Author Archives: Dr. Eowyn

Our brother in Christ needs your prayers

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Sid, a reader of FOTM in Canada, is desperate.

In August of this year, after working for the same company as an electronics engineering technician for 4½ years, Sid was laid off, ostensibly because of “restructuring”.

At the time, thinking he would soon be re-employed either by another company or as a freelancer, Sid made the mistake of listening to friends who urged him to buy a house.

Meanwhile, Sid diligently searched, day and night, for another job, but in vain.  So he put his house on the market: he placed ads on every local classified site, MLS, Viewpoint, as well as called many customers and friends asking if they knew anyone who wanted to buy.

In October, Sid reached out to FOTM, asking for help. He wrote:

“I had nothing but bad luck most of my life specially this past year, I got laid off from both jobs and purchased a house alone, I went against my gut feeling and instead listened to people around me (neighbors, co-workers and couple of friends). Now those people are ignoring me yet when they want something they call me. I am really depressed and need your help as to what prayers and such I could do to sell this house and move on with life. Thank you.”

I wrote back with practical, psychological and spiritual suggestions. Our email correspondence ended with my attempt to get him out of his depression by suggesting that he begins each day finding ONE thing for which he’s grateful. I wrote, on October 27:

“I suggest you do this every day for the next month: Begin each day by thinking of ONE thing for which you are grateful.

During a time in my life when I was very depressed, I did that. And before I even realized it, my depression was gone.
Do that for a week, then email me back.”

More than a month passed.

This morning, Sid sent a plea, asking for prayers from FOTM‘s kind readers and powerful prayer warriors:

“I have been praying for 4 months and nothing works, others have been praying for me as well. House is still not selling and I was rejected for Employment Insurance. My life is getting worse, all I want is this house sold. Do you mind placing a thread on your website for everyone to pray for me?, thank you.”

Sid gave me his real name and address. I believe he is legit.

He has done everything he’s supposed to do in job-search and house-sale. He is abandoned by family and friends. He prays. He is desperate.

Please help our brother in Christ with your prayers and counsel. And if you or someone you know has a job for Sid (electronics engineering technician) or is in the market for a house in Nova Scotia, send me an email at:

FOTM4ever@gmail.com

Thank you for your kindness,

~Eowyn

Libs will have a meltdown over this song!

Enjoy! dancingbanana Carrot Chilli Muffin

H/t FOTM‘s MCA & GiGi

~Eowyn

New study finds link between child vaccination and autism – CENSORED

The much-maligned anti-vaccine movement is fueled, in good part, by parents’ suspicion that childhood vaccination causes autism.

The clinical term is Autism Spectrum Disorder: a developmental disability that ranges from mild disabilities of speech and language impairments, to serious developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy and autism.

Indeed, the statistical data confirm that autism is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • In 2000, 1 in 150 children were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • In 2012, the number of children with ASD increased to 1 in 68.
  • ASD is about 4.5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189).

Now, a new study of 666 home-schooled children has confirmed that there is an association between childhood vaccination and autism.

The study is a survey (questionnaire) of 415 mothers who are members of home-school organizations in 4 states: Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oregon. The mothers were asked whether their children had been vaccinated, and about the children’s health conditions. Among the health conditions are neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD), defined as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and/or a learning disability.

The study found a “significant association” between vaccination and autism. (A statistically significant association means the probability that the association occurred by chance is extremely unlikely.) The study also found that the association between vaccination and autism is compounded if the child is male and/or preterm, i.e., born prematurely at fewer than 37 weeks gestational age.

The study was conducted by a research team of four, comprised of:

  1. Dr. Anthony R. Mawson, Professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Jackson State University (JSU).
  2. Dr. Brian D. Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute, an organization in Salem, Oregon which conducts homeschooling research, and publishes the journal Home School Research.
  3. Dr. Azad R. Bhuiyan, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, JSU.
  4. Binu Jacob, a former graduate student at JSU.

Mawson, et al., published their research findings in an article titled “Vaccination and Health Outcomes: A Survey of 6- to 12-year-old Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Children based on Mothers’ Reports,” in a 2016 issue of the journal, Frontiers in Public Health 4:270 (2016).

Frontiers in Public Health describes itself as an open access “peer-reviewed journal aimed at the scientific community interested in the broad area of public health.” The journal’s editorial board is comprised of:

  • Joav Merrick, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs, Jerusalem, Israel. Merrick is the journal’s main editor. His title is “Field Chief Editor”.
  • Rustam Aminov, Technical University of Denmark
  • Ross Bailie, University of Sidney, Australia
  • Nina Bhardwaj, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY
  • John B. F. de Wit, University of New South Wales, Sidney, Australia
  • Jimmy Thomas Efird, East Carolina University, Greenville

But if you go to the article’s link (http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpubh.2016.00270), you will not find it. Instead, you ‘ll get this message:

Error 412

The requested content is not yet available.
Article 231518 is not yet publicly available.

That means the journal pulled the article, which, unless it was for a legitimate reason (e.g., research errors), is a form of post-publication censorship.

Fortunately, Rich Winkel of Thought Crime Radio found the article on Google Cache: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:3ulOESkkTPAJ:journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpubh.2016.00270+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

I tried to access the article on Google Cache, but got another Error message:

404. That’s an error.

The requested URL /search?q=cache:3ulOESkkTPAJ:journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpubh.2016.00270+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us was not found on this server. That’s all we know.

That means the article has been scrubbed from even Google Cache!

But Winkel did manage to capture the article’s Abstract before it was scrubbed:

Front. Public Health | doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2016.00270

Vaccination and Health Outcomes: A Survey of 6- to 12-year-old Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Children based on Mothers’ Reports

Anthony R. Mawson1*, Brian D. Ray2, Azad R. Bhuiyan3 and Binu Jacob4
  • 1Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health (Initiative), Jackson State University, USA
  • 2National Home Education Research Institute, USA
  • 3Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health (Initiative), USA
  • 4Former Graduate Student, Jackson State University, School of Public Health (Initiative), USA

ABSTRACT

Background: Vaccinations have prevented millions of infectious illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths among US children. Yet the long-term health outcomes of the routine vaccination program remain unknown. Studies have been recommended by the Institute of Medicine to address this question.

Specific Aims: To compare vaccinated and unvaccinated children on a broad range of health outcomes, and to determine whether an association found between vaccination and neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD), if any, remains significant after adjustment for other measured factors.

Design: A cross-sectional survey of mothers of children educated at home.

Methods: Homeschool organizations in four states (Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oregon) were asked to forward an email to their members, requesting mothers to complete an anonymous online questionnaire on the vaccination status and health outcomes of their biological children ages 6 to 12.

Results: A total of 415 mothers provided data on 666 children, of which 261 (39%) were unvaccinated. Vaccinated children were significantly less likely than the unvaccinated to have been diagnosed with chickenpox and pertussis, but significantly more likely to have been diagnosed with pneumonia, otitis media, allergies and NDDs (defined as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and/or a learning disability). After adjustment, the factors that remained significantly associated with NDD were vaccination (OR 3.1, 95% CI: 1.4, 6.8), male gender (OR 2.3, 95% CI: 1.2, 4.3), and preterm birth (OR 5.0, 95% CI: 2.3, 11.6). In a final adjusted model, vaccination but not preterm birth remained associated with NDD, while the interaction of preterm birth and vaccination was associated with a 6.6-fold increased odds of NDD (95% CI: 2.8, 15.5).

Conclusions: In this study based on mothers’ reports, the vaccinated had a higher rate of allergies and NDD than the unvaccinated. Vaccination, but not preterm birth, remained significantly associated with NDD after controlling for other factors. However, preterm birth combined with vaccination was associated with an apparent synergistic increase in the odds of NDD. Further research involving larger, independent samples is needed to verify and understand these unexpected findings in order to optimize the impact of vaccines on children’s health.

Keywords: Acute diseases; Chronic diseases; Epidemiology; Evaluation; Health policy; Immunization; Neurodevelopmental disorders; Vaccination, Acute diseases, chronic diseases, Epidemiology, Evaluation, Health Policy, Immunization, Neurodevelopmental disorders, Vaccination

Citation: Mawson AR, Ray BD, Bhuiyan AR and Jacob B (2016). Vaccination and Health Outcomes: A Survey of 6- to 12-year-old Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Children based on Mothers’ Reports.Front. Public Health4:270. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2016.00270

Received: 17 Sep 2016; Accepted: 21 Nov 2016.

Edited by: Amit Agrawal, Gandhi Medical College, India

Reviewed by: Kelly Hsieh, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA; Linda Mullin Elkins, Life University, USA

Copyright: © 2016 Mawson, Ray, Bhuiyan and Jacob. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Anthony R. Mawson, School of Public Health (Initiative), Jackson State University, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, 350 West Woodrow Wilson Avenue, Jackson, 39213, Mississippi, USA, amawsn@gmail.com

Needless to say, the scrubbing from a journal as well as from Google Cache of an already-published article confirming parents’ suspicion that vaccines are linked to autism, will only fuel more conspiracy talk.

Our skepticism concerning the article’s scrubbing has good reasons given the credentials of the study’s lead author.

anthony-mawson

The lead author of the study is Dr. Anthony Mawson, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in England and received his Ph.D. in epidemiology from Tulane University. Mawson is currently a Visiting Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Public Health in Jackson State University (JSU). He is a well-published scientist with 59 publications in various journals:

  • For Mawson’s page at JSU, click here.
  • For Mawson’s cv (or resume), click here. According to his cv, Mawson has submitted a co-authored article (with Brian D. Ray and A. Bhuiyan, the same co-authors of the now-scrubbed Frontiers in Public Health article), provisionally titled “Vaccination and health outcomes,” to BMC: Health Services Research, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal.

Professor Mawson can be reached at:

  • 5359 Briarfield Road, Jackson, MS 39211
  • Tel: 601-991-3811; 601-622-2597 (cell phone)
  • Email: amawsn@gmail.com

I will email Dr. Mawson and will report back to y’all if I get a response.

H/t Jim Stone

~Eowyn

Michigan win pushes Trump’s Electoral College votes to 306

The AP reports (via ABC News) that shortly after 2 pm on Monday, Nov. 28, the Michigan State Board of Canvassers unanimously certified Donald Trump as the winner in the state’s presidential election.

Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes or 0.2%, making 2016 the tightest presidential race in the state’s almost 200-year history:

  • Trump 2,279,543 (47.6%)
  • Clinton 2,268,839 (47.4%)
  • Johnson 172,136 (3.6%)
  • Stein 51,463 (1.1%)

The result pushed Trump’s total Electoral College (EC) votes to 306 (vs. Hillary’s 232).

map-of-2016-presidential-election-results2016-electoral-votes

Trump’s 306 Electoral College votes places him above these U.S. presidents in modern history (Wikipedia):

  • Harry S. Truman, 1948: 303 EC votes
  • John F. Kennedy, 1960: 303 EC votes
  • Richard Nixon, 1968: 301 EC votes
  • Jimmy Carter, 1976: 297 EC votes
  • George W. Bush, 2000: 271 EC votes
  • George W. Bush, 2004: 286 EC votes

Ronald Reagan in 1984 received the largest number of Electoral votes of any president in U.S. history: 525 (vs. Walter Mondale’s 13).

Trump’s 306 Electoral votes, while 74 votes more than Hillary’s 232, are not a landslide victory because his votes do not constitute an “overwhelming majority” in the Electoral College, being but 56.9% of the 538 total. An “overwhelming majority” is defined as at least 80% of the total EC votes.

H/t GiGi and The Last Refuge

~Eowyn

Fidel Castro said he was going to Hell – and the nature of evil

What is it with Marxists and Hell?

Saul Alinsky, Obama’s mentor in community organizing agitprop, so admired Lucifer, who became Satan, that he dedicated his book, Rules for Radicals, to Lucifer.

Alinsky dedicated his book, Rules for Radicals, to Lucifer

Alinsky so admired Lucifer/Satan, he wanted to join the demon in Hell. (See “Obama’s Mentor, Saul Alinsky, was a Luciferian”)

In a 1972 Playboy magazine interview, Alinsky professed agnosticism about the existence of God, but said that “whenever anyone asks me my religion, I always say—and always will say— Jewish.” The Playboy interviewer then asked Alinsky if he believed in “any kind of afterlife,” to which Alinsky said:

” . . . if there is an afterlife . . . I will unreservedly choose to go to hell . . . . Hell would be heaven for me. All my life I’ve been with the have-nots. Over here, if you’re a have-not, you’re short of dough. If you’re a have-not in hell, you’re short of virtue. Once I get into hell, I’ll start organizing the have-nots over there. They’re my kind of people.

Clearly, Alinsky knew Hell is, well, hellish, full of bad wicked people who are “short of virtue” — wicked being the antonym or opposite of virtuous. Despite that, he chose Hell because bad wicked people were his “kind of people”.

saul-alinsky-fidel-castro

Another Marxist also prefers Hell — Fidel Castro, Cuba’s longtime dictator who finally died on November 25, 2016 at the ripe old age of 90.

In an interview with Paris Match‘s Jean-Luc Mano in Havana on October 27, 1994, Castro said he was going to Hell. From an FBIS (Foreign Broadcast Information Service) translation of the interview published on lanic:

It is two in the morning. A final word of farewell. [Fidel Castro said] “You know, I’ll go to hell, and I know the heat will be unbearable, but it will be less painful than having expected so much from heaven, which never kept its promises… And also, when I arrive, I will meet Marx, Engels, Lenin… And I will meet you too, as capitalists also go to hell, you know. Especially when they like to enjoy life!”

Like Alinsky, Castro too recognized that Hell would be hellish — “I know the heat will be unbearable”. And yet, like Alinsky, Castro preferred Hell to Heaven. To top it off, Castro blamed Heaven for his going to Hell because “heaven . . . never kept its promises” (whatever that means).

The Paris Match interview also revealed the ridiculous mental contortions Castro took in refusing to be criticized and to be found wanting in any way. Interviewer Mano asked Castro about the Cuban government’s economic failures. Castro answered:

“Cuba cannot be judged in this way. The Revolution includes some tremendous achievements.”

Mano then pushed further and asked about political prisoners. Castro airily replied:

“There are none in Cuba. It is a matter of philosophy. A counterrevolutionary in prison is not a political prisoner.”

In other words, there are no political prisoners in Cuba because of a linguistic trick — Fidel Castro simply refused to call people imprisoned for their political dissent “political prisoners”. What a neat trick! Henceforth, we should tell the world there’s no crime in America because we don’t call crimes “crimes”!

Back to Saul Alinsky, Fidel Castro, and Hell . . . .

Are you as nonplussed as I am that Alinsky and Castro actually preferred Hell, well knowing it would be hellish?

The late Fr. Malachi Martin, in his 1976 book on exorcism, Hostage To The Devil, noted that we instinctively react to evil and evil people with revulsion, and that our repugnance serves a protective function because, feeling repelled by evil people, we naturally seek to avoid them.

By the same reasoning, the opposite must also be true — evil people must also find goodness and good people repugnant.

And so, a simple explanation for why Alinsky and Castro preferred Hell to Heaven is that they are thoroughly evil and prefer to be with Satan and other evil people in Hell. Finding goodness repellent, Alinsky and Castro do not want to be with God, the angels and saints in Heaven. For them, Heaven would be hell.

H/t John Horvat II

See also “Pope Francis ‘grieves’ over death of Fidel Castro who persecuted Catholics & lived in luxury while Cubans starved“.

By the way, the story that Trump talked Obama out of attending Castro’s funeral is a hoax. Shame on sites like The Last Line of Defense (TLLoD) for reporting it as truth. The embedded link to TLLoD‘s supposed AP source doesn’t work. I searched the AP and found AP made no such report. Conveniently, TLLoD has closed that post to comments, so I can’t even write this as a comment there.

It’s sites like The Last Line of Defense that lends fuel to MSM’s — especially the despicable Washington Post — malicious characterization of Alternative Media as “fake news”.

~Eowyn

The Hillary epic fail Caption Contest

This is the 138th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the GIF:

clintons-premature-celebration-of-election-win

About the GIF: Believing in the media’s rigged polls, the Clintons prematurely (and mistakenly) celebrate Hillary’s election win on the night of November 8, 2016.

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box), not via email or on Facebook.
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM:D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, December 6, 2016.

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

Doctors in the future will use this GIF to teach interns about senile dementia.

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

Seen any good pics that you think would be great for our Caption Contest? Email them to us! :D

FOTM4ever@gmail.com

~Éowyn

Liberal chick still crying over Hillary losing election, weeks later

I”Liberalism is a mental disorder” is a much-used aphorism, but it is daily confirmed by the Left’s meltdown over Hillary Clinton losing the election.

eirene-donohue

Below are excerpts from a first-person testimonial by Eirene Donohue — a Hollywood screenwriter who calls herself “fighter, mother, lover” and “collector of all things wicked awesome” (whatever that means).

She says she can’t stop crying over Hillary’s loss because, as she puts it, “I am her”. Calling liberalism a mental disorder is an understatement.

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From Eirene Donohue, “No You Can’t: Why I’m Still Crying Over Hillary’s Loss,” Medium, Nov. 27, 2016. Words in green between [brackets] are mine:

“I thought I had it together. I thought I was moving on, “getting over it” as the world kept telling me to. She lost, he won. The only thing we can do is keep fighting. We are seeds, we are safety pins, we are stronger together. So I picked myself up from the black hole of despair I had fallen into after Trump won and I got back to the business of life.

I worked on a new script. I took my three-year old daughter to preschool. I drove out to a kids’ consignment sale in the valley. Because the fact that a racist, misogynistic ignorant hatred-spewing demagogue has been elected president doesn’t change the fact that my kid needed a new booster seat and jammies that fit . . . .

I am her. The words flashed through my head. And suddenly, there on the 101 freeway, I was down the hole again. Tears streaming, sobs choking, heart breaking. The realization hitting me. I am Her. [Note the capital H]

And here was the root of my pain. This wasn’t just about the disappointment that my candidate lost. Or the fear of what Trump will do to this country. It felt like my very soul hurt and I realized that it was because of what this election said to me as a woman. It said no.

No, woman, stay in your place. No, woman, you are not good enough. No, woman, no matter what you do, you will not win, you will not be the boss of me.

It crushed a part of my female core to realize that yes, the world at large really does hate women that much. And while there are other reasons to dislike Hilary Clinton and disagree with her policies, misogyny and sexism are the gas that fuels the fire they burned her with.

We are supposed to stay quiet and not ask for much. Stay in our place and say please and thank you and don’t challenge anyone. We must be perfect, ten times more perfect than the man beside us. And then we must wait for them to give us permission to follow their orders.” [Hey, Eirene! Here’s a “quiet” woman who doesn’t “challenge anyone” and doesn’t “ask for much”!]
Hillary showing

“I have always been both a strong woman [No, you’re not, if you’re still crying over losing an election that happened weeks ago] and a good girl. I got straight A’s. I was class president. I went to an Ivy League school [where you were woefully mis-educated] and even gave the commencement address, just like Hillary. I sailed through a hurricane off the Cape of Good Hope as the only woman on a crew of eight men. I sold everything I owned and moved across the country [Is that supposed to be a mark of singular courage? LOL] in order to pursue my dream of being a screenwriter. I put my husband through nursing school while raising a daughter who doesn’t believe in sleeping through the night. I dream big dreams. I make hard choices. I don’t give up. Just like Hillary.

And yet every time I walk into a meeting, usually to try and sell a female driven story, I have to sell my “likability” because I know only 26% of creators, writers, directors and producers in TV are women. And every time I walk down the street alone at night I have to hold my phone in my hand, finger ready to dial 911 should that man walking towards me decide that he’d like to converse with me with some “locker room talk.”

Hillary Clinton did everything they told her to do. She smiled, she worked hard, she was polite and caring, she stayed calm. She was not a Bitch, even when she had every right to be. She wore just the right amount of make up, kept every hair in place. She did her best. She did the best. And still.” [Hey, Eirene! For all your Ivy League education, you somehow missed this!]

“. . . Hillary gave me hope. Things were going to be different. For me and my daughter. The broken shards of the glass ceiling would crumble to glitter dust beneath our empowered feet. [Earth to Eirene! Hillary doesn’t give a hoot about you.] We were going to dance together in the fresh air of that open sky, nothing to keep our hands from reaching for the sun. It was an exciting, inspiring time to be a woman. [Geesh, with purply-prose writing like this, no wonder you’re a failed screenwriter.]

But now that hope feels gone . . . . Hillary Clinton stood up for women [Yeah, like she “stood up” for all the women her husband Bill screwed, raped and molested.] and when the world slapped her back down, my cheek felt the sting. I know that there is work to be done, battles to fight, toddlers to raise into Nasty Women. [You mean like Hillary? See “Hillary Clinton is a monster, says Secret Service agents”.] And so I keep driving. But even now as I seek the horizon, the words keep going through my head. I am Her. I am Her. I am Her. And the tears keep falling.”

And the tears keep falling . . . .

Dog eyeroll

Eirene Donohue’s insanity is pervasive, judging by the readers’ comments to her essay. Here’s a sample:

Rebecca Rice: “Right on. I cried this morning as well while having breakfast out with my husband….”

Lorraine Devon Wilke: “I cry at least once a day thinking about our loss of advancement as women, the loss of our children’s safety….”

Sandie Chamberlain: “I am from the United Kingdom and I live in New Zealand….and I am still crying too….”

Erin Oliver: “That is exactly how it feels…how could they reject her..because I am her..” [Note: the two ellipses .. are Erin Oliver’s]

Rose Hook: “…when I read your article I started crying. We ALL were her!”

Tina Stanley: “…Yes, I am her, too.”

Lesley Kluchin: “I am only a year younger than Hillary, and I too have been crying and feeling lost…”

Patty Keller Jeddy: “…I cried at the thought that Americans could choose a complete and utter despicable human being over someone who did not have a penis so she must be evil….” [Psst, Jeddy. It’s not her lack of a penis that makes Hillary evil. It’s this ↓↓↓]

Hillary Clinton what difference does it make

Author Ed Klein said that Hillary too cried so hard on the phone a day after the election that her words were indecipherable. (See “Hillary Clinton was in a drunken rage on Election night”)

But it’s also liberal women like Hillary and Eirene Donohue who insist there are no gender differences, that women are just as strong as men, blah, blah, blah. And yet, by their incessant weeping and whining over Hillary’s defeat, they are behaving just like the traditional stereotype of females being emotionally fragile who cry at the slightest provocation.

I don’t recall conservative women incessantly crying after Obama was twice elected, do you?

~Eowyn