Watch A Memory-Jogging Trip Back In Time As America’s Original Electronics Stores Go Dark

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They began in Boston in 1921, when two brothers opened the first Radio Shack store. Over the years, the familiar outlets brought an exciting world of electronics to cities and towns across America, even into Mexico.

Now, after being pounded by 11 consecutive quarterly losses, Radio Shack has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, announcing it will quickly close 1,784 of its close to 5,000 stores in an effort to consolidate operations, save money, and prevent total corporate collapse.

CNN reports that only three states are being spared from the imminent store shutterings: Alaska, Nevada, and West Virginia.

“The state with the most closings is California, with 175, followed by New York and the company’s home state of Texas. Vermont has only 2 stores slated to close.”

Unable to compete with retail giants such as Best Buy, and also battered by online competition, Radio Shack has reportedly not said how many jobs will be lost from the store closings.

As the lights are about to go out in stores across America, CNN Money has shared a compilation video of Radio Shack commercials that kept those lights on for so many years.

You can take the nostalgic trip back in time by clicking on the video above.

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Police Stop Teens Who Want To Shovel Snow

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Police recently stopped a pair of teens in Bound Brook, New Jersey, from making money by shoveling snow.

The teens, Matt Molinari and Eric Schnepf, both 18, were canvassing a neighborhood and handing out fliers when they were told to stop by the police.

One Bound Brook resident saw Schnepf being questioned by police after coming to his door and asked:

Are you kidding me? Our generation does nothing but complain about his generation being lazy and not working for their money. Here’s a couple kids who take the time to print up flyers, walk door to door in the snow, and then shovel snow for some spending money. And someone calls the cops and they’re told to stop?

It turns out Bound Brook has a law against unlicensed solicitors and peddlers.

Police Chief Michael Jannone commented that neither of the teens were arrested or issued a ticket. He also stated that the primary concern of the police was that they were out in dangerous conditions, not that they were unlicensed. He said:

We don’t make the laws but we have to uphold them. This was a state of emergency. Nobody was supposed to be out on the road.

The police told the teens that, although they could not go door to door offering their services, they could shovel walkways if residents called them.

In this particular borough, anyone selling goods and services door to door must apply for a permit that costs as much as $450 and is valid for only 180 days.

Similar laws have prevented kids from operating lemonade stands or selling Girl Scout cookies.

The pair of teens did manage to get five jobs, each paying from $25 to $40 per house.

Should teens be prohibited from going door to door offering to shovel snow? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Education Is Too Important Not To Leave To The Marketplace

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This week, events around the country will highlight the importance of parental control of education as part of National School Choice Week. This year’s events should attract more attention than prior years because of the growing rebellion against centralized education sparked by the federal Common Core curriculum.

The movement against Common Core has the potential to change American education. However, anti-Common Core activists must not be misled by politicians promoting “reforms” of the federal education bureaucracy, or legislation ending Common Core while leaving all other federal education programs intact. The only way to protect American children from future Common Core-like programs is to permanently padlock the Department of Education.

Federal programs providing taxpayer funds to public schools give politicians and bureaucrats leverage to impose federal mandates on schools. So as long as federal education programs exist, schoolchildren will be used as guinea pigs for federal bureaucrats who think they are capable of creating a curriculum suitable for every child in the country.

Supporters of federal education mandates say they are necessary to hold schools “accountable.” Of course schools should be accountable, but accountable to whom?

Several studies, as well as common sense, show that greater parental control of education improves education quality. In contrast, bureaucratic control of education lowers education quality. Therefore, the key to improving education is to make schools accountable to parents, not bureaucrats.

The key to restoring parental control is giving parents control of the education dollar. If parents control the education dollar, school officials will strive to meet the parents’ demand that their children receive a quality education. If the federal government controls the education dollar, schools will bow to the demands of Congress and the Department of Education.

So if Congress was serious about improving education, it would shut down the Department of Education. It would also shut down all other unconstitutional bureaucracies, end our interventionist foreign policy, and reform monetary policy so parents would have the resources to provide their children with an education that fits their children’s unique needs. Federal and state lawmakers must also repeal any laws that limit the education alternatives parents can choose for their children. The greater the options parents have and the greater the amount of control they exercise over education, the stronger the education system.

These reforms would allow more parents access to education options such as private or religious schools, and also homeschooling. It would also expand the already growing market in homeschooling curriculums. I know a great deal about the homeschooling curriculum market, as I have my own homeschooling curriculum. The Ron Paul Curriculum provides students with a rigorous program of study in history, economics, mathematics, and the physical and natural sciences. It also provides intensive writing instruction and an opportunity for students to operate their own Internet businesses. Of course, my curriculum provides students with an introduction to the ideas of liberty, including Austrian economics. However, we do not sacrifice education quality for ideological indoctrination.

It is no coincidence that as the federal role in education has increased, the quality of our education system has declined. Any “reforms” to federal education programs will not fix the fundamental flaw in the centralized model of education. The only way to improve education is to shut down the Department of Education and restore control of education to those with the greatest ability and incentive to choose the type of education that best meets the needs of American children — American parents.

For information about the Ron Paul Curriculum go to ronpaulcurriculum.com.

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That Was No SOTU – It Was A Populist Campaign Speech

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It is regrettable that we no longer have a true “State of the Union” (SOTU) speech. Rather than hearing a recapitulation of the condition of the nation and where it’s headed, we get what appears to be little more than another campaign speech replete with a veritable Christmas-list of populist proposals and recommendations. Predictably, there were errors, omissions, and outright prevarications, and very little mention of the problems that have been exacerbated over the past several years, in the president’s speech last week.

First, however, a confession of sorts is in order. I didn’t watch the speech. When I was in college, I loved being lectured to by my ISU professors who were knowledgeable, competent, and capable. After all, that’s what I paid them for. Likewise, we pay our governmental leaders to be knowledgeable, competent, and capable and to keep their oath of office, to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. When all they do proves their incompetence, and they obviously lied when they took the oath, I’m not going to subject myself to their self-aggrandizing propaganda. After all, I’m not a masochist; and I find it increasingly difficult to resist the impulse to throw things at my TV in response to superfluous rhetoric, grandstanding, self-congratulations, and mendacity. So I read his speeches, instead.

Much of Obama’s lecture Tuesday night was dedicated to his inexorable class warfare theme, pitting the middle class (who have been most adversely affected by the policies of the past six years) against the wealthy (who have done better than anyone during this administration). In advance of the delivery, the media had hyped this iteration of the SOTU as his “Robin Hood” speech. The metaphor hardly seems appropriate since Robin Hood stole from the Sheriff of Nottingham (not the rich from whom the sheriff had extorted the funds). As the head of the government, the President is essentially the Sheriff of Nottingham, who’s doing the extorting.

The President said, “Tonight, after a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999.” It would be wonderful for the nation if his policies had been conducive to our economic recovery and accelerated job growth. However, as we’ve documented before, these are occurring in spite of his policies, not because of them. It’s amazing what capitalistic economies can do when new obstacles are no longer being hurled in the way to thwart and stymy them!

“We are as free from the grip of foreign oil as we’ve been in almost 30 years. … Today, America is number one in oil and gas. … And thanks to lower gas prices and higher fuel standards, the typical family this year should save about $750 at the pump,” Obama declared. Again, this is with no help from his administration. The massive growth in domestic oil production has been primarily on state and private lands, while his administration has done everything possible to curtail it on federal ground and waterways. And it’s been primarily with technology opposed by his party and his administration. And there’s the power of capitalism again – simple supply and demand benefiting the consumer with increased competition.

Enigmatically, the President queried, “Will we allow ourselves to be sorted into factions and turned against one another? Or will we recapture the sense of common purpose that has always propelled America forward? … A better politics is one where we debate without demonizing each other.” It’s pretty difficult to take this counsel from one who has spent the past six years polarizing and dividing, based on income, party affiliation, ideology, and color.

“In two weeks, I will send this Congress a budget filled with ideas that are practical, not partisan,” he said. This is encouraging. If he comes through on the promise, it will be the first time he’s offered anything to Congress in six years that isn’t partisan. We won’t hold our breath.

“In the past year alone about 10 million uninsured Americans finally gained the security of health coverage.” This reminded me of an email I received from a friend last year that summarized the 2700 page ObamaCare legislation in four simple sentences: “A. In order to insure the uninsured, we first have to un-insure the insured. B. Next, we require the newly un-insured to be re-insured. C. To re-insure the newly un-insured, they are required to pay extra charges to be re-insured. And D. The extra charges are required so that the original insured, who became un-insured and then became re-insured, can pay enough extra so that the original un-insured can be insured, free of charge to them.” That explains a great deal of the President’s “10 million” figure.

“I am sending this Congress a bold new plan to lower the cost of community college — to zero.” I’m always amazed at the liberal mind that struggles with economic realities. The cost doesn’t go away; it’s just redistributed, or paid by someone else. And to the liberal politician, it’s always the taxpayer! Never mind that the cost is a scant $60 billion. What is that to a politician who can make a grandiose promise – and make someone else pay for it?

It really would have been nice to hear an actual analysis of the State of the Union. But alas, we just got another populist campaign speech. And even as such, it wasn’t much different than the hand-dryer in the lavatory that had a sticker attached which declared, “Press button for a speech from the president.”

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This Pastor Makes A Compelling Argument For God Being On The Side Of Free Enterprise

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Chad Hovind, senior pastor at Horzion Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, found that many Christians were unsure about what God says about economics and personal finance; so he decided to write a book called “Godonomics” to inform believers and correct the myths. In an interview with the Blaze, Hovind shares some of the same important information in the book.

Hovind, who says he was frustrated that many Christians ” had been brainwashed into thinking that Jesus was a socialist or Marxist,” also says that “Jesus was no more a Marxist than a murderer.”

He contrasts the view that Jesus was a Marxist or socialist with his strongly pro-capitalist view:

‘Godonomics’ brings liberty, productivity, and generosity to an individual, a family, and a nation. Entrepreneurship and capitalism is not just a good idea, it’s God’s idea. Capitalism is the free exchange of privately held goods and services. The Ten Commandments talk about private property … and liberty is mentioned from Genesis to Revelation: “Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” and “Proclaim Liberty unto all the land.”

When it comes to the realm of personal finance, Hovind offers a simple formula: “Produce, Profit, Save, Invest, and Give in contrast to Consume, Borrow, and Enslave to Credit.” He talks about how his sixteen year old bought her own car, and his fourteen year old started his own video production business. It is not just principles for adult finances but also for raising children who think in a godly and wise way about money.

Regarding US finances, Hovind debunks the notion that capitalism=greed and socialism=generosity. He states: “When folks think Christianity endorses socialism, I wonder if they’ve ever read the Bible or studied history.” On the national debt, he quotes Deuteronomy 25, which says “You will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow; and you will rule over many nations, but they will not rule over you.” God had early on linked the connection between debt and loss of freedom, a connection Hovind states our country has ignored now that it is in debt to the tune of $17 trillion dollars.

Hovind presents a positive view of capitalism, profits, and entrepreneurship that contrasts sharply with the common notion that Jesus would have opposed the free market.

What do you think? Have you encountered those who think Jesus would have opposed free market capitalism if He had been around today?

h/t: the Blaze

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