Fire a narcissist at the risk of firing up his imagination. Pride remains one of the seven deadly sins, as much as we try to cast the ancient vice as a modern virtue. The Los Angeles Police Department didn’t fire Christopher Dorner for falsifying a report against a fellow officer or for being an all-around fruit loop. A grandiose figure always sees something enormously sinister in his fall. So Dorner wrote in his manifesto — merely penning one signifies egomania —of his fight to “reclaim my name” and “the conspiracy to have me terminated.”
WASHINGTON — Beat it! In a humiliating end to a once-promising political career, former Chicago Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. agreed to plead guilty to a laundry list of graft in a $750,000 fund-raising scandal — including stealing donations to buy luxury items such as fur capes, a $43,350 gold Rolex watch and a trove of Michael Jackson memorabilia. As part of the plea agreement, Jackson, the son of the civil-rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, agreed to forfeit the multitude of personal items bought with donations between 2007 and 2009 that had no conceivable connection to campaign business.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.— Faced with a lonely weekend of rattling around the White House without his wife and daughters, President Barack Obama arranged a golf outing with some buddies. In Florida.(Snip) It´s a weekend with the boys, presidential style. Eyebrows might have been raised at the thought of the president, any president, high-tailing it out of Washington, without his family, for some "me time" hundreds of miles away from the Oval Office. First lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha are on an annual, President´s Day weekend ski vacation out West. As it turns out,
Liberalism has its advantages. It puts government in the driver’s seat and encourages the creation of more and more government programs that sound good and seem nice. Who could be against them? In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama touted a College Scorecard his administration would develop “to give students and families clear information about college costs and quality.” Who could oppose that? Conservatives should. A College Scorecard put together at the Department of Education in Washington is redundant, meeting a need that has long since been met. US News & World Report, the old newsmagazine,
WASHINGTON — As the Senate edged toward a divisive filibuster vote on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be defense secretary, Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, sat silent and satisfied in the corner of the chamber — his voice lost to laryngitis — as he absorbed what he had wrought in his mere seven weeks of Senate service. Mr. Hagel, a former senator from Mr. Cruz’s own party, was about to be the victim of the first filibuster of a nominee to lead the Pentagon. The blockade was due in no small part to the very junior senator’s relentless pursuit
Turmoil deepened Friday among leading Republicans over efforts to ward off controversial candidates in the next election, as Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad blasted a new candidate-steering plan by Karl Rove and warned him to stay out of state and congressional races. “I basically told Karl Rove that what he was doing is counterproductive and he needs to stay out of it,” said Branstad, recounting a phone call to Rove, the leader of the new Conservative Victory Project super PAC.
President Barack Obama’s State of the Union pledge to create a nonpartisan commission to “improve the voting experience in America” has triggered reactions from the election-overhaul community that range from guarded optimism to overt disappointment. Although voting-rights advocates are happy that Obama is trying to address some of the barriers that greeted voters on Election Day, they differ as to whether a presidential commission can play a viable role in the process. “This should be a critical part of the larger mission of modernizing elections so every eligible citizen can vote and have that vote counted,” Brennan Center for Justice President
Every good crisis has its share of conspiracy theories, and the meteor that blew up over Russia on Thursday has inspired some truly inventive conspiracy theories (Jose Canseco won the day with his completely out-there theory about a North Korean missile). Now a prominent member of the Russian government is getting on the conspiracy bandwagon, saying that the meteor was, in fact, not a meteor, but a weapon being tested by the United States government. Russian liberal leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky shared his rather unique take on yesterday’s meteor scare.
I know what you’re thinking but let’s be fair. If he took a break from insinuating that gun-rights supporters don’t care about children getting shot for nothing more than a few lessons with the local club pro, that would be callous. But he’s not. He’s taking a break from those insinuations for lessons with thousand-bucks-an-hour top pro instructor Butch Harmon. He’s not taking this gun-control thing lightly, guys. Not now, I mean. He took it pretty lightly for the past 10 years or so, especially during election years, but now he’s serious. Or he will be, once he finally gets
When a Vesuvius like John McCain tells you that you belch too much smoke and spew too much fire, you know you’ve got a problem. And Ted Cruz, a Republican freshman in the Senate who has been front and center in his party’s effort to squash Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense, has a problem. He’s an ornery, swaggering piece of work. Just six weeks since his arrival on Capitol Hill, he’s already known for his naysaying, his nit-picking and his itch to upbraid lawmakers who are vastly senior to him
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Newly unsealed documents in a lawsuit brought against the Roman Catholic order Legion of Christ show the group´s former second-in-command testified he discovered the order´s founder, the late Rev. Marcial Maciel, had fathered a daughter in 2006, but never confronted him about his double life and didn´t share the news with the group´s broader membership.The documents, previously sealed in a lawsuit in Superior Court in Rhode Island, include thousands of pages of testimony from high-ranking leaders at the Legion, its members, and relatives of Rhode Island widow Gabrielle Mee,
2013 is already making a strong push to be the Year of the Truther (although, obviously, that´ll be no easy title to take). Via the APA: Russian nationalist lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky, long known for his flamboyance and outrageous remarks, said Friday that meteorite fragments had not rained down on Russia in the morning, but that the light flashes and tremors in several of the country’s regions resulted from US weapons tests, APA reports quoting RIA Novosti. “Those aren’t meteors falling, it’s the Americans testing new weapons,” Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, told
The crew tasked with demolishing the Holy Family Church in the northern German town of Barmstedt arrived bright and early and began by removing the baptismal font. Next, a bulldozer moved in and knocked down the main church hall and the bell tower. In the space of a just a few hours, this house of worship to the Almighty was reduced to a pile of rubble. (Snip) "Upon this rock, I will build my church," Jesus said with confidence. He said nothing, though, about demolishing those churches. Two millennia later, churches are being forced to make dramatic cuts due
Tracy Schmaler, Attorney General Eric Holder’s top press defender, will resign her position on March 8. This reporter recently caught Schmaler colluding with far leftwing advocacy organization Media Matters for America to attack the reputations of whistleblowers, members of Congress, and people in the new media. People who were targets of the collusion between Department of Justice press aide Schmaler and far leftwing advocacy organizations called for her resignation in September 2012, when evidence of her activity emerged. Now, they are getting their wish. Emails uncovered last year show Schmaler worked with Media Matters to smear people
CHICAGO- The prospect of prison looms over former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife after they agreed to plead guilty to charges in an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items - including furs, a gold watch, a football signed by U.S. presidents and even a hat once owned by Michael Jackson. It wasn´t immediately clear how much time either Jackson could end up doing when the legal drama inevitably reaches its climax before a federal sentencing judge within a few months. But judges frown on brazen breeches of public trust,
At Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, students are perpetually lamenting the fact that their excellent Midwestern school isn’t mentioned more often with Ivy-caliber powerhouses. Well, this story probably isn’t going to help. Campus Reform reports that Wash. U hosted numerous porn stars in its main chapel, in a panel called “A Night With the Stars: Life, Love, and Sex in the Workplace.” It featured presentations from adult film industry stars Tori Black, James Deen and Lance Hart.
The roster of state workers raking in six-figure pay skyrocketed last year by an astonishing 12 percent to nearly 7,700 employees, according to a Herald review — a budget-busting bombshell that has fiscal watchdogs howling “enough.” The review comes as Gov. Deval Patrick is pushing for massive $1.9 billion in tax and fee hikes amid a sputtering state economy and a climbing jobless rate. The Herald found that 816 state workers have cracked the ranks of the $100,000-plus pay club — bringing the state total to 7,694 who earn six-figure pay, a tally that has budget watchers seeing red.
Asteroid 2012DA14 missed earth, water’s not flowing uphill — and on Friday Fox News Channel announced that former GOP presidential contender and populist conservative darling Herman Cain is joining its stable of contributors. Snickering at FNC’s “fair and balanced” slogan is, of course, a favorite pastime on the left, where it’s long been an article of faith that the cable news ratings leader lists to the right. But a fair and balanced observer looking at the lineup changes the network had announced since the November elections might have descried a trending
A team of FBI agents has been conducting interviews in recent weeks in the Dominican Republic and the United States, looking into allegations that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) patronized prostitutes in the Caribbean nation, but has found no evidence to support the claim, according to two people familiar with the investigation. One person said agents have asked about whether a Florida eye doctor — a close friend and major campaign donor to Menendez — provided the senator with prostitutes on vacations there. Another person said investigators are looking
As deadlines go, the March 1 sequester lacks punch. Nobody’s taxes will go up; the U.S. Treasury won’t run out of cash. Government offices won’t immediately turn out the lights and lock the doors. No federal worker will be furloughed for at least 30 days. So Washington felt little need to cancel the Presidents’ Day break. On Friday, President Obama flew to Florida for a long weekend of golf. And Congress left town for nine days, with scant hope of averting deep cuts to the Pentagon and other agencies in the short time remaining when lawmakers return
Many young, healthy Americans could soon see a jump in their health insurance costs, and insurance companies are saying: It’s not our fault. The nation’s insurers are engaged in an all-out, last-ditch effort to shield themselves from blame for what they predict will be rate increases on policies they must unveil this spring to comply with President Obama’s health-care law. Insurers point to several reasons that premiums will rise. They will soon be required to offer more-comprehensive coverage than many currently provide. Also, their costs will increase because
Democrats might well be spending the day after the unsuccessful attempt to end debate on the nomination of Chuck Hagel pondering why President Obama and Vice President Biden were so obsessed with shoving an unqualified and incompetent candidate down the throats of the Senate. Politico has a fascinating story about why President Obama and Vice President Biden were unwilling to listen to sense about Hagel and went all in on the nomination even after clear signs of trouble about the former senator were apparent. But owning up to the sorry truth that what the White House likes
It´s almost two years until the midterm elections in 2014, so people can be excused their occasional flights of fancy. Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) released a memo to his colleagues arguing that the Democrats are well-poised to win a majority in the House in next year´s elections. His three-page memo has a veneer of plausibility to it. That veneer, however, is no match against the headwinds of reality. In 2012, Democrats picked up eight seats in the House, leaving the GOP in the majority with 234 seats.
´I am a Socialist,´ Hitler told Otto Strasser in 1930, ´and a very different kind of Socialist from your rich friend, Count Reventlow´.[Snip] Its leaders stood for collectivism, state control of industry, high tariffs, workers´ councils. Around Europe, fascists were convinced that, as Hitler told an enthusiastic Mussolini in 1934, ´capitalism has run its course´. One of the most stunning achievements of the modern Left is to have created a cultural climate where simply to recite these facts is jarring. History is reinterpreted, and it is taken as axiomatic that fascism must have been Right-wing, the logic seemingly being
Environment: The global warming alarmists repeat the line endlessly. They claim that there is a consensus among scientists that man is causing climate change. Fact is, they´re not even close. Yes, many climate scientists believe that emissions of greenhouse gases are heating the earth. Of course there are some who don´t. But when confining the question to geoscientists and engineers, it turns out that only 36% believe that human activities are causing Earth´s climate to warm. This is the finding of the peer-reviewed paper "Science or Science Fiction? Professionals´ Discursive Construction of Climate Change" and this
Taxes: The president may try to satisfy both environmentalists and pro-growth blocs by tying the shovel-ready project curiously left out of the State of the Union to just-introduced carbon-tax legislation. Having failed to lower the sea levels in his first term, President Obama, in the first SOTU of his second term, highlighted the need for fighting climate change and proposed an Energy Security Trust Fund to siphon off money from those who actually produce abundant and useable energy to fund alternative energy sources which constitute a rounding error in the percent of energy produced by various sources.