President Obama has new priorities. That means new spending. In his State of the Union, he said, "The American people don´t expect government to solve every problem." But then he went on to list how, under his guidance, government will solve a thousand problems, including some (like climate change and a loss of manufacturing jobs) that are probably not even problems. The president bragged about creating "our first manufacturing innovation institute" in Ohio and says that he will create 15 more. Politicians claim actions like this are needed to solve the "decline of manufacturing" in America.
The fiscal crisis plaguing Detroit is now in the hands of Michigan´s governor after a state-appointed review team determined the city was in a financial emergency with "no satisfactory plan" to resolve it. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has 30 days to decide if Detroit needs an emergency manager to take charge of its finances and spending, and come up with a new plan to get the city out of its financial mess. (Snip)The report also said the city´s bureaucratic structure makes it difficult to solve the financial problems. Intro repaired by staff
Around the ranch we usually mutter and shake our heads, but now they´ve gone too far. Public school officials at Heritage Middle School in Meridian, Idaho put the school on ´lockdown´ because a teenage boy was seen ´roaming the halls´ with a ... ready? ... a folding military style ... shovel. (snip) There´s the boy who brought kombucha tea to school in his own lunchbox. The six year old Maryland boy suspend for making gun-hand gesture and saying ... gasp ... Pow! The Hyannis School District´s threat to rid themselves of a boy, age five, who made a gun out of Legos!
On a day in early January, a man walked up to the front door of a South Bay home and knocked. The homeowner, a captain in the Los Angeles Police Department, looked outside. Although the two had met before, the captain didn´t recognize the large black man standing in his walkway and waited behind the closed door until he left. Weeks passed, and the 23-year veteran of the LAPD thought nothing more of the encounter. About a month later, the face he had seen outside his home was everywhere — staring out from the front pages of newspapers,
During a Friday Google+ hangout session, President Barack Obama conceded that his policies to address climate change will raise energy costs, a fact that could prove uncomfortable for Democrats in areas reliant on fossil fuel power plants: I have to tell you that there are some Democrats, for example, who represent states or districts that are heavily reliant on old power plants and are more heavily manufacturing based. And the truth is that if you produce power using old power plants, you’re going to be emitting more carbon, but, to upgrade those plants means energy is going
It´s a developing pattern of this Obama White House. Barack Obama cashiered yet another battle-seasoned American general Tuesday, even as the war in Afghanistan continues along with numerous other serious global threats to United States security. This is the fourth senior officer Obama has forced from the country´s service. All four were tied somehow to the Afghanistan mess that Obama has long argued was the most important war. Each departure was staged as a resignation.
With budget sequestration only nine days away, it looks like lawmakers are going to hold hands, plug their noses, and take the plunge. Washington, after years of talking about its budget problems, will finally set aside short-term political concerns and slash spending. At last some backbone – some gumption – from our elected officials. Huzzah, gentlemen! If only it were that dramatic. Instead the politics of sequester are shaping up to be as demoralizing as anything else in Washington. Greg Sargent, in his usual morning dervish of GOP bashing, got a lot right yesterday
The CEO of a U.S. tire maker has delivered a crushing summary of how some outsiders view France´s work ethic in a letter saying he would have to be stupid to take over a factory whose staff only put in three hours work a day. Titan International´s Maurice Taylor, nicknamed "The Grizz" for his negotiating style, told the left-wing French industry minister in a letter published by media on Wednesday that he had no interest in rescuing a plant set for closure. "The French workforce gets paid high wages but works only three hours.
"Dangerous incompetence" means exactly that: ignorance, negligence, and/or dereliction of duty that endangers human life and safety. A medical quack who prescribes medications for patients he has never seen, or without going to medical school and passing a licensing examination, is a prime example. Equally dangerous incompetence, of the kind that can kill people, pervades the gun control movement.
Taxation: Governor Rick Perry took a lot of ridicule for his efforts to lure California´s tax-strangled businesses to his home state of Texas. If that´s so ridiculous, how come it´s his leftist critics showing all the hysteria? Perry´s state is an undisputed economic success story and has been a magnet for businesses from all over the U.S. for several years now. With no income tax, a legislature that balances its budget and a bureaucracy that seems conditioned to ask businesses "How can I help you?", Texas´ biggest problem these days is finding enough office space to accommodate all the newcomers.
Few were spared Lance Armstrong’s bullying tactics over the years, not even top steroid cop Jeff Novitzky. Armstrong hired a Washington lobbying firm in 2010 to look into Novitzky, the agent who headed a federal criminal investigation into Armstrong and his former cycling team, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday night. Kent Caperton, principal of the Ben Barnes Group, said in an interview with the Journal that his firm was hired in July of 2010 by Armstrong to raise concerns about Novitzky, a Food and Drug Administration special agent who was leading the investigation into the cyclist’s teams
For years, ObamaCare critics focused on its least popular feature — the mandate that everyone buy insurance — taking their fight all the way to the Supreme Court. But as ObamaCare´s official launch date approaches, even its backers are beginning to admit that the law could actually create powerful incentives for millions of people and thousands of businesses to drop their coverage, despite the mandate. There is growing concern, for example, that the law´s market reforms will cause a huge "rate shock," particularly for those young and healthy.
On February 19, 2013, NBC and MSNBC announced that they hired President Barack Obama´s senior strategist David Axelrod as a "senior political analyst" to appear exclusively on their networks. Given that both NBC and MSNBC claim to be news organizations, perhaps it will occur to them to ask Axelrod what the factual basis was for statements he made on November 4, 2012 (two days before the Presidential election)(snip)[I]mmediately when word of the attack came, the president was meeting with his top national security folks. He was talking to them well into the night.
A blogger has published once-classified FBI files that show how the agency tracked and collected information on internet activist Aaron Swartz. Swartz, who killed himself in January aged 26, had previously requested his files and posted them on his blog, but some new documents and redactions are included in the files published by Firedoglake blogger Daniel Wright.Wright was given 21 of 23 declassified documents, thanks to a rule that declassifies FBI files on the deceased.
High-profile morning anchor Soledad O’Brien is on her way out at CNN as new boss Jeff Zucker moves Erin Burnett into her morning slot, Page Six has exclusively learned. We’re told award-winning journalist O’Brien has indicated she is ready to leave after she was initially promised a plum prime-time slot, but that role has so far failed to materialize. A source tells us: “The deal to move Erin to the morning alongside Chris Cuomo is basically done. Soledad had been
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott gave a rousing motivational talk to hundreds of students at Stall High School in North Charleston on Tuesday, encouraging them to dream even bigger dreams. Scott, Stall High Class of 1983, returned to his alma mater to express his thanks for how its teachers and administrators helped put him on a path that led him to become South Carolina’s first black Senator. He used his homecoming to talk less about politics and more about the personal qualities and support system that helped him overcome life’s obstacles, including growing up in a single-parent home, failing
Finally there is good news on the jobs front for the Obama administration. Al Jazeera, or “Terrorism TV,” as it used to be known for celebrating the three thousand Americans killed on 9/11 and other exploits by Osama bin Laden, announced plans to create some 200 jobs in the United States over the next six months — in its headquarters at the UN in New York, in Washington, D.C., and in bureaus in Detroit, New Orleans, San Francisco, and other cities. “Imagine six or seven years ago, trying to find real estate for Al Jazeera in Washington,” gushed Rob Wheelock,
President Obama told America yesterday morning that if the sequester goes through on March 1, It will eviscerate job-creating investments in education and energy and medical research…. Emergency responders like the ones who are here today — their ability to help communities respond to and recover from disasters will be degraded. Border Patrol agents will see their hours reduced. FBI agents will be furloughed. Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go. Air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks, which means more delays at airports across the country.
Fresh from his round of golf with President Obama on Sunday, Tiger Woods chose to be complimentary yesterday when asked about the course skills of the most powerful man in the world. The notorious philanderer and Mr. Obama played out a ´boy´s weekend´ over the President´s Day weekend at the Floridian Yacht and Golf Club and Woods was quizzed at a press conference after a practice round at the WGC-Accenture Matchplay Championship in Arizona. ´He’s got amazing touch,´ said Woods. ´He can certainly chip and putt. If he ever spent--after these four years--spent more time playing the game
Frank Fahrenkopf, a co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates, said tonight that the Commission made a "mistake" by selecting CNN anchor Candy Crowley to moderate one of the 2012 presidential debates. Fahrenkopf, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, was speaking at the Las Vegas Country Club in Nevada. According to Jon Ralston, the Nevada-based political journalist, Fahrenkopf told the audience there that he was proud of the 2012 debate moderators, but added: “We made one mistake this time: Her name is Candy."
An Ohio woman is one of 19 people in a single southwestern county who may have heeded the seedy advice to ‘vote early and vote often.’ Melowese Richardson, who lives in Cincinnati, told a local television station that she voted twice because she ‘certainly wanted my vote to count.’ The grandmother is one of 19 people being investigated by Hamilton County over voter fraud in the recent 2012 election.[Snip]The Hamilton County Board of Election’s director, Amy Searcy, told MailOnline that a certain amount of ‘anomalies’ pop up during every election. This year, she said, there were more than 80.
The Obama administration is moving forward with a contentious and long-dormant proposal to institute minimum wage and overtime standards for the in-home healthcare industry. Enactment of the regulations, which are under final review at the White House, would represent a major victory for unions that have fought for decades to win higher pay for direct-care aides. But industry groups warn that the rule would cause home-care expenses to skyrocket, hurling an otherwise healthy sector of the economy into upheaval.
Sam Tanenhaus has a great sense of humor. Four years ago, he came out with a piece about the demise of the conservative movement, which at the time -- with Obama elected by a 7-point margin, supermajorities in the House and the Senate -- didn´t seem that unlikely. The problem was that by the time the book appeared some months later, Obama´s poll numbers were plunging. The Tea Party movement had risen against him, and the table was set for the 2010 midterms, which cost Democrats the U.S. House and brought in a wave of brand-new conservative leaders.
A presidential election flyer disseminated in North Carolina and marked with a seal for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) featured Ku Klux Klan and lynching imagery as part of its presentation urging voters to head to the polls. Another pro-Obama flyer in North Carolina informed African-American voters that Mitt Romney would relegate them to “picking cotton” if elected president. The flyers, photographs of which were obtained by The Daily Caller, were found in the Charlotte, North Carolina area on Election Day 2012.
The federal investigation into the relationship between Democratic donor Dr. Salomon Melgen and Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) has exposed the rampant culture of Medicare and Medicaid fraud, which by some estimates cost taxpayers as much as $98 billion in fiscal year 2011. The raid by the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of Melgen’s eye center in Florida spanned two days in late January. The involvement of HHS indicated “the search-and-seizure raid has ties to a possible Medicare fraud inquiry,” the Miami Herald reported. The FBI reportedly went in after authorities spotted
This post is a response to an article by Kevin D. Williamson, "Gangsterville," written for the February 25 edition of National Review. Kevin’s piece on the homepage about uncontrolled gang violence in Chicago is a devastating indictment of just about every shibboleth attached to liberal governance today. Growing up in Chicagoland in the 1970s and early 1980s, we’d regularly see the Cabrini-Green projects from a distance on our way downtown.(Snip)One thing Kevin didn’t mention in his excellent story was that Jeff Fort, co-founder of the Black P. Stones Nation gang and its even more violent El Rukn faction,