[no_toc]Widespread interest exists in the Arizona law known as “S.B. 1070” which may be about to get to the US Supreme Court. The constitutional question is one of federal implied preemption. Of course, this interest is acute in Texas and the Southwest but I would think that states formerly thinking they were immune from the problems of illegal immigration now realize that it’s everywhere. Otherwise why are there protests in Minneapolis against the law? Continue reading “All you ever wanted to know about federal implied preemption but were afraid to ask”
[no_toc]I love this site. It is chock full of situations we’ve all noticed, if not experienced. You may find a jewel in here that helps you to understand your own behavior or that of people around you. Ever observed Learned Helplessness? Have you been guilty of Learned Helplessness?
What is Learned Helplessness?
Studies of the clinically depressed show that when they fail they often just give in to defeat and stop trying. The average person will look for external forces to blame when they fail the mid-term. They will say the professor is an asshole, or they didn’t get enough sleep. Depressed people will blame themselves and assume they are stupid.
Do you vote? If not, is it because you think it doesn’t matter because things never change, or politicians are evil on both sides, or one vote in several million doesn’t count? Yeah, that’s learned helplessness.
[no_toc]Fatherhood independently predicted decreases in crime and substance use. Men who became parents well into their 20s and early 30s exhibited greater reductions than men who had their first child in their teens or early 20s.
[no_toc]Having grown up in a traditional extended family that included many servants of mankind (teachers, doctors, district attorney, preachers and more) and yet lived through the 60’s at the University of Texas and endured the indignation cast upon me and my fellow Viet Nam veterans, I think I know something about Givers versus Takers. Continue reading “Givers versus Takers: which are you? Why does the question matter?”
There are places, times of the year, events, activities, family, friends, and a limitless array of life influences that can put a smile on your face. When all of those converge at a point in time a person knows that all is well with the world for the moment regardless of what else may happen. Continue reading “Falling on leaves”
Listening this morning to Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio talk show I heard a great discussion about the proper role for government. As is typical with this type of discussion, the analysis was in terms of which problems is government best suited to solve. Continue reading “Occam’s razor for America”