Comment history

16 things: KU’s Natural History Museum director shares experiences

it's been a long time since I read an article that had me grinning from ear to ear the whole time. Now this is a person I'd like to meet, and I can't wait to read more of the series. So many of the faculty that I have admired over the years are gone now, but I'm looking forward to reading the articles about the others who are chosen.

July 3, 2011 at 8:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Planned Parenthood says it will receive abortion license, expects to withdraw federal lawsuit

Thank you for this very important and balanced post. Everybody needs to stop for a minute and take a good look at the man behind the curtain and what he's trying to do here.

June 30, 2011 at 7:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Shots fired into a crowd and a 100 MPH car chase

"Police believed that a vehicle had drove past and fired a rifle into the crowd..."

"Other witnesses stated that the shooter was on foot when the shot were fired..."

"Police seemed to stick with the story of the victim had fallen from a truck. "

"The driver made wound his way around Lawrence..."

Tsk, tsk.

June 5, 2011 at 6:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Circumcision ban to appear on San Francisco ballot

Rodentgirl, I would bet my bottom dollar that the child didn't need to have a circumcision. At somewhere around three years old, a boy's foreskin naturally begins the process of separating from the penis. Until that point it is attached as firmly as your fingernails are to your finger. During this process (which can take months or even years to complete), there is sometimes some swelling and even some discharge of the dissolving skin cells.

This process is as natural and normal as baby teeth falling out. There can be some blood and muck with that process, too, and we don't have childens' baby teeth removed to prevent it.

If, however, there really was an infection (which of course should be verified by a doctor who actually understands more about a foreskin than how to cut it off - a damn hard thing to find in this ridiculously backwards state), it needs to be diagnosed with a swab test and treated with the appropriate antibiotics. Just like would have been done for a three year old girl with an infection.

If you're on the fence about this, and you have a boy baby someday to make the decision for, please do lots and lots of research on actual medical sites.

May 20, 2011 at 9:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Circumcision ban to appear on San Francisco ballot

But they don't dig out girl's breast buds with immediately after birth. And I've never heard of a case where a woman's parents decided to have her breasts removed without her consent.

May 20, 2011 at 9:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Circumcision ban to appear on San Francisco ballot

That's not true. There are many forms of female circumcision which involve only the removal of the clitoral hood (aka foreskin) - not the entire clitoris.

And you don't understand the anatomy of human reproductive systems if you don't understand that the both the male and female foreskins are more than just "extra skin."

Human beings should stop mutilating children's sexual organs - regardless of the child's gender. And it still amazes me that that statement even needs to be said.

May 20, 2011 at 9:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Circumcision ban to appear on San Francisco ballot

Yes, but having extra digits is considered to be a birth defect which a parent can easily choose to have corrected.

Having a foreskin is not birth defect and therefore needs no correction.

May 20, 2011 at 8:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Circumcision ban to appear on San Francisco ballot

I always just wonder how in the world our society got to a place where strapping down an infant and cutting away part of his sexual organs is seen as a positive and necessary thing.

May 19, 2011 at 9:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )