The National Football League is doing a comprehensive review of head trauma and their conclusions may change how football is played. Spectators and television viewers may appreciate the violence of football but not the true elemental level of danger. As a physician and fan, I learned this firsthand from Darryl Stingley and Jack Tatum. Tatum died this week but his legacy remains current.
David Cameron, Britain’s new PM, has apparently learned little from Barack Obama’s experience. He is undertaking his own international humiliation tour in hope of reaping economic benefits. It is difficult to believe that this is making the Brits feel proud. Already, Simon Tisdal of the Guardian call’s him Obama’s useful idiot
The current Queen Elizabeth has gone hi-tech. She now has a face book page and is on twitter. I’m sure you’d want to know all about this, so I’d like to bring everyone up to date. Can’t afford to be left behind when important things are happening around the globe, can we? I mean the economy is in ruins and we are in a state of war in a couple of pueen-victoria-is-probably-turning-laces, but the daily activities of the Queen…well, it doesn’t’ get much more important than that.
Bashing the federal government is easy and fun, and anyone can play. But there is a trick to it. You should be as general as possible, shaking your fist at the camera and inveighing against “Those bastards in Washington” and “Those idiots in Congress.”
When I was a kid, I used to badger my parents to take me to pet stores so I could see the puppies. Even the local mall had a storefront where kids would press their faces against the glass to wave at the tiny breed of the day. We loved it, and the puppies enjoyed the attention.
Four years ago tomorrow, Academy Award winner Mel Gibson was stopped and arrested for DUI in Malibu, California. Gibson allegedly asked the arresting officer if he were Jewish and then allegedly swore at the Jews, saying, “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”
A mere 70 years after the last attempted annihilation of the Jewish people, a rogue regime that has threatened a nuclear Holocaust races to gain nuclear capability. Most of the world looks the other way. A few nations and their leaders mouth words of support for Israel and her people, while adopting policies of appeasement.
We had driven nearly 900 miles over the past two days, blasting back from Canada after a long road trip. Fun was had, but now we wanted to get home. All that stood in our way was a small, homemade sign along 94.
Now that we’ve endured over a year of this great social experiment known as “hope” and “change,” suffice to say that Americans are experiencing buyers’ remorse of the highest order. And barring some momentous shift in leadership on behalf of the White House (which is doubtful), the sluggish days of Obamaonomics will ultimately reach a welcome end, November 2, 2012. It’s now up to the Republicans to step forward and select his successor.
During the Bush years, when the fight against Islamic terror was still relatively new, big newspapers and other media outlets raced to publish or broadcast major state secrets of the war. The New York Times splashed all over its front pages the secret of the warrantless wiretapping of suspected terrorists. They and other papers published on Page A1 the secret of the black sites abroad, including the names of the countries that were helping us covertly detain terrorists. They published the details of the enhanced interrogation techniques we were using to extract life-saving information from top al Qaeda terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. USA Today published a memorable piece detailing the specifics of the SWIFT program to track terrorist financing.
Shirley Sherrod has had quite a week. She got out of bed on Monday morning as the rural development director for the Agriculture Department in Georgia, and finished the day a red-hot political football. Fired by a racially trigger-happy White House, Sherrod took to the airwaves to state her case that she’s been misunderstood. She luxuriated in the attention. In fact, she looked a little TOO comfy on the couch on “The View.” Whoopi had better watch her back.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Kosovo’s former prime minister must be retried on murder and torture charges related to the country’s 1998-99 war with Serbia, the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal ruled Wednesday, calling his acquittal two years ago “a miscarriage of justice.”
Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for California Governor, has announced that once in office, she’s going to take on the biggest cause of the state’s nearly $20 billion deficit: the public employee unions. As a billionaire who is self-funding her campaign, she’s not beholden to any special interest, which will give her a free hand to cut at least 40,000 state jobs and renegotiate the lavish and unsustainable benefits and pension plans that are bankrupting the state.
The USPS announced today that it wants to close doors on Saturday to save an estimated $3.1 billion. Two weeks ago, the USPS announced another 2-cent raise in the cost of a stamp. Last week’s announcement that they lost $1.9 billion did not come as surprise, but instead as another grim reminder that government-run business is a losing proposition. Sam Pulcrano, vice president of sustainability at USPS, said they can get back on track to being profit neutral again if given the opportunity.
Lindsay Lohan was carted off to jail today for a probation violation, beginning what will probably be an abbreviated 90 day sentence. She joins fellow indulged nitwits, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, who’ve spent inglorious days in the Big House for reckless law-breaking.
Only a power hungry know nothing such as Donald Berwick could describe the British health care system as a boon to the have less. The truth is that the British sick find themselves in the same position as the Soviet hungry. They have to stand in long lines to buy tasteless bread. That has been my conclusion after listening to the story innocently told by Pat, my Northern Irish (County of Armagh) singing teacher, in response to a fellow classmate revelation that she is about to go through Cataract surgery:
The U.S. Department of Justice should draft a contract for every American who opposes “big government” and wishes to cut it down and have their taxes slashed. The contract should stipulate that those who sign it will have to pay only a third of the regular tax rate (to cover the costs of our military and homeland security). However, in exchange they will not be entitled to any government services.
The word “narrative” is one of those effete terms that’s become very trendy in some colleges and newsrooms. It basically refers to a story with a point of view. It’s also an all-purpose excuse. If someone is caught making up history, he simply says that he’s developed “an alternative narrative.” Problem solved. There was a European journalist who was caught stretching things a bit in a report from Iraq. She reacted by promptly sending a new dispatch and called it “My Truth.” Not “The Truth,” but “My Truth.” Facts? Hey, it’s an “alternative narrative.”
Despite Barack Obama pledging to unite the country and create a post-racial America, race friction appears to be more heated now than it has been in years. As more and more events are viewed through the prism of race, news reporting such as this may soon become commonplace:
In a political ploy to appease pro-life Democrats on March 24, 2010, President Obama signed an executive order banning federal funding for abortion as part of the massive overhaul of America’s healthcare system. The completely worthless, non-binding document was enough to convince Bart Stupak and other Pro-life Democrats (if such anomalies exist), to throw their support behind the President’s healthcare bill and provide the critical votes to pass it on a purely partisan basis. Yesterday, the President reneged on that promise, and the state of Pennsylvania will be the first in the union to receive federal funding for abortions, courtesy of Obamacare.
If the very existence of a black first lady were not enough to suggest that the NAACP’s century of battles has been largely won, Michelle Obama’s topic for her keynote speech to its convention might confirm it: childhood obesity.
BOSTON — Chicago was incorporated as a town in 1833, and became a city just four years later, in 1837. Boston was incorporated as a town in 1630, but didn’t get around to officially becoming a city for almost 200 years, in 1822.