Sixteen rebels have been hanged in Iran in retaliation for the deaths of at least 14 border guards in an ambush, say Iranian news agencies. The rebels were "linked to groups hostile to the regime", the attorney general of Sistan-Baluchistan province was quoted as saying. They were hanged in prison in Zahedan, north-east of Saravan, where the border deaths took place overnight. It is not clear what link, if any, those hanged had to the border attack. One report suggests they may already have been tried and convicted, but their executions brought forward following the ambush.
It was the first premise of all schools throughout history: students would be educated by people who were themselves already educated. A biology teacher had to be an expert in biology; a history teacher must know history to teach history. Who would question the wisdom of these statements? This country´s Education Establishment now preaches a contrary view. Students must not be told that 2+3=5; this is not "authentic learning." Essentially, teachers should stop teaching. The theory, generally called Constructivism or Discovery, requires that students (typically working in groups) construct knowledge for themselves. This approach gained traction in the 1980s and is now
Every generation is haunted by a sense of imminent catastrophe. Some part of us seems programmed to believe that, though life has been steadily getting better until now, the good times are about to end. And there are indeed intermittent reverses: wars, recessions, environmental disasters. The general trend, though, is unmistakable. We are leading longer, fuller, healthier lives than our great-grandparents would have thought possible, and wealth is trickling across the planet. Why? Because the discovery of specialisation and trade has unlocked our species´ almost limitless creativity. And, as we get richer, we take better care of our natural environment. Cheer
Hi, everybody. A few weeks ago, we launched an important new part of the Affordable Care Act. It’s called the Marketplace. And for Americans without health insurance, and Americans who buy insurance on their own because they can’t get it at work, it’s a very big deal. If you’re one of those people, the Affordable Care Act makes you part of a big group plan for the first time. The Marketplace is where you can apply and shop for affordable new health insurance choices. It gathers insurers under one system to compete for your business.
The Affordable Care Act’s rocky rollout has put Democrats and the White House back on defense -- allowing Republicans who were deeply divided over, and under fire for, the partial government shutdown to unite and focus on the failures of HealthCare.gov. Not coincidentally, a handful of Democrats up for re-election next year in swing and red states have broken ranks with the Obama administration. New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen sent a letter to the president demanding an extension of the deadline to sign up, and almost immediately was joined by Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Kay Hagan of North Carolina,
Davion Only, the 15-year-old Florida orphan whose courageous plea for a family has touched the hearts of million around the globe, will undoubtedly get his wish - it´s only a matter of time now. Eckerd, the Florida adoption agency handling Davion´s case, has been inundated over the past few weeks with over 10,000 requests from people asking to adopt Davion. Some of the teenager´s relatives also have came forward, but were determined to be ineligible to take him in. According to Davion´s caseworker, Connie Going, couples who have already passed adoption home studies will be given a priority, along with
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took a swipe Friday at those calling for her to resign over the botched ObamaCare website rollout, suggesting that Republican efforts to delay and defund the law contributed to HealthCare.gov´s glitch-ridden debut. During a visit to a community health center in Austin, Sebelius conceded that there wasn´t enough testing done on the website, but added that her department had little flexibility to postpone the launch against the backdrop of Washington´s unforgiving politics. "In an ideal world there would have been a lot more testing, but we did not have the luxury of that. And
I have a word of advice for American allies outraged by alleged NSA spying on their leaders: Grow up. That means you, Germany. You too, France. And you, Brazil. Mexico, too. Also the EU and the UN.Does the National Security Agency spy on your leaders? Probably. Do you spy on leaders of allied states including the United States? Probably. You just don’t have the resources or capability to spy as effectively as the NSA does. But if you did, you would.Don’t bother denying it. All states subscribe to the principle enunciated by Lord Palmerston, the 19th century British foreign minister
The phrase “waving the bloody shirt” grew popular in the South as a description of Republicans’ alleged exaggeration of the crimes of the Ku Klux Klan, the paramilitary division of the Democratic party. It is an irony of history that waving the bloody shirt has in the Age of Obama become the Democrats’ primary mode of discourse. Oppose the Affordable Care Act? Racism. Like the Second Amendment? Racism. Black Barbie is on sale for half off, but white Barbie is full price? Racism. Black holes sucking the energy out of your quadrant? Why single out the black ones? Racism!
Seventy-five years ago, it was lawyers, doctors, and shop owners; today, it´s insurance companies. These free-enterprise for-profits are the main obstacle to instituting a single-payer health care system in the U.S. They must be removed from the equation if Obama is to realize his dream. While everyone focuses on the latest ObamaCare IT screw-up, the ongoing abolition of for-profit insurance companies continues. Consider this timeline. In June 2003, Obama made his future intentions clear. From an Illinois AFL-CIO speech: I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program. [Applause.] I see no reason why the United States of America,
During a recent PBS panel on Washington politics, This Town author Mark Leibowitz said our Founding Fathers were like the patricians of ancient Rome -- prosperous landowners who returned home as soon as their civic duties ended. Unlike the Founders, Leibowitz warned, our elected leaders in Washington today "have no intention of going back to the farm." There´s too much money to be made in the halls of political power. Washington has long been a honeycomb for career politicians. Since 2006, however, that phenomenon has spawned a city state completely separated from the rest of the country. No matter how important
"You didn´t build that" Well, now we know he didn´t build it either! The most significant thing about that remark when Obama made it was not its ignorance, nor its political posturing, but its disrespect. Libs have no respect for the achievements of other people. They cruise at 70,000 feet. They think things come into existence by fiat. "Let´s have insurance." "What´s for lunch?" One thing that Marx and Marxists have never understood is that behind every business is passion. The grocer has a passion for grocery selling. One reason we know this is because if he doesn´t have that passion, he isn´t in the
Prison pen pals turned lovers, Edwin and Trina Edwards are the stars of A&E’s new reality show ‘The Governor’s Wife.’ The 86-year-old three-time former Louisiana governor and ex-con stopped by the Fox411 studios with his 35-year-old wife and their 3-month old son. The 50-year age gap is not the strangest part in the Edward’s unusual love story. The pair actually met while Edwin was serving time on racketeering charges. Trina, who was in school at the time, picked up a copy of Leo Honeycutt’s biography of the former governor and became fascinated with her future husband’s story. She began writing
Maui—“Anybody you see around here dressed in a Tyvek suit will be someone from Greenpeace,” David Stoltzfus joked as we surveyed the thousands of carefully numbered corn plants growing in the stony rust-colored soil of a former sugar cane plantation. Stoltzfus, the head of Monsanto’s Piilani seed production farm on Maui, was referring to the white disposable coveralls that anti-biotech protesters wear for the television cameras when “decontaminating” biotech crop fields. Hawaii is the epicenter of a ferocious anti-biotech campaign that aims to shut down such biotech seed production farms. I was there to see for myself the Frankencorn that
Dick Durbin lied when he claimed that a Republican House leader told President Obama, “I can’t even stand to look at you.” Indeed, there’s no reason to believe that any Republican House leader even feels that way. But it’s probably true that many members of the House can’t stand to deal with either Obama or such slimy Senate operators as Harry Reid and the aforementioned Durbin. And this sentiment may doom immigration reform, at least in 2013. The showdown battle created two plausible scenarios with respect to passing amnesty-style immigration reform legislation. In one scenario, scarred House Republicans, attempting to
WASHINGTON — Whether miffed over spying revelations or feeling sold out by U.S. moves in the Middle East, some of the United States’ closest allies are so upset that the Obama administration has gone into damage-control mode to ensure the rifts don’t widen and threaten critical partnerships. The quarrels differ in their causes and degrees of seriousness. As a whole, however, they pose a new foreign policy headache for an administration whose overseas track record is seen in many quarters at home and abroad as reactive and lacking direction. In Europe and the Middle East, rifts that once would’ve been quietly smoothed
Mendacity should never be associated with the U.S. Department of Justice, but Attorney General Eric Holder´s minions are giving the nation a textbook example of that characteristic. In a motion filed earlier this year in federal court, Justice Department lawyers asked the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to enjoin state officials from "awarding any school vouchers to students attending school in schools operating under federal desegregation orders." Why? Because enabling such students to flee their typically failing institutions to other schools allegedly "impedes desegregation." They´re not your kids! On Tuesday, however, Holder´s briefs battalion doubled down on their arrogance
The early impressions are undeniable. ObamaCare is struggling mightily to overcome the severe technical failures of its insurance websites that were expected, in fact fully predicted. The weekend news shows and the nation’s news outlets occupy themselves with technical flaws of the government websites. Interviews concentrate on whether these so-called glitches were foreseeable, if they could have been avoided, and how soon they will be solved. But understand one thing – despite the headlines decrying serious fumbling of the initial implementation, no doubt the Obama administration must be somewhat relieved. The mantra repeated by the mainstream media characterizing the Affordable
MSNBC host Chris Matthews boasted of the large crowd sizes at his book promotional events across the country Friday on Hardball: CHRIS MATTHEWS: […] Tonight I’m speaking at what I know will be a big crowd up at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore and later tonight at 10:00, I’ll be a guest on Alec Baldwin’s Up Late, right here on MSNBC. And tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon, I’ll be up in Barrington, Rhode Island at Barrington Books where there must have been a thousand people greeting me for my Kennedy book. […] Unfortunately for Matthews, Tip and the Gipper
It seems higher education is going to the dogs. In just four days, a dog named Pete earned an MBA from the American University of London. He had the help of the BBC’s Newsnight team, which worked up a one-page resume and filled in the dog’s application form. Pete was tagged as a 36-year-old management consultant with 15 years of work experience and a degree from a U.K. university. After handing over a $7,278 fee, Pete joined the ranks of AUOL’s more than 110,000 alumni—without ever sending in any proof of his work. On its website, the university claims to
Discussing the Obamacare disaster in the Rose Garden on Monday, President Obama led with a phrase to which we have become accustomed: “Nobody,” the president emoted, “is madder than me” about this mess. Along with “let me be clear” and “make no mistake,” this is a favorite construction. Obama, you see, is more concerned for and correct about everything than everybody else at all times. “Nobody shares the frustrations of the American people more than I do,” he told WABC earlier this month; “nobody is more frustrated” than he about the IRS scandal; “no person,” the president affirmed during the election,
McDonalds will end its 40-year, ketchup-based relationship with Heinz, the company announced on Friday, because Heinz´s new CEO, Bernardo Hees, is the former CEO of Burger King. He´s also still on Burger King´s board of directors. Now McDonalds is currently looking for a new ketchup maker to partner with once it phases Heinz out of its stores. Heinz supplies ketchup to both McDonalds (for now!) and Burger King, and to Wendy’s and Chick-fil-A. For McDonalds, at least, it seems that the new Burger King connection at Heinz was one step too far. McDonalds has taken a stand on ketchup. Except most
Charlie Crist, the former governor of Florida who lost a race for U.S. Senate in 2010, has a new ad that looks a lot like a campaign ad. Watch the video below:(Snip for video)"I´m an optimist, but let´s face it: The last few years have been tough," says Crist. "Government on the fringes, donors and politics above you the people." Crist says politicians have been attacking against "full-time working people and their health care", "women and their doctors", "teachers, public schools, and college affordability", and "the simple act of casting your vote." "Tell me how I can help," he adds. Elected governor
Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has agreed to sell his D.C. townhouse to help pay for a $750,000 forfeiture he owes, according to court filings released Friday. The former congressman “has been unsuccessful in his attempts to satisfy his forfeiture money judgment, and thus has agreed to sell the O Street property, and to use the proceeds of the sale” towards that sum, the filing says. The filing also states that Jackson has agreed to pay $200,000 towards the forfeiture by Nov. 1. The Dupont Circle property was previously listed on the market in September 2012 for $2.5 million. Citing
Oh, it’s on: Movement-conservative icon, author, and direct-market pioneer Richard Viguerie threw down the gauntlet to establishment Republicans and the GOP leadership Tuesday, charging that conservatives “have been betrayed, abandoned by our leaders, and that includes Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, [and] Reince Priebus at the Republican National Committee.” (Snip) RINO hunt! This is astonishing, and can only be driven by an ideological mindset so impervious to reality that it would rather destroy political conservatism’s chances of actually running the country than succumb to the least impurity in the ranks.
This morning, Gene Sperling, director of the White House’s National Economic Council, appeared before a Democratic business group for what was billed as a speech about the economy after the shutdown, followed by a Q&A session. The White House didn’t push this as a newsmaking event, so it didn’t get much billing. But I went anyway, and I was struck by what Sperling had to say, especially about the upcoming budget negotiations that are a product of the deal to reopen the government. In his usual elliptical and prolix way, Sperling seemed to be laying out the contours of a bargain