A government limited to few things can probably do those things well, and thus it´s likely to be trusted. A government that tries to do many things, might do them badly, and be less highly regarded. Last week, I noted that Americans are losing confidence in their government: According to a new Pew poll, more than half see it as a threat to their freedom. That´s a troubling number. But why have things gotten so bad? Well, perhaps it´s because government actually has become a bigger threat to freedom. There´s plenty of support for that notion,
Hattiesburg, Miss. - Sunday dawned like any other day on Pearl Street, a place where a mixture of families and students live in primarily rental houses near Westminster Presbyterian Church. But that was before a twister 20 miles wide carved a path across three counties leaving 570 houses, businesses and mobile homes damaged or destroyed. More than 80 people were treated for injuries, Gov. Phil Bryant said at a news conference Monday, but no lives were lost and no one was unaccounted for. On Sunday morning, Westminster filled with worshipers. A group of people came back
Economics: Venezuela has devalued its currency, joining Iran, Argentina and others whose wars on math brought the same result. Some call this a "restorative." It´s not. It´s what happens when big government hits a wall. Venezuela´s monster 47% devaluation from 4.3 to 6.3 bolivars to the dollar, reportedly ordered by President Hugo Chavez from his hospital bed in Cuba, marks the reckoning for his regime´s big-spending ways in Venezuela´s low-growth economy. It was about as predictable as a crash from a runaway train, given his mad-lunatic war on economics — his lethal combination of welfare spending, destruction of the private sector
Our politics have become so polarized and corrupted that a president of the United States cannot even attend an event devoted to drawing people closer to God and bridge partisan and cultural divides without being lectured about his policies. Last Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Dr. Ben Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a 2008 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, broke with a 61-year-old tradition and publicly disagreed with some of the president´s policies, such as "ObamaCare," taxation and the national debt.
On the fifth anniversary of the assassination of Imad Mughniyah, a.k.a. “The Iranian Jackal,” much new information about the hunt for the terrorist most wanted by Mossad and the FBI has emerged. It’s a story of high-tech surveillance and old-fashioned espionage, and it’s just starting to be truly told now. Imad Mughniyah was 20 years old when he made his debut on the international terrorist scene in 1983, with a series of spectacular and deadly bombings aimed at Western forces in Lebanon.
The incoming head of the CIA converted to Islam while working as a station chief in Saudi Arabia in the 1990s, a former FBI agent has claimed. John Guandolo, who retired from the FBI in 2008, said in a radio interview that John Brennan - who has been nominated by Barack Obama as the new director of the CIA - visited the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina accompanied by Saudi officials who may have persuaded him to convert. Mr Guandolo´s tale echoes elements of the plot of hit show Homeland, in which
President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday to a nation that disapproves of the way he is handling nearly every issue, including gun control and the federal deficit. According to a Gallup poll, 42% of Americans approve of Obama´s gun policies while 54% disapprove. On taxes, 41% approve and 57% disapprove. On the economy, 39% approve and 60% disapprove. On "the situation in the Middle East between the Israelis and the Palestinians," 36% approve and 55% disapprove. And on the federal budget deficit,
The liberal establishment has finally taken note of the elephant in the Muslim parlor, namely the closing of the Muslim womb. A year after the American Enterprise Institute’s Nicholas Eberstadt reported the precipitous fall in Muslim fertility in a widely commented paper, and seven years after I reported the trend and its strategic implications at Asia Times, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius reports wide-eyed on Eberstadt’s findings: The Arab world may be experiencing a youth bulge now, fueling popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere.
Pyongyang - The Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Tuesday that its nuclear test was an act of self-defense against the United States´ hostility. It is "natural just measure for self-defense to react to the U.S. ever-increasing nuclear threat with nuclear deterrence," a spokesman for the DPRK´s Foreign Ministry said in a statement released by the official news agency KCNA. The DPRK´s patience has "reached its limit as the U.S. intensified such hostile act", the spokesman said, warning to "take the second and third stronger steps in succession" if the U.S., its "sworn enemy," continues hostility.
Apple CEO Tim Cook will sit with Michelle Obama as the President delivers his State of the Union speech on February 12. Cook is the second member of the world of Apple to join the First Lady. At last year´s speech, Mrs. Obama invited the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to view the SOTU speech. Gene Sperling, a top White House economic adviser, confirmed the First Lady´s invitation as well as Mr. Cook´s acceptance. "Apple is a great American company, and it stands for our sense of innovation, invention, entrepreneurship, and risk taking and I think that´s
Court records show that Salomon Melgen, the longtime Democratic donor linked to New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, provided an oceanfront condominium to a Ukranian model at the center of prostitution allegations lodged against both men. The Palm Beach Post reported Sunday that Melgen arranged for Svitlana Buchyk to occupy a condo he leased for her on Singer Island near Palm Beach, Florida in 2009. Melgen’s private jet carried Sen. Menendez to the Dominican Republic on at least three occasions for what an anonymous whistle-blower has alleged were a series of sex parties with prostitutes. The whistle-blower’s documents, published online
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) will be attending Tuesday´s State of the Union address with Gabino Sanchez, an illegal immigrant who has received, according to Gutierrez´s office, "multiple misdemeanor charges for driving without a license by local police over the past ten years." Sanchez resides in South Carolina and entered the country illegally when he was 15-years old. He is a husband and father of two children who were born in the United States. In May 2012, "Sanchez was granted a 12 month continuance in his case as he pursued relief from deportation"; he has been
A 34-year-old man is in jail Tuesday, accused of randomly shooting and killing a 9-year-old boy and wounding two other people as they rode in passing vehicles in Oakdale. Nhan L. Tran, whose home is a few blocks from the shooting scenes, began firing a handgun about 6:10 p.m. Monday while standing in the street near Hadley Avenue N. and 7th Street N., police said. Cheryl Russell, who lives across the street from the suspect's home, said Tuesday that she looked out a window from her home and saw the man shooting at vehicles at two locations. Russell described the shooter as "very nonchalant, just very calm." Content added by staff
President Obama in his State of the Union address Tuesday will announce that 34,000 American troops will return from Afghanistan within a year, according to a source familiar with the president’s speech. That figure represents roughly half of the U.S. troops now in Afghanistan. Obama will tout the winding down of the war there as part of his commitment to lessen the U.S. footprint in the volatile Middle East. Last month, Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced a plan to speed the transition of combat operations to Afghan forces.
As you are probably aware, Esquire magazine has published an interview with the Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden. The interview has made news for a number of reasons, but what does Esquire headline? The claim that the SEAL, now out of the service, has been left without health care by the federal government:(Snip for graphic)Here is how the article’s author, Phil Bronstein, tells the story: “I left SEALs on Friday,” he said the next time I saw him. It was a little more than thirty-six months before the official retirement requirement
Lindsey Graham was supposed to be the Dick Lugar of the 2014 cycle. Instead, he may be the Orrin Hatch. Even tea partiers in South Carolina admit he probably has a smooth path to the nomination and then to reelection. Graham has consistently irked conservatives. He voted to confirm Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. He supports the DREAM Act and was one of the chief architects of the 2007 immigration legislation that was widely derided by conservatives as an amnesty. The Club for Growth — which helped topple Indiana’s Lugar and Utah’s Bob Bennett — announced last fall that Graham
On CBS this morning, Valerie Jarrett, a close advisor to President Obama, reacted to the news that North Korea had conducted a nuclear test last night by saying, "We´re heartened to see the U.N. Security Council will be meeting" this morning to discuss the issue. "The news this morning is that North Korea has had a third nuclear test," said the host to Jarrett. "The president in his statement said this was a highly provocative act that warranted swift and credible action. What will the president say tonight about reducing nuclear weapons?"
Timothy Heaphy, a U.S. Attorney testifying in favor of tightening gun control laws, admitted that he couldn’t explain why some places with tight gun laws have high crime while others have low crime. “I can’t say that I know what causes gun violence,” Heaphy told the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights as he called for lawmakers to find the “sweet spot” between Second Amendment rights and the need for public safety. “It’s very difficult to isolate one cause and tie it very specifically to our crime rate,” he said.
When Kazakhstan’s riot police slaughtered dozens of striking oil field workers last year, Atlantic Council affiliate Joshua Foust rushed to discredit the reports. Foust, a member of the Atlantic Council’s Young Atlanticist Working Group, attacked critics of the government-backed crackdown, claiming they were relying on a “completely invented body count” to “politicize” the incident. Foust’s efforts were just one piece of a broader effort by the Atlantic Council to burnish the reputation of the Kazakh government, recently revealed as a donor to the think tank.
A real feeling of Hope & Change will pervade at tonight’s State of the Union Address. The first overriding feeling of Hope & Change that cannot be masked by the hypocrisy of the preening Obamas, by the hype of the Mainstream Media or the stridency of Nancy Pelosi. The roughly 50 percent of Americans who stand firmly against the Fundamental Transformation of America have waited four long years for someone to tell President Barack Obama he has no right to destroy an America built by its Founding Fathers. That ‘someone’ emerged Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast in the
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday said there is more energy behind the push for immigration reform now than there was during the 2007 reform attempt under the Bush administration. During a conference call detailing the formation of the Bipartisan Policy Center Immigration Task Force — set to be co-chaired by Rice, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry G. Cisneros, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell — Rice suggested the 2007 reform effort failed in part because there was no gas left in the White House’s tank.
Any adult who takes a school matter into his or her own hands – like a mother who allegedly entered Withrow High School without permission Thursday and helped her daughter beat up another girl – will be held accountable, Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig said Monday. Police say the mother, her daughter and another woman burst into a classroom at the school on Madison Road about 2 p.m. Thursday. The mother and daughter, according to police, assaulted a 15-year-old girl, striking her with fists, feet and a combination lock. Teacher Kim Kilby suffered a black eye in the scuffle.
An unnamed "senior American official" suggests that North Korea is not just testing nukes for itself, but also for (and possibly with) the Iranians. The New York Times reports: No country is more interested in the results of the North’s nuclear program, or the Western reaction, than Iran, which is pursuing its own uranium enrichment program. The two countries have long cooperated on missile technology, and many intelligence officials believe they share nuclear knowledge as well, though so far there is no hard evidence. The Iranians are also pursuing uranium enrichment, and one senior
House Minority Whip Rep. Stenny Hoyer (D-MD) joined the hosts of CNBC where he was grilled by anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera on spending issues ahead of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. Caruso-Cabrera pressed Hoyer repeatedly to admit that the nation has a spending problem which Hoyer refused to do. “We have a paying-for problem,” he finally conceded. (Snip) “I’ve heard Democrat after Democrat today tell me how much the president reached out to me during that last speech, and now he’s going to do it again tonight,” Caruso-Cabrera began incredulously.
The manhunt for accused killer and ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner has forced a California elementary school to shut down because its head priest´s sister is on Dorner´s hit list, according to local reports. Holy Angels´ School pastor Rev. Michael Evans emailed parishioners over the weekend to say the school and church in Arcadia would close this week as he sought refuge outside the Los Angeles area. "While I am not under direct threat from this suspect, both LAPD and Arcadia PD have recommended that I be away from the parish," Evans said in a statement, according to L.A.´s KABC.
As part of a discussion with voters about Obamacare funding, Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) told one man, “Don’t confuse me with any facts.” “This is part of the problem,” Brown told an audience member who had asked about the billions of dollars cut from Medicare under the Affordable Health Care Act. “In this time period it’s just like -- don’t confuse me with any facts. I was at a town hall meeting with AARP, and they talked about the pros and cons and explained everything. So I would suggest that you go and read what they have