Indiana Schools Discriminate Against Christian Club

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Liberty Counsel is presenting argument in federal court today to require an Indiana school district to grant Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) equal access to school facilities for the ministry’s Good News Clubs. The case, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Indiana, Inc. v. Indiana Metropolitan School District of Pike Township, seeks to secure the same access and benefits for the Good News Clubs that non-religious groups currently enjoy.

In violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the school district required CEF to pay facilities use fees for Good News Club meetings, while waiving the fees for similarly situated, non-religious groups. For nearly two school years, the school district ignored CEF’s numerous attempts to resolve the constitutional violations, depriving Pike Township elementary students of the Good News Club’s program, which CEF offers to all interested students free of charge.

By Liberty Counsel - Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Full Story

Democrat Sen. Bob Casey: Single-Payer bill may be coming in a couple of weeks

It’s hard to overstate how badly the GOP has botched things when it comes to health care.  They spent 6 years of promising that they’d repeal ObamaCare if only they “had the House, the Senate, and the White House,” so voters gave them all three. Unfortunately, it’s turned out that - for a large percentage of them - repeal was never really a goal. It was a talking point, and a bit of political theater, designed to keep them in their cushy jobs.

This week’s disastrous, spineless, betrayal is a spectacular gift for Democrats.  Not only does it damage Republican re-election efforts, it shows Democrats that their opponents are empty-suited blowhards, and gives the left a much-needed shot in the arm by creating a major 2018 campaign issue.

By Robert Laurie - Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Full Story

The chemistry of fried chicken (video)

WASHINGTON,  Battered and deep-fried chicken might be one of the most delicious foods ever. But what makes this summer picnic staple so tasty? It all comes down to the chemistry of frying. In the latest Reactions video, learn how the delicate dance of fat at high temperatures leads to a crispy, savory summer snack:

By American Chemical Society - Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Full Story

Avista selling to Canadian firm Hydro One for $5.3 billion

Spokane’s homegrown utility, Avista Corp., is being sold for $5.3 billion to a Canadian company.

The sale to Hydro One Ltd., described as a friendly acquisition, is expected to be finalized next year. The deal creates one of North America’s largest regulated utilities, but will allow Avista to remain headquartered in Spokane, operating as a subsidiary of Hydro One.—More…

By News on the Net -- Sokesman- Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Full Story

Search for missing Malaysian airliner reveals rich detail about Indian Ocean

Detailed sea-floor maps made during the unsuccessful search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, released by Australia on Wednesday, could help increase the knowledge of rich fisheries and the prehistoric movement of the earth’s southern continents.

The Indian Ocean search ended in January after covering a lonely stretch of open water where under-sea mountains larger than Mount Everest rise and a rift valley dotted with subsea volcanoes runs for hundreds of kilometres.—More…

By News on the Net -- CBC- Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Full Story

Ontario electricity prices fastest growing in Canada; Toronto bills highest nationwide

TORONTO—Ontario electricity prices increased twice as fast as the national average over the past decade, and the average Toronto resident now pays $60 more per month than the average Canadian for electricity, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian policy think-tank.

“Electricity is a necessity, and Ontario’s high prices pose a serious burden for many families who, after paying their hydro bills, have significantly less money to spend on other important priorities,” said Kenneth Green, Fraser Institute senior director of energy and natural resource studies and co-author of Evaluating Electricity Price Growth in Ontario.

The study also finds that electricity prices in Ontario increased 2.5 times faster than Ontario income levels between 2008 and 2015 (the latest year of income data).

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Full Story

Memorials promote ‘white heterosexual male supremacy,’ profs claim

Public museums and memorials serve our nation’s “foundational commitments to white heterosexual male supremacy,” according to two Texas A&M University professors.

Tasha N. Dubriwny and Kristan Poirot, both of whom teach Women’s Studies at TAMU, advanced the claim in a July 12 article in the Southern Communications Journal, further alleging that U.S commemorative practices serve an inherently conservative agenda.—More…

By News on the Net -- Campus Reform- Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Full Story

Environmental land trusts: Not always a good deal

WASHINGTON, Virginia — Generally speaking, charitable deductions are a financially losing proposition: that is why a deduction is allowed as a means of supporting and encouraging charitable activity.

With the top income tax rate of 39.6 percent, the very most that a contribution of $100 can generate in tax savings is $39.60.

Put another way, at a minimum, the contribution of $100 will typically result in a loss of $60.40 to the donor.  Charity is definitely not an activity for profit-motivated investors.

By Timothy Lindstrom - Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Full Story

L.A. Sees 60% Jump in Deportation Cases Under Trump

Los Angeles deportation cases have jumped 60 percent under President Donald Trump as Barack Obama’s “administrative closure” rules are set aside.

Through “administrative closure,” the Obama administration closed deportation proceedings, allowing illegal aliens to remain in the country so long as they checked in with immigration officials on a regular basis.—More…

By News on the Net -- Breitbart- Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Full Story

London’s Acid Test of Diversity

Things are going smashingly well in Londonistan.

The City of London has the highest murder rate in the land. While the authorities launch investigations into pork being left at a mosque or a hijab supposedly being torn off, crime continues to rise.

Gun control has worked so wonderfully well that gun crime in London rose 42%. When gun control advocates insist that we should be more like the UK, London’s 2,544 gun crime offenses probably aren’t what they have in mind.

By Daniel Greenfield - Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Full Story

Election Now Over But Poll Games Continue

According to the latest Rasmussen Report, ‘Voters Don’t See Pence As A Trump Replacement’.

Who, other than Rasmussen, says they ever did?

Wasn’t it only this time last year when most polls joined the mainstream media in predicting that Hillary Clinton, was a shoe-in for the 2016 presidency and that Donald Trump didn’t have a chance?

By Judi McLeod - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - Full Story

Shining City on the Hill No Longer Ours But the Enemy’s

I so admired the freedom of the west – people could worship in peace, attend the university of their choice, travel wherever they wanted if they could afford to, police were there to protect and serve the locals, food was cheap, grocery stores were full, families were able to buy a home with a picket fence and pay it off before they retired, truth, hard work, and honor were qualities to be admired, the press was generally objective and covered the facts domestically and internationally, families raised their children to be patriotic citizens, and children respected their parents, teachers, elders, authority, and the law.

I could not wait to escape the oppressive communism of the Iron Curtain even though it meant leaving behind everything I’ve ever known and everybody I’ve ever loved. It did not matter that my new countrymen would see me as an inconvenient and tolerated member of the underclass, “Euro-trash” to be exact. If we came from Eastern Europe, we were all worthless gypsies or spies at best. But I knew deep down, if I was given the opportunity, I would prove that I was the best and the brightest.

By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - Full Story

Don’t Allow Maxine Waters’ Impeachment Crap to Stick

For our 40th wedding anniversary, Mary and I have been experiencing the grandeur and majestic beauty of God’s creation in Alaska. Did you know bald eagles are brown for 5 or 6 years before their head turns white? I was surprised by Alaska’s bountiful foliage and multicolored flowers. From towering glaciers to skies, mountains and seas painted in gorgeous blues by God, we saw numerous breathtaking beautiful scenes. In 1867, Secretary of State William H. Seward purchased our 49th state for only $7.2 million. It was a Trump-of-a-great-deal. Critics called the deal “Seward’s folly.”

In our cabin, I was jolted back to ugly reality by MSNBC, one of the three available TV news channels. Folks, I continue to be amazed by the level of hate that MSNBC has for Trump and their commitment to removing him from office.

By Lloyd Marcus - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - Full Story

Benedict XVI: The Barque of Peter is Sinking

The Church continues to lament the passing of Cardinal Meisner of Cologne, who was an outspoken opponent of Amoris Laetita which breaks with tradition by allowing divorced and civilly remarried people to receive Communion. Surprisingly, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI sent a letter of tribute to be read at Meisner’s funeral on July 15. In the letter he says:

“What particularly impressed me from my last conversations with the now passed Cardinal was the relaxed cheerfulness, the inner joy and the confidence at which he had arrived. We know that this passionate shepherd and pastor found it difficult to leave his post, especially at a time in which the Church stands in particularly pressing need of convincing shepherds who can resist the dictatorship of the spirit of the age and who live and think the faith with determination. However, what moved me all the more was that, in this last period of his life, he learned to let go and to live out of a deep conviction that the Lord does not abandon His Church, even if the boat has taken on so much water as to be on the verge of capsizing.”

By David Martin - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - Full Story

Crime Never Pays

No doubt American humorist Mark Twain could not resist stealing a few watermelons because as he once said, “The true Southern watermelon is a boon apart, not to be mentioned with commoner things. It is king by the grace of God over all the fruits of the earth. When one has tasted it, he knows what angels eat. It was not a Southern watermelon that Eve took. We know it because she repented.” 

I couldn’t agree more. Nothing tastes better than sweet, juicy watermelon. It’s good store bought, better home grown, best stolen.

“You won’t believe the watermelon patch we found hidden in a bend of Deer Creek,” my pal Clyde said one Saturday morning. “Let’s rob it tonight.”

By Jimmy Reed - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - Full Story

Customers shut out of accounts for hours during Bank of America system outage

Bank of America customers were shut out from their accounts for several hours Wednesday in a system outage.

Coral Springs resident Eric Sleeper said he got what looked like a phishing email from the bank Wednesday and immediately started calling customer service to see if something was wrong. A message on his online account said it could not pull up his information.—More…

By News on the Net -- Miami Herald- Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - Full Story

Senator John McCain diagnosed with a brain tumor

U.S. Senator John McCain was found to have a brain tumor, according to a Wednesday statement released by his office.

The tumor was discovered after the former Republican presidential nominee underwent a procedure last week to remove a blood clot.—More…

By News on the Net -- CNBC- Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - Full Story

Boy, we had fun with some Twin Peaks images and you all went nuts

Little did we know. The day we posted a bunch of pictures of Barack Obama in a cowboy hat, you barely noticed. The day we posted nothing but pictures of Phil Collins, the few people who said anything thought we had mistaken him for Andy Puzder.

“These photo gag days are going over people’s heads,” Rob and I thought. But just for fun, after our 372nd Twin Peaks discussion of the week on Friday, we decided we’d have one more little break from the ordinary and use all Twin Peaks photos with our columns on Monday. Nothing more than that. Two chuckleheads on a web site taking a gratuitous excuse to show you our favorite TV show.

Right. Little did we know.

By Dan Calabrese - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - Full Story

Judge Fines David Daleiden $137,000 for Exposing Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Baby Parts

Yesterday Judge William Orrick held David Daleiden, the Center for Medical Progress, and two of David’s criminal defense attorneys in civil contempt for violating a court order prohibiting the release of video footage related to NAF conferences and related meetings. The footage was posted to a private website in May.

Orrick said Daleiden’s lawyers published undercover video footage of a National Abortion Federation meeting in violation of a court order.—More…

By News on the Net -- LifeNews- Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - Full Story

Beltway aghast that Trump is actually sanctioning Iran for support of terrorism

Poor Iran. They had it really good when the Obama Administration was having John Kerry act as their lawyer, even though we were supposedly engaged in tough-as-nails negotiations with them. They were good times for the mad mullahs. Every time they wanted one, Kerry would give them two. Then when other nations would object to Iran’s terms, Kerry would run interference for Iran so they didn’t have to do it for themselves.

Support of terrorism? Why let a little thing like that scuttle a perfectly terrible nuclear deal? The use of unfrozen assets to finance said terrorism? Hey! It’s their money. Whaddayagunnado?

That was the stance of the Obama Administration because it was determined to get a deal, any deal, no matter how bad - just so they could say they got a deal. And that’s exactly what they did. Now we live in a world where it’s easier than before for Iran to become a nuclear power because our enforcement mechanisms are a joke and we’ve freed up the money they need to pay for the materials.

By Dan Calabrese - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - Full Story