I have a garden that does very well when I take care of it. So much work goes into it at the beginning of each summer, but it has to continue. We can till, rake, plant and water to our hearts' content, but if we do not spend the hours weeding between the rows, we have a huge mess and sometimes, we lose what we've planted. I have to admit that some weeds are actually quite pretty. I like to call them "wildflowers", but let's face it. They are still weeds. They are not the plants I wanted in my garden. And, so it goes with our children. We can tell them about Jesus, read Bible stories, take them to church and try to keep them away from the evil influences of the world, but if we send them away from us the rest of the time, you know, the 900 plus hours they spend at school and the time they spend in Sunday school and youth groups later on, we are going to find that our children are overcome by weeds. And, I mean the kind of weeds that if pulled may uproot any "good" we have planted into them. No, we cannot keep them away from everything. We live in a very dark sinful world. There will be times they will make unwise choices as we all do, but home schooling or rather discipling our children will equip them for this life more effectively than any school could.
The meme is simple: The economy is in a shambles because of Bush's economic policies and his war in Iraq. As American Thinker's Randall Hoven points out, that's the message being peddled by lefties as diverse as former Clinton political strategist James Carville, economist Joseph Stiglitz
Obama's stimulus, passed in his first month in office, will cost more than the entire Iraq War -- more than $100 billion (15%) more.
* Just the first two years of Obama's stimulus cost more than the entire cost of the Iraq War under President Bush, or six years of that war.
* Iraq War spending accounted for just 3.2% of all federal spending while it lasted.
* Iraq War spending was not even one quarter of what we spent on Medicare in the same time frame.
* Iraq War spending was not even 15% of the total deficit spending in that time frame. The cumulative deficit, 2003-2010, would have been four-point-something trillion dollars with or without the Iraq War.
* The Iraq War accounts for less than 8% of the federal debt held by the public at the end of 2010 ($9.031 trillion).
* During Bush's Iraq years, 2003-2008, the federal government spent more on education that it did on the Iraq War. (State and local governments spent about ten times more.)
I'd rather deal with "mild acne" with my children topically or via a dermatologist - not by putting unnecessary powerful hormones into their young bodies.What is wrong with us as a people that we consider taking medications to alter healthy body functions as normal?
After Yaz came out in 2006, it quickly became America's No. 1 birth control pill, bringing Bayer $800 million last year. But now thousands of women are suing Bayer because they say Yaz caused them serious harm. Sales have dropped 15 percent in the past year.
It's a good time to look at the Yaz saga and see if it has anything to teach women and their doctors when they choose a contraceptive.
Yaz was something entirely new in the long history of birth control pills — and not just in its chemical formulation. It was the first pill to be marketed for multiple purposes. Bayer promoted it heavily as going "beyond birth control."
A centerpiece TV ad noted that "all birth control pills are 99 percent effective and can give you shorter, lighter periods. But there's one pill that goes beyond the rest. It's Yaz."
Those ads caught the attention of a 16-year-old in Maryland named Katie Anderson.
"I do remember going to the gynecologist and asking for Yaz because I had seen the commercials," says Anderson, who's now 19. "That was the one I wanted."
Anderson hoped Yaz would even out her irregular periods. She liked the implication that Yaz could treat premenstrual syndrome. And, of course, the idea of clear skin appealed to her, too.
Katie Anderson learned that the hard way. She began having persistent leg pains within a month of starting on Yaz.
"I started developing this kind of pinching, twinging, numbing kind of feeling in my left butt cheek," she recalls. She thought it was a pinched nerve.
Then a couple of weeks later, she was awakened with terrible chest pain
She tells me she woke up about 5 o'clock in the morning," says Beth Anderson, Katie's mom. "She sat bolt upright in bed — couldn't move, couldn't talk, was trying to cry as silently as possible because it hurt to breathe."
When she didn't leave for school on time, Beth went to check on her. "I found her sitting in a puddle of tears saying, 'Mommy, I can't breathe! Mommy, I can't breathe! I couldn't even reach my cell phone!' "
Her doctor diagnosed pleurisy, an inflammation of the chest lining that isn't serious, and prescribed Motrin. That helped for a while, but over the next few days, Katie developed shortness of breath. And her left leg went totally numb and cold.
"My left leg was completely purple," she says.
It turns out an enormous blood clot had formed in her leg. A piece of it had broken off and lodged in her lung. Doctors call that a pulmonary embolism, and it can be deadly.
At the emergency room, Beth recalls, "the doctor came in and he took one look at Katie's cold, blue leg, and he said, 'Wow! That's a big blood clot! You're on birth control, aren't you?' "