April, 2014

Cowboys and—Saturdays?


I was eating my Sugar-Frosted Flakes with the shades drawn, staring straight up the barrels of Roy Rogers’ twin six-shooters aiming at me out of the TV tube in our living room in black-and-white..preparing to die. When suddenly it occurred to me, Hey it’s Saturday! and what am I doing sitting looking at TV when I can go strolling in the sunshine instead?  So I pulled on my red cowboy-boots and said “Mom I’m going to the park,” and she said,“which one?” and I said, “Hart’s Park”,—she said, “Okay, here’s a sandwich to take with you. And be back in time for lunch. And no funny business.” I said Okay. So I walked down the hill not taking the usual short-cuts to the main street past the Rexall Drugstore and all the other businesses, and businessmen, and passed the Sheriff’s office; and said ‘Hi’ to the post-man in his official U.S. Post Office uniform shorts and pith-helmet, walking his cart carrying its leather mail-pouch along his route to William S. Hart Park, where the famous cowboy star once lived and breathed. And where soldiers from the Newhall area who died fighting in the World Wars are buried, beneath bright white crosses spread evenly over hills covered by a blanket of thick, fresh-cut grass; and where, also, the Easter sunrise services are held under the big cross, reflecting…

By Chris Robinson - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Full Story

Define Responsibility

Doesn’t taking responsibility for something gone awry mean anything any more?

By George Giftos - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Full Story


We Conservatives are mired in the detritus of the failed strategies and tactics of the Union Army at Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 1862.

By Dr. Brad Lyles - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Full Story

Love Letter

Community Expressions Magazine

The letter was in a box of old memorability we received from our kinfolk, Martha Harris Kilby.  It is perfectly preserved on top quality, official stationary with an impressive letterhead and is dated April 13, 1942.  The envelope is addressed to Mrs. T.W. Harris and stamped with the official embellishments of the Mayor of Columbus, Mississippi’s office.

By Anne Burkart - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Full Story

Capitalism: a response to Thomas Picketty

There are some in our society, like Thomas Picketty, who like to blame capitalism for all of society’s ills. They won’t come out and say it openly, but they have always believed in their mind that it is an unfair economic system in which only the privileged few reap in the benefits, while all others are victims or casualties if you will, of this sordid force we call free market capitalism.

By Jacques Robichaud - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Full Story

New emails prove the White House pushed the ‘internet video’ lie to protect the administration

On September 16th 2012, then UN ambassador Susan Rice appeared on the Sunday morning news shows. There, she dutifully spread the Obama administration’s lie that an anti-Islamic YouTube video sparked a “spontaneous protest” which resulted in the Benghazi debacle. We would later learn that there was no spontaneous protest, that the administration knew the incident was a terrorist attack while it was still ongoing, and that the video in question was a “non-issue in regards to Benghazi.” Still the State Department spent (at least) two weeks trying to pimp the YouTube angle.

By Robert Laurie - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Full Story

Ouch: GDP grows only 0.1 percent in first quarter of 2014

Six months ago, the Obama White House was pretty excited to be able to tout GDP growth of 4.1 percent in the third quarter of 2013. That was followed by 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter, which is nothing to throw a party about but at least it’s better than the annualized growth of less than 2 percent we’ve seen throughout Obama’s bleak presidency. But you can’t build an economic legacy on the occasional strong quarter. What this nation needs is sustained economic growth, preferably of 4 percent or better.

By Dan Calabrese - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Full Story

Despite subpoenas, Congress only received new Benghazi emails two weeks ago

Despite promising to implement across-the-board transparency and pledging to limit the power of the Executive branch, President Obama has done neither. He pretty much just does as he pleases and tells you about it only if he’s forced to. As a result, one of the big left-wing narratives is that Obama is trying - desperately - to cooperate, but he has to do whatever he wants because evil Congressional Republicans won’t “cooperate” with him.

By Robert Laurie - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Full Story

The Supreme Court Helps the EPA Shut Off Electricity in America

April seems to be the month in which the Supreme Court devotes itself to decisions that have no basis in real science and can do maximum damage to the economy. Invariably, the cases are brought against the Environmental Protection Agency and are decided in its favor.

By Alan Caruba - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Full Story

UN Middle East Envoy Spins Hamas-Fatah “Unity” Agreement

According to Robert Serry, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, the so-called reconciliation deal reached by rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas to form a “unity” government in the coming weeks may be a good development that is consistent with continued peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

By Joseph A. Klein, CFP United Nations Columnist - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Full Story

Liberty Counsel Cosponsors Israel Solidarity Event

Washington, DC – Liberty Counsel is hosting the Thirteenth Annual Israel Solidarity Event on Thursday, May 2, at the Embassy of Israel. Ambassador H.E. Ron Dermer and Reverend Franklin Graham will be speaking at the event.

By Liberty Counsel - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Full Story

Promising agents burst through ‘superbug’ defenses to fight antibiotic resistance

In the fight against “superbugs,” scientists have discovered a class of agents that can make some of the most notorious strains vulnerable to the same antibiotics that they once handily shrugged off. The report on the promising agents called metallopolymers appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

By American Chemical Society Chuangbing Tang, Ph.D.- Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Full Story

Sustainable barnacle-repelling paint could help the shipping industry and the environment

Barnacles might seem like a given part of a seasoned ship’s hull, but they’re literally quite a drag and cause a ship to burn more fuel. To prevent these and other hangers-on from slowing ships down, scientists are developing a sustainable paint ingredient from plants that can repel clingy sea critters without killing them. The report appears in the ACS journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.

By American Chemical Society Guillermo Blustein, Ph.D.- Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Full Story

Flexible pressure-sensor film shows how much force a surface ‘feels’ — in color

A newly developed pressure sensor could help car manufacturers design safer automobiles and even help Little League players hold their bats with a better grip, scientists report. The study describing their high-resolution sensor, which can be painted onto surfaces or built into gloves, appears in the ACS journal Nano Letters.

By American Chemical Society Yadong Yin, Ph.D.- Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Full Story

Obama’s Empty Reassurances

Barack Obama’s chickens are coming home to roost in Asia. During his ongoing trip to America’s most important allies in the region, he has been buffeted by ill-concealed anxieties at every stop that, these days, it is better to be an enemy of the United States than its friend.

By Frank Gaffney Jr. - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Full Story