As commencement season winds down, it's discomfiting to think that almost half of new graduates know exactly where they're headed when school's out: back to their parents' homes.
The Pew Research Center reports that 45 percent of college grads younger than 25 are "living with family." That percentage is almost two-thirds higher than in 2001. But at least some grads got to listen to a cool speaker before they headed home to stare at faded posters of Barack Obama.
"You've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works," President Obama warned students in a commencement address at Ohio State University. "They'll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can't be trusted." more >>
I recently returned from the World Congress of Families in Sydney, Australia, where my colleague Dr. Patrick Fagan, director of Family Research Council's Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), was a keynote speaker. Australia has been facing many of the same struggles over social issues as the United States, including an effort by homosexual activists to redefine marriage – and now, their own contribution to the debate over the well-being of children with homosexual parents.
Australian media sources, and pro-homosexual American bloggers, have just hit the web with breathless stories about an "interim report" on a new study of children with homosexual parents – "The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families (ACHESS)." The day the stories came out, the actual "interim report" was not yet available online. Now it is, and even "interim" barely describes it – it consists of a single page in PDF format, with three columns: Introduction, Highlights, and Summary.
Aside from some background, information on the sample, and the highly generalized summary, the "interim report" included only one short paragraph of actual data: "On measures of general health and family cohesion children aged 5 to 17 years with same-sex attracted parents showed a significantly better score when compared to Australian children from all backgrounds and family contexts. For all other health measures there were no statistically significant differences." more >>
One Million Moms, an organization founded by the American Family Association, has issued a call to action for parents about a new cartoon picked up by the Hub kids network that features a 12-year-old boy who uses a magic ring from his dead aunt and the key phrase "You go girl!" to become a crime-fighter female superhero named SheZow.
Calling Hub's airing of "SheZow" an "attempt by the gay, lesbian and transgender community to indoctrinate our children into accepting their lifestyles," OneMillionMoms.com's call to action declares:
"The media is determined to pollute the minds of our children and there is no better way to desensitize them than through a cartoon program. Everyone knows children are drawn to animated shows; both boys and girls love superheroes. This character especially will appeal to both boys and girls since the superhero represents both genders by cross dressing and being transgendered." more >>
Just in case you needed another reason to hate the IRS, it turns out the embattled government agency has used your tax dollars to make a "Star Trek" parody video.
According to a damning new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, "the IRS spent $50,187 on videos for the Anaheim conference in 2010, including a Star Trek parody that featured IRS executives portraying characters from the television show in a tax-themed skit."
In other words, the IRS spent Americans' hard-earned tax dollars to dress its employees up like Spock and Captain Kirk and broadcast the resulting video to the world. more >>
Same-sex marriage never will be widely accepted in America for a simple reason: It's based on a lie. But don't take my word on this; leading LGBT scholars and activists say as much.
Take Masha Gessen, acclaimed author and former Russian director of Radio Liberty. "Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there - because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change," Gessen said last year.
Last month, I was part of a debate at NYU Law School at which Judith Stacey, a sociology professor at the university, declared: "Children certainly do not need both a mother and a father." more >>
Facebook's first president, Sean Parker, who was also the co-founder of NAPSTER, recently got married in Big Sur, California. The wedding for 300 guests was estimated to cost $9 million.
That's astounding. I was driving through Big Sur recently on vacation. (We just happened to have a mini-family vacation there.) We stopped for gas, and I was pumping away before I looked at the price. It was more than $6.00 a gallon! That's high even for California. I stopped immediately---when I noticed the cost. At least it was a nice view.
Writing for the Telegraph in the UK (6/3/13), Nick Allen says of the wedding, "The scene did reportedly resemble a Hollywood set with landscapers spending weeks building fake waterfalls, ruins and backdrops, and a $600,000 stone gate." They spent about $1 million in plants/flowers. more >>