Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clintons blood clot formed in her head, her doctors said on Monday, a potentially serious condition from which they nonetheless stressed they expect her to fully recover.
Mrs. Clinton was hospitalized Sunday at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for the blood clot in a vein between the brain and the skull and behind her right ear and doctors said on Monday that it had not resulted in a stroke or neurological damage. They said they were treating her with blood thinners to try to dissolve the clot.
The short answer is that she should be out of the hospital in a week or so, presumably in good health. And even though I have no interest in ever voting for her and every intention of campaigning for anyone she may face in a presidential race, I'm glad to know that she is well. Human compassion trumps political conflict every time -- at least among civilized people.
I'm sure that the leaders of the Texas Democrats and the Harris County Democrats are so proud to have one of their leading members ranked so high on this infamous list of cowardly attempts to erase despicable messages sent forth to the entire world!
2. Among all the unhinged anti-gun responses in the wake of the terrible Newtown school shooting, the murderous anti-NRA incitement of Texas Democratic Party precinct chair and Texas State Democratic Partys Executive Committee member John Cobarruvias stood out. New lib thug tone, same as the old lib thug tone:
For those of you who have forgotten the tweet in question, here it is, preserved for posterity.
Congratulations, John, for once again proving to Republicans and Democrats alike what a lowlife scumbag you really are. Here's hoping that 2013 shows you all respect and regard that your words and deeds in 2012 earned you.
If this is correct, then all of this makes sense to me.
Speaking to Bloomberg News, Dr. Allen Taylor, chief of cardiology at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., said that it's not uncommon for clots to form in the legs in patients who are less mobile. According to Taylor, that might be the case for Clinton, who has been largely sedentary as she recovers from the concussion, and who spends long amounts of time sitting on long-distance air flights.
Clinton has a history of these legs clots, called deep vein thromboses. In 1998, as First Lady, doctors diagnosed a clot behind her right knee. In 2007, Clinton told the New York Daily News that the clot was "the most significant health scare I've ever had."
I had forgotten the earlier clot -- but family experience leads me to accept this one as the best explanation for what is going on. My wife also has a history of DVTs -- and we've had to be quite conscious of that issue since her recent leg fracture which has left her less mobile than usual. This isn't a medical mystery or uncommon ailment --it is something that happens to many patients every day.
This theory also explains the blood thinners -- a clot in the head would likely be treated surgically, which is why I found things a bit confusing last night when that initial report was made. So let's see an end to craziness like this from the Daily Beast. And let's remember my key point from last night.
This may be something minor or it may be very serious -- details are very sketchy (as in non-existent).
WASHINGTON Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted to hospital with blood clot following concussion.
Prayers for the Secretary of State -- now is not the time for partisanship. I'll add details as they become available.
UPDATE -- 7:11 PM: WSJ offers this additional info.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been admitted to a New York hospital after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month.
Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines says her doctors discovered the clot during a follow-up exam Sunday. Reines says Clinton is being treated with anti-coagulants.
So as i suspected, the clot is in the head. Exact location and any associated issues remain quite vague.
UPDATE -- 7:14 PM: Australia's Daily Telegraph also reporting that the clot is in the head, but with no details.
UPDATE -- 7:17 PM: State Department spokesman indicates Hillary will be hospitalized for at least 48 hours for anti-coagulant treatment and that "[h]er doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion. They will determine if any further action is required.
UPDATE -- 7:28 PM: UK's Daily Mail notes that the spokesman DID NOT indicate where the blood clot was located. This could mean it started in the head but has moved elsewhere, though I'd speculate that it is likely still somewhere in the cranial area.
The article also provides this chronology for those (including myself) who have not focused on the story all that intensely.
Aides and doctors say Clinton contracted a stomach virus in early December and became dehydrated, then fainted, fell and hit her head on December 9.
She was diagnosed with a concussion on December 13 and hasn't been seen in public since.
UPDATE -- 7:49 PM: Since I've seen comments made on this matter in news articles and on comment feeds related to them, I guess this does sort of settle the issue of whether or not the illness that kept Secretary Clinton from testifying on Benghazi is definitively verified -- unless you are a tin-foil wearing loon who wants to argue that this latest development is also being faked.
UPDATE -- 8:54 PM: Looks like Gateway Pundit got slapped down by the State Department for getting suckered by an earlier news report that had the Clintons in the Dominican Republic.
The seriousness of a blood clot "depends on where it is," said Dr. Gholam Motamedi, a neurologist at Georgetown University Medical Center who was not involved in Clinton's care.
Clots in the legs are a common risk after someone has been bedridden, as Clinton may have been for a time after her concussion. Those are "no big deal" and are treated with six months of blood thinners to allow them to dissolve on their own and to prevent further clots from forming, he said.
A clot in a lung or the brain is more serious. Lung clots, called pulmonary embolisms, can be deadly, and a clot in the brain can cause a stroke, Motamedi said.
Keeping Clinton in the hospital for a couple of days could allow doctors to perform more tests to determine why the clot formed, and to rule out a heart problem or other condition that may have led to it, he said.
The short answer is that those who are talking now don't know and those who know aren't talking.
GREGORY: Those are four huge things and you didnt mention new gun regulations. Do you have the stomach for the political fight for new gun control laws?
OBAMA: David, I think anybody who was up in Newtown understands that something fundamental in America has to change. And all of us have to do some soul searching, including me as president, that we allow a situation in which 20 precious small children are getting gunned down in a classroom. And Ive been very clear that an assault rifle ban, banning these high capacity clips, background checks that there are a set of issues that I have historically supported and will continue to support.
Now I don't support that ban -- or any other gun control legislation being proposed by the anti-gunnites. But it is particularly hypocritical for Obama to give that answer in response to a softball question from David Gregory on Meet the Press. After all, Gregory violated the District of Columbia's ban on those same magazines last week on that very show -- apparently with no consequence.
If Obama had been serious about such a ban, his response would have been quite different -- "I'm very serious about banning these high capacity clips and magazines, so difficult that I've directed the Attorney General to issue an arrest warrant for you for violating the District of Columbia statute banning them, and for interstate conspiracy to illegally possess one. If you'll stand up and place your hands on the back of your head while my Secret Service detail takes you into custody..."
But Obama didn't, which tells me he's not any more serious about that ban than he is about cutting federal spending and the national debt.
Having attacked the Constitution and the Bible, self-important Brit twit Piers Morgan is now threatening Americans if we don't change our gun laws.
In conclusion, I can spare those Americans who want me deported a lot of effort by saying this: If you dont change your gun laws to at least try to stop this relentless tidal wave of murderous carnage, then you dont have to worry about deporting me.
Although I love the country as a second home and one that has treated me incredibly well, I would, as a concerned parent first and latterly, of a one-year-old daughter who may attend an American elementary school like Sandy Hook in three years time seriously consider deporting myself.
Given the number of Americans who have signed a petition demanding your deportation -- and the number of Americans who haven't yet who are disgusted by your Obama-esque attacks upon both our holy book and our Constitution -- I'd like to paint you a picture that expresses our feelings.
And don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.
Another view at The Other McCain
Love them union thugs -- not even houses of worship are sacred to them if they aren't getting their cut of the construction costs. This little escapade is likely to add half-a-million dollars to the construction of the church.
The site where Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is building a new meetinghouse was damaged by arsonists during Christmas week, and police are now "absolutely" sure the attack was the result of a dispute between members of a Philadelphia construction union and the project's nonunion contractor.
Although no suspects have been identified in the Dec. 21 incident, Lt. George McClay of Northwest Detectives said Friday that he was certain the small Quaker building on East Mermaid Lane was targeted because it is being built with nonunion labor.
"I absolutely think it is a union issue," McClay said.
Given the long history of organized criminal activity by unions, the time has come for a national right-to-work law to protect workers -- and the American people as a whole -- from these violent criminals.
We saw how well that argument worked when it involved freedom of speech and freedom of the press for corporations. However, the Regime is again arguing that the First Amendment does not apply to those who incorporate their businesses.
In a legal argument formally presented in federal court in the case of Hobby Lobby v. Kathleen Sebelius, the Obama administration is claiming that the First Amendmentwhich expressly denies the government the authority to prohibit the free exercise of religionnonetheless allows it to force Christians to directly violate their religious beliefs even on a matter that involves the life and death of innocent human beings.
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The Obama administration is making a two-fold argument for why it can force Christians to act against their faith in complying with the regulation it has issued under the Obamacare law that requires virtually all health care plans to cover, without co-pay, sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs.
The first argument the administration makes against the owners of Hobby Lobby is that Americans lose their First Amendment right to freely exercise their religion when they form a corporation and engage in commerce. A persons Christianity, the administration argues, cannot be carried out through activities he engages in through an incorporated business.
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The second argument the administration makes to justify forcing Christians to act against their faith is more sweeping. Here the administration argues it can force a person to act against his religion so long as the coercion is done under the authority of a law that is neutral and generally applicablein other words, as long as the law was not written specifically to persecute Christians as Christians, the government can use that law to persecute Christians.
That first argument is the one that failed in Citizens United, when the Obama Regime's lawyer, Malcolm Stewart, put forward the argument that federal law could trump the First Amendment with regard to corporate speech and press rights -- to the point of allowing government censorship of books. The result of this constitutional overreach by the government was the Citizens United decision, which struck down political speech and press restrictions on corporations.
Now the second line of argument comes from the much maligned Supreme Court precedent in Employment Division v. Smith, which held that generally applicable laws that are religiously neutral trump free exercise claims. It is notable, however, that Congress has repeatedly passed legislation -- including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act -- to give greater protection to those making free exercise claims when a law burdens their free exercise of religion. Given the argument made by the Obama Regime that First Amendment rights are lost by employers who incorporate their businesses, it seems to me that the Supreme Court may ultimately be forced to reexamine its free exercise jurisprudence for the same reason it was required to reexamine its corporate speech jurisprudence -- it is faced with an administration arguing that the First Amendment simply does not apply to corporations, which was the same argument it made in Citizens United.
Now I understand that ObamaCare is Obama's signature achievement as president, and that he has been fighting to preserve it. But to argue for the complete abrogation of the First Amendment right to freely exercise religion due to that statute is exactly the sort of overreach that might lead to the law being gutted by the Supreme Court when this case reaches it.
Here are this weeks full results.
See you next week!
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While demanding equality and tolerance everywhere they are not in the majority, they deny them to Christians where Muslims are the majority.
Non-Muslims should drop their demand to use Allah for their gods as the Arabic word is fundamental to Islamic belief and therefore exclusive to Muslims, National Fatwa Council former chairman Datuk Dr Ismail Ibrahim was reported saying in a Malay daily.
Ismail was weighing in on the latest debate over the Arabic word for god, in a row between Islamist opposition party PAS and its secular ally, DAP, which appears to be a hot-button topic in the run-up to national polls due soon.
Enough is enough, enough with all the other policies, including the ones enshrined in the Constitution that has been claimed for equality, to be granted equal rights therefore the right to recognise the concept of the divinity in this religion, dont grab, challenge and manipulate so. The name Allah is still something basic and fundamental to Islam.
The name Allah, from a philosophical point, its definition and concept is not equal with the name Tuhan, God, Lord and so on in the usage of other religions, he was quoted as saying by Sinar Harian in its front-page report today.
Now personally, I have mixed feelings here.
On the one hand, i am outraged by the denial of religious tolerance by Muslims.
On the other hand, I wonder why any Christian would wish to call the one true God by the same name that the Muslims use for Satan, the Father of Lies, when he deceived the false prophet Muhammad.
InstaPundit brings us this for our edification.
COMMENT OF THE DAY: For ten years we have been told that the Bush tax cuts applied mostly to the rich. Now it is imperative that we extend them further or the middle class is going to take a big hit.
I guess they weren't "tax cuts for the rich" after all.
Because it isn't like the fiscal cliff and the debt limit will keep Barry from spending money the government doesn't have.
President Barack Obama gave a gift to returning members of Congress, federal workers and Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday, signing an executive order calling for an end to a years-long pay freeze.
As of March 27, 2013, federal employees will see a half-percent to one percent pay increase, marking the end of a pay freeze that has been in place since late 2010. Congress hasn't seen a pay raise since 2009.
According to the order, Biden's pay will increase from $225,521 to $231,900 a year, before taxes. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will see his salary increased to $224,500 and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will take home an annual pay of $194,400 after his raise.
Of course, the American people will see less money in their paychecks after the first of the year -- even if there is a solution to the fiscal cliff and the debt limit -- because of ObamaCare taxes. The impending end of the Bush tax cuts for all Americans on January 1 will further increase our taxes. And since the government runs out of borrowing authority with the new year as well, there will be no way for the government to pay its bills anyway.
Guess we'll have to do without while the inside-the-beltway elite do with a little more.
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Over at PoliPundit, I encountered Kevin Williamson's brilliant defense of private ownership of military grade weapons by civilians.
There is no legitimate exception to the Second Amendment for military-style weapons, because military-style weapons are precisely what the Second Amendment guarantees our right to keep and bear. The purpose of the Second Amendment is to secure our ability to oppose enemies foreign and domestic, a guarantee against disorder and tyranny. Consider the words of Supreme Court justice Joseph Story who was, it bears noting, appointed to the Court by the guy who wrote the Constitution:The importance of this article will scarcely be doubted by any persons, who have duly reflected upon the subject. The militia is the natural defence of a free country against sudden foreign invasions, domestic insurrections, and domestic usurpations of power by rulers. It is against sound policy for a free people to keep up large military establishments and standing armies in time of peace, both from the enormous expenses, with which they are attended, and the facile means, which they afford to ambitious and unprincipled rulers, to subvert the government, or trample upon the rights of the people. The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.
"Domestic usurpations of power by rulers." You know, like following in the footsteps of General Gage by trying to take weapons from the people -- or forcing religious organizations to pay for birth control and abortion despite their doctrinal opposition to doing so.
Seriously -- look at what the former superintendent of the school district that was not good enough for the Obamas to send their kids to had to say about the Second Amendment.
Americans value their children, their safety, and the right to pursue their dreams without fear and those common values trump the rights set forth in the U.S. Constitution, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said last Friday in a speech at a Washington, D.C., elementary school.
In the coming weeks, Duncan said he plans to spend a lot of time visiting schools and communities to talk about gun violence:
I want to talk to gun owners and hunters and sport shooters and ask them, what should we do? I want to talk about community and responsibility, and I want to talk about values because we have common values that go far beyond the constitutional right to bear arms.
We value our children. We value our safety. We value our freedom to go to a movie theater or house of worship and do what we want to do so long as we are not compromising the freedom of others. We value the right to live our daily lives and pursue our dreams, without fear.
But remember what Arne Duncan's values do include. You know, not teaching children basic reading skills that will allow them to function in a modern society. Not graduating half of the kids who start high school. Providing kids the wost quality education in the country. Not protecting students from illegal physical abuse by teachers who are then permitted to keep teaching.
So tell me -- on what basis do the views of this man merit any consideration? Or is educational malpractice one of the American values the Secretary of Education is putting ahead of our Constitution?
Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who topped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991 but kept a low public profile in controversies over the second Gulf War against Iraq, died Thursday. He was 78.
Schwarzkopf died in Tampa, Florida, where he had lived in retirement, according to a U.S. official, who was not authorized to release the information publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
A much-decorated combat soldier in Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was known popularly as "Stormin' Norman" for a notoriously explosive temper.
He served in his last military assignment in Tampa as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command, the headquarters responsible for U.S. military and security concerns in nearly 20 countries from the eastern Mediterranean and Africa to Pakistan.
Schwarzkopf became "CINC-Centcom" in 1988 and when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait three years later to punish it for allegedly stealing Iraqi oil reserves, he commanded Operation Desert Storm, the coalition of some 30 countries organized by then-President George H.W. Bush that succeeded in driving the Iraqis out.
"Stormin' Norman" was a one of a kind figure -- and like the old soldier made famous by General MacArthur, simply faded away after his retirement. He rejected calls to run for office, and did little to cash in on his celebrity. Indeed, his latter years were filled with charitable work.
By the way, I intentionally picked the headline for this post as a counterpoint to the title of Schwarzkopf's autobiography, It Doesn't Take A Hero. That may be true -- but Schwarzkopf's modesty cannot mask the fact that he was, in fact, a hero, a patriot, and a great American. Rest in peace, General.
I mean, the optics of this one are absolutely appalling -- which is why we can be sure that the MSM won't talk about it. But still, appointing a white man to replace an Asian-American when he had designated his an Asian-American protege as his choice to succeed him does look really bad.
Just as a thought experiment imagine what would happen if the following scenario played out
- A minority Republican Senator passes away.
- Choosing a successor is the responsibility of his states (white) (Republican) governor.
- The late Senator in question had formally made a request to the governor that a particular qualified individual (who also happens to be a minority) succeed him.
- The governor then proceeds to ignore the dying wish of the late Senator, and instead chooses his (white) Lt. Governor.
The question before the board is, Just how big would the resulting media firestorm be, anyway? Large enough to detect from orbit?
So let's compare this succession with how the most recent GOP opening/appointment played out.
H/T Race For 2016
Given that "African and Afro-American Studies" does not legitimately deserve to be considered an academic discipline, why are we surprised that there appear to be no academic standards for no-show classes in that field at one major university.
Earlier this year, The College Fix reported on the appalling lack of academic standards that had been revealed within the University of North Carolinas African and Afro-American Studies department. There was a rampant use of so-called no-show classes, where professors werent even showing up for classes, and were simply giving students phony grades. There was almost no accountability, despite widespread neglect and corruption. No one, it seems, wanted to question what was going on within the department.
This week, Inside Higher Ed, is reporting that the academic corruption was not limited to student-athletes, as some observers first suspected. Furthermore, the corruption at UNCs Afro-American Studies dept is more widespread, and has been going on for much longer than first reported:
The problem dates back to at least the mid-1990s at UNC -- and I'm sure that further investigation would take it back even further.
And for those who take offense at my questioning the legitimacy of the field of African and Afro-American Studies as an academic discipline, let me explain. It isn't that there is not a great deal to be studied in African and African-American culture -- there is. But to segregate that study into a Jim Crow department is wrong -- the study of the history of these great peoples should be undertaken in the History Department, the study of their literature properly belongs with the study of the literature of other peoples and cultures. By isolating the discipline, academia has created a separate and unequal system that is every bit as destructive -- though doubtlessly more kindly intended -- as that which existed before brown v. Board of Education.
And given the Jim Crow existence of these programs, is it any wonder that a scandal of this sort could happen?
One thing sure has changed -- in the Bible a taklking ass was a miracle. Today, a talking ass is simply another left-winger spewing his/her ignorance on CNN or MSNBC.
I'm curious -- when will this effete liberal loudmouth have the courage to urge the amending of the Qur'an to do away with jihad and ant-Semitism? Or does he recognize that such comments would put him at odds with his fellow liberals -- and endanger his life in a way that insulting the Constitution and the Bible does not.
Usually these stories don't make it to the attention of the media -- or are considered not to be newsworthy. So I applaud our local media here in Houston for reporting on this pair of incidents.
A woman is alive, thanks to the bravery and quick thinking of two strangers in Liberty County. And incredibly, it's not the only story of heroism to happen this week.
Just two days before Christmas, Gary Cherry says he drove around the corner on Route 105 and saw a man stabbing a woman in the middle of the road.
"Then we got up and came toward me and that's when I drew my gun. I told him to get on the ground," Cherry said.
The licensed gun owner says he held the man until Liberty County deputies arrived.
"They were glad I showed up when I did," he said.
That's one -- and here's the second.
And on Christmas Day in Cleveland, a neighbor with a concealed handgun license is being thanked for helping police arrest Demetrius Jackson. He is charged with burglary and accused of attacking two elderly women. The gun owner fired shots into the air and chased Jackson until officers could get there.
Most gun owners are law-abiding citizens. Most guns are not used in crimes. Self defense is a legitimate right -- from criminals, and from enemies foreign and domestic.
UPDATE: We've got one more -- this one resulting in a homeowner killing the burglar who wanted to clean out his fire-damaged home.
A suspected burglar is dead after he was shot by a man who decided to spend the night in his fire-damaged town home.
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At 2am Thursday, Gary Farmer heard the noise of a window breaking on his front porch. Moments later, he knew it was trouble.
"They came through the window. I told them to stop and get out of here and when they came in, I discharged my weapon on him," Farmer told Eyewitness News.
All this was the unintended consequence of a fire at the townhouse complex one night ago. It began in a stairwell and erupted to three alarms. Several units were destroyed and the rest of the building was left without power. All the residents but one left the block of town homes.
But Farmer was concerned about looters. Early Thursday morning, his concern was confirmed.
"I found out later the man was armed," said Farmer. "That's what they said, yes."
He has a concealed handgun permit and he's trained how to use it. While the case will be given to a grand jury, no charges are expected as this is a case of protecting life and property. But it's something he says he wishes had never happened.
One criminal, dead at the hands of his would-be victim. As it should be.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid accused the House of Representatives Thursday of being a "dictatorship" -- albeit an extremely poor one.
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"The American people I don't think understand the House of Representatives is operating without the House of Representatives," Reid said. "It's being operated by a dictatorship of the speaker, not allowing the vast majority of the House of Representatives to get what they want."
Is this the same Harry Reid whose Senate has failed to pass a budget since Obama took office? The same Harry Reid who is threatening to destroy the filibuster, which was described as an essential part of American democracy by Harry Reid when Republicans controlled the Senate? Is this the same Harry Reid who refuses to let House bills come up for a vote when they are sent to the Senate?
Yeah, I believe it is -- and his own shenanigans make him unfit for leadership, or to attack the incompetent Speaker of the House for being a "dictator".
Apparently these actual classroom teachers (not double and triple dipping union bosses like yourselves) think that packing heat in class is a good idea.
More than 200 Utah teachers are expected to pack a convention hall on Thursday for six hours of concealed-weapons training as organizers seek to arm more educators in the aftermath of the Connecticut school shooting.
The Utah Shooting Sports Council said it normally gathers a dozen teachers every year for instruction that's required to legally carry a concealed weapon in public places. The state's leading gun lobby decided to offer teachers the training at no charge to encourage turnout, and it worked.
Organizers who initially capped attendance at 200 were exceeding that number by Wednesday and scrambling to accommodate an overflow crowd.
You see, we agree with NRA head Wayne LaPierre -- it takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun. No educator should be placed in the position of the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary, who had only her unarmed body to throw at a murderous madman. I hope someone locally makes the same offer for teachers -- I will be there.
This is local news here in the Houston area, but it should be on the hearts and minds of every American. Former President George H. W. Bush, a decorated war hero with a long record of public service, has taken a turn for the worse after a month in a local hospital.
Former President George H.W. Bush is in the intensive care unit at Methodist Hospital, fighting a stubborn fever that is on the rise.
As a result, he is now on a liquids-only diet, family spokesman Jim McGrath said.
The 88-year-old Bush was moved to ICU on Sunday. Doctors continue to treat his fever with Tylenol, but still haven't nailed down a cause for the fever.
McGrath said Bush remains upbeat as he continues to receive visitors.
"All the kids are making their own plans to come back to Houston to visit him and help him rally -- rally to recovery," said McGrath.
The prayers of this household -- both the right and left wings of it -- are keeping the 41st President of the United States and his family in prayer tonight.
The Washington Metropolitan Police Department is investigating Meet the Press host David Gregory for a potential violation of the District of Columbias gun laws, a spokesman for the department confirmed to The Hill.
While interviewing National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre on Sunday, Gregory held up what appeared to be a 30-round magazine to ask if it should be banned. The cartridge is illegal in Washington, D.C., where Meet the Press is filmed.
David Gregory needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. So does every staff member who helped acquire or handled the illegal magazine. After all, the law must be equally applied.
During the same broadcast Gregory came out against guns in school as being detrimental to student safety. When will he publicly demand that the 11 member armed security force at Sidwell Friends School -- the ritzy private school his kids attend -- be abolished? When will he publicly demand that President Obama order his daughters' Secret Service details to stay at least 1000 yards from the school's campus because their weapons are a danger to every student at the school -- or that Sidwell Friends School expel the Obama girls in the interest of guaranteeing a safe gun-free campus for the rest of the student body? For that matter, what is a Quaker school doing allowing weapons on campus in the first place, given that faith's pacifist leanings? Or does the situation at Sidwell Friends School constitute one more example of hypocrisy, where the liberal elite obtains for their own children what they actively seek to deny to the children of the common man and woman?
Some of us have been noting this "minor detail" about the Palestinians for years -- it is nice to see it brought to the forefront by a major group that deals with human rights.
Gaza militants violated laws of war by launching hundreds of rockets at Israeli civilians during last month's fighting, Human Rights Watch said in a release Monday.
The Israeli military said 1,500 rockets were fired at Israel during the eight-day offensive against Gaza militants, including the first rockets from the Gaza Strip to strike the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem areas.
The rocket attacks killed three Israeli civilians and wounded dozens. Israeli assaults killed 169 Palestinians.
"Palestinian armed groups made clear in their statements that harming civilians was their aim," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at the New York-based rights group. "There is simply no legal justification for launching rockets at populated areas."
Unfortunately, the rest of the international community doesn't give a damn that about war crimes directed against Jews -- after all, the Terrorstinians were rewarded with statehood by the United Nations in the immediate aftermath of those crimes against humanity.
It seems that the post-Holocaust promise of "Never Again" has become obsolete and been replaced with "Any Time And Ay Way You Want To Kill Jews It Is OK With Us!"
Not, of course, that Human Rights Watch isn't complicit in this international conspiracy against the Israel. Last week they falsely claimed that Israel targeted civilian media -- despite the fact that the same buildings housing those media outlets contained Hamas military targets.
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This is from the UK -- but does anyone doubt that we would find something similar here in the United States?
When it comes to Christmas, it might be safe to assume children will ask Santa for an extensive list of toys, games and treats.
But a survey of their typical lists for Father Christmas has shown many have more serious concerns, requesting "a dad" instead.
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Despite their material requests, the tenth most popular Christmas wish on the list was a "Dad".
Sadly, we have as a society conspired to make fathers optional -- illegitimacy and divorce have contributed to an epidemic of absentee fathers that leaves so many children without a father. Even more sadly, many men choose to not become involved with unattached women with children because of the problems created by ex husbands, ex-boyfriends, and assorted baby-daddys -- and because of an unwillingness to to shoulder the burden of fatherhood for a child not their own.
This story is a sad one at Christmas time -- but also an appropriate one. After all, consider this family.
Consider this father and son.
Doesn't this day mark the birth of a child without a father? Don't the events we commemorate at Christmas include a man willing to step in and raise that child -- love that child -- as his own? It seems to me that our society is desperately in need of an army of latter-day St. Josephs if we are ever to meet the need that these children are crying out to have filled in their lives this Christmas. Let it be our prayer that they will be supplied.
2:1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled.
2 This was the first enrollment, when Quirin'i-us was governor of Syria.
3 And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,
5 to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
6 And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered.
7 And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
8 And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.
10 And the angel said to them, "Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people;
11 for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger."
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!"
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us."
16 And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child;
18 and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.
19 But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Former Democrat Senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart offers what he thinks is a scholarly basis for keeping guns out of the hands of the common people while still pretending that the Second Amendment is being respected. He -- like many anti-gunnites -- argues that this provision of the Bill of Rights protects no right belonging to the American people at all, but rather one that belngs to states and their National Guard units.
The National Guard, created in the late nineteenth century, is the historically well-established heir of the Constitutional militia. It is professionally trained and equipped, and it is composed of citizen-soldiers as the Founders intended. A number of its members maintain the early American tradition of personal gun ownership. Few if any National Guardsmen and women use those privately-owned weapons against their fellow citizens. Their military weapons are maintained in protected arsenals. We last saw them in public as the National Guard patrolled our airports and public facilities following 9/11. That is exactly their mission and purpose under the U.S. Constitution, not as follow-on forces for the standing military in foreign adventures.
Those who promote wholesale distribution of weapons -- whose only purpose is assault on human targets -- as necessary to protect American citizens against their own democratically-elected government are guilty of the worst kind of fear-mongering. It requires propagation of the pernicious and sinister myth that the president, the Congress, the officers and troops of our military services, all of whom have taken an oath to support and defend the Constitution, the National Guard and Reserves, the state patrols and city police forces, all will suddenly decide to form a dictatorship and crush our Republic. It is preposterous beyond the fringes of fantasy.
Wishes for a world without guns are noble, and doomed. At least America's Founders would have thought so. But instead of politicians defending a fictional "right" to bear military weapons, whether out of conviction or fear, it would be more American and humane to spend our time considering and protecting the rights of our children to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To promote the continued unregulated sale of military weapons to nervous, often frightened, and sometimes deranged individuals while advocating armed guards in every schoolhouse door is a cruel, and unconstitutional, delusion.
When grown-ups once again return to government in our nation we will limit military weapons to the military, including the 21st century militia, the National Guard, and make our first priority the long life, safety, and security of America's children.
Of course, Hart has the whole thing precisely wrong. I'll get into the views of the Founders later on in this piece, but for the moment let me just show you how his argument that the Second Amendment applies only to the National Guard is wrong. All one has to do is look at the rest of the Bill of Rights to see where Hart has gone wrong on this one. After all, there are five times that rights are stated to belong to "the people".
If the right guaranteed to "the people" in the Second Amendment is fulfilled by allowing National Guard members to have weapons, then presumably every other instance where "the people" is used in the Bill of Rights is also fulfilled by limiting that right to the members of the National Guard.
And if one instead replaces members of the National Guard with "state government", then the same problem remains, and in the case of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, the resulting construction makes no sense at all.
So as you can see, in every other case where a right is mentioned as belonging to "the people", it is granted to the public as a whole rather than some select subset. To argue that a term that consistently meant one thing four other times in the Bill of Rights means something different the fifth time it was used is illogical.
Of course, there is also the argument that the Founders would never have countenanced the idea that "the people" as a whole should have military grade weapons. Setting aside the fact that in the Revolutionary era the people did own such weapons -- most members of the Continental Army fought with their own weapons, not government owned guns -- there are the words of the Founders themselves.
[The] governor [is] constitutionally the commander of the militia of the State, that is to say, of every man in it able to bear arms.
Got that -- the militia is every man in the state able to bear arms. Updated to our day to reflect the equal status of women, EVERY PERSON IN THE STATE ABLE TO BEAR ARMS is a part of the militia, which means that the Second Amendment does confer an individual right.
Similarly, Jefferson clearly supported the right of the people to rise up and throw off a tyrannical government -- as if we did not know that would be the position of the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence, Indeed, he made it clear that he expected it to happen on some regular basis.
"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ... And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."
Apparently Gary Hart does not consider Thomas Jefferson and those who believe as he clearly did to be "grown-ups" fit to lead our nation. There were Gary harts in Jefferson's day -- they were called "Tories" and they supported the British Crown and opposed American independence. They were expelled from this country at the end of the Revolution -- would that we could do the same today.
And lest there be any question, Jefferson was similarly opposed to what would today be called "gun control" and the disarming of the citizenry.
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
One can imagine what he would say about "gun-free zones" like schools like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where his point was more than adequately proved.
Or perhaps we could consider Thomas Paine.
"[A]rms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. . . Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them."
And yet Gary Hart would ensure that such horrid mischief as what was seen at Sandy Hook occurs time and again -- and that the people have no way of stopping horrid mischief by the government and its leaders.
How about Samuel Adams?
And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress . . . to prevent the people of the United States, who are peacable citizens, from keeping their own arms. . . .
Richard Henry Lee, who introduced the resolution for independence in 1776, had the following to say on the matter of an armed citizenry -- and of limiting the bearing of arms (by which he meant military grade weapons) to only a standing militia rather than the citizenry as a whole.
To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms... The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle.
The whole body of the people must possess arms, not some select group under control of politicians -- and any argument to the contrary is one premised upon undoing the republic established under the Constitution. What would Lee make of Hart's argument? I think that is clear.
It should be clear by now that Hart's argument as to the intent of the Founders is without merit. But let me bring forward one more quote against Hart's position -- that of George Washington, whose position on the matter of an armed citizenry is so clear as to settle the matter.
A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined.
Game, set, and match to the Founders and the right of individual citizens to keep and bear arms. You, Senator Hart, and your fellow anti-gunnites, are dismissed as arguing contrary to the Constitution of the United States.
I'll let it stand without comment -- and specifically commend to you the section on arming teachers and administrators.
PRINCE Harry has killed his first Taliban commander, The Sun can reveal.
The 28-year-old gunship co-pilot was called on to unleash a missile strike to eliminate a senior terror leader.
Harry has proved a massive hit with comrades in Helmand, Afghanistan, who have nicknamed him Big H.
A defence insider said: Big H is a legend.
We were on patrol and the Apache helicopters were called in. We heard this posh voice come over the radio and knew it was Big H. They were tracking a Taliban leader he was commander level.
The Apache then let off some Hellfire missiles and its 30mm cannon and boom. It was Big H all the way.
The Sun understands the decisive strike occurred in late October during a partnered patrol with Afghan troops hunting the Taliban chief.
Gunship co-pilot Harry is on tour in Helmand and has been flying daily combat missions helping troops in contact the code given when ground forces are engaged by enemy fighters.
For the fourth straight year, my colleagues and I from the Watcher's Council have won the Best Blog Ring award in the annual Fabulous Fifty Blog Awards competition run by blogger extraordinaire Doug Ross!
Please notice the snazzy addition to the left column of the blog to commemorate this feat.
Here are this weeks full results:
See you next week!
First it was local blogger and Democrat Party leader John Cobarruvias calling for the murder of NRA leaders and supporters. Now it is an anonymous coward threatening to murder the owner of one of Houston's largest gun stores.
A Harris County gun shop owner received a letter Saturday threatening him, his family and his employees.
"Live by the gun. Die by the gun. You will not live to see Easter," reads the typed letter that was mailed Thursday in Houston and arrived Saturday at Jim Pruett's Guns & Ammo.
Jim Pruett was photographed and quoted in the Houston Chronicle last week saying that restricting sales of military-style arms wouldn't prevent tragedies like the Connecticut massacre. "All it's going to do is make it difficult for law-abiding citizens to get the best protection they can for their home against, especially in Texas, gangs motivated by the drug cartel," Pruett said in the Wednesday article.
He said Saturday they were taking the threat from the threat signed by a "Newtown-inspired marksman" seriously.
Well, this "Newtown-inspired marksman" had better remember that he is going up against a heavily-armed target. Maybe that is why this coward makes much of being a marksman -- he obviously is such a testicle-deficient coward not willing to meet Pruett face to face.
Only days after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the head of the nations third-largest teachers union is blaming Teach For America for helping kill and disenfranchise children.
Karen Lewis, head of the Chicago Teachers Union, bashed the national organization and one of its vice presidents, David Rosenberg, in a message that appears on the blog of educational policy analyst Diane Ravitch.
We in Chicago have been the victims of their experiments on our children since the current secretary of Education ran CPS, Lewis writes, calling Teach For America a group of education missionaries who view teaching in poor communities as a stepping stone to a more lucrative career.
Let's see -- Chicago Public Schools are among the worst in the country, and Teach For America interns have been demonstrated to be highly effective in improving the learning of students with whom they work. The big objection by union
thug Karen Lewis is that they are not dues-paying members of her protection racket union. After all, if the criminal syndicate doesn't get its pay, how is Ms. Lewis going to get her more than $200K pay check? Frankly, Karen Lewis is Exhibit A in the case for a national Right To Work law for public employees.
The gist of his argument is that since there are no gun shops in his city, he can send Chicago cops to raid them outside of the city limits of Chicago.
Sneed is told that Mayor Rahm Emanuel isnt waiting for federal or state governments to act on gun control.
◆Translation: The mayor, who supports a ban on assault weapons, is planning a crackdown on suburban gun shops that sell to straw purchasers people who buy guns for those who cant legally own them and it could include police stings on suburban gun shops.
◆To wit: Although there are no gun shops in Chicago, a top mayoral source tells Sneed that Rahm has ordered Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and the city corporation counsels office to begin using the citys own authority to stem such gun sales by shops outside the city.
Now remember -- the authority of the city of Chicago and its police officers extends only to the city limits of Chicago. Any effort to raid a gun store outside of Chicago -- or sting operations conducted outside of the city limits -- will exceed the authority of the city and its law enforcement officers and will be done under color lof law.
There is a federal statute that deals with such activity -- and it was passed in the 1870s to deal with Democrat officials who acted contrary to the rights of Americans. While officially called the Enforcement Act of 1871 and sometimes referred to as the Civil Rights Act of 1871, it is more commonly known as the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871. Updated and currently codified as 42 U.S.C. § 1983, it reads as follows:
Every person who under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, Suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer's judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable. For the purposes of this section, any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District of Columbia.
Cutting through all the legalese, when Mayor Emanuel and his storm troopers start engaging in actions outside the city limits of Chicago, they individually become liable for money damages in their personal capacity due to their having violated individual rights while claiming to have acted under authority of the law.
And you know, applying this law against a prominent Democrat like the mayor of Chicago would be quite appropriate -- after all, it was a Republican Congress who passed the original statute to rein-in the abuse of power by Democrat-dominated government and Democrat elected officials.
During his press conference today, called to announce his new gun control task force, President Obama invoked the Newtown massacre to apply pressure on congressional Republicans in the fiscal cliff standoff.OBAMA: If this past week has done anything it should give us some perspective. I-I-I-If theres one thing we should have, after this week, it should be a sense of perspective about whats important. And I would like to think that members of that caucus would say to themselves You know what, I disagree with the president on some things. We wish the other guy had won. Were gonna fight him on a whole range of issues over the next four years. We think his philosophy is all screwed up. But right now, what the country needs is for us to compromise, get a deficit reduction deal in place, make sure middle class taxes dont go up, make sure that were laying the foundations for growth, give certainty to businesses large and small, not put ourselves through some sort of self-inflicted crisis every six months, allow ourselves time to focus on things like preventing the tragedy in Newtown from happening again, focus on issues like energy and immigration reform, all the things that will make a determination as to whether our country grows over the next four years, ten years, 20 years, and if we could just pull back from the immediate political battles, if ya peel off the partisan war paint, then we should be able to get something done.
I think, I think the Speaker would like to get that done. But an environment needs to be created not just among House Republicans but among Senate Republicans that says the campaign is over and lets see if we can do whats right for the country, at least for the next month! And then, we can re-engage in all the other battles that theyll wanna fight.
So got that dead kids mean you have to go along with Obama on every issue or you are disrespecting them memory or something.
But then again, given that Obama pimped out the dead by sending a fundraising email to his supporters with a link to his
eulogy campaign speech at the memorial service for the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, are we really surprised by his disrespect for the dead AND the American political process?
Ive joked on the site about press and media control but apparently there are now those on the Left (and Joe Scarborough hasnt been on the Right for a long time now) who believe we need to impose government censorship on the media!
People in the White House understand this; they're going to have to go to Hollywood -- their base -- and say, 'You guys are a part of this too. You're going to have to come to the table and you either enforce yourselves, or we may have to take some steps."
Wow having gotten some encouragement to undermine the Second Amendment, they are now emboldened to go after the First Amendment as well.
Which explains why we need the Second Amendment in the first place.
If you want military style weapons for protection from the government that's evidence that you may not be well enough to have those guns.
Presumably Touré will soon be seeking to establish American analogs to the Serbsky Central Research Institute for Forensic Psychiatry in Soviet Russia, where dissidents from liberalism may be diagnosed and treated for their deviant mental states.
The National Rifle Association, while staying mostly quiet in the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting in Connecticut, has registered an average of 8,000 new members a day since the tragedy, an NRA source told Fox News.
While this broadly aligns with trends seen after similar incidents in the past, the surge in membership this time is said to dwarf past trends.
The source, based on his access to an internal memo prepared by the organizations membership division, said both the number of individual contributions to the NRA and their average amount have risen significantly in this period.
Given that the NRA has increased in its membership since Newtown, is it truly fair to call it extremist or out of step with mainstream American opinion?
During a press conference on gun control yesterday, Rep. Jim Himes D-Conn. blasted Texas Governor Rick Perry for vocally supporting Second Amendment rights for American citizens after the horrific school shooting in Connecticut.
So the notion that more Americans quote unquote in the words of Governor Perry, packing heat will make us safer is not founded in reality, in facts or in history, Himes said bitterly during a press conference. It is founded in the fantasy of testosterone laden individuals who have blood on their hands for articulating that idea.
Congressman Hines if you cant support the Constitution, please resign. After all, doing otherwise puts you in violation of your oath of office.
Yesterday, the great disgrace to the Houston are caused by the requirement to create majority-minority districts, Sheila Jackson Lee, declared that if one wants to be a part of America one needs to turn in ones guns. Well, thank God that some of her constituents decided that they didnt want to be a part of Queen Sheilas version of America (as opposed to the version of America created by the US Constitution).
A man was shot and killed at a southeast Houston house near the TSU campus after police said he attempted to rob the residents.
Around 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Houston police responded to a home invasion call at a house in the 3000 block of Wentworth Street near Scott Street. When police arrived, they found an 18-year-old man dead in the living room, which had been converted into a four-unit apartment.
According to detectives, the suspect forced his way into the front door of a downstairs unit and held the residents at gunpoint, including a husband, wife and a 2-year-old child.
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After the armed home invader attempted to rob the residents, police said the homeowner managed to get his own gun and shoot the suspect.
The matter will, as a matter of course, go to a grand jury where it will almost certainly be no-billed.
In the eyes of their congresswoman, the residents of that house were not a part of America. In the eyes of real Americans, those residents acted in the best tradition of America and its Constitution something we cannot say about Sheila Jackson Lee.
You know, there really isn't a good reason for failing to take steps to live a greener life. Even if one rejects ideas like global warming, there are still positive benefits to a taking steps that cut back on energy usage and/or pollution. After all, who wants to breath dirty air, drink dirty water, or spend money one does need to spend when a few changes in one's lifestyle or surroundings will improve things without significant inconvenience? Why not look for a green deal that will make your life better?Continue to be enlightened while reading "Energy Savings Tips" Ā»
As an example, when we fixed up our home after the hurricane four years ago, we made some decision that made our home greener. We made sure that the outer walls were insulated, and that there was a bit more insulation in the attic than there was before. We got a more efficient air conditioning unit than we had prior to the storm, and replaced our heater with one that would conserve energy as well. Our hot water heater was even an improvement on what we had before, and our windows have a better rating than the old ones did. The result has been significant savings on our energy bills just because we made some simple choices that added up to big savings in the long run.
Now you don't have to wait for a storm to blow through and do major damage to make some changes. You can find yourself a green deal scheme from a reputable contractor who will fix you right up for a good price. Think about it -- double glazing your windows and doors can save you a lot in a relatively short time. More efficient light fixtures can drop the cost of your electric bill as well. It won't be long until the improvements you make will pay for themselves while the savings go on -- and who can argue with that?
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I've long admired the scholarship of Robert Bork and the patriotism he showed by accepting Ronald Reagan's nomination to the Supreme Court, fighting for confirmation, and continuing to be a vibrant contributor to our nation's intellectual life following his unprincipled rejection by men and women unfit to be in the same room with him.
Robert Bork, the former federal judge whose Reagan-era nomination to the Supreme Court touched off one of the roughest confirmation battles in modern U.S. history, has died.
Family members said Bork, 85, died early Wednesday morning. He had a history of heart problems and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung condition.
I shall not rehash the ugliness that was manifested when Bork was nominated to the Supreme Court -- others have and will do so.
Instead I will note that Bork's significance is found more in his having been a trailblazer for conservative jurists and conservative legal philosophy and scholarship. His ill-treatment by partisans awakened and emboldened those who believe in the Constitution as it was written and intended by the Framers. The result has been a movement that has beaten back those who would make the courts into an ongoing constitutional convention that lacks the legitimacy of the consent of the governed. This is the case because he dared to stand firm and become a martyr rather than quietly withdraw from the field of intellectual battle.
May he rest in peace, warmly regarded in the hearts of American patriots.
After all, once you put the government in charge of health care is there really a limit to what they can do?
The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has suspended a candidate after an uproar when he wrote that it should be mandatory to kill all disabled unborn children. Geoffrey Clark wrote on his website that women carrying children suspected of serious disabilities like Downs syndrome and spina bifida should be forced to have abortions in order to cut back on health care costs. He also called for legalization of euthanasia, free euthanasia counselling for people over 80 years old, and the introduction of a two-child population control policy.
Clark, a 66-year-old chartered accountant wrote in his political manifesto that the government should review the National Health Services expenditures, saying the review should re-examine the pregnancy abortion time limit. Consider compulsory abortion when the foetus is detected as having Downs, spina bifida or similar syndrome which, if it is born, will render the child a burden on the state as well as on the family.
Don't be surprised when it happens here.
And it only took six weeks after the election for the decision to be announced publicly that the US government will sell its share in GM at a loss.
GM said it would pay $27.50 per share in the buyback deal, reflecting a 7.9% premium over Wednesdays closing price of $25.59. The company will record a $400-million charge on its balance sheet in the fourth quarter.
At that share price, the government will take a loss. The government, which said it would sell the rest of its shares in an orderly fashion in the market, needed to sell its 500 million remaining shares at a price of about $53 to break even. Now, the government must sell its remaining 300 million at a price of nearly $70 to break even.
Got that it will only take the price of the remaining stock tripling for the taxpayer not to take a loss. But during the campaign we were told that the taxpayer had not lost a dime on the GM bailout. I guess that was, technically, true we wont lose our shirt until after the grafter in the White House is sworn in for his second term.
Im shocked that anyone would even question that fact.
A federal appeals court yesterday sided with the publisher of the Santa Barbara News-Press in a long-running labor dispute between the newspaper and reporters who were fired after they complained about its editorial practices.
The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the newspapers publisher was protected by the First Amendment when it dismissed eight reporters and disciplined others who claimed the owner was interfering with news coverage.
The reporters claimed they were illegally fired for union activity and legitimate complaints about their terms of employment. But the court found the dispute was all about editorial control.
The First Amendment affords a publisher not a reporter absolute authority to shape a newspapers content, Judge Stephen Williams wrote for the three-judge panel.
I hope the Supreme Court takes this one up and affirms the DC Circuits decision.
Not only that, but Houston area blogger and Texas State Democratic Executive Committee member John Cobarruvias offered an insincere apology for calling for the murder of Americans who have different political views than he does.
While the nation is united in grief over the senseless tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, the shootings have reignited a dividing debate about gun control. Many are taking to social media to express their opinions and they are not without controversy.
A tweet was circulated this weekend. It was posted by local Democratic Party precinct chair who wants tightened gun control, but the way he voiced it is another matter .
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What happened in Newtown has elevated rhetoric in the debate for and against gun control. The starkest example is a tweet posted after the shooting by a Houston member of the Texas Democratic Party's state executive committee. John Cobarruvias, who was elected to the party committee, wrote "Can we now shoot the NRA and everyone who defends them?"
We spoke to Cobarruvias by phone Monday.
"I think my emotions got the best of me on this one. I don't think it was the right thing to do. And that's just my personal opinion, I don't think it was the right thing," he said.
Cobarruvias says it was not a death threat. He also supports tighter gun control in the wake of the deaths of 20 elementary school students.
Lets see figuratively roll the tape on this one and remember what he said.
Lets see he muses about killing members of a legal organization and its supporters while using a hashtag that ostensibly calls for prayer. He then explicitly rejects prayer and calls for action. Then he labels the NRA as terrorists. It isnt that hard to draw a connection between the three, and it looks like this Prayer is ineffective, so we need to take action by killing those who support legal ownership because they are terrorists responsible for the deaths of innocent children.
His Facebook status is equally clear in his desire to see political opponents killed off, so he cannot realistically claim that it was an unfortunate error typed out and posted in haste. Especially given his past calls for violence against political opponents.
But one does have to ask why the Texas Democratic Party has not publicly put distance between itself and Cobarruvias perhaps even seeking his resignation from the State Democratic Executive Committee, the top party policy making body in the state. Similarly, one wonders why the Harris County Democrats have not done something similar.
ASIDE TO CHANNEL 13 HEADLINE WRITER: When an article is about a leader of one of the two major political parties in the state being caught calling for the mass murder of American citizens because of their beliefs about the US Constitution, is it really fair to give it the headline Mass shooting at Newtown elementary school reignites debate over gun control. After all, the article is not about the debate over gun control it is about terroristic threats.
ASIDE TO CHANNEL 13 REPORTER DEBORAH WRIGLEY: You call this piece journalism? So much for the notion of hard-hitting reporting and ferreting out wrong-doers! You let the guilty party wriggle off the hook, and ignored a long history of such extreme statements.
A REMINDER OF JOHN'S PAST WRITINGS from my buddy Robbie over at Urban Grounds.
Frankly, I find the results of this poll disheartening.
Only 17 percent of Americans approve of how the GOP is handling negotiations, while 69 percent disapprove, according to a new CBS News poll. Fifty percent disapprove of how Obama and congressional Democrats are negotiating, while 38 percent approve.
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An overwhelming majority of Americans 69 percent continue to support raising taxes on all income above $250,000 a year, with even a majority of Republicans supporting such a deal. Only 45 percent support reducing government benefits for people like you, with 48 percent opposed.
Fine if the American people really want those tax increases and no spending cuts, lets give it to them. As Ive noted in the past and as Senator Rand Paul has suggested there is an easy way to do this. Let the Democrats introduce their plan and let them have a vote. In the House, make sure that all (or at least enough) GOP congressmen vote PRESENT when the bill is brought to a vote, so that it is enacted with by an entirely Democrat majority. In the Senate, dont filibuster and let the Democrats enact the Presidents plan. Be sure, of course, to make floor speeches that make it clear why you are doing what you are doing and why.
And then wait for the inevitable consequences of the policies enacted by the Democrats and signed by the President. The spending will go on unabated, the increased taxes will be ineffective in bringing down the deficit and the debt, and ObamaCare will damage the health care system. By 2016 if not by 2014 the American people should be able to recognize that they were sold a bill of goods by Obama and the Democrats in 2012 (and, to be honest, in 2008 as well).
The result should be a realigning election the likes of which has not been seen since FDR won in 1932 this one embracing conservative economic principles.
Bloomberg responded by saying, There are dumb statements and then there are stupid statements I dont know what the gun would have done.
Well, Michael, the gun could have done nothing, given that it was an inanimate object (for the record, the same was true of the guns used by the murderous madman it was the man and not the object that killed last Friday). But in the hands of a teacher or administrator intent upon protecting the children of that school, a gun could and very likely would have protected those children from the slaughter that ensued in the absence of a gun in the hand of a law-abiding administrator.
And for those who argue that it was better that the educators not be armed and instead wait for law enforcement personnel to arrive, consider that it took 20 minutes for cops to arrive at the school. In the words of Instapundit, When seconds count, the police are only
minutes a third of an hour away.
After all, they are a tax exempt church? Can something be done about this tax exemption because of what they preach? Eugene Volokh takes up this question and answers in the negative.
Theres a petition so urging (with 30,000 signatures); theres another petition asking that the church be [l]egally recognize[d] ... as a hate group and subject to some form of imposed regulation. Is such stripping of a tax exemption based on the groups hate viewpoint, or other similar regulation, constitutional?
Why does Volokh argue that a viewpoint-based lifting of the tax exemption of the Fred Phelps Cult is impermissible?
[T]he government may not impose viewpoint-based restrictions on the use of tax-deductible contributions, or on other tax exemptions. See, e.g., Rosenberger v. University of Virginia (1994); Speiser v. Randall (1958). [R]egulation[s] and removals of tax-exempt status targeting groups because they are supposedly hate groups would indeed be viewpoint-based and would thus violate the First Amendment.
But Im not so sure that this is answer is correct in light of Bob Jones University v. United States (1983).
Charitable exemptions are justified on the basis that the exempt entity confers a public benefit - a benefit which the society or the community may not itself choose or be able to provide, or which supplements and advances the work of public institutions already supported by tax revenues. History buttresses logic to make clear that, to warrant exemption under 501(c)(3), an institution must fall within a category specified in that section and must demonstrably serve and be in harmony with the public interest. The institution's purpose must not be so at odds with the common community conscience as to undermine any public benefit that might otherwise be conferred.
Which leads to me to ask the question that is implicit in the petition above does Westboro Baptist Church demonstrably serve and [operate] in harmony with the public interest, or does it in fact operate in such a manner as to be so at odds with the common community conscience as to undermine any public benefit that might otherwise be conferred? One could certainly make the argument that it does not.
Which is not, in my opinion, a good reason to strip this malignant cult of its tax exempt status. To do so would open up every church and charity to such scrutiny, and would allow, for example, the revocation of tax exemptions for pro-life religious groups, religious groups that do not allow for female clergy, and (depending upon pending Supreme Court decisions on the redefinition of marriage) religious groups that reject and refuse to sanction same-sex marriages. Is that a threshold we as a society wish to cross with regard to the First Amendment? I would argue we dare not do so and urge the Obama Administration not to act in a fashion that undermines the religious freedom of every American.
When I still taught English, one of my favorite pieces of writing to teach was Garrett Hongo's Kubota, a memoir about his grandfather, who was interned as a suspected Japanese collaborator in the wake of Pearl Harbor. In this piece, the author recounts the emphasis his grandfather put on keeping alive the memory of how Japanese and Japanese-Americans were treated by the Roosevelt Administration during WWII. One part always leaped out at me as I read the story each year.
But Kubota would not let it go. In session after session, for months it seemed, he pounded away at his story. He wanted to tell me the names of the FBI agents. He went over their questions and his responses again and again. He'd tell me how one would try to act friendly toward him, offering him cigarettes, while the other, who hounded him with accusations and threats, left the interrogation room. "Good cop/bad cop," I thought to myself, already superficially streetwise from stories black classmates told of the Watts riots and from myself having watched too many episodes of Dragnet and The Mod Squad. But Kubota was not interested in my experiences. I was not made yet and he was determined that his stories be part of my making. He spoke quietly at first, mildly, but once into his narrative and after his drink was down, his voice would rise and quaver with resentment and he'd make his accusations. He gave his testimony to me and I held it at first cautiously in my conscience like it was an heirloom too delicate to expose to strangers and anyone outside of the world Kubota made with his words. "I give you story now," he once said, "and you learn speak good, eh?" It was my job, as the disciple of his preaching I had then become, Ananda to his Buddha, to reassure him with a promise. "You learn speak good like the Dillingham," he'd say another time, referring to the wealthy scion of the grower family who had once run, unsuccessfully, for one of Hawai'i's first senatorial seats. Or he'd then invoke a magical name, the name of one of his heroes, a man he thought particularly exemplary and righteous. "Learn speak dah good Ing-rish like Mistah Inouye," Kubota shouted, "He lick dah Dillingham even in debate. 1 saw on terre-bision myself." He was remembering the debates before the first senatorial election just before Hawai'i was admitted to the Union as its fiftieth state. "You tell story," Kubota would end. And I had my injunction.
And that story came rushing back to me a few moments ago when I discovered that Mistah Inouye -- Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) -- had passed away at the age of 88 following a brief illness. And may I say that I feel a deep sense of loss upon learning of the gentleman's demise, despite holding political views quite different from his.
Daniel Inouye, you see, was a great man, and a patriot.
And I say that not simply because of his long service in the Senate, which literally encompassed my entire lifetime plus a little less than two months. I say that because of his other service to this country -- service that personally cost him a great deal.
On December 7, 1941, the seventeen-year-old with the ambition to become a surgeon rushed to render aid to those who were wounded in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Two years later, while a pre-med student at the University of Hawaii, Daniel Inouye left off his studies and enlisted in the US Army when the military's ban on Japanese-Americans was dropped. He was assigned to what became one of the most storied units to serve in Europe -- the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an all-Japanese unit which took part in some of the fiercest fighting in the European Theater. Inouye himself became a part of the legend that is the 442nd, when a pair of silver dollars in his shirt pocket stopped a bullet right above his heart.
But that incident, in which he cheated death, was not the most remarkable aspect of Inouye's service. On April 21, 1945 -- only a couple weeks before the end of the war in Europe -- Daniel Inouye showed a degree of valor that put him among the elite of military heroes.
Second Lieutenant Daniel K. Inouye distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 21 April 1945, in the vicinity of San Terenzo, Italy. While attacking a defended ridge guarding an important road junction, Second Lieutenant Inouye skillfully directed his platoon through a hail of automatic weapon and small arms fire, in a swift enveloping movement that resulted in the capture of an artillery and mortar post and brought his men to within 40 yards of the hostile force. Emplaced in bunkers and rock formations, the enemy halted the advance with crossfire from three machine guns. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Second Lieutenant Inouye crawled up the treacherous slope to within five yards of the nearest machine gun and hurled two grenades, destroying the emplacement. Before the enemy could retaliate, he stood up and neutralized a second machine gun nest. Although wounded by a sniper's bullet, he continued to engage other hostile positions at close range until an exploding grenade shattered his right arm. Despite the intense pain, he refused evacuation and continued to direct his platoon until enemy resistance was broken and his men were again deployed in defensive positions. In the attack, 25 enemy soldiers were killed and eight others captured. By his gallant, aggressive tactics and by his indomitable leadership, Second Lieutenant Inouye enabled his platoon to advance through formidable resistance, and was instrumental in the capture of the ridge. Second Lieutenant Inouye's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.
That is the official citation that accompanied Daniel Inouye being awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor -- and if anything, it fails to do him justice. The version found in Wikipedia fleshes out the story much more.
On April 21, 1945, Inouye was grievously wounded while leading an assault on a heavily-defended ridge near San Terenzo in Tuscany, Italy called Colle Musatello. The ridge served as a strongpoint along the strip of German fortifications known as the Gothic Line, which represented the last and most dogged line of German defensive works in Italy. As he led his platoon in a flanking maneuver, three German machine guns opened fire from covered positions just 40 yards away, pinning his men to the ground. Inouye stood up to attack and was shot in the stomach; ignoring his wound, he proceeded to attack and destroy the first machine gun nest with hand grenades and fire from his Thompson submachine gun. After being informed of the severity of his wound by his platoon sergeant, he refused treatment and rallied his men for an attack on the second machine gun position, which he also successfully destroyed before collapsing from blood loss.
As his squad distracted the third machine gunner, Inouye crawled toward the final bunker, eventually drawing within 10 yards. As he raised himself up and cocked his arm to throw his last grenade into the fighting position, a German inside fired a rifle grenade that struck him on the right elbow, severing most of his arm and leaving his own primed grenade reflexively "clenched in a fist that suddenly didn't belong to me anymore". Inouye's horrified soldiers moved to his aid, but he shouted for them to keep back out of fear his severed fist would involuntarily relax and drop the grenade. As the German inside the bunker reloaded his rifle, Inouye pried the live grenade from his useless right hand and transferred it to his left. As the German aimed his rifle to finish him off, Inouye tossed the grenade off-hand into the bunker and destroyed it. He stumbled to his feet and continued forward, silencing the last German resistance with a one-handed burst from his Thompson before being wounded in the leg and tumbling unconscious to the bottom of the ridge. When he awoke to see the concerned men of his platoon hovering over him, his only comment before being carried away was to gruffly order them to return to their positions, since, as he pointed out, "nobody called off the war!"
The remainder of Inouye's mutilated right arm was later amputated at a field hospital without proper anesthesia, as he had been given too much morphine at an aid station and it was feared any more would lower his blood pressure enough to kill him.
Inouye would remain in the Army for another two years -- and in the course of his medical treatment would become friends with two other seriously wounded soldiers, Lt. Colonel Phil Hart and 2nd Lieutenant Bob Dole. The three would later serve together in the United States Senate.
It seems to be a mere afterthought to note that at the time of his death, Daniel Inouye was in his ninth term as a US Senator and was also the President Pro Tem of the US Senate, which placed him third in line for the presidency, behind the Vice President and the Speaker of the House.
So yes, I am sitting at my keyboard weeping unashamedly upon learning of the death of an officeholder of the other party. How can I not do that honor for such a great man? Our nation has lost a truly great man.
After all, weve learned much more about abuse of the First Amendment and seen much more of it in the coverage of the Sandy Hook massacre than we did abuse of the Second Amendment.
The founding fathers never envisioned the damage that could be done by a 24-hour news cycle. The media incentivizes killers by giving them attention, and they put innocent people in danger. Clearly, we cannot sit by and hope this situation will improve. How many more deaths will it take before someone does something?
I know what you're thinking: Free societies are inherently messy. And what about the First Amendment?
I'm not suggesting we completely abolish the media. But perhaps we should curtail it. Isn't it time for some common sense media control?
Like I said Saturday if one individuals abuse of the Second Amendment is grounds for taking away the rights law abiding gun owners, how much more is the abuse of the First Amendment by so-called professional journalists grounds for the imposition of press control?
An Austin-area gun store owner is joining the gun rights debate with a controversial offer for teachers in light of the tragic shooting in Connecticut. Crocket Keller of Kellers Riverside Gun Store says if educators want to get a concealed handgun license, hell give them a discount.
As we do with veterans, I would offer them a discount. Our normal rate is $110.00, so I would give them a rate of $90.00, said Keller to KRLD. If they are teachers, we would be more than happy to do that.
Houston AFT union boss Gayle Fallon offers this inane comment.
I knew this would come up at some point, there would be people who think the answer is to put guns on campus. Frankly I think its absurd, says Gayle Fallon with the American Federation of Teachers. In a lot of cases, the perpetrator is a kid. Look at Columbine, it was a 14-year-old kid. You tell me a teacher is going to look in the eyes of a 14-year-old and pull the trigger its not in their emotional make up.
Sorry, Gayle if faced with the choice between that 14-year-old with a gun and my classroom full of 14-year-olds (or my senior classes, for that matter), I would have no problem with dropping the kid with a gun. After all, Ive got a duty to protect that room full of kids and it does extend to protecting them from another kid. Would that there had been an armed teacher at Columbine, where that very situation occurred and one at Sandy Hook where the murderer was an outsider. Unfortunately, teachers and administrators are disarmed in all but a few places in this country which means we get to be unarmed victims who can only use our bodies to protect the students that parents rightly expect us to safeguard.
That the league allowed this is disturbing.
Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, who is currently on the teams reserve/non-football illness list after the series of events that have come over the past week involving a car accident that killed Brents teammate Jerry Brown, Jr., was on the sidelines for todays game between the Cowboys and the Steelers in Arlington.
Brent wore blue sweatpants and a Cowboys top and his right hand was bandaged. He had Jerry Browns No. 53 jersey draped over his left shoulder for the moment of silence and National Anthem prior to the game.
Im with Boomer Esiason and Bill Cowher Brent did not belong on the sidelines a week after killing his teammate. If he belonged anyplace (besides jail), it was in an alcohol rehab facility in the hope that he might get himself straight so that he doesnt kill anybody else.
I also got to be a part of this joyous event one which I consider much more important based upon my upbringing as a Navy brat.
More than seven months after their father was deployed to Afghanistan, three Texans fans got the surprise of a lifetime when he popped out of a makeshift gift box to reunite the family at halftime of the Texans-Colts game.
Eric Spoerle, 2, couldnt stop focusing on Texans mascot Toro, but the rest of his family was thrilled to see Chief Warrant Officer Eric Spoerle pop out of the box.
I didnt know how long I was going to be there, and it just couldnt open up quick enough to see the family, Spoerle said. Just total surprise. It means everything.
The Texans gave jerseys to Spoerles wife Kimberly and his sons Tristin, Brandon and Eric, but the jerseys was mere stocking stuffers in comparison to the gift of having the family together again.
And not only that in a continuation of a holiday tradition that began last year, a disabled veteran was given a home.
Army Cpl. Christopher Sullivan hasnt had many good days since he was injured in a suicide bombing while serving in Afghanistan, but Sunday definitely was a good day for the paralyzed soldier. As he recovered from injuries suffered in the war, he was shot in the neck and paralyzed while breaking up a fight at his own homecoming party last Dec. 23.
He fought for his life in the hospital last Christmas, but Sunday was a good day for Sullivan after the Texans and Operation Finally Home informed him they were giving him a mortgage-free custom home.
By comparison, the win over the Indianapolis Colts and the playoff implications are a mere footnote.
Rep. Tim Scott will succeed Jim DeMint as South Carolinas junior senator, two Republican sources confirmed, making him the first African-American Republican to serve in the U.S. Senate in more than three decades.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will announce at noon Monday she is appointing Scott to replace DeMint, who is stepping down in January to become president of the conservative think tank, The Heritage Foundation. Scott, who was elected to the House in the tea party wave of 2010, had been the frontrunner to get the job.
Haleys pick is a historic one. Scott, 47, will become the first African American senator from the South since Reconstruction, as well as the only African American in the upper chamber. Illinois Democrat Roland Burris, who was appointed to replace Barack Obama in the Senate, last served in the chamber in November 2010.
A number of interesting confluences are happening all at once here.
Just as there are no African-American Democratic Senators, there are no Indian-American or Hispanic Democratic governors. Two of the three Senators of Hispanic background are Republican.
You know for those who area actually keeping score rather than insisting that the GOP is a party mired in racism.
As opposed to the Left, which is never, ever racist no matter how many tweets from the Left calling the newly appointed US Senator Uncle Tom, Token, House Negro and Uncle Ruckus the folks at Twitchy post.
Congratulations, Senator Scott you have this Republicans sincere admiration and support.
I've written about John Cobarruvias, the hatemongering blogger over at BayAreaHouston a number of times. I've documented his outrageousness intermittently over the year, as he has engaged in racist, sexist, homophobic and anti-disabled hate speech against his opponents and threatened/encouraged acts of violence against political opponents. Heck, I've even been on the receiving end of some of those threats myself.
Well, since those emails were sent nearly two years ago, I've continued to post about John and John has shown himself to be as cowardly as he is uncouth, given that he has not acted on his threats against me. But he has also moved up in the world, and is no longer a hatemongering blogger, precinct chair and government employee with a history of violating federal law. You see John is now a member of the Texas State Democratic Executive Committee -- the governing body of the Texas Democratic Party -- which makes him among the top Democrat leaders in Texas.
I had even started to wonder if maybe John had wised up and learned to keep his worst impulses in check.
And then I came home from the football game tonight and found this in RSS reader.
On the Gateway Pundit blog, Jim Hoft linked to a Freedoms Outpost story about how liberals were using Facebook and Twitter to come out against guns. Among the selection of tweets advocating for the murder of NRA President Keene and all NRA members was a name familiar to me; probably familiar to many readers of Houstons Liberal blog sites.
Ive pasted a screen shot from the Freedoms Outpost story in case NASA employee and Democrat Precinct 699 Chair John Cobarruvias of the Houstonblog Bay Area Houston tries to delete his tweet (warning language):
What followed was a tweet that, sadly, did not defy belief. It is the first of the three I have done a screen cap of (note that there were tweets to and from John in between these three) to preserve them for posterity, since I want to comment on all three, not just the one that has been cited at Houston blog Big Jolly Politics, my fellow Watcher's Council member at The Political Commentator, Gateway Pundit, Freedom Outpost,Examiner.com and Twitchy.
Got that? This top dog Dem is coming out in support of the murder of political opponents for the crime of -- being a political opponent of his gun grabbing agenda! And having called for the murder of those who dare to dissent from his political agenda, John Cobarruvias then has the audacity to declare his opponents to be terrorists!
ASIDE TO JOHN COBARRUVIAS: Excuse me, it isn't the NRA and its supporters who are making terroristic threats, John -- it is you, one of the top leaders of the Democrats in this state! Seems to me that your comments are prima facie evidence that the TDP, not the NRA, is the terrorist organization. After all, you won't find a single NRA leader calling for the murder of those seeking to strip Americans of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. And given your history of threats of violence against political opponents, your tweet here should not be brushed off as overwrought hyperbole in the wake of a national tragedy.
I also want you to notice the middle tweet. In the first tweet I captured, John used the hashtag #PrayForNewtown while wishing death upon those who don't believe that taking guns out of the hands of non-criminal Americans is the answer. In the second tweet, he makes it clear that he was mighty insincere there as well -- he doesn't believe that prayer is needed, warranted, or effectual. In other words, John Cobarruvias is a pious fraud who is prepared to feign religious sentiment in order to promote his agenda. And given that the rejection of prayer and call to action are temporally close together and shortly thereafter followed with a declaration that those he disagrees with are terrorists, isn't it reasonable to believe that the action he is seeking is found in the first tweet?
Here's hoping that the Texas Democratic Party, Harris County Democratic Party, NASA, and local, state, and federal law enforcement all take note of this matter and act appropriately in response.
UPDATE: Looks like Examiner.com has found another example of John Cobarruvias' eliminationist rhetoric -- this one from Facebook.
Of course, what do you expect of a man so full of hate that he tried to stop school children from getting bicycles and holiday turkeys because they were gifts from. . . GASP! . . . REPUBLICANS!
Here are this weeks full results.
See you next week!
ANSWER: Yes, they do.
In fact, one did so this week at a mall in Oregon.
I admire Dawn Hochsprung for trying to do something to protect the students at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I'm angry at lawmakers anti-gunners who made sure that she lacked the one tool that might have allowed her to succeed.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) Town officials in Connecticut say the principal who died in the rampage at an elementary school was killed while lunging at the gunman as she tried to overtake him.
Dawn Hochsprung was gunned down in Friday's massacre in Newtown. Board of Education chairwoman Debbie Liedlien says administrators were coming out of a meeting when the gunman forced his way into the school and ran toward them.
The odds of an unarmed individual being able to overtake and subdue a crazed gunman bent on murder is really low. The odds of an armed individual being able to take down a murderous madman are significantly higher. That's why I believe that every building administrator ought to be required to carry a gun while on school grounds, regardless of whether or not there are armed law enforcement officers on that campus.
Now I know that there are those who might view this as an extreme position. They argue that it is irresponsible to trust an educator -- even a principal -- with a gun in the presence of children. My response to that is very straightforward -- if you cannot trust that individual with a gun around children, can you really trust them at all around children? Consider the degree of trust that parents already place in teachers each day -- and the higher degree of trust they place in building administrators. If an administrator (or a teacher) cannot be trusted not to shoot a student, do they deserve any of the other trust placed in them?
Dawn Hochsprung showed that she was a superior administrator and superior human being when she acted to protect her students. Too bad she was denied the tool she needed to do so effectively.
After all, if one individual's abuse of the Second Amendment constitutes reason to violate the Second Amendment rights of every American, don't the many errors in reporting yesterday prove the need for government to muzzle the media?
Consider the errors.
There have been a lot of factual errors in the chaotic rush to get details about todays shooting in Connecticut. But one fact that seemed established across the board was that victim Nancy Lanza, the mother of alleged shooter Adam Lanza, was a teacher at the Sandy Hook Elementary School specifically that it was her class that Adam Lanza massacred.
But this story just out in the Journal suggests thats not true.
But wait -- didn't we all watch hours of coverage in which we were told that the murderous madman drove to the school where his mother taught, stormed into her classroom and murdered her and her students? You mean that was not true? Shouldn't government be able to intervene in the so-called "journalistic process" in order to make sure that the press is, in fact, GETTING THE STORY RIGHT? Now I know that there are some folks who are going to start ranting about the First Amendment and freedom of the press, but really -- when the Founding Fathers gave protection o the press they understood it as being newspapers printed on presses with hand-set type operated by a single individual turning a screw to print each individual page. They never envisioned the massive mechanical presses used today to produce hundreds of thousands of papers each day -- much less radio, television, and the internet, which can spread misinformation farther, wider, and much more quickly than could the local journals of 1791 when the First Amendment was adopted.
And let's not forget that for hours we were told that the shooter was Ryan Lanza -- isn't it the right of an innocent man not to have his name blasted around the globe as a mass murderer superior to the right of so-called "reporters" and the big media corporations that employ them to disseminate their misinformation? Shouldn't the government be protecting the Ryan Lanzas of the world from irresponsible abuse of a putative constitutional right? These giant media organizations made money off of their erroneous reports -- what defense does a little guy like Ryan Lanza have if the government does not intervene to protect him by forbidding the publication of such misinformation until it is confirmed as factual beyond a reasonable doubt?
And this isn't the first time such errors have been perpetrated by the press via premature publication of phony and fallacious "facts"? Consider this series of reports noted by Aaron over at Allergic to Bull.
For instance, during the Gabby Giffords shooting I recall hearing that Giffords was dead at one point, which thankfully is not true. Meanwhile Judge Roll was reported as dead, then wounded, then not wounded at all, before we found out that he was killed instantly after all. Or take the West Virginia trapped miners story from a bit back. At one moment the breaking news was all but one of the miners were alive; and then we found out that in fact all but one were dead. Can you imagine being one of the families, being told your loved one was probably alive one moment and then told he is probably dead the next? I have no doubt that this misreporting was all an accident, but the results for the families were just plain cruel.
Not only is it cruel -- it is indicative of the reality that "reporters" put their alleged "First Amendment rights" to publish freely and without restraint ahead of their responsibility to get the facts right and the right of the public to not be misinformed.
And don't forget 1981, when media reports of the death of White House Press Secretary James Brady provoked an outraged response from ABC News anchor Frank Reynolds when subsequent information came in that Brady was, in fact, alive.
No, the irresponsible abuse of press freedom by a handful of reporters who chose to get it first rather than get it right prove that the First Amendment is obsolete as it applies to the media and that the President ad Congress must act to prevent further abuse of press freedom in the future by curtailing it or eliminating it completely. After all, why do we need a free press today when the government has the means to tell us what need to know without one?
Now I'm not a believer in the whole concept of "hate crimes" -- but be that as it may, I find these statistics put out by the FBI to be quite telling.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has put out its data on hate crimes from 2011. The good news is that the number of hate crimes was down to 6,222 incidents involving 7,254 offenses. That is a 6 percent drop from the preceding year (when 6,628 hate crime incidents involving 7,699 offenses were reported) and its the lowest since 1994 (extraordinary when you consider the population growth). To put that in context, in 2011, with total U.S. population of more than 300 million people, some 1,203,564 violent crimes and 9,063,173 property crimes were reported.
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First, among religious hate crimes, Jews make up the overwhelming number of victims (63.2 percent), but the total number, again, is tiny (936). Anti-Muslim hate crimes (in a country in which the left and groups like CAIR tell us is rife with Islamophobia) are much more rare. Muslim hate-crime victims make up only 12.5 percent of the anti-religious hate crimes. That is 185 victims.
Now I cut out the more polemical aspects of Jen Rubin's commentary on these statistics because I found the comments to be less than constructive. But I want you to notice something here -- we've heard CAIR, the media, and certain political and opinion leaders go on about an epidemic of hate directed against Muslims, but the statistics don't bear that out. There are relatively few actual hate crimes directed against Muslims -- and many of the incidents alleged to be hate crimes turn out to be either random occurrences or intramural incidents based upon internal disputes. The real hate crime problem in regards to religion seems to be crimes directed against Jews because of their faith.
I find one aspect of the data troubling -- when we talk about hate crimes based upon religion, we lack actual data on the religion of the offenders. It seems to me that such data is critical in cases of religion-based hate crimes. I'd be curious to know, for example, if a disproportionate number of those crimes committed against Jews are being committed by Muslims. Or how many of the religious bias hate crimes were committed by homosexuals based upon the religious teachings of those churches. The FBI only collects data on race and ethnicity, so we really do not get much of a picture of such crimes where race and ethnicity are not the primary motives for the crimes.
School shootings tear at my soul. They are my worst nightmare. After all, I'm a teacher, and it isn't hard to envision a scene like played out in Connecticut happening where I work.
A shooting rampage in this small Connecticut town on Friday morning left 28 people dead, including 20 children killed inside their elementary school, authorities said.
The dead included the suspected gunman, whom law enforcement sources identified as Adam Lanza, 20. Police said that Lanza first apparently killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at the home they shared in Newtown. Then he drove in her car to Sandy Hook Elementary, the school at which Nancy Lanza taught kindergarten.
In the car, authorities said, were three guns: a .223 caliber Bushmaster rifle and two pistols, a Sig Sauer and a Glock.
At the school, authorities said, Adam Lanza shot and killed six adults including the schools principal and 20 children. They were shot in two different rooms of the school, police said.
Police were called to the school after 9:35 a.m., and officers searched the classrooms for a shooter. When they found the gunman, however, he was dead by his own hand. No officer fired a shot.
One other person was injured in the shooting, but survived.
The notion that something like this could happen where I work is not merely theoretical t me. Ten days ago, a young man at the other high school in my district brought a gun to school and used it in a suicide attempt. A week ago parents flooded my school to get their children after a rumor got started about a threat to do something like what happened today. And while we have three fantastic constables assigned to our campus full time (and they are great cops), the reality is that they cannot be everywhere at once. If a Columbine or Sandy Hook happened at my school, I would have absolutely no way to defend my students and myself if my room were among the first to be hit -- and that troubles me.
There are a lot of things we don't know about today's incident -- I won't speculate even though I have some guesses about the shooter's motive. But I do have one thing which I will note for those seeking to make a case for limiting the Second Amendment liberties of Americans.
Does that assessment sound harsh? Yeah, it does -- but the truth is sometimes a very harsh thing, and hiding from the facts does not make them go away. Had the principal been armed, he and his students would likely be at home right now with their families and not dead at the hand of a murderous madman.
Folks around here know that I've been disenchanted with the current governor of Texas for some years now, to the point that I campaigned against him in the 2010 gubernatorial primary and the 2012 race for the GOP presidential nomination. It is a matter of policy issues and political style.
But I won't deny one thing -- Rick Perry is a fundamentally decent human being.
Here's a story from one of my blogging buddies that illustrates that, about a moment Gov. Perry spent with a young girl today.
Being that the reception was filled with a bunch of journalists who were busy trying to get a quote for their next anti-Rick Perry screed, rather than guests in the home of the Governor it was hard to find a moment to introduce me niece the only child in attendance to the Governor. When we finally did get a moment, you could tell that he was relieved to get away from the reporters, and invited my niece into the library for an introduction and picture.
I mentioned to Gov. Perry a big dog lover himself (we met his black Lab Rory at the end of the reception) that my niece had just buried her beloved dog Nolan the night before. Gov. Perry immediately put his arm around her shoulder and said, Come on, I want to show you something. Then the two of them slipped out a side door between the dining room and the library and disappeared together out on the Mansion grounds.
When the came back in about 15 minutes later, my niece told me that Gov. Perry had taken her outside to show her where his last dog, Lady Perry, was buried on the Mansion grounds, and talked to her about life and loss and the value of a good dog.
It was a moment of simple and genuine kindness toward a little girl still mourning the loss of beloved dog, but one that made a huge impression on her. And one that she and I both appreciate immensely. Thank you, sir.
And thank you, Robbie, for sharing the story with us all.
What David B. Agus, a USC medicine and engineering professor, does not realize is that he has actually made a better argument for doing away with these government programs because of their threats to our individual liberties.
The answer, I suggest, is a two-parter: first, when the scientific data clearly and overwhelmingly demonstrate that one behavior or another can substantially reduce or, conversely, raise a persons risk of disease; and second, when all of us are stuck paying for one anothers medical bills (which is what we do now, by way of Medicare, Medicaid and other taxpayer-financed health care programs).
His argument is that the government has the right to regulate our lifestyle choices because it is paying more and more of the bill for our medical care. But the reality is that he has shown just how insidious these "benefits" are, because their existence becomes the excuse for government taking from us our right to make choices for ourselves because those choices might increase the cost to the taxpayer of those programs. But if the notion of liberty enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, US Constitution and the Bill of Rights means anything at all, it is that the government has no place making those decision son our behalf -- and that any program that is used to justify such infringement upon our freedom is itself beyond the scope of the government to create.
Somebody needs to remind Harry Belafonte that while he has the First Amendment right to make such an unAmerican suggestion, We the People have the Second Amendment right to make use of privately held arms to prevent such a violation of the Constitution by any would-be tyrant in the White House acting upon such advice to silence his political opponents and quash political dissent.
The only thing left for Barack Obama to do is to work like a Third World dictator and put all these guys in jail.
Now I believe that the unicorn-riding demigod is much too smart to try such a thing. But should any president ever take Belafonte's advice, I can assure Harry that patriotic Americans will do their best to make sure that he has his back to the wall right next to deposed dictator when the order to fire is given.
Given what passes for acceptable among the left-wing lunatics of the various NBC brands, I guess I shouldn't be surprised that one of them would actually come out and object to those who insist on being so darn religious at Christmas time.
I dont like the religion part. I think religion is what mucks the whole thing up I think thats what makes the holidays so stressful.
As is pointed out by one of the other panelists at the end of the clip, Jesus is the reason for the season. After all, Christmas is, first and foremost, a religious holiday marking the birth of a major religious figure celebrated by those who follow his religious teachings. Good grief, why do you think it is called Christmas, you ignoramus -- it is short for "Christ's Mass". Why wouldn't there be some pretty heavy religious overtones to the celebration of the Feast (Orthodox usage) or Solemnity (Catholic usage) of the Nativity of Our Lord?
Maybe Nancy Snyderman is just so secular that she really is uncomfortable with any religious expression whatsoever. Or perhaps as a Jew she may be uncomfortable with the Christian ethos surrounding the second most important celebration of Christianity. But given her Jewish heritage, I wonder if she would be shocked and offended if I told her that I really like the dreidels and menorahs of Hanukkah but really think that folks need to dispense with the whole Maccabees and miracles religious part of the holiday. I hope she would, given the level of disrespect such a comment would show to the sincere religious beliefs of the sincere religious believers whose religion calls fr that celebration.
Could you imagine the outrage if a white sports reporter had made these comments about RGIII? Or if such comments were made about a white player who was engaged or married to a black woman and who leaned Democrat? Then why do we tolerate such racist hate from the mouth of ESPN empty braincase Rob Parker?
My question, which is just a straight-up, honest question, is he a brother or a cornball brother? Hes not really okay hes black he kinda does his thing, but hes not really down with the cause. Hes not really one of us. Hes kind of black, but hes not really, like, the guy you want to hand out with I keep hearing these thing We all know he has a white fiancée and theres all this talk about, hes a Republican, which theres no information at all. Im just trying to dig deeper into why he has an issue.
Yeah -- RGIII wants to be the best quarterback, not the best black quarterback. I suppose he gets such ideas from this "cornball brother" who at one time was a registered Republican and who therefore must not have been "down with the struggle".
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Robert Griffin III is a fantastic quarterback. He has many fans of every race and ethnic group. Refusing to be pigeonholed based upon race makes perfect sense -- if one believes that he should be judged based upon his on-field accomplishments rather than incidentals like the color of his skin, who he loves, or his perfectly mainstream political views. But if you are a racist like Rob Parker, Jovan Belcher is superior to RGIII -- after all, Belcher made sure that the woman with whom he fathered a child and who he then murdered was a black woman, not a white one. He probably is also a big fan of Josh Brent, who at least had the decency to kill a black teammate driving drunk -- in Parker's world it wouldn't have been "authentic" for him to be hanging out with a white player. And if you think I'm being harsh, consider that his comments show that Parker has embraced Jim Crow as the brown paper bag test of "authenticity".
Frankly, this outrageous display of racism ought to get Parker fired. After all, Rush Limbaugh was fired by ESPN for much less extreme comments regarding a black quarterback.
I have a great appreciation of the game of golf. I caddied one summer during my high school years -- and I also tried to learn to play the game. Not being much of an athlete myself, it did not go well -- but I still appreciate the game that much more because I recognize the skill involved. And I especially have appreciation for a beautiful golf course like the Celtic Manor resort in Wales, and the variety of golf breaks they offer for those who love to play the game.Continue to be enlightened while reading "Celtic Manor Resort" Ā»
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Ronald Reagan was a hero of mine from a young age. He is to this day a man I deeply admire. But as much as I admire him, I dont believe every home he ever lived in must be forever preserved a position that apparently puts me at odds with many of my fellow conservatives.
All of Ronald Reagan's formative years, from birth until he landed his first job across the Mississippi 21 years later, were lived in rural northwestern Illinois except for about ten months in Chicago.
In all but one case, his rural boyhood homes have been preserved. His birthplace in Tampico looks as it did when he was born and is open to the public. So is his teen years home in Dixon. The house the Reagans lived in for two years in Galesburg has been lovingly restored by its private owner. Their house in Monmouth is the only home that is closed.
Reagan's father, Jack, a shoe salesmen by trade, moved the family from Tampico at the beginning of 1915 after his boss in Tampico sold his dry goods store. He got a job at the big Fair Store on Chicago's south side, thinking his career would take off there. They rented a cold-water flat in a four-story apartment building at 832 East 57th Street in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Young "Dutch" Reagan (that was his nickname from birth until he moved to Hollywood in 1937) had his first memories in that flat. In a letter years later, he writes about the thrill of seeing horses pulling the fire wagon down the street at a gallop. February 6 that year marked his fourth birthday. While living in Chicago he also nearly died from a serious case of pneumonia.
The building the Reagans lived in is about to be demolished. The land now belongs to the University of Chicago's Medical Center and the plan is to replace it with a grassy strip bordering what will be a new parking lot.
Personally, I dont care. The building where Reagan lived for less than a year when he was four years old was not terribly significant to his life. Theres nothing particularly noteworthy about the building. There really is no reason to preserve it beyond sentimentality but if the owner of the property (in this case a university) has better use for that property, then there is no public purpose served by infringing upon those property rights. And that is true even if the result is the destruction of the building to create a berm around a parking lot.
After all, we as conservatives believe in property rights and there is no Ronald Reagan Lived Here exception to that principle.
The video here shows why -- union thugs collapsed a tent full of supporters of right to work legislation in Michigan and then trampled over it.
As the union members attacked the Americans For Prosperity tent, a woman cried out there are people under there, oh my God (at 1:20). At 1:40, as union members start walking on top of the collapsed tent, a man shouted hey, there are people in there but again the crowd didnt stop, and the union members continued walking on the collapsed tent defiantly as the crowd shouted obscenities and cheered.
At 1:57 the woman cried out again theres people in there, but to no avail. You can then see various people probing at large lumps under the tent, presumably checking if anyone was trapped. Yet the crowd continued with its profane taunts, as others lifted the edges of the tent and looked underneath, again presumably to see if anyone was trapped.
Someone shouts go home you bunch of parasites as the crowd chanted Go Home. At 3:30 someone asks, does someone want to help me lift this? I wonder if there are any people in there. Then another person said, there was, there was a bunch of women and older people. Then another person yelled, fuck these people. Another yelled, they want a war, they got it.
I've got no objection to voluntary union membership (I'm the building representative for a teacher's organization in my district) -- but this video shows what happens when you threaten to take away a union's right to compel membership -- violence and threats of violence lest people have freedom.
UPDATE: Two of those trapped in this incident were disabled individuals in wheelchairs. Will the eventual criminal charges be enhanced on that basis? And apparently one of the thugs involved has been identified.
The Islamofascists of the Iran don't like my site and so won't let their citizens see what I have to say. That makes me think that I'm doing my job right.
I've been rather hard on the potential Secretary of State nominee, holding her to standards to which I would hold any nominee in any administration. But as Frank J.Fleming of the New York Post points out, there is another way to look at things that ought to lead Republicans to support her nomination.
This idea that President Obama should only appoint honest, competent people is really unfair. The guy is a Chicago politician; hes probably never once met anyone like that.
Just look at his first Cabinet to see how out-of-the-blue this demand for competency is. He has a treasury secretary who couldnt figure out how to pay his own taxes. His attorney general leads a Justice Department that somehow thought selling guns to Mexican drug cartels would have good results.
Then there are Obamas secretaries of commerce, who were supposed to be promoting job creation and economic growth who in the world knows what theyve been up to these past four years?
Really, looking at the administration as a whole, Obama did better than we could have expected by appointing only one czar who was a Communist truther.
So, to be fair to Rice, Republicans should at least grade her on a curve. Is she really that awful . . . for an Obama appointee? Thats a pretty hefty charge that had better be backed up by a lot of evidence. Unless we really think shell give nuclear secrets to North Korea or accidentally burn down a foreign capitol building, she might even be above average for the Obama Cabinet.
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Austin, Texas is an unusual place. After all, what else can you say about a town that is home to both a liberal university and a conservative state government -- and which has long been known for the slogan "Keep Austin Weird"? The eclectic mix of people in the city has led to a colony of creative folks in various forms of artistic media -- including video production. Among these are the fine folks at MindBOX Productions -- www.mindboxproductions.com.
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Personally, I'm disappointed that the Court did not choose to take up all 9 cases that sought certiorari on the matter of DOMA. I'm pleased that they chose to take California's Prop 8 case -- and that they did not reach down to grab the recently decided Nevada case. That would have allowed for a major omnibus case like Brown v. Board of Education (which actually was comprised of 5 state cases and a companion from the District of Columbia.
The Supreme Court put itself at the center of the nations debate over whether gay couples have the same fundamental right to marry as heterosexuals, agreeing Friday to review state and federal efforts to preserve a traditional definition of husband and wife.
In agreeing to hear cases from California and New York, the court raised the possibility of a groundbreaking constitutional decision on whether the right to marry may be limited because of sexual orientation. At the same time, the justices also will have the ability to issue narrower rulings on a subject that continues to divide the American public.
The cases will probably be heard in historic sessions at the court in late March, with decisions to come when the justices finish their work at the end of June.
The courts first review of same-sex marriage comes at a fast-moving but unsettled time in the nations consideration of gay rights. Last month brought Election Day victories for same-sex marriage supporters in three states, including Maryland, and the reelection of President Obama, the first chief executive to endorse the right of gays to marry.
But the vast majority of states ban such unions, and 31 of them have amended their constitutions to enshrine the traditional definition of heterosexual marriage.
Personally, I do not believe there is a constitutional right for same sex couples to marry. Similarly, I believe that Congress was within its rights to adopt the rule that states (and the federal government) did not have to recognize them. That is not to say I oppose states choosing to permit such marriages within their borders through the democratic process -- nor do I believe that DOMA was necessarily correct as a matter of public policy (which is not the same thing as being unconstitutional).
There are, of course, many questions regarding what the Court will do. A ruling against DOMA does not necessarily constitute a constitutional ruling in favor of gay marriage. Some good observations on the matter can be found at HuffPo and Volokh Conspiracy. And Bruce at Gay Patriot offers a round-up of commentary from the supporters of gay marriage.
Not that I don't find this a positive development.
Thousands of protesters broke through barbed-wire barriers and clambered over tanks surrounding the presidential palace Friday night after opposition leaders rejected President Mohamed Morsis call for a national dialogue to bridge Egypts expanding political divide.
Chanting Leave! Leave! and other slogans against Morsi, the protesters pushed past a perimeter set up by the militarys elite Republican Guard but made no apparent attempt to force their way into the palace itself, news agencies reported. Witnesses said Republican Guard troops protecting the compound retreated behind the palace walls.
Breaking through the barbed-wife perimeter is a good thing.
The bad news is that they haven't gotten into the palace compound itself.
And the worse news is that we aren't seeing pictures like these of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood cronies.
After all, dictators deserve but one end at the hands of those they have sought to oppress.
As I left school today, I heard the news of Senator Jim DeMint's impending departure from the Senate to lead the Heritage Foundation.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), a leading conservative voice in the Senate, will resign his seat in January to become the next president of the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation, a sudden move with far-reaching implications.
Its been an honor to serve the people of South Carolina in the United States Senate for the past eight years, but now its time for me to pass the torch to someone else and take on a new role in the fight for Americas future, DeMint said in a statement Thursday morning.
My initial reaction was confusion -- but then I thought a bit more and realized that the helm of the Heritage Foundation might be the right place for someone who has long been known as an ideas guy rather than a legislative workhorse. A position at Heritage would therefore be a great place for him -- for though he is not a scholar, he is an unambiguous proponent of conservatism. With the current makeup of the Senate, I'm sure he will be more effective as an outside agitator than a member.
But what interests me more is not the senator who is leaving -- I'm much more interested in who will succeed him. Gov. Nikki Haley has the honor of appointing the new Senator, who will serve a full two years in office. I've heard the name Tim Scott bandied around, and I'm rather fond of the idea -- while I've never been an unalloyed admirer of DeMint, I am a Tim Scott fan.
So are a lot of South Carolina Republicans -- including DeMint himself, who has apparently let it be known that he would like to see Haley appoint Scott. Quite frankly, there is no down side to appointing him -- Scott is a conservative businessman, an African-American, and even helps provide a regional balance of power in South Carolina politics. What's not to love.
Oh, yeah -- one other thing to consider as well. If Tim Scott is appointed now and reelected in 2014, he becomes a very important player in the 2016 presidential race. Maybe not in the top slot, but certainly as a possible Vice Presidential candidate -- potentially on the first major party ticket to not include a white nominee. And that is something to think about for sure.
Could this be why we are seeing the Benghazi cover-up?
The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turning some of the weapons over to Islamic militants, according to United States officials and foreign diplomats.
Of course, so many of us predicted this would happen when Mr. Obama conducted his illegal Libyan war. Now it seems that the fruits of that unconstitutional conflict is a dead ambassador and other dead Americans.
Could it be because he knows it wont pass? That Obama cant even lead his fellow Democrats? That the Democrat Party wants to be able to spread the blame around when Obamas plan fails? Why won't Harry Reid allow a vote on Obama's fiscal cliff plan?
Senate majority leader Harry Reid is denying the Senate the chance to vote on President Barack Obama's proposal. Reid calls Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's request to vote on the plan a "stunt."
"I reserve the right to object. I just a minute ago moved to the Russia trade bill," said Reid. "The purpose of moving to this bill is to protect American jobs. If we don't do this legislation, we'll lose American jobs for sure and put American companies in even worse shape than they are with Chinese and European companies. So the question is really this: are we going to get serious here and legislate or is this more of the obstruction we felt so much during this last Congress?
"The answer to that is really obvious. The answer is yes. Or are we going to continue the sort of political stunts that the Republican Leader is trying to pull today, now? On the substance, the Senate has passed a bill that goes a long way to address the fiscal cliff. That's already passed here. Last July the Senate passed a bill to continue tax cuts for 98 percent of all Americans and 90 percent of all American small businesses. If the Republican leader were serious about preventing us from going over the fiscal cliff, he would urge his colleague, the speaker, to get the house to -- to get the House to take up the Senate-passed bill now.
As far as Im concerned, from here on out the failure to avoid the fiscal cliff is all on the Democrats and their leader, Harry Reid -- the man who cheered this very plan when it was proposed by Obama last week.
I understand the problem but is this really the proper solution.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago police are making strong moves to confront continuing city violencewhich has included violent attacks at funerals. The mayor expressed anger that people have been shooting and carrying guns at gang-member funerals.
The police department is going to change the way they deal with gang funerals, he said. If you cannot respect a place of worship, at a time of a funeral, we are going to show a different type of attitude.
The funerals will be treated as gang events, with mourners being searched and patted down, among other security measures.
So if I have this straight, the police are going to be refusing people entry to churches unless they submit to a police search? Really? That seems to me to present a bit of a First Amendment issue to me.
Or are they going to cordon off the block around churches and refuse to allow people into the area? Again, that seems to have the same problem.
There is, of course, a better solution. The ministers and pastors and other clergy of Chicago could simply refuse to allow these gang-bangers to be buried out of their churches. I know that in the Catholic Church there is a canonical provision that allows for the denial of a public funeral when doing so would create a public scandal indeed, I can think of one such case where that was invoked by the Chicago Archdiocese about 30 years. Time to start doing so again with these thugs.
I admire the student who found a niche and created his own business.
Late-night pizza deliveries are a college staple, but condom deliveries?
Kyle McCabe, a sophomore at the College of New Jersey in Ewing Township, has become a condom-toting superhero on campus, on call to deliver protection to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
McCabe, an interactive multimedia major, said the idea for his business, CondAm, was born in October.
Some friends and I have all run into a similar problem, McCabe, 19, said of being caught in the heat of the moment without protection. I just sort of would rather people call me instead of going through with any sort of sexual encounters unprotected.
The response among the schools 6,100 full-time students has been positive, according to CondAms Facebook page, and McCabe said business is growing.
This is genius one Facebook user said, while another called it the smartest idea Ive seen in a long time.
I admire young Mr. McCabes entrepreneurial spirit, which is demonstrated by the 2400% markup he has put on his product, which he purchase for about a quarter each and delivers for $3.00. Im sure that, as a small business owner, hell be glad to see his taxes go up because his new business is a sole proprietorship rather than an LLC or a corporation.
And let's not forget that since birth control is supposed to be free under terms of ObamaCare, his new business will be driven out of business in the very near future. Just call it more jobs prevented or destroyed by Obamas failed policies.
But then again, anyone who has followed her career has long known that the representative from the extremely gerrymandered majority-minority district has an IQ that is inversely proportional to the amount of time she spends in front of television cameras and radio microphones.
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas) claimed that the United States had a $5.6 trillion surplus at the end of the Clinton administration Tuesday.
Remember, we had a $5.6 trillion surplus in 2000 2001 from the Clinton administration, Jackson said in the interview while discussing fiscal cliff negotiations.
Uhhhh. . . no, Sheila, we did not have a $5.6 trillion dollar surplus when Bill Clinton left office. In FY 2000, we had a $237 BILLION dollar surplus, while in FY 2001 we had a $127 BILLION surplus, which taken together adds up to a combined $364 BILLION surplus for the two years. That means the number you are quoting is only 14 or 15 times the actual number -- far to big to be written off as a minor disparity or a rounding error. Clearly you are just pulling numbers out of your hindquarters and expecting them to go unquestioned.
Of course, this ought to join Sheila's collection of stupid comments preserved by posterity by one of our local radio hosts, Michael Berry.
Well, at least the Constitutional rights that the unethical, misogynistic, wife-beating drunk who commentates for MSNBC doesn't like.
Just like, you know, every major company has an employee manual that you have to follow, I don't think it's out of the realm that the NFL should be asking players or demanding or making su-, don't own firearms. Just, don't, all that is is trouble. All that is is trouble. And there are authorities out there, there are law enforcement people, there are security people out there that we can get around you, this is a multi-, multi-billion dollar industry, our players don't have to have firearms. I mean, that's how they should view it. And I don't know if they do but I think it's a real good time for the NFL to rethink their position on all of this.
Of course, the right to keep and bear arms is one of those things that is a part of the Bill of Rights -- so apparently the allegedly pro-worker liberal believes that the boss has the right to forbid the exercise of constitutional rights even outside of work hours.
That leads me to wonder which OTHER rights the liberal fascist believes employers can strip from their employees.
Should your employer be allowed to forbid your exercising the Fifth Amendment rights? How about banning interracial or same sex relationships or abortions? Can they prohibit your attending certain churches or professing certain religious beliefs? Really, Ed -- you've opened the door, please walk on through and tell us how far you believe the boss can go in violating the rights of employees.
I'd suggest that the time has come for MSNBC to get rid of Schultz, but I know that isn't likely to happen. After all, considering the catalog of sins that Schultz has committed over the years without more than a slap on the wrist it appears that the unfair and unbalanced network will let him get away with murder -- provided he doesn't use a gun, of course, 'cuz that would be hypocritical.
It hasnt been too long since the Houston Museum of Natural Science hosted a wonderful exhibit on Genghis Khan. One of the points it made was that nobody knows where he was buried. That might not be the case any longer.
In the eight hundred years since his death, people have sought in vain for the grave of Genghis Khan, the 13th-century conqueror and imperial ruler who, at the time of his death, occupied the largest contiguous empire, stretching from the Caspian Sea to the Pacific. In capturing most of central Asia and China, his armies killed and pillaged but also forged new links between East and West. One of historys most brilliant and ruthless leaders, Khan remade the world.
But while the life of the conqueror is the stuff of legend, his death is shrouded in the mist of myths. Some historians believe he died from wounds sustained in battle; others that he fell off his horse or died from illness. And his final burial place has never been found. At the time great steps were taken to hide the grave to protect it from potential grave robbers. Tomb hunters have little to go on, given the dearth of primary historical sources. Legend has it that Khans funeral escort killed anyone who crossed their path to conceal where the conqueror was buried. Those who constructed the funeral tomb were also killedas were the soldiers who killed them. One historical source holds that 10,000 horsemen trampled the ground so as to make it even; another that a forest was planted over the site, a river diverted.
Scholars still debate the balance between fact and fiction, as accounts were forged and distorted. But many historians believe that Khan wasnt buried alone: his successors are thought to have been entombed with him in a vast necropolis, possibly containing treasures and loot from his extensive conquests.
Germans, Japanese, Americans, Russians, and Brits all have led expeditions in search of his grave, spending millions of dollars. All have failed. The location of the tomb has been one of archeologys most enduring mysteries.
I dont often recommend Newsweek article but I will recommend this one. Take the time to read it.
He makes a very Republican point on immigration here.
In a rare public policy speech, former President George W. Bush said Tuesday that immigrants both help the American economy and invigorate our soul.
America is a nation of immigrants. Immigrants helped build the country we became, and immigrants can help build a dynamic tomorrow. Not only do immigrants help build our economy, they invigorate our soul, Bush said.
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I hope we keep in mind the contribution of immigrants to the building of our nation, Bush said.
Immigrants come with new skills and new ideas, he added. They fill a key gap in our labor market, they work hard for the chance for a better life.
I dont disagree with the former president but the problem we face is that there are too many people who come here in violation of our nations laws. Until we deal with the illegal border crossing problem and the reality that we have millions of illegal aliens in this country, will it be possible to provide the sort of welcome to immigrants that we historically have shown to newcomers to our country?
Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar on Monday called on Fatah to join his movement in the fight against Israel and to stop wasting time and effort with the peace process.
Zahars call came as Hamas and Fatah representatives stepped up their efforts to end their differences and achieve national reconciliation.
Hamas is already breaking their truce with Israel, and Fatah has gotten the international recognition it wants from the UN. Expect a serious effort to end the existence of Israel to come from both of the cancerous tumors that make up Terrorstine.
On Saturday, Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher murdered the mother of his child, Kasandra Perkins. He then went to the Chiefs practice facility and killed himself while talking to a group of coaches and front office personnel. We still are not sure of the reasons for this sad and tragic incident and Im not sure that we ever will be. But that doesnt mean that certain folks of the liberal persuasion are not prepared to use this situation to call for the repudiation of the rights of American citizens that are guaranteed under the US Constitution.
I wont get into the maddening hypocrisy of the NFL and professional sports broadcasters that will allow Costas to keep his job. After all, he has expressed an acceptably liberal opinion on a political matter, so he wont suffer the fate of Rush Limbaugh, whose controversial observation on affirmative action in the NFL cost him his job.
Costas is, of course, wrong on all particulars. In all likelihood Kasandra Perkins would still be dead at the hands of Jovan Belcher even if guns were banned. Just ask Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman knives are quite lethal even in the hands of an older, slower, out of shape former professional athlete, and Belcher was in his prime. I dont doubt that he could have snapped her neck or choked her to death with his bare hands. Belcher, of course, might have survived his attempt at suicide had he used a knife or members of the Chiefs organization might have ended up dead or wounded as they made a heroic attempt to wrestle the knife from the player. Of course, a complete gun ban might not have prevented any of this consider the fact that Chicago, New York and Washington, DC are cities with very strict gun laws and very high rates of crimes committed using guns.
And notice that I use the phrase crimes committed using guns rather than gun crime. There is no such thing as gun crime, any more than there is knife crime, screwdriver crime or baseball bat crime. The instruments used to commit crimes are not the problem it is the conscious choice to violate the law.
Costas comments were based upon a column by Jason Whitlock that dutifully included the liberal line on gun control. Those arguments are no more persuasive because of their repetition than they were before the sad events of last Saturday. Indeed, Whitlock makes a better case for banning football as destructive to our society than he does for banning guns. Which is not to say he makes a good case for banning either. And given his subsequent statements likening the NRA to the KKK, Whitlock is obviously not a man who is much acquainted with logical thinking or moral decency nor is he a man with a functioning sense of shame.
Of course, the opinions of a couple of self-righteous liberals is not terribly relevant. Our courts have regularly upheld our right to own guns after all, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed is every bit as much of a constitutional principle as freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion.
Given that Kim is famous because of who shes done rather than what shes done, I can understand protesting her presence in any community.
U.S. television celebrity Kim Kardashian brought out screaming fans, angry Muslim hardliners and police throwing stun grenades on Saturday when she visited Bahrain to launch a milkshake franchise, witnesses said. About 100 Sunni Salafists demonstrated with banners outside The Walk Bahrain, an upmarket mall in the capital Manama, after some MPs tried to block the visit over what they called her "bad reputation", according to a local newspaper.
If I had a daughter, I wouldnt want to have her following the example of a girl whose mother negotiated the deal pimping out her sex tape.
But on the other hand, Kim and her sisters do keep me in a Holiday Spirit year round.
I guess it is only a bad thing when the billionaire from outside a congressional district who uses his money to buy the election for a candidate is a conservative.
Joe Baca never saw it coming, and neither did Gloria Negrete McLeod.
But as state Sen. Negrete McLeod replaces Baca in Congress, the dueling San Bernardino County Democrats witnessed first hand the beginnings of a change in gun politics, courtesy of billionaire New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
No doubt the strongest gun control advocate on Forbes' list of the fabulously rich, Bloomberg seized an opportunity to unseat Baca, a pro-gun Democrat, by spending $3.3 million on television and mail attacks. Given his estimated $25 billion fortune, $3.3 million is couch cushion change. But it was three times the sum Baca and Negrete McLeod raised between them. By homing in on a loyal National Rifle Association politician, Bloomberg altered a long-standing element of American politics.
Bloombergs personal political action committee dropped millions to support anti-Bill of Rights candidates around the country. Somehow this has not been reported until now. Maybe that is because his name isnt Koch or Adelson, or perhaps it is just because his faux-Republican center-left politics suit the liberal media just fine. Just call it one more example of liberal hypocrisy.
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The Royal Family is looking forward to welcoming another prince or princess into the world.
Their rep confirmed to Fox News that Princess Kate and Prince William are expecting their first child.
"Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby," the rep said in a statement. "The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news."
The pregnancy is less than 12 weeks along, and there the Duchess of Cambridge is hospitalized with an extreme form of morning sickness which may be the reason for the early announcement. Some even speculate that the condition may be a sign of potential twins.
May all progress normally and may the resulting child/children be healthy and loved.