Fatherless: Then and Now

We live in a society that is increasingly changing the definition of a “traditional family.”  Divorce is now a common occurrence. It is increasingly popular for women to have and raise children on their own, by choice not circumstance.  The number of children born out-of-wedlock continues to increase each year—in 2012 the number was 41 percent.  As the nation celebrates Father’s Day, it is common to see advertisements, shows and movies that celebrate dads, but outside of this one day a year there is a sad trend of fatherless children, and a society that extols the virtues of a single motherhood.  Before you start screaming (or exiting this article) please hear me out.

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Katy Perry Jumps On Board the Education Train During US Tour, Supports Teachers

According to the AP Thursday, Katy Perry will jump on board the education train as she begins the North American leg of her Prismatic Tour, in hopes of inspiring fans to help support teacher projects as they head into the 2014/15 school year. Hard work and determination are what Perry credits for her own success, and she plans to pay it forward. 

"I'm an American girl that had a dream, executed a dream, came from nothing - and that really is the American dream," said Perry

The international music sensation lent support Thursday by helping Staples, Inc. present a $1 million dollar donation to her "Make Roar Happen" initiative at DonorsChoose.Org. DonorsChoose is a hub where teachers are able to post project/classroom needs, and donors can choose not only which project(s) to donate to, but a dollar amount as low as $1. 

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Mila Kunis: Stop Saying "We're" Pregnant

By now, I’m sure many of you have seen 30-year-old actress Mila Kunis’ little riff on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, in which she tells soon-to-be fathers, in feigned hormonal outrage, to stop saying “we’re pregnant”. As Ms. Kunis, who is pregnant with fiancé Ashton Kutcher’s child, snarked: “Do you have to squeeze a watermelon-sized person out of your lady-hole?” The answer to this rhetorical question is, of course, no.

I happen to think that Ms. Kunis is a gorgeous and talented actress; she and Jimmy Kimmel were both playing the segment for laughs, and it was funny, in an over the top way. But in this age of hysterical, simplistic groupthink, where social media gives a platform for everything to be a grievance and everyone to be a victim, I think it’s critical to point out to the chorus of people cheering Ms. Kunis’ remarks:

It wasn’t a man’s idea to start saying “we’re pregnant” in the first place!

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Is There a Link Between the 5 Traded Terrorists and the Potential Fall of Baghdad?

Taliban.jpgOn the heels of the G7 Summit and the Third Annual EU-LAS (League of Arab State) Foreign Affairs Ministerial Meeting, news of rising insurgency in Iraq has dominated international headlines. Iraqi Ambassador to France, Fareed Yasseen, called on the international community for support saying “This is serious…not only for Iraq [and Syria] but for the entire region.” In addition, Iraq’s top cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, made a call to arms stating that all abled bodied persons needed to fight.

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Inclusive Capitalism Excludes American Values

In late May, NPR reported on an “Inclusive capitalism” conference being held in London.  Contrary to the name of the conference, this gathering was extremely exclusive and limited to 250 of the world’s very wealthiest people. This crowd was truly the one percent of the one percent – and was matched in stature by the political guests, who included Prince Charles and Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  And what was the aim of the meeting? It seems that in an act of self-preservation during a very populist era around the world, Big Business is joining the Western world’s political elite in an effort to define what, exactly, inclusive capitalism is.

Lynn Forester de Rothschild, of the famous Rothschild investment family,  organized the “who’s who” conference of billionaires, and explained,  “If this bulk of capital decides that they are going to invest in companies that aren’t only thinking about the short term profit, then we will see corporate behavior change.”

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