The City of Brotherly Love, not content with a federal court decision ordering it to leave the kerchief-wearing, square knot-tying tykes alone, is back in court. As anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock will recall, the city has been trying to evict the Cradle of Liberty Chapter of the Boy Scouts for a number of years, after failing to ‘convince’ them to drop a national policy that precludes openly gay members. The city has been stymied at every legal turn, losing at both the state and federal levels. But they’re not finished yet.
The Hawaii Reporter says the 20 day trip will cost taxpayers $4 million. But that´s a small price to pay for our Dear Leader´s comfort. Keith Koffler: President Obama is reportedly scheduled to be vacationing in Hawaii on January 2, the date billions in spending cuts - and untold consequences for the economy - will kick in if a deal is not reached on the "fiscal cliff." According to the Hawaii Reporter, residents who live in the area of Oahu where Obama and his family vacation have been told
House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama spoke by phone Wednesday ahead of high-level fiscal cliff negotiations today on Capitol Hill, multiple sources told CNN. Obama told Boehner that tax rates would go up on wealthy individuals in the new year and that there would be no deal regarding that aspect, a source familiar with the call said. Another source familiar with the phone call said "the call was 28 minutes long. Hardly short or curt." The website Politico, which first reported the call,
I have several pet peeves, and one of them is the idea that when Americans get to keep their own money, it somehow “costs” the government. This notion is on display today in a story about fiscal-cliff negotiations, in the Washington Post: …the generations-old mortgage-interest deduction — which costs the government roughly $100 billion a year… [emphasis added]
Astronomers on the hunt for supermassive black holes have discovered one so monstrous that its mass dominates the central hub of its galaxy in a way that defies scientists´ expectations about how typical black holes behave. Described in Thursday´s edition of the journal Nature, the black hole may push theorists to revamp their ideas of how these mysterious structures grow and evolve. Astrophysicists said they were scratching their heads at how thoroughly this gargantuan black hole — seated in the galaxy NGC 1277, about 220 million light-years away — hogs its galactic bed. Supermassive black holes typically account for
Tyranny: The media praised Cuba for slapping taxes on its impoverished citizens for the first time, calling the move "market-oriented" and "modern." In reality, it´s just a new kind of theft from the same old dictatorship. To hear Reuters tell it, you´d think that Cuba, a brutal communist dictatorship for 53 years, has been a tax-free haven for all its lucky citizens. "Most Cubans have not paid taxes for half a century, but that will change under a new code starting Jan. 1," the newswire chirped, noting that the new taxes on private profits begin in the 35% vicinity.
Here’s a perplexing pair of statistics: Compared with native-born Americans, immigrants are more likely to start a business — and they’re also more likely to depend on welfare. These dissonant data are even more irksome considering the state of the U.S. economy. Government social-aid programs consume an ever-growing portion of the federal budget, surpassing a trillion dollars even before Medicare and Social Security are factored in. And entrepreneurial activity is slowing. Census Bureau statistics show that start-ups accounted for 12 percent of American businesses in 1980 but less than 8 percent today.
In a 1986 book by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, the future diplomat argued for the aggressive inclusion of a black history curriculum in American schools, claiming that its omission had “crippling effects” by “providing a child with no more than … a white interpretation of reality.” The 86-page book, “A History Deferred,” served as a guide for secondary and elementary school teachers wanting to teach “Black Studies,” and was published by the Black Student Fund, an advocacy group where Rice had an internship. “Susan’s interest in the study of Black history
BAGHDAD — A wave of bombings targeting Shiite Muslims in two major cities south of Baghdad killed at least 39 people and wounded more than 100 on Thursday morning, Iraqi officials said. The deadliest of the attacks was in the city of Hillah, where back-to-back explosions in a busy commercial area killed at least 27 people and wounded up to 90, a police officer said. Insurgents first detonated a roadside bomb that was followed by a car bomb explosion when rescuers rushed to the scene, he added. Among the victims
Ah, Chicago and its politics. There´s no other American city quite like it. Fortunately. It´s a beautiful city from the outside. And a political cesspool inside, a seeping source of conniving and corruption that spawned Barack Obama and his top aide Valerie Jarrett and is now ruled by the president´s ex-chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. Another amazing chapter in the Windy City´s sordid politics began unfolding Wednesday.
A former soldier has everything to survive if the world hits meltdown--after building an emergency larder with food for 365 days and spending £20,000 to ensure his house will run without power. Father-of-five Simon Dillon, 47, has added a purpose-built store cupboard full of beans, pulses, rice, flours, sugars, sauces and fried dried meals at his home in Brinnington, Stockport. It is only one part of the complex changes he’s made to his home in case the power runs out. He has installed solar panels, wood burning stoves for heating, a dual-fuel oven and off-grid lighting--costing more than £20,000.
The words “bride” and “groom” – along with “husband” and “wife” are about to become archaic language in Washington state as officials prepare to remove the terms from marriage and divorce certificates. (Snip) Tim Church, a spokesman for the Wash. state Health Department, told Fox News they will likely be removing those words in favor of more gender neutral terms. He said the changes are necessary in response to the same-sex marriage law that takes effect Dec. 6. “We’ve been quickly moving ahead to change our marriage certificate to make sure it fits for everyone who is going to be
House Democrats on Wednesday said they would not agree to any Medicare cuts during the fiscal cliff negotiations. While Democrats have pressured Republicans to raise taxes on families making $250,000, there has not been any pressure whatsoever put on Democrats to come up with cuts to federal programs. And Democrats seem intent on not finding any for the time being. Rex. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), the vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, told The Hill that Democrats were willing put “everything on the table for discussion,” but
She won’t be tripping the light fantastic at any inaugural balls, but “Dancing with the Stars” fan Ann Romney said it’s not impossible that a Romney might some day hoof it for the mirror ball trophy on the hot ABC dance contest! “But I ... I don’t think so,” laughed Mrs. Mitt. Well, why the heck not? Bristol Palin did it, and the two-left-footed political progeny got asked back for the all-star season! (Snip) Ann, who surprised son Matt’s wife, Laurie, with seats to the hotly contested finale for Laurie’s 40th birthday, is a big fan of the show.
Ex-CIA chief David Petraeus took the blame for the extramarital affair that torpedoed his career, but his forgiving wife, Holly, is sticking by him, according to a newly revealed private letter. “I screwed up royally,” Petraeus told his longtime Army pal, retired Brig. Gen. James Shelton in the hand-written missive. “I paid the price (appropriately) and I sought to do the right thing at the end of the day,” he wrote in the Nov. 20 message. Petraeus stepped down on Nov. 9 as news of his affair with biographer Paula Broadwell went public.
Jurors taught a big-talking hip-hop artist a lesson about broken promises yesterday when they ordered him to pay the $1 million reward he had offered for the return of his stolen laptop. found the missing laptop and an external hard drive. But when Augstein produced the goods, Leslie went from big-money mogul to double-talking skinflint.
Science (and logic) would suggest you go to the hospital to feel better—not get sicker. But 5 percent of all inpatients acquire an infection of some kind during their stay, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. And those who do are far more likely to end up back in hospital within a year, reports the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. If costly hospital stays, inconvenience, and potentially serious health problems aren´t enough to turn you into a more conscientious (and paranoid) patient, consider this: Hospital-acquired infections kill 31,000 patients every year.
As dominant as he is in our worries and thoughts, the man they call Barack Hussein Obama is not the most important Agent of Change in daily life. Deliberately flamboyant by design, he’s only the most noticeable one. Obama is the handpicked decoy for this particular point in time; the one who draws attention away from One Worlders who work to capture America by stealth; the seemingly impossible to remove Candy Man, enabled by 50 percent of the U.S. voting population. As prime decoy, Obama is the main player on the current politician populated World stage.
Perhaps you´ve heard from various economic sages that tax rates don´t matter either to economic growth or taxpayer behavior. Don´t tell that to the companies and individuals who are busy cashing out their investments or paying dividends to get ahead of the Obama tax scythe in January. Costco, COST +5.92% the giant wholesale-club operator, announced Wednesday that it will pay a special dividend of $7 a share before the end of the year. That´s about $3 billion the company will return to shareholders that the feds will only tax at 15%
While modern society prides itself on being unbiased, it´s no exception to the rule that every age has its fashionable prejudices -- and unfashionable people. Among the latter today are white men, and the closer they are to "dead white male" status, to use a favored leftist descriptive, the greater the disdain in which they´re held. Thus do we see sneering at "old white men." Earlier this year, Senator Harry Reid -- one well acquainted through experience with old-white-male machinations -- complained of "angry old white men" who bankroll conservative causes
MEXICO CITY -Mexican President Felipe Calderon will head to Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., after his six-year term ends Saturday. He will be a teaching and research fellow in 2013, the university and the president´s office said in statements Wednesday. The announcement put to rest one of the most pressing questions in Mexico´s political chatterbox: What´s the next post or destination for Calderon, who declared a military-led campaign against drug cartels that left scores of civilians dead or missing across the country? For his next move, the politically conservative Calderon will be named Inaugural Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow
Houdini wowed audiences with his escape from the deadly Chinese Water Torture Cell. David Copperfield seemingly made the Statue of Liberty vanish into thin air in an infamous 1983 live television broadcast. Taiwanese magician “Yif Magic” makes bread grow out of his hands. French croissants and baguettes, no less. It’s really fun to watch if you aren’t initially creeped out by the image of baked goods shooting out from his limbs.
What do you call a leader of a theocratic and cultish movement with a deep and clear disdain for democracy who suddenly assumes dictatorial powers? A “moderate,” of course. Ever since the Muslim Brotherhood broke its promise to stay out of Egypt’s presidential election in the aftermath of the revolution, many Western observers have been in denial about what has been going on. In less than half a year, Mohamed Morsi has deftly built the foundation for despotism. Much as the Nazis brilliantly cast themselves as reformers sweeping away
As the Rotherham by-election approaches Ukip is riding the crest of a wave, one that will admittedly hit the beaches of the British electoral system before too long. There have been plenty of analyses of the party and what it means (my favourite is here), including, earlier this week, a popular, much-retweeted piece on the Spectator website, with Alex Massie questioning whether Ukip was really “libertarian”. He wrote: Then there’s the dog-whistling. ‘Permanent’ immigration should be frozen for five years (why only five?) and thereafter only open to those who are well-educated, wealthy and ‘fluent in English’. In other words
Several Republican senators continue to oppose the possible nomination of Susan Rice, currently the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to be secretary of state in President Obama´s second term. Their opposition stems largely from Ms. Rice´s repeated insistence, five days after terrorists murdered four Americans at a U.S. facility in Libya, that the slaughter stemmed from spontaneous Muslim rage over an amateur video. Sen. John McCain at one point called Ms. Rice "unfit" for the job. To assess fitness, one might look at those who served previously