It was one of President Barack Obama’s boldest 2008 campaign promises: Getting the United States off oil from anti-U.S. hot spots within a decade. That didn’t happen. Persian Gulf oil imports are down only 5 percent, while the U.S. remains Venezuela’s biggest oil-trading partner since Obama said changing that relationship was crucial “for the sake of our economy, our security and the future of our planet.” Obama’s campaign now says what he really meant was that the president would cut U.S. oil imports by the same amount as what was coming at the time from the Middle Eastern countries
Rumor spread shortly after noon that the president was playing golf at Farm Neck, which is less then a mile from here. Since I have only one more day here this week, I thought it was a chance opportunity to see the president on his trip to the Island. Driving into Farm Neck was surprisingly subdued, with a security check point of numerous secret service agents stopping and checking cars as they entered the golf course driveway. I had only a couple of cars ahead of me as dogs and under-car mirrors surveyed the vehicles for possible weapons or bombs.
On Sunday, Trayvon Martin’s father was named an honorary captain of the Florida A&M football team. Tracy Martin delivered a speech to the team on Sunday, after which coach Earl Holmes said, “I told him I’d love him to talk to the team. He came out and he was very, very encouraging…[He] got a standing ovation from our guys. He talked about just persevering and told the guys to keep on pushing through the hard times. The message he shared with the kids was very positive and they were very responsive.” Martin will do the pregame coin toss for FAMU
The double standard, the hypocrisy over treatment of Democrats and Republicans, with a touch of racism and sexism thrown in, is clearly playing out in different attitudes towards images of Democrats and Republicans. While liberal heads are exploding about a President Barack Obama (D) clown mask at the Missouri State Fair, liberal heads were relatively intact--as were, alas, Republican heads--19 years ago when a private rodeo allowed bulls to charge a President George H. W. Bush (R) mannequin near Philadelphia, The Gateway Pundit reminds us. Back in 1994, the cowboys used George Bush dummies at the Woodstown, Pennsylvania rodeo. For
SAN FRANCISCO- Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for action to protect voter rights following the Supreme Court ruling allowing state voter ID laws. In the first of a series of speeches she said would address some of the most critical issues facing the country, Clinton urged her audience in San Francisco Monday to fight voter identification laws in their communities and pleaded with members of a "gridlocked Congress" to enact legislation that would make it easier to vote, The New York Times reported. "Anyone who says racial discrimination is no longer a problem in American elections must
EDGARTOWN, Mass.— President Obama and his wife, Michelle, have begun a weeklong holiday on Martha’s Vineyard that, for now at least, is more a romantic getaway than a family vacation. While their daughters, Malia and Sasha, are away at summer camp and not scheduled to join them until later in the week, the Obamas have put off their usual menu of family activities like mountain biking and a trip to the local bookstore in favor of dinner at the Sweet Life Cafe and a cocktail party. Mr. Obama also found time for back-to-back golf days
Tea Party. Patriot. Conservative. We the People. Freedom. Constitution. Second Amendment. Gun Rights. Pro-Life. Christian. These were some of the keywords used by the IRS to screen individuals and groups seeking tax exempt status and then delay them because they were identified as conservative. (Snip) Allow me to add my suspicion that there is one more type of victim to be added to the list: “conservative filmmaker.” During the latter part of 2011, I agreed to produce a film written by noted author Dinesh D’Souza. It was titled, “2016: Obama’s America” and was due to be released during summer 2012.
WASHINGTON—If former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is ordered to spend time behind bars, he would like to go to either the federal prison camp in Montgomery, Ala., or the low-security portion of the federal correctional institution in Butner, N.C., one of his lawyers said today. Jackson, 48, will be sentenced Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after looting his campaign treasury of about $750,000. His wife, Sandi, 49, a former Chicago alderman, will be sentenced the same day for failing to report about $600,000 in income. Both resigned from office before pleading guilty
President Obama’s golf course antics on a sunny day on Martha’s Vineyard yesterday sparked a Twitter storm. Obama, golfing yesterday with aide Marvin Nicholson, White House chef Sam Kass and Robert Wolf, a Wall Street consultant, at Farm Neck Golf Club, was caught by photographers lifting his right leg in animated form after missing a putt. The move prompted a Twitter snarkfest.“Is Obama auditioning for the Ginyu Force with that picture?” tweeted @mininerd_julia. “Obama is the most powerful man in the world, but good lord does he need a golf fashion makeover,” tweeted Shane Bacon, a golf blogger
California has become the first state to enshrine certain rights for transgender K-12 students in state law, requiring public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he had signed AB1266. The new law gives students the right "to participate in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities" based on their self-perception and regardless of their birth gender. Supporters said the law will help reduce bullying against transgender students. It comes as the families of transgender students have been waging local battles with school districts around the country
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on Monday signed into law one of the nation’s most wide-ranging Voter ID laws. The move is likely to touch off a major court battle over voting rights, and the Justice Department is weighing a challenge to the new law. The measure requires voters to present government-issued photo identification at the polls and shortens the early voting period from 17 to 10 days. It will also end pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-old voters who will be 18 on Election Day and eliminates same-day voter registration. Democrats and minority groups have been fighting
EDGARTOWN, Mass. — President Barack Obama is playing golf despite rain that is dampening the second day of his Martha´s Vineyard vacation. Before leaving his rented home in the town of Chilmark on Monday, the White House says he was briefed by national security adviser Susan Rice, who accompanied the president on vacation. The White House released a photograph of the two sitting across from each other at a table and dressed in what appeared to be gym clothes. Obama is playing at the Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown with Washington power broker Vernon Jordan,
ALBANY— President Obama is expected to make a trip to upstate New York next week as he travels the country to promote his “better bargain for the middle class.” The White House’s pool report, citing an unnamed White House official, said the president would travel Aug. 22 and 23 on a two-day bus tour through New York and Pennsylvania. The online news site Politico, citing unnamed sources, said Obama was scheduled to make several stops in upstate New York. Two sources confirmed the trip to Gannett’s Albany Bureau. There was no immediate comment from the White House on where the
The sales assistant who refused to show U.S. talkshow billionaire Oprah Winfrey a luxury handbag costing nearly £25,000 claims the superstar lied about what happened in the luxury Swiss boutique where she works. Speaking anonymously to Sunday newspaper SonntagsBlick, the Italian bag lady said she felt ´powerless´ and in the grip of a ´cyclone´ after Winfrey went on TV in America to claim she had been the victim of racism. Winfrey was in Switzerland in July when she walked into the Trois Pommes boutique in Zurich looking for a handbag to match the outfit she was going to
In a story that has remained largely under the mainstream media radar, Congress announced late last month that it would finally investigate the Aug. 6, 2011 helicopter crash in Afghanistan that resulted in 38 deaths, including 22 members of SEAL Team 6, made famous three months earlier when they killed Osama Bin Laden. Grieving family members insist that soldiers in the elite unit were placed in unnecessary danger by the recklessness of the Obama administration, whose actions they characterized as criminal. “We’re going to dive into this,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT),
Appearing on This Week With George Stephanopoulos, Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert battled not only the Democratic panelists but also conservative pundit George Will over the wisdom of shutting down the government to prevent Obamacare funding. Gohmert strongly condemned President Barack Obama’s argument at Friday’s news conference that the GOP’s “holy grail” was enying millions of people health insurance. “That’s a false narrative,” Gohmert said. “He says we’re trying to keep people from having health care. That’s just not true. That is an absolute, blatant lie. We’re not trying to keep anybody from getting health care.
The taxpayer-supported Missouri State Fair is getting a lot of negative publicity in social media Sunday following a report of a shameful stunt that occurred Saturday night in Sedalia. (Snip) Basically, a clown wearing a mask of Obama came out during the bull riding event. The crowd was asked if it wanted to see Obama “run down by a bull. Things got worse from there." Things got worse from there, which doesn’t surprise me, given the anti-Obama feeling among many fairgoers from rural Missouri, where Obama lost to Mitt Romney (at least 60-40 percent in much of outlying parts of state)
President Obama took his case for ending the sequester to hundreds of disabled veterans Saturday, saying he protected their benefits from the “reckless” cuts to the federal budget but suggesting next year might be different. “It’s hurting our military. I made it clear that your veteran’s benefits are exempt from this year’s sequester,” the president said to the applause of hundreds at the Disabled American Veterans´ convention in Orlando, Fla. “But I want to tell you going forward the best way to protect the VA care you have earned is to get rid of this sequester altogether.”
Rooms have to be found for dozens of Secret Service agents, someone has to carry a selection of presidential basketballs, and of course the family dog needs his own state-of-the-art aircraft. Arriving in the idyllic coastal retreat of Martha´s Vineyard in Massachusetts, Mr Obama left behind him in Washington DC high profile debates over the budget, government surveillance and his health care reforms. Instead, he will spend the next eight days playing golf, going to the beach, and buying books from the Bunch of Grapes bookstore.
Potential 2016 presidential contender Donald Trump spoke to ABC’s Jonathan Karl Sunday morning and reignited the birther issue that he helped spark back in 2011, questioning the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s birth certificate and wondering whether Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, was eligible to president. “Was there a birth certificate?” Trump asked. “You tell me. Some people say that was not his birth certificate. I’m saying I don’t know. Nobody knows. And you don’t know, either, Jonathan. You’re a smart guy, you don’t know, either.” “I’m pretty convinced he was born in the United States,” Karl said.
MANY American newspapers were doomed to decline from the moment the Internet arrived on personal computers. But The Washington Post, just sold off unexpectedly to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, was never really one of them. This is something the sentimental send-offs for the Graham family and its stewardship tended to ignore. As disruptive as the Internet has been for journalism, The Post was uniquely positioned to succeed amid the chaos.
On Monday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the American Bar Association annual meeting in San Francisco that she would be launching a series of speeches about American foreign policy in the “next few months.” According to Philip Rucker, White House correspondent for The Washington Post, Hillary planned to emphasize restoring faith in government – an ironic theme, considering that she was a member of the current administration presiding over the rapid decline in faith in government. The speech today was clearly a launching point for a 2016 campaign. She put heavy emphasis on bashing voter
The U.S. Air Force said that a well-known drag queen group was invited to perform on base during a “Diversity Day” celebration because drag is a “symbol of gay pride and unity. But the performance sparked outrage among some airmen who called the drag show “totally offensive and inappropriate.” Jewels and the Brunchettes performed to a small crowd at the Los Angeles Air Force Base on Aug. 8, the military confirmed. The Air Force said in a statement to Fox News that “Diversity Day” featured eight cultural groups and was meant to “foster equality and diversity in the workplace.”
Perhaps people already knew this and I’m the first to catch on to the obvious. When Rene Stutzman from the Orlando Sentinel told me the editorial board had decided “what” content would be “permitted to be discussed” within the reporting of her newspaper, I had no idea the Senior Vice-President / Director of Content was African American. Nor did I know the editor she was talking about, Mark Russell, was also African American. It just never crossed my mind to ask.
The “phony scandal” at the IRS keeps growing. E-mail correspondence unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee reveals that Lois Lerner, the figure at the center of the scandal, may have committed a felony by divulging information about a conservative group to the Federal Election Commission, in an incident that dates back at least to 2008, before President Obama took office. Though some conservatives have eagerly sought evidence that Obama’s White House instigated the IRS’s targeting of tea-party groups, the latest evidence suggests that an anti-conservative bias may instead be an endemic feature of the federal bureaucracy.