In an appearance late Sunday afternoon at a predominantly black church in Trenton, embattled U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez drew broad parallels between himself and other minority leaders such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The Democrat from Hudson County blamed his current troubles, which include questions about his relationship with a contributor and the possibility of a Senate Ethics Committee investigation, on right-wing bloggers. Speaking to a crowd of roughly 300 people who gathered at The Shiloh Baptist Church for a Black History Month celebration, Menendez appeared to surprise his own staff by using the venue to offer
At a Black History Month event held at a Trenton, N.J. church on Sunday, Democratic Senator Bob Menendez blamed conservatives for his ethics scandals, framing them as a racial attack on him because of his Hispanic heritage. “I have felt the sting of discrimination,” he told approximately 300 worshipers, according to the Bergen Record. ”It has never been easy.” “Now we face anonymous, faceless, nameless individuals from right-wing sources seeking to destroy a lifetime of work,” Menendez said at Shiloh Baptist Church. “And their smears are false. I have worked too hard and
Funny. Sexist. Sassy. Awkward. Seth MacFarlane was referred to with all these adjectives and more after his gig as host of the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday night. The "Family Guy" and "American Dad" creator received mixed reviews for his singing, dancing and jokes, with Time TV critic James Poniewozik dubbing MacFarlane "American Dud." (Snip) So was there much surprise that one of MacFarlane´s opening numbers was a little ditty titled "We Saw Your Boobs"? "I´ll limit my discussion of ´We Saw Your Boobs´ to noting how, um, nakedly it put into relief a recurring theme in last night´s ceremony:
Sequestration is “looming.” Sequestration is, indeed, upon us. I wrote a little about this in the January 28 issue of National Review. The piece was called “Defense Is Different.” Let me give you some comments that people have made, with regard to sequestration — particularly with regard to the defense budget.(snip)America’s Most Miserable Cities. Three of the top ten are in Michigan. Three are in Illinois. And three are in California. Think of that: Of the ten most miserable cities, nine are in three states. The tenth is in New York — is New York City.
The home of the Grand Ole Opry has earned a new nickname: “Little Kurdistan.” And no wonder. According to a new analysis of foreign born populations by demographer, Wendell Cox, the fastest growth in the numbers of newcomers is taking place in unusual spots around America, all essentially in Red States. Topping the list is Nashville, which has doubled its number of immigrants in the last decade. “Besides the Grand Old Opry, the city also boasts the nation’s largest Kurdish population, and a thriving ‘Little Kurdistan,’ as well as growing Mexican, Somali and other immigrant enclaves,” says Joel Kotkin,
Fashion being the fickle beast it is, there´s no guarantee this will last for ever. So, ladies, if you´re fed up of wobbling along on perilously high heels, grab your chance to ditch them while you can--because flats are finally in vogue.[Snip]And at his Milan fashion show, Italian designer Roberto Cavalli said: ´Women are wearing trainers now and lower heels. It´s the street influence. It´s cool and it´s all coming from London.´ At Kurt Geiger, lower heels now account for about 60 percent of sales, while at Debenhams sales of flat or low-heeled shoes have risen by 25 percent
Afghan president Hamid Karzai has ordered US special forces to leave Wardak province, a critical path between Taliban fighters and the Afghan capital of Kabul, in the next two weeks. There have been allegations made that Afghans working with U.S. forces have tortured Afghan citizens and even murdered some others. The U.S. government abstained from comment, saying they would not make a statement "until we have had a chance to speak with senior government officials … This is an important issue that we must discuss with our Afghan counterparts.” Karzai’s
With a March 1 deadline looming for the imposition of the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester, President Obama and his allies in the press are stepping up their campaign for additional tax increases on the rich. Mr. Obama said over the weekend that his plan “asks more of the wealthiest Americans,” and he said it looks like Republicans are “prepared to inflict more pain on the middle class because they refuse to ask anything more of those at the very top.”
Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said during Sunday’s annual Saviours’ Day convention in Chicago that “gang bangers” could serve a better purpose by training to become soldiers who protect his group’s assets. “All you gang bangers, we know you love to shoot, but you’re killing yourselves,” he said, according to a report by DNA Info. “All your weapons are illegal, and you’re using them like savages.” Mr. Farrakhan, 79, said he was going to contact Chicago’s gang leaders with a proposition, the report continued. His idea? Since gang members are “natural soldiers,” they
Dear Dame Helen Ghosh, Congratulations on your appointment as £160,000 a year director-general of the National Trust. At the weekend you celebrated by giving an interview in which you declared that "a wind turbine in the right place is a rather beautiful thing" and "The National Trust, as an organisation, takes the view that in the right place--and because of the importance of renewable energy--we don´t object to them." In these opinions, I believe, you are woefully out of touch with your membership. Last night, after I read what you´d said, I cancelled the £90 standing order for family membership
The liberal media have their knives out for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) after his textbook cross-examination of Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel at the latter’s confirmation hearing Jan. 31. Jane Mayer of the New Yorker seized on a speech Cruz gave three years ago in which he asserted that when he was at Harvard Law School, shortly after Barack Obama, there were twelve Marxists on the faculty and one Republican. That, Mayer alleges, is evidence of Cruz’s innate McCarthyism--and hence, she implies, ought to discredit Cruz’s
Dustin Hoffman could be appearing on Piers Morgan Tonight in the near future. Piers Morgan caught up with the legendary actor (and recent first-time director) on the red carpet for the Academy Awards, and the two talked about more than just Hollywood. Hoffman revealed that he’s a big fan of Morgan’s, saying he doesn’t often get “starstruck” but felt “extraordinary” to be standing next to the CNN host. At the tail end of a short conversation about the Oscars and Hoffman’s new film Quartet, Hoffman told Morgan “God bless you for what you’re saying about gun control,”
WASHINGTON- Two lawmakers are waging a little-noticed campaign to abolish the Selective Service System, the independent federal agency that manages draft registration. They say the millions of dollars the agency spends each year preparing for the possibility of a military draft is a waste of money. Reps. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., say the Pentagon has no interest in returning to conscription due to the success of the all-volunteer force. The Selective Service has a budget of $24 million and a full-time staff of 130. It maintains a database of about 17 million potential
HACKENSACK, N.J, --- A local citizen who lives near Teterboro airport in northern New Jersey said he saw Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and his friend Democratic Party mega-donor Dr. Salomon Melgen brunching together on Easter Sunday in 2012. The citizen, who is active in local politics and a regular patron of the restaurant, told Breitbart News he saw Menendez and Melgen dining together at Arena Diner between shortly before noon and 12:15 p.m. on Easter Sunday last year, April 8, 2012. That is the timeframe in which Melgen’s plane refueled at Teterboro before flying directly to the Dominican Republic.
Last night´s Academy Awards made political history, surprising the claimed one billion viewers with an appearance by a gowned Michelle Obama via satellite from the White House to present the Best Picture Oscar®. (snip)It was a symbolic form of vassalage, signifying the switch of the entertainment industry from a mission of speaking truth to power (see Reagan and Bush presidencies) to one of support. We no longer tap shoulders with swords, we swoop in on the top award of the most prestigious event of the entire entertainment industry
From the doyenne of Hollywood bloggers, Nikki Finke, live-blogging the Oscars: As if Hanoi Jane wasn’t fuel enough. Oh My God - the Academy actually fans the fire by drafting First Lady Michelle Obama to help present Best Picture from presumably the White House? So unnecessary and inappropriate to inject so much politics into the Oscars yet again. Hollywood will get pilloried by conservative pundits for arranging this payoff for all the campaign donations it gave the President’s reelection campaign. I don’t understand this very obvious attempt to infuriate right-leaning audiences.
Right-wing radio host Mark Levin took Fox News’ Charles Krauthammer to task this week for conceding the fight on Medicaid expansion to President Obama. Krauthammer appeared on Bret Baier‘s show Thursday to discuss the recent trend of Republican governors, including Florida’s Rick Scott, finally acquiescing on the Medicaid expansion provision of the Affordable Care Act. Speaking for those GOP governors, Krauthammer said, “You can oppose it and have opposed it all the way and then say, ‘Well, you lost the fight. It’s the law of the land. It passed in
Letterman: They’re saying the Chinese have hacked Burger King’s Twitter account. C’mon, if you’re following Burger King on Twitter, it’s time to seriously examine your life, honest to God. Fallon: Bill Gates says he’s still dis-satisfied with Microsoft’s innovation. He would’ve said more, but he had to get off the phone so his assistant could use the Internet. [Snip] Fallon: A new report says Chinese hackers could one day take out America’s power supply. Or as that´s also known, "Pulling a Beyoncé."
Ikea has withdrawn a batch meatballs from sale in its British stores after they were found to contain with horse meat. The Czech state veterinary administration found the contamination in 1kg (2.2lb) packs of frozen meatballs, which are sold in Ikea stores around the world. Ikea said it is taken the result "seriously" and is removing the meatballs from sale in countries across Europe. The inspectors took samples for DNA tests in the city of Brno from a product labelled as "beef and pork meatballs", the statement said. A total of 760kg (1,672lb) of the meatballs were stopped
You made them do it. They’re angry about it. And if it happens on Friday, they’ll punish you for it. That’s the attitude around Washington. The “it” is the sequestration of about $85 billion in federal spending imposed by the 2011 Budget Control Act. The $85 billion in cuts will have to be made in the remaining six months of FY 2013. About half will be cut from the Defense Department, the rest spread among other federal agencies. None of the cuts will affect overseas “contingency operations” such as Afghanistan.
According to Academy president Hawk Koch, the plan came from Weinstein and his daughter, Lily. Koch and Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron loved the idea. And when it was pitched to the first lady, Zadan told The Hollywood Reporter that her response was, "Yes, I think it´s a great idea. We watch movies all the time at the White House. Let´s do it." So, two weeks ago, Koch and the producers borrowed Disney´s jet for a flight to D.C. They told their colleagues, though, that they had to go to New York for the day.
One enterprising U.S. intelligence officer discovered the singers in the Vienna Opera were always the first to know, well, everything. (Snip) The most remarkable thing about the shift in U.S. intelligence estimates is that it had virtually nothing to do with the intelligence actually being collected. And now there is every sign that the intelligence community, in analyzing the al Qaeda threat, is making the same mistake again. The administration is writing a narrative that the al Qaeda threat is on the wane.
He’s ringmaster in the Circus of the Damned. Dr. Drew Pinsky is the nation’s leading huckster for celebrity addicts — the go-to guy for almost-famous faces lost to liquor, sex, ecstasy and crack. Since 2008, Dr. Drew has glammed up and tarted up B- and Z-list celebs on his hit VH1 show, “Celebrity Rehab” — renamed “Rehab” last fall so as not to exclude folks who’ve yet to make it big by falling on their faces. He’s turned addiction from an affliction to a wise career move. From Tiger Woods’ Bimbo in Chief Rachel Uchitel —
It was the average too-long, unfunny, over-produced Academy Awards TV show and then, after suffering through the 10-hour (well, it seemed like it) show, there was the first lady. In a ball gown. With military service personnel in dress uniform behind her. She declared of the Best Picture nominees, “They reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle if we dig deep enough and fight hard enough and find the courage within ourselves.” Alas, none of the films nor her aides reminded her to mention the military, not those personnel behind her nor those serving overseas,
Americans, as the well-known center of the human universe, at least in American eyes, are accustomed to thinking of their country as obviously the most desirable destination of any for immigrants seeking to leave troubled lands and/or find a bright new future somewhere else. Well, here´s an unexpected wrinkle. After 49 months of the Obama administration, a new poll out this morning reveals that the same percentage of Americans would like to move to another country as, say, Mexicans would like to move to the United States.
It’s an early scene in the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line. The young Cash, played by Joaquin Phoenix, is auditioning for the man who might make him the next Elvis Presley. That man was Sam Phillips, the Sun Records impresario from Memphis. The fictional Cash walks into the room and begins playing a Gospel song. The fictional Phillips is not impressed, and tells the fictional Cash that no one listens to Gospel anymore, and that he should play something more meaningful. More relevant. Cash did. The rest was history.