Pornography damages teen brains

“Pornography creates a chemical addiction in the same way cigarettes and alcohol do,” said [John L. ] Harmer.

In his book, Harmer cites sources from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the British National Addiction Centre to describe how dopamine, a key drug released by the brain during arousal, has the same effect as cocaine or speed and can create the same addictions in the brain.

For children and teens, Harmer feels that the addiction could be even stronger and more damaging. The amygdala, the part of the brain that controls fear and other “gut” reactions, develops at a much younger age than the more cognitive frontal lobe, and cites information from the National Institute of Health that says the amygdala is used more often to process images even into the teenage years.

Pornography is not the harmless amusement it is portrayed as in our culture. It can ruin lives, both among those viewing it and those producing it.

U.S. Pro-life Groups Demand Immediate Enforcement of Partial Birth Abortion Ban

U.S. Pro-life Groups Demand Immediate Enforcement of Partial Birth Abortion Ban

Pro-life organizations enthused by Wednesday’s US Supreme Court decision, are calling for immediate enforcement of the 2003 Partial Birth Abortion ban by the US Justice Department.

In New Jersey, a number of pro-life organizations, including New Jersey Right to Life, the Legal Center for Defense of Life, and Crossing Over Ministry, held a press conference Thursday outside Metropolitan Medical Associates, an abortion provider, demanding enforcement of the upheld abortion law.

“The practical consequences of today’s decision take place right here in Englewood,” said Richard Collier, president of the Morristown-based Legal Center for the Defense of Life. “This is the place that does 1,500 partial-birth abortions a year. We’re here to call on U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie to enforce the statute against Metropolitan if it continues to do partial-birth abortions.”

In Missouri, Attorney General Jay Nixon released a statement on the Supreme Court’s vindication of the 2003 Partial Birth Abortion Ban, saying he expected to soon enforce Missouri’s ban on partial-birth abortion, which was held by the U.S. Supreme Court pending a decision in Gonzales v. Carhart.

“Because of the Supreme Court’s decision today in that case upholding a federal ban on partial-birth abortions, we expect the Court soon will refer the Missouri case to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. When that occurs, we will immediately file to request the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to remove the injunction on enforcement of the Missouri law.”

Missouri’s Governor Matt Blunt said he welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision, and asked the Missouri Legislature to send him more “strong pro-life legislation this year” that “reflects the values of Missourians, respects the sanctity of all human life and will ultimately help to reduce the number of abortions that occur in our state.”

This is only common sense. The Supreme Court, at long last, has upheld a law that will save innocent lives. Our government leaders shouldn’t waste any time in enforcing this ban. Let’s see if the Republicans have the courage to stand up for what’s right now that they are allowed to.

U.S. Pro-life Groups Demand Immediate Enforcement of Partial Birth Abortion Ban

U.S. Pro-life Groups Demand Immediate Enforcement of Partial Birth Abortion Ban

Pro-life organizations enthused by Wednesday’s US Supreme Court decision, are calling for immediate enforcement of the 2003 Partial Birth Abortion ban by the US Justice Department.

In New Jersey, a number of pro-life organizations, including New Jersey Right to Life, the Legal Center for Defense of Life, and Crossing Over Ministry, held a press conference Thursday outside Metropolitan Medical Associates, an abortion provider, demanding enforcement of the upheld abortion law.

“The practical consequences of today’s decision take place right here in Englewood,” said Richard Collier, president of the Morristown-based Legal Center for the Defense of Life. “This is the place that does 1,500 partial-birth abortions a year. We’re here to call on U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie to enforce the statute against Metropolitan if it continues to do partial-birth abortions.”

In Missouri, Attorney General Jay Nixon released a statement on the Supreme Court’s vindication of the 2003 Partial Birth Abortion Ban, saying he expected to soon enforce Missouri’s ban on partial-birth abortion, which was held by the U.S. Supreme Court pending a decision in Gonzales v. Carhart.

“Because of the Supreme Court’s decision today in that case upholding a federal ban on partial-birth abortions, we expect the Court soon will refer the Missouri case to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. When that occurs, we will immediately file to request the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to remove the injunction on enforcement of the Missouri law.”

Missouri’s Governor Matt Blunt said he welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision, and asked the Missouri Legislature to send him more “strong pro-life legislation this year” that “reflects the values of Missourians, respects the sanctity of all human life and will ultimately help to reduce the number of abortions that occur in our state.”

This is only common sense. The Supreme Court, at long last, has upheld a law that will save innocent lives. Our government leaders shouldn’t waste any time in enforcing this ban. Let’s see if the Republicans have the courage to stand up for what’s right now that they are allowed to.

“The Others” really are powerful: Lost sneak-peeks iPhone … in 2004

<i>Lost</i> sneak-peeks iPhone … in 2004

Although Apple Inc.’s iPhone has been shrouded in secrecy, apparently some details of the interface leaked all the way back in 2004, alert viewers of the ABC television series Lost reported yesterday. (The show takes place in 2004.)

On Wednesday’s episode, “Catch-22,” the survivors recovered a bag and in it discovered a satellite phone. The phone did not work, but the interface looked vaguely familiar to Apple aficionados.

“Those rounded square buttons, even the real Mac OS X ‘Home’ icon … heck, that’s an iPhone!” said Dave Caolo on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW). “OK, an iPhone crammed into a Newton, but the similarities are pretty striking.”