Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Friday, August 29, 2014

Who Failed the Ice Bucket Challenge?



Some people might say Hilary Clinton.


Some people might say Nancy Pelosi.


Some people might say Sarah Palin, but we know she did take the challenge and did not melt.


The person who fails is the pro-life supporter who donates money to ASL without instructing them not to use the funds for embryonic stem cell research which requires the destruction of human embryonic life.


Fortunately most ASL research works with adult stem cells. Make sure you specify what your ASL donation is for and what it is not for.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Wisdom of John Wayne


John Wayne: The Life and Legend by Scott Eyman is a new biography that is sure to be the standard that all other John Wayne bios will be measured against. Wayne was the most popular movie star in America during the 1940's, 1950's, and much of the 1960's. He was a staunch opinionated conservative working in an industry teeming with liberals, socialists, and even communists.

Here are some of the Duke's opinions shared by Mr. Eyman in his fine book:

College Professors -
"It takes 15 years of kissing someone’s backside for a professor to get a chair somewhere and then he’s a big shot in a little world, passing his point of view on to a lot of impressionable kids. He’s never really had to tough it out in this world of ours, so he has a completely theoretical view of how it should be run and what we should do for our fellow man."

Anti-Military Liberals -
"I would think somebody like Jane Fonda and her idiot husband would be terribly ashamed and saddened that they were a part of causing us to stop helping the South Vietnamese. Now look what’s happening. They’re getting killed by the millions. Murdered by the millions. How the hell can she and her husband sleep at night?"

Role of Government -
"I don’t want any handouts from a benevolent government. I think government is naturally the enemy of the individual, but its a necessary evil, like, say motion picture agents are. I do not want the government . . . to insure me anything more than normal security."

Identity Politics -
"The hyphenated American is ridiculous. But that’s what we have to put up with. I think that any person that’s in the United States is better off here than they would be where they came from."

Women's Equality -
"I have always felt that women should get exactly the same salary for the same work that a man would. And I assume and presume that is gradually coming to pass. Mainly because women have been individual enough to step out and become lawyers and do these different things. But it is ridiculous for the studio to have a woman be a grip on a set. There are certain standards of hard work that are expected of a grip that a woman can’t cut. That doesn’t mean that she couldn’t direct the picture if she had the talent to do it. But I mean, there’s a lot of men that couldn’t go in and be a grip, because they’re not capable of the physical effort required to perform that job."

Black Leadership -
"With a lot of blacks, there’s quite a bit of resentment along with their dissent, and possibly rightfully so. But we can’t all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks. I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to the point of responsibility. I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people."

Gays -
"You know, I’m an older man, and I’ve been thrown in a lot of experiences, and I have a feeling that it’s abnormal and it’s certainly not the natural way we were put on earth. So I see no reason to jump with joy because somebody is gay, and I don’t see any reason for waving a flag for all the wonderful things gays have done for the world . . . any more than you’d say, ‘Oh, boy, horray for the tuberculosis victim!’ It’s abnormal to me. Now, as far as having them live their life, I feel that a man has a right to live his life, I feel that a man has a right to live his life the way he wishes -- as long as he doesn’t interfere with me having my rights. So I have nothing against them, but I certainly see no reason to jump with joy about it."

Government Spending -
"Government has no wealth, and when a politician promises to give you something for nothing, he must first confiscate that wealth from you -- either by direct taxes, or by the cruelly indirect tax of inflation."

Television -
"The worst part of it has been, I think, the adverse effect on family life. It kills off family conversation. And it’s harder to get your children to read books. I became a confirmed reader when I was growing up in Glendale. I’ve loved reading all my life. Now I’ve got this daughter, Aissa, a very bright young lady -- but it is a hard job to get her to read. Television’s just too easy."


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Nobel Called . . . They Want Their Peace Prize Back


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

For a Good Time Call 1-800-CHASTE


The University of Virginia's National Marriage Project is reporting new research that finds that couples who postpone physical intimacy until they are married have higher quality marriages than those who do not wait.

These research findings are contrary to what the popular culture would want people to believe. In modern America most people don't remain chaste until marriage. People who wait are labeled old fashioned, prudes, repressed, and foolish. Why impose self control when you can just have a good time?

  • The American Journal of Medicine reports that more than half of all Americans will have an STD at some point in their life. Not a problem for those that wait for marriage.
  • More than 40% of babies are born to unwed mothers which puts these broken homes on a path to poverty. Not a problem for those that wait for marriage.
  • Teens who take chastity pledges are likely to align friendships with other teens who are religious and chaste and avoid running around with crowds that make poor choices regarding sex, drugs, and criminal behavior.
  • Married people report having sex more frequently and with greater satisfaction than their unmarried peers.
  • People who were promiscuous prior to marriage are more likely to have an affair after being married.
  • Divorce rates are lower among those that are chaste until married.
Who is having fun now?

For more details on these findings, read Rodney Stark's America's Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists.


Regardless of opinions, facts are on the side of those who know that love can wait and in the long run it is those who are chaste until marriage who have a good time.


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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Not So Happy Birthday Social Security



It's Social Security's birthday! Franklin Roosevelt signed it into law on August 14, 1935. It is fairly common knowledge among informed people that Social Security is underfunded and cannot deliver what it promises. President Clinton and Newt Gingrich were poised to tackle the issue in the late 1990's, but it was tabled when Clinton's impeachment took center stage. President Bush wanted to fix it, but his efforts went nowhere. President Obama, to no one's surprise given his political ineptitude, has done nothing.

It is doubtful that anything will be done until at least 2017 when hopefully we can elect a president courageous enough to lead on this important issue. In the meantime, we can cry and laugh about the situation with some political cartoons that communicate our dire situation:












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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

More Church = Less Depression, Less Suicide


The death by suicide of beloved comedian Robin Williams shocked the world. That a man who spent his career making others laugh would fall victim to the demons of depression and addiction is an ironic tragedy. One can’t help but think, how could a man with access to every resource not get the help he needed?

While there is a place for medication and psychiatric assistance to combat suicide, depression, and addiction, one of the best ways to find happiness and improved mental health is simple -- go to church.

This fact is contrary to the prevailing misconception of secular culture that being religious is a form of mental illness and that it is more healthy to be a doubting, free thinking liberal. Professor Rodney Stark’s excellent book, America’s Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists has a chapter that addresses mental health. Here is some of what he shares:

  • Common misconceptions about religion being a form of neurosis can be traced back to Sigmund Freud, Albert Ellis, and Gordon Allport, influential psychologists who were biased against religion without backing up their opinion with unbiased research. Allport’s commonly accepted view was that less religious people were mature and intelligent, while religious people were childish, authoritarian, and irrational and suffering from a form of mental illness.
  • Stark’s review of actual effects of religion on mental health shows that the opposite is true, supported by a body of research where the summary volume runs to 1,192 pages!
  • Stark notes that “religiousness provides substantial protections against mental illness.”
  • Among people who attend church weekly, 40% are very happy. For those that never attend church, 25% are very happy. Meanwhile 9% of those who attend church weekly are not too happy and 18% of those who never attend church are not too happy. Clearly being happy and going to church go hand it hand.
  • People who are less religious “tend to score high on measures of depression.” People that are more religious “tend to score low on the measures of depression."
  • With high statistical significance, “those being treated for mental heath problems were less religious than the normal population.”
  • “The higher the church membership rate of a standard metropolitan statistical area, the lower its suicide rate.”

Though raised by an Episcopalian father and Christian Scientist mother, Robin Williams was not a practicing Christian and his beliefs leaned towards atheism. We know that religion can give people hope and purpose and a reason to live on regardless of adversity (think Corrie ten Boom). It is sad that faith was not present in Mr. William’s life to provide him the benefits to mental health that are a bonus to a religious life.


Her is a related post about Stark's book and how religion results in less crime.


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Friday, August 8, 2014

Stop Libertarians Eating Boogers


A toddler who picks his nose is likely to eat the results. Why? Because it makes him feel good. It goes without saying that the habit has no redeeming value.

A libertarian who votes for a third party candidate is the adult equivalent of a booger eating toddler. Why do they vote for third party candidates who have no chance of winning? Because it makes them feel good. It goes without saying that the habit has no redeeming value. This year it could be immensely destructive to the libertarian values they feel so strongly about.

Famed prognosticator Nate Silver is predicting that Republicans should regain control of the US senate in the fall elections. Republicans need to pick up six seats to regain the majority President Obama is so unpopular that there is little Democrats can do to attract the needed votes in red-leaning states. However, there is a real strong possibility that Libertarians could help the Democrats maintain control of the senate by winning elections this year in states that went for Romney in 2012. Here is how:

  • Alaska. Democrat Mark Begich is under 50% but is outpolling the different Republican candidates running in a primary to be decided later this month. The Libertarian candidate has yet to be decided, but they got 5% of the vote in 2008 when Begich beat his Republican foe by only 1.3%.
  • Arkansas. Democrat Mark Pryor is in another close race with Republican Tom Cotton. Neither has been able to poll above 50%. Libertarian Party candidate and Wal-Mart manager Nathan LeFrance is polling 3%.
  • Georgia. It is an open seat due to a Republican retiring. Democrat Michelle Nunn is running a close race against Republican David Perdue. Libertarian Party candidate and former city council woman Amanda Swafford has polled up to 7%.
  • Kentucky. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is in a surprisingly tight race with Democrat Alison Grimes. Libertarian candidate David Patterson is polling 7%.
  • Louisiana. Democrat Mary "Louisiana Purchase" Landreau is polling under 50%. Her Republican challenger Bill Cassidy, who is polling around 25%, is losing support to Senate Conservatives Fund retired Air Force colonel Rob Maness and Libertarian engineer Brandon McMorris.
  • North Carolina. Democrat Kay Hagen is running neck and neck with Republican Tom Tillis. Neither one of them is polling above 50% right now. Meanwhile Libertarian Party candidate and pizza deliveryman Sean Haugh is polling as high as 7%.

There is also a blue state where a Republican win is threaten by the Libertarian Party.

  • Colorado (voted for Obama). The race here between Democrat Mark Udall and Republican Cory Gardner is a horse race. However Libertarian candidate and armored truck driver Gaylon Kent has polled 7% (What's with the 7%?).
I think libertarian values of less government spending and smaller government are a good idea. However, when libertarians waste their votes on third party candidates, they are only giving up power to big spending, big government liberals. The only sane vote in the general election is to vote for the Republican, even if he or she doesn't always drink libertarian Kool-Aid.

Be sure to tell your libertarian friends who plan to vote for third party candidates that you don't appreciate seeing them eat boogers and if their wasted efforts results in the failure of Republicans to retake the senate, the rest of us are going to eating something much worse.


My favorite joke about liberals with a libertarian twist.


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Monday, August 4, 2014

More Church = Less Crime



America’s Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists by Rodney Stark is an important book that deserves more attention.


A post I wrote in June that included an overview of Stark’s book resulted in the Evolutionist/Atheist equivalent of flying monkeys swooping down and attacking this “unwelcome news.” It did not fit the preconceived, prejudiced views of how practicing Christians are suppose to behave. Turns out religious people are not knuckle dragging nut jobs that would be far better off if they abandoned their pre-modern beliefs. A few people posted attacks on my original post, but they have not evolved polite language, so I had to remove them. I invited them to repost their disagreements without the foul language but no one chose to repeat their comments using civil language.


Because Starks findings are so under reported, I will use my blog to share his well researched conclusions.  Today’s topic is Religion and Crime.


Stark cited a 2010 study that noticed that 14 of 16 popular criminology textbooks did not have the word “religion” in the index and the other two gave it no more than a couple of pages of attention. This is a major blind spot, given that religion has a strong message of living a moral life and not a criminal life. It should have a measurable impact on crime. Stark surmises that it was not part of the textbooks because of the inbred anti-religion perception of the education community. Stark had to find original sources to find out what effect religion has on crime. These findings should not be surprising to practicing Christians, but they are not well known in general society.  


Stark used the General Social Surveys (GSS) which are annual national samples of adults created to provide free data for all interested researchers.  Here is what Stark found:


Percentage of Adults Who Report Having Been Picked Up By the Police


Denomination
Number of Cases
Percent Picked Up
Protestant
6,081
10%
Catholic
2,590
11%
Jewish
236
5%
None
714
25%
All
9,621
11%

This research shows that people who report no religious affiliation are 2-5 times more likely to have a run-in with the police than those that report a religious affiliation.


Church Attendance
All
Women
Men
White
African American
Weekly
6%
3%
10%
5%
10%
Sometimes
13%
5%
21%
12%
18%
Never
21%
9%
32%
20%
30%


From this table we can see that frequent church attendance also means a lower rate of police attention than by those that don’t attend church.


Stark’s book also uses UN stats to show that crime rates in Europe with much fewer religious people sees higher crime rates than in the U.S where the majority of citizens are religious.


So why is this kind of research not given greater attention? Stark recognizes that while the overwhelming majority of Americans are religious, it is unfortunate that the overwhelming majority of academics and journalists are not religious. These biased, secular, and liberal gatekeepers to information are not interested in promoting news that shows religion in a positive light.

Thank God that blogs and other forms of social media are able to circumvent the ungodly stranglehold on the mainstream media to tell what the real truth is.


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