My dad recently said, "Put away the harps!" He was speaking about his health, but I believe what he said applies to the conservative movement and the future of the country. Americans have the sense that the economy is fragile, that its rewards are unfairly tilted toward the few, and that the greatest prosperity in this century will be enjoyed by people in other lands and not by our children. This conclusion is wrong. America could be on the threshold of its greatest century. With new drilling technologies, the United States will soon have an energy surplus. This means trillions of dollars
WASHINGTON- U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday America must "get off of oil for good" and urged Congress to set up an Energy Security Trust to fund energy research. In his weekly radio and Internet address -- recorded Friday at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, where he spoke Friday about the proposal -- the president said the United States is "poised to take control of our energy future." "We produce more oil than we have in 15 years," he said. "We import less oil than we have in 20 years. We´ve doubled the amount of renewable energy
A Maryland man recently died of rabies that he contracted from a tainted kidney he received in a transplant operation a year and a half ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. Health care teams are now giving anti-rabies shots to three other patients who received organs from the same donor as the patient, the CDC said. The Maryland man and three other people -- in Florida, Georgia and Illinois -- received organs from a person who died in Florida in 2011. Coincidentally, both the donor and the recipient who died are members of the military.
Last month a Pew Research Center/USA Today poll confirmed what poll-watchers knew during last year´s campaign season: Climate change was the lowest-ranked priority on President Obama´s second-term agenda. Last Friday, Big Green´s entertainment division churned out yet another attempt to turn that around with a panicky new global-warming documentary. It opened on 51 screens with a weekend gross of $45,000 (that´s $882.25 per screen, according to the Internet Movie Database). It was produced at an estimated cost of $1.5 million and comes with a screaming title: "Greedy Lying Bastards." The illegitimi, of course, are "deniers," a term evocative
You might not know it from the acrimonious political debate on cable and broadcast TV, or on talk radio, or on websites and blogs. But here’s a counterintuitive observation: Amidst all the negativism out there, I believe optimism is in the air. That’s right. Optimism. Sometimes you have to search for it, or read it in the fine print. But I believe the political economy is getting better, not worse. Let me make a few points to defend what most folks believe is an indefensible position. The stock market is hitting record highs daily, returning a tremendous amount of wealth
When the price of a commodity rises to stratospheric heights for no apparent reason, it’s likely hysterical speculation. Only the government could come up with a bubble in a commodity that’s merely speculative. This week, the going price for a “renewable identification number” hit a high of $1.10, which is up 3,500 percent from the 3 cents it would have fetched just a few months ago. Renewable identification numbers are ethanol production credits created by the Environmental Protection Agency to help companies meet federal quotas for the production of a fuel that doesn’t actually exist.
Donald Trump gave his highly anticipated speech at CPAC Friday morning, and all anyone is talking about now is how confusing and terrible it was. Trump said he was upset that President Barack Obama did not return his calls about a free ballroom he offered to build. He said that he offered between $50 million and $100 million to the White House to build it but he never heard back. He also made a strange statement about how he wants the U.S. to go back to Iraq to take some oil.
WASHINGTON - Where will President Barack Obama put his presidential library? Four years from the end of Obama´s presidency, Chicago and Honolulu are ramping up major campaigns to build the center that will house the 44th president´s records. Universities and community groups in Hawaii and Illinois are drafting plans and staking out locations. Obama won´t likely announce a decision soon, but the site he chooses will house the monument to his historic presidency and become an instrument to continue his legacy. At the University of Chicago, where Obama once taught, top officials with close ties to the White House
"I heard [Obama] say, ‘If you like your health plan, you can keep it,’?” John Wilhelm, chairman of Unite Here Health, representing 260,000 union workers, recently told the Wall Street Journal. “If I’m wrong, and the president does not intend to keep his word, I would have severe second thoughts about the law.” Besides Wilhelm, some of the nation’s largest union bosses have taken to publicly criticizing the Affordable Care Act. Of course, keeping your health care plan, like many Obama-care promises, has turned out to be demonstrably untrue.
The NYPD is running criminal checks on domestic-violence victims so cops can have leverage if the accuser gets cold feet about pressing charges, a police source told The Post yesterday. “You’re trying to close the case, but your complainant becomes uncooperative,” the source said. “Your supervisor says, ‘Get her in here, and remind her that she has an open warrant,’ ” the source said. “They want us to use that as leverage to force them to remain cooperative.” The Post yesterday revealed that Chief of Detectives Phil Pulaski’s March 5 memo ordered cops to run criminal background checks —
If “any congregation of men could merit eternal perdition on earth and in hell,” it is the “Company of Loyola.” So wrote John Adams to Thomas Jefferson in 1816. By this date, the Jesuits (“the Company of Loyola”) had grown accustomed to such venomous denunciations. Since their official founding in 1540 they had been falsely accused of killing an impressive number of monarchs, of seducing wealthy widows in every corner of the globe, and, as one disgruntled Scottish Protestant put it in 1615, of working ferociously hard “to make the pope the lord of all the earth.”
The U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC, pronounced: JAY-sock) is best known for the Osama bin Laden raid. But it has long served as the president´s secret army, planning and executing the most dangerous, highly classified missions of the United States military. In 2009, its snipers rescued an American ship captain held captive by Somali pirates. In 2003, JSOC hunted down and captured Saddam Hussein near Tikrit, Iraq. In 1993, two Delta snipers earned posthumous Congressional Medals of Honor for actions during the Battle of Mogadishu (a JSOC operation portrayed in Black Hawk Down).
“… we have to confront is violent extremism in all of its forms. … America is not — and never will be — at war with Islam. We will, however, relentlessly confront violent extremists who pose a grave threat to our security — because we reject the same thing that people of all faiths reject: the killing of innocent men, women, and children. And it is my first duty as president to protect the American people.” – President Barack Obama, Cairo, June 2009(Snip)What did the president know, and when did he know it? That’s a question made classic
I must confess to being a longtime fan of Gov. Bobby Jindal, having written to defend him even in his darkest hour— the day after his State of the Union response. He’s a smart guy who’s overcome cultural and political obstacles to be elected a second-term governor Louisiana with 66 percent of the vote in a race with nine opponents. But mostly I like that he’s demonstrably made Louisiana a better place to live and work. I wish he’d talked more about that today. Jindal’s speech to CPAC was not a stemwinder or designed to be a crowd pleaser.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on large-size sugary drinks at certain establishments, colloquially known as the soda ban, is a lesson in how to make your cause look ridiculous. Bloomberg hoped the ban would spark a nationwide crackdown on sugary beverages. Instead, it became the subject of widespread mockery, inspired an instant-classic New York Post headline (“Soda Jerk”), and got struck down by a New York judge this week as “arbitrary and capricious.” You could say that Bloomberg jumped the shark, except shark-jumping is associated with undue health risks that may burden public hospitals in the vicinities
In the past few weeks, militant jihadism has won two major propaganda coups. First, Al Gore, the world´s most famous critic of dirty oil, sold his "progressive network" Current Media, LLC, to the oil sheikhs of Qatar for a reported $500 million. Second, Naomi Wolf, renowned author of Vagina: A New Biography and other top feminist works, sold her soul to the same Islamist patriarchy. The price of Naomi´s soul (possibly including other appendages) has not yet been named. As one wag put it, Naomi will now be the official "on-air Jihadess" of the biggest Islamist propaganda network on the planet.
A Russian Soyuz capsule made a "bull´s eye" landing in the steppes of Kazakhstan on Saturday, delivering a Russian-American trio from the International Space Station, a day after its originally scheduled touchdown was delayed by foul weather. NASA´s Kevin Ford and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin, who had manned the $100 billion orbital outpost since October as Expedition 34, landed in cloudy weather at 7:06 a.m. Moscow time (0306 GMT) northeast of the town of Arkalyk. They had spent 144 days aboard the multinational ISS on their space journey of almost 61 million miles (98 million km).
Maryland lawmakers approved a measure abolishing the death penalty on Friday and sent the bill to Gov. Martin O´Malley, who has long supported banning capital punishment. The House of Delegates voted 82-56 for legislation already approved by the Senate. Eighty Democrats and two Republicans voted for the bill, which needed 71 to pass. Eighteen Democrats joined 38 Republicans to vote against it. The vote represented a major win for the Democratic governor, who has pushed for the death penalty´s repeal for five years. He is also widely believed to be weighing a presidential bid in 2016.
Two bills that would increase restrictions on North Dakota’s abortion laws are headed to the governor’s desk after passage by the Senate on Friday. If signed, the bills would create some of the toughest abortion laws in the nation. House Bill 1305 would make it a Class A misdemeanor for a physician to willingly perform an abortion based specifically on gender or on genetic abnormalities. House Bill 1456 requires a physician to determine whether there’s a detectable heartbeat prior to performing an abortion. A physician who willingly performs an abortion after the detection of a heartbeat could be subject
New Orleans police said Friday they are bewildered as to why three young men brutally beat a stranger on a Marigny street corner last weekend, but did not rob him. The lead detective on the case said the assailants, armed with a bottle, had "ample opportunity" to rob the victim, who can be seen on surveillance footage lying immobilized on the ground during much of the attack. The victim, who was left severely injured and his face disfigured, still had his cell phone and cash after the beating, police said. "I´ve never had an incident like this. Usually there´s a reason
Let’s see… According to one estimate, since last year the Department of Homeland Security has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm. DHS also reportedly purchased 2,700 Mine Resistant Armor Protected Vehicles (MRAPs) to go with their bullet stockpile. ATK is one company that won a contract with the Department of Homeland Security to provide 450 million rounds of .40 caliber ammunition in 2012. Now this…The Department of Homeland Security approved two more $450 million contracts for more weapons and ammo recently. The Obama File reported: Dave Gibson is reporting that on Monday,
Colorado Democratic Rep. Rhonda Fields, whose bill to ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds ignited an ongoing firestorm of protest and which could cost the state jobs if a manufacturer of such equipment makes good on its promise to move to another state, didn’t realize that her bill would outlaw practically every magazine currently for sale in the state. That’s because the bill specifies that magazines that can be “readily converted” to hold more than 15 bullets will also be outlawed. Practically every magazine on the market can be easily converted with readily available
North Korea’s deployment of a new road-mobile missile that can hit the United States prompted the Pentagon on Friday to add more ground-based anti-missile interceptors to bases in Alaska and California, senior defense and military officials said on Friday. Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon that North Korea’s new, road-mobile KN-08 ICBM has emerged as a threat “a little bit faster than we expected.” “We believe the KN-08 probably does have the range to reach the United States, and our assessment of where it exists and its lifetime is something that
Yesterday, Senators Ted Cruz and Dianne Feinstein got into a heated back-and-forth during a Judiciary Committee hearing on the ban on assault weapons. Following the clash, Feinstein said that she felt patronized and called Cruz arrogant. He responded on today’s Your World, saying, “Listen, other senators can choose to hurl whatever insults they like in my direction, I have no intention of reciprocating.” Cruz promised to remain above the fray, saying, “My focus has been and will remain on the substance.” The senator took
On Friday´s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer touted "breaking news" that Ohio Senator Rob Portman, "a leading figure in the Republican Party," was now in favor of gay marriage after learning that his son was gay. Leading off the report that followed, White House correspondent Peter Alexander proclaimed that Portman "...is now joining a growing list of Republicans to come out in support of gay marriage..." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Turning to coverage of the Conservative Political Action Conference, Alexander asserted: "The Republican Party now faces an identity crisis, with no clear