Remember George W. Bush’s famous “16 words”? They came from Bush’s 2003 State of the Union speech, where Bush said: “The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.” That was a true statement, but it caused immense controversy, for reasons that are now hard to remember. Fast forward to 2013, and President Obama’s State of the Union, where he said, talking about global warming: “Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods – all are now more frequent and intense.” That statement was demonstrably false, as SEPP’s The Week That Was points out:
The claim is so factually challenged that it is a wonder it got by the White House staff. It got past them because they don´t care. Any lie that pushes their agenda ´Forward´ is okay, in the same way that the the Koran (or however you spell it) says that it´s okay to lie if it serves Islam. These people are beyond insufferable.
Saw a theory last week from a commenter that he keeps bringing up the idea of how he´s not a dictator, I am not an emperor, etc, to get us used to the notion that someday he will be if he can pull it off. Just like his pretend seal on the podiums when he was campaigning the first time. Remember those? It is all psychological desensitizing us to accept him as our ruler. Come quick 2014!
Has anyone noticed the fact that the first lady is finally dressing appropriately now? No more bare arms, nice attire, conservative jewelry? It´s like we are being conditioned for something regarding her too.
A pregnant woman who was confined to a psychiatric hospital in England after suffering a panic attack awoke from heavy sedation to a horrifying surprise: Her baby had been taken from her via non-consensual caesarian section. Fifteen months later, British social services still refuse to return the baby girl to her mother, who is an Italian citizen. The horrifying ordeal began in July of 2012, when the pregnant woman–whose name has been withheld–traveled to Essex, England to attend a job training seminar. It was there that she suffered a panic attack attributed to withdrawal from medication she was taking to
Now you don’t seem so proud, Bob Dylan. The legendary singer-songwriter has been slapped with a lawsuit by a Croatian group in France after the former civil-rights symbol compared Croats to Nazis and Civil War-era slave owners, reports said. “If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that,” Dylan told Rolling Stone during a conversation about US race relations printed in the magazine in September 2012. “That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood.” The Council of Croats in France sued Dylan and the French edition
A press conference call by the activist group OUR Walmart turned awkward when the group was repeatedly unable to say how many Walmart employees had joined in the group´s long-planned Black Friday protests. Walmart itself put the figure at just 20. "I don´t have an actual count," said Our Walmart member Martha Sellers, a cashier at a Paramount, Calif., store, said in response to a reporter´s question. "I know Walmart is saying that workers are not participating. That is wrong. They are." Asked variations of the same question by two other reporters — one asked what percentage of protesters were Walmart employees
A Manhattan couple has filed suit over a fantasy vacation that wound up being a cruise to nowhere. In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, James and Marie Helene Cinque say they signed up with Viking River Cruises to go on a luxury "Grand European Tour" of the Rhine River on one of its new "Viking Magni" ships this past September. The Cinques were slated to go on a trip that took them from Budapest to Amsterdam, along "a stunning stretch of the river" that included a stop in Colgne, Germany and a tour of the Netherlands´ "fascinating network of windmills," the
Black Friday is upon us, which means trouble´s afoot across the nation. Overzealous shoppers will do anything for a deal, including lying, fighting, and dragging a police officer with a car. We know Black Friday deals are a sham. We feel terrible for the souls forced to work retail on the holidays, cutting short their own Thanksgiving dinners so the masses may shop at earlier hours every year in pursuit of that one budget-busting deal. And yet, every year, we´re greeted with more violence and chaos the morning after we come together as family. Aren´t the holidays wonderful? Two separate
The grumpiest celebrity I’ve ever interviewed? That would be my teenage idol, legendary radio raconteur Jean Shepherd — best remembered for writing the classic comedy “A Christmas Story,’’ celebrating the 30th anniversary of its release this month. When I interviewed him just before the film (which he also narrated and was credited on as a producer) came out in 1983, he dodged questions on just how autobiographical the story (based on one of his short stories) was — only reluctantly admitting that he, like the film’s young hero, Ralphie, grew up in Hammond, Ind., an industrial city abutting Chicago, during
WASHINGTON — White House officials, fearful that the federal health care website may again be overwhelmed this weekend, have urged their allies to hold back enrollment efforts so the insurance marketplace does not collapse under a crush of new users. At the same time, administration officials said Tuesday that they had decided not to inaugurate a big health care marketing campaign planned for December out of concern that it might drive too many people to the still-fragile HealthCare.gov. With a self-imposed deadline for repairs to the website approaching on Saturday, the administration is trying to strike a delicate balance. It is encouraging
Why is the Wisconsin Department of Health Services mailing out paper applications to enroll in the federal healthcare exchanges? That is what one local Milwaukee resident was wondering when she received an envelope containing a lengthy and confusing 26 page application, instructing her to return the document to the London, Kentucky based Health Insurance Marketplace. For privacy reasons, the college-educated Milwaukee African American mother of four wishes to remain unnamed. However, in her remarks to the Wisconsin Free, she was quite open in venting her frustrations. “It is confusing in some areas and lengthy with many pages back to
With the clock ticking toward a Saturday deadline, Obama administration officials promise that the HealthCare.gov website will work better. Exactly how much better? That is hard to say. The measure of success, repeated by an array of administration officials, is that the online marketplace intended to be used by millions of Americans to obtain health insurance would be working smoothly for the "vast majority of users" by Saturday, the last day of November. Last week, President Barack Obama appeared to lower the bar, saying the website would be functioning for "the majority of people who are using it." Vice President Joe
SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman had five guns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition with him when deputies arrested him earlier this month on domestic violence charges, according to court documents released Tuesday. A search warrant made public by the Seminole County court clerk shows that Zimmerman had a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15 assault rifle and three handguns when he was arrested Nov. 18 at his girlfriend´s house. The girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, told deputies that Zimmerman pointed a shotgun at her during an argument and also used it to smash her coffee table. Zimmerman is free on $9,000 bail on charges
Israel’s transportation company has uncovered a 10,000-year-old house and a 6,000-year-old temple during a routine dig to expand one of the nation’s highways. Workers unearthed a the house, the oldest structure ever found in the Judean lowlands southwest of Jerusalem, while digging for the planned expansion of Route 38, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. The house dates back to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period, signifying the transition of society to “permanent dwellings,” or settling down rather than traveling in search of food, Times of Israel reports. State-owned Netivei Israel Company, which is in charge of the highway expansion, also said it discovered
Maybe it was something about what they served in the White House mess in the 1990s. Or perhaps it´s what happens to baby boomer Democrats more than a decade after leaving office. For whatever the reason former vice president Al Gore has gone vegan, just like the president with whom he once served. Gore´s recent decision to forgo animal products surfaced as an offhand reference in a Forbes magazine piece about Hampton Creek Foods, an upscale vegan product line carried in Whole Foods. Ryan Mac´s article, which posted Saturday, chronicled how wealthy investors including Bill Gates, Tom Steyer and Vinod Khosla
A Republican strategist is reminding his party that President Reagan is dead. Ford O´Connell, who worked on Sen. John McCain´s (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign, says if Republicans want to win the White House in 2016, they need to break free of the "obsessive Reagan disorder." Rule #1 of the political analyst´s newly released book, "Hail Mary: The 10-Step Playbook for Republican Recovery," is: "Ronald Reagan is dead. Accept it." Such a sentiment is sure to be tough to digest for a party insistent on using the 40th president´s legacy as a GOP litmus test to prove conservative credentials. "The Reagan fixation is a drag
The hits to President Obama´s popularity, prompted by the botched HealthCare.gov rollout, are simply a natural fluctuation every commander-in-chief faces, Obama told interviewer Barbara Walters in an interview aired Friday. "If you remember, I´ve gone up and down pretty consistently throughout," Obama said in the ABC interview on Friday. "But the good thing about when you´re down is that usually you´ve got nowhere to go but up." "I got re-elected in part because people did think I was trustworthy and they knew I was working on their behalf," Obama said in the network´s exclusive. A CNN Poll of Polls complied
WASHINGTON — As a small coterie of grim-faced advisers shuffled into the Oval Office on the evening of Oct. 15, President Obama’s chief domestic accomplishment was falling apart 24 miles away, at a bustling high-tech data center in suburban Virginia. HealthCare.gov, the $630 million online insurance marketplace, was a disaster after it went live on Oct. 1, with a roster of engineering repairs that would eventually swell to more than 600 items. The private contractors who built it were pointing fingers at one another. And inside the White House, after initially saying too much traffic was to blame, Mr. Obama’s
An education official at a Texas high school is under fire after telling some female students they have been dressing like ‘hoes.’ According to KRIV Fox 26, School Support Officer Dr. Tameca Richardson made the remark to female students at Jack Yates High School in Houston during an assembly on campus. A spokesperson for the Houston Independent School District confirmed the language used by Richardson, the station reported. Some parents expressed anger over Richardson’s terminology, saying the Ph.D.-level educator should have used language that was less offensive. "That was out of line and she should be disciplined for that,"
AUBURN, Ala. — In a season of miracles for Auburn, all it has taken is one mistake to give the Tigers life. No. 1 Alabama made just enough of them Saturday to change the course of history. With no time left on the clock, Auburn cornerback Chris Davis caught a 57-yard field goal attempt by Alabama in the back of the end zone, ran it out down the left sideline and went 109 yards untouched to beat the Crimson Tide, 34-28.
Sen. John McCain is starting to sound like a Tea Party “wacko bird.” In a new fundraising letter for the Republican National Committee released Friday, McCain lashed out at “Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Washington liberals,” who he claimed are destroying the United States. Liberals, he warned, “have taken us down a dark and dangerous path defined by record levels of debt, ever-expanding government, and a lead-from-behind defense strategy. There´s not much time left to turn things around.” McCain’s name carries a lot of weight in fundraising because he was the 2008 GOP nominee and is a leading voice of
President Obama took part in Small Business Saturday by heading over to Politics and Prose, a locally-owned bookstore in Washington, D.C. Wearing a brown leather coat and tan sweater, the president mingled with customers and wished them happy holidays. He brought daughters Malia and Sasha, who occasionally left his side to shop as he chatted with others. At the register, when asked what books he purchased, Obama said, “it is a long list ... books for every age group, from 5 to 52.” In all, Obama purchased 21 titles, including, “All That Is” by James Salter; “Collision Low Crossers:
Former Obama advisor David Plouffe appeared on This Week With George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning and predicted that President Barack Obama’s approval rating would rise over the next few months, following the increasing functionality of the Affordable Care Act. “This has been a tough task,” Plouffe said. “It’s not just health care. The shutdown affected everybody’s confidence in government. But let’s fast-forward to the State of the Union and the months after that. Health care working better, a lot of people signing up. The economy continuing to strengthen. Hopefully no Washington shutdowns.
It only took five years for the American media to get tired of President Obama´s spoon-fed propaganda -- well, at least one aspect of it. Earlier this month, 38 news organizations, including the Associated Press, ABC News, The Washington Post, and Reuters demanded more photojournalist access to the president. The White House responded with what one reporter described as a middle finger. Now some news organizations are responding by formalizing policies not to publish White House-distributed photographs. Last week the USA Today announced that it will not use “handout photos originating from the White House Press Office, except in very
Appearing on Friday night’s On the Record, conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer strongly criticized President Barack Obama for his “cavalier attitude” towards the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution. “Democrats will rue the day that they allowed all this,” Krauthammer declared. “I’m talking about how the administration, particularly the president, seems to think that he has the right to change duly passed statutes on his own or to suspend parts of laws on his own,” Krauthammer said when asked to clarify his critique of the Obama administration’s “lawlessness.” “The Constitution is pretty clear,” he continued,
As America struggles with high unemployment and record inequality, everyone is offering competing solutions to the problem. In this war of words (and classes), one thing has been repeated so often that many people now regard it as fact. "Rich people create the jobs." Specifically, by starting and directing America´s companies, entrepreneurs and rich investors create the jobs that sustain everyone else. This statement is usually invoked to justify cutting taxes on entrepreneurs and investors. If only we reduce those taxes and regulations, the story goes, entrepreneurs and investors can be incented to build more companies and create more jobs. This argument ignores the fact
NEW YORK— New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will sweep into office in January with a powerful mandate for progressive change, but a looming fiscal crisis threatens to derail his agenda before it begins. De Blasio, a Democrat, faces a multifaceted dilemma years in the making that he´ll be forced to confront within weeks of taking office. He will contend with soaring worker health care costs, a still-fragile recovery from the recession and potentially a dramatic reduction in the vital aid supplied to New York by the state and federal governments. But de Blasio´s most immediate crisis is presented by