Al Gore believes that the world is going to come an end in less than five years. Over the years, he professes to attempt to solve the “problem” of reducing the earth’s “carbon footprint” by expending plenty of carbon himself, with first a movie, and then a rock concert, and eventually a TV channel. He demands that the rest of us change our lifestyle to suit his worldview, but publicly vows not to change his, Al lives in a mansion, flies around in a private plane, and, this, along with his various business ventures, gives him an overall carbon footprint
FOR the past three years America’s leaders have looked on Europe’s management of the euro crisis with barely disguised contempt. In the White House and on Capitol Hill there has been incredulity that Europe’s politicians could be so incompetent at handling an economic problem; so addicted to last-minute, short-term fixes; and so incapable of agreeing on a long-term strategy for the single currency. Those criticisms were all valid, but now those who made them should take the planks from their own eyes. America’s economy may not be in as bad a state as Europe’s, but the failures of its politicians—
President Barack Obama is returning to Washington Saturday evening, ending the first family’s annual Kailua vacation in which he went back to Washington, D.C., for a week to reach a compromise with congressional Republicans over the “fiscal cliff”?tax and spending standoff. (Snip) Today, Obama played golf at the Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort with Bobby Titcomb, Marty Nesbitt, Sam Kass and Marvin Nicholson. Playing in gusting wind and a driving rain, they took about five hours to complete their round of golf, a White House media pool reported.
Arlington —Spencer Nealy did the team honors after coach Kevin Sumlin called a timeout late in Friday’s 41-13 thrashing of Oklahoma. The senior defensive tackle lifted quarterback Johnny Manziel over his head so that the pro Texas A&M crowd could fete the record-breaking freshman. It was obvious that Manziel suffered no rust from his whirling dervish of a nationwide Heisman tour. In the dismantling of former Big 12 rival, Manziel picked up another accolade to add to an already fantastic freshman resume — most valuable player of the Cotton Bowl.
Any night can explode into gunfire in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy knows that well. On New Year’s Eve, he went on patrol there with one of his officers, as he occasionally does, and seized an illegal gun from a car during a routine traffic stop. It was just one in a sea of weapons the end up in Chicago’s South Side and West Side, more often then not with the serial numbers filed off. Last year, the city hit 506 homicides, and this year, killings again are stacking up at a rate
Reformed crooks say the New York newspaper that published a map of names and addresses of gun owners did a great service – to their old cronies in the burglary trade. The information published online by the Journal-News, a daily paper serving the New York suburbs of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, could be highly useful to thieves in two ways, former burglars told FoxNews.com. Crooks looking to avoid getting shot now know which targets are soft and those who need weapons know where they can steal them. “That was the most asinine article I’ve ever seen,” said Walter T. Shaw,
A massive cargo-carrying airship has taken shape inside one of the 17-story wooden blimp hangars at the former military base in Tustin. According to aircraft maker Worldwide Aeros Corp., construction is complete on a 36,000-pound blimp-like aircraft designed for the military to carry tons of cargo to remote areas around the world.(Snip) The Aeroscraft is a zeppelin with a 230-foot rigid skeleton made of aluminum and carbon fiber. It´s a new type of hybrid aircraft that combines airplane and airship technologies and doesn´t need a long runway to take off or land because
Washington — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens. The long-overdue regulations could cost businesses close to half a billion dollars a year to implement, but are expected to reduce the estimated 3,000 deaths a year from foodborne illness. Just since last summer, outbreaks of listeria in cheese and salmonella in peanut butter, mangoes and cantaloupe have been linked to more than 400 illnesses and as many as seven deaths,
California law protects its residents from discrimination based on sex, race, religion and sexual orientation. Now a state lawmaker is pushing to add another category to the list: homelessness. New legislation titled the "Homeless Bill of Rights" by Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco is meant to keep communities from rousting people who have nowhere to turn.(Snip) The heart of Assembly Bill 5 would give legal protection to people engaging in life-sustaining activities on public property. Among other activities, it specifically mentions sleeping, congregating, panhandling, urinating and "collecting and possessing goods for recyling, even if those goods contain
The Church of England has dropped its controversial ban on gay clergy becoming bishops, leading to warnings of major divisions among its members. The announcement, from the Church’s House of Bishops, would allow gay clergy in civil partnerships to become bishops if they promise to be celibate. However, conservative evangelical Anglicans have said they intend to fight the move in the Church’s ruling General Synod and have warned they would be willing to bring in bishops from overseas to avoid serving under a gay bishop.(Snip) The move comes after the General Synod controversially rejected proposals to allow women bishops
WASHINGTON - The House Republican leadership will set aside GOP campaign promises to repeal Obamacare outright in favor of piecemeal changes within the 906-page law, U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, a senior member of the House leadership, told the Houston Chronicle Friday. The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee´s panel on health care said the Republican-controlled House would target provisions that GOP lawmakers blame for driving up health care costs. "Clearly our preference is a complete repeal and replacement of it,"
The appetite for a government shutdown is growing among Republicans, who had shied away from one during the debt and spending fights in the last Congress but now say one may be needed. Several high-profile senators this week began laying the groundwork for a shutdown, saying that it may be necessary in order to restore “fiscal sanity” on the federal budget. “I think the last time we saw a shutdown, the fact that Republicans were willing to stand together — on fiscally conservative principles — ended up producing a result that was responsible and that benefited
Federal support for wind power will last for at least one more year under a little-noticed portion of the “fiscal cliff” deal reached earlier this week. It largely was overshadowed by the back-and-forth over tax rates and other, higher-profile issues, but the wind-energy industry was bracing itself for mass layoffs in the event the $12 billion-per-year production tax credit and other giveaways were eliminated at the end of 2012, as originally scheduled.(Snip) While the one-year extension doesn’t provide the same certainty enjoyed by the solar-power sector — which has its tax credits
The Loganville mother of two assumed the knocks on her front door Friday afternoon were from a solicitor. “Don’t answer,” she yelled to her 9-year-old twins playing downstairs. When the visitor began repeatedly ringing the doorbell, she called her husband at work. “Get the kids and hide,” he told his wife. As he dialed 911, his 37-year-old spouse, who works from home, collected the children and hid with them in a crawlspace adjoining her office. By that time, the intruder had forced his way into the three-story residence on Henderson Ridge Drive with a crowbar,
President Barack Obama´s 2008 campaign has been fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for reporting violations related to a set of donations received during the final days of the campaign. The fines are among the largest ever levied on a presidential campaign by the FEC and stem from a series of missing notices for nearly 1,200 contributions totaling nearly $1.9 million. Campaigns are required to file reports within 48 hours on donations of $1,000 or more received during the final 20 days of the campaign. The fine was detailed in a conciliation agreement sent to Sean Cairncross,
$16.4 trillion – that’s the latest figure for America’s massive national debt. Nearly $6 trillion of this debt was racked up in the first term of the Obama presidency – a 50 percent increase. It is horrifying to imagine what the debt will be when Obama leaves the White House in 2016, unless Congress has the willpower to stand in the way. Meanwhile, as the world’s superpower is literally drowning in debt, President Obama is basking in the warmth of the beaches of Hawaii, at an exclusive resort way beyond the financial reach of most Americans.
A remarkable photograph of a baby reaching out from the womb to grip the finger of the doctor working to deliver her by C-section has drawn a huge amount of attention on the Internet: The baby is named Nevaeh (it’s “Heaven” spelled backward) and her mother, Alicia Atkins, is a professional photographer. She didn’t take this particular photo, since she was rather preoccupied at the time, so the shutterbug duties fell to her husband Randy. A report at Life News notes that such events are not unknown to hospital staff,
Al Gore has sold his failing Current TV network to Al Jazeera, which plans to rename it Al Jazeera America – and so the Leftist/jihadist alliance is now official. While the American Left has been cooperating and collaborating with forces of the global jihad and Islamic supremacism for years, now their alliance is open and indisputable. Gore is even slated for a spot on Al Jazeera America’s advisory board. The Wall Street Journal reported that Current TV’s co-founder and CEO, Joel Hyatt, explained that Al Jazeera was a perfect fit for the sale. Al Jazeera, he said,
If Scott Brown does not attempt to return to the Senate in the special election to fill John Kerry’s soon-to-be open seat in Massachusetts, a figure well-known to many Fox News viewers may take a crack at the Republican nomination. “(I)f neither William Weld nor Scott Brown is the candidate to bring that help from Massachusetts to Washington, I will take those who have asked me to run much more seriously,” Dr. Keith Ablow said in statement to the Boston Herald Thursday. Psychiatrist Ablow hosts a syndicated talk show and has been a Fox News contributor,
The word is that President Obama is set to nominate Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. Reportedly, the nomination could come as early as Monday. Hagel’s nomination would be a victory for clarity. As has widely been observed, Hagel has no natural constituency, except perhaps for those who want a foreign and defense policy that is tougher on Israel and softer on Iran. Unfortunately, as I have observed, Obama belongs to that constituency. Hence, the clarity his nomination would bring. Israel would be clear that Obama views the Jewish state with hostility
In case you missed it, Alan Grayson is back in Congress. Yes, the same Alan Grayson who called his 2010 congressional opponent Dan Webster (who he lost to) "Taliban Dan" and the same guy who said Republicans want people to "die quickly" on the House floor in 2009. In November, Grayson regained his position in Congress due to redistricting. Yesterday, just hours after the 113th Congress officially started, Grayson was on MSNBC accusing Republicans of legislative terrorism because you know, new tone or something. "Well, they say it´s a device for them to extract concessions that they
Did you know that if you own a gun you are equivalent to a child molester? According to Mark Green, who has run for the mayoralty of new York on the Democratic ticket, your right to own a gun grants you the same right to privacy as a child molester: none. Green appeared on "Hardball" Thursday and pronounced that gun ownership laws should be severe in their restrictions, and that just as in “Megan’s Law” which stipulates that sex offenders must be listed in a registry open to the public,
Perth Amboy — The driver for disgraced former Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas was sentenced today to five years probation for his part in a scheme to rig a lottery so he could buy a discounted home intended for low-income residents, state authorities said. Anthony Jones, 51, of Perth Amboy, admitted in August that he falsified personal financial information in order to qualify to buy a two-family home on Market Street through the Perth Amboy Home Program, the state Attorney General´s Office said in a news release. Vas admitted in 2010 to rigging a public lottery so that Jones won
Of course, 2013 will be fine, because the 1950s sure were. That´s the premise for the coming year, especially in regard to the agreement in Washington to raise tax rates on the well-off. In the 1950s, after all, tax rates were far higher than what the House and Senate have agreed on, a top rate in the high-30% range. Back then, they were even higher than what President Barack Obama might have proposed, if left to his own counsel. Republicans in that era went along with the idea that high rates took something away from the rich and
MSNBC’s Now panelists took to the airwaves on Friday to celebrate the historic nature of the fact that the 113th Congress features a single African-American in the Senate, and that senator is a Republican… Just kidding. In fact, the panelists took that opportunity to highlight the continued problems that the Republican party faces with average minority voters, in spite of the increasing number of GOP minority officeholders. Some went so far as to attribute Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-SC) career to Republican legislator to “affirmative action.”