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Health Care Costs Not Going Down Anytime Soon

Photo: Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok Electronic Medical Records and the Cost of Health Care I read recently about a marked increase in “medical tourism” by Americans. Patients travel to foreign countries for hip replacements, cardiac by-pass surgery, plastic procedures, gallbladder removal etc. India, Thailand and Malaysia are favorite destinations. It is claimed that the quality […]

Blankley: Media Propagandists for Obama

The following Op-Ed by Tony Blankley in the Washington Times only confirms what most of us have observed these past few months. The MSM is in the tank for Obama & Co. It has been so blatant that one wonders what they’ll do if their candidate doesn’t win. What credibility will be left to cover […]

Slideshow: Values Voter Summit 2008, Day 2

This is a slideshow of photots from Day 2 of the 2008 FRC Values Voter Summit, Friday September 13.

Slideshow: Values Voter Summit 2008, Day 1

This is a slideshow of photots from Day 1 of the 2008 FRC Values Voter Summit, Friday September 12.

Back Home from the Values Voter Summit

Just got home from a great time at the Values Voter Summit. The latter part of yesterday afternoon was taken up by breakout sessions. I attended one on the impact of blogging on the political realm, and another on the upcoming effort by the Alliance Defense Fund to restore full constitutional freedom of religion to […]

Harvard Founded With a Higher Purpose

American Minute from William J. Federer Son of a butcher, his family died when a plague swept England, leaving him an estate. He attended Emmanuel College, was ordained, married and sailed for Massachusetts where he pastored the First Church of Charlestown. At age 31, he died of tuberculosis on SEPTEMBER 14, 1638. His name was Rev. […]

Palen Fairly Assessed by a Liberal

Kirsten Powers is a columnist for the New York Post and a regular news analyst on Fox News, appearing frequently with Hannity & Colmes. She served in the Clinton administration as the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Public Affairs and was press secretary for Andrew Coumo. It should come as no surprise then that […]

Values Voter Summit: Star Parker

Author and columnist Star Parker was the last speaker of the afternoon at the Family Research Council's Washington Briefing in Washington D.C. today.   She said secular humanists just can't seem to understand the simplicity and power of God.   Parker said the Left wants to talk about poverty once again, but it is the […]

Values Voter Summit: Jonathan Falwell

Jonathan Falwell is Senior Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church and the son of the late Reverend Jerry Falwell.  Falwell spoke this afternoon to the values voters at the Family Research Council's Washington Briefing in Washington D.C.   Falwell said that some in the media say the "Religious Right" is done for.  Falwell admitted the […]

Values Voter Summit: Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, former mayor of Cincinnati and former Ohio Secretary of State, told the thousands gathered at the Family Research Council's Washington Briefing that school choice is of paramount importance in today's world.   He pointed out that in the past, black Americans were held back when they were forced into ineffective schools.  Too many […]

Values Voter Summit: Stephen Baldwin

Actor Stephen Baldwin spoke at the Family Research Council's Washington Briefing and said he is one of the last people he would have ever thought would be seen at this podium.    He said that when he became a Christian, he challenged God, and that was "really stupid."  He said he told God that he skydives […]

Values Voter Summit: Michael Medved

Radio talk show host and columnist Michael Medved was the first speaker of the afternoon at the Family Research Council's 2008 Washington Briefing.   Medved aggressively and humorously took on two pervasive myths about conservatives: that conservatives hate women and sex.   Getting beyond the initial and obvious dichotomy here, Medved pointed out that most […]

Values Voter Summit: Newt Gingrich

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was the last speaker of the morning session of the Family Research Council's Washington Briefing.   Gingrich said Governor Sarah Palin's interview with Charlie Gibson of ABC was extremely distorted.  He said when Gov. Palin was asked about whether our soldiers were on a "task from God," Gibson ignored […]

Values Voter Summit: Don Feder

Columnist Don Feder spoke to the Family Research Council's Washington Briefing about the "demographic winter" of falling birth rates.   He said that unlike global warming, demographic winter is very real.  Humanity is failing to reproduce itself in sufficient numbers.   Feder said 2.1 is the number of children the average woman has to have […]

Values Voter Summit: Jim Daily

Jim Daily, President of Focus on the Family, was next to speak at the 2008 Family Research Council Washington Briefing.   Daily said he was very excited about the candidacy of Governor Sarah Palin for the Republican vice presidency.  He stated he greatly appreciated her strong pro-life stance and life.   Daily said Senator Ken […]

Values Voter Summit: Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly, head of Eagle Forum and pro-family pioneer, addressed the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit this morning.   She said we have just come off a couple of nominating campaigns where both sides think they have nominated the next president.   Schlafly said the platform the party comes up with is a kind […]

Could Republicans Regain Control of Congress?

All has been doom and gloom for months over the possibility Republicans might regain control of Congress.  There has been little disagreement on that prospect regardless of whether liberals or conservatives were asked.   But that may be changing–and changing big.   According to a new Gallup Poll, the 11-point divide between Democrats and Republicans […]

Values Voter Summit: Michael Steele

Michael Steele, Chairman of GOPAC, said he was fresh off the trail from Denver.  He joked that visiting Mount Olympus had been inspiring.    He said it was refreshing when he attended the GOP conference to hear that we need to focus on country and community.    Steele said America watched the GOP convention, and […]

Constitution Never Intended to Prohibit Government Recognition of Religion

American Minute from William J. Federer   He was President of the American Bar Association, Chief Justice of Michigan's Supreme Court and dean of the University of Michigan Law School. His name was Thomas Cooley and he died SEPTEMBER 12, 1898.   The first Chairman of the Interstate Commerce Commission, Thomas Cooley's commentaries shaped American […]

Values Voter Summit: Joe Gibbs

NFL Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs was the next to address the Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C.   Gibbs said two amoeba didn't come together to create life; a loving God knits people together in the womb.   Gibbs said that when he became a parent, he realized what it was to put someone before […]

Values Voter Summit: Lou Dobbs

Lou Dobbs of CNN was the first featured speaker.   Dobbs said he once thought Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, needed to "come around. However, he said the more he thought about it, the more he realized those vaues Perkins espoused were important, and it was HE who needed to come around. […]

At the Values Voter Summit 208

The Family Research Council Washington Briefing is just starting.   There have been a phenomenal amount of technical problems with my computer since arriving in Washington D.C. yesterday, so I'm going to be thankful if I am able to post anything at all.   I've rebuilt my laptop to factory default because I couldn't get […]

Winnowing the Grist From the Rumor Mills

Charlie Martin at Pajamas Media has put together an informative piece to help those of us who care to sort out fact from fiction about Gov. Sarah Palin. It seems there are more rumors daily coming mostly from the left side of the blogosphere, and the MSM dutifully report many with little or no fact-checking. […]

Drudge: Oprah Doesn’t Want Palin on Show

Matt Drudge is reporting on his website that there is a row erupting over at Harpo Productions over whether Gov. Palin should be invited on Oprah’s show. Little comment is needed, but I can see that Oprah is faced with a major dilemma that could hurt real bad either way she decides. I love it! […]