Bypassing Congress, the Obama administration has issued a proposed administrative rule, which if adopted, would mandate the installation of "black boxes" in all automobiles and light trucks beginning in 2014. (Snip) The proposed standard would require automakers to install event data recorders (EDRs) – so-called “black box devices” -- to collect specific safety related data in all light passenger vehicles beginning Sept. 1, 2014. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said approximately 96 percent of model year 2013 passenger cars and light-duty vehicles are already equipped with
Kabul, Afghanistan - Afghanistan´s president said Saturday that the U.S. and NATO troops transferring security to local forces should leave the country´s villages as soon as possible and pull back to their bases. (Snip) International forces have been fighting for more than a decade against the Taliban and other militants who allowed al-Qaida to operate in Afghanistan and plot the 9/11 attacks. Karzai has long stressed that terrorism is not rooted in Afghan villages, but resides in other sanctuaries outside the country — a veiled reference to neighboring Pakistan. "From our vision, the fight against terrorism is
She crafted a killer. The mother of monster Adam Lanza who slaughtered 20 children was a gun nut who took her troubled son to shooting ranges.“She´d take them to the range a lot. … Nancy was an enthusiast -- so much so that she wanted to pass it on to her kids,” said her former landscaper, Dan Holmes. “She took her two sons to the gun ranges quite a bit to practice their aim. She was a really great shot from what she told me. Whenever I finished work and went inside to chit chat, she spoke often about her fascination with firearms. Nancy had an extensive gun collection and she was really
The skeleton found in the resting place of Richard III has been confirmed as belonging to the king--but scientists are holding the news back for greater publicity, it has been claimed. The human remains were uncovered in September in what is now the car park of Leicester City Council’s social services department. Since then, a number of tests have been taking place to determine if the bones belong to the Plantagenet king, including DNA tests. But, according to The Daily Telegraph, even if long-awaited DNA results prove inconclusive, the archeologists will still announce that the remains belong to Richard III.
A top federal appeals court signaled Friday that it might act on Obamacare’s HHS Mandate—requiring employers to cover birth control and abortion-related services. (Snip) A torrent of lawsuits have flooded the federal courts, with people of faith arguing that the HHS Mandate is both unconstitutional and a violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The Obama administration did two things trying to derail this litigation. One was to include in the final rule an exemption for religious employers, which is so narrow that it only covers houses of worship. The other is that it issued an
President Barack Obama, who supports raising taxes and passed Obamacare, told Noticias Univision 23 on Thursday he thinks he would be considered a "moderate Republican" in the 1980s because of his economic policies. When a reporter from the Spanish-language station in Miami asked Obama what he thought about Cuban-Americans and some Venezuelans who believe that "you favor a socialist model for our country," Obama said: The truth of the matter is that my policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies that I had back in the 1980s, I would be considered a
Fort Hood, TX - Fort Hood police have shot and killed a soldier who fired a gun while sitting in his car on the Central Texas Army post. Fort Hood officials say officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near a lake about a mile from the main gate about 3:20 a.m. Friday. Then, the officers returned fire after the soldier shot his weapon at them as they approached the car. The officers were not injured. Officials say the officers tried life-saving measures before emergency medical personnel arrived, but the soldier died. Investigators later determined that the 30-year-old man was
Beirut - Syria´s foreign minister blamed the suffering of his country´s people on U.S. and European sanctions imposed on his country, telling a top U.N. official Saturday that the international body should condemn these measures and work toward lifting them. (Snip) The comments by Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem and other officials however sought to deflect responsibility for the Syrian public´s hardships on a wave of sanctions to punish President Bashar Assad´s regime for its crackdown against protesters calling for democratic reforms, a crackdown that evolved into a civil war that has left more
Lord Justice Leveson has been in Australia giving the locals his tuppeny ha´penny´s worth on press regulation. Given how gagmakingly PC they are over there these days, I´m sure they lapped up every word. The bits that most interested me were his views on the differences between the print media (or as Richard North calls it the "legacy media") and the blogosphere. During a speech at the University of Melbourne, he insisted there was an important difference between mainstream journalists with "a powerful reputation for accuracy" and bloggers and tweeters who were "no more than electronic versions of
WASHINGTON- The margin of President Obama´s win in last month´s U.S. elections has widened as the final ballots are counted, vote totals said. The Los Angeles Times said Saturday the Election Day margin of just over 2 percent has gradually widened out to nearly 4 percent. The Cook Political Report Friday gave Obama 50.97 percent of the popular vote to Mitt Romney´s 47.3 percent. The totals include 47 states where the results have been certified as final. Cook´s David Wasserman told the Times the majority of the estimated 413,000 uncounted ballots were mainly in New York,
The State Department says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who skipped an overseas trip this past week because of a stomach virus, sustained a concussion after fainting. She´s now recovering at home and being monitored by doctors. An aide, Philippe Reines, says Clinton will work from home next week, at the recommendation of doctors. Congressional aides do not expect her to testify as scheduled at congressional hearings on Thursday into the Sept. 11 attack against a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.
Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel is apparently the prospective Obama nominee to replace Leon Panetta as the Secretary of Defense. Earlier this week my daughter Eliana reported how he has been lobbying for a senior position in the administration. With Chuck Hagel at Defense and John Kerry at State, we would have a one-two punch aimed squarely at our own head.
The aunt of the gunman suspected in the Connecticut school shooting says her nephew was raised by kind, nurturing parents who would not have hesitated to seek mental help for him if he needed it. Marsha Lanza, of northwest suburban Crystal Lake, said she was close with Adam Lanza´s mother, Nancy, and sent her a message on Facebook on Friday morning asking how she was doing. Nancy Lanza never responded. Marsha Lanza described Nancy Lanza as a good mother and kind-hearted. (Snip) Marsha Lanza said her husband saw Adam as recently as June
To the beat of Joni Mitchell’s song, Big Yellow Taxi running in the background, we’re calling on Michael Reagan and NewsMax.com to come to the rescue of an American tragedy in the making. Somewhere among the environs of the University of Chicago Medical Center, they’re about to “pave paradise and put up a parking lot”. In political lingo, the university medical center is going to demolish the house where President Ronald Reagan grew up in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighbourhood. In an era where overzealous revisionists are throwing American history out the window, it’s curtains for the
Dem. Rep. Jerrold Nadler is at least being honest about how he, and no doubt many Leftists, would like to feast off an unthinkable tragedy and exploit it in order to pursue a nonsensical agenda that would ensure only bad guys have guns. Last night on "The Ed Show," Nadler openly called for President Obama to "exploit" the murder of 20 children, “I think we will be there if the president exploits it, and otherwise we’ll go on to the next.” In his statement to the country yesterday, while he wasn´t specific about what action
Appearing on Fox News’ Your World this afternoon to discuss the tragic massacre in Newtown, Conn., former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said that we shouldn’t be surprised that schools have become a place of carnage after Americans have rejected teaching about life and responsibility by “removing God from our schools.” Host Neil Cavuto, trying to make sense of the horrific events that have transpired, asked the religious commentator what he believes many will now wonder: “How could God let this happen?” “It’s an interesting thing,” Huckabee said. “We ask why there’s violence in our schools but we’ve systematically removed God
DENVER- Sara Stevenson spends her working hours surrounded by Republicans, namely the married men who work alongside her in a Denver oil and gas firm company. But after hours and on weekends, she usually spends her time with other single women, and there´s not a Republican in sight among the bunch. "There was just no way I could have supported any Republican this year," said Stevenson, 31. "They skew so much to the religious right. ... They focused so much on taxes. It´s not something that women in my demographic really care about. I´ve never heard my friends lament
It is not often that I find myself in agreement with the editorial page of the New York Times, but I did on Wednesday. The Times criticized the $1.92 billion settlement agreed to by HSBC as “a dark day for the rule of law.” No bank executives, according to the LA Times, were charged. While $1.92 billion sounds like a lot, it is about 0.06% of the banks $2.6 trillion in assets. All banks stretch the limits and meaning of regulation. HSBC, the world’s third largest bank, and one that has been frequently warned, has simply been the most egregious.
As I sit here and digest what happened to all of those children, sick doesn´t even cover the feelings I have for the parents of these innocent children. However, there is another emotion brewing in my mind as well: fear. At home I own several firearms, and frankly, anyone forcing entry to my home would have a very short life expectancy. However, each day I have to send my children off to a place where the only protection they have is the ideology of wishful thinking. All it takes to take
There will be no Weekly Republican Address this weekend so that President Obama can speak for the entire nation at this time of mourning. I join the president — and all Americans — in sending prayers and condolences to the victims’ loved ones. The horror of this day seems so unbearable, but we will lock arms and unite as citizens, for that is how Americans rise above unspeakable evil.
On Friday, we learned that more than two dozen people were killed when a gunman opened fire in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Most of those who died were just young children with their whole lives ahead of them. And every parent in America has a heart heavy with hurt. Among the fallen were also teachers—men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.
My halls are decked, the mantelpiece is crammed with dinky seasonal knick-knacks and the air is heavy with the scent of pine and cherry brandy..[Snip] But behold, as I joyfully dust down the biscuit tin that plays a tune when opened so I can monitor the children’s lebkuchen consumption! Stand back as I scramble to reach the front door at the dread sound of the dog’s jaws clamping round newly arrived packages before they’ve even thumped on to the mat! Our tree is by the sitting-room window and, even if I say so myself, is a showstopper that
President Barack Obama has chosen Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts to be the next secretary of state, a source has told Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed. His replacement as head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the Sneed source said.
DETROIT — The founder of Domino´s Pizza is suing the federal government over mandatory contraception coverage in the new health care law.Tom Monaghan, a devout Roman Catholic, says contraception is not health care and instead is a "gravely immoral" practice. He´s a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court, along with his Domino´s Farms, which runs an office park near Ann Arbor. Monaghan offers health insurance that excludes contraception and abortion for employees. The new law requires employers to offer insurance that includes contraception coverage or risk fines.
I’ve been out of pocket pretty much since the first sketchy reports this morning about a possible school shooting. A meeting, a luncheon and then 6 hours in the car.The car ride was enlightening because I followed the details of the Connecticut school shooting exclusively by listening to the radio. As in all these cases, the facts changed as the day went on. First, it was a mass shooting with a semi-automatic assault rifle, which the news reports noted would put back on the political table the
As four Republican state senators, one by one, agreed to break with their party and cast a politically risky vote to legalize same-sex marriage last year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and gay-rights advocates vowed to do everything in their power to protect them against political retribution. State Senator Stephen M. Saland, one of four Republicans to vote to legalize same-sex marriage, conceded to his Democratic opponent on Thursday.