A Diseased Lung on Cigarette Packaging is OK but Images of STDs or Aborted Fetuses on Birth Control Packaging are Not

Posted by PITHOCRATES - May 4th, 2013

Week in Review

A U.S. judge just decreed that girls as young as 15 can buy the morning-after pill without a doctor’s approval.  Or without the girl’s parents knowledge.  Why?  Because kids will be kids.  They will have sex no matter what we say.  And if they are sneaking around and having sex while hiding this from their parents then we should let these young girls secretly buy the morning-after pill?  Because if we don’t they will get pregnant and probably have an abortion later.  So in an effort to reduce the amount of abortions we must let girls use this drug secretly.  Despite it changing a girl’s physiology.  Perhaps causing great harm to them if they overuse this drug.  Which they may very well do.  For what better way to hide an active sex life from your parents than using the morning after pill?

Parents can find birth control pills hidden in her drawer while she’s at school.  Or some other birth control device.  But a pill you buy at a pharmacy after sex?  No parent will ever find that.  So a young 15-year old girl who wants to act like a grownup can without her parents ever being the wiser.  Using the morning-after pill as a secret birth control.  Probably ignoring all the warnings packaged with the drug.  If she even reads the warnings.  More likely she’ll just use the morning-after pill if she has a friend using it.  Feeling it’s safe if others are using it.  Instead of discussing it with a doctor.  Or her parents.

Worse, now that they can simply take a pill afterwards they will probably have even more unprotected sex.  Leading to an explosion in sexually transmitted diseases.  For if these kids are sexually active by the time they’re 15 they’ll be experimenting.  Especially the boys.  Who will be giving their buddies the old high-five when talking about all of their sexual conquests.  Who will be at greater risk of catching an STD.  And spreading it on to their unsuspecting girlfriend.  Who, unlike her parents, may believe she’s in a committed relationship at the age of 15.  And may be in what she believes to be a monogamous relationship.  Right until the day she is diagnosed with an STD she will carry with her for the rest of her life.

The greatest threat to our kids these days is their desire to act like grownups instead of kids.  And our schools and government exasperate this problem by making it easier for them to act like grownups instead of kids.  Providing free birth control.  And access to abortions without parental knowledge.  Virtually telling these kids to be sexually active.  Even though they are not mature enough to understand the dangers of their actions.  Or understanding the long-tem consequences.  But you can’t tell kids anything.  For they think they are grownup enough to make these decisions for themselves.  Which is why they smoke (see Plans for plain cigarette packs scrapped as ‘it’s not a Government priority’ by Jason Beattie posted 5/2/2013 on the Mirror).

David Cameron was accused of caving in to big business today after the Government scrapped plans to bring in plain cigarette packs…

In December, Australia became the first country in the world to put all tobacco products in uniform packs.

Cigarette packets and other products are all sold in a standardised colour, with only the brand name and graphic warnings visible.

British Government launched a consultation in April on whether it should introduce similar plans.

But Whitehall sources said the plan had now been ditched, sparking anger among health campaigners who said plain packaging would have stopped from children picking up the killer habit…

Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, added: “Given the public health minister herself has publicly acknowledged that cigarette packaging encourages young people to start smoking, it is bewildering that the Government are still allowing this by refusing to introduce standardised packaging.

No, they don’t.  Cigarette packaging does not encourage kids to smoke.  If that’s the case then we better start packaging condoms in plain packaging because it must be that attractive packaging that is encouraging these kids to have sex.

Packaging is about differentiating brands.  It is to entice SMOKERS to one brand over another.  It does NOT entice nonsmokers to become smokers.  No.  That honor goes to these kids’ heroes in music, movies and television.  Who look so cool and so grownup smoking.  Kids start smoking so they, too, can look cool and grownup.  Like their heroes.

Putting scary looking pictures on cigarette packages?  Interesting.  Should they put pictures of aborted fetuses on birth control packaging?  Or images of herpes or genital warts?  To show the possible consequence of increased sexual activity?  If they are okay showing a diseased lung to scare a kid they must be okay showing these other things to scare a kid.  To warn them of the consequences of having sex.  Of course, they’ll never do that.  Because the left doesn’t care about kids having sex.  They just don’t want them to smoke.

It is probably impossible for anyone alive today NOT to know smoking will kill you in a horrible death.  Yet these kids still smoke.  Because they want to look cool.  And grownup.  So they’re probably not going to be dissuaded by these gross pictures.  Besides, what’s to stop them from simply transferring these cigarettes to a fancy looking cigarette case?  Or slip the cigarette pack into something that hides the gross pictures?  Out of sight out of mind.

The left just needs to accept the fact that kids are going to smoke no matter what we say.  Just like they’re going to have sex no matter what we say.  Because kids will be kids.  Something the left understands when it comes to sex.  But something they will not accept when it comes to smoking.  Even though too much of either at a young age can destroy a life.

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Expressing Conservatism Poorly loses the 2012 Election for Republicans

Posted by PITHOCRATES - November 8th, 2012

Politics 101

Few Liberal Women would want their Daughter appearing in Playboy after all they did to Empower Women

After the massive Republican gains in the 2010 midterm elections Peggy Noonan wrote in the Wall Street Journal that Americans voted for maturity.  That is, the grownups voted and got their way.  While in 2012 it would appear the children voted and got their way.  More free stuff.  Regardless of the consequences of more massive deficit spending.

Children want their parents to buy them everything they desire.  And the parents have to say no.  Because most parents just don’t have the money to buy their children everything they want.  They have to make difficult spending decisions because of their limited income.  Children don’t understand this.  They just want their stuff.  It takes time for children to grow up and understand they can’t have everything.  This usually sets in when they start working and raising a family.  Until they do, though, they still want things without regard to their costs.  Which is why the Democrats go after the youth vote.  Before they start voting for maturity.

Young people often make errors in judgment.  Because they’re young.  Krysten Ritter who plays Chloe in Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 did a modeling job when she was 15 that she felt later was inappropriate for someone her age.  In a Playboy interview she said, “At the time I didn’t think about it, because kids don’t. They say your brain doesn’t develop fully until you’re 25. When kids do crazy stuff, it’s because they really are crazy. I just wasn’t aware; I had no fear. But I have not one single regret or feeling of resentment, because of where I am now. I have a good head on my shoulders. I learned all my lessons on my own.”  Kind of an odd thing to publish in a Playboy interview considering that a lot of the women appearing in Playboy are under 25 years old.  Who do crazy stuff.  Like objectifying themselves for money.  And voting Democrat.  For most women appearing in Playboy probably vote Democrat.  Even though few liberal women would want their daughter appearing in Playboy after all they did to empower women so they could build a career.  So they didn’t have to use their sexuality to earn a living.  Or to find a husband.  But when these kids grow up and get a good head on their shoulders they can learn their lessons.  And go on to great success.

Young Single Women were Voting Against their Future Married/Mature Selves

The Obama campaign successfully turned young single women away from Mitt Romney.  By saying that Romney would take away their birth control.  And their access to abortion.  Something they believed.  And it wasn’t just their birth control and access to abortion they were worried about.  Some liberals took to Twitter after President Obama won the election saying that they were relieved as they didn’t have to hoard tampons with the Romney defeat.  As well as birth control pills.  Don’t know how many or how serious they were.  But some were saying that.  For they believed a Republican administration would take women back to Victorian times.  Denying them everything except having babies, cooking and cleaning.

Meanwhile married women favored Romney.  Not by as large a margin as single women favored President Obama.  But a majority.  The difference being that maturity.  Married women raising children care more about how high taxes increase their cost of living.  How the growing federal debt will affect their children’s future.  How the high cost of gasoline is consuming more of the family budget.  And raising the cost of food.  That is, they are thinking like a grownup.  And as a grownup birth control pills, abortion and tampons are not high on their list of concerns.  For they were there since the Sixties.  When women empowered themselves.  And there have been a few Republican administrations since then.  Other things are more important to them.  Like making the mortgage payment.  Paying for braces for their children.  And taking care of an elderly parent.  Things few women think about until after the age of 25.  So basically young single women were voting against their future married/mature selves.

This is something that the younger generation doesn’t understand.  The generation they are voting/rebelling against?  It’s not a fixed constant throughout time.  The older people today were once the younger generation of a previous time.  And a lot of them voted/rebelled against the older generation then like the younger generation is today.  Just as many in the younger generation will become the very people they bitterly oppose today.  This doesn’t change.  The rift between the grownups and the children.  Just the people in these generations change.  And as they mature and grow wiser more responsibility and less having fun fills their days.  And they vote accordingly.

Hispanic Families are little different from the 1950s American Nuclear Family

President Obama got 71% of the Hispanic vote.  He did similarly well with Asians.  A common conclusion is that the Republicans lost these voters because of Romney’s more ‘extreme’ position on immigration than Governor Perry during the primary election.  And for using insensitive language like ‘illegals’ and ‘amnesty’.  Which may have turned Hispanics and Asians away from Romney.  While others say that a lot of these immigrants are here only for the free ride.  And will vote for the party that offers the most free stuff.  The Democrat Party.  And, yes, there may be some truth to that.  But those who are here for the free stuff are probably a small percentage of the total.  For most of these immigrants have strong conservative values.  Who don’t seek handouts.

The Hispanics breaking the law to come here are doing it to find work.  So they can provide for their families.   And will take some of the hardest and lowest paying jobs to provide for their families.  Working long hours in some of the most grueling conditions.  So their kids can have a better life.  Their labors and sacrifices for their family sustained by a deep religious faith.  A strong Catholic faith.  That respects life.  And opposes abortion.  Making Hispanic families little different from the 1950s American nuclear family.  And the Asian family is as strong as the Hispanic family.  Who work as hard so their kids can have a better life.  And their kids work hard and sacrifice, too.  Graduating college at the top of their class.  And this while taking the hard program degrees.  Not film.  Or gender studies.

So a good portion of President Obama’s voters seem to be conservative.  Or will become conservative over time.  Which means Romney didn’t lose the election because the nation is becoming more liberal.  He lost it because he did not articulate conservatism well enough.  Unlike Ronald Reagan.  Who did such a good job of explaining conservative policies (reducing costly regulations, lowering tax rates, keeping inflation from raising gas and food prices, etc.) that even Democrats saw that their lives would improve under these policies.  And they voted Republican.  Becoming Reagan Democrats.  If conservatives articulate these policies well enough they should appeal to the conservative values of Hispanics.  Asians.  Even single women.  Who eventually learn there is more to life than birth control, abortion and tampons.  But only if conservatives communicate this well.  Which Romney didn’t.  As proven by a lower turnout of Republicans than John McCain got in 2008.  In an election that was far easier to win.  As the Obama economy was little different from the Carter economy.  Allowing Ronald Reagan to sweep into office thanks to those Reagan Democrats.  Who understood his conservative message.  And liked it.

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According to a New Study only when Women Satisfy their Sexual Desires can they Earn Higher Wages

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 1st, 2012

Week in Review

Apparently women need sex just as much as men say they do.  At least according to a new study showing a direct link between a woman’s earnings potential with the amount of sex she is able to have.  That is, birth control pills have been responsible for closing the income gap between men and women (see Birth-control pill access contributed to women’s wage increases, study says by Elizabeth Flock posted 3/30/2012 on The Washington Post).

New research has found that the early availability of the birth control pill is responsible for about a third of women’s wage increases relative to men since the 1960’s, Live Science reports…

“As the pill provided younger women the expectation of greater control over childbearing, women invested more in their human capital and careers,” study researcher and University of Michigan economist Martha Bailey said in a statement, according to Live Science.

Using data from a longitudinal study of women, Bailey and her colleagues found that there was a crucial difference for women who lived in states where women could get the pill without parental permission at age 18, and states where the age was 21.

Women in early-access states, researchers said, no longer had to choose at 18 between investing in their career or investing in a husband. They could do both, without the fear of pregnancy…

By the 1980s and 90s, the women who had early access to the pill were making 8 percent more each year than those who didn’t, according to the study.

And they say men have too much sex on the mind.  So the only thing that had been holding women back all these years from higher earnings was their out of control sex drive?  Interesting.  A sex drive that was so intense that before birth control pills the only choice a woman had was to get married and start having babies to satisfy her burning sexual desires.  But the birth control pill freed her from that.  Now she could do both.  Have a career.  And satiate that all but insatiable sexual appetite of hers.  By having lots of sex.  Without the “fear of pregnancy.”  At least, according to this study.

Really?  By that logic then only men who were getting regular sex have ever earned a decent living.  Funny, as I’ve worked with a lot of men who weren’t getting any.  Nerds.  Geeks.  The beautiful only on the inside.  The short, balding fat guys.  These guys weren’t tearing it up every weekend.  No.  They played video games.  Read comic books.  Went to topless bars.  Or watched Internet porn.  The kinds of things that make women say, “Eew.”  The same women these guys hoped to date.  But never did.  So, no, these guys weren’t getting any.  Yet they were making a pretty decent living.

Women can do, and have done, what these guys have done.  Not have sex.  And still have productive careers.  So I’m not buying that degrading conclusion that women are slaves to their sexual desires.  And can only earn a decent living when they can have on-demand sex.  Perhaps a more reasonable explanation for the shrinking of the earning disparity is this.  Women began earning more when they were forced to work longer before starting their families.  Because of the high cost of raising a family.  And were forced back to work soon after having children because of the need for two incomes to raise a family.  It fits the data.  For LBJ’s Great Society increased taxes greatly in the Seventies.  And the inflation of the Seventies made everything cost more.  Making paychecks not buy as much as they once did.  Hence the need for two incomes to raise a family.  Which has kept women in the workforce longer than they wished.  To afford the families they wanted to raise.  And because they worked longer they began to earn more.

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FT107: “Birth control pills prevent a natural biological function while ED pills restore one.” -Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 2nd, 2012

Fundamental Truth

Women take Birth Control Pills to have Sex without it resulting in the Miracle of Life or a Real Inconvenience

The human body is a complex machine with one biological purpose.  To propagate the species.  That is, to make babies.  Humans may have other purposes.  Depending on your religion.  Or lack thereof.  But biologically speaking everything we do as humans is to sustain our lives so we can make babies.  Just like other animals on this planet.  And all organisms that lay eggs or give live birth.  At the most basic level we are just baby-making machines.  It’s the natural order of things.  Our biological purpose.  Which explains why we have a sex drive.  And why we spade and neuter stray cats.

The great George Michael explained this sex drive well in song (excerpted here):

It’s natural
It’s chemical
It’s logical
Habitual
It’s sensual
But most of all
Sex is something we should do
Sex is something for me and you
Sex is natural
Sex is good
Not everybody does it
But everybody should
Sex is natural
sex is fun
Sex is best when it’s one on one

(From George Michael’s I Want Your Sex.)

Not familiar with George Michael?  Am I dating myself?  Just ask your parents who George Michael is.  Chances are your mom will make a face or a sound you don’t want to see or hear as she recalls a primeval lust from yesteryear.  But this is sex.  And it’s all these things for one reason.  Biologically speaking, that is.  To start up that biological machine.  And to make it do what it was meant to do.  Make babies.

Now there are those who want to alter the natural order of things.  Who enjoy having sex.  Lots and lots of sex.  In fact, they can’t get enough of that sex.  But they don’t want the natural output of that biological machine.  So they practice birth control.  Men wear condoms.  Women take birth control pills.  Among other things.  To prevent all of that fun from resulting in the miracle of life.  Or a real inconvenience.  Depending on your religious views.  Or lack thereof.

Women who have Abortions have Higher Incidences of Breast Cancer than Women who take Birth Control Pills or who have Babies 

Cigarettes introduce unnatural chemicals into the human body.  Harming the human body.  So the government places great sin taxes on them to dissuade us from smoking.  They warn us of the dangers to scare us into not smoking.  And they sue the tobacco companies because they have lots of money.  And blame them for kids smoking.  Not their music, movie and television heroes.  (What guitar hero doesn’t have a cigarette dangling from their lips as they play?)  Eating poorly can harm the human body, too.  And government is now taking steps to protect people from bad food.  Not quite like they do with cigarettes.  Yet.  But they are working in that direction.

Obamacare is forcing people to buy health insurance.  Because, they say, many of us are harming ourselves through poor lifestyle choices.  Such as smoking.  Or eating poorly.  And it’s not fair that we go to the emergency room for free health care.  Because it just makes health insurance more expensive for those who do buy it.  To cover the costs for all of those uninsured emergency room visits.  So Obamacare wants to use the heavy hand of government to make people either make better lifestyle choices.  Or pay for the consequences of their poor lifestyle choices.

A recent study has shown links between rising incidences of breast cancer and the lack of using breasts for their biological purpose.  Feeding babies.  Women who bottle feed have higher incidences of breast cancer than women who breast feed.  Women who take birth control pills have higher incidences of breast cancer than women who have babies.  And women who have abortions have higher incidences of breast cancer than women who take birth control pills.  The study indicates that it’s the interruption of the natural biological process of converting the breast tissue to produce milk causing the increase in the incidences of breast cancer.  And stopping the conversion of tissue after the process starts (i.e., having an abortion) has the most harmful affect on the breast tissue.  Leaving mutated cells that become cancerous.

Any Political Candidate that Helps Young People have Sex is Sure to get their Vote

Obamacare includes provisions that require insurance providers to provide birth control and abortion.  They call these women’s health issues.  Because the ‘miracle of life’ or that ‘great inconvenience’ (depending on your religious views or lack thereof) can be very harmful if carried to term.  Thus fulfilling the natural order of things.  The biological purpose of our human machines.  So Obamacare discourages us from smoking and eating poorly because of the costly and harmful consequences of these lifestyle choices.  But they encourage another potentially harmful lifestyle choice.  Having sex without making babies.  Which may increase the incidences of breast cancer.  The very program that is supposed to make us choose healthier lifestyles and accept the consequences of poor lifestyle choices encourages women to choose an unhealthy lifestyle that may give them breast cancer.  Or a venereal disease.  Which may happen with all that sex with multiple partners.  Unless they’re following the advice of George Michael.  And keeping it one on one.

Of course, these are primeval views.  Much like that primeval sex drive.  Only we’re supposed to get over our primeval views on making babies.  So women are free to enjoy careers.  And have as much consequence-free sex as they desire.  Something that pleases a lot of men.  Probably more men than women.  Especially young men.  Who have one thing on their mind.  And couldn’t ask for anything more than free-spirited and empowered women with access to all the women’s health products and services she so desires.  And any political candidate that helps these young people to have as much sex as they want is sure to get their vote.  So it’s no surprise that the Democrats get the youth vote.  Because the Democrats are so unlike these kids’ parents.

So women demand their birth control.  For their health.  And demand that their health insurance plans pay for it.  Or the taxpayers.  Because it’s an issue of women’s health.  That we can address in no other way.  (Excluding abstinence, marriage, paying for your own birth control, etc.)  In fact they say it’s no different than men’s erectile dysfunction (ED) pills.  But there is a slight difference.  The ED pills try to restore a biological function.  Whereas birth control tries to prevent one.  ED pills tries to restore the human baby-making machine.  While birth control pills tries to shut that machine down.  Contrary to the natural order.  And our biological purpose. 

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