A religious order of nuns is concerned about its future presence in the United States because of Obamacare’s impact on its charitable operations. The Little Sisters of the Poor told The Daily Caller that it may not qualify for a long-term exemption from Obamacare’s healthcare mandate. The law requires the order to provide government-approved health insurance to its 300 sisters who tend to the elderly in 30 U.S. cities. The exception is needed, said Sister Constance Carolyn Veit, the Little Sisters’ communications director, because Catholic teaching opposes contraception and medical treatments that cause sterility or can cause abortions.
Hardly had the blood been scrubbed off the floors in Newtown than everyone who was anyone had begun shifting the blame from Adam Lanza to some intangible social failure. Back in 2002, Michael Moore trundled his bulk over to Colorado to exploit the Columbine massacre for a general rant about gun culture. (Snip) What did gun culture have to do with a plot by two disgruntled dorks with tastes in pop culture far afield from the rural gun-loving dystopia that Moore was doing his best to depict?
I have no doubt that the people who assembled at Newtown High School found comfort in President Obama’s words on Sunday night. But make no mistake (as Obama is so fond of saying). The President didn’t only come to Newtown to pay his respects to those who were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary last Friday morning. He also came to lecture the nation and to save us from ourselves: This is our first task — caring for our children. It’s our first job.
Eliminating guns is a separate goal from eliminating violence. The media supports the former but opposes the latter. It routinely props up the culture of death, guarding abortion with even more zeal than it condemns gun rights. “We need to have a conversation about the killing of unborn children,” is a line you will never hear from CNN’s Piers Morgan or Soledad O’Brien. The lamentations of posturing pro-abortion journalists over a coarsened culture don’t count for much. Piers Morgan, when not hectoring the NRA, can usually be seen interviewing actors and directors
Poet Carl Sandburg supposedly was asked by a young playwright to attend a rehearsal. Sandburg did but fell asleep. The playwright exclaimed, "How could you sleep when you knew I wanted your opinion?" Sandburg replied, "Sleep is an opinion." So is nonvoting. Remember this as the Obama administration mounts a drive to federalize voter registration, a step toward making voting mandatory. Attorney General Eric Holder considers it self-evidently alarming that 60 million adult citizens were not registered in 2008. He wants Washington to register everyone automatically. "The arc of American history," he says, "has bent toward expanding the franchise."
The Department of Defense has launched a investigation into allegations that a top intelligence official who is on the shortlist to head the CIA possibly revealed sensitive information about the Bin Laden raid to the creators of the upcoming thriller Zero Dark Thirty. Pentagon press secretary George Little said Tuesday evening that the probe into Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers is being conducted by the Pentagon´s inspector general, not the Justice Department as it was previously reported. Little insisted that Vickers only provided unclassified information to the makers of Zero Dark Thirty, and that the session was arranged
From the website of WVKO 1580AM in Columbus, “Ohio’s Progressive Talk”: It is with great sadness I must inform WVKO’s listeners that once again, Progressive Talk will be silenced on the Columbus airwaves. Our one-year lease on the station is about to expire, and at this time there is no way that we can continue operating the station. So as of midnight on Sunday, December 16th, the new operators will be airing a gospel format on WVKO. Once again, we had a good run with the station, and we were happy to in some small way
An independent investigation of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi has confirmed the obvious — “grossly” inadequate security and reliance on local militias left U.S. diplomats and other personnel vulnerable. The review of the assault that killed Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans faulted systemic failures of leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department. The investigation was conducted by the Accountability Review Board, under the direction of former ambassador Thomas R. Pickering. Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen also served on the panel.
Police are still searching for the motive of Adam Lanza´s killing spree, but one working theory is that he was angry that his mother was planning to commit him to a psychiatric facility because he was becoming too difficult for her to handle alone.[Snip] Fox News quotes a neighborhood figure, whose father works as the pastor of an area church, as saying that the 20-year-old shooter found out that his mother was in the legal process of having him committed and was upset. That news, coupled with his jealousy of the time she allegedly spent with a group of kindergarteners
JoAnn Watson, Detroit city council member, said, "Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president, and there ought to be a quid pro quo." In other words, President Obama should send the nearly bankrupted city of Detroit millions in taxpayer bailout money. But there´s a painful lesson to be learned from decades of political hustling and counsel by intellectuals and urban experts. In 1960, Detroit´s population was 1.6 million. Blacks were 29 percent, and whites were 70 percent. Today, Detroit´s population has fallen precipitously to 707,000, of which blacks are 84 percent and whites 8 percent.
Energy firms will make a frantic dash for coal in the next few years unless new gas power stations are built, experts say. Coal is set to nearly eclipse oil as the world´s major energy source by 2017, the International Energy Agency reports.[Snip] Only strong competition from low-priced gas will significantly cut coal demand. IEA chief Maria van der Hoeven said: "If no changes are made to current policies coal will catch oil within a decade." China will use more coal than all the rest of the world while India will overtake the US as the world´s second largest
I have no special standing to speak on the career of Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, who died yesterday at age 88 -- apart from his having been in public office for the entirety of my conscious life. David Graham did a very good appreciation of Inouye last night on our site. (Wikipedia photo of Lt. Inouye, at roughly age 20.) But on the principle that you should never pass up the opportunity to give a deserved compliment; with the knowledge that we´ve come reflexively to view all politicians as unprincipled corner-cutters
Barack Obama gave a fine speech Sunday night to a stunned and shocked nation. He is a born orator backed by a flawless machine, whose personal rise from a difficult childhood is a true inspiration, and whose achievement in breaking the ultimate color barrier is gift to us all. People like the idea that Obama is president. As a politician and president, he has only one failing -- he is the wrong man at the wrong time to be leading this country. He is out of sync with his age and its crises. There is more proof every day --
Cameron has hinted that Britain´s withdrawal from Afghanistan could be speeded up amid speculation that the force size could be nearly halved next year. The Prime Minister and US President Barack Obama in a video call agreed the plan for all combat troops to leave by the end of 2014 was "on track". That meant there would be "further opportunities" for service personnel to be brought home over the next 12 months, according to the leaders. Downing Street said Mr Cameron also discussed Syria, Iran and the Middle East peace process during the hour-long call yesterday afternoon. A spokeswoman
Britain is in the grip of a winter vomiting bug crisis, as experts admit a million people may have been hit. The rapidly-spreading outbreak of norovirus, which causes fever, headaches, stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea, is wreaking chaos across the NHS. Sixty-one hospitals have had outbreaks with 49 ward closures this month alone. Health officials last night pleaded with sufferers to remain at home and not risk infecting others by going to hospitals or GP surgeries.[Snip] Doctors said cases of the highly contagious bug are up by a staggering 83 per cent on last year. Experts admit they are baffled
The bodies of the killers who were the basis of Truman Capote´s true-crime book "In Cold Blood" were exhumed today in Kansas, as authorities hope to crack a 53-year-old cold case using DNA. After committing the "In Cold Blood" murders of Herbert Clutter, his wife and two children on Nov. 15, 1959, Perry Smith and Richard Hickock hit the road, hiding out from law enforcement in Mexico and Florida, among other places, according to Capote´s book and law enforcement accounts. They were ultimately captured in Las Vegas. But it just so happens that Smith and Hickock
The Washington Post has run three stories in the last few days on the high unemployment rate among black workers, and only one makes even passing reference to immigrant competition. As context, my colleague Steve Camarota has just published a detailed look at unemployment, breaking out subgroups in a way that BLS doesn’t, and he found that unemployment among native-born black Americans is roughly double that for immigrants. And remember, people are only counted as “unemployed” if they’re actually looking for work, so this isn’t a matter of idleness.
Time to pay up! The worst deadbeat dad in the country — a Long Island man who owes more than $1.2 million in child support — has been nabbed at the airport in Los Angeles airport after the Philippines gave him the boot. Robert Sand, 50 was collared by US marshals Monday after a decade on the run, officials said. The former car auctioneer fled to Florida and then Thailand after divorcing his wife, Lisa Sand, after 10 years of marriage in 1996, officials said. He left her and his two children in the lurch for $750 weekly child-support payments,
Senate Democrats are questioning a statement made by former Republican senator Chuck Hagel that the “Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people” in Washington. The comment has resurfaced now that Hagel is rumored to be Barack Obama’s top choice to head the Pentagon. He used the term in a 2008 interview. “I know there are some questions about his past comments and I’ll want to talk to him and see what his explanation is,” said Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal. “Yes, it would give rise to question, but there are so many very significant issues and factors to be considered,
I’m a strong opponent of privately owned assault weapons of the kind used in the Newtown massacre. But I’m also opposed to most forms of divestment, boycott, and blacklisting. So I had a decidedly mixed reaction when I read about Tuesday’s decision by Cerberus Capital Management to sell its stake in a company that manufactures semi-automatic weapons, and the statement from the California teacher’s retirement system that it was reviewing its investments in companies that deal in such weapons. Having come of age during the height of McCarthyism, blacklists, and boycotts,
Barack Obama’s pitch-perfect public statements on the Sandy Hook shootings summed up the grief and shock that even the most distant observer—and certainly every parent—must feel about last Friday’s unspeakable events. But I think I detected an even more personal elegiac note: regret that he himself has not done more to grapple with the issue of guns. “Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?” the president asked in Newtown, Connecticut, on Sunday.
Benghazi is back. In a way. The awaited special report by an independent review panel led by retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering and the former Joint Chiefs chairman, Adm. Mike Mullen, has been delivered to Congress and offered few revelations, at least according to the Associated Press. The report appeared to break little new ground about the timeline of the Benghazi attack during which Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens, information specialist Sean Smith and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods — who were contractors working for the CIA — were killed.
… why aren’t more states going for it? Investors Business Daily points out the apparent contradiction: Under ObamaCare, states were supposed to agree to set up so-called insurance exchanges — which would act as a clearinghouse for government-approved health plans and distribute the insurance subsidies included in the law. But just 18 states have agreed to build them. The rest — which include eight run by Democratic governors — are leaving it to the federal government to do the dirty work of setting up these massively complicated exchanges.
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings, dozens of questions remain unanswered. But one common trait of most mass shootings is rarely discussed, much less clarified: Why are the perpetrators almost always men? "Mass murderers are almost always male (I´d say at least 98 percent), most often have a motive (e.g., revenge), and most have a definitive tie to the victims -- or the victims symbolize something to the killer," said Marissa Harrison, assistant professor of psychology at Penn State Harrisburg, citing research she´s conducted or reviewed. Evolutionary psychology suggests that a threat to status could be a trigger