McDonald’s Answer to ‘Living Wage’ Demands


It is beyond me how people can think the minimum wage should be increased anywhere from forty to two hundred percent, depending on who you listen to, and that prices would not go up along with the wage hike. Do people truly believe that business owners just have so much extra cash lying around that they can increase wages that much and just absorb the extra cost without passing it along to their customers? Or by cutting back on the number of employees?

Well it seems the wage complainers, protests and strikes have been noticed at the corporate offices and some relief may be on the way – for the businesses. Fast food employees who walked off the job and picketed for a ‘living wage’ may soon regret their decision to do so.

In Romeoville, Illinois, there is a McDonald’s restaurant right next to what McDonald’s calls their “Innovation Center.” New items, procedures, equipment and technology are tested at the [...] → Keep reading

Media Culpability In Ferguson

Some of the most outrageous and irresponsible behavior in Ferguson has come, not from the looters, not from the racist charlatans Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, not from the black version of the KKK – the New Black Panthers, not from the black residents who proceeded to destroy their own community and not from the out-of-towners who came in to incite violence and more looting. And certainly not from the police. While all the aforementioned persons, aside from the police, are guilty of vandalism, arson, incitement, theft, assault and numerous other crimes, the most outrageous and irresponsible behavior I have seen taking place in Ferguson is coming from the media. While I am not aware of anyone in the media committing any crime in Ferguson, with their tactics, their irresponsible reporting and just with their presence they are the gasoline being thrown onto the fire. Yes, yes, they have the First Amendment right to freedom of the press. But with [...] → Keep reading

Church Endorsed Perversion On the Rise


Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, recently gave an interview to The Blaze in which he said that church denominations that have adopted more liberal attitudes to gay marriage and other issues “have no allegiance to the Bible,” describing them as “false churches,” “the apostate church,” and “Satan’s church.” He also described three types of Christianity – true, cultural and institutional. MacArthur said in his interview that cultural Christianity is in decline but I completely disagree with that. Cultural Christianity is growing by leaps and bounds and I believe the liberalization of church doctrine is a huge indication of this. Cultural Christians are those who, when asked, will say they are “Christian” for no other reason than they are American and don’t consider themselves atheist or Jewish. They identify themselves as Christians, perhaps because they do believe in God, but they are not biblically followers of Christ. A type of Christian not mentioned by MacArthur [...] → Keep reading

Israel: Setting the Bar High for Morality in War


Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, was speaking at the Christians United for Israel Summit in Washington,D.C. last month and spoke in defense of Israeli military operations in Gaza. “Some are shamelessly accusing Israel of genocide and would put us in the dock for war crimes,” he said. “But the truth is that the Israeli Defense Forces should be given the Nobel Peace Prize… a Nobel Peace Prize for fighting with unimaginable restraint.”

He further said that he would “not tolerate criticism of my country at a time when Israeli soldiers are dying so that innocent Palestinians can live.

Israel sends soldiers into Gaza and areas that are booby-trapped with mines in order to capture and destroy rockets and other weapons used by Hamas to attack Israel. They choose to do this instead of launching aerial attacks because to do so would mean the loss of a great number of innocent Palestinian lives. Israel also drops leaflets, makes [...] → Keep reading

Looters and Liberals: Parasites With a Common Goal


While watching the news from the St. Louis area unfold last night I could not help but draw some comparisons between the looting and destruction going on and the liberalism that has infested our country. If you have missed it on the news, a black teenager named Michael Brown was shot and killed on Saturday by police in Ferguson, MO, which is a suburb community on the north side of the St. Louis metro area. Currently, there are conflicting accounts of exactly what happened that led to Brown’s death, with some saying he was surrendering with his arms raised and was shot by police anyway while others say Brown fought with a police officer and attempted to get control of his weapon, being shot by the officer in self-defense. The St. Louis Police Department is conducting an independent investigation and I read this morning that the Federal Bureau of Investigation may be asked to investigate. No word at press time [...] → Keep reading

The Atheist Assault On Public Prayer


In my previous post I detailed the assault on churches that the Freedom From Religion Foundation has undertaken with its lawsuit against the IRS. The FFRF was upset that the IRS wasn’t investigating churches for allegedly violating the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits non-profits from endorsing political candidates or issues. The FFRF settled the lawsuit and is apparently satisfied with the new procedures put in place by the IRS for dealing with churches, details of which both sides are declining to disclose. And now the FFRF has decided to go after public prayer at restaurants. No, they can’t stop people from praying over their food at a restaurant (not yet, anyway) but they apparently do have enough scare-power to put a stop to a restaurant in North Carolina giving random discounts to people for praying before dining.

For several years now, Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, NC has been allowing servers to give 15% discounts at their discretion to customers [...] → Keep reading

Milestone Reached at Political Realities


It almost slipped by me but I noticed that Larry Jackson wrote his 2000th post for his blog at Political Realities today, with his post titled “Chris Christie And Barack Obama – Two Peas In A Pod” setting the mark. Larry is a fine example of conservative thinking and writing and his blog has been on my daily reading list for a long, long time. If you don’t have his site bookmarked you are missing out on some great thoughts about the issues of the day and comments that can definitely be interesting at times.

I extend my congratulations to Larry and my thanks for his invaluable assistance to me in my own writing endeavors. Larry has spent countless hours on his writing and his work has made Political Realities a site any blogger should seek to emulate.

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Using the Tax Code to Silence Churches

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Late last month the Internal Revenue Service settled a lawsuit filed in 2012 by the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The lawsuit was brought because the FFRF said the IRS ignores complaints about churches violating their tax-exempt status. The FFRF says that many churches promote candidates, political issues and legislation and they claim these activities are violations of the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which requires that non-profits not endorse candidates.

The IRS website describes the Johnson Amendment thusly:

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial [...] → Keep reading

The Impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama


It has been nearly impossible to miss all the talk of impeaching President Obama. Many conservatives, including Sarah Palin, are strongly advocating for impeachment, while Speaker of the House John Boehner and others have come out against it. A CNN poll released last week shows that a third of the American public believes Obama should be impeached. To my mind, the desire to see Obama impeached has grown out of the anger people have for his abuse of power, his disastrous policies and his refusal to enforce immigration laws. At one time I was on the impeachment bandwagon myself, but have come to realize that impeaching Obama would be the wrong thing to do, for several reasons.

Just in the last few days, the Democrats seem to be hoping for impeachment. Dan Pfeiffer, senior advisor to the president, told the press last Friday that impeachment should not be considered a long shot. He said that Boehner’s lawsuit has “opened the [...] → Keep reading

The Death of Liberty


On July 4, 1776, fifty-six delegates to the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to sign the Declaration of Independence, changing the world emphatically and manifesting the idea that liberty is granted by God, not men. More than two centuries later, men and women from all over the world still come to the United States to seek the freedoms and opportunities not available in their home countries. Some have fled tyrannies to come to a nation conceived in liberty. A liberty that was further ratified with the Constitution, adopted in 1787 and the Bill of Rights in 1791. A liberty that has preserved our nation through wars, internal conflict and disastrous economic times. Even in our darkest hours, Americans have maintained our liberty, recognizing that whatever adversities life may bring, the liberty granted by God and claimed by our Founders would remain. Or would it.

It’s hard to imagine that a concept of liberty that has survived for two hundred [...] → Keep reading