How many revolutions does a nation need to correct its course? Some nations undergo the pain of one revolution and flourish, while others achieve change by allowing themselves to evolve through self-examination, correction, awakening, and enlightenment, followed by a working consensus on the course the country will take. But when it comes to much of the Muslim world, unfortunately, coup d´etat, revolution, bloodshed and violence are a way of life, approved by Islamic law, and in harmony with the example of the prophet of Islam, Mohammed. Egypt has undergone revolutions in 1919, 1952, 2011 and then a counter-revolution at the present.
On Wednesday´s MSNBC Andrea Mitchell Reports, fill-in co-host Kathleen Matthews, wife of Hardball host Chris Matthews, lamented Republicans distracting President Obama from pushing his liberal agenda: "...the President´s got the gnats of August swarming around him, with Ted Cruz out there fighting against ObamaCare. So, hard to kind of keep that message and that kind of – that solid message moving forward while he´s having to swat what he probably perceives as some of the gnats..." The Washington Post´s Chris Cillizza laid blame for Obama´s failures on just about everything except the President himself: "I actually think that problem is even
One of the leaders of Democrats’ push for gun control earlier this year says it’s “absolutely mandatory” for lawmakers to revisit such legislation following this week’s gun tragedies, such as the averted school shooting in Georgia and the killing of an Australian college baseball player in Oklahoma. “We need to restart the conversation,” Connecticut senator Richard Blumenthal said on MSNBC earlier today. “This agenda and debate needs to come back to this country.” On the Georgia school story, Blumenthal said school clerk Antoinette Tuff’s ability to talk down Michael Brandon Hill, the would-be shooter, “certainly refutes” the National Rifle Association’s argument that
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., explained to a town hall of his constituents that he wanted to call a national Constitutional Convention after reading Mark Levin’s new book, The Liberty Amendments. “I used to have a great fear of constitutional conventions,” Coburn said according to the Tulsa World. “I have a great fear now of not having one.” As the Tulsa World notes, a national convention is called by two-thirds of the state legislatures and is one of two ways the U.S. Constitution can be amended. Coburn made his remarks in Muskogee, Okla.
The reinstatement of four State Department employees who were put on administrative leave following last year’s Benghazi attack only further has only reinforced Pat Smith’s believe that Hillary Clinton should never be president. Smith’s son, Sean, was one of four Americans who died in the 9/11 attack on the American diplomatic facility in Benghazi. On Fox News this morning, Smith said that the former secretary of state had broken her promise to the grieving mother to hold the people accountable for the security failure. According to Smith, Clinton told her she would investigate the attack and contact her, but she never
MSNBC guest host Joy-Ann Reid wonders why conservatives were focusing on the racial elements of the shooting of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane. “You’ve already started to see people on the right try to do exactly what Brian [Beutler] was saying: Tally it up on the basis of race,” Reid said yesterday. She accused the “Right [of] directly trying to bait the president on race on this situation,” singling out former Republican congressman Allen West’s tweet and Fox News’ reporter Ed Henry’s question on Wednesday asking for a comment on the shooting from the Obama administration. “Why do they seem so determined
RALEIGH — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell took aim at North Carolina’s new voting law Thursday, saying it hurts the Republican Party, punishes minority voters and makes it more difficult for everyone to vote. "I want to see policies that encourage every American to vote, not make it more difficult to vote," said Powell, a Republican, at the CEO Forum in Raleigh. "It immediately turns off a voting block the Republican Party needs," Powell continued. "These kinds of actions do not build on the base. It just turns people away." The retired general served as the keynote speaker at
The summer ratings are in and according to Variety, the news is all bad for left-wing MSNBC. Not only is CNN catching up to the Lean Forward network, compared to this time last year, MSNBC´s primetime ratings have collapsed by a full 22%. In preliminary Nielsen data for the summer through Sunday, Fox News was averaging 1.85 million viewers in primetime (down 5% from comparable dates a year ago), followed among the news networks by MSNBC (540,000, down 22%), CNN (533,000, up 21%) and HLN (422,000, up 29%). Among all cable networks in primetime this summer, Fox News ranks seventh
The UN weapons inspectors are powerless--President Bashar al-Assad has got the green light to carry on using chemical weapons against children. If the casualty figures emerging from Syria this week are correct, then Wednesday’s massacre in the outskirts of Damascus will be the worst poison gas attack the world has witnessed since Saddam Hussein’s slaughter of Halabja’s Kurds in 1988. UN weapons inspectors sit a short drive from the site of the attack. [Snip] They are prevented from visiting anything other than three agreed sites. The government is naturally withholding permission; serial killers rarely usher the police into their victims’
RUSH: There´s this great, great piece. I must have had five people send me this piece from the Wall Street Journal. And I´m gonna be honest. I´m gonna be a human being. I´m gonna tell you, it offended me every time I got it. It offended me every time I received it. But, I gotta be bigger than that. I have to rise above my personal feelings, and I´m gonna do that. I´m gonna get to it here in just a second, but we´ve been working hard. As you know here, the art of persuasion is something that we talk
Scientists are struggling to explain why global warming seems to have slowed down in the last decade in a leaked draft of the UN´s next big report on climate change. The intergovernmental study claims scientists are 95 per cent sure that humans are to blame for climate change, but presently they have not come up with a unified reason for why global surface temperatures have not risen as predicted in the past 15 years. According to the unpublished draft document, scientists believe volcanic ash, less heat from the sun and more heat being absorbed by oceans could explain the mystery. Set for
The fourth season of Duck Dynasty premiered last week to great success. The show had 11.8 million viewers, a new record for a non-fiction cable series and 2.2 million more than the show’s previous high. The episode beat the finales of shows like HBO’s True Blood and NBC’s Crossing Lines. The success has been so widespread that some are calling on Willie Robertson, the show’s main star, to run for office—and local officials in the Louisiana GOP have been courting him. Robertson himself has said that he would consider it. Unfortunately it seems that many aren’t particularly interested in him as
Former Vice President Al Gore said Republicans secretly tell him they believe in global warming because they’re afraid to break ranks with the GOP. “A lot of Republicans have shared with me privately their growing discomfort with the statements of some of the deniers in their ranks. Even though they’re not yet willing to come back to advocate constructive policies, there is definitely movement,” Mr. Gore told The Washington Post in an interview published Wednesday. Adding that he’s noticed a shift more at the local level than the national, Mr. Gore said he sees “the biggest shift of all in the
The Democratic National Committee continues to struggle to pay off its debt from the 2012 election, according to its latest campaign finance report. In July, the DNC actually saw its debt rise from $18.3 million to $18.5 million, even as its cash on hand declined from $5.7 million to $4.1 million. The committee raised $3.9 million, but spent significantly more than that — $5.4 million. The DNC has paid down some of it’s more than $20 million in debt through the first seven months of 2013, but not very quickly. Over the last three months, the DNC has paid down
I’ve already mentioned the Halabja chemical weapons attack once, but before this National Security Council statement goes down the memory hole, it’s worth reproducing in full: “Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on the 25th Anniversary of the Halabja Massacre” March 16, 2013 Today marks the 25th anniversary of the horrific massacre by Saddam Hussein’s regime of over 5,000 innocent civilians in a chemical weapons attack on the city of Halabja, in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. At least 10,000 people were blinded and maimed. This terrible crime was but one of many in Hussein’s Anfal Campaign, in which tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis
Organizing for Action, the Obama-themed organization dedicated to promoting the administration’s agenda, has sent an email to its distribution list exploiting the 1999 Columbine High School Massacre. The stated purpose of the email is to drum up support in Congress for new federal gun control measures. “My son, Daniel, was a smart, quiet kid,” the missive signed by Littleton, Colo. resident Tom Mauser begins. “On April 20th, 1999, my beautiful and bright 15-year-old son was killed by two teenagers with guns in the library of Columbine High School — one of 12 innocent kids who lost their lives for no reason at all.” The
Barack Obama has ordered US intelligence agencies to urgently establish whether hundreds have died in poison gas attacks in Syria after France said that “force” would be justified if Bashar al-Assad’s regime was responsible. The US State Department last night said that if proven, the attack would represent an “outrageous and flagrant escalation” of the use of chemical weapons in Syria’s two year civil war. Mr Obama is facing growing pressure to act against Mr Assad’s government in the wake of Wednesday’s alleged gas attacks on several suburbs near Damascus, which are said to have claimed between 500 and 1,300
The latest disclosure — and the most grave — of the Assad regime’s supposed deployments of chemical weapons puts the West in general and the U.S. in particular in an untenable position. By all accounts, if the evidence proves to be legitimate (and given the nature of these militias that could be a big “if,” given that the losing side always seeks some sort of strategy for winning Western air support without much gratitude afterwards — cf. the Libyans), Assad has passed a redline. He should be deserving of concerted multilateral-sponsored action of the sort that would start with no-fly-zones and
What if everything we’ve come to think of as American is predicated on a freak coincidence of economic history? And what if that coincidence has run its course? Picture this, arranged along a time line. For all of measurable human history up until the year 1750, nothing happened that mattered. This isn’t to say history was stagnant, or that life was only grim and blank, but the well-being of average people did not perceptibly improve. All of the wars, literature, love affairs, and religious schisms, the schemes for empire-making and ocean-crossing and simple profit and freedom, the entire human theater of
While NBC, ABC, and CBS have censored coverage of the ongoing IRS scandal for weeks – even as new revelations have moved it higher up the rungs of the Obama administration – on Wednesday and Thursday, the networks all eagerly hyped 40-year-old tapes of President Richard Nixon discussing the Watergate scandal. [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Perhaps the most infuriating was NBC, which hasn´t touched the IRS story in 56 days, sending correspondent Peter Alexander to the lawn of the Obama White House to report on the decades-old Nixon recordings for Thursday´s Today: "39
President Barack Obama flubbed the mayor of Buffalo´s name, calling him Brian Higgins instead of Byron Brown:(Snip for video)The Buffalo crowd quickly corrected Obama, who offered up this excuse: "This is what happens when you get to be 52 years old. When I was 51, everything was smooth." Brian Higgins represents New York´s 29th Congressional District.
An official report at the centre of a Coalition row over renewable energy will disclose for the first time the impact of wind farms on rural house prices, The Daily Telegraph has learnt. Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, has commissioned a consultancy to investigate whether renewable technologies – including wind turbines – lower house prices in the countryside. Coalition sources said the report is being blocked by officials at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), run by Ed Davey, a Liberal Democrat, amid fears it will conclude that turbines harm property prices. Mr Paterson has made clear that he intends
RUSH: The president´s spokesperson, this guy sitting in for the spokeskid, Jay Carney; his name is Josh Earnest. He didn´t even know about the shooting in Duncan, Oklahoma. He didn´t even know about it. He said that Obama didn´t know about it, and there was the most amazing headline in a Drive-By Media website today: "Rush Limbaugh Inserts Race into Story in Oklahoma." I kid you not. Rush Limbaugh inserts race? Who the hell inserted race in the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case when there wasn´t any? That was not a racial incident. Who made it a racial incident? This effort
RUSH: Now, over the course of the 25 years of this program, and particularly in the most recent five years, you have heard me discuss the people who believe America was founded in an unjust and immoral way -- and, as such, believe that America is illegitimate, America is not a superpower -- and many of these people happen to be teaching your kids. Many of these people happen to be professors in the academy -- academe. Many of them happen to be teachers in middle school and high school. Many of them happen to live and work in Hollywood.
In case you´ve forgotten, "Al Gore was vice president of the United States from 1993-2001." The Washington Post´s Ezra Klein delivers that news in setting up an interview with Gore, who is known these days mostly as an alarmist advocate of global warmism. Gore uses the interview to claim vindication for his 2006 "documentary," "An Inconvenient Truth": "You mentioned my movie back in the day. The single most common criticism from skeptics when the film came out focused on the animation showing ocean water flowing into the World Trade Center memorial site. Skeptics called that demagogic and absurd and irresponsible. It
CNN’s Newsroom panel got a bit heated this afternoon when conservative radio host Ben Ferguson and HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill duked it out over whether the media has purposely avoided making race an issue in the murder of 22-year-old college athlete Chris Lane. Lane was shot and killed last week by three teenagers — two black, one white — who reportedly did it because they were “bored.” Since then, conservative pundits have alleged that the media coverage of the case has intentionally skirted the race of the killers, unlike how the death of Trayvon Martin ultimately became a