Do you remember the line about how all clever economists were tall, with the exceptions of Milton Friedman and John Kenneth Galbraith? Clever or not, the 6’8” Galbraith was one of the wittiest of economists, and under a pseudonym once wrote a book mocking academic jargon called The McLandress Dimension. The Dimension in question measured the amount of time a person could spend without thinking of himself, scored from 100 (1 second) to 1 (60 minutes). Today’s winner is unquestionably the new junior senator from Massachusetts. I once received a six-page letter from her,
He wants to come clean. Cycling legend Lance Armstrong has told his associates he is considering a public admission that he doped during his athletic career, according to a published report. Armstrong, 41, has spent recent months weighing his options while vacationing with family in Hawaii, The Wall Street Journal reported. Possibilities include going on television, writing a book, or making a public statement in the near future about his alleged doping. A public confession would allow Armstrong to begin restoring his badly damaged reputation
A quake with a magnitude of 7.6 gave Juneau a jolt just before midnight Friday night. According to the National Weather Service, the point of origin for the quake was 205 miles south of Juneau. NWS has issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas between and including the north tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia to Cape Suckling, located 75 miles southeast of Cordova. It is suggested that in a warning area, people move inland to higher ground. In an advisory area, moving off the beach and out of harbors and marinas is suggested. Juneau resident Archie Hinman told the Empire the quake
Last week the 113th Congress met for the first time, with Republicans in control of the House and Democrats in charge of the Senate. The Obama administration is optimistic that it can work its will over this legislature, driving a hard bargain on sequestration and the debt ceiling and pushing through reforms on immigration and gun control. This is extremely unlikely. In fact, for a host of reasons, expect the new Congress to resemble the one that just finished—mired in stalemate with the president, lurching from one short-term, ad hoc budget deal to the next,
SAN FRANCISCO -- Buses in San Francisco are carrying messages of jihad, but it´s not what you might think. It´s a campaign to educate residents about the real meaning of the word. It´s a campaign that began in Chicago and has now reached the Bay Area. One statement on the side of a Muni bus reads: "My jihad is to stay fit despite my busy schedule. What´s yours?" It´s part of an educational campaign created by CAIR -- the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The group has put 35 ads on buses rolling through the streets of San Francisco.
There’s been lots of talk on the interweb machine about using platinum coins to solve the debt-ceiling crisis. Although it’s almost certainly just the theoretical fun of economics writers, and is extremely unlikely to happen, it does illuminate the intransigence of Republicans, the limited options of the president, and the distinction between what’s political overreach and what isn’t. With Republicans vowing another debt-ceiling crisis, the administration is in a quandary over how to deal with this kind of madness. The Treasury Department can’t just print money to meet the nation’s debt obligations. But it does have unlimited power to mint
T he Connecticut state legislature is about to consider changing the law to make the information and addresses of 170,000 Connecticut handgun owners public. Aside from potentially being unconstitutional on the grounds that such a law would violate (somewhat ironically) the right to privacy first enumerated by the Supreme Court in Griswold v. Connecticut, this proposal would, if passed, prove a boon for criminals, a disaster for unarmed Connecticuters, and would eventually lead to the proliferation of handgun ownership throughout the state. That was not a typo: I did, in fact, write that the law would most harm people
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,