Without fanfare, CNN dumped Jack Cafferty, the curmudgeon who, like the network, portrayed himself as an independent but railed more often than not against conservatives. According to Media Bistro, CNN did not renew Cafferty´s contract and his last day at the news network was on November 15, which was also the last time he appeared on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," where he contributed commentary on a near-daily basis.
One year after her horrific injury, Lauren Scruggs has spoken of how she sees her accident in a positive light and how it has caused her to re-examine what is important. Calling aspects of her career ´shallow´, the model and fashion blogger from Texas said that she wants to use her experiences to tell young girls ´that our appearance is not what defines us.´ Appearing on E!Online, Scruggs, 24, also credited her faith with restoring her body and mind and claimed that her airplane accident shows ´that god has a different plan and often times it is shocking and unexpected.´
A top Democratic leader Wednesday accused House Speaker John Boehner of stringing out "fiscal cliff" negotiations with President Obama until after he wins his speakership reelection, when he would then cave in to Democratic demands to get a deal done without a majority of House Republican support. "I hope he wouldn´t avoid the tough decisions simply to take us into January and after his swearing-in, but I´ve become increasingly worried that that is exactly what´s going on," charged Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen. "I would hope that he would put the interests of getting an
As I argued yesterday, the Advent season is exploited every year by the liberal media to tweak faithful Christians, using the holidays as a hook for liberal political and religious themes or to advance ancient heresies. Ditto with the Lenten season. Well, the latest example comes from David Gibson of the Religion News Service, who has picked up on a new complaint from a feminist scholar, Margaret Miles, which boils down to essentially this: How come we never see depictions of the Virgin Mary breastfeeding the baby Jesus. I kid you not. "At its heartwarming core,"
Is wanting workers to have the right to choose if they´re going to join a union racist? Apparently it is according to MSNBC commentator Al Sharpton who concluded a Huffington Post rant about Michigan´s newly enacted right to work laws Wednesday, "People should think twice before they invite Gov. Snyder to a King Day celebration in three weeks." This was preceded by the following: On Nov. 6th, Americans sent a clear message that we are not interested in protecting the rich at the expense of the rest of the country. But for some reason, there are those --
Trade: In an era of massive government spending, it seems the only answer is "austerity." Living within one´s means is important, but it will fail without economic growth. Enter free trade. Will Obama take his big opportunities? In the coming year, a major U.S.-European commission is expected to recommend that the U.S. and Europe begin negotiating a free trade agreement immediately. If President Obama acts on it, it could be a big achievement, blunting the feeble growth that has characterized his era by adding a $200 billion shot in the arm to both sides.
The White House asserted that spending cuts would occur under a deal reached with Republicans, but would not pledge to make them immediate, addressing a key concern of many conservatives who fear a compromise will mean tax hikes without spending cuts. CNSNews.com asked, “A complaint has been made among conservatives that in the past deals were made $3 for spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases, the spending cuts are always 10 years ahead, five years ahead or somewhere along the line. Would the White House agree to something along the lines of upfront cuts early on?”
There will be press coverage when President Obama takes the oath of office on Sunday, Jan. 20, the head of the inauguration planning committee said Tuesday. “There will be coverage of the Sunday event. The White House press corps and the White House press office are working on what that will be and the type of access," Stephen Kerrigan, the chief executive officer of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, told reporters. The Constitution requires a president to be sworn in on the 20th, but when that day falls on a Sunday, the public ceremony gets pushed to Monday
We Americans pride ourselves on the idea that in our country, a little hard work, determination and focus can make dreams come true. We compare ourselves with countries like India and England and scoff at their antiquated caste systems, claiming that here, in America, you can build yourself up from anything. We sell ourselves the idea of the “American dream,” both as a draw for immigrants and also for less-fortunate citizens, but how much of our reality isn’t reality? Is the American dream a hoax? My parents were both born and raised in India and moved
Weary lawmakers and congressional staffers are making backup vacation plans, preparing to work over the holidays. Congress has a habit of finishing up late in December, such as when the Senate passed healthcare reform on Christmas Eve in 2009. But this year is different, as many on Capitol Hill believe that Congress will still be working on a debt deal between Christmas and New Year’s. A Republican leadership aide said, “Some version of: ‘Have you bought your plane ticket yet?’ or ‘Think you’ll spend the holidays here?’ is the new guaranteed way to
North Korea’s launch today—using ballistic missile technology despite express prohibitions by United Nations Security Council resolutions—is a highly provocative act that threatens regional security, directly violates United Nations Security Council resolutions 1718 and 1874, contravenes North Korea’s international obligations, and undermines the global non-proliferation regime. This action is yet another example of North Korea’s pattern of irresponsible behavior.
Of all the Presidents in my lifetime, I don´t recall a Commander in Chief that seems to purposely mislead. Yet this President often orates with well crafted phrases that can only be explained as contrived to this purpose. The circumstances are virtually always similar. He speaks to a large crowd in which there is no chance for rebuttal or honest questioning. The audience can be as large as a national television audience, as in the State of the Union. The larger the audience, the better. Even if retraction or clarification ensued, which never seems to occur,
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said Tuesday the U.S. has made it increasingly difficult for Hezbollah terrorists and their supporters to cross the U.S.-Mexico border--but there is still more work to do to make the border secure. However, Lieberman also warned that we don´t want to lose American freedom by trying to keep terrorist from crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S. “The security’s better on the U.S.-Mexican border than it has been before in terms of terrorists’ capacity to break through our borders in the south,
President Barack Obama travelled to Michigan this week and made his case for class war in defense of the welfare state. We need to take more money from the rich, he said, or schools will not be able to afford books, students will not be able to afford college, and disabled children will not get health care. "Our economic success has never come from the top down," said Obama. "It comes from the middle out. It comes from the bottom up." Obama spoke these words a few miles from Detroit — the reductio ad absurdum of his argument.
A man caught having sex with a miniature female donkey (at least it was female!), is arguing that he has a constitutional right to, er, drive the herd any way he wants. He is in effect arguing that if the law says he can’t roger a donkey, then the law is an ass — which is ironic, since if the law were an ass, he might want to have sex with it too. From the article: “By making sexual conduct with an animal a crime, the statute demeans individuals like Defendant (Romero) by making his private
To best understand this spending aspect of the current budget negotiations in Washington, we must answer one crucial question: how much taxation on the top income-earners would be required to fully fund the present level of government spending? (snip) The IRS says 236,883 Americans filed returns with more than $1 million in income. They reported a total income of $726.91B. While that is a lot of money, it´s less than just Medicare and Medicaid, which cost $1 trillion together.
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns understands the horrors faced by five New York City teens unfairly charged with rape back in 1989. "The Central Park Five," the new documentary co-directed by Burns on the subject, lets the five victims recall that tumultuous time in their lives and documents just how much the false charges crushed their youth. Yet Burns seems indifferent to another case in which three young men were unfairly accused of rape and waited 15 months to have their names cleared. Burns brought up the 2006 Duke Lacrosse case, in which three students
Lansing — With Michigan the latest state to pass a right-to-work law, the national movement has its eyes on the next prize. And that could be one of several other states. "We´ve been active for a long time in a bunch of states where we´d like to see things move forward," said Greg Mourad, vice president of the National Right to Work Committee. "Those include Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky." Michigan became the 24th state on Tuesday to pass laws that prohibit requiring employees to join a union or to pay fees comparable to union dues to be employed.
Remember TARP? It was -- still is, for many -- a four-letter word for huge inappropriate government involvement in the private sector economy back in 2008. The Troubled Asset Relief Program was one of the last major acts of George W. Bush´s administration. And to say it was controversial is like saying Barack Obama seems fond of giving speeches. It involved, among other things, the feds saving the failing financial ass-ets of AIG, the insurance giant that had taken way too many bad risks in the housing bubble.
The U.S. military launched its highly secretive unmanned $1 billion X-37B space plane into orbit today from Cape Canaveral on top of an Atlas V rocket. The U.S. Air Force which operates the small, top-secret version of the space shuttle still will not say how long the third X-37B mission will last, nor what the vehicle will be doing in orbit. Cloud coverage in the area had threatened to scupper today´s launch, but the skies cleared sufficiently for the classified mission to take-off on time at 1.03 p.m from the Florida space center. Scroll Down for Video
In the war over the “fiscal cliff” of looming automatic spending cuts and increased tax rates, the GOP is reeling. Republicans are playing right into the Democrats’ hands, time and time again. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made the generous but misguided gesture last week of offering tax increases via eliminating or capping deductions, without demanding any sort of tax reform in return. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) then exceeded the Speaker’s generosity on Sunday by acquiescing to higher tax rates, in the abstract hope that the White House would return the favor when it comes to entitlement reform.
Is it discriminatory and degrading for toy catalogs to show girls playing with tea sets and boys with Nerf guns? A Swedish regulatory group says yes. The Reklamombudsmannen (RO) has reprimanded Top-Toy, a licensee of Toys"R"Us and one of the largest toy companies in Northern Europe, for its "outdated" advertisements and has pressured it to mend its "narrow-minded" ways. After receiving "training and guidance" from RO equity experts, Top-Toy introduced gender neutrality in its 2012 Christmas catalogue. Headline split by staff
Yesterday a landmark event happened in Michigan. The Wolverine State–which is not simply home of the United Auto Workers but in many respects is the birthplace of the modern labor movement–has become the 24th state to ban compulsory union fees. Workers will no longer be required to pay union fees as a condition of employment. And if history–and other states, like Indiana–is any guide, this action will not only grant workers freedom but also attract new businesses to Michigan. (Michigan desperately needs this, since it has the sixth-highest state jobless rate
A star of A&E´s popular reality series Storage Wars is accusing the show of rigging key elements in a lawsuit that followed his ouster from the program. Dave Hester, a key bidder for unclaimed goods in Southern California storage lockers, who´s known as "the mogul," says he complained to network executives and producers about items he says were "planted" to heighten the show´s drama. In response, he was fired from the show, he claims in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in California Superior Court. Hester charges A&E and Original Productions with wrongful termination and is seeking $750,000 in damages. Among items
Wednesday is the last time most people living today will see a repeating day, month and year — 12/12/12. A mark of luck? Lottery officials seem to think so. Do engaged couples find it appealing? Of course, say wedding planners. Even the universe found a way to mark the occasion with an early-morning meteor shower. But a sobering sign of mortality? No way, say mathematicians. “The thing to celebrate on a day like 12/12/12 is the fact that the human mind is capable of discerning patterns,” said Edward Burger, a professor of mathematics at Williams College in Massachusetts.