Maybe you´ve seen this newish SodaStream commercial that was banned in Europe but airs carefree in the U.S.? The one that features attractive people hitting the carbonating button atop their machines to make seltzer, but also thereby remotely detonating bottles of cola and orange soda in warehouses and bodegas, as if they were two-liter bogeymen? Last month, the U.K. regulator Clearcast banned the ad for "denigrating the soft drinks industry." The company insisted they didn´t mean to offend anyone, but, as stated in the commercial, using the appliance will spare the environment."With SodaStream you can save 2,000 bottles a year," Staff has split wide headline and corrected source to site style.
She sat there, sunglasses on, not looking up from her New York Times as I entered. "Where´s my coffee? The prime minister´s to be here any minute, I haven´t had my coffee, and why is this disgusting plant still sitting in my office? Throw it away. No, burn it. And bring me my coffee." "W-w-well," I stammered. She looked up. "Who are you? Are you the ambassador? Are you the ambassador to the Court of St. James´s? Because I could have sworn that was me. I could have sworn that I was the ambassador, and that you were just
In thinking about how valuable education is in cultivating the next generation of Americans, my mind took me back nearly twenty years to when I was a graduate student functioning as a substitute teacher at La Puente High School in Southern California. On one assignment, I was to cover a social studies class of some old-timer; he had written down in his instructions that since his classes were on a field trip, my sole duty was to show a movie at 6th period to those who did not attend. What I found that day opened my eyes.
Basel, Switzerland: Abroad for the past eight days attending to family matters, I have had plenty of time to do various and sundry chores while CNN International aired in the background. It’s awful. It’s level of anti-U.S. bias is astonishing. Again and again its reports include small (and sometimes not-so-small) digs against the United States. Much of its coverage is of third-world horrors which, I guess, are indeed news, although the overall tone of lefty crusading is rather annoying. But almost any time the United States is mentioned, the tenor of the mention is negative.
The big demographic story out of the 2012 presidential election may have been President Obama´s domination of the Hispanic vote, and rightfully so. But as we close the book on the election, it bears noting that another less obvious bloc of key swing state voters helped the president win a second term. They´re the "nones" — that´s the Pew Research Center´s shorthand for the growing number of American voters who don´t have a specific religious affiliation. Some are agnostic, some atheist, but more than half define themselves as either "religious" or "spiritual but not religious," Pew found in a recent survey.
Jamie Foxx’s black shirt and tie were perfectly tailored for his opening monologue, where he riffed on the line “how black is that?” “Black is in,” the Oscar winner said, offering as proof that the NBA’s Nets moved to Brooklyn. “How black is that?” he asked. He went on to talk about his upcoming role in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. “I play a slave. How black is that?” He asked. “I have to wear chains. How whack is that?" But not to worry, he said. "I get free. I save my wife and
F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said that "there are no second acts in American lives." But reelected presidents are required to try anyway. What´s striking is how often the second acts fail to fulfill the promise of the first. Let that be a warning to President Obama. Over the last century, the so-called second-term curse has bedeviled every long-serving leader. Richard M. Nixon was forced from office by the Watergate scandal, whose seeds were sown during Act One. Ronald Reagan was whacked by the arms-for-hostages scandal, which showed that he was asleep at the switch. Bill Clinton was impeached
The Agriculture Department says it will issue new rules on school lunches that will increase the daily and weekly allowance of meat and grains. This follows on the heels of several well publicized lunchtime protests by students who rebelled against the mostly vegetarian fare that the Agriculture Department had previously recommended. Associated Press: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of Congress in a letter Friday that the department will do away with daily and weekly maximums of meats and grains. Several lawmakers wrote the department after the new rules went into effect
After learning he won re-election on Nov. 6, President Barack Obama received a concession phone call from his Republican rival, Mitt Romney. The White House recently released a photo showing the exact moment the commander-in-chief took the call from Romney, who graciously admitted defeat and congratulated the president. It was a monumental moment – the fierce battle of campaigning was finally over. The White House posted the photo on its Flickr page Wednesday, along with several other photos
Does this sound familiar? 1. A group of Americans on a diplomatic mission to reach out to Muslims are pinned down by al-Qaeda and come under overwhelming fire. 2. They repeatedly call for support fire missions, which are denied because they cannot absolutely guarantee no civilians are in the area. 3. A frustrated American warrior disobeys orders to go on what appears to be a suicide mission to try to save them.
Officials in Virginia and Ohio, once reliably red states that have gone for President Obama in the past two elections, have discussed the idea of apportioning their electoral votes by congressional district — a system some say would more accurately reflect the will of the states’ voters but one that others dismiss as an unnecessary political ploy. The talks come as demographic shifts have pushed the GOP’s reliable bastions to more exurban and rural areas, allowing Democrats to win such states by sufficiently running up their margins in a comparatively small number of densely-populated cities and counties.
Several classic Hollywood movies offer political lessons, including the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the delightful B horror film Race With the Devil. These movies offer something not normally found in pop culture—a conservative critique of society at large, even if unintentionally. The theme of mindless replicants just following the will of the master or orders from the mother ship is a frequent theme in sci-fi horror movies. Therefore there is an immediate bridge to the progressive movement in its various guises—because the main theme for socialists and Marxists is following group think towards whatever direction it leads.
Trenton — As Congress weighs a White House request for $60.4 billion in emergency relief aid for the states devastated by Hurricane Sandy, U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Charles Schumer said today they will propose an expansive package of tax breaks for residents affected by the disastrous storm. Dubbed the "Hurricane Sandy and National Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2012" the bill would allow taxpayers to deduct all expenses incurred for storm cleanup, waive penalties for early withdrawals from retirement plans, give exemptions to people who provided free housing to storm refugees and provide tax credits to disaster-damaged businesses that continued
Hillary Clinton may be stepping away from her role as Secretary of State, but that doesn´t mean that she is leaving political optics behind. As she transitions from public life to the role of a private citizen, Mrs Clinton will have to make some very delicate decisions about her immediate actions as she mulls whether or not she will run for president in 2016. According to multiple reports, Mrs Clinton has echoed her denials of plans to run for office in both private and public, but that doesn´t mean that she can just go ahead and truly let loose
Consider the implications of this Cliff Kincaid column for a moment and its relevance to the Republican Party/Tea Party debate. While Republican strategist Karl Rove was raising $300 million for television ads depicting Republican candidate Mitt Romney as a would-be efficient manager of the U.S economy, Bird said the Obama for America operation assembled a network comprised of more than two million volunteers, backed by neighborhood political teams and 2,700 field organizers. The local offices were critical to mobilizing the volunteers, he said.
Israel’s recently concluded war with Hamas had an overarching strategic goal: destroy the Iranian made Fajr5 missiles that had been smuggled into Gaza via Egypt. According to a report by Fox News, President Obama was fully aware of Israel’s plan prior to the attack and approved it. The Fajr5 missile has a range that puts Tel Aviv and most of the Israeli population in the cross hairs. Israel essentially achieved its main aims within the first few days, said Schanzer, noting that Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., said as much when he remarked on Day Three
A friend from Chicago, involved in Illinois politics who has known Obama since his early days in the Illinois State Senate, told me that two things that trump everything else in Obama’s mind: redistributing the wealth and empowering labor unions. Look at everything the President does, my friend says, and you will find one or the other lurking in the background. My friend’s analysis may explain a lot about the current state of affairs concerning the standoff over the so-called fiscal cliff and Obama’s refusal to abandon the idea that he must raise taxes on the rich.
Back when Romney was rammed through the establishment choice, I wrote that the establishment had its shot, but that if it blew it again, those responsible should be prepared to pay the price. No price is being paid of course. Instead, insanely enough, the GOP is trying to purge the Tea Party. This is fantastically stupid, because Obama won on turnout and organization, he won on volunteers from a passionate member base willing to fight for an extreme program. And where is the GOP going to find the people who will out-volunteer, out-organize and out-donate them? Nowhere.
SUSSEX COUNTY — A longtime opponent of New Jersey’s annual bear hunt is unfit to own firearms and should undergo a mental health evaluation because of her numerous run-ins involving her anti-hunt activities, according to the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office. Susan Kehoe has been charged seven times with harassment, twice with violating state Fish & Game regulations, once with disorderly conduct, and was convicted of resisting arrest and interfering with state conservation officers, the prosecutor’s office says. "In addition to the formal charges, Ms. Kehoe has been involved in numerous incidents where her behavior is questionable
As you can see from space, a lot of people around the world have their holiday lights up already. No, just kidding. These photos were taken over the course of several months earlier this year by NASA´s Suomi satellite, which we actually wrote about on launch night last year. It’s actually a composite from 312 polar orbits taken during 22 nights in April and October of this year. It took that many circuits to capture clear nights everywhere. You can spot outlines of the continents and the brightest spots of the largest cities.
You’re one of the most famous women on earth, and you’re jobless for the first time in decades. You’d like to make money, but you don’t want to rule out running for president. So what do you do all day? Right now, aides and friends say, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s plan looks like this: exit the State Department shortly after Inauguration Day and then seclude herself to rest and reflect on what she wants to do for the next few years.
As the world unravels on Barack Obama’s watch, conservatives might want to take some solace in saying - We told you so! But they shouldn’t. First of all, it’s not as if the Romney campaign or the GOP congressional leadership or most conservative organizations really spent much time bothering to warn of the consequences of Obama’s foreign policy. And in any case, there’s not much solace to be had, as the world coming apart threatens the well-being of America, not just the success of Barack Obama’s second term.So what can conservatives do?
Bill Kristol isn’t thrilled with the direction of the modern conservative movement and in his latest piece for The Weekly Standard, he is prescribing a better path for it’s future. Kristol says the movement is “in deep disarray” and is reminded of Eric Hoffer’s quote when he thinks of the Republican party of today: “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” Kristol’s piece criticizes President Obama‘s “inaction in Syria” and “inaction in Iran” and advises conservatives to “urge the president to reverse course
An American doctor who had been abducted by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan has been rescued, the US-led international forces say.Dilip Joseph, of the Morning Star Development aid group, was freed by US and Afghan forces in a joint operation that killed seven of his captors.US commander in Afghanistan, Gen John Allen, said he ordered the mission as intelligence showed the doctor was in danger of being killed or injured.He is said to be in good health
Washington — Hovering in the background of the "fiscal cliff" debate is the prospect of 2 million people losing their unemployment benefits four days after Christmas."This is the real cliff," said Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. He´s been leading the effort to include another extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed in any deal to avert looming tax increases and massive spending cuts in January. "Many of these people are struggling to pay mortgages, to provide education for their children," Reed said this past week as President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio,
Anyone doubting the veracity of Washington rumours that Anna Wintour, the famously icy fashion queen of New York City, will soon become a high-profile American ambassador in Europe should look no further for substantiation than the archives of Vogue magazine. In March 2009, the magazine – ruled by Wintour as her personal fiefdom – devoted its cover and eight glossy pages inside to an interview with the new First Lady Michelle Obama alongside a fabulously glamorous set of photographs shot by legendary portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz. The ‘Michelle Obama Edition’ hit the newsstands with the glowing headline