Sometimes when you're faced with big-mouthed bullies, the best thing to do is hold your head high and throw their words back in their face. That's what teenager Carleigh O'Connell did after being teased about her body by her peers.
In an attempt to publicly humiliate her, Carleigh's tormentors spray-painted, "carleighs ass" on a cement block by the ocean.Read more
What is happening in the Northern Triangle is tragic. The fact that the families feel they have no other choice but to send their children on a journey over thousands of miles, alone, across several nations, is heartbreaking. However, it was a choice, and that choice included breaking the law. The thousands of Central American citizens that are amassing on the U.S. southern border are attempting to cross into this country illegally. They are circumventing the law, and straining an already overloaded system.
Yesterday, President Obama held a press conference in Texas addressing what he calls a “humanitarian issue on the border.” His speech addressed several things, the first being that he plans to do “the right thing by the children,” although he did not elaborate on what that is exactly. While he did not say when or how the children would be returned, he did say “it is unlikely that they will stay.” Second, he made a point of explaining that that the immigrants are entering mainly through “one sector of the Rio Grande Valley,” that they are being apprehended and detained, and that there are “more agents on the border than ever before.” The third aspect of his speech dealt with Congress. He made it abundantly clear that Congress holds the cards right now, by explaining that his office has petitioned Congress for funding in order to carry out the necessary actions needed to resolve the current border issue. He went as far as saying that if Congress had acted on immigration last year, or the year before (SB 744—an 1198 page immigration reform bill—has yet to be introduced in the House), this border crisis could have been avoided. Essentially, he laid the bulk of the issue on the door of partisan politics, specifically Republican politics.Read more
In light of the Supreme Court ruling on the Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby case, the two candidates facing off in North Carolina's hotly contested senate race came out swinging.
In a statement following the ruling, Republican candidate Thom Tillis said “Today the Supreme Court made a strong stand in two cases for important First Amendment freedoms – the right to not be forced to pay union dues and the right to religious freedom. Although today was a loss for Kay Hagan, Barack Obama, and the Washington bureaucrats who want to run our lives, the American people are the clear winners".
Incumbent Kay Hagan's campaign followed his statement with their own press release,
“I am extremely disappointed in today’s Supreme Court decision. It is shameful that a woman’s access to contraception is even up for debate in the year 2014. The choice about whether to use birth control should be between a woman and her doctor, not her boss, and no employer should be allowed to interfere with a woman’s access to contraception. The contrast on women’s health in North Carolina could not be clearer today as the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision allows some employers to interfere in women’s access to health care. While Kay opposed an amendment that would let employers interfere with access to health care for their employees, Thom Tillis believes that it’s acceptable to let corporations and employers interfere with contraceptive access for their female employees.”
Merriam-Webster defines freedom as “the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.” Other definitions include: “exemption from external control, interference, or regulation,” and “the power to determine action without restraint.”
We sing of freedom in our patriotic songs:
“Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” –The Star Spangled Banner
“My country, 'tis of Thee, Sweet Land of Liberty, Of thee I sing;…From every mountain side Let Freedom ring.”—America, My Country Tis of Thee
“The red and white and starry blue Is freedom's shield and hope.”—The Stars and Stripes Forever
But do we truly understand what freedom is? Do we truly want and seek freedom?Read more
In July of 1776 the U.S. fought a war of independence against the British crown. They fought against unfair taxes, quartering acts, lack of representation, and an overreaching monarch and parliament that governed from afar. The Declaration of Independence states:
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
The founding fathers did not enter the War of Independence lightly; it was not smooth sailing, they did not all hold the same opinions, and victory was uncertain. Though today we think of the founding fathers as wise older gentlemen and America as a land of wealth, in 1776 America was a vastly different place. The majority of the founding fathers were around the age of 40, most were of modest means holding several occupations to provide for their families, and America was far from having a military that could face the power of England’s well trained and supplied army and navy. However, what the founding fathers did have was a determination and a united belief that:Read more