What´s a leftist to do when a cherished program fails embarrassingly? Of course, create a phantom success, and publicize it relentlessly. And that is exactly what has happened with the disastrous launch of Healthcare.gov and the assorted state websites intended to enroll people in Obamacare. Obamacare found its poster boy for "success" in one Chad Henderson, who claims to have successfully enrolled where others have encountered nothing but frustration. As Chad wrote on his Facebook page: I´ve now been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post,Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Huffington Post, Enroll America, and POLITICO!
Is Ronan Farrow Frank Sinatra´s child? The late crooner´s wife, Barbara Sinatra, doesn´t believe a word of it. Actress Mia Farrow set tongues wagging when she told Vanity Fair´s November issue that her 25-year-old son, Ronan Farrow, was "possibly" fathered by Frank Sinatra. The 68-year-old star, who was married to Sinatra for 18 months, revealed that she was still involved with the blue-eyed singer during her relationship with the director Woody Allen. "We never really split up," Farrow told the magazine. But in Barbara Sinatra´s opinon, the paternity buzz is utter bunk. "I can´t hardly believe that," Sinatra told The
Chinese President Xi Jingping has held talks with Malaysia´s leader Prime Minister Najib Razak as part of a Southeast Asian charm offensive, with analysts saying he had "the floor to himself" after Barack Obama scrapped his own Asia tour. A day after a new trade deal with Indonesia, the two men today agreed to nearly triple two-way trade. (Snip)Xi´s visit to Indonesia and Malaysia and his planned attendance at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit have taken on added significance with the announcement Barack Obama will stay in America to focus on the government shut down.
The good news is President Obama finally canceled his entire extraneous trip to Asia, which was set to start tomorrow. Not because he´s going to conscientiously immerse himself in solving the ongoing government shutdown like a real president. But because, of course, how it would look otherwise. This keen student of politics apparently realized, or someone tipped him, that the optics of Obama convivially chatting up and negotiating with Asian leaders and a sultan in four faraway countries looked a little funny with his own government paralyzed.
Republican Gov. Tom Corbett compared the marriage of same-sex couples to the marriage of a brother and sister during an appearance on a Friday morning TV news show. The Pennsylvania governor was on WHP-TV in Harrisburg speaking about gay marriage when an anchor asked about a statement his lawyers made in a recent court filing, comparing the marriage of gay couples to the marriage of children because neither can legally marry in the state. "It was an inappropriate analogy, you know," Corbett said. "I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don´t you?"
Although the government shutdown continues, it appears President Barack Obama and the White House are not getting any closer to negotiating with Republicans. A quotation from an unnamed senior administration official in today´s Wall Street Journal explains why. Said a senior administration official: "We are winning...It doesn´t really matter to us" how long the shutdown lasts "because what matters is the end result." With this view, it explains why President Obama won´t agree to any piecemeal legislation that would keep Veterans Affairs and NIH open during the shutdown. And it explains why President Obama would rather cancel his Asia trip
This week, the McDonald’s location at Main and Gray got some extra special attention for a sign at its side entrance imploring those sliding in for burgers and fries to pull their pants up. It’s been there for weeks but the right person must have just seen since it’s right up there next to the government shutdown in everyone’s mind. The same sign is up at the McDonald’s at Westheimer and Kirkwood too. And hey, it looks like Happy Meals are $1.99 on Tuesdays now. I know where I’m going after happy hour. “No one wants to see your underwear,”
A Connecticut woman who was shot to death by police after a car chase that began when she tried to breach a barrier at the White House suffered from post-partum depression, her mother said. (Snip) Carey´s mother, Idella Carey, told ABC News on Thursday night that her daughter began suffering from post-partum depression after giving birth to her daughter, Erica, last August. "A few months later, she got sick," she said. "She was depressed. ... She was hospitalized." Idella Carey said her daughter had "no history of violence" and she didn´t know why she was in Washington on Thursday. She said she
When you can’t beat them, join them. That’s what the Soviet Union did to curtail Christianity’s anti-communist influence. In a new book titled Disinformation, a covert campaign to discredit Pope Piux XII is revealed. In addition, the Soviets tried to influence the church with a Marxist-friendly version of Christianity. The communists’ strategy against the church had three pillars: A propaganda offensive; the implanting of agents of influence and the promotion of Liberation Theology, an anti-Western spin on scripture. Disinformation is written by Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest-ranking Soviet bloc defector and Ronald Rychlak, Professor of Law at the University of Mississippi.
WASHINGTON — Republican efforts to resolve the fiscal standoff that has closed much of the federal government heated up Thursday, the third day of the shutdown, with new talks over a broad budget deal and an effort by more moderate House members to break the logjam. Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Budget Committee, has initiated conversations with senior House Republicans on a broad deficit reduction deal that would allow some increases to federal programs squeezed by the automatic cuts known as sequestration in exchange for long-term changes to programs like Medicare and Social Security. The
Tea party groups, Franklin Graham, Christine O´Donnell, a pro-marriage group. And now Dr. Ben Carson. The list of conservatives targeted by the Internal Revenue Service for audits, tax-exempt reviews or tax privacy breaches keeps growing, raising fresh questions in Washington about whether a scandal the Obama administration has blamed on bureaucratic incompetence and coincidence may in fact involve something more nefarious.
What ails Washington? My list would include hyper-partisan redistricting schemes, pay-to-play corruption, zero-sum-gain ideology, runaway entitlement spending and, finally, the trivializing notion that U.S. politics is a game played by celebrity-politicians. Who broke Washington? No one person, of course, but former GOP strongman Tom DeLay checks every sleazy box. The former GOP House majority leader represented Texas´ 22nd congressional district from 1984 to 2006, when he left amid scandal. Redistricting: The Constitution requires new congressional lines to be drawn every 10 years to reflect the latest census, a process that has always been freighted by politics. Text corrected by Staff.
In an incident ignored by the media, race-baiter extraordinaire Andrea Mitchell and other big-name journalists candidly exposed their bigotry and racial prejudices at a friendly forum in the nation´s capital last year. In an unusually candid conversation, mainstream media stars Mitchell, David Gregory, and Dana Milbank let loose in an orgy of Caucasian self-flagellation during a panel discussion titled, "Media: Race & Politics - The Impact of Race in Politics 2012," at the National Action Network´s conference in Washington, D.C. The left-wing street thug group is headed by none other than Jew-hating homophobe and Obama ally Al Sharpton.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that he intends to introduce a tax break for married couples, fulfilling a long-standing promise to recognize marriage in the UK’s tax system (unlike in the U.S., where a married couple can pool their income and deductions, Britain currently treats individuals largely separately for tax purposes). The measure, which is aimed at low- and middle-income earners, would leave a typical couple around $330 a year better off. (Snip) Reaction to the announcement from the left has been predictably hostile. Labor politicians have condemned the plan as “insulting” to single parents (a designated victim
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- A day after vowing to defy a National Parks Service mandate to shut down, the Pisgah Inn changed course Thursday. The lodge, which operates in a building and on land owned by the park service along the Blue Ridge Parkway, will close because of the federal government shutdown, general manager Rob Miller said. "Due to the fact that a resolution to the shutdown becomes more of a distant promise every day, the Pisgah Inn in cooperation with the National Park Service has decided to cease operations," Miller said in a written statement.
Shutting down the government in an effort to use a budget fight to get rid of Obamacare is not the strategy I would have recommended for the GOP. And while Republicans can be blamed for starting the shutdown, it’s increasingly apparent that President Obama and the Democrats deserve the lion’s share of blame for not only prolonging it but also making it as painful as possible. Obama has always had a bit of a vindictive streak when it comes to politics. I think it stems from his Manichaean view of America. There are the reasonable people — who agree with
Regulations issued by the Obama administration this week would require members of Congress to buy one of the top-tier insurance plans from the ObamaCare exchanges. The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the House sent guidance to members of Congress this week, based on a directive from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), that says they must choose plans from the "gold" level of insurance coverage, not "bronze" or "silver" plans. "Platinum" is the only higher level of coverage under the exchanges. "For plan year 2014, Members of Congress and designated congressional staff will choose from 112 options in the Gold
Tropical Storm Karen has formed in the Gulf of Mexico, and meteorologists expect it could be a hurricane by Friday--sparking hurried preparations across Florida and Louisiana. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the late-season storm formed Thursday morning. It was about 500 miles (805 km) south of the mouth of the Mississippi River and already had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph). The hurricane watch was in effect from Grand Isle, La., to Indian Pass in the Florida Panhandle. A tropical storm watch also was in effect for parts of the Louisiana coast west of Grand
A recent spate of high-profile shootings at South Side parks has drawn attention to a little-publicized police strategy to work with neighborhoods to retake public spaces. Historically, parks and playgrounds have been community anchors where residents meet and children come to swing, climb on the jungle gym, learn to throw and dribble balls, and fall off their training bicycles. But the recent violence -- this week´s shooting that injured three teens in Merrill Park and last month´s shooting at Cornell Square Park that wounded 13 -- has framed play areas as gang strongholds. That´s where Operation: Wake-Up! comes in. Its
A Muslim cleric has been shot dead in the Kenyan port of Mombasa, amid high tensions between the Muslim community and the security forces. Ibrahim "Rogo" Omar and three other people were shot as they drove home on Thursday night after preaching. The killing is similar to that of Aboud Rogo Mohammed last year, which sparked days of rioting by Muslims. It comes two weeks after the attack on a Kenyan shopping centre, which killed at least 67 people. Somali Islamist group al-Shabab, which is part of al-Qaeda, said its militants stormed the mall in Kenya´s capital Nairobi in retaliation
In case there´s any doubt as to who´s to blame for this outrage, a spokesman for National Park Service said the White House Office of Management and Budget ordered up the blockades.Even Bill Clinton didn´t have the audacity to try such a thing during the 1995 government shutdown.As the AP reported at the time, "tourists were free to wander the halls of the Capitol, touch the walls of the Vietnam Memorial and climb the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to read the Gettysburg Address — those and other similar sites don´t require supervision of federal employees." This isn´t the first time
The Lawrence motorcyclist struck and paralyzed as a desperate SUV driver tried to escape the rage of other bikers in New York on Sunday has a six-page criminal record that began at age 12 with a negligent driving charge and includes jail time for drugs, guns, resisting arrest and other convictions, according to court records. Edwin Mieses, 32, never got a driver’s license in the Bay State, the Registry of Motor Vehicles said, but he was frequently nabbed behind the wheel, and even sentenced to jail for driving without a license, court records show. Mieses has a pending case out
Something sinister is brewing in Silicon Valley. It involves 23AndMe, the human genomics startup co-founded by Sergey Brin’s soon-to-be ex-wife Anne Wojcicki. The company, whose investors include Google Ventures--Google’s investment arm--has patented a gene calculator to allow people to pick and choose the physical traits of their future child. Eugenics is suddenly the hot new Silicon Valley plan. The system proposed by 23AndMe in its patent filing--submitted in December 2008 but just made public--compares your genes to others in a database to recommend a mating match which would produce a child with the traits you desire. It’s like Match.com redesigned
Leaders of America’s largest teachers unions are joining teachers in 170 countries to urge political leaders to invest more in K-12 education around the world. The campaign is organized by Education International, an umbrella group of unions representing 30 million teachers, and will be announced Friday in New York with United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown. “The whole premise is that every single child ought to have access to a free, universal, quality education,” said Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers’ union. “There´s not a country in the world where
LONDON- Britain´s Daily Mail newspaper will tell you that many things you eat can give you cancer, global warming is probably bunk and the British way of life is under threat from pernicious Eurocrats in Brussels. The Mail is Britain´s most polarizing paper, and one of the most powerful. To fans, it´s the voice of old-fashioned British values and the enemy of meddling bureaucrats and stultifying political correctness. To critics it´s a sensationalist, small-minded rag that demonizes feminists, foreigners and the poor. To politicians, the Mail is a formidable force whose blessing can help deliver crucial swing votes and whose wrath
Because Barack Obama was elected on a campaign promise of “fundamentally transforming” the United States, and because our nation then proceeded to lose much of its international influence and domestic economic dynamism, it is easy to say “this is intentional. It’s just what he wants.” Yet while Obama might, in his heart of hearts, not bemoan the loss of jobs and economic growth at home, and American power and prestige abroad, ascribing it to an intentional effort gives Obama credit for qualities and skills he does not possess. Neocon David Horowitz entitled a recent fundraising letter for his Freedom Center “Urgent: Is