On Wednesday’s “Special Report,” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer acknowledged a link between gun ownership and gun violence, but said Americans would revolt if Congress implemented sweeping, unprecedented gun control legislation. “I think we are going to end up exactly where we started,” Krauthammer said. “We’re probably going to try an assault weapons ban. It will be a little bit tighter, but it didn’t work. It lasted for 10 years … If we had honest debate, the gun owners would admit, ‘Yes of course, guns contribute to homicide.’ … Japan had 11 gun homicides last year.
The most famous eugenicists were the Spartans. Their newborns were allowed to live only if perfectly healthy. The state did not want to be burdened by imperfect babies. The modern eugenicists advocate infanticide as being no different than abortion. According to an article in The Telegraph, a team of medical ethicists linked to Oxford University maintained that “parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are ‘morally irrelevant.’ (Stephen Adams, February 29, 2012) The Journal of Medical Ethics published an article, “After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was on front pages and TV screens last week when he ripped House Republicans for not passing a Hurricane Sandy relief bill New Year´s Day, the same day they were engulfed with the fiscal-cliff tax bill. "There´s only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims," said Gov. Christie, "the House majority and their speaker, John Boehner." GOP Congressman Michael Grimm from Staten Island called the non-vote on Sandy "a betrayal," and this being New York-New Jersey, Republican Peter King of Long Island invoked "a knife in the back."
Just as China, Japan, India, Russia, Norway, and the US Academy of Sciences hone in on the tantalising prospect of safe, clean, and ultimately cheap energy from thorium nuclear reactors, the Europeans seem to be going in the opposite direction. I return to the thorium theme so soon after my column on Monday because a great number of readers share my enthusiasm for the mineral, an optimal way to restore public trust in nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster. Today is the final chance to submit opinions for the 2013 agenda of Europe´s nuclear strategy body. The draft text ignores
The radical Muslim Brotherhood doesn´t just threaten Israel and Mideast peace. According to the Egyptian press, several of its operatives have infiltrated the U.S. government and are influencing policy here. The respected Egyptian magazine Rose al-Youssef has identified at least six Brotherhood-tied agents of influence who have worked into positions inside the Obama administration. The weekly publication, founded in 1925, said the operatives have turned the White House "from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood,"
1st Vs. 2nd Amendment: What public service is performed when newspapers and websites tell criminals where prison guards and retired cops live, and endanger the lives of people who´ve never had so much as a parking ticket? When the editors of the Journal News, a local upstate New York paper, published a mappable database of every licensed gun owner in Westchester and Rockland counties, north of New York City, they thought they were performing a public service after the Sandy Hook shootings. After all, they were warning residents who in their neighborhoods had a gun and
Welfare State: The Congressional Budget Office says the government is on track for another $1 trillion deficit year. That´s the bad news. Worse is that most of it goes to programs that increase government dependency. According to the CBO, deficits in just the first three months of this fiscal year already add up to $293 billion. Which means that, despite Obama´s massive tax hikes, deficits will likely top $1 trillion for the fifth year in a row, and Obama will have added $7.5 trillion to the nation´s debt since taking office. The problem isn´t just
For much of its 236-year history, the federal government has accumulated new power by whittling away at the essential protections afforded to American citizens under the U.S. Constitution. In recent years this wholesale abandonment of our founding principles has rapidly gained momentum — accompanied by a skyrocketing government debt that now eclipses our nation´s annual gross domestic product. "There´s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics," President Reagan said in his farewell address to the nation in 1989. "As government expands, liberty contracts."
Elections have consequences. One of them is continuing US support for the European Project and the process of ‘ever closer union’, following Barack Obama’s re-election last November. Had Mitt Romney won, there would have been a very different approach towards the EU, with a far greater emphasis upon advancing ties with nation states in Europe as opposed to currying favour with Brussels. Romney’s approach was distinctly Eurosceptic, with frequent warnings against America ending up like Europe, with its big government, high tax approach. As David Blair has reported, Philip Gordon, the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian
Rosie O´Donnell has welcomed a baby girl through adoption with her wife Michelle Rounds. The comedienne announced the happy news on her Instagram account on Wednesday, complete with snapshot of their new arrival, Dakota. ´We are thrilled to announce the arrival of our daughter Dakota,´ the 50-year-old TV star wrote. The tot weighed in at 5 lbs, 5 oz and ´moms and baby are healthy and happy,´ a representative for O´Donnell told MailOnline. Dakota comes as O´Donnell´s fifth child. The former talkshow host also has four children with her ex-wife Kelli Carpenter (Vivienne, 10, Blake, 13, Chelsea, 15, and Parker
Philip Gordon, the US assistant secretary responsible for European affairs, said that Britain´s membership of the EU was "in the American interest". His remarks came as David Cameron prepares to deliver a speech on Europe later this month. The Prime Minister is expected to promise to renegotiate Britain’s membership and then put the new terms to a referendum.[Snip] "Britain has been such a special partner of the United States--that shares our values, shares our interests, has significant resources to bring to the table. More than most others, its voice within the European Union is essential and critical to the
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil and several other South American nations rallied behind Venezuela´s decision to defer the inauguration of ailing leader Hugo Chavez, with the presidents of Uruguay and Bolivia and Haiti´s prime minister traveling to Caracas on Wednesday in a show of support. But some regional neighbors, including Chile, joined the European Union and the United States in steering clear of the legal debate over the swearing-in, which had been scheduled for Thursday. The 58-year-old Chavez in December underwent a fourth cancer-related surgery in Cuba, where he remains. His supporters have postponed his inauguration for a new presidential term,
Piers Morgan, CNN´s most-outspoken and impolite gun control advocate, got a much-needed education about the Second Amendment and firearms Tuesday. In the middle of a lengthy and uncharacteristically civil interview on Piers Morgan Tonight, former Marine Joshua Boston said, "The American people aren´t as gun-happy and trigger-happy as they´re being painted out to be by the media. They are smarter than that. They know when to hold their fire. They know when to fire" (video follows with transcript and commentary): PIERS MORGAN, HOST: If everybody exercises that choice and is legally
Beyonce may be a mom now, but the pop star has still got it going on, and she wants the world to know. For the February cover of GQ Jay-Z’s girl posed in a sporty crop top and tiny leopard underwear. Beyonce is set to perform at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. Pepsi recently announced that 100 fans will introduce the Grammy-winning diva when she takes the stage Feb. 3 at New Orleans´ Mercedes-Benz Superdome. A contest will allow fans to submit photos of themselves in various poses,
WASHINGTON —President Barack Obama can expect some sweet serenades at his inauguration ceremony, with hit-makers Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor scheduled to perform. Planners of the Jan. 21 event announced Wednesday that Beyonce will sing the national anthem, Clarkson will perform "My Country ´Tis of Thee" and Taylor will sing "America the Beautiful." They said the president personally selected the performers. Richard Blanco, the son of Cuban exiles, is the 2013 inaugural poet, (Snip)Blanco´s works explore his family´s exile from their native country and "the intersection of his cultural identities as a Cuban-American gay man,"
WESTPORT— An 86-year-old woman was arrested after she brought a BB gun to a public meeting, police said. Estelle Margolis of Westport was given a misdemeanor summons for second-degree breach of peace, police said. She is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Norwalk on Jan. 18. (Snip) Margolis told the officers that she was planning to go up on stage when the topic of gun control came up and make a point to the audience about how easy it was for her to purchase the gun. The committee was expected to consider whether to support proposed gun legislation.
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday she is "thrilled to be back" at work after a monthlong absence due to illness, a concussion and a blood clot near her brain. But she said she is looking forward to leaving the job as America´s top diplomat and taking a break for at least "a little while." "I am back in the swing," Clinton told reporters in her first public appearance since returning Monday to the State Department, where she was greeted by cheers and a standing ovation by senior staffers. "I am thrilled to be back and
RUSH: Even when I think I´m wrong about something I usually end up being right. So I said, many times my usual attitude of warning you, particularly those of you in the medical professions, why should there be profit in making people well? Why should healing involve profit? Why should that cost anything? Why should that cost any more than what it costs? Well, let me take you to what I hold here now in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers. Right here. It is in the New York Times.
Though she´s expected to leave her post at the State Department soon, Hillary Clinton today said she´s not going into "retirement." Clinton returned to work yesterday after missing almost a month, according to the State Department, due to ill health. Here´s Clinton´s exchange with a reporter, which she had today in Washington: QUESTION: So things – you’re ready – you’re back in the swing of things - SECRETARY CLINTON: I am back -- QUESTION: -- even though it’s closing down your operation? SECRETARY CLINTON: Yeah. It’s obviously somewhat bittersweet, because I’ve had the most extraordinary experience,
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has resigned, opening another spot in President Obama’s Cabinet. Announcing the resignation in a statement on Monday, Obama hailed Solis as “a tireless champion for working families” during “the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.” The president said that “her efforts have helped train workers for the jobs of the future, protect workers’ health and safety and put millions of Americans back to work.” Solis’s resignation, following the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson and the withdrawal of Susan Rice from consideration for secretary of state, adds to the
California public schools for some time in many surveys of national testing have ranked 48th or 49th in the nation in math and science, and, inter alia, are part of the various impediments to robust economic growth in California. No matter — California school boards have better things to worry about. Here is an item on the recent efforts in Salinas to name a new elementary school after an obscure 19th-century convicted bandit who was hanged for murder: SALINAS, CA – Tiburcio Vasquez, a 19th century outlaw, is remembered in historical accounts as a notorious criminal
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration’s long-delayed laundry list of the federal regulations it intends to pursue this year, released under what one lawmaker described as the “cover of darkness,” looks to contain proposals that are more costly than those offered by the president’s immediate predecessors. If fully implemented, the regulatory agenda as it is popularly known could wind up costing the public $123.2 billion, according to an analysis by the American Action Forum, a conservative, Washington-based think tank. The 2,387 tenders also are projected to result in at least 13 million paperwork burden hours.
Burglars are scrawling secret symbols in the street to help other criminals know which homes to target. The symbols may indicate that a home is wealthy, has already been burgled or may have nothing worth stealing. Chillingly, they may also indicate if there is a vulnerable female in the home, or if the occupant is nervous, afraid or easily duped. The meaning behind a number of the symbols has been deduced by officers. A simple ´X´ means the home is a good target, while the same symbol outlined with a circle means there is nothing worth stealing in the property.
Dick Armey had no idea he was speaking to the left-wing Media Matters organization during an interview last week, he told The Daily Caller Tuesday. Instead, Armey thought he was chatting with the conservative Media Research Center. Armey and his tea party organization FreedomWorks parted ways in early December after disagreements over the direction of the powerful nonprofit and how the group’s money was being spent.