The baseball playoffs are down to a final four: the Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, and Detroit Tigers. These are four of the sport’s most venerable franchises. So why not pick all-time teams (25 players and a manager) for each of them? Doing so is a highly subjective exercise, of course. The biggest problem is comparing players who played well for a team for many years with those who played great for a much shorter period. But that’s part of the fun. In some cases, we also have to consider steroids, I think. That’s not fun. I’ll start with
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel should resign for failing to ensure that the families of fallen American soldiers received the death benefits to which they are entitled. "I think Chuck Hagel needs it to think about offering his resignation over this," Hunter told Fox News´s Megyn Kelly Thursday night. "Because he´s the one who´s at the top of this food chain and broke the sacred trust with these families. These military families were not pawns to be played with by this administration to make political points. And that´s exactly what happened in this situation." The Pentagon
Leaders in Utah say they found a way to get around the government shutdown. Utah will reopen its five national parks by Saturday, as well as three other nationally run locations. Utah´s Governor Gary Herbert made the announcement Thursday, saying a deal had been reached with the U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. "Utah agrees to pay the National Park Service (NPS) up to $1.67 million— $166,572 per day—to re-open eight national sites in Utah for up to 10 days. If the federal government shutdown ends before then, the State will receive a refund of unused monies" an official press statement
New Haven, CT - In the midst of major changes in health care, United HealthCare has sent thousands of pink slips to Connecticut doctors. Termination letters went to physicians caring for Medicare patients. Those letters were sent out to doctors caring for ´Medicare Advantage´ patients. It´s a plan, marketed to Seniors to provide additional services through UnitedHealthCare. A mix of primary care and specialty doctors are affected by it. And it comes at a questionable time. Open enrollment for Medicare starts next Tuesday, and it´s still not clear at this time as to which doctors are still in the United
Last week I accused the president of having a vindictive streak — of deliberately trying to make the lives of average Americans worse just so he could score ideological and political points. In the case of the sequester, he ordered Cabinet secretaries not to do their jobs — i.e., to manage as best they could — but instead to find ways to make the cuts needlessly painful for innocents caught in the crossfire. They dusted off the same playbook for the shutdown. As one park ranger told The Washington Times, “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we
The behavior of the National Park Service during President Obama’s shutdown campaign has been shocking. As has been widely reported, Park Service employees have been told to make life as uncomfortable as possible for people, and have flourished in that endeavor. They have acted crudely and unprofessionally as a partisan and ideological arm of the White House and its propaganda campaign. If you’re not familiar with what I’m talking about (that would exclude American Spectator readers), then you listen only to NPR, watch only MSNBC, and read only the New York Times. Just click Google and start searching. There are frightening
Republicans and conservatives are clearly in the mood for a fight. That martial spirit is part of what has brought us to the standoff in Washington. It´s odd then, that the battle for the governor´s mansion in Virginia, which pits a solid conservative attorney general against a Democratic moneyman and back-scratching liberal Clinton pal, should be so neglected. Ken Cuccinelli is currently being buried in campaign spending by Terry McAuliffe. McAuliffe, who may not know much about Virginia, or about how to govern a state, but who certainly knows how to raise money, is outspending Cuccinelli two to one.
Despite the quiet here on this subject thus far at SiliconANGLE we have been keeping our eyes on what is possibly the biggest tech topic happening in the news right now. The issue at hand is the launch of ObamaCare online. It’s a hot topic that is philosophically dividing the country right now along political lines, along socio-economic lines, along just about every line there is to be divided over, many Thanksgivings could get cancelled over this (there’s also this big government shutdown) – it’s that contentious. Regardless of the variety of places to hear whatever facts and justification align
The federal agent who blew the whistle on the Fast and Furious scandal is suddenly unwelcome at the very Border Patrol agency he sought to protect. For months, John Dodson, a special agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has been his agency’s liaison to U.S. Customs and Border Protection in a local office in Arizona. He also had been widely saluted by border agents and their families for first revealing that weapons that ATF knowingly allowed to cross into Mexico were showing up at murder scenes on both sides of the border. One of those scenes was the December
I am the reason liberals believe their policies and ideas will work in the real world. I am the driven American entrepreneur. Every time an entrepreneur accepts a directive from the government that will harm his chance of earning a profit; every time a roadblock is put up and the entrepreneur finds a way to adapt and keep moving on; every time a conservative curses the policy of the liberal but still keeps running his business and paying taxes... he confirms the liberal policy as a logical reality.
Cory Booker, the Democratic candidate in New Jersey’s special election for the U.S. Senate next week, has had a honeymoon with the news media that’s lasted a dozen years. A tall, telegenic, mixed-race liberal lawyer with an Ivy League degree and the gift of gab, he long ago charmed New York and Washington media elites. In a sense, he was akin to Barack Obama before Barack Obama hit the national radar screen with his “red states, blue states” speech at the 2004 Democratic national convention.
An Army veteran has received a grovelling apology from a theatre after he was banned from standing up during a military performance of the national anthem for health and safety reasons. Retired Royal Artilleryman Doug Speller, 74, had been looking forward to watching his regiment´s official march performed live at the Apex theatre in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. But after buying his £18 ticket for the balconies, the proud serviceman was told he would have to remain seated throughout the Path to Peace concert. Mr Speller, of Thetford, Norfolk, said he could not believe the theatre had banned him from
Rep. Bill Huizenga (R., Mich.) sent a letter to the National Park Service (NPS) on Wednesday demanding answers to the agency’s “dubious” handling of the government shutdown.Ninety-three additional members of Congress have signed onto the letter sent to NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis questioning if politics is involved in the closings of the World War II Memorial, privately owned parks, and other sites across the nation.“The National Park Service continues to act in an arbitrary and punitive manner to exclude veterans from memorials built in their honor and the American people from many of our country’s national treasures,” said Huizenga
President Obama has rejected a proposed compromise from House Republicans that could have helped to end the congressional standoff that led to the now 11-day-old partial federal government shutdown. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) pitched a “clean” six-week increase with nothing in return to the community organizer in the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). As Big Government’s Matthew Boyle reports,
Precisely 100 years after the death of Islam’s prophet Muhammad in 632, his Arab followers, after having conquered thousands of miles of lands from Arabia to Spain, found themselves in Gaul, modern day France, facing a hitherto little known people, the Christian Franks. There, on October 10 or 11, in the year 732, one of history’s most decisive battles took place, demarcating the extent of Islam’s western conquests and ensuring the survival of the West.
This week the David Horowitz Freedom Center launched TruthRevolt (TR), the right’s counter-offensive to the George Soros-funded media attack dog Media Matters. TR is designed to hold the mainstream media accountable for its leftist bias, so naturally those leftist media outlets, already feeling the heat, are attempting to dismiss and delegitimize it and its founders, David Horowitz and Ben Shapiro. “This will get personal,” says Shapiro, embracing a tactic that formerly has been the province of the demonizing left, who subscribe to the Alinsky aim of personalizing a target and destroying him or her. “This will get rough. We’re ready for
The partial shutdown of the federal government has been felt in far-flung corners of the economy and in local communities, and North Charleston is praying it will end soon. Mayor Keith Summey typically leads City Council in prayer at public meetings, usually asking for guidance and blessings for the city. On Thursday night, he called upon God to do something about the mess in Washington. Summey prayed for divine intervention to “stop the bickering in Washington” so that the United States would not be “the laughingstock of the world.” Then, after an “amen” from the crowd and the Pledge of Allegiance,
Rebel forces in Syria killed as many as 190 civilians and seized more than 200 hostages during a military offensive in August, Human Rights Watch says. A report by the New York-based group says the deaths occurred in villages inhabited predominantly by members of President Bashar al-Assad´s minority Alawite sect near the city of Latakia. It said the findings "strongly suggest" crimes against humanity were committed. Rebels and Syrian government forces have both been accused of abuses. Syrian opposition forces comprise many groups, some of which are allied to al-Qaeda. Human Rights Watch (HRW) says it conducted an on-site investigation and
The OPCW, the body overseeing destruction of Syria´s chemical weapons, has won the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee said it was in honour of the OPCW´s "extensive work to eliminate chemical weapons". The Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was established to enforce the 1997 Chemical Weapons convention. It recently sent inspectors to carry out the dismantling of Syria´s stockpile of chemical weapons. The watchdog picks up a gold medal and 8m Swedish kronor ($1.25m; £780,000) as winner of the most coveted of the Nobel honours. Pakistani schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai and gynaecologist Denis Mukwege of the Democratic Republic of Congo had
In the event of America defaulting on its debt, a likely US recession would spread like a cancer throughout the world. The US shutdown has not been a proud moment for the country. Political warfare between the Republicans and Democrats--culminating in the rejection of a Republican spending Bill--has caused 800,000 federal employees to be sent home, parks and memorials to close and even military death benefits to be suspended. So far, there has been an estimated $1.6 billion lost in economic output, although the impact is not limited to the balance sheet. Barack Obama’s decision not to attend two summits
The federal government has spent $634million on the Obamacare website--more than it cost to build Facebook or Twitter, it was revealed today. Despite the massive bill to taxpayers, the Healthcare.gov still doesn´t work properly ten days after it was launched - allowing only a handful of Americans to sign up for plans on the insurance exchange market. And experts warn that the site is likely to continue to experience significant glitches for months to come as engineers work out the bugs they failed to to spot before the site went live on October 1. The price tag for the broken
Moscow - US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has met with former US security officials who now campaign against what they call the misuse of state secrecy, WikiLeaks said Thursday. The meeting with former officials from the US Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency (NSA), the FBI, the Department of Justice, and WikiLeaks representative Sarah Harrison, took place in the Russian capital on Wednesday. WikiLeaks tweeted a link to a gettyimages photo of Snowden, Harrison and the group, which identifies the others as US government whistleblowers who were in
At a March 2012 meeting, a group of examiners at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York agreed that Goldman Sachs had inadequate procedures to guard against conflicts of interest — guidelines aimed at stopping firms from putting their pursuit of profit ahead of their clients’ best interests. The examiners voted to downgrade a confidential rating assigned by the New York Fed that could have spurred costly enforcement actions and other regulatory penalties. It is not known whether the vote in fact led to a rating change. The former examiner who pushed for a downgrade, Carmen M. Segarra, now contends
Pomegranates could reverse some of the damage done by junk food, research suggests. A supplement made from the fruit helped keep blood vessels healthy, a key step in keeping heart attacks and strokes at bay. In the first study of its kind, Spanish researchers looked at the effect of a pill packed with pomegranate plant chemicals called polyphenols on the circulation of pigs. Pigs were chosen because their cardiovascular system is similar to ours. Not surprisingly, feeding them fatty food damaged their blood vessels and, in particular, their delicate lining. [Snip] Damage to it can be a first step in