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Jerry Bowyer: Amazon Puts Activists Over Owners and Customers


Amazon has dropped ADF—the Alliance Defending Freedom—from their “Smile” charity program. They did so because the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center labeled the a group who are leading defenders of the the First Amendment and religious liberty as a hate group. The Smile program permits customers to donate part of their Amazon purchases to the charity of their choice.

Of course, ADF is no hate group, but that doesn’t matter to the SPLC. Their M.O. is to label mainstream conservative groups as hate-groups.

So why should the rest of us care?

Citizens should care because labeling everything the left doesn’t like as racist polarizes society and degrades civility. It’s long past time for Amazon to put its owners and its customers interests ahead of activists and the personal political biases of management.

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Albert Mohler: “Are My Friends Really My Friends?”


“Are My Friends Really My Friends?”

That’s the title of recent article in The New York Times. Teddy Wayne writes, “In the age of digital media, do we have more friends? We are certainly connected to many people who we identify as friends, but are they really friends?”

The bottom line—surprise—is many of the people in the digital world we identify as friends really aren’t friends.

But I was fascinated to see the citation of research by Oxford Professor of Evolutionary Psychology Robin Dunbar.

Working down from the larger circles of acquaintances, he says most people only have five confidants and only 1.5 people in the innermost circle.

I think he’s pessimistic on the innermost circle.

But: You might just want to put the smart phone down and take that up in conversation with your friend and a half.

 

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Jerry Bowyer: In the Laboratory of Democracy, New Jersey Is Failing


My clients are fleeing New Jersey like it’s on fire,” that’s what a financial consultant to wealthy individuals just told James Freeman of the Wall Street Journal. What is the fire driving them out? It’s the class warfare as expressed in the worst business taxes in America, and a left-wing governor who wants to hike them again. The accelerant is that—under the new Trump tax plan—the rest of us will be doing less of the bailing through the tax code.

My new piece on Townhall Finance shows how New Jersey was already was on shaky grounds in terms of being able to attract enough high earning talent to keep its real estate market intact.

I hate to see these states implode, but that’s how the Founders designed our system of federalism: Each state a laboratory of democracy.

In this lab, some experiments are clearly failing.

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Hugh Hewitt: A Heartfelt Salute on Memorial Day


The dangerous world we are looking at today serves as an appropriate backdrop for our expression of gratitude for those who have died in the service of our nation.

From the time of our nation’s founding to today, well over 1.2 million Americans have paid the ultimate price in the service of our country.

Today is a day for us to say, “thank you.” It is also a day for us to dedicate ourselves.

In 1863 Abraham Lincoln called our country to an “unfinished work.” And, in many respects, we remain an unfinished work.

Our commitment—the commitment of “the living”—to the values and freedoms our honored veterans fought for makes clear that they did not die in vain.

To those who have served or are serving today: A grateful nation says, “thank you.”

To those listening who have a loved one who died for this great cause: A special thanks to you—and a heartfelt civilian salute from me (and all my friends here at the Salem Media Group).

Happy Memorial Day.

 

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Michael Medved: Message From the Royal Wedding


Media coverage of Britain’s royal wedding focused mostly on breaks with tradition—with a biracial, divorced, American bride and a couple that lived together before marriage.

But the ceremony itself also sent some more traditional messages: in a nation with church attendance half what it is in America, the Christian themes and references must have puzzled secular Britons, joining husband and wife in the eyes of God, not just through power of government. Eight days after Megan and Harry united their fates, our younger daughter will make a similar commitment when we celebrate her marriage.

We may not provide the lavish trappings of a royal wedding, but bride and groom always reign as queen and king in Jewish tradition.  And may Shayna and Mark always treat one another as royalty!

I’m Michael Medved—proud papa.

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