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Free Parking is For Monopoly Boards, Not Pregnant Women
Men's News Daily ^ | May 5, 2004 | John Phillips

Posted on 06/13/2004 2:06:07 PM PDT by JPhill9123

Free Parking is For Monopoly Boards, Not Pregnant Women

May 5, 2004

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- by John Phillips

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Fearing that the state of California isn’t dishing out enough special perks at Wal Mart for those who forget to use condoms, one state assemblyman is proposing a bill that would allow pregnant women to park in spots designated for those with physical handicaps. Pregnant women across America are hailing the event as the biggest win for expecting mothers since NBA superstar and seven-time illegitimate father Shawn Kemp agreed to pay child support.

Republican Assemblyman Tony Strickland said he was sparked to introduce the legislation after hearing complaints from angry constituents who – gasp – couldn’t find parking next to the front door at Macy’s. He tells the L.A. Daily News, “a lot of them [pregnant women] gave me stories about how they didn’t go to the mall or supermarket because they couldn’t walk all the way from a normal parking spot.”

While it’s understandable that nine months of pregnancy would teach some women the virtues of keeping their legs together – walking an extra four spaces in the parking lot isn’t exactly the ‘trail of tears.’ Even for pregnant women.

Handicapped spaces aren’t meant to be some sort of ‘employee of the month’ perk for whatever group whines the loudest in Sacramento. If so, the prison guards’ union would have had it in their contract long ago. These spaces are meant for people with serious physical disabilities. Pregnant women are literally demanding that triple amputees and paraplegics stop being so damn greedy!

Without getting too biological, these are apples and oranges. You choose to get pregnant. You don’t choose to have cancer. With the possible exception of Ethel Kennedy – no woman has ever been born pregnant.

In addition, it is highly possible for those with physical handicaps to be single and childless. Paranoid Vietnam vets with missing limbs who sport pirate eye-patches and suffer from dementia aren’t exactly known for cleaning up in the singles bars.

Since asexual reproduction is still just an apple in Murphy Brown’s eye, pregnant women incapable of walking long distances should expect their ‘baby daddy’ to do the shopping. These men should just think of it as their second official automobile related contribution to the pregnancy – just the first one occurring from the front seat.

However, I don’t expect the ‘married with children’ types to back down from this absurd request. They are emboldened by the fact that they always get what they want and have no problem asking the general public to do more sacrificing than an Aztec at a nun convent.

They are also impervious to logic, debate and compromise. If single and childless people ever dare to oppose any of their idiotic, self-serving programs they are branded as being ‘against the children.’

If you don’t want your property taxes raised for the umpteenth time to pay for another school bond…you are ‘against the children.’ If you think that rated R movies are peachy for network television…you are ‘against the children.’ If you think ‘per child’ tax credits are unfair and discriminatory…you are, all together now, ‘against the children.’ You get the picture.

To these people, if you don’t blindly and completely go along with their agenda you are doing the political equivalent of sending America’s children over to Neverland Ranch for a sleepover. Leaders of mind-altering cults would kill for this kind of orthodoxy.

Enough is enough!

The single, childless people aren’t the greedy ones – we pay astronomical taxes (at higher rates) for services we largely don’t use. And then, as a parting gift, we get lectured for not forking over more of our income!

The true leeches in our society are those that have children they can’t afford – and then demand that the rest of us pick up their tab.

Their entire life is one big game of the ‘Price is Right.’ Every time they have another kid they get another plinko chip. ‘Here comes baby Junior, have another plinko chip! There it goes…clink, clink, clink, clink, clink, clink, clink…Nameless replacement for Rod, tell them what they won!’ ‘Well, Bob….Mike and Judy are now the proud owners of a shiny new handicapped parking permit! Now you can cruise the mall in style, acing out any mutilated burn victim for the privilege of parking your brand new car in a prime time spot!’

It’s time to stop this madness.

Instead of spending millions of dollars on ‘No Child Left Behind,” how about instituting a policy of ‘Every Child Left Behind” at movie theatres, restaurants and on airplanes? What about dropping the “credit” part of the $500 per child tax credit? Or replacing ‘Spin City’ with ‘Sex and the City’ on network television? How do you like them apples?

It’s not so much fun when the shoe is on the other foot – or in the case of the handicapped parking spots, if the wheelchair is under the other derriere.

Those in our society who are married with children need to accept the fact that they have a pretty damn good deal. Most childless people don’t complain when the breeders get another tax credit, pass another school bond or go completely insane when Justin Timberlake checks up on Janet Jackson’s mammarian health.

But taking parking spots away from those who truly need them is a new low. Even worse than being ‘against the children.’

John Phillips

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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John Phillips is a freelance writer and operates the website www.johnphillipsworld.com


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1 posted on 06/13/2004 2:06:08 PM PDT by JPhill9123
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To: JPhill9123
Dear John,

Got Asbestos?

Freebilly

2 posted on 06/13/2004 2:08:56 PM PDT by freebilly (Vote Kerry-- 1 Billion Muslims Can't Be Wrong....)
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Oh good grief.

when the breeders get another tax credit

Let me guess, you...um....know what color mauve is?

3 posted on 06/13/2004 2:14:21 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Latine loqui coactus sum)
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To: JPhill9123
Was JPhillip's mother a BREEDER? A condom forgetter? Could JPhil's mom not keep her stupid legs together?

That's about the end of that discussion. What a crank. What a fanatic.

The term "breeder" is a disparagement usually heard from homosexual men. JP needs to take his "discussion" to the Gay Blade Blog.

4 posted on 06/13/2004 2:16:33 PM PDT by Mamzelle (for a post-neo conservatism)
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Was there a point to this tirade? If so, it got drowned out by all the sneering. What a kook.


5 posted on 06/13/2004 2:18:14 PM PDT by RansomOttawa
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To: JPhill9123
Being nine months pregnant, yes, it would be nice to find a space closer to the door but hey, I also need to walk as much as possible, so I won't whine about it and demand special treatment.


The true leeches in our society are those that have children they can’t afford – and then demand that the rest of us pick up their tab.

I have seen so much of this. I post on a board for expectant mothers, and most of these women are home all day like me. The majority of these women are young, have a few children to a few different fathers, use WIC and have been on and off Welfare, and complain the whole time they don't have this or that, and how unfair it is and how they should be able to get it through the government.
Meanwhile I waited until I was married, until my husband finished his PhD, until we worked for a couple of years to buy our house, pay most of our student loans and college debts and save enough money in an emergency fund so I could stay home to raise our kids. I am 30 with my first due any day.
Last time I was at the grocery store, I was behind this big hair/big nails lady who bought a ton of food using food stamps and WIC. after paying for that, she paid over $50 cash for liquor and cigarettes. When I got to the parking lot, she was still loading it up, and into this new cadilac escalade! WTF??? How does this happen?

at least this article was blunt. If you don't vote for school spending, you are not anti child, you are for the schools getting their act together and living within a budget... which most schools *don't* do....
6 posted on 06/13/2004 2:18:39 PM PDT by kiki04 ("If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is a man who has so much as to be out of danger?" - THH)
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While I disagree with forcing stores to do this by government force of gun......I sure did appreciate the "expectant mom" parking spaces local merchants had in parking lots next to the handicapped spots when I was nearing my due date and it was 98 degrees with 95% humidity.

With that said........this article is very anti-woman and anti-family and deserves every single flame it gets.

7 posted on 06/13/2004 2:20:04 PM PDT by Gabz (RIP President Ronald W. Reagan 1911-2004)
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Oh... I finished reading it :)

man does that guy just need to get laid....


8 posted on 06/13/2004 2:20:38 PM PDT by kiki04 ("If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is a man who has so much as to be out of danger?" - THH)
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To: kiki04

ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!


9 posted on 06/13/2004 2:21:41 PM PDT by Gabz (RIP President Ronald W. Reagan 1911-2004)
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To: RansomOttawa
Ah. Never mind, I figured out the problem. From JPhill9123's user profile: John Phillips is a student . . .
10 posted on 06/13/2004 2:21:45 PM PDT by RansomOttawa
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To: Gabz; kiki04

My only problem with maternity parking is that very few who really are expecting park in the maternity parking.
I've seen guys park there, and I've seen people who aren't pregnant park there.
This article also dims my view of my gender.


11 posted on 06/13/2004 2:42:35 PM PDT by Darksheare (enthusiasm + energy * willpower / time available = probability of trouble/discovery)
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To: Darksheare

I have seen this also at the Babies R Us, which is the only place near me that has them. I have also seen the misuse of Handicap parking by people who are waiting for someone and just "pull in for a sec"


12 posted on 06/13/2004 2:49:59 PM PDT by kiki04 ("If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is a man who has so much as to be out of danger?" - THH)
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To: Darksheare

I don't disagree with you - but I admit it was a nice convenience provided by stores for their customers.....not madated by Big Brother.

I ignore the rantings of mysoginists (sp?) - I just focused on the government putting more requirements on private businesses.......that's what bugged me about this piece.


13 posted on 06/13/2004 2:51:08 PM PDT by Gabz (RIP President Ronald W. Reagan 1911-2004)
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To: Gabz

There are no stores here that have expectant mom parking except the babies r us out here! That must have been nice towards the end...

Of course, men don't know what it feels like the last few weeks of pregnancy when you think your *whole* reproductive system is going to fall out of your cha cha at any minute and you have no balance left so you are waddling like a duck. The will never know how your hips feel like they are separating and you can't get comfortable in any position, sitting, standing or laying down. Lastly, they don't know how grumpy a very pregnant lady can be, especially when living off of about 3 hours sleep each night because the baby's kicks now feel like a jackhammer in your tummy, you have to pee every 5 seconds, and of course, you are never comfortable...

Oh, and the children he so despises I bet when they grow up he wants them to pay for his SS, medicaid, and so on...


14 posted on 06/13/2004 2:56:07 PM PDT by kiki04 ("If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is a man who has so much as to be out of danger?" - THH)
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Don't have a Babies R Us near here anymore, it closed.
*ugh*
The mall has one single maternity space, as if that makes any sense.
Why only one, and it's by the hardware enterance at SEARS.
Expecting mothers are more likely to park near Filene's, JC Penny's, and Target than they are to park near the hardware department of SEARS.
Though I do have to admit that there are plans for more parking spaces elsewhere on site, they just redid the road around the building and are looking at redoing some of the parking.


15 posted on 06/13/2004 2:59:43 PM PDT by Darksheare (enthusiasm + energy * willpower / time available = probability of trouble/discovery)
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To: Gabz

I agree, it's a good idea as a convenience provided by the business.
Mandated by government, it becomes a hassle and a nuisance.
(Who's going to sit there and make sure that only pregnant mothers park there? And how will they verify the previous status? Lunacy.)

It should be a voluntary service by business, not mandated by governmental fiat.
And the misogynists can go jump, they make men like myself look bad and justify the radical feminist view of men as knuckle dragging drooling idiots.


16 posted on 06/13/2004 3:04:47 PM PDT by Darksheare (enthusiasm + energy * willpower / time available = probability of trouble/discovery)
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To: kiki04

Then I guess I was lucky :) Late June weather can be horrendous in Delaware (or anywhere when 9 months pregnant), and I was due in early July. The only place I ever saw them was in one shopping center and they had them at both by the supermarket and by the drug store (go figure).

Of course men don't know anything about how we feel, but at least most are willing to try and be understanding........."men" such as those who wrote this will never get it.

Knock on wood, I have never, to my knowlege, met a person like this in real life.


17 posted on 06/13/2004 3:15:20 PM PDT by Gabz (RIP President Ronald W. Reagan 1911-2004)
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OK, lady question, did you deliver early or late? I am due June 25th... I know a few more days but I cannot wait anymore! Husband wants a 4th of July baby, if I am overdue I will scream.

Yeah, most men try to understand, and I feel lucky enough to be married to one...


18 posted on 06/13/2004 3:20:35 PM PDT by kiki04 ("If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is a man who has so much as to be out of danger?" - THH)
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To: Darksheare

I'm sick and bloody tired of the government fiats against private businesses..........not only who is going to enforce it - but who is going to be covered and who isn't? Lunacy is correct.

It was a very nice convenience, but one I only used at the very end of my pregnancy and even then on the very rare occassions that I was going to the store alone. If my husband or a friend was taking me to the store they dropped me at the door and then parked. But I don't want to see any business forced to provide it.

You're right about the misogynists...........which is why I'm not bothering to give him the attention he is so obviously craving.

To me the issue is unwarranted government intrusion into private business decisions.....not flaming or coddling some poor misguided soul that has some obvious issues beyond government intrusion!!!


19 posted on 06/13/2004 3:26:39 PM PDT by Gabz (RIP President Ronald W. Reagan 1911-2004)
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To: Gabz

I hear that!
I personally wonder what, why, or how people that are misogynistic 'happen' or 'become'.
Not that it's relevant at the moment, btu it's weird.

Wonder how many businesses will chafe at a government mandate to have such parking available or presumably be fined?
I smell parking enforcement revenue generation in this somewhere, and how will one prove to the ticketing officer that one truly is pregnant?
A doctor's note?
A special sticker?
*ugh*
This isn't just a bad idea, it's the Titanic of stupid ideas.


20 posted on 06/13/2004 3:36:52 PM PDT by Darksheare (enthusiasm + energy * willpower / time available = probability of trouble/discovery)
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