Requisite: Time Mag Cover Attachment Parenting

It’s my understanding that Time Magazine’s sales have gone down considerably over the years. Looking at this cover, one has to wonder if it’s because gravely, huge world news is relegated to a tiny upper left corner of the magazine while a provocative, exploitative photo takes the center.

“Are You Mom Enough?” According to whom?

Why is it exploitative? Everyone is talking about the cover photo, fighting about the cover photo, debating the appropriateness of an older child breastfeeding, however very few are truly discussing Attachment Parenting in a beneficial light. The mother and son on the cover have been exploited to sell Time and it worked. In addition, extended breastfeeding has been made to look ridiculous because of the unnatural pose.

The Chicago Tribune sums it up quite nicely:

Nancy Mohrbacher, an officer with the Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition, said the cover has sparked the wrong questions.

“The question is not are you mom enough, but is our culture family friendly enough,” Mohrbacher said. “The question is not how should we parent, but how do we support and value parenting in our society.”

“One of the reasons there can be a conflict with attachment parenting in our culture is we don’t have family-friendly environments. It’s not part of our culture. We’re expected to have a strict dichotomy between family and the rest of our lives.”

But is the Time cover attempting to promote those conversations, or just trying to stand out at a tough time for magazines? Or both?

“The point of a cover is to get your attention,” Stengel said on MSNBC, “and this gets your attention.”

 

Obamita

September 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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…or should it be Barackita? If you listen closely, you might even hear Patti Lupone singing, “Don’t Cry for me Argentina.”

Swiss Kindergarten Sex Box

August 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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To be fair, they said they’d rename the kit–but seriously, the name is not the problem.

Christoph Eymann, Basel education minister and member of the liberal democrat party (LDP),  responded to parent’s protests in an interview with SonntagsBlick.

“It was no doubt stupid to call it a ’sex box’ – we will change that. But we will stick to our goal: to get across to children that sexuality is something natural. Without forcing anything upon them or taking anything away from their parents,“ he said.

“Without taking anything away from the parents,” except the ability to exempt their own children from the “lessons.”

Some parents have called for their children to be exempted from sex education. Eymann says he is strictly against exemptions, although he is aware this will not make him many friends:

“Primary school may be the only big audience that our society has. The shared values that it teaches are very important…”

In other words, not only can the parents not opt out, the Basel dude is admitting that having that captive audience, however young, is important for indoctrination.

How long before Sex Kits are jammed down our throats (sorry for that).

Powershift? Dolts on Parade with Pelosi’s Blessing


Words can barely describe this, but hey what the heck…  First of all, we’ve got the Nouveau-Hippies who have no purpose, don’t really want a purpose, but want everyone else to think they have and want a purpose in life.  They say stuff like

I don’t like money that much.  It, like, disassociates you from your food.  I’m like ‘I just have $5.00 so I’m just going to pay you this. Thank you for your food and thank you goodbye.’

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Kumar goes to Washington? Kal Penn leaves House.

April 7, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Yes, I’m a House fan. Yes, my favorite character was Kutner once known as Kumar (Harold and Kumar go to White Castle and Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay). He was killed off on last night’s episode of House to the anger of many fans (why wasn’t it 13 or Taub?).

Today I was on a Mommy board and a link was posted explaining why Kal Penn (Kumar/Kutner) left House. His leaving was bad enough but is he seriously taking a position in the Obama administration?

I understand it was your decision to leave House. True?
KAL PENN: Yes. I was incredibly honored a couple of months ago to get the opportunity to go work in the White House. I got to know the President and some of the staff during the campaign and had expressed interest in working there, so I’m going to be the associate director in the White House office of public liaison. They do outreach with the American public and with different organizations. They’re basically the front door of the White House. They take out all of the red tape that falls between the general public and the White House. It’s similar to what I was doing on the campaign.

Will you actually be working in the White House?
PENN: This particular office is in the executive building. The White House has two buildings: the actual White House and an old Navy building called the Old Executive Office.

Are you there as long as Obama’s in office?
PENN: A lot of that stuff is up in the air. This is a relatively recent development.

Safe to say you’re taking a huge pay cut?
PENN: Oh, yeah. There’s not a lot of financial reward in these jobs. But, obviously, the opportunity to serve in a capacity like this is an incredible honor.

I know this isn’t big news, but it certainly is interesting.

My head is exploding listening to Obama on the Auto Industry

March 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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As though he freaking knows everything about everything auto and business related. I can feel a disturbance in the force here in Southeast Michigan. Everyone’s heads are exploding right now in the region.

So now the government owns your GM or Chrysler warranties. I can remember a year or so ago as I cried out against universal health care that we should watch out as the government may someday take over car repair. It was a joke! Now it’s not.

Have you driven a Ford lately?

Isn't this why everyone was so pissed at the Catholic Church?

March 26, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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A drunken middle school teacher forces her students to dance with her as she “grinds” her bare bum against them.  Oh, and it’s caught on video by the students.   This sounds like grounds for dismissal, right?

“We told her, Miss Nelson, please pull up your pants’, and she did, but then they fell down again and she held them there,” the eighth-grader said, also noting her teacher did not appear to have on underwear.

“She was kinda grinding, like, putting her butt against you,” the student said.

Reports show Nelson had a blood-alcohol level of 0.26 and later ran from the school to a nearby community center where she was found passed out by a pool.

Apparently this wasn’t the first time she came to work drunk:

In a separate incident in October 2006, reports indicate Nelson failed to show up for a third-period class at Seven Spring Middle School. A school resource officer found Nelson passed out in her car surrounded by bottles of wine.

Instead of just suspending pending criminal action, the school district is moving her to another school pending a decision by the school board!

District administrators say Nelson remains on administrative leave pending a decision on her future by the Pasco County School Board.

A recommendation on how to discipline Nelson will be made during an April 21 school board meeting. The decision on whether or not to terminate her employment will ultimately be left up to the school board.

And finally:

She was ordered to change schools and undergo a substance abuse program, but remained employed with the Pasco County school district.

David Letterman is a Bitter Clinger

March 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised but I so loved David Letterman’s brand of humor when I was in college.  It was off the wall, with Panicky Guy, the NBC pages, Larry “Bud” Melman, viewer mail.   Maybe I’m remembering incorrectly, but wasn’t he an equal opportunity comedy shot-taker when it came to presidents?   So what’s with his latest faux comedy, bitter editorial on all the joking about the TOTUS?

The joke (if it was meant to be a joke) is so nonsensical as to render it useless.

This makes more sense:

Organizing for America is happy to post your info!

March 23, 2009 by · 2 Comments
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Remember that Pledge drive I posted about yesterday?  Well, it seems that one of their very competent volunteers, Colleen O’Brien, decided it would be wise to post all of the information that she gathered in the last two days on her blog located on the BarackObama.com website.

She posted it at 8:38 PM ET and it’s still there as of 9:26 PM ET.

Attended two local events yesterday and today to get pledges
By Colleen O’Brien – Mar 22nd, 2009 at 8:38 pm EDT
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Got 26 pledges. Was not able to turn in, except by phone. The pledges are:

Out of respect for the duped pledgers, I’m not going to post thier info.   I won’t even post the link, but you can find it for your self at the BarackObama.com – you’ll have to look for the blogs.

update 10:08 PM ET and it’s still there.

update 11:45 PM ET and all is still there.

update I hadn’t noticed that at 11:35 PM someone posted a comment:

By sduncan Yesterday at 11:35 pm EDT (Updated Yesterday at 11:35 pm EDT)
You should not be posting personal information on this board. Please delete all personal information asap.
So when will the Obama people respond?
update Here’s a screen shot with the vital information blacked out.  Click for larger view.
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Pelosi's plan to stimulate the future – Remove it!

January 26, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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No doubt you’re already aware of Speaker Pelosi’s grand scheme to stimulate the economy–give hundreds of millions of dollars to family planning services.  Remove the children and you remove the burden to society.  It’s quite simple really, why isn’t anyone getting this?

In case you didn’t hear it from the horse’s mouth:

So where else can this go?

Like Michelle Malkin points out:

Up next: Emergency funding for suicide manuals and euthanasia education.

It should be noted that the disability community has thought about that for a long time now.  Michelle Malkin’s comment reminded me of this from the Ragged Edge Online Magazine:

Customer Service Representative: It is the law, Ralph. Assisted suicide procedures and methods are regulated by both federal and state governments. It is administered under END-A, the Early Need for Death Act that was passed by Congress in 2020. Since that time, unapproved suicides are illegal and punishable by fine and imprisonment.

Ralph: What’s the reason for that?

CSR: Unapproved suicides can be highly ineffective and often result in incomplete suicides. One incomplete suicide can leave a patient and his or her family with extremely high, long-term, health care costs. Ten years ago, Unregulated Incomplete Suicides (UIS) were threatening the viability of the entire Managed Universal Care System. On the other hand, Approved Assisted Suicide is the most cost-effective medical procedure in the history of health care. The Administration of END-A has now established best-practice guidelines and inexpensive toolkits that ensure an effective, safe suicide experience for about 98 percent of patients who are eligible for the procedure.

Ralph: Well, I have always tried to follow the advice of my personal physician.

CSR: Very wise, Ralph. Touchstone Healthcare encourages all eligible patients to use Approved Assisted Suicide. Most patients are highly satisfied with the outcome and benefit package. Oh, good, I see your doctor’s order is on my screen. Okay, I can move to the authorization process.

Ralph: How does that work?

CSR: I will ask you a series of questions. I will record your answers for privacy and compliance requirements. Ready?

Ralph: I guess so.

CSR: Okay. Ralph, state your name, date of birth, and patient account number.

Ralph: Ralph Craven. Date of birth was 06/27/1990. My account number is 2175-002-4569.

CSR: Ralph, what is your physician-approved END?

Ralph: What?

CSR: What is your Early Need for Death?

Ralph: I have Predicted Genetic Terminal Illness.

CSR: Has your physician explained what that means?

Ralph: Yes. It means that DNA tests have determined that I definitely will die from something within 20 to 30 years. It is not possible to predict what disease will cause my death, but the DNA predictive test results were conclusive. My doctor said the 20- to 30- year prognosis makes me eligible for Approved Assisted Suicide.

CSR: Ralph, did your physician explain the Suicide Benefit Package?

Ralph: Yes. In fact, the benefit package is what helped me make the decision to go with assisted suicide. The package is just too good to pass up.  My family will receive a Suicide Choice Rebate from the Touchstone Healthcare, and they will still collect my life insurance.

CSR: Right, Ralph. For most people it is a real win-win situation. Well, let me go ahead and email you the Patient Suicide Handbook and Toolkit. The Handbook describes the procedure and tells you how to prepare and what to expect from your assisted suicide. The Toolkit includes your choice of a lethal dose of Endal, or a reusable handgun. If you choose the handgun option, a family member must ship the gun back to Touchstone within thirty days or its cost will be deducted from your Suicide Choice Rebate. The Patient Suicide Handbook also is loaded with other practical information about crematoria and other resources that you might be interested in. Shall I ship your Handbook and Toolkit today?

Ralph: Okay. And I will take the Endal option.

CSR: Excellent choice, Ralph. Your Handbook and complete Assisted Suicide Toolkit will arrive by UPS within 24 hours.

Ralph: Thanks.

CSR: Is there anything else I can help you with today, Ralph?

Ralph: No thank you, Susan. You have been very helpful. I’m sure I will be quite satisfied.

There must be a grain of Joe Bidenesque patriotism in all of this!

UPDATE!

Pelosi pulls it out – so to speak.

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