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It was meant to be discreet, like W’s nod to the “Left Behind” Rapture nuts with the name of the legislation undermining public education. A male to male nod from Obama – but Catholics decided to run and make a headline out of it

President Obama Acknowledges Fatherhood Begins at Conception.

In their defense, it was an unmistakable wink and nod to his “secret base

In the Parade Magazine interview he told the interviewer: “…we need fathers to step up, to realize that their job does not end at conception;


We need fathers to understand that their work doesn’t end with conception — that what truly makes a man a father is the ability to raise a child and invest in that child.”

(emphasis theirs)

And then, helpfully take the wink to the next logical implication

What is implicit, actually what is explicit, is that President Obama, in emphasizing the ongoing obligations of fatherhood, also acknowledged that Fatherhood begins at conception. Such an admission brings with it an extraordinary implication; every intentional abortion constitutes the killing of some father’s son or daughter.

Surely, one talking about fatherhood, would need to go there – but using that trigger word is about as innocent as lipstick on a pig.

And it’s not so farfetched from the man that didn’t even ask his SCOTUS pick her views on abortion

and declared FOCA not a priority, and choice not a freedom.

I can only hope that the new leadership of NOW notices the pattern in those ‘little things” and no longer lies down and takes it. Maybe some day, women will demand respect with the same strong voice our LGBT allies are.

Speaking of which, it just struck me as the opposite  attitude Obama has towards them

And how is the White House showing their pride in the legacy of Stonewall?  By keeping it on the down-low of course.

The White House has not publicized the reception, and officials did not respond to e-mail requests for comment.

In other words, he pretends to shun fundies, but winks and nods at them and stirs legislation/lack of it their way, while he pretends to be into LGBT, but without outwards signs as every effort is made to keep discrimination firmly in place.

And just for a nice note – since my kid is graduating elementary school today and this is a graduation story

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Bill Clinton Offers Graduating 8th Graders Words Of Wisdom

a very grown-up dissertation on the increasingly inter-connected, inter-dependent world that today’s young people will soon inherit.” He also emphasized their education, “Critical thinking will never go out of style. .