Neal and Danette Childs knew they were in danger. From their compound in Niger's capital city they could see three churches burning. The smoke was filling their home.
"We immediately started packing a trunk, putting in our valuables, our documents, and we loaded up the car," Neal told me. "There were concerns our family would be targeted."
"Our immediate response — there is that little bit of panic," he said during a telephone conversation from the West African nation of Niger. more >>
While conservatives are often considered moralistic to a fault, liberal moralism has become so repressive that some liberals now fear everyday conversations.
In a Tuesday article for New York Magazine, a liberal publication, Jonathan Chait wrote about the new "political correctness," which now comes in the form of phrases like "trigger warnings," "microaggressions" or "mansplaining." These new liberal rules, Chait wrote, is a "system of left-wing ideological repression." Those rules are so stifling, any meaningful debate in liberal circles is cut off.
"A community, virtual or real, that adheres to the rules is deemed 'safe.' The extensive terminology plays a crucial role, locking in shared ideological assumptions that make meaningful disagreement impossible," he explained. more >>
Although Speaker of the House, John Boehner, R-Ohio, has been criticized by many staunch conservatives for his willingness to compromise with President Barack Obama, the speaker claimed Wednesday that he "was the Tea Party" before the Tea Party even existed.
In an interview with Fox News' Bret Baier, the 65-year-old was asked whether or not he thinks he can unite a divided Republican Party and get the GOP-majority to work together to repeal some of Obama's policies.
"I do," Boehner responded. "Listen, I was the Tea Party before there was a Tea Party." more >>
A Republican organization which recently launched a petition calling on "Hollywood liberals" to stop disrespecting the military amid criticism of Clint Eastwood's blockbuster film "American Sniper," says it has had "tremendous support" from the public.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee, led by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), condemned controversial filmmaker Michael Moore in a stern email sent to supporters on Tuesday over a recent tweet in which he referred to snipers as "cowards."
Moore did not directly refer to the Academy award-nominated film in his tweet; however, it sparked outrage among top conservatives including former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who accused him of blatantly disrespecting military servicemen. more >>
When it comes to the harsh difficulties many Native Americans face every day, the saying "out of sight, out mind" hits home.
Many people have only a vague sense of the serious past and present injustices suffered by Native Americans.
From the very beginning, starting with Christopher Columbus' voyages to the Bahamas, we get a sad introduction of how Europeans, Americans and Canadians, would steal from, enslave and kill Native Americans largely for their land and natural resources. more >>
"It's time to plant the flag on school choice," Sen. Ted Cruz told a Capitol Hill briefing sponsored by the Heritage Foundation recently. Sen. Cruz told of his efforts to reach across the aisle—willing to work with the very liberal Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (D) to help parents choose good schools for their kids.
Promising to make this an issue in the 2016 presidential campaign—with a knowing wink—the senator related his work when he served as an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). There, he supported serious studies of the effects of competition in the formerly regulated monopolies—telephones, railroads, and airlines.
Cruz said he wanted researchers to look not just at the customer satisfaction of those who exercised their new options and chose new carriers. He also wanted the FTC investigators to look at the consumer satisfaction of those who remained with their original carriers. What several FTC studies showed, he said, was that while the customers who left their old regulated service providers were enthusiastic about their new options, those who remained with the formerly regulated utilities reported either increased satisfaction or, in some cases, felt they were no worse off after de-regulation. more >>