New York City schools are offering young girls a full menu of birth control options, free of parental
counsel, thanks to an unpublicized project by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration.
School nurses handed out 12,721 doses of the Plan B One-Step “morning-after” pill in 2011-12, up from 10,720 in 2010-11 and 5,039 in 2009-10, the New York Post reports.
Mona Davids, president of the NYC Parents Union, was stunned by the report.
“I’m in shock,” she said. “What gives the mayor the right to decide, without adequate notice, to give our children drugs that will impact their bodies and their psyches? He has purposely kept the public and parents in the dark with his agenda.”
Besides “emergency contraception,” about 40 school-based clinics have dispensed prescriptions for contraception, intrauterine devices and hormone-delivering injections, the Post reports.
The most common adverse events (>10%) in the clinical trial for women receiving Plan B One-Step included heavier menstrual bleeding (30.9%), nausea (13.7%), lower abdominal pain (13.3%), fatigue (13.3%), and headache (10.3%).
Think of the parent who sees his/her daughter suffering from any or all of these symptoms and being oblivious to the likely cause.
We are all flawed individuals. We're all sinners. So let's get that part out of the way. But there should still exist a means by which the measure of a man can be taken, by which we can determine whether or not he is someone you'd want to hang with, someone you'd want your children to look up to, someone you'd want your daughter or niece to marry.
A few of these metrics come to mind quickly.
How does said man treat women in general and his wife/girlfriend in particular?
Is he a man of evidentiary faith?
Is he compassionate and charitable?
You may have your own list of traits that we're likely to agree help measure how much of a man men truly are.
I'm about to add another, though this one I'm sure might have its detractors.
Are you ready for this one?
What does said man think of Tim Tebow?
This past week, I was exposed to two sports writers who had never really registered even the tiniest of blips on my there-goes-a-man-of-character radar. Not because of anything in particular that they've done or not done before but because I've never really seen or heard anything from either of them that had captured my attention.
So much for the whole bearing good tidings thing. In a roundtable discussion on Monday morning'sSportsCenter, ESPN analyst Merril Hoge went on a rant about New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, saying that he's "as phony as a three-dollar bill" and that the New York Jets didn't realize "how bad Tim Tebow was" when they traded for him.
Fellow analyst Ron Jaworski tries to defend Tebow's handling of his yearlong situation with the Jets while insider Adam Schefter attempts to relay a conversation he had with Tebow late Sunday night regarding theESPN New York report that he asked out of the Wildcat formation for the team's game with San Diego. While both are given time to make their points, they are just lulls between Hoge's fury-laden sound bites.
"He is not going to win for the Jacksonville Jaguars. All he will do is set the franchise back further if that is a possible feat," Hoge said. "This organization is down as far as you can get. The last person they need is a guy like this now that we're starting to see his true colors."
What was it that set Merril Hoge off you might be asking?
It should not come as a surprise that reports indicate that Tebow opted out of the wildcat package for Sunday’s game against the Chargers when he was told that Greg McElroy would get the start over him. Tebow’s “I’ll do whatever I can to help the team” pledge from the day that the Jets acquired him turned out to be nothing but utter nonsense.
Tebow is not the good teammate that we all thought he was and now it seems as if reports about him being a bad apple in the locker room are true. What does it say about someone, who has captivated the world with his religious faith, doesn’t want to be a part of the game plan to help his team win?
Ryan acknowledged Monday that Tebow wasn't happy when the coach chose Greg McElroy to start for the benched Mark Sanchez, but insisted Tebow was willing to play in any role Sunday against San Diego - including the wildcat.
''He was disappointed, there's no question,'' Ryan said Monday. ''He was disappointed that he was not named the starter, but with that being said, I'm not going to get into private conversations that I have with players, but it was my decision to use Jeremy Kerley in the wildcat, without question.
''But I'll say this: I believe if Tim's number was called, he would've went in and played. I don't think there's any doubt about that.''
In other words, there was no basis for which Hoge and Schwartz unleashed their venom for Tebow. None whatsoever. Of course, this isn't the first time they've done so. Hoge in particular has a history of Tebow hatred since the latter entered into the NFL.
And so I, with a firmness and resolve I'd be hardpressed to give up, am making a decree.
Merril Hoge and Peter Schwartz have no integrity, no class, no character.
I wouldn't turn my back on either of them. I find them each to be deplorable and pity their loved ones.
The sort of hate they have for Tim Tebow is based in my view on their own hatred of religion in general, Christianity in particular and Mr. Tebow specifically. It seems more than obvious to me.
Unlike either of them however, I'm open to having my mind changed. If you have evidence that would suggest I'm full of crap, leave it in the comments but quite frankly and bluntly, I'm willing to bet this post's comment thread will remain largely empty.
Tebow said on Wednesday that he told Ryan last Tuesday that he was “definitely disappointed” he wasn’t going to be the starting quarterback in place of the benched Mark Sanchez, and added that he told the coach he wanted to play “regular quarterback.”
“I never said, ‘Hey, I don’t want to do anything,’” Tebow said. “That wasn’t the talk at all. He knows that. And everybody on this team knows that I would never not do something if I was asked. That’s what’s disappointing. People saying,‘Oh, you quit, or you didn’t do this.’ That was not it at all. It was just me asking to get an opportunity to play the position I love, which is quarterback. It wasn’t me asking out of anything.”
My brother summed things up nicely when he wrote on his Facebook wall, "Hoge retired due to excessive concussions. Based on his tirade I'd say he is still a jelly brain."
Excessive concussions, maybe but more likely, Hoge's problem, and Schwartz' along with him, is simple hatred for a man of faith.
Today I've read a number of post-election articles vowing to continue the fight.
While I concur that it is a righteous, necessary, and worthwhile fight, it might be well to take a moment to review the character of this fight.
The fight that wins this is not one of arms. It is one of thoughts, of ideas, of communications.
Who educates your kids? Who entertains them? Do they get their news from Comedy Central? What do they believe in? Why is that? What are their truths? Where did they get them?
This election wasn’t won in speeches. It wasn’t won in TV ads. It was won in cartoons. It was won in movies. It was won on Sesame Street. It was won in schools.
Yes there is a fight ahead of us, and it does not look like a short or clean one. The fight is one of belief, of principle, of culture. We have been infiltrated and compromised over decades.
Are you a religious person? Do you entrust the emotional well-being and mental health of your family to Psychology & Psychiatry? Why would you do that? Do you not grasp that a “science” which classifies your core beliefs as a “mostly harmless” delusion is a poor vehicle for the preservation of a moral culture? Do you not know their history, their background, their cultural foundation? Or have you simply accepted that they are the “authority” in all things mental and emotional? They’ve had fifty years of unfettered access to our schools, and with that as their crown jewel, what is the state of that school system?
Yeah, we have a fight ahead of us. It is our challenge to communicate core values in spite of schooling. It will be our campaign to teach real history into the teeth of disinformation. We have the truth on our side, but only if we are effective in communicating it.
Take heart. Even with the lead they have, we are not helpless, and even with all the brainwashing that’s been splashed around, truth can penetrate and bring illumination.
We must become educators, not just “smart” people. We must arm ourselves with real facts, real history, real reasoning and logic.
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Gay guy attempts to do gymnastics on the streets of Missoula, Montana and fails miserably. Then decides to use his self-induced injuries to further a cause and suck in the gullible. He succeeds if only for a short time.
A 22-year-old Montana man who told cops he was beaten up by gay-bashing thugs while club-hopping on his birthday — igniting calls online for protest against homophobic violence — made the whole thing up and actually injured himself, he admitted.
Joseph Baken, of Billings, suffered the bruises and cuts to his face when he smashed it against a curb while attempting to stick an Olympic-style backflip in the street, he said.
The young con-artist pleaded guilty to making a false report on Tuesday and was given a 180 day suspended jail sentence and slapped with a $300 fine, the Missoula Independent reported.
Baken's bizarre ruse began when he told Missoula police that three men jumped him outside a club in downtown Missoula early Sunday because he was gay.
Baken said he had gone into the club, announced that it was his birthday and asked if anyone knew a gay bar he could go to.
Given his stance on Chick-fil-A, would Mayor Tom Menino grant permits to a group that has counted among its leaders a man who has repeatedly called homosexuality a “crime that must be punished” by death?
Actually, he has done that . . . and more! Menino effectively gave away city land valued at $1.8 million to the organization, and he gave a speech at its ribbon-cutting ceremony.
It’s the Islamic Society of Boston’s mosque, and when it comes to anti-gay sentiment, one of its early supporters makes Chick-fil-A look like the Provincetown Men’s Chorus.
During the (understandable) controversy over the city selling land for a house of worship at a below-market rate a decade ago, reporters discovered that the Islamic Society of Boston counted imam Yusef al-Qaradawi as one of its spiritual guides. As the Weekly Standard reported at the time:
“The ISB does not dispute the fact that they have repeatedly used al-Qaradawi as a tool to raise funds for the Boston mosque, printing a brochure that highlighted al-Qaradawi’s enthusiastic support of the mosque and playing a videotaped message of support from him at a 2002 gathering.”
Also in attendance at the gathering, listening to al-Qaradawi’s message: Mayor Tom Menino.
I'm sure Menino, should he be confronted with what was just read, would atempt to wriggle out of it in some way by pointing out how may Muslims are moderate and how many would not take seriously the Quranic command to put the homosexual to death.
But that benefit of the doubt the idiot won't extend to Christians and so in the mental gymnastics tumbling forth from the excuse for a brain that sits in the man's head, he finds Christians more threatening in some way than Muslims.
Yea, I think we can call him anti-Christian.
And I think we can do the same for his buddy Obama. Bowing to Muslim leaders, extending the open hand of friendship while in the same breath attempting to shove the HHS mandate down the throat of Catholics who actually believe in the tenets of their faith.
Yea, I think we can call him anti-Christian as well.