Saturday, February 24, 2007

Yes, your kids will love this law

Assemblywoman Sally Lieber (D- Mountain View) has, as promised, introduced a bill to ban parents from using physical force in disciplining their children.

AB 755 bans parents from using spanking as discipline for misbehavior.

According to the bill, a parent who spanks their child will be placed on probation for 4 years, would be forced to attend a “nonviolent parental education class” and the child would receive a criminal court protective order “protecting the victim from further acts of violence.”

“Media outlets are falsely reporting that the spanking ban has been dropped. In fact, the bill is still a ban on spanking,” stated Karen England, Executive Director of Capitol Resource Institute.

“Assemblywoman Lieber has claimed that she is no longer going to ban ‘spanking’. This is mere semantics as AB 755 on its face bans the use of force in disciplining a child.

This is a tactic often used by politicians to make their legislation seem benign when in fact it is still just as bad.”

“Parents often use a wooden spoon or ruler to spank their children. This legislation actually bans the use of ‘a stick, a rod, a switch, a belt’—tools often used by responsible parents in spanking disobedient children,” explained England. “As a parent, I am angered that the government is declaring my disobedient child “a victim” and intervening in the raising of my children.”

“AB 755 creates a ‘rebuttable presumption’ that when parents discipline their children, they are abusers,” explained Meredith Turney, Legislative Liaison for Capitol Resource Institute. “The government is basically telling parents that when they use responsible discipline in training their children, they are the criminals. Discipline is used to protect children from disobedient behavior that could harm them. It is appalling that the government is treating parents like criminals when there are dangerous sexual predators on our streets.”

“Assemblywoman Lieber is purposely misleading the citizens of California when she claims to have ‘abandoned’ the spanking ban. And the media have become her accomplices in this deception,” stated England. “Make no mistake, AB 755 is a serious attack on parental authority. We call on every responsible parent in California to contact their legislator and urge them to vote against AB 755.”

Curing Diabetes?

When Iowa Governor Chet Culver surrounded himself with children who have juvenile diabetes and proposed embryonic stem cell research as the pathway to cure the disease he failed to mentioned that cloning experts admit such dreams are misguided ... more here.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Ultrasound Program Saves Lives

Focus on the Family's Option Ultrasound Program (OUP) is encouraging thousands of pregnant women to choose life.

Since its inception in January 2004, OUP has placed 287 ultrasound services in medical pregnancy-resource centers in 46 states. Approximately 34,000 babies have potentially been saved.

Sue Parker, executive director of Life Choices in Memphis, Tenn., said OUP helped her center begin offering ultrasound just over a month ago.

"Women want to seek an answer to their problems -- and they see their pregnancy as a problem," she said. "A center that is making the ultrasound tool available gives women the opportunity to explore their options from a legitimate medical perspective."

Her county reports more than 7,000 abortions annually, so the need for a pro-life alternative is great.

"In our first month, even without the benefit of advertising, we saw about 35 ultrasounds," Parker said. "We took everything the Option Ultrasound Program had built into us and made it come alive for these girls."

Fad Dieting Doesn't Work

I’ve tried them all… and nothing works as well as a change in lifestyle.  You see, to lose weight long-term, set realizable objectives and create a doable action plan. Your method should focus on three prinicples -- thinking right, eating healthy and exercise. Yes, these will overlap as you move forward, and they will compliment and grow through-out your life.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

The first ....

A new hospital, a new baby:

The first baby was born early Wednesday morning at the new 100-bed Physicians Regional Medical Center-Collier Boulevard to thrilled parents and hospital staff.

Zachary Paul was born at 2:32 a.m., weighing 8 pounds, 12 ounces and measuring 21 inches in length. His parents are Josephine and Lo Paul of North Naples. He is the couple's second child.

Naples News

Where were you born?

A crazy car ride: A mother and baby boy are doing well in a hospital today after the infant was delivered in the back seat of a car overnight in north suburban Lake County, WGN-Ch. 9 reported. - Chicago Tribune

Another born at the Brookfield Zoo? Franny and Dusti have done it again. They have another baby, and once again, the baby is a very tall story. Franny and Dusti are giraffes at Brookfield Zoo. Arnieta is their new little girl. ABC7's Frank Mathie says the new arrival looks like a real winner ... by a neck. - ABC News

They've go a gambling problem: A woman who was playing slots at the Resorts Atlantic City casino gave birth to a baby boy on the casino floor, the first baby born in a casino since gambling was legalised in the city in 1978. - Jackpot News

An off ramp to remember: A trooper helped deliver a baby along an Interstate 5 offramp on Tuesday morning, the third time a trooper helped in a baby's delivery in recent months, according to the Washington State Patrol. - KIRO