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  • 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...
  • Nobody’s Buying Sausage Pizza Anymore in NYC

    06/15/2014 4:46:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 119 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 15, 2014 | Larry Getlen
    To the list of bygone New York City pleasures, add one more slice of life — the sausage pizza.
  • Gallup Reveals the Obvious: Our Moral Collapse Continues

    06/04/2014 2:10:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6/4/2014 | Trevor Thomas
    Gallup is out with its latest “moral acceptability” survey. On 19 issues, Americans were asked, “In general, do you find the following morally acceptable[?]” The responses were ranked on a scale from “highly acceptable” to “highly unacceptable.” There was one issue – birth control, with 90% approval – that rated “highly acceptable” and nine, with approvals from 57% to 69%, that rated “largely acceptable.”Of those 10 issues, the response to seven of them is Exhibit A in the case of the collapse of the family in America. On two of the other three issues – wearing animal fur and medical...
  • Dust on the Hymnal: Pondering the Decline of Hymn Singing in American Denominations

    06/02/2014 1:42:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 127 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 6/1/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the more prominent features of Protestant denominations over the decades was hymn singing. Get in your time machine go back 50 years, to any Protestant denomination, and you would find every member of the congregation on their feet, hymnal in hand, singing quite loudly, even harmonizing the old familiar hymns: Onward Christian Soldiers….Amazing Grace….When the Roll is called up Yonder….More About Jesus….Praise God from Whom All Blessing Flow!Catholics congregations were rather different. Low Masses in Latin were common where there was little or no singing. High mass featured complex music that a trained choir largely handled. And the...
  • U.S. Gasoline Consumption Plummets By Nearly 75%

    05/31/2014 11:02:00 AM PDT · by blam · 55 replies
    Zero hedge - BullionBullsCanada ^ | 5-31-2014 | Jeff Nielsen
    Tyler Durden 05/30/2014Submitted by Jeff Nielsen via BullionBullsCanada blog, Regular readers are familiar with my narratives on the U.S. Greater Depression, and (in particular) some of the government’s own charts which depict this economic meltdown most vividly. The collapse in the “civilian participation rate” (the number of people working in the economy) and the “velocity of money” (the heartbeat of the economy) indicate an economy which is not merely in decline, but rather is being sucked downward in a terminal (and accelerating) death-spiral. However, even that previously published data, and the grim analyses which accompanied it could not prepare me...
  • U.S. Retail Economic Death Rattle Grows Louder

    05/26/2014 10:54:28 AM PDT · by blam · 42 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 5-26-2014 | James Quinn
    May 26, 2014 - 06:47 AMBy: James Quinn The definition of death rattle is a sound often produced by someone who is near death when fluids such as saliva and bronchial secretions accumulate in the throat and upper chest. The person can’t swallow and emits a deepening wheezing sound as they gasp for breath. This can go on for two or three days before death relieves them of their misery. The American retail industry is emitting an unmistakable wheezing sound as a long slow painful death approaches. Death rattle It was exactly four months ago when I wrote THE RETAIL...
  • The Long Goodbye? China, The World Bank, & The American Century

    05/14/2014 9:14:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2014 | Brian Birdnow
    Last week a World Bank report that compares something called purchasing power parity claimed that, based on the purchasing power statistics, the Chinese economy has reached a point of rough equality with the United States, or, could actually have moved slightly ahead of the USA, based on the incomplete figures of economic growth over the last three years. This announcement, which confirms the fact of China’s explosive economic development, and the anemic American recovery after the Great Recession of 2008-2010, has caused quite a stir in a number of quarters. The Chinese, usually quick to tout great achievements, have been...
  • Gallup: Republican support for tea party down to 41%

    05/08/2014 2:03:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/08/2014 | AllahPundit
    Four years ago it was 61 percent. I had a theory to explain the most recent drop when I started reading the poll, but now that I’ve looked at the trends over time, it just doesn’t hold up. I thought this new low was a reaction to the shutdown last fall; the first big dip in tea-party popularity came after the first debt-ceiling standoff in 2011, after all, so it would stand to reason that a new economic disruption would drive the numbers down further. Ted Cruz was on camera throughout the process promoting “defund” so tea partiers are bearing...
  • Desperate for work, college grads become nannies

    05/04/2014 4:16:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | May 3, 2014 | Samantha Melamed
    Parents have more options as overeducated young people turn to baby-sitting. Ashley Newhall of Philadelphia has a law degree and a master's in agricultural law, and she passed the bar in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. These days, she's working with some extremely demanding and exacting clients. Most of them are less than 3 years old. Newhall's primary income source for the past few years has been baby-sitting. Parents, said Newhall, are "blown away. They're like, 'Oh my gosh! You're the most overeducated nanny I've ever had.' " But jobs are scarce, and all that education came with six-figure debt for...
  • Women Not in Labor Force Hits Record High

    05/03/2014 5:25:48 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 45 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | May 2, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    (CNSNews.com) - The number of women 16 and older not in the labor force climbed to a record high of 55,116,000 in April, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This means that there were 55,116,000 women 16 and older who were in the civilian nonsinstitutional population who not only did not have a job, they did not actively seek one in the last four weeks. That is up 428,000 from the 54,688,000 women who were not in the labor force in March. In April, according to BLS, the labor force participation rate for women was 56.9...
  • Men Who Work Full-Time Earn Less Than 40 Years Ago

    04/29/2014 4:15:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 28, 2014 - 12:48 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The real median income of American men who work full-time, year-round peaked forty years ago in 1973, according to data published by the U.S. Census Bureau. In 1973, median earnings for men who worked full-time, year-round were $51,670 in inflation-adjusted 2012 dollars. The median earnings of men who work full-time year-round have never been that high again. […] By comparison, the real median earnings of American women who work full-time year-round peaked in 2007, when women who worked full-time earned $38,872 in constant 2012 dollars. …
  • China Set to Be 'Most Christian Nation' by 2030

    04/21/2014 9:55:46 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 22 replies
    China will be the "world's most Christian nation" in 15 years, according to a report from the London Sunday Telegraph. "It is going to be less than a generation. Not many people are prepared for this dramatic change," Fenggang Yang, a leading expert on religion in China, told the newspaper. There are about 1.3 billion people living in the country, and in 2010, 58 million of them were Protestant Christians. Yang, a professor of sociology at Purdue University and author of Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule, estimated that by 2025, the number of Christians will have...
  • Welcome to The Reign of “Gay”

    04/09/2014 12:31:44 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 30 replies
    http://www.catholicworldreport.com ^ | April 8, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    In the summer of 1992, I took my first real job, working as a graphic designer for the venerable Meier & Frank department store chain in downtown Portland, Oregon. Those three years proved to be quite educational for a fairly naďve young man fresh out of Bible college and figuring out the ways of the world in the very beautiful, exceedingly secular Northwest. Within just a few days, I found myself having long conversations—arguments, actually—about Proposition 9, a measure sponsored by the Oregon Citizen's Alliance (OCA) which sought to add the following to the state constitution: All governments in Oregon...
  • Gallup: Young people more likely to align with Democratic Party

    03/30/2014 1:06:03 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 73 replies
    UPI ^ | March 28, 2014
    March 28 (UPI) -- Young U.S. voters have become more likely to identify with the Democratic Party since 2006, a Gallup Poll said Friday. Gallup said the movement is fueled partly by increasing racial and ethnic diversity. But the poll found whites between the ages of 18 and 29 have also shifted to the Democrats in recent years.
  • The states people are fleeing in 2014

    03/17/2014 11:30:33 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 97 replies
    Forbes via MSN ^ | February 13, 2014 | Susan Adams
    More people are moving out of New Jersey than are moving in. The same is true for Illinois and New York. Those three states top the "outbound" list compiled by United Van Lines, the big St. Louis-based moving company that has put together an annual survey of where Americans are moving for the last 37 years. The company analyzed a total of 125,000 moves across the 48 continental states and the District of Columbia in 2013 and came up with a picture of migration patterns across the U.S. According to Professor Michael Stoll, chair of the Department of Public Policy...
  • Staples to shutter 225 stores as sales move online

    03/11/2014 4:46:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Staples will close up to 225 stores in North America by the end of next year as it seeks to trim about $500 million in costs annually by 2015. The nation’s largest office-supply retailer said Thursday that nearly half of its sales are now generated online, so it will aggressively cut costs to become more efficient....
  • Chinese Exports Collapse Leading To 2nd Largest Trade Deficit On Record

    03/07/2014 10:31:28 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 74 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | March 7, 2014 | Tyler Durden
    Plenty of excuses out there for this evening's collosal miss in Chinese exports (-18.1% YoY vs an expectation of a 7.5% rise) mainly based on timing issues over the Lunar New Year (but didn't the 45 economists who forecast this data know the dates before they forecast?) This is a 6-sigma miss and plunges China's trade balance to its biggest miss on record and 2nd largest deficit on record. Combining Jan and Feb data (i.e. smoothing over the holiday), exports are still down 1.6% YoY - not good for the much-heralded global recovery. Exports to the rest of the BRICs...
  • CURL: God making a comeback in Hollywood

    03/04/2014 8:05:06 AM PST · by Kenny · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 2, 201 | Joseph Curl
    In 2013, we had Leonardo DiCaprio snorting cocaine off — well, if you saw “The Wolf of Wall Street” (a totally missable movie, regardless of what the vaunted Academy says), you know where. Cate Blanchett chomped Xanax like they were Tic Tacs, Matthew McConaughey did his yeoman’s share of coke, and “American Hustle” taught us all that drugged-out crime really does pay.But 2014 looks different. A lot different. Perhaps it’s five years of President Obama. The economy is worse, not better. All those 20-somethings whom millions of Americans have been putting through college the past half-decade are moving back home....
  • Will Demographics Really Destroy the GOP?

    02/11/2014 10:36:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    RCP ^ | 02/11/2014 | Sean Trende
    Last week, Peter Wehner wrote a piece in Commentary magazine laying out a collection of data regarding recent elections and demographic trends.  He was mostly content to let the data speak for themselves, save for a codicil to the piece arguing that something had to change: “Republican problems are not superficial, transient, or cyclical. The trends speak for themselves. The GOP therefore needs to articulate a governing vision and develop a governing agenda that can reach groups that have not traditionally been supportive of it.” His ultimate takeaway is that the GOP needs to substantially revise its platform, and make...
  • Percentage of Americans Wanting Looser Gun Laws Triples in 2014

    02/09/2014 7:22:29 PM PST · by neverdem · 54 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 30, 2014 | Dustin Volz
    Fifty-five percent of Americans reported in a new Gallup poll that they are dissatisfied overall with American gun laws and policies, an increase from 51 percent in 2013 and just 42 percent in 2012. But the most dramatic rise in dissatisfaction comes from the contingency of Americans who feel gun laws are too strict, rather than from those who think they aren't strict enough. This percentage jumped to 16 percent this year, a rate that more than triples the 5 percent recorded by Gallup last year. Meanwhile, the percentage of Americans favoring stricter gun laws fell seven points in 2014,...
  • CNN Money: Gun Sales to Women Rising

    02/09/2014 3:20:41 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 14 replies
    For the firearms industry, women are the next big opportunity. They are a desirable demographic and the number of female gun owners is growing, CNN Money reported. Sometimes the appeal may include a fashion statement. Glock offers both sub-compact and slim line handguns for women. Smith & Wesson offers a model called the “Lady Smith.” Mossberg markets shotguns and rifles with a pink camouflage pattern, and one shooting range in Las Vegas offers pink AK-47s with the bachelorette parties that it caters to. "When you are aiming at your target and you're executing a safe shot, you're not thinking about...
  • The Disappearance of Hell

    02/09/2014 8:05:52 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 604 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 2/1/14 | John MacArthur
    According to recent polls, some 81 percent of adult Americans believe in heaven, and fully 80 percent expect to go there when they die. By comparison, about 61 percent believe in hell, but less than 1 percent think it’s likely they will go there. In other words, a slight majority of Americans still believe hell exists, but genuine fear of hell is almost nonexistent. Even the most conservative evangelicals don’t seem to take hell very seriously anymore. For decades, many evangelicals have downplayed inconvenient biblical truths, neglecting any theme that seems to require somber reflection. Doctrines such as human depravity,...
  • Faith Rising in East, Setting in West? Europe and Christianity

    02/09/2014 5:48:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/08/2014 | Eric Metaxas
    If I asked you to describe the state of Christianity in Europe, you'd probably answer "not good." And there'd be ample reason to do so. Most of us are familiar with the depressing statistics regarding church attendance in Western Europe and Scandinavia. But there is more to Europe than Britain, France, and Sweden. And in Central and Eastern Europe, a different story is being written. This story was the subject of a recent First Things article by Filip Mazurczak. In it, Mazurczak reveals to readers what is going on in former communist societies such as Hungary and Croatia. For instance,...
  • Divorce Rate Higher in Counties With More Conservative Protestants, Study Says

    01/30/2014 5:17:18 AM PST · by xzins · 80 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 26 Jan 14 | Anugrah Kumar,
    Divorce rate is higher among religiously conservative Protestants, and even among those living around them, finds a new study that examined all counties in the United States where divorces occurred and looked at what the characteristics of those counties were. Demographers Jennifer Glass at the University of Texas and Philip Levchak at the University of Iowa looked at the entire map of the United States, and found that a key factor predicting divorce rates is the concentration of conservative Protestants in a county. To be published in the American Journal of Sociology next month, the study notes that religiously conservative...
  • Sexual revolution leaving American women plagued by anxiety disorders

    01/25/2014 10:06:17 AM PST · by usalady · 101 replies
    Examiner ^ | Jan, 24, 2013 | Martha
    In spite of their advances in education and the workforce anxiety disorders are replacing happiness for American women. Sexual liberation was supposed to bring equality for females that expected fulfillment with the freedom to pursue lust without expecting committed relationships.
  • March for Life - and ProLife Movement - Now Led by Young Adults

    01/22/2014 2:52:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2014 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Equal protection under the law for pre-born human beings is headed our way - and from the work of a surprising demographic: adults under 30. A 28-year old dynamo working on college campuses across the nation, Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, exemplifies why hers is the "pro-life generation". Kristan feels deeply the loss of nearly one-third of her age group. “The undeniable fact is that nearly a third of my generation was killed by abortion. We are missing brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, husbands and wives…. But [we’re] determined to set it right. We’ve seen the ultrasounds of our...
  • Tech insiders bemoan state of TV industry as Intel exits

    01/21/2014 4:14:42 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 34 replies
    Some tech industry heavyweights took to Twitter on Monday to vent their frustration with the user-unfriendly state of television in the broadband Internet age. The conversation pointed out the conflicts between the freedom to chose that users crave and the content gatekeepers who are reluctant to change from business as usual. BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield documented the Twitter conversation in a blog post Tuesday. It started when Jason Hirschhorn, CEO of Redef, complained about the cost of cable and what he received in return. "It's amazing to me that I pay a cable company $250/month and I can't view all...