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Sources, Methods, And Lives

February 5, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO This has not been a good week for Hillary Clinton. She prevailed over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Iowa Democratic presidential caucuses by less than four tenths of one percent of all votes cast, after having led him in polls in Iowa at one time by 40 percentage points. In her statement to supporters, standing in front of her gaunt and listless looking husband, she was not able to mouth the word “victory” or any of its standard variants. She could barely hide her contempt for the Iowa Democrats who deserted her. Sanders isn’t even a Democrat. According to official Senate records, he is an “Independent Socialist” who votes to organize the Senate with the…Continue Reading

Is A New Era Upon Us?

February 4, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Whoever wins the nominations, the most successful campaigns of 2016 provide us with a clear picture of where the center of gravity is today in both parties and, hence, where America is going. Bernie Sanders, with his mammoth crowds and mass support among the young, represents, as did George McGovern in 1972, despite his defeat, the future of the Democratic Party. That Hillary Clinton has been tacking left tells you Sanders is winning the argument. Should she avoid indictment in the email scandal, and win the nomination and the election, Clinton would be a placeholder president. Yet, should Sanders win the nomination and election — highly improbable — he would become a frustrated and a failed…Continue Reading

Fire From Ice

February 3, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO One of the most improbable ways of getting a fire started is by using ice. That’s right, using ice. No survivor’s manual would be complete without describing how this can be accomplished. First, one finds some clear ice and then shapes it into a disk that can be used as a lens. The lens serves as a magnifying glass that captures rays of sunlight which can be directed to dry leaves, kindling wood, or some other kind of tinder, and presto — a fire is started. This method serves as an example of how resourcefulness can overcome a situation that seems utterly hopeless. Inconvenience can be irritating. But inconvenience comes in degrees. On Saturday, January 23, 2016,…Continue Reading

The Jurisprudence Of Benedict XVI Vs. That Of August Comte

February 2, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY In his address to the German Bundestag on September 22, 2011, Benedict delivered a lecture on the framing of law that is worth revisiting in this election year. Well, in any year. Speaking to that body of lawmakers, he asks, “How do we recognize what is right and may be given the force of law?” In our complex society, what is right and may be given the force of law is in no way self-evident. Christianity, Benedict reminds his audience, has never proposed a revealed law to the state and to society, that is to say, a juridical order derived from Revelation. Instead it has pointed to nature’s order and used reason in determining the nature of…Continue Reading

Federal Report: 40 Percent Qualify For Need-Tested Benefits

February 1, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of Creators Syndicate provided this column. All rights reserved.) + + + As of December 2012, the total population of the United States — including members of the Armed Forces stationed overseas — equaled 315,255,012, according to the Census Bureau’s estimate. At some time during 2012, according to a study the Congressional Research Service published in December, approximately 134,800,000 people qualified for one or more of “nine major need-tested benefit programs” and approximately 106,000,000 actually received benefits from at least one of them. That means about 42.7 percent of the U.S population was eligible for one or more of these government benefit programs at some time during…Continue Reading

Continuing Chaos In The Anglican Communion

January 31, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS Recent news reports have highlighted the possibility of a formal schism threatening the Anglican Communion because of the growing rift over such moral issues as homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and the ordination of women (among yet other matters). Contemporary Anglicanism has been in yet another crisis for the last 12 years, ever since the U.S. Episcopal Church ordained its first openly homosexual bishop, Gene Robinson. It is the traditionalist Anglican leaders in the African nations of Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, and other countries who have opposed the more liberal, permissive, and relativistic Western branches led by the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Calling for a meeting of his 37 fellow primates, Archbishop Welby clearly seeks to maintain the fragile…Continue Reading

The Rejection Election

January 30, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN With the Iowa caucuses a week away as this is written, the front-runner for the Republican nomination, who leads in all the polls, is Donald Trump. The consensus candidate of the Democratic Party elite, Hillary Clinton, has been thrown onto the defensive by a Socialist from Vermont who seems to want to burn down Wall Street. Not so long ago, Clinton was pulling down $225,000 a speech from Goldman Sachs. Today, she sounds like William Jennings Bryan. Taken together, the candidacies of Trump, Sanders, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz represent a rejection of the establishment. And, imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, other Republican campaigns are now channeling Trump’s. This then is a rejection election.…Continue Reading

Hillary Clinton’s Nightmare

January 29, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO Hillary Clinton’s nightmare is not the sudden resurgence of Bernie Sanders. It is the fidelity to the rule of law of the FBI. The recent revelations of the receipt by Clinton of a Special Access Program email, as well as cut and pasted summaries of state secrets on her server and on her BlackBerry nearly guarantee that the FBI will recommend that the Department of Justice convene a grand jury and seek her indictment for espionage. Here is the backstory. It seems that every week, more information comes to light about Clinton’s grave legal woes. Her worries are in two broad categories: One is her well-documented failure to safeguard state secrets and the other is her…Continue Reading

At March For Life Youth Rally . . . Priest Tells How He Regrets His Role In An Abortion

January 28, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By BEN JOHNSON WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) — Fr. Stephen Imbarrato is a father who regrets lost fatherhood. Fr. Imbarrato has served as a priest for 10 years and founded two pro-life organizations in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe: Project Defending Life and Protest ABQ. He’s also a father who lost children to abortion. Long before he was ordained or became a seminarian, Stephen Imbarrato got his girlfriend pregnant and told her “it would be best if you had the abortion,” Fr. Imbarrato told hundreds of young people at the annual March for Life Youth Rally in Washington, D.C., the afternoon of January 21. He said “what many men do…I’ll support you, whatever you decide.” After she decided to have an…Continue Reading

It’s Back… Colorado Faces Another Push For Assisted Suicide

January 27, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

DENVER (CNA/EWTN News) — One year after a similar effort was defeated, the Colorado legislature will revisit proposals to legalize assisted suicide, with opponents warning against creating incentives for people to kill themselves. “If this legislation becomes law, it will place the lives of the vulnerable in the hands of an insurance and health-care industry whose profit-driven culture would incentivize doctors to prescribe death,” Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila said in a video. “These bills are not good for us, because they make it easier for people with bad intentions to prey upon the disabled.” The archbishop added an even stronger warning: “The moral aspects of this debate are very clear: God has taught us not to kill. And that includes…Continue Reading