judicial execution in 2017. I’m going to show you how. 2,500 years of unexamined culture and history is what makes executions so difficult and filled with drama in the United States and around the world.

Here’s the deal. Carry out executions with respect in private and at an unspecified time, and use commonly available drugs which tend to induce peace before death.

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