The Baystate Objectivist

The Baystate Objectivist

Monday, November 30, 2009

True Romance

Boys in Love

It's always assumed that young guys are cold, ruthless predators when it comes to sex. Some obviously are, but the majority are not, according to this study:

Boys and girls report similar feelings of "love" in a relationship, the authors note in an American Sociological Review article, and those feelings don't hinge on having sex. Beneath the bulletproof manner they affect, a lot of young males have hearts made of cotton candy.

In interviews, guys said things like, "Every time I was around her I couldn't talk, I was getting butterflies in my stomach," and "I wouldn't want to live without Jenny," and "I ain't never, like, felt that way about somebody." One boy recounting a breakup confessed, "I wrote her a letter, front and back, crying the whole time, and then I handed the letter to her the next morning." Another filled up 74 pages recounting his romantic history.

What do these boys value most about their girlfriends? Not their toned midriffs. The interviewers got such responses as, "It was like I could talk to her and she could talk to me," and "She always comforted me when I needed a hug."

To read the whole article click here.

Kiddie Tax Revolt Crushed

Reprinted from The Baystate Objectivist June 3, 2000:

The students in Springfield teacher Catherine Crowley's fifth grade class at Mary Walsh Elementary School in 16 Acres learned a hard lesson in politics last week as their efforts to eliminate the sales tax on children's books went down to defeat.

The children became angry over the sales tax after being unable to purchase books at the school book fair because they neglected to bring enough money to cover the tax. As a class project, the young tax resisters have been fighting to convince the state legislature to let kids purchase books tax-free.

Sadly, despite a valiant effort to promote the kid's legislation on the Senate floor by Republican Senator Brian Lees, legislators were spooked as usual by very sound of a tax cut and the proposal was shouted down by a voice vote.

At least the students learned a lot about how their state government works which they would have been unlikely to learn otherwise. Indeed, just as they learned about the evils of taxation, they also learned about the evils of having a legislature dominated by liberal Democrats.

Local Visions

Greg Saulmon has this pic of a man in red displayed in a photography show about Holyoke. I sometimes see this same guy in Northampton dressed all in purple.

Here's where to see more of Saulmon's work as well as pics of Holyoke by other Valley photogs:

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2009
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Wistariahurst Museum
Street: 238 Cabot Street
City/Town: Holyoke, MA

Mark Alamad captured this stunner yesterday in North Adams.

This must be where the wee people dwell in Amherst.

I wonder what inspired someone to go to the trouble of taping up this message in Northampton?


sodafixer said... is a link I found to a recording of the Dead show at umass 79...reading some of the reviews brought back many memories of that show.

Anonymous said...

Re: The children and the sales tax exemption quest. Kudos to them for trying, but I can't pretend its a good idea. Now if all books were tax-free maybe? More reading? Maybe.

Also, while I know your politics are certainly not liberal, I would argue that their failure is less about the legislature being driven by liberals than being driven by idiots. There are fiscally prudent liberals, but none of them seem to be on Beacon Hill. Frankly there are few, if any fiscally prudent people at all there.

Greg Saulmon said...

Thanks for posting about the Wistariahurst show, Tommy.

That photo is of James Smith; I took it on March 12, 2008. Mr. Smith passed away in September, 2008.

I wrote a short piece about him here:

He was quite a fixture in Holyoke, and throughout the Valley.

Tom said...

Thanks Sodafixer! You are right Mr. Anonymous, but I always bash liberals when it comes to economics, although I am their champion on other issues. Wow, Greg, I consider myself a regular reader of the Local Buzz, but somehow I missed that.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info on Mr. Smith, Greg. I hadn't seen him around for a while, and that explains why.