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What If We Didn’t Have A Constitution?

May 23, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO What if we didn’t have a Constitution? What if the government were elected by custom and tradition, but not by law? What if election procedures and official titles and government responsibilities merely followed those that preceded them, and not because any of this was compelled by law, but because that’s what folks came to expect? What if those elected to office, and those appointed to it, as well, took oaths to uphold the Constitution? What if those who took the oaths promised fidelity to the Constitution? What if the Constitution declares itself to be the supreme law of the land? What if the supreme law of the land means what it says? What if all in…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Aren’t Homosexuals Born That Way?”

May 21, 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 most powerful weapon in the homosexual special rights arsenal is the victim status. A close second is the allegation that homosexuals are “born that way.” If scientists can show that homosexuality is a genetic trait, then homosexuals may have a legitimate claim to being protected as a minority class under federal and state civil rights laws. Whatever the outcome of scientific studies, the most important point that we can make is that the question over the genetic nature of homosexuality is completely irrelevant to the debate. Nobody is perfect. God created all of us with physical,…Continue Reading

The Passing Of The Word “God”

May 20, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO The Word of God will never pass away. But the word “God” continues to pass into oblivion. In some quarters the word is said to be discriminatory and offensive. Therefore, it must be removed. Atheists can be very touchy these days. Take the case of Alain Simoneau of Saguenay, Quebec. This nonbeliever was obliged to endure a prayer that opened a city council meeting that included, but once, the word “God.” In the prayer, God was called upon to “Guide us in our deliberations as City Council members and help us to be aware of our duties and responsibilities.” This was too much for Monsieur Simoneau to bear. He filed a lawsuit claiming that the prayer made…Continue Reading

Vietnam Today . . . Forty Years After The Fall Of Saigon

May 19, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By LEE NGUYEN HO CHI MINH CITY (AsiaNews) — Forty years after the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, the Communist Party marked its anniversary by the largest ever military parade in the South. The parade commemorated the day when Communist troops from the North captured the city and ended the Vietnam War and America’s military involvement in a devastating conflict that left more than 3 million Vietnamese of both sides and roughly 60,000 American soldiers dead — with rifts remaining deep and unresolved. Speaking at the event in Ho Chi Minh City, which was then called Saigon and was the capital of South Vietnam, the prime minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung, condemned the “countless barbarous crimes” committed…Continue Reading

Former Soviet Spy . . . We Created Liberation Theology

May 18, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) — Espionage deep in the heart of Europe. Secrets in the KGB. Defection from a Communist nation. Ion Mihai Pacepa has seen his share of excitement, serving as general for Communist Romania’s secret police before defecting to the United States in the late 1970s. The highest-ranking defector from Communism in the 1970s, he spoke to Catholic News Agency recently about the connection between the Soviet Union and liberation theology in Latin America. Below are excerpts of the interview. Q. In general, could you say that the spreading of liberation theology had any kind of Soviet connection? A. Yes. I learned the fine points of the KGB involvement with liberation theology from Soviet General Aleksandr Sakharovsky, Communist Romania’s…Continue Reading

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