Dr. Carson will fly along Israelâs narrow borders to see for himself the immense defense challenges that Israel faces.Â At its narrowest point Israel is just nine miles wide.Â The capital cities of surrounding countries that seek to attack and ultimately destroy the Jewish state are in closer proximity that many major American cities are to one another.
At least some of the faithful within the congregation of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta had to feign a sense of surprise when sexual abuse allegations against the churchâs leader Bishop Eddie Long first surfaced in 2011.Â Â But even those parishioners were truly shocked when details of New Birthsâ and Bishop Longsâ secret settlement with over a dozen young men allegedly victimized by Bishop Long leaked out, resulting in a reported payout of over $25 million dollars.Â Â To add to the tawdry affair, Bishop Long apparently sought damages against several of the broken young victims who, despite the confidentiality terms of the settlement, told their stories publicly.
Fed Chair Janet Yellenâs recent speech before at a conference on income inequality sponsored by Credit Suisse ruffled a lot of feathers, both on the right and the left of the political spectrum.Â In the speech she cited data indicating that income inequality in America was the worst itâs been since the great depression, and suggested that a continuation of the trend would have dire consequences on consumer spending and hence future economic growth.
Let me be the first to say this.Â Colleges and Universities are not equipped to adjudicate violent crimes like sexual assault (or assault in general). Â They do not possess the investigative resources, training, expertise, or legitimacy that traditional law enforcement bring to the table.Â And yet every day across America, colleges are attempting to try and determine which assault allegations merit disciplinary action and which donât.
The flames of conflict in the Middle East never go out, but in recent weeks they have been growing red hot with increasingly dangerous implications for the United States. Â And President Obama is leading the United States headlong into the flames, but without a clear strategy in place that will avoid us from getting burned. Â Here we go again.
The response to the Ebola crisis seems slow, halting and stingy.Â Contrast this to the coalition that was quickly built in response to the popular uprising in Libya in 2011.Â The NATO-led international coalition to oust Gadhafi cost an estimated seven billion dollars, with the U.S. alone footing at least two billion.Â The Ebola epidemic has already proven to be the most quickly spreading disease outbreak of itsâ kind in recent history.Â If the virology were to proceed at itsâ current pace, the disease could kill at least a million people by the end of the year.
HighÂ finesÂ for nonviolent offenses and highÂ court fees have the effect of trapping poor Americans intoÂ a cycle of poverty. Thomas Harvey, founder of ArchCity DefendersÂ (a St. Louis-area public defender group),Â callsÂ these fees âillegal and harmful practices.â
Needless to say, the media has a lot to talk about. A White police officer shot an unarmed American who happens to be of African decent. Members of the press were detained by the police. The riots and protests are increasingly violent. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is traveling to the site of the altercation while Ferguson police pour tear gas into protesting crowds.
The latest polls indicate that by a very large margin, the American public in this country sides with Israel during this fight. For millions of Americans, the Jewish state is a reflection of our own country. Israel is an outpost of Western-style democracy in an unstable and dangerous part of the world torn by violence and dominated by autocratic regimes and radical groups willing to employ terrorist tactics to achieve their goals.
To hear educators and pundits talk youâd think we are at the dawn of a change in public school education that will herald a new commitment to providing students and parents an education worthy of the tax dollars spent. Yet, until such time that teachersâ unions stop being impediments to success, our education system will not deliver the results we need to prepare todayâs students for tomorrowâs challenges.