How bad is Chuck Hagel for the state of Israel? Al Jazeera is rejoicing in his nomination for Secretary of Defense. And who is leading the celebration in a piece written for their website called “Obama Defeats The Israeli Lobby”? Why, none other than MJ Rosenberg, the anti-Semitic Jew who used to be the former Foreign Policy Senior Fellow at the radically liberal, Obama mouthpiece Media Matters, until his departure was triggered by anti-Semitic vitriol such as calling those Americans who support a strong Israel “Israel Firsters."
The federal Government has sent an air force technical team and the commander of a planned African-led force to Mali to assist the country’s military as it battles Islamists, a presidency spokesman said Saturday. The confirmation of Nigerian military personnel on the ground comes after French air power helped Mali mount an offensive against the Islamists who control the country’s north and who have been seeking to push further south. However, it was not yet clear when a planned 3,000-strong African-led force could be sent despite 15-nation west African bloc ECOWAS giving its go-ahead on
If Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) lets the Al Jazeera-Al Gore deal go through without scrutiny, then every broadcast entity or communications facility in America is ripe for the plucking by any of our nation’s enemies and adversaries. For those who haven’t been paying attention lately, the government of Qatar has announced a deal through Al Jazeera with former Democratic Vice President Al Gore for his Current TV cable channel, in order to transform it into an arm of its Jihadist or “Terror TV” network, once known as a mouthpiece for mass
WASHINGTON - Americans are beginning to feel the pinch from Washington´s decision to embrace austerity measures aimed at bringing down the nation´s budget deficit. Paychecks across the country have shrunk over the last week due to higher federal tax rates, and workers are already cutting back on spending, which will drag on the economy this year. In Warren, Rhode Island, Ben DeCastro got his first paycheck on Friday in which taxes on his wages rose by 2 percentage points. That works out to about $30 a week. "You sit back and do the calculation, and that´s $30
Everybody knows a Walt Kowalski. He is the grizzled Korean War veteran Clint Eastwood played in the movie Gran Torino. A man who spends his days sitting on the porch, keeping his house and yard immaculate, satisfied to drink his cheap beer while watching his neighborhood and country go to hell around him. (Snip) Both of these men are fictional characters, but is it just fantasy? Let us look back at Samuel Whittemore. Samuel was an old man -- seventy-eight years old, to be exact -- on April 19, 1775. After many years of service bearing arms for the British Crown,
Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel’s Atlantic Council predicted that Iran will one day be a natural partner for the United States and has prepared a roadmap to achieve that partnership. Hagel was named chairman of the nonprofit Atlantic Council just one month after he left the Senate. The Atlantic Council produced a major analytic policy compendium on U.S.-Iranian relations under Hagel’s leadership. Although he did not pen the report, it aligns with Hagel’s positions that the U.S. should engage directly with Iran and scale back economic sanctions. The report asserts that the inconsistent history of United States
The wife of ex-Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned Friday from her Chicago alderman post, saying she cannot adequately represent her ward while dealing with "very painful family health matters." Alderwoman Sandi Jackson’s letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn’t include specifics, but it follows her husband’s recent resignation from Congress in which he cited mental-health problems and a federal investigation. The first indication of Jackson’s metal-health problems occurred in June when the 10-term congressman unexpectedly left Capitol Hill.
In Barack Obama’s America, an entrepreneurial American family whose hard work has built a billion-dollar company faces the jackboot of the government. But a social media outcry can and has gotten him to release a repeat lawbreaker. PHOENIX — Immigration agents arrested the mother and brother of a prominent activist during a raid at her home here late Thursday, unleashing a vigorous response on social media and focusing new attention on one of the most controversial aspects of the Obama administration’s policies on deportation. Phoenix, by the way, suffers mightily from the
JUNEAU, Alaska — A federal judge in Alaska has thrown out a plan designating more than 187,000 square miles as habitat for threatened polar bears. U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline, in a written order dated Thursday, said the designation was too extensive and presented ‘‘a disconnect between the twin goals of protecting a cherished resource and allowing for growth and much needed economic development.’’ He sent the matter back to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to correct ‘‘substantive and procedural deficiencies.’’
President Obama may be regretting his newfound commitment to appoint women to the top ranks of his administration. Judging from a photo taken on Thursday at a White House meeting, Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, is holding the president´s feet to the fire as she leans in and gives the Commander-in-Chief an earful. Ms Muñoz´s aggressive stature was featured in the White House Photo of the Day, a continuation of Mr Obama´s public relations campaign to show that women are well-represented in his inner circle.
In 2009, when a prominent accounting firm released a report describing how Obamacare would drive up the cost of health insurance, supporters of the health-care bill were furious, declaring that only insurance-industry shills would be craven enough to produce such poppycock. After all, President Obama had repeatedly promised that his bill would “bring down premiums by $2,500 for the typical family.” In addition, they argued, Obamacare will spend trillions of dollars on health insurance subsidies, such that the uninsured wouldn’t be exposed to any purported rate hikes.
MSNBC´s Lawrence O´Donnell on Thursday went on a disgraceful tirade about how the Bible should have nothing to do with the upcoming inaugural festivities. On Friday, Catholic League President Bill Donohue responded saying, "Given Obama’s ideology, perhaps it would make more sense for him to swear on Das Kapital." Donohue began by claiming that it´s obvious "Lawrence O’Donnell hates Christianity...A transcript of his diatribe does not do justice to what possesses him—you have to see him strut his stuff to get a sense of his true pathology." He then addressed the controversy surrounding Atlanta Pastor
A 13-year-old who police said was an innocent victim was shot in the stomach last night on a Roxbury street while walking to church for choir practice. The victim was taken to Boston Medical Center after the 7:10 p.m. shooting on Humboldt Avenue. Police said he is in critical condition and that his mother was by his side.About two dozen plainclothes gang unit officers swarmed the scene in the pouring rain last night right after the shooting to go door-to-door hunting for any tips. “We’re looking for the public’s help,” said police Superintendent Kevin Buckley,
If your daughter was an actress doing a sex scene in a movie or television show, would you want to watch? On the CBS Late Show Thursday, Girls star Lena Dunham said that not only is NBC´s Brian Williams often on the set for the filming of this sex-packed HBO program, the cast jokes about having a "BriWi-cam" on him to gauge his reactions to his daughter Allison´s sex scenes (video follows with transcript and commentary): DAVID LETTERMAN, HOST: We had Brian Williams on the show the other night. His daughter, one of your lovely stars. LENA DUNHAM: Allison.
In 1956, the celebrated novelist John Steinbeck declared journalism to be “the mother of literature and the perpetrator of crap.” To the non-Nobel ear, this might sound like denigration or enmity. But Bill Steigerwald’s idol-slaying travelogue of truth suggests the bon mot may have been more aspirational than previously believed. First, a bit of background. After 30 years toiling in journalism, Steigerwald accepted a buyout package from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in 2009—or, as he puts it, “I dove from the deck of the Daily Titanic and swam off to look for books to write till I die.”
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. Their uncle was killed on Nov. 22, 1963, while riding in a motorcade through Dallas.
Seeking to move past the Yucca Mountain controversy, the Obama administration on Friday disclosed it will ask Congress to approve a new national nuclear waste plan that would start with a pilot interim storage site by 2021. The Energy Department said it would seek to open a full-scale interim storage facility by 2025 and a permanent geologic repository by 2048 under the plan. All of the sites would be chosen with the consent of the host communities. The strategy represents the administration´s response to the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future.
It was early November when Martha Keochareon called the nursing school at Holyoke Community College, her alma mater. She had a proposal, which she laid out in a voice mail message. “I have cancer,” she said after introducing herself, “and I’m wondering if you’ll need somebody to do a case study on, a hospice patient.” (snip) “Maybe you’ll have some ambitious student that wants to do a project,” Ms. Keochareon (pronounced CATCH-uron) said after leaving her phone number. “Thank you. Bye.”
The Washington D.C. Attorney General’s office has released a statement in which they have declined to press charges against NBC News’ Meet the Press anchor David Gregory for a December 23, 2012, infraction in which he displayed an extended capacity magazine on national television. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) says that, “despite the clarity of the violation of this important law,” and NBC’s “feeble and unsatisfactory” attempts to exonerate Gregory, they have declined to prosecute the violation. (Snip)Read the full OAG statement below
SAN DIEGO - California was going from cold to colder Friday as a chill expected to bring the biggest mercury dips in years descended on much of the state. The Grapevine section of Interstate 5, the key artery linking southern and northern California, was shut down Thursday night. The area was blanketed with heavy snowfall that showed no immediate signs of stopping, leaving truckers and would-be travelers stranded. Police said the closure would remain in effect overnight and the roadway would be re-evaluated in the morning. The day saw several accidents and spinouts on the mountain pass that led to
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has launched a crackdown on prescription drugs and said patients who genuinely need painkillers might have to ´suffer a little bit´ to get the citywide addiction ´epidemic´ under control. Bloomberg announced the plan, which will sharply restrict some of the most common and most powerful painkillers from emergency rooms in the city´s 11 hospitals, yesterday. But it was immediately met with harsh criticism, with doctors claiming it would penalize the poor. However, the Mayor was not swayed, claiming, on his weekly radio show, that there was ´no evidence´
Game show fails are a dime-a-dozen now, but this one is pretty funny, especially if you are a music lover. On last night’s edition of Wheel of Fortune, a contestant excitedly declared that she wanted to solve the “song/artist” puzzle and then proceeded to absolutely botch the title of what was arguably the late Johnny Cash‘s most popular song, 1956´s “I Walk the Line.” “I’ll solve the puzzle,” she said, looking at a board that read: “I _A__ THE _INE BY J_HNNY _ASH” Seems pretty easy, no? Her answer: “I Have The Wine By Johnny Cash.”
An orange goo that looks like the children´s toy silly putty seems an unlikely material to protect valuable technology products. Yet this strange gel, also known as D3O, behaves very differently under sudden impact, as the molecules of this ´non-Newtonian polymer´ lock together, immediately dissipating the force of a blow. These characteristics make the goo an ideal product for a variety of protective purposes and it is now being used by a British company in protecting cell phones and computers.[Snip]The patented gel was invented by British scientist Richard Palmer after a skiing accident in 1999. It is a non-Newtonian fluid
Forgive me for choosing a colleague and friend, but I´ve been waiting for exactly this kind of media appearance from someone -- anyone! -- on our side to make this point with, and it just so happens that last night it was Breitbart editor-at-large Ben Shapiro who delivered as perfect an example as one could ever hope for. This is a must-watch for the rest of this column to make any sense whatsoever. As one of our Founding Fathers once said, "Facts are stubborn things," and when faced with facts, calm logic, and someone fully prepared for the encounter,
The Defense Department has moved ahead with a reduction in healthcare coverage for veterans in select areas of the country. Starting Oct. 1, 2013, the Pentagon will reduce the number of Prime Service Areas (PSAs) where it offers the TRICARE Prime managed care option to retirees and their family members. This change will affect approximately 171,000 military retired beneficiaries in 41 states currently enrolled in TRICARE Prime, but not active duty service members and their families. “The Department of Defense (DoD) has planned to make PSA reductions since 2007, when proposals were
When Tony Blair visited Beijing a few weeks ago to open a prestigious conference on philanthropy, he showed he had lost none of the evangelical fervour that once dazzled British voters. Giving an impassioned sermon to an A-list audience on the crucial role of compassion, the former Prime Minister spoke of how societies should be measured not just by what people do for themselves, but by what they do for others. ‘The best philanthropy is about changing the world,’ he proclaimed. ‘Flourishing philanthropy is an essential part of a flourishing society.’ Blair told well-heeled listeners paying nearly £1,500 a head