The gun-control debate gives us Obamanomics in a nutshell. Government regulation of commerce is often expanded to the benefit of – and with the cooperation of – the biggest business in the industry being regulation. The Washington Post reports on Obama’s efforts to regulate the sale of guns: One potential strategy would be to win support for specific measures from interest groups that are normally aligned with the NRA, according to one person who works closely with the administration on gun-related issues and who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the issue’s sensitivity.
He claims that he had no idea that a gun was in his bag when he went through LAX Airport back in October, leading to his arrest. The 62-year-old actor has now been hit with two misdemeanor weapon charges - including carrying a concealed firearm and taking a prohibited weapon through the sterile area at the airport, according toTMZ.(Snip)TSA agents found an unloaded 9mm Glock and a novelty police badge in Scalia´s carry-on bag when he went through security at Los Angeles airport last October. Following the bust, Scalia said he knew nothing about what was found
Russell County High School student Derek Shrout, 17, will be in court this afternoon facing a felony charge of attempted assault after he was arrested for allegedly planning to use homemade explosives in a terrorist attack on fellow students at the school in Seale, Ala. Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said Sunday a search of Shrout´s home Friday found about a couple dozen small tobacco cans and two large cans, all with holes drilled in them and containing pellets. He said other ingredients to complete the small bombs -- such as black powder, butane and fuses -- were not
On her Saturday program on Fox News Channel, host Jeanine Pirro tore into the New York-based paper, The Journal News, which recently outed her and many other local residents as gun owners. Pirro said that the paper’s actions have made them look weak and scared. The fact that they have had to hire armed guards for their protection after publishing the map is striking hypocrisy. (Snip) “The firestorm began when The Journal News identified gun owners in a pedophile-like, interactive map,” Pirro said. “The battered woman, hiding from her abuser, whose address has been protected by the courts.
Rapper Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, said in an interview with GQ magazine that he would “love” to show his kids “the right way” to smoke weed, but he wouldn’t push it on them. "It´s not that I would ever push weed on our kids," said Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, in the January issue of GQ, "but if they wanted to, I would love to show them how, the right way, so that way they won´t get nothing put in their s*** or overdose or trying some s*** that ain´t clean."
Are Democrats done raising taxes on the American people? "No," says House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). "We can raise more revenue," says Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). And Sen. Dick Durban (D-Ill.) says "there are still deductions, credits, special treatments under the tax code which ought to be looked at very carefully." The three Democrats took similar questions about additional tax hikes on different Sunday talk shows. Interviewed Friday by Bob Schieffer, host of CBS´s "Face the Nation," Pelosi was asked if the "revenue side" of the fiscal cliff is finished. Revenue means higher taxes to Democrats.
Until recently, falconry—the ancient art of hunting small game with trained birds of prey—was just a hobby for Michael Gregston, who makes a living leading canoe trips down the Missouri River. But to supplement his income, he has been toting four of his rare hawks and falcons in the bitter cold to an unusual destination for a bird enthusiast: an oil refinery. "The battle begins when the sun goes down," said Mr. Gregston, 60 years old. Donning a bright green hard-hat and fireproof suit on a recent afternoon, he prepared to fly his prized birds into the labyrinth of pipes and towers
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III limped around for much of Sunday´s playoff game against Seattle, and was finally forced out of the game when his knee gave out fielding a low shotgun snap in the fourth quarter. The injury already brought up questions and comments by FOX announcer Troy Aikman, who cited controversial remarks by well-known orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who told USA Today that he did not clear Robert Griffin III to return to the Redskins´ Dec. 9 game against the Baltimore Ravens after he sprained his right knee. "I´m the one that
LOS ANGELES — Conversations must begin honestly. It is perfectly legitimate to analyze leaders with critical lenses. People fight and die for this freedom. Times are serious, and Obama may not be. The question of whether OBama is lazy evokes everything from discomfort to rage. Yet asking and answering questions provokes "national conversations" that President Obama cherishes. Racism exists (thankfully, such views are marginalized) and in the past. Calling blacks "lazy" is one way for racists to spread their message. Denying the connotation denies history. So how can calling Obama lazy not be racist?
WASHINGTON — Democratic Illinois Rep. Danny K. Davis told The Daily Caller that President Obama should have the power to raise the nation’s debt ceiling without congressional approval, citing the example of President Abraham Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation as a good use of presidential authority. “Sometimes when we’ve gotten great answers is when presidents have had enough authority to take some actions,” Davis told TheDC on Capitol Hill Friday. “I mean, remember that we just celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and if Abraham Lincoln had not had the power, authority and
A retired Portland city administrator made more than $22,000 a month last fall after being awarded no-bid contracts with the city and the school district, the Oregonian reported Sunday. Officials said they generally prefer competitive contracting, but added that no one else offered Yvonne Deckard´s expertise.The pay wasn't out of line for specialized work and contracts didn't violate any policies, but the deals raise questions about competition among contractors _ particularly when a former employee is involved. Content added by staff
Los Angeles—Actor Thomas Gibson has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in downtown Los Angeles. CBS2's Art Barron reports that Gibson was arrested about 1:37 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of 11th and Grand Avenue. The Los Angeles Police Department — Traffic Division took the 50-year-old star into custody after he allegedly drove through a barricade that had been set up for the first-ever half-marathon “New Year’s Race — Los Angeles At Night.” No one was injured.(Snip)The Julliard-educated Gibson is known for his roles on CBS’ “Criminal Minds,” “Chicago Hope” and ABC’s “Dharma and Greg.”
WASHINGTON (AP) - In Connecticut and Colorado, scenes of the most deadly U.S. mass shootings in 2012, people were less enthusiastic about buying new guns at the end of the year than in most other states, according to an Associated Press analysis of new FBI data. The biggest surges in background checks for people who want to carry or buy guns occurred in states in the South and West. (Snip) Nationally, there were nearly twice as many more background checks for firearms between November and December than during the same time period one year ago.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) released a video of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi delivering racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-American remarks . The incendiary rhetoric becomes relevant now that the Obama administration plans to give 200 Abrams tanks and 10 F-16 fighter jets to the Morsi government. Morsi expounded on his anti-American and anti-Zionist views in 2010, as a member of the Guidance Office of the Muslim Brotherhood.
A war-toughened, 90-year-old Merchant Marine veteran and his steely 89-year-old wife have moved back into their storm-savaged home in the Rockaways — no thanks to the heartless naysayers in Congress. True grit, hard work, a loving family and the boundless determination of selfless New Yorkers put Larry and Yetta Eichen back in their Queens home of 40 years Saturday — while Washington windbags played politics with desperately needed Sandy aid. “Don’t stab us in the back!” said an emotional Eichen as he returned to his two-story attached home on Beach 120th St. after two months living
President Obama wants to get credit for bipartisanship, so he picks a Republican defense secretary who will garner few if any Republican votes. He walks away from a politically loyal African American woman for secretary of state (whose nomination would open up his political liabilities) but goes forward with a white, Republican man (whose nomination puts gobs of Senate Republicans in an untenable spot). The two groups of Democrats (gays and Jews) who turned out in droves for him watch a nomination proceed with someone who had tried to exclude gays from government and accused Jews of dual loyalty.
Yes, I’ve heard about the notion that I should be nominated as Treasury Secretary. I’m flattered, but it really is a bad idea. Part of the reason is that I am indeed the World’s Worst Administrator — and that does matter. Someone else can do the paperwork — but an administrative job requires making hiring and firing decisions, it means keeping track of many things, and that, to say the least, is not my forte. Oh, and there’s not a chance that I would be confirmed. But the main point, as I see it,
Congress and President Obama have pushed through a relatively modest stopgap measure to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” but over the coming years, the United States will confront another huge cliff: Social Security. In the first presidential debate, Mr. Obama described Social Security as “structurally sound,” and Mitt Romney said that “neither the president nor I are proposing any changes” to the program. It was a rare issue on which both men agreed — and both were utterly wrong.
One of, if not the, greatest controversies surrounding Elizabeth Warren was her claim to be Native American, specifically Cherokee. The controversy was sparked in late April 2012, when the Boston Herald revealed that in the late 1990s Harvard Law School had promoted Warren as a Native American faculty member. The public was unaware that Warren claimed to be Cherokee. When confronted by reporters, Warren claimed not to know why Harvard was promoting her as Native American. Over the ensuing weeks, information was uncovered by a law professor that starting in the mid-1980s, when she was at U. Penn. Law School,
Maybe you too thought with that fiscal cliff band-aid we were done with serious problems for a while. Nope. You may have heard about the Iowa dental assistant, Melissa Nelson? Poor thing. Her employer of 10 years, Dr. James Knight, fired the 32-year-old woman for being "irresistible." And the other day all seven men on the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that, why yes, having seen the plaintiff, that seems like a reasonable decision by their fellow male. Especially given that Mrs. Knight, the dentist´s wife who gives away about 20 years to the married assistant, had demanded that
Pope Benedict said on Sunday that Roman Catholic leaders must have the courage to stand up to attacks by "intolerant agnosticism" prevalent in many countries. The pope and the Church have come under increased attack because of their opposition to homosexual marriage and women priests. The pope has repeatedly denounced what he says are attempts to push religion out of public debate.
Should conservatives and persons of faith simply withdraw from the public square, live our lives, and quietly await the inevitable collapse of what the indispensible Walter Russell Mead calls Blue State America? Some people seem to think so. The question was first raised in 1996 in the journal First Things by the late Fr. John Neuhaus. In an essay called "The End of Democracy," Neuhaus talked about the possibility of civil disobedience by persons of faith as a response to unjust laws and court rulings. He was speaking of the Clinton Administration.
Like the ancient parable of the blind men describing the same elephant from different perspectives, conservatism can mean many different things to many different people. Indeed, given the relatively straightforward and down-to-earth meaning of the word,conservatism actually lends itself to considerable linguistic legerdemain. One can use the word to refer to a temperament, an ideology (or ideologies), an objective tendency, or simply an unwillingness to heed the forces of progress as fashion dictates. It seems to me that the future of each of these varieties of conservatism is assured. The conservative temper stems from the crooked timber of humanity
Any fawning story about Hillary Rodham Clinton is obliged to declare her the “most widely traveled secretary of state in American history.” A gusher Saturday in The New York Times did just that, but quietly inserted the facts later. Near the end, it mentioned that, while Clinton visited the most countries, 112, Condoleezza Rice actually logged more than 1 million miles on the job, 50,000 more than Saint Hillary. That makes Rice the champ because “most traveled” should mean most miles. But apparently facts don’t count if the winner is a black conservative. Source corrected by staff
By nominating Chuck Hagel to be his Defense Secretary, President Obama is putting forward an aloof contrarian who doesn’t suffer fools – a striving politician who considers himself above politics. Hagel’s intellectual arrogance angers party colleagues, raising suspicions about what he really stands for, and doubts about whether he’s a team player. In other words, Obama has picked a man very much like himself. Hagel is Obama in a GOP jersey. That may be the biggest reason why Hagel’s confirmation in the Senate, while likely, will not be easy.
PRESIDENT Obama’s decision to nominate Chuck Hagel, a maverick Republican with enough experience of war to loathe it, as his next secretary of defense is the right choice for many reasons, chief among them that it will provoke a serious debate on what constitutes real friendship toward Israel. That debate, which will unfold during Senate confirmation hearings, is much needed because Jewish leadership in the United States is often unrepresentative of the many American Jews who have moved on from the view that the only legitimate support of Israel is