Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton´s farewell online town hall, complete with live audiences and interactive connections around the globe, cost taxpayers $85,000, according to federal contract documents. The January 29 town hall, dubbed a "Global Townterview" and held at the Newseum, came after a virus sidelined President Obama´s top diplomat, forcing her to cancel several trips a few weeks before she turned over the keys of the department to former Sen. John Kerry. "Due the unexpected and unforeseen cancellation of several foreign policy trips scheduled to further diplomacy abroad with key global partners as well as
Liberals who demand church-state separation would pitch a fit if a public school decided to perform a play that reverently told stories of the Old Testament, whether it was the story of creation, the story of Noah, or Moses or Joseph and his brothers. But somehow, if a public school decides to put on a play mocking God and the Old Testament, that is not a church-state violation. The separation police don´t want religious (or atheist) minorities to face religious indoctrination in a public school. But anti-religious indoctrination mocking the Judeo-Christian majority is a glorious festival of free speech.
The NRCC is out with its new "waste list" which totals more than $18 billion. So what exactly is the government spending your money on? How about: -$1 million on a fruit fly sexual attractiveness study -$1.3 million for old fashioned x-rays of prisoners. -$1.5 million on designing a video game controller -$100,000 on taxpayer funded comedy group tour in India -$547,430 on a dancing robot that connects to an iPhone -$25,000 funding a course about "How to be happy" -$145,000 on a sculpture garden -$25,000 on an Alabama Watermelon Queen tour -$697,177 on a climate
Fifty years ago, on Good Friday 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was arrested in Birmingham, Ala., for participating in a march against local segregation laws in violation of a state court order prohibiting civil rights activists from staging peaceful protests in that city. While incarcerated, King wrote an open letter to a group of clergymen who had objected to his march. On what basis could King, a Christian minister, justify directly flouting an order issued by an Alabama court?
The smoke was still rising as Rabbi Herschel Schacter rode through the gates of Buchenwald. It was April 11, 1945, and Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army had liberated the concentration camp scarcely an hour before. Rabbi Schacter, who was attached to the Third Army’s VIII Corps, was the first Jewish chaplain to enter in its wake. That morning, after learning that Patton’s forward tanks had arrived at the camp, Rabbi Schacter, who died in the Riverdale section of the Bronx on Thursday at 95 after a career as one of the most prominent Modern Orthodox rabbis
Rabbi Herschel Schacter, a Jewish chaplain in the U.S. army who in 1945 raced through the Buchenwald concentration camp to announce that prisoners were free, has died in New York at the age of 95, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. Schacter was the first Jewish chaplain to arrive in the Nazi death camp Buchenwald with the American army, and held services for the survivors to provide comfort in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust. Known for his role in the liberation, Schacter went on to become an influential Modern Orthodox Jewish leader in the U.S. Schacter died last Thursday.
Some years ago, on a warm afternoon in South-Central Los Angeles, I responded to the scene of a drive-by shooting in which a man had been killed. Such crimes were — and remain today — sadly common in that part of town, so much so that my coworkers and I were well-practiced in the routine of preserving evidence, identifying witnesses, and all the other chores uniformed officers are expected to perform (Snip)We had completed those chores and transitioned into the standing-around phase when our watch commander arrived at the scene. He was a newly minted lieutenant,
When Ashley Judd announced on Wednesday that she had decided not to run for Mitch McConnell’s Senate seat in Kentucky, national Democrats quickly made clear that they remain serious about taking on the five-term lawmaker. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee launched a small anti-McConnell radio ad buy the next morning. But before the Senate minority leader can devote all of his attention to fending off whoever emerges from the Democratic primary in 2014, he may first have to contend with a GOP challenge from the right.
DENVER—Behind bars, he was known as "Ebel Evil." Within a day of arriving at his first permanent prison, Evan Spencer Ebel, the suspect in last week´s slaying of Colorado´s prisons chief, got into a fight. Six months later, he told a female guard "that he would kill her if he ever saw her on the streets, and that he would make her beg for her life," according to prison records released Thursday. That was one of 28 different violations he racked up during his time behind bars, most of which was spent in solitary confinement.
The White House announces that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will include a “Yoga Garden” for children and their parents who attend the traditional Easter Egg Roll festivities on Monday. “Come enjoy a session of yoga from professional instructors,” reads the announcement reminding participants that the event’s theme is “Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!” Professional athletes will join the president for the “Eggtivity Zone” including NFL stars Anquan Boldin and Adrian Peterson as well as NASCAR’s Danica Patrick According to the White House, more than 30,000 people from
Atheists think they’re on the march, “like a mighty army,” as a favorite hymn of the church describes the followers of the Christ, and this angers and dispirits many Christians — before, during and after Holy Week. The mockery of Christianity, and not just the ridicule of individual Christians, has even won the sanction of the courts. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which will sanction everything weird and contentious, ruled in 2011 that “hostility to religion” is OK, after a 16-year-old Mormon boy sued his teacher for ridiculing him for his beliefs,
Oil industry representatives and congressional Republicans accused the Obama administration Friday of effectively jacking up gas prices across the country after the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a plan to clean up gasoline and automobile emissions. The proposal, released Friday morning, aims to reduce sulfur in gasoline by more than 60 percent in 2017. The agency claimed the change would save lives and cut down significantly on respiratory ailments by making the air cleaner. But critics questioned those claims, and said the plan would impose higher gas prices on hard-hit families.
Given the enormity of the changes that would result from comprehensive immigration reform, Senate Democrats wouldn´t try to rush a bill through the Judiciary Committee before the public gets a chance to know what´s in it -- would they? In the past few days, even though proposed reform legislation from the so-called Gang of Eight hasn´t even been written, there have been strong indications that that´s exactly what Democrats intend to do. More than a week ago, most of the Republican
It’s Good Friday and a government holiday in Ottawa. No point trying to reach Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty today. So rather than wait until Monday, Canada Free Press (CFP) is posing this cliff-hanger question: “Is that a Cyprus-style “Bail In” proposed in the newly-minted 2013 budget?” That’s what economic gunslingers on both sides of the border and dozens of letters to the editor are charging. What began as a rumble is growing into an ear-splitting cacophony—and the Canadian government should post a truthful, detailed and in-plain-English explanation on its website.
TAMPA - The weight you gain these days from a plateful of hefty stone crab claws soaked in drawn butter or mustard sauce is offset by the weight you lose from your wallet. Stone crab suddenly is hard to find in local restaurants and fish markets and expensive when it’s available. Blame the weather, natural population fluctuations and an influx of octopus that love stone crabs even more than hungry Floridians do. Stone crabs are only harvested along Florida’s Gulf Coast; the season runs from Oct. 15 to May 15. Crabs are trapped, pulled to the surface
On Thursday, George Stephanopoulos touted how legalizing same-sex "marriage" would supposedly bring in additional revenue into the federal government´s coffers. The former Clinton administration official claimed that "the Treasury would actually take in more money if gays and lesbians were allowed to get married and get federal benefits." Stephanopoulos cited an eight-plus year old study from the Congressional Budget Office that found that redefining marriage to include homosexual couples "could bring in up to $1 billion a year – so, a net benefit for the Treasury from gay marriage."
The Latino LGBT lobby called the Unity Coalition has announced that "husbands Good Morning America weather anchor Sam Champion and Miami artist Rubem Robierb will be celebrity hosts" at the annual "Leaders, Legends and Lovelies Ball" on April 11 in Miami Beach as part of "Gay Pride Week." The weatherman is out of the political closet, and nobody at Disney cares he´s hosting libertine-left fundraisers. "You are cordially invited to say I DO support MARRIAGE EQUALITY in Florida," the invitation reads. Clearly, the liberals think "history" has already happened. ABC´s been nothing but supinely supportive of Champion´s cultural cause.
Medicare and Medicaid do not pay for sex-change surgery, but that may change. In response to a formal request from a transsexual woman, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on March 28 that it has launched a formal "reconsideration" of its current refusal to cover surgical treatment for "gender identity disorder." The initial 30-day public comment period began Thursday, when the notice was posted. CMS says it will consider all public comments, and it is particularly interested in clinical studies and other scientific information pertaining to transsexual surgery.
This Spring Break, the White House is closed to public self-guided tours. Thousands of students have been turned away in a bid to trim $2 million from the Secret Service budget. The cost-cutting, however, only goes so far. On Thursday, VP Joe Biden jetted off to the luxurious Kawaih Island in South Carolina for a relaxing weekend of sun and golf. It´s his third vacation of the year. Biden began the year relaxing in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Over Presidents´ Day, he took in the slopes in Colorado. His day job isn´t too shabby either.
Even before Iowa Congressman Steve King criticized Sasha and Malia Obama’s spring break trip, the vacation had provided fodder for the far right media. Few people understand that better than Salon.com’s editor-at-large Joan Walsh, who found herself part of the controversy. Walsh became the target of right-wing media attacks after she weighed in on the issue, criticizing the commentators who were targeting the first daughters. Her major complaint: “For decades it’s been a convention of journalism that you don’t write about the minor children of presidents unless they’re involved in an official capacity.
It may be gratifying for women to see their husbands loading the dishwasher or folding laundry, but is it sexy? Yes, according to many media stories. “Men: Want More Sex? Do the Laundry” was headline of a 2009 report from CBS News. According to Naomi Wolf, “research has shown that the most erotic thing a man can do for a woman is the dishes.” Sheryl Sandberg, the author of Lean In, agrees.
”Don’t scare anyone. But once you gain ground then move ahead. You must utilize as many people as possible who may be of use to us.” — Joseph Stalin to future Communist dictator of Hungary Matyas Rakosi, December 5, 1944. It really isn’t hard to understand what is happening in the Middle East if you gather the facts: 1. Jordan’s King Abdullah — whom President Barack Obama just visited — is clearly telling us what’s going wrong: the Muslim Brotherhood is dangerous, and the United States is supporting it.
Sun Valley, Idaho Sun Valley is known to be a getaway for celebrities and the First Family is no different. In an exclusive photo obtained by Idaho´s First News, you can see the First Daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama skiing at River Run Thursday. The Sun Valley Ski Patrol confirms the girls were enjoying the wonders of the mountain. We also received unconfirmed reports the daughters were staying at Thunder Spring in Sun Valley. A local resident weighs in on the Obamas´ presence in town. Bill Collins, Representative, Sun Valley Visitor Center says, "they´re allowed to relax.
President Obama is quietly moving forward on gun control. The president has used his executive powers to bolster the national background check system, jumpstart government research on the causes of gun violence and create a million-dollar ad campaign aimed at safe gun ownership. The executive steps will give federal law enforcement officials access to more data about guns and their owners, help keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, and lay the groundwork for future legislative efforts. It is unclear whether the National Rifle Association will challenge any of the
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."