Bob Hall

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The mother-lode of little-known sci-fi facts

Here at SYFY WIRE, we love a good little-known sci-fi fact. But we may have just unearthed the mother lode of them!<p>If you’re into uncovering …

Science Fiction

How Joy Davidman Altered My View of C. S. Lewis

A new biography of C. S. Lewis’s wife, Joy, has altered my perception of Lewis himself.<p>This is not the first time that my view of someone has shifted …

Evangelical Christianity

The Great Republican Tax Cut Backfire

Did you have a happy Tax Day? Are you feeling grateful for the Republican tax cut?<p>Evidently, most American taxpayers are not.<p>In a sublime case of poetic justice, the so-called Tax Cut and Jobs Act is backfiring on the Republicans big time. Most voters are unimpressed, and Republicans themselves are …

Republicans

Carrie Underwood Received a Standing Ovation at the Country Music Awards

Sunday night’s audience was full of stars in and outside the country-music scene.<p>Sunday night’s 53rd annual Country Music Awards was a gathering of celebrities from Nashville and beyond. Country legend <b>Reba McEntire</b> hosted the event in Las Vegas, which brought together stars from <b>Kelly Clarkson</b> and</b> …

Country Music

How a Porn Star Became More Credible Than the President

Sure, he's a liar, and yes, she’s a press-savvy operator, but the Stormy Daniels scandal also suggests the profound normalization of pornography in our culture.<p>It wasn’t so long ago that the sort of person who made their livelihood by starring in a film called <i>Sexbots: Programmed for Pleasure,</i> or …

Stormy Daniels

Sean Hannity Is Named as Client of Michael Cohen, Trump’s Lawyer

From his Fox News pulpit, Sean Hannity has been one of the most ardent supporters of President Trump, cheering his agenda and excoriating his enemies.<p>He has gone from giving advice on messaging and strategy to Mr. Trump and his advisers during the 2016 campaign to dining with him at the White House …

Donald Trump

It Came from Janesville: A Eulogy for Paul Ryan’s Beguiling Career

Ryan is not a martyr or a victim of circumstance. He is a decades-long participant in a Washington culture despised by most of the country, and a willing supplicant to a president who embodies everything Ryan professes to hate about our politics.<p><b>Paul Ryan’s</b> decision to retire on Wednesday unleashed …

Republicans

U.S. and allies warn Syria of more missile strikes if chemical attacks used again

Western allies warned Syria on Saturday that they could launch further attacks if chemical weapons are used again, even as Syria’s powerful backer Russia denounced the missile strikes but gave no signs of possible retaliation.<p>The flurry of statements after Friday’s coordinated strike of U.S. cruise …

Middle East

Full text: Trump’s remarks on Syria

<i>President Donald Trump’s statement on Syria, as provided by the Office of the Press Secretary:</i><p>My fellow Americans, a short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. …

Middle East

Paul Ryan Will Retire as the Biggest Fake in American Politics

If he hadn't done so much damage, we could laugh him off the national stage—like Joe Biden did.<p>It’s probably too much to hope that Speaker Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny starver from the state of Wisconsin, will dedicate his retirement to public service the way that his immediate predecessor has.<p>…

Joe Biden

This Is Your Retirement Age -- According to the Social Security Administration

Do you have a retirement age in mind? A day when you'll finally leave the workforce for good and spend time traveling or enjoying life?<p>Image source: …

Historical Evidence That Jesus Rose From the Dead

The historical evidence for the resurrection of Christ is very good. Scholars such as William Lane Craig, J.P. Moreland, Gary Habermas, and others …

Flavius Josephus' hot take on Jesus and the early Christians

<b>Opinion: the Jewish historian is the only independent source to attest to the existence and fate of Jesus, John the Baptist and James</b><p><b>By Zuleika</b> …

The 7 top retirement tips for ages 50 to 65+

Retirement planning isn’t only for the retired. These seven essential tips can help you prepare right now, no matter your age — so you can feel …

Did Jesus 'Descend into Hell' after his death?

Nearly 2,000 years of Christian tradition and a scriptural reference in 1 Peter 3:19-20 make the case that after Jesus was crucified, he descended …

Pope To World: Hell Does Exist

Things got a little heated at the Vatican this week when an Italian journalist reported that Pope Francis denied the existence of hell.<p>Apparently, the fiery 93-year-old avowed atheist reporter, Eugenio Scalfari of <i>La Repubblica</i>, set the social media world aflame after writing in Italian that when …

Christianity

America is getting older. When will Trump get wiser?

FACTS ARE stubborn things. The stubbornest facts are demographic ones. And perhaps the stubbornest demographic fact, for both the United States and the rest of the industrial democratic world, is societal aging.<p>The Census Bureau’s latest report on the state of the U.S. population reminds us of this …

Retirement

Here's a Simple Explanation of Stephen Hawking's Greatest Contribution to Science

He really was a genius.<p>Mathematical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking was best known for his work exploring the relationship between black …

We'll Never Know For Sure How Everything Began

Roughly 13.8 billion years ago, the Universe as we know it expanded from an infinitely hot and dense singularity in space and time, first in a …

Aleteia — Catholic Spirituality, Lifestyle, World News, and Culture

Jeffrey Bruno<p>Hundreds attended the Mass and peaceful procession to pray for Christ's Mercy for all those affected by abortion.<p>Cynthia Dermody<p>Aleteia …

What did Christianity look like before the Bible?

How did Christians come to know Our Lord in the first 400 years after Christ?<p>The Holy Scriptures have long been a source of edification for …

America is on a binge -- 17.5 billion drinks worth: Study

Excessive drinking can kill you -- and claims the lives of an estimated 88,000 Americans per year, according to a first-of-its-kind study.<p>That’s 1 in …

Jeff Flake Called Out the Foundational Flaws of His Party, and Its Unstable Leader

The retiring senator shares some hard truths about Republicans and President Trump.<p>It's incumbent on us to mention that one quality shared by nearly all Republicans who have taken on President Trump is that they're leaving their jobs. John McCain, Bob Corker, and Jeff Flake all have limited time …

Republicans

At retirement, should you roll your 401(k) into your IRA? Think about these factors

<b>Dear Liz:</b> I turned 70 last week and therefore I am leaving my part-time job after about 13 years. No big deal, but now that I am retiring I have a 401(k) worth about $60,000 and an IRA that is somewhere around $50,000. Should I roll my 401(k) account into my IRA or just let it sit there collecting …

Trump's carefully constructed house of lies

<b>(CNN) —</b> No one could be surprised to learn that, according to an article in The New Yorker, Donald Trump allegedly employed an elaborate scheme to hide a betrayal of his wife Melania while carrying on an affair with ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal.<p>Neither should we be shocked to learn that during …

Donald Trump

The Prophet Micah

<i>(8th Century BC)</i><p><b>His life</b><p>+ Micah was a Jewish prophet in Judah and is the author of Old Testament book of Micah. Born in Moresheth-Gath, he was active …

Use this checklist if you’re doing your taxes yourself

<b>If you’re planning to file your own tax returns this year, you’re in good company. Approximately 33% of Americans file their own taxes each year.</b><p>As …

How Donald Trump's Schizoid Administration Upended the GOP

One year in, we still haven't learned how to escape the Trump news cycle<p>January 2018. We're trapped in an intellectual prison from which there is no …

Donald Trump

Historians Have Long Thought Populism Was a Good Thing. Are They Wrong?

Today’s populist resurgence has us rethinking the role these movements play in U.S. politics.<p>T<i>his article is the third in a series on how President Donald Trump changed history—reviving historical debates that have simmered on low heat for years, and altering how historians think about them. See</i> …

Political Science

The 7 Most Shocking Details from Michael Wolff’s Bombshell Trump Book

A book the White House calls “trashy tabloid fiction” purports to detail the inner workings of a campaign nobody expected—or wanted—to succeed.<p>On the eve of the 2016 presidential election, <b>Donald Trump</b> was already looking ahead to the publicity opportunities that would come in the weeks and months …

Donald Trump