A Patriotic Look Back: "The Star-Spangled Banner"

American_Flag.jpgOn this day, as we celebrate our nation's independence, many of us will sing our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner”. Although we often sing this song, many of us rarely stop and think about why, and under what circumstances, this song was written.

Thirty-eight years after the Declaration of Independence was signed, America was still fighting for her freedom. In August of 1814, English soldiers had captured and burned Washington, D.C. and were planning to capture Baltimore as well. In an effort to stop the attack, Dr. William Beanes attempted to arrest a group English soldiers. In retaliation for the attempted arrests, English soldiers took Dr. Beanes as a prisoner aboard an English warship.

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With Contraception, Are People Majoring on the Minor?


hobby.jpgIn the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Hobby Lobby and the HHS contraception mandate, there has been a social media firestorm. In the hours after the ruling, many came out and stated that the Justices had “turned back the clock for women’s rights.” This is an idea that will surely be promulgated as election season gets into full swring (for both the November Midterms and the 2016 Presidential election).

If nothing else politics is a game of perception. If you can create the appearance of something, then you have created a reality; especially in a society, culture,  and generation that typically believes what they hear and never reads past a headline. The constant propaganda of a “war on women,” the political correctness to the point that the NFL and paint companies are having to change names, the idea that corporations are evil for making money, and insinuating that conservatives hate everyone just because they have differing views from the mainstream media are just a few examples of the things that inundate American media on a daily basis.  What is alarming is that while these types of stories, and the debates that coincide with them, continue to make headlines the real issues of this nation and world quietly pass by. 

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PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi: Women Cannot Have It All

The ladies on Fox News' Outnumbered discussed a topic during yesterday's show that I found incredibly fascinating. The Atlantic owner David Bradley interviewed the CEO of PepsiCo, Indra K. Nooyi, during a session at the Aspen Ideas Festival and he asked her "what's your opinion about whether or not women can have it all?" Her answer was quite uncommon, if you consider the average woman in America today. 

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“Like a Girl” Rocks the Nation: Thank you Sarah Palin!

Proctor & Gamble’s female empowerment campaign “Like a Girl” is sweeping social media and earning high accolades. Unlike the ill-fated ‘Ban Bossy’ crusade, this message exemplifies strength and self-confidence.

In an effective social experiment, P&G’s Always division illustrates how being told to run, throw, or fight like a girl holds a negative stigma. The experiment ends in an uplifting, “Why can’t 'run like a girl' also mean 'win the race'?”

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The Transformation Continues

It is difficult at times to determine which crisis du jour warrants the bulk of our concern, and in our attention-deficit disorder world, Americans are increasingly challenged to focus on one problem before being distracted with yet another headline-grabbing issue or scandal.

I have to wonder if this isn’t all by design. The Friday afternoon news dumps of late certainly appear to confirm my suspicions, and there are times I question just how many Americans even care.

In the midst of new information regarding Benghazi, “lost” IRS emails, the trading of terrorists who remain a threat to our nation, and the ISIS invasion of Iraq, the situation on our southern border has reached a crisis level and demands immediate action, yet there is no indication that the federal government seriously intends to stop the recent surge of illegal alien minors. Instead, the only efforts appear to involve the housing of the illegals in locations across the country.

According to Texas Governor Rick Perry, law enforcement is apprehending a thousand people a day, mostly from Central America, and these numbers are only from the state of Texas. Make no mistake; this is an invasion of epic proportions and will have a detrimental impact throughout our nation.

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