A 29-year-old gas station clerk who thwarted a robbery by pulling out a handgun was fired for violating his company´s ´no firearms´ policy. Shannon ´Bear´ Cothran was working alone at a New Hampshire Shell outlet when he was threatened by a knife-wielding man demanding money about 3am yesterday. When Cothran pulled out his Ruger LCP .380 handgun, the masked would-be thief fled the Nashua station and is on the run from police. (Snip) ´He had the knife cocked back. It looked like he was going to stab me,´ Cothran told Nashua Telegraph. ´I took several steps back,
What the Hell was that all about? After days and days of shutdown, after banging on the debt ceiling, after 800,000 people were sent home without pay, after war memorials were barred and parks closed--what have the Republicans achieved? Some negligible tweaks to Obamacare. Oh, and now only about four people are prepared to admit to pollsters that they are Republican. The Grand Ole Party leveraged its reputation when it tried to use the shutdown to injure Obamacare.[Snip] Actually, using the shutdown this way wasn´t necessarily a bad idea. Obamacare is unpopular and likely to be a jobs-killing measure.
The shutdown is basically over and the President has won. Or, at least, he´s won because the Republicans have definitely lost. Not only did they not get what they wanted – that "life or death" delay on Obamacare implementation – but they´ve given the impression of dragging partisanship to new lows. Obamacare had been passed already, the Supreme Court had okayed it and Obama had won an election on it, yet the GOP was still prepared to bring the country to the brink of ruin to cripple it. When Grover Norquist is saying that the Right went too far (he
Capitol Hill talk regarding the Senate deal apparently includes a provision that would take away the Congress’ power to increase the debt ceiling. According to Politico, it looks like the buzz appears to be true.: The plan includes a proposal offered by McConnell in the 2011 debt ceiling crisis that allows Congress to disapprove of the debt ceiling increase, which means lawmakers will formally vote on whether to reject a debt ceiling increase until Feb. 7. Obama can veto that legislation if it passes. If Congress fails as expected to gather a two-thirds majority to override the veto, the debt ceiling
A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a $2 billion earmark for a Kentucky project. Language in a draft of the McConnell-Reid deal (see page 13, section 123) provided to WFPL News shows a provision that increases funding for the massive Olmsted Dam Lock in Louisville from $775 million to nearly $2. 9 billion. The dam is considered an important project for the state and region in regards to water traffic along the Ohio River. As The Courier-Journal´s James Bruggers reported in 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of
Buried inside the budget deal brokered by Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid: a payout to the millionaire widow of the late Democratic senator Frank Lautenberg. The Daily Caller obtained a copy of the draft legislation agreed to by the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate. The agreement would re-open the government and raise the debt limit. It also authorizes this expenditure: “Notwithstanding any other provision of this joint resolution, there is appropriated for payment to Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, widow of Frank R. Lautenberg, late a Senator from New Jersey, $174,000.” The 89-year-old New Jersey Democrat died this summer. USA Today reported last month that
The legislation released by the Senate late Wednesday to reopen the government contains several surprises. The bill includes extra funds to fix flooded roads in Colorado, a $3 million appropriation for a civil liberties oversight board and a one-time payment to the widow of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who died over the summer. It also includes a more than $2 billion increase in funding for construction on the lower Ohio River in Illinois and Kentucky. Current law authorizes $775 million in spending for related projects, and the bill increases it to $2.918 billion. The Senate Conservatives Fund quickly called that language the "Kentucky
Conservatives will debate the lessons of the 2013 government shutdown for a long time. Here’s one of the last ones: When the call for retreat has been made, it’s still possible to salvage something. Yesterday, key members of the House GOP leadership had decided to add Louisiana senator David Vitter’s amendment stripping Congress of the special health-care contributions legislators and their staff had under Obamacare to whatever the House sends over to the Senate. They concluded forcing Democrats to vote on it made good political and strategic sense: It would embarrass Democrats if they struck it down, and if it stood,
Homeland Insecurity: In yet another chilling sign the terror tempo is rising to pre-9/11 levels, federal safety regulators have confirmed pilot reports of Middle Easterners testing airplane security with hijacking dry runs. ´There have been several cases recently throughout the industry of what appear to be probes, or dry runs, to test our procedures and reaction to an in-flight threat," the head of the security committee for US Airways´ pilots union warned last month in an internal memo, titled "9/11 Security Update." US Airline Pilots Association´s Steve Sevier cited a Sept. 2 incident in which a group of "Middle Eastern males" started
Republican congressmen have been told they can make arrangements to travel home tomorrow, one GOP representative tells National Review Online, because House Republican leadership is very confident they have the votes to pass the Senate’s compromise tonight. The member wasn’t happy with the outcome, though, adding that tonight’s vote will be a “white flag of surrender.” An aide says the vote will likely happen around 9 p.m.; after that, he says, expect many members to breathe a collective sigh of relief. “There are a lot of very hardcore conservatives that are concerned with winning that thought that this was the wrong fight
The government shutdown has made it abundantly clear that the anti-conservative news media and the anti-conservative Republican establishment have joined together to the point where it´s almost impossible to see where one ends and the other begins. Some might say they merge every day on the set of "Morning Joe." The media have designated as Public Enemy No. 1 a recalcitrant bloc of Tea Party stalwarts who have declared their intention to stop Barack Obama´s statist juggernaut from imposing the ObamaCare monstrosity, running up trillion-dollar deficits year after year and in so doing destroying the private sector. Amazingly, liberal Republicans have
WASHINGTON- Don´t feel too reassured: The congressional leaders who managed to strike a deal Wednesday apparently avoided a disastrous default but still live in the District of Dysfunction. The compromise outlined by Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell at midday doesn´t resolve the issues that prompted a 16-day government shutdown and threatened the first-ever national default. It simply pushes the deadlines over them into the next few months. That said, some of those involved in this cliffhanger episode over the past month emerge strengthened and others weakened as they move to more battles over managing the government´s finances and
MSNBC host Martin Bashir likened Ted Cruz to the cult leader who died in 1993, along with 75 others, after the FBI laid siege to his compound in Waco, Texas. “Do you think Ted Cruz is a bit like the David Koresh of the Republican party?” Bashir asked on Wednesday. “He’s a bit like a character who believes himself to anointed, believes himself to be a prophet, ignores everything, and torches the place in the process.” Koresh considered himself himself the final prophet of the Branch Davidian religious sect. After the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives suspected the group of
Relieved by Wednesday´s breakthrough budget deal, House Democrats are also disquieted about thoughts of the next round. Although the lawmakers are cheering the Senate´s 11th-hour agreement to prevent a default and reopen the government, they´re also decrying the temporary nature of the reprieve and warning that another fiscal crisis is not long coming. (Snip) Indeed, some conservatives, furious that GOP leaders caved on their ObamaCare demands in the current bill, are already vowing to revisit the fight when the debt-ceiling deadline comes around again in four months. “I don´t know how anything changes between now and when we hit the
Budget Deal: The outmaneuvering of the House by the White House and Senate finds the media and their Democrat puppeteers pronouncing the demise of the Republican Party. Since when is spine a political liability? The real villains of the battle of the budget and debt ceiling are John McCain, Susan Collins and Bob Corker in the Senate and Peter King in the House, not Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and not the House´s Tea Party Republicans. These fiscal fisticuffs were always about ObamaCare, the obscenely expensive new entitlement that is demonstrating daily why Americans have been right to oppose it all
At the last GOP conference meeting of the two-week government shutdown, no lawmakers went to the microphones to give their take. Instead, after Speaker John Boehner told Republicans they had “fought the good fight,” they all rose up to offer a standing ovation. “It was one of the easiest meetings we’ve ever had,” says Representative Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina. “I think he has strengthened his position in leadership,” Representative John Fleming says about Boehner. “He hung in there with us. He’s been reluctant to go to these fights and now that we have stood up and fought for our values and
On Monday I wrote that the shutdown/default-threat/Republican extortion plot was essentially over—it was just a matter of Harry Reid and his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell, hammering out the final details of a deal whose contours were coming into focus. Once they’d reached a deal, it would pass the Senate with a fair amount of bipartisan support. After which John Boehner would tearfully bring it to the floor of the House in defiance of the so-called Hastert Rule (requiring a majority of House Republicans to support a bill before it can come to a vote), possibly with some minor face-saving alteration
Breitbart News has obtained a legislative summary of the provisions in the Senate deal to reopen government and extend the debt ceiling. Breitbart News has also obtained a copy of the legislative text. Currently, Senate staff are able to review the summary and legislative text in the Senate cloakroom, but aren´t allowed to retain a copy or make it public. In the interest of transparency, we have included the document below. As expected, the deal provides full back-pay for furloughed federal workers who haven´t been at work for two weeks. It also provides back-pay, though, for state government workers who
WASHINGTON — Two weeks into the launch of the federal health insurance exchange, the website is still plagued with problems, leading critics to wonder if the problem is worse than it appears. (Snip) The main problem, Schuyler said, could be "core fundamental design flow," but it´s impossible to know because HHS is saying so little. "Only the contractors and HHS know that," he said. They need to figure out the problem soon, Schuyler said, if the government is to meet its goal of 7 million new health customers signing up on the exchanges by March 31. "That´s 39,000 enrolled a
Every so often but not nearly often enough, the opportunity to revel in guilt-free schadenfreude rolls around. This is one of those moments. Over at Daily Kos, one of the most heavily-trafficked liberal websites and a revealing glimpse into the repugnant id that is the leftist mind, Daily Kos diarist "Tirge Caps" is belatedly learning that the Affordable Care Act is not the glorious legislative accomplishment that "progressives" have trumpeted over the last three years. Instead, it´s a downright bummer, man. (Sorry, but Daily Kossacks are the only people who look back at 1968 fondly). Here´s what "Tirge Caps" wrote about his first
Tampa - There´s been a lot of criticism of the new Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Since it rolled out, people have encountered all kinds of problems signing up using the government website. (Snip) It´s too early to know, but we do know the federal government awarded the University of South Florida a $4.2-million grant to help educate and enroll consumers in the marketplace. During a recent visit by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, it was revealed to reporters in Tampa that over the first eight days, only 15 people had enrolled.
Army Ranger Josh Hargis was unconscious, hooked to a breathing tube at a military hospital in Afghanistan after losing both his legs in battle last week. But when the Purple Heart ceremony began at Hargis’ bedside, it turned out he was not unconscious, as doctors believed. Instead, he struggled with an attending doctor to raise his heavily bandaged hand to salute a commanding officer presenting him with the medal. "I cannot impart on you the level of emotion that poured through the intensive care unit that day," the commander wrote to the Ranger´s wife.
Every business day since May 17, the U.S. Treasury has published a daily statement claiming that the federal debt subject to the limit set by Congress closed the day at $16,699,396,000,000—about $25 million below the legal limit. (Snip) But in that letter, Lew described the unpredictability of the Treasury’s flow of funds to explain why he could not predict exactly when the extraordinary measures would be exhausted. (Snip) “Given the uncertainty described above, at this time, Treasury is not able to provide a specific estimate of how long the extraordinary measures will last,” wrote Lew.
This week, massive crowds of veterans descended onto Washington, D.C., to protest the Obama administration´s vindictive shutdown of open-air memorial sites -- sites that require no guards but were fenced off simply to make Americans miserable as a bargaining chip in the government shutdown negotiations. Veterans, including many wheelchair-bound veterans from World War II, overturned the barricades placed at memorials by the administration and proceeded to carry them to the White House. The media covered the men and women who attended the so-called Million Vet March by suggesting that they were racists and terrorists and hoping that politicians allied with them
RUSH: I want to go back to the lady on the phone who says this doesn’t feel right. What’s happening here to the country just doesn’t feel right. You know what’s happened here? You know what this feels like, folks? I’ll tell you exactly what it feels like to me. You tell me if this isn’t close. It feels like we’ve lost a war to a communist country. It’s almost like there’s been a coup. There’s been a peaceful coup. The media has led this coup, and the Democrats have taken over with popular support. We’re getting policies and implementations
Dallas - A Texas jury found Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, not guilty on Wednesday of insider trading for the sale of his stock in an Internet company in 2004. Cuban, 55, estimated by Forbes magazine to have a net worth of $2.5 billion, was accused by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of trading on non-public information when he sold his 600,000 shares in Internet search company Mamma.com - worth $7.9 million - and avoided a $750,000 loss.