John Fielding

John Fielding 5 days, 2 hours ago on Friends, family remember avalanche victim

Our hearts go out to his family.

He will be greatly missed by so many people whose lives he enriched by his generous sharing.

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John Fielding 3 weeks, 6 days ago on Women's March on Steamboat Springs surpasses expectations

An etymological note:

in the language of the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest, nook or nooki was the word meaning sea otter Pelt. Its use was expanded to mean something that was highly prized and or soft and furry. Beaver pelts were the other highly prized fur of the era.

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John Fielding 3 weeks, 6 days ago on Women's March on Steamboat Springs surpasses expectations

The fact that there are relatively fewer abortions now than when they first became legal is a good thing and a very interesting question arises as to the factors that caused the decline. Many are quick to assert that it is because they are legal but it is hard to make that connection as far as causality. It is much more likely that it is access to birth control that is a larger contributing factor.

Another factor is likely reflected in survey results that indicate fewer women favor abortion even though they may not wish to see it made illegal. Could it be that the result of more thorough education about abortions has caused many to regard them as undesirable to the point that few will consider them as an option and us be more diligent in their efforts to avoid pregnancy?

When legal abortion was new there were far fewer women who would willingly discuss the various personal consequences of having made that decision. It may have been regarded then as something that does not carry a significant consequence of conscience. Most of the material I have read indicate a very high level of remorse by women who have used that method to avoid having an unwanted child.

And therein lies the great unspoken component of this debate. It has become highly Politically Incorrect to discuss the personal trauma of abortion. It is considered to be a cruelty to the woman to do so. I have to agree that it would be unkind but it ought not to be disregarded as one of the very real consequences.

If we were as a society to instead celebrate that procedure in order to lessen the trauma to those who endure it, (as it appears some people who have the attention of the media have done), would there be a clear line any longer about other forms of taking of human life?

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John Fielding 3 weeks, 6 days ago on Women's March on Steamboat Springs surpasses expectations

Eric, if a woman knows full well that she will die in childbirth there would be little difficulty have a medical professionals support that knowledge in a presentation to a judge. I certainly do not claim the decision making ability but our society can produce a system where a well-informed decision can be made. Perhaps all the doctors and judges involved in that process should be women?

Anyway it's a ridiculous assertion, in our society the access to sophisticated medical procedures has virtually eliminated the risk of a mother's death in childbirth through procedures such as the cesarean section.

A C-section could be performed on a woman at six or seven months and have the child suffer relatively little consequence for having had a shorter period in utero. Technically that is still aborting a pregnancy. So in that regard I believe abortion should be legal but simply have the requirement that it attempt to protect the life of the infant.

As far as the problem of unwanted children I personally advicate adopting from foster care as did we but if you want an infant you have to go to an agency wait in line and pay tens of thousands of dollars. To me that indicates a high demand

Whatever other argument one cares to make regarding it the fact that we kill infants must have some consequence on the conscience or there is very little that would affect us. It is the cheapening of human life that is the most severe societal consequence.

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John Fielding 4 weeks ago on Women's March on Steamboat Springs surpasses expectations

And lest we forget approximately half of these aborted children are female. That seems to play into women's rights somehow I think

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John Fielding 4 weeks ago on Women's March on Steamboat Springs surpasses expectations

Thank you Dan, I do think 8000 terminations of viable infants is a lot. It could almost repopulate this town.

The other part of this story is the degree to which a woman has the right to choose to abused the child in utero. In some places it is a crime to do so even where it is legal to end its life. My boys we're both abused in utero by drug use as well as severely neglected in infancy. Many would say they were ideal candidates for abortion.

But there is an excellent Prospect of them recovering from that and going on to become great Men. They are already wonderful human beings. How fortunate for them that their mother had a moral compunction against killing them even though she could not bring herself to stop the behaviors that led to their injury.

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John Fielding 4 weeks ago on Women's March on Steamboat Springs surpasses expectations

women's rights are human rights. Mens rights are human rights. Children's rights are human rights.

In all likelihood that next great advance in protection of Human Rights will be extending them to the human child in utero

There is no doubt that it is human and alive and after about midterm viable.

In many places causing the death of an unborn child through negligence or assault is a crime.

Of course the rights of the other person involved must be balanced. If the continuation of pregnancy will result in economic hardship that must be compensated. If caring for the infant would cause hardship that must be accommodated. If the mother's life is genuinely endangered by the pregnancy it must be ended but all necessary measures should be taken to assure that the Unborn Child may have its life preserved in the process.

A great many abortions are performed on unborn children who are perfectly capable being removed from the uterus in a manner that will preserve their life. That should not be allowed.

By far the majority of Americans agree that a viable infant in utero deserves legal protections.

These are human rights too.

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John Fielding 4 weeks, 1 day ago on Women's March on Steamboat Springs surpasses expectations

The Good Wife stay in the kitchen and raising the kids is probably the most effective form of nurture for the first few years preschool.

You can let other people raise your kids for you and paid them to do that but in all likelihood it would be better for them to have a full-time parent at home.

The point I attempted to illustrate with the Kipling poem was that to a very great extent men allow themselves to be controlled by women and act out of fear of upsetting the women by not meeting their demands.

Allowing oneself to be controlled in that way is an act of participation in the nurture of the family unit. One submits one's selfish desires to what is better for the family unit. In most instances that would be applicable to the decision two limit ones family size bye termination of pregnancy.

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John Fielding 4 weeks, 1 day ago on Women's March on Steamboat Springs surpasses expectations

Fear, or foolishness, impels him, ere he lay the wicked low, To concede some form of trial even to his fiercest foe. Mirth obscene diverts his anger—Doubt and Pity oft perplex Him in dealing with an issue—to the scandal of The Sex!

But the Woman that God gave him, every fibre of her frame 
Proves her launched for one sole issue, armed and engined for the same; 
And to serve that single issue, lest the generations fail, 
The female of the species must be deadlier than the male.

She who faces Death by torture for each life beneath her breast 
May not deal in doubt or pity—must not swerve for fact or jest. 
These be purely male diversions—not in these her honour dwells— 
She the Other Law we live by, is that Law and nothing else.

She can bring no more to living than the powers that make her great 
As the Mother of the Infant and the Mistress of the Mate. 
And when Babe and Man are lacking and she strides unclaimed to claim 
Her right as femme (and baron), her equipment is the same.

She is wedded to convictions—in default of grosser ties; 
Her contentions are her children, Heaven help him who denies!— 
He will meet no suave discussion, but the instant, white-hot, wild, 
Wakened female of the species warring as for spouse and child.

Unprovoked and awful charges—even so the she-bear fights, 
Speech that drips, corrodes, and poisons—even so the cobra bites, 
Scientific vivisection of one nerve till it is raw 
And the victim writhes in anguish—like the Jesuit with the squaw!

So it comes that Man, the coward, when he gathers to confer 
With his fellow-braves in council, dare not leave a place for her 
Where, at war with Life and Conscience, he uplifts his erring hands 
To some God of Abstract Justice—which no woman understands.

And Man knows it! Knows, moreover, that the Woman that God gave him 
Must command but may not govern—shall enthral but not enslave him. 
And She knows, because She warns him, and Her instincts never fail, 
That the Female of Her Species is more deadly than the Male.
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John Fielding 4 weeks, 1 day ago on Women's March on Steamboat Springs surpasses expectations

                  Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
                       The Female of the Species

WHEN the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride, 
He shouts to scare the monster, who will often turn aside. 
But the she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail. 
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

When Nag the basking cobra hears the careless foot of man, 
He will sometimes wriggle sideways and avoid it if he can. 
But his mate makes no such motion where she camps beside the trail. 
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

When the early Jesuit fathers preached to Hurons and Choctaws, 
They prayed to be delivered from the vengeance of the squaws. 
'Twas the women, not the warriors, turned those stark enthusiasts pale. 
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

Man's timid heart is bursting with the things he must not say, 
For the Woman that God gave him isn't his to give away; 
But when hunter meets with husbands, each confirms the other's tale— 
The female of the species is more deadly than the male.

Man, a bear in most relations—worm and savage otherwise,— 
Man propounds negotiations, Man accepts the compromise. 
Very rarely will he squarely push the logic of a fact 
To its ultimate conclusion in unmitigated act.
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