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Poetry Interlude: The Minstrel Boy, by Thomas Moore

The minstrel boy to the war is gone,
In the ranks of death you will find him;
His father’s sword he has girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;
“Land of Song!” said the warrior bard,
“Though all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!”

The Minstrel fell! But the foeman’s chain
Could not bring that proud soul under;
The harp he loved ne’er spoke again,
For he tore its chords asunder;
And said “No chains shall sully thee,
Thou soul of love and bravery!
Thy songs were made for the pure and free
They shall never sound in slavery!”

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2016 in poetry

 

Pet-ernity leave?

Yep. (As if me-ternity leave wasn’t absurd enough…)

In this ludicrous op-ed from Julie Bindel writing in The Guardian, a clear, unmistakable, and shameless parallel is drawn between the “rights” of pet owners, and parents of human children. The semantic goal for Bindel in this piece? That pet owners should be allowed to to get paid time off from work to take care of their animals. Bindel states that it’s only fair since humans are afforded the same rights for their children.

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I assume that whatever farcical animal-worshiping foolishness takes place in England can also be found in the United States. Of course.  First World problems are tiresome and predictable across the pond.

Stick a fork in us; we’re done…

 
 

A woman proposes me, me, me!-ternity leave, but is afraid to defend her views on Good Morning America

At some level, she must realize how absurd her proposal is… (Hat tip.)

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An author claiming women without children should be allowed to take time off work for a ‘me-ternity’ leave backed out of an appearance on Good Morning America today after she faced overwhelming criticism over her ideas.

As a magazine editor, Meghann Foye, 38, grew weary of fellow coworkers who left the office at 6pm to spend time with their children, while she was expected to pick up the slack without a valid ‘excuse’.

She proposed that women should be given time off to reconsider their life goals and avoid burn-out after she observed new mothers returning to work with a fresh sense of confidence.

GMA host Amy Robach addressed the outrage, bringing in psychiatrist and mother-of-four Dr. Janet Taylor, who said Foye’s idea pits mothers against childless women in an unnecessary competition.

Foye said it was unfair that expecting mothers got to take a break from work, only to return with a clearer idea of what they wanted in life.

In a NY Post piece titled, ‘I want all the perks of maternity leave – without having any kids’, Foye wrote having a child seemed to be ‘the only path that provided a modicum of flexibility’ in an age where people are expected to be on call every minute of the day.

She also argued that tending to a friend who had been ‘ghosted’ by a date was just as valid a reason to leave work as a parent who needs to pick up their child from school.

On GMA today, anchor Amy Robach announced: ‘Meghann was supposed to join us right here live. She has just pulled out of the interview. There has been so much backlash about her comments, viewers across the country [have been] weighing in on this all night long.’

Robach shot back at Foye’s arguments, saying maternity leave was ‘diabolically opposed’ to Foye’s ideas of focusing on the self.

Dr. Janet Taylor weighed in, adding: ‘There’s no question you need ‘me-time’. But maternity leave is not a time of play, passion, or reflection. It’s a time of you bonding, being sleep deprived..it’s all about your child.

‘Once again, it pits moms versus non-moms. As women, we don’t need that. i think it really minimizes the notion of stress and guilt for working moms. And it undermines the fact that being a mother is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week, full-time commitment, and we can’t belittle that.’

Some great responses:

Women around the country were furious that Foye would assume maternity leave was time of leisure, reflection and relaxation. Megan Peterson in particular served Foye a dose of reality

And there was a great comment at the Daily Mail site:

I knew someone who was out all the time getting chemotherapy, while I toiled away. How about us cancer-free workers getting Me-motherapy? Booking my morning show appearances now.

IMO, though, this is a natural result of having maternity leave in the first place; eventually, others will feel entitled to a similar break…

 
 

Women verbally abuses man for refusing to have sex with her on the first date

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Dina sent me this horrifying article from the UK Daily Mail.

It says:

A man received a barrage of abuse over texts after refusing to sleep with a woman during a date.

The screenshots of the messages, which were posted to image sharing site Imgur last night, show the man’s female date initiate conversation before launching into an angry rant.

The unnamed woman even goes so far as to suggest that her date had no right to turn down the opportunity to sleep with her, asking him whether he was gay and telling him no only means no when a woman says it.

‘Can I ask you something?’ the woman says.

Once her unnamed date from the the night before agrees she continues. ‘Why didn’t we have sex last night?’

The rational man writes, ‘I’m…

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Posted by on April 25, 2016 in feral females

 

‘Civil rights’ in Seattle

 

Comic: Atheistkult meets reality

Philosophies of a Disenchanted Scholar

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Faith is faith. Unscientific. To have faith in science, is to reject science.

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Posted by on April 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Why Christians Shouldn’t See Christian Movies

Why Christians Shouldn’t See Christian Movies

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Here’s one reason:

The glaring problem with God’s Not Dead, and most other films made for and marketed at the “faith audience,” is that instead of exercising and challenging the imagination of their audience in ways that would make their audience better Christians, they shut down imagination and whisper sweet nothings into their ears instead.

God’s Not Dead enlists an army of straw men (the evil atheist professor who will fail a student for refusing to sign a paper agreeing that God is dead, the evil atheist boyfriend who abandons his girlfriend as soon as she announces her terminal illness, the evil Muslim father who kicks his daughter out of the home for converting, the evil liberal ambush journalist with a bumper sticker on her car that reads “I love evolution”) then burns them in effigy. The movie isn’t content to merely convert our main antagonist, effectively forcing him…

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Posted by on April 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

 
 
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