How much have you spent this year on the abortion-oriented services of Planned Parenthood? This question may seem too personal, or out of line with your religious beliefs. But the truth is that if you pay taxes, you support Planned Parenthood.
Jae Ran Kim applied a “social workers perspective to the wholesome characters in popular Disney movies” and asked, “How many of these beloved characters live in a married, two-parent (hetero) household?”
Aladdin (Aladdin) orphaned and homeless; petty crimes for food and shelter
Annie (Annie) orphan adopted by rich single dad
Ariel (The Little Mermaid) dead mother, rebellious teen who runs away to be with a man
Aristocats Marie, Berlioz and Toulouse three kittens raised by a single mother
Bambi (Bambi) raised by single mother who is murdered, has never met his absent father
Belle (Beauty and the Beast) dead mother, raised by single father
Cinderella (Cinderella) dead mother, raised by abusive Stepmother and neglectful, absent father
Dumbo (Dumbo) raised by a stigmatized, depressed single mother
Elliot (Petes Dragon) orphaned, runaway from abusive foster parents, adopted by single mother
Hercules (Hurcules) son of gods transracially adopted by humans
Lilo (Lilo and Stitch) orphaned, raised by older sister
Mowgli (The Jungle Book) orphaned, raised by 2-male heads of household (bear and panther)
Mulan (Mulan) cross-dressing teen girl with intact, multi-generational family unit
Nemo (Finding Nemo) dead mother, raised by single overprotective father
Oliver (Oliver & Company) orphaned kitten transracially adopted by rich girl
Peter Pan (Peter Pan) orphaned, troublemaker and gang leader of Lost Boys
Penny (The Rescuers) orphaned girl kidnapped from orphanage
Pinocchio (Pinocchio) wooden toy adopted by aged creator Gepetto
Pochahontas (Pocahontas) dead mother, raised by single father
Quasimoto (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) physically disabled male adopted by evil church minister Frollo
Simba (The Lion King) father murdered by uncle, raised by 2-male heads of household (meerkat and warthog)
Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty) parents transferred custody to 3 fairies
Snow White (Snow White & the 7 dwarves) dead mother, raised by abusive Stepmother and neglectful father
Tarzan (Tarzan) orphaned, transracially adopted by gorilla family
Apparently Hillary Clinton is trying to find a new campaign song and she has asked people to vote on her web site for which song she should use (after my run in with her staffer I looked for John Michael Montgomerys I Swear but it wasnt there.) I thought it might be fun to start a contest for the other candidates. This is not the place to give your opinions on the candidate (the IRS would love that!) but give a song and a brief explanation of why. Such as Im Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair for Senator John Edwards of the $400 coiffure; or Lits My Own Worst Enemy for Newt Gingrich; or Who Are You by The Who for Mike Gravel (or a number of others.) Self described environmentalist Al Gore can have It Aint Easy Bein Green by Kermit the Frog and Rudy Giuliani (who seems to dress up a lot in dresses) can campaign to Dude (Looks Like a Lady) by Aerosmith. Here is list of the candidates sing away:
*The earliest known American election campaign song was God Save George Washington, issued in 1780 and sung to the tune of God Save The King.
A new study by the research firm Mathematica has been hailed by advocates of the sexual revolution and groups that have spent decades providing contraceptives and abortions to minor children without parental knowledge. Funded by the federal department of Health and Human Services, Mathematica examined four abstinence education programs for elementary students and middle-schoolers. The study found that after an average of five years, the students who had taken the abstinence instruction were no less likely to engage in sexual intercourse than students who had not received the instruction at all.
At first glance, the results appear disappointing. It would have been a relief to find that a small investment in a middle school program could overcome the raw messages of our sexualized culture. It would be especially encouraging because of the ever-higher stakes associated with premarital sex today.
But that’s not the whole story - either of abstinence education or of the need for intervention in the lives of vulnerable teens. The researchers chose to ignore the abstinence programs most recommended for study, and focused on programs that have since been revised. The scope and the depth of abstinence programs were ignored, and a narrow few chosen for examination. These are not minor points because the stakes in sexual politics today are life and death.
The need to solve cultural problems for today's family is great, urgent, and possible.
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