Archive for November 13th, 2007

Record Number of Cases of STD’s Reported in the U.S. Last Year

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

I was recently admonished by one of our commentators for having the audacity to suggest that teaching sexual abstinence was irresponsible. If I loved the children, I would teach them proper protection methods.
Well, since the abstinence method is still not widely taught, let’s look at the results of his methodology.

  • “More than 1 million cases of chlamydia were reported in the United States last year.”
  • “Gonorrhea rates are jumping again after hitting a record low, and an increasing number of cases are caused by a “superbug” version resistant to common antibiotics.”
  • “Syphilis is rising, too. The rate of congenital syphilis — which can deform or kill babies — rose for the first time in 15 years.”
  • Yeah, his methods are working so well…NOT!!
    Then there’s abstinence, the only 100% method of not catching STD’s. That’s 100% for those who missed that point. Let me say it one more time: abstinence is the only method that is proven 100% effective in preventing STD’s. The only one.
    So if you don’t want to catch an STD or if you want to protect your child from catching an STD, what should you do?
    The answer is obvious; teach abstinence.

    More than 1 million cases of chlamydia were reported in the United States last year — the most ever reported for a sexually transmitted disease, federal health officials said Tuesday.

    “A new U.S. record,” said Dr. John M. Douglas Jr. of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    More bad news: Gonorrhea rates are jumping again after hitting a record low, and an increasing number of cases are caused by a “superbug” version resistant to common antibiotics, federal officials said Tuesday.

    Syphilis is rising, too. The rate of congenital syphilis — which can deform or kill babies — rose for the first time in 15 years.

    “Hopefully we will not see this turn into a trend,” said Dr. Khalil Ghanem, an infectious diseases specialist at Johns Hopkins University’s School of medicine.

    The CDC releases a report each year on chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, three diseases caused by sexually transmitted bacteria.

    Chlamydia is the most common. Nearly 1,031,000 cases were reported last year, up from 976,000 the year before.

    The count broke the single-year record for reported cases of a sexually transmitted disease, which was 1,013,436 cases of gonorrhea, set in 1978.

    Putting those numbers into rates, there were about 349 cases of chlamydia per 100,000 people in 2006, up 5.6 percent from the 329 per 100,000 rate in 2005.

    CDC officials say the chlamydia record may not be all bad news: They think the higher number is largely a result of better and more intensive screening.

    For more than 10 years, the CDC has recommended annual screening in sexually active women ages 15 to 25. Meanwhile, urine and swab tests for the bacteria are getting better and are used more often, for men as well as women, said Douglas, director of the CDC’s Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention.

    About three-quarters of women infected with chlamydia have no symptoms. Left untreated, the infection can spread and ultimately can lead to infertility. It’s easily treated if caught early.

    Health officials believe as many as 2.8 million new cases may actually be occurring each year, he added.

    Gonorrhea is a different story.

    In 2004, the nation’s gonorrhea rate fell to 113.5 cases per 100,000 people in 2004, the lowest level since the government started tracking cases in 1941.

    But since then, health officials have seen two consecutive years of increases. The 2006 rate — about 121 per 100,000 — represents a 5.5 percent increase from 2005.

    Health officials don’t know exactly how many superbug cases there were among the more than 358,000 gonorrhea cases reported in 2006. But a surveillance project of 28 cities found that 14 percent were resistant to ciprofloxacin and other medicines in the fluoroquinolones class of antibiotics.

    Similar samples found that 9 percent were resistant to those antibiotics in 2005, and 7 percent were resistant in 2004. The appearance of the superbug has been previously reported, and the CDC is April advised doctors to stop using those drugs against gonorrhea.

    Douglas said it doesn’t look like the superbugs are the reason for gonorrhea’s escalating numbers overall, but they’re not sure what is driving the increase.

    Other doctors are worried. The superbug gonorrhea has been on the rise not only in California and Hawaii, where the problem has been most noticeable, but also in the South and parts of the Midwest.

    “Suddenly we’re starting to see the spread,” Ghanem said.

    Syphilis, a potentially deadly disease that first shows up as genital sores, has become relatively rare in the United States. About 9,800 cases of the most contagious forms or syphilis were reported in 2006, up from about 8,700 in 2005.

    The rate rose from 2.9 cases per 100,000 people to 3.3, a 14 percent increase.

    For congenital syphilis, in which babies get syphilis from their mothers, the rate rose only slightly from the previous year to 8.5 cases per 100,000 live births.

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    Gays Deserve Torture, Death Penalty, Iranian Minister Says

    Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

    I posted this earlier and just now noticed that my remarks didn’t get on here. So here they are:

    Whereas we do not agree with the homosexual lifestyle, it is a sad state of things when homosexuals are killed outright for being homosexual. There is no excuse for this.

    Homosexuals deserve to be executed or tortured and possibly both, an Iranian leader told British MPs during a private meeting at a peace conference, The Times has learned.

    Mohsen Yahyavi is the highest-ranked politician to admit that Iran believes in the death penalty for homosexuality after a spate of reports that gay youths were being hanged.

    President Ahmadinejad, questioned by students in New York two months ago about the executions, dodged the issue by suggesting that there were no gays in his country.

    Britain regularly challenges Iran about its gay hangings, stonings and executions of adulterers and perceived moral criminals, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) papers show.

    The latest row involves a woman hanged this June in the town of Gorgan after becoming pregnant by her brother. He was absolved after expressing his remorse. Britain said that this demonstrated the unequal treatment of men and women in law and breached Iran’s pledge to restrict the death penalty to the most serious crimes.

    A series of reported executions of gays, including two underage boys whose public hanging was posted on the internet, has alarmed human rights campaigners.

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    Lowe’s Calls “Christmas trees” “Family trees” Instead

    Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

    Why do we have go through this every year? Time to let Lowe’s know how you feel about this. Tell them with your voice and your pocketbook.

    In an effort to avoid the use of the term “Christmas tree,” Lowe’s has renamed their Christmas trees and are now calling them “Family trees.”

    In their Holiday 2007 catalog, containing 56 pages of Christmas gifts, Lowe’s advertises hundreds of gift items, including scores of “Family trees.” In fact, the word “Christmas” only appears two times in the entire holiday catalog. The ads mentioning “Christmas cover only 12 square inches of the 5236 square inches available.

    Lowe’s even has one of their Family trees turned upside down on a stand. We are not sure what the significance of that is.

    Lowe’s evidently did not want to offend any non-Christians, therefore they replaced “Christmas tree” with “Family tree.” Of course, if Christians are offended that is evidently ok.

    An on-line search of Lowe’s does reference some “Christmas” items. In fact, a word search of their Web site gives the exact same number 174 of the word “Christmas” as it does the word “holiday.” Most of the items mentioning Christmas appear to use the promotional line given by the manufacturer.

    Their Holiday 2007 catalog features scores of products, including lights, wreaths, trees, and yard decorations. Most people would associate these items with Christmas, but not Lowe’s! Except for two obscure references, they refer to everything in their catalog as “holiday.”

    Are Atheists the New Gays? by Dinesh D’Souza

    Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

    Richard Dawkins has a bright idea: Atheists are the new gays. Is he joking? Not at all. The bestselling author of The God Delusion has been suggesting for two years now that atheists can follow the example of gays. This would put the atheists last in the line of liberation groups: first the civil rights movement, then the feminist movement, then the gay liberation movement, and now the cause of atheist liberation.

    What makes Dawkins want atheists to be like gays? Dawkins explains that gays used to be called homosexual, but then they decided to pick a positive-sounding name like “gay.” Suddenly the meaning of the term “gay” was entirely appropriated by homosexuals. Gays went from being defined by their enemies to defining themselves in a favorable way.

    Dawkins cited this example in advocating that atheists call themselves “brights.” After all, atheist is a somewhat negative term because it defines itself by what it is opposed to. “Bright” sounds so much happier and, more important, smarter. “Bright” kind of reflects the high opinion that atheists have of their own intellectual abilities. Even the stupidest village atheist gets to pat himself on the back and place himself in the tradition of science and philosophy by calling himself a “bright.”

    Dawkins and the philosopher Daniel Dennett have both written articles promoting the use of the term “bright.” Not all atheists have warmed to the term, but Dawkins and Dennett clearly envision themselves as far-looking strategists of the atheist cause. But how bright, really, are they?

    Dawkins has also suggested that atheists, like gays, should come out of the closet. Well, what if they don’t want to? I doubt that Dawkins would support “outing” atheists. But can an atheist “rights” group be far behind? Hate crimes laws to protect atheists? Affirmative action for unbelievers? An Atheist Annual Parade, complete with dancers and floats? Atheist History Month?

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    Alternative ‘Jewish Sovereignty’ Summit Planned

    Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

    (IsraelNN.com) A dozen Jewish organizations have united to hold a “summit” calling for Jewish sovereignty over all of the Land of Israel, meeting on the same day as the Annapolis summit. The title: Sovereignty for the Jewish Nation Over the State of the Land of Israel.

    Spokesperson Susie Dym explained, “What is happening in Israel, and consequently among passive Jewish leaders elsewhere, is that our political leadership has abandoned the goal of furthering the Jewish people in the Jewish state, and has gone towards the goal of building a Palestinian state and advancing the Palestinians’ interests. The situation has become absurd, in that our government is working towards the antithesis of what it should be.”

    “Recognizing that the Jewish Nation does not have a representative body,” the formative statement begins, “and greatly fearing that the government in Israel is undermining the fundamental interests of Jewish existence (based on its declarations and actions in anticipation of the Annapolis summit), we – many right-wing movements and organizations – have united together to convene a counter-summit. Our goal is to emphasize what we stand ‘for,’ not ‘against.'”

    “Our door is open to all those who want to further the interests of the Jewish people,” Dym said.

    The founding session of the New Jewish Congress will be held on the 17th day of Kislev, Nov. 27, in Jerusalem – the day on or after the scheduled Annapolis summit. The date for the Annapolis meeting has not yet been finally set.

    The idea of the alternative summit, the organizers say, is to “establish the first-stage organizational and conceptual skeleton that will promote a congress to represent the entire nation, including hareidim, during the course of Nissan (April 2008).”

    Among the initiating organizations are: Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership), Land of Israel Task Force, Cities of Israel, the Temple Institute, and the Sanhedrin. Also participating are Mateh Tzafon, Task Force to Save the Land of Israel, Women in Green, Nahalal Forum, and Honenu.

    Rabbis who have lent their support include Kiryat Arba/Hevron Chief Rabbi Dov Lior, Sanhedrin President Rabbi Adin Steinzaltz, Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpe of Chabad, Rabbi Yoel Schwartz, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel and more.

    Participating public figures include Yoram Ettinger, Prof. Paul Eidelberg, Dr. Yossi Ben-Aharon, Prof. Gabi Barkai, Prof. Hillel Weiss, Atty. Aviad Visuly, Prof. Aryeh Zaritsky, Architect Gideon Charlop, Nadia Matar, Shmuel Medad, Dr. Uri Milstein, Aryeh Stav, Moshe Feiglin, Ronen Tzafrir, and many more.

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    Israel Determined Not to Let Annapolis Peace Meeting Fail

    Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

    Translation: “We will give the terrorist everything they want while they offer up only complaints, threats and false promises”.

    ANKARA (AFP) – Israeli President Shimon Peres pledged Monday that his country would work for a tangible result at an upcoming US-sponsored Middle East peace conference, saying that the Jewish state is ready to make peace with the Palestinians.

    “Israel has decided to make Annapolis a success, to bring an end to the conflict, to finally make peace between the Palestinians and ourselves,” Peres told a news conference here after talks with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul.

    “It takes time to make peace… but I believe we can make peace now with the Palestinians,” he said.

    The United States is expected to host an international conference in Annapolis, Maryland, later this year aimed at reviving the Middle East peace process that broke down seven years ago.

    “All parties concerned are decided… not to let this chance pass away,” Peres said, but warned against expecting a quick result from the meeting he described as a “station on the road to peace”.

    Gul said Turkey expects the Annapolis meeting to yield “concrete” results to pave the way for comprehensive peace talks, but stressed that all parties to the Middle East conflict, including Syria, should attend the talks.

    Peres said those attending the talks should be “all moderate countries which are for peace.”

    “The more countries participate, the stronger the voice of peace becomes,” he said.

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