"Defense is not a budget issue. You spend what you need." Ronald Reagan
We currently spend more on defense than the next 13 highest spending countries combined. China is second at $125 billion a year, and they are only spending that because they want to be ready to come collect on all the money we have borrowed from them.
The Defense Department has become the Offense Department. We invade and occupy, we do not "defend." The staggering amount we spend on defense does not include military aid to countries like Pakistan and Egypt, nor does it include border security, Homeland Security, the NSA, the CIA, the FBI, etc. Folks, we spend a lot of money on "security" that we don't need to. It benefits the government to scare us so it can keep growing all its myriad agencies. more >>
What do TSA groping, NSA data-mining, and mercury-laced fluorescent light bulbs have to do with keeping your doctor? They are the products of seductively entitled but flawed laws. As Daniel Webster said, "good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority."
The Transportation Security Administration and the National Security Agency restrain our liberty under the auspices of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (PATRIOT Act). The Energy Independence and Security Act is phasing out incandescent bulbs.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA/ "ObamaCare") sounds as though our best interests were at the heart of the legislation. But so far, the 400,000-word law that nobody read has spawned some 12 million words in regulations. Now these regulations that even fewer people read are coming between you and that doctor you were promised you could keep. more >>
Despite its box office success, the Son of God Movie isn't very good. Despite its widespread endorsement by Christian leaders, it is not faithful to the Scriptures. Watching this film reminded me of my dealings with seriously disturbed children.
Attachment disordered children have had no loving adult in their lives to whom they can entrust themselves. Their parents are absent or indifferent. Other adults they have encountered have been positively harmful to them. When loving and competent adults do finally enter their lives, these children are afraid to trust.
It would be an understatement to say that these kids can be difficult to deal with. Picture this situation. more >>
The "How I Met Your Mother" Season 9 finale spoilers and plot rumors are at an all time high as the end of the widely-watched series winds down to an end. The "HIMYM" series finale is set to air March 31, but before then many are anticipating revelations as to Ted and his future wife's life and where Marshall, Lily, Barney and Robin will end up.
The "How I Met Your Mother" series finale is titled "Last Forever" and will run for an hour long as episode 23 and 24. While viewers have already been treated to the actress who plays the mother— Cristin Milioti was introduced not too long ago— some fan theories have pointed to a heartbreaking end for the couple many spent nine years waiting for.
In "HIMYM" season 9 episode 19, "Vesuvius," there appears to be some foreshadowing that the mother of Ted Mosby's children could die; in essence, all the stories Ted told to his children would be to help them remember their mother. more >>
Last year, I wrote about a German family who was pursuing political asylum in the United States. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, along with their five children, fled their native Germany, seeking refuge from persecution for homeschooling, and their story was all over the news this week.
If you aren't familiar with their plight, the Romeikes withdrew their children from local schools, and began homeschooling in 2006, concerned that compulsory education was undermining their Christian faith and what they were trying to teach their children at home. But homeschooling is banned by law in Germany, which caused the Romeikes to accumulate $10,000 in fines and risked their children being taken from them.
Soon after they arrived in the U.S., the Romeikes were granted asylum. In fact, federal immigration Judge Lawrence Burman ruled the Romeikes had a reasonable fear of persecution for their beliefs, rightly depicting the homeschool ban as "utterly repellent to everything we believe as Americans." more >>
A woman in Clarksville, Tennessee is being held for a psychological evaluation after being charged with the homicide of her 7-month-old daughter. Stefany Paige Johnson is accused of murdering daughter Astrid, but told police that "Jesus came down" and took the child to heaven.
Johnson was reportedly running naked, screaming in the road when authorities responded to the reports of her actions. When the authorities entered the home, they found Astrid unconscious on the couch. Johnson was "uncooperative and belligerent" when police arrived, according to the Clarksville Police report.
"Jesus came down and took Astrid to heaven," while she was bathing the girl, Johnson told police when asked what happened. That was the only explanation she gave, leading to authorities calling for a psychological evaluation. more >>