Monthly Archives: November 2016

Geert Speaks

“We, Dutch, say whatever is close to our hearts. And that is precisely what makes our country great. Freedom of speech is our pride.” Geert Wilders

“For centuries, the Netherlands are a symbol of freedom.” Ibid

“You [Court members] will never have to be protected because Islamic terror organizations, such as Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and ISIS, and who knows how many individual Muslims, want to murder you.” Ibid

FINAL STATEMENT OF GEERT WILDERS AT HIS TRIAL 

A last plea for preservation of the freedom of speech in the Netherlands.

From the Gatestone Institute, the final court statement of Freedom Party Geert Wilders: Continue reading

Cohabiting—No; Marriage—Yes

“Cohabiting is particularly devastating for young women, who risk wasting the years during which they are most likely to find a suitable mate and have children by chasing someone who just isn’t that into them.” Bradford Richardson

Cohabitation effects

Bradford Richardson, The Washington Times, November 14, 2016, p. 21

cohabitation-comic-51A new study examining the commit­ment levels of young couples casts doubt on the modern wisdom that moving in together is a prudent step before marriage — especially for women.

Published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships bv researchers at the University of Denver last month, “Asymmetrically committed relationships” looked at a sample of 315 unmarried cou­ples between the ages of 18 and 34. The couples had been together for two years at the time of the study s inception, at which point 59 percent were dating and 41 percent already had shacked up.

The study found that 35 percent of couples had asymmetric levels of com­mitment, or relationships in which one partner is significantly more interested in stavim; together than the other. Cohabiting couples were more likely to have vary­ing levels of loyalty to one another than their dating counterparts, 42 percent to 30 percent.

Not surprisingly, asymmetrically com­mitted couples are more likely to report lower relationship quality, including more conflict and aggression, than couples with mutual levels of devotion. Continue reading

Thots on Thanksgiving

The_First_Thanksgiving_cph.3g04961.jpg“When the Pilgrims failed in their early socialistic experiment (the common store house went empty) William Bradford remarked, ‘God is smarter than Plato.'”

“In 1621, a mere 51 Pilgrims had survived to celebrate the harvest we now know as ‘The First Thanksgiving.’ They invited a neighboring Indian chief, and 90 Indians as guests, who brought five deer to the feast, adding to the Pilgrims’ own bounty.” Steve Byas

The Meaning of Thanksgiving

Steve Byas, The New American, November 21, 2016, p. 44

On the fourth Thursday of each November, millions of Ameri­cans gather around the dinner table to eat turkey and dress­ing, and stuff themselves with all kinds of foods, in the great American holiday known as Thanksgiving- The story of the holiday’s origins reveals much of what made this country at its founding.

While the first shots of the American Revolution are said to have been fired in 1775, John Adams remarked that the revolution was al­ready “complete” in the minds of the colonists. He meant that the embattled farmers stood on the village green at Lexingtcjn and at Concord’s Old North Bridge, not to change their way of life, but to preserve it.

The Thanksgiving celebration is an important part of that revolution, in which a new way of life developed on the shores of English America.

Canada also celebrates Thanksgiving, and it was Spanish Catholies who held the first Thanksgiving in the New World, in Florida at St. Augustine a generation earlier. But America’s holiday is deeply rooted in the fundamental concepts that cre­ated the American nation, and its way of life. Continue reading