If certain federal employees are “non-essential,” then why are they employed in the first place?
Oct. 7, 2013
On October 1st, the federal government shut down as a direct result of Congress failing to approve a Continuing Resolution to fund the government, or, more accurately, as a result of 535 career politicians and 1 community organizer failing to agree on how to spend money that the United States doesn’t have in the first place.
The visible effects of this supposed shutdown have, thus far, been hardly different from business as usual. While many “non essential” federal workers have been furloughed, the House has approved a bill to provide those “non essential” federal workers with back pay once the government is “reopened” – or in other words, has given them a paid vacation. One wonders why, if these federal employees are non essential, they are employed by the federal government in the first place, at an annual cost ranging into the billions. Senators, Representatives, and the President will continue to receive paychecks, despite the very real threat that disabled veterans will not. We have continued to conduct domestic spying operations and foreign military operations, rolled out a multi-trillion dollar federally mandated health care bill, and have seen Congress and the President continue their meaningless game of jockeying for political position and engaging in a media offensive aimed primarily at garnering votes for the 2014 midterms.
TEHRAN — Hard-line protesters hurled eggs and a shoe at President Hassan Rouhani of Iran as he returned to Tehran on Saturday after supporters cheered him for reaching out to President Obama.
Mr. Rouhani was standing in his car, waving through the sunroof as he passed supporters at the airport. But moments later, security guards tried to shield the president with an umbrella as protesters threw eggs and a shoe at his car while others blocked the road by praying on the pavement.
“Long live Rouhani, man of change” the president’s supporters shouted, as a small contingent of police struggled to control the crowd.
The hard-liners responded by shouting “our people are awake and hate America.”
Group focuses on putting the power of the Web to work for life
Barack Obama indisputably harnessed the power of the Internet to become president. Musicians no longer need a megacorporation behind them to succeed, as they simply can reach millions online.
So what would happen if people were able to utilize that resource to present the pro-life position in the battle against the abortion industry in America?
We’re about to find out.
Online for Life is taking the proven strategies and resources and turning up the heat on the myth that abortion empowers women.
‘Unprecedented slobbering’ over America’s first family
A speech by an Irish lawmaker scorching Barack Obama as a “war criminal” and “hypocrite of the century” as well as lamenting the “unprecedented slobbering over the Obama family” has become a global sensation on YouTube, collecting well over a million views in just three weeks.
Clare Daly, an Independent in Parliament representing Dublin North, went on a no-holds-barred mission to flay Obama following the conclusion of the G8 summit last month in Northern Ireland.
“Is this person going for the hypocrite of the century award?” Daly asked of Obama. “Because we have to call things by their right names, and the reality is that by any serious examination, this man is a war criminal.”
Winds, dust clouds ground presidential choppers, lead to cancellation of formal airport farewell ceremony
The arrival of inclement Mideastern weather Friday deeply disrupted the final hours of the visit to Israel and the West Bank by US President Barack Obama.
The air was filled with dust Friday morning and early afternoon, blown by strong winds. Visibility was minimal in and around Jerusalem, in the nearby West Bank area, and at Ben-Gurion Airport.
The president was supposed to be in Bethlehem at 12:30 p.m., for a visit to the Church of the Nativity, but only left Jerusalem shortly before 2 pm. He therefore met for far longer than expected at the King David Hotel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — an intended brief, summing-up meeting that extended for some three hours.
Obama had then planned to fly by helicopter from Bethlehem, his final stop, to the airport, but that appeared impossible.
The Bethlehem visit was the Christian component of his Holy Land trip, and an element he was reportedly reluctant to cancel. In Bethlehem itself, Palestinian Authority security forces waited for hours for his arrival.
The Prime Minister’s Office announced that the planned farewell ceremony at the airport would be canceled because of winds whipping the tarmac, and that a smaller ceremony would be held without the press.
From the airport, Obama is slated to fly to Amman.