Leave it to former Utah governor and presidential reject Jon Huntsman to defend lying diplomat UN Ambassador Susan Rice. Today, Huntsman interviewed with the Huffington Post, where he told Sam Stein that criticism of the Obama administration over the murder of a US ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi was overblown. Said Huntsman: The issue of Benghazi, I think you can attribute to the fog of war, more than anything else. When you´re in a wartime setting and you have an attack like that -- let´s face it.
Here´s a little something that could surprise some people: Remember that little election we had 22 days ago that gave President Obama a second term and the flexibility to do numerous things he´d promised the Russians? You might have thought the election victory was the end of Obama´s campaigning. Silly you. Now that he never gets to run again for anything, Obama is hitting the campaign trail once more this week to talk to supportive audiences about what he´s been saying for many months about this looming fiscal cliff business. It comes due in early January,
Teamsters President James Hoffa appeared on MSNBC´s "Ed Show" to discuss the meeting heads of labor groups had with President Obama on Tuesday. Hoffa said if Republicans don´t want to raise to raise taxes on the top 2% and protect the safety net then we should go off the fiscal cliff. JAMES HOFFA: Right now, people are saying we have got to stand tall. We´ve had an election. These were the issues in the election and what organized labor is doing is urging this administration to stand tall, that was the message that was delivered today. We won
Two nurses in Westchester County have filed a $200,000 lawsuit against Douglas Kennedy, a son of Robert F. Kennedy, accusing him of assault and battery, negligence and causing them emotional and physical distress after an episode involving his newborn son. The Journal News of Westchester reported that the lawsuit was filed on Tuesday, a week after a court in Mount Kisco, N.Y., acquitted Mr. Kennedy of child-endangerment and harassment charges.
CAIRO—Tens of thousands of Egyptians descended on central Cairo to challenge new claims to power by President Mohammed Morsi and his Islamist allies, forcing the new leader to manage popular discontent that echoed the protests against the strongman who preceded him. Activists on Tuesday pitched dozens of tents in Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak nearly two years ago, and said they would stay in place until Mr. Morsi rescinds a controversial decree issued last week.
Lord Justice Brian Leveson´s inquiry reports tomorrow, and the consensus is that he will call for a statutory basis for regulation of the press. After three centuries, Britain may thus return to having a licensed press in the wake of the News of the World scandal, in which the now-defunct tabloid allegedly ran amok, hacking the phones of celebrities and innocent crime victims. Britain already has adequate laws to deal with those crimes. In the past year, dozens of journalists, editors and newspaper executives have been arrested for hacking, bribing and stealing.
After the Egyptian president claimed unprecedented powers, prompting protests by various moderate and liberal factions across the country, the U.S. State Department has this to say: As we called for last week, when confronted with concerns about the decree that he issued, President Morsi entered into discussions with the judiciary, with other stakeholders in Egypt. As I said, I think we don’t yet know what the outcome of those are going to be, but that’s a far cry from an autocrat just saying my way or the highway.
According to the leaders of the global warming doomsday cult, the average surface temperature of Earth is 14 degrees Celsius (57.2 degrees Fahrenheit), but this is a new value which has quietly replaced the original average of 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit). In March 1988, a few months before NASA´s James Hansen asserted before the Congress that global warming was in progress, the New York Times quoted him as saying that he used 59 degrees Fahrenheit as the average global temperature to calculate the temperature variations.
As events have unfolded in what shall ever be known as “The Petraeus Affair,” one cannot escape noticing that the women in this sordid saga have been handed the short end of the shtick, as though the men are mere victims of ambitious, hormonally driven vixens. There’s the so-called “socialite” in Tampa, Jill Kelley, who courted generals and exchanged at least hundreds of e-mails with our lead commander in Afghanistan, John Allen. And there’s the biographer with toned arms, Paula Broadwell, who wore tight jeans and allegedly seduced America’s most darling general, David Petraeus.
Anonymous donors have been dropping gold coins into the Salvation Army´s famous red kettles for as long as local officials can remember. The discovery of the season´s first gold coin Tuesday was a bigger morale booster than usual with the group enduring a slow start to the kettle campaign in the Houston area this year. "Even though it is a significant monetary donation, it´s so much more significant in the motivation it gives our kettle workers," said Juan Alanis, Salvation Army spokesman for the Houston area. "It lets them know that what they´re doing is for a purpose
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has apologized for not calling the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, terrorist. The comments came after she failed to win over her harshest GOP critics in the Senate during a meeting with them on Tuesday. She claimed she never meant to mislead the American people, and instead used talking points given to her by the intelligence community at the time. Rice has been named as the likely successor to Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, however, several Republican senators are threatening to block her confirmation if President Obama nominates her for
Angus T. Jones´ friends and family members are reeling from the young actor´s disparaging comments regarding his hit TV show, "Two and a Half Men." A source close to the situation tells E! News that both Jones´ mom, Carey, and those who work with him on his CBS sitcom want to make sure the 19-year-old actor hasn´t been "brainwashed" by his new church....But according to our source, Jones´ involvement with Hudson has set off alarms with those close to him. "His mom is really worried and in contact with the producers of the show. Staff has corrected wrong URL.
Okay, we´ve had the End of the Republic, the degenerate electorate thesis, and the ritual beating of Mitt Romney. I hope everybody has had their catharsis, because it´s time to get serious. It´s typical in an election lost by the right for every last factor is poked at, examined, and raked over the coals except for the single most important element, always and forever overlooked: conservatism itself. I contend that much of the problem with current right-of-center electoral efforts involves conservatism as currently practiced.
The Bolsheviks, according to historians, robbed banks before they rose to power in Russia. That foreshadowed their economic policies. The Marxism they implemented once in power was just an extension of their armed robbery. Today´s redistributionists in America don´t have bank robbery in their pasts but they do accept organized theft as the norm of politics. They see all wealth belonging to the state automatically, which is why they count all tax cuts as "government spending" and why they feel entitled to hike up taxes whenever a self-inflicted "crisis" appears.
Gennifer Flowers, who rocked Bill Clinton’s run for the White House 20 years ago by revealing a sexual affair, now suggests she was the one who helped catapult the up-and-coming politician into a “household name.” The sultry cabaret singer and model even claims that the former President called her up in 2005, when she was working in Louisiana, and tried to set up a rendezvous following her divorce. “I picked up the phone and it was him,” Flowers, now 62, said on ABC affiliate WGNO in New Orleans, while sipping wine with TV host Susan Roesgen.
For decades, it has been obvious that there are irreconcilable differences between Americans who want to control the lives of others and those who wish to be left alone. Which is the more peaceful solution: Americans using the brute force of government to beat liberty-minded people into submission or simply parting company? In a marriage, where vows are ignored and broken, divorce is the most peaceful solution. Similarly, our constitutional and human rights have been increasingly violated by a government instituted to protect them. Americans who support constitutional abrogation have no intention of mending their ways. Since Barack Obama´s re-election,
ObamaCare is due to land in a mere 10 months—about 300 days—and the Administration is not even close to ready, so naturally the political and media classes are attacking the Governors and state legislators who decline to help out. Mostly Republicans, they’re facing a torrent of abuse in Washington and pressure from health lobbies at home. But the real story is that Democrats are reaping the GOP buy-in they earned. Liberals wanted government to re-engineer the entire health-care system and rammed the Affordable Care Act through on a party-line vote, not stopping to wonder whether it would work.
Here’s food for thought! Despite the looming “fiscal cliff,” a national debt standing at $16 trillion and counting, and high unemployment rates, our federal government continues to create heavy-handed, and often times unnecessary, regulations for our small businesses -- the true engines of the nation’s economic growth. A case in point is a pending federal regulation dealing not with America’s many pressing financial needs, but the calorie count of food at your local restaurant. Tucked into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) is Section 4205, a provision requiring restaurants
Every two to four years since 1992, we have found ourselves with a new realigning election -- one that shifts things "forever" in one party´s favor, only to come apart shortly thereafter in a re-realignment or a draw. Ideologies show no patterns of permanent dominance. There seems one signal of reliability: In each election of the modern political era (since 1980, when the parties became markedly more ideological), the presidency always has gone to the party that fielded the best politician, the most gifted and supple political animal, and the better political team.
When I first saw the report that Sandra Fluke was on Time magazine’s “Person Of The Year” short list, I immediately looked for the logo for the online parody newspaper The Onion. Alas, Time is serious — raising the question of whether the magazine itself has finally reached full “parody” status. Then I thought about it. Why does “Sandra Fluke — Person Of The Year” strike me as so ridiculous? Because she’s a 32-year-old woman who’s still in college (“Grade 25,” as humorist Mark Steyn calls it)?
A sweetener used in food manufacture could be partly to blame for rising rates of type 2 diabetes, say scientists. Countries that use large amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) have higher rates of the disease than those that consume little, says a new study. Among 42 countries studied, rates of diabetes were 8 percent in high-consuming nations and 6.7 among low consumer--a difference of 20 percent. Professor Stanley Ulijaszek, from Oxford University, who co-led the study, said: ‘This research suggests that HFCS can increase the risk of type-2 diabetes, which is one of the most common causes