Friday, June 30, 2006

Cell phone talkers as bad as drunk drivers

Ah, yes. The evil cell phone. DH and I must be the only 2 people left on earth without a cell phone. I've seen kids as young as 8 or 10 have one! That is WAY to young, imo, for a cell phone. Where are these kids at that they need a cell phone? Are they not being chaperoned by an adult? Why do 8 yr olds need phones???

Drivers in Erie are already bad enough. I hate when I get behind someone who is either driving like a maniac or driving like grandpa. Then I finally get around them and what do I see? They are on a CELL PHONE! The same with people in a store! Can't you wait until you have checked out to chat with someone about nothing in particular? I can see if you are calling to ask a question about something that you need or are looking for, such as size, etc. My mil calls when she is shopping for the boys to make sure they don't already have something and to double check sizes. THAT, I can understand, especially since we are 2 states away. But just to shoot the breeze? C'mon! That's what voice mail is for!

Anyway, I ran across this article and I had to chuckle. It reiterates what I was talking about above (driving).



Cell phone talkers as bad as drunk drivers
More study participants rear-ended car while on cell phones than drunk

Updated: 7:24 p.m. ET June 29, 2006

WASHINGTON - People who talk on cell phones while driving, even using "hands-free" devices, are as impaired as drunk drivers, researchers said Thursday.

"If legislators really want to address driver distraction, then they should consider outlawing cell phone use while driving," said Frank Drews, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Utah who worked on the study.

The researchers used a driving simulation device for their study, published in the summer 2006 issue of Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

They studied 40 volunteers who used a driving simulator four times - while undistracted, using a handheld cell phone, using a hands-free cell phone and while intoxicated to a 0.08 percent blood-alcohol level - the average legal level of impairment in the United States - after drinking vodka and orange juice.

Three study participants rear-ended the simulated car in front of them. All were talking on cellphones and none was drunk, the researchers said.

Motorists who talked on either handheld or hands-free cell phones drove slightly more slowly, were 9 percent slower to hit the brakes, and varied their speed more than undistracted drivers.

Drivers with an 0.08 percent blood-alcohol level drove a bit more slowly than both undistracted drivers and telephone users, yet more aggressively.


Cell phone signal excites brain - is it harmful?

"Driving while talking on a cell phone is as bad as or maybe worse than driving drunk," said Drews, who said alcohol was involved in 40 percent of the 42,000 annual U.S. traffic fatalities.

Just like many people who have been drinking, the cell phone users did not believe themselves to be affected, the researchers found.

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Free Fridge!

We're doing the garage sale again tomorrow, 9-2. There's a fridge free for whoever can take it away! Would be a nice garage fridge.

Lots of boy clothes, sizes 2T-5T, girls clothes of all sizes (including the teenage sizes, lol)...women's clothes, shoes, toys.......some nick-nacky things. Lot's of stuff, but mostly clothes!

Come on out to 1405 W 43rd St. and take a look!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Garage sales

My stay-at-home mom group is having a garage sale this Saturday. There's about 7 families participating. There will be lots of kids clothing, women's and mens stuff, too. Toys, household items, computer games, other kids stuff, etc. 1405 W 43rd St.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Happy Father's Day!

I want to wish all of you dad's out there in blogger land a Happy Father's Day! Especially my wonderful husband and my dad, even though I know my dad will never see this, lol.

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

CONCERN OVER RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN IRAQ

CONCERN OVER RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN IRAQ
(Senate - October 09, 1998)


Dear Mr. President: We are writing to express our concern over recent developments in Iraq .

Last February, the Senate was working on a resolution supporting military action if diplomacy did not succeed in convincing Saddam Hussein to comply with the United Nations Security Council resolutions concerning the disclosure and destruction of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. This effort was discontinued when the Iraqi government reaffirmed its acceptance of all relevant Security Council resolutions and reiterated its willingness to cooperate with the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in a Memorandum of Understanding signed by its Deputy Prime Minister and the United Nations Secretary General.

Despite a brief interval of cooperation, however, Saddam Hussein has failed to live up to his commitments. On August 5, Iraq suspended all cooperation with UNSCOM and the IAEA, except some limited monitoring activity.

As UNSCOM Executive Chairman Richard Butler told us in a briefing for all Senators in March, the fundamental historic reality is that Iraq has consistently sought to limit, mitigate, reduce and, in some cases, defeat the Security Council's resolutions by a variety of devices.

We were gratified by the Security Council's action in unanimously passing Resolution 1194 on September 9. By condemning Iraq's decision to suspend cooperation with UNSCOM and the IAEA, by demanding that Iraq rescind that decision and cooperate fully with UNSCOM and the IAEA, by deciding not to conduct the sanctions' review scheduled for October 1998 and not to conduct any future such reviews until UNSCOM and the IAEA, report that they are satisfied that they have been able to exercise the full range of activities provided for in their mandates, and by acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Security Council has sent an unambiguous message to Saddam Hussein.

We are skeptical, however, that Saddam Hussein will take heed of this message even though it is from a unanimous Security Council. Moreover, we are deeply concerned that without the intrusive inspections and monitoring by UNSCOM and the IAEA, Iraq will be able, over time, to reconstitute its weapons of mass destruction programs.

In light of these developments, we urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraq sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.

Sincerely,

Carl Levin, Joe Lieberman, Frank R. Lautenberg, Dick Lugar, Kit Bond, Jon Kyl, Chris Dodd, John McCain, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Alfonse D'Amato, Bob Kerrey, Pete V. Domenici, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara A. Mikulski.

Thomas Daschle, John Breaux, Tim Johnson, Daniel K. Inouye, Arlen Specter, James Inhofe, Strom Thurmond, Mary L. Landrieu, Wendell Ford, John F. Kerry, Chuck Grassley, Jesse Helms, Rick Santorum.

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Another fun pic

I just finished this and am pretty happy with it. It turned out better than I expected and it is so cute! I wanted to share it with you all :)



On another note, I am sure dh is screaming at his tv right now. The Yankees just let Washington score 2 runs at the bottom of the 8th. They were tied (in case you didn't know that) at 9. Hmmmm, maybe it will be best to talk to dh later........lol. Oh, but I must think positive. The Yankees will win, the Yankees will win, the Yankees will win.....lol.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Baptist backed movie gets "PG" rating....

Narrow focus draws 'PG' rating for Baptist-backed film

By TERRY MATTINGLY
Scripps Howard News Service
07-JUN-06

The Motion Picture Association of America is crystal clear when it describes why its "PG" rating exists _ it's a warning flag.

"The theme of a PG-rated film may itself call for parental guidance," states the online explanation of the rating system. "There may be some profanity in these films. There may be some violence or brief nudity. ... The PG rating, suggesting parental guidance, is thus an alert for examination of a film by parents before deciding on its viewing by their children. Obviously such a line is difficult to draw."

Disagreements are a given. The Christian moviemakers behind a low-budget film called "Facing the Giants" were stunned when the MPAA pinned a PG rating on their gentle movie about a burned-out, depressed football coach whose life _ on and off the field _ takes a miraculous turn for the better.

"What the MPAA said is that the movie contained strong 'thematic elements' that might disturb some parents," said Kris Fuhr, vice president for marketing at Provident Films, which is owned by Sony Pictures. Provident plans to open the film next fall in 380 theaters nationwide with the help of Samuel Goldwyn Films, which has worked with indie movies like "The Squid and the Whale."

Which "thematic elements" earned this squeaky-clean movie its PG?

"Facing the Giants" is too evangelistic.

The MPAA, noted Fuhr, tends to offer cryptic explanations for its ratings. In this case, she was told that it "decided that the movie was heavily laden with messages from one religion and that this might offend people from other religions. It's important that they used the word 'proselytizing' when they talked about giving this movie a PG. ...

"It is kind of interesting that faith has joined that list of deadly sins that the MPAA board wants to warn parents to worry about."

Overt Christian messages are woven throughout "Facing the Giants," which isn't surprising since the film was co-written and co-produced by brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, who are the "associate pastors of media" at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga. In addition to working with the megachurch's cable-television channel, they created its Sherwood Pictures ministry _ collecting private donations to fund a $25,000 movie called "Flywheel," about a wayward Christian used-car salesman.

"Facing the Giants" cost $100,000 and resembles a fusion of the Book of Job and a homemade "Hoosiers," or perhaps a small- school "Friday Night Lights" blended with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association movies that used to appear in some mainstream theaters. Sherwood Pictures used local volunteers as actors and extras, backed by a small crew of tech professionals.

The movie includes waves of answered prayers, a medical miracle, a mysterious silver-haired mystic who delivers a message from God and a bench-warmer who kicks a 51-yard field goal to win the big game when his handicapped father pulls himself out of a wheelchair and stands under the goal post to inspire his son's faith. There's a prayer-driven gust of wind in there, too.

But the scene that caught the MPAA's attention may have been the chat between football coach Grant Taylor _ played by Alex Kendrick _ and a rich brat named Matt Prader. The coach says that he needs to stop bad-mouthing his bossy father and get right with God.

The boy replies: "You really believe in all that honoring God and following Jesus stuff? ... Well, I ain't trying to be disrespectful, but not everybody believes in that."

The coach replies: "Matt, nobody's forcing anything on you. Following Jesus Christ is the decision that you're going to have to make for yourself. You may not want to accept it, because it'll change your life. You'll never be the same."

That kind of talk may be too blunt for some moviegoers, said Kendrick, but that's the way real people actually talk in Christian high schools in Georgia. Sherwood Baptist isn't going to apologize for making the kinds of movies that it wants to make.

"Look, I have those kinds of conversations about faith all the time and I've seen young people make decisions that change their lives," he said. "The reason we're making movies in the first place is that we hope they inspire people to think twice about their relationships with God.

"So we're going to tell the stories that we believe God wants us to tell. We have nothing to hide."


(Terry Mattingly (www.tmatt.net) directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.)


This is something I, personally, find very, very sad. A sign of the times? I suppose. Why not let people decide for themselves? Does it really warrant a PG rating? Since when have biblical virtues been threatening to anyone? If someone doesn't want to be exposed to the Christian message, then don't see the movie.

From the movie's website, here is the story line:

From the award winning producers of FLYWHEEL, comes an action-packed drama about a Christian high school football coach who uses his undying faith to battle the giants of fear and failure. In six years of coaching, Grant Taylor has never led his Shiloh Eagles to a winning season. After learning that he and his wife Brooke face infertility, Grant discovers that a group of fathers are secretly organizing to have him dismissed as head coach. Devastated by his circumstances, he cries out to God in desperation. When Grant receives a message from an unexpected visitor, he searches for a stronger purpose for his football team. He dares to challenge his players to believe God for the impossible on and off the field. When faced with unbelievable odds, the Eagles must step up to their greatest test of strength and courage. What transpires is a dynamic story of the fight between faith and fear. Facing the Giants is a powerful experience for the whole family inspiring viewers to live with faith, hope, and love!

Can you name another movie that has been pegged with a PG rating specifically for delivering a message from one particular religion. (No, Im not talking about "The Passion of the Christ". That was given an R rating for a reason. I have seen it. It is violent.) Here are what the ratings mean, straight from the MPAA website:

G - This is a film which contains nothing in theme, language, nudity and sex, violence, etc. that would, in the view of the Rating Board, be offensive to parents whose younger children view the film. The G rating is not a certificate of approval nor does it signify a children’s film.

Some snippets of language may go beyond polite conversation but they are common everyday expressions. No stronger words are present in G-rated films. The violence is at a minimum. Nudity and sex scenes are not present, nor is there any drug use content.

PG - This is a film which clearly needs to be examined by parents before they let their children attend. The label PG plainly states parents may consider some material unsuitable for their children, but leaves the parent to make the decision. Parents are warned against sending their children, unseen and without inquiry, to PG-rated movies. The theme of a PG-rated film may itself call for parental guidance. There may be some profanity in these films. There may be some violence or brief nudity. However, these elements are not considered so intense as to require that parents be strongly cautioned beyond the suggestion of parental guidance. There is no drug use content in a PG-rated film. The PG rating, suggesting parental guidance, is thus an alert for examination of a film by parents before deciding on its viewing by their children. Obviously such a line is difficult to draw. In our pluralistic society it is not easy to make judgments without incurring some disagreement. As long as parents know they must exercise parental responsibility, the rating serves as a meaningful guide and as a warning.

I won't go any further than that, since it's not necessary for this blog. To me, this movie fits much more squarely into the G category.

Here is a quote I saw from my good friend Susan. She posted it on our twins board.

"In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair, the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die."
~Dorothy L. Sayers

It seems everyone is tolerated except Christians and their viewpoint. Don't get me wrong, I would be just as upset about this rating if it were pegged to any other religion. I just don't feel that "religious content" should be the basis of a PG rating! I think we need more movies like this. More movies to inspire our youth. How is this different from "Because of Winn Dixie?" It was also produced/backed by a Baptist church and also had a message of faith. Yet it's rating is G. Why chose this movie, now, when the standard has already been set? If they are going to make this movie PG, then they need to change movies like Winn Dixie to PG, as well.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

My layout using my kit

Thought you all might want to see a layout I did using my kit.....Nothing fancy. It was done for the font crop at SBB.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

New freebie!

I just finished my first full kit and want to share it all with you! I'm quite proud of it. It's inspired by our day outside by the "pool." The papers were inspired by my son's swim trunks and also by the pool itself. I hope you find it useful! Here's a preview:



Included in the kit:
*5 papers
*4 ribbons
*3 beach balls
*2 brads
*2 staples
*1 floatie
*2 kickboards (1 not pictured)

You can download the kit here.

I just got an add from Scrappintwins.com at my MySpace blog. Cute site! I found some shirts I want to get the boys. They are so perfect, especially since it's always "I didn't do it. So-and-so did it" What do you think?

Woohoo! SBB referenced in the NYT!

Had to share this article from the NYT from yesterday. I consider SBB (Scrapbook-bytes.com) my home away from home, lol. I spend LOTS of time there. They were mentioned yesterday in a NYT article. Here's the article:

Showing Off Your Handiwork
By DAMON DARLIN
Published: June 7, 2006

THE point of scrapbooking, besides preserving memorable objects, is to share the results with others.

But that does not necessarily mean that the people viewing a digital scrapbook are friends or relatives. One quirk of the hobby is showing off the design to other scrapbookers. Another is selling scrapbooking materials and advice to less experienced enthusiasts.

A number of Web sites encourage hobbyists to submit work. Anyone can post on these sites, so graphic designs that can hold their own against fashion magazine layouts are right next to projects that look like second graders' Mother's Day cards.

With a little patience, you can page through the galleries at sites like twopeasinabucket.com, scrapbook graphics.com, thedigichick.com and scrapbook-bytes.com to find ideas. Some of these sharing sites also have forums and chat rooms to post questions or to provide advice.

If you want to see higher-quality scrapbooks, scrapbooking magazines are the best bet. Digital Scrapbooking is devoted to those who practice the art with technology, but magazines catering to the mainstream, like Memory Makers, Simple Scrapbooks and Creating Keepsakes, give more space to books made with software rather than with scissors.

All the magazines have Web sites, for which they solicit submissions. Few, however, post the results online. One that does, creatingkeep sakes.com, has an online Scrapbook Hall of Fame. You can find these magazines at larger newsstands or at scrapbooking supplies stores.

For the digital scrapbooker, the Internet is also a source for materials. Hobbyists can download fonts, "digital paper" for backgrounds and even entire layouts that can be used with Photoshop software. There are even downloadable "embellishments," digitized counterparts of the buttons, brads, ribbons and other doodads that scrapbookers in the three-dimensional world fasten to their books.

Other downloads offer the kind of thing that would never be seen in a traditional scrapbook — like flashing emoticons, similar to the little faces you see in e-mail and instant messages. Many of the downloads are free or cost only a few dollars.

Beginners can start with digital kits that tie tools and materials together under a theme, like a baby's birthday or a Western vacation.

Among the most popular sources for digital materials are scrapbook -elements.com, theshabbyshoppe .com, digitalscrapbookplace.com and escrappers.com. Hundreds of these sites exist, which suggests that one thing that scrapbookers like most, next to scrapbooking, is selling stuff to other scrapbookers.


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YAY for Erie! and What is up with Blogger?

First, is anyone else having a problem with Blogger lately? I've never had a problem with them before but the last couple of weeks has been terrible. Every time I open up Blogger, I get the "Cannot connect to server" or whatever it says. It usually takes me 15-20 minutes to get in. Can't figure out if it's just me, or if it's Blogger. Anyone else experience this?


Next, YAY for Erie! Here's a story I found on the front page of the paper today. You Erieites should be very proud! Hubby's town, Indianapolis, ranks 45th in large markets and my "hometown" if you will, South Bend, ranks 50th for medium markets. Who knew we grew up in some of the best places to live! I was also glad to see Fargo, ND on the list. Even though we didn't live there (we lived in Bismarck, ND), we went through there a few times. Very pretty, much like the rest of ND.


We're at top of heap
Group tells us what we know: This is a great place to live
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By CAROLINE RUSE
caroline.ruse@timesnews.com


Mike Conley wasn't surprised to learn that Erie's metropolitan area is listed among the nation's best places to relocate families.

When Conley moved to Millcreek from Rochester, N.Y., in July 2004, he received an early introduction to the city's health system -- and it left a positive impression.

Conley, president of Alliance Plastics, spent his first five days at Hamot Medical Center, after his then-5-year-old daughter, Meghan, became ill.

Even under those difficult circumstances, Conley's experience gave him a good first feeling about Erie.

"There was definitely more of a human touch," Conley said of his first encounter with health providers. "I think that's emblematic of people in the Erie area."

Though "human touch" wasn't among the factors considered while assessing it, the Erie region re-ceived the highest ranking among Pennsylvania cities on the lists com-piled by Worldwide ERC, a relocation-services industry trade group.

Erie ranked seventh among midsize metropolitan areas with a population of 250,000 to 500,000. The Erie Metropolitan Statistical Area -- defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as Erie County -- had a 2005 population of 280,446.

Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia ranked 10th, 35th and 44th respectively among large metro areas; Lancaster ranked 46th among midsize areas; and State College ranked 33rd among small ones.


"It doesn't come as a surprise to me," Erie Mayor Joseph Sinnott said of the Erie area's ranking. "I've made it no secret that I think it's a great place to live and raise a family."

Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation based the rankings on a variety of factors that contribute to the ease with which a family can transfer to a new city.

The organizations worked with Sperling's BestPlaces to determine the probability of a successful relocation, based on several of short-term and long-term family concerns.

Factors most heavily weighted in all evaluations included commute times, cost of living, and home appreciation.

Conley, the father of four girls, could relate to the reasonable cost of living in Erie.

Though the housing markets were comparable in Rochester and Erie, he said, the cost of living was drastically lower in Erie because of taxes.

"We saved probably in the neighborhood of $8,000 a year on annual taxes," he said.

Other factors considered in Erie's evaluation included the quality of elderly care, pupil-teacher ratios, the availability of fan-friendly sports events, and per-capita volunteerism.

Gary Bridgman, a representative for Primacy Relocation, said the idea behind measuring volunteerism was to identify cities that were amicable to shy people.

"The theory is that a city better for shy people would also be good for new people because of 'transitional shyness,'"Bridgman said. "Volunteering is a way for adults to meet new friends in a low-threat environment."

Among the variables for which Erie received the highest scores were cost of living and commute time.

"Erie was No. 2 nationally in commute time, specifically in the percentage of residents who report having commutes 60 minutes or longer," Bridgman said. "Erie was also listed as No. 2 for having the lowest property crime rate within the midsize city category."

Jake Rouch, president of the Erie Chamber and Growth Partnership, said the variables used to evaluate Erie for the list were some of the same ones Erie's largest employers use to recruit workers to the area.

Rouch said he was pleased to see the area included in the listings, since Presque Isle State Park recently was overlooked in a list of 21 Pennsylvania summer driving trips, assembled by 21st Century Insurance Group.

Toby Froehlich, president of Coldwell Banker Select Realtors in Erie, also sang the region's praises.


He said other than the area's rough winter weather, Erie offers everything parents seek.

"It's an easy town to get around in," Froehlich said. "We have good schools and a low crime rate."

Coldwell Banker handles arrangements for many relocated and temporary employees for GE Transportation, Erie County's largest employer. Froehlich said that when newcomers first arrive, they are pleasantly surprised by the reasonable price of real estate and the area's geography.

"It's an undiscovered jewel in a lot of ways," he said. "Tell me another town where you can drive from the beach to the ski resort in 45 minutes," he said, referring to Presque Isle and Peek'n Peak Resort and Conference Center, near Findley Lake, N.Y.

Despite Erie's high ranking, however, Rouch said there still is room for improvement.

"The biggest inherent challenge is that we can be a very cliquey place," he said.

Rouch said residents need to make a conscious effort to welcome new members of the community by being neighborly and helping them integrate into the area.

"Once that integration happens," he said, "that's when they truly fall in love with the place."

CAROLINE RUSE can be reached at 870-1687 or by email.

WHAT MAKES ERIE SHINE
Areas where Erie excelled in the evaluation:

1. Commute time
2. Property crime rate
3. Cost of living (86.5 percent of the national average)

LARGE METRO AREAS
The top 10 large metro areas (population 500,000 and above)

1. Louisville, Ky
2. Austin-San Marcos, Texas
3. Denver, Colo.
4. Nashville, Tenn.
5. San Jose, Calif.
6. Washington, D.C.
7. Baltimore, Md.
8. Albuquerque, N.M.
9. Knoxville, Tenn.
10. Harrisburg

SMALL METRO AREAS
Top 10 small metro areas (population 50,000-250,000)

1. Athens, Ga.
2. Grand Junction, Colo.
3. Yolo Co. (Davis), Calif.
4. Hattiesburg, Miss.
5. Bellingham, Wash.
6. Missoula, Mont.
7. Cheyenne, Wyo.
8. Bryan-College Station, Texas
9. Iowa City, Iowa
10. Fargo-Moorhead, N.D.

Full list of Top 50 in each category available at http://www.primacy.com.

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Monday, June 05, 2006

What Happens When There Is No Plan B?

I ran across an article today that I just had to blog about. If you are a reader of my blog, it's no secret that I'm a Conservative Republican. What you don't know is that I didn't get into politics until a few years ago. I always knew where I stood, but had no idea where my values, morals and beliefs fell in the political parties. I have no idea what conservative and liberal meant in the realm of politics. That all changed about 5 years ago. I try to keep my views to myself for dh's sake. I don't want people to equate my thoughts and feelings and such as his, though I know that that is bound to happen at some point. Recently on my blog, I have been talking about political things. This is a step out of my comfort zone, but it has been a good step. I have been met with opposition, as I expected. We joke quite often that we are red people in a blue state/city. In fact, we often joke that we are probably the only conservatives in the downtown area, lol. I can't vouch for how true that is, though.

Now, all that being said (ok, I'm not sure anymore why I said it. You see, I had this whole post written out, but when I went to publish it, Blogger rned into that page of death "Cannot find server" and I lost the whole thing. I'm trying to recreate by memory, which dh will tell you isn't so good!), I ran across this article today. It is from yesterday's Washington Post. I was a bit dumbstruck when I read it. I just don't get it. I'll sumarize the article in a few sentences for you.

Basically, the writer of the article is a 42 yr old woman who blames conservatism and President Bush for why she has to have an abortion after she forgot to put her diaphragm in during a passionate moment with her husband. She is upset because she could not get Plan B (basically the "morning after pill") over the counter. She opens the article with:

The conservative politics of the Bush administration forced me to have an abortion I didn't want. Well, not literally, but let me explain.

I am a 42-year-old happily married mother of two elementary-schoolers. My husband and I both work, and like many couples, we're starved for time together. One Thursday evening this past March, we managed to snag some rare couple time and, in a sudden rush of passion, I failed to insert my diaphragm.

The next morning, after getting my kids off to school, I called my ob/gyn to get a prescription for Plan B, the emergency contraceptive pill that can prevent a pregnancy -- but only if taken within 72 hours of intercourse. As we're both in our forties, my husband and I had considered our family complete, and we weren't planning to have another child, which is why, as a rule, we use contraception. I wanted to make sure that our momentary lapse didn't result in a pregnancy.


My first thought on this was HELLO! She's 42! She obviously knows what it takes to make babies, since she has 2 children already. Why is she blaming someone else for what she has already admitted was a "momentary lapse" of good judgement?

Let me insert here that she has every right to have an abortion. Abortions are legal in this country, and even though I don't agree with them, it's a choice women like her are legally allowed to make.

However, it certainly isn't President Bush's fault that she didn't insert her diaphragm. What is he supposed to do, come into her bedroom and remind her, like a child (the author, not the President), to use contraception? Come on! SHe's a grown woman! If she doesn't care enough about using contraceptives than she needs to take responsibility for her actions!

Look, I understand the need for couple time. We don't get that very often here. Passion and romance are hard to come by. But just because it's few and far between doesn't mean I'm not goin to stop and take precautions before we continue. Was she so afraid that she'd lose that moment of passion that she didn't want to stop for 30 seconds? If you know you don't want more children, you don't have momentary lapses. You take precautions.

Before you say I don't know what she's going through, I do. I was a junior in college when we found our we were pregnant with the twins. DH was a few months from graduation. Were we scared? Absolutely. Did we blame the President or the Fed. government for what happened? No. We blamed ourselves, because we were the only ones to blame.

She goes on to talk about how she wasn't able to get a script for Plan B. One of things she talks about is it isn't available over the counter.

Apparently, one of the concerns is that ready availability of Plan B could lead teenage girls to have premarital sex. Yet this concern -- valid or not -- wound up penalizing an over-the-hill married woman for having sex with her husband. Talk about the law of unintended consequences.


Ummm, so you think the FDA is penalizing you for having sex with your husband? How asanine! You both took the risk of having unprotected sex, yet it's someone else's fault? And it's someone elses fault that you felt you needed the morning after pill, yet couldn't get it over-the-counter?

Again, my issue is not with her abortion, because she has that right. My issue is with the fact that she wouldn't take responsibilty for her own actions. We, as college students, showed more maturity than a woman twice our age!

There are two excerpts at the end of the article that rubbed me the wrong way:

All the while, I was thinking that if religion hadn't been allowed to seep into American politics the way it has, I wouldn't even be there. This all could have been stopped way before this baby was conceived if they had just let me have that damn pill.


and

It was a decision I am sorry I had to make. It was awful, painful, sickening. But I feel that this administration gave me practically no choice but to have an unwanted abortion because the way it has politicized religion made it well-nigh impossible for me to get emergency contraception that would have prevented the pregnancy in the first place.


It all comes down to the fact that a grown woman and a grown man won't take responsibility for something THEY did. No one forced them to have unprotected sex. They are old enough to know the risks associated, and old enough to know how children are made. What are they teaching their other children (no, I'm not assuming they told them. Why would they?) if not that they don't have to be held accountable for their actions?

Bottom line is if you take the risk, assume responsibility for what follows.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

American Idol... Can Bring Out the Worst in People

Son Attacks Mother Over 'American Idol' Dispute

First of all, my wonderful wife has allowed me to be a guest poster on her blog. Now I will confess Trish and I are American Idol fans, and for me personally of all the past contestants I really enjoyed this years winner, Taylor Hicks. In fact, I enjoyed his performances and singing so much that I have downloaded and purchased his pre-Idol CD "Under the Radar" (If you like blues and soul you will like this CD trust me) and it has made me enjoy his ability even more. So yes I am a proud member of the "Soul Patrol."
Now, as I was reading some stories about American Idol I came across this. Like I said we are fans but there is a fine line from enjoying a TV show and being down right psychotic... My mom and I disagreed on who we wanted to win this years American Idol but it never came to this...


Man attacks mother over 'American Idol' dispute
From WSTM
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.

A Plattsburgh man is facing felony charges for allegedly striking his mother in
the head after the two disagreed about the fate of an "American Idol"
contestant.According to court records, 24-year-old Cory Favreau was discussing
the television show with his mother, Jan Chagnon, on May 24th -- the night of the finale.
His mother made comments that contestant Katharine McPhee was
going to have a successful career despite losing to another contestant, Taylor
Hicks.
Favreau allegedly stood up, made a malicious comment to his mother
and struck her in the head with a sharpened, cross-shaped object attached to a
bicycle chain.
Court records say the two were drinking alcohol at the time.


So what have we learned... American Idol and Alcohol do not mix...

See if those two can get along can't we all?

Changing things up a bit

So I thought I'd change things up a bit on my blog. I love the pics of the boys, so I updated them/ I also changed the colors to blue red and yellow from that drab olive green color. I just wish I could figure out how to change the background of the "text" part of my blog. I can't seem to find that in the code anywhere. Oh, well. What I've got now is better than nothing, I suppose! I do have to thank Jeanine Baechtold - SBB Digital-Bytes Designer at http://www.scrapbook-bytes.com/store/ for the great papers that I used as my background and in the header. I love the fingerpaint look! Quite appropriate for this house!

Ok, I'm off of here to go take a shower. Hope y'all like the new look!

My lucky charm

I took the boys to the park late yesterday afternoon and plopped myself on the hill next to a clover patch. Out of habit, I started looking for a 4 leaf clover, not really expecting to find one. You see, I've done this so many times in my life and I've never found one. But, it's fun to look, anyway. However, yesterday was different. What did I find in the clover patch, but a 4 leaf clover! How fun! I'm not a superstitious person, I don't have any lucky charms. I'm not going to carry this around on a necklace or anything, lol. But, I am keeping it. Mostly for the rarity, I suppose. Maybe a little bit for the hope that it will mean our luck is changing ;)



And, although this one is blurry, I took it to show that there really are 4 leaves, not just 3 that look like 4, kwim?