Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Faith-Based Society Healthier, Lives Longer
I wish to point out a great article that discusses the positive outcome of religious belief, followed by many examples taken originally from a list of three-hundred such studies. I think this is ample proof that religious faith is superior to non-faith in many aspects:
Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, and other hosts I listen to frequently quote from these studies in their "proof" that religion matters. And it matters in the positive.
Social Scientists Agree:
Religious Belief Reduces Crime Summary of the First Panel Discussion Panelists for this important discussion included social scientists Dr. John DiIulio, professor of politics and urban affairs at Princeton University; David Larson, M.D., President of the National Institute for Healthcare Research; Dr. Byron Johnson, Director of the Center for Crime and Justice Policy at Vanderbilt University; and Gary Walker, President of Public/Private Ventures. The panel focused on new research, confirming the positive effects that religiosity has on turning around the lives of youth at risk.
Dr. Larson laid the foundation for the discussion by summarizing the findings of 400 studies on juvenile delinquency, conducted during the past two decades. He believes that although more research is needed, we can say without a doubt that religion makes a positive contribution.
His conclusion: “The better we study religion, the more we find it makes a difference.” Previewing his own impressive research, Dr. Johnson agreed. He has concluded that church attendance reduces delinquency among boys even when controlling for a number of other factors including age, family structure, family size, and welfare status. His findings held equally valid for young men of all races and ethnicities.
Gary Walker has spent 25 years designing, developing and evaluating many of the nation’s largest public and philanthropic initiatives for at-risk youth. His experience tells him that faith-based programs are vitally important for two reasons. First, government programs seldom have any lasting positive effect. While the government might be able to design [secular/non-God] programs that occupy time, these programs, in the long-term, rarely succeed in bringing about the behavioral changes needed to turn kids away from crime. Second, faith-based programs are rooted in building strong adult-youth relationships; and less concerned with training, schooling, and providing services, which don’t have the same direct impact on individual behavior. Successful mentoring,
Thursday, October 16, 2008
By Andrew M. Seder
SCRANTON – The agent in charge of the Secret Service field office in Scranton said allegations that someone yelled “kill him” when presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s name was mentioned during Tuesday’s Sarah Palin rally are unfounded.
The Scranton Times-Tribune first reported the alleged incident on its Web site Tuesday and then again in its print edition Wednesday. The first story, written by reporter David Singleton, appeared with allegations that while congressional candidate Chris Hackett was addressing the crowd and mentioned Obama’s name a man in the audience shouted “kill him."
News organizations including ABC, The Associated Press, The Washington Monthly and MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann reported the claim, with most attributing the allegations to the Times-Tribune story.
Agent Bill Slavoski said he was in the audience, along with an undisclosed number of additional secret service agents and other law enforcement officers and not one heard the comment.
“I was baffled,” he said after reading the report in Wednesday’s Times-Tribune.
He said the agency conducted an investigation Wednesday, after seeing the story, and could not find one person to corroborate the allegation other than Singleton.
Slavoski said more than 20 non-security agents were interviewed Wednesday, from news media to ordinary citizens in attendance at the rally for the Republican vice presidential candidate held at the Riverfront Sports Complex. He said Singleton was the only one to say he heard someone yell “kill him.”
“We have yet to find someone to back up the story,” Slavoski said. “We had people all over and we have yet to find anyone who said they heard it.”
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
There seems to be some holes in the above case, and HotAir (a conservative site) refutes the above:
- Obama is an American. No, really. Update: Shocker - Berg a truther?
- FactCheck.org: We’ve seen Obama’s original birth certificate and it checks out
The below is an update from one of the links above. The person speaking the whole way through is a 9-11 truther:
Monday, October 13, 2008
I want any readers here to head over to Michelle Malkin’s site where she has a more in-depth version of what I posted here. She has photos of people arrested for vandalizing republican voter property, she has bumper stickers that are violent by the Left, as well as two of the videos below. I did find (last night) a video that shows the hatred of the Left that Malkin doesn’t have yet... although I did e-mail the link to her. This is in response to the Left saying that McCain rallies are “violent” or “racist,” a dumb charge. As always with the Left, there is a LANGUAGE WARNING:
McCain rally upper west side:
Madonna To Sarah Palin "I Will Kick Her Ass:”
This is insane rage — Sandra Bernhard bashing Sarah Palin and cursing her head off with hate warping her crazed face: