Thursday, December 4, 2008

400-408Pat Fagan, Director of the Center for Family and Religion at the Family Research Council, has examined the relationship between family, marriage and religious practice against our primary social indicators in their new stud Mapping America Project (
If the state of Congress, Hollywood, and Wall Street isn't proof enough, a new study shows that America has become indifferent to personal ethics. Surveying almost 30,000 students, the Josephson Institute found that the nation is raising a throng of lawbreakers.  Nearly than two-thirds (64%) of teens said they cheated on tests; another 30% admitted to stealing from a store; and 42% said they sometimes lie to save money. Despite this, 93% are "satisfied" with their level of integrity.  Although researchers warn of the consequences to the culture, what we've already witnessed from the nation's rich and powerful suggests that America is reaping the moral apathy she's sown.
As FRC's own Dr. Pat Fagan has shown in his "Mapping America" project, there is a remedy for this crisis of character -- raising children in intact homes that worship weekly.  In the last three editions of "Mapping," Dr. Fagan demonstrates that kids who live with their biological or adoptive parents and go to church frequently exhibit the fewest behavioral problems.  To get these two-page gems on the positive impact of religion and family on society, please visit and subscribe.
• AP (12/01/08) Students lie, cheat, steal, but say they're good.  The Josephson Institute surveyed 29,760 high school students at 100 randomly selected high schools nationwide and found:
• 35% of high school boys, and 26% of high school girls, admit to stealing from a store in the past year.
• 26% of boys, and 14% of girls, admit to stealing from a friend in the past year.
• 49% of boys, and 36% of girls, admit to lying to save money in the past year.
• 83% had lied to a parent about something significant in the past year.
• 64% say they had cheated on a test in the past year.
• 36% say they had used the Internet to plagiarize an assignment in the past year.
•• Yet, 93% say they are satisfied with their personal ethics and character.
•• And, 77% say "when it comes to doing what is right, I am better than most people I know."
413-423Pat Fagan
The study was released Monday in Archives of General Psychiatry, and was based on 5,092 face-to-face interviews of adults ages 19-25 in 2001 and 2002.
Conducted by Mark Olfson of both Columbia and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.  It was funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the New York Psychiatric Institute.
20% have a personality disorder that interferes with everyday life.
50% have either or both a personality disorder or a substance abuse problem.
Less than 25% get any treatment.
33% suffer from substance abuse (drug and alcohol abuse).  Among these, 20% are problem drinkers, and 7% have drug problems.
12% have anxiety disorders.  Among these, 8% had obsessive compulsive personality disorder (an extreme preoccupation with details, rules, orderliness, and perfectionism), and 2% have OCD (which features repetitive actions such as hand-washing to avoid germs).
8% have phobias.
7% are depressed.
5% are bipolar.
428-437(2:12) Rick Warren talks about his new book The Purpose of Christmas last night on Hannity & Colmes.  Alan Colmes asks Rick the "Can you go to heaven if you don't accept Jesus?"  Rick suggests giving Jesus a "free 60-day trial."  Alan then asks about other religions, and Rick says "God sent only one Jesus."
(3:00) Hannity asks Rick, "Is peace the absence of war?"  Rick says, "God put governments here to punish evildoers."
443-452 Dudley Rutherford, senior pastor of the 10,000-member Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch (, who's heard on KKLA Sunday's at 9:00am, joins me in studio to share his testimony.
458-508Donald Perkins, with According to Prophecy Ministries (, is a teacher and researcher for 27 years on bible prophecy, and we talk about eschatology.
512-523Donald Perkins
524 – [2:00] Don Rohde (818) 262-2092.  For the past 36 years, Don has been a sales manager at Galpin, the #1 volume Ford dealer in the world for the past 18 consecutive years.  Galpin has been family-owned and operated for the past 59 years, and 90% of their business is repeat or referral.  Galpin offers Ford, Lincoln-Mercury, Honda, Mazda, Saturn, Volvo, Jaguar, and Aston Martin.  Located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley at Roscoe and the 405.
"This campaign to offer lethal gift certificates that Planned Parenthood is engaging in right now is offensive," said Sister Diane Carollo, director of the Office for Pro-Life Ministry for the Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis. "And it's offensive because Christmas is about the celebration of human life."
Planned Parenthood is quick to argue some 95 percent of women who come to their clinics come for basic health services -- not abortion.
"It's about basic health care. It's about annual exams, it's about pap smears, it's about birth control," said Planned Parenthood of Indiana's president and CEO, Betty Cockrum.  "I would be amazed if a dime of it goes toward an abortion."
• Frank Pastore (12/04/08) Jack Black, Jesus, and Prop 8.
TH 539 – [1:30] "Your Independent, Unbiased, Advisors: The Money Guys" Robert Micone/Bill O'Connor at Applied Financial, 866-SEEK-COUNSEL, and online at
558-608Steve Barr, was the co-founder of Rock The Vote in 1990 and the Motor Voter Bill in 1994, was involved in the founding of Americorp with President Clinton, and he's been involved with several presidential campaign teams and even been the finance chair of the Democratic Party.  But in 1999, he founded Green Dot Public Schools (, which transforms large public schools that are failing into smaller cluster schools with amazing graduation rates.  Last fall the LAUSD reluctantly approved giving him control of Locke High School in the center of Watts.  On Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported on their progress at Locke.  And, tonight at 8pm on KCET, Ch. 28, there's a special on Locke through the eyes of actual students.
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628-638(3:05) Prop 8 "The Musical" (video here), at Sacramento Community College with an "all-star" cast that includes Jack Black as Jesus, Neil Patrick Harris, and John C. Reilly.  In the musical, Jesus asks Prop 8 supporters about the Bible verses that say shell fish is an abomination, that you can stone your wife, or sell your daughter into slavery, in order to diminish the abomination of homosexuality.  Then Jesus affirms the separation of church and state.  But people have the right to vote for whomever they choose on whatever criteria they choose too.  If Christians, Jews, and Mormons want to vote to preserve family that's not a violation of church and state, that called democracy.
• Jerusalem Post (12/04/08) IDF preparing options for Iran strike.
• "The United States should be less concerned that terrorists will become biologists and far more concerned that biologists will become terrorists," the report states.
• "The biological threat is greater than the nuclear; the acquisition of deadly pathogens, and their weaponization and dissemination in aerosol form, would entail fewer technical hurdles than the theft or production of weapons-grade uranium or plutonium and its assembly into an improvised nuclear device," states the report.
• Study chairman Graham said anthrax remains the most likely biological weapon. However, he told the AP that contagious diseases — like the flu strain that killed 40 million at the beginning of the 20th century — are looming threats. That virus has been recreated in scientific labs, and there remains no inoculation to protect against it if is stolen and released.
• Al Qaeda remains the only terrorist group judged to be actively intent on conducting a nuclear attack against the United States, the report notes. It is not yet capable of building such a weapon and has yet to obtain one. But that could change if a nuclear weapons engineer or scientist were recruited to Al Qaeda's cause, the report warns.  The report says the potential nexus of terrorism, nuclear and biological weapons is especially acute in Pakistan.  "Were one to map terrorism and weapons of mass destruction today, all roads would intersect in Pakistan," the report states.

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