CHARLESTON, W.Va.— With neighboring Maryland about to be-come the sixth state in as many years to abolish the death penalty, one West Virginia delegate is on a quixotic quest to resume executions in his state for the first time in a half-century. This year marks the 27th in a row that Republican Delegate John Overington has introduced a bill to reinstate capital punishment. It has rarely progressed far and is unlikely to pass this year, even with the minority GOP steadily making gains in the Legislature. Still, Overington said he will continue pushing such bills because he thinks
Camden — Following last December´s gun buyback, which netted a record-breaking 1,137 firearms and by all official accounts was a great success, New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa stated that the effort had also claimed some "community guns." However, while the attorney general stated the buyback saw "plenty" of such weapons purchased off the streets, the number of community guns remains greater than ever, according to Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson. Speaking last week, Thomson explained that community guns are primarily used in the city´s open-air drug markets, in which dealers, lookouts and others hide firearms within the immediate area,
Newark — Despite continued pressure from Newark police and the assistance of federal investigators, 2012 marked the fourth straight year carjackings increased in the state’s largest city, police records show. There were 345 carjackings in Newark last year, up slightly from 341 in 2011. Police Director Samuel DeMaio attributed the increase to the continued presence of juveniles who steal cars to joyride, then avoid serious prosecution because they are minors. “We just had a bunch of different crews out there and it took us some time to catch them,” he said. “When they’re juveniles, even though it’s a carjacking, they’re in
School officials at Minnesota State University Moorhead have selected left-wing radical and admitted terrorist Bill Ayers as the 2013 College of Education and Human Services “visiting scholar,” according to Campus Reform. In an announcement last month, MSUM proclaimed that Ayers’s campus-wide address would be called “Teaching from the Heart: Education for Enlightenment and Freedom.” Ayers reportedly spent three days on the school’s campus. Social justice was the big theme of his
I am an Apple Mac believer. I switched from Windows in 2005. I liked the Mac computer so much that I bought stock in Apple. Apple is a very successful company with $137 billion in the bank. But, success contains the seeds of destruction and success breeds arrogance. Speaking of arrogance, Ron Johnson is the Apple executive who created Apple´s incredibly successful retail stores. He decided to go on to other things so he got a job as the CEO of JC Penney department stores. JCP is headquartered in Plano, Texas, a suburb of Dallas
The newly appointed emergency financial manager of Detroit begins the Herculean task Monday of turning the once bustling capital of the car business back from the brink of bankruptcy. Though Detroit still has its cultural centers, architectural gems, funky restaurants and packed sporting events downtown, the city has suffered an urban blight that has slowly eaten away at its neighborhoods. "Detroit has become a ghost town," says Russ Wilson, who has lived in Detroit for all of his 47 years. "You can live on one block and live on a real nice block, and then the block over
n 1970, Washington became the first -- and remains the only -- state in the country to legalize elective abortions by a popular vote. A generation later, and 40 years removed from the landmark United States Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling that extended abortion access nationwide, Washington is once again poised to stand out. With 21 states having adopted bans or severe restrictions on insurance companies from paying for abortions, Washington is alone in seriously considering legislation mandating the opposite. The Reproductive Parity Act, as supporters call it, would require insurers in
Israel said it fired into Syria on Sunday and destroyed a machinegun position in the Golan Heights from where shots had been fired at Israeli soldiers in a further spillover of the Syrian civil war along a tense front. [Snip] Israeli forces "destroyed a Syrian machine gun nest that fired twice in the last 24 hours on Israeli patrols operating to safeguard the border," the spokesman, Ofir Gendelman, said on his Twitter page.
Is there anyone remaining with an IQ above room temperature who actually believes that the Republican Party believes in limited government, as defined by the U.S. constitution? If so, they have either been hibernating or have been in complete self-denial. Every election cycle the Republican Party counts on its “conservative base” to dutifully turn out and mark their ballot for whatever candidate has been selected by the GOP leadership. We are told ad infinitum that doing so will keep the Democrat liberal demons from furthering their agenda. The inside-the-beltway establishment has been chanting this mantra for years
Vice President Joe Biden rallied an audience of Democratic officials and activists at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee´s issues conference in New York City Saturday, telling an enthusiastic crowd that the 2012 election results rendered a decisive verdict on America´s future direction - and that Republicans "didn´t get the message." "I really thought the fever would break" after the November election, Biden said. The president´s re-election was "decisive," he said, but it is "quite clear [Republicans] didn´t get the message." That, or "they got the message and they don´t think it matters," he said. The problem, Biden said,
The Washington area´s wealthy suburbs have seen a sharp rise in the portion of children receiving free, government-funded lunches over the last several years, an indication of rising poverty levels. In Fairfax County, the second-wealthiest county in the country, nearly 27 percent -- 47,874 -- of the public school system´s 179,253 students receive free or subsidized school lunches this year, up from 21 percent -- 33,479 -- of 162,986 just five years ago, data show. Across the Potomac, Montgomery County, the 10th-wealthiest county in the country, has a similar story, with one-third of its 149,051 students receiving
President Barack Obama was once criticized for his “apology tour” around the globe, in which he bowed to Islamic leaders and admitted America’s faults. Now, he is making other western leaders apologize. In a surprise move before leaving Israel, President Obama encouraged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to apologize to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey for the death of nine Gaza flotilla activists in 2010. The media hailed President Obama’s achievement, calling it a “diplomatic win” and a “diplomatic coup.” Netanyahu’s apology “resolved a bitter three-year dispute,” the New York Times
That headline might seem humorous because in the noisy, raucous, rancorous, often vacuous atmosphere of the nation´s political capital, C-SPAN is the exact opposite of lurid or prurient. It´s the one steady, solid constant in the D.C. swamp, a calm voice of reason and fact that transmits the deluge of doings of government, think tanks, authors, judges, citizens and politics unfiltered into the homes of nearly 100 million Americans. In an era when the mainstream media is often denounced as a despised, biased source of inchoate opinions, Obamaphilia and fluff, C-SPAN stands apart as the circumspect chronicler of public affairs.
I have watched over the years how publicly unaccountable foundations have amassed billions of dollars, tax free, and spend it on dangerous, leftwing, often anti-American and anti-Israeli outfits, conferences and promoters. Taxpaying citizens opposed to abortion without restrictions, open borders, balkanization of the country, erosion of their constitutional rights, dumbed down education of their children and environmental extremism are fighting opposition very generously funded by these groups. The irony of this development is that capitalists -- like Ford, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Pew -- who owed their fortunes to American free market policies, started most of these foundations.
WASHINGTON — As gay couples fight for the right to wed, a little-known but determined force is working to stop them: Brian S. Brown, a 39-year-old father of eight who has raised millions of dollars from religious conservatives — especially his fellow Roman Catholics — to become the nation’s leading opponent of same-sex marriage.Mr. Brown, president of the nonprofit National Organization for Marriage here, was instrumental in passing Proposition 8,
Mark Zuckerberg appears to have found his next venture: politics. The 28-year-old Facebook CEO and billionaire — after mostly staying out of the political fray while running his company’s day-to-day operations — is joining with other executives to form an issues advocacy organization, with an initial focus on comprehensive immigration reform, according to sources familiar with the discussions.The group is forming at a time when the tech industry is stepping up its immigration efforts, with executives advocating key provisions to help in the battle for global talent.
I won’t say Spring Breakers is the worst movie ever made, because it should bear no distinction, even one designed to indicate the depths of its wretchedness. This dreadful waste of time scrapes the bottom of the pop culture barrel so severely that, by the end of its 80-minute running time, even the dregs have found a way to escape.Four college girls from Florida go to St. Petersburg for spring break. They knock over a restaurant to get the money. They stare at the water, ride around on scooters, sit around a parking lot, do drugs.
After a series of missteps that gave President Obama the early advantage in this year´s gun-violence debate, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has struck back. The powerful gun lobbying group had stumbled in the immediate wake of December´s Newtown, Conn., grade-school massacre, launching a blistering attack on opponents that alienated even some NRA supporters and upped the odds of Obama moving tougher gun laws through Congress. But three months later, the NRA has regained its footing, rallying gun owners and lawmakers against new gun controls in a fierce lobbying effort that appears to be paying dividends on Capitol Hill.
"Space: the final frontier These are the voyagers of the Starship Enterprise Y Its never-ending mission is to seek out new tax forms To explore strange new regulations To boldly go where no government employee has gone before." Thus begins a six-minute "Star Trek" parody starring IRS employees and paid for with your tax dollars. (Snip) CBS News filed a Freedom of Information request asking for the video after the IRS earlier refused to turn over a copy to the congressional committee that oversees tax issues: House Ways and Means. According to committee Chairman Charles Boustany, Jr. (R-LA),
If waterboarding, a procedure we inflicted on our own troops, can be considered torture, I suppose that almost anything one doesn’t approve of can be so deemed. And given the proven effectiveness of throwing the term torture around, the temptation to apply it to anything one doesn’t approve of must be difficult for the intellectually dishonest to resist. Thus, sure enough, we find U.N. bureaucrats attempting to define “torture” in the healthcare context. The results are predictable. Wesley Smith informs us that a special report to the U.N. views laws outlawing abortion as torture.
Readers have been asking us to be a bit more forthcoming in respect of President Obama’s visit to Israel. We confess we’ve been hanging back. The trip reminded us that in many ways we find the President an extremely attractive figure. He is smart, and articulate. He presents well. We understand this isn’t a universal view among conservatives. (Snip)Yet when Mr. Obama spoke to the students, it was like he just didn’t get the basic idea. Our scan of the text of his speech counted 29 uses of the word peace. He carried on about how peace
A month before the final passage of his health care law, President Obama convened a summit the Blair House. During the staged event, which was aimed at resurrecting the bill, he touted the legislation´s insurance exchanges. Obama said, "[I]f you join one of these exchanges, you will have choice and you´ll have competition. You will have a menu of private insurance options that you´ll be able to purchase ... " (Snip)Three years later, and just months before the exchanges are set to be operational, the Obama administration is starting to lower expectations. Dramatically.
"Pediatrics Group Backs Gay Marriage, Saying It Helps Children," proclaims a headline in The New York Times. But the advocacy group presented no new studies, no new data, to support this claim. And the studies the group cites have been shown to be insufficient to come to this conclusion about same-sex parenting. Turns out the press release, picked up nationwide, was a PR stunt aimed at influencing the Supreme Court. The nine justices are set to hear oral arguments Tuesday and Wednesday in two cases about the constitutionality of marriage laws. Today, 41 states define marriage as the union
British expats living across Europe were warned last night to take their money out of foreign banks in the wake of the Cyprus financial crisis. Ukip leader Nigel Farage told the party’s spring conference that savings held in countries where the euro is the currency are no longer safe. His warning came as Cyprus last night gave in to EU and International Monetary Fund demands for a 20 percent levy on deposits over 100,000 euros at the Bank of Cyprus and a four percent levy on deposits of the same amount at other banks. [Snip] “Even I didn’t think
David Cameron is to unveil a new immigration crackdown with migrant families kept off council house waiting lists until they have lived in Britain for up to five years. The Prime Minister will use a speech on Monday to make it clear that he believes tough new moves on housing are needed because Britain became a “soft touch” for immigrants during the years Labour were in power. In what is being billed as a landmark address on the subject, he will vow to bring to an end a situation where people can come to Britain and get benefits and public