George Zimmerman’s highly controversial prosecutor, Angela Corey, is now under state investigation for firing Ben Kruidbos, the Jacksonville Times-Union reports. “Kruidbos received a letter from the Florida Commission on Ethics earlier this week saying the investigation was occurring,” the T-U’s Larry Hannan wrote last week. “Investigator Specialist Kathleen Mann, who sent the letter, declined to comment on the investigation when contacted by the Times-Union on Friday.” Kruidbos was the information technology director in Corey’s office until earlier this summer.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is touting its new lunch standards in a promotional video, claiming the program is “proving to be popular.” However, multiple news reports suggest the standards—which originated in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010—are driving kids out of the lunch line. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture is celebrating good news for America’s schools,” the video, which was released last week, said. “New guidelines for healthier school meals introduced last year are proving to be popular, as nearly 80 percent of school districts have adopted the changes.”
As Catholicism morphed from the Church militant to the Church mindless after Vatican II, criticism of Buddhism, one of the world’s largest half-baked religions, dissipated. These days it is commonplace to hear priests babbling nonsensically about the benefits of Buddhism and see nuns twisting themselves into meditative postures at retreats. David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos, poked fun at this pathetic phenomenon when he had a flirting priest on the show give the mob boss’s troubled wife a “book on Buddhism.” Under the I’m OK, You’re OK pontificate of Pope Francis, such silliness is likely to continue if not
The Republican Study Committee in the House of Representatives will unveil a healthcare bill Wednesday that would replace Obamacare. The bill, titled the Republican Study Committee’s American Healthcare Reform Act, “dramatically opens up options for families, and dramatically lowers costs” compared to the Obamacare law, committee chairman Louisiana Rep. Steven Scalise told The Daily Caller. The 200-page budget-neutral bill would provide $20,000 in tax deductions to families and a $7,500 deduction to individuals, so they can buy insurance from vendors in any state. It would also would allow Americans to keep the money they save by picking lower-cost providers.
If, as certain wise men are saying, Barack Obama’s Syrian deal with Vladimir Putin will die of a thousand cuts, somebody with a knife had better get busy. Four or five slices have been taken out of the deal already, and the carcass looks like it could already use a transfusion. It won’t last for a thousand cuts, or even a dozen. The agreement worked out between Secretary of State John Kerry and the Russians requires several things that the Russians and their client Bashar Assad are not likely to deliver as promised. The first is a “comprehensive listing” of Syria’s
The British have a saying about the twin rules of journalism: first simplify, then exaggerate. Perhaps Barack Obama can comfort himself with the reality that his current travails are both more complicated in their causes and less dire in their consequences than they are being portrayed in the Washington echo chamber. There is a useful cautionary note for everyone who is prone to withering judgments about Obama’s stumbling performances in recent weeks: No institution in American life is more resilient than the modern presidency, and no politician talented enough to capture the office should ever be underestimated. Bill Clinton, of course, is the
IRS employees were “acutely” aware in 2010 that President Obama wanted to crack down on conservative organizations and were egged into targeting tea party groups by press reports mocking the emerging movement, according to an interim report being circulated Tuesday by House investigators. The report, by staffers for Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, quoted two Internal Revenue Service officials saying the tea party applications were singled out in the targeting program that has the agency under investigation because “they were likely to attract media attention.” In the report, the investigators do
FORT WORTH, Texas — Aaron Alexis was so unhappy with his life in America — where he was beset by money woes and felt slighted as a veteran — that he was "ready to move out of the country" last year, a friend said Tuesday. "He was tired of dealing with the government," said Kristi Suthamtewkal, whose husband owns the Thai Bowl Restaurant in Fort Worth, where Alexis worked in exchange for room and board. But instead of leaving the U.S., the former Navy reservist relocated from Texas to Virginia, where an IT company called The Experts put him on a government
In April 2012, the Obama re-election campaign posted a photo of a staff meeting on its Tumblr account. The aides in the picture were young, casually dressed, and enthusiastic — and nearly all white. The campaign took heat on the Internet for a remarkable lack of diversity, particularly since the staff was working to re-elect the first black president in U.S. history. Now, a new book filled with inside information from the campaign reports that top Obama aides were also taking heat from key donors and supporters. In The Message: The Reselling of President Obama, author Richard Wolffe writes that
President Obama´s second autobiography, The Audacity of Hope, attempts to channel the spirit of great American statesmen. But it is one thing to channel the spirit of great men, and quite another to steal their words without assigning credit, especially within the confines of a bestselling book. While we should praise the former, we should rightly criticize the latter as a form of intellectual plagiarism. Now, Obama has faced these criticisms before. In early 2008, for example, Hillary Clinton´s campaign accused him of plagiarizing a speech by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
A hit-and-run driver struck two U.S. Army recruiters Tuesday in Roseville, dragging one of the men, who was trapped under the vehicle for nearly three-quarters of a mile. A 52-year-old St. Paul man was arrested after police found his abandoned Jeep Cherokee about a mile from where the men were hit near the Crossroads of Roseville Shopping Center, 1651 W. County Road B2. When police were called about 1:40 p.m., witnesses said one man had been dragged to the intersection of County Road B2 and Prior Avenue before freeing himself from the Jeep’s undercarriage. Police found the 42-year-old Circle Pines man conscious
In his much-discussed op-ed in The New York Times last week, President Vladimir Putin has made a curious case to the American people and the international community about the conflict in Syria. Using flowery language about internationalism, diplomacy and compassion, Putin made a few reasonable points, but by and large he drew entirely the wrong conclusions about the nature of the Syrian conflict and the lessons he should learn about the U.S. response. Putin wryly characterizes his opposition to Western involvement in Syria as a benevolent appeal of empathy for the innocents and respect for international law.
President Obama barely noticed, but there was a horrific mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday. In what has become a signature of this administration, a tone-deaf Obama pressed ahead with his plans to attack the Tea Party Republicans at an event marking five years since the financial crisis erupted. After some perfunctory remarks of condolence, Obama commenced with what the Associated Press described as a “blistering warning to congressional Republicans.”"I cannot remember a time when one faction of one party promises economic chaos if it can’t get 100 percent of what it wants,” Obama said, according to
WASHINGTON — On the most deadly day here since Sept. 11, 2001, with the capital reeling over the sadly familiar scene of a mass shooting by a madman, the chief executive stepped to the microphones and captured the heartbreak. It wasn’t the chief executive of the nation. It was Dr. Janis Orlowski, the chief operating officer of MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where three of those injured were being treated. (Snip)Top Democrats who used to consider Obama one cool cat now muse that he’s “one weird cat,” as one big shot put it.
A resolution on Syria could be delayed after serious disagreements between Russia and the West were laid bare during a UN Security Council meeting. The five permanent members of the council met Tuesday night to discuss the draft of a UN resolution prepared by the United States, Britain, and France, Interfax reported Wednesday. The Western governments proposed an amendment to the text that would hold Bashar Assad´s regime responsible for use of chemical weapons, specifically citing Chapter 7 of the UN Charter. This alteration would permit military intervention if Syria fails to put its chemical weapons under international control. Russian representatives resisted the
WASHINGTON- President Obama will try to enlist help from business leaders in his standoff with congressional Republicans over government spending and a looming vote to raise the debt limit, a White House official said. At a meeting with the Business Roundtable on Wednesday, Obama will ask corporate leaders to urge Republicans to give up plans to negotiate cuts in government spending, or a repeal of Obama´s healthcare law, in return for an increase in the debt limit, said the official, who asked not to be named discussing the president´s remarks before the meeting. "The president will ask the business community
To understand the Syrian mess, think of President Obama as the classic Jeff Bridges character in the 1998 Coen Brothers film “The Big Lebowski.” Just like the loveable Jeff Lebowski — the White-Russian-drinking dude dragged in to solve a confusing crime — Obama stumbles along into hopeful solutions to complex problems. And just like The Dude, he’d rather be bowling. Obama alone, we’re told, grasps the real world’s overwhelming complexity. As The Dude explains in the movie, “This is a very complicated case . . . You know, a lotta ins, a lotta outs, a lotta what-have-yous. And, uh, a lotta strands
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., wrote a scathing retort in the Moscow Times to Russian President Vladimir Putin´s Sept. 11 New York Times op-ed on Syria that also claimed America wasn´t exceptional. McKeon´s op-ed accuses Putin of making false conclusions about the war in Syria and the decision by the United States to consider, then reject, air strikes in Syria in retaliation for the Syrian government´s use of chemical weapons against its own people. "The Americans who read Putin´s op-ed are not dupes," McKeon wrote. "They are aware of the suppression of the Russian people, the
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday gun control legislation doesn’t have the votes to be approved by the Senate. Reid said he, as a result, has no plans to bring a gun control bill to the floor in the wake of a rampage at the Washington Navy Yard during which a gunman killed 12 people. “We’re going to move this up as quickly as we can, but we’ve got to have the votes first,” Reid told reporters. “We don’t have the votes. I hope we get them, but we don’t have them now.” Reid said expanded background checks are
Barack Obama has never been accused of possessing the most refined sense of appropriate, especially when it comes to what normal people regard as tragedies. Fifty-three weeks ago when four Americans were murdered by terrorists in Benghazi, Obama bemoaned the loss, vowed to deliver justice (still unfulfilled), then flew off for Las Vegas fundraising parties. [Snip] So, it shouldn´t be surprising that as heavily-armed SWAT teams combed the Washington Navy Yard, Obama took the occasion to proceed with one of his harshest partisan speeches in months. Aides maintain it never crossed Obama´s mind to cancel his remarks.
President Barack Obama walks like a duck, talks like a duck but gets a mainstream media and low information voter pass as a swan. Back on March 10, 2006, Canada Free Press (CFP) asked: Barack Obama a Muslim apostate headed for the White House? “The chapters in the Life and Times of Barack Obama always race ahead,” CFP wrote. “It was during one of those chapters where we found him taking up community organizing in the Altgeld Gardens housing project on the south side of Chicago, when he converted to Christianity, formerly being secular. (brainsip.com).
WASHINGTON — A month before a murderous rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, Aaron Alexis called the police in Rhode Island to complain that he had changed hotels three times because he was being pursued by people keeping him awake by sending vibrations through the walls. (Snip) The episode in Rhode Island adds to a growing list of questions about how Mr. Alexis, who had a history of infractions as a Navy reservist, mental health problems and run-ins with the police over gun violence, gained and kept a security clearance from the Defense Department that gave him access to military
A struggling President Obama is calling for help from members of his first-term A-Team, who have left the White House for other jobs. With his poll numbers falling and his second-term floundering so far, Obama has sought help from the former aides who helped catapult him to the presidency. When the president held a recent strategy meeting on the Syria conflict, for example, he invited former political adviser David Plouffe, former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, former chief speechwriter Jon Favreau and former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor to attend. Ex-advisers like Plouffe, Gibbs and David Axelrod routinely
WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama wants food makers and entertainment companies to spend less time advertising sweet and salty foods to kids and more time promoting healthier options. Concerned about the nation´s childhood obesity issues, the first lady on Wednesday is convening the first White House summit on food marketing to children to get involved parties talking about how to help consumers make healthier food choices. That includes enlisting the persuasive power of the multimillion-dollar food marketing industry. As she helped kick off a nationwide campaign last week to encourage people to drink more plain water, Mrs. Obama said she would
John Adams, in 1787, said: Property is surely a right of mankind as really as liberty. ... but the time would not be long before courage and enterprise would come, and pretexts be invented by degrees, ... in sharing it equally with its present possessors. Debts would be abolished first; taxes laid heavy on the rich, and not at all on the others; and at last a downright equal division of every thing be demanded, and voted. What would be the consequence of this? The idle, the vicious, the intemperate, would ... sell and spend all their share, and then demand