It occured to me today that my posts as of late have been mainly fluff: avatars, candles, news updates, and the like. There are a few things I’ve posted about recently—mainly the Larry King Live interview with LDS President Hinkley and my Ohayocon pictures & review—that have generated a veritable fuckload of search engine traffic, which is fun.
It also occured to me that I could quite possibly have forgotten how to formulate a proper written argument. (It’s been a while since undergrad.) This shortcoming could present a problem when trying to pontificate on a potentially controversial subject; after all, I’m not the sort to go spouting off at the mouth on a regular basis. So, when I do get on my soapbox, I try not to sound like a raving idiot.
So, instead of writing a proper essay, I will instead string together a few potentially controversial facts, and see where the comments go.
*dons flame-retardant gear*
Fact Set #1:
I was conceived in… *counting on fingers* …the summer of 1975. My mother was 20 years old, and unmarried. My father, when she told him of the pregnancy, apparently offered to pay the cost of having me aborted. Thankfully for me, my mother refused the offer. I was raised my my mother and her mother, often with public assistance.
I’ve never met my father, but I know who he is. I’ve seen pictures. Although he never acknowledged his paternity, I was accepted by his sisters and his parents as part of their family.
Considering that he tried to kill me, I’m not too keen on ever meeting him.
Fact Set #2:
Eric Snowdeal IV was born on July 4, 2004. He was only 24 weeks and 6 days into gestation, making him a “micro-preemie.” He weighed less than two pounds at birth. Now, seven months later, he is progressing like a normal four-month old (in age-adjusted terms, of course) and his parents couldn’t be happier.
A fetus only one week younger than Eric was at birth may legally be terminated.
I will now resist the urge to continue further. I expect heated debate already. If my facts are incorrect or incomplete, please feel free to correct me.