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Improve income inequality, marry down

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CupidIt turns out that Darwin was wrong.  All along we thought that natural selection was a good thing.  Out with the thought that survival of the fittest meant carrying on positive traits as a way of improving future generations’ ability to survive in their environment.  Now, according to the New York Times, marrying someone with common interests, particularly if those interests include higher education and better incomes, tends to “propagate inequality across the generations.”  Tyler Cowen’s little piece titled “The Marriage of Power Couples Reinforce Income Inequality” from the December 24, 2015, edition of the Times sets us straight and can be found here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/27/upshot/marriages-of-power-couples-reinforce-income-inequality.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur

According to Tyler, economic costs are incurred by our society when people are determined “to do everything possible to advance the interests of their children.”  When you’re a society that celebrates traits that could be considered the opposite of ambitious, energetic, industrious, and aspiring, we suppose it’s not surprising that there’s an expectation of guilt if we dare strive to be as independent and successful as possible.   So all of you who haven’t found that perfect someone yet, don’t widen the income inequality gap any further.   Truly embrace the opposites-attract reasoning and find that special person who doesn’t share your same drive for success.   You may really dislike your life if you follow this doctrine, but you’ll rid yourself of that speck of guilt that otherwise may try to cling to your conscience if you “marry up.”

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Did Christmas survive Christmas?

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Christmas Tree

Another Christmas has come and gone and in spite of the best efforts of many to denigrate its spirit, it appears to have survived.  We had those refusing to say Merry Christmas, banning nonsecular holiday decorations, and purging all references to Christ from primary school “holiday” programs, but on the morning of 12/25/15 families across the country woke up to a Christmas tree and gave thanks for their simple blessings as they ate their Christmas meal, Christians and non-Christians alike.  In fact, according to a Pew Research Center survey, Christmas represents a nation-wide event celebrated by 92 percent of the population.

We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas.

Micro-aggressions, gluten and a wide assortment of bathrooms

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BathroomsWe’re living in strange times.

At the top of our list of should-be concerns are a nuclear ambitious Iran, a nuclear capable North Korea, a leading presidential contender who’s being investigated by the FBI, 18 trillion dollars in debt, more Americans on food stamps than ever before, terrorism on the rise, family values disintegrating, abortion as a contraceptive, half of all pregnancies being unwanted, and that’s just to name a few.  You’d think though that we have such deep seeded insecurities that our focus can go no further than those things that have the potential to make us feel bad, probe at our inner vulnerabilities and encourage government dependence.  Why else would we be hyper focused on such things as micro-aggression, hurt speech, gluten, GMO’s, safe spaces, and the assurance that we’re certain to have a wide assortment of bathrooms to satisfy any gender bending abstraction.  A big clue to our transformation is our newly acquired ineptitude when it comes to figuring out what bathroom to use.

Sadly we’re losing those in our society who were part of the “greatest generation.”  To add insult to their sacrifices, it’s being replaced by the “helpless generation.”

Extremists and religion

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Extremists

There are those who’s nose goes straight up in the air, their arms immediately cross over their chests followed by a heavy sigh of acrimonious air exhaled if anyone dares to criticize the Islamic faith,  After all, even the President wagged his finger at us to say that Christians are no better.  Look no further than the crusades.  To that bunch of hooey we say get a grip on reality and start loosening up on your PC condition.  Too bad you can’t go back hundreds of years and try to fix that crusade problem.  In the mean time, can we focus on why we’re more likely to today to be beheaded than we were a decade ago?

Can you spot what’s missing in this gun violence info-graphic?

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Courtesy of the Washington Post on Sunday December 13, 2015, we now have a “clear” picture of how bad the gun violence is in this country.  “50 years of mass shootings in the U.S.” screams the headline followed by an info-graphic that captures all of the well known tragic gun related shootings that we recall vividly or perhaps with just a hint of remembrance if you’re old enough.  But there are missing pieces to this carefully constructed puzzle.  In the fine print the Washington Post notes that this info-graphic:

“does not include gang killings, shootings that began as other crimes such as robberies, and killings that involved only the shooter’s family.” 

That seems like a wide swath of omitted data and makes the reader question the motives of such cherry picking journalism.  We’ll leave it up to you to determine why those tragic categories of violence shouldn’t be considered “mass shootings.”

Feel free to comment below.

Gun violence

Gun ban list, any list will do

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The List

All of the buzz about the no-fly list, yet it’s still unclear how someone gets on and off that list.  Seems about as reasonable as using Santa’s.

An unexpected Trump fan.

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Trump Fan
Hillary and her minions must be quietly praising Trump for storming into the picture and turning the Republican establishment on itself.  As long as he continues to stay in this race, and it certainly looks like he has staying power, the more the focus leaves her and bores in on the GOP divide.

At the end of a Presidential election, voters often consider it a choice of the lesser of two evils.  That’s likely due to the continued negative campaigning to the point where each of the candidates have been torn down in the eyes of the voters.  The GOP candidates are doing just that for the primary!  By the time they get to the general election the victor will be scared, beaten, burned, and basted leaving Hillary to sweep in unscathed.  Please quit giving her a reason to cackle.