Waving aside any pretense of diversity, invoking seldom heard themes of merit and competence, President Barack Obama is about to appoint to his cabinet three of the most naive older white guys that ever walked up the Capitol steps. For an administration that has made “diversity” a worn shibboleth for almost every other series of appointments, why this sudden departure from generating a photo-op like a Benetton ad of Christmas past? Were there no “wise Latina women,” “academically distinguished African-Americans,” or “experienced white women” available? What is it that makes these three candidates so phenomenal as to
There may have been a more personal factor in Washington, D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan´s decision to let NBC’s David Gregory off the hook Friday than the “prosecutorial discretion” he claimed he was exercising by declining to prosecute Gregory for alleged possession of a high-capacity gun magazine. Professor William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection uncovered an established relationship between Gregory and Nathan´s families. Gregory’s wife Beth Wilkinson (pictured left), an attorney herself, acted in a play with the Attorney General (pictured right) in 2011.
DALLAS- Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is convinced that a lone gunman wasn´t solely responsible for the assassination of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, and said his father believed the Warren Commission report was a "shoddy piece of craftsmanship." Kennedy and his sister, Rory, spoke about their family Friday night while being interviewed in front of an audience by Charlie Rose at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. The event comes as a year of observances begins for the 50th anniversary of the president´s death.
Many British women were startled when they woke up on New Year´s Day to find their Facebook profiles had started advertising abortion providers to them. The ad in question, from American Abortion advisory website abortion.com, simply said: "Find An Abortion Provider Near You", as well as a US Freephone number. A click led to a mostly US-focused website, which lists a huge number of abortion providers throughout the US and just one provider in the UK, "Abortion support Network".[Snip]However, many who received the ad started to second-guess their lifestyle choices. What were they doing that made Facebook think they
This month´s busy work for Vice President Joe Biden is his great gun control task force, assigned him by President Obama. Now that it is close to wrapping up, Bidentold reporters in his gaffetastic way that there is "no silver bullet" to any gun-grabbing solutions. After he met with the National Rifle Association, Biden bellied up to the closest microphone and told his constituents in the press that "We know that there is no silver bullet" to stop gun violence. Biden claimed that his meeting with the NRA was "productive," though he did not elaborate upon what that meant.
It´s Death of Little Nell time again in the field of climate "science." The New York Times--aka Pravda--has announced the closure of its Environment Desk. Rumours that the entire environment team, headed by Andy Revkin, have volunteered to be recycled into compost and spread on the lawn of the new billion dollar home Al Gore bought with the proceeds of his sale of Current TV to Middle Eastern oil interests are as yet unconfirmed. What we do know is that it´s very, very sad and that all over the Arctic baby polar bears are weeping bitter tears of regret.
Bamako, Mali — French airstrikes overnight in Mali drove back Islamist rebels from a key city and destroyed a militant command center, the French defense minister said Saturday, as West African nations authorized the immediate deployment of troops to the country. The al-Qaida-linked militants, who have carved out their own territory in the lawless desert region of northern Mali over the past nine months, recently pressed closer to a major base of the Malian army, dramatically raising the stakes in the battle for the vast West African nation. "The threat is a terrorist state at the doorstep of France
Al Gore’s strategy for saving the Earth seems to be to raise enough money to be able to buy it. After selling his failing Current TV company to Al Jazeera, Gore is suddenly a super rich man. Forbes analyst Ryan Mac says, “Taking into account taxes to be paid on the deal, possible earlier debt and the fact that Gore´s representatives declined to comment, Forbes conservatively estimates the former vice president´s net worth to be at least $300 million.”[Snip] Why, it’s bankrolled by the medieval kingdom of Qatar--which, in turn, makes its money out of black gold.
The constitutional power of the purse is overrated anyway, right? Rather than bother to deal with the opposing party, majority Senate Democrats want President Obama to embrace one of two gimmicky solutions to the upcoming battle over the so-called “debt ceiling” — either the “trillion dollar coin” or the “fourteenther” solution, by which the president unilaterally raises the debt ceiling. Obama has wisely resisted the latter course, and his spokesman seemed none too interested when asked about the former yesterday. In a quest to cede more congressional power to an executive they like, Senate Dems penned a
Vice President Joe Biden said on Friday that “smart gun” technology might have been able to stop the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. “Vice President Joe Biden says he’s interested in technology that would keep a gun from being fired by anyone other than the person who bought it,” The Associated Press reported Friday. “He says evidence shows such technology may have curtailed what happened last month in Connecticut when 20 youngsters and six teachers were gunned down inside their elementary school,” the AP said. A gun with the “smart” technology would sense the gun owner’s
Austin, Texas--George Prescott Bush is gearing up to run for a little-known but powerful office in a state where his family already is a political dynasty and where his Hispanic roots could help extend a stranglehold on power Republicans have enjoyed for two decades. The 36-year-old Fort Worth attorney says he is close to settling on campaigning for Texas land commissioner next year. He doesn´t expect to make up his mind until he knows what Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a fellow Republican, decides to do. "We for sure are running, the question is the office," Bush told
As a presidential candidate in 2008, Barack Obama stated to Joe the plumber that the primary goal of government should be income (snip)Obama has used redistribution rhetoric to spend so much money that a deficit of over 5 trillion dollars has been created in just his first term. What does Obama expect will happen when this debt needs to be paid? If all of the Obama debt is paid by only the rich, then the zero-sum solution would predict that less money is then available to redistribute to the poor.
President Obama will take the oath of office later this month “on a stack of Bibles,” the Washington Post tells us. He will place his left hand on Bibles owned by Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Well, that’s a relief. Interestingly, not included in the stack is the Koran, about which Mr. Obama spoke so glowingly in Egypt four years ago. (No Bibles openly displayed there.) Now, swearing on a stack of Bibles ordinarily conveys seriousness of purpose and deeper commitment to carry through on the words you have just uttered.
Washington –As Vice President Biden prepares to hand in a set of recommendations to curb gun violence next week and pro-gun groups dig in their heels, the vice president has put in play the possibility of using executive action to get controversial gun control measures on the books. Analysts and political scholars tell FoxNews.com that if the president goes through with his threat to circumvent Congress and issue executive orders, he is likely to face an expensive uphill legal battle – on the taxpayers’ dime. But while pro-gun lobbyists have vowed to challenge
For a lot of teachers who had Jacob Lew as a student in his youth, Thursday was a moment for pride, as he was nominated by President Barack Obama to be secretary of the Treasury. There may have also been at least one saying, "I bet he wishes he had worked harder in my class." That would be whoever taught — or, rather, failed to teach — Lew how to write presentably in cursive. Many of us fall short of the penmanship standards that once prevailed in American elementary schools, but it doesn´t really matter that our signatures are unreadable.
Coral Gables, Fla.- Marco Rubio—41-year-old son of working-class Cuban exiles—has lived the upwardly mobile immigrant experience. In his fast rise, the Florida Republican has also experienced the politics of immigration. That story isn´t so inspirational. During his successful Senate campaign two years ago, an attack leaflet picturing "the Real Rubio" alongside an image of Che Guevara was sent to GOP voters. The mailer noted that Mr. Rubio championed laws in the state legislature to give children of illegal immigrants in-state tuition and health benefits. After going to Washington, he was then criticized for not doing enough on immigration reform.
After weeks of rumors and equally strenuous denials, Sandi Jackson resigned as Chicago´s 7th Ward alderman Friday, the latest chapter in the stunning, scandal-laced downfall of what had been one of the city´s most prominent and powerful political duos. (Snip) In her resignation letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Sandi Jackson alluded to her husband´s medical problems by saying she was dealing with "very painful family health matters," making no mention of whether she had become ensnarled in his legal problems.
Who could have guessed that the city of Washington, DC would refuse to enforce one of its own laws because the guy who broke it is a good little apparatchik? Courtesy of William A. Jacobson, here’s the DC Attorney General’s statement: Having carefully reviewed all of the facts and circumstances of this matter, as it does in every case involving firearms-related offenses or any other potential violation of D.C. law within our criminal jurisdiction, OAG has determined to exercise its prosecutorial discretion to decline to bring criminal charges against Mr. Gregory,
ALBANY - There’s a Texas style feud brewing between Rick Perry and New York Gov. Cuomo. Perry, the Texas governor and possible 2016 Republican presidential contender, took a swipe at the Democrat Cuomo during a policy forum Thursday. “You could say that the economic climate that has allowed (Texas) to grow and create jobs, he’d dearly love to be able to stand up and say, ‘We did this in New York.’ But he can’t.” Perry also said Cuomo, “if he were truthful” would admit that he’d want to be a Texan.
One of Big Green´s biggest outfits, the Nature Conservancy (2011 revenue $997 million; assets $6 billion), is once again under fire. The new accusation is that it used improper influence over an elderly landowner to get her to donate her family property. This time it´s the 16,500-acre Roberts Ranch in Larimer County, Colo., owned by a 92-year-old woman. TNC allegedly influenced her to donate the land and cattle operation to the county, where it would be run as open space at taxpayer expense -- or, if the county declines the donation,
Short answer: almost, but not entirely. And it can be won back. I explain why, at the University of Mobile’s Center for Leadership. Some of the good signs: Moreover, much of the news on the legal fight for religious freedom in recent months has been good. With a few notable exceptions, court after court has issued preliminary injunctionsin favor of charities and businesses fighting the infamous “HHS mandate” that would force institutions to pay for abortion-inducing services against the strong, clear dictates of their faith…. A few other statistics also are encouraging:
Remember in grade school when a kid stole something off the teacher´s desk and she announced the whole class was going to pay if the thief didn´t come forward? Well, Vice-President Joe Biden, Eric Holder, and their fellow task force members who met this past week in the great gun debate want 80 million law abiding gunowners to pay for the acts of homicidal nutcases from John Hinckley to Adam Lanza. Biden brazenly announced an impending "by any means necessary" strategy from his boss if gun grabbers don´t get what they want.
The Miami New Times wrote a lengthy profile of the ex-Republican, ex-Independent, ex-governor, and Florida’s rumored Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist on Thursday. “You’re a piece of garbage!” a broad, wavy-haired New Yorker recalls bellowing at Crist and his wife. They were in Manhattan, weeks after the governor had left Tallahassee in 2011. Todd Rome, Carole Crist’s ex-husband and a millionaire travel baron, remembers departing an Upper East Side bakery, clutching a box of cupcakes for his daughter’s birthday, when he spotted them.
Our commander-in-chief made a wise decision today, declaring a withdrawal of American troops from daily combat by this spring. A few years ago, he had pledged to defeat the Taliban. But that could not be accomplished because the Pashtun tribes did not reject the Pashtun-based Taliban, the Afghan government proved feckless, and Pakistan offered the insurgents a 1,500-mile sanctuary. (Snip)I am opposed to Mr. Hagel’s nomination because he does not demonstrate that he will fight, as would Mr. Panetta, to prevent serious financial damage to our military.
We, the People have spoken. We have shouted from the rooftops, typed from our desktops, clicked from our laptops. We have visited the official White House petition website — nearly 3 million of us, to be precise — and exercised our First Amendment right to let our duly (and newly) re-elected President Barack Obama know exactly what we would like the federal government to accomplish, including and in no particular order: 1. Deport television talk host and British national Piers Morgan; 2. Formally acknowledge that space aliens are real, and have walked — probed? — among us;
Call it the Year of the Latte, or the Panini. When the new year rolls around, some people vow to spend more time with their family. Others pledge to step up their Pilates routines. But Beautiful Existence — yes, that’s the legal name of a real person, not a philosophical question triggered by the new year — has another resolution for 2013: To eat and drink only items from Starbucks for 12 straight months. Based in Seattle — like Starbucks — Beautiful Existence, who’s a wife, mother and veteran of the Year-Long Challenge