Most U.S. teens want to be virgins when they marry //

photo source: life123.com

Did you know that a recent survey says that most U.S. teens want to be virgins when they marry? It was news to me. I hadn’t realized that a large portion of teens were concerned with this.

My sister teaches Junior High math in a Southern California public school. Let’s just say she has a very interesting job working with today’s youth. Many teens seem to be lacking some basic moral character. It’s very sad, and honestly something that can really only be fixed in the home. Teaching children correct principles and values is the role of the parents, but unfortunately, many have quit that job and left their children to fend for themselves.

However, a recent study presents some marginally happy news. And considering how much trash kids today are exposed to, and how many of them have little to no parental supervision or guidance, LifeSiteNews.com posted an article about some positive findings from a poll conducted last year by

Drs. Rene Paulson and Jacquelyn Pennings under the auspices of the Christian youth research and outreach organization OneHope as part of their Spiritual State of the World’s Children study. . .recruited [teens] to take the online survey through a panelist company and through social networking websites.

The survey found that 61 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 would like to be virgins when they get married.

Additionally, 63 percent said that, presuming they had lost their virginity, they would change the past if possible and regain it.

I wonder how, if so many teens think that being a virgin when they get married is important, they certainly seem to act otherwise? I’m in complete agreement that the media and television play a huge role in this, in addition to absentee parents who fail to provide the essential moral teachings that these teens so desperately need.  The study addressed the loose morals found in a majority of television shows.

A press release from OneHope announcing the release of the study today said the results of the survey were “surprising” given the high teen exposure to sexually explicit media content such as the controversial MTV program “Skins.”

According to a report by the Parents Television Council, two-thirds (64 percent) of all TV shows contain “sexual content” – anything from flirting to intercourse.

Additional data about U.S. teens’ beliefs and values revealed in this survey include some troubling aspects of the influence of media on children, such as:

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Prop 8 Attorneys Make Case for Democratic Rights//

Proposition 8 Trial Continues . . .  U.S. Supreme Court set to make final ruling Wednesday on trial broadcast

The trial continues and Attorneys for Proposition 8– the measure that upheld traditional marriage in California– are focusing on democratic rights. I agree with that angle. I’m not an attorney, yet, but from my point of view, as a voter, that’s where the problem is. Legal counsel for the opposition to Prop 8 are trying to invalidate our votes and our rights as Californians to change our State Constitution.

“Clearly the big issue on this case is going to be the role of the courts and the rights of the people ultimately to make decisions in the democratic process and to be able to have their votes counted,” explained attorney Andre Pugno.

Prop 8 attorneys say they’re concerned about hatred against traditional marriage supporters.During the campaign against gay marriage, church vandalism was witnessed and some Prop 8 supporters received death threats, including Pastor Jim Franklin in Fresno, Calif.

“I’ve had threats before and you don’t know how seriously to take them,” Franklin recalled. “The chief of police called me back in about two minutes and said ‘Yes, we’re taking it very seriously because of the nature of it.'”

That kind of intimidation is why Prop 8 supporters oppose broadcasting the trial and posting it on YouTube. They fear for the safety of witnesses.

Opponents, however, say Americans should be able to view the debate for themselves.

The U.S. Supreme Court will make a final decision on the issue Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the California trial against Prop 8 is expected to last two to three weeks. No matter the outcome, the case is expected to be appealed to the high court.

source: CBN.com

In Praise of Stay-At-Home-Moms//

Dr. Laura and Stay-At-Home Moms

I’m a super huge fan of Dr. Laura. She is right-on most of the time, and I love listening to her show, reading her books, and learning from her.

She read the following letter over the air on Thursday. I was listening to a replay of her show on satellite radio late on Thursday night on my way to the San Francisco airport to pick up my husband from his week of traveling for work. This is the sweetest recount from a woman who really understands what family means and the importance of being a parent.

I wanted to share this with all of my readers because it is important for parents to understand their proper role in the rearing of their children. Basically, they need to be there to do it, and not hand off their children to someone else.  Children need to have their Mothers home with them, and they need to know that they are loved and appreciated. They need to feel safe and secure, and those are things that they don’t get at daycare.

I am very blessed to have a husband who willingly goes out and slays dragons for me and the kids everyday, no complaints. He’s an amazing husband and an amazing Father.

Subject: I had A Terrible Night Last Night And I Am Thankful!

Date: 2009-11-20

I had A Terrible Night Last Night And I Am Thankful!

Dear Dr. Laura,Yes, you read that subject correctly. I had a terrible night and I am thankful for it!! I had an epiphany last night as I cradled my 4 year old who caught a cold. But first I need to tell you about my night. My 9-month old caught a cold a few nights ago, on my birthday in fact, and kept me up all night that night. Well he’s sleeping a little better now, but he still struggles with congestion.

So last night he was having a hard time staying asleep because he couldn’t breathe too well through his nose. So figuring he needed some extra TLC I cradled him while he slept for about an hour. Then when my arms could not take it any more I placed him in his crib. I climbed into bed, at about midnight, thankful for sleep, as I’d had a little bit of insomnia the night before. As I started drifting off to sleep, I hear this tiny knock upon my door. {Click here to continue reading. . .}

Reducing Poverty by Revitalizing Marriage in Low-Income Communities// a memo to president obama

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It always astounds me why people so quickly discredit decades of research, and seem to simply want to ignore the status of our current society. Examine the info below for yourself and see if you can figure out why our so-called President and his cronies don’t want to preserve marriage, or help people really get out of poverty.

I mean, he doesn’t want to preserve any of our other rights and liberties, so it’s not surprising that he doesn’t care about preserving marriage either. Marriage and all it stands for and does for society is so contrary to what Obamination is trying to accomplish. If you haven’t noticed yet, then you should start to look around at the insane policies he’s trying to pass. Obama and his cohorts want American’s currently in poverty to remain there, and those who aren’t, well, he’s certainly helping us on our way. Poverty = reliance on the government, and a loss of freedom. The more people the government has to take care of, the larger it needs to be; theoretically speaking. Obama’s administration is trying very hard to make sure that marriages don’t succeed and that people “need” the government. Everyone’s probably heard the statistic that says that the number one reason for divorce is money. Well, forcing economic hardship and stress on to practically every American family is certainly a way to destroy them. Very clever Obama…..

The Heritage Foundation examined the relationship between poverty and marriage and has drafted up a little memo to our President. Here are some highlights from their Memo:

{Click here to read more. . .}

Government Funds Ad Campaign That Holds Up Value of Marriage//

Photo By Alejandro Gonzalez, USA TODAY

Photo By Alejandro Gonzalez, USA TODAY

The federal government is funding a $5 million national media campaign that launches this month, extolling the virtues of marriage for those ages 18 to 30.

There have been some changes to the marriage statistics in this country. People are waiting longer to get married, and the number of people getting married at all has decreased. The government felt they needed to do something about this.

The average age at first marriage is now almost 26 for women and 28 for men. And a growing percentage of Americans aren’t marrying at all: Provisional federal statistics released Tuesday report 7.1 marriages per 1,000 people in 2008, down from 10 per 1,000 in 1986.

The National Healthy Marriage Resource Center, is spearheading the campaign. It is a federally funded virtual clearinghouse, that works under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.

With ads on social networking sites Facebook and MySpace, videos on YouTube, spots on radio talk shows, ads in magazines and public transportation and a new website (TwoOfUs.org), creators say the aim is to start a national conversation about marriage.

Thankfully, at this point it seems that this campaign and marriage resource center are focused on marriage between 1 man and 1 woman. After all, we already know that it is within the bounds of  a “traditional” marriage, that families and children flourish.

Research suggests a bevy of benefits for those who marry, including better health, greater wealth and more happiness for the couple, and improved well-being for children.

Interesting huh? Those of us in happy marriages probably already know these things, but isn’t it funny how despite personal accounts of the benefits of marriage, and research into the issue, the GLBT community would still have us believe that they have better lives, that they are better for children and that they are happier. They aren’t fooling anyone. Of course there are those who are saying that it isn’t the government’s business to get involved, however others say,

the campaign is just like those conducted by other federal agencies to encourage the use of seat belts and discourage drug use, smoking and drunken driving.

I’m glad that at lest someone in our government thinks that promoting and protecting marriage is at least as important as seat belts. Every little bit of promotion counts!

Resource center project director Mary Myrick of Oklahoma City says the media campaign has a budget of $1.25 million a year for four years; the campaign is part of the federal Healthy Marriage Initiative, a Bush administration effort under the Administration for Children & Families.

I should have known, Obama had nothing at all to do with this. Marriage and families don’t really seem to be at the top of his priority list.

To read more about the marriage campaign and the research behind it, click here

Source: usatoday.com

The CA Legislature Wants to Reject Your Vote// go rally at the capital on Tuesday…

Calling all Nor Cal residents and everyone else who can get to Sacramento by Tuesday. It’s time to get serious and let our government know that we don’t appreciate them ignoring our votes and forgetting who they work for.

Proposition 8 Hearings will be held in these rooms: {Scroll down for background details on the hearings}

HR 5
Tuesday, February 17
10:30am
State Capitol
Room 4202

SR 7
Tuesday, February 17
12:30pm

State Capitol

Room 4203

Here’s the latest update from the DNA: **Ok, so the most recent word is that the opposition is going to be busing people in from San Francisco for the hearings so seating at the actual hearing may be limited, come early. If you have kids, bring water bottles and a few snacks, comfortable shoes. Security is tight there, so remember, no pocket knives etc.

If we have more people come to the hearing than we can fit in the room, we’ll hold a concurrent rally outside the capitol building with a petition signing.  No body will be wasted!  Kids and families are welcome!  Come and be heard!  Wear your yellow shirt if you like!  If it rains, bring an umbrella, we’ll rally in the hallways!

Don't let our legislators stamp this on our ballots! Rally for marriage on Tuesday!

Don't let our legislators stamp this on our ballots! Rally for marriage on Tuesday!

Here are the details on the rally from United Families International:

This resolution would put the Assembly on record as supporting the repeal of Proposition 8 and declaring that the initiative was an improper revision to the California Constitution. -Equality California Website

Dear California Supporters of the Family,

State Assembly and Senate Considering Resolution Encouraging State Supreme Court to Overturn Prop 8!!!

SR7 and HR5

On Tuesday, February 17th at 10:30 am, The Assembly Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing followed at 12:30 pm by a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Proposition 8. The committees will be considering crafting a joint resolution encouraging the California State Supreme Court to overturn Prop 8. By issuing the resolution the Assembly will officially express its opposition to Proposition 8, calling for its repeal, and stating that it was an “improper revision” to the state constitution.

Read HR5 and Read SR7

Passing these resolutions flies in the face of the will of the voters. Prop 8, was passed by a clear majority of California voters in November 2008. Fifty-two percent of California voters stood up to protect the family, which is the lynch pin of civilization. William Glaston, a former policy advisor to President Clinton, is quoted in the UFI Marriage Advantage Family Guide. He states, “Marriage is an important social good, associated with an impressively broad array of positive outcomes for children and adults alike….Whether American society succeeds or fails in building a healthy marriage culture is clearly a matter of legitimate public concern.”

Don’t let the Assembly take your vote away. Join us in protecting marriage, children and the future of family and our society.

What You Can Do

Attend the hearing. It is taking place Tuesday, February 17th at the state capitol in Sacramento. The Assembly hearing will be in room 4202 at 10:30 am. The Senate hearing will be in room 4203 at 12:30pm. (See hearing info updates above). We encourage you to make the trip. By attending you will send a visible signal to the committee members in support of the family. To get driving directions and parking information follow the click on the links below:

For directions
For parking information

Call the members of the committees and fax letters asking them to vote no on HR5 and SR7

Assembly Judiciary Committee-Vote NO on HR5

Julia Brownley
Phone: 916 319 2041
Fax: 916 319 2141

Noreen Evans
Phone: 916 319 2007
Fax: 916 319 2107

Mike Feuer (Chair)
Phone: 916 319 2042
Fax: 916 319 2142

Dave Jones
Phone: 916 319 2009
Fax: 916 319 2109

Steve Knight
Phone: 916 319 2036
Fax: 916 319 2136

Paul Krekorian
Phone: 916 319 2043
Fax: 916 319 2143

Ted Lieu
Phone: 916 319 2053
Fax: 916 319 2153

Bill Monning
Phone: 916 319 2027
Fax: 916 319 2127

Jim Nielsen
Phone: 916 319 2002
Fax: 916 319 2102

Van Tran
Phone: 916 319 2068
Fax: 916 319 2168

Senate Judiciary Committee-Vote NO on SR7

Ellen Corbett
Phone: 916 651 4010
Fax: 916 327 2433

Dean Florez
Phone: 916 651 4016
Fax: 916 327 5989

Tom Harman
Phone: 916 651 4035
Fax: 916 445 9263

Mark Leno
Phone: 916 651 4003

Mimi Walters
Phone: 916 651 4033
Fax: 916 445 9754

Please forward this to your friends and family members. We believe that through a grassroots movement, we can secure a safe future for families in our state.

United Families California

These links are courtesy of Beetle Blogger: Read HR5 and SR7

The Digital Network Army (DNA) Is Now On Twitter//

Just launched. . .You can now find the

Digital Network Army

On

If you’re on Twitter. . .add the DNA to your list of feeds here.

From the DNA’s Twitter profile, you can also find the profiles of some of us DNA members, so you’re welcome to “follow” us too!

We hope you’ll join us on Twitter and use this exciting resource for defending Marriage and Family!

{ Gays have a different idea of marriage… }

I love this post on Left Coast Conservative. Cruise on over and check it out.  He talks about the drastic and eye-opening differences between faithful men and women devoted to their marriages and their spouses, and gay couples and their sexually-open, uncommitted and adulterous “partnerships.” I don’t even understand how these gay, lesbian and who-knows-what-kind of couples, are confused about the fight to protect traditional marriage. It is all very clear that they haven’t a clue what MARRIAGE really is. They just want to snatch a word that so obviously means NOTHING to them, and parade around with their rainbow flags flung in our faces like this is a “real” issue for them. They certainly don’t portray even the slightest semblance that they are interested in having a real marriage if it’s defined by terms like monogamy, fidelity, and providing children an environment in which they can thrive; providing them what they need, a father and a mother. And the reason they are so determined to snatch “marriage” is, not because they are fighting for civil rights or equality under the law, but because of the gay agenda to throw everything homosexual in the face of the world, and the fact that ” traditional marriage” means so much to those of us fighting to protect it.

Left Coast Voter points out in his post that,

“…many gay couples are quite open about their mutually approved “adultery.”…” (gross)

“…Even gays and lesbians in monogamous relationships tend to see nothing wrong with consensual adultery, even when a couple has children. …” (that’s right, let’s not forget, they aren’t too keen on the needs of children.)

Left Coast Voter points out that 75% of homosexual couples have mutually agreed upon “open” relationships. Check out his post sources for more info.

So, what do you think about this? One of Left Coaster’s commenters said that because heterosexual couples do the “swingers” thing, that we should basically not point any fingers at gays…..let them steal marriage and make an even bigger mockery of it then the swingers do, I don’t think so…..Comment away, I’m curious what my readers think about this….

{ Thankfully, Not All of Hollywood Has Taken Leave of their Morals… }

Since this seems to be low-key blogging, movie-review-week here at The Journalista Chronicle, I thought I would share this. The 80’s Sitcom Growing Pains was always one of my favorites, as it portrays an intact traditional family with parents who teach their children values and morality, and right from wrong. I’m happy to see that Kirk Cameron is still showing America how important family and marriage are. He explains his new movie “Fireproof” to Bill O’Reilly in the video clip below.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but definitely plan too. Foxnews.com reports on the movie’s unexpected success. ‘Fireproof’ tells the story of “a firefighter who lives by the mantra “never leave your partner behind” at work is about to do just that in his personal life.” Since opening at the boxoffice in October, Fireproof has grossed in excess of $30 Million! In the movie, Caleb Holt (Cameron) receives the book, “The Love Dare,” from his father, who tells him to follow its 40-day challenge to save his marriage. I am so excited that there ia a movie like this. A champion for traditional marriage and Christian values!

The movie, which has a strong faith-based message and was made with a budget of just $500,000 and a volunteer cast that includes former teen idol Kirk Cameron, has been surprisingly successful.

“This is a movie that gives people hope and inspires them that they can save their marriages _ that love, in the end, won’t fail, if you pour your heart and your time and your energy into the things that really matter,” Cameron said.

Watch the trailer on the movie’s official website here.

Have you seen ‘Fireproof’ already? Tell us what you think in the comments section!

Sources: townhall.com, foxnews.com




{ Sneaky, Sneaky Hollywood….Wake Up America! }

If you haven’t noticed already, then you should start paying attention to the sneaky and not so sneaky ways that Hollywood is participating in the “deteriorate the family” and “promote homosexuality” campaigns. If you just take the time to look around, the filth is everywhere. Call me a prude or whatever, but I already don’t watch rated “R” movies and it’s looking like I’ll be passing on PG-13’s for the most part as well. My husband and I are notorious for walking out of trashy and inappropriate movies and I’m an ace at getting theaters to refund our money so we can then go see something that is more in line with our values. Blogger tip: If you tell the theaters that the the movie should have a higher rating and if you had known how trashy it was, then you wouldn’t have even bought a ticket, it usually works rather well, but the catch is that you have to get a refund before 20 minutes into the movie. They won’t let you watch half and then get your money back. Sometimes we have to settle for just passes, rather then a refund, but the point is, if you don’t feel comfortable in a movie, or you shouldn’t feel comfortable in a movie, get up and walk out!!!!

So, I am a little embarrassed to admit that I didn’t get up and walk out of the movie my entire family went to see on Wednesday, “Four Christmases.” I should have though. My sister, her boyfriend and my Dad only lasted about 15 minutes before they walked out, but the rest of us stayed. There were mixed reviews about the movie, but in light of the societal upheaval as of late and being fully aware of everything the radical left, gay rights activists and same-sex marriage backers have been shoving down our throats, in an effort to indoctrinate our entire country and destroy our entire society, this movie stuck out like a sore thumb!

I just thought I would give my readers a little synopsis of what gems this movie had to offer. Read on to get the sarcasm….

  1. The movie starts off with the main couple ranting and raving to an engaged couple about how crappy marriage is. They aren’t married themselves, but they proceed to tell this engaged couple why they would NEVER marry….ball and chain and other negative marriage phrases are used.
  2. They couple spend the first part of the movie plotting to avoid their family for Christmas. (I could never imagine not being with my family for Christmas).
  3. As they hop from house to house after being roped into spending Christmas with their families, the plot thickens, or rather the muck thickens……You learn that all parents are divorced, so the couples do not have intact families.
  4. Reese’s character apparently was lesbian-esque in high school….(little plug for the gay community)
  5. Vince’s Mom now shacks-up with his former best friend from high school.
  6. The couple go on and on about how they don’t want kids
  7. Then Reece decides she does and she might want to get married, but Vince doesn’t so he storms off.
  8. Vince then comes back saying that ok, they can start thinking and talking about having kids, Reece is excited, they kiss and make up and then start in with, kids will be a good tax write-off, we will have to have 2 so, like dogs, they will have company and can be left alone…..and on and on….
  9. Then as the movie ends, it shows the couple in the hospital with their new baby, one year later……no wedding rings in sight, no in-tack family for this newborn, no plans to marry….

My husband says, “well, we don’t know they didn’t get married, or weren’t getting married,” and my response was, “well Hollywood made sure we knew they weren’t married, we shouldn’t have to speculate and finish the story for them”……

How hard would it have been for the director, producer, whomever, to just put wedding bands on their characters and at least finish the movie with some semblance of moral fiber?

This movie is clever. They placed a horrendous amount of immorality in a pretty box and packaged it up with hilarity, sexual innuendos and sarcasm. Next time…I’ll be walking out and getting a refund!

Have you seen the movie? Tell us what you think in the comments section!

Thanks for reading!