Archive for the “Life & Family Issues” Category

Suppose a scientific conference on cancer prevention never addressed smoking, on the grounds that in a free society you can’t change private behavior, and anyway, maybe the statistical relationships between smoking and cancer are really caused by some other third variable. Wouldn’t some suspect that the scientists who raised these claims were driven by something—ideology, tobacco money—other than science?

Yet in the current discussions about increased inequality, few researchers, fewer reporters, and no one in the executive branch of government directly addresses what seems to be the strongest statistical correlate of inequality in the United States: the rise of single-parent families during the past half century. (Source)

The same holds true in Canada.Statistics Canada’s own figures show that single-parent families are a huge source of poverty and fare much worse than two-parent families. Check this out:

About 571,000 children aged 17 and under, or 8.5% lived in low income in 2011, also unchanged from 2010. For children in lone-parent families headed by a woman, the incidence was 23.0%, while for children living in two-parent families, the incidence was 5.9%, both unchanged from 2010. (Source)

So children in lone-parent families headed by a woman, virtually the only type of single-parent family, have a poverty incidence roughly four times as high as families with two parents (note: it’s two parents, not two income-earners, although many may have two income-earners). These single parents are almost always the result of broken families, with the father often abandoning his responsibilities and leaving the mother to fend by herself with the kids.

This is a huge poverty burden on women. Yet, the media, policymakers and politicians choose to ignore the matter. They pretend that more government programs will solve the problem. Well, here’s a news flash for you: we already have tons of programs in place, and we keep adding more, but the problem isn’t going away because we’re not attacking the root cause.

We need to start a discussion on the complex issue of how to fix our families. Just because there’s no simple solution doesn’t mean we should bury our heads in the dirt as to what the causes are.

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Folks, I want to thank you all for your prayers, and I think in the future I will keep the blog out of my personal affairs.  Don’t get me wrong, I really do need and appreciate the prayers.  In fact, if I may say so, I feel like Superman right now!  No kidding.  There’s a lot of holy people praying for me right now, and what can I say but thank you! I can certainly experience God’s peace through this.  I actually feel kind of guilty in “stealing” your time.

No problems with my health, and family is in tact.  So, those are the important things and I give thanks that those things are still in tact.  Isn’t everything else second banana?  Sorry for worrying some of you.  I am very touched that so many of you have expressed personal support.

My problem is a “little” legal problem (not related to blogging) I need to extradite myself from.    But the good news is since I’m a blogger, I know the legal ropes.  8-)

I always knew being a blogger would pay off one day.   Helps develop thick skin to punch back.

God Bless.

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“Nightmare – The Sequel” is about to befall me and my family. Would like Socon or Bust readers to pray for us.

Thank you.

Blogging will be lighter than usual.

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Incredible. One of the best presentations on the subject of sex and contraception.  These guys deserve a medal for this presentation.

 

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One of the best kept secrets.…that modern society will never accept.  And it doesn’t accept it because it does not understand the beautiful complementarity of men and women.  Different yet equal in dignity.

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Something is terribly wrong, yet we don’t hear our leaders addressing the issue.

More often than not, what we’re hearing is issues like the environment and poverty.

And yet the crisis we face is really not about the family, but fatherhood.

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Uh oh.  Feminists will not be happy.

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I’m a great fan of technology, but I worry about it’s widespread use by young kids. One of my nephews, for example, can barely read and write, but he can work an iPad like it’s nobody’s business. He couldn’t throw a ball to save his life, but he can control a joystick like a ninja with some nunchaku. In fact, he spends almost all his free time playing video games. He has little patience for trucks, action figures, drawing, legos, etc.

This certainly can have important effects in various aspects of a child’s life, from physical conditioning to social skills. Below are some quotes from Crisis Magazine discussing the cons of technology in the classroom. I have no expertise in those areas, but I am an economist who studies innovation and economic growth. From my perspective, I can see some drawbacks of this precocious submersion into technology. Read the rest of this entry »

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This is very moving. Watch the video below to see a child with his new robotic fingers. Full story here.

Below is a second video of perhaps the most advanced commercially-available robotic limb in the world today. New hope for people with disabilities.

 

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From shootings at MIT (i.e., the Tsarnaev brothers) to the University of Central Florida to the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga., nearly every shooting over the last year in Wikipedia’s “list of U.S. school attacks” involved a young man whose parents divorced or never married in the first place.

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Thankfully, most boys growing up in fatherless families are peaceful, but it only takes a handful to wreak havoc and destroy so many lives.

Liberals immediately retort : “so what are we supposed to do, ban divorce?” There are no simplistic solutions to the problem, but it would be unwise to thereby ignore the true root of the issue. And yes, we would need to make some difficult decisions and cultural changes regarding family life. There’s no other way. Government can’t save us, that much we’ve learned over the last 40 years or so.

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A few months ago, the Ontario government announced with much pomp that research was showing that the new full-day kindergarten program was an unbelievable success.

Sadly, reality is proving otherwise. A few weeks after the announcement, the government made public the actual studies, which show a much more nuanced and underwhelming story. You’d think the government hadn’t read the studies.

In short, special needs kids appear to do better under the program, but the rest of the kids (the vast majority of children) do no better and are actually worse off in some respects. This is important for the fate of your kids as the government plans to expand the program. It’s also important for your wallet, because Ontario can’t afford the billion-plus dollars this is costing.

Read the full story here.

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Here’s a beautiful interview with two professional athletes that use Natural Family Planning in their respective marriages.

  • Mike Sweeney was a Major League Baseball player for 11 seasons.  He had a career batting average of about .300 with roughly 20 homers and 90 RBIs per season, on average. A pretty solid body of work. He’s now a commentator for the Major League Baseball TV network.
  • Philip Rivers is currently the quarterback of the San Diego Chargers in the National Football League. He is widely regarded as one of the premier quarterbacks in the league.

I really like Rivers as a player.  I had no idea he was Catholic and even less that he’s an outspoken advocate of NFP. The part of his testimony that struck me the most is how he and his wife started using NFP out of obedience. They were 19 and 18 years old when they got married and they didn’t fully understand all the Church’s teachings on sexuality. But they chose to obey. As the years went on, they grew to better understand the reasons for the Church’s teaching and they experienced it tangibly in their marriage.

Obedience is a beautiful thing when you fully trust the wisdom of the One who gave the commandments.

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OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that doctors cannot unilaterally choose to end life support services for Hassan Rasouli, an Ontario man who has been comatose since 2010.

In a 5-2 decision, justices for Canada’s highest court ruled doctors must first obtain consent from the man’s family, or, failing that, apply for permission from Ontario’s Consent and Capacity Board, a quasi-judicial body that addresses matters of consent under Ontario’s Health Care Consent Act. (Source)

I’m pleasantly surprised by this verdict. It’s a step in the right direction.

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Here are some highlights related to family issues from today’s Speech from the Throne, which outlines the government’s priorities for the upcoming legislative sitting. Not all of these announcements are specific policy initiatives yet.  Some are more like themes.  The specifics will likely be announced in the upcoming Budget.

The bullets below are copied verbatim from the Speech, in no particular order.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The Institute for Marriage and Family, an excellent research organization based in Ottawa, has been releasing results of an extensive survey they undertook regarding Canadians’ attitudes towards child care.  They found that  76% of Canadians believe it is best for children under six to be cared for at home by a parent. I found that survey result quite surprising considering how liberal Canada has become. Clearly, politicians pushing daycare as a mantra for kids are out of touch with Canadians.

Last week, they released more survey results that shocked me. Among Canadians with a university degree, 68% still prefer children under six to be cared for at home by a parent.

What’s more, among women with a post-graduate degree, i.e. they’ve done a Master’s, a PhD or post-doc studies, the majority still prefer home care (54%).

That’s simply amazing. These are likely the most career-minded women in Canada and who have invested the most heavily towards a career. Yet, the majority still prefers home care by a parent over daycare. Wow.

That makes you wonder: who’s driving the push for universal daycare? It must be a ridiculously minute interest group.

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I must say, I’m shocked that the court would rule in our favour.  Great work by Alex Schadenberg and the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The BC Court of Appeal has struck down the decision by Justice Smith and upheld the current laws which protect Canadians from euthanasia and assisted suicide.
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) intervened in the BC assisted suicide case in order to uphold the principles of Parliamentary sovereignty and basic human rights. EPC is pleased that the Court has followed the lead of Canadian Parliament, the Supreme Court of Canada, and of the majority of Parliaments and Supreme Courts around the world in finding that the prohibitions against assisted suicide represent an important protection against abuse of vulnerable people. (Source)

 

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