Coming In Second

She’s in 5th grade. He’s in 3rd. Mom began with homeschooling. Then she put kids in public ed so she could finish her degree. Now she’s working full-time and coming home around 6:30 to 7:00pm every night.

I asked the kids how school was one day, and then I said, “Would you rather be at home or at school?” My girls, hands down, would rather be at home. This 3rd grade boy said, “Well, when I’m at home, I’m alone, so I guess I’d rather be at school.”

I saw an ad for a job position where they wanted someone to run the receptionist position AND care full-time for an infant (presumably the owner’s new baby). I thought that owner doesn’t have a clue how time-consuming a newborn baby is. And, if there was a choice between helping customers and taking care of baby, you know owner would want the customers helped first because, of course, baby could wait.

I’m not against women having college degrees or careers or jobs. I am against mom’s putting kids second to such things for whatever laundry list of reasons she comes up with.

I can remember my first born’s birth like it was at 5:05am just this morning. She reminds me often she will drive in a few years, and in just over five years, she will graduate from high school. I have 5 1/2 years left to care for her and nurture her and instill into her the values and integrity and skills she will need when she faces this big, hard world on her own. I would hate to hear her say one day, “I wish I’d been at school or somewhere else, because I was alone at home.”

I can’t get these days back. They are passing like lightening. Once they’re gone; they’re gone. My kids will be influenced by something and someone, somewhere. I want that to happen in our home, by their own family, as much as possible.

Another One

We were finally able to have a plumber come to our house today – we’ve had one toilet out-of-commission for quite some time, but as we have two others, we’ve just locked that door and let it be. Since the settings in the floor were glued in and cracked, my husband decided it best to call a plumber b/c we don’t have the tools to fix such a problem.

I called a plumber who was highly recommended. He was kind and seemed to really know his stuff – answered questions and didn’t do anything unnecessary. In the course of conversation, he mentioned he is not married anymore to the mother of his two children, ages 17 and 19, who live with him … b/c their mom, who lives about ten minutes away, is not involved in their lives.

I didn’t ask anymore questions; he didn’t give anymore information. In my mind I thought, “Another family destroyed by a woman who left … wants to do her own thing … needs to find herself … or whatever she wants to call it.

Sad.

Denninger’s Questions to Obama

regarding the President’s upcoming State of the Union address:

Can you explain how, when entitlements are 56% of the budget and we currently borrow about 43% of the budget, how you intend to be “learner and smarter” and get rid of the deficit – when you have to pay interest charges – without cutting those entitlements?

There are no Unicorns Barry.

There are only facts.

Those questions are appropriate for all Americans. Not just for Obama. It’s long past time that we faced the truth for what it is: our present debt situation exists because Americans have voted for it.

You can try to argue, “Americans don’t support that debt!” But alas, they have.

The last President–whatever his faults–tried Social Security reform. He tried a partial-privatization plan that only involved 4%–in other words, if Social Security went completely Tango Uniform, you’d still keep 4% of what you have, which is more than you would keep right now–and he couldn’t even sell it to his own GOP leaders!!!

Perhaps our biggest budget buster is Medicare. Try–JUST TRY—talking about cutting that, and Americans would shoot you out of the sky.

And the Warfare State? Talk of what spending cuts would mean, and you will find that Americans don’t want those cuts. They want the jobs created at those Lockheed-Martin plants, those Northrop-Grumman plants, those Boeing plants, and related subcontractors.

Go tell the people of Georgia that you want to eliminate Robins AFB, which is the largest employer in the state. Go tell the folks in Titusville that you are cutting the NASA budget in half. You might as well be farting into the microphone at a church sermon.

Even the culture of regulation is hardly easy game. Try cutting the Department of Education, and you will see what I am talking about. The GOP tried in 1995 to increase funding to states for school lunches–in the form of block grants, while eliminating the DoE control–and Americans turned against them as soon as Al Gore gave his “they are taking food out of the mouths of babes” speech.

We can talk all day about “bringing our troops home”, but that expense doesn’t come close to eliminating our budget gap.

The GOP is going to fail for the same reasons that Obama and the DNC are failing now, and for the same reasons that Bush and the GOP failed before them: everyone wants spending cuts, but very few really want them when they realize the impact those cuts will have.

Unfortunately, the choice is between choosing to endure the pain now, versus having it inflicted on you–or your children–even worse later.

Right now, even Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and his son Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)–the two most realistic champions of frugality in Congress–have not done a good job articulating that stark choice. The rest of Congress is either totally clueless or totally dishonest.

But make no mistake: Americans love that big debt. They just want leaders who can make it work.

Just like a certain leader who “made the trains run on time”. . .

Is Science “Self-Correcting”?

On Vox Day’s blog space, he is engaged in a trialogue with two scientists–one a physicist and the other a biochemist–over the validity of the premise that science is self-correcting. I’ve been following from a distance. It is a very good discussion.

The physicist recently had this to say:

However, the the character of the corrections in accounting and science are somewhat different. The rules of accounting are set by accountants, lawyers, and legislators. Errors and corrections happen within that known framework, which can itself be adjusted. In science the framework is the laws of nature, which are not known a priori and can’t be adjusted. (Citigroup can rewrite accounting law, Virgin Galactic can’t rewrite gravity.) So sure, you could say accounting is self-correcting. That description might not be as useful as it is for the scientific study of natural laws, but it wouldn’t be wrong.

While the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) can (and does) indeed revise Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), there are some differences in the comparison that the physicist provides:

(1) If a non-accountant questions the integrity of the changes, he or she is not dismissed for not being a CPA. This is because accounting, among other things, involves assessing the integrity of the operations of an economic entity. And almost anyone–due to disclosure laws–can do this.

If you can read a 10-K, which includes a balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement, and retained earnings statement (in addition to material disclosures in footnotes), you can make an educated assessment for the condition of a business, irrespective of (a) the marketing efforts and (b) the GAAP rules.

(2) For that reason, if FASB redefines or reclassifies certain items–or, as they have recently done, change rules to allow banks to improperly value their assets–it does not change the nature of what is being done. People who denounce that tactic–such as Denninger–are not likely to be dismissed for not being CPAs.

Instead, their ideas are allowed to be tested in the free market. Denninger has made truth claims, as has Vox Day. (For the record, I agree with them most of the time.)

If their truth claims don’t come to pass, then they have to answer for this in the free market of ideas.

For scientists, the rules are somewhat different. They have made truth claims which include bald assertions, misrepresentation of data (sometimes intentional), doomsday predictions for the world and for civilization, and proclamations of fact that were based on known fraudulent “research”.

And yet (a) the very system that ought to be holding them accountable does not do this–largely because they are comprised of fellow scientists who are dependent on government largesse for their career paths, and (b) they attack critics–who point out obvious errors that call their very hypotheses into question–for “not being scientists”.

This is not to say that all scientists are so intellectually dishonest; the problem, however, is that the system itself is one that economically encourages–and in some fields requires–such.

The larger question is how to reform the scientific community to ensure that they are more vigilant about the integrity of the scientific method.

I would submit that breaking the government-academic complex will go a long way toward that end.

This is because without the gravy train–which foments the existing paradigm of obfuscation and demonization of critics who recognize the naked emperor–there will be no economic incentive for the naked to go unclothed.

Vox Day and the Student Loan Racket

Vox has followed up his link from Saturday with this column today. It is concise, and to the point.

To call the student loan racket a “scam” is probably a charitable assessment. Payday lenders–attacked by the government for “predatory” lending–are Eagle Scouts compared to the student loan racket. Hell, La Cosa Nostra looks like Mother Teresa next to those bastards.

Making matters worse, the student loan racket has government protection.

In other words, it’s only a scam if the government isn’t getting a cut. Otherwise, it’s “federally guaranteed” and marketed as a “benefit”. The logical question is why the taxpayer continues to support this.

The conservative often rails about the left-wing ideologues who dominate academia, and yet very few conservatives have called for an end of the academic-financial complex that benefits universities and government at the expense of taxpayers while eroding the value of a college degree.

(Rather than fight the ideological battle, the more prescient approach would be to bring freer markets into the fray: kill the student loan dragon, end the federal gravy train for universities, and force the debts into the open. Many universities will be forced into financial exigency–resulting in massive layoffs, even of “tenured” professors, and elimination of bogus degree programs. Many universities will even be forced to close their doors.)

At this point, the student loan bubble is at nearly a trillion dollars. This is at the same level as the housing bubble–the bust of which handed us our current ongoing economic crash.

Anyone wanna bet this bubble is going to end well?

I’ll Bet He’s a Democrat, Too

Kermit Gosnell, the licensed baby killer who ran his abortion mill in Philadelphia, is in some very hot water. In addition to allegedly killing 7 babies–after they were born–he is also charged in the death of a 41-year-old woman in a botched abortion.

The details of the story, however, are sobering:

The grand jury had scathing criticism for Pennsylvania state health and medical regulators who had numerous opportunities to shut Gosnell down over the years but ignored complaint after complaint about filthy conditions and illegal operations.

It also appears that he specialized in the Tiller Method (late term abortions):

Gosnell routinely performed illegal third-trimester abortions, when babies are viable and the procedure is far more dangerous, authorities charged. One 17-year-old who was 30 weeks pregnant nearly died in 2008 after he tried to perform an abortion on her at 30 weeks, they said.

Oh, and get this: he’s not even an ob/gyn:

Gosnell was certified in family practice but had never finished an obstetrics/gynecology residency. In the words of Joanne Pescatore, a lead city prosecutor on the case, “He does not know how to do an abortion.”

It also appears that he performed at least one forced abortion:

Davida Johnson first went to Planned Parenthood in downtown Philadelphia when she got pregnant in 2001. She was 21 and already had a 3-year-old girl at home.

“The picketers out there, they just scared me half to death,” Johnson recalled this week.

Someone sent her to Gosnell, saying abortion protesters wouldn’t be a problem there. She said she paid him $400 cash.

Eyeing what she described as the dazed women in dirty, bloodstained recliners at the clinic, she had a change of heart as the procedure got under way.

“I said, ‘I don’t want to do this,’ and he smacked me. They tied my hands and arms down and gave me more medication,” Johnson, now 30, told The Associated Press.

And child labor laws? No problem!

During the day, his untrained or undertrained staff ran the clinic and practiced medicine there, authorities said. They ranged from two supposed “doctors” who had finished medical school but had no licenses to Ashley Baldwin, the 15-year-old daughter of office manager Tina Baldwin, prosecutors said. The teenager came after school to administer anesthesia and assist with abortions, even past midnight, the grand jury charged.

“As Ashley’s involvement in Gosnell’s illegal practices became deeper — at one point she was working 50-hour weeks and well past midnight, while trying to complete high school — Tina did nothing to curtail her minor daughter’s exploitation by Gosnell,” prosecutors wrote in the report.
Tina Baldwin, 45, is charged with corruption of minors and helping to run a corrupt enterprise.

My question: where the bloody hell was Al Sharpton?

Vox Day and the Student Loan Scam

Irrespective of what you think of Vox Day, this is a freaking classic.

If you are considering going to college, then you need to read that post.

If you are in college and are considering taking any student loans, then you need to read that post.

If you are a parent of a child who is in college or is considering college, then you need to read that post.

The student loan scam is an insidious form of slavery that our government has actively and passively enabled. And it is long-past freaking time that we shut that scam down. It’s long past freaking time that we decided that we really don’t give an airborne rodent copulation if universities go Tango Unform.

The Hormonal Chemical Mine Field

There are so many things about women that confound men, and there are so many things about men that confound women. It can get a bit dicy, sometimes, while navigating the gender-difference waters of life, especially when married.

It doesn’t take a man long to learn that his new bride is hormonal … about, ummm … every day of the year. Why God gave us this huge array of changing hormones, changing the chemicals in our body on a rotating cycle of about every 28 days, I have not a clue. I doubt God’s primary purpose was to drive men nuts, but since I’m not God, I really can’t speak to that.

One of the “side effects” of many women’s hormones is a sort of depression. We hit this place, and we think the world is falling apart. I mean, we literally think the world is falling apart, the interior of the planet is going to rock with severe earthquakes and split the continents, and we’re gonna fall into the crevices.  Along with the planet, we can think our marriages are falling apart, that he took what we said the wrong way and doesn’t want me anymore, or that what looked sexy last night looks horrible today and we can’t figure out why we married him to begin with! It’s not personal … really, it’s not. Give us a bar of our favorite chocolate, and he’s sexy again … of course we’re crying when he gives it to us, and he can’t figure out why the heck a stupid bar of chocolate made us cry!

What is important is for women to know, and to be taught by wise, older, godly women, is that this is normal, that he is still great and sexy, that we’re still okay, that the world is not blowing up from the inside out this very second and suctioning us in, along with our kids, and our families, and our husband.

I understand this might be controversial out here, but the reality is that it is true. I’ve experienced it and heard it over and over and over and over again from so many different women I wouldn’t even be able to count. The danger zone here is when the wrong, stupid, woman (en) get ahold of this information, and start feeding each other that men are bad. THAT’s when it goes south, really, really fast.

I think that men might be able to relate in a different way. Men notice beautiful women. Just because a man notices a woman is beautiful who is not his wife or girlfriend does not mean he is ditching his wife, fantasizing about this other women, and making plans to see her on the side.  However, if he got together with his well-meaning buddies, and they got to talking about this sexy-looking woman, and they all began talking it up, and one man said his wife’s been ___ and they haven’t had much sex lately … well, this has the potential to go downhill really fast.

The realities of our human nature exist … hence about a jillion warnings in about a jillion different ways all through the Bible. Denying our humanity is stupid b/c our humanity will win … cause it does exist. Rather than denying our humanity, we need to put together a battle plan. See, we live in this war of good and evil. Satan keeps thinking he can beat out God even though God’s already won. But that doesn’t keep Satan from trying to bring down as many as he can in the mean time.

So we need to plan, to be prepared. The battle will get fierce. Satan will attack our marriages, and using female emotions and male desires is a natural way to do so, among about a jillion other things.

The Bible says in Ephesians 6 that we are to put on the full armor of God, and then we are to stand firm. Putting on our armor daily is a really good thing to do – wouldn’t be wise to fight a battle without protection.

We also need to surround ourselves with people who will hold us accountable, help us see the Truth, help us laugh when we need to laugh, who will hold our hands when we need it, and direct us straight ahead toward the never-changing Truth.

Husbands need to encourage and help women make good, solid, wise, godly, female friendships with various ages of women. Make sure she spends time with them. Women need other women. The more she is nurtured and held up by other women, the more she will desire to please you in every way, in and out of bed.

Single men, when checking out single women, check out her friends … find out who she listens to, who she takes advice from.

And for all of us, encourage women to make good, healthy friendships with other women. We understand each other; we need each other. Older women who have lived awhile also know … this is a season. We need to be willing to teach this to younger women, and all women need to be willing to learn.