As Jews the world over hearken to the sounds of the shofar marking the hope for a new beginning, it behooves people of all persuasions to be reminded, yet again, of the unique role Israel plays in humanitarian efforts worldwide. Historically, the very small country of Israel continually emerges as a "world leader in rapid response emergency aid." Ironically because of 60 years experience in emergency responses as a result of terrorist attacks and wars, Israel can "install a field hospital that treats 500 patients per week as they did with the 2010 earthquake in Haiti."
Barack Obama’s job approval rating flattened at an even 47-47 percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, his lowest in more than a year, with more than half of Americans disapproving of his handling of the situation with Syria. The public by a 15-point margin is more apt to say Obama’s performance on Syria has weakened rather than strengthened U.S. global leadership, and six in 10 continue to oppose the missile strikes he urged. At the same time, the survey finds vast support, 79 percent, for the Russian-backed plan to junk Syria’s chemical weapons, even amid skepticism Syria will
ATLANTA — A North Carolina woman featured prominently in a graphic government ad campaign to get people to stop smoking died Monday of cancer. Terrie Hall died at a hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., federal officials said. She was 53.“She was a public health hero,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted the campaign. “She may well have saved more lives than most doctors do.” A former smoker whose voice box was removed years ago, Hall took a leading role in the campaign that showed how smoking-related cancer ravages the body. Officials believe the “Tips
It’s a joke shared privately among some state lawmakers in Olympia: Go ahead, drive as fast as you want on the way to the Capitol. You won’t get a ticket — it’s the law. Though said in jest, the advice is rooted in reality. Legislators headed to work can’t get speeding tickets — or so says the Washington State Patrol and at least one local police department. A spokesman for WSP says Washington lawmakers are constitutionally protected from receiving noncriminal traffic tickets during a legislative session, as well as 15 days before. The Tacoma Police Department abides by a similar
CNN’s revived “Crossfire” didn’t have much of a reason to celebrate as it went into the weekend: the resuscitated squawking-heads show dropped throughout its first week back on the air, hitting its lowest point yet with its Friday broadcast. What’s more, the new iteration of “Crossfire” also declined compared to the previous week, when “The Situation Room” aired in its timeslot, dropping 14 percent in total viewers and slipping 7 percent in the key 25-54 news demo.
A CIA employee who refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement barring him from discussing the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, has been suspended as a result and forced to hire legal counsel, according to a top House lawmaker. Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) revealed at an event on Monday that his office was anonymously informed about the CIA employee, who is purportedly facing an internal backlash after refusing to sign a legal document barring him from publicly or privately discussing events surrounding the Benghazi attack. The revelation comes about a month after several media outlets reported that CIA employees
A change in Medicare reimbursements is resulting in neighborhood medical supply stores shutting and, say those opposed to the change, making it harder for people to obtain wheelchairs, walkers, canes and oxygen equipment. Karen Walaszek is shutting her Master Medical Supplies at 1821 W. Chicago Ave. in Ukrainian Village after 30 years, saying the reimbursement change has "forced [me] into a corner." Master Medical is one of perhaps dozens of shops closing in the Chicago area, a list that also includes Activa Medical Supply at 2212 W. North Ave. in Wicker Park. Walaszek has posted an impassioned letter to customers on her
Outrage is growing in France over the decision to bring voluntary homicide charges against a jeweler who shot and killed an escaping robber, but the country´s top security official on Tuesday urged fearful storekeepers to let justice take its course. The 67-year-old jeweler, Stephan Turk, was confined at home with an electronic bracelet after the shooting last week that left a teenage robber dead in the street outside Turk's jewelry story in the French Riviera city of Nice. An accomplice escaped on a motorbike as the body lay in the street. In a country where gun violence is rare but armed robbery is
On Monday, while the death toll mounted at the Navy Yard, President Barack Obama delivered a strident partisan tirade against Republicans, using the fifth anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse to score political points ahead of the debt ceiling debate. It was an appalling act of division and insensitivity, and unlike George W. Bush´s My Pet Goat moment on 9/11, it was a calculated abdication of leadership. It was also an act that places Obama´s passivity during the Benghazi attacks--and his decision to fly to Las Vegas the next day for a campaign fundraiser--in perspective. This is a president who, even
You know things are bad for President Obama when even Warren Buffett has soured on Obamacare and says that "we need something else." Money Morning writes: "Healthcare costs in the United States are like a tapeworm eating at our economic body. "Those words come from famed investor Warren Buffett, who said he would scrap Obamacare and start all over. "´We have a health system that, in terms of costs, is really out of control,´ he added. ´And if you take this line and you project what has been happening into the future, we will get less and less competitive. So we need
Blake House, the Northern California mansion that is intended to be the official residence of the University of California system president, may be coming back to life. Because of its rundown condition, UC executives in 2008 stopped living in the Mediterranean-style mansion in the unincorporated Contra Costa County neighborhood of Kensington. With a financial crisis for the university at the time, nothing much was done to fix up the 13,200-square-foot house, which is surrounded by 10 acres of gardens. Next week, however, UC regents are expected to consider a plan that could start the ball rolling for a major renovation and a
Higher education is an enormous industry, heavily subsidized, and the people who run it consider themselves entitled to the lifestyle of the mega rich. Even at taxpayer-owned institutions. Take the example of Janet Napolitano, newly installed president of the University of California. The UC Board of Regents is considering spending three and a half million dollars to renovate a university-owned home for her official residence. Currently, Napolitano is making do with a rented mansion that´s only $9,950 (nice touch, keeping it fifty bucks under ten grand).
Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray suggested Tuesday that the cost-cutting as a result of the sequester may have contributed to the conditions that allowed a shooter gain clearance to enter the Navy Yard Monday, where he killed 12 people and wounded several others. The gunman, Aaron Alexis, entered the complex using a valid pass that he had been given as a defense contractor around 8:30 a.m. on Monday, according to police. He was ultimately killed in one of multiple engagements with police. Speaking on CNN Tuesday morning about what might have prevented the shooting, Gray said, “It’s hard to know,” but “certainly,
President Obama waived a provision of federal law designed to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist groups to clear the way for the U.S. to provide military assistance to "vetted" opposition groups fighting Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. Some elements of the Syrian opposition are associated with radical Islamic terrorist groups, including al Qaeda, which was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., in 2001. Assad´s regime is backed by Iran and Hezbollah. The president, citing his authority under the Arms Export Control Act, announced today that he would "waive the prohibitions in sections 40
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday wearily lamented “yet another mass shooting,” this time in the nation’s capital where the debate that raged earlier this year over tightening firearms laws has stalled amid opposition from gun-rights advocates. The shooting at the Washington Navy Yard came a week after voters recalled two Colorado legislators who supported tougher gun measures, illustrating the strong political headwinds faced by lawmakers seeking to respond to the violence. Obama, for one, has been powerless to get legislation passed despite a string of mass shootings during his presidency. In the wake of the shooting at the Navy Yard, Obama
With no room for opposing views or questions, Seattle University is planning to host a talk, complete with a book signing and reception for Angela Davis, on October 17. The event is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Justice in Society. There is no justice for Catholics in any of Angela Davis’ books. Like all Communists, it’s Angela’s way or the highway. “It would be difficult to find a speaker who contradicts the teaching of the Catholic Church on more levels than Angela Davis. Stalin maybe? She is a notorious feminist, Marxist, communist, socialist who engages in pro-abortion,
It was bound to be overshadowed by breaking news of the fatal Washington Navy Yard shooting this morning, but today´s Wall Street Journal front-pager, "Inside White House, a Head-Spinning Reversal on Chemical Weapons," would have likely gone unnoticed by the liberal broadcast and cable media regardless. In a 66-paragraph masterpiece, Journal reporters Adam Entous, Janet Hook, and Carol Lee gave a behind-the-scenes look of how, "Through mixed messages, miscalculations, and an 11th-hour break, the U.S. stumbled into an international crisis and then stumbled out of it." Among other things disclosed, "The same day [Secretary of State John] Kerry made his fateful
The tendency of “Conservative” institutions to gutlessly defend a big-government statis-quo program like ObamaCare can often leave much to be desired. It’s like sending up The Bat Signal and having Ben Afflek respond. It’s like watching The Washington Redskins’ Defense attempt to stop a NFL offense from putting up 30+ points. At times I’m left thinking that National Review could shorten their name a wee-tad for the sake of brevity, and continue peddling boilerplate Leftism under the masthead “The Nation.” Give or take an occasional copyright infringement suit, I’m not sure readers of this NRO article by Avik Roy would
The one thing that unites most of the horrific mass shooting events of late — Tucson, Aurora, Newtown, Virginia Tech and now the Washington Naval Yards – is that they were all perpetrated by people with serious histories of mental illness (and not rightwingers incited by Sarah Palin’s Facebook map or Michelle Bachmann’s rhetoric). If you believe no one should have a gun, then I guess they all had that in common, too. But that argument is largely settled in this country. Law abiding people get to own guns. They may need to jump through more hoops or less depending on
After hardline Islamists voiced opposition to the Miss World contest now being staged in Muslim-majority Indonesia, a rival World Muslimah beauty contest exclusively for Muslim women will announce its winner on Wednesday (Sept. 18) in the capital of Jakarta, though the U.S. candidate suddenly dropped out. Muslimah World is a beauty pageant, but the requirements are very different from Miss World,” the pageant’s founder Eka Shanti told Agence France-Presse. “You have to be pious, be a positive role model and show how you balance a life of spirituality in today’s modernized world,” she said.
They’ve defended the likes of WikiLeaks founder Even as the tea party-targeting scandal dies down, the staffers at the center of the mess are turning to some of the city’s top lawyers to defend themselves against ongoing investigations and congressional inquiries.Lois Lerner, who became the public face of the scandal as the former head of the IRS tax-exempt unit, turned to William Taylor. He’s a founding partner of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, where he has represented, among others, Strauss-Kahn and Kenneth Langone, who successfully fought prosecution in a high-profile executive compensation case.
Talk about bad timing. Last month, environmental activists launched a well-funded new attack on Republican "climate change deniers" in hopes of making global warming a big issue in 2014. But as the campaign gets underway, a new report from the world´s leading climate scientists could leave environmentalists on the defensive, and the "deniers" more confident and assertive. "HOLDING CLIMATE CHANGE DENIERS ACCOUNTABLE" read the headline of a League of Conservation Voters press release announcing a $2 million barrage of ads aimed at Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, as well as GOP Reps. Mike Coffman, Dan Benishek and Rodney Davis. "We´re changing the
Nearly 7 out of 10 voters are concerned about their personal health care under the Affordable Care Act and a majority wants to take the health care system back to 2009, according to the latest Fox News national poll. The poll, released Tuesday, finds that 68 percent of voters are concerned about their health care under the new system. That includes 43 percent “very” concerned and another 25 percent “somewhat” concerned. The number feeling concerned is more than twice that of those who are unworried (31 percent). Even a 56-percent majority of Democrats feels concerned (31 percent “very” concerned). By comparison, 72 percent
One year after we heard that Al Qaeda was on the way out and economic recovery on the way in, these words from Lev Grossman’s 2009 novel The Magicians spring to mind: “If there’s a single lesson that life teaches us, it’s that wishing doesn’t make it so.” You would never know from taking our chief magician at his word, but America is actually sliding backward towards chaos and the economic abyss as we approach autumn. Discontent is rising across the entire political spectrum even after we hear President Obama’s many soothing sentences.
There have been a rash of articles in media of late pushing the line that informed consent laws, laws limiting chemical abortions, and challenges to so-called “web-cam abortions” are totally unnecessary, just pro-life ploys to put more obstacles in the way of women getting the “reproductive health care” they want and need. They say that chemical abortions are safe, rather simple, sort of like a “heavy period,” that women get all the medical attention they need, that they are glad to be able to abort in the privacy of their own homes.
One of the lessons little people teach their parents over time is they will often do what they think is expected of them. If parents are nervous, worried much of the time or indifferent, something bad will happen. If parents are, within reason, guiding and confident about their offspring, they tend to behave accordingly. And, of course, most every parent sees their child as special or even exceptional. Which brings us to American exceptionalism. It´s been in the news a lot. [Snip] But what is it?