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Friday, April 29, 2016

DR. PAUL KENGOR: WESTERN CIV IN THE CROSSHAIRS - A GLIMMER OF HOPE

Students at Indiana University-Bloomington recently went into panic mode at the sight of a Dominican friar, who they mistook for a Ku Klux Klan member. Funny? Yes, but also sad.…...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

DR. TRACY MILLER: CRUZ VS. TRUMP - COMPARING THEIR TAX PROPOSALS

As Donald Trump and Ted Cruz battle to become the Republican nominee for president, it is time to closely consider their policies. Although both propose cutting taxes, the details of…...

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

DR. EARL TILFORD: “PIGASUS” FOR PRESIDENT - CHICAGO 1968 SPEAKS TO 2016

“The mob is the mother of tyrants.” –Diogenes of Sinope In late August 1968, two months after an assassin killed presidential candidate Senator Robert Kennedy and shortly after Republicans nominated…...

Friday, April 08, 2016

DR. TRACY MILLER: BUDGET MESS IN PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has finally announced that he will allow the budget passed by the legislature for the 2015-16 fiscal year to become law. It is now time for…...

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

DR. PAUL KENGOR: TALLKING TRUMP….DEALING WITH THE MONTH OF THE REPUBLICAN FRONT-RUNNER

With Donald Trump now such a prominent voice, many of us are confronted with the necessity of explaining him and his behavior to our children. I recently wrote of one…...

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

SELWYN DUKE: IF BAKERS CAN BE FORCED TO SERVICE FAUX WEDDINGS, SO CAN CHURCHES

As our Great Sexual Heresy continues its march onwards and downwards, state governments have forced bakers, wedding planners, florists and other businessmen to service faux weddings. This is unprecedented, as…...

Monday, April 04, 2016

DR. L. JOHN VAN TIL: IS IT IN THE GENES? TRUMP AS BUSINESSMAN

Donald Trump was, of course, famous long before he began his presidential run. That fame rested on his decades-long career in real estate. Though there are heated arguments currently between…...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

DR. GARY S. SMITH: EXPLAINING THE MYSTIQUE OF DONALD TRUMP

How can we explain the surprising electoral success of Donald Trump, especially in light of his lack of political experience, limited knowledge of and specificity about policy issues, and crude…...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

DR. EARL TILFORD: WHO LOST IRAQ?

My parents originally named me “Victory Japan” because my slightly premature birth resulted from mom and dad dancing in the streets of Saint Petersburg, Florida on the night of August…...

Thursday, February 25, 2016

DR. EARL TILFORD: AMERICA FACES A HISTORICAL-GLOBAL CROSSROAD

The Vietnam War provides lessons in how to lose. The United States never planned to defeat its opponents, the indigenous southern Viet Cong guerrillas and their northern supporters the Peoples’…...

Friday, February 12, 2016

DR GARY SCOTT SMITH: WHY IN THE WORRLD DOES ANYONE WANT TO BE PRESIDENT?

As we celebrate Presidents’ Day in the midst of the 2016 campaign for the White House, it is fitting that we pause to ask why in the world anyone wants…...

Friday, January 29, 2016

DR. R.B.A. DIMUCCIO: DONALD TRUMP, NATIONAL REVIEW, AND THE BATTLE FOR THE CONSERVATIVE MIND

The editors and writers of National Review recently did something extraordinary. They came out en masse against a Republican candidate during the primary. Their “Against Trump” symposium and accompanying “Editors…...

Monday, January 25, 2016

DR. JOSEPH HORTON: CONTROL WHAT YOU CAN AND ENJOY THE BENEFITS

I expect that I confuse a lot of people at the gym where I work out. I have been asked more than once why I breathe so hard. The short…...

Monday, January 18, 2016

DR. PAUL KENGOR: PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND HILLARY CLINTON

In what is being embraced by Hillary Clinton as the highest praise, Planned Parenthood, America’s longtime leading provider of abortion, is enthusiastically endorsing Clinton as president. Clinton can boast the…...

Friday, January 15, 2016

DR. GARY S. SMITH: TRUMP AND EVANGELICALS - STRANGE BEDFELLOWS

Donald Trump, who has been leading the national polls for the Republican nomination since this past summer, has strong support among evangelicals. Given Trump’s beliefs, lifestyle, crude language, and some…...

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

DR. JOHN SPARKS: BIG BROTHER VS. THE LITTLE SISTERS … OBAMA TAKES NUNS TO SUPREME COURT

The Obama administration’s lack of understanding of the spiritual depth and commitment of private religious charities is shocking. The callousness of the federal effort to compel a noble Catholic religious…...

Monday, December 28, 2015

DR: PAUL KENGOR: WHEN HOLLYWOOD CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS AND MARRIAGE

A few days before Christmas, I checked the schedule for Turner Classic Movies, one of the few TV channels I watch. I was looking for Christmas movies, maybe the 1938…...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

DR. MARK HENDRICKS: SECULAR FUNDAMENTALISM GOES AFTER LINUS AT CHRISTMAS

You may have heard about the Kentucky school district that ordered its administrators to scrub any religious references from its various Christmas productions. Most infamously, an elementary school in the…...

Monday, December 21, 2015

DR. L. JOHN VAN TIL: QUESTION OF SEMANTICS: WHAT DO “RADICAL ISLAM” AND “TERRORISM” REALLY M

President Obama and his administration’s spokespersons continue to explain the eruption of bombings and mass shootings as “lone wolf attacks” or “work place violence.” The cause, they often say, is…...

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

DR. JOHN SPARKS: FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS

U.S. labor unions have long been experiencing a decline. In 1954, union membership for both public and private sector employees combined peaked at 28.3 percent. Today only around 11 percent…...

Monday, December 14, 2015

DR. MARVING FOLKERTSMA: TRIUMPISM AND ELITISM

In “The Myth of Sisyphus,” Albert Camus’s exploration of the role of suicide in the modern world, the philosopher of the Absurd states, “That universal reason, practical or ethical, that…...

Friday, December 11, 2015

DR. TRACY MILLER: CONGRESS USES “SLEIGHT OF HAND” TO PAY FOR HIGHWAY BILL

After much debate and considerable delay, the House of Representatives has finally passed a highway funding bill. A big question that delayed the bill’s passage was whether the federal fuel…...

Thursday, December 03, 2015

DR. JOSEPH HORTON: TEARS FOR GOSNELL’S HOUSE OF HORRORS

I recently saw the documentary “3801 Lancaster: An American Tragedy.” I went home and cried. I don’t mean tears of joy. No, I cried. The last time I cried was…...

Friday, November 20, 2015

PAUL J. MCNULTY: OBAMA’S COLLEGE ‘SCORECARD’ DOESN’T MEASURE UP

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Department of Education has released its “College Scorecard,” a searchable college-affordability database that President Obama described as containing “reliable…...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

DR. EARL TILFORD: NOT LOSING IS A LOSER’S GAME

The Obama administration’s weak and failing Middle East policy—the struggle against ISIS and the ultimate fate of the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria—revolves around a non-strategy of avoiding a major…...

Monday, November 09, 2015

DR. PAUL KENGOR: HOLLYWOOD’S BLACKLISTED COMMUNIST - THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUMBO

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Investor’s Business Daily. A long-touted motion picture on prominent Hollywood screenwriter and communist Dalton Trumbo debuts in theaters this weekend. I will see…...

Friday, November 06, 2015

DR. PAUL KENGOR: SURVIVING HITLER’S “HELL-HOLE”....REMEMBERING FRANK DRAVETZ

“Just existing became what was important.” So said Frank Kravetz, World War II veteran and former captive of Nuremberg Prison Camp, or what Frank called the Nazi “hell-hole.” “Yet even…...

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

DR. GARY WELTON: THE NEW AMERICAN VERB: TO CONCUSS

Of course, it’s not a new verb; it’s in older dictionaries. I have been hearing it much more frequently, however, and I am becoming alarmed. We as a society are…...

Monday, October 26, 2015

DR. PAUL KENGOR: THE CRUCIBLE YOU NEVER KNEW….ARTHURE MILLER AT 100

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator. October 17, 2015 is the centenary of the birth of Arthur Miller, one of the literary left’s shining lights and…...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

DR. MARVIN FOLKERTSMA: TRACKING AMERICA’S SUICIDE

Amidst a plethora of sensational news reports elbowing each other to seize first place in America’s national consciousness, there is a story that has lurked beneath media radar that teaches…...

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