400-408 – • CBS (11/9/2010) Mystery Missile Caught on Tape.
• Contrail Science Overflow (11/9/2010) Jet contrails from some angles look like missile trails.
Lynn Edgington founder-president of Eagle Research Associates warns us of the latest scams and rip-offs (eagleresearchassociates.org, 949-837-6078). Lynn's new book is out, entitled Robbing You With a Keyboard Instead of a Gun. Lynn's research just led to the arrest of a guy and his wife in the Netherlands responsible for ripping people off of about $700 million dollars online – stuff way beyond the "Nigerian 419 Email Scam" stuff.
• My endorsement is on the back cover and it reads, "Lynn has been a regular on my show for years, forewarning us about the latest scams and rip-offs, alerting us to the latest online threats and identity theft strategies, and educating us on how to better protect ourselves from crooks and thieves. I'm thrilled that he's finally taken the advice of so many of us and put his insights into book form so that even more people can benefit from his expertise. He's one of the good guys that knows how to not only catch the bad guys, but knows how to prevent them from getting to us. I'm a big fan. You will be too." Frank Pastore, Weekday afternoon drive-time host, 99.5 FM KKLA Los Angeles, author of "Shattered".
413-423 – Lynn Edgington
428-437 – Lynn Edgington
443-452 – Lynn Edgington
458-508 – •• Dennis Prager (11/9/2010) How Do California and the Titanic Differ?
• Hugh Hewitt (11/7/2010) No more time for California dreamin'.
Explanations are more plentiful than roses on Jan. 1, but the short answer is that California's public employee unions play to win -- and they do. The secular tithe extracted from the paychecks of the state's more than 350,000 government employees is expertly banked and deployed against any enemy, real or perceived, of the state's public-sector bosses.
512-523 – If you could take your closest friends and immediate family, and you could land a job that pays you what you're making now, would you leave California?
• Mark Mix, IBD (11/8/2010) Union Bosses In Conflict With Members. Mix is the president of National Right to Work.
528-539 – Calls
544-554 – • Philly.com (11/1/2010) VIDEO 'Flash opera' at Macy's. A flash mob hit Macy's in Center City on Saturday - 650 vocalists who, unknown to shoppers, had arranged to burst into song at noon. It was a "Random Act of Culture" put on by knightarts.org, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia on Saturday, October 30, 2010. We need our churches to do this!!!
The biggest Random Act of Culture yet took place in Philadelphia Saturday – with more than 650 singers bursting into Hallelujah from Handel's Messiah in the middle of a downtown Macy's. The world's largest pipe organ – with 28,000 pipes – accompanied them.
I could go on, but the video tells the whole story. You can't watch it and not be moved. Some viewers were moved to tears. It's a great reminder of how important the classical arts are to our lives.
Thanks to Knight Foundation's partner, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, for pulling the event off.
Knight Foundation is funding 1,000 Random Acts of Culture over the next three years. So if you live in any of these eight cities – Akron, Charlotte, Detroit, Macon, Philadelphia, San Jose, St. Paul and Miami – be on the lookout and have your cellphones ready.
• Thanks to Lori Barragar, family owner of Shelton's Premium Poultry (sheltons.com), for her generous donation of 20 Thanksgiving turkeys for us to give away here on the show, one a day! Be the X-caller and we'll give you a certificate!
554 – Robert Micone & Bill O'Connor "The Money Guys" from Applied Financial Planning at 866-SEEK-COUNSEL, (866-733-5268, SeekCounsel.com).
558-608 – • AP (11/6/2010) Blacks struggle with 72 percent unwed mothers rate.
The black community's 72 percent rate eclipses that of most other groups: 17 percent of Asians, 29 percent of whites, 53 percent of Hispanics and 66 percent of Native Americans were born to unwed mothers in 2008, the most recent year for which government figures are available. The rate for the overall U.S. population was 41 percent.
This issue entered the public consciousness in 1965, when a now famous government report by future senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan described a "tangle of pathology" among blacks that fed a 24 percent black "illegitimacy" rate. The white rate then was 4 percent.
612-623 – How do we break the cycles of poverty?
628-639 – How do we break the cycles of poverty?
644-656 – •• Robert Rector (4/12/2010) Understanding Illegitimacy: Teen pregnancy isn't the story. The demise of marriage is. Robert Rector is senior research fellow in the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the Heritage Foundation.
My Summary – When LBJ launched the War on Poverty, 7% of US children were born outside of marriage. In 2008, that number is 40.6% (1.72 million). Of these, just 7.5%, or 130,000, were to girls under 18. To focus on teen pregnancy and not the collapse of marriage is to strain at a gnat and swallow a camel. The average single mother receives three dollars of government benefits for every dollar she pays in taxes. Marriage and education are now a bright dividing line in America. Since the bottom half of the population, in terms of annual income, doesn't pay federal income taxes, you now have a situation in which the children born to married couples with a college-education are paying the way for those born to single mothers with no college education. Those in the cart are rapidly outnumbering those pulling the cart.
From the column – "The reason? Most liberal academics regard marriage as an outdated, socially backward institution; they have shed no tears over its demise. Even worse, liberal politicians and anonymous government bureaucrats have a vested interest in the growth of the welfare state, and nothing grows the welfare state like the disappearance of marriage.
Single mothers are inherently in far greater need of government support than married couples, so an increase in single parenthood leads almost inevitably to an increase in government benefits and services and a thriving welfare industry to supply them. Marital collapse creates a burgeoning new clientele dependent on government services and political patrons. When liberals refuse to talk about marriage and the poor in the same breath, they are guilty of willful neglect of the major source of poverty.
For the statist, the collapse of marriage is a gift that keeps on giving. It's no accident that the modern welfare system rewards single parents and penalizes married couples."
• Kevin Williamson (11/9/2010) Red Scapegoat: The problems with the U.S. economy — and therefore the solutions — stem not from Beijing but from Washington, D.C.
• Alan Reynolds, WSJ (11/9/2010) Ben Bernanke's Impossible Dream: The Fed's reckless notion that it can simultaneously raise inflation and lower interest rates presumes bond buyers are fools. They aren't.