The brewing controversy as to which nation, if any, pro golfer Rory McIlroy will represent at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro continues to grow. Now Irish golfer Padraig Harrington has expressed his sympathy for McIlroy’s tough decision. "No sportsman should have to make that decision and no one at 23 years of age should have to make that decision,” said Padraig Harrington to The Irish Examiner regarding what choice McIlroy will have to make. As a citizen of Northern Ireland, McIlroy is torn between representing either Great Britain or Ireland in the forthcoming Olympic games.
Is Venezuela providing operational support to Islamic terrorists? That deadly serious question is increasingly troubling foreign policy and security experts as the South American country and Iran - which funds Hezbollah - move ever closer. Despite deep cultural differences, a shared antagonism toward the US has drawn Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, into an unlikely political friendship in recent years. Source corrected, content added by staff
Junior Seau, one of the NFL´s best and fiercest players for nearly two decades, had a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last May, the National Institutes of Health told The Associated Press on Thursday. Results of an NIH study of Seau´s brain revealed abnormalities consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). ´´The brain was independently evaluated by multiple experts, in a blind fashion,´´ said Dr. Russell Lonser, (Snip)´´We had the opportunity to get multiple experts involved in a way they wouldn´t be able to directly identify his tissue even if they knew he was
There are three ways to look at Time´s latest cover. 1. Time is infamous for unflattering, attention-getting close-ups, and this is just another grab for attention from another dying branch of the Old Media tree. 2. Time is adding a little mob flavor to The Narrative that Christie is a New Jersey bully in order to set a 2016 trap for him. Heaven help "The Boss" if he gets tough against Hillary Clinton. All we´ll be seeing on cable news for the next ten days are scenes of Tony Soprano losing his temper in Dr. Melfi´s office.
Chuck Hagel probably never thought he’d have to win a popularity contest in the Senate. Maybe that’s why he wasn’t terribly careful about whom he confronted or whom he offended. He popped off on the “Jewish lobby” and a gay Clinton nominee. His fellow Republicans will never forget the relish with which he lectured them on the flaws of the Iraq War — after he voted to authorize it.Policy aside, Hagel’s bedeviled by his own abrasive personality. In a chamber known for back-patting and elbow-rubbing, the former Nebraska senator mostly rubbed people the wrong way.
In a sign that Chuck Hagel´s nomination as Secretary of Defense may have been long anticipated, several prominent left-wing figures have emerged as supporters of a forthcoming biography of Hagel. The biography, Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward, by University of Nebraska journalism professor Charlyne Berens, is due out July 1, 2013, and appears to be part of a larger effort to position Hagel for bigger things. For example, John D. Podesta, former Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton and 2008 transition team leader for president-elect Barack Obama, recommends the book thus: [This] terrific biography brings Chuck Hagel´s
(Editor´s note: The following is from a speech given by Patrick J. Buchanan during the Richard M. Nixon Centennial celebration in Washington, D.C., on January 9, 2013.) We are here tonight to celebrate the centennial of a statesman, a profile in courage and an extraordinary man we are all proud to have served: the 37th president of the United States, Richard Milhous Nixon. Years ago, Meg Greenfield of The Washington Post wrote that she belonged to what she called "the Nixon generation." "What distinguishes us as a group," she said, is that "we are too young to remember
Dennis Miller on former Vice President Al Gore selling his television channel Current to Al Jazeera, welfare abuse and how unpopular Congress is. DENNIS MILLER: You shouldn´t get too deep with Al Gore, he´s a bad guy. Ethically speaking, he makes John Edwards look like Sir Thomas Moore, at least Edwards was just a horndog. This guy is an absolutely genius at rationalization. Imagine -- the Rube Goldbergian contraption he has put up inside -- that thin little pea pod he calls his brain casing to be allowed to think that he, at the vanguard of the
Diplomats the world over tend to be the EU´s biggest fans: the system, after all, was designed by and for people like them. The US State Department has been consistently Euro-integrationist since the 1950s, pouring resources into various European pressure groups that shared its aim. Back in those early days, its concern was to build up the Western alliance. The EEC was seen as a way of strengthening Nato and keeping countries out of the Soviet camp. We can argue about whether that rationale was valid even in the 1950s; it certainly hasn´t been since 1989. After the end of
Fox News Channel contributor Julie Roginsky took a shot at President Barack Obama’s critics on Wednesday, particularly syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer. Roginsky said that Krauthammer has begun to appear reflexively opposed to any of the president’s proposals, regardless of their merit. She proceeded to diagnose Krauthammer as having come down with “Obama derangement syndrome,” a play on a charge that Krauthammer himself had leveled at President George W. Bush‘s critics in the last decade. (Snip) Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly invited her panel guests to weigh in on a comment made by Krauthammer on Tuesday night’s The O’Reilly Factor
Wyoming lawmakers have proposed a new bill that, if passed, would nullify any federal restrictions on guns, threatening to jail federal agents attempting to confiscate guns, ammunition magazines or ammunition. The bill – HB0104 – states that “any federal law which attempts to ban a semi-automatic firearm or to limit the size of a magazine of a firearm or other limitation on firearms in this state shall be unenforceable in Wyoming.” The bill is sponsored by eight Wyoming state representatives ad two state senators. If passed, the bill would declare any federal gun regulation created on or after
Good morning Austin. After his first week in the Senate, Ted Cruz flew from Washington to Austin to speak Wednesday before the opening day of the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Eleventh Annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature at the Hilton Austin. His opening line: “Well I’ve spent the last week up in D.C., trying to get settled into my job and I’ll tell you, it’s great to be back in America. It’s a different place up there.” Cruz said what cost Mitt Romney the election were his comments suggesting that 47 percent of Americans were takers
Not one, but three Bibles for President Obama´s inaugural oath-taking. On Sunday, January 20, President Obama officially will be sworn into his second term, taking the oath of office with his hand on a Bible belonging to his wife´s family. The next day, when he takes the oath a second time as part of public inaugural ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol, Obama will place his hand on two Bibles, one stacked on the other. One of the Bibles, which belonged to President Lincoln, Obama used in 2009. The other belonged to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
WASHINGTON- The number of U.S. job openings was essentially flat in November, suggesting the labor market is still recovering at a slow pace, government data showed on Thursday. Job openings, a measure of labor demand, stood at 3.676 million during the month, trivially higher than the revised reading of 3.665 million for October, the Labor Department said in its monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. The hiring rate was unchanged at 3.2 percent. The number of workers quitting their jobs also edged barely higher in November. Economists usually see an increase in quits as a sign of confidence
Conservative radio host Mark Levin savaged MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on his radio program on Wednesday. Levin, frustrated that the host of Morning Joe is even considered a conservative, tore into Scarborough calling him a “pathetic troll” who is merely “prancing around” pretending to be a conservative. (Snip)“There is a pathetic troll prancing around as a conservative — even a conservative intellectual,” Levin informed his radio audience on Wednesday. “He goes by the name of Joe Scarborough, but I cannot believe that is really his name. So I’ve assigned him a name — ‘the morning schmo.’”
The Morning Joe family got heated and a bit awkward this morning during a discussion about the lack of diversity in President Obama‘s inner circle. As Joe Scarborough pointed to the lack of outrage and the Republican/Democrat double standard, Mika Brzezinski vehemently disagreed — and told him he was being “chauvinistic.” Scarborough… didn’t take it well. At one point literally snapping his fingers at his co-host. The issue of diversity took up the entire segment, but started to grow contentious when the BBC’s Katty Kay sought to downplay the lack of diversity
It´s time to ring in the new year and wring out the old with some reflections on the election, the world, our fair city and, obligatorily, the fiscal cliff. First, the election. Colorado voted to legalize marijuana in contravention to federal law. Apart from the joy of telling the feds to shove it, the argument for legalization is that it´s no worse than alcohol, and we all know what a good thing alcohol is. Now we´ll be able to get drunk on vodka and high on pot brownies for the drive home. Speaking of the feds, the re-elected president nominated
ISLAMABAD- A drone strike Thursday in Pakistan´s North Waziristan killed four people and injured several others, officials said. A report by the Chinese news agency Xinhua said the drone fired four missiles at a compound suspected to be militant hideout. The area is in Eissu Khel village in the Mir Ali area of the tribal region near the border with Afghanistan. The compound was destroyed but the identities those killed weren´t immediately known. Xinhua said it was the second such strike in the area since Tuesday, when missile attacks killed three suspected militants, including an al-Qaida-linked operative.
CIA director-designate John Brennan’s stated views on the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah at times has appeared to be out of step with others in the Obama administration, which he has served as White House counterterrorism adviser since 2009. Even before President Obama’s election, Brennan – who was Obama’s chief intelligence adviser during the 2008 presidential campaign – was promoting a shift in the U.S. approach to Hezbollah. The Iranian- and Syrian-sponsored Shi’ite group, which also participates in Lebanese parliamentary politics, is blamed for attacks included a series of suicide bombings in Beirut in 1983 which killed more than
In Sunday’s New York Times, Elisabeth Rosenthal claimed, as the title of her article put it, “More Guns = More Killing.” She based this on evidence that would never be permitted in any other context at the Times: (1) anecdotal observations; and (2) bald assertions of an activist, blandly repeated with absolutely no independent fact-checking by the Times. There is an academic, peer-reviewed, long-term study of the effect of various public policies on public, multiple shootings in all 50 states over a 20-year period performed by renowned economists at the University of Chicago and Yale
By golly, Nancy Pelosi was right — they didn’t know what was in ObamaCare until it passed! Of course, in this case all she needed to do was ask her buddy Harry Reid, who apparently sandbagged his party’s gun-control wing by inserting an interesting clause in the 2800-page bill that no one in Congress bothered to read before voting on it. CNN’s Jim Acosta reveals the restriction on firearms-registration data collection built into the 2010 law: The reason Reid inserted this clause, CNN reports without ever having actually talked to Reid (he declined comment),
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Thursday that any “executive action” taken by President Obama on gun control would likely strengthen enforcement of existing laws rather than introduce new measures. Blumenthal, in an interview on CNN’s “Starting Point,” said that Vice President Biden would seek the support of gun-advocacy groups for those efforts during his meeting with the National Rifle Association (NRA) later in the day. "I think that, very realistically, he´s focusing on what the president can do to improve enforcement through executive action, which, by the way,
BRENTWOOD -- An Auburn man who allegedly decided to show off his marijuana-growing operation on YouTube attracted one viewer that took a keen interest in his budding hobby — the Rockingham County Sheriff´s Drug Task Force. Kyle Thomas Berry, 40, of 515 Bunker Hill Road was arraigned Wednesday morning in 10th Circuit Court in Auburn for having about 16 marijuana plants at his home.(Snip) Investigators built their case around the 35 YouTube videos in which Berry allegedly narrates the various stages of his grow operation from the basement of his Auburn home.
The state of Florida is gearing up for a massive python hunting contest in the Everglades starting on Saturday. But an animal rights group is calling for the state to ban decapitation as a method of killing the giant snakes. Decapitation is one of three lethal methods the state has authorized in the Python Challenge. The contest, which has cash prizes, is attracting hunters from all over the U.S. to help the state fight an infestation of non-native Burmese pythons. But Lori Kettler, with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, says decapitation cannot possibly be humane. Headline split by staff
WEST SACRAMENTO, California - The second largest U.S. pension fund on Wednesday decided to sell off its investments in manufacturers of firearms that are banned in California, like the assault rifle used in the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre. The investment committee of the California State Teachers´ Retirement System (CalSTRS), a $154 billion pension fund, also voted to divest from manufacturers of high-capacity ammunition clips illegal in California. The move comes after CalSTRS, just days after the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, began reviewing its private equity funds managed by Cerberus Capital Management LP and