MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

The Cold Civil War and the Future of America

June 7th, 2018 Viewed 343 times

In an article in the Federalist, Ryan Williams suggests that we are currently in a cold civil war in America.

Both elites and the public have expressed much recent anxiety about increasing political “polarization.” The moderate “center” that used to be the basis for compromise on all manner of policy has been disappearing for at least the last three decades, as the distance between the most liberal Republican in Congress and the most conservative Democrat continues to grow.

The two parties trade national congressional majorities and the presidency, but gridlock is the rule rather than the exception. Even the occasional policy victory, like Obamacare or the recent tax cut, is passed on strictly partisan lines and subject to reversal after the next narrow electoral victory by the other side.

Our political divisions and policy instability are symptoms of a growing conflict of visions over America’s past and future. At both elite and popular levels, Americans have become partisans of one or the other of what my colleague Charles Kesler calls our “two constitutions.” The stakes could not be higher: this is a fight over what kind of national political life we will choose for ourselves and the next generation. So we find ourselves in the midst of what another colleague, Angelo Codevilla, has labeled a “cold civil war.”

photo by: familymwr

The Changing Face of a Nation

April 27th, 2018 Viewed 246 times

Check out this animation that shows the sources of immigration to America over a 200 year period.  It’s fascinating in both character and quantity.

The Ever Increasing Price of The Internet’s Attention

April 25th, 2018 Viewed 201 times

From the time that we’re a child, we seek attention– attention of our parents, attention of our teachers, attention of the opposite sex– it keeps going on.  The Internet has made this attention seeking even worse, allowing for anyone with time, an internet connection and a camera to seek out and find attention.  The more you reveal, the better your photos, the more attention you can get.

One woman finally realized that the price wasn’t worth it.

EssenaOneillMeet Essena O’neill, an 18 year old from Australia who had quite the following on Instagram for her posting of photos that showed off her figure and gained the attention of the Internet.  Only she found that Internet fame– or the price of gaining internet fame– wasn’t worth it.

‘Without realising, I’ve spent majority of my teenage life being addicted to social media, social approval, social status and my physical appearance. Social media, especially how I used it, isn’t real,’ she wrote.

‘It’s a system based on social approval, likes, validation in views, success in followers. It’s perfectly orchestrated self absorbed judgement.’

Read more: Daily Mail

I can imagine that it was pretty exhausting to keep up the lifestyle– I’m sure that many of the stock photos that we see take a lot more work than what we figure– the interesting thing that I find is that she will probably gain more attention than ever by choosing to leave than she would have by staying in.  In a sense, this is just more self promotion– even if it’s now directed in a positive manner.

Unfortunately, she’s exactly the wrong spokesperson for the plea to consider people as more than what they choose to display, because she’s only getting this attention because of what she chose to display!

Does Wisdom Come From a Day on the Calendar?

April 24th, 2018 Viewed 179 times

wisdomWhile I understand what’s being said here, is the solution to let people that are younger vote on some kind of a sliding scale? Remove the age limitation altogether and replace it with something else? Or is this just a vehicle for the original poster to complain?


Image from Morally Contextualized Romance Blog

Do You Get the Impression The Media Is Trying To Tell You Something?

April 2nd, 2018 Viewed 245 times

The Media Doesn’t Learn

February 1st, 2018 Viewed 406 times

You would think that the media would learn. Instead, they just keep going. First, the tweet:

If you read that by itself, you could certainly claim that Trump is claiming that 45.6 million people watched and that he believes that it is the highest number in history. But wait!

She’s right. According to TV Ratings: Trump’s First State of the Union Address Fails to Match Obama:

Obama’s first State of the Union in 2010 drew 48 million viewers across broadcast and cable, while his first address before a joint session of Congress in February 2009 drew 52.4 million viewers.

So what’s the deal here? Power of positive thinking? Outright embellishment or lying? Trying to pull a fast one on the American people?

How about none of the above?

Check out this paragraph in the same article just a little above it:

Fox News topped both its cable and broadcast competition by a wide margin with 11.5 million viewers tuning into the network’s coverage of the speech, notching the highest-rated State of the Union address in the history of cable news [emphasis added]. CNN was second with 3.1 million, with MSNBC drawing 2.7 million. Fox Business Network drew 572,000 viewers. Spanish-language broadcasters Univision and Telemundo added 2 million and 1.4 million respectively. The speech was also carried live on Estrella and PBS.

If you’re not looking for lying every time you read the President, you see an alternative explanation– that Trump is referencing this statistic, not the overall number. He’s highlighting the positive in the report and ignoring the Obama numbers altogether. Well, it’s either that or an outright lie. You may believe what you wish.

And then there’s the bigger issue… Trump has everyone talking about just how many people watched his first State of the Union address. So over and over “45.6 million people watched Trump’s State of the Union!” Again, he’s the center of the news.

When will they learn?

100 Books Every Man Should Read

December 1st, 2016 Viewed 1321 times, 2 so far today

From Art of Manliness.  How many have you read?

Are You a Good House Guest?

November 23rd, 2016 Viewed 1032 times

Art of Manliness has a quiz for you: Are You A Good Guest? A Quiz From 1944

Of All The Clips to Goof Up…

August 29th, 2016 Viewed 1180 times

Temporary Tattoo Allows You To Control Your Smartphone

August 23rd, 2016 Viewed 941 times

Scientists at the MIT Media Lab and Microsoft Research have designed metallic body art that can control and communicate with electronic devices, such as smartphones or laptops.

DuoSkin temporary tattoos, which can be made at home and wash off in a day, use the electrodes present in inexpensive gold leaf to create a conductive surface. The gold leaf and a thin layer of silicone adhere to the body to create an “interface” on the skin that when touched can indicate certain commands to your electronic devices.

This Temporary Tatoo Can Control Your Smartphone – Washington Post

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