So you know how you never get the same cold twice or whatever?
My colds all present themselves the same way, at least. It’s always sniffles and stuffiness and general spaciness at the beginning. I get over the bad stuff quickly and then the runny nose just kind of lingers for a few days. Then come the coughs. That’s always the end. And without fail, since I was in 4th grade or so, I always get one awful, unstoppable, embarrassing coughing fit where I can’t stop and my eyes start tearing up and there’s never any water around and I have to blindly stumble out of a room while everyone looks at me like I’m crazy.
I think I totally just defeated that cough right now. Totally had a big old bottle of Poland Spring on the desk. Eff yeah.
“If asking a millionaire to pay the same tax rate as a plumber or a teacher makes me a class warrior, a warrior for the middle class, I will accept that; I’ll wear that as a badge of honor,” Mr. Obama said. “Because the only class warfare I’ve seen is the battle that’s been waged against the middle class in this country for a decade now.”—
Try to imagine a parent-daughter conversation about sexual restraint and maturity that includes the words: “Honey, I’m going to deny you a vaccine that prevents a horrible, bleeding cancer, just as a little reminder of the religious values I’ve been trying to teach you.” This would be morally monstrous. Such ethical electroshock therapy has nothing to do with cultivation of character in children. It certainly has nothing to do with Christianity, which teaches that moral rules are created for the benefit of the individual, not to punish them with preventable death.
This approach to moral education may appeal to a certain kind of conservative politician. How could it possibly appeal to a parent, conservative or otherwise?