The new Supreme Court term begins next Monday and Court watchers are already sizing up the cases that they plan to hear, including one with a rather unusual approach to lawyering. On Tuesday, the Court agreed to hear the petition of Millbrook v. United States, involving a federal prison inmate who sued after claiming he was raped by three guards. The unusual part is that Millbrook doesn't have a lawyer, has been warned previously about filing frivolous lawsuits, and his petition was written by hand on lined legal paper. According to McClatchy Newspapers, the Supreme Court receives
Why does Chuck Thompson hate black people? Just when the percentage of African Americans living in Dixie reaches its fifty-year high, Thompson writes Better Off Without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession. Coincidence? Of course, the author never comes out and admits his prejudice. He employs code words. The good news is that I've deciphered his encrypted tome. The Rosetta Stone to understanding Better Off Without 'Em involves recognizing Thompson's use of "Southern" as a code word for "black" -- a practice akin to his younger white hipster brethren using "Canadians" as a sub rosa slur
In 2008, Sen. John McCain’s campaign for President cut an ad that compared then-Sen. Obama to Paris Hilton, labeling him the biggest celebrity in the world. While the ad did little to increase McCain’s chances, four years later, it’s obvious there was something prescient about the comparison. Since then, Obama the celebrity has eclipsed Obama the commander-in-chief. His presidential record is so dim, it begs the question: Has the President become just another celebrity? And, just as importantly, why don’t voters seem to care? Most recently, on a day that our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked
'People feel like the system is rigged against them. And here's the painful part: They're right. The system is rigged," declared Elizabeth Warren in prime time at the Democratic convention—and she should know. By her own logic, she was one of the riggers. One pleasure of the Massachusetts Senate race is that we are all learning about the remunerative outside legal work on behalf of corporate defendants done by Harvard Law School's resident bankruptcy law expert. Let's just say she doesn't do this work pro bono. Everyone has to make a living, but Ms. Warren's legal moonlighting
Those who study propaganda know that propagandists cannot dictate what we think, but they can strongly influence what we think about. In other words, propagandists can get you to think about baseball or golf rather than about health care or the economy, but they cannot really alter your views about baseball, golf, health care or the economy. When President Obama fails in his predictions and forecasts on the economy or on foreign affairs, good propagandists can get us to focus instead on Obama’s picks for the NCAA basketball tournament or his appearance on a late-night comedy show.
After more than two weeks of obfuscation and misdirection from the Obama administration, the American public is coming to understand what the U.S. intelligence community learned in the 48 hours immediately following the September 11 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Among the important new details: * Top Pentagon officials declared the assault a terrorist attack on “Day One.” Doing so enabled them to expedite any response to the attack (Yahoo! News). * U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials understood right away that the attacks were planned for the eleventh anniversary of 9/11 (THE WEEKLY STANDARD).
CHESAPEAKE, Va. — The “riot” erupted suddenly on the Virginia-North Carolina border in a remote pocket of marshland and pine. “Go back to America!” the protesters shouted, hurling rubber rocks at a large plywood structure meant to be a United States consulate. “We don’t want you here! This is our country!” Two dozen Marines in full riot gear marched out in formation, beat their batons against their shields and otherwise looked menacing. Within minutes they had pushed back the protesters — fellow Marines in jeans and hooded sweatshirts — in a display of lethal crowd control skills.
United States President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly this past week, on September 25, 2012. During his remarks on his country's role in international relations, Obama, in the midst of his comments otherwise within the mainstream of American discussions, proclaimed that the "future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam." This single phrase entails deeply disturbing implications for the defense of free speech critical of Islam against multiplying threats from various adherents of this faith.
It made quite a stir when it came out — a fragment of fourth-century papyrus with wording on it, in ancient Coptic, that read, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife….’” The next line said, “…she will be able to be my disciple….” That was all. Karen L. King of Harvard Divinity School said she had the papyrus examined and concluded that while it wasn’t proof Jesus had been married, the fragment was probably not a forgery. The Vatican, though, has now weighed in, and it’s not impressed. “At any rate, a fake” was the title of an editorial
U.S. banks have been buffeted by more than a week of powerful cyberattacks, but the mystery surrounding their perpetrators lingers. One expert said Friday that he was suspicious of claims of responsibility purportedly made by Islamists angry at an anti-Muslim movie made in the United States, explaining that the widely-circulated Internet postings might have been an attempt to deflect attention from the true culprit. "In the intelligence world, we call that a `false flag,'" said Mike Smith, whose Web security company Akamai has helped analyze some of the attacks.
The office of the nation’s spy chief issued a statement Friday defending the Obama administration’s accounts of the siege on a U.S. mission in Libya, saying it became clear only in the aftermath that it was “a deliberate and organized terrorist attack.” The statement appeared aimed at quieting criticism, mostly from Republicans, of the administration’s shifting characterizations of a Sept. 11 assault that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. Officials initially described the attack as spontaneous but in recent days have said it was an act of terrorism with links to al-Qaeda.
Republicans think the news media are being too easy on Barack Obama. In fact, 60 percent of them say so, a figure that’s up from 55 percent four years ago, when Obama ran against Sen. John McCain. That’s the conclusion of a poll conducted Sept. 20-23 by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. This finding reflects the e-mail I receive from people who identify themselves as Republicans and conservatives, and even from some independents and Democrats, who say The Post is too easy on Obama. My e-mail
A carjacking suspect who led police on a high-speed chase shot himself in the head today while TV cameras were rolling horrifying viewers. Fox News was covering the chase that began at midday Friday using a live helicopter shot from its Phoenix affiliate when the man driving the small vehicle stopped and ran out. Anchor Shepard Smith, who is notorious for his car chase commentary, said: 'Umm, I don’t know. Look at this - he’s just running. Oh my. Well, it looks like he’s a little disoriented or something. It’s always possible guy could be on something.'
The Social Security numbers of some of the nation’s most highly decorated Army war heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan were posted this week by a civilian contractor on a publicly available web site. The Army has launched an investigation to find out how the privacy of its heroes was violated. Of more than 500 names and profiles on the site, 31 contain social security numbers. Six are Medal of Honor recipients, two of whom are alive. There are also Social Security numbers for 25 soldiers who earned the Distinguished Service Cross, 22 of whom are living.
Speaking to a group of foreign ministers from Arab nations at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed support for loosening regulations, particularly on small businesses, because “too many people still can’t find jobs”--in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. In Libya, according to an estimate published in May by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development [OECD], real Gross Domestic Product is expected to grow this year at a rate of 20.1 percent—or about 15 times the 1.3 percent annualized rate at which real GDP grew in the
WASHINGTON — Extremists from groups linked to al Qaida struck the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in a “deliberate and organized terrorist attack,” the top U.S. intelligence agency said Friday, as it took responsibility for the Obama administration’s initial claims that the deadly assault grew from a spontaneous protest against an anti-Islam video. The unusual statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence appeared to have two goals: updating the public on the latest findings of the investigation into the assault, and shielding the White House from a political backlash over its original accounts.
Ann Romney said in an interview Thursday that her biggest concern if her husband was elected president would be "for his mental well-being." The aspiring first lady was asked in an interview with KTVN-Reno what her biggest concern for her husband was if he were to win the White House in November. "You know, I think my biggest concern, obviously, would just be for his mental well-being," Romney said. "I have all the confidence in the world in his ability, in his decisiveness and his leadership skills, in his understanding of the economy,
Today, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced that the US no longer had knowledge of the whereabouts of some Syrian chemical weapons, and admitted that those weapons may have been funneled to rebels or Iranian proxies. “There has been intelligence that there have been some moves that have taken place,” said Panetta. “Where exactly that’s taken place, we don’t know.” Panetta maintained that the most dangerous weapons were the ones still in possession of the Syrian government. But “with regards to the movement of some of this and whether or not they’ve been able to locate some of
President Obama has surged ahead of Mitt Romney nationally and in a slew of important swing states since the Democratic National Convention. His current 4 point lead over Romney in the Real Clear Politics poll average is his biggest since depths of the Republican primary this April. But what is driving this Obama resurgence? Are Republicans losing faith? Are independents leaning to Obama? Nope. Obama’s entire bounce seems to be coming entirely from a surge in Democratic enthusiasm. Gallup, who currently shows a six point Obama lead, reports: “Voter enthusiasm in [swing] states has grown among members
The mother of Tyrone Woods, one of the two former Navy SEALs killed in the Sept. 11 attack on the Benghazi consulate, is speaking out about the slow pace of the investigation into the death of her son and three other Americans. "Don't want to ever politicize the loss of my son in Libya, but it has been 16 days and the FBI has yet to get to Benghazi to begin their investigation," Woods's mother Cheryl Croft Bennett wrote on her Facebook page Thursday. "Apparently they have made it to Tripoli but haven't been
While most Americans worry about gas and heating oil prices, water rates have surged in the past dozen years, according to a USA TODAY study of 100 municipalities. Prices at least doubled in more than a quarter of the locations and even tripled in a few. Consumers could easily overlook the steady drip, drip, drip of water rate hikes, yet the cost of this necessity of life has outpaced the percentage increases of some of these other utilities, carving a larger slice of household budgets in the process. "I don't know how they expect people to keep paying more for water
Republican lawmakers want to know why California hired a PR firm to promote the Affordable Care Act law on popular television shows such as "Modern Family" and "The Biggest Loser." The Golden State made headlines when its insurance exchange — created by the healthcare law — hired Ogilvy Public Relations to pitch TV shows on story lines involving President Obama's signature law. On Friday, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) pushed the Obama administration on whether the $900,000 Ogilvy contract is the right use of taxpayer dollars. "Americans' hard-earned money should not be
Rep. Allen West, Florida Republican, locked in a tight re-election battle to keep his seat, has launched a new TV ad attacking his Democratic opponent for a 2003 bar fight that lead to his arrest. The ad, which also highlights Mr. West's Army career, is the latest in a series of attack ads by Mr. West against challenger Patrick Murphy in what has become one of the most competitive, negative and expensive House races in the country. "Feb. 16, 2003, Fort Hood, Texas: Lt. Col. Allen West had just received deployment orders, and prepares his men to go to
Mitt Romney still holds a double-digit lead over President Obama in Arizona. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Arizona Voters shows Romney with 52% of the vote to Obama’s 42%. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, while two percent (2%) are undecided.
The Obama administration notified Congress on Friday that it would provide Egypt’s new government an emergency cash infusion of $450 million, but the aid immediately encountered resistance from a prominent lawmaker wary of foreign aid and Egypt’s new course under the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood. The aid is part of the $1 billion in assistance that the Obama administration has pledged to Egypt to bolster its transition to democracy after the overthrow last year of the former president, Hosni Mubarak. Its fate, however, was clouded by concerns over the new government’s policies and, more recently, the
Earlier this year, I had planned to write a movie review each week, but a back injury and surgery ended up derailing those plans. I’m pretty sure I would have skipped Matt Damon’s new effort, Promised Land, a look at American oil and gas drilling efforts that apparently had all of the reality and even-handedness that Hollywood usually puts into its political fare: The creators of Promised Land have gone to absurd lengths to vilify oil and gas companies, as Scribe’s Michael Sandoval noted Wednesday. Since recent events have demonstrated the relative environmental soundness of hydraulic fracturing –