The horrific recent mass murder of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School predictably has reignited the gun-control debate in this country. (snip) The task force led by Vice President Joe Biden has met mostly with groups either in favor of or opposed to greater restrictions on guns and ammunition. Facing strong political opposition in Congress from both parties, Vice President Biden and President Barack Obama each have suggested publicly that the president will act by executive order to restrict guns.
Two people died today including a pilot and at least 11 more were injured--one critically--after a helicopter struck a newly-built tower and plunged into rush hour traffic in central London. Witnesses said the helicopter--which is believed to have been heading to Elstree, Hertfordshire, to collect an executive--was using the route of the River Thames and hit a crane at the top of the tower near Vauxhall Bridge in Vauxhall, central London, at 8am. The helicopter, which hit the under-construction St George Wharf Tower, was reported to have been carrying a pilot but no passengers. The aircraft struck the ground just
During the last press conference of his first term in office, President Obama pledged to take “executive action” to reduce gun violence in response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut last month. The President told reporters, “If there is a step we can take that will save even one child from what happened in Newtown, we should take that step.” When Obama unveils his gun control proposals today at the White House, he will be surrounded by children. It’s something straight out of South Park.
The Communities Secretary launched a £6 million fund to encourage radical projects that will help non-speakers to learn the language so they can ´´improve their circumstances and climb the social ladder´´.[Snip]He said: ´´The reality is you need English to succeed. You can´t really function as a good doctor, a good teacher, a good mechanic or since we´re in the Institute for Civil Engineering, you can´t be a good engineer if you can´t talk the language. ´´Just as you can´t talk to your neighbour, read a bus timetable, or enjoy enormous joy of The Only Way Is Essex.´´
Retail giant Walmart pledged Tuesday to hire any returning military veteran that wants a job with the company. Walmart U.S. CEO Bill Simon told a retail conference in New York City the company expects to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years, one of the largest-ever hiring commitments of former military personnel. "We believe Walmart is already the largest private employer of veterans in the country, and we want to hire more," Simon said. "Hiring a veteran can be one of the best decisions any of us can make...Veterans have a record of performance under pressure.
President Barack Obama’s Jan. 14 press conference included many attacks and much self-praise and numerous contradictory charges — few of which were recognized or highlighted by the reporters that presented the event in terms vary favorable to the president. Republicans “demonize” him, Obama complained, shortly after he declared that Republicans were putting an economic “gun at the head of the American people … [and] threaten to wreck the entire economy.” “I’m a pretty friendly guy,” he said, not long after suggesting that he would stop checks for veterans and retirees if the GOP didn’t raise the White House’s $16.4 trillion credit limit.
The Republican Party is desperately in need of some good advice. It needs to return to Ronald Reagan conservatism and give America a two-party system, not a tinny echo of Obama. But our liberal media keep desperately inviting fake Republicans to offer advice to the GOP. They want to create a new Republican Party, one that rejects the principles of the man who championed freedom. Exhibit A: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The Jan. 14 Washington Post insisted on the front page: "Bloomberg wants change in the GOP." Post reporter Jason Horowitz noted, "America´s most prominent and deep pocketed advocate
Ford unveiled its new vision for a pickup truck at the Detroit Auto Show today, and the auto maker went all out in its presentation. Instead of removing a sheet like most companies do, Ford actually lowered the truck from the ceiling of the Cobo Center in a dramatic reveal. Business Insider´s Alex Davies, who was on hand for the event, snapped the photos below. The truck, named the Ford Atlas, is still a concept, but it would be a good addition to Ford´s lineup of F-150s, the company´s best-selling vehicle. The enormous Atlas has Ford´s efficient
The New York Times today reported on the censorship American film studios are willing to accept in order to gain access to the growing and lucrative Chinese film market. The lure of access to China’s fast-growing film market — now the world’s second largest, behind that of the United States — is entangling studios and moviemakers with the state censors of a country in which American notions of free expression simply do not apply. … Studios are seeking out official co-productions, in which a Chinese company works with an American studio
In a leak that could signal a crossing of President Obama´s "red line" on the increasingly deadly conflict in Syria, the State Department has investigated and concluded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his military forces used poison gas in a deadly attack on the city of Homs last month, Foreign Policy´s Josh Rogin reported Tuesday evening. Rogin, whose State sources are rarely questioned on the Foggy Bottom beat, got his his scoop from classified department cables: The cable, signed by the U.S. consul general in Istanbul, Scott Frederic Kilner, and sent to State Department headquarters
Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona has an interesting take on Obamacare: “I hate it — now give me the money.” Governor Brewer, exemplifying that unfortunately common strain of Republican leadership that is uncompromising in rhetoric but opportunistic in reality, has decided to sign off on the federal government’s plan to radically expand Medicaid eligibility, replacing various eligibility formulas developed by the states with a uniform standard encompassing everybody earning 133 percent of the poverty line or less. She calculates that Arizona stands to gain some $2 billion a year in Medicaid benefits at little cost to the state treasury:
Lance Armstrong should expect a wave of costly lawsuits in the wake of his doping admission. The government of South Australia became the latest potential plaintiff to hint at legal action against the disgraced cycling champ, who confessed to Oprah Winfrey, in interviews airing tomorrow and Friday, of using banned performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong took several million dollars in appearance fees from the Australian state to promote the Tour Down Under cycle race from 2009 to 2011, Premier Jay Weatherill said yesterday.
President Obama, take note. Small business owners think Washington has become increasingly hostile in recent years to free enterprise and thus to job creation, a survey conducted last week found. And his policies are part of the problem. Sixty percent of small business owners said the president’s health care program will have a “negative impact” on their businesses this year. This includes owners of businesses who are Democrats (53 percent), independents (79 percent) and Republicans (79 percent).
Here is my nomination for the lowest moment of the “fiscal cliff” debate. Right before Christmas, President Obama met with House Speaker John Boehner in the Oval Office. “He told Mr. Boehner,” according to the Wall Street Journal, “that if the sides didn’t reach agreement, he would use his inaugural address and his State of the Union speech to tell the country Republicans were at fault.” Forget Thomas Jefferson’s First Inaugural: “We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists.” Forget Abraham Lincoln’s Second: “With malice toward none.” Obama’s Second Inaugural might drop a few choice one-liners on the elected Republicans
There is a popular new TV show in Kabul. It’s called, “2014.” Guests surmise how bad things could get after NATO departs. The program epitomizes the mood I found after three weeks in Afghanistan, confirmed and reconfirmed by numerous conversations in Herat, Kandahar and Kunduz. Afghans described “a dark horizon” ahead. More important, they question why the United States is abandoning them. Most believed that with the U.S. alongside—meaning some thousand troops, not tens of thousands—their country stands a chance.
I t´s a great big universe, and we´re all really puny. Yes, humankind is probably even more insignificant than we ever could have imagined, thanks to new findings from a team of astronomers in the U.K. For the odd-looking heptagon structure seen here represents the largest observable object in the known universe. The Huge-LQG (Large Quasar Group), as it´s been dubbed, is a grouping of 73 quasars, or galactic nuclei — which are all thought to have been at the heart of their own respective galaxies at one point — and stretches 4 billion light years across its longest axis.
President Barack Obama had fewer press conferences during his first term than George W. Bush, Bill Clinton or George H.W. Bush. Presidential scholar Martha Joynt Kumar did the math and found that with Monday´s conference, Obama has done a total of 79 over four years. That´s 10 fewer than George W. Bush, 54 fewer than Clinton and 63 fewer than George H.W. Bush. He did manage to beat out former President Ronald Reagan, who had only 27 press conferences during his first term, although many of those were evening conferences carried live during prime time across the nation.
You know all this, of course, because you’ve been reading these blogs all along. But as my mother used to tell me with her charming smile and melodious voice, repetition is the basis of all learning. (Snip)By now, everybody knows about Iran’s activities in the Middle East and South Asia, from its proxies (Hezbollah, the small army around Mookie al Sadr in Iraq, Islamic Jihad, al Qaeda, Taliban) to the Quds Force killers at work in Syria and Lebanon.
Last we heard of Lisa P. Jackson, she was exiting the administration for new challenges and time with family or something. Her resignation came just weeks before a court-imposed deadline for the EPA to release some 12,000 e-mails associated with her alias e-mail account under the name “Richard Windsor.” Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Chris Horner stumbled on the Windsor account while perusing documents he’d FOIAed while doing research for his book, ” The Liberal War on Transparency.” Horner and CEI sued EPA for access to Windsor/Jackson’s e-mails, which were otherwise quite easily shielded from FOIA requests for Lisa P. Jackson’s e-mails.
“I think if you look at the history, getting votes for the debt ceiling is always difficult, and budgets in this town are always difficult.” —President Obama, news conference, Jan. 14, 2013 “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can’t pay its own bills. ... I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.” —Then-Sen. Barack Obama, floor speech in the Senate, March 16, 2006 As the saying goes, “where you stand depends on where you sit.”
A Japanese airline has grounded all 17 of its Boeing 787 planes for inspection after one of its Dreamliners was forced to make an emergency landing. All Nippon Airways said a cockpit message showed battery problems during a domestic flight today, but all passengers and crew evacuated safely following the emergency landing. The incident is the latest of a number of recent problems with Boeing´s new Dreamliner aircraft. The sophisticated new plane, the world´s first mainly carbon-composite airliner, suffered two fuel leaks, a battery fire, a wiring problem, brake computer glitch and cracked cockpit window last week.
President Obama, after a push by the D.C. Council, has agreed to affix license plates to his limo with the phrase "taxation without representation."(Snip)“President Obama has lived in the District now for four years, and has seen first-hand how patently unfair it is for working families in D.C. to work hard, raise children and pay taxes, without having a vote in Congress," White House spokesman Keith Maley said in a statement. "Attaching these plates to the presidential vehicles demonstrates the President’s commitment to the principle of full representation for the people of the District of Columbia and his willingness
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