TOKYO -- A half-century after the 1964 Tokyo games heralded Japan´s reemergence from destruction and defeat in World War II, the city´s triumphant bid to host the 2020 games is giving this aging nation a chance to revive both its sagging spirits and its stagnating economy. "In most competitions, if you don´t win a gold medal, you can also win maybe a bronze one," Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose told reporters in Buenos Aires after the International Olympic Committee chose his city to host the 2020 summer games. "In this battle, there was only the gold." Hundreds of Japanese athletes and officials gathered
Anybody who has ever been to Japan knows that they will do a good job of running the Olympics. At taking care of visitors, they are the best organized people I have ever encountered in a lifetime of traveling the world.
Last Friday in New York, at a meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), Secretary of State John Kerry and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu launched what they called the “Global Fund for Community Engagement and Resilience,” which CNSNews.com said was intended to “support local communities and organizations to counter extremist ideology and promote tolerance.” It will do this essentially by giving potential jihad terrorists money and jobs – an initiative that proceeds from the false and oft-disproven assumption that poverty causes terrorism. Kerry demonstrated his faith in this false assumption when he spoke about the importance of “providing more
Arizona State standout Reggie Jackson was considered the best amateur ballplayer in the country heading into the 1966 Major League Baseball draft. The team picking first that year was the lowly, awful New York Mets. According to Jackson’s new tell-all, “Becoming Mr. October” (Doubleday), in which he details feuds and resentments toward his old Yankee teammates, the New York media and especially his old manager Billy Martin, the only reason he did not become a Met was because his girlfriend, Juanita Campos, was Hispanic. Jackson recalls how his coach at Arizona State, Bobby Winkles, broke the bad news. “A day
A purportedly funny photo ricocheting around the Internet popped into my inbox last week, apparently courtesy of the right-wing blog RedState. The Photoshopped image is a play on the famous Dos Equis beer campaign built around the bearded, debonair “Most Interesting Man in the World,” who says, “I don’t always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis.” The “joke” version features a picture of said interesting man, only this time he says, “I don’t always talk to Obama voters, but when I do, I ask for large fries.” This bothered me for a couple of reasons. For
If you’re puzzled why ObamaCare is so polarizing, consider how a law that’s ostensibly about fairness — health care for all — can be so unfair. Favored groups like unions and some businesses have carved out exceptions for themselves, while the average American could see their hours cut or their job eliminated. Perhaps the most frequently talked about, but also most widely misunderstood, dispensations is the one for Congress and its staff. Despite the Internet shorthand, Congress is not “exempted” from ObamaCare. Still, Congress is being treated differently than millions of other Americans who stand to lose under ObamaCare.
Despite my exhortation yesterday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill authorizing back pay for furloughed federal workers. In my view, this is a big mistake, and a typical unforced error by Republicans. Less than 24 hours later, with no apparently authority, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called most furloughed civilian DoD workers back to work. The Wall Street Journal says that Hagel claims he can determine almost his entire work force to be essential. But of course most of them are not essential. Again according to WSJ, “While it doesn’t give them leeway to bring everyone back, Mr. Hagel said on
Put aside for the moment that it is both perverse and a felony violation of federal law for the Obama administration willfully to provide arms it well knows will end up in the hands of al Qaeda and other jihadist-terrorists. Put aside, too, the anomaly that the Obama administration says the shutdown means there is no money for the operation of national parks and cemeteries, but somehow there is still plenty of federal money to train and arm the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated, al Qaeda-ridden Syrian mujahideen. In his stubborn, imperial determination to back enemies of America against other enemies of America, President Obama
This story is just coming out on the national wires this afternoon, so early details are few and hopefully we’ll have some more updates as we go. But the early indications are that when things are falling to pieces anywhere in the world, our SEAL teams are still ready to step up. Following the mass murder at the shopping mall in Kenya, much of the world became acquainted with al Shabaab, the local branch of radical Islamic terrorism. They may have felt rather proud of themselves after that stunt, but apparently the Good Guys made sure the party was short
There is not a bridge left in baseball that Alex Rodriguez has not burned. From the league, to his team, to the player´s association -- in the fight over his steroid suspension, the Yankees slugger doesn´t have any friends left. The New York Times´ Serge Kovaleski and the Steve Eder report Rodriguez´s team of lawyers wrote a letter requesting the player´s union step aside as Rodriguez´s first line of defense in his appeal against Major League Baseball´s 211 game suspension for steroid use: Rodriguez wanted to pick who would represent him on the three-person arbitration panel that will ultimately decide
According to Politico: Ted Cruz faced a barrage of hostile questions Wednesday from angry GOP senators, who lashed the Texas tea party freshman for helping prompt a government shutdown crisis without a strategy to end it. At a closed-door lunch meeting in the Senate’s Mansfield Room, Republican after Republican pressed Cruz to explain how he would propose to end the bitter budget impasse with Democrats, according to senators who attended the meeting. A defensive Cruz had no clear plan to force an end to the shutdown — or explain how he would defund Obamacare, as he has demanded all along, sources said. The
The National Border Patrol Council has come forward to reveal to the American public once again management practices that could be risking the lives of Americans -- and the lives of illegal immigrants. Shawn Moran, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council, spoke exclusively with Breitbart News and claimed that Border Patrol management has begun the practice of ordering Border Patrol Agents to stand down and cease pursuing drug smugglers, human smugglers and traffickers, and illegal aliens. He also warned it could lead to illegal aliens entering the country from nations associated with terrorism. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s drugs, bodies,
After learning that 95 percent of Department of Education employees were deemed “non-essential” during the government shutdown and furloughed, I’m still wondering: Is that all? Since its creation as a cabinet-level agency in 1979 and spending billions of dollars every year since, test scores for high-school seniors have either declined slightly or remained flat at best, suggesting perhaps still more fat to trim. I’m confident that we could get the same results with fewer people. It’s called productivity, people! The shutdown may have started over a hare-brained attempt by Tea Party darling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to delay and/or defund President Obama’s
Supplies were dwindling, his 20-man crew had not been paid for months and Captain Khan Jubair Niaz was desperate as his ship drifted aimlessly in the Gulf of Suez. “We have not committed any crime and yet we are being punished,” Niaz wrote in a plaintive email to the Sailors´ Society, a 200-year-old, United Kingdom-based nonprofit that specializes in ministering to merchant seafarers. “I just want to go home. I am not interested in money. If I die here on this ship, then money is no good to me.” Niaz and his crew of Indian and Bangladeshi sailors aboard the
Many celebs have taken to Twitter to voice their support for ObamaCare, but “Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev took it one step further on Thursday, tweeting a topless photo to promote President Obama’s healthcare coverage plan. Nina Dobrev, who stars in the tween-friendly, supernatural CW series, wrote to her more than 4 million followers on Twitter: [Tweet,pic] While she appears to be the first to drop her top, the actress, 24, is the latest in a string of high-profile stars to get the word out about the controversial healthcare program, which opened for online enrollment Tuesday. Other Hollywood regulars who
She’s reportedly waiting until 2014 before she starts thinking about 2016, but Hillary Clinton, according to one national poll, is your front runner for the White House — by a wide margin. And Elizabeth Warren is your fastest rising star. The former secretary of state and first lady dominated last week’s new Quinnipiac University survey, which showed her gobbling up 61 percent of support and beating any Republican challenger — be it New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul or Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz — by anywhere from 13 to 23 points. But no one in Headline corrected by Staff.
Washington - President Barack Obama says that if he owned the Washington Redskins, he would "think about changing" the team name, wading into the controversy over a football nickname that many people deem offensive to Native Americans. Obama, in an interview with The Associated Press, said team names like the Redskins offend "a sizable group of people." He said that while fans get attached to the nicknames, nostalgia may not be a good enough reason to keep them in place. "I don't know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people
Via William Jacobson, NBC´s affiliate in Washington, D.C. reports that police ordered tourists and Vietnam war veterans who were visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to leave the memorial at one point on Friday. After one group of veterans went around the barricade, "the park ranger told them the wall was closed," NBC´s Mark Seagraves reported. "Later another group of vets showed up and moved the barricades. At that point, the memorial filled with vets and tourists. That´s when police came and moved everyone out." The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is a black granite outdoor wall on which the names of the
On Friday evening, enraged at World War II veterans who had the temerity to move aside President Obama’s barricades to visit the World War II Memorial, HBO’s Bill Maher launched into a broadside against the brave veterans, labeling them dumb. "The other thing that apparently was so important for the Republicans to keep open was the World War II Memorial in Washington. That was closed, so a bunch of the World War II vets knocked down the barriers and stormed it,” Maher said, to the laughter of his audience.
Near MOUNT PISGAH, N.C. — At a spot 5,000 feet above sea level and 20 miles from the nearest town, an innkeeper decided Friday to defy the federal government and reopen his lodge. That stand lasted about two hours as National Park Service rangers blocked the entrances to the privately run Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway after owner Bruce O´Connell decided to reopen his dining room, gift shop and country store at noon Friday for lunch. The federal government had forced the inn, in a leased building on federal land, to shut down at 6 p.m. ET Thursday
President Barack Obama, already embroiled in a battle over a government shutdown, jumped into another dispute on Saturday - a long-running fight over the name of the Washington Redskins NFL team. Obama said that if he owned the team, he would consider changing the name, which American Indians and others have long pilloried as racist. "I´ve got to say if I were the owner of the team and I knew that the name of my team, even if they´ve had a storied history, that was offending a sizeable group of people, I´d think about changing it," Obama said
Helen Thomas covered 10 presidents, from Eisenhower through Obama, in her time as a White House correspondent. She also went on a date with one of them, it emerged during a memorial service attended by about 500 people Saturday at the National Press Club for Thomas, who died on July 20 at age 92. As told by Suzanne Geha, Thomas’s niece, who presided, Thomas arrived in Washington in 1942, at age 22, shortly after graduating from Detroit’s Wayne State University. United Press (later UPI) hired her in 1943. While working for UP, she went on a date with John F.
The Republican Party could be in danger of losing control of the House in 2014, new polls on Sunday show. In a survey of 24 seats, Republicans fall behind in 17 head-to-head matches against “generic Democrat candidates” among registered voters and lag in an additional four districts when respondents are told the Republican candidate supported the shutdown, according to the surveys by Public Policy Polling which were funded by the liberal group, MoveOn.org. Democrats would need to pick up 17 seats to take over the House - something the polling reveals could be within reach. One district that shows a favorable position
Las Vegas, NV -- The government shutdown is being felt close to home for some locals. They say they´re being forced out of private homes on Lake Mead because they sit on federal land. Joyce Spencer is 77-years-old and her husband Ralph is 80. They´ve been spending most of their time in the family ice cream store since going home isn´t an option. The Spencers never expected to be forced out of their Lake Mead home, which they´ve owned since the 70s, but on Thursday, a park ranger said they had 24 hours to get out. "I had to go
Two battles were joined this week, one on Capital Hill and another at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (the symbolic core of which is known as Bascom Hill). In both cases, free men who refused to be cowed struck back at overreaching tyrants. (a) The Battle of Capitol Hill As the Republicans and Democrats squared off on spending, World War II and Korean War vets were making their way to Washington, D.C. on Honor Flights, a charitable program to bring these folks to see the memorials to service members who fought in those wars. Many are aged and infirm -- especially those who
Blocking access to trails and programs at South Dakota’s most popular attraction was one thing, but state officials didn’t expect Congress’ budget stalemate to shut down a view of Mount Rushmore. The National Park Service placed cones along highway viewing areas outside Mount Rushmore this week, barring visitors from pulling over and taking pictures of the famed monument. The cones first went up Oct. 1, said Dusty Johnson, Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s chief of staff. The state asked that they be taken down, and federal officials did so with some of them. The state was told the cones were a safety