Texas, led by Rick Perry, according to Forbes Magazine, absolutely dominates the top ten list of the best cities for new jobs. Texas is so dominant that the five of the top six cities listed were Texan: Dallas was first, Houston second, Austin third, and Fort Worth fourth, Seattle was fifth, closely followed by San Antonio. The methodology Forbes used was based on statistics from Moody’s Analytics regarding the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country. The data was collated and ranked on three criteria:
From the midweek edition of the Morning Jolt: You Can’t Community-Organize Your Way Out of a Sequester You’re familiar with the notion of the Hedgehog and the Fox, right? “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing”? Hardball producer Michael LaRossa marvels, “Only in America can a President propose a law, get it passed, and then actively campaign against implementing it.” Yes, instead of spending time in Washington, with all of the members of Congress who could pass something to replace the sequester, Obama went to Newport News to hold a campaign-style event shouting about
It’s time for first lady Michelle Obama to raise her game. Nothing wrong with telling kids to eat their peas or showing them how to Hula-Hoop. But after four years of focusing on the body, she’d do well to spend these next four on building strong minds. Especially girls’. “If I had the first lady’s ear, I’d say talk more about the kind of education that women and girls — girls of color, in particular — will need to make it in a global economy,” said Avis Jones-DeWeever,
Two lawmakers in Massachusetts are fighting to reverse a 2009 legislative initiative mandating body mass index (BMI) screenings in public schools in order to end the practice of "fat letters" being sent to the homes of overweight or obese children. The BMI notification letters, which are sent to all families with children in the Massachusetts public school system, note that the measurement on the page "may not tell the whole story about your child´s weight," as BMI "cannot tell the difference between muscle and fat." Many parents have complained, the North Andover Patch reports,
A baby who was found dumped in the street in a Walmart plastic bag last week has now been released from hospital, as authorities continue to search for her family. The newborn, named Chloe by hospital staff in Houston, Texas, is now a week old and even has her first tooth - which she showed off to photographers as she smiled for cameras on Monday. She was found outside an apartment complex on Tuesday last week after a woman´s dog picked up on a scent and led her to a bag, where she made the startling discovery.
Last Sunday, the Washington Post’s ombudsman casually revealed that the official policy of reporters at the paper is to treat opponents of gay marriage as the moral equivalent of racists. Addressing the complaint that the paper is a propaganda sheet for gay activists, ombudsman Patrick Pexton disclosed an e-mail exchange between a reader and a Post reporter. The reader had asked the reporter why the paper covers the gay marriage debate so one-sidedly. “The reason that legitimate media outlets routinely cover gays is because it is the civil rights issue of our time.
Over at Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds links to a typically perceptive column by Joel Kotkin about the explosive economic growth in regions dominated by red states, which are now attracting migrants from the failed blue states, and then offers this observation: The danger, of course, is that these immigrants will bring the same toxic blue-state politics with them that produced the disasters they’re fleeing. Someone should set up a sort of Welcome Wagon — an education program for these immigrants that will encourage them to appreciate the policy and cultural differences that led to the prosperity that’s attracted them.
In John Eastwood´s subterranean lab at York University in Ontario, Canada, young adults sit watching video clips: They are part of a test to see just how deeply bored they can get. Dr. Eastwood, a Canadian psychology professor, is one of a growing number of researchers in what is becoming an exciting field of inquiry: boredom studies. The young adults in his lab watch dry instructional videos all in an effort to help researchers understand how we experience boredom, what causes it, and eventually, how to relieve it.
Seven months after hosting a private $35,800-a-plate fundraiser for President Barack Obama at his home in The Dominion, nationally recognized plaintiff´s lawyer and Democratic Party stalwart Mikal C. Watts finds himself under federal investigation over the legitimacy of his client list in a case stemming from the 2010 BP oil spill. Earlier this month, Secret Service agents, who not only protect the president but investigate cases of fraud, counterfeiting and identity theft, served search warrants at Watts´ two law offices on the Northwest Side, the San Antonio Express-News has confirmed with federal officials and Watts´ attorney.
When Stephanie Van Pelt needed to care for her son after surgery, her company gave her the option to work from home. "They didn´t lose my productivity," Van Pelt posted on Google+. "They gained an intensely loyal, hard-working employee that was so pleased with not having to take (time) off." Van Pelt was weighing in on the recent news that Yahoo is ending its work-from-home policy. The change, announced Monday by Yahoo human resources chief Jackie Reses, is expected to affect hundreds of employees. It is one of many changes CEO Marissa Mayer
The Manchester-born singer, an outspoken animal rights campaigner, claimed he could not perform next to people who "amount to animal serial killers". The former Smiths frontman was due to appear on ABC´s late-night Jimmy Kimmel Live with the cast of US reality series Duck Dynasty. The show follows the lives of the Robertson family from Louisiana, whose family business makes equipment for duck-hunting. But feathers flew when Morrissey, 53, realised the identity of his fellow guests and immediately cancelled his appearance. "Morrissey is thankful for being invited to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live," his spokesman said today in a statement.
On Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Sessions touted a government report that blew a $6.2 trillion hole in President Obama´s promise that his signature health reform wouldn´t add a dime to the deficit. According to the report by the Government Accountability Office, that promise rested entirely on several cost-control mechanisms in ObamaCare that almost no one thinks will work. [snip] Still, bad as this $6.2 trillion deficit boost is, the real figure is likely to be much higher, since the GAO is still being far too optimistic about the rest of ObamaCare. Here are five big assumptions the GAO makes...
Several people have been killed and seriously injured during a shooting at a factory near the Swiss city of Lucerne, police say. The incident happened at the Kronospan wood processing plant in the town of Menznau, police said in a statement. A witness said five people had been killed, according to the Luzerner Zeitung newspaper, but this was not confirmed. The paper said shooting started in the canteen at around 09:00 (08:00 GMT). The Swiss police statement said emergency services were on the scene. Three helicopters had arrived, the Swiss news website 20minutes said.
In the fight over Obamacare, one of the hottest points of contention has been the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), an unelected body with powers so broad that it has been called a “super-legislature” by some, and a potential “death panel” by others. Major policies set by the IPAB will have the force of law unless they are explicitly blocked by Congress. The usual order, of course, is that Congress is supposed to make the laws and bureaucrats are supposed to follow them. Another nasty ingredient in the alphabet soup of Obamacare
ABC is defending its decision to edit out an apparently erroneous claim by Michelle Obama in its broadcast of the first lady’s interview on Good Morning America today, saying it made the changes “solely” for the sake of time. As The Washington Examiner reported this morning, the first lady claimed during an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts that 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was killed in Chicago shortly after performing during the President’s Inauguration, was shot because “some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need.” In fact, Chicago Police reported Pendleton was shot by a man who
In 1953, Albert Gore Sr., John Kennedy and Prescott Bush all entered the Senate together. The repercussions are still being felt 60 years later, as George Prescott Bush revs up for his first run for office in Texas, and the fourth man to be christened Joseph P. Kennedy begins his first term in the House. Together, these would give us six senators, two governors, three presidents, two vice presidents and boatloads of drama: Bush vs. Gore; Gore vs. Gore; Jack, Bob and Teddy; George, George and Jeb.
On February 5, 2013 the Department of Homeland Security issued a “Solicitation/Contract/Order for Commercial Item” for ammunition to be purchased and delivered to the DHS Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico. The ammunition being purchased is “Commercial Lead Training Ammo” — or CLTA, in government speak. There are three components to the order: 1. .40 caliber, 165 grain jacketed hollow point rounds 2. 9mm, 115 grain jacketed hollow point rounds 3. 9mm, 124 grain ball ammunition
Britain has been hit by a Romanian crimewave with the equivalent of 15 arrests a day by one police force alone. Shock figures show that the Metropolitan Police made 27,725 arrests over the past five years for offences including rape and murder. This is despite just 68,000 Romanians living here at present--a figure set to soar when Britain has to open its borders next January under an EU directive. The crime statistics undermine reassurances from Romanian officials that the UK has nothing to fear from the lowering of border controls. Tory MP Priti Patel said: “These figures show why
The University of Alabama has offered a scholarship to 8th grade phenom Dylan Moses of Baton Rouge, La., ESPN reports. His father, Edward Moses Jr., said the offer came as a surprise despite Moses receiving an offer from LSU last summer: “For Dylan, excitement spilled over,” Moses Jr. said. “When he heard those words from Coach [Nick] Saban, ‘We’re offering you,’ you could see him light up. It was shocking because we were going in thinking we were just going to get a tour of what Alabama has to offer.” The trend of offering younger recruits scholarships is not new,
When the world was first introduced to Wonky the puppy earlier this month, she cut a pitiful figure. The little Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross was given the unusual name because of severe problems with her malformed front legs, which failed to develop after she was separated from her mother. But now, after intense physiotherapy, the 12-week-old has quickly made a fantastic recovery. Where once she walked awkwardly on bent joints, she can now bound along normally, her tail wagging as she goes. And staff at the Dogs Trust in Leeds, where she is being treated, have also given her
Exactly 20 years ago on this date, a terrorist attack at the World Trade Center took the lives of six people and injured more than a thousand others. The tragedy shocked the nation but, as with other al-Qaeda attacks in the years that followed, the WTC bombing did not alter the country’s basic approach to Islamist terrorism. For the next eight and a half years, the United States carried on with a business-as-usual attitude toward the subject. The lack of urgency applied to the subject, as well as the disorganized and sometimes slap-dash nature of the security establishment’s
I think I’ve seen this “Sequester” movie before. Only it had a different title — it was called “Prop 2 1/2 Override.” Obama and his common nightwalkers in the media are trotting out the exact same scare tactics that the local teachers’ unions and assorted municipal layabouts have been employing to frighten the bejesus out of taxpayers around here for decades. It happens every spring. The schools need more money. The voters yawn. The school superintendent ups the ante and says, well, if you don’t give us the extra money then the first thing we’ll have to cut is
At the Regal Potomac Yard 16, a movie theater in Alexandria, a “small” soda weighs a large 32 ounces. Such sodas, enough to quench the thirst of the entire family, may be available at other cinemas across the country, but beginning March 12, they won’t be in New York City. (Snip)Citizens Against Government Waste has tapped Mr. Bloomberg as one of six nominees for its “2012 Porker of the Year” award. Hizzoner’s nomination was a recognition of his long jihad against sugar. This is an unusual definition of “waste.”Though the cost of a nanny is “not as clear