Annoy a Liberal — Honor Calvin Coolidge on Independence Day

Annoy a Liberal — Honor Calvin Coolidge on Independence Day

True or false, did an American president actually consider one of his greatest accomplishments “minding my own business?” Keep reading. . . One of my favorite July Fourth traditions is remembering the life of our thirtieth president. Calvin Coolidge owns the distinction of being the only chief executive born on this day (July 4, 1872, and serving from 1923-29). Ideally, I would offer a brief biographical sketch followed by a few hundred words of well-crafted praise. But that wouldn’t be fair. . . I’ll offer a little but I don’t want to cheat readers out of the joy of discovering Calvin Coolidge on their own. His legacy is that rich and rewarding. Dr. Steven Hayward, the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents from Wilson to Obama, grades the presidents primarily on their fidelity to the Constitution, as opposed to legislative advancements. He gives Silent Cal an A+ — the only president to win that honor! Most other historians would rather fawn over those leaders (Woodrow Wilson, FDR and, sorry, conservatives, Teddy Roosevelt) who grew the size and scope of the federal government. Coolidge, when he is mentioned at all, is remembered as a moral but ineffective leader who slept his presidency away. Coolidge was, indeed, a creature of routine. A country lawyer from Plymouth Notch, Vermont and later governor of Massachusetts, he exemplified, both in word and deed, those time-honored traits of self-reliance, hard work and living within your means. A man of simplicity and no pretense, he is among the last of those who recognized the limitations of presidential power, seeing the overreach of the federal...
Waiting on the World to Change

Waiting on the World to Change

Yesterday at work, I was listening to some old music and stumbled upon perhaps my least favorite song in the entire world. No offense to John Mayer, because this is honestly the only song of his I’ve ever heard and detested. His song, Waiting On the World to Change, bothers me for so many reasons, not the least of which is the chord progression. Every time I hear it, I sing, “I’m waiting (waiting!) waiting on the chords to change!” In all seriousness, though, the song is a wake-up call. Maybe that’s John’s point—who knows. He speaks of the lack of action in his generation, not for complacency, but for the feeling that the system is rigged, and there’s no action that can generate change. I get that. I know you get it, too. We’ve all felt that in our personal lives, haven’t we? Maybe you’ve had a medical diagnosis that feels like a death knell. Maybe you’ve lost a job and felt paralyzed by the struggle to find a new means of income. Maybe you desperately long to finish college but cannot afford it and yet somehow you make too much money to be eligible for financial aid. Maybe you have clinical anxiety and each day you fight what feels like a losing battle. There are a million possible maybes, and they are specifically tailored to each of us in our lives. Related: 10-earthlike-planets-found Many times we feel stuck in our circumstances, and the truth is, we just don’t know how to keep going. It hurts; we feel both helpless and alienated. But, it’s not true. Don’t believe it. The...
UBER CEO RESIGNS Company’s founder Travis Kalanick steps down

UBER CEO RESIGNS Company’s founder Travis Kalanick steps down

by Fox News FILE: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick gestures as he addresses a gathering during a conference of start-up businesses in New Delhi,  (Reuters) Uber founder Travis Kalanick resigned Wednesday as CEO after pressure from investors. The company’s board confirmed the move, saying in a statement that Kalanick is taking time to heal from the death of his mother in a boating accident “while giving the company room to full embrace this new chapter in Uber’s history.” He will remain on the Uber Technologies Inc. board. Five of the company’s key investors on Tuesday demanded that he resigned, according to The New York Times, which first reported Kalanick’s decision to step down. The demand came in a letter titled “Moving Uber Forward.” “I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight,” Kalanick reportedly said in a statement to the Times. The resignation came after a series of costly missteps under Kalanick. Uber on Tuesday embarked on a 180-day program to change its image by allowing riders to give drivers tips through the Uber app, something the company had resisted under Kalanick. The San Francisco-based company is trying to reverse damage done to its reputation by revelations of sexual harassment in its offices, allegations of trade secrets theft and an investigation into efforts to mislead government regulators. Related: keystone-state-boom-first-coal-mine-under-trump-praised-as-lifeline Uber’s board said in a statement that Kalanick had “always put Uber first.” Related: john-flannery-named-chairman-and-ceo-of-ge Under Kalanick, Uber has...
Tropical Storm Cindy may bring ‘life-threatening’ flooding across Gulf Coast – North Carolina rip currents leave four people dead

Tropical Storm Cindy may bring ‘life-threatening’ flooding across Gulf Coast – North Carolina rip currents leave four people dead

by Fox News By Travis Fedschun This satellite image taken Tuesday, June 20, 2017, and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Tropical Storm Cindy over the Gulf of Mexico approaching the Gulf Coast.  (NOAA via AP) Tropical Storm Cindy formed Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico, and may bring “life-threatening flash flooding” across the central Gulf Coast, according to forecasters. The National Weather Service said the storm is centered about 250 miles south of Morgan City, Louisiana and has top sustained winds of 45 mph. The storm is presently stationary in the Gulf, and has tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 205 miles from the center, according to the NWS. Cindy, the third tropical storm of 2017, is expected to reach the Louisiana coast sometime late Wednesday and then move inland over western Louisiana and eastern Texas on Thursday. Tropical Storm Warnings associated with #Cindy now extend from the Mouth of the Pearl River to San Luis Pass, Texas. https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/sfQHbGHeso — NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) June 20, 2017 The storm is expected to bring 6 to 9 inches of rain in areas, and up to 12 inches in some spots across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday. The weather service said the rain “could cause life-threatening flash flooding in these areas” in its latest advisory. Related: tornado-damages-homes-downs-power-lines-in-oklahoma-town–fox-news-weather-center- A tropical storm warning is now in effect from High Island on the upper Texas coast all the way to the mouth of the Pearl River at the state line of Louisiana and Mississippi. A tropical storm watch is in effect elsewhere on the Texas coast, from west of...
Travel Ban Challengers Urge U.S. Top Court to Reject Trump Appeal

Travel Ban Challengers Urge U.S. Top Court to Reject Trump Appeal

by Reuters Travel ban challengers urge U.S. top court to reject Trump appeal U.S. President Donald Trump concludes remarks to reporters during his meeting with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst   By Lawrence Hurley   Opponents of President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries again urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to reject his bid to revive it, saying his administration undermined its own arguments by amending the order last week. In court papers filed with the justices, lawyers for the state of Hawaii and individual plaintiffs in Maryland made note of a June 14 memo by the administration amending the executive order to let the government conduct an internal review of vetting procedures for people entering the country. Related: st-louis-judge-halts-removal-of-confederate-monument The order signed by Trump on March 6 called for a 90-day ban on travelers from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the United States to give the government time to implement stronger vetting procedures. Related: otto-warmbier-dead-american-student-who-was-released-from-north-korea-has-died-his-family-says “This memorandum conclusively severs the already tenuous relationship between the bans and their ostensible rationale by making it clear that the order’s travel and refugee restrictions may begin after the vetting reviews are complete,” Hawaii’s lawyer, Neal Katyal, wrote. The administration has appealed lower court rulings blocking the travel ban to the Supreme Court and made an emergency request that the justices put the order into effect immediately while the legal battle over its legality continues. A decision by the justices on whether to take...
10 Earth-Like Planets Found

10 Earth-Like Planets Found

by Fox News ‘We are probably not alone’: 10 more planets that could support life found by NASA NASA’s Kepler space telescope team has identified 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and in the habitable zone of their star. (Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech) Ten new planets outside our solar system that are likely the right size and temperature to potentially support life on them have been found by NASA’s planet-hunting telescope. The 10 planets are among 219 new planets announced by NASA. The latest research is based on observations made by Kepler during the first four years of its primary mission. NASA announced Monday its new findings —  and it only looked in a tiny part of the galaxy. There are now 4,034 planet candidates identified by Kepler, according to NASA, of which 2,335 have been verified as exoplanets. Of roughly 50 near-Earth size habitable zone candidates detected by Kepler, more than 30 have been verified. Related: waiting-on-the-world-to-change Mario Perez, Kepler program scientist in the Astrophysics Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said the new discovery means that “we are probably not alone” because four years of data show how common Earth-like planets can be. Related: to-the-worlds-greatest-dad ALIEN LIFE LOOMS? NEWLY DISCOVERED EXOPLANET MAY BE BEST CANDIDATE, SAY EXPERTS “The Kepler data set is unique, as it is the only one containing a population of these near Earth-analogs —  planets with roughly the same size and orbit as Earth,” Perez said. “Understanding their frequency in the galaxy will help inform the design of future NASA missions to directly image another Earth.” Scientists agreed that this is a boost...