One of the funders behind an ad campaign promoting Chuck Hagel’s nomination to head the Pentagon is also a major donor to the liberal advocacy group Media Matters for America. Hagel, who President Barack Obama tapped Monday as his nominee to head the Defense Department, is already under fire from critics who say he “has sought to distance the United States from Israel” during his career. According to a Foreign Policy magazine report Monday night, a substantial ad campaign aimed at swatting such attacks on Hagel is already underway, and gambling magnate Bill Benter
ORLANDO, Fla. - A College Park couple´s vegetable garden is on the chopping block again after the city threatened fines if they don´t uproot it by Thursday, according to the Institute for Justice Florida Chapter. Jason and Jennifer Helvenston are launching "Plant a Seed, Change the Law," a protest of Orlando’s law, which they say violates their constitutional right to peacefully use their property to grow their own food. In November, Local 6 broke the story about the controversial garden after the city told the Helvenstons their 25-by-25-foot front yard vegetable garden
The news that an entire family of elephants was slaughtered by poachers in Kenya is depressing. I’m a big squish when it comes to charismatic megafauna, the technical term for really awesome big animals: tigers, whales, dolphins, elephants, lions etc. But I’m also a conservative in the purest sense of the word. The conservation of these creatures is its own reward. They speak to our place in the universe, the majesty of God’s creation, the imagination of children, and countless other intangible factors that resonate from the Bible to literature to our own childhoods.
Ted Cruz may have the aura of a future presidential contender, but is he even eligible to run? The newly sworn-in Texas senator and rising Republican star was born in Canada, to a mother who was born in Delaware and Cuban father. That’s triggered a debate about whether he’s eligible for the nation’s highest office — nevermind that he’s been in Congress less than a week. While there’s no legal precedent for Cruz’s situation, most constitutional scholars surveyed by POLITICO believe the 42-year-old tea party sensation would be OK. But there’s just enough gray area to stoke controversy,
A new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has accumulated data for the past 47 years from 9 million young adults, reveals that college students are more likely than ever to call themselves gifted and driven to succeed, even though their test scores and time spent studying are decreasing. Psychologist Jean Twenge, the lead author of the analysis, is also the author study showing that the tendency toward narcissism in students is up 30 percent in the last thirty-odd years. This data is not unexpected. I have been writing a great
Despite repeated claims she is “proud” of her Cherokee heritage, newly minted U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is keeping that pride under wraps and won’t be taking advantage of a chance to officially list herself as the Bay State’s first Native American U.S. senator. Aides said Warren, who describes herself as part Cherokee and part Delaware Indian, won’t contact historians at the Senate Historical Office to tell them she’s Native American. The office lists minority senators in its official directory. Warren’s aides refused further comment,
In an interview before his Tuesday State of the State Address, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie walked back the brutal tongue-lashing he gave House Speaker John Boehner last week over the House’s handling of the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill. In an interview with The Star-Ledger, Christie said it was unfair to “judge” the Speaker for his decision last Tuesday night to not bring the Hurricane Relief bill to the floor, ensuring that it would not be passed before the end of the 112th Congress. In a speech delivered the following day, Christie said Boehner and his Republican caucus
During World War II, a group known as the Monuments Men, "attempted to minimize [Nazi] damage to European monuments and architecture and then track down stolen works of art. (Snip) In his book entitled Rescuing Da Vinci, author Robert M. Edsel, quotes William Shirer who described Hitler thusly: I observed his face. It was grave, solemn, yet brimming with revenge. There was something else, difficult to describe, in his expression, a sort of scornful inner joy at being present at this great reversal of fate -- a reversal he himself had wrought. This "scornful inner joy" describes Obama well
Georgia hospitals have agreed among themselves to support the extension of a special fee that bolsters the state’s massive Medicaid program. They now face a potentially larger battle — garnering the support of conservative lawmakers who balk at the idea of renewing taxes of any kind. Under the state’s two-year-old hospital provider fee, commonly called the “bed tax,” hospitals pay a percentage of their total revenue to help prop up the state’s Medicaid program for the poor. The money enables the state to draw more than $500 million in new federal matching dollars to aid hospitals that care for large
Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband launched an initiative aimed at curbing gun violence on Tuesday, the second anniversary of the Tucson shooting that killed six people and left her critically injured. Giffords and Mark Kelly wrote in an op-ed published in USA Today that their Americans for Responsible Solutions initiative would help raise money to support greater gun control efforts. "Achieving reforms to reduce gun violence and prevent mass shootings will mean matching gun lobbyists in their reach and resources," they wrote in the column.
Let’s call it Al Goreera. This seems a fitting title for the new network that former Vice President Al Gore is launching with the jihadists’ favorite television outlet: Al-Jazeera. The effect will be to create vast new opportunities for our enemies to propagandize the American people, a key ingredient of their “civilization jihad” against our country. It is hard to overstate the magnitude of this treachery. Imagine the furor that would have erupted if, during the Cold War, one of the United States’ most prominent former leaders had enriched himself to the tune of $100 million by giving
For many in the media, the crowning moment of the Republican Party’s long, campaign-accelerated slide into full-blown, fact-free delusion came on election night just after Fox News called the state of Ohio—and therefore the election—for President Barack Obama. Fox contributor Karl Rove, formerly the Svengali behind George W. Bush and currently the head of the influential Crossroads GPS political action committee, forcefully disputed the projection as numerically “premature.” Exasperated co-anchor Megyn Kelly retorted, “Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better, or is this real?”
As a young boy I was shot by a man whose clear intent was to kill me as I had deliberately, by throwing broken bricks at him, interrupted his attempt to rape a young teen-aged girl, allowing her to escape. To this day I can still see the evil in his face and the sun glistening off the barrel of the pistol he aimed in my direction.(snip) According to the current incarnation of the American left, who traffic constantly in victimhood and noble intentions, I should be in the vanguard of the mandatory gun control and confiscation movement.
The White House stood behind Piers Morgan´s vociferous anti-gun statement´s last night by releasing a statement reminding American´s that "freedom of expression is a bedrock principle in our democracy." Yet when conservative talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh was under fire for comments made about Sandra Fluke last year, President Obama proclaimed in a press conference that the comments were "innappropriate" and had "no place in public discourse." The White House was compelled to comment on the CNN star´s recent comments because a petition on their website calling for Morgan´s deportation has garnered over 100,000 signatures.
On last night’s Dateline NBC, Al Roker opened up about a terribly embarrassing incident that occurred more than ten years ago while he was covering an event at the White House. Just one month after he underwent gastric bypass surgery, Roker tried to “pass gas” as he was headed to the press room, “but a little something extra came out.” Roker explained that right after the bowel reconstruction surgery “you think you’re pretty safe” but you still have to be careful. He tried to be delicate in his explanation of the unfortunate incident, but the
Georgia Power asked state regulators for permission to shutdown 15 power plants yesterday, claiming new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) make the plants to expensive to run. The 15 coal-, oil- and natural gas-fired power plants currently produce 2,061 megawatts (MW) for Georgia energy consumers. Georgia Power plans to close 11 of the plants on the exact day the EPA’s new mercury regulations are set to take effect, April 16, 2015. Georgia Power will seek waivers from the EPA to keep four of the other plants open for a single year, and then shut those down too
More than 70 green groups urged President Obama in a Monday letter to kill the Keystone XL pipeline to make good on promises to address climate change. Obama has publicly pledged to tackle climate change a handful of times since Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, though without detailing specific policy plans. In their letter, the groups said Obama should speak out more often on climate change, impose emissions limits on existing coal-fired power plants and focus on creating clean-energy jobs. They added the president also should shut down the proposed pipeline that would bring Canadian oil sands
Bank of America has reportedly frozen the account of gun manufacturer American Spirit Arms, according to its owner, Joe Sirochman. In a Facebook post dated December 29, Sirochman wrote the following: “My name is Joe Sirochman owner of American Spirit Arms...our Web site orders have jumped 500 percent causing our Web site e-commerce processing larger deposits to Bank of America. So they decided to hold the deposits for further review. Headline corrected and resplit by staff Source name must be spelled out in full
It has been a bedrock assumption of this year’s race for New York City mayor: Michael R. Bloomberg and the muscular political operation that guided him to three electoral victories will coalesce around his favored candidate, Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker. But behind the scenes, a different reality is playing out. High-powered advisers to Mr. Bloomberg — and even the mayor himself — have chewed over alternatives, joked about dream candidates and even floated the possibility of a mayoral run to at least five boldface figures, highlighting their worry that City Hall could fall into less nimble hands. Intro corrected by staff
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) has approached Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) about the possibility of running for mayor after the expiration of Bloomberg´s third term, according to a report in The New York Times. Schumer, the senior senator from the state, was among a handful of high-profile names Bloomberg has reportedly approached in recent months. The billionaire media baron has also held conversations with former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, publisher Mort Zuckerman and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. A spokesman for Schumer did not provide comment for the story,
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