John Mackey, the feisty CEO of Whole Foods, says Obamacare is “fascist economics” and he regrets having said it, even though he insists — correctly — that it’s a textbook case of Mussolini-style corporate statism. Private property continues to exist, but the state controls all business. That’s why the fascists called their totalitarian system a “third way” between unbridled capitalism and Soviet-style Communism. Back in the twenties and early thirties, before German National Socialism became the archetypal “fascist” doctrine, Mussolini’s call for a new kind of national economy intrigued many serious thinkers and leaders, including Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
A senior jihadist believed to be behind a deadly bombing at the U.S. embassy in Yemen has been reported killed, the third time his death has been announced. Said al-Shihri, the second in command of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was reportedly killed in an airstrike in Yemen in December, according to a news report by Arabic television network Al Arabiya. According to the report, the Saudi-born militant died after sustaining severe injuries from a joint U.S.-Yemeni airstrike that targeted his convoy. The al Arabiya account, based on information from ´family sources´,
Hillary Clinton suggested in the Senate hearing today that lack of access to funds may have contributed to security deficiencies in Libya — a claim that then-State Department official Charlene Lamb explicitly rejected in a November congressional hearing. “With respect to helping the Libyans …we will provide a list of everything we were doing and were attempting to do,” Clinton said, “but I will also tell you that since March 2011, Congressional holds have been placed on programs for many months for aid to Libya. We’ve had frequent Congressional
The Five‘s Andrea Tantaros introduced a segment about today’s 40th anniversary of the passage of Roe v. Wade by showing a portion of a new ad celebrating the occasion from the Center for Reproductive Rights. The ad, titled “Happy 40th Anniversary, Baby” features actor Mehcad Brooks speaking seductively to his “baby,” in this case the Constitutional right to have an abortion, decided by the Supreme Court on this day in 1973. Watch the full ad below:
WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had been negligent in conducting her job, and said that if he were president, he would have relieved her of her post. Paul said that the fact that she was not aware of the requests of more security for the U.S. Embassy in Libya constituted “a failure of leadership” and said it was “inexcusable.” “I think ultimately…you accept the culpability for the worst tragedy since 9/11,” Paul said. “Had I been president at the time and I had found
Wrapping up a report on Wednesday´s NBC Today about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton´s upcoming congressional testimony on the Benghazi terrorist attack, chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell sympathetically observed: "It will be a grueling day, first in the Senate, then in the House. Not how the Secretary of State had planned to wind up what is widely viewed as a stellar term as the nation´s top diplomat." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] At the top of the segment, Mitchell seemed to lament that Clinton would have to endure such questioning
Bristol Palin´s former beau Levi Johnston was pummeled and ´nearly stabbed´ by his new wife during a boozy New Year´s Eve attack, a shocking new report claims. Johnston, 22, of Wasilla, Alaska, married Sunny Oglesby - the mother of his second child - in October months after she became pregnant with a girl, whom the couple named Breeze Beretta after the Italian firearm. But their wedded bliss may have taken a back seat on New Year´s Eve, when Sunny allegedly attacked Johnston in front of horrified family members.
HARRISBURG — Several hundred gun owners took a stand on the Capitol steps in freezing weather Wednesday to “show those liberal gun grabbers your rights are important,” Rep. Daryl Metcalfe said. Those rights are so important to gun owners that Metlcalfe, R-Butler County, filed legislation to make it a felony for any state official to enforce federal gun control laws. (Snip) Metcalfe stirred the crowd by asking who has questioned Second Amendment rights and then ticking off several names: President Obama, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, and CNN‘s Piers Morgan.
The Republican National Committee has launched a new website with hopes of engaging activists to help "analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the 2012 election cycle efforts of the RNC" and "is reaching out to hundreds of individuals including RNC Members, grassroots activists, donors, elected officials, community leaders and other important partners to help the Republican Party form a solid path going forward." The RNC believes in order to to properly prepare for 2016, as rumblings of who the GOP candidates will be have already started, activists must be engaged in the conversation about improvement.
Ever since the Sandy Hook shootings, we´ve been hearing that now, at last, it´s time for the National Rifle Association to drop its "extremist" views and accept the sort of gun control that Democrats — and their allies in the press — were pushing long before Sandy Hook. When NRA Executive Vice President Wayne La Pierre proposed armed guards in schools, it was portrayed as evidence of how out-of-touch the organization was. (Snip) But, then again, it turned out that 55% of Americans supported the NRA proposal. Turns out, it was the people calling it crazy —
New York — Union membership is continuing to shrink throughout the country, even as companies add jobs in one-time union strongholds such as Michigan. Union membership fell to 11.3% of wage and salary workers last year, down from 11.8% the year before, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said today. In 1981, 20.1% of wage and salary workers were unionized. The latest numbers, while not a surprise, are the result of both political maneuvering and corporate negotiations. Both Michigan and Indiana became right-to-work states over the last year, meaning unions cannot require members to pay dues as a condition of employment.
TOKYO – Taro Aso has never been one to hold his tongue. But Japan’s 72 year-old deputy prime minister may have outdone himself with his latest gaffe. At a government panel to discuss social security reforms, the former prime minister called the elderly who are unable to feed themselves “tube people,” then proceeded to say the elderly should be allowed to “hurry up and die” to reduce the burden on a country tasked to pay for their medical expenses.
Senate Budget Committee chair Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced that Senate Democrats will pass their first budget since 2009, while trying to dispel the idea that the House Republicans’ ‘no budget, no pay’ proposal had pushed Democrats to do so. “Senate Democrats plan to move on a budget resolution regardless of whether the House rolls this issue into their short-term bill to increase the debt limit,” Murray said in a statement this morning. “I am ready to get to work with my colleagues on the Budget Committee and I look forward to fighting for middle class budget values and
After being pressed today by Republican Senator Ron Johnson to explain how it was that over the course of weeks, the Obama Administration stood by an absurd story claiming that four Americans we´re murdered in Libya due to a spontaneous protest gone bad, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played the indignation card. (Snip) With all due respect, the fact is we have four dead Americans. Whether it was because of a protest or because guys outside for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans. What difference at this point does it make?
There’s good news for Barack Obama: the next time he travels, he can indulge his narcissism by reading an erotic novel—about himself. GuestHouse Games, published by uStarNovels, follows Barack and Michelle Obama while they are “alone in their isolated beachfront guesthouse in the tropical paradise of Kailua, Hawaii.”
I have seen more powerful men than Barack Obama fall. I worked in South Africa during Thabo Mbeki’s presidency, when the ruling African National Congress (ANC) won 70% of the vote and earned the power to change his country’s constitution unilaterally. In 2005, I watched from the gallery as he told Parliament he was dismissing his deputy, Jacob Zuma, over allegations of corruption stemming from a lucrative arms deal. Two years later, Mbeki was ousted by his party and forced to resign his presidency of the country.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Authorities in California say the voice actor who portrayed Charlie Brown in many "Peanuts" shows was arrested on charges that include stalking. U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Angelica de Cima said Peter Robbins was arrested Sunday at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. She told U-T San Diego (HTTP://BIT.LY/USUNAC ) that a background check yielded a warrant against Robbins from the San Diego County sheriff´s department.
ST. LOUIS, MO – Missouri state Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal wants parents to notify schools if they own a gun. She also wants to make failing to prevent guns getting into the wrong hands an illegal offense. The state senator is holding a news conference on Wednesday in Jefferson city to release the proposed legislation. According to a release from the Senator’s office Senate Bill 124 will make, “failing to prevent illegal firearm possession, it creates the offense of negligent storage of a firearm and it requires a parent or guardian enrolling a child in school to notify
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked about ascertaining whether the Benghazi terror attack was the result of a protest by Senator Ron Johnson. "What difference, at this point, does it make?" Clinton shouted, seemingly losing her cool. "With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?"
If Bobby Jindal has his way, Louisiana’s personal and corporate income taxes are headed for extinction. Jindal wants the tax reform to be “revenue neutral,” and he’s exploring by how much he would have to increase the sales tax (currently 4 percent) in order to achieve that. He’s also meeting with state legislators. Louisiana’s session doesn’t start until April 8, and Jindal’s office intends by then to release a detailed plan, filling in the broad outlines that have been put forward so far.
Welcome to the ruff club. Two new breeds will make their debut at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show next month — further proof that every dog indeed has its day. The tenacious Russell terrier and the athletic treeing walker coonhound will strut for the first time on the dog world’s grandest stage: Madison Square Garden. “It´s an honor and a privilege. We´ve worked so hard at it,” said Sue Sobel, 66, a tireless booster of her breed who will show two Russell terriers, Meadowbrook Madison and Foxfield Pepper Patch.
The president of Michigan’s largest union is instructing officials to prepare to sue its own members, according to a leaked memo issued after the state adopted right-to-work laws in December. Steven Cook, president of the Michigan Education Association, circulated an email to local unions officials and staff instructing them to monitor revenue streams in light of the right-to-work laws, which are set to go into effect on March 27, 2013. The law allows workers to opt out of union membership unless they have an existing contract with their employer.
Casting about for something positive to say on Inauguration Day, pols and pundits fell back on the cliché that America exhibits the “peaceful transfer of power.” But that’s not much of a consolation if it results in revolution anyways. Most revolutions are not against state power but with it. So it goes with Obama’s, as he leaves the old forms in place but fills them with new revolutionary meanings. The disturbing hollowness of Obama’s inauguration derives from this more subtle form of revolution. All the usual trappings of tradition were on display Link repaired by staff
One day after President Barack Obama won re-election, his Administration agreed to a new round of international negotiations to revive a United Nations-sponsored treaty regulating the international sale of conventional arms, which critics fear could affect the Constitutionally protected right of U.S. citizens to purchase and bear firearms. Now, in the wake of the Newtown school massacre and the President’s January 16 promise to “put everything I’ve got” into a sweeping new series of gun control initiatives, the fate of that treaty, which enters a “final” round of negotiations this March,
The uncle of one of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary has proposed new legislation designed to reduce future mass shootings without resorting to gun bans. Lawyer Alexis Haller is the uncle of Noah Pozner, who was killed by Adam Lanza in Newtown, CT last month. Haller recently flew from his home in Seattle to Washington, D.C. to make his case for a series of plans designed to prevent future mass shootings. Unlike other proposals currently on the table, Haller is not seeking to ban anything. His idea covers
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton teared up briefly during testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations as she recounted meeting family members of the four Americans who were killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. “I stood next to President Obama as the Marines carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at Andrews [Air Force Base],” said Mrs. Clinton as emotion filled her voice. “I put my arms around the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters.”