Is Canada’s new PM the only world leader with a tattoo?

While some Canadians have been marvelling at the size of Justin Trudeau’s election victory – helping the Liberal Party turn a wipeout in 2011 into an overall majority – others have been focusing on the 43-year-old’s athletic body and a large tattoo on his left arm. Could he, they ask, be the only major world leader with a tattoo?


Thoughts on the Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood

I normally don’t cover such controversial topics on this blog, but I want this to serve as a demonstration on how NOT to fight for a cause.

While doing some reading on Carly Fiorina’s comments regarding one of the undercover Planned Parenthood videos, I stumbled on an article titled ‘Carly Fiorina Calls Out ‘Mainstream Media’ for Defending Planned Parenthood‘ on  The site describes itself as “a project of the Media Research Center (MRC), America’s leading media watchdog in documenting, exposing and neutralizing liberal media bias.” Even without knowing anything about MRC, the fact that the site specifically targets ‘liberal media bias’ tells me immediately that this is heavily right leaning and inherently biased site. An organization that truly wanted to combat bias would be open to neutralizing ALL media bias. But I digress, that isn’t what this post is about.

The article itself contained nothing surprising, so I began reading the comments which quickly solidified the fact that I was on an extreme right wing website. Rather than leaving a general comment that would most likely be lost in the noise, I decided to respond to an already popular comment left by one of the moderators of the site. In her comment she leads the charge in fighting abortion advocates by stating the following (emphasis added):

But the media, per usual, is trying to do the “Look a shiny object!” bait-and-switch. Thereby taking everybody’s attention off of the REAL crime here. Legalized murder of the most defenseless humans on the planet.

Keep fighting. Bookmark excellent cites, keep them handy, and destroy these abortion advocates with facts. We can and will win if we all work together to eliminate the funding for Planned Parenthood. That would be an excellent first step.

Rather than attempting to debate abortion itself, which I knew would be an impossible battle, I chose to question the motivations behind defunding Planned Parenthood because I truly believe that many of the pro-life advocates haven’t actually considered the consequences. They simply want to remove funding from an organization they see as evil. This discussion goes on for a LONG time, so here are some of the more interesting bits. I start with this…

…De-funding Planned Parenthood would likely lead to a higher rate of unwanted pregnancies which in turn would lead to even more abortions. With no safe place to get an abortion, this would lead to even more late term and/or illegal abortions, plus you have the the loss of all of the other services they provide which account for a large majority of their business and all of their federal funding.

So, will someone please tell me what you expect to accomplish by defunding this organization? I’m ready to be destroyed by your facts.

This was the first response that I received…
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The Prickly History Of Tattooing In America

History tells us that the concept of self-branding was embraced fully in England in the 1860s after the Prince of Wales marked himself with a cross, partaking in a Medieval ritual. Meanwhile, the art of ink was in its fledging stages in America. Martin Hildebrandt, considered one of the country’s first tattoo artists, opened a shop in New York City in 1870, making tattoos accessible for citizens who weren’t able to travel overseas.