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  • Cornell student sues New York Attorney General: Says drinking age unconstitutional

    02/18/2016 11:25:10 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 93 replies
    Ithaca Voice ^ | FEBRUARY 17, 2016 | BY JOLENE ALMENDAREZ
    ITHACA, N.Y. -- A Cornell student is suing New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman after claiming that the legal drinking age of 21 makes him feel "ostracized and excluded" from other graduate students. The action was filed by Matthew Uhalde Wednesday at the Tompkins County Court. According to the documents, Uhalde claims to have graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree and was admitted to a graduate program at Cornell University in fall 2015, at the age of 19. Uhalde says that because nearly all unofficial graduate school activities involve alcohol, he is not able to have a...
  • A boy appears in a Barbie ad for the first time

    11/16/2015 10:21:54 AM PST · by conservative98 · 83 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 16, 2015 | Tim Donnelly
    The war on the pink aisle continues. The newest ad for Barbie’s Moschino doll line features a new figure for the first time ever — a boy. “Moschino Barbie is so fierce!” the boy yells before placing a designer purse on the doll’s arm. The ad features him and two girls touting Mattel’s already popular line that includes clothes and accessories from the fashion designer Moschino. The ad, released earlier this month, is the latest in a series of steps to remove gender from toy shopping. Target made waves this year when it decided to stop labeling toys as for...
  • Free Range Children

    04/19/2015 10:55:23 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/19/15 | Timothy Birdnow
    Agenda 21 A recent story in the media about 2 children aged 10 and 6 being taken into protective custody by over-zealous officials has introduced a phrase I expect well be hearing a lot more of in coming years - Free Range Children. The children were allowed to play unsupervised in a nearby park, and busybodies called authorities who took the children into custody without notifying the parents. This was a second offense as the parents let the children walk home from their nearby school. Basically the kids were given a modicum of freedom to encourage responsibility and independence. I...
  • Are smartphones making our children mentally ill?

    03/22/2015 7:01:34 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 58 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 7:00AM GMT 21 Mar 2015 | By Peter Stanford
    Are smartphones making our children mentally ill?Leading child psychotherapist Julie Lynn Evans believes easy and constant access to the internet is harming
  • Christs childhood home found?

    03/04/2015 11:46:03 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 3/4/15 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The historical Jesus is only of passing interest in comparison to the Lord of Salvation. The Daily Mail has a piece about how archaeologists, reading medieval manuscripts, have identified a likely place Hewn into a hillside, this is the humble stone and mortar house where a scholar believes Jesus was raised. It has been dated to the early 1st century by a British archaeologist who says an ancient text points to the building as being the home in Nazareth where Mary and Joseph brought up the son of God. Professor Ken Dark says De Locis Sanctis, written in 670...

    02/08/2015 12:26:50 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 11 replies ^ | February 8, 2015 | Merrill Hope
    A nine-year-old Texas schoolboy was suspended from his elementary school for posession of a magic ring. Remember the poptart gun? The Nerf gun? The Lego gun? The pointed finger gun? In another time, these typical childrens toys would have gotten as little notice as the old fashioned cap gun but in a world where the list of childhood offenses also includes possession of a novelty pen or a Hello Kitty bubble gun, it comes as little surprise that a Lord of the Rings magic ring would land Aiden Steward in suspension from his elementary school in Kermit, Texas. The story...
  • Modern Parenting is Impoverishing the Childhood Experience

    01/19/2015 3:34:59 PM PST · by wtd · 21 replies
    Yet, Freedom! ^ | January 18, 2015 | Marc Poitras
    Modern Parenting is Impoverishing the Childhood ExperienceIn a fascinating article in The Atlantic, Hanna Rosin reveals how much parenting, and therefore also the childhood experience, have changed since we were kids. It’s hard to absorb how much childhood norms have shifted in just one generation. Actions that would have been considered paranoid in the ’70s—walking third-graders to school, forbidding your kid to play ball in the street, going down the slide with your child in your lap—are now routine. In fact, they are the markers of good, responsible parenting. One very thorough study of “children’s independent mobility,” conducted in...
  • Maryland couple want free-range kids, but not all do

    01/15/2015 5:02:57 AM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 114 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | January 14, 2015 | Donna St. George
    It was a one-mile walk home from a Silver Spring park on Georgia Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. But what the parents saw as a moment of independence for their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, they say authorities viewed much differently. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv say they are being investigated for neglect for the Dec. 20 trek in a case they say reflects a clash of ideas about how safe the world is and whether parents are free to make their own choices about raising their children. We wouldnt have let them do it if we didnt think they...
  • A Clear, Cold Night

    12/24/2014 8:32:37 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/24/14 | William Kevin Stoos
    For Christmas was, is, and always will be, a clear cold, night. Some say that Christmas is too secular, that the glitter, music, gifts and family dinners are really not what the holy day is about. They hold that the Baby Jesus has been forgotten in the cacophony and confusion of commercial Christmas. They say that it is only about the birth of Christ. Everything else, they say, is a distraction or, even worse, sacrilege. Others say Christmas is not a holy day, but a day for family, friends, and presentsthat Jesus was an historical figure, whose life should not...
  • Bang: The troubled legacy of toy guns

    12/23/2014 6:11:20 AM PST · by rellimpank · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 23 dec 2014 | Marc Fisher
    Two cops rush to the scene. This sounds like a gun battle over there! one calls to his partner. They see the suspects: two little boys, wielding rifles. The police officers do not shoot. Rather, they examine the boys weapons and break into big smiles: Hey, is it real? one officer asks. Looks like real, his partner marvels. And it sounds like real, the first officer confirms. Right every shot! says the announcer, because this is on television. Its an ad, from 1967, for the Sound-O-Power M-16 military rifle, a big hit for Marx Toys at Christmas that...
  • Lena Dunham threatens multi-million dollar lawsuit against website

    11/05/2014 1:23:55 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 56 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15:09 EST, 5 November 2014 | Ashley Collman
    Lena Dunham is now threatening to sue the right-wing website which last week published an article claiming she sexually abused her little sister when they were children. The claim is based on an excerpt from the Girls star and creator's new book, Not That Kind of Girl, and details how she once looked at her sister Grace's vagina when her sibling was a year old and she was seven. Lena defended the action as innocent childhood exploration based on curiosity, but the website Truth Revolt called the memory 'unsettling' and disturbing'. Since then, she has been in a war of...
  • Poll: Most Americans Want to Criminalize Pre-Teens Playing Unsupervised

    08/23/2014 9:08:42 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 119 replies ^ | 20 AUG 2014 | Lenore Skenazy
    A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing just that. What's more: 43 percent feel the same way about 12-year-olds. They would like to criminalize all pre-teenagers playing outside on their own (and, I guess, arrest their no-good parents). Those are the results of a Reason/Rupe poll confirming that we have not only lost all confidence in our kids and our communitieswe have lost all touch with reality. "I doubt there has...
  • Boy Suspended for Pointing Finger Like Gun

    03/04/2014 8:26:45 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 6,608 replies
    Newser ^ | 3/4/14 | Kate Seamons
    America's kids have been suspended for pretending that pencils were guns, but an Ohio school may have topped that. A 10-year-old student at a Columbus elementary school was handed a three-day suspension for making a finger gun and pretending to shoot a classmate. The suspension letter more formally referred to his weapon as a "level 2 lookalike firearm," reports the Columbus Dispatch. Devonshire Alternative Elementary School's principal says students have been frequently told not to play pretend gun games, with a district rep saying kids were warned consequences would follow. Those consequences hit hard last week for fifth-grader Nathan Entingh,...
  • Buy the kids guns for Christmas!

    12/19/2013 5:53:45 AM PST · by rktman · 26 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/19/2013 | Ted Nugent
    With the Christmas shopping orgy well under way, never forget that the ultimate gifts that keep on giving throughout life for young and old are guns. For the young boys and girls, cap guns and holsters, nerf guns, toy bows and arrows with the suction cup arrows and other assorted toy guns and associated accessories are the obvious choice. Whatever you do, dont forget to teach your rootin tootin boys and girls how to quick draw their cap guns and how to twirl them on one finger Roy Rogers style.
  • Kids flee football in light of NFL violence, Pop Warner participation plummeting

    12/01/2013 8:03:42 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 138 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, November 28, 2013 | Nathan Fenno
    For Eddie Mason, the decision wasnt difficult. The NFL veterans 10-year-old son, Tyler, wont play tackle football until high school. Mr. Masons decision wasnt a result of the burgeoning national discussion about footballs role in brain injuries. Instead, he believes children should learn the games fundamentals without tackling. Mr. Mason, who played three seasons at linebacker for the Redskins before retiring in 2003, sees a problematic culture infecting footballs lowest levels thats inextricably connected to the safety concerns. This brash kind of mindset, the underdog mindset, Mr. Mason said, this hard-core attitude kind of deal about who hits the hardest...
  • Less Vaccinations brings Childhood Diseases Back, plus Never Fear, Nanopatch is Here!

    11/09/2013 6:30:02 PM PST · by lee martell · 26 replies
    Nov. 9, 2013 | Lee Martell
    Today's young parents are confronted with a dilemma; should they obey the clear, strict instructions of the neighborhood school and make sure their child is vaccinated before school starts, or should they 'just say no'. Some folks on side of receiving immunization shots are quick to point out the worrying resurgence of various diseases most Americans thought were almost wiped out. Diseases such as measles, mumps and whooping cough have largely been held in check because of available immunization injections. In 2011 there were 167 cases of Whooping Cough reported. In 2013 there have been 352 so far. These almost...
  • The Kids Are Amazing

    11/09/2013 4:41:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 55 replies ^ | November 9, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    For many American children, the floor has become their closet. This drives me crazy. I walk into a room where an urchin resides, and there are clothes scattered everywhere. Believe me, I know the passive-aggressive tactics that kids use to torture their parents, but something else is going on here. More than a few times, I've heard parents describe their offspring as "amazing." If you look up that word, you will see this meaning: "To cause great wonder or astonishment." That's what "amazing" means. So occasionally, I will ask the parent of an "amazing" child to tell me exactly...
  • Boyhood Is Not a Mental Illness

    10/18/2013 4:11:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    American Spectator ^ | October 18, 2013 | Marta H. Mossburg
    All the employees of school districts on a witch hunt to expel and otherwise permanently punish young boys for shooting toy guns or forming their fists into the shape of a gun need to read Back to Normal. The purpose of psychologist Enrico Gnaulatis 2013 book is to argue how ordinary childhood behavior is often misdiagnosed as ADD, ADHD, depression and autism frequently with life-long, disturbing consequences. But along the way he raises the taboo question of whether we label boys as mentally unstable, behaviorally unmanageable, academically underachieving, in need of special-education services, or displaying behavior warranting school suspension...
  • Actor who voiced Bunny Rabbit and Mr. Moose on 'Captain Kangaroo' dies at 86

    08/07/2013 6:31:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 52 replies
    Today ^ | Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
    Character actor and puppeteer Gus "Cosmo" Allegretti, who voiced such "Captain Kangaroo" characters as Bunny Rabbit, Mr. Moose, Grandfather Clock, and Dancing Bear, has died, the Los Angeles Times reports. Allegretti died of emphysema on July 26, though his death wasn't publicized until Wednesday. Allegretti played numerous characters on the long-running Emmy-winning children's show, which featured the late Bob Keeshan as Captain Kangaroo. Allegretti himself created Bunny Rabbit, a bespectacled bunny who tricked the Captain into giving up his carrots, and Mr. Moose, whose corny jokes resulted in a shower of ping-pong balls falling on the Captain's head. He also...
  • Where Are All The Kids?

    08/05/2013 4:40:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies ^ | August 5, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter
    You can drive through residential neighborhoods and never see a single child out playing. We should worry about what this means for the future. There are still kids in those neighborhoods to be sure; you can see them at the schools getting dropped off by their moms. Few kids seem to walk to school anymore. My old elementary school got rid of the bike racks and turned the enclosure into a garden. Maybe its the phenomena of helicopter parenting. Its not the cool helicoptering of Wagner and Ride of the Valkyries but the lame kind of Barney and songs about...
  • 40-Year-Old Photo Still Makes Us Smile (A picture is worth a thousand words)

    07/20/2013 8:17:19 PM PDT · by skoob2u · 45 replies ^ | July 19,2013 | Tami Jackson
    I thought this picture was a great reminder of the great opportunity Obama has squandered to unite our great country. I am so very tired of his divisive identity politics and contempt for America. It's hard to keep a positive attitude these days and I thought this picture provided a little inspiration for why we need to keep Obama from tearing our country apart.
  • The Left, Bert and Ernie and Children's Innocence

    07/02/2013 8:50:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/02/2013 | Dennis Prager
    <p>If a Martian were to observe the human condition, he would have to conclude that the left has an agenda to deprive children of their innocence.</p> <p>The Martian would have no other explanation for the premature sexualizing of children that the left has engaged in for decades, and which seems to increases almost weekly.</p>
  • Teaching Kids Not to Help an Old Lady

    06/04/2013 11:22:20 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 24 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 6/3/2013 | Lenore Skenazy
    Here's a bit of advice real "safety experts" are giving kids and parents. It's poisonous. But first, the back story: The other day, a blogger named Lisa Flam wrote on a popular parenting website that her seventh-grader came home one day and announced he "didn't do it." Didn't do what? He and his friend were walking home from school (points for that!), when a white-haired lady stood in her doorway and requested the boys' help. "She asked them to move a medium-size package from her front step into her house," Flam wrote. "On the sidewalk, the boys wondered what...
  • Kindergartener interrogated over cap gun until he pees his pants, then suspended 10 days

    05/31/2013 10:47:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 90 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/31/2013 | Eric Owens
    In the latest incident of anti-gun hysteria to erupt in a school setting, a kindergarten boy has been suspended from school for 10 days because he showed a friend his cowboy-style cap gun on the way to school.
  • To: Those of You Born 1930 - 1979

    05/31/2013 6:21:29 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 159 replies
    This morning's email | 5/31/2013 | Unknown
    To: Those of You Born 1930 - 1979 At the end is a quote of the month attributed to Jay Leno.. If you don't read anything else, Please read what he Said. TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's! First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints. We had...
  • What really happened to boys?

    05/07/2013 12:47:29 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 122 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 28, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Four years ago, psychologist Leonard Sax (MD, PhD) wrote a well-received book titled Boys Adrift. The doctor tried to answer the question, why have so many young males fallen into passivity and indifference? Dr. Sax had heard more and more parents complain that their boys stayed indoors most of the time, spent hours on video games, and in general seemed to lack the confidence and esprit de corps that had characterized boys throughout history. Something scary is happening to boys today, Sax concluded. From kindergarten to college, American boys are, on average, less resilient and less ambitious than they were...
  • Family's Home Raided over Facebook Photo of Child's Rifle

    03/19/2013 2:01:47 PM PDT · by JouleZ · 70 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | March 19, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    <p>New Jersey police and Dept. of Children and Families officials raided the home of a firearms instructor and demanded to see his guns after he posted a Facebook photo of his 11-year-old son holding a rifle.</p> <p>Someone called family services about the photo, said Evan Nappen, an attorney representing Shawn Moore. It led to an incredible, heavy-handed raid on his house. They wanted to see his gun safe, his guns and search his house. They even threatened to take his kids. Moore was not arrested or charged.</p>
  • Dick's Supermarket ( Another KC Vanity Post)

    02/15/2013 9:07:07 PM PST · by KittenClaws · 47 replies
    Kitten Claws | Today | Kitten Claws
    As I walked through the Supermarket today, I passed through the isle that was full of children's toys of all kinds. Little racing cars, coloring books, transformers, Barbie dolls and baby dolls, stuffed bears, plastic airplanes, little ponies, bouncing balls, basketballs and something called slime. There were several children there, taking full advantage of the bounty as if it were provided for free. One opened a package of baubles that I could not identify while the other drooled on a basketball before throwing it in the general direction of the other child. And my old mind could not help but...
  • Hyannis 5-Year-Old Threatened With Suspension For Making Gun Out Of Legos

    01/29/2013 6:34:20 PM PST · by massmike · 38 replies ^ | 01/29/2013 | n/a
    A mother says her 5-year-old boy was threatened with suspension after he made a gun out of Legos during an after school program. Sheila Cruz received a written warning recently about her son from the after school staff at the Hyannis West Elementary School because he had been using toys inappropriately. She (the principal) said, its a threat to other children and other children could have been scared. School officials say little Joe made the toy gun, then ran around the classroom, pointing it at other kids, and making shooting sounds. Cruz says while she and her husband thought about...
  • Why You Shouldn't Play Hide and Seek [More Nanny State Insanity]

    09/29/2012 3:07:37 PM PDT · by varyouga · 36 replies
    Momtastic Magazine ^ | 6/25/2012 | Rachel
    Recently it was banned from a playground in England, the topic of a sex convicts confession in New Zealand, the subject of a childs funeral here in the United States and the reason for a 911 call in my own back yard. Can you guess what it is? Hide and Seek. Yes, hide and seek. In our era of parenting, there are two philosophies regarding childrens interactions with the world that have seemingly emerged. Philosophy one views the world as a mostly safe place that we need to allow our children to freely experience and explore, and philosophy two views...
  • Traumatic Childhood May Increase the Risk of Drug Addiction

    09/02/2012 8:25:23 PM PDT · by TedAdamson · 33 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 8/31/2012 | Science Daily
    ScienceDaily (Aug. 31, 2012) Previous research has shown that personality traits such as impulsivity or compulsiveness are indicators of an increased risk of addiction. Now, new research from the University of Cambridge suggests that these impulsive and compulsive personality traits are also associated with a traumatic upbringing during childhood. The study was published August 31, in the journal American Journal *************************************** This is what I have been saying for several years now, and Science is coming around to the same point of view. I discuss this as well as the cure in my book "Up From Down" which is...
  • More Kids Taking Antipsychotics For ADHD: Study

    08/09/2012 2:14:13 PM PDT · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 51 replies
    US NEWS HEALTH ^ | August 7, 2012 | Steven Reinberg
    TUESDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Use of powerful antipsychotic medications such as Abilify and Risperdal to control youngsters with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other behavior problems has skyrocketed in recent years, a new study finds. Antipsychotics are approved to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, other serious mental problems and irritability related to autism. But they don't have U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for ADHD or other childhood behavior problems, and their use for this purpose is considered "off label." "Only a small proportion of antipsychotic treatment of children (6 percent) and adolescents (13 percent) is for FDA-approved clinical indications,"...
  • Sikh temple gunman had 'kind and gentle and loving' childhood, stepmom says

    08/07/2012 3:42:09 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 6 replies ^ | Tuesday, August 7, 2012 | Fox News
    The 40-year-old Army veteran who killed six people and wounded three others at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin reportedly grew up as a precious child in a typical American family, according to his stepmother. Laura Page, who was married to Wade Michael Pages father for roughly two decades, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that her stepson was kind and gentle and loving during his childhood. [...] Page, who was shot to death by police, described himself as a member of the "Hammerskins Nation," a skinhead group rooted in Texas that has branches in Australia and Canada, according to the SITE...
  • Growing Up With Two Moms: The Untold Childrens View

    08/07/2012 1:28:40 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 50 replies
    The Witherspoon Institute ^ | August 6,2011 | Robert Oscar Lopez
    Quite simply, growing up with gay parents was very difficult, and not because of prejudice from neighbors. People in our community didnt really know what was going on in the house. To most outside observers, I was a well-raised, high-achieving child, finishing high school with straight As. Inside, however, I was confused. When your home life is so drastically different from everyone around you, in a fundamental way striking at basic physical relations, you grow up weird. I have no mental health disorders or biological conditions. I just grew up in a house so unusual that I was destined to...
  • How to Destroy A Boy in One Sentence

    07/31/2012 5:05:45 AM PDT · by Trafalgar123 · 61 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 31, 2011 | Stella Paul
    Walking home this morning, I saw a frizzy-haired mother with a lefty vibe and Savonarola expression. Her young son ran in front of her, chasing pigeons. I listened, awestruck, as she admonished him thusly: "In your next life, I hope you come back as a pigeon, so you know what that feels like." Confused, the boy said, "What?" She repeated her wisdom in sterner tones. I'm dazzled by her genius at packing several soul-crushing blows into one sentence: 1) You're going to be reincarnated as punishment 2) Your mother eagerly awaits your eternal punishment 3) Walk robotically by my side...
  • Have Our Children Forgotten How to Play Outdoors?

    07/25/2012 7:37:51 AM PDT · by rhema · 76 replies ^ | July 16, 2012 | Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr
    Author Richard Louv believes that Americas children are now suffering from a syndrome he identifies as nature-deficit disorder. In his recent book, Last Child in the Woods, Louv suggests that the current generation of American children knows the Discovery Channel better than their own backyardsand that this loss of contact with nature leads to impoverished lives and stunted imagination. Louv begins by recounting an anecdote involving his son, Matthew. When the boy was about ten years of age, he asked his father: Dad, how come it was more fun when you were a kid? The boy was honestly reflecting on...
  • School Buses an Ideal Environment for Bullying

    School buses serve as a setting for as much as 10% of all bullying incidents in the country, according to the data collected by the U.S. Department of Education. The reality, however, could be much worse, since as many as two-thirds of all bullying incidents that take place in the U.S. schools are never reported. A recent article on explained that limited space and lack of adequate supervision make school bus bullying notoriously hard to control and reduce. Jeremy Stahl, writing at, said that he polled his colleagues about their own and their kids experiences and many recalled...
  • Barack Obama's mother 'was secretly in contact with his estranged father'

    05/01/2012 7:13:17 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 51 replies ^ | 30 April 2012 | Daniel Bates
    Barack Obama's mother was secretly in contact with his estranged father during his entire childhood without the future president's knowledge, a new book claims. Ann Dunham gave Barack Obama Sr regular updates about his life during the 1960s and 70s and even sent him school reports. It was not until the 1980s that Mr Obama became aware of the contact between the two - but he still did not forgive his father for being an absent dad. The claims are made in a new book by Mr Obama's half sister Auma in which she reveals that their father was routinely...
  • Parents' create 'bucket list' for baby daughter with fatal disorder

    04/30/2012 7:43:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Fox ^ | April 30, 2012
    A Texas family has created a 'bucket list' for their infant daughter after learning she suffers from a fatal genetic disorder, myFOXhouston reported. Mike and Laura Canahuati, from Bellaire, Tex, are on a mission to teach the world about their daughter Avery's fatal genetic disease. You've likely never heard of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, but 7.5 million Americans carry the gene that causes it.
  • Quick question on Obama's past

    03/07/2012 12:04:35 PM PST · by chuckles · 19 replies
    vanity | 3/07/2012 | chuckles
    I was just pondering why Obama acts so differently with different countries and was wondering if he was a Shia Muslim in Indonesia. He attacked Lybia at the drop of a hat and killed Osama without a tear, but won't act on Syria or Iran, both Shia countries. If Indonesia is mainly Shia, that would explain alot. If he was raised Suni, well, back to the drawing board. Does anybody know?
  • New Playgrounds Are Safeand That's Why Nobody Uses Them (More Nanny State Unintended Consequences)

    02/02/2012 7:15:24 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 120 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | Feb 1 2012 | The Atlantic
    New Playgrounds Are Safeand That's Why Nobody Uses Them The problem with safety guidelines is that they make most playgrounds so uninteresting as to contribute to reduced physical activity. Playgrounds don't look like they used to. Steep metal slides and wooden towers have given way to slow, plastic slides and carefully penned-in climbing contraptions. And forget about seesaws -- they're a thing of the past. When kids are bored by unimaginative (read: safe) playground equipment, they're less active as a result, and with childhood obesity at epidemic proportions, that's a danger, too. An interesting new investigation looks into this phenomenon....
  • Girls and Legos: With its new Friends line, Lego sets off a gender firestorm

    01/15/2012 2:04:39 PM PST · by NYer · 66 replies
    Annistonstar ^ | January 15, 2012 | Lisa Davis
    Christmas had come and gone, and the toy aisles were emptied of Lego Star Wars sets, and Lego Harry Potter sets, and Lego superhero sets. This is when Lego decided to roll out its newest line: Lego Friends, aimed squarely at girls. Lego Friends figures are strikingly different. They dont look anything like the traditional Lego minifigure. Lego Friends have big eyes, button noses and pink lips. They wear skirts. They have names like Mia, Andrea and Olivia. They come with pink and purple bricks, in sets that can be built into a pet hospital, or a bakery, or...
  • Young boy wishes to join Girl Scouts

    10/27/2011 12:45:01 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 65 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/27/11 | Mike Krumboltz
    Bobby Montoya is a 7-year-old boy from Denver. Unlike a lot of young boys, Bobby has no desire to join the Boy Scouts. Instead, he wants to be a Girl Scout. We first saw Montoya's story over at The NBC affiliate reports that when the boy's mother, Felisha Archuleta, tried to sign her son up for Girl Scouts, a troop leader told her no. -SNIP-
  • Toddlers and Tiaras: 3-year-old wears 'Pretty Woman' prostitute outfit

    09/06/2011 12:28:26 PM PDT · by SmithL · 74 replies
    SFGate: The Mommy Files ^ | 9/6/11 | Amy Graff
    Last week TLC's "Toddlers and Tiaras" reality show enraged the world with a shocking performance by a 4-year-old sporting fake C-cup boobs and acting like a 20-something. . . . 3-year-old Paisley struts across the stage dressed as Julia Roberts in the opening scene of the movie "Pretty Woman." In thigh-high black patent leather boots and a tight blue mini skirt,
  • Bert and Ernie - not gay (Sesame Street says, Marriage??? No Way!!)

    08/11/2011 8:24:58 PM PDT · by dayglored · 47 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | Aug 11, 2011 | CHRIS GRYGIEL
    They've lived together for 42 years and share a bedroom, but the people who produce "Sesame Street" made it clear on Thursday: Bert and Ernie are not gay. Nor are they heterosexual. They just are. "Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. "Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics, they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation," Sesame Workshop said in a statement posted on Facebook. ...
  • My mother didn't beat me - it was just a joke says Fergie as she backtracks on abuse claims

    07/31/2011 4:28:25 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12:16 AM on 31st July 2011 | By Sharon Churcher
    Just two months ago, she accused her mother of horrific abuse in an emotional outpouring on American TV. Her late mother, Susan Barrantes, regularly beat her, the Duchess of York alleged during her reality show Finding Sarah. 'When she used to hit me because I didn't sit on my potty or wouldn't eat, a little vein would come up on the centre of my head near my red hair,' she said, adding that her mother called it the 'sign of the devil' and would shout, 'I'm going to beat that devil out!'
  • Seesaws: A Vanishing Part Of America

    06/17/2011 4:36:33 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 41 replies
    Let's Be Fair! ^ | April 29, 2011 | Bob Dorigo Jones
    Seesaws: A Vanishing Part of America By Bob Dorigo Jones Can you remember the last time you saw a seesaw? Im talking about an old fashioned teeter-totter the kind without springs. If you are under the age of thirty, its very possible that youve never seen one. Although they were once a staple of playgrounds around the country, the lawsuit explosion in America prompted school officials and park superintendents to start removing them in the 1970s and 1980s. Philip Howard, a prominent attorney and the author of the bestselling book, The Death of Common Sense, wrote this about...
  • Muslim-raised Jessica Mokdad Might Have Wished She Grew Up Like Katy Perry - In a Christian Home

    05/04/2011 6:04:44 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | May 04, 2011 | J. James Estrada
    20-year-old Jessica Mokdad is dead. Her stepfather Rahim Alfetlawi shot Jessica in the head while she was at her grandmother's Michigan home. Alfetlawi was upset that Jessica was not living by strict Muslim customs, according to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and so he killed her this past Saturday. Meanwhile, in an upcoming Vanity Fair article, singer Katy Perry complains of not having a "childhood" because she was raised in a Christian home. Perry is riding the top of the music charts and making tons of money singing songs like "Teenage Dream" and "Hot N Cold," having escaped...
  • Tragic toddler weighs nine stone (3 years old - 132 lbs)

    03/23/2011 6:40:14 AM PDT · by relictele · 37 replies · 1+ views
    The Sun (UK) ^ | 23 Mar 2011 | Isabel Jensen
    THE desperate parents of a NINE STONE three-year-old have told how they can't make the giant toddler diet because they are scared of him. Lu Hao, from China, is dangerously overweight, and at 9st 6lb is FIVE TIMES as heavy as other boys his age. He is getting so big his family are frightened of him and have given up trying to stop the youngster from gorging on huge plates of ribs and rice. His parents claim he throws vicious tantrums if he doesn't get third or fourth helpings of dinner.
  • Mousehole...

    11/12/2010 9:29:01 PM PST · by pickrell · 18 replies
    12 November 2010 | Ron Pickrell
    I was ensconced upon the commode awaiting developments, while idly looking around the bathroom. We had an old-style freestanding steel bathtub, then, its porcelain badly cracked. Two water lines, together with the heavier drainpipe, ran down from it and into cutouts in the floorboards. The hole for the hot water pipe was covered with a cheap, pot-metal dress ring about the thickness of a soap bubble, meant to hide the ragged edges of the linoleum. It failed sadly. The whereabouts of the other dress ring was never properly explained, but we always held out that it was communists what done...