Recall that Todd Akin’s and Richard Mourdock’s series of unfortunate events began with needling, difficult questions that exposed their religious beliefs. Those questions, and the two men’s answers to them, wrecked their sure-fire candidacies and helped keep the Senate in the hands of the devious Harry Reid. I’m not defending them; they gave bad answers, and Akin in particular allowed his stubbornness to override good sense. Recall also that Democrats are almost never asked needling, difficult questions that expose their religious beliefs, even though if they are Christians as they claim to be, their answers ought to be identical
Shifting demographics. Low turnout. ORCA croaking. Moderate Mitt. Sandy/Christie/Obama celebrity three-way. Voter fraud. Many thoughtful minds have offered analysis as to why, after suffering through four years of Obama´s militant collectivism and prolific statism (AKA class warfare and social justice), a "center-right" nation would vote for the radical leftist again. But let´s face it, Republicans lost the "center" because the Republicans didn´t really have the center. The media-entertainment-education-Democrat axis control the mainstream narrative, which means the 30-40% who are in the center (between conservative and liberal identification) generally will believe whatever Bill Maher, CNN or Politico says.
Will 2013 be 1937? This is the question many analysts are posing as the stock market has dropped after the U.S. election. On Nov. 16, they noted that industrial production, a crucial figure, dropped as well. In this case, “1937” means a market drop similar to the one after the re-election of another Democratic president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1936. The drop wasn’t immediate in that case; it came in the first full year after the election. Industrial production plummeted by 34.5 percent.
An Israeli strike on a Gaza City high-rise today has killed one of the top militant leaders of Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian militant group said. The second strike in two days on the downtown Gaza City building that houses the Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, has killed Ramez Harb, who is a leading figure in Al Quds Brigades militant wing, according to a text message Islamic Jihad sent to reporters. Witnesses told the AP that the Israeli airstrike, part of a widening effort to suppress Hamas rocket fire into Israel, struck the building Monday afternoon,
As Operation Pillar of Defense launches into its sixth day, a clear hero has already emerged: Iron Dome. Since the operation began, Iron Dome has intercepted more than 300 rockets launched at Israel with a stellar success rate of 85 percent. The anti-missile system has become a huge source of pride for Israelis, both because of the lives it has undoubtedly saved and because the technology is homegrown. After the targeted killing of Ahmed Jabari last Wednesday, preparations to ready Iron Dome went full speed ahead and around the clock.
Here’s an idea for how to start the New Year in a bipartisan fashion: Let’s go over the fiscal cliff! Today, the only ones in Washington who advocate fiscal cliff-diving are liberal Democrats. It’s time for conservatives to join them. Letting the Bush tax cuts expire will strengthen the GOP’s hand in tax negotiations next year, and it may be the only way Republicans can force President Obama and Senate Democrats to agree to fundamental tax reform. Right now, Democrats believe they have the upper hand in the fiscal standoff. Patty Murray (Wash.) — the fourth-ranking Senate Democrat
There comes a time in some men´s lives when the days seem darker, mortality more certain, and the only sensible response is to blow the life savings on a sportscar. Radical and often ill-advised changes in lifestyle have become the calling cards of the midlife crisis, but if it is more than a myth, then humans may not be the only animals to experience it. Now an international team of scientists claims to have found evidence for a slump in wellbeing among middle-aged chimpanzees and orangutans. The lull in happiness in the middle years
John McCain and Lindsey Graham are on a fool´s errand. The hawkish GOP senators have launched a pre-emptive strike against Susan Rice, the U.N. ambassador, who is a contender to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once Clinton quits her job as the nation´s top diplomat. With President Obama winding down the Afghanistan war over their protests, McCain, R-Ariz., and Graham, R-S.C., have now opened a domestic front against the president´s foreign policy by going after Rice. They couch their opposition to her in an overblown objection to Rice´s inaccurate characterization of the Sept. 11 attack
It’s the biggest mystery on Wall Street. Hurricane Sandy floodwaters inundated a 10,000-square-foot underground vault downtown, soaking 1.3 million bond and stock certificates — including bearer bonds that function like cash — and putting them in danger of turning to mush. A contractor working for the vault owner, the Depository Trust and Clearing Corp., is feverishly working to restore the paper. But the value of the threatened notes under 55 Water St. remains unknown to all but the innermost circle of Wall Street bankers. One source said $70 billion in bearer bonds were in jeopardy. DTCC —
Hostess Brands Inc. agreed in court on Monday to enter private mediation with its lenders and leaders of a striking union to try to avert the liquidation of the maker of Twinkies snack cakes and Wonder Bread. Hostess, its lenders and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), agreed to mediation at the urging of Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain of the Southern District of New York, who preferred it to the more expensive, public hearing regarding the company´s liquidation. "My desire to do this is prompted primarily by the potential loss of over 18,000 jobs
Upsetting Barack Obama’s little red wagon, impeding America’s race toward the abyss depends on seeing clearly through Obama’s masterful Marxist use of perception. The Obama Regime successfully creates the public perception that its power is absolute; that the recent election awarded them majority rule; that there is no way on earth to stop Obama from making good on what he has said he is going to do. Even with all the lies, astroturfing and sheer bravado perfecting perception, shattering its myth is possible because for all of its boasts, perception is 1% reality and 99% abstract.
The morning after the re-election of President Obama, Rush Limbaugh told his listeners: I went to bed last night thinking we’re outnumbered. I went to bed last night thinking all this discussion we’d had about this election being the election that will tell us whether or not we’ve lost the country. I went to bed last night thinking we’ve lost the country. I don’t know how else you look at this. The conservative talk show host, who had been an upbeat, if initially doubtful, Romney supporter throughout the campaign, was on a post-election downer:
RANGOON, Burma — From businessmen chasing new markets to basketball players serving as sports envoys, the past year has seen an unprecedented wave of American visitors to the once-pariah state of Burma. On Monday, President Obama arrived. "This is not an endorsement of the Burmese government," Obama said Sunday in Bangkok, the first stop on a three-nation tour that also takes him to Cambodia Monday night. "This is an acknowledgment that there is a process underway inside that country that even a year and a half, two years ago, nobody foresaw," he said.
Madrid - Spain is considering offering rich investors from countries such as Russia and China the right to settle in return for them buying up property in the stagnant housing sector. Spain has more than a million empty homes across the country and is setting up a bad bank to clean up toxic assets from a housing bubble which burst in 2008. Foreigners could be offered a residency permit if they buy a property worth 160,000 euros ($200,000) or more, the country´s commerce secretary said on Monday. "We´re looking at markets such as the Russian or Chinese, among which there is already a strong
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers want to know who had a hand in creating the Obama administration´s now-discredited "talking points" about the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, and why a final draft omitted the CIA´s early conclusion that terrorists were involved. The answers could explain why President Barack Obama and top aides, including U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, described the attack for days afterward as a protest against an anti-Islam video that spontaneously turned violent and why they played down any potential link to al-Qaida
It is only two weeks since his re-election, and his second term remains two months away, but Barack Obama is already blundering again on the world stage, with the kind of gaffes that would have been plastered on the front page of The New York Times if they had been committed by George W. Bush when he was in the White House. Obama´s first term was littered with foreign policy gaffes, and there is every chance the second term will be more of the same. On his trip to Asia this week, President Obama struggled to pronounce the name of
Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo government on Monday dismissed a demand from rebels in the country´s east for truce talks, saying that the insurgent force pushing towards the city of Goma was merely a tool of neighboring Rwanda. (Snip) A government spokesman said it was not interested in rebel proposals or ultimatums. "M23 is defined by the government as a fiction created by Rwanda to hide their criminal activities against the DRC," spokesman Lambert Mende said. "It is an ultimatum from a fictitious group that has no real value to us." United Nations experts back
He feels their pain. Former president Bill Clinton visited the Rockaways this weekend, and got a first-hand look at Hurricane Sandy devastation that rocked the normally tranquil Queens neighborhood. Clinton Global Initiative volunteers and the 42nd president hit the streets for their Day of Action efforts to pick up the pieces left behind by Sandy. "We were glad to make a small but meaningful difference in the community and were moved by the perseverance and kindness of those living through such hardship in the storm´s wake," Clinton wrote on his Facebook page late last night.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says he´s not certain whether the planet was created by God in seven days or in "seven actual eras" — telling GQ magazine it´s up to parents to teach their children either a faith-based history of Earth or a scientific one. (Snip)"I´m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that´s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States," Rubio told GQ
Havana - Colombia´s FARC rebels said on Monday they would call a two-month unilateral ceasefire, the first truce in more than a decade, as peace negotiators met in Cuba in the latest attempt to end the five-decade war. President Juan Manuel Santos´ government, however, has so far rejected any stoppage of military operations until a final peace deal was signed with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and even vowed to step up the offensive. The FARC said it would halt all offensive military operations and acts of sabotage against infrastructure beginning at midnight on Monday
A mysterious company associated with Project ORCA, the failed election reporting tool meant to aide the Romney campaign’s Election Day “get out the vote” efforts, disappeared from the Internet shortly after November 6th. An October 25 ORCA training email from former Romney campaign director of voter contact Dan Centinello, obtained by The Daily Caller from an ORCA volunteer, contained a link that sent volunteers to TheCheckmateCompany.com to view a training video on the system. That link is now dead, and the website disappeared from the Internet as early as November 9,
Nairobi - Kenyan police fired tear gas to disperse rioters who attacked ethnic Somalis in the Nairobi district known as "Little Mogadishu" on Monday, hurling rocks and smashing windows after a weekend bomb attack there killed nine people. The violence coincided with the start of voter registration for a general election in March, adding to security concerns ahead of the first national polls since 2007 when a dispute over the results fuelled ethnic slaughter that killed more than 1,200 people and forced some 300,000 from their homes. Angry mobs broke into Somali homes and shops in anger
After a week of hearings on Capitol Hill about the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., continued his criticism of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for blaming the attacks on the U.S. Consulate on a spontaneous demonstration. He said reaffirmed his opposition to her possible nomination to Secretary of State. "[S]he has a lot of explaining to do, and I´m curious why she has not repudiated those remarks," McCain said on "Face the Nation." On the same program, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., however, said ongoing Republican finger-pointing at Rice is misguided and political.
Jake Tapper´s "The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor" more than lives up to its title. It´s a remarkably compelling, heartbreaking, and inspiring tale about a little known battle in the Afghan War that cost the lives of eight brave Americans during a brutal sneak attack that found us outnumbered 53 to 400. Other than themes exploring American sacrifice and heroism, the most important element in "The Outpost" is the context. Too often the stories reported about our military are told through a soda straw context that´s mean to further an agenda while
Not since Pee-wee Herman asked to see the basement at the Alamo have workers at the Texas landmark witnessed this much confusion. The San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) is investigating a possible theft from an Alamo office, where some believe an original copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence was swapped with a fake. Here´s the catch — leaders at the historic site never knew this original copy of the document ever existed. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) — which currently runs daily operations at the Alamo complex —
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia- President Barack Obama arrived in Cambodia on Monday having just won four more years in office, but that is nothing compared to his host, Hun Sen. The 60-year-old Cambodian prime minister has held power since Ronald Reagan was in the White House, and says he´s not stepping down until he is 90. Hun Sen is known as one of Asia´s most Machiavellian politicians, with a knack for making sure his rivals end up in jail or in exile. A laudatory biography is subtitled "Strongman of Cambodia," and some would say that´s putting it mildly.