National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre on Tuesday offered a sharp critique of President Obama’s second inaugural address, warning that his agenda threatened to make a “mockery” of the nation’s constitutional freedoms. In a speech in Reno, Nev., which the nation’s most-prominent gun rights lobby billed as a “major response” to the president’s address, LaPierre pressed his attack on Obama’s push for stricter gun laws in the aftermath of last month’s deadly Newtown, Conn. mass shooting.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Opponents of the city´s limit on the size of sugary drinks are raising questions of racial fairness alongside other complaints as the novel restriction faces a court test. The NAACP´s New York state branch and the Hispanic Federation have joined beverage makers and sellers in trying to stop the rule from taking effect March 12. With a hearing set Wednesday, critics are attacking what they call an inconsistent and undemocratic regulation, while city officials and health experts defend it as a pioneering and proper move to fight obesity. The issue is complex
Rives Miller Grogan has something to say. The way he says it keeps getting him in trouble at the U.S. Capitol. Now, after the 47-year-old Californian allegedly climbed 40 feet up a tree near the Capitol reflecting pool and tried to shout down President Obama’s inaugural address on Monday, a judge has ordered him to stay away not only from Capitol building but from the District entirely.Grogan, an antiabortion activist, eluded capture for five hours on Monday. A Capitol police spokesman said he annoyed onlookers below by loudly shouting. He had just been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct
A day after President Obama vowed an aggressive global war on global warming, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman delivered a political hot potato to the White House in the form of state approval of a re-routed Keystone XL pipeline. Given the pressing domestic need for a) more reliable sources of oil and b) thousands of long-delayed, good-paying jobs, you might think federal approval of the endeavor with our closest neighbor and best friend is a gimme. Ah, but we are just three days past the middle of the 2,922-day Obama era.
“The first fundamental responsibility of any elected official is to pass a budget,” House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday evening. The Republican-led House has done so. But “what’s the history of the Senate?” McCarthy asked. “The last time they passed a budget, the iPad hadn’t even been introduced.” The Democrat-led Senate last passed a budget on April 29, 2009. Apple’s iPad was not made available to Americans until a year later, in April 2010. McCarthy noted that when Republicans gained a majority in the House after the 2010 midterms
Let no one accuse President Obama of a lack of vision. In broad strokes, the president’s inaugural speech painted a picture of a modern progressive state, technocratic and competent, muscular in its efforts and far-reaching in scope, capable of intricate micromanagement when necessary but also willing to take big steps to fix the big problems that liberals deem in need of fixing, whatever they may be. Obama defended the entitlement system, talked up the value of public infrastructure and environmental action, and explicitly tied the nation’s greatness to its ability and willingness to undertake whatever grand—and presumably public—reform
The new head of the state House Committee on Science and Technology is a social conservative who has used a moral compass to question scientific research, but who says he knows the importance biotechnology has on the state’s economy. Rep. Ed Setzler, R-Acworth, has previously led efforts to ban research on embryonic stem cells and sponsored a bill making it illegal to implant people with microchips against their will. Setzler, beginning his fifth term in the House, is also a frequent sponsor of bills to restrict abortions. The 42-year-old is an engineer and retired Army Ranger. Headline split by staff
The HIV virus which causes AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) does not kill people directly. It destroys their immune systems, allowing a waiting disease that would otherwise be fought off by the body to kill them. The American political left, despite efforts since Woodrow Wilson called our Constitution “political witchcraft,” has not been able to directly inject a fatal disease (or at least not a rapidly fatal one) into our political system. So they are turning to destroying the national immune system by encouraging Americans to abandon belief in our Founding documents and principles.
As if to prove it can do a better job making up the news than reporting the news, the Washington Post reported on President Obama’s Inaugural Address with the sweeping 24-point bold headline, “‘We Must Act,”’ and subhead, “SECOND TERM BEGINS WITH SWEEPING AGENDA FOR EQUALITY.” Please find the transcript online, print it out, and show me the agenda, any agenda, let alone a “sweeping” agenda for equality. The President did not present to the nation any agenda in his Inaugural Address. There were only a few code words, with double, even multiple, meanings. That is the fundamental
If Robert Heinlein were to write The Moon today (see Part 1), there´s no doubt his notion of the future oppressive global government on Earth would be very different. With such forces at play, the free-market revolution in Lunar colonies would likewise be fought by different means, struggling to overcome the tidal wave of government indoctrination and demonization, in addition to an army of statist looters hiding behind the army of statist moochers, who will be hiding behind an army of statist Blue Helmets of the statist United Nations.
A gunshot’s loud crack and a shattering alarm clock open and close a Summerville gun shop advertisement you can no longer see on ESPN. “Get to East Coast Guns, before time runs out,” the voice-over suggests. [Snip] Shop owner Ron Sprovero said his local cable advertising contract to run ads on ESPN programming has not been renewed; he has been told ESPN has stopped running all gun-related ads, worried they promote violence in children. The network is tightening up an advertising policy that restricts firearm-related ads and is sending reminders to local affiliates to adhere to it.
As NewsBusters reported Saturday, CBS News political director John Dickerson advised the current White House resident to destroy the Republican Party. On Tuesday, Dickerson doubled down in a Slate piece titled "They Hate Me, They Really Hate Me: Conservatives despise my analysis of Obama’s second-term options. But it was analysis—not advice." "I was using a very specific definition of transformational presidencies based on my reading of a theory of political science and the president´s own words about transformational presidencies from the 2008 campaign," Dickerson wrote. "It was also based on these givens: The president
Sloane Stephens stunned childhood idol Serena Williams to reach the Australian Open semi-finals. But Williams failed to put on her best show on the court, both because of injury, and a temper tantrum that saw her slam her racket into the ground with considerable force. The battered racket was then sent flying into the bench with some pace, and Williams was given a code violation. Williams´ chances were seriously hindered by a back injury suffered midway through the second set but credit Stephens, who kept her nerve to complete a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 win. Stephens had a picture
O say can’t she sing? Beyoncé’s dazzling rendition of the National Anthem at President Obama’s inauguration was a total fake — with the megastar lip-syncing as the Marine Corps Band merely pretended to play its instruments, sources said yesterday. The Grammy-award winner’s decision to use a taped version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” stunned the first family, which handpicked her for the occasion. “Oh, my God! You’re best friends with Michelle and you faked it! I am very upset,” said a source close to the Obamas. “I would like my three minutes back.” Beyoncé’s performance was a well-choreographed acting job.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is expected to introduce her assault weapons ban bill on Thursday. The bill is expected to ban 120 specific guns and ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The legislation is also expected to require gun owners to register semi-automatic rifles categorized as “assault weapons” with the Federal Government under the National Firearms Act – which may require assault rifle owners to pay a $200 registering fee and submit photographs and fingerprints to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
I think it would be a serious mistake to ignore or underestimate the significance of President Obama’s second inaugural address. It speaks to his ambition, his assault on the founding principles, and his attempt to realign the electorate on a misreading or misinterpretation or misrepresentation of the meaning of the founding principles. Attention must be paid. See, e.g., Yuval Levin’s “Obama’s second inaugural.” As R.J. Pestritto has demonstrated, the intellectual roots of modern American liberalism lie in an assault on the ideas of natural rights and limited government. They eventuate in an administrative state
There’s been a near consensus that one of the takeaways from President Obama’s second inaugural speech on Monday was that it was unabashedly liberal. “This was Barack Obama without apology—a liberal emboldened by political victory and a desire to enter the history books with a progressive agenda,” enthused New Yorker editor and biographer David Remnick. In reality, the speech wasn’t all that surprising – from the time Obama first burst onto the national political scene at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he has tried to wrap big government liberalism in American tradition. But if we’re assuming Obama
My ten-year-old son was delighted the other day to find a quotation from me appearing on the screen while he was playing the PlayStation game Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. But I was just bemused. Ten years ago, in Kuwait, when I spoke the words ‘It is a big step to take another human life. It is not to be done lightly’, I was preparing the men of my battle group to cross into Iraq for the liberation with every expectation they would be doing exactly that: taking human lives.[Snip] So when I read yesterday of Prince Harry using
Joe Biden in 2016? The inauguration is barely over but the vice president already is dropping plenty of hints that he might have another political act. Biden packed his schedule with events and receptions attended by party stalwarts throughout the long weekend of inauguration festivities, stoking speculation he may be laying the groundwork to carry the torch from President Barack Obama. It comes after Biden played a prominent role in brokering a compromise on the fiscal cliff standoff with Congress and his work developing gun violence legislation following December´s deadly school shooting in Connecticut. The next presidential campaign
Donald Trump has spent a lot of time in the last year trying to make news, first with his birther obsession, and more recently demanding comedian Bill Maher pay him $5 million. (Maher offered the sum for proof Trump wasn’t the “spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan.” Trump released his own birth certificate and threatened to sue Maher for the money.) Now Trump is exploring ways to make news in a more literal way: by acquiring the New York Times. According to sources familiar with the situation,
What an extraordinary moment. As recently as two years ago, the PM was saying that he saw no need for a referendum because he didn´t want to leave the EU. Now he says that Britain needs a different deal if it is to remain a member at all. And, critically, the people who decide whether it´s a good enough deal won´t be the ministers and mandarins who have brought us to our present unhappy state, but the electorate as a whole.[Snip] But they might be surprised, as I was, by the Eurosceptic tone of the other passages:
Eliana Johnson noted yesterday on the Corner that a lawyer in the Voting Section of the Department of Justice, Dan Freeman, proudly announced on his Facebook page that he “started the crowd booing when Paul Ryan came out” at the inauguration. As I pointed out in my series of articles on hires at the Justice Department in 2011, co-authored with Christian Adams, Freeman is one of the very liberal lawyers hired by the Obama administration for a career civil-service position (not a political job).
On September 21, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to reporters before a meeting with the Pakistani foreign minister. She addressed the September 11 assault on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. “What happened was a terrorist attack, and we will not rest until we have tracked down and brought to justice the terrorists who murdered four Americans.” Clinton’s statement was notable. It was the strongest and most direct assessment of the attacks from any Obama administration official in the first 10 days after the deaths.
The depressing spectacle of Barack Obama inaugurating a second term should not obscure this truth: Conservatives win on issues. They lose in elections because they don’t know how to frame the choices, even on those many issues on which the majority of the public is in their corner. Consider the most recent poll numbers. Gallup on abortion: “Would you consider yourself to be pro-choice or pro-life?” Answer: 50 to 41, pro-life. Gallup on whether government “is trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses” or instead “should do more to solve our country’s problems.”
The White House reverberated to the sounds of partying for a second consecutive evening last night as Lady Gaga headlined a spectacular private event for Obama staffers. (Snip)The President and the First Lady Michelle Obama took to the stage before Gaga´s entrance to thank supporters for their hard work, saying that the thousands of guests at his staff ball represented his ´deepest hopes for America.´ Tuesday´s inauguration festivities came hot on the heels of Obama´s Gangnam Style dance off with singer Usher at the spectacular after-party he and wife Michelle Obama threw at the White