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Did you know that Planned Parenthood performed lifesaving work? Neither did I. However, according to Hollywood actor Tony Goldwyn, well known for a variety of roles over the years and presently a mainstay of the popular ABC television show Scandal (on which he actually plays the President of the United States), that’s precisely what they do. According to a fair number of news outlets, including MRC NewsBusters, Goldwyn garnered a good bit of attention at the recent Paleyfest television festival where he was spotted wearing a Planned Parenthood pin. The actor subsequently gave an interview to Glamour, in which he... Read more →

And the reason is money...or, rather, a lack thereof. Not the company’s, mind you; yours. Many people, young and old, are struggling to make ends meet, and if they’re not scratching and clawing to do that successfully, they’re struggling to set aside enough dough to be sure that they will make it through their later lives as seasoned citizens relatively unscathed. The bottom-line effect is that people have to work longer and harder, which means that work culture for Joe Average is taking a hit. An article that appears over at outlines six ways you will see work change... Read more →

The era of perpetual war is apparently upon us. Last week, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, USMC, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, basically said as much to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Defense, stating that even after the Islamic State is disposed of through ongoing operations in both Syria and Iraq, it will be necessary for U.S. troops to remain in the region for at least the immediate years that follow. And that timeline begins only after ISIS is defeated. Addressing the committee members, Mattis said, “I believe it’s in our national... Read more →

So, Gov. Jerry Brown, current overseer of a state that’s largely representative of political values about as far removed from those of devout Christianity as any…has decided to invoke said Christianity on behalf of trashing the idea of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. As reported by a variety of news outlets, including The Washington Free Beacon, Brown joined host Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press this past Sunday to declare that building such a structure is not in keeping with Christian values. “We are going to do the right, humane, and I would even say the... Read more →

According to two esteemed researchers at Princeton University, the mortality rate of whites is very much on the rise, and the culprit appears to be, of all things, growing economic hopelessness. Specifically, say Anne Case and Angus Deaton, it is the dim financial prospects of younger, less-educated whites that are pulling the numbers down for the demographic, overall. Case and Deaton claim that a “cumulative disadvantage” ensues over time with young whites, one that’s rooted in their inability to make solid professional headway as they ascend to adulthood. The long-term physical consequences of their personal economic troubles appear to include... Read more →

It is taking longer and longer for people to get in to see doctors. Breitbart is reporting on the results of a new survey by Merritt Hawkins, a physician search firm, that reveal the length of time it is taking new patients to get in to see a doctor in 15 of America’s biggest cities has risen an extraordinary 30 percent – to an average of 24 days - since 2014. Merritt Hawkins president Mark Smith said in statement, “Physician appointment wait times are the longest they have been since we began conducting the survey. Growing physician appointment wait times... Read more →

Well, this is rather depressing. According to Japan’s health ministry, almost one-quarter of that country’s citizenry have contemplated suicide. What in the world? The health ministry’s survey reveals that a total of 23.6 percent of respondents considered killing themselves. More women than men have suicidal thoughts, according to the data; 25.6 percent of women have considered it, while 21.4 percent of men have done so. That said, more men than women actually kill themselves in Japan, at a rate slightly greater than two to one. A Newsweek article on the disturbing information actually suggests, perhaps inadvertently, Japan’s lack of a... Read more →

Ray Dalio, the founder of Bridgewater Associates, estimated by some to be now the world’s largest hedge fund, believes that the momentum of modern-day populism is such that it is presently in the process of replacing “classic monetary and fiscal policies” as the paradigm by which economic conditions, and prospective changes thereto, are evaluated. In a post written for LinkedIn, one that has gained media traction very quickly, including over at MarketWatch, Dalio details both the history of populism, as well as the trend toward populism again throughout much of the developed world. In defining the characteristics of populism, Dalio... Read more →

Months ago, while London Mayor Sadiq Khan was in America on a goodwill trip, Manhattan and the Jersey shore were rocked by a series of bombs detonated by what turned out to be a “lone wolf” terrorist named Ahmad Khan Rahami. Immediately following the attacks, Mayor Khan said, in part, to reporters that it “is a reality I'm afraid that London, New York, other major cities around the world have got to be prepared for these sorts of things,” and that such attacks are now “part and parcel” of life in a big city. At the time, many were aghast... Read more →

What a difference an election makes…? In a (relative) blink of an eye, those who identify as Republican feel pretty darn good about their financial circumstances these days…simply by virtue of being Republican, apparently. The Washington Times is reporting on the results of a recent Gallup Poll that reveals the election of Donald Trump has prompted a significant change – in opposite directions - in the way Republicans and Democrats, respectively, feel about their personal money situations. According to the survey of 3,400 respondents, 77 percent of Republicans said they are “feeling better about their finances these days.” Only 43... Read more →

As the profile of the American retiree continues to change, the answer to the age-old (no pun intended) question about how much savings you need in retirement is no longer as static as it once was, either. Decades ago, the pat answer for the average American was $1 million; having $1 million set aside in savings at retirement meant that you could tap your account at the rate of five percent per year and receive $50,000 annually without (in what was an average market year back then) risking the principal. However, a wildly-unpredictable era in the performance of equities markets... Read more →

Mexico may end up paying for the border wall, but a new outfit called the America First Foundation is taking it upon itself to help ensure there’s money for the project, regardless of who eventually foots the bill. How are they helping? By taking donations. That’s right – Trump’s much-ballyhooed border wall may be built, at least in part, by contributions to the effort made by John Q. Public. Steven Vulich, vice president of the America First Foundation and one of the group’s co-founders, told The Daily Caller, “They are going to put up the wall. We’re just trying to... Read more →

It appears that no college campus is safe any longer from the radical student elements of political correctness, social justice warrior-ism, and all the rest of it. According to The Christian Post, Eastern University, an ostensibly Christian school situated near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, found itself last week the platform for something called “LGBT+ Solidarity Week,” courtesy of the student group Refuge, as well as the Political Activism Club. One Eastern student, writing at the social content site Odyssey, outlined the five goals of LGBT+ Solidarity Week: “Provide sensitivity training for faculty;” “Recognize Refuge as a safe space instead of a controversial... Read more →

And you thought that Hillary was likely referring to something along the lines of being a political pundit, or perhaps even making a run for New York City’s mayoral seat, when she said last week that she was “ready to come out of the woods.” You surely didn’t think she had another campaign for president on the brain. Well, perhaps she does. As reported by the Washington Examiner, Robby Mook, Clinton’s manager of her 2016 campaign, appeared Monday night on MSNBC’s For the Record with Greta and was asked by show host Greta Van Susteren, “What are the odds of... Read more →

North Korea is clearly unhappy with the military exercises being conducted jointly by the United States and South Korea. Really unhappy. Like, threatening nuclear war unhappy. According to a variety of new sources, including Inquisitr, the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has released a statement saying that if as much as a single stray bullet finds its way into North Korean territory, Pyongyang will not hesitate to launch all-out nuclear war. Here is the actual statement from the Foreign Ministry: “The Korean People’s Army will reduce the bases of aggression and provocation to ashes with its... Read more →