Roundup

What Should Family Worship Look Like? – James has some good ideas.  I encourage parents to start young.  Our habits were up and down over the years.

Why work?  Exactly.  The U.S. is basically the same.

Danny Creamer, 21, and Gina Allan, 18, spend each day watching their 47in flatscreen TV and smoking 40 cigarettes between them in their comfy two-bedroom flat. …

The couple, who have a four-month-old daughter Tullulah-Rose, say they can’t go out to work as they could not survive on less than their £1,473($2,324)-a-month benefits.

The pair left school with no qualifications, and say there is no point looking for jobs because they will never be able to earn as much as they get in handouts.

Gina admits: “We could easily get a job but why would we want to work — we would be worse off.”

That’s because welfare payments in Britain are so lavish that unless you have special skills, you can make more by sponging off the government than you can by working.

Another benefit of capitalism: Trading partners blow each other up less often.  Seriously.  It is bad business to kill your customers.  So the more robust free trade is between countries, the less wars you will have.

Quote of the day: At a recent prison ministry visit, one of the offenders noted what a former Buddhist said after converting to Christianity following a Kairos prison ministry weekend: “If Buddha were here, he would have converted, too!”

I haven’t been to Japan for over 10 years, but apparently they still like to prove how fresh their prawns are by grilling them live in front of you.  Yes, they are super-tasty, but I would have taken your word for it.  Mercifully they don’t do the same thing when serving beef.

It is a sad irony that those who denounce greed are almost always the same people encouraging others to kill their unborn children for economic gain.

The Left is quick to paint people who oppose “same-sex marriage” as being closeted gays. But isn’t it much more likely that those pushing for LGBTQX rights are secretly making their own perverse desires more acceptable? Or that they operate from a model of guilt, where they aren’t comfortable pointing out homosexuality as a sin because they would feel hypocritical because of their out-of-wedlock sex?

Liberal logic: Outsourcing jobs to non-citizens in other countries is bad, but outsourcing jobs to illegal non-citizens in this country is good.

But wait, it gets worse: The illegal non-citizens in this country not only take the jobs and drive down wages of remaining jobs but they consume education, medical and other resources.  And they tend to commit the crimes that others just don’t want to do.

Theologically liberal Christians think they can judge the hearts of people doing the opposite of what God said (i.e., LGBTQX people) and determine how nice, loving and committed they are.  When Jesus said to judge people by their fruits He didn’t say you get to decide what a fruit is (heh). You compare the behavior to his standards rather than to your standards. And if your standards aren’t his standards then you are part of the problem.  And remember, whether you judge someone to be innocent or guilty you are still judging – and they are the ones who hypocritically say that we should never judge (even though that isn’t what Jesus taught).

Obama’s war on Fox News is creepy.  No one expects the media and the gov’t officials to get along all the time, but this shows just how much the rest of the media is in the tank for the administration.  Then there’s the apparently state-run 60 Minutes: “60 Minutes” reporter on pattycake Obama/Hillary interview: They knew we weren’t going to “play gotcha” with them.

I read about the Khan Academy in Forbes.  This is the wave of the future, folks.  It will dramatically reduce the costs of education.  The unions will fight it aggressively but will ultimately lose.  And that’s great news.

5 thoughts on “Roundup

  1. I think some of your items are missing links. (Just wanted to let you know we’re still reading!) Items like the one about homosexuality and heterosexual out-of-wedlock sex (great point) may not have had anything to link to, but I assume that, say, “Trading partners blow each other up less often” did?

    • Thanks for letting me know that people actually read these! Most of those didn’t have links. I was in Japan last week and while traveling I had some time to catch up on blogging and an accumulation of random thoughts. That’s it!

  2. Khan academy is great, but the real change is coming with MOOCs – EdX, Coursera and Udacity. The day is coming where employers will choose those who were smart enought to get a free quality education over those who foolishly wasted 4 years of their life on a mediocre one that put them into debt for decades.

  3. That’s because welfare payments in Britain are so lavish that unless you have special skills, you can make more by sponging off the government than you can by working.

    What happens when 51% of the British population figures this out? Uh oh.

    No one expects the media and the gov’t officials to get along all the time, but this shows just how much the rest of the media is in the tank for the administration.

    As far as I’m concerned, the media isn’t doing its job unless it’s hostile to government. It’s supposed to be asking awkward questions, getting answers, exposing scandals, and helping the public hold its leaders to account…and it’s supposed to be doing this to both sides.

    The cause of public scrutiny (accountability) is ill-served when the media are only interested in doing this to one party and not both.

  4. The pair left school with no qualifications, and say there is no point looking for jobs because they will never be able to earn as much as they get in handouts.

    That might be true, or it might not. If it is true, then their handouts need to be reduced (well, they should be, anyway – I don’t have a 47″ flatscreen TV, money for cigarettes, and I have multiple degrees and work long hours). I suspect however, that the problem is not that they can “never” earn enough money to live that way – they just cannot do so now, nor in the near future.

    Part of making responsible citizens is to teach young people the wisdom of older people. An 18-year-old may think that she will “never” earn enough money to pay for her lifestyle, because she is not going to do so in the next couple of years, and simply cannot understand that life changes. That couple may one day earn enough to put themselves at their current standard of living – in fact, it’s unusual for married, middle-aged couples to not be at least middle-class – but it’s a long road to get there First step: get married. Second step: work long, hard hours and get training in jobs like plumbing that will provide a good life without much formal higher education.

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