[Photos] OAK BLUFFS, Mass. — President Barack Obama is teeing off his Martha’s Vineyard vacation with his favorite pastime — golfing. Obama hit the Farm Neck Golf Club for his first outing of a weeklong stay on the exclusive Massachusetts island where he arrived Saturday afternoon. The course is open to the public and overlooks Nantucket Sound.The president was golfing Sunday with aide Marvin Nicholson, White House chef Sam Kass and Robert Wolf, a Wall Street consultant who has advised him on financial matters.Obama regularly vacations on the island, but he’s staying for the first time at
Interesting how Obama can say with a straight face that Sequester may interrupt Veteran benefits but it seems to have no effect on his golf outings, date nights and other jive sessions. Makes a body wonder what made the men and women who defend the country, third class citizens. Why doesn´t sequester interrupt social benefits like Obama Phones and other give away programs to people who don´t need them?
KILL ME! (Sorry for shouting, but you can understand, can´t you?).
The lapdogs surpass themselves: "He can lead the country, but ..." and cutesy "fore-ty four" twice. And the mandatory shot at those wascally Wepublicans. Of course we are reassured that he will receive daily briefings. (With all that´s going on in the world, the AP/Daily News is satisfied with that?).
The lapdogs are apparently really impressed that he played on a public course. Yo guys, the course is on Martha´s Vineyard -- I´m thinking it´s not your typical muni. (Do they even know what they´re writing about? Hazymac, do you think he "played a few rounds of golf"?).
Not reported or commented on was who else was on the course -- how many other golfers? Or did the Narcissist in Chief have the public course closed (to the public) on Sunday for His pleasure?
He teed off his vacation "with a few rounds of golf at a local public club? Wow, a few rounds all in one day? The over and under on zippy´s score today is 117 with several gimmes and at least one b.i.p.
second post apologies, but, #12, the secret service has to shut down most of a golf course when any president is playing...if you think about it, others are carrying bags which could conceal long range rifles, and there is lots of open space on a golf course. Given the way barack appears to play the game of golf, he could as easily play I at Man´s World in Chicago. I´m told they don´t conceal nuffin there.
Obama had his dog and two mesh bags of basketballs brought in by helicopter. I was unaware that you can lose basketballs like you can lose golf balls. I have never needede more than one basketball in my life. Well there was plenty of room on the flight, in any event.
Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Patty Murray declined a joint interview with House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan on "Fox News Sunday," host Chris Wallace said. Unable to secure a bipartisan, bicameral interview about the Ryan-Murray bipartisan budget agreement, Wallace instead interviewed only Republican Ryan from Wisconsin. While Democrat Murray from Washington state spurned Fox, according to Wallace, it wasn´t because she was trying to avoid appearing with her Republican counterpart on the same set. She conducted a joint interview for NBC´s "Meet the Press" and also gave a press conference alongside Ryan in the Senate´s TV studio last week to
President Obama and his family are expected to leave Washington later this week for a 17-day vacation in Hawaii. This will be the First Family´s sixth Christmas in Hawaii since he was elected president, and in keeping with tradition they are expected to spend it on the island of Kailua. The White House announced on Friday that the Obamas will depart next week after what is expected to be a light work schedule for the president in Washington.The president and his family traditionally spend their Christmas break in a rented private beach front residence with spectacular ocean views.
Washington -National Security Agency officials are considering a controversial amnesty that would return Edward Snowden to the United States, in exchange for the extensive document trove the whistleblower took from the agency. An amnesty, which does not have the support of the State Department, would represent a surprising denouement to an international drama that has lasted half a year. It is particularly unexpected from a surveillance agency that has spent months insisting that Snowden’s disclosures have caused vast damage to US national security. The NSA official in charge of assessing the alleged damage caused by Snowden’s leaks, Richard Ledgett, told
Country Music Hall of Famer Noble Ray Price, who pioneered a shuffling, rhythmic, honky-tonk sound that has had an impact on country music since the mid-1950s, died Sunday, Dec. 15 at age 87, of complications from pancreatic cancer, at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Through hits including “Crazy Arms,” “City Lights,” “My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You” and many others, Mr. Price’s full, round voice became one of country’s most beloved and instantly identifiable instruments. His expansive musicality allowed him a 65-year career that changed country music and inspired artists including Willie Nelson, George Jones, Merle Haggard and
AUSTIN, Texas – The latest scion of one of America´s most powerful political dynasties is trying to convince voters he´s something other than what his famous surname suggests. George P. Bush, the 37-year-old grandson of one former president and nephew of another, is launching his political career by running for Texas´ little-known but powerful land commissioner post. But rather than campaigning on the mainstream Republicanism embodied by the family name, Bush says he´s "a movement conservative" more in line with the tea party. As if to underscore the point, he says he draws the most inspiration not from the administrations
Missouri State University is considering an all-out ban on the use of Nerf guns on campus after a professor called 911. According to CBS St. Louis, students have been spending their weekends playing a game called "Humans vs. Zombies," in which "players try to tag other people, who then become zombies." The game is played with Nerf guns and "balled-up socks." During a game in October "a professor called 911 and put a classroom on lockdown after thinking he saw a real gun." The game is played outside. But Don Clark, director of the university´s Department of Safety and Transportation, said
CENTENNIAL, Colo.– Carrying a shotgun, a machete, a bandolier of ammunition and a backpack with three incendiary devices, Karl Halverson Pierson entered Arapahoe High School and launched 80 seconds of terror as he hunted his debate coach, who was also the school librarian. New details emerged Saturday as authorities described the country´s latest school shooting. As soon as he entered the building Friday, Pierson fired a round down the hallway and another from point-blank range that critically injured one student. He fired a third round down the hall and entered the library, where he fired again and set off one
At least eight people were shot this morning and Saturday afternoon on the South and West Sides. Police are also investigating the death of a man whose body was found by a man brushing snow off his car in the Lawndale neighborhood. At 7:30 a.m. the man called 911 after finding the body lying on a sidewalk in the 4300 block of West Cullerton Street. The unidentified victim, who is between the ages of 20 and 25, suffered a wound on his lower back, police said. Police did not respond to any calls of shots fired in that area and they
Michael R. Bloomberg, determined to parlay his government experience and vast fortune into a kind of global mayoralty, is creating a high-powered consulting group to help him reshape cities around the world long after he leaves office. To build the new organization, paid for out of his own pocket, the billionaire mayor is taking much of his City Hall team with him: He has already hired many of his best-known and longest-serving deputies, promising them a chance to export the policies they developed in New York to far-flung places like Louisville, Ky., and Mexico City. For Mr. Bloomberg, the project is
Yesterday, the Obama administration claimed that it had reduced the data errors being sent to health insurance companies. Originally, approximately 15,000 enrollment forms were not transmitted correctly to the companies but now the Administration claims the erroneous transmissions have been greatly diminished. The insurance companies disagree. For each enrollee, the government is supposed to send the insurance company a form known as an 834. "In some cases, consumers selected a health plan at the federal website, HealthCare.gov, but the government did not notify the insurance company. In other cases, insurers received duplicate files for the same person, files for one
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said the school shooting Friday in a suburb outside of Denver is particularly troubling because the state had spent millions over the last year in educating people to identify mental health issues that could lead to these mass shootings but the teenage gunman didn´t exhibit signs of mental illness. Karl Pierson, the suspected gunman, badly wounded a fellow student then shot himself to death at Arapahoe High School in suburban Denver Friday. Police say he may have been retaliating for bullying and for being kicked off the debate team months ago. But Hickenlooper told CBS´ "Face
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has had the best year of any Republican and virtually anyone in the world, ranking third in Rasmussen Report’s new poll of the of the “most influential” people in the world, behind Pope Francis and President Obama. In the new poll, Cruz, who made headlines for trying to dismantle Obamacare, was the pick for the most influential of 11 percent. The pope was tops at 23 percent, Obama second at 21 percent. Among Republicans, Cruz was second behind the pope, with 19 percent calling the freshman senator and Tea Party leader the world’s most influential leader.
AS his popularity plummets to historic lows and his presidential legacy is in tatters, BARACK OBAMA has suffered a shocking secret meltdown. White House insiders say the deeply depressed Commander-in-Chief is hardly eating or sleeping, hasn’t talked to First Lady Michelle, 49, in weeks and is convinced everyone hates him! “Barack is shattered that his presidency and his life are in free-fall,” says a source. “He can’t believe the American public has turned on him so viciously, mainly because of the Obamacare disaster. No one has been able to help him. “Michelle has tried everything she can to comfort him, but he just snaps,
Caroline Kennedy is a long way from Syracuse.The soft-spoken presidential scion, who four years ago this month toured upstate New York in a short and ill-fated bid for the U.S. Senate, has swept with force into her newest public role as President Barack Obama’s ambassador in Japan. And if the iconic daughter of American political royalty showed herself to be deeply uncomfortable as a glad-handing pol, she’s on her way to becoming something of a rock star in the more dignified world of diplomacy.
Early news reports have identified the Arapahoe High School gunman as Karl Halverson Pierson, an 18-year-old student. Pierson is believed to be responsible for wounding one other student before shooting and killing himself with a shotgun. The Denver Post reports that Pierson had "very strong political beliefs" and that one Facebook post he authored tore into Republicans as political party that wanted to let people die: "[Y]ou republicans are so cute" and posting an image that reads: "The Republican Party: Health Care: Let ´em Die, Climate Change: Let ´em Die, Gun Violence: Let ´em Die, Women´s Rights: Let ´em Die,
Former Arkansas Governor and Fox News Channel host Mike Huckabee weighed in on the escalating feud between establishment Republican politicians and conservative activist groups on Saturday. Asked for his thoughts on House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) admonition of the idealized purism advocated by some outside groups, Huckabee sympathized with Boehner saying that governing is more difficult than activism and “politics is not theology.” Huckabee began by saying that Boehner was not scolding the tea party movement but conservative groups that capitalize on that movement. He added that some of those groups appear to have an “all or nothing mindset” and that
The Republican establishment is fed up with the “outside groups” — the conservative lobbying shops and super PACs that have pulled the party Rightward in recent years — and this time, it’s the establishment that is uninterested in compromise. House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are playing to win. But here´s the problem: Directly fighting the insurgent groups only makes them stronger. In a span of 48 hours, the party leadership took two direct shots at the conservative insurgents. Boehner attacked the outside groups on camera, singling out Heritage Action. Also, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., fired Republican Study
Business trade associations applauded the rant by Speaker John Boehner against outside conserative groups like Heritage Action and FreedomWorks, saying it was long overdue. The Hill: Business groups, whose frustration with the Tea Party boiled over during the government shutdown, said Boehner´s broadside was long overdue. "I think we have all said it. The business community has been uniformly frustrated at how strident the ideological groups have been in defiance of reason," said David French, senior vice president of government relations of the National Retail Federation. Lobbyists said they are encouraged by the fact that the budget accord easily passed the lower chamber despite
In a game-changer for the legal fight over same-sex marriage that gives credence to opponents’ “slippery slope” arguments, a federal judge has now ruled that the legal reasoning for same-sex marriage means that laws against polygamy are likewise unconstitutional. In his 91-page opinion in Brown v. Buhman, on Dec. 13, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups struck down Utah’s law making polygamy a crime. In so doing, he may have opened Pandora’s Box. As a condition for becoming a state in 1896, Congress required Utah to outlaw polygamy, which is marriage between three or more persons. This case involved a family of
MINNEAPOLIS--Black students at the University of Minnesota say racial descriptions in crime alerts does not help catch suspects. Instead, it´s hurting black male students. There have been more than two dozen crimes on or near the U this year. Crime alert after crime alert describes many of the suspects as young black males. "There are a plethora of young black men on campus who fit that description," Abdel-Kader Toovi, a college senior and vice president of the Black Men´s Forum on campus, said. Ian Taylor, a junior and president of the Black Men´s Forum, said many of their members have expressed concern over how
After more than 50 years leading the fight to legitimize attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Keith Conners could be celebrating. Severely hyperactive and impulsive children, once shunned as bad seeds, are now recognized as having a real neurological problem. Doctors and parents have largely accepted drugs like Adderall and Concerta to temper the traits of classic A.D.H.D., helping youngsters succeed in school and beyond. But Dr. Conners did not feel triumphant this fall as he addressed a group of fellow A.D.H.D. specialists in Washington. He noted that recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the diagnosis had been
The film industry is in mourning after legendary film actor Peter O´Toole died at the age of 81. The critically acclaimed performer, who was born in County Galway, Ireland, died after being taken to hospital with a long-suffering illness on Friday. He is survived by two daughters - Kate and Patricia - and a son, Lorcan Patrick O´Toole. In a statement released earlier, Kate O’Toole said: ´His family are very appreciative and completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of real love and affection being expressed towards him, and to us, during this unhappy time. Thank you all, from the bottom of
WASHINGTON — CIA officers revealed a clash over how quickly they should go help the besieged U.S. ambassador during the 2012 attack on an outpost in Libya, and a standing order for them to avoid violent encounters, according to a congressman and others who heard their private congressional testimony or were briefed on it. The Obama administration has been dogged by complaints that the White House, Pentagon and State Department may not have done enough before and during the attack to save U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, and by accusations that it later engaged in a cover-up. One allegation was
What we know: Racism has left a vast legacy of violence. Bigotry in America has marginalized a diverse range of minority culture. It dashes the hopes of children. What we didn´t know: Bias based on race costs the United States a shade under $2 trillion a year. (Snip) Addressing factors such as health care inequities, unjustified incarceration disparities, and lesser employment and education opportunities would generate 12 percent more annual U.S. earnings, the study found. Among the more striking findings cited are a U.S. Department of Commerce study estimating that minority purchasing power would increase from $4.3 trillion to $6.1