When I think back on my childhood, I fondly remember loving to read – and I still do. I hope to pass my bookworm tendencies on to my young son. But perhaps more importantly, I remember my father teaching us about the American Founding, and how special our freedoms and values are. I fervently hope to pass that onto my son too. I imagine many of our readers feel the same.
So I was so pleased to come across “10 Steps to Freedom: A Growing Patriot’s Guide to the American Revolution”, the second book in Amelia Hamilton’s Growing Patriots series. The book features 10 poems that together tell the story of the Revolution, with adorable illustrations to match. The book is officially recommended from ages 5-8 but I personally think it is more versatile than that. While young children will enjoy the catchy rhymes and opportunity to hear new words and syllables, toddlers will enjoy the illustrations of our Founders’ faces and 18th century clothes. Preschoolers and young school age children will enjoy practicing their new reading skills with these catchy poems.
Why on earth would anyone choose to hike over 100 miles, in two different states, IN DECEMBER, five years in a row? The 100 Mile Hump participants have hiked through days of rain, bouts of pneumonia, and at times as a single hiker, subjecting themselves to awful conditions and unimaginable physical strain on their feet and bodies to raise money for combat and wounded veterans and their families. Smart Girl Politics is pleased to support the 5th Annual 100 Mile Hump to Benefit Operation Homefront!
The 100 Mile Hump was the brain child of Mark Finelli. Mark has the unique perspective of being a survivor of the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. After escaping from the South Tower, he decided to enlist in the Marines. During his time in the Marines, he served in combat in Fallujah, Iraq, and had some dark days when violence claimed the lives of his fellow Marines. Due to his unique background as being a survivor of the worst terrorist attack on American soil and subsequent military combat experiences, he has been interviewed on numerous media outlets, including national cable news channels CNN, MSNBC and Fox News (100 Mile Hump in the Media). After his enlistment in the Marines came to an end, he attended and received his MBA from the Eller School of Management at the University of Arizona, and is currently pursuing is law degree from Liberty University.
Donate here for 100 Mile Hump to Benefit Operation Homefront.
When I write about conservative values and politics, it is very easy for me to start to feel like I am preaching to the choir. I often ask myself "am I making a difference?" Many times it feels like I am not and sometimes I may not be, but I felt very encouraged today when I read a new statistic showing that conservatives are making a difference and have made a huge difference in the last 20 years. According to a report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control, the number of abortions performed in the United States has dropped significantly since 1990.
According to the report released by the CDC:
- In 1990, 47.7% of all pregnancies among unwed women ended in abortion.
- In 2009, the abortion rate among unwed women had dropped to 28.9%
- The abortion rate for married women also dropped from 10.6% in 1990 to 6.1% in 2009.
Last month I wrote a piece titled “Shining a Light on Wendy Davis” to highlight Texas’s new pro-choice icon. Wendy Davis was featured in a few magazines, including Vogue, after she filibustered to block an “anti-abortion” bill. In case you cared, the Vogue article featured a defiant Wendy Davis outfitted in a Carolina Herrera dress, and discussed her humble beginning as a struggling single mom and her subsequent climb up the political ladder. While Wendy Davis’s accomplishments are admirable, is she the real hero?
When politicians fight for certain issues like abortion, they are branded a hero by their supporters. By standing up for abortion rights and fighting to preserve a woman’s right to choose, Wendy Davis symbolized choice and female empowerment to Democrats across the country. Several articles gushed over her clothes, hair, and pink tennis shoes. While we know too much about Wendy Davis’s wardrobe, we rarely hear personal stories from women affected by abortion. We never hear from women who exercised their right to choose and regretted choosing abortion. Behind every well-intentioned politician in designer duds lies untold stories of hardship and suffering. These stories are rarely exposed, because the media wants to avoid staining the image of their so-called heroes.
One of the greatest influences on what we find acceptable as a society is the American Psychiatric Association. Their definitions of “mental disorders” have been instrumental in helping us understand certain types of behaviors. However, sometimes these definitions are so broad that they can have a negative impact on society as a whole and allow for people to claim a disorder as a defense for an unspeakable crime.
In 2011, it was brought to my attention that pedophile activists were applying pressure on the APA to remove pedophilia as a “mental disorder”. Having seen the psychological damage that sexual abuse of a child can do, I was naturally upset and decided to keep an eye on the issue.
The APA has been discussing the issue of pedophilia for many years now and there has been tremendous pressure by pedophile activist groups on the APA to declassify pedophilia as a disorder. Now that the new DSM-5 has been released, the issue is front and center for the APA.