Barack Obama says he’s not a Muslim, but a Christian. That’s his business, between the president and God. The president clearly has a soft spot in his heart for Islam. He once described the call to evening prayer, which he first heard as a child in a Muslim school in Indonesia, as “one of the prettiest of sounds on Earth at the sunset.” He’s entitled to a soft spot in his heart for whatever and whomever he pleases, and it’s none of anybody’s else’s business. But a soft spot in his head, that’s another matter.
These numbers, from Gallup, are really quite stunning:(Snip for graphic) The only area where Obama scores reasonably well is national defense, where most people think he has continued the policies of his predecessor, George W. Bush. Other than that, after four-plus years, Americans have pretty well decided they don’t like what Obama is trying to accomplish. Tonight the president will push hard to legalize millions of illegal immigrants, an issue on which, as Paul noted earlier today, he seems to be within sight of victory. Yet, according to Gallup, his position commands only minority support at 46-48.
Sen. Bob Menendez is embroiled in a prostitution scandal — and it has little if anything to do with sex. The New Jersey Democrat has for three months been the target of voluminous allegations, all unconfirmed, that he hired prostitutes, one reportedly underage, in the Dominican Republic and other places. Menendez, the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has angrily denied the allegations as they bubbled up into the mainstream media. But, proving that the political gods do have a sense of humor, the Senate chose this exact moment — as Menendez fights for his political life
Although wars have produced marvelous inventions by which to win battles, technical, mechanical and human progress expands exponentially when given the freedoms brought about by the maintenance of peace through strength. Peace provides this success only when it is felt to be reasonably long in expected duration. Although tyranny can also produce peace and prosperity, the absence of tyranny combined with the freedoms inherent in the American experiment of a democratic republic have given the world its first glimpse of long-term, true human success and happiness.
On Tuesday afternoon, the panel guests on Now with Alex Wagner on MSNBC dug into the political viability of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) who will be delivering the Republican Party’s response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. The guests unanimously agreed that Rubio, while clearly a gifted speaker and rhetorician, lacks substance. In fact, the guests agreed that Rubio’s ability to speak has tricked his supporters into thinking he is a better political talent than he really is. (Snip) Wagner opened the segment by noting that the Republican Party is “sort of like
Art Garfunkel, now 71 years old and still reeling decades later from the breakup of the musical act that made him a household name, is now saying that one of the reasons Simon & Garfunkel broke up was because of Mike Nichols’s 1970 film adaptation of Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22.” In the late 1960s, he says, the two were cast in the film, and while Garfunkel managed to hold on to his fourth billing role, Simon ended up on the cutting room floor, reports the Guardian. Garfunkel was speaking at the Paley Center for Media in New York last Wednesday,
From the earliest days of Marco Rubio’s plucky campaign for the U.S. Senate, his diehard supporters spoke of the day that their man would have an opportunity to challenge Barack Obama – his policies, his vision, his rhetoric. They were certain that Rubio was so gifted an orator and possessed such a unique set of political skills that he would be able to make immediate and improbable leaps that most politicians could not execute. And it was obvious to them – this group the Rubio campaign hands called “three-percenters” because they were there in the days
Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour, one of the most influential players in the Republican party, is privately battling the Club for Growth. Last week, at a closed-door retreat in northern Virginia, Barbour told a large gathering of congressional staffers, including several leadership aides, that party officials should discourage donors from funding the high-profile conservative group. Insiders say Barbour’s comments came during a question-and-answer session at the Ripon Society’s annual symposium, which was held at Mount Vernon, the home of former president George Washington.
President Obama must have been stunned at the "audacity" of Dr. Benjamin Carson in challenging his core assumptions right to his face in front of thousands of people at the National Prayer Breakfast. Obama is not used to being challenged, especially in public, even if indirectly and without being specifically named. From the look on his face, it was obvious Obama was none too pleased with Carson´s message or with his "presumptuousness" in presenting it in that forum, while he had to sit still and -- remain silent.
The former Army staff sergeant who was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama Monday is declining the first lady´s invitation to be her guest at Tuesday´s State of the Union address. Clint Romesha, who was awarded the prestigious medal for uncommon valor in Afghanistan, told CNN that he has decided to spend the evening with friends from his former unit, Black Knight Troop, 3-61 CAV, his wife Tammy--with whom he celebrates a wedding anniversary Tuesday--and their families.[Snip] But a lot of these guys I haven´t seen a really long time and I´d like to hang with them
Throughout his presidency, President Obama has advanced the idea that the nation’s mounting debt problem could be solved by “modest adjustments” to entitlement programs and asking wealthy taxpayers to pay just a little bit more. But in Senate testimony today, Congressional Budget Office director Doug Elmendorf communicated that it wasn’t quite that easy. Under questioning from Sen. Ron Johnson, who highlighted the dire state of Medicare and Social Security finances, Elmendorf stated that putting the budget on a sustainable path would require major reforms to entitlement programs or massive tax increases that would hit the middle class.
The Marriott Marquis, the 50-story convention hotel in Times Square, sits atop some of the most valuable land in all of New York City, if not the world. But because of a lease signed by the Giuliani administration in 1998, Marriott can buy the property from the city for only $19.9 million, one-tenth of its current $193 million value, according to a new audit by the city comptroller, John C. Liu. Mr. Liu said the problems with the 1998 lease could end up costing taxpayers $344.9 million in lost rent and proceeds from the sale of the property. Marriott, whose Marquis Times Square generates more revenue
With stock market indices having crawled back to all-time highs, highs previously attained 13 years ago, there´s been the predictable talk about a Federal Reserve ignited rally. This absurd thinking populates a great deal of market commentary at the moment, not to mention that Fed Chairman Bernanke naturally believes it. Readers shouldn´t be fooled. The alleged logic underlying the above-mentioned presumption is that with all the dollars being created, they must have a place to go; the place being the stock market. Apologists for and at the Fed add on that the purpose of low rates is to force
A star of the reality show Storage Wars has committed suicide a day after he was arrested on drug charges. Mark Balelo, who had made frequent appearances on the television show, was found dead of presumed carbon monoxide poisoning on Monday morning when his co-worker discovered his body in his car that he parked inside the auction house garage. Though carbon monoxide poisoning seems likely since the engine of his car was left running, a full autopsy will be completed on Tuesday. TMZ reports that Balelo was arrested on Saturday for an unspecified drug-related offense.
A government limited to few things can probably do those things well, and thus it´s likely to be trusted. A government that tries to do many things, might do them badly, and be less highly regarded. Last week, I noted that Americans are losing confidence in their government: According to a new Pew poll, more than half see it as a threat to their freedom. That´s a troubling number. But why have things gotten so bad? Well, perhaps it´s because government actually has become a bigger threat to freedom. There´s plenty of support for that notion,
Hattiesburg, Miss. - Sunday dawned like any other day on Pearl Street, a place where a mixture of families and students live in primarily rental houses near Westminster Presbyterian Church. But that was before a twister 20 miles wide carved a path across three counties leaving 570 houses, businesses and mobile homes damaged or destroyed. More than 80 people were treated for injuries, Gov. Phil Bryant said at a news conference Monday, but no lives were lost and no one was unaccounted for. On Sunday morning, Westminster filled with worshipers. A group of people came back
Economics: Venezuela has devalued its currency, joining Iran, Argentina and others whose wars on math brought the same result. Some call this a "restorative." It´s not. It´s what happens when big government hits a wall. Venezuela´s monster 47% devaluation from 4.3 to 6.3 bolivars to the dollar, reportedly ordered by President Hugo Chavez from his hospital bed in Cuba, marks the reckoning for his regime´s big-spending ways in Venezuela´s low-growth economy. It was about as predictable as a crash from a runaway train, given his mad-lunatic war on economics — his lethal combination of welfare spending, destruction of the private sector
Our politics have become so polarized and corrupted that a president of the United States cannot even attend an event devoted to drawing people closer to God and bridge partisan and cultural divides without being lectured about his policies. Last Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Dr. Ben Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a 2008 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, broke with a 61-year-old tradition and publicly disagreed with some of the president´s policies, such as "ObamaCare," taxation and the national debt.
On the fifth anniversary of the assassination of Imad Mughniyah, a.k.a. “The Iranian Jackal,” much new information about the hunt for the terrorist most wanted by Mossad and the FBI has emerged. It’s a story of high-tech surveillance and old-fashioned espionage, and it’s just starting to be truly told now. Imad Mughniyah was 20 years old when he made his debut on the international terrorist scene in 1983, with a series of spectacular and deadly bombings aimed at Western forces in Lebanon.
The incoming head of the CIA converted to Islam while working as a station chief in Saudi Arabia in the 1990s, a former FBI agent has claimed. John Guandolo, who retired from the FBI in 2008, said in a radio interview that John Brennan - who has been nominated by Barack Obama as the new director of the CIA - visited the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina accompanied by Saudi officials who may have persuaded him to convert. Mr Guandolo´s tale echoes elements of the plot of hit show Homeland, in which
President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday to a nation that disapproves of the way he is handling nearly every issue, including gun control and the federal deficit. According to a Gallup poll, 42% of Americans approve of Obama´s gun policies while 54% disapprove. On taxes, 41% approve and 57% disapprove. On the economy, 39% approve and 60% disapprove. On "the situation in the Middle East between the Israelis and the Palestinians," 36% approve and 55% disapprove. And on the federal budget deficit,
The liberal establishment has finally taken note of the elephant in the Muslim parlor, namely the closing of the Muslim womb. A year after the American Enterprise Institute’s Nicholas Eberstadt reported the precipitous fall in Muslim fertility in a widely commented paper, and seven years after I reported the trend and its strategic implications at Asia Times, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius reports wide-eyed on Eberstadt’s findings: The Arab world may be experiencing a youth bulge now, fueling popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere.
Pyongyang - The Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Tuesday that its nuclear test was an act of self-defense against the United States´ hostility. It is "natural just measure for self-defense to react to the U.S. ever-increasing nuclear threat with nuclear deterrence," a spokesman for the DPRK´s Foreign Ministry said in a statement released by the official news agency KCNA. The DPRK´s patience has "reached its limit as the U.S. intensified such hostile act", the spokesman said, warning to "take the second and third stronger steps in succession" if the U.S., its "sworn enemy," continues hostility.
Apple CEO Tim Cook will sit with Michelle Obama as the President delivers his State of the Union speech on February 12. Cook is the second member of the world of Apple to join the First Lady. At last year´s speech, Mrs. Obama invited the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to view the SOTU speech. Gene Sperling, a top White House economic adviser, confirmed the First Lady´s invitation as well as Mr. Cook´s acceptance. "Apple is a great American company, and it stands for our sense of innovation, invention, entrepreneurship, and risk taking and I think that´s
Court records show that Salomon Melgen, the longtime Democratic donor linked to New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, provided an oceanfront condominium to a Ukranian model at the center of prostitution allegations lodged against both men. The Palm Beach Post reported Sunday that Melgen arranged for Svitlana Buchyk to occupy a condo he leased for her on Singer Island near Palm Beach, Florida in 2009. Melgen’s private jet carried Sen. Menendez to the Dominican Republic on at least three occasions for what an anonymous whistle-blower has alleged were a series of sex parties with prostitutes. The whistle-blower’s documents, published online
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) will be attending Tuesday´s State of the Union address with Gabino Sanchez, an illegal immigrant who has received, according to Gutierrez´s office, "multiple misdemeanor charges for driving without a license by local police over the past ten years." Sanchez resides in South Carolina and entered the country illegally when he was 15-years old. He is a husband and father of two children who were born in the United States. In May 2012, "Sanchez was granted a 12 month continuance in his case as he pursued relief from deportation"; he has been