I must vehemently state that I do not mean paying our military men and women what they were promised—health benefits, education, and so on. We skimp on that way too much as it is and I, for one, would like to see some more spending there—particularly in treating any people with PTSD and all of the homeless vets living out on the street. It’s simply unconscionable.
Kudos to Lincoln, Nebraska for trying to pass an ordinance that will help protect gays and lesbians—but boy do these open comment sessions bring out the most trollsome people you could ever meet. Where does this woman get all of her information from? She suggests that children with gay parents sit around and rape each other and have the lowest test scores, that gay sex causes death and the rupture of intestines (creating a “homicider” or “fatality,” in her own words), that Hillary Clinton is gay and that women become lesbians by being drugged, and plenty of other outlandish comments.
It seems to be that 2012 has panned out the same way that 2011 did so far with emerging markets really getting head and the US and other developed countries falling further into debt that could actually become unsustainable.
Europe has continued to be in trouble and Greece has gotten bailed out again. As for the U.S., it is the dollar that is still having its hegemony across the globe and so any debt that it accumulates really doesn’t matter when you really analyze the situation.
I don’t really blame all young people. They simply don’t have the wisdom, knowledge or emotional skill-set necessary to reason in a lucid, rational and mature manner—that’s why they’re kids. They are learning, experiencing and hopefully for all of us, evolving.
Governor Brewer is back in the spotlight once again. She has signed a bill to prevent funding to Planned Parenthood and by signing that bill she has single handedly attempted to prevent health services to low income women, men and teens.
Arizona is already one of the most restrictive states when it comes to abortion laws. They have enacted the 20-week maximum limit, require women to consult a doctor right before having an abortion and have limited the types of abortions that nurse practitioners are allowed to perform. Now, a new law aimed at limiting it even further has just been passed that will have further-reaching consequences than just dealing with abortion.
The Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act bans all health providers from receiving state funding if they in any way perform or are associated with those who perform abortions. This limitation to state funding does not just pull from abortions, but also from every other health-related service that these facilities provide. Family planning, birth control, sex education, cancer screenings, counseling and other general care services will all suffer.
Russia is known more for its highly religious population and legacy of hard-line communist rule than for civil rights. Both the Russian government and its people have a history of notoriously anti-gay sentiments. The recent mayor of Moscow has expressed his belief that Gay Pride parades are satanic and a recent poll showed that 74 percent of Russians believe that those who practice LGBT lifestyle are either “amoral” or “mentally defective.” This does create an environment that is conducive to making progress in the realm of rights for this minority of Russian society. Until 1993, being gay was considered a crime, but even now that it has been legalized there are still many hurdles to overcome.
In my state, there’s plenty of discrimination. One form of discrimination that is most heinous is that you can get FIRED for simply being gay; it’s not illegal in any sense. The “Don’t Say Gay” bill that Missourians are considering right now—another blow to both my heart and my growing sense of humiliation—is a reflection of just how much my state considers LGBT citizens to be less than people.
But I also follow a few homeschooling blogs that seem a little weird to me—particularly the Catholic and general Christian ones, which is no surprise, since zombie worshipers seem weird to me anyway. Whatever gets you through the night—just don’t force it down my throat (or my kid’s). This practice, though, where the mother is the teacher and the father is the principal—it’s just weird and sort of creepy and completely and totally misogynistic to me. Aside from the entire fact that it’s putting his power over his wife’s (and child’s), it’s also against the very reason I—and many other families—homeschool in the first place.
Why is the dad the principal? Because he’s the head of the household in these families? I guess if you are breeding 15 kids you might need somebody to run the administrative and disciplinary sides of things, but most of the families that I know—mine included—feel that the absence of such hierarchy is a boon, just another one of hundreds of good reasons to homeschool.