The war drums now reverberate over the Potomac “Humane killer” appears to be an oxymoron that startles with contradiction. Yet talking of war is a way of drawing a fine distinction, not a contradiction. The civilized world clarifies an understanding of how civilized man can kill an enemy while separating human from inhumane. When Syrian President Bashar Assad turned poison gas against the rebels and their families, everyone could agree that even in a civil war, where passions burn hottest, that’s inhumane and not forgivable. The harsh and mechanical reporting of war rarely invites poetry to make a correspondent’s points, but a reader
What did everyone think Assad was going to do with all those chemicals weapons he got from Iraq? It´s no mystery where Hussein´s WMDs went, while we waited 9 months to "rush to war." They were transported to Syria. I don´t see why using poison gas is so much worse than blowing people to bits with bombs or killing them in other ways. However the two sides in Syria are killing each other, we should stay out of it and let them. Let them both lose.
´´The president’s policy was well-intentioned, carefully crafted, consistently pursued, and a colossal failure.´´
I can certainly agree with the last descriptor. By the way - how about machetes? That´s a pretty gruesome way to die but Dear Leader hasn´t made many attempts to save those poor souls in Africa. Perhaps because so many of the victims are Christians? hmmm?
BTW, where is the anti-war Left in all of this sabre rattling? Cindy Sheehan. Your bus is calling...
FTA: "When Syrian President Bashar Assad turned poison gas against the rebels and their families, everyone could agree..." I am surprised at the Washington Times. Obviously, everyone agrees that using chemical weapons is inhumane and unforgivable, but everyone does NOT agree that Assad is responsible for the act. People shouldn´t put others in harm´s way just because someone "surmised" that something happened a particular way.
Why is it a good idea to intervene in a country where America´s enemies (muslims) are killing America´s enemies (other muslims)? H/T: #3. But in Egypt and the rest of Africa we are content to let Christians be hacked to death and Jews have acid thrown in their faces...and worse? Only B. HUSSEIN Obama knows. [And possibly Valerie Jarrett, the Iran lover.]
A call from the Hay-Adams Hotel this past spring reporting that a Secret Service agent was trying to force his way into a woman’s room set in motion an internal investigation that has sent tremors through an agency still trying to restore its elite reputation. The incident came a year after the agency was roiled by a prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia, prompting vows from senior officials to curb a male-dominated culture of hard partying and other excesses.
President Obama says he´s looking for a "fix" to address cancelled insurance plans. That doesn´t mean he´ll find one. Obama has directed his health care advisers to look for a way to deal with the wave of cancellation notices hitting some policyholders. But health policy experts have no idea what the White House could actually do to alleviate the sticker shock some consumers are facing. "I can´t imagine what they´re thinking about," said Tim Jost, a Washington & Lee University law professor and an expert on the Affordable Care Act. Policy wonks on both sides of the health care debate held open the
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) vowed to continue his hold on all of President Obama’s nominees until the five State Department witnesses interviewed by the Accountability Review Board come before Congress to testify Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. Host Candy Crowley attempted to corner Graham into backing off those demands in light of CBS’s decision to retract a recent 60 Minutes interview with a British contractor who was purportedly a Benghazi witness. Graham replied the retraction is irrelevant to his demands considering he never knew the British contractor existed. Moreover, Graham said there is evidence independent of the British security
Here’s our travel advisory for New York City: It’s always a great time to go, given the restaurants and the museums and the other sites and attractions. But starting January 1, the city may not be as safe. Yes, we said “safe,” meaning physically secure. So by all means go to New York City, but if you want to hedge your bets, go between now and January 1. Why then, you ask? And what’s this concern about safety? Well, there is a story here: For more than two decades now New York City has experienced substantial declines in murder and
The federal government shutdown may have distorted the US employment report for October — but not the US economy. Blowing away expectations, the Labor Department reported a surprisingly large 204,000 gain in October non-farm payrolls vs. a 125,000 consensus. Add in a combined a 60,000 upward revision to job gains in August and September and the three-month average is 202,000 vs. 154,000 in the August-October period in 2012. Capital Economics: Apparently, the near three-week Federal government shutdown had little, if any, impact on payrolls. Manufacturing increased by a healthy 19,000, construction increased by 11,000 and retail increased by 44,000. …
President Obama has spent the past two weeks on the defensive as millions of Americans are receiving cancellation notices from their insurers as a result of changes made by his health care law. But there’s a bigger problem for Obama than Americans getting annoyed at having to lose plans that they like, despite his oft-repeated promise that they could keep them. At the end of the day, people aren’t necessarily loyal to insurance policies or companies. Americans routinely switch plans and insurance companies as they shift jobs, move, get married or have kids.
There was one clear loser on Election Day: Obamacare. President Obama’s unfair, unaffordable, and unworkable law is a disaster for America. And a majority of voters in New Jersey and Virginia agree. Both states held gubernatorial elections Tuesday. According to exit polls from CNN, voters who showed up don’t like Obamacare. In New Jersey, where Republican Governor Chris Christie cruised to reelection, 50 percent of voters said they oppose the law, and among them, 34 percent said they strongly oppose Obamacare — significantly higher than the 23 percent who strongly support it. In Virginia, Democrat Terry McAuliffe defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli. According to CNN’s
Jon Stewart mocking and deriding CNN has become a late night ritual of sorts, and on Tuesday night he specifically targeted the CNN show New Day for making it their new ritual to go to the on-set couch when the news gets real for a (this is a real phrase they use) “couchable conversation.” Stewart was so befuddled by what we can informally call the couch walk (of shame?), especially with the weird sponsorship that goes along with it. Stewart called these moments “so gloriously, cravenly unnecessary that I think that I love it.” He made a plea to the CNN bosses
Part I: The Monster Smiles The phone rang near 8:30 one night, and an automated message played: “You have a call from a federal inmate,” and then, patched in, his voice, high and a little singsong, the name “Kermit Gosnell.” We had only briefly exchanged hellos, our first words to each other, when he made a request. “I wonder,” he said, “could you send me a picture of yourself?” “A picture?” I asked. “They won’t let you send a Polaroid,” he said, “but if you can send some image of yourself, I just feel it would help me get to know you.” I’ve spoken to many
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said ObamaCare’s Web site, already a tangled mess, might need to be rebuilt from scratch to to protect against cyber-thieves because he fears it’s not a safe place right now for health-care consumers to deposit their personal information. “ I know that they’ve called in another private entity to try to help with the security of it. The problem is, they may have to redesign the entire system,” Rep. Mike Rogers said on Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” political talk show. “The way the system is designed, it is not secure.”
Early this year, as part of the $92 million “Data to Decisions” program run by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Office of Naval Research began evaluating computer programs designed to sift through masses of information stored, traded, and trafficked over the Internet that, when put together, might predict social unrest, terrorist attacks, and other events of interest to the military. Blog posts, e-mail, Twitter feeds, weather reports, agricultural trends, photos, economic data, news reports, demographics—each might be a piece of an emergent portrait if only there existed a suitable, algorithmic way to connect them. DARPA, of course, is
The company that operates HealthCare.gov experienced a connectivity glitch on Sunday, another complication for an already beleaguered population of would-be health care applicants. White House officials said the company that operates the hub, Terremark, is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Health and Human Services spokesman Joanne Peters said in a statement that the website is down because the company "experienced a failure in a networking component, and planned maintenance to replace it brought down network connectivity to the data center." "Our understanding is that this failure is likely impacting several other sites, in addition to HealthCare.gov and the Data
President Barack Obama´s approval ratings have dipped to a record low in another poll — this time from Quinnipiac University. According to the poll, respondents disapprove of Obama´s job performance by a 54-39 margin. His approval rating of 39% is worse than his previous all-time low of 41% in the Quinnipiac survey, which came after a bruising fight over raising the nation´s debt ceiling in 2011. And for the first time ever, most people (52%) say that Obama is not honest and trustworthy. Only 44% say that he is honest and trustworthy. The only individual issue on which Obama scores
Washington: A woman, who claims to have been a classmate of Barack Obama, said that the president was gay and used cocaine in school. In a bizarre interview, Mia Marie Pope told right-wing preacher James David Manning that she believes Obama was not only active within the gay community, but also a heavy cocaine user during his years in Hawaii. Pope said that Obama always portrayed himself as a foreign student, adding that girls were never anything that he ever was interested in, but he would get along with older white gay men. She added that Obama at that time was also
Amazing stuff via Mediaite. The “Keep Your Plan Act” is Fred Upton’s bill, which Jay Carney spent a few minutes attacking at today’s press briefing because it would make canceled plans available to all consumers, not just the ones who’d been enrolled in those plans before. That would be a disaster for the insurance industry. Healthy people would flee the new, more expensive plans for the resurrected cheaper ones, leaving no one in the new risk pool except sick people with very expensive treatments. That means either heavy losses for insurers, steep premium hikes next year to make up the
WASHINGTON — While the country is immersed in Obamacare headlines and a congressional tussle over delays and mandates, the Obama administration is stealthily moving toward unprecedented control over private property under a massive expansion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act authority. The proposed rule, obtained by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee in advance of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s testimony at a Thursday oversight hearing, widely broadens the definition of waterways over which the federal government has jurisdiction to as little as a water ditch in a backyard. The Clean Water Act redefinition of “waters of the United States”
Swampscott, Massachusetts Selectman Barry Greenfield is pushing a measure to give police the authority to conduct home searches to check proper storage of firearms. Greenfield said "state law requires Massachusetts gun owners to keep their firearms locked away or rendered inoperable." There are "600 registered gun owners in [Swampscott]," and the selectman wants police to be able to drop in unannounced, enter the homes of each gun owner, and verify compliance. According to the Swampscott Patch, Greenfield has spoken with Swampscott Police Chief Ron Madigan about this issue, and has spoken with other selectmen. At least one of the selectmen-
Those sophisticates at Time magazine made a funny. They put Chris Christie on their cover with the headline, "The Elephant in the Room." Get it? Elephant. Christie. Time magazine did a junior high fat joke right there on its cover. Time´s executive editor Michael Duffy explained the cheap shot this way: "Well, he´s obviously a big guy. He´s obviously a big Republican. But he´s also done a really huge thing here this week." The "huge thing" wasn´t only winning re-election as New Jersey´s governor, but doing it by appealing to a broad range of voters in a very blue state
Fourteen years ago, I was asked to be a keynote speaker at the Richmond County Women´s Republican Club annual dinner. I had started my column at the Staten Island Advance the year before, and as an Hispanic who had grown up in Spanish Harlem, many Republicans were surprised that I was a conservative. It was my first speaking engagement and one I accepted reluctantly, but I felt that it was an opportunity to offer some advice to the Republican Party about winning over the voters in the barrios and the inner city.
Last week, the media went apoplectic after a 60 Minutes report on the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, turned out to be mistaken. Much of the report was based on the testimony of one Dylan Davies, a security contractor who said that he had climbed over the wall of the consulate in Benghazi and seen the body of Ambassador Chris Stevens. It turned out that Davies was lying, and 60 Minutes was fooled. Media Matters, which uncovered the lie, promptly declared victory in its war on behalf of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with founder David
Protesting and getting arrested for civil disobedience wasn’t enough to move the needle on immigration, so activists announced Tuesday they are beginning a hunger fast to try to pressure Congress to pass a bill legalizing illegal immigrants. Saying they’ve done all they can to try to shift the political debate, the activists said the only option left is to pray and fast. “It is being blocked, and the political commentators will tell you it would be a miracle — that’s what they say — a miracle for immigration reform to pass. Sometimes you can organize and struggle and march as hard as
Naderev "Yeb" Sano, representative for the Philippines at the UN Climate Change talks, broke down in tears as he addressed delegates in Warsaw. Mr Sano, whose family is from Tacloban--one of the worst hit areas--announced that he was going on hunger strike until "a meaningful outcome is in sight". Representatives from 190 nations have gathered in Poland to try and thrash out a new pact to fight global warming. "What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. "We can fix this. We can stop this madness. Right now, right here," Mr Sano
President Barack Obama issued a statement yesterday congratulating Hawaii for legalizing same-sex marriage, a move he said "exemplifies the values we hold dear as a nation." "I want to congratulate the Hawaii State Legislature on passing legislation in support of marriage equality," said Obama. "With today’s vote, Hawaii joins a growing number of states that recognize that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be treated fairly and equally under the law. Whenever freedom and equality are affirmed, our country becomes stronger. By giving loving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry if they choose, Hawaii exemplifies the
First Lady Michelle Obama attended two of America’s finest schools - Princeton University and Harvard Law School. But on Tuesday she told a group of underprivileged Washington, DC high schoolers - many of whom are hoping to be the first in their families to go to college — that she once faced many of the same challenges and doubts as they do. “I was willing to do whatever it took for me to go to college,” Mrs. Obama said. “Get this - some of my teachers straight up told me that I was setting my sights too high. They told me I