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  • Why I will keep fighting the culture war about sexuality (Why conservatives must continue to fight)

    08/19/2015 8:53:52 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | 8/19/15 | Dr. Thomas Lickona
    Following the Supreme Court’s majority decision in June to legalise same-sex marriage in the United States, New York Times columnist David Brooks appealed to “conservatives” (those who do not accept the possibility of marriage between people of the same sex) to stop fighting a losing battle over sexual morality. Instead, he suggested, they should take their Christian values into underprivileged areas and help people overcome material and spiritual poverty.This struck Dr Thomas Lickona, director of the character education centre at the State University of New York and a fan of Brooks’ writing on character, as a false choice, and he...
  • A Matter of Convenience, Which Hasn't Worked out That Way

    03/12/2015 5:21:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | March 12, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Former first lady of Arkansas, former first lady of the United States, former senator from New York, former secretary of state and -- by all appearances -- future candidate for presidency, Hillary Clinton, has been part of public life for more than 30 years, but her appearance this week before reporters revealed much about her that we had never known. Clinton's performance on Tuesday at a news conference at the United Nations came after a week during which she avoided public discussion about why she had used her personal email to carry out public business while serving as secretary of...
  • The Strenuous Life (1899) [Theodore Roosevelt]

    02/20/2015 6:16:59 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 11 replies
    United States federal government ^ | (1899) | Theodore Roosevelt
    I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life. The life of toil and effort, of labor gold strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph. A life of slothful ease, a life of that peace which springs merely from lack either of desire or of power to strive after great things, is as little...
  • Excelsior, Brothers and Sisters (On the fiftieth anniversary of Winston Churchill's death.)

    02/04/2015 2:02:54 AM PST · by 9thLife · 15 replies
    The Catholic Thing via CERC ^ | January 26, 2015 | ROBERT ROYAL
    Sir Winston Spencer-Churchill 1874-1965 He was that providential man who, more than any other figure, kept Hitler's Third Reich from an even longer and more murderous run. He also, in a famous speech in Fulton, Missouri, first named the Iron Curtain and the Cold War. We've long lacked leaders of such courage and clarity. But there are deeper reasons for remembering Churchill. Witness this lecture last Thursday by my friend Leon Kass. A physician and ethicist (former head of the President's Commission on Bioethics), as well as a long-time professor at the University of Chicago, Kass gives a fascinating reading...
  • The Accounting of Simon Peter's Six Denials of Christ

    01/30/2015 5:46:04 PM PST · by imardmd1 · 34 replies
    Vanity | January 30, 2015 | self
    ============================================= . The Accounting of Simon Peter's Six Denials of Christ ============================================= Abstract: Harmonizing the Scripture passages concerning Peter's denial of Jesus at the time of His pre-crucifixion trial shows that Peter denied Christ six times, not three as some insist. These were predicted by Jesus to His disciples the night before He was executed. The denials occurred in groups of three, each group marked by a cockcrow. The denials were Peter's responses, twice to a doorkeeper maidservant, and once each to another maidservant, to a subordinate of the high priest conducting the trial, to a group of other menservants,...
  • What We Are Looking For in a Candidate for 2016

    01/22/2015 7:55:22 AM PST · by Shery · 19 replies
    22 January, 2015 | vanity
    Seeing that the first debates have been scheduled for August of this year, I thought it was not too early to start elaborating the character traits we are looking for in a candidate for president, as well as any other political offices we'll be voting for this cycle. It is just as important to remember that taking more seats in each state's legislature helps conservatism to grow. I will start the list with a few ideals and you can add. Maybe I can rewrite the list in a couple weeks or so and we can examine the comments others have...

    01/19/2015 10:24:46 AM PST · by ransomnote · 36 replies ^ | Jan 12, 2015 | Shawn T. Smith
    It seems that men arent very popular these days. There are books oplenty on the shortcomings and irrelevancy of men. There are songs, and websites, and fabricated stories about bad, bad men. Were in the midst of a gender war, and men are squarely in the crosshairs of a few tetchy man-scolders. Despite the ruckus, most people seem disinterested in quarreling with the opposite sex. There are very few gender warriors outside academia and a few circles of the media. I think thats because most people simply want to have fun and enjoy good relationships. If so, that strikes me...
  • The Distraction of Obamas Character

    09/09/2014 5:04:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9-8-14 | Andrew Klavan
    Toward the end of the romantic comedy film The American President, Michael Douglass President Shepherd tells the assembled press corps, Being president of this country is entirely about character. This 1995 movie was made as a way of rescuing the scurrilous character of Bill Clinton from accusations of womanizing. Its a pleasant and entertaining film but this line of dialogue, like just about everything else in the picture, is untrue. Being president of this country is somewhat about character everything in life is but it is also, very much, about ideas. There have been times over this past...

    06/18/2014 10:11:47 PM PDT · by NEWwoman · 4 replies ^ | 11 June 2014 | TruthRevoltOrginals (Not allowed to copy text in description)
  • Sergeant Bergdahl and Sergeant York

    06/05/2014 5:47:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    They were both sergeants. Neither liked war, one being a pacifist. But both served, one in Afghanistan, the other in World War I. Yet Bowe Bergdahl and Alvin York could not possibly be more different. And that difference speaks directly to a difference in character that wound up having a decided effect on each mans comrades in arms. A difference in character that former Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters nails exactly in a superb piece in National Review. But first Sergeant York. Not many people mention Sergeant Alvin York these days. But they should. In fact, as the tenth...
  • Lincolns Character

    04/14/2014 6:49:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | April 14, 2014 | Thomas Bogar
    "Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing." Abraham Lincoln The 149th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln provides an appropriate opportunity to appreciate the character of the man beyond the customary veneration afforded by his memorials in statuary, currency and the names of thousands of streets and commercial institutions. He was, in his own words, the real thing. This was a man of humble origins whose determination and perseverance led him to the highest office in the land. At no point in...
  • Touching moment that high school wrestler lost state title

    03/12/2014 12:32:49 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Mail Online ^ | March 12, 2014 | Luke Garratt
    Touching moment that high school wrestler lost state title and first person he hugged was his opponents father who has terminal cancer A high school wrestler who lost the state wrestling championship won over the crowd, when instead of getting upset he hugged his opponent's father, who has terminal cancer. Blaine High School sophomore Malik Stewart from Minnesota lost the 120-pound title match in the Class 3A wrestling tournament to opponent Mitchell McKee, when McKee pinned him in the final face-off match. McKee said: 'It was a big match for him and to be able to hug my dad...
  • Watch Out, Your Character Is Showing

    11/13/2013 6:22:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | November 13, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    "Character is what you do when no one is watching." It's a bit of a trite saying, attributed to coaches, motivational speakers and fortune cookie writers (by the way, whose idea was it to replace fortune cookie predictions with treacly aphorisms from the "Successories" reject pile?). Still, the expression's popularity illustrates the power of the idea behind it. Character is what you do when the only controlling authority is your conscience. Because young people do not yet have fully formed characters, they often need incentives beyond exhortations to do the right thing. That's one reason most parents reward good behavior...
  • The Maligned Tea Party - The Lefts characterizations just arent true

    10/21/2013 6:30:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    NRO - Online ^ | October 21, 2013 | By Charles C. W. Cooke
    "............................Broadly speaking, tea-party hysteria seems to be originated and peddled by three factions. The first, and most cynical, is made up of perfidious progressives who, because they oppose the Tea Partys economic agenda and fear its electoral and political clout, have set out with malice aforethought to destroy the groups reputation. Into this bloc we can reliably throw almost everybody at MSNBC, the Democratic National Committee, the Obama administration, and the parade of political operatives who work around the clock to make politics intolerable for everyone. Given that these people are more committed than they are creative, you will notice...
  • 24 Principles of Every Healthy Leader

    09/24/2013 3:55:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | September 24, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    The other day, I was thinking about leaders, in everything from the White House to my own house to countries such as Syria to companies such as Apple. I was reflecting upon revolutionaries, from Nelson Mandela to Rosa Parks to the single parent of three who inspires her or his children with hard work and tough love. I was contemplating the power of influence and influencers who make a difference by their command and control to others who demand respect with their silence and servitude. From Jesus to James Dean and prosperity to prowess, leaders and what attracts others to...
  • Private and Public Character and the Endurance of the Republic

    07/30/2013 4:35:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | July 30, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    The sexting scandal of Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman and current New York mayoral candidate, puts into focus the importance of character to public service. Weiner's texts, tweets and photos show not just a tawdry person but a risk-taking, deceitful individual who continued his serial texting and lied about it even as he prepared to run again for office. His wife, Huma Abedin, is standing by her man and expects the public to defer to her judgment as to his fitness for office. It is Abedin's personal business as to whether she will forgive and support Weiner, but it...
  • 10 Black child geniuses you should know

    07/24/2013 1:05:38 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 24 replies
    sfbayview ^ | 7/24/13 | by Amir Shaw
    10 Black child geniuses you should know June 28, 2013 by Amir Shaw If you only watched the evening news or depended on pop culture to paint a picture of young Blacks, you would probably think that the majority of Black youngsters were only ambitious about sports and music or caught up in crime and debauchery. However, the face of Black success isnt limited to the fields that are occupied by Jay-Z, Beyonce and LeBron James. There are a multitude of young Blacks who are achieving at a high level in science, math, classical music, chess and other knowledge-based...
  • Strong men more likely to have right-wing views, study reveals

    05/16/2013 5:21:42 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 41 replies ^ | 17th May 2013
    MEN with strong upper body strength are more likely to vote conservatively while physically weaker males have a greater tendency towards left-leaning views. And stronger men are more likely to protect their resources while weaker males favour more socialist views such as wealth distribution, researchers claim. Psychological scientists Michael Bang Petersen of Denmarks Aarhus University, and Daniel Sznycer of the University of California, say political motivations may have evolutionary links to physical strength. The scientists say men's upper body strength predicts and influences their political opinions and this link reflects psychological traits that evolved in response to our early ancestral...
  • A National Crisis in Character

    11/19/2012 4:15:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | November 19, 2012 | Star Parker
    Heres an excerpt from a letter I received the other day from a college professor: .throughout this election I discussed with students the differences between ideologies. The majority of them are on federal financial aid. They are fine with more taxes as long as they will be taken care of. It is disturbing to hear that they are willing to spend their own money on tattoos and cell phones but cannot buy the book for class until the financial aid comes in. For those who see social conservatism as an annoyance and argue that Republicans must purge this agenda from...
  • Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America

    11/12/2012 3:07:42 PM PST · by righttackle44 · 12 replies
    United States Citizenship and Immigration Service ^ | 1952 last major modification | unknown
    "I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the armed forces of the United States...
  • The Broader Implications of the Petraeus Resignation: Personal Behavior and Public Office

    11/11/2012 12:02:24 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 11, 2012 | Barry Rubin
    General David Petraeus was the hero of the winning surge in Iraq. But he also has the distinction of becoming Americas first politically correct field commander. His strategy in Afghanistan was in line with that of the Obama administration by putting the emphasis on winning Muslim hearts and minds as a higher priority than military victories or even at times the safety of American soldiers. Theres a reason why President Barack Obama made him CIA director. Leaving aside the question of the resignations relationship to the Benghazi debacle, in some ways, his fall is more discouraging than the election results....
  • Obama's Cold Heart

    11/06/2012 4:28:12 AM PST · by Aria · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/6/2012 | Karin McQuillan
    President Barack Obama looks so warm and friendly on the podium. In Washington he's known as someone who actually dislikes people in person. He's possibly the only politician in the world who plays golf only with his aides. Personal relationships with much of Washington - Obama is frighteningly weak. Last week, I asked a member of the Senate if he knows of anyone who really knows Obama. He said he does not. Washington is thick with stories about Obama's insularity and distance. We hear how he does not listen to criticism - he sometimes just walks out of the room...
  • "From Day One: An Elevated Presidency"

    11/04/2012 6:01:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | November 4, 2012 | Kevin McCullough
    I don't know about you, but I can't wait for this election to be concluded. Maybe it's because I live in the New York City metro and we've been force-fed a dose of "real life"--right up in our face--this week, maybe its because we all need to focus on genuinely important priorities, but for whatever reason I have "2012 Fatigue." As I pen these thoughts the candidates are in the midst of making their closing arguments. President Obama is manically trying to defend turf in Colorado, Virginia, and Florida, and Governor Romney is surging with an expanding map in Pennsylvania,...
  • Survey shows voters' thoughts on character traits of Obama, Romney

    11/02/2012 8:45:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 11/2/12 | BARTHOLOMEW SULLIVAN, Scripps Howard News Service
    Results from an online survey posted on Scripps websites (including suggests people seek leadership, honesty, judgment and fairness in their next president but don't see either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama strongly possessing all of those traits. Voters think character is an important determinant in selecting political candidates, according to polls cited by Neal H. Mayerson, whose non-profit Cincinnati-based VIA Institute on Character designed the online survey that was placed on several Scripps websites in recent weeks. The nonscientific survey asked respondents to identify the top character traits they sought in the next president from a list of 24....
  • "Mitt and David" (powerful ad...needs to go viral)

    10/25/2012 11:02:32 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 7 replies
    Post to Facebook, Twitter, message boards, etc. - everywhere you can and encourage others to keep sharing in the same message. Mitt and David
  • The incredible stories of character the media isnt telling you about Mitt Romney

    09/14/2012 3:08:02 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 12 replies
    About three weeks ago, Glenn asked TheBlaze to find the stories about Mitt Romney that the media isn’t telling and Americans should know. He was fed up with the pictures being painted about Romney through the mainstream media and campaign ads. In 2008 all conservatives really wanted was the media to research Barack Obama like they do everyone on the right. Is it too much to ask for the American people to know a little background information on the man they may elect to be their President. The history being shown about Mitt Romney on the news has been so...
  • Mitts Ham Handed Advisors Hurting Him with Conservatives

    08/29/2012 6:56:59 AM PDT · by xzins · 76 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 8/28/12 | Richard A. Viguerie
    It seems like every time Governor Mitt Romney gets conservatives looking his way, his ham handed advisors and staff do something to weaken conservative support for his candidacy and drive away conservative leaders who could be rallying the troops for the fall election. The latest unforced error on the part of the Romney organization involves an attempt by Washington election lawyer Ben Ginsberg, operating allegedly on behalf of the Romney campaign, to change the Republican Party rules. Ginsberg's changes would, among other things, allow the presidential campaigns to fire duly elected delegates to the National Convention. This unprecedented power grab...
  • The Hill Poll: Voters say Romney, Obama equal on issues of character

    07/30/2012 10:03:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/30/2012 | Sheldon Alberts -
    Mitt Romney holds thin advantages over President Obama on leadership, personal values and honesty, according to a new poll for The Hill. The poll, conducted for The Hill by Pulse Opinion Research, suggests voters see little difference between the candidates on character issues that Democrats have cited as key to Obamas appeal. It found 48 percent of voters consider Romney the stronger leader, compared to 44 percent who favored Obama. Similarly, 47 percent of likely voters also said Romney most shares their values while 44 percent picked Obama. When asked which candidate voters considered more honest and trustworthy, 46 percent...
  • Video: Man, wrongly imprisoned for 27 years, sings National Anthem before Rays game

    07/20/2012 9:32:56 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | July 19, 2012 | Dayn Perry
    So this is very cool. William Dillon was sent to prison for murder at the age of 21 and spent the next 27 years behind bars. The only problem is that Dillon didn't commit that murder, as was later proved, thanks in large part to the necessary work of the Innocence Project. Dillon, though, doesn't seem to be consumed by bitterness (which would be thoroughly understandable). Rather, he's making the most of his newfound freedom. For instance, he asked to sing the National Anthem before a Rays game, and on Wednesday night that wish was granted ...
  • The Leadership Crisis in America [Listen very carefully Christians!]

    07/17/2012 8:10:10 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 6 replies ^ | July 11, 2012 | Adrian Rogers
    Adrian Rogers looks at Scripture to reveal what qualities God requires of leaders and the choice He respects. Listen HERE
  • A Question of Character (obama's)

    06/26/2012 8:20:18 AM PDT · by EscondidoSurfer · 1 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6/26/12 | Andrew Klavan
    But of all the weird, creepy and false left-wing religious tenets the Obama administration has forced down this nations throat, none is as impossible to swallow as the myth of the presidents superior character. Listen, Ill make no claims for Mitt Romney on this score. From a distance, he seems a decent person enough but I dont know him and Im willing to stipulate hes no better than any other politician. But on the very surface of it, based on his own words and actions and what we know, President Obama clearly does not live up even to that exceedingly...
  • Why Do We Elect People Who So Clearly Lack Character?

    06/08/2012 6:29:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/08/2012 | Patricia McCarthy
    By now, nearly everyone paying attention knows that Barack Obama has lied countless times over the years in order to further his academic and political career. He is, in fact, a "composite." And what we do know is just a hint of what there is yet to know, given that all his academic records are sealed. Our president lied about his mother's lack of health insurance. He lied about his father's early life. His publisher's brochure described him as "born in Kenya" for years, until he began running for president. There are countless other examples of his prevarications that fluff...
  • A Movement Explained - What does the Tea Party mean?

    03/30/2012 1:20:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    The Weekly Standard Magazine ^ | April 2, 2012 issue | MATTHEW CONTINETTII
    The world came unhinged in the fall of 2008. .....Such a flurry of state activity would have been enough to spark a reaction from Americans traditionally suspicious of central government. But the interventions did not stop there. Even before Obama was inaugurated in January 2009 the collective wisdom in Washington held that the way to restore prosperity was a massive stimulus of public spending. So Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, at an eventual price tag of $840 billion, in February. The bill, which included an increased refundable tax credit for working people, showered money on state governments...
  • Andrew Breitbart

    03/04/2012 9:15:59 PM PST · by Sarah · 15 replies
    vanity ^ | March 5, 2012 | vanity
    "Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drives into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark." Samuel Johnson This quote just made me think of Breitbart. It's so unfair.
  • Space veterans endorse Mitt Romney

    01/29/2012 3:15:26 PM PST · by FryingPan101 · 87 replies ^ | 01/28/2012 | Samantha Stainburn
    Astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, Bob Crippen, the first space shuttle pilot, and former NASA administrator Mike Griffin are among the eight space leaders who endorsed Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Friday, reported. The men signed an open letter that explained why Romney is the candidate they most trust to rebuild the U.S. space program. "Restoring the U.S. space program to greatness will require the leadership, management skill, and commitment to American exceptionalism possessed by only one candidate in this race: Mitt Romney," the letter said, according to "We support Mitt's...
  • Biden on Newt's Marriage: 'Character' Matters

    01/23/2012 4:44:32 PM PST · by antidemoncrat · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/23/2012
    I have no comment. Look this is quicksand, and I think that Newt Gingrich, as we all are, is going to be judged by the voters in the primary on the totality of who he is, and that includes everything. People make judgments about our character. They make judgments about our positions. I just dont have any comment.
  • Character Counts

    12/05/2011 1:29:24 PM PST · by JDPendry
    JD's Bunker ^ | 12/05/2011 | J.D. Pendry
    I spent the past week in the vicinity of our nations capitol. I was near enough that the stench settled on my location whenever the breeze was unfavorable. Fortunately, I did not have to enter politics den of iniquity. I have seen a sizeable chunk of our world. My travels confirmed some things for me. One in particular. Politics is politics. No matter the location, it is clearly and sadly a profession for and of scoundrels. Tailor made for unchecked and even protected criminal activity. To confirm that, you only need to look at what happens when a potential anti-scoundrel...
  • Rick Santorum: I'm Next

    12/04/2011 6:00:55 PM PST · by presidio9 · 176 replies
    ThirdAge ^ | December 4, 2011 | Mark DeLucas
    Former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told ABC News' This Week that he expects to soon supplant surging rival Newt Gingrich and become the Republican favorite. So if you look at all of these little boomlets, they last about four to six weeks. Newt is in about week three, Santorum said. So we feel pretty good that, you know, come the middle of December and toward the end of December, as candidates are looking for a candidate they can trust, someone that is authentic, someone who knows what they believe in and why they believe it, and...
  • Color Instead of Character

    10/24/2011 1:01:00 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 7 replies
    World Magazine ^ | October 20, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    At the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Sen. Barack Obama said, . . . There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian Americathere is the United States of America. Those were welcome and commendable words. Unfortunately, they appear to be only words. Since then, Obama has divided us along race and class lines more than any modern president.
  • England Used to Be a Country of Men (Something has changed in the English character)

    08/11/2011 8:16:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/11/2011 | Frank Miniter
    With London succumbing to looters and muggers, its time to ask what happened to the once-manly English people. The August 9 issue of the Daily Mail, for example, includes a photo of a young man taking off his pants on the street as an impatient looter waits with the emasculated Britons sneakers and shirt already in his hands. Luckily the feeble Englishman chooses boxers over briefs, but I cant help wondering if men such as T. E. Lawrence, Winston Churchill, or Lord Acton could have stomached the state of manliness in this generation of Englishmen. Consider that this latest explosion...
  • Why Weinergate Matters...

    06/02/2011 3:11:21 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 6-2-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Rush Limbaugh spoke this morning of how he'd rather beat liberals on their ideas over opportunistic scandal. He's both right and wrong about this. Through all the jokes that are being cracked there is, in fact, an idea that should be battled over in this scandal. In politics it's actually the most important idea of them all. The world is going to hell, and so the attention we have been giving Weinergate, I know, seems disproportionate. The left grasps at straws in their defense of him, and the right wants him to stop acting so damn guilty and just...
  • Newt Gingrich reportedly owed up to $500,000 to Tiffany

    05/17/2011 12:02:44 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 70 replies
    Newt Gingrich reportedly owed up to $500,000 to Tiffany Posted by Brian Montopoli Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who entered the 2012 presidential race just last Wednesday, is having an epically bad week. And it's only Tuesday. On Sunday, Gingrich angered conservatives by criticizing Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan and semi-supporting an individual mandate for health care. Now he is being stung by a report that he carried up to $500,000 in debt to the Tiffany jewelry company - and may still be carrying it. Politico got the scoop by looking at financial records filed with the Clerk of the...
  • Obama's Birthplace Mystery: The Real Issue

    04/27/2011 12:19:55 AM PDT · by Scanian · 39 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 27, 2011 | Elwin Tobing
    An otherwise casual question has turned out to be one of the most elusive and divisive questions of the young 21st century: where was Barack Obama born? The left despises those who ask the question. Some on the right ridicule those who raise the issue, while a sizeable number of Americans are insisting that Obama was born outside of the US and hence he is ineligible to be president. Whether intentionally or not, they are either missing or distorting the real issue. An inquiry to Obama's birthplace should be viewed in light of the sheer weight of the position he...
  • It Don't Cost Nuthin'

    01/19/2011 11:24:34 AM PST · by Free Vulcan · 18 replies
    email | unknown | Paul Bear Bryant
    At a Touchdown Club meeting many years ago, Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant told the following story: I had just been named the new head coach at Alabama and was off in my old car down in South Alabama recruiting a prospect who was supposed to have been a pretty good player, and I was having trouble finding the place. Getting hungry, I spied an old cinderblock building with a small sign out front that simply said "Restaurant." I pull up, go in, and every head in the place turns to stare at me. Seems I'm the only white fella in...
  • Mormonism Unveiled: Eyewitness testimonies against Joseph Smith

    12/31/2010 10:31:35 AM PST · by Colofornian · 22 replies
    Mormonism Unveiled is a book written in 1834 by E. D. Howe. It was printed and published by the author. The copyright on it is long expired so I am free to reproduce the information here. Mormonism Unveiled can be considered the first 'anti-Mormon' work. It is an examination of the teachings of Mormonism existing at that time and claims to contain eye-witness accounts and sworn affidavits by those who knew the family of Joseph Smith. If this is true, then we can actually read what people who knew Smith and his family had to say about their character, manners,...
  • Self-Esteem & Character (Want to raise good persons? Stop nurturing a childs self-esteem)

    11/30/2010 7:23:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Nationa Review ^ | 11/30/2010 | Dennis Prager
    By now, most people (with the exception of many psychotherapists) recognize that the self-esteem movement officially launched by California in 1986 has been at best silly, and at worst injurious to society, despite whatever small benefit it may have had to some individuals. The movement was begun by California assemblyman John Vasconcellos. As the New York Times reported, Mr. Vasconcellos, a 53-year-old Democrat, is described by an aide as the most radical humanist in the Legislature. In an interview at the time, Mr. Vasconcellos told me he had personally benefited from therapy. It enabled him to improve the poor self-esteem...
  • What happens to the United States when a weak man is President

    11/26/2010 9:49:53 AM PST · by Starman417 · 27 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-26-10 | DrJohn
    Barack Obama has used his Presidency to do little more than weaken the United States of America and now events are spiraling out of control around both him and us. His first real focus was to go on an apology tour. President Barack Obama has finished the second leg of his international confession tour. In less than 100 days, he has apologized on three continents for what he views as the sins of America and his predecessors. Mr. Obama told the French (the French!) that America "has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive" toward Europe. In Prague, he...
  • Dependency and the Destruction of American Virtues

    11/25/2010 2:48:14 AM PST · by Scanian · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 25, 2010 | Daniel Fitzgerald
    My oldest son, Keith (not his real name), is an adult. He lives with our family at home, and he probably will for the rest of his life. As a child, Keith was extraordinary. He was extremely verbal at an early age, immensely creative, and astonishingly literate. Keith's senior year in high school was remarkable for the range of activities in which he was engaged and the energy that he invested in them. He was an active member of our church youth group, showed promising acting talent as he participated in a drama club, earned a brown belt in karate,...
  • Character, Leadership, and Barack Obama

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    10/14/2010 9:38:11 AM PDT · by nmh · 34 replies
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    Election Day is almost here! Now I would never presume to tell you for whom to vote. However, I would like to let some Founding Fathers remind you of some very good principles to follow when voting. Have you decided yet for whom to vote? If so, what criteria did you use to make your decision? We all certainly look at the positions of the candidates on the issues that are most important to us and try to find the one that matches our positions the best. But, have you considered the most important quality? Heres what Noah Webster said...