Defining moment

August 27, 2010 The angry and increasingly ugly debate over a proposed Islamic center in Lower Manhattan — misleadingly dubbed the “ground zero mosque” by the news media — raises troubling questions about the future of religious liberty in the United States.An astonishing one-third of the American public, including 53 percent who identify as Republicans, believe that Muslims do not have the constitutional right to build a mosque at the proposed site, according to a poll released this month by The Economist.

Taking control serious

August 27, 2010 The shocking discovery of 72 murdered Hispanic migrants on a ranch just south of the U.S. border should be a wakeup call to all Americans that the security of our beloved nation begins at home.Here in Arizona we have seen firsthand the bloody consequences of the crime and violence being imported by criminal aliens across our borders. Peaceful Phoenix has been transformed into the kidnapping capital of America.

Demand honesty

August 26, 2010 Weaving my way through Wally World, bewildered by the remodeling, I grazed toward the fruit section. Thankfully it hasn’t moved! My mission was simple. Retrieve a bunch of grapes for my daughter. Grapes just happen to be her FAVORITE fruit snack ... outside of just eating fruit snacks.Perusing through bunches looking for one that appeared less damaged than the others, I found one suitable for her. Wally World’s grapes tend to get nasty and mashed on the shelf so this process takes a little time. After checking out I went home.

Celebrating Mother Teresa

August 26, 2010 Today, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata [Calcutta]. Mother Teresa, a devout Catholic, abandoned everything to  follow Jesus  into the slums and serve him amongst the poorest of the poor. She lived her life at a very deep  spiritual level and was admired by millions throughout the world.

Definition is different

August 26, 2010 Dear Editor:In reference to Tom Purcell’s editorial that appeared in the 8/25/10 edition of the Batesville Guard, I must admit that I disagree with his conclusion that if you follow the legal argument presented in the California Proposition 8 case that one would agree that “a state has no legal basis for banning same-sex marriage.” The argument that a ban on same-sex marriage is a violation of the U.S. Constitution ‘s equal protection clause in the 14th Amendment does not hold water for me.

Same-sex marriage

August 25, 2010 I hope they know what they’re getting themselves into.I speak of same-sex couples who are hoping to marry. Longtime conservative litigator Ted Olson says it is just a matter of time before they’ll be free to do so.Olson argued successfully against California’s Proposition 8 — a ballot measure passed overwhelmingly by voters — which banned same-sex marriage.

Let our fear be more accurate

August 25, 2010 Right after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, a dry cleaner’s storefront was vandalized and set ablaze in Modesto, Calif. The reason? The business was named “French Cleaners.”

Tootsie Rolls take the heat

August 24, 2010 “In this corneeeerrrr, weighing in at approximately 1 and a half ouncessssss, Tootsieeee .... ROLLLLLLLL!!!“And in this corner, the Wing Shack’s scorching, blistering, Wiiiings on Fiiiiirrrrrre!”Gary and I learned an important lesson this weekend: If you eat something too hot for your palate, chase it with a couple Tootsie Rolls.

Not about the stuff

August 24, 2010 What is lack of organization costing you? According to The Wall Street Journal, the average worker wastes about an hour a day looking for missing information in messy desks and files. That’s 20 hours a month, or six working weeks a year lost to disorganization.  Said another way, if you got more organized, you could take a month off work every year and still get in an extra two weeks of productivity.

Mosquerade at Ground Zero

August 23, 2010 There is only one halfway-decent reason why a mosque should be built two blocks away from Ground Zero in New York. It’s called the First Amendment. Maybe you’ve heard of it: that’s the one that lets pretty much anybody say pretty much anything they want, and yes, that includes worshipping whatever goofy deity they choose. Mohammed. Thor. The Prince of Peace. King of Pop. John Coltrane. LeBron James. Baba Ganoush. Twiggy. Cher.