But I’d never seen this companion interview until today. At the beginning of the excerpt, Breitbart talks about the “concentric circles” of the mainstream media inhabited by the New York Times, The Huffington Post and Media Matters for America.
It’s relevant today, with the distinct possibility of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton running for President in 2016 and her culpability in the cover-up of the Benghazi attack in 2012. Independant journalist Lee Stranahan’s been writing a little bit about that.
It’s New Year’s Eve, and in the next few hours thousand of bottles of sparkling wine will be consumed. Most people generically call it “champagne”, but not all sparkling wines can be called champagne.
The French will haughtily point out that the drink is produced in their own Champagne region. So it’s probably not a huge surprise that they lead the world in consumption: around 51 percent of champagne sales volume, according to Reuters. But it’s actually not selling very well. Even in the second-leading country, Britain, celebratory sales have in recent years been overtaken by cheaper alternatives like Italian brands Prosecco and Asti, German Sekt or Spanish Cava (often at one-third of the price).
Here in the US, the third biggest champagne market, sales are down, too.
How this fits in politically struck me when I saw this handy chart on what your favorite drink says about your politics.
Champagne, as it turns out, is mostly a Democratic drink.
How much is a painting created by George Zimmerman worth?
For one EBay bidder, $100,099.99 was just the right price.
The user’s prize: A signed 18-inch-by-24-inch oil painting of a blue American flag featuring a part of the Pledge of Allegiance, which had a starting bid of $0.99.
The identity of the buyer is unknown, but according to the listing, the winning auction bid was one of 96 by 24 users when bidding closed at 9:55 a.m. Saturday.
Using the EBay account “therealgeorgez,” Zimmerman, 30, put his artwork up for auction early this week.
“Everyone has been asking what I have been doing with myself,” the listing reads. “I found a creative way to express myself, my emotions and the symbols that represent my experiences. My art work allows me to reflect, providing a therapeutic outlet and allows me to remain indoors ”….
In addition to the painting, Zimmerman promised something else to the highest bidder:
“Whoever wins within the Continental United States, will receive this painting delivered by me personally,” he wrote.
A recent post by Bob Owens at Bearing Arms provides this appropriate coda to Zimmerman’s very public story (the quote is from ABC News, which I’ve highlighted):
Zimmerman, perhaps Florida’s most notorious gun owner, picked up the weapons on Tuesday and Wednesday and returned to the sheriff’s office on Thursday with girlfriend Samantha Scheibe, 27, because she also had to retrieve a handgun police seized during the same incident in November.
Amy Washburn was a Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader while she was studying history at Drexel University. She was also in Army ROTC and became an Army intelligence officer in Afghanistan after college graduation….
Amy just returned from a second tour there and will be honored Sunday night as a “Hometown Hero” by the Eagles during their game with the Chicago Bears
As if another arbitrary change with Obamacare from on high wasn’t bad enough, Politico noted in November that the Obama Administration was trying to stay hush-hush about the existence of ‘bare bones’ coverage in the Affordable Care Act. And not necessarily for altruistic reasons.
The catastrophic plans are treated as an insurance risk pool that’s separate from the rest of the new Obamacare marketplace, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology health economist Jon Gruber. The administration wants as many people as possible to sign up in that marketplace — especially young, healthy ones — so pushing too many toward the catastrophic option undercuts that goal.
And it’s a central premise of Obamacare that the bare-bones plans many people subscribe to today are no longer good enough to qualify as true coverage, one industry source said, so encouraging anyone to consider catastrophic coverage might look hypocritical — even though there are a different set of consumer protections. “I think it opens them up to saying, ‘Wait, you just said all these catastrophic policies are not good enough — except for some people,’” said the source, who didn’t want to be identified as criticizing the administration.
Obama has had supreme power over the individual mandate this whole time and he’s just been letting ppl not have insurance for 5 years? Jerk.
Former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino is weighing in on the fake sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. “Who was this guy and how did he get so close to the president. The fact that there was no vetting done by the South Africans apparently or if there was and this guy made it through that is even worse. This guy was within arm’s reach of the President of the United States. Distance buys you time if at the outer ring of security this thing happens by the time this guy gets to the president we have time to evacuate. But this guy was in the inner inner ring so there would be no time to adjust at all, so we are going to have to seriously reevaluate standards for vetting of these contractors that they use overseas for these events.”
The question I keep getting from everyone….is, as a former Secret Service agent: How did this fake interpreter– as it turns out– get so close to the president? Unfortunately, on overseas trips this is what happens sometimes. I think this was a security debacle, I don’t think the Secret Service would run from that. But in my opinion, I think it’s time to seriously reevaluate our decision-making on sending the president overseas on these last-minute trips, to funerals and things of that sort….
The Secret Service does a great job, they’re really competent, dedicated individuals. I think there were a lot of political pressures to make this go well. I don’t want this, at all, to appear like I’m throwing them under the bus. Those are my guys, I still talk to them, they all do great work. I just think this was a really bad situation, and they’ll fix it…. I made some mistakes, too, when I worked there, and we fixed them later on.
You should listen to both parts of the Bongino interview here.
Imagine for a moment being newly married across continents, one spouse residing in the U.S. and the other in Europe. Obviously, this would be difficult to deal with in the best of circumstances, since newlyweds typically want to spend as much time as possible together. Now imagine that the spouse residing in the U.S. ends up severely ill, and must be hospitalized. While talking with the doctors about important health issues, that person cannot speak with the spouse that is half a world away, because the hospital staff refuses to allow a phone call. In spite of the fact that the sick spouse does have some family around, it is still an unbearable situation, because the one person that is really needed to comfort that person is not present – can’t be, because the U.S. government forbids it. The couple decided to do the “right” thing, and is in the middle the legal immigration process. During that process, the individual applying for a resident visa may not travel to the U.S.
Unfortunately, that is precisely what is happening to Katrina Jorgensen, a conservative political activist living in the D.C. area. Her story has been spreading through the ranks of conservatives on social media, and on blogs. Kai Jørgensen, her husband in Norway, is the subject of a Twitter hashtag – #VisaForKai – and people are being encouraged to contact their Representatives and Senators in Washington, asking them to act on behalf of this couple. It’s only one couple, but they are emblematic of a serious problem with our immigration system that has been all but completely ignored for years.
Read the rest. And tune in to FTR Radio tonight at 11pm EST, as Katrina Jorgensen is Liz and Taylor’s guest on “The Right War”. Katrina is a regular FTR host in her own right: she anchors the network’s foreign affairs show, “World Class Hour with Katrina Jorgensen”, Tuesdays at 11pm EST.