house on fireEach day, thousands of firefighters, police officers, and other emergency personnel put their lives on the line, performing heroic deeds as part of their daily routine. To those unsung heroes, we always wish to express our gratitude, and never want to take them for granted. Many lives are no doubt changed daily because of their selfless actions, without most of us even being aware of it. However there are times when action is needed prior to the arrival of official emergency workers, and that's when everyday Americans step up and put their lives on the line to help their fellow men.

A recent directive from the New York State Department of Health is one of the latest examples of the deterioration of America's culture. Sent to the offices of the 900-plus cities and towns in the Empire State, it contained a newly created "Certificate of Live Birth" along with a single-page explanation of why it had been sent. The official document noted that a New York State court had ruled that same-sex "marriages" performed in "other jurisdictions" (such as in neighboring Massachusetts) "must be recognized." Therefore, stated the directive, "any married woman that gives birth in your district will have her spouse — male or female — listed in the birth certificate as the second parent."

MovieguideOn Wednesday, February 11, a standing-room-only crowd packed the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills for the 17th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala, increasingly being referred to as the “Christian Oscars.” Though virtually unremarked in the mainstream media, the red carpet was rolled out for many major-studio executives and Hollywood luminaries, including Pat Boone, Stephen Baldwin, and the show’s host, Chuck Norris.

Obama on TVWe’re used to seeing quarterbacks pummeled at the Super Bowl, but this year something else was sacked: a pro-life message featuring Barack Obama. Although NBC had originally agreed to run the commercial, it subsequently balked, stating that it wasn’t going to air advocacy ads.

FDR and Obama juxtaposedITEM: Writing for Newsweek's online edition on January 13, Daniel Gross complains: "Even before President-elect Obama takes office, critics are circling his yet-to-be-released stimulus plan." The most "emphatic objections come from conservatives, who question the utility of deploying old-fashioned fiscal stimulus ... [to] boost demand and right the economy."