National Black Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Harry C. Alford told The Daily Caller that he ”ignored” President Obama’s “spread the wealth” comment in 2008 and “had hopes” for him “because he was black.” “I don’t really support him too well and he knows it and that’s a badge of honor. He’s bad. He’s bad and I supported him. I voted for him the first time around. I had hopes because he was black. Shame on me,” Alford told TheDC at the National Press Club after an anti-gun control news conference. “Then when he started doing all these
´´It’s time for first lady Michelle Obama to raise her game,´´ writes liberal Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy in Wednesday´s edition. ´´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.´´ Milloy says there´s been too much attention paid to Michelle´s body (her arms, bangs, designer clothes), and not enough attention paid to her ivy league education: "Where is that intellectually gifted Princeton graduate, the Harvard-educated lawyer and mentor
"A Democratic group is under sharp criticism for controversial online messages about Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell´s wife," reports WFPL-FM, an NPR station in Louisville, Ky. For months Progress Kentucky, a liberal super PAC, has been stalking McConnell, the Bluegrass State´s senior senator, holding "demonstrations at his offices and home." But the attack on Mrs. McConnell, who in public goes by her maiden name of Elaine Chao, took place on Twitter. The station quotes a Progress Kentucky tweet dated Feb. 14: "This woman has the ear of (Sen. McConnell)—she´s his wife.
Washington - The senior Homeland Security Department official in charge of arresting and deporting illegal immigrants announced his resignation the same day the agency said that hundreds of people facing deportation had been released from immigration jails due to looming budget cuts, according to a resignation letter obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. The government said he had told his bosses weeks ago that he planned to retire. Gary Mead, executive associate director over enforcement and removal operations at Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, disclosed his departure
The descriptions of the post-sequester landscape that have been coming out of the Obama Administration have been alarming, specific--and, in at least some cases, hyped. “There are literally teachers now who are getting pink slips, who are getting notices that they can’t come back this fall,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” When he was pressed in a White House briefing Wednesday to come up with an example, Duncan named a single county in West Virginia and acknowledged, “whether it’s all sequester-related, I don’t know.”
I´ll make this quick because, as many of you will no doubt note in the comments, the Internet seems to spend more time than it should discussing the exploits of an almost-one-term governor turned talking head turned talking head without a cable news contract. But given how much attention Sarah Palin´s latest Facebook post has gotten, it´s probably worth the two minutes it takes to debunk one of its more outlandish claims—especially given the conspiracy theory was already debunked before she even wrote about it. Here´s the snippet
Sarah Palin says America will eventually default on its debt and claims that the federal government is “stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest” to prepare. “If we are going to wet our proverbial pants over 0.3% in annual spending cuts when we’re running up trillion dollar annual deficits, then we’re done. Put a fork in us. We’re finished. We’re going to default eventually and that’s why the feds are stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest,” Palin wrote in a Facebook message Tuesday. The former GOP governor of Alaska was referring to the sequester,
For the past several years, congressional Republicans have focused relentlessly on a single message: Washington — led by President Obama — is spending too much money, and it needs to stop. But according to new Washington Post-ABC News polling, that laser-like focus isn’t helping Republicans win the argument over federal spending — with 67 percent of those tested disapproving of the “way Republicans in Congress are handling federal spending.”
Demographics are destiny. Nothing else makes history. When the changes ahead are shipped into denial is when chaos and disaster ensue. And the potential disasters America faces today do not come from global warming, nuclear weapons, the Russians, the hippies or the rednecks. They come from the economic division of America between the red states, which are rising in capital and prosperity, and the left and right coasts, which are receding in economic power. Demographer Joel Kotkin well outlines the transition in a Wall Street Journal essay yesterday title, “America’s Red State Growth Corridors.”
The Hub’s top earner in 2012 is a grade school teacher who once said she had the “urge to kill” her boss, comments school officials used to fire her and later, paid for — to the tune of nearly $400,000 in back pay after a judge ruled they had no grounds to boot her. Teresa D. Underwood topped the city’s payroll last year with $427,522.71, an eye-popping number that dwarfed the next highest earner — Superintendent Carol R. Johnson — by more than $100,000. Former Boston Latin teacher Jonathan Bonds filled out the top three with $318,158 in pay,
Spring Break chaos has arrived early in Mexico´s Cancun this year with American college students already beginning their revelry across the resort. Hundreds of students have been pictured starting the party early in the Mexican city today, drinking heavily and dancing the night away with marines on patrol to ensure no one gets too carried away. This year Cancun was found to be the number one destination for students looking to enjoy the typically wild week-long holiday which doesn´t usually get going until March. However, some college students were out in force last night drinking and partying
Finance Minister Felipe Larraín confirmed Tuesday that the government would significantly drop the gas tax this week via its Sipco mechanism, which reduces fuel taxes when gas prices spike strongly. The announcement will come as welcome news to Chilean motorists, who have seen the price of regular 93-octane fuel rise nearly 9.9 percent from US$5.41 per gallon in November to US$5.95 per gallon last week. The Sipco requires gas prices to rise 10 percent over a period of one month to a year in order for the tax rebate to kick in.
Sophomore U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, graduated first in his class at West Point, graduated from Harvard Law School, had a hugely successful career in the aerospace industry, and also has a think-tank background. He may be a seriously rising star. Anyway, he put out a self-explanatory press release that is a beauty to behold. Take that, Mr. Obama! Today, White House Spokesman Jay Carney asked during a press briefing what Congressman Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, would say to defense workers facing furlough because of the President’s sequester plan. The following is his statement:
WASHINGTON — Only days before the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman was due to leave Norfolk, Va., for the Persian Gulf this month, the Pentagon abruptly canceled the deployment, pleading poverty. With cuts in the federal budget scheduled to take effect Friday, Pentagon officials said they feared that sending the carrier on a six-month cruise to the Middle East would empty their operations accounts. President Obama on Tuesday alluded to the decision to hold back the Truman. "The threat of these cuts has forced the Navy to cancel the deployment," he said in a speech in southeastern Virginia,
The Oscar-winning tale “Argo” contains a movie within the movie. Comparisons to Shakespeare’s Hamlet — or anything worth remembering, for that matter — certainly end there. So, it was altogether fitting that first lady Michelle Obama horned her way into the insufferable ceremony to award the night’s most coveted honor to the hostage thriller. After all, she knows something about hostage-takers and their diabolical demands. She sleeps with the most daring and nihilistic of them all. Washington breathlessly watches the dramatic countdown to the coming “sequester” cuts. For many around here, the apocalypse is upon us.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo parade included more than just cowboys and high school bands. There was a significant military presence. Here, the U.S. Marine Corps Band from New Orleans performs. All of the military participating were invited to the World Championship Bar-B-Que Cook-off with the Goody Girls BBQ team offering to feed them all.
TRENTON — The head of the influential Conservative Political Action Committee said there´s a reason Chris Christie wasn´t invited to the group´s annual conference next month: The New Jersey governor didn´t have "an all-star year," according to a report by the National Journal. Al Cardenas — chairman of the American Conservative Union, which organizes CPAC — wrote in an e-mail to the political magazine that he was "proud" to have Christie speak at last year´s conference because of his record of balancing the state budget and fighting teachers unions, the report said. But over the last year, Cardenas said,
New Jersey governor Chris Christie has not been invited to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference this year, due to what one insider described as his “limited future” within the Republican party. Bill O’Reilly brought on Charles Krauthammer to talk about why this happened, with both men surmising it had to do with Christie embracing President Obama during Hurricane Sandy. Krauthammer quipped that it was more than an embrace, it was a “lap dance.” O’Reilly presumed that this was all due to Christie publicly embracing the president in the wake of Hurricane Sandy a week
The “conservative media is failing to advance ideas and stories,” RedState editor Erick Erickson asserted on Wednesday. Noting that the echo in the chamber has gotten too loud, Erickson urged conservatives to step away from the outrage and focus instead on integrity in reporting. “Conservatives are trying so hard to highlight controversies, no matter how trivial, we have forgotten the basics of reporting: W5 + H as I learned in grade school, also known as who, what, where, when, why, and how,” he wrote. “We need to establish a baseline for integrity in
ROCHESTER — Starting April 15, New York will have the smallest gun magazine limit in the country, and all signs indicate no gun makers have plans to accommodate it. Gun manufacturers have never had a reason to make a magazine with fewer than 10 rounds, because no state required it until now. And, as far as local gun dealers and the Democrat and Chronicle have been able to determine, there are no manufacturers planning to make seven-round magazines. This means that in less than two months, gun dealers such as Paul Martin, owner of Pro-Gun Services in Victor…
While you all were busy watching, and re-watching, the explosive battle between Sean Hannity and Rep. Keith Ellison (R-MN) last night on Fox’s Hannity, another kerfuffle took place during the show, albeit with a much friendlier ending. During a debate on NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s “nannying” public health policies, Fox liberal contributor Tamara Holder said that “most Republicans are fat asses,” and lamented how “fat Republicans who drive through Wal-Mart in their buggies” are partially responsible for the increased healthcare
A divided Cobb County Commission on Tuesday struck down a controversial proposal that would have imposed new regulations aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from being hired to work on taxpayer projects. The rule would have required most contractors to ask the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to inspect employment records, advise them on hiring practices and issue fines for illegal hires in serious cases.(Snip) Illegal immigration is an especially salient issue in Cobb, which in 2010 made national headlines when illegal immigrants were found to be working on the county’s new courthouse. Leaders have taken a series of steps,
They pine to hear tales of horror from the citizenry, perhaps. Organizing for Action, the aggressive grassroots non-profit that grew out of President Obama’s 2012 campaign, is now seeking “sequester stories” from loyal Democrats and progressives. The canny idea intensifies the Democratic Party’s blame game and fear mongering over the looming budget cuts. “Right now, each of us has a responsibility to step up and make sure Congress hears our voices. Whether you’d be directly affected by these sequester cuts, or whether they’d affect a senior, veteran, or teacher you know, please share what