Drew Dat!
The Advocate | October 2018

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees coached his sons in a teachable moment after his record-breaking touchdown pass:

"Hey, I love you guys. This is a wonderful night. Remember, you can accomplish anything in life you are willing to work for it! Remember that ok? Now let's go win a game!"

Name any passing record, Drew Brees might have it by now.

The Saints superstar quarterback ticked off his latest, and possibly most impressive NFL record Monday, passing Peyton Manning in all-time passing yardage at 71,941.

Brees set the record in the second quarter against the Washington Redskins on a 62-yard touchdown pass.

 

Jobs and Opportunity Agenda for Louisiana!
Pelican Institute | October 2018

This week, the Pelican Institute releases its “Jobs and Opportunity Agenda for Louisiana,” a roadmap for reclaiming Louisiana as a land of opportunity for all its citizens. This agenda is the result of months of data-crunching, research, analysis and consultation with experts from Louisiana and across the country. In crafting these solutions, our team sought to answer a basic question: given Louisiana’s unique resources, history and culture, what set of policies would best bring quality jobs and opportunity for all our citizens?

This is an earnest, thoughtful answer to Louisiana citizens’ requests – demands really –for solutions over rhetoric. Of course, many of these recommendations would upend powerful special interests who benefit from the status quo –often at the expense of the good of the state. That’s why success in accomplishing fundamental reform will require a groundswell of engagement from Louisianans of every walk of life and across the political spectrum.

 

Healing a Fractured Nation
Stream.org | October 2018

Never in our lifetimes has America been so divided, and we are in danger of tearing ourselves at the seams. What’s more, it looks like things will only get worse — much worse — in the days ahead.

An article on the Study Finds website states that, “It may not be so hard to believe during this murky political landscape, but a new study finds the divide between Democrats and Republicans is the worst it’s ever been, more so than many people may even think.

“The research, conducted by Zachary Neal, an associate professor of psychology and global urban studies at Michigan State University, is among the first to measure polarization not only by examining the frequency of parties working together, but also by demonstrating how they’ve grown more distant than any other time in modern history.”

 

War On Boys
Prager U | October 2018

Being a normal boy is a serious liability in today’s classroom. Boys tend to be disorganized and restless. Some have even been known to be noisy and hard to manage. Sound like any boy you know?

Psychologist Michael Thompson has aptly observed: “Girls behavior is the gold standard in schools. Boys are treated like defective girls.”

What ever happened to letting "boys be boys?"

Take these two cases: In one, a seven-year-old boy was sent home for nibbling a Pop-Tart into a gun. In another, a teacher was so alarmed by a picture drawn by a student (of a sword fight), that the boy's parents were summoned in for a conference. In short, boys in America's schools are routinely punished for being active, competitive, and restless. In other words, boys can no longer be boys. Christina Hoff Sommers, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, explains how we can change this!

 
 
"Hey, I love you guys. This is a wonderful night. Remember, you can accomplish anything in life you are willing to work for it! Remember that ok? Now let's go win a game!"
– Drew Brees, on his historic night - coaching his boys at an extraordinarily teachable moment.
 

What effect will the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings have on the November elections?

  • Assist Republicans.
  • Assist Democrats.
  • Neutral.
  • I don't know and I don't care.
 

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