It really has been amazing to watch Obama´s media cover for the lack of diversity in his cabinet picks. A fine example of this hypocrisy came on CNN´s State of the Union Sunday when host Candy Crowley actually began a segment on the subject by asking her guests, "Does it matter?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):CANDY CROWLEY: There is a lot made about the president´s latest picks in the cabinet. Jack Lew, Senator Hagel, Senator Kerry in key positions here. Treasury, defense, state department. Something that your colleague Congressman Rangel said about the lack of diversity
CNN´s Candy Crowley on Sunday floated the typical media nonsense about how the National Rifle Association is ginning up fear to sell more guns in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Fortunately for State of the Union viewers, NRA President David Keene was on the set to correctly point out, "The two people who are selling so-called assault rifles are Senator Feinstein and President Obama not us" (video follows with transcript and commentary): CANDY CROWLEY, HOST: One of the big questions here has been
PRESIDENT OBAMA ran promoting women’s issues. But how about promoting some women? With the old white boys’ club rearing its hoary head in the White House of the first black president, the historian Michael Beschloss recalled the days when the distaff was deemed biologically unsuited for the manly discourse of politics. He tweeted: “1/12/1915, U.S. House refused women voting rights. One Congressman: ‘Their ankles are beautiful ... but they are not interested in the state.’ ”(Snip)Janet Reno was trigger-happy on Waco, and a tragic conflagration ensued. Hillary Clinton’s my-way-or-the-highway obduracy doomed her health care initiative;
New questions are being asked about the ethics of Sen. Harry Reid; a Utah businessman is alleging that his state´s attorney general demanded $600,000 as a bribe to Reid in exchange for dismissal of a federal investigation. Certainly the allegations could be false, but it´s worth noting this isn´t the first time Reid´s name has come up in connection with some pretty shady propositions. Remember the lucrative, underpriced land deal? Or the green energy conflict? There´s so much there, pithily summed up by Investors Business Daily as follows:
A 23-year-old woman from Brooklyn, New York, has won the title of Miss America - beating out 13,000 other contestants including the pageant’s first autistic contestant and a woman with Tourettes. Mallory Hagan won the beauty pageant on Saturday night after tap dancing to James Brown´s ´Get Up Off of That Thing´ in Las Vegas and answering a question about whether armed guards belong in grade schools by saying the nation should not fight violence with violence. Hagan defeated Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, who took second, and Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, who finished third.
This week, Wyoming lawmakers introduced a bill banning the federal government from enforcing an assault weapons ban or a prohibition on high-capacity magazines in the state, calling the effort an attempt to “take the Second Amendment seriously.” The bill, which is sponsored by eight Wyoming state representatives and two state senators, calls for federal agents who attempt to enforce those measures to be imprisoned for at least one year and up to five years, and fined a maximum of $5,000. It also contains broad language prohibiting any “public servant … or dealer selling any firearm in this state”
The putrid stench of rotting food is a daily distraction for the 420 men and women working on the salvage operation of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that crashed off the island of Giglio on the Tuscan coast on January 13, 2012. The ship had just embarked from Civitavecchia carrying enough fish, meat and poultry to feed 4,200 passengers and crew for ten days before it crashed. Most of the food is still in the storage lockers and freezers, protected from the fish and marine life, and now so rotten that the smell has permeated the seals and cases.
As Republicans discuss the future of the party, abandoning conservative values need not be part of the conversation. The party can appeal to larger segments of the electorate without forsaking core principles. One case in point is a group the party has long written off: public school teachers. Conservative values go hand in hand with teaching. Teachers see the evidence every day that stable families produce well-adjusted kids who succeed in the classroom. Many teachers are people of faith. Most of us are proud Americans who say the pledge every day with our students and mean it.
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