A call for men to be men.
I’m tempted to believe that this is an ad campaign cleverly directed towards women, who tend to buy pants for the men. Please, someone prove me wrong.
Andrea adds: Whether this is for men or women, it works both ways. I felt inspired reading it. And that is something I have never, ever said with regards to an ad before. Well done, Dockers!
Just a reminder that it is possible to raise a child without Bumbos, disposable wipes warmers, Diaper Genies, or $75 baby carriers. Watch this:
McGill’s Choose Life had their club status indefinitely revoked yesterday by the SSMU.
The motion, which passed by a vote of 16-7, stipulated that the “Student Equity Committee work with Choose Life to draft a document for Choose Life on how to abide by SSMU’s Constitution, By-laws, and Policies, which will be adopted by Choose Life.”
Maybe it will be a behavioral chart that will work on a smiley face basis. Perhaps double-smiley face stickers will be awarded when Choose Life quietly heeds to the temper tantrums of those who believe freedom of speech comes with strings attached.
They would be good to remember: “We must bring ourselves to realize that it is necessary to support free speech for the things we hate in order to ensure it for the things in which we believe with all our heart.” — Heywood Campbell Broun
Mobs of upset parents whose children are less than geniuses bombard the Magic Kingdom for full refund. Reason: Baby Einstein videos don’t raise your kids’ IQs.
This news has rocked the parenting world, which had embraced the videos as a miraculous child-rearing staple. Videos that make your kid smarter while you prepare dinner? Genius! … Still, the idea that a caper this big could be pulled off…is mind-boggling. Disney’s refund is about as close as we’re going to get to an actual admission that we were sold snake oil, and it casts a pall over the other “educational” toys out there.
Man, we’re dumb.
Not sure how I feel about that theme. But I still wouldn’t mind seeing Motherhood, starring Uma Thurman. (Knowing me, I’ll wait until it’s on the shelf at Blockbuster.)
One thing I can get on board with: “Motherhood is about accepting things that you cannot control.”
Autumn just isn’t the same without freshly sharpened pencils, new library cards, and university pro-life clubs fighting just to be able to exercise their inherent free speech.
McGill U’s Choose Life plans to host Jojo Ruba’s “Echoes of the Holocaust” on October 6th. There’s been a motion to have the event cancelled. (Here I’m supposed to make an intelligent comment about how universities are supposed to be a refuge for freethinkers and bastion of idea-sharing. But I think we’ve used all those quips up already.)
Motion RE: Echoes of the Holocaust Event
Whereas “Echoes of the Holocaust” is an event by the SSMU club Choose Life scheduled for Tuesday October 6 at 6 pm in Leacock 232;
Whereas at the event, speaker Jose “Jojo” Ruba will discuss how “the dehumanization and denial of personhood has justified some of the greatest affronts to human dignity that the world has seen, including [abortion and] the Holocaust” and show both graphic Holocaust and abortion imagery;
Whereas this comparison between abortion and the Holocaust insults and slanders the millions of post-abortive women who made the incredibly difficult and personal decision to have an abortion, and belittles the racist and hateful motivations of the Nazi movement and genocide of six million people;
Whereas according to the SSMU Constitution and Equity Policy; the SSMU has a responsibility to “demonstrating leadership in matters of social justice” and to “promote an anti-oppressive environment that fosters a culture of respect”;
Whereas this event violates tenets of social justice, anti-oppression, and respect;
Be it resolved the SSMU officially and publically censure this event;
Be it further resolved that the SSMU demand that the Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) Morton Mendelson intervene in order to cancel the event regardless of any inconvenience this will cause Jose “Jojo” Ruba or the Choose Life Club.
Moved by: Sarah Olle
Seconded by: Sarah Woolf
The past summer sure did fly by, didn’t it?
Rebecca adds: “Whereas this comparison between abortion and the Holocaust […] belittles the racist and hateful motivations of the Nazi movement and genocide of six million people …” (I think they mean “diminishes” and not “belittles”, for what it’s worth.)
I find this sentiment hard to disagree with, even though on the broader issues – free speech and abortion – I’m against the Students’ Union positions and actions. Splashy statements may raise awareness and even change minds, but my initial reaction to the “Abortion = Holocaust” trope is the same as to PETA’s “KFC = Holocaust” ads: at best, this reflects a profound ignorance of history, and at worst, deliberate mockery of the Holocaust and its victims. Since I support free speech, I support the right of students publicly to draw that analogy; since I am pro-life, I wish they wouldn’t, so they don’t turn off people who might be open to their message if it were presented in less inflammatory terms.
On a related topic, one of my goals is to persuade more Jews that abortion on demand is completely incompatible with the Torah. There are lots of reasons why secular, liberal Jews are pro-abortion, and many of them are the same reasons why secular, liberal non-Jews are pro-abortion – but throwing around the Holocaust to score political points no doubt plays a role too, however small.
Brigitte adds (Friday morning): I gather the motion has passed. I’m not sure whether that means the event is cancelled.
Tanya says: The event’s been censured by SSMU. Should Choose Life not cancel the event, it loses its Student Society funding. (Marx would be proud.)
Watched ‘Glee’ last night. Was thouroughly entertained. Also came one step closer to deciding in favour of homeschooling my daughter.
Woke up this morning. Attempted to email a client to the sound of my daughter chanting, “Mommy, what are we doing today? And what am I wearing? Mommy. Mommy-mommy-mommy! Where are we going today? And what am I wearing?” Email attempt failed. Perhaps a public education wouldn’t be so bad.
After breakfast, read this article:
Children as young as five should be taught about explicit sex acts, according to guidelines from the United Nations.
The advice also calls for youngsters to learn about abortion, same-sex relationships and sexually transmitted diseases.
Yep. Chalked another one up to the “homeschool” column.
Recent UK study sheds light on the correlation between abortion and violence against women.
A link was also found between domestic violence and women seeking repeat abortions. 30% of women having a second abortion reported relationship violence and women having a third or subsequent abortion were over 2.5 times as likely to report a history of physical or sexual abuse by a male partner.
As the article in the peer-reviewed journal points out, it’s the abortion providers who are in prime position to identify the earmarks of domestic abuse. (Comforting thought, ain’t it?)
These findings highlight the need for health professionals to be aware of, and sensitive to, the possibility of violence in the lives of women seeking abortion. Our society should have zero tolerance for domestic violence.
Meanwhile, news of this and similar studies is travelling slowly, perhaps via town crier or Pony Express; certainly not through the mainstream media. I have my own ideas about why that is…
In an attempt to shed some light on Obama’s intended Health Care Plan, ABC’s John Stossel uses mainly examples from Canada. About three and a half minutes in, Shirley Healy’s story:
Healy had a blocked artery that kept her from digesting her food. She was starving to death. She’d lost 50 pounds. [In Washington State]… she saw an American doctor. (Healy:)”The doctor said that would have only had a very few weeks to live.” But the Canadian government calls her surgery elective. “The only thing elective about this surgery was I elected to live.”
There are 6 month waiting lists for MRI’s. Surgery for life-threatening conditions are considered elective. Seeing as this is a pro-life blog, I think we all know where I’m going with this.