I live in California, home to all sorts of environmental nonsense. We couldn’t build our house where we wanted to because of a tiny plant you can hardly see and a grasshopper that might – just might – live there. It cost a fortune to replace our perfectly good septic system with a more environmentally friendly one to meet new codes. We’re just two people living on 10 acres. What do they think comes out of us, plastic? You wouldn’t believe how many hoops we had to jump through and environmental consultants
A Friday rumor about four gay NFL athletes coming out of the closet at the same time seemed to push the gay-rights-in-sports debate to the precipice. Except that rumor was more than a little untrue, and now gay-rights-in-sports advocates are more than a little mad. Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo is both the rumor´s source and its debunker. He told the Baltimore Sun on Friday that a cadre of NFL players were going to come out of the closet together: We´re in talks with a handful of players who are considering it.
Two very bad and extremely dangerous economic developments happened yesterday — and Wall Street appeared to miss both of them. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 40.86 points to 14565.25 after the Labor Department announced that the seasonally adjusted number of new jobs created in March was just 88,000 — far below the 190,000 or so Wall Street expected. The March figure was also less than one-third the number of jobs created during February. This led to the misperception that the job market tanked in March. It didn’t.
Washington — After a full year of fruitless job hunting, Natasha Baebler just gave up. She´d already abandoned hope of getting work in her field, counseling the disabled. But she couldn´t land anything else, either — not even a job interview at a telephone call center. Until she feels confident enough to send out resumes again, she´ll get by on food stamps and disability checks from Social Security and live with her parents in St. Louis. (Snip) Baebler´s frustrating experience has become all too common nearly four years after the Great Recession ended: Many Americans are still so discouraged that they´ve given up
Stockholm — Ikea says it has withdrawn 17,000 portions of moose lasagna from its home furnishings stores in Europe after traces of pork were found in a batch tested in Belgium. Ikea spokeswoman Tina Kardum said the product had only been on sale for a month when it was pulled off the shelves on March 22. The company didn´t announce the withdrawal publicly until Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet wrote about it Saturday. Kardum said the company found out Friday that a follow-up test in Belgium confirmed the lasagna contained 1.6 percent pork. "We have more information now. That´s why we choose
The battle for the potentially pivotal votes of African American legislators on a bill to legalize gay marriage in Illinois intensified Friday — as opponents and proponents alike pulled out the big guns. Leading the opposition, Cardinal Francis George and a group of black ministers launched an aggressive campaign against same-sex marriage to be waged through radio commercials and telephone calls. Weighing in on the other side, national civil rights leader Julian Bond sent a letter urging legislators to grant equal rights to “my gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.” George met with prominent Chicago area black pastors and bishops
President Obama´s recent appointment of Julia Pierson to head the Secret Service provides an opportunity for the Republican senators to put her on record regarding the veracity of his claim to have gotten bin Laden. Interesting questions about the photo have been raised here on The American Thinker. She ought to be able to answer the question: "Was the really Obama in the photo, or was it someone else?" While the details of the president´s schedule are definitely a matter of personal security in real time, more than a year later, the right of the Legislature to exercise its checks-and-balances
LOS ANGELES — The role of female talk show hosts in late-night TV network history, all 50-plus years of it, can be summed up in two words: Joan Rivers. It takes just another two — Arsenio Hall — to do the same for minorities. There´s no indication that´s going to change in the latest round of musical chairs involving "Tonight" and "Late Night." All the NBC, ABC and CBS showcase jobs at 11:30 p.m. Eastern and later appear likely to remain securely in white men´s hands. Jay Leno is handing off to Jimmy Fallon, with speculation
By any observable metric, zombies are totally hot right now. Look at movies like "Warm Bodies" and the coming "World War Z," the ratings for AMC´s hit series "The Walking Dead" (12.9 million viewers for its recent season finale) and $2.5 billion in annual sales for zombie videogames. Over the past decade, between a third and a half of all zombie movies ever made have been released. A glance at Google GOOG -1.51%Trends reveals that in the past few years, interest in flesh-eating ghouls has far outstripped popular enthusiasm for vampires, wizards and hobbits.
J. David Kuo, an evangelical Christian conservative and former top official of President George W. Bush’s faith-based initiative who drew wide attention when he publicly accused the administration of failing to live up to the values it espoused, died April 5 in Charlotte. He was 44.He was diagnosed a decade ago with brain cancer, his wife, Kimberly, said. The arc of Mr. Kuo’s life and career had taken him from liberal to conservative, from hard-edged Republican activism in the 1990s to disillusionment with the idea that politics could serve as an extension of his faith. Link repaired by Staff.
A local Miami story deserves to get some national attention, although it does not involve a Kim Kardashian maternity style. Police officers from one of our suburban municipalities got into a seven-mile car chase with a citizen in an SUV. At some point during this escapade, they claim he threw a gun out the window, presumably one he could not account for legally. The cops maintained pursuit until the man turned at the on-ramp to the I-95. Tragically, in his panic he chose the off-ramp instead, speeding up onto the highway headed in the opposite direction. He crashed directly
SEOUL - Staff at embassies in North Korea appeared to be remaining in place on Saturday despite an appeal by authorities in Pyongyang for diplomats to consider leaving because of heightened tension after weeks of bellicose exchanges. North Korean authorities told diplomatic missions they could not guarantee their safety from next Wednesday - after declaring that conflict was inevitable amid joint US-South Korean military exercises due to last until the end of the month. Whatever the atmosphere in Pyongyang, the rain-soaked South Korean capital, Seoul, was calm. Traffic moved normally through the city center, busy with Saturday shoppers.
Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, considered by some to be a potential Republican contender for president, apologized to Johns Hopkins University for the "poorly chosen words" he used in expressing his opposition to gay marriage last month.“I am sorry for any embarrassment this has caused,” Carson said in the letter, reported in New York Magazine.(Snip) "Although I do believe marriage is between a man and a woman, there are much less offensive ways to make that point. I hope all will look at a lifetime of service over some poorly chosen words.” Carson will remain as commencement speaker at Johns Hopkins,
Forget Louisville and the other three basketball teams competing this weekend whose names I do not wish to know because they weren´t in my bracket: the real Final Four action is in Rockville, Maryland, where chess teams from Webster University, the University of Texas - Dallas, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Maryland - Baltimore County will battle for collegiate chess supremacy. The Washington Post has what must surely be the greatest account of inter-school chess politics ever written. You see, UMBC´s team was the first in America to offer chess scholarships, and thus recruited
The liberal media will do anything to pressure lawmakers to support President Obama’s gun-control agenda. Politico published a story Wednesday with this headline: “Hunting Group Wants Background Checks.” The story gave the false impression that the millions of hunters in the U.S. support Mr. Obama’s push for “universal background checks.” That is way off target. In fact, 31 well-known hunting and conservation groups sent a letter to Capitol Hill Thursday expressing opposition to intrusion by the federal government into private firearm transfers. Politico only cites one small group in its story, Bull Moose Sportsmen, which claims 5,000 members.
Canada has long had bragging rights to hockey, bacon and moose, but now it can claim something else: North America´s fourth-largest city. Chicago has been edged out by Toronto. You betcha it´s true, Chicagoans. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, our city is home to 2.71 million people to Toronto´s 2.79 million in 2012. Mexico City, New York and Los Angeles top the list. Chicago is still one of the top 10 largest cities in North America, and the population did increase by more than 11,000 residents between 2010 and 2011.
BAGHDAD – Officials say a suicide bomber has killed 20 people and wounded more than 50 in an attack at political rally in the Iraqi city of Baqouba. Councilman Sadiq al-Huseini says the bomber detonated his explosives as candidate Muthana al-Jourani was hosting lunch for supporters on Saturday in Baqouba, 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Baghdad. A health official and police officer who provided details about the attack spoke anonymously because they weren´t authorized to speak to media. Violence is expected to surge in the lead up to Iraq´s provincial elections on April 20.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Six American troops and civilians and an Afghan doctor were killed in attacks on Saturday in southern and eastern Afghanistan as the U.S. military´s top officer began a weekend visit to the country, officials said. In the south, three U.S. service members, two U.S. civilians and the doctor were killed when a suicide bomber detonated a car full of explosives just as a convoy with the international military coalition drove past another convoy of vehicles carrying the governor of Zabul province. Another American civilian was killed in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan,
The Obama administration has gone to court to try to block a subpoena from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York seeking White House documents about the government´s requirement of insurance coverage for birth control. The subpoena requesting documents from President Barack Obama and his senior advisers would be burdensome to fulfill, the administration said in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Citing U.S. Supreme Court precedent, the suit also argues that civil subpoenas of the president´s executive office are inappropriate except in extraordinary circumstances.
There is no way around it. The March jobs report is dismal. Economists had expected the economy to add around 200k jobs last month. The Labor Department reported this morning, however, that the economy added only 88k jobs. Democrat operatives in the media are quickly spinning the bad economic news as the fault of the sequester, i.e. automatic government spending cuts. A closer look at the data show the cuts had almost no impact on the job market. Professional services, the sector of the economy most impacted by government contracts, increased hiring by 51k last month,
Just as retired General David Petraeus was starting down the road to redemption, FBI investigators descended on his home in Arlington, Virginia to interview the disgraced official. Agents spoke with the former CIA Director on Friday as part of the Bureau´s investigation into a possible security breach during his affair with biographer, Paula Broadwell. His extramarital dalliance plunged him into the spotlight last fall and ultimately lead him to resign from the Agency in November. Scroll down for video. Since he stepped down from his post at the CIA on November 9, he has kept a low profile
A U.S. Army training instructor listed Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism as examples of religious extremism along with Al Qaeda and Hamas during a briefing with an Army Reserve unit based in Pennsylvania, Fox News has learned. “We find this offensive to have Evangelical Christians and the Catholic Church to be listed among known terrorist groups,” said Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. “It is dishonorable for any U.S. military entity to allow this type of wrongheaded characterization.” The incident occurred during an Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief on extremism.
Hi I’m Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. A week ago nearly a third of the world’s population celebrated Easter, the resurrection of Jesus. New life. Well, we need new life in our nation and economy. Washington is broke. Big spending programs are running out of money and change is coming. The ideas on how to fix the federal government are now percolating in the states, 30 of which are led by Republican governors. You see, you don’t change America by changing Washington. With video.
Rich Lowery in the New York Post (4-02-2013) accuses the liberals of being the new climate deniers, considering that they don´t recognize that there´s been no global warming for the last fifteen years. This shouldn´t surprise Lowery. When the liberals hang onto the neck of a cause, they don´t let go. They have ignored murders, rapes, wars, nuclear proliferation, and everything wrong with the world to focus in on their little area -- the horror of carbon emissions. You´d think liberals would have learned from their earlier panic about overpopulation
Hi, everybody. Our top priority as a nation, and my top priority as President, must be doing everything we can to reignite the engine of America’s growth: a rising, thriving middle class. That’s our North Star. That must drive every decision we make. Now, yesterday, we learned that our businesses created 95,000 new jobs last month. That’s about 500,000 new jobs this year, and nearly 6.5 million new jobs over the past three years. But we’ve got more work to do.