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The Voice, minor league baseball, and affirmative action

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Students who normally wouldn’t get admitted into a more advanced school tend to fare much worse than they would if they had been admitted to a more appropriately matched school for their skill level.

The Voice is why I’m against affirmative action. When NBC premiered The Voice, reality singing competitions were not new. American Idol had already been on air for 9 years by that point. What The Voice brought to the table was a new way in which judges assessed an audition. If you’ve never seen the show, the judges don’t get to see the singer until after they have heard them sing. In other words, they judge people based on their performance, not their appearance. This is the obvious point against affirmative action.

The less obvious, more crucial point is: Affirmative action has not worked. The goal of affirmative action was to reverse the effects of discrimination in order to advance economic interests of racial minorities. The result has actually been a boomerang effect: Students who normally wouldn’t get admitted into a more advanced school tend to fare much worse than they would if they had been admitted to a more appropriately matched school for their skill level. This often leads these students to drop out.

It’s important to take a step back and ask what the goal of college is. The point of college is to advance the student to greater heights, resulting in a better job. Think of it in terms of a baseball farm system. A student starts out his education at the Rookie level. When he/she meets certain criteria he/she is allowed to advance to Single A, followed by AA, and AAA; with the major leagues being the actual work force. If the goal is to help students reach the majors and thrive there, it is counterproductive to give them more than they can handle. The good thing is, we have ways to measure if someone is advanced enough to move up. This is the point of admission standards.

It’s also important to consider the effect on society of student successes and failures in college. Just like baseball teams, colleges have a limited number of slots for the best and brightest to advance. What benefits society is when people who go to college succeed. When students don’t succeed, it is wasted time, money, and academic real estate. Like minor league baseball, if slots are given to those who haven’t earned it, those slots are wasted and the overall organization suffers the loss of future gains that would have occurred had someone else gone on and succeeded. Don’t take that lightly… the “organization” in this analogy is society. The more we can prepare our best and brightest minds, the more we will reap from their success when they reach the work force.

Therefore, if the goal is to blindly promote those who are most ready for the next level, we are better off choosing them via The Voice’s method rather than American Idol’s.

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Unicorns are everywhere

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Unicorns are everywhere

Have you noticed a sharp rise in the quantity and diversity of unicorn products? The mythical beasts seem to be popping up pretty much everywhere from cereal to bubble bath. There’s now unicorn “duck tape.”

It isn’t just products for kids. Many adult items like alcohol , adult costumes, and Starbucks flavors are popping up with unicorn symbolism. It’s even getting into the Christmas business with holiday decorations featuring unicorns. When did unicorns become a Christmas symbol to hang from the tree?

It’s freaky.

Next time you go out shopping at the mall, Walmart, or pretty much any department store, take a look and see if you notice unicorn symbolism.

According to Truthstream Media, the unicorn is a symbol used by the occult to represent transformation, fertility, sexuality, and androgyny. Much of the symbolism can be traced back to everyone’s favorite conspiracy theory targets, the Illuminati. Some believe the unicorn contains antichrist symbolism.

When a mythical creature is supposed to represent uniqueness and it seems to be present everywhere, doesn’t that run counter to its own message? As conspiracy theories go, this one is as magical as it gets. Much like unicorns themselves.

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The truth about Thanksgiving

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The truth about Thanksfiving

Thanksgiving for many of us has been presented as a time when diversity worked. When a group of people who came seeking refuge from religious persecution was saved by another group of people. A time when different cultures could come together and share what they had to offer one another, culminating in a feast consisting of corn and turkey that was made to honor that moment.

Sadly, the most recent depiction of this pivotal moment in our history has been turned into an American horror story. A story that depicts white Europeans who came to wipe out all the innocent natives by disease and war. The evil white man brought with them more evil white men who only wanted to destroy and kill, to take land that didn’t belong to them and annihilate anyone who wasn’t white. Because that’s all white people want.

Neither of these versions are remotely true.

The Pilgrims were not fleeing from persecution. Nor did they spread disease or kill an entire village of Native Americans. They simply came to a new world filled with the hope of freedom – freedom to live by the values and principles as defined by the word of God. They came to the new world to give their families that chance rather than being overtaken by a society they felt did not reflect those values. It was so important to them that they risked their lives and the lives of their children to make the voyage. A voyage that landed them far from where they were expecting.

After arriving to the new world it was clear that God had a plan. The circumstances which led up to the first thanksgiving – for both the Europeans and the Native American that helped them – could only be explained by divine providence.

Despite being told this is a time to apologize or to be shameful for our history as a nation, the truth is Thanksgiving should be the most important and revered time for all Americans. A time of remembrance of God’s grace and divine providence for a group of people that risked everything to honor Him, including a Native American by the name of Squanto.

The diversity of God’s grace is what we, Americans, should be celebrating. Not multiculturalism.

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Marco Rubio whips out Bible verse that goes after the Florida recount debacle

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Marco Rubio whips out Bible verse that goes after the Florida recount debacle

There are two prevailing opinions pertaining to the Florida election and subsequent recounts. Democrats generally feel like it’s good to “count every ballot” until they win, even if that means “finding” more ballots to add to their candidates’ tallies. Republicans have been fighting against the recounts despite that play coming across ingenuously to voters on both sides.

We should want every valid vote counted. The operative word there is “valid.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a Catholic, Tweeted a Bible verse that seemed apropos to the current debacle in Florida.

One might even say this draws in one of the favorite punching bags for Republicans, former presidential candidate “Crooked” Hillary Clinton. That wasn’t the intent, I’m sure, but it’s always fun to laugh at Hillary.

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