Our topic for today is: How much do we care about physical fitness in an elected official? (Snip) The governor says he’s very healthy and that “there is a plan” for losing weight. But there is also a plan for totally funding the state employee pension system. I wouldn’t hold your breath. There’s a national accord that thin is generally better than fat. However, it’s hardly the biggest issue when you’re picking a governor. There are citizens all over the country who would trade their more compact leaders for Christie in a second. Just ask somebody in Pennsylvania. Or Illinois. The guy in Florida has the
Though India´s nationwide elections are not scheduled until 2014, the campaign is already underway as the Conservative opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gets set to name Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its candidate for prime minister. (Snip) Modi´s Reaganesque message of optimism resonates with Indians discouraged with the ruling left-center Congress Party that has ruled for all but 12 years of India´s existence as a nation. Economic "malaise" has set in, confidence in the future has dropped, and people believe that the government is unable to deal effectively with either leftist or Islamist terror
This video from Soopermexican has gone viral and for good reason; it´s hysterically funny. If you liked that Super Bowl ad that featured Paul Harvey´s speech extolling the American farmer, you are going to love this. Enjoy.
The officers´ radio crackled with an urgent warning: He could be coming your way. It was around 5 a.m. in Torrance on Thursday and police from nearby El Segundo had seen a pickup truck (Snip) officers opened fire, unloading a barrage of bullets into the back of the truck. When the shooting stopped, they quickly realized their mistake. The truck was not a Nissan Titan, but a Toyota Tacoma. The color wasn´t gray, but aqua blue. And it wasn´t Dorner inside the truck, but a woman and her mother delivering copies of the Los Angeles Times.
Tunisia is where the Arab Spring began just over two years ago. Until now it has set an encouraging example of progress toward democracy and pluralism. Free elections brought to power a coalition government pledged to pragmatic cooperation between a moderate-led Islamist party, Ennahda, and smaller, secular coalition partners. (Snip) Those hopes have been severely shaken by the murder on Wednesday of Chokri Belaid. Mr. Belaid, a human- rights activist and one of Ennahda’s most outspoken critics, had publicly challenged the party’s failure to investigate or prosecute violent acts of
I knew I was in trouble when the biologist from the Manitoba Conservation Department sat down next to me. "The bears look good," he said. "I haven´t seen them this fat in years." We´d both been hanging around the tiny town of Churchill, Manitoba, ground zero for everything having to do with polar bears. Every fall the town is overrun with bears waiting for Hudson Bay to freeze. The bears, in turn, are trailed by herds of tourists, tour guides, scientists, green-leaning types and B-list celebrities—all looking for communion with The Most Important Animal of Our Time.
Climbing trees, chasing mice, showing off to the ladies . . . four legs were always handy for Caffrey the cat. Then tragedy struck. When Caffrey was three, the handsome grey Persian was run over by a car and lost his left hind leg. Oh well. Not to worry. He happily carried on with three, thanks to a £3,500 series of operations that stitched up the damage and made the best of his front left paw, which was also injured in the crash. Scroll down for video-For the next ten years or so,
A dead man has left his $1 million estate to two soap stars that he had never met. Ray Fulk died last summer at the age of 71 in his farmhouse near Broadwell, Illinois. He died alone with no family and few friends. So he left his 160-acre estate to two actors that he felt close to - Kevin Brophy and Peter Barton. Brophy´s claim to fame was the 1977 TV show ´Lucan´ in which he played the main character who had been raised by wolves. A poster from the show was found in Fulk´s farmhouse,
RALEIGH A student event at N.C. State University titled “Dirty Bingo” was cleaned up on Friday by an unexpected source: the N.C. Department of Public Safety. Dirty Bingo, which was sponsored by the student-run Union Activities Board and designed to teach students safe sex practices, attracted attention for its choice of prizes that included vibrators and other sex toys. Students and parents called for administrators and members of the board to cancel the event, citing the prizes as an inappropriate use of student fees. Board President Lauryn Collier wrote in a prepared statement Thursday that
President Obama will propose a 1 percent pay raise for federal civilian employees in the administration’s fiscal 2014 budget proposal, the Washington Post has learned. At the same time, the House plans to vote soon on legislation that would extend the current freeze on basic pay rates through the end of calendar 2013. The freeze was originally set for two years and scheduled to expire at the end of last year, but it was extended until a temporary budget measure expires next month. When the measure expires, federal employees will receive a 0.5 percent raise
From Joe Asch comes word that the Dartmouth campus police are, in the words of the College’s Media Relations department, “on the hunt for a student who allegedly verbally harassed two students.” The object of this manhunt stands accused of speaking faux-Chinese to two Chinese students. If captured, what will happen to the lout? According to the Media Relations Department, he could face expulsion. Other penalties could “include a mandatory sensitivity course or a paying a fine.” Such is life at a modern liberal arts college. Meanwhile, Asch notes that members of an African-American fraternity who physically beat pledges
The New York Times has called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to remove New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez from his chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Under the editorial headline “Mr. Menendez’s Ethics Problem,” the newspaper said Menendez “was never a distinguished choice for chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the position he ascended to this month by virtue of seniority.” “Concerns about that quality gap have sharply escalated amid new disclosures about Mr. Menendez’s use of his position to advance the financial interests of a friend and big donor,” the Times wrote.
The Atlantic Council, chaired by former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), released a list late Friday evening of corporate donors as well as foreign governments that had funded it over the past five years. The list did not shed light on individuals such as Saad Hariri, whose family has given generously to the Atlantic Council and who has supported the Hamas terror organization publicly, as well as offering financial support to Syrian rebels. On Jan. 29, Senators on the Armed Services Committee requested information on donors to the Atlantic Council and several other organizations with which Hagel is
Chicago is emerging as the city on the cutting edge of Muslim outreach in America. The Inner-City Muslim Action network (IMAN) is one Muslim institution that is offering a free medical clinic in a poor neighborhood. IMAN has existed for 15 years. Other Muslim organizations that are promoting outreach are CAMP, the Council for the advancement of Muslim Professionals, Chicago’s Muslim federation, and the Webb Foundation. #MyJihad, a campaign that posts ads on buses and in transit stations which depict American Muslims speak about their faith, got its start in Chicago
On Oct. 19, 2011, Muslim Advocates President and Executive Director Farhana Khera sent a letter to Chief Counterterrorism Advisor John Brennan, listing numerous Islamic-based grievances against the FBI. On Nov. 3, 2011, Brennan capitulated and began a fundamental change of FBI practices. Khera charged that the FBI was bigoted, that they kept "antiquated and offensive documents about Muslims and Islam" on their intranet, and that some new recruits to the FBI were taught "that Islam is a religion that ´transforms a country´s culture into 7th-century Arabian ways.´" Regarding the "antiquated and offensive documents,"
Google is taking the perks of being an employee to a whole new level. Executives will never have to worry about long lines at the airport if a major airport operator wins approval to build an $82 million terminal dedicated to handling the Silicon Valley tech giant’s private jets. Signature Aviation submitted a proposal to the city of San Jose, Calif., to construct a 29-acre executive hub at Mineta San Jose International Airport to “accommodate the largest business jets” for Google, including Boeing 737s, 757s and 767s. San Jose city officials took a favorable view of Signature’s plans for
Eighteen months after the phrase first entered the collective public consciousness, the plight of the 99 percent is coming to mainstream superhero comics — via a new series from the second biggest publisher in the American comic industry, which just happens to be a subsidiary of a multi-national corporation that makes around $12 billion a year. Irony, anybody? In May, DC Comics will launch two new series taking place in their mainstream superhero universe that offer different insights into the class struggle in a world filled with superheroes, alien races and inexplicable events.
Newsweek/Daily Beast editor Tina Brown said something Friday night that should wake up the Left and their media minions. Appearing on HBO´s Real Time, Brown said during the online Overtime segment, "He´d [Obama] be impeached by now for drones if he was W. Bush" (video follows with transcript and commentary): BILL MAHER, HOST: [Reading from viewer question] “The Obama administration has been heavily targeting whistleblowers" - true - "and information activists. What can we do to hold the government accountable for this harsh crackdown?” Yeah, the Democrats, [Laughs], their view on Obama seems to be
Some on the left are finding it easy to support the "manifesto" issued by LA fugitive cop killer Chris Dorner. But there are others who support the man himself and even others who support what he´s doing. And they call the right crazy? Here are a few tweets: Is it wrong that I´m rooting for Christopher Dorner? I know the media is portraying him as a nut job but I feel like he´s telling the truth. Best of luck to Chris Dorner, ex-LAPD, anti-cop, killing americas corrupt police officers
The U.S. Navy on Thursday released the service record of Christopher Dorner, who is wanted in connection with three shootings in the Los Angeles area. Dorner was commissioned in 2002, and his loss date was Feb. 1, 2013. During his time with the Navy he was stationed in San Diego, Bahrain, Nevada, and a "mobile inshore undersea warfare unit." Dorner has awards for pistol expertise and marksmanship. He has medals for National Defense Service, the Iraq Campaign, Global War on Terrorism Service, and Sea Service Deployment
The “dash for wind” has been prompted by a cut in subsidies due this year and an apparent relaxing of the planning rules. Some 763 turbines are due to be built onshore in 2013, up 60 per cent from last year. Already there are 4,366 turbines in operation in the UK providing 8.2GW of power, enough to power 4.5 million homes for a year. There are a further 7,843 turbines that have been approved but are yet to be built, bringing the total due to go up in the UK to more than 10,000.
It´s hard to imagine the media doing anything other than to express outrage should some low-life hacker hack into email accounts connected to President Obama´s family -- especially if something was found that might damage Obama politically. But that same courtesy was not afforded the Bush family yesterday. After a hacker released emails that contained correspondence between members of the Bush family and the two former presidents, the media had a gay old time.
The revelations that came out of the Senate Armed Services Committee this week in regards to the Benghazi attack will be a turning point in this investigation. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified that he was not in contact with President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the night of the attack. They did have a pre-scheduled meeting of the National Security team for twenty minutes at 5:00 pm (11pm Benghazi time), but after the meeting broke up, nothing but silence
We all remember when Bill Clinton argued that it all depends on what the meaning of ´is´ is. We were all disgusted that the office of the President had become so low that we were deciphering legalistic terms and arguing about sex acts. Oh for the good ole days. President Obama´s disregard for the truth has made Bill Clinton seem like a novice. His statements are always riddled with inconsistency. Many could easily have been dissected with a curious media, but that hasn´t happen. Very few people can lie as well. Leon Panetta testified
President Barack Obama will focus his State of the Union address on boosting job creation and economic growth at a time of high unemployment, underscoring the degree to which the economy could threaten his ability to pursue second-term priorities such as gun control, immigration policy and climate change. Obama also may use Tuesday´s prime-time address before a joint session of Congress to announce the next steps for concluding the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Obama´s State of the Union marks his second high-profile speech to the nation in about three weeks, after his