Texas University Reverses Politically Correct Ruling – SMU Allows 9-11 Display On Main Lawn

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by Oletta Branstiter Application Denied for Traditional Display The Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Southern Methodist University followed the proper procedures needed to apply for their annual Never Forget display on the Dallas Hall Lawn, formally requesting the space for nearly 3,000 American flags covering the open area as part of their 9-11 commemoration and remembrance of those killed in the historic attack. In a late July reply, the group received a dramatic change in venue in which administrators cited that the University “respects the right of all members…

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Check It Out: Library Blog – Who Needs School Libraries?

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by Oletta Branstiter Libraries & Books One of the saddest things you’ll ever imagine is a Library that might have been. To this day, historians lament the destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria, believed to have been destroyed by fire around 2,000 years ago. It is believed that around 295 BCE, the scholar and orator Demetrius of Phalerum, an exiled governor of Athens, convinced Ptolemy I Soter to establish the Library. Demetrius envisioned a library that would house a copy of every book in the world, an institution to…

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Revolution Through Education – Trading the Institution of Schooling for the Inspiration of Learning

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by Oletta Branstiter A New Secretary of Education The nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education caught many by surprise. Candidate Donald Trump had included the Department of Education in his wish list of cuts during his efforts to prove his Republican bona fides. Some Conservatives, who were otherwise turned off by his personality and lack of Constitutional knowledge were encouraged by his promises to reduce the role of government in their daily lives. Instead of dismantling the extra-Constitutional tax-funded money pits, former Democrat President Trump opted to nominate…

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Randi Weingarten And Her Teacher’s Unions’ ABC’s – Anything But Competence

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by Richard Cameron   Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), is the second largest educational labor union in the United States, with approximately half the number of members as the National Education Association (NEA). Charter Schools “Polite Cousins” Of Segregation? AFT’s President, Randi Weingarten has made a number of controversial public statements since the beginning of the year, the most recent, reported by the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal, being that charter schools are essentially a new iteration of 1950s style segregation. Weingarten…

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Wildlife Encroachment – The Sad Reality of Human Expansion in Rural Areas

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by J. Lee Wildlife encroachment – The struggle to survive! If Judy Garland was alive today would she be saying ‘Coyotes and Wolves, and Bears, oh my’ instead of  ‘Lions and tigers, and bears, oh my!? In a time when so many people demand peace and love it is interesting how animals are rarely a consideration when they are seen as a nuisance or a threat. The sad truth when confronted with wildlife is to relocate them or justify killing them. An animal’s first line of defense is education, conservation, rehabilitation and wildlife rescuers who work…

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The Healing Effects Of Laughter And The Science Behind It – Endorphins

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by J. Lee The healing effects of laughter have been near and dear to my heart for a long time now. In my college psychology class I wrote about it. In my speech class I spoke about it. I am happy to say I got a letter grade of ‘A’ in both classes. Years later after my graduation a wonderful movie came out about laughter called ‘Patch Adams‘. The lead role was played by comedian Robin Williams. It was about a doctor who had difficulty in medical school, because he…

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Therapy Animals Bring Comfort, Reduce Stress, Companionship And Relieve Depression

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by J. Lee   It has been proven how therapy animals provide many wonderful benefits and hope to those in need of comfort. Visitations could be at a hospital, convalescent home, in home or in an educational setting. Just seeing a pet brings joy. Therapy animals primarily include dogs, cats, standard or miniature horses, llamas, pigs, rabbits and birds. Pet owners understand the emotional and physical benefits of sharing their lives with animals. According to Woman’s Day they “decrease depression, stress and anxiety; health-wise, it can lower your blood pressure, improve your…

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Political Correctness Still Spilling Over Into Our Faith

  By J. Lee   America seems bombarded almost daily with intolerance against Christianity and religious expression while rejecting God’s word. Political correctness has poisoned schools, public places and work settings. In a time where tolerance is expected there is no shortage of intolerance towards Christianity and the Jewish faith. The hypocrisy is often so thick that you can cut it with a knife. There are many examples of how political correctness has gone mad such as schools banning Christian groups and prayer, students and employee banned from wearing faith based…

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Where is God? The Importance of Bringing God Back to America

By J. Lee     I’m sure most people have either asked or heard the question ‘Where is God’?, especially in the midst of tragedy. God is not a ‘genie in a bottle’ to go to for granting wishes. God says to come to him in prayer. It’s as simple as talking to him as we would talk to a friend. The good news is he is available to us at all times to strengthen us. His answer could be yes, no or wait. I’m sure we can all agree…

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