Author archives: Krystle Gabele

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

December 30, 2008

Here’s what we’re looking at today.

For Good Self-Control, Try Getting Religious About It,” John Tierney, New York Times (December 29, 2008)

Rights of Conscience Live Blog - TODAY!,” Mason Votes (December 30, 2008)

Arizona Lawmakers Likely to Submit New Abortion Bills With Napolitano Leaving,” Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com (December 29, 2008)

Fate unclear for Liberals backing anti-abortion cause,” Gloria Galloway, The Globe and Mail (December 30, 2008)

Premarital Abstinence Pledges Ineffective, Study Finds,” Rob Stein, The Washington Post (December 29,2008)

Public Schools Change Young Evangelicals’ Values,” Phyllis Schlafly, Townhall.com (December 30, 2008)

Stem cells aren’t embryonic anymore,” World Magazine (December 27, 2008)

An honest Messiah,” Andree Seu, World Magazine (December 27, 2008)

Grace at work,” Wayne Greene, Tulsa World (December 21, 2008)

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

December 29, 2008

Here’s what we’re looking at today.

An Evangelical Bridge Too Far,” David R. Stokes, Townhall.com (December 28, 2008)

The Separation of Church and State - Reloaded,” Christopher Merola, Townhall.com (December 29, 2008)

Euthanasia Comes to Montana,” Wesley J. Smith, The Weekly Standard (December 29, 2008)

Obama’s Abortion Spending Spree” David N. Bass, The American Spectator (December 29, 2008)

New study finds that abstinence pledging teens still have sex,” Michele Johansen and Lexie Tigre, The San Francisco Examiner (December 29, 2008)

Amateurs are trying genetic engineering at home,”Marcus Wohlsen, Phys.org (December 26,2008)

The Long-Term Effects Of Abortion - Where Is The Media’s Outrage?,” Monte Harms, Stand For Life (December 27, 2008)

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

December 23, 2008

Here’s what we’re looking at today:

Quality teachers are key to reform, state report says,” Amy K. Stewart, Deseret News (December 23, 2008)

Biden’s ‘Working Families’ Task Force is Misnomer, Conservative Leader Charges,” Pete Winn, CNSNews.com (December 23, 2008)

A Gamble for Obama… And a Risk for Rick Warren, Too,” E.J. Dionne, Jr., The Washington Post (December 23, 2008)

‘Use of abortion pill on the rise’,” Judy Siegel-Itzkovich, The Jerusalem Post (December 22, 2008)

Healthcare Conscience Rule Could Stir Legal Backlash,” Deborah Kotz, U.S. News & World Report (December 22, 2008)

Planned Parenthood Requests $4.6 Billion from Obama Administration,” Pro-Life News (December 23, 2008)

Dept. of Bah Humbug!,” Paul Greenberg, Townhall.com(December 22, 2008)

Abortion as a Test of Conscience and of Campaign Commitment,” Paul Weyrich, Townhall.com (December 23, 2008)

Has Commercialism Gone Too Far?

by Krystle Gabele

December 23, 2008

Just when you thought the toymakers could not go any further with crazy toys and ensuring children grow up faster, it appears that there is a new version of Betsy Wetsy on the toy market. There is an overwhelming demand at various retailers for this toy. While I do not have anything wrong with dolls (believe me, I once played with dolls), this doll has gone beyond the original design to more realistic childlike qualities.

According to The Washington Post, this new doll has caused a stir amongst many parents, who either find this doll inappropriate or just feel it is another toy that will be fun for their child. However, you might be wondering if this will have any impact on the child.

With 5,000 toys introduced into the market every year, “what happens is that there’s huge competition to get noticed. And what that means to toys is that they get more and more and more and more outrageous,” said Susan Linn, professor of child psychology at Harvard and director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. “This toy is shocking enough that it’s going to be noticed. But at best, this toy is unnecessary. At worst, it’s really gross.”

But Jim Silver, editor of Time to Play, a Web magazine that reviews toys, says children want reality.

By the time they’re 5 or 6, they don’t want a play cellphone, they want a real cellphone,” Silver said. “A baby doll is all about nurturing. So what Mom went through with them, they want to go through with their dolls. And how do you do real potty training without pooping?” Silver said he laughed when he first saw the pooping dolls and wondered if they were necessary. Although he said he has been sworn to secrecy about next year’s new toys, an early peek shows reality is only going to get more real. “You’re going to see the envelope pushed to make baby dolls as real as possible without being offensive in any way.

It appears that the toy makers do not have any decency when it comes to producing age appropriate products. The fact that you have a toy reviewer indicating that the envelope will be pushed some more by the toy makers, you might wonder what will our children will be subject to next.

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

December 19, 2008

Here’s what we are looking at today:

U.N. divided over gay rights declaration,” Patrick Worsnip, Reuters (December 18, 2008)

Gay marriage debate goes back to court today,” Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times (December 19, 2008)

Perry endorses anti-abortion license plates,” Jason Embry, Austin American-Statesman (December 19, 2008)

Obama taps Harvard physicist,” Carolyn Y. Johnson, Boston Globe (December 19, 2008)

Pro-Abortion Catholic Caroline Kennedy Seeking Hillary Clinton’s Senate Seat,” Kathleen Gilbert, LifeSiteNews.com (December 18, 2008)

Obama’s Legal Left Brain Trust,” John Perazzo, FrontPageMagazine.com (December 18, 2008)

Principled and pragmatic,” Joel Belz, World Magazine (December 19, 2008)

The Abortion Industry wants a Bailout,” Angela Stevens, Domestic Divapalooza (December 19, 2008)

Tis the Season for Porn?,” Mona Charen, Townhall.com (December 19, 2008)

Did Dickens Really Rescue Christmas?,” Paul Edwards, Townhall.com (December 18, 2008)

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

December 18, 2008

Here’s what we are looking at today:

Breaking: Arlen Specter Quietly Opens Fire on Eric Holder,”  Erick Erickson, Redstate (December 18, 2008)

New Rule Protects Health-Care Workers’ ‘Right of Conscience’,” Rob Stein, The Washington Post (December 18, 2008)

Lawyers wrangle over records in Kan. abortion case,” John Hanna, The Hays Daily News (December 18, 2008)

Calif couples hope ads spur gay marriage support,” Associated Press (December 17, 2008)

Obama Defends Invocation by Conservative Pastor” Jacqueline K. Salmon, Debbi Wilgoren, and Peter Slevin, The Washington Post (December 18, 2008)

Lesbian youth at high risk for pregnancy,” Amy O’Brian, The Vancouver Sun (December 17, 2008)

Conservative Leader Paul Weyrich Dies; First to Lead Heritage,” Rob Bluey, Heritage Foundation’s The Foundry blog.

Breaking news: IL Supreme Court rules for pharmacists/against Blagojevich,” Jill Stanek, jillstanek.com (December 18, 2008).

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

December 16, 2008

Here is what we are looking at today:

Is Planned Parenthood Pro-Life?”  Ross Douthat, The Atlantic (December 14, 2008)

Pro-Life Groups Respond to Secret Memo With Obama’s Abortion Marching Orders” Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com (December 15, 2008)

Change in governor could mean new chance for abortion legislation” Maria Konopken, Arizona Capitol Times (December 15, 2008)

Education Secretary Nominee Will Reach Out to Unions, School Reform Groups” Maria Glod, The Washington Post (December 16, 2008)

Gay-marriage resolution in Sioux City is on hold” Molly Hottle and Larry Ballard, The Des Moines Register (December 16, 2008)

Readers speak out on gay marriage fight” Charles C. Haynes, Statesman Journal (December 16, 2008)

Poll Shows Britons Favor Euthanasia, Showing of Assisted Suicide on Television” Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com (December 15, 2008)

Chuck Colson on ‘reaching rock bottom’” Gina Dalfonzo, The Point (December 16, 2008)

Alarming Study Raises Awareness of Teens and Technology

by Krystle Gabele

December 15, 2008

According to a recent survey published by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and CosmoGirl.com, approximately 20% of teens (ages 13-19) and 33% of young adults (ages 20-26) have sent or posted pictures of themselves either nude or semi nude.  If this statistic is not shocking enough, of the 1,280 survey participants, 39% of the teens surveyed said they have sent or posted suggestive messages, while 59% of all young adults have done the same thing. 

The questions in the study were asked and categorized by the sex.  When asked, “What do you think are the reasons that girls send/post sexy messages or pictures/video of themselves?,” approximately 85% of teens and 80% of young adults agree that the main reason behind sending these sexy messages is to get or keep a guy’s attention.  Another popular response from both the teens and young adults was that it is a great way to get noticed.

However, when the question was asked of males, both teens and young adults surveyed said the main reason guys sent or posted sexy messages was to get or keep a girl’s attention, only to be followed by guys wanting to be fun or flirtatious.  

When asked how the teens and young adults described such activities, a majority of young adults said they viewed this as flirty, while others viewed this behavior as being stupid and dangerous.  When asked about a characteristic that describes the people who resort to these messages, a majority said this behavior was flirty, while many felt this behavior was stupid, desperate, immature, and insecure.

Then, why do teens and young adults still feel compelled to post provocative messages online?  Is it because they feel a need to be desired or wanted by the opposite sex?

In a society that seems to be driven by the line that says, “sex sells,” this type of behavior can lead to many dangers.  According to PC Magazine, online sex predators are gradually threatening the security of many teenagers through sites like Facebook and MySpace.  If these sites are used properly, they can be safe places for networking.  When posting semi-nude or nude pictures on these sites, a teenager is setting themselves up for potential risk of abduction, stalking, rapes, etc. 

Additionally, employers and potential employers do look at this material, and the study indicates that many view this is as disgusting and disrespectful.

Let’s get back to basics.  Teenagers and young adults do not need to resort to such behavior when they have respect for themselves and hold high standards.  When you are a teenager, you might have a concept about what true love is, but the concept is flawed due to the overwhelming emotions that you experience.  Enjoy your time being a teenager!  Adulthood comes fast enough.  Be patient, love comes in due time with trust in God’s plan for your lives. 

Parents often recognize that their child participates in things online that they would not approve.  According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project survey, “65% of all parents and 64% of all teens say that teens do things online that they wouldn’t want their parents to know about.” 

This is why parental involvement is so crucial and needed.  Family Research Council has a wonderful publication available online that provides ways to keep your child from engaging in risky behaviors online. 

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

December 15, 2008

Here’s what we are looking at today.

Single adult stem cell can self renew, repair tissue damage in live mammal,” Physorg.com, December 14, 2008.

Should Assisted Suicide Be Broadcast Live on TV?,” Pajamas Media, December 14, 2008

Vatican hits out at controversial abortion pill,” AFP, December 14, 2008

Fight over gay marriage looms in Maine Legislature,” Boston Herald, December 14, 2008

Change Is Coming To The Nation’s Abortion Laws,” Deal W. Hudson, GOPUSA, December 15, 2008

Teens in western Kansas pledge abstinence,” Associated Press, December 12, 2008

Taking it to the next level - the need for pro-life community organizers,” Ruben Obregon, ProLifeBlogs.com, December 15, 2008

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