Economist Milton Friedman said "The economic race should not be arranged so everyone arrives at the finish line at the same time but so that everyone starts at the starting line at the same time."
Those on the left and the right have always contended whether economic outcomes for any given set of individuals is the business of government. But few, on the left or right, dispute that government should work to assure that every American starts the game under fair conditions.
It's the latter point, fairness at the beginning of the game that defines the motivation behind Republican Congressman Paul Ryan's vast and sweeping new set of ideas for taking on poverty in our nation. more >>
Investigative journalist and GotNews.com founder Charles C. Johnson alleged in a lawsuit filed in the St. Louis County Circuit Court last Thursday that 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was recently shot dead by police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, was charged with murder as a juvenile and is now trying to force the court to release his juvenile records.
The lawsuit, filed by attorney John C. Burns on Johnson's behalf, is highlighted in a report on GotNews.com in which Johnson states that he was informed by law enforcement sources that Brown had an extensive juvenile criminal record. The only reason Brown had a clean criminal history at the time of his death, as widely reported by various news media, is because he had only recently turned 18 on May 20 a few months earlier.
He explained that to verify the information supplied to him by law enforcement officials he filed a request for Michael Brown's juvenile records, but the request was denied. more >>
It's been almost 35 years since that fateful day on Dec. 8, 1980 ,when Mark David Chapman fired shots that echoed around the globe as they killed one of the world's most beloved singer-songwriters in ex-Beatle, John Lennon. But in Chapman's eighth parole board hearing this Wednesday, he told the New York state parole board that although he took Lennon's life in search of self-fame and notoriety, his life is no longer controlled by selfish demons and is now solely focused on the Lord Jesus Christ. Despite that claim, Chapman was again denied parole.
Chapman, who read a book on the Beatles when he was a child that had inspired him to become "somebody important or better," was lulled into a stark drunken depression in his life, unfulfilled as a security guard working in Hawaii. Upset because his childhood dreams of fame hadn't panned out, he stumbled across a picture of John Lennon and wondered "what would happen if I kill him?"
What happened was Chapman, now 59 years old, was convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 years to life in a New York prison about 25 miles west of Buffalo and nearly 5,000 miles away from his wife. Having been denied parole eight times now, it is looking like Chapman may be there for life. Although Chapman has been able to sit and think about the heinousness of the premeditated murder he committed, that time has also allowed him to apparently come to Christ. more >>
Two southern Illinois women were arrested Wednesday after they were allegedly caught making methamphetamine in the downstairs kitchen of a church.
The women, Judith Hemken, 53, and Tiffany Burton, 26, reportedly poured the meth in the sink once a church member walked in on them. It is not clear whether they are part of Waveland Hillsboro Presbyterian Church, but they both face a maximum of 40 years in prison if found guilty.
"We've seen a lot of things sink into our lives and that's what we've seen drugs do to a lot of people," sheriff Jim Vazzi told St. Louis's FOX 2 News. "It makes you do things you've never necessarily do in your life, and now we've lowered ourself to going into a church and doing meth." more >>
A man was taken into custody for tossing books and knocking displays down all while referencing a particular scripture in Lakewood Church's book store yesterday.
Michael David Fletcher, 30, was arrested Thursday for causing the disturbance.
"The guy shows up and starts throwing books around and kicking stuff over," said Lakewood spokesperson Don Iloff to the Houston Chronicle. "Fortunately we have police on the premises almost all the time. He was quickly subdued." more >>
Despite how unsavory and barbaric Islamic groups and persons around the world have been acting—whether Nigeria's Boko Haram, Mesopotamia's Islamic State, Somalia's Shabaab—perhaps few things are as disgusting and cowardly as the Muslim rape of nuns: defenseless Christian women who sacrifice much of their lives to help sick and needy Muslims.
The latest such attack comes from Bangladesh, which is over 90 percent Muslim in population. In early July, dozens of men armed with machetes, knives and iron rods attacked the convent of PIME (Pontifical Institute of Foreign Missions nuns in Boldipuku), a village mission in north Bangladesh.
In the words of Bishop Sebastian Tudu "the nuns were beaten and molested, ending when police arrived." more >>