N. Joseph Woodland, the co-inventor of the bar code, died this week at an assisted-living facility in Edgewater where he had been living with his wife the past six years, family members said Thursday. Mr. Woodland, 91, came up with the idea for the bar code, now used to store information on almost every product sold in stores or online, as he drew lines in the sand on a beach in Miami 64 years ago, said one of his daughters, Susan Woodland, who lives in New York City. He and his partner, Bernard Silver, who died in the 1960s,
Viewed a certain way, the 2012 election can be seen as a gift to Republicans wrapped in ugly paper. The wrapping looked like a hostage note with a message scrawled in crayon: "We hate you." But inside was a gift, and the gift was time. The party was given the opportunity, when it is still strong, to hold the kind of fresh, open-the-windows debate it would have been forced to have in 2016 anyway, and in less favorable conditions. If Mitt Romney had won this year he would have had a very tough presidency, with the left revived and
You might never spot an air marshal on your flight, but it’s reassuring to know one might be there. In a few weeks, though, many of them are likely to get pink slips — along with food safety inspectors, border patrol agents and countless other government employees who play a crucial if hidden role in everyone’s lives. These and many other cuts to important programs like child nutrition and low-income housing are part of a giant buzz saw known as the sequester, which will indiscriminately slash $100 billion in discretionary
The law student assassinated on a busy New York City street worked as a drug courier and was assassinated after a large sum of money he was carrying was confiscated by police in California, it was claimed on Thursday. Brandon Woodard, 31, reportedly flew to New York from his home in Los Angeles to try to smooth things over with his angry bosses. Instead, he was coldly executed in Midtown Manhattan in broad daylight on Monday. New York police say they are closing in on the men responsible for Woodard´s death. They have identified the getaway driver
INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -The U.S. will send two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish territory from potential Syrian missile attack, the Pentagon said Friday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed a deployment order en route to Turkey from Afghanistan calling for 400 U.S. soldiers to operate two batteries of Patriots at undisclosed locations in Turkey, Pentagon press secretary George Little told reporters flying with Panetta. Germany and the Netherlands have already agreed to provide two batteries of the U.S.-built defense systems and send
This afternoon, Breitbart News sat down with Sen. Jim DeMint, in advance of his exit from the Senate to take the reigns at the Heritage Foundation. Our conversation primarily focused on the future of the conservative movement and the immediate talks surrounding the "fiscal cliff." But, one particular exchange was unexpected. Breitbart News asked Sen. DeMint about the newly announced 5-member panel to examine or "audit" the recent campaign and the Republican Party´s outreach and messaging. His answer was a surprise: I´ll see what they do, but we´re going to do that [auditing the campaign] at Heritage
If Barack and Michelle Obama feel comfortable allowing Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn to babysit their children, that is their problem. The question is, would you allow them to babysit yours? Let´s take that a step farther: would you let them raise your children? Would you give them exclusive supervision over the majority of your children´s daylight hours up to age eighteen, primary control of your children´s academic curriculum and teaching methodology, and authority to arrange the broad social and moral framework within which your children will be educated? No? Then why do you accept modern public education?
A group of security officers at JFK Airport are threatening to strike during the holiday travel rush if they don’t get better wages and working conditions. “They are not providing us with enough training, with proper equipment to do our jobs,” Prince Jackson, one of the security guards who has been helping organize his colleagues with the help of 32BJ/SEIU, said at a rally outside Terminal 3 at JFK on Thursday. “I started working here three years ago at $8 an hour and I still make $8 an hour,” he said. Jackson said a majority of 200 security officers
On Dec. 13, 2011, Marine Lance Cpl. Christian Brown was leading his squad on a foot patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand province when he stepped on an explosive device that blew off both his legs, one above the knee, the other below his hip. He also lost part of his right index finger. Last Sunday, almost exactly a year since those grievous injuries forced him to learn to walk on two successive pairs of prosthetic legs, Brown was “humiliated” to the point of tears on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Washington after being clumsily wheeled to the back row
The Obama administration´s Asia team was caught so off guard by North Korea´s Dec. 11 rocket launch, several of them actually had to put down their drinks and suddenly leave a holiday party being held in honor of the Japanese emperor´s birthday. Several top U.S. officials dealing with Asia and North Korea from the State Department, the Pentagon, and the National Security Council were relaxing Tuesday night at the Japanese ambassador´s Nebraska Avenue residence
On election night, Bob King knew what lay ahead. Last month´s rejection of Proposal 2 assured organized labor´s defeat this week in Michigan´s lopsided right-to-work battle, culminating a series of miscalculations by the United Auto Workers president and others. Barely a month after voters killed a proposed collective bargaining amendment to the state constitution, the right-to-work loss weakens his credibility with the union's major employers, imperils his membership and potentially slows the union's dues flow, say labor analysts and ranking auto industry execs familiar with the situation. Headline split, content added by staff
Three of the country’s most prolific installers of residential solar panels are under federal investigation to determine if they inflated the cost of their work to increase the payments they would receive from the government, according to government and industry officials familiar with the probe. SolarCity, SunRun and Sungevity have received subpoenas from the Treasury Department’s office of inspector general for financial records to justify more than $500 million in federal grants and tax credits the firms tapped for performing work. The probe seeks to determine whether the companies accurately reported the market value of their costs
Barack Obama says he´s a Christian. Good for him (and for the Gospel). But rarely has a Christian paid such obeisance to another faith and ideology. The president´s bow and scrape to Islam knows no end. That´s not so good. The U.S. Army is soon to issue a handbook instructing soldiers to copy Mr. Obama´s example of when and how to defer to an alien ideology that stands against everything Americans are taught, whether by faith, ethics, morals or another code of good conduct. The new manual, which runs to 75 pages, orders American military personnel to refrain from saying
NEWARK — When snow blanketed this city two Christmases ago, Mayor Cory A. Booker was celebrated around the nation for personally shoveling out residents who had appealed for help on Twitter. But here, his administration was scorned as streets remained impassable for days because the city had no contract for snow removal. Last spring, Ellen DeGeneres presented Mr. Booker with a superhero costume after he rushed into a burning building to save a neighbor. But Newark had eliminated three fire companies after the mayor’s plan to plug a budget hole failed.
If you can’t beat them, buy them. That has been the Obama Administration’s cronyism strategy with corporate America, showering bailouts, government grants, and other crony perks along the way. Employ Occupy Wall Street rhetoric publicly, but cut corporations into big government and alliances privately. So on Thursday, President Barack Obama’s right hand senior adviser Valerie Jarrett met privately with top executives of leading financial services firms like Bank of America, Blackstone Group, JP Morgan—companies whose employees overwhelming
Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, no doubt at the behest of the White House, withdrew her name for consideration as secretary of state. This suggests there is a glimmer of reality-based thinking at the White House.Susan Rice won’t be secretary of State.To be frank, she should never have been floated as a possible nominee. Her consideration for all intents and purposes was a political payback for her loyalty in the campaign and in the first term. Her reputation in the Clinton administration was poor;
With an Arab Fall if not Winter dominating the Middle East, the U.S. is under pressure to intervene even more. Unfortunately, reliance on imported oil continues to entangle Washington in the Middle East’s volatile politics. Some analysts advocate more subsidies for alternative energy in response. It would be better to free North America’s abundant natural resources, providing the U.S. with a brighter economic future. Americans have endured multiple energy “crises” centered on the Mideast over the last four decades. Arab oil producers imposed an embargo during the Nixon administration, which had bizarrely discouraged domestic production with price controls.
For the good of the country and the survival of the Republican Party, the GOP must allow President Obama to take America off the so-called “fiscal cliff” on January 1. Given the intransigent position that Obama has taken on raising marginal tax rates, any deal that the Republicans in the House of Representatives could conceivably make with him before the end of the year would be counterproductive. It would impede economic growth, and thereby actually reduce the present value of future federal revenues.
Last week, I wrote about the fact that President Obama’s approach to taxes as part of the “fiscal cliff” negotiations is billed as taxing the rich but would end up hurting the poor and possibly deepening inequality. Policies built on the flimsy populism of “fairness”–at least as modern Democrats define it–are quite often devoid of economic common sense. What’s more, the Democrats seem to know this. The New York Times offers a “News Analysis” today in which it is revealed that the Republicans are right on the merits of most of the arguments,
Five days after Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress, his wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson, filed a series of amendments to her ward committee’s campaign fund, revealing dozens of previously undisclosed transactions that went back three years. That includes at least $13,000 in previously undisclosed transfers from her husband’s congressional account into her ward organization account, a Sun-Times review of campaign records show. Among the undisclosed transactions shown in the amended reports were monthly transfers of $1,250 to his wife’s 7th Ward Independent Political Organization — or SWIPO. In a federal disclosure, Rep. Jackson’s campaign fund indicates a $1,250 payment
How many “Big Brother Fascists” does it take to spy on every American citizen? None — if it’s Barack Obama. I remember the good old days when “goose-stepping” George W. Bush was in office, and you couldn’t tune in MSNBC for more than an hour at a time without the “F” word being thrown at him (no — not that “F” word — but they were thinking it). Today The Wall Street Journal reports that President Obama has authorized a massive, intrusive search into the lives of virtually every American — and it’s greeted with a yawn.
More than a month remains until President Barack Obama’s corporate-financed second inaugural, but he is already yesterday’s news. There are political battles to be fought and budgets to pass (or not pass) and most likely wars to wage and natural disasters to endure before the country elects its next president. But all of this is a sideshow to the chatterers and scribblers who are busy currying favor with the liberal establishment. The real story, we learn from our newspapers and magazines and blogs and television specials, is whether the current secretary of state will run for president in 2016.
Just what is the Nobel Peace Prize committee up to? In giving the prize to the European Union (EU) the Norwegians comprising the decision making committee made themselves a laughingstock… again. In what sense, is this regional union an avatar for peace? This decision is comparable to giving an award to a committee held together with illusions. If truth be known, the EU is in a slow but inevitable disintegration. The argument for retention of the present system is fading before our eyes even though the selection committee cannot see it. Economic considerations for the euro –
DEMOCRATS LIKE TO say that they are for “balance” in the fiscal debate and that Republicans favor spending cuts. That argument is increasingly difficult to credit. Since the election last month, a few modest proposals have been floated to slow the growth in entitlement spending. None of these would fix the problem, but they would at least acknowledge that a problem exists. One by one, the ostensible advocates of balance have shot them down, portraying each in turn as a mortal threat to the poor or the aged.
While the White House may have been hoping that Susan Rice’s decision to no longer pursue the Secretary of State position means that the investigation into what exactly occurred at Benghazi and who was responsible for the security decisions will cease, both Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham made it clear today that they intend to continue pursuing the matter. “Senator McCain thanks Ambassador Rice for her service to the country and wishes her well,” said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers in a statement. “He will continue to seek all the facts about what happened before, during and after
Aside from the election, the two most important political events of 2012 have been actions by the two officials in Washington whose offices and roles are supposed to insulate them from conventional political pressures. First was Chief Justice John Roberts, who changed his vote against ObamaCare in June because (according to the peerless Supreme Court journalist Jan Crawford) he was concerned about the public perception of the court’s legitimacy. Or, to put it in plain English, he was worried that liberals would say the court’s ruling proved it was stacked to the Right —