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  • The Soul, Its Burdens, & the Path to Restoration (Part 4)PODCAST

    05/26/2015 8:49:04 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
    Podcast Garden ^ | 5/26/2015 | Rob W. Case
    In the fourth part of our series on the Soul, Its Burdens, and the Path to Restoration, after we finish our discussion on how God transforms and influences the mind, we discuss how God can (and does) touch and influence the will and the emotions, and restore them to where they can act and/or react from a newly reapportioned disposition. (The program can be accessed by clicking on the "Source" link, or by clicking HERE.
  • Mental Health’s LGBT Blind Spot

    05/25/2015 6:27:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 05/24/2015 | Joseph Turner
    A scene stands out to me from my graduate program in social work. A lesbian professor visited our class to tell about her experience of being same-sex attracted in a small, Midwestern, devoutly Protestant town in the latter twentieth century. As expected, her story was heart-rending. Afterward, during the Q&A, a black woman in her 40s raised her hand. “I’ve noticed that the high school girls today go through phases where they say that they like girls, and then change their minds and say they like boys again, like it just goes back and forth. And I don’t know if...
  • America's First Openly Bisexual Governor Bans Gay Conversion Therapy in Oregon

    05/21/2015 8:07:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/21/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Oregon became the third state in the United States to ban gay conversion therapy, a practice that has attracted much debate. Democratic Gov. Kate Brown signed the bill into law earlier this week, though an ex-gay group has protested and called the bill "child abuse." CNN reported on Wednesday that the bill signed by Brown, the first openly bisexual governor in the U.S., will block therapist from offering conversion or reparative therapy on individuals who are younger than 18. Laws against the practice have also been made in California, New Jersey, and Washington D.C. While the American Psychological Association has...
  • Pro-Gay Marriage Study Retracted for Using Fake Data

    05/21/2015 8:14:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/20/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    A study that purported to show gay marriage opponents can easily be convinced to change their minds if they talk to gays was retracted after finding it used fake data. The study, "When contact changes minds: An experiment on transmission of support for gay equality," was published in the December 2014, issue of the journal Science. It was widely reported in the media and cited as evidence that support for gay marriage is inevitable. Donald P. Green, professor of political science at Columbia University, retracted the study after learning that his co-author, Michael LaCour, a UCLA graduate student, had used...
  • Attention white people: Stop committing 'microagressions'!

    05/14/2015 8:36:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 55 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/14/2015 | Rick Moran
    Most of us make an effort to be sensitive to other people's feelings regardless of race. But a study produced by the University of Illinois claims we shouldn't even bother. The fact that you are white causes people of color discomfort.
  • The Pills That Mother Gives You - ‘Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality’

    05/11/2015 1:54:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | May 10, 2015 | Blake Seitz Review
    Dalrymple believes psychology has taught people to think of the world in terms of pathology rather than evil. Confronted with the “tragic dimension of human life,” as he terms it, we seek to explain behavior we don’t understand as illness, or as anything, really, other than human imperfection. The first issue of National Review in 1955 included the essay “Why They’ll Never Get Me on that Couch,” in which movie maven Morrie Ryskind declared himself a “non-conformist” for rejecting Hollywood’s latest craze, psychoanalysis. Five years later, in the same magazine, John Dos Passos put psychology on a level with communism...
  • Speaking Out About the Transgender ‘Delusion’

    05/09/2015 3:54:53 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 14 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 05/06/2015 | BY BRIAN FRAGA
    An interview with Walt Heyer, who lived eight years as a woman following ‘gender reassignment’ surgery before undergoing therapy, turning to Christ and returning to living as a man. Courtesy of Walt Heyer Walt Heyer reverted to his biological male identity after living as a woman following ‘gender reassignment’ surgery. Walt Heyer lived for eight years as a woman named Laura Jensen. Having suffered from gender-identity disorder since he was a child, Heyer was a married, successful businessman when he underwent cosmetic surgery to alter his sex at age 42. However, Heyer said surgery and hormone treatment failed to address...
  • East to West Wussification

    05/05/2015 9:52:10 AM PDT · by Auslander154 · 4 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | May 5, 2015 | Soo Kim
    Sign me up for a crying room if we get Obama-redux in 2016. Japan is already bracing for Progressive Doomsday. Sure we got campus Safe Zones but nothing like the comfy cozy niches that Japan offers the weak-kneed, faint of heart, reality-averse denizens of the new millennium. I might even need a cuddle cafe to calm my nerves. There are even exciting extra cost optionals allowing you to lock eyes with and hair-stroke your lady cuddlemate. Or I can wander into the Owl Cafe where I can be soothed by fluttering birds or go to Maidreamin where pretty girls dressed...
  • ‘Too many end in suicide’: The dark history of gender ‘reassignment’

    05/04/2015 11:57:49 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 56 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/4/15 | Walt Heyer
    May 4, 2015 (ThePublicDiscourse.com) -- Bruce Jenner and Diane Sawyer could benefit from a history lesson. I know, because I suffered through “sex change” surgery and lived as a woman for eight years. The surgery fixed nothing—it only masked and exacerbated deeper psychological problems.The beginnings of the transgender movement have gotten lost today in the push for transgender rights, acceptance, and tolerance. If more people were aware of the dark and troubled history of sex-reassignment surgery, perhaps we wouldn’t be so quick to push people toward it.The setting for the first transgender surgeries (mostly male-to-female) was in university-based clinics, starting in the...
  • Psychologist: Baltimore rioters have 'Battered Community Syndrome' [Romans 1]

    04/29/2015 10:02:19 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 18 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/28/2015 | JOE KOVACS
    The president of the St. Louis Association of Black Psychologists has come up with a unique diagnosis in connection with the Baltimore riots, saying the rioters suffer from “Battered Community Syndrome.” In a series of tweets Tuesday, Dr. Marva Robinson explained: “Like Battered Women Syndrome, this is Battered Community Syndrome-When PTSD meets sick-n-tired, you get unmeasured rage.” She also proffered the notion the outbreak of violence is the fault of some intentional plan by society. Robinson tweeted: “From the purposeful ploy of the crack epidemic to tactfully placed subpar schools-what’s on Americas doorstep is what was created #Ferg2Bmore.” The editors...
  • Porn is fuelling a new, violent sexual ideology in our teens. It has to stop.

    04/29/2015 8:25:53 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 140 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/28/15 | Jonathon Van Maren
    April 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- I’ve been saying for quite some time that pornography is dangerous for more reasons than those that we typically discuss. Pornography is not dangerous just because it is spiritually dangerous. Pornography is not dangerous just because it is addictive, unhealthy, and unrealistic. Pornography is dangerous because it is becoming a new ideology of sex, in which women are objects to be abused and consumed and men are sexual aggressors, using the girls and women to physically extract as much so-called “pleasure” as possible.When I first spoke on this issue at the University of Ottawa with...
  • Bruce Jenner: 'I'm a Woman'

    04/24/2015 6:48:09 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 305 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 24, 2015 | Sean Dooley
    Bruce Jenner was once hailed as the greatest athlete in the world and later became a reality television star with one of the world's most famous families. Now, the former Olympian is revealing a secret that has caused him turmoil for decades. "For all intents and purposes, I'm a woman," Jenner told ABC's Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview that aired Friday in a special two-hour edition of ABC News' "20/20." "People look at me differently. They see you as this macho male, but my heart and my soul and everything that I do in life -- it is part...
  • Life Is Hard for Incredibly Handsome Men

    04/23/2015 4:16:59 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 61 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/23/2015 | Allison P. Davis
    A new study seems to confirm what we'll call the “Kit Harington Effect," which holds that a man's hunkiness may in fact prove an obstacle to his career. Research from the University of Maryland suggests that good-looking men sometimes have difficulty getting jobs in competitive environments, like sales, because they are subconsciously perceived as a threat to those in charge of hiring. Considering previous research has suggested that handsome men make more money, are perceived as more competent (attractive women, on the other hand, are often seen as less competent), and are more successful in closing big deals, that threat...
  • Jacob's Journey: Life as a Transgender 5-Year-Old

    04/21/2015 6:43:21 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 68 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | Kate Snow
    When Jacob Lemay invites you into his bedroom, he wants to give the full tour. He'll show you his books, the planets and stars on the wall, his bunk bed and the stuffed animals he's lined up all in a row. "This one is Chase, and that one is Zizzy," he says in the voice of a confident five-year-old. "And that one is Biscuit, and that one is Zarzo, and that one is Cheety, and that one is Snowflake, and that one is Fuzz." Jacob is a happy, healthy, well-adjusted pre-schooler. He has two sisters — one older and one...
  • Can Gays Turn Straight? What the Evidence Says About “Ex-Gay” Therapy.

    04/20/2015 3:12:57 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 99 replies
    Slate ^ | April 20, 2015 | Nathaniel Frank
    Last week Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., introduced a bill in Congress asking states to ban sexual orientation conversion therapy, often abbreviated as CT, for minors. California is one of two states that have prohibited licensed professionals from offering the practice, which includes efforts to change not only sexual orientation but also gender identity. While the congressional bill is only a resolution—it encourages states to bar the practice rather than proposing the heavier lift of a federal ban—the idea that CT is dangerous and should be banned is gaining momentum ... What do we actually know about the practice of CT...
  • 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 we’ll 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...
  • The new celibacy? How porn may be destroying the impetus for sex

    04/17/2015 4:53:57 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 80 replies
    CNA ^ | Apr 16, 2015 | Mary Rezac
    One of music artist John Mayer's signature songs is “Daughters,” a sweet and simple tribute to the importance of parents' influence on their little girls. Here's the refrain: “So fathers, be good to your daughters, Daughters will love like you do. Girls become lovers who turn into mothers, So mothers, be good to your daughters too.” But when John Mayer isn't crooning about your beautiful daughters, he's looking at naked pictures of them, sometimes hundreds at a time before he gets out of bed in the morning. In fact, he often prefers that to an actual human being, according to...
  • Almost 1 in 10 Americans has anger issues and access to guns, study finds

    04/08/2015 1:57:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | Alan Mozes/
    Almost one in 10 Americans has a history of impulsive and angry behavior and ready access to guns, new research indicates. The serious mental health issues that would legally prevent someone from purchasing a gun -- such as involuntary commitment to a psychiatric ward for schizophrenia or bipolar disorder -- only account for about 4 percent of U.S. gun violence, noted study author Jeffrey Swanson. "There is a potentially much larger group of individuals in our society who struggle with pathological impulsive and destructive anger that would not normally turn up as serious mental illness on a background check," said...
  • GERMANWINGS AND EVIL

    03/28/2015 3:34:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    In the days since audio was extracted from the black box recorder of crashed Germanwings flight 4U9525 suggesting that copilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately downed the plane, investigators and journalists have rushed to find an explanation for his actions. Initially, many hypothesized about the possibility of an extremist religious or ideological motive. In his apparently lacking significant religious or ideological commitments, Lubitz is speculated to have been mentally unstable. A concealed health issue has been offered as a clue. Thousands of words pile up in dozens of news sources to make up for Lubitz’s silence in the cockpit. The pounding...
  • Snake Oil Sociology

    03/27/2015 9:42:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    The American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Sociological Association (ASA) submitted friend of the Court briefs in the Windsor case. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. If the Windsor Court majority relied on those briefs, it was reliant on snake oil, not science. The APA and the ASA should be the guardians of good science. Instead, they have joined the ranks of the pink panzers of political correctness. Most studies we have seen that claim that children raised by same-sex parents suffer no disadvantages are so seriously flawed that in...
  • 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 youngsterstelegraph.co.uk/news/health/children/11486167/Are-smartphones-making-our-children-mentally-ill.html
  • Woman Raised by Lesbian Couple: 'I Ached Every Day For a Dad'

    03/22/2015 5:15:44 AM PDT · by xzins · 66 replies
    CNS ^ | March 20, 2015 | Michael W. Chapman
    Heather Barwick, who was raised by her mother and her mother's lesbian partner, wrote in an essay this week that same-sex "marriage" is not the same as normal marriage between a man and a woman, that the traditional family is best, and that while growing up she "ached every day for a dad." Heather Barwick, who was raised by her mother and her mother's lesbian partner, says "gay marriage" not only redefines marriage but also parenting and that "as a little girl, I so desperately wanted a daddy." (Photo: The Federalist.) Barwick, who is 31 now, married, and has four...
  • Daughter of Two Moms Comes Out Against Gay Marriage

    03/20/2015 6:49:23 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    A South Carolina woman’s new essay about being raised by her lesbian mom contains a surprising revelation: she opposes marriage equality. “Gay community, I am your daughter. My mom raised me with her same-sex partner back in the ’80s and ’90s,” writes Heather Barwick, a 31-year-old mother of four, in The Federalist. “I’m writing to you because I’m letting myself out of the closet: I don’t support gay marriage. But it might not be for the reasons that you think. It’s not because you’re gay. I love you, so much. It’s because of the nature of the same-sex relationship itself.”
  • Too much praise can turn kids into narcissistic jerks, study finds

    03/09/2015 3:47:59 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 50 replies
    ABC7 Chicago ^ | 03/09/2015
    Convincing your child that they really are special amongst their peers may risk turning them into a narcissist, with feelings of superiority and self-satisfaction, according to a new study. Narcissistic individuals think they're better than everyone else, live for personal success and expect exceptional treatment, explained the study's authors in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal. When narcissists experience failure, they're not pleasant to be around, and can lash out violently. Evaluating 565 Dutch children, ages 7 to 12, for narcissistic tendencies, the investigators questioned the children's parents on how, when and...
  • The right has f****ed up minds: Meet the researcher who terrifies GOP Congress[political psychology]

    03/06/2015 1:47:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 90 replies
    Salon ^ | March 5, 2015 | Paul Rosenberg
    In the immediate aftermath of World War II, a wide range of thinkers, both secular and religious, struggled to make sense of the profound evil of war, particularly Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. One such effort, “The Authoritarian Personality” by Theodore Adorno and three co-authors, opened up a whole new field of political psychology—initially a small niche within the broader field of social psychology—which developed fitfully over the years, but became an increasingly robust subject area in 1980s and 90s, fleshing out a number of distinct areas of cognitive processing in which liberals and conservatives differed from one another. Liberal/conservative...
  • My Gender Is 'Fill In The Blank'

    02/28/2015 7:20:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2015 | Michael Brown
    Now that Time Magazine has told us that transgender is the new black, I’m going to say something politically incorrect: Your gender is not whatever you think it is. Put another way, there is no such thing as, “My gender is ‘fill in the blank.’”Unfortunately, Facebook didn’t get the memo, and so, according to AP’s Martha Mendoza, “Facebook users who don't fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank.” (Yes, I know this sounds crazy, but it’s true.)One year ago, I...
  • A Child of Gay Parents Writes to Justice Kennedy (in support of traditional family)

    02/27/2015 2:51:13 PM PST · by NYer · 50 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 27, 2015 | KATY FAUST
    Dear Justice Kennedy,June is nigh, and with it will comes your ruling on the most contentious political issue of our time: marriage.I write because I am one of many children with gay parents who believe we should protect marriage. I believe you were right when, during the Proposition 8 deliberations, you said “the voice of those children [of same-sex parents] is important.” I’d like to explain why I think redefining marriage would actually serve to strip these children of their most fundamental rights.It’s very difficult to speak about this subject, because I love my mom. Most of us children...
  • Adults Raised by Gay Couples Speak Out Against Gay ‘Marriage’ in Federal Court [Luke 17]

    02/27/2015 3:14:40 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 12 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 1/23/2015 | Lauretta Brown
    (CNSNews.com) – Four adult children of same-sex parents have submitted amicus curiae briefs in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals asking that it oppose the legalization of same-sex “marriage." The Court, in New Orleans, La., heard arguments on Jan. 9 as it considers whether to uphold traditional marriage – defined as being between one man and one woman -- in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. B.N. Klein, Robert Oscar Lopez, Dawn Stefanowicz, and Katy Faust all grew up with homosexual parents. All four argued that redefining marriage to include same-sex couples would harm children by depriving them of a mother or...
  • 50 Shades of Wimpy Men: Feminism Leave Women Longing for More

    02/17/2015 6:24:27 PM PST · by Moseley · 71 replies
    BARBWIRE.com ^ | February 17, 2015 | Jonathon Moseley
    Fifty Shades of Grey is about a steamy sexual relationship centered around bondage, dominance, and what fans call “discipline.” That is, the leading man’s “Red Room of Pain” includes physical abuse, whipping, electric cattle prods, hot wax, and other acts of torture. The feminists seeking to tear down traditional society by blaming all men for a mythical “rape culture” are now silent while Hollywood liberals simultaneously work hard to create one. Following a familiar Hollywood pattern of making deviancy and perversion acceptable and attractive to society and “defining deviancy down,” the double-meaning of the word “Grey” includes the leading character...
  • The Soul, Its Burdens, and the Path to Restoration (Part 3)PODCAST

    02/09/2015 7:01:29 PM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
    Restoration of the soul cannot begin without a confrontation with the truth. It is through truth your condition is brought to light. And from this confrontation, a decision must then be made to continue in it, or to change it. When the right decision is made, restoration can then begin. And what does restoration begin with? Trust. What happens to the components of the soul from there will take on a new and dynamic nature, as we will explore on this edition of Making Sense with Rob Case. powered by podcast garden
  • An Appeal to Bruce Jenner

    02/08/2015 11:53:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2015 | Matt Barber
    Dear Mr. Jenner, You probably don’t know who I am and certainly have no obligation to read on. Even so, I pray you will. As the great Olympic champion God gifted you to be, you were an inspiration to me as a boy and endured as such when I grew into adulthood and professional athletics. I hope you will serve to inspire many more generations of young people. As it stands now, however, you instead appear poised to lead them astray. I implore you to reverse course. I am a follower of Christ Jesus. That is to say, though in...
  • Adults Raised by Gay Couples Speak Out Against Gay ‘Marriage’ in Federal Court

    01/24/2015 7:50:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 23, 2015 - 4:24 PM | Lauretta Brown
    Four adult children of same-sex parents have submitted amicus curiae briefs in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals asking that it oppose the legalization of same-sex “marriage.” The Court, in New Orleans, La., heard arguments on Jan. 9 as it considers whether to uphold traditional marriage—defined as being between one man and one woman—in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. B.N. Klein, Robert Oscar Lopez, Dawn Stefanowicz, and Katy Faust all grew up with homosexual parents. All four argued that redefining marriage to include same-sex couples would harm children by depriving them of a mother or father. …
  • POLITE FASCISM IN NEW JERSEY (LOGIC OF A STATE “LICENSE” TO HAVE KIDS)

    01/23/2015 7:06:04 AM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    First Things ^ | January 22, 2015 | Matthew J. Franck
    In the pages of the Times of Trenton on January 20, a psychologist named Ronald J. Coughlin published an op-ed titled “Fundamental Changes Would Better American Society.” Mr. Coughlin is worried about a lot of the right things: alcohol abuse, the divorce rate, childbearing out of wedlock (particularly among teens). But what ideas he has for “fundamental changes”! The idea, for instance, that because science tells us about the maturing brain we ought to raise the drinking age to twenty-five is going to go over big, with an electorate that can vote at eighteen. (Mr. Coughlin may want to...
  • Grown Children of Gay Couples Tell Courts Why They Support Traditional Marriage

    01/17/2015 7:46:30 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 31 replies
    http://blessings.buzz ^ | January 16, 2015 | Brooke McGowan
    The battle over same sex marriage has brought about many legal claims – but not all from the couples themselves. Children of same sex couples often sue for the lack of family stability and denied benefits that a non recognized marital status entails. But some grown children of gay parents are now speaking out against gay marriage – based on their negative experiences. First, we need to muddle through all the hyperbole and understand what this debate is really about. Award winning author and apologist Frank Turek writes in Correct, Not Politically Correct, Activists want same sex marriage because they...
  • 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 wouldn’t have let them do it if we didn’t think they...
  • Men Who Post Selfies Show Psychopathic Tendencies

    01/12/2015 1:59:34 AM PST · by maddog55 · 24 replies
    CBS Cleveland ^ | 01/11/2015 | Shawn Thomas
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) – Men who regularly posted photos of themselves online scored higher on a measure for narcissism and psychopathy. According to Medical News Today, a study out of Ohio State University has found that men who took “selfies” were more likely to exhibit psychopathic traits when compared to control group. “That makes sense because psychopathy is characterized by impulsivity. They are going to snap the photos and put them online right away. They want to see themselves. They don’t want to spend time editing,” explains Jesse Fox, lead author of the study. The study included 800 men...
  • Gay couples’ children oppose same-sex marriage, tell of unpleasant upbringings

    01/10/2015 11:03:34 AM PST · by lowbridge · 56 replies
    washington times ^ | january 8, 2015 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    Most of the children of gays and lesbians who have filed court briefs in same-sex marriage cases say their parents’ inability to marry has deprived them of legal protections and hampered them from living their otherwise typical lives. But four adult children of gay parents — acting as a “quartet of truth” — have submitted briefs to the 5th U.S. CircuitCourt of Appeals opposing same-sex marriages, with several saying that growing up under the rainbow was neither normal nor pleasant. The court, which is considering whether to uphold the man-woman marriage laws in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, will hear arguments in New Orleans...
  • Study Finds that Men Who Share Selfies Online Show More Psychopathic Tendencies

    01/10/2015 6:54:52 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 42 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Jan 10,2015 | Michael Zhang
    Men who share selfies online are more likely to exhibit psychopathic tendencies. That’s what researchers are saying after conducting a lengthy study on the link between selfie-taking and certain personality traits. The research project was led by Ohio State University communication professor Jesse Fox, who also found that men who edit their selfies prior to uploading score even higher in narcissism and self-objectification.
  • Planned Parenthood: Abortionists Tend to Have Nightmares

    01/05/2015 8:15:08 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | April 22, 2013 | Sarah Terzo
    A 1977 paper presented to the annual meeting of Planned Parenthood physicians said the following about their abortionists: “As the doctor tends to take responsibility and assume guilt for the procedure, she or he may have disturbing undercurrent ruminations or dreams.” Nancy B Kaltreider , M.D., Sadja Goldsmith, M.D., MPH, and Alan J Margolis, M.D. “Second Trimester Abortion by Dilation and Extraction (D&E) Surgical Technique and Psychological Reactions,” unpublished paper, P6 Rachel M MacNair, PhD. Achieving Peace in the Abortion War (New York: iUniverse, 2009) 13 Many former (and some current) abortion providers have spoken about horrible nightmares of aborted...
  • US researchers identify gene network linked to autism

    12/30/2014 11:55:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 30, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    U.S. scientists have identified a molecular network of genes known to contribute to autism spectrum disorders, and they say their finding may help uncover new genes linked to these conditions. "The study of autism disorders is extremely challenging due to the large number of clinical mutations that occur in hundreds of different human genes associated with autism," study author Michael Snyder, genetics and personalized medicine professor at Stanford University, said in a news release. "We therefore wanted to see to what extent shared molecular pathways are perturbed by the diverse set of mutations linked to autism in the hope of...
  • 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. It’s an ad, from 1967, for the Sound-O-Power M-16 military rifle, a big hit for Marx Toys at Christmas that...
  • Calls to ban children from sitting on Santa's lap

    12/07/2014 5:31:21 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 18 replies
    Traditional Santa photos may become a thing of the past with child protection activists calling for Santa's lap to be off limits to kids for shopping centre Christmas pictures. Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston has supported the concerns of some worried parents who say that the era of sitting on Santa’s lap has got to come to a close with some kids feeling pressured and forced to participate in the Christmas custom. "The directive would be for children to stand beside, unless parents or children request to sit on his knee," she told the Courier Mail.
  • The Soul, It's Burdens, and the Path to Restoration (Part 2) PODCAST

    11/24/2014 3:46:52 PM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
    SOUNDCLOUD ^ | Rob W. Case
    Do you feel lost? Does your mind reside within a state of chaos, confusion, disorder, and does it perhaps carry with it an anxiety over what the future may hold? In part 2 of our series on the soul, we will explore, and expose, some of the darkness that resides within us due to living in a fallen world. We will add discernment to the darkness as the path to restoration will require a connection and a decision by you. Find out how, on this edition of Making Sense with Rob Case. To access this podcast, please click HERE or...
  • Feeling down? Then listen to SAD music: Melancholy tunes lift our moods

    11/05/2014 10:53:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 81 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 5, 2014 | Sarah Griffiths
    Turn up those tearjerkers and dig out your Radiohead albums, because scientists claim that melancholy music can actually lift your spirits. A new study has revealed that listening to sad songs can improve a person’s emotional wellbeing as well as make us feel at peace and nostalgic. It found that most people experience more than three emotions when listening to sad songs, which provoke a more complex reaction than happy pop songs.
  • “Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder”

    11/01/2014 1:11:50 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 11-1-2014 | Andrew Stuttaford
    November 1, 2014 11:55 AM "Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder" By Andrew Stuttaford Just when you think that the misery that climate change is bringing in its wake can get no worse, there is this. Grist reports: …From depression to substance abuse to suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder, growing bodies of research in the relatively new field of psychology of global warming suggest that climate change will take a pretty heavy toll on the human psyche as storms become more destructive and droughts more prolonged. For your everyday environmentalist, the emotional stress suffered by a rapidly changing Earth can result in some...
  • Daylight Saving Time: Keep it year round

    10/24/2014 1:11:47 PM PDT · by PROCON · 68 replies
    (CNN) -- On Sunday, November 2, it will again be the end of Daylight Saving Time. Many of us will be muttering to ourselves as we wander around resetting all of our various clocks -- on the thermostat, clock radio and stove, among other places. Sure, you'll get an extra hour of sleep by turning back the clock by an hour in the fall. But if you have a regular day job, you'll be commuting home in the dark instead of in daylight come the following day. Why do we do this every fall? And why do we dial forward...
  • This Lesbian's Daughter Has Had Enough

    10/20/2014 7:14:59 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 41 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 10-20-2014 | Rivka Edelman
    My name is Rivka Edelman, and I am the product of same-sex parenting. Recently I published an essay on Public Discourse about the ruthless misogyny that pervades LBGT culture.  I pointed out it that it can and will victimize women and children with impunity and then, in America’s narcissistic fugue, get hailed as brave and heroic. Since my essay was published, there have been hundreds, maybe thousands, of posts calling me a liar or trying to shame, discredit, intimidate, and threaten me.  Read this for details.  People I do not know have gone directly after my family and my job....
  • The Unseen Pain Behind Gay Marriage

    10/02/2014 9:32:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/02/2014 | BY JOHN STONESTREET
    To judge by media coverage, the legalization of same-sex marriage is an unalloyed good. Pictures of happy couples kissing and otherwise celebrating leave the impression that the only people who are unhappy about all of this are bigots and grumps. Well, Janna Darnelle would beg to differ. Seven years ago, Darnelle's husband of ten years told her that he was gay and that he wanted a divorce. As she wrote in The Public Discourse, "In an instant, the world that I had known and loved—the life we had built together—was shattered." She tried to persuade him to stay, and work...
  • The Soul, It’s Burdens, & The Path to Restoration (Part 1)PODCAST

    10/01/2014 1:48:11 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 1 replies
    MakingSense.podbean.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Rob W. Case
    What do you think of when you hear the word soul? What exactly is it? What does it consist of? Why is it important? In this edition of “Making Sense with Rob Case,” we will explore the entity of the soul, study its working components, and consider how these components work in the backdrop of how we think, act, feel, and thrive in the world around us. Where does God fit in with all of this? Find out on this edition of "Making Sense with Rob Case." To access the podcast, click HERE, or click on the above link.
  • Sunshine tied to suicide risk: study

    09/20/2014 9:04:15 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri, Sep 12 2014 | Andrew M. Seaman
    Sunshine tied to suicide risk: study Fri, Sep 12 2014 By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Exposure to sunshine over a short period of time may increase the risk of suicide but may also lower the risk over several months, suggests a new study from Austria. People shouldn’t avoid the sun based on the study’s findings, says its senior author. Instead, they may consider adding sunshine to the list of factors that may influence the risk of suicide. “Suicide is complicated and has many risk factors,” said Dr. Matthaeus Willeit from the University of Vienna. “People always...