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James L. Paris
Palm Coast Florida
Editor In Chief, Christian Money.com
Interests: Playing the trumpet, Tae Kwon Do, and Reading Financial Books
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Many say there’s no way they’d ride in a self-driving car. It seems likely, then, that they would have nothing to do with self-flying airplanes. As it happens, they might have to actually make that decision one day, because it appears that self-flying planes are indeed on the radar, so to speak. According to the Independent, Boeing is very much interested in developing aircraft that can fly without any assistance from human pilots. Although, at first blush, such a proposed vehicle may seem like an outrageous idea to some, the truth is that airplanes currently fly without a great deal... Continue reading
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This isn’t good at all. In a European nation with an unfortunate history regarding anti-semitism, there is real evidence that many of its young residents are today reflecting distinctly anti-semitic attitudes. As reported by The Jerusalem Post, the results of a study conducted by the University of Teacher Education in Vienna were released this past Saturday, and they show that nearly half of all young Austrian Muslims harbor thoughts and feelings of anti-semitism. The Austrian daily Der Standard, in its write-up of the survey results, suggests that the anti-semitic and anti-Israel narratives that are so prominent in majority Muslim countries... Continue reading
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Well, here we go. According to the Daily Mail Online, an official of the Church of England is suggesting that Christians who undergo sex reassignment surgery may be eligible to have a “re-christening” ceremony performed by the church under their new names. According to Synod Secretary William Nye, identified by the Daily Mail as the “most senior official” of the Church of England, “It is a fundamental belief of the Church that baptism can only be received once. There is therefore no possibility of the Synod approving a form of service for the re-baptism of transgendered persons in their new... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at James L. Paris
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How bad DO you want success? Do you want it as much as Elon Musk? If you’re not as busy as he is, the answer is “probably not.” Actually, that’s unfair. Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, is one of the world’s great entrepreneurs and visionaries, at present, and so it makes sense that he might also be one of the very busiest people anywhere. For most of us, it is not necessary to have such grandiose objectives (like running a company devoted to achieving the colonization of Mars) to still realize accomplishments that qualify as examples of resounding success.... Continue reading
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Like Target needed this right now. Recently, a Houston woman was changing in a Target dressing room when she noticed a man starting to film her. Even worse, the woman claims that when she noticed what was going on and screamed for help, none of the employees intervened on her behalf. Speaking to ABC13 Eyewitness News in Houston, the woman detailed, “In the mirror, I saw the reflection of the cell phone.” At that point, she buttoned her blouse and set out after the perpetrator, who was fleeing the store while pushing a baby stroller. Video of the incident depicts... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at James L. Paris
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Apparently, the pit of social lunacy really is bottomless. According to Heat Street, there appears to be a trend afoot among the particularly aware and progressive mothers out there that involves asking their babies for permission before they pick them up. And that’s not even the weirdest part of this. If you’re thinking that maybe the weirdest part is that these moms say they can sense when their infants are giving their approval to be picked up, it’s not that, either. Admittedly, that’s pretty goofy, but, no, that’s not the weirdest part. The weirdest part is that these moms declare... Continue reading
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On this episode Jim discusses why he believes the Bill Cosby jury was deadlocked. Also, the mystery of how a giant cargo ship was undetected and crashed into a U.S. Navy destroyer, Illinois may have to file for bankruptcy, Litcoin nearly doubles in price in 24 hours, solar panels still don't make financial sense, and Amazon buys Whole Foods. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at James L. Paris
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Special guest, Pulitzer Prize winner, Carlos Harrison and co-author of Trained to Kill: The Inside Story of CIA Plots against Castro, Kennedy, and Che. Veciana transformed himself from an asthmatic banker to a bomb-making mastermind who headed terrorist attacks in Havana and assassination attempts against Castro, while building one of the era’s most feared paramilitary groups—all under the direction of the CIA. Antonio Veciana fought on the front lines of the CIA’s decades-long secret war to destroy Fidel Castro, the bearded bogeyman who haunted America’s Cold War dreams. It was a time of swirling intrigue, involving US spies with license... Continue reading
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Governor Greg Abbott continues to tell progressive America: “Don’t mess with Texas.” While so-called “hate crime” laws have long been a source of controversy, with many believing they essentially punish thought by ascribing extra penalties due to the motivation of a violent crime, rather than solely for the crime itself, there is no denying they’ve gained traction in America’s criminal justice system over the last couple of decades. Taking a cue from that trend, Texas recently decided to use the sensibilities behind hate crime laws to grant extra protections to their law enforcement officers, passing the Police Protection Act. Governor... Continue reading
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Are you looking to move? A lot of people are right now. After many years of staying put, largely because home prices tanked so badly during the Great Recession, more people are once again interested in putting on their walking shoes and finding another place to live now that values have recovered enough to allow mobility. To do that, though, you have to sell the house you’re in, presently, and to do that, you have to pay attention to what makes a house more palatable to potential buyers. Like the right color. It turns out that colors can make a... Continue reading
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As reported by The Christian Post, Fred Warmbier, whose 22-year-old son Otto was recently released from a North Korean prison in a coma after suffering what has been described as a “severe neurological injury,” is publicly calling out the Obama administration for having pressured the elder Warmbier and his wife to keep quiet about their son’s ordeal to ensure they did not “offend” the North Koreans. Speaking at a press conference this past Thursday, Fred Warmbier said that from the moment his son was first detained, he and wife Cindy were told by the “past administration to take a low... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at James L. Paris
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Though bitter rivals on the campaign trail, it appears Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is an enormous fan of President Trump when it comes to his stance on Cuba. As reported by the Washington Examiner, the president was in Miami on Friday to announce rollbacks of Obama’s liberalization of American policy toward Cuba, and Rubio was right there with him. Rubio took to the podium before Trump, and used the opportunity to contrast the leadership of the current president with that of his predecessor on the matter of the Cuban government and its people. “It struck me as the plane landed... Continue reading
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Last week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill making the Keystone State the ninth to replace the traditional pension system for state employees with a “hybrid” retirement account that combines a pension structure and 401(k)-style plan. The new law marks a continuing shift away from the burdensome, pension-based retirement systems for public employees threatening to drive states and municipalities into bankruptcy. Taking effect in January 2019, the Pennsylvania law will vastly reduce the burden of state taxpayers presently obligated to collectively serve as the guarantor of the pension benefits for public employees. As reported by CNN Money, Pennsylvania joins... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at James L. Paris
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In the wake of the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), apologists on the left - and even some on the right - have been quick to suggest that “we’re all to blame” for what happened. Well, one Republican politician sort of doubled-down on that notion, suggesting that even the President of the United States is responsible for the attack on Scalise. As reported by The Hill, Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) said the following during an appearance Thursday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program: “[I] would argue that the president is at least in partially — not in any way totally... Continue reading
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For one professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the motto of the day seems to be “Do as I teach, not as I am.” Erik Olin Wright helms a course at the school called “Class, State, and Ideology: An Introduction to Social Science in the Marxist Tradition.” You can probably tell what it’s all about just from that title, but in case you’re still unsure on what it is Professor Wright teaches, feel free to refer to his near-80-page syllabus that describes capitalism as a system that “generates harms” and “generates injustices” which “can be broadly grouped under three rubrics:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at James L. Paris
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In the wake of a 2016-2017 NFL season that saw the league rife with social protests by players and plentiful political expressions from a variety of sports media representatives, the NFL Network has decided, for its part, that staff members will be sticking to sports, particularly when on their social media accounts. According to Touchdown Wire, league executives (NFL Network is owned by the National Football League) are growing increasingly concerned at the political outspokenness of so many from the realm of professional sports media, and see the melding of politics and sports as something capable of resulting in nothing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at James L. Paris
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Sen. John McCain has since tried to walk this back, but that’s not cutting it with many folks. People typically know it to be the case that when you say something, you mean it, and if you say later you misspoke, were misquoted, or were misunderstood…no one really buys it. As reported by The Hill, McCain, who has claimed to be a Republican all along, recently told Britain’s Guardian that he believes the United States was better served by the leadership of Barack Obama than by that currently provided by Donald Trump. Come again? It’s no secret that McCain was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at James L. Paris
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Imagine if the way you reliably pay your cell phone bill each month turned out to be the basis on which you come to enjoy access to substantial credit at competitive rates. It could happen. According to USA Today, the findings of a study conducted by ID Analytics LLC, a developer of consumer risk management software for businesses, suggest that evaluating cell phone and utilities payment histories can be just as reliable a predictor of credit risk as the payment histories associated with credit card bills, mortgages, auto loans, and student loans. “This is a win-win for lenders and consumers,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at James L. Paris
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Talk about privilege. According to the New York Post, Caroline Biden, niece of former vice president Joe Biden, has managed to skate on going to prison even though she admitted in court to stealing more than $100,000 in a credit card scam. Reportedly, the victim gave Biden the card in order that she could make a $672 purchase. Biden instead used the card to open an account at Bigelow Pharmacy in New York City, and charged over $100,000 there from April 2015 to June 2016. Biden pleaded guilty to charges of grand larceny and petit larceny in Manhattan Supreme Court.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at James L. Paris
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Another law enforcement agency head has gone public with his belief that gun-owning citizens need to be ready to defend themselves against the kind of random terror attacks that have plagued Europe recently. In a video he posted to Facebook, Sheriff Wayne Ivey of Brevard County, Florida went as far as to say that citizens should now see themselves as “the first line of defense” against a terror attack, according to The Washington Times. Outlining the threat as he sees it, Ivey said: “Terrorists and active shooters are using every weapon available to target citizens. Guns, knives, trucks, hammers, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at James L. Paris
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The Trump fans refer to information like this as “winning,” but maybe it’s simply the kind of functional progress we should expect from government, as a rule. Last Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy issued a report on the productivity of the Trump administration since assuming control of the executive branch, announcing that President Trump has, up to this point, been busier signing bills into law than any of his recent predecessors. “To date, President Trump has signed 37 bills into law, placing him ahead of the last four administrations,” the pair of lawmakers noted... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at James L. Paris
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For those of you who are bent on achieving entrepreneurial success, but cannot bring yourselves to quit your day job and throw everything you have into your dream effort, side hustle, or whatever you want to call it…Shark Tank’s Daymond John understands, and has your back. As a matter of fact, he thinks it’s a bad idea for anyone building a business on the side to leave behind the source of income that’s paying the bills right now. According to John, the notion that one must quit a reliable, “regular” job to ultimately become successful as an entrepreneur “is garbage,”... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at James L. Paris
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On this episode Jim takes a look back at the Batman TV show, after news of the death of actor Adam West at age 88. Also discussed, Jim's analysis of the James Comey testimony, Bitcoin hits $3,000 but why many are more excited now about Ethereum, and a new scam that steals downpayments from home buyers. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at James L. Paris
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Known as America's Cheapest Family, Steven and Annette Economides joins Jim to discuss a wide array of money saving strategies. Topics include why you don't need coupons to save money at the grocery store, the smart way to save money on produce, how to save money on meat, how to teach your kids about money, dealing with the challenges of the high cost of college, and how to avoid financially supporting your adult children. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at James L. Paris
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The Center for Medical Progress (CMP), responsible for capturing on video the ultra-candid admissions of Planned Parenthood (PP) staff and affiliates about the abortion-related work they do, is hitting back at a federal judge who recently ordered their latest productions to be kicked off the Internet. According to Live Action News, attorneys for CMP and its founder, David Daleiden, have filed a motion in a Northern California U.S. District Court that asks for Judge William H. Orrick III to be disqualified “on the grounds that there is evidence of bias in favor of the plaintiff and prejudice against the defendants.”... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at James L. Paris