Our 7 Most Common Lies…

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(by Rob Writer)

Now I’m not into lying…and that’s the truth! No, really, it is. I have a strong spiritually based belief system and that’s that.

Have I lied? Of course. I’m not perfect. Despite how we may work at it, sometimes even the most opposed to such ways will slip. And the number of us who tell a lie, easily or with great angst, is very surprising…

One report on a major news network revealed that over 90 percent of people tell a lie every day! Of course, the main stream news media tells a lot of lies themselves, or so I’ve been told…unless THAT is a lie!

But in looking at this on the “net,” I found some information on “thehuffingtonpost.ca” as to what people most lie about. I figure they are legit enough to be trusted here, and its my call because its my article!

So then, what can we learn from this Huffington Post article? Well, let’s have a look!

These are the top lies we tell on a regular basis:

1. (Smoking)

There is so much “bad press” about the ill effects of smoking on our health, and the health of others who are around smokers. It almost makes us out to be criminals if we confess to having this habit! “But I’m trying to quit” you say…lie number two! You may WANT to quit, but that’s not the same as actually doing it. Take that from an “ex-smoker” himself.

2. (Weight)

Oh the ladies are so much more guilty of this lie than anyone! They say it’s because of “social pressures.” In a survey conducted in 2011, a full 68% of women lied about their weight on their driver’s licenses. They justify it by saying that “withheld” information isn’t lying. Ever hear of “lying by way of omission?” Really, it’s a lie no matter how you slice it!

3. (Age)

Well both sexes are guilty here. When we were younger, we told people we were older. But when we get older, we tell others we are younger! A really crummy problem indeed. We all lie about age, most often at work, on dating profiles, and to that youngster who thinks we are “like, majorly old!” Wait until you really can’t remember how old you are. Then it’s just a “mistake.”

4. (Alcohol Consumption)

Have you ever met anyone who will tell you straight up they’ve had 10 beers and 8 shots? Yes you say? Well, truth is they probably had 12 beers and 12 shots! Most people won’t “fess” up to how much nor how often they drink. Word of caution here: At least be honest with your doctor!

5. (Flossing Teeth)

Wow, this one surprises me. I get the first three, but flossing? Yet this is important enough to many of us that surveys show about 40 percent of us lie about brushing our teeth three times a day, while 25 percent lie about flossing…(really, do most people brush THREE times a day?)

6. (Praying)

Now this makes no sense to me. Even among the religious folks, we don’t pray often enough. And when we do, it’s usually when we are in trouble or want something. Maybe we can throw in a meal time prayer. Yet we want others to believe we pray much more often, so we lie about it. Ironic…we lie about prayer, but we should pray about lying!

7. (Cheating)

OKAY…here we go! I knew something like this would show up eventually. Now who among us is going to admit we cheated until the evidence is overwhelming, or we become wracked with unbearable guilt? However, until one or both of these happens, (baring getting caught in the act), we LIE, LIE, and LIE some more! And for those who believe men are more at fault here, a study finds that not only do women do their share of cheating, but they are better liars about it. Hey, don’t “kill the messenger, its scientific fact…

So were you surprised at these? Shocked? Well, I figured most of them out. But there were a couple of “whammies” in there. Best thing to do is to just tell the truth, then you have nothing to explain or seek forgiveness for later…

College Degrees…Worth The Money?

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NWF State College Graduation (Photo credit: Sean M. Flynn)

(by Rob Writer)

We all heard it for decades. Go get a college degree if you want to make a better living. And, for a long time, that was the undisputed truth…

However, enter the “Great Recession.” All of a sudden, things have changed, at least for the meantime.

New information is out which suggests that college grads are perhaps “over qualified” for many opportunities which are available in the current job markets.

Meagan Pant of the “Denver Post” reports that a significant number of college graduates find themselves in jobs making lower wages and don’t even require a high school diploma!

What’s more, when graduates tack on the rising higher costs of a college education, it becomes even harder to justify going to college at all!

“The economy may be in recovery officially, but there are a lot of people who haven’t recovered yet” says Jonathan Robe. He is one of three researchers involved in a report “Why Are College Graduates Underemployed?” Robe further adds “The problem is sticking around.”

In her article, Pant states that some 48 percent of college alumni, not just recent college grads, were underemployed as of 2010. In a report from the Center for College Affordability and Productive, there were five million college graduates employed in jobs which required less than a high school education.

These facts seem to be even further validated by another post on “cnn.com.” Jon Marcus of the Hechinger Institute @CNNMoney tells us this story.

“Bereven Omer graduated on a Friday in February, (2013), with an associate degree from Nashville State Community College and started work the following Monday as a computer-networking engineer at a local television station, making about $50,000 a year.”

Statistics show that salary is about 15% higher than the average starting salary for college graduates from either two or four-year degree programs. Omer adds “I have a buddy who got a four-year bachelor’s degree who is making $10 dollars an hour. I’m making two and a half times more than he is.”

Marcus goes on to say that a Georgetown University study shows that some 30 percent of Americans with Associates degrees are now making more than those with Bachelor’s degrees. The post goes on to say that in Tennessee for example, the average wage for two-year graduates right out of school is $38,948. That’s between $1000-1300 dollars more than average salaries paid to four-year degree holders.

However, there is one other statistic of interest in all this. Georgetown University also suggests that about 63% of all jobs will require “postsecondary” education by 2018. Currently, the U.S. is on pace to fall short of meeting that need by about 3 million workers.

Be this as it may, the current underemployment trend is leaving college educated workers in jobs which pay so little that they cannot pay off their student loans, or even maintain the costs of health care. Surviving today’s employment shortfalls is hard enough for many, while at the same time, it is making future job requirements seem all the more worrisome…

Obama’s Delima…

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US President Barack Obama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(by Rob Writer)

I have never cared much for Mr. Obama as America’s leader. I didn’t vote for him in either of the two Presidential elections. There was just something “tricky” about him, insincere perhaps.

He just didn’t seem to have the experience necessary to back up his promises.

Granted, our country was in bad shape when he first took office in January, 2009.

Unemployment was through the roof. People couldn’t beg, borrow, or steal employment. We were losing our homes. We were weighed down with record-setting national debt. War veterans were forced to live on the streets, and health care was too expensive.

The number of problems we faced as a nation went on and on.

Mr. Obama promised change, sweeping change in fact! He set forth to help fix things. However, with almost every endeavor he attended to, failure resulted. He blamed the Republicans; They pushed back. The outcome was, (and continues to be), a complete shut down of government.

When he campaigned for a second term, he made more promises to anyone and everyone who had money, or who could help him with a special interest vote. Obviously that worked well for the adept politician, Americans re-elected him…

Still, 100 days into his second term, not much has changed. In fact, some things have declined even further. In a report on “foxnews.com,” writer Chris Stirewalt shares some interesting information with us. He reports that the predominately liberal Democratic base is not happy with their President Obama. The article says:

“Despite…the President’s boldly liberal vision and broad promises after his re-election, liberal Democrats are feeling crabby about Obamism these days. A largely unchecked genocide in Syria, an ever-escalating drone warfare program, a botched effort for gun control, fumbling implementation of the new health law, defeats on fiscal policy and the President’s seeming acceptance of business as usual in Washington are causing alarm on the left. What is the use of having a crusading liberal president if he won’t crusade or can’t win when he does?”

What use indeed!

Now we must add to the indictments above the virtually unchanged rate of unemployment, a continued lack of sufficient job growth, a sequester which has failed miserably, and no meaningful headway concerning our nation’s suffocating debt crisis. One could say this government under the “leadership” of Mr. Obama resembles the “blood feud” of the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s!

However, I have to concede one point. Our President is one heck of a joke teller! He was ON FIRE at the Correspondent’s dinner the other night…

Goood Mooorning!

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(by Rob Writer):

Hello to all!

I suppose we can all agree, there are a number of things, both good and bad, in this world…

There are a growing number of homeless folks, and starving children. There are too few jobs, too many taxes, and certainly no government leadership to speak of at all!

The fact is, as it is with many of you, I contribute time or money to each of these causes or situations. But it’s just not feeling like I’m doing enough. So, I decided to go the extra mile and add yet one more blog for you to read.

Please…please, hold down the applause…

Over the next few days, I’ll be preparing some posts on various topics. My interests are many, and so my subject matter will be wide-ranging in nature. From the humorous, to the sad, to the outlandish, it’s all in here for you.

Keep a watch out for upcoming posts in the days to come!

~Rob