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Some people learn the hard way. Time reports on a chlamydia outbreak at a high school in Crane, Texas: A West Texas high school is considering expanding its sex-education program beyond teaching abstinence after 20 cases of chlamydia were confirmed among students this week. “We do have an abstinence curriculum, and that evidently ain’t working,” … Continue reading

  • Rick Santorum reads progressives like a book: They talk not in terms of religious freedom, but here’s what they say: not freedom of religion, but “freedom of worship.” Now to the untrained ear, it sounds the same. Freedom of worship! See, but freedom of worship means, “We’ll allow you to do whatever you want to do inside the four walls of your church, but when you step outside that church, you’re mine! And you will do what I tell you to do, not what your pastor does.” That’s “freedom of worship.” That is not America.And if churches think that this is just a one-off, they are delusional. Look at what’s going on in the marriage issue, and there are others to come. Be careful what you ask for, and I know, as a Catholic, the Catholic Church was all behind government medicine. It is a disaster. E.g., Frank Bruni: Baking a cake, arranging roses, running an inn: These aren’t religious acts, certainly not if the establishments aren’t religious enclaves and are doing business with (and even dependent on) the general public.Their owners are routinely interacting with customers who behave in ways they deem sinful. They don’t get to single out one group of supposed sinners. If they’re allowed to, who’s to say they’ll stop at that group? Is it their property, or is it not? Is being enslaved to anyone who walks into my store a cost of doing business now? I respect people of faith. I salute the extraordinary works of compassion and social justice that many of them and many of their churches do. I acknowledge that we in the news media, because we tend to emphasize conflict and wrongdoing and hypocrisy, sometimes focus more on the shortcomings of religious institutions than on their positive contributions.And I support the right of people to believe what they do and say what they wish — in their pews, homes and hearts.But outside of those places? You must put up with me, just as I put up with you. Liar! He’s not putting up with you. He’s cramming his filth down your throat. We should partition the country and let them wallow in it.
  • If you didn’t know Jessica Valenti was serious, you’d think she was a Sacha Baron Cohen-type, employing a fake persona to make light of feminism. For example, she hates Christmas: We know that, if a present doesn’t get somewhere on time (if at all), if the cookies for the school’s holiday bake-off are store-bought, or your family holiday cards arrive just shy of February, it’s not men who get looked at askance. After decades of feminist progress, women are still considered primarily responsible for an entire family’s holiday joy.And it’s not enough that women actually manage to finish all of these chores—we’re also expected to plaster Christmas grins on our faces the whole time, lest the masses think we’re not thrilled with all the wrapping-paper-inflicted paper cuts.Ignore for a moment the faux realistic mural she paints of the traditional Christmas celebration. Christmas joy comes from within. It comes from a spirit of merriment and generosity. It is no one’s responsibility—not a woman’s, not a man’s—to bring it out of you. If Valenti feels that pressure, she has a superficial read on what brings people joy, and she puts it on herself to relish the martyrdom. Plus she hates Thanksgiving: Whether their wounds are fresh or years old, asking such a thing [gratefulness] of hurt people feels a bit selfish—like we don’t want to bear witness to their pain, so we ask them to put a happy face on it. Maybe asking people to think about what they’re grateful for can be a way to help them to move on or be happy despite their hurt—or maybe that’s just what we like to tell ourselves. But doing so requires enough self reflection to be sure it’s about what someone really needs instead of our desires to do something.As I prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family this week, I’m acutely aware of how incredibly lucky I am to have a family that loves me, to have food on the table.But I’m not thankful, and this year—for reasons much more important than my own—I don’t believe we should ask anyone else to be either. We can be there for each other, and we can comfort each other, but let’s not demand gratefulness from one another in a time of sorrow.Because gratefulness sates the drive for destructive reform Valenti wants. Despite all the evidence, the world still sucks and it needs thoughtful people like her to keep kneading it to perfection. In summary, she’s ungrateful and hates to smile and serve others. She’s miserable that the world she is helping to create is looking less and less like the world she imagined. She’s miserly and can’t appreciate a time set aside for thanksgiving and joy. Is this feminism or a morbid caricature? There’s no telling anymore.
  • Moms have been staying at home to raise children since the dawn of time. It’s only recently, in the era of beneficent totalitarian government, that we view this history with shame. Women and children reliant on men who love them to provide: “Patriarchy!” Women and children reliant on global capitalism and government daycare, which don’t love them: “Nirvana!” The license-to-live-as-I-will ethos that rationalizes infanticide applies to childcare as well. Rather than killing them, we leave them on the state’s doorstep. All the better to mold them into children of the future, my dear... “Too often parents have no choice but to put their kids in cheaper daycare that maybe doesn’t have the kinds of programming that makes a big difference in a child’s development.” –President ObamaStraight from the wolf’s mouth. There can be little question what a progressive believes is good programming for children. They intend for government daycare to program children to be cogs in the state economy.
  • The Microsoft CEO’s mistake was not realizing beforehand he was walking into a trap. Thou shalt have no other gods before equality: He had been asked to give his advice to women who are uncomfortable requesting a raise. His response: “It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along.” Not asking for raise, he added, is “good karma” that would help a boss realize that the employee could be trusted and should have more responsibility....His interviewer at the event, Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College and a Microsoft director, had told him she disagreed, which drew cheers from the audience. She suggested women do their homework on salary information and first practice asking with people they trust.If they did their homework, they would learn the pay gap is a myth. When I was studying English at Baylor University, my junior and senior classes were mostly women. In my 3000-level linguistics class (required for speech pathology majors), I was one of two guys in a classroom of 20. Women are communicators, and they dig language arts. Men are fixers and doers. This sexual difference doesn’t need to be “fixed,” because: It’s not a problem. It’s not our business.
  • As expected, the liberal media’s reporting on the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage non-ruling is way off-base. Here’s how the first two paragraphs of this New York Times story should have read: Some leading marriage defenders said this week that their legal fight was far from over, with several federal appeals courts still to rule and a continued prospect of arguing the constitutional issues before the Supreme Court.They disputed the assessments of many legal experts, who have said it appears all but inevitable that the remaining state laws defending marriage and the family will be struck down. Rather, marriage defenders argued that Monday’s Supreme Court action, which had the effect of diluting the meaning of marriage in five states and may soon destroy marriage in six more, was not necessarily a sign that the court would establish such marriages as a nationwide right.It’s routine for the press to call conservatives on this issue “opponents”—as if it’s not liberals who oppose marriage and seek its redefinition—and label state laws defending marriage as “bans” because they exclude whatever’s comfortable. Is polygamy “banned”? Is pedophilia “banned”? Is bestiality “banned”? No, these are things that are not marriage. Two and two is four. I saw one article call conservatives “foes” of same-sex marriage. There’s only one Foe in this world, and He is drawing us away from the Lord into the darkness of our own thinking.
  • Government healthcare is working out swell for veterans. The VA requires its hospitals to provide care to patients in a timely manner, typically within 14 to 30 days, [Dr. Sam] Foote said.According to Foote, the elaborate scheme in Phoenix involved shredding evidence to hide the long list of veterans waiting for appointments and care. Officials at the VA, Foote says, instructed their staff to not actually make doctor’s appointments for veterans within the computer system.Instead, Foote says, when a veteran comes in seeking an appointment, “they enter information into the computer and do a screen capture hard copy printout. They then do not save what was put into the computer so there’s no record that you were ever here,” he said.According to Foote, the information was gathered on the secret electronic list and then the information that would show when veterans first began waiting for an appointment was actually destroyed.“That hard copy, if you will, that has the patient demographic information is then taken and placed onto a secret electronic waiting list, and then the data that is on that paper is shredded,” Foote said.“So the only record that you have ever been there requesting care was on that secret list,” he said. “And they wouldn’t take you off that secret list until you had an appointment time that was less than 14 days so it would give the appearance that they were improving greatly the waiting times, when in fact they were not.”Foote estimates right now the number of veterans waiting on the “secret list” to see a primary care physician is somewhere between 1,400 and 1,600. Forty veterans have died waiting for an appointment at the Phoenix VA. That’s not quite Stalin’s million, but it’s still a statistic. To the bureaucratic machinery, they are rounding errors, like energy lost in the powertrain, like the aborted fetuses being composted in hospitals. These losses are the inefficiencies and leftovers of statist formulae. By the way, it’s not just Phoenix.

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