It is a crime that, were it not for the recent sensational story of three women held in captivity in a Cleveland home for 12 years, would be hard to fathom in terms of its duration and the degree of abuse suffered by the victim. The one common thread running through both stories is that they are over, the victims returned to their families, the perpetrators in custody.
Republican politicians and activists can barely contain their glee at the simultaneous eruption of three major controversies about the Obama administration.
Conservatives are at a low boil over the administration’s dissembling about its actions after the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. The public is concerned about the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service. And even liberals are outraged by the administration’s heavy-handed investigations of leaks to the news media.
Finally, many Republicans think, the tide is turning against the Democrats. Republican strategists — and the few conservatives on Capitol Hill who were in Washington during the Clinton years — are less excited. They fear that the party is about to repeat the mistakes it made in 1998.
Keeping alive the long history between National Socialism and Jihaddist Islam, the twisted cross of Nazism is flying high and proud over a heavily Arab-Muslim town south of Jerusalem today.
In the West Bank town of Beit Omar, an over-sized red, white, and black swastika-emblazoned flag of the Third Reich was reportedly clearly visible to Israeli residents living in the southern outskirts and suburbs of Jerusalem, especially the Jewish town of Gush Etzion.
You know you are in trouble when a crowd of baying Canadian hockey fans stops laughing and helps you complete your butchering of the Star Spangled Banner.
Folk and jazz singer Alexis Normand claims she had only a few hours to learn the American national anthem, however her embarrassment was broadcast nationally during Saturday’s Portland Winterhawks-Halifax Mooseheads game.
The Canadian singer started to turn her rendition into a live train wreck as she approached the third line, but in true professional style she powered through, much to the mirth of the crowd who helped her along.
Approaching the line, ‘whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight’, Normand was became flumoxed and ended up singing, ‘those broad stripes and bright stars… at the dawn’s early light.’
After that point, it all went downhill for Normand, as she began making up words, pausing and missing her cues.
During a House Ways and Means Committee hearing today, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., grilled outgoing IRS commissioner Steven Miller about the IRS targeting a pro-life group in Iowa.
“Their question, specifically asked from the IRS to the Coalition for Life of Iowa: ‘Please detail the content of the members of your organization’s prayers,’” Schock declared.
“Would that be an inappropriate question to a 501 c3 applicant?” asked Schock. “The content of one’s prayers?”
“It pains me to say I can’t speak to that one either,” Miller replied.
After Schock pressed him further, Miller explained that although he couldn’t comment on the specific case, it would “surprise him” if that question was asked.
The report comes from the Thomas More Society, a national public interest law firm for religious liberty.
For most cell phone users, “pocket dialing” — activating one of the phone’s pre-programmed hot keys with your gluteus maximus — is more of a nuisance than anything else. But for a couple of druggies/car thieves in California, an unintended seat-of-the-pants phone call was a one-way ticket to the slammer.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and his Department of Justice have been under increasing pressure as he defended the seizures of the records of more than 20 Associated Press (AP) phone lines assigned to 100 various journalists of the news service.
But as Barack Obama and members of his administration have been doing since 2008, it may be time to blame Bush.
Now, in light of the current IRS scandal, the thought of the IRS legally wedded to the ACA should give every American serious heartburn.
The scandal sweepstakes has begun, with pundits on the left and right taking chances on predicting which of the ongoing controversies bedeviling the White House—IRS, Benghazi, AP phone records—will be the one with resonance, the ability to affect upcoming elections, unrelated policy debates, or even the future of this administration.
With the administration of Barack Obama dealing with what appears to be their own scandale du jour, the one bright spot for them is the flak the GOP is taking from both the party faithful and those on the left side of the aisle over whether the Republican leadership really does have what it takes to take on Obama and the Democrats.
An article today at the American Thinker asks rhetorically: