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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Done, Sir, Done

I've decided to make my recent vacation a permanent thing. The Kadnine blog is closing up shop. And while I may return to writing, I don't know when that will be. So let me say to my regular readers and random visitors alike... thanks for stopping by.

The Kadnine archives are still available to your left, and you'll still see me appear in the comment sections of the many excellent blogs listed in the side bar. It's been nearly two years, and I've grown weary.

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

"Safe, legal, and rare"

President Clinton caught an awful lot of flak in the '90s for his summation that abortion in America should be "safe, legal, and rare." I was in high school at the time, and I liked the phrase. I liked it so much I took to repeating it in debates with friends. It's taken me many moons to realize why it needed criticism.

The first two conditions are interconnected, at least as far as conventional wisdom goes. Without legal protection, abortion would happen anyway, the theory goes, but in back alleys with coat hangers or car antennaes. Hence, "legal" means "safe." For the most part, I can accept this as true, if not in a literal sense. (Basically, I believe it much more likely that illegal abortions of days past were performed by rogue doctors rather than back alley wire encounters.)

But "rare?" How does one go about forming public policy to ensure that abortion in America remains a rare phenomenom after you've made it legal? Answer: You can't. Not with government meddling. The only power I know of that ensures rarity is the societal force of stigma. America currently has a kind of invisible stain with which we paint abortionists and women who've had abortions. Not every country has this. Read this item in the Wall Street Journal's opinion page, for example:

Like most Soviet-era fetuses conceived in Russia by couples who were already parents, I was scheduled for abortion as a matter of course. In a society where abortion was the only form of birth control, it wasn't uncommon to meet women who had double-digit abortion counts. Often a couple would schedule the appointment before they even stopped to remember that they wanted a second child.

Seconded by Karol Sheinin:

Julia and I are both from the former Soviet Union and I've written before about the general acceptability of abortion in Russian culture. I blame the lack of stigma for the astounding fact that Russia has more abortions than live births.

I know of no reasonable American who doesn't agree with this statement: "It is better to die of old age having never aborted a child." And while I am not an anti-abortion absolutist under any stretch of the imagination (I can think of a thousand tragic scenarios in which circumstances dictate an abortion be performed) to call me pro-choice is only half right. I am pro-choice... but I'm also pro-stigma. I see no other way to keep abortion safe, legal, and, most importantly, rare.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

All in one take...

... OK Go!

I saw this late last night on VH1 and thought, "I should look for this on YouTube." Turns out it's currently the most viewed item on YouTube ever.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Tearjerker Tuesday

For anyone who doubts Man was made in God's image, here's proof.

Bring tissues.

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Monday, August 14, 2006

Ask a ninja

(Via: Mags)

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Hobbies should be fun

And blogging has been considerably less enjoyable in recent weeks. (Being threatened with a libel suit doesn't help either.) I'm taking a vacation.

*** 8/9 BACK FROM VACATION UPDATE*** I'm now regretting that I mentioned this thing publically considering how quickly it was resolved. The suit against me has been dropped without drama. New posts tomorrow. Promise.

UPDATE: I don't know why, exactly?? But this, like, cheers me up, and stuff?? I especially liked Bobby's "advice on how to cope in a declining civilization." Sage advice indeed.

(Via: Jack, who is guest hosting at Ace's place.)

UNRELATED: There's this sticker on my Sears Craftsman push mower (with a 6.75 HP, Briggs and Stratton engine which is way, way, way more power than I need for my postage stamp yard) that warns, "There is no clutch on this mower. If the engine is running, the blade is turning." Um, can anyone remember when push mowers had clutches? I'm giving serious consideration to putting this sticker on eBay. I figure there's only a few years left before the nostalgia value bottoms out at $0.00.

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