If we do not teach the spirit of America’s founding to our children, then America will cease being “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave” and it will become just another socialist country. It is sad that we are already a long ways down that road. — Keith Parker
“My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
The scientific community is more or less evenly split on whether human beings play a significant role in shaping the Earth’s ever-changing climate, according to one recent survey.
That’s a far cry from the “97 percent” of scientists the Obama administration continually invokes as advocating an anthropocentric view of climate change.
A survey conducted by Purdue University found scientists split in their opinions on the cause of so-called climate change, with fifty percent attributing changes to human activities. The remainder was further split into those who believe humans and nature are both equally shaping the climate, those who believe nature does that job on its own, and those who believe there’s not enough evidence to tell.
None of those surveyed indicated that “climate change” is not occurring.
“Contrary to the repeated insistence of both climate alarmists and the media, scientists do not all agree on the standard climate alarmism talking points,” The Washington Free Beacon observed in its story on the survey.
“A Purdue University scholar, surveying scientists in the agricultural sector including climatologists, found surprising disagreement on humanity’s role in climate change. These findings, though contrary to popular narrative on climate change, are unsurprising to anyone familiar with the prevalence of dissent in the scientific community.” Read more »(224 words, estimated 54 secs reading time)
In August, federal judge Anthony W. Ishiji struck down California’s 10-day wait period for firearms purchases on Constitutional grounds. Now he’s not-so-gently encouraging the state to, ahem, stop stalling and comply with that ruling.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris had requested a stay of that decision, reasoning that doing so on Judge Ishiji’s timeframe would pose a bureaucratic inconvenience.
Ishiji was less than convinced, writing in his denial of that request that the state had better get its priorities straight – and complying with a court order demanding an end to an unconstitutional law happens to be a pretty high priority indeed.
The problem is that Defendant believes that other projects are deserving of greater priority. There is no description of what these critical projects are or when the deadlines might be, nor is there an explanation of why outside contractors cannot be utilized for some of those projects, nor is there an explanation of why computer personnel from different departments or agencies cannot be utilized. A bench trial has concluded, and a law that is actively being enforced has been found to be unconstitutional. Read more »(281 words, estimated 1:07 mins reading time)
Our focus of late has been on politics and the many ways government is stealing your liberty from you by the day. While politics and all that includes is certainly an important topic, it’s not all-important.
In fact, it could be argued that nothing steals our liberty more than being in poor health – because poor health and illness prevent us from reaching our potential and doing all that we want and need to do – and nothing causes poor health more than poor diet and dependence upon the medical-industrial complex and its “cures.” That’s because poor diet and constant chemical exposure reduces our immunity. When our immune systems are weak, we have disease.
There are two words that, if we understand them and use them to our benefit, will shield our families from the scourge of sickness and disease. No, those two words aren’t “flu vaccine,” though that is what you hear – especially this time of year – from your doctor and pharmacy.
The two key words are “peak immunity.” These are indeed magic words that seem to be up in the ether in a far away dream for most people. Read more »(2069 words, estimated 8:17 mins reading time)
“[Spiritual Fullness in Christ] So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
Are you in better shape financially than you were last Thanksgiving? If so, you should consider yourself to be very fortunate because most Americans are not. As you chow down on turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce this Thursday, please remember that there are millions of Americans that simply cannot afford to eat such a meal. According to a shocking new report that was just released by the National Center on Family Homelessness, the number of homeless children in the U.S. has reached a new all-time high of 2.5 million. And right now one out of every seven Americans rely on food banks to put food on the table. Yes, life is very good at the moment for Americans at the top end of the income spectrum. The stock market has been soaring and sales of homes worth at last a million dollars are up 16 percent so far this year. But most Americans live in a very different world. The percentage of Americans that are employed is about the same as it was during the depths of the last recession, the quality of our jobs continues to go down, the rate of homeownership in America has fallen for seven years in a row, and the cost of living is rising much faster than paychecks are. As a result, the middle class is smaller this Thanksgiving than it was last Thanksgiving, and most Americans have seen their standards of living go down over the past year. Read more »(1300 words + 1 image, estimated 5:12 mins reading time)
OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTO BY PETE SOUZA/President Barack Obama works on his immigration speech with Director of Speechwriting Cody Keenan and Senior Presidential Speechwriter David Litt in the Oval Office.
Sometime between the moment I’m writing this and the moment you read it, President Barack Obama will have granted amnesty from prosecution to somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 million criminals. While we can generally agree that Obama has wandered well off the Constitutional reservation, at some level, you almost have to admire the sheer gall of the guy. With the roar of the electorate’s disapproval still echoing through the Washington air, Obama is doubling down on his own imperial delusions. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest can make all the “badge of honor” jokes he wants, but the idea of a president attempting to rule by fiat isn’t actually all that funny. The idea of a presidential spokehole turning his arrogance into a standup routine is even less so. And that’s why the overwhelming majority of Americans stopped laughing quite a while ago. Read more »(959 words, estimated 3:50 mins reading time)
It isn’t just our economy that is crumbling. Something is happening to America that no amount of money will be able to fix. Everywhere around us we can see evidence of the social decay that is systematically eating away at the foundations of our society. It can be found on the streets of our inner cities, in dark basements in extremely rural communities, in the most prestigious boardrooms on Wall Street, and definitely in the halls of power in Washington. Bringing in an entirely different crop of politicians or printing gigantic mountains of money is not going to solve this problem, because it exists in the hearts of millions of ordinary men and women. The truth is that we really need to take a good, long look at ourselves in the mirror, because we need to take a 180 degree turn as a nation. What we are doing now is clearly not working, and the longer that we take to address this problem the worse it is going to get. The following are 10 examples of the social decay that is eating away at America like cancer. Individually, they could be dismissed as isolated incidents. But I could have easily listed 100 examples or 1000 examples. Every single day, we are inundated with reports like these. The symptoms of the decay of our society are all around us. We just have to be willing to look at them… Read more »(2182 words + 1 image, estimated 8:44 mins reading time)
If men had a choice between real women and female robots that were almost “virtually indistinguishable” from real women, which would they choose? Certainly many men would never be willing to totally give up on relationships with living, breathing women, but as robotic technology continues to advance at an exponential rate there will be men (and women) that will be tempted to abandon real relationships entirely. And that day is approaching a lot faster than you may think. As you will read about below, incredibly life-life female robots are being introduced in Japan right now. The creators of these robots are not designing them for sexual intercourse at the moment, but experts say that it is only a matter of time before this technology is adapted for such purposes. The potential market for female sex androids is absolutely massive, and there are no laws against such a thing in most countries. But as men all over the globe begin acquiring these sex droids, what will that do to real relationships between men and women and what will that say about our society?
With each passing year, robots are becoming much more like humans. And for some reason, many of these robot designers purposely choose to have their robots resemble very attractive young women. Read more »(1167 words + 1 image, estimated 4:40 mins reading time)
New polling data shows that, for the third consecutive year, a majority of Americans agree that government should not be responsible for providing Americans with healthcare coverage. That’s particularly bad news for the president’s healthcare law, as it has come under renewed fire for comments made by Obamacare architect Johnathon Gruber.
In Gallup’s annual health and healthcare poll, 52 percent of American likely voters said that government has no business in providing universal healthcare. That’s compared to 42 percent who said the government is responsible for providing healthcare coverage for Americans.
As recently as 2006, a strong majority (62 percent) of Americans believed government should provide healthcare.
Gallup reports that age, race and party affiliation all affect opinions on healthcare:
Two-thirds of nonwhites and 60% of 18- to 34-year-olds, both significantly Democratic constituencies, believe it is the government’s responsibility. This sentiment drops well below the majority level among whites and those aged 35 and older, who tend to be more Republican. Even among the group of Americans aged 55 and older, many of whom have government-provided Medicare but who lean Republican politically, 58% say it is not the government’s responsibility to provide healthcare. Read more »(241 words, estimated 58 secs reading time)
A Massachusetts city’s attempt to become the nation’s first to enact a blanket ban on the sale of all tobacco products came to an abrupt end Wednesday, following passionate opposition from all corners of the community. Public outcry over the proposed nanny-state move brought both smokers and nonsmokers together in a united stand against statist efforts to protect individuals from themselves.
The Westminster Board of Health, which last week caused a national stir by threatening to outlaw the sale of tobacco throughout the city, dropped the proposal following a week of sometime-raucous protest from residents — even those who plainly indicated their strong antipathy for smoking, chewing and dipping.
“I find smoking to be one of the most disgusting habits anybody could possibly do,” resident Kevin West told the board at a public hearing last week. “On top of that, I find this proposal to be even more of a disgusting thing that anybody could ever give any town in the United States of America.”
The three-member board had a hard time making it through last week’s heavily attended hearing, cutting that meeting short after it became clear that the gathered crowd was too emotional and too adamant to preserve the decorum the board had prescribed. Read more »(317 words, estimated 1:16 mins reading time)
Republicans in Congress have spent much of this week warning that the consequences of President Barack Obama’s unilateral immigration reform will be dire. One lawmaker went as far as saying the president’s plans could result in violence in the nation’s streets, while another said that the executive actions could get Obama impeached — or even jailed.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), in an interview with USA Today’s “Capital Download,” predicted that the president’s actions may anger Americans who believe the task of immigration reform should have been left up to Congress.
“The country’s going to go nuts, because they’re going to see it as a move outside the authority of the president, and it’s going to be a very dangerous situation,” Coburn said. “You’re going to see — hopefully not — but you could see instances of anarchy.”
When asked what he meant, Coburn replied, “You could see violence.”
Coburn, who announced that he will retire when his term is up, has had a good relationship with the president inside and outside the Capitol, despite his conservative leaning. But the senator pulled no punches in announcing that Obama’s immigration plan is bad for the country. Read more »(722 words, estimated 2:53 mins reading time)
When the Obama administration announced it had met its targeted number of 7 million enrollments for its first year, it didn’t announce that nearly half a million of those sign-ups weren’t for health insurance — they were only for dental plans.
Bloomberg reported Thursday that roughly 400,000 policies among the 7.3 million touted by the Obama administration in September were dental policies only. Lumping the stats for dental coverage in with the health insurance numbers was a first for the administration, which didn’t bother to inform anyone at the time that it was including both types of coverage in order to demonstrate success in hitting its target.
Without the dental plans, the federal government would have had 6.97 million people with medical insurance under the law known as Obamacare, investigators for the House Oversight and Government Reform committee calculated, using data they obtained from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Federal officials…didn’t distinguish between medical and dental plans, breaking from previous practice without notice.
Blending dental and medical plans let the administration assert that enrollment remained greater than 7 million, the original projection of the Congressional Budget Office. The move also partly obscured the attrition of more than 1 million in the number of people enrolled in medical insurance. Read more »(415 words, estimated 1:40 mins reading time)
A group of former Waldo, Florida, police officers have filed a lawsuit that, if successful, would blow the lid off a case of small-town corruption at its worst. The officers allege that they were fired after blowing the whistle on a ticket-writing scheme designed to increase city revenue.
The lawsuit resulted from a long-running scandal that broke after five of the town’s seven officers made public that they were being forced to meet an illegal 12-ticket-per-day quota. Because of the scheme, the north Florida town had become a notorious speed trap.
Waldo’s seven police officers wrote nearly 12,000 speeding tickets last year, collecting more than $400,000 in fines — a third of the town’s revenue.
The problem is there are six different speed limits in just a couple of miles. Drivers enter the city at 65 miles per hour. It then drops to 55, 45 and then 35.
Officers Brandon Roberts, Jeffrey Pedrick, Roy Steadman and Brian Shoaf, plaintiffs in the Alachua County case, say that they tried to bring the ticketing scheme and other misconduct occurring in the police department to local officials’ attention only to be stonewalled and threatened. Read more »(646 words, estimated 2:35 mins reading time)
You can almost feel a little bit sorry for Mary Landrieu, who has been fighting an uphill battle to retain her Senate seat in Louisiana. In the election earlier this month, voters refused to give the three-term incumbent a majority, forcing a runoff on Dec. 6. The oddsmakers don’t think much of her chances of winning.
Landrieu became convinced that her best chance to get the voters to return her to office was to win passage of the bill approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Doing that would have been quite a trick. Barack Obama, playing up to leftist environmentalists in his party, had stalled the measure for the past six years by ordering study after study. Majority Leader Harry Reid had refused to allow the Senate to vote on any of the eight previous bills approving the measure that had been passed by the House.
Ah, but now things were different, or so Landrieu hoped. With her Senate seat on the line, Reid finally agreed to allow a vote to be taken on the measure, after the ninth iteration was approved overwhelmingly in the House last week. The vote there was 252-161. Read more »(672 words, estimated 2:41 mins reading time)
Hi. I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. We all know Barack Obama is a hater. It’s crystal clear from his comments about “fundamentally changing America” and, of course, his policies that have caused chaos and crisis in our economy and foreign policy that Obama hates America.
We know from his actions and policies — including his statement, “You didn’t build that” — that he hates business owners.
We know from his statement about Middle America — that they “cling to their guns and Bibles” — that he has disdain for middle-class Americans.
Yet the facts I’m about to report indicate that Obama is out to hurt African-Americans and Jews. This guy really is a world-class hater. He appears to hate everyone — at least everyone inside America. The question is why don’t African-Americans and Jews see the truth that’s staring them right in the face? Why are African-Americans and Jews voting against their own self-interest? Why are they voting for a guy committed to hurting them? Read more »(1171 words, estimated 4:41 mins reading time)
On Nov. 19, 1863, at the dedication of the military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, President Abraham Lincoln spoke these words:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. Read more »(898 words, estimated 3:36 mins reading time)