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  • The Death Of Catholic Universities In America

    03/27/2015 6:41:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 3/26/15 | Dominic Lynch
    Catholic universities in America have lost sight of their institutional identities. Only direct intervention from the Vatican can reverse their decline.Catholic universities in America are typically regarded as offering a well-rounded education combined with one of the premier intellectual forces of the West: the Catholic Church, and its vast well of knowledge in almost every discipline. Unlike state-sponsored institutions, which can offer a quality education, Catholic universities have the advantage of a grounded and time-tested moral foundation. This foundation, and the discoveries, advances, and progress it has produced, is unrivaled in any other Western tradition. Secular universities, good though they...
  • McDonald's Latest Sales Are Worse Than Expected

    03/09/2015 4:13:51 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 212 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9 March 15 | Staff
    McDonald's MCD +0.6% worldwide sales fell a more than expected 1.7% in February, marking nine consecutive months of declines. This comes a week after new CEO Steve Easterbrook assumed the top job. Easterbrook, who has said he considers himself an ‘internal activist,’ is faced with reviving the lagging sales that cost previous CEO Don Thompson his job. U.S. sales fell 4%, as the fast food giant continues to face heavy competition from fast casual chains like Chipotle and Panera. “Consumer needs and preferences have changed,” said the company in a statement. “McDonald’s current performance reflects the urgent need to evolve...
  • Can the GOP survive on white voters alone? Party's future depends on being more inclusive

    03/05/2015 8:11:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Redding Record-Searchlight ^ | February 26, 2015 | Dick Meyer
    “The Republican Party as we know it cannot survive,” according to Emory University political scientist Alan Abramowitz. Note the caveat: “as we know it.” The Republican Party we know today can barely get 20 percent of the non-white vote in presidential elections. That kind of political party can’t survive precisely because it is the non-white population that is growing, much faster than the white population. By 2044, the United States will be a majority-minority country; there will be more non-whites than whites. The word “minority” will probably be mothballed by then. Unless the GOP can figure out how to stop...
  • I don't even know who you are anymore

    03/01/2015 6:11:22 AM PST · by rktman · 83 replies
    americanthinker ^ | 3/1/2015 | John Redding
    The America that I love has been changing, but it wasn’t until Feb. 26 that I was struck with the realization that I don’t recognize my country anymore. That was the day three FCC commissioners, without revealing the regulations or taking public comment, decided to take regulatory control of the internet.
  • Planned Parenthood Permanently Closes Abortion Clinics in New York and Washington

    01/23/2015 7:47:33 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | 1/22/15 | Cheryl Sullenger
    As pro-life supporters from around the nation gather in Washington, D.C. today to mark the 42nd memorial of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion in the U.S., Operation Rescue announces that two more abortion facilities have permanently closed. “Today, as pro-lifers, we should be encouraged that our efforts have not been in vain. Abortion clinics are closing in record numbers due to their tireless work of men, women, and young people all across this nation,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “America is beginning to reject abortion, and that is evidenced in closed clinics and...
  • U.S. Birth Rate Remains at all time Low

    01/20/2015 2:05:43 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 30 replies
    CBS News ^ | Jan 16, 2015
    The U.S. birth rate remained at an all-time low in 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.
  • 35 Things Wrong With America

    01/16/2015 9:40:01 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 22 replies
    Return of Kings ^ | January 12, 2015 | Roosh Valisadeh
    See list. Sooooo true!
  • First Comes the ‘Marriage Gap,’ Then Comes the ‘Baby Gap’

    01/15/2015 10:25:30 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 15, 2015 | NEIL SHAH
    There’s a widening gap between the baby-having of married women, who tend to be more educated and more affluent, and their less-educated, less-financially-secure, unmarried peers. A growing body of research, including work by Johns Hopkins University sociologist Andrew Cherlin, raises the possibility that because people like to feel financially secure before taking the marriage plunge, the rise of income inequality has divided Americans into those who marry and those who don’t. Now this could be playing out with childbearing, too. America’s recessionary “baby bust” has clearly leveled off now, but we’ve yet to see the birth recovery one would expect...
  • Jews Continue To Flee Democratic Party

    01/08/2015 12:33:16 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 86 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/8/14 | BLAKE NEFF
    The exodus of Jewish Americans from the Democratic Party continued in 2014, with only 61 percent of Jews identifying with the party last year, according to a new poll released Tuesday by Gallup. Sixty-one percent may seem high, compared to 31 percent of the general public who identify as Democrats, but that’s a 3 percent dip from 2013, and a huge drop from 2008, when 71 percent of Jews said they were Democrats. The Democrats’ loss is the GOP’s gain. In 2014, 29 percent of Jews said they were Republicans, up 1 percent from 2013 and a 7 percent rise...
  • "We Are Extremely Over-Retailed" Picturing The Death Of America's Malls

    01/06/2015 7:33:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 109 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/05/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Starting in the mid-1990s, "the mall genie was out of the bottle," says one mall analyst, "and it was never going to come back." While about 80% of the country’s 1,200 malls are considered healthy (vacancy rates of 10% or less), that compares with 94% in 2006; and more than 30 million square feet of malls are more than 40% empty, a threshold that signals the beginning of what one one analyst called "the death spiral." As The NY Times reports, like beached whales, dead malls draw fascination as well as dismay, "nobody ever thinks a mall is going to...
  • Box Office Drops 5% in 2014: What’s Behind the Fall

    01/02/2015 5:41:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Variety ^ | January 1, 2014 | Brent Lang
    Without Iron Man, Batman or James Bond to bolster ticket sales, the overall box office plunged 5.2% in 2014, topping out at $10.3 billion domestically. Audiences cooled to Hollywood offerings, voting with their feet as attendance dropped by an estimated 6% to 1.26 billion, the lowest figure in nearly two decades. “This was the most flabbergasting year ever,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with Rentrak. “The good news is that the movie business had a great year in 2013. A record breaker. The bad news was that in 2014, it was measured against that success.” Although there were some...
  • Republican Warning Confirmed: De Blasio Taking New York Back to High-Crime 1970

    12/23/2014 7:25:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/23/2014 | Susan L.M. Goldberg
    Apparently smear ads during campaigns can sometimes tell the truth. Compare Republican Joe Lhota’s ad from the 2013 New York City mayoral campaign to the big, fat Drudge header captured below. The article linked reads in part: New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton said Monday that tensions in the city are echoing those in the 1970s — a fear he expressed only days prior to the ambush killings of two police officers.“Who would’ve ever thought déjà vu all over again, that we would be back where we were 40-some-odd years ago,” Bratton said in an interview on NBC’s “Today.”...
  • Obama Support Among Military Plummets to 15 Percent

    12/22/2014 11:59:12 AM PST · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | Dec. 22, 2014 | John Fund
    For the last nine years, the Military Times newspaper has surveyed an average of 2,300 active-duty service members. Their latest poll has just been released and concludes that “Obama’s popularity — never high to begin with — has crumbled, falling from 35 percent in 2009 to just 15 percent this year, while his disapproval ratings have increased to 55 percent from 40 percent over that time.” Much of the opposition to Obama has come from military members who believe he has been an inconsistent and flawed leader in foreign policy — for example, his 2011 removal of all troops in...
  • Americans aren’t getting married, and researchers think porn is part of the problem

    12/22/2014 8:22:56 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 199 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/21/2014 | By Roberto A. Ferdman
    There could be an unlikely contributor to the decline of marriage in this country. And it's free pornography on the Internet. A team of researchers, who published their findings in The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Germany, determined that the rise of free Internet pornography is not only correlated with a pronounced decline in percentage of young adult males who are married, but might actually be contributing to the trend. "The results in this paper suggest that such an association exists, and that it is potentially quite large," the study notes. The researchers used data from the...
  • Latinos View GOP More Favorably than Democratic Party in New Poll

    12/17/2014 10:34:33 AM PST · by dignitasnews · 14 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | December 17, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    In a new Washington Post poll released today, American Latinos have a more favorable view of the GOP, besting the Democratic Party among the nations fastest growing demographic group. In a survey conducted between December 11-14, 52 percent of Hispanic Americans view the Republican Party favorably, while 37 percent have an unfavorable view of the Party of Lincoln. In contrast, 40 percent of Latinos have an unfavorable view of the Democratic Party, while 48 percent rate them favorable. The poll suggests that large numbers of Americans, of all demographic groups, are moving toward the right, as the GOP holds a...
  • Millennials exit the federal workforce as government jobs lose their allure

    12/15/2014 7:42:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/15/14 | Lisa Rein
    Six years after candidate Barack Obama vowed to make working for government “cool again,” federal hiring of young people is instead tailing off and many millennials are heading for the door. The share of the federal workforce under the age of 30 dropped to 7 percent this year, the lowest figure in nearly a decade, government figures show. With agencies starved for digital expertise and thousands of federal jobs coming open because of a wave of baby-boomer retirements, top government officials, including at the White House, are growing increasingly distressed about the dwindling role played by young workers. “Millennials are
  • Spotify Predicts Music’s Stars Of 2015

    12/11/2014 2:13:03 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 35 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | posted on Dec. 10, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. | Reggie Ugwu
    They may not have a crystal ball, but the folks at Spotify do have the next best thing: heaps and heaps of hot, fresh listener data. ...Here’s who’s next up, according to Spotify. Pell Břrns Raury The Bohicas Mikky Ekko Seinabo Sey Houndmouth Ezra Vine Kim Cesarion MisterWives James Bay Ryn Weaver George Ezra Young Fathers Catfish and the Bottlemen MLKMN Francesco Yates AURORA
  • God’s Work? A new poll suggests Americans aren’t so confident in their creationism.

    12/08/2014 1:03:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Slate ^ | 12/08/2014 | By William Saletan
    In a dozen polls taken from 1982 to 2014, Gallup has asked Americans to choose among three views of evolution. One view is that humans “developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process.” Another view is that humans “developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process.” The third option is that “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.” In that three-decade span, the young-Earth creationist option has always...
  • The U.S. Electorate since 1982 in 12 graphs

    12/02/2014 6:35:45 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 12-1-14 | David Freddoso
    •The 2014 election and the long-term trends •Whither the Hispanic vote? •Catholics drop out of the Democratic coalition. Amid the tangled lines above,[below] we see the trends of America’s voters over the last 32 years. The chart measures something very specific: How much larger (or smaller) a Democratic margin of victory has grown in each of several different voting groups for U.S. House in the last 17 elections. For example: If Democrats won women by three points in an election Republicans won by six points, women were nine points more Democratic than the average voter in that election. And if...
  • 2014 Is on Track to Be the Hottest Year Ever on Record (Says NOAA)

    11/30/2014 3:22:02 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 61 replies
    Take Part ^ | November 30, 2014 23:17 GMT | Kristina Bravo
    NOAA says that the first 10 months of the calendar have been the warmest in more than 130 years. The weather outside has been frightful, but not because it’s cold. According to a new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this year is shaping up to be the hottest since scientists began keeping record more than 130 years ago. The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature from January to October was 1.22 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 20th century average of 57.4 degrees Fahrenheit. “Record warmth for the year-to-date was particularly notable across much of northern...
  • Pot-Positive Traffic Fatalities Up 100% in Colorado

    11/30/2014 6:03:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 293 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 26, 2014 - 9:48 AM | Cully Stimson
    … The data coming out of Colorado is exhibit A on why voters should reject legalization efforts. Even the Democratic governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, said that legalizing marijuana in Colorado was “reckless.” As I have written at Heritage, pot-positive traffic fatalities have gone up 100 percent since voters legalized pot in Colorado. This is true despite the fact that overall traffic fatalities in Colorado have gone down since 2007. A report by a federal grant-funded agency in Colorado found seven specific negative side effects that pot legalization has caused in Colorado: the majority of DUI drug arrests involve marijuana;youth...
  • Netflix CEO: Broadcast TV Will Be Dead By 2030

    11/28/2014 9:18:30 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 145 replies
    Beat Beat ^ | 11/28/14 | Jack Smith IV
    Nielsen Ratings are going to finally factor in Netflix traffic. Reed Hastings thinks it's too little, too late.
  • O.C. is less Republican than it used to be

    11/18/2014 8:33:21 AM PST · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | November 18, 2014 | Martin Wisckol and Keegan Kyle
    Orange County continued its trend toward an electorate that looks more like the rest of the Democratic state when it supported Proposition 47 – which reduces some non-violent felonies to misdemeanors – with 53 percent of the vote. Republicans had a good mid-term election nationwide and in Orange County wrested two state legislative seats from Democrats. But a Register analysis of Prop. 47 found a broader ongoing shift of county voters. The county GOP advantage over Democrats has steadily declined from 22 percentage points in 1990 to 9 points today, with little indication that the slide’s end is in sight....
  • Do you wonder why elections don't turn out the way they should? (vanity)

    11/04/2014 7:57:41 AM PST · by Baynative · 8 replies
    Google ^ | Nov 4 '14 | Google staff
    Take a look at this informative website. It shows all the races and the most frequent search trends that voters are using to learn about candidates. We have seen the enemy...
  • Why Europe is doomed, in 3 paragraphs

    10/27/2014 6:52:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/27/2014 | By Matt O'Brien
    This, from Reuters, tells you everything you need to know about Europe's continued descent into depression: According to German officials, Merkel felt betrayed by Draghi's speech at a central banking conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in August in which he pressed Berlin for looser fiscal policy to stimulate the economy. Her entourage is also deeply skeptical about Draghi's plan to buy up asset-backed securities (ABS) and covered bonds in the hope of encouraging commercial banks to lend. Most of all, politicians in Berlin worry that if this scheme doesn't work, the ECB president will be tempted to launch full-blown government...
  • Lapsed Catholics weigh in on why they left Church

    10/27/2014 5:08:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 66 replies
    OSV ^ | October 23, 2014 | Mark Gray
    The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University estimates that there are currently approximately 32 million adults in the United States who were raised Catholic but have ceased to identify themselves as a member of the Church. A recent survey of lapsed and former Catholics in the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, conducted by researchers at Benedictine University, offers new insights into why some Catholics stop attending Mass or leave the faith all together.In their report “Joy and Grievance in an American Diocese,” the researchers indicate they targeted “those who had lapsed or drifted from the...
  • Southern Evangelicals: Dwindling—and Taking the GOP Edge With Them

    10/18/2014 1:06:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 17, 2014 | ROBERT P. JONES
    Midterm elections are all about turning out base constituencies. Over the last few decades, there have been few more reliable voters for Republicans than white evangelical Protestants. This year, however, GOP candidates may be getting less help from this group—not because white evangelical Protestants are becoming less supportive or less motivated, but simply because they are declining as a proportion of the population, even in Southern states.White evangelical Protestants have remained a steadfast Republican constituency in both presidential and midterm congressional elections ever since the Reagan presidency, which marked what political scientists Merle and Earl Black dubbed “the great white...
  • Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF

    10/01/2014 7:07:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 104 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/01/2014 | Damian Carington
    The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by scientists at WWF and the Zoological Society of London found. “If half the animals died in London zoo next week it would be front page news,” said Professor Ken Norris, ZSL’s director of science. “But that is happening in the great outdoors. This damage is not inevitable but a consequence of the way...
  • Northeast loses 40% of House seats as people flee high-tax states

    09/30/2014 9:29:10 AM PDT · by tje · 64 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 30, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    The Northeast, once the nation’s political engine that produced presidents, House speakers and Senate giants including the late Edward M. Kennedy, is losing clout in Washington as citizens flee the high-tax region, according to experts worried about the trend. The Census Bureau reports that population growth has shifted to the South and the result is that the 11 states that make up the Northeast are being bled dry of representation in Washington. Critics blame rising taxes in states such as Massachusetts and Connecticut for limiting population growth in the Northeast to just 15 percent from 1983 to 2013, while the...
  • Public Sees Religion’s Influence Waning

    09/29/2014 3:32:22 PM PDT · by 1010RD · 11 replies
    Pew Research ^ | September 22, 2014 | Pew
    Nearly three-quarters of the public (72%) now thinks religion is losing influence in American life, up 5 percentage points from 2010 to the highest level in Pew Research polling over the past decade. And most people who say religion's influence is waning see this as a bad thing. Perhaps as a consequence, a growing share of the American public wants religion to play a role in U.S. politics. The share of Americans who say churches and other houses of worship should express their views on social and political issues is up 6 points since the 2010 midterm elections (from 43%...
  • America’s Singleness Problem

    09/28/2014 7:11:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    ACCULTURATED ^ | 09/26/2014 | R. J. Moeller
    The anecdotal evidence that Americans are remaining single longer into their lives has more and more data backing it up. No longer is it merely the musings of worried relatives hoping to see that young man or woman in their life find a spouse. According to a recent story over at Bloomberg—Is Everybody Single?—we’ve reached a statistical, verifiable relationship tipping point as a society; one with far-reaching implications. Single Americans make up more than half of the adult population for the first time since the government began compiling such statistics in 1976.Some 124.6 million Americans were single in August, 50.2...
  • From charred death to deep filthstep: the 1,264 genres that make modern music

    09/09/2014 8:35:29 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 4 September 2014 12.30 EDT | Rob Fitzpatrick
    A ‘data alchemist’ has split music into over 1,000 bewildering microgenres. But what lies out there beyond witch house, and what on Earth does skweee sound like? (article excerpted, here's the list; descriptions at the link) ...Well, here are 10 genres (we could have nominated about 50) that even mouth-breathing indie record-shop blowhards (full disclosure: I used to be a mouth-breathing indie-record shop blowhard) would be hardpressed to help you find … 1. Vaporwave Check: Food Pyramidhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhBg9vAsDGk 2. Blackgaze Check: Alcesthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADIEAW65H5o 3. Duranguense Check: Reencuentro Musicalhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lmdVmmk-yk 4. Deep filthstep Check: Denis Mashhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hSQYhkLbYU 5. Skweee Check: Baba Stiltzhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uq6KeQLCQpM 6. Fallen angel...
  • Obesity rates reach historic highs in more U.S. states

    09/04/2014 8:16:11 AM PDT · by detective · 137 replies
    MSN News ^ | September 4, 2014 | Reuters
    Rates of adult obesity increased in six U.S. states and fell in none last year, and in more states than ever - 20 - at least 30 percent of adults are obese, according to an analysis released on Thursday. The conclusions were reported by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and were based on federal government data. They suggest the problem may be worsening despite widespread publicity about the nation's obesity epidemic, from First Lady Michelle Obama and many others, plus countless programs to address it. From 2011 to 2012, by comparison, the rate of...
  • Navarrette: Don't be afraid of America's changing demographics

    08/21/2014 1:42:11 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | August 18, 2014 | Ruben Navarrette
    San Diego, California (CNN) -- For many Americans, the scariest phrase in the English language is "changing demographics." It's never easy to adjust to change -- especially when the thing that is changing is nothing less than the complexion of the country. America is being transformed before our eyes. In the early years of the 21st century, many white Americans are trembling at the thought that -- within three decades -- they'll be the minority in the United States. The demographic "doomsday" is about 2043, according to the most recent projections.
  • Dawn of the dumb – scientists say IQs are beginning to fall in the UK

    Brain boxes had better brace themselves, because the latest bit of bad news is that the world is becoming a dumber place. IQs have not only plateaued in many developed countries around the world – including the UK, Australia, US and in Scandinavian countries – they are actually measurably dropping. It’s an important enough development for it to be the cover story of this week’s New Scientist magazine, which hits newsstands today. Throughout the 20th century, we were getting smarter and smarter – each generation brainier than the last. Scientists were not sure why but, at the rate we were...
  • There's a suicide crisis in America

    08/15/2014 1:18:30 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 30 replies
    MSN Healthy Living Esquire ^ | 8/15/2014 | Stephen Marche
    The group that has shown the highest increase in suicide rates is middle-aged men and women, for whom the number of suicides has risen by a horrifying 28.4 percent in a mere decade. The sharpest increase has been among men in their fifties, for whom the number has risen nearly 50 percent since 1999. Now nearly 30 per 100,000 American men in their fifties kill themselves. Suicides are increasing across the board, from college students to the elderly, but the increases for the middle-aged are shocking.
  • Disney's Devastating Signal About Radio

    08/15/2014 3:28:44 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 32 replies
    Radio Ink ^ | 8/15/14 | Eric Rhoads
    Way way back, I think it was about 1998, I made a prediction in Radio Ink that talked about how one day all of radio would be digital and online and we would see a time when AM and FM stations were no longer the primary means of distributing our programming. I went so far as to say that some would sell off their properties because they were no longer needed. I got lots of hate mail on that one. Yesterday, Disney, one of the world's most respected media companies, sent a signal to the media and advertising world that...
  • White students to no longer be majority at school

    08/09/2014 1:38:23 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 34 replies
    AP ^ | KIMBERLY HEFLING and JESSE J. HOLLAND AP
    KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) -- The cheerful sign outside Jane Cornell's summer school classroom in Pennsylvania's wealthiest county reads "Welcome" and "Bienvenidos" in polished handwriting. Inside, giggling grade-schoolers who mostly come from homes where Spanish is the primary language worked on storytelling with a tale about a crocodile going to the dentist. This poster and classroom at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center are a subtle representation of America's changing school demographics. For the first time, U.S. public schools are projected to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites, a shift largely fueled by growth in the number of Hispanic...
  • Anti-Semitism On Rise In U.S. As Well As Europe

    08/08/2014 4:09:28 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 26 replies
    newsinventors.com ^ | July 29, 2014
    Bigotry: Thousands of angry Muslims, most of them Mideast immigrants, have taken to the streets to shout anti-Jewish epithets. Paris? Brussels? No, it's happening in U.S. cities. And it appears to be spreading at an alarming rate. You wouldn't know it from national media coverage, but militant pro-Hamas, anti-Israel demonstrations have broken out across this country, as well as European countries, in response to Israel defending itself against Hamas terrorists and rockets. In fact, according to the Anti-Defamation League, there have been more than 135 anti-Israel protests held in cities throughout the U.S. since July 8, when Hamas started the...
  • Insurance Giant’s Drop in Small-Group Plans Looks Like Obamacare Trend

    08/07/2014 7:05:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/7/2014 | Marguerite Bowling
    More Americans are enrolled in individual health insurance plans. In part, though, that’s because under Obamacare fewer are enrolled in group plans. And one health care analyst says this may be the beginning of a trend.WellPoint Inc., the Indianapolis-based health insurance giant, reported in its latest quarterly earnings that its small-group business fell more than expected.WellPoint said it ended 218,000 (or 12 percent) of those plans because employers dropped their group health coverage, and cited Obamacare’s tax credits as a reason for the shift,  J.K. Wall wrote in the Indianapolis Business Journal.Edmund Haislmaier, senior research fellow in health policy studies at...
  • Is monogamy on the way out? Polyamorists believe their time has come.

    08/06/2014 7:16:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    The Week ^ | 08/06/2014 | By Damon Linker
    When the fight for gay marriage began to gain traction back in the early years of the last decade, social conservative critics usually went beyond denying that marriage could be redefined to include same-sex couples. Many of them argued that homosexuals were much less inclined than heterosexuals to valorize the ideal of monogamy. Allowing gays and lesbians to marry would therefore introduce a polyamorous option into the institution, and adultery would come to be viewed as an acceptable option for all marriages.A spate of recent articles explicitly making the case for polyamory would seem to vindicate those conservative predictions and...
  • Trendy Chipotle burritos show how pricing power belongs to the hip

    07/29/2014 6:28:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 83 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 28, 2014 | Jeffrey Dastin
    Corporate America can learn a lot from a chicken burrito. As many companies struggle to boost prices without alienating consumers, they may want to study Mexican-food chain Chipotle, which has managed to do both. Companies including Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (CMG.N), Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and PepsiCo (PEP.N) have shown they're able to take advantage of quality, trendiness, and, in the case of Pepsi's snack foods, market dominance, to maintain high prices or even raise them faster than the inflation rate, now at about 2.1 percent in the U.S. Chipotle raised chicken-dish prices by 5 percent this year after leaving them...
  • The Reason One Famous Restaurant Started Getting Bad Reviews Reveals Reality Of Our Time

    07/24/2014 2:14:42 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 97 replies
    IJReview ^ | 07/23/2014 | By Caroline Schaefer
    This recount, found on The Meta Picture, tells the story of one restaurant’s quest to find out why they kept getting bad reviews despite serving the same number of customers on a daily basis. It took a look into their past to discover exactly what has changed in the last ten years – and their findings tell more about how we as a country have changed – possibly, for the worse. Now, although this particular instance may or may not be true, it tells a story that is all too common today in America. We are so engrossed in ourselves...
  • Marriage Is Not Priority for Millennials, Study Says

    07/23/2014 11:48:39 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 50 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7/21/14 | Anugrah Kumar
    While only about 18 percent of Gen X women were married by 40, the number of their Millennial counterparts waiting till age 40 to tie the knot could now almost double, according to a recent study. Using data from the American Community Survey to estimate age-specific marriage rates, Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute finds that the percentage of Millennials marrying by age 40 will fall lower than for any previous generation of Americans, even in a scenario where marriage rates recover considerably. In the early millennium period, from 2000 to 2004, the peak first marriage rate for single U.S.-born women at...
  • US fertility rate hits all-time low

    07/01/2014 3:26:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 57 replies
    Life News ^ | July 1, 2014 | Dustin Siggins
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Fertility rates in the United States are plummeting, driven primarily by non-Hispanic white women and Hispanic women who are bearing fewer children. In a report released on Thursday, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that non-Hispanic white Americans are dying at a faster rate than they are being born for the second time in American history. Hispanic women are having fewer children, partially due to how economic weakness has slowed immigration. Hispanics and whites make up approximately 80 percent of the nation's population, and their childbearing patterns weigh heavily on the nation's overall picture. Hispanics have seen their...
  • Catholic converts on the rise: East Tennessee among nation's top 10 growth areas

    06/15/2014 4:12:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 252 replies
    Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | 6/15/2014 | Kevin Hardy
    There was the man inspired by the written words of Pope Francis. There was the agnostic professor. And there was the widow of a Baptist preacher. All of them Tennesseans, and all of them recent converts to one of the world's oldest Christian faiths. In the South, Catholicism is growing. The Diocese of Knoxville was recently ranked among the top 10 in the nation for its rate of adult conversions. All Southeast Tennessee Catholic parishes, including Chattanooga's, fall under the umbrella of Knoxville's diocese, one of 195 in the United States. A diocese is a geographic collection of parishes grouped...
  • Where Do Millennials Attend Church?

    06/26/2014 5:40:23 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 25 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | June 26, 2014 | Chelsen Vicari
    The nation’s capital is filled with huge, sanctuaries waving rainbow-colored banners outside proclaiming the congregations’ affirmation of homosexual lifestyles. Yet they are, largely, empty on Sunday mornings. On the other hand, new conservative churches-some with liturgy and others with praise bands-are busting at the seams with Millennial attendants. Trying to uncover the reason for this disconnect between affirming liberal churches and welcoming conservative churches, IRD is interviewing pastors of these new conservative churches. Our biggest question raised to each pastor is, “How do you balance traditional Christian teaching with a youth culture?” In case you missed it, there is a...
  • As the Nation Ages, Seven States Become Younger, Census Bureau Reports (Bakken mentioned)

    06/26/2014 9:32:09 AM PDT · by posterchild · 8 replies
    Census.gov ^ | Thur June 26, 2014
    The median age declined in seven states between 2012 and 2013, including five in the Great Plains, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today. In contrast, the median age for the U.S. as a whole ticked up from 37.5 years to 37.6 years. These estimates examine population changes among groups by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin nationally, as well as all states and counties, between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2013. "We're seeing the demographic impact of two booms," Census Bureau Director John Thompson said. "The population in the Great Plains energy boom states is becoming younger...
  • What liberal media won't tell you: School shooting deaths down, not up, across America

    06/24/2014 9:35:37 AM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 20, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Is there an epidemic of school shootings? Parents are understandably fearful, but their fear is unjustified. Schools are relatively safe places, and they have gotten much safer. While even one death is too many, the number of children killed in school shootings has declined over the last couple of decades. The drop is even larger than the overall decline in the murder rate.
  • Changing Face of New York Jewry(Jews to become NYC GOP votiing block)

    06/22/2014 5:22:47 AM PDT · by amnestynone · 100 replies
    In 2012, the average New York Jew looks a little less like Jerry Seinfeld and a little more like Tevye the Milkman. New York’s Jews are poorer, less educated and more religious than they were 10 years ago, according to a landmark new study of the city’s Jewish population. They’re also less liberal: More than half of the Jews in New York City live in Orthodox or Russian-speaking homes, both of which lean heavily conservative. The study, conducted by UJA-Federation of New York, counted 1.5 million Jews in New York City, Long Island and Westchester, up from 1.4 million just...