It’s a simple question—perhaps so basic that it’s been overlooked: How old were the leaders of the American Revolution? As it turns out, many Founding Fathers were younger than 40 years old in 1776, with several qualifying as Founding Teenagers or Twentysomethings. And though the average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was 44, more than a dozen of them were 35 or younger. “We tend to see them as much older than they were,” said John Adams biographer David McCullough in a 2005 speech. “Because we’re seeing them in portraits by Gilbert Stuart and others when they were
Near the end of the 2012 election campaign, President Obama accused Mitt Romney of “at least Stage 3 Romnesia”-- which the President described as, “If you can´t seem to remember the policies on your website or the promises you´ve been making over the six years you´ve been running for president, if you can´t even remember what you said last week, don´t worry.” Well, Mr. President, look in the mirror for the faults in yourself that you attributed to Mr. Romney. According to the online Urban Dictionary, “Obamanesia” is, “A questionable commander in chief´s partial or total loss of memory regarding the
Small business owners in California who were promised big tax breaks by the state government are now being ordered to pay possibly thousands in back taxes after a court ruling last year. CBS Sacramento reports the state promised the tax breaks for opening certain kinds of businesses five years ago, but a court ruled the practice unconstitutional in December. Now, the California Franchise Tax Board wants their money. The station reports an estimated 2,000 small businesses will be forced to pay up their retroactive taxes, totaling as much as $120 million. Some businesses will face a bill of as much
The final installment of secretly recorded phone calls and meetings from President Richard Nixon´s White House will be released Wednesday, marking a final chapter in a campaign for public access that continues as memories of Watergate fade. The recordings cap the chronological release of 3,000 hours of tapes Nixon recorded between February 1971 and July 1973 that have been released by the National Archives and Records Administration. The final installment covers the tumultuous three months when Watergate was closing in on the 37th president. Still, he forged ahead with Soviet peace talks, worked to cement Chinese relations and welcomed home Vietnam
Sometimes I wonder when black people will reject the patronizing insults of white progressives and their black handmaidens. After CNN´s Piers Morgan´s interview with the key witness in the George Zimmerman trial, he said: "Rachel Jeantel is not uneducated. She´s a smart cookie." That´s a remarkable conclusion. Here´s a 19-year-old young lady, still in high school, who cannot read cursive and appears to be barely literate. Morgan may have meant Jeantel is smart — for a black person. Progressives treat blacks as victims in need of kid glove treatment and special favors, such as racial quotas and preferences. This approach
It´s obvious to any sentient being that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. Already she has begun the round of speeches at influential venues, the visits to primary states, the media spin, the heightening of speculation on "Will she run?" All of this, along with a five-part miniseries and full-length documentary planned for release ahead of the 2016 election. As for fund-raising, that is hardly a problem for the Clinton machine. Actually, Hillary Clinton is already not only the frontrunner for her party´s nomination, but also the favorite to win against any GOP candidate.
District Attorney Jason Hicks said outside the first court hearing in the Oklahoma town of Duncan that he was "going to do everything I can to ensure these three thugs pay for what they did to Christopher Lane". "To those friends of ours in Australia, we would say to you this is not Duncan, Oklahoma," Mr Hicks said. "This is not Stephens County, Oklahoma." Stephens County Courthouse heard how one of the boys accused of murdering Lane, 22, danced and laughed as he was taken into a police station
President Obama addressed health rights in his August 17 radio address, but he didn't mention what happens inside an inner city emergency room. Wait until his lemmings find out what having a "right" to healthcare means according to the single-payer collectivists. If the dulled masses, schooled in the evils of capitalism these last forty years, don't wake up in time to the connection between free market principles and the genius of American medicine, the progressives' long yearned for single-payer system, already in the works, will become a reality. Those of us in the healthcare field have seen
Because of a contract dispute, AT&T´s U-verse will not carry Al Jazeera America. The cable news network funded by the emir of Qatar launched in the United States Tuesday afternoon. "We could not reach an agreement with the owner that we believed provided value for our customers and our business" U-Verse spokesman Mark Siegel said Tuesday. U-verse had 5 million video customers at the end of June. (Snip) U-verse is the second TV provider to drop the channel since the acquisition. Time Warner Cable, which has 12 million customers, dropped it and has not said whether it intends to carry
They don’t call the news infotainment for nothing. (Snip) The administration doesn’t know if Egyptian aid is alive or dead. In fact, they don’t even know when they will know if the aid package is dead or alive. But the administration is nothing if not subtle, unlike that stupid cowboy George Bush. Maybe the way it works is that everyone these days pretends: the Obama administration pretends to give Egypt aid while the KSA, UAE, Egypt and Israel pretend they are America’s allies. That way it all evens out.
There´s a rare blue moon rising on Tuesday night and the good news is that you can´t miss it if you take the time to look up. The slightly disappointing news is that the moon won´t actually look any bluer than usual. It will still be its familiar silvery self, and because it is a full moon it will also be very round and bright. So, why is tonight´s full moon called a blue moon? The answer is convoluted. There are actually two definitions for the term. A blue moon is usually defined as the second full moon to occur
BENI MAZAR, Egypt — The fire burned all night long. It was only after desperate town residents borrowed the keys to a firetruck that they were able to quell the blaze. By then, the evangelical church was all but destroyed. It was one of more than 60 churches that have been attacked, vandalized and in many cases set aflame across Egypt in a surge of violence against Christians that has followed the bloody Aug. 14 raid by Egyptian security forces on two Islamist protest camps in Cairo. The attacks, most of them in Egypt’s Nile Valley, have lent legitimacy to
CAIRO — The world’s most influential Islamist movement is in danger of collapse in the land of its birth — its leaders imprisoned, its supporters slain and its activists branded as terrorists in what many are describing as the worst crisis to confront Egypt’s 85-year-old Muslim Brotherhood. In the week since Egypt’s new military-backed rulers ordered a brutal crackdown on camps filled with protesters calling for the reinstatement of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, the group that used its organizational muscle to win the country’s first democratic elections, held in late 2011 and early 2012, has been cast into disarray. Analysts
FORT HOOD, Texas — The government rested its case against Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan on Tuesday, and the judge recessed until Wednesday morning – when Hasan has a chance to testify in his own defense.(Snip) The last prosecution witness Tuesday told the panel of military officers acting as a jury in the case that Hasan was frustrated about having to deploy to Afghanistan, and told a medical resident, “They will pay.” Hasan had the conversation with Dr. Tonya Kozminski the weekend of Oct. 17, 2009, she said. A few days later, he sent an email to his supervisors expressing concern about
Fans of cute animal photos were overwhelmed Monday to find the Obama family had brought home a new buddy for Bo. But animal-rights activists were not pleased that the First Family once again ignored the millions of dogs waiting to be adopted in shelters in favor of an expensive breeder. First Lady Michele Obama announced on Twitter that the family brought home Sunny, who, like, Bo is a Portuguese water dog. She posted a pic of the new presidential pet and the protests began. “The president seems to be in the doghouse again,” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
The State Department confirmed Tuesday that Secretary of State John F. Kerry has decided to allow four employees implicated in security lapses related to last year’s Benghazi terrorist attacks to return to active duty at the department — just not in the same jobs they previously held. “They’ve all been reassigned and will be taking up new positions going forward,” the deputy department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters at Foggy Bottom. With Ms. Harf refusing to provide “any details about their specific onward assignments,” the development drew quick and harsh criticism from Republicans on Capitol Hill who said the Obama
Former President Bill Clinton´s foundations spent a total of $50million on travel over the past decade, $12.1million of which was spent in just one year. An internal investigation into spending at the various charities that the former President runs found that the funds used for travel costs have gone up in recent years. The audit comes as new reports have revealed that the Clinton Foundation has been ´in the red´ for years even though the charity has raised hundreds of millions of dollars each year, showing the high cost of running the worldwide charity.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is partnering with Washington CeaseFire to launch a new campaign designed to help local businesses become gun-free zones, King 5 News first reported. Businesses can opt into the program by signing a pledge to participate and placing a “Gun Free Zone” decal in their window. “We are here to support businesses that do not wish to have guns on their premises” Mr. McGinn said in a statement. “The police department regularly enforces trespass laws when a visitor to a business violates that business’s rules. We will continue to do so, and I thank these businesses for
The Pentagon said Tuesday that it still providing aid to Egypt´s army, despite reports that U.S. military assistance has been halted amid the ongoing crisis in the North African country. “All aspects of our assistance to Egypt are under review, but there has been no decision made to halt or to suspend assistance,” Pentagon press secretary George Little said, pushing back against published reports. The Daily Beast reported late Monday that the U.S. had quietly, temporarily suspended the disbursement of most direct military aid, the delivery of weapons to the Egyptian military and some forms of economic aid. “This is
Lawrence H. Summers, one of the top candidates to lead the Federal Reserve, was being beaten up, and his friends from his White House years wanted to help him. So earlier this month, recently departed Treasury secretary Timothy F. Geithner and other former Obama administration officials joined Summers for a private strategy call, according to people familiar with the discussion. The old colleagues compared notes on what reporters were asking about Summers, who was under a steady assault from liberals who consider him as soft on regulating banks, and mapped out how they might respond.
The Egyptian defense minister has ordered the repair and reconstruction of all churches that suffered damage in the country’s violent demonstrations since the Egyptian military removed President Mohamed Morsi from power last month. Defense minister Col. Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi intends to fix the damage to Coptic churches at Rabaa Adaweya and Nahda squares, according to a report by the Mid-East Christian News. Dozens of churches were attacked and burned in riots after thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities to demand the end of what they call military rule, following the removal of Morsi
As the military (with the support of secular groups that don’t want an Islamist state) battles the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Americans argue over how to react, we should look back at history to understand why we should support the military as the lesser of two evils and hope for its success. Those who know the history of the Muslim Brotherhood and see the murderous attacks it has launched on the homes, businesses, schools, and churches of Coptic Christians, who represent about 10 percent of the population, will recognize that we have seen this type of behavior before.
Fox News executive vice president of corporate communications Brian Lewis was fired and thrown out of the building two weeks ago after an internal investigation found that he had breached his contract with regard to “issues relating to financial irregularities,” according to the network. Lewis was widely perceived to be the top aide to Fox News president Roger Ailes, and was reportedly working on his separation agreement as of Tuesday. A company spokesperson stated, “After an extensive internal investigation of Brian Lewis´ conduct by Fox News, it was determined that he should be terminated for cause, specifically for issues relating
Liz Cheney may be helping Mike Enzi. Republican Sen. Enzi of Wyoming saw an influx of donations from colleagues and company political action committees after Cheney announced she would challenge him for renomination. Enzi, seeking a fourth six-year term, received contributions in late July from leadership PACs linked to Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Roy Blunt of Missouri, according to reports the PACs filed with the Federal Election Commission. Cheney, a daughter of Dick Cheney, a former vice president and Wyoming congressman, announced July 16 that she’d run for Enzi’s Senate seat in the primary
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted a video on its website to provide the definition of environmental justice, specifically when it comes to communities. “The health of a community suffers when people don’t have access to healthy homes, healthy food, transportation, fresh air and safe neighborhoods,” the narrator stated in the video. She is Dr. LaToria Whitehead, who works in CDC’s Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch. “I’m also an environmental justice specialist,” Whitehead said. The video opened with a closed grocery store as a backdrop, with Whitehead informing viewers that the part of Atlanta where the video was filmed has
Mideast: The new military government in Egypt that just deposed Islamist rule there isn´t Islamic enough for the Obama administration. But Saudi Arabia, whose constitution is the Koran, is backing it. You might have thought the misguided human rights-based foreign policy practiced by Jimmy Carter was consigned to the historical ash heap during that fateful hour in January 1980 in which Ronald Reagan took the presidential oath and 52 U.S. hostages held 444 days left Iranian air space. Unfortunately, it is back in full action in the Obama Era. Instead of considering the dangers an Islamist regime in Cairo would pose to America,