There are many incompetent people in the world. Dr. David A. Dunning is haunted by the fear that he might be one of them. Dunning, a professor of psychology at Cornell, worries about this because, according to his research, most incompetent people do not know that they are incompetent. On the contrary. People who do things badly, Dunning has found in studies conducted with a graduate student, Justin Kruger, are usually supremely confident of their abilities -- more confident, in fact, than people who do things well. "I began to think that there were probably lots of things that I was bad at, and I didn't know it," Dunning said. Headline resplit and Content added by staff.
It was not exactly a bravura performance today from the Secretary of State, who testified this morning before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Hillary Clinton came across as defiant, evasive, blasé, and at times hugely unconvincing when answering questions from Republican Senators about the death of four Americans at the hand of Islamist terrorists in Benghazi last September, including the assassination of the US Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens. After listening to several hours of Mrs. Clinton defending her administration’s handling of the Benghazi debacle, including UN Ambassador Susan Rice’s preposterous suggestion on Sunday morning talk shows
The nature of modern warfare requires troops more than ever to be multi-skilled and, above all, versatile. And as this stunning collection of pictures shows, those qualities are possessed in no small part by the United States Air Force. The images range from a fleet of F-16s taxiing on a runway in South Korea while preparing for a wartime mission and a triumphant flyby over an American football game to firefighters tackling a cargo plane fire and a snoozing airman having a well-earned nap during training. They were chosen by a team of Air Force journalists and photographers
Three years ago he hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons as a string of affairs were revealed, but it appears that disgraced golf star Tiger Woods may have been tamed by new love, champion skier Lindsey Vonn. The pair apparently began seeing each other in November last year, and the shamed golfer is pulling out all the stops to ensure this relationship goes the distance, unlike his marriage. Shockwaves were sent through the sporting world in December 2009 when it was revealed that Tiger had cheated on his wife Elin Nordegren with a string of women.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton´s voice cracked today as she was grilled during the long-awaited Senate hearing about the fatal attack on the American consulate in Benghazi on September 11. She grew emotional at one point as she discussed the four American victims of the Benghazi attack, saying the incident is not just about ´policy, it´s personal.´ ´I put my arms around the mothers and fathers, the sisters and brothers, the sons and daughters and the wives left alone to raise their children,´ she said, her voice shaking. ´I stood next to President Obama as the Marines carried those flag-draped
After Republican Senator Ran Paul told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton he would have removed her from that office were he president, ABC´s Terry Moran fired off this tweet: (tweet) Translation: How dare he question the next president of the United States! This is classic mainstream media tactical deflection. In order to take the spotlight off Hillary not reading the cables (which is why Paul criticized her) from our Libyan consulate requesting more security, Moran wants to make Paul the issue. You see, Paul´s question and statement of fact doesn’t matter, because Paul´s resume is more important. Headline resplit by staff.
Move over Cliff and Clair Huxtable: Barack and Michelle Obama have replaced the star characters of the 1980s TV hit "The Cosby Show" as the role model for love, romance and marriage among blacks, according to a new study. "The Obamas picked up where the Huxtables left off, except this is no act," according to the study in the scholarly journal "Ethnicities" and conducted by experts from Louisiana State University and Norfolk State University. The Obama´s have been idolized for the style and politics by supporters, but this is the first time their "love"
Senate Democrats on Wednesday said they will move a budget resolution through the Budget Committee and onto the Senate floor for the first time in four years. Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said the decision had nothing to do with the House’s debt-ceiling bill, which would withhold senators’ pay if they failed to pass a budget by April 15. The "no budget, no pay" bill is scheduled for a vote on Wednesday. “Senate Democrats plan to move on a budget resolution regardless of whether the House
President Obama has “no concept” of the U.S. Constitution, despite his previously being a constitutional law professor, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Rather, he said, the president upholds the constitution of our old Cold War foe. “I think my role is to uphold support and defend our Constitution,” Broun said. “The Constitution I uphold and defend is the one I carry in my pocket all the time, the U.S. Constitution.” Obama on the other hand? Not so much. “I don’t know what Constitution that other members of Congress uphold, but it’s not this one,” he added.
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday defended Secretary of State Hillary Clinton´s assertion that the administration´s initial claims the Benghazi attack was the result of a violent protest — rather than terrorism — made no "difference" in the big picture of the tragedy. Carney, speaking to reporters at the White House daily briefing, said Clinton was referring to "an obvious political obsession over a series of talking points that again bears no relevance on the central issues" around the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.Clinton spent the morning detailing
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday defended Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that it doesn’t make a difference what administration officials first said in explaining how Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were slain in last September’s attack in Benghazi, Libya. Carney told reporters at the daily press briefing that there has been an “obvious political obsession over a series of talking points” that bears no relevance to the essential issues at stake.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday lashed out over the claim that the administration misled Americans about the nature of the Libya terror attack by asserting that it was the result of a protest, raising her voice during a Senate hearing and asking: "What difference, at this point, does it make?" Clinton, in what may be her final set of testimony as secretary, pointedly challenged Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson when he claimed the department could have "easily" determined what happened that night by interviewing staffers who were evacuated.
WASHINGTON – The House voted Wednesday for a short-term debt ceiling fix that would extend the country’s borrowing authority until May – while also applying a controversial provision that would suspend lawmakers’ pay if they don’t pass a budget by April. The bill passed on a 285-144 vote. The measure, if approved by the Senate, would buy lawmakers some breathing room to hammer out details for a more permanent solution. The White House said it would sign the bill if it cleared Congress. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid indicated his
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, by announcing at a press conference her reintroduction of legislation to ban all abortion providers from receiving any federal funds, including Planned Parenthood. “Over the last 40 years, more than 55 million babies have been aborted,” Black said on Tuesday on Capitol Hill at the conference focused on Roe v. Wade. “Last year alone, more than one million babies were aborted in the U.S.,” she said. “One fourth of the more than one million abortions last
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) has introduced a bill to repeal the "Gun-Free School Zones Act" of 1990 (updated in 1995) on the grounds that mass shootings at schools have increased five-fold since its passage. The "Safe Schools Act of 2013" (H.R.35), co-sponsored by Rep Broun, Paul C. [GA-10] notes that the 1990 "gun-free" law has made schools unsafe because "shooters now know that they can victimize American school campuses with no fear that victims will be armed." Stockman´s bill notes that there have been 10 school shootings killing at least four people each in the 22 years
American Prospect editor Harold Meyerson writes in today’s Washington Post: “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change we seek,” candidate Barack Obama said in 2008. At the time, his comments came in for criticism: They were narcissistic; they were tautological; they didn’t make a whole lot of sense. But in the aftermath of Obama’s 2012 reelection and his second inaugural address, his 2008 remarks seem less a statement of self-absorption than one of prophecy. There is an Obama majority in American politics, symbolized by Monday’s throng on the Mall, whose existence
The family of Junior Seau has sued the NFL, claiming the former linebacker´s suicide was the result of brain disease caused by violent hits he sustained while playing football. The wrongful death lawsuit, filed Wednesday in California Superior Court in San Diego, blames the NFL for its "acts or omissions" that hid the dangers of repetitive blows to the head. It says Seau developed chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) from those hits, and accuses the NFL of deliberately ignoring and concealing evidence of the risks associated with traumatic brain injuries.
John Mackey, the feisty CEO of Whole Foods, says Obamacare is “fascist economics” and he regrets having said it, even though he insists — correctly — that it’s a textbook case of Mussolini-style corporate statism. Private property continues to exist, but the state controls all business. That’s why the fascists called their totalitarian system a “third way” between unbridled capitalism and Soviet-style Communism. Back in the twenties and early thirties, before German National Socialism became the archetypal “fascist” doctrine, Mussolini’s call for a new kind of national economy intrigued many serious thinkers and leaders, including Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
A senior jihadist believed to be behind a deadly bombing at the U.S. embassy in Yemen has been reported killed, the third time his death has been announced. Said al-Shihri, the second in command of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was reportedly killed in an airstrike in Yemen in December, according to a news report by Arabic television network Al Arabiya. According to the report, the Saudi-born militant died after sustaining severe injuries from a joint U.S.-Yemeni airstrike that targeted his convoy. The al Arabiya account, based on information from ´family sources´,
Hillary Clinton suggested in the Senate hearing today that lack of access to funds may have contributed to security deficiencies in Libya — a claim that then-State Department official Charlene Lamb explicitly rejected in a November congressional hearing. “With respect to helping the Libyans …we will provide a list of everything we were doing and were attempting to do,” Clinton said, “but I will also tell you that since March 2011, Congressional holds have been placed on programs for many months for aid to Libya. We’ve had frequent Congressional
The Five‘s Andrea Tantaros introduced a segment about today’s 40th anniversary of the passage of Roe v. Wade by showing a portion of a new ad celebrating the occasion from the Center for Reproductive Rights. The ad, titled “Happy 40th Anniversary, Baby” features actor Mehcad Brooks speaking seductively to his “baby,” in this case the Constitutional right to have an abortion, decided by the Supreme Court on this day in 1973. Watch the full ad below:
WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had been negligent in conducting her job, and said that if he were president, he would have relieved her of her post. Paul said that the fact that she was not aware of the requests of more security for the U.S. Embassy in Libya constituted “a failure of leadership” and said it was “inexcusable.” “I think ultimately…you accept the culpability for the worst tragedy since 9/11,” Paul said. “Had I been president at the time and I had found
Wrapping up a report on Wednesday´s NBC Today about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton´s upcoming congressional testimony on the Benghazi terrorist attack, chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell sympathetically observed: "It will be a grueling day, first in the Senate, then in the House. Not how the Secretary of State had planned to wind up what is widely viewed as a stellar term as the nation´s top diplomat." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] At the top of the segment, Mitchell seemed to lament that Clinton would have to endure such questioning
Bristol Palin´s former beau Levi Johnston was pummeled and ´nearly stabbed´ by his new wife during a boozy New Year´s Eve attack, a shocking new report claims. Johnston, 22, of Wasilla, Alaska, married Sunny Oglesby - the mother of his second child - in October months after she became pregnant with a girl, whom the couple named Breeze Beretta after the Italian firearm. But their wedded bliss may have taken a back seat on New Year´s Eve, when Sunny allegedly attacked Johnston in front of horrified family members.
HARRISBURG — Several hundred gun owners took a stand on the Capitol steps in freezing weather Wednesday to “show those liberal gun grabbers your rights are important,” Rep. Daryl Metcalfe said. Those rights are so important to gun owners that Metlcalfe, R-Butler County, filed legislation to make it a felony for any state official to enforce federal gun control laws. (Snip) Metcalfe stirred the crowd by asking who has questioned Second Amendment rights and then ticking off several names: President Obama, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, and CNN‘s Piers Morgan.
The Republican National Committee has launched a new website with hopes of engaging activists to help "analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the 2012 election cycle efforts of the RNC" and "is reaching out to hundreds of individuals including RNC Members, grassroots activists, donors, elected officials, community leaders and other important partners to help the Republican Party form a solid path going forward." The RNC believes in order to to properly prepare for 2016, as rumblings of who the GOP candidates will be have already started, activists must be engaged in the conversation about improvement.