Grrrr…..

According to Association of American Publishers sales figures for June 2011, net revenues from adult paperback sales plunged nearly 64 percent compared to the same period last year.

At the same time, eBook sales were up 161 percent.

On the flip side I can state I do not see e-books at the beach in my neighborhood.

Young White Evangelicals Moving Towards Favoring Gay Marriage

No, that is not a typo in my headline.

Go anywhere and talk with young people. 

Ask them about gay marriage.

They might even yawn when responding as most young people have so moved beyond the places where their parents and grand-parents were on the issue.  Most young people have gay friends, many attend proms that have gay couples, and go to college where the atmosphere is less strangled and more accepting.

So should anyone be surprised that young white evangelicals are also moving towards accepting gay marriageI am betting that there are some gay white evangelicals who even want to get married!

The poll, released in late August by the Washington-based Public Religion Research Institute, found that nearly half (44 percent) of young evangelicals between the ages of 18 to 29 favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry.

By contrast, the white evangelical community as a whole (even counting those relatively liberal young adults) is solidly opposed to same-sex marriage, by slightly more than 80 percent.

More broadly, the poll found “at least a 20-point generation gap between millennials (age 18-29) and seniors (65 and over) on every public policy measure in the survey concerning rights for gay and lesbian people.”

The poll also found that a slight majority of all Catholics (52 percent) favor same-sex marriage, despite the energetic teaching of their church to the contrary.

(The Pope will need to stay up late to work on some new droning speech to give in six languages on the dangers of being gay.)

President John Kennedy Worried Over A Lyndon Johnson Presidency

Next week there is going to be a television special about Jacqueline Kennedy’s interviews with famed writer-historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.  In addition a new book is about to hit the stores that will renew the time of Camelot, and make for reflections on what might have been. 

ABC News’ Diane Sawyer will host a prime-time, two-hour special based on the tapes Sept. 13, featuring exclusive audio of Jacqueline Kennedy’s interviews. The transcripts are being released in book form this month in “Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy.”

There are all those strong competing personalities from the past just waiting to have their voice made whole again.  Jacqueline Kennedy’s interviews might just do that very thing for those we either grew up knowing, or read about in history books.

This is going to be very interesting.

President John F. Kennedy was so “worried for the country” about the prospect that Vice President Lyndon Johnson might succeed him as president that he’d begun having private conversations about who should become the Democratic Party’s standard-bearer in 1968, Jacqueline Kennedy recalled in a series of oral-history interviews recorded in early 1964.

She said her husband believed strongly that Johnson shouldn’t become president and, in the months before his death in November 1963, he’d begun talking to his brother, Robert Kennedy, about ways to maneuver around Johnson in 1968.

“Bobby told me this later, and I know Jack said it to me sometimes. He said, ‘Oh, God, can you ever imagine what would happen to the country if Lyndon was president?'” she said.