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When Microsoft introduced the Kinect “controller-free gaming and entertainment” add-on for use with its Xbox 360 gaming system back in November, the intent was for the voice- and motion-activated device to make Xbox competitive with the popular Nintendo Wii system that has found parents and grandparents entering the electronic “virtual” game market as players rather than merely facilitators for their kids and grandkids.

Cortney Munna bought the lie, hook, line and sinker. The College Board has been selling it for years: “Over the course of a 40-year career, the average college graduate earns about 66 percent more than the typical high-school graduate.” At age 17, Cortney and her mother, Cathryn, decided they “would do whatever they could to get Cortney into the best possible college, and they maintained a blind faith that the investment would be worth it,” as researcher Ron Lieber told their story:

gavelThe Montana Supreme Court ruled five-to-one last month that Renee Griffith’s First Amendment rights were violated when public school officials did not allow her to mention her Christian faith at commencement ceremonies.

Christmas buttonOne might think that the Federal Reserve is busy enough with bailing out foreign banks, monetizing federal debt, and inflating — er, quantitatively easing — the dollar into oblivion, but apparently that is not the case. The unconstitutional institution somehow found time to micromanage the décor of an Oklahoma bank in an effort to prevent the bank’s customers from being confronted with evidence that the upcoming holiday has anything at all to do with a birth in Bethlehem 2,010 years ago.

Last week (December 9, 2010), Janice Shaw Crouse, senior fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, a think tank for Concerned Women for America, wrote a piece on the grim rates of statistical decline over the past two decades in church membership and attendance.

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