The "fetal pain" bill shifted the burden of proof off the DAs and onto the doctors. The doctors now have the burden of proof to show that they did NOT violate this law. It also removes any language allowing rights of privacy. Now ALL records including those about the woman's private consultations with her physician are open to the DA. Whether we are Pro-Life or Pro-Choice, Democrats or Republicans, this is BAD for the women of Georgia, including those who want to carry their babies to term. It will be harder now to get an obstetrician to treat us and malpractice premiums will go sky high in this state, making care even less affordable than it is now for uninsured women. There is already a dearth of doctors in South Georgia, below a line that runs through Macon, necessitating travel to major population centers for routine obsetetrical care for thousands of pregnant women.
Meanwhile the right wing wants to restrict contraception and the left wing acts like pregnancym especially when chosen and planned, is a nail in the coffin of the ecosystem. They raise so much heat that there's very little bi-partisan light available. I feel caught in the middle of Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee. Women can't do anything right and are not trusted by either side of the aisle to make appropriate moral and health decisions for ourselves and our babies! It's an insult to Georgia's women! This goes under the "file" of "WHAT WERE THEY THINKING??"
I've got news for the angry chef. People who come to dinners at homes of friends act this way too! I have given up inviting more than one person at a time because it is too confusing to plan a meal that has (1) no gluten (2)offers a meat selection but it cannot be cooked along with the veggies (3) everything must be (a) organic and (b) grown within 10 miles of my house (4) cheese and eggs are verboten (5) sugar is an evil chemical and artificial sweeteners are going to give all the diners cancer and political events of the week make my recipe politically unacceptable. When I contribute to a pot-luck meal now at my church I bring a sack of Florida tangerines or oranges, so I won't get read the green-peace and justice "riot act".
I share the chef's frustration with what is no less than egregiously bad manners being tolerated in both private and shared spaces.
I was brought up on Emily Post who instructed guests, whether paying or not, to meet the host and cook's efforts with efforts of their own to make the evening a pleasant one. We were instructed to "push food around the plate" if it was something we absolutely were unable to eat or to hide it under a lettuce leaf. And we were admonished not to come with a negative critical attitude toward food. She said "it is not what is on the table, but what is on the chairs" makes or breaks the evening.
When guests, payind or otherwise, are doing their part, however, the host/cook has a responsibility not to play the heavy-weight toward his guests and call attention to their lapses in manners. It ruins things for everybody else who is doing their part.
So Chef did the right thing by bringing the remade salad to the paying guest and refraining from commenting when she poured the entire thing over only half the salad and then let it wilt under its soggy load. Alas, the inmates are running the assylum and it will not improved matters for those of us clinging to our last nerve to join the fray.
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