First Lady Michelle Obama watched every tackle and fumble of this year´s Super Bowl along with the rest of the country, but it was Beyonce´s incendiary performance that she singled out for praise. ´Watching the Super Bowl with family and friends,´ Obama wrote on her Twitter feed. ´Beyonce was phenomenal! I am so proud of her!´ Launching the show with a strong performance of ´Crazy in Love´ complete with a guitar flaming as it played out its solo, Beyonce proved her doubters wrong by singing live one week after the controversy over her lip-synching at the Presidential Inauguration.
We awoke Friday to the announcement that NBC News president Steve Capus was “resigning” (that is, fired), and the only wonder is that he wasn’t fired Thursday evening after the national broadcast. I made the mistake of taking in NBC’s national news broadcast Thursday evening, and it fell below even the usual low standards for network news bias and reportorial incompetence. NBC essentially handed off their lead story to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. You can watch the whole broadcast at this link if you are a glutton for punishment. Brian Williams leads
Honoring the gravity of last week’s events, this episode of “Downton” picks up pretty much where we left off, with Sybil’s sad, sad, sad death casting a pall over everything and everyone. The residents of Downton are reeling, wearing black, and in desperate need of cheering up, none more so than Cora. Cora, bereft and at an understandable loss to explain how her beautiful, healthy 24-year-old daughter up and died, has channeled much of her grief into anger at her husband. There was a chance Sybil could be saved, but Robert believed Sir Tapsell because “He’s knighted and fashionable”
There are many problems with Kathryn Bigelow´s new movie Zero Dark Thirty. The torture scenes have sparked a row about the role of "enhanced interrogation" in finding bin Laden, while Pakistan´s blogosphere is awash with gripes about the unconvincing portrait it paints of the country. Perhaps the most dangerous error, however, is a brief scene showing how a doctor was used by the CIA in an (unsuccessful) attempt to extract blood--and thus DNA--from children living in the mysterious house in Abbottabad. Shakil Afridi remains in prison for his work and the episode continues to cast a dark, dark shadow over
Flight records obtained by Breitbart News show Democratic Party donor Dr. Salomon Melgen’s private jet was in New Jersey near Sen. Bob Menendez’s home on April 8, 2012--Easter Sunday last year. From there, it flew straight to the Dominican Republic. Menendez and his staff have not answered when asked repeatedly whether the Senator was on that flight. They also have not provided any accounting as to where Menendez was on Easter Sunday, either. The flight records show Melgen’s plane was in the Dominican Republic on a frequent basis. The jet was there in late March until April 2,
A bipartisan group of House negotiators is even further along in drafting a comprehensive immigration overhaul than its counterpart in the Senate, but the path to passage in the lower chamber is lined with thorns. Republican House leaders from Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) on down have not decided how to handle the vexing issue, even as they have voiced general support for “addressing” it in 2013. For now, Boehner and his lieutenants are keeping a watchful eye both on the Senate and a secretive band of reformers in the House, whose work the Speaker himself
In his first official day as leader of the Church of England, the Rt Rev Justin Welby is expected to say that marriage should remain “between a man and a woman”. As MPs prepare for the vote on gay marriage on Tuesday, Bishop Welby will give his first interviews after being officially confirmed in the post at a ceremony in St Paul’s Cathedral in London. “If asked he will say that marriage is between a man and a woman, and always has been,” a source close to Bishop Welby said, adding that the Archbishop was expecting to be asked
It shouldn´t have been surprising that the Senate hearings to confirm Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of defense ended up shedding light on much more than this nominee and his qualifications. The trumpets had sounded long in advance on the main claim for Mr. Hagel—i.e., that his experience as an enlisted man, a combat veteran, had endowed him with special expertise not given to others, on matters of war, on our nuclear capacity, the size of our defense budget, a capacity to take the measure of Iran and North Korea. Mr. Hagel had come by this wisdom,
As the possibility of destructive cyberwarfare inches towards reality, the government is scrambling to figure out who holds the keys to America´s malware arsenal. Obviously, it´s President Obama. The New York Times just published the findings of an investigation into a secret legal review that set out to determine who actually had the power to order a cyberattack. Given his status as commander-in-chief, Obama seems to be the clear choice, but since cyberwarfare is such a new and unknown thing, the government hasn´t actually figured out the rules of engagement yet. In the past couple of decades, the power
BEAUMONT, Texas- As gunfire echoed through the woods along a remote road on the outskirts of Orange, a man of God preached the gospel of good shooting. “My name is James McAbee,” said the firearms instructor. “And I’m known as the pistol packing pastor.” McAbee, a good-natured guy who loves God and loves guns, runs the Lighthouse Worship Center near Lamar University in Beaumont. But he also runs a business on the side teaching people who want to obtain concealed handgun permits.
The country may be catching on: Barack Obama is our first knee-jerk liberal president. And now that he will never face the voters again, he doesn’t mind showing it. “There is a deep recognition that he has a short period of time to get a lot done,” says Jennifer Psaki, Obama’s 2012 campaign spokeswoman. So the moderate mask is slipping. In his second inaugural address, he gave a full-throated defense of the entitlement state and made no mention of reforming Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security before they go bust. He is issuing a stream of executive orders,
Texas’ attorney general ran ads here last month that encouraged “law-abiding New York gun owners looking for lower taxes and greater opportunity” to relocate to the Lone Star state. Now Gov. Rick Perry has sweetened the pot: Faced with a budget “problem” New York would love to have — an expected $5.5 billion surplus — he’s looking to amend the Texas Constitution so he can refund the extra money to taxpayers. Meanwhile, back here on the home front, New York’s governor hopes to amend his state constitution. But instead of returning money to the state’s heavily burdened taxpayers, Andrew Cuomo’s changes
Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs suggested that Chuck Hagel’s experience as a soldier in Vietnam gives him more credibility on national security issues than Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who was a naval pilot in Vietnam. “I think the notion in some ways to say ‘because Chuck Hagel doesn’t believe what John McCain says you question his judgment’ [is wrong],” Gibbs said today on Meet the Press. “I think for somebody that– that– that carried a gun in the jungles of Vietnam, I’m going to trust their ability besides a group of politicians.”
Last week, in a blog post titled, "Super Bowl City Leads on Energy Efficient Forefront," the Energy Department touted the Superdome´s lights. The Superdome, in New Orleans, is hosting tonight´s Super Bowl, where a power outage stopped play for more than half an hour. "While the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers compete to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy this weekend, eco-friendly fans and city leaders in New Orleans are competing to maximize sustainability practices to the fullest," wrote John Horst, a public affairs specialist with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
It was a fabulous day and night for TV football, with the Ravens winning the Super Bowl, 34-31. But little thanks for that goes to CBS, the network that had broadcast rights to the game. The network´s pregame show was overproduced and under-imagined, with no unifying vision. One segment that found Boomer Esiason and Shannon Sharpe walking the streets of New Orleans handing out Pizza Hut pizzas to people willing to yell "hut, hut, hut," set a new low in debasing broadcasters and turning what is already an over-commercialized production into a nonstop advertisement.
It was the classiest brawl New York’s Meatpacking District had ever seen, with all the makings for a sensational tabloid tale—young royalty, expensive booze, supermodels, smashed bottles, and finally, criminal complaints. Now, a year later, the juicy details of the so-called Battle Royale between Monaco’s Pierre Casiraghi (son of Princess Caroline and grandson of Grace Kelly), three of his friends, and former restaurateur Adam Hock will be revealed in Manhattan Criminal Court. And, according to one eyewitness, the jury will hear a much different story than the one the press has been spinning.The sordid tale on Monday’s docket,
In a state with a colorful history, it takes a lot for a New Jersey politician to cross the line into political toxicity. Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez has found himself at the center of a growing controversy, with accusations swirling of a questionable friendship with a Florida eye surgeon being investigated for Medicare fraud, improper flights to the Dominican Republic and alleged patronizing of prostitutes — including underage girls — while in the Caribbean nation. In some states, these allegations — and the fact the Senate Ethics Committee has joined federal investigators in looking into the explosive claims —
I am going to let my subscription to Sports Illustrated lapse when it runs out this year. I hope lots of other people will do the same. Like too many other publications, the magazine has become dishonest, dishonorable and even occasionally despicable in its conformist, lockstep left-wing bias. Republican politicians and conservative positions are routinely insulted in articles having nothing to do with either. Yawn-inducing left wing predictability is brought to the discussion of every issue. No SI writer is allowed to disagree with leftism ever. Despite its great photographs and occasionally good athlete profiles,
This story went mostly under the radar, but it will have some implications for many people on the east coast and for the industry in general further down the line. Without much fanfare, Hess recently announced that they were selling off their last commercial refinery, located in New Jersey. Their stated reasons are clear enough, but there’s a bit more to the story. Hess Corp.’s Port Reading, N.J., refinery—the company’s first and last such facility—will close its doors at the end of next month as the company gets out of the refining business to focus on more-
In the olden days miners brought canaries into mines because canaries were very sensitive to toxic fumes and would keel over quickly, giving the miners time to escape before they were rendered unconscious. The HHS mandate is serving a similar function in modern American culture. It´s making it clear that liberals believe in an all-powerful government, not the government empowered by the people that is enshrined in the Constitution. Historically in America, the government has rarely collided with the religious beliefs of even extreme groups.
"The United States faces a crisis in our political system," the Washington Post´s E.J. Dionne wrote last December, "because the Republican Party is no longer a normal, governing party." Dionne is half-right. The United States does face a crisis in our political system. Last week, Pew released a new study showing that trust in the federal government remains near all-time lows. Worse, for the first time ever, Pew found that a majority of Americans believe the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms. And it is not just Republicans who now see the federal government as a threat.
As the civil war in Syria enters its third year, there is much discussion of the regime’s chemical weapons and whether Syria’s Bashar al-Assad will unleash them against Syrian rebels, or whether a power vacuum after Assad’s fall might make those horrific tools available to the highest bidder. The conversation centers on Syria’s chemical weaponry, not on something vastly more serious: its nuclear weaponry. It well might have. This is the inside story of why it does not. Relations between the United States and Israel had grown rocky after Israel’s incursion into Lebanon in 2006, for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Obama strategists said last year they would need to "kill Romney" in order to win the Presidential Election. Well... Barack Obama was surely listening. He conducted the most negative campaign of my lifetime -- and won, because he effectively did kill Romney -- if only metaphorically. Or... maybe people were just so happy with Obama´s stewardship of the economy and inclusive politics that they said "I want 4 more years of high unemployment, a shrinking workforce, higher costs for energy, higher taxes, and a nation divided along class and racial lines.
NEW ORLEANS -- A Super Bowl week that had gone so smoothly for the Big Easy suddenly turned bizarre when everyone was watching. The lights went out on the biggest game of the year. Just imagine the uproar if Baltimore had lost. The outage, blamed on an unspecified "abnormality" in the Superdome´s power system, was an embarrassment for New Orleans, which was hosting its first Super Bowl since 2002 and was eager to show off how it has been rebuilt since Hurricane Katrina. Mayor Mitch Landrieu called Sunday night´s outage "an unfortunate moment in what has been an otherwise shining
The Chicago Police Department hopes to free up the equivalent of 44 officers a day by no longer dispatching cops for certain crimes, like burglaries and car thefts in which the offender is no longer at the scene and no one is in immediate danger. Police confirmed the change, which takes effect Sunday. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told aldermen last year he was considering a move in that direction. The change is not related to plans by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and McCarthy to shift what they indicated was as many as 200 officers from administrative duties to beats Text added by Staff.
Yucaipa, Calif. - A tour bus crashed with a pickup truck on a rural mountain highway in Southern California on Sunday night, killing eight people and injuring dozens of others, authorities said. The collision happened around 6:30 p.m. and included the tour bus, a pickup truck pulling a trailer, and a sedan, said CHP Officer Mario Lopez. He confirmed late Sunday that eight people died and many more were injured in the mountain highway crash about 80 miles east of Los Angeles near the town of Forest Falls. San Bernardino County Fire Department spokesman Eric Sherwin said 27 people were treated