Infrastructure & Unemployment – two problems, one solution?

America needs a face lift. This is based on news that 65% of our roads are “less than good” and 25% of bridges need “significant repair.”

President Obama is expected to spend the week discussing our need for infrastructure improvements across the nation to the tune of $302B in spending.  We know our roads and bridges aren’t exactly in the best of shape (see this and this and this), and we are a nation of drivers that need roads and bridges to go about our daily lives.

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Adoption is hard. It shouldn’t be.

When I was just a little guy, there would often be an additional child hanging around our home. We weren’t a wealthy family by financial measures, but that didn’t stop my parents from fostering children in need of a home, often for indeterminate periods of time. You could say the “pro-life” thing for my family wasn’t just a political position, but a belief in action.

These little ones might stay with our family for a few weeks, others stayed for many months. Babies, teenagers, teen mothers, etc. To this day, when my mother decorates the house for Christmas, visitors find photos of babies in ceramic ornaments on our Christmas Tree. I’m not sure of the exact number, but I feel like at least five or six of these ornaments show up every year. These ornaments are somewhat sacred in our home. “Oh, who’s that? That is one of our sweet foster children from years ago.”

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Internet Gambling: is it really a moral dilemma?

Sheldon Adelson is a wealthy individual. Forbes currently has him listed at #8 on their top 100 wealthiest people in the world, with a net worth of ~39.5B. Mr. Adelson has done exceedingly well for himself, having built a casino empire after dropping out of college.

While Adelson is extremely wealthy, he is likely more well-known for his involvement in national politics, more specifically conservative politics. He’s given literally tens of millions of dollars to conservative causes. He and his wife spent $92M on the 2012 GOP primary and general election. For what its worth, he has also given tens of millions to traditional charitable causes.

Recently, Adelson was quoted as saying the following in relation to ending the morally suspect problem of internet gambling:

I am willing to spend whatever it takes

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A True Detective recap, or why the internet nearly ruined this show

I am a fan of the programming on HBO.

It probably started by watching Sex and The City with girls in college (a terrible choice on multiple levels) and then moved onto Entourage (arguably a terrible choice) which is still a very guilty pleasure of mine. I love Band of Brothers, The Pacific, John Adams, and many more of the mini-series made possible by HBO. Factor in shows like The Wire, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, Real Sports, Boardwalk Empire, Treme, even Real Time with Bill Maher, and you’ve got some of the best story-telling available on one channel.

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The Gender Wage Gap and the problem for Feminism

Recently, President Obama referenced the so-called “Wage Gap” during his State of the Union speech. And whether or not you like it, there’s good reason. It’s a popular topic for those pursuing total fairness in America (and globally).

The challenge the White House currently faces with this issue is that it’s incredibly difficult to pin down exactly why it appears that women consistently make less money than men. Despite continuing to play a larger role as a percentage of the workforce and leading men in attending college, graduating with an associates or bachelors degree, MA, Professional or Doctorate degrees, the belief within the Obama Administration is that women continue to make considerably less money than men.

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Let’s recap the 2014 State of the Union address

In the spirit of Rep. Joe Wilson (R) of South Carolina.

But seriously, repeating the same goals with no plan for execution is incredibly disappointing… Read More…

The Year in Film – 2013

Time for the annual trip down memory lane where I recap my favorite films of the year. The only requirements for ending up on this list are that it has to have been released in 2013, and I have to have actually seen it.

One of my favorite end-of-the-year activities is reading through screenplays made available online by studios, agencies, writers, and other folks. Here is a great list from the team behind The Black List. You should read about what they’re doing for writers, and check out their 2013 Blacklist. This is the best place to find the stories that will likely be heading to a theatre near you over the next couple if years, the ones that often come from out of nowhere to win Oscar’s.

Before I get into the films I loved this year, here’s a short list of films I haven’t been able to see just yet that I really want to see [UPDATED 1/3/2014], [UPDATED 1/19/2014]. Read More…

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