Policing: The Dallas County Sheriff´s Office gets an MRAP tactical military vehicle, used for counterinsurgency fighting in Iraq, as law enforcement becomes a collection of SWAT teams pursuing not-always-guilty Americans. In early August, a SWAT team broke through the gates of a 3.5-acre farm in Arlington, Texas, that promotes a sustainable lifestyle and did a 10-hour search of the property. Residents were handcuffed and held at gunpoint as police looked for nonexistent marijuana plants and various city code violations. As the owners watched, 10 tons of their private property was hauled off in trucks — dangerous items such as blackberry bushes, okra,
Big Government: When the government shuts down, the president will do without three-fourths of his White House staff — 1,265 taxpayer-salaried federal workers. That´s a fraction of the government´s total waste. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who didn´t show up to vote on the budget last week, recently claimed, "the cupboard is bare. There´s no more cuts to make" in a government that spends almost $4 trillion each year. But it´s funny how when the massive state apparatus is starved of its cash flow, lots of things magically appear in that bare cupboard. A Sept. 26 letter from the assistant to the president
For Marcella Hazan, Italian food wasn´t spaghetti and meatballs or pizza buried in cheese, and, in fact, never really existed as a simple meal on a red-checked tablecloth. The food of her native land was really the food of individual regions that through the ages had been independent, sometimes hostile, and certainly not prone to mimicking their enemies´ cuisine at the family dinner table. She made it her life´s work to preserve and innovate recipes that reflected the best of regional cooking in Italy and in the process introduced legions of Americans to the true foods of her native land.
LAKE CHARLES, LA — Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso addressed the media today regarding the case of a pastor who was shot and killed in front of his congregation. “This is a shooting that took place in front of 60 some people, so it’s going to take time to come to a conclusion,” he said. “It will not just take days but several weeks to get to the truth and the bottom of this.” (Snip) The possible motive investigators are currently working to confirm is that Pastor Harris was involved in some sort of sexual relationship with Karey’s wife.
RUSH: I was just made aware there´s a commentary piece at Bloomberg by a member of their editorial board, a guy named Christopher Flavelle. The headline of his piece, "Who Cares if the Public Doesn´t Support Obamacare?" Right. Exactly. Who cares. "Republicans seeking to shut down the government over Obamacare are right about one thing: More Americans oppose the law than support it. Does that make it less legitimate? Or is it the new -- and worrisome -- normal for important government policies? "If public support were a prerequisite for government action, the U.S. would be in serious trouble. A poll
Washington -- Hosting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Monday, President Barack Obama said the US remains "clear-eyed" going into direct talks with Iran over its nuclear program, and said it is "absolutely clear" that words will not be enough to stop Western sanctions— or his consideration of military action, should Iran choose to continue enriching uranium. (Snip) But sitting beside each other in the Oval Office, Netanyahu urged Obama to tighten sanctions on the Islamic Republic, and said Israel reserves the right to wage a unilateral military campaign against Iran´s nuclear facilities should the words of
The commandant of the Marine Corps on Monday took the extraordinary step of firing two generals for not adequately protecting a giant base in southern Afghanistan that Taliban fighters stormed last year, resulting in the deaths of two Marines and the destruction of a half a dozen U.S. fighter jets. It is the first time since the Vietnam War that a general, let alone two, has been sacked for negligence after a successful enemy attack. (Snip) The two, Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, the top Marine commander in southern Afghanistan at the time, and Maj. Gen. Gregg A. Sturdevant, the
Peter Roff at US News and World Report argues that politicians are like cats. You can’t tell from the caterwauling whether they’re fighting or mating. In particular he argues that neither the administration nor the “mainstream” Republicans really want a ‘government shutdown’. Both simply want to use it as a bargaining chip — “crowbar” might be a better word — to extract political gain. They’ve set it up so when the crisis is resolved they’ll have more public money than ever before. Peter Roff at US News and World Report argues that politicians are like cats. You can’t tell from
NBC and CNN have both pulled the plug on projects about potential presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. In July, NBC announced with fanfare that it was developing a four-hour minseries about Clinton and had tapped Diane Lane to portray the former first lady and former secretary of State. The project was blasted by the Republican National Committee and others who feared that Clinton would be given softball treatment. They worried the minseries would be little more than a campaign commercial for an expected run by Clinton for the White House in 2016. In a statement, NBC spokesman Richard Licata said,
NBC Entertainment has cancelled its highly anticipated dramatic miniseries about Hillary Clinton after intense pressure from Clinton aides and supporters, as well as the Republican National Committee. "After reviewing and prioritizing our slate of movie/miniseries development, we’ve decided that we will no longer continue developing the Hillary Clinton miniseries,” the network said in a statement Monday. The announcement comes just hours after CNN Films confirmed that its forthcoming Clinton documentary project had been cancelled. The director of that project, Charles Ferguson, said that pressure from Clinton-land and the RNC had cast a chilling effect on potential sources and interview subjects.
RUSH: I have a story here from the Washington Post. I know when I pass the contents on you´re not gonna believe it. Or, if you believe it you´re gonna say it´s meaningless because it has no practical application in reality. But the headline of the story: "Americans Are More Conservative Than They Have Been in Decades." I´ve got two stories here. I´m wondering if they´re both using the same poll. The second one, the Washington Examiner, does use Public Policy Polling, and that bunch has just been totally discredited. Public Policy Polling polled the Colorado recall election over guns three
Apparently, a teleprompter somewhere alerted our 44th-least-engaged president that a crisis/opportunity was presenting itself and it was time for him to look up from the 16th tee and act presidential. What other explanation could there be for President Obama’s sudden focus on the looming government slowdown? The nation’s chief executive, who has not held a single meeting with Republicans on the 2014 budget over the past couple of weeks, is only marginally more culpable than Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who admitted that he hadn’t talked to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) once over the issue just a few
MetroPCS store on Oakland´s MacArthur Boulevard. 7:45 p.m. Thursday. Store owner Abdullah Qasem is behind the counter when two men in hoodies burst in through the back door. The men cover their faces with their hands, and one suggests he has a gun. This is Qasem´s first time being robbed, but he knows the drill. (Snip) Another night in the robbery capital of America. No city had more robberies per capita than Oakland in 2012. According to new federal statistics, Oakland had 10.9 robberies per 1,000 residents. And 2013 is shaping up to be even worse. The trend defies easy
New Brunswick — A former chemist at Bristol-Myers Squibb was sentenced today to life in prison for murdering her husband by feeding him thallium, a tasteless, odorless and highly lethal chemical, after he sought a divorce. Judge Michael Toto ordered Tianle Li of Monroe to spend life in state prison. Under the terms of the no early release act, Li, who is 44, must serve 85 percent of her sentence, or at least 62 years, six months and 19 days in prison. (Snip) "Ms. Li sat at her husband´s bedside and watched his condition deteriorate knowing there was an antidote
RUSH: Just got urgent news from the Washington Post. I have this urgent news right here my formerly nicotine-stained fingers ´cause I just printed it out. Urgent breaking news from the Washington Post: "You Will No Longer Be Able to Watch This Baby Panda Online if the Government Shuts Down." Right there it is. That´s the headline right there with a picture of the panda. I´m showing it there. Urgent news, Washington Post! Next thing you know, we´re gonna hear that they´re gonna close the sleigh ride concession, Jellystone National Park. I know there´s no snow yet, but there will be
Amid the current legislative brinksmanship over ObamaCare, a rallying cry of supporters has been "It´s the law of the land." Al Gore struck the theme last week in a much publicized and highly inflammatory speech at the Brookings Institution: Why does partisanship have anything to do with such a despicable and dishonorable threat to the integrity of the United States of America? It cannot be allowed. But it can only be stopped if people in both parties, independents as well, say, "Look, I might not agree with everything that´s in the Affordable Care Act, but it did pass, it was upheld
RUSH: Greetings, my friends, and welcome to what the Democrat Party is considering its opening move in the 2014 campaign: a government shutdown that looms in front of all of us. It´s the latest, and it is the next Democrat Party campaign move. It is felt and it´s being covered by the media totally in historical ways. It is not being adapted to anything really happening. If I were to tell you that I don´t even know what really is happening here, I probably would be more honest than not. You know, I´ve been doing this for 25 years. We´ve been
Andre Breton, artist and author of The Surrealist Manifesto, once said that the simplest act of surrealist art would be to go out into the street with a revolver and start shooting indiscriminately into the crowd. (Snip) The surrealist movement was the offspring of Dada, a nihilistic form of art born out of the horror of World War I that rejected reason, rationality, and meaning. Surrealism continued this rebellion against Rationalism by championing a form of irrationalism that could be somewhat characterized by the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, namely, casting off the old conceptions of life and morality and
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has essentially taken the House speakership from John Boehner during the fight over federal spending, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) charged Monday. "It´s pretty clear that this whole episode is being driven by the hard-right, extreme, Tea Party elements of the Republican Party, and we´re seeing that play out in the House, where Sen. Cruz is essentially running the show," Van Hollen said during a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor in Washington. "If Speaker Boehner doesn´t want to assert his leadership," he added, "then he should go ahead and turn the gavel over to
There´s another budget crisis in Washington, and it´s unfolding inside the Democratic party. The Democratic National Committee remains so deeply in the hole from spending in the last election that it is struggling to pay its own vendors. It is a highly unusual state of affairs for a national party -- especially one that can deploy the President as its fundraiser-in-chief -- and it speaks to the quiet but serious organizational problems the party has yet to address since the last election, obscured in part by the much messier spectacle of GOP infighting. The Democrats´ numbers speak for themselves: Through
For Republicans, the cliffhanger over a government shutdown is a win-win. If they manage to extract a concession from Senate Democrats in exchange for voting to approve a continuing resolution to fund the government’s operations, then they’ve won. The House Republicans are asking for a repeal of ObamaCare’s tax on medical devices and a one-year delay of the implementation of the health care law. If they get either one, they’ll have achieved something that they wouldn’t have achieved had they been as pliant as President Obama wanted. And — here is the underappreciated point — if the Republicans fold and
The con is on, folks. Although a new CNN poll shows that across-the-board everyone will be blamed and damaged should the government shut down tomorrow, that is not the spin coming today from CNN or the rest of the left-wing media. Desperate to replay the ´90s, even though today´s poll says differently, the media are working together to terrify the GOP into caving when what we really have is a situation wherein Obama is going to be much more damaged than a Republican Party that doesn´t have much to lose. According to the CNN poll, 58% believe congressional Democrats are
Even before she retired last week, scandalized IRS official Lois Lerner´s compensation was already attracting attention. While on administrative leave, federal rules allowed her to keep collecting a salary, one that reportedly totaled $177,000. So it was no surprise when speculation arose over how much Lerner could collect in federal pension benefits. Unfortunately, that speculation, which initially projected a benefit of over $50,000, might be off by about half ... and in the wrong direction. National Taxpayers Union calculations show that Lerner could qualify for a starting pension at the annual equivalent of as much as $102,600, and up to
Conservative groups advising Americans not to sign up for the Obamacare exchanges “are guilty of murder,” according to Maine independent Sen. Angus King. King, who caucuses with the Democrats, told Salon in an interview published Monday that efforts to dissuade young people from signing up is a “scandal,” and a deadly one. “That’s a scandal — those people are guilty of murder in my opinion,” King said in a Friday interview with Salon’s Brian Beutler. “Some of those people they persuade are going to end up dying because they don’t have health insurance.” “For people who do that to other