At the Oxford Union the other day, I was comprehensively outperformed by this man: Dr Cornel West. If you’ve heard him live, you’ll know that he speaks in the manner of a charismatic preacher, and that the timbre of his voice captivates almost any audience. The motion was This House would occupy Wall Street. He won. For a while, I sat there in the manner of Harold Abrahams after he loses to Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire. But then, like Abrahams, I picked myself up and started trying to improve my performance.
The "lefties" are NOT on the side of the "masses" (of ordinary people). Rather they are on their own side. They are the "Ones" that they have been waiting for. They use the mass of the people to wreck the existing order and try to rule the shambles that results. The Bolshevik revolution comes to mind. After murdering their way to power and subverting the actions of others Lenin, Trotsky and the other "marxists" consolidated their power by murdering the "Old Bolsheviks" who had given them Russia. The lie that they are "for" anyone but themselves and their absolute power must be attacked head on. No matter how "nice" they seem in private, remember that they believe they have a "right" to murder those who stand between them and absolute power. The rest of us have been too "nice" to these wreckers.
Hard to believe that anyone with an IQ above room temperature would be impressed with "Dr" Cornel West -- a posturing buffoon, if there ever was one.
But cancel that ... we´re talking about the hoity-toity Oxford Union here. The creme-de-la-creme of British ivory tower elites. So, not so surprising they would fall for such a sorry joke as Professor West.
Hannan himself has a vocal "timbre" and cadence that is to be envied. Perhaps, as the late Christopher Hitchens admitted, his suave English accent enhances his appeal to American audiences; but it doesn´t work so well on the other side of the pond.
The late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned with radioactive polonium, says a Swiss forensic report obtained by al-Jazeera. Arafat´s official medical records say he died in 2004 from a stroke resulting from a blood disorder. But his body was exhumed last year amid continuing claims he was murdered. The Swiss report said tests on the body showed "unexpected high activity" of polonium, which "moderately" supported the poisoning theory. Many Palestinians and others have long believed that Israel poisoned Arafat. [Snip] A spokesman for the Israeli foreign ministry said the Swiss investigation was "more soap opera than science".
A group of 13 U.S. Marines returning home from Afghanistan welcomed back with first class treatment after generous fliers gave up their luxury seats so the comrades-in-arms could fly together in comfort. What´s more, when the Marines arrived at Chicago´s O´Hare International Airport on Monday, they were greeted by an impromptu parade of police, firefighters and other travelers who gathered on just one hour´s notice to honor their service. An elderly retired Marine working for the USO was responsible for the heroes welcome. He even arranged for their plane to taxi beneath an arch of water from Chicago fire trucks
A judge has sided with Oprah Winfrey´s estranged stepmother in a bitter divorce battle, ruling her 79-year-old father´s ´adultery and inappropriate marital conduct´ were behind the couple´s split. The decision came just days after Barbara Winfrey, 66, reportedly dragged her billionaire daughter-in-law into the messy 18-month-long fight, alleging Oprah was trying to swindle her out of money. Vernon Winfrey´s initial June 2012 petition for divorce was rejected in a November 1 ruling and Barbara´s separate bid to end their 12-year union was granted, with Oprah´s dad ordered to pay his ex-wife nearly $70,000 in attorney fees. Barbara claimed Vernon cheated on her for
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius conceded Wednesday that it´s ´possible´ convicted felons could become Obamacare ´navigators,´ gaining access to tax information and Social Security numbers of Americans as they help them register for insurance coverage. [Snip] ´Isn´t it true that there is no federal requirement for navigators to undergo a criminal background check,´ Cornyn asked her, ´even though they will receive personal--sensitive personal information from they individuals they help sign up for the Affordable Care Act?´ ´That is true,´ Sebelius responded in a moment of nervousness. ´States could add an additional--um--background checks and other features, but it is
New York City´s mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has met with his predecessor Michael Bloomberg as the two men started to discuss his transition into City Hall. The two men have never been particularly close and it showed through Bloomberg´s expressions as he stayed straight-faced- and even pouted- during their meeting Wednesday morning. Bloomberg, an Independent who had previously been aligned with both the Democratic and Republican parties, chose to stay out of the race to replace him and never fully endorsed any of the candidates. Many assumed he would support Christine Quinn as the two were very close and she was
Edie Sundby, the 62 year-old California cancer survivor who made a powerful intervention into the Obamacare controversy with a stinging Wall Street Journal op-ed told MailOnline today blasted the ´snotty´ tweet by a White house aide that attempted to undermine her moving story. White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer sparked outrage on Monday by tweeting a link to a liberal blog post that claimed Sundby--who passionately described how she suffers under the changes of the Affordable Care Act--only lost her health insurance because of corporate greed. Pfeiffer operates an ´official´ White House Twitter feed, meaning that he speaks for the administration whenever
President Barack Obama told cheering throngs in Washington, D.C. Monday night that he never truly promised Americans could keep their health insurance plans once his Affordable Care Act became law. ´If you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it--if it hasn’t changed since the law passed,´ he claimed. But at least 29 videotaped examples available online show Obama promising between 2008 and this year, in only slightly varied language, that ´if you like your health care plan, you
"Climate change" has become a "substitute religion" for people with a "nakedly political" agenda which has less to do with saving the planet than it does with reining in economic growth and wealth redistribution. Well we knew this. But how how nice it is to hear it from the mouth of a statesman as distinguished as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, whose blistering speech last night at the Global Warming Policy Foundation you can read in full here. Howard´s own record during the great climate change scare is not entirely unblemished. It was on his watch that Australia introduced its disastrous
More than 3.5 million Americans have lost their individual health insurance plans as the Obamacare system nears full implementation, and an irreverent website and Twitter account is showing off their cancellation letters. But the project, mycancellation.com, has had a rocky start, with Twitter freezing its account at least three times since it launched last week. ´We were suspended yesterday late afternoon without a notice email,´ site co-creator Victoria Coley told The Daily Caller on Monday. Coley is communications director at the conservative Independent Women´s Forum. Heather Higgins, the group´s president, speculated that Twitter´s pushback was politically motivated.
Police are investigating allegations that hospital staff were “pressured or bullied” to falsify data to disguise delays for cancer patients, which may have put lives at risk. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found "inaccuracies" with waiting time data relating to cancer treatment at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation trust. The chief inspector of hospitals said patients’ lives may have been put at risk so that the trust could give an impression that it was meeting waiting list targets. Essex Police said it is examining whether a "criminal investigation" is needed. Prof Sir Mike Richards, chief inspector of hospitals, said: "If
Microsoft has accused rival Google of using ´private information for profit´ by snooping on people´s emails. The software giant has launched an advertising campaign warning people that Google reads every email sent by users, scanning for key words to target advertising. A survey carried out by Microsoft found that 83 percent of people felt that this was an invasion of privacy, while 93 percent thought there should be an ´opt out´ option for Gmail users. Microsoft has now set up a website--keepyouremailprivate.com--to tell people how Google makes money from emails. It says: ´Google goes through every Gmail that´s sent or received, looking for
President Obama´s top communications strategist sparked outrage on Monday after tweeting a blog entry that belittled a cancer sufferer´s concerns about losing her doctor and insurance because of Obamacare. Edie Littlefield Sundby, a California woman with stage-4 gallbladder cancer, wrote a powerful Wall Street Journal op-ed that she will soon lose her medical insurance--and access to her life-saving oncologists--as a direct result of the Affordable Care Act. But Think Progress, a far-left blog, countered with an article claiming that her insurance company, United Healthcare, left her in the lurch because it chose to abandon the individual insurance market for financial
The Virginia governor’s race was supposed to prove how the Tea Party destroyed the GOP. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was supposed to be too extreme and too much of a right-winger to be competitive. McAuliffe, who had a double-digit lead as late as two weeks ago, was coasting to victory on the strength of the national disgust over the government shutdown that hit Northern Virginia with its large number of federal employees hit. But once the shutdown ended and the country began to take notice of the ObamaCare rollout fiasco, the dynamic in Virginia changed. While liberal pundits will probably
President Barack Obama told his enthusiastic supporters Monday night that he never promised what video recordings show him promising at least 29 times. The videos show Obama promising 300 million Americans that “if you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan, period.” But that’s not what he really said, Obama announced Monday in a speech to about 200 Organizing for Action supporters, gathered at the St. Regis hotel in D.C. “What we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed,” he told Obamacare’s political beneficiaries and contractors. That claim is not
They said he was “unelectable.” The RNC put only $3 million into this race. Ken was outspent by a margin of something between 4:1 and 10:1, if you believe the Associated Press. The Democrats poured everything into trying to lie to voters and portray Cuccinelli as an extremist — and they barely pulled this one out. Would another $3 million have swung 50,000 votes? The Republicans, starting with Bill Bolling, who undercut Cuccinelli as unelectable have egg all over their faces. This was a winnable election. How did we give this away to Terry McAuliffe? Some serious soul-searching should be
Hillary Clinton of all people knows how political fortunes turn on a dime. But she must be puzzled nonetheless, and spooked, that over a six-month period when she made no big news whatsoever, her popularity took a double-digit tumble. A poll released last week by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal charted the decline. It found that the percentage of Americans who view her favorably had dropped to 46 from 56. The percentage with unfavorable views had risen, less strikingly, to 33 from 29. Here we go. The beginning of the end of her inevitability. It’s about time, because
How the heck did that happen? Most public polls leading up to Election Day had Democrat Terry McAuliffe coasting to victory, some by double digits, in the Virginia governor’s race. Instead he squeaked by, beating Republican Ken Cuccinelli by less than 3 percentage points. The much-closer-than-expected outcome blunts the narrative that this was a clean win for Democrats going into 2014 and guarantees an intense blame game among Republicans about what might have put Cuccinelli over the top.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe is projected to win the Virginia gubernatorial race, defeating Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli in a surprisingly close victory. Fox News projected McAuliffe as the winner Tuesday night. The closely watched raced pitted a Tea Party-backed Republican and an establishment Democrat locked in an expensive, ideological battle whose outcome is expected to set a course for the 2014 and 2016 elections -- in large part forcing the GOP to consider whether a strong conservative candidate is the party’s best pick to win a national election. Cuccinelli, trailing late by single digits, tried unsuccessfully to use voter dissatisfaction with ObamaCare to stage
Think back to the fall of 2008. Congress was asked to pass a $700 billion taxpayer bailout for Wall Street. We were told it had to be passed, or else the economy would collapse, perhaps into another Great Depression. House conservatives voted it down. The stock market fell hundreds of points in response. In the ensuing panic, Congress went along and passed the bailout. That bailout, and the insane, nearly $1 trillion “stimulus” bill passed just a few months later as Obama’s first act, gave birth to the Tea Party revolution that gave Republicans a 63-seat landslide in the House in the
Many insurance executives whose companies are offering plans on the federal exchanges are frustrated with the realities that the rollout of the Affordable Care Act have laid bare. They’re talking about it, yes, but prying a quote from them on the record is a different matter. Health care consultant Larry Thompson says that for them, speaking up would be “suicide.” “They are afraid to say anything because they don’t want HHS all over them,” he says. ”A lot of the carriers to Medicaid and Medicare work, they are afraid of retribution.” Last week, health care consultant Bob Laszewski told CNN
Voters elected Bill de Blasio New York’s 109th mayor Tuesday in one of the most sweeping victories in history — returning City Hall to Democratic control for the first time in 20 years. De Blasio, who at 6-foot-5 will become the city’s tallest leader ever, breezed in after waves of voters embraced his progressive vision and vows to move the city in a new direction. And according to the mayor-in-waiting, those changes could come right out of the gate. “We will have things to say tomorrow,” de Blasio said after casting a ballot with his family near their Park Slope,
Yesterday’s exit polls from New Jersey won’t easily be forgotten. They will be cited and repeated endlessly by pundits and Governor Chris Christie’s supporters to bolster his case for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Any Republican who can get 60 percent of the vote in a blue state is bound to become the subject of presidential speculation. But when a Republican who is pro-life and has fought a running battle with labor unions and Democrats over taxes and budgets does so, he parachutes into the first tier of any discussion of future candidates. That Christie did this while winning
There is an apocryphal story about the origins of neoconservatism in the 1960s. Some liberal professors at Harvard were sympathetic to the New Left and such radical groups as Students for a Democratic Society. But one day one of these professors heard the radicals suggest burning down the Harvard library as an act of protest, and the professor suddenly realized that he had nothing in common with them at all. He organized some other professors into a vigil to protect the library at all cost. Today, the problem isn’t the New Left, but the radical right, which has dominated American
Are you racist if you have a gun in your home? According to a study by foreigners, yes. Researchers in England and Australia randomly dialed phone numbers until they found white voters willing to take part in their study. Those who agreed to participate were paid $10 a month from January 2008 to September 2009 and provided Internet access if they didn’t have it. Respondents were quizzed to gauge their level of racism. Here’s a few of the questions: • How well does the word ‘violent’ describe most blacks? •How much do you agree with the following statement? “Generations of slavery and discrimination have created conditions