Here’s some more news for the media gatekeepers to bury, since it runs strongly counter to their preferred gun-control narrative: a 71-year-old Florida man used his lawfully carried firearm to thwart an armed robbery at an Internet cafe in Ocala, Florida. The two perpetrators were armed with a handgun and a baseball bat. They barged into the cafe around 10:00 PM Friday, masked and ready to party. One of them immediately started smashing computer equipment with his baseball bat, while the gun-wielding thug started barking orders at the patrons.
I admire former Mayor Ed Koch’s willingness to break with his own party on issues of principle, but his comments to the Algemeiner today are mind-boggling. In between some very strong denunciations of the Chuck Hagel nomination, Koch casually let it drop that he suspected Obama would abandon his pro-Israel positions after the election. The former mayor, of course, endorsed Obama’s reelection and served as one of his surrogates to the pro-Israel community: “Frankly, I thought that there would come a time when [Obama] would renege on what he conveyed on his support of Israel,” said Koch, adding,
Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords D-Ariz. launched a new policy group this morning dubbed Americans for Responsible Solutions. The organization calls for government action to stop gun violence. That sounds pretty standard, but in this morning’s USA Today op-ed, Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly specifically criticize the National Rifle Association – signalling that she will directly challenge the group’s influence. Calling the organization an “ideological fringe,” Giffords calls out the NRA leadership’s “defiant and unsympathetic response” to the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. “Rather than working to find the balance between our rights and the
It’s the most miserable time of the year for many people in the area. Flu season is in full effect and this one in particular is shaping up to be more extreme than usual. The State Department of Health reports that four Pennsylvanians have already died of complications from the influenza virus. In response to the early start of flu season, the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest had to open an emergency space to care for the increased number of people with flu-like symptoms. The hospital tells NBC10´s Katy Zachry why the tent was erected.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney placed the blame for the $16.4 trillion national debt on Congress, as he again asserted that President Barack Obama will not negotiate on raising the debt ceiling. “Nobody forced Congress to rack up the bills that it incurred,” Carney told reporters on Monday. “And it is an abdication of responsibility to say we’re going to let the country default and cause global economic calamity simply because we’re not getting what we want in terms of our ideological agenda.” The national debt has increased by $5 trillion since Obama took office in 2009.
Controversy erupted at the Illinois Labor History Society’s “Salute to Labor’s Historic Heroes from the History Makers of Today” conference when Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, drew applause and laughs for suggesting that a past generation of labor leaders preferred to resolve disputes with murder. Lewis drew laughs when she talked about beheading the rich as a preferred method of conflict resolution for disgruntled labor organizers of a bygone era. (Snip) “At this very moment I still believe there is one party in this country – that is, the party of money, with two
WASHINGTON - Just two weeks before his second inauguration, President Barack Obama is acting as if he believes he has a big mandate for his next term. The latest sign: his decision to defy a concerted campaign against his choice for defense secretary. The Democratic president, re-elected in November, unveiled a more combative approach during the end-of-year "fiscal cliff" taxes and spending drama, exploiting disarray in Republican ranks that underscored Washington´s legislative dysfunction. Obama also showed a "get-tough" strategy in his determination to pursue gun control after last month´s massacre of schoolchildren by a gunman in Newtown, Connecticut.
Many years ago, as a young man, I read a very interesting book about the rise of the Communists to power in China. In the last chapter, the author tried to explain why and how this had happened. Among the factors he cited were the country´s educators. (Snip) Today, I see our own educators playing a similar role in creating a mindset that undermines American society. Schools were once thought of as places where a society´s knowledge and experience were passed on to the younger generation. But, about a hundred years ago, Professor John Dewey of Columbia University
Just call him Al Gorezeera. Yesterday morning, the still shell shocked staff at Current TV was called to an all hands staff meeting at its San Francisco headquarters, which was teleconferenced to their offices in LA and NYC, to meet their new bosses. That would be two of Al Jazeera’s top guys: Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of international operations, and Muftah AlSuwaidan, general manager of the London bureau. Ominously missing was the creator of Current, the self proclaimed inventor of the Internet and savior of clean energy, Al Gore, although his partner, Joel Hyatt, stood proudly with the Al Jazeera honchos.
Chuck Hagel, the former Republican senator from Nebraska and Barack Obama´s choice to be secretary of defense, served with honor as an infantryman in Vietnam and was wounded twice. This fact, a tribute to Mr. Hagel´s personal courage, will now be trotted out repeatedly as proof of his fitness to serve in high office. If the standard by which our prospective secretaries of defense should be judged is prior military service, neither Edwin Stanton (Lincoln´s secretary of war) nor Henry Stimson (FDR´s) would have passed the test. Robert McNamara and Don Rumsfeld would have. But I digress.
Americas: Venezuela´s Hugo Chavez is dying of cancer in Havana, in a live demonstration of Cuba´s vaunted socialized medical care. He went there instead of Brazil because he wanted to make a political statement. What irony. As party cronies hover at his bedside, Cuban officials bark orders to the government in Caracas, and red-shirted Chavistas hold vigils, all signs are pointing to an imminent exit for the Venezuelan leader who controls a huge part of the world´s oil. He´s going out exactly as he wouldn´t have liked — helpless and at the mercy of doctors,
TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie may have "prayed" for Superstorm Sandy because it has provided political cover for his failed economic policies, the Democratic leader of the state Senate said Monday. Senate President Stephen Sweeney, the state´s most powerful elected Democrat and a possible contender for his party´s nomination for governor, said Christie´s jobs plan before the late October storm was a disaster and now the reconstruction will provide an economic boost through thousands of new construction jobs. He said Sandy, which killed people in 10 states but hit New York and New Jersey the hardest, flooding neighborhoods
I’m sure we all wondered the same thing after President Obama named Chuck Hagel as the nation’s 24th secretary of defense. What in God’s name does Colin Powell have to do to get the president’s attention? Everybody in D.C. knows that Mr. Powell would love to follow in the footsteps of his idol, George Marshall, and become the only other man to serve his country as both secretary of state and secretary of defense. The Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward—with whom Powell has one of those cozy only-in-Washington types of relationships:
A leading U.S. nuclear weapons laboratory recently discovered its computer systems contained Chinese-made network switches and replaced at least two components because of national security concerns, a document shows. A letter from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, dated November 5, 2012, states that the research facility installed devices made by H3C Technologies Co., based in Hangzhou, China, according to a copy seen by Reuters. H3C began as a joint venture between China´s Huawei Technologies Co. and 3Com Corp., a U.S. tech firm, and was once called Huawei-3Com. Hewlett Packard Co. acquired the firm in 2010.
Hundreds of President Obama supporters were today left frustrated and disappointed after a computer glitch denied them any chance of attending the inaugural ball that was open to the public. Tickets for the black tie event at Washington Convention Center on January 21 were scheduled to go on sale on Monday morning. Then a technical mistake by distributor Ticketmaster meant that all available entries were snapped up on Sunday night, before they were even meant to be on sale. Ticketmaster emailed everyone who had registered an interest on Sunday, telling them that at some point on Monday they would
A British soldier has been shot dead by a rogue member of the Afghan National Army, Afghan defence officials say. The UK soldier, of 28 Engineer Regiment, attached to 21 Engineer Regiment, died at Patrol Base Hazrat, in Helmand´s Nahr-e Saraj district. The gunman fired at Afghan troops and then British soldiers before being killed. Afghan officials dispute Taliban claims he was acting for them. The male soldier´s next of kin have been informed of Monday´s attack. The attack comes as President Hamid Karzai is due in the US for a visit seen as key to the future of the
The president has set himself up for another bruising fight with Congress. He is already going to clash with lawmakers over the debt ceiling and spending. He has signalled he won´t dodge a confrontation over guns and immigration. Now, his choice of two new cabinet members will mean a couple of fractious confirmation hearings. The man he wants as defence secretary, Chuck Hagel, faces a real risk of being given the thumbs down and will certainly get a rough ride. A decorated Vietnam veteran, he has an aversion to war and a view of Israel that falls short of what
The unemployment rate across the eurozone hit a new all-time high of 11.8% in November, official figures have shown. This is a slight rise on 11.7% for the 17-nation region in October. The rate for the European Union as a whole in November was unchanged at 10.7%. Spain, which is mired in deep recession, again recorded the highest unemployment rate, coming in at 26.6%. [Snip] Greece had the second-highest unemployment rate in November, at 20%. The youth unemployment rate was 24.4% in the eurozone, and 23.7% in the wider European Union.
So last week, in what was perhaps a moment of madness, I posted a request on my Facebook page: Tell me your political predictions for the year. Among the more restrained answers: “Hyperinflation,” “Civil War,” “financial collapse,” “terribly awful things.” Optimist though I am, I can’t help feeling there’s something to this downhearted consensus. After living through the most peaceful and prosperous half century that any nation has ever experienced in the history of humankind, it seems impossible to believe we would re-elect a mediocre reactionary out to “fundamentally transform” our success into failure. But we did,
Democratic lawmakers are urging President Obama to force Republicans to take him to court over the controversial issue of raising the debt ceiling. They believe the Supreme Court will have to ultimately resolve the battle over spending now raging between Republicans and the president. But how the courts will rule is shrouded in uncertainty because little case law exists to serve as meaningful precedent, say legal scholars. Democrats in Congress argue Obama should not feel constrained by the 1917 debt limit law, which the federal government is projected to hit in late February, because it conflicts with other laws.
Whether he´s publicly recapitulating the hallucinations of an imaginary friend, or wrongly assuring the public that various government programs are "fully funded," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tends to struggle with the truth. The recent high-octane bout of partisan wrangling over whether to pass a porked-up Sandy relief bill is finally complete, and Reid is unhappy that Congress didn´t spend more money. To emphasize his frustration, he downplayed the severity of Hurricane Katrina´s destruction in order to cast Sandy as far worse -- thus indicting those who opposed even one cent of unrelated "relief"
We’ve been hearing rumblings about it for a while now, but National Review’s Jim Geraghty is hinting that former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford may announce for Congress early next month. I, for one, hope he does not. And it’s not about the sex, either. This old AP lede explains why Sanford has disqualified himself from public service: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford will cut short a secretive Appalachian Trail hike and return to work Wednesday after revelations he’d been gone for four days with no contact with his staff, wife or state leaders. (Emphasis mine.)
Capitalizing upon the tragedy that savagely took the lives of 20 children and 7 others in Newtown, Connecticut, Senator Feinstein is introducing a gun ban bill which has been in the works for over a year which represents a direct assault upon Second Amendment rights. According to a December 27th posting on her website and a draft bill obtained by the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, the legislation would define “assault weapons” to comprise a much larger variety of firearms than ever before, require current owners of those included to register them with the Federal Government
‘Limousine liberal” is an old American term used against those who inherited lots of money and then became “traitors to their class” by embracing populist politics. The Roosevelts and Kennedys enjoyed the high life quite apart from the multitude that they championed. And they were exempt, by virtue of their inherited riches and armies of accountants and attorneys, from the higher taxes they advocated for others. Few worried about how their original fortunes were made long ago, or that as lifelong government officials they had their needs met by the state. Most were relieved instead that as very rich people
Lawmakers and activists are attempting to rein in union exemptions from extortion laws after several high profile acts of suspected union sabotage in 2012. Labor groups are immune from prosecution under the Hobbs Act, a 1946 provision that criminalized extortion and robbery using the threat or fear of force. Sen. Mike Lee (R., Utah) attempted to close that loophole last year with the Freedom from Union Violence Act (FUVA). The bill never left committee but Lee has pledged to crack down on the sabotage and violence some unions use during labor disputes.
Among the five new ObamaCare tax hikes that kicked in Jan. 1, one in particular is attracting opposition from both Republicans and Democrats: the tax on medical devices. Last month, 18 Democratic senators and senators-elect (including New York’s own Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand) wrote Majority Leader Harry Reid, asking him to delay implementation of this 2.3 percent excise tax on the sales of everything from pacemakers to tongue depressors. The House already voted to repeal the tax, which is projected to extract as much as $29 billion from medical-device firms.