Monday, July 27, 2009
One sickness that afflicts Americans more and more, but is seldom written about is anthropomorphism, or the humanization of pets. My theory as to why Americans place human characteristics on their pets is for the lack of affection between men and women, and parents and children even.
Single women are most often guilty of engaging in anthropomorphism. We often hear of the spinster who fills her void of affections with cats. But I would submit that married women are often guilty of it as well. Loveless marriage in the US is no longer the exception, but the norm. Pets often serve the purpose of providing women the "unconditional love" that they cannot get from their spouses.
This is not to get men off of the hook. Many men look to their dogs as the buddies they lack in human form. Many men would not think of going hunting, fishing, or camping without their dog in tow.
If you travel to other regions of the world, one thing that is striking to an American is the physical affection that foreign parents lavish upon their children. Given all the hysteria surrounding pedophiles coupled with the Anglo-Western culture of personal space that pervades the US, there is no wonder why children turn to pets for being starved for affection. We now have the first generation of females who don't "date," but hook-up for brief encounters of sex or near sex. This isn't affection contrary to popular belief.
There is nothing innately wrong with affinity for pets and animals. But the extent to which Americans replace human closeness with closeness with animals is one other sign of the decline of America.
The sad thing is that far too many Americans, women mostly, react with more alarm at the death of an animal than at the death of a human. This is how bad the problem has gotten!
Monday, July 6, 2009
We've heard it all before. The cliche that adolescence and high school are the "carefree years." The proponents of this myth could not be more wrong.
The teenage years are the most fraught with embarrassment, humiliation, angst, and misery. These are the years when anorexia, bulimia, bullying, drugs, underage drinking, acne, sexual confusion, etc, are everyday struggles for teens.
As a forty-something who has been having the time of his life since age 30, I can attest that the most carefree I have ever been is the present.
Perhaps married people look at their tortured lives and refer back to their single days as carefree years. If that's the case, I pity them.
In more wise societies, the teen years are seen as preparatory years where hard work and toil lead to lives of prosperity and wealth. All but the most savvy Americans believe that to be the case for their children, and we have a generation of poorly prepared "millennials" ruining workplaces the country over as proof.
So reject that myth. Impress upon your children that these are the days of hard work and delayed gratification. As much as my parents got on my nerves about this, I see now they were correct.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
On his surprise trip to Iraq during the July 4th weekend, VP Joe Biden mentioned that America is a refuge for immigrants, saying newcomers are the "lifeblood" of the country and that "there's always room for more."
Most Americans do not agree. As we see the legions of indigenous Latin American workers siphoning off wealth, how could we?
Illegal immigrants usually commit the federal crimes of Entry Without Inspection, Employment Without Authorization, and Tax Evasion. Moreover, most of their disposable income is sent back to their home country so the US does not even fully benefit from they buying power!
This brings me to another point about Biden. He recently announced the new White House adviser for violence against women, Lynn Rosenthal. Is he kidding! Violence against women, as a government initiative, presumes that men are not to be acknowledged as victims of violence at the hands of women. It is sexist and misandric and has no place in government.
Joe Biden enables anti-male government action and encourages immigration that we do not need. He needs to go!
Friday, July 3, 2009
The CIA is one of those institutions that exists solely on the prestige of its former glory. If it were not for that, I believe the CIA would be dissolved in favor of some new, more effective intelligence apparatus.
In the 1960's and 70's, the war in Iraq would have been a laughable endeavor. Back then, covert action was the option of choice. The CIA would train, equip, and fund dissident movements within hostile nations and wait for the opportunity to exploit coups d'etats. All this would take place with the US having clean hands.
The recent civil strife in Iran is but the latest lost opportunity to assist legitimate and friendly dissident movements by way of covert action. The CIA is too transparent anymore and its clandestine service is incompetent.
North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, and all the other enemy regimes can all rest assured that they are safe with the current CIA running our clandestine affairs.