So, You Want To Be An Author
Being an author and knowing how to write a compelling story does not necessarily go hand-in-hand. I believe writers are artists, and artists tend to draw from the emotional side of themselves and life in general. The first thing I do is write a complete storyline of the plot; all the characters that will be included in the story, the conflict, or conflicts, that will drive the story, and how different aspects of the story will hold together. The storyline lays out the entire foundation of the story from start to finish.
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:33:46 AM
The Smoke-screen of Words
If we can remove the smoke screen of fine words that are blinding us from the actions of those who are in power and those who want to be in power, we may well get the government we want and deserve instead of a 'Tower of Babel' where no-one really knows what the other person actually means. The gift of the speech writer can help them speak for an hour and commit to nothing, but sound as if they are committing to everything.
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:15:35 AM
Islamic terrorists are no "lone wolves"
The suspension of foreign aid to -- and all communications with -- Mahmoud Abbas, a hate educator, would express the realization that hate education is the antithesis of core US values; that hate educators should not benefit from the largesse of the US taxpayer; and that hate educators on the one hand, and compliance with agreements and peaceful coexistence on the other hand, constitutes a scandalous oxymoron.
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:12:40 AM
Is the U.S. Being Colonized By Red China?
Cliven Bundy stood his ground against an army of government agents from the Bureau of Land Management. There is much more to the story. It seems a certain U.S. Senator has been involved with EB-5 real estate deals for some time. And that issue has close ties to the Bundy situation. Who represents ENN in its negotiations? Rory Reid, Harry's son. This little band has already run 52 other ranchers in the area. Bundy is the last one left. American communities are so hungry for money that they will ignore almost anything. Red flags should go up when locals are told they can't live in China City. Why? Is this simply about an investment opportunity, or is China City, and other Chinese investments, actually to be Chinese colonies?
Nov 14, 2014 - 7:25:21 PM
From Gaza to Catalonia: Europe's insufferable hypocrisy
Nonetheless, this doesn't appear to bother Europe one whit, as it completely ignores the Catalan case for statehood while championing that of the Palestinians. Adding to the irony is that the Spanish parliament in Madrid - the same one that will not countenance freedom for Catalonia - is set to vote on recognizing "Palestine" as an independent country. This only goes to prove that when it comes to Israel, Spain's policy amounts to "do as we say, not as we do."
Nov 14, 2014 - 7:23:29 PM
The Facts Behind Obamacare's Numbers
Why would so many people be losing employer-based coverage? Because of the negative incentives built into Obamacare. It's cheaper for many employers (who might otherwise face steep rises in coverage costs or fines from Washington) to stop offering coverage altogether and let their employees fall into government-run programs.
Nov 9, 2014 - 3:50:20 AM
Will Obama Become a "Lame Duck" President?
The Hill notes that "historically, young people, minorities and single women are more likely to skip midterm elections.... Core groups in the liberal base are more likely to stay home than are people in the demographic segments that lean Republican.... Voters are less engaged in this year's midterms than they were in 2010 and 2006.... However, Democrats are continuing to try hard to get their base to turn out...."
Nov 5, 2014 - 5:55:11 AM
The Clear Connection Between Barack Obama and The Weathermen
In more than forty years, Ayres, Dorhn, Rudd, and Jones were not heard from in the mainstream media. They had not been an issue in any presidential election. They did not openly promote or support a candidate, snubbing even John Kerry and Bill and Hillary Clinton as not being revolutionary enough for their agenda for the destruction of America. Until Barack Obama. These four are dedicated Marxist revolutionaries. Why Obama? You don't need a Weatherman to know why.
Oct 26, 2014 - 6:25:28 AM
Secretary Kerry, on words one does not pay customs!
An Arab colloquialism, frequently employed by Arab policy--makers in order to mislead foreign movers and shakers (including American Secretaries of State) suggests that "on words one does not pay customs." ...highlights -- in a July 2014 publication, "The Myth of Palestinian Centrality" -- the wide gap between the lavish Arab talk and the scant Arab walk when it comes to the Palestinian issue.
Oct 26, 2014 - 6:22:30 AM
ISIS uses chemical weapon in Iraq; police officers killed
The United States military and law enforcement scientists are investigating reports that the terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are using a chemical weapon against the Iraqi military, according to Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday. The ISIS fighters are allegedly using the deadly weapon of mass destruction (WMD) chlorine gas. "I am not in a position to confirm it, but I can tell you that we take these allegations very, very seriously," Kerry told reporters during a press briefing on Friday.
Oct 26, 2014 - 6:20:18 AM
Medical Benefits of Cannabis
In 1982, the Canadian federal government approved the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the highest level of laws in the country. Section One of this Charter says all laws must be demonstrably justified, before they are valid. More specifically, "The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. Demonstrable justification requires true and proven harm to have been produced by the person, before harmful punishment can legally be imposed on the person. When people consume marijuana and no related harm is done, man-made laws against such actions and people cannot be demonstrably justified.
Oct 22, 2014 - 6:47:05 AM
Is Israel Ostracized?
The elitist media outlets of Israel, Western Europe and the USA are wrong! Israel is increasingly appreciated and embraced - not ostracized -- by the global community. In defiance of the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement in Britain, and despite the Gaza War, Israel's exports to Britain, and the Israel-Britain trade balance, surged by 38% and 28% respectively from January-August, 2014, compared to the same period in 2013, expanding employment in both countries. In addition, 37 Israeli-British mergers & acquisitions and British stock market IPOs occurred during the same period.
Oct 16, 2014 - 6:51:17 AM
Have you read my book -- Now Tell Me I Was Wrong?
They called themselves the Kitchen Militia. And we were betrayed by Republicans who led the way to pass this socialist revolution in our schools. In my book I detail that fight and I name the names of the Republicans who forced it through by any means, including lies and secret deals. Just to give you an idea of what I reported: as the vote was about to take place on Workforce Development Boards, a measure that I had personally helped to defeat three times, the Republican Senator who was sponsoring the bill told his fellow senators that I and Phyllis Schlafly were now supporting the bill. That lie got it passed.
Oct 15, 2014 - 9:15:18 AM
Terror coming to US: Sobering report from Act for America
Meanwhile, the clash between the Kurds and Yazidis with the Islamic State savages in Syria has spilled over to other regions, specifically Germany, where Kurds and Yazidis held marches demonstrating against IS. In what has to be considered concrete evidence of widespread support for IS among Germany's Muslim community, hundreds of Muslims confronted the demonstrators. 23 people were injured in the subsequent violence. Japanese authorities are investigating a group in their country who planned to travel to Syria to fight for IS. The US Army has issued a warning to US military personnel and families about the threat of attacks here in the US from IS jihadists who have been instructed to scour press reports and social media for locations where military families live.
Oct 12, 2014 - 12:12:28 AM
Our Great Charter of Liberty
When July 4 rolls around, there's no mistaking it. There are fireworks, parades and other patriotic tributes to our Declaration of Independence. But if you're like most Americans, September 17 comes and goes without any fanfare.
Oct 11, 2014 - 1:53:09 AM
Scheme of Things
Similar but Different
Goblins. Ghosts. Witches. Vampires. Superheroes. Princesses. Pirates ... and more. Purchased costumes or handmade in self-chosen or parental-guided attire, some shy and some outgoing, these school-aged entities have much in common - at least while seeking candy in atypical clothes one night of the year.
Oct 6, 2014 - 8:14:34 PM
Political Correctness and The Death of Honesty
Think about the American Revolutionary Trouble-makers and how Politically Incorrect they were with that whole Boston Tea Party Thing. What where they thinking? They actually dressed up as Indians to do the deed. How insensitive of them. How demeaning to Indians. Next thing you know there is an NFL team named the Redskins...The question is when is Common Sense going to rise above all this nonsense and take the lead back from Political Correctness? Well, for one thing, having a President and a Congress with some common sense would be a good start, but that's not likely to happen anytime soon.
Oct 5, 2014 - 12:20:41 AM
The enemy of my enemy is my enemy by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
"The enemy of my enemy is my potential ally" underlies the 2014 Western policy toward Iran, the enemy of ISIS. It underlay US policy toward Iraq's Saddam Hussein -- the enemy of Iran - until Saddam's occupation of Kuwait on August 2, 1990. The 1990 reckless policy toward Iraq triggered a conventional conflict, a $1.25 trillion cost to the US taxpayer, 4,500 US military fatalities, a surge of anti-US Islamic terrorism and a dramatic destabilization of the Persian Gulf.
Oct 5, 2014 - 12:15:39 AM
A Time for Spiritual Heroism
Seventy years ago this Rosh Hashanah, in the heart of the Nazi inferno, a young Jew armed with just a pencil and some empty cement sacks -- and a great deal of faith -- succeeded in demonstrating just how high a person's soul can soar.
Oct 1, 2014 - 9:05:19 PM
Fair Taxes and Free Time for CPAs
Most of our discussions of tax rates and tax fairness lack fundamental honesty because they ignore what people actually pay and why. Consider three married couples, each supported by one income earner. All three earn $60,000 in a year and after exemptions and deductions have taxable income of $50,000. The first, an entrepreneur or self-employed earner pays $15,791 in federal taxes or an effective rate of 26.3%. The second, an employee whose ...
Sep 28, 2014 - 5:42:05 AM
Attack of the NGOs
Who are these None governmental Organizations (NGOs) shock troops and how do they operate? It's a vast matrix composed of both the private NGO groups and representatives of the UN and representatives of a large number of US federal agencies -- all working together behind the scenes, quietly making policy for the rest of us. And when I attempt to expose them, they vehemently deny there is any collusion -- "pay no attention to that man behind the curtain." Sorry, the truth is -- this is how it works. No vote. No public input. Just the enforcement of an agenda through the willing participation of private groups and government officials who forgot their purpose was to represent, not dictate to us.
Sep 28, 2014 - 5:40:03 AM
Don Quixote of Pennsylvania Avenue
Unfortunately, as he attempts to rally the free world against a real enemy, Obama today is seen by potential coalition partners thru the eyes of the quizzical Sancho Panza. Pushing his fantasy of an idyllic, Islamic world, one which shares the values of American constitutional law, Obama has succeeded emasculating law enforcement domestically and the nation's military as well. From the get go of his presidency, Obama embarked upon his infamous mea culpa tour of the Middle East...replete with disingenuous paragraphs such as: "I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles, principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings." It was this speech that foretold a mendacious president and a disastrous foreign policy for years to come.
Sep 17, 2014 - 12:15:39 AM
Cell Tower and Cell Phone Issues
Even though no scientific evidence currently establishes a definite link between cell tower and cell phone use and cancer or other illnesses, some consumers are skeptical of the science and/or the analysis that underlies existing exposure guidelines. Accordingly, some concerned parties recommend taking measures to further reduce exposure to radio frequencies or electromagnetic radiation energy. But some authorities do not see a need for these practices.
Sep 14, 2014 - 12:22:27 AM
Say "NO" to Obama's lunatic pro-terrorist funding demands!
Obama's new demand for this half-billion dollars is just another outrageous attempt by a Jihadist-sympathizing incompetent to arm yet another gang of thugs with more U.S.-supplied weapons and cash, which they can, and will, use against us. We've seen this happen before. Arming "moderate terrorists" didn't work in 2013 and won't work now. Until recently, Obama refused to refer to the terror group as ISIS. Instead, he calls them ISIL. Why? Because the "S" in ISIS refers to "Syria" and the 'L" in ISIL refers to a new "Caliphate" called Levant - a large land mass which includes all of the land in Israel.
Sep 14, 2014 - 12:12:18 AM
Resolving Intergenerational Conflicts
In the next phase of the mediation, the mediator asked Tanya and Harold in turn to speak directly to each other, restating his or her understanding of the other's point of view. This phase continued until they both agreed that each one had fully understood the other's concerns. It enabled each of them to understand the disagreement from the other's perspective and ultimately to take responsibility for their own part in the dispute.
Sep 10, 2014 - 2:02:35 AM
The Encouraging Rise in School Choice
And as education expert Virginia Walden Ford notes in the "2014 Index of Culture and Opportunity," when we consider all school choice options -- deductions for homeschooling expenses, for example -- more than one million children are benefitting from choice in education. That's quite a jump to occur in just over a decade. ...This shouldn't surprise us one bit. It's only natural that parents would take advantage of the rise in school choice options to ensure that their kids were in the best schools possible.
Sep 10, 2014 - 2:00:29 AM
Campaign Finance Reform and Arbinger's Self Deception
Earnest journalists will tell us that money has always played a role in politics, and that it has always been the responsibility of citizens to bring their reason to the voting booth. But never before in the history of our republic has there been such a virulent combination of information technology and unbridled spending on political messaging. De-regulated television and radio combined with the information technology revolution have exponentially increased the power of every marketing dollar at a time when we have removed virtually all restrictions on political marketing dollars.
Sep 10, 2014 - 1:52:47 AM
Scheme of Things
No Cell Service
They were strangers in this strange land of "no cell service." No texts. No calls. No contact. And while the manager offered her options, the girl's reaction got me thinking. This almost teenager wasn't prepared to handle even a slight deviation from the easy contact comfort of technology. What would she have done in a real crisis?
Sep 8, 2014 - 10:53:42 AM
Islam: A Case Still before the Courts
John F. Kennedy once said that "...the wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed..." But JFK got it wrong. Islam is the "wave" and the "single dogmatic creed" now vying for political and religious supremacy in the world. You have Imam Anjem Choudary telling Britons that Britain will one day be ruled by sharia law, whether they like it or not, fully convinced that his violent religion and his violent methods and his violent followers will incite this 7th century theocratic nightmare into fruition.
Sep 7, 2014 - 12:20:05 AM
The Militarization of Police and its Effect on Community Policing
There is an increasing concern in our local community over the militarization of the police and the tactics employed to protect citizens from violent criminal offenders. This concern should be discussed in a transparent manner in our local communities and the residents should cooperate with state, county and municipal law-enforcement agencies to develop a community-policing model that is efficient, effective and non-threatening.
Sep 6, 2014 - 3:37:16 PM
Israel vindicated by UN damage assessment in Gaza
An analysis of the damage assessment data collected - on the Gaza War - by the UN Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (which has never been biased in Israel's favor), confirms that Israel attacked Hamas targets in a restrained manner:
Sep 5, 2014 - 12:20:05 AM
'Relationship Knowledge' Overcomes Marriage Phobia
Steve's story is all too typical. It is sad to see many lovebirds get separated because one or both sides are afraid of marriage. Some individuals take years to overcome their marriage phobia. But once they conquer it and they gain confidence in the new relationship, they are always happy.
Sep 3, 2014 - 12:12:17 AM
The War with Gaza: Let the Recriminations Begin
Emerson closes out his article describing the bitterness and hatred felt by some Gazans in the street toward Hamas for firing and placing munitions in hospitals, Mosques, and private residences while senior leadership hid in tunnels leaving residents to fend for themselves. He quotes an Hamas fighter claiming to have received his anti-tank training in a hall under the Alshafi Mosque in Khan Yunis where the Izzadin Al-Kassam Brigades train. All this is probably true. Yet the streets were filled with Gazans celebrating what they deemed a great victory over the "Zionist occupation."
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:22:21 AM
Is Time Working For/Against Israel?
In contrast to those who wish to boycott Israel, 2013 and 2014 have highlighted Israel's expanding trade and investment global network GDP growth has averaged 4% over the past 5 years, compared with 0.7% on average for OECD countries. In 2014, Israel is the world's top exporter of drones, the world's co-leader (along with the US) in the development, manufacturing and launching of small and medium size satellites, the sixth largest exporter of military systems, the 2nd largest cyber exporter
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:12:51 AM
The "Humanitarian Crisis" and the Coming Crime Wave in U.S. Cities
What many, blinded by their compassion, are not seeing, is the reality of what this modern day version of Castro's infamous Muriel Boat Lift will bring to U.S. cites in coming months and years. That's because only about 20% of those now rushing across the border are actually innocent children. Many more are dangerous felons, members of murderous gangs, and some are even Middle Eastern terrorists avoiding the TSA.
Aug 20, 2014 - 12:20:08 AM
Ferguson riot: National police leaders blast Obama remarks
"I'll bet a month's pay that Obama -- if faced with what cops faced in Ferguson -- would fold like a cheap camera. You've heard of the Monday morning [football] quarterbacks? Obama is the Monday morning Commander in Chief," said former police detective and security manager Kiernan Flaherty. "He [behaves] as if he gets paid by the word."
Aug 17, 2014 - 12:17:31 AM
Aliyah (immigration) wave -- if not now, when?!
The window of opportunity for the arrival of 500,000 Olim, during the next five years, is wide open -- temporarily - in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France, England, Belgium, Holland, Hungary, Argentina and other countries. It is wide open due to the intensification of anti-Semitism; non-democratic trends and instability in Russia and Ukraine; the expansion of aggressive (and soon terrorist) Islam in Europe; Israel's relative economic edge; and the impressive Jewish/Zionist education infrastructure in the aforementioned countries, which have cultivated pro-Aliyah sentiments.
Aug 17, 2014 - 12:15:21 AM
IS: a greater threat than many in America realize
The self-declared "Islamic State," formerly known as ISIS/ISIL, is a direct threat to America--and a greater threat than many in America realize. Moreover, the Islamic State reportedly has recruits from the U.S., Great Britain, Western Europe and just about every Islamic nation around the globe--some 20,000 fighters by some estimates. There have been public demonstrations in support of the Islamic State in The Netherlands, Austria and Indonesia. But, most ominously, the Islamic State's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has promised to "see us in New York."
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:20:14 AM
Our National GPS Device
Among the highlights of this year's report: The family tax burden. The amount of money extracted from our paychecks is a good place to start. According to Heritage chief economist Stephen Moore, that tax burden has grown from about 5 percent of national income a century ago to almost 20 percent today. It's 1.7 percentage points higher today than it was in 2004. And -- color me shocked! -- that rise corresponds roughly to the rise in government spending.
Aug 10, 2014 - 12:30:00 AM
US Posture of Deterrence and Islamic Terrorism
The Arab Tsunami-driven threat of Islamic terrorism is not limited to the pro-US Arab regimes. It has afflicted India (the largest victim of Islamic terrorism), China (XinjIang province), Russia (Chechnya), Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Thailand, the Philippines and Africa. It constitutes a clear and present threat to Europe and the US mainland, emboldened by US ideological and operational ambiguity and indecisiveness.
Aug 10, 2014 - 12:27:41 AM