"HOW SHALL WE THEN LIVE?" Francis Schaeffer

Friday, April 28, 2006


FRANCIS SCHAEFFER decades ago prophesied “The Party of Death” (not to be confused with the Democratic Party necessarily but practically).

The Party of Death is a loose and shifting coalition of people and organizations that are working together to redefine humanity in ways that will allow us to kill our fellow human beings without suffering any penalties, either legal or moral. So far, their targets have been human beings at either end of life's spectrum. This is the commonality that links pro-choicers with supporters of euthanasia. In both cases, a human being is killed. In both cases, the PoD is ready to assure us that we aren't really killing human beings. Less-sophisticated PoD arguments use the tried-and-true "just a clump of cells" line. More-sophisticated arguments revolve around the concept of personhood, which is essentially a philosopher's way of claiming that a human life may not be entitled to human rights. In fact, Ramesh even devotes a whole chapter to "The Politics of Personhood," in which he summarizes the inherent problems with such reasoning:
We have developed ways of talking that enable us to pretend that this point [the death of a human organism] can be blinked away. In the case of abortion and embryo research, the main technique is to suggest that there is some great mystery about "when life begins," and that this alleged question is a religious or philosophical one. Yet science has long since solved the mystery. From conception onward, what exists is a distinct organism of the human species. The philosophical question is what we make of that fact. To jumble these issues together – the essentially scientific issue of categorizing an embryo as human and living, and the moral question of whether it follows from that categorization that it has a right to life – is a logical error.

The Party of Death II

More on “The Party of Death.”

On page 3 of his introduction, Ramesh identifies himself as someone who once supported "legal abortion, or euthanasia, or both." Only someone who has seen both sides of these struggles could have written a book like The Party of Death. One of the major themes of the book, proven over and over again, is that death refuses to be confined to whatever reasonable limits we may wish to establish. Whether the death-in-question is abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem-cell research, or any other such spectre, the reasonable limits are inevitably eroded until the spectre has become our master. This valuable perspective is not something that one would expect from someone who had always been 100% pro-life, but rather from someone who had once believed in these limits until he saw them crossed.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Dad R.I.P.

My father died this morning after a year’s bout with cancer. He will be missed by his wife of 63 years, his 5 children, 12 grandchildren and his 8 great-grandchildren.

He was 83 and tried hard to serve God and do what was right. His family believes he succeeded. They say there are mansions in Heaven. He’s busy exploring his first mansion and he’s getting ready to sing with the celestial choir. He loved gospel music.

Thanks for a terrific legacy Dad. Your son!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Party of Death

I must read this book.

"The party of death started with abortion, but its sickle has gone from threatening the unborn, to the elderly, to the disabled; it has swept from the maternity ward to the cloning laboratory to a generalized disregard for 'inconvenient' human life." So begins The Party of Death: The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life, by National Review senior editor Ramesh Ponnuru.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

carewarn, haggard and grey-haired

I like this quote on Cliff-Colman

“I have been a blood donor since 1971, a member of Mensa since 1981, and when not contemplating the meaning of life, the universe and everything I am most likely to be seen shouting abuse at ‘home’ referees at Sunderland away games - that I am broken in spirit and body, careworn, haggard, grey-haired and aged beyond my years, riven by unspoken fears and nameless dreads is of course the inevitable consequence of 30 years of supporting Sunderland.”

Now I don’t know what “sunderland” is but remind me not to support it.  But nice prose and I, even now, feel the wrinkles deepening.   sigh

Friday, April 21, 2006

Ann Coulter's homerun

(To good to miss in its entirety.)

by Ann Coulter
April 19, 2006

However the Duke lacrosse rape case turns out, one lesson that absolutely will not be learned is this: You can severely reduce your chances of having a false accusation of rape leveled against you if you don't hire strange women to come to your house and take their clothes off for money.

Also, you can severely reduce your chances of being raped if you do not go to strange men's houses and take your clothes off for money. (Does anyone else detect a common thread here?)

And if you are a girl in Aruba or New York City, among the best ways to avoid being the victim of a horrible crime is to not get drunk in public or go off in a car with men you just met. While we're on the subject of things every 5-year-old should know, I also recommend against dousing yourself in gasoline and striking a match.

Everyone makes mistakes, especially young people, but the outpouring of support for the victims and their families is obscuring what ought to be a flashing neon warning for potential future victims.

Whenever a gun is used in a crime, there are never-ending news stories about how dangerous guns are. But these girls go out alone, late at night, drunk off their butts, and there's nary a peep about the dangers of drunk women on their own in public. It's their "right."

Yes, of course no one "deserves" to die for a mistake. Or to be raped or falsely accused of rape for a mistake. I have always been unabashedly anti-murder, anti-rape and anti-false accusation — and I don't care who knows about it!

But these statements would roll off the tongue more easily in a world that so much as tacitly acknowledged that all these messy turns of fate followed behavior that your mother could have told you was tacky.

Not very long ago, all the precursor behavior in these cases would have been recognized as vulgar — whether or not anyone ended up dead, raped or falsely accused of rape. But in a nation of people in constant terror of being perceived as "judgmental," I'm not sure most people do recognize that anymore.

It shouldn't be necessary to point out that girls shouldn't be bar-hopping alone or taking their clothes off in front of strangers, and that young men shouldn't be hiring strippers. But we live in a world of Bill Clinton, Paris Hilton, Howard Stern, Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman," Democratic fund-raisers at the Playboy Mansion and tax deductions for entertaining clients at strip clubs.

This is an age in which the expression "girls gone wild" is becoming a redundancy. So even as the bodies pile up, I don't think the message about integrity is getting through.

The liberal charge of "hypocrisy" has so permeated the public consciousness that no one is willing to condemn any behavior anymore, no matter how seedy. The unstated rule is: If you've done it, you can't ever criticize it — a standard that would seem to repudiate the good works of the Rev. Franklin Graham, Malcolm X, Whittaker Chambers and St. Paul, among others.

Every woman who has had an abortion feels compelled to defend abortion for all women; every man who's ever been at a party with strippers thinks he has to defend all men who watch strippers; and every Democrat who voted for Bill Clinton feels the need to defend duplicity, adultery, lying about adultery, sexual harassment, rape, perjury, obstruction of justice, kicking the can of global Islamo-fascism down the road for eight years and so on.

This is crazy. (I can say that because I've never been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder. Although I did test positive for "Olympic fever" once.)

In no area except morality would a sane person believe he can't criticize something stupid because he's done it. How about: If you've ever forgotten to fill up your car and run out of gas, you must forevermore defend a person's right to ignore the gas gauge. Or if you've ever forgotten to wear a coat in cold weather and caught a cold, henceforth you are obliged to encourage others not to dress appropriately in the winter.

This deep-seated societal fear of being accused of "hypocrisy" applies only to behavior touching on morals.

But we're all rotten sinners, incapable of redemption on our own. The liberal answer to sin is to say: I can never pay this back, so my argument will be I didn't do anything wrong.

The religion of peace's answer is: I've just beheaded an innocent man — I'm off to meet Allah!

I don't know what the Jewish answer is, but I'm sure it's something other than, "therefore, what I did is no longer bad behavior" — or the Talmud could be a lot shorter.

The Christian answer is: I can never pay this back, but luckily that Christ fellow has already paid my debt.

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys

The Bird Flu vs. The Surrender Virus by Tammy Bruce


Human Bird Flu does not exist yet, and may never even happen.

The Surrender Virus does exist but luckily tends to stay within the borders of France.

Bird Flu, if it existed, would make you feel, well, like you have the flu. Then you'd get over it.

The Surrender Virus not only makes you feel like a loser, it actually transforms you into one. This is one of the more frightening aspects of SV, one for which there is no cure. Once a Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkey, always a Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkey.

The Bird Flu infects chickens, as well as other birds.

The Surrender Virus reveals your Inner Chicken, or more specifically your "Poulet Intérieur."

There is a vaccine for birds to fight the Bird Flu. If it ever morphs into a human strain, we'd get a vaccine, too.

There is no vaccine for the Surrender Virus. It just keeps coming back and back and back, just like that pizza you had last night.

The "rabbi" here. How can you not love this?

How far tolerance?

Great post on the limits of tolerance in the church.

There is a difference between a church saying “We welcome all persons” and “We welcome all behavior.” After all, two things distinguish Christian belief: a body of doctrine and a moral code. Following Jesus entails both. Jesus welcomed prostitutes, but he never welcomed prostitution. He was soft on adulterers, but unyielding on adultery. After forgiving the adulterous woman, in fact, he adds: “Go and sin no more.” And the tax collector Zacchaeus, on encountering Jesus, promises to pay back all those he has cheated — fourfold. Jesus never welcomed cheating, but he did welcome reformed cheaters. This is not just a matter of semantic hair-splitting. Jesus came to call sinners but to condemn sin, much as a doctor heals sick people but eradicates sickness.

Should churches welcome sinners?  They better otherwise I’ve got to go.  But should churches encourage moral living and discourage sin?  Absolutely; otherwise why attend?

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day:

G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown says, "No man's really any good till he knows how bad he is, or might be; till he's realized exactly how much right he has to all this snobbery, and sneering, and talking about 'criminals,' as if they were apes in a forest ten thousand miles away ... till he's squeezed out of his soul the last drop of the oil of the Pharisees; till his only hope is somehow or other to have captured one criminal, and kept him safe and sane under his own hat."

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

A little humor

A little humor; very little perhaps but…..

Subject: HEADLINES FROM THE YEAR 2029Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions in the seventh largest country in the world, Mexifornia, formerly known as California. White minorities still trying to have English recognized as Mexifornia's third! Language. Baby conceived naturally - -   scientists stumped.Couple petitions court to reinstate heterosexual marriage.Iran still closed off; physicists estimate it will take at least 10 more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels. France pleads for global help after being taken over by Jamaica Castro finally dies at age 112; Cuban cigars can now be imported legally, but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking. George Z.  Bush says he will run for President in 2036.Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only. 85-year, $75.8 billion study: Diet and Exercise is the key to weight loss.Average weight! of Americans drops to 250 lbs.Japanese scientists have created a camera with such a fast shutter speed, they now can photograph a woman with her mouth shut.  Massachusetts executes last remaining conservative.Supreme Court rules punishment of criminals violates their civil rights. Average height of NBA players now nine feet, seven inches.IRS sets lowest tax rate at 75 percent.! Florida voters still having trouble with voting machines.

Monday, April 17, 2006

They don't really want diversity

Eugene Volokh, April 17, 2006 at 2:25pm] 1 Trackbacks / Possibly More Trackbacks
Interesting Tidbit About the Ohio State (Mansfield) Controversy:

It turns out that Scott Savage, the librarian who is charged with sexual orientation harassment because he had recommended that the school assign to freshmen an apparently anti-gay book, is a conservative Quaker who has given up many modern things, including conventional schooling — his wife home-schools (or at least home-schooled) their five children — and cars; he takes a horse and buggy to work.

This has little to do with the specific legal and academic freedom issues raised by the complaint against him, but I just thought the juxtaposition of Scott Savage's e-mail-born controversy and his horse and buggy was interesting. And perhaps there is also a broader connection to the persistent talk about "diversity" on campus. I suspect that Scott Savage's presence and participation adds more to the cultural diversity of the campus than does the presence and participation of most other faculty, students, and staff. But of course one aspect of cultural diversity is that people who belong to some cultures might not share the dominant university culture's view on some aspects, such as sexual behavior, and might even say things that some see as offensive. What a surprise.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Bad news for "Goths"

Another Shock Study: Goth Kids More Likely To Cut, Kill Themselves
– Ace

And they have a very high risk of wearing too much mascara, too.

YOUNG people who adopt the "Goth" lifestyle of dark clothes and introspective music are more likely to commit self-harm or attempt suicide than other youngsters, a Scottish study has found.

"Although only fairly small numbers of young people identify themselves as belonging to the Goth subculture, rates of self-harm and attempted suicide are very high among this group," said Robert Young, lead researcher of the Glasgow University study.

The Scottish team described Goths as being a subgenre of Punk "with a dark and sinister aesthetic, with aficionados conspicuous by their range of distinctive clothing and make-up and tastes in music"....

The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that 53 per cent of those who were linked to the Goth subculture reported self-harm and 47 per cent had attempted suicide...

"One common suggestion is they may be copying subcultural icons or peers," Mr Young said.

"But since our study found that more reported self-harm before, rather than after, becoming a Goth, this suggests that young people with a tendency to self-harm are attracted to the Goth subculture."

Michael van Beinum, a child-and-adolescent psychiatrist, said the Goth subculture might be attractive to young people with mental health problems, allowing them to find a community where their distress might be more easily understood.

Good Friday

"The French positivist philosopher Auguste Comte once told Thomas Carlyle that he planned to start a new religion to replace Christianity. 'Very good,' replied Carlyle. 'All you have to do is be crucified, rise the third day, and get the world to believe you are still alive. Then your new religion will have a chance.'"

Good Friday is here. We are reminded that the Crucifixion of Jesus led to the hope of all mankind; the ability to overcome death and live forever with the Living God. We celebrate a terrible day which led to the greatest of days; Easter Sunday.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Trip Update

Well I made it to Sacramento without incident. HOWEVER it didn't all go as planned/hope. I did manage to upgrade to a better spot on the trip from Florida to Dallas. I made ABSOLUTELY SURE that I was the very first in line at the ticket counter (they said "bulkhead seats assigned at the gate") and first in line at the gate. I though "ah Hah!" Much to my surprise 7 D was taken. I was trying to figure out, how can it be taken when I'm the first in line and you CANNOT get yourself a bulkhead seat when you get your tickets/boarding pass online.
Well, the young man who occupied 7 D suffered from spasticity and his mother and father occupied 7 E and 7 F. Okay, that was fine. They gave me 7 B - which was an aisle seat on the bulkhead. Not as much leg room as 7 D but pretty darn good. Anyhow I asked the gate agent for a bulkhead seat from Dallas to Sacramento. She said I'd have to wait til I got to Dallas but she did APPEAR to give me an exit seat. In Dallas I asked for a bulkhead seat but they were all gone. Then I got to noticing my boarding pass for the exit row. It was for Phil Jones, not James Brown. They gave me the wrong boarding pass. Turns out there was, on the flight from Dallas to Sac. a Phil Jones sitting in the exit row in the seat I thought they had given me. DERN! I was ticked but what can you do. Too late to get another seat on the exit row I had to settle for 13 D. Bad seat of course but I can put up with just about anything for 3 hours. So here I am. Safe but ticked. sigh

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Flying the unfriendly skies

Tomorrow I'm scheduled to fly from Florida to Calif. I'm made the flight many times; I dread it each time.
Here's the problem. A) I'm cheap so I always buy a seat in the slum/ghetto area of the airliner. B) I'm semi-massive these days. I'm 6'4" and weigh somewhere around 250. Economy class seating was not planned for the likes of me.

Okay, here's my plan. I'm flying American Airlines their M80 plane. I discovered 2 months ago the magnificence of seat 7 D. 7 D in at the bulkhead and on the aisle. I can actually stretch my long legs with size 14 feet without barking my shins on the seat in front of me. And because it's a bulkhead; there is NO seat in front of me. SWEET!

When you buy your tickets online you get some seat choices. But they won't let you choose a bulkhead seat or an exit row (which on the M80 provides nice leg room).

So here's my plan; I'll print out my boarding pass tonight and show up at the ticket counter at "oh-dark-30" hoping to be first in line. If I'm lucky they'll give me D7 assumig nobody else has reserved it. That would be "muy bueno."

Next time you're flying an M80 - American ask for row 7; the bulkhead. Even if you don't get seat D you ll be far better off.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Scientific Booswaa

Remind me once again why we trust “scientific studies?”

Raymond G. De Vries, an associate professor of medical education at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and three colleagues last year reported surveying more than 3,000 scientists about whether they had ever engaged in misbehavior, such as changing a study because of pressure from a source of funds, or failing to present data that contradict one's own research. One-third of the scientists acknowledged they had committed some form of research misbehavior.      LINK

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Movie Review My Best Friend's Husband

Movie Review:  My Best Friend’s Husband 2002 – made for TV starring, among others,  Cheryl Ladd.

Can I tell you I hated this movie?  Can I tell you that right off the bat.

It’s Saturday at 2pm; I’m home alone just coming in from work and I flip on the TV to see what sports might be afoot.  As I’m flipping through the channels I pause briefly at the WB (channel 17) where there’s a movie that seems somewhat interesting.  Seeing there are no other immediate joys yet showing on the stupid screen I go back to the WB.  Well this attractive married lady is telling her best friend that she wants some freedom to grow, open her own business and maybe be friends with other men.  Inwardly I groan.

I groan because I’m heard this all before.  Too many ladies have decided they’d pass on decent husband to be free, independent, experience the joys of their own business and “grow.”

Then we go to the husband.  Seems like a decent sort; is quite aware that there’s something wrong with his marriage but his wife and her girlfriend won’t tell him what.  He and wife have big argument and she says “I want a divorce.”  It’s downhill from there.  He argues with her, her college age daughter argues with her as does her best friend.  She’s adamant; “It’s time for me to move on.”  Then she expresses the stupidest of all statements I constantly hear;  “We’ve grown apart.”   Yeech, I hate that phrase.

Husband and best friend are thrown together in a couple of situations and they discover they really like each other.  Best friend is recently widowed.
Husb. and best friend start having an affair.  (Husband is out of the house by this time; no reconciliation in sight with wife.)

College age daughter ends up catching Dad and Mom’s best friend smooching and blows the whistle on them to Mom.  Mom goes to apartment and confronts couple.  Mom and best friend have a scream fest in the apartment parking lot.  Mom calls best friend  a “ho” and slaps her.  They part on bad terms.  ( Duh).

Best friend is upset; husband attempting to calm and reassure her.  Best friend, according to the script, doesn’t get a clue and just call off the affair.  I’m begging from the easy chair;  “Hey Cheryl Ladd!  Just walk away girl.  Do yourself a favor will ya.”  Cheryl doesn’t hear me and continues to be torn in all directions and carries on the affair.  

Now it gets ugly.  College age girl talks to best friend and acknowledges she knows things change.  Best friend goes and finds wife and they talk; all is not exactly forgiven but they hug before best friend walks away.  HOPE is on the horizon as the movie ends.

“BOGUS” I yell from the easy chair.  “Ya don’t get your best friend back when you’re seeing her ex-husband who just moved out two or three months ago.”  “BOGUS” I again scream in disgust.

Where’s the ongoing pain?  Where’s the permanent loss?  Where’s the accompanying guilt and shame to anybody with ½ a conscience.  “NO,” I bellow.  “IT NEVER WORKS OUT.”  

Anyhow, the movie is over and I’ve now returned to the only honest sport  on TV – Professional Rasslin’.    The plot there is much more realistic.  

Friday, April 07, 2006

Distractions and Us

Some wisdom from St. Augustin and John Mark Reynolds

For last couple of weeks I have been teaching Augustine’s Confessions. What continues to amazes me about the work is that it is just as profound today as it was in the early fifth century. At the beginning of Confessions Augustine states, “Because you made us for yourself our heart is restless until it rests in you.” Augustine understands that human beings are discontented creatures who are attempting to fill the emptiness (which exists because of sin) that is exposed by their restlessness. Confessions is Augustine’s autobiographical account of his attempt to find rest, and how he can only find it truly in God
The entertainment industry exists today as one of the panaceas that we use to stave off our feelings of restlessness. One only needs to look at the ever burgeoning entertainment industry to see how much of our lives are dedicated to the pursuit of distraction so that we can ignore our restless hearts. I can see it in many of the students at the university. They play music on their iPods almost constantly. When they are not listening to their iPods they are on their cell phones chatting or texting someone. They are experts at filling all their waking moments with modern entertainment that distracts them from their fundamental problem of restlessness.
T.S. Eliot in his poem Burnt Norton states that we are “distracted from distraction by distraction.” Eliot reminds me of the fact that we are often driven by things of no consequence. We fill our lives with diversions that in reality are “filled with fancies” and vacuous. I am saddened by the fact that what we most often dedicate our lives to a pursuit of things that end up being nothing but a distraction and not a solution.”

Distractions and entertainment; we do pursue them don’t we.

Thursday, April 06, 2006


The LINK for the following money quote.

French Surrender? Really!

Ooh, I love this:

When will this (the protests) end?
We’re talking “French government” here, so surrender, however artfully disguised, can’t be far off.”

Further Futility

Jonah Goldberg wrote in NationalReview.Com

"Consider how the respected television analyst Andrew Tyndall defines the job of news anchor. The job has two parts, he told the Washington Post. First, they have to read the TelePrompTer. The second part involves 'sitting behind the desk when there's a crisis.'

One can be as charitable as possible, conceding that reading a TelePrompTer convincingly in front of millions of people is not a skill all of us have, and it's still difficult to find what most of us would describe as journalistic substance there. And if CBS pays Couric the $15-million-a-year salary that's been reported, she will be compensated to the tune of roughly $60,000 per half-hour of on-camera work."

Ya Know, I believe I'd like to be the News Anchor for CBS. I concede that Katie Couric has much better legs than me.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Ambivalence and basketball

AMBIVALENCE defined: When your mother-in-law drives your new Lexus over the cliff.
AMBIVALENCE defined: Univ. of Florida wins the big dance - handily.
Here's my problem. I've spent my life rooting for the UCLA Bruins in basketball. Living in SoCal, I saw ALL of their championship victories. I have "Johnny Wooden" tattoed on my butt cheeks. Sure it's old and fading but I'm proud of it; except when I have to "drop trou." So I'm an old UCLA guy.
HOWEVER my money and my very favoritest daughter in the whole world go to U.F. How can I not cheer on the Alma Mater of my "B-K broiler?" Answer me that.

Anyhow, Hail Gators. They should be most excellent next year.
And Hail Bruins. How they actually got to the finals is beyond me. They do NOT have the talent of old just yet. UF has 2 future pros. UCLA might have 1 (Farmar) but I'm not sure about that. Oh Well. Wait 'til next year.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Problems in the Evangelical Church

A very good friend of mine responded to a reference to the feminization of our churches. Here's his key paragraph. I wish I had written it.

"What I see as keeping people away or driving them away from the church is not the feminized music, but the simple lack of doctrinal content both in music and preaching. Example from our own church: music is generally 7-11 type choruses with few good doctrinal hymns; most of service is taken up with announcements, mission trip reports, urgings for evangelism, and testimonies from those who have done all of the above. Sermon ends up 20 minutes or less, more jokes and illustrations than biblical content. No wonder people might not want to continue attending (and yet this is one of the largest SBC churches in the area!). I don’t see this as much as a success formula as a stagnation formula, i.e. keeping immature Christians on the level of spiritual babies, failing to educate them doctrinally and biblically (which, if done, would likely solve the remaining problems that continually seem to be harped on: missions, evangelism, tithing, etc.)."

I think he's on to something

Sunday, April 02, 2006

The moral rebuilding of New Orleans

Betsy of betsypage.blogspot.com highlighted this speech by Bill Cosby.

Entertainer Bill Cosby urged New Orleans' black population on Saturday to cleanse itself of a culture of crime as it rebuilds from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina last year.

Cosby, whose criticism of some aspects of modern African-American culture has stirred controversy in recent years, told a rally headed by black leaders that the city needed to look at the "wound" it had before Katrina struck.

"It's painful, but we can't cleanse ourselves unless we look at the wound," Cosby told the rally of about 2,000 people in front of the city's convention center.

"Ladies and gentlemen, you had the highest murder rate, unto each other. You were dealing drugs to each other. You were impregnating our 13-, 12-, 11-year-old children," he said.

"What kind of a village is that?"

ANSWER: It's a village where sexual freedom and a denial of the power of God rule. It's a village where a pagan celebration is the highlight of the year. (Mardi Gras)
It's a village where "do you own thing" is the motto. That's the kind of village it was.

The feminization of the Chruch

Here's a very interesting article on the feminization of the church.

Bottom line, men don't particularly like feminized institutions. Men will follow men; but not sissy men.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Boys who won't grow up

I say Hmmmm!

*** I've discovered an evidently powerful new pick-up line: "Ten fingers, ten toes, I'm employed and don't live with my parents; come get it, ladies!"
This phenomenon cuts across all demographics. You'll find it in families both rich and poor; black, white, Asian and Hispanic; urban, suburban and rural. According to the Census Bureau, fully one-third of young men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents -- a roughly 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. No such change has occurred with regard to young women. Why?
My friend and colleague Judy Kleinfeld, a professor at the University of Alaska, has spent many years studying this growing phenomenon. She points out that many young women are living at home nowadays as well. But those young women usually have a definite plan. They're working toward a college degree, or they're saving money to open their own business. And when you come back three or four years later, you'll find that in most cases those young women have achieved their goal, or something like it. They've earned that degree. They've opened their business.
( Found on InDCJournal.com)