At least one parent in a California youth football league is throwing a flag at the new enforcement of a $200 fine and possible suspension of a any coach who allows his team to win a game by 35 points or more, KCRA.com reported.
The ObamaCare fight is turning hot and heavy. House Republicans have made an implausible threat to shut down the government to defund ObamaCare, but a plausible motive is to create fear, uncertainty and doubt (which already exists in abundance regarding ObamaCare) during the crucial sign-up period that begins next month. On the flip side, the administration´s last-minute decision not to require income documentation in the first year can only do wonders for enrollment. A handy Kaiser Family Foundation calculator shows how: A single person who estimates his 2014 income as $33,000 would get a measly $6. Change the estimate to $30,000
All the dirty laundry about Ponzi villain Bernie Madoff’s sex-crazed office antics — including a bizarre “love triangle” he was enmeshed in with employees — is now fair game in court, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. Judge Laura Taylor Swain denied a motion by the feds that jurors be barred from hearing the dirty details of what went on at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities when the Ponzi king’s longtime secretary and other former key staffers head to trial Oct. 7 for their roles in the epic scheme. In bombshell legal papers filed in August the feds had revealed that Madoff
The intriguing possibility that Lois Lerner might turn John Dean is on the table. Patrick Howley of The Daily Caller has tracked down what seems to be going on behind the scenes. IRS scandal figure Lois Lerner is negotiating through her lawyers with Rep. Darrell Issa´s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about possibly gaining immunity to testify again in the committee´s investigative hearings.(snip)Because it appears she was less than truthful in her testimony, Lerner has a lot to lose. She just retired and now reportedly is getting paid $50 large a year until she dies as a parting gift
So in the end President Obama did not let the Navy Yard tragedy go to “waste.” He finally addressed the nation last Sunday to explain why the deaths of a dozen innocent victims on September 16 should mean more power for him and the government, and less freedom for millions of innocent, law-abiding citizens across America — who are actually reducing gun violence (and much more effectively than Obama and the Democrats). Obama recounted in his September 22 remarks, “As president I have now grieved with five American communities ripped apart by mass violence: Fort Hood, Tucson, Aurora, Sandy Hook, and
Among influential U.S. political tweeters, President Barack Obama is the undisputed king of the fake followers. A MailOnline analysis ranks his sizable Twitter following as the most deceptive total among the 21 most influential accounts run by American politicians: More than 19.5 million of his 36.9 million Twitter followers are accounts that don´t correspond to real people.
On Sunday evening, we discussed the debate on defunding Obamacare – specifically, whether Senate Republicans were being disingenuous in their claim to support defunding. While arguing that Republicans were engaged in sleight-of-hand, I conceded that the GOP’s calculation that avoiding a government shutdown outweighs defunding Obamacare is not “frivolous.” Ramesh proceeded to inflate this concession, paraphrasing me as having described this calculation as “perfectly honorable.” That is not what I said. Non-frivolous and honorable are not synonyms, and there is nothing honorable about the ongoing political game of posing as an ardent defunding supporter while voting in a manner that guarantees
In what may have been the most widely awaited speech at the United Nations, Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, preached tolerance and understanding on Tuesday, decried as a form of violence the Western sanctions imposed on his country and said nuclear weapons had no place in its future. Mr. Rouhani, whose speech followed President Obama’s by more than six hours, also acknowledged Mr. Obama’s outreach to Iran aimed at resolving more than three decades of estrangement and recrimination, and expressed hope that “we can arrive at a framework to manage our differences.” But the Iranian leader also asserted that the
NEW YORK - Michelle Obama says Harlem is a "quintessentially American" cultural gem. The first lady made the remarks Tuesday during a New York City luncheon she hosted for the spouses of foreign dignitaries. Mrs. Obama spoke to about 50 spouses of chiefs of state and heads of government who are attending the UN General Assembly. They were gathered in the main gallery of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Mrs. Obama lauded the many cultural luminaries who once performed in the upper Manhattan neighborhood, including jazz musician Louis Armstrong and poet Langston Hughes. She said Harlem is a "thread that
Pick your version (I like the Steve Alaimo original) but the chorus is the same: "Everyday I have to cry some Everyday I have to cry some -Dry the water from my eyes some Everyday I have to cry.." Everyday, we learn something new about Obama Care and "everyday you want to cry some". POLITICO adds another article to the growing list of daily surprises about the law that no one read. I´m convinced that most Senate Democrats voted for this law hoping that The Supreme Court would kill it. How do you explain responsible legislators voting for this law?
At first, it just seemed odd. President Obama scheduled an address to the nation. He was going to explain to the American people why he’d decided to attack Syria, for its use of chemical weapons on its own people. John Kerry had already said it wasn´t going to be a large attack. [Snip] Except Obama’s address didn´t say anything about that. Instead, the president announced to a waiting nation what he wasn’t going to do. He wasn´t going to attack Syria. And he wasn´t asking Congress anymore to grant him attack authority. Now, this has become Obama’s pattern.
ST. PETERSBURG — Once, he tried to kill himself by jumping in front of a car. Another time, by jumping into Mirror Lake. On a different occasion, he broke free of restraints at St. Anthony’s Hospital and tried to strangle himself with one of the cords attached to a machine monitoring his condition. Since the beginning of the year, Kenneth Sprankle, 27-year-old homeless man, run across police officers in St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park 10 times because of his mental condition, according to both agencies. That doesn’t include the eight additional occasions when police arrested Sprankle, whether it
With gunmen running amok from all angles, their gut reaction must have been to flee for their lives. But this young family were able to escape the Kenyan mall massacre by having the remarkable presence of mind to play dead in their fight to survive. Dramatic new video has emerged that shows the mother lying completely still with her arm around her youngest child. Her elder daughter lies motionless next to them alongside a bag of shopping. Their calmness in the most terrifying of situations enabled them to evade detection by Islamic terrorists who had stormed the complex and gave
Dr. Thomas Sowell, in his recent column for National Review, asserts that the effort to defund Obamacare is an unnecessary "distraction" which serves only to help the president and Democrats.(snip)options are not a luxury we conservatives have. We have been under siege, and are now surrounded, awaiting the coming salvos of Obamacare implementation which will decimate American liberty. Government bureaucrats stand ready to sign up millions of new dependents to the government healthcare rolls, whose only job will be to vote for Democrats in the coming elections to ensure continued benefits -- which by hook, crook, or Democrat-organized bussing to
Although Al Shabaab is the largest and most violent terrorist group in Somalia, there is relatively little known about this Al Qaeda group´s day-to-day functioning. Formed in the chaos of Mogadishu in 2006 by the radical Islamic Courts in the capital city, Al Shabaab -- translated from Arabic as "The Youth" -- originally performed duties as enforcers and police for the court. (snip) In order to put a human face to Al Shabaab, I arranged an interview with Ahmed, a 24 year old, self-described member of Al Shabaab, in the Sahafi Hotel in Mogadishu in late June. He arrived a
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has been giving his marathon speech (modeled on an old-fashioned filibuster) for nearly 17 hours, meaning he is now neck-and-neck with some of the longest official filibusters ever. Cruz has now spoken for longer than all but four historical filibusters. Here’s a quick tip sheet counting down the longest filibusters in history and the time Cruz would need to reach, given that he started at 2:41 p.m. eastern time, to trump them: 9. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) (2013): 12 hours, 52 minutes Cruz surpassed Paul at 3:34 a.m. 8. Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) (1964): 14:13 Cruz surpassed Byrd at 4:55 a.m. 7. Sen.
Ted Cruz´s filibuster-like speech in the Senate on Tuesday wasn´t primarily about Obamacare. It was about making Congress more responsive to the people. Cruz is not a policy wonk or a health care expert. He probably can´t explain how the exchanges face huge logistical hurdles, how the regulations lead to provider consolidation, or how the whole package will raise health care costs and limit access. Instead, Cruz explained that Obamacare is unpopular – that Americans don’t want the law to go into effect – but that Congress doesn’t care. A Washington Post/ABC poll last week found 52 percent opposed the law, while
As time passes, the more it becomes apparent, as it should have been from the start, that the Russian "triumph" over America on the chemical weapons deal in Syria was an illusion. Vladimir Putin is driving Russia ever deeper into a mire in Syria. The conflict is repeatedly compared to the Iraq war, but the comparison with Afghanistan is much closer. Some have called it "Iran´s Vietnam" but there´s a chance it may become Russia´s Afghanistan all over again. President Obama´s decision to call off air and missile strikes in return for a chemical weapons deal may have been a
The man formerly hailed as a messiah was having a bad day. The Iranians snubbed him. The Brazilians upbraided him. Ted Cruz fauxlibustered him. And you just know that, behind the scenes, the Russians were messing with him. At the end of a long, hard day at the United Nations, he escaped into the sweaty and freighted embrace of the Clintons, who had to explain and defend the president’s own health care plan for him at their global initiative conference/Hillary 2016 pep rally. The choreography of diplomacy danced around the tantalizing possibility of a historic handshake that could end three
So much for handshake diplomacy.President Obama’s bid to mellow 30 years of hatred and hostility blew up in his face at the United Nations when Iran’s new leader, Hassan Rouhani, snubbed him three times — and wouldn’t even meet him for a much-anticipated grip and grin.The salvo of diplomatic insults began when Rouhani failed to join Iranian delegates at the General Assembly to hear Obama make an extended overture to Iran in his annual address.Instead, Rouhani gleefully tweeted that he was “in a meeting with International Monetary Fund Chief Christine Lagarde.”Then, when Obama hosted a luncheon of world leaders —
“I have an activist’s desire to improve people’s lives.” —Bill de Blasio The term of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ends in November 2013. Most New Yorkers are blissfully unaware of the fiscal and political train wreck that awaits them once Mayor Bloomberg steps off the stage. In discussions with members of the business community over the past several weeks, it is clear to this writer and Manhattan resident that the New York City of the past 12 years is not going to be the Gotham of the future. Part of the reason that New York has seemed so
I realize the only question the mainstream media want answered about Obamacare is, “When do John McCain and Ted Cruz rip off their shirts and knife-fight on the floor of the Senate?” But at the risk of being utterly irrelevant and hopelessly out of step, I have another far-less-relevant question about Obamacare: Does the damn thing work? Not to be the party pooper — I like a knock-down, drag-out political fight as much as the next guy — but we are talking about people’s health insurance here. And health insurance affects other small side issues of life such as, “Do
Look, Democrats. You fouled up on Obamacare. You fouled up big time, and time is running out to mitigate the damage. You said you had to pass the bill in order to see what’s in it. Apparently it was like the Ark of the Covenant. Yes, this is a train wreck. It’s a train wreck upon another train wreck, upon another train wreck… it’s train wrecks all the way down. For starters, it’s a fragmentation grenade to the full-time job market. CNBC: With open enrollment for Obamacare about to begin, small- and medium-sized businesses are not hiring because of uncertainty surrounding the implementation of
President Barack Obama told roughly 200 New York donors Tuesday that he’s using their money to win a Democratic majority for the House of Representatives in November 2014. “I’m… going to be working as hard as I can to make sure that we have a Congress that is able in my last two years as President to get as much done as we got done in our first two years,” he said, reminding the 200 wealthy donors of his success in using Obamacare to impose government control over the nation’s health-care sector. With Congress back under Democratic control, he said,
The Republican Party has a new heart, says Matt Drudge—or perhaps at least two. As Texas Senator Ted Cruz was into his filibuster-like maneuver to bring attention to defunding Obamacare, Drudge took to Twitter to proclaim that the "heart" of the party has shifted. As Cruz took center stage on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Drudge Tweeted that "Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have taken over the heart of the party." Many would add Utah´s Senator Mike Lee to that list. But there was more. Drudge had a warning for New Jersey´s top man: "Christie going to have uphill battle against
Junk Science: Earth has gained 19,000 Manhattans of sea ice since this date last year, the largest increase on record. There is more sea ice now than there was in mid-September 1990. Al Gore, call your office. A 2007 prediction that summer in the North Pole could be "ice-free by 2013" that was cited by former Vice President Al Gore in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech has proven to be off . .. by 920,000 square miles. But then Democrats have never been good at math — or climate science. In his Dec. 10, 2007, "Earth has a fever"