Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Back from Thailand


I've not been posting for a while because I've been on vacation in Thailand. What a great place! And I have to sing Queen Sirikit's praises up to the skies -- I'm guessing that her efforts on behalf of the rural people of Thailand are a big part of the reason there was no village I saw so remote that it didn't have flush toilets and toothbrushes. Okay, you flushed the toilet by scooping a bowl of water from a storage tank and dumping it in, but it did the job very well, and much cheaper and quieter than noisy ordinary flush toilets.

17 Comments:

At 5:37 AM, Anonymous Sasha said...

how long were you in Thailand?

 
At 8:11 AM, Blogger GrannyGrump said...

Just a week, but I'm going back for a year sometime starting in 2006, probably.

 
At 9:59 PM, Anonymous Sasha said...

thats cool, Thailand is one place i haven't been to yet.

 
At 8:13 AM, Blogger GrannyGrump said...

It is truly an awesome place.

 
At 5:18 PM, Anonymous Sasha said...

If you don't mind me asking, how old are you Christina?

 
At 7:27 PM, Blogger GrannyGrump said...

43

 
At 6:02 AM, Anonymous sasha said...

cool, how long have you been doing your work and research against abortion?

 
At 6:34 AM, Blogger GrannyGrump said...

Sasha, I've been at it since I was pregnant with my son in 1983.

 
At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Sasha said...

i've been researching abortion, since i was pregnant and had an abortion, about a year ago. I am only 16 and somewhat new to the pro-life/pro-choice argument, (i mean i've heard almost all the arguments from both sides, but i havent developed my opinion for all of them yet) and i sometimes go back and forth between whether i think it is okay to have an abortion or not, but it comes down to me thinking that women should be able to choose whether or to be pregnant, which i feel out weighs my beliefs. I could very well become against abortion, but i dont think i would ever want to take away that right from another women.

 
At 7:07 PM, Blogger GrannyGrump said...

Hugs, Sasha. You're very young to have gone through so much.

If you're going back and forth on the issue, having a hard time making up your mind if it's okay or not, if it should be permitted or not, that's a sign that you're putting the kind of thought into it that something as profound as abortion deserves. Good for you!

I'd like to recommend some reading for you:

1. The Search for an Abortionist, by Nancy Howell Lee
2. When Abortion Was a Crime, by Leslie Reagan
3. Aborting America, by Bernard Nathanson
4. In Necessity and Sorrow, by Magda Denes
5. Abortion Rites, by Marvin Olasky

That's enough to keep you busy for a while! 1, 2, and 4 are by prochoice authors. 3 was written while the author was in a transition from prochoice to prolife. 5 is by a prolife author. So it's a good mix.

 
At 1:04 AM, Anonymous Sasha said...

thanks for the material christina! it should be very helpful in my quest to figure out where exactly i stand on abortion. i myself, do not feel regret for having had an abortion, but i did have difficulties because of it with my boyfriend. We began fighting afterwards, and he turned abusive, but looking back he was always very controlling. And after we broke up i finally asked him why he was so mad or sad or whatever he was about it, and he said it was because he didnt really have a say in it. And i realized he was just mad about it, because it was the first time he lost control over me, and it was in a very major way. I know that he didnt feel sad about it because, he felt like i "killed his baby" or anything, he wanted me to have an abortion, but he just wanted to be able to make the decision for me.

 
At 8:11 AM, Blogger GrannyGrump said...

I went back and forth for a long time on the death penalty before finally settling where I am. I can't say if I favor the death penalty but only in very limited circumstances, or if I oppose the death penalty except for very limited circumstances!

 
At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Sasha said...

I guess I don't favor the death penalty. I don't really see the need, because putting one in prison for life, would seem to be sufficient. The only way I would support the death penalty would be to prevent further deaths, but a life prison sentence seems like it would accomplish that as well.Although i suppose if one managed to sneak out of prison and murdered again, it might be appropriate to use the death penalty, but I still think that there could be a better alternative.

p.s. I just found out my ex is in a juvenile facility (for stealing speakers and things of that ilk out of cars in a parking garage), he had two counts of burglary against him, and decided to make a deal, so he would not be charged as an adult. At least now I don't have to worry about him stalking me.

 
At 7:08 PM, Blogger GrannyGrump said...

Sasha, sounds like we're on the same page about the death penalty -- I only favor it in cases where the person remains a danger, either because they're an escape risk or because they are violent in prison. Ted Bundy, for example, needed to be executed, because he had already escaped twice to kill again. Ed Kemper, on the other hand, although he'd committed very similar crimes, turned himself in and was a model prisoner, so there's no need to execute him.

I'm glad you don't have to worry now about being stalked, but Lord have mercy! Your ex doesn't sound like much of a catch, does he? And you know the strange thing -- guys like that never seem to have any trouble finding women.

 
At 12:03 AM, Anonymous Sasha said...

I know christina!!!! after we broke up i found out all these girls were trying to go after him, and i was like what on earth do you see in him??? its so creepy...
i have a mini blog now btw, i hardly ever post anything on it, but its realityofabortion.blogspot.com

 
At 8:23 AM, Blogger GrannyGrump said...

Well I put in an appearance at your blog and added it to my bookmarks!

 
At 8:13 AM, Blogger TheDevilIsInTheDetails said...

Another anti death penalty Resource... LifeLaw.org . A discussion forum for all that deals with such hot-button issues as anti death penalty .

 

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