January 5, 2017


Louis Rose

The election is over and somebody won.

Some are fearing, and others breathlessly anticipating, the advent of a kind of libertarian social polity. It is impossible to know if they are right at this point, but we do know that there is at least some basis for thinking that the availability of health coverage for millions might well disappear. After all, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act has been for years the top priority of the party about to assume complete control of the federal government, and they have proposed no replacement plan that would cover as many people. More…  

Doran Hunter

After the election debacle, Democrats and liberals have been pointing fingers in all directions—except, of course, at themselves and their party establishment—and especially at Russian president Vladimir Putin.  He has become for them a kind of criminal mastermind, like a Bond villain, who invaded democracy-loving Ukraine, illegally annexed the Crimea, deliberately bombed hospitals and children in East Aleppo, and now has “hacked our election” to install his puppet, Donald Trump, in the White House. More…  

Jack Quirk

The critical moment has arrived. The Republican Party will now have control of both Congress and the White House, and is poised to achieve its number one policy objective: the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). More…  

Kirk G. Morrison

The United States has the world’s highest rate of imprisonment among its citizens. Most Americans that are sentenced to a detention facility, prison, or jail will eventually be released. When our society began to accept the view that those who break the law are wayward individuals in need of rehabilitation rather than wicked individuals, it became more of a priority in “correctional facilities” to provide services like vocational training, education, and treatment of substance abuse. Other prison reforms have sought to provide recreational outlets, worship opportunities, counseling, more family visits, and the clustering of inmates by the nature and severity of their crimes. More…


Avellina Balestri

Game of Thrones, the wildly popular HBO series based off of George R.R. Martin’s high fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire, is a presently unavoidable part of popular culture. Praised for its high production values, including acting, costuming, setting, and cinematography, and dubbed one of the “epic sagas of our times”, the program has sent fantasy-lovers flocking to it in droves, in spite of (or unfortunately, perhaps because of) the fact that is also infamous for its X-rated content and nihilistic themes. As the series continues, the pros and cons of viewing continue to expand, and some have questioned whether aesthetic quality is enough to justify the intake of such high levels of graphic material and to be following plot developments that are spiraling further and further from any sense of moral direction. More…

Father Mike Van Cleve

How many books and movies there have been about the end of the world! Some deal with nuclear war, or a zombie apocalypse. All are very depressing. Some of these stories are told from a religious standpoint. One such movie was unintentionally funny. It had Arnold Schwarzenegger fighting the devil at the climax scene. The devil was a pretty good fighter, but, in the end, Arnold did him in. More…







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