Bear with me on this one. We are all flawed individuals. We´re all sinners. So let´s get that part out of the way. But there should still exist a means by which the measure of a man can be taken, whether or not he is someone you´d want to hang with, someone you´d want your children to look up to, someone you´d want your daughter or niece to marry. A few of them come to mind quickly.
Amid Hispanic calls for immigration leniency, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is scrapping a program that allowed specially trained state and local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration law. On Dec. 21, the Friday before Christmas, ICE announced that it has decided "not to renew any of its agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies that operate task forces under the 287(g) program." ICE said it has concluded that "other enforcement programs, including Secure Communities, are a more efficient use of resources for focusing on priority cases."
President Obama will return to Washington from Hawaii Thursday while First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters plan to continue their vacation, adding at least $100,000 and probably more than $200,000 to taxpayer costs for the excursion. Instead of accompanying her husband home on Air Force One, Mrs. Obama will fly on her own Air Force jet at a later date and require security and staff to remain in place in Hawaii for the length of her stay, which reportedly could extend until January 6.
MSNBC personality Toure, currently a co-host of the cable network’s mid-day chat show “The Cycle,” declared on his blog Monday that it’s morally acceptable for slaves to kill their owners. Toure made the declaration on toure.com, in a review of Quentin Tarantino’s new slavery-themed action film “Django Unchained.” “For the descendants of slaves, who live in a world still tangibly doused in slavery’s residue, watching Django kill his oppressors could possibly feel cathartic. If murder can ever be morally justified by the presence of clear, undiluted,
Nearly a third of children with food allergies are bullied, according to researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. That´s a lot of kids across a nation where nearly eight percent of children are allergic to foods like peanuts, tree-nuts, milk, eggs, and shellfish. The suffering is often done in silence. Nearly half of parents surveyed said they were unaware of the bullying, though both the bullied children and their parents reported experiencing higher stress levels and lower quality of life. "Child and Parental Reports of Bullying in a Consecutive Sample of Children with Food Allergy,"
When Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and certain Democrats in the House of Representatives, promise to push for more gun control in January 2013, they overlook four important words: "shall not be infringed." These words form an integral phrase in the 2nd Amendment, and speak to our Founders´ intent that the U.S. government not "infringe" on the peoples´ God-given right to keep and bear arms. Consider the text of the 2nd Amendment: A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a
Trenton — Police Director Ralph Rivera Jr. made his first public comments on the disbanding of the police department’s street crime units on Friday, defending the move as part of his ongoing realignment and recalibration of the department. The change in strategy, which he issued Dec. 16, has drawn strong criticism from a city police union, whose president argued that by shifting detectives to patrol assignments it will reduce the department’s effectiveness and it improperly cut officers´ pay. Rivera’s comments on the elimination of the Tactical Anti-Crime (TAC) units came at a press conference to announced an arrest in the
A report on climate change completed for NJ Transit months before superstorm Sandy struck New Jersey urged the agency to begin planning for higher storm surges that could envelop rail yards, destroy track beds and corrode switches, gates and signals. The Oct. 29 storm caused more than $400 million in damage to the agency’s system. The $45,990 study included a map that shows the Kearny and Hoboken rail yards sit squarely in “storm surge areas.” Sandy floodwaters inundated both yards, swamping locomotives and rail cars — including 84 new multilevel passenger cars — and damaging spare parts. In those two yards, damage
The tyranny is in full swing in Egypt, where the government has now banned anyone wanting to leave the country from taking more than $10,000 with them. This is the same measure used by the government of Iran to prevent emigration, or to confiscate the cash of those who do wish to emigrate. The purpose of the measure is supposedly to prevent deflation, with Egyptians running to withdraw their cash and get out of the Muslim Brotherhood-run quasi-dictatorship. Since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian central bank has poured $20 billion in foreign reserves into the pound
Newark — Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, gave $100 million to the Newark public schools in hopes of encouraging contributions as small as $5 and $10 from everyday people, but that never happened. The City of Newark released dozens of emails to The Star-Ledger late on Christmas Eve to comply with a Superior Court order. Among the behind-the-scenes details never disclosed, the emails showed the Newark philanthropist Ray Chambers wanted to arrange a million-dollar donation, but a top aide to Mayor Cory Booker dismissed it as too small. Indeed, the heavily redacted emails provide a window
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA), hit hard by the collapse of the housing bubble, is still making risky loans on the taxpayers´ dime, and may need a bailout in 2013. An exhaustive study of the subject by the American Enterprise Institute´s Edward Pinto reveals some shocking statistics: An estimated 40 percent of the FHA’s business consists of loans with either one or two subprime attributes—a FICO score below 660 or a debt ratio greater than or equal to 50 percent (based on loans insured during FY 2012). The FHA’s underwriting policies encourage low- and moderate-income families
One person was killed and 13 wounded in gun violence over the Christmas holiday, including an 11-year-old boy grazed by a bullet and a man who was shot to death during a dispute in the Englewood neighborhood. Joshua Davis, 18, was shot to death in the 2000 block of W. 69th Street — a few blocks from his home — after an altercation with several males on a CTA bus, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Jeremy Clarkson, a British television personality who hosts the popular BBC program Top Gear, weighed in on the controversy surrounding fellow Brit CNN’s Piers Morgan. Clarkson tweeted on Monday: (Snip) Following the deadly shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, Morgan insulted second amendment advocates on Twitter and called a guest on his CNN show, Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners for America, an "idiot," "dangerous" and an "unbelievably stupid man." An individual by the name Kurt N. started a petition at WhiteHouse.gov demanding Morgan be deported back to Britain. Thousands have already signed the petition.
Circle March 25, 2013 on your calendar. That´s the last day you can submit your claim form from this official U.S. government website to collect fifty thousand tax-free American dollars, courtesy of the Obama administration in its current multi-billion giveaway scheme. No, you don´t need a potted plant and you don´t even to be black or even Hispanic; as long as you are a woman (or related to one) and you fill out the forms correctly, you can collect the money because nobody will verify your information. Welcome to the
On December 15, the day after the day after the shooting at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, State Department officials notified the press that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had fallen ill. "While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion," deputy assistant secretary Philippe Reines said in a statement to the press. Since then, Clinton does not appear to have been sighted in public. On December 19, Clinton missed the State Department holiday party. “I was going to congratulate her on her record-breaking travel,” President Obama said,
During an interview last week, CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo went off on Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) over what she perceived to be his frustrating insistence that the Republicans are not offering a “balanced approach” in the ongoing “fiscal cliff” negotiations. “Are you guys incompetent, or what?” Bartiromo pointedly asked the senator, emphasizing that both his party and the opposing Republicans repeatedly accuse each other of not having a “balanced approach” in negotiation to avoid the so-called “cliff.” She continued to berate Cardin: “If you can’t do what the American people pay you to do,
CBS News political analyst and Republican pollster Frank Luntz chimed in on the gun control debate that’s been re-energized following the Newtown shooting. “I don’t think the NRA is listening,” Luntz contended. “The public is asking, if not insisting, that something be done so that this does not happen again,” Luntz said, citing polling and his conversations with lawmakers. “The public wants guns out of the schools, not in the schools.” The remark speaks to the NRA press conference
Reacting Tuesday to passage of Egypt’s divisive new constitution, the State Department chose not to directly criticize its Islamist character, noting only that “[m]any Egyptians have voiced deep concerns” and calling for peaceful dialogue. “We hope those Egyptians disappointed by the result will seek more and deeper engagement,” department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said in a Christmas Day statement. “We look to those who welcome the result to engage in good faith. And we hope all sides will re-commit themselves to condemn and prevent violence.” Over the weekend, in the second of two rounds of voting on the draft constitution,
TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback started 2012 with the political winds at his back. As the year went on, the breeze only got stronger. At the start of 2013, it may be a full-on gale. Pushed by the conservative governor, Kansas lawmakers approved massive income tax cuts in 2012 that supporters insist would stimulate the economy. Then in August, conservative Republicans ousted House and Senate moderates in the GOP primaries, paving the way to easy November wins and setting Brownback up with a can´t-lose majority for the upcoming legislative session in January.
So much for the whole bearing good tidings thing. In a roundtable discussion on Monday morning´s SportsCenter, ESPN analyst Merril Hoge went on a rant about New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, saying that he´s "as phony as a three-dollar bill" and that the New York Jets didn´t realize "how bad Tim Tebow was" when they traded for him. Fellow analyst Ron Jaworski tries to defend Tebow´s handling of his yearlong situation with the Jets while insider Adam Schefter attempts to relay a conversation he had with Tebow late Sunday night
CNN anchor Piers Morgan isn’t benefiting from much Christmas cheer, at least according to one measure: The number of signers on a petition urging the White House to deport Morgan has skyrocketed by late Tuesday afternoon to nearly 66,000 names. The petition, created last week, had 65,887 supporters around 5 P.M. Tuesday and is posted on the White House’s official petition site. It slams Morgan for comments he has made regarding gun control in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 children and six adults.
It wouldn´t be Christmas without ´A Christmas Story,´ the 1983 movie that became an instant holiday classic thanks to its winning cast and quotable scenes. The film is as time-honored a tradition as getting your tongue stuck to a pole in freezing weather. Here´s a then-and-now look at the gang from fictional Hohman, Indiana, who brought the ´original, traditional, one-hundred-percent, red-blooded, two-fisted, all-American Christmas´ tale to life ...
WASHINGTON — A bill to provide $60.4 billion in disaster aid to Northeast states ravaged by Hurricane Sandy has been quietly amended to divert some of the money to Gulf Coast states recovering from a much smaller storm. Democrats made the changes last week to win the support of enough Republicans to guarantee Senate passage, sources told the Daily News. The move was so last-minute that Democrats amended the measure by hand — using a pen to cross out passages and to write in the new provisions — as they scrambled to advance the bill before the Christmas break.
Students at 22 public high schools in Philadelphia will return from their winter break to find condoms available for the taking at the school nurse´s office, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The pilot project is intended to address what one deputy mayor described as an epidemic of sexually transmitted disease in Philadelphia adolescents. Philadelphia School District officials sent an email to school nurses, notifying them that the clear-plastic condom dispensers would be installed "just inside the doorway near the entrance to your office."
That increase in gun sales following the Newtown shooting might have had a little bit to do with Christmas season, as a lot of people are flaunting their new firearms on social media today, a trend first-noticed by The Verge´s T.C. Sottek. As the AR-15 is a popular rifle of choice these days both for consumers and murderers, we decided to take a look at all the brand-new owners of that make of semi-automatic. Some have suggested the increase in sales had to do with fears that gun control will soon take these off the shelves. Or maybe
The President and First Lady wished the troops a merry Christmas with a visit to a U.S. Marine base on Tuesday. His appearance with servicemen at a Christmas ceremony was his last public stop in Hawaii before he cuts short his vacation and flies back to Washington to return to negotiations over the fiscal cliff. Barack Obama is expected to arrive in Washington early Thursday, the White House said Tuesday night. Michelle Obama and the couple´s two daughters will remain in Hawaii. In the past, the president´s end-of-the-year holiday in