As one of the last of a rapidly fading generation of humble, great men, he’s gone too soon even at 90.
A veteran of World War II who slipped away from a nursing home in England last year to attend the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of D-Day in France has died at the age of 90.
Bernard Jordan, who became known as the Great Escaper after his escapade last June, died peacefully at The Pines, a care home in Hove, East Sussex, the hospital said in a statement.
His secret departure from the home to take a cross-Channel ferry to France, wearing his war medals under a gray raincoat, prompted a police search when the staff at the home reported him missing.
Mr. Jordan, who served in the Royal Navy, made his own way to Normandy, and his whereabouts was discovered only when a younger veteran telephoned during the night of June 5 to say that he had met Mr. Jordan, who was safe and would return when he was good and ready.
Mr. Jordan later said that he had gone to Normandy because “my thoughts were with my mates who had been killed. I was going to pay my respects. I was a bit off course, but I got there.”
He told the nursing home staff he was going out to take a walk, and headed toward Portsmouth to attend D-Day celebrations there. But on the way, he decided instead to take the overnight ferry to Caen. Although he had no accreditation, he was allowed into the ceremonies and ended up about 100 yards from Queen Elizabeth II.
There were so many moving tales of WWII survivors who talked about the fact that they probably wouldn’t live long enough to make it to another D-Day ceremony. With his passing, Jordan’s spunk and guts to get there last summer is all the more admirable and poignant. Again, God bless him and those he fought with.
Seriously, how did this woman get this far, especially in a job that requires her to think quickly and communicate well? The American public has yet to see her do either.
Governments in Europe all want more electric cars on their roads in 2015 as part of the drive to cut fuel consumption and tame climate change. The trouble is, nobody wants to buy them, despite generous subsidies in some countries.
Germany, Europe’s biggest economy and car market, will need to take drastic action if it is to embrace electrification, and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) wants a new tax on gasoline to provide money to make this happen.
Pure electric cars cost about twice as much as the equivalent sized conventionally powered vehicles, with much less range which also varies dramatically with use and climate.
“Inefficient and expensive? Sign me up!”
Government participants in the Church of Climate Change Hysteria must now extort money from their citizens to encourage said citizens to purchase something they don’t want to fight some scary carbon phantoms under the bed. This is the inherent lunacy of bureaucracies perfectly captured in one story.
Misguided politicians the world over are willing to imperil national economies and financially burden citizens all to facilitate something that even staunch Climate Church scientists admit may have little impact.
On the bright side…kidding, there isn’t one as long as the Climate evangelicals can get near the money.
This is how you get mainstream media gigs if you’re a Republican — by badmouthing the other Republicans that unhinged progressives love to hate. Btw, Ms. Wallace — most Republicans get nauseous when we think of how awful John McCain was in the 2008 general election.
Ohio Republican John Boehner beat back a conservative rebellion on the House floor Tuesday, winning a third and possibly final term as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
But on the opening day of the new Republican-controlled Congress, a bloc of Tea Party insurgents fired off a warning shot to GOP leadership.
I’m not sure that the tone-deaf Speaker heard the warning shot or that repeated firings will have any effect.
The drama surrounding this non-drama was largely fueled by some “reporters” who kept seeing something that wasn’t there-a seething rebellion in the GOP ranks. As we told you yesterday, this was never really a thing.
There is no reason conservatives should stop pressuring their reps to pressure Boehner, however. It’s a slow, inexact process but it can yield results.
“We may not have enough to overcome a veto, so it may be a two-step process,” Hoeven told Reuters.Obama, who has been considering the pipeline for six years, has opposed previous bills to force the project through, saying the State Department needs to complete its regulatory process. If he rejects this bill, Keystone backers will attempt to attach the measure to wider legislation Obama could find harder to veto, perhaps legislation on energy efficiency, exporting natural gas, or on appropriations.
As beginnings go, confronting the president on an issue he’s been insanely intractable about isn’t a bad one for the new Senate majority. This is a direct push at Obama’s most rigid ideology-climate change hysteria-and sends a message about “a new tone in Washington.” Who knows, maybe will get lucky and some Republicans will actually enjoy having the upper hand and will continue pressing their advantage.
A guy can dream, can’t he?
Jeb Bush’s fundraising operation is about to get serious.
Allies of the former Florida governor are planning to roll out both a leadership PAC and a super PAC in the coming days in an effort to lock up major donors and give pause to potential rivals for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, according to several sources.
They say the two PACs are planning their finance teams, as well as first quarter fundraising events, including some in Florida and one in Washington before the end of the month.
The plan is a bold one that in some ways echoes — and updates — the aggressive pre-campaign fundraising approach taken by Mitt Romney ahead of his 2008 and 2012 runs.
It’s unclear how or whether the two pieces of the pro-Bush money machine will operate together, or to what extent the would-be candidate himself would be involved in them, since a host of complicated federal laws and regulations govern political action committees. Bush’s allies were under strict orders not to talk to the media about the planned PAC launches.
But such a set-up could potentially allow Bush’s supporters to raise huge contributions or secure pledges into a super PAC that could tout his attributes — or criticize potential rivals — before an official campaign launches. A leadership PAC, meanwhile, could accept smaller checks to fund a pre-campaign political operation.
Here we go again. Let’s let an inferior moderate candidate press an early financial advantage all the way to the nomination. That’s been a SPECTACULAR formula for decades now. The people who defend the GOP’s “next in line” approach to presidential elections will only give you a blank stare if you mention that the party has won the popular vote for the presidency exactly once in twenty seven years.
Were it not for the Supreme Court in 2000, the Dems might have run the table since Jeb’s daddy lost to a no-name governor because he sold out the base on taxes.
This is not the time to drown in a sea of milquetoast capitulation. The Republicans have an advantage and the attention of most of the American electorate. Perhaps they should use that advantage to push forward a bold leader.
Or lose to Elizabeth Warren.
Thousands of Indians have fled from their homes as fighting between India and Pakistan spread along a 200-km (124 mile) stretch of the border in the disputed region of Kashmir.
Tension between the nuclear-armed rivals has risen since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called off peace talks in August and clashes along stretches of their border have been erupting intermittently since October.
At least 10 Indian and Pakistani soldiers and civilians have been killed in fighting over the past week.
About 6,000 civilians in Indian-controlled Kashmir fled from their homes late on Monday as fighting moved to civilian areas, said Shantmanu, the divisional commissioner of Jammu region. About 4,000 left after fighting began last week.
“We had a narrow escape and there is a war-like situation,” Sham Kumar, 54, from Sherpur village told Reuters. “Pakistani troops are using long-range weapons. It is the first time we have seen such intense shelling.”
Comforting, no? A couple of newer nuclear powers in a region not known for stability getting edgy with one another certainly adds to the falling apart feeling around the globe. At this point I think Greenland is the only place that hasn’t gotten violent.
Thankfully, we have a strong international body like the United Nations to keep things calm around the world.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker used his inauguration speech Monday to lay out the rationale for his all-but-announced candidacy for president, emphasizing the “clear contrast” between Washington, D.C., and his home state, and stressing how reforms he pushed through during his first term have made Wisconsin “more free and prosperous.”
The speech, infused with references to faith, outlined Walker’s conservative world view in compassionate terms, but it was also peppered with mentions of economic policies the often-controversial governor counts as key to his legacy.
That last sentence could have read: “…but it was also peppered with mentions of successful economic policies.” Politico, being what it is, however, had to make it sound as if the whole thing were a mirage. The “often-controversial” governor won three elections for his two terms in a blue state. He boldly fought for the pension reform that other governors are waiting until after financial catastrophe hits to get around to addressing. He has battled a years-long Big Labor money-infused smear campaign that may have worked in days past when the MSM had a stranglehold on all information.
He keeps winning elections because the people of Wisconsin know that he’s getting results.
Let’s hope he doesn’t get pushed to the side because of the GOP’s “Well-Worn Retread” policy for presidential candidates.
John Boehner is a near certain bet to win a third term as speaker, but his allies concede that he could lose the support of between a dozen and 20 of his fellow Republicans.
The House will vote Tuesday on the Ohio Republican’s bid to serve a third term as speaker. He needs to garner the support of 217 lawmakers, meaning that opposition from 29 House Republicans could lose him the speaker’s gavel. In 2013, when Republicans had a smaller majority, Boehner narrowly retained the speakership, losing the support of 11 Republicans. Losing a dozen votes hurts Boehner, but is not fatal for his speakership.
There remains a growing pocket of opposition that Boehner’s allies think they have under control. This group is angry at Boehner for crafting a yearlong, $1.1 trillion spending bill that didn’t directly target President Barack Obama’s use of executive action to loosen immigration enforcement.
So far, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert and Florida Rep. Ted Yoho have announced they will challenge Boehner – both long-shot candidates, at best.
And as of Monday morning, the anti-Boehner crowd was far from where it needed to be to force a second-ballot vote. Those who have said they will vote against Boehner include Indiana Rep. Marlin Stutzman, North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones, Oklahoma Rep. Jim Bridenstine, Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, Iowa Rep. Steve King and new Republican Reps. Gary Palmer of Alabama and Dave Brat of Virginia. Stutzman and King voted for Boehner in 2013. Brat’s predecessor – Eric Cantor – also voted for Boehner. Stutzman lost his own bid for Republican whip in June.
Those of us who have been longtime Boehner detractors would love nothing more than seeing him replaced as speaker. While it is comforting to see some members of the House who will publicly oppose him, it’s all still a very long shot.
This would have more meaning if Boehner and his flying monkeys were open to a dialog about why conservatives are disgruntled, but that probably won’t be the case. It is more likely that he will seek to marginalize and punish those who were vocal in their opposition. Current GOP leadership in both the House and Senate are far more interested in fiercely battling conservatives in their own ranks than they are Democrats.
Hopefully, conservatives in Washington can keep pressing their case and make some gains before the base is permanently alienated. That’s a reality that is much closer than leadership thinks.
For years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost. But those remedies will now be applied to the Harvard faculty, and the professors are in an uproar.
Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the heart of the 378-year-old university, voted overwhelmingly in November to oppose changes that would require them and thousands of other Harvard employees to pay more for health care. The university says the increases are in part a result of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, which many Harvard professors championed.
The faculty vote came too late to stop the cost increases from taking effect this month, and the anger on campus remains focused on questions that are agitating many workplaces: How should the burden of health costs be shared by employers and employees? If employees have to bear more of the cost, will they skimp on medically necessary care, curtail the use of less valuable services, or both?
“Harvard is a microcosm of what’s happening in health care in the country,” said David M. Cutler, a health economist at the university who was an adviser to President Obama’s 2008 campaign. But only up to a point: Professors at Harvard have until now generally avoided the higher expenses that other employers have been passing on to employees.
Who would have thought that all of the smoke and mirror trickery to delay the real effects of Obamacare would hit people this hard?
Oh yeah, regular Americans who have been paying attention.
American academics are so used to spouting socialist Utopian nonsense while cashing fat capitalist paychecks that their delicate psyches aren’t prepared for the reality of their leftist fantasies. Most big -government elitists are fans of programs that put the burdens on anyone but them, and that is the way that these boondoggles are usually crafted. It is natural that they thought they’d get a pass on this.
This news would be thoroughly entertaining if this tragic reality weren’t already making middle-class Americans endure undue hardships.
More from Michael Walsh:
Ben Carson, a retired surgeon popular with Tea Party conservatives, has said he will decide by May 1 whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, according to a media report.
In an interview with NewsMaxTV last week, Carson said he is still studying various political issues as he weighs a potential run for the White House.
“You have to know a lot of stuff,” he told NewsMaxTV on Friday. “I’m rapidly acquiring that knowledge, listening to people and really finding a tremendous amount of frustration with the status quo, politics as usual, be it Republican or Democrat.
Like many on the Right, I like the idea of Ben Carson but I am not so fond of the idea of him becoming a presidential candidate right away.
He is obviously a brilliant man, but that doesn’t mean he would make a good candidate. The hyper-exposed media era we live in exposes every weakness, especially during the interminable presidential primary process. This isn’t the early 20th Century where someone can step out of private life and have his accomplishments carry him to the White House. In 2004, Wesley Clark was the darling of the liberal media and the fever for his candidacy was very much like the feeling some conservatives have for Dr. Carson right now. He has the private sector cred that we crave but none of the campaign experience is needed.
With the bench that the GOP has for 2016 it might be a good idea to not burn out a potent wild card like Carson right away.
De Blasio, addressing nearly 900 graduating cadets, said, “You will confront all manner of problems. Problems that you didn’t create.”
A heckler cried out: “You created them!” Some in the audience applauded the outburst.
De Blasio, briefly flustered, continued with his speech.
A dozen or so people turned their backs on the mayor as he spoke, repeating a gesture by thousands of officers at Saturday’s funeral for policeman Rafael Ramos.
Hizzoner isn’t doing anything substantive to repair this rift. He is merely using the old politician’s trick of just showing up and pretending that equates to “effort”.
And now for something completely different…
Conservative mega-donor Charles Koch, known for his support of libertarian and Republican causes, is opening his wallet on an unexpected issue.
Koch, according to a story published Sunday by The Wichita Eagle, plans to increase his efforts for criminal justice reform.
“Over the next year, we are going to be pushing the issues key to this, which need a lot of work in this country,” Koch said, according to the paper. “And that would be freedom of speech, cronyism and how that relates to opportunities for the disadvantaged.”
Koch added that changes are needed, “especially for the disadvantaged,” whom he said feel the impact the most.
He also cited the need to reform criminal sentences, which he said need to be “more appropriate to the crime that has been committed.”
The continuing demonizing of the Koch brothers is one of the more appalling lies abetted by the MSM. Far more open-minded and less single-issue than any of their Democrat big money counterparts, Charles and David Koch spread their money around to a variety of causes and politicians that would surprise anyone who only knows them from the media characterizations. While prominent progressives are encouraging “protesters” to disrupt holiday shopping, travel and traffic in the name of criminal justice reform, Charles Koch is taking out his checkbook to affect real change.
Charles Koch is no Al Sharpton, he’s actually doing something that might help.
I like the propaganda angle. Actually, smuggling copies of the movie into North Korea would serve as both propaganda and punishment. Win/Win!
The BBC’s director of television Danny Cohen said that he has “never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew” following what he felt was a rise in anti-semitism in the country and the rest of Europe in the last year, reports The Independent.
Speaking to an audience at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, a conference addressing the ability of comedy to drive forward social change, Cohen said “I’ve never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as I’ve felt in the last 12 months. And it’s made me think about, you know, is it our long-term home, actually? Because you feel it. I’ve felt it in a way I’ve never felt before.”
Cohen outlined how anti-semitism was on the rise again across Europe. “You’ve seen the number of attacks rise, you’ve seen murders in France, you’ve seen murders in Belgium. It’s been pretty grim actually,” he said.
The unrest here at home has moved the frothing anti-Israel hordes to the background for now, but they’re still out there. Europe is getting positively frightening, however. For so long, a blind eye was turned to the radical Islam elements taking root all over the continent and now there is a militant infrastructure in place to whip all the reliable useful idiots into a frenzy.
It is interesting, and important, that a member of the media is addressing this rising tension. The media everywhere plays a big part in egging agitators on, especially with the way the “news” from Israel is covered. Cohen doesn’t mention that in this interview, but his position at the BBC is lofty enough that it should give some pause, and perhaps make them think a little about their roles.
In a world where the attention spans are shrinking by the hour, shrill sells better than ever these days, especially in television news. The more incendiary, the better. Until the fire hits their doorsteps.
When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost of legislation.
Conservative groups have been calling for the replacement of CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, who was appointed by Democrats in 2009 and whose term expires next month. They argue that a Republican-leaning economist would more readily adopt a cost analysis known as “dynamic scoring” that incorporates expectations of higher economic growth associated with legislation.
Analyses by the CBO, a non-partisan office, show how much a bill would increase or decrease the federal budget deficit over a 10-year period.
The budget math used under dynamic scoring has long been a goal for Republican lawmakers, including the incoming chairman of the House Budget Committee, Representative Tom Price, and the current chairman, Paul Ryan, who next month will take over the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.
Under current congressional analysis rules, if a bill cuts tax rates, government revenues fall. Dynamic scoring assumes that lower tax rates would boost growth and income, helping to offset at least some of the lost revenues.
Higher tax rates are always onerous but lower ones can have very positive effects, so why not factor that potential in? Unless, of course, you’re on the side that now calls taxes “revenues” all the time in an attempt to dupe the American people into feeling better about having income confiscated from them. Or you’re deliberately trying to avoid a conversation about the economy-stimulating effects of less confiscatory behavior on the part of our, ahem, “representatives”.
So you can see why Democrats will probably be opposed to a change like this.
Carly Fiorina is laying the groundwork for what one ally says is an “imminent” presidential campaign—one that could launch as early as next month.
The former Hewlett-Packard CEO, who raised her political profile with a failed run against Sen. Barbara Boxer of California in 2010, has frequently been mentioned as a long-shot contender to seek the Republican presidential nomination. The speculation is driven by equal parts novelty and activity: Fiorina, who paid several high-profile visits to early-nominating states in 2014, acknowledged that she would likely be the only woman in the GOP field.
“Look, I think it would be great if we had female candidates—or candidate,” Fiorina told National Journal earlier this year.
Fiorina is now poised to become that candidate. According to three sources with direct knowledge of the situation, she has authorized members of her inner circle to seek out and interview candidates for two key positions on her presidential campaign: political director and communications director. Notably, the sources said, her associates are aiming to fill both positions with women.
Look, she’s a more sane option than Jeb Bush to consider this far out. Then again, I’m a better idea than Jeb Bush. Ebola is a better idea than Jeb Bush.
Are we clear on the fact that I don’t like Jeb Bush?
Kidding aside though, I’ve talked to several people in the past year who have heard Fiorina speak at different events and each one was extremely impressed. She is apparently much better with crowds now and one colleague told me that she wasn’t even on his radar for 2016 and now he’s taking her seriously for at least the VP slot.
And she’s not Jeb Bush.
A bushy-haired and bearded Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made his first public appearance in more than 17 months as a throng of conspiracy theorists massed outside a Boston federal courthouse to show support for the terrorist suspect as he prepares for trial early next year.
The 21-year-old looked a bit different Thursday than the clean-cut photo that appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine months after the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon bombing that left three dead and more than 260 injured.
His supporters, who claim Tsarnaev was set up and is actually innocent, massed outside the court building armed with provocative signs. Two women caught the eye of marathon bombing survivor Marc Fucarile, who limped by with a cane needed after he lost his right leg in the carnage.
“That’s trickery?” Fucarile fumed as he lifted his prosthetic leg to show the damage Tsarnaev is accused of doing to score of innocents.
“We’re talking about the prosecution,” one woman shot back as Fucarile shook his head and continued in. “You should care that they get the right guy!”
How long before this little terrorist scum becomes a liberal cause célèbre? I mean, Mumia Abu-Jamal is getting a little long in the tooth and doesn’t have the wow factor for insane liberal conspiracy idiots he once did. Is there any doubt that’s exactly what Rolling Stone was trying to do for Tsarnaev with its cover profile last year?
[VIDEO] Jay Thomas Tells CNN That Getting Killed by NoKo Would Be a ‘Great End’ to Careers of Rogen and Franco
Yes, he was kidding. Maybe. Jay Thomas isn’t exactly known for holding back so CNN knew what they were getting into here. I can hardly wait for the demands for an apology and Thomas flatly refusing them.
Rodents such as squirrels and beavers are contributing far more to global warming than previously thought, forcing climate scientists to alter the models they use to chart how the world is warming up.
Arctic ground squirrels churn up and warm soil in the Tundra, releasing carbon dioxide, while methane released by beavers contributes 200 times more methane than they did 100 years ago, according to scientists from the American Geophysical Union.
Faeces and urine produced by rodents are speeding up the release of carbon from the permafrost, the vast store of greenhouses spanning the Arctic Circle, researchers found.
Dr Sue Natali, from the AGU, said “We know wildlife impacts vegetation, and we know vegetation impacts thaw and soil carbon.
“It certainly has a bigger impact than we’ve considered and it’s something we will be considering more and more going into the future.”
It is probably a safe bet to say that there are a lot of factors like this that the AGW witch hunters have overlooked when developing computer models. After all, Fuzzy McBeaverton isn’t exactly the face of climate change that is going to sell the public on the tripling of their utility bills, is it?
This also serves to illustrate just how dangerous it can be to legislate based on computer models about climate change when the accuracy of those models depend entirely on the data used to create them.
If you’re wondering whether the data might be “massaged” a bit to have a given model allow its creator adhere to Climate Church orthodoxy, the answer is: definitely.
There’s big money in Big Green.
It’s been 43 days since Election Day, and Republican Martha McSally has finally and officially been declared the winner in a very close Congressional race.
McSally has won by 167 votes, a Superior Court judge announced this morning.
The original vote count was so close that a recount was required. The original tally showed McSally winning by 161 votes.
McSally ousted incumbent Ron Barber, a Democrat who served one full term and one partial term after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords resigned to recover from injuries from a mass shooting in Tucson in 2011.
Giffords was a fairly centrist Democrat (and former Republican) so the GOP had hoped to maybe pick this seat off in 2012 but they ran an absolutely horrible candidate. This is my hometown, which has been moving very leftward for decades so this pickup is significant, even by such a slim margin.
The A-10 Thunderbolt II attack jet has been carrying out airstrikes against the Islamic State since late November on a near-daily basis, a U.S. military official said Tuesday. It marks the first time the use of the pugnacious plane against the militant group has been confirmed, although U.S. military officials disclosed last month that they had deployed the A-10 in support of the mission in Iraq and Syria.
The jet is beloved by U.S. ground troops for its ability to strikes enemy fighters from the air, but it remains in a fierce budget battle in Washington. Air Force officials and some fiscal conservatives have advocated retiring the aircraft to save money and using other planes for close-air support missions. A compromise in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act will keep it flying at least one more year, but it’s future afterward is still uncertain.
The slow-moving jet isn’t designed to get into dogfights with fighter jets, but is well suited for the mission in Iraq and Syria. Nicknamed the Warthog, it has an armored belly to protect pilots from ground fire, and carries a 30mm Gatling gun cannon and a variety of bombs, missiles and rockets. It has been in the Air Force since the 1970s and flown in combat missions since the 1990s.
This plane and its fate remain a perfect reminder of just why we shouldn’t trust the Ruling Class bureaucrats with, well, anything. To them, it’s a budget concern. To the people who have been fighting this psychotic Jihadis to protect us, this plane is a lifesaver, quite literally. Bloated morons playing with the money of the citizens are deciding the fates of American troops from afar based on accountants’ recommendations. It is bad enough that we send young Americans into battle with rules of engagement that are seemingly designed to prevent the feelings of the enemy from getting hurt, but denying them the equipment most proven in the field is unconscionable.
Cows were running free in Pocatello, Idaho, Tuesday, following in the hooves of a feisty heifer that escaped from a meat packing plant Friday. The pursuit of that cow made national headlines; five cows have now broken out of the plant in the past four days.
Two cows remain at large, part of a cohort of at least four animals that made a run for it Sunday. Their escape came two days after a 1,000-pound cow broke out by reportedly jumping a 6-foot fence.
As always, I blame Obamacare and progressives in academia for our runaway cow epidemic.
Also, admit it, you thought I was going to trick you and this was going to be a story about Lena Dunham, didn’t you?
True, he did apologize.
Ted Cruz privately apologized to GOP senators Tuesday for interrupting their holiday schedules by his surprise tactics that effectively brought the Senate into session over the weekend.
According to five senators who attended Tuesday’s caucus lunch, Cruz offered the apology in unsolicited remarks, saying that he regretted if any of his colleagues’ schedules were ruined by his maneuvering. He didn’t say whether he would do something similar again, senators said.
He was sorry for any scheduling inconveniences his colleagues may have experienced, fair enough.
In the Reuters telling of the story, the misrepresentation begins with the headline:
Firebrand Senator Ted Cruz apologizes for U.S. spending bill ruckus
Then “a source familiar with the meeting” is quoted as saying Cruz “was contrite and made an effort to explain to people he wished he hadn’t done it.”
The “it” is never explained. Of course, the source could actually be reliable and Cruz could still have been talking about the inconvenience, but this article is definitely crafted to leave people with a different impression.
Cruz Comms Director Amanda Carpenter removed any doubt:
Just so everyone is clear. Cruz is not apologizing for actions to stop amnesty. Apologized for surprising, inconveniencing sens on Fri/Sat
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) December 16, 2014
Last week, [Robby Soave] wrote [at Reason's "Hit & Run" blog] about how “students are so coddled by the feelings-protection regime at university campuses that they now believe disheartening national news developments—such as the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases—entitle them to final exam extensions.”
Columbia Law School delayed final exams for students who felt unable to take them in the wake these developments. Students at Harvard and Georgetown began demanding their universities follow suit.
One might think that Oberlin College, known for it’s ultra-crunchy reputation, would be all about this. At least one professor at Oberlin, however, is having none of it…
What follows is absolutely epic.
Here is the Facebook exchange between a student (who is, sadly, a product of the self esteem and participation era) speaking out for minority groups to which she doesn’t belong and the professor’s response. (click to enlarge):
Look for this guy to be out of a job within the year. Dissent from the progressive orthodoxy is not tolerated.
Here’s a big bowl of Ouch Flakes for Her Inevitable Madameship’s breakfast this morning. My PJTV colleague John Phillips and I have speculated on several occasions that the press will eventually turn on Hillary, we just didn’t think it would be this soon.
Jeh Johnson, the secretary of Homeland Security, came to this South Texas outpost on Monday to inaugurate a 50-acre detention center that will hold as many as 2,400 migrants caught crossing the Southwest border illegally, becoming the largest immigration detention facility in the country.
Though President Obama has offered work permits and protection from deportation to millions of unauthorized immigrants, he also ordered new policies to reinforce border security, hoping to prevent a new surge of illegal crossings. Mr. Johnson presided over the opening of the center in Dilley, 85 miles northeast of Laredo, to draw more attention to the border security pieces of the president’s executive actions, in response to the furor those actions caused.
Yay, border security, right?
The center is specially designed to house migrant women and their children, from babies to teenagers, as their deportation cases move through the courts.
Standing on a barren dirt roadway lined with cabins in a fenced-in compound, Mr. Johnson delivered a blunt message to migrants without legal papers considering a trip to the United States. “It will now be more likely that you will be detained and sent back,” he said.
“More likely!” Well, they’re certainly putting their feet down now. Below is a picture of part of this “We mean business!” detention facility (no, really):
From The Daily Star in Lebanon:
BEIRUT: Syrian jihadi and rebel militias overran a sprawling government military base in Idlib province Monday, achieving the year’s biggest victory against the regime of President Bashar Assad.
The Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, along with the powerful Ahrar al-Sham militia and other allies, seized the Wadi Deif base after a fierce, two-day push that sent hundreds of regime troops fleeing the area, as regime warplanes pounded the area in a bid to secure their retreat.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-regime monitoring group based in Britain, said 31 government troops were killed in the assault on the base, along with a dozen fighters from the Nusra Front and its allies, although some pro-Nusra social media outlets said nearly 80 rebels had been killed.
A military commander from Ahrar al-Sham claimed in a video statement that around 200 regime troops were killed in the offensive, while several hundred were wounded.
That’s always been the tricky part of dealing with the never-ending turmoil in this part of the world-it’s often a “lesser of two evils but, wow, they’re both really evil” proposition (see: Egypt). One bad actor will just step in and take the place of another, and whatever ill the new bad guys sow will be blamed on the United States for either being too proactive or too inactive.
If there is a solution to what the West can do to “help” in Syria, it has yet to be discovered, probably because almost every foreseeable outcome with the current players is so unpalatable.
Alpha males tend to thrive in cutthroat offices—and restaurants that douse their food in hot sauce.
A study by researchers from the University of Grenoble found that men who preferred spicier foods also tended to have higher testosterone levels than men with milder tastes. In the study, published in the journal Physiology & Behavior, 114 men from age 18 to 44 were polled on whether or not they liked spicy foods, and were later served a dish of mashed potatoes which they were allowed to season with however much hot sauce and salt they wanted.
The researchers found that men with higher testosterone levels tended to use more hot sauce and indicated a greater preference for it. There was no relationship between testosterone and the amount of salt used. High testosterone levels in men have long been linked to dominant and competitive traits.
The conundrum is that many deliciously spicy foods also leave one with breath that doesn’t go over well on a date.
Which is why I am a huge consumer of Altoids.
North Korea on Monday asked the United Nations Security Council to add the issue of torture by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency to its agenda and to establish an investigation to ensure those responsible are held to account for human rights abuses.
The request by Pyongyang came as two-thirds of the 15-member council push for the human rights situation in North Korea to be added to the agenda. A U.N. report in February detailed abuses in North Korea that it said were comparable to Nazi-era atrocities.
Once an issue is on the Security Council agenda, it can be discussed by the body at any time.
Wow, who would have thought that this Democrat hit piece designed as a “Senate report” would just give ammunition to various low-life global actors?
Oh yeah, everyone.
The NoKos were busy reveling in all the havoc they wrought at Sony last week so they took longer to respond. The UN is the Devil’s Playground for the the most horrific regimes on the planet and, if I am not mistaken, now exists solely as an oversized water cooler for the international community to gather and complain about the United States and then ask the US to pick up the check.
Why are we still there again?
The Supreme Court on Monday turned down Arizona’s bid to limit how doctors prescribe drugs that are commonly used in early abortions.
The justices in an unsigned order dismissed an appeal from Arizona state lawyers and let stand a lower court ruling that blocked the abortion regulation from taking effect.
The court’s action is the latest showing the justices are skeptical of strict new state regulations on abortion, or at least unwilling to confront the issue now.
In October, the court blocked Texas from enforcing part of a new abortion law that would have required all abortion clinics to meet the standards of an ambulatory surgical center. Lawyers for the clinics said this rule, if enforced, would have closed most of the state’s remaining abortion facilities.
While this is certainly unwelcome news for those of us who are pro-life, it does serve to illustrate just how full of it the pro-abortion lobby is. Since the election in November, dire warnings of end times for convenient abortions have been ringing throughout the left media (Google “abortion rights Republican majority”). The story goes that the states are asserting their rights (in America? Quelle horreur!) and rolling back “a woman’s right to chose” to the point that it’s nigh on impossible to get an abortion.
Some states have tried to make the procedure safer (Texas), which shouldn’t even be debatable after the Gosnell horrors were revealed. Others have tried to make abortion a bit more difficult to get than, say, gum at 7-Eleven. Of course, any restrictions are seen as onerous to the abortion lobby.
In the fevered minds of the professional abortion mongers, one state’s actions will somehow countermand Roe vs Wade overnight.
If there is anything we’ve learned from Jonathan Gruber, it’s that they know they’re playing to a stupid constituency.
Gosh, it’s stunning to think that this would pop into her head after weeks of relentless bashing of law enforcement by the media and elected officials.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Friday said he thinks “a lot of people cringed a bit” when reading Amy Pascal’s hacked Sony e-mails in which she jokes about President Obama’s movie tastes with producer Scott Rudin.
Pascal apologized for the racially tinged emails, which she called “insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am.”
Speaking at the White House press briefing, Earnest noted that “at least one of the Sony executives whose emails were made public has apologized for the contents of those emails, and I think that was appropriate.”
“I think a lot of people who read those e-mails, maybe not everybody, but I think a lot of people, cringed a bit when they were reading them,” Earnest said.
No doubt Pascal’s “apology” was accompanied by an offer of more financial contributions to Democrats in the future.
What probably had the White House cringing more than the racial stereotype jokes was the revelation that the president isn’t worshiped by those in the entertainment industry who support him. They put on a good show and play up the messiah nonsense but he is still nothing more to them than a political tool that they pay to use.
Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen was prepared for the worst and that was pretty much what he got from the House. With just weeks remaining before the new tax season opens, the House walloped the embattled agency with $350 million in budget cuts. That’s in addition to earlier slashes to the IRS budget of more than $1 billion since 2010, resulting in nearly 13,000 employee layoffs. More cuts, the Commissioner had warned previously, would make upcoming tax season “miserable,” a sentiment echoed by the National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson.
Representatives touted the cuts as much needed but it looks like something else: revenge. Many in Congress are still fuming about the tax-exempt organization scandal and those missing Lerner emails. Others are angry about reports of wasteful spending. And still others see this as a great opportunity to keep IRS from properly implementing pieces of the Affordable Care Act – yes, the same Act that Congress pushed through a few years ago, tasking IRS with related administrative responsibilities.
For some very odd reason, the Forbes contributor who wrote this post is sympathetic to the supposed financial plight of the IRS.
Cutting funds to an agency that has been going rogue at the request of the president isn’t revenge, it’s good business. There isn’t a bureaucratic agency in existence that couldn’t use some fat-trimming, but when one is caught deliberately misusing funds it should be given a budget with no extra money to misspend again.