Thursday, December 07, 2023

Men marrying or having children with younger women is a big 2023 trend

Mary Madigan, writing below, could be condemned as "ageist" but she is one of many women who are censorious about older men who team up with young women. I am something of a sinner in that regard. I have a female friend (NOT a partner) whom I see a lot of who is 35. I am 80. So I see another side of the picture.

You CAN be geninely non-ageist. As an example, I once married a lovely lady who was 11 years OLDER than I was. I was 32, she was 43. A photo of her from our honeymoon below.

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A huge factor in pairing is common attitudes and it would be very shallow to claim that all attitudes are wholly age related. I shared a lot of attitudes with my older wife and I share a lot with my younger friend.

There are undoubtedly a variety of influences on attitudes that are not tied to age but a big one is IQ. I am a certified high IQ person and ALL my ladies have also been pretty bright. A high IQ does cause you to see the world a lot differently and it can be very pleasing to find someone else who shares such perspectives. It can be quite a relief

I am certainly not claiming that all age imbalanced relationships are between high IQ people but it an example of something important and unifying that is not age-related.

Micro miniskirts, baggy jeans, and old men marrying or having children with women far younger than them are the most significant trends 2023.

The tiny skirts that are impossible to walk upstairs in without flashing someone and the baggy jeans that sit awkwardly on anyone with hips are things we can all learn to accept.

The famous men in droves hooking up with women half their age need to be stopped and rejected like a pair of skinny jeans being ignored in your wardrobe.

A huge number of men have partnered up with women young enough to be their daughters this year … or at the very least they look like their daughters.

Actor Al Pacino, 82, welcomed a fourth child with his 29-year-old girlfriend Noor Alfallah and acclaimed actor Robert DeNiro, 80, had a daughter with Tiffany Chen, 45.

Actor Rufus Swell, 54, got engaged to Vivian Benitez, 26 and here’s a fun fact: Swell’s 21-year-old son is closer in age to Benitez than he is.

If that wasn’t enough to confirm, there’s a real ancient man trend suddenly taking over the world with the same rapid succession that Paris Hilton did in the early 2000s.

Early 2000s comedian Dane Cook, 51, married his fiancee, Kelsi Taylor, 24, and Leonardo DiCaprio, 48, has kept his streak of never dating a woman over the age of 26 and has been spotted with Vittoria Ceretti, 25.

Something is unnerving about seeing a man date a woman that is young enough to be his daughter.

Usually, that kind of relationship seems to provoke a mass eye roll, but seeing it become so trendy in 2023 is just depressing.

I’m no relationship expert and have the blocked numbers to prove it, but I think the best romantic partnerships are formed on equal footing.

When you’re both in similar life positions, when you create a life together as a team and when you enter the relationship in equally powerful positions.

You want to meet someone you can build a life with …. Not end up with some man at the end of his life, where you have to fit into whatever world they’ve already created for themselves.

Sure, there’s a case to be made that age is just a number, but is it? I think the older you get, the more you realise age does matter.

Age gives you experience, your Medicare card, time to feel confident in yourself and time to know yourself.

You get old enough to realise that a tattoo in a language you can’t read isn’t clever and sophisticated but rather a bit trashy.

Eventually, you work out your Mum was right, and people don’t tell you how much they love you via some cute text messages; they show you by actually turning up to help you move house.

Maybe these men just happen to find their soulmates in women half their age … but have you ever met anyone half your age and thought … wow we really connect? No.

At best you have a laugh at worse you have to google the word “slay” afterwards, so you can understand what they were saying.

The dating younger women trend is born from the concept of men wanting not to find equal partners but women to pamper them, and the last thing we need to be doing in 2023 is pampering more powerful white men.


Our Ticking Ethnic Time Bomb

The new projections for the U.S. population from the U.S. Census Bureau show dramatic ongoing changes in the ethnic makeup of the nation.

In 2022, the percentage of the U.S., per the report, that was non-Hispanic white was 59%. In 1980, the U.S. population was 80% white.

The report projects the percentage of the nation that is white continuing to shrink, dropping to 45% by 2060, 37 years from now.

Aside from concluding that, over time, the American population will be increasingly culturally diverse and colorful, there are profound political implications to this ongoing ethnic shift.

The Republican vote is disproportionately white. The Democratic vote is disproportionately not white. An ongoing shift of the population toward non-white demographics means that, assuming no change in voting behavior of these various groups, electing Republicans will become harder and harder.

Consider that in 1980, when Ronald Reagan was elected president, 88% of voters were white. Reagan captured 56% of the white vote, and Jimmy Carter got 36% (there was a third party candidate in that election, John Anderson, who got 8%).

In the last presidential election in 2020, 67% of voters were white.

Donald Trump captured 58% of the white vote, and President Joe Biden 41%. Biden won majorities in all other ethnic categories: Black, Hispanic, Asian, other.

If the electorate in 2020 was 88% white, as it was in 1980 when Reagan was elected, it is most reasonable to assume that Trump would now be serving his second term.

It is also reasonable to assume that the ongoing shrinking of the white vote was one relevant factor in Trump's loss in 2020. When he won in 2016, flipping five battleground states by razor-thin margins, the white vote nationally totaled 70%. This dropped 3 percentage points in 2020 to 67%.


It's clear that if Republicans, and those who care about the Republican agenda, want a future, they are going to have to pick up more support among non-white Americans. Is this possible?

One core factor separating Democrats and Republicans is belief in government.

In a recent Gallup poll, 64% of Democrats, compared to 20% of Republicans, expressed "a great deal or a fair amount of trust" in the federal government to solve domestic problems.

We may conclude that non-white Americans, compared to white Americans, choose more rather than less government to solve their problems.

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation recently compiled comparative household median income data for the nation.

In 2022, median national household income was $74,580.

Median white household income was $81,060. Median Hispanic household income was $62,800. Median Black household income was $52,860. Lagging income is clearly a major problem in America's communities of color.

Hoover Institution economist John Cochrane calls "sclerotic growth ... America's overriding economic problem" and points out that it's economic growth that drives income.

The U.S. economy grew at an average rate of 3.5% annually from 1950 to 2000, per Cochrane. If it grew over those 50 years at 2% per year, around where it has been for the last 15 years, income would have been 54% lower.

What causes "sclerotic growth"? Too much government.

We need major reeducation in the nation's communities of color that big government is not their friend.

The federal government is now sucking up 25% of the U.S. economy. The Congressional Budget Office now projects average growth over the next 30 years at 1.6% per year.

Not a pretty picture, and lower-income Americans will suffer the most.

The title of one of my books is "Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can Do About It."

The Civil Rights Movement was a fight for freedom. Unfortunately, too many Black Americans have used their freedom to choose the government plantation.

Now this is a challenge not just for Blacks but for the whole nation.


Now Defending the Homeland: Wokespeak Grants to Arts Groups

Founded in 2020 in the aftermath of the George Floyd protests, the Black Legacy Project describes itself as “a musical celebration of black history to advance racial solidarity, equity and belonging.” It brings together artists of all backgrounds “to record present day interpretations of songs central to the Black American experience and compose originals relevant to the pressing calls for change of our time.”

A similar arts group, Nu Art Education Inc., an offshoot of the NorCal School for the Arts, says it is “following the theory of change that utilizing theater arts” can be “a tool to teach and practice conflict resolution in the classroom.”

While both outfits share a mission of using the arts to inspire social change, they have something else in common: counterterrorism. Or rather, both have received taxpayer grants through the Department of Homeland Security’s “Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention” (TVTP) program. Together, the two groups have received more than $1.4 million since the Biden administration doubled the program’s annual budget, to some $20 million per year.

Grants to arts cooperatives and educational initiatives strike some as odd for a department charged with protecting the United States -- including its southern border, now viewed by many as virtually open to illegal migrants. Against that backdrop, FBI Director Christopher Wray recently warned Congress of the heightened threat of terror in the U.S. at a time of wars raging on two continents with America involved on the sidelines.

On Tuesday, Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee the "threat matrix" is "blinking red lights everywhere."

"The threat level has gone to a whole other level since Oct. 7," he said.

Given such concerns, Andrew Arthur of the Center for Immigration Studies, a critic of Biden policies, said the DHS grants are misplaced. "It’s kind of hard to see how all that is going to help stop terrorism,” he told RealClearInvestigations.

DHS declined to discuss the TVTP program, or answer questions about how competitive the grant process is or who makes final decisions on where the money will go.

The program has its roots in the Obama administration under the concept of “countering violent extremism” and has drawn criticism ever since from both left and right – albeit for different reasons. During the Trump administration, the leftist Brennan Center for Justice faulted the “anti-Muslim and xenophobic rhetoric and policies” in such programs, which “also target refugees, asylum seekers, and Black Lives Matter activists.”

The Brennan Center said “the reality is that these programs, which are based on junk science, have proven to be ineffective, discriminatory and divisive.”

That was then. Now, having doubled the program’s budget, the Biden administration is using the money to advance parts of its agenda not directly related to terrorism. Increasingly the DHS grants, like much larger ones at other departments, are part of the administration’s “whole of government” effort to promote “diversity, equity and inclusion” and quash what it considers misinformation.

While proclaiming that that the grants are designed for “local communities across the country to develop targeted violence and terrorism prevention programming in their communities,” the Department of Homeland Security also stresses its focus on DEI.

“Ensuring equity is a key priority of the TVTP Grant Program and 41 percent of this year’s grant recipients are devoted to underserved populations, compared to 25 percent last year,” the DHS website says, noting grants have gone to historically black colleges and universities, seven “Minority Serving Institutions (MSI),” a Native American group and another serving the LGBTQIA+ community.

The program uses keywords to note favored characteristics of approved grants. Ones used often include “raising societal awareness,” “bystander training,” and what advocates call “media literacy.”

“Media literacy involves the critical evaluation of media messages, as well as their authors and audiences, and it includes the ability to differentiate between original, evidence-based reporting and commentary or propaganda,” said Seth Ashley, a communications professor at Boise State University, which has received nearly $400,000.


Donald Day Jr has been arrested in connection with the Wieambilla terror attack. Here's what we know

The religious aspect of this matter is interesting. Chiliastic religions are as old as the hills. Dire prophecies were widely made throughout Europe concerning the approach of the year ONE thousand. Modern day chiliatic religions best known are the Seventh Day Adventists and Jehovah's witnesses. They both believe that Christ will return in glory SOON to put the world to rights.

But followers of such religions are usually pacifist if anything, not violent. So the Wieambilla cultists were unusual. Their difference seemed to revolve around a suspicion of all governments as oppressive, with a concomitant right to "strike back" at oppressive authorities. That is not without scriptural warrant. Christ said:

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household” (Matthew 10:34-36).

And from a conservative viewpoint it can indeed be said that we have a lot of oppression from governments these days. We are probably fortunate that the conservative view does not usually ally with chiliastic beliefs Wieambilla shows that that can be a very deadly alliance

An Arizonan extremist linked to the Wieambilla attack was a figure in the shooters' lives for more than two years before they murdered three people, a police investigation has revealed.

Donald Day Jr, 58, was arrested at Heber-Overgaard near Phoenix on December 1 and indicted on two charges. One relates to inciting violence online several days after the 2022 shooting in rural Queensland.

Constables Rachel McCrow and Matthew Arnold, and neighbour Alan Dare, were killed on December 12, in what police have described as a religiously-motivated terrorist attack.

The shooters — Stacey, Gareth and Nathaniel Train — also died.

Police said the Trains subscribed to a broad Christian fundamentalist belief system known as premillennialism.

Their online activity has been a key part of the investigation.

How was Donald Day Jr connected to the Trains?

Police said Gareth Train began following Mr Day's YouTube account in May 2020. A year later, the men began commenting on one another's videos.

"We have evidence to show the Trains subsequently accessed an older YouTube account created by the same man in 2014, and viewed that content," Queensland Police Service (QPS) Assistant Commissioner Cheryl Scanlon said at a joint press conference with the FBI on Wednesday.

Between May 2021 and the month of the attack, Mr Day "repeatedly" sent the Trains what police have described as "Christian, end-of-days ideological messages".

"The man repeatedly sent messages … to Gareth, and then later to Stacey," Assistant Commissioner Scanlon said.

What is he accused of doing?

Documents released by the US District Court in Arizona outline two charges against Mr Day.

Only the first charge is connected to the Wieambilla shooting. The second charge concerns an unrelated threat made to the head of the World Health Organization.

The first charge centres on a YouTube video that Mr Day allegedly posted on December 16 – four days after the shooting.

The video was titled 'Daniel and Jane'. These were pseudonyms used by Gareth and Stacey Train on YouTube, according to the court documents.

In the video, Mr Day allegedly said:

"It breaks my f***ing heart that there's nothing that I can do to help them. These are a people that are not armed, as we are in America, that at least have that one resort to fight against f***ing tyrants in this country. And here, my brave brother and sister, a son and a daughter of the Most High have done exactly what they were supposed to do, and that is to kill these f***ing devils."

He allegedly went on to say:

"Like my brother Daniel, like my sister Jane, it is no different for us. The devils come for us, they f***ing die. It's just that simple. We are free people, we are owned by no-one."

Prosecutors allege that last comment was a threat of violence towards any law enforcement officials who could come to Mr Day's home.

Assistant Commissioner Scanlon said evidence had been seized from a remote property about 30 kilometres north of Heber-Overgaard and was being analysed by the FBI.

"QPS will make formal requests to the FBI for any evidential material removed from the Arizona property for analysis," she said.




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