I was around nine years old when Dad took me to see the movie The Ten Commandments, starring Charlton Heston, at the Town Theater in downtown Baltimore. It was a big deal for us because the theater had just begun admitting blacks. Etched in my brain is the scene when Moses came down from the mountain to witness the Israelites engrossed in an orgy of self-indulgence, celebrating the new god they created, a golden calf. They had abandoned God to worship a man-made false god. I chastised fellow black Christians for worshiping a false god
SAN FRANCISCO – Colin Kaepernick typically is a low-key, keep-it-short guy with the media. Even he had to cut loose a few superlatives after what he did Saturday night in his playoff debut to put the San Francisco 49ers within one win of the Super Bowl trip that eluded them a year ago. "It´s been amazing. I couldn´t ask for anything more," the new age quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers said after his mix of record-breaking running, resilience after early setbacks and big-armed passing gave the 49ers a 45-31 victory over the Green Bay Packers
BEIJING - People refused to venture outdoors and buildings disappeared into Beijing´s murky skyline on Sunday as the air quality in China´s notoriously polluted capital went off the index. The Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center said on its website that the density of PM2.5 particulates had surpassed 700 micrograms per cubic meter in many parts of the city. The World Health Organization considers a safe daily level to be 25 micrograms per cubic meter. PM2.5 are tiny particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers in size, or about 1/30th the average width of a human hair. They can penetrate
France has expressed surprise at the fighting strength of Islamists in Mali, as the nation kept up its bombing of militant targets for a third day. A presidential official in Paris said the militants were "well-trained, well-equipped and well-armed", according to the AFP news agency. The Islamists had got hold of up-to-date and sophisticated weaponry after Libya conflict, the official added. France also said the militants suffered "significant" casualties in air raids. Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that hangars and "sensitive sites" were destroyed as part of an offensive to drive back Islamists, who still control large swathes
Ironies abound when you look back over this past week’s White House effort to take firearms out of the hands of most everyone except the armed bodyguards of all the bloviating bigshots who think you’re too dumb or unimportant to have a gun to protect your family. At the order of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden’s taskforce held a couple of days of talks on various sides of the gun issue. (Snip) A White House presspool report that came to me quoted Biden supporting “universal background checks, not just closing the gumshoe loophole.” Gumshoe loophole?
Younger Puppy: Whoa, I was really excited about coming up here, but I´m not feeling this whole "down" thing. Older Puppy: It´s not that hard. You just run down like this. Younger Puppy: Wait, like what? Older Puppy: Like this. Younger Puppy: Still not getting it. Older Puppy: Like this. Younger Puppy: One more time? Older Puppy: Like this. Younger Puppy: Got it. Older Puppy: Nailed it.
Americas: Venezuela without longtime dictator Hugo Chavez has never been weaker. The Obama administration has reached out to the government, but should be careful to avoid validating what remains of a corrupt regime. The bizarre "virtual inauguration" in Caracas last Thursday was sign enough of a shambling kleptocracy desperate to continue the illusion of being a democracy and not a regime on the verge of falling into chaos. To Venezuelans, it all had the look of movies come to life — the ragtag assemblage of heads of state were like the bar scene in "Star Wars," while the legally twisted legislative
As Venezuelans anxiously awaited news from ailing President Hugo Chávez and his ministers in Cuba in recent days, I received a tweet that stated, “This is the first case in history where a country subsidizes another, and is dominated by the latter.” Indeed, historians in the future will be scratching their heads trying to figure out what has led Chávez to give Cuba about $4 billion a year in oil and other subsidies, and — more important — to put his health, and his country’s political future, in the hands of a small Caribbean island.
A group of like-minded patriots, bound together by pride in American exceptionalism, plan on building an armed community to protect their liberty. The group, named Citadel, intends to purchase 2,000 to 3,000 acres for the project in western Idaho. The community will comprise of 3,500 to 7,000 families of patriotic Americans who "voluntarily choose to live together in accordance with Thomas Jefferson´s ideal of Rightful Liberty." Source corrected.
"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America´s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government´s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America´s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, ´the buck stops here.´ (Snip) America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."
The Labour Party, Harold Wilson once said, “is a moral crusade, or it is nothing”. It is a view, one suspects, that is shared by Ed Miliband.[Snip]The subtext here, as in much of the Left’s language, is that Labour has a monopoly on compassion--that the Tories are not a party that kind and decent people can support. It is worth asking, then, by what right Labour lays claim to the moral high ground. For while its leader is palpably sincere in his belief that his is the party of social justice, its record in government, and its current policy
Not so, um, fast, Sandy victims.Conservatives and watchdog groups are waging a campaign they call Not So Fast aimed at trimming about $30 billion in “pork” from the long-delayed superstorm Sandy relief package. Some of the aid the groups are targeting include $13 billion for projects to protect against future storms in the region and $12 billion in federal Housing and Urban Development block grants.
A group of teachers in Sarasota, Florida, put their markers and lesson plans aside on Friday to learn how to take down an armed gunman in hopes of preventing another tragic school shooting. Under the tutelage of weapons instructor Michael Magowan, local public school teachers practiced drills on disarming an attacker holding a rubber gun to their head during a free class at the Veritas Training Academy.[Snip]This is only the latest example of what has become a national trend of educators flocking to gun ranges and weapons training classes to learn how to defend their students in the aftermath
Piers Morgan’s US talk show on CNN is facing an embarrassing climb-down after viewing figures dropped to the worst levels the network has seen in at least 21 years.When the prime time show replaced Larry King’s 9pm slot 18 months ago audience figures trebled. But after a successful few months, numbers have tumbled to a record low. The figures demonstrate a major slide for the British television personality whose show launched to a massive advertising campaign in January 2011.
A mentally challenged 15-year-old New York girl endured a brutal gang rape as she was trapped beneath her desk by two boys with her teacher only feet away, alleges a lawsuit filed Friday. The special needs student, identified only by the initials K.J., was allegedly sexually assaulted for 10 minutes as another student ´hit her on the head whenever she tried to escape,´ during a science class at Martin De Porres Academy in Elmont, N.Y. The girl´s mother, who filed the suit, alleged that the teacher ignored the assault even as one student danced on the desk while another
PARIS - Several hundred thousand people are expected to march through Paris on Sunday against the planned legalization of same-sex marriage in the first mass protest against the unpopular President Francois HollandeStrongly backed by the Catholic hierarchy, lay activists have mobilized a hybrid coalition of church-going families, political conservatives, Muslims, evangelicals and even homosexuals opposed to gay marriage for the show of force.
Finally there is an excuse to pick a good red wine with your Sunday roast--it can diminish the unhealthy effects of eating red meat. Scientists have discovered that a glass of red wine can prevent the build up of cholesterol after a meal of dark or red meat. They found that harmful compounds from the meat would build up in the blood stream of volunteers as they digested a meal, helping to form "bad" cholesterol that can damage blood vessels and increase the risk of heart disease. The researchers showed, however, that antioxidants in the wine
What is a powerful public union to do when it looks like a city´s busted balance sheet is finally forcing some fiscal reform? Naturally, buy a house next door to the city manager´s and launch an intimidation campaign aimed at getting him to avoid any real fixes. At least that´s what the police union of Stockton, Calif., did in 2011—with great success. The police union claimed that the home purchase was meant to diversify its "investments." But at the time, Stockton City Manager Bob Deis was asking the union to come to the table and renegotiate benefits that were contributing
Ever the bridesmaid, Vice President Biden has suddenly blossomed into a bride. After four years in the White House and 36 years in the Senate, Biden — at age 70 — has finally graduated from sideshow to statesman, becoming his party’s most capable (perhaps sole) Mr. Fix-It and suddenly a serious presidential contender. True, it still makes you giggle. Even a year ago, the idea of Biden running in 2016 was a side-splitter. But now, if Hillary Clinton chooses not to, it’s hard to imagine why the Democratic nomination won’t belong to Biden if he wants it.
Not so many moons ago, a fake Indian named Elizabeth Warren went on the warpath, trying to rile up the “middle class.” The middle class was getting hammered, she kept saying. Psst, pass the word to the person behind you in the line at the cheese shop — the middle class is getting hammered. How did Granny Warren know this? Because she grew up on what she termed “the jagged edge of the middle class.” Her definition of “jagged edge” was only having three cars in the family driveway in 1965, including her own personal white MG sports car.
WASHINGTON — When the top cheerleader for rural America has some harsh words for the people he represents, it might be time to take notice. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack delivered a dire warning to the 51 million farmers, ranchers and other residents inhabiting rural America before a farm group in Washington last month. His message: Rural Americans are becoming less relevant in the country´s increasingly urban landscape and unless they find a way to reverse the trend their voice will continue to fall on deaf ears in Washington and around the world.
To the end Lance Armstrong, desperate to remain relevant, somehow is allowed to control his own narrative. So after all the lies from Armstrong from across all the years, lies about himself and about all those who dared to tell the truth about him, there comes one last one: That he still has something we want. To the end this guy thinks he can play the whole world for suckers. Unless Armstrong and his team of lawyers and crisis managers have him back out of his interview with Oprah Winfrey at the last moment
Life in the Time of Low Information Voters I used to love American popular culture. I found it rich, diverse and endlessly amusing. These days, I rarely go to the movies or plays and cannot bear to watch television. Even the radio with its repetitive, uninformative news snippets annoys. Our popular culture has moved from family favorites like Your Show of Shows, The Wonder Years, and I Love Lucy to the minute by minute coverage of celebrities not known for their wit, charm, or beauty,
On Friday the Democratic leadership of the Senate — Majority Leader Harry Reid, Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin, Conference Chair Charles Schumer, and Conference Secretary Patty Murray — wrote to President Obama urging him to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling in the event that Republicans either block such an increase or attempt to pass one “as part of unbalanced or unreasonable legislation.” “We believe that you must make clear that you will never allow our nation’s economy and reputation to be held hostage,” the Democrats wrote. “We believe you must be willing to take any lawful steps