October 31 – News, Views, Issues & The Past

News, views, issues and history to promote conservative values, liberty, free markets and peace. Various perspectives, domestic and international, right-left, traditional-liberal are offered to challenge critical, deliberative thought on issues that influence the future of America, and the World.


Plow & Hearth


“This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take. Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion.”Thomas Jefferson, letter to Henry Lee, 1825
The Patriot Post



Douglas MacArthur

General of the Army Douglas MacArthur (26 January 1880 – 5 April 1964) was an American general and field marshal of the Philippine Army. He was a Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor for his service in the Philippines Campaign. Arthur MacArthur, Jr., and Douglas MacArthur were the first father and son to each be awarded the medal. He was one of only five men ever to rise to the rank of General of the Army in the U.S. Army, and the only man ever to become a field marshal in the Philippine Army. More >>



Concerned Women for America

The mission of CWA is to protect and promote Biblical values among all citizens – first through prayer, then education, and finally by influencing our society – thereby reversing the decline in moral values in our nation. More >>




Insights into the Founder’s intentions and subsequent interpretations
Larry Arnn and Our Founding Documents: Chapter 1 of 5
Uncommon Knowledge – Hoover Institute
Dr. Larry Arnn discusses the Founders and the Declaration of Independence. More >>



“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Forest Service Evicts WWII Memorial

Fox News
The U.S. Forest Service has ordered the Knights of Columbus to remove a nearly 60-year-old World War Two memorial from Montana’s Big Mountain because the memorial includes a statue of Jesus.
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Christian Teacher Under Investigation For Opposing Homosexuality

Fox News
A New Jersey high school teacher is under investigation after she allegedly posted a message on her private Facebook page that she opposed homosexuality because of her Christian faith. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has chimed in on the controversy saying that he found Knox’s comments on her personal Facebook page “disturbing.”
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“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Record-Low 26% in U.S. Favor Handgun Ban

A record-low 26% of Americans favor a legal ban on the possession of handguns in the United States other than by police and other authorized people. When Gallup first asked Americans this question in 1959, 60% favored banning handguns. But since 1975, the majority of Americans have opposed such a measure, with opposition around 70% in recent years.
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‘Gun fight’ over the US constitution

I’ve just read a fascinating book about one of the big issues in America which divides the US and most puzzles us British: America’s gun laws.
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Perry urges repeal of New Hampshire gay marriage law

Texas Governor Rick Perry pressed a conservative social agenda at an appearance in New Hampshire, calling for the repeal of the state’s 2009 law legalizing same-sex marriage.
Perry also praised efforts in the state to end funding for birth control and health services for low-income women provided by Planned Parenthood in the state.
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Ultrasound viewing part of NC abortion law blocked

A federal judge blocked part of North Carolina’s new abortion law Tuesday, ruling providers do not have to place an ultrasound image next to a pregnant woman so she can view it, nor do they have to describe its features and offer her the chance to listen to the heartbeat.
North Carolina legislators and officials have argued that by offering the image to a woman seeking an abortion and other information they would promote childbirth and protect patients from emotional distress associated with the procedure and possible coercion. The judge said she received no evidence supporting those arguments.
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No Representation without Taxation

American Thinker-Bruce Walker
The dangers of placing power in the hands of those who have no real interest beyond self-interest in the governance of the nation.
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Senator Jim DeMint: Greek To U.S.?


The Red State in Your Future

Forbes – Economic Prosperity: Red vs Blue States
Voters around the country are concluding it’s better to be red than dead—applying a whole meaning to an old phrase.  If you do not currently live in a red state, there’s a good chance you will be in the near future.  Either you will flee to a red state or a red state will come to you—because voters fed up with blue-state fiscal irresponsibility will elect candidates who promise to pass red-state policies.

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Moral Hazard and the Financial Crisis

CATO Institute-Kevin Dowd
There is no denying that the current financial crisis has delivered a major seismic shock to the policy landscape. In country after country, we see governments panicked into knee-jerk responses and throwing their policy manuals overboard: bailouts and nationalizations on an unprecedented scale, fiscal prudence thrown to the winds, and the return of no-holds-barred Keynesianism.

Moral Hazard and the Financial Crisis
Subsidized Risk-Taking: Heads I Win, Tails You Lose
Many of these moral hazards involve increased risk-taking: if I can
take risks that you have to bear, then I may as well take them; but if
I have to bear the consequences of my own risky actions, I will act
more responsibly.
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Latest Race to Top Targets Preschoolers

Eagle Forum – Removing children from the home at earlier ages – benefit or detriment
The Department of Education will award $500 million to qualifying states in a new Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge. The Department said the competition is an effort to improve the quality of early childhood education and to provide greater access to pre-K programs. States may win $50 to $100 million by the end of the year. 

Politically, the competition is a hat tip to two of the Obama Administration’s favored constituencies. The education lobby – particularly unions – has long eyed the expansion of pre-K as a way to increase membership rolls, dues revenue and political clout. Feminists are another group who have pushed for increasing access to taxpayer-funded childcare provided for children at younger and younger ages. 

Psychologist and brain science expert David Walsh backs up Kagan’s concerns in his book Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids. According to Walsh, a formal learning environment is not the best way to prepare preschoolers for future academic success. What really helps kids thrive is lots of verbal interaction with warm, caring adults, plenty of time for imaginative play, exposure to books, and time exploring outside. 
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School Competition Rescues Kids

For years, American education from kindergarten through high school has been a virtual government monopoly. Conventional wisdom is that government must run the schools. But government monopolies don’t do anything well. They fail because they have no real competition. Yet competition is what gives us better phones, movies, cars — everything that’s good.
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The Way

American Spectator-James Bowman
It’s not exactly a religious pilgrimage, but it does treat religion with a certain respect.
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Other Resources

  • Dove Foundation
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    Finally unearthed: The stunning, toxic origins of Obamacare

    WorldNetDaily – Inside look at Obamacare – transforming America
    A book released this week documents for the first time the radical origins of President Obama’s health-care law, revealing the principal author of the foundation for the legislation while tracing the law itself to a group funded by George Soros.
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    Obama’s Health Care Law Penalizes Marriage, Analysts Say

    Fox News – Social engineering?
    A new wrinkle has surfaced in the implementation of the federal health care law that critics argue will impose a significant penalty on women and marriage. “The way this bill is structured, there are disincentives for women to marry and disincentives for women to work,” said Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. “And for a bill that’s supposed to make Americans healthier, these disincentives are truly startling.”
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    Ancient History 475 – Romulus Augustulus is proclaimed Western Roman Emperor

    Romulus Augustus (born perhaps around 460 – died after 476, possibly alive around 500), was the last Western Roman Emperor, reigning from 31 October 475 until 4 September 476. His deposition by Odoacer traditionally marks the end of the Western Roman Empire, the fall of ancient Rome, and the beginning of the Middle Ages in Western Europe.
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    Medieval History 1517 – Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther posts his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg

    On this day in 1517, the priest and scholar Martin Luther approaches the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, and nails a piece of paper to it containing the 95 revolutionary opinions that would begin the Protestant Reformation. More >>

    American Revolution 1776 – King speaks for first time since independence declared

    On this day in 1776, in his first speech before British Parliament since the leaders of the American Revolution came together to sign of the Declaration of Independence that summer, King George III acknowledges that all was not going well for Britain in the war with the United States.

    In his address, the king spoke about the signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the revolutionary leaders who signed it, saying, “for daring and desperate is the spirit of those leaders, whose object has always been dominion and power, that they have now openly renounced all allegiance to the crown, and all political connection with this country.”
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    Civil War 1861 – Winfield Scott steps down

    Citing failing health, General Winfield Scott, commander of the Union forces, retires from service on this day in 1861. The hero of the Mexican War recognized early in the Civil War that his health and advancing years were a liability in the daunting task of directing the Federal war effort.
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    Old West 1864 – The U.S. Congress admits Nevada as the 36th state

    On this day in 1864, anxious to have support of the Republican-dominated Nevada Territory for President Abraham Lincoln’s reelection, the U.S. Congress quickly admits Nevada as the 36th state in the Union.
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    WWI 1917 – Third Battle of Gaza

    Early on the morning of October 31, 1917, Allied forces under General Edmund Allenby launch an attack on Turkish positions at Beersheba, in Palestine, beginning the Third Battle of Gaza. After two earlier attacks at Gaza failed amid heavy Allied casualties, the British brought in Allenby from the Western Front in June 1917 to replace Sir Archibald Murray as commander of Allied forces in Egypt.
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    World War II – 1887 – Chiang Kai-Shek is born

    On this day in 1887, in Chekiang province, China, Chiang Kai-Shek, leader of the Nationalist government of China from 1928 to 1949, is born. As a young man training in the Japanese military, Chiang was converted to the ideals of republicanism. Upon returning to China, Chiang fought against the dying Manchu imperial dynasty. He eventually joined forces with Sun Yat-sen’s Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang.
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    Science 1956 – Airplane lands at South Pole

    In 1956, an airplane landed at the South Pole for the first time. When Navy Admiral George J. Dufek stepped off the Que Sera Sera, an LC-47 transport plane, he was the first American to set foot on there, the first man since Scott to stand at the Pole. He came with an advance party to build the first permanent South Pole Station. Eighty-four flights later, the Navy had dropped over 700 tons of supplies at the South Pole, and by Mar 1957, the first phase of construction of the Amundsen-Scott station was completed. The station was established in that year for the International Geophysical Year under Paul Siple, first station scientific leader. It continued to function year-round until January 1975, when a new station was occupied.
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    Pirate Parties: from digital rights to political power

    BBC – 60 pirate parties from Australia to Russia
    The German Pirate Party saw a surge in support in Berlin’s recent state elections, with all 15 of its candidates winning seats in the state parliament.
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    Is the US Declaration of Independence illegal?

    BBC – Old feud still festering
    Was the Declaration of Independence legal?
    In Philadelphia, American and British lawyers have debated the legality of America’s founding documents.
    Namely, just what did Thomas Jefferson think he was doing? …Some background: during the hot and sweltering summer of 1776, members of the second Continental Congress travelled to Philadelphia to discuss their frustration with royal rule.

    By 4 July, America’s founding fathers approved a simple document penned by Jefferson that enumerated their grievances and announced themselves a sovereign nation. ..The Declaration of Independence was not only illegal, but actually treasonable. There is no legal principle then or now to allow a group of citizens to establish their own laws because they want to.
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    The Legacy Of Our World War II Vets: In Memory of George Meissler

    Big Peace-Kerry Patton
    This weekend, I learned about the death of another amazing World War II era Veteran. Those of them who remain are quickly leaving this earth simply due to time. George Meissler left us this past Saturday at 5pm in his Florida home—he was my Grandfather.
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    Parents: Hispanic kids being bullied in law’s wake

    MSNBC – Strong immigration laws encourage bullies?
    Alabama State education department claims it hasn’t received any reports
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    State immigration laws prompt Federal action

    Alabama immigration law could push federal government in new direction – Alabama News
    Through the years, Alabama has been pushed by the federal government, through the courts, to make changes to its laws. But in the debate over the state’s immigration law, it may be Alabama that pulls federal law in a new direction.
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    The shaping of a candidate: A look at Mitt Romney’s faith journey

    From “family home evenings” and a fatal French car crash to choices as a bishop and businessman, Mitt Romney has been rooted in a Mormon faith that helped shape the man and GOP presidential front-runner he is today.
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    Obama ‘bundlers’ sport close ties to lobbies

    Despite a pledge not to take money from lobbyists, President Obama has relied on prominent supporters who are active in the lobbying industry to raise millions of dollars for his re-election bid.
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    How woodpeckers avoid head injury

    BBC – Nature’s revealed design – the wonders of multi-path, sequential development
    Slow-motion footage, X-ray images and computer simulations have shed light on how woodpeckers avoid injuries to their brains as they peck.
    Their heads move some 6m per second, at each peck enduring a deceleration more than 1,000 times the force of gravity.
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    Shipwreck may be part of Kublai Khan’s lost fleet

    In Japanese legend they are known as The Kamikaze — the divine winds — a reference to two mighty typhoons placed providentially seven years apart which, in the 13th century, destroyed two separate Mongol invasion fleets so large they were not eclipsed until the D-Day landings of World War II.
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    ‘Error’ in crashed World War II US bomber in Scotland

    A US bomber which crashed in Scotland during World War II may not have been on the plane’s officially recorded flightpath, according to an archaeologist. All nine crew of the B-17G Flying Fortress were killed when the aircraft clipped cliffs and crashed in Trotternish, on Skye, on 3 March 1945.
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    Fall colors across the nation

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    “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”
    -Albert Schweitzer


    Joy Dingley, Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center

    Joy has always had a love for nature, starting as a Girl Scout going on nature hikes in England to becoming the Education Chair at the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Arizona. Now she works tirelessly to educate and share her passion with urban youth.
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