More than three-quarters (76 percent) of Americans responding to a poll on Syria said the U.S. government should help the 9.3 million Syrians in need of humanitarian aid as a result of the ongoing civil war.
Among those who said they are familiar with the Syrian conflict, 47 percent said that increased humanitarian aid is one way the U.S. can help. The same percentage also voted for increased diplomatic pressure. Thirteen percent voted for military action and 14 percent suggested some other way. Less than a quarter (24 percent) said the U.S. should not help in any way.
Other notable statistics from the survey, conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Christian humanitarian organization World Vision, Feb. 28-March 4, among 2,040 adults, showed that one in five, or 21 percent of American adults, admitted to not being at all familiar with the conflict. more >>
Who has not at some point heard the plaintive wail of some adult, "The music kids listen to these days…" This is normally accompanied by an exhale and shaking of the head. It is as if the world will end at any moment.
In every generation.
What is the best music ever made? That which blared away during our formative years. Sometimes it is the music our parents loved. For others parental music drove them in an different direction. more >>
Conservatives should support less stringent punishments for marijuana possession, Texas Governor Rick Perry declared Tuesday during a taping of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
"We've been able to shut down a prison in the state of Texas — that's conservative, man!" Perry said, to loud applause from the audience. The Texas governor argued that his conservative state has led the nation in making penalties for marijuana less harsh. "For over a decade, we've lowered the penalties," he said.
Perry explained the rationale behind this reform: "We're trying to be smart about it, you don't want to ruin a kid's life for having a joint." This statement also found a great deal of applause, despite the boos and jeers when Kimmel introduced the governor. The crowd from Austin skewed liberal, or as Perry put it, "Austin's the blueberry in the tomato soup." more >>
"When Kathleen Jones began volunteering at the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital, she never expected that her own grandchild would benefit from the cuddling many hospitals now use to help preemies and other sick infants." - Associated Pressmore >>
After having 19 children, Jim Bob Duggar of the TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting," admits that he still treats his wife Michelle as a queen and demonstrates his love to her through actions so his sons can take notice.
"I try to open doors for her, take care of her, I try to show her that I love her and that I cherish her," said Jim Bob, during an interview with The Huffington Post. "By me setting that example for my sons for how to treat a lady, that gives them the example how to treat their future wife, or girlfriend or fiancée."
The Duggars were joined by their 19 children, daughter-in-law and grandchildren during the interview in which they promoted their show's eighth season, set to premiere April 1. more >>
A doctor helping Syrian refugees in Lebanon has reported a "shocking" number of severe birth defects in newborn babies, while the devastating civil war enters its fourth year with no end in sight.
"In my short time in Lebanon, I've seen more cases of severe birth defects than during my entire career as a pediatric resident," Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor for NBC News, wrote in a report on Wednesday.
"Many babies born have major malformations of the brain and nervous system: from minor cases of spina bifida where parts of the brain or spinal cord are outside of the body to anencephalic babies born without the majority of their brain." more >>