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The Black Family in 1965 and Today

RocketDan Wrote: Feb 26, 2015 4:59 PM
If so much of the problem is residual racism and structural social problems, why were the marriage rates, teenage employment rates, and number of two parent black households so much higher in 1964? Was there that much less racism in 1964? I don't think so. As far as the extent of segregation today, the author never mentions the impact of self-segregation. He assumes that black families want to live in integrated suburbs. On my last job, I worked with several well-paid black engineers. They often didn't live in the same low crime neighborhoods I lived in. They chose to drive longer distances to work and live in higher crime neighborhoods so their kids would grow up with others that "looked like them." It was clear they saw themselves first and foremost as black and only secondarily as successful middle class families. This will warp the stats that some liberals interpret as signs of obvious racism still existent in the housing markets. It ain't necessarily so.
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Early Presidential Prospects

RocketDan Wrote: Jan 21, 2015 10:33 AM
I'm so glad to see Dr. Sowell speaking so favorably of Scott Walker. Even though I live far from WI, I have supported Walker's campaigns for years. He has shown he is focused on the right objectives to bring economic progress to his state, and that he is fearless (or as he says in his book "Unintimidated.") My prior choice for the Republican presidential candidate was Mitch Daniels who did some great things in IN, but he wouldn't run for family reasons. Walker admits he got some good mentoring from Daniels and has carried on the tradition of eliminating the crushing weight of public service unions. I'm convinced Walker is the one to actually get things done in DC.
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The 20-year Demise of a Blue State

RocketDan Wrote: Dec 22, 2014 8:45 AM
Florida is almost gone, as hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers flee to southeast FL. As you say, they want to recreate their "liberal paradise" here. With FL's growing population and influence the Democrats are going all out in local elections determined to turn FL blue.
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Random Thoughts

RocketDan Wrote: Oct 29, 2014 5:20 AM
I agree with your comments about Scott Walker. He has proven himself to be a man of substance who has been very good for the state of WI. He has been the constant target of Progressives and especially the labor unions who are losing millions of dollars of forced dues thanks to Walker's reforms. It is sad that the Republican party doesn't seem to recognize the importance of his election. The Democrats certainly do. Even while the nation is focused on the Senate, the Democrats recognize the opportunity to remove a rising Republican conservative leader and potential 2016 Presidential candidate, as well as restoring the control of unions in the state which assures them of huge donations for years to come. This lack of vision on the part of Republican leaders, which could be seen as yet another lack of enthusiastic support for conservatives no matter how successful they have been, is one reason my support for the party has waned. If WI defeats Walker they deserve what they will get. Their schools will go back to overpaying for teachers' healthcare while spending less on actual education. WI will no longer be seen as a place for businesses to go for a pro-business environment. Job growth will be reduced until WI again begins to look like IL, a total failure of a state.
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Multiculturalism Is a Failure

RocketDan Wrote: Sep 17, 2014 8:53 AM
Six years ago, Mark Steyn released his book "America Alone" which showed the effects of multiculturalism in Europe and the growing threat in America. He states that America was the last country with a hope of avoiding cultural changes due to the PC push of multiculturalism. He was of course criticized by the left and ignored by way too many. Now that the dirty secret of the destructive effects of imported cultures is out in the open and people are more receptive to it, I think that anyone who hasn't read "America Alone" should read it now. Sadly it describes the situation in the US as of six years ago and things have surely gotten worse in that time. Most readers would be shocked at how far Islamist thought and rule had already penetrated American cities.
Crist does jettison positions as soon as polling doesn't support them. In his years as Governor of FL he staged big Climate Change conferences along with CA Gov. Schwarzenegger and pushed the state to new energy programs that were more expensive. In his final year pols showed no one really cared about climate change and it wasn't among anyone's top priorities. He found an excuse to cancel the next conference and then was mute on the subject as if it never happened. I'll bet that as a Democrat we could expect Crist to make Climate Change a top priority of his now that Obama is pushing it. This would be bring FL's progress in attracting business to a rapid stop.
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Uninstall Firefox

RocketDan Wrote: Apr 08, 2014 9:00 AM
I switched to Pale Moon for Windows. It has a lot of the look and feel of Firefox and, by using a special tool program, the Firefox profile and bookmarks all imported very smoothly into Pale Moon. I used the 64 bit version, but they warn against using it if your computer isn't up to it. Both the processor and OS need to be fully 64 bit capable. I'm using Win 8.1 with an Intel i3-3120 processor. No problems. They do have 32 bit versions also. One note of caution. Make sure to download and install your new browser before deleting your old Firefox so you can easily transfer all bookmarks, etc.
I don't know the funding arrangements in NYC, but at first glance it looks like next year the school will have just as many students as the regular and charter school had together (minus those few wealthy enough to move to a private school) attending in the same building as last year. So financially the city isn't better off. The students are way worse off. Only de Blasio is better off, having secured donations from the union for his next campaign. But, let's not forget he did free the horses in Central Park! Oh, and he is going to provide free pre-K. Even if this program is effective (which isn't a given) the kids will then be dumped into these same bad schools and any early benefit will disappear quickly. Did the people of NYC really give this guy over 70% of the vote?
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Concealing Evil

RocketDan Wrote: Feb 19, 2014 6:55 PM
Did you perhaps miss Dr. Williams point that having a majority supporting your position doesn't make an immoral position any less immoral?
Obama "said he wants to expose young men of color to career options that could pay as much as $35 an hour." Wow! He's going to expose them to being UAW auto assembly techs? What a bold move. How does he justify this type of action? Does he believe that there is built in discrimination in society and that is why he needs to help black men more than others? If that is his justification how about a program for young white men, who don't do as well as young Asian men. Obviously discrimination? No?
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