You may recall the 1966 cult-classic by Napoleon XIV titled, "They´re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa." The lyrics of that song describe an individual who is out of his mind and who is being taken "to the funny farm" and to "the loony bin" so he can be attended to by "those nice young men in their clean white coats." The subject of the song is simply considered a danger to society, a menace if you will, crazy, and unable to make rational decisions on his own.(snip) Enter today´s debate over guns.
Amateur genealogists, beware. Researching your ancestry doesn´t always turn up heroes and royalty. It may turn up a felon, a bigamist or another unsavory character. New York filmmaker Heather Quinlan found more than a few skeletons when digging into her ancestors´ closet. Among them: Thomas Fagan, her grandmother´s great-grandfather, who had killed a man during a drunken bar fight in 1868 (reportedly hitting him over the head with a chair in self-defense).
I was tempted to address Cardinal Dolan in my headline but I´m not yet sure how responsible he is for the decision to put two Staten Island schools on the "at risk" list for closure. I met the affable Cardinal at the 125th anniversary of Immaculate Conception Church but that didn´t stop its inner-city school from being targeted. Clearly the archdiocese has abandoned its educational mission for the needy which was established hundreds of years ago. Instead the economic bottom line seems to count more than educating minority children in the neighborhoods with poor performing public schools and few alternatives.
More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons went on strike over job protection this morning, leaving some 152,000 students, many disabled, trying to find other ways to get to school. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the strike started at 6 a.m. Wednesday. About 200 bus drivers and bus matrons were assembled on picket lines in the Queens section of the city. ´The first days will be extremely chaotic,´ Walcott told 1010 WINS radio. ´It hasn´t happened in New York City in over 33 years.´ The union did not immediately return calls Staff repaired headline.
Shrimp pasta from The Cheesecake Factory, steak and eggs from IHOP, and bacon cheddar double cheeseburgers from Johnny Rockets´, among other dishes that restaurant chains serve, may sound appetizing, but they are also loaded with thousands of calories and plenty of saturated fat, sodium and sugar. In fact, those dishes come with so many unhealthy ingredients that they have been dubbed Xtreme Eating ´winners´ on this year´s list from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which researches unhealthy foods and beverages.[Snip] ‘We think this year that this is the worst of some of the worst,’ Jayne Hurley
So there was Quentin Tarantino yukking it up with Barack Obama. The Hollywood director was on stage with the-then Senator Obama at a 2008 Hollywood rally laughing away as Obama dismissed charges that he was a thorough-going leftist. Why, said the Senator, you can’t imagine the things my opponents will say. “It’s the typical response against a movement for change,” said Obama. “There is always some reason that they will try to convince you not to believe what you feel in your gut. They will try to bamboozle you, and hoodwink you, run the okey-doke on you.”
I recently had a debate on gun control with a colleague on television. It was one of dozens following the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. After I pressed him on some fast and loose gun terms he used, he — to his great credit — e-mailed to ask what he could read to get a better handle on the language. He’s not alone. The vast lexicon of gun verbiage is arcane and incredibly technical — and because of that, frequently misused by the voices most vocal on gun control. This isn’t just a semantic problem of getting the words wrong.
Former vice president Al Gore on Wednesday said he was "sorry to see" The New York Times´ environmental desk close, calling it a "worrisome change" to the paper´s ability to cover climate issues. Gore — who recently sold Current TV to Al Jazeera, a news network owned by the Emir of Qatar, and thus funded largely by foreign oil money — wrote on his blog he was sad to hear the Times was dismantaling its environmental desk. "I am sorry to see this team disbanded; over the last several years they have consistently provided high-quality reporting on critical environmental issues,
HAIFA, Israel – President Obama´s possible attempt to pay back Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu for praising his rival during the last election could be backfiring. Obama, who was reportedly peeved by Netanyahu’s perceived endorsement of Mitt Romney leading up to November’s election, was recently quoted saying, “Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are.” The remark, which was relayed as a private comment in a column written by Jeffrey Goldberg for Bloomberg News, comes as Netanyahu faces an election of his own and is being widely viewed in Israel as meddlesome payback, not to mention a diplomatic trespass.
WASHINGTON -- Former senator Chuck Hagel is a suave, energetic, spirited fellow. He is intelligent, and from his early youth apparently patriotic and undoubtedly courageous. He showed that in Vietnam. Hagel has been a Republican senator and an accomplished businessman. Now he is President Barack Obama´s nominee for secretary of defense. Because he is President Obama´s nominee for secretary of defense he is attracting dutiful scrutiny, and that is all to the good. This is not your ordinary presidency. In domestic policy and foreign policy President Obama is showing every indication of attempting to be an epochal president
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. – Second Amendment As debates over firearms simmer and President Obama mulls sweeping firearm restrictions via executive orders,, media personalities like Piers Morgan dismiss guests defending gun rights with contempt. You’d think resistance to disarmament amounts to culpability for the Sandy Hook slaughter. Yet, as John Lott’s bestseller, More Guns, Less Crime, highlights crime rates have tumbled while gun ownership has soared, including permits to carry concealed weapons.
Labor insiders expect a federal appeals court to rule in the near future on a landmark case challenging President Barack Obama’s controversial recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in December in Noel Canning v. NLRB. At issue is the legitimacy of three NLRB board members appointed by Obama while the Senate remained in pro-forma session in an attempt to block the president from making a recess appointments. Insiders expect the court to expedite the proceedings.
The Denver Post reported first this morning that Ken Salazar, the Secretary of the Department of the Interior, will soon resign and leave his federal post in March. It´s not an easy job. There are inherent tensions between nurturing industry and protecting the environment, between the pull to serve as a steward for public lands and the push to use that land for commerce or recreation. (Snip)To me, Salazar´s failures have been most pronounced in his oversight of the Bureau of Land Management as it has overseen the fate of the nation´s wild horses.
The date was January 12, 2013. You probably didn’t hear about this tragedy involving guns and two teenage boys. But this was the headline in the Chicago Tribune: “Boys, 14 and 15, killed in separate shootings Friday.” You didn’t hear about it because such events aren’t news in Chicago. They’re ordinary daily occurrences. As we continue to hear calls for ever-tightening gun laws from the Obama administration, and from states such as New York, it is worth thinking about those headlines in Chicago. And in inner cities all around America, places where strict gun laws are already in place.
Give the environmental movement credit: When it comes to reducing vehicle emissions, it has won a stupendous victory. Since 1975, when the first federal mileage per gallon standards were introduced, the average mpg for American-driven cars has zoomed from less than 15 to nearly 35.(Snip)Because odometers are relatively easily tampered with (and besides, using odometers to gauge miles driven would require the government to engage in frequent and costly car mileage inspections), cars would almost certainly need to be outfitted with some form of government tracking device.
WASHINGTON — Channel 2 Action News has obtained photos of a costly renovation of a government official´s bathroom. Channel 2´s Scott MacFarlane secured images inside the office at the Washington headquarters of the U.S. Interior Department. The renovation was done on the interior secretary´s private office bathroom. The bathroom is approximately 100 square feet and cost about $222,000 to renovate, making it more expensive that many homes. MacFarlane obtained photos of the renovated bathroom through the Freedom of Information Act.
President Obama’s exercise in gun legislation by photo-op and executive order yesterday may cheer liberals and outrage the NRA, but it will do almost nothing to curb gun violence. Some of the new rules — 23 in all — may at first glance seem reasonable, such as expanding the amount of information available for background checks. So does the boilerplate admonition to “launch a national safe and responsible gun-ownership campaign.” (But, psst, the National Rifle Association’s been doing that for years.) And some actually make sense, such as helping schools and churches develop more effective emergency-response programs. But all these are tepid, marginal stuff.
Attorney General Greg Abbott Wednesday launched a Google web ad campaign inviting New Yorkers who feel their gun rights are threatened by a new law just signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to move to Texas where they will have the right to bear arms, and, with lower taxes, more money to buy ammo. The provocative web ads, paid for with Abbott campaign funds, will appear as a pop-up on screens on a variety of media web sites, including that of The New York Times, for those accessing the sites in Manhattan and Albany. “Is Gov. Cuomo looking to take your guns?
President Standoffish doesn’t want to be seen as a stiff. “Most people who know me know I’m a pretty friendly guy,” he protested at his White House press conference on Monday. “And I like a good party.” Maybe. But the president always seems to be dancing alone. And that was the vibe of his swan-song press conference for Act One of his presidency. His words were laced with an edge — churlish, chiding and self-pitying. He sardonically presented himself as Lonely Guy, shafted by the opposition, kicking around the White House on his own.
Washington – There is strong support from Americans for many of the proposals to curb gun violence that President Barack Obama announced Wednesday, but according to a new national poll, public support has slipped a bit when compared to surveys taken immediately after last month´s mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut. A CNN/Time Magazine/ORC International poll also indicates that Americans generally favor stricter gun control and think that it is too easy to buy guns in this country, but they don´t believe that stricter gun laws would reduce gun violence all by themselves.
The former governor, who ended his second term in disgrace after admitting to an extramarital affair with an Argentinean woman he described as his “soul mate,” had previously been considered a leading potential contender for the 2012 GOP nomination before the scandal consumed those ambitions. But suddenly, Sanford is back. Among many locals, he is considered the front-runner in the special election to fill the congressional seat held by Tim Scott before he was appointed to the U.S. Senate—an unusual degree of turnover in a state where Fritz Hollings served as junior senator to Strom Thurmond for 36 years.
A rule of the modern age: all confident, reelected presidents trip up in the second term. LBJ was sunk by Vietnam. Reagan faced Iran-Contra. Bill Clinton had his comeuppance with Monica. George W. Bush was overwhelmed with the Iraqi insurgency and Katrina. And Obama will have his as well, obsequious media or not. Supposedly fundamental partisan swings of an era usually prove transitory: LBJ’s landside led to Nixon four years later, whose landslide then led to Carter in 1980, whose supposed new politics of humility and apology led to Reagan, whose small government-paradigm shift nonetheless by 1992
Normally I’d stick a non-political link in Headlines or the Greenroom but odds are good that this is the most gripping, mind-bending post you’ll read on the Internet this year. You don’t have to know or like college football to follow it. If it were a movie, it’d be “Vertigo,” not “Rudy.” I’m not even going to excerpt it. Just read it, and pay attention to the timeline of Te’o´s relationship with “Kekua” near the beginning. There’s no way he wasn’t in on it, right? Who else could the details of the relationship have come from?
According to President Obama´s gun control recommendations, he "strongly believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms." But what does he think this right entails? "The President believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms," the White House says, "and he respects our nation´s rich hunting and sport shooting traditions." The 22-page document mentions hunting and sport shooting five more times, but there are only two mentions of self-defense, both of them in this sentence (which appears twice): "Most gun owners buy their guns legally and use them safely,
It’s no secret that the White House carefully scripts its press conferences, and a new study from the University of Minnesota has quantified just how much President Barack Obama plays favorites in the press briefing room. The analysis, published on Wednesday by the Smart Politics group at the university’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, took a look at all of the president’s press conferences in his first term, and determined ABC, CBS, the Associated Press and NBC were favorites of Obama. “Over the course of the president’s first term, he has generally maintained
The Food Standards Agency was criticised after admitting it had never carried out tests for horse meat on food sold in Britain. Seven of the leading supermarkets have cleared their shelves of frozen beefburgers after a supplier sold Tesco products which were 29 per cent horse meat. The supermarket took out newspaper advertisements to apologise to customers. The discovery was made by Irish authorities, leading to accusations that the Food Standards Agency in Britain had been taking a “light touch”. The concerns emerged as:• ?David Cameron said the discovery of horse meat in burgers was “disturbing” and “completely unacceptable”.