Why Are Men So Angry?

About a week ago, The Wall Street Journal published an excerpt of my new book, which argued that the new stage I call pre-adulthood—the twenties and early thirties—was not bringing out the best in single young men. Some men didn’t like it. As in, “cancel-my-subscription-the-writer-should-contract-such-a-bad-case-of-carpel-tunnel-syndrome-she-never-writes-again” didn’t like it.

About a week ago, The Wall Street Journal published an excerpt of my new book, which argued that the new stage I call pre-adulthood—the twenties and early thirties—was not bringing out the best in single young men. Some men didn’t like it. As in, “cancel-my-subscription-the-writer-should-contract-such-a-bad-case-of-carpel-tunnel-syndrome-she-never-writes-again” didn’t like it.

Article - Hymowitz Men (Photo by Jupiterimages via Getty Images)

But a lot of the responses unwittingly proved my point—and another one: Men are really, really angry. Consider: “We’re not STUCK in pre-adulthood, we choose it because there aren’t any desirable American women. They’ve been bred to abuse men.” This fairly typical response that appeared at the Seattle Post Intelligencer website: “Sorry ladies. In the age of PlayStation 3s, 24-hours-a-day sports channels, and free Internet porn, you are now obsolete. All that nagging, whining, and stealing our hard earned cash have finally caught up to you.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-02-28/why-are-men-angry-manning-up-author-kay-hymowitz-explains/

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Obama’s Social Security Hoax

Everyone knows that the U.S. budget is being devoured by entitlements. Everyone also knows that of the Big Three — Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security — Social Security is the most solvable.

Back-of-an-envelope solvable: Raise the retirement age, tweak the indexing formula (from wage inflation to price inflation), and means-test so that Warren Buffett’s check gets redirected to a senior in need.

The relative ease of the fix is what makes the Obama administration’s Social Security strategy so shocking. The new line from the White House is: no need to fix it because there is no problem.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/261893/obama-s-social-security-hoax-charles-krauthammer

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Army Chaplain Charles Joseph Watters Awarded Medal of Honor

Charles Joseph Watters (January 17, 1927 – November 19, 1967) was a Chaplain (Major) in the United States Army. He was posthumously received the Medal of Honor for bravery exhibited while rescuing wounded men in the Vietnam War, specifically the Battle of Dak To.

Below is his citation:

Medal of Honor citation

The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to

MAJOR CHARLES JOSEPH WATTERS
United States Army

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Chaplain Watters distinguished himself during an assault in the vicinity of Dak To. Chaplain Watters was moving with one of the companies when it engaged a heavily armed enemy battalion. As the battle raged and the casualties mounted, Chaplain Watters, with complete disregard for his safety, rushed forward to the line of contact. Unarmed and completely exposed, he moved among, as well as in front of the advancing troops, giving aid to the wounded, assisting in their evacuation, giving words of encouragement, and administering the last rites to the dying. When a wounded paratrooper was standing in shock in front of the assaulting forces, Chaplain Watters ran forward, picked the man up on his shoulders and carried him to safety. As the troopers battled to the first enemy entrenchment, Chaplain Watters ran through the intense enemy fire to the front of the entrenchment to aid a fallen comrade. A short time later, the paratroopers pulled back in preparation for a second assault. Chaplain Watters exposed himself to both friendly and enemy fire between the two forces in order to recover two wounded soldiers. Later, when the battalion was forced to pull back into a perimeter, Chaplain Watters noticed that several wounded soldiers were lying outside the newly formed perimeter. Without hesitation and ignoring attempts to restrain him, Chaplain Watters left the perimeter three times in the face of small arms, automatic weapons, and mortar fire to carry and to assist the injured troopers to safety. Satisfied that all of the wounded were inside the perimeter, he began aiding the medics … applying field bandages to open wounds, obtaining and serving food and water, giving spiritual and mental strength and comfort. During his ministering, he moved out to the perimeter from position to position redistributing food and water, and tending to the needs of his men. Chaplain Watters was giving aid to the wounded when he himself was mortally wounded. Chaplain Watters’ unyielding perseverance and selfless devotion to his comrades was in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.

The name Charles Joseph Watters is inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (“The Wall”) on Panel 30E, Row 036.

 

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Impervious to Evidence

Excerpt on Head Start Program

It would have been worth the $166 billion taxpayers have spent on the program since 1965 if a significant portion of Head Start alumni did improve their educational outcomes and escape poverty. But that did not happen. As any number of studies have demonstrated over the years, the effects of Head Start are modest to nugatory. Stephen and Abigail Thernstrom chronicled the failure in No Excuses. One study found that Head Start students were slightly more likely to be immunized than others — a good thing of course, but a) not primarily what the program was sold as, and b) achievable far more cheaply through other programs like Medicaid. A 1969 study found that any gains participants displayed faded away in the early grades. By third grade, Head Start graduates were indistinguishable from their non-participating classmates.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/261532/impervious-evidence-mona-charen

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What an Honest Progressive Would Do

“I would rather get away from that whole idea of clocks. We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward doesn’t get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road, and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive . . . [and] going back is the quickest way on.”

C. S. Lewis

 

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“Fellows, come over here and gather around. Doss wants to pray for us.”

True and inspiring story of a Conscientious Objector awarded the Medal Of Honor in World War II.

Corporal Desmond Doss, the lanky medic, cringed inside.  This was not what he had meant when he’d suggested prayer to Lieutenant Goronto.  Faced with an assault on the 400 foot sheer cliff that split the island of Okinawa, Doss had merely meant that each soldier might want to spend a few moments in personal, private prayer, before the attack began.

Prayer certainly was in order that April morning in 1945.    Doss’s 77th Division had landed on Okinawa after fierce fighting in Guam and Leyte.  The Japanese were dug in all over the island.   Presenting an additional barrier was the Maeda Escarpment, the 400 foot cliff that stretched across the island.  The escarpment rose with a steep, rugged rise for the first 360 feet, then rose another 40-50 feet as a sheer face.  Honeycombed throughout were multi-story caves, tunnels, and enemy gun emplacements.  Wresting control of the escarpment from the enemy would be a major struggle, the Americans fighting not only a well entrenched and often camouflaged enemy, but formidable terrain.  When the order to attack had come, Doss told Lieutenant Goronto, “I believe prayer is the best life saver there is.  The men should really pray before going up.”


It really shouldn’t have surprised anyone in Doss’s company that he would suggest prayer.  Doss was always praying…or reading his Bible.  From the first day of training everyone could tell he was different.   A devout Seventh-Day Adventist, the first night Doss knelt beside his bunk in the barracks, oblivious to the taunts around him and the boots they threw his way, to spend his time talking to God.  Regularly he pulled the small Bible his new wife had given him for a wedding gift, and read it as well.  Among the men of the unit, disdain turned to resentment.  Doss refused to train or work on Saturday, the Lord’s Sabbath.   Though he felt no reservation about caring for the medical needs of the men or otherwise helping them on the Sabbath, he refused to violate it.  The fact that he worked overtime to make up for it the rest of the week made little difference.  Doss was teased, harassed, and ridiculed.  And it only got worse.

When it came time for the men of Doss’ training company to begin qualifications on weaponry, Doss refused.  He had entered the service as a medic, to heal the wounded, not to kill.  As a small boy he had seen a poster showing Cain standing over the body of his dead brother.  From that moment on Doss determined that he would never, under any circumstances, take another life.

So what do you do with a soldier who won’t train on Saturday, eat meat, or carry a gun or bayonet?  Doss’ commanding officer knew what to do.  Paperwork was initiated to declare him unstable, a miss-fit, and wash him out of military service with a Section-8 discharge as “unsuitable for military service.”  But Doss wanted to serve his country, he just refused to kill.  He performed all of his other duties with  dedication, was an exemplary a soldier in every other way.  At his hearing he told the board, “I’d be a very poor Christian if I accepted a discharge implying that I was mentally off because of my religion.  I’m sorry, gentlemen, but I can’t accept that kind of a discharge.”   So the Army was “stuck” with Desmond Doss.

Doss returned to his fellow soldiers and they weren’t any happier to still be stuck with him either.  One promised Doss, and not in jest, that when the soldiers faced the inevitable combat with the enemy, “I’ll kill you myself.”  Doss didn’t doubt him.  That first taste of combat came at Guam, where Doss began to prove his courage in going to any length to treat and care for his fellow soldiers.  Then came Leyte.

Time after time at Leyte Doss braved enemy fire to go to the wounded, and to remove them to safety.  Once he darted into the open to treat and rescue a wounded man even while the area was alive with sniper fire.   From a distance his fellow soldiers watched in horror as a Japanese sniper leveled his rifle at the fearless medic.  Because of the sniper’s position they could not return fire for fear of injuring some of their own.  Doss treated the wounded man, evacuated him to the rear, and returned to his position.  One of the sergeants told him, “Doss, we expected to see you killed any second.  We couldn’t shoot the sniper without killing our own men, and he had his machine gun aimed right at you.   Didn’t you see him?”

(Years later a missionary in Japan related the story of Doss’ brush with death that day.  After the service a Japanese man in the back of the room told one of the deacons, “That could very well have been me.  I was there, and I remember having a soldier in my gun site, but I couldn’t pull the trigger.”)  Doss not only survived Leyte, for his repeated heroism he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.  So as Corporal Doss stood before the men of Company B at the base of the Maeda Escarpment on Okinawa, they were beginning to believe in the prayers of the medic whose only weapon was his Bible.


“Time to go men,” Lieutenant Goronto told his troops.  Doss had prayed, finished with his Amen, and the rest would be in the hands of God.   The soldiers struggled up the incline, reaching the sheer face that comprised the last fifty feet.  Naval cargo nets were used to scale its surface.  Upon reaching the summit, Company B was immediately pinned down by heavy enemy fire.  To the left Company A was fighting to scale their sector as well.  The first five men were killed and casualties mounted to the point that Company A could proceed no further.   Headquarters radioed Company B for a report of their own casualties.  So far there had been none.  So the order was given that Company B would have to take the escarpment themselves.  Sweeping across the escarpment the men of Doss’ company engaged the enemy in a fierce struggle, knocking out eight or nine pillboxes.  By day’s end they emerged victorious.  Not a single man was killed and the only wounds were sustained by one soldier in Company B whose hand was damaged by a falling rock.   It was incredible…even miraculous.


The next day a follow-up inquiry was made to determine how Company B had accomplished the miraculous assault on the Maeda Escarpment without a single casualty.  A photographer arrived to take a picture and Lieutenant Goronto sent Desmond to the top to pose.  (The photo at right is the US Army photo taken that day, and Desmond Doss is the man at the top.)  As far back as Army headquarters in the States, everyone asked how Company B had pulled it off.   No one could find a reasonable explanation.  Finally, with no other way to conclude the report, the official answer was filed…all the way back to the United States.  The official answer: doss_escarpment2.jpg (79485 bytes)

“Doss prayed!”

Desmond Doss died at age 87 March 25 2006


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Hate-A-Rama: The Vulgar, Sexist, Racist, Homophobic Rage of the Left

Where’d all that civility go the Dems were calling for a few short months ago? Civil? For thee, but not for me.

Barack Obama’s new era of civility was over before it began. You wouldn’t know it from reading the New York Times, watching Katie Couric, or listening to the Democratic manners police. But America has been overrun by foul-mouthed, fist-clenching wildebeests.

Yes, the Tea Party movement is responsible — for sending these liberal goons into an insane rage, that is. After enduring two years of false smears as sexist, racist, homophobic barbarians, it is grassroots conservatives and taxpayer advocates who have been ceaselessly subjected to rhetorical projectile vomit. It is Obama’s rank-and-file “community organizers” on the streets fomenting the hate against their political enemies. Not the other way around.

The trendy new epithet among Big Labor organizers who’ve been camping out at the Madison, Wis., capitol building for more than a week to block GOP governor Scott Walker’s budget reform bill: “Koch whore.” Classy, huh? It’s a reference to the reviled Koch brothers, David and Charles, who have used their energy-industry wealth to support limited-government activism. A left-wing agitator based in Buffalo who impersonated Koch in a prank phone call this week used the slur to headline his “gonzo journalism” report. (If a right-leaning activist had perpetrated such a stunt, he’d be labeled a radical, stalking fraudster. But that’s par for the media’s double-standards course.)

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/260681/hate-rama-vulgar-sexist-racist-homophobic-rage-left-michelle-malkin

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