Monthly Archives: December 2011

America’s Strength is Found in Her Families

Copyright 2011/2012 Susan Stamper Brown

I write this final column for 2011 during momentary and much-needed reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. When your family is spread across the country like pinpoints on a map, during holidays, your vehicle and body seem to be in a competition with each other as to which one will wear out first. Presently the score is tied: my vehicle is in dire need of cleaning and an oil change and I’m in need of a shower and an attitude adjustment. Continue reading

Merry Christmas, Welcome Home, and Job Well Done

Copyright 2011 Susan Stamper Brown

Surrounded by the protection of barbed wire fences and cement barricades, the United States Forces – Iraq flag was furled for the last time during an unpretentious ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq on December 15, 2011. It has been a long nine years. At the war’s onset in 2003, troops were promised the only way to return home was through Baghdad.  Nine years, two administrations, and multiple tours later, with mission finally accomplished, troops are headed home to celebrate Christmas. Continue reading

Plan B Drug Debate Is Not About Birth Control

Copyright 2011 Susan Stamper Brown

 “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans” John Lennon

Last week, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Obama administration took what appeared to be an extraordinarily conservative position to block a FDA recommendation that would have allowed young girls, age 11 and older, to buy a morning-after pill over the counter without parental consent. Predictably, the abortion crowd threw a temper tantrum, but Sebelius’ explanation of her position leaves little doubt that, with a little more research, her office may have given this bad idea a green light. Continue reading

Tim Tebow and the Culture of Pseudo Poltical Correctness

Copyright 2011 Susan Stamper Brown

Despite the fact that in America, 60 to 70 percent of people identify themselves as “Christian” to one degree or another, Christian-bashing seems to be just about as popular a pastime as watching football these days. And when a national football player commits the unpardonable sins of being both pro-life and pro-Jesus, you end up with Monday morning pundits who cast ridiculous judgments from on top of their lofty thrones, much like the old Muppet Show characters Statler and Waldorf. Continue reading

We are not “The 99 Percent”

As I write, the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement’s popularity is dropping just about as rapidly as the movement’s masses are being kicked out of the places across the country they’ve all but destroyed. What was originally painted as an innocent expression of freedom of speech quickly morphed into a violent temper-tantrum against all forms of normal society generally, and banks and financial institutions specifically. Continue reading