Monthly Archives: April 2010

Indiana Grandmother and Grandson in Love

So proud:

Pearl Carter is positively glowing with joy. She has a handsome new boyfriend, is enjoying an active sex life after many years of celibacy and, amazingly, is preparing to become a mother again. But the retired grandmother isn’t carrying the baby herself. She and her young lover have spent a staggering $54,000 hiring a surrogate to help them with their dreams of having a child. What makes Pearl's decision to become a mum again even more shocking is that her new boyfriend is her biological grandson, 26-year-old Phil Bailey.

via ‘I’m in love with my grandson and we’re having a baby’

Fraudonomics

From Smirking Chimp:

But what I’m saying is, no confidence means end of the confidence game. Thats what Lehman showed. Every single player in finance suddenly had to face the fundamental problem–this whole fucking economy is built on fraud and lies and garbage. So when Lehman collapsed, every single player panicked, going, If Lehman was nothing but a Ponzi scheme–and I know what Im running is a Ponzi scheme–holy shit, that means everyone else is running a Ponzi scheme too! Run for the exits! No one trusted anyone else, everyone pulled out, and the entire global economy collapsed just like that. And that meant your parents, my parents, every teacher, every fireman, every person in the country going into retirement, every price on every asset–wiped out.” [The] point is, the guy who destroys this economy because its the right thing to do will have to flee for his life, and whatever president or political party was in power when that decision was made will be out of power for the next 200 years.

via Confessions Of A Wall St. Nihilist

Andy

April 29, 2010

Top 25 Psychiatric Prescriptions for 2009

Vitamin X (Xanax) and Lexapro for the win!!

Top 25 Psychiatric Prescriptions for 2009

These are the top 25 psychiatric medications by number of U.S. prescriptions dispensed in 2009- according to IMS Health. I've also provided their 2005 ranking.

The Hypocrisy Trap

Washington City Paper walks through several Republican-side hypocrisy traps:

Bristol Palin:

At some point, we forgot about why Bristol having sex was funny to begin with. The insane glee that we all derived from a teenage girl having sex before marriage became counter-intuitive—and downright creepy. We had crossed the hypocrisy bridge. We were no longer making a point about how young women should be free to choose to be sexually active. We no longer joked to show how bogus abstinence was. We joked to show that Bristol Palin was slutty, and that was enough to make it funny.

Carrie Prejean:

Shaming Carrie Prejean—a woman we’ve elevated through beauty pageants—for taking topless modeling photos is a very short leap for shaming gays and lesbians for expressing their sexuality. That’s why this whole thing was hypocritical in the first place—but perhaps we’re all too distracted by Carrie Prejean’s boobs to remember. We may keep posting them in the interest of “revealing hypocrisy.” But we all know the real reason they’re on the Web: It’s not hypocrisy anymore; it’s hotness.

Larry Craig:

For [Conservatives], Craig reinforced the idea that homosexuals are sick and disgusting individuals just waiting to pounce on your unsuspecting bare penis. In other words, gays can pose a very real threat to their heterosexuality, and Craig proved it. And yet, those who railed against Craig’s institutionalized homophobia were the ones who took the most immense joy in the gay jokes. So—again—reveling in jokes about Larry Craig being gay began to lose their hypocritical anchor. On some level, the hypocritical construction allows people with pro-gay political views to indulge in some homophobic ribbing of their own. They see a rare window where making fun of gay sex is politically acceptable, and they sieze it.

via Sarah Palin And the “Hypocrisy” Trap

OK Measure Lets Doctors Lie to Women Considering Abortion

NYTimes:

A second measure passed into law on Tuesday prevents women who have had a disabled baby from suing a doctor for withholding information about birth defects while the child was in the womb. Opponents argue that the law will protect doctors who purposely mislead a woman to keep her from choosing an abortion. But the bill’s sponsors maintain that it merely prevents lawsuits by people who wish, in hindsight, that the doctor had counseled them to abort a disabled child.

via Strict Abortion Measures Enacted in Oklahoma