Did you know that in 1647, early American settlers passed the Old Satan Deluder Act to encourage childrens education so they could learn to read the Bible?
Last Thursday, as Americans were still coming to grips with the tragic rampage in Oregon, President Obama addressed the American people. An hour before the president spoke, news outlets were confirming that the shooter in Oregon had targeted his victims based on their religion.
This strategy has risks, as Nixon, who lost the presidency once and won it once by narrow margins, understood. Your right- or left-wing stances in the primaries can hurt in the general.
In June, Comcast executive vice president David Cohen hosted a $2,700-a-plate fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. On the first weekend in October, the NBC Universal in-kind contributions really kicked in: a star turn on "Saturday Night Live," a Sunday morning interview with Rev. Al Sharpton, and a Monday town hall meeting on the "Today" program.
Hillary Clinton revealed on Wednesday that she opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, providing just the latest evidence that she is little more than political ambition wrapped in a pantsuit.
Hillary then moved away from raunchiness to scripted satire on the season's premier of "Saturday Night Live." Hillary was a kibitzing bartender named Val, talking to SNL star Kate McKinnon, who reprised her impersonation of Hillary. But the scenario was less satirical than self-serving, with both Hillary characters oozing banter about how great Hillary was/is.
When Barack Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, he predicted that the occasion would be remembered as "the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth." Some seven years later, America is weaker, and the world is a far more dangerous place.
Give him credit. Most elected officials are content to tinker at the edges, but Governor Jindal of Louisiana actually wants to solve problems.
Bill Clinton toured the country on their behalf, promoted their ideas and rode the DLC's pro-growth agenda all the way to the White House.
To say that Pope Franciss visit to the U.S. drew a lot of media attention would be an understatement. The coverage was round-the-clock. Yet as a lifelong cradle Catholic, educated by Jesuits, I couldnt help noticing what a remarkably incomplete, if not misleading, portrait emerged of the Holy Father.
In Huntington Park, CA, one of the bluest districts in the state of California, but with some ruby red patriotism bursting through, one of the city councilmembers, Valentin Amezquita, the only one to vote against appointing two illegal aliens to city commissions, has opened up to Donald Trumps immigration plan. I may not like Trump, but I do like that Democrats are considering Republican candidates.
A few weeks back, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson found himself deluged with mass hysteria when he dared to claim that Islam and the American political tradition were incompatible.
Look, wrote Lois Lerner, echoing Horace Greeley, my view is that Lincoln was our worst president not our best. He should [have] let the [S]outh go. We really do seem to have 2 totally different mindsets. Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, was referring to Southern secessionist states when he urged President-elect Lincoln to let the erring sisters go in peace.
Wichita State removes pews, alter from chapel to accommodate Muslims. The school wanted a "faith neutral" chapel.
While the popular press is in a projectile sweat over the coming elections for Speaker of the House - both internally to the Republicans and then to the House as a whole - the campaign for the Democratic nominee for President is getting more and more interesting.
Fall is always a busy time on Capitol Hill. Members usually wait for this time of year to consider the most controversial and thorny issues like appropriation bills to keep the government open and tax legislation that expires at the end of the year.
Contrary to the principles of American foreign policy of the last 70 years, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry tacitly invited Russia to "help" monitor things in the Middle East. Now they are learning that there are lots of Middle East scenarios far worse than the relative quiet Iraq that the Obama administration inherited in January 2009 -- and soon abandoned.
Technology has made life immeasurably better. We now have the sum total of human knowledge in our pockets and at our fingertips. This connectivity has made communication much easier we can now reach anyone at just about any time.
The media are often accused -- by the eternally offended crowd -- of intentionally "undermining the image of blacks." In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. The media lean over backwards to avoid any hint of anti-black sentiment. In the case of Mercer, a man with one black parent and one white parent, the narrative of mass-killers-are-almost-always-white caused the media great difficulty. But they tried their best.
While the FBI continued to analyze the emails Hillary Clinton thought she deleted and her advisers pressed her to hire a Republican criminal defense attorney in Washington, a madman used a lawfully purchased handgun to kill a professor and eight students at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon. Looking to change the subject away from her emails, Clinton was quick to pounce.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the original heir apparent to her party's nomination, has been plagued by continuing and continual questions regarding her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is in deep and potentially dire trouble. But that is not due to a "vast right-wing conspiracy," a blast from the past that she and her supporters are trying to resurrect.
There is a time, as Ecclesiastes reminds us, to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to be silent and a time to mend, a time for war and a time for peace ... and now is a time to stop denying that America, and the West in general, has suffered a strategic defeat.
Regarding last week's mass murder in Oregon, what is there to say that is new? There was a day in America when such an atrocity was almost unheard of. There were family feuds, mafia murders, and I guess what were called juvenile delinquent murders, though they were comparatively rare and for the most part ignored.
The Government Accountability Office routinely warns that states welfare programs are at high risk for waste, fraud, and abuse. A new report, released Wednesday by Arkansas Medicaid task force, brings these warnings to life.
The measly number of jobs that the Obama economy created last month is raising new fears of a steeper employment decline this year and next.
When heads of state gather, as they did for the United Nations General Assembly last week, you have a choice: Tune out or prepare to be bathed in blather, boilerplate and blatant lies. That said, the remarks of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner deserve at least a few minutes of our undivided attention.
One of the secrets of successful magicians on stage is directing the audience's attention to something that is attractive or distracting, but irrelevant to what is actually being done. That is also the secret of successful political charlatans.
Liberal readers have scoffed at my repeated warnings about the dangerous prospect of an enemy combatant dump on American soil.
This past Sunday night I decided to watch some war movies, first The Thin Red Line and after that it was American Sniper. One of my favorite lines in the movie American Sniper is the dinner scene when Daddy Kyle explains that there are three types of people sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs.
In January, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was asked by a reporter if an unborn baby at 20 weeks is a human being. She shot back that when she was a new member of Congress, someone quipped, "Nancy Pelosi thinks she knows more about having babies than the pope." She added, "Yeah. That would be true."
"Of course," Obama said Thursday night, "what's also routine is that somebody, somewhere, will comment and say, 'Obama politicized this issue.' Well, this is something we should politicize. It is relevant to our common life together, to the body politic."
An ongoing point of contention in the Republican Party has been the extent to which clear identification with traditional Judeo-Christian values is a good idea.
iven your status as a newly appointed member of the Board of Trustees and self-described occasional reader of my column I am frankly stunned by the content of your letter. Nonetheless, I intend to respond at some length. My reply will not be what you had anticipated.
If there is any glimmer of light to emerge from the mass murder last week at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, it is the story of Chris Mintz -- a 30-year-old Army veteran who was shot seven times after running towards the shooting scene to help.
When the founders of this nation wrote the Constitution they created a charter for the greatest and truest free-trade zone in history -- and they did not seek its approval on a fast track.
The Pentagon insists it isn't reviving the Strategic Air Command. The Cold War is over -- supposedly. SAC and its workhorse B-52 became uncomfortable symbols of that long, weary struggle waged on the edge of thermonuclear destruction.
When the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) was enacted in 2010, one of the obvious goals touted by proponents was increased consumer protection.
I am a California conservative, and I want someone who is not connected to the Old Boys Club, the business of working the backrooms to get deals.
The problem is that we generally do not know a gun buyer "wants to inflict harm on other people" until he does it. That reality shows the folly of relying on background checks or psychiatric intervention to prevent mass shootings.
A new article over at CNS News paints a disturbing picture of the state of religious liberty across the globe. Citing religious persecution as "a leading social justice crisis of our time," the article outlines the horrific actions being perpetrated against Christians in the Middle East and Africa, and America's less than robust response to this humanitarian catastrophe.
The Sept. 29 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood was interesting.
As the amount of direct liabilities owed by the federal government continues to soar and Congress remains unable or unwilling to rein in its irresponsible spending, the importance of state lawmakers also increases.
The answer has long been the same: bad governance. And it's not just a problem in France; it's a spreading worldwide trend among developed nations.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So too a patent troll.
With the frenzy following his son Ahmeds bringing a suspicious-looking modified clock to high school, Texas-based Islamic political activist Mohammed Elhassan Mohammed finally succeeded in creating something hes sought for a long time: a national media event that can be used to shine the light on alleged crimes of the United States, from accusations of Islamophobia in Irving, Texas, to American complicity in the 9/11 attacks.
If there is one principle that the United States values it is liberty. So when thinking of the USs relationship with worldwide movements for freedom and democracy, one would expect it to support them as a matter of course.
Much of the worlds attention remains focused on Iraq today, nearly four years after the official end of the US-Iraq War.
After left-wing media went crazy over Dr. Ben Carson's comments about whether or not he'd vote for a Muslim president a few weeks ago, and he gained 100,000 new Facebook "Likes" as a result, I decided to begin tracking how many new Facebook followers each of the GOP candidates were attracting weekly. What I found may surprise you.
President Putins decision to deploy aircraft in Syria and bomb opponents of President Assad may be a recipe for disaster as President Obama asserts, but it neatly exploits U.S. and western European vulnerabilities in the region. And it gives Russia leverage to undermine NATO and destabilize the oil-rich Middle East.
More than once in the last few years Ive asked myself the question, Has the whole world gone mad? Has everyone in our society lost the ability to think clearly? Are people no longer able to process facts and information? Are they so dominated by their emotions and by sound bites that truth and logic dont seem to matter?
The downside of being governed by idiots is that people start to think that any idiot can be president.
Not all important public policy reforms come from Washington. Really lasting reforms can percolate from the bottom up, brewed by citizens with a grievance pushing state and local governments to act.
Remember the much-maligned Tea Party movement? These were the patriotic Americans -- millions of them -- who took to the streets and the town halls across America and revolted against Bush's corporate bailouts, Obama's stimulus spending blowout and Obamacare, and the Fed's policy of tossing trillions of dollars out of helicopter windows (figuratively).
In his speech on the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon last week, President Obama sounded more upset about America's gun laws than about the horrific massacre.
On the assumption that there are good and bad people on both the right and the left and that everyone is horrified by mass shootings, how is one to explain the great divide between right and left on the gun issue as it relates to these mass murders?
After America learned of the latest mass shooting at an Oregon community college, President Barack Obama delivered remarks in which he lamented the loss of good, innocent people and then added: "Somehow this has become routine. ... We've become numb to this." By the next day, Obama had a remedy: "Be a single-issue voter."
The measly number of jobs that the Obama economy created last month is raising new fears of a steeper employment decline this year and next.
The Republican establishment designed the process to deliver the 2016 presidential nomination to a business-friendly moderate who avoids so-called social issues. The consultants who rewrote the party rules after 2012 are now trying to explain to their patrons what went wrong and how to fix it.
The Russian Bear is on the prowl in the Middle East, Iranian mullahs are inching towards a nuclear bomb with no stopping them in sight, and Americas allies are scratching their heads in wonderment questioning when or even if America will show up on the world stage and resume our proper and historical leadership role.
Before barely any facts were known, there was President Obama on camera (when isn't he?) making a 12-minute address -- a relatively short time for him -- about the school shootings in Roseburg, Oregon. The president referred to himself 28 times, according to Grabien.com, again proving that whatever happens in this country, or the world, it really is all about him.
Our humor is rhetorically violent. Our popular music just as violent. We're addicted to social media, where anonymity breeds a freedom to ridicule others, to peel their skin with venomous fingers from unknown keyboards. And we give our children phones at young ages so they may play, too.
I wont name him because its what he wanted. Earlier this year, the deranged 26-year-old gunman who snuffed out the lives of nine innocent human beings before taking his own life on the campus of Umpqua Community College provided some real insight into the minds of the young men involved in what is a disturbing and growing trend in America: mass-shooter suicides.
We hear you loud and clear about guns, President Obama. It's a little odd though, that you'd make insinuations about taking our guns away after the recent college shooting in Oregon, especially now that the EU Times reports the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) listed the shooter as an "American black-Islamist terror suspect" not quite the "white Republican" some initially suggested. ISIS also allegedly claimed culpability.
Socialism is a failed ideology. It was the avant-garde approach to how to do government in the Twentieth Century. The Soviet Union was the flagship petri dish that conquered, infiltrated or ingratiated themselves with many other nations to establish them as additional petri dishes (Hello, Cuba).
Sometimes life is almost too ironic for words. Average Americans look at the way the world is drifting, and just shake their heads.
With some in the media pouring out their hearts for outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner and attacking his critics as far-right and extremists, it reminded me of something written by newspaper man HL Mencken many years back called Syllogisms a la mode.
Planned Parenthood and its allies have offered a bizarre defense against Carly Fiorinas recent comments in which she describes a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says, We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.
A repeat culprit of government wastethe United States Postal Service (USPS), which recorded a revenue loss of $5.5 billion dollars in 2014 aloneis considering a $6.3 billion purchase of mail delivery vehicles using an unnecessarily expensive, out-of-date approach it employed nearly 30 years ago.
Pope Franciss speech to the UN called for a coordinated international response to the plight of Christians in the Middle East and Africa: Christians, together with other cultural or ethnic groups, have been forced to witness the destruction of their places of worship, their cultural and religious heritage, their houses and property, and have faced the alternative either of fleeing or of paying for their adhesion to good and to peace by their own lives, or by enslavement.
Taking a picture is not the same thing as experiencing a moment. It is one thing to see a famous person or view a great work with your own eyes. It is something different something less meaningful, less rich to see that person through a smartphone lens, or to regard that masterpiece through the viewfinder of a video camera.
One young man, Marc, came from Germany. He is 21 years old. He dropped out of college some time ago and has been on a personal walkabout trying to decide what to do with his life. He found a Twitter handle, #Zakany, that got his interest and decided to come to this small summer resort community and help with the migrants who come across the border into Hungary; there to board trains to take them on.
Robin Hvidston taught me: The only reason no one hears our side is that we never show up. Dont get mad, get confrontational. Use the tools of the Left and leave them begging for mercy. Thats what We the People are doing, and we are getting results.
A member of Congress estimated to me that out of 84-86 new GOP members who swept the House in the GOP takeover of 2010, there are only about only four to five left who remain conservative.