Daily Archives: March 22, 2009

Obama makes joke about Special Olympics

OK, it’s a few days old; I’ve taken a few days off from the blog.

But if George W. Bush–or Pope Benedict XVI — or Bill Bennett–or Rush Limbaugh–or [insert conservative here]–made a “joke” like this, he would be *pilloried* in the media. “Oh, he’s a hater. He’s evil!”
It would be printed in bold letters in that conservative figure’s Wikipedia entry. It would be forever linked with his name: “John Q. Conservative who once made a disparaging comment about Special Olympics. . . . “
If he apologized, it would be a footnote.

Instead, while doing a Google News search for this blog post, I found mostly articles that focused on Obama’s apology, articles saying it’s not really offensive, or articles questioning why this is even news, etc. On Thursday, when the news was “breaking,” the Yahoo headline said, “Obama makes ‘iffy’ joke.”

Again, I don’t particularly like Don Imus, but he made a comment about hair, and his career was practically destroyed for it. Obama makes a similar comment relating to disabled people, and it’s categorized as “iffy” at worst!

Ugandan AIDS activists thanks Holy Father for opposing condoms

This article is hilarious

It’s one of those “abstinence education doesn’t work” bits.

I would agree: teaching “abstinence only” doesn’t work. Problem is, you can’t teach “values” in public schools, and, even if you can, it’s “values” detached from morals, which are in turn detached from metaphysics, which in turn is detached from theology, so the “values” are, ultimately, meaningless.

*Chastity* education works very well.

But what’s hilarious is this comment Dr. Mitzi Kalin, a psychologist:

Kalin, who is the mother of two young children, compares it to her 2-year-old son trying to play with the light socket. Just telling him no doesn’t work.
“You have to help them see how sex can impact their lives and keep them from achieving their goals,” she says. “It’s an ongoing process.”

So, is Dr. Kalin suggesting that we put rubber gloves on our two year olds and say, “it’s OK to stick your fingers in the socket if you wear protective gear”?

The way to keep a two year old from sticking his fingers in a socket is by teaching him when he’s one not to do it. You put protective covers in the outlets. You keep him confined to an area where he can’t get to the outlets. You tell him he’ll electrocute himself and die if he touches it. You swat his bottom or his hand if he goes to touch it.

Kalin’s example is self-defeating. Because “sex education” is like giving the toddler a rubber glove and saying, “Go for it.” Instead, you teach the teenagers the psychological and physiological consequences of premarital intercourse. You teach them respect for themselves, for their elders and for their peers. You keep them supervised.

Teach them NFP and that both men and women have high libidos when the woman is fertile. If your daughter wants to go out on a “date,” you ask to see her charts first, and don’t let her go out on a date till 3 days after Peak.

According to Lori Lamerand, chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood in Mid and South Michigan, study after study shows that abstinence-only education is mostly a failure. The only thing that really works to prevent teen pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases is comprehensive sex education and access to contraceptives, she says.

Gets back to the question of what we’re trying to *prevent.* Conservatives want to prevent *fornication*. Planned Parenthoood wants to prevent reproduction.

Obama to give commencement address at Notre Dame

Does this really surprise anyone? Of course, Joe Scheidler, and ALL, and the Cardinal Newman Society, are calling “boycott.” Cardinal O’Connor called for a boycott of Notre Dame 16 years ago.

At one of my Ph.D. program interviews back in 1997, the guy asked, “You sound like you’re better suited to a Catholic college. Ever consider Notre Dame?”
I said, “Philosophical differences.”
“Oh, you’re not Catholic?”
“No, I am.”