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.
We reported a couple of weeks ago on the disgusting remarks MSNBC's Martin Bashir made against Governor Sarah Palin and the lack of media coverage that was given to those remarks. Soon after, Bashir took a "vacation" which, fortunately for him, coincided with the Thanksgiving holiday.
He released the following statement via email this afternoon announcing his resignation:
"After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday.
Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the President of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation. It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments.
I deeply regret what was said, will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers – who are the smartest, most compassionate and discerning of all television audiences. I would also wish to express deepest gratitude to my immediate colleagues, and our contributors, all of whom have given so much of themselves to our broadcast."
I recently had a short conversation with an old friend of the family, an elderly man whose wife now suffers with Alzheimers. "How are things?" I asked, as I shook his hand. A tear formed in the corner of his eye as he stared quietly at the floor. "Not good, Tami. Not good. It's so hard." Our conversation continued, as he told me how little his sweet wife remembers these days, and how she won't let him out of her sight for even a second. "I guess I'm her security blanket now," he explained. "But it's really hard."
The very same night, I ran into Helen, the sweet mother of a girl who was one of my dearest friends in high school. I haven't seen her in months, and quickly noticed that she was walking with a bad limp. When I asked how she was doing, she explained that she'd fallen and broken her hip and had only recently gotten well enough to get out on her own. "I bet this has been tough for you," I said, giving her a hug. She's been a widow for many years, and is very independent. Tears began to roll down her cheeks as she explained that it has, indeed, been a tough season in her life. An avid baker, she is no longer able to stand long enough to do the baking she once did.
In 1996, then first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton published a book named It Takes A Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us. Billed as “a guide to raising children in the Information Age,” the book outlined policy recommendations to make sure that every child in America had not only basic needs provided for, but was educated enough to compete in the 21st century global economy. The title of the book was taken from the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The expression has caught wildfire since the book was published, but what does Hillary mean?
Hillary talks a good game about parental rights in her 1996 book. But take a look at her long standing associations with radicals like Marian Wright Edelman, and one can’t help but be suspicious. In fact, Hillary’s fellow statists have often taken up the rallying cry “It Takes a Village” to justify infringement of parental rights. The most recent example of this was MSNBC Host Melissa Harris Perry helpfully explaining to parents that “We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to their communities.”
The real danger in the widespread use of this idea of a village, or collective, is that women across America will hear the catchy slogan, and mistakenly believe that Hillary represents their interests and intends to support them as mothers. But in truth, if you asked most American mothers what the phrase “it takes a village to raise a child” means, they would say that mothers need a community of good, moral people of the parents’ choosing to provide support for the mother, and love and solid role models for the child. Good mothers know that teachers, coaches, and other parents can be a critical part of a child’s life, and provide a foundation for a successful, happy adulthood. But American mothers fiercely assert their right to have the ultimate influence over the guiding forces in their children’s lives, and rightfully so.
I love Thanksgiving. It is such a wonderful and uncomplicated holiday. There are no gifts to bring, no high expectations to meet, it is simply a day to spend time with your friends and family and give thanks for the blessings in your lives.
My Thanksgiving has pretty much gone the same way for at least 10 years. I get up, put the turkey in the oven, make preparations for the rest of our meal, and then I turn on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year was no different. I was especially looking forward to watching the parade this year because my daughter is finally at an age where she was just as excited about the parade as I was.
This year the parade started out as usual with beautiful visuals of the amazing floats and crowded streets. Then came the performances, most of which I enjoyed, but that all changed when Matt Lauer starting talking about the next performance in the parade where the characters in the show "learn to celebrate the differences in each other." That line right there should have tipped me off that I didn't want to watch the next performance, but stupid me kept watching. Onto the screen pops several male performers in full drag queen make-up, prancing around in thigh high, high heeled, sparkly boots - hence the name "Kinky Boots."