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It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005


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Another reason I don't think McCain/Palin are suitable for the job

WASHINGTON - Republican John McCain, whose running mate disclosed that her unmarried 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, has opposed proposals to spend federal money on teen-pregnancy prevention programs and voted to require poor teen mothers to stay in school or lose their benefits.


McCain's record on issues surrounding teen pregnancy and contraceptives during his more than two decades in the Senate indicates that he and Palin have similar views. Until Monday, when the subject surfaced in a deeply personal manner, teen pregnancy and sex education were not issues in the national political campaign.

Palin herself said she opposes funding sexual-education programs in Alaska.

"The explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support," she wrote in a 2006 questionnaire distributed among gubernatorial candidates.


In Senate votes, McCain has opposed some proposals to pay for teen-pregnancy prevention programs. In 2006, McCain joined fellow Republicans in voting against a Senate Democratic proposal to send $100 million to communities for teen-pregnancy prevention programs that would have included sex education about contraceptives.


In 2005, McCain opposed a Senate Democratic proposal that would have spent tens of millions of dollars to pay for pregnancy prevention programs other than abstinence-only education, including education on emergency contraception such as the morning-after pill. The bill also would have required insurance companies that cover Viagra to also pay for prescription contraception.

Full story, including the bits I left out here:

Just a thought here. Maybe if Palin had supported sex ed in the schools, her 17 year old daughter wouldn't be knocked up right now. Maybe this poor kid could have used a little bit of education about sex OTHER than "Don't!"

Borderline symptom of the day: angryangry

Fucking brilliant :)

Actually, the correct way to phrase that would be "might not be knocked up". We have *no* idea what kind of sex education went on in the home...saying you don't want sex education in the schools doesn't mean that sex education didn't occur at all.

And sex education doesn't itself prevent pregnancy...in the end it's up to the two people involved in the act to actually act on the education.

From my own experience, my sex education occurred at home, was *very* strongly abstinence based, yet I was taught about birth control as well with the statement "Abstinence is the only sure way to prevent pregnancy, but if you're gonna do it, at least make sure you're on birth control." I actually carried a condom around and pointed out, "I'm not gonna use it, but if I am, I'm gonna be responsible."

For the record, no, the condom never did get used.

Good points, all. Except one: I did say Maybe, regarding pregnancy. :)

But true, these are excellent points. Sean carries a condom as well, but says he has no plans to have a need to use it. I insisted he start carrying one when he started noticing the girls. :)