Note from Senior Management: One of the leading voices in the emerging grass roots and Tea Party movement posted a powerful and timely article this week on RedState. With the author´s permission, we present it for consideration for the Breitbart community. I once had a person leave a message on my home answering machine telling me how he was going to come to my house, tie me up, cut off my eye lids, and force me to watch as he raped and murdered my family. Another person once emailed a very similar tale. One time after I’d made a bunch
Protesters marched Saturday in Washington, D.C., to protest government surveillance programs revealed this year by Edward Snowden on the 12th anniversary of the law that made them legal. Carrying signs reading: ‘Stop Mass Spying,’ ‘Thank you, Edward Snowden’ and ‘Unplug Big Brother,’ people gathered at the foot of the Capitol to demonstrate against the online surveillance by the National Security Agency. One protester also read a statement released by Mr Snowden prior to the rally. [Snip] The march made for unusual allies, with liberal privacy advocates walking alongside members of the conservative Tea Party movement--both sides oppose what they say
Britain is braced for the worst storm in a decade tonight which is set to bring driving rain and winds of up to 90mph to some areas. The winds are expected to leave a trail of destruction across a large swathe of the UK, bringing down trees and causing widespread structural damage, leading to power cuts and transport chaos tomorrow morning. Surface water floods could strike much of England as the Met Office predicts 20-40mm of rain could fall within six to nine hours overnight. The Prime Minister held an emergency meeting this morning with ministries and agencies to co-ordinate
Dear Brian: You and I have had our differences — plenty of them — but I was happy to see you toying with the idea of running for president last week. I know, I know — it’s just a coy flirtation, not an admission that you really want to put yourself through the rigors of an uphill 2016 campaign battle against Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and who knows who else for the Democratic nomination.But when you told Real Clear Politics 10 days ago that the American people were getting frustrated with presidential politics as usual, you were speaking for me and
Never in human history has the general health of most ordinary people been better than it is now. But paradoxically, there can scarcely ever have been a time when health care has been a more difficult political problem for the governments of advanced countries than it is now. These two apparently contradictory facts are not unconnected. It is precisely because of the stupendous advances in the treatment of disease that the role of government has become so contentious. With the scope for life-prolonging medical intervention now virtually limitless--and thus spending on it being potentially limitless as well--there are moral and
As a powerful storm makes its way towards England and Wales, drivers, homeowners, and commuters are being urged to be vigilant in dealing with ‘potentially significant travel disruption’ on the first day of the half-term period. The Met Office has issued an amber warning – meaning ‘be prepared’ – for winds of up to 80mph in Wales, the west and east Midlands, east and south-west of England, and London and the south-east. The gale force gusts are expected to hit just as thousands of families around the country begin their half-term break. The winds coupled with a yellow warning for
Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don´t like what they see. These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years. Although recent criticism of the healthcare law has focused on website glitches and early enrollment snags, experts say sharp price increases for individual policies have the greatest potential to erode public support for President Obama´s
A dying mechanic wanted a few thousand dollars to leave to his wife, two sons and infant daughter. A politically connected millionaire, now running for Virginia governor, wanted to make some money. And a Rhode Island estate planner wanted to become ambassador to the Vatican. All three came together on paper in late 2006 in a deal struck just two months before the 44-year-old mechanic died of cancer.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Sunday openly mocked the Obama administration’s troubled rollout of its HealthCare.gov website but did suggest a fix — sort of. “Maybe they’ll bring in Al Gore, the guy who says he invented the Internet,” Mr. Jindal said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” (Snip) But beyond taking jabs at Mr. Gore, Mr. Jindal — chair of the Republican Governors Association and a rising star in the party — said the plagued Obamacare launch is evidence that the White House is either too liberal or too incompetent to govern effectively. “I think they’ll eventually fix
Florida Blue CEO Patrick Geraghty appeared on Meet the Press Sunday morning and defended Obamacare, telling host David Gregory that the 300,000 figure—the number of people being dropped from the insurance rolls, a number being used as evidence that President Barack Obama was not correct when he said people would get to keep their insurance—was not an accurate representation of the Affordable Care Act’s effects. “We’re not cutting people,” Geraghty said. “We’re actually transitioning people. What we’ve been doing is informing folks that their plan doesn’t meet the test of the essential health benefits; therefore, they have a choice
The gaffes of the Affordable Care Act website, Healthcare.gov, have left many frightened. But are you afraid of Uncle Sam stealing your Halloween candy? A creepy Uncle Sam? Thanks to the latest video from the "free-thinking, liberty-loving" group Generation Opportunity, the reality of signing up for Obamacare is as scary as any horror movie. In their latest YouTube video "Halloween Horror 2013 – Get the Door, Chad – Creepy Uncle Sam," the savvy social media group continues to take on President Barack Obama´s signature legislation, and renames it "Scary Care." The video features a young man, named Chad, flipping through
Small businesses and individuals in Michigan have complained long and hard the past several weeks to health insurers, agents and state insurance regulators over health insurance renewal quotes they have received for 2014 that range from under 10 percent to up to 75 percent or more. Southeast Michigan´s health insurers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Priority Health, HealthPlus and Health Alliance Plan, have told customers that rate increases next year are driven by a combination of regular medical cost trends along with new taxes, coverage of pre-existing conditions, regulations and additional benefits required under the Patient Protection and
On Tuesday, 79-year old Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), now serving his seventh term in the Senate, signaled that he and other members of the Republican establishment are likely to encourage a primary challenge to first term Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). Lee upset former Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT) in the 2010 Utah Republican primary convention in the Tea Party´s first major primary win over a Republican establishment politician. Hatch told the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio that "[i]t´s time now... for Lee and other tea party Republicans to be ´rehabilitated´ for refusing to pass a budget bill needed to keep the government operating
The Hague, Netherlands - The world´s chemical weapons watchdog says Syria has sent it details of its poison gas and nerve agent program and a plan to destroy all facilities linked to the deadly arsenal. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced Sunday that Syria completed its declaration Thursday, as part of a strict timeline that aims to destroy the stockpile by mid-2014. The Hague-based group says such declarations by member states "provide the basis on which plans are devised for a systematic, total and verified destruction of declared chemical weapons and production facilities." No details of the
Peter Schweizer argued that Washington´s political establishment creates threatening bills to scare wealthy interests into making big campaign donations and to hire favored lobbyists, similar to the mafia´s tactic of requiring "protection money" on Friday. Schweizer, President of the Government Accountability Institute and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large, argued that point during a Friday Yahoo! Finance appearance discussing his new book, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets. Washington, D.C. runs "just like the mob, except it´s legal," said Schweizer. "If problems are being solved, if things are going smoothly and things are being fixed, a lot of
Sarah Palin´s influence is hardly fading, according to a CNN report. "The Republican establishment can´t stand her. The media mocks her," CNN´s Peter Hamby writes. "But Sarah Palin isn´t going anywhere. Far from it." Sal Russo of the Tea Party Express, echoing the sentiments of former South Carolina Senator and Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint, told CNN that Palin "is the most important endorsement in Republican politics today, by far." "She can move the needle in a primary more than anyone else can," he said. Former Mississippi Governor and legendary GOP moneyman Haley Barbour told Hamby two years ago that Palin could raise
When Dr Michael Minor first became pastor at Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Hernando, Mississippi, in 1996, he discovered a population overcome by an epidemic of obesity. "It was so bad, I was having a funeral every weekend," he said. Minor took dramatic action for a Southern preacher, banning fried chicken at church potlucks and setting up a walking track around the church perimeter. (snip)Now he is taking on the much bigger task of trying to get the state´s nearly 275,000 uninsured people to sign up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With technology problems dogging enrolment on Obamacare
Maybe President Obama walks around the Oval Office singing the old Monkees´ tune: "There´s a girl I know who makes me feel so good. And I wouldn´t live without her, even if I could. They call her Valeri. I love her Valeri." We understand President Obama´s desire to have a loyal subordinate, a White Sox fan and someone close to Mrs Obama. However, it may be time to look for someone who is more qualified and who understands that the federal government is a very complex enterprise and not a one-party town like Chicago. (snip) Jarrett may be very loyal
Fresh reports in German media based on leaked US intelligence documents are prompting damaging new questions about the extent of US surveillance. Der Spiegel suggests the US has been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel´s mobile phone since 2002. Another report says Mr Obama was told in 2010 about the surveillance and failed to stop it. The spy row has led to the worst diplomatic crisis betweeen the two countries in living memory. Leaked documents say a US listening unit was based in its Berlin embassy - and similar operations were replicated in 80 locations around the world. The German interior minister has been quoted
The best came first again this weekend on "Saturday Night Live." Kathleen Sebelius (Kate McKinnon), secretary of health and human services, provided tips about dealing with the glitch-ridden website for Obamacare. "Millions of Americans are visiting HealthCare.gov, which is great news. Unfortunately, the site was only designed to handle six users at a time," she said. Actor Edward Norton, the first-time host, was ingratiating and playful. (Snip) Second-hand correspondent Anthony Crispino (Bobby Moynihan) mixed up Ted Cruz and Tom Cruise in discussing the risky business of Obamacare.
The heinous intrusions into our lives as a result of ObamaCare swell each day. Now, in true Marxist form, the ludicrously named "Affordable Care Act" mounts an all-out attack on marriage. In 2010, in a Web Memo, the Heritage Foundation pointed out that Under the bill, couples would face massive financial penalties if they marry or remain married. Conversely, couples who cohabit without marriage are given highly preferential financial treatment. If the Senate bill becomes law, saying 'I do' would cost some couples over $10,000 per year.
Whether as the brave youth striding forward to face the giant Goliath, the wise older king composing the immortal Psalms, or the ancestor and model for the messiah, the legend of David has been recited and burnished for nearly three thousand years. Politically, ethnically, religiously—David is central to the story Jews and Christians tell about themselves. This is, after all, the king against which all other kings were measured, the ancestor of Jesus, the person described by God as “a man after my own heart.” Even in his failings—the affair with Bathsheba, most famously—David has become the prototype of repentance and
It’s an express train — to the bad old days. Cops are giving homeless people and panhandlers in the subways the kid-glove treatment, arresting subterranean scofflaws far less frequently than just two years ago, data show. The ranks of the homeless, meanwhile, have swelled to 1,841 this year — a 13 percent increase over last year’s tally, the city’s Department of Homeless Services says. For straphangers, it has created an atmosphere of fear. “I feel threatened, especially taking the train at night,” explained Brooklynite Lortashia Smith, who said she has been followed off trains several times. “The police can definitely
During a game that turned into a 19th nervous breakdown for Cardinals’ fans, the home team drove everyone half-mad on an utterly bizarre Saturday night at Busch Stadium. Fitting, then, that this long, strange trip ended on a basepath trip that gave the Cardinals a mind-bending 5-4 victory over Boston’s angry, Red-Faced Sox in World Series Game 3. After an evening that spun out of control, the Cardinals took control of the 109th Fall Classic _ on a classic fall by Allen Craig. The Cards grabbed a 2-1 series lead in the craziest, zaniest and most improbable way. A limp-off
When the owner of the local diner kicked out his friends for not ordering food, he organized a boycott of the diner. When his baseball team´s season ended in a loss, he wrote a letter to the local paper to publicly thank his coaches. And after a group of high school seniors painted their graduation year on the school roof, he promised the principal that it wouldn´t happen again. Then he led the mission back up on the roof the following weekend to repaint "80." Chris Christie, Livingston High School Class of 1980, was popular and a pretty good varsity catcher.
PINEVILLE, W.Va. — Those old enough to remember still tell visitors how this mountain town helped make history on April 26, 1960. That was the day 600 people showed up in front of the Wyoming County courthouse to hear a patrician senator with a Boston accent make his case to be their next president. The electricity that afternoon in Pineville foreshadowed bigger things to come for the struggling candidate. Two weeks later, John F. Kennedy won more than 60 percent of the vote in West Virginia’s Democratic presidential primary, a victory that helped move the country past the presumption that