This morning, former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press to discuss the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) to Secretary of Defense. During the discussion, David Gregory asked the liberal Powell, nominally a Republican but a longtime supporter of President Barack Obama, about the Republican Party. “I’m struck when you talk about Republicans as they. I know you insist despite voting for President Obama twice now that you’re still a Republican. But as-- as I go through your record on some social issues and even foreign policy issues,
According to a credible source with inside knowledge of the matter, the actual reason Andrew Sullivan and the Daily Beast are parting ways at the end of this month has nothing to do with some high-falutin´ "duty to try and see if we could help break some new ground" and "pioneer" a "solid future for web journalism." According to this source, who spoke exclusively with Breitbart News, the powers that be at the Daily Beast decided the traffic Sullivan´s Daily Dish delivered just wasn´t worth the price of holding on to him for another year.
Vive la France. What else can one say to the news that the French are using their military might to push back al-Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels who have taken control of northern Mali–a vast region bigger than France itself? While the United Nations passed toothless resolutions and the U.S. expressed concern but did nothing, France’s President, Francois Hollande, acted. He has dispatched some 400 troops backed by helicopter gunships and fighter aircraft to stop the rebel advance, which threatened to engulf the part of Mali still held by the ramshackle government.
The home of a gun owner, whose address was published by a New York newspaper, has been burglarized and a state lawmaker said it appears the burglars may have used the newspaper’s map to target the residence. “Luckily the gun was locked up and no one was hurt,” Sen. Greg Ball said. (Snip) The residence in White Plains, was identified in an interactive map that identified the names and addresses individuals who have gun permits. It was published by The Journal News — a Gannett Co. newspaper. The elderly homeowner, who legally owns weapons, was not at home
Civilized cultures are mortal; they have a predetermined life span just like an organism. There are numerous examples from antiquity whose skeletal remains are still with us. Each example represents a unique metaphysical enterprise that has expired. We can only imagine what the lives of the peoples were like and wonder at the remnants of the once vibrant cityscapes. The civilization into which we were all born, which has shaped our world view, was itself born on European soil around the turn of the first millennium. Today we stand upon a mature cultural foundation that was built
In the cannabis plant family, hemp is the good seed. Marijuana, the evil weed. Michael Bowman, a gregarious Colorado farmer who grows corn and wheat, has been working his contacts in Congress in an attempt to persuade lawmakers that hemp has been framed, unfairly lumped with the stuff people smoke to get high.(Snip)Bowman’s message is simple: Be sensible. “Can we just stop being stupid? Can we just talk about how things need to change?”
Religion in Cuba has long been marginalized: Marx was promoted over Jesus. Communist elites along with their goons and starry-eyed wannabees wouldn´t be caught dead at a Catholic mass -- a subversive act in the hemisphere´s last bastion of communism during its worst days; and now an act seen as politically incorrect. So how ironic that Hugo Chávez, thought to be on his death bed in Havana while battling terminal cancer, is getting a boost from Jesus -- not Marx.
Pravda, Guns & America (AT, Jan. 11) quoted a Russian who advises: Americans: Never Give Up Your Guns, citing the bloody and tragic result of the Communists´ confiscation of arms after they came to power in 1917. The quotation has been echoing around the Internet, so here are more ringing defenses of the importance of the right to bear arms to the cause of liberty. Another Russian, the great writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, wrote about the Soviet Union in The Gulag Archipelago (p.13, note 5): And how we burned in the camps later,
As a young Afghanistan soldier is enthusiastically welcomed home, one member of his family is overcome with emotion and excitement--his beloved pet dog. The heartwarming video of the soldier´s welcome from his deliriously happy pup has gone viral. The dog, called Jasmine, which looks like a black and tan Hovawart, can´t contain her excitement on seeing her owner who was in Afghanistan for a year. As the newly-returned soldier, known only as Josh enters a garage to greet the dog --her reaction is crazy. Howling and barking, Jasmine, bounds over to him, jumping wildly up onto his uniform, trying
You really cannot, in fairness, blame President Obama for naming “Chuck” Hagel, one of the most clearly anti-Israel, anti-Semitic members of the Senate (or ex-members in his case) to be Secretary of Defense. President Obama has not changed his views on Israel since his first speech at the Democrat convention in 2004, when he made it clear that his sympathies in the Middle East lay with the Palestinians. In a way, you have to admire his consistency. Of course, he has to pay lip service to Israel when he visits Miami Beach, but how he must laugh
A renowned crime novelist has found an uncomfortable new subject for her latest drama--herself. Patricia Cornwell is suing her former financial management firm in a Boston court, claiming the stewards of her money fleeced her out of millions of dollars and lost millions more by making risky investments without her consent.[Snip] But the trial has cast a harsh spotlight on the 56-year-old, who is intensely private. Evan Snapper, a former principal at New York wealth management firm Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP, agrees Cornwell´s money is gone--but only because she spent it all on a lavish lifestyle.
To the Obama administration, it must have seemed like a no brainer to add the “We the People” widget to the White House website in September 2011. The forum is supposed to facilitate the right of the people, guaranteed by the First Amendment, to “petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The White House even added that, golly, as long as enough people sign said petitions, someone in the administration — not the president, you understand, but someone important who works in government, probably higher than an intern — will make a formal reply.
The second inauguration of our sitting president will take place this coming weekend as this is being written. It is a time of great happiness for most of my neighbors and friends inside the beltway, indeed for most people in the country. But I find myself in despair for our beloved country. It is quite likely that a large minority of the nation’s citizens agree with my pessimistic mood. The reasons for that despair are not difficult to discern. Our beloved country is in terrible condition. The awful evidence is easily seen everywhere, for those willing to look.
Ministers were under intense pressure last night to disclose the Government’s estimate for how many immigrants will pour into Britain next year from eastern Europe. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles conceded yesterday that a wave of newcomers from Romania and Bulgaria will cause “problems” in the housing supply. He admitted that officials had made a forecast for the numbers likely to arrive when border controls are relaxed with the two nations next January but refused to reveal what it is. His remarks triggered calls from Tory backbenchers for the Government to come clean about the potential size of the population surge
That could be a long post! For now, let’s just note one aspect of the news media’s biased gun coverage: the media frequently paint the National Rifle Association as a sinister, shadowy organization that exercises a mysterious power over legislation. Thus this Yahoo News headline on a Christian Science Monitor article:(Snip for graphic)This is silly. Obviously, Congress has the “muscle” to pass whatever it wants to, and neither “gun lobby”–either pro or con–has any power to dictate to Congress. What is happening is that the pro-gun control forces don’t have the votes
People who put their bins out on the wrong day will no longer be at risk of a fine, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced. Mr Pickles said the Government would legislate to stop the “unreasonable” punishments. A neighbourhood test will also be introduced to end “ludicrous” fines for putting rubbish in the wrong bin. Under current rules, councils can start court proceedings for “household waste offences” with fines of up to £1,000*. On-the-spot penalties of £80 can also be issued. “I’m delighted to announce that given the unreasonable nature of these charges we’re actually going to legislate
The American Association for Nude Recreation is on a bare hunt. The nation´s largest nudist association is looking for corporate sponsors, and leaders think this might be their moment in the sun. Now that the organic food movement has given the word naked a wholesome new meaning—suggesting natural and free of preservatives—the word is popping up in all kinds of product names: Naked Pizza, Bear Naked granola, the Naked Grape Chardonnay and more than one naked lager. Since October, the group has sent about 100 query letters. They have written to the makers of "naked" products
Figures show Her Majesty´s Revenue and Customs officials made almost 14,400 authorised views of "communications data" on taxpayers during tax evasion investigations. This compares to more than 11,500 such views in 2010, which equates to a rise of almost 25 percent, according to statistics released under Freedom of Information laws. Using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, HMRC can access details on what websites are viewed by taxpayers, where a mobile phone call was made or received and the date and time of emails, texts and phone calls. From October 2011 to the end of September last year
Now that Americans finally know the tax rate they´ll be paying, it´s time to start thinking about the annual drudgery of filing their returns. It´s also the season when identity thieves begin ripping off those returns and stealing billions in false or misdirected refunds. Tax fraud, amazingly, is now the third-largest theft of federal funds after Medicare/Medicaid and unemployment-insurance fraud. Tax-identity theft exploded to more than 1.1 million cases in 2011 from 51,700 in 2008. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration last summer reported discovering an additional 1.5 million potentially fraudulent 2011 tax refunds totaling in excess of $5.2 billion.
A 61-year-old high school teacher has filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against a suburban Cincinnati school district. Her disability? She has a phobia of young children, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Maria C. Waltherr-Willard, a French and Spanish teacher who was employed by the Mariemont school district for 35 years, alleges that the discrimination occurred primarily in 2010, when the district reassigned her from high school to junior high. The suit also claims the district wanted her to resign because of her age. The alleged disability is pedophobia, an irrational fear or dislike of children.
Bill Bryson´s "In a Sunburned Country" is a must-read for anyone headed to Australia. But, even if you aren´t headed Down Under, the story Bryson relates of the Aussie Prime Minister Harold Holt has some relevance this week. Holt simply vanished into the surf in December 1967. His body was never recovered, and various wild speculations accompanied his loss, but Bryson remarked on how the Australians carried on without much fuss, even though the disappearance of the Number One was unprecedented. Perhaps the GOP is displaying the same sort of stiff upper lip in the aftermath
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell voiced strong support Sunday for former Sen. Chuck Hagel as the country’s next defense secretary by saying he is “superbly qualified” but criticized his Republican Party, which has largely being critical of Hagel. “Most of the national security community that I know -- many secretaries of defense, ambassadors -- think Hagel is a solid guy,” Powell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “He speaks his mind, is a good supporter of Israel, but he´s not reluctant to disagree when appropriate … He’ll do a great job.”
Either by design or through incompetence, the Obama administration’s war on terror has become indefinable. In fact, to the degree that there are identifiable policies, they seem either internally contradictory or at odds with other administration policies. THE INHERITED PROTOCOLS What is the current Obama position on the so-called Bush-era war-on-terror protocols? Are they still useful in stopping terrorists, irrelevant, toxic, or sort of all three? The administration has never given us an explanation of its attitude toward the continued operation of Guantanamo Bay, the use of military tribunals, the exact status of renditions, the use of preventive detention,
President Barack Obama last week re-nominated 33 individuals to federal benches, several of whom faced stiff resistance when originally nominated. The judicial nominations come as the president faces stiff confirmation battles for some of his cabinet nominations, including over secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel. The judicial nominations have raised concerns among court-watchers of increased judicial activism and maneuvering for potential Supreme Court vacancies. “He wants to appoint judges based on their empathy rather than based on their commitment to the law,” said Carrie Severino, chief counsel for the Judicial Crisis Network, a judicial watchdog group.
What do you get when 85 freeloading freelancers without genuine media affiliations vote for winners in an industry that’s filled with affiliations and worth more than most small countries? A) A scam; B) The Golden Globes; or C) Jodie Foster. If you guessed A, you are correct, if you guessed B, you are correct, and if you guessed C, you are as confused as the rest of us. Last night, for the 70th time, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association held their annual confusing grifter fest, the Golden Globe Awards, filled with Hollywood honchos pretending it was all real,