Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Almost A Decade...



The Man and I have been married nine years today. (Though, he was a bit inebriated when we exchanged vows, so I'm still not sure it was legal...) ;)

I always wanted a guy who was real blue collar -had a viable trade, worked hard and came home looking like he worked. I also wanted a guy that appreciated fashion and hygiene and looking great when he wasn't working. I wanted a guy that could fix/build anything I wanted. I wanted a guy that believed a woman should be home with the kids but that didn't bitch about her 'not working' when she wanted expensive bags (lol). I also wanted someone that wouldn't be threatened when his wife did work if she made more money. Mainly I wanted someone with incredible work ethic, an above-average brain and a severe case of ALa worship…

Everyone said that guy didn't exist...

They were wrong, he exists and I married him. Sorry girls! :)

Federally-Funded Sex Change?!

Can this possibly be happening (this is a rhetorical question --I know for a fact that it does happen...) Talk about pork --tax payer dollars for the sex change of a convicted murderer...?! People are homeless, hungry, and unemployed...but by all means, let's relieve this wife-killer of his penis.

"A man serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife is asking a federal judge to order the state to pay for a sex-change operation for him, saying that denying him the surgery amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

A psychiatrist testified Tuesday that he believes Robert Kosilek will kill himself if state correction officials refuse to allow the surgery and Kosilek is unable to complete his transformation into a woman.

Kosilek, 57, was convicted of strangling his wife, Cheryl, in 1990.

In 2002, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled that Kosilek _ who now goes by the name of Michelle _ was entitled to treatment for gender identity disorder, but stopped short of ordering the state to pay for the sex-change operation.

Since then, Kosilek has received psychotherapy, female hormone treatments and laser hair removal. Kosilek, who wears his hair long and tucked behind his ears, has developed larger breasts since beginning hormone treatments.

Kosilek sued the Department of Correction for the second time last year, saying that numerous psychiatrists who had examined him _ including two of the DOC's own experts _ had determined that a sex- change operation is "medically necessary." (Read the whole story)

Autism Rise...

At a party I was at on Saturday night, there was an interesting discussion with the social workers & special ed teachers in attendance about the seemingly huge rise in Autism. Everyone conceded that it may be due in part to the Autism spectrum vastly widening with the PDD diagnosises. It does seem to be everywhere now --so many people you meet have an autistic sibling or child, yet I can't think of anyone I knew of that had Autism before I was 18.

I know that anti-vaccine crowd looks to blame it on that, but if your kids don't get vaccinated they don't go to school. My kids have had all the required vaccines (and even a few experimental ones that they no longer give) and neither have autism --nor do any of my friend's vaccinated children... Mercury in vaccines causing autism has pretty much been ruled out anyway. There has to be a cause though...

One thing that's comforting is researchers always seem to be coming up with new theories:

"Samples from children with autism contained abnormally high levels of a family of proteins called porphyrins, which are precursors in the production of haem, the oxygen-carrying component in haemoglobin. Heavy metals block haem production, causing porphyrins to accumulate in urine. Concentrations of one molecule, coproporphyrin, were 2.6 times as high in urine from children with autism as in controls.

Autism is thought to have a number of unknown genetic and environmental causes. Richard Lathe of Pieta Research in Edinburgh, UK, says he has found one of these factors. "It's highly likely that heavy metals are responsible for childhood autistic disorder in a majority of cases," he claims. The study will appear in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology." (source)

On-Line Diplomas

Not only can you get advanced degrees online -states are now working toward allowing students to earn virtual high school diplomas. Seattle's program will start this fall amid expected controversy.

"The group of business executives, politicians and educators launching the school Monday touted it as an alternative for students who need scheduling flexibility, might struggle in a traditional school or who live in remote areas.

"We do not want our geography to determine our educational and economic destiny," said Quillayute Valley School District Superintendent Frank Walter, whose district in Forks on the Olympic Peninsula will oversee the program and issue diplomas. "This is a new world -- youngsters today are digital natives, and there are students who thrive in that type of environment."

Critics, however, fear online-only schools such as Insight are merely cyber "charter schools." Voters have rejected charter schools three times, most recently in 2004. Critics also worry the online schools will deprive students of the interaction with other teens and adults that makes for a well-rounded education.

"A large part of learning is working face-to-face with a teacher and other students -- and online-only schools don't allow that to happen," said Rich Wood, a spokesman for the Washington Education Association, the state teachers' union. "There's great potential there, but it really should be to supplement traditional education." (source)

I completely understand the choice to homeschool children --though I have made no secret of the fact that I do worry about socialization issues... But this is still a fully state-mandated curriculum. It seems like a way to reward lazy kids. If they can't get to school, how will they learn to get to college classes or a job? What are "scheduling difficulties" for teens?

I Love my Dog and All, But...

...if an alligator got her we would have to say 'adieu'.

"Michael Rubin took Jasmine, a 6-month-old golden retriever, and his other dog, a border collie named Frisbee, for a run near a construction site. The puppy ran ahead of Rubin to the edge of a pond, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

Rubin heard the dog cry. When he went to check on her, he saw the puppy's head inside an alligator's mouth. Rubin jumped in the water and started beating the gator with his fist.

The reptile refused to let go of Jasmine and started rolling in the water with the dog still in its mouth. He estimated the gator was about 7 feet long.

"I thought she was dead," Rubin said. "But at that point I wasn't going to let him have my dog."

He eventually pried the dog loose and rushed her to an animal hospital, where she was treated for cuts and puncture wounds. The puppy is in good condition, Rubin said." (source)

...I consider paying $800 to have Spiderman's torso removed from her intestines heroic enough. ;)

Howard Dean & Pat Robertson?

"Howard Dean says Democrats must have faith in their ability to attract religious voters.

The former presidential candidate, who will speak at this weekend's Oregon Democratic Convention in Eugene, says his party must do a better job of winning the support of evangelical Christians, who have voted Republican in recent elections.

To that end, Dean recently appeared on Pat Robertson's "700 Club." The appearance wasn't without its bumps. Dean had to later apologize to gay-rights leaders for incorrectly stating during the program that the party's platform said "marriage is between a man and a woman." (source)

Got desperation?

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Tony Soprano's the Man!



James Gandolfini has volunteered to help President Bush end the war in Iraq...

"The star concedes he isn't in the best shape to go into battle, but will do anything he can to help.

Urging Bush to "reinstate the draft, send 500,000 troops and finish it," Gandolfini, 44, adds, "I'd go, I'm too old and fat, but I'd drive a truck.

"The American people haven't had to sacrifice anything." (source)

(H/T: Liz)

USMC Crisis...

A Marine sent to survey and clean up the aftermath of the incident in Haditha, Lance Corp. Ryan Briones, spoke with the L.A. Times about what he saw:

"...He told the Los Angeles Times he is still haunted by what he saw, including a young girl who was shot in the head.

"[The victims] ranged from little babies to adult males and females," Briones told the newspaper. "I can still smell the blood."

Briones says he and another Marine were told to photograph the bodies. Military officials say those photos — which they say show people shot at close range in the head and chest — clearly contradict initial reports that the civilians were killed by a roadside bomb.

Officials familiar with the investigation say Sgt. Frank Wuterich was the top-ranked Marine to enter the houses where the civilians were killed and is the center of the investigation.

In an interview with "Good Morning America" today, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said there are now two investigations into the killings that occurred last November.

"One is to find out what happened. The other is to find out, why did it take us so long to find out what happened?" said Gen. Peter Pace." (source)

Regardless of how the investigation turns out, I hope the world remembers that the actions of a few should never belittle the sacrifice and hard work of the majority. Is it too much to hope that if it does turn out these civilians were purposefully killed --that the left will not take the opportunity to smear the entire military as a chance to "punish" Bush...?

This post by Sweetness & Light would indicate my hope will not be fulfilled:

"Once again our one party media is pretending to have uncovered a story that is years old so to forward their agenda and have a tie in to the alleged Marine atrocities at Haditha.

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

"U.S. Policy Was to Shoot Korean Refugees" (Read the Whole Story)

"Boy Crisis"

Just yesterday at AB's BBQ we were saying that parents can no longer say things like, "You can do it when you're 18 and you move out..." because no one seems to ever move out anymore --at least boys don't. I know so many people in their 30's still living with their parents. George Costanza syndrome?

My opinion on that? Parents are too lenient these days. My parents imposed the whole "while you're under my roof" thing. I had a strict curfew and hard-core rules --the result being I couldn't wait to get the hell out. As it should be. If you can have your girlfriend/boyfriend sleep over, stay out all night and drink with your friends in the living room --why leave?!

"...A phenomenon that is getting a lot of media attention as part of the so-called "boy crisis" and one that cuts across all demographics -- rich, poor, black, white, urban and rural. According to the Census Bureau, one-third of young men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents -- a roughly 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. That is not true of young women. Why?

Before growing into unmotivated young adults, boys are more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ADHD, be in remedial classes and become dropouts. Boys are now significantly less likely than girls to go to college.

Race is certainly a factor; for boys of color the impact is more harsh. An African-American boy is more likely to go to jail than to college and his chances of dropping out of high school are higher. White boys are more likely to graduate from high school, but then many of them attend college for a year or two and never earn a degree. They become the rudderless McConaughey character.

So what's going on? Maybe it has to do with changing school curriculums, environments that are less boy-oriented or a workforce that offers fewer blue-collar jobs. Maybe it's some combination of all of the above, or other factors we haven't yet identified.

Whatever the reason, it is clear that gender gaps are wide and growing. A National Endowment for the Arts study that spanned over 20 years found that girls read for fun far more than boys.

What was once a small difference has grown into a chasm.

Part of the source of that discrepancy lies in the shift in reading curriculum over the past 25 years." (Read the whole story)

A Little Sick of Pakistan...

If Pakistan's President Musharref grew a set and helped the Coalition hunt down Bin Laden (or stood up to his detractors and allowed us into the country to do it) we probably would have had him a long time ago... Maybe I'm wrong, but that's what I think.

"Dismissing reports that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was hiding in its northwestern province, Pakistan has said there was no threat of US-led coalition forces launching attacks to hunt the fugitive.

"There is no such threat," Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao told reporters in Peshawar while ruling out the chances of coalition forces resorting to attacks to apprehend Osama." (source)

Sorry, Dixie Chicks Again...

After not so subtly insinuating that their band didn't care if they lost fans and airplay, doesn't it seem a bit odd to be soliciting fans to help you get airplay?

That's exactly what the Dixie Chicks are doing --they have a list of radio stations and their phone numbers listed on their website asking thier fans to call and request their new song...

I guess you can say you don't care...until it hits you in the wallet...

WWE's Memorial Day Tribute



I had on USA's Memorial Day Law & Order marathon last night and then WWE 'Raw' came on --they started the show with a Memorial Day tribute to the troops past and present. Will anyone else admit to seeing this? It was damn good. Near the end they showed the video of Saddam's statue coming down as they reminded Americans that though we may not like what's going on --there are things that need to be done, because our "freedoms aren't free"...

As ridiculous as I find the WWE, so many of then have been to both Iraq and Afghanistan and I gotta give them major props for that... I am sure the troops love the distraction (and the Divas).

Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day Observance

***Listen while you read...***



"The "Memorial" in Memorial Day has been ignored by too many of us who are beneficiaries of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Often we do not observe the day as it should be, a day where we actively remember our ancestors, our family members, our loved ones, our neighbors, and our friends who have given the ultimate sacrifice:

* by visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.

* by visiting memorials.

* by flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon.

* by flying the 'POW/MIA Flag' as well (Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act).

* by participating in a "National Moment of Remembrance": at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day, and for Taps to be played.

* by renewing a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our falled dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.
(source)



Memorial Day Quiz
You answered 7 items out of 9 correctly.
Your score is 78%. Good job!



Paying homage to all who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country (always, but especially today):
1917-1918 World War I 116,708
1941-1945 World War II 408,306
1945 Okinawa US Navy 5,000, USMC/Army 8,000
06 Jun 1944 D-Day 1,465
1945 Iwo Jima 6,503
1950-1953 Korean War 54,246
1957-1975 Vietnam War 58,219
1983 Beirut Lebanon 241
1990-1991 Persian Gulf, Op Desert Shield/Storm 363
2001-Present Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan 295
2003-Present Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq 2,464
(source)

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Overheard in the House of Sage...

Prompted by the heat in the kitchen during dinner...(It was around 90° here today)?



Ninja: "It's really hot in hell. Hell is really far down under the earth...even further down than they bury treasure. Bad guys and guys in jail go to hell. If you die of being old or in a war you go to heaven."

Religion of Peace #759

So, God forbid (or maybe I should say Allah forbid) you play a sport that makes you sweat in the desert heat and you have the audacity to don shorts...if you live in Iraq that is...

Apparently Allah forbids shorts, 'cause, ya know -men's knobby knees are so lusted after... and it seems shorts show "forbidden parts". Forbidden parts?

"An Iraqi tennis coach and two of his players were fatally shot last week in Baghdad because they were wearing shorts, authorities said yesterday, reporting the latest in a series of recent attacks attributed to Islamic extremists.
In the Baghdad incident, gunmen stopped a car carrying the Sunni Arab coach and two Shi'ite players, asked them to step out and then shot them, said Manham Kubba, secretary-general of the Iraqi Tennis Union.
Extremists had distributed leaflets warning people in the mostly Sunni neighborhoods of Saidiyah and Ghazaliyah not to wear shorts, police said.
"Wearing shorts by youth are prohibited because it violates the principles of Islamic religion when showing forbidden parts of the body. Also women should wear the veil," the leaflets said.
No one claimed responsibility for the slayings." (source)

This is the second incident targeting athletes in a week --the other involved the kidnapping of 15 members of an Iraqi tae kwon do team. What the motivation was there I'm not sure --as there are no shorts in martial arts... maybe bare feet are also forbidden parts?

(Photo credit: FaithFreedom.org)

Are You Weird?

You Are 50% Weird

Normal enough to know that you're weird...
But too damn weird to do anything about it!

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Memorial Weekend Playlist...

Hook up your iPods, National Review Online has compiled a list of the 50 Greatest Conservative Rock Songs.

Now, by "conservative rock song" they don't mean someone screaming "I love Bush" or "Neocons rule the world" --they mean songs that convey a conservative message or conservative values. These songs may be performed by apolitical musicians, total libs or right-leaning rockers...but the songs themselves have a message that most conservatives can relate to.

"On first glance, rock ’n’ roll music isn’t very conservative. It doesn’t fare much better on second or third glance (or listen), either. Neil Young has a new song called “Let’s Impeach the President.” Last year, the Rolling Stones made news with “Sweet Neo Con,” another anti-Bush ditty. For conservatives who enjoy rock, it isn’t hard to agree with the opinion Johnny Cash expressed in “The One on the Right Is on the Left”: “Don’t go mixin’ politics with the folk songs of our land / Just work on harmony and diction / Play your banjo well / And if you have political convictions, keep them to yourself.” In other words: Shut up and sing!

But some rock songs really are conservative — and there are more of them than you might think. Last year, I asked readers of National Review Online to nominate conservative rock songs. Hundreds of suggestions poured in. I’ve sifted through them all, downloaded scores of mp3s, and puzzled over a lot of lyrics. What follows is a list of the 50 greatest conservative rock songs of all time, as determined by me and a few others. The result is of course arbitrary, though we did apply a handful of criteria." (source)

Here's the List (NRO has a summary as to why each song made the list):
1) "Won’t Get Fooled Again" -The Who
2) "Taxman" - The Beatles
3) "Sympathy for the Devil" -The Rolling Stones
4) "Sweet Home Alabama" -Lynyrd Skynyrd
5) "Wouldn’t It Be Nice" - The Beach Boys
6) "Gloria" -U2
7) "Revolution" -The Beatles
8) "Bodies" -The Sex Pistols
9) "Don’t Tread on Me" -Metallica
10) "20th Century Man" -The Kinks
11) "The Trees" -Rush
12) "Neighborhood Bully" -Bob Dylan
13) "My City Was Gone" -The Pretenders
14) "Right Here, Right Now" -Jesus Jones
15) "I Fought the Law" -The Crickets
16) "Get Over It" -The Eagles
17) "Stay Together for the Kids" -Blink 182
18) "Cult of Personality" -Living Colour
19) "Kicks" -Paul Revere and the Raiders
20) "Rock the Casbah" -The Clash
21) "Heroes" -David Bowie
22) "Red Barchetta" -Rush
23) "Brick" - Ben Folds Five
24) "Der Kommissar" -After the Fire
25) "The Battle of Evermore" -Led Zeppelin
26) "Capitalism" -Oingo Boingo
27) "Obvious Song" -Joe Jackson
28) "Janie’s Got a Gun" -Aerosmith
29) "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" -Iron Maiden
30) "You Can’t Be Too Strong" -Graham Parker
31) "Small Town" -John Mellencamp
32) "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" -The Georgia Satellites
33) "You Can’t Always Get What You Want" -The Rolling Stones
34) "Godzilla" -Blue öyster Cult
35) "Who’ll Stop the Rain" -Creedence Clearwater Revival
36) "Government Cheese" -The Rainmakers
37) "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" -The Band
38) "I Can’t Drive 55" -Sammy Hagar
39) "Property Line" -The Marshall Tucker Band
40) "Wake Up Little Susie" -The Everly Brothers
41) "The Icicle Melts" -The Cranberries
42) "Everybody’s a Victim" -The Proclaimers
43) "Wonderful" -Everclear
44) "Two Sisters" -The Kinks
45) "Taxman, Mr. Thief" -Cheap Trick
46) "Wind of Change" -The Scorpions
47) "One" -Creed
48) "Why Don’t You Get a Job" -The Offspring
49) "Abortion" -Kid Rock
50) "Stand By Your Man" -Tammy Wynette

(H/T: Alex C)

Friday, May 26, 2006

Murtha's Charges...

"Congressman Jack Murtha, D-Penn., said Wednesday night that the U.S. military was deliberately and indiscriminately killing innocent civilians in Iraq - much the same way, he added, that American pilots did during World War II.

Asked about his crusade to expose the alleged massacre of an Iraqi family in Haditha last November, Murtha told Fox News Radio's Alan Colmes: "When this comes out, it's going to be much worse than" the initial reports.

Could the Haditha episode be characterized as "the indiscriminate, deliberate killing of civilians?" Colmes asked.

"From everything I've seen," said Murtha, "that's exactly what it was. ... That's exactly what happened in this particular case."
(source)

As those on the left always say --there are Soldiers/Marines/Airmen/Sailors that are Democrats, and that are 'against' this war... Don't you think if this was really going on (on a grand scale) there would be an outcry from the troops? Do you think AG wouldn't be screaming from the mountain tops if she saw civilians being gunned down?

"At issue is what occurred on Nov. 19, 2005, after a Marine convoy was allegedly hit by a roadside bomb, killing Lance Cpl. Miguel Terrazas. An initial inquiry found that 15 civilians were killed in the crossfire of a subsequent Marine firefight with insurgents.

In April, the Marine Corps relieved Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani of his command of the 3rd Battalion of the 1st Marine Regiment, the unit involved in the incident. Two of his company commanders were also relieved of command. The 1st Marine Regiment is part of the 1st Marine Division and is based at Camp Pendleton, Calif., just north of San Diego.

Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) said last week that there was neither a bomb nor a firefight, and that 24 civilians had been killed "in cold blood." (source)


How can a former Marine possibly besmirch the troops like this? Men and women that have given up their jobs and families to be over their risking their lives?! The investigations are not even complete. Has Murtha been to Iraq (I couldn't find the answer to that)? Could the publicity possibly be worth the harm he is doing?

Even if this incident turns out to be what Murtha says --how is that paramount to the "U.S. military was deliberately and indiscriminately killing innocent civilians in Iraq"? The entire military is now defined by a few men?

Can we *please* vote this guy out in November?!

Terror on the Rio Grande?

Why should we have secure borders?

Is it because we hate Mexicans? Of course not.
Is it because we are against legal immigration? Of course not?
Is it because we are fear-mongering racists? uh, no.

Is it because TERRORISTS can come across the border as easily as any paid coyote can? YES!

Watch the newscast:
Arab Men crossing U.S. Mexican Border

(H/T: Andy)

Speaking of the borders, the Minutemen and their families greeted Mexican President Vicente Fox on his latest U.S. visit.

ACLU Defeating its Own Purpose?

Isn't the ACLU all about civil liberties and free speech? I mean that's their official capacity right? Haven't they criticized the military for limiting the 'free speech' of the troops? Well, now it seems they want to do the same to their employees...

"The American Civil Liberties Union is weighing new standards that would discourage its board members from publicly criticizing the organization's policies and internal administration.

"Where an individual director disagrees with a board position on matters of civil liberties policy, the director should refrain from publicly highlighting the fact of such disagreement," the committee that compiled the standards wrote in its proposals.

"Directors should remember that there is always a material prospect that public airing of the disagreement will affect the A.C.L.U. adversely in terms of public support and fund-raising," the proposals state.

Given the organization's longtime commitment to defending free speech, some former board members were shocked by the proposals." (source)

I have to say, I got a certain joy from reading this NYT article... Like John Kerry, the ACLU is morphing into the caricature and stereotype us right-wing types have always portrayed it as...

(H/T: Michael Savage)

What Would You Do if You Were Invisible...?

Nothing edifying I imagine...

Scientists are developing an "invisibility cloak" in the spirit of the one worn by Harry Potter. They believe that it is indeed possible --though they say that it will be heavier than a cloak and be more of a shield...

"Researchers in England and the United States think they know how to do that. They are laying out the blueprint and calling for help in developing the exotic materials needed to build a cloak.

The keys are special manmade materials, unlike any in nature or the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. These materials are intended to steer light and other forms of electromagnetic radiation around an object, rendering it as invisible as something tucked into a hole in space.

"Is it science fiction? Well, it's theory and that already is not science fiction. It's theoretically possible to do all these Harry Potter things, but what's standing in the way is our engineering capabilities," said John Pendry, a physicist at the Imperial College London.

Details of the study, which Pendry co-wrote, appear in Thursday's online edition of the journal Science. Scientists not involved in the work said it presents a solid case for making invisibility an attainable goal.

"This is very interesting science and a very interesting idea and it is supported on a great mathematical and physical basis," said Nader Engheta, a professor of electrical and systems engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Engheta has done his own work on invisibility using novel materials called metamaterials.

Pendry and his co-authors also propose using metamaterials because they can be tuned to bend electromagnetic radiation -- radio waves and visible light, for example -- in any direction. A cloak made of those materials, with a structure designed down to the submicroscopic scale, would neither reflect light nor cast a shadow...." (source)

I know, I know...if they can pull it off it would be pretty wild --and maybe I'm just being a little closed-minded, but I can't really think of anything *good* that could come of this and I can think of lots of shady things...

(H/T: Liz)

Have Women Sunk So Low in Men's Regard?

I am told this was created by a soldier in Iraq... It's quite funny --unless he really feels this way ;) I, personally, chose funny over money...



(H/T: rob)

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Uplifting News...ACLU Smack Down!

(...and believe it or not, it was sent to me by a lib!)

Tenesee's Munford High School had always started and ended their graduation with a student-lead prayer --that is until the ACLU told them they couldn't.

Now the principal just asks the students for a "moment of silence" to "reflect on what makes the day special". But, this year the students wouldn't be silent...

" Most of the audience stood, bowing their heads. Then, most of the 286 graduating seniors pulled out laminated bookmarks and folded up pieces of paper that they had been given earlier and began reciting "The Lord's Prayer." Students said beforehand that they knew that the moment of silence would be their chance to speak.

Once those in the audience realized what the students were doing, they broke into wild cheering as the silence in the football stadium was broken by the verses of the prayer.

"Please be seated," Marshall told the crowd. "We appreciate the community's support."
(source)

ACLU executive director Hedy Weinberg of Nashville could not be reached for comment after the graduation.

"The "Tennessee Student Religious Liberty Act of 1997" says in part, a student shall be permitted to voluntarily: (1) Pray in a public school, vocally or silently, alone or with other students to the same extent and under the same circumstances as a student is permitted to vocally or silently reflect, meditate or speak on non-religious matters alone or with other students in such public school." (source)

Seventeen and eighteen year olds with heart and conviction...how refreshing.

**Over at Stop the ACLU, Jay has a story detailing the American Legion (largest Veterans organization in the country) and the Alliance Defense Fund taking on the ACLU with their new "Defense of Veterans Memorials Project".**

A Modest Proposal

The answer to the ills of society is not contained within either political party --nor with the left or right ideology... It lies with the People. An age old theory, yes, but I don't mean the power of the people to vote people in and out of office --I am talking about voluntary social engineering. For the good of the country.

If Americans want to raise the bar they need to take responsibility for their breeding...

Here's the procreation test I propose:

1) Have you been on welfare for more than 3 years at one time? If no, move on the next question. If Yes, please consider permanent contraception.

2) Can you blame someone else for all the bad things that have happened in your life? (i.e. Are you a victim)? If no, please move to the next question. If yes, you should consider permanent contraception.

3) Are you over 30 and perfectly content in your low wage/low skill job? Have you no desire to move ahead and work harder/longer hours to achieve and earn more? If you are willing to work harder to move up, please continue. If you're content, please consider not reproducing.

4) Is your IQ under 120? If no, move on. If yes, you may not want to procreate.

Those are just some off the top of my head.... I believe these four alone would change the face of the population for the better within one generation...

Forget Democrat or Republican --a smart, motivated, proactive population is where it's at.

...a girl can dream, right?

Judicial Activism #792

76% of the people of Georgia voted not to allow gay marriage.

A judge has struck down that ruling.

One Judge nullified the VOTE of more than 3/4 of all Georgians.

Wrong.

Here's the thing. If 76% of Georgians voted to ALLOW gay marriage and one judge said that vote was invalid, I would be saying that was wrong also.

Why can't people on the LEFT and the RIGHT realize that a JUDGE (or a panel of judges) can't overrule the word of the people. It can (and will) hurt BOTH sides if we allow this. Laws are made by the legislators WE elect or by a direct ballot vote --NOT by one man...or nine.

My promise is that I will condemn judicial activism* no matter whose favor it works in... Will you do the same? (*well, unless it further punishes pedophiles)

Taliban Re-Grouping?

British journalists sat and talked with Taliban leaders on a road to Lashkar Gah (only 15 miles from a British base)... The leaders boasted they have 3,000 men fighting now and "thousands more" waiting to be called. Also that they have "hundreds" that have volunteered for Suicide bombing missions.

"Our country has been occupied by infidels,” said the commander as he sat in the shade of an apricot tree. “The Americans, the British, Canadians and others have destroyed Afghanistan. We are hunting every individual who supports this imposed democracy . . . We will also hunt the puppet Afghans who are the rented bicycle for the infidels.”

"My message to Tony Blair and the whole of Britain is, ‘Do not send your children here. We will kill them’, he told The Times by satellite telephone from a secret location. “I have between 2,500 and 3,000 (men) fighting at the moment, but I have thousands more I can call if I need them. They are in their homes waiting for my message to fight.” (source)

British military leaders claim the province security will soon be under control --and that the "support" for the Taliban there is small. It's a shame the Taliban wasn't eliminated in its entirety from the get go... This is what happens when you fight a PC war -more Americans, Brits, Canadians and civilians will die because the terrorists were spared the Daisy Cutters.... wasn't that nice of us?

Oh Happy Day...

The Man and I were up last night calming children and cleaning up throw up... Mason's teacher told me yesterday there was "a stomach thing going around".

God, please don't let me get it. There is nothing I hate more than throwing up (which is why I want to adopt instead of ever being pregnant again).

92alpha was here all day yesterday after talking to Mason's class about being a firefighter... sorry Dad, I hope you don't get it either. Kali, it must be fate that you decided to skip ‘Walls of Jericho’! AB, don't stop here tonight after the ultrasound --but call the SECOND you find out!

As you all enjoy your Thursday, think of me washing towels and cleaning out buckets... ;)

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Rove Indictment Rumor...

Reminicent of the titillation over an expected Fitzmas (that never came to fruition), the left'osphere has been abuzz over Truthout.org's proclamation that Rove had been indicted "Indicted on Charges of Perjury, Lying to Investigators" (that was their 5/13 headline).

Not for lack of trying, no reporter has been able to corroborate this story or verify charges levied...

Now, Truthout.org has issued a "partial apology":

"The time has now come, however, to issue a partial apology to our readership for this story. While we paid very careful attention to the sourcing on this story, we erred in getting too far out in front of the news-cycle. In moving as quickly as we did, we caused more confusion than clarity. And that was a disservice to our readership and we regret it."

Um, what exactly does that mean? That the story was wrong? That they're not sure whether it was wrong? That it was right but published too soon?

Salon's Tim Grieve put that question to Ash, "and his answer seemed to be a pretty unequivocal no. Although Rove's lawyer and his spokesman have both said that Leopold's story was false, Ash said that Truthout still believes that Patrick Fitzgerald, Karl Rove and Rove lawyer Robert Luskin participated in a 15-hour plea-negotiation session at Patton Boggs last Friday; that Fitzgerald gave Rove's lawyers a copy of an indictment charging Rove with perjury and lying to investigators; and that Fitzgerald told Rove's lawyers that their client had 24 hours -- or 24 business hours -- to get his affairs in order."

Luskin, you may recall, said he was taking his cat to the vet that day.

"So why apologize for the story? Leopold's story quoted 'sources close to the case' who predicted an indictment announcement last week, and Ash told us that Truthout 'hoped and felt strongly' that Fitzgerald would announce Rove's indictment on Friday. That it didn't happen was a cause for concern, Ash said." (Read the entire story)

Why all the salivating over Rove? I never have quite understood that. It's already been established that Plame wasn't covert --so isn't all this irrelevant anyway?!

Da Vinci Code: Second Thoughts

The other day I posted about the outcry over the Da Vinci code -and about how I couldn't understand why so many were upset given the book/movie is fiction...

Mark Billings, who took the reigns for Rush yesterday, gave a viable argument for the outcry. A very good argument IMO. It wasn't so much about content --but about the ever blatant double standard in Hollywood, America and the world.

"Christians" are consistently painted as the intolerant citizens of America --the "American Taliban"... yet they sit back and take attack after attack. Think of the Danish drawn Mohammad cartoons and the outcry (rioting, deaths, etc.) over a CARTOON depiction --now imagine Tom Hanks decided to star in a Hollywood movie portraying an "alternative theory" about Mohammad...a theory where say instead of marrying 26 young girls, Mohammad married one man. Would that fly? How about an "alternative theory" about Martin Luther King? I could go on...

None of this would be tolerated. It would be banned and labeled heresy...yet we can keep on rolling out the "alternative theories" on Jesus --we can make him married with kids, we can make him sleeping with a prostitute, having gay relationships...etc.

Funny, I haven't seen one intolerant Christian burning down a theater, an embassy or even the flag of California...

Thanks Mr. Billings --you made me see the light ;)

Dixie Chicks... Insulting Country Fans...

Not only have the Dixie Chins Chicks recanted their disingenuous apology to President Bush (for the London incident when they said they were embarrassed to be from the same state as the President) -they are now insulting Country fans...

"I don't even know what's played on country radio, but when they tell me some titles, it cracks me up," laughs lead singer Natalie Maines, sitting in a swank New York hotel as the group promotes its new album, "Taking the Long Way," out this week.

"Besides, where would we fit on the playlist between `Honky Tonk Badonkadonk' and `Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off'?" asks Maines, citing two recent country hits, as the rest of the Chicks - sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison - join in her laughter.

"We don't want to be a square peg," pipes in Robison, while Maines adds: "We'd rather be the square peg on the other side!"

It speaks volumes about how wide the chasm is between the Dixie Chicks and country music when one of the most successful bands in the genre's history is cast as an outsider just three years after having one of its best-selling albums.

"They're in a strange place," says Chris Willman, a senior writer at Entertainment Weekly who has profiled the band for the magazine. "They're the biggest group in country but they aren't heard on country radio." (source)

They have said they won't "play red, white and blue guitars and wear an "I love Bush t-shirt" because (this is funny) "they're musicians and not politicians" --well, if they would have thought about that 3 years ago none of this would have happened!

And from Time Magazine:
(About the Dixie apology to Bush) "I don't feel that way anymore," Maines tells Time magazine. "I don't feel he is owed any respect whatsoever."

With their new album, "Taking the Long Way," hitting stores today, fellow Chick Martie Maguire isn't exactly mending fences.

"I'd rather have a small following of really cool people who get it, who will grow with us as we grow and are fans for life, than people that have us in their five-disc changer with Reba McEntire and Toby Keith," Maguire says.

"We don't want those kinds of fans. They limit what you can do."

I have never listened to the Dixie Chicks and nor do I plan to. Not because they don't like Bush, but because I think they suck and always have... (I HATE that they covered Landslide...) If you don't want the backlash -SHUT UP AND SING/ACT. No matter what you think you're going to piss off half the country. We (the consumer) shouldn't know your politics...

...And This From A Muslim... A Must Read.

by Ali Sina
(well, an ex-Muslim it would seem...)

"WE can eradicate Islam if we work at it together and in this I am confident. Where this confidence comes from? I am confident because I know Islam. Islam is nothing but puff and pomposity. It is 1400 years old and it has 1.2 billion followers. Nonetheless it is based on lies. It’s like a tall high-rise built on moving sand. As long as those sands remain in place the edifice will stand on its feet. But as soon as you disturb the sand or remove it from its beneath, the edifice will come down crumbling.

Islam is a lie. Its god is a lie and its prophet was a liar. He was not just a liar but also an extremely evil man. Many consider Christ to be a myth and Christianity a fairytale. Although I am certain that someone called Jesus must have existed and a lot of what is attributed to him are true, I have no doubt that much of Christianity is fairytale. The stories of virgin birth, walking on water, converting water to wine or resurrection and ascension are for the feeble in mind. The early believers must have added these stories to, as we say today, “sex up” their religion and make it look attractive. Simpleminded people like to believe in fairytales. This was more so in the past when the average man was illiterate and unsophisticated. But putting aside all the fairytales, the essence of Christianity is not bad. It teaches love and forgiveness. Today, many psychologists, self-help gurus and motivational speakers, will tell you the same thing. You must learn to give up your selfishness, see beauty in everything, and love. Love your neighbor, love your fellow being, love yourself, love the world, and learn to forgive – not only forgive others, but also forgive your self.

Once you strip Christianity from all the fairytales and superstitions, and separate it from the actions of the Church, you see that it’s is a good teaching. There was this young man who perhaps was a bit eccentric and maybe, like yours truly, a bit too soon became angry at the stupidity of the people and lashed out at them. But despite his human flaws, what he taught was not evil. He was a Rabbi. He called himself the son of God, the way I call myself the son of Universe. It does not seem that with this he intended to establish for himself a rank above others. In his view everyone was a child of God. Later his followers, out of love, attributed miracles to him and elevated his rank to God. Once you separate facts from fiction and what the Christians added to Christianity you find the essence of Christianity is love.

What will remain of Islam once you separate facts from fiction? Once you discard the ridiculous claim of splitting the moon and climbing to the seventh heaven to bargain with Allah about the number of prayer that Muslims should say during the day and other stupidities like these, you’ll find Islam is nothing but hate, violence, and terror. The psychopath narcissist does not understand love. He understands fear. Islam is based on fear.

Then when you compare the life of Muhammad with that of Jesus, you’ll see that there is no comparison. One was the paragon of goodness while the other was the embodiment of evil. This is not comparing apples to oranges; we are talking of two opposite poles.

With all this consideration, it is clear why it is a mistake to compare Islam to Christianity. Just because Christianity has withstood criticism, it does not mean Islam will also survive criticism.

There is some good in Christianity, which makes it worth to preserve. Even as an atheist and a rationalist, I can put aside the superstitions surrounding Christianity and appreciate its beauty and its spiritual teachings. I often quote the teachings of Christ, not because of his “authority” but because they are good teachings. “Love thy neighbor”, “forgive the sins of others so yours can be forgiven too”, "You were told not to sin, I tell you not to think of sin for the sin is committed in your mind", “Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone”, “Only truth can set you free”, and many more. These are good teachings. Mankind will benefit from them. The world will be a better place once these teachings are taken to heart.

Most other religions, like Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Bahaism, etc. are mixed bags of good and bad. You can compare them to ore. There is lots of dirt but in the midst of that dirt, there are gems and precious metals.

There is nothing good in Islam. Islam is sheer evil that is sustained by fear. Not only the teachings of Islam are evil, Muhammad was a monster. You cannot say this about the founders of any other major religion. Muhammad was more evil than most cult leaders. He can be compared to Shoko Asahara and Charles Manson. So as you see, there is a fundamental difference between Islam and other religions." (Read the whole article)

Caption It...



(Photo Credit: EatLiver)

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

WWRD?

It's an ominous sign when former President Clinton is praising President Bush's handling of immigration reform. Isn't it?

"Former President Bill Clinton on Sunday said President Bush is doing a good job on immigration reform, praising his call for better border security and moderation in dealing with illegal immigrants.

"I basically think President Bush has done a good job with this," Clinton told a convention of shopping center developers. "I'm different with him on nearly everything, but I think he's done a good job with this." (source)

He also agreed with Bush's call for 6,000 National Guard to the border. I don't know what the "right" answer is...but what I do know is the Wall Street Journal's Sunday immigration article is very odd. It pretty much claims that anyone wanting to stop illegals is betraying Reagan's legacy:

"Yes, times change, and it's impossible to know what precisely the Gipper would do at the current moment. But judging from these quotes and so many others across his long career, we feel confident in asserting that Mr. Bush and those who support more open immigration are far closer to Reagan's views than today's restrictionists are.

The current immigration political panic is not unlike many in America's past, including a couple while Reagan was in public life. He always avoided the temptation to join them, no doubt realizing that they were short-sighted politically, and, more important, inconsistent with his vision of America as the last best hope of mankind." (source)

I guess when all else fails, you play the Reagan card... So I will too...

"A Nation without borders is not a Nation." -Ronald Reagan

Our "Friends", The Saudis...

Remeber all the "reform" talk from Saudi leaders? We saw the beginning of that go down the drain last week with the "no pictures of women" decree --and now we learn that the notorious Maddrassas took the word "reform" to mean...stay exactly the same. I guess something was lost in the translation...

"Saudi Arabia's public schools have long been cited for demonizing the West as well as Christians, Jews and other "unbelievers." But after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 - in which 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis - that was all supposed to change.

A 2004 Saudi royal study group recognized the need for reform after finding that the kingdom's religious studies curriculum "encourages violence toward others, and misguides the pupils into believing that in order to safeguard their own religion, they must violently repress and even physically eliminate the 'other.'" Since then, the Saudi government has claimed repeatedly that it has revised its educational texts...." (source)

SO what do FIRST grade books in Saudi Arabia say now...5 years after 9/11?

"A review of a sample of official Saudi textbooks for Islamic studies used during the current academic year reveals that, despite the Saudi government's statements to the contrary, an ideology of hatred toward Christians and Jews and Muslims who do not follow Wahhabi doctrine remains in this area of the public school system. The texts teach a dualistic vision, dividing the world into true believers of Islam (the "monotheists") and unbelievers (the "polytheists" and "infidels")."

The book tells young children that it is their DUTY to perpetrate jihad against the infidels to win redemption. Now how do we possibly combat that with soccer balls and school supplies...?

Veterans Targeted...

"The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently learned that an employee, a data analyst, took home electronic data from the VA, which he was not authorized to do. This behavior was in violation of our policies. This data contained identifying information including names, social security numbers, and dates of birth for up to 26.5 million veterans and some spouses, as well as some disability ratings. Importantly, the affected data did not include any of VA's electronic health records nor any financial information. The employee's home was burglarized and this data was stolen. The employee has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation." (Read the entire statement from the Department of Veteran's Affairs)

"Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson said there was no evidence so far that the burglars who struck the employee's home have used the personal data — or even know they have it. The employee, a data analyst whom Nicholson would not identify, has been placed on leave pending a review.

"We have a full-scale investigation," said Nicholson, who said the FBI, local law enforcement and the VA inspector general were investigating. "I want to emphasize, there was no medical records of any veteran and no financial information of any veteran that's been compromised."

"We have decided that we must exercise an abundance of caution and make sure our veterans are aware of this incident," he said in a conference call with reporters.

The theft of veterans' names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth comes as the department has come under criticism for shoddy accounting practices and for falling short on the needs of veterans." (source)

Disgraceful...

VETERANS:
You can call 1-800-FED INFO (333-4636). The call center will be open beginning today, and will operate from 8 am to 9 pm (EDT), Monday-Saturday as long as it is needed. The call center will be able to handle up to 20,000 calls per hour (260,000 calls per day) to get more information.

Freepers VS. Code Pink -Round One

Code Pink (the "peace activists") in the company of Mother Sheehan were protesting outside of Donald Rumsfeld's house --they were confronted by some members of Free Republic (aka Freepers)...

Watch the Video

I loved Cindy Sheehan being told 12 inches from her face that her son REENLISTED and that he was a HERO. It was interesting that most of the Code Pinkos were hiding their faces... I guess I'm just not understanding the constant pushing, shoving, screaming, ripping of signs and hitting by people that are marching/protesting for NON-VIOLENCE. Shouldn't they be leading by example?

In the Sandbox...


Uniform Shortages Not Fixed

My unit started receiving the new Army Combat Uniform in the summer of 2005. We were told the priority went to units about to deploy to either Iraq or Afghanistan. Initially, we were not allowed to wear them in garrison due to the fact that the wear and tear on them might be substantial and there were no replacements available at the time.

However, not everyone in the unit received them due to odd sizes or hard-to-find sizes. Some people received only the pants, or maybe a hat, but were told to wait until more came in before they could get a complete set.

Fast-forward to May 2006 and here we are in Iraq. Many people in my unit still don’t have complete uniforms.

Now the supply system has caught up and replacements for the uniforms that have already worn out are here, but the original shortages from a year prior haven’t been filled. How is it that I can see civilians here wearing them, or Iraqi interpreters wearing them, but we still can’t get them down to the soldiers? Am I missing something?
-Timothy Gray, Camp Taji, Iraq (Stars & Stripes: Letter to the Editor)

...girls of the U.S. Army...
One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six

Monday, May 22, 2006

McCain Supporters Hope He Lies...

Most Americans complain about the dishonesty (real or perceived) of politicians...but a recent article claims McCain loyal followers hope he's lying. Yes, you read that right.

"All successful politicians must have at least some talent for lying about what's in their hearts and convincing people that it is the truth. But Sen. John McCain has a unique genius for telling the truth from his heart and making people believe that he is lying. And these people are his supporters! They admire him as a straight talker and they forgive him for taking positions on big issues that they find repellent on the grounds that he doesn't really mean what he says.

"Oh, he has to say that to get the Republican nomination," explain many Democrats with a crush on the charming, funny, intelligent and heroic Republican senator from Arizona, and/or a special loathing of their party's own star, the junior senator from New York. "That" might refer to Mr. McCain's strong right-to-life stand on abortion, his strong support for the war in Iraq or his recent rapprochement with the Rev. Jerry Falwell.

These Democrats admire Mr. McCain as a straight shooter among sneaks, a truth-teller amid bull artists. They long, understandably, for some fresh air in the fetid atmosphere of politics.

Even better, he delivers the fresh air without the cloying aroma of piety. He can be pious, but he can also be devilish, and each quality, desirable in moderation, protects Mr. McCain from the danger of excess in the other.

...With Mr. McCain, something more magical is going on. He says plainly that he is for the war, or against abortion rights, and people hear the opposite. It's a gift, I guess...." (source)

As most of you know, I struggle with how I feel about McCain. I would be honored to meet him and am sure I would like him --and I think that he is an incredible human being with integrity and honor... I'm just not 100% convinced he is a good politician/leader... (Also, as I sure you can assume --I'd vote for him in half a heartbeat over Hillary...) This article does open up some interesting possibilities that the "base" maybe shouldn't ignore...

Holocaust Naysayer in the DNC...

How anyone of the Jewish faith/heritage is a member of the Democratic Party has always baffled me...
The lack of support for Israel/Israelis...
The incessant "Zionist" talk...
The Senate leader and former KKK Grand Klegal, Robert Byrd...
and now, the Alabama Democratic candidate for Attorney general, Larry Darby.

Darby, founder of the Atheist Law Center in Montgomery, has "disputed the Holocaust and the death of millions of Jews and after he associated with groups tied to racism. He has also called for martial law and posting troops at interstate highways entering Alabama to check for illegal immigrants." (source)

I found this on the Atheist Law center's website:
"Darby will lead a discussion on Dominionism and update attendees as to the Atheist Law Center’s intentions to intervene in the two cases before the U. S. Supreme Court that deal with displays of the Jewish Ten Commandments on public property." (source)

Odd to refer to them as the Jewish Ten Commandments...

The Democratic party of Alabama has released a statement saying that his view's aren't a reflection of their views, but refused to disqualify him as a candidate. In response to their statement Darby said: "That statement shows how bankrupt and morally challenged the party leadership is".

John Kerry Rules...

Ever the waffling politician, John Kerry was FOR the wall at the Mexican/US border before he was AGAINST it. This guy has really become a living, breathing caricature of himself...

"Sen. John Kerry joined most of his Democratic colleagues last week in voting to build a wall along 370 miles of the U.S.-Mexican border.

But he now says that after the wall is built it should be taken down as soon as possible.

"I voted for it," Kerry acknowledged Friday while speaking to the New England Council breakfast.

But in quotes picked up by the Boston Herald, the Massachusetts Democrat added: "If I were making the long-term decision, I’d announce, you know, hopefully it’s a temporary measure, and we can take it down as soon as we have enough people" to guard the border." (source)

I can't decide who I like better --Dean, Kerry or Kennedy... all wonderful Blog Fodder.

Incarcerated in America...

The one thing growing more than the job rate and the economy in America is the jail population. This has always been something that baffles me...
How are there this many people devoid of morals...? How have I managed 34 years with no police involvement in my life?

"Prisons and jails added more than 1,000 inmates each week for a year, putting almost 2.2 million people, or one in every 136 U.S. residents, behind bars by last summer.

The total on June 30, 2005, was 56,428 more than at the same time in 2004, the government reported Sunday. That 2.6 percent increase from mid-2004 to mid-2005 translates into a weekly rise of 1,085 inmates.

Overall, 738 people were locked up for every 100,000 residents, compared with a rate of 725 at mid-2004. The states with the highest rates were Louisiana and Georgia, with more than 1 percent of their populations in prison or jail. Rounding out the top five were Texas, Mississippi and Oklahoma. The states with the lowest rates were Maine, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Men were 10 times to 11 times more likely than women to be in prison or jail, but the number of women behind bars was growing at a faster rate, said Paige M. Harrison, the report's other author.

The racial makeup of inmates changed little in recent years, Beck said. In the 25-29 age group, an estimated 11.9 percent of black men were in prison or jails, compared with 3.9 percent of Hispanic males and 1.7 percent of white males." (source)

Maybe we should try keeping the pedophiles and murderers locked up and not the 19 year olds caught with a dime-bag of marijuana...

Tell Someone...

"Tell Someone" is a new campaign spearheaded by Merck Pharmaceutical Company to bring more awareness to HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). Back in October of '05 I posted about HPV and Merck's pending vaccine.

I blame OBGYNs for the fact that SO many women I know think that a PAP tests for STD's. A PAP can detect cervical changes (pre-cancerous/cancerous changes) that could be caused by HPV...but it doesn't test specifically for STDs. YOU MUST ASK TO BE TESTED FOR STDs...!!!!

(The Facts: In 2000 9.2 million 15-24 year old were diagnosed with HPV --there are over a hundred strands and most are asymptomatic. They cause the gamut of problems, from genital warts to cervical cancer and infertility.
1 million people a year are diagnosed with genital warts.
The CDC reports that 20 million currently have HPV.
In 2006 approximately 9,710 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer...3,700 of those women will die. (AB and I had a 28 year old female gynecologist that died from cervical cancer due to HPV, she had a 13 month old daughter))

Merck's vaccine has now been approved --and a Reuter's article claims they are expecting resistance from the "religious right"... What is the controversy over the potentially life-saving vaccine? There is talk of making it a mandatory vaccine for to enter school...

"The vaccine, known as Gardasil, with an estimated $2 billion U.S. market potential, targets four types of sexually transmitted human papilloma virus, or HPV, which is believed to cause more than 70 percent of cervical cancer cases and 90 percent of genital warts.

"We don't think it should be made mandatory for school attendance," said Peter Sprigg, vice president of policy at the Family Research Council, who attended the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel meeting on Thursday.

That view is shared by evangelical Christian group Focus on the Family. "We support the widespread availability of the vaccine, but we do oppose the mandatory vaccination for entry to public school," said Linda Klepacki, an analyst for sexual health for the group.

For Gardasil to be widely adopted, Merck must first win FDA approval. Then, it must garner widespread backing from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices -- a group that advises the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on immunization standards. Both Merck and analysts deem widespread backing likely.

States would then consider whether it should be included in the list of vaccinations required for school admission. "This is a disease that is completely sexually transmitted," Klepacki said, unlike the mumps or measles, which can be transmitted by casual contact. "We believe that parents should have the final say on whether to vaccinate their children." (source)

Not surprisingly I disagree with the "religious right"... 9.2 million kids diagnosed in ONE YEAR? Give it to all of them. Boys/Men are spreading this disease like wildfire (and the fact that it can be spread even with a condom makes it worse). Boys often show no symptoms --and the fact that testing requires a very long Q-tip makes the chances they will voluntarily be tested slim to none...

Google "HPV" and hit "images" --this is not something you want in your life. Tell someone...

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Speaking of Babies...

The lack of posting has been due to various factors... I broke my toe last week and that has been occupying most of my waking thoughts, I hosted my younger brothers (yes, plural -they're identical twins) 25th birthday party yesterday, one graduated from Temple Thursday and various other time-consuming things....

AB is getting her first ultrasound this Thursday. She looks really big to me for only being 5 months pregnant... And as you see from above --twins DO run in our family. I am posting her belly pic and everyone can make their predictions --girl or boy --one baby or two...



And speaking of babies, I have been trying to talk The Man into the possibility of foreign adoption... He has yet to be receptive ;) I fell in love with this little girl from Cambodia...



I can't seem to get her little sad face out of my head. Here's the thing though --it's really expensive: $12,000 plus airfare and two weeks in Cambodia. I would do it tomorrow, but The Man needs a bit lot more convincing...

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Tri-State Fathers Can Thank NJ Judges...

...because, thanks to a three judge panel appeals court in Trenton, a boy that committed a "sexual act" with his 6 year old sister when he was 14 must disclose that information to the parents of any girl he wishes to date until he's 18 (His lawyers are, of course, appealing to the State Supreme Court).

"As a condition of probation, the judge in the case mandated the boy to notify the parents of anyone he dates about his conviction until he is no longer a juvenile.

Several lawyers questioned how probation officers could enforce the restriction, because by doing so, they would have to define "dating." (source)

Thank God we have two boys, thank God we have two boys, thank God we have two boys....

The Lionhearted...

(...sorry, I gotta be a gushy mom for a minute...)

Those who visit regularly know some of the obstacles my little Mohawk Man has overcome. This kid has such a steadfast spirit and an unflappable will... Before you have children you hope that you will be an inspiration to them --but never did I imagine that at just 5 years old this little guy would be such an inspiration to me...

Wednesday night he tested and last night he graduated to his yellow belt. He was so excited he looked like an anime drawing.

Sensei C: "Ninja looks like such a bad ass, then you hear him and he's so soft-spoken."
ALa: "I know, he's Mike Tyson."
Sensei C: "He's definitely the fan favorite!"

Demonstration of the horse-stance punch:



Ninja gets his yellow belt & certificate:



Kenpo Karate white/yellow belt:



"I come to you with only "Karate" - empty hands. I have no weapons; but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles or my honor; should it be a matter of life or death, of right or wrong; then here are my weapons - "Karate" - my empty hands."

Congratulations Ninja -- I would have never had the nerve to perform in front of all those people at your age! You are my lionhearted little man!