There is no doubt that there is real suffering among the Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank (which is actually ancient Judea and Samaria). The question is who, precisely, is most responsible for their suffering?
Certainly, Israel is far from blameless in its treatment of the Palestinians, and it helps no one when we overlook or whitewash Israel's failings, as some Christian Zionists are prone to do.
But is Israel primarily responsible for the difficult living conditions faced by the Palestinians today? more >>
Some law enforcement officers in Tennessee are now worried about the increase in crime and other unintended consequences that could occur if a bill passed Tuesday by the Tennessee Senate to let gun owners carry their weapons openly without a permit should ever become law.
The lawmakers voted 25-2 to pass the measure filed by state Sen. Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet). If it becomes law gun owners will no longer be required to do background checks, get training or obtain a permit before openly carrying a handgun in public. The only instance in which gun owners would be required to have a permit is if they intend on concealing the weapon.
Beavers believes gun ownership should be treated as a right, not a privilege, and believes her bill would support that principle. more >>
It has been interesting to watch Putin gain in popularity as he outwits Obama. Since he invaded Crimea, Putin's approval ratings in Russia have gone up 10 points. In another of his historic "firsts," Obama has done what no other president has done: make Putin look better.
As the Obama administration argues over which symbolic, empty gestures it plans to use next, Putin smiles (or sneers, I'm not sure which; with him, it's a creepy yet subtle distinction).
Russia caught Obama off guard. Prior to the invasion of Crimea, in Obama's view our nation's biggest threats were the Koch brothers, the Tea Party and health care providers. Now on that list is the Russian situation, but only to the degree that it makes Obama look politically weak. more >>
Gay rights trump religious rights.
That's the rule of law in New Mexico after the U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to consider whether a wedding photographer was within her rights when she refused to film a gay couple's commitment ceremony.
The high court's decision not to hear the case lets stand a New Mexico Supreme Court decision that the owners of Elane Photography violated the state's anti-discrimination laws. 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 >>