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The Morning Team Blog

  • A stunning update on "If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor"

    A stunning update on "If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor"  (March 3, 2014)

     

    The stunner about this is revealed at the end.   From the Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition...

    This is from a memo written by White House aide Todd Stern regarding a draft of the State of the Union speech mentioning health care:  

    "We have a line on page 10 that says - You'll pick the health plan and the doctor of your choice - this sounds great and I know that it's just what people want to hear.   But can we get away with it?   To appear to promise the nation that everyone will get to pick the doctor of his or her choice.   That's exactly what this line does.   I am very worried about getting skewered for over-promising here on something we know full well we won't deliver."

    Did I mention the date on this memo?

    January 22, 1994!

    Yes, you may have thought it was very recent, but it was from President Clinton's administration, regarding his speech mentioning proposed health-care reform.

    This memo was part of the documents released on Friday by the National Archives and the Clinton Presidential Library. 

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  • Charlie's Lawsuit against Uncle Sam

    Charlie's Lawsuit against Uncle Sam  (February 6, 2014)

    I'm thinking of filing a lawsuit against the United States Government to force CVS to sell cigarettes.  Why you ask?   To try and make a point.   I don't know if I make it, but here goes...


    Tobacco is a legal product.   How can the government stand by and not get involved in a private company blatantly discriminating against smokers?  

    How are smokers going to survive?   It's forcing smokers to find another source.   Where will smokers be able to find another source for this product being denied to them?  

    Are smokers expected to take personal responsiblity to decide if they still want to do business with CVS based on its "war on smokers"?   And what about smokers that work there?   Should they have to work in such a hostile environment? 

    How dare a private company take a moral stand based on the principles and beliefs of an owner!


    Have you figured out my point?   If government can force private businesses to offer certain types of birth control products as part of the Affordable Care Act, even against the moral principles of the owners...

    CVS is being hailed for doing business according to its standards.   Hobby Lobby has to sue to maintain its standards.

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  • Michigan School Funding (February 4, 2014)

    Michigan School Funding  (February 4, 2014)

    Governor Snyder says school spending is up.   Democrats say it's down.   Analysts say they're both right!   Most importantly, what do you say?   Which measurable method of funding better tells the story of school money?

    This is why people love politics (sarcasm).....

     

    The governor has increased K-12 spending of total appropriations from $12.98 billion in fiscal year 2011 to $13.36 billion for the current fiscal year.   By this measure, funding is up.

    Democrats say most of the increase would only help teacher retirement costs and not help with actual per-pupil funding directly in the classroom.   By this measure, funding is down $240 per pupil from $7316 to $7076.

     

    So, is it up or is it down?

    My take?   I look at the bottom line which shows an increase overall.   Whether it's directly in the classroom or for teacher pensions, it's all part of the education budget.   Or should be.

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  • "Dixie Dave" Minar Heart Attack

    (Charlie Rood)   "Dixie Dave" Minar had a heart attack last week.   

    He's alive!   He's okay!   Thank God!

    Here's the story...

    First of all, Dave will talk about his ordeal when makes his regular appearance on Mike Avery's Outdoor Magazine Show this weekend on WSGW (Saturday mornings 9-Noon on 100.5 FM and Sunday mornings 9-Noon on 790am).   Dave will be on about 11:50am.

    Most eveyone knows "Dixie Dave" Minar through his association with Mike Avery.   For years, you saw him with Mike on TV.   Now, you continue to hear him with Mike on the radio.

    Of course, he's also known for his restaurant in Birch Run, "Oscar and Joey's" (formerly The Old Dixie Inn).

    He's also known as a man of great faith who serves God with his time and talents in many ways.

    Last Wednesday, Dave made his regular call-in on Mike's show (this show is prerecorded on Wednesday mornings for weekend broadcast).   He called Mike after the recording was complete to let Mike know "by the way, I had a heart attack"!

    In fact, Dave made his call to Mike's show while sitting in the parking lot preparing to go to emergency as ordered by his doctor!   Dave had been experiencing some pains and suspected trouble, called his doctor, and was told to get to the hospital.

    Last Friday morning, he underwent triple-bypass surgery!   

    Doctors were amazed he wasn't dead.   Turns out he has a hereditary condition as several family members have died due to heart problems.

    Earlier today, we completed another recording of Mike's show.   Joining us for his usual appearance in the last segment was "Dixie Dave" Minar, after he had just returned home from the hospital!

    How is he doing?

    So well, that he will appear this Sunday at the 10th Annual Sportman's Wild Game Dinner and Charity Event hosted by his good friend, Mike Avery.

    This event is an evening of Christian fun and fellowship sponsored by St. Martin Lutheran Church in Birch Run with the proceeds going to the Helping Hands Ministry.   It takes place at the Frankenmuth Conservation Club, 8415 Curtis Road in Frankenmuth, doors opening at 3pm.

    The dinner is prepared by "Dixie Dave" Minar.   This year, Dave is getting some help as he will be resting in the dining room and not working in the kitchen!

    For tickets and information to this event:   Karen 989-770-4389 or Larry 810-686-3498

    AND, tomorrow on the Thursday morning WSGW Morning Team Show, we'll give away a pair of tickets after the 6:30am news.

    If you wish to send a message to Dave, please post here and we'll make sure he sees it!

    God Bless You, "Dixie Dave", and thank you for all the lives you have touched for so many years with your giving spirit, and thank you for all the lives you will continue to touch!

    (posted January 15, 2014)

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  • The Government Shutdown

    Just a few thoughts on “The Government Shutdown”…

    (Charlie Rood - October 5, 2013)

     

    I don't deny there are many people who will face personal hardships because of the shutdown.   We are already hearing stories.   More on that in a moment. 

    However, my first reaction to the shutdown is "YAWN"!   That seemingly non-caring reaction is because of something I remember from past shutdowns, which is NOTHING!  

    I was pondering this the other day when I heard Rush Limbaugh put it in perspective.   Whether you agree or disagree with Rush, you at least know he is aware of what is happening, especially politically.

    Rush was wondering why, of all the government shutdowns that have occurred, he only recalls this one and the one in 1995.   I think the total number of shutdowns I’ve seen is seventeen.   Only these two mattered?  I don’t recall all the pain and suffering previously?   Well…  

    If I understand correctly, until about 1981, if a shutdown happened, nobody really noticed because government workers could still work when not being paid.   But then a rule was changed and workers couldn’t work without being paid.   So change the rule back!   I’m not suggesting workers shouldn’t be paid, but at least government could still function while lawmakers negotiated.  

    Something else changed, too, especially in the 90’s and today.   The media coverage.   These days, the buildup to a possible shutdown is reported as an “end of the USA as we know it” scenario.   Then, when the shutdown is active, the “body count” starts.

    Adding to this media mayhem are the politicians who willingly contribute to “shutdown coverage” with  continuing rhetoric.   They end up talking more to the cameras than they do each other!               

    As the blame game is played out, nothing gets done.   Each side is holding firm to its demands.   A stalemate.   Big deal.  

    Some government run institutions are shutdown, some programs are curtailed, and some employees are not paid.  

    That means some institutions stay open, some programs continue, and some employees are paid.   Those paid include the lawmakers responsible for the shutdown!

    Are the republicans not "playing fair" in this shutdown?   Are the democrats simply "protecting Obamacare"?

    Neither side is breaking any rules.   They are breaking trust with the American people.

    Now, nobody likes the stories of how families face difficulties because of the shutdown.   Real stories are worthy of real attention  and worthy of real solutions.  

    BUT, when you also have stories that don’t need to be stories, you have to wonder what is going on?

    I’m talking about the World War II Memorial and the veterans.   Who had the bright idea to close that down when it’s never closed in the first place?   Barricades and guards?   Talk about made for media coverage!  

    My idea to end this shutdown and prevent others?   Lawmakers and the President stop getting paid and don’t get backpay.   They are forced into non-stop negotiations, locked in until their work is done.   They can take out their own trash, clean their own bathrooms, and fend for themselves in whatever ways necessary.    AND, they don’t talk to the media until after reaching an agreement!

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  • Why, Congress? Why? Why? Why?

    Why, Congress?   Why?   Why?   Why?

    (Charlie Rood, September 27, 2013)

     

    This isn't an easy point to make because it involves the widow of Senator Frank Lautenberg, but....

    A story in USA Today (link below) references how lawmakers are debating how to keep government funded, yet in the $1.1 trillion stopgap spending resolution, is a one-time payment to Senator Lautenberg's widow for $174,000, equivalent to his yearly salary!

    WHY?   Because these kinds of payments have become a "long-standing and routine practice of Congress", so routine, it's even covered in the official Senate handbook!

    WHY?   Because Congress has paid the funeral expenses of members who die in office since the 19th century.

    WHY?  Funeral expenses are one thing (and debatable), but the one year salary payment?

    To add further fuel to this fire is to note Frank Lautenberg's estimated worth in 2013 was estimated around $56.8 million!

    It sounds crass to ask, but does Lautenberg's widow need the money?   Heck, Bonnie Lautenberg didn't even know about this until she heard about it in the news.   

    Of course, this is nothing against her, it's against the political establishment in Washington who once again, have set up some "perk" that most of regular America does not get, but yet we pay for them to get!

    Some are pointing out that $174,000 in a $1.1 trillion dollar resolution is paltry.   

    It's NEVER paltry when you are talking about American taxpayer money!

    How many more of these expenditures might be part of spending resolutions, bills, and the budget overall?   Plenty, I'm sure!

    And now, a final "WHY"...

    Although most other federal spending is subject to across-the-board-cuts under the "sequestration", WHY doesn't this "payment to widows and heirs of deceased members of Congress" face cuts?

    BECAUSE, Congress specifically exempted the payments under the 2011 budget deal that avoided a government shutdown at that time!

     

    (USA Today story:   http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/09/26/frank-lautenberg-widow-payment/2877049/)

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  • A Boy and His Dog

    A Boy and His Dog

    (Charlie Rood, September 5, 2013)

     

    We knew it would happen eventually.   Don't all parents of little boys at some point hear the words, "Can I have a dog?"

    I know I asked when I was a little boy.   I never got one.   I did get a parakeet!   It died.   And so did the second one.   That's okay, I survived.   But I always wanted a dog.  

    I remember the response to my dog request.   I heard that famous "parent saying" used throughout history, still used in the present, and will be used forever into the future.   It was some variation of, "when you move out of the house and you're on your own, you can get your own dog"! 

    I can't wait to use that saying myself!   However, I'll have to keep waiting, because I didn't say that to my son and his request for a dog.   I also didn't say yes.   Instead, my Faithful Wife Mary (FWM) and I gave Charlie another "parent saying" which was, "we'll see".  

    We needed to make sure WE were ready, let alone Charlie.   We would all be first time dog owners and wanted to research types of dogs, what responsibilities we would face, costs involved, etc.  

     

    Our son, Charlie, is adopted.   FWM and I decided we would try and use this "getting a dog" experience to help Charlie further understand his adoption.   We would find a dog  that needed a new home and we would adopt him just like Charlie was adopted.   He liked that idea.

    Now, where to find a dog?

     

    Let me state for the record, there are many fine agencies and organizations in the Great Lakes Bay Region doing magnificent jobs caring for animals and helping find new homes.   The reason why we didn't utilize a local institution was because of a place I had become aware of through a person at my church.

    "Best Friends Animal Society" works nationwide in outreach programs with shelters, other rescue groups, and members to promote pet adoption, spay-and-neuter services, and humane education programs.   This animal sanctuary is located in Southwestern Utah in  Angel Canyon, near the town of Kanab.   Housed here are dogs, cats, horses, birds, rabbits, barnyard animals, and more.   The animals come here abused, abandoned, or both.

    We contacted Best Friends and were put in touch with an adoption specialist.   We spent some time through e-mails and phone calls discussing our family and our lifestyle, trying  to determine what dog would be best for us.   Two of the more important aspects were the dog had to be 8-year-old boy friendly and be able to tolerate a cat!   Oh yes, we already have a cat named Tiger.   She belongs to FWM.   That's a different story.

    Our adoption specialist helped us narrow our choice to three different dogs.   The final determination was to review with the various trainers and handlers the personalities of the dogs and how they might fit our family, plus each dog had to pass a cat test.  

    It was decided one of the dogs would probably not work because he had a tendency to bite young children.   Another dog didn't do well on the cat test.   That left one more dog.  

     

    "Rose" was a four-month old shepherd-hound mix puppy.   She did well with adults and children.   She passed the cat test with flying colors.

    Rose was first named "Brownie" when born.   She was brought to Best Friends through a rescue in New Mexico where she was destined to be euthanized.   She had no vaccine history.   She was not spayed.   She was full of ticks.   She had worms.   She weighed about 10 pounds when she was two months old.

    At Best Friends, Rose was vaccinated, including rabies.   She was spayed.   She was treated for ticks.   She was dewormed.   She gained 10 pounds in two weeks.   She was even microchipped.  

    Rose needed a new home.   Our home.

     

    We finalized the adoption agreement with Best Friends.   This three page document outlines all the expectations families need to meet in order to be a "forever home" for an adopted animal.    Best Friends is so committed to every rescue, that if at anytime a family can no longer care for their adopted animal, Best Friends will take the animal back.

    Best Friends is located in Utah.   The Rood family is in Saginaw.   On Friday, August 9, at 8am, Rose was put on a plane.   After a layover in Chicago, the United Airlines flight with our precious puppy on board was scheduled to land at Detroit Metropolitan Airport at 9pm.  

    Charlie and I left Saginaw at 3:30pm.   FWM had to work.   She would be waiting at home to help when we returned.   By now, Rose was four months old and weighed 30 pounds.   I had been told by Best Friends her crate was large.   My son and are in a Neon.  

    My family (Dad and two sisters) live in Clinton Township and Warren, right on our route to Detroit's Metro Airport.   We planned a pit stop for food and rest, and to gain access to a more suitable vehicle for transporting a dog from the airport.  

    At 7:00pm (after checking to make sure the flight was on time), my son and I, along with my sisters who didn't want to miss this adventure, climbed into my Dad's minivan and headed for the airport.

     

    When you pick up a dog at Detroit Metro Airport, you don't go to the regular, well-marked passenger terminals.   Instead, you luckily find the nearly unmarked service drive, and hope from that road you will see some sort of identification of the cargo building you seek!

    Around 8:45pm, we found the building, parked, and got out.   It was weird.   There we were, four grownups and a little boy standing in the nearly abandoned parking lot of a cargo building waiting to pick up a dog, while across the street, we could hear planes landing and taking off, and see the continuous traffic going in and out of the airport main roads.   What were you doing Friday night, August 9? 

    We checked in at the desk and were told immediately the flight with our dog had been delayed about a half-hour.   Now we had time to kill.

    We were amused by a couple of other vehicles that pulled up to pick up pets.   The first pet pick up was a small dog.   The second pet pick up was a small pig!  

    Eventually, the plane landed and the crate with our dog was wheeled out to us on a cart.  

    Rose had arrived!   And when she rose from laying in her crate so we could see her look out at us, we realized she wasn't just a four-month old puppy, she was thirty pounds of four-month old puppy!   Then she started to bark.   A deep, healthy sounding bark.   I'm not sure what I expected (never being a dog owner before), but I'm sure it wasn't "so much puppy"!  

     

    I should point out it was at this moment, Rose ceased to exist.   My son was allowed to choose a new name (with my approval).   Charlie decided she needed a girl name because she is a girl.   Okay.   Charlie decided on a name from one of his favorite movies.   Okay.   Charlie announced her name would be "Princess Leia"!   Not okay.   I wasn't about to spend the next ten years calling for and commanding "Princess Leia".   Besides, two names for a dog is cumbersome.   I told him to drop the "Princess" part and her name  could simply be "Leia".    He then asked about naming her "Queen Amidala".   Sigh.   "Leia" it is!

    A little side note.   If she would have been a he, I was going to suggest the name "Kaline" in honor of one of the greatest Tigers ever to play.  The dog could have been "Kaline the Canine"! 

     

    As we got closer, we could see Leia was excited, probably anticipating a chance to get out of the crate she had been in virtually all day.   My son and I put our hands up to the crate, she stopped barking, and she started to lick us the through cage opening.   It was love at first sight!

    The first order of business was to allow her a chance to do her business!   Thankfully, she was sent with a leash.   Actually, she was supposed to be sent with a leash, but it wasn't contained in the packet of information we received.   My sisters suggested we use my belt for a leash.  

    By 10pm, we had the Leia loaded and we were on our way back.   We did stop at a local Meijer to pick up a leash.  

    At my Dad's house, we unloaded Leia and all related dog materials, transferring everything to the Neon.   My suspicions were confirmed of needing a more suitable vehicle for dog transport as the large crate did not fit.   That's okay, I had a plan.   We broke down the crate, put it in the trunk, and had Leia on a blanket in the back seat.   This thrilled Charlie because he would be next to her the entire drive back to Saginaw.

    At 11:15pm, I'm behind the wheel, my son is buckled into his seat, and Leia is calmly laying next to him.   I called FWM and told her to get ready for a lot of puppy!

     

    We started the drive back to Saginaw.   It didn't take long for Charlie to fall asleep.   It didn't take long for Leia to fall asleep.   That's the way it was for the entire ride home.  

    At 1:00am, we arrived back in Saginaw.   After waking both Charlie and Leia, FWM and I got everyone and everything into the house.  

    As we all drifted off to sleep, I thought about myself as a youngster and my desire for a dog.  

    Finally, a Boy and His dog were home.

    But who really is the boy in this story?


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  • Detroit Tigers Playoff Push

    (Charlie Rood)  Now that we are in August and there are just over 50 games left in the baseball season, it's time for serious scoreboard watching and Tigers Playoff Push Possibilities.

    When checking the standings each day and keeping en eye on teams chasing our Tigers, while "games behind" is a good indicator, I much prefer looking at the "loss column".   

    This may sound strange but I think the logic holds true.   Your team can always win another game but can't lose a loss!   By that I mean once you have a loss, it's on your record, and you now have to hope the team ahead loses games to match your loss record.   You can win always get another win, but you can't lessen the losses!

    With that in mind, as of Saturday, August 3, let's examine the Tigers Playoff Push!

    Tigers record is 62-45
    Indians record is 60-49

    Tigers have 55 games left
    Indians have 53 games left

    Indians can win as many games as they can, but unless our Tigers lose 4 more games, we can't be caught.   Now, much can happen between now and the end of the season, but here is how the "math" is working.....

    Say our Tigers play the rest of the season going 28-27, ending with a 90-72 record.   That would be disappointing, but we should be able to at least do that without even trying.

    That would force the Indians to play the rest of the season with a record of 30-23 just to tie our Tigers.   

    We play one game over .500 and the Indians have to play seven games over.

    What if we believe we play a bit better?   Say the Tigers finish out 30-25 to finish 92-70?   Just to tie, Indians have to go 32-21, that's 11 games over .500!

    You see, the overall math favors our Tigers down the stretch.   I think we'll finish even better than 30-25 making the Indians job much tougher.   

    Of course, anything can happen, the worst being a losing streak of 5 or 6 games.   I think the Tigers are immune from that because of our starting pitching.   

    Be confident and don't fret if we have a little blip here and there!

    Together, we'll keep watching the scoreboard and standings, and keep listening to the Tigers on WSGW 790am!

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  • Heaven on Earth (Charlie Rood)

    Heaven on Earth  (Charlie Rood)

    July 19, 2013

     

    I was off for a few days (July 15-18).   The hottest days of summer 2013 (so far)!

    On both Monday and Wednesday, as hundreds of others did, my son and I went to Haithco Lake (officially the William H. Haithco Recreation Area) to cool off in the water.

    When I'm away from work, I don't pay attention to the news.   I'm so closely connected every day when I'm on the job, it's nice to be disconnected for a time! 

    And you know what?   Life goes on.   I know it does, but sometimes you need to experience the reality that even when you aren't in touch at all times as technology does allow, life does go on.

    Especially since so much of what we are in touch with is negative news. Yes, there are positive stories that are often highlighted, but the world, the country, the state, and the neighborhood include many disturbing and distressing events.    We can't ignore this type of news, but we don't have to perpetuate it as "media" can do.   At least some "media".   There is news media, there is entertainment media, there is reality media, and there is a blend of it all.  

    Much of that was on display concerning the tragedy involving Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman.   The buildup, the continuing coverage, and the racial aspects were all present.  

    Well, this blog isn't about the media or that tragedy, but it does set up my observation of "Heaven on Earth", just a couple days following the verdict.  

    As I mentioned earlier, even when you are out of touch, life goes on.

    Quite successfully, I might add.   Perhaps I was more aware of this being with an 8-year-old boy who wanted nothing more than to go swimming with his Dad.   His world didn't include anything negative or racial going on in the world, the nation, the state, or the Great Lakes Bay Region.   His world was all positive in the form of a blanket, the sand, and water!  

    What a world it was!   Both Monday and Wednesday between 4-6pm, it was a world of black people and white people and hispanic people.   It was black families, white familes, hispanic families, and mixed families.  

    It was a world of male and female, young and old (and all ages in between), tall and short, fat and skinny, bald and hairy, untouched skin to tatoo and piercings galore!

    There was no technology (at least in the water), no politics, no debates, no concerns.  

    It was laughing and playing and eating and drinking and relaxing...  in perfect harmony!

    This was the scene at Haithco Lake.  

    I know this was the same scene in other places in the Great Lakes Bay Region, the state, the nation, and the world.   Maybe not the same setting, but the same result...  in perfect harmony.  

    Heaven on Earth!

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  • "How to avoid your parents, but allow complete strangers to be involved in some of the most important decisions you may ever make as a teenager that will affect your entire life, because though you were immature enough to get into a sexual situation,

    (Charlie Rood Commentary)

     

    They say there is an app for everything.   Too bad.   This is commentary about an app from the New York City Health Deparment.   It's described in the story below.  

    Supporters say the app offers information teens want and need concerning sex, birth control, and abortions.   Information teens will find with the app because they aren't going to talk to their parents.

    Why should they?   As the app points out, “remember, teens in New York State have the right to sexual health services without getting permission from parents".

    So why not call the app what it really is?

    "How to avoid your parents, but allow complete strangers to be involved in some of the most important decisions you may ever make as a teenager that will affect your entire life, because though you were immature enough to get into a sexual situation, you are somehow mature enough to get out of it"

    We don't let teenagers drive without parental supervision.

    Teenagers are not allowed to on a school field trip without parental consent.

    But if your teen wants to get endless information on sex, including how to end the life of a baby, done!   And parents won't have to know!   This is a good thing?!?!

    Here is the story from various news sources.....

     

    The New York City Health Department’s NYC teen website now includes an app that teens can download to their smart phones to get information on “sexual health,” including where they can get birth control and abortions.

    The app, under the heading “Important Links and Info,” has three main links – Where to Go; sexual health services, What to Get; condoms and birth control; and What to Expect; at the clinic.
     
    Under the health services link the user can choose what service they want, including Gold Star clinics (those that offer free birth control and other services), emergency contraceptive or Plan B, and abortion.
     
    If the user picks abortion, they can then choose the area in the city where they want to find services.   If the user picks Manhattan, for example, they will be directed to three places that perform abortions – Family Planning Clinic, Harlem Hospital; Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger Center; and Project Stay – Services to Assist Youth at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
     
    Under the “info” tab on the app, teens are told that New York state does not have parental consent law when it comes to getting sexual health services.  “Remember, teens in New York State have the right to sexual health services without getting permission from parents, girlfriends/boyfriends or anyone else,” the app says.
     
    The app also provides a link to video stories, including a video called “Samantha’s Story,” found on the “Dating and Friends” section of the website.
     
    The seven-minute video is narrated by a teen called Samantha, who talks about having sex with her boyfriend of five months and her sexual desires toward her best friend.
     
    After saying how much she likes Richie, Samantha discusses missing her friend Alisha.  “The thing is, I’m starting to miss Alisha,” Samantha says.   “A lot.   She’s always on my mind.   I think about her, you know, that way.   She’s pretty.   Actually, she’s hot.   I can’t stop noticing it, I mean, I like sex with Richie but sometimes I can’t stop thinking about how beautiful Alisha is or how much I want to kiss her or go even further,” Samantha says. “So I guess I like girls too.”
     
    Then Samantha shares her experience about going to an “LGBT-friendly” clinic in her neighborhood where she met with a counselor.   “She said that feelings like that are totally normal,” Samantha says in the video.   “And it’s OK to talk about them.   She said that no matter who I have sex with it’s important that the person I choose makes me happy and respects me by waiting until I’m ready,” Samantha said of the counselor, who is shown wearing a rainbow pin with the word “Ally” on it.
     
    Samantha also meets with a doctor who gives her birth control pills.  “I took my first one right there in the office,” Samantha says.
     
    The teen that plays Samantha in the video encourages teens to download the app and to remember they are in control.  “If you are a teenager in New York City there are places you can go for free, confidential sexual health services,” the teen says. “It’s easy to find somewhere to go and you don’t need permission from anyone to get services.”
     
    The NYC Teen website is run by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
     
     
    I'm under the assumption since the site is run by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that taxpayers are footing the bill.   Even if it were some private grant, it's still distributed through a public government entity.

    Where are the links promoting abstinence?   Where are the links promoting adoption?   Where are the links saying it's probably better if your parents DO know than don't?

    Perhaps they are available, but you wouldn't know it from any of the news stories I found.   All the stories proudly promoted the same basic themes noted above.

    What about a link to the nearest church, synagogue, mosque, or other spiritual resource?

    STOP!   We can't have that!   After all, it's a government site!   Separation of church and state!  

    Though I promise you if any religious information were available through this app, the howls of protest would have been loud and long.  

    Just as loud and long as the silent approval of this app is given by the people who would be doing the religious protesting.  

     

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