In the case of the taxi monopoly, much of that governmental "regulating cost" takes the form of bribing, donating to and taking care of the politicians who protect it.
I was just out of grad school, broke, and working in New York City. Buddies and I split a Brooklyn apartment where we spent 5 hours a night sleeping. Everything in New York is expensive, particularly cabs.
We used gypsy cabs to take us home late at night. Traditional Yellow Cabs would usually not go to Brooklyn, and if they did the fare was twice the rate of our guy, Raul. His motto was, "We will go anywhere; we ain't yellow." more >>
Starbucks has formally apologized to a Louisiana schoolteacher upset over finding satanic symbols in her coffee foam on a Sunday. The woman, who identifies as Catholic, took to Facebook to share her story, which led to an apology from the company.
"I unfortunately can't give the young man's name who served it, because I was so appalled that I could not bring myself to look at him," Megan Pinion wrote in her Facebook post. "I am in no way judging his beliefs of dis-meriting his beautiful artwork. I am however judging his lack of professionalism and respect for others. I am a teacher in the public school system and if I were to present a child of atheist or pagan believers with a Christian art project I could be sued in a heartbeat."
Pinion posted photos of the cups of coffee she ordered. One features a pentagram, while the other is decorated with the numbers 666, which is known as the mark of the devil. more >>
A Christian student has filed a lawsuit against a Virginia academic institution over allegations that he was prohibited from preaching on campus.
Brought before the Eastern District of Virginia Newport News Division on March 13, Christian Parks alleges that TNCC stopped him from preaching at an on-campus plaza area.
Nabeel Qureshi is the author of the new book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim's Journey to Christ, and works as an apologist for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Quereshi was raised Muslim by his parents who immigrated to the United States from Pakistan and came to Christianity over several years through intense conversations comparing the two faiths with a close college friend.
The following is an edited transcript of Part II of Qureshi's interview with The Christian Post (click here for Part I), in which he talks about how he's fulfilling the Great Commission by sharing his testimony with Muslims who are seeking to learn more about the Gospel and Jesus Christ.
Qureshi also speaks candidly about how his conversion is impacting his relationship with his parents and their treatment in the Muslim community; and why he advises Christians to start loving their Muslim neighbors, because to fear them is "unbiblical." more >>
For the second straight week, God's Not Dead has finished fifth place at the U.S. box office, earning just one percent less this past weekend than the $9.2 million it brought in over its opening weekend when the film was released on March 21.
This past weekend, the small independent faith-based movie expanded its release by nearly 400 theaters and took in $9 million, bringing its total box office earnings to $22 million.
God's Not Dead, which portrays a college student who accepts his atheist professor's challenge to provide a defense for the existence of God and Christianity, followed the fourth-place Mr. Peabody and Sherman. more >>
A street preacher in the U.K. has been awarded £13,000 ($21,664) by the local police after he was arrested for preaching against homosexuality in September 2011.
The Greater Manchester Police Department recently reached a settlement out of court with John Craven, a 57-year-old street preacher who frequented Market Street in Manchester, U.K., twice a week in 2011, where he would preach the Bible to passersby.
In one incident on September 17, 2011, Craven was reportedly preaching on Market Street when two young gay men asked what his thoughts on same-sex marriage were. The preacher reportedly responded, "Whilst God hates sin He loves the sinner." According to Craven's report of the incident, then two young men the reportedly began to taunt him by kissing in front of him and mimicking suggestive acts. They then reported Craven to a local police constable and the preacher was arrested for "public order offenses." more >>