Cover Stories, News
The Vatican and the Poor
By Jonathon Moseley
The Vatican Insider newspaper in Italy reported my comments responding to Pope Francis that “Jesus Christ is weeping in heaven hearing Christians espouse a socialist philosophy that has created suffering and poverty around the world. It is impossible to love one’s neighbor as yourself without fighting against socialism,” I hope to explain further and propose solutions.
‘President Latch-on’ knows how to find the limelight
By Judi McLeod
President Barack Obama never even once visited the iconic Nelson Mandela while he was still alive, but count on him hogging all the limelight he can at the freedom hero’s funeral.
Egyptians’ right of protest is now regulated or obstructed?
By Dr. Ashraf Ramelah
Egypt’s new protest law went into use last week. The law has been divisive. Muslim Brotherhood thugs and Islamists are flat-out against it preferring chaos and spontaneity. Families are pleased because it safeguards their well-being. Pro-democracy protesters see the value in a law to protect citizens and don’t appear to be threatened, but there is disagreement.
West Antarctic Ice Melt; Water or Fire?
By Timothy Birdnow
Poor Global Warming just can’t catch a break. Planetary temperatures aren’t cooperating, nor is the rate of sea level rise, and now even West Antarctica seems to be gouging James Hansen in the eye.
Details of the Obama forgery exposed
By Doug Hagmann
Every American is the victim of one of the most insidious crimes ever perpetrated on the collective - the capturing of our nation from within. The set-up process occurred over decades, but culminated with the selection and installation of Barack Hussein Obama, a/k/a Barry Soetoro, as the front man in this silent coup.
One important piece of evidence to support this crime exists in the controversial Certificate of Live Birth, but not in the way you have heard, and not in the manner that you might suspect. The revelation of the manner and methods now exist in a document that the criminal elements of our government and the complicit media do not want you to see. And the evidence is as compelling as it is damning.
Based on the popularity of television shows like Criminal Minds, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and Profiler from the late 1990s, a large number of people are fascinated by the investigative science of criminal profiling. One aspect of such behavioral profiling includes understanding the difference between a perpetrator’s modus operandi or “M.O.,” and their “signature.”
Do the Obamacrats Really Believe the Economic Garbage they Espouse?
By Ron Lipsman
The Obama presidency is in tatters. From ObamaCare to numerous scandals (e.g., Benghazi, IRS, Fast & Furious) to economic stagnation to palpable American decline, the shards of disaster over which the big O presides – and much of which he has caused – are bleeding the Republic and torturing its people.
Marxist Obama dives for cover under pope’s skirts
By Judi McLeod
Ugh! The falling-fast-in-popularity-polls Barack Hussein Obama is diving for cover under the cassock of Pope Francis, and it’s going to require a take-no-prisoners Catholic League president like Bill Donohue to drag him back out.
You’re Too Old for MRI under Obama Care
By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
It is not easy to find a doctor who takes Medicare in our area. When we found one that did, mom accepted him, no questions asked, based on his sweet, smiling demeanor. I was not so easily convinced. Call me from the Show Me State if you’d like.
Recent CFP Columns
The Debilitating Cost of Federal Regulatory Compliance
By Institute for Energy Research --Energy - Environment
The Mercatus Center just published a new paper explaining how federal regulations actually discourage energy development, even low-impact renewable energy development. The Mercatus paper tells the story of how Logan, Utah developed a micro-hydro plant that cost almost $3 million in the U.S., but would have only cost between $225,000 and $375,000 in Canada. The reason the project was 10 times more expensive in the U.S. than in Canada was the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) regulations.
Ontario Energy Rate Hike Equates to Doubling Income Tax for Low Income Earners
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation --Energy - Environment
Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli unveiled Ontario’s long-term energy policy in early December, and it wasn’t pretty. It was an especially tough pill to swallow for folks already struggling to make ends meet in Ontario.
German Scientists Predict Global Cooling This Century
By Guest Column --Global Warming - Climategate
German scientists contend that two natural cycles will combine to lower global temperatures throughout the 21st Century. The scientists show that there is an approximate 200-year solar cycle, supported by historical temperature data and proxy data from stalagmites in caves. The 200-year solar cycle has just passed its maximum and will decline during the 21st Century. It is at least in part responsible for the warming of the last decades of the 20thCentury. The AMO/PDO cycle is also beginning its cool phase and will reach a minimum in 2035. The scientists conclude that “the global temperature will drop until 2100 to a value corresponding to the “little ice age” of 1870.”—Jonathan DuHamel, Tuscon Citizen, 4 December 2013
Assault on Coal Brings High Unemployment to Eastern Kentucky
By Institute for Energy Research --Energy - Environment
In 2008, Barack Obama explained his energy policy: “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad.” He went on to explain, “So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can – it’s just that it will bankrupt them.” Washington Times, June 19, 2012(i)
Is your child suffering from schoolitis??
By Bruce Deitrick Price --History and Education
Observe your child carefully. Does he have trouble reading even simple materials? Does he struggle with elementary arithmetic? Does your child seem to be learning very little basic knowledge? Is your child anxious and unhappy? Is he reluctant to go to school, to the point where he seems to be sick a lot? 0h oh, your child has it bad. Schoolitis.
Bashir Disciplined, Resigns at Last
By Arthur Christopher Schaper --Media - Media Bias
For decades, from the ascendancy and preeminence of Walter Cronkite until the chronic, heated attacks against Republican President George W. Bush, the mainstream media has exposed its left-leaning bias without any shame. Aside from an engaging twenty-minute interview/dialogue between Fox News anchor Chris Wallace and The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart in 2011, plus marginal efforts from conservative websites like Townhall.com any effective attempts to expose and undermine this damaging bias remained non-committal or ineffective.
Clamor for climate change legislation foolish with Chinese, Indian economies at full-throttle
By Andrew P. Morriss --Global Warming - Climategate
XIAN, China — Congress should not waste time debating a comprehensive climate change legislation in the coming year.
Developed world not responsible for natural disasters
By Tom Harris --Global Warming - Climategate
An analysis released in October by the San Francisco-based Climate Policy Initiative revealed that every day in 2012, $1 billion was spent across the world on ‘climate finance’. But that incredible sum is not nearly enough, according to delegates at the recent United Nations climate conference in Warsaw. Far greater funding is needed to save the world from what UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls the “greatest threat facing humanity.”
The politics of subversion
By Caroline Glick --Middle East
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Israel on Wednesday to put additional pressure on Israel to make more concessions in land and political rights to the PLO in Judea and Samaria. To advance his current effort, Kerry brought along retired US Marine Gen. John Allen.
Susan Rice slams Russia, China on human rights
By Robert L. Rosebrock --Military
In a speech at a human-rights summit in Washington, Ms. Rice said Chinese citizens “are facing increasing restrictions on their freedoms of expression, assembly and association.”
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Country Descends into Chaos
By News on the Net --Christianity - Religion
Sources: Huffington Post, CTV, The Guardian
As rebel groups and soldiers ravage the country of Central African Republic (CAR), the international community fears the possibility of religious genocide. The rebels, known as “Seleka” (meaning “Alliance”), have been pillaging villages, raping women, conscripting children as soldiers, and brutally murdering innocent victims in recent months. Sources estimate that approximately 10 percent of the population has been displaced.
Bose QC 20 ups the noise cancelling ante while downing its size
By Jim Bray --Technology- New Products
If you like Bose’s original noise cancelling headphones, you may like the company’s new model even more. That’s because they not only work better than the already-excellent QC 15 over-the-ear phones, they’re also small enough to pack in your pocket.
How vindictive is a government that sentences a cancer patient to death and then sends the IRS after
By Dan Calabrese --American Healthcare
On the one hand, there’s good news for Bill Elliot, the cancer patient who told Fox News recently that with his insurance cancelled and ObamaCare way too expensive, he had decided to eschew the insurance and just let nature take its course. In other words, likely die.
Experts Say Avoid Healthcare.gov For Now
By Bob Parks --American Healthcare
We Bet You Haven’t Heard This About Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation --American Healthcare
Another push is underway to raise the minimum wage. But what you probably haven’t heard is that Obamacare has already done that.
Observations On The Health Care Debate
By Neill Arnhart --American Freedom
To me, the Federal government should do only those things that can’t be done by smaller levels of government (i.e. state, county, local) or by the private sector.
Global-warming ‘proof’ is evaporating
By Michael Fumento --Global Warming - Climategate
The 2013 hurricane season just ended as one of the five quietest years since 1960. But don’t expect anyone who pointed to last year’s hurricanes as “proof” of the need to act against global warming to apologize; the warmists don’t work that way.
The Mysterious of Mistletoe
By Wes Porter --Gardening
In human associations, that of mistletoe stretches from ancient barbarians to Bieber. Indeed the Canadian pop idol’s second studio album was entitled Under the Mistletoe. Some sixty years earlier, redheaded 12-year-old Jimmy Boyd from McComb, Mississippi wowed his way to fame and fortune warbling Tommie Connor’s “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” The song begins:
Life and Liberty
By Guest Column --American Freedom
I believe in the protection of innocent life from conception to dignified, natural death. As a conservative and a student of the Founding, I find this position the only one that holds up to intellectual scrutiny. Because life is acknowledged as an inalienable right—granted by God, not man—then one must do all one can to keep the covenant embodied in Mosaic Law, my Catholic faith, the history of the nation and the enduring strength of its people.
GOP 3-D gun ban gives early Christmas to Obama, Democrats
By Neil W. McCabe --Gun Control - Second Amendment
The House Republican leadership with its Dec. 3 vote to extend the ban on “undetectable” guns proved again it excels at political cowardice and betrayal of conservatives.
Vlad rolling Ukraine back under Mother Russia’s skirts
By Bogdan Kipling --Europe
Washington – Tsar Vlad is on the roll. He rolled up Ukraine back under Mother Russia’s skirts only days before the still-independent country was to sign an association agreement with the European Union.
Leading charity commissions artist to produce Christmas card
By Tim Saunders --Lifestyle-Literature-Arts
An artist has been commissioned to design a Christmas card for a leading UK charity.
This week’s art news from Scotland
By Tim Saunders --Lifestyle-Literature-Arts
This January an exhibition celebrating the lives of musicians will be hosted alongside the largest annual winter music festival of its kind, in Scotland.
Healthcare.gov pricetag was $1 Billion and counting ..as of September 30th
By Robert Laurie --American Healthcare
If you asked ten people how much U.S. taxpayers spent on the embarrassingly non-functional Healthcare.gov website and exchange, you’d probably get ten different answers. The official number offered by the Government Accountability Office is $394 million. While that’s an awful lot of money, nobody believed it was anywhere close to an accurate figure. The more popular estimate was in the $600 million range but, now, even that seems downright reasonable.