• For Christmas’s Sake, Let’s Roll Back Christmas Creep

    For Christmas’s Sake, Let’s Roll Back Christmas Creep

    We have grown wearily used to “holiday creep,” that irritating tendency of retailers to start decorating for various holidays well before they begin: jack-o-lanterns in mid-September (or even, in some cases, July), Valentine’s chocolates in early January, Easter candy a few days before Valentine’s Day.

    In my corner of the country they start running Labor Day sales in mid-July and Fourth of July sales in early June. But no creep is more aggressive than that of Christmas; no holiday spills its traditional temporal confines and works its way as aggressively up the calendar as this one. The season now regularly lasts up to eight or nine weeks where it used to span maybe five. READ MORE...

  • We Deserve a Refund from the TSA

    We Deserve a Refund from the TSA

    The annual budget for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a little shy of $8 billion. By government standards, this is chicken feed. It is approximately 2000th of one percent of the overall federal budget. Yet it is still greater than the entire budgets of New Hampshire, Vermont, Alaska, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Idaho and Delaware.

    Just what are we who are footing the bill getting for our $8 billion?

    The TSA is supposed to be responsible for overseeing security for highways, railroads, buses, mass transit systems, pipelines and ports. However, the overwhelming majority of its budget and attention goes to airport/aviation security. The TSA is responsible for screening passengers and baggage at more than 450 U.S. airports. READ MORE...

  • 2 Gay Men Explain Why They Support Baker's Refusal to Make Same-Sex Wedding Cakes

    2 Gay Men Explain Why They Support Baker’s Refusal to Make Same-Sex Wedding Cakes

    “T.J.” and Matt are gay, but they support the Colorado bakery owner fighting a legal battle for his right, on religious grounds, to refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples.

    Standing outside the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, the bakery at the center of the court case that goes before the Supreme Court on Dec. 5, they explained why they support its owner, Jack Phillips.

    “We’re here to buy stuff from him,” Matt said, in a video he and T.J. made for Alliance Defending Freedom, “and support him, because we don’t think any artist should be forced to create for something that violates their beliefs.” READ MORE...

  • Trump Administration Cites MS-13 Arrest to Push Change in Minor Immigrant Law

    Trump Administration Cites MS-13 Arrest to Push Change in Minor Immigrant Law

    The Trump administration is pointing to a large federal roundup of members of the violent gang MS-13 as vindication of increased enforcement efforts and reason to change the policy on unaccompanied minor illegal immigrants.

    The Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security announced a joint effort that led to the arrest of 214 gang members and those involved with gang-related crime.

    MS-13 is an international criminal gang that spread throughout Central America into the United States–in largely urban centers such as Los Angeles, Boston, New York City, and into Toronto, Canada. The organization’s motto is “mata, viola, controla,” which means, “kill, rape, control.” READ MORE...

  • Meet These 5 Stellar Conservatives Trump Just Added to His Supreme Court List

    Meet These 5 Stellar Conservatives Trump Just Added to His Supreme Court List

    On Friday, President Donald Trump announced the addition of five individuals to his outstanding list of potential candidates for a future Supreme Court vacancy.

    As was the case with the lists Trump put out during his presidential campaign, these new additions to the list are conservative men and women who are committed to interpreting the Constitution according to its original public meaning.

    While there are currently no vacancies on the Supreme Court, rumors abound that Justice Anthony Kennedy may retire in the near future. Here’s a look at the new names. READ MORE...

  • Censoring Internet News Has Become A Business Model Labeled As Trust

    Censoring Internet News Has Become A Business Model Labeled As Trust

    How can you tell that internet censorship is really taking off? Easy. It’s becoming a business model.

    Steven Brill is raising $6 million to launch News Guard. This new service will rate news sites on their trustworthiness from green to red. Forget politically unbiased algorithms. The ratings will be conducted by “qualified, accountable human beings” from teams of “40 to 60 journalists.” Once upon a time, journalism meant original writing. Now it means deciding which original writing to censor. READ MORE...

  • Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid & Steps Towards Single-Payer

    Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid & Steps Towards Single-Payer

    I was not sure my ENT specialist was a good fit for me even though I read the glowing praises framed on his office walls, praises coming from his patients, colleagues, and other doctors. The young man seemed to know what he was doing but his bedside manner was brief and rather cold.

    I attributed his demeanor to his introverted personality, his professionalism, and to his respect for his patients’ time. Very punctual, he very seldom made anybody wait to see him, he was always on time.

    One day I realized that he was much more caring on the inside than he let people see. A young woman with her mom and a three-year old in tow had an appointment to see the doctor. The receptionist, Lupe, asked her if she was prepared to pay for that day’s visit. The young woman had a grief-stricken look on her face and wondered how much the visit was going to be. The receptionist told her that she did not know because each patient was different, depending on the problem. The young replied in a sad and disappointed voice that she will reschedule until such a time that she would have enough cash on hand to pay for the visit. READ MORE...

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