Friday, January 23, 2015

Quoted back in the days of Opine Editorials

This ... a thousand times this...
'The reason that Conservatism is "pro-family" is because no ideology can ultimately be defined in purely negative terms. It is not enough to say that we oppose big government, because to oppose anything is necessarily to advocate whatever must exist in it's place. In this case that is not simply "the individual". American economist Milton Friedman once said "We tend to talk about an individualist society, but it really isn't, it's a family society. And the greatest incentives of all, the incentives that have really driven people on, have largely been the incentives of family. ". No free society has ever existed that was constituted primarily of individuals pursuing their own interests as isolated individuals. It is stable, successful families, and communities of families, that make a free society possible. The only real world alternative to a society built upon the state, is a society built upon the family. '
-- Philosophical Conservatism in The Real Meaning Of Limited Government

It was quoted from Facebook, by someone I use to post with over at Opine Editorials. 

Despite the Cultural Wars battled within the Supreme Court, public policy understands this. It doesn't get the media attention. Never will, because the media is dominated by the 1%. And well I don't think the 1% cares about society. 

{SQT} EMPIRE



More Seven Quick Takes over at Kelly's

1. I'm addicted to Empire. I initially watched because I loved Taraji Henson on Person of Interest with  They killed off her character Detective Joss Carter last season.

2. Some moments feel soap opera like, and the sex scenes well are not appropriate but they play a part of the story line. You can't avoid them, but so far they do not go beyond necessary for the plot. There is a bit of a ick factor, especially with the oldest son, Andre. Right now he's the character I have the least sympathy for.

3. The acting is great between Taraji (Cookie) and Terrence (Lucious). They were both leads in "Hustle & Flow", which I have not seen.

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5. Jamal, the middle son, is gay. I thought the portrayal was exceptionally done well. It is nothing like the Modern Family stereotypes. If you watch the clip, you don't hear him telling his father "I'm gay! I'm gay!" Instead you hear him commanding to his father that he's a man.

I love this. This works well with Church teachings. While we acknowledge orientation, ultimately we are male or female. Being gay, doesn't make you less masculine. Seeing a gay character assert his gender, in a positive non-machismo manner.It is nice to see Hollywood move away from the 'gay magical elf'

Addressing machismo I think will play a large theme in the series. From Lucious telling a young boy "Real men don't cry" to the meeting of Puma played by Cuba Gooding Jr. whose character helps at-risk teens with care of horses on a ranch.

6. You will notice several religious references throughout the episodes. In the clip above, but also flashbacks.  Plus I love the fashion. This show will have an IMPACT on fashion. Whatever Cookie wears, we will follow.


7. My daughter is 12, and she had no interest in the show with the very mature themes. If she was 14, she probably would have more of an interest and I could definitely lets her watch with parental guidance. This is no GLEE, despite the music, this is a very serious drama. 




Thursday, January 22, 2015

Trying to be positive

What the Pope said...

"But there was something more. The refusal of Paul VI was not only about the personal problems, that he then tells the confessors to be merciful, to understand if this is true, and then (he tells them) “you can be merciful, more understanding.” He was looking at the Neo-Malthusianism that was underway worldwide. What do you call this Neo-Malthusianism? Less than one percent of birth rate in Italy. The same in Spain. That Neo-Malthusianism that seeks to control humanity on behalf of the powers (that be).This does not mean that the Christian must make children in series. I rebuked a woman some months ago in a parish who was pregnant eight times, with seven C-sections (cesareans). “But do you want to leave seven orphans? That is to tempt God! (Paul VI) speaks of responsible parenthood. What I wanted to say was that Paul VI was not antiquated, close minded. No,(he was) a prophet again who with this (encyclical) told us to watch out for the Neo-Malthusianism that is coming. This is what I wanted to say."
Turns into something the media just made up....

So here's a blog (Jane the Actuary) that has nothing to do with Catholicism or subjects I may post upon, but it's a good read. I read it in the past and Instapundit has given it nod as well. 


Saturday, January 17, 2015

{SQT] ""No. I'm always tired." & Policy Links on Marriage




1 . From Twitter by a former local reporter I still follow. 
"Little kid sitting behind me, to the adult he came with: "Can't we all just go home now? Aren't you tired?" Adult: "No. I'm always tired."
2. 

After a decade being told that children have nothing to do with marriage...

The CDC reports "Married Women Are Having More Kids. Unmarried Women? Not So Much"


From the Wall Street Journal
"But there’s also a more troubling takeaway: The legacy of the Great Recession, combined with rising income inequality, could be dividing women into haves and have-nots when it comes to having children."
The public policy is clear that childbearing is the relevant factor involved, how to bridge the gap between the haves and have-nots will be tough and of course will not happen over night or even within a year or two. The work and efforts of change will be generational.
3. Was Moynihan Right?

What happens to children of unmarried mothers



"The high rate of partner turnover during a mother’s peak fertility years means not only that her children now experience more changes in the adults with whom they live, but also that they are now more likely to have half siblings, who have different fathers, paternal grandparents, and other relatives. Half siblings and their kin create additional complexity in children’s families. "

4. Why spending less on your wedding could save your marriage | PBS NewsHour


  • Guys, dropping $2,000 to $4,000 on an engagement ring means you’re 1.3 times more likely to get divorced compared with the more frugal fellows who only allocate $500 to $2,000.
  • For both sexes, spending more than $20,000 on the wedding ups the odds of divorce by 3.5 times compared with couples who keep it between $5,000 and $10,000.
  • For the best odds, though, keep the festivities to less than $1,000.
 
5. "One upside to the divorce I didn’t want: Freedom to parent without the mom rules" Washington Post
"Suddenly, you’re not negotiating bedtime or how many cookies is the right amount of cookies. Now you’re in charge, freed from the constraints of Mommy Culture. And Mommy Culture is like air; you can’t escape it, and you don’t even know you’re struggling to breathe in that thin air until you experience a sudden change in altitude. At least that’s how it felt to me."
Interesting article, the writer is well aware how painful divorce is. 

6The Changing Economics of Single Motherhood from Pacific Standard The Science of Society 

"In the 1980s, divorcĂ©es had median incomes more than double those of never-married mothers. Thirty years later, the disparity hasn’t changed much. All women have higher incomes, as measured in inflation-adjusted dollars, but only married mothers have seen really big gains."


7. Sorry no equal sign Facebook profiles or rainbow flags here.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

After a decade being told that children have nothing to do with marriage...

The CDC reports "Married Women Are Having More Kids. Unmarried Women? Not So Much"


From the Wall Street Journal

"But there’s also a more troubling takeaway: The legacy of the Great Recession, combined with rising income inequality, could be dividing women into haves and have-nots when it comes to having children."

The public policy is clear that childbearing is the relevant factor involved, how to bridge the gap between the haves and have-nots will be tough and of course will not happen over night or even within a year or two. The work and efforts of change will be generational.


Saturday, December 27, 2014

I'm not as popular as Neil Degrasse Tyson

So some really popular science celebrity guy made a roll eyeing tweet noting Sir Isaac Newton was born on Christmas Day, to imply Jesus is a waste of our time or Newton is more important the God. I can't figure it out.

 Newton was a Christian , he wrote a lot on the subject of religion. Newton even wrote sermons on idolatry! So something gets retweeted 100k times over, is just well pure bullshit to stroke the ego of the individual. Sorry internet you were duped by the science 'expert' again.