It was announced today that an additional 7.6 million U.S. vehicles are being recalled. GM stock is trading around $37 today (you'll recall it needed to hit around $55 a share for the taxpayers to break even on their "investment").
Two years after activists for same-sex marriage obtained the confidential tax return and donor list of a national group opposed to redefining marriage, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to settle the resulting lawsuit.
The Daily Signal has learned that, under a consent judgment today, the IRS agreed to pay $50,000 in damages to the National Organization for Marriage as a result of the unlawful release of the confidential information to a gay rights group, the Human Rights Campaign, that is NOM’s chief political rival.
“Congress made the disclosure of confidential tax return information a serious matter for a reason,” NOM Chairman John D. Eastman told The Daily Signal. “We’re delighted that the IRS has now been held accountable for the illegal disclosure of our list of major donors from our tax return.”
Zimmer met Babe Ruth (in 1947), was a teammate of Jackie Robinson (1954-56) and played for Casey Stengel (1962). He was in uniform for some of the most iconic teams in history: the team that lost the most games ('62 Mets) and the team, including postseason play, that won the most games ('98 Yankees). He was in uniform for the only World Series championship for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1955), one of the most famous World Series home runs (Carlton Fisk's shot in 1975), one of the most famous regular season home runs (Bucky Dent in 1978), the Pine Tar Game (1983), the first night game at Wrigley Field (1988), the first game in Rockies history (1993), and all three perfect games thrown at Yankee Stadium (Don Larsen, David Wells and David Cone).
Dude was a fixture in the dugout, and impacted thousands of players lives. Baseball needs guys like Zimmer, and he will be missed.
Preferring to look ignorant rather than irresponsible, President Obama said last week that he only recently learned of scandals at the Department of Veteran Affairs through news reports. He spoke of the problems at the department as if they had blindsided him, despite the fact that as a candidate in 2008 he railed against the “the broken bureaucracy of the V.A.” and decried outrageous delays in treatment for veterans.
He didn’t need news reports to inform him of the depth of the department’s flaws; he could have reviewed his own campaign speeches. His long familiarity with the department’s problems gave his press conference last week an air of adding insult to injury. Somehow he was at once aware of the department’s deplorable condition and unaware of it.
Obama doesn’t mind appearing as the hapless spectator on the sidelines of his government if that saves him from the charge of dereliction of duty about a known problem. Yet the plight of veterans at the hands of indifferent bureaucrats clearly lost its urgency for him once the 2008 campaign ended and only now resumes urgency for him as an annoying political problem.
He said last week that he won’t “tolerate” mistreatment of veterans but he managed to tolerate it easily enough since he gave those speeches over five years ago. His aides claim he is “madder than hell” about the scandal, but at last week’s press conference he implied that his anger was provisional. He is still not sure if the “allegations” of mistreatment are true and needs to wait for more investigations in order to determine whether or not “accountability” is required.
Learning about problems in his own government through random news reports has become one of Obama’s common refrains. Last year he said that he learned of the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups through glancing at the newspaper and he made a similar claim about his knowledge of various Justice Department scandals. Historians, looking for a simple snapshot of his administration’s fecklessness, can cite the frequency of Obama’s admission.
Obama also learns of non-events through news reports, as evident in his administration’s reliance upon fragments of reporting from the foreign press to claim that the Benghazi terrorist attack was a demonstration over an Internet video that turned violent. Former Obama administration spokesman Tommy Vietor commented to Fox News, “What I’ve seen is, in a number of outlets, reporters talked to people on the scene that night… who said they were there because they were upset about this video.” Vietor suggested that “guys quoted in newspapers saying that’s why they were there” was the reason for the bogus storyline.
All of this contributes to a picture of an administration that is hopelessly superficial, dishonest, and incompetent. It also exposes Obama’s ideology as false: the federal government is clearly too big to know and too dysfunctional to control if he can only keep up to date on its failures through news accounts.
People participating in the food stamp program outnumbered the women who worked full-time, year-round in the United States in 2012, according to data from the Department of Agriculture and the Census Bureau.
Not to worry though, as we are being told that not just anyone can buy the goods:
“We’re looking forward to using the ZAZZ machine to easily track all this inventory … we’re gonna eliminate the middle man. It’ll go straight from the budtender right into our machine. There’s no room for theft by patients, employees … there’s no way to lose track of the inventory,” says Herbal Elements owner Greg Honan.
Buying a pot brownie won’t be as easy as sticking in a few quarters like you would do for a Snickers candy bar.
You’ll need to have a valid medical marijuana card and your ID will have to be verified before you can get anything out of the vending machine.
Great! We've done such a good job keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors, I'm sure these "methods" will be just as successful.
Just heard on local radio that home teams that lost a Divisional game at home the previous year, who then came back the next year to host a Divisional game are 15-1. As we all recall, the Broncos lost to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Ravens in Denver in a Divisional game last season, and host the Chargers in a Divisional game today. So the odds are with the Broncos.
Looking for an early Super Bowl favorite for next season? Wait until April and find out who will play the Philadelphia Eagles in their home opener in 2013.
Baltimore's win over San Francisco made them the fourth straight team to win the Super Bowl after playing Philly in its Lincoln Financial Field season opener. Of the four games, Philadelphia earned its sole victory in this year's game:
2012 -- d. Baltimore Ravens, 24-23 (played at Philadelphia in Week 2)
2011 -- l. New York Giants, 16-29 (Week 3)
2010 -- l. Green Bay Packers, 20-27 (Week 1)
2009 -- l. New Orleans Saints, 22-48 (Week 2)
The string is broken in 2008 when Philly opened at home against the St. Louis Rams. However, in the Eagles' second home game that season, they played the eventual Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
Note that the team the Eagles play in their home opener doesn't have to win the game, just has to be the Eagles home opener opponent. Worth a $20 bet?