January 31, 2014

Bigoted MSNBC Tweet #Cheerios

Yesterday MSNBC tweeted, “Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/biracial family.” I’m pretty sure MSNBC insulted every foster care/adoptive family all across America. And you guys wonder why I can’t stand the left.

January 27, 2014

Marijuana Hurts the Brain Circuitry

“Adolescence is a sensitive time for brain development,” says Matthew J. Smith, a research assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. “If a teen introduces the abuse of marijuana at that point in their life, it could have consequences for their ability to problem solve, for their memory and for critical thinking in general.”

Unfortunately, this crucial message is getting lost in the pro-legalization fervor. Use of pot among adolescents, which had declined from the late 1990s through the mid-to-late 2000s, is again on the rise, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. One likely reason: “The percentage of high-schoolers who see great risk from being regular marijuana users has dropped,” over time the agency points out.

That perception, however, is all wrong. In a study published last month, Smith and his colleagues found that teens who smoked a lot of pot had abnormal changes in their brain structures related to working memory—a predictor of weak academic performance and impaired everyday functioning—and that they did poorly on memory-related tasks.

While the study focused on heavy marijuana users—specifically, those who indulged daily for about three years—one of its most crucial findings related not to the amount of pot an adolescent smoked, but when he or she started: The earlier the drug was taken up, the worse the effects on the brain.

“Marijuana is the ideal compound to screw up everything for a kid,” says Hans Breiter, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and a senior author of the study. “If you’re an athlete, a chess player, a debater or an artist, you need working memory, and marijuana hurts the brain circuitry.”

Breiter, who himself has four children 11 to 21, adds: “The more I study marijuana, the more I wonder if we should have legislation banning the use of it for everyone under 30.”

Read more: Pot Legalization: Why It's Still a Big Deal If Your Teen Smokes Pot

Holy Matrimony is Out the Window

Did you watch the Grammys last night? We watched part of the Grammys. We saw Paul McCartney sing a song, some acceptance speeches, a country music performance, Metallica, and the memoriam segment.

We could care less what music celebrities were wearing and completely missed some of the other performances that were trending in our news feeds. We are happy we missed the almost-nude outfits and the scantily clad numbers.

We don’t particularly appreciate gay-marriage being shoved down our throats on a music award show but do realize this is pretty typical as well as hypocritical of Hollywood. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised or shocked by any of this behavior because that’s kind of how most celebrities operate.

I’m surprised they weren’t all on stage rolling a joint!!

Sexual orientation has absolutely nothing to do with music!!

Thank goodness we sent our kids to bed!!

January 24, 2014

I'm a fan of Timothy Cardinal Dolan

New York Governor Cuomo says "extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay" have no place in the state of New York. Cardinal Dolan is firing back!

I'm not Catholic. But, I am a big Cardinal Dolan fan. I was hooked when I heard his closing prayers at both the Republican and Democratic convention. I was especially impressed with his composure at the Democratic convention after listening to the entire assembly Boo God.

So basically if you believe in the right-to-life, are pro-2nd amendment, and stand for a Higher Moral Law you have no place in the state of New York according to Governor Cuomo. What a disgrace!

It amazes me how people will cry out for the slaughtered and mistreated animal species but when it comes to human beings it’s a completely different ball of wax. So you’re going to fight to save the whale but it’s okay to kill a child.

Adolf Hitler confiscated weapons. Hitler’s followers blindly, willingly, and obediently gave up all of their weapons to him. In this country we have a right to bear arms. It’s not our Government’s job to limit the number of weapons a person can own. We have a right to defend ourselves. We have a right to defend our families from evil.

The thing that really irks me about all of this is the hypocrisy of people who say they are “open-minded” and “tolerant” of people who are different from them. Standing by convictions and answering to a Higher Moral Law doesn’t make anyone a hater of gay people. Christians have a right to follow Christ. Following Christ doesn’t make them hateful or bigoted.

I’m a Christ follower. As a Christian I answer to a Higher Moral Law. Marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s not my way, it’s God’s design. In this country I am free to follow Christ! You can’t force me to agree to change the definition of marriage.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan is my favorite Catholic. His prayers at our national conventions were amazing and walking straight into a den of wolves booing God totally impressed me. I’m a fan!