There’s no mystery about why Hillary Rodham Clinton spends so much time on airplanes to dreary places that everybody else avoids like the plague (or the stomach flu). The climate anywhere is better than in the comfortable ineptitude of Foggy Bottom. The report of an independent panel inquiring into what happened in Benghazi blames the State Department bureaucracy essentially for not having a clue about what was going on in Libya. A panel of diplomats would never say anything like that, but the message written between the lines is plain and clear. The panel blames intelligence officers
In the astroturfed Christmas Card Version of Obama’s 20-day Hawaiian holiday, (Michelle and daughters already there, but starting for Barry this weekend) the mental vision strived for is the regime and its staffers running happily, like the Moon-doggies of old, into the surf. With Axelrod doing the astroturfing, who needs Hollywood, and if Gidget can go Hawaiian, why not a lugubrious Valerie or Michelle? The astroturf version of the Obamas’ $4 million holiday in Hawaii is set to demoralize and depress the proletariat.
China’s government provided goods and expertise for Iran’s nuclear program in the past and also gave Tehran’s Islamist regime missiles and other arms as part of the nations’ anti-United States policies, according to a congressional commission report made public Thursday. (Snip) “In recent decades the United States, supported by regional allies and security partners, has represented the principal hegemonic threat to Iran and China in two different regional contexts: the Persian Gulf and the Western Pacific.” The 95-page report, “China-Iran: A Limited Partnership,” was produced for the commission
On Friday December 14, Becky Kowalski suffered what she called the ´worst day of my life´ when she found out her seven-year-old son had been gunned down at his elementary school. But on Sunday, just two days later, she experienced the ´best day of my life´ when the boy, Chase, came to her in a vision and assured her his life had not been taken for nothing. Becky has claimed that the boy´s visit assured her that a fund set up in his honour would save lives, change building codes, foster gun control and ´bring God back to America.´
For those hoping to get a mea culpa from NRA boss Wayne LaPierre at a Friday press conference in Washington, you came away sorely disappointed. LaPierre was broadly combative against a media that he insisted purposely papers over violence in video games in favor of scapegoating his organization. He defended the need for gun ownership and proposed that Congress take up legislation that would put an armed security officer in every school by January. He was, in a word, defiant.
Pity John Boehner. Last night’s humiliating rebellion in the House only adds to his woes. The most powerful Republican in Washington has been looking at the calendar and the polls, and what he’s seen is this: 1) On Jan. 1, taxes automatically go up on everyone in America. 2) Everybody is going to blame the GOP if that happens. Has anyone ever been in a worse negotiating position? Oh, and don’t forget the heat he’s feeling from Republicans and conservatives who are calling him a weakling and a traitor, a monster, a coward, a sellout and whatever nasty adjectives they can come up with that will make
Full tex of NRA CEO Wayne La Pierre´s remarks delivered at 11a.m. Friday EST. The National Rifle Association´s 4 million mothers, fathers, sons and daughters join the nation in horror, outrage, grief and earnest prayer for the families of Newtown, Connecticut ... who suffered such incomprehensible loss as a result of this unspeakable crime. Out of respect for those grieving families, and until the facts are known, the NRA has refrained from comment. While some have tried to exploit tragedy for political gain, we have remained respectfully silent. Now, we must speak ... for the safety of our nation´s children.
Jay Leno made a comical observation Thursday about what was disaffectionately referred to in the previous decade as Bush Derangement Syndrome. During the opening monologue of NBC´s Tonight Show, the host said, "As you know, the Mayans said the world will end tomorrow, and like everybody else they blame Bush" (video follows with commentary):(Snip) By contrast, with Barack Obama in the White House, any criticism of the president today is called racist by his adoring press. What a difference a "D" makes.
The National Rifle Association spoke out today for the first time since the Newtown massacre - calling for armed security officers in all of the nation’s schools. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” NRA head Wayne LaPierre said in Washington. He called on Congress to come up with the money to put an armed police officer in every US school. “If we truly cherish our kids more than our money … we must give them the greatest level of protection available, properly trained good guys” he said. The nation’s leading gun lobby had not commented in the week
“Gabe Sherman is Jayson Blair on steroids.” That’s one tough assessment of Gabriel Sherman, the over-eager reporter and from-a-great-distance biographer of Roger Ailes. Who said it? A well-placed source close to Fox News. And the source makes a very strong case. Jayson Blair, of course, was the serially dishonest reporter for The New York Times who was fired, finally, in 2003. Today, in the opinion of many, Sherman is following in Blair’s disastrous and disgraced footsteps. On December 17, under the headline, “Rupert Murdoch Wants Stricter Gun Laws After Newtown, But Fox News Doesn’t
New Jersey heavyweights Cory Booker and Chris Christie will not face off for the governor’s mansion next year, the Newark mayor confirmed Thursday. Booker said that he is exploring a run for his fellow Democrat Frank Lautenberg´s U.S. Senate seat in 2014, rather than taking on the popular New Jersey governor in 2013. Booker, who has been publicly flirting with a gubernatorial campaign, would have had an uphill battle against Christie, whose popularity soared in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Lautenberg, 88, has served five terms in the U.S. Senate since 1982, interrupted by a brief retirement.
Fort Worth — A rush for limited-edition tennis shoes sparked a near riot Friday morning at Hulen Mall. Sgt. Pedro Criado, a Fort Worth police spokesman, said a mall security officer and an off-duty Fort Worth police officer working security at the mall used mace during the incident after the crowd pushed through barricades and security guards, knocking down one off-duty police officer and pressing against the mall´s glass doors.(Snip) The crowd, estimated to be as large as 350 to 400 people, had apparently flocked to the mall to purchase retro Air Jordan sneakers, a re-release
Sales of bulletproof backpacks for schoolchildren are through the roof days after a masked gunman´s rampage left 20 kids dead at a Connecticut elementary school. Parents began snapping up the high-tech bookbags Friday, the same day of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, Elmar Uy of the Massachusetts-based armor company BulletBlocker told the Daily News. In fact, the sudden spike in sales is how Uy, vice president of business operations, found out about the shooting. (Snip) BulletBlocker´s child safety backpack is on sale for $199.99.
The National Rifle Association stood its ground today in arguing that the answer to gun violence in schools is an armed security force that can protect students, while blaming the media and violent entertainment and video games for recent deadly shootings. "The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre said in presenting the NRA´s first comments about the Connecticut school shooting since it occurred a week ago today. LaPierre offered no olive branch to gun-control advocates who have called for tougher laws
Hillary Rodham Clinton has won consistent praise during her four years as secretary of State, but it looks as if she’ll be leaving her post with one big failure on her record. If she seeks the presidency in 2016, you can bet we will all be hearing the word “Benghazi” in every attack ad Republicans run against her. (Snip) Four of those officials resigned Tuesday. The independent panel stated that blame rose only to the assistant secretary level, but Clinton will still be sporting a political black eye when she steps down from her job as planned at the beginning of President Obama’s second term.
Once again, the Earth has survived. Unless typing at this terminal is Heaven - and it´s clearly far from Hell - no rapture or disaster happened overnight, contrary to movie-inspiring misreadings of Mayan calendars. Add that to the list of dead-wrong prophecies about the end of the world. Here are 10 previous apocalyptic flops:
With one of the strongest holiday shopping seasons in years, a surge in hiring by retailers helped lower California´s unemployment rate in November to its lowest level in almost four years. The state´s jobless rate fell to 9.8% from 10.1% in October, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The drop in the unemployment rate came even as the state´s labor force – the number of people who are able to work and either have a job or are looking for one – grew by 34,100 people in November. A growing labor force is typically a sign that job seekers feel encouraged to resume looking
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says his administration has received an outpouring of support for stricter gun laws following last week´s elementary school massacre in Connecticut, telling respondents to an online petition, "We hear you." The president said in a video released Friday that he has been encouraged that many gun owners have said there are steps the nation can take to prevent more deadly shootings, "steps that both protect our rights and protect our kids." "I will do everything in my power as president to advance these efforts ...
London - Britain´s High Court on Friday blocked a legal bid for an inquiry into the possible role of the country´s spy agencies in aiding covert CIA drone strikes in Pakistan´s northwest tribal region. Noor Khan, a 27-year-old whose father was killed by a drone strike in northwest Pakistan in March 2011, had asked the High Court to examine whether Britain intelligence officials assisted the action and whether they may be liable for prosecution. High Court judges on Friday refused to allow Khan to bring a legal challenge, saying his lawyer´s arguments had been an "attempt to shroud"
On Thursday in his weekly appearance on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, National Review columnist Mark Steyn explained what was to be learned from Jake Tapper’s decision to leave ABC, where he had been the network’s White House correspondent, for an anchoring position at CNN. Steyn, author of “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon,” said that while the rest of the reporters in the briefing room at the White House have very uninspiring approaches to their questioning of the president, Tapper is the exception. “People think it’s odd that Jake Tapper, who is nobody’s idea of a right-wing nut
While gun sales are spiking across the country in the wake of last week’s school shooting in Connecticut, people in the firearms industry aren’t necessarily enjoying the profits. Instead, they are gripped with worry about potential gun control fallout. Just ask Brian Sipe, owner of the Montana Rifleman barrel and action manufacturing company located on Montana 35 east of Kalispell. “I’m very concerned about legislation. If they do an assaults weapons ban, I’m going to have to lay off people,” said Sipe, who is in regular communication with firearms manufacturers across the county. Headline split by staff
Saying that high-powered, military-style weapons and ammunition have no place in San Francisco, city leaders on Thursday announced a proposal to ban the possession of hollow bullets and require anyone buying more than 500 rounds at a time to notify the Police Department. The announcement by Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Malia Cohen and Police Chief Greg Suhr came less than a week after the Connecticut school massacre in which 26 people were killed by a gunman wielding a semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle. San Francisco tried banning semiautomatic weapons altogether in city limits, but was stymied by the courts;
Montgomery, Ala. - A judge has struck down Alabama´s policy of segregating prison inmates with HIV, ruling that it violates federal law. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Friday in favor of inmates who filed suit to end the longstanding practice. Thompson says the state´s policy violates federal disabilities law. Thompson says the state and inmate attorneys will have time to propose a way to bring state prisons into compliance with his order. The American Civil Liberties Union calls the decision "historic." The state has yet to comment on the ruling.
NEWTOWN, Conn. — When the wind blows a certain way across the tree-topped hills, Gary Bennett can stand in his yard and hear echoes of gunfire from his hunting club five miles away. The sound comforts him. "It´s a huge tradition here," said Bennett, a retired electrician and former president of the club, which helped defeat a proposal to tighten Newtown´s gun ordinances in September. (Snip)a surprising local undercurrent has emerged: Many gun owners here say the slaughter has sharpened their view that guns alone aren´t the problem.