Politics

Obama in Afghanistan

Obama as weak Commander-in-Chief hurts America

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2014 — Within the ranks of conservatives, there are essentially two schools of opinion with regard to events in the Middle East and in Eastern Europe. The one most commonly heard is what might be referred to as the ‘Fox News’ school or less charitably, the ‘NeoCon’ school of foreign policy and national

Obama in Afghanistan

Obama as weak Commander-in-Chief hurts America

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2014 — Within the ranks of conservatives, there are essentially two schools of opinion with regard to events in the Middle East and in Eastern Europe. The one most commonly heard is what might be referred to as the ‘Fox News’ school or less charitably, the ‘NeoCon’ school of foreign policy and national

Obama in Afghanistan

Obama as weak Commander-in-Chief hurts America

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2014 — Within the ranks of conservatives, there are essentially two schools of opinion with regard to events in the Middle East and in Eastern Europe. The one most commonly heard is what might be referred to as the ‘Fox News’ school or less charitably, the ‘NeoCon’ school of foreign policy and national

Obama in Afghanistan

Obama as weak Commander-in-Chief hurts America

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2014 — Within the ranks of conservatives, there are essentially two schools of opinion with regard to events in the Middle East and in Eastern Europe. The one most commonly heard is what might be referred to as the ‘Fox News’ school or less charitably, the ‘NeoCon’ school of foreign policy and national

Entertain Us

Dustjacket for Paul Ryan's upcoming book.

Caught in the act: FEC to hobble sales of new Paul Ryan book

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 – Think the IRS is the only politicized Federal agency trying to silence Republican voices? Think again. Democrats on the Federal Election Commission (FEC)—comprised of three Republicans and three Democrats—managed to get a fourth vote Wednesday in favor of imposing some restrictions on Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisconsin) publisher regarding the

Image courtesy Dominican House of Studies Schola.

Recorded in Washington: Review of ‘In Medio Ecclesiae’



COLLEGE PARK, May 16, 2014 – There is simply no substitute for authenticity. Where sacred vocal music is concerned, the truth of this maxim is amplified significantly. As polished as certain professional performances of the sacred masterworks may be, these recordings are often eclipsed by groups that may be short on professional accolades, but long

Screenshot of scene from Universal's new "Fifty Shades of Grey" trailer.

Just out: Hot new trailer for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ (video)

HOLLYWOOD, July 24, 2014 – Universal released today its first trailer for “Fifty Shades Of Grey,” the sexy, much-anticipated film that’s based on E.L. James’ eponymous blockbuster book. James’ erotic novel has sold over 100 million copies, and the studio is hoping to spin the turnstiles for the new movie, scheduled for what Deadline Hollywood

Shania Twain in Las Vegas, 2011.

Country star Shania Twain to wrap Vegas show in December

LAS VEGAS, July 24, 2014 — Numerous sources confirm that popular Canadian-born country music singer-songwriter Shania Twain will wrap up her two-year Las Vegas “residency” at Caesar’s Palace with a grand finale performance on Dec. 13. That show will conclude her remarkably successful Sin City run two years after her memorable arrival when she rode

Shania Twain in Las Vegas, 2011.

Country star Shania Twain to wrap Vegas show in December

LAS VEGAS, July 24, 2014 — Numerous sources confirm that popular Canadian-born country music singer-songwriter Shania Twain will wrap up her two-year Las Vegas “residency” at Caesar’s Palace with a grand finale performance on Dec. 13. That show will conclude her remarkably successful Sin City run two years after her memorable arrival when she rode

From L: Julian (Alex Podulke) and Claire (Barbara Kingsley).

CATF: Thomas Gibbons’ ‘Uncanny Valley’ is uncannily good

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va., July 19, 2014 – Back in the late 1960s, science fiction author Philip K. Dick wrote a novel whose title posed a most interesting question: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In 1982, a script loosely based on Dick’s haunting tale came to life in “Blade Runner,” a now classic science fiction

The Daily Show / Image: WallyG, used under Flickr Creative Commons license

Jon Stewart: Funny, except when he’s not

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 — Jon Stewart, or Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz. What is he? A journalist or a political comic? A Democrat or an independent? A liberal or a centrist? A thinker or merely a guy who delivers schtick from a talented group of writers? Since Stewart’s show “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” debuted on Comedy Central

Business

Apple HQ at 1 Infinite Loop.

Apple [AAPL] analyst claims iPhone maker likely ‘obsolete’

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 – Another day, more nonsense, and heavy earnings reports en route. Stocks are up only a few points on all averages as of noonish today, making this just another summer doldrums afternoon on Wall Street. Likely bored with stocks’ meandering, the chattering classes spiced up the action this morning by trotting

Screen shot of video purporting to show larger form factor of iPhone 6.

Apple [AAPL] reports OK Q3 numbers, stock off in after-hours

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple (AAPL) released its eagerly anticipated third-quarter earnings report after Tuesday’s closing bell. The company earned $7.7 billion, $1.28 per share, for the three-month period ending June 28, which was a 12% increase from 2013’s Q3 earnings of $6.9 billion, $1.07 per share. On the other hand, while revenue jumped 6% from

U.S. Army practices with Beretta pistols on firing range.

Change: Beretta moves manufacturing from Maryland to Tennessee

ACCOKEEK, Md., July 23, 2014 – Earlier this year, Beretta U.S.A announced that it was relocating some of its gun manufacturing activities from anti-gun Maryland to a new facility in Tennessee, a state where the company is being enthusiastically welcomed with open arms. Today, the other shoe dropped, as the American division of this internationally

SEC Anniversary logo, from SEC website.

Is the SEC messing with your money market fund?

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced it will slowly put in place a brand new, controversial rule that will change the money market fund landscape we all know and mostly love. That’s despite of only earning about 0.00000001% or thereabouts on our current deposits. Invented back in the

Screenshot of new Sebelius music software packaging. (From the Avid Sebelius web site.)

Music and Technology: Review of Sibelius 7.5



WASHINGTON, July 4, 2014 – The Finnish Composer Jean Sibelius was unable to complete his eighth symphony before he died, just short of his 92nd birthday. The Avid music notation software named after him long seemed destined to have concluded its existence at a seventh effort. That is, until the company recently released Sibelius 7.5.

Apple HQ at 1 Infinite Loop.

Apple [AAPL] analyst claims iPhone maker likely ‘obsolete’

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 – Another day, more nonsense, and heavy earnings reports en route. Stocks are up only a few points on all averages as of noonish today, making this just another summer doldrums afternoon on Wall Street. Likely bored with stocks’ meandering, the chattering classes spiced up the action this morning by trotting

Commentary

Obama in Afghanistan

Obama as weak Commander-in-Chief hurts America

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2014 — Within the ranks of conservatives, there are essentially two schools of opinion with regard to events in the Middle East and in Eastern Europe. The one most commonly heard is what might be referred to as the ‘Fox News’ school or less charitably, the ‘NeoCon’ school of foreign policy and national

Health

Cartoon by Branco, ed. by Ponick, original by permission, courtesy LegalInsurrection.

URGENT: U.S. appeals court guts most Obamacare subsidies

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014 – In a stunning rebuke to seat-of-the-pants legislating and activist lower courts, a U.S. Federal Appeals Court, in a three-judge panel ruling Tuesday, overturned a lower court’s interpretation of a key portion of the vastly complicated “Affordable Care Act” (ACA). In a 2-1 ruling, the panel observed that “Section 36B [of

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Travel

Grand Finale at the Fete de Geneve  (Photo: Geneva Tourism)

Fete de Geneve (Geneva Festival): The greatest fireworks show on Earth

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, July 26, 2014 – When it comes to fireworks, there are none better than the pyrotechnic show at the annual Fete de Geneve (Geneva Festival) in July and August in Switzerland. The event traces its history to 1923 when flower decorated cars drove through the city. Though the floral parade never developed to

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