By nominating Chuck Hagel to be his Defense Secretary, President Obama is putting forward an aloof contrarian who doesn’t suffer fools – a striving politician who considers himself above politics. Hagel’s intellectual arrogance angers party colleagues, raising suspicions about what he really stands for, and doubts about whether he’s a team player. In other words, Obama has picked a man very much like himself. Hagel is Obama in a GOP jersey. That may be the biggest reason why Hagel’s confirmation in the Senate, while likely, will not be easy.
Mr Fournier like many of the media,refers to Mr Hagel as a decorated Vietnam Vet based upon his being awarded two Purple Heart Medals. While not a medal I would wish for, it is an award not a decoration. Decorations are awarded for actions which deserve merit, as opposed to awards which are just that awarded as a result of being there at the right or in the case of a Purple Heart, the wrong time.
If you are what you eat, you could be having an identity crisis. Foods we eat every day could include ingredients that aren´t supposed to be the there. It´s called "food fraud" and its a growing problem. Fish, honey, milk, orange juice, and olive oil - what do they all have in common? They top the list when it comes to food fraud. Cheap imitations are filling up grocery store shelves. "One of the ways that happens is by substituting one ingredient for another. It´s hard for consumers," said Dr. Mark Stoeckle, a Senior Research Associate in the Program for
He may have sent a “thrill” up Chris Matthews’‘ leg in 2008, but in 2013 President Barack Obama qualified as the MSNBC host’s “political loser of the year.” Matthews’ comments came as the answer to a question from Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe about who fared the worst politically in 2013. “It was a terrible year for the president,” he said. “It’s not just a bad year in terms of the [Obamacare] rollout,” Matthew continued. “There’s an erosion in interest. It feels like a very long presidency now. It feels like the seventh or eighth year of a presidency, it
A London jury acquitted Nigella Lawson’s two personal assistants Friday of screwing the celebrity chef’s ex-husband out of over $1 million. Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo broke down in tears as the verdict was read after nearly nine hours of deliberations. They had faced one count each of defrauding high-flying art dealer ..
Nearly three months after its launch and as millions of Americans log on to shop for health plans, HealthCare.gov has still had serious security vulnerabilities, according to documents and testimony obtained by ABC News. There have been "two high findings" of risk - the most serious level of concern - in testing over the past few weeks, the top Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) cybersecurity official told the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday in a private transcribed interview. It´s a "vulnerability in the system," CMS chief information security officer Teresa Fryer told the committee of one of the issues. "They
If you haven’t heard by now, A&E’s Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson was suspended from his show after throwing down some particularly crass, illogical “logic” about homosexuality (and bestiality). Immediately following the news of his suspension, I wrote that A&E made the wrong decision, especially given how no one should be surprised that a deeply conservative Christian man who lives in a swamp has an unflattering view of consenting adults who engage in homosexual activity. In fact, no one should really ever be surprised when a reality TV star says something offensive or outrageous. Don’t believe us? Check out these other instances
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia´s richest man, has been freed from his prison camp after receiving a pardon from Vladimir Putin. "Around 12:20 pm (0820 GMT) Mikhail Khodorkovsky left the prison camp" in the town of Segezha in Karelia in northwestern Russian, a security source in Karelia told Interfax. The Federal Service for the Execution of Punishment (FSIN) which runs Russia´s prisons issued a statement confirming that Khodorkovsky´s sentence had been terminated but not explicitly confirming he had walked free from the camp. His lawyer Vadim Klyugvant confirmed that Khodorkovsky had indeed left prison - but said he still has no idea where his
Everybody has been focused on Phil Robertson’s remarks about homosexuals. His rednecky comments about blacks and non-Christians haven’t received nearly as much press, which just goes to show you who has the most cultural power. Here’s what he said about blacks: “I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what:
Is this man simply expressing his beliefs or spewing bigotry?Either way, Phil Robertson, the patriarch in A&E´s "Duck Dynasty," won´t be duck calling on air anytime soon. The network suspended him after slamming gays in a magazine interview. In the January issue of GQ, Robertson said homosexuality is a sin and puts it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity. "It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man´s anus. That´s just me. I´m just thinking: There´s more there! She´s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was hospitalized early Friday morning as a “precaution” after feeling ill, a spokesman said, adding that doctors concluded "everything is normal" after testing. “Early this morning, Senator Reid was not feeling well and as a precaution decided to go to the hospital. Tests have been conducted and everything is normal. He is alert, resting and feeling better,” spokesman Adam Jentleson said in a statement. "Doctors have asked that he remain in the hospital for observation so he will not be working today." The Senate is set to finish its business for the year on Friday.
For a few hours, it looked like Americans would quietly accept the suspension of popular “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson for his unfiltered opinions about sin, sex, gays and blacks in a magazine interview. But then, as if on cue, hundreds of thousands of fans of the openly Christian, duck-hunting businessman took to social networks and started their backlash. As of Thursday night, more than 1.1 million people “liked” the “Stand With Phil Robertson” Facebook page, while about the same number had clicked their support for another Facebook page called “Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back On Duck
The suspension of Phil Robertson from A&E’s Duck Dynasty is outrageous in a nation that values freedom, according to social critic and openly gay, dissident feminist Camille Paglia. “I speak with authority here, because I was openly gay before the ‘Stonewall rebellion,’ when it cost you something to be so. And I personally feel as a libertarian that people have the right to free thought and free speech,” Paglia, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, said on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Thursday. “In a democratic country, people have the right to be homophobic as well as they have
The Obama administration Thursday night significantly relaxed the rules of the health-care law for millions of consumers whose individual insurance policies have been canceled, saying they could buy bare-bones health plans or entirely avoid the requirement that most Americans have health insurance. The surprise announcement, four days before the Dec. 23 deadline for people to choose coverage that begins on Jan. 1, triggered an immediate backlash from the health insurance industry and raised new fairness questions about a law intended to promote affordable and comprehensive coverage. “This type of last-minute change will cause tremendous instability in the marketplace and lead
Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano has announced he is gay. Boitano´s personal news comes two days after the figure skater was named to the official United States 2014 Sochi Olympics delegation by President Obama. "While I am proud to play a public role in representing the American Olympic Delegation as a former Olympic athlete, I have always reserved my private life for my family and friends and will continue to do so," Boitano, 50, said in an official statement. (Snip) Boitano joins tennis player Billie Jean King and Olympic ice hockey bronze medalist Caitlin Cahow as the third openly gay athlete
The A&E Network’s suspension of Phil Robertson, star of the most popular reality show in the history of television, for espousing views on homosexuality identical to those found in the New Testament may not be the first PC lynching in the history of our country, but it is certainly now the most prominent. It is also a singular example of how political correctness, via cultural relativism, is used to undermine democracy and freedom of speech and is, at its core, fascistic. Yes, I just used the f-word and quite deliberately. PC and cultural relativism are the godchildren of Martin Heidegger