In an effort to tackle obesity, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed a ban on sugary drinks over 16 ounces at venues across New York City, including movie theaters and street carts. It does not apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy drinks, or even alcoholic beverages. Likewise, it does not apply to drinks sold in grocery stores.
Black Earth, Wisconsin, pastor Philip Caminiti, 55, has been sentenced to two years in prison for preaching a message that was not well-received by some members of the community. The message that landed Caminiti in prison is that parents should be spanking their children when they misbehave, even those as young as two months old, with wooden spoons and rods.
To be clear, Caminiti, pastor of Aleitheia Bible Church, was not accused of physically hurting anyone, or of spanking children himself; he simply preached a message that some found disagreeable.
A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled May 31 that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which for federal purposes defines marriage as only between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional because it denies the federal benefits of marriage to homosexual partners in states that have legalized same-sex marriage.
On Wednesday the Marquette Law School poll showed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with a comfortable lead over his rival, former Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, in next week’s recall election, 52 percent to 45 percent. This was an improvement from their poll taken two weeks earlier when Walker held a six-point lead over Barrett. It was also confirmed by a poll taken May 23 by We Ask America that showed Walker leading Barrett 54 percent to 42 percent. More telling perhaps was the Intrade site that measures voter sentiment which showed Walker on Thursday with a 94.5 percent chance of winning the recall election.
With Walker’s anticipated vanquishing of Barrett and his union backers on Tuesday, the unions will suffer a humiliating defeat and a major setback in their attempt to maintain their enforced extraction of privileges from Wisconsin’s beleaguered taxpayers. This could also be a harbinger for the national election.
For most of the stories covering the recent NATO summit in Chicago, the lede was that the war in Afghanistan will wrap up in 2014. After 11 years spending blood and money to run the Taliban out of office only to then invite them back to the bargaining table, America and NATO will pull out and leave the future in the hands of Afghans — mostly.
While the drawdown of forces from Afghanistan is certainly newsworthy, there was something in the dictum of the record of the summit that seems to have slipped past most media outlets, but in the long run probably merits more attention. Although President Obama stated he intends to “shift the focus” of American military alliances to Asia in an effort to keep China from running roughshod over its less-martially inclined neighbors, he indicated he considers the strengthening of NATO to be high on the list of priorities
On Wednesday, Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.) introduced his bill, “Studying Towards Adjusted Status Act” or the STARS Act, in an effort to break the logjam over immigration reform and provide a path to US citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.The STARS Act is a limited version of the hotly contested DREAM Act.
A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report dated May 2012 revealed that a paltry percentage of small businesses took advantage of the Small Employer Health Insurance Tax Credit in 2010. Of the 1.4 to 4 million small businesses and government agencies estimated to be eligible, only 170,300 claimed it. Part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly known as ObamaCare, the measure that, according to cnsnews.com, “gets strong support in public opinion polls has turned out to be a disappointment.”
The names of about 52,000 deceased voters have been removed from Florida’s voter registration rolls. More voter registrations, possibly as many as 180,000 non-citizens, may follow as the State of Florida moves to clean up its voter registration lists.
President Barack Obama sparked more controversy after awarding the U.S. government’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, to divisive labor activist Dolores Huerta, a fellow “community organizer,” collectivist, radical feminist, as well as the honorary chair of Democratic Socialists of America. DSA, which openly calls for even more "massive redistribution of income" and increased central planning on its website, is the largest socialist organization in the nation and Socialist International’s main U.S. affiliate.
Outraged critics slammed Obama’s decision to award the prestigious medal to such a controversial figure, calling it an embarrassment and disgrace to the nation. Huerta, of course, has evoked passionate nationwide criticism for absurd statements like the oft-cited “Republicans hate Latinos,” which helped provoke a nationwide outcry against tax-funded so-called “Mexican-American studies” programs. She regularly attacks the U.S. for allegedly stealing land from Mexico, too.
Congressmen Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Adam Smith (D-Washington) have proposed an amendment to the NDAA that would remove a decades-old prohibition on the domestic distribution of pro-government propaganda.