French soldiers drove out for their first ground offensive against Islamic insurgents in Mali, with Nigerian troops for the multinational African intervention force expected to arrive Wednesday. Witnesses said hundreds of Malian and French troops in armoured vehicles were headed to Diabaly, a town 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of the capital that was seized by the rebels on Monday. Another convoy was seen leaving Bamako in a northerly direction. A security source announced plans to "take back Diabaly with the French". French fighter jets have launched strikes on Diabaly, but a regional security source said the insurgents were still
Just moments before President Barack Obama was to speak to reporters during a surprise press conference, our Republican Insider sends this message of warning to all those opposed to the big government globalist agenda of the Obama White House and Democratic and Republican leadership. (Snip) The Mainstream Media has avoided any mention of Brennan’s significant role in the Benghazi tragedy. Only some of the secondary media have discussed it which means about 90% of Americans have no clue how involved the guy is with not only the policies that led to that fiasco, but more importantly, the cover-up that followed.
There is no question that liberals do an impressive job of expressing concern for blacks. But do the intentions expressed in their words match the actual consequences of their deeds? San Francisco is a classic example of a city unexcelled in its liberalism. But the black population of San Francisco today is less than half of what it was back in 1970, even though the city’s total population has grown. Severe restrictions on building housing in San Francisco have driven rents and home prices so high that blacks and other people with low or moderate incomes have
Washington — The approval late Tuesday of a $50.6 billion Sandy aid package in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives raised hopes among its supporters that federal money would begin flowing into storm-battered New Jersey within months. Just how quickly that will happen, however, was not immediately clear late Tuesday, after the House approved the measure with a 241-180 vote that exposed painful divisions among Republicans. Officials said the Senate is expected to approve the measure next week and send it to President Obama for his signature as Memorial Day — and the start of the lucrative summer season at
Demographics: Just as baby boomers are reaching retirement or fleeing the state, a dearth of children threatens to turn the Golden State into the golden years state with potentially dire economic consequences.California was once a leader where the "next big thing" would happen and then migrate to the rest of the country. With an economy among the world´s largest if it were a separate country, it in a sense still is, having already gone over its own fiscal cliff, beset by low growth, high taxes and regulations, an exodus of business and population
Linn County Oregon Sheriff Tim Mueller cut right to the chase in an open letter to Vice President Biden on January 14: "Any federal regulation enacted by Congress or executive order...offending the constitutional rights of my citizens will not be enforced by me or my deputies." Elsewhere in the letter, Mueller touched on the key problem American citizens are now facing, as gun-grabbers use the crimes of a few to justify taking away the liberties of many: We are Americans. We must not allow, nor will we tolerate, the actions of criminals
Entering a more visible phase of counterterrorism operations in Northern Africa, the White House said Tuesday it is sharing intelligence with France and considering a request to provide military aid in the French fight against Islamist extremists in Mali. However, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, traveling in Europe, ruled out the possibility of U.S. combat forces being involved. “There is no consideration of U.S. boots on the ground,” he told reporters Tuesday. State Department officials said that support could include cargo planes to shuttle troops in and out of theater, flying tankers
LAS VEGAS —The tens of thousands of gun enthusiasts, sellers and manufacturers gathering here for the world’s largest firearms show are well aware of the political battle unfolding in Washington over tighter controls on assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines. They are neither worried nor reassured. A gun dealer from Indiana was happy to offer his view of what’s happening in Washington the day before President Obama is set to outline what is expected to be an ambitious effort to tighten controls.
The National Rifle Association released a new video on its Web site Tuesday calling President Obama an “elitist hypocrite” for having Secret Service protection of his daughters at school but saying he was “skeptical” about installing armed guards in all schools. The NRA’s provocative, 35-second video is as harsh as any attack ad in a political campaign and illustrates how emotionally charged and personal the debate over gun control is becoming. “Are the president’s kids more important than yours?” a deep-voiced narrator asks. “Then why is he skeptical
President Obama on Wednesday will formally announce the most aggressive and expansive national gun-control agenda in generations as he presses Congress to mandate background checks for all firearm buyers and prohibit assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. The announcement will set off a fierce confrontation with Congress over an issue that has riven American society for decades. Obama’s far-reaching firearms agenda has at best tepid support from his party leaders and puts him at loggerheads with Democratic centrists.
The reviewing stands are up, the buildings festooned with bunting. But on the eve of President Obama’s second inauguration, Washington’s mood feels more somber than celebratory, even for those who wanted to see Obama reelected. The thrill of 2008 has yielded to the frustration of 2012. This inauguration represents the triumph of experience over hope. Perhaps the sense of letdown is unavoidable. The second time is never as exciting. A presidency on the doorstep of a first term is promise unmarred by performance. A reelected president arrives with baggage and scars
NEW YORK – Oxygen Media has pulled the plug on "All My Babies´ Mamas," a reality special the network was developing about a musician who has fathered 11 children with 10 different mothers. The network offered no reason for curtailing the project. In a statement issued Tuesday, Oxygen said that, "as part of our development process, we have reviewed casting and decided not to move forward with the special." The one-hour program would have featured Atlanta rap artist Shawty Lo, his children and their mothers. It was expected to air later this year on Oxygen,
In reaction to Sandy Hook, the State of New York has just passed a ton of new gun control and mental health laws. Lost in all the hub-bub will be the fact that the next time the Journal News decides to publish the name of legal, law-abiding gun owners, it will be breaking the law: And, in response to a controversy that erupted after The Journal News, a daily newspaper, published the names and addresses of handgun permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties, the legislation would prohibit disclosure of the names in the new statewide gun-registration
Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D - NY) applauded his state´s expansion of the current gun control laws on Tuesday telling Breitbart News, "I’m glad New York passed strong legislation. Would I have preferred stronger?—always—without knowing the details of what they did." The passage of the new gun control laws make the New York legislation the strictest in the nation: Bans possession of any high-capacity magazines regardless of when they were made or sold. Only clips able to hold up to seven rounds can be sold in the state. Clips able to hold seven to 10 rounds can be possessed,
One day ahead of President Barack Obama’s announcement of sweeping gun control measures, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the president is committed to the Second Amendment. “First of all, the president of the United States believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual’s right to bear arms,” Carney told reporters. “He has been explicit about this. “And throughout his time in office he has made clear that he believes we ought to take commonsense and enact commonsense measures that protect our Second Amendment rights but prevent people who should not have weapons from obtaining them.
Speaking at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said health insurance exchanges will be set up across the country, despite protests from many state leaders. “Right now, new health insurance market places are being set up in every state across the country,” Sebelius said. “And I gotta’ tell you, in spite of what your governor may be saying, that he or she doesn’t want to participate – the way the law is written, we will set up an insurance marketplace in every state in the country.”
In the four years since Captain ´Sully´ Sullenberger safely crash-landed his jetliner on the Hudson River in New York City, ten babies have been born to the passengers aboard his plane. The anniversary of the ´Miracle on the Hudson´ served as a reminder that the hero pilot did more than just save 155 lives on January 15, 2009. The captain of U.S. Airways flight 1549 today had a chance to meet some of those ten children who would not be in the world without him. Additionally, 20 passengers got to personally thank Sullenberger for his quick-thinking and bravery.
Inspector general David Williams, described as the “chief postal watchdog,” said the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will go out of business this year unless Congress bails it out. In an interview with the Guardian, Williams said the postal service lost nearly $16 billion the last fiscal year, nearly $41 billion over the last five years, and has reached its $15 billion credit limit. When asked if the USPS will need a bailout this year, Williams said: "Yes. The choices are that it would cease to exist or it would need a bailout."
President Obama doesn´t seem to be a fan of certain technologies. He once blamed ATMs for putting people out of work. He´ll like the rise of 3-D printing even less. Thanks to this technology, people will eventually be able to make the high capacity magazines and AR-15s that he hopes to ban, right from the comfort of their own homes. It´s already happening. The website Extreme Tech reports: "The first 3D-printed gun was created by AR15.com forum member HaveBlue. It was a pistol, and consisted of a 3D-printed receiver, with a fully
BEIJING- China had 50.9 million new Internet users in 2012, bringing the total to 564 million by the end of the year, official data showed Tuesday. Mobile Internet browsing made up much of those numbers, with a report from the China Internet Network Information Center saying 420 million people used mobile phones as their primary method for Web surfing. Online shopping was also up, with 242 million shopping online, and increase of 24.8 percent from the year before, China´s state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. There was a parallel surge in micro-blogging, the network center said, up 58.73 million
Five Gulf Coast states have over 1,000 laws that allow prosecutors to target people with criminal sanctions over rather minor infractions related to the environment and outdoor living, a new study shows, even in cases where the accused did not cause any harm or knowingly break the law. “The labyrinth of vague offenses fails to put individuals and businesses on notice as to what conduct is prohibited, leaving those in such industries with the unenviable choice of curtailing productive, job-creating economic activity or taking a risk of being branded a criminal,” Texas Public Policy Foundation
Could a Libertarian one day replace New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg when the time comes? There´s news that the Queens County Libertarian Party has "unanimously" endorsed Kristin M. Davis as its candidate for mayor of the Big Apple when voters go to the polls this November. Miss Davis was once known as the "Manhattan Madam" and says she "supplied prostitutes for Eliot Spitzer, was convicted for promoting prostitution and served four months on Rikers Island." Prompted by what she calls "inequities in our criminal justice system," Miss Davis became a Libertarian
The New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police is taking heat for a fundraiser in which firearms are being raffled. The fundraiser - called "a month of firearms" - offers raffle ticket buyers a chance on each day during the month of May to win a New Hampshire-made sporting firearm. A thousand tickets went on sale in October and have already sold out. (Snip) The raffle is supporting the New Hampshire Police Cadet Training Academy and was put together in partnership with Newport businesses Ruger and Rody´s Gun Club,
Obama’s press conference yesterday was most remarkable for this rank mischaracterization of Republicans: They have a particular vision about what government should and should not do. So they are suspicious about government’s commitments, for example, to make sure that seniors have decent health care as they get older. They have suspicions about Social Security. They have suspicions about whether government should make sure that kids in poverty are getting enough to eat, or whether we should be spending money on medical research. So they’ve got a particular view of what government should do and should be.
We live in the gilded age of crony capitalism. If you have any doubt about that fact look no further than Elon Musk´s purchase of a $17 million mansion in Bel Air, California. Who is Elon Musk? He struck it rich with the invention of PayPal. Lately, though, he has cashed in on the Obama "green energy" and government giveaway bonanza. He plays the game well. Musk has an army of lobbyists on payroll to help lift taxpayer money to help his companies Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity. Musk is, of course, a big donor to Obama
Chelsea Clinton will serve as the honorary chair of the day of service that will kick off President Obama’s inauguration weekend Saturday, the Presidential Inaugural Committee said today. Clinton, 32, will make a special appearance at the Service Summit on the Mall on Saturday, where dozens of service organizations will be arrayed in a large tent. Visitors can do service projects — such as painting a portable mural or filling backpacks for needy children — on the spot. A number of well-known figures, such as actress Eva Longoria, television personality Star Jones, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden