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  • One Woman Death Panel: Sebelius Won’t Allow Dying Girl to Have Transplant

    06/06/2013 12:21:21 PM PDT · 62 of 62
    VeritatisSplendor to Little Pig

    There are two separate issues that need to be distinguished from each other. One issue is whether it is ok to get an exception made to a good rule, and the other is whether it is ok to challenge a bad rule. You can’t judge the situation and distinguish between the two cases, unless you are willing to actually evaluate the specific rule.

    There used to be rules saying there had to be separate blood banks for black people and white people. It was eventually decided by the courts, after expert testimony, that this rule was not actually necessary and it was causing harm due to the lost opportunities for matching donors to recipients, and discriminating illegally.

    Now there is a rule saying there have to be separate organ banks for adults and children, and it is claimed that this rule is also not actually necessary and causes harm due to the lost opportunities for matching donors to recipients, and discriminating illegally.

    These situations are exactly parallel structurally. That doesn’t mean they must reach the same result, because the medical facts may be different enough to change the result, but there is just as much moral right to challenge the rule in court as there was to challenge the old rule about separate blood banks.

  • Sarah Murnaghan to be added to transplant list (Sebelius slapped)

    06/05/2013 5:54:55 PM PDT · 45 of 67
    VeritatisSplendor to Coldwater Creek

    There are two separate issues you are not distinguishing from each other. One issue is whether it is ok to get an exception made to a good rule, and the other is whether it is ok to challenge a bad rule. You can’t judge the situation and distinguish between the two cases, unless you are willing to actually evaluate the specific rule.

    There used to be rules saying there had to be separate blood banks for black people and white people. It was eventually decided by the courts, after expert testimony, that this rule was not actually necessary and it was causing harm due to the lost opportunities for matching donors to recipients, and discriminating illegally.

    Now there is a rule saying there have to be separate organ banks for adults and children, and it is claimed that this rule is also not actually necessary and causes harm due to the lost opportunities for matching donors to recipients, and discriminating illegally.

    These situations are exactly parallel structurally. That doesn’t mean they must reach the same result, because the medical facts may be different enough to change the result, but there is just as much moral right to challenge the rule in court as there was to challenge the old rule about separate blood banks. Therefore it is unfair to criticize this lawsuit, unless you think it ought to be obvious that the current rule is best.

  • Aborted pregnancy boosts breast cancer risk - study

    08/21/2012 3:46:31 PM PDT · 20 of 20
    VeritatisSplendor to Gabz

    That depends on how large your sample is.

    A 200% factor (twice as many incidences) will already show significance when there are less than 10 expected occurences. For example, if the incidence increases from 7% to 14%, a sample of 100 will show statistical significance (you get 14, you expect 7, probability of getting 14 by chance alone is under 1% so it’s a significant effect).

    If you want to detect a relative risk factor of 150% (half again as many incidences) you need a larger sample size. For example, if the incidence increases from 7% to 10.5%, and you have a sample size of 400, you get 42 when you expect 28 and that also has a less than 1% probability of occurring by chance alone so you call it statistically significant.

    There is a formula giving the relationship betweem the following variables

    expected frequency
    observed frequency
    sample size
    significance level.

    The percentage you are working with is the ratio of expected frequency to observed frequency. In my examples, I used a 1% significance level (meaning the result is declared significant if it has less than a 1% probability of occurring by chance alone if there were really no systematic difference).

  • Aborted pregnancy boosts breast cancer risk - study

    08/21/2012 3:46:05 PM PDT · 19 of 20
    VeritatisSplendor to Gabz

    That depends on how large your sample is.

    A 200% factor (twice as many incidences) will already show significance when there are less than 10 expected occurences. For example, if the incidence increases from 7% to 14%, a sample of 100 will show statistical significance (you get 14, you expect 7, probability of getting 14 by chance alone is under 1% so it’s a significant effect).

    If you want to detect a relative risk factor of 150% (half again as many incidences) you need a larger sample size. For example, if the incidence increases from 7% to 10.5%, and you have a sample size of 400, you get 42 when you expect 28 and that also has a less than 1% probability of occurring by chance alone so you call it statistically significant.

    There is a formula giving the relationship betweem the following variables

    expected frequency
    observed frequency
    sample size
    significance level.

    The percentage you are working with is the ratio of expected frequency to observed frequency. In my examples, I used a 1% significance level (meaning the result is declared significant if it has less than a 1% probability of occurring by chance alone if there were really no systematic difference).

  • Aborted pregnancy boosts breast cancer risk - study

    08/20/2012 6:50:29 PM PDT · 15 of 20
    VeritatisSplendor to Gabz
    I'm sorry, but I was making a technical criticism because you misused a technical term. You said

    For statistical significance an increased increased risk (a/k/a relative risk) needs to be over 200% and preferably over 300%.

    There is no relationship between your numbers of 200% and 300% and the concept of "statistical significance" which has a specific technical meaning.

  • Aborted pregnancy boosts breast cancer risk - study

    08/20/2012 2:51:31 PM PDT · 12 of 20
    VeritatisSplendor to Gabz

    As a professional statistician, I know your comment is nonsense. Statistical significance has to do with how sure you are that an effect exists, not how large the effect is. With a large sample, small effects can be identified and found significant.

    The sample sizes in the studies described in the article are easily large enough for effects of the size described to be statistically significant; therefore there is high confidence the effect is real, assuming the researchers did their jobs competently and honestly.

  • Catholic Priest Says A Schoolgirl Who Went Missing In 1983 Was Kidnapped For Vatican Sex Parties

    05/22/2012 10:54:03 AM PDT · 68 of 110
    VeritatisSplendor to cincinnati65

    This guy was a specialist. His job was exorcisms, and people were brought from all over to him in Rome. Given that it was his full-time job, allowing an hour for a typical one, 4 a day is about what you’d expect.

    Plenty of 85-year old doctors have seen way more than 70,000 patients.

  • Socialist Party endorses President Obama

    05/17/2012 7:04:31 PM PDT · 9 of 11
    VeritatisSplendor to mnehring

    It doesn’t matter where they’re from, they’re not only wrong but notoriously wrong. They have been debunked many times.

  • "The City Of Brass": prophetic poem by Kipling

    04/10/2010 1:30:23 PM PDT · 5 of 5
    VeritatisSplendor to James C. Bennett

    I saw that link you posted from but it has a misspelled word, possibly on purpose to catch copiers. In this particular case the poem is in the public domain but frequently online sourcebooks will introduce tiny errors so that if someone steals their material wholesale they can sue.

    If you read the last two words of each line you’ll notice the non-rhyme.

  • "The City Of Brass": prophetic poem by Kipling

    04/09/2010 11:37:09 PM PDT · 1 of 5
    VeritatisSplendor
    An amazing poem, written over a century ago but perfectly relevant today.
  • Hobbit Ancestors Once Colonized Indonesia Island

    03/18/2010 7:10:31 PM PDT · 17 of 26
    VeritatisSplendor to SunkenCiv

    Chill, dude, they’re making 2 movies out of the book, same as they’re doing with Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter Book 7). Not only will everything good from the book be in there, there’ll be backstory like the White Council etc.

  • Roman Polanski: 'Everyone else fancies little girls too'

    10/01/2009 9:43:21 AM PDT · 40 of 74
    VeritatisSplendor to fours

    When I was 13 I found 13-year-old girls beautiful and desirable.

    That was normal, and it is also normal for an adult man not to lose the capacity to appreciate and desire such beauty.

    There are two monstrous things about Polanski. The first is that his desires are disordered because he cannot see the object of his desire as a subject, as a human being; he is completely indifferent to her as a person, otherwise he could not have treated his victim so cruelly. The second is that he apparently cannot perceive himself as a moral agent embedded in a society to which he has responsibilities or obligations: he recognizes no distinction between what he wants to do and what he ought to do. (The second does not imply the first; even utterly selfish people don’t necessarily want to drug and sodomize 13-year-olds.)

  • ADHD - holistic or meds

    08/30/2009 1:32:48 PM PDT · 16 of 27
    VeritatisSplendor to urroner

    There are some kids for whom meds would be unwise, and some for whom they are necessary (and some, such as my oldest, who fall in both categories at different times in their development).

    However, it is just about never better for a child to have divorced and separated parents than an intact family. (I don’t deny that divorce might be the best option when the parents can’t or won’t live together peacefully, but I don’t count that situation as “intact”, regardless of which of them are to blame).

  • Girl, two, dies after swine flu misdiagnosis

    08/09/2009 9:52:49 PM PDT · 13 of 19
    VeritatisSplendor to LibFreeOrDie; vaudine

    Thanks for the reference.

    Can’t cut and paste, but anyone under ten is low value like people over 60, because they haven’t complete personalities, haven’t got future plans, and don’t represent as big a parental and societal investment as adolescents and young adults.

    Evil. Arrogant remaking of morality, the new little gods.

  • Girl, two, dies after swine flu misdiagnosis

    08/09/2009 9:38:32 PM PDT · 10 of 19
    VeritatisSplendor to altair

    http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-14/124973131371910.xml&coll=1

    A student at Clemson just died of meningitis. Her parents had driven her to college; she got sick; they took her to the ER, she was told to go home and rest and she was dead by morning.

    Happens here too.

  • Badly burned 1-year-old denied ambulance

    08/09/2009 2:08:03 PM PDT · 21 of 22
    VeritatisSplendor to VeritatisSplendor

    Er, post 20 by Mrs VS.

    And the hospital thought it appropriate to transfer kid by ambulance, so dispatcher should have also.

  • Badly burned 1-year-old denied ambulance

    08/09/2009 2:06:08 PM PDT · 20 of 22
    VeritatisSplendor to Mr. K

    Probably not airway issues with a scald with one cup of tea. Probably not full thickness burns either, or circumferential. Probably not abuse. But the dispatcher couldn’t tell over the phone. You also can’t depend on parents to treat burns and pain correctly en route and facial scarring is not what you want to mess with. Not to mention the difficulty driving when your own child is shrieking with pain. Maybe the family had no car.

    Now me, I would I would have run water over the burns for ten minutes, packed up the kid with cool wet dressings, and driven him myself, but we’ve also done family transport for all broken bones, chest pain and head trauma (which is maybe not so smart.)

    As an EMT I would have no problem transporting child and family - highly appropriate 911 call.

  • The Regents, Re-dunce - Another year, another hopelessly manipulated exam (NYS HS Regents Exams)

    08/07/2009 5:49:31 PM PDT · 15 of 15
    VeritatisSplendor to neverdem

    When I took the Regents exams (1975-78) they were still very good, well-designed tests. You could not pass them without knowing the subject “passably”, and, just as important, if you DID know the subject you would do well on the tests even if your teacher made no attempt at all to “teach to the test”. This was true for every subject, and had been since the 1800’s. This proved that good standardized subject tests were achievable, even though many people from both left and right deny that.

  • North Korea's propaganda hosted on U.S. website cafepress.com

    07/19/2009 11:19:13 AM PDT · 1 of 2
    VeritatisSplendor
    Here is a new way to spread official national propaganda – selling it online in the form of t-shirts, tote bags, and trucker hats. North Korea has created its own shopkeeper’s account on an American website that sells custom made printed t-shirts and other products. The country’s official website, http://www.korea-dpr.com/ (which is currently down) links to this online shop directly in its souvenirs menu. Of course the public of North Korea has virtually no internet access. The shop offers a variety of products in 15 designs: two emblems, the rest are pictures labeled “propaganda 1-13”. All this from a site that also proudly carries merchandise showing support for the US Army. First, doesn’t this violate any trade sanctions? Surely the revenue must go to supporting the cruel regime. On that note, we urge you not to purchase any propaganda 7 coffee mugs, as tempting as that may be. And second, how pathetic is it that a country with the third largest standing army in the world, one that has an obsessive national hatred for America, has to outsource its souvenir production and selling to a privately owned American site?
  • Court Documents Reveal More Details In Yarmolenko’s Death

    05/12/2009 8:12:49 AM PDT · 5 of 7
    VeritatisSplendor to murdoog

    If they really had the wrong guys, then these guys would have an explanation for how their DNA got in her car. But they deny ever being near her, rather than say that she gave them a ride once....

  • Zoo chimp 'planned' stone attacks

    03/13/2009 7:45:34 AM PDT · 54 of 54
    VeritatisSplendor to Leftism is Mentally Deranged
    The point is that these scientists are in a mad rush to prove that the human mind isn’t really so great after all.

    That is illogical. How great a human mind is does not depend on properties of chimp minds.

    It is a dangerous temptation to judge yourself based on how superior you are to others rather than on objective qualities of yourself, as I always tell my kids.

  • God wants us to pray for our new president elect

    11/04/2008 8:22:31 PM PST · 22 of 99
    VeritatisSplendor to Texas_shutterbug

    Amen.

    May the Lord bless Obama and grant him wisdom, lift the scales from his eyes on abortion.

  • God wants us to pray for our new president elect

    11/04/2008 8:22:26 PM PST · 20 of 99
    VeritatisSplendor to Texas_shutterbug

    Amen.

    May the Lord bless Obama and grant him wisdom, lift the scales from his eyes on abortion.

  • Dem Congressman: 'Simplistic Notion that People Who Have Wealth are Entitled to Keep It'

    11/04/2008 3:16:43 PM PST · 8 of 33
    VeritatisSplendor to Rufus2007

    If we focus on his criticism of corporations, do you think is it a problem that executive compensation is determined by a board of directors who sit on each others’ boards, scratch each others’ backs, and award lavish parachutes regardless of performance or an entire economy sent into the tank? Great rewards, no personal risk.

    If corporations can lobby, they’re fair political game.

  • Obama buying the election.

    10/19/2008 4:53:33 PM PDT · 3 of 36
    VeritatisSplendor to Ohio Worker

    Thanks, tell your friends — your state is the key to a McCain victory.

  • Two-year-old Ali Hussein is pulled from the rubble of his family's home

    05/01/2008 1:03:52 PM PDT · 33 of 37
    VeritatisSplendor to Soliton

    That is not a smiling child. He is grimacing in pain and fear. Note the knotted forehead, the lower teeth exposed not the upper, the teeth clenched, the lips are stretched out but not upward, the cheeks are not raised to narrow the eyes as in a genuine smile.

  • Weekly Gardening Thread --- Yay it's May!!!!!

    05/01/2008 10:33:17 AM PDT · 14 of 37
    VeritatisSplendor to Gabz

    Hey, Gabz. Hope you had a better week this time. Ours has been better too. I spray very few bugs - the sawfly larvae with insecticidal soap and the peach tree scale with horticultural oil. Otherwise it’s pretty much strip them off, squish or stomp.

    The deer now - I would spray them in a jiffy. My homemade repellent keeps clogging my sprayer even when I leave the eggs out. But the idea of paying something like $14 a quart for a bottle at Home Depot that has less than 1% capascin (cayenne), mint oil and rotten egg solids - forget it. I’m thinking of extracting the cayenne in oil, and mixing that, mint oil and a little detergent with Wilt-Pruf so it won’t wash off in the rain.

    Everything is beautiful now but I’m still in a gripy mood. You read about getting rid of your lawn to save time and energy. Replace it with groundcover and shrubs. Well, I did that where the grass wasn’t growing too well, and now I’m trying to weed out several thousand maple, crabapple, multiflora rose and poison ivy seedlings out of my groundcover. In theory once the pachysandra and the hellebore get thick enough, they’ll shade out the seedlings. But the deer eat pachysandra, yes they do, and the hellebore are young little things needing help.

    I am going to go out now and smell the lilacs, and look at the Virginia bluebells, the hosta, the bleeding heart, the delicate Green Pearl and Hawera narcissus and the new leaves pushing up, and enjoy the freshness and life of it all.

    Nothing Gold Can Stay
    Robert Frost

    Nature’s first green is gold,
    Her hardest hue to hold.
    Her early leaf’s a flower;
    But only so an hour.
    Then leaf subsides to leaf,
    So Eden sank to grief,
    So dawn goes down to day
    Nothing gold can stay.

  • Planned Parenthood Mysteries & Scandals

    05/01/2008 8:16:20 AM PDT · 10 of 16
    VeritatisSplendor to maine-iac7

    The caller kept specifically saying that the donation was for aborting black babies, and the PP employee kept saying “you want to make a donation specifically for black women.” There was a kind of disconnect or refusal to acknowledge what the caller was actually saying.

  • Planned Parenthood Mysteries & Scandals

    05/01/2008 8:16:13 AM PDT · 9 of 16
    VeritatisSplendor to maine-iac7

    The caller kept specifically saying that the donation was for aborting black babies, and the PP employee kept saying “you want to make a donation specifically for black women.” There was a kind of disconnect or refusal to acknowledge what the caller was actually saying.

  • UK: Mutant black squirrels giving Cambridgeshire's grey population a taste of their own medicine

    04/25/2008 2:04:32 PM PDT · 49 of 49
    VeritatisSplendor to Stoat

    There are black squirrels in Peter Cooper Village NYC, in Washington DC, and in Princeton NJ.

    They like urban and suburban liberals? They like handouts?

    They don’t seem to have more testosterone than the greys here.

  • 'Drummers Are Natural Intellectuals'

    04/16/2008 8:06:34 PM PDT · 43 of 78
    VeritatisSplendor to blam

    This guy has fallen into a well-known statistical fallacy.

    All intellectual abilities are positively correlated, so the average good drummer is going to be smarter than the average bad drummer. However, being a good guitarist/frontman is more highly correlated with traditional IQ scores than being a good drummer. THEREFORE within any given rock band of quality, the drummer is less likely to be smart than the guitarist/frontman. That’s where all the “drummer jokes” come from.

    Occasionally the drummer in the band is the smart songwriter (Phil Collins) but it’s quite atypical.

    This scientist’s mistake is not controlling for OTHER types of musical ability.

  • Rare condition may be cause of West Boca High cheerleader's death after breast surgery

    03/28/2008 12:19:03 AM PDT · 31 of 62
    VeritatisSplendor to kingattax

    apparently there is a non-surgical method for correcting inverted nipples.
    ______________________

    A determined baby can work wonders.

    When I was a young woman I didn’t even realize I had inverted nipples until I was pregnant and a doctor pointed it out - I didn’t have to compare myself to other women in that way. Now they get surgery on intimate parts just to “date.”

    A young woman I know told me that her boyfriend told her that men don’t like to “date” girls who haven’t had the full wax job down below. More porn-level competition that we didn’t have to worry about 20 years ago, just to win a boyfriend, not even the commitment of marriage.

    Mrs VS

  • Michelle Obama’s Remarks on American ‘Ignorance’ Elicit More Questions About Race

    03/27/2008 7:37:27 PM PDT · 31 of 48
    VeritatisSplendor to tobyhill

    Just playing devil’s advocate here, but she might have been talking to blacks and whites and whatevers about the whole self-segregation thing, separate tables - which I always believed to be black-initiated - but then I never had a discussion about that in college. How did the blacks see it?

    Now that I’m back in school for a second degree I am really enjoying talking with people from other countries and cultures and learning about the way they see things and do things. I will say my classmates are a good lot and we have a lot in common regarding work ethic, family values, and education although they may come from the other side of the world. No aggrieved insecure 19 year olds among them.

  • TIPS ON PUMPING GAS

    03/22/2008 5:48:19 PM PDT · 28 of 36
    VeritatisSplendor to Man50D

    I’m guessing that tanks are deep enough that ground temperature is fairly constant day to day. That’s why I like to buy my gas in the winter and take advantage of the seasonal changes. ;)

    Mrs VS

  • Tiny Towns in N.J. May Have to Merge [Corzine]

    03/22/2008 5:32:07 PM PDT · 12 of 36
    VeritatisSplendor to Timeout

    This is such bull. I live in a town of 700 here. The only salary we pay is a couple thousand for the constable who tells people to move their cars when it snows and cut back their bushes. Volunteer fire, volunteer EMS, volunteer mayor, volunteer council, volunteer school board. Kids go to school in neighboring district. So if we merge with the nearest three towns in the county, all our services are going to be paid - and have those pensions that are breaking the state to go along with it.

    You really want to save money, Mr. Corzine? Eliminate state grants. Our town has grubbed for state money for local improvements, just like any other town that once to get back some of what its citizens put in. Make all improvements locally funded; keep municipalities small, and the taxpayers will stop spending out of good sense.

    Mrs VS

  • Researcher: Discovery could end energy crisis

    03/19/2008 7:04:37 PM PDT · 151 of 157
    VeritatisSplendor to BellPlantation

    OK, that’s good to know — so which hydrocarbons do you produce? Are some more expensive for you to produce than others? At what price do you hope to become competitive with oil?

  • Researcher: Discovery could end energy crisis

    03/18/2008 7:34:50 PM PDT · 18 of 157
    VeritatisSplendor to Borneo1

    This guy is an obvious crackpot — his reference to “hydrocarbon” rather than naming specific hydrocarbons shows that he doesn’t know what he is doing. It’s like someone claiming the reason his new smelting process is economically valuable is that it produces “metal”.

  • Why aren't we told this???

    03/16/2008 8:15:55 AM PDT · 14 of 78
    VeritatisSplendor to Rick66

    Because our lazy President (whom I voted for twice) is both incapable of articulating this to the American people through the media headwind (though other Presidents have been able to get their message out he is too incompetent at putting words together), and too complacent to hire someone who can!

  • Man of the Year?

    12/25/2007 12:17:44 AM PST · 18 of 37
    VeritatisSplendor to LjubivojeRadosavljevic

    Wrong. The “popularity polls” in Russia are worthless (I speak from professional experience, from 2002 through 2006 I was the director of election polling for SurveyUSA). Kasparov would do very well in a free election where he was allowed to be on the ballot and to campaign freely and get his message out on Russian TV.

    Although he was probably the greatest chessplayer ever, in the chess world he was not well-liked because he was hard-nosed and self-centered. However, his personal integrity was unquestioned, and as far as likability is concerned, compared to Putin he is a pussycat. Nobody else has the necessary combination of high profile, vigor, intelligence, flexibility, and toughness to challenge Putin.

  • Spain's king to Venezuela's Chavez - "shut up"

    11/10/2007 7:02:22 PM PST · 53 of 55
    VeritatisSplendor to Sub-Driver

    This is a diplomatic scandal of the first magnitude. King Juan Carlos is the most prominent heir to a centuries-old tradition of European courtesy, and is so well-respected and correct in his manners that all who are familiar with this tradition will understand that only the most extreme impoliteness imaginable short of spitting in his face could possibly call for such a response.

  • Spanish king tells Chavez to 'shut up'

    11/10/2007 6:59:38 PM PST · 8 of 20
    VeritatisSplendor to I still care

    This is a diplomatic scandal of the first magnitude. King Juan Carlos is the most prominent heir to a centuries-old tradition of European courtesy, and is so well-respected and correct in his manners that all who are familiar with this tradition will understand that only the most extreme impoliteness imaginable short of spitting in his face could possibly call for such a response.

  • While DHS takes heat, Mexican grandmother eager about Gabriel

    11/10/2007 9:07:58 AM PST · 17 of 35
    VeritatisSplendor to Inspectorette

    “The decision was based on family and cultural ties, and they count for a lot in this situation,” said department spokeswoman Ann Snyder.
    ____________________

    Cultural ties? Doesn’t the boy’s American half get any weight here? Is Oregon’s DHS going to be going by the one drop rule, next?

    Mrs VS

  • Two Arrested At Atlanta Airport With Hidden Knives, Razor Blades

    11/01/2007 10:49:42 AM PDT · 29 of 72
    VeritatisSplendor to Badeye

    Patel is like Smith.

    Mrs VS

  • Two Arrested At Atlanta Airport With Hidden Knives, Razor Blades

    11/01/2007 10:48:55 AM PDT · 28 of 72
    VeritatisSplendor to Sir Gawain

    They’re a little old and a little Hindu to be terrorists, maybe? Profiling, tsk.

    Maybe just planned hijacking-for-profit, not politics.

    Maybe just stupid. But you really have to work to be that stupid.

    Mrs VS

  • CA: Governor Signs SB 777 (New law will open female locker rooms to transgender men)

    10/15/2007 7:27:38 PM PDT · 85 of 85
    VeritatisSplendor to CounterCounterCulture

    There are people who are born physiologically ambiguous; I say let those sterile unfortunates choose what sex they want to “identify” with.

    Everyone else — fuhgeddaboutit. If you think you are a man in a woman’s body, or a woman in a man’s body, you are mistaken — you may feel feelings that you imagine only ought to be felt by someone who has the opposite type of plumbing from you, but you’re wrong.

    Even homosexuality is more natural than mutilating yourself and destroying your capacity to ever function normally.

  • 15-year-old girl abducted from Thibodaux (LA) AMBER ALERT

    10/13/2007 9:50:13 AM PDT · 6 of 10
    VeritatisSplendor to TornadoAlley3

    From the article: “Barrios (the girl’s mother) told deputies that Nicholas, who now lives in Schreiver, used to live with them in the trailer, forced himself into it and then assaulted her.”

    Just about never a good idea, giving your underage daughter’s boyfriend sleeping privileges.

    Prayers for Brittny.

    Mrs VS

  • Graphic New Abortion Documentary Takes ‘Shocking’ Look From All Sides

    10/11/2007 6:34:17 PM PDT · 2 of 4
    VeritatisSplendor to XR7
    Nobody wants to watch it, I guess. I didn't watch it. But from the linked article:

    They may be the kind of images used by anti-abortion activists, but Kaye also doesn't shy from showing pictures of a kneeling and bent-over naked woman who died after performing a botched abortion on herself with a wire coat hanger.

    That probably is a reference to the famous picture of Geraldine Santoro, who was 6 1/2 months pregnant when she and her baby died. At that point she probably didn't want an abortion, but she was afraid of the return of her estranged husband, and her boyfriend, instead of protecting her, stuck something sharp inside her and left her to bleed to death.

    But why let messy facts get in the way of good propaganda, and why bother showing the women and girls who died of legal abortions too?

    Mrs VS

  • Hispanics wary of effort to regulate home colors in Dallas suburb

    10/11/2007 6:17:42 PM PDT · 17 of 21
    VeritatisSplendor to yorkie

    Nova Scotians go for the gaudy.

    I think it’s the snow.

    Mrs VS

  • Kids need health insurance? Take them to the Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque to sign up!

    10/11/2007 6:15:33 PM PDT · 6 of 21
    VeritatisSplendor to traditional1

    How about we just start billing Mexico for treating their citizens?

    Mrs VS

  • Picky Eaters? They Get It From You

    10/11/2007 6:07:40 PM PDT · 70 of 121
    VeritatisSplendor to fr_freak

    My father gave up making me eat vegetables, or even coaxing me, after I ate five okra rockets and re-launched them a few minutes later. Then there was trying to be polite and eat cooked spinach in a restaurant and getting a strand the length of my throat that would go neither up or down. I figure it’s cruelty to force a child to eat anything mushy, slimy or sulfurous.

    There’s a lot I could not eat when I was pregnant and the revulsion lasted months post-partum for me - so if it lasted several years for my children, so be it.

    Vegetables were disgusting until I learned to shop and cook myself - always fresh now, and barely stir-fried. Organ meats, sushi and boiled beets, okra and spinach are on the won’t-even-try-list, and ever shall be.

    So there, I say to all my elders, here and gone, who always ate everything on their plates and were grateful for it.

    Mrs VS