RUSH: I got a note from somebody. I´ll run this by you and see what you think. "Rush, I think you are making a mistake in calling out Obama on his hypocrisy or the contradicting things based on what Obama said about Bush in Iraq, what Kerry said about Bush in Iraq, versus what they´re doing and saying now. Rush, the correct thing is that Obama has finally learned the way the world works." I´m not that charitable. I think Obama knew exactly what he was doing in 2002 and 2004 and ´5 and ´6 and ´7. I think he knew how the
It may not have been as crude as President George W. Bush’s regrettable “bring them on” comment in July 2003, but President Obama’s ego-driven, naive remarks about a “red line” being crossed if chemical weapons are used in Syria are what has brought us to the brink today. Does the United States have a policy calling for an attack if chemical weapons are used in a foreign civil war? Of course not. Obama went off-script and made that up. Only history will tell us if it was an ad-libbed flub or if the president understood the consequences of what he
RUSH: So, "Rush! Rush! Rush! What are we gonna do about Syria?" Folks, you´re missing the point if you think this is about Syria. This is not about Syria. The issue is, "What do we do about Obama´s red line gaffe?" Obama said that if the Syrians did X, it would be crossing a red line. Well, they´ve done X. According to John Kerry (Lurch), they´ve done X. So now the real issue as far as Washington (that would be "Warshington" for Newt and everybody else in the media) and the Democrat Party is: How do we deal with --- and
President Obama signaled in an exclusive interview with radio hosts Tom Joyner and Sybil Wilkes that Martin Luther King Jr. would have liked his health care plan for Americans. Obama spoke to the pair in the Oval Office to recognize the 50th anniversary of King’s March on Washington. “What do you think he’d say about Obamacare?” asked Joyner, when discussing King’s legacy. “Oh he’d like that,” Obama asserted. “Well, because he understood that health care, health security is not a privilege, it’s something in a county as wealthy as ours, everybody should have access to.”
Brian Lewis, formerly the right-hand man to Roger Ailes at Fox News, has hired a lawyer and could be preparing for a bold action. Earlier this month, Lewis was fired from Fox News and escorted out of the building. At the time, a Fox News spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter that Lewis´ departure was the result of "financial irregularities" and "multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract." Lewis has now retained Judd Burstein, an aggressive attorney based in New York. The news was first reported by Gawker and has been confirmed by THR. "I have just been retained
Entergy Corp. (ETR) will permanently shut its Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in 2014 after battling for years with state officials to keep the 41-year-old reactor in service. The decision to shut Vermont’s only operating reactor was based on natural gas prices, the high cost of running the single-unit plant and “artificially low” power prices in the region, New Orleans-based Entergy said in a statement today. (Snip) Vermont Yankee is the fifth U.S. nuclear reactor this year to announce plans to permanently close, the highest-ever annual total, as power prices have slumped amid booming gas production.
All over America, government officials enjoy privileges that ordinary citizens don´t. Sometimes it involves bearing arms, with special rules favoring police, politicians and even retired government employees. Sometimes it involves freedom from traffic and parking tickets, like the special non-traceable license plates enjoyed by tens of thousands of California state employees or similar immunities for Colorado legislators. Often it involves immunity from legal challenges, like the "qualified" immunity to lawsuits enjoyed by most government officials, or the even-better "absolute immunity" enjoyed by judges and prosecutors. (Both immunities -- including, suspiciously, the one for judges -- are creations of judicial action,
George Zimmerman wants the state of Florida to reimburse him for the costs of mounting his defense in the Trayvon Martin shooting case. Zimmerman´s attorney, Mark O´Mara, told ABC News today that he plans to file a motion to recoup as much as $300,000 in legal costs spent on defending Zimmerman. Zimmerman was acquitted in July of second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting of Martin, an unarmed Florida teenager.
Houston— Vice President Joe Biden says there is no doubt that Syrian President Bashar Assad´s (bah-SHAR´ AH´-sahd) government is responsible for the heinous use of chemical weapons. Biden´s comments Tuesday make him the highest-ranking U.S. official to say the Syrian regime is the culprit in a large-scale chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21. Biden says the Syrian government is the only actor in the 2-year civil war that possesses and can deliver chemical weapons. He says Assad has blocked U.N. investigators from the site and has been bombing it for days. (Snip) Biden spoke at the American Legion´s national convention.
LONDON- Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told the BBC Tuesday U.S. assets are "in place" and ready to strike Syrian targets if President Barack Obama orders an attack. Hagel said the Department of Defense has provided the president with "all options for all contingencies." "He has seen them, we are prepared," Hagel said. "We are ready to go." Hagel said U.N. inspectors have been collecting intelligence in Syria that makes it "pretty clear" the Syrian government used chemical weapons. "I think the intelligence will conclude that it wasn´t the rebels who used it, and there´ll probably be pretty good intelligence
The White House on Tuesday said the goal of President Barack Obama’s response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria won’t be to overthrow the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “I want to make clear that the options that we are considering are not about regime change,” said Jay Carney, the president’s chief spokesman. “They are about responding to clear violation of an international standard that prohibits the use of chemical weapons.” Mr. Carney said Mr. Obama is still reviewing options—military and nonmilitary—to respond to last week’s poison gas attacks in Syria, which activists and rebels say killed more than
Bloomberg´s Margaret Carlson went to the movies last week and wrote a peculiar column about the experience. She went to see "Lee Daniels´ The Butler" (which hereinafter we´ll abbreviate "The Butler"), a historical drama that follows its central character, Cecil Gaines (Forrest Whitaker) through his career as a White House servant, which begins in 1957 and lasts a third of a century. It is in large part a film about the struggles and successes of the civil-rights movement, and Carlson found it searing in a way that history books and old news clips are not: "Seeing on film how brutally blacks
A senior Iranian lawmaker said Israel would be the first casualty of any U.S.-led strike on Syria, according to regional media reports. Hossein Sheikholeslam, the director general of the Iranian parliament’s International Affairs bureau, claimed the United States would not dare attack Syria but said that if it does, “the Zionist regime will be the first victim.” (Snip) Sheikholeslam said Assad would immediately respond to a U.S. attack by going after the Jewish state with the full force of his military. Syria can “heavily attack and raze the occupied territories,” Fars reported him as saying.
Barack Obama entered the White House with the promise of restoring our nation´s standing in the world. Suffering from war fatigue and concerned with the demands of being the sole superpower in an increasingly dangerous world, many Americans found it tempting to believe that promise. As a candidate, Mr. Obama had been cheered by a couple of hundred thousand in his speech at Berlin´s Victory Column. He was idolized by the European intelligentsia and the American left as the antidote to what they saw as the war-mongering and go-it-alone attitude of George W. Bush, who in their eyes lacked Obama´s
David Cameron today insisted any military action in Syria would be to prevent the future use of chemical weapons as he warned Britain was not looking to get involved in ´a Middle Eastern war´. The Prime Minister said the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons on 10 other occasions before the attack that killed up to 1,200 in Damascus last week and warned the world ´should not stand idly by´. [Snip] Reports in America suggest they could lead missile strikes from as early as Thursday. But the tyrannical al-Assad regime has warned it will fight back with ´all means available´ and
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) says it’s not fair that members of Congress and their staffs will get special taxpayer subsidies to help them pay their Obamacare premiums in the new health insurance exchanges. “I don´t think it´s fair at all,” DeSantis told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren. “We can´t treat ourselves as a separate governing class. We´re supposed to be serving the American people. So I´m going to file legislation when we get back to basically stop that.
Well, not war—Congress doesn’t actually declare those anymore—but a set of limited missile hits against Syrian weapon sites: The United States could hit Syria with three days of missile strikes, perhaps beginning Thursday, in an attack meant more to send a message to the Syrian regime than to cripple its military, senior U.S. officials told NBC News. (Snip) Top defense officials already admitting to NBC that it’s all symbolic? If there’s a line between peace and war, the president is dancing and gyrating a la Miley Cyrus all over it, making sure to show some skin to both sides.
President Barack Obama has passed on his condolences to the devastated family of an Australian baseball player who was gunned down as he went for a jog in Oklahoma. In a statement released more than a week after the tragic death of Christopher Lane, the president said he knew the victim´s loved ones were going through trying times. ´As the President has expressed on too many tragic occasions, there is an extra measure of evil in an act of violence that cuts a young life short,´ White House spokesman Matt Lehrich told the Herald Sun. ´The President and First Lady´s thoughts and prayers
Wall Street and Washington love to spread fables that facilitate feelings of bliss among the investing public. For example, recall in 2005 when they inculcated to consumers the notion that home prices have never, and will never, fall on a national basis. We all know how that story turned out. Along with their belief that real estate prices couldn´t fall, one of their favorite conciliatory mantras that still exists today. Namely, that foreign investors have no choice but to perpetually support the U.S. debt market at any price and at any yield. But, unlike what their mantra claims, the latest
New dad Alec Baldwin has been accused of yet another violent temper tantrum involving a freelance photographer. The habitual hothead grabbed a photographer near Baldwin´s West Village home in front of several witnesses after noon on Tuesday, photos obtained by the Daily News show. In one snap of the sidewalk scuffle, the actor appears to be pinning the lensman on the hood of a parked car. The photographer reportedly called the police, and cops responded to the scene.
Last Thursday, as the jury in the trial of Nidal Hasan was deliberating, outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller appeared on CBS News and discussed a string of emails between the Fort Hood shooter and Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Islamic cleric with ties to the 9/11 hijackers. The FBI had intercepted the messages starting almost a year before Hasan´s 2009 shooting rampage, and Mueller was asked whether "the bureau dropped the ball" by failing to act on this information. He didn´t flinch: "No, I think, given the context of the discussions and the situation that the agents and the analysts were
As President Obama prepares to deliver a major address to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, he´s making clear that his speech won´t hold a candle to Martin Luther King Jr.´s seminal address. "Let me just say for the record right now, it won´t be as good as the speech 50 years ago," said Obama, who added that he was still working on the address that he will deliver from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday. "I just want to get that out there early. Because when you are talking about Dr. King´s speech at the March
Disturbing video of two black girls viciously hitting and name calling a 3-year-old white girl to tears has led to cries of racial bullying after it was posted online. But the children´s parents say race had nothing to do with it and the incident is being blown entirely out of proportion. In the video allegedly shot by a 12-year-old boy in the St. Paul, Minn. area, two girls, one 5-years-old, are seen shouting in the younger child´s face as she sits on a tricycle. "Stop following us, you´re ugly!" they scream at her in unison before they take her hands and repeatedly hit
DETROIT- An exotic-looking “big cat” is no longer roaming a northwest Detroit neighborhood. Several residents called animal control officers after seeing the feline — by some reports described as nearly four feet tall — roaming the streets. “It got out of its owner’s home about a month ago through a screened-in window. So, we have been out there day and night, trying to set traps out to get this cat,” Laura Wilhelm-Bruzek, with Paws for the Cause Feral Cat Rescue, told WWJ Newsradio 950. Wilhelm-Bruzek said she spoke to reporters on Saturday who said the cat was killed.
A billboard located along the heavily-trafficked Massachusetts Turnpike, advertising a Catholic radio station was reportedly vandalized. According to the manager of the talk show promoted on the billboard, listeners called into report that the billboard was altered from "Try God" to "Try God, the Other White Meat." Manager of Catholic Radio Chris Kelley said: "it’s very sad" that someone would deface the “uplifting message” encouraging people to turn their radio dials to the station. “This is clearly not a circumstance of some teenagers with spray paint. Someone went to a lot of trouble to make it appear that the new text was a real billboard message,” Kelley said of the sign, which stands along I-90 in Brighton.