My father started his own battle with me at a young age. I can still see him on the sofa, frizzed from a day at the office, cursing and wagging his finger at the old guys on Crossfire.
Even though we never had an American flag in our front yard or spent hundreds of dollars on fireworks for the Fourth of July, my father was patriotic. So I listened while he lectured about America and the freedoms we enjoy, and how he believed the Republican Party protected those freedoms better than the Democrats. He formed this opinion after years of employment with the federal government, and he understood its abusive and invasive tendencies. The Democrats loved big government, and big government meant less freedom. I yawned, delivered the hallmark teenage eye-roll, picked at my braces, and went on my way. I had better things to do.
I had never heard of Noelle Pikus-Pace until this year's Olympic games. Yes, I had seen the commercial with the athlete mom putting breakfast on the table and then running to work-out, but it never really clicked. Then, last week as I was watching the games, NBC did an introductory story on Pikus-Pace and from then on I was her biggest fan.
Pikus-Pace isn't your normal athlete. Yes, she works and trains hard, but it is her family that comes first. After missing the Torino Olympic Games due to a broken leg and then coming in fourth at the Vancouver Olympic Games, Pikus-Pace retired saying she "imagined a life full of soccer games, PTA meetings and making fudge." However, in 2012 after suffering a miscarriage, her husband encouraged her to get back into the sport. She said she was willing to do it but the only way she would come back to compete was if "we could do this as a family".
Undercover reporter and author James O'Keefe has done it again. This time he exposes community organizing group Battleground Texas, whose goal is to turn Texas blue, recording and keeping personal information obtained through voter registration cards. Jennifer Longoria, a community organizer and supporter of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, has admitted on O'Keefe's hidden camera that Battleground Texas is illegally retaining private information such as names, addresses, and phone numbers so Battleground Texas can solicit votes to bolster Davis's campaign.
Is there any story that won’t be used to drag out the manufactured 'War on Women' meme?
Please bear with me. The following scenario has layers of liberty stifling bad news, but the result of what happens in the Supreme Court ruling of Harris v. Quinn is far reaching.
Pam Harris and her husband, Kevin are caregivers to their mentally and physically disabled son, Josh. Due to their difficult circumstance, the Harris family became beneficiaries of the “Illinois Home-Based Support Services” program. The program offers them financial support to care for Josh at home where they've been successfully managing their situation.
Because Pam and Kevin are recipients of this financial assistance they've been deemed by the Quinn administration as public employees. Families like the Harris’ are now being required to join a collective bargaining unit, violating their right to free association because they may be forced to join a union.
Basically, if you want the assistance, you will have to pay. Quite literally.
I was 10 years old when Ronald Reagan was elected President of the United States. And, although many of my peers won’t
remember the hard economic times of the seventies, I do remember. I remember the discord and unhappiness so prevalent throughout America during that time. I watched President Reagan bring us together as a people and turned this country I love so much back around on the road to economic prosperity. So, when the opportunity presented itself to visit The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, I jumped at it.
The Library is situated in the hills just North East of Thousand Oaks, CA. It’s beautiful country and after driving up the winding Presidential Drive and parking your vehicle, you are immediately inspired by breathtaking views in every direction. It is the perfect setting to remember a man who inspired so many.