Why more heart-related deaths happen around the holidays

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – Deaths from heart-related causes tend to spike around the holidays, and the cold weather may not really be to blame, a national study suggests. To rule out the potential influence of freezing temperatures, researchers examined data on more than 738,000 deaths from 1988 to 2013 in New Zealand, where […]

Why America’s Founders Didn’t Want a Democracy

When I took history and government in school, many critical issues were misrepresented, given short shrift, or even ignored entirely. And those lacunae undermined my ability to adequately understand many things. Randall Holcombe’s new book, Liberty in Peril: Democracy and Power in American History, fills in some very substantial gaps, particularly with regard to American constitutionalism […]

Why the Hero of “It’s a Wonderful Life” Isn’t George Bailey

By Eric Teachout Intellectual Takeout I think I’m not the only person that cries every time I watch “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The movie pulls our heart strings because we can all relate to George Bailey: man has dreams to see the world and do big things, but is instead given a meager life of service. […]

US to Commemorate 75th Anniversary of WWII Battle of Bulge

A parade was scheduled for the morning of Saturday, Dec. 16, 1944, for members of 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division in Diekirch, a small town in Luxembourg.  The division had been sent to the area for some welcome rest and refit after continuous fighting in the months since the D-Day invasion in June […]

ATF’s Notorious Gunwalking Scandal

The ATF isn’t all bad. In fact, they had a policy of letting illegal gun purchases go between 2006 and 2011. It ended up getting U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry killed on December 14, 2010, and let Mexican criminals get enough guns that they were found at over 150 crime scenes where Mexican citizens were either killed or […]

How to find the right balance with pain management

(BPT) – If you’re facing surgery soon, you may have concerns about pain management. In a 2018 Mayo Clinic survey, 94% of the adults surveyed said that they would choose an alternative to opioids for treatment after surgery, but only 1 in 4 actually talked to their healthcare professional about those alternatives. Successfully managing pain […]

American Health Care Costs a Lot, but Delivers Results

“The U.S. spends more than other countries on health care and gets worse results.” You hear that argument a lot—especially from those pushing for “Medicare for All” or some other government-run health system. But is it true? Certainly Americans spend more on health than other nations. But the latest report on health care from the Organization for […]

Gun ownership grows, criminal gun use falls

NSSF RELEASES FIREARMS PRODUCTION FIGURES More than 17.7 million Modern Sporting Rifles in Private Ownership WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the firearms industry trade association, released the 2017 Firearms Production Report to members. The report compiles the most up to date information based on data sourced from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, […]

First Lady Melania Trump Unveils Christmas at the White House 2019

“The Spirit of America” is shining in the White House, First Lady Melania Trump announced on Twitter yesterday, unveiling the 2019 White House Christmas decorations.  The First Family is celebrating their third Christmas in the White House. This year’s theme is a tribute to the traditions, customs, and history that make America great. Handpicked by the First Lady herself, […]

Earning opportunities for low-income seniors

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a part-time employment program for low-income persons age 55 or over. Program participants work at community and government agencies and are paid the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher. They may also receive training, and can use their participation as a bridge to other employment positions […]