Friday, September 27, 2013

7QT Candy Corn Love it/Hate it?

More 7QT over at Jen's Conversion Diary

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.

Over at Alexandria 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.

6. Nihilism hurts the young the most. By Thomas Gelsthrope

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.


  1. Our family always buys those "weird" flavors of candy corn like candy apple or pumpkin. Yep, they are gone within an hour of arrival.

    1. I couldn't find candy apple at the store today.

  2. Oooo candy corn...I have a love/hate relationship with it as well. I love the way it tastes, but hate that it's so full or artificial colors and junk (which is probably why it's good that we only eat it year-round).

  3. I hate that candy corn comes in flavors now. Carmel Apple Candy Corn? Nope, I want the yellow, white orange. I am amazed constantly at the number of people who do not see the connection between having a father figure in the home and choices that their sons make as adults. If your son never had a father figure, how will he learn how to be a father figure?

    1. What is sad, is how media now completely ignores the issue. About six years ago, there was a turn in how we view public policy and ideals when it came to stabilization/preservation of the family.

      I am writing up a post for over at Alexandria next week in regards to Mayor Cory Booker. Before he was a DNC celebrity (GOP has them to), he was really serious about fatherless (formally known as low marriage rates) in his city. He replicated programs that worked in other cities to improve parenting/relationships and basic education/employment for fathers with criminal records.

      He actually accomplished a lot as mayor, but only through African American news outlets would anyone know about the hard work he did for his community.

      As you can see I write and will still write about the effects of families fragmented, no matter how much I or anyone else wants to improve the situation for these neighborhoods its gets side tracked into the cultural/social media wars.

      It is like we are being controlled by the media not to care that children do not have a stable home with their mom and dad.

      Just look at what the media is trying to do with the Pope. Really, how low really are they going to go.