The empty chair that incurred the wrath of Clint Eastwood during the actor´s monologue at the Republican National Convention this summer has found a home at the party´s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The unadorned wooden chair sits in the office of Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Mr Priebus pointed out the chair to a reporter in a recent interview before the GOP chief launched into a lengthy explanation of his party´s need to change their messaging strategy. A CNN report on Wednesday revealed where the chair ended up after it was launched to stardom at the Republican
LITTLE DOWNHAM, U.K.—Britain is dispatching a band of skilled killers to an island off the Argentine coast on a boat carrying a lethal arsenal. No, not to repeat the Falklands War. This time, it is to attack a problem that has been brewing in a remote British overseas territory for more than 200 years: rampaging rats. Specialists from the U.K. are calling it the world´s biggest rat cull. The location is the glacial island of South Georgia in the Atlantic, about 1,200 miles east of the tip of South America. The problem: the island is overrun with the rats
Tiger Woods still stands colossus-like at the top of golf´s rich list, but nobody else earned as much as Rory McIlroy on the world´s fairways in 2012. Just one player came remotely close to the spectacular $15.583m prize money accumulated by the Holywood star in a year which saw McIlroy (23) win five times and establish a commanding lead over Woods in the world rankings. That man was Brandt Snedeker, but the $15.427m he earned directly from playing golf last season included the $10m bonus the American received for winning the US Tour´s FedEx Cup in September.
They will never been seen by the millions on street level that will pass through New York City for years to come. But on the beams, walls and stairwells of the skyscraper that replaces the twin towers lost on September 11, 2001, are moving graffiti tributes which have been left by construction workers. They´re remembrances of the 2,700 people who died in the terror attack and testaments to the hope that rose from a shattered morning. The words form the graffiti of defiance and rebirth, what ironworker supervisor Kevin Murphy calls ´things from the heart.´ ´Freedom Forever. WTC 9/11´
The Met Office has objected to the construction of a giant wind farm--claiming its turbines could affect the accuracy of its weather forecasts. It says interference from dozens of giant blades would result in ‘false warnings of severe and hazardous weather being issued’, while heavy rainfall and flood alerts could be missed. The weather agency has written to planning authorities to register its opposition to the site, which would see more than 20 turbines dotted in the Welsh mountains near one of its weather stations. The 400ft turbines can reflect the electromagnetic waves emitted by radar, creating ‘clutter’
Hillary Rodham famously began her career after Yale Law School, working on Capitol Hill, as a young staff attorney on Watergate Committee. She was known to feel deep, person antipathy for President Richard Nixon, and to take great pleasure in getting members of his administration who were hauled before the committee to squirm. There have been allegations that she was so eager to see President Nixon impeached that she may have crossed a professional line or two, though those are not relevant to this post, except in a grand, karmic kind of way. This year, the 100th anniversary
Washington -- The grounding of Boeing Dreamliners entered its second week with the company and investigators working non-stop in the United States and Japan to try to pinpoint fire risk in the 787 electrical system. U.S. aviation authorities are evaluating data but still do not have a handle yet on the cause of a battery fire on one Dreamliner and the reason behind a related incident on another plane that prompted regulators worldwide to idle the $200 million wide body until further notice.
There is no doubt that the Sandy Hook school massacre was an unspeakable tragedy but I doubt seriously that had the murdered children been killed at an inner-city school, Presidential Obama would be holding a conference using children as a dramatic prop for his dictatorial gun control agenda. Nor would there be hysterical politicians calling for tighter gun control laws nor column after column from leftwing writers exploiting the tragedy. The sad truth is that none of these demagogues care one bit about murdered black or Hispanic children unless the perpetrators of these crimes are white
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeatedly cited a supposed lack of funding for embassy security during testimony Wednesday on the Libya terror attack, opening the door for congressional Democrats to suggest stingy Republicans contributed to leaving the post in Benghazi vulnerable. Democratic New York Rep. Eliot Engel claimed Congress "slashed" diplomatic security requests over the past two years. Budget numbers, though, show the overall diplomatic security budget has ballooned over the past decade. While there were modest decreases in funding in recent years -- and Congress has approved less than was requested -- the overall security budget
When Hillary Clinton told Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson “What difference does it make?” during today’s congressional hearing on the Benghazi attacks, she unveiled the slogan for her 2016 presidential campaign. It’s the story of her life. What difference does it make if Hillary was named after Sir Edmund Hillary six years before he climbed Mount Everest? What difference does it make if Hillary wasn’t really under sniper fire in Bosnia? What difference does it make that tens of thousands of civilians have been killed in Syria over the past two years? Assad is, after all, a “reformer” in Hillary’s eyes.
It looks like Big Entertainment gets a pass again. After Vice President Joe Biden’s “fact finding” meetings in recent weeks with representatives of the entertainment industry to evaluate what can be done to change America’s culture of violence, the most this administration is willing to push for is more research into the link between media violence and violence in the real world. More information is always beneficial, but at what point do we decide we know enough to move forward in a meaningful way? After all, we already have more than 60 years of research
Sen. Rand Paul continues to impress in the senate. During today’s hearings, he pressed Secretary Clinton harder than any of his colleagues over her failure of leadership regarding Benghazi. (Last month, I also praised his proposed FISA amendment.) Predictably, Paul’s confrontation with Clinton fueled speculation about 2016. The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake went so far as to write that, “Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is quickly establishing himself as the conservative option in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.” There is little doubt that Rand Paul could be formidable in a GOP primary.
The thought of women dodging bullets and bombs in combat may have seemed jarringly out of place in earlier eras of Doughboys and G.I. Joes and the wars of the previous century. But for anyone familiar with today´s troops and the missions they face — or who has paused to read the names of this nation´s combat casualties — the historic move by the Pentagon to open up front-line roles to women is hardly a shock.(Snip)Women are serving and have been serving in uniform alongside their male counterparts in Afghanistan and did so in Iraq for much of the past decade,
Obama "offers liberal vision," and calls for "progressive values," the New York Times declares, confirming the left-of-center assessment of his second inaugural address. Democrats and progressives took heart from his empassioned commitment to civil rights and social welfare while Republicans fumed. Civil libertarians sighed, reminded that progressive values don´t include individual liberty. Of course Obama paid rhetorical tribute to liberty, as politicians always do, even as their policies assail it. But Kelly Clarkson´s musical paean to liberty seemed more sincere. In the Bush/Obama homeland, when freedom rings, the security state picks up the phone, and not merely metaphorically.
Despite all of the White House speechwriters’ labors on the Inaugural and State of the Union Addresses, their attempt to define the tone of the president’s second term is unlikely to improve upon the president’s own words, a year ago: “Where Congress is not willing to act, we’re going to go ahead and do it ourselves.” It would be “nice” to work with Congress, he conceded, but he and his regulators were ready to act unilaterally. That threat echoed the White House press secretary’s own warning, just weeks earlier, that although Congress ought to act to improve the economy,
After a months-long wait that featured scheduling challenges, investigative delays, ministerial concussions, and the small matter of a presidential election, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton finally came to Congress to testify about what happened in Benghazi. And what did she have to say? “Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?” That was Mrs. Clinton’s response to a line of questioning — the first of many, none to much avail —
Barack Obama is a former adjunct professor of constitutional law, and no group has been more solidly supportive of his liberal agenda than the professorial class. So it is a sweet irony that the latest group getting hammered by the mandates of Obamacare are … wait for it … adjunct professors. The Wall Street Journal reports: The federal health-care overhaul is prompting some colleges and universities to cut the hours of adjunct professors. [...] The Affordable Care Act requires large employers to offer a minimum level of health insurance to employees who work 30 hours a week
At the height of his fame, Sylvester Stallone reached a confidential multimillion-dollar settlement with his half-sister Toni-Ann Filiti over allegations the “Rocky” star abused her for years, Page Six can exclusively reveal. Sources close to the star insist the settlement was the result of a “shakedown” and that the “Rambo” hero was a victim of blackmail. Papers obtained by Page Six show Stallone agreed 16 years ago to give his half-sister $2 million plus $16,666.66 per month for her lifetime, plus a trust with $50,000 per year for psychiatric and medical expenses. According to the papers, Filiti “asserted claims
WASHINGTON -- Union membership plummeted last year to the lowest level since the 1930s as cash-strapped state and local governments shed workers and unions had difficulty organizing new members in the private sector despite signs of an improving economy. Government figures released Wednesday showed union membership declined from 11.8 percent to 11.3 percent of the workforce, another blow to a labor movement already stretched thin by battles in Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and other states to curb bargaining rights and weaken union clout. Overall membership fell by about 400,000 workers to 14.4 million, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Benghazi. Algeria. This is the ground where Americans have been killed by Islamist terrorists over the past four months. And so far, nothing has been done to avenge their deaths. (Snip)I called the former commander of the USS Cole, Kirk Lippold, to get his take on the high-profile congressional inquiry with Clinton. “There was never any kind of bold statement that we were going to hunt them down and kill them,” he said, “which to me is a reflection of administration policies…We saw that pattern at the end of the Clinton administration and paid for it dearly
W hen the Marine Corps selected a digital pattern for its combat uniform in 2002, the U.S. military as a whole seemed to fracture, with each branch wandering aimlessly in a bizarre search for sartorial identity. It´s been a long, strange trip since. So let´s take a brief look at the camouflage patterns of the U.S. military, and the sorry stories of their adoptions.Universal Camouflage Pattern (U.S. Army The only other country that uses the Universal Camouflage Pattern (see the photos here) for its military is Kazakhstan. That´s pretty much everything you need to know about its effectiveness.
The only silver lining in having the Muslim Brotherhood run Egypt is the grim amusement we’ll get from watching American diplomats forced to continuously polish this guy’s rhetorical turds. This latest one was dropped at the same meeting where McCain et al. supposedly gave him a talking-to about his anti-semitic comments in 2010 before they flounced out in front of the microphones and promised to keep the foreign aid flowing to Cairo. And they were true to their word. Just this morning, four F-16s left the U.S. destined for Egypt as part of our aid package.
BECKLEY, W.Va. — Talk of stricter gun control has stirred up a lot of unease here, a place where hunters vie for top prize (a 26-inch LED television) in the Big Buck Photo Contest, and ads for a gun-simulator game ask, “Feel like shooting something today?” But before Senator Joe Manchin III invited a group of 15 businessmen and community leaders to lunch last week to discuss the topic, he had only a vague idea of how anxious many of his supporters were. “How many of you all believe that there is a movement
Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent roughly seven hours on the Hill today fielding statements lauding her brilliance, praise for how many miles she has flown around the world, and the occassional question about Benghazi. Remember that? On 9-11-12, four Americans died in a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The Obama campaign/administration had just spent their political convention crowing that al-Qaeda is “on the run.” The Benghazi terrorist attack suggested otherwise. Beginning shortly after the attack and continuing through September 26, President Obama and his administration blamed
Ending a self-imposed silence about the November election, 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said on Wednesday that he and presidential running mate Mitt Romney lost not because of ideas, but due to ineffective communication. Ryan said Democratic President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden also prevailed because they did a better job with ´´technology and (voter) turnout.´´