Welcome to the ruff club. Two new breeds will make their debut at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show next month — further proof that every dog indeed has its day. The tenacious Russell terrier and the athletic treeing walker coonhound will strut for the first time on the dog world’s grandest stage: Madison Square Garden. “It´s an honor and a privilege. We´ve worked so hard at it,” said Sue Sobel, 66, a tireless booster of her breed who will show two Russell terriers, Meadowbrook Madison and Foxfield Pepper Patch.
The president of Michigan’s largest union is instructing officials to prepare to sue its own members, according to a leaked memo issued after the state adopted right-to-work laws in December. Steven Cook, president of the Michigan Education Association, circulated an email to local unions officials and staff instructing them to monitor revenue streams in light of the right-to-work laws, which are set to go into effect on March 27, 2013. The law allows workers to opt out of union membership unless they have an existing contract with their employer.
Casting about for something positive to say on Inauguration Day, pols and pundits fell back on the cliché that America exhibits the “peaceful transfer of power.” But that’s not much of a consolation if it results in revolution anyways. Most revolutions are not against state power but with it. So it goes with Obama’s, as he leaves the old forms in place but fills them with new revolutionary meanings. The disturbing hollowness of Obama’s inauguration derives from this more subtle form of revolution. All the usual trappings of tradition were on display Link repaired by staff
One day after President Barack Obama won re-election, his Administration agreed to a new round of international negotiations to revive a United Nations-sponsored treaty regulating the international sale of conventional arms, which critics fear could affect the Constitutionally protected right of U.S. citizens to purchase and bear firearms. Now, in the wake of the Newtown school massacre and the President’s January 16 promise to “put everything I’ve got” into a sweeping new series of gun control initiatives, the fate of that treaty, which enters a “final” round of negotiations this March,
The uncle of one of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary has proposed new legislation designed to reduce future mass shootings without resorting to gun bans. Lawyer Alexis Haller is the uncle of Noah Pozner, who was killed by Adam Lanza in Newtown, CT last month. Haller recently flew from his home in Seattle to Washington, D.C. to make his case for a series of plans designed to prevent future mass shootings. Unlike other proposals currently on the table, Haller is not seeking to ban anything. His idea covers
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton teared up briefly during testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations as she recounted meeting family members of the four Americans who were killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. “I stood next to President Obama as the Marines carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at Andrews [Air Force Base],” said Mrs. Clinton as emotion filled her voice. “I put my arms around the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters.”
Britain is facing a growing exodus of its brightest workers who are leaving to work abroad, new figures show. As many as 3,599,000 people permanently left the UK between 2001 and 2011, of which 1,963,000 were aged between 25 and 44.(Snip) Of the 3.6 million people who left the UK for a new life abroad, only 125,000 were of retirement age. Britons leaving the UK are most likely to be going to Australia, followed by the US and Spain. France, Germany, Canada and New Zealand are also popular destinations.
Retired Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, who served as commander of U.S. Special Forces Command and as deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, told CNSNews.com in a video interview that the congressional committees questioning Secretary of State Hillary Clintlon today should ask her if Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta denied her an airplane to rescue the Americans in Benghazi, Libya, who were attacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2012. “Did you talk to the secretary of defense, and what was his response?” Boykin said Congress should ask Clinton. “Did he deny you an airplane?
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took responsibility for the security failures on the attacks on Benghazi on Wednesday, but said that she was not involved in the confusing dissemination of information in the immediate aftermath of the attack. Clinton testified Wednesday morning before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11 attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi that left Amb. Chris Stevens and three others dead. “As I have said many times, I take responsibility,” she said, saying that she was committed to implementing changes that would prevent a future attack from happening.
Monday wasn´t really an Inauguration as much as it was a new episode of Joy Porn starring the mainstream media -- and an act of Joy Porn the American people weren´t all that interested in watching. According to the "L.A. Times," in 2009, 17 million watched Obama´s inaugural address on the cable nets. This year, that number dropped to 6.7 million. Across the three broadcast networks, a total of 13.32 million watched the media fall to its knees in worship Monday. In 2009, viewership topped 27.5 million -- a 52% drop, and about a million fewer than watched
With memories painfully fresh and nerves still raw after the Connecticut elementary school massacre, the nation suddenly turned its attention to a community college campus in suburban Houston on Tuesday afternoon, fearful that another violent incident was shredding any lingering notion of safety in the classroom. As it turned out, the gunfire that shattered the silence of a normal day of classes at Lone Star College´s north Harris County location was sadly routine. Two young men became involved in an argument that ended when one pulled a handgun.
How do you deal with Barack Obama? Benjamin Netanyahu seems to have found one reasonably successful way: stand tall and don’t back down, and your people will rally around you. Obama, believing Netanyahu would win reelection despite trying to damage him with remarks leaked to Jeffrey Goldberg, sent a handwritten note to Netanyahu reading: "Looking forward to continuing working with you in the new year." That, of course, is certainly a different approach than the constant attempts by Obama to bully Netanyahu at the
Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, testifying before Congress on the deadly Sept. 11 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, choked up Wednesday as she assured lawmakers that the security of American diplomats was a “personal” issue for her. [Snip] Clinton’s voice broke as she recalled welcoming home the “flag-draped caskets” of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans killed in the terrorist strike at the consulate and putting her arms around bereaved family members. Link repaired by staff
Matt Damon’s much hyped anti-fracking film “Promised Land” has failed to make the impact that its producers and environmental groups had hoped for. As of January 20, “Promised Land” has raked in a whopping total of $7,542,000 since it opened on December 28, according to Box Office Mojo. According to The Hill, the movie cost $15 million to make. Box Office Mojo ranked it 139 out of all movies from Jan. 23, 2012 to Jan. 21, 2013. Matt Damon said that he didn’t make a biased movie and claimed to have just wanted to start a conversation Author corrected by staff
It was all anyone could talk about, because it was unrelenting. From High Point to Cape May, from street corners to Facebook, one would be hard-pressed not to find someone mentioning the bitter cold that invaded New Jersey Tuesday. Temperatures did not surpass 25 degrees across much of the Garden State, as New Jersey entered what is expected to be the most frigid and persistent cold snap since 2007, according to data from the state climatologist’s office.(Snip) The deep freeze is believed to have been caused by a sudden warming in the stratosphere near the north pole, according to
Washington — More than six in 10 Americans now favor allowing illegal immigrants to eventually become citizens, a major increase in support driven by a turnaround in Republicans’ opinions after the 2012 elections. The finding, in a new Associated Press-GfK poll, comes as the Republican Party seeks to increase its meager support among Latino voters, who turned out in large numbers to help reelect President Obama in November.(Snip) In the coming weeks, he’s expected to push aggressively for ways to create an eventual pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.
In yesterday’s inaugural address, President Obama stated, “We cannot mistake absolutism for principle or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.” But Obama was not shy about discarding reasoned debate in favor of brutal name-calling in order to ram forward his agenda. According to Obama, Republicans who oppose his progressivism: •Don’t care about the elderly or the disabled: According to Obama, forcing a choice between “caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future” – also known as reality – is actually siding
Westampton — A fight involving more than 100 people broke out early Sunday morning at the Rancocas Community Center and resulted in $800 worth of damage and five arrests, police said. Police were sent to the center on Main Street on a report of shots fired and a large fight, police said. When they arrived about 12:25 a.m., police found more than 100 people acting disorderly and “jumping on top of vehicles,” police said.(Snip) Police said the security guard told them that the four individuals were the culprits and were threatening people with a gun. Police then arrested
Last night, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended the last ball of the Second Inauguration--the Staff Inaugural Ball. “My main job here tonight,” Obama told the campaign staff, volunteers, and Democratic National Committee staff, “is really simple: It’s just to say thank you. All of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America. The average age here is probably around 20 something. And that’s only because I’m here, which brings the average age up, quite a bit.” Obama compared himself to the
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday defended the administration´s response the night of the September 2012 terror attack in Libya, testifying before Congress that there were "no delays in decision-making" despite accounts to the contrary. The secretary, after missing prior hearings due to illness, testified on the attack for the first time Wednesday morning before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She said she has "no higher priority" than the security of her department´s staff, and that she is committed to making the department "safer, stronger and more secure." "As I have said many times,
Taking a break from his exasperated criticism, Morning Joe‘s own Joe Scarborough commended Republicans on Wednesday for their “shrewd” move: their plan to raise the debt limit short term. Feeling more optimistic, Scarborough expressed “hope.” Republicans are “being smart” by proposing a temporary extension, he said. “It’s one of the first shrewd moves I’ve seen the body do in quite some time.” Scarborough went on to add that when he and co-host Mika Brzezinski paid a visit to Capitol Hill, “Republicans I spoke with gave me hope.”
It´s becoming downright American to make stuff in America. Small manufacturers, craftsmen and retailers are marketing the Made-in-USA tag to score do-gooder points with consumers for employing stateside, says Margarita Mendoza, founder of the Made in America Movement, a lobbying organization for small manufacturers. It´s working: Over 80% of Americans are willing to pay more for Made-in-USA products, 93% of whom say it´s because they want to keep jobs in the USA, according to a survey released in November by Boston Consulting Group. In ultra-partisan times, it´s one of the few issues both Democrats and Republicans agree
In the wake of Beyonce’s “Star Spangled Banner” lip-sync scandal, the opening acts on the bill at President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony went into overdrive to reassure fans that they did in fact sing their songs live on Monday. Former “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson sang “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” ahead of Beyonce, and her rep was quick to announce: “Kelly did sing live!” Folk legend James Taylor, the day’s first musical guest, sang “America the Beautiful,” and also chose not to mouth over a backing track
Now that Jill Kelley has broken her silence in a Daily Beast interview, the question naturally arises whether David Petraeus’s former mistress might do the same. People familiar with her thinking tell me the answer is yes. Broadwell plans to answer questions about the Petraeus mess in a limited way, they say, as a way of putting the sordid controversy behind her. The goal for the foreseeable future, they say, is for Broadwell to be able to step back into the public square and resume her career.
National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre on Tuesday offered a sharp critique of President Obama’s second inaugural address, warning that his agenda threatened to make a “mockery” of the nation’s constitutional freedoms. In a speech in Reno, Nev., which the nation’s most-prominent gun rights lobby billed as a “major response” to the president’s address, LaPierre pressed his attack on Obama’s push for stricter gun laws in the aftermath of last month’s deadly Newtown, Conn. mass shooting.