The Obama’s are gearing up for their Thanksgiving feast in the White House, and now for the first time the public gets to see how the presidential turkey is prepared. Executive chef Cris Comerford’s recipe for the brine-soaked Thyme-Roasted Turkey and Turkey Gravy was released on the Obama Foodorama website, along with a few other festive side dishes. Thanksgiving “is one of the best days of the year to be an American,” the president said last year. “It’s a day to count our blessings, spend time with the ones we love, and enjoy some good food and some great company.”
Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday terminated the state’s contract covering members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union. Calling the move unprecedented in the 40-year history of state employee labor contracts, AFSCME issued a statement saying the termination has “little immediate practical effect, as all existing terms and conditions of employment remain in place under state law.” Headline split, location added by staff
If you visit Qik-n-EZ stores in Springfield, Lincoln, Pana, Shelbyville or Bloomington, you’ll see Clay Evers’ heart and soul perched near the cash register. That would be his Bacon Brownie, an individually wrapped square of fudgy goodness studded with three strips of chopped applewood-smoked bacon and sprinkled with sea salt. It sells for $2.49. “I call it a Ford truck. It’s made for the working man,” said Evers, 43, a former lobbyist, video producer and pig farmer. His family has farmed in Greenview for five generations.
Fresh off his reelection, President Barack Obama is asking his supporters to complete a survey that asks the people being polled to check off which “constituency groups” they identify with – there are 22 groups listed but not one for “whites” or “men.” The post-election survey, distributed through www.barackobama.com to “take this organization forward,” includes the question, “Which constituency groups do you identify yourself with? Select all that apply.” It then lists 22 groups. But whites and men are not on the list – women are, as are African Americans, Arab-Americans, Latinos and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender).
By now you´ve heard the outrageous quote from Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on his doubts about the origins of planet Earth. When asked to give its age, he replied: "I´m not a scientist, man. … Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I´m not sure we´ll ever be able to answer that. It´s one of the great mysteries." He´s not a scientist—no, indeed—and his comments have brought on a slew of finger wags and face-palms from the godless left. The answer was "so confused and error-riddled," wrote Phil Plait in Slate,
LYNN, Mass.—Among the kitchen table issues dividing American households, perhaps none is as sticky as the one cropping up yet again this Thanksgiving: whether or not to put Fluff on the sweet-potato casserole. For aficionados, the controversy over slathering Marshmallow Fluff across the naturally sweet root vegetable ranks right up there with homemade or store-bought-in-a-can cranberry sauce. And how Americans answer the question is critical to Durkee-Mower Inc., the family-owned company that has been making Fluff, a spreadable marshmallow cream, since 1920.
Near the Israel-Gaza border-- A bomb exploded on a bus in Tel Aviv as it passed by Israeli army headquarters around noon Wednesday. The attack, which police said left 18 passengers injured, shook up the Israeli public and threatened to complicate efforts to achieve a cease-fire on the eighth day of violence between Israel and Gaza.
LONDON—British prosecutors charged two former top executives of News Corp NWSA +0.17% .´s U.K. newspaper unit and others with crimes as part of a bribery probe, expanding their criminal prosecution to include journalists at the company´s tabloid the Sun.Prosecutors charged Rebekah Brooks, former editor of the Sun who later rose to lead News Corp.´s U.K. newspaper unit, with "conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office" from 2004 to 2012.
Bias: It´s hard to see how press coverage of President Obama´s re-election bid could have gotten any more biased, but a new report shows the media managed to outdo themselves the week before voters went to the polls. The Pew Research Center´s latest analysis puts hard numbers against the claim that the press went out of its way to get Obama re-elected. According to the report, after months of positive press, "Obama´s coverage improved dramatically" in the crucial final week of the campaign.
How the left-wing Freak Show is gearing up for ’16, keying off of Marco Rubio’s recent remarks about the age of Earth, from “Morning Joe”: There’s one area where Democrats are really far ahead of Republicans right now. Science and technology, no. It’s doing this thing that Democrats failed to do in 2000, to stop George W. Bush, which is really, really early on using the left-wing Freak Show to define anyone who’s thinking of running for President, as quickly as possible, in negative terms on Twitter, on cable, on the Internet.
MUMBAI, India -- India executed the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai terror attack early Wednesday, four years after Pakistani gunmen blazed through India´s financial capital, killing 166 people and throwing relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors into a tailspin. Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani citizen, was hung in secrecy at a jail in Pune, a city near Mumbai, after Indian President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his plea for clemency. News of the execution was widely cheered in India, with political parties organizing public celebrations and some people setting off firecrackers. But for those
As TV networks began to call the race for President Obama in the 2012 general election earlier this month, Karl Rove fumbled with his white board insisting the race wasn´t over and that the votes from vital Ohio counties had not yet been fully tallied. A glimmer of hope that Mitt Romney could snatch victory from the jaws of certain defeat remained visible through the squinting lens of Rove´s roseate stubbornness. As his recount was underway last weekend in Florida, Congressman Allen West basked in the glow of adulation
Barack Obama, the Uniter, is finally coming clean – he is admitting he sees Americans not as a group striving for commonality in American values, but an amalgam of separate constituencies proud to claim their separate identities. Obama is asking his supporters to complete a survey on his website in which they check off which of 22 “constituency groups” they identify with. Oh, by the way, if you’re a white man, don’t apply - there are no groups listed as “whites’ or “men.” Obama isn’t interested in appealing to you. There are groups for women, African-Americans, Arab-Americans, Latinos, Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender, Educators
During the presidential campaign I served as a lowly foot soldier for Romney. In the battleground of Northern Virginia I knocked on doors, made telephone calls, handed out literature. Election Day I participated in the fiasco named Project ORCA. Gripe 1. ORCA sounded great. In real time GOP poll watchers would inform Romney headquarters who had voted in a precinct—and who had not. As the day wore on HQ would contact the laggards and urge they get to the polls. Content added by staff
A photo of a Massachusetts woman flashing her middle finger at Arlington National Cemetery has sparked widespread disgust across the web and prompted an online petition to get the woman fired from her job. Lindsey Stone posted the picture of herself making the obscene gesture at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, next to a sign at the military cemetery that asks for ´Silence and Respect,´ in October and the snapshot quickly went viral. Headline split by staff
A grumpy looking cat has become an internet star with legions of adoring fans after pictures posted online by her owners went viral. “Tard”, short for Tardar (Tartar) Sauce, belongs to proud Arizona resident Tabatha Bundesen, who has been left amazed by her cat´s ever-growing online stardom. The less-than-impressed-looking snowshoe puss became an online legend after her owner’s brother uploaded a picture on user-generated news site Reddit, where the image was incredibly upvoted more than 25,300 times within 48 hours. Now, fans of the 9-month old have documented the feline´s fury by creating Photoshopped parodies of the sourpuss, with many
An explosion hit a public bus in the heart of Tel Aviv today, wounding at least 10 people. The blast shattered windows on the bus, which was driving on a street that runs alongside Israel´s defence headquarters. Israel´s ambulance service said three of the wounded were in a moderate-to-serious condition. Police are clearing the area, and early reports suggest it appears there was a second bomb that was not detonated. ´A bomb exploded on a bus in central Tel Aviv. This was a terrorist attack. Most of the injured suffered only mild injuries," said Ofir Gendelman, a spokesman for Prime
I know most people would like to forget about the election, but as someone who supported Mitt Romney throughout the primary campaign -- taking a lot of flak from Spectator readers in the process -- I would like to defend his effort and make a few comments about the future of the Republican Party. First of all, Romney ran a damned good race. He was up in the polls by as much as 7 points (Gallup) going into the last week. Where he got sandbagged was Hurricane Sandy. The storm captured the nation´s attention
We gave Obama credit for his initial reaction to the conflict between Israel and Hamas, namely that Israel “has the right to defend itself” against attack and that the Israelis will make their own decisions about their “military tactics and operations.” We recognized, however, that Obama would likely back away from this line if the conflict dragged on for an extended period of time. As it turned out, Obama reversed himself almost immediately. The Washington Post says as much in this report called “With Hillary Clinton’s dash to Middle East, Obama signals a shift in his approach.”
HuffPost Live host/producer Ahmed Shihab-Eldin is not the only Huffington Post employee pushing anti-Israel propaganda for the leftist website founded seven years ago by Arianna Huffington. On the other side of the Atlantic, Mehdi Hasan, the political director of the Huffington Post UK, is apparently up to the task as well. A day after Israel finally decided to respond to a barrage of Palestinian rocket attacks, Hasan published a screed titled “Ten Things You Need to Know About Gaza.” It is easily debunked with facts, courtesy of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).
Life without electrical power, as the victims of Hurricane Sandy can attest, is inconvenient, uncomfortable and often boring. For the people who repair Sandy´s damage, however, it can be lethal. I know, because I grew up in a household where the breadwinner worked for a power company. After flying 32 missions over Europe as a ball-turret-gunner on a B17, my dad returned home in 1946 and took a job with Ameren Electric, based in St. Louis. As a kid, if I was still awake when he returned home from a trouble call, I would sit at the kitchen table
A Department of Defense agency tasked with investigating personnel for security clearances said Friday that government contractors who work on top secret projects won’t find their clearances in jeopardy if they petition the White House to allow their states to secede from the U.S. The Defense Security Service (DSS) wrote in a Nov. 16 bulletin to government contractors that ”erroneous statements have been made to the effect that DSS is directing contractors to treat the signing of such petitions as reportable adverse information.” By “adverse information,” the agency means personal information that could lead
Hector Camacho, the flamboyant and often volatile former three-division world champion, was shot in the jaw in Bayamon, Puerto Rico while riding as a passenger in a car on Tuesday night and is listed in critical condition at Centro Medico in San Juan. The driver of the car was fatally shot. Bayamon Police are investigating the incident and have one suspect in custody, according to reports in the newspaper Primera Hora. According to the medical director of the hospital, Camacho was struck once in the left jaw and the bullet traveled down his neck and lodged in his right shoulder.
Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D., N.J.) son is employed by his top campaign contributor and earmarks requested by the senator have greatly benefitted the firm’s clients, a Free Beacon analysis shows. The top contributor to Menendez between 2007 and 2012 is the law firm and lobbyist outfit Lowenstein Sandler. The firm contributed $116,160 to Menendez during the 2012 campaign cycle, according to campaign finance records. Menendez’s son Robert Jr. is employed by Lowenstein Sandler and is currently listed as an associate. Lowenstein Sandler’s lobbying arm, Issues Management, has clients ranging from rehabilitation centers to universities and developers.
A bus has exploded in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. At least 10 people have been wound, according to Israeli official cited by the Associated Press. Images are coming in from Israel´s Mako Live. It´s unclear what caused the explosion. Dow Jones and the AFP report that a Netanyahu spokesperson is calling it a "terror attack."
Planned Parenthood is patting itself on the back over President Obama’s victory earlier this month. According to Dawn Laguens, the abortion provider’s executive vice president, women were scared away from Mitt Romney with the threat that he would take away their birth control. Other, seemingly more important issues, such as the fragile state of the economy, record joblessness among women and the foreign-policy debacle in Benghazi, Libya, took a back seat for the 56 percent of female voters who opted for Mr. Obama, intent on securing their “reproductive rights” against a purported Republican onslaught.