They say that lightning never strikes twice in the same place. Not true. It does if you stand high atop a cliff's edge waving a lightning rod above your head during a thunderstorm. In fact, in the unlikely event you survive the first strike, it'll keep right on striking until you climb down.
So-called "gun-free zones" are lightning rods for mass murder. It's time we climbed down from the cliff's edge.
America mourns yet another needless and preventable mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. When will gun-grabbing liberals learn? more >>
A global survey of 68 countries (including our allies) at the end of 2013 conducted by Gallup and the Worldwide Independent Network now rates America as the biggest threat to world peace on the planet. Pakistan was the runner up, closely followed by China. Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea equally tied for fourth place.
What happened? Didn't America elect a Nobel Laureate who promised to return the respect he claimed was missing by buddying-up with the bad guys and bullying our friends? Well, it backfired, so it is a bit ironic Obama recently misspelled something that's taking a nosedive both here and abroad these days. He spelled respect as "RSPECT" last month when introducing Aretha Franklin and her signature song at a White House event honoring women of soul.
It was funny -- right up there with his 57 states gaffe years back. The kind of funny people on both sides of the aisle can enjoy. Clinton has his catnap, and Bush, his "strategy," so it seems a little silly the White House saw fit to scrub Obama's flub from the official White House transcripts. But, you know what? Even if he could spell it, he still wouldn't have it. more >>
After months of waiting, people have had it. Well, as of Friday, at least a few hundred people have had it anyway.
The White House Petitions website is now the subject of a petition on the White House website that calls for the White House Petitions website to answer White House Petitions on the White House Petitions website.
A petition posted on April Fools' Day (or April Atheists' Day in some circles) demands that the White House answer every petition that has gotten more than 100,000 signatories within one month of reaching their goal. more >>
A town in New York that is awaiting a decision from the United States Supreme Court on the constitutionality of prayers held during its town meetings continues to observe the practice.
Town of Greece, a community whose prayer policy for meetings sparked a major church-state lawsuit, opened their latest monthly meeting with a prayer.
"Leaders of this town of 96,000 outside Rochester say they have no plans to shake up the longtime routine unless, of course, the U.S. Supreme Court orders them to," reported The Associated Press. more >>
Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc case. As virtually everyone is aware, the CEO of Hobby Lobby is contesting the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.
The company's refusal to comply with the mandate stems from a religious objection to birth control and abortifacient drugs, and they insist that the First Amendment protects their right to exclude these prescriptions from their health insurance plans. One of the interesting questions at issue in this case is whether or not corporations are entitled to the same legal protections as individual persons. Supporters of Hobby Lobby are quick to point to the legal precedent set in the recent Citizens United ruling, which concluded that corporations, like persons, are protected by the First Amendment in the area of free speech. Thus, if corporations have the same speech rights as individuals persons, so too should they have the same rights of religious conscience. If Hobby Lobby is owned by a Christian family and governed according to explicitly Biblical principles, then it follows that the company's health care coverage may reflect those principles, and the government may not infringe upon this area of Free Exercise.
There is no question that the law has treated corporations as "people" for various reasons, particularly in the last century. Women- and minority-owned businesses, for example, are often entitled to the same kind of affirmative action and quota policies as individuals in these demographics. This debate has prompted journalists and commentators to engage in a review of the judicial history of corporate personhood, in an attempt to navigate the assertions being made in the Hobby Lobby case. Turns out, despite the popular impact of the Citizens United decision, that the habit of according individual rights to corporations is a relatively new phenomenon. From Slate: more >>
I grew up in a family who had to stretch their money the best way they could. So I understand those in our nation who labor hard to pay their monthly bills. As our economy continues to struggle, the President and his congressional allies are proposing another hike in the federal minimum wage.
I have already written about the racist roots of the minimum wage. The Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 was intentionally designed to prevent blacks from being hired for federally funded work projects. Raising the minimum wage also raises the cost of all kinds of goods and services for consumers, rich and poor: if the grocery store has to pay more to have its shelves stocked, it will have to raise the price of groceries. And I have also written about how raising the minimum wage will undoubtedly raise unemployment rates among the lowest skilled workers.
This third concern was raised in a recent report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which analyzed the probable effects of the proposed minimum wages increases. The report stated that the changes would most likely eliminate at least 500,000 jobs (or as many as 1 million) by the time they were in full effect. In return, they would raise the annual income of families in poverty by about $300 a year. more >>