What you tolerate you perpetuate.
Wanting to take a break from the more serious natured audio books I’ve been listening to recently, I found Jim Gaffigan’s Dad is Fat in my recommended reading list. Since I’m a fan of his comedy and wanted something a bit lighter, I added my name to the hold list at the local library (using Overdrive of course) for the audio book.
Starting off, I immediately recognized the narrator as Jim Gaffigan himself, an added bonus. In this book Jim offers short chapters about various portions of being a new dad, figuring out the new additions as they come, managing as a dad, and juggling life’s responsibilities after becoming a dad for the fifth time. While I can’t relate to that level of mastery he has seemingly acquired with five kids, I recognized many of his struggles and oddities as those that I’ve faced with just two kids.
The whole books comes across, intentionally or not, as an extended ode to his super-hero wife Jeannie. Jim, like many of us dads, assumes that the more attractive partners in our relationships have had special instruction in child rearing, but throughout the chapters in this book you see a story of a dad who figures it out, and makes it work, documenting all the idiosyncrasies of fatherhood along the way.
Any parent who has balanced work / life responsibilities while raising their little ones will likely find this audio book an entertaining reminder of the joys that we have been through, and the joys that our kids bring us. For any expecting parents, this is the book of things they don’t tell you in official parenting books, give it a read to know what you’re REALLY about to get into.
Growing up with the desire to study law, but not the dedication nor drive to obtain a Juris Doctorate, I have replaced those desires with a strong interest in politics and law through all levels of government. I find my self reading more books, and in this case, listening to audio books, on the subject.
This book contains the words of retired Justice John Paul Stevens about the six issues which he proposes that we fix with amendments to the Constitution. The audio book is a short 3:42 listen. It is a good smooth listen, but can be fast tracked at times requiring me to re-listen to a few sections to ensure I got the references and their meanings correct.
The six issues are presented in a more concise well written method than I could provide over here. I’ll simply add my thoughts to each below.
- “Anti-Commandeering Rule” – I cannot agree with this suggestion as proposed as I feel that a locally elected official has a more direct relationship with those they serve, and ignoring a federally enacted rule or law can be an act of protest. The current issues outlined in this book I believe are acceptable, and need no further assistance from the Constitution.
- “Political Gerrymandering” I fully support a law restricting this practice, as politicians will continue to be politicians who will continue to politic and do things that are both questionable and in their favor, this amendment could assist with those issues.
- “Campaign Finance” While I believe the proposed solution is decent, I could imagine where the dominant party in power could further restrict the speech (spending) of those not in power through rule making, which could make the situation just as bad as it is now. Corporate money in politics is bad (epic proportions at this point) and must be regulated, but with due caution in mind.
- “Sovereign Immunity” On its cover, I think I support this one. There is no reason that agents of the state are protected from their actions of doing so. The only thing I fear is the flow of tort actions this would result in. I don’t like blank protections for any class of people, especially the state itself. Should this be pushed on the federal government as well? I’m not sure, but this is a start.
- “Death Penalty” I don’t believe that the Death Penalty serves the purpose that it once did in the past. With the 20 year waits for executions, the deterrence factor of the death penalty is simply useless. The excessive cost of holding death row prisoners over regular life prisoners is also not warranted either, I can agree with the addition of these five words.
- “The Second Amendment” With the power the Department of Defense has over State’s National Guard units, I don’t see how stripping 2nd Amendment protections to individuals, and relegating those only to the ‘state militia’ is any less than fully revoking the 2nd amendment. This is the most absurd recommendation I’ve seen yet.
Overall I enjoyed the book, not so much the message. I am a fiscal conservative and social moderate, which is mostly where Justice Steven’s opinions floated towards the beginning of his career, but as we can see from his opinions over his later years, and in retirement, he has changed more towards a federalist leaning position.
Thanks for your service, and the book I guess.
I read a lot of blogs using BlogTrottr as my inbox delivery mechanism, but it has been quite a while since I’ve been cover to cover on a good book, or any book for that matter. My wife calls me a reference reader, I know how to find information I need when I need it. After reading a recommendation from a guy I quite admire in my profession, I picked up this book and gave it a read through.
This book is nothing more than a narrative of a management training sessions revolving around feedback. Within the narration we learn about the varying methods of feedback, the good, the bad, and the ugly of what you might already be doing. The training begins with the main character, ‘Scott’, on the pointy end of a training exercise which awakens him and makes him very receptive to the lessons being taught.
Over the course of the book we learn that behaviors at work can be translated to behaviors at home and improvement in one area can reflect in the other. We also learn that there is nothing revolutionary in this book, simply ideas that you already know, but rarely think about, and more than likely, aren’t putting into practice.
This a quick read that any one could take something away from, a good start as my first in a long time.