A convicted felon--Dion Drew--couldn’t get anyone to take a chance and hire him. At age 15, Drew began selling drugs, bouncing in and out of jail for nearly 20 years. He decided to straighten up, but no one would hire him.

Until  Greyston Bakery gave him a second chance at life…
For Catholics, one of the corporal works of mercy is to "visit the imprisoned."

To their credit, the leaders of Greyston Bakeries outdid that.
Beginning December 1, 2016, Obamacare requires that chain restaurants and other "similar" food establishments--including grocery stores that sell "meals to go"--list the calorie count of the products they sell.

Why? The Food and Drug Administration cites research indicating that:
  1. 33%+ of adults are obese with an additional 33% overweight;
  2. the %'age of total food calories consumed in restaurants has increased from about 18% in the 1970s to about 33% in 2015; and,
  3. the FDA also estimates that despite the onerous costs associated with placing nutritional information into menus, the new regulation will produce a "stream of benefits" from $3.7B to $10.4B over the next 20 years.

Don't be fooled! All of this is propaganda being promoted by the Food Police.

  • Notice carefully the dialectic: If one opposes the regulation, that individual doesn't care about the nation's obesity "epidemic." Can't one "care" and offer other approaches that do not increase the federal government's power over the menu choices that citizens make?
  • Note carefully the "research" and #2 (above) in particular: The number of fast food restaurants in the United States has doubled since the 1970s. Thus, although the caloric intake at those establishments has increased, the actual  %'age of calories consumed is somewhat lower today than in the 1970s.
  • Note carefully those anticipated "revenue streams": Does any serious person believe those will ever be realized?

But, more importantly and to the heart of the propaganda: A meta-analysis published in the May 2015 issue of the American Journal of Public Health found no significant correlation between calorie labeling and what consumers actually order.

The Food Police do care about obesity, no doubt about it. But, let's be clear: They do so because obesity provides a means for the Food Police to seize more control over people's lives.

Let the discussion begin...

To read the "Health Policy Brief," click on the following link:
"The FDA's Menu Labeling Rule."
In 1982, Columbia Pictures released the romantic comedy, "Tootsie."

The plot focuses upon the New York actor Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman), a talented perfectionist who is so hard on himself and others that his agent (Sydney Pollack) can no longer find work for him. A soap opera audition goes poorly, so Michael reinvents himself as actress Dorothy Michaels and wins the part. What was supposed to be a short-lived role turns into a long-term contract, but when Michael falls for his castmate, Julie (Jessica Lange), complications develop.
Here's something people may not know about the movie:
Let the discussion begin...
If what many people think--there are too many lawyers--is accuarate, that's going to be changing within a relatively short time.

A Hoover Institution study reveals that applications to the nation's law schools have declined each year for the past 6 years (or 40% since 2010). The fact: The same number of law schools have 33k fewer applicants than they did in 2010.

Tuition paying students are critical to any law school's bottom line. That's obvious. But, administrators don't seem to "get it." Today, the cost of tuition and the time it takes to earn a law degree doesn't seem to justify to young people the investment that's required.

However, the Hoover study argues that a high-quality legal education could be provided for 50% of today's average tuition. The study suggests that administrators of the nation's law schools:
  • cut 50% of faculty positions by requiring faculty to devote most of their time to teaching;
  • eliminate tenure to take advantage of the highly competitive market for law professors;
  • reduce the program from 3 to 2 years;
  • stop the building and expansion of facilities; and,
  • take greater advantage of online instruction.

Makes sense, no? Change the model so that law schools operate in a free market.

If the study's suggestions were implemented:
  • law schools should succeed or fail based upon the quality of the education offered;
  • legal education would become sustainable and better adapted to 21st-century needs; and,
  • law students could begin their careers with little or no debt.

Except for one problem: Bar-admission standards. These focus more upon where applicants have acquired their degrees and are controlled by the high courts of the 50 states of the Union.

Come to think of it, those standards are just like teacher education and teacher certification standards. Hmmmm....

Let the discussion begin...

To read the Hoover Institution study, click on the following link:
"Law Schools Are Flunking."
Matt Archbold is reporting over at the National Catholic Register (not to be confused with the National Catholic Reporter) that U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will be looking into whether the Center for Medical Progress--the group that exposed Planned Parenthood's sale of baby body parts--legally obtained the footage used in the videos.

General Lynch is quoted in Politico as saying the Justice Department would "review all of the information and determine what the appropriate steps moving forward would be."

To read Matt Archbold's report, click on the following link:

To read the Politico report, click on the following link and scroll down to "Justice to Probe Center for Medical Progress":
Over at CampusReform.com, Mariana Barillas covered the annual conference of the College Democrats of America (CDA) that ran July 22 through July 25.

The confab is advertised as “bringing together hundreds of college democrat leaders from across the United States. These conventions typically consist of notable democratic speakers, in-depth training seminars, informational panels and organizational elections and business meetings” (italics added).

Evidently so! Look at the vast throng of college Democrats attending the confab:
This year’s speakers included Julian Castro and the President of “Rock the Vote,” Ashley Spillane.

Discussing the Millennial generation, Spillane observed:

…the current political landscape isn’t that inspiring and people are frustrated with politics. I believe the Millennial Generation is getting [feces] done, they just happen to be doing it outside of the political system right now and we need to be impressing the importance of participating in civics in order to get them more involved in the process.
There was also an unscheduled appearance by Donna Brazile, Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. Brazile thanked "all those who work so hard to ensure that all of our young people, all of our College Democrats, are involved, active, and engaged in the national Democratic Party" (italics added).

From another angle, take a look at that "all":
Pointing to an empty chair on the state, Brazile encouraged members of the audience to seek public office:
I didn’t come here with any talking points, I don’t have a speech, I don’t have a candidate yet, but I do have an empty chair. I want you to start thinking about filling this seat.
Forget about that chair. Ms. Brazile might just as well have pointed to all of those empty seats in the auditorium and discussed the importance of filling them first.

Regarding the CDA confab, not only is its webpage out of date, but it also appears the Millennials have already voted...with their feet.

There is hope!

Let the discussion begin...

To read Mariana Barillas article, click on the following link:
When all that seems to be the worst of humanity is parading around on stage for all to see, that's when the best of humanity seems to shine forth...
Lauren Hill was a freshman basketball player at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio, who was suffering from terminal brain cancer. Lauren died on April 15, 2015.
Her life was short, but the list of people the 19-year-old inspired is long. 
A "tip of the hat" to Second City!
This is a great story about Kenton Lee, a dedicated Christian and entrepreneur who exudes "practical compassion."

Following graduation from Northwest Nazarene University in his hometown of Nampa, Idaho, Kenton traveled the world. His goal? To gain a broader perspective and see firsthand the problems in developing countries. While working and living at an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya in Eastern Africa, Kenton saw a little girl wearing a white dress and walking beside him. Kenton was shocked at how small her shoes were.

Kenton's observation generated a question: What if we could create a shoe that could adjust and expand? A shoe that could grow?

Kenton's story doesn't end with "The Shoe" because, for Kenton:
  • there are other issues to tackle;
  • there are more people who need someone to listen to their ideas and dreams; and,
  • there is more work to do to help put kids in the best possible position to succeed by creating innovations and improvements to tools and resources that they use in daily, regular life.
Innovation can be as simple as an idea scratched on a napkin or as complex as computer designs and 3-D printing. The bottomline: Innovation can change lives. And that’s what Because International tries to do.

"Make things better by making better things."

To learn about Because International, click on the following link:

To get involved with Because International, click on the following link:

To donate to Because International, click on the following link:
One of The Motley Monk's faves, Austin Ruse of "Friday Fax," has posted an article written by Stefano Gennarini, JD, reporting that President Obama’s multi-year campaign to discard the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ longstanding description of the family as the “natural and fundamental group unit of society” may pay off as the United Nations celebrates the 70th anniversary of its founding in September, and a new UN agreement on development is adopted by world leaders.

Gennarini describes the months-long negotiation of what will be known as the "Sustainable Development Goals" (there's that word "sustainable" again) as well as how the Obama administration is attempting to cow nations into accepting this new definition of the family that will guide global development for the next 10 to 15 years.

If that news isn't depressing enough, Ruse also posted an article written by Susan Yoshihara reporting that the UN Human Rights Committee is going to announce soon that abortion is a "human right."
Ruse comments: "Bad news all around this week. Spread the word. Be brave."

Let the discussion begin...

To read Stefano Gennarini's article, click on the following link:

To read Susan Yoshihara's article, click on the following link: