A Kid Named Adolf Hitler

Losing custody of your children because of what you chose to name them? Seems unlikely, if not impossible, especially in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Not for New Jersey couple Heath and Deborah Campbell who lost custody Thursday, October 26, 2011.

Before screaming out, “erroneous, erroneous on all accounts!”, get a load of these names: Adolph Hilter Campbell, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell.

That’s right. The couple gave each of their children Nazi-inspired names. The battle began in January 2009 when a grocery store refused to put the full name, “Adolf Hilter,” on a birthday cake . Last year the New Jersey appeals court ruled there was sufficient evidence of abuse and neglect; because of domestic violence occurring in the home the children were removed from their home.

The parents remain fighting for their children and have said that in early December a judge is set to decide whether or not the children will be coming home. The children are currently living in foster care.

This case definitely calls into question the sanity of the parents, but sans the evidence of domestic violence, there is no way our constitution would allow for this…right?

See the full article here: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/10/26/baby-hitler-parents-lose-custody-kids-even-though-judge-says-no-abuse/

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Is Apple’s Siri Pro-Life?

It is no surprise that eventually Apple’s newest addition, voice software Siri, would come into the line of fire. Originally, Siri received positive attention upon the iPhone 4S release on October 14, 2011, but Siri’s criticism free time is up.

What is the cause of this negativity aimed at poor Siri?

When asked to locate abortion clinics, Siri is unable to. If you are familiar with Siri, this is something that seems it would be able to do considering Siri can locate just about anything else on your command. Following an outcry from bloggers, Nancy Keenan, President of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, contacted Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, alerting him to this “error.”

But, was this really an error?

Apple says yes. Apple’s spokeswoman, Natalie Harrison said: “Our customers want to use Siri to find out all types of information and while it can find a lot, it doesn’t always find what you want…These are not intentional omissions meant to offend anyone, it simply means that, as we bring Siri from beta to a final product, we find places where we can do better, and we will in the coming weeks.”

We are just going to have to wait and see if Siri can locate abortion clinics in its next phase; abortion activists will be waiting with bated breath until then.

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Too Old For This?

Lisa Miller wrote an interesting article for New York Magazine’s October 3, 2011 issue entitled: “Is She Just Too Old For This?” This article dives into the lives of women that bore children at the not-so-tender ages of 50 and above–a trend that is on the rise. The article states that in 2008, about 8,000 babies were born to women 45 or older in the U.S., which is more than double the numbers calculated in 1997 (according to the Centers for Disease Control). In adoption the story rings true as well: “nearly a quarter of adopted children in the U.S. have parents more than 45 years older than they are.” It is believed that the advances in reproductive technology is to blame for this rise. In fact, one of the women featured in the article, Ann Maloney, was able to be brought out of menopause with hormones in order to get pregnant with her second child at the age of 52. Women of this age who wish to carry their own baby often use donor eggs; however, egg freezing, a “cutting-edge” method, allows women to freeze their eggs to be used at a later time.

Looming behind all this activity are critics saying: “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

“After 35, the risk of preterm labor increase 20 percent, and preemies can have lung problems, digestive problems, brain bleeds, and neurological complications, including developmental delays, learning issues, depending largely on their gestational age at birth. After 40, a pregnant woman is likelier to become afflicted with preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and hypertension–the worst outcomes of which can result in the death of the fetus and occasionally the mother as well.… <Read More>