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  • Belgium bans a wide range of sexist speech

    03/22/2014 7:50:34 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 21, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    Rik Torfs, rector of the University of Leuven, and Jogchum Vrielink, coordinator of the Centre for Discrimination Law at the University of Leuven, pass along a guest post — quoted below — about a new Belgian law that provides (Vrielink’s translation): Penalization of Sexism For the purposes of this Act, the concept of sexism will be understood to mean any gesture or act that, in the circumstances of Article 444 of the Penal Code,* is evidently intended to express contempt for a person because of his gender, or that regards them as inferior, or reduces them to their sexual dimension,...
  • (Barf alert): P.C. censors come to haunt at Hampshire

    10/31/2013 2:29:41 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 14 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | October 31, 2013 | Robert Shibley
    This Halloween, Hampshire College students — and Americans who care about free inquiry — have reason to be spooked. As part of its “Hampshire Halloween” celebration, Hampshire’s “Hype Committee” scheduled a performance by Afrobeat band Shokazoba. But that decision quickly turned sour. As Hampshire carefully explained, some students asked “whether [Shokazoba] was a predominantly white Afrobeat band and express[ed] concerns about cultural appropriation and the need to respect marginalized cultures.” Shokazoba keyboardist Jason Moses explained in emails that it began when someone posted, “lol leave it to hampshire to book a bunch of white folks playing afrofunk” on the event’s...
  • Backwards, Christian Squishes

    10/24/2013 8:32:42 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 12 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 10.23.13 | George Neumayr
    “Evangelical Leader Preaches A Pullback From Politics, Culture Wars,” blared a front-page Wall Street Journal headline on Tuesday. According to the paper, Russell Moore, the new head of the Southern Baptist Convention, “says it is time to tone down the rhetoric and pull back from the political fray, given what he calls a ‘visceral recoil’ among younger evangelicals to the culture wars.” The reporter contrasts Moore’s softer approach to the rise of “gay marriage” with that of his predecessor, Richard Land, who spoke of it as the culmination of the “radical homosexual agenda.” Moore, after the Supreme Court struck down...
  • Who Raised These Millennials Anyway?

    08/13/2013 7:04:15 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 64 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | Aug 6 2013 | Michelle Van Loon
    We once sang about hoping to die before we got old, but quite a few of my fellow baby boomers have begun to sound like a cross between 1960s sitcom crank Granny Clampett and the 1980s SNL Church Lady when it comes to our kids' generation. I've heard some in my age group lament that the millennials refuse to grow up. I've eavesdropped few remarks like, "Back when I was my son's age, I had a decent job and a mortgage. But you can't get a mortgage on a barista's salary. Come to think of it, back when I was...
  • Are You Prepared for a Stock Market Plunge?

    06/01/2013 4:07:40 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 22 replies
    Bottom Line Personal ^ | June 1, 2013 | N/A
    It may be days, weeks, months or even years away, but inevitably the stock market—which has more than doubled over the past four years and hit new record highs this year—will descend, as many analysts warn and as history has shown. How big that drop will be and how long it will last are open to debate. In fact, a large number of analysts contend that the bull market still has plenty of pep, which would mean that you don’t have to take extreme defensive steps for a while. But even so, it’s important to think about your own financial...
  • Generation X Fares Poorly During Recession, Says Study

    06/01/2013 12:20:47 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 43 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/1/2013 | Abby Ellin
    Members of Generation X, the so-called slackers weaned on Saturday morning cartoons, divorce and cynicism, are now in their late 30s to late 40s. And according to a recent report, those born between 1966 and 1975 really do have something to complain about. A Pew Charitable Trust study, titled "Retirement Security Across Generations," examined the savings behavior of five age groups before the Great Recession hit and found that Gen Xers - the group of Americans following the baby boomers and range in age from 38 to 47 - fared especially poorly during the recent economic down swing. As a...
  • Boomer Power and the War on the Young

    10/14/2012 3:34:55 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 39 replies
    The American Interest ^ | October 4, 2012 | N/A
    The Economist ominously reports: The struggle to digest the swollen generation of ageing baby-boomers threatens to strangle economic growth. As the nature and scale of the problem become clear, a showdown between the generations may be inevitable. The statistics are frightening: The average federal tax rate for a median American household, including income and payroll taxes, dropped from more than 18% in 1981 to just over 11% in 2011. Yet sensible tax reforms left less revenue for the generous benefits boomers have continued to vote themselves, such as a prescription-drug benefit paired with inadequate premiums. Deficits exploded. Erick Eschker, an...
  • (Better News in this story): Ohio Is Neck and Neck

    09/13/2012 6:21:29 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 10 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 13 Sep 2012 | William Bigelow
    Two new polls indicate that contrary to the media hype, Ohio is now a toss-up between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. The American Research poll, conducted between September 10-12, showed Obama ahead 47% to 46%. The latest Rasmussen poll shows exactly the same numbers. There are positive subtexts for Romney in both polls. In the American Research poll, independents favored Romney by a whopping margin, 53% to 37%. This bodes well for Romney with those who remain undecided. In the Rasmussen poll, voters said they trusted Romney on the economy more, which will ultimately prove pivotal, but the biggest edge...
  • NBC/WSJ Poll: Obama Gains in Battlegrounds Ohio, Fla., Va.

    09/13/2012 6:05:13 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 70 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 13 Sep 2012 | Patrick Hobin
    The post-Labor Day, post-conventions polls show President Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney in the three key swing states of Florida, Ohio and Virginia, which ratchets up pressure on Romney to turn things around in the debates in October. Obama is ahead of Romney by five points among likely voters, 49 percent to 44 percent, in both Florida and Virginia, and in Ohio, he has a seven-point lead, 50 percent to 43 percent, according to new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls. “You’d rather be in Obama’s shoes than Romney’s in these three critical states,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist...
  • For GOP Senate hopes, is Mike Huckabee the most important man in America?

    08/27/2012 11:05:15 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 33 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 27, 2012 | Byron York
    TAMPA — It’s an understatement to say Republicans are worried about losing the Senate race in Missouri. Amid the Todd Akin controversy, they’re terrified by the prospect of losing a state they previously thought they could win — and thus falling a single seat short of winning control of the Senate. Now, many of them view Mike Huckabee as the key player in the Akin situation. The former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate has supported Akin all along and has prominently refused to join in the Republican chorus — which includes virtually every office holder, former office holder, political operatives...
  • MO Poll: Akin, Not Romney Hurt by 'Legitimate Rape' Remarks

    08/27/2012 7:10:02 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 106 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 26 Aug 2012 | Tony Lee
    A new Missouri poll indicates Rep. Todd Akin’s rape remarks have not hurt Mitt Romney in Missouri, but the comments about “legitimate rape” and the controversy that ensued have damaged Akin, especially among women voters. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch poll found Akin, who had been leading McCaskill by five points and was tied with the Democrat among women voters before his remarks, now trails McCaskill by 9 points overall and by 18 points with women voters. Democrats have tried to tie Akin’s comments to Romney, but the poll found Romney still leads President Barack Obama in Missouri by 7 points,...
  • Sarah Palin endorses third-party run if Akin won’t drop out

    08/22/2012 12:08:00 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 260 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 22, 2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Sarah Palin endorsed a third-party candidacy against Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., if he persists in his refusal to drop out of the general election campaign after making startling comments about rape and abortion. “We’ve got to take back the Senate and Missouri is a must-win state,” Palin told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “The way we do that is to have someone like Sarah Steelman be able to run — even if it’s as a third-party candidate — to be able to run and help us take this back.” Palin endorsed Steelman in the primary, which was regarded as showdown...
  • Akin Spokesman to Newsmax: Voters Urged Him to ‘Stay Strong’

    08/22/2012 12:01:44 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 38 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 21 Aug 2012 | Paul Scicchitano
    As Tuesday’s deadline slipped by for embattled Rep. Todd Akin to pull out of the Missouri Senate race without penalty, campaign press secretary Ryan Hite told Newsmax in an exclusive interview that the decision came down to Show Me State voters urging their candidate to “stay strong.” Speaking shortly after the 5 p.m. Central deadline, Hite said that Akin displayed a “sense of confidence” throughout the day even as prominent GOP leaders and organizations urged the Republican to give up his Senate bid following earlier comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in case of "legitimate rape." “The attitude behind...
  • Ralph Nader: Bill Clinton ‘laying the groundwork’ for Hillary by ‘undermining Obama’

    06/08/2012 10:24:30 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/09/2012 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Former Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader told The Daily Caller that former President Bill Clinton is “undermining [President Barack] Obama” to lay the “groundwork” for Hillary Clinton’s presidential run in 2016. Clinton recently told CNN that Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s business record at Bain Capital is “sterling.” TheDC asked Nader if he agreed with Clinton’s statement. “He’s laying down the groundwork for Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016. Everything she is doing and everything he is doing argues that they want to run Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, so while he might appear with Obama in fundraisers...
  • Preparing for a Post-Imperial Future

    06/08/2012 8:29:22 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 12 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 7, 2012 | Daniel McCarthy
    Conservatism is poorly understood in the United States. It is not right-wing liberalism or nationalism; nor is it political Protestantism. It has nothing to do with a neurotic longing for an ideal past, and reactionaries, who insist there is nothing left to conserve, show that they don’t know the meaning of the word. Conservatism has always had to make the best of a bad situation—the human situation in general. But conservatism earned its name in the context of a particular kind of bad situation, that of imperial Europe in the late 18th and 19th centuries. The great conservatives of the...
  • Wisconsin-sized polling error could mask Romney sweep of battleground states

    06/08/2012 3:16:08 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 60 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/07/2012 | Meagan Clark and Gage Smith
    Former Gov. Mitt Romney would collect at least 72 of the 110 electoral votes available in eight battleground states if President Barack Obama’s current polling numbers, as reported by The Huffington Post, are overstated by a mere one percent. Romney would win that electoral majority in Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Wisconsin if there is a one percent undercount and if undecided voters there split evenly between Romney and Obama. That would give the former Massachusetts Gov. at least 253 — just a few votes shy of the 270 he will need to claim the White...
  • (They deserve eachother:) Obama Double-Crossed Kennedy Family

    06/08/2012 1:47:21 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 53 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 07 Jun 2012 | N/A
    Ed Klein’s blockbuster new best-seller about President Barack Obama chronicles Obama’s insulting snubs of staunch supporter Caroline Kennedy, the sole surviving child of President John F. Kennedy. Caroline even become so disgusted by Obama she called him a “liar and worse.” Klein’s just-released book “Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House” skyrocketed to the No. 1 spot on the New York Times best-seller list in its first week in publication and has remained there for the third week in a row. Klein offers surprising behind-the-scenes details about Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s relationship with Caroline and other members of...
  • Army Reviews Whether to Allow Women in Ranger School

    05/16/2012 9:12:40 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 50 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 16 May 2012 | N/A
    WASHINGTON — Army leaders have begun to study the prospect of sending female soldiers to the service's prestigious Ranger school — another step in the effort to broaden opportunities for women in the military. Gen. Raymond Odierno, Army chief of staff, said Wednesday that he's asked senior commanders to provide him with recommendations and a plan this summer. And while he stressed that no decisions have been made, he suggested that Ranger school may be a logical next step for women as they move into more jobs closer to the combat lines. "If we determine that we're going to allow...
  • David Frum’s new novel is awful

    05/03/2012 8:36:55 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05/03/2012 | Mark Judge
    How can someone who writes compelling nonfiction be so terrible at fiction? I’ve just read the first few chapters of David Frum’s new novel, “Patriots.” It is bloody awful. It also defeats the purpose that Frum claims he intended for it, which was to write a novel that tells deeper truths than journalism. In fact it retreads ground Frum the journalist has gone over many times before, most notably his increasingly shrill belief that conservatives are nuts. Frum is a former conservative who is now trending liberal and may in fact be headed for the netherworld of Andrew Sullivanville; he...
  • Lieberman Won't Endorse Obama, GOP in '12

    04/23/2012 12:48:31 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 13 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 22 Apr 2012 | N/A
    Former Democratic vice presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman says he’s not endorsing anyone – Republican or Democrat – for president in November. "I'm going to try to stay out of this one," Lieberman told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut who caucuses with Democrats, famously endorsed his friend Republican John McCain over Barack Obama in the 2008 election. Wallace joked that that endorsement "didn't work out so well the last time." "I'm not running for re-election," Lieberman countered. "I'm enjoying not being involved in the nastiness of campaigning in America these days." Lieberman...
  • Surveys: Republicans more open-minded, better informed than Democrats

    04/23/2012 12:35:17 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/22/2012 | Neil Munro
    Yet another new survey shows that Republican supporters know more about politics and political history than Democrats. On eight of 13 questions about politics, Republicans outscored Democrats by an average of 18 percentage points, according to a new Pew survey titled “Partisan Differences in Knowledge.” The Pew survey adds to a wave of surveys and studies showing that GOP-sympathizers are better informed, more intellectually consistent, more open-minded, more empathetic and more receptive to criticism than their fellow Americans who support the Democratic Party. “Republicans fare substantially better than Democrats on several questions in the survey, as is typically the case...
  • Labor union sues Indiana, calls working alongside nonunion employees ‘slavery’

    04/21/2012 11:35:49 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/22/2012 | David Martosko
    In a lawsuit against three Indiana government officials, a labor union alleged on Wednesday that its constitutional rights under the Thirteenth Amendment — which outlawed “slavery” and “involuntary servitude” — are violated whenever its members are forced to work alongside nonunion employees. The International Union of Operating Engineers, whose members work as heavy equipment operators, mechanics and construction surveyors, sued Indiana’s governor, attorney general, and labor commissioner in February, alleging that the state’s “right to work” law is unconstitutional. Indiana’s law prohibits employers from making union membership a condition of getting or keeping a job. The union’s February lawsuit claimed...
  • BREAKING: Bank of America Reportedly Drops Gun Company for Political Reasons

    04/21/2012 11:27:58 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 34 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 20, 2012 | Bob Owens
    Bailout recipient Bank of America has severed relations with an American company because of a reported bias against their industry. McMillan Group International released an extraordinary statement on Facebook regarding the incident: McMillan Fiberglass Stocks, McMillan Firearms Manufacturing, McMillan Group International have been collectively banking with Bank of America for 12 years. Today Mr. Ray Fox, Senior Vice President, Market Manager, Business Banking, Global Commercial Banking came to my office. He scheduled the meeting as an “account analysis” meeting in order to evaluate the two lines of credit we have with them. He spent five minutes talking about how McMillan...
  • Vatican May Reconcile with Breakaway Catholics

    04/21/2012 11:20:43 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 8 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 20 Apr 2012 | Edward Pentin
    A breakaway group of traditionalist Catholics may be on the verge of returning into full communion with Rome, bringing a 24-year rift to an end and fulfilling a key goal of Benedict XVI’s pontificate. Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi told journalists April 18 that the Society of St. Pius X had taken an encouraging “step forward” by clarifying its response to a “doctrinal preamble,” a Vatican document that has become the basis of any reconciliation. The society insisted “a step and not a conclusion” had been reached and stressed its clarifications, submitted by the society’s superior general, Bishop Bernard Fellay,...
  • Democrats Infiltrate Chicago GOP with 'Schakowsky Republicans'

    03/19/2012 10:16:17 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 24 replies · 3+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | 3/18/12 | Rebel Pundit
    What's a Schakowsky Republican you ask? Good question.... Probably not much different than many "Chicago Republicans." If you are any bit familiar with the Chicago machine, it is no secret that the Chicago GOP that does exist, along with the state Republican Party itself, is heavily influenced by democrats and democrat operatives. But it looks like one of their operatives got a little sloppy in this year's 2nd Ward Republican Committeeman race. A citizen journalist sends us the following: Mirlinda Vula Feierstein, Candidate for 2nd Ward Republican Committeeman sure has an interesting campaign strategy. In late January, concerned citizens of...
  • Ed Koch: Gingrich Gets It Right, NY Times Gets It Wrong on Israel

    12/20/2011 11:04:37 PM PST · by Publius804 · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 19 Dec 2011 | Edward Koch
    Almost everyone who lives in New York City knows that I am Jewish. Most know that I am a secular Jew who believes in God, the afterlife, reward and punishment, and that I hope to be rewarded. I have spent much of my professional life stressing how important it is for Jews to strengthen the Jewish-Catholic relationship. Jews should also convey their deep appreciation for the support that evangelical Protestants give to both Israel and the American Jewish community. Regrettably, a number of mainstream Protestant churches have been supportive of the Palestinians and Arab causes for years, and hostile to...
  • (The Mind of a Liberal): Random Rush Hour Sighting

    11/23/2011 8:23:03 AM PST · by Publius804 · 12 replies
    The Corner ^ | November 23, 2011 | Peter Kirsanow
    Driving to my office this morning, a car covered with more than half a dozen bumper stickers. From top to bottom, the three on the right side of the trunk: God Bless the Whole World. No Exceptions. It’s Never Right to Hit a Child. Keep Abortion Legal.
  • Listen Up, Boomers: The Backlash Has Begun

    11/14/2011 9:11:04 AM PST · by Publius804 · 93 replies
    The American Interest ^ | November 13, 2011 | Walter Russell Mead
    Talkin’ about my generation”: the Who song once expressed the hope and self confidence of the Baby Boomers as they reached biological if not emotional maturity. It was an attack on the older generation, a defense of the young, but it includes an ominous refrain: “Hope I die before I get old.” Already, perhaps, the shadow of generational failure hung over the twenty something Boomers. Those shadows have darkened considerably as the Boomer sun moves past the meridian and an unmistakable air of twilight infiltrates into the declining hours of the long Boomer day. Talking about our generation is not...
  • Jay-Z's 'Occupy All Streets' T-shirt line yanked after criticism about profits not benefiting 99%

    11/13/2011 8:31:01 AM PST · by Publius804 · 11 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | November 13 2011 | Rheana Murray
    Jay-Z's Occupy Wall Street T-shirt line has been pulled from Rocawear’s website just days after critics slammed the millionaire rapper for cashing in on the movement without promising to share a penny of profits with the 99%. The shirts, stamped with the phrase, “Occupy All Streets,” first appeared when Russell Simmons tweeted a picture of Jay-Z wearing one backstage at a concert. Rocawear announced on Thursday that it planned to sell the T-shirts for $22, but any trace of garments has now been wiped from the brand’s site. Backlash sparked when Jay-Z’s camp announced it had no plans to share...
  • Artist Frank Miller on the Occupy Wall Street Protests: ANARCHY

    11/12/2011 4:50:40 PM PST · by Publius804 · 27 replies
    Frank Miller Ink ^ | 11.7.2011 | Frank Miller
    Everybody’s been too damn polite about this nonsense: The “Occupy” movement, whether displaying itself on Wall Street or in the streets of Oakland (which has, with unspeakable cowardice, embraced it) is anything but an exercise of our blessed First Amendment. “Occupy” is nothing but a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists, an unruly mob, fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid false righteousness. These clowns can do nothing but harm America. “Occupy” is nothing short of a clumsy, poorly-expressed attempt at anarchy, to the extent that the “movement” – HAH! Some “movement”, except if the word “bowel” is attached - is...
  • Andrew Breitbart Targets Michael Moore In New Attack

    11/12/2011 4:36:35 PM PST · by Publius804 · 43 replies
    The Hollywod Reporter ^ | 11/11/2011 | Paul Bond
    Andrew Breitbart, famous for using the Internet to take down former Congressman Anthony Weiner and liberal organizations like ACORN, has Michael Moore in his crosshairs, metaphorically speaking. Breitbart, seizing on Moore’s embrace of Occupy Wall Street and his denial that he’s among the richest 1 percent of Americans, has posted five photos of Moore’s lavish vacation home on Lake Torch in Michigan. he blogger-provocateur also included a copy of the Antrim County property tax assessment, though with the address redacted, and apparently Moore’s “summer tax amount” owed on the property is $15,849. “No one begrudges Moore his wealth, but it...
  • George Will: Power of College Sports Threatens Education

    11/12/2011 8:49:23 AM PST · by Publius804 · 31 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11 Nov 2011 | George Will
    A few millennia from now, when archaeologists from an ascendant Brazil or Turkey or wherever sift the shards of American civilization and find the ruins of the Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich., they will wonder why a 109,901-seat entertainment venue was attached to an institution of higher education. Today, the accelerating preposterousness of big-time college football is again provoking furrowed brows and pursed lips. But there probably were few of either among the 20 million who Saturday night watched Alabama's student-athletes play those of LSU. These teams' head coaches' salaries are $4.6 million and $3.75 million, respectively, and their...
  • Pope’s Top Cardinal Forbids Justice & Peace From Issuing Documents Without Permission

    11/10/2011 12:03:07 PM PST · by Publius804 · 16 replies
    American Papist ^ | 11/10/11 | Thomas Peters
    Very notable news, via Vatican expert Sandro Magister, following the aftermath of the Justice & Peace’s ill-advised white paper (emphasis mine) Precisely when the G20 summit in Cannes was coming to its weak and uncertain conclusion, on that same Friday, November 4 at the Vatican, a smaller summit convened in the secretariat of state was doing damage control on the latest of many moments of confusion in the Roman curia. In the hot seat was the document on the global financial crisis released ten days earlier by the pontifical council for justice and peace. A document that had disturbed many,...
  • Where have the real men in this country gone?

    11/10/2011 7:13:06 AM PST · by Publius804 · 42 replies
    Adrienne's Corner ^ | November 9, 2011 | Adrienne
    All this brouhaha over Joe Paterno is obscuring the real problem. According to the Grand Jury report about the abuse of young boys by Jerry Sandusky, he was caught in the act at least twice by grown men. These men backed out of the room and did nothing to save the boy being raped. What kind of world do we live in that a man would turn his back on a criminal act being perpetrated on anyone - let alone a child? Mike McQueary, one of the men in question, is being criticized for not calling police. Calling police? A...
  • (More Generational Strife?) Retirement Wars

    11/10/2011 4:21:38 AM PST · by Publius804 · 65 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11.10.11 | David N. Bass
    Will Baby Boomers be the last generation to enjoy the modern concept of a leisure-filled retirement? It's a worthy question to ponder in light of a new Pew Research Center report showing a growing wealth gap between young and old in the United States. Using government data over the last 25 years, Pew found that households headed by those over 65 have made "dramatic gains" in economic well-being, while those headed by younger adults have fallen steadily behind. In 2009, elderly households possessed 42 percent more median net worth than their same-age counterparts had in 1984. Young adults veered in...
  • House GOP To Norquist: Our Tax Pledge Expired

    11/09/2011 2:59:09 PM PST · by Publius804 · 17 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 09 Nov 2011 | N/A
    Republican House members are increasingly separating themselves from Grover Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform, the interest group he leads. Specifically they’re disconnecting from ATR’s pledge to oppose any tax increase, The Hill reports. While some congressmen signed the pledge recently, others did so years ago. Norquist began the pledge in 1986. ATR cites 238 House signers of its Taxpayer Protection Pledge, but several House Republicans accuse the group of being underhanded about it and want to remove their names from the list. On its Internet display of the pledge’s signers, which includes all but six House Republicans, Americans for...
  • (Gen Y worse off?) When Hope Fails Dopes

    11/01/2011 11:47:42 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 13 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11.1.11 | David N. Bass
    Frank Sinatra once crooned about having the world on a string. Generation Y has grown up believing that parents, teachers, and bosses would tie that string around our collective fingers. Now that adult realities are hitting home, the frenzy isn't pretty. My generation -- those in their late teens, twenties, and early thirties -- is the most over-promised youthful cohort in American history. Our Boomer parents told us we could do and be anything, if we believed in ourselves. The government and higher-education establishment bolstered that misconception through excessive student loans, promising jobs, jobs, jobs if only we'd make passing...
  • The Case Against Pro-Life Physicians: Bias Begins at Med School Interview

    09/13/2011 4:16:43 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 25 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 09/08/2011 | DANIEL KUEBLER
    Imagine yourself, a senior in college, sitting in the middle of your dream medical-school interview. Because you have done your homework, the interview is going exceedingly well. You seem to have established a rapport with the interviewer, and your answers are crisp, clear and intelligent. It’s going so well that you are starting to feel confident regarding your chances of gaining admission. That is, until the interviewer hits you with this question: “Suppose a young pregnant woman and her boyfriend come to you seeking an abortion. What would you do?” What would you do? How would you answer? For pro-life...
  • Pope Encourages Catholic-Orthodox Collaboration in the New Evangelization

    09/04/2011 7:11:37 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 86 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 09/02/2011 | DAVID KERR
    VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — Pope Benedict XVI is encouraging Catholic and Orthodox Christians to work together in re-evangelizing traditionally Christian countries. “For a renewed proclamation of the Gospel in the modern world we need evangelizers animated by the same apostolic zeal of (St.) Paul,” the Pope said in a letter to mark the close of the 12th Inter-Christian Symposium. Over the past four days, the symposium has brought together both Catholic and Orthodox scholars in the Greek city of Thessaloniki to discuss the topic of “The Witness of the Church in the Modern World.” The Pope described the theme...
  • USCCB: HHS mandate 'unprecedented,' must be rescinded

    09/04/2011 7:03:35 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 28 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Sep. 01, 2011 | Nancy Frazier O'Brien
    WASHINGTON -- The federal government's mandate that all health insurance plans cover contraceptives and sterilization free of charge "represents an unprecedented attack on religious liberty" and creates "serious moral problems" that require its rescission, attorneys for the U.S. bishops said in comments submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services. In a 35-page comment submitted Aug. 31, Anthony Picarello and Michael Moses, general counsel and associate general counsel, respectively, for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called the HHS mandate "unprecedented in federal law and more radical than any state contraceptive mandate enacted to date." "Only rescission will eliminate...
  • Setback to church in adoption fight

    09/04/2011 6:59:14 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 12 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Aug. 30, 2011 | Tom Roberts
    The Catholic church has no “recognized legal right” to a contract with the state, a judge said in ruling that Illinois officials can legally cancel contracts with Catholic Charities over the church agency’s refusal to place adoptive children with same-sex couples. A lawyer for the church, however, said he will seek a stay of the ruling, arguing that Circuit Judge John Schmidt, in his Aug. 18 ruling, did not address the heart of the church’s argument that Catholic Charities comes under exercise of religion protections. The state moved to cancel the contracts after an Illinois law permitting civil unions went...
  • Revised Roman Missal binds Catholics across a 2,000-year history

    09/04/2011 6:41:18 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 13 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | Sep-1-2011 | Dennis Sadowski
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When the third edition of the English-language version of the Roman Missal is implemented at Advent, it will mark the continuing evolution of the eucharistic liturgy that began in the earliest days of the church. The most recent changes -- which more closely reflect "Liturgiam Authenticam" ("The Authentic Liturgy"), the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments' 2001 document on liturgical translations -- are unlikely to be the last, liturgists agree. From Aramaic to Greek to Latin to vernacular language after the Second Vatican Council, the Mass has evolved over 2,000 years in an effort to help...
  • Gay Military Magazine Coming to US Bases

    09/03/2011 2:50:53 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 86 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 02 Sep 2011 | N/A
    WASHINGTON — US officials have approved the distribution of a gay-themed magazine at Army and Air Force bases for the first time, coinciding with the end of a ban on openly gay troops, according to activists. OutServe Magazine, which caters to gay members of the armed forces, said it would deliver a special "repeal issue" on September 20, the day the prohibition against openly gay US service members is due to officially end. The upcoming edition will feature photos and biographies of nearly 100 service members who will be openly acknowledging their sexual orientation, the magazine said on its website...
  • Steve Forbes to Newsmax: Obama, Bernanke Must Go

    08/31/2011 10:12:33 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 17 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 31 Aug 2011 | Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter
    Former presidential candidate and Forbes magazine editor Steve Forbes tells Newsmax that President Obama’s planned economic reforms are “the definition of insanity” — repeating failed policies in the hopes that somehow they will become successful. In a wide-ranging exclusive interview, Forbes also declares that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke should have resigned a long time ago, says Obama will be a one-term president, and looks for significant and positive reforms in Washington after the 2012 elections. He also predicts the United States will make an “astonishing” move and return to a gold standard in the next five years, and says...
  • (RINO Alert): Huntsman: 2012 Rivals Politically on the 'Fringes'

    08/21/2011 10:37:20 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 31 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 21 Aug 2011 | N/A
    WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman says the U.S. is a "center-right" country politically and the public is "crying out for a sensible middle ground" — just what he says he offers. The former Utah governor says his Republican rivals as well as President Barack Obama are on the political "fringes." Huntsman says Obama is too liberal and there are Republican candidates who are too far to the right and have "zero substance." Huntsman, who's lagging in national polls, saves his harshest criticism for two of the candidates atop the 2012 pack — Texas Gov. Rick Perry and...
  • Al Cardenas: Obama Will Be Defeated in 2012

    08/20/2011 5:58:18 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 67 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 20 Aug 2011 | Jim Meyers and Ashley Martella
    Al Cardenas, chairman of the influential American Conservative Union, tells Newsmax.TV that President Barack Obama will “without doubt” go down to defeat when he seeks re-election in 2012 -- no matter what the media are saying. He also says Rep. Michele Bachmann will remain a force to be reckoned with in the Republican presidential nominating process, and says Sen. Marco Rubio could be a “difference maker” in the 2012 election if he is the GOP vice presidential candidate. Cardenas is the former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. His American Conservative Union is best known for sponsoring the annual...
  • Boomers Will Be Pumping Billions Into Anti-Aging Industry

    08/20/2011 5:05:02 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 34 replies
    lfdnews.com ^ | 08.20.2011 | N/A
    Baby boomers face of what used to be called the retirement age are offering 70 million members strong market for the legions of companies, entrepreneurs and plastic surgeons willing to take advantage of their “forever young” mode think, either through wrinkle creams, face lifts or training schemes. That adds to the potential bonanza. Market research firm Global Industry Analysts projects that fuel the boom in consumer base, “seeking to keep the dreaded signs of aging at bay,” will drive the U.S. market anti-aging products for about $ 80 million today to more than $ 114 billion by 2015. The baby...
  • Boomers Fleece Generation X with Social Security (December 12, 2001)

    08/13/2011 1:13:31 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 73 replies
    Cato.org ^ | December 12, 2001. | Thomas A. Firey
    Generation Xers and Gen-Yers like me have a hard time showing interest in what goes on in Washington. But we had better end our apathy -- and soon -- or we'll spend the rest of our lives paying for it. Members of the generation that came before us -- the Baby Boomers -- are trying to pull a scam under the guise of "protecting" Social Security. If they succeed, we -- and our children -- will be the poorer for it. Everyone knows Social Security is in trouble (and President Bush's Commission to Strengthen Social Security released its report on...
  • It's Bootstrap Time for Generation X

    08/13/2011 12:55:19 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 13, 2011 | Reed Galen
    Richard Ben Kramer’s seminal work on running for the presidency, What It Takes, introduced the idea of the ‘looking in the mirror’ moment. It was the second when an individual awoke, looked themselves in the eye, and decided that running the rigorous gauntlet of a campaign was worth it. I believe we as a country, and more specifically those of us in the Gen X cohort, are looking in the mirror today. The question facing us is essentially the same: do we have what it takes? Folks should be forgiven for asking, “For God’s sake, what’s next?” For any number...
  • What’s a ‘Neoconservative?’

    06/26/2011 11:16:48 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 38 replies
    The Souther Avenger ^ | June 23, 2011 | Jack Hunter
    My father suggested to me recently that it might be helpful to better explain what the term “neoconservative” means. “A lot of people don’t know,” he said. As usual, Dad was right. Though decades old, the mainstream use of the word neoconservative is relatively new. I mentally filed away my father’s suggestion agreeing that a layman’s explanation of “neoconservative” might be helpful when the time was right. The time is right—as the American intervention in Libya has drawn a clearer line between neoconservatives and conventional Republicans than any event in recent memory. The “neocons” believe American greatness is measured by...