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 Post subject: I take back what I said about you, Mississippi
PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:03 pm 
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Mississippi defeats the life-begins-at-conception initiative.

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 Post subject: Re: I take back what I said about you, Mississippi
PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:08 pm 
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Mississippi validates the faith I had in it.

(My faith was that Mississippi voters were not 100% evil, so the bar was set low. Still, a celebration for Mississippi!)

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 Post subject: Re: I take back what I said about you, Mississippi
PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:09 pm 
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Yeah, that initiative was just way too extreme, even for someone who might be anti-abortion. Only the craziest of the crazies want to ban birth control, or abortion in cases of incest or rape.

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 Post subject: Re: I take back what I said about you, Mississippi
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:43 pm 
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Some faith in humanity has been restored.

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 Post subject: Re: I take back what I said about you, Mississippi
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:48 pm 
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Sigh of relief breathed.

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 Post subject: Re: I take back what I said about you, Mississippi
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:51 pm 
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I live on the border with MS, I know a lot of people in MS (including my whole family), and in fact I lived in MS until June of this year. I am so happily shocked at the outcome! Plus, it helped me purge a bunch of people from my 'friends' list on facebook, so that's nice too.

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 Post subject: Re: I take back what I said about you, Mississippi
PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:59 am 
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Yeah, that initiative was just way too extreme, even for someone who might be anti-abortion. Only the craziest of the crazies want to ban birth control, or abortion in cases of incest or rape.

Well, in the polls before the election it was looking split almost equally on people for and against it with about 10% undecided. So, if people understood the initiative, and told the truth in polling, close to half of Mississippi voters are the craziest of the crazies. Does anyone know by what percentage the bill was actually defeated?

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 Post subject: Re: I take back what I said about you, Mississippi
PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:45 am 
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32 precincts haven't reported yet, but Amendment 26 went down 58-42%. 346,699 people voted for it, or about 130,000 fewer people than those who voted against, which doesn't make me feel great about the uptick in local and national governments wanting to, y'know, criminalize my gender. I'm sure they'll stick it back on the ballot next time, and more states will be voting on this in the months and years to come. Whee, America!

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 Post subject: Re: I take back what I said about you, Mississippi
PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:49 am 
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I think the thing was that a lot of people didn't exactly know what the initiative included. Once people really started hearing about it, and reading articles saying things like certain types of birth control could be made illegal, women who have miscarriages could be accused of murder and all that crepe (also that the state's census numbers would be all out of wack because fetuses would have to be counted as well, if that's not crazy enough for you), I think some of them got panicky.

I thought these people were supposed to be against Big Government? What gives?


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 Post subject: Re: I take back what I said about you, Mississippi
PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 5:28 pm 
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Not a single county went for gay marriage in Mississippi when it was on the ballot. The counties that voted for Obama killed this anti-choice bill. There are parallels to be drawn but I'm done hoping the veterans of one civil rights battle will join to fight another. Doesn't seem like it's ever going to happen.


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