In 2009, when a prominent accounting firm released a report describing how Obamacare would drive up the cost of health insurance, supporters of the health-care bill were furious, declaring that only insurance-industry shills would be craven enough to produce such poppycock. After all, President Obama had repeatedly promised that his bill would “bring down premiums by $2,500 for the typical family.” In addition, they argued, Obamacare will spend trillions of dollars on health insurance subsidies, such that the uninsured wouldn’t be exposed to any purported rate hikes.
MSNBC´s Lawrence O´Donnell on Thursday went on a disgraceful tirade about how the Bible should have nothing to do with the upcoming inaugural festivities. On Friday, Catholic League President Bill Donohue responded saying, "Given Obama’s ideology, perhaps it would make more sense for him to swear on Das Kapital." Donohue began by claiming that it´s obvious "Lawrence O’Donnell hates Christianity...A transcript of his diatribe does not do justice to what possesses him—you have to see him strut his stuff to get a sense of his true pathology." He then addressed the controversy surrounding Atlanta Pastor
A 13-year-old who police said was an innocent victim was shot in the stomach last night on a Roxbury street while walking to church for choir practice. The victim was taken to Boston Medical Center after the 7:10 p.m. shooting on Humboldt Avenue. Police said he is in critical condition and that his mother was by his side.About two dozen plainclothes gang unit officers swarmed the scene in the pouring rain last night right after the shooting to go door-to-door hunting for any tips. “We’re looking for the public’s help,” said police Superintendent Kevin Buckley,
If your daughter was an actress doing a sex scene in a movie or television show, would you want to watch? On the CBS Late Show Thursday, Girls star Lena Dunham said that not only is NBC´s Brian Williams often on the set for the filming of this sex-packed HBO program, the cast jokes about having a "BriWi-cam" on him to gauge his reactions to his daughter Allison´s sex scenes (video follows with transcript and commentary): DAVID LETTERMAN, HOST: We had Brian Williams on the show the other night. His daughter, one of your lovely stars. LENA DUNHAM: Allison.
In 1956, the celebrated novelist John Steinbeck declared journalism to be “the mother of literature and the perpetrator of crap.” To the non-Nobel ear, this might sound like denigration or enmity. But Bill Steigerwald’s idol-slaying travelogue of truth suggests the bon mot may have been more aspirational than previously believed. First, a bit of background. After 30 years toiling in journalism, Steigerwald accepted a buyout package from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in 2009—or, as he puts it, “I dove from the deck of the Daily Titanic and swam off to look for books to write till I die.”
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is convinced that a lone gunman wasn´t solely responsible for the assassination of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, and said his father believed the Warren Commission report was a ´shoddy piece of craftsmanship.´ Kennedy and his sister, Rory, spoke about their family Friday night while being interviewed in front of an audience by Charlie Rose at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. The event comes as a year of observances begins for the 50th anniversary of the president´s death. Their uncle was killed on Nov. 22, 1963, while riding in a motorcade through Dallas.
Seeking to move past the Yucca Mountain controversy, the Obama administration on Friday disclosed it will ask Congress to approve a new national nuclear waste plan that would start with a pilot interim storage site by 2021. The Energy Department said it would seek to open a full-scale interim storage facility by 2025 and a permanent geologic repository by 2048 under the plan. All of the sites would be chosen with the consent of the host communities. The strategy represents the administration´s response to the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future.
It was early November when Martha Keochareon called the nursing school at Holyoke Community College, her alma mater. She had a proposal, which she laid out in a voice mail message. “I have cancer,” she said after introducing herself, “and I’m wondering if you’ll need somebody to do a case study on, a hospice patient.” (snip) “Maybe you’ll have some ambitious student that wants to do a project,” Ms. Keochareon (pronounced CATCH-uron) said after leaving her phone number. “Thank you. Bye.”
The Washington D.C. Attorney General’s office has released a statement in which they have declined to press charges against NBC News’ Meet the Press anchor David Gregory for a December 23, 2012, infraction in which he displayed an extended capacity magazine on national television. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) says that, “despite the clarity of the violation of this important law,” and NBC’s “feeble and unsatisfactory” attempts to exonerate Gregory, they have declined to prosecute the violation. (Snip)Read the full OAG statement below
SAN DIEGO - California was going from cold to colder Friday as a chill expected to bring the biggest mercury dips in years descended on much of the state. The Grapevine section of Interstate 5, the key artery linking southern and northern California, was shut down Thursday night. The area was blanketed with heavy snowfall that showed no immediate signs of stopping, leaving truckers and would-be travelers stranded. Police said the closure would remain in effect overnight and the roadway would be re-evaluated in the morning. The day saw several accidents and spinouts on the mountain pass that led to
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has launched a crackdown on prescription drugs and said patients who genuinely need painkillers might have to ´suffer a little bit´ to get the citywide addiction ´epidemic´ under control. Bloomberg announced the plan, which will sharply restrict some of the most common and most powerful painkillers from emergency rooms in the city´s 11 hospitals, yesterday. But it was immediately met with harsh criticism, with doctors claiming it would penalize the poor. However, the Mayor was not swayed, claiming, on his weekly radio show, that there was ´no evidence´
Game show fails are a dime-a-dozen now, but this one is pretty funny, especially if you are a music lover. On last night’s edition of Wheel of Fortune, a contestant excitedly declared that she wanted to solve the “song/artist” puzzle and then proceeded to absolutely botch the title of what was arguably the late Johnny Cash‘s most popular song, 1956´s “I Walk the Line.” “I’ll solve the puzzle,” she said, looking at a board that read: “I _A__ THE _INE BY J_HNNY _ASH” Seems pretty easy, no? Her answer: “I Have The Wine By Johnny Cash.”
An orange goo that looks like the children´s toy silly putty seems an unlikely material to protect valuable technology products. Yet this strange gel, also known as D3O, behaves very differently under sudden impact, as the molecules of this ´non-Newtonian polymer´ lock together, immediately dissipating the force of a blow. These characteristics make the goo an ideal product for a variety of protective purposes and it is now being used by a British company in protecting cell phones and computers.[Snip]The patented gel was invented by British scientist Richard Palmer after a skiing accident in 1999. It is a non-Newtonian fluid
Forgive me for choosing a colleague and friend, but I´ve been waiting for exactly this kind of media appearance from someone -- anyone! -- on our side to make this point with, and it just so happens that last night it was Breitbart editor-at-large Ben Shapiro who delivered as perfect an example as one could ever hope for. This is a must-watch for the rest of this column to make any sense whatsoever. As one of our Founding Fathers once said, "Facts are stubborn things," and when faced with facts, calm logic, and someone fully prepared for the encounter,
The Defense Department has moved ahead with a reduction in healthcare coverage for veterans in select areas of the country. Starting Oct. 1, 2013, the Pentagon will reduce the number of Prime Service Areas (PSAs) where it offers the TRICARE Prime managed care option to retirees and their family members. This change will affect approximately 171,000 military retired beneficiaries in 41 states currently enrolled in TRICARE Prime, but not active duty service members and their families. “The Department of Defense (DoD) has planned to make PSA reductions since 2007, when proposals were
When Tony Blair visited Beijing a few weeks ago to open a prestigious conference on philanthropy, he showed he had lost none of the evangelical fervour that once dazzled British voters. Giving an impassioned sermon to an A-list audience on the crucial role of compassion, the former Prime Minister spoke of how societies should be measured not just by what people do for themselves, but by what they do for others. ‘The best philanthropy is about changing the world,’ he proclaimed. ‘Flourishing philanthropy is an essential part of a flourishing society.’ Blair told well-heeled listeners paying nearly £1,500 a head
Waving aside any pretense of diversity, invoking seldom heard themes of merit and competence, President Barack Obama is about to appoint to his cabinet three of the most naive older white guys that ever walked up the Capitol steps. For an administration that has made “diversity” a worn shibboleth for almost every other series of appointments, why this sudden departure from generating a photo-op like a Benetton ad of Christmas past? Were there no “wise Latina women,” “academically distinguished African-Americans,” or “experienced white women” available? What is it that makes these three candidates so phenomenal as to
There may have been a more personal factor in Washington, D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan´s decision to let NBC’s David Gregory off the hook Friday than the “prosecutorial discretion” he claimed he was exercising by declining to prosecute Gregory for alleged possession of a high-capacity gun magazine. Professor William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection uncovered an established relationship between Gregory and Nathan´s families. Gregory’s wife Beth Wilkinson (pictured left), an attorney herself, acted in a play with the Attorney General (pictured right) in 2011.
DALLAS- Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is convinced that a lone gunman wasn´t solely responsible for the assassination of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, and said his father believed the Warren Commission report was a "shoddy piece of craftsmanship." Kennedy and his sister, Rory, spoke about their family Friday night while being interviewed in front of an audience by Charlie Rose at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. The event comes as a year of observances begins for the 50th anniversary of the president´s death.
Many British women were startled when they woke up on New Year´s Day to find their Facebook profiles had started advertising abortion providers to them. The ad in question, from American Abortion advisory website abortion.com, simply said: "Find An Abortion Provider Near You", as well as a US Freephone number. A click led to a mostly US-focused website, which lists a huge number of abortion providers throughout the US and just one provider in the UK, "Abortion support Network".[Snip]However, many who received the ad started to second-guess their lifestyle choices. What were they doing that made Facebook think they
This month´s busy work for Vice President Joe Biden is his great gun control task force, assigned him by President Obama. Now that it is close to wrapping up, Bidentold reporters in his gaffetastic way that there is "no silver bullet" to any gun-grabbing solutions. After he met with the National Rifle Association, Biden bellied up to the closest microphone and told his constituents in the press that "We know that there is no silver bullet" to stop gun violence. Biden claimed that his meeting with the NRA was "productive," though he did not elaborate upon what that meant.
It´s Death of Little Nell time again in the field of climate "science." The New York Times--aka Pravda--has announced the closure of its Environment Desk. Rumours that the entire environment team, headed by Andy Revkin, have volunteered to be recycled into compost and spread on the lawn of the new billion dollar home Al Gore bought with the proceeds of his sale of Current TV to Middle Eastern oil interests are as yet unconfirmed. What we do know is that it´s very, very sad and that all over the Arctic baby polar bears are weeping bitter tears of regret.
Bamako, Mali — French airstrikes overnight in Mali drove back Islamist rebels from a key city and destroyed a militant command center, the French defense minister said Saturday, as West African nations authorized the immediate deployment of troops to the country. The al-Qaida-linked militants, who have carved out their own territory in the lawless desert region of northern Mali over the past nine months, recently pressed closer to a major base of the Malian army, dramatically raising the stakes in the battle for the vast West African nation. "The threat is a terrorist state at the doorstep of France
Al Gore’s strategy for saving the Earth seems to be to raise enough money to be able to buy it. After selling his failing Current TV company to Al Jazeera, Gore is suddenly a super rich man. Forbes analyst Ryan Mac says, “Taking into account taxes to be paid on the deal, possible earlier debt and the fact that Gore´s representatives declined to comment, Forbes conservatively estimates the former vice president´s net worth to be at least $300 million.”[Snip] Why, it’s bankrolled by the medieval kingdom of Qatar--which, in turn, makes its money out of black gold.
The constitutional power of the purse is overrated anyway, right? Rather than bother to deal with the opposing party, majority Senate Democrats want President Obama to embrace one of two gimmicky solutions to the upcoming battle over the so-called “debt ceiling” — either the “trillion dollar coin” or the “fourteenther” solution, by which the president unilaterally raises the debt ceiling. Obama has wisely resisted the latter course, and his spokesman seemed none too interested when asked about the former yesterday. In a quest to cede more congressional power to an executive they like, Senate Dems penned a
Vice President Joe Biden said on Friday that “smart gun” technology might have been able to stop the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. “Vice President Joe Biden says he’s interested in technology that would keep a gun from being fired by anyone other than the person who bought it,” The Associated Press reported Friday. “He says evidence shows such technology may have curtailed what happened last month in Connecticut when 20 youngsters and six teachers were gunned down inside their elementary school,” the AP said. A gun with the “smart” technology would sense the gun owner’s