Over the centuries various countries and civilizations have fought for their independence by way of war or protest. In what is anticipated to be a historic event tomorrow, Scotland will pursue a bid for independence. In democratic fashion, the Scottish people will head to the ballot box and vote “yes” or “no” on a referendum as to whether to stay united with the United Kingdom or break free.
If the referendum passes, Scotland will officially declare independence on March 24, 2016. This will mark the first time since 1986 (Hong Kong not withstanding) that the British Empire has lost a territory. An independent Scotland would also be the first new country to enter the world stage since 2011.Read more
Slurp, slurp, slurp...hear that? That’s the sound of our financial futures being sucked into the black abyss of government spending.
While household discretionary income is dwindling down to nothing, families are being forced to pay more for essential needs. Responsible Americans are adjusting their personal finances, and we expect our elected officials to do the same. Still, some liberal lawmakers are having a hard time changing their tax-and-spend ways.
According to the National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF), almost all Arkansas legislators are getting it right.
With the exception of Senator Mark Pryor, the Arkansas delegation of the 113th Congress sponsored or co-sponsored legislation that would reduce net federal spending by an average of $92.8 billion.Read more
Before getting married, I was what you would call a casual sports fan. With the exception of the Olympics, sports were an occasion not a way of life. However, in marriage things change and compromise is the goal. So I traded CSPAN and morning news for ESPN and Mike and Mike. Needless to say sports news is a part of daily life now. However, in recent years it has become the action of athletes off the field of play that has dominated the headlines as much as their accomplishments on the field. Names like Rice, Pistorius, Peterson, Hardy, and Hernandez have become synonymous with violence. But are these isolated incidents? Are they a result of on field competitiveness spilling over off the field? Or have the actions of society over the last several decades finally manifested themselves in the microcosms of professional sports for all to see?
In the cases currently tormenting the NFL, I believe we are reaping what we have sewn. Professional athletes are idealized. Here we have a profession where you essentially work half the year and make more money in one season than most people will earn in their entire life. This was not always the case. When Joe Namath was drafted his contract was for $427,000. This year’s first draft pick, Jadeveon Clowney, has a contract worth $22.3 million. Almost every male athlete I have taught believed he would go pro; none have.Read more
If ever there was a single case for homeschooling your children, this could be it.
While George W. Bush has had his share of adversaries, for someone to compare him to Adolph Hitler is just plain ignorant. A sixth grade teacher, who asks their students to conjure up connections between him and Hitler, is outwardly demented.
Yet, three days prior to September 11, that’s exactly what happened in a Washington D.C. school. Students were instructed to use a graph and compare President Bush and Hitler for a homework assignment.
The children were instructed to gather background information for the assignment from texts previously distributed by the school.Read more
The President of the United States completed a somber and sobering speech this evening to the American people regarding ISIS. Unless you have been in a coma for the past couple of months, you know what entity he speaks of. ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria); a terror organization that has finally managed to wake our ever-lukewarm president from his wait-and-see foreign policy approach.
Many of us will make our pilgrimage to the New York 9/11 site to respectfully stop and reflect on the loss of life on that day. For some of us, it is ever so personal. The constant reminder of TERRORISM, thirteen years later, weighs on our souls.Read more