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Red State – Blue State, And the Failure of Conservative Morals

Numbers shouldn’t be any surprise The sanctimonious red state Republicans lead the country in most moral failures.

I mean,a small sample this year so far –

Oklahoma Republican pleads guilty to child sex trafficking after getting caught with 17-year-old boy
‘More women are sexual predators than men’: South Carolina pastor blames ‘war on men’ to defend Roy Moore
Emails reveal Tony Perkins knew GOP lawmaker sexually assaulted teen — but kept it quiet
Trump-loving pastor stuns Joy Reid by blurting ‘morality’ is not a necessary qualification for leadership
Wife of top GOP lawyer is arrested after alleged parking-lot tryst with Fauquier inmate
G. Gordon Liddy’s son — Republican deputy AG — arrested for possession of child pornography
GOP state senator resigns after being charged with sexual assault of Uber driver
Rich Trump backer convicted of inaugural weekend sex abuse of hotel maids got wrist slap, tiny fine
Former GOP chief in Georgia indicted on 13 counts of child molestation for 55 years of abuse

Kansas City Republican  Rep. Huelskamp staffer arrested on charges with 17 counts of child sex crimes, including sexual exploitation of a child. 

 

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Blue states practice the ‘family values’ that red states preach: new survey

The New York Times‘ Nicholas Kristof reported Saturday on the results of the annual Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which found that people living in so-called blue states have lower rates of teen pregnancy, divorce and prostitution than their counterparts in conservative states.

In a survey of 32 states, the states with the highest percentage of teens who are sexually active were Mississippi, Delaware, West Virginia, Alabama and Arkansas.

As Kristof noted, “All but Delaware voted Republican in the last presidential election.”

“Meanwhile,” he wrote, “the five states with the lowest proportion of high school students who have had sex were New York, California, Maryland, Nebraska and Connecticut. All but Nebraska voted Democratic.”

When teens from evangelical backgrounds have sex, they are less likely to use birth control or protection against STDs. Of the 10 states with the highest teen birth rates, nine voted Republican in 2016. Of the 10 states with the lowest teen birth rates, nine voted Democratic.

“The conservative hostility to premarital sex also sometimes leads to early weddings, even to child marriages,” said Kristof. “I wrote in May about the hundreds of thousands of child marriages in America, and of the dozen states with the highest rates of child marriage, all voted Republican in 2016.”

“Child marriage is happening at an alarming rate across the U.S., but available marriage-license data show more parents, judges and clerks in red states than in blue states seem comfortable with this human-rights abuse,” said Fraidy Reiss, an anti-child marriage activist who founded the nonprofit Unchained at Last.

Red state marriages are more likely to end in divorce, the survey found. Furthermore, rates of marital infidelity and prostitution are higher in conservative states.

“One large international survey found that the largest group of customers on Ashley Madison, the dating website for married people, were evangelical Christians,” said Kristof. “And a major 2013 study found that men in the Houston and Kansas City metro areas were the most likely to call sex ads, while men in San Francisco and Baltimore were the least likely to.”

Kristof said it’s important not to confuse causality and correlation, however. Conservative values don’t lead to higher rates of adultery and divorce. Christians and conservatives are more likely to marry young, end their educations after high school and are disproportionately poor, according to statistical analysis.

He concluded on a conciliatory note.

“So let’s drop the wars over family values,” he said. “Liberals and conservatives alike don’t want kids pregnant at 16, and we almost all seek committed marriages that last. It’s worth noting that Bible-thumping blowhards like Roy Moore don’t help achieve those values, while investments in education and family planning do.”

 

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Conservative Anti-Intellectualism Based In Job Gentrification

The low IQ and low knowledge level of Republican Conservatives going back to the Bushit is legend in this country. The anti-intellectualism of the right provided the fire to elect George W. Bush, and fueled the rise of noted idiots like Sarah Palin AKA The Sno Ho’. While many pundits would like to tie the rise of that to the deleterious effects of right wing media like Fox News, the politicization of stupid by a series of folks starting with Bush Jr along with the plethora of conservative wonks, or a political base of the “great unwashed”, AKA “white trash” fundamentalist christians, and Joe the plumber blue collar types…

I think the answer is something quite different, and a lot more pedestrian.

For years the US Government, the top tiers of he education establishment, and even corporate America have pushed the concept that a better educated (and by this we mean college educated) populace is required to operated the mechanics of first, the industrial, and then a post industrial and now, internet based world. As the country migrated from industrial to a service economy, a great many people were displaced. The former factory workers became the unemployed, as the Government, and then industry continually raised the entry qualification barrier to new jobs higher and higher. This reached the level of ridiculousness, wherein  companies, and some parts of the government required a college degree for someone whose job was to empty the wastebaskets, put paper in the copier, or work in the mail room. Discounting entirely the value that Joe, the proverbial plumber, had worked for 20 years, showed up every day, and done his work.

Downgrading the very core values of responsibility, hard, work, and reliability which built this country in the first place. While eliminating jobs.

Politicians tend to talk at this group of folks, very few take the time to really understand their issues and talk to them. It is far easier to demagogue.

This reached a peak when the Bushit and his minions tried to privatize the Government – shifting what had been half a million to a million Civil Service jobs into the private sector of “Beltway Bandits”. The old Civil Service System was broken into Grades from 2 – 16, with the lower levels supplying the workers doing maintenance, clerical, and blue collar facilities. To take a job above a certain level required a college degree, and to reach the highest managerial and professional levels required advanced degrees. These grade 2-12 jobs became the brick and mortar of the black middle class not only in Washington DC, but in every city where there are Federal Offices post WWII. Someone with a high-school education could enter the system, and could possibly advance to a managerial level position making very good money though their career.

What privatization did was to eliminate those low level entry jobs, and convert them to requiring a college degree. The result of which was to eliminate in large part minorities…as well as the working class whites. Let’s call its what it is…Job Gentrification.

When I started in the computer/telecommunications industry there were no colleges or universities offering degrees in computer science. The heavy hitters at the time consisted of folks with degrees in Mathematics or Electrical Engineering. Of course there probably were no more than 2,000 of us worldwide in the telecom side. In the late 80’s I taught a class at one of the local universities having to do with advanced computer systems architecture – which in those days was mostly the big mainframes and supercomputers with an honorable mention to the PC type systems. The first day I walk in, surveyed the class – and to my surprise I knew half of the students and had worked with them on the very same giant computer systems I was talking about. These were the guys who wrote the software, managed the systems, and even in several cases had been key players in inventing some of the technologies! They all had reached the top of the grade at which they could no longer progress in the Government without a degree.

Had a discussion with a Headhunter (recruiter) a few years ago, who informed me I wasn’t qualified for a job due to the lack of a industry (company) certification… When I pointed out to her, I was one of the guys who helped invent the technology in question in the first place, and held patents in the area – and that the guy who “invented the Internet”…

Had no industry certification.

Things were/are much, much worse for the unemployed factory worker – who didn’t have access (money) to education, and was locked out of they types of well paying jobs, doable by someone by taking a few classes at worst.

THAT, to my believe is the real base of the resentment against “intellectualism”. Do they have a right to be angry? Yes. Do they have the right to delve into racism, blaming minorities for their plight? No. They are being used as useful fools…Again.

Donald Trump talks at a fourth-grade level. Maybe that’s why the Fox News audience loves him

The culture of anti-intellectualism in America is fueling hateful, racist demagogues — in politics and on TV

It’s a cliché to say that democratic states can’t function properly without an informed electorate. But it’s absolutely true. And this is why, heading into the 2016 election year, I’m nervous about the future. With Donald Trump leading the Republican presidential contenders, even many Republican die-hards are shaking in their boots.

But Trump isn’t the cause, just the symptom. The deeper cause is a strain of anti-intellectualism that runs through the roots of American culture. And while this strain is found on both sides of the political spectrum (see some liberals on vaccines and chemtrails), it’s mostly concentrated among religious conservatives on the political right. For those who espouse anti-intellectualism, conspiracy theories have the same clout as legitimate science, the opinions of non-experts are just as credible as those of the experts, and ideology takes precedence over the cold hard facts.

The US has fostered a culture of anti-intellectualism more than “most other Western countries.” While traveling through Europe and the UK for extended periods of time, I’ve often been quite envious of how respectful other countries are toward those with knowledge in the fields of science and the humanities. In the UK, for example, it’s generally not seen as “uncool” to have a higher degree from a good university. Often, it confers the degree-holder a certain social respect and admiration. Many of the top comedians in the UK have attended institutions like Oxford and Cambridge, including Michael Palin, Eric Idol, John Cleese, David Mitchell, Richard Ayoade and Stephen Fry. And shows such as “QI,” which combines academic discussions with uproarious, irreverent humor, are popular hits.

Not only is the U.S. unique for its love affair with anti-intellectualism, but this romantic relationship appears to have grown stronger over the past few decades. A primary reason for this is no doubt the huge influence that conservative media have had on American culture, such as Fox News, which is currently the most trusted news network in the country. The problem is that “Fox News” is a misnomer. The network is, to quote Jon Stewart, more of a “relentlessly activist” organization for conservative causes than an intellectually honest conveyor of information. Indeed, there are to date at least seven academic studies that have found that Fox News’ viewership constitutes the most misinformed audience out there.

From climate change to healthcare, the Iraq War to the country of Obama’s birth (no, it’s not Kenya), denizens of Fox News are more confident about falsehoods than viewers of any other news network. Several studies even found a positive correlation between how often one watches Fox News and the degree to which one’s worldview is misinformed.

What’s most dangerous about Fox News, though, isn’t its cynical use of Orwellian doublespeak, as in “Fair and Balanced” and “No Spin Zone,” to conceal a conservative agenda. Nor is it the network’s repeated failure to accurately report the facts. Rather, the most dangerous consequence of Fox News is that it discourages that most important form of rigorous curiosity called critical thinking. If people want a single phenomenon to blame for the gradual decline of the American empire, direct your wagging finger at the devaluation of critical thinking skills.

It’s not an accident that Fox News wants an audience that isnt preoccupied with carefully dissecting complex social, political, economic and religious issues. Critical thinking is perhaps our very best strategy for apprehending the true nature of reality, and as the great comedian Stephen Colbert once declared, “reality has a well-known liberal bias.” In other words, critical thinking could lead to liberalism — or worse, to that most dreaded form of liberal fanaticism called secular progressivism.

Scientific studies actually back up this line of reasoning. Consider a 2012 studypublished in Science, one of the most prestigious journals in the world. This study found that when people are prompted to use their critical faculties, they become less likely to affirm religious statements. In other words, there’s a causal link between “analytical thinking” and religious disbelief. Perhaps this is why the Republican Party of Texas literally wrote into its 2012 platform that, “We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs [that] have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs.” God forbid children start questioning their “fixed beliefs” about religion — or politics…Read the rest Here

 

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Dance With My Father

This is one of the most intelligent and creative programs I’ve heard of for the incarcerated. Daddy-Daughter Dance Day. A day when incarcerted Dads, and their daughters at home can dress up and come together for a little parental bonding. It doesn’t fix the fact that Dad’s irresponsible actions landed him in jail in the first place – but it does preserve a small bit of that “fatherhood” thing so sadly missing in our Country today. Check out the pics in the Article link below.

A father-daughter dance — in jail

The girls ages 6 to 16 sit in order of size in the drab lobby of the Richmond City Jail, their glittery shoes swinging back and forth.

“I don’t like it here,” says Jhaniyika Morman, 6, who covers her eyes, smudging her blue eye shadow and pointing toward the jail’s visitation booths, where inmates are separated from their visitors by thick glass.

“I’m nervous. I hope he recognizes me,” mumbles Alexis Atkins, 9, who has her blond hair curled into long ringlets and keeps zipping and unzipping her hot-pink purse.

Down the hall, through several gates and inside a communal cell with thick blue bars, 12 inmates change from their frayed one-piece jumpsuits into formal attire. They pass belts and shirts of various sizes back and forth between the tight rows of steel bunk beds.

“Anyone know how to do up this here tie?” asks a jittery looking Andre Morman, 42, who has been in and out of jail on drug charges numerous times.

Then the inmates line up, too. They walk down a long hallway and wait in silence to get a glimpse of the girls: their daughters.

For a few hours on this Saturday afternoon, the incarcerated fathers will be allowed to take part in an American tradition, the father-daughter dance. “A Dance of Their Own,” thought to be the only event of its kind in the country, will be in the jail’s small, windowless multipurpose room.

The event in Richmond is just one example of the alternative father-daughter dances springing up around the country amid growing concerns that traditional father-daughter dances are exclusionary. Their detractors say they are outdated, discriminatory and sexist and that they no longer reflect what American families look like. For starters, according to 2011 census data, more than half of all children in this country are raised by unmarried mothers.

 
 

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Fear of a Brown America – Pat Buchanan and “Suicide of a Superpower”.

Pat Buchanan slouches back into bigotry, with an extremely friendly interview from soul-bigot Sean Hannity…

Pat gets into his racial theories here, with “The end of white America” –

 

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