People Are Starting to Notice

August 26, 2015

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You can no longer regularly read Dear Abby without finding a sexual issue--and those sexual issues are increasingly the subject of her advice.  But sexuality is also making its way regularly to the actual news sections of newspapers and online news mediums.  Consider this recent column from the New York Times: Our Sex-Crazed Congress--leading with "To appreciate the dumbing down of American politics, consider this: Conservative Republicans, indignant about abortion, are trying to destroy a government program that helps prevent 345,000 abortions a year." Reporter Nicholas Kristof, a genuine sexual futurist committed to allowing reason and knowledge to intelligently inform policy decisions about human sexuality, goes on to point out the irrationality of those who want better outcomes in human behavior through the use of control of personal decision-making. "The upshot would be more pregnancies, more abortions, more AIDS, more sexually transmitted infections and more women dying of cervical and breast cancer. Ending the program would impoverish young mothers and impede the formation of stable two-parent families that conservatives rightly argue help overcome poverty. It’s baffling that House Republicans are trying to eliminate a 45-year-old bipartisan initiative that is one of the country’s anti-poverty successes — and also...

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Oh You Charmer You

August 24, 2015

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Remember Herman Cain's "9,9,9" from 2011?  A lot of Republicans are hoping the Donald's recent popularity is a redo of the Cain Train.  A New York Time article says otherwise: In the command centers of Republican presidential campaigns, aides have drawn comfort from the belief that Donald J. Trump’s dominance in the polls is a political summer fling, like Herman Cain in 2011 — an unsustainable boomlet dependent on megawatt celebrity, narrow appeal and unreliable surveys.... A growing body of evidence suggests that may be wishful thinking.  ...Mr. Trump has built a broad, demographically and ideologically diverse coalition, constructed around personality, not substance, that bridges demographic and political divides. Among those who identify as "conservative" there is a growing disgust with verbiage characterized as "politically correct."  These folks love, absolutely love the Donald.  Not surprisingly, among these are those fed up with tree huggers, godless government and black men living in a, no THE White House.  It is nevertheless a bit surprising to see His Donaldness leading among a demographic he patronizes regularly, despises openly and whom he clearly sees as genetically "less than." In poll after poll of Republicans, Mr. Trump leads among women,...

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Not Bigoted, But #1 with Bigots

August 10, 2015

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Not long ago an animated TV comedy show, OK it was The Simpsons, ran a story with the image at left where, on the side of the helicopter, are emblazoned the fake motto of FOX NEWS: "Not Racist, But #1 With Racists."  Not sure why this comes up with the recent move of the Boy Scouts to allow gays to serve as leaders except in the case of religious organizations that don't feel so accepting and stuff.  Seemed like a good compromise after the Scouts' leader Robert Gates admitted that the current policy just wasn't sustainable if the goal is for the Scouts to survive as an institution. But just local bigotry doesn't seem to be enough for some people.  This just in from the North Dakota heartland: Bismarck Diocese cuts ties with Boy Scouts over lifting of gay leadership ban: BISMARCK – Bishop David Kagan [left] says his directive that Roman Catholic churches in the Bismarck Diocese sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America is based solely on church teachings that are “incompatible” with the Scouts’ new policy allowing openly gay troop leaders....  Kagan said he has a responsibility...

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