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"Man Up!" Three Boys Kill Themselves Every Day Because Of That Philosophy


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Gender identity places huge expectations on children. Girls should play with dolls, boys with weapons or baseball bats. We mold children into how we think they should be, then we take umbrage when they don't grow up to our expectations. Even worse, these instituted minds become personalities who find ways to fall "short" of the expectations we place on them and we fault them for the rest of their lives.

Who hasn't said to a child, especially a male child, at least one of the following: "Just be a man?"  "Don't be a pussy." "Tough it out." "Handle it like a man." "Men don't cry." "Faggot." "You're behaving like a little girl." "Man up." "Grow some balls." "Act like a man." "Stop crying, girls cry." "Enough with the tears."

All of these put downs or chastisements stigmatize children, separating them from finding their own personal emotional level. This kind of false expectation over formulating, malleable minds lead to adolescent and adult unhappiness. And in the formulation stages, contribute to long term psychological problems, even death/suicide.

The following short video does a masterful job of pointing the burden we place on our children. It's worth taking a look from the other side.


Cartoons of the Day- The State of Republicanism



Ken Catalino


Ed Gamble


Chan Lowe


Video- President's Weekly Address: Congress Should Take Action to Continue Growing the Economy



Quickie- US unemployment aid applications plummet to 346K



Gotta love adjusting!

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to a seasonally adjusted 346,000, suggesting March's weak month of hiring may have been a temporary slowdown.

US unemployment aid applications plummet to 346K Unemployment aid applications dropped by 42,000 last week, the Labor Department said Thursday. The steep decline reversed sharp gains over the previous two weeks and brought the level back to a point that signals stronger job growth.

The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 3,000 to 358,000.


Hiring picks up, unemployment falls



Put that in yer pipe and suck it Republicans. Even in the face of all their bullshit, we're still creating jobs.

The U.S. economy added 236,000 jobs in February, according to a Labor Department report released Friday. That's much stronger growth than in January, when employers hired a revised 119,000 workers.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate dipped to 7.7%, as 12 million workers were counted as unemployed.

The unemployment rate fell partly because more people said they got jobs, but also because 130,000 people dropped out of the labor force.

Economists surveyed by CNNMoney had predicted 170,000 jobs were added and the unemployment rate fell to 7.8% in February. Stock futures, which were already higher before the jobs report, rose further following the release.


Jobless claims decline, U.S. economy grew 2.7% in third quarter


The jobless claims can mostly be blamed on Sandy, but the economy is a straightforward "GOOD NEWS!"

NEW YORK (CNN Money) -- The U.S. economy grew faster than previously reported in the third quarter, as businesses built up their inventories and international trade was stronger than expected.

Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the nation's economic health, grew at an annual rate of 2.7% from July to September, the Commerce Department said Thursday, faster than the 1.3% rate in the second quarter, and better than originally reported.

The Commerce Department estimates the quarterly GDP figures three times, and Thursday's data marks its second estimate. It had originally reported the economy grew 2% in the third quarter.

The upward revision came mainly from two areas: exports were stronger than expected, growing at a 1.1% annual rate, and businesses built up larger inventories of their products.

UPDATE via Fox Biz email alert:

U.S. Pending Home Sales Jump in October

Contracts to buy previously-owned homes rose 5.2% in October from September, a much bigger jump than the 0.8% expected, according to the National Association of Realtors.


Quickie- October Jobs Report: Growth Better Than Expected Last Month


So Chuck Todd just tore these numbers down to somehow prove that PBO has created a net of 140k or so jobs the past four years (sounds awful) instead of tooting these numbers as GOOD for PBO as all the pundits have predicted they would be seen. You just can't win.

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 171,000 in October, and the unemployment
rate was essentially unchanged at 7.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
reported today. Employment rose in professional and business services, health care,
and retail trade.