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Chain buys former Kmart store

Published: Thursday, 3/27/2014 – Updated: 2 seconds ago BY JON CHAVEZ BLADE BUSINESS WRITER A home decor retailer from suburban Dallas has signed a deal to occupy the former Kmart store on Reynolds Road. Garden Ridge, a privately held chain in Plano, Texas, paid $1.6 million for the former Kmart at 2244 S. Reynolds Rd.

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CPAC 2014: Despite Ben Carson's speech, gay marriage mostly took a back seat at CPAC

Gay marriage didnt get much attention from the stage at last weeks Conservative Political Action Conference, but many in the rank-and-file still fall on the side of defending traditional marriage and say its an issue on which Republicans should stand firm.

You cant legislate morals, said Robert Geyer, a 47-year-old CPAC attendee who works for an oil company in Baltimore. The system of marriage and our society works. But if youre going to make homosexuality a privileged class and force everybody else into that, [its] going to break the system down.

At a time when polls suggest voters are increasingly supportive of same-sex marriage, the issue continues to roil conservatives. After years of prominent battles, CPAC downplayed the issue this year, with just a few speakers mentioning it prominently.

One of those who did was Ben Carson, who finished third in The Washington Times/CPAC presidential preference straw poll, and who told the annual conservative gathering that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Still, even Mr. Carson acknowledged it was a good thing there werent too many panels devoted to social issues on CPACs agenda this year.

There are so many gigantic issues right now. The ships about to go off the cliff and we really need to be focusing on those, Mr. Carson told The Times. The social issues are more like barnacles on the side of the ship, and we have plenty of time to get those off the ship after we get it turned around so that we dont go over the cliff.

Fifty-four percent of the public favors gay marriage, but opinion is still sharply split along party lines, according to numbers released Monday by the Pew Research Center: 69 percent of Democrats and independents who lean Democrat support it, compared to 39 percent of Republicans and GOP leaners.

However, among Republicans under the age of 30, 61 percent support gay marriage and just 35 percent oppose it.

This is the civil rights issue of the 21st century, said CPAC attendee Alexander McCobin, president of the group Students for Liberty.

But Matt Spalding of Hillsdale College said the prospect of government defining marriage should scare civil libertarians and social conservatives alike.

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Millennial generation less religious, more liberal than older ones

WASHINGTON — Members of the huge millennial generation are less religious, less likely to call themselves patriotic and significantly more liberal than older generations, new research shows.

Although adults aged 18-33 are much more likely to call themselves political independents than their elders are, they are also far more likely to vote Democratic. Their views favoring activist government, as well as their stands on social issues such as gay rights, reinforce that voting behavior, an extensive study by the Pew Research Center shows.

The youngest generation of adults, born after 1980, has the most optimism about the country. That comes despite the economic difficulties that a large share of them have experienced since entering the workforce. And it stands in contrast with some previous generations: Baby boomers, for example, born between 1946 and 1964, were less optimistic than their elders at this stage of their lives.

The millennials are also the only generation of adults with more people who identify themselves as liberals than as conservatives. Just less thanone-third of millennials call themselves liberals while about one-quarter identify as conservative. And nearly half say they have become more liberal as they have aged, with 57% saying their views on social issues have become more liberal over time.

By contrast, among members of the baby boom generation, 41% call themselves conservative and only 21% identify as liberals. And baby boomers are more likely to say that growing older has made them more conservative. On this and most other issues, the views of Generation X (born between 1965 and 1980) fall between those of the baby boom and millennial generations, and the views of those born before the baby boom are more conservative.

The liberal views of the youngest adult generation show up on a range of issues. Nearly seven in 10 say they support same-sex marriage, for example, just more than half identify themselves as supporters of gay rights and they are twice as likely to see gay and lesbian couples raising children as a good thing for the country than as a negative, which puts them at odds with older generations. They are also far more likely to favor legalization of marijuana. Opinions on abortion and gun control, by contrast, show little generational difference.

Just more than half of millennials say they favor a bigger government providing more services rather than a smaller government a polling question used for years as an index of peoples attitudes toward governments role.

On the question of the role of government, the much greater racial diversity of the millennial generation plays a key role. About four-in-10 members of the millennial generation are non-white a much larger percentage than in older age groups. Their generally liberal views shape the generations outlook although whites in the millennial generation also hold somewhat more liberal views on government than white members of older generations.

Racial diversity may play a role in another distinctive feature of the generations members: Although they are optimistic about the country, they are significantly less likely than older generations to say that most people can be trusted. Sociologists who have looked at other studies over the years have suggested that people who see themselves as part of a vulnerable minority group are less likely to feel trust toward other members of society.

A significantly smaller share of millennials have married than among older generations at this stage of their lives. Only about one in four millennials have wed, compared with more than one-third of Generation X when they were in their 20s and 30s, and nearly half of the baby boomers.

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WASHINGTON — Members of the huge millennial generation are less religious, less likely to call themselves patriotic and significantly more liberal than older generations, new research shows.

Although adults aged 18-33 are much more likely to call themselves political independents than their elders are, they are also far more likely to vote Democratic. Their views favoring activist government, as well as their stands on social issues such as gay rights, reinforce that voting behavior, an extensive study by the Pew Research Center shows.

The youngest generation of adults, born after 1980, has the most optimism about the country. That comes despite the economic difficulties that a large share of them have experienced since entering the workforce. And it stands in contrast with some previous generations: Baby boomers, for example, born between 1946 and 1964, were less optimistic than their elders at this stage of their lives.

The millennials are also the only generation of adults with more people who identify themselves as liberals than as conservatives. Just less thanone-third of millennials call themselves liberals while about one-quarter identify as conservative. And nearly half say they have become more liberal as they have aged, with 57% saying their views on social issues have become more liberal over time.

By contrast, among members of the baby boom generation, 41% call themselves conservative and only 21% identify as liberals. And baby boomers are more likely to say that growing older has made them more conservative. On this and most other issues, the views of Generation X (born between 1965 and 1980) fall between those of the baby boom and millennial generations, and the views of those born before the baby boom are more conservative.

The liberal views of the youngest adult generation show up on a range of issues. Nearly seven in 10 say they support same-sex marriage, for example, just more than half identify themselves as supporters of gay rights and they are twice as likely to see gay and lesbian couples raising children as a good thing for the country than as a negative, which puts them at odds with older generations. They are also far more likely to favor legalization of marijuana. Opinions on abortion and gun control, by contrast, show little generational difference.

Just more than half of millennials say they favor a bigger government providing more services rather than a smaller government a polling question used for years as an index of peoples attitudes toward governments role.

On the question of the role of government, the much greater racial diversity of the millennial generation plays a key role. About four-in-10 members of the millennial generation are non-white a much larger percentage than in older age groups. Their generally liberal views shape the generations outlook although whites in the millennial generation also hold somewhat more liberal views on government than white members of older generations.

Racial diversity may play a role in another distinctive feature of the generations members: Although they are optimistic about the country, they are significantly less likely than older generations to say that most people can be trusted. Sociologists who have looked at other studies over the years have suggested that people who see themselves as part of a vulnerable minority group are less likely to feel trust toward other members of society.

A significantly smaller share of millennials have married than among older generations at this stage of their lives. Only about one in four millennials have wed, compared with more than one-third of Generation X when they were in their 20s and 30s, and nearly half of the baby boomers.

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Extra credits serve a purpose

Written by: Michael Huggins on October 18, 2012.

Time spent taking classes outside of your major provide more rounded world view

Eureka. It only took me half of my twenties, but I finally figured it out. I discovered the secret literally hidden in cloaks and hoods for centuries. Am I to be hunted? Are they going to find me? What should I do? What would Jack Bauer do?

What is this grand master plan? Its not a cover-up jointly funded by the Koch brothers and George Soros, nor is it talked about at Bilderberg. It is much deeper than that, deeper than the Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search facility.

I found out the mystery of why I have to take 30 plus credits of classes that arent related to the chemistry courses that make up my major. What? No way, you might say. Hold on to your biscuits, you are about to be slammed with some truth.

It is to find a hobby.

I have been trained for many years now in the arts of creative discovery, problem solving and making the world better through science. I have learned to use instrumentation and make scientific advances to further our knowledge for future generations. But that is just going to be my future day job.

We are made and remembered not by what we do at work, but what we do at home in our free time. Obviously.

When Einstein had a tough problem to solve or when he was between Scylla and Charybdis, was he at his desk doing work stuff? No, he played the violin or went on a long walk. How can that be? Does playing the violin help with solving problems? If thats the case, then the big question for the Chair of the Department of Chemistry is: When in quantum chemistry class do I learn how to play the violin?

In every class I learned to be a better, more rounded person. This is a good thing.

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Left-Wing Rag Politico Asks: Why Do Republicans Want Us …

Home Liberal Political Lies Left-Wing Rag Politico Asks: Why Do Republicans Want Us To Work All TheTime?

By Rat on February 9, 2014

The best example of liberal lunacy Ive seen in quite awhile

Politico wonders why the GOP wants Americans to work all the time, using the recent CBO projection that ObamaCare will reduce the workforce by 2.5 million over the next 10 years as a springboard.

The articles author, university professorBenjamin Kline Hunnicut, wrote that Republican reaction to the CBO projection was predictable:

Pundits filled the airwaves, Cassandra-like, to paint ObamaCare as the ultimate job killer. Never mind that, reading the fine print, its clear the CBO was talking about workersvoluntarilyreducing their hours in response to the lawnot getting laid off or seeing their shifts scaled back.

Hunnicut then asked: Anyway, isnt that supposed to be a good thing?, referring to workers voluntarily reducing their hours. If the only jobs that were lost, or hours that were reduced as a result of ObamaCare were voluntary, sure, it would be a good thing. However, thatsnot the case.

While Hunnicut claims that the American Dream does not naturally include full-time work, he seems to suggest two alternatives: work part-time or choose not to work at all; or work like workers worked during the Industrial Revolution, when 60 to 70 hour work weeks with no vacations were common.

The idea that full-time work is something foreordained and the bedrock of morality is new, mostly a product of the last century.

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Gay marriage backers launch campaign

September 16, 2013 11:22 PM

PHOENIX Hoping to create a change in attitudes, various civil rights groups are taking the first steps today to convince Arizonans that letting gays wed would be a good thing.

The education campaign being launched comes just five years after 56 percent of those who went to the polls voted to put an amendment in the Arizona Constitution defining marriage in this state as strictly between one man and one woman. But supporters of rescinding the ban contend there are Arizonans who can be convinced if not now, then by 2016 to support repeal.

And they say there already is evidence of a sharp change in public attitudes.

For example, Wisconsin in 2006 passed a similar amendment, said Paul Guequierre, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, one of several groups involved in todays event. And yet this past year (they) elected their first openly gay senator in history.

In fact, Democrat Tammy Baldwin is the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate from anywhere.

But Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, said supporters of gay marriage are reading far too much into last years election of Baldwin, a seven-term member of Congress who edged out former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson.

I would not say that the voters of Wisconsin elected that senator because of her sexual orientation and that reflects a change in attitudes, Herrod said. People judge candidates on the basis of their qualities, where they stand on the issues.

And Herrod already is laying the groundwork to make the debate more personal for voters than just questions of equal treatment under the law.

In the state of Massachusetts, parents no longer have the right to oversee what kinds of books that 6-year-olds had to read in school, she said. That refers to a federal court ruling which concluded parents have no right to object when elementary school youngsters are given books showing non-traditional families, even if that conflicts with parents religious views.

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British taxpayers to pay 'millions' towards secretive Bilderberg meeting security

Previous guests are thought to have included Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller, Prince Charles, Peter Mandelson, David Cameron and Queen Beatrix of Holland but the list of attendees is different every year.

The cloak of secrecy surrounding the meetings, which ban journalists from attending, has fuelled conspiracy theories that so-called Bilderbergers are planning global domination and world unification.

However, the event is most often likened to a political version of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which draws members of high society to discuss business and the economy.

Its steering commitee includes Mr Clarke, Cabinet minister without portfolio, Thomas Enders, chief executive of defence company EADS, and Peter Sutherland, the chairman of Goldman Sachs.

Some activists have decided to hold a Bilderberg Fringe Festival – described by its organisers as a peaceful weekend of speakers, comedy, music, workshops, arts and entertainment nearby. However, Dorothy Thornhill, the mayor of Watford, has raised fears that the summit could also bring “violence.”

She told the Watford Observer: I have my concerns about it because it does attract people who can and do cause violence and disturbance.

But I am confident the police will be able to minimise that and give them their right to protest.

I am ambivalent about whether this is a good thing. Its potentially a positive thing as long as things dont kick off.

Hertfordshire Police said the Bilderberg Group has agreed to contribute some of the cost of security, but taxpayers will have to cover the rest of the bill.

The force said it could not yet estimate the cost to the taxpayer of policing the event or whether it will need to draw on reinforcements from nearby forces.

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Hillary Clinton publicly backs gay marriage

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday publicly endorsed gay marriage in a new video released by the gay rights advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign.

Clinton, who resigned Feb. 1 after four years of service, says in the video that she was eager to share her views on gay rights and gay marriage after the end of her time in public office.

“LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones. And they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenshipthat includes marriage. That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law,” Clinton says in the video.

Clinton’s announcement fuels speculation about her potential 2016 candidacy for president.

When Clinton ran for president against Barack Obama in 2008, both she and Obama publicly backed civil unions for gay couples but stopped short of endorsing gay marriage.

But Obama publicly endorsed gay marriage during his 2012 election campaign, and the stance became a part of the Democratic Party’s platform.

“The president believes that anytime a public official of stature steps forward to embrace a commitment that he shares to equality, he thinks it’s a good thing,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Monday of Clinton’s announcement.

Today, an endorsement of gay marriage appears to be a prerequisite for Democratic candidates running for future national office.

Clinton’s public support for gay marriage puts her in line with fellow potential 2016 Democratic candidates Vice President Joe Biden, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who all publicly back gay marriage.

The Republican Party continues to officially oppose gay marriage in its platform, though there are notable dissensions.

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Gay Marriage Bill Published Ahead Of Divisive Commons Vote

A bill to legalise gay marriage was published by the government today, amid deep splits in the Conservative Party on the issue.

The legislation is likely to provoke ferocious debate in the Commons, where a significant number of Tory MPs are set to vote against the plans.

But Culture Secretary Maria Miller insisted today it would ensure “equal and fair” treatment of gay couples, while providing adequate protection for religious institutions which do not want same-sex weddings to take place on their premises.

Miller told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme: “We feel that marriage is a good thing and we should be supporting more couples to marry and that is exactly what the proposals being brought forward today do.

“But it is about making sure that not only do we recognise the rights of same-sex couples in civil life, but we also recognise that some churches won’t want to participate in same-sex marriages.

“We are trying to make sure that there are the protections there for churches who feel that this isn’t appropriate for their particular beliefs. We know that there are churches who do want to take part in same-sex marriages, so we have made sure that there are provisions there so they can.”

Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: “Sadly the minority of people who oppose equal marriage consistently use mistruths and smears to argue against it. Supporters of this modest measure mustnt let a vocal minority block equality. People must write to, tweet, email or call their MPs to ask them for their support before the Bills Second Reading debate on 5 February.

“We need straight people with lesbian or gay friends or relatives to stand up for their rights too. Equality benefits everyone, which is why we need every supporter to press MPs to vote for it. Our message is simple. Speak now, or forever hold your peace.”

The legislation sparked controversy after it emerged that a “quadruple lock” designed to protect religious institutions from being forced to conduct gay marriages against their wishes will make it illegal for such ceremonies to be conducted by the Church of England and Church in Wales.

Miller said: “At the end of the process, there will be the same freedoms there for the Church of England and Church in Wales, but they have to be achieved differently, because the Church of England and Church in Wales have a common-law duty to marry people, and that is quite different from any other religious institution in the country.

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