AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry, finding biblical significance in the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, assured thousands of activists at Saturday´s Rally for Life at the Texas Capitol that this legislative session will build on past efforts to restrict abortion. "The ideal world is one without abortion. Until then, we will continue to pass laws to ensure abortions are as rare as possible," Perry told a crowd. Joined by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Attorney General Greg Abbott and anti-abortion groups, Perry said he was with "men and women who understand those Biblical stories."
As she takes a break from her acting career, Eva Longoria is making strides in the world of politics. Dressed a sexy black V-neck jumpsuit and open-toed Christian Louboutin booties, the former Desperate Housewives actress looked ready for a political power play as she hosted a forum in Beverly Hills on Saturday. Sitting across from Eva on stage was United States Justice Sonia Sotomayor, one of the most influential women in American politics. Saturday´s event highlights Eva´s passion for politics as well as Sonia´s book, My Beloved World, in which she discusses her unlikely journey
This week, the administration that rode to a second term decrying a fictitious war on women by the opposition, opened real fronts on the war on women, perpetuating feminism´s worst inconsistencies through its contradictory programs and in the words and deeds of the avatar of these inconsistencies, Hillary Clinton, the "Athena" of low information women voters. Only CBS reporter Sheryl Attkisson by her persistence and competence keeps me from burying my head in shame.
Have you heard much about President Obama’s $787,000,000,000 economic “stimulus” (now estimated to cost $831,000,000,000) lately? In its last report, published in 2011, the president’s own Council of Economic Advisors released an estimate showing that, for every $317,000 in “stimulus” spending that had by then gone out the door, only one job had been created or saved. Even in Washington, that’s not considered good bang for the buck.
IN 1942, 71 years before last week’s Pentagon decision allowing women on the front lines of combat, the United States government established the Women’s Army Corps, with Athena as its insignia, and welcomed our country’s first female military recruits. One of these pioneering women was a corporal from Big Spring, Tex., named Nellie Gray. After the war ended, Gray finished college (with an assist from the G.I. Bill) and moved to Washington, D.C.,
In September 2008, Sarah Palin secretly met with Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes during her campaign tour through New York, a stop which included a friendly chit-chat with Henry Kissinger and a not-so-friendly chit-chat with Katie Couric. The private sit-down was a chance for Ailes and Palin to get to know each other. Ailes, who has said, "I never did focus groups on any talent I put on the air. It was all done out of my gut," spotted something early in the former Alaska Governor.
Growing up in a big, bubbly, close-knit family with six brothers and sisters, Robert Suchan´s role models were his beautiful mother Janene ("like Barbara Eden meets Grace Kelly meets Carol Brady and June Cleaver"), whose picture he keeps in his wallet, and his Aunt Barbara ("Eve Arden meets Jo Anne Worley meets Mrs. Roper, with a touch of Bea Arthur"). In time they would provide the ruggedly handsome Irish Catholic Long Island native — he looks like a cross between Alec Baldwin and Vince Vaughn — inspiration and a livelihood. The awakening came with the Dawn. As in dishwashing liquid.
When Burt Rico was caught using a deer feeder equipped with lights while hunting in Louisiana, he was slapped with a $1,051 fine and sentenced to 60 days in jail. He was cited for hunting without a big-game license, failing to wear hunter orange and hunting deer with an artificial light. Until he was cited, he didn’t know he had done anything wrong, he claims. Rico’s case isn’t an isolated one. According to a new report by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, thousands of people are being prosecuted for environmental crimes every day
TORONTO — Canadian immigration officials have denied U.S. actor Randy Quaid´s request for permanent resident status in Canada. A Canadian government official confirmed late Saturday his request for permanent status has been denied. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Quaid can appeal the decision to the federal court. U.S. officials last year refused to seek extradition of the actor and his wife from Canada to face felony vandalism charges in Santa Barbara, California, but authorities in the coastal town
Miami Heat fan Michael Drysch, a 50-year-old computer tech guy, hit an incredible hook shot from half court to win $75,000 at the AmericanAirlines Arena. LeBron James couldn´t contain himself and tackled Drysch in sheer joy.(Snip for video) From ESPN: Drysch said he had been practicing the shot the past two days and only made it once during his workouts. He received a tip from a friend in the arena tunnel as he was warming up to take the shot. "They told me to put some spin on the ball, and get it up there as high as I could," Drysch said.
It was a bad day for the lefties afflicted with the totalitarian temptation. (Relax: It is a term of art, a well-known one, and I am not calling Democrats totalitarians.) Two significant developments point to the importance for conservatives — who worry about unlimited, intrusive, abusive government and the squelching of political minority rights — of the rule of law and constitutional structure in preserving liberty. First we have a devastating blow delivered to the administration by the federal appeals court over the president’s power grab on appointments, as the Associated Press reports:
One of the issues that the NRI summit has tackled is whether the Republican party is actuarially doomed by the disproportionate growth of ethnic groups that tend to vote Democrat. For many, that question boils down to what conservatives can do to appeal more to Hispanics. I agree that the GOP needs to lose its reputation for intolerance — and fast. But the real demographic challenge to conservatism is deeper and more difficult, and it has nothing to do with ethnicity. In a properly functioning two-party system, power oscillates between the parties,
We´ve heard from duped Notre Dame star Manti Te´o himself. We´re going to hear from the accused mastermind, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, next week. What´s next in this strange, beautiful and truly weird adventure? (Snip)But is it that much a stretch to believe a guy carrying on a long relationship with a girl who was apparently suffering from cancer never gave her money, or bought her gifts, or tried to pay for something? Medical bills are expensive. No flowers? No teddy bears with hearts? No get well chocolates? Come on, son.
The Boy Scouts of America are once again coming under fire from a national gay rights group, this time via a protest of the National Geographic Channel. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced Wednesday that it is supporting an online petition asking the cable network to add a disclaimer to the start of each episode of the upcoming reality series “Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?” The petition — started by Will Oliver, a 20-year-old gay Eagle Scout from Duxbury, Mass. — asks that the network “inform viewers about the organization’s dangerous anti-gay policy”
How the worm has turned. After the 2000 presidential cliffhanger, in which Al Gore won the popular vote but George W. Bush won the election, Democrats led the charge in demanding the abolition of the Electoral College. Now that President Obama has been re-elected, Republicans are trying to change the formula by which the states allocate these votes. Both are bad ideas. Republicans are focused on purple states where they control both the governorship and the legislature — but where voters still went for Obama in November. Partly that’s because Democrats still dominate the large cities in these states.
According to the Huffington Post, Alex Jones thinks that they do: [Jones] claims the government is “encouraging homosexuality with chemicals so that people don’t have children” and that he has the documentation to prove it. Upon cutting open a juice box to show the plastic membrane supposedly filled with said chemicals he concludes, “After [little boys] are done drinking your juices, [they’re] ready to go out and have a baby… [they’re] ready to put together a garden of roses… [they’re] ready to go put lipstick on…” (Snip) According to a not-very-scientifically-rigorous-sounding study performed by the Williams Institute,
Thousands of patriots trekked to Washington not to witness the inauguration, but to be of service. These volunteers weren’t paid for waiting on those who ponied up for the evening balls, but they had the satisfaction of knowing they helped make history—by, for instance, ferrying journalists to the restroom. One, we sheepishly admit, was The Scrapbook. President Obama’s special relationship with the media had us looking forward to enjoying the official inaugural ball from the special press section. Hotel California would have been a better name: Once you were in, you couldn’t leave.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Casey Anthony filed for bankruptcy in Florida on Friday, claiming about $1,100 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities. Court records show that Anthony, who was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2011, sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in federal court in Tampa. Her listed debts include $500,000 for attorney fees and costs for her criminal defense lawyer during the trial, Jose Baez; $145,660 for the Orange County Sheriff´s office for a judgment covering investigative fees and costs related to the case; $68,540 for the Internal Revenue Service for taxes, interest and penalties; and $61,505
When Halsey’s TF 38 tested the Japanese defenses of the central Philippines in late 1944 the admiral was stunned by the imperial weakness. “We had found the central Philippines a hollow shell with weak defenses and skimpy facilities. In my opinion, this was the vulnerable belly of the imperial dragon. The time might be ripe not only to strike Manila, but perhaps to mount a far larger offensive.(Snip)It is a vacuum everywhere. The US government is being treated like a toothless, contemptible thing. It is easy to see why. The US government has been bankrupt for a long time.
This week, the Entity Formerly Known As The Obama Campaign transformed itself into a lobbying/grassroots activist group, intending on leveraging its microtargeting and marketing success into generating a groundswell of support for Obama’s political agenda. Their first project — frighten legislators into backing Obama’s gun-control proposals by touching off a deluge of phone calls and communications to Capitol Hill offices. So far, though, the genius of the campaign seems to be somewhat lacking, according to Buzzfeed’s John Stanton (via Instapundit): Call in campaigns can be a powerful tool in lobbying Congress:
New York Governor Cuomo the Junior may have rushed through his new gun control law with such speed that police will avoid its restrictions only through the blessed miracle of selective enforcement, but he may have a little trouble getting the state´s firearms owners to attend his party. The new law requires owners of those scary-looking rifles known as "assault weapons" to register their property (amidst assurances that, oh no, the registration lists will never be used for confiscation), but gun rights activists are actively urging gun owners to defy the new mandate.
Both were propelled into the Senate in 2010 by the passion of the Tea Party movement. Both are possible contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. And both are now trying to develop their commander in chief credentials through their seats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where they had high-profile opportunities this week to engage on the big issues of the moment. But Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky are a study in contrasts when it comes to national security policy, embodying a broader debate within the conservative movement.
President Obama’s second inaugural address is now history, and unlike various posthaste pundits, I will reserve to history the right to judge it.Nonetheless, the occasion of the inauguration does remind us that it is wise to be wary of speeches in general, and their grand pronouncements in specific, for oftentimes rhetoric does not reflect reality.Take, for instance, the president’s highly praised 2009 inaugural address.[SNIP]Perhaps the disconnect between the president’s words and his actions comes about because most Americans think of government as a necessary evil to be endured whereas President Obama views it as a means to an end—namely redistribution
Can the camera be racist? The question is explored in an exhibition that reflects on how Polaroid built an efficient tool for South Africa´s apartheid regime to photograph and police black people. The London-based artists Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin spent a month in South Africa taking pictures on decades-old film that had been engineered with only white faces in mind. They used Polaroid´s vintage ID-2 camera, which had a "boost" button to increase the flash – enabling it to be used to photograph black people for the notorious passbooks, or "dompas", that allowed the state to control
Diesel fumes are significantly more damaging to health than those from petrol engines, according to research which shows that related air pollution contributes to lung disease, heart attacks, asthma and other respiratory problems. The findings, published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, are an embarrassment for successive governments, which have encouraged a switch to diesel since 2001 by linking road and company car tax to CO2 emissions. Diesel engines have been billed as "green" by car makers, governments and environmental groups because they are more fuel-efficient and emit less CO2 than petrol. Vehicles with low fuel economy
Sporting his new hat as the head of the Heritage Foundation, former Sen. Jim DeMint said Saturday said that conservatives should not rely on the GOP establishment to deliver the movement´s message. He said it is time to take matters into their own hands. Addressing the National Review Institute´s "Future of Conservatism" summit, Mr. DeMint said that conservatives must take charge of the way the movement is perceived. "Conservatives have given the sole distribution rights of our ideas, our beliefs and our values - at least in the political sphere - to the Republican party,"