Over the last several years the debate about providing more social welfare programs (or as some call it a ‘social safety net’) has increased. Many of these debates often include an argument that stems from the use of social welfare programs in many European countries. Proponents often cite countries like Denmark when arguing the success these programs can have in shrinking the ‘wealth gap.’ But is this a fair comparison? Can we truly compare the U.S. to Europe? Sure, the two continents have similarities. So too do apples and watermelons, but they are not the same, and neither are the U.S. and Europe. However, for the sake of argument let’s explore a few things.Read more
Because there is little else going on in the world these days that demands the attention of the U.S. Department of State and the Obama administration, you might be interested to hear that LGBT activist Masha Gessen - author of Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot and many other works - was honored at last Thursday's now annual State Department Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies Pride Event (GLIFAA). The event took place on the very same day that thousands marched nearby in the 2014 March for Marriage.
Secretary of State John Kerry introduced Gessen at the GLIFAA event, telling the audience that here in these United States, we think she's a wonderful person, and we're honored by her presence here. Most well known as an outspoken critic of the Russian government on LGBT issues, Gessen is also an author who has written and spoken extensively on LGBT issues and her opinion that the institution of marriage should be extinguished altogether.
I agree that it's a no-brainer that we should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that it is a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist. So, uhhh...that causes my brain some trouble, and part of why it causes me trouble is because fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we’re going to do with marriage when we get there, because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie. The institution of marriage is going to change, and it should change...um, and again, I don’t think it should exist.
Have you ever heard the vile garbage spewed by the likes of Bill Ayers, Noam Chomsky, Ward Churchill, and Michael Moore, among others? I'm confident that, if you're reading this, you probably have. When you've heard it, have you ever wanted to scream at the top of your lungs (this is a southern expression that means scream with every ounce of energy you possess) the full story to the entire world? I know I have. I'm asking you to listen to them once more, because now, there is a serious counter punch...aka...the entire truth. It is presented brilliantly.
I gathered with Director/Writer Dinesh D'Souza, Directors John Sullivan and Bruce Schooley and 30 or so additional friends in a private residence in Atlanta recently and had the honor of viewing D'Souza's new documentary America. I'll be honest, the opening scene was almost unbearable to watch. American Thinker describes it like this:Read more
According to USA Today, the United States economy contracted in the first quarter of 2014.
The nation's gross domestic product in the first quarter fell at a 2.9% annual rate, vs. the 1% contraction previously believed, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected a 1.8% drop in output from the fourth quarter.
This new number stands in stark contrast to a previous estimate put out by the Bureau of Economic Analysis which originally had the economy growing by .1%.Read more
Last week I felt compelled to point out why the decision by the US Patent and Trademark office to revoke the trademark logo and name of the Redskins was a case of political correctness run amuck. In that article, I posed the question about other possible names being revoked, including this question: Will teams or organizations bearing the name of an animal be deemed offensive?
Well, guess what? It turns out that one school district in Syracuse, NY has already opted NOT to use the name or image of an animal for their high school sports teams. (No, I’m not making this up) In 2012, Syracuse.com reported how Corner Canyon High School (which hadn’t even opened yet) would not be allowed to use the cougar as a school mascot or team name for fear that it would “offend some women”. This was after letters had been sent to students asking them to vote on school colors, the sports mascot, and name. The students overwhelmingly chose the cougar over other names.Read more