While Hollywood liberals such as Jim Carrey mock gun owners in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre, Bruce Willis on Wednesday strongly came out in support of the Second Amendment. Speaking to the Associated Press, Willis said, "I think that you can´t start to pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it´s all going to become undone."´´If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn´t they take all your rights away from you?" Willis rhetorically asked. Yet the star of the upcoming film "Good Day to Die Hard" wasn´t
This is not a dumb move on Willis´ part. I noticed that Stallone´s latest (Bullet to the Head? Something like that) tanked at the box office after he came out for limiting ownership of "assault weapons." Now, it could´ve been the caliber of the movie (no pun intended), but -- way to hack off a chunk of potential audience, Sly.
Bruce Willis is great. He loves America and has not forgotten its basic values. He also knows his core audience. Good on him for defending the Constitution. As to the snarky comments about Demi Moore - he is a good father to all his children - anyone can make a mistake.
WASHINGTON — A measure that would outlaw workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity overcame a significant obstacle in the Senate on Monday as seven Republicans crossed party lines and voted to begin debate on the bill. The 61-30 vote marks the first time since 1996 that the full Senate will consider a measure to extend federal nondiscrimination law to gay, lesbian and bisexual people — a stark reminder, supporters said, that as the public has come around to accepting gay rights, Congress has been slow to keep pace. It is also the first time that either house
Bias: The media are using White House hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz´s "extremist" father to try to derail his 2016 bid. It´s a stark contrast to their kid-glove treatment of Obama´s socialist dad. CNN´s Piers Morgan seized on a recent "expose" of Pastor Rafael Cruz by Mother Jones to trash his Tea Party star son as "scary." The magazine cited the elder Cruz´s "extreme views" in several speeches he gave to evangelicals and the Tea Party. "Rafael Cruz blends the far reaches of extreme conservatism and Christian fundamentalism," the article said. Among his "inflammatory remarks," Cruz said Obama believes "government is
Warrenton, Va. -Ken Cuccinelli may have finally found a winning message in his bid for governor of Virginia, and not a moment too soon. With just a day before Virginians head to the polls, Cuccinelli spent Monday morning targeting his Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe and other national Democrats for their support for Obamacare. “I say to Virginia, let’s send them a message and say no tomorrow to Obamacare,” Cuccinelli said to loud applause at an indoor rally in this rural Northern Virginia town 50 miles west of Washington, D.C. Joined by fellow Republican candidates E.W. Jackson (for lieutenant governor) and
The Department of Transportation has fined U.S. Airways $1.2 million for not providing adequate wheelchair access for disabled passengers. The agency said the airline was in violation of the Air Carrier Access Act during two instances at Philadelphia International Airport and Charlotte Douglas International Airport in 2011 and 2012. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the fine was one of the largest penalties in a disability case. “All air travelers deserve to be treated equally and with respect, and this includes persons in wheelchairs and other passengers with disabilities,” he said. “We will continue to make sure that airlines comply with
During an appearance in front of supporters at Monday evening’s Organizing for America summit in Washington, D.C., President Obama addressed the critics who are latching on to promises he made over the course of several years about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on those who already have health insurance. “If you like your plan, you can keep it,” Obama said again and again, sometime adding the word “period” at the end. Now that some Americans are receiving termination notices from insurance companies who are canceling plans that don’t measure up to standards dictated by Obamacare, the administration and
There are some key elections happening at the gubernatorial level Tuesday that people will be playing close attention to. As such, the folks at CBS thought this would be a great time to bring House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on to the Late Show to present David Letterman´s Top Ten List. The other guests will be the foul-mouthed comedienne Kathy Griffin, Canadian author and illustrator Barry McCall, and hip hop artist J. Cole. Late Show viewers will recall Pelosi being Letterman´s guest on August 22, 2006, a few months prior to the elections that made her Speaker of the
AUSTIN— Nadia Bolz-Weber bounds into the University United Methodist Church sanctuary like a superhero from Planet Alternative Christian. Her 6-foot-1 frame is plastered with tattoos, her arms are sculpted by competitive weightlifting and, to show it all off, this pastor is wearing a tight tank top and jeans. Looking out at the hundreds of people crowded into the pews to hear her present the gospel of Jesus Christ, she sees: Dockers and blazers. Sensible shoes. Grandmothers and soccer moms. Nary a facial piercing. To Bolz-Weber’s bafflement, this is now her congregation: mainstream America. These are the people who put her
WASHINGTON- The final piece of the Chicago Blackhawks’ celebration of their 2013 Stanley Cup championship was put in place Monday when the team was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House. “Since I took office we’ve hosted a lot of championship teams, from Boston, New York, Pittsburgh and Miami, but since I’ve been president only one team has brought a world championship to my hometown of Chicago and now the Blackhawks have done it twice,” Obama said with a big smile. The team met with Obama prior to the ceremony in the East Room of the White House.
SAN DIEGO- It started with an invitation to the Broadway production of "The Lion King" in Tokyo for the Navy commander, his wife and their children. In the end, the Malaysian defense contractor known in military circles as "Fat Leonard" would use prostitutes, plane tickets and other bribes to hook the U.S. Naval officer into a scheme that overbilled the Pentagon by millions, investigators say in court papers. The accusations unfolding in a federal court case in San Diego signal serious national security breaches and corruption, setting off high-level meetings at the Pentagon with the threat that more people, including
Johnson & Johnson will pay more than $2.2 billion in criminal and civil fines for marketing drugs Risperdal, Invega and Natrecor for uses they weren´t approved for, the U.S. Justice Department announced Monday. The settlement, one the largest settlements of its kind, also covers charges that the company paid kickbacks to doctors and pharmacies promoting the drugs, the Justice Department said. “The conduct at issue in this case jeopardized the health and safety of patients and damaged the public trust,” said Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. in a statement. In criminal filings Monday, the Justice Department said Janssen Pharmaceuticals,
Rep. Jason Chaffetz slammed the source behind a report that revealed the real name of a British security agent in Benghazi, which was published in The Washington Post. “I don’t know who did it, but to release a covert agent’s name to endanger his life should be an absolute outrage in this town,” Chaffetz said Monday on Fox New’s “Fox and Friends” when asked if he thought the White House was behind the leak. Chaffetz slammed the administration for the lack of transparency on what happened during the attack in Benghazi. “If they want to get to the truth, go
Central Connecticut State University is in full lock down this afternoon and administrators are repeatedly urging students to stay indoors after an armed man was spotted on campus. Preliminary reports indicate that officers have contained the man in James Hall, a dorm at the university in New Britain, Connecticut. Shortly after the lockdown began, the Central Connecticut State website was taken down and replaced with a short, urgent warning: ´Campus Emergency. Remain Inside buildings. Stay in place! Stay away from Windows. Police are on the Scene.´
Society crumbles when it takes cues from the underclass When Snooki, whose talents include getting sloppy drunk and throwing up on camera, made Barbara Walters’ “Ten Most Fascinating People” list a few years back, one could only ask: Was Octomom not available? Last year, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” which features a cornucopia of social ills, was TLC’s highest-rated show, attracting more cable viewers than the Republican National Convention, which had the misfortune to share the time slot with the charmers from Georgia. The show’s matriarch, June Shannon, has four daughters by four men, one of whose names she can’t recall. White Trash
How Americans see President Obama changed in an important way this week. It’s because there is a huge difference between lies and bulls – - t. Obama says a lot of things that are not true, even nonsensical. But it’s easy to shrug off most of these, because they aren’t really lies. They’re just bulls – - t. Bulls – - t is airy, meaningless drivel, the stuff that campaigns are made of. Or it’s a misleading oversimplification with hidden qualifiers. Not only do we forgive bulls – - t, we like it. Especially suckers who have far too high an opinion
President Barack Obama bragged to his aides that he´s ´really good at killing people,´ according to explosive claims in a new book about the 2012 presidential campaign. The revelation comes at a time when Obama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, has faced increasing criticism for his use of drones to target insurgents and terrorist suspects, particularly in Pakistan and Yemen. The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that Obama has authorized 326 drone strikes. Since 2004, CIA unmanned aerial vehicles have killed 2,500 to 3,600 people--including up to
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who lost the 2012 election to President Barack Obama, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that he believed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could “easily” become the GOP presidential nominee in 2016 and “save our party.” Christie most recently made national news when he decided to drop a legal challenge to rulings in New Jersey state courts that declared same-sex marriage legal there. And not long before that, he changed his position on the question of whether illegal aliens should get in-state tuition rates at New Jersey state colleges. Now he backs legislation that
Mitt Romney said Sunday that Barack Obama lied about whether Americans could keep their health insurance under the Affordable Care Act — a “fundamental dishonesty” that is “rotting” the president’s second term. “When he told the American people that you could keep your health insurance if you wanted to keep that plan, period — he said that time and again — he wasn’t telling the truth,” the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “That fundamental dishonesty has really put in peril the foundation of his second term.” Mr. Romney has maintained a relatively low
The National Republican Senate Committee, the GOP campaign arm responsible for Senate elections, has decided to use its political power to block consulting firm Jamestown Associates from receiving political work from GOP candidates or incumbents. Jamestown´s "sin" is working with the Senate Conservative Fund, an organization that supports conservative candidates for the US Senate. NRSC communications staffer Brad Dayspring, a former spokesman for House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), told The New York Times on Friday, “We’re not going to do
Congressional Republicans have stoked consumer fears and confusion with charges that the health care reform law is causing insurers to cancel existing policies and will force many people to pay substantially higher premiums next year for coverage they don’t want. That, they say, violates President Obama’s pledge that if you like the insurance you have, you can keep it. Mr. Obama clearly misspoke when he said that. By law, insurers cannot continue to sell policies that don’t provide the minimum benefits and consumer protections required as of next year. So they’ve sent cancellation notices to
WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney isn´t including tea party favorite Ted Cruz among the Republicans´ most electable potential presidential candidates in 2016. Who does the 2012 GOP nominee put on his list of "very capable people?" His ex-running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. But Romney says New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie "stands out as one of the very strongest lights." Romney was asked on NBC´s "Meet the Press" whether Texas Sen. Cruz is a "potential light." Romney said he´s not going to disqualify anybody.
Too smart to be President. Is that really Barack Obama´s problem? Mika Brzezinski thinks so. On today´s Morning Joe, as Mike Barnicle and John Heilemann kicked around the notion, as others have before, that President Obama doesn´t much like politics and the people in it, Brzezinski piped up with a different explanation for his aloofness: he´s "too smart for the job," she suggested. View the video after the jump. Heilemann had a quick comeback: "I´m not saying that, although I´m sure that´s your gloss on it." Joe Scarborough suggested that such was Obama´s gloss on it as well. So what
This will not go over well for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner. According to the new book “Double Down,” in which journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann chronicle the 2012 presidential election, President Barack Obama told his aides that he’s “really good at killing people” while discussing drone strikes. Peter Hamby of The Washington Post noted the moment in his review of the book. The reported claim by the commander-in-chief is as indisputable as it is grim. Obama oversaw the 2009 surge in Afghanistan, 145 Predator drone strikes in NATO’s 2011 Libya operations, the May 2011 raid that
Why does the Tea Party love Ted Cruz despite his decisive role in the recent partial government shutdown, which many consider a debacle for the GOP? Why aren’t Tea Partiers blaming Cruz for their drop in the polls, as mainstream Republicans are busily doing for their own decline in popularity? A CNN-ORC International survey from shortly after the shutdown ended shows that 56 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party, while “only 28 percent” see it in a favorable light — the Tea Party’s lowest favorability rating since its emergence in the wake of the 2008
More than a decade ago, Kmart was Wal-Mart´s biggest rival. But today the Sears-owned chain is in a tailspin, plagued by negative sales and disinterested customers. Last year, the company closed 100 stores after a disastrous holiday season. Brian Sozzi at Belus Capital Advisors visited several Kmart locations and took photos that illustrate how grim it is at the retailer. "The research and photos presented below show that Kmart, believe it or not, may be in worse fundamental shape than Sears!" Sozzi writes. "By fundamental I mean dreadful to visit, borderline unsafe stores that are sending the division’s financials down