Thursday, June 9, 2011

400-408 – • KSN (6/9/2011) Wichita experiences rare 'heat burst' overnight.  From 85° at 12:22am to 102° at 12:44am, a jump of 17 degrees in 20 minutes!

• USA Today (6/8/2011) Minority kids spend most of their waking hours plugged in.  According to two surveys of 6-18 year olds by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

My Summary – Minority children spend an average of 13 hours a day using mobile devices, computers, TVs and other media – about 4½ hours a day more than white kids. 

Asian kids use the most media at 13:13, Hispanics next at 13:00, blacks at 12:59, and then white kids at 8:36.

Compared to white kids, minority kids each day watch an hour more hours of TV, spend 90 minutes more on their computers, listen to an hour more of music, and play 40 more minutes of video games.

84% of black kids have a TV in their bedroom, 77% of Hispanic kids do, and 64% of white and Asian kids do.

78% of black kids watch TV during dinner, while 67% of Hispanics, 58% of whites, and 55% of Asians do.

Kids in general spend 90 minutes a day on a computer, but only 20 minutes of it is spent on homework.

413-423 – Calls – Why do you think minority kids use more media, on average, than white kids?  Unsafe neighborhoods?  Parental absence?  Were you a "latch-key kid" growing up?  Single moms, what are you doing, or have you done, to address this?  Twenty-somethings, do you think that you did too much, not enough, or just about the right amount of media growing up? 

• Answers brought up during the show:  There's more minority single moms, so media is a babysitter.  Violent video games may provide a male role model.  White families have more money to do things other than media.  Minority families will spend money on technology, but not on clothes, lunches, or school supplies.  It's a "white thing" to do family activities, but a "Latino thing" to do TV and movies all day.   It's a cultural thing, a Philippina said since her mom didn't plug into her school life they didn't go to school activities.

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443-452 – Calls –

458-508 – Calls – What was your most embarrassing gaff?  How'd you recover?  Everybody falls down, but it's how you get up that counts.  I share my "Born Free" story.

• USA Today (6/9/2011) Shania Twain: 'I didn't hurt myself' during CMT fall.

512-523 – Calls – My story about tripping at Sierra Madre Congregational Church.

523 – Don Rohde @ Galpin Ford (818) 262-2092 (  For the past 39 years, Don's been sales manager at Galpin, the #1 volume Ford dealer in the world for the past 21 years.

528-539 – Calls –

544-554 – David Ludington, Founder and CEO of Loans for Love (, 855-LOVE-995), a residential lender who provides consumers with a purchase or re-fi loan, and then they donate 25% of the origination fee to a non-profit of the borrower's choosing.

558-608 – Ron Nickoless, president of Teach Overseas (, 626-815-9400) in Azusa, an organization that gives Christians an opportunity to teach in public classrooms overseas, and so far they've sent 3,700 teachers into 12 countries around the world, including China, Hungary, Ukraine, Vietnam, Russia and now Turkey.  He's got the opportunity to bring 10,000 Christians to Turkey over the next four years to teach English in their public schools – and yes, they know Christians are coming.  Only 5% of Turks speak English.   All you need is a Bachelor's degree in any subject.  If you want to go, you'll need to go through 30 days of training here in Pasadena in July 23-August, and raise support for that training, but then after that the airfare and housing are paid for, and you'll get a salary for teaching!  Thanks to Kevin Downing from Turning Point for the heads up.

• LA Times (6/9/2011) Nearly 2,000 Syrians flee to Turkey; more poised at border to escape violence.  Makeshift camps have been set up in Turkey across the border from the Syrian city of Jisr Shughur, rocked by a violent crackdown on pro-democracy activists. Security forces reportedly fired on soldiers who disobeyed orders to shoot at protesters in the city.

612-623 – Ron Nickoless,

628-639 – • WTHR (6/7/2011) No more national anthem at pacifist Indiana college.

A small northern Indiana college has decided to stop playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at sporting events after starting to do so for the first time last year.

Goshen College's board of directors says it will find an alternative that honors the country and the Mennonite Church-affiliated school's pacifist traditions.

The 1,000-student college has been playing an instrumental version of the national anthem, followed by a peace prayer, before games and other events. Some were upset with the school's decision last year because the song's lyrics contain references to using war and military might to defend the country.

Art professor John Blosser tells The Goshen News that there is much national pride at the school, but that most people aren't going to blindly accept what the country does.

644-654 – Calls – Are you a pacifist or a just-war theorist?

• Christian Post (6/6/2011) 'Gay Days at Disney' Warning Was Brilliant, Says Family Group.  Gay Days Anaheim will be September 30 thru October 2, 2011 (, mark your calendars! 

• Yahoo (6/8/2011) Why roughhousing is good for kids—and their parents.