As the calendar prepares to exit the deepest month of winter and turn toward spring, Americans are mired in a foul mood, collectively. An understandable national emotion given the economic facts and politics, as surprising new figures revealed a stagnant and further sagging economy. But even with the year´s biggest sports block party on tap Sunday followed by the year´s worst day for work absences due to feigned illness, it´s a strange continental mood.
I ahd a moment of weakness last night and turned on O´Reilly - his opening monologue was about how he doesn´t understand that Obama´s popularity is increasing and the economy is failing. Low info voters indeed.
Americans have a strange way of showing their love for the military by foisting things like sodomy on the ships and buggery in the barracks on them. America loves Ladu Gaga and views patriot heros like McCain with contempt.
The American voters who got Obama reelected remind me of the people who get a ten dollar bill back in change when they should not have gotten change back at all. The Romney voter would have said, "I actually gave you a ten, not a twenty" because he would know the clerk would be punished for the oversight. The Obama voter might have a momentary twinge, but say he was only taking money from "the man" and pocket the ten dollar bill.
A lot of people talk big about responsibility and hard work, but will secretly vote for Obama and his ilk because of an almost smutty pleasure in getting something for nothing. They don´t really question where all of that "free" money comes from. Just like they don´t question where the food comes from at the grocery store as long as it´s there to buy with the EBT card.
Hi, I’m Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina. On the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, my Republican colleagues and I are working to unleash the power of America’s energy sector — which will create jobs and keep more of your hard earned money in your own pockets. Unfortunately, President Obama cannot say the same. The President is so out of touch with unemployed Americans that he thinks tens of thousands of Keystone XL construction jobs are a ‘blip.’
Hi, everybody. For the past few weeks, I’ve been visiting folks across America to talk about what we need to do as a country to secure a better bargain for the middle class. I’ve been laying out my ideas for how we can build on the cornerstones of what it means to be middle class in America. A good job. A good education. Affordable health care when you get sick. A secure retirement even if you’re not rich. And the chance to own your own home.
Before taking another week off, President Obama held a news conference, announcing preemptive moves to restore public trust shattered by the recent stream of revelations about broad government surveillance of civil society and its myriad communications. Obama again assured the country there were ample checks to prevent official abuse, but said the sensational manner in which these classified secrets have leaked piece by piece has unnecessarily raised fears and caused many questions. There was no mention of other recent revelations about official abuses by politically-motivated Internal Revenue Service agents.
President Obama is scheduled to hold a rare news conference this summer Friday afternoon. It´s set for 3 p.m. in Washington. Not exactly the best time to make news you want many people to hear. A pretty strong indication that Obama has little intention of making real news and his mind is on his next week-long vacation on Martha´s Vineyard starting tomorrow. Still, the White House press corps will be in its seats ready with questions in case they get called upon. [Snip] Here are our select candidates for questions:
President Obama has been saying we have many important matters and issues to work on with Russia. And as a result, he´s decided not to meet one-on-one with Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit. This confusing upside-down-ness has become a key component of Obama´s diplomatic style in many places. [Snip] The immediate irritant in Obama’s failed Russia reset policy is Edward Snowden. During Obama´s Africa trip, he dismissed Snowden as a mere "hacker." But now the blabby nerd is reason to cancel a summit. Answering questions from late-night Russian specialist Jay Leno, Obama pronounced himself "disappointed."
How exactly, as President Obama has so often declared, is al Qaeda on the path to defeat if one long-distance message exchange between two senior terrorists can cause the world’s No. 1 superpower to shutter 19 different diplomatic installations across an entire region for at least one week? Eleven months ago the Obama administration, in the form of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was caught with its pantsuit down by a deadly terrorist attack on the Benghazi consulate on Sept. 11 – Gee, who would ever expect a Mideast terror attack on Americans around 9/11?
On the surface, the Fort Hood multiple murder trial that begins today in Texas seems simple enough for even an F.B.I. agent to figure out: On Nov. 5, 2009, Nidal Malik Hasan jumped on a desk in the Fort Hood Army deployment center, shouted "God is great!" in Arabic and began firing with two handguns and extra clips. He killed 13 unarmed soldiers that day, wounded 30 others and exposed the rawest of nerves in the American psyche that had been shattered on 9/11 by Muslim extremists.
Conan: Bill Clinton is very upset with Anthony Weiner comparing his sexting to Clinton´s affair with Monica. Bill Clinton said, “Real men cheat in person.” Fallon: I just read that 25% of toddlers in America know how to use an iPad. While 100% of toddlers in China know how to make one. Conan: German researchers were recently able to stop light from traveling for an extended period of time. Here’s how they did it— they placed the light on United Airlines.
Hello. I’m Senator Susan Collins from Maine. My family founded a small business in northern Maine more than 160 years ago. Today, it continues to be run by two of my brothers. Our economy is built on millions of enterprises just like ours. It’s not easy to survive in today’s economy. But these employers remain our nation’s job creators. We should be doing all we can to promote policies to help them survive and thrive. Effective health-care reform should provide Americans with access to quality and affordable care while also encouraging economic growth. That’s not what is happening under ObamaCare.
Hi, everybody. This week, I went down to an Amazon warehouse in Tennessee to talk more about what we need to do to secure a better bargain for the middle class — to make sure that anyone who works hard can get ahead in the 21st century economy. Over the past four and a half years, we’ve fought our way back from the worst recession of our lifetimes and begun to lay a foundation for stronger, more durable economic growth. Today, our businesses have created 7.3 million new jobs.
Impressive! President Obama´s policy reset with Russia is working out as well as his economic stimulus, Guantanamo closing, spending cutbacks, green energy investments, debt discipline, Benghazi investigation, Egyptian fallout, midterm campaigning, Syrian dictator-ousting, Bush-blaming, Libya-calming, Iran-isolating, job approval, budget-passing, Kim Jong-un-taming, ObamaCare implementation and Muslim-outreaching. American presidents have done naive things in the past. Few if any have been so totally and embarrassingly fruitless as this Democrat´s self-imposed suck-up to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Obama has just endured another diplomatic slap, with Putin´s government granting NSA leaker Edward Snowden a year´s asylum.
It looks like we won´t have much to write for the next three years. The media, which knows all and tells some, has proclaimed Hillary Clinton the 2016 Democrat nominee. Who can argue? Joe the Delaware Gaffer? Nah? Clinton had breakfast with Biden this week to break the news. And lunch with Obama to get their stories straight about the lethal Benghazi screw-up. She assured him she won´t critically distance herself from him for another two years. Some of his campaigners signed on to the Clinton campaign-that´s-pretending-not-to-be--yet. And some senators profess adoration.
The owner of a shop in Zurich where US talk show host Oprah Winfrey says she encountered racism has called the incident a "misunderstanding". Winfrey, one of the world´s richest women, claimed an assistant refused to serve her in an upmarket handbag shop. She was apparently told one of the bags on display was "too expensive" for her. Shop owner Trudie Gotz told the BBC that Winfrey was "absolutely allowed" to look at the $35,000 (£22,500) bag, which was kept behind a screen. "My salesperson wanted to give her the handbag in her hand. But she didn´t want
Nobody tells Oprah she can´t afford a handbag. Oprah Winfrey is one of the richest entertainers in the world, thanks to her willdly successful 25-season run on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and her latest media foray with the newly revitalized Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). The entertainer earned an estimated $77 million from June 2012 to June 2013 alone, according to Forbes, but she says she still experiences racism because she is African American. Take this latest incident in Switzerland, where "The Butler" star went to attend the nuptials of good friend and singer Tina Turner last month.
At a White House press conference Friday afternoon, President Obama said that health insurance plans offered under Obamacare will be "significantly cheaper" than plans currently on the market, but a string of recent reports say that isn´t true. "What happens on October 1, in 53 days, is for the remaining 15 percent of the population that doesn´t have health insurance, they´re going to be able to go on a website or call up a call center and sign up for affordable, quality health insurance at a significantly cheaper rate than what they can get right now on
The Washington Post is a legend in the minds of the Washington elite, so its financial decline has caused quiet panic. As NPR media reporter David Folkenflik put it, “You think of stories like the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, these are all stories where The Washington Post led the nation’s understanding, the world’s understanding of some major issues.” Outside the liberal media, you wonder how long Post fans can wallow in their Nixon-crumbling polyester “glory days” in the early 1970s. But nostalgia ruled as the Graham family sold the Post to Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon.com.
Tonight, I went on Lawrence O´Donnell´s show, and Lawrence O´Donnell yelled at me. Or, rather, he O´Reilly´d at me. That O´Donnell interrupted and harangued and mansplained and was generally an angry grandpa at me is not what I take issue with, however. What bothers me is that, look: your producers take the time to find experts to come on the show, answer your questions, and, hopefully, clarify the issue at hand.
“IQ is a metric of such dubiousness that almost no serious educational researcher uses it anymore,” the Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox wrote back in May. It was a breathtakingly ignorant statement. Psychologist Jelte Wicherts noted in response that a search for “IQ test” in Google’s academic database yielded more than 10,000 hits — just for the year 2013. (Snip) There is a large discrepancy between what educated laypeople believe about cognitive science and what experts actually know. Journalists are steeped in the lay wisdom, so they are repeatedly surprised when someone forthrightly discusses the real science of mental ability.
The Clintons have decided to rent a different house in the Hamptons this summer after they only received a small portion of their security deposit back from the home they rented last year. The famous Democrats have been frequent visitors to the expensive summer getaway in Long Island, and rented the same beachfront house in 2011 and 2012. [Snip] When it comes to rentals in the Hamptons, many owners use the security deposits as a way to pay for the utility fees like heat and grounds-keeping charges. It should be little surprise then that the Lily Pond Lane home
Justice: The wife of a Fort Hood survivor claims the Defense Department is "slapping victims with gag orders" and telling family members not to talk to the press following testimony in the trial of Nidal Hasan. One of the great scandals of the Obama administration has been its shameful designation of the Nov. 5, 2009, rampage at the Army base in Killeen, Texas, by Maj. Nidal Hasan as "workplace violence." It has only compounded the pain and suffering of the victims and their families who have now apparently been ordered to shut up about it.
Forty to 50 House Republicans will support immigration reform, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) predicted Thursday. Gutiérrez said many of the Republicans supportive of immigration reform don’t want to be identified, but he insisted they would support comprehensive immigration reform. “If they ask me today, go find those 40 to 50 Republicans, I’ll tell them I found them. I know where they’re at,” Gutiérrez said in an interview with Ed O’Keefe at The Washington Post.
President Barack Obama announced Friday afternoon that the White House will publicly release a summary of the legal authorities through which the National Security Agency conducts its controversial surveillance programs. ´Given the history of abuse by governments,´ he said, it is important to explain how such a program is managed, and - equally important - what it may not do. He described his working relationship with Vladimir Putin as ´candid´ and ´blunt,´ and seemed to dismiss concerns that the Russian president´s body language indicated a lack of willingness to work with the United States.
Middle and high school students in San Diego, California will be encouraged to vent their frustration that the world lacks justice when they return to school and participate in the “Trayvon Martin dialogues” this fall. The board of San Diego Unified Schools unanimously approved a proposal recently to establish classroom forums to discuss the death of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager who was shot during an altercation with a Hispanic man, George Zimmerman, in Florida last year. A jury recently acquitted Zimmerman, who claimed that Martin struck first and shot him in self-defense.
Here’s a live log of the questions the media asked after President Obama’s scoldy opening statement regarding four reforms he is proposing to rein in his own domestic surveillance. First question, Julie Pace of AP — Pace asked Obama about the US-Russian relationship after Putin granted Edward Snowden asylum. Obama manages to work in another statement in favor of gay rights after taking a swing or two at Putin. Oh, and the US won’t boycott the Olympics in Russia. Don’t call Barack Obama another Jimmy Carter! Second question, Chuck Todd of NBC — Todd asked Obama whether he now thinks