In his inaugural address on January 21, President Obama invoked great ideals of human dignity, equality, and most especially “progress” to justify his second-term agenda, a cornerstone of which will be a crusade to limit humanity’s use of carbon. In fact, nothing could be more antithetical to the goal of advancing the human condition than restricting carbon consumption.
The United States Marine Corps is set to shed more than 20,000 active duty positions in the coming years and have already commenced a process meant to force some senior officers into an early retirement. The Marines are on course to cut around 4,000 positions a year through 2017, decreasing the total number of Marines to 182,100 from its peak last year of 202,100, according to a major scale-down order that was quietly issued last year. The reduction in forces could leave the elite fighting force underprepared to battle multiple regional threats, particularly those in the Middle East,
On the January 25 broadcast of MSNBC’s The Cycle, 9/11 Truther and liberal commentator Touré Neblett “thank[ed] God” that abortion was there to save him from unwanted fatherhood with a girlfriend who was "just not the one." "[I]n some ways that choice saved my life," the MSNBC host insisted in his closing commentary, seemingly remorseless for how that choice cost an innocent human being his or her life. Noting that last Tuesday marked 40 years since the Supreme Court´s ruling in Roe v. Wade, Touré argued that there’s “something undeniably misogynist about
RUSH: Obama said to the New Republic he´d get a lot more done without Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. The rest of the media´s in the tank. Everybody else has fallen in line. There is no opposition other than Fox News and Limbaugh. The way it works, and what this all boils down to, the Republicans, I mean, everybody knows they want to get along with Democrats. Everybody knows they want to socialize. They want their lives to have meaning, but Limbaugh is the one standing in the way ´cause what happens?
The news that Fox News Channel has decided against renewing Sarah Palin’s contract means that the former Alaska governor’s time in the national spotlight is, at least for the moment, over. In truth, Palin had largely disappeared from the political conversation once it became clear she wouldn’t be running for president in 2012. But, now that she is officially gone — without the Fox News platform or an elected office, it’s hard to see how she continues to get attention — it’s worth revisiting (or maybe visiting) what she meant to the political world.
WASHINGTON--We spent part of the weekend at the National Review Institute Summit. Less than a week into Barack Obama´s second term, you wouldn´t expect a conservative conclave in the capital to be a cheery affair, and this one lived up to expectations. Slate´s Dave Weigel reports that NRI summits are always like this: National Review has only held two other post-election summits—they save ´em for real debacles. In 1993, William F. Buckley gathered 1,000 conservatives in the nearby Mayflower Hotel, to vent and strategize about the threat of Bill Clinton.
RUSH: This is Don in Green Bay. Welcome, sir. Nice to have you on the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Good afternoon, Rush. It´s a pleasure to speak with you. RUSH: Thank you very much, sir. CALLER: With all the talk today about guns and whether or not guns can become semiautomatic, automatic weapons, and recently with all the information in the news about the Second Amendment, I was wondering if you were aware of some public service announcements that were recently made by the Milwaukee County sheriff´s department -- RUSH: Yep.
In an explosive exchange outside the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., security guards for billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accosted senior Talk Radio Network investigative reporter Jason Mattera when he asked the mayor about his strong support for gun control.In the video, Bloomberg is seen surrounded by security. Mattera approaches Bloomberg and asks, “In the spirit of gun control, will you disarm your entire security team?” Bloomberg’s reply: “Uh, you, we’ll get right back to you.” “Why can you defend yourself but not the majority of Americans?”
After losing a bruising presidential campaign, most aides take a vacation. A few nervous nellies begin looking for work with other politicians. But Bay Buchanan, a top Mitt Romney lieutenant who´s been involved in politics ever since serving as treasurer of Ronald Reagan´s 1980 campaign, saw last November´s loss as a signal to get out of presidential politics. "It was so tough. It was brutal," she said of the loss to President Obama. "I think it´s the toughest because we really expected to win it," added Buchanan, a former Treasurer of the United States who also ran her brother Pat´s
Many, many thoughts crossed my mind as Richard Blanco finished reading his inaugural poem at President Obama’s swearing-in last week. Well, I guess it could have been worse was not one of them. But now I know: It could have been worse. Blanco called his poem “One Today.” The theme was the same as the president’s address: unity and how we’re really one big happy country when you get right down to it. Like so many ambitious, patriotic poems, “One Today” provided a panoramic ride on the Walt Whitman GoodTime Land o’ The Free Tour-mobile®.
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Two Sept. 11 defendants delayed the start of their hearing Monday at Guantanamo when they refused to respond to questions from their judge in the case. Defense lawyers didn´t say what prompted the silent protest by self-proclaimed terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and one of five co-defendants at the military tribunal on the US base in Cuba. Mohammed refused to say whether he approved the hiring of another attorney for him. Fellow defendant Walid bin Attash refused to say why he wanted a military lawyer removed from his team.
Argentina and Iran have formed an extrajudicial “Truth Commission” to probe the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which Iran and its client terror group Hezbollah have long been suspected of orchestrating. Several Iranian officials are currently wanted by Interpol in connection to the bombing, which killed 85 and injured hundreds more. The commission will be made up of five jointly chosen jurists. It will review evidence against the Iranians on the Interpol red notice list and send its findings to the international police organization.
San Diego Police Chief, William Lansdowne said in an interview that the implementation of new gun laws will take guns off the streets of America within a generation. According to San Diego 6, Lansdowne said that it may take a generation but guns will eventually be taken off the streets through new laws like Senator Dianne Feinstein´s proposed assault weapons ban: "Chief Lansdowne, who plays an active role in the western region of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) association, said it may take a generation but guns will eventually be taken off the streets through new laws
How big of an Obama lapdog is Andrea Mitchell? Even bigger than ardent Obama fan Chris Hughes. The Facebook co-founder, who bought the New Republic last year, recently scored an interview with President Obama that has been criticized for its generally soft questioning. But during an appearance on Mitchell´s MSNBC show today, even Hughes was more candid about the prez than Mitchell. When it came to the President´s statement during the interview that at Camp David "we do skeet shooting all the time," Mitchell claimed "he didn´t say that he was skeet shooting, but
White House press secretary Jay Carney says he´s not "sure how often" President Obama goes skeet shooting. "I´m not sure how often he´s done that," Carney said a day after The New Republic published an interview with Obama in which the president said he did skeet shooting at Camp David "all the time."(Snip) Asked if there were any pictures of Obama skeet shooting at the presidential retreat in Maryland, Carney said: "Because when he goes to Camp David, he goes to spend time with his family and friends and relax, not to produce photographs." "There may be [a photo],"
Sixteen people in five states including, Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin have been sickened by a strain of Salmonella Typhimurium linked to ground beef, The Center for Disease control and Prevention reported. The CDC associated the source of illness to ground beef distributed by two Michigan retailers. Both, Jouni Meats and Gab Halal Foods, issued recalls of 500 and 550 pounds of ground beef respectively at the end of last week, the USDA reported. Seven of the confirmed illnesses occurred after people had a raw beef dish called kibbeh at a Michigan restaurant.
The first soldier to survive after losing all four limbs in the Iraq war has received a double-arm transplant. Brendan Marrocco had the operation on Dec. 18 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, his father said Monday. The 26-year-old Marrocco, who is from New York City, was injured by a roadside bomb in 2009. He also received bone marrow from the same dead donor who supplied his new arms. That novel approach is aimed at helping his body accept the new limbs with minimal medication to prevent rejection. Source name must be spelled out.
Say what you will about George W. Bush…He never complained about the media coverage he received. But here is President Obama, riding high off victories in the general election (first Democratic to receive a majority vote in two straight contests since FDR) and the fiscal cliff (marginalizing John Boehner and fracturing the Republican Party in the process) inexplicably talking about Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and lamenting how the poor state of discourse in political media today is affecting compromise in Washington. Obama to The New Republic:
Normally these Downton Abbey recaps are peppered with jokes and a generous helping of wry asides about the Dowager Countess’s wry asides. Under other circumstances, this week’s would be, too. If things had turned out differently, this installment would be dominated by a dissertation on the latest developments in the unceasingly dull Mr. Bates Murder Mystery (update: the pie did it!); lots of wink-wink, nudge-nudge banter about how Thomas’s relationship with Hot Jimmy the Footman has made “winding the clocks” my new favorite sexual euphemism; an analysis of Edith’s new role as the founder of the 1920s-British-high-society-old-media version of Jezebel; Headline resplit by staff.
With rising opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood in light of the leadership of President Mohamed Morsy, who hails from the group, opponents consistently voice one criticism: that young Brothers are mindless followers of the orders of their leaders and of the supreme guide, the highest authority within the group. Brotherhood youth fend off this criticism by saying their support of the leaders is a measure of organization that people outside the group don’t understand, but that is key to its success and continuity. “The organization is above ideas and above people ... that’s the secret of its success,”
One evening a few weeks ago, several members of a television film crew crammed themselves into a tiny examination room on the seventh floor of the Research Medical Center, in Kansas City. The sun had set and the light was fading. Two men, one hoisting a big camera and the other a sound boom, stood in a corner less than a foot from one another. The hospital’s chief of medicine, the head of its cardiology department, and a nurse were also in the room. Headline resplit and Link repaired by staff.
The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest private youth organizations, is actively considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders, according to scouting officials and outsiders familiar with internal discussions. If adopted by the organization’s board of directors, it would represent a profound change on an issue that has been highly controversial -- one that even went to the US Supreme Court. The new policy, now under discussion, would eliminate the ban from the national organization’s rules, leaving local sponsoring organizations free to decide
He was a mighty presence when the Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV, a warrior who busted a wedge to make the first tackle that day and went on to make four more. If current coach John Harbaugh is to be believed, even then he was the toughest man in football. Today O.J. Brigance has limbs that hang limp, his muscles withered. He can move only his lips and eyes and must use a computer to speak. Headline resplit by staff.
Former US Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk told the Israeli media on Monday that while US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu do indeed have chemistry, at the moment it is "bad chemistry." Speaking to Army Radio, Indyk called it a "mistake" for Obama not to visit Jerusalem on his pre-election trip to Israel in 2008, and that he erred in not visiting Jerusalem since. It is "very important" that Israelis come to see Obama as "a man that is deeply committed to Israel´s security." With regard to Obama´s state of mind, Indyk said that
As early as next week, the Boy Scouts of America´s may announce it will allow gay scouts and troop leaders, a spokesman for the group has told USA TODAY. If this policy shift is approved by the national board meeting at their scheduled meeting next week, it will be a sharp reversal of the Scouts´ decade´s old national policy banning homosexuals. "The policy change under discussion would allow the religious, civic, or educational organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting to determine how to address this issue," BSA spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement to USA TODAY. Headline split and Content added by staff.