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Labor Day was originally concocted by labor unions and the idea was to celebrate the union movement. But unions at least in the private sector -- are being replaced by a different form of labor monopoly: occupational licensing. Should we set aside one day a year to celebrate licensing? Or should we celebrate instead the right to work?
The money involved may be smaller when academics hit the revolving door between Washington and the Ivory Tower, but it smacks of no less venality, no less corruption and no less conflict of interest. It just proves academics typically think smaller than those on Wall Street and Main Street.
The new season of "19 Kids and Counting" is here. And I'm excited. So what?
NFL culture has finally pissed the American left off. No, feminist Democrats are not irate about superstars beating their girlfriends into unconsciousness and equality activists are not protesting the NFLs lack of gender-neutral locker rooms.
As college students hit their campuses and get back to class, many are facing an unprecedented attack on their First Amendment rights to religious freedom and free speech. Just as sure as atheists will sue to remove Nativity scenes at Christmastime, the new school year will no doubt bring many lawsuits on campuses across the country that seek to suppress viewpoints that the university administration holds to be contrary to their own.
The greatest threat today is the welfare state, Meltzer said. Lowering taxes does not appeal to the average voter because they dont pay income taxes anymore.
Despite the regulations, restrictions, and derogatory rhetoric, America is seeing an oil renaissance Of course, the government is still doing everything it can to keep the industry from really booming. Parker Hallam, President of Crude Energy, joined the show to talk about the booming American oil industry
President Obama has come under attack from critics lately for the pandemic chaos evident at home and abroad. The President has been called aloof, bored, disinterested, and incompetent. Pundits universally decry his inaction. Inaction seems to be the criticism leveled by all with their own preferred adjective attached.
It must present a true governing agenda.
Read the news. The. World. Is. A. Disaster.
One of the big differences between Russian strategic ambitions and ISIL's strategic goals is that ISIL has announced its mission as converting the entire world to Islam and killing those who resist. Today's announcement advances the mission. Putin has made no comparable claim.
PBS, who operates partly on the dime of the U.S. taxpayer, just ran a one-hour special on the terror-sponsoring dictator who shrieked that war with the U.S. is my true destiny! and who came within a hair of nuking millions of PBS involuntary donors during the gravest military threat against the United States in modern history.
Black caliphate flags flap in the open air. Islamic head-choppers wreak bloody havoc around the world.
Many people suggest President Obama has checked out. He treats the ever-growing threat of ISIS as an abstraction. Sources from within the administration are now more openly admitting that, for almost a year, intelligence and Pentagon officials have advised the president of the threat. He has chosen to do very little. Last Wednesday, he said we would "shrink" ISIS and make it "a manageable problem" as opposed to eliminate it.
Liberals like to think and talk about themselves as if they were the wave of the future. Note, for example, how Barack Obama and John Kerry have denounced Islamist terrorists and Vladimir Putin for behaving as if they are still in the "19th century."
Do you remember the left's chants about President George W. Bush: "Have you had enough yet?" Well, I could easily ask that about President Obama, but instead I'll ask: "Do you believe us now?"
The clearest expression of a foreign policy doctrine President Obama has articulated came in 2012 when he announced that the "tide of war in Afghanistan" had "turned" and that this was lucky because it was "now time to focus on nation building here at home."
You want to run your home with solar power? Well, more power to you. But dont force your neighbors to pay for it.
The end of summer makes melancholy babies of all of us. We're more nervous than usual this year. There's the muted anxiety for the young, shifting gears for back to school, and simply putting away the summer clothes reminds us all of the fleeting freedom of life in the sunshine.
The new season of "19 Kids and Counting" is here. And I'm excited.
President Obama, in the past, has demonstrated a way with written words, and he's done so again, this time in a joint op-ed with UK Prime Minister David Cameron for the London Times published on the eve of this week's NATO meeting in Wales.
President Obama's handling of foreign policy is coming under increasing criticism at home, from friends and foes alike, for its timidity, impotence and bungling.
As my daughter, Kristin, and I recently browsed through my last book, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family, we came across a chapter entitled, Vow To Be The Parent (Not Your Childs Best Friend). I had to laugh to myself because Kristinmy third and youngest childis now 22 and married, and I know my days of "active parenting" are more or less over. She is now first and foremost a friend. As long as there is breath in me I will be her mother - ready to provide counsel and advice as I am invited to share it.
The moment Duck Dynastys Phil Robertson said to Sean Hannity, that, with regard to ISIS, you have to either convert them or kill them, it was obvious that others would pounce on those words and claim that he was no better than ISIS.
The Russian propagandists almost lost control of the spin on Putin's talk with Poroshenko. Evidently, the Russians recognized the error and had Russian media publish corrections. Now, Russia continues to adhere to the fiction that it is not a party to the fighting.
If you have been making minimum wage for ten years, and are depending on your fast food job to keep you afloat, it might be time to reevaluate your life choices Flipping burgers was never supposed to be a career option. Also: Mark Calabria joined the show from Cato to talk about economy-killing regulations.
Its been fun, Mikey. Thanks for the laughs, the entertainment, and the excuse to justify the purchase of an AK-47 (with high capacity magazines) to my wife. You will be missed.
Somewhere in an alternate universe, White House speechwriters prepared this address for President Obama to deliver to the nation on the Islamic State, also called ISIS.
Elite departments (and, since they train most Ph.D. degrees, through them other schools departments) have pushed the discipline to an overpowering emphasis on themes of race, class, and gender, while working to squeeze out such traditional fields as political, diplomatic, constitutional, and military.
At one time socialists and communists sought to inspire a revolution through the schools. They did this by revising the history of the United States to make it appear that our principles would no longer serve in a changing twentieth century. The Soviet Union provided a better model, they claimed, and said so to their charges in the classroom.
In an article about police shootings in last Sunday's New York Times (8/31), Michael Wines disputes the conventional wisdom about a disproportionate number of African-Americans being shot by police, saying there are no data one way or another.
What a difference a year makes. Last September, the Obama administration and the media were cheering happenstance as victory. A quick review of last year's events: the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government on civilians, tough talk by President Barack Obama, an administration push for a congressional vote for use of force, Secretary of State John Kerry's off-the-cuff remark regarding Syrian giving up chemical weapons, Russian President Vladimir Putin leveraging the remark into action, the Obama administration claiming a great solution.
In the era of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., etc., etc., theres barely a moment people arent documenting in some form or another. How many friends do you know who post pictures of their every meal? Or every outfit their kid wears? Every concert they attend?
It's one thing to watch race hustlers like the Rev. Al Sharpton bellowing, "No justice, no peace." But when the attorney general of the United States makes false but racially incendiary claims about today's alleged "pernicious racism," we are in uncharted territory.
Dont let anyone tell you that our university officials are ignorant of the First Amendment. They are not. In fact, they know all about it. But they are actively trying to destroy it with one convoluted argument at a time. The most extreme example I ever saw occurred in Richmond, Virginia on January 26, 2011.
At the root of the chaos in the Middle East and here at home are governments that respect no limits on their exercise of power. Public officials -- who are supposed to be our public servants -- routinely behave as if they are our masters. They reject the confines of the Constitution, they don't believe that our rights are inalienable, and they fail to see the dangerous path down which they are leading us.
The promise the Chinese government made to Britain and to the world as Hong Kong reverted to Chinese control at midnight on June 30, 1997, that China would abide by the "one country, two systems" plan, which would afford Hong Kong greater autonomy, except in matters of foreign relations and defense, was to last 50 years.
President Barack Obama slipped up last week when he told reporters, "We don't have a strategy yet" to dispatch the Islamic State. These things happen. On "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., dished out a mild but fitting response to the president's remarks. "He's very cautious," she said. "Maybe in this instance too cautious."
There is growing optimism among Republicans that the GOP will take majority control of the Senate following the November elections. And yes, the likelihood is increasing that they could be right. But there's a wrinkle: It could be weeks or even months after the Nov. 4 elections before majority control of the Senate is decided.
The New York Times ran an unfair headline the other day: "Arab Nations Strike in Libya, Surprising U.S." It was unfair not because it was inaccurate but because the latter phrase suggested there was something noteworthy in our surprise. When it comes to events abroad, surprise is our natural state.
This Friday the Labor Department is expected to report the economy added 230,000 jobs in August. The pace has picked up a bit but is still far less than needed to reemploy all the prime aged workers displaced in the wake of the financial crisis.
Quick quiz: What started World War I? An anarchist in Serbia shot and killed a visiting Austrian leader. But why would that shooting trigger the killing of millions, including one out of two young Frenchmen, in what we now know as World War I, which began a hundred years ago?
Why is it that every time the free market has a breakthrough, government feels the need to start picking winners and losers? Nick Sorrentino, the founder of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org, joined the program to talk about the latest crony initiatives coming out of Washington.
We hear it all the time: You are what you eat. Many of us resent the saying, but its true. In the case of liberal feminism, you are what you bleat. Decades of bemoaning the suppression of womens equality have distilled the liberal feminist movement into one simple word: death.
You may not be 100 percent sure what you think about Vladimir Putin's maneuvers in Ukraine, Burger King's tax inversion, the indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry, or Scotland's independence referendum. But you know exactly where you come down on the Great Airline Reclining Seat Controversy, don't you?
Loyalty to King and Crown now has morphed into Loyalty to President and the federal Tax Code.
Israel seems to be managing the delicate balance of conducting a just war, thus, my prayers are for Israels protection, true freedom for the people caught in the crossfire in Gaza, and our American leadership. If we act justly perhaps future generations will not have the same level of conflict and confusion that we experience today.
Barack Obama has been taking a lot of heat for acknowledging he doesnt have a strategy yet for dealing with the jihadis butchering Iraqis, Syrians, Christians, Kurds and Yazidis while in their spare time attempting to weaponize bubonic plague for use against others on their extensive to-kill list.
Last week I said the Environmental Protection Agency has become a monster that does more harm than good. But logical people say, "What else we got?" It's natural to assume greedy capitalists will run amok and destroy the Earth unless stopped by regulation.
There are things that really puzzle me. Some life insurance companies charge lower premiums if you haven't made a life-shortening lifestyle choice. Being a nonsmoker is one of them. Actuarially, that makes sense because the life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers.
The Islamic State and the other advocates of Shariah law are growing rapidly, along with their zeal to eradicate or convert all "infidels." For those who are asleep at the wheel, in the opinion of these fanatics, most of Western civilization -- including America -- fits into the infidel category.
The world seems to be falling apart. Only lunatics from North Korea or Iran once mumbled about using nuclear weapons against their supposed enemies. Now Vladimir Putin, after gobbling up the Crimea, points to his nuclear arsenal and warns the West not to "mess" with Russia.
We've all heard the expression: "A man's best friend is his equipment." You haven't? Well you must not work for the Pentagon. There, military dogs are considered mere "equipment" and as such can be left behind when the troops come home.
So much for non-ideological foreign policy.
When I encountered Bulfinch by Hannah Sternberg, I was unsure of what the genre of magical realism even was. The possibility of magic in everyday life? Perhaps thats not too far off from the chick lit I usually enjoy.
Last week, as riots in Ferguson, Missouri decrescendoed and the country held its collective breath over the question of the indictment of Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, rappers Diddy (formerly P. Diddy, formerly Puff Daddy, formerly Sean Combs), 2 Chainz, The Game, and Rick Ross, along with 10 of their fellows, released a song: "Don't Shoot."
If you count a generation as spanning 20 years, then approximately 36 percent of the American generation born from 1993 through 2012 -- which has begun turning 21 this year and will continue turning 21 through 2033--were born to unmarried mothers.
While the world's attention was distracted by his incursions into Eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin quietly made another provocative move that could lead to a direct confrontation with the United States. The Russian Navy sent a ship to remote Wrangel Island, planted a Russian naval flag on August 20, and announced plans to build a naval base there for Russia's Pacific Fleet.
U.S. President is headed to Europe this week. There used to be a time prior to his election when he would travel to Europe and inspire the masses -- mostly on the strength of their own idealistic projections. But now, never has a Nobel Peace Prize laureate seen so many global conflicts erupt on his watch, while mostly standing there slack-jawed like a spectator at a fireworks display.
In what is seen as the worst, strategic national security blunder in the long and bloody struggle against terrorism, President Obama broke that rule when he willingly told the Islamist extremist insurgency last week that he didn't have a longterm plan to repel their advances in the Middle East.
The month of August 2014 came near to producing the libertarian ideal -- next-to-no government. Some might argue that August favored the anarchist ideal -- no government at all; nothing going on at the highest levels, what with Congress out of town and the President on the golf course.
In an interview with The New York Times last month, President Obama confessed that when he decided to help rebels overthrow Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, he "underestimated" the ensuing chaos. "That's a lesson that I now apply every time I ask the question, 'Should we intervene militarily?'" Obama said. "Do we have an answer (for) the day after?"
In the public policy arena, the past few decades have seen a constant conflict between Christian conservatives and secular liberals. These two factions have sparred openly over a variety of issues, including abortion, the definition of marriage, the importance of the family, and the size of government. Recently, however, secular liberals have adopted a new tactic. Rather than continue our public debates, some secular liberals have decided to take a different route attacking the very foundations of Christian institutions. In this assault, they have been aided and abetted by the current administration.
Some liberals are trying to claim that California is seeing a comeback. Of course, these are the same liberals that champion the stimulus, quantitative easing, higher taxes, economic patriotism, and Obamacare So, lets face it: They might be kinda off-base.
You might remember that in 1775, colonists in the Americas got a little fed up with King George IIIs style of executive action, and decided to start shooting Red Coats. Seriously Leave our tea alone.
President Obama has refused to fulfill a twice made promise to declassify findings related to September 11, 2001. The findings, known as the missing 28 pages, contain possible explosive allegations that could pinpoint foreign association with the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The refusal to follow through with his promise is leading to increasing calls for Mr. Obama to fulfill his word to the families of the September 11 victims.
Textbook companies are stamping Aligned with the Common Core on their book covers. Even supporters of the Common Core have admitted that the standards are more than just benchmarks and will change how teachers teach.
I'm not really into the political cannibal thing. And I'm old-fashioned enough to believe that eating humans -- even in metaphor -- is still a sin.
On the first Labor Day upon it's creation as a national holiday in 1887, there was no such thing as a public sector union. The idea of government workers going on strike for personal gain rather than serving the country seemed ridiculous.
The pastor of a small-town Baptist church in Georgia says he got banned from YouTube after he posted video of a Sunday sermon he gave about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.
The Keystone Pipeline or Keystone XL, as its commonly known, would put 9,000 laborers to work and support over 42,100 jobs on a project designed to strengthen Americas energy independence as well as provide a way to move Bakken Shale oil from North Dakota to refineries located on the Gulf Coast.
With many people now acting as if it is time for "a woman" to become president, apparently they have learned absolutely nothing from the disastrous results of the irresponsible self-indulgence of choosing a President of the United States on the basis of demographic characteristics, instead of individual qualifications.
Is history going to repeat itself? I recently read the book "The Miracle of Freedom: 7 Tipping Points That Saved the World," by Chris Stewart and Ted Stewart. The Stewarts describe how radical Islam came within a hair's breadth of taking over the world.
From 1948 to 1961, there was a show called "This Is Your Life," hosted by Ralph Edwards. In it, an unsuspecting celebrity was lured to a place by a friend or family member where Edwards would surprise them. People from the celebrity's past would then come out one by one and tell stories of the celebrity's early life.
As a talk show host, I have no choice but to keep up with what's happening in America and the world. I am therefore submerged in depressing and often angering fare.
Standing among the ruins that were once a shining example of American prosperity, the Vice President championed the values of organized labor and liberal economic policies. (Ya know Because its worked out so well for the bankrupt city of Detroit.)
There is precious little of Biblical principle in politics today, but Christians ought to be in politics. Not every Christian is endowed with the gifts which make for great statesmen, but there is no greater force for liberty than a man or woman steeped in Biblical principle and disposed by grace to public service.
The following was taken from my best-seller, Raising Righteous And Rowdy Girls. I thought it was apropos given the anti-gun hysteria that has ensued since the Uzi accident. Here's how I prepped my girls growing up should the crap ever hit the fan and they needed to defend themselves with a gun. Enjoy.
There are a whole bunch of Democrats running for Senate this year, though in this case running seems to mean running as far away as possible from failed liberal messiah Barack Obama. Youd practically think they were Tea Partiers by the way they publicly espouse conservative principles like support for the family, protection from crime, and respect for religion. But they can't run away from their duty to repudiate the single most offensive, anti-woman, anti-family, anti-Christian candidate running under their Democrat Partys banner.
Growing up in Chicago I was witness to how Jesse Jackson Sr. and Operation PUSH would shake down companies for money in return for not being hit by special interests with the tag of being racist by the King of Black people.
Happy Labor Day.
There is a new form of cyberbullying out there and it is scary, because it could derail the professional career of any conservative - even those working in apolitical jobs.
Eric Holder is suing a state police force, because their employment requirements for women are the same as those for men Whoa. So this is what progress looks like, huh?
President Obama claims to be running the most transparent administration in history. But even those who knew he was exaggerating must have been surprised when dozens of his own inspectors general revealed what a laughably hollow claim this is.
How did investors get behind the shares at the right time? By understanding what the business was truly worth.