This is the most interesting article on infertility, artifical insemination, and ultra-Orthodox Jews that you’ll ever read. Money quote:For secular couples, obtaining a sperm sample for artificial insemination is as easy as, well, you know what. But ultra-Orthodox men aren’t allowed to masturbate. Instead, the man dons a non-spermicidal condom when he has sex with his wife, and then brings the sample to the fertility clinic. When the woman reaches peak fertility, the doctor inseminates her with her husband’s sperm. Some couples poke a hole in the condom before they have sex, a symbolic act that the sperm is not actually going to waste.
The New York Republican Party hired an ultra-religious Jewish consultant to boost its image in a state that contains the single biggest Jewish enclave outside of Israel. Unfortunately, that same person may not believe in Israel’s existence.
No ‘Counterculture’ Hair Allowed At Liberty University
TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro traces an uncomfortable alignement between Romney’s reported youthful bullying and his current moves to draw in the Christian right:
When Mitt Romney stands up at Liberty University Saturday to deliver the school’s commencement address, he’s unlikely to be faced with the kind of long, floppy hair that reportedly so angered him in high school.
According to a copy of the school handbook, “The Liberty Way”, shared with TPM by People for the American Way, the rules governing hair on Liberty’s campus are very strict. From the rules for men:
Hair and clothing styles related to a counterculture (as determined by the Student Affairs Deans’ Review Committee) are not acceptable. Hair should be cut in such a way that it will not come over the ears, collar or eyebrows at any time. Ponytails for men are unacceptable.
This might hit a little too close to home for Romney, who is in the midst of shaking off a Thursday Washington Post report that detailed an incident from Romney’s youth in which he cut off a fellow student’s hair while attending the tony Cranbrook prep school in Michigan.
John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.
“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection.
Romney, with a gang of others, eventually held Lauber down and cut what could be considered a “counterculture hairstyle” off. Lauber later returned to the school “with his shortened hair back to its natural brown.”
Amazing, amazing files obtained by the Associated Press. Holy h311…
Photos of the day
A devotee with a cheek pierced with a handgun, takes part in a procession in celebration of the vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand, October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community’s belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. (Dario Pignatelli/Reuters)