I did a search for “BYU” on Twitter on Saturday night to look for articles about the Cougars’ thrilling basketball victory over Gonzaga.* Instead I got a steady stream of 17- and 18-year-old Mormon kids either celebrating getting into BYU or lamenting their rejection letters. It’s that time of year. (more…)
For the sixth year in a row, the American birthrate has reached a new low.
Most economic statistics are lies. We will know that the real economy has finally turned around when the birthrate starts to rise again.
We will know that the pack of harpies and sillies that make up our national media and political classes has been replaced by real people when this gets more discussion than an obese guy dying in New York after being choked out while resisting arrest.
Those words would be as good an answer as I could give to the question originally addressed to Conan the Barbarian: “What is best in life?”
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In the multitude of people is the king’s honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince
My first thought was that this was a response to situations like that in Boston, where religious adoption agencies have more or less been put out of business because they prefer not to mediate adoptions by gay couples. The story says it’s about the service not being used enough to warrant the effort.
I believe that. I’m close to several young LDS couples who have adopted recently, both in and out of Utah, and not one worked through LDS Family Services. The usual reason given was that LDS Family Services had so few children to adopt that the waiting list was a decade long. It’s much less than that for other agencies, though it can still take years.
I’d be a bit old to be having any more children, even if it was still physically possible for me. (The incident on Mustafa did an awful lot of damage.) But this has got to be yet another real downer for Adam and many others.
One of the mainstays of conservatism is that history has happened and men are flawed. This means that, unlike some destructive varieties of liberalism and progressivism, we cannot believe that people are naturally good and can achieve utopia if we just sweep a few kulaks and wreckers under the rug. It also means that, unlike reactionaries, we cannot believe that there was some time period when institutions and mores were naturally good and we just need to reestablish that time. The reason we are no longer in that time period is because it contained the seeds of its own destruction. And we can’t just wish ourselves back into that time period anyhow, because history has happened, the conditions that made that society possible no longer exist, and we must deal with the contemporary materials that are at hand. (more…)
Americans are having so few babies that the demographic transition is wrecking the federal budget and our social safety net, and we aren’t taking particularly good care of the ones that we have.
This can only be seen as a spectacular, and spectacularly dangerous social failure. It is a catastrophe of historic proportions, but we are reacting to it with a mix of learned helplessness and willed ignorance.
I don’t think that word means what you think it means.
My father, may his memory be ever blessed, if he had made a list of things every man over 30 should have, would have had just two items: (more…)
To the crazed notion that parents shouldn’t pay through the nose to raise kids to bear the burden of other people’s retirement, Senator Lee adds the even more ridiculous notion that the tax code should be simplified. I prefer not to imagine what strange hallucinogens must be added to the water in Utah.