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Americans Need An Abundance Of Grace

Patrick Buchanan is off this week. The following column is by Erick Erickson. Two weeks ago, two prominent evangelical supporters of President Donald Trump, Eric Metaxas and Franklin Graham, had a discussion about the election, the current political situation and opposition to the ...

On Being The Good Guys

People often offer cynical interpretations of American support for Israel. It’s the malign influence of the Jewish lobby, or Israel is a colonial outpost of the American hegemon or Israel has brainwashed American policymakers. What these right-wing conspiracists, anti-Semites and committed ...

Scuttle The Navy Secretary? Aye, Aye, Sir!

This kafuffle over a Navy SEAL rouses memories. Of dirty dishes, a dumb commodore and military injustice. The kafuffle is this: Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher was charged with several war crimes. He was tried by the Navy. The Navy found him innocent. Except for a minor ...

You Have Until Midnight Dec. 7 To Make A Change

Question: Can I make an enrollment change on Dec. 7? Answer: The media coverage for the Annual Open Enrollment Period (AEP) of Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 is intensive. It is hard to imagine missing all the ads in the newspaper, magazines and TV. Not even mentioning the mail that you get from the ...

Desperate Democrats

If you are in need of more evidence as to why so many Americans are cynical about politics in general and Washington in particular (and isn’t current evidence sufficient?), you need look no further than the etymological shift taken by Democrats during the House impeachment hearings. As The ...

China Is Demonstrating Its Deep Communist Roots

A number of years ago I was optimistic about changes occurring in China. It seemed like they were beginning to embrace more economic freedom and a market-based economy. Shiny new cities such as Shenzen have been magnets for entrepreneurial activity and are centers of global trade. Many millions ...

Fight For The Freedom To Question Vaccines

Thank you, Rob Schneider. Thank you. Very rarely do Hollywood celebrities stick their necks out on behalf of the concerns of ordinary parents whose voices have been suppressed by the liberal media, Silicon Valley and the political establishment of both parties. But this week, the actor and ...

What Is Better Than Celebrating Thanksgiving?

I don’t know about you, but I’m a crime scene cook, meaning when I’m busy in the kitchen, the place looks like a crime scene. Cooking to me isn’t about preparation, it’s about passion and if you’re going to make a big meal then I say then do it with gusto. The folks who chop ...

They Wait For No Man

I’ll leave the tides and moon to work that out for themselves while asking if time is speeding up for you as well as I? I know there are times when we wish it could move faster, times of peril or pain or perhaps just interminable waiting for whatever comes next. For the most part, ...

Christmas Books Conjure Many Memories

I have many Christmas books. In fact, too many to be able to read them all before Christmas. Each year I pick one or two to get me started. Since I have published my own Christmas book, now, I include that. When I read the book that I published, I remember. Each story has special meaning for ...

Giving Thanks For Fellowship

Thanksgiving is pretty high on my list of favorites. It’s a holiday that isn’t connected with gift-giving or intense decorations. Instead, we spend this holiday around the table, giving thanks for the blessings we have, the things we have overcome and the family and friends we are blessed ...

Let Your Heart Be Light

Let’s be honest. Even in the best of circumstances, this time of year can be hard on our hearts. But does it need to be this way? What, as the song goes, does it take to “let your heart be light?” People experience more emotional stress around the holidays due to family situations, ...

Do You Ever Wonder Why?

Do you ever wonder why some things are the way they are? Maybe it’s because things are said by one person and then snowballed by others, and then more think it’s funny, and then our kids hear it from adults, and they develop a disrespectful feeling or attitude and must think it’s okay ...

Why Is Trump Not An Emergency?

Let’s talk about what Fiona Hill said. The former White House Russia adviser testified last week in the House impeachment investigation, one of a number of nonpartisan civil servants who came forward to shed light on Donald Trump’s attempt to strong-arm Ukrainian President Volodymyr ...

The Check-The-Box Impeachment Proposal

Nancy Pelosi said she undertook impeachment “prayerfully,” and apparently what she was praying was that she could get it over with as soon as possible. The House is preparing to send a flagrantly incomplete factual record to the Senate as the basis of an effort to remove a sitting ...

The Good Life: Whose House Is It? Who Calls Whom?

Two sentences drastically changed my outlook toward being a parent of adult children. They are listed here: ¯ “Dad ... it’s not my house.” ¯ “How’s that working out for you, dear?” The first sentence came from my son Mike when he was a college student at home while he held a ...

Calling All Patriots

When I was pregnant with my daughter, my parents gave me a Cabbage Patch doll with blonde hair and eyes that blinked. On the spot, I named her Gloria Steinem. “Think this through,” my father cautioned. My mother just smiled. By the time my daughter, Cait, could walk, Gloria ...

Who Are The Racists?

Former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said that racism in America is “foundational” and that people of color were under “mortal threat” from the “white supremacist in the White House.” Pete Buttigieg chimed in to explain that “systemic racism” will “be with us” no ...

Living On The Edge

In continuation of my African adventure last month, I had the opportunity to see Victoria Falls and swim in Devil’s Pool. Victoria Falls is a town in western Zimbabwe and home to a massive waterfall, also referred to as Mosi-oa-Tunya, “The Smoke That Thunders.” The Zambezi River ...

Time Past For Democrats To Get Real On Health Care

In listening to the Democratic presidential debates, we might conclude that “Medicare for All” is a legislative possibility. It is not, and any presidential candidate with a scintilla of self-respect must admit that fact. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that just 30% of ...