A female neighbor tiptoed over, all pitying smiles, to show me, the hapless man, how to use the laundry room dryer. I’d been living in the building for six years, washing clothes once a week, which means I’d worked that dryer over 300 times. I am a spin-drying genius. “Thank you so much,” I smiled at her, swallowing back the words, “and you’re a sexist.”
Would I have preferred her to know who I am — a househusband, a homeboy, the man of the housekeeping? Or would I have found that emasculating?
My wife and I made a deal 12 years ago. I would leave my office job to pursue my dream of getting a novel published, taking on freelance work (I compile crosswords) while writing fiction. But I would be earning less than before. In return, I would look after the house.
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The 63rd annual religious event is today, Thursday. The theme is, "One Voice, United in Prayer."A factor behind this year's theme was a bus tour last year that included 34 states and 420 prayer events. Dion Elmore of the National Day of Prayer Task Force was on that tour and says people were challenged to pray for our nation with one voice. "Unity was the cry of the heart of the people that we encountered," she recalls. "It seemed like every city we went into people were crying out for unity within the body of Christ because they see the importance of it and see the word of God and what it says about unity." The National Day of Prayer focuses on encouraging people to pray over the seven centers of influence as developed by Bill Bright and others. More @ OneNewsNow Thorn-coated bushes, rock-covered terrain, scorching temperatures. A hissing rattlesnake. These are just few of the many perils Mexican migrants crossing the Southern Arizona desert encounter every day. And far more of them will attempt to cross this summer, the U.S. Border Patrol predicts. The agency unveiled its plans Wednesday for dealing with the problem of immigrants dying in the desert, including 10 new beacons that allow migrants to call for help at the push of a red button. The agency is also adding new hoisting systems on helicopters to rescue immigrants. More@AZFamily Houston police held a special news conference Wednesday to talk about two particularly clumsy criminals wanted for firing shots inside a north Houston lingerie business. “I have to say that in the seven years that I’ve been investigating robberies, these are by far some of the clumsiest crooks that I’ve seen in a long time,” said Jeff Brieden, Houston Police Department. The suspects were among three men who walked into a Katz’s Boutique in the 9800 block of the North Freeway on April 13. It was around 3 a.m. and surveillance cameras were rolling. Police say two of the men had weapons. The suspect with the revolver apparently bumped into the suspect with the rifle, causing the rifle to discharge. “Which then spooked both the suspects,” Officer Brieden said. Both men began shooting, and police believe they thought they were being fired upon. Nearly a dozen rounds were discharged. In reality, all the gunfire was coming from them. Investigators say that is what makes them so dangerous. “Because of how unpredictable they were during the robbery,” Brieden said. “And just discharging their weapons so freely in any direction; this case easily could have turned into a capital murder.” More@KHOU While millions of Jews and others around the world mournfully observed Holocaust Remembrance Day Monday, news erupted that Kerry, the White House's chief foreign diplomat, said the Jewish state could become an "apartheid state" if it doesn't allow for the creation of a Palestinian state. Likening Israel's co-existence with terrorist-tied Palestinians to the decades-long conflict between native Africans and white Dutch in South Africa is absurd and highly offensive to politicians and leaders from every side. "That was is an incredibly offensive comment, given the historical background of the modern state of Israel," Campaign for Working Families founder Gary Bauer says regarding Kerry's remark. "The modern Jewish state emerged in 1948 out of the ashes of the Holocaust – the horrific consequences of Adolf Hitler's 'apartheid state' in Nazi Germany." Bauer contends that Kerry's apartheid comment was no mistake. More@OneNewsNow Tennessee has become the first state in the nation to pass a law criminalizing women for their pregnancy outcomes. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam took the 10 days allotted to him to consider the advice of doctors, addiction experts and reproductive health groups urging him to veto the punitive and dangerous measure that allows prosecutors to charge a woman with criminal assault if she uses illegal drugs during her pregnancy and her fetus or newborn is considered harmed as a result. Haslam ignored these recommendations — and the recommendations of nearly every major medical association, including the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy — and signed the measure anyway. Opponents of the new law share a concern that a lack of access to health care and treatment facilities will result in the disproportionate targeting and jailing of poor mothers and mothers of color, particularly in rural districts throughout the state. More@Salon
A shocking admission from authorities in Victoria, British Columbia reveals that the remains of aborted babies are disposed of in the US and sent to a facility that burns waste to provide electric power for Oregon residents.
According to LifeSiteNews, The British Columbia Health Ministry confirmed that biomedical waste is shipped to the U.S. for destruction. Such waste includes "human tissue, such as surgically removed cancerous tissue, amputated limbs, and fetal tissue."
"Kristan Mitchell, executive director of the Oregon Refuse and Recycling Association, told the B.C. Catholic that the 'biomedical waste' likely ends up at the Covanta Marion waste-to-energy facility in Oregon since it is the only facility that uses waste to power the grid," LifeSiteNews reports.
The Oregon Refuse and Recycling Association also confirmed the reports.
The facility reportedly burns 800 tons of medical waste a year, turning it into electric power for homes and businesses.
This new report comes only a month after it was revealed that 15,500 aborted babies were incinerated to provide power for Britain's NHS hospitals.Read more on breitbart.com
A politician selling a policy proposal is easily compared to a business selling a product or service. Marketing is crucial — consumers have to learn about your product and then be convinced to buy it. The more people who make the purchase and become return customers the higher the profits and the greater success for the company.
How many Republican Party and conservative initiatives have been successfully sold to the public in the past few decades? I think it’s obvious that the answer is hardly any at all. Success has been sporadic, with most of it coming at the state level in areas like the advance of school choice. Unfortunately, even these victories for educational liberty have only been at the margins.
This, my friends, is what this series is about: the ongoing political marketing failure of the political right. What is worse, in my view, is that few on the political right seem to grasp why they’re failing to win enough converts and then elections. They think Americans are hearing the message. I’ve got some bad news — they’re not — because our side isn’t in the mass communications business.
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There are a few ways to really tick off a homosexual, and one of them is to mention the undeniable slippery slope. They will vehemently object to the practical reality of this argument, primarily because they know that it represents one of the strongest reasons to resist the culture’s headlong rush to redefine marriage. When faced with this unpleasant fact, denial is the homosexual defense mechanism of choice. However, a recent case in Massachusetts, once again, definitely proves the point.
Lesbian duo Brynn and Kitten Young were “united” in unholy mock-rimony 2½ years ago in the Bay State, and this past August they added Doll to the deviant mix with all three brides shamelessly wearing white with the traditional wedding veils. And how exactly did this fairy-nightmare come about? Through OKCupid, none other than the exact same on-line dating site that made it their mission to destroy Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for financially supporting natural marriage! So, the entire sordid homosexual agenda comes full circle — first, eradicate true marriage, and second, replace it with absolute sexual anarchy.
The state of Massachusetts doesn’t recognize three-way “marriage,” but since when has the law ever deterred the promoters of perversity? According to the New York Post the three women “insist their unconventional union is very real to them.” Unconventional? Try unseemly. Sorry ladies, but it’s not a “union,” it’s a delusion.
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The National Minimum Drinking Age Act, passed by Congress 30 years ago this July, is a gross violation of civil liberties and must be repealed. It is absurd and unjust that young Americans can vote, marry, enter contracts and serve in the military at 18 but cannot buy an alcoholic drink in a bar or restaurant. The age-21 rule sets the U.S. apart from all advanced Western nations and lumps it with small or repressive countries like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
Congress was stampeded into this puritanical law by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, who with all good intentions were wrongly intruding into an area of personal choice exactly as did the hymn-singing 19th century temperance crusaders, typified by Carrie Nation smashing beer barrels with her hatchet. Temperance fanaticism eventually triumphed and gave us 14 years of Prohibition. That in turn spawned the crime syndicates for booze smuggling, laying the groundwork for today’s global drug trade. Thanks a lot, Carrie!
Now that marijuana regulations have been liberalized in Colorado, it’s time to strike down this dictatorial national law. Government is not our nanny. The decrease in drunk-driving deaths in recent decades is at least partly attributable to more uniform seat-belt use and a strengthening of DWI penalties. Today, furthermore, there are many other causes of traffic accidents, such as the careless use of cell phones or prescription drugs like Ambien — implicated in the recent trial and acquittal of Kerry Kennedy for driving while impaired.Read full story on time.com