Washington -President Barack Obama says gun-control advocates should be better listeners in the debate over firearms in America. In an interview with The New Republic, Obama says he has "a profound respect" for the tradition of hunting that dates back for generations. "And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake. Part of being able to move this forward is understanding the reality of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas," he says. (Snip) The president says it´s understandable that people are protective of their family traditions
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said there "basically" is a bipartisan agreement already for immigration reform in the House. President Barack Obama will unveil his plan for comprehensive immigration reform on Tuesday. Boehner made the comments last week at the Ripon Society. "I think there’s a bipartisan group of members that have been meeting now for three or four years," Boehner said. "Frankly, I think they basically have an agreement. I’ve not seen the agreement. I don’t know all the pitfalls in it, but it’s in my view, the right group of members.”
Springfield, IL - Jake McNiece was gone before we even knew he was here. His name might not resonate with you. It didn’t with me until I heard that he had died. After that, it didn’t take long to learn Jake’s story. It’s worth learning. In a nutshell, he was the real-life model for Lee Marvin’s character in the 1967 movie “The Dirty Dozen.” Jake, 93, died in Chatham on Monday.(Snip) The actual group of WWII soldiers the movie is based on was called The Filthy Thirteen. They were rounders — not murderers and psychopaths, as Hollywood portrayed them, but brawlers and no respecters of authority. Source location and text added by Staff.
WASHINGTON — As President Obama settles on a strategy to overhaul the nation´s immigration laws, he faces a quandary that speaks volumes about the bitter nature of politics in a divided capital: The very fact that a plan has Obama´s name on it might be enough to kill it. (Snip) Republicans, they say, would feel compelled to oppose a bill identified explicitly with the president. Better, they advise, to announce broad principles and avoid particulars, even if that means violating a campaign pledge to propose legislation. Obama promised to do that in his first campaign, did not deliver,
BRASILIA, Brazil — A fire swept through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, killing at least 245 people and leaving at least 200 injured, police and firefighters said. Police Maj. Cleberson Braida told local news media that the 245 bodies were brought for identification to a gymnasium in the city of Santa Maria. That toll would make it one of the deadliest nightclub fires more than a decade. The cause of the fire is not yet known, officials said. Officials earlier put the death toll at 180.
There was an 1854 Lefaucheux pinfire pistol carbine on display, as well as an 1876 .22-caliber derringer in a glass box. But neither was for sale. It wouldn´t have mattered if they were. The gun enthusiasts who showed up in Rosemont on Friday for what was billed as the first-ever Chicagoland Gun Show didn´t seem interested in gawking at antique pistols. Some wanted to buy high-powered rifles, semi-automatic handguns and high-capacity magazines. But there wasn´t a single gun dealer at the show, only a Chicago collector who said he was there to show off his collection.
Four shootings -- two of them double homicides -- and a stabbing left 7 people dead Saturday, authorities said. In what appeared to be the last homicide of the day, a 32-year-old man was fatally stabbed about 11:50 p.m. in the South Shore neighborhood on the South Side, police said. The stabbing happened during a domestic argument in the 2500 block of East 73rd Street, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said. Byline corrected to site style by Staff.
SANTA MARIA, Brazil- A fire at a Brazilian nightclub early Sunday killed at least 137 people and left scores of others injured, police said. The fire broke out around 2:30 a.m. at Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, CNN reported. There were 300 to 400 people in the club when the fire erupted and only one exit door, O Globo, Rio de Janeiro, reported. "It was a small door for a lot of people" Luana Santos Silva, who was at the nightclub, told O Globo. Col. Adilomar Silva, the regional coordinator of civil defense, said rescue crews were still pulling bodies
First things first: the Second Amendment to the Constitution is simple and clear. The version of it that was ratified by the states reads as follows: 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. Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, President Obama and a host of senators and congressmen launched an all-out assault on so-called "assault weapons", high-capacity magazines, and gun ownership in general.
It´s hardly a secret. After all, in a letter to a senior officer, no less than a young Bill Clinton openly admitted that many of his cohort to "loath[ed] the military." Still, it´s stunning to hear a modern-day liberal make a similar admission. On her MSNBC show today, Melissa Harris-Perry stated that the U.S. military is "despised as an engine of war by many progressives." View the video after the jump. MHP made her admission as a preface to observing that our military has also been "a leading institution in America´s fight for racial equality." No doubt.
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry, finding biblical significance in the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, assured thousands of activists at Saturday´s Rally for Life at the Texas Capitol that this legislative session will build on past efforts to restrict abortion. "The ideal world is one without abortion. Until then, we will continue to pass laws to ensure abortions are as rare as possible," Perry told a crowd. Joined by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Attorney General Greg Abbott and anti-abortion groups, Perry said he was with "men and women who understand those Biblical stories."
As she takes a break from her acting career, Eva Longoria is making strides in the world of politics. Dressed a sexy black V-neck jumpsuit and open-toed Christian Louboutin booties, the former Desperate Housewives actress looked ready for a political power play as she hosted a forum in Beverly Hills on Saturday. Sitting across from Eva on stage was United States Justice Sonia Sotomayor, one of the most influential women in American politics. Saturday´s event highlights Eva´s passion for politics as well as Sonia´s book, My Beloved World, in which she discusses her unlikely journey
This week, the administration that rode to a second term decrying a fictitious war on women by the opposition, opened real fronts on the war on women, perpetuating feminism´s worst inconsistencies through its contradictory programs and in the words and deeds of the avatar of these inconsistencies, Hillary Clinton, the "Athena" of low information women voters. Only CBS reporter Sheryl Attkisson by her persistence and competence keeps me from burying my head in shame.
Have you heard much about President Obama’s $787,000,000,000 economic “stimulus” (now estimated to cost $831,000,000,000) lately? In its last report, published in 2011, the president’s own Council of Economic Advisors released an estimate showing that, for every $317,000 in “stimulus” spending that had by then gone out the door, only one job had been created or saved. Even in Washington, that’s not considered good bang for the buck.
IN 1942, 71 years before last week’s Pentagon decision allowing women on the front lines of combat, the United States government established the Women’s Army Corps, with Athena as its insignia, and welcomed our country’s first female military recruits. One of these pioneering women was a corporal from Big Spring, Tex., named Nellie Gray. After the war ended, Gray finished college (with an assist from the G.I. Bill) and moved to Washington, D.C.,
In September 2008, Sarah Palin secretly met with Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes during her campaign tour through New York, a stop which included a friendly chit-chat with Henry Kissinger and a not-so-friendly chit-chat with Katie Couric. The private sit-down was a chance for Ailes and Palin to get to know each other. Ailes, who has said, "I never did focus groups on any talent I put on the air. It was all done out of my gut," spotted something early in the former Alaska Governor.
Growing up in a big, bubbly, close-knit family with six brothers and sisters, Robert Suchan´s role models were his beautiful mother Janene ("like Barbara Eden meets Grace Kelly meets Carol Brady and June Cleaver"), whose picture he keeps in his wallet, and his Aunt Barbara ("Eve Arden meets Jo Anne Worley meets Mrs. Roper, with a touch of Bea Arthur"). In time they would provide the ruggedly handsome Irish Catholic Long Island native — he looks like a cross between Alec Baldwin and Vince Vaughn — inspiration and a livelihood. The awakening came with the Dawn. As in dishwashing liquid.
When Burt Rico was caught using a deer feeder equipped with lights while hunting in Louisiana, he was slapped with a $1,051 fine and sentenced to 60 days in jail. He was cited for hunting without a big-game license, failing to wear hunter orange and hunting deer with an artificial light. Until he was cited, he didn’t know he had done anything wrong, he claims. Rico’s case isn’t an isolated one. According to a new report by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, thousands of people are being prosecuted for environmental crimes every day
TORONTO — Canadian immigration officials have denied U.S. actor Randy Quaid´s request for permanent resident status in Canada. A Canadian government official confirmed late Saturday his request for permanent status has been denied. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Quaid can appeal the decision to the federal court. U.S. officials last year refused to seek extradition of the actor and his wife from Canada to face felony vandalism charges in Santa Barbara, California, but authorities in the coastal town
Miami Heat fan Michael Drysch, a 50-year-old computer tech guy, hit an incredible hook shot from half court to win $75,000 at the AmericanAirlines Arena. LeBron James couldn´t contain himself and tackled Drysch in sheer joy.(Snip for video) From ESPN: Drysch said he had been practicing the shot the past two days and only made it once during his workouts. He received a tip from a friend in the arena tunnel as he was warming up to take the shot. "They told me to put some spin on the ball, and get it up there as high as I could," Drysch said.
It was a bad day for the lefties afflicted with the totalitarian temptation. (Relax: It is a term of art, a well-known one, and I am not calling Democrats totalitarians.) Two significant developments point to the importance for conservatives — who worry about unlimited, intrusive, abusive government and the squelching of political minority rights — of the rule of law and constitutional structure in preserving liberty. First we have a devastating blow delivered to the administration by the federal appeals court over the president’s power grab on appointments, as the Associated Press reports:
One of the issues that the NRI summit has tackled is whether the Republican party is actuarially doomed by the disproportionate growth of ethnic groups that tend to vote Democrat. For many, that question boils down to what conservatives can do to appeal more to Hispanics. I agree that the GOP needs to lose its reputation for intolerance — and fast. But the real demographic challenge to conservatism is deeper and more difficult, and it has nothing to do with ethnicity. In a properly functioning two-party system, power oscillates between the parties,
We´ve heard from duped Notre Dame star Manti Te´o himself. We´re going to hear from the accused mastermind, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, next week. What´s next in this strange, beautiful and truly weird adventure? (Snip)But is it that much a stretch to believe a guy carrying on a long relationship with a girl who was apparently suffering from cancer never gave her money, or bought her gifts, or tried to pay for something? Medical bills are expensive. No flowers? No teddy bears with hearts? No get well chocolates? Come on, son.
The Boy Scouts of America are once again coming under fire from a national gay rights group, this time via a protest of the National Geographic Channel. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced Wednesday that it is supporting an online petition asking the cable network to add a disclaimer to the start of each episode of the upcoming reality series “Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?” The petition — started by Will Oliver, a 20-year-old gay Eagle Scout from Duxbury, Mass. — asks that the network “inform viewers about the organization’s dangerous anti-gay policy”
How the worm has turned. After the 2000 presidential cliffhanger, in which Al Gore won the popular vote but George W. Bush won the election, Democrats led the charge in demanding the abolition of the Electoral College. Now that President Obama has been re-elected, Republicans are trying to change the formula by which the states allocate these votes. Both are bad ideas. Republicans are focused on purple states where they control both the governorship and the legislature — but where voters still went for Obama in November. Partly that’s because Democrats still dominate the large cities in these states.