UPDATE: Birth Control and Other Dangerous Barrier Methods

In 2008, actress Ricki Lake and filmmaking partner Abby Epstein released The Business of Being Born, a critique of childbirthing norms in The United States. The films sparked a movement to empower women to trust their own bodies during the course of pregnancy. Lake and Epstein have now bought the movie rights to Sweetening the Pill: Or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control, or STP, a book by Holly Grigg-Spall that calls for “informed and expanded choice” about the “unintended consequences and unexposed side effects” of hormonal birth control. As obvious a goal as this should be, a ThinkProgress piece from earlier this month found plenty of pill pushers – or, as the article calls them, “women’s health experts” – to give quotes that make Grigg-Spall’s work sound paranoid and hysterical. 

Dr. David Grimes is quoted as saying “As doctors, we always say the best method is whatever women want and will use — we don’t twist arms”.  Yet, as the same ThinkProgress author admits, women don’t feel educated about their birth control options and do not feel they are getting appropriate counseling from their doctor. What do you say to that, Dr. Grimes?

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Personal Income Growth Drops Sharply in 2013

Income_Map.pngAverage state personal income growth slowed sharply in 2013 to 2.6% from 4.2% in 2012. Although this dip can be attributed to many factors, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis the drop is due in part to the "expiration at the beginning of 2013 of the 'payroll tax holiday'".  

While every state showed a drop in personal income growth, there was a wide variation across the map.  The growth ranged from a high of 7.6% in North Dakota to a low of 1.5% in West Virginia. 

The states with the highest personal income growth in 2013 included:

  1. North Dakota at 7.6%
  2. Utah at 4.0%
  3. Texas at 3.7%
  4. Idaho at 3.7% 
  5. Oregon at 3.5%
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Nancy Pelosi, Award-Winning Eugenicist

From the "Can the Left be Any More Shameless?" file comes word that Nancy Pelosi, self-described Catholic, will receive Planned Parenthood's Margaret Sanger Award.

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Moms helping criminals: how your bumper stickers could be putting your family in danger

My daughter and I often have a discussion while riding down the road that goes something like this: 

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Joni Ernst is ready to castrate DC

"I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm, so when I get to Washington, I'll know how to cut pork."

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