At the Register: What Planned Parenthood Needs

News flash, Cecile:  Abortion is not and never has been #WhatWomenNeed.(Our pipes have been frozen for a few days, and my hair is in desperate need of washing; so my vanity won't let me post a picture of myself holding a #WhatWomenNeed placard.  But if you want to join in the fun with New Wave Feminists, where you can find a template for the placard, my suggestion for What Women Need is "PEACE IN THE WOMB.") … [Read more...]

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House of Cards – Which version hits harder?

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For the first time I can remember ever, I am looking forward to Valentine's Day.  Netflix will be releasing season two of House of Cards, hooray!  I didn't like every single thing about this series, but it was always interesting, and sometimes brilliant. It was juicy. I liked it.After we binge-watched season one, we went ahead and found the original, British version, and enjoyed that, too -- although, predictably, in a different way.  James Fallows at The Atlantic (who hastens to reassure us … [Read more...]

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Is there a story in Sochi’s gay bar? Up to a point, Lord Copper . . .

Sochi's only gay bar is overrun by reporters, who won't let Russians just sit down and have a damn drink while gay.Deadspin quotes eight different major news outlets who've dispatched reporters to Mayak, where the town's LGBT community goes to drink and dance. From a reporter at The New Republic: On Saturday night, I decided to check it out, along with friends who work for The Guardian, TIME, and The Independent. A flock of AP reporters was already there, enjoying mojitos. In the hallway, a … [Read more...]

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At the Register: Death of a Giraffe

Human are more important than animals; but caring about animals is part of what makes us human. … [Read more...]

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There’s nothing funny about race, sex, religion, handicaps, or ANYTHING, EVER.

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The other day, I got taken to task for giggling a bit over this story: a transgendered woman is running against an openly gay man for public office in Maryland.  My comment was, "Boy, it gets harder and harder to stand out."  This was, according to my critic, an unacceptably unchristian way of mocking a human person who struggles with a heavy cross.And I thought I was just having a larf.  The funny thing is, even the people involved thought it was kind of funny, too: “It’s strange and comica … [Read more...]

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In which my kids make Valentine’s Day weird and creepy

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We've been doing 3-D lollipop valentines for the last few years. Here is how it turns out when a normal family does this project:PIC 3D lollipop valentine Cute, eh? It is easy:1. Take a picture of your kid extending a fist toward the camera.  Leave some blank space in the background for the lollipop and message.2. If you like, photoshop a greeting onto the image.  If you are alert, you will remember how to paste things in with a transparent background; and if you care, yo … [Read more...]

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Are you using the right method of NFP?

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If you are all done finding out which character from The Hunger Games you are, which character from Downton Abbey you are, and which character from porno Downton Abbey you are, you might be ready for a quiz that actually helps:  Which Method of NFP Is Right for Me?For a lot of couples, NFP is even more of a hassle than it needs to be because they're not using the best method for them.  We happened to stumble into Creighton just because our local hospital offered classes on it; and it turned o … [Read more...]

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