Thomas Kinkade, whose sentimental paintings of country churches, cottages on snowy evenings, and peaceful glowing villages hearkened back to the goodness of an improbable America past, died April 6 at age 54. The devoutly Christian artist, whose mass-produced works were particularly popular with evangelical Christians and Americans committed to traditional values, “once said that he had something in common with Walt Disney and Norman Rockwell,” noted an Associated Press obituary: “He wanted to make people happy.”
If President Obama plans to run against the Supreme Court this fall, he may have some catching up to do. A Rasmussen Reports poll released Monday shows the high court's popularity has shot up since its three days of hearings, March 26-28, on the constitutionality of the health care reform legislation the President promoted and signed in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
With gasoline prices climbing back up toward $4 a gallon, the President's health care reform in troubled constitutional waters, and job growth underperforming even the most pessimistic forecasts in the third year of an anemic economic expansion, no one should be surprised if the President's reelection team would like to change the subject. This year, "It's the economy, stupid" will likely not be the mantra for the Democratic presidential candidate as it was for Bill Clinton in 1992.
As the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida continues to dominate headlines around the world, United Nations “High Commissioner for Human Rights” Navi Pillay publicly demanded an investigation of the incident and the prosecution of shooter George Zimmerman. She also expressed concerns about the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law that allows would-be victims to defend themselves.
A Massachusetts elementary school that got in over its head when it censored religious language from a song planned for a student concert, has reversed its politically correct decision after an uproar from parents.
A federal judge in Minnesota has ruled that a man who “transitioned” to the female gender through a “sex change” procedure is eligible to be carried under the health insurance of the man he “married” in 2005. As reported by the American Independent, “The judge said that because one person is male and the other legally transitioned to female, the couple qualifies as legally married under the state’s Defense of Marriage Act.
Last week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that he will respond “appropriately” to the demand made by a federal appellate judge that the Justice Department provide him with a written statement reaffirming the department's respect for the authority of the federal courts to declare acts of Congress unconstitutional.
Journalists are pressing forward in their pursuit of the rescue of the Bill of Rights from a federal government determined to hold not only the Constitution hostage, but perhaps indefinitely detain those brave enough to defend it.