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History

A tortuous report

Yes, we're ALL immigrants

Typical progressive, politically correct mixture of smugness and ignorance:

President Obama quite succinctly summed up the absurdity of the Republicans' issues with his immigration reform in Chicago yesterday, arguing that perhaps the only people who can legitimately be pissed off about illegal immigrants are Native Americans.

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Power grab

I don't want to get into a whole tu quoque foofaraw over immigration -- you know: Obama is defying the Constitution by going around Congress. Well, so did Reagan. But Obama is being hypocritica about itl. Well, Bush, too. Blah, blah, blah.

Josh and James

In a case of the pygmies feeling free to pass judgment on the giants, we have White House spokesman Josh Earnest weighing in on White House efforts to replace states' "patchwork of Ebola quarantine laws" with a one-size-fits-all national policy:

History lesson

An interesting observation, but one that I think strains the metaphor a little: How we 'won' in Vietnam, but are losing at home.

RIP, Ben Bradlee

One and done

An intriguing idea:

Back in December of 2013 I wrote a piece called “Why One Six-Year Presidential Term Would Be Good for America.” At that time President Obama was struggling, wrapping up his fifth year in office with three long years to go.

Cheers to the chief

I love lists like this -- "A complete list of every president's favorite drink" -- because they make our chief executives seem almost human instead of the narcissistic, ruthless tyrants they actuall are. I note there doesn't seem to be a teetotaler teetotaler among them, although a few had pretty much quit drinking by the time they got to the White House -- Eisenhower, for ecample, because of his several heart attacks and George W. Bush because his acknowledged alcoholism. I love this story about Richard Nixon:

Try to stay calm

In fourteeen hundred and ninety-two . . .

Happy Columbus Day! Or are you one of those Indigenous People's Day weenies?

For the first time this year, Seattle and Minneapolis will recognize the second Monday in October as "Indigenous People's Day." The cities join a growing list of jurisdictions choosing to shift the holiday's focus from Christopher Columbus to the people he encountered in the New World and their modern-day descendants.

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