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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

John Kerry, Idiot in Chief

John Kerry has just demonstrated why he's a Macaca. He's sticking to the statement that he puked out this morning to defend the comments of last night that students who don't do well in school will end up in Iraq.

Kerry is calling everyone a butt head in hopes of not having to own up to being an idiot. By the time he gets done explaining how he was taken out of context he will have made it clear that America made the right choice in 2004.

He only took two questions after his statement and then claims he's the manly one, Ha! Only the Koolaid drinkers would believe he was talking about Bush and not those that serve in the Military as he claims.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Air America in Chaper 11 Smoking Hole

Anita and Sheldon Drobny who along with other investors started Air America, the liberal radio network that has just filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy after only two years. The venture has lost $40 million. Fortunately for the Drobnys they had sold their interest in the network to other dupes after its' launch. Now they are starting a new liberal network, Nova M Radio, Inc. based in Phoenix, Arizona with some of the same names that were so popular on Air America. If they sell Nova M Radio, Inc. After its' launch I would have to guess that the Drobnys are really closet conservatives enriching themselves while bankrupting liberals.

Hey buddy, want to buy a liberal radio network? Have I got a deal for you.

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Sunday, October 15, 2006

The Married are a Minority - NYT

The New York Times article titled "To Be Married Means to Be Outnumbered" is as one could expect. conveying a conclusion that is not an accurate assessment of the information. The opening gives the raw percentages and does make a concession to the popularity of marriage but then follows up with an expert that paints a cartoonish picture of the results.

The American Community Survey, released this month by the Census Bureau, found that 49.7 percent, or 55.2 million, of the nation's 111.1 million households in 2005 were made up of married couples — with and without children — just shy of a majority and down from more than 52 percent five years earlier.

The numbers by no means suggests marriage is dead or necessarily that a tipping point has been reached. The total number of married couples is higher than ever, and most Americans eventually marry. But marriage has been facing more competition. A growing number of adults are spending more of their lives single or living unmarried with partners, and the potential social and economic implications are profound.

"It just changes the social weight of marriage in the economy, in the work force, in sales of homes and rentals, and who manufacturers advertise to," said Stephanie Coontz, director of public education for the Council on Contemporary Families, a nonprofit research group. "It certainly challenges the way we set up our work policies."

While the number of single young adults and elderly widows are both growing, Professor Coontz said, "we have an anachronistic view as to what extent you can use marriage to organize the distribution and redistribution of benefits."
What Professor Coontz says is only true if significant numbers of people are choosing to live together as unmarried couples or as same sex partners. The numbers do not support this. To say "we have an anachronistic view" is only projecting her personal view of marriage into a conclusion not supported by the numbers.

Look at these numbers and realize that marriage is still the choice of a vast majority.
The census survey estimated that 5.2 million couples, a little more than 5 percent of households, were unmarried opposite-sex partners. An additional 413,000 households were male couples, and 363,000 were female couples. In all, nearly one in 10 couples were unmarried. (One in 20 households consisted of people living alone).

And the numbers of unmarried couples are growing. Since 2000, those identifying themselves as unmarried opposite-sex couples rose by about 14 percent, male couples by 24 percent and female couples by 12 percent.

You may notice that the percentages of unmarried couples living together is only five percent, not a significant enough amount to justify "an anachronistic view". Curiously the article does not give the percentages of gay and lesbian couples but just the raw number. Pulling out my pocket calculator from my pocket protector I see that they make up 0.7% of households. The remainder of unmarried people are single, widowed or divorced. Of these three groups there are a significant number who are expecting to enter into a marriage in the future. To conclude as Professor Coontz has that we have "an anachronistic view" of marriage is just plain ignoring the evidence. Not so the conclusions of Pamela J. Smock, a researcher at the University of Michigan Population Studies Center and Steve Watters, the director of young adults for Focus on the Family. They have accurately seen the numbers for what they say.
Pamela J. Smock... said her research — unaffiliated with the Census Bureau — found that the desire for strong family bonds, and especially marriage, was constant.

"Even cohabiting young adults tell us that they are doing so because it would be unwise to marry without first living together in a society marked by high levels of divorce,"

Steve Watters... said that the trend of fewer married couples was more a reflection of delaying marriage than rejection of it.

But then we get the opinion of the fellow doing the analysis for the NYT. A PC view that puts words in the mouth of the numbers they are not saying.
"It's partially fueled by women in the work force; they don't necessarily have to marry to be economically secure," said Andrew A. Beveridge, a demographer at Queens College of the City University of New York, who conducted the census analysis for The New York Times. "You used to get married to have sex. Now one of the major reasons to get married is to have children, and the attractiveness of having children has declined for many people because of the cost."

Finally the article concludes with a demographer from the liberal Brookings Institution declaring the end of marriage also without support from the numbers.
"It's the legacy of the boomers that have finally caused this tipping point," Dr. Frey said. "Certainly later generations have followed in boomer footsteps, with high levels of living together before marriage, and more flexible lifestyles. But the boomers were the trailblazers, once again, rebelling against a norm their parents epitomized.

"This would seem to close the book on the Ozzie and Harriet era that characterized much of the last century," he said.
Yes the numbers have increased in people who choose to live together or to live as homosexual couples, but they are still too insignificant to declair an abandoning of the institution of marrage. It remains an attractive way of life for the vast majority of people in the US.

As much as the traditional family is held in disdain by the left, everyone else still wishes to strive for the Ozzie and Harriet model, even those who don't know who Ozzie and Harriet are.

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Friday, October 06, 2006

Fierce Training Now Warriors Forge

That's right fight fans, Fierce Training, formally known as Ruthless Training is now Warriors Forge. Two weeks, two new names. Put possible reasons in the comments section. Be creative.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Intifada Against French Police

According to the French interior ministry 2500 police officers have been wounded in fights with Muslims in the "estates" a term they use for public housing projects. There has been a crack down on illegal activity since the riots last year. The Muslim youth have been banding together in large groups to rescue their comrades being arrested. While the official word is the enforcement effort is aimed at organized crime, the police union claims it is an Intafada against the police instigated by Islamists. The reaction of the mayors of the various cities with the worst problems are reacting in traditional French fashion.

Mayors in the worst affected suburbs, which saw weeks of riots and car-burning a year ago, have expressed fears of a vicious circle, as attacks by locals lead the police to harden their tactics, further increasing resentment.

Maybe they should offer some land for peace. It worked real well for Israel.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Facing the Giants

Friday night my wife and I went to see Facing the Giants . You may remember that this is the film that was given a PG rating because it was too religious.

Because it opened in only 441 theaters nationwide we had to travel 1 ½ hours to Charlottesville, VA to view the film. What we saw was a technically well done film that portrayed people whose faith is a part of their everyday life struggling with real everyday difficulties. Considering that the actors were volunteers and the budget was $100,000 this was an worthy effort that compares with many independent films out there. There were scenes were the actors were working at their lines, but when they were dealing with faith issues there was no struggle to express the character they portrayed. These actors were drawing from a life experience that was refreshing to see on a movie screen. In mainstream films the Christian characters are nothing more that cardboard cutouts or parodies of the life of a believer. Not so in this film they portrayed the real thing.

I was surprised to see that the movie grossed $1.3 million on its' first weekend. No doubt there were others such as my wife and I who traveled considerable distance to view this film. Many criticized the hype of the box office take per theater of Brokeback Mountain for the very reason that it opened in few venues and many traveled and viewed it several times to support the film. It is no different here with Facing the Giants except that you will not hear the same hype about its' success.

If you wish to see a film with a positive and moving story line which depicts Christians in their natural state, go see Facing the Giants.

Carnival of Cinema: Episode II at Nehring The Edge

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Ruthless Training Concepts

So you may be wondering "Where did Ruthless training go?" Answer this question and you ay find the answer to the first.

Why does a successful gym leave a fine facility, sell its equipment for $1000 and one week later open under a new name?

If you need a hint you can ask an accountant.