In late January, 64-year old Clare Niederhauser was arrested for shooting at burglars fleeing from his property. At a plea deal hearing, he apologized for firing the shots, agreed to pay a $700 fine, take a weapons class, and forfeit the weapon he used. Fellow residents of Layton, UT are coming to the aid of the elderly man, who was arrested after firing a shot at a burglar´s vehicle and a fleeing accomplice after they attempted to break in to his property with a crowbar. He was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment because the individuals
As President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address, activists involved in his new non-profit advocacy group, Organizing for Action, gathered in local meetings around the country to watch and cheer him on. The new 501(c)4 organization, which is an offshoot of his re-election campaign, aims to support the president’s policies and to project the power of the White House beyond Washington into local communities and media. I joined a gathering in southern California, which rented out a local pub and tuned in on the big screen. The buildup to the event was almost as
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Much has been written about Sen. Robert Menendez’s intervention in a Caribbean port security contract on behalf of a top campaign donor.But on the very same day Menendez interceded with Obama administration officials on the ports deal last summer, he also went to bat for another company involving a heavily disputed Dominican road-building contract. A deal, records show, that benefited New Jersey investors who contributed to his campaign. The road contract, which has attracted scant attention in the United States, involved a firm called Codacsa, a Spanish consortium with U.S. interests, various government records show.
The Buckley Rule has been much invoked in recent weeks, in this space and elsewhere, and on almost every occasion it has been both misquoted and misapplied. As one who was present at the formulation, I feel obliged to record the “originalist” intention. It was the winter of 1964 and the unresolved question at NR editorial meetings, week to week, was this: Whom should the magazine support for the Republican presidential nomination? To outsiders, the question would have seemed all but settled. Issue by issue, NR gave every appearance of being all in for Barry Goldwater. Headline split by staff
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Wednesday joked about his water break during his rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union address. “I mean I needed water, what am I going to do?” Rubio said on ABC’s "Good Morning America," after again ducking away from the camera to reach for his water bottle. “God has a funny way of reminding us that we’re human.” As he delivered the live GOP response Tuesday, the Florida senator seemed nervous, and awkwardly paused at one point to grab an off-camera bottle of water and take a sip.
In 1968, five years before this magazine was born, I published—with Bill and Sally Wittliff’s elegant, Austin-based Encino Press—a slim book of essays called In a Narrow Grave, a title derived from a well-known range cattle ballad, “The Dying Cowboy.” No New York publisher had the slightest interest in the book. The dying cowboy of the lament asked his comrades to fling a handful of roses o’er his grave and pray the Lord his soul to save. The handful of roses I flung was a 25-page anatomy of the more or less major cities of Texas,
Former White House Advisor Van Jones warned his fellow Democrats on Wednesday not to laugh too hard at Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) water drinking moment during his Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. Jones warned that Rubio is “dangerous” for Democrats because of his ability to connect emotionally with his audience. “I think people can chuckle today – they’re going to be worried about him tomorrow,” Jones said. New York Times columnist Ross Douthat said on CNN Tuesday that, regardless of how Rubio’s water drinking moment may overshadow his address, the Republican Party wants to
How sweet it is to smell. The nose is a hardworking organ, with powers much greater than most people realize. A keen sense of smell offers more flavors, more safety, even more happiness. But be warned—human olfactory powers degrade as the years go by, resulting in a detectable loss by the time many people reach their 30s. Gradually, it can deteriorate to the point where people are unable to notice the odor of rancid food or a household gas leak.
Florists and chocolate-makers are working around the clock in the run-up to Valentine´s Day. And a Dallas, Texas-based chocolatier who loves designer high heels has molded her pedestrian passion into chocolate form. Andrea Pedraza´s most popular chocolate pumps - which receive a lot of attention in the weeks leading up to the holiday - are those made in the style of Christian Louboutin shoes. Scroll down for video-The decadent treats come in an array of designs including zebra print and polka dots.
They don´t call her the First Lady of Fashion for nothing. And last night, As Michelle Obama played host to honoured guests at her husband´s State of the Union address, she proved that she can do glamorous power dressing with the best of them. Wearing a shimmering crimson and black cocktail dress by Jason Wu, she looked every inch the perfect politician´s consort. Wu of course is one of Michelle´s most trusted designers. He not only designed the white gown she wore for her debut as First Lady at the President´s inaugural ball back in 2009,
In 1986, at the closing session of the Communist Party shindig in the Karl Marx Theater in Havana, Castro had declared, “Let no one think that what I have here is a lengthy speech; it is the party’s program.” He then went on to speak for 7 hours and 10 minutes. Obama’s ridiculous 6600-word marathon is also not a lengthy speech; it is the party’s program. The professional flatterers and fawners in the media have long since given up describing the teleprompter-in-chief as a talented speaker. These days Obama gives speeches that not only sound like they were
I couldn´t help but think of the "tragedy and comedy" Janus masks as I watched Joe Biden and John Boehner dutifully sit behind President Obama as he delivered his painfully long State of the Union speech. Biden´s comedic goofy grins were a knee jerk response to Obama´s overtures to help the little guy, whereas Boehner´s tragic pouts reflected the harsh fact-driven reality that such policies actually hurt Mr. and Mrs. Main Street. Here are just a few examples of Obama´s glaringly inane propositions.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says al-Qaida is a "shadow of its former self," and does not pose the kind of threat to America that requires tens of thousands of U.S. troops to fight abroad. In his State of the Union address Tuesday, the president said U.S. troops will continue pursuing the remnants of al-Qaida in Afghanistan for a number of years. He noted that various al-Qaida affiliates have emerged elsewhere in the world in recent years, including in Yemen and Somalia. Instead of sending large numbers of U.S. troops to fight there, he said,
Dr. Ben Carson, the man who spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast and made major news for speaking against Obama´s class warfare policies and about the healthcare system, critiqued President Obama´s State of the Union address this morning on Fox and Friends. "You´ve got to realize that you´re the president of everybody."
The “Affordable Care Act” is turning out to be anything but. (Snip) Advocates for the poor are now suddenly concerned about a new oxymoron, the so-called “affordability glitch,” where your employer can no longer afford to cover you and your family, and you will be forced to go to the state exchanges for your health insurance only to discover that you can’t afford the rising premiums there and don’t qualify for a federal subsidy. The only “good news” about this glitch is that new IRS regulations may exempt you from paying the 2.5% tax for non-compliance,
In an earlier era, Dr. Benjamin Carson´s speech before the National Prayer Breakfast last week would have been a really big deal rather than mere fodder for a brief squall on Twitter and cable news. Born in crushing poverty to an illiterate single mother dedicated to seeing her children succeed, Carson became the head of the department of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins medical institutions when he was 33. He´s been a black celebrity role model ever since. Even if you didn´t like the substance of what Carson had to say at the breakfast, his speech made
PHOENIX - During Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address of his second term, the President claimed that the United States is seeing more economic growth and that as a nation we are “stronger” today than we were before. Though when President Obama claimed that the state of our union was “stronger,” one could only ask: for whom? 22.7 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed, or have given up looking for work under the Obama administration. The unemployment rate when Obama took office was 7.8%; four years later, it stands at 7.9%. Are these Americans
Good Evening. I speak to you tonight from Washington, D.C. The state of our economy is tenuous, but our people remain the greatest example of freedom and prosperity the world has ever known. People say America is exceptional. [Snip] America is exceptional because we were founded upon the notion that everyone should be free to pursue life, liberty and happiness. For the first time in history, men and women were guaranteed a chance to succeed based their own initiative and desire to work. Headline resplit correctly by staff
Political partisanship “is out of control,” largely the fault “of a massive industry that makes money off of political discord,” former Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., said in his first public speech since leaving office in early January. Many cable news networks, talk radio, think tanks, websites and fundraisers “have a deep economic stake in perpetuating political conflict. They are successfully marketing and monetizing partisan outrage,” Lugar said in remarks prepared for his Tuesday address at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University in Durham, N.C. He said some commentators “are true
The state of our union, President Obama now tells us with “renewed” confidence, is “stronger.” Stronger than what, exactly? The deepest bowels of a recession? “There is much progress to report,” he says, dreamily. Tell that to the millions of Americans who are still unemployed. Tell that to the broken taxpayers who have shouldered the burdens of all his bailouts and government schemes-gone-bust. Tell that to the generations to come, for whom the American Dream has been sold downriver in order to pay for trillions of dollars in debt with which he has saddled them.
The first State of the Union address of President Obama´s second term was too partisan and failed to address the nation’s economic problems, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told CNSNews.com. “I think the president missed a real opportunity tonight to reach across the aisle, to find bipartisan cooperation on productive steps to get our economy going and get people back to work,” Cruz said. “Instead he chose to embrace unabashed liberalism.” Cruz, elected in November, said: "It seems the president only knows how to grow government. He doesn’t know how to grow the economy.” Cruz said that under
Good evening. I´m Marco Rubio. I’m blessed to represent Florida in the United States Senate. Let me begin by congratulating President Obama on the start of his second term. Tonight, I have the honor of responding to his State of the Union address on behalf of my fellow Republicans. And I am especially honored to be addressing our brave men and women serving in the armed forces and in diplomatic posts around the world. You may be thousands of miles away, but you are always in our prayers.
Going into his second term, President Obama is facing a dilemma. On the one hand, he still wants to pursue an ambitious liberal legislative agenda. On the other hand, he knows that as long as Republicans have control of the House and 45 seats in the Senate, he won’t be able to enact it. In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, he responded by laying the groundwork to bypass Congress in his second term. To be sure, Obama did outline an ambitious legislative agenda. He called for comprehensive immigration reform,
This wasn´t Barack Obama´s first State of the Union rodeo. He didn´t just fall off the turnip truck. He´s been around the block a few times on Capitol Hill. He knows his way around a teleprompter. Obama used to be known as a Real Good Talker. He made his initial national bones with a speech. But the last two are tired, boilerplate, bits and pieces of campaign rhetoric cut and pasted into recycled collections of empty phrases that sound swell--until you read them. Obama´s top overpaid speechwriter recently abandoned ship for even better Hollywood dough.
HOUSTON -- It was a moment weeks in the making: 93-year-old Elbert Wood returned to his home that was rebuilt through the kindness of strangers. “This is purely community effort, from the new grass to the new roof,” radio host Michael Berry told the crowd that gathered in northwest Houston. They offered up a hero’s welcome for Wood, a decorated World War II veteran. Tuesday’s homecoming was a stark contrast to when he returned home from a doctor’s appointment last month to find his home burglarized and vandalized. Link repaired by staff