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  • The Data Proves Marriage Matters

    03/28/2015 9:09:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | March 28, 2015 | Steve Deace
    Back before self-esteem spirit animals and pre-nup voodoo dominated the contents of free-form wedding vows, we had simple yet robust odes like ‘in sickness and in health’ and ‘for richer or poorer.’ The true magic of those words lies in their claim that the deepest reserves of sacrificial love can still be tapped when life’s trials are the most daunting. But there is another angle to consider when ‘for richer or poorer’ is weighed and measured in light of modern data. When it comes to viewing marriage as a kind of lottery ticket, richer stands out as a safe bet....
  • Cal’s Surprising Suggestion: ‘I Wish The Palins Would Leave The Stage For Awhile’

    02/21/2009 5:01:15 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 183 replies · 6,772+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    You might think that Cal Thomas, as a cultural conservative, would be among the least likely of pundits to call on Sarah Palin to get out of the spotlight for the time being. But Thomas did just that on Fox News Watch this evening. The topic at hand was Greta Van Susteren’s interview of Bristol Palin, and the way the MSM focused on Bristol’s comment that abstinence “is not realistic at all.” Cal was displeased that our culture treats having a child before or after marriage as morally equivalent choices. But his call for “the Palins”—which would clearly include Sarah...
  • It's Not Enough to Be 'Wanted'

    06/18/2007 9:27:39 PM PDT · by gpapa · 22 replies · 724+ views ^ | June 19, 2007 | John R. Lott Jr.
    The abortion debate usually centers on the morality of the act itself. But liberalizing abortion rules from 1969 to 1973 ignited vast social changes in America. With the perennial political debate over abortion again consuming the presidential campaign and the Supreme Court, it might be time to evaluate what Roe v. Wade has meant in practical terms.
  • Most Americans not Fit to Join

    03/13/2006 8:19:55 AM PST · by bnelson44 · 63 replies · 1,807+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3/13/06 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - Uncle Sam wants YOU, that famous Army recruiting poster says. But does he really? Not if you're a Ritalin-taking, overweight, Generation Y couch potato - or some combination of the above. As for that fashionable "body art" that the military still calls a tattoo, having one is grounds for rejection, too. With U.S. casualties rising in wars overseas and more opportunities in the civilian work force from an improved U.S. economy, many young people are shunning a career in the armed forces. But recruiting is still a two-way street - and the military, too, doesn't want most people...
  • Going Dutch? (Lessons of the same-sex marriage debate in the Netherlands)

    05/23/2004 1:39:24 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 19 replies · 9,974+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 31, 2004 | Stanley Kurtz
    Lessons of the same-sex marriage debate in the Netherlands.   ONLY A FEW YEARS AGO, two prominent demographers hailed the Dutch family as a model for Europe. Somehow the Dutch had managed to combine liberal family law and a robust welfare state with a surprisingly traditional attitude toward marriage. Even as a new pattern of highly unstable parental cohabitation was sweeping out of Scandinavia and across northern Europe, the Dutch were unswayed. To be sure, premarital cohabitation was widespread, but when Dutch couples decided to have children, they got married. At least they used to. Today, marriage is in...