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Whose Fault Are Those Damned, Lazy Millennials, Anyway?



I have two, twenty-something kids. They couldn't be more different, yet so amazingly the same. And I couldn't love them any more than I already do though it would be great if my son could find a job.

Oh, I said, different? I don't mean from one another, though one's a boy, the other a girl. I mean different from me. I'm a baby boomer. In case you needed to know what a baby boomer is, that's someone born between 1946 and 1964. (kind of the dyslexia years '46, '64). Dyslexia - a term made popular by-- that's right, the boomers.

Anyway, getting back to the differences between my world and that of my kids-- the millennial generation (children born 1980s to the early 2000s). Why is it they don't think like I do, react like I do, even care about the things I do? They're just so... different.

Now I know why, and I'm going to share it with you, in video form -- after all, isn't video and the Internet really the millennial generation at it's finest? Well, the iPhone 5S is pretty cool.

You should find this video enlightening if you're a boomer. And you'll find it tolerable if you're a millennial. And if you're Generation Z (born AFTER 2000) you probably don't care anyway -- so go play a video game, or better yet, watch Miley Cyrus Twerk it.


In a First, Debates Give Presidential Candidates the Topics Ahead Of Time


Back in the olden days, this was called cheating.

Are the presidential debates in danger of becoming as scripted as professional wrestling?

Wednesday afternoon, the Commission on Presidential Debates quietly posted a press release announcing the topics for the first presidential debate in Denver on October 3. What the commission didn't say is that this may be the first time in history presidential candidates have been given the topics of a debate ahead of time.

"We had been thinking about this for awhile," says CPD executive director Janet Brown. "CPD's intention is to have the candidates come prepared for a more in-depth conversation."


Though specific questions were not given, debate moderator Jim Lehrer of PBS NewsHour announced the topics of the questions on the commission Web site, saying that three questions will be on the economy, one on health care, one on the role of government and one on governing.

"Romney, Obama debates to be more controlled and duller than usual,"
election reform blog Democracy Chronicles warned Thursday.


Religion, porn, and viruses, oh my!


Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog posted news items from the "God Machine," informing us about all kinds of religiony stuff, so please go over and read all about it. Two fascinating little tidbits in particular caught my eye:

1- The Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life found the most knowledgeable Americans about religion are atheists and agnostics.

2- Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report found more viruses attached to religious websites than porn websites.

So remember, boys and girls, stay away from them religious sites! They're dangerous and can infect you with icky, Satany germs!

And then I followed the link in #1, and found this:

Overall, people who score well on the general knowledge questions also tend to do well on the religion questions. Atheists/agnostics and Jews correctly answer an average of roughly seven of the nine general knowledge questions. Among the public overall, the average respondent correctly answers 5.2 of these general knowledge questions.

Since I fall under both the "atheist/agnostic" and "Jew" categories, I really should be a lot more knowledgeable than I am. I chalk that up to exposing myself to too many Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin speeches.


Poll: GOP voters in the dark?


I think most of us wouldn't bother with the question mark.

(CNN) – While the 2012 Republican presidential election is at the center of national media coverage, it appears voters are significantly in the dark when it comes to the GOP race.

According to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, fewer than half of registered voters identified South Carolina as the next primary state on the road to the White House, with slightly more Republicans, at 50%, than Democrats, at 43%, offering the correct answer.

Sixty-nine percent of voters knew Newt Gingrich served as House speaker, but only about half could say in which state Mitt Romney served as governor. Fifty-three percent of registered voters, 59% of Republicans and 50% of Democrats correctly named Massachusetts.


Age, gender and education gaps were also evident in the poll, which indicated Republican and Republican-leaning voters 65 years of age or older were more likely to answer the questions correctly. Twenty-six percent of GOP voters under 40 correctly answered at least three of the four questions, as opposed to 62% of those 65 years or older.

Republican women were less likely to answer the questions correctly, as were non-college graduates. And voters who aligned themselves with the tea party had far more knowledge about the 2012 race than those who said they disagreed or had no opinion of the grassroots movement.