posted by JimK at 8:37 AM
I bought my twin nieces a pair of super blaster nerf guns this Christmas, AS well AS unicorns and bead sets.this were my sister's children, not my brother's children. And more like me, TOM BOYS (but still FIERCELY girls).My brothers children have had it engrained in their heads by his idiot ex-wife that they MUST only like princesses and "pink stuff". So I did not get guns for them.Environmental doesn't play a factor in gender orientation ?Yes, that is a component. You should buy the kids WHATEVER they like playing with.And make NO judgements as to their "perceived inner sex" BECAUSE of what they like to play with.GEEZ.Girls can like guys stuff.Guys can like girls stuff.That doesn't mean the guy is a girlthat doesn't mean the girl is a guy.which is why the sexed curriculum in MC in completely wrong.It implies liking guy things MAKES you a guy. and liking girl activities MAKES you a girl.NO. It just makes you you.
this is exactly rightone of the many unfortunate consequences of the gay agenda is the strengthening of gender stereotypes and expectationsa guy should be able to pursue cooking and opera and ballet and home decorating and et al without the assumption that he is a homosexual or really feeling like a girl and should consider surgery the gay agenda belongs back in the box and out of our school curriculum
Somebody had trouble sleeping last night. No doubt kept awake by their irrational fears such as:"which is why the sexed curriculum in MC in completely wrong.It implies liking guy things MAKES you a guy. and liking girl activities MAKES you a girl.NO. It just makes you you."Oh brother, fearful one. The MCPS sex ed curriculum supports individuals and teaches everyone to show respect for differences in human sexuality. Here is an easily clickable link to the MCPS curriculum.I dare you to cut and paste to show us the actual language in the curriculum that causes you to fear "It implies liking guy things MAKES you a guy. and liking girl activities MAKES you a girl" and where it says what "things" you like can somehow make you be someone other than "you."
what other way is there to explain this whole "I knew I was a girl from an early age" rationaleit is inherently based on gender stereotypesNorth Carolina will be the latest state to repudiate homosexual marriage at the voter boothso far, it's a shut-out"The North Carolina Psychological Association has published what officials have deemed four top reasons why opposing same-sex marriage "is bonkers." Among them: "There is empirical evidence that opposing denial of marriage rights initiatives has beneficial psychological effects," and "Psychologists have colleagues and we have clients for whom this issue is relevant and important, and who appreciate representation. From a social justice perspective, significant benefits accrue to all of us when diverse families are legally and socially sanctioned."Still, the chances of achieving marriage equality in North Carolina ahead of an amendment on the May 8 primary ballot, which would restrict the state's recognition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman and place more restrictions on civil unions and domestic partnerships, remain uncertain. "From a biblical position, all I can do is state my position: I believe that homosexuality is a sin," Rev. Mark Harris, senior minister at Charlotte's First Baptist Church who was recently elected to a yearlong term as president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, tells the Charlotte Observer. "That said, I don't believe that that position is at the heart of this amendment. If homosexuals choose to maintain a relationship and live together, that's their business." He went on to note that same-sex marriages aren't good for children: "I just believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ideal. It is such a unique union, and it is absolutely essential to the future of humanity.""
Anon set up the phony straw man:“GEEZ.Girls can like guys stuff.Guys can like girls stuff.That doesn't mean the guy is a girlthat doesn't mean the girl is a guy.which is why the sexed curriculum in MC in completely wrong.It implies liking guy things MAKES you a guy. and liking girl activities MAKES you a girl.NO. It just makes you you.”If one actually spends the time to review the MCPS curriculum, you will find it actually says absolutely nothing about toy preferences or what girls or guys like. It sticks to pedantic definitions like: “Transgender—individual whose gender identity, characteristics, or expressions differ from most people of that person’s gender (Holt)Gender Identity - Your identification of yourself as a man or a woman based on the gender you feel to be inside. (Glencoe and Holt)”There are simply no references to stereotypical children’s activities or how these might relate to their gender identity.Keep in mind that, teachers do not have the opportunity to elaborate on this because:“Under no circumstances are teachers permitted to bring in or use resources other than those provided for this lesson.* All students participating in the family life and human sexuality unit must have parental permission on file.*Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has received permission to use a limited excerpt of copyrighted material published by McGraw Hill Glencoe; only pages 93-94 of the Sexual Orientation section of Lesson 2 in the Human Sexuality text may be used in this lesson. No other part of the text may be used.”While you may have enjoyed knocking down your own straw man, it has nothing to do with the curriculum. Arguing with your own opinion of what the curriculum may “imply” my keep you from more destructive activities, but has little relation to the facts at hand.
The “other” Anon agreed:“this is exactly right”Which part? The girl in the video, Jim agreeing with her? Or “Girls can like guys stuff.Guys can like girls stuff.That doesn't mean the guy is a girlthat doesn't mean the girl is a guy.”I don’t recall anyone arguing against any of this.“one of the many unfortunate consequences of the gay agenda is the strengthening of gender stereotypes and expectations”That’s funny, I seem to recall a lot of comments from the “right” bemoaning the “destruction,” or “eradication” of gender. Now we’re “strengthening [the} gender stereotypes”. I guess since your first rounds of specious arguments went nowhere, you’re trying a different set of false claims. Keep it up –I f you try enough different catch phrases, maybe one day you’ll land on one that manages to work. By the way, the “gay agenda” is merely the name incarnate of your paranoid fears. It is a code phrase used by right wing religious fanatics to tweak the “scare nerve,” rally like-minded idiots to their cause and extract money from other paranoid idiots to fund their cushy jobs creating anti-gay propaganda. It worked for a while, but with the successful repeal of DADT without ANY of the apocalyptic consequences predicted by the paranoid homophobic right, even those with two-digit IQs are bound to start wising up to their scam. Oh, and where are all those “transgenders” exposing boy parts to little girls in locker rooms like Peter Sprigg warned us about?“a guy should be able to pursue cooking and opera and ballet and home decorating and et al without the assumption that he is a homosexual or really feeling like a girl and should consider surgery”Normally I would consider this just another straw man you set up for yourself to knock down, since you can’t come up with any real arguments; but you’ve repeated this kind of crap for so long now that I have to suspect you actually BELIEVE it. The world is far more than your collection of gay stereotypes Anon, get out and discover some of it for yourself.“the gay agenda belongs back in the box and out of our school curriculum”Maybe if you got it out of the box and studied it more carefully you’d learn something useful.I scrupulously avoided “girl toys” and “girl activities” growing up – I was being teased, harassed, and assaulted enough as it was for what was an apparently too effeminate nature – I didn’t need to add to the abuse by pursuing those things in public. I built lots of model airplanes and ships, read lots of science fiction and WWII books, and started teaching myself electronics in the fifth grade. Somehow I still grew up to be a transsexual and live my life as a woman. Had I learned about gender identity in my public school, it could have saved me years of difficulty.Have a nice day,Cynthia
glad to see cinco is not giving up consistency as the year comes to a closewhy make one comment when two will do?let's, like a math equation, insert the definition of "gender" into places where the term is used in the definition of transgender to focus on the inananity of this curriculum:Transgender— individual whose gender identity, characteristics, or expressions differ from most people of that person’s identification of themself as a man or a woman based on the gender they feel to be inside "There are simply no references to stereotypical children’s activities or how these might relate to their gender identity"except this circular definition forces that speculation, coupled with the examples used inthe curriculumthe idea that the teacher is going to spout this off without taking questions is ludicrousany attempt to define "gay" in any way other than in terms of sexual relations is inherently sexist
WASHINGTON — Two out-of-state doctors who traveled to Maryland to perform late-term abortions have been arrested and charged with multiple counts of murder under the state's viable fetus law, authorities said.Dr. Steven Brigham, of Voorhees, N.J., was taken into custody Wednesday night and is being held in the Camden County jail, according to police in Elkton, Md. Authorities also arrested Dr. Nicola Riley in Salt Lake City and she is in jail in Utah. Each is awaiting an extradition hearing.The two doctors were indicted by a grand jury after a 16-month investigation, police said.The investigation began in August 2010 after a botched procedure at Brigham's Elkton clinic. An 18-year-old woman who was 21 weeks pregnant had her uterus ruptured and her bowel injured, and rather than call 911, Brigham and Riley drove her to a nearby hospital, where both were uncooperative and Brigham refused to give his name, authorities said.A search of the clinic after the botched abortion revealed a freezer with 35 late-term fetuses inside, including one believed to have been aborted at 36 weeks, authorities said.Brigham, 55, is charged with five counts of first-degree murder, five counts of second-degree murder and one count of conspiracy. Riley, 46, faces one count each of first- and second-degree murder and one conspiracy count.
What evidence did "Rev. Mark Harris, senior minister at Charlotte's First Baptist Church who was recently elected to a yearlong term as president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina" cite when he noted "that same-sex marriages aren't good for children"?Why absolutely none, he offered not one iota of evidence. Instead he offered his beliefs and said, "I just believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ideal. It is such a unique union, and it is absolutely essential to the future of humanity."Research in the field does not reach the same conclusion as Rev. Harris's beliefs. Children deserve to have access to both of their parents, whoever they are. Denying equal parental rights to same-sex couples as allowed for opposite-sex couples is not only discriminatory to the parents, but to the children too."APA’s governing Council of Representatives issued this statement on marriage equality for same-sex couples: “The Council of Representatives (1) reaffirms the American Psychological Association’s (APA’s) 2004 Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Marriage, (2) acknowledges with pride the 11 amicus briefs that APA has filed in legal cases on marriage equality for same-sex couples, including the California Supreme Court in 2006, (3) directs staff to create and distribute informational materials to publicize APA’s history and position on marriage equality for same-sex couples and the science that supports that position, and (4) requests that the APA boards and committees consider an updated resolution on marriage equality for same-sex couples based on the evolving research.”Research has shown that marriage provides substantial psychological and physical health benefits due to the moral, economic and social support extended to married couples. Conversely, recent empirical evidence has illustrated the harmful psychological effect of policies restricting marriage rights for same-sex couples. Additionally, children raised by same-sex couples have been shown to be on par with the children of opposite-sex couples in their psychological adjustment, cognitive abilities and social functioning.APA has been a strong advocate for full equal rights for LGBT people for nearly 35 years, based on the social science research on sexual orientation. APA has supported legal benefits for same-sex couples since 1997 and civil marriage for same-sex couples since 2004. APA has adopted policy statements, lobbied Congress in opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act and the Federal Marriage Amendment, and filed amicus briefs supporting same-sex marriage in legal cases in Oregon, Washington, New Jersey, New York (three times), Maryland, Connecticut, Iowa, and California. In California, the APA brief was cited by the state Supreme Court when it ruled that same-sex marriage was legal in May 2008.The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world’s largest association of psychologists. APA’s membership includes more than 152,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare."
“glad to see cinco is not giving up consistency as the year comes to a close”You know I live to make you happy Anon, glad I could brighten your day.“why make one comment when two will do?”They’re called “character limits” Anon. I don’t make the rules for posting; I just have to follow them if I want to upload my comment.“let's, like a math equation, insert the definition of "gender" into places where the term is used in the definition of transgender to focus on the inananity of this curriculum:Transgender— individual whose gender identity, characteristics, or expressions differ from most people of that person’s identification of themself as a man or a woman based on the gender they feel to be inside”You lost me on that one Anon. It’s simply not clear what point (if any, other than to misspell “inanity” and “them self”) that you were trying to make by your “math” and repeating most of a definition. Try again.“except this circular definition forces that speculation, coupled with the examples used inthe curriculum”Maybe I skimmed the curriculum too fast, but I found no examples like the ones that got your knickers in a twist. If there is one you don’t like, copy and paste it here so people can see what you’re objecting too, otherwise they just might think you’re pulling this crap out of your nether regions.
“the idea that the teacher is going to spout this off without taking questions is ludicrous”No one ever said anything about any teachers not taking questions. Once again you have set up a straw man for yourself to knock down because you simply are incapable of generating a cogent and coherent argument based on facts and at least tangentially related to reality. You’re not making any points with anyone who possesses even a modicum of analytical thinking skills. I’m sure your friends support you 100% though.If the students can tear themselves away from their iPods and iPhones, they indeed may have questions. However, as the curriculum makes very clear: “Under no circumstances are teachers permitted to bring in or use resources other than those provided for this lesson.” Any answers they provide have to fall within those provided in the curriculum. And again, maybe I skimmed it too quickly, but I didn’t find anything in the curriculum about toy or activity stereotypes being indicative of having a transgender identity. While this is not uncommon among transgender children, it is not a rule, and there appears to be no mention of this in the curriculum. Chances are, they learn more about gay and transgender people from watching YouTube and “Dancing with the Stars.”Anon then posted this non-sequitor:“any attempt to define "gay" in any way other than in terms of sexual relations is inherently sexist”The definitions I posted had to do with gender, not sexuality. They made no suppositions about the sexual preferences of someone who is transgendered. There are some trans folk who are gay, some straight, some bi, and some non-sexual. You and I may differ on which ones we call “straight” or “gay,” but, to bring up math again, that is an orthogonal characteristic to their gender. If you feel it is “sexist” to refer to men who like women as “straight” and men who like men “gay,” I’m sorry to offend your sensibilities. How presumptuous of me to use hetero-normative definitions on this blog! If you prefer, I can try and restrict my references to “gay” as “men who like men” or “women who like women” and “straight” as “men who like women” (or vice-versa) if you will do the same. Have a nice day,Cynthia
Maryland law [Health- General §20-209(b)(2)(i) and (ii)] allows abortions after viability if "necessary to protect the life or health of the woman" or if "the fetus is affected by genetic defect or serious deformity or abnormality." Further, under MD law, "The physician is not liable for civil damages or subject to a criminal penalty for a decision to perform an abortion under this section made in good faith and in the physician's best medical judgment in accordance with accepted standards of medical practice."
well, these guys atre going to jail for doing what abortionists and other serial killers always do- elevate the convenience and pleasure of one individual over the life of the weakbtw, cinco has, ahem, her knickers and brain lobes in such twisted snit that I don't think I could impeach her position any more than, ahem, she already hascould I get a spell check?
“btw, cinco has, ahem, her knickers and brain lobes in such twisted snit that I don't think I could impeach her position any more than, ahem, she already has”All it would take is posting a copy of the part of the curriculum that supports your contention that: “one of the many unfortunate consequences of the gay agenda is the strengthening of gender stereotypes and expectations” or “which is why the sexed curriculum in MC in completely wrong.It implies liking guy things MAKES you a guy. and liking girl activities MAKES you a girl.”Or any of the other unsupported claims you are making. Prove me wrong. Find something in the curriculum that actually buttresses these claims and you will have made your point. It shouldn’t be hard to do if the curriculum is a flawed as you have always claimed it to have been. I’m telling you how to win this argument. It couldn’t be much easier.Or just can just claim I’ve got my “knickers and lobes in a twisted snit” and give up because you really have no cogent argument. It’s your choice.Have a nice day,Cynthia
that's for telling how to win the argumentbut I already havesee a doctor and see if you can those lobes untwisted
MASON CITY, Iowa -- Mitt Romney on Thursday sought to portray President Barack Obama as out of touch with the struggles of everyday Americans by comparing the president to a former French queen who was overthrown during the French Revolution."When the president's characterization of our economy was, 'It could be worse,' it reminded me of Marie Antoinette: 'Let them eat cake,'" Romney said, referring to the infamously dismissive remark toward the poor attributed to the queen. "This is not a time to be talking about, 'It could be worse.' It's a time to recognize that things should be better," Romney said during an interview on his campaign bus. "And the president's policies have failed the American people, have led to 25 million people still being out of work. He didn't cause the recession, but he has made it deeper and has made the recovery more tepid and the pain last longer."Obama said during a Wisconsin town hall meeting that "things would have been a lot worse" without the stimulus plan he pushed through Congress. He also said that while unemployment was high, it was not as high as it could have been if he had done nothing."
"Prove me wrong. Find something in the curriculum that actually buttresses these claims and you will have made your point. It shouldn’t be hard to do if the curriculum is a flawed as you have always claimed it to have been. I’m telling you how to win this argument. It couldn’t be much easier.Or just can just claim I’ve got my “knickers and lobes in a twisted snit” and give up because you really have no cogent argument. It’s your choice."WTG, Cynthia! "Anonymous" failed to produce "something in the curriculum that actually buttresses these claims" and then he gave up. Predictably "Anonymous" changed the subject when you called him out to prove the MCPS sex ed curriculum does or says what he and the fearful one imagine it does.In fact, the MCPS sex ed curriculum encourages every student to be who they are whether they are gay, straight, transgender, or bisexual, not what somebody else believes they should be.
“In fact, the MCPS sex ed curriculum encourages every student to be who they are whether they are gay, straight, transgender, or bisexual, not what somebody else believes they should be.”If the curriculum did say that, wouldn’t that be a little dangerous? Is it alright to want to be a blue cat, cut off legs so one will feels better being a paraplegic along with having surgery to try and change from a man to a women or let a women marry 2 men or a man marry a man and a women at the same time?
"“In fact, the MCPS sex ed curriculum encourages every student to be who they are whether they are gay, straight, transgender, or bisexual, not what somebody else believes they should be.”If the curriculum did say that, wouldn’t that be a little dangerous?""NO. It just makes you you."
is the Portia story still in the curriculum?you know, the one where the boy knew he was a girl from a young age because like to play with dolls?sounds sexist to me
Why don't you click on the "easily clickable link to the MCPS curriculum" in the third comment above and find out.Cut, paste and post the text you find "sexist."
hahaha!bad news for the gay agenda on New Year's Evepolls released today by the Iowa Register show Santorum has closed to two points behind Romneyit's like a nightmare for you guysit just keeps getting worse and worsesay goodbye to your gay golden days
hardy, har, harhar, harI'm laughing my fool head off2012 will be a grand time for the pro-family movementI'm so glad Iowa goes first
Huckabee won Iowa in 2008, went on to lose the GOP nomination, and was not elected President.But you keep singing the same song if it comforts you."hardy, har, harhar, har"
I see you have found no "sexist" text to post here from the MCPS sex ed curriculum, but go ahead and keep humming that wordless song too.While you do, MCPS will keep using the curriculum to teach our students Respect for Differences in Human Sexuality.Happy New Year!
Anon claimed:“that's for telling how to win the argumentbut I already have”Mildly amusing Anon, but I wasn’t referring to your drinking game.Anon suggested:“see a doctor and see if you can those lobes untwisted”Actually, I followed your advice Anon and had an MRI yesterday morning. The doctor said my lobes were “lobalicious,” but I’m pretty sure that’s not a medical diagnosis, especially since it came after a flattering comment about my eyes. I’m pretty sure he was just flirting with me. Otherwise, my lobes are fine. Thanks for the concern though.Anon asked:“If the curriculum did say that, wouldn’t that be a little dangerous? Is it alright to want to be a blue cat,”No Anon, because the MCPS system has to deal with reality. They do not concern themselves with every delusional hypothetical scenario anonymous paranoid homophobic trolls can post on the internet.“cut off legs so one will feels better being a paraplegic”Body Integrity Identity Disorder is not specifically covered in the curriculum. However, one would hope that the “respect” and “anti-discrimination” themes that run through these curricula would be applied by the students to other situations or people they may find themselves among. It’s not clear exactly how BIID would fit directly into the “Respect for Differences in Human Sexuality” lesson, but if you feel it is enough of a glaring omission, feel free to contact the school about adding some information to course.“along with having surgery to try and change from a man to a women”Despite hormones, therapy, and surgery being the recommended treatment regimen for those with the most severe manifestation of Gender Incongruity, this is not mentioned in the curriculum – or at least that part of which is available on the web. Unfortunate, but I’m sure this was done for political reasons. This leaves the children to “learn” about these topics by what they can find on TV or the internet, rather than by qualified educators. Perhaps this situation will be rectified in the future.
Anon asked: “or let a women marry 2 men or a man marry a man and a women at the same time?”Polygamy does not appear to be covered in the “Respect for Differences in Human Sexuality” curriculum. The children are left to learn about this from their Mormon friends. I don’t know how active the Mormons have been in trying to get this into the curriculum, so I don’t know if MCPS has been actively trying to keep it out, or if the Mormons just haven’t been trying to get it in.“is the Portia story still in the curriculum?”If you had bothered to raise your clicky finger to the link above, you would have found references to it in the second of the two 45-minute 10th grade lessons. You will find a whopping 3 questions related to this vignette. Her story is the last paragraph on page 7 and one of 5 presented in this 45-minute lesson.“you know, the one where the boy knew he was a girl from a young age because like to play with dolls?”You would have also found that this story did not make the logical fallacy that you have above, namely that a single common (but not definitive) symptom is sufficient for a definitive diagnosis of a rare condition.10th graders are highly unlikely to draw this ridiculous conclusion as well. However, if your child started insisting on a CAT scan every time he got a headache after he learned about brain tumors, or your daughter screams out for chemotherapy every time she has a tummy ache because she heard about stomach cancer in health class, than you should definitely NOT sign the permission slip allowing your child to sit in on these two 10th grade class sessions. In fact, to be painfully blunt, you may want to see if you can get your child enrolled in special education classes. If my Catholic high school was typical of high schools around the country, 10th graders were often figuring out how to get fake IDs, convince older siblings to buy beer, borrow car keys, and convince their parents they were just “going to the mall” when in fact they were out getting high and smashed at parties and hoping to sober up in time to make curfew without getting caught.
Anon complained:“sounds sexist to me”Then as a politically active activist blogger, I’m sure you’ll do everything you can to dissuade people from these pernicious sexist stereotypes. You know, those that claim “girls like dolls and dresses,” or “don’t like science.” Not to mention, that damn Disney Company that keeps putting out these children’s cartoons where the princess always have to be rescued by the prince before they get married and have lots of kids. Why can’t the princess save the prince and go on to be the single CEO of her own multi-national corporation?I’m sure you’ll do your part to help eliminate those Stone Age traditions. Why, you’ve probably already sent your daughter to school in guy clothes, and your son there in a dress. I’m sure no one thinks he’s gay or anything like that, or caused him any trouble in school. I’m sure his classmates wished they had parents like you that would work so hard to overturn these ingrained and damaging sexist stereotypes. I bet you can’t wait until they’re seniors and you can send your son to the prom in a dress and your daughter in a tux.I happen to know some teenagers that would love to do that, but their school won’t let them. Perhaps we can work to together to make this happen.Have a nice day, and a great 2012.Cynthia!
well, cinco has admitted I was right about Portiagood start to the yearthe backlash has commenced:"Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum once again touted his support for a federal ban on gay marriage, saying on Saturday that any now-legal same-sex marriages would be invalid under a constitutional amendment.In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd at his campaign headquarters in Iowa, Santorum said there needs to be one marriage law for all 50 states. When asked if he would make same-sex couples get divorced, he responded, "Well their marriage would be invalid. If the constitution says 'marriage is this,' then people whose marriages are not consistent with the constitution ... (shrug.)"
Dude,Do you read these posts in the original English?Cynthia
"I was right about Portia"You were? Where's the "sexist text" you imagine is in that vignette? Evangelicals duke it out:""Senator Santorum lost his last election by a wider margin than any other sitting Republican senator," Bachmann told Chris Wallace. "He lost that race. I've won four races in the last four years in the toughest years for Republicans. In a liberal state like Minnesota, I won."She went on to attack Santorum on earmarks."And also if you look at the spending issue, Senator Santorum voted for the bridge to nowhere," she said. "He's defended earmarks. Spending, which is the number one issue? He is a big spender in Washington, D.C. That's not what the American people are looking for.""http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/01/michele-bachmann-jabs-ric_n_1178452.html"Record demand for US debt leads some to call for more government borrowingWith demand for U.S. debt reaching record levels, analysts and officials say it’s tough to predict when Treasury securities might stop being attractive to investors.Observers cite low interest rates as one of the several reasons why Treasuries have been in high demand in 2011 despite the slow U.S. recovery.One of the biggest factors is the fiscal unrest in Europe, which shows no signs of easing. The U.S. looks like a safe investment in comparison, analysts say, even though the nation suffered its first-ever credit downgrade from Standard & Poor's in August.“In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king,” said Jim Kessler, a co-founder of Third Way, the centrist Democratic group.Bloomberg reported this week that ***longer-run Treasuries had their best year since 1995***, during President Clinton’s first term Treasury securities also continued a good year-end run on Friday, and turned out to be ***a better investment for 2011 than even gold or oil***.Meanwhile, across the Atlantic Ocean, the spreading debt crisis is now threatening Italy, which has the world’s eighth-biggest economy.With all that in mind, Steve Bell of the Bipartisan Policy Center says the demand for U.S. debt could be elevated for another 18 months to two years."http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/801-economy/201887-record-demand-for-us-debt-leads-some-to-call-for-more-government-borrowing
"Do you read these posts in the original English?"no, cowpokeI read it in the English we speak nowdid you mean it to be read in Olde English?"Where's the "sexist text" you imagine is in that vignette?"read the Portia story yourselfit's the epitome of sexism "Evangelicals duke it out"Santorum is actually not an evangelicalbut he's pro-family and he should scare the heck out those who live for the gay agenda"Record demand for US debt leads some to call for more government borrowing"we should use the opportunity, that won't last forever, to start paying down our debtwon't happen as long as Sir Barry is president
Mitt Romney compared President Obama on Sunday to Kim Kardashian. "I’ve been looking at some video clips on YouTube of President Obama, then candidate Obama, going through Iowa making promises," he said. "I think the gap between his promises and his performance is the largest I’ve seen, well, since the Kardashian wedding and the promise of til death do we part."Romney's comments came at a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The GOP candidate has recently doubled down on courting Iowa voters in a last minute push to win the January 3rd caucus.
"Bachmann plays gender card as Iowa GOP vote nearsBy BRIAN BAKST, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Desperate for a late lift in Iowa, Republican Michele Bachmann is increasingly stressing a distinction in the presidential field: She's the only woman competing for the nomination.The Minnesota congresswoman has made the gender card central to her closing argument. She's urging voters to embrace the idea of a "strong woman in the White House" and is molding herself as "America's Iron Lady" in the vein of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.It's a play that carries as much risk as potential reward because some of the ardent religious conservatives she's aggressively courting have traditional views about gender roles.History is not on Bachmann's side, either. Iowa has never elected a woman as governor or to its congressional delegation, a footnote shared only with Mississippi.It was only a few years ago when GOP presidential nominee John McCain energized his campaign by putting Sarah Palin on the ticket, inspiring a hot pink-shirted army of voters the folksy former Alaska governor affectionately coined "mamma grizzlies." Palin opted out of the 2012 race and so far isn't pushing her followers in any direction.Bachmann seldom underscored gender early in her campaign. She would sprinkle in mentions of motherhood and even shared an emotional story about how a miscarriage fortified her anti-abortion views. But she was mostly content letting voters notice the obvious difference on their own as she stood on debate stages surrounded by a bunch of men.Union County GOP chairwoman Yvonne Kinkade suspects Bachmann could have trouble breaking through in farm country because she's a woman."I've noticed that when her name is mentioned sometimes that there's a lot of men that wouldn't vote for a woman," said Kinkade, who counted herself among the undecided after visits by a few candidates this past week. "A lot of them are the head of the households in these farming communities."Bachmann advisers say her recent reliance on the Thatcher comparison is meant in part to remind voters of a prominent woman on the world stage, particularly a staunch ally of Ronald Reagan. Plus, Bachmann just finished reading a Thatcher biography.Bachmann's approach to the gender issue stands in contrast to Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton four years ago. Clinton largely played it down, favoring pantsuits over skirts and stressing instead her experience and resolve."I'm not running as a woman. I'm running because I think I'm the best qualified and experienced person for president," she often told campaign audiences.When Clinton dropped out of the 2008 race, only then did she acknowledge the historic nature of her candidacy."Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it has about 18 million cracks in it and the light is shining through like never before," she said in her concession speech, referring to the 18 million votes she received during the primaries.Bachmann looked primed to shatter Iowa's glass ceiling in August when she won the Iowa GOP's straw poll. But her standing tumbled soon after and she has struggled to recover that summer magic."
sexism - prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex.An example of sexism is those Iowan male heads of households who would not vote for female candidates. Those men discriminate against women.Portia's writes, "I was supposed to be a boy, but every feeling inside told me that I was a girl." Denying Portia the right to live as the person "every feeling inside" told her she was, that's sexism, discriminating against her on the basis of her sex.
When "Hair" compares Obama to a woman, the perfectly coiffed one is showing his sexism."Bachmann actually said "hair" first when Romney's name was mentioned, but then changed her mind and went with "vice president.""But that's her prerogative, right?
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