Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How Not to Be Poor

Dr. Helen Smith offers good advice that works in the real world. 

How Not to Be Poor

I've tried it both ways, and my life experience has taught me this:
  •  It is better to be frugal than to spend freely. 
  • I am never sorry to have money in the bank. 


A reader asked, what do I do for income?  

Thanks for the interest!   My income comes from rental properties and "passive income" from the stock market.  I don't have a day job anymore.  I did once and used it to fund my real estate and stocks.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cut The Cable!

Here's the latest in what is looking like an on going rant.

Lawmakers fight to keep your cable bill high 

You can spend your money more wisely than this. 

Some Women Really Are Evil - some men too

Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed and My Sister Stole My Mother's Boyfriend
By Barbara Oakley
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; 1ST edition (October 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159102580X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591025801
Amazon link and reviews: 

Have you ever heard of a person who left you wondering, "How could someone be so twisted? So evil?" Prompted by clues in her sister’s diary after her mysterious death, author Barbara Oakley takes the reader inside the head of the kinds of malevolent people you know, perhaps all too well, but could never understand. 

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Borne out of a quest to understand her sister Carolyn's lifelong sinister behavior (which, systems engineer Oakley suggests, may have been compounded by childhood polio), the author sets out on an exploration of evil, or Machiavellian, individuals. Drawing on the advances in brain imaging that have illuminated the relationship of emotions, genetics and the brain (with accompanying imaging scans), Oakley collects detailed case histories of famed evil geniuses such as Slobodan Milosevic and Mao Zedong, interspersed with a memoir of Carolyn's life. Oakley posits that they all had borderline personality disorder or antisocial personality disorder, a claim she supports with evidence from scientists' genetic and neurological research. All the people she considers, Oakley notes, are charming on the surface but capable of deeply malign behavior (traits similar to those found in some personality disorders), and her analysis attributes these traits to narcissism combined with cognitive and emotional disturbances that lead them to believe they are behaving in a genuinely altruistic way. Disturbing, for sure, but with her own personal story informing her study, Oakley offers an accessible account of a group of psychiatric disorders and those affected by them. Illus. (Oct.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


"A fascinating scientific and personal exploration of the roots of evil, filled with human insight and telling detail."
--Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor, Harvard University, and author of The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Stuff of Thought

"'Scientific non-fiction' and 'page turner' aren’t two phrases I’d expect in the same sentence, but for the remarkable Evil Genes, they fit."
--William A. Wulf, President Emeritus, National Academy of Engineering

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tim's Vermeer - Good Movie

 How did Vermeer achieve the effects he did in his masterwork paintings?  No one knows, but quite a few painters and scientists think he used some kind of optical system.  Tim Jenison sets out to replicate one of Vermeer's most famous works, The Music Lesson, doing just that.  The results are astonishing, the effort to achieve them heroic.

Tim's Vermeer (2013) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3089388/

Tim's Vermeer is on Blu-Ray and DVD from Sony Home Entertainment, or you can watch it over the internet via pay per view. I've never been satisfied with the latter (poor picture quality), and the DVD has extras.  Sony sells it through Amazon.  Here's the link:  http://www.amazon.com/Tims-Vermeer-Blu-ray-Teller/dp/B00J5LXN2M/

Here's one for free that I find interesting. Like Tim did, these men spend all day bent over exacting work and near-microscopic detail. They are artists:

Masters of Time: The World of Swiss Complicated Watches https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtkcLjiNy_0

Not All Women Are Like That - There are a few NAWALTs out there.

13-Year-Old Twin Sisters Sponsored to Hunt, Shoot and Spread Their Message

Friday, September 26, 2014

Not A MGTOW - not even close.

Hillary Clinton on How to Close the Business Gender Gap

This is so wrong in so many ways. I'll just say to Hillary - as though she was reading this - "the culture that pervades the American workplace" has changed. It has been thoroughly feminized. You've won. You are whipping a dead horse.

MGTOW Topics - chosen at random

Bachelor Not Looking video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVLNkcDnoA8

Go Get Em, Dinesh! http://pjmedia.com/andrewklavan/2014/09/24/go-get-em-dinesh/

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dear Ladies; Let's Be Realistic: Men will tend to Go Their Own Ways.

(A tip of the ole fedora to Saneity http://sanelity.com/2014/09/another-brick-in-the-wall/ who scooped me on this subject.)

What did you women expect? I have to ask!

30 Is the New 50: Old Age Is Killing My Dating Life

Did you really think you could fool nature? Come on! You're supposed to be the ones who are in tune with nature!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

MGTOW vs. The Logical Conclusion of Feminism

The logical conclusion of feminism is a police state run by obedient dupes all to willing to succumb to the devil's offer of fascism for the low, low price of their souls.

We're there. Going your own way is all but a crime.

CATALIST’: Obama’s Database for Fundamentally Transforming America http://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/2014/09/17/obamas-catalist-database/?singlepage=true

Cop Flips Out When Driver Exercises His Constitutional Rights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Irh04jsMNJ8#t=207
I'm glad this guy had his camera running.

When did Officer Friendly become SWAT Cop in a ninja suit?

Militarized Police

It's never too late, no matter how bad things seem.

"An admission that we are on the wrong track enables us to switch directions. The truth is within every man; it bursts through and destroys the negative self upon our honest invitation. Then, life is lived in full measure." Vernon Howard

Like the cartoon character Pogo said,

"We have met the enemy and he is us."

Now, all we have to do is figure out how to undo this mess and get back to being free once again. No more feminism, no more political correctness, no more fascist bastards kicking us around!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Not Exactly MGTOW, but...

Jokes of The Conservative Papers
Political Jokes and Riddles from a Conservative Perspective

Boombox Cartoons by Dixon Diaz

"Control" is what they crave, liberals and feminists both.  Have you ever met a conservative feminist?  I have, but she wasn't the man hating kind.

He Moves In Mysterious Ways, His Wonders To Perform.

Check this out, and all the cool stuff in the sidebar. 
Akiane on The Katie Couric Show
Wait, there's more! 
Akiane on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akiane_Kramarik

Superhuman: Genius http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1459058/?ref_=nm_flmg_slf_2

Monday, September 22, 2014


Recent headline:

It could have been you, Kim! Billionaire Richard Lugner, 81, (who called Kardashian 'annoying') marries Playboy model, 24

I do have to admit his billions can shield him from a lot...

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
─ Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

But not being foolish!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

America's Soldiers Singing "Days of Elijah"

Viral video on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MtdyRDy4fU

Marriage Old School

What 'War Brides' of the Greatest Generation knew about marriage http://www.gibrides.com/ 

I love these shows set in WWII Britain, like Foyle's War.  There are war brides in my immediate ancestry. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Shrike - or maybe harpie

Rape Culture

Andrew Klavan on the subject of the "rape culture:"

Feminists: Idiots or Shrikes? by Andrew Klavan

I know cultural Marxism when I see it. I'm voting for shrike.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Rape Culture

 Andrew Klavan on the subject of the "rape culture:"

Feminists: Idiots or Shrikes? by Andrew Klavan

I know cultural Marxism when I see it. I'm voting for shrike.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

MGTOW Sports Betting

Before you make a serious bet (any amount larger than the price of a beer), read this guy's books.

The Fix Is In

At very least, read the key articles on his site.

MGTOW Betting

Back in my high school days, other guys would try to get me to bet on a game. I never liked this. It causes friction with my friends. It is an avenue for my unfriends to skin me.

What I did was:
  • Memorize the point spread in advance. The sports media published these things.
  • Change the spread by one point in my favor.
  • Agree to the bet with my spread.
For example:

"I'll betcha big bucks my team beats yours this week," said the unfriend.
"Okay. I'll take that bet if you give me ten (or whatever) points," replied I.

This will have two outcomes, both in my favor (keeping in mind I don't like betting in the first place).

1. "I ain't doin' that. That ain't fair. Fergit it."
- My preference.
2. "Duh, okay."
- Acceptable, if not optimal.

If you watched the first season of the TV series Boardwalk Empire, you will remember Arnold Rothstein going on about never taking bets unless he is sure he will win. That's the way to do it in this cruel world.

Rothstein also cheated; he put in the fix, but that's another story.  It's the story of pro sports since before the age of TV.

Feminists vs. NFL


Of course he's doing a great job! He's making the owners buckets of money, and that is the only metric that matters. 
They might get rid of him because he's become a lightning rod for controversy: His failure to meddle in a police investigation has the feminists and their male BFFs in a hissy fit. If that happens, it'll only be because the kerfuffle is costing them money. 
On a personal note, I haven't bought any pink NFL gear, and I ain't gonna!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Happy Birthday!

Today is the day that the United States Constitution was signed by delegates at the final meeting of the Constitutional Convention in 1787. One might say it's the Constitution's birthday. Happy 227th, and many more! 
Today is the birthday of country singer Hank Williams (1923 Mount Olive, Alabama). He died all too young, but not before founding a dynasty of country singers now in its third generation. He was one of the all time greats and is still listened to today.

Feminism's Logical Conclusion

What is it about women that makes them seek out situations where they are subjected to abuse? It must be some genetic thing. It sure isn't common sense.

SILENCE, I KILL YOU: Cute Austrian Chick Joins ISIS, Gets Killed

Listen Ms. Libbie, check out how they treat women before you join their ranks. Better yet, Go Your Own Way and don't join anybody's cause.

The world is full of people who want to sacrifice you and me for their causes. Don't be a sucker.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Splendid Article!

7 Ways to Exercise Your Brain—And Why You Really Need To!

Feminism's Logical Conclusion

What is it about women that makes them seek out situations where they are subjected to abuse? It must be some genetic thing. It sure isn't common sense.

SILENCE, I KILL YOU: Cute Austrian Chick Joins ISIS, Gets Killed

Listen Ms. Libbie, check out how they treat women before you join their ranks. Better yet, Go Your Own Way and don't join anybody's causes. (Yes, women are just as capable as Going Their Own Way as men are.)

The world is full of people who want to sacrifice you and me for their causes. Don't be a sucker. Think for yourself.  Act in your own best interest.

MGTOW "Be Immoral, But Not Illegal"

I missed this when it first came out. I must say I agree with the Captain as usual.

If I Were to Do It Again, I'd Become a Leftist Politician
aka "It Doesn't Pay to be Moral"
aka "Be Immoral, But Not Illegal"

Monday, September 15, 2014

MGTOW vs. Marriage

The United Singles of America by Dr. Helen Smith

Dr. Smith quotes and discusses a recent article on the decline of marriage in the USA. This is the money quote for me:

Given the lack of due process, the tendency to blame men for relationship problems and unequal treatment in domestic relations, men might be better off not living too long with any one woman. This is bad for society and families, but might be a better solution for individual men. 

I agree. That's why I call myself one of the MGTOW.

Saneity produces some interesting charts and presents his analysis: 

Observing the Decline: Single is now the preferred lifestyle
"I'm thirty and I want to get married now. Where's Mr. Right?"

Well, Ms. Libbie, he's buying drinks for some 22 year old. If it's any consolation, he's not going to marry her either.

Marriage In Decline

The mainstream media has been commenting on the declining rate of marriage world wide. I think the decline itself is because men are wising up to how dangerous it is under today's laws. I think the MSM runs the occasional story because it distresses the entire marriage-divorce industry, which impacts its advertising revenue. The MSM's feminist wing is bitching about it, so they have plenty of internal pressure to do a story too. (Feminists bitching about something? Imagine my surprise. What's next?)

Marriage is declining globally: Can you say that? http://familyinequality.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/marriage-is-declining/

They (the feminists and their MSM patsies) think it's our fault too, but they think it's because we are defective. So, ladies, how come you're so eager to marry a defective? Is it so you can divorce the living shit out of him in a few years?

I learned from the mistakes of the married men around me. From childhood on, I've witnessed grossly unhappy marriages and brutally punishing divorces. Yes, it's the men who were unhappy and punished. It's safe to say, I've been MGTOW since my preteen years.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Great Video Series

Feminism Series 

  ChristyOMisty - Good stuff! 

A friend sent this.  Thanks!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

MGTOW Movie News

'Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?' Hits Theatres This Weekend

Who is John Galt?  What's all the fuss about?  I'm glad you asked:

MGTOW Economics

Enjoy the Decline!

Ignore the government published indicators: The economy is contracting. This is bad. 

Marc Faber: McDonald’s tells us why the market will collapse

Faber has an excellent point. If people are cutting McDonald's out of their budgets, then they must be strapped for cash. The rest follows.

By the way, the Consumer Price Index does not track food prices or energy prices (for some reason). The CPI looks good in the news, but we little people have to obey our wallets -- and looks don't count.

If you don't trust government indicators (and you shouldn't), then become familiar with

Take a look at his numbers for GDP, inflation and unemployment. Compare and contrast with what you see on the TV news.  Actually, he does the comparing for us.

Get a copy of Enjoy the Decline or Bachelor Pad Economics from Captain Capitalism. You'll find a link in the right sidebar. Read up.

Friday, September 12, 2014

How To Call 911 Effectively

Let's change yesterday's scenario (MGTOW Communications). The cell phones are working, so you don't have to screw around with radios or try to make an amateur ambulance run.

Call 911. 
911 dispatcher: "Nine one one, what is your emergency?"

You: "Medical emergency, possibly life threatening."

Stop there. You've set the scene. Let the dispatcher ask, and you answer with the minimum of words.

911 dispatcher: [Next question?]

You: [Brief answer.]

Here are two articles, first the short one, then the long one:

911 Etiquette

How To Call 911 Effectively

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Trigger Warning! Trigger Warning!

Andrew Klavan on the Newest Threat on College Campuses: Microaggression

MGTOW Communications

First the worst case scenario:

1. Your neighborhood has been through a natural disaster, a weather event perhaps.
A. The cell phones aren't working.
B. The land lines are down.
2. Now, one of your neighbors is in serious need of immediate medical attention, perhaps one of those fractures where you can see bloody bone sticking out.
A. The cell towers are down in this scenario, so you'll have to wait a bit to upload a video of the bloody mess.
B. Store it while the batteries are still charged, put the phone away, and do something constructive!
3. What do you do?
A. How do you call for an ambulance?
B. Are you good at first aid?

Radio, that's the answer to A.

Training, that's the answer to B. This is a whole separate topic.

Regarding calling for an ambulance: In order of my personal preference (I'm a ham, so I'm biased).

        1. Ham radio.
  • Advantages.
  • Ham can get through when all others can't.
  • It is a fun hobby in more settled times.
  • Disadvantages.
  • Ham radio requires obtaining a license. This requires study and work.
  • If the power is down, you will need a generator or battery backup - advance planning required.

    2. CB radio.
  • Advantages.
  • The entrance requirements are minimal. CB radios are easy to get, simple to use, and there is not really a licensing requirement.
  • Disadvantages.
  • The CB bands might be unable to reach far enough, depending on conditions.
  • You can chose antennas and transceivers that will get through, if you plan in advance.
  • If the power is down, you will need a generator or battery backup - advance planning required.

    3. Load the injured into the backseat of your car and drive them to the hospital.

  • Or try to depending on road conditions.
  • Good luck, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
I never knew Archie, the beloved comic book teen, was involved with ham radio. Recently, the author of this comic died, which brought it to my attention.

Scroll down for a PDF of the entire issue. My anti-virus says it is free of virus or malware.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

MGTOW Articles

There are some cautionary tales and good advice herein.

Why Tesla Never Married

Whores in the Workforce

Pursue goals not girls

Americans Becoming Less “American”

My Wife Is Crazy

The title speaks for itself, only it's not a humorous satire. It is all too true.

19 Signs That You’re Dating Or Married To A Crazy Bitch http://clashdaily.com/2014/09/19-signs-youre-dating-married-crazy-bitch/
A few former girlfriends score high on this list. Fortunately, I'm well away from them now. Whew! I Went My Own Way.

A friend recommends this book, which the reviews say is funny:

A Gentleman's Guide To Avoiding Marriage: The Absolutely, Most Compelling Reasons A Man Should NEVER Marry. Paperback – September 16, 2010
by Omar Riedman (Author), Kali Pinckney (Author), Carrie Constantino (Editor)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Texas Concealed Handgun Carriers: Law-abiding Public Benefactors

Captain Capitalism published this on his blog:

Panera Bread Was Always Weak

I submitted the below to the comments.

This is reason enough for me not to go to Panera, even if I did like their menu.  I don't - not enough food for my dollar and I like my own cooking better anyway. 

Texas passed its concealed handgun law largely because of one woman.  (Suzanna Gratia Hupp, DC, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzanna_Hupp>)  Her parents were killed when a gunman attacked a crowded restaurant (Luby's, 1991, Killeen, TX). 

His victims had no recourse except to cower under their tables and wait for him to walk over and shoot them.  He did just that.  No one was able to shoot back.  He shot people at his leisure until a sheriff arrived. 

As the saying goes, when seconds count, the police are minutes away.

The suddenly orphaned young woman mounted a crusade to get the CHL law passed.  The entire state is glad she did. Well, a large majority is glad; it was a big part of why George Bush defeated Gov. Richards in 1994.

We have every reason to be glad, we have a substantially lower crime rate than areas that forbid concealed carry.

Texas Concealed Handgun Carriers: Law-abiding Public Benefactors

And now, for the lighter side!

This Is The Funniest Pro-Gun Video You’ll Ever Watch

Not MGTOW, but...

I would rather spend two days driving than half a day flying.

Cramped seats and angry passengers lead to diverted flights http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-legroom-fights-20140903-story.html#page=1

The car's driver’s seat is more comfortable than any airliner can be, even first class. I have all the elbow and knee room I want. I control the music, air conditioning, and who rides with me. Nobody has to climb over me to get anyplace. Nobody's kid is kicking my seat back. I get to see scenery and stop at interesting sites along the way. Best of all, there are no airport hassles. 

Travel tip: When I do have to fly, I bring disposable razors. I leave my expensive razor at home. In fact, I bring nothing I wouldn't care too much about if it ended up in a TSA agent's pocket.

I am happy with my safety razor.

All That Newfangled Shaving Gear Can’t Compare to the Old-Fashioned Stuff

I've given up on electric razors. They don't last long enough, and they cost too dang much.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Why I'm a MGHOW

I've Never Married. (I've had some near misses, but I escaped in the end.) I'm a Man Going His Own Way. Here's a collection of articles and videos that explains what to me is the obvious. 

Are monastics and hippies and poets relevant? No, we’re deliberately irrelevant. We live with an ingrained irrelevance which is proper to every human being. The marginal person accepts the basic irrelevance of the human condition, an irrelevance which is manifested above all by the fact of death.
- Thomas Merton, “Clouds and Water”

Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in.
- Michael Corleone, "The Godfather III"


Sandman hits the mark! (Yes, I've had this done to me.)

Then there is the marriage ceremony and reception. The expense is damnable.


The prenup is just another hurdle for one side to overcome…” http://pjmedia.com/drhelen/2014/09/03/the-prenup-is-just-another-hurdle-for-one-side-to-overcome/

Famous wedding resort will offer weekend ‘divorce packages’ http://nypost.com/2014/09/04/famous-wedding-resort-will-offer-weekend-divorce-packages/

In praise (not!) of feminism

I'm a Feminist and I Hate Being a Woman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpudFRSBG3Q

After the inevitable divorce ...

RETIRE CHEAP IN THAILAND - Lesson # 1 - Accommodation; Where, How Much and Why? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDQ7nRFnNSc

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Excellent MGTOW Article

Matt Forney says it better than I can:

Leftist Witch Hunts, Social Justice Warriors and the Myth of Free Speech “Consequences” http://mattforney.com/2014/09/02/leftist-witch-hunts-social-justice-warriors-and-the-myth-of-free-speech-consequences/

Regarding the last line, Matt and I differ on this. I'm not quite sure the left hasn't resorted to murder. Just because leftist VIPs have not been indicted or convicted does not mean they didn't cause a few bodies to be put in the grave. In fact, there are books written accusing them of that.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

MGTWO Cigar Story

Cigars. When I was a wee lad, way below legal smoking age, I worked a scam where I mail ordered a box of cigars. I've been hooked ever since. With that in mind, here is a great article: 

This is one of a zillion you will find on the net, and there are magazines and exclusive clubs devoted to cigars and enjoying the same.

Overshare: I have lung problems and have long since given up exposing myself to smoke and chemical fumes. You gotta do what you gotta do.

The moral is, enjoy life while you can. You never know what tomorrow will bring.
Go Your Own Way when it comes to cigars, whiskey, or other pleasures.

Friday, September 5, 2014

MGTOW Personal Finance

I'm going to start using cash more and more, even if I have to stop at the bank before going shopping. I used my card at Home Depot only a week before all this started:

UPDATE 2-Home Depot in contact with Secret Service over alleged breach -source http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/04/usa-homedepot-dataprotection-idUSL1N0R517720140904
The convenience is not worth the risk.

Stock Analysis For Dummies Like Me
Are you going to buy stocks? Read this first:

Yet Another Reason the Stock Market Is Overvalued

This puts a whole new meaning on Enjoy The Decline.

The subject is still internet security, only not the financial kind: 
"We share our secrets with technology," said XVALA. "And when we do, our privacy becomes accessible to others."

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Home Schooling - Kids Going Their Own Way

You will have noticed that home schooled kids are over-represented among the winners of spelling bees, math competitions, chess tournaments, music competitions, and the like. They aren't smarter or more talented. They are better educated. 

That's Better Educated. Period. 

Your children are wasting valuable time in public school. Home schooled kids are running rings around them. 
Read this: 
Mississippi school says kindergartener injured herself on playground; mom believes she was attacked by student, website reports http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2014/08/mississippi_school_says_kinder.html
Your children are being tortured, mentally and sometimes physically, in public schools. Bring them home. 
Home schooling is a popular subject. A web search produced 453-million hits. A YouTube search produced a paltry 38-million. My local library has dozens of books on home schooling. 
I totally recommend home schooling if you can possibly manage it. For your son's and daughter's sakes, give them the education the government run schools can't. (Actually, they can. It's just that they won't. It's too much work.) If you think I'm biased against public schools, you're right. Read this: 

The Empire Strikes Back: Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Files Appeal To Force Crappy Teachers On Poor Kids

Public schools are at war with boys.
If you can't manage home schooling, then get your boy hooked up with books from here:

"Our mission is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers."

If you're worried about them not developing athletic skills or socializing, then stick them in little league or soccer or something. They will excel - if you home coach them! (My personal choice is to put them in martial arts, like judo. Let's have them learn a life skill as opposed to a game.) 

Get your kids out of the public schools. Let them Go Their Own Way by personally showing them the way. No one cares about your kids like you do.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Great Book, Authors Not In Jail

What will American TV do to this book? Will it be transformed into a politically correct standard issue sitcom? 

The Dangerous Book for Boys - TV situation comedy

I can recommend the book itself to any boy of any age. The TV show, we'll just have to wait and see.

The Dangerous Book for Boys, by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden

Write a Book, Go to Jail

The war against boys extends to male teachers. 

Cambridge Mace's Lane Middle School Teacher on Administrative Leave

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The War Against Boys - A Book Review

The War Against Boys: How misguided feminism is harming our young men, by Christina Hoff Sommers
Simon & Schuster 2001
ISBN: 0684849577 ; 978-0684849577

I especially recommend this book to parents of school aged children. I would recommend it to educators and academics, but they have it already, or they are a lost cause in the first place.

The style is readable. It is more dry and academic than aimed at the popular taste for the chatty. It is jammed with facts and figures, which are fully explained in a concise to-the-point text.

The 2001 hardback is very reasonably priced on Amazon. I whistled up a copy, and it's a keeper. There is a 2008 edition (Paw Prints Press) which I haven't seen, but I believe is updated and expanded.

But Wait! There's More! 
Here is a YouTube video by the author which covers the major points. (Well, the majors in my mind. The book has far, far more than what's in the video.) I recommend watching this before deciding to buy and read.

Money quote: "Boys are treated like defective girls." ... And ain't that the truth!

If you have a son in school from K through college, then you need this book to understand what he is going through. 

Dr. Helen Smith has written extensively on this. Here is one article from her blog: http://pjmedia.com/drhelen/2013/10/28/boys-are-treated-like-defective-girls/

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day

American Minute ran an interesting article on the origins of Labor Day.  It will be in the archives: http://www.americanminute.com/
The short version is Pres. Cleveland wanted to make the voters happy in the aftermath of nationwide railroad strikes.  He lost the election anyhow, but we got a holiday.

Learn a trade.  High demand trades pay better than most white collar jobs, and they do not force you into crippling student loan debt!  As an added benefit, they can't be outsourced to foreign lands.

Here is one of millions of hits (no kidding) that a search on learning a trade turned up: http://www.uncollege.org/skilled-trade-get-paid-to-learn/

Be Prepared!

A Professional Fireman's Go Bag
Viral Videos: New York prepper shows you how to prepare for a natural disaster http://videos.komando.com/watch/6225/viral-videos-new-york-prepper-shows-you-how-to-prepare-for-a-natural-disaster

I would add this. Fill your pantry with canned and packaged foods with long lifetimes, in case you choose to stay put.

Be Prepared! 
Generally speaking, surviving is a good idea: http://www.itsadisaster.net/Links_preppers.html