Americans Fail Civic Literacy Test
March 27, 2009

Almost three-quarters of Americans, 71.4%, failed a basic civic literacy test, a new survey study of 2,508 Americans by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) shows. In fact, 89.2% of the Americans surveyed got either a D or an F on the test! Only 0.8% of the Americans scored 90 to 100, or an A, 2.6% scored 80 to 89.9, or a B, and 7.4% scored 70 to 79.9, or a C. ISI considered a grade of 59.9 and below to be an F grade. Liberals scored 49% compared to 48% for conservatives, while Republicans scored significantly higher than Democrats, 52% to 45%. Sadly, fewer than half of all Americans could name all three branches of the federal government, a minimal requirement for understanding America's political system. Among the questions a...
 

 
TV Makes You Dumb and Dumber
March 27, 2009

A new study of Americans by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute shows that watching TV, including TV news, diminishes a person's score on a basic civic literacy exam. In fact, the study of 2,508 Americans found that, for each hour of TV news and documentaries watched, a person loses 0.08% per hour per week in his test score. Watching a movie you own or rent is even worse, decreasing your test score 0.14% per hour per week! The study also reports, "An American who lacks a college degree but has initiative and desire - and who does not spend too much time watching TV and talking on the phone - can acquire more knowledge than a couch potato with a college degree." The study shows that reading about current events and history in books, n...
 

 
Are You Smarter than a Politician?
March 27, 2009

Elected officials are not as smart as the general public when it comes to civic literacy. So says a survey of 2,508 Americans, including 164 people who said they have held an elected office at least once in their life, by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI). The politicians were less likely to correctly answer 29 of 33 questions on ISI's basic civic literacy exam. Among the elected officeholders, 40% were Democrat, 31% were Republican, 21% were Independent, and 8% said they belonged to no political party or indicated no such affiliation. The biggest gaps occurred on three major questions about American history and American government - a question involving the source of the 1962 tension between the U.S and the Communistic Sovie...
 

 
Jesus Christ in the Movies
March 26, 2009

By Dr. Ted Baehr  “And the angel said unto her, ‘Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.’ “Then said Mary unto the angel, ‘How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?’ “And the angel answered and said unto her, ‘The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of G...
 

 
Number of Unmarried Mothers Skyrockets
March 25, 2009

The number of unmarried women bearing children has skyrocketed 26% in the United States since 2002, according to a study of 2007 birthrates in America by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.   The estimated 1,714,643 babies born to unmarried women represent 39.7% of all births in 2007, a new record.   Also, the birth rate for U.S. teenagers increased again for the second straight year, from 41.9 births per 1,000 teenagers to 42.5 births.   Pundits are mulling over the effects of these new trends toward sexual immorality and away from traditional marriage, but, as Hamlet remarks in Act 1, Scene 2, "It is not nor it cannot come to good."   - U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, 03/18/09.  ...
 

 
Children Raised by Single Mothers Fare Poorly
March 25, 2009

Statistics from multiple sources show that children raised by single mothers are more likely to commit murder and rape, go to prison, commit suicide, drop out of school, become involved in a teenage pregnancy, become runaways, and live in poverty.   This does not bode well for the 1.7 million babies born to unmarried women in 2007, according to a March 18, 2009 report by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.   As Jesus says in  Matthew 19:4-6, "Haven't you read that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,' and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore, what God has joined togethe...
 

 
Parents of Suicide Victim Want Laws Against ‘Sexting’
March 25, 2009

The parents of an 18-year-old Cincinnati girl, who committed suicide after people distributed a nude photo of her sent to her boyfriend, are launching a national campaign for laws against "sexting" - the practice of sending or posting sexually explicit cell-phone photos.   Cynthia Logan, mother of Jessie, the teen in question, are attaching Jessie's name to the campaign.   After the picture got around, Jessie was mercilessly taunted and called names, even by students who did not go to her school. No letters or calls were sent to parents about Jessie's situation, and no charges were filed, by authorities, before Jessie suddenly committed suicide.   "We want a bill passed," Cynthia Logan said. "It's a national epidemic. Nobody is do...
 

 
Scriptwriting Workshop Offered
March 22, 2009

Do you want to create or recognize a blockbuster, then join us for the SO YOU WANT TO BE IN PICTURES Scriptwriting class dates:  April 15-16-17  Here is the schedule: 04/15/09 Wednesday                   9:30 AM -12:30 PM Script writing class begins at the MG® office 04/16/09 Thursday                      9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Script writing class 04/17/09 Friday                            9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Script writing class     Lunch on your own   This class is taught around the world and at UC Berkeley where I chair the Advisory Board of the Christian Institute for the Study of Media, at the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education (CARE), at the Gradu...
 

 
Hollywood’s Hypocrisy on Taxes
March 21, 2009

A recent comment by actor Alec Baldwin of TV's 30 ROCK shows how hypocritical Hollywood can be when it comes to taxes. During a local cable show in New York City, Baldwin rebuked New York Governor David Paterson for suggesting that the cancellation of a 35% tax credit for movies shot in New York City could help reduce the state's $7 billion deficit. "If these tax breaks are not reinstated," Baldwin said, "film production in this town is going to collapse, and television is going to collapse, and it's all going to go to California." The Wall Street Journal pointed out that Baldwin's comments were echoed by Hollywood's recent support for tax breaks in Michigan, Texas and California, despite the recent economic downturn that has affected th...
 

 
School Shooter in Germany Played Violent Video Game, Liked Horror Movies
March 21, 2009

Two reports about a 17-year-old school shooter in Winnenden, Germany who murdered 15 people say that the teenager not only played a violent video game that involves killing people to complete missions but also had a large collection of horror movies. The shooter targeted mostly females, killing eight female students and three female teachers. The teenager used a gun from his father's collection of 15 firearms. The father was a member of the local gun club and kept all the weapons locked away except for the handgun, which was kept in the bedroom. Countless scientific studies have shown that depictions of violence in the mass media are a causal factor in violence and aggression by children and teenagers, affecting some youths more strongly...
 

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