December 31, 2009
So this is a perfect opportunity to answer a very simple question: are kids who’ve never been spanked any better off, long term?But wait, it gets better. It turns out that not spanking your children is actually bad for them:
Gunnoe’s summary is blunt: “I didn’t find that in my data.”
But Gunnoe went further. She also looked at many good outcomes we might want for our teens, such as academic rank, volunteer work, college aspirations, hope for the future, and confidence in their ability to earn a living when they grow up. Studies of corporal punishment almost never look at good outcomes, but Gunnoe wanted to really tease out the differences in these kids.
What she discovered was another shocker: those who’d been spanked just when they were young—ages 2 to 6—were doing a little better as teenagers than those who’d never been spanked. On almost every measure.
Spare the rod, spoil the child. Can I get an amen?
Spare the rod, spoil the child. Can I get an amen?
P.S. - My female cobloggers should feel free to comment often about spanking using lots of action words. The inclusion of stompyboots in the anecdotes is good for bonus points.
December 30, 2009
If you're going to give your viewers lawn tips from a severed head that's been attached to a a mower, could you at least make sure that it doesn't have such a douchey haircut?
December 28, 2009
While Jesus is bruising a banana peel, Allah is burning a small child.
The Vatican likes The Simpsons.
Obama skipped church on Christmas. Maybe they don't have a branch of TUCC on Oahu.
December 27, 2009
I'm really fucking tired of this country.
December 23, 2009
Racism is, apparently, spreading like wildfire:
The parents in the "Balloon Boy" ruse have been hit with a tab of $42,000 from local, state and federal agencies for their October stunt that briefly left many fearing for the fate of their 6-year-old, their lawyer said Monday.I wish we could slap each and every reality star wanna-be with a $42,000 fine. Idiots would have to seriously consider whether they're going to reap a profit before faux-sending their kid into space or crashing the White House.
UPDATE!!! Jail time!
December 22, 2009
Is this the ghost of America's future?
Like other heavily indebted nations around the world, Ireland is borrowing vast sums from foreign investors to plug its budget deficit. Fearing that the country will buckle under the weight of so much debt, the Irish have an answer: Put the government on a diet.
More than $4 billion in cuts coming into effect after New Year's Day will slash salaries for 400,000 government workers while making painful reductions in benefits for such groups as widows and single mothers to the blind and disabled children. A tax targeting rich Irish nationals living overseas — dubbed the "Bono Tax" in the Irish press — will help restock empty coffers at home. Even Prime Minister Brian Cowen, who earns about as much as President Obama, is taking a 20 percent pay cut.
Such drastic steps have put Ireland on the front lines of a global battle against runaway government spending and exploding budget deficits in the wake of the financial crisis. The world's richest nations, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, are more indebted than at any time in at least the past 50 years.
Call me crazy if you will, but isn't this the kind of shit that the real conservatives have been saying about the American budget? That we should stop spending, cut where we can, and through that simple process, work on lowering the deficit? I mean, great for Ireland, but how can the author of this article even question if this is the future of America?
It has to be the future of America. The Dems have to raise the limit on our credit to keep spending their way into oblivion; Obama has the balls to say that he's going to reduce the deficit by waving a magic wand while riding a unicorn; and they keep spending our money like it's nothing.
I'm going to pull a little bit of an Eddie here. Wish me luck.more...
December 21, 2009
(pic swiped from The Superficial)
December 20, 2009
One after another we sat across from my poor sister and tried to be funny or sarcastic, or both. “Gnomes playing patty-cake!” one of my brothers said; when my sister rotated the card, as per psychiatric practice, the image became a vagina. “Batman!” he would say; then “vagina.” This brother reported the same finding for every single image: cartoon figures right side up; female genitalia upside down.Two words: Wonder Woman.
December 18, 2009
I absolutely understand how someone could find this offensive.
And yet, I can't stop giggling.
A California neighborhood reportedly is up in arms after a resident decorated his lawn with a depiction of Jesus shooting Santa Claus.
The controversial Christmas display shows Jesus pointing a double-barrel shotgun at Santa's dead body as Rudolph lays sprawled across the hood of a pickup truck nearby, WNCT reported.
Neighbors in Nipomo, Calif., called for the display to be removed, but its maker Ron Lake called it a work of art — in which Santa represents the commercialization of Christmas, the station reported.
"It's an expression of my repressed creativity," Lake told WNCT.
Police said that because Lake built the display on private property they cannot force him to take it down. Some residents plan to start a petition, the station reported.
December 17, 2009
My personal favorite is "why are there school."
BWA HA HA HA HA!!!
Oh, Google, you really DON'T know what I'm thinking. How comforting.
That said, there's porn.
There's always porn, apparently.
December 16, 2009
Remember, kids, hating gingers is racist, too.
Virgin Media's newspaper advert for the program "Dating in the Dark" included the text: "How do you spot a ginger in the dark?"
Virgin said the premise of the show was to challenge people's perception of attractiveness and to encourage decisions based on personality as well as looks.
However the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) agreed with three complainants that the ad was likely to cause serious offence and should not be used again.
"We considered the text was likely to be interpreted ... as a statement that reflected a choice between looks and personality ... being a suggestion that people with ginger hair were unattractive," the ASA said in a statement.
"We considered the ad was unlikely to be interpreted to be light-hearted in tone and was instead likely to be seen as prejudicial against people with ginger hair."
Other adverts in the series used to promote the show had included the tagline: "When the lights come on I just hope I haven't been kissing Shrek."
On Tuesday, Britain's biggest retailer Tesco apologized and said it had withdrawn a Christmas card which showed a child with red hair sitting on the lap of Santa Claus under the banner: "Santa loves all kids. Even ginger ones."
First, National Kick A Ginger Day, now this?
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