Cyberwar: A cybersecurity firm reports a secretive Chinese military unit is behind many recent "hack attacks" into U.S. computers, stealing trade and military secrets and developing a potentially crippling new weapon. In a 2009 editorial we noted that units of China´s armed forces, whom we dubbed its "Cybertooth Tigers" were developing capabilities to penetrate and potentially disrupt U.S. computer systems as part of the People´s Liberation Army´s focus on what is known as "asymmetrical" warfare, specifically cyber-warfare. At least as far back as the 2008 edition of the Pentagon´s annual report to Congress entitled
Decline: French labor law and France´s lounging work culture are ruining a tire factory north of Paris. The French want a U.S. business to take over. But the company refused. It knows that Europe is a productivity pit. The money-losing Goodyear Dunlop plant in Amiens is scheduled for closure, ending the jobs of 1,173 workers at the facility. But calling many of these employees "workers" is being overly kind. Maurice Taylor, CEO of Titan International, a tire company that was asked to take over the plant, describes employees who are more like wards.
Sequester: Faced with suddenly being forced to cut 3%, a business would manage the challenge effectively — or go out of business. "America´s CEO" prefers politicized chaos and he should be held accountable. Someone who claims he has spent trillions of dollars of other people´s money wisely should be able to manage a pittance in spending cuts without falsely claiming that the sky is falling. How many times have we heard President Obama tout his ability to spend smart? "Making smart investments in our people that we pay for responsibly is the only proven way to both cut
RUSH: There´s this ongoing battle about me being too conservative for the Republican Party and too powerful, and the Republican Party is scared of me, and nobody will stand up to me, and they´re not gonna get anywhere until they have the guts to stand up to me because I´m too conservative and they need to be more moderate. They need to move to the center, but I won´t let them. But really, how powerful am I? How good am I? And then people are out there saying, "Look at Limbaugh´s track record in presidential races. He´s 1-for-6."
Al-Qaeda´s list of 22 tips for dodging drone attacks - including at least one believed to originate with Osama bin Laden - has been found hidden inside a manila envelope in a building abandoned by Islamists in Mali. The document includes advice such as "hide under thick trees" (believed to be bin Laden´s contribution), and instructions for setting up a "fake gathering" using dolls to "mislead the enemy". Found by the Associated Press in a building in Timbuktu, the ancient city occupied by Islamists last year, the document is believed to have been abandoned as extremists fled
RUSH: Folks, I´m sorry here. I can´t help but think that we are all being played for a bunch of fools, a bunch of suckers on this sequester business. I don´t know. Are you like me? Do you really think 800,000 people are gonna lose their jobs in the Pentagon because we cut $22 billion? Do you really think air traffic control´s gonna shut down? Do you really think there aren´t gonna be any meat inspectors? Do you really think that all of these horror stories are
In the 1950s, Democratic politicians in Virginia, led by Sen. Harry Byrd Sr., undertook an effort called "massive resistance." Through various legislative and administrative means, they sought to circumvent the mandate for school integration that the Supreme Court had issued in the 1954 case of Brown v. Board of Education. Similar stirrings can be heard today in Illinois--specifically, from the Cook County State´s Attorney´s office, which prosecutes crimes in Chicago. At issue is not the 14th Amendment´s guarantee of equal protection before the law, but the Second Amendment´s guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms.
RUSH: Here is that Reagan quote. This is October 27, 1964. This comes from a speech that Reagan delivered in support of Barry Goldwater. The title of the speech is "A Time for Choosing," and here is the actual Reagan quote that I was mentioning to Mindy on the phone mere moments ago. REAGAN: So now we declare "war" on poverty. Do they honestly expect us to believe that if we add $1 billion to the $45 billion we´re spending, one more program to the 30-odd we have -- and, remember, this new program doesn´t replace any;
The illegal immigrant who applied to Trident Technical College earlier this week will not be eligible for state or federal financial aid, according to school officials. Israel Ortega, 27, of North Charleston, was granted a temporary stay in the United States through the Department of Homeland Security’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. That cleared the way for him to apply at Trident. [Snip] Earlier this week, the state’s Commission on Higher Education offered the school clarification, school spokesman David Hansen said. The commission gave Trident the green light to enroll DACA students who qualify for admissions, he
It’s been a tough week in public relations for Karl Rove. First, the Tea Party Patriots objected to Rove’s criticism of extreme rhetoric from grassroots organizations by, er, putting him in a Nazi uniform in an e-mail — for which they apologized, but not before making Rove’s case. At nearly the same time, Bob Woodward painted Rove’s efforts to find prepared Republican candidates as an attempt to create an establishment “politburo” within the GOP, which Rove angrily denounced on Fox’s Hannity last night: (Snip)Frankly, I don’t get the angst over Rove’s PAC.No one is forced to contribute to his PAC,
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) is planning to run for the Georgia Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R), senior GOP strategists in the state told The Hill. "I´ve just talked to two people that told me Phil Gingrey is actually calling them telling them he´s going to run and his staff is telling people he´ll probably make his announcement sometime next week," said Tom Perdue, a top Georgia Republican strategist who is close to Chambliss. "He said it on a conference call with about 12 people." If Gingrey makes it official soon, he´ll be the second
President Obama, speaking to a very friendly Al Sharpton as part of a round with black broadcasters Thursday, offered a harsh assessment of the GOP -- arguing that their opposition to taxing the wealthy was the only thing keeping an otherwise deeply divided party from falling apart. Speaking about the looming sequester deadline, Obama said: "My sense is that their basic view is that nothing is important enough to raise taxes on wealthy individuals or corporations, and they would rather see [billions in sequester cuts to social programs]... That´s the thing that binds their party together at this point."
The party of Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan has now lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. The marketplace of ideas will render us irrelevant, and soon, if we are not honest about our time and place in history. Unfortunately, much of the discussion has focused on cosmetic solutions to, say, our underperformance among ethnic and young voters. This is a mistake: we cannot cross this river by feeling for stones. Instead, we need to take a hard look at what today’s conservatism stands for.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is returning $600,000 to the U.S. Treasury that he saved by scrimping in the past year at his Senate office. “It’s the only budget I control. … It’s not enough, but it’s a start,” the senator told reporters at a conference in downtown Louisville. The Courier-Journal reports that Mr. Paul’s savings were due to “watching every purchase,” from travel and salaries to “computers, paper, ink cartridges.” “We are frugal from top to bottom,” he added. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also returned more than $1 million this past year, and has returned funds every year prior,
Despite President Obama’s dire warnings of “brutal” budget slashing if automatic spending cuts hit March 1, federal agencies do have some wiggle room to soften the brunt of the cuts. Budget analysts say the government can take steps to postpone the impact of the so-called sequester budget cuts — such as delaying the announcement of new contracts, not filling open positions and delaying the announcement of new federal grants — that would not affect vital government services in the short term. As the deadline approaches, President Obama on Thursday telephoned House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, and Senate
On her Thursday program, conservative talker Laura Ingraham struck back at MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough and others who want to blame talk radio for 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s presidential election loss, suggesting that Scarborough’s anger may be linked to his radio show getting cancelled in 2010. “You got to have leaders that will turn out against the crazies in your own party,” Scarborough said Thursday morning, “and if you do — you start winning those middle, those swing voters.” Scarborough, along with others on his program Thursday, attacked certain elements in the conservative movement, including talk radio
It´s official: Visitors to the Facebook page of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have chosen a logo for President Obama´s visit to Israel next month. The winner, above, got 2,600 "likes" beating out two others (below), which garnered 786 and 521, respectively. Netayahu´s office is promising a big social media push around the visit. So far, there has been much more publicity about the trip in Israel than there has been in the United States. The Israeli government last month even released a tentative schedule for the president, something the White House has declined to talk about at all.
RALEIGH With Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and other conservatives controlling state government, what’s a North Carolina liberal to do? According to one group, they should: • “Crippl(e) their leaders (McCrory, Tillis, Berger etc.)” • “Eviscerate the leadership and weaken their ability to govern.” • “Pressure McCrory at every public event.”• “Slam him when he contradicts his promises.” Those were among the talking points and action steps in a memo from a group called Blueprint North Carolina, a partnership of advocacy and policy groups based in Raleigh. The memo was emailed to groups last week with a warning:
Right Turn has learned that a third of Senate Republicans, led by Minority Whip John Cornyn (Tex.), have called on President Obama to withdraw Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary, citing “serious doubts about his basic competence to meet the substantial demands of the office.” Chuck Hagel Chuck Hagel (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) In a letter to the president with 14 GOP co-signers, Cornyn writes: While Senator Hagel’s erratic record and myriad conversions on key national security issues are troubling enough, his statements regarding Iran were disconcerting.
Kids today are consuming fewer calories than they were a decade ago, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Between 1999 and 2010, children´s average energy intake dropped from 2,258 calories per day to 2,100 calories per day for boys; and from 1,831 calories per day to 1,755 calories per day for girls.(Snip) between 2007 and 2010, childhood obesity levels stabilized, and did not increase as they had in previous years. The drop in children´s energy intake may have contributed to the leveling off of obesity levels, Ervin said.
The U.S. has been denied direct access to the only publicly known suspect in custody in connection with the Benghazi terror attack, Fox News has learned, with U.S. interrogators still unable to sit in the same room as the Egypt-held prisoner to ask questions. Abu Ahmed, also known as Mohammed Jamal, is suspected of establishing Islamist training camps in Eastern Libya where militants who took part in the Sept. 11 Benghazi terrorist attack were able to train. Ahmed is not suspected of directly taking part in the attack which left four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, dead.
A French author has written in graphic detail about her eight-month affair with disgraced IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, calling the relationship "field work" for a controversial new book. The book by Argentinian-born Marcela Iacub, a columnist with the left-wing daily Liberation, was denounced by Strauss-Kahn and the wife he has separated from, journalist Anne Sinclair. In "Beauty and the Beast," due to be released on February 27, Iacub says she had a relationship with Strauss-Kahn from January to August 2012, in the midst of the scandal over accusations he sexually assaulted a New York hotel maid.
When First Lady Michelle Obama steps out of her White House Picture Frame on her end of February nationwide tour, to take credit for not only halting—but reversing—childhood obesity, folk should be thinking “fertilizer”. The White House crediting Obama’s failed Let’s Move initiative as salvation for obese children everywhere is well fertilized with the same matter fertilizing her White House ‘organic’ garden. Sludge (human excrement) has fertilized the White House garden ever since the Clintons were in residence.
Tim Tebow announced on Twitter that he will no longer appear at First Baptist Church of Dallas after it caused a national uproar among journalists and gay marriage supporters. The announcement blindsided church officials and led some Christian leaders to wonder if Tebow was appeasing those who don’t support the biblical definition of marriage. “While I was looking forward to sharing a message of hope and Christ’s unconditional love with the faithful members of the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas in April,
Atlanta — For those 65 and older, this season´s flu shot is only 9 percent effective against the most common and dangerous flu bug, according to a startling new government report. Flu vaccine tends to protect younger people better than older ones and never works as well as other kinds of vaccines. But experts say the preliminary results for seniors are disappointing and highlight the need for a better vaccine. For all age groups, the vaccine´s effectiveness is moderate at 56 percent, which is nearly as well as other flu seasons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.