The political slogan “Forward” served Barack Obama well during this year’s election campaign. It said that he was for going forward, while Republicans were for “going back to the failed policies that got us into this mess in the first place.” It was great political rhetoric and great political theater. Moreover, the Republicans did virtually nothing to challenge its shaky assumptions with a few hard facts that could have made those assumptions collapse like a house of cards. More is involved than this year’s political battles.
A blogger has claimed that the Youtube video showing an eagle ´swooping in´ on a toddler and trying to fly off with him is a hoax. The viral video is the work of some creative students at the Montreal-based Centre NAD. A blog post owned up to the fact that the video was the work of pupils studying the school´s 3D Animation and Digital Design program. In the video, a massive golden eagle circles a park before swooping down and appearing to grab a toddler with its claws and trying to fly off with him.
Since the election, House Speaker John Boehner has emerged as that Washington rarity, the adult in charge. To keep the country from plunging over the fiscal cliff, he has dealt with a president uninterested in compromise while leading a GOP House caucus understandably reluctant to concede much to that president. Mr. Boehner has denied President Obama the easy target he thought he had in the postelection GOP. The speaker has undercut the White House´s strategy of attacking congressional Republicans as do-nothing troglodytes and kept his party unified in a situation with no easy or obvious answers. Demanding that Mr. Obama extend
The three State Department officials who resigned today in the wake of the release of a scathing report on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya will probably be the only ones held accountable for that disaster. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is conveniently laid up due to a concussion and won’t testify before a congressional committee on the issue, just as she avoided being called to account in the aftermath of the murders even though she issued a statement saying she took “full responsibility” for what happened.
For traffic policeman Tony Lepore, going on the beat is more than just a job... he takes the term quite literally. The twinkle-toed officer has become a crossroad sensation in Providence, Rhode Island, after turning his daily car management duties into a highly-choreographed dance routine. He spins on his heels, drops to his knees, falls back on his hands and springs back upright, all while blowing his whistle rhythmically as he points his white-gloved fingers frantically from side to side. Mr Lepore has been entertaining motorists since 1984 when he came up with the moves to alleviate boredom after he
Laura Ingraham´s former radio show on Talk Radio Network Entertainment is going on a youth kick, today announcing that Fox News Channel´s Andrea Tantaros will get the 9 a.m-noon slot. She will be joined by Jason Mattera, the youngest editor ever of conservative Human Events. The "Andrea Tantaros Show with Jason Mattera" will begin January 2, the same day Ingraham will start her new show with Courtside Entertainment Group which also produces Bill O´Reilly´s "Talking Points."
In 1966, Frito-Lay launched the first tortilla chip brand nationwide. Back then, the salty snack market was dominated by potato chips and pretzels. Now, Doritos are everywhere, led by Nacho Cheese, Cool Ranch, Spicy Nacho, and Salsa Verde flavors. And this year marks the 40th anniversary of Nacho Cheese Doritos, which has become the most popular flavor of them all. We spoke with Frito-Lay marketing VP Ram Krishnan about the evolution of Doritos and how the chips became so hugely successful.
I periodically joke that there is no off-season in the world of political campaigns. We are likely to see at least four, and perhaps more, special elections in the coming months: Illinois 2nd Congressional District, where Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned. A primary will be held February 26 (at this point, no Republicans are running, but eight Democrats have filed papers) and the special general election will be held April 9. Missouri 8th Congressional District, where Rep. Jo Ann Emerson announced she would resign in February. The date for this special election
After November 6, the amount of blue on the presidential electoral map made it appear as if the entire Midwest had been swallowed by the Great Lakes. Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota all went for Barack Obama. Most weren’t close. One might think, then, that the American Midwest is hopelessly lost to the forces of big government. Yet within many of these states, something else is happening: conservatives are enacting some of the boldest reforms in the country, to broad public approval. The latest example comes from Michigan, where Republican governor Rick Snyder signed into law two “right-to-work” bills,
Here’s something you may not know about the 1987 battle that kept Robert Bork off the Supreme Court: Opponents pursued a whispering campaign against him on the grounds that he wasn’t enough of a religious believer. Back then, many Democrats still held seats in the rural South, and the religion angle gave them an easier way to explain their stance to constituents than, We’ve been asked to oppose him as a party-line matter. Thus Rep. John Bryant (D-Texas) warned that Bork was “an agnostic who is not a member of any church.”
North Korea now has an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of delivering a nuclear weapon to the United States, as demonstrated by their successful launch and orbiting of a satellite on Dec. 12. Certain poorly informed pundits among the chattering classes reassure us that North Korea is still years away from being able to miniaturize warheads for missile delivery, and from developing sufficiently accurate missiles to pose a serious nuclear threat to the United States. Please do not include byline in headline.
Father-son talks are always difficult, but it was time to teach my teenager about how things work. I dragged him to our local branch of Wells Fargo and opened a checking account with ATM card privileges and a savings account where he deposited his hard-earned umpiring cash. Having worked on Wall Street for 25 years, I stroked my chin and provided some sage advice: Checking accounts don’t pay interest, so keep your money in the savings account and just move it to checking when you need it. None other than Albert Einstein, I noted,
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) on Wednesday afternoon urged people to turn in their guns, arguing it would be an appropriate response to last week´s mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. "I would personally just say to those who are listening, maybe you want to turn in your guns," Jackson Lee said on the House floor. "Oh no, I´m not going to take your guns. But look at what Dick´s Sporting Goods did ... they wanted to be part of the solution and part of America." Dick´s Sporting Goods announced this week that it would stop selling and displaying guns
With President Barack Obama endorsing sweeping gun restrictions in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, prices for handgun magazines are surging on EBay (EBAY) and semi-automatic rifles are sold out at many Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) locations. Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, said yesterday that it would continue to sell guns, including rifles like the one used at Newtown, where 26 people, most of them children, were killed on Dec. 14. By contrast, Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (DKS) suspended sales of similar guns at its more than 500 stores.
Former Republican Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel may no longer be President Obama’s favored pick to run the Defense Department, sources told the Free Beacon. Hagel immediately drew a frosty reception from observers who criticized him for advocating in favor of direct unconditional talks with Iran and for backing sizable cuts to the defense budget. Those who have worked with Hagel and have an intimate knowledge of his managerial style also expressed concerns about his possible appointment.
It’s four days after Hurricane Sandy, and Cory Booker is speeding though Newark’s powerless neighborhoods in his “rolling bodega,” a Chevy Tahoe packed with blankets, diapers, water, and other supplies. At the Pennington Court housing project, the mayor, dressed in baggy jeans, hiking shoes, and a Fire Department windbreaker, reminds a few dozen residents to check on their elderly neighbors. If the lights don’t come on by nightfall, he says, he’ll send police protection. Then he hands out candy to the kids who missed Halloween, joking that he’s going to arrest a couple of the boys
This is the latest video about Musicorps, a program that gives (often very severely) wounded combat veterans the opportunity to play music. It’s the creation of a wunderkind in Washington DC named Arthur Bloom, a Juliard prodigy who has performed with some very famous musicians and written some very successful compositions, including movie scores. He took his profits and put them into Musicorps, which maybe, just maybe, is beginning to attract the attention it deserves. (Snip)There’s a substantial literature about the curative power of music, but mostly it’s about listening to music. Arthur Bloom knows more:
This is a leverage ploy, right? The House passes Plan B, Reid kills it in the Senate, and then Boehner gets to say, “We did what Democrats wanted by taxing millionaires and they still prefer to go over the cliff.” But … what if it doesn’t even pass the House? Then Democrats get to turn around and say that the GOP caucus won’t even agree to tax the rich when it’s their own Speaker asking them to do so. As of last night, per National Journal, GOP vote counters weren’t sure that Boehner had the votes.
Widespread ageism throughout the NHS means elderly cancer patients are sometimes being written off as "too old for treatment", doctors and nurses have admitted. About half of those surveyed in an ICM poll (48 percent) said they thought “stereotypes and assumptions” about older people were resulting in some patients not getting the best treatment for cancer. A similar proportion (45 percent) said they had dealt with a cancer patient who had been refused treatment on the grounds of age. And two-thirds (67 percent) said they had heard other health workers speaking to older cancer patients in a “condescending or
Mearl Justus, who served as sheriff of St. Clair County for three decades before resigning from the position last week, died Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.(Snip)He started as a street cop in Cahokia and was police chief there for 20 years before serving as county sheriff. He had just resigned from the position on Tuesday, citing health issues. Mr. Justus rarely carried a gun, although it was said that he always had one within reach. He taught criminal justice classes and told his college students they would solve more crimes with a pen than a gun.
Disgraced ESPN talking head Rob Parker issued a full-on apology for his racially inflammatory remarks about Robert Griffin III that set off a media firestorm and earned him an indefinite suspension from the network. In his first public statement since questioning the Washington Redskins quarterback´s blackness on ESPN´s "First Take" last Thursday, Parker tweeted a mea culpa for failing to "understand how the issue of race in sports is a sensitive one and needs to be handled with great care." "The failure was in how I chose to discuss it on First Take,...
It may be the biggest insult since salsa made in New York City. Texas, long the nation’s oil capital, could get upstaged by California. That’s right, California. Enron’s prey-ground. Cap-and-trade fantasyland. Home of fossil-fuel-hating, electric-car-driving, green-dreamers. Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management sold 15 leases for about 18,000 acres in California’s Monterey Shale, which stretches 200 miles south from San Francisco. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates the shale formation could hold 15.4 billion barrels of oil, which would be double the combined reserves
As families of victims of Friday’s Connecticut elementary school shooting grieved during another day of funerals, President Obama promised action on new gun-control proposals and tapped Vice President Joseph R. Biden to head up the White House’s efforts. Creating the Biden-led task force also is the first tangible action Mr. Obama has taken to grapple with the issue of gun violence in the aftermath of the massacre in Newtown, Conn., last week that claimed the lives of 20 schoolchildren and eight adults, including the suspected shooter. “The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse
Months before the massacre in Newtown, Conn., put the National Rifle Association on the defensive, the powerful gun rights group faced an unexpected problem. One of its most loyal Democratic friends in Congress was leading a rebellion against an NRA effort to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress, a cause viewed by Democrats as a political sideshow that had nothing to do with gun rights. “This, my friends, is not a position I relish,” Rep. John D. Dingell (Mich.) wrote in an anguished letter urging fellow gun lovers to reject the NRA’s position.
It was a most audacious application of the Emanuel rule. “Never allow a crisis to go to waste,” Rahm Emanuel said when he was tapped to be President Obama’s chief of staff. Standing in the White House briefing room Wednesday afternoon, Obama observed that recommendation in unorthodox fashion, invoking the grade-school massacre in Newtown, Conn., to advance his agenda not just on gun control but on taxes, the debt limit, energy and immigration reform. “Goodness,” Obama said. “If there’s one thing we should have after this week, it should be a sense of perspective about what’s important.”