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So Leap Year Day is starting! Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, Korea and my mind is turning from my love of Photography to my primal love of FOOD. What would be a good Leap Year Day food/dish?
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I don't know about you but I am going to fix something hot & spicy. Well, maybe medium heat but you get the point. Neither I, nor my husband, can handle the really hot stuff at our age and health LOL

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Removing morality from the equation, or re-defining morality to mean self-interest, is critical to these arguments, isn't it? It's particularly interesting when an ethicist does it, I think. Perhaps "ethics" doesnt' mean what I think it means.

What they're arguing is that morality, and life itself, should be considered irrelevant factors when calculating an infants perceived value. That these two things are superseded by the more important budgetary calculations concerning the well-being of the State. That freedom from hardship defines quality of life. That society get morally comfortable with the idea that a "family" has the right to have their infant killed to protect them from hardship and sacrificing in some way for the well-being of another.

That's the same argument made for abortion. It's the same argument made for denying State-financed medical procedures or care based on cost to the elderly. It's the same argument made for gender-based abortions. And eventually that argument will be made again.

"The circumstances...where after-birth abortion should be considered acceptable include instances where the newborn would be putting the well-being of the family at risk, even if it had the potential for an “acceptable” life....such children might be an unbearable burden on the family and on society as a whole, when the state economically provides for their care.”
I wonder what their thoughts are on turtle eggs and Delta smelt.
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+Rodney Graves Do you think the original article was satire? I wasn't able to access it, but from the bio on the link and having read previous articles on this subject it fit right in with the norm. I've seen the same argument posited prior to this.
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"So I guess we could say that among women aged 15-44 who had sex in the last three months but aren’t pregnant, post-partum or trying to get pregnant, 87 percent of women who identify as Catholic used contraception."

I KNOW. I can't believe information like this would be distorted by a political agenda EITHER. Shocked, appalled, etc., etc.
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I'm feeling considerably better today. Heads up, world...
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Awww you KNOW you are ALWAYS send love & prayers My Darling +Kim Veldt even in the best of times, but more so during the difficult ones.
Yes, I'm currently trying to allow the meds to work so I can move a bit freely without breaking into a million pieces, but then I'm going to get some chores done as well. I WAS going to go test drive new cars but we're in the process of getting 4" of snow, so I've rescheduled for Monday as I just don't feel up to fighting in a car I'm not used to.
What are you making???
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Yay!
But wait, there's more...........................
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The budget deficit fell sharply in January compared to a year earlier, as an improving economy lifts income tax revenue. The budget deficit dropped to $27 billion last month, from $...
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Ding ding ding...
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Didn't mean to steal your thunder there, +Kim Veldt .
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A) their clinic has a musical entertainment section?
B) *ADORABLE!!!*
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OMG!!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!!!!!!!!
(((MEGA HUGS))) My DARLING +Kim Veldt
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“From a public safety point of view, any child drawing a picture of guns and saying there’s guns in a home would warrant some further conversation with the parents and child,” said Alison Scott, executive director of Family and Children’s Services."

Actually, no it doesn't, and a "conversation" isn't even close to what happened here. I can guarantee you neither my husband or I would have been "hurt" - we'd have been absolutely furious.
A Kitchener father is angry at police after he was arrested at his child’s school and later strip-searched at the police station, all because his 4-year-old daughter drew a picture of a gun in class
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It's on the horizon, my g+ friends; like a tsunami that silently strikes in the middle of the night.
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That bumper doesn't look like it went through a locked gate to me.
A decorated Marine who was fatally shot by an Orange County sheriff's deputy in a high school parking lot was described Thursday as a deeply religious man who regularly went to the campus track with h...
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This stinks on ice.
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More or less. I'm not a football fan and I don't follow the game. But I do love a good heart, and I don't define a winner by how many times they fail, I define it by how many times they rejoin the fray and move ahead. Tebow does that, along with the rest of his team. I like Tebow because of who he is & what he does off the field. And that he continues to pray on the field, in spite of the infants that get their collective butt in a knot over it.
 
Rick Reilly's column on Tim Tebow. I'm not certain when it ran—early January, I believe—but I received it in an email this week.

I've come to believe in Tim Tebow, but not for what he does on a football field, which is still three parts Dr. Jekyll and two parts Mr. Hyde.

No, I've come to believe in Tim Tebow for what he does off a football field, which is represent the best parts of us, the parts I want to be and so rarely am.

Who among us is this selfless?

Every week, Tebow picks out someone who is suffering, or who is dying, or who is injured, flies them and their families to the Broncos game, rents them a car, puts them up in a nice hotel, buys them dinner (usually at a Dave and Buster's), gets them and their families pregame passes, visits with them just before kickoff (!), gets them 30-yard line tickets down low, visits with them after the game (sometimes for an hour), has them walk him to his car, and sends them off with a basket of gifts.

Home or road, win or lose, hero or goat.

Remember last week, when the world was pulling its hair out in the hour after Tebow had stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers with an 80-yard OT touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in the playoffs? And Twitter was exploding with 9,420 tweets about Tebow per second? When an ESPN poll was naming him the most popular athlete in America ?

Tebow was spending that hour talking to 16-year-old Bailey Knaub about her 73 surgeries so far and what TV shows she likes.

"Here he'd just played the game of his life," recalls Bailey's mother, Kathy, of Loveland , Colo. , "and the first thing he does after his press conference is come find Bailey and ask, 'Did you get anything to eat?' He acted like what he'd just done wasn't anything, like it was all about Bailey."

More than that, Tebow kept corralling people into the room for Bailey to meet. Hey, Demaryius, come in here a minute. Hey, Mr. Elway. Hey, Coach Fox.

Even though sometimes-fatal Wegener's granulomatosis has left Bailey with only one lung, the attention took her breath away.

"It was the best day of my life," she emailed. "It was a bright star among very gloomy and difficult days. Tim Tebow gave me the greatest gift I could ever imagine. He gave me the strength for the future. I know now that I can face any obstacle placed in front of me. Tim taught me to never give up because at the end of the day, today might seem bleak but it can't rain forever and tomorrow is a new day, with new promises."

I read that email to Tebow and he was honestly floored.

"Why me? Why should I inspire her?" he said. "I just don't feel, I don't know, adequate. Really, hearing her story inspires me."

It's not just NFL defenses that get Tebowed. It's kids who will die soon. It's adults who can hardly stand. It's high school girls who don't know if they'll ever go to a prom.

For the game at Buffalo , it was Charlottesville , Va. , blue-chip high school QB Jacob Rainey, who lost his leg after a freak tackle in a scrimmage. Tebow threw three interceptions in that Buffalo game and the Broncos were crushed, 40-14.

"He walked in and took a big sigh and said, 'Well, that didn't go as planned,'" remembers Rainey. "Where I'm from, people wonder how sincere and genuine he is. But I think he's the most genuine person I've ever met."

There's not an ounce of artifice or phoniness or Hollywood in this kid Tebow and I've looked everywhere for it.

Take 9-year-old Zac Taylor, a child who lives in constant pain. Immediately after Tebow shocked the Chicago Bears with a 13-10 comeback win, Tebow spent an hour with Zac and his family. At one point, Zac, who has 10 doctors, asked Tebow if he has a secret prayer for hospital visits. Tebow whispered it in his ear. And since Tebow still needed to be checked out by the Broncos' team doctor, he took Zac in with him, but only after they'd whispered it together.

And it's not always kids. Tom Driscoll, a 55-year-old who is dying of brain cancer at a hospice in Denver , was Tebow's guest for the Cincinnati game. "The doctors took some of my brain," Driscoll says, "so my short-term memory is kind of shot. But that day I'll never forget. Tim is such a good man."

This whole thing makes no football sense, of course. Most NFL players hardly talk to teammates before a game, much less visit with the sick and dying.

Isn't that a huge distraction?

"Just the opposite," Tebow says. "It's by far the best thing I do to get myself ready. Here you are, about to play a game that the world says is the most important thing in the world. Win and they praise you. Lose and they crush you. And here I have a chance to talk to the coolest, most courageous people. It puts it all into perspective. The game doesn't really matter. I mean, I'll give 100 percent of my heart to win it, but in the end, the thing I most want to do is not win championships or make a lot of money, it's to invest in people's lives, to make a difference."

So that's it. I've given up giving up on him. I'm a 100 percent believer. Not in his arm. Not in his skills. I believe in his heart, his there-will-definitely-be-a-pony-under-the-tree optimism, the way his love pours into people, right up to their eyeballs, until they believe they can master the hopeless comeback, too.

Remember the QB who lost his leg, Jacob Rainey? He got his prosthetic leg a few weeks ago and he wants to play high school football next season. Yes, tackle football. He'd be the first to do that on an above-the-knee amputation.

Hmmm. Wonder where he got that crazy idea?

"Tim told me to keep fighting, no matter what," Rainey says. "I am."
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THE PROTECTIVE DADDY'S TEN RULES OF DATING - For Guys

Rule One: If you pull into my driveway and honk you'd better be delivering a package, because you're sure not picking anything up.

Rule Two: You do not touch my daughter in front of me. You may glance at her, so long as you do not peer at anything below her neck. If you cannot keep your eyes or hands off of my daughter's body, I will remove them.

Rule Three: I am aware that it is considered fashionable for boys of your age to wear their trousers so loosely that they appear to be falling off their hips. Please don't take this as an insult, but you and all of your friends are complete idiots. Still, I want to be fair and open minded about this issue, so I propose this compromise: You may come to the door with your underwear showing and your pants ten sizes to big, and I will not object. However, in order to ensure that your clothes do not, in fact come off during the course of your date with my daughter, I will take my electric nail gun and fasten your trousers securely in place to your waist.

Rule Four: I'm sure you've been told that in today's world, sex without utilising a "Barrier method" of some kind can kill you. Let me elaborate, when it comes to sex, I am the barrier, and I will kill you.

Rule Five: It is usually understood that in order for us to get to know each other, we should talk about sports, politics, and other issues of the day. Please do not do this. The only information I require from you is an indication of when you expect to have my daughter safely back at my house, and the only word I need from you on this subject is: "early"

Rule Six: I have no doubt you are a popular fellow, with many opportunities to date other girls. This is fine with me as long as it is okay with my daughter. Otherwise, once you have gone out with my little girl, you will continue to date no one but her until she is finished with you. If you make her cry, I will make you cry.

Rule Seven: As you stand in my front hallway, waiting for my daughter to appear, and more than an hour goes by, do not sigh and fidget. If you want to be on time for the movie, you should not be dating. My daughter is putting on her makeup, a process than can take longer than painting the Golden Gate Bridge. Instead of just standing there, why don't you do something useful, like changing the oil in my car?

Rule Eight: The following places are not appropriate for a date with my daughter: Places where there are beds, sofas, or anything softer than a wooden stool. Places where there is darkness. Places where there is dancing, holding hands, or happiness. Places where the ambient temperature is warm enough to introduce my daughter to wear shorts, tank tops, midriff T-shirts, or anything other than overalls, a sweater, and a goose down parka -- zipped up to her throat. Movies with a strong romantic or sexual theme are to be avoided; movies which features chain saws are okay. Hockey games are okay. Old folks homes are better.

Rule Nine: Do not lie to me. I may appear to be a pot-bellied, balding, middle-aged, dim-witted has-been. But on issues relating to my daughter, I am the all-knowing, merciless God of your universe. If I ask you where you are going and with whom, you have one chance to tell me the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I have a shotgun, a shovel, and five acres behind the house. Do not trifle with me.

Rule Ten: Be afraid. Be very afraid. It takes very little for me to mistake the sound of your car in the driveway for a chopper coming in over a rice paddy near Hanoi. When my Agent Orange starts acting up, the voices in my head frequently tell me to clean the guns as I wait for you to bring my daughter home. As soon as you pull into the driveways you should exit the car with both hands in plain sight. Speak the perimeter password, announce in a clear voice that you have brought my daughter home safely and early, then return to your car -- there is no need for you to come inside.

The camouflaged face at the window is mine. ;-)

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No double standard here. I expect the father's of the girls my son's date to have the same rules for them - and I'll help them.
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Why men don't write advice columns.
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I'm ignoring all three of you. #sothere
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