Apparently frightened by the current wave of conservatism in opposition to Obama’s policies, news organizations have chosen to frame the conservative movement as “radical.” After all, when you are unable to respond to the issues, the second best thing is getting out of discussions by saying that your opponents just aren’t worth arguing with.
Newsweek is on the forefront of such wusses and has released a web article entitled “Even Reagan wasn’t a Reagan Republican.” The point, of course, is to show that the previous republican presidents just wouldn’t cut it in today’s conservative Republican party.
I find it hilarious that Newsweek is trying to reprimand Republicans for not being like Nixon. I mean, why would I want to disagree with the guy who said that “we were all Keynesians now?” </sarcasm> Or how about Ford? I think we can all say he was an idiot when appointing Stevens to the court.
And then we come to Reagan (and Bush). Looks like they’re stretching a few points here to make it fit with their story. For instance, could it be that deficit spending was caused by fighting a war? No mention of it. And look at his domestic policies – wilderness protection, nominating O’Connor, etc.
First, all of these are easy to cherrypick. After 2 terms of Reagan’s presidency, you would think that Newsweek wouldn’t have to use any of his actions as governor of CA. After all, if he’s really not that conservative, there should be oodles of anti-conservative stuff.
Secondly, how does Newsweek know that wilderness protection or whatever is frowned upon by Republicans? I would agree with several of the things mentioned, or would at least like to see debate on the issue.
Thirdly, a lot of these things are things that conservatives disliked even then, and given the consequences of those actions (like having O’Connor, Souter, Stevens, etc on the court) Republicans should learn from their mistakes.
All in all, I think it’s quite good that we don’t choose to follow in lock-step with everything that has been done in the past. You keep the good decisions, throw out the bad ones. And all of our presidents, democrats and republicans, have made bad decisions. Republicans just make fewer.
In a recent article on the pro-abortion website RH Reality Check, staff writer Sarah Seltzer bemoaned that fact that abortion not a popular punchline. “The lack of abortion jokes creates this hyped-up atmosphere of tragedy and controversy around something that is quite common and needs to be discussed more,” she said.
The catalyst for this comment is an unreleased episode of Family Guy, in which abortion is the target for the show’s infamously edgy and irreverent jokes. Seltzer identifies the lack of abortion jokes as “a damning silence” and quotes another blogger who calls it “a textbook example of how systemic sexism works.”
For all her concern about sexism, Seltzer shows a complete lack of sensitivity towards women who have had abortions and a failure to recognize that abortion is simply not funny for the majority of Americans. (Ironically, when a pro-lifer tries to show a medically accurate and scientific depiction of what occurs during abortion, they’re soundly condemned by self-appointed spokespeople for women for their insensitivity.)
Seltzer continues by complaining of otherwise “edgy, sexually hip shows” that take “the typical TV copout route of a miscarriage or a pregnancy carried to term.”
“TV has created this bizarro world,” she says, “where a choice that most American women would consider strongly after an unintended pregnancy is all but erased.”
Seltzer is right when she points out that abortions occur all too often. After all, according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, at current rates more than one-third of women (35%) will have had an abortion by age 45.
But why is abortion rarely portrayed on television? Judging by the content of current TV shows, it’s hardly because of puritan censorship. Instead, most people realize that abortion is not just a medical procedure. It’s the taking of a human life, and that is what makes it off the table for discussion.
But let’s have an open conversation on abortion – not filled with jokes and flippant remarks, as Sarah Seltzer advocates, but a nation-wide discussion of the brutal procedure itself and the pain that it leaves behind. Otherwise, we are indeed contributing to “a damning silence.”
My short pain-story about my vacation at Apollo Beach – dentists there are located in easy to find locations. Fortunately, when I needed a dentist, I had no problem finding one. I knew going to the dentist, I would get the highest quality dental care possible. The waiting room was nice and the staff was friendly and efficient.
When facing my dental emergency I wanted to get to the dentist fast in they were right there when I needed them. Since I was in a lot of pain and was apprehensive about getting my teeth done.
The dentist was very understanding and skilled. Since cosmetic dentistry, veneers, bondings and crowns are routine for these dentist handling my dental problems was easy. A consultation and an x-ray and I was on my way to a healthier more attractive smile.
I realized I could get all of my dental need taken care of in the Apollo Beach office, fillings, cleanings and tooth whitening. The dentist explained how important it is to the overall body to take care of the teeth. I did not realize the range of illnesses the teeth could affect diabetes, heart disease and other physical problems. These are serious problems that are exasperated by poor dental health.
Not only did I need tooth repair I suffered from misaligned teeth. The orthodontist services provided by the dentist in Apollo Beach were able to use invisalign to help my teeth. A nice smile helps the confidence and the health. I am glad I took the time to get my teeth repaired. The dental professionals also provide services for pediatric patients and install implants. Regular dental appointments would have prevented many of my problems. Many people I talked to practiced preventative care.
Like many, I was not alone in my fear of dentist but the office was skilled at sedation dentistry too so I had nothing to worry about. Every one of my complaints was covered. By qualified professionals, I could put my trust in. Going to the dentist for me was not easy. It was important for me to do my research and reports from former patients show the dentist in Apollo Beach
come highly recommended. The dentist listened carefully to my concerns about the procedures and there was a payment plan to fit my budget. I avoided the dentist afraid of the cost but my, I realized my reluctance was unfounded, and I was glad I took care of my dental health.
Everyone strives to be healthy and one of the ways in which people strive to achieve this is through weight loss. Being overweight or obese has many health problem attributed to it, including heart disease as well as high blood pressure. On both sides of the Atlantic obesity is becoming a huge problem as the number of people overweight climbs ever higher. This not only causes death and distress, but also adds to the burden placed on this country’s National Health Service, where many of the resources are taken up with treating those who are suffering from ailments caused by obesity.
There are various ways to lose weight, the most common and well known of which is through exercise and dieting. However there are also a variety of other methods including drug and surgical options. As well as these there are also various aids and supplements that people can take to help in the way that they lose weight via varying means. Such supplements can take the form of Hoodia Weight Loss Supplements, found from the South African desert plant Hoodia gordonii, found out in the Kalahari, where bushmen have been reaping its benefits it for many years.
This plant is thought to contain the secret of weight loss and could make up the future of losing weight. A molecule inside the plant, known as P57, has been found to halt someone’s appetite by sending a message to the brain telling it that you have eaten enough and that you are full, even if you are not. As a result someone might eat less than they would normally, helping the person to lose weight.
The company Phystophar (a British pharmaceutical company) which is heading the research into the plant has published its results for the world to see, leading to people the world over becoming aware of its properties and potential benefits. They studied the eating habits of volunteers, including their daily calorie intake. Their findings showed that those who had taken the Hoodia supplement took in far less per day than those who did not. BTW, great resources by my friend from Poland on http://szczuplakobieta.pl. If you know Polish, there’s a a ton of knowledge about weight loss products and fitness in general. You should check this video about african mango.
There is still a long way to go before Hoodia is ready to go. The plant itself is going to prove tricky in providing its benefits, being a plant that grows in specific conditions over a long period of time. There are also side effects to look into, meaning that anyone who wants to take the pills would have to take these into account. However, soon Hoodia Weight Loss Supplements could change lives.