And when the Republicans opened the seventh seal of the sequester, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black and the stars fell unto the Earth; and our nation´s ability to forecast severe weather, such as drought events, hurricanes and tornados, was seriously undermined. Lo, and the children were not vaccinated, and all the beasts starved in the zoos, and the planes were grounded. Or so President Obama and his Cabinet prophets have been preaching ahead of the automatic budget cuts due to begin Friday.
LOS ANGELES —“Eastbound and Down, loaded up and trucking…We’re gonna do what they say can’t be done… We got a long way to go, and a short time to get there…Eastbound for another Bandit run.” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has now been warned. If he thought the Boston Tea Party and 1776 were revolutions, just try and restrict access to soda in 2013. The Founding Fathers rebelled against a tax. Bloomberg wants an outright ban. Not in this lifetime. In 1977, Burt Reynolds and Jerry Reed were not going to let restrictive laws on alcohol
House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said Tuesday that the Obama administration´s decision to release hundreds of illegal aliens is “abhorrent,” and he charged that the move is not only political but dangerous. “It’s abhorrent that President Obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on sequestration,” Goodlatte said in a statement. “By releasing criminal immigrants onto the streets, the administration is needlessly endangering American lives. “It also undermines our efforts to come together with the administration and reform our
Yesterday, our California in Crisis series reported: California is controlled by the Democratic Party, and the California Democratic Party is controlled by the state’s government employee unions. You can’t win a statewide election there without at least the tacit approval of those unions. And for decades, the cost of their friendship has been protection from spending cuts in lean times and generous retirement package increases in good times. California actually has fewer state government employees per capita than the national average, but its employees are the best-paid in America. This often has a negative effect on government services.
The fears, threats and hype over the looming budget sequester hit a new high Tuesday when the Democratic National Committee more than doubled the White House estimate that 750,000 jobs are facing the ax if the spending cuts take place--and stay in place. As if 750,000 job losses weren´t scary enough, a DNC email urging supporters to pressure Republicans to cut a deal with President Obama said that "more than two million jobs could be lost." Even the White House isn´t biting on that number. Earlier this month, the White House said that the job
Senate Democrats hit a new milestone Wednesday — 1,400 days since they passed a federal budget. In recognition of that failure, Senate Republicans have launched the website “Pass a Senate Budget,” which calls on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his counterparts in Democratic leadership to finally pass a spending blueprint out of the upper chamber. “They say failing to plan is planning to fail, but unfortunately, that’s been the Democrats’ approach to our budgetary challenges for nearly four years,” said Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican. “Meanwhile, we’ve lurched from crisis to crisis as the national debt
It turns out that the "across the board cuts" of Sequester leave plenty of flexibility for the Obama administration. Within a rather large budget category (in many cases), the feds would be free to prioritize. The devil is in the details, and it turns out that the legislation was somewhat carelessly written. (snip) The practical meaning of this is that President Obama will own responsibility for the cuts he has already started making, even before the Sequester even takes effect. He is making the choice to punish Americans in order to get his way.
DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg announced that 350 of his 2,200 studio employees will be laid off by the end of the year. The news comes in the wake of a $165 million loss the production company reported from the disappointing results of its most recent film, Rise of the Guardian. Katzenberg opened up to the Hollywood Reporter about his company’s restructuring: “It’s been very hard. We had 17 hits in a row, and this is the first one that didn’t work for us,” Katzenberg said of Rise of the Guardians.
Yet another top Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official used a personal email address to conduct government business, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) disclosures reveal. EPA Region 9 administrator Jared Blumenfeld used his personal Comcast email account to send a news article to former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson’s secret “Richard Windsor” email account. The email was discovered within a tranche of thousands of emails from Jackson’s alias email account disclosed by the EPA earlier this month in response to a FOIA request by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Several congressional committees and
Days before the March 1 deadline, Senate Republicans are circulating a draft bill that would cancel $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts and instead turn over authority to President Barack Obama to achieve the same level of savings under a plan to be filed by March 8. The five- page document, which has the tacit support of Senate GOP leaders, represents a remarkable shift for the party. Having railed against Senate Democrats for not passing a budget, Republicans are now proposing that Congress surrender an important piece of its Constitutional “power of the purse”
Entertainer/comedian/writer Seth MacFarlane earned a younger, bigger audience for hosting Sunday’s Oscar telecast — but he’s also sparked anger from the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, which formally complained Wednesday to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that his gig “struck a new low in its treatment of women.” The legislative women’s letter to Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences bigwig Howard Koch complains: “In a world where women have historically faced challenges and obstacles when it comes to their portrayal in popular culture, Sunday evening was a setback for women
A liberal super-PAC that drew the ire of Republicans and Democrats alike for tweets targeting Sen. Mitch McConnell´s (R-Ky.) wife has apologized for what it called an "unnecessary comment." "We apologize to the secretary for that unnecessary comment and have deleted the tweets in question. In addition, we have put a review process in place to ensure tweets and other social media communications from Progress KY are reviewed and approved prior to posting," said Progress Kentucky Executive Director Shawn Reilly in an email issued late Tuesday night. The group had tweeted earlier this month, in reference to McConnell´s
If hip-hop music manager Michael “Blue” Williams, the head of Family Tree Entertainment, has his way, New Yorkers will be able to trade guns for Beyonce tickets. That’s part of Williams’ plan for a private-sector gun buyback that he’s pitched to the New York Police Department, the New York Daily News reports. “We want to get as many guns off the streets, and if this works, we’d like to support it,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told the Daily News. If his “Guns for Greatness” buyback is approved, Williams, who has managed OutKast and Cee-Lo Green, hopes his celebrity ties will
Abound Solar already has provided its share of irony in its brief time as a taxpayer-funded green-energy player. It went bankrupt last year after spending $70 million of a $400 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration, sparking a Colorado state investigation into investor fraud. Now this “green tech” firm has been cited by Colorado as a polluter, and has ordered the receiver to get rid of chemicals and the “unsellable” solar panels Abound managed to produce: Colorado health and environment officials have ordered Loveland-based Abound Solar, the bankrupt solar-panel maker, to
President Obama and his lapdog media´s ongoing propaganda over sequester is three-pronged: 1. Obama proposed sequester, got it passed into law, blamed it on the other party, and the media is letting him get away with it. 2. Obama and the media are demogoguing what amounts to a nothing cut in a budget that exploded over the first four years of the Obama Administration. Instead of taking a scalpel to the budget (as Obama so famously promised during the ´08 election) Obama is instead promising to make the nothing cuts as painful as possible --
On Feb. 26, Vice President Joe Biden met with retired military officials, among them retired Brig. Gen. Stephen Xenakis, to recruit help in pushing an "assault weapons" ban, a "high capacity" magazine ban, and universal background checks. Xenakis, a former Army physician, is well groomed for the role Biden asked him to play. He has already done a spot for NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg´s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in which "he asked the public to ´demand a plan´ from Congress." According to Xenakis: The vice president understands that when it comes to communicating with credibility on
Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on February 14, 2013, against the Obama Administration’s Office of the Director of National Intelligence seeking records that could shed light on what Obama administration officials knew about the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi and when they knew it. Specifically, Judicial Watch seeks a controversial “speaking points” memo that seems to suggest that intelligence officials believed from the outset that al Qaeda was behind the attack, despite public statements to the contrary issued by Obama administration officials,
They are finally going to have a meeting. A congressional source with direct knowledge of the plans tells me the top four congressional leaders – John Boehner, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell – will meet with President Obama at the White House Friday to attempt to negotiate a way to avoid the spending cuts that both sides have said should be avoided. This meeting – the first one the president has had with Republican leaders to talk about the across-the-board cuts known as the sequester – will come after the cuts actually go into effect (midnight Thursday).
Yesterday, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) attended a private meeting with President Barack Obama on the subject of immigration reform. They emerged all smiles: "It´s one of the best meetings I´ve ever had with the president," Graham said. President Obama "understands the parameters of what we´re dealing with," said McCain. Both senators are supporters of immigration reform efforts now under way in the Senate. Those efforts themselves are the product of separate negotiations outside "regular order" in the Senate. A group called the "Gang of Eight," which includes both McCain and Graham,
Friday´s historic return of William Barret Travis´ “victory or death” letter to the Alamo is seen by some as a rebirth for the state shrine — a new way to remember the Alamo. What it could mean is more signs and better displays, storytelling and narration; holistic approaches to the site´s evolution from a Spanish mission to 1836 battle site and U.S. Army depot; and reverence befitting an American Indian burial ground. Despite being celebrated in movies and books as a symbol of freedom, where nearly 200 Texian rebels died as martyrs for independence,
During her interview with the Tom Joyner Morning Show yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama was asked if she recognized her legacy – particularly during Black History Month. The First Lady explained that she thinks about it more often since beginning her second term, but added that it is difficult because she is so busy. “It’s hard to get that time to reflect on that,” Michelle Obama admitted. “Just, honestly because the days just fly by, you know. So I’m trying to be more proactive about thinking about that legacy.” The First Lady explained that she
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has now moved from banning large soft drinks and salty soups in his own city to electing his preferred candidate in a special House election in Chicago. Robin Kelly, a former Illinois state representative, won a crowded Second District Democrat primary Tuesday to fill the seat of the latest Chicago politician to face a few years residency in a federal penitentiary, Jesse Jackson Jr. Winning the Democrat primary in that district, which includes part of Chicago´s South Side where Barack Obama used to live, is tantamount to victory in the special election April 9.
"While liberals pursue their impossible dream of eliminating murder weapons, we should be setting about the very practical, effectual, and constitutional task of eliminating murderers." (snip) tie the left´s relentless campaigns for gun control and against the death penalty together as twin threats to both the liberty and the safety of the American people. Then fight on both fronts simultaneously. Argue not only that gun control is worse than useless in solving the problem of criminal violence, but that capital punishment can be exactly the "commonsense solution" to that problem
Live on Sean Hannity’s Fox News Channel show on Tuesday night, Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison ripped into Hannity for airing a video of President Barack Obama’s remarks on the sequester to the tune of the “Carmina Burana” overture “O Fortuna” by Carl Orff. HANNITY: Congressman, welcome back, sir. ELLISON: You bet. HANNITY: I guess that’s what we can describe as staying on message, something the Democratic Party I would argue is very good at. ELLISON: You’re pretty good at it, too. HANNITY: Thank you.
Recently, the White House released a photo of the president shooting skeet. But where´s the snap of him fishing for bass? Apparently the White House felt compelled to portray Obama as a marksman in light of the widespread pushback over the administration´s gun control agenda but felt no urgency to defend the prospect of the EPA´s potential regulation of lead in fishing weights. Yet the agency seriously entertained just such a ban last year. What´s next? The lead in barbells?
If you’ve followed the drawn-out saga surrounding John Brennan’s nomination to be CIA director—with all the questions it has raised about drones and targeting of American citizens—you may have noticed something odd: one of the Senate’s longtime liberals, Ron Wyden of Oregon, has appeared to be very much on the same page as Rand Paul of Kentucky, arguably the most ardent Tea Partier on Capitol Hill. It turns out this isn’t just a fleeting alliance. For some time now, Wyden and Paul—along with two other senators, Republican Mike Lee of Utah and Democrat Mark Udall