Monday, June 9, 2008

400-408 – • USA TODAY, More view cohabitation as acceptable choice.  The National Marriage Project looked at 13 developed nations from Western Europe and Scandinavia, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and found that between 15% and 30% of all couples identified themselves as living together, as opposed to about 10% right now in the USA.  The marriage rate is down in all countries except Norway and Sweden, which have had traditionally low marriage rates.  In the USA from 1995 to 2005, the marriage rate declined almost 20%.  Right now, 40% of all opposite-sex, unmarried couples live with their own child under 18.  The story also says, "The National Marriage Project report also cites findings from earlier studies showing that children of cohabiting couples are more likely to experience emotional problems, alcoholism and drug abuse."
• Jennifer Roback Morse, Memo To Advocates of "The Conservative Case for Same Sex Marriage."  16% of the gay population in Massachusetts has married.  Will the gay community work to strengthen marriage and limit cohabitation?
• AP, Study: 1 in 4 adults in NYC have herpes virus.  26% in NYC, and 19% nationwide, carry the virus that causes genital herpes.  In New York City, the virus is most common among women, black people, and gay men.
413-423Did you cohabitate before marriage?  Would you recommend it?
458-508Can an affair ever be a good thing?
• Telegraph, Why having an affair could save your marriage.  Mira Kirshenbaum, author of When Good People Have Affairs, is the clinical director of the Chestnut Hill Institute, a psychotherapy and research center in Boston, and she claims "the positive sides of cheating have been ignored."  She said, "These people are suffering terribly and need to be relieved of their sense of guilt and shame because those emotions are paralyzing…If handled right, an affair can be therapeutic, give clarity and jolt people from their inertia…You could think of it as a radical but necessary medical procedure. If your marriage is in cardiac arrest, an affair can be a defibrillator."
512-523 Calls
528-539Tom Karako, director of programs at the Claremont Institute and editor of (, tells us how vulnerable the U.S. could be today to a missile attack off of our coast.  Tom also tells us what the next president must do to keep us safe.
• W. Thomas Smith Jr., Strikes against Iran may be unavoidable.
544-554Jerry Bowyer, chief economist for the Benchmark Financial Network (, on how soaring gas prices might affect the rest of our economy.
558-608Ron Prentice, chairman of, on how people can fight to protect marriage in November.  1) Register for email updates at  2) Ask your pastor to get involved or appoint someone in your church to keep the church up to date.  3) Schedule a Sunday or two in your church to register members to vote.  4) Write letters to the editors and ask local civic groups if you can speak to them about protecting marriage.  5) Donate money.
• CA Sec of State, To vote November 4, your registration must be postmarked October 20, 2008.  Register Here.  If successful, California will join 26 other states who have approved constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage.
612-623Fuz Rana, vice president of research and apologetics at Reasons To Believe (, talks about his book The Cell's Design: How Chemistry Reveals The Creator's Artistry (
628-639Jed Babbin, former undersecretary of defense and Air Force JAG officer, is now the editor of Human Events ( and author of In The Words of Our Enemies, tells us about some problems in the McCain camp.
• Robert D. Novak, McCain's Evangelical Problem.
• Jed Babbin, Don't Blame McCain.
644-655Dr. John Eastman, Dean of the Chapman University School of Law (, on the Supreme Court beginning their final session of the year today and on the important cases before them.
• Harry R. Jackson, Jr., Pulpits in Peril.
• NRO Editorial, Free Mark Steyn.
• Anthony B. Bradley (4/2/08) The Marxist Roots of Black Liberation Theology.
(1:20) Hillary withdraws from the democratic presidential nomination race while addressing a large crowd of supporters at the National Building Museum in Washington DC on Saturday.  She throws her full support behind Obama.
(1:05) Hillary encourages her supporters to unite as the Democratic Party
(:40) Hillary slams the Republican Party and encourages the crowd to "just think" what could have been done if they were in the White House these last 7 years
(1:15) Hillary mentions the historic election this was- in having a woman and a black man as nominees
(:57) Hillary encourages her supporters to think about moving forward now towards supporting the Democrats for a win in November
(1:00) Political funnies from the last week from Letterman, O'Brien, Leno and Jon Stewart
Aids still kills more adults than all wars and conflicts combined, and is vastly bigger than current efforts to address it. A joint WHO/UN Aids report published this month showed that nearly three million people are now receiving anti-retroviral drugs in the developing world, but this is less than a third of the estimated 9.7 million people who need them. In all there were 33 million people living with HIV in 2007, 2.5 million people became newly infected and 2.1 million died of Aids.
Critics of the global Aids strategy complain that vast sums are being spent educating people about the disease who are not at risk, when a far bigger impact could be achieved by targeting high-risk groups and focusing on interventions known to work, such as circumcision, which cuts the risk of infection by 60 per cent, and reducing the number of sexual partners.
"It is the question we are asked most often – why is the situation so bad in sub-Saharan Africa? It is a combination of factors – more commercial sex workers, more ulcerative sexually transmitted diseases, a young population and concurrent sexual partnerships."
"The impact of HIV is so heterogeneous. In the US , the rate of infection among men in Washington DC is well over 100 times higher than in North Dakota, the region with the lowest rate. That is in one country. How do you explain such differences?"

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