A Florida mom was surprised when her 11-year-old daughter came home from school carrying a letter from the county health department. The notice alerted Kristen Grasso that her sporty daughter is overweight. Grasso’s daughter, Lily, plays on the volleyball team at her elementary school in Naples, Fl. Lily is strong and muscular at 63 inches tall and 124 pounds. But her body mass index (BMI) is 22, which places her slightly above the 89th percentile and classifies her as overweight.
It’s too bad that Chad Henderson doesn’t live in El Paso, Texas. The entire national mainstream media industrial complex lauded the Organizing for America volunteer last week when he claimed that he had successfully signed up for Obamacare. El Paso’s KVIA-TV tried to duplicate the media’s feat on the local level — it tried to find a single local person who had successfully signed up under President Obama’s signature law. Failure ensued. Reporter Stephanie Valle, noting that Healthcare.gov was taken offline over the weekend to get a grip on its massive glitchfest, told her station’s audience that the site still
A meeting between top House leaders for the Republicans and Democrats prompted some head-scratching in the Capitol over what the purpose of the get-together was, in part because few insiders see Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as a figure in a position to help bridge the shutdown impasse. Adding to the mystery were two conflicting statements on how the meeting came together. Michael Steel, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner, told reporters via e-mail after the meeting that “Reps. Pelosi and Hoyer asked for the meeting, and as we’ve stated publicly, we’re willing to meet with any Democratic leader who is willing to
A University of Michigan graduate penned an open letter that went viral online as she described how President Barack Obama’s signature health care law hurts the working poor, and has “raped” her future. Ashley Dionne, 26, posted the now-viral letter to conservative radio host Dennis Prager’s Facebook page earlier this week. She explains how she graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009, at which point she was told she was “too educated and wouldn’t stay” at low-paying jobs. Dionne writes that she has a series of medical conditions, and the Obamacare system pushes her out of a system that favors the non-working
Earlier today, an unidentified bearded man took it upon himself to bring his lawnmower and a few tools to the Lincoln Memorial to provide free groundskeeping work to the closed federal monument. It´s unclear how much of the expansive lawn behind the memorial was mowed, but Park Police were alerted and three cruisers with multiple officers showed up. THE WEEKLY STANDARD watched the officers observing the mystery mower from a distance, as he appeared to be packing it up for the day, carefully placing his blue South Carolina flag in a tube attached to his tool-toting dolly. According to Park Police public information
CRANSTON, R.I. - Terence McAuliffe, the former chairman of the national Democratic Party and current Virginia gubernatorial candidate, was one of hundreds of people who invested in variable annuities that used terminally ill patients as the annuitants. McAuliffe and others became owners of the investment instruments through Cranston estate planner Joseph Caramadre. Caramadre pleaded guilty to stealing the identities of terminally ill patients and using that information to falsely apply for annuities and bonds with death puts. Prosecutors said Caramadre cost insurance companies between $37 million and $48 million from the scheme. Caramadre, with the help of a partner, would use personal
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, I had an idea yesterday. That press conference that Obama did, it was juvenile. It was something that a spoiled rotten kid would do. It was petulant. It certainly was not presidential. He called that press conference for one reason: to use the words "hostage," "bomb thrower," and "extremist" for an hour. That´s why he did the presser. So I told Cookie, I said, "Will you put together a montage? I want excerpts of Obama at the Gabby Giffords event, where he criticized this kind of behavior and where he urged everybody to stop this kind
An unusual confrontation took place on the U.S. Capitol steps Wednesday when District Mayor Vincent C. Gray crashed a news conference held by Senate Democrats and asked Majority Leader Harry Reid to exempt the city from the ongoing shutdown. “Sir, we are not a department of the government,” Gray told Reid moments after the mayor concluded his own press event about 50 yards from where Reid held one. “We’re simply trying to be able to spend our own money.” “I’m on your side, don’t screw it up, okay? Don’t screw it up,” Reid (Nev.) told his fellow Democrat. The intraparty tension comes after
RUSH: I want to go back to the Jon Stewart interview of Kathleen Sebelius. If you boil that down, you know what it was about? Jon Stewart just figured out -- and he had to learn this from New Media because his buddies in the Drive-Bys are not reporting this. He was very upset with Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services secretary, he learned Big Business got a year´s delay on the employer mandate, so they´ve been given a grace period of one year. They don´t have to provide their employees health care. But then he learned that the individual
"An old friend who has been active in politics for more than 30 years tells me he´s giving up," claims Robert Reich in a Puffington Host post: " ´I can´t stomach what´s going on in Washington anymore,´ he says. ´The hell with all of them. I have better things to do with my life.´ " Reich is a proven fabulist, so one has to assume any story he tells is a tall tale. But we´re interested in the supposed moral of the parable of Reich´s Disgusted Imaginary Friend: "My friend is falling exactly into the trap that the extreme right
RUSH: So it´s another classic example of, I think, utter incompetence, and if it´s not incompetence, then it is shamefully purposeful, and that is the denial of death benefits to these veterans killed in action. Fox did a report last night, brought home caskets that are fork lifted into a rented transport cargo plane. They can´t bring ´em back because of the government shutdown. We don´t have the money for it and so forth, and the families didn´t get death benefits, and Obama says, "Well, I´m gonna fix it now. I´m gonna go fix it." The idea that it happens
Paterson – Antwon DeWitt is getting a $7,500 settlement from a federal lawsuit he filed accusing city police officers of beating him with a flashlight while they arrested him on a gun charge in 2010. But it may take a while before DeWitt has much freedom in spending the money. That’s because DeWitt, who is 30, has more than two years left to serve on the prison term that resulted from that arrest, according to state corrections records. City officials said they decided to settle the case rather than risk being forced to make a bigger payment to the inmate.
Monmouth County — A jury in New Jersey has awarded $800,000 to a former athletic director who claimed she was the victim of a hostile work environment because she´s a lesbian. The panel in Monmouth County reached the verdict Tuesday against the Holmdel school board. Laurie Cancalosi, 51, said she began a relationship with the then-principal of Holmdel High School two months after she was hired in 2004. She claimed the school board targeted her based on her sexual orientation and failed to act on her complaints beginning in 2005 and until she was fired in 2006. The principal was fired
WASHINGTON— You probably haven’t heard of the Memorial Militia. It’s likely the group’s only member hadn’t heard of it before nine days ago. Now, armed with a chainsaw and lawnmower, Chris Cox is on a one-man mission to clean up the National Mall as the Park Service employees normally tasked with keeping the area tidy sit idle during the shutdown of the federal government. Cox, who resides in South Carolina, says he isn’t motivated by political reasons but feels obligated to help as veterans prepare to descend on the nation’s capital for this weekend’s Million Vet March. Regardless of how
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Parents were upset after Carrick High School approved a plan to have a Trayvon Martin theme day during the school’s homecoming. The homecoming committee, and school voted and approved the theme which is part of school spirit week. Parents were upset that kids were being encouraged to wear hoodies to school during the Wednesday theme.
On Tuesday, not one word about the immigration rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was mentioned on the nightly newscasts for NBC, CBS, or ABC. Americans watching the nightly newscasts would not have known that such a rally ever happened during the government shutdown. As Breitbart News reported, lawmakers in Congress were arrested at the event in acts of civil disobedience, a story line that often makes the mainstream media salivate. The media also often likes to use immigration stories to try to falsely make Republicans seem uncaring and prejudiced. But coverage of the event, which had been planned
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – An appellate court has overturned a local insurance salesman´s October 2011 conviction for felony theft from an elder. In its Tuesday decision, the First Appellate District Court of Appeal found that the case against Glenn Neasham lacked evidence that he had appropriated an elderly woman´s money for his own use or anyone else´s, and that there also wasn´t proof that he had made any misrepresentations in selling her an annuity in February 2008.
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has largely kept out of the limelight since losing the election to Barack Obama last November. (I had the privilege of co-chairing Governor Romney´s working group on Europe.) Aside from an appearance at CPAC in February, he has rarely been seen in public. He gave one of his first major interviews since the presidential race to Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News last night. A remarkably humble man despite his considerable personal wealth, Romney is the first to admit that he made a number of mistakes during his campaign, and said some things he
After several months making frequent appearances on Fox News, pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson has officially joined the network as a contributor. He will provide analysis and commentary across Fox’s daytime and primetime programming.Carson rose to cable news prominence earlier this year when he spoke out against Obamacare, political correctness, and the accumulation of federal debt while standing several feet away from President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast. That moment and his controversial comments regarding gay marriage garnered him a slew of cable news appearances, from CNN to MSNBC to (most frequently) Fox.In making the announcement, Fox chief Roger
The House voted unanimously Wednesday to restore death gratuity payments to families of military service members killed in action, even as a “very disturbed” President Obama ordered his top aides to begin making the payments even without congressional action. “The president was very disturbed to learn of this problem,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney. “The president expects this to be fixed today. He was not pleased.” The payments have been suspended as a result of the partial government shutdown. House Republicans said they believed they had given the administration the authority to pay death benefits in a bill Congress passed
House Speaker John Boehner’s office says a small group of House Republicans will meet with President Barack Obama Thursday instead of the full caucus that the White House invited. Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said Wednesday that the meeting is only worthwhile if it’s focused on finding a solution. So Buck said only the elected leadership and select committee chairmen will attend — 18 lawmakers out of the 232 invited. Obama was having the entire House Democratic caucus on Wednesday. The White House said the president intends to also invite senators to talk in the coming days.
On his radio show yesterday, our pal Michael Graham spoke to one of the tourists held under house arrest (or hotel arrest) by the National Park Service geyser stasi at Yellowstone Park. Here’s part of the interview: There was a large group of Asians there. Not many spoke English… They said, ‘Are we under arrest?’ I mean, they were fearful. I mean, it looked like we were inside a prison. There were two large guards doing a walk up and down in front of the doors, so people felt like they were in prison. And the Australians said that would never
The Archbishop of Canterbury is encouraging Anglicans to adopt the practice of going to confession, a tradition more commonly associated with the Roman Catholic Church. The Most Rev Justin Welby advised churchgoers that it could be an “enormously powerful” experience to unburden themselves to a confessor, even if it was not always a “bunch of laughs”. His comments came as he addressed the heads of other churches – including the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England Wales, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols – about divisions between Christians. Although Archbishop Welby comes from the evangelical wing of Anglicanism, his
RUSH: So Bo Snerdley walks into my compound here, broadcast facility, oh, I guess about an hour ago. And he´s somewhat stuttering, trying to pay me a compliment. He says, "How did you... I mean, well, I know you know, but how did you... how did you..." I said, "What are you talking about?" "How did you know we were winning this?" He had just seen the AP story with Obama´s approval rating at 37%. Grab sound bite number two. Barack Obama´s approval rating at 37%. That fact is in an AP story. Would you like to hear the headline of
The white soldier who was killed by three black comrades on Saturday morning ´died like a dog´ a friend has said, as an autopsy revealed he was stabbed fatally through the heart. Spc. Tevin Geike, 20, and two friends had been walking away from a confrontation with another group of soldiers in Lakewood, Washington when he was allegedly stabbed by Jeremiah Hill, 23. Geike suffered a deep stab wound to his chest that cut through a rib and plunged through his heart following a confrontation near Tacoma, Washington, the autopsy showed. ´He died like a dog,´ Kimberly Turnipseed, whose daughter was
Rep. Michele Bachmann believes that President Obama has committed impeachable offenses and that the nation could be on the cusp of the kind of civil disobedience that led to the public uprising in Egypt against the Muslim Brotherhood. Speaking with conservative talk-show host Rusty Humphries in a tea party town hall teleconference, Mrs. Bachmann, Minnesota Republican and head of the House Tea Party Caucus, said that it could be hard to impeach the president because Democrats control the Senate and the tea partyers should stand strong against the Obama administration in the budget stalemate that led to the government shutdown.