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The little President who never grew up

Terry Garlock's picture

If you ever wondered how Pee Wee Herman would perform as President of the United States, well, now you know.

With the background ooompah music of the circus calliope wearing on nerves, acrobats and clowns would perform their absurd routines to entertain crowds seeking diversion from the real world.

Sounds a lot like the Obama administration’s fumbling national security issues while the mainstream media dutifully diverts the public from our own leadership failures. Read More»

‘In my opinion’ is an inadequate argument

Greg Moffatt's picture

I read a letter to the editor in a popular magazine recently. The writer was responding to an article the magazine had published on processed foods. In one sentence, the writer demonstrated some of what I fear is wrong with the way we think in our culture. “In my opinion,” she started, “food companies put chemicals in the food to get us addicted...” “In my opinion”? Read More»

God and Caesar (again)

Cal Thomas's picture

“Well, then,” Jesus said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” (Mark 12:17 Living Paraphrase)

When considering what belongs to Caesar and what belongs to God, what happens when the federal government seeks to replace God by defining “church” and when life begins to have value, the latter having been done in Roe vs. Wade and subsequent court rulings?

While there are other issues in the Hobby Lobby case argued before the Supreme Court last week, these are the major ones. Read More»

God and Jesus, politics and government

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson's picture

Is God a Democrat? A Republican? Was Jesus a conservative, liberal, socialist, or libertarian?

Those are jarring questions. Yet, because faith informs one’s values and values inform one’s political leanings, it is understandable why religion and politics often intersect and overlap. Read More»

How foreign is our policy?

Thomas Sowell's picture

Many people are lamenting the bad consequences of Barack Obama’s foreign policy, and some are questioning his competence.

There is much to lament, and much to fear. Multiple setbacks to American interests have been brought on by Obama’s policies in Libya, Egypt, Syria, Crimea and — above all — in what seems almost certain to become a nuclear Iran in the very near future. Read More»

Our president is promoting the politics of envy

Dr. Joseph J. Horton's picture

I was excited when I learned that the parents of a student I knew produced a product my family used and enjoyed. His response to me was, “Yeah, they’re getting rich off you.”

He was quite confused when I replied, “They should be. They make a very good product. If they are not getting rich, they are not good business people.”

The student expected me to be envious of his parents’ success rather than thankful for the product that met my family’s needs better than anything else. Read More»

Southern manners

Ronda Rich's picture

There are many things I love about the South. We’re fiercely patriotic. We’re neighborly. We’re storytellers without equal. We’re unabashedly and unapologetically faithful. We’re proudly hospitable.

But here’s what I love just a little bit better than all the rest: We believe mightily in courtesy and manners.

Now, this isn’t to say that only Southerners are well-raised or that all Yankees and other non-Southerners are rude. That would be untruthful because I have met some extremely discourteous Southerners while I know some beautifully well-mannered Yankees. Read More»

Words gone astray

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Words and phrases that have long been in circulation sometimes sneak around and bite you on the backside.
I usually celebrate the vernal equinox by watching for new words and phrases admitted to the Oxford English Dictionary long before they come into common use.
This year the chief new word was “selfie.” I thought it had to do with tittering British school girls, but suddenly I see or hear it everywhere, and it has nothing to do with young girls. It’s a comfortable word, easy to use, fairly organic. Read More»

Is your church a cult?

David Epps's picture

In the 1970s, while living in another state, my family and I began attending a church. The pastor was warm, friendly, energetic, a great teacher, and seemed enthusiastically happy to see us arrive. The church was multi-racial, something unusual in the South in those days, and was full of young adults and children. There was uplifting praise, wonderful worship, and a solid and conservative theological outlook. It was a Christian church.

It was also a cult. Read More»

Horrors of Spring Cleaning

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Mom had no idea what she had done. She had ruined not just my life, but my three brothers’ and sister’s lives also. It was too late to try to undo the damage. The garbage truck had already pulled away hours earlier from 110 Flamingo Street and, along with it, all of our most prized possessions. At 8 years old, it was my first encounter with the horrors of Spring Cleaning. It wouldn’t be the last. Read More»