I wrote a Signal piece in May about supporting our Santa Clarita Valley Domestic Violence Center. I had asked our readers to consider donating, supporting, and even being trained as "domestic violence advocates" and help put an end to this secret American epidemic. Our center serves thousands of victims a year.
It was graduation weekend at George Washington University, where Steve has taught for the last 23 years. At a brunch for students and their families, one group stood out: a half-dozen women in brightly colored hijabs, traditional Muslim headscarves.
I hope you enjoy your watermelon, fireworks and parades this Independence Day. I'm sort of burned out on the holiday.
John Roberts is a very patient man. Thirty years ago, as a young lawyer in Ronald Reagan's Justice Department, he wrote memos attacking a landmark civil rights law that was enacted to ensure that all Americans, regardless of color, had the right to vote.
While everyone wants to engage in an employment situation that is satisfying, noble, and even fun, the sad truth is that most end up on jobs that are just plain work.
There are many things I look forward to each summer in Santa Clarita, and the Concerts in the Park series is on my list of favorite ways to enjoy a Saturday evening.
I don't know what President Obama was thinking. Speaking recently in Northern Ireland, he said Catholic schools are divisive: "If towns remain divided - if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can't see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden - that too encourages division and discourages cooperation." Begorrah! What was he thinking? I was lucky to attend a Catholic elementary school through the ...
Before speaking to the issue at hand, let us review the sad state of affairs of the California Republican Party, to wit:
Sometimes it appears that everybody in Washington yearns for an action-hero president to make them feel important. That's never more apparent than during a crisis like the Syrian civil war President Obama stands accused of "dithering" about.
"The president of the United States is, you know, our boss. But he is also, you know, the president, and he and the first lady are kinda like the mom and dad of the country ... and when your Dad says something, you listen."
There was a striking moment in the Senate Judiciary Committee's debate on the Gang of Eight's comprehensive immigration reform bill when Republican Jeff Sessions and Democrat Charles Schumer argued over the number of immigrants who would be allowed into the country under the new legislation.
Where in the world is Edward Snowden? If you know his whereabouts, the United States intelligence community would like to talk with you.
The narrow boxes through which we find ourselves entering public debate over the rise of a totalitarian government surveillance infrastructure are driving me a little crazy.
I don't know what my parents were thinking, sticking me with a weird name like Jim. Why couldn't they have named me something cool, like Hal 2000 or Bandersnatch or Sasquatch or a thousand other cool names that the parents who really care about their kids would have come up with?
Last week, the California Legislature passed a $96.3 billion budget. Most discussions coming out of the one-party budget focus on the fact that the budget used the governor's more conservative revenue projections, but legislative Democrats won in their push for higher spending, particularly for welfare grants, Common Core standards, and a scholarship entitlement program that does not protect students from tuition hikes. Worthy of public attention, however, are two trailer bills, Assembly Bill 76 and ...
I read and watch a lot of detective stories, and the type I really enjoy are place-centered. The ones where the crimesolver's hometown is as much a part of the story as the crime that starts the story rolling. New York, Chicago, L.A. and San Francisco have more than their fair share of detectives. So does London, and for some reason, rural England. The butler rarely does it, but mystery readers seem to really love ...
Nothing clarifies the mind of politicians like a fear of defeat at the ballot box. And nothing stokes such a fear more than watching an upset happen in a supposedly blue state. So with all the bitter arguments inside the conservative movement and Republican Party over health care and budget strategy, I offer a simple plea for unity of purpose around a common cause - elect Steve Lonegan to the United States Senate in New Jersey on Wednesday, October 16.
Congress has a number of deadlines, but then again, everyone has them. The trick is to deal with deadlines before they loom. It's a lesson many parents teach their children.
Like millions of Americans, I've become a "Duck Dynasty" fan.
"Heal wounds, warm hearts." That's what one sinner said the Catholic Church needs to do in the world today.
Editor's note: This column by Congressman McKeon was published in The Moscow Times on Sept. 17.
My Uncle Earl is probably similar to one of your relatives. You know the one I mean. That one person who is loud, annoying, opinionated, and boorish. But, occasionally, he says the things you really want to say.
Winston Churchill is credited with reminding the world "those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." History, being in many ways the succinct compilation of humanity's success and failures, has long been recognized as an essential part of any real education. Yet today we are fast becoming a nation that is not only ignorant of its past, but pleased about it.
Liberals at MSNBC and dozens of web sites are shocked at President Obama's "problem with his tone" in politically attacking Republicans over spending while a mentally ill murderer was gunning down citizens at the Navy Yard.
If you're a follower of the Huffington Post, you've probably read about Panera Bread founder and CEO Ron Shaich and his week-long commitment to spend no more than $4.50 a day on food, thus spotlighting the plight of the 49 million Americans on food stamps.
For California's illegal immigrants, September is off to a rewarding start.
While a lot about Syria remains unsettled, one fact is clear: President Obama has failed to convince the public and the Congress, that attacking the Assad regime is a good idea.
Recently, Vladimir Putin said something about Americans thinking that we are exceptional.
Those first few steps in the morning are surprisingly painful. It feels as if someone has hammered a 10-pound nail into the middle of your heel.
California and Texas are the Red Sox and Yankees of interstate rivalries. The biggest blue state and the big, bad red state love to hate each other, but they are fighting on the same side against the expensive and useless burden of over-testing.