Alex McFarland | Burning Man a Carnival of Lies


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If you want to know what the America of tomorrow will increasingly resemble, look at the annual festival, “Burning Man.”  Held each year in the Nevada desert, Burning Man is a multi-day sensory experience of music, art, technology, self-expression, networking, and just “being there.”  Drug use, public nudity, and free and open sex is rampant – all in keeping with the event’s themes of “radical self-expression” and “immediacy.”

Over the last 30+ years Burning Man has grown in both attendance and notoriety.  Hundreds of acres of Black Rock desert annually become the temporary home for thousands of campers, districts of sculptures and exhibitors, and dozens of stages.  Campfires, along with artistic and ceremonial burnings culminate in the annual torching of a 40-foot tall human effigy.  As each year’s festival famously concludes with the enormous spectacle of the burning man, countless attendees find the event to be a spiritual (and largely cathartic) experience.  Continue reading…

Dan Celia for Townhall | With Strong Congressional ‘Leadership,’ Is Prosperity Right Around the Corner?


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By Dan Celia

It’s certainly a possibility that tax reform won’t be accomplished this year. That’s ironic, because I believe Republicans are desperate to get something done after the fiasco of seven years of unsuccessfully preparing to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Of course, one thing we know is that Congress never truly debated or even thought about repeal and replace for the past seven years. Their words were nothing more than talking points to continue to win elections. If tax reform does not get done by the end of this year, it’s not the end of the world. But, whether it’s 2017 or 2018, failure to pass it could signal the end of the Republican Party as we know it. Continue reading…

 

 

Twila Brase for Townhall | President Trump, Are You Listening? Why We’re Urging for the End Cost-Sharing Reduction Subsidies


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By Twila Brase
Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom

Health care is at the front line in a power play for America. A White House official announced Wednesday that the Trump administration will continue President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional payment of cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies to insurers through August.

Despite outward appearances and media commentary, this is not ultimately about health care. The Affordable Care Act is focused on nationwide leveling of American incomes. Redistribution of workers’ wages is taking place through skyrocketing premium subsidies and billions in illegal CSR subsidies. Continue reading…

Christopher Hull for The Daily Caller: Report On McMaster Proves Fired Staffer Right


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By Christopher Hull

A newly issued Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) report on Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s national security advisor, supports a former National Security Council (NSC) staff member’s contention that a multi-front attack is being waged against President Trump by globalist, leftist and Islamist forces, including at the highest levels of the bureaucracy.

In fact, the ZOA report suggests the attack is coming in part from McMaster himself.

Earlier this year, Rich Higgins, then-director for strategic planning at the NSC, penned a brilliant memo describing the all-out assault against President Trump and his national security agenda, and making recommendations for countering and defeating it. Continue reading…

Alex McFarland for Fox News: College Success is About Character


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By Alex McFarland

Students who will be starting or returning to college in the next few weeks are getting no shortage of advice on how to succeed and lay the foundation for their careers. In my decade-plus in church youth ministry, I’ve handed out a lot of that advice myself, including to confused students and irate parents. I’d like to share some of it here as the fall semester begins.

I remember one meeting in particular with parents and their college-age son who attended our church. The beleaguered dad was red-faced with anger over the costs of time and money because his son had changed majors three times. The family meeting got really tense as “Jr.” – who had never previously expressed much interest in music – announced that he was now pursuing a degree in orchestral percussion.

“What kind of job are you going to get with that?!” the parents wanted to know. Continue reading…

A Pathetic Show of Bureaucratic Garbage


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By Dan Celia

On Wednesday, we learned that the Department of Veterans Affairs has been forced to rehire the former director of the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Brian Hawkins had been fired in July after the completion of an internal investigation.

This fireworks-laden firing stemmed from Hawkins’ incompetence in handling the administrative duties of medical care for our veterans. Removed as director in April, an inspector general’s report later revealed that under his leadership the hospital endangered patients with its rampant organizational and managerial dysfunction.

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Dan Celia for Townhall | It’s High Time to Go on Offense


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By Dan Celia

I know I often talk about the dysfunction on Capitol Hill. It certainly is at an all-time high, even higher than during the past administration. It seems like the Democrats are functionally fine; at least they are all on the same misguided page. The one thing that certainly hasn’t changed is how the dysfunction in Washington is coming out of the Republican Party.

To me, Wednesday’s White House press briefing was refreshing. Stephen Miller, who is President Trump’s senior policy advisor, gave a briefing about the new immigration policy. As always, the news media tried to turn this into something that it wasn’t.

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How Trump’s Transgender Military Ban May Help America Preserve Natural Law


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President has scored a valuable defense of a key principle the Left has long tried to ignore or bend to its will

After centuries of its banning by Rome, the edict of Milan made Christianity legal in A.D. 323. Emperor Constantine not only deemed that Christianity was not a threat to the nation and culture, but two years later, he made it the official state religion.

Countless writers have speculated whether Constantine embraced Christianity out of sincere conversion, or of mere political opportunism.

A case can be made either way, and it’s doubtful we will know definitively in this life. Though he certainly couldn’t have known the ramifications of his decisions, Constantine’s support for Christianity would benefit the entire world and immeasurably change history. Continue reading…

Alex McFarland for CNS News | Casualties of War: For Too Many Millennials, God and Country Are Non-Entities


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By Alex McFarland

Today I found myself doing something that many might see as mundane, though to me the deed was rather somber. After years of use, it was finally time to discard my 50-foot tape measure. Nothing I could do would make it “reel in” anymore, and managing dozens of feet of ungainly metal tape proved unworkable (though I tried). After carefully placing the tape in my tool bin hundreds of times, today the piles of unwound tape were “decommissioned” and laid in a garbage bin.

It made me stop and think.

The sentimental side of me thought about the many projects through which that measuring device had guided me over a quarter century. Whenever I needed to do something right … well, I wouldn’t trust myself to guess at a measurement. To be accurate, common sense would always whisper, “Get the tape measure.”

Gathering up the pieces of the tape measure for the last time, I stared down at its numbers—inches and “foot” markings. None of them had somehow become inaccurate or no longer valid. And it isn’t that I no longer needed this in my workshop. Here is the situation—the mechanism responsible for supplying me with this measuring stick had failed. The case had cracked open and the coil spring would no longer “roll out” or “retract” the tape so that I could use it. The standard itself was as perfect as ever; the moving parts responsible to provide me with the “ruler” had failed.

You might wonder what all this has to do with anything.

I believe that this little vignette is symbolic of our crumbling nation today. Many troubling indicators could be cited regarding social, moral, financial, spiritual and familial prospects for masses of those aged 30 and under. Discussing such facts is certainly not an indictment of millennials as people. But our nation faces dire days ahead if we don’t honestly acknowledge the realities that are shaping the lives of millennials–and earnestly change course. Continue reading…

Words of Hope for Persecuted Christians


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New believers across the globe are lifted by gospel radio programming in their own local languages

by Don Shenk 

A heated debate about recent travel ban policies continues across the U.S. — while leaders discuss ways to protect Christians around the world who are facing persecution for their beliefs.

Many of us will never experience living in fear for simply committing our lives to Christ. We will never know what it feels like to be attacked for our faith. But persecution is common in the rest of the world, with millions of Christians facing persecution worldwide. And the violence and turmoil are not only increasing, but spreading to more corners of the globe. Continue reading…