When did we Irish begin migrating to America? Well, when were the Irish not here might be a better question. Whether truth or merely legend, there a few of us who believe Saint Brendan of Ireland discovered the New World before Columbus stumbled upon it. That, in turn, may give birth to another legend, namely that the name of one of the ships carrying Columbus and his crew, the Nina, was really an acronym for No Irish Need Apply.
More than a decade ago, when Rush Limbaugh was ascending to his version of heaven (the one where dollars flow his way), he also travelled the country giving speeches. In an appearance in Daytona Beach, he told his adoring public, "The reason I do what I do, the way I do it, is to get the largest radio audience possible to get the largest dollar amount I can for commercials. It's a business — strictly a business."
Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart has struck again, this time perhaps landing a mortal blow on the ratings-troubled NBC financial cable network, CNBC. The Daily Show host has carried on a war against CNBC for the past two weeks. The war began with a devastating and hilarious March 4 segment compiling some terrible prognostications by CNBC talking heads over the past two years.
Photographers Christopher Jasper and Sam Antonio attended the Movieguide awards for The New American. In addition to getting some great photos, they also recorded several interviews with actors and directors on video. To find more coverage of the Movieguide awards, read the article "Movieguide's 'Faith & Values Awards'" by Liana Stanley.
The army — defender or destroyer of freedom? Throughout history power-hungry rulers have used armies to conquer and oppress other lands, and to impose tyranny on their own people. But armies have also been used to defend country and freedom — particularly when the government is restrained from abusing the power of the sword, and when the military itself is composed of citizen-soldiers who love liberty and have a strong attachment to the homeland they are entrusted to defend.
One of America's most familiar voices fell silent on February 28. Legendary news commentator Paul Harvey died with family members at his side at a hospital near his winter home in Phoenix. There cannot be too many Americans who have never heard him introduce his program with "Stand by for news!" over six decades. He regularly supplied generally conservative and homespun commentaries that appealed to almost everyone.
Atheist and humanist organizations in Europe and the United States have launched an advertising campaign using buses to take their anti-God message to the public. City buses in London, Barcelona, and Washington are being used to deliver this slogan: ''There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."
Each 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."
On 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.