• Patrick Samway To Walker Percy Weekend


    News from Walker Percy Weekend: We’ve just added two excellent panelists to the Walker Percy & Catholicism discussion, hosted by Jason Berry.

    Panelist Patrick Samway, SJ, wrote Percy’s authorized biography. Here is an excerpt from Chapter One. And here is an excerpt from Robert Coles’s review in The New York Times:

    By setting clear limits on his authorial role, by attempting to evoke through letters and interviews and a weighty factuality the various worlds Walker Percy inhabited, Father Samway brings his narrative to full life. We meet an American original: his voice at once skeptical and innocent, earnestly hopeful and yearning, but also cranky and gloomy — a worried, doubtful pilgrim who had an exquisitely inviting way with irony and a genuine modesty, even as he rarely missed taking the witty or mordantly satirical measure of our follies. Above all, as this portrait keeps revealing, he practiced what he preached, his own self-critical apprehensions in that regard notwithstanding — no small victory for a Christian moralist who also happened to be a lively storyteller. He (and his two brothers as well) broke free of the past; lived long, committed, loving lives as husbands, fathers and grandfathers — an achievement for them, for any of us. READ MORE...

  • Is Ted Cruz’s Promise to do Away with Common Core Truth or a Lie?


    Senator Cruz’s EDUCATION Bill S 306 expands Common Core to private, religious, and homeschools. Ted’s promise to do away with Common Core is a LIE!

    We already know about Common Core and the terrible impact it is making on America. It has been said that this generation of students will not surpass their parents in wealth and stability. “In this country, the expectation is that every generation does better than the previous generation,” said Caroline Ratcliffe, an author of the Urban Institute study. “This is no longer the case. This generation might have less.” The authors said the situation facing young Americans might be unprecedented. (Source: http://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/alfresco/publication-pdfs/412766-Lost-Generations-Wealth-Building-among-Young-Americans.PDF ) READ MORE...

  • ‘Smart Growth’ and the Sidewalk Ballet


    “All you urbanists look the same to me.”

    That, in essence, is the challenge that many advocates of alternative models of development encounter when advocating for our ideas outside of the already converted. That is particularly true on the rightward side of the political spectrum, when talk of walkable communities, mixed-use development, and increasing density is suspected to be soon followed by condescension towards the suburban, hostility towards the car, and a lurking inclination to tear up places that people like well enough already, thank you very much. READ MORE...

  • Ron Paul: “None of the Above” Should be a Choice on the Ballot


    Former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) is well-known for his many years of firm ideological consistency and his commitment to his beliefs. However, this rigidness has caused him some consternation in recent days as many in the media wrongly assume that his outspoken criticism of Donald Trump must mean that he will be supporting Hillary Clinton. Earlier this week, Paul roundly rejected the idea that he could ever support Clinton for the Presidency.

    As he explained to CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield he believes that voting for the “lesser of two evils” is still evil and therefore something he is unwilling to do. Paul then argued that he believes voters should have the choice to vote “none of the above” on their presidential ballots as a way to register their disdain with the available candidates. READ MORE...

  • The rich are living longer than the poor — what does that tell us about retirement security?


    The GAO report, titled “Retirement Security: Shorter Life Expectancy Reduces Projected Lifetime Benefits for Lower Earners,” focuses on how the fact that high earners live longer than low earners partially undoes Social Security’s progressivity. The GAO was responding to a request from Sen. Bernie Sanders in which Sanders, in GAO’s words, “asked us to examine disparities in life expectancy and the implications for our nation’s policies with respect to retirement security.” There’s a lot of detail in the GAO’s report, some of it extraneous and some of which is misleading. But I don’t think GAO really answers the questions Sen. Sanders was asking. READ MORE...

  • The Slippery Slope: It's Not Just the Unborn Being Denied Rights Under the Constitution


    “The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.”—Hillary Clinton, Meet the Press (April 3, 2016)

    When presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declares that unborn babies do not have constitutional rights, she’s not just spouting partisan rhetoric in the heated national debate over abortion. She’s providing us with a glimpse into an increasingly troubling mindset among government officials who believe that the government not only has the power to determine who is deserving of constitutional rights in the eyes of the law but also has the authority to deny those rights to an American citizen. READ MORE...

  • The Slippery Slope: It's Not Just the Unborn Being Denied Rights Under the Constitution


    “The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.”—Hillary Clinton, Meet the Press (April 3, 2016)

    When presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declares that unborn babies do not have constitutional rights, she’s not just spouting partisan rhetoric in the heated national debate over abortion. She’s providing us with a glimpse into an increasingly troubling mindset among government officials who believe that the government not only has the power to determine who is deserving of constitutional rights in the eyes of the law but also has the authority to deny those rights to an American citizen. READ MORE...