Conservative Truth
Dr. Tom Barrett
Are the current North Korean Missile Crisis and the Cuban Missile Crisis of 55 years ago analogous? And if so, what can we learn from the earlier crisis that can help us deal with the current one? 

"It represents the greatest crisis probably since — let me rephrase that — undoubtedly since the Cuban missile crisis," says Rep. Darrell Issa, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "The correlation is very similar. This is something that can hit us and our allies, and it's a rogue nation that we suspect would use it."

The parallels are obvious…
1. A shocked America learns of a dangerous threat that had been previously hidden from us.
2. A potential for a nuclear attack on our homeland that could kill millions.
3. A rogue nation that is backed by a powerful Communist state that hates us.
4. A U.S. leader with the courage to confront the source of the threat rather than the puppet. 
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Five Arab Nations Ban Al Jazeerah; So Why is it Still on US TV?
Dr. Tom Barrett
You may have seen Al Jazeera Television as it's broadcast in the West, and thought, "This looks pretty much like real broadcast television." It's not. Read on to find out how this propaganda network infiltrated the US, and how it endangers us.
 
Five Muslim Arab nations have broken diplomatic ties with Qatar because of its support for terrorism. These include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, and Yemen. All but Egypt, which has 250,000 workers in Qatar, have ordered their citizens home.
 
Qatar is the home of the infamous Al Jazeera television network. These nations, as well as Jordan, have taken the network off their airwaves and closed its offices. Now Israel has joined its neighbors in condemning and banning the renegade TV network.  Read more...
 
Special Commentary
Vern Wuensche
Bureaucracy is caused by regulations written to cover every possible human reaction to what the bureaucracy is trying to regulate. The regulations fail. So more and more regulations are written to cover the gaps. 

If we changed to a system of auditing and monitoring rather than regulating we would be following both God’s pattern with the TEN Commandments and our Founder’s SHORT Constitution.  Making laws less specific and placing the responsibility on the citizens to inform themselves of what is necessary to honor them would be a much more effective approach.  Read more...
Brent Smith
A few days ago my son and I were watching a rerun of an episode of The Grand Tour on Amazon. It is the continuation of the wildly successful British program, Top Gear. After one of the hosts got sacked by the BBC, Amazon offered the three hosts about a gazillion dollars (or pounds) to effectively continue the show.
 
The episode took place in Finland. Finland is unabashedly socialist and progressive. Possibly the most socialist of all European nations. 
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Don Boys, PhD
Everyone wants to know about the end times, so this should be one of my most popular columns. There is often discussion as to the indications of the final days of a languishing nation and the signs of the end times are three: anarchy in the country, apostasy in the churches, and apathy in Christians.
 
Anarchy in the country is obvious when any newspaper is read or any television news is watched. Anarchy is a word that comes from the Greek, and signifies, strictly speaking, without government: the state of a people without any constituted authority. That seems to be our destination.
 
Anarchy is obvious in our community, our cottages, our churches, our colleges, and our culture. 
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Kevin Freeman
Image result for free tradeImage result for free tradeDoesn't everyone believe in free trade? That is a serious question and anyone who disagrees with the concept of universal free trade at all times and in all circumstances is scorned.

The problem is that most economic types and politicians in the West make two very wrong assumptions.  Read more...
Brent Smith
Cities around the country are breaking records. Oh, it’s not for job growth, graduation rates, or anything hopeful like that. They’re breaking records for documented homicides and shootings.
 
It’s gotten so bad that cities like Baltimore, in a desperate and dimwitted attempt to slow the number, have turned to calling for ceasefires. But like every other ceasefire, as those called for on several occasions between Israel and the Palestinian terrorists, or those in Syria, the city ceasefires have worked out just about as well. 
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City leaders negate a citizen's rights while championing a foreign squatter
David Hunter

A threatened lawsuit from illegal Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno, 33, for “wrongful arrest” has compelled local officials to pay him $190,000! This appalling decision gives the words of acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Thomas D. Homan, deeper resonance:

“Sanctuary cities, in my opinion, are un-American…They're a sanctuary city, they're proud of it.”

Ah, San Francisco, represented by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Recall, her stomping grounds were made infamous by the July 1, 2015 slaying of 32-year-old Kate Steinle. Walking along Pier 14 with her father, Ms. Steinle was struck in the back by a ricocheting bullet from a stolen gun in the hands of an illegal, Juan Francisco López-Sánchez: a felon with 7 convictions and 5 deportations. López-Sánchez had been in the custody of the San Francisco Sheriff on drug charges when ICE issued a detainer for him. Instead of turning him over as federal law demanded, this convicted criminal was set free—and an innocent lost her life. Over two years later, things have evolved from the tragic to the farcical. 

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The Saga of The Fuel Filters
Brian W. Peterson
Most environmental regulations impact the economy negatively, but every once in a while, truly noxious regulations come along which cost lives. A traffic accident involving a tractor-trailer is bad enough, but to survive a collision only to be burned to death is an event that only government bureaucrats can label as acceptable.  Read more...
Brent Smith
You revere The Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the founders – despite them all being white.

(Take this little quiz...see what you think!)  Read more...
Ed Delph
WHAT'S YOUR HANDICAP?

The better a golfer becomes, the less handicap he has.
 
I like the last statement, the better we become the less handicap we have. I am inspired by many ‘handicapped’ people I see. They are playing basketball. They are contributing to the community. They are doing remarkable things despite their handicap. The more they fulfil their goals, the better they get mentally and emotionally also. Their handicap descends as their life ‘score’ ascends. They are taking the ‘cap’ off their handicap. That takes guts, resolve, and grit. Look at their outcome though. The better they get, the less their handicap puts a cap on them. 
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Don Boys, PhD
America is closer to nuclear war than any time since the Cuba missile crisis in 1962. We are told by some (after they stop beating their war drums and wiping the Kool Aid from their lips) that it is time for Trump to send the North Korea dictator into eternity. Of course, if that happens, a few million others will go with him. Even some Fundamentalists are beating the drums for war! There is a time for war but it must be a just war–not for land, not for power, not to divert attention from economic problems, not to display manhood, not to save face, etc.  Read more...
Yes…but probably only one - because they’re not Democrat!
Ric Wasley
After the recent flubbing and floundering by the hapless Republican-led Senate, demonstrating that they seem to only have a talent for one thing…getting themselves elected - I came away with two thoughts.

The first is that this was exactly why several years ago I changed my registration from Republican to Independent.

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Email of the Week
Email of the Week
"...Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway..."


This short poem by Mother Teresa is definitely worth reading. It will encourage you.  Read more...
 
Video of the Week
Dr. Tom Barrett
 
Culture Watch
Bob Pascarella
Virtue is the sum of all that is good, and is the quintessential attribute of our nature. Courage, faith, hope, charity, fortitude, chastity, kindness, temperance, humility, justice, prudence, diligence, and patience, are the Cardinal, Heavenly, and Theological Virtues. Virtue can best be defined as moral excellence, an effective force or power. The question is what is its significance, if any, in America today?  Read more...