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With the first round of the French election out of the way, the May 7 run-off has come to look very much like a mirror image of the 2016 U.S. general election. The race’s version of Hillary Clinton is Emmanuel Macron; viewed by many as a centrist (he refers to himself that way, as well), Macron actually enjoys the support of a number of leftist notables in France, and is an ardent pro-European and, relatedly, a staunch globalist. His opponent, Marine Le Pen, is just as firmly entrenched on the other side of the political dividing line. Le Pen’s candidacy... Read more →

Apparently, if you’re in the business of building survival shelters, the only thing better than an Obama presidency is a Trump presidency. Say what? An article over at details the curious case of Clyde Scott, a guy who started building underground bunkers during President Obama’s tenure for those who believed his presidency represented the kind of threat to liberty that practically demanded one own a shelter. While that surely made sense to Scott, a funny thing happened as soon as Trump replaced his predecessor in the White House: His business positively skyrocketed. It turns out that the best person... Read more →

Despite growing speculation that the future of the much-ballyhooed proposed border wall is in doubt, President Donald Trump recently took the opportunity to assure those voters responsible for putting him in the Oval Office - many of whom were energized to support him precisely on the promise of such a wall being built – that the project is still very much a “go.” Some began doing double-takes when reports surfaced in the last several days that Trump was amenable to the idea of eliminating funding for the wall from the FY2017 budget. However, speaking to reporters Tuesday from the White... Read more →

Well, that’s one way to be sure your enemy is entirely eliminated. As reported by The Sun, Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, never one to shy away from a microphone, said during an appearance at a sports tournament in Laos this past Sunday that he will literally “eat” members of Abu Sayyaf (ASG), the Jihadist terror group based in the southwest Philippines, should any manage to be captured by government forces. Abu Sayyaf has been engaged in a nearly-30-year campaign to establish an independent Islamic province in the country. Duterte’s recent comments come on the heels of an engagement Saturday in... Read more →

Well, if Harvard decrees it, it must be true, yes? Well, maybe not. According to the Office of BGLTQ Student Life at Harvard College, not only is it the case that “gender is fluid and changing,” but gender is something that can actually “change from day to day.” Huh? As reported by the website Campus Reform, these curious ideas are among the many that can be found in a new school guide on the topic of sex, gender, and all of that “stuff.” The guide is filled with all sorts of notions about gender identity being what it is on... Read more →

Depending on how you look at it, it’s either great…or terrible…to be one of Gordon Ramsay’s children. It turns out that the celebrity chef, who is about as ubiquitous as anyone on television these days, is definitely “old school” when it comes to the matter of raising kids in a climate of great wealth. It is not so unusual to find highly-successful parents assuming either of two, oppositional postures with respect to how they handle their kids and their money. Many will see to it that their children want for nothing, taking the position that they wish their kids to... Read more →

Bucking a broader trend throughout the culture of the American public school system, the governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin, recently signed into law a bill that permits schools in his state to offer Bible study courses as curriculum electives. As outlined in the legislation, the courses at issue “teach students knowledge of biblical content, characters, poetry, and narratives that are prerequisites to understanding contemporary society and culture.” Writing that the law “is not a mandate,” the author of the bill, Rep. D.J. Johnson, previously declared in a Facebook post that the law is intended to “provide guidance at the state... Read more →

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the old “sort-of” socialist who gave Hillary quite a run for her money last year…particularly considering the ends to which we now know party establishment types went to hijacking any legitimate chance he had of defeating her…has a message for those same establishment types: Change your ways, or else. Appearing this past Sunday on CBS News’ Face the Nation, Sanders said, in part, “I think what is clear to anyone who looks at where the Democratic Party today is, that the model of the Democratic Party is failing. We have a Republican president who ran as a... Read more →

In the neverending quest to unlock the true formula for success, many will weigh the strengths of talent vs. grit, in much the same way behaviorists constantly go back and forth on the “nature vs. nurture” debate. Obviously, talent can be a magnificent asset, but even those with loads of it cannot be successful without putting in the work, as well. On that note, there’s a nice piece over at, entitled “Talent is Overrated: Top 10 Habits of Mentally Tough People,” that details a variety of habits and characteristics those with minds and wills of steel seem to have... Read more →

Do you still fly? Even if you are one to regularly go about as a passenger aboard commercial flights, you’re likely hearing more frequently from those around you that they are now making it a point to fly less. With increasing frequency, flying is becoming a literal free-for-all…and who wants to be part of that? The very latest dustup (that we know about, anyway) took place this past Friday when a confrontation ensued as passengers were boarding an American Airlines flight in San Francisco, bound for Dallas. As reported by a wide variety of news outlets, including CBS DFW, witnesses... Read more →

Journalist and blogger, Tony Ortega, joins Jim Paris Live. On this Scientology special, Jim shares his own experience of spending 24 hours in Clearwater on the Scientology campus, the visitors center, and participating a four hour training. Also discussed was Scientology's failed bid to acquire more downtown real estate in Clearwater, the plan for Tom Cruise to move to Clearwater, the next season of Leah Remini's Scientology series, and the strange atmosphere created in downtown Clearwater by Scientology's massive footprint. Read more →

In 2015, a so-called “ethicist” at Rutgers University by the name of Anna Stubblefield was convicted of sexual assault and handed a 12-year prison sentence. She was accused of assaulting a 30-year-old man with cerebral palsy, one whose condition is severe enough that he has never uttered a word in his life, and requires care for even the most basic of personal needs. Stubblefield had initially crossed paths with the victim, known only as “D.J.,” in a therapeutic setting, helping him to make some progress in his ability to communicate through a computer keyboard. Eventually, Stubblefield came to make a... Read more →

It appears that we are very much headed in the wrong direction, in some of the most profound of ways. Another disturbing example to that effect: The results of a new study completed by the U.S. Census Bureau, and reported by, that reveals American adults who occupy the 18-to-34 age bracket are now more likely to be living with parents than with a spouse. It was not always this way. In the 1970’s, Americans within that same age range were much more likely to be married and living with their husbands or wives. Not anymore. As a matter of... Read more →

Do you know a foreign language? If not, have you ever wanted to learn to communicate in another language? If so, it may have been something you thought you might do for fun, or because you hope to travel to another country one day, and desire to communicate in the native tongue. Now, though, there’s a different reason for learning a foreign language, one that’s pretty compelling: You can greatly increase your professional prospects by doing so. An article over at SI (Study International) News outlines the high points of this line of thinking, including that “those who speak multiple... Read more →