Guest Column A Tale of Two Cities
Whether you live in a small town or large city for many Americans the quality of their day to day lives is determined not only by where they live, but also by what is happening in Washington DC. Over recent decades the average working person's voice has been muted in regard to his or her influence over Washington. Conversely, the impact of big government has increased to near intolerable levels. Bureaucratic intrusion into every aspect of your American life is now dictated from DC, much as the edicts of past kings were imposed onto their subjects.
Apr 15, 2015 - 8:32:45 PM
Ed Feulner Getting RFRA Right
Now, you can agree or disagree with that belief. But what could be more American than respecting their right to believe it and act upon it, free of persecution?..if a case goes to court, and the government proves that it has a compelling reason to insist that they act in defiance of their beliefs, so be it. Due process has been followed. But to simply say their beliefs are garbage? That they aren't to be respected because they don't align with our own ideas of political correctness? That's wrong.
Apr 13, 2015 - 8:27:11 PM
Scheme of Things A Microwave Day
For days or weeks at a time, the microwave works perfectly. Then, for no
apparent reason - poof - its buttons don't push, its timer stalls, and
the panel goes dark. There's no way to anticipate whether the day will
be a bad-microwave-day, requiring periodic trips to the garage to reset
the breaker, or a fully functional day. Sometimes it happens and
sometimes it doesn't. Each time it does, we hope this is not the day it
finally stops working.
Apr 13, 2015 - 1:42:28 PM
Ed Feulner Muzzling the Marketplace of Ideas
Unfortunately, this isn't an isolated incident. Hardly a week goes by without news about one campus or another preventing unpopular views from being expressed. According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which tracks such violations, most U.S. colleges are guilty.... But there's nothing funny about the underlying cause. Or with its effect: a society where political correctness makes debate impossible and only those who express the "accepted" opinion are permitted to speak.
Apr 3, 2015 - 4:38:37 AM
Guest Column "Basic Instinct"
In short, the government should not force an individual to bake, arrange flowers or take photographs for an individual in a free market system full of other options for the same service. A Colorado baker has already been forced to bake "Gay wedding cakes," undergo sensitivity training and was subjected to government monitoring. If it becomes common practice to use government force to require one individual to submit to involuntary labor on behalf of another individual, we will lose America.
Apr 2, 2015 - 7:57:09 PM
Guest Column A monster in the ultra-sound
One need not be a prophet in order to know what a monster would be born from the Palestinian "embryonic state" in Judea and Samaria. We would not be able to live with it in any kind of peace. And if this state would achieve its goal - our destruction - there is no way that we would continue to live at all. Those same people who preach the establishment of a Palestinian state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza totally ignore what is written in clause no. 9 of the Palestine National Covenant, "the armed battle is the only way to liberate Palestine and it, therefore, is a strategy and not a tactic", while clauses 19 and 20 declare the annulment of the Balfour Declaration, the text of the Mandate, the UN decision of 1947 on the partition and the decision to establish the State of Israel.
Apr 1, 2015 - 6:17:04 AM
Ed Feulner Critics? Or Traitors?
"Judas got thirty pieces of silver. What did you get?" one New Jersey resident tweeted. Others, sparked by a White House who accused the 47 senators of "wanting to make common cause with the hardliners in Iran," were equally vitriolic. The New York Daily News called it an "unprecedented missive."... The hypocrisy is breath-taking.
Mar 28, 2015 - 12:10:33 AM
Ed Feulner Busting the Budget
Let's say you were a financial advisor, and a family came to you with the following situation. They make the median family income in the U.S. -- $52,000. But last year they spent $61,000. That's right, $9,000 more than they're making, and it all went on the family credit card. That's bad enough, but then you find out they already have $311,000 in debt. Would you say they have a problem? The "family" in this scenario is the federal government.
Mar 26, 2015 - 6:13:45 AM
Guest Column Victory or Last Warning to Likud
Netanyahu must not forget why people voted for him this time. It could be the last time Jews of Israel believe in Likud!... International anti-Semites will never stop hating Jews! Only a strong, independent and self-assertive Jewish state will be able shut them down. It was seen after the "Six Day War" and the Yom Kippur war, when even traditional European anti-Semites had began respecting Jews. But it did not last long as Israel did not consolidate its victories, only squandered them under the pressure of its trans-Atlantic 'friend'!
Mar 25, 2015 - 6:44:30 AM
Guest Column Pedophiles in the Church: Interview with Carol Kuhnert
On March 14th 2015, Book Reviewer Laure McCourt Lopez interviewed Carol Kuhnert, author of "No Longer on Pedestals" in relation to the book, and her participation in aiding victims of sexual abuse at the hands of her brother, Reverend Norman Henry Christian, of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Mar 23, 2015 - 6:45:03 AM
Tom DeWeese The Clinton's Massive War Chest Disguised As a Charity
And for all of you who lost your homes when your mortgage company failed -- this one is for you -- Freddie Mac -- the government agency that so badly handled its duties that it had to be rescued with your tax dollars in an emergency -- $50,000 plus. All gave money to Bill Clinton in 2009 to promote global governance -- while the world's economy was collapsing. It's good to be king!
Mar 18, 2015 - 10:10:33 PM
Guest Column "Beware the Ides of March"
Hillary Clinton proudly defines herself as a "Modern American Progressive." This is akin to shouting from the rooftops, "I'm a liar and I want everyone to know it!" I don't feel that writing phrases such as "less than forthright" or "disingenuous at best" as substitutes for the word lying demonstrate tolerance or civility. Use of those phrases can only denote intentional ignorance on my part. Let's dismiss the happy talk and embrace the reality of our present situation. You must listen to your own gut, because I can scarcely think of a politician or pundit that has the average working Americans best interest at heart. Happy talk just won't cut it.
Mar 17, 2015 - 5:25:01 AM
Scheme of Things Things Change
A hundred years ago, most physicians in this country didn't have college degrees, most houses didn't have bathtubs, and no woman could vote. Fifty years ago, life expectancy was 70, a first class stamp was a nickel, and only ten percent of adults had college degrees. Twenty-five years ago, most people hadn't used a computer, email was new, and Amazon was a river in South America.
Mar 12, 2015 - 11:21:31 PM
Ed Feulner Time to Hit "Delete" on Net Neutrality
Government involvement rarely helps. In many instances, in fact, it exacerbates the situation. I'm not saying the FCC is necessarily being disingenuous. But consider the government's track record. Sorry, but net neutrality is like a virus or a bad line of code. It needs to be eradicated, not embraced. The government is here, all right, but not to help. Time to hit "delete."
Mar 12, 2015 - 7:33:46 AM
Guest Column America's "Big Bang"
Progressivism's self-declared mission is one of distancing America from the nature of its founding. Our founders did something that is as simple as it is brilliant. For the first time in history; they eliminated the middleman. An individual's rights were no longer granted or stolen by others claiming to be representatives of god or actual gods. Individuals would now enjoy a direct relationship with the guarantor of their rights through divine and organic provenance. "This is how unique America really is." However, our uniqueness, inalienable Rights and Constitution have not gone unchallenged. The Progressive movement and progressive intrusion into our Constitutional journey has been profound.
Mar 11, 2015 - 7:06:05 AM
Opinion The controversy of 'From Time Immemorial'
Peters showed the cocksure British archivist a number of quotes that she had catalogued from Syrian, Egyptian, and British sources which supported her argument. He was totally taken aback. Then she enlisted his help in pouring over the personal memos and secret documents written by British Mandate officials. These papers proved that not only were British officials were well aware of the scope of illegal Arab immigration to Palestine, but they also acted as accomplices. Urgent written orders from licensing authorities showed that the British permitted the entry of Syrians, Lebanese, and Palestinians to prestate Israel without a passport or entry visa.
Mar 5, 2015 - 8:03:40 AM
Ed Feulner A Final First-Place Finish?
Every year since 1995, The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal have measured the state of economic freedom in the world. We go country by country, poring over the details of who's up, who's down, and who's treading water. And through all the changes we've charted, one thing hasn't changed: Hong Kong takes the top slot. But while Hong Kong in many ways continues to act as a fine example for other countries who aspire to be economically free, its foothold on the number-one spot is slipping.
Mar 5, 2015 - 7:50:35 AM
Guest Column How to Empower Children to Overcome Sibling Rivalry
Teach them that they are Powerful Creators, and no matter what has happened in the past, they have the power to create something different... as do you. Talk about something they may choose to create. Something as simple as happiness or love. Or introduce a new word to them and explain what it means, like: Connection, Unity, Courage, Trust, Forgiveness, Integrity, Acceptance, Honor (Depending on their age level).
Mar 3, 2015 - 7:31:50 AM
Guest Column Netanyahu's true electoral rival
But unofficially, a far greater electoral drama is unfolding. The choice is not between Netanyahu and Herzog/Livni. It is between Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama...."They will get their state in the end - whether through violence or by turning to international organizations." Indyk made his statements as an unnamed US official. When his identity was exposed, he was forced to resign his position...Today Obama believes that he is in a to-the-death struggle with Netanyahu. If Netanyahu's speech is a success, Obama's foreign policy will be indefensible. If Obama is able to delegitimize Netanyahu ahead of his arrival, and bring about his electoral defeat, then with a compliant Israeli government, he will face no obstacles to his plan to appease Iran and blame Islamic terrorism on the West for the remainder of his tenure in office.
Feb 25, 2015 - 4:05:15 AM
Jim Kouri Newly released book provides the framework to end the scourge of Islamic jihad
One could only wish that President Obama and his so-called national security team, especially his National Security Advisor Susan Rice and his chief confidante Valerie Jarrett, would read a newly released book that more than explains not only how policymakers should discuss the enemy in this war against Islamic extremists but also how the United States, as the most powerful and exceptional nation in the world, should wage war against an enemy that is as cunning as it is fanatical.
Feb 24, 2015 - 7:09:42 AM
Guest Column Women with wealth, protect yourselves
By nature, most women are determined, loyal volunteers who want to help mend broken people and won't give up until the man or his problem is fixed. By then Romeo is nowhere to be found because her money is all gone and there is nothing more for him to stick around for, no more supply of money or cars or businesses to steal. Brigitte Knowles is a financial security advisor and former deputy mayor of one of the largest cities in North America; a legislator who led the way for child support reform in Canada. Her knowledge and experience should have protected her, yet she became a victim of Romeo crime and lost nearly everything.
Feb 19, 2015 - 9:44:15 PM
Guest Column Islamic Caliphate: Satan's Dream or a Fool's Errand?
Throughout history, other heads-of-state have tried to rid the earth of God's chosen people, eventually yielding to Adolph Hitler, the monstrous and most despicable anti-Semitic of all time. This evil leader came closest to succeeding but ironically, the Fuhrer's failure paved the way for the fulfillment of one of the great Biblical prophecies--the rebirth of national Israel (Isaiah 66:8). Hitler's murderous reign initiated the ongoing fulfillment of another set of amazing prophecies, the Aliyah, the immigration of Jews from the diaspora to the land of Israel (Ezekiel 20:34; Isaiah 11:11 -- 12).
Feb 14, 2015 - 12:13:13 AM
Tom DeWeese The Threat to Freedom: The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Department of Homeland Security
Particular attention should be paid to SPLC's tax exempt status and the amount of money it receives from DHS or any other agency. And there should be an immediate stop to American law enforcement being trained by SPLC's Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. I fear that if private groups with their own political agendas, like the SPLC, are allowed to continue feeding their own brand of hatred into the policies of DHS then such a comparison with China is not too far off. I don't think that is the America each of you pledged to serve.
Feb 12, 2015 - 9:46:10 PM
Guest Column Obamazational Threat to US Democracy!
Obama failed to attend the French unity demonstrations following the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and he did not attend the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz - this speaks volume about him as a person and attitude of his presidency for democracy! During the last State of Union address Obama said - "I have no more campaigns to run". Is this why he so eagerly went to the Wahhabi kingdom to pay his respects to the late king Abdullah and secure his financial future?
Feb 7, 2015 - 12:10:17 AM
Scheme of Things Possibility Paths Off road in a
four-wheel drive, maneuvering a 26 mile, one way, deep and narrow canyon
"road" in Death Valley National Park while on vacation, my husband and I
came upon Leadfield, a ghost town with a story. The town was born from a
get-rich-quick scheme with promises of lead and copper fueled by the
Western Lead Mine Company. More than 300 people made the journey, and by
1925 Leadfield's population was at its height.
Feb 5, 2015 - 1:33:08 PM
Guest Column 10 calculated steps abusive partners take to trap you by Sarah Salem
For those currently in an abusive relationship or who know someone who is, you should be aware that some people regard an abused female as a frail, pathetic woman. They think it's her fault since "it's easy to pick up and leave." I would like to answer on behalf of those suffering women--having gone through it myself. It's not as easy as it seems.
Jan 22, 2015 - 9:11:35 AM
Jim Kouri State of the Union: Obama 'disses' fallen cop heroes while honoring lawbreaker
A U.S. District Court judge in Pennsylvania issued an opinion that President Obama's unilateral action on immigration -- which permits some illegal aliens to stay in the United States and work -- is unconstitutional. "President Obama's unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause and is [therefore] unconstitutional," said Arthur J. Schwab.
Jan 22, 2015 - 8:44:09 AM
Ed Feulner Opportunity for All, Favoritism to None
"Supporters of free markets, limited government, and robust civil society free from interference by federal overlords must find a way to speak to the people who are being left behind." - Michael Needham, CEO of Heritage Action for America
Jan 21, 2015 - 8:10:01 AM
Guest Column Terrorism and The Reformation of Islam
There are signs that leaders of Islamic countries are coming to realize the threat to their existence from radical Islam. Christianity was once cruel and corrupt. Most Christians were not cruel. The teachings of Christ were not corrupt. The Christian Reformation was a rebellion against the power of The Church. It was only complete when Christian governments recognized they could not have domain over the thoughts and beliefs of their people. The Law of the Realm that once governed our beliefs has evolved to its proper role of governing only our behavior toward each other.
Jan 21, 2015 - 8:05:04 AM
Scheme of Things A Different Kind of Gift
There are all kinds of birthdays. Some fade into memory-fog like any
other day; others stand out. Some bring milestones with age related
changes, removing restrictions on everything from what we can watch to
what we can buy. Other birthdays enable new responsibilities like
driving, voting, or drinking; some paste on category-labels such as
teenager, adult, or senior citizen. These birthdays can mark changes to
how we perceive ourselves, or how others perceive us.
Jan 14, 2015 - 8:20:47 PM
Jim Kouri Paris terror attack: Mayor de Blasio weakened NYC security
The terrorists' crown-jewel target, New York City, has become more and more vulnerable under the leadership of Mayor Bill de Blasio. For example, his dismantling of a special operations unit of police officers that conducted surveillance and investigations of the city's and metropolitan area's mosques has left the Big Apple arguably as vulnerable as it was on Sept. 10, 2001.
Jan 10, 2015 - 8:12:20 PM
Tom DeWeese Private Property Rights and Socialism Do Not Mix
NAR's members are the professionals that all of us look to for the best approach to buy and sell our homes. One of NAR's mottos is "protecting the American dream of home ownership". And they claim to protect property rights. Would it then surprise you that NAR is a major promoter of a plan that actually results in the destruction of private property rights? NAR documents show the Association is working to advocate the policy of Smart Growth for local community development.
Jan 7, 2015 - 4:55:15 AM
Jim Kouri Happy New Year message sent by Islamic jihadists: An analysis
While most people in the world bid farewell to 2014 and welcomed 2015, Islamic terrorists sent out their own brand of New Year greetings in the only way they know: killing the innocent and destroying public or private property. Although, the U.S. news media is sure to cover the terrorist acts perpetrated in Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as does President Barack Obama, they fail to understand that events in Iraq are part of an international jihad being fought by numerous radical Muslim terror networks and affiliates.
Jan 7, 2015 - 4:52:01 AM
Guest Column Israel and the non-omnipotent US presidency
The assertion that US foreign policy and national security are shaped by presidential omnipotence is refuted by recent precedents and the US Constitution. The latter was created by the Founding Fathers, who were determined to limit the power of government and preclude the possibility of executive dictatorship. They were apprehensive of potential presidential excesses and encroachment, and therefore assigned the formulation of foreign policy and national security to both Congress and the president.
Dec 31, 2014 - 7:17:45 PM
Jim Kouri Funeral for fallen cop: NYPD asks New Yorkers to dump Mayor Bill de Blasio
The display of thousands of law enforcement officials representing departments and agencies throughout the country standing in the streets of the Queens section of New York City on Saturday, to honor one of two police officers assassinated last week, was a sight not seen since the large number police and firefighter funerals following the 9-11 terrorist attack.
Dec 31, 2014 - 7:07:43 PM
Guest Column So you think you know Hanukka
Ironically, many of the most important battles of the Maccabean revolt took place in the territories that the world now accuses us of "occupying" and "colonizing." At Ma'aleh Levona near Shechem (Nablus) in Samaria, Judah the Maccabee delivered a crushing defeat to Apollonius, the Seleucid commander of the region. In Beit Zecharia, in what is now Gush Etzion, Judah's brother Elazar was killed when confronting elephants deployed by Antiochus against the Jewish rebels. And of course it was in the hills around Beit El that many of the Maccabees found refuge from the Seleucid tyrant's forces of oppression.
Dec 19, 2014 - 8:47:35 AM
Guest Column The US-Chanukah-Israel connection
The legacy of Chanukah has been an integral element of the American ethos; a cornerstone in the foundation of the covenant -- established by the Pilgrims in the 17th century - between the American people and the vision of the reconstructed Jewish State in the Land of Israel. 167BCE Jewish rebellion led by the Hasmonean (Maccabee) family against the Seleucid/Greek Emperor Antiochus (IV) Epiphanies, who was determined to ruthlessly uproot Judaism and replace it with Hellenic values. In 169BCE, he devastated Jerusalem, massacred the Jews, forbade the practice of Judaism, including the Sabbath and circumcision.
Dec 19, 2014 - 8:45:20 AM
Guest Column Hanukkah is a Zionist Celebration!
The modern State of Israel came into being as a modern miracle. With inferior weaponry, little infrastructure, and a much smaller population, the day after declaring independence, the new country was forced to go to war against invading armies from the neighboring Arab states. The miracles that come to mind when one thinks of Israel's history are numerous - the surprising victory of the War of Independence, the stunning victory of the Six Day War, as well as the Yom Kippur war. The task of liberation of Jewish land from enemy occupation is not completed!
Dec 17, 2014 - 6:03:05 AM
Scheme of Things All I Want for Christmas
"All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth; my two tooth front
teeth; my two front teeth." Remember that song? Those words keep
popping into my head as Christmas approaches. Released a few years
before I was born, the words are a reminder of Christmases past. It's a
song that made its way into our house each year around the holidays. I
can picture my father at the organ and my mother singing lyrics to his
jazzed up, big band, version of that song.
Dec 16, 2014 - 5:48:55 PM