Choosing the topic of this article was easy for me, because it's a personal story. No, it's not your usual "Kennedy and me" tale. I never even shook hands with John F. Kennedy. But his presidential saga, tragic assassination and evolutionary image coincided with my coming of age, influenced the career path I chose and defined the political world I analyze for a living.
Kennedy is bound up with the memories of my youth. When I think of Kennedy, I think of my devout Roman Catholic parents. My father was exactly JFK's age and a fellow World War II veteran, while my mother was only a few years older than Jackie, with Caroline and John-John the image of my younger family members. I visualize my Catholic school, the priests and the nuns, my lay teachers and classmates, and a time distant and yet near. As a person piles up the years, writing about the past has an irresistible allure as powerful sentiment and a yearning for what once was become a part of many evenings.
Born in 1952 and raised in the military town of Norfolk, VA, I had one of those idyllic white middle-class childhoods of the 1950s, sheltered from controversy in a segregated post-war project neighborhood on a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, with a Catholic school nearby. Because I was but a youngster, I have not a single recollection of President Eisenhower, and I doubt I even knew he was president. But with the onset of a new decade, things began to change. Kennedy's "New Energy for the '60s" wasn't just a slogan. more >>
A group of young Christian women have decided to take on "No Makeup November," a nationwide campaign dubbed as a call to arms in order to embrace their natural beauty by abstaining from wearing makeup for the entire month.
Rave Ministries is behind the initiative for its second year and has about 4,000 participants in 37 states and seven countries. The idea came about when Becca Daniel, leader of the organization, took a cue from a Florida-based girl who posted videos during her 40-day no makeup journey in 2012.
"This campaign in no way is an anti-makeup campaign, because let it be known that it is not the makeup that we are battling. Instead, it is a culture that we are trying to fight. A culture that tells our young girls, mothers, and yes, even grandmothers that they are not close to being good enough," says the organization through their website. more >>
The YouTube account for a progressive group's watchdog project has once again been suspended in response to the ongoing complaints filed by a former Navy chaplain.
Right Wing Watch, a project of the People For the American Way, had its suspension briefly lifted earlier this week only to have it again removed Thursday due to the efforts of Gordon "Dr. Chaps" Klingenschmitt.
Earlier this month, evangelical leaders from Latin America, Brazil and Spain gathered in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to institutionalize La Alianza Evangelica Latina, a conglomerate initiative aimed to benefit the nations involved by addressing issues of concern within their societies.
The new structure was established in a meeting hosted by El Foro Iberoamericano de Diálogo Evangélico (FIDE) and was decided upon by leaders who spearhead nationwide evangelical organizations in their own countries and wanted to escalate their level of dialogue into an all-inclusive cooperation.
"All of this is a reminder of the wonderfully positive contribution that evangelicals often make to the health and welfare of society," said Gordon Showell-Rogers, associate secretary general of World Evangelical Alliance. "Latin American evangelicals are very committed to playing their full part, as valued members of civil society, to helping their communities flourish." more >>
Three generations of "Duck Dynasty" men – Phil, Jep and Reed – share their stories of overcoming frightfully reckless behaviors of infidelity, drug use, rebellion and suicidal ideation in their 30-minute "I Am Second" film debut.
Most "Duck Dynasty" fans are familiar with Phil Robertson's testimony, but for their "I Am Second" debut, Miss Kay joins in to share her perspective of the family patriarch's transformation once he was saved, baptized and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior.
The revealing testimonies that will be new to most "Duck Dynasty" viewers are those of Jep, the youngest son of Phil and Miss Kay, and their grandson, Reed, who is Jase and Missy's eldest son. more >>
A Brazilian student who auctioned then sold her virginity online for $780,000 last year is auctioning it again and hopes to get $1.5 million for it this time around.
The student, physical education major, Catarina Migliorini, 21, decided she wouldn't honor the winning bid on her purity, because the Japanese millionaire, Natsu, 53, who paid for it didn't match the physical description she had been given before she met with him, according to the Huffington Post.
Migliorini who became somewhat of a celebrity in Brazil after her story became public, claimed that, Justin Sisely, the filmmaker of the Australian documentary she did the first auction for, never gave her the money Natsu paid for her and there were other issues regarding the project. more >>