Archive for December 2012

An answer to the violence on Chicago's streets

“Laws cannot create a peaceful person out of someone who has not experienced, especially in his or her family, the love that teaches internal discipline. Without peace of soul, there can be no real peace on the streets, in our homes or among nations.” –Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago So starts another wise column... Read more »

Hey, Park Ridge, how do you like those O'Hare Airport jets now?

With the urging of precinct and patronage workers from Chicago that flooded into Park Ridge, voters in the northern suburb several years ago decided to drop out of the Suburban O’Hare Commission, a coalition of suburbs that opposed the expansion of O’Hare Airport. In the election, the voters also tossed out the suburb’s mayor, Ron... Read more »

Feds reprimand flatulent worker

Man’s gas blamed for creating “intolerable” workplace. Social Security Administration accuses him of “conduct unbecoming a federal officer.” A sign of things to come?
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Gay marriage, pot smoking, gun control--let the people, not the Supreme Court decide

Maybe the U.S. Supreme Court should decide how to keep us from falling off the fiscal cliff. That’s hyperbole. But not by much. After all, isn’t the Supreme Court the final word of the land? Supreme even in matters that should be settled by a political process called democracy? In such matters as gun control,... Read more »

Islamic fanatics kill women working to eradicate polio

Why isn’t this a cause for American feminists? If you to get a real feel for what we’re fighting in the war of terrorism, see this story about how young, women volunteers were killed because they committed the sin of joining forces with Rotary International and others to eliminate polio in Pakistan. The details are... Read more »

Should every school have an armed guard? Take the poll

Wayne LaPierre, executive director of the National Rifle Association, Friday said at a press conference that every school in America should have a professionally trained armed guard to prevent the kind of massacre that took the lives of 26 people in the Sandy Hook Elementary School. He called for federal support of such a program... Read more »
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Should teachers be armed? Take the poll

Some people find the idea dreadful. Others think it could have saved some lives. (See my earlier post here.) Let’s hear what you think. Vote in the poll or post a comment. I’m still trying to decide myself. poll by twiigs.com  

Virginia governor: Let's talk about arming teachers

Virginia governor: Let's talk about arming teachers
Reported the Examiner: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell would consider arming teachers and principals to prevent another school shooting like the one last week in Newtown, Conn. “There’s been a knee-jerk reaction against that,” McDonnell said Tuesday morning on WTOP. “I think we at least need to discuss that.”  (read more) McDonnell said there has been... Read more »

Wheaton College, others win one against Obamacare's assault on religious liberty

A win for people of faith the media widely ignores A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit by Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College in their fight to protect their religious liberty against provisions in Obamacare that mandate religious institutions violate their consciences. The Obama administration had been fighting tooth and nail to have... Read more »
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Time magazine's person of the year is Obama; should have been Malala Yousafzai

Time magazine's person of the year is Obama; should have been Malala Yousafzai
Even Fabiola Gianott would have been a better pick Time magazine’s person of the year pick always seems to be controversial, especially in1939 when it picked Adolph Hitler. That was explained by pointing to his impact on the world, not whether he was a good or bad person. I won’t quibble about Time’s selection today... Read more »
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