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British Pollsters Failed In The Increasingly Difficult Struggle To Get It Right

May 17, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MICHAEL BARONE (Editor’s Note: Michael Barone is senior political analyst at the Washington Examiner, where this article first appeared. He is also a coauthor of The Almanac of American Politics. Creators Syndicate distributed this column. All rights reserved.) + + + “The world may have a polling problem.” That’s the headline on a blogpost by Nate Silver, the wunderkind founder of FiveThirtyEight. It was posted on 9:54 ET the night of May 7, as the counting in the British election was continuing in the small hours of May 8 UK Time. That was an hour after the result in the constituency of Nuneaton made it clear that all the pre-election polls were wrong. Nuneaton, in the Midlands just east…Continue Reading

Einstein Memorial Refutes White House Environmentalist

May 16, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of Creators Syndicate distributes his column. All rights reserved.) + + + It is an obvious truth we too often forget. At the Albert Einstein Memorial, on the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., an explanatory sign states a simple fact that refutes the argument President Barack Obama’s science adviser once made for redistributing wealth and limiting human population so as to save the human race from a poverty he claimed must inevitably intensify as our numbers increase. “At Einstein’s feet lies a circular sky map representing the planets, sun, moon, and stars, positioned as observed by astronomers from the U.S. Naval Observatory…Continue Reading

Rand And Ted On The Fourth

May 15, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO A decision the past week about NSA spying by a panel of judges on the United States Court of Appeals in New York City sent shockwaves through the government. The court ruled that a section of the Patriot Act that is due to expire at the end of May and on which the government has relied as a basis for its bulk acquisition of telephone data in the past 14 years does not authorize that acquisition. This may sound like legal mumbo-jumbo, but it goes to the heart of the relationship between the people and their government in a free society. Here is the backstory and the latest. The Patriot Act is the centerpiece of the…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Introduction To The Fight Over Homosexuality” (Continued)

May 14, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995.) + + + The previous article discussed the first two of ten reasons all Catholics should oppose the homosexual special rights agenda: It is both unhealthy and predatory in nature. The third reason we must oppose the special rights movement is because it is relentlessly coercive. Its members persistently lobby legislatures and clog courthouses demanding their own rights, but feel absolutely no regret as they relentlessly coerce and compel others to accept and even celebrate their lifestyle. Hundreds of “gay rights” and hate crimes laws have been enacted at all levels in the United States. Some “first world” governments are…Continue Reading

Up On His High Bench… Judge Snow Can’t See Border Chaos As He Hounds Arpaio

May 13, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Four men were shot in the desert, two of them fatally, in drug-smuggling violence near Gila Bend, Ariz., on April 27, while two additional men ran away, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) reported from its Phoenix headquarters. Sun-baked little Gila Bend is about a 90-minute drive north of Mexico, which bristles with drug doings. Phoenix is about an additional hour northeast of Gila (pronounced HEE-la) Bend. This was part of a busy drug-smuggling week, the sheriff’s office said in an April 28 news release that provided the following information. Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he wasn’t surprised. “Violence and the drug business go hand-in-hand, and unless we intensify our efforts to stop the traffic coming…Continue Reading

A Globalist Mirage… Jeb Bush’s Fountain Of Youth For U.S. Economy

May 12, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Rather reminiscent of Spanish explorers long ago seeking a fabled Fountain of Youth in Florida, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said his expansive immigration policies would deliver youth and dynamism to energize the United States’ economy. For Bush, the already generous legal immigration policies here aren’t enough to refresh the U.S. When Bush spoke on April 30 at a forum put on by National Review magazine, he didn’t say this youth and dynamism currently are in suspended animation off on another planet, waiting for a scientist somehow to awaken them and fly them here. Instead, they’re already throbbing away south of the U.S. border, just waiting for permission to cross the line. Wait a minute. If a…Continue Reading

A Crisis In The German Church?. . . Synod Questionnaire Would Suggest So

May 11, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By CARL BUNDERSON VATICAN CITY (CNA) — The Synod of Bishops began receiving in April responses to a questionnaire that had been sent to dioceses the world over in preparation for October’s Synod on the Family. The results from Germany indicate that most Catholics there hope for an openness to divorce and remarriage, as well as to homosexual acts. The synthesis of responses from Catholics in Germany was released by their bishops’ conference on April 16. The 17-page document, provided in an English translation, summarizes the responses, which filled some 1,000 pages. According to the German Bishops’ Conference, the largest part of comments dealt with the issues of the divorced and civilly remarried, cohabiting couples, and same-sex unions. The consultation…Continue Reading

A Movie Review . . . “Hope Grows” In This New Film

May 10, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES We’ve all heard the expression about life throwing us a few curve balls and our resolve to try and overcome them, but sometimes those curve balls get the best of us and we strike out. Just because we may strike out here and there doesn’t mean that the game is over. That is the case with the terrific new film Where Hope Grows, where we meet Calvin Campbell, a former professional baseball player sent to an early retirement due to his panic attacks at the plate. Campbell falls into a lifestyle of late nights, excessive drinking, and wallowing in self-pity to the point where he’s on the verge of losing his teenage daughter. His life is in…Continue Reading

Not A Laughing Matter

May 9, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Laughter lifts the spirit. This is why humor is called levity. When we laugh we come closest to levitation. We are, after all, light-hearted beings. Because we can laugh at our troubles means that we can transcend them. Laughter, then, as good medicine, brightens our days and lengthens our lives. Sam Levenson, as his name might suggest, was an accomplished humorist. He spent the better part of his life collecting jokes and witticisms from every legitimate source available. He passed away in 1980 and may have been one of the last “clean” humorists to have had a prominent place in the media. In his 1979 book, You Don’t Have to Be in Who’s Who to Know What’s…Continue Reading

The True Story — And Tragedy — Of Race In America

May 8, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly] in Crisis. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also cofounder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books is The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers, 2012], and most recently two edited volumes: Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press, 2013] and The Crisis of Religious Liberty [Rowman & Littlefield, 2014]. This column originally appeared in All rights reserved.) + + + The rhetoric of leftist politicians,…Continue Reading