This morning on “This Week,” Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., dismissed recent gestures by prominent members of the GOP suggesting a softening of Republican positions as simply “lipstick on a pig.” “I think all of this stuff is just surface stuff. It’s like lipstick on a pig, ” Ellison said. “I mean, the bottom line is, the Republicans have a core values problem, not a ‘who knows who Tupac Shakur is’ problem.” Ellison was responding to ABC News political analyst and contributor Nicolle Wallace, who praised Marco Rubio on the roundtable. The Florida senator is
CORTEZ, Colo. - A school board in western Colorado has decided to allow the district superintendent and a principal to carry firearms onto school grounds. The Cortez Journal reports the seven-member board that oversees schools in Dolores County voted unanimously Wednesday to allow the principal at Dove Creek High School and the superintendent to double as security officers, provided they complete a concealed carry course and receive a permit from the county sheriff´s office. Superintendent Bruce Hankins and Principal Ty Gray will receive an additional $1 salary for the extra duties.
The Democrat leadership in the New Jersey Assembly plans on ramming through 24 different anti-gun measures on Feb. 13 and 14. Included in the measures are bans on magazines holding more than 10 rounds, the creation of even more gun free zones, prohibitions against purchasing ammunition on internet, the registration and regulation of ammunition sales, and the end of private gun sales. The magazine ban and the end of private gun sales are measures we see Democrats pushing in other states as well, like Colorado. Neither of these measures will reduce the likelihood or even the possibility of
Remember when the mainstream media mocked a politician who had to attend five colleges to graduate, whose academic record was less than outstanding, and whose subsequent success was proof of nothing? Remember how that was supposed to be a threat to national security, the economy, and so much else? That was so 2008, so Sarah Palin. It turns out that former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), who is now awaiting confirmation as Secretary of Defense, attended five colleges and was a "D" student. He volunteered to serve in Vietnam,
New footage of a speech by Chuck Hagel in 2008 has surfaced, in which the former Senator mocked the idea of continuing the U.S. policy of confronting Iran and supporting Israel. "When I hear the talk about--well you can’t talk with Iran, you can’t talk with Syria and we’re, we should stay where we are and support Israel, and so on, well you miss the point," he told the laughing audience at an event for his book, America: Our Next Chapter. Hagel added that the U.S. "shouldn´t even be thinking about the options of bombing Iran," even
According to reports, the Department of Homeland Security has stockpiled over 1.6 billion rounds of ammo for its various agencies, and one of the worst side effects of this appears to be a shortage of ammo for private gun owners. The question is--what if the shortage is intentional? Bear with me here. I am not a "conspiracy theorist" nor do I believe that DHS is stockpiling bullets in order to wage war on Americans, as some commentators have suggested. However, I do believe they know these massive ammo purchases are driving supply
Ex-LAPD cop and alleged murderer Christopher Dorner has generated something of a supportive following on social media, where thousands have voiced support for his cause and the sentiments in his 14-page manifesto. One Facebook page, “I support Christopher Jordan Dorner,” received more than 6,400 “likes” — or votes of support from individual community members — in four days. “You want to know why people are rallying around this guy even though he has done some nasty things?” the page reads. “It’s because there are so many cases of police mistreatment. Of people who have had brothers, sisters, mothers,
After the testimonies of Secretary Panetta, General Dempsey, and Hillary Clinton on the Benghazi tragedy, it appears the Commander-in-Chief, Barack Obama was off duty and not available to make a hard decision to press the military Chain of Command to rescue Americans under attack. The cover up appears to be a White House order to “Stand Down” and not issue a rescue mission operational order. For over seven hours he did nothing; no communications with his National Security team, and then he flew to Las Vegas for a campaign stop. “Weakness and dithering and flying to
It seems so reasonable. In the minds of many, "universal background checks" for firearms transactions sounds like a good idea. But is it really? No. No idea is good if it doesn´t work. No legislation is reasonable if it fails to accomplish its purported goal — to prevent violent criminals and the mentally ill from acquiring firearms. Criminals won´t participate in a "universal" system. They´ll always steal or get their guns, and everything else they want, on the black market. Reasonable people know that criminals will never be part of the "universe."
Iran and Hezbollah, its Lebanese proxy, are building a network of militias inside Syria to preserve and protect their interests in the event that President Bashar al-Assad’s government falls or is forced to retreat from Damascus, according to U.S. and Middle Eastern officials. The militias are fighting alongside Syrian government forces to keep Assad in power. But officials believe Iran’s long-term goal is to have reliable operatives in place in the event that Syria fractures into separate ethnic and sectarian enclaves. A senior Obama administration official cited Iranian claims that Tehran was backing as many as 50,000 militiamen in Syria.
As president of the Goodwill Community Foundation, Dennis McLain directs a chain of 36 stores stretching from Durham to Jacksonville, selling used sport coats and secondhand dresses to some of North Carolina’s poorest citizens. He states proudly in promotional material that workers in those stores earn an average $19.58 an hour in combined salary and benefits, and that Goodwill provides free job training to millions worldwide. But McLain receives an uncommonly large portion of the nonprofit’s generosity, earning more than $430,000 a year in pay and other benefits, including membership at Raleigh’s exclusive Capital
Compared with the splendour of the pyramids or the majesty of the Taj Mahal, it may appear a fairly modest creation. But a field of stone monuments in Wiltshire has been named as the second best heritage site in the world. The collection of Neolithic stones in Avebury has been placed ahead of much more recognisable sites including the Valley of the Kings in Egypt and the Forbidden City in China. Experts at Which? Travel magazine placed Mexico’s ancient city of Monte Alban in first place. The panel used criteria including the preservation of the site and appeal
More than 20 survivors of gun violence and their family members will be in the House chamber on Tuesday as President Obama gives the first State of the Union Address of his second term. The effort, organized in part by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and congressional advocates of stricter gun laws, may be the first coordinated attempt to pack the gallery with a group of people pushing for one issue, according to House historians and longtime congressional observers. Members who say they are providing tickets to gun violence victims include Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, Democratic Reps. Jim Langevin
Hollywood action star Steven Seagal has a few choice words for critics of his latest role. On Saturday, the actor and martial arts expert guided members of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s volunteer posse through a simulated school shooting. Members of the volunteer posse, some of them armed, began patrolling areas surrounding schools in Arizona’s most populous county, Maricopa, which includes Phoenix, in January. Seagal’s involvement was called a “mockery” by an Arizona state legislator, while a group of protesters also voiced their concern over Arpaio’s school posse protection plan. “Anybody who has criticized me
A four-year-old boy died after one of the hospitals shamed by David Cameron as having persistently high death rates repeatedly failed to diagnose his cancer. Mackenzie Cackett’s tragic plight won the heart of the Duchess of Cambridge when she made a trip to The Treehouse hospice where the little boy spent his final weeks last year and where she is patron. With Mackenzie vomiting and complaining almost daily of headaches, his desperate parents went to the scandal-hit Colchester General Hospital four times over seven months before doctors finally discovered a tangerine-sized tumour at the top of his spine.
On-edge LAPD officers hunting for alleged cop-killer Christopher Dorner are concerned the vengeful madman may strike again at the Grammys. A passage in Dorner’s rambling manifesto has raised alarm among lawmen that the irate ex-cop could target the large police detail that will be deployed to safeguard the star-studded awards show Sunday night in Los Angeles, said CBS’ John Miller, a former LAPD bureau chief. “I assure you that Incident Command Posts will be target-rich environments,” Dorner, 33, wrote, needling his adversaries by using police jargon for mobile headquarters that are established at special events. The police “have an anxiety
Gun control zealots state that we (the serfs of Obamaland) shouldn’t have “assault weapons with high capacity magazines” because we don’t “need” them. And these wizards—who don’t know diddly about guns—know exactly what we need. Oh, yes they do, girlfriend. If you don’t believe me just ask them. They’ll tell you what kind of guns you should and shouldn’t have even though their bodyguards and their children’s bodyguards have the exact battery that they forbid us to build. “Why can they live in a dynamic state of duplicity,” you ask?
WASHINGTON —In less than a month, a budget ax is set to fall on the federal government, indiscriminately chopping funding for the military and slicing money for various programs, including preschools and national parks. The $85 billion in cuts that would take effect from March 1 through September — the first installment of $1.2 trillion in reductions over the next decade — would strike just about every agency and service in an attempt to ease the budget deficit. The slashing, part of an automatic process known as sequestration, would affect the economy, government workers and average Americans
New stalking software capable of tracking people’s movements and predicting future behaviour using data from social networking websites has been developed, it emerged today. [Snip] The system has been created by Raytheon, the US giant defence contractor. It was claimed that the technology could be transformed into a "Google for spies" and used by governments as a means of monitoring and controlling people online. The company insisted that the software--dubbed “Riot” or Rapid Information Overlay Technology--had not been sold to any clients but was shared with the US government in 2010. The move follows controversy over the Communications Bill in
FORT WORTH, Texas- A Texas teen got a big check at the annual junior livestock sale, earning $20,895 for his steer, the 278th animal shown of 283 at the sale, officials said. Members of the Stock Show Syndicate, a group of Fort Worth-area business professionals that raises millions of dollars for the annual Sale of Champions, bought the steer from 14-year-old Wyatt Blaylock, after they learned his father died of brain cancer last year, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Saturday. "I don´t know what to say," said Blaylock, from Adkins, a small town south of San Antonio.
Scientists say they are sure there is no chance of the 150ft (45.7m) wide space rock hitting the planet. But there is a remote possibility that it could collide with one of more than 100 telecommunication and weather satellites in fixed orbits above the Earth. The asteroid, 2012 DA14, has been closely tracked since its discovery a year ago. It is predicted to reach its nearest point to the Earth at around 7.30pm UK time on Friday. Experts have calculated it will stay at least 17,200 miles (27,681km) away--easily far enough to be safe, but a very close shave
As the former prime minister emerges as a Euro-tanned lounge lizard, we imagine The Secret Diary of Tony Blair, aged 59 and two thirds. 2nd September 2010 Simon Cowell, who is worth several times more than I am, calls to congratulate me on my bestselling autobiography. “What did you like most about it?” I asked, modestly. “The bit where I invaded Iraq? Or the bit where I described devouring Cherie like an…” “No, no, I haven’t actually read it,” he said. “But I like that you called it A Journey. That’s very X Factor. And I really like the fact
BEIJING — In the first two months of 2013 Beijing´s air pollution has kept schoolchildren indoors and sent coughing residents to hospitals, but this time something is different about the murky haze: the government´s transparency in talking about it. Even state-run media gave the smog remarkably critical and prominent play. "More suffocating than the haze is the weakness in response," read the headline of a front-page commentary by the Communist Party-run China Youth Daily.(Snip)Air pollution is a major problem in China due to the country´s rapid pace of industrialization, reliance on coal power, explosive growth in vehicle ownership
Beyond the hard-to-refute argument that they are the world’s most useless animals, cats appear to have everything going their way. In the past 20 years, they have overtaken dogs to become Britain’s most popular pet, relentlessly raised their social profile, and colonised the internet to such an extent that Google has now installed special programmes to monitor their advance. For what can appear, at first acquaintance, to be a small, fur-coated, heat-seeking digestive tract that sleeps 16 hours a day, this is some achievement. Not that the cats show any signs of easing up. Last week they pulled off another
John Kerry has prompted a Gallic shrug by refusing to speak French at his maiden news conference as US Secretary of State. Asked to answer a question with a "bit of French please", he said: "Not today. I got to refresh myself on that." The response surprised some in the francophone world as Mr Kerry attended a Swiss boarding school and is known to speak the language well.
San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener´s ban on baring it all in San Francisco notwithstanding, Nude Aid, a benefit for the Center for Sex and Culture, brought more than 30 artists and a dozen naked and fetish-clad models together for a pre-Valentine´s Day sketch session. Visitors hoping for an erotic thrill by seeing models in the buff got a different surprise (although the man with his face painted purple in the mode of a Mexican wrestling mask was an unexpected treat). The real voyeurism was peering over the shoulders of the artists as they worked