Teenagers who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are just as likely to have premarital sex as those who do not promise abstinence and are significantly less likely to use condoms and other forms of birth control when they do, according to a study released today.
The new analysis of data from a large federal survey found that more than half of youths became sexually active before marriage regardless of whether they had taken a “virginity pledge,” but that the percentage who took precautions against pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases was 10 points lower for pledgers than for non-pledgers.
“Taking a pledge doesn’t seem to make any difference at all in any sexual behavior,” said Janet E. Rosenbaum of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, whose report appears in the January issue of the journal Pediatrics. “But it does seem to make a difference in condom use and other forms of birth control that is quite striking.” [Rest of article]
From THE TELEGRAPH:
Babies born into some Indian tribes in the Amazon are being buried alive, a practice that is being covered up by the Brazilian authorities out of respect for tribal culture.
The tradition is based on beliefs that babies with any sort of physical defect have no souls and that others, such as twins or triplets, are also “cursed”.
Infanticide has claimed the lives of dozens of babies each year, say campaigners fighting to end the practice.
Babies who are girls, who have some disability or who have unmarried mothers are all in danger of an early death in a shallow grave in the rainforest. Others are suffocated with leaves, poisoned or simply abandoned in the jungle.
According to Dr Marcos Pelegrini, a doctor working in the Yanomami Tribe Health Care District, 98 children were killed by their mothers in 2004 alone….[Rest of article]
Say what you will about the Kennedys being rascals–their hearts are generally in the right place and they have shown effective leadership and humanitarian ideas.Â Caroline seems to share the Kennedy values.
We are not a monarchy.
And we have seen the damage that can be done to our country by anointing family dynasties.
I can’t complain out of one side of my mouth about the drug- and alcohol-addled goofy son of one of our more mediocre Presidents running for President (and winning, sort of)–and then say out of the other side of my mouth that Caroline Kennedy should be annointed Senator because she’s Jack and Jackie’s kid.
Like the lovely and talented Sarah Palin, Caroline hasn’t been thoroughly “vetted” for the office she seeks.Â I haven’t seen any “hard” interviews, and she should be subject to them just as the lovely and talented Ms. Palin should have been.Â If unwillingly to be asked questions about your qualifications, you’re not entitled to the office.
Sorry, Caroline–I don’t think you would have ever gone to the trouble of actually running for Senator, so I don’t think it is fair that you get the post through the back door just because of how you spell your last name.Â Someone else should be selected.
But again, don’t get me wrong:Â I think you’d be a great Senator.Â So…good luck!
Gee, I was completely unfamiliar with this story until reading about it in our local OMAHA WORLD HERALD this morning. The paper says that the “chairman of the Republican National Committee said Saturday he was ‘shocked and appalled’ that one of his potential successors had sent committee members a CD this Christmas featuring a 2007 parody called ‘Barack the Magic Negro.'”
“Shocked…shocked! …And appalled!” The song achieved fame (although I’ve never heard of it) after recovering addict Rush Limbaugh played it on his radio station.
Here’s what people find funny on an OxycotinÂ© high:
And how you defend it:
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — After nearly a year of flagging sales, low gas prices and fat incentives are reigniting America’s taste for big vehicles.
Trucks and SUVs will outsell cars in December, according to researchers at the automotive Website Edmunds.com, something that hasn’t happened since February.
Meanwhile the forecast finds that sales of hybrid vehicles are expected to be way down.
“Despite all the public discussion of fuel efficiency, SUVs and trucks are the industry’s biggest sellers right now as a remarkable number of buyers seem to be compelled by three factors: great deals, low gas prices and winter weather,” commented Michelle Krebs, Senior Editor of Edmunds’ AutoObserver.com.
This month, trucks and SUVs will make up 51% all vehicles sold in the U.S., according to Edmunds.com….[Rest of article]