In September we celebrate some serious holidays, such as Labor Day (September 2nd), and U.S. Constitution Day on the 17th. But, we also take time out of our busy, hectic schedules to have some fun while we celebrate National Teddy Bear Day (the 9th), and Fortune Cookie Day (the 13th), along with month-long tributes to Classical Music, Square Dancing, and Little League Baseball. Continue reading
One of the most pernicious distortions of the plain meaning of the Constitution is the conceit that U.S. citizenship automatically belongs to anyone born in America.
A correct interpretation and application of the 14th Amendment makes this clear. This amendment, ratified in 1868, was enacted for one simple purpose: to grant citizenship to former slaves who had been born on American soil. Continue reading
Efforts to block and sabotage pipelines hurt jobs, economic growth, middle class, human safety
The radical environmentalist war on fossil fuels has opened a new front: a war on pipelines.
For years, activist zealots claimed the world was rapidly depleting its oil and natural gas supplies. Continue reading
If human emissions made Irma worse, did they also bring the 12-year lull in Cat 4-5 hurricanes?
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma brought out the best in us. Millions of Americans are giving money, toil and sweat to help victims rebuild. Unfortunately, the storms also highlighted some people’s baser instincts.
Some advanced ideological commitments to campaigns to “keep fossil fuels in the ground,” raise energy costs and reduce living standards. Others hyped Harvey’s record rainfalls, claiming carbon dioxide emissions made the Gulf of Mexico warmer and its air more moisture-laden. A few were just obnoxious. Continue reading
What might we learn when we witness the suffering of others? Do we learn that some persons appear to not “suffer” well, while others seem to endure their suffering patiently?
The question should be what do we know about the suffering of others when we have not personally suffered what they have suffered?
What do we learn about ourselves when we must forego suffering? How well or poorly do we bear suffering?
Can suffering, somehow, be a blessing? In a way! No one begs God to bless us with suffering. We do, if we’re Christians, ask God to give us the strength to suffer in His name to his Glory. Continue reading
I looked forward to my very first day of school with mixed emotions. It was 1957, summer was over, and days of aimless fun were coming to an end. On the other hand, there was excitement about that big complex of brick buildings four crosswalks from our house, Hillview Crest Elementary School. Finally, there was the trepidation that every youngster feels about leaving the parental nest and facing up to the responsibilities of being an American student.
I don’t think I slept a wink that Sunday night. What would my teacher be like, my classmates? I’d only known family playmates, like my own cousins, or kids that lived on my own block. On Monday morning I’d be thrown in with the children of society at large, and the institution of compulsory education. I had no idea what to expect. Continue reading
As many of our readers know, my husband Frank was “born in South Boston in a 3-decker flat;” and after we married and had four children, we moved to Wrentham, Massachusetts and, of course, visited Boston’s downtown area on many occasions. Boston’s colorful history is the stuff of books and legends. Many of the city’s landmarks are well known. There are the stops along the Freedom Trail, Paul Revere’s house, The Old North Church, The Bunker Hill Monument, and the USS Constitution, just to name a few.
Then, there is the Golden Teapot on Court Street that hangs above what is now a Starbucks coffee shop. Continue reading
Okay, we all know (we women, that is!) that the best medicine for daily frustrations and/or ongoing drama in the family that is wearing us out is “SHOE SHOPPING!” There are many reasons for this. One can shoe shop without fear of “sizing up,” weight gain or complexion breakouts. Our feet are just that, “our feet” and the cut of the shoe or height of the heel isn’t our fault! There is no hiding in dressing rooms. There are no worries about shoes “making us look fat.” In fact, if you have just had a pedicure you can show it off in between try-ons! And, the women sitting around you will go green with envy, since they are overdue for such pampering. Continue reading
Note: this is the first in a series of columns written to explain the theme “Everything you’ve heard about the Constitution is wrong.” I’m starting this series in honor of the Constitution, which had its 230th birthday on Sunday, September 17, 2017.
An obviously distressed young female student came into the office of Cornell’s lead Title IX investigator in the fall of 2015. The woman had come in the hopes that Elizabeth McGrath could ease her anguish.
Something terrible had happened to this student that same day, something that had “triggered” an intense emotional reaction inside her; something “oppressive” had happened that left her shaken and in need of urgent help. Continue reading
Moving to a tiny town in the hills of West Virginia took me out of the loop for about a month – no TV or internet with horrible cell phone service and too much static on the radio to listen to Rush. Upon finally getting back on line, I learned that the airways have been dominated by a bunch of scumbag haters calling themselves Antifa.
I’m a black original member of the Tea Party movement, singer/songwriter of the “American Tea Party Anthem.” http://bit.ly/2lr3JZX Outrageously, fake news media grants respect to Antifa, which is boldly and arrogantly inciting hate and engaging in violence which fake news media falsely accused the Tea Party of doing. Fake news media’s insidious deception is the epitome of evil. Continue reading