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...
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...
If you’ve noticed many seeming human traits in animals, you’ll want to read this

If you’ve noticed many seeming human traits in animals, you’ll want to read this

by Washington Post By Vicky Hallett Picture this scenario: You and a co-worker are given a task to complete. The co-worker occasionally pretends to do something but leaves you with all of the drudgery. Now imagine that your co-worker weighs several thousand pounds and has a trunk. That’s what happened to an Asian elephant in an experiment looking at social intelligence among animals, which researchers are learning is far more complex than previously thought. In addition to deception — like that lazy elephant — there are fascinating examples of cooperation. For instance, some dolphin moms in Australia teach their daughters to don a sea sponge on their snouts, allowing them to search the seafloor for fish without hurting their noses. You can read more about it in Scientific American’s “Secret Lives of Animals,” a special collector’s edition available on newsstands until July 10. Many of the articles highlight just how much humans have in common with other creatures. One praises the architectural genius of termites, which build towering mounds that circulate air and offer protection from enemies. Another explains how wasps can recognize individual faces. There’s an examination of same-sex couplings in the animal kingdom, which details several of the reasons these relationships can evolve. Related: the-worst-thing-that-could-possibly-happen-to-a-parent Then there’s the tear-jerker “When Animals Mourn” by Barbara J. King, a professor of anthropology at the College of William & Mary. It includes an anecdote about a giraffe giving birth to an infant with a deformed foot. The mom stays close to the baby, even though that means not foraging with her herd — and potentially putting her life at risk. When the young...
My Top Tips for Job Seekers

My Top Tips for Job Seekers

As a Care Manager, I counsel job seekers by assisting with resume creation or improvement, social media instruction,  like using LinkedIn and challenging them to see themselves through a potential employer’s eyes. Because an employment crisis may happen to anyone, here are some of the top tips that I share with job seekers: What do you want to be when you grow up?    I know from personal experience that many people have no idea, so I share my story with them: When my husband, Dennis, suggested that I needed to get a job, I was taken aback. This was a time of transition from being a homeschooling mom to contributing in a new way. The problem was that my season of parenting/teaching had been very fulfilling in contrast to the jobs I could already list on my resume. So, I decided to take some time to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I found a book at the library called Do What You Are and after taking the personality test that it recommended, I came up with three options. Although the first two, counseling and teaching, didn’t surprise me, I realized that four years in college wouldn’t really help the financial situation. However, the third recommendation of graphic design surprised and intrigued me, mainly because I had never considered myself artistic. Since I could earn an Associates of Science Degree in just two years, I decided to pursue it. Related: the-worst-thing-that-could-possibly-happen-to-a-parent I was delighted to find that armed with a computer and Adobe Creative Suite software, I could be successfully and enjoyably employed as a graphic artist! Eventually, I opened...
TODD STARNES: Alabama School Facing Possible Lawsuit Over Baccalaureate, Graduation Prayer

TODD STARNES: Alabama School Facing Possible Lawsuit Over Baccalaureate, Graduation Prayer

by Fox News Alabama school facing possible lawsuit over baccalaureate, graduation prayer   By Todd Starnes Opp High School in Opp, Alabama.  (Google Street View) An Alabama school district could be one bowl of banana pudding away from a federal lawsuit. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a threatening letter the other day to Opp City Schools regarding the high school’s baccalaureate service. For generations, public high schools have held baccalaureate services on the Sunday before graduation. It’s a sacred rite of passage steeped in our nation’s rich Christian heritage – with prayers, Bible readings, religious music and a message from a preacher. Related: todd-starnes-atheists-demand-town-remove-church-welcome-signs But it turns out atheists are not big fans of baccalaureate services or, for that matter,  our Lord and Savior. “The school’s role in sponsoring a baccalaureate on school property would cause any reasonable graduating senior or parent to conclude that the District endorses the religious messages espoused at the service,” FFRF attorney Sam Grover wrote to the Alabama school district. Related: favorite-prey-the-coptic-church The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a perpetually-offended gang of atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers. They typically prey on small towns and communities that do not have the financial resources to fight back against their bogus threats. “Opp City Schools has a legal duty to remain neutral toward religion,” Grover wrote. “It makes no difference how many students want religious speeches or wouldn’t be offended by them at their...
Preemie Hippo, Baby Fiona, Reunites with her Mom, Bibi, for the First Time

Preemie Hippo, Baby Fiona, Reunites with her Mom, Bibi, for the First Time

It’s a love story for the ages! Henry the Hippo, 34, had been without a mate for the past 20 years.  In walked Bibi, and he was instantly smitten! Head Keeper, Wendy Rice, said it was love at first sight. “It was like cartoon hearts in his eyes. He was like, there’s a girl here! He seems to have been smitten with her ever since…They bred right away, which is why Fiona is here.”  The Zoo and its patrons waited excitedly for her birth.  Unfortunately, Baby Fiona had other plans and decided to enter the world six weeks prematurely. Those of us who live in the tri-state area have had the pleasure of getting regular updates and following this story locally. However, news spread of her inspiring story and people from all over the world have been following her amazing journey since her birth through the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s blog. Baby Fiona has stolen our hearts and rallied the city of Cincinnati in their support. Yesterday, Baby Fiona reached a new milestone.  She had previously been introduced to her parents, Henry and Bibi through a glass partition, however, she finally got to spend some alone time with Mom. Milestone alert: Fiona & Bibi are now spending some time together in the same space! Read more: https://t.co/RywHq2zIcl pic.twitter.com/wGE4l3HfJV — Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) June 9, 2017 The hippopotamus is a highly aggressive and unpredictable animal and is ranked among the most dangerous animals in Africa, however, what appears to be an act of aggression towards Baby Fiona from Mom, Bibi, is actually a tender moment. According to the Cincinnati...