Gracie and I are delighted that our three golden retriever friends have been visiting for almost two weeks now and with the heat hovering around the century level there is nothing that Mama Bear and Kali enjoy more than going in the pool and retrieving a tennis ball. They are very clever beasties and have figured out a way to absorb about five percent of a 15000 gallon pool each time they make an exit from a fetch. Naturally, this water has to go somewhere and it does – all over the cool deck that surrounds the pool.
Now in the backyard there is a strip that allows accumulated water, whether from the pool or our infrequent rain storms, to runoff into the rock bed that abuts the deck. Because there are slits in the strip it serves as an excellent cover for a variety of insects to use it as a shield for their nests. And there is an ant colony that does reside there. As I learned the other day, apparently it is also suitable for cockroaches as well.
I was enjoying my morning coffee when Kali returned from a swim with both the tennis balls I had thrown in her mouth. Without shaking on her exit from the pool, she came right over to me and sat there dripping, right on the strip in the deck.
Apparently enough water had entered the habitat below that it caused a very large cockroach to emerge from its home. I was shocked that this insect could get through the very tiny slits because it was a large example of its species. And it started to make its way quickly to the back door which I had left open. Almost involuntarily, I stood up and stomped the creature out of existence with my left shoe. And then I felt guilty about what I had just done.
Cockroaches have been around far longer than man and will probably survive our demise. What right did I have to snuff out the life of this creature? And honestly, if it hadn’t been headed into the house I would have left it alone. I don’t believe in taking life in whatever form unnecessarily. But I made a decision that my lifestyle and wanting the house to be cockroach free was more important than this insect – and I acted accordingly.
Josef Mengele was ironically nicknamed, “The Angel of Death”. He was an SS doctor/anthropologist who was one of those who determined which Jewish prisoners who were brought to Auschwitz would be used for labor and which would be sent to the death chambers. Three quarters of those who arrived at the camp, the elderly, almost all children, pregnant women and women with small children were all deemed unfit to live and were almost immediately sent to the gas chambers.
In addition to his job of sorting out those who would live and those who would die, Mengele performed hundreds of experiments on prisoners which were performed without concern either for the pain or safety of his victims. He was particularly interested in identical twins, dwarves and those with physical anomalies. Part of the motivation behind Mengele’s research was impelled by Hitler’s belief that the world’s Germinization was the ultimate goal and led him further into exploring the potential that eugenics might bring.
Eugenics – The study of or belief in the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population especially by such means as discouraging reproduction by people having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits.
If Mengele’s view of the world and the importance of eugenics in “purifying” the race is frightening to you, the following quotes will certainly reinforce your beliefs.
“While I personally believe in the sterilization of the feeble-minded, the insane and syphilitic, I have not been able to discover that these measures are more than superficial deterrents when applied to the constantly growing stream of the unfit. They are excellent means of meeting a certain phase of the situation, but I believe in regard to these, as in regard to other eugenic means, that they do not go to the bottom of the matter.”
“By all means, there should be no children when either mother or father suffers from such diseases as tuberculosis, gonorrhea, syphilis, cancer, epilepsy, insanity, drunkenness and mental disorders. In the case of the mother, heart disease, kidney trouble and pelvic deformities are also a serious bar to childbearing No more children should be born when the parents, though healthy themselves, find that their children are physically or mentally defective.”
“The main objects of the Population Congress would be to apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring; to give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization.”
Given Mengele’s dedication to the Third Reich and to eugenics, it is not surprising that he would make these sorts of statements. But he didn’t. Those quotes are from the mouth of Margaret Sanger, the American who founded Planned Parenthood.
Given Sanger’s extreme racist views it is not a surprise that Planned Parenthood has placed three quarters of its facilities either in or within walking distance of black and Hispanic neighborhoods. From her writings Sanger makes it perfectly clear that she thinks of non-whites as inherently inferior. It is frankly an incredible act of genius marketing that this organization portrays itself as an organization dedicated to the promotion of “women’s health” when in fact if it has a concern for women’s health at all it might better call itself a champion of some women’s health.
It is interesting that every one of the seventeen Republicans who is contesting the presidential nomination has called for defunding Planned Parenthood. And each of those seeking the Democrat nomination affirms their support of this organization. But they say a picture is worth a thousand words – and it is appropriate that I close this discussion with one featuring Margaret Sanger and another of her quotes: