A federal D.C. district court ruled late Tuesday, just a few days after arguments, that not only can Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey stay in court, but what the Obama administration has said about fixing the religious-freedom problem they and other religiously affiliated non-profits have with the HHS abortion-drug, contraception, sterilization mandate must become real policy, and that the Department of Health and Human Services must report to the D.C. court every 60 days until they fix the problem. This is a huge step toward some restoration of religious liberty as we’ve known it.
I pull up in front of our town´s little savings bank branch, drop out of the door and when my boots hit the pavement reach under my shirt and the remove the Smith & Wesson Model 28 .357 which I then put under the seat before locking the truck. "What are you doing Grandpa?" my granddaughter asks walking around from the other door. "Here´s a word of advice cupcake. It´s never a good idea to walk into a bank with a gun."
Robert H. Bork passed away early this morning in Virginia. He died of heart complications. He was 84. I was privileged to know him, as were many of our NR circle. He was, simply, a great jurist and an exceptional man. Our hearts go out to Mary Ellen and to their family.
It´s often hard to accept the truth, especially when that truth is scary -- when reality seems to offer you no solutions, only poison from which to pick. (snip)Conservatives have always responded to seemingly inevitable political changes by, slowly but surely, compromising their way to tyranny. But rationalization is a huge factor, and what is the scary truth here that conservatives dare not contemplate? They are losing the culture. Little by little. Every day. And as the culture goes, so go political
You have got to hand it to the New York Times’ editors – they’ve got moxy. A Times opinion piece on Tuesday introducing their readers to the newest Senator from the Palmetto State, former Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC), speaks about him – and those with who share his political affiliation and skin color – in the terms you would describe a curious science project. In “The Puzzle of Black Republicans,” the Times summons all the subtlety of the Kool-Aid Man as they smash through the perception that the “paper of record” maintains a single shred of neutrality
With no end in sight for the decline of ad revenue at the New York Times, money from paying customers is more important than ever. As a result, loyal readers were alerted in letters over the weekend that they will see their second subscription rate increase in two years come January, with a one-year deal now running $660 in the greater New York City region and $837 around the country. "Effective January 7, 2013, we are raising home delivery prices on average by 5 percent," said Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy, while local weekend subscription
Twenty-seven years after driving from New York City to Chicago in a $2,000 Honda Civic for a job that probably wouldn’t amount to much, Barack Obama, in better shape but with grayer hair, stood in the presidential suite on the top floor of the Fairmont Millennium Park hotel as flat screens announced his re-election as President of the United States. The networks called Ohio earlier than predicted, so his aides had to hightail it down the hall to join his family and friends. They encountered a room of high fives and fist pumps, hugs and relief.
Rep. Tom Cole (R., Okla.) called the independent review of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya “a very damning indictment of State Department performance” Wednesday on CNN. “Obviously that’s an administration responsibility,” Cole said. “Look, we lost four great Americans here. We had adequate warning. We clearly didn’t do anything to respond to the warning. I don’t think we did a good job, you know, during the incident itself, and I think we’ve been less than honest up
There have been so many irresponsible statements by those seeking to exploit the tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut, that it’s hard to keep up with them, but for the combination of arrogance and inaccuracy one can’t beat the editorial the New York Times ran out this week under the headline “Personal Guns and the Second Amendment.” That’s the one in which the Times declared: “The text of the Second Amendment creates no right to private possession of guns, but Justice Antonin Scalia found one in legal history for himself and the other four conservatives.”
The Benghazi report released Tuesday night bemoans “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” in Hillary Clinton´s State Department that could come back to haunt her should she run for president in 2016. Clinton remains one of the nation´s most popular politicians and has worked tirelessly to improve America´s image abroad following President George W. Bush´s tenure. The independent review of the Sept. 11 attack, however, tarnishes that legacy by faulting the department for failing to put in place a coordinated approach for handling security, even if it does not single anyone out for disciplinary action.
BRENTWOOD - It´s hard to imagine the grief felt by the parents of the 20 young children gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., unless you´re Ken and Danielle Lambert. (Snip) Their only children were supposed to be going to a sleepover with their aunt, Marci Thibault, but instead, she pulled over on the side of Interstate 495 in Lowell, Mass., and intentionally walked them into oncoming traffic.
When Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina announced on Monday that she would name Representative Tim Scott to the Senate, it seemed like another milestone for African-Americans. Mr. Scott will complete the term of Senator Jim DeMint, who is leaving to run Heritage Foundation.(Snip)But this “first black” rhetoric tends to interpret African-American political successes — including that of President Obama — as part of a morality play that dramatizes “how far we have come.” It obscures the fact that modern black Republicans have been more tokens than signs of progress. The cheerleading over racial symbolism plays to the Republicans’ desperate
Combine your family dog’s name with the name of your old home town and what do you get? In the case of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, you get in trouble with some lawmakers for having a less-than-obvious e-mail handle. At the request of congressional Republicans, the EPA’s inspector general has begun auditing how Jackson has used this secondary e-mail account, “Richard Windsor” — named for her dog and the New Jersey township, East Windsor.
Sometimes, you´ve got to spend money to make money. For the American Association for Justice, the largest trial lawyers organization in the country, it costs a lot to keep getting the gift that keeps on giving. The AAJ increased its federal lobbying expenditures by 42 percent -- from $840,000 to $1.15 million -- between the second and third quarter of 2012. Its Christmas list includes anything that opens up or helps keep open opportunities for its members and other plaintiffs´ lawyers to score enormous contingency fees from settlements or court judgments.
WASHINGTON — The gun-control debate sharpened Tuesday as President Obama backed an effort to revive the assault weapons ban spearheaded by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is poised to have a powerful new role as the head of the Senate committee overseeing gun laws.Calls for federal gun restrictions were mounting following last week´s shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. — even from lawmakers who had rejected them in the past. The National Rifle Assn.
President Barack Obama will on Wednesday announce the first step on gun control following the Newtown school shootings: an interagency task force, led by Vice President Joe Biden, charged with guiding the administration’s continuing response. The announcement will be the third time in five days Obama has addressed the massacre that killed 20 first-graders and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. And it will follow a call on Friday for “meaningful action” and his Sunday pledge to use the White House to “engage” Americans to prevent mass shootings.
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