1. Why do we have a love/hate relationship with Candy Corn? No one likes candy corn to eat it year round, but when it comes to this season no one can stop gorging themselves with it from the candy dish on the table.Ginny S. addresses this problem.
2. NPR covers the strained Foster Care system. I mention it over at Alexandria.
Alex Morales, the CEO of the Children’s Bureau of Southern California, says the U.S. needs to focus on how it’s going to prevent this problem in the first place. “How do you reduce the situation so that you don’t have 140,000 reports going on in a year?” Morales says. “You try to start very early with families … prevention is ultimately the direction we need to invest in.” While prevention may be the key, Morales says there’s still a crisis going on with Los Angeles Foster Care. There just aren’t enough homes to take in kids, and that ongoing crisis in Los Angeles is one that reflects a national problem.
3. Remember when we use to call prevention, marriage? That was about a decade ago. What happened. Back in 2002, (Remember this when you read the quote) PBS Frontline covers the decline in marriage and the effects on children. That's right, PBS. It reads like it was directed from the Family Research Council. This was when marriage, meant marriage, and not some paranoid media campaign to target anyone who says marriage is really in a grand conspiracy against homosexual persons.
""Let's Get Married" traces the evolution of the public policy debate over marriage -- from Daniel Patrick Moynihan's explosive 1965 report on the erosion of the African-American family, to 1992, when Vice President Dan Quayle's criticism of TV character Murphy Brown's unwed pregnancy made headlines. But FRONTLINE's interviews with social scientists and researchers reveal how -- on both the right and the left -- there is a growing consensus that, all things being equal, two-parent families are best for children."For those whodon't remember, marriage as a matter of public policy and the community was a pretty serious discussion about the needs to stop the fragmenting of the family. The focus was a foundation, and not 'the frosting.' Remember when they reference two parents, it was a reference that both parents were in fact biological kin to the child. Now when people say two parents, it doesn't matter if both are strangers.
4. “Before the government hands over a child to strangers all efforts to find family must be exhausted” Yes, that is still our public policy.
5. The Catholic Church speaks up against the redefining of breakdown of marriage in the 1880 version. In fact here reference the breakdown within the Bible and over the course of history.
". This form of marriage, however, so excellent and so pre-eminent, began to be corrupted by degrees, and to disappear among the heathen; and became even among the Jewish race clouded in a measure and obscured. For in their midst a common custom was gradually introduced, by which it was accounted as lawful for a man to have more than one wife; and eventually when "by reason of the hardness of their heart,"(3) Moses indulgently permitted them to put away their wives, the way was open to divorce. But the corruption and change which fell on marriage among the Gentiles seem almost incredible, inasmuch as it was exposed in every land to floods of error and of the most shameful lusts. All nations seem, more or less, to have forgotten the true notion and origin of marriage; and thus everywhere laws were enacted with reference to marriage, prompted to all appearance by State reasons, but not such as nature required. "Remember... 1880.
Nineteenth-century nihilism achieved the status of an official philosophy derived from the Latin word for "nothing," and explainable with all manner of high-falutin' jargon, arguing that true knowledge is unattainable, all morality is subjective, human existence is without meaning or purpose, and so on. For the purposes of this column, it can be condensed into a two-word sentence: "Life stinks."
7. This news article bothered me. Men can be important, no matter their profession. Second community forum on violence in Cleveland geared toward men, explores link between fatherless upbringing and crime
“Boys in our community are being raised by gangs and by wayward men, who also had no role models growing up,” Conwell said. “We need more men with skills and resources – more lawyers, doctors, men with MBAs -- to help us out.”I know men who do not have degrees or a lot of resources, but they are not in gangs or wayward. But then again, this community may have absolutely no working/middle class either.