How Much Impact Does Your Faith Have On Your Vote?
It’s the economy. No,
it’s social justice. No, it’s the
sanctity of life. There is no shortage
of opinion as to the top issues this election.
Earlier this year, the Barna Group did some research on those issues –
and how much of a role faith plays in it.
Over the course of the next couple of weeks, we’ll look into the
specifics of that survey with David Kinnaman of the Barna Group, who tells us
they break people down into 5 faith segments: Evangelical Christians, Non-Evangelical
Christians, Notional (or cultural) Christians, Non-Christians, and Skeptics
(atheists and agnostics). Stay with us over the next several days as we delve
deeper into that study from the Barna Group. And you can hear Dennis Hutchinson’s
entire interview with David Kinnaman, president of Barna Research, by clicking
the link to your right, on this page.
Fallen Border Patrol Agent’s Funeral Today
Border Patrol Agent Nicolas Ivie will be laid to rest
today. Ivie is the agent that was killed
in the line of duty last week south of Tucson. The FBI says it appears his death was caused
by friendly fire, but Jeff Self with U-S Border Patrol says that doesn’t change
the fact that he died serving his country. The funeral for agent Ivie is today.
DEA Takes Back Millions of Unused Prescription Drugs
Typically when you think of a crackdown at the Drug
Enforcement Administration, you think illegal drugs. A 2-year initiative called “Drug Take-Back
Day” just finished about a week ago, and the DEA says they were able to get 2
million pounds of unused, potentially dangerous prescription drugs out of
circulation. That program started after
a survey came out that showed 6 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, and
that 7 out of 10 got them from friends or relatives.
Dreamin’ Becomes $6.00 Per Gallon of Gas Nightmare
Things got a little crazy at the gas pumps in California over the
weekend, with record breaking prices well over 5-dollars per gallon at
times. The average price yesterday was
about $4.65, and all of that happened because of a temporary reduction in supply
caused by a power outage. That meant
some stations had to close altogether, while others tried to pick up the
slack. One gas station in Long Beach had gas at
$6.65 a gallon.
Clamping Down on Illegal Music Downloads
Another lawsuit is brewing over copyright laws and buying
music online. A company called ReDigi
that allows folks to resell songs they’ve downloaded is being sued by EMI
Records for copyright violation. ReDigi
says they have checks in place to protect against illegal downloads.
Four automobile models are getting pats on the back from the
insurance industry in the latest crash tests.
The Lexus ES, Hyundai Santa Fe, Subaru XV Crosstrek, and the new Dodge
Dart all earned the top award for performing well in crashes.
Meningitis Outbreak Expands to Michigan
is the latest state to be added to the list in that meningitis outbreak that
came from tainted steroid shots. At
least 20 cases have been confirmed in Michigan,
including at least 2 deaths in the last week.
The number of cases nationally is now close to 100.
More Peanut Butter Recalled
Sunland continues to expand its recall of peanut butter
products tainted with salmonella. It
already included 100 products, and now has been expanded to include everything
that was made in that plant after March 1, 2010. All you need to know at FDA.gov.
Family & Relationships
State Says “NOT OK” To
has become the latest state to cut off funds to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood says they don’t perform
abortions at facilities in Oklahoma,
but they do make referrals. Texas cut off funding
for them earlier this year.
Small Biz Hiring Down
Hiring by small business was down for the 3rd straight month
in September. The National Federation of
Independent Business says uncertainty is the biggest problem, making it tough
for business owners to make the commitment to spend.
Finances & Economy
Poll: 7 in 10 Believe It’s OK to Walk Away from Your
If you wonder why the housing market hasn’t fully rebounded,
it may be because so many of us don’t think defaulting is all that big a
deal. A new survey by Zogby shows that
68 million Americas
believe homeowners should be allowed to simply walk away from their mortgage,
with no consequences. The survey looks
at what are called “Strategic Defaults.”
These are folks who can pay, and don’t owe more than their home is
worth, but still plan to walk away. At
least 28 million Americans are planning to do just that. And that doesn’t even take into consideration
the almost 11 million homeowners that are underwater in their mortgages.
More Will Exercise if it Helps Others
Using social marketing to sell ideas instead of products may
be the best way to get us off the couch.
New research out of the U-K suggests that people are more likely to
exercise if they feel like it’s helping somebody besides themselves, and is
part of an overall community-wide effort.
they called it “Fit & Fab” - and they found more people willing to take
part in it than in all the pre-existing efforts.
Gastric Bypass Surgeries Growing
As the nation’s waistline has expanded, so have the numbers
of people who are now considered candidates for gastric bypass surgery. Some forecasts say it could be as high as 31
million people, so doctors wanted to find out how well people who’d had the
surgery fared 6 years later. Dr. Ted
Adams says the results were encouraging. Almost 80% had been able to maintain a
“very significant degree of weight loss.” Every cardiovascular risk factor
improved, when compared to the control group, who did not have the surgery. More in the latest Journal of the American