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    Soft-Racism of Low Expectations

    There are many people that insist America is more racist now than ever before. They claim that we have institutionalized racism, which we have…but not in the ways they think. Affirmative action is institutionalized racism. It gets racial minorities jobs based on the color of their skin. Back when minorities didn’t have the same opportunities as whites this would have been helpful. That isn’t the case anymore. Yet, Affirmative Action remains. Some people will point to the few white-supremacy groups that make the news with their antics. Others mistake associating a specific culture, or specific values, with a specific minority for racism. However, there is an attributer to America’s racism…

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    Productivity in Unexpected Places

    This past weekend I had planned to get some work done on both of our family vehicles. I was going to check the brakes on my van, replace the throttle position sensor, and further investigate a rattling sound around the serpentine belt. I also wanted to replace the inner fender liner on my wife’s car. Suffice it to say, none of what I planned, actually went to plan. I started my weekend by stopping by my parent’s house so that my dad could look at the inner fender liner of my wife’s car and offer his opinions. As soon as I got there my mom invited me to have breakfast…

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    Our Favorite Christmas Treats

    It seems that everyone who celebrates Christmas has a food item that they look forward to having each year. It might be a sweet treat, entree, or even a beverage. No matter what it is though, it leaves an impression on us that we just can’t forget! In this post my family shares their favorite Christmas treats and why they like them so much. My first son’s favorite Christmas treat is mashed potatoes. “I love the soft and mushy texture of mashed potatoes. I also like the garlic flavor of mashed potatoes that we would have every year. Finally, I always like to take a small slice of butter and…

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    Pets are Fun!

    All across the world there are people who love animals. Whether it is a cat, dog, lizard, snake, spider, fox, raccoon, bear, etc., there is a person out there willing to love it. I like to think this is do to the compassionate side God gave humans. The desire to take care of a creature not as capable as yourself and develop a bond with it is an honorable aspiration. However, certain animals do make better pets than others. This fact is reflected in the number of people that own a specific type of pet. The two most popular pets seem to be cats and dogs, although goldfish are certainly…

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    Dodge Caravan Window Motor Replacement

    This past Saturday I was busy most of the day with a rather straight forward vehicle repair. The driver side power window motor on my 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan has been broken for over a year now. I finally got around to replacing it with a new one. I watched a few instructional videos on YouTube, one of which was by 1aauto.com. It seemed like a project I could handle so I made sure I had all of the necessary tools and equipment. I also made sure I started the project earlier in the day, as previous experience has taught me that things often don’t go quite as smoothly as…

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    Why We Don’t Do Santa Claus

    Parents all around the United states, and in other parts of the world, perpetuate the idea that Santa Claus brings gifts each Christmas for their children. They explain to their children how Santa comes down the chimney and tiptoes around the Christmas tree placing presents. Also, gifts are only for the good boys and girls, the bad ones get a simple lump of coal in their stocking. Most parents have their children believing that Santa Claus is real until they are around 6-8 years old. However, my wife and I have never misled our children into believing in Santa Claus, and our reasons are very simple. One of our most…