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Embryonic Journey

2008-06-20 - 12:35 p.m.

Brin, bless her, just got through cutting my hair. Now I should be a bit more comfortable in the 90 degree weather they are calling for today.


In Washington, there are plans afoot to "green" the a huge cost.

But hey, it's only taxpayer's money.


In a small town in Massachusetts, there's a spike in teen pregnancies - they have quadrupled.

It turns out a group of the girls formed a "pregnancy pact" go have babies and raise them together. One of the "baby daddies" is described as "a 24-year-old-homeless guy".

Part of the reason for the pact's existence:

...Amanda Ireland, who graduated from Gloucester High on June 8, thinks she knows why these girls wanted to get pregnant. Ireland, 18, gave birth her freshman year and says some of her now pregnant schoolmates regularly approached her in the hall, remarking how lucky she was to have a baby. "They're so excited to finally have someone to love them unconditionally," Ireland says. "I try to explain it's hard to feel loved when an infant is screaming to be fed at 3 a.m."

I guess these kids don't watch Maury.

And the local politicians have spoken:

But by May, after nurse practitioner Kim Daly had administered some 150 pregnancy tests at Gloucester High's student clinic, she and the clinic's medical director, Dr. Brian Orr, a local pediatrician, began to advocate prescribing contraceptives regardless of parental consent, a practice at about 15 public high schools in Massachusetts. Currently Gloucester teens must travel about 20 miles (30 km) to reach the nearest women's health clinic; younger girls have to get a ride or take the train and walk. But the notion of a school handing out birth control pills has met with hostility. Says Mayor Carolyn Kirk: "Dr. Orr and Ms. Daly have no right to decide this for our children." The pair resigned in protest on May 30.

"Our children". Well, where are the parents? If the parents aren't doing their job, someone else will - either a doctor or the police.

Thanks to Brin for suggesting today's title. It's a perfect fit with this story.


...which leads to the next item. Right here in Orange County, CA - two kids are under arrest for changing their grades. They broke into the school multiple times and into different offices multiple times to hack into school computers to change grades and steal tests, which were then allegedly forwarded to other students. One faces a possible 38 years in prison, if convicted of all counts.

Now, the punishment may seem overly harsh - in fact, that's what most of the story's commentary is about. Thirty-eight years is the MAXIMUM if convicted on ALL charges. Some may get thrown out. They may get credit for "time served".

My question - didn't the parents teach these kids right from wrong?


Some more info has surfaced about the two women who were told they couldn't sit in the crowd behind Barack Obama.

They may not be the innocent victims they claim to be.


Okay, we have lunch to stalk and kill.

Be seeing you.


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