One of our Tatler readers alerted me to this story in comments on another post. It seems that GEICO, the insurance company whose ads feature cavemen, Eddie Money, two bluegrass pickers and a loveable gecko from origins unknown, has canceled a customer’s policy because the customer is engaged in the firearms industry. Here is the letter that GEICO sent to the canceled customer. Click to enlarge. The letter was originally posted here, with little context to explain it. The blog Moonbattery picked it up, which is where our reader saw it. What’s going on here? The letter is straightforward.
Gabriel Sherman should be flattered. People seem to believe that the New York Magazine writer’s pending, unauthorized biography of Roger Ailes will be a big deal. Look at all the attention that’s come his way since he started working on it: Last spring, he saw his subscription to the Putnam County News and Recorder summarily cancelled. That’s the community paper published by Elizabeth Ailes, the wife of Roger Ailes. “I don’t want to get into a financial transaction with him and his credit card,” Elizabeth Ailes explained to the Erik Wemple Blog last June regarding the subscription cutoff.
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, I need to share something with you here. It´ll be 25 years in August that I´ve been doing this show. And that´s long enough to notice things that you can´t possibly notice in your first five years or even ten. For example, I am now able to see how a whole bunch of things simply repeat themselves, issues, battles, political fights, how they repeat themselves, how a lot of this is just cycled and recycled. I have to confess, when I first became aware of women in combat as a political issue
A proposed ban on sales of assault weapons would be defeated in the U.S. Senate today unless some members changed their current views, based on a Bloomberg review of recent lawmaker statements and interviews. At least six of the 55 senators who caucus with Democrats have recently expressed skepticism or outright opposition to a ban, the review found. That means Democrats wouldn’t have a simple 51-vote majority to pass the measure, let alone the 60 votes needed to break a Republican filibuster to bring it to a floor vote. A ban on the military-style weapons is among the
RUSH: Linebacker, Baltimore Ravens. I hope I pronounce his last name right. Brendon Ayanbadejo. He has long been an advocate for gay rights and gay marriage, and he´s a little unique. He´s an athlete who has joined a political cause. As we´ve discussed on many occasions, athletes stay away from this stuff. Athletes earn a lot of money. I don´t know if this guy does, but a lot of people earn money via endorsements, so you don´t want to anger a segment of the population.
Barack Obama carried Virginia´s 13 electoral votes in both 2008 and 2012, and some Republicans in Richmond would like to prevent anyone from doing so again.(Snip) Republicans in Virginia and a handful of other battleground states are pushing for far-reaching changes to the electoral college in an attempt to counter recent success by Democrats. In the vast majority of states, the presidential candidate who wins receives all of that state´s electoral votes. The proposed changes would instead apportion electoral votes by congressional district, a setup far more favorable to Republicans.
CAIRO- Egypt´s official news agency says the death toll has risen to four in clashes in the city of Suez between police and protesters on the second anniversary of the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak.The agency quoted the head of the emergency ward at the Suez Canal´s city´s main hospital as saying five other people were being treated for gunshot wounds from Friday´s clashes, raising the possibility of more fatalities. Suez on Friday saw some of the worst clashes between police and protesters, who set ablaze a government building that once housed the city´s local government.
Former presidential candidate Herman Cain says he won’t run for Georgia’s open Senate seat because he is focusing on his new radio show. Reacting to the news Friday that Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss will not seek re-election in 2014, Cain said, “No I’m not running!” in a statement provided to The Daily Caller by his spokeswoman. “My attention is laser focused on exposing the economic pain and suffering to come from a second Obama term, part of which is via my new nationally syndicated talk radio show that is finishing its first week on the air,” he said.
The Justice Department is taking the first steps toward carrying out President Obama’s executive actions on gun control. Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday released three proposals to strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which was one of the 23 actions ordered by Obama last week to tackle gun violence. The proposed regulations would give local law-enforcement agencies access to the gun-sale database that is maintained by the FBI. The rules would also preserve records of denied weapons sales indefinitely. The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act already requires federal background checks for gun purchases, but not every firearm
The Washington, D.C., board of education earned widespread mockery this week when it proposed allowing high school students -- in the nation´s own capital -- to skip a basic U.S. government course to graduate. But this is fiddlesticks compared to what the federal government is doing to eliminate American children´s core knowledge base in English, language arts and history. Thanks to the "Common Core" regime, funded with President Obama´s stimulus dollars and bolstered by duped Republican governors and business groups, deconstructionism is back in style. Traditional literature is under fire. Moral relativism is increasingly the norm. "Standards" is Orwell-speak
In 1995, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) went on the record about the fact that she had a concealed carry permit and carried a concealed handgun when she walked back and forth to the hospital to see her ailing husband. She was also dealing with threats from a terror group, the World Liberation Front. The group had tried to bomb her house on one occasion and had shot out her windows on another. Reflecting on those moments, Feinstein said: I know the sense of helplessness that people feel, I know the urge to arm yourself, because that´s what I did.
Tomorrow is Ellen DeGeneres‘ birthday, so today she dedicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show to celebrating herself. The talk show host had some of her favorite people deliver personal birthday messages to her during the show, but this one from President Obama really stood out for its over-the-top adulation. The president must really be feeling guilty after his wife beat DeGeneres in that infamous push-up contest. Watch video below, via The Ellen DeGeneres Show:
Former CIA intelligence officer John Kiriakou has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for leaking the name of a covert officer´s name to a reporter. The 48-year-old Arlington man pleaded guilty in October to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, which no one had been convicted under in 27 years. He was sentenced Friday in federal court in Alexandria. Kiriakou has admitted to leaking the name of a covert officer and to telling reporters that another agent was involved in an operation to capture al-Qaida terrorist Abu Zubaydah, according to prosecutors. The classified information that Kiriakou
Newt Gingrich on Thursday night interrogated the gun-grabbing Piers Morgan, pushing the CNN host as to what his real motives are. An aggressive Gingrich insisted, "So, why don´t you share your real view?...Isn´t your real view that you would ban pistols if you could?" [See video below. MP3 audio here.] The Republican also told the British anchor why the Founding Fathers were able to defeat "your army." Morgan swore that his concern was "the high-powered guns of any variety which can fire 30 or 40 or more rounds in less than a minute."
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that President Obama´s January 2012 recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional and invalid. Bloomberg reports: The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington in a unanimous ruling today sided with Republican lawmakers and a canning company that challenged the appointments. The judges said the definition of “the Recess” in the Constitution’s Recess Appointments Clause is limited to the period between one Congress and the next, and that Congress had begun a new session at the time the president made the appointments.
President Obama will debut his plans for comprehensive immigration reform at an event Tuesday in Las Vegas, the White House said Friday. In a statement, the White House said the president´s proposal would call for legislation to create a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Obama held a strategy session Friday with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, telling the lawmakers that reform efforts would be "a top priority" in his second term. "The President was pleased to hear from CHC members and noted that they share the same vision, including that any legislation
Mitt and Ann Romney visited Washington, D.C. on Friday and attended a luncheon with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Romney’s former running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). [twitter: John McCain? @SenJohnMcCain -Great lunch with Mitt & Ann Romney today - their remarks were wonderful] -The private luncheon event was held at the J.W. Marriott hotel in downtown Washington, and hosted by Virginia philanthropist Catherine Reynolds and Marriott International Chairman Bill Marriott Jr. Romney joined the board of Marriott International in December.
This afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced a potential filibuster deal that, among other problematic provisions, limits post-cloture debate on federal district court nominees (and non-Cabinet-level officials). Senators currently have up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate on the merits of a district court nominee; the new rule would permit only two hours. This proposal would seriously undermine the rights of sitting senators to call attention to problematic district court nominees and, as a consequence, would enable the President to make more philosophically questionable
President Obama’s approval rating is cooling off in the swing states that helped propel him to a second term in the White House, according to a Purple Strategies poll released Friday. Obama’s approval rating dipped to 47 percent in Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida. Forty-five percent said they disapprove of the job Obama is doing. Last month, Obama´s approval rating in those states stood at 51 percent — the highest standing Purple Strategies had recorded for Obama.
Federal Appeals court today invalidated three of President Obama’s “recess appointments” to the National Labor Relations Board that were made while the Senate was in session. The key takeaway is that the Court determined that under the Constitution, the President’s recess authority is very limited to making appointments to positions that become vacant while the Senate is in the recess between sessions of Congress. Each Congress last two years, divided up into a “session” each year. If the Supreme Court adopts this view it would severely restrict the President’s authority to make recess appointments.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned on Thursday that a major cyber attack is a looming threat and could have the same sort of impact as last year´s Superstorm Sandy, which knocked out electricity in a large swathe of the Northeast. Napolitano said a ´cyber 9/11´ could happen ´imminently´ and that critical infrastructure - including water, electricity and gas - was very vulnerable to such a strike. ´We shouldn´t wait until there is a 9/11 in the cyber world. There are things we can and should be doing right now that, if not prevent, would mitigate
Joe McGinniss, the controversial author and journalist, has revealed he was diagnosed in May with advanced prostate cancer, but is responding well to treatment and feels "terrific." McGinniss, 70, posted on his Facebook page that he had "inoperable, terminal, metastatic prostate cancer." In an e-mail to the Associated Press, he confirmed the diagnosis, but said he has no symptoms and is eager to write more books and magazine articles.
It should come as no surprise that the Communist Party USA is on board with President Obama’s plan to attack Americans’ right to keep and bear arms as a means to “end gun violence.” A cardinal feature of communist regimes, like all dictatorships, is the prohibition of private ownership of arms, creating a monopoly of force in the hands of the State. In a January 18 article, People’s World, an official publication of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), declared that “the ability to live free from the fear or threat of gun violence is a Source corrected by staff.
NEW YORK— Exxon has once again surpassed Apple as the world´s most valuable company after the iPhone and iPad maker saw its stock price falter. Apple Inc.´s stock has been on the decline since the company´s quarterly earnings report Wednesday suggested that its fast growth phase, rare for a company of its size, may be coming to an end. Apple´s stock fell 2.6 percent to $438.76 in afternoon trading Friday for a market capitalization of $412 billion. That followed a 12 percent drop on Thursday, the biggest one-day percentage drop for the company since 2008.
It was never supposed to last this long. When the Mars rover Opportunity settled on the Martian surface nine years ago today, mission managers at NASA said they would be pleased if it lasted for 90 days. Instead, it´s been 3,201 days, and still counting. The rover has driven 22.03 miles, mostly at a snail´s pace, from one crater to another, stopping for months at a time in the frigid Martian winters. The six motorized wheels, rated to turn 2.5 million times, have lasted 70 million, and are all still working. "Opportunity is still in very good health, especially considering