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Mon
09
Apr

The terrible power of corruption

By Dennis Prager:

 

The following is an excerpt from Dennis Prager’s latest book, The Rational Bible: Exodus: Exodus 23.8 Do not take bribes, for bribes blind the clear-sighted and upset the pleas of those who are in the right. I have discussed the terrible consequences of societal corruption in discussing the central importance of the Eighth Commandment—“Do not steal.” But as the Torah now specifically addresses the subject—by prohibiting bribery—we shall return to it.

 

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Mon
02
Apr

Dismantling the Nannystate, bit by bit

By Peter Roff:

The premise of the Nannystate, the place to which all progressive roads lead, is that the people are not informed enough, smart enough, and do not care enough to take care of themselves. Therefore, we all need the state to act as our safe-guard and intermediary. It’s a weird construct at odds with the vision of America upon which most of us were raised. We are, it used to be taught, descended from pioneers, rugged individualists who built a nation out of the wilderness. This admittedly is a romanticized version of what really happened but closer to the truth than not. The Nannystate, which employs regulators and bureaucrats to care for our needs from cradle to grave, is the bane of everyone who purports to love liberty.

Mon
02
Apr

The big gun control march fail

By Rachel Alexander:

 

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, the scene of a recent mass shooting, organized a march in Washington, D.C. and other cities on Saturday to protest the NRA. But instead of honestly calling it a gun control march, they called it “March For Our Lives.” By using a misleading title, they were likely able to coerce a lot more people to show up. Even so, the D.C. march appeared to be less than half the size of last year’s Women’s March.

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Mon
26
Mar

Not the America I grew up in

By TD. W. Wilber:

 

As a young boy I was infused with a love of country by my parents and older brothers, all of whom had at one point or another served this nation in the military, as I eventually did myself. I was taught that the United States offered the best hope for the world, that the struggle would be hard, but our enemies would all eventually be vanquished because the United States stood for something good.

 

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Mon
26
Mar

Time for smaller governmentan

By Terry Paulson:

 

The March unemployment report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that, in February, the unemployment rate remained 4.1 percent for the fifth consecutive month and the number of unemployed persons was essentially unchanged at 6.7 million. Without question, the economy is humming right along, and America is close to, if not at, full employment. It’s taken longer than many economists expected. President Obama certainly wanted full employment, but he wanted his regulatory agenda more.

Mon
19
Mar

NRA supports hundreds of schools

By Beth Baumann

The Associated Press completed an independent analysis of the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) public tax filings. What the AP discovered was that the NRA donated roughly $7.3 million to schools across the country between 2010 and 2016. According to the report, about 500 schools received the money, mostly through grants designed to promote the shooting sports.

The grants were awarded to school programs, such as the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, rifle teams, hunting safety courses and agriculture clubs. Interestingly enough, three-quarters of the schools that received NRA grants were in rural counties that voted for President Donald Trump during the 2016 election. The Associated Press put together a graphic showing just how much the NRA Foundation has provided schools in each state: California came in first with more than $1 million and Florida was a close second with just shy of $1 million in grants.

 

Mon
19
Mar

Former resident named Military Spouse of Year

By Gil Gutknecht:

 

I have long believed that success leaves clues. It makes sense to pay attention to those clues in order to duplicate that success. When most of us think about Switzerland, we think of great cheese, fine chocolate, and excellent time pieces. They are also famous for their neutrality. Maybe we Americans should take a closer look. They do a number of things right and we might learn something from them.

 

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Mon
12
Mar

What in the name of Minnie Pearl is wrong with Country Music

By peoTodd Starnes

 

One of country music’s most powerful executives, says gun-toting, Bible-clinging fans like former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are no longer welcome. The controversy started when the Country Music Association triggered a massive outbreak of microaggressions after they appointed Huckabee to the board of its charitable foundation.

Huckabee has been a longtime supporter of music education so his appointment to a charitable board that supports music programs for young people was a perfect fit.

However, a mob of social justice warriors, led by openly gay country music executive Jason Owen, protested – calling Huckabee’s appointment “grossly offensive” and “heartbreaking.”

 

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Wed
07
Mar

Heart check may have saved my life

By Sammy J. Franklin

Do you recognize the title of this column? It is the title of my column, which appeared in the March 11, 2009 issue of the paper. Saturday, March 10th, will be the ninth anniversary of my open-heart surgery.

In recognition of American Heart Month, which just ended, and in hopes it may help convince others they need to be checked, I wanted to take time to review the events that led up to me having open-heart surgery nine years ago.

The surgery did not come about because I suffered the usual chest pains, had a heart attack, or any of the other symptoms usually associated with heart problems. I had none of the above symptoms, but I had found myself over the past year or so tiring quicker when I would work in my yard, but I attributed that to growing older. 

 

Wed
07
Mar

Why the left opposes arming teachers

By Dennis Prager

Why does the left oppose allowing a small number of highly trained teachers and other adults who work at schools to arm themselves?

When asked, their response is consistent: “It’s a crazy idea.” And “We need fewer guns, not more guns.”

A New York Times editorial offered the following argument against having any armed teachers: “Nationwide statistics on police shooting accuracy are not to be found. But if New York is typical, analyses show that its officers hit their targets only one-third of the time. And during gunfights, when the adrenaline is really pumping, that accuracy can drop to as low as 13 percent.”

 

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