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  • GOP needs Marco Rubio to ward off extinction

    05/15/2012 6:48:25 AM PDT · by SmileRight · 81 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 5/15/2012 | Kingsley Guy
    The Republican Party faces a threat to its existence. It’s not an ideological threat, but a demographic and mathematical one. Unless the GOP acts to change the math by broadening its appeal to minorities, it will cease being a major force in American politics. If you have any doubt about this, look at the numbers: In 1960, white Americans made up 94 percent of the electorate. By 2010, the figure had dropped to 75 percent. Among African-Americans, more than 90 percent vote Democratic, and in the 2008 presidential race, 96 percent chose President Obama. For Asian-Americans, a clear majority consistently...
  • 100 Most Popular Names of 2011

    05/14/2012 9:15:18 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 72 replies
    A lot of weight rides on the name you choose for your kid. And every year when the Social Security office releases the data on the most popular baby names, parents get upset. As a Michele who faced the extreme popularity of my name way back when, I'm here to tell you that if your child's name is on this list, it's going to be just fine. In fact, take pride in knowing your baby name choice won't be ridiculed.
  • Millennials Are Keeping The Economy Afloat One Splurge At A Time [technology addicted]

    05/14/2012 7:14:49 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 11 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | May 11, 2012 | Julie Halpert
    John T. Rogers, age 26, grew up in rural West Texas, raised by a single mother who often worked three jobs to make ends meet. He says his 59-year-old mother remains fiscally conservative, refusing to spend a dime on herself, though she now earns a respectable income. But when it comes to spending, Rogers is not following in her footsteps. "Not to knock J.C. Penney's, but I definitely wanted to step up my style," he said. Earning $46,000 a year as a communications manager for a private, non-profit university in Denver hasn't held him back. He bought a hybrid Lexus...
  • Who Killed Men's Hats?

    05/13/2012 7:42:53 PM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 105 replies
    NPR ^ | May 4, 2012 | Robert Krulwich
    ... So what happened? Why did guys stop wearing headgear in midcentury America? The turning point, most people say, was John F. Kennedy's inauguration. Before Kennedy, all presidents wore top hats on their first day at work. Kennedy brought one, but hardly ever put it on. Fashionistas say Kennedy, one of our most charismatic presidents, made hats un-happen. And, chronologically speaking, after JFK, guys everywhere, even balding ones like astronaut John Glenn, went topless. But I am the son of a hat designer. And my father, Allen S. Krulwich, had a different explanation. The president who de-hatted America, he thought,...
  • National Study: Teen"Heavy" Marijuana Use Up 80 Percent Since 2008...

    05/02/2012 4:19:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 5/2/12
    Only Half of Teens, 51 Percent, Now Say They See "Great Risk" in Using Marijuana Regularly ~Teen Abuse of Rx and Over-The-Counter Medicines Remain at Dangerous Levels~ New, nationally projectable survey results released today by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation found that past-month marijuana use -particularly heavy use - has increased significantly among U.S. high school students since 2008.
  • For first time since Depression, more Mexicans leave U.S. than enter

    04/28/2012 4:15:12 PM PDT · by arthurus · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 23, 2012 | Tara Bahrampour
    “I think the massive boom in Mexican immigration is over and I don’t think it will ever return to the numbers we saw in the 1990s and 2000s,” said Douglas Massey, a professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University and co-director of the Mexican Migration Project, which has been gathering data on the subject for 30 years. Nearly 1.4 million Mexicans moved from the United States to Mexico between 2005 and 2010,
  • New estimates show black men gain, women lose in longevity

    04/20/2012 7:34:22 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | April 19, 2012 | Diane C. Lade and Dana Williams
    Black men in South Florida have made tremendous strides in longevity, according to new estimates released Thursday. Those born in 2009 could expect to live 7 years longer than those born two decades earlier. But researchers with the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation — who calculated lifespans in every U.S. county in 1989, 1999 and 2009 — also said there was troubling news. The numbers show women's lifespan gains have slowed to a crawl nationwide. Also, how long one might live varies hugely among counties in the same state, hinting at differences in healthcare access.
  • Young Americans turn away from driving

    04/19/2012 1:36:22 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 48 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 04.19.12 | Shannon Bond and Jason Abbruzzese
    Young Americans are eschewing cars for alternative transport, leaving carmakers to wonder if this is a recession-induced trend or a permanent shift in habits. For generations of American teenagers, the car was the paramount symbol of independence. But in the age of Facebook and iPhones, young adults are getting fewer drivers’ licences, driving less frequently and moving to cities where cars are more luxury than necessity. Figures from the Federal Highway Administration show the share of 14 to 34-year-olds without a driver’s licence rose to 26 per cent in 2010, from 21 per cent a decade earlier, according to a...
  • Many hybrid-car owners buy once -- but not again, Polk study says

    04/09/2012 3:22:24 PM PDT · by dila813 · 45 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 9, 2012, 10:13 a.m. | Jerry Hirsch
    While the choice of fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles for sale in the U.S. continues to grow, more buyers than not are deciding against the technology when they go to buy another car. Only 35% of hybrid vehicle owners chose to purchase a hybrid again when they returned to the market in 2011, according to auto information company R.L. Polk & Co.
  • The new American household: 3 generations, 1 roof

    04/09/2012 1:29:14 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 65 replies
    http://money.cnn.com ^ | 4/9/2012 | Les Christie
    As the economy continues to take a toll on consumers' finances, a growing number of people are discovering that becoming roommates with mom and dad, or a 20- or 30-something son or daughter, helps to ease some of the financial pain in tough times. As of 2010, 4.4 million U.S. homes held three generations or more under one roof, a 15% increase from 3.8 million households two years earlier, according to the latest data available from the Census Bureau. For multi-generational households, there is typically a nice payoff. Not only do they save money, but they are better able to...
  • 'The Hunger Games' ' bread and circuses

    04/05/2012 8:03:40 AM PDT · by SmithL · 50 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/5/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    It's not until the final book of "The Hunger Games" trilogy that Katniss Everdeen learns that Panem, the capital of her dystopian world, comes from the Latin, "Panem et circenses." The phrase "bread and circuses," her mentor tells her, comes from a Roman writer who lamented that "in return for full bellies and entertainment, his people had given up their political responsibilities and therefore their power."
  • Happy Pi Day

    03/15/2012 9:15:19 AM PDT · by Razzz42 · 8 replies
    Armstrong Economics ^ | March 14, 2012 | By Martin Armstrong
    Danielle, who is my right hand assistant that manages my life, pointed out to me that born on today which is called “Pi Day” in most math classes was none other than Albert Einstein (March 14th, 1879 – April 18th, 1955). While he taught in Princeton, I was far too young to have ever met him. Although his IQ score was 160, there are many others who score much higher in different fields. Yet the key to Einstein’s mind lies not in his theory of Relativity, but in his Five Maxims for Achieving Excellence. 1. Imagination is more important than...
  • Where Has All the English Gone?

    03/14/2012 5:36:22 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 14, 2012 | Susanne M. Reyto
    Editor’s note: More information on the unholy alliance’s campaign to silence critics of the jihadi threat can be found in David Horowitz and Robert Spencer’s pamphlet, “Islamophobia: Thought Crime of the Totalitarian Future,” available in our bookstore. For a person like me who learned English as a second language, the current trend of inventing new meanings for words is a disturbing phenomenon. Our vocabulary is transforming, particularly in politics, where the new interpretation of news and events is distorted to adversely affect reality. It started with our government demanding that we stop using certain words and specifying alternates. “Overseas contingency...
  • The last 401K Generation

    03/01/2012 5:41:11 PM PST · by Wicket · 67 replies · 59+ views
    Insurance Networking News/Reuters ^ | 3/1/2012 | Linda Stern
    (Reuters) - Will the baby boomers be the only generation to retire with 401(k) plans? It could happen. Last week many of the nation's biggest thinkers on retirement got together in a Senate hearing room to discuss the future of pensions and retirement. There were representatives of unions, employers, financial services providers, government agencies and consumer groups. And the only thing they all seemed to agree on was this: The 401(k) plan has been sort of a failure. Those are strong words, and probably overstate the case. Current and future retirees now have some $4.3 trillion for retirement that wouldn't...
  • Cokie and Steve Roberts: Why tide has turned in favor of gay marriage [retread zot]

    03/01/2012 7:01:04 AM PST · by Short Bus · 41 replies · 7+ views
    Erie Times-News ^ | 3/1/12 | Cokie & Steve Roberts
    John Bohanan opposed a same-sex marriage law in the Maryland legislature last year, and the measure lost. But in February, the Democratic lawmaker decided to change his vote, and with his help, the bill narrowly passed. "Once I began to look at this through the eyes of my own kids and other young people, it became pretty clear," the father of four sons, ages 17 to 21, told the Washington Post. "You want them to have love, and if that's how they want to express it, you want them to be able to do it openly." Wade Kach, a conservative...
  • The Dumbest Generation: Gen Y's Political Stupidity In a Single Chart

    02/29/2012 5:41:47 AM PST · by NamVet71MP · 39 replies
    reason.com ^ | 12/17/2012 | Mike Riggs
    A new survey from the Pew Internet Center confirms every suspicion I harbor about people my age: Despite unprecedented access to information, technology, wealth, and food, we are basically retarded.
  • For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage

    02/20/2012 8:04:28 AM PST · by bigbob · 49 replies · 1+ views
    NYT ^ | 2-17-12 | JASON DePARLE and SABRINA TAVERNISE
    It used to be called illegitimacy. Now it is the new normal. After steadily rising for five decades, the share of children born to unmarried women has crossed a threshold: more than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage. Once largely limited to poor women and minorities, motherhood without marriage has settled deeply into middle America. The fastest growth in the last two decades has occurred among white women in their 20s who have some college education but no four-year degree, according to Child Trends, a Washington research group that analyzed government data. Among mothers of...
  • For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Out of Wedlock

    02/18/2012 5:00:14 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 179 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 17, 2012 | JASON DePARLE and SABRINA TAVERNISE
    LORAIN, Ohio — It used to be called illegitimacy. Now it is the new normal. After steadily rising for five decades, the share of children born to unmarried women has crossed a threshold: more than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage. Once largely limited to poor women and minorities, motherhood without marriage has settled deeply into middle America. The fastest growth in the last two decades has occurred among white women in their 20s who have some college education but no four-year degree, according to Child Trends, a Washington research group that analyzed government data....
  • Spare tires may become obsolete

    01/31/2012 10:21:13 AM PST · by MamaDearest · 94 replies · 1+ views
    KXLH.com ^ | January 30, 2011 | Evan Weborg
    If you're in the market for a new set of wheels, you might be surprised to find out that your spiffy new car may not have spare tire - and instead be equipped with a sealant kit. In 2010 the U.S. Department of Transportation required new vehicles to meet certain fuel efficiency standards. In order to meet the new mandate, some car makers are doing away with traditional spare tires and the corresponding tools to bring the car's overall weight down. Tara Hanley of AAA MountainWest noted, "Our first concern was that motorists were aware of it and that they...
  • Murder not a top cause of death, a first in 45 yrs

    01/11/2012 9:49:01 AM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    ap ^ | jan 11, 2012 | MIKE STOBBE
    For the first time in 45 years, homicide has fallen off the list of the nation's top causes of death... the murder rate fell enough in 2010 to drop it out of the top 15 causes. Criminologists have not reached a consensus about what's been driving murder rates down
  • Barnes & Noble may split off Nook business (Liberal bookseller preparing for Chapter 11?)

    01/05/2012 6:14:02 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/5/12 | Brad Dorfman
    Bookstore owner Barnes & Noble Inc (BKS.N) on Thursday said it is considering splitting off its Nook electronic reader business, which has been the main growth engine for the company.
  • Facebook Cited in One-Third of Divorces

    01/02/2012 11:50:35 AM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    BJL ^ | 1/2/12 | John Stevens
    Facebook is becoming a major factor in marriage breakdowns and is increasingly being used as a source of evidence in divorce cases, according to lawyers. The social networking site was cited as a reason for a third of divorces last year in which unreasonable behaviour was a factor, according to law firm Divorce-Online. The firm said it had seen a 50 per cent jump in the number of behaviour-based divorce petitions that contained the word ‘Facebook’ in the past two years.
  • Partisan Trends: Number of Democrats Falls to All-Time Low

    01/02/2012 10:28:48 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies
    rasmussenreports.com ^ | January 02, 2012 | Rasmussen
    The number of Republicans in the country increased by a percentage point in December, while the number of Democrats fell back two points to the lowest level ever recorded by Rasmussen Reports. During December, 35.4% of Americans considered themselves Republicans. That’s up from 34.3% in November and just below the high for the year of 35.6% reached in May. At the same time, just 32.7% of adults said they were Democrats, down from 34.9% in November. The previous low for Democrats was 33.0% in August of this year.
  • Why Best Buy is Going out of Business...Gradually

    01/02/2012 9:56:28 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 141 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 1/02/2012 | Larry Downes
    Electronics retailer Best Buy is headed for the exits. I can’t say when exactly, but my guess is that it’s only a matter of time, maybe a few more years. Consider a few key metrics. Despite the disappearance of competitors including Circuit City, the company is losing market share. Its last earnings announcement disappointed investors. In 2011, the company’s stock has lost 40% of its value. It’s forward P/E is a mere 6.23 (industry average is 10.20). Its market cap down to less than $9 billion. Its average analyst rating, according to The Street.com, is a B-. Those are just...
  • As '11 Ends, 11 Charts Of 11 Disturbing 11 Year Trends

    12/30/2011 3:23:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/30/2011 | Tyler Durden
    As we pop the corks of our proverbial champagne this weekend with an eye to a better year ahead, perhaps it is worth thinking about these 11 incredible trends that have evolved in a rather disturbing manner over the last 11 years. As John Lohman points out, the 21st century has not been pretty for ongoing centrally planned attempts to defer the 30 year overdue mean reversion.            
  • New York Times: Domestic Box Office Attendance Drops 11.3% Over Two Years

    12/26/2011 8:20:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 124 replies · 1+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | December 26, 2011 | John Nolte
    According to the New York Times, even with upwards of 40 blockbusters released in 3D (meaning much higher ticket prices), box office revenues in North America dropped 4.5% this year. In worse news, overall attendance dropped 5.3%, which means that over the last two years attendance has dropped a whopping 11.3%. When you lose over 10% of your customers in just two years, something is horribly wrong. When you combine that with plummeting DVD sales, you have an existential problem. The Times blames much of the problem on the economy, but as anemic as it’s been, the economy has improved...
  • The Top 10 tech trends for 2012

    12/19/2011 12:09:21 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 19 December 2011 | Pete Cashmore
    From the continuing rise of tablet devices to the daily-deals craze and the return of the Internet IPO, 2011 has been a transformative year for technology. The pace of change has become blisteringly fast, with traditional industries -- bookstores, video-rental chains, newspapers -- crumbling more quickly than we could have imagined. Predicting what will happen in 2012, therefore, is a shot in the dark: A year is virtually a lifetime in the digital era. And yet we can at least make a guess at what will happen in the early part of next year simply by looking at the trends...
  • 5 Baby Name Trends For 2012

    11/22/2011 12:29:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 105 replies · 1+ views
    Babble ^ | November 21, 2011 | Monica Bielanko
    I’ve always been fascinated by name trends. It’s interesting to see how certain names ebb and flow in popularity. The name game is tough to win. If you hop on a trend, it could be cool for the first few years but, chances are, that name is going to feel dated when your child is reaching adulthood. That’s why I’ve always passed over fads for classic names. However, when naming my son a classic name I inadvertently hopped aboard a Hollywood trend. A twofer! Rare! If you’re looking ahead to 2012 wondering what names are going to be all the...
  • A.D. 2041—End of White America?

    10/18/2011 10:58:48 PM PDT · by Shalmaneser · 80 replies
    Taki's Magazine ^ | October 17, 2011 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    John Hope Franklin, the famed black historian at Duke University, once told the incoming freshmen, “The new America in the 21st century will be primarily non-white, a place George Washington would not recognize.” In his June 1998 commencement address at Portland State, President Clinton affirmed it: “In a little more than 50 years, there will be no majority race in the United States.” The graduates cheered. The Census Bureau has now fixed at 2041 the year when whites become a minority in a country where the Founding Fathers had restricted citizenship to “free white persons” of “good moral character.” With...
  • R.I.P., America’s liberal-media elite (self-inflicted wounds kill their 'message'/agenda)

    10/19/2011 8:52:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/19/11 | Jon Friedman - MarketWatch
    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Someday, cultural historians will look back on the early 21st century and speculate about what killed the credibility of America’s so-called liberal-media elite. They will ask, Were the wounds self-inflicted or the product of a methodical plot? Make no mistake about it. We did this to ourselves. As a card-carrying member of the leftist media near-elite — alas, I’m not nearly rich or famous enough to be regarded as a 100% elitist — it pains me to see my brethren sinking like the sun in the west. But we have nobody to blame but ourselves. We’ve...
  • The Unattainable Illusion Never Changed

    09/25/2011 7:18:45 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 6 replies
    Things out there in the real world are getting pretty bad. The illusion of Marxism that handed the power to government to intervene and manipulate the people to control the economy is crumbling before our eyes falling to nothing but dust. This turn for the worst is being caused by a collapse in in government. The polls show we are approaching two-thirds of Americans don’t even trust government any more. This feeling is rising mutually on a global scale. While it is true that the Austrian School of Economics at least recognizes that there is a Business Cycle and “mainstream”...
  • Americans Vote Conservative--With Their Moving Vans

    08/31/2011 4:58:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 31, 2011 | Michael Medved
    Conservatives yearn for a big, clarifying electoral victory in November of 2012, but they’re already winning decisively whenever Americans vote with their feet--or their moving vans. New Census numbers show citizens fleeing by the millions from liberal states and flocking in comparable numbers to bastions of rightwing sentiment. Call it the Great Political Migration. Between 2009 and 2010 the five biggest losers in terms of “residents lost to other states” were all prominent redoubts of progressivism: California, New York, Illinois, Michigan and New Jersey. Meanwhile, the five biggest winners in the relocation sweepstakes are all commonly identified as “red states”...
  • New Study: Support for Gay Marriage Grew Faster in Past Two Years

    08/18/2011 5:11:54 PM PDT · by HerbieHoover · 12 replies
    US News ^ | 7/27/11 | Mallie Jane Kim
    Support for gay marriage increased at an accelerated rate over the past two years, according to a new bipartisan report released Wednesday.... According to the report, polling data from sources including Gallup, CNN/ORC, ABC/Washington Post, and Pew Research Center indicate that average support for legalizing gay marriage grew at a rate of approximately 1 percent per year between 1996 and 2009, but the rate increased to 5 percent growth per year from 2009 to 2011. "That's actually a 500 percent increase in the rate of change," Benenson said at a press conference. "We rarely see that kind of upward spike...
  • Why America’s Young And Restless Will Abandon Cities For Suburbs

    07/22/2011 9:41:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/22/2011 | Joel Kotkin
    For well over a decade urban boosters have heralded the shift among young Americans from suburban living and toward dense cities. As one Wall Street Journal report suggests, young people will abandon their parents’ McMansions for urban settings, bringing about the high-density city revival so fervently prayed for by urban developers, architects and planners. Some demographers claim that “white flight” from the city is declining, replaced by a “bright flight” to the urban core from the suburbs. “Suburbs lose young whites to cities,” crowed one Associated Press headline last year. Yet evidence from the last Census show the opposite: a...
  • Howard Dean" The Future “Does Not Belong to the Tea Party, Over 55, White and Christian” – Video

    06/20/2011 12:11:58 PM PDT · by Justaham · 39 replies
    <p>Here is video of Democrat Howard Dean speaking at the Leftist “Netroots Nation” Conference last week. Dean bashed the Tea Party, people who are “over 55,” “white and Christian,” saying “the future” does not belong to them. Ironically, he accused them of “hate,” referring to them as “religious bigots,” even as he spoke with disdain of all things conservative and Christian.</p>
  • Is Facebook peaking in the US?

    06/18/2011 5:30:35 AM PDT · by upchuck · 59 replies
    FT Tech Hub ^ | June 13, 2011 | Tim Bradshaw
    Facebook lost nearly 6m users in the US last month, according to figures from Inside Facebook, sparking fresh concern that the social network’s growth is slowing. Total monthly active users on the site still grew by 1.7 per cent between the beginning of May and early June, taking its total to 687m, according to Inside Facebook, part of the Inside Network, which provides news and analytics tools for social media, virtual goods and mobile apps.But in the US there was a drop for the first time in a year, from 155.2m to 149.4m during the month of May. Canada also...
  • The Death of the McMansion-When housing market returns, we'll want smaller homes closer together

    05/30/2011 9:29:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 172 replies
    Slate ^ | May 11, 2011 | Witold Rybczynski
    The U.S. housing market is going through an adjustment of historic proportions. Before 2006, when the housing slump commenced, American home builders regularly built as many as 2 million new houses annually, rarely less than a million. This amount was needed to keep up with new household formation, immigration, homeowners moving up, and replacement due to obsolescence. Since then the number of new houses built has dropped drastically—the seasonally adjusted annual figure announced by the federal government in February 2011 was about 400,000! What's going on? The recession, obviously. High unemployment and unease about the economy have made potential first-time...
  • Gay Marriage Opponents Now in ZOT

    04/21/2011 4:42:01 AM PDT · by technonerd · 89 replies · 1+ views
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | 4-20-11 | Nate Silver
    A poll from CNN this week is the latest to show a majority of Americans in favor of same-sex marriage, with 51 percent saying that marriages between gay and lesbian couples “should be recognized by the law as valid” and 47 percent opposed. This is the fourth credible poll in the past eight months to show an outright majority of Americans in favor of gay marriage.... As we noted last August, support for gay marriage seems to have been increasing at an accelerated pace over the past couple of years. Below is an update to the graph from last year’s...
  • Multiculturalism Starts Losing Its Luster

    03/30/2011 2:48:19 AM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 11 replies
    City Journal ^ | 2004 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Multiculturalism rests on the supposition - or better, the dishonest pretense - that all cultures are equal and that no fundamental conflict can arise between the customs, mores, and philosophical outlooks of two different cultures. [In this highly acclaimed article Dalrymple details the tensions, hatreds, and sometimes violence and rioting that have emerged when Muslim immigrants - encouraged by the state - have refused to be assimilated into the European culture they themselves chose to adopt. In terms of language, law, tribal and sociological customary these subcultures now threaten to undo the traditional bonds that have held cultures and civilizations...
  • The Conservative States of America

    03/29/2011 3:04:33 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 43 replies · 4+ views
    the atlantic ^ | 3/29/11 | Richard Florida
    America is an increasingly conservative nation, by ideology and by political affiliation, according to polling results from the Gallup Organization. While conservatives have long outnumbered liberals and moderates across the U.S., the study sheds new light on state-by-state patterns. The map below shows the pattern for the 50 states. Mississippi is the first state with more than 50% conservative identification, with Idaho, Alabama, Wyoming, and Utah approaching that level, and Arkansas, South Carolina, North Dakota, Louisiana, and South Dakota (the rest of the top ten conservative states) 45% or higher. Conservatives outnumber liberals in even the most liberal-leaning states (excluding...
  • US CENSUS DATA: Black Americans Are Moving South.

    03/28/2011 8:57:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/28/2011 | John Ellis
    Black Americans are leaving northern states and relocating in the south, US census data show. Blacks are not just leaving Michigan, as one would expect. They are leaving New York and Illinois and the two major cities therein: New York City and Chicago. The New York Times reports that those leaving tend to be "younger and better educated." Walter Mead has a long post today on what this reversal of "the great migration" means for the "Big Blue" model of Democratic Party governance. Here's an excerpt: "The failure of blue social policy to create an environment which works for Blacks...
  • More than half of US adults use Facebook: study (Do you?)

    03/26/2011 11:07:09 AM PDT · by decimon · 96 replies
    AFP ^ | March 25, 2011 | Unknown
    SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – More than half of US adults use online social networking service Facebook, according to an upcoming study. A report by Edison Research and Arbitron Inc. to be released on April 5 includes the finding that 51 percent of US residents age 12 or older have profiles set up at Facebook.
  • Hispanic students attain majority in Texas schools

    03/23/2011 6:23:14 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 30 replies
    El Paso Times | 23 March 2011 | Daniel Borunda and Zahira Torres
    Link only to EL Paso Times article. High School graduation rates for Hispanics are dismal. Along the Texas-Mexico border they are the worst in the state and nation.
  • You Won't Believe How Many Viewers Fox News Lost In 2010

    03/14/2011 12:11:02 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 153 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/14/2011 | Business Insider
    Has the influence of cable news peaked? That's the conclusion of PEWs Project for Excellence in Journalism. According to their 2011 State of the News Media study all four cable networks saw their prime-time audiences fall in 2010. MSNBC, Fox, HLN, and CNN lost between 39,000 and 331,000 viewers as cable -- the fourth most popular platform for news -- showed signs of becoming less important. Fox News lost a whopping 11% of its prime time viewers (234,000 viewers), but that's not even the worst performance of the cablers. See who lost the most viewers >>
  • Is white the new black?

    03/11/2011 7:47:22 AM PST · by SmithL · 37 replies · 1+ views
    SFGate ^ | 3/11/11 | Jeff Yang, Special to SF Gate
    As white Americans move into the minority, some are claiming they're the ones now subject to racial oppression. Do they have a case? For a small, nerdy cluster of folk -- social science and cultural studies wonks, market researchers, armchair political pundits -- this month is the Super Bowl, Oscars and Olympics rolled into one. That's because the next few weeks will see the gradual, yet grand unveiling of data from the 2010 U.S. Census, an event literally 10 years in the making. The direction the numbers are headed isn't likely to be surprising: The trend line of increasing racial...
  • Using Gas Prices to Forecast the Unemployment Trend

    03/09/2011 7:09:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Previously, we found that the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. can be used to forecast what the U.S. unemployment rate will be about two years ahead in time. Since then, gasoline prices have been rising pretty significantly across the U.S. and are predicted to rise even further, so today, we're presenting a tool based upon our analysis that you can use to anticipate what the jobs situation will be like two years from now. To find out, enter the latest average price of a gallon of gas in the U.S. into the tool as well...
  • Men Falling Behind Women (in Schools and Employment)

    03/06/2011 10:08:04 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 80 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 3/5/2011 | Lester Holt
    Where did all the men go? Once the vast majority, they now make up just over 40 percent of the nation's college students. And it’s not just college. Women dominate high school honor rolls and make up more than 70 percent of class valedictorians. And where are the men going? [snip] Experts used to explain away the college gender imbalance by noting that men had plenty of high-paying job opportunities to them in manufacturing and construction, but then came the last recession. The numbers are staggering: 78 percent of the jobs lost since 2007 were held by men, leaving one...
  • Where Have All the Presbyterians Gone?

    02/06/2011 9:39:22 PM PST · by Cronos · 90 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4-Feb-2011 | Russell D Moore
    Are we witnessing the death of America's Christian denominations? Studies conducted by secular and Christian organizations indicate that we are. Fewer and fewer American Christians, especially Protestants, strongly identify with a particular religious communion—Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, etc. According to the Baylor Survey on Religion, nondenominational churches now represent the second largest group of Protestant churches in America, and they are also the fastest growing...
  • Gerald Celente Says History Is Repeating: First Comes Depression, Then World War

    02/04/2011 8:49:19 AM PST · by blam · 73 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-4-2011 | Gus Lubin
    Gerald Celente Says History Is Repeating: First Comes Depression, Then World War Gus Lubin Feb. 4, 2011, 11:05 AM Trend forecaster Gerald Celente says his theory that history is repeating is coming true. Specifically he points to austerity riots and food riots as manifestations of the sort of tensions that led to the Second World War, in an interview with King World News. "The experts… are saying what's going on in Tunisia and Egypt, this is going on in Arab nations. Nah, this is the beginning of something much greater. Figure it out. Civil wars to regional wars to world...
  • American Muslim population expected to double by 2030

    01/27/2011 3:00:40 PM PST · by kingattax · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 01/27/2011 | Chris Moody
    The American Muslim population will more than double to 6.2 million over the next two decades, according to new estimates from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Attributed largely to immigration and higher fertility rates, the increase will bump the percentage of American Muslims to 1.7 percent of the population by 2030, placing the group at about the same size as American Jews and Episcopalians. If trends continue, by 2030 the United States will have a higher Muslim population than any European country other than Russia and France.