Bountiful — The Davis County wind storm cleanup was completed Friday and thanks to volunteers and neighbors helping neighbors, the cost came in way below the estimate. After the Dec. 1 wind storm tore through Davis County and caused more than $100 million in damages. At the time, the cleanup of debris alone was expected to cost about $2 million. But the final price tag was just $300,000. County leaders say that quick, almost overwhelming response is what helped the cleanup effort come in so far under budget. "They all realized that the happiest day you have is the day you spend
A neighborhood of miniaturized homes, that look like what some Americans build in their backyards as dollhouses, is propping up in northeast Washington, D.C. The 150 to 200 square feet living spaces in a transformed vacant lot behind a line of row houses, sell for between $20,000 to $50,000 a piece and are part of a national backlash to the conspicuous consumption of the McMansion era. The concept of the tiny residences came from Tumbleweed Tiny House Co., based in Santa Rosa, Calif., that launched in 2000.
Egyptian slavery is as old as the pyramids and though it was banned in the 1870s under British pressure, it has never entirely gone away. The first independent Muslim ruler of Egypt relied on black slaves and at his death is said to have left 24,000 (white) Mamaluks and 45,000 Nubian military slaves. In north Africa the source of black slaves from Nubia and Sudan were too convenient to ignore. At the time of the Fatimid defeat, in the twelfth century, black troops formed the majority of the army. By the fifteenth century black military slaves were being favored with the use in battle of firearms
Storm-ravaged New Yorkers say President Obama’s promise to cut red tape and get them aid in the aftermath of Sandy has proven to be hot air. Angry citizens vented at FEMA officials at a town hall meeting held by the disaster relief agency Thursday, with tempers boiling over. Some 1,000 people, many left homeless by the Oct. 29 storm, attended the meeting at Staten Island’s New Dorp High School. They were initially scheduled to submit written questions that would be picked and answered at random, but the session turned into an angry shouting match where residents booed FEMA officials
Cambridge, Mass. - ´We have now an American political party and a European one. Not all Americans who vote for the European party want to become Europeans. But it doesn´t matter because that´s what they´re voting for. They´re voting for dependency, for lack of ambition, and for insolvency." Few have thought as hard, or as much, about how democracies can preserve individual liberty and national virtue as the eminent political scientist Harvey Mansfield. When it comes to assessing the state of the American experiment in self-government today, his diagnosis is grim, and he has never
It was no accident that Mahmoud Abbas chose November 29 to seek a United Nations General Assembly vote recognizing Palestine as a state, albeit as a non-member "observer" state at the U.N. November 29 is the 65th anniversary of the General Assembly´s Resolution 181, which partitioned British-Mandated Palestine into Jewish and Palestinian states. The Jews accepted the Resolution; Arabs unanimously rejected it. It passed by a vote of 33-13 with 10 abstentions. Had the Arab world voted for the plan, a Palestinian state would be as old as Israel is today, and within larger borders than the
At midnight on Thursday, the Stage Deli, a landmark New York institution that got its start 75 years ago, closed its doors. “It’s a sad day for New York,” said Paul Zolenge, who has owned the deli, on Seventh Avenue near 54th Street, with Steve Auerbach for 26 years. “We’ve been struggling to make it through these hard times.” Mr. Zolenge cited the cost of doing business in New York. The landlord erected scaffolding in front of the restaurant a year ago, he said, and even though it came down in September, “we lost a whole year.”
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his infamous "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" have struck again—this time with a conference call where he proclaimed the recent presidential elections "proved" the NRA is dying and the American people want more gun control. Did Bloomberg miss the Black Friday sales of a week ago—where gun sales shattered the last Black Friday guns sales record by 20%? Or did he miss Louisiana´s Nov. 6 pro-gun constitutional amendment, where the citizens of that state made it absolutely clear that the 2nd Amendment is a fundamental right which is hands off to gun grabbers?
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she’ll try to force a vote on the Senate’s extension of Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class only if Speaker John Boehner (R-Calif.) refuses to bring it to the floor next week. “If it is not scheduled, then on Tuesday, we will be introducing a discharge petition which you know, if we could 218 signatures would bring the bill automatically to the floor. Now that would mean that we need some Republicans who support middle income tax cuts to sign on with us,” Pelosi said at a press conference today. She predicted
RUSH: He´s campaigning. He´s still campaigning. He´s at the Tinkertoy factory in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. He´s out talking to people about what kind of country we want to be. What kind of country we want to leave to our kids, our grandkids, our great-grandkids, and the immigrants. What kind of country do we want to leave. He´s still campaigning for this debt deal. You know, the election´s over. He won. Folks, if we ever needed any proof of what I have been saying for the last couple of days, that it´s
It was a strange development in a case that has seen more than its share: Chris Serino, the lead Sanford police investigator in the Trayvon Martin shooting, hired famed Casey Anthony defense attorney Jose Baez to represent him at his upcoming deposition in the case. It´s unclear what prompted Serino to hire a private attorney — eschewing available representation by the city of Sanford, his employer. But one issue likely to come up is his double-talk on whether there was enough evidence to support George Zimmerman´s arrest as controversy surrounding the case spiraled out of control last spring.
RUSH: Another story I´ve been holding here in abeyance for most of the week. Well, I got back on Wednesday. The story ran on Fox News back on November 24th, which was shortly after Thanksgiving. It´s by a woman, and her name is Suzanne Venker. She works at Fox News.com. I don´t think she´s on the air anywhere. Her piece is called "The War on Men." I´ll give you a couple pull quotes from this story. "I’ve accidentally stumbled upon a subculture of men who’ve told me, in no uncertain terms, that they’re
There will be no short term solution to the problem now facing Western civilization in general, and America in particular. Modern leftist authoritarians and their intellectual progenitors have created a special historical circumstance from which recovery must be painful, slow, and often heartbreaking -- namely, the complete breakdown of the shared birthright of reason and character which has traditionally allowed nations to forge ahead on common ground in the aftermath of even the most violent eruptions. There is a fond hope in some conservative circles that the inevitable destructiveness of Obama´s second
George Zimmerman´s legal team has asked a judge to force an attorney for Trayvon Martin´s family to turn over to the defense a recorded interview with the witness described as the teen´s girlfriend. According to Benjamin Crump, an attorney representing Trayvon´s family, the girlfriend was on the phone with 17-year-old Trayvon moments before he was shot by Zimmerman on Feb. 26. At issue is a recorded interview Crump conducted with the girl, identified in prosecution documents as Witness 8. Crump played a portion of his talk with Witness 8 at a press conference in late March.
The prospect of pitching over the federal "fiscal cliff" isn´t stopping the White House from moving forward with President Obama´s year-end Hawaii vacation plans.Even as Republicans and Democrats report minimal progress so far in talks to meet a deadline to avoid sharp tax hikes and spending cuts, the White House was moving forward with the first family´s and friends´ $4 million vacation to Mr. Obama´s native state. Residents living near the beachfront homes in Kailua where President Obama has vacationed every year since 2008 received alerts this week about the restrictions and expected travel disruptions
Conservative groups are sending written warnings to both congressional Republicans and the Republican National Committee. If Republicans sign on to a deal that raises taxes, they risk an open break with large portions of their base. “This is a time of testing for you,” more than 70 conservative leaders write in an open letter sent Friday morning to every GOP member of Congress. They warn that if a budget deal that raises taxes is passed with GOP fingerprints on it, conservatives will “see that the current leadership is not an acceptable alternative to the left.
WASHINGTON -American consumers have shown about as much appetite for the $1 coin as kids do their spinach. They may not know what´s best for them either. Congressional auditors say doing away with dollar bills entirely and replacing them with dollar coins could save taxpayers some $4.4 billion over the next 30 years. Vending machine operators have long championed the use of $1 coins because they don´t jam the machines, cutting down on repair costs and lost sales. But most people don´t seem to like carrying them. In the past five years, the U.S. Mint has produced 2.4 billion
Parallels: A mission was attacked after warnings, Americans were killed after security requests were denied, and a diplomat went on TV to explain it all — our current U.N. ambassador, after embassy bombings in 1998. ´What troubles me so much is the Benghazi attack in many ways echoes the attacks on both embassies in 1998, when Susan Rice was head of the African region for our State Department," Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Wednesday after two hours with our U.N. ambassador. "In both cases, the ambassador begged for additional security."
CHEYENNE, Wyo. –An attack at a community college in central Wyoming and another location nearby left three people dead Friday morning - a faculty member, another person, and the suspect, who police say used a sharp-edged weapon in the killings. Police found two of those killed at a science building on the Casper College campus and the third at another location about 2 miles away. Authorities didn´t identify the suspect or victims but said two were male and one was female.
While President Obama insists the Bush tax cuts caused the recession and record deficits, his own economists say otherwise. He might want to consult their data for the truth. Kicking off fiscal cliff negotiations last month, Obama said: "What I´m not going to do is extend Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% that we can´t afford and, according to economists, will have the least positive impact on our economy." During the White House press conference, he added, "If we´re going to be serious about deficit reduction, we´ve got to do it in a balanced way."
Fiscal Cliff: President Obama promised to move the country forward, but his so-called deficit-cutting plan looks a lot like good old fashioned tax-and-spend liberal politics to us. It was just a month ago that Obama campaigned on what he said was a record of cutting taxes for the middle class and small businesses, while promising a "balanced" deficit-reduction plan that he specifically said would rely on $2.50 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax hikes. All he wanted, Obama said, was that the rich pay "a little bit more."
Mideast: The democratic "New Beginning" President Obama announced in Cairo in 2009 becomes a new, bold Egyptian tyranny. An imperfect ally was swept away by what has generated into an Islamist perfect storm. Apparently confident that an eloquent mea culpa would prompt an abundant supply of Islamic goodwill, Barack Obama in his first year as president appeared at Cairo University before an audience that included leaders of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood and gave a speech meant to shake the world. He apologized for the "overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government" during the Cold War and
Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Jim Jordan called the healthcare law´s tax hikes a "big part of the fiscal cliff" and said they should be on the table during talks. Jordan (Ohio) issued a statement Friday estimating that the law´s revenue raisers will yield more than $1 trillion over the next decade. "ObamaCare raises taxes on middle-income families, employers and investors," Jordan said. "It hikes taxes on people with no health insurance, people with too little insurance and people with too much. Taxes are even going up on pacemakers, prosthetics, and other vital medical equipment
The Supreme Court took no action Friday on a series of pending appeals involving gay marriage, putting off until at least next week a decision on which cases to hear. The justices met behind closed doors to debate cases involving the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, the voter initiative that limits marriage to a man and a woman. The court said only that it had agreed to hear two new business cases. Nonetheless, the court is almost certain to review at least one of the gay marriage cases.
Barack Obama today continued to pile pressure on Congress to extend tax cuts for the middle class, saying a rates hike would be like getting a ´lump of coal´ for Christmas. In the first of a series of campaign-style speeches designed to sell his solution for the ´fiscal cliff´, the President argued that Republicans should extend existing Bush-era tax rates for households earning $250,000 or less, while allowing increases to kick in for the wealthy. However, Republican leader John Boehner described the state of negotiations as a ´stalemate´ and criticised Obama for not making a serious offer on a deal.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Friday that Congress should hand over to President Barack Obama the power to unilateral increase the limit on the U.S. government´s debt. In effect, under the plan Pelosi is endorsing, the only limit on the national debt would be President Obama´s willingness to borrow money in the name of American taxpayers. At a Friday press conference, a reporter asked Pelosi if she agreed with a proposal made by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that Congress give Obama the power to unilaterally increase the debt limit. "Yes," she said.