| ||USA Residents|
|On July 4th we celebrate Independence Day. From which country did the United States win its independence?|
|Great Britain||Unsure||Other countries mentioned|
|Row %||Row %||Row %|
|Household Income||Less than $50,000||63%||30%||7%|
|$50,000 or more||86%||9%||5%|
|Age||18 to 29||60%||33%||7%|
|30 to 44||75%||15%||10%|
|45 to 59||79%||17%||4%|
|60 or older||76%||19%||4%|
|45 or older||78%||18%||4%|
|July 2010 Marist Poll National Residents "N=1004 MOE +/- 3%" Totals may not add to 100 due to rounding.|
He has not done it alone. His brother, Michael, 26, gave up a good-paying job at Citigroup to move into Walter Reed and, as he put it, "hang" with Brendan, shedding his tentative nature along the way. Their long-estranged parents, an engineer and a nurse, learned to communicate again as they kept vigil by Brendan's bedside in the early months. And his indefatigable physical and occupational therapists take him out for Chinese food or watch ballgames with him on television long after their shifts end.He's now preparing for a double arm transplant.
After nine years, it is utterly impossible to restart Western policy in Afghanistan. Too many Afghans are dead; too many Afghans and non-Afghan Muslims have joined the Taliban-led insurgency; too much pro-Taliban money is pouring into Afghanistan from wealthy donors on the Arabian Peninsula and across the Muslim world; too much Western funding has been stolen and sent abroad by Karzai's cronies; too much popular support for the war in the West has been squandered; too many U.S.-NATO troops are dead or maimed; too much has been done by the West to push Pakistan toward the abyss by demanding its military do Western dirty work; and too much time has been wasted on counterinsurgency theories and policies that avoid killing the enemy and his civilian supporters. The one thing the West 'can start over completely' is a revision of the plans for withdrawal that moves up the departure date.Still, Michael Scheuer's article -- at least on The Diplomat Web site (first link above) -- has spawned an unusually good (by Internet standards, I admit) exchange in the comments section that is as good evidence as ever on the value of public dissent in times of war.
She thinks the demands of organized summer sports are keeping kids out of the woods.Bonus: Sandsation has opened in Germany. Suddenly, you, your pail, and your little shovel seem a tad inadequate.
"Even elementary-age kids. You'd think they were professional athletes. You can't miss a practice or you can't play in the games," she said.
Seaton has seen the same kinds of demographic changes.
"We definitely see fewer groups of young people coming," he said. "Our regulars are definitely getting older. We don't see as many people bringing the whole family as we did 10 years ago or 15 years ago."
The advent of the Internet also has been a deterrent to wilderness travel, Seaton said.
"People need to be more connected," he said. "Some people can't go someplace on vacation where they're completely disconnected from their work and their friends."
But a Marist poll -- with science and everything -- shows that 26% of those surveyed don't have a clue.
Unfortunately, Bob, the cynic in me says that a rule of thumb says that at least a fifth to a fourth of Americans (or anyone else) are clueless on any major subject of history, science, art or literature.
The fact that this includes how this country was founded is disheartening but not surprising.
It looks like a lot of children have been left behind.
Aiy. More proof of the maxim that we get the government we deserve.
As to the national anthem, no contest:
America the Beautiful
Perhaps switching the first two verses. The final "confirm thy soul in self control / thy liberty in law" stands as one of the most prescient motifs ever written.
After "Video killed the Radio Star" of course. :-)
I think we have the perfect song as a national anthem - no "America the Beautiful" for me, thanks. I'd rather sing a tune based on a drinking song than one written by a church choir director.