Gay rights activists are demanding Tim Tebow back out of a speaking engagement at Liberty University just two weeks after pressuring the New York Jets quarterback to cancel a speaking engagement at the First Baptist Church of Dallas. Tebow is expected to speak this weekend at Wildfire – a men’s conference hosted by the conservative Christian university. His remarks will be closed to the general public. The professional football player is well-known for sharing his faith in Christ – but in recent weeks he’s come under fire from the national media and gay rights activists for speaking in churches
Rand Paul responded this morning to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s comment that Paul’s filibuster of CIA nominee John Brennan’s confirmation was “ridiculous.” Graham said yesterday, “The drone program he [Obama] has utilized overseas, I think has made us safer. This idea that we’re going to use a drone to attack an American citizen in a cafe in America is ridiculous, and I think the American people need to understand the threat we face.” On Glenn Beck’s radio show today, Rand replied, “I agree it’s ridiculous, but then why didn’t the president say he won’t?”
Actress and singer Jessica Simpson made a comment Wednesday that is so preposterous in the year 2013 – especially from a woman that is estimated to be worth $100 million! – that it completely defies reason. Appearing on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, the once again pregnant Simpson said, “I keep planning on getting married but I keep getting knocked up.” “It’s just one of those things,” she continued as Kimmel laughed. “Maybe I should go back to when I was younger. I was a virgin before I was married. So maybe I should just completely
Sen. Pat Toomey R-Pa. and Sen. Ron Johnson were among the twelve Republican U.S. Senators who joined President Obama for dinner this evening, as Sen. Rand Paul R-Ky continued his filibuster on the Senate floor. Toomey and Johnson, however, joined their colleagues in the Senate afterwards at around 11:00 p.m. Toomey also spoke on the floor with Rand Paul earlier in the day. According to the White House, the President and the Senators dined at the Jefferson Hotel but reportedly did not discuss Paul’s filibuster. “A number of Republican Senators joined the president and
Disney CEO Bob Iger defended the reputations of ABC News and ESPN at the company´s annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday after one shareholder accused both networks of contributing to liberal media bias and the nation´s declining trust in the media. Speaking on behalf of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research, a Disney Company shareholder, Justin Danhof cited Brian Ross´s coverage of the Aurora theater shooting and Rob Parker´s remarks about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III as evidence that Disney was responsible for liberal bias.
Turkish press is reporting that Central Intelligence Agents seized Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and brought him to the United States, after he was deported to Jordan. Agence France-Presse, citing Turkey media reports, says Abu Ghaith — bin Laden’s son-in-law and a former al Qaeda spokesman — was grabbed at a luxury hotel in Ankara last month after a tip from CIA agents. Local police then held him at the hotel, over the objections of U.S. authorities, who requested that he be immediately extradited to America, AFP reports. Turkish officials — at the same time
In all the noise caused by the Obama administration´s direct assault on the right of every person to keep and bear arms, the essence of the issue has been drowned out. The president and his big-government colleagues want you to believe that only the government can keep you free and safe, so to them, the essence of this debate is about obedience to law. To those who have killed innocents among us, obedience to law is the last of their thoughts. And to those who believe that the Constitution means what it says
At the same time that rising Republican Senate stars Rand Paul and Ted Cruz were making history with a filibuster Chris Matthews, on Wednesday´s Hardball, insisted Paul and Cruz must be heroes to hate groups. During a segment on the liberal Southern Poverty Law Center´s new study about an increase of anti-government hate groups, Matthews demanded which politicians they supported: "Who do they root for?! They don´t root for Rand Paul? Pat Buchanan? I mean who? They must like this new guy Ted Cruz. They must love Ted Cruz, c´mon!" (video after the jump) The following are the relevant
With various sources confirming a number of Benghazi survivors are "still recovering at Walter Reed military hospital," Republican lawmakers are demanding their names and access to them. To date, Sec. of State of John Kerry has visited with one survivor, but will not give the survivor´s name. He will only say the survivor was "remarkably courageous." Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Frank Wolf (R-VA), and Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.), have trying to gain access to survivors, but all say they have been told different things regarding both the number of survivors and their locations.
It´s no secret the United States has an unemployment problem. The government issues a detailed report each month that estimates the number of people who are either unemployed or underemployed and looking for work. The persistently high numbers — especially for young people and minorities — tell a very sad story for the individuals, their families and the country, as well. But there´s an even more portentous unemployment story unfolding today that receives almost no attention at all. And its consequences may spell even greater doom for the friends, families and taxpayers it victimizes. I´m referring to the millions of Americans whom
The Hatfields and McCoys ain’t got nothin’ on The Judds. The celebrity family’s famous feuds are threatening to hamper Ashley Judd’s political career in Kentucky even before it starts. “She [Ashley] is not as smart as she acts,” her mother Naomi Judd volunteered to Piers Morgan in January. Ashley is just another “Hollywood liberal,” complained her grandmother to The Associated Press in December 2012, adding she would vote for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell before her own kin. With relatives like these, who needs Karl Rove’s American Crossroads? The political action committee is already using
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has always been interested in real estate. The billionaire media tycoon owns—as The Weekly Standard goes to press—11 homes, including his primary residence, a 12,500-square-foot townhouse on East 79th Street. (He’s the only New York mayor who’s completely shunned the city’s official residence, Gracie Mansion, where mayors have lived since 1942.) So Bloomberg may simply have been acting on his lifelong passion for property when his administration announced a Request for Proposals last summer for architectural firms and developers to design a building of so-called micro-apartments, with units measuring
GAZIANTEP, Turkey — A Syrian rebel group that once claimed it had abducted a group of U.N. observers in the Golan Heights announced Thursday that it had in fact rescued them from fighting in the area and called on the United Nations to send a security convoy to pick them up. The announcement by the Yarmouk Martyrs’ Brigade was posted on the same Facebook page that was used to publicize the abduction Wednesday. A video in which the kidnappers warned that the observers would not be released until Syrian President Bashar al-Assad withdrew troops
After nearly 13 hours of the first real filibuster in many years, Rand Paul yielded the floor of the U.S. Senate last night shortly before 1 a.m. to tumultuous applause. I don’t share the Kentucky senator’s concerns about the “perpetual war” that al-Qaeda is waging against the West or the use of drones in that conflict. Nor do I believe that the rule of law is at risk in the unwillingness of the attorney general to rule out a hypothetical instance when it might be prudent to use a drone against a U.S. citizen on American soil–though it is difficult
For nine years, the greatest challenge Kim Yates Grosso faced each day was keeping her daughter Tessa safe. Tessa was so severely allergic to milk, wheat, eggs, nuts, shellfish and assorted other foods that as a toddler she went into anaphylactic shock when milk fell on her skin. Kim never left her with a baby sitter. She slept with her each night. And when she needed to work, she found a job she could do primarily from home in the evenings. She successfully lobbied the Menlo Park, Calif., school district to provide Tessa
In his latest misstep, Attorney General Eric Holder is refusing to rule out the possibility of using armed drones against American citizens within the United States. According to a letter he sent to Senator Rand Paul, as Charles C. W. Cooke noted, Holder said that the use of lethal force would be “entirely hypothetical, unlikely to occur, and one we hope no president will ever have to confront,” but might be necessary to stop a “catastrophic attack” like the December 7, 1941, or September 11, 2001, attacks on the homeland. Holder may have the right idea, but because
Sen. Rand Paul´s filibuster against the confirmation of CIA Director and "drone czar" John Brennan offers a "teachable moment" to the media and the left about the Tea Party. As they seethe in outrage and confusion that it took a Republican to question the constitutionality of drone attacks, it is important to remind our friends on the other side that it wasn´t just any Republican, but a--gasp!--Tea Party Republican who spoke "truth to power." Not only that, but the Senators who were first to offer their assistance were also Tea Party Republicans--the so-called McCarthyist
The last time a dictator spent a long time dying, generating repetitious reports of his impending death, Saturday Night Live, then it in its very first year, mocked the tyrant with periodic bulletins: "Breaking news: Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead." (snip) As an ironic counterpoint to this, a picture was displayed behind Chase, showing Franco giving the fascist salute alongside Adolf Hitler. Hugo Chavez is almost certain to escape such a fate. In fact the American Left is unmasking itself as totalitarian in inclination.
Columbia students are addicted to Nutella — and are feeding a $5,000-a-week habit. Students have been going through 100 pounds — a day! — of the hazelnut-chocolate spread since the university started offering it at campus dining halls. Demand “has been greater than originally expected,” Vicki Dunn, executive director of Columbia Dining Services told the Columbia Spectator newspaper. No one expected the Ivy Leaguers to wolf down the snack at the rate of what could cost $260,000 a year. The problem is that undergrads are not just filling up while in the cafeterias. They’s pilfering it to eat elsewhere.
The annual salary for the director of the White House Visitors Office, Ellie S. Schafer, went from $70,000 in 2009 to $100,000 in 2012. According to annual reports to Congress on White House staff salaries, Schafer was paid $70,000 in 2009, $71,400 in 2010, $80,000 in 2011 and $100,000 in 2012. Schafer is listed by the White House on each report as the director of the Visitors Office for each year, but was also named a special assistant to the president in 2012. Special assistants to the president are the lowest rung of commissioned White House officers, and enjoy significant perks that lower-level staffers do not, such as mess privileges and better parking.
Al Gore already invited criticism by selling Current TV to Al Jazeera — and now the deal has landed him with a lawsuit. John Terenzio, the man bringing the suit, claimed the deal was his idea, and now he’s been stiffed. Terenzio, according to the Hollywood Reporter, “presents himself as a highly regarded media consultant, executive and TV producer who conceived the idea for the distribution of an American version of Al Jazeera.” Gore, he said, originally opposed selling Current to oil-funded Al Jazeera, but had “a change of heart.”
George W. Bush wins the 2000 Presidential Election by (in essence) 537 votes; Fox News goes to #1 in the cable news race a few months later. Bush narrowly beats John Kerry in 2004. Not surprisingly, Fox is still #1, and by a wider margin. Barack Obama soundly defeats John McCain in 2008; Fox is still #1 by a Secretariat-esque margin. Mr. Obama decisively beats Mitt Romney four months ago; Regardless of which party holds executive power, Fox is still decimating the competition, albeit by a slightly smaller-than-usual margin. Sure, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow
If it wasn’t bizarre enough to hear Shakespeare, Patton, Jay-Z and Wiz Khalifa quoted on the Senate floor this morning, Sen. Rand Paul’s nearly 13-hour old-school filibuster on drone warfare exposed this jarring irony: A constitutional scholar who rode his anti-war views to the White House stands defiantly to the right of the GOP -- and probably on the wrong side of history. What’s up with President Obama? Paul waged the rhetorical marathon to temporarily block the confirmation of Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, John Brennan, after receiving a letter this month from Attorney General Eric Holder
With each passing day of President Obama´s second term he continues to consolidate power and undermine any notion of conventional democratic governing norms. (snip)In Obama´s first term, his administration proudly touted its terrorist kill list as a means of keeping the country safe. And while many were angered about the use of drones to kill enemies abroad, no one considered the possibility that such tactics would be used here at home.
Scenes of mass grief and hysteria have accompanied the deaths of many dictators, from the Soviet Union’s Josef Stalin in 1953 to North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il in 2011.[Snip] The Venezuelan people have been whipped into hysteria by the propaganda of the sinister--and aggressively anti-American--political machine Chavez left behind as his legacy. His designated successor Nicolas Maduro claimed risibly that Venezuela’s President was murdered by the CIA with ‘a technology for inducing cancer’ even as he choked back tears and paid his tributes to a glorious leader. The truth is that Chavez was a brutal despot who strutted