Blood, Guts and Rock & Roll: We're Up in Arms About Bratz, But We Ignore Killstreaks in Black Ops

We get so bent out of shape about kids seeing sex acts or sexy Katy Perry on Sesame Street. I don't want my daughter watching Miley Cyrus writhe in satin sheets, either, but Katy Perry's cleavage doesn't freak me out half as much as watching the neighborhood kids bludgeon each other on Halloween. Seriously, why are we so tolerant of violence? Opponents say there aren't any studies proving definitively that watching violent video games harms your child (the American Psychological Association, who in my opinion doesn't have skin in the game, begs to differ) -- but, um, do there really have to be? Doesn't your gut work just fine? How do you feel after you watch someone get shot on the nightly news? After watching the opening sequence of Bambi? ...more

I'm sorry but I think that is the stupidest knock on Bratz I've ever ...more

What Age Is The Right Age To Talk With My Daughter About Rape?

My fourteen-year-old daughter is upstairs in her bedroom listening to Shakira on her iPod and studying for a french mid-term. Me? I am downstairs watching a horrific rape scene on a television show called Private Practice and remembering the stories I have heard from family, from friends, from strangers, and wondering, when do I tell her it isn’t all peaches and cream? ...more
@Quad_C Hyper sexuality is a response behavior. Looking for answers kind of behavior. My ...more

Is Watching Football Wrong?

Football is a dangerous game. There is no avoiding that fact. Knocking people down is part of every single play. Critics think that people should just stop playing football - that it is too dangerous. Concussions can cause brain damage, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and depression. Spinal injuries can cause paralysis. These same critics are opposed to boxing. ...more

I just started watching football again last year only because my 10 year old daughter started ...more

Shocking Violence: MoveOn Activist Thrown to the Ground, Head-Stomped at Rand Paul Event

"Offended and outraged." That was the reaction of MoveOn’s Ilyse Hogue to Rand Paul campaign worker Tim Profitt -- who suggested that Lauren Valle should apologize for being thrown to the ground and having her head stomped by his fellow supporters. ...more

drop the "call to arms" frame. And they need to denounce those who would blame the victim.more

Russian Lessons: the Dacha

For years, I have wanted my very own dacha. Maybe there’s something about dying empires that stirs longing. In September of 1991, I boarded a train to Moscow for a semester of study abroad, during what was to be the Soviet Union’s final autumn....more

Caution: Temper Slippery When Wet

Drinking Causes Violent Behavior in Those Who Suppress Anger  Some people aren't "themselves" when they drink. Some become "silly drunks," "clumsy drunks" or "over-sharing drunks." And then of course there's the "violent drunk." A recent study in the journal Addiction showed that violence that results from drinking alcohol is caused by an individual's suppressed anger....more

EMILY's List: Perhaps Liberals Should Stop the Violent Rhetoric?

On occasion I read the blog of the formerly important pro-abortion group, EMILY's List. In the midst of an increasingly pro-life electorate and sluggish fundraising, they decided to use the Senatorial race in Washington to take potshots at Republicans....more

Amy Bishop: A Potential Case for Insanity

On Sunday, it was revealed that Amy Bishop was a suspect in an attempted bombing.  This was after yesterday's statement that she killed her younger brother in 1986. ...more

Rihanna Steps Out From Under the Umbrella-ella-ella of Silence, Says She's Not Just a Victim

“This happened to me…it can happen to anyone,” singer Rihanna told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an exlusive interview about her relationship with Chris Brown last week. ...more

The echo of Kristallnacht - from 71 years ago to today

I didn't want to write about the Holocaust again. It hurts too much. Surely with so many other things happening in the world, I could just let mention of the 71st anniversary of Kristallnacht pass by unspoken, couldn't I? Just once? Then I read this, reported in the Sacramento Bee about events this week: ...more

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