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High School Cougars

Shorter New York Times: High-school-age girls who date boys a year or two younger are predatory and suspect. It’s more normal for them to date college-age men, because of course there is nothing at all sketchy about an adult man in college who wants to date a 15-year-old. RECENTLY, as I heard my daughter, a junior in high school, and her friends discuss their plans for the prom, I had a vaguely troubling thought: can a 16-year-old be a cougar? Her best friends wanted to take boys younger than themselves (much younger … two entire grades younger) to the prom. And one of those boys just happened to be my ninth-grade son. Two entire grades?! Those deviants. ...more

Why Do We Still Resist and Punish Women In Leadership?

Just after my election as president of the Homeowner’s Association in our town home complex in 2004, an older male neighbor stood nose to nose with me and said “you really need to get some men on the board because women don’t know how to do anything.”  Initially drafted to the position, I worried about receiving “who the hell does she think she is” snipes every time I made a decision or gave an instruction, no matter how respectful or civil my conduct.  My neighbor’s insult notwithstanding, my practical nature never steered me wrong and I learned to trust myself as much as...more
And some of the wives are so conditioned to this as well that they, too, go against a new woman ...more

My View It Was Deliberate

There is no question in my mind college costs spiraled totally out of control, like housing, so that it would limit people from going to college. And if they do go, they would be in hock to the lenders for the rest of their lives.Fortunately, I was lucky enough I paid my way through undergraduate and almost all of graduate school. I say "almost" because I did have to take a student loan to student teach; there was no other way around it because the university wouldn't allow people to take jobs and work in the schools. It was too difficult to do.Since I was shitcanned from WCSD four years ago, I have been unable to pay the loan off and it is on deferment. I'll probably have that thing deferred until I die. ...more

An Accidentally (Or Not?) Childfree Bucket List

Drew and I went to San Francisco last weekend to visit our friends Ben and Caroline, and I was struck by a pretty powerful observation on the way up. We’d decided to drive, because we’re crazy and don’t mind an insanely long road trip, and it gives us time to have nice long chats. And probably half of all those chats are prompted by one of us saying,“Wouldn’t it be cool if someday we…”This trip was no exception. By the time we hit the Bay Bridge, we determined that it would be pretty awesome if we could:...more

Colorado Kills Civil Unions Bill

Colorado had a bill that would have legalized civil unions, thus giving rights to same sex marriage, but they killed it before it even reached the floor of the House. It seems that Colorado House Speaker Frank McNulty assigned the bill to the State and Veterans/Military Affairs Committee. This committee is dominated by conservative members and, according to Democrat House Minority Leader Mark Ferrandio, who happens to be sponsoring the bill, this committee has been called McNulty’s “kill committee.” ...more

The Executioner’s Granddaughter

The Story Behind the PhotographLast week, as I was selecting antique photos of children with toys from my collection for my post of May 18, I picked up this one of a curly-headed moppet holding a toy lamb and a riding crop.  ...more

The Discomfort Zone

 It amazes me to know that many Americans are honestly AFRAID of the liberties we were promised by our Founding Fathers. I’ve watched with some interest as the Senator from Texas, Ron Paul, has campaigned for constitutionally limited government and, unfortunately, been labeled as a loony-toon for his firm conviction that we ought to actually live within our own laws and principles. Take the subject of drugs, for example. ...more

Brazil power: Spain out, China in

China State Grid to Buy Brazilian Assets State Grid Corp. of China said Tuesday it agreed to buy seven high-voltage electricity transmission assets in Brazil from Spanish construction firm Actividades de Construccion y Servicios SA ACS.MC -2.06% and its subsidiaries for 2.04 billion real ($1 billion), including debt. The acquisition marks State Grid’s second investment in Brazil and its fourth major investment overseas, and is the most recent in a string of deals in which a European company has looked to exit an investment amid the debt troubles facing the continent. ...more