Two soldiers were shot Thursday afternoon at Millington Armory outside a U.S. Navy base north of Memphis by a member of the Tennessee Army National Guard, who was disarmed and taken into custody. The suspect, Sergeant First Class Amos Patton, was a recruiter and his victims were his superiors. The 20-year National Guard veteran remains in custody Friday morning. Both victims are being treated for non-life threatening wounds at a Memphis hospital, said Millington Police Chief Rita Stanback. Major Jeff Crawford was struck in the thigh, and a sergeant was hit in the foot. A third guardsman was grazed in
How do you solve a problem if you refuse to admit you have one — or if you delude yourself into thinking it´s not as bad as it actually is? The answer: You don´t. You might minimize symptoms and make some progress. But unless you address the root cause, you will not find a real long-term solution. Unfortunately, far too many politicians in Washington refuse to acknowledge — and as a result, never accurately describe — the challenges currently facing America. I´m not sure why so many choose to keep their heads in the sand, but their state of denial is proving
President Barack Obama warned congressional Republicans on Friday that their next budget negotiations will need to be about more than just spending cuts after a fiscal stalemate that resulted in a 16-day government shutdown. Visiting a school that offers students a fast track to technology jobs to underline his point, Obama said some tax loopholes need to be eliminated to create more tax revenue for the government that can be used to trigger more job growth. "I don´t want to hear the same old stuff about how America can´t afford to invest in the things that have always made us strong. Don´t
Because it’s not really about Sandra Fluke’s birth control. It’s about funding another expansion of the welfare state. It’s a tax hike looped through private companies. It’s wealth redistribution through the back door with a government mandate.The vast majority of the population will be screwed by ObamaCare. A small number of people with medical problems who have jobs will benefit, but it would have been far easier and cheaper to pay to cover them. This is still about the Government Class and its insatiable welfare lust. War on Women? The young women targeted for this in ads don’t benefit from it.
One huge political question surrounds the catastrophic launch of ObamaCare: Will the administration double-talk, canceled insurance contracts for millions, terminated doctor-patient relationships, sticker shock from higher premiums and deductibility, and damage to job hiring and economic growth get the GOP off the shutdown hook for the 2014 midterm elections? That is the question. Donald Rumsfeld would call it a known unknown. And right now nobody knows the answer. But Christopher Ruddy, founder and CEO of Newsmax, makes an interesting point about this: "The key to stopping ObamaCare is for its opponents to win in congressional elections in 2014. Delaying ObamaCare only helps
She smiles back at countless frustrated Americans as they tried to log on to the ObamaCare website, the picture of youthful health and wholesome trust in her government. Her long brown locks are pulled back behind her face, as she flashes an alluring grin that some say makes her the "Mona Lisa of health care." She could be the girl next door, someone you might see in the supermarket. Then again, she might be composite, crafted in Photoshop by a clever graphic artist whose work is already more successful than that of the IT team behind Healthcare.gov.
Dependency: "Is Welfare The New Normal?" we wondered in an editorial last Thursday, and we didn´t have long to wait for an answer. On Friday an answer came back in depressing new data from the Census Bureau. CNSNews.com´s indefatigable data hound, Terence P. Jeffrey, dug into a few routine Census releases recently and discovered something shocking: More people in America today are on welfare than have full-time jobs. No, that´s not a misprint. At the end of 2011, the last year for which data are available, some 108.6 million people received one or more means-tested government benefit programs — bureaucratese for welfare. Meanwhile,
RUSH: Toby, Idaho Falls. Great to have you, sir. Hello. CALLER: How´s it going, Rush? RUSH: Good. Good. Good. Great to have you here. CALLER: The reason for my call was back in 1990 when I started listening -- this might help out some of the younger, newer listeners -- I was trying to figure out whether I was liberal or conservative, and I had it all lumped into one thing. Once I figured that, on your show you´re talking about government, when you´re talking about liberal versus conservative, that´s when I figured out that I was conservative. And I was wondering if
RUSH: Let me ask you a quick question here, folks. Can you imagine -- and I´m serious here, now -- can you imagine what the news would be like today if all of those 2,500 businesses and unions and others had not received Obamacare waivers? Can you imagine what it would be like? I mean, we are just getting the tiniest glimpse of the horrors of this. I mean, if you think Kathleen Sebelius is a jerk today, just wait, ´cause these waivers, they´re gonna expire. I´m gonna tell you what´s coming. The full weight, the full weight of the
RUSH: According to the Heritage Foundation, the regime´s caught in a new Obamacare dilemma. "Remember sequestration? Those automatic budget cuts that went into effect when Congress failed to do real budgeting a couple of years ago?" Well, guess what? Sequestration is running into Obamacare now. "Both laws have been around for awhile, but the Obama Administration hasn’t done anything to prepare for their collision," which is beginning to happen. "The cuts are hitting a set of subsidies that were supposed to help pay deductibles and co-pays for lower-income Americans with Obamacare coverage." Did you know that? Yes! The sequester, got bless it,
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA -- Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is clearly not a Mac person. The self-proclaimed mastermind of 9/11 is requesting that he be given a “Microsoft-enabled laptop computer” for use during his trial for war crimes, which is now underway. The ideal laptop would have features such as Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word, LexisNexis and Adobe Premiere video-editing software, the defense argued. Lawyers for the al Qaeda suspects argue that the detainees need a computer “to assist counsel in their own defense” as they face a military commission in what has been called the “largest criminal investigation in the history of the United
RUSH: Pretty much every insurance company is gonna have to cancel their current plans, folks, because none of the current plans out there will be able to provide coverage at the same price that they´re offering today when all of the new Obamacare mandates kick in. And that begins in January. So it´s happening, the insurance companies are simply getting a head start. I mean, they´re revving up. They know what´s coming in January and they´re not gonna be able to provide. That´s why you´re getting either cancellation notices and new price quotes. Your premium is more than likely doubling
You know what´s relatively easy? Fixing a website. You know what´s really hard? Ensuring access to affordable, quality health insurance for every single American and improving our broken health care system in the process. In the back-and-forth about the Obamacare exchange websites, let´s not lose sight of the ultimate goal of health care reform -- a goal that, even with the exchanges problems, we are steadily achieving. Less than 17 days into the signup period, the State of Oregon had already enrolled 56,000 people under the Medicaid expansion in Obamacare -- and reduced the state´s percentage of uninsured by 10%. In
Our younger readers--those who were born yesterday--may not remember when delaying ObamaCare was considered a wild idea, its exponents limited to crazy right-wing terrorists. Times have certainly changed since--oh, the beginning of this week. "Democrats facing difficult reelection campaigns in 2014--Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mark Begich of Alaska--came out on Wednesday evening in support of extending the open enrollment period of the law, as first proposed by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, who is also up for reelection in 2014," Politico reports. All these senators were elected or
With so much of the media´s attention fixated on Obamacare´s technological meltdown, some important storylines have gone under-explored. CBS news, to its credit delved into one of them today, noting that of the people who have successfully obtained coverage under the new law, it appears that the vast majority of them are new Medicaid enrollees. And that poses a mortal threat to the entire structure of the law: The disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov may have another serious problem: A CBS News analysis shows that in many of the 15 state-based health insurance exchanges more people are enrolling in Medicaid rather
If you’re looking for an epitaph for the republic (and these days, who isn’t?) try this – from August 2010 and TechCrunch’s delirious preview of healthcare.gov: “We were working in a very very nimble hyper-consumer-focused way,” explained Todd Park, the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “all fused in this kind of maelstrom of pizza, Mountain Dew and all-nighters … and, you know, idealism. That kind of led to the magic that was produced.”
An uncle of the teenager accused of brutally murdering his Danvers High School math teacher and then dumping her body in the woods near the school said today his nephew is a “perfect kid” and he’s skeptical investigators have arrested the right person. “It’s not sinking in,” said Terence Chism Blaine, 40, reached by phone in Kentucky. “He’s a perfect kid. I’m thinking they are going to tell me it’s a crank anytime. I don’t believe he could get entangled in something like that with so much promise he had in his future.” (Snip) “They are saying ... that he
Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Friday urged potential healthcare consumers to disregard ObamaCare website horror stories and partisan bickering over the law. Speaking at a panel in San Antonio, Texas, Sebelius was asked what advice she would give to those seeking federal healthcare plans. “Sign up,” she said. “Don’t believe what you’ve heard. Just check it out, look at the prices, look at the plans.” (Snip) “No one is missing [out on] healthcare coverage today,” she said. Consumers must sign up by Dec. 15 to have coverage by Jan. 1.
Syrian state TV says the head of the al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front, Abu Mohammed al-Jolani, has been killed in western Syria. Details are unclear but the report said he had been killed in the coastal province of Latakia. There has been no independent verification of the claim. The group has emerged as one of the most powerful rebel groups since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. It first announced its existence in a video in January 2012 and has said it was behind many of the suicide bombings that have rocked the country. The group is believed to have led
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the no-bid contract to build the failed Obamacare website. Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company. Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.
Meghan McCain has said that she thinks both she and her father are ‘pains in the ass’, saying that the description is part a product of the current political environment and part family trademark. The 29-year-old has launched her own cable television show and she was speaking out about a recent episode where she sat her famous father, Senator John McCain, down for a formal interview. ‘It was awful! It was awful! Never interview people you love,’ she told Yahoo News about the experience. Outspoken: Meghan McCain hosts her own cable show and she interviewed her father in a recent
Who better to showcase First Lady-worthy fashion than the First Lady of Fashion herself, Naomi Campbell? The super was called upon by long-time friend, W magazine ´s fashion and style director Edward Enninful, to slip on some Mobama-esque outfits and make like she was on a diplomatic tour of Ghana. "It´s a tribute to a modern day First Lady on a state trip, evoking the kind of timeless style that could have existed in the 1940´s, 60´s, or even today," says Enninful of the shoot, which appears in the global style issue of the publication. Shot by Willy Vanderperre, the
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Air Force Academy cadets are no longer required to say "so help me God" at the end of the Honor Oath, school officials said Friday. The words were made optional after a complaint from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an advocacy group, that they violated the constitutional concept of religious freedom. Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson said the change was made to respect cadets´ freedom of religion. The oath states, "We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does. Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and to live honorably, so help
Federal health officials continue to remain tight-lipped about the problems they are encountering with the healthcare.gov website and what success might mean by the end of November, when they promise the site will operate "smoothly."Former White House aide Jeffrey Zients, who is heading up the administration's efforts to rescue the malfunctioning website, briefed reporters on behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Friday, but continued to remain vague about both the problems and possible solutions.Zients still refused to say how many people had enrolled through the new health care exchanges. He also refused to predict how many people would enroll by the Dec 15 enrollment deadline. CMS officials also did not provide any "performance metrics" about the current site or what kind of metrics would constitute "success" in November.
If you believe the Democrats (and some Republicans) the biggest threat to the Party of Abe is a man named Ted. It’s tempting for the GOP to believe that all it needs to do is practice some Cruz Control and wait around for Americans to wake up and realize that it is the sensible party with the moderate solutions. And if that doesn’t work… there are always the elections of 2020 or 2024… or 2124. If you don’t fight, you can’t win. That’s what the Party of Lincoln, a party that tested its mettle in a devastating national conflict, has
Americans who were recipients of means-tested government benefits in 2011 outnumbered year-round full-time workers, according to data released this month by the Census Bureau. They also out-numbered the total population of the Philippines. There were 108,592,000 people in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2011 who were recipients of one or more means-tested government benefit programs, the Census Bureau said in data released this week. Meanwhile, according to the Census Bureau, there were 101,716,000 people who worked full-time year round in 2011. That included both private-sector and government workers. That means there were about 1.07 people getting some form of means-tested