Brickbat: Fetus Don't Fail Me Now

A pro-life student group at Connecticut's Branford High School says their principal won't let them use model fetuses in a display. “He tells us that this topic in particular is too controversial to be talked about in public school,” said Samantha Bailey-Loomis, founder of the Students for Life Club.

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    why don't they stick them on safety pins and wear them as little brooches?

    Oh, and great title Chuck

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    “He tells us that this topic in particular is too controversial to be talked about in public school,”

    Speaking of abortions, apparently that is true of Michael Bay movies at my house. Last night I saw an ad for 'Transformers CCVII - Return of the Same Plot' and groaned. Then I mumbled something remarkably like "Goddammit! How many times is he going to remake the same movie?". My wife, who loves the Transformer movies began chastising me. I knew then I was going to have to paint eyes on the outside of my lids and sleep through the damn thing.

  • Steve G||

    What I wanna know is who are these people who love the franchise so much they feel the need to put the transformer decal/badge on their cars? I mean I'm a child of the 70/80s and grew up in front of the tv on Sat morning getting my optimus prime fix, but I just don't get the point of decorating ones car with it... EVEN if you feel the modern version is watchable.

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    ".....people who love the franchise so much they feel the need to put the transformer decal/badge on their cars?"

    I did not know there were such people. Maybe I should get out more? Or maybe not. That may be yet another symptom of the infantalization db is talking about below.

  • UnCivilServant||

    I know at least two. One tagged their car, the other got it tattooed on their arm - both before Bay's motion pictures were made.

  • Steve G||

    Yeah, this. Just. Don't. Get it.
    Then again, these are probably the sorts of people who vote based on feeling...

  • LiveFreeOrDiet||

    I know at least two. One tagged their car, the other got it tattooed on their arm - both before Bay's motion pictures were made.

    I see cars with Transformer white window decals all the time. Saw one Saturday that caught my attention only because I couldn't figure out the other thing on there.

    Most people are very casual about what they stick on the back of the car. One of the cars here sports a "dancing Snoopy" because it's a popular car that doesn't change appearance much between model years.

    A tattoo? That's a different story. Then again, I'm one of those people who considers a tattoo to be something left over from a concentration camp.

  • Pompey||

    It's a cultural thing similar to folks that feel compelled to get tattoos of Super Mario Brothers characters. You just gotta be that into it.

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    Hmmmph.

    Things for which there is no middle ground:

    Abortion
    Liver
    The Three Stooges
    Tattoos
    Michael Bay movies
    Turnips

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Pretty much.

  • LiveFreeOrDiet||

    Things for which there is no middle ground:
    Abortion

    Funny, I thought I was on the middle ground on abortion because both sides argue vehemently with me.
    I would never abort a child of my own, but everyone else feel free to take theirs out anytime before he can live on his own dime.

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    but everyone else feel free to take theirs out anytime before he can live on his own dime.

    I certainly plan on doing that to my father if he ever needs medical assistance to survive. There is no room for that kind of freeloading in the post-Obamacare world.

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    ...but everyone else feel free to take theirs out anytime before he can live on his own dime.

    So... 648th trimester abortions? I don't think many adolescents would make it to adulthood.

  • db||

    Well, I can see the Principal's point. At the current.rate our society is infantilizing young adults that even fifty years ago would have been considered adults with full rights, it won't be long untl it is.acceptable to.abort problem.students. That has to.be a.sensitive.topic for some of them.

  • UnCivilServant||

    So their next platform is free access to abortion until the end of the seventy-fifth trimester?

  • Steve G||

    Yeah, clever alt-text is not required with a clever title...

  • UnCivilServant||

    Though one must admit, the two would synergize well and create much rejoicing from the commentariat.

  • Hash Brown||

    Trigger!

  • Rich||

    model fetuses

    Nice band name.

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    We should collect these and put them online for the benefit of indie bands everywhere

  • Rich||

    I suspect some fun-lovin' analyst at NSA is doing just that.

  • Agile Cyborg||

    Public education is a disgrace. These kids will learn about historical figures who were dynamic and expressive and those who defied the rule of law in order to create a better state while being discouraged by educators to avoid replicating these same traits.

  • Doctor Whom||

    How is this any more controversial than what's normally covered in sex ed? Also, defenders of American public education keep saying that one of its glories is teaching critical thought. If I wanted to defend American public education, I'd fervently pray to whatever gods may be that no one ever brought up the topic of critical thought.

  • Rich||

    How is this any more controversial than what's normally covered in sex ed?

    Fetal development has nothing to do with sex. One would think a *Doctor* would know that!

  • Tonio||

    Pregnancy is sometimes covered in human sexuality classes, but whatever.

    A better question would be - would these be OK for biology class? Assuming the answer is yes. So why not for a school club? No genitalia, no icky aborted fetuses.

    I'm calling cowardice on the principal, which is pretty much par for the course for that sort.

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    Pregnancy is sometimes covered in human sexuality classes

    I'd venture to say that "sometimes" is probably closer to "always". Certainly contraception and abortion are covered in such classes. Unless my middle and high school education (at a private Christian school no less) was particularly unique. Fetuses in various stages of development are somewhat germane to that topic.

  • SugarFree||

    Fetuses should be like gum. You can't eat one in class unless you brought enough for everyone.

  • Rich||

    "Mr. Free, do you have something you'd like to share with the class?"

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    "Apart from syphilis, of course"

  • Rich||

    *** clap ***

  • Marshall Gill||

    No, that is gonorrhea.

  • TANSTaaFL||

    I can't help but admire the hypocrisy. They'll ban images of fetuses for use in provoking discussion on abortion, but these same "educators" will be out protesting a pay freeze with hanging effigies of their republican governor and placards that say Gov, So-So wants to "KILL EDUCATION" and "HURT CHILDREN". But that is OK because the cause is "righteous" ie their own.

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