An abrupt intro to socio-opinion-blogging

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Hello readers,

A little about me before I delve into the world of social-political-opinion-blogging. I have been a blog-reader for quite some time now and recent events (or rather, my opinion of said events…) prompted my own entrance to the culture.

Topics that interest me: societal patterns and changes, matters affecting / attacking / threatening traditional family values (abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, birth control), national security, international affairs, travel, education issues (funding, availability, reform), and any other myriad of things.  If you, reader, come across any articles you think I might enjoy reading, please send them my way.  I try and hit the major sites every morning to see what I missed while sleeping but I definitely don’t cover every story out there.

I believe any value worth having is worth defending, and that if those who held opinions actively worked to defend them, American culture would not exist as we currently know it.

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke


Happy reading.

Texan Wins Controversial ‘White Man’ Scholarship –

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Texan Wins Controversial ‘White Man’ Scholarship –


“The award was presented by a group called the Former Majority Association for Equality. Its president, Colby Bohannon, says he has been called a racist and compared to the KKK.”


The KKK?  Seriously?  For stipulating that private funds will be given at the benefactor’s discretion?

That’s a little harsh.

With scholarships literally existing for women over 5’9″, left-handed students, and any other myriad of non-essential characteristics, as well as scholarships exclusive to respective cultural groups, I really am surprised it’s taken this long for someone to do something like this, but I’m also not surprised at the reaction it’s gotten.  Heads up for any new stories about white-only scholarships ….  though I don’t think it’ll happen again any time soon.

Officer investigated for speaking his mind on St. Pete crime |

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Officer investigated for speaking his mind on St. Pete crime |


“A veteran officer with a clean record is being investigated by the St. Petersburg Police Department (SPPD) after he warned the father of a robbery victim about a dangerous part of town.”



“Mayor Bill Foster acknowledged the incident and said he holds SPPD to the highest standard. “I always want to know my officers are representing this city in a very positive light,” Foster said.”

I agree with the dad:

“”I’m shocked,” Esposito said. “His job is to serve and protect, and as far as I’m concerned, he gave me information. I think he did his job. I think he did it very well.””


What is the issue here?!?!

Official Calls For Riverside, 12 Other Counties To Secede From California « CBS Los Angeles

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Official Calls For Riverside, 12 Other Counties To Secede From California « CBS Los Angeles.


First thought: If anyone secedes, I would have thought Texas would do it first.  I know we talk about it more, but it’s really interesting to hear another state, even one as far-removed from reality as California, say they need their independence as well.  And it’s only part of a state, at that.

We’ll see if anything comes of this.  (Nothing will.)

Mental well-being: A New York state of mind | The Economist

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Mental well-being: A New York state of mind | The Economist.

Talk about a talking point.  I’ve long held that living in the country does more for a person’s sanity than living in the city ever could, and this article is just proof that popular science is trying to verify that fact with numbers.  There is a little bit of solace in every breath of country air that the high-rise windbreaking skyscrapers cannot replicate, however hard they may try.

A social psychological study of the differences between lifestyle 1 and lifestyle 2 would take years to execute ‘perfectly’, and even then it would be limited by the general stock of difficulties, but as this article may prove, the trend of studying country vs. city life may have already begun.

All I can say is that there’s nothing better to clear your head than a drive through the Texas countryside, where you can stand on a ledge and gaze at a picture painted just for you, drinking in the beauty of a quieter, still, long-forgotten life.

The pull of religious relics: Holy jewels | The Economist

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The pull of religious relics: Holy jewels | The Economist.

““Treasures of Heaven” is sponsored mainly by John Studzinski, global head of Blackstone Advisory Partners, in a rare example of private philanthropy. Mr Studzinski is a devout Roman Catholic. But one need not perceive reliquaries as intermediaries with the divine to be delighted and moved by this show. These are jewels with soul as well as beauty, a rewarding introduction to the early history of Christianity and the medieval mind.”

If this isn’t reason enough to travel to Europe and see this exhibit, I don’t know what is.

Violent extremists: Of skinheads and jihadists | The Economist

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Violent extremists: Of skinheads and jihadists | The Economist.

“Jared Cohen, who heads Google Ideas, is keen to promote the role of technology in this battle. Suggestions from those at the conference included an online encyclopedia to debunk the narratives of extremist groups; a WikiKoran to offer different interpretations of scripture and encourage debate; and a video game set in the gang world where the winning strategy would require getting characters to abandon their thuggish ways.”

That last one really intrigues me.  How much of an impact would that have on our technologically centered culture?  How would its popularity increase or decrease as the violence in the world increases or decreases?  How would it be accepted in the gamer culture?

But really though, the question we should be asking is how long would it take for something like this to be developed, coded, released, and start making any sort of difference?  I fear it would be best measured by years rather than months.