Basic contract law stipulates no agreement exists when there is no meeting of the minds of the contracting parties, regardless of the words of the agreement. That is what appears to have taken place in Geneva - two sides used the same words in English, but meant different things. In short, there was no agreement at Geneva.
This is the kind of guilt-driven idealism, which is pushing the political needle and influencing elections around the world. Unfortunately, the outcome is often that those without means are demanding that those with means to "share" through higher taxes.
I don’t want anyone to accuse me of red-baiting, so let’s pretend communism never existed and look at an unfortunate episode from American history. When the colonists created the Plymouth Colony, they used a socialist model... And Capitalism ultimately saved the day.
Yes, officials of the U.S. Patent Office issued a patent for this "invention". But then, they issued a patent for a stick once before too, so we suspect their standards are pretty low....
On Nov. 22, with the national media focused on the 50th anniversary of former President John F. Kennedy's death, few noticed the story of a jury in North Carolina convicting Crystal Mangum of murder in the 2011 kitchen stabbing death of her boyfriend Reginald Daye. Why should that fact fixate the national media?
Herding cats doesn’t even begin to define the management problems of the administration, unless you allow for the cats to be drug-addled relics from the 1960s and 1970s.
When, after the massacres at Newtown and the Washington Navy Yard, Republicans refused to outlaw the AR-15 rifle or require background checks for gun purchasers, we were told the party had committed suicide by defying 90 percent of the nation.
Soon after President Obama told the White House press corps he was solely responsible for the botched Obamacare rollout, he decided to shift part of the blame on Republicans.
After having banned concealed carry in all of their stadiums, and even ordering women to give up their purse in favor of see-through plastic bags, (don’t ya feel safer now?) the NFL has accelerated its war on gun ownership by trampling the First Amendment rights of a potential Super Bowl sponsor.
Every month (on average), for about a year, there has been a startling discrepancy between employment as measured by the household survey and jobs as reported by the establishment survey. I believe the discrepancy is yet another Obamacare artifact.
As it happens the federal government's subsidization of U.S. ethanol producers, who produce ethanol from corn, which is also the primary feed grain for farm-raised turkeys might be playing into the skyrocketing cost of Turkeys in the US.
The U.S. Senate’s deployment of the “nuclear option” — lowering the threshold for approval of non-Supreme Court presidential nominees from 60 votes to 51 votes — will enhance the ability of the president and his party to control the health care sector well after he leaves office.
"In space, no one can hear you scream" was the tag line for Ridley Scott's breakthrough 1979 sci-fi flick, "Alien." With the Federal Communications Commission's decision to revisit its 22-year ban on using cellphones in flight on passenger planes, that could change.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. A day of family gatherings, feasting, football and the last respite before the start of the Christmas shopping season. The focus is on spending time together rather than giving gifts and attending cocktail parties
As the holiday season approaches, they are dancing on Wall Street with the Dow, S&P and NASDQ either at or approaching all-time highs. And while his popularity is rapidly joining his Health Care Reform Act near the bottom of the political trash heap, the tin-eared President Obama continues to glide on the dance floor of the White House celebrating the Democrats clampdown on filibusters and an ill-advised agreement on nukes in Iran.
Here’s how her media friends describe the CFR’s Julia Sweig upon their frequent showcasing of her “expertise:”
Please take a moment on this Thanksgiving to say a Prayer of Thanks for those brave Americans in uniform, and also for the civilians, who are serving in far off places, away from their families, protecting us, and projecting America's values as we enjoy our Thanksgiving dinners safe from fear, and from want; and as we exercise our freedoms of worship and of speech.
It appears that President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan is acting up again. As if President Barack Obama does not have enough on his hands with HealthCare.gov and hotspots spreading around the globe, he now has Karzai, the Importunate.
Former Congressman Bob Beauprez spoke with Michael Schaus about the Obama Administration’s Iranian “appeasement” plan. It’s more than a bad deal, or a Neville Chamberlin blunder: It’s illustrates this Administration’s lack of competency and perspective.
Israel is finding itself abandoned by the U.S. after President Obama, was yet again outmaneuvered by Vladimir Putin, and signed a terrible deal that saves Iran's nuclear program. President Obama is coming up way short in dealing with Russia's KGB President.
The military leader of the Free Syrian Army said it will not attend the Geneva talks in January 2014 because conditions are not appropriate for talks, which means the Free Syrian Army is getting beaten and has no political leverage.
Obama said, "For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress on Iran's nuclear program." But, Mohammed Zarif said the agreement enshrines Iran's nuclear capabilities by emphasizing "at two different points that there will be no solution without [the existence of] a nuclear enrichment program inside Iran."
Although the debate over whether corporations are people continues to rage (or simmer depending on your point of view), there is no doubt a corporation is a reflection of people. The underlying stock of a company goes a step further, serving as a proxy for mood and potential and providing a glimpse into the future.
Those of us who are tall, good-looking, over 40, white and male rarely have trouble being perceived as leaders. In our society, "people of the historically dominant race and gender, and a respected age, are typically afforded higher status than everyone else," say two business school professors, Adam D. Galinsky and Gavin J. Kilduff, in a recent article on group behavior in the Harvard Business Review.
Back in September, The New York Times promoted Bill de Blasio's mayoral candidacy with an editorial titled, "Don't Fear the Squeegee Man." The editorial informed readers that crime wouldn't get worse under de Blasio because "policing is far better than it used to be, thanks to innovations by Mayor David Dinkins." (Emphasis added -- the Times was not being sarcastic.)
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, on his return to England after signing the ill-fated Munich Agreement on September 30, 1938, declared triumphantly but tragically that “peace with honour” was at hand and the deal he inked with Adolf Hitler would usher in “peace for our time.”
The latest allegations from the American Humanist Association are shocking, titillating, and (cue the 1950s soap opera organist) downright scandalous. In a complaint filed by the organization on November 20 a Missouri public school teacher has been accused of praying for an injured student, organizing a project to feed hungry children and (brace yourself) -- cavorting with a Methodist.
What would you do next if you had successfully brokered a “Neville Chamberlin” style deal with a rogue state that wants to annihilate America and her Middle East allies? Well. . . You’d downgrade diplomatic ties with the Vatican, of course. At least, that’s what you would do if you were Obama.
A Russian folk proverb, translated as "trust, but verify," became one of President Ronald Reagan's signature dictums. Reagan loved quips, but he knew this remarkable phrase was an explanatory twofer. It communicated both the predicament his administration confronted when negotiating Cold War treaties with the USSR and firm policy guidance for resolving the predicament, particularly when the negotiations involved security agreements.
God may not have invented competitive ball games, but man, endowed with a creative intellect and a passionate spirit, soon discovered such games -- and began re-shaping and refining them until a few generations of inspired collegians, in the decades between the Civil War and World War I, developed the greatest of all ball games, American tackle football.
Like most MSNBC hosts, Martin Bashir has been hypersensitive to slights aimed at President Barack Obama, real or imagined. He was shocked at a picture in January 2012 showing Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer pointing a finger at Obama on the tarmac in Phoenix. He somehow imagined the disrespect was "unprecedented!"
Religious liberty is front and center on the nation's Thanksgiving table. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. The family-owned craft store company is intrepidly challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare's abortion coverage mandate. Hobby Lobby's faithful owners deserve our thanks and praise as they defend freedom of conscience for all Americans.
One of the oldest notions in the history of mankind is that some people are to give orders and others are to obey. The powerful elite believe that they have wisdom superior to the masses and that they've been ordained to forcibly impose that wisdom on the rest of us.
In the wake of the tragic December, 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Vice President Biden criticized more than just the gun industry. He also criticized the video game industry. He argued specifically that video games contribute to a national culture of violence.
This week, President Barack Obama doomed Israel to a choice between unpalatable options: either striking at Iran's nuclear facilities in its own defense and thereby internationally isolating itself, or watching as its most ardent enemy goes nuclear. The deal, put into place with Iran by the Obama administration, allows Iran to continue developing nuclear-enrichment processes, encompasses virtually no real monitoring standards and grants cash to a regime busily preparing for a second Holocaust.
Remember when you were a kid and you would open a full refrigerator right after mom's latest grocery-shopping trip, only to complain that there was nothing to eat and that she was starving you to death? Well, that's Iran right now.
Thanksgiving is a time when we express our gratitude to the Almighty for the many blessings bestowed on our country and its people. But, sadly, this is also a time of severe economic anxiety and fear for many Americans who are still struggling in this persistently weak economy to earn a living and make ends meet.
Last December, less than a week after Adam Lanza murdered 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the New York Post described his "eerie lair of violent video games," where he "obliterated virtual victims ... until the virtual became a reality."
Governments in the Middle East recently announced that they would be collectively spending $162.6 billion to purchase aircrafts for their respective airlines. Meanwhile, the American airline industry is fighting to stay afloat in spite of actions taken by our federal government.
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas recently celebrated the opening of a new facility in Ft. Worth, TX. More than a few critics have noted the irony that the new Southwest Ft. Worth Health Center is located next to the Gladney Adoption Center, an organization that has been providing pregnancy support and adoption services to the country for 125 years.
Michael Rubin, foreign security and Middle East expert, joined the program to discuss the faults in Obama’s Iran Deal. Also: Barack Obama makes a stunning 180 when he tells a heckler that we are a “nation of laws”. (Hey, there’s a first time for everything.)
The great ones don’t stay great forever. Look at Microsoft (MSFT), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Cisco (CSCO), General Electric (GE). They are still good companies, no doubt, but these once mighty titans are not the engines of growth and prosperity they once were.
This is the season of rejoicing, reflection, and remembrance, which can often lead to a change in lifestyle and beliefs. Already, we have seen a groundswell of Americans change their minds about the new healthcare law, and we would like to see it delayed, curtailed or dismantled.
I have great sympathy for almost all segments of the population that have been disadvantaged by Obamacare. Among the victims are many relatively powerless people, including children, low-income workers, and retirees. But, there's always an exception.
As the health care debacle has shown yet again, a one-size-fits-all federal approach doesn't work. There's no reason for Washington, D.C.-based regulators to be overseeing energy projects hundreds or thousands of miles away, especially when the states have regulated energy development effectively for decades.
The number of French business bankruptcies hit a record in the third quarter of 2013 and the yearly total is on a pace that will come close to the total reached in the dark days of the great financial collapse in 2009.
Earlier this month, the Obama Administration continued its collision course with our constitutional separation of powers doctrine, once again unleashing policy memos announcing vast new illegally –expanded “parole” powers and discretion that will allow millions of illegal aliens to stay in the country indefinitely.
After months of the feds doing everything they could to distance themselves from the origin and launch of the controversial Common Core State Standards, more and more of Washington's tentacles are surfacing through public rage, implementation revelations and the White House's own foot-in-mouth disease.
Republicans were right about Obamacare and Democrats were wrong. Before Obamacare was passed, when Democrats were telling the public that it would make health care cheaper, better, and would cure cancer right after it makes your bed in the morning and cuts your grass, Republicans were pointing out the very flaws that the American people are bitterly complaining about today.
Ninety percent of the American opinion elite will fall for the old "historic breakthrough" conceit every time. The appeal of getting enemies in a room together, where they will shed their animosity and "reason together," is so profound that nothing as tiresome as experience can diminish its allure.
As a consequence of this defeat the measure of success for the peace isn't the amount of American influence and prestige; it's whether a suitcase bomb explodes in New York or Madrid.
Seeking to create an analogy with the deal the United States negotiated with Iran to supposedly limit further production of its centrifuges, Secretary of State John Kerry chose to recall disarmament agreements between the United States and the Soviet Union.
The Dutch legalized physician-assisted suicide in 2002; last year, euthanasia accounted for 3 percent of Dutch deaths. There was a 13 percent bump after mobile units could be dispatched to homes where family physicians refused to kill patients. So much for safeguards -- like the patient's own doctor's having to approve. Advocates use safeguards to argue that a practice will not be abused; then they whittle away at them.
It was a sad day -- Thursday, November 21, 2013 -- when another tradition died in the U.S. Senate, which was once known as the world's greatest deliberative body.
Union groups are ramping up for “massive” strikes at Walmart this Black Friday. If prior years are any indication, we can expect a handful of union thugs showing up at a handful of Walmart stores, with a few mass-printed signs. The rest of America, however, will be buying discounted flat screens (and driving store employees insane).
Former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino joined the Program to discuss the incestuous nature of Washington DC. In his new Book Bongino reveals the insular nature of the Whtie House, and the corrupt mentality of DC insiders.
What would the Senate be like without the filibuster? It would be a more efficient body, but efficiency has never been a hallmark of democracy.
Unsurprisingly, my Oct. 19 stories and sidebars on WNG.org about the death penalty drew lots of reader response, favorable and unfavorable: See WORLD’s Mailbag this week for examples of both. For those who missed the articles, I was essentially saying that capital punishment isn’t wrong but life imprisonment without parole is a legitimate substitute.
Amidst the Democratic Party meltdown might elite Republican Party operatives snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? Don’t rule it out. Many elite Republicans lust to steer their party the way of the Whigs.
Herd mentality can be as frustrating as it is inexplicable. Financial markets are currently following this pattern with respect to the unshakable belief that the Federal Reserve is ready, willing, and most importantly, able, to immediately execute a wind down of its quantitative easing program.
Today, however, I want to agree with Paul Krugman. He recently wrote that there’s a “plot against France,” and I think that’s unambiguously true. But we do have one small disagreement.
Regardless of what happened, politically speaking, Obamacare came at a last-chance now-or-never point with public opinion split nearly 50-50. For now, it's waiting time. The next presidential election will determine what major changes in healthcare are coming.
After all, what can you possibly buy that would be genuinely fun for someone whose idea of fun revolves around banking or monetary policy?
A couple of weeks ago, in lamenting the future generations of Americans that will be forced to shoulder the burden of our government’s fiscal irresponsibility, Sarah Palin likened their condition to one of slavery. MSNBC host Martin Bashir blasted her for her “rank ignorance.”
It isn’t surprising that the US and the other five powers signed a deal with Iran on Saturday. Over the past few weeks, US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry made it clear that they were committed to signing a deal with Iran as quickly as possible.
In the aftermath of the government shutdown, it's clear that many of the nation's Republican governors are disgusted by the performance of GOP lawmakers in Congress. But they don't say it in so many words.
The Supreme Court case Bond vs. United States will determine whether Congress can pass laws otherwise outside its Constitutional authority through the use of treaties. Writing in Slate, University of Chicago law professor Eric Posner posits that fears about the federal government abusing new powers are overblown.
For Republicans, winning enough races next year to take control of the Senate and expand their current majority in the House is suddenly oh so easy.
The report found that only 37% of meteorologists who did not make a living by publishing papers supporting the theory that global warming is caused by human activity actually think that man-made global warming is real.
At the beginning of this year, many Americans opened their paychecks to find that their take-home pay was suddenly less than it had been the previous month.
Two days before the Senate voted to pass its version of Obamacare on Christmas Eve 2009, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) stood on the floor to explain her support for a bill she claimed would “reduce cost, expand coverage and increase choice and competition for Americans.”
This week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that it is issuing complaints against Walmart as part of a so-called retaliation against employees who protested at a recent shareholders meeting.
Gina Rinehart, the richest person in Australia, and her company, Roy Hill, just received preliminary approval for $694 million in financing from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank).
Looking for advice on how to improve the NYPD’s ability to keep New Yorkers safe, incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio is turning to the experts in criminal activity. . . Ex-convicts. The “expert’s” message was pretty simple: “Get Soft on Crime.”
Imagine being arrested for circulating a petition asking Obama to resign. Is it that far-fetched?
We don't work with a safety net and there's a real potential that our previous thinking may turn out to be wrong.
The Banking Committee approved Yellen 14 to 8, with only one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), voting against her and she is likely to be voted on by the full Senate by the middle of December.
THEY WEREN'T wearing swastika armbands or chanting "Sieg Heil!" during the Islamic Jihad rally this month on the campus of Al-Quds University. They didn't need to. Everything about the event reeked of fascism and anti-Semitic bloodlust.
Unlike the U.S. constitution, which is a document that limits government power in order to secure the rights of man, the Commie constitution is a list of affirmative powers granted the government to regulate the lives of citizens.
It has been precious to see the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) manipulate the Senate rules to whittle the filibuster to twig, while decrying how conservatives have abused the same rules to assert their rights in the upper Chamber, and it signals that the Democrats must win now.
Once again we’re being lied to. The mainstream media wants us to believe that only “moderation, cooperation and compromise” can save the GOP…and America. This is one of the greatest lies ever told.
“If some animals are good at hunting and others are suitable for hunting, then the Gods must clearly smile on hunting.” - Aristotle
The latest issue roiling the Republican Party is Medicaid, specifically whether Republican governors should expand Medicaid with federal Affordable Care Act money -- especially if they want to be on the GOP national ticket in 2016.
As a columnist I am supposed to dispassionately convey a viewpoint to educate my readers about the topic du jour. But I am hopping mad. Not at Obama or Queen Kathleen because I lost faith and confidence in those two long ago.
Mexico City -- Children giggle with hysterical joy as drops of holy water hit them. A handicapped man in pain groans, reaching for the hope that is so palpable here. A pregnant woman takes in a little of the peace of this place, even in the midst of all the noise.
With voters now living with the reality of Obamacare, and with Obama’s latest approval ratings hovering just above the percentage of people who believe in Bigfoot, the GOP suddenly confronts the challenge facing the proverbial dog who has chased cars for years and has unexpectedly caught one: What do we do now?
I have arrived at the deduction that this Washington D.C. quandary comes as result of the Zombie Effect. Yeah, I said it: zombies.
For someone with little money or assets, why not take the chance? Bankruptcy is always an option. Ultimately, this line of thinking may cause millions to opt out. And it is not just the young who will opt out.
Meanwhile, six months ago, the stock market suddenly spiked upward on 14 May 2013, as stock prices were racing to catch up to the then recent shift in the forward-looking focus of investors, who were shifting away from focusing on the dividends they were expecting to earn in 2013-Q2 to instead focus on the more distant future of 2014-Q1.