Louisiana’s showing up a lot on cable TV these days. There’s the History Channel’s Swamp People, a hit series documenting the lives of Cajun alligator hunters in the swamps of coastal Louisiana. Over on A&E, you can watch Duck Dynasty, which features a self-professed family of rednecks who turned their northeast Louisiana-based duck call business into a multi-million dollar company. (Snip)Jay Dardenne, a Republican who may try to take Democrat Mary Landrieu’s Senate seat next year, probably wouldn’t take credit for all of the recent attention Louisiana’s been getting, but he might as well.
President Barack Obama’s gun control agenda is looking more doomed by the day, but gun control advocates still haven’t said a word to complain.The White House knew its post-Newtown effort would require bringing key gun control groups into the fold. So the White House offered a simple arrangement: the groups could have access and involvement, but they’d have to offer silence and support in exchange. The implied rules, according to conversations with many of those involved: No infighting. No second-guessing in the press. Support whatever the president and
President Obama actually had the nerve this week to close down the White House to tours as part of budget sequestration. Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on Fox News´s Special Report Thursday observed, "The President’s travel expenses alone for the golfing outing with Tiger Woods would pay for a year of White House visits." "So I suggest that perhaps he curtailed the travel, or perhaps auction off the set of clubs and he might be able to allow those Iowa tots to come through the White House," Krauthammer added. "I´m not cynical enough – I’m trying."
The Guardian story on Hugo Chavez’s last words give us a glimpse of him at this most vulnerable. His last utterance was “I don’t want to die. Please don’t let me die”. This extremely human reaction recalls Shakespeare: Dar’st thou die? The sense of death is most in apprehension; And the poor beetle that we tread upon, In corporal sufferance feels a pang as great As when a giant dies. The Venezuelan dictator, Commander of the nation, the New Bolivar as he further styled himself, was not any more immune to this sense of dread
A family of extremist squatters occupying a $3million mansion in Memphis, Tennessee has been evicted by an armed SWAT team and the ringleader arrested while attempting to escape. On Thursday night a judge signed a warrant for police to raid the house after a grandparent of one of the children inside asked them to intervene. Within five minutes a SWAT team had arrived in an armored vehicle full of officers armed with assault rifles and they and they quickly gained entry by smashing through the gates. The squatters, claiming to be ´Moorish American Nationals´, had consisted of
Congressional liberals aren´t done taxing wealthy Americans. On Thursday, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) introduced the "Keeping Social Security Promises Act," which asks the wealthiest Americans to "pay their fair share into the fund." "The people on top are doing phenomenally well," Sanders told a news conference on Thursday. "It is time to ask them to help us, in this case with making sure Social Security is there for our kids and grandchildren." The bill would require those with yearly incomes of $250,000 or more to pay the same 6.2 percent payroll tax
An undercover TSA inspector managed to get through two security checkpoints at Newark Airport and board a commercial flight with an improvised explosive device stuffed down his pants. The security breach took place on February 25 when the TSA´s special operations team staged a mock intrusion at the airport. The ´bomber´ was even given a pat-down and still allowed through. ´This episode once again demonstrates how Newark Airport is the Ground Zero of TSA failures,´ a source told the New York Post.
My grandfather, Wallace F. Bennett, retired from the United States Senate in 1974, four years before my personal chronology reached into double digits. Thus I have no memory of him serving in Congress, but as an adult, I’ve come to appreciate his legacy, particularly in two areas — his strong support for the 1964 landmark Civil Rights Act and his 1954 introduction of a formal resolution of censure against Sen. Joe McCarthy for acting in a manner “contrary to good morals and senatorial ethics.”
Police are looking for a would-be bank robber who was told to wait his turn during an attempted heist in St. Clair Shores on Wednesday. The 28- to 35-year-old man with short red hair, a moustache and goatee walked into the Flagstar Bank at 9 Mile and Harper at 2:17 p.m., according to a release issued by St. Clair Shores Police. "He handed a note to the teller stating he had a pistol," the police report says. "The teller told him she was waiting on drive-through customers and he would have to wait." The man waited.
Global temperatures are warmer than at any time in at least 4,000 years, scientists reported Thursday, and over the coming decades are likely to surpass levels not seen on the planet since before the last ice age. Previous research had extended back roughly 1,500 years, and suggested that the rapid temperature spike of the past century, believed to be a consequence of human activity, exceeded any warming episode during those years.
A nonprofit organization in North Carolina funded by progressive mega-donor George Soros has been linked to a partisan strategy memo aimed at derailing the state Republican leadership’s legislative agenda, throwing light on the shadowy network of liberal groups that operate in the state. The memo surfaced as part of a set of leaked documents that also contained liberal talking points and polling data. Stephanie Bass, the communications director for the liberal nonprofit group Blueprint NC, allegedly emailed out the documents. Bass called the documents “CONFIDENTIAL” in her email and asked recipients to
Former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said Friday that President Obama may meet as soon as next week with donors to the nonprofit group that has sprouted from the remnants of his reelection campaign. The possible meeting comes as watchdog groups and Republicans have accused the White House of selling access to the president through the outside group, Organizing for Action (OFA), which accepts unlimited individual donations. "There will be events where our supporters are briefed about what the president is doing, but look, the president has laid out a very clear agenda.
Vivienne Westwood has attacked Michelle Obama´s style, calling is ´dreadful,´ because her fashion choices din´t ´suit´ her and are too ´conservative´. The provocative 71-year-old fashion designer, who showed her fall 2013 collection at Paris Fashion Week on Saturday, told The New York Times: ´It´s dreadful what she wears´. As a spokeswoman for the environmental group Climate Revolution, Ms Westwood said she didn´t care for The First Lady´s recyclable wardrobe, saying: ´Don´t talk about her.´ ´I don´t want to talk about it. Really, I can´t. She´s a very nice looking lady, but
A Michigan elementary school is defending its decision to confiscate a third-graders batch of homemade cupcakes because the birthday treats were decorated with plastic green Army soldiers. Casey Fountain told Fox News that the principal of his son’s elementary school called the cupcakes “insensitive” — in light of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. “It disgusted me,” he said. “It’s vile they lump true American heroes with psychopathic killers.” Fountain’s wife made a batch of 30 chocolate cupcakes for their son Hunter’s classmates at Schall Elementary School
The Outdoor Channel, a leading hunting and fishing-themed television network, announced Thursday that it plans to sell itself to billionaire sports mogul Stan Kroenke’s company, destroying a merger deal with InterMedia Outdoor Holdings, which is owned by major Obama donor and Huffington Post blogger Leo Hindery Jr.’s private equity fund InterMedia Partners. Kroenke Sport and Entertainment has purchased the Outdoor Channel for $227 million in an all-cash deal. The Outdoor Channel board considered Kroenke’s bid a “superior proposal” after Kroenke swooped in this week to outbid Hindery.
Republicans who enjoyed a three-hour private dinner with President Obama at the Jefferson Hotel last night — with POTUS picking up the tab — defended the meeting, even with the optics of leaving their colleague Sen. Ran Paul (R-Ky.) to filibuster while acquiescing to the president. “Last night’s dinner with President Obama and my Republican colleagues was productive and substantive. I hope it will serve as the beginning of a new, long-overdue paradigm where people in elected office actually begin talking to each other about meaningful issues,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). “The discussions with the President
Conservationists today won a landmark High Court battle against plans for a giant wind farm that would have blighted one of the most important surviving Elizabethan gardens in England. A judge ruled that a planning inspector made a “flawed” decision to give the go-ahead to plans for four 415ft turbines on farmland just a mile from Lyveden New Bield, a Grade I listed National Trust property. English Heritage and the National Trust, who backed the legal challenge to the development, said the case had national implications. East Northamptonshire District Council had sought to block proposals submitted by West
Attorney General Eric Holder told senators on Wednesday that he did not respect the House members who voted to hold him in contempt for not cooperating in the Fast and Furious investigation, and that “the president, the White House was not involved in the operational component of Fast and Furious.” Fast and Furious was the Justice Department’s gun-running operation that allowed about 2,000 guns to flow into Mexico under federal supervision before authorities lost control of the guns. The operation began in the fall of 2009 and was
John S. McCain III, the disastrous Republican 2008 candidate who suspended his presidential campaign and refused to take the fight to Barack Obama when he had the chance to actually do something for his country, has beclowned himself yet again: Highlighting the discord among Republicans over President Barack Obama’s targeted killings policy, two prominent GOP senators, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, took to the Senate floor to criticize Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s 12-hour filibuster Wednesday…
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said today that the government must cut spending, and then explained that: “Tax cuts are spending.” “Our whole budget is what $3.5 trillion,” Pelosi said at a Capitol Hill press conference. “So, when we talk about reducing spending, we certainly must, and we certainly have--$1.6 trillion in the previous Congress, $1.2 of it in the Budget Control Act. “But spending is also related to tax cuts,” said Pelosi. Tax cuts are spending. Tax expenditures, they are called. Subsidies for big oil, subsidies to send jobs overseas, breaks to send jobs
So, this story will make you chuckle. Politico reported yesterday that the White House has basically told anti-gun groups and their allies in Congress to sit down, shut up, and let the White House drive the push for new gun control. Centralization of power when it comes to messaging has been a core characteristic of this administration, and when it comes to an issue as delicate as gun control – this is a tightly run ship. (Snip) Support whatever the president and Vice President Joe Biden propose. And most of all, don’t make waves or get ahead of
Sen. Rand Paul´s 13-hour filibuster on the Senate floor has rallied the fledgling Tea Party movement from a months-long slump and highlighted the schism between those brassy conservative newcomers and their Republican Party elders. "What a night," Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer said after Paul´s filibuster, which began Wednesday about noon and ended about 1 a.m. Thursday. "He has definitely energized the base in a way that it hasn´t been energized in a long time." Paul pledged to "speak until I can no longer speak" to prevent a vote on the nomination of
Much will be written about Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) filibuster. It may be viewed through the prism of history as a turning point. It may be quickly forgotten as subsequent events diminish its relevance. Before Wednesday, however, Paul spoke for a narrow slice of the Republican Party’s coalition. Today, he speaks for a reinvigorated GOP base. But as the hours wore on, another phenomenon began to take shape – Paul’s ultimately unsuccessful efforts to rein in the president spoke directly to the forgotten millions of Americans wary of the ever-expanding scope of the unconstrained global war on terror.
It´s been a very strange, unsettling political news week: President Obama’s sequester idea of forced budget cuts kicked in. Mr. Spend Somemore doesn´t like the idea any longer. So, in true petulant Chicago style the first thing the Obama administration cut was White House tours. These tours of the people´s house that Obama and his mother-in-law occupy at taxpayer expense largely involve volunteer guides. So, the savings don´t equal the cost of one minute of one engine on Air Force One.