Liberty and Law: Rethinking Immigration and the Statue of Liberty

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free!" These eternal words are enshrined at the feet of the Statue of Liberty. But should immigration policy only be about taking in anyone who longs for a better life? Read this article on the symbolism of the Statue of Liberty to learn more!


Season’s Greetings!

Merry Christmas from the Unvarnished Blog! When you come here, you know you are going to get the unvarnished truth. Truth is: everyone is busy¬† in the last minute holiday prep-work. So if you want some good holiday articles to enjoy in the downtime, or a few Christmas cartoons to give you a quick reboot … Continue reading Season’s Greetings!

Saturday Satire: Candy Land?

Who ever said the best streets would be paved with gold? What about chocolate? This week in the town of Werl, Germany, the streets were paved in chocolate! According to Reuters, the town firefighters had to clear the streets outside of a local chocolate factory after a massive liquid chocolate spill occurred inside the facility. … Continue reading Saturday Satire: Candy Land?

Ecotourism and the Mountain Gorilla Miracle

Travel is a unique learning experience for tourists, but did you know that it is also an economic powerhouse for many developing countries? Ecotourism, which has spurred the growth of the Mountain Gorilla population in Central Africa, has been a real economic miracle to the humans who live in community with their primate brethren.

Saturday Satire: Positive Spin on Scrooge

This week, I found the below American Enterprise Institute Values and Capitalism article, written by Jacqueline Isaacs. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, can be viewed as a critical satire of the capitalist system in the Industrial Revolution; however, Isaacs makes the case that without the positive elements of capitalism, Scrooge's heartwarming transformation would not have … Continue reading Saturday Satire: Positive Spin on Scrooge

Christmas Consumerism: Can We Blame Capitalism?

This post is similar to that of last week "Red and Greed: Condemning Capitalism at Christmas," but I think the point of why consumerism at Christmas exists is worth examining in greater detail, especially after the comments about greed and Christmas on this weekend's Saturday Satire. The period between Black Friday and Christmas is marred … Continue reading Christmas Consumerism: Can We Blame Capitalism?

Saturday Satire: Immigration Cartoons

This week has been difficult with respect to immigration policy. From the use of teargas on migrants this Sunday to President Trump's Twitter promise to "close the Border permanently if need be," to Mexican protests against the migrant caravan, tensions regarding "asylum" seekers are high. As the unvarnished perspective doesn't shy away from any issue, … Continue reading Saturday Satire: Immigration Cartoons