Archive for July, 2011

Drug Test America’s High School and Jr. High School Students!

July 31, 2011

Drug Test America’s High School and Jr. High School Students!

Yes, we are the land of the free. Yes, we have rights to privacy. Yes, there are laws that prevent intrusion into our private lives. Yes, it is against the law to search our private property without a warrant.

However, teens do not have these rights until they become of legal age and are emancipated from their parent’s control. I believe this age is 18 years in most States.

Until then, parents can search their kid’s rooms and their persons and there are no rights to privacy, but that which parents wish to grant.  Good kids will stay out of serious trouble and they normally do not look like they are doing anything very wrong. However, in my private practice,  good parents have been forced by their child’s suspicious behavior patterns to suspend trust and search their “private” domains. In doing so they have found under-age sexual alliances; plans to take a car and a gun and run away; weapons; drugs; alcohol.

With the consent of the parent our adolescent students should receive random drug tests in school. Some parents may not wish to sign a consent from for personal reasons and I do not see a problem with this. However, if there are “reasonable grounds for suspicion” about a particular student’s involvement in drugs, the school should have the responsibility and the right to test that student for drugs.

Some will argue that “reasonable suspicion” should be legally defined. Yes, if it has not already been done, it should be: ASAP.

Some will argue that parent’s rights should trump the school’s reasonable suspicion imperatives.  I will argue they are wrong. The kids involved with drugs are normally sharing the drugs with friends, or selling them to others. They are models for others to imitate. The spreading influence among peers is what I call bad behavioral contagion. Such a behavioral contagion spreads developmental destruction to unaffected kids and increases the odds of dependency (addiction), abuse, and death. It also makes effective education of affected children all but impossible.

The harm of all of this far outweighs the harm of a drug test to an innocent student.

The harm done to society, among all of the other contemporary harms that we could name, is unsustainable.

I hope you will support parental approval of random adolescent student drug testing in our schools. Also, support mandatory drug testing of those students whose behavior provides reasonable suspicion of their drug involvement.

Please see the following brief article.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/07/29/new-jersey-middle-school-adopts-random-drug-testing-program/

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.   7/31/11

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I Love Thomas Jefferson!

July 29, 2011

I Love Thomas Jefferson!

What a brilliant, logical, practical minded, fierce defender of individual freedom Thomas Jefferson was!

His message to us, from the year 1789, could not be more timely and relevant to our dire plight at this moment of governmental fiscal buffoonery.

The voters of America need to rise-up and put an end to this Nation’s self-destroying financial shenanigans before it’s too late. It may already be too late, God forbid.

VTM, 7/29/11

Founder's Quote Daily

“But with respect to future debt; would it not be wise and just
for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the
legislature, nor the nation itself can validly contract more debt, than they may
pay within their own age, or within the term of 19 years.” –Thomas Jefferson,
letter to James Madison, 1789

 

Muslim Stealth Jihad In Michigan

July 27, 2011

Muslim Stealth Jihad In Michigan

Multiculturalism has failed in Europe, by its own admission. Unfortunately, more than multiculturalism is failing in America. But, multiculturalism is one more nail in our coffin.

Stealth Jihad. It happens while you sleep and it happens while you are awake. But you do not know that it happened until it has…then it is too late.

Thanks to Joe Grunert for sending the following.

VTM, 7/27/11

THE
CAMEL’S NOSE IS OFFICIALLY IN THE TENT IN MICHIGAN!!!

Muslim men are allowed to
have as many as 4 wives. Many Muslims have immigrated into the U.S. and brought
their 2-3-or 4 wives with them, but the U.S. does not allow multi marriages, so
the man lists one wife as his, and signs the other 2 or 3 up as extended family
on welfare and other free Government programs!
Michiganhas the highest population of Muslims in the Unites
States. When President Obama took office the United States paid several millions
of dollars to have a large number of Palestinians, (All Muslim), immigrated here
from Palestine. Why? I have no idea, do you! We don’t pay for other persons to
immigrate here, and I’m sure that some of those Muslims moved into Michigan with
the large current number of Muslims already established there.


So now in Michigan when you call the Public
Assistance office you are told to “Press 1 for English. Press 2 for Spanish, or
Press 3 for Arabic”!  Here is the number 1-888-678-8914
Every time you add a
new language to an American program it requires an additional number of persons
fluent in that language to process those persons who refuse to learn English in
order to live here at an additional cost to the taxpayer! Why are we even
allowing persons to immigrate here who cannot provide for themselves, and
putting them in our welfare system?
Press 3 for Arabic .
This is quite
alarming!!! This seems to have happened clandestinely, for, as far as I know, no
public announcement, or opportunity to vote on this was offered to the American
people. They’re just adopting an official stance, and very likely using
tax-payer money for it, in various capacities, without public knowledge or
approval.



The following link takes you into the State of
Michigan Public Assistance page, (as in Food Stamps etc). You won’t have to
scroll far before you see the assistance-letters options for…(get
this)…..English, Spanish, and ARABIC !!!
When did the
ARABIC option sneak into our culture? Will we soon have to listen to our
governmental offices, stores, and other venues offer us the option of “pressing
3 for ARABIC?”

Check it out for yourself.



http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5453_5527—,00.html
Please inform every
red-blooded American you know, that this is happening. It is outrageous! The
camel’s nose is literally now OFFICIALLY under the tent! YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT
WORK!!

A Narcissism Epidemic in America?

July 24, 2011

A Narcissism Epidemic in America?

A friend, Mary Coon, recently loaned me the book “The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement”, By Jean M Twenge, Ph.D. and W. Keith Campbell, Ph.D.  This 2009 book was published by the Free Press, New York, NY.

As a practicing psychologist, I was interested in this book, the title of which fits with my experience as an observer of American Culture and as a behavior therapist.  I know,  all too intimately, the havoc wreaked in society and its families by the human behavior patterns called Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

I also recall my last fifteen years as a professor dealing with the deteriorating quality of student academic performance and behavior. Increasingly, I felt like I was teaching high school classes. Discipline problems in the form of students flirting and talking with each other; disruptive late arrivals and early departures; cell phone shenanigans; students not studying and then being sullen or angry about poor grades. It became necessary to develop a course point bonus and loss system in order to manage my larger classes. With rare exception, smaller and more advanced classes remained a joy to teach. I truly miss the challenge and excitement of these advanced classes. I am delighted to no longer have to deal with the increasing proportions of the disrespectful, self-centered, irresponsible narcissistic-like “riff-raff” in my larger service classes.

It is critical to understand the definition Narcissism. If you think that what follows is an  “academic” exercise, you are wrong.  You really need to be able to identify these behaviors patterns.  If you are unlucky enough to get involved with a narcissistic personality disordered individual in business or your personal life, you will suffer in ways that most non-professionals are unable to imagine. When it comes to human relationships:  Caveat Emptor (Let the buyer beware).

There is no better source for the definition than the following:

Diagnostic criteria for 301.81 Narcissistic Personality
Disorder
(cautionary
statement
)
 

A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need
for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in
a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the
following:

(1) has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g.,
exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior
without commensurate achievements
)

(3) believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be
understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or
institutions)

(4) requires excessive admiration

(5) has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable
expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his
or her expectations

(6) is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage
of others to achieve his or her own ends

(7) lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify
with the feelings and needs of others

(8) is often envious of others or believes that others are
envious of him or her

(9) shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or
attitudes

From the Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth Edition
. Copyright 1994 American Psychiatric Association

The book, Narcissism Epidemic, provides credible research evidence that narcissistic personality patterns have increased within America’s population at an accelerating rate.

From my own perspective, this book provides a ton of anecdotal evidence in its attempt to illustrate the rise of narcissism in America. If this was the only support for their argument, its believability would suffer.  However, the authors also provide a sufficient amount of research evidence to make their case and the abundance of anecdotes simply underscore the validity of their own and other’s research findings.

However, I have one area of respectful disagreement with authors Twenge and Campbell.  They explain that insecurity,  low-self-esteem, or a “deep-seated sense of shame”, as a cause for what has traditionally been called narcissistic Personality Disorder  is wrong. Instead, they argue that such behavior patterns are taught through over-indulgent, worshipful, and effusively non-contingently praising parenting styles. In my professional experience,  both of these general avenues can lead to the formation of narcissistic behavior patterns. I have seen strong narcissism in too many neglected, abandoned and abused individuals to reject these experiences as contributing causes.

The following is a very good summary of the main points of the book, “The Narcissism Epidemic”.

Please take the time to learn about this reflection of, and contribution to,  America’s decline. Then, behave accordingly!

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2009/04/21/narcissism-epidemic-why-there-are-so-many-narcissists-now

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Indiana Health Services Provider in Psychology, Licence # 20090171A

Term Limits Plus

July 22, 2011

Term Limits Plus

I am back from the U.P. woods. Had a wonderful time with the grand children!

My good friend, Joe Grunert,  forwarded this proposal to me.  It it high time that we deal with Congress and its excesses. I have long advocated term limits for all politicians to limit the power they can gather and abuse. Please see my past post on 7/11/11.

The following list begins with term limits and then eliminates the rest of the outrageous benefits that congress has voted for itself.

I hope you will pass this list, as well as  my blog site, on to your friends.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1.    Term Limits
12 years max, some possible options are below.
A.    Two Six-year Senate terms
B.    Six Two-year House terms
C.    One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2.    No Tenure / No Pension
Members of Congress receive a salary while in office,
that salary ends when they leave office.

3.    Congress members (past, present & future) are to participate in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system
immediately.

All future funds flow into the Social Security system,
and Congress participates with all Americans.

4.    Congress can purchase their own retirement plan,
just as all Americans do.

5.    Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.
Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6.    Congress loses their current health care system
and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

7.    Members of Congress must equally abide by all laws
they impose on the American people.

8.    All contracts with past and present members of Congress are void effective 1/1/12.
The American people did not make the contract members of Congress enjoy,
Congress made all these contracts for themselves.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.
The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators,
so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

Please forward this proposal.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.              7/22/11

What Do You Think About The Casey Anthony Trial?

July 13, 2011

What Do You Think About The Casey Anthony Trial?

This was the question put to me among friends at a recent picnic.

I actually feared this question because my answer is not a common one, and it invites odd looks from those who are looking for a simpler answers.

Like:

  • It’s a travesty of justice!
  • It’s unbelievable that Casey would get off with such a light sentence!
  • What were the Jurors thinking of!
  • Our justice system is collapsing!
  • What is this world coming to?!

My answer was roughly the following, to those who asked. They and others who listened simply looked at me with a with odd blank faces. Thoreau once said (roughly) that such looks were not necessarily a bad thing. I believe he was correct.

The whole thing reminded me of what I saw in a primate cage when I was around 12 years old and my parents took me to the Chicago Zoo.  The primates were watching me ,and the other human onlookers, with intense interest. They hooted, pointed and made faces at us and they were very intense and agitated. A couple of the male primates masturbated while they watched us, and we were both fascinated and repelled at the same time. It was a shocking display and I could not tell who the real observers were. I wondered who was entertaining who.

With regard the Casey Anthony debacle we, the observers were “the primates”.  We were the critters focused upon the bazaar display in gleeful self-stimulatory fascination.

The outcome of the trial confirmed what I have known for many years. This nation cares little about the behavior and fate of its young women and it cares little about its children.

The outcome of this trial, and the way in which Casey responded to Caylee’s disappearance (over 30 days without a report) suggests a systemic problem in America which will destroy us.

We do not care about the quality of our mother’s behavior and our children are expendable.

I hope you will review my post of 6/25/2011, When Girls and Women Were Special In America. Here I explain my thinking in greater detail.

What do you think about the Casey Antony trial?

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.   7/13/11

P.S. I am going for another “walk in the woods”. I will be in touch, as it is possible.

Race and Economics I

July 12, 2011

Race and Economics I

It is long known and consistently demonstrated that when wage increases are imposed upon business, fewer workers are hired.  The employees that remain face inhumane demands for increased production and their hours are often cut to part-time, so the employer can avoid  mandated benefits for full-time employees.

The facts are that when government forces businesses to increase pay for workers, rather than letting the competitive market govern this matter, fewer people are employed.

This is not all bad for the socialistically inclined government. After all, they can now add the unemployed to the welfare roles.  This is one way the government can grow and increase its control over the population.

Neat, huh?!  Such a government creates a modern form of slavery (for all races) which is acceptable to those who are already dependent upon the government and those who do not understand the destructive economics of the mandated minimum wage.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

The following is a quote by Walter Williams:

Unlike in prior times, most blacks are not poor, but a large percentage still are. Decent people promote policy in the name of helping the poor and disadvantaged. Those policies can make their ostensible beneficiaries worse off, because policy is often evaluated in terms of intentions rather than effects. That is a direct result of how people view the world. Consider popular support for increases in the minimum wage. If one believes that an employer must hire a certain number of workers to ge a particular job done, an increase in minimum wage means that workers will earn higher wages and employers lower profits. However, if the visionary sees employers finding substitutes for higher-priced workers…such as automation or relocating to a lower-wage environment…he might opposed increases in the minimum wage on the grounds it will cause unemployment for some workers. compassionate policy requires dispassionate analysis. Policy intentions and policy effects often bear no relationship to one another ( p. 3).

Race and Economics by Walter E. Williams

It Is Natural To Abuse Power: Term Limits for America!

July 11, 2011

It Is Natural To Abuse Power: Term Limits for America!

Is it not plain to see that our politicians commonly use their positions of power to feather their own nests at the expense of the Republic and we, the people?

It is imperative that those who know how to bring such an initiative, bring a vote so Americans can set term limits upon their so-called political “servants”.

I’ll bet that Alexander Hamilton would agree.

VTM, 7/11/11

Founder's Quote Daily

“A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is
natural to abuse it, when acquired.” –Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted,
1775


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Race and Economics: Walter E. Williams

July 10, 2011

Race and Economics: Walter E. Williams

As you may know, Walter E. Williams is Black Economist. He is a John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University.  Sadly, economics was a neglected part of my personal education and I have worked to remediate that problem. This is also true for many others in America.  Another of my favorite economists is professor Thomas Sowell, who appears to me to be largely in agreement with Walter Williams on essential ideas about how to strengthen America and improve our common good.

America’s relative ignorance about economics is a highly regrettable condition. In order to make sensible culturally healthy decisions, when we engage in political behavior and vote, an understanding of the science and technology of economics is essential.

In my coming blogs, I will share my selection of Walter William’s quotes and thoughts on this topic. I hope you will find them interesting and helpful.

Also coming is an analysis of what appears to be an epidemic of narcissism among America’s citizens.

Please “stay tuned’, these are two hot and important topics,  vis-a-vis America’s successful evolution.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.           7/10/11

America’s Stupid Negligence

July 6, 2011

America’s Stupid Negligence

Check-out what my friend, Gonzo, had to say to the people on the 4th of July, 2011. You might consider having the young people in your lives read it and watch the video. This way, you can insure that they know the real meaning of Independence Day in America. They may not have learned it in our schools.

There are many ways in which cultures can fall into decline and fail.  A few of the ways that cultures “do-themselves-in” are pretty stupid (not having babies, polluting their environs, failing to conserve their resources, not guarding their borders, to name several).  We have done all of these dumb things, and more.

Perhaps the stupidest self-defeat (because it is so easy to avoid) is the failure to teach their young people the culture’s own history and value systems that led to its greatest successes, as well as its greatest failures.

This last stupid negligence is just one of the many ways that America is now destroying itself.

Please enjoy Gonzo’s Blog below.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.  4/6/11

http://gonzoreality.wordpress.com/2011/07/04/the-lost-principles-of-liberty/


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