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  •  oh my god (0+ / 0-)

    ...that is such a stretch. Somehow, I can't see anybody, even the wingnuttiest of wingnuts, catch on to the cry that STRICKLAND ONLY VOTED "PRESENT" IN A SYMBOLIC PROCEDURAL VOTE IN 1999 TO CONDEMN A STUDY BY THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION!!!

    And the charge that "Strickland supports pedos" wouldn't stick absent something a little more concrete than the above.

    •  Well I hope you're right (0+ / 0-)

      My 'caller' is a physician who has considerable interest in child abuse issues, & is normally a pretty credible guy...I really hate to think any sane person would support Blackwell over Strickland in this election, but you can't rule him out - especially if the repubs somehow manage to muddy things up with the so-called 'values voters' :(

      •  I hope I'm right too! (0+ / 0-)

        But this is OHIO, after all! :(

      •  It's an attack from the anti-science wingnuttery. (1+ / 0-)
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        Just because your caller is a physician doesn't mean he or she has any deep knowledge of psychology, otherwise, you'd be sending your kids to him or her for therapy too, if they needed it.

        As I've said before in other responses, pedophilia is a psychological term, not a legal one.  We have to define our legal remedies on different grounds because we protect children from different threats at different ages.

        The APA has been attacked by several right wing organizations for changing the definition of pedophilia in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.  There has been a debate about whether someone can be classified as a pedophile if that person has never acted on his or her urges.  But for now the definition remains thus:

        The American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,
        Fourth Edition Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) criteria for Pedophilia (302.2) are:
        A. Over a period of at least 6 months, recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual
        urges, or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children
        (generally age 13 years or younger);
        B. The person has acted on these sexual urges, or the sexual urges or fantasies cause marked
        distress or interpersonal difficulty;
        C. The person is at least age 16 years and at least 5 years older than the child or children in

        Criterion A.

        Uh, and by the way, please read the above.  Mark Foley IS NOT A PEDOPHILE.

        So there are two reasons why Strickland's vote has nothing to do with Mark Foley.  (1) the vote was an attack on science and (2) Mark Foley is not a pedophile, so this isn't even pertinant.

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