Sorry, Al. Americans Not Fretting Climate Change. It's the economy. . .

In the face of economic uncertainty and malaise, "climate change" has a rather hollow ring to it. That's why so few Americans are stressing over it compared to their fear over keeping their jobs and making ends meet in economic hard times. 

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Palin Nails It: American Women Cheap Dates? No more.

Well, no one does it better than Sarah Palin. She called out Democrats for "demeaning women" and treating them like cheap dates with the fictional War on Women, while giving good swift kick in the pants to Republicans. She said they need to start articulating the values of true liberation espoused by their party: independence, a strong work ethic, family, faith and freedom. "If the boys are not up to the challenge, conservative women are happy to lead the charge." Tony Lee at Breitbart.com gives the best recap of the speech I've seen, so check it out:  Palin Slams Liberals for Treating Women Like Cheap Dates.

The Very Real, Yet Utterly Absurd, War on Christmas

The "War on Christmas" is an utter absurdity, championed by those who claim we are somehow an atheistic nation and that any display of faith surrounding a faith-based holiday, in a faith-based nation is a violation of their Constitutional rights. 

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Are Subsidies the Cure-All, or the Beginning of the End?

Is anyone else bothered by the seemingly constant emphasis on subsidies as the cure-all for unaffordable insurance plans individuals are being required to buy? While far fewer than they're suggesting will actually qualify for the subsidies, it seems rather unsettling, to say the least, that the government is trying to push so many into a form of dependency.  I find it galling. The government is not just making people aware of this option, we're pretty much forcing them to enter the cycle of dependency. You MUST have health care. If you cannot afford it, come to us. we will help you. Yes. The nine most terrifying words in the English language: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help."   

This is not an inconsequential moment in our nation's history. Not only are we watching the government take over one-sixth of the economy, but we about to witness as a portion of free Americans--many of them young, filled with ambition, hopes and dreams--submit themselves and their future to the will of the state. 

New Low for Democrat Strategery: Sex Antics in VA

The Virginia Democratic Party and Terry McAuliffe have reached a new low in campaign strategery--their campaign theme this week: oral sex. Yes, that's right. In case all their inane rantings and ravings about the "extreme" and "dangerous" Ken Cuccinelli have not sufficiently distracted from any genuine discussion of the issues, they hope this will do the trick.

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Freedom Will Never Reign for Young Blacks in Face of Divisive Tactics, Political Calculation

The effort to promote suspicion and contempt of anyone who disagrees philosophically with a president who happen to be black has nothing to do with bettering the condition of black Americans. It's insidious, and promoting division and discord is the exact opposite of Dr. King's objective.

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Culture of Violence Will Be Ignored After OK Killing

Those who will or already have reduced the brutal slaying of Christopher Lane to an issue of gun control don't want to deal with the complicated, tough issues involved: a culture of violence promoted by gangs that are recruiting and preying on young people and destroying lives, rap lyrics glorifying killing, rampant drug use among kids, and schools that are hotbeds of violence.

The murder of Chris Lane was not just senseless violence, or some random tragedy.  He was targeted. We don't yet know why. But he was intentionally slaughtered. The killing is indicative of a cultural crisis across our society. This happened in DUNCAN, OKLAHOMA. Population: about 24,000. According to news reports, the Crips have been in this part of small town America for a couple years, and kids are cowering in their homes because they're being recruited and threatened with death if they don't join. 

One of the accused was 15.  He's in school--think teachers didn't realize he was troubled, in a gang, violent, possibly using and/or selling drugs?  

Our teachers see what's happening. They know drugs are rampant, they know rap and a culture of violence are stealing our children. They put their lives on the line every day to go into these places and try to offer a better future to our young. But they are given no back up, no useful tools to deal on a daily basis with the crisis (think the current "mediation in lieu of consequences" fad would have impacted Lane's killers?) because we as a society would rather shout about racism and guns than deal with the problems destroying a significant portion of that generation.

It's much easier to offer up gun control as a panacea that will fix the problem of violence in our society--particularly for the left. That way, they don't offend Hollywood, the music industry, teachers unions, Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. They just offend the NRA. But we all know gun control won't touch The actual problems. With hundreds of millions of guns in circulation in the US, restrictions only keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens. 

Look, this is hard. It will take a painful, courageous self-examination of where we are as a nation--the fact that we are sacrificing a generation because we're too scared to talk about tough issues of popular culture, poverty, schools filled with violence, drugs and no discipline, and yes, race. Because we've been conditioned by academia and the media to see it as politically incorrect and insensitive--ok, as downright racist--to dare to talk about violence by blacks or other minorities and the destructive forces profiting off that violence.

Is our president going to lead us courageously into that discussion? One can only hope. He's the one to do it. But given his track record of not addressing these issues with seriousness, but instead stirring the racial pot when it suits him (Columbia police "acted stupidly" in the Henry Louis Gates incident; and If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon."), don't hold your breath.

Massive Student Debt and No Jobs: Obama's "Fun" College Tour

Will Obama and Biden's "fun" college romp address dramatic tuition spikes, bleak job prospects, and the deteriorating quality of a college degree? Nah. Hey, it's all in good fun.

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Sneaky Delay in Obamacare Can Backfire

Mid-term elections are in 2014, and Americans would be royally ticked going to the polls as Obamacare sinks its teeth into businesses, and in turn, employees and consumers. So Obama is delaying implementation until those elections are safely over. Impact avoided. And yet. . . could the delay instead be a rallying cry for those opposed to Obamacare and its destructive consequences? Could what was intended by the Obama Administration for political gain turn into their political disaster?  Of course. But there's a big "if."

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