Judging from their numerous appearances on our TV screens, Michael Bloomberg and Barack Obama have come through Hurricane Sandy just fine. The same cannot be said for their brand of governing. Of all the vulnerabilities exposed by this storm, the biggest hit may have been to Blue State Liberalism. (Snip)The silliness of those episodes speaks to a serious point about the great vulnerability of 21st-century American liberalism: an inability to set the priorities necessary for good government. As a result, government grows both bigger and less capable, especially for people who do not have the resources to fund other
Comments: Blue State Liberalism fails to create "sustainable lower middle class prosperity" in our biggest cities. Yes! And yet they trumpet that they are the advocates for and saviors of that very class, which includes the minorities they court for votes.
In the wake of last week’s much-discussed New York Times investigative report detailing cronyism and mismanagement inside the Clinton Foundation, former president Bill Clinton issued an open letter in an attempt to stem the public relations backlash. Clinton’s letter challenged a couple of the Times’ assertions that his nonprofit had run deficits. Curiously, Clinton’s letter left unchallenged the Times’ more troubling reporting--based on over two dozen interviews with Clinton Foundation insiders--that the nonprofit is rife with cronyism and conflicts of interest that leverage access and power to benefit for-profit ventures like Teneo, a consultancy co-founded by Bill Clinton’s “surrogate son” and
Rafael Caro Quintero was one of the leaders of the Guadalajara drug cartel, which was the most powerful cartel in Mexico when he was convicted in the kidnapping, torture and murder of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena in 1985. A Mexican judge recently ordered Caro Quintero´s release from prison after he served 28 years of a 40-year sentence. (Snip) The cartel had several high-ranking members of Mexican law enforcement on its payroll, including the commander of the nation´s Directorate of Federal Security. "Commencing in 1984, members of the Guadalajara Narcotics Cartel engaged in a series of actions the
Before getting to the actual outcome of the EEOC lawsuit and the Federal Judge’s ruling we must review the BACKSTORY: In September of 2012 Newark New Jersey, passed Ordinance 12-1630, “which limits employers’ ability to conduct criminal background checks.” (Snip)In February of 2013, at the request of the White House, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) each determined that employers who use background checks as one of the determinants of whether to hire a prospective employee may be engaging in prohibited discrimination.
A Maryland court has dismissed a lawsuit against an events-services company accused by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of discriminatory hiring practices, a setback for a federal agency that increasingly argues the use of credit reports and criminal background checks can disproportionately impact minorities. The judge stated that using such checks can in some cases be discriminatory. However, the EEOC “bears the burden of applying reliable expert testimony and statistical analysis that demonstrates disparate impact stemming from a specific employment practice before such a violation can be found. … The EEOC has failed to do so in this case."
Citing unidentified sources, the CBS news show said the leak occurred in February, days after the Miami New Times published documents implicating the Yankees star in the Biogenesis investigation. NEW YORK - Members of Alex Rodriguez´s inner circle obtained and leaked documents that implicated Ryan Braun and other players in using performance-enhancing drugs, "60 Minutes" reported Friday. In the Miami New Times documents, the names of Braun and one of Rodriguez´s teammates, catcher Francisco Cervelli, are redacted. "60 Minutes" reports that members of Rodriguez´s camp obtained unredacted versions and leaked them to Yahoo! Sports.
Letters from Hannah Anderson were among items seized by authorities in a search of kidnap and murder suspect James DiMaggio´s San Diego County property, warrants revealed, along with duct tape, handcuff boxes and other materials. Also taken from DiMaggio’s property were empty boxes of camping gear and ammunition, a Yosemite camping printout, incendiary devices, "arson wire," model rocket containers, cut electrical cords and two used condoms, the documents said. The search warrants did not detail what the letters -- or another handwritten note -- said.
Its existence has been a badly kept secret for decades and it has fuelled the imaginations of conspiracy theorists and UFO hunters around the world. Now the existence of Area 51 has been officially acknowledged by the Central Intelligence Agency and its exact location revealed in Nevada. Documents released by the CIA also reveal that there really have been some strange occurrences at the secret airbase – however, they are not quite as exciting as UFO hunters would like.
TALLAHASSEE — After sitting in at the Florida Capitol for 31 days — since just after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin — the group called the Dream Defenders ended its protest Thursday with the help of civil-rights icon Julian Bond. Leaders said they´ll carry their campaign against the "stand your ground" self-defense law and what they consider other forms of racial bias to the polls, trying to defeat the elected officials who opposed their demands. That includes Gov. Rick Scott, who is up for re-election next year. The Dream Defenders announced a voter-registration drive, with a
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —Florida´s Republican-controlled Legislature is coming out solidly against a special session to repeal the state´s "stand your ground" law. The Department of State on Wednesday released a list that showed more than half of the state´s 160-member Legislature has already voted against the idea. The vote was triggered earlier after 33 legislators asked for a special session in writing. They were urged to do so by the Dream Defenders group, which is upset with the July verdict in the George Zimmerman case.
Buried within an article on Newark Mayor Cory Booker´s run for U.S. Senate, Edward-Isaac Dovere of Politico admits "the irony that in the age of Obama, Republicans have done a better job than Democrats of bringing diversity through their ranks." That is a reality ignored all too often by the mainstream media in its rush to declare Republicans, and especially those from the Tea Party movement, as racist, white, male, and old. In fact, the emergence of the Tea Party helped bring black and female candidates to the forefront of the GOP, as political newcomers seized (and created) political opportunities--often
"Lee Daniels´ The Butler" was inspired, a title card says, by a true story. That usually means the line between fact and fiction has been blurred, but this time there´s no line to blur. The butler, Cecil Gaines, is a fictional creation, an African-American Forrest Gump who bears special witness to the civil-rights movement while serving on the White House staff under seven presidents. The contrivance is stretched to its breaking point over a running time of 132 minutes; some of the episodes cross a different line from almost plausible to downright silly. That´s not the whole story, though.
Given all of the work investigating the murky life and influence that is de-facto President Valerie Jarrett, I must admit to a bit of surprise at mention that Jarrett is a longtime summer resident of Martha’s Vineyard, and it was that very location that some believe was the true birthplace of Barack Obama’s bid to become President of the United States. Lends more than a bit of troubled waters to that otherwise beautiful playground of the rich and famous… -Valerie Jarrett’s connection to Martha’s Vineyard was first pointed out to me via a press pool report of Barack Obama’s agenda
From his first presidential campaign to the present, the president, his party and his administration have openly flouted existing laws, and it doesn´t seem there is any legal means of stopping him short of impeachment. As you may recall, the Democrats refused to fill vacant spots on the Federal Election Commission so that when the Obama campaign disabled the system to track contributions there was no way in 2008 to challenge and stop the practice and countless suspicious contributions, including many from overseas, found their way into his coffers.
Mediaite’s Noah Rothman joined the panel on Fox News Watch Saturday, leading off a discussion about Oprah Winfrey and race, in light of the media mogul’s recent remarks about Trayvon Martin and experiencing racism in Switzerland. Picking up on themes from a column he wrote earlier in the week, Rothman said there’s “precedent” for Winfrey tying claims racism to projects she’s promoting, with this week’s example being her high profile return to acting in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. “This is something of a precedent,” Rothman told host Jon Scott. “It just kind of comes right before she’s promoting a project,
Democratic senator Mary Landrieu says she´s embarrassed to go to places in Europe like France and Spain because some Americans do not have health insurance. Landrieu, who is up for reelection in 2014, represents the state of Louisiana. “People are scared when they’re sick, and they’re much stronger when they’re well,” Landrieu said at a Friday lunch, according to the American Press. “It’s embarrassing to me to go to places like France and Spain ... and their workers all manage to have health insurance that can’t be taken away.” The report adds: Landrieu said Louisiana has “more working people that
Cairo - The Egyptian government acknowledged that its security forces had killed 36 Islamists in its custody Sunday, as the military leaders and the country’s Islamists vowed to keep up their fight over Egypt’s future. (Snip) While confirming the killings of the detainees on Sunday, the Ministry of the Interior said the deaths were the consequence of an escape attempt by Islamist prisoners. But officials of the main Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, described the deaths as “assassinations,” and claimed that the victims, which it said numbered 52, had been shot and tear-gassed through the windows
"So, how many black friends do you have now?" It´s a question I get asked a lot, ever since I set out five years ago to find out why I, your typical middle-class white person, had no black friends at all. I do have black friends now, actually. Several. But I rarely offer that information when asked, because to ask white people how many black friends they have is to pose the wrong question. (Snip) It helps if white people know how to be better white people.
Critics say a Muslim group picked the wrong day — Sept. 11 — to march on Washington to complain about religious profiling and President Obama’s handling of an investigation into the terror attacks that rocked America 12 years ago. The mass demonstration, called the "Million Muslim March," was changed to a more mainstream-sounding event, "Million American March Against Fear," but the name did not seem to gain much traction and has apparently reverted back to its original title. American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC), which is organizing the march, claims Muslims nationwide have been the victims of anti-Islamic bigotry in
Boston - Gov. Chris Christie told Republican leaders his New Jersey successes were an example of winning GOP support from female and minority voters in a blue state. The party should follow conservative economic themes and the pledge of pragmatic governance, the one-term governor, (Snip) "I´m not going to be one of these people who goes and calls our party stupid," he said, alluding to Jindal, the Republican Governors Association chairman, who told the RNC in January the GOP had to "stop being the party of stupid." "There´s nothing wrong with our principles," Christie said.
The 16-year-old girl’s once-beautiful face was grotesque. She had been disfigured beyond all recognition in the 18 months she had been held captive by the Comanche Indians. Now, she was being offered back to the Texan authorities by Indian chiefs as part of a peace negotiation. To gasps of horror from the watching crowds, the Indians presented her at the Council House in the ranching town of San Antonio in 1840, the year Queen Victoria married Prince Albert. ‘Her head, arms and face were full of bruises and sores,’ wrote one witness, Mary Maverick. ‘And her nose was actually burnt off to the bone.
Washington — Clinton nostalgia is being replaced by Clinton neuralgia. Why is it that America’s roil family always seems better in abstract than in concrete? The closer it gets to running the world once more, the more you are reminded of all the things that bugged you the last time around. The Clintons’ neediness, their sense of what they are owed in material terms for their public service, their assumption that they’re entitled to everyone’s money. Are we about to put the “For Rent” sign back on the Lincoln Bedroom? If Americans are worried about money in politics,
Nearly five years after moving into the White House, Michelle Obama could not look more at home. Posing in the formal Green Room, she appears both relaxed and invigorated, embracing the undefined (and undefinable) roles of Spouse in Chief, Role Model in Chief, and Mom in Chief. But it’s the last one that makes the first lady shine brightest of all. Put her in a room with kids—whether her own or the nation’s—and she glows.
With the latest major revelation about National Security Agency surveillance, there’s a huge taboo question that needs to be put out on the table: Has President Obama been deliberately lying about the NSA, or have his statements just been repeatedly “wrong”? After Barton Gellman’s blockbuster story today about the NSA breaking “privacy rules or overstepp(ing) its legal authority thousands of times each year,” the Washington Post published an attendant commentary with a headline declaring the president was merely “wrong” in last week suggesting that the NSA wasn’t “actually abusing” its legal authority. The implication is that when Obama made that comment
At 6:30 am this morning my time - 5:30 am on the East Coast of the US - I received a telephone call from someone who identified himself as a "security official at Heathrow airport." He told me that my partner, David Miranda, had been "detained" at the London airport "under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000." David had spent the last week in Berlin, where he stayed with Laura Poitras, the US filmmaker who has worked with me extensively on the NSA stories. A Brazilian citizen, he was returning to our home in Rio de Janeiro this morning