New Danish study reviews mortality among married gays

In April, 2007, I posted a rebuttal to Paul and Kirk Cameron's claims that gays die 20-plus years sooner than straights. That post was the first of a nine-part series, Only the Gay Die Young? The links will show up if you click here, here and here. Also, I brought them all together in an article with additional commentary in an article presented at a research summit I conducted in 2007. Participating in that exchange was Morten Frisch, Danish epidemiologist. I initially corresponded with Dr. … [Read more...]

Trooper at heart of Alaska investigation says Palin "wonderful" choice

A couple of hours ago,CNN posted an interview with Mike Wooten, Sarah Palin's ex-brother-in-law where he said McCain's choice of Palin as running mate was "absolutely wonderful for the state of Alaska." The crux of the interview was that Wooten denies drinking in a patrol car and says he is sorry for the mistakes he admits he did make. According to CNN, In 2006, state investigators found Wooten guilty of "a significant pattern of judgment failures," including using a Taser on his … [Read more...]

"Our operating budget was not reduced" – Director of teen center

I just received this from Deirdre Cronin, Executive Director of Covenant House Alaska. This debunks the Washington Post's story I addressed yesterday. I had asked her for a statement regarding the Post story and she provided this information. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2008 Contact: Deirdre A. Cronin Executive Director 907-339-4203 “Covenant House Alaska is a multi-service agency serving homeless and runaway youth, including teen mothers. The majority of the agency’s … [Read more...]

Sarah Palin did not slash funds for teen mothers

Contrary to a report from the Washington Post, Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin, did not slash funding for a program for teen mothers. The Washington Post’s Paul Kane reported late yesterday that “Palin Slashed Funding for Teen Moms.” The far-left Huffington Post repeated the story this morning. To support this contention Kane pointed out that “Palin reduced funding for Covenant House Alaska by more than 20 percent, cutting funds from $5 million to $3.9 million.” Covenant House … [Read more...]

McCain campaign discloses that Palin's daughter is pregnant

To address rumors that Sarah Palin was covering up her daughter's pregnancy via a story about her most recent birth, the campaign today disclosed that Bristol Palin is expecting and will marry the infant's father. Until today, I was not aware of the rumors flying on the liberal blogs, but apparently they were being picked up by some mainstream sources which led to the disclosure. Here is the Palin's statement: Statement from Sarah and Todd Palin ARLINGTON, VA -- Today, Sarah and … [Read more...]

Home schooling legal (again) in CA

In March, a California court issued a ruling casting doubt on the ability of California parents to home school without having a teaching certificate. Today the court reversed itself with good news for home school advocates and said the issue was a matter for the legislature to address. CA Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said, "This is a victory for California's students, parents and education community. This decision confirms the right every California child has to a quality education and the … [Read more...]

Tennesee church shooter needed help but didn't get it

The Tennesee church shooter, James Adkisson, sounds like many other mass killers in this article from the Knoxville News-Sentinel. In the USA Today, the note he left was described as "irrational." In reading the Sentinel article, you get the sad picture of a person who was in need of mental health treatment but did not get it. His ex-wife attended this church which may have been a motive in the shooting. … [Read more...]

Kern packs a hot lunch

Why would you need a gun in your legislative office? Oh, now I get it... OKLAHOMA CITY - Outspoken state Rep. Sally Kern was turned back by security Wednesday morning when she arrived at the Capitol carrying a pistol in her purse. Kern, R-Oklahoma City, was nearly as surprised as security when a camera spotted the small handgun when her purse rolled through the camera-equipped conveyer. The lawmaker, who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, said she routinely removes it before … [Read more...]

Court says Texas had no right to keep children

Testing the intersection of religious liberty and child protection, the state of Texas removed over 460 children from a Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) in April, 2008. Today, an appeals court said the state of Texas was in error given that Texas law requires imminent danger as a test for removal. The authorities appealed to the "pervasive belief system" of the cult as one reason to take all children. The court indicated that the beliefs of the cult was … [Read more...]

California Supreme Court recognizes same-sex marriage right

If you get Google alerts or some similar service, you already know that the California Supreme Court has issued a ruling recognizing a right to marriage for same-sex couples. From the San Diego Union-Tribune: The state Supreme Court struck down California's marriage law banning same sex couples from getting married in a historic decision Thursday that declared the law unconstitutional discrimination. The decision will surely touch off an impassioned political fight. The 4-3 opinion is … [Read more...]