If President Obama is expecting his conservative adversaries to roll over and accept his agenda for a second term, he is badly mistaken. It has become clear since his inauguration speech Monday that strong elements on the right will challenge Obama just as aggressively as they did during his first term and in some cases even more forcefully. (Snip) House Speaker John Boehner said he is "up for the fight" against Obama. Boehner told the Ripon Society, a group of moderate Republicans, that the president´s goal is to "annihilate the Republican party ... to just shove us
With Wednesday´s hearing, Hillary Clinton played her uniquely dramatic role in the one shovel-ready project in Obama´s America -- the Benghazi memory hole. She spent the day burying the whole sordid Benghazi mess. Don´t expect the media to exhume it. They have already started chastising those who try. (snip) But this was not her first memory hole, nor even her biggest. On the night of July 17, 1996, she stayed up well past her bedtime to start digging the mother of all memory holes.
In hindsight, there were early hints that Boston´s citywide challenge to collectively lose one million pounds in a year faced slim odds. In June, a mere two months after the challenge began, the city kicked off "Fitness on the Plaza," a series of free exercise classes for the citizenry to work off its blubber. But the same week in the same place—City Hall Plaza—Boston tempted the sweet tooth by hosting the annual "Scooper Bowl," billed as the nation´s largest all-you-can-eat ice-cream festival, offering delicacies from Rockin´ Poppin´ Cotton Candy to Hunka Chunka PB Fudge. "A little mixed messaging," concedes Nick Martin,
Rochester police are investigating a burglary in which a Rochester man used an assault weapon to chase two burglars from his home. The Rochester Police Department Chief James Sheppard said during a press briefing Wednesday afternoon that two male suspects entered the home at 442 Congress Avenue just after midnight Tuesday morning. (*SNIP*) One of the roommates retrieved his legally-owned AR-15, a semi-automatic rifle, and once confronted, the suspects ran out of the house. The roommates then called 911. AR-15’s are considered assault weapons.
FONTANA, Calif, - The semiautomatic rifles look like they belong in a war zone instead of a suburban public school, but officials in this Los Angeles-area city say the high-powered weapons now in the hands of school police could prevent a massacre. Fontana Unified School District police purchased 14 of the Colt LE6940 rifles last fall, and they were delivered the first week of December — a week before the Connecticut school shooting. Over the holiday break, the district´s 14 school police officers received 40 hours of training on the rifles.
In one of his last acts as Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta today will revoke the last of the policies that prevent women from serving in combat arms. Make no mistake about it: this action isn’t about civil rights, equal opportunity, or any of the laudable things America has done in the past fifty years to remove false barriers within the military. This is different. It’s a purely political act that will make our military — and the military families liberals claim to venerate — much weaker than they are today. Panetta is acting in response to feminists’ demands
The Sierra Club has announced its approval for a "one-time" use of civil disobedience. The civil disobedience is intended to step up their efforts to oppose the Keystone pipeline. Many of the other groups opposing Keystone have been engaging in civil disobedience as a tactic, including arson-based ecoterrorism. This will be the first time in the Sierra Club´s history that they have approved violating the law. In a January 22, 2013 press release, the Sierra Club states: The Sierra Club Board of Directors has approved the one-time use of civil disobedience for the first time in the organization’s 120-year history
It´s not always easy being rich, as Phil Mickelson reminded us the other day. There are taxes to pay—apparently lots of them—and the price of a tank of jet fuel seems to go up every day. A million dollars a week just doesn´t go as far as it used to, now that the wealthy are paying more in taxes. For Mickelson, things have gotten so bad that he´s thinking of moving from California so the state doesn´t get a cut of the $47 million that Golf Digest estimates he made last year. Thankfully, it´s not quite to the point
As a teen in the 1960s, I idolized Jim, my slightly older street-smart cousin who lived in a tough area of Baltimore. Murders were common at the bar on the corner from his home. I was Jim´s nerdy, naïve preacher´s-kid cousin who visited from suburbia. Sleepovers at Jim´s home in the city were exciting. "Downtown, where all the lights are bright..." You know the song. Walking from the Yakamee joint, "Casanova" Jim coached, "Just say you love them."
Several Republicans spent Wednesday grilling Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, which killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) assailed Clinton for failing to read diplomatic cables requesting more security at the consulate, claiming that it was a fireable offense. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) suggested that administration officials had deliberately misled the American people by initially claiming that the attack had started as a spontaneous riot. As Johnson repeatedly pressed her on why she hadn´t discovered
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 —