We have a problem. The president proposes attacking Syria, and his top military officer can´t tell you the objective. Does the commander in chief know his own objective? Why, yes. "A shot across the bow," explained Barack Obama. Now, a shot across the bow is a warning. Its purpose is to say: Cease and desist, or the next shot will sink you. But Obama has already told the world — and Bashar Assad in particular — that there will be no next shot. He has insisted time and again that the operation will be finite and highly limited. Take the shot,
Unless Oblahblah´s serious? After "I didn´t draw a red line; the international community drew a red line...", it is evident that his earlier drug use has wrecked his short term memory. Hey Barry, we have you on tape, and so does the rest of the world, which includes our enemies.
This man hasn´t shown a bit of "serious" in almost five years, except when he´s promoting himself or shafting his enemies. I say vote NO, early and often for anything this bird says he/we need.
Congress should not just vote NO, it should vote HELL NO! The good Dr. lays it out very well. Between this explanation and Ann Coulter´s history lesson on the Iraq run-up, there should be no doubt this president is a moron.
Could ObamaCare, the goal of which was universal health coverage, actually increase the number of uninsured? If it does, the blame will fall almost entirely on provisions in the law, not Republican opposition to it. ObamaCare has three key parts intended to greatly expand the number of Americans with health coverage: (1) The individual mandate requiring nearly every American to have insurance or pay a penalty tax; (2) health insurance exchanges, where people below 400% of the federal poverty level will get federal subsidies (i.e., tax dollars) to help pay for coverage, and (3) a massive expansion of Medicaid up to 138%
Between 1998 and 2012 the global economy more than doubled in size—to some $71 trillion in GDP from $30 trillion. That´s the good news. Over the same period the world pumped more than 100 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. That is supposedly the bad news. Yet global surface temperatures have remained essentially flat. That´s the mystery: If emitting CO2 into the atmosphere causes global warming, why hasn´t the globe been warming? That´s the question we would have liked to see answered by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which Friday published the summary of its fifth
As the budget histrionics continue, both parties are slyly doing what Congress does best—spend more money. We reported last week that the GOP House has already agreed with Senate Democrats to raise spending in 2014 by $19 billion over the Budget Control Act caps—to $986 billion from $967 billion. But now Senate budget experts have identified in the spending bill some $18 billion more of mostly phantom savings from "changes in mandatory spending programs," also known appropriately enough as Chimps. Here´s how it works. While the budget caps cover mostly discretionary spending, they include a few mandatory programs. The House
President Obama is bracing Americans for inevitable problems as the Affordable Care Act rolls out this week, but what he calls "glitches" are hardly routine. Information technology is ObamaCare´s Achilles´ heel. The faulty IT will expose Americans to lost data, attempts to enroll online that fail and the risk of fraud. There are two key technological flaws in ObamaCare. First is the "hub"—the software to link servers at the Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service, Homeland Security and state agencies to verify the income and health-insurance status of enrollees and ensure that they are eligible for subsidies. The other flaw is
Policing: The Dallas County Sheriff´s Office gets an MRAP tactical military vehicle, used for counterinsurgency fighting in Iraq, as law enforcement becomes a collection of SWAT teams pursuing not-always-guilty Americans. In early August, a SWAT team broke through the gates of a 3.5-acre farm in Arlington, Texas, that promotes a sustainable lifestyle and did a 10-hour search of the property. Residents were handcuffed and held at gunpoint as police looked for nonexistent marijuana plants and various city code violations. As the owners watched, 10 tons of their private property was hauled off in trucks — dangerous items such as blackberry bushes, okra,
Big Government: When the government shuts down, the president will do without three-fourths of his White House staff — 1,265 taxpayer-salaried federal workers. That´s a fraction of the government´s total waste. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who didn´t show up to vote on the budget last week, recently claimed, "the cupboard is bare. There´s no more cuts to make" in a government that spends almost $4 trillion each year. But it´s funny how when the massive state apparatus is starved of its cash flow, lots of things magically appear in that bare cupboard. A Sept. 26 letter from the assistant to the president
RUSH: I was just made aware there´s a commentary piece at Bloomberg by a member of their editorial board, a guy named Christopher Flavelle. The headline of his piece, "Who Cares if the Public Doesn´t Support Obamacare?" Right. Exactly. Who cares. "Republicans seeking to shut down the government over Obamacare are right about one thing: More Americans oppose the law than support it. Does that make it less legitimate? Or is it the new -- and worrisome -- normal for important government policies? "If public support were a prerequisite for government action, the U.S. would be in serious trouble. A poll
RUSH: I have a story here from the Washington Post. I know when I pass the contents on you´re not gonna believe it. Or, if you believe it you´re gonna say it´s meaningless because it has no practical application in reality. But the headline of the story: "Americans Are More Conservative Than They Have Been in Decades." I´ve got two stories here. I´m wondering if they´re both using the same poll. The second one, the Washington Examiner, does use Public Policy Polling, and that bunch has just been totally discredited. Public Policy Polling polled the Colorado recall election over guns three
RUSH: Just got urgent news from the Washington Post. I have this urgent news right here my formerly nicotine-stained fingers ´cause I just printed it out. Urgent breaking news from the Washington Post: "You Will No Longer Be Able to Watch This Baby Panda Online if the Government Shuts Down." Right there it is. That´s the headline right there with a picture of the panda. I´m showing it there. Urgent news, Washington Post! Next thing you know, we´re gonna hear that they´re gonna close the sleigh ride concession, Jellystone National Park. I know there´s no snow yet, but there will be
Amid the current legislative brinksmanship over ObamaCare, a rallying cry of supporters has been "It´s the law of the land." Al Gore struck the theme last week in a much publicized and highly inflammatory speech at the Brookings Institution: Why does partisanship have anything to do with such a despicable and dishonorable threat to the integrity of the United States of America? It cannot be allowed. But it can only be stopped if people in both parties, independents as well, say, "Look, I might not agree with everything that´s in the Affordable Care Act, but it did pass, it was upheld
RUSH: Greetings, my friends, and welcome to what the Democrat Party is considering its opening move in the 2014 campaign: a government shutdown that looms in front of all of us. It´s the latest, and it is the next Democrat Party campaign move. It is felt and it´s being covered by the media totally in historical ways. It is not being adapted to anything really happening. If I were to tell you that I don´t even know what really is happening here, I probably would be more honest than not. You know, I´ve been doing this for 25 years. We´ve been
Former President Bill Clinton talks about lessons learned from the 2008 campaign, but doesn´t offer any insight to whether Hillary Clinton could run in 2016. "The next one will be better," Clinton said in an interview airing Sunday on ABC´s "This Week." "It´ll be different. Whether she´s in it or not, they´re all different. And the main thing you can´t do, the great trick in any human endeavor, including politics, is you must learn the lessons of your mistakes and your failures without becoming a general who fights the last war, because every new encounter will be shaped by different forces." Clinton
Like most members of the Congress that passed it and, undoubtedly, the president of the United States who signed it, I have not read the entirety of the ill-named Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Yet there is one aspect concerning that legislation of which I am certain: I will not comply. I will not comply because I am a free citizen of the United States, not a subject of its government. I consider non-compliance with this monstrosity and the tens of thousands of pages of regulations that are to be enforced by an unelected bureaucracy, and that have left a
Perhaps no historical figure is more deeply mired in legend and myth than Jesus of Nazareth. Outside of the Gospels — which are not so much factual accounts of Jesus but arguments about His religious significance — there is almost no trace of this simple Galilean peasant who inspired the world’s largest religion. But there’s enough biblical scholarship about the historical Jesus to raise questions about some of the myths that have formed around Him over the past 2,000 years. 1. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. The first Christians seem to have had little interest in Jesus’s early years. Stories about His
A meteorologist who has covered weather for the Wall Street Journal tweeted that he has decided not to have children in order to leave a lighter carbon footprint, and is considering having a vasectomy. He also vowed to stop flying after the world´s recent climate-change report made him cry. Eric Holthaus was reacting to the findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which released a report on Friday that found it was ‘extremely likely’ that humans are causing warming trends seen in the last several decades.
Former President Bill Clinton—who was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives for perjury and obstruction of justice and held in contempt of court by U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright for giving “intentionally false” testimony—claimed to his former staffer George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” on Sunday that Sen. Ted Cruz made multiple false statements during his filibuster on the Senate floor last week. “I listened to some of Sen. Cruz’s filibuster on the health-care bill and he just kept making all these claims that just aren’t so and everybody knows they’re not,” Clinton told
Democrats and their media allies have spent the past week labeling Republicans “anarchists,” “fanatics,” “radicals,” and “terrorists” who are wholly to blame for the situation that we are told will soon lead to a government shutdown. (Snip)For three consecutive years — 2010, 2011, and 2012 — the Democrat-controlled Senate did not pass a budget bill because Reid knew that it would be a political liability to do so. Passing a budget that detailed the Democrats’ plans for spending and revenue as official policy would have exposed the “something for nothing” swindle that Reid and his colleagues are perpetrating on the
Saudi women seeking to challenge a de facto ban on driving should realize that this could affect their ovaries and pelvises, Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Luhaydan, a judicial and psychological consultant to the Gulf Psychological Association, told Saudi news website sabq.org. Driving “could have a reverse physiological impact. Physiological science and functional medicine studied this side [and found] that it automatically affects ovaries and rolls up the pelvis. This is why we find for women who continuously drive cars their children are born with clinical disorders of varying degrees,” Sheikh al-Luhaydan said. Saudi female activists have launched an online campaign
Seventy-five years ago, on Sept. 30, 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain signed the Munich Pact, handing portions of Czechoslovakia to Adolf Hitler´s Germany. Chamberlain returned to Britain to popular acclaim, declaring that he had secured "peace for our time." Today the prime minister is generally portrayed as a foolish man who was wrong to try to "appease" Hitler—a cautionary tale for any leader silly enough to prefer negotiation to confrontation. But among historians, that view changed in the late 1950s, when the British government began making Chamberlain-era records available to researchers. "The result of this was the discovery of all
Groundbreaking books about the history of communism, such as Robert Conquest’s The Great Terror, Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago or Viktor Suvorov’s Ice-Breaker, are never written by "professional" historians. Indeed, historians typically meet those books with remarkable hostility. Yet, non-academic history books certainly have their advantages. For one thing, they are readable. More often than not, they are better researched too. Above all, they are intellectually honest, free from the unspoken taboos of the academic world and from allegiances to theories and to colleagues that tie the hands of many an academic.
The Washington region, home to the largest concentration of federal workers and contractors in the nation, could lose an estimated $200?million a day and could see more than 700,000 jobs take a financial hit if the federal government shuts down Monday night, according to a local economist’s projections. And that’s not counting the blow to tourism, one of the region’s economic mainstays, if the Smithsonian museums, the National Zoo, Civil War battlefields and other federally funded attractions are shuttered, said Stephen Fuller, director of George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis. “This is serious,” Fuller said. “The national economy may
Once it was the only day of the week when the family would all sit down together for a meal. But enjoying a Sunday roast dinner is now a thing of the past with just one in 50 Britons tucking in every week, a new study has revealed. Research suggests the traditional family meal is dying out with only two per cent sitting down together, while nearly half of us (43 per cent) eat our dinner on the sofa. Nearly a third (32 per cent) prefer quick meals that take less than 20 minutes to prepare and cook. Researchers found
The Republican Party is “begging for America to fail” by rooting for President Obama’s signature health care law to fail, former President Bill Clinton said during an interview for “This Week” with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, “I’ve never seen a time — can you remember a time in your lifetime when a major political party was just sitting around, begging for America to fail … I don’t know what’s going to happen. But I’ll be shocked if it fails,” Clinton, who attempted during his first term as president to overhaul the country’s healthcare system in the early 1990s, said during an
Suspected Islamic extremists attacked an agricultural college in the dead of night, gunning down dozens of students as they slept in dormitories and torching classrooms, the school´s provost said of an ongoing northeastern Nigeria´s ongoing Islamic uprising. As many as 50 students may have been killed in the assault that began at about 1 a.m. Sunday in rural Gujba, Provost Molima Idi Mato of Yobe State College of Agriculture, told The Associated Press. "They attacked our students while they were sleeping in their hostels, they opened fire at them," he said. He said he could not give an exact death