Welp. That settles it. Western civilization is official in the midst of a downfall. Why? Because Adam Levine, the never-Professor Emeritus of Western Civilization at Harvard University turned Maroon 5 frontman and judge on NBC’s The Voice, says so. In the December issue of GQ, Levine explained that he has combed through months of research — viewing TLC reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and consulting his fellow scholars — and has come up with the following original and totally not hyperbolic thesis statement: Seriously, Honey Boo Boo is the decay of Western civilization.
The Export-Import Bank is a taxpayer-backed agency that finances U.S. exports, primarily though loan guarantees. You´d think the bank would spread the money around to nurture up-and-coming businesses. You´d be wrong, very wrong. In fact, President Obama´s export subsidy agency funneled 82.7 percent of its taxpayer-backed loan guarantees to just one exporter: Boeing. Out of $14.7 billion in long-term loan guarantees in fiscal year 2012, $12.2 billion subsidized Boeing sales, according to Ex-Im´s annual report issued last week. Welcome to the "New Economic Patriotism," where the big get bigger and taxpayers bear the risk. Ex-Im extended
When President Obama first won the White House in 2008, I was very worried that he had the potential to become a liberal version of Ronald Reagan. I thought he might have the oratory and interpersonal skills necessary to both cajole and pressure significant numbers of Republicans into putting a bipartisan seal of approval on a slew of liberal policies such as health care, global warming, immigration and entitlements. Obama could have reshaped American society for decades to come. Then the stimulus debate happened. As recounted in Bob Woodward´s book "The Price of Politics," just three
Federal officials have bought thousands of temporary housing trailers in recent years despite repeated warnings from government and private industry inspectors that hundreds of the units were shoddily built, The Washington Examiner has learned. Some of the flawed units could be headed to Hurricane Sandy victims in New Jersey and New York, but officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency stubbornly refuse to answer questions about the trailers or the companies building them. The trailers were built by TL Industries, one of two related Indiana firms from which FEMA officials have bought most of the government´s supply of
On Friday morning, an Iraqi refugee used an improvised explosive device (IED) to bomb a Social Security office in Casa Grande AZ -- the mainstream media remains silent. The explosion took place before the office opened for the morning, so one was hurt. But reports indicate the explosion "was heard and felt all over the area." The suspect in the bombing, Abdullatif Aldosary is an Iraqi refugee who lives in Coolidge, AZ. He is in police custody. For reasons unreported, Aldosary had raised the Department of Homeland Security´s attention a number of times throughout the last two years,
Many Jersey Shore residents who applied for federal disaster assistance were surprised when they recently received a check for $2,820 with little explanation, according to a report on APP.com. In the month after Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency distributed a large amount of the green government checks, which they say reflect the fair-market value for two months´ rent on a two-bedroom dwelling in Monmouth and Ocean counties. But many who received the check did not request one, the report says. The agency identified residents in areas hit hardest and granted them the $2,820 check upon registering
President Obama´s plan for the Outer Continental Shelf does not include any new oil and gas leases in the Atlantic Ocean over the next five years, but it does include windmills. The Interior Department wants to lease nearly 278,000 acres off the coasts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Virginia for wind energy. The lease sales, to be held next year, will be the first-ever competitive sales on the Outer Continental Shelf for wind energy, and the Interior Department describes the lease sales as "major milestones" in its wind energy program. "Wind energy along the Atlantic holds enormous potential,
On Monday, the New York Times updated its readers on the status of the ongoing negotiations between the White House and Congressional Republicans to strike a deal which would resolve the upcoming fiscal cliff. The Times’ review of the state of negotiations reads more like cheerleading for President Barack Obama’s newly-energetic negotiating style. The Times does not dwell on the fact that the White House’s entry into negotiations has scuttled progress and obliterated a rapidly coalescing bipartisan consensus around tax increases coupled with entitlement reforms which many prominent members of Congress had
Chuck Todd relayed the comments of an Obama aide on Monday morning’s ‘Morning Joe’ on MSNBC: CHUCK TODD: You’re going to like this. So, I threw the Lincoln analogy at a close aide to the president last week, and he said, ‘You know, with this Republican, with the way politics of Washington are today, there’d still be slavery. Lincoln wouldn’t have been able to navigate the polarization between the media between this–’ It was an interesting and depressing observation from this very smart White House aide.
Americans hate paying taxes. They also want Congress and the White House to balance the budget. They can´t have it both ways. On one side of the escalating budget debate is the premise, offered up by a generation of politicians and tax policy wonks since Ronald Reagan, that government spending is dangerously "out of control" and needs to be restrained. Even if the cure means starving the Treasury Department of cash. One the other side is a promise, dating back to the Great Depression and expanded through Lyndon Johnson´s Great Society
PRAGUE, Czech Republic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reiterated a strong warning Monday to the Syrian government not to use its chemical weapons, but she would not comment on reports that there were indications of recent activity at sites believed to house those weapons, nor would she give any hints as to what action the U.S. might take if that "red line" was crossed. Clinton discussed the nearly two-year crisis in Syria during a brief visit to the Czech capital of Prague, and specifically the threat of the isolated nation´s chemical weapons. The Syrian government has denied even possessing Link repaired by staff
BOSTON — An extensive Boston University study of head trauma found strong evidence that repeated blows to the head can lead to long-term brain damage. The study, conducted by the BU Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, looked at the brains of 85 football players, boxers and military veterans. Sixty-eight of the subjects — or 80 percent — showed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE is a degenerative brain disorder linked to memory loss, depression and dementia. Dr. Robert Cantu co-authored the study, one of the most far-reaching on the matter ever conducted. “Sixty-eight cases more than doubles
Tech companies spend trillions of dollars to build and maintain, expand and improve their Internet networks. Broadband industry has invested nearly $1.2 trillion dollars since 1996 So it is more than a mite disturbing when a democrat former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman dismisses the notion that these companies exclusively own these networks and that their First Amendment rights are flexible. President Bill Clinton’s first-term Chairman Reed Hundt did exactly that last Wednesday, at an event commissioned and put together by Democrat Congressmen Henry Waxman, Anna Eshoo, Ed Markey, Michael Doyle and Doris Matsui.
Washington--The Supreme Court on Monday remained silent about whether it will enter the legal fray over same-sex marriage and agree to hear one of several pending appeals on the issue. The court´s nine justices met in private on Friday to consider whether to review challenges to the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples, and to California´s gay marriage ban, known as Proposition 8. n an "orders list" issued early on Monday, the court made no mention of any of the same-sex marriage cases. The court could reschedule those cases for further consideration
Bill Kristol: “The Republicans are in real risk now of looking like they’re defending keeping the current tax rates for the wealthy, the Bush tax rates for the wealthy, and right now the official Republican position is let the payroll tax rate go back up by 2 points. That is a 2 percentage point increase on every American, but it’s a, Republicans care about marginal rates, it’s a marginal increase on everyone making less than $100,000 a year. At the end of the day, President Obama is selling a very simple message,
Leno: President Obama and Mitt Romney had lunch the other day at the White House. Romney offered to pay. But Obama said, "No, no, it´s on our grandchildren." Conan: House Speaker John Boehner’s office was invaded by a group of nude female protesters. Boehner’s unsure what they were protesting, but says he´ll definitely keep doing it. Conan: A 69-year-old Florida woman was arrested for stealing hundreds of dollars’ worth of lingerie. Authorities released her after she threatened to model the lingerie.
London--Britain summoned Israel´s ambassador on Monday over Israel´s decision to build thousands of new homes in occupied territory, calling it "deplorable" and saying it threatens a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Foreign Office said. It is the latest fallout after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorized planning to begin for the new housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, a move widely viewed as retaliatory after the Palestinian Authority won a U.N. bid to be recognized as a "non-member observer state." Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub has been formally summoned by Minister for the Middle East
Last week, at the post-election Harvard Institute of Politics conference, Republican campaign managers intensely took notes as Obama´s top campaign operatives explained some of the technology, data, and metrics the campaign employed to run circles around Mitt Romney´s operation. According to the liberal BuzzFeed, Republican campaign managers at the conference said things like, "We got our butts kicked, so I´m going to school," and, "We weren´t running in the same race." Republicans packed a room where Obama operatives such as strategist David Axelrod, campaign manager Jim Messina, and deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter, director of polling David Simas,
The U.S. Military Academy´s Cadet Chapel at West Point hosted its first same-sex marriage Saturday. Penelope Gnesin and Brenda Sue Fulton, a West Point graduate, exchanged vows in the regal church in a ceremony conducted by a senior Army chaplain. The ceremony comes a little more than a year after President Obama ended the military policy banning openly gay people from serving. The two have been together for 17 years. They had a civil commitment ceremony that didn´t carry any legal force in 1999 but had longed to formally tie the knot.
This week the House of Representatives made a positive move in reforming the US immigration process by passing the STEM Jobs Act sponsored by Lamar Smith (R-TX). This act does what our immigration policy should do: ensure a higher level of economic growth in the United States by encouraging the brightest and most talented students in the world to become permanent residents of the United States. It also reduces the wait for the families of the visa recipients to receive residency visas which is now at least two years.
Dozens of residents are still living without heat, hot water, or electricity in condemned structures flooded by both sea and sewer water in the Gerritsen Beach community of Brooklyn after a request to FEMA for temporary housing after Hurricane Sandy was denied. “We need structures and housing. It is truly desperate,” said Jameson Wells, executive assistant to the director of GB Cares Sandy Relief, a volunteer relief organization. FEMA has said they did not have appropriate trailers. “They told us they were unavailable because they are unheated and not insulated,” Wells said.
A firefighter has been sacked for putting toilet paper with Barack Obama´s face on it in the bathrooms of the fire station where he worked. Clint Pierce had previously been warned against posting politically inflammatory material in the workplace. And after the latest incident, he sparked a massive outcry in the town of Pompano Beach in south Florida, with some residents accusing Pierce of racism. The 50-year-old had worked for the local fire department for 19 years, during which time he had occasionally clashed with colleagues over politics. But his strong Republican views first appeared to
New Agers and UFO watchers will be barred access to the flat-top mount outside Bugarach, population 179, during a four-day period around the date they are convinced represents Armageddon. Harbingers of doom base their apocalyptic prediction on an ancient Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world will happen on the night of December 21, 2012. They believe the Pic de Bugarach is an "alien garage" and that extraterrestrials are quietly waiting in a massive cavity beneath the rock for the world to end, at which point they will leave, taking, it is hoped, a lucky few humans
Drivers in bike-friendly cities may be doing double takes, as bicycle-specific traffic signals pop up alongside the traditional round red, yellow and green signals controlling intersections. At least 16 U.S. cities, including Austin, Denver, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C., have installed the lights, which feature a bicycle-shaped signal, according to an October study commissioned by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. They signals are common in Germany, Sweden and Australia, according to the study. The reason for the new signals?
President Obama will ask members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to reelect Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) to serve another term as chairwoman. Obama will ask members of the committee to reelect Wasserman Schultz when the DNC meets in Washington on Jan. 22, one day after Obama is sworn in for his second term, according to a DNC official. The term for DNC chairwoman is usually four years, meaning she will helm the party through the 2014 midterms elections when Democrats will be trying to keep control of the Senate and win back the House. Content added by staff