If you ask Larry Beck, "arch-o-holism" is the only addiction to have.Beck, president of the Natural Arch and Bridge Society, member of Seniors Outdoors and admitted "arch-o-holic," has been actively hunting natural arches throughout the Southwest for more than 20 years. Beck, at age 62, shows no signs of slowing down. "People ask, ´Where do you live?´ and I tell them, ´I don´t know, I guess wherever I´m parked,´" Beck said. "Oftentimes I´ll drive down an old oil and gas road I´ve been down many times before and, suddenly, the sunlight will pop and sparkle through a tiny opening in
When German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrated the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Berlin in 2008, she could not have imagined that she was blessing the workplace for the largest and most effective gaggle of American spies anywhere outside of the United States. It seems straight out of a grade-B movie, but it has been happening for the past 11 years: The National Security Agency (NSA) has been using Mrs. Merkel as an instrument to spy on the president of the United States. We now know that the NSA has been listening to and recording her cellphone calls since 2002.
“If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan, period.” That assurance, repeated over and over again by Barack Obama, members of his administration and Democratic members of Congress, has been revealed this week for all to see as a lie. A knowing lie: soon after the passage of Obamacare in March 2010, the Obama administration was busy issuing regulations that were intended to and did abolish many existing insurance policies, as my Washington Examiner colleage Tim Carney explains. Now Obama apologists are coming out with another line explaining that this big lie wasn’t, er,
The National Security Agency scandal keeps getting juicier. Recent revelations, triggered by ex-NSA employee Eric Snowden´s earlier disclosures, indicate that the National Security Agency not only collects volumes of metadata about the phone numbers people use, it routinely stores the contents of phone conversations, text messages, e-mails and Internet activity.
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has been lobbying the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Congress to ensure that grocery and convenience stores are subjected to the same uniform menu labeling regulations that requires restaurants, including franchised chains with 20 or more locations, to post calorie and nutritional information for all of their products on in-store menu boards. Interestingly, the NRA lobbied government for this Obamacare legislation located within section 4205 of the Affordable Care Act. An NRA spokeswoman defended the organization’s advocacy for the regulation telling Breitbart News that too many localities across the nation were imposing a “patchwork”
The word is "fraud." It is now clear that the American people and their representatives in Congress were lied to, in order to obtain passage of Obamacare. When someone is induced to undertake an action based on false representations, that constitutes fraud. Investor´s Business Daily lays out the calculation that motivated the fraud. Back in 1994, when Bill Clinton was pushing his own version of "comprehensive health reform," the insurance industry launched its infamous "Harry and Louise" ads to deliver a simple message: The Clinton plan would force families to give up their own health plans.(snip)The campaign was devastating.
On Wednesday, The New Yorker printed a piece from film critic David Denby on Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). Written about any Democrat, the piece surely would have been spiked for offensive quasi-racism. “When Ted Cruz lies, he appears to be praying,” Denby writes, before embarking upon a long and demeaning description of Cruz’s physical appearance: “Cruz has large ears; a straight nose with a fleshy tip, which shines in camera lights when he talks to reporters; straight black hair slicked back from his forehead like flattened licorice; thin lips; a long jaw with another knob of flesh at the base,
Fox Business Network host John Stossel sat down with Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy on Thursday and explained his controversial view that women should pay more than men for health insurance. Stossel said that this was appropriate because they use the services which hospitals provide and, as a result, they live longer. “The web site is minor. They will fix that,” Stossel said of the problem-plagued HealthCare.Gov site. “Central planning is the problem because this just kills the market and the competition in the market that makes things better.” “Yesterday, President [Barack] Obama stood in front of a bunch of women
In this video, and from a remarkable source, we learn that the warm and fuzzy Obama White House and the kind and gentle Democratic Party are indeed holding their boots on the throats of private insurance companies. Insurance executives are afraid of their government. They are afraid that federal business will be pulled if they criticize, if they correct the administration’s false claims.
President Obama was in Boston yesterday to raise more Democrat campaign money and screw up fan travel to the final World Series game. He tacked on another empty, but official ObamaCare speech to save his party half the trip cost. Employing his characteristic combativeness, the Chicagoan asked Republicans to implement the crippled law. Then to ensure that they don´t, the ex-great uniter called them "so locked in politics that they won´t lift a finger to help their own people." [Snip] Then out pops a Wall Street Journal Poll showing a precipitous plunge in his job approval.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was the honoree at the annual Jack Kemp Leadership Award Dinner on Monday night, delivering a speech that laid out ways conservatives can advance the “American idea” that the dinner’s namesake advocated. Bush advocated free market principles, especially in energy policy.We should let market forces, not crony capitalism, decide where to invest and how to incentivize citizens to conserve,” Bush, a possible GOP candidate in 2016, said, advocating approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, “rational” regulations on fracking, and opening federal lands to drilling. “A real energy strategy could add an additional 1 percent growth over
A House committee investigating the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of right-leaning groups has identified the IRS agent who leaked the confidential donor list of the National Organization for Marriage, a conservative organization that opposes gay marriage. NOM’s donor list, contained in a Form 990 Schedule B, which it is required by law to file with the IRS, was obtained in March 2012 by its chief political opponent, the Human Rights Campaign, and subsequently became the subject of several national news stories that centered on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s donation to the group. Though the House Ways and Means Committee,
Henry Waxman made a plea at the end of Wednesday’s House hearing grilling of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The California Democrat and liberal lion asked Republicans to reach across the aisle to work with Democrats to improve Obamacare. Yes, Henry Waxman, who has made a career of ideological witch hunts and smash-mouth partisanship, wants a cease-fire over Obamacare, or so he says. Waxman was picking up a common liberal theme: It’s not fair that Republicans continue to oppose the president’s eponymous health care law and pick at its failures, deceits and irrationalities.
In Wednesday’s New York Times, former reporter and columnist Maureen Dowd lamented how the “incalculably destructive Dick Cheney” is once again “ominously omnipresent” in media interviews. She loathed how “he still can’t emulate the respectful restraint of his former partner, George W. Bush. He grabs every opportunity to snarl at President Obama, who is still mopping up from the Bush-Cheney misrule.” How many times has Dowd complained that Bill Clinton couldn’t emulate the “respectful restraint” of either Bush? Lacking either restraint or respect, Dowd borrowed a page from Bill Maher and insisted that if Cheney had been medically disqualified from
It´s been nearly 14 months since the attack on the US facility in Benghazi, and the "most transparent Administration in history" still refuses to allow Congress or anyone else to interview survivors. Senator Lindsey Graham just announced, in total frustration, that he will block every Presidential nomination for any office until the survivors are allowed to appear before a Congressional committee. Now that is extreme. This means that, for the indefinite future, no more vacancies will be filled as they arise in federal courts or agencies, from "Assistant Deputy Under Secretary For xxx" jobs on up to Cabinet positions. Yet,
What’s making US health care so expensive? Consider spinal fusion surgery. This expensive procedure, as the Washington Post reports, is now more common than hip replacement. Over the past 20 years the rate has increased sixfold, and not due to medical necessity, as new research suggests: More than 465,000 spinal fusions were performed in the United States in 2011, according to government data, and some experts say that a portion of them — perhaps as many as half — were performed without good reason….
With the 2014 midterm elections just a year away, nervous Democrats have begun distancing themselves from what Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius now calls the Obamacare "debacle." "Our guys are frustrated by Obama´s unforced errors," a Senate Democrat aide told Reuters on Wednesday. "How could the president not be ready for the rollout?" Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) expressed frustration last week with the Obama Administration´s failed rollout of Obama´s signature legislative achievement. "Some of us, myself included, are somewhat resentful [and] upset about the apparent incompetency in designing and rolling this thing out," said Nolan. "Who was it
Only now -- five years into his presidency -- are we seeing some cracks in the protective shield surrounding President Obama, and then only after the abuse of reporters´ privacy has been threatened. (snip) Bob Woodward, one of the journalists famed for breaking the Watergate story, called the Obama Administration a "rat´s nest of concealment and lies" and described it as a "secret government." That secret activity includes using the Internal Revenue Service to spy on and intimidate opponents.
How important, really, is history to current affairs? Do events from the 7th century—or, more importantly, how we understand them—have any influence on U.S. foreign policy today? By way of answer, consider some parallels between academia’s portrayal of the historic Islamic jihads and the U.S. government’s and media’s portrayal of contemporary Islamic jihads. While any objective appraisal of the 7th century Muslim conquests proves that they were just that—conquests, with all the bloodshed and rapine that that entails—the historical revisionism of modern academia, especially within Arab and Islamic studies departments, has led to some portrayals of the Muslim conquerors as “freedom-fighters” trying
Masked from public view, two of the U.S. military’s elite special operations commandos have been awarded medals for bravery for a mission that further undercuts the Obama administration’s original story about the Benghazi tragedy. For months, administration officials have claimed no special operations forces were dispatched from outside Libya to Benghazi during the Sept. 11, 2012, al Qaeda terrorist attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission and CIA annex because none was within range. The Pentagon, under intense public criticism for not coming to the aid of besieged Americans, published an official timeline in November that carefully danced around the issue. It said time
In Dante’s Inferno, the Eighth Circle of Hell is reserved for people who deliberately commit fraud. It isn’t surprising, then, that the poet populated this province of Perdition with politicians and their advisors. Interestingly, the latter were rendered especially uncomfortable. Whereas the politicians merely bathed in boiling pitch, their corrupt counselors were condemned to spend eternity in the actual flames. If the expression on her face was any guide, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius felt that she had entered the Eighth Circle of Obamacare as she endured the questions of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday.
Those Americans who watched Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s testimony yesterday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee might be forgiven for thinking they were in an alternate universe. Despite her assertion that Americans should ”hold me accountable” for the ongoing debacle, Sebelius later claimed she was never warned by anyone that the scheduled roll out of the Healthcare.gov website would be the disaster it turned out to be. Furthermore, she stood by the assertion that the president has been “keeping his promise” with regard to the idea that Americans who liked their insurance policies could keep
President Obama last week sought to turn attention from health care to immigration — in other words, from one racially divisive issue to another.Whites tend to hold negative views of Obamacare, while blacks tend to like it. Specifically, 55 percent of whites, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found this year, consider Mr. Obama’s health care law a bad idea, while 59 percent of blacks call it a good idea. On immigration, 51 percent of whites oppose legal status for illegal residents, but 63 percent of blacks and 76 percent of Hispanics favor it.
The latest flapdoodle over intelligence gathering has bestirred a more than usually energetic reaction. Calls to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and to shackle the NSA are erupting all over the political landscape like acne on a teenager’s face. But let’s not get carried away. The problem is not with what NSA is and was doing. The problems are that it was caught doing it and that Obama is saying that NSA did something wrong, which it didn’t. What began as another round of leaks from Edward Snowden, telling us that NSA has been listening to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell
Steny Hoyer certainly is a creative man. Asked about Barack Obama’s promise that everyone would be able to keep his health coverage if he liked it and the recent revelation that the Democrats knew all along that millions of Americans would lose their health plans under ObamaCare, he had an answer. “I think the message [the promise] was accurate. It was not precise enough…[it] should have been caveated with – ‘assuming you have a policy that in fact does do what the bill is designed to do,’” reports National Review. My, that’s rich. Almost Frank Rich. Since Hoyer’s lie about a lie speaks for
Facebook is losing young teenagers. That’s the revelation made by the company’s finance chief which wiped £11.2 bn off its share price yesterday. In a recent survey, the social network was preferred by just 23 per cent of youngsters, down from 44 per cent. The gap is being filled by more lightweight, temporary, photo-focused networks like Snapchat, WhatsApp and Instagram (which Facebook owns). If ever there was fuel needed for the “Facebook is a fad” theory, this is it. Among big investors obsessed with youth, alarm bells are ringing. For most adults who didn’t grow up with technology, it’s hard