Over half of American households have no land line

Over half of American households have no land line

BBC – Of the households surveyed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 50.8% of homes had at least one mobile phone but no landline. A further 3.3% of homes surveyed had neither a mobile phone nor a landline. The CDC found that mobile-only households had become the majority during its twice-yearly survey […]

On religious liberty, a less than overwhelming executive order

On religious liberty, a less than overwhelming executive order

I’ve got an op-ed at the New York Daily News about President Trump’s executive order taking a few generally small and measured steps toward accommodation of and favorable legal treatment toward religious belief. Excerpt: On Wednesday, social media was filled with outcry about the sweeping, “Handmaid’s Tale”-like provisions of the executive order on religious liberty […]

Sierra Vista woman finds note from ‘Chinese prisoner’ in Walmart purse

Sierra Vista woman finds note from ‘Chinese prisoner’ in Walmart purse

Laura Wallace’s mother-in-law purchased a purse from the store using a gift card she’d given her. She later found a tiny folded up note inside a zipper compartment. The note was written in Chinese. Wallace had it translated. “It actually stated that the person who wrote that was a prisoner in China,” she said. “Basically […]

Banned Trump TV ad that CNN refused to air

Banned Trump TV ad that CNN refused to air

Here’s the Trump TV ad that CNN refused to air, because of a one second clip which showed Wolf Blitzer, Rachel Maddow, Scott Peley, and other TV “journalists” with the words “Fake News” super imposed on their faces. Media analyst Mark Dice has the story. Read Full Story   — Freedom’s Phoenix    

Judge in Ireland rules on playground fall

Judge in Ireland rules on playground fall

A child hurt herself falling on a playground in Dublin, Ireland, and this is what Mr. Justice Raymond Groarke of the Circuit Civil Court wrote: She was engaged in a game of chase pure and simple and, while it is most regrettable that she became unbalanced and fell, this was simply an old fashioned accident […]

Bill for speed camera pilot in San Francisco, San Jose hits roadblock

Bill for speed camera pilot in San Francisco, San Jose hits roadblock

An attempt to create a pilot project that would place speed cameras on the streets of San Francisco and San Jose to test their effectiveness on traffic safety is on hold after encountering opposition — mostly from law enforcement groups. Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, withdrew the bill from consideration earlier this week prior to a […]

Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity face uncertain futures with iHeartMedia

Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity face uncertain futures with iHeartMedia

The parent company of iHeartCommunications, which syndicates programs by conservative talk-show hosts Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, appears to be headed toward bankruptcy. In a statement filed last week with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the federal agency charged with regulating companies that offer investments to the public, iHeartCommunications’ parent company, iHeartMedia Inc., said that it had “substantial […]

Why do we have blood types?

Why do we have blood types?

When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was also the most excellent of blood types – a biological mark of distinction. It didn’t take long for me to recognise just how silly that […]

IRS back to hiring private collection agencies

IRS back to hiring private collection agencies

We’ve posted several times about federal tax authorities’ on-again, off-again use of private tax collectors on contingency fees to collect back taxes. As with other varieties of law enforcement for profit in which the middleman is enabled to keep residual dollars, the practice seems to encourage the taking of a hard line against taxpayers, especially […]