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  • GOP needs Marco Rubio to ward off extinction

    05/15/2012 6:48:25 AM PDT · by SmileRight · 81 replies ^ | 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 · 111 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 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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
    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 ^ | 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