James Arness, the legendary actor known to several generations of TV viewers as Marshall Matt Dillon of Dodge City, Kansas, in the 20-year-long series Gunsmoke, died of heart failure on June 3 at his home in Los Angeles. Arness, who was born James King Aurness in Minneapolis in 1923, was 88 years old. His younger brother, actor Peter Graves, best known for his role on Mission: Impossible, and for his earlier role in the series, Fury, died last year.
John Birch Society president John F. McManus, as part of his nationwide speaking tour, addressed a standing room-only audience recently in the idyllic town of Riverdale, New Jersey. McManus addressed the crowd of over 250 people on the issue of exposing and defeating the New World Order, which members of The John Birch Society have identified and warned against in over 50 years of education and advocacy. The two hour-long address, Stopping the New World Order: An Overview of America, explored the true nature of power, prestige, and influence in the United States, and touched upon all major sources, personalities, and historical events central to understanding why United States policy, both domestic and foreign, has taken its current path, and has ventured down this course of action for so many years.
The highly contentious battle over the funding of Planned Parenthood in Indiana may also prove to be a costly one.
On Friday, a federal appeals court overturned the controversial decision of Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery, who had ruled that the Medina Valley Independent School District of Texas could not include prayer in its commencement ceremonies, nor use any language perceived to be religious in nature.
A disturbing story out of the United Kingdom reveals an alarming increase in the number of abortions being performed on British women in their 40s. Numerous media outlets are chronicling the tragic trajectory.
The rampant and rising killing of unborn babies is lamentable no matter the precipitating cause. In this case, however, the cultural catastrophe suspected of contributing to this statistic is remarkable only in that its relation to the abortion epidemic among women approaching middle age is predictable.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the medical pathologist infamously known as “Dr. Death” for his efforts on behalf of assisted suicide, died yesterday at the age of 83. The New York Times reported that Kevorkian died at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, after being admitted with kidney and respiratory ailments, according to his attorney Geoffrey N. Fieger, who represented him in several trials resulting from his efforts in the 1990s to help people kill themselves. The Detroit Free Press reported that Kevorkian, who had previously been diagnosed with liver cancer, died from a blood clot that lodged in his heart.
Research from Australia has found that use of the abortion drug RU-486 by women is far riskier than surgical abortion. According to the online Australian, a study of nearly 7,000 abortions performed in South Australia between 2009 and 2010 “found that 3.3 per cent of women who used mifepristone [RU-486] in the first trimester of pregnancy — when most elective terminations occur — later turned up at hospital emergency departments, against 2.2 per cent who had undergone surgery.”
If congressional lawmakers need further evidence for why the federal government should cut public funding to the Public Broadcasting Station, they need not look further than Sesame Street. According to Ben Shapiro, author of the new book Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV, Sesame Street is just another tool in the left-wing propaganda machine.
Now that pro-gay liberals in the Presbyterian Church (USA) have succeeded in their 30-year efforts to allow the ordination of gays, a small but influential group of conservative churches have decided to give up the fight to change the Book of Order back to the way it was since 1997 when the original ban was approved.