• 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...

  • 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...

  • Trump’s 2 Priorities for Welfare Reform Executive Order

    Trump’s 2 Priorities for Welfare Reform Executive Order

    President Donald Trump is making welfare reform a major priority and will sign an executive order laying out the administration’s goals while also urging action by Congress, a White House official said Thursday.

    Trump’s executive order will be twofold, said Paul Winfree, director of budget policy at the White House. The order will state the Trump administration’s principles for welfare reform of empowering individuals and learning from state and local initiatives, and then direct federal agencies to come back to the president with recommendations for implementing the principles. READ MORE...

  • Russia’s Hybrid War Against the West Began on the Battlefields of Ukraine

    Russia’s Hybrid War Against the West Began on the Battlefields of Ukraine

    KYIV, Ukraine—Russian revanchism has spread beyond the battlefields of Ukraine’s Donbas region into a global, hybrid conflict that has redrawn the balance of power in Eastern Europe and pitted the world’s two largest nuclear powers against each other.

    “When a country can come interfere in another country’s elections, that is warfare,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Oct. 19, referring to reports of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

    Russia has been honing its hybrid warfare playbook in Ukraine for almost four years. Consequently, when it comes to Russia’s hybrid war against the West, all roads lead back to Ukraine. READ MORE...

  • 5 Reforms To Gun Laws That Would Actually Make A Difference

    5 Reforms To Gun Laws That Would Actually Make A Difference

    Following another egregious shooting, media, politicians, and celebrities are demanding that we again discuss gun control. They allege that conservatives consistently avoid the issue by saying “Now is not the time” as we actively bury the fallen.

    If progressives are so insistent on talking, let’s talk, but first they must understand the existing realities of the highly regulated industry and the government incompetence that has failed to prevent tragedy. Then they should review five areas of reform that would thwart criminals while protecting gun owners. READ MORE...

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