I love the holiday season. Certain food specialties make their once-a-year appearance on our table. As we all sit down to bountiful meals this holiday season, it’s easy to forget the quiet battle raging over our nation’s food supply.
If you walk along the quaint, cobblestoned streets of Georgetown, in Washington, D.C., you can see ads for newly renovated townhomes “starting at $3.945 million.” That’s not surprising for this famously liberal enclave. Something else jumps at you, the number of bumper stickers on Mercedes and Audi automobiles that say: “I’m ready for Hillary.”
When I first talk to someone in the entertainment world I have one thought – “How can this person introduce me to my favorite actor, Bruce Campbell?”
Dateline: February, 2014- Obama firmly responds to higher insurance premiums caused by Obamacare with an executive order that postpones all illnesses until after the 2016 presidential election.
The passage of the Ryan-Murray budget deal in Congress last week has been celebrated by the liberal media as a historic event, in and of itself. When one considers that the Congress hasn’t passed a budget in years this is true, at least to some extent.
At the end of this year, extended unemployment benefits are scheduled to expire. More than likely, most of these same individuals will simply convert to disability benefits, as it will be magically determined that their ability to work has been affected by some sort of social disorder.
The issue of forest certification for wood and paper products doesn’t dominate current headlines, but unwise government policies and destructive campaigns undertaken by environmental activists can create very negative consequences for American consumers and businesses alike.
Less than 3 years after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed his collective bargaining reforms (Act 10), more than 100,000 union members have left Big Labor. The Left has fought these reforms at every step, but when workers are given the choice, they have overwhelmingly voted to leave government unions.
With his characteristic bluntness, Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty warned the rest of us against being “deceived” by those who would have us think that “adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers” will “inherit the kingdom of God.”
With so many liberal reporters trying to help the President’s PR campaign for Obamacare, it’s getting harder and harder to figure out who gets this week’s “Ezra Klein is an Idiot” award. Also, Dan Mitchell joined the show to talk about the surprise growth in GDP.
The most powerful coalition of Syrian rebels, the newly formed Islamic Front, has rejected talks with US officials just days after seizing control of warehouses filled with American military equipment that was sent to support more secular rival rebel groups.
"Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson is not alone. He's the latest in a long, long lineup of politically incorrect targets of the left's sensitivity mob.
As the fifth year of the Obama presidency draws to a close, it may be time to examine the unspoken but powerful assumption behind the policies of the president and his party. That is the assumption that in times of economic distress Americans would be, more than usual, supportive of or amenable to Big Government programs.
So rednecks need to be politically correct now?
I must admit I've never watched "Duck Dynasty," but this brouhaha over A&E's suspension of the show's star, Phil Robertson, for his remarks on homosexual behavior in an interview with GQ has little to do with "gay" issues and everything to do with thought and speech control -- and the left's intolerance.
Where you're born on the calendar of history makes all the difference in the world. We watch the protests of the young and restless unfold in Kiev's Independence Square and our sympathy goes to them in their quest to be linked in partnership with the West.
I saw one at the airport on Monday and then another in the elevator on Wednesday. I see them on the street, at coffee shops around town, often at the grocery. Now Obamacare supporters have adopted one as the face of their new public relations campaign.
Supporting higher taxes, after all, on those who make more than you-- and this is what opponents of free markets wish for-- is not the same as a rich man feeding and clothing the poor. Or even yet a widow donating out of her want.
The Federal Reserve's long-delayed decision to start pulling away from its multi-trillion dollar stimulus program was filled with self-doubts about the still-shaky Obama economy.
The line employs a sharp edged bathos: End of civilization drama counterpoised with a sneer at that most-despised bit of pre-modern Christian dogma – the virgin birth. Religious people gasped, and aggressive atheists snickered, but I just sat there wishing that Christopher Hitchens knew more history.
While some schools are deciding to arm resource officers, permit concealed carry, and even hire additional security, the liberal solution is put up more “no guns” signs and ask parents about their personal interest in firearm ownership.
The Federal Reserve's long-delayed decision to start pulling away from its multi-trillion dollar stimulus program was filled with self-doubts about the still-shaky Obama economy.
Duck Dynasty has been sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. By now you probably know that A&E indefinitely suspended Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family, for following the teachings of the Holy Bible.
Organizations that depend on fundraising (as opposed to selling a product or a service) have got to have an enemy to survive. When I was very young my brother - four years my senior - was stricken with polio which was the scourge of the nation back in the early 50s.
You knew it would happen sooner or later. An outspoken, wildly popular, conservative Christian who doesn’t give a hoot – or in this case, a quack – about political correctness would air his views about homosexuality, and overnight, Hollywood hell would break loose.
Remember when the federal government took over student loans? That power grab was part of the Democrats’ push to make college ‘affordable.’
PolitiFact has awarded their "Lie of the Year" to President Barack Obama for his promise that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it."
With skyrocketing tuition, there is no denying that college is too expensive. My friend, Professor Richard Vedder of Ohio University, has produced a lifetime of work showing that colleges' hefty price is directly related to students' easy access to Federal Pell grants and student loans.
Note: This article contains explicit language that some readers might find offensive.
It has been a grim Christmas around the White House. Frankly, I think President Barack Obama must be wondering why. Has anyone on the White House staff seen him tee off lately? He is really walloping the old ball, and his putting game has improved too.
As the Family Research Council (FRC) discovered while reviewing healthcare plans in the D.C. health exchange, it is almost impossible for consumers to get accurate information regarding which plans cover elective abortion. The Maryland Health Exchange is turning out to be no different.
As President Obama and Pope Francis remind us, so-called income “inequality” remains an obsession for leftists the world over. When discussing this topic, those of who value liberty—and sense—would be well served to bear in mind Confucius’ admonition: “When words lose their meaning, people will lose their liberty.”
Particularly in this perilous era, could you imagine any American not wanting to prevent criminals or terrorists from entering the United States?
Instead of always taking incoming fire, how about Republicans start sending some back? It's great that they stopped HillaryCare, but if they had actually fixed health care by forcing health insurance plans to be sold in a competitive free market, there would have been no opportunity for shyster Democrats to foist Obamacare on us.
Peter Lee is going to need a copy ofThe Happiest Life, and very soon, because his 2014 looks like it will be miserable, though not as miserable as he will have made the start of the new year for hundreds of thousands of Californians whom Lee has failed.
Dirty Harry Reid sabotaged the filibuster, and now the Democrats are running wild in Washington. Mark my words: We all will pay a price. Thanks to Reid's crony-coddling rule change, unqualified stooges will manage the Obama Department of Homeland Security. It's a bundler's world, and we're just living in it. God help us.
Pope Francis, in his apostolic exhortation, levied charges against free market capitalism, denying that "economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world" and concluding that "this opinion ... has never been confirmed by the facts."
Liberal journalists were glowing and full of hope after President Barack Obama won a second term. As 2012 drew to a close, there was the traditional hour of ABC's Barbara Walters fawning: "Mr. President, Mrs. Obama. There is a photograph of you (hugging) that went viral, became the most shared photograph in the history of Twitter. How do you keep the fire going?"
We've all heard the Obamacare horror stories: members of the individual insurance marketplace who watched their plans get canceled; business owners watching their costs rise; and employees finding out that more is coming out of their paychecks for approximately the same benefits.
By December of last year, companies were already making changes to hiring in order to accommodate Obamacare. While the employer mandate won’t be effective until 2015, the disruption should be felt well before then.
At a diplomatic gathering in mid-November, some three weeks prior to Nelson Mandela's death, Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa approached South African president Jacob Zuma. According to The New Indian Express, Rajapaksa told Zuma he wanted to learn more about South Africa's post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
A new report commissioned by the French Socialist government to make recommendations on how France can better integrate its residents of foreign origin has been described by former French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet as "organizing apartheid by inciting each community to affirm its difference," according to the French newspaper Le Figaro.
For decades Dr. James Dobson has been the voice of strong families, vibrant faith, and conscientious citizenship. His personal integrity and strong commitment to help families raise Godly children is legendary.
There’s nothing like a little fear mongering to go with a heaping helping of government school protectionism.
After her purse was snatched in 1976, Patricia McDonough began receiving threatening phone calls from a man who identified himself as her robber. Following one of the calls, she saw a car she recognized from the scene of the crime slowly pass by her house in Baltimore.
Given the magnitude of the Obamacare debacle, it's hard to imagine how Republicans could manage to one-up the dysfunction and dissolution of the Democrat party. Much to the delight of the media, however, the GOP has managed to redirect the spotlight away from the train wreck of the Affordable Care Act in exchange for its own dog and pony show.
It seems apropos to mention something controversial about Santa Claus, given the recent furor over his skin pigmentation. (Ya know, because early Catholic Bishops and German folklore characters are traditionally such a multicultural crowd.) I am convinced that Kris Kringle is (undoubtedly) a member of the Republican Party.
The debate about Comprehensive Immigration Reform keeps coming up and while several efforts to pass this sweeping legislation has failed several times, it is likely to be an issue for the next session of Congress.
Is Obamacare going to get better or worse as time goes on? If early indications are anything to go on, the train-wreck-that-is Obamacare will only get worse in 2014. Mark Calabria, with Cato, also joined the program to discuss the Volcker rule and Dodd-Frank
Baseball and football fans know that when coaches chew out umpires, there’s little chance that the questionable call will be overturned – especially in baseball. But in many cases, that’s not the intent. The idea is to intimidate the umpire into giving them a better call the next time around.
After dropping well below the historic trend near the end of Bush’s second term, the unemployment rates of African Americans have again climbed to twice the rate of whites. If judged by the metrics Liberals use to evaluate Conservative theory, President Obama is the worst President for Black America in recent memory.
I'm interrupting my series on Common Core State Standards for public schools to join the appeal to Iran and North Korea for the release of American hostages like imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini and missionary Kenneth Bae.
All this year, House Speaker John Boehner has been taking criticism from all quarters. He is a squish selling out to the Obama administration and the Democrats, many conservatives charged when he engineered bipartisan (mostly Democratic) approval of higher tax rates on high earners rather than go over the fiscal cliff.
Just when President Obama is on the ropes with Obamacare and the rest of his failed policies, scandals and deceptions, the GOP seems determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory -- a victory not just for the GOP, but also for the American people.
Jack Phillips owns the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., about 10 miles from downtown Denver. In July 2012, two gay men, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, asked Phillips to provide the cake for their wedding celebration.
On the day before Thanksgiving this news was posted at a blog on the website of the Department of Health and Human Services: The President of the United States had just made a change in the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” better known as ObamaCare.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., are about as opposite politically as two people can be. Nonetheless, last week they joined forces to introduce a bill to repeal the federal requirement to blend corn ethanol into gasoline.
As world leaders at the UN Climate Summit reached an agreement to tighten the shackles of oppressive global warming regulations late November, God laughed, and the moisture from his breath touched the earth, painting the place where the Christmas story began, the Holy Land, white with snow December 13.
Are government employee unions any less of a leech on society than corporations?
The November jobs report released last Friday by the Labor Department seemed a breath of holiday good cheer at just the right time. The White House (in desperate need of anything that resembled "good news") hailed the report as evidence that "the recovery continues to gain traction."
Ransom wants to know if you would support higher taxes for the sake of hiring armed security guards at public schools? Also, Bill Tatro joined the program to discuss the direction of the economy, and the overall health of America’s economic growth.
North Korea has never shown that it can manage more than one crisis or major development at a time. The promise to do so this time should provide insights as to the leadership's management competence and style.
On December 7th, nearly 100 state legislators, many distinguished, representing 32 states, assembled at Mount Vernon.The purpose? To discuss how to, safely, revive an overlooked, but invaluable, provision in the United States Constitution to allow a supermajority of states to rein in a power-drunk federal government.
A poll released yesterday by the Associated Press and GfK demonstrated a point I've been making with eye-glazing regularity: The problems with healthcare.gov will be solved; when they are solved they will reveal a far more damaging problem for the Obama Administration and its Democratic supporters: Obamacare itself stinks.
Sure, Santa is a racist, hetero-normative imperialist who supports the dominant patriarchal power structure through his reinforcement of sexist stereotypes, but unlike the people who vote for Democrats, he has a job to do.
A new study just published by the National Institute on Retirement Security – “Race and Retirement Insecurity in the United States”- presents a dismal snapshot of the state of retirement savings of minority American families.
The New York Times has an interesting think piece up on upper-class gender relations: Wall Street Mothers, Stay-Home Fathers.
?Leave it to the Fighting Irish to vanquish the sheepish, the snobbish and the priggish. This month, the University of Notre Dame (UND) re-filed its lawsuit “for relief against” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate which is set to take effect January 1, 2014.
As we once again inch our way towards Christmas, it's easy to be captivated by what C.S. Lewis called "the great cataract of nonsense that pours from the press and the microphone." Unwilling to let us enjoy a few weeks of holiday joy, political pundits trade barbed accusations with counterattacks.
In a world where hustlers of division now routinely push the concept of “white privilege"; in a country where the president of the United States blames rich people for everything, it’s a short distance between excusing someone for their behavior based on circumstances and accusing someone for their behavior based on circumstance.
Any people is known by and knows itself through its stories. In addition to the true story of its existence—its history—there are stories that technically never happened. While these stories get assigned to the “fiction” section of the library, that does not mean they are not true—at least true to nature.
A majority of 18-to-24-year-olds now say they would recall Obama as president if they could. It is finally happening; young people who overwhelmingly supported Obama are now turning away from him in droves. The hope and change he promised never materialized, instead replaced with deteriorating conditions.
A Wall Street Journal editorial surmises that Senate Democrats eliminated the filibuster for non-Supreme Court judicial appointments so they could pack the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit with judges that would block an important ObamaCare case called Halbig v. Sebelius.
The annual "Death to America" rallies across Iran last month were the largest ever. The outpouring of hate against the United States wasn't cancelled, or even toned down, by the new Iranian president, the purportedly "moderate, reasonable" Hassan Rouhani. Far from it.
Lawyer’s for 16-year-old Ethan Couch were able to pawn off on a doe-eyed court that “affluenza” was to blame for his stealing beer at WalMart, getting wasted and then plowing his out of control Ford F-350 into a group of folks, killing four.
Congressional Democrats are reeling from Obamacare, Republicans are caving-in to President Obama’s budgetary demands, and the First Lady is emotionally wounded because of her husband’s flirtatious behavior in South Africa.
As Queen Kathleen (Sebelius) has stated, the people who want her fired are “people I don’t work for.” This is indicative of an attitude exhibited by many in the Administration that the principal complaints concerning Obamacare are coming from people who did not want the law from its inception.
Just because voters and the public are momentarily caught up in the tax lust that the Democrats rely on to get more money for government by taxing “someone else” won’t change the fact that on election day Obama and the Democrats will have to be the party of higher taxes no matter what.
With it now declared to be an act of racism to dare refer to the federal government’s dramatically increased and disastrous role in our healthcare as “Obamacare” — even though President Barack Obama, himself, once did so proudly, before its onerous provisions were triggered and began to explode in the faces of the American people — let’s just note that the, ahem, Affordable Care Act is . . . not.
Dr. King envisioned the day when the black community would be at equal footing with those who oppressed them. And yet, I wonder if even Dr. King could have dreamed of an African-American president so few years after paying the ultimate price for seeking equality.
According to his profile, Darren Hutchinson is a professor of “Constitutional Law, Critical Race Theory, Law and Social Change, and Equal Protection Theory” at the University of Florida. At his blog, Dissenting Justice, Hutchinson takes yours truly to task for a recent article of mine in which I contend that the enterprise of rectifying “income inequalities” is antithetical to individual liberty, for the former demands an intrusive, activist, all meddling government—i.e. a government as diametrically opposed as any to that delineated by the U.S. Constitution.
Like the expiration of the DOE loan guarantee program has increased the likelihood populations of migratory birds will survive death by renewables, the pending expiration of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy could help the eagles and other raptors that are attracted to the towering turbines.