She´s baaack! Without any grand announcement, Sarah Palin began her return to the campaign trail last night. Not as a candidate. But in her new self-appointed role as grassroots rallier and party rebuilder. In an email dispatched to thousands of supporters, the treasurer of SarahPAC, noted: "Sarah PAC is proud to have helped elect constitutional conservatives, who are working to shake up a Senate that has neglected Americans for far too long. But we need to send reinforcements.” [Snip] A Palin spokeswoman said, "Gov. Palin is ready to shake things up just as we did in 2010."
"Not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” So wrote Alexis de Tocqueville. Yet, judged by the standards of those old “pulpits aflame with righteousness,” is America still a good country? Consider the cases taken up this week by the Supreme Court
There is a lot of talk these days about "same sex marriage," "gun control," "voter ID," et al. We are not hearing a lot about jobs, GDP growth or any of those complicated foreign policy problems that could just overwhelm President Obama´s time in the next couple of years. Call me cynical but I think that President Obama is engaging in a bit of distraction or keeping his base happy with a lot of the stuff that they want to hear. Can you blame President Obama? Frankly, you can´t. He does not have a lot of things
The son of gay-hate church leader Fred Phelps has been attacked live on TV by an obese naked man who sat on him and shouted ´who´s your daddy now?´ Westboro Baptist Church member David Phelps was being interviewed in a mobile studio when a 35-stone man, who was wearing no clothes, suddenly burst out of a loo to confront him. [Snip] But the interview quickly descended into a farce when the naked man, who is understood to call himself Billy The Fridge, burst in on proceedings. A video of the incident was posted on YouTube and has run up
As first the House of Commons and then The Lords packed up for the Easter recess, there cannot be much doubt which party leader has had the best of it since Christmas. Nigel Farage must be feeling pretty satisfied. The EU had a consistently (and deservedly) bad press both for its wilful extravagance and reckless spending, but the Cypriot crisis has underlined the arrogance and power of the mighty men (and women) at its heart. Add to that the growing anger and worry of the British people, including many of recent immigrant stock, at the problems which have flowed from
During and after the Iraq war, many Army officers left because of the US military´s gruelling pace. Now, officials are struggling with the consequences. It is a March morning, cold and bright. The air smells like freshly mown grass at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, just outside Washington DC. Inside a classroom in an old school, a red-brick building on Belvoir Road, blinds are pulled shut to keep out the sun. The classroom is filled with Iraq veterans, including Capt Jason Allen, a 31-year-old engineer with pale blue eyes and a boyish face. He once looked for homemade bombs on roads in
Cyprus has no intention of the leaving the European single currency, the country´s president says. President Nicos Anastasiades said: "In no way will we experiment with the future of our country." He said the financial situation was "contained" following the 10bn euro bailout deal with the EU and IMF. Banks opened on Thursday for the first time in nearly two weeks amid severe new rules imposed as part of the bailout deal. Queues formed of people trying to access their money, but the mood was generally calm. By Friday, banks had returned to their normal working hours and there were
New York’s big government — with its hands deep in taxpayers’ pockets and regulations controlling everyone’s lives — has made the Empire State the worst in the nation for personal liberty, a new study shows. A war on sugary drinks is the least of freedom-loving New Yorkers’ worries, according a report by George Mason University, which rated the state No. 50 for the level of freedom its residents enjoy. The university found New York’s government slams citizens from every angle — from huge taxes to tight controls on business to myriad rules on all kinds of fun.
Just last month (February 11), Esquire magazine published a lengthy article by Phil Bronstein purporting to supply the definitive "insider" account of what transpired in connection with the May 1, 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden´s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Bronstein´s account is supposedly predicated on testimony from the very Seal Team 6 member (referred to as the "Shooter" by Bronstein) who terminated OBL, and includes what are in many instances highly detailed descriptions of the termination itself as well as surrounding events. Comes now (March 27, to be exact) Peter Bergen, CNN´s National Security Analyst,
If an argument falls in a forest of confusion and nobody hears it, does it make an impact? In a segment with Megyn Kelly on the Wednesday edition of the O´Reilly Factor, host Bill O´Reilly lamented how traditionalists don´t have a "compelling argument" on the faux-marriage issue and that all we can do is "thump the Bible." But if theistic thumping is all O´Reilly hears, he needs an ear for something other than the mainstream media. O´Reilly´s assertion is, frankly, insulting. Many of us in the Brainstream Media have for years been propounding deep, intellectual,
On Wednesday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s PAC released a video touting the former Republican vice presidential candidate’s political stature and continued relevance in GOP politics. On Thursday, the panel guests on MSNBC’s Now tore into the controversial political figure for what they saw as Palin’s irresponsibility, her irrelevance, and her effort to insert herself back into American politics for pure financial gain. “Mama grizzly Sarah Palin may not have a real job or even a reality show on the horizon, but these days she seems like she’s gearing up to be a
If it´s really true that "children learn what they live," then the First Daughters are learning how to be highbrow aristocrats whose extravagances are enjoyed without embarrassment, in full view and at the expense of the suffering. That´s right, "the suffering," because notwithstanding the onslaught of Obamaganda, most people in America today, thanks to Sasha and Malia´s Dad, are suffering in one way or another. Meanwhile, when it comes to showering themselves with the perks of the good life, the Obamas exercise zero restraint. In fact, three months into the second term, they´re actually outdoing
Pan et Circenses (Bread and Circuses) famously described the relationship between the Roman Emperor and his people in the decadent years of the Empire, and they seem fairly applied to America today. We have, in line with our technological advancement, upgraded (if that is the term) to food stamps (47.5 million and counting) and sports, but the broad scenario hasn´t changed. The Romans devalued their denarius by reducing its silver content; we devalue our dollar by issuing more of them against an unchanged amount of real wealth.
I write from the public library, which doubles as my city’s daytime homeless shelter. I spend four hours a day there reading and writing. Other patrons, often accompanied by all of their worldly possessions, go there to sleep, m********e, and stare blankly at the lights. Isn’t this what the local Greyhound terminal is for? A diversion program for juvenile delinquents apparently meets daily on the first floor. Since the building’s architect imprudently designed the library as a giant open space without walls, their promiscuous use of the “f” word and spirited imitations of famous rappers travel unimpeded to me
The Washington Post is our own little Pravda, kissing up to Obama on every day. Each day there’s a story about the pain caused by the sequester, the idea being that any attempt to introduce a bit of fiscal sanity puts all Heaven in a rage. Coupla days ago the Post had a story on page one above the fold on how Obamacare is empowering nurses. There will be fewer doctors and the nurses will take up the slack. A story about how doctors will retire rather than deal with Obamacare gets a feminist spin.
Not even the most ardent defenders of Obamacare -- aka the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- claim anymore that the law will lower health coverage costs for Americans. How, then, will it achieve universal coverage, its central goal? The short answer is, it won´t. Last week, major insurers warned of double-digit premium hikes for small businesses and individuals when Obamacare goes into effect next year. Likewise, the nonpartisan Society of Actuaries this week estimated that costs to insurers that provide coverage to individuals will rise 32 percent on average within the first three years of the law,
Ever since the November election, Democrats have been talking big about 2014. The odds are always against the party that controls the White House in a midterm, but after President Obama’s smashing victory and the surprising Democrat gains, especially in the Senate, optimism about the next Congressional election has reigned in the White House as well as liberal opinion columns. But the decision of yet another incumbent Senate Democrat in a red state to forgo a shot at re-election earlier this week ought to put something of a chill on liberal triumphalism. While, as the 2012 election illustrated,
Herman Cain, a former Republican presidential candidate, is returning to the national political scene. Next month, Cain will cohost a private retreat in Palm Beach, Fla., for business leaders and Republican power brokers. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is slated to attend. According to sources, the former chief executive officer of Godfather’s Pizza will lead discussions on free enterprise. Bush is expected to speak on education reform. The theme of the closed-press gathering is economic growth, and Cain’s latest ventures, Job Creators Alliance (JCA) and Job Creators Network (JCN), are sponsoring the summit,
My friend Jim emailed me Wednesday. “Friend,” he wrote, “I want to make one thing absolutely clear: We’re up against a whole lot more than just opposition in Congress.” Jim—that’s “Mr. Messina” to you—ran President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. Now he’s chairman of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit formed under section 501(c)4 of the tax code. Organizing for Action is able to raise unlimited money, does not have to disclose where that money comes from, and engages in “issue advocacy” (“Tell Congressman Smith to grab guns”), but not “express advocacy” (“Vote against Congressman Smith because he likes freedom”).
Hours after the chest-thumping Air Force leaders flew stealth bombers over South Korea, Kim Jong-Un has ordered North Korea´s rocket units to be prepare for an attack on American bases. In the words of the country´s state news agency, the 30-year-old leader "judged the time has come to settle accounts with the U.S. imperialists in view of the prevailing situation." This feels a little scary, doesn´t it? Calm down. Just because Kim Jong-Un put his bombers on stand by does not mean that North Korea is about to attack the United States.
Television watchers across the country are glomming on to an unlikely megahit: the History Channel’s 10-hour retelling of stories from the Bible. To the disbelief of Hollywood executives, viewers are shunning a lineup that includes “Revenge” and “The Mentalist” to watch another telling of the greatest story ever told. During its first three weeks, the miniseries produced by reality-show producer Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey, the star of “Touched By an Angel,” has drawn upward of 10 million viewers for each episode. That’s more, our critic Daniel Wattenberg reports, than anything aired
In the great comic movie “The In-Laws,” a CIA agent tells his dentist friend to avoid gunfire on a Central American runway by running “serpentine, Sheldon, serpentine!” The arguments heard by the Supreme Court this week were a barrister’s version of “serpentine, Sheldon” — as several of the best lawyers in America weaved themselves in and out of the justice’s questions about whether they even had the standing to argue the arguments they were arguing. They had to do so because, for almost everyone involved, the Supreme Court questions about the nature of the law are actually beside the point.
Walmart has a problem, says Renee Dudley at Bloomberg News. Plagued with empty shelves, bulging stock rooms, and long checkout lines, America´s largest retail chain is losing customers to Target, Costco, and other rival retailers. America´s biggest retailer is still growing — it opened 455 U.S. stores in the past five years — but its sales aren´t, and its workforce is actually shrinking — by 20,000 employees, or 1.4 percent, over the last five years. The effect on product stocking, and customer satisfaction, has been predictably grim. "If it´s not on the shelf, I can´t buy it," says longtime Walmart shopper
In order to escape their truly wretched past (click on the link for my short book on the subject), modern Democrats have has adopted as an article of faith the bedtime story that, thanks to Tricky Dick Nixon’s “southern strategy,” the racists who had been the backbone of their party for the better part of a century suddenly switched to the GOP en masse some time around 1968, with the happy result that now all the racists are on the right. Presto — instant virtuousness and a clean slate! It’s a lie, of course.