Tuesday, July 31, 2007

A tactic used in America since long before the Salem Witch Trials

I hadn't noticed this because it went through with so little fanfare. Meaning, no fanfare at all. Thanks to Jill at Brilliant at Breakfast for opening my eyes.

I have no words. Just read it. And weep.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

And I was SO hoping this was a gag site.

Well, it is. Just not in the sense of "gag" one usually expects from that phrase.

Check out "Feminism is Evil" and, once you've successfully suppressed your gag reflex, and stifled the laugh, and managed not to destroy your computer, realize that this person is in the minority among Americans. The trouble is, this minority is loud and colorful and manage to get way more press time than the size of the group warrants.

Beware of the feminists, many are lesbians!

Yeah, this guy WISHES that were true! It fuels his fantasies late at night, doesn't it? Perverted weirdos believe that little number.

I got the URL from a friend on LiveJournal who has managed not to puke all over her keyboard. I'm pretty sure my computer is safe but just to keep it that way I won't say anymore. Although I could go on.

If that's the minority, imagine what a majority of silent people not disagreeing with this kind of shit can do to my gag reflex...

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

So true. So sadly, sadly true.

I'm not even going to try to paraphrase

This post in Denis McGrath's blog says it all.

The Nuts for Jericho campaign succeeded, I suspect, because it was organized by a nut company. I think without that kind of backing, any similar campaign is going to fail. So anyone who wants to save any kind of show, tv, radio, whatever, would do well to heed McGrath's advice.

Friday, July 13, 2007

This is good news on both fronts

American Teens: Less Sex, More Condoms

Published: July 13, 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fewer high school students are having sex these days, and more are using condoms. The teen birth rate has hit a record low.

More young people are finishing high school, too, and more little kids are being read to, according to the latest government snapshot on the well-being of the nation's children. It's good news on a number of key wellness indicators, experts said of the report being released Friday.

''The implications for the population are quite positive in terms of their health and their well-being,'' said Edward Sondik, director of the National Center for Health Statistics. ''The lower figure on teens having sex means the risk of sexually transmitted diseases is lower.''

(cont'd at link above)

I think what this proves is not that any one version of sex education works to the exclusion of all others, but that just entering into the dialog with teenagers has a positive impact.

True, I still think educating teens on how to protect themselves makes more sense than the dictatorial sounding "Thou Shalt Not Have Sex Until Married," just because the only way to enforce the latter is to lock all kids up until they're married ... and even THEN you know how smart a lot of teens are, so that isn't a guarantee, either. And it has the side benefit of protecting members of married couples from being downstream from one or the other partners' potential infidelity. But the big thing it proves is that opening the discussion itself is the key.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

It's filk but not the bad kind

I have to run out the door and get to work but MUST share this -- er -- filk. I really, really like this guy but didn't know he had FILK in him, too!