Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Navarrette states that he was born in the U.S., as were his parents, 3 of his grandparents, and a "handful" of his great-grandparents.
Because Navarrette identifies himself as a Mexican-American, he has received comments such as, "Why don't you try being a real American" from his readers.
He notes that he has friends who, although they do not use hyphens, call themselves Irish, Jewish, Italian, or German.
Navarrette is very articulate in describing that he is an American because of what he believes, including loving freedom and democracy, and believing that with sacred rights come equally sacred responsibilities to self, family, community and country.
This compelling article was met, however, with some rather disturbing comments posted to the story by readers (which are unfortunately no longer available online). The comments immediately bypassed his description of being American, or anything else he said, and immediately went after the issue of illegal-immigration.
This was a very clear example of how in the minds of some there can be no discussion of Hispanic in the U.S. without it being connected to a discussion of illegal-immigration. It actually seemed that for those posting the comments, that although some of Mr. Navarrette's family has been in the U.S. for 4 generations, and Navarrette himself has a clear understanding of what it means to be an American, he is not not legitimate, simply because he identifies himself as a Mexican-American.
To read the CNN commentary, click here.
The more startling difference comes when looking at the difference of opinion among Democrats and Republicans.
Among Democrats 54% believe that the nation's best days are yet to come.
Among Republicans 61% believe that America's best days are in the past.
One is left to wonder how much the rhetoric of conservative pundits and talk show commentators may be affecting Republican opinions on this question.
To read the Rasmussen Reports story, click here.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Last week, after Governor Mark Sanford's (R-SC) admission of an extramarital affair, a Rasmussen Reports survey found that only 24% of Americans feel that most members of Congress DO NOT have affairs. Thirty-eight percent (38%) said that they were not sure.
When asked whether a politician who has an affair should resign or be forced out of office, the results were as follows:
- 47% of Republicans said yes
- 39% of Democrats said yes, and only
- 35% of unaffiliated's said yes.
For the Republicans, these recent stories have brought about yet another difficulty. The Republican party has for some time labeled itself as the party of traditional and family values. The Party has specifically made an issue of this as it has fought for traditional marriage and against same-sex marriage.
These revelations that significant Party players are, by traditional standards, immoral, place the Republican Party in a position to be mocked and accused of being hypocritical.
One recent example would be the political cartoon drawn by Daryl Cagle for MSNBC.com in which he depicts a casually dressed donkey wearing a t-shirt which reads "I'm with Holier-than-thou Hypocrite Christian Adulterer" on an arrow which points to an elephant in a business suite with his pants down.
It is not coincidental that the mocking of the Republican Party is accompanied in this case by mocking the Christian religion as well.
To read the Rasmussen Reports article, click here.
To see the Daryl Cagle political cartoon, click here, and proceed to cartoon #10.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Today's reception, in combination with other events, shows clear Presidential support for Gays and Lesbians. This support is coming not only in the form of rhetoric or pageantry, but through a very significant appointment in the area of education.
Kevin Jennings, the founder of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network has been appointed Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education.
Read more about these events and their implication in our latest TwoMinuteBriefing, available by clicking here, or by visiting www.TwoMinuteBriefing.com.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
The school, which prides itself in providing an K - 8th grade environment "maximally free of all the'isms'" prevalent in the world around them, is in Berkeley California, and charges $17,000 for its 10 month term.
Some have stated concern that 13 year old's would express such sentiments. We see it differently.
We feel that it is hardly surprising that some children of this age would choose to express what others might consider to be shocking or rebellious wording or symbols. We do not think that this is the issue.
We would suggest that the issue is that in its effort to provide "freedom" for students to think what they will and express whatever they wish, what this school has developed is not freedom, but rather a lack of standards.
Although possible, it is rather unlikely that the child who painted the marijuana leaf had participated in a reasoned discussion regarding the pros and cons of recreational drug use or medical marijuana use. More likely than not it was just a childish statement of being "cool".
Similarly, the children who painted the hammer and sickle with its attached anti-capitalistic slogan probably have not studied either political philosophy or economic theory to a degree where a legitimate opinion could be formed.
Assuming that the school curriculum did not encourage the students toward communism or drug use, its administrative policy can still be said to have failed the children in allowing them, in this their parting comment to the community and younger children at the school, to paint these symbols into their class mural.
They have taught the children that there are no standards other than what they set for themselves.
This is a very dangerous precedent to establish in such a young mind. This is not how communities are built or sustained. This is not the way to foster future good citizens.
To read the Fox News story, click here.
- TMB thanks DF for alerting us to this story.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Sanford had been viewed as a rising star in the Republican party, and held the position of chairman of the Republican Governors Association. He has now resigned from that position, and there are some calling for him to step down from the governorship.
Additionally, many are noting the irony of the Republican party touting itself as the party of "Family Values."
In the midst of this mire, Mrs. Sanford issued what TwoMinuteBriefing reviewers feel is an absolutely incredibly coherent, intelligent, and frankly Christian statement. The statement reads in part:
Psalm 127 states that sons are a gift from the Lord and children a reward from Him. I will continue to pour my energy into raising our sons to be honorable young men. I remain willing to forgive Mark completely for his indiscretions and to welcome him back, in time, if he continues to work toward reconciliation with a true spirit of humility and repentance.To read the complete statement, click here.
This is a very painful time for us and I would humbly request now that members of the media respect the privacy of my boys and me as we struggle together to continue on with our lives and as I seek the wisdom of Solomon, the strength and patience of Job and the grace of God in helping to heal my family.
To read the MSNBC story, click here.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Although this in itself is noteworthy, what is even more significant are the comments posted to stories run in the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News regarding this issue. The bitter, vitriolic, virulent nature of the comments shocked TMB reviewers despite years of dealing with this issue.
Commenter Santiago wrote:
The "message should be: GO HOME! We are SICK of your freeloading!Commenter Bajarat wrote:
These illegal alien savages should only be counted as they get on a CBP bus headed to the airport or the border so we know how many green baloney sandwiches need to be ordered . . . . Illegal aliens are criminals and parasites, one and all . . . . They need to be ferreted out, rounded up like cattle, punished for their numerous crimes, then booted back to whence they snuck in from with such extreme prejudice that they will never, ever think of violating our sovereignty again.Commenter Chaunte wrote:
. . . I loathe illegal immigrants . . . .Commenter EscapedfromZion wrote:
I agree, the only reason they need to be counted is to figure out how many bologna sandwiches they will need to provide for the bus ride back to their precious May-hee-co.Commenter Listen up wrote:
What is it going to take to finally have enough and boot these leeches out of the country.Perhaps commenter Bajarat was unfamiliar with the reference, but the term "extreme prejudice" means to kill, to assasinate. With the recent shooting at the National Holocaust museum in recent memory, a shooting that was the result of racist hatred, to have that term appear in one of these postings is troubling indeed.
To read the Salt Lake Tribune story, click here.
To read the Deseret News story, click here.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Although the transsexual/transgender segment of the population is very small, their fight for rights, and the attention they are receiving in the media, are a significant assault both on the traditional family, and on those religious authorities and denominations that proclaim that gender is divinely assigned.
Read about this issue in the TwoMinuteBriefing - Why Transsexual/Transgender Rights Matter.
To access the PDF file, click here.
The article describes the involvement of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the California Proposition 8 campaign in some detail, including the theological underpinnings for its opposition to same-sex marriage.
In commenting on this article, a posting on Examiner.com's Salt Lake City page agrees that religions should be allowed to "fight for what they view as right". However, the article immediately goes on to quote a talk by Mark E. Peterson given at BYU in 1954 in which he warns against the "Negro" desiring not only equal rights but "absorption with the white race" through intermarriage.
The Examiner article concludes by stating that just as the "morality", as defined by the Church in 1954, opposed civil rights, the Church's "morality" opposes civil rights today. "The arguments haven't changed, only the target of discrimination."
To access the Time Magazine article, click here.
To access the Examiner.com article, click here.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
The church, via its web site, also urged its members to contact lawmakers about this bill. The bill was eventually withdrawn.
At the same time, the Diocese urged its members to contact lawmakers regarding a same-sex marriage bill. That bill passed, and was signed into law in April.
According to Connecticut law, if an individual or organization spends more than $2,000 a year lobbying, it must register as a lobbyist.
Bishop William Lori of the Bridgeport Diocese is quoted as saying:
It seems to me that by requiring a diocese or any other entity to register with the state before it can protest an unfriendly action by the state has a chilling affect. I don't think it's in anyone's interest that a protest rally be labeled lobbying.To read the Fox News story on this issue, click here.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
To read the CBS News story, click here.
Cards will be available to boys who have attended a safe-sex "lesson."
Josephine Quintavalle, who founded the group Comment on Reproductive Ethics, is quoted in a Daily Mail article as saying:
We are just facilitating and encouraging sexuality without any deeper understanding of the emotional side of relationships. We used to talk about recreational sex among 18-year-olds - now it is 13-year-olds.To read the TimesOnline story, click here.
To read the Daily Mail story, click here.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
An exceptionally well known Miami Beach based Catholic Priest, Father Cutié was known as Father Oprah, because of his media popularity.
When the photos first came to light, Father Cutié appeared before a variety of news programs, appearing at times contrite and apologetic for his behavior. In at least one program, he defended the Catholic Church's requirements of celibacy for priests.
Now, he has decided to leave the Catholic Church, but not his profession as a minister.
Although it is certianly not unusual for individuals to change denominations as a result of doctrinal disagreements, for an individual as visible (as now) Rev. Cutié to do so, particularly after he was caught violating a tenet he had vowed to keep is indeed troubling for the following reasons:
- It sends the message that the individual is pre-eminent, not the doctrine or the rules of the church or organization to which one belongs,
- It diminishes the concepts of integrity and commitment. Certainly it might be said that we must be true to ourselves, but when that concept is used as a justification to ignore or violate commitments that we have made to others, to a community, or in this case to a church, then we are effectively saying that we are not governed by any rules other than the ones we choose to obey at a particular time.
To read the ABC News story, click here.
To read the Fox News story, click here.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Garcia indicated that this all started out as a stunt and challenge, but ended up being a serious effort which generated discussion at the school about gender roles.
Garcia's success in being elected Prom Queen brings to mind Robin Byler's statement, posted to this blog on August 20, 2008, in which she declared that the Gay Marriage battle was already won, although perhaps for the next generation, because young people already believed in it.
A solid majority of young people under the age of 24 believe that same gender partners should have the right to marry. So the Supreme Court is just one more battle in a war we have already won, be it for the next generation.” (emphasis added) (Robin Byler, Lesbian News, March 2008, Vol. 33 Issue 8, p.Read more about this story, at GLBT.TwoMinuteBriefing.com.
- TwoMinuteBriefing thanks JP for recommending this story.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Read more about this story at GLBT.TwoMinuteBriefing.com.
Shields states that as a consequence of not having lost her virginity earlier than age 22, she carried around a protective 20 extra pounds in college, and was not as in touch with herself as she might have been.
Brooke Shields appears on the cover of the June 2009 issue of Health magazine. The online article is entitled, "Brooke Shields Gives Back: Her Mission to Empower Girls and More".
To access the Health.com article, click here. The remarks referenced above appear on page two of the article.
Read a brief summary of the story at GLBT.TwoMinuteBriefing.com.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sotomayor is currently serving on the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She was nominated to that position by President Clinton after having served in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She was nominated to her District Court position by President George H.W. Bush.
Although generally considered a judicial centrist, she is on record making comments about the policy making role of the court. Her confirmation to the Court of Appeals was delayed for over a year, an anonymous senator having placed a "secret hold" on her nomination.
Being of Puerto Rican ancestry, if confirmed to the Supreme Court, Sotomayor would become the Court's first Hispanic Justice.
The examination of the arguments made in favor or in opposition to her confirmation, not merely for their content but for the level of divisiveness they may or may not engender, will be as important as examining her judicial background.
Monday, May 25, 2009
The din subsequent to the California Supreme Court decision on Proposition 8 to be issued May 26th at 10:00 a.m. may cause attention to focus on the protests, the protesters, their cause etc. and by doing so, two critical points may become lost: first, the legal decision itself, and second, and perhaps more important, how the protest or celebrations themselves fit into the broader plan of selling homosexuality to America.
Read about how a plan written in 1990 for selling Homosexuality to
Saturday, May 23, 2009
A Salt Lake Tribune article reports that Mark Knold, chief economist at the Utah Department of Workforce Services questions whether immigration rates can be fairly compared with unemployment rates. Knold does agree, however, that an immigrant population can serve to lubricate a stalling economy.
Immigration Policy Center
Part I of the report: The Unemployment and Immigration Disconnect I
Part II of the report: The Unemployment and Immigration Disconnect II
To read the Salt Lake Tribune article, click here. (Note: The Tribune article mis-identifies the center as the Center for Immigraiton Policy)
The Times blog posting quoted Dr. David Magleby, dean at Brigham Young University, as saying:
This state will see, I think, a far more conservative agenda shared by both the governor and the Legislature than we've had in two decades.A more conservative agenda by both the legislature and the governor's office may, oddly enough, not be all good news for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which has its headquarters in Salt Lake City. Although the Church would likely favor a conservative attitude toward same-sex marriage and perhaps even domestic partnerships, a more conservative approach in dealing with illegal-immigrants might hamper the Church's missionary efforts among that population.
Having the legislature and the governor's office both at the same end of the political spectrum raises the concern that "group think" may develop. In such a situation, either everyone thinks alike, or they are afraid to express a different opinion for fear of retribution.
A statement attributed to General George S. Patton serves as a word of caution here:
If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.To read the Los Angeles Times story, click here.
This means relaunching the missionary spirit, not out of fear of the future, but because the Church is a dynamic presence, and the true disciple of Jesus Christ takes pleasure in freely transmitting His divine Word to others and sharing with them the love that flowed from His open side on the cross.Although it might seem odd for the Pope to be calling for renewed missionary spirit in a highly predominant country in a highly predominant region, this is very much in keeping with previous conferences of bishops in Latin America where concern was expressed over the success of "North American" churches in obtaining converts.
Friday, May 22, 2009
The California Supreme Court has announced that it will issue an opinion in three cases challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8 at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2009. (Strauss v. Horton, S168047; Tyler v. State of California, S168066; City and County of San Francisco v. Horton, S168078.) Tuesday at 10 a.m., the opinion will be available on the California Courts Web site at this link: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/.
Some groups favoring Gay Marriage are anticipating that proposition 8 will be upheld, meaning that marriages prior to its passage will be held as legal, but no additional same-sex marriage will be allowed. These groups are planning accordingly. One of the more interesting approaches is being taken by the group Equality California. They have started a campaign entitled "Win Marriage Back". Their campaign plans to feature a concerted grass roots effort, along with what they describe as "powerful" TV commercials.
Equality California - Win Marriage Back
Day of Decision.com
San Francisco Bay Times - Here Comes Da Justice! California to Rule Soon
SF City Hall Examiner - Prop 8 Ruling Will Come Out Soon! It's Prediction Time!
The website is designed to make it easier for those of the "digital generation" to receive inspirational messages from Pope Benedict.
The site includes access to a Facebook app, and iPhone app, a YouTube link, and what promises to be a Wiki like site entitled WikiCath.
TwoMinuteBriefing readers may recall that last May the Pope sent thousands of Catholic youth text messages on their mobile phones during World Youth Day in Sydney.
To read the AP story, click here.
To visit the new Vatican website, click here.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
The Post article notes that the decline in the number of arrests, along with the decline in remittances back to Mexico, and Mexican census data all would seem to indicate that the number of individuals entering the U.S. illegally from Mexico is in fact down. (See also Mexican Data Says Migration to U.S. Has Plummeted)
- Community organizations, church groups, etc. who have been serving the Hispanic population may notice a decline in the populations they serve, OR
- They may find that the populations they serve are in greater need because of increased enforcement and fewer opportunities to find employment in the U.S.
- Additionally, churches who were revitalizing their congregations by recruiting Hispanic immigrants may notice a decline in recent arrivals to the U.S., or
- They may find that Hispanics are less inclined to join predominantly Anglo congregations or denominations, particularly if members of those congregations/denominations are vocal in decrying illegal immigration.
Solution: Create a "No-man Zone" on the border and let our military constantly use it for bombing practice!Another wrote:
I prefer a 2,000 mile long, densely packed minefield as a solution. Blow a few limbs off and it becomes more difficult to complete, or re-attempt a crossing. Then Mexico can begin spending all of those remittances they're currently receiving on rehab for all the stumps.
To access the article, click here.
To access the comments page, click here.
- TwoMinuteBriefing thanks GW for recommending this story.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Two reports now speak of a reverse brain drain, where individuals who came to the U.S., earned their degrees, and commenced their careers are now leaving to return to their countries of origin.
On May 1st, the Christian Science Monitor reported that China was wooing some of their best expatriate scientists back to China with relocation allowances of $146,000 and salaries reported to be as high as $250,000 a year. (To read the story, click here.)
Yesterday, NPR reported that a similar reverse brain drain is occurring with individuals returning to India. NPR reports that a survey of recent returnees found that they were typically in their 30's, married, and have either a master's degree or a Ph.D.
Although these reverse migrations do not currently pose a threat to the U.S. dominance in the sciences, it would be well to consider several other factors.
- Although the current reverse brain drain may not currently significantly impact U.S. dominance in the sciences, it may significantly help the countries to which the scientists are returning.
- In returning to their countries of origin, what perceptions and attitudes are they taking back with them regarding the U.S., its culture, its religions, etc. If these perceptions are favorable, it is possible that they may to some measure favorably affect the attitudes of others in their countries of origin toward the U.S.
- Finally, although the reverse brain drain may not currently significantly impact U.S. dominance in the sciences, we cannot take that leadership for granted.
- TwoMinuteBriefing thanks DW for recommending this story.
The pregnancy rate among young Latinas is nearly twice the national average.
Although 79% of teens indicated that their parents had talked to them about sex, and 49% indicated that parents were their biggest influence in decisions about sex, 64% felt that parents did not know how to carry on a discussion about sex.
Another noteworthy finding from focus groups conducted in this study was that Latino teens often felt frustrated because of the pressure their parents placed on them to succeed academically, while those same parents were not prepared or in a position to help them reach those educational goals.
In light of all of the long term consequences that may result from a teen pregnancy, this report is very concerning. Community groups, churches, etc. working with and within the Hispanic population in the U.S. would do well to review this report, and particularly note that Hispanic parents may need additional assistance in working with their teen children.
Download the report here: Toward A Common Future: Latino Teens and Adults Speak Out
Read the CNN story here:
National Council of La Raza
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
Friday, May 15, 2009
The $3 billion cut from public school budgets is the optimistic number and assumes that the budget measures on the ballot next week are passed by California voters. If they are not, public schools could face $5 billion in cuts.
A recent Rasmussen Reports survey shows that voters do not favor raising taxes, but would rather see government spending cut.
This proposal comes after the news released earlier this week that although the state high school dropout rate had declined by 1 percentage point, the Los Angeles Unified School District high school dropout rate had increased by 3 percentage points to 34.9%. (See blog posting Wednesday May 13)
In addition to cuts to the education budgets, the Governor is proposing to release thousands of inmates from prison early, packing others into county jails, and eliminating healthcare benefits to more than 200,000 children.
It is believed that most people emigrating from Mexico to other countries are coming to the United States.
The Center for Immigration Studies attributes this decline to increased enforcement at the border and in workplaces around America. The Center for Immigration Studies could be described as having a strong anti-immigrant agenda.
The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego, believes that the decline should more correctly be attributed to the economic decline. When the job market revives, the emigration will revive as well.
Closing the dealerships is designed to help Chrysler in its bankruptcy restructuring process.
The impact on state and local economies could be significant. For example, in Utah, car sales generate a large amount of tax revenue. KSL reports that the tax revenue from car sales typically ranks among the top three revenue sources for the state. At the local level, the loss of dealerships means the loss of jobs, and the loss of those salaries being spent in the local economy.
10 dealerships are targetted to be closed in Utah. They are in Spanish Fork, 2 in Ogden, Treemonton, Layton, 3 in Cedar City, Nephi, and St. George.
As this post was being written, GM announced that it plans to end contracts with 1,100 dealerships. Details will be posted when available.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Online, the first screen of the story seems to emphasize the growth of the Hispanic population. In fact, the article begins by noting the increased number of taco carts around the corner of State Street and 800 South in Salt Lake City.
Unfortunately, as would be expected, comments posted to the story tend to emphasize the growth of the Mexican population, and illegal immigration. One individual wrote:
If Utah is getting more like Mexico, that's because it's getting worse. I've been to Mexico; for the most part it's a dump. Certain parts of Salt Lake City are starting to look like it too.Another commented:
Ah, isn't that nice. The Third World coming to Utah making things look and operate more like Mexico Lindo every day.And as on previous occasions, there are those comments that snipe at the LDS Church:
What is that thing called ?? Article of Faith? We believe in obeying the laws of the land, etc. Smirk. We do?? If it is convenient maybe.http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705303336/The-face-of-Utah-is-changing-fast.html?pg=1
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Analysts at TwoMinuteBriefing anticipated the likelihood of a slowdown, and have encouraged those in policy positions to note the possible impact of anti-immigrant feelings and the current economic situation particularly on the Hispanic population.
How long this slowdown will continue, how deep the slowdown will, and what areas will be most affected is yet to be determined.
For the state overall, the dropout rate went down 1 percentage point from the previous year to 20.1%.
Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell is quoted as saying that the rates are "unacceptably high" and that they are "alarmingly high" among Hispanic and African American students.
With many now saying that even a high school education is insufficient to obtain an adequate paying job, the implications of over a third of the high school students in Los Angeles Unified not even graduating from high school are very concerning indeed.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
As compared to 61% who held that opinion early last December, and 54% who felt that way in April of this year, now only 49% said their houses were worth more than they owed.
They also noted that 56% of Americans buy a newspaper once a week or less. This includes 37% who rarely or never buy a copy of their local newspaper.
Curiously, 69% of Rasmussen's respondents prefer reading a printed copy of a newspaper as compared to reading it online.
Read the complete article by Rasmussen here:
Monday, May 11, 2009
Victims of the scam say that immigration officials offered them work visas in exchange for testimony against Avila. Avila has not been charged, but the victims who testified have been arrested and told they will be deported.
A comment posted to the story reads, "An illegal immigrant by any other name is still an illegal immigrant...and needs to leave. I don't care if they are the suspect or the victim. That makes no difference to me. These people came uninvited."
Another read, "They got exactly what they deserved. And they should take their kids with them!"
Also of note is a large number of negative comments aimed at the LDS Church.
According to the article, his school does not permit "dancing, listening to rock music and holding hands and kissing".
A comment to the article read, "I am so glad I dropped the entire Christian religion thing. Intolerance and threats may not be the foundation to that religion, but it is certainly what is practiced in its organized sense."
Although the intent of the article appears to be to relate how school officials are at times heavy handed in denying students access to proms, in the current atmosphere of the battle over gay rights, the story of the young man attend the Christian high school may also be seen as demonstrating another case of Christians intolerance.
Friday, May 8, 2009
The points made in the discussion, both for and against same-sex marriage, are worth noting.
This is discussion is somewhat typical of the type of discussions that are taking place outside of Church circles.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
CBS News coverage of this story goes on to say that 11% of household have insufficient food for "an active, healthy life."
Feeding America's uses 2005-2007 data from the the Census Bureau and the Agriculture Department.
Seventeen percent of homes in the U.S. have landlines only, and no cell phones.
Approximately 2% have no phone service at all.
The decision came with a 9-0 vote.
The details of the decision likely turn on some very specific aspects of the law.
More important than the decision, however, is the reaction from those with anti-immigrant leanings. A reading of the comments posted to the story show
- strong anti-immigrant rhetoric, and
- strong anti-government rhetoric.
Department of Homeland Security Report
Levi Johnston, the father of Bristol's baby appeared on CBS's The Early Show also on Wednesday and said that abstinence-only for teens was not realistic. He is quoted as saying, " ... It's a great idea and a great message she's trying to send out to the world and all the young kids. It's not easy raising a baby. But I do think there's more things to it than just not having sex."
ABC news headlined a story "NYC Teens Chide Palin's Abstinence Call - Students Say Bristol Palin is a 'hypocrite,' a 'Celebrity' and 'Hasn't Been in Our Shoes'.
Bristol had appeared before approximately 150 teens in a town meeting forum at The Times Center.
The article suggests that due to the decline in the percentage of homes with kids, and an increasing preference for urban "amenities", the "dream of a big house with the big lawn is vanishing."
See the article here