RUSH: I´m gonna play the sound bite of me from this program, the portion of the program where I threw up my hands in frustration and just said, "For the first time I´m ashamed of my country." Now, I realize that many of you tuned in today wanting to hear more of this, because you didn´t hear it at all yesterday. You weren´t here but you heard about it, so you made an appointment to join this program at the beginning. You wanted to hear what this is all about. You wanted to hear more about it,
Zem Joaquin had a furniture dilemma. In 2005, the interior designer was trying to make her Marin County house a healthy environment for her two toddlers. But virtually all the couches on the market, she learned, contain foam with toxic flame retardants, the unintended result of a 1970s California law. So with a furniture maker´s help, Joaquin designed her own sofa. Yellow and big enough to seat seven, it is made of sustainably harvested wood, natural latex foam, organic wool - and no flame retardants. "I ended up actually designing my own furniture because there wasn´t an alternative out there yet,
By Hollywood standards, Lincoln has done respectable business at the box office and Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance as America’s 16th president is stunning, but a botched marketing campaign and a lack of ideological diversity among those who made the film have left tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars on the table — money that could have lined the coffers of legendary director Steven Spielberg and his partners, Disney and 20th Century Fox. First, there was the team that brought forth this film about the president who founded the Republican party, a team led by the blue-state heroes Steven Spielberg,
The feds plan to chase down disgraced bike racer Lance Armstrong for the sponsorship money his team earned from the US Postal Service, a federal government source told The Post today. The Justice Department will join a whistleblower lawsuit filed by ex-Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis, the source said. Landis’s suit, filed in 2010, says Armstrong committed fraud against the Postal Service because he raced while using performance-enhancing drugs. From 1998 to 2006, the Postal Service is believed to have paid around $30 million to back Armstrong’s team.
What do you get when you invite outspoken conservative firebrand Ann Coulter to debate outspoken libertarian John Stossel in front of an audience of 1,000+ libertarian students? Fireworks, that’s what. On tonight’s episode of Fox Business Network’s Stossel, Coulter got into a heated debate with Stossel and the students over a variety of social issues, in the process calling libertarians “pussies” and receiving lots of jeering for her remarks. Once a year, Stossel (full disclosure: my former boss) tapes a show at the International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C. He typically brings on friendly libertarian guests,
Yesterday, I wrote about the silliness of requiring a file clerk to have a college degree. This morning, a friend sent me the following note about the narrowing of opportunity in modern America: (Snip) It seems to me that a similar version of that narrowing-entry option is occurring in many fields. You´ve written in the past about how the top banks have steadily narrowed the pool of candidates whom they´ll consider - e.g., only 5-6 schools will even be looked at. A similar phenomenon has been occurring in law as well, and not just post-08 . . .
President Obama boasts it’ll take more than a few surfing lessons for his daughters to be able to catch a wave as well as he does.When asked in an interview this week with Hawaii station KITV if he’s teaching kids Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, how to body surf, Obama replied, “You know, they’ve actually been taking some surfing lessons the last few times they’ve been out there. They do pretty good.” He then added with a smile, “They’re still not as good as their dad.” Obama, a Hawaii native, said he intends to
There are more film stars per square mile in southern California than any other place on earth but on Oscar night a lot of them stay at home — but not this year. The biggest array of movie legends from Jack Nicholson to Barbra Streisand and Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman and Jane Fonda will participate in Sunday night’s Oscar extravaganza at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood and Highland Centre in Hollywood. Clint Eastwood revealed to the Daily Mail that every past Oscar winner was approached by the ceremony’s producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
Joe Biden, a gun nut. Who knew? The veep never fails to entertain, even when he’s trying not to, and this time his boss is probably not amused. Joe famously pushed President Obama to endorse same-sex marriage by sniffing the orange blossoms first, but if his advice for Americans to buy a shotgun to protect the homeplace was an attempt to convert the president to a Second Amendment aficionado, he’ll no doubt fail. Joe’s endorsement of domestic mayhem in the cause of survival predictably infuriated those who are so terrified of guns that on certain playgrounds even little boys
In an utterly unsurprising development this week, a town meeting in Westford, Massachusetts debated whether or not to ban so-called "assault weapons." However, in a rather surprising development, the ban was not only withdrawn, but it was withdrawn to the cheering of hundreds of residents. CBS Boston even described the applause as "thunderous" It´s incredible to see hundreds of Americans stand up for their rights in one of the most liberal anti-gun enclaves in the country.
Stony-faced and emotionless, Oscar Pistorius looks deep in thought as he headed to a relatives´ home this evening. The Paralympic superstar is pictured next to his devoted sister after leaving the courthouse where he was released on bail. It follows a ruling by a magistrate that he should not be locked up until his trial for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. However, it emerged this evening that Pistorius may have to wait more than a year before his trial into Miss Steenkamp´s death takes place because of the creaking justice system in South Africa.
Let´s see LeBron James do this. Ashlee Arnau, a cheerleader at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss., made an incredible front-flip half-court shot Thursday night at halftime of the school´s men´s basketball game that became an instant Internet sensation. The ball was placed on the floor at midcourt. Arnau approached it with a running start, did a front-flip, grabbing the ball while she was upside down, and then launching it toward the basket while her legs swung forward. Swish! "I really don´t practice at all," Arnau told the AP in a phone interview.
President Obama announced Friday that about 100 U.S. troops have been deployed to the West African country of Niger, where defense officials said they are setting up a drone base to spy on al-Qaeda fighters in the Sahara. In a letter to Congress, Obama said about 40 U.S. military personnel arrived in Niger on Wednesday, bringing the total number of troops based there to “approximately” 100. He said the troops, who are armed for self-protection, would support a French-led military operation in neighboring Mali, where al-Qaeda fighters and other militants have carved out a refuge in a remote territory
This week the American Conservative Union was pleased to announce our annual Ratings of Congress; the occasion of these ratings is often cause for agreement and disagreement. For 42 years, ACU has published these ratings of every member of Congress. Its purpose, as stated in each edition, is to find the dividing line between conservatives and liberals and those who are somewhere in the middle. There are a few reasons why, throughout the years, the ACU Ratings of Congress have become the go-to guide to determine whether an elected official’s philosophical rhetoric matches his or her record.
TAMPA --A boil water notice is in effect for virtually the entire city of Tampa for the next two days after a power failure today at the city´s main water treatment facility. The power failure created low water pressure or knocked out water service completely for customers. Crews from TECO and the City of Tampa are working on resolving the issue. All customers within the City of Tampa water service area should boil water for a minimum of the next 48 hours, city officials said.
Veteran Maryland-based rider Mario Pino is the winner of the 2013 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, which recognizes riders for top career achievement and personal character. Pino, 51, was announced as this year´s winner on HRTV by MIke Willman, director of publicity at Santa Anita Park. Presented since 1950, the Woolf award is voted on by other riders. Willman said the award will be presented to Pino next month in a ceremony at Santa Anita.
Detroit — The city´s property tax system is riddled with errors and waste, and is overseen by a pair of double-dipping officials who work just two days a week, a Detroit News investigation has found. Tax bills are frequently sent to the wrong address, and homeowner exemptions that dramatically lower bills are granted without proof of eligibility, a recent audit found. Police are investigating the disappearance of nearly $310,000 in cash that went missing over five years from the Assessment Division. Problems are so severe that city officials — under state pressure — agreed in December to spend $2.3 million on outside
Hollywood — Condoms, cleaning supplies, and circus classes for the kids-call it chicken soup for the Oscar loser. (Being a movie star just isn´t what it used to be.) At least these treasures are being packed along with more luxurious indulgences-such as trips to Australia, Hawaii, and Mexico, alcohol, and a stay at a weight-loss retreat-in this year´s "Everyone Wins at the Oscars Nominee Gift Bag," which Los Angeles marketing company Distinctive Assets prepares for contenders who don´t go home with a statue. The total value of this year´s motley "swag bag:" $47,803. While it´s hard to balk
President Barack Obama’s greatest adversary in the latest budget battle isn’t the Republican leadership in Congress — it’s his confidence in his own ability to force a win. He has been so certain of his campaign skills that he didn’t open a line of communication with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell until Thursday, a week before the spending ax hits. And when they did finally hear from Obama, the calls were perfunctory, with no request to step up negotiations or invitations to the White House.
The former mayor of Bell, California, was too stupid and uneducated to know his $100,000 salary for the part-time city job was illegal, his lawyer argued today. Oscar Hernandez is illiterate, has no high school degree and didn´t even finish elementary school, defense attorney Stanley Friedmand told jurors. Hernandez and five former members of the Bell City Council are on trial, accused of stealing $1.3million in exorbitant pay from the working-class city of 35,000.
United Teachers Los Angeles made a bold and revealing statement about its radical political principles when the union endorsed Ron Gochez for L.A. City Council this month. There are 12 candidates running for one position, but the UTLA endorsed two: Gochez and State Sen. Curren Price, who is much more likely to win, according to California Political News. Ron Gochez happens to be a huge bigot who is affiliated with racist groups such as MEChA, La Raza and the African People’s Socialist Party. And he also has a history of saying racist things.
On FOX News this morning, Sen. Rand Paul may have just delivered the most pointed response to President Obama’s scare tactics on the sequester. “I would say balderdash,” Paul said after the FOX host asked for his response. “It’s untrue, unfair, dishonest, disingenuous. The president is making stuff up.” Paul added that Obama’s “histrionics” were “beneath the office of the presidency,” criticizing him for scaring Americans over any cuts to federal government spending. “It is the least we can do,” Paul said about the spending cuts. “Our country is drowning in a sea of debt, borrowing $50,000 a second.
Environmental Protection Agency inspector general Arthur Elkins predicts that sequestration will make the agency less transparent, a warning that emerges even as Congress investigates top agency officials for avoiding transparency laws with banned email accounts. “What we do is provide a level of transparency to agency operations that otherwise you wouldn’t see but for the IG shop,” Elkins told InsideEPA. “To the extent that our budget is affected on the negative side, it’s going to come out of FTEs [full-time equivalent staff].
Officials in Texas announced on Thursday that State Troopers would no longer be allowed to open fire on suspects from helicopters after the recent killing of two immigrants. While announcing the new policy, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw insisted that the ban on aerial shootings had nothing to do with the October 2012 death of two Guatemalan immigrants, who were gunned down by troopers in helicopter while they were hiding in the back of a speeding pickup truck near La Joya. “I’m convinced that now, from a helicopter platform, that we shouldn’t shoot unless being shot at,