Abortions cause suicide

Okay, they don’t really, but it’s still legal to tell that to women in South Dakota:

Yesterday, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the suicide advisory provision of South Dakota’s abortion law is constitutional, voting 7-4 to reverse a decision by a three-judge panel. The law requires doctors to tell patients seeking an abortion that there is a link between abortions and depression and other psychological distress including suicide.

The 8th Circuit decided that, despite the fact that the link between abortion and suicide is unproven and may not exist, the South Dakota law does not unduly burden abortion rights or violate the free speech rights of doctors.

Teach your children well

Sounds like a good book. It’s written by a Marin County therapist, about the privileged children she sees – and their parents:

Levine has spent 30 years with these unhappy children, as a therapist and a mother of three sons who attended high-pressure schools. And now, it would seem, she’s had it. She’s had it with schools that worship at the altar of high achievement but do everything they can to undermine children’s growth and well-being: eliminating recess; assigning mind-deadening amounts of homework; and ranking, measuring and valuing kids by narrowly focused test scores, while cutting out other areas of creative education in which large numbers of students who don’t necessarily test well might find success and thrive. And she’s had it with parents who profess to want nothing more than “happiness” for their children (“Kids laugh when I tell them that their parents don’t mention money as a measure of success; they think I’ve been snowed,” she divulges) while neglecting the aspects of family life that build enthusiasm and contentment, and overemphasizing values and activities that can actually do harm.

These are parents who run themselves ragged with work and hyper-parenting, presenting an “eviscerated vision of the successful life” that their children are then programmed to imitate. They’re parents who are physically hyper-present but somehow psychologically M.I.A.: so caught up in the script that runs through their heads about how to “do right” by their children that they can’t see when the excesses of keeping up, bulking up, getting a leg up and generally running scared send the whole enterprise of ostensible care and nurturing right off the rails.

Every once in a while, I see something that seems to be very common, but strikes me as bizarre: You go to your kids’ sport practices? What is the practice for, exactly? Is it so parents can critique the child’s performance, and that of the coach? I mean, I literally don’t get it. What’s the point? You think you’re “proving” what an involved parent you are? It tells me you’re not really paying attention to your child’s psychological need to grow and evolve as an individual in their own circle, and not under your constant scrutiny.

Boy, these old fart outbursts are becoming even more common!

Moment of clarity

Lee Camp, the very funny and perceptive comedian whose Moment of Clarity videos you’ve seen here, has a new book called, oddly enough, “Moment of Clarity.” Here are interviews with him about his new book here and here.

You can purchase it here or at his website.

It’s not easy, being a political comedian. He’s been blacklisted from his former college gigs, because truthtelling has its price. But if you can afford to show your support, I highly recommend it.

A Fleeting Thought….

by Boohunney

Let’s look at this: when a business pays the minimum wage (that isn’t a living wage) to it’s employees and those employees have to look to the gubmit to fill the financial gap in housing and food, who is the freeloader? The employee or the business?

Last night

I was hanging out my window taking pictures as the wall clouds moved in, hoping I didn’t get hit by lightning. Very high winds but they were very hot – felt like a heat gun. You can’t really tell from the picture how massive these clouds were, it looked like that scene in “Independence Day” when the spaceship appears.

Struck down

Here’s some good news for a change:

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania appellate court panel on Thursday struck down provisions in a new law regulating the state’s booming natural gas industry that opponents said would leave municipalities defenseless to protect homeowners, parks and schools from being surrounded by drilling sites or waste pits.

The decision was a defeat for Gov. Tom Corbett and the natural gas industry, which had long sought the limitations, and the governor’s office said an appeal to the state Supreme Court is likely.

The state Commonwealth Court ruled 4-3 in a decision released Thursday that the limitations in the so-called Act 13 violated the state constitution. The opinion’s author, President Judge Dan Pellegrini, said the provisions upended the municipal zoning rules that had previously been followed by other property owners, unfairly exposing them to harm.

Of course, the notoriously corrupt State Supreme Court will have the final word, but you never know.

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