It isn’t just AR-15s that are flying off the shelves. Shooters are also starting to experience a serious shortage of ammunition. This is partly because President Obama is using up so much ammo. He sprang a secret on us in an interview with New Republic, finally letting the cat out of the bag after all these years: Obama says he goes skeet shooting at Camp David “all the time.” Really? Who knew? I thought he just played basketball, golfed and smoked cigarettes.
Forty years ago last week the Supreme Court declared that it found a hitherto unknown right in the Constitution, the right to have an abortion, no questions asked. That is, no one save the pregnant woman could say nay. Every anniversary since then, the “Pro-Life” forces have carried out a March for Life on the National Mall, culminating in front of the Supreme Court building. For years their numbers have been growing. Although the National Park Service no longer estimates the size of rallies on the Mall, Doug McKelway of Fox News, who has covered a number of the events,
Michael Mann, perpetrator of the notorious hockey stick hoax, is one of the world’s execrable characters. On top of his more important bad qualities, he is a whiner. The self-pitying Mann complains that scientists and organizations that are skeptical of the alarmists’ claims–like the now-ridiculed hockey stick–get tiny amounts of funding from concerned citizens. Anthony Watts notes an interview with Mann by Britain’s Independent: A climate scientist who says he has been subjected to a vitriolic hate campaign has denounced the way that American billionaires have been able to secretly finance the climate-sceptic organisations
As college football fans know well, during big, televised games it’s often flashed on the screen that the game is being watched at U.S. military bases in 175 different countries around the world. At first glance it’s exciting to know that U.S. troops don’t have to miss out on America’s greatest sport while gallantly serving their country. But given a second pass, the notion is somewhat disturbing. That college football is watched at U.S. military bases around the world signals that our economy-smothering problem of big government extends well beyond Obamacare, TARP, and endless Bridges to Nowhere.
A charity co-founded by Lance Armstrong said it has dropped the former cyclist, the latest affiliated organization to cut ties with Mr. Armstrong in the wake of official doping allegations and his public confession. Athletes for Hope, a six-year-old group based in Bethesda, Md., took down Armstrong´s photo from its website after a Jan. 17 interview with Oprah Winfrey in which he admitted doping. The group´s chief executive, Ivan Blumberg, said the decision to part company with Mr. Armstrong was "mutual" and "sort of came to a head with [that] interview."
CAIRO — Egypt´s president declared a state of emergency and curfew in three Suez Canal provinces hit hardest by a weekend wave of unrest that left more than 50 dead, using tactics of the ousted regime to get a grip on discontent over his Islamist policies and the slow pace of change. Angry and almost screaming, Mohammed Morsi vowed in a televised address on Sunday night that he would not hesitate to take even more action to stem the latest eruption of violence across much of the country. But at the same time, he sought to reassure Egyptians
National Review gathered dozens of talking heads and GOP elected luminaries along with nearly a thousand supporters over the weekend in Washington in proceedings designed to take the pulse of a bloodied but unbowed conservative movement. The electeds who did star turns were, in order of appearance, Tom Cotton, Paul Ryan, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal. Their ages? 35, 42, 45, 42 and 42. Others on the front bench of conservatism? Kelly Ayotte at 44, Chris Christie at 50, Rand Paul at 50, Marco Rubio at 41 Pat Toomey at 51 and John Thune at 52.
A staffer at left-wing Media Matters for America committed numerous felonies in the District of Columbia and around the country by carrying a firearm to defend the organization’s founder, David Brock, The Daily Caller has learned. According to a knowledgeable source, multiple firearms used to protect the Media Matters founder were purchased with Brock’s blessing — and apparently with the group’s money. TheDC has previously reported that Brock’s one-time aide, Haydn Price-Morris, carried a concealed Glock handgun as he traveled with the liberal leader to public events in Washington, D.C.
FOR EVIDENCE that the permanent campaign has become embedded in our national life, look no further than President Obama’s recent announcement that he is setting up a group to keep his supporters energized and enrolled for action in a second term. To be called Organizing for Action, the group will harvest the rich data — e-mails and names — of the Obama foot soldiers who knocked on doors and got out the vote. (Snip)Certainly, there’s something bigger going on here — a mix of technical prowess and grass-roots smarts. But there is also a whiff of something fishy.
Hillary Clinton´s angry flip-out at Senator Ron Johnson during her Benghazi testimony was a charmed moment. All at once, before the whole world, one of the highest ranking progressive authoritarians on the planet spilled the beans -- all of them -- about the left´s modus operandi. The revelation might be overlooked, however, if we focus too closely on Clinton´s easily quotable "What difference does it make?" The line as quoted merely shows Clinton to be a trapped liar trying to fake her way through an awkward moment with pomposity and bravado.
As expected, Fox News cut its ties with Sarah Palin on Friday. The former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate had worn out her welcome at the network over the last year and her brand had lost a lot of its pizzazz after sitting out the 2012 presidential contest and new conservative voices had come to the fore. Though she remains a cult favorite among some on the right and a convenient punching bag for the left, in a party with a large cast of rising stars like Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal,
The congressional hearings on Benghazi last week led me to question just when it was that public integrity ceased to matter. After some research, I came to an unexpectedly specific answer -- January 26, 1992, the day America first met Hillary Clinton. Earlier that month, Arkansas state employee Gennifer Flowers confessed to a tabloid that she and Bill Clinton had engaged in a 12-year affair. In a desperate attempt to save Bill´s candidacy for president, the Clintons agreed to be interviewed by Steve Kroft on CBS´s 60 Minutes.
Background checks have been much discussed in the last few weeks, primarily in the context of gun-control proposals. But it appears some background checks are favored by bien pensants whereas others are not — the latter being those conducted by employers on applicants for employment. Last April, the EEOC issued a new policy guidance regarding businesses’ use of criminal background checks in hiring. (Snip)The reasoning is as follows: Blacks and Hispanics are more likely to be incarcerated than whites. Therefore, even a facially neutral policy against hiring ex-offenders will screen out more blacks and Hispanics than whites.
Her words are already long gone from the daily flow; in fact, they never really resonated at all, were all but ignored by the mainstream media, and were characterized more as a feisty in-your-face comeback than what they truly were. And what they truly were was horrifying — but at the same time a deep insight into the Democratic mindset, as well as a peek at what may be coming in 2016. Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton finally appeared to answer questions before two congressional panels on exactly what happened at the U.S. Consulate
While Secretary of State-designate John Kerry’s nomination hearing last week was pretty much a lovefest (it was before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which he chairs), this week’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Chuck Hagel for Defense should be anything but. Setting aside his controversial past statements, there’s no shortage of pressing global issues — not to mention Team Obama policies — that sorely need to be discussed and debated: Afghanistan: After more than a decade of fighting, the administration is looking at a drawdown — or complete withdrawal — of US troops from Afghanistan over the next two years.
The case for women in combat units has been, on the whole, a case made from ideology ("Equality requires it!") and from authority ("The Joint Chiefs signed off on it!"). Ideologues and authoritarians tend not to welcome debate on whatever issue it is they´re applying their ideology to or invoking their authority on behalf of. The question of women in combat units is no exception, as the proponents have gone out of their way to discourage honest debate on the question. But it is a question. It deserves to be debated. And one good thing about America
North Korea: After successfully testing a missile capable of launching a satellite, Pyongyang works toward a nuclear warhead small enough for it to carry an electro-magnetic-pulse weapon of our worst nightmares. When North Korea orbited a failed satellite in December aboard an Unha-3 long-range missile, it was treated in some quarters as a stunt of no real significance or threat. The last Stalinist regime on earth had no deliverable warhead small enough to place on this missile which itself had no great accuracy. Serious observers, however, noted that any nation
A powerful group of senators from both parties has reached a deal on the outlines of a comprehensive immigration overhaul, a development that will drive an emotional debate on a hot-button issue unseen in Washington for more than half a decade. The group is expected to unveil the basics of its proposal at a Monday news conference on Capitol Hill, essentially laying down a marker on the issue one day before President Barack Obama heads to Las Vegas to unveil more details about his own immigration proposal. According to a five-page document provided to POLITICO, the sweeping proposal —
Republicans took another step toward taking back the U.S. Senate when Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) announced this weekend that he would not run for re-election in 2014. While Harkin likely faced a close race, he was the candidate most likely to hold the seat for Democrats. Now his party faces a real prospect of losing the seat. The Rothenberg Political Report notes that without Harkin on the ballot, "the Hawkeye State now moves far up on GOP target lists." Combined with Sen. Jay Rockefeller´s (D-W.V.) retirement announcement earlier this month, it´s a real blow to Democrats.
Construction of California´s high-speed rail network is supposed to start in just six months, but the state hasn´t acquired a single acre along the route and faces what officials are calling a challenging schedule to assemble hundreds of parcels needed in the Central Valley. The complexity of getting federal, state and local regulatory approvals for the massive $68-billion project has already pushed back the start of construction to July from late last year. Even with that additional time, however, the state is facing a risk of not having the property to start major construction work near Fresno as now planned.
The chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, decided last week to use the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos to make some observations about women in the workplace. She said that companies should be able to ask women employees whether they intend to have children.[Snip]At the very least, it surely merits a discussion with her employer. But such is the equality madness, so absolute the prohibition against speaking about such matters and so great the opprobrium directed at anyone who does, that when someone actually says the blindingly obvious like this it comes
Norman Stone is the bad boy of British historians. Whereas most British history profs are of pinkish hue, politics-wise, Stone is an unrepentant Right-winger.[Snip]Pithy, opinionated, preposterously readable, an afternoon on the sofa should see you through from cover to cover and Stone´s book fires off illuminating facts as a Catherine wheel showers sparks. Could there be a better anecdote to illustrate the technological brilliance but economic bankruptcy of Hitler´s Thousand Year Reich than this? In 1945, to save fuel, the Luftwaffe´s jet fighters had to be towed to the airfield by oxen. The anecdote that the civil servant who officiated
Over the weekend, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer spoke at the National Review Institute Summit in Washington, D.C. During a question-and-answer session, he was asked if he thought President Barack Obama would attempt to hand-pick his successor in order to help guide the country down a path to “socialism.” Krauthammer began his response by advising against using that term. “I would just caution you about using the word, ‘socialism,’” Krauthammer said. “The reason is it is too broad a term. It encompasses all kinds of socialism, including the nasty totalitarian examples — the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic, Cuba, Korea.”
Oil and gas companies have become a go-to punching bag for politicians looking to score easy political points. Many lawmakers and pundits routinely paint America´s oil and gas companies as poster children for corporate greed -- suggesting that these firms earn outsized profits that only benefit an elite group. That´s a powerful story. It´s also false. Research shows that the bulk of economic rewards reaped by the oil and gas sector are actually flowing back to everyday Americans. Their success is boosting the financial futures of millions of working families all across the country.
As one side sees it, President Barack Obama’s first four-year term of President Barack Obama was a disaster, and the second promises the same. Last time around, they argue, the president muscled through costly and ineffective health care reform. His vast economic stimulus program aggravated the deficit without adding “real,” private-sector jobs. Ballooning debt will plague the nation for years. And Obama’s solution to everything it: tax and spend. (Snip) The only place Obama wants to “economize” is defense. Well, that’s one view. In the anti-Obama echo chamber, the president barely