Conservative Truth
Dr. Tom Barrett
Every nation (including its BFF, Communist China) agrees that North Korea must be stopped before it starts a nuclear war. If Kim Jong Un were to carry out his threatened attack against Guam, initial casualties would include 16% of the population, with many more to follow due to radiation. Since Guam, with Air Force, Coast Guard, and Navy bases and thousands of US troops, is considered a “strategic” outpost of the U.S., such an attack would immediately launch WWIII.
Kim’s latest threats include direct attacks on the U.S. mainland. Our “red line” has always been that we would never allow NoKo to achieve the capability of hitting U.S. soil with a nuclear device. That line has been crossed. Our analysts now state that the dictatorship can deliver ballistic missiles to Los Angles or New York. And a hydrogen device the size of the one Kim just tested would cause 1 Million casualties, one-third of those immediate deaths if it hit New York City. They may well have much larger devices in their arsenal.
The threat is real. How real are the solutions?
Dr. Tom Barrett

He didn't just betray his country. He betrayed the voters of AZ who put him in office based on his lies. He betrayed the donors who paid for his campaign because they believed he was an honorable man. And he betrayed his colleagues in the Senate who supported him through his scandals.

Yes, he is a veteran. And yes, he has cancer. But neither gives him the excuse to call himself a Republican and then single-handedly save Obama's disastrous ObamaCare - twice. Especially after he repeatedly in his campaign to "Lead the charge to repeal ObamaCare."

Special Commentary
Rev. Michael Bresciani
Even atheists and those who don’t believe in the first commandment would be willing to admit that the world, the nation, and every level of our social interaction would be improved if we dumped the hatred. If we were to adapt to only the second commandment, hatred would become a toothless lion.
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Mt 22: 37-40)
Perhaps then – America would be great again. 
Brent Smith
Did you hear the good news? The left appears to be giving up on single-payer healthcare – or at least is one leftist.
Okay – not quite. Actually not at all. Socialist front man, and member of the richest 1 percent, Bernie Sanders, who has pushed single-payer for a while now, no longer speaks of it.
Sanders now trumpets Medicare-for-all
Cliff Kincaid
The comical publication the Onion ran a special volume, Homeland Insecurity, with the headline, “Run for Your Lives.” I thought of that in the wake of the decision by hard-liners Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka to voluntarily leave the White House rather than continue to fight for rational pro-American policies in the Trump Administration against what has been called the Deep State.

In their cases, Trump didn’t have to say “you’re fired.” They quit.

Sadly, Trump, the elected president, may be the next to go.  Read more...
Don Boys, PhD
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was supposed to guarantee that people would no longer be discriminated against because of race or color. Finally, the law would be color-blind. Questions on job applications indicating race and national origin were now illegal. Children would not be placed in schools according to color. This was supposed to be a major victory for all people and a giant step toward equality. From now on merit and ability would be the criteria for advancement. Alas, that was not to be. 


My position has always been that minorities should have the same rights (and responsibilities) that I have. It is incredible that any fair-minded person would think otherwise. But, it works both ways: there should be no special treatment for any special group because no group is special.  Read more...
America is heading down a dangerous path
Bob Pascarella
We can’t all be achievers, some will fail
make all your efforts and time well spent
accept success with grace and humility
face failure with courage and strength. 

Things have changed in America, and the results are anything but laudable. As a society we have set aside higher value systems that once were a shining example for the rest of the world, and have succumbed to our lesser selves. This has manifested itself in what can best be described as a lifestyle that is dangerous and highly contentious, and is the primary reason why we have become willing witnesses to the elevation of mediocrity and the decline of meritocracy.  Read more...
Memo to Hollywood: We want to be entertained, not preached to!
Ric Wasley
Wasn’t it Einstein who said doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the surest sign of madness?
Well, to see the spoiled, pampered Hollywood brats acting their emotional age, while not surprising, certainly confirms that they are not very bright either. 
Jake MacAulay
Our Founding Fathers made it very difficult for Americans to be sent to war. They had witnessed centuries of tyranny strengthening itself in countries where kings and parliaments used their own people as pawns and slaves in self-serving wars for more power and self-aggrandizements.
So the Constitution they crafted did not grant the president any authority to unilaterally attack other nations.
“The Constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress,” said George Washington, “Therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.”  Read more...
Brent Smith
It seems that one of the Kardashian family is hitting back at “fat-shamers.”  “Khloe Kardashian was incensed as she was met with a barrage of abuse on Sunday by cruel social media trolls, who accused her of wearing baggy clothes to hide her recent weight gain,” writes the Daily Mail.

In case you are unfamiliar, I will attempt to explain – although I don’t keep up with this crap either. I believe fat-shaming is the practice of taking to social media to complain about, draw attention to, or make fun of someone famous, who has gained weight, is naturally rotund, or is just kind of normal looking.  Read more...
Vern Wuensche
Author’s Note:  I wrote this article weeks before Hurricane Harvey but felt that unaltered it well explained the wonderful response of each Houstonian to the challenge.

Some are surprised at how much I love Houston. Small town boys often never adapt to the big city. I did. The first day.

My first night here in 1968 I experienced the energy of the city by simply going with friends to a Shakey’s Pizza Parlor on Westheimer. I felt: This was home! I remember thinking that I could explore Houston for the rest of my life and never see it all - unlike McDade, Texas where I grew up and once gave a friend a tour of every street in the town in 15 minutes. Read more...
The anti-Trump House Speaker: a smiling, do-nothing, empty suit
David Hunter
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.  In other words, due to one's high status that person can claim anything without fear of being challenged by those who know less.  So it is with Washington Times columnist Richard W. Rahn's muddled analysis of Paul Ryan (R-WI), an 18-year veteran of the Washington bog.  Given this writer's flowery assertions, however, he sounds like the newly appointed cheerleader of the Republican excuses brigade!
Has Congress metastasized into a millionaires' social club? Are Mr. Ryan's fellow representatives supposed to be playboys for him to pal around with?  If that's now the prevailing mind-set on Capitol Hill, it certainly explains a lot!  Specifically, Gallup's record low approval rating for Congress in 2017: a measly 16%.  And is that statistic any surprise given their collective failure to repeal Obamacare—after seven years of broken GOP promises?  Thus, is it reasonable to sing Paul Ryan's praises as he's one of the primary figures responsible for the ongoing legislative morass?
For his unsuccessful cat wrangling of only his party (and half of the legislature) a premium is earned: a $223,500 annual salary.  That's a whopping $49,500 more than the House's rank and file.  For the escalating debt and the pitiful pre-Trump 2% GDP, Mr. Ryan would have been fired in the private sector long ago. 
Stealing the American Dream
David Hunter
Any democratic society must respect the laws that bind its members or it quickly degenerates into chaos, criminality and tribalism. Such is the ongoing occupation of America by an estimated 11 million illegals. Under the best scenario, even a handful of bad members among this shadowy underclass are an existential threat. Who are they? Where are they? How do they support themselves? Where do their loyalties lie? How is any modern society to function without safeguards or a basic measure of cultural cohesion?  Read more...
Brian W. Peterson
Since Cain and Abel, the human condition has been conflict. War, strife, turmoil, racism, sexism, or whatever other “ism” you can envision. It’s not pretty. Billions have starved to death or died of disease, caused by war or various acts of evil. The human condition is ugly. The US is one of those rare countries which has helped improve the human condition, even though it has committed its own sins. Why has even the greatest nation in the history of mankind committed misdeeds? Because our country is populated by humans.  Read more...
Cliff Kincaid
President Trump in his U.N. speech failed to mention that Russia and China are responsible for North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. What’s worse, Trump actually thanked Russia and China for helping to somehow restrain North Korea through the ineffective United Nations.
The “America First” president said, “The United Nations Security Council recently held two unanimous 15-0 votes adopting hard-hitting resolutions against North Korea, and I want to thank China and Russia for joining the vote to impose sanctions, along with all of the other members of the Security Council. Thank you to all involved.”  Read more...
Don Boys, PhD
When my book ISLAM: America’s Trojan Horse! was published, the Chattanooga Times Free Press asked for a copy and agreed to do a review a few days before I was to do a book signing at the local Barnes & Noble store. The paper, one of America’s best and most conservative, backed out of the review although they had reviewed two other books of mine positively. They danced all around the issue, but simply did not want to offend local Muslims.

They also refused to do a review of my book, Muslim Invasion: The Fuse is Burning! Can’t imagine why.
Brent Smith
The Trump speech at the United Nations was a walk-off grand slam homerun. I don’t even like baseball. I thought I was watching Big Papi!
But enough already. I feel like a darn Yo-Yo - or maybe Michael Corleone, from the Godfather 3. “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”
No, I’m not talking about the Mafia. I’m referring to my support of President Trump. 
Ed Delph
[Last week we started a two part series on Are Hurricanes and Natural Disasters God's Judgment on a Nation? Many are talking about this. I thought is would be good to address this from both a natural and spiritual perspective. This is the completion of the series. Ed Delph]

Last week, we began a series entitled “Are Hurricanes and Natural Disasters God’s Judgment on a Nation?” I wrote about how God occasionally talks to us through some natural events, but not every natural event. When God sparingly uses extremes like natural disasters, it’s in reaction to something. It’s not God’s first choice. It’s mostly God’s last choice. It’s the exception, not the rule of thumb. It should not define God. God is Good - Always!