The U.S. Supreme Court hasn't decided a Second Amendment case since United States v. Miller in 1939, and even then, it dodged the bullet. The Court didn't decide whether the Amendment protects an individual or a collective right to keep and bear arms. The Second Amendment states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State , the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The Court will lock and load on the Amendment if it grants review in two cases on its docket this term involving Washington , D.C... continue reading
Most Americans don't know the name Joe Francis. But many are familiar with his gold mine. It's Girls Gone Wild, the odious racket of DVDs huckstered on late-night cable shows and the Internet in which Francis and his jolly cast of soft-porn exploiters charm, badger, or hornswoggle often-drunk young college-age girls into flashing their breasts for the camera on spring break. This creep claims that college girls see this long-lasting video embarrassment as a “rite of passage.” But as time passes, and these girls become mothers, how will their children deal with the possibility that Mom was flashing her nudity... continue reading
It has become routine. Once a month, California-based RealtyTrac releases national foreclosure statistics and once a month, all three networks include a foreclosures story in their November 14 newscast. However, this time they weren’t on the same page. From the November 14 broadcasts: NBC : “Stockton, California – Ground zero in the nation’s foreclosure crisis,” CNBC real estate correspondent Diana Olick said on the “Nightly News.” “ One out of every 31 homes here is in foreclosure.” CBS : “[A]ccording to a new report today, Stockton, California had the highest rate of foreclosures in the third quarter this year –... continue reading
The media are in love with billionaire Warren Buffett. But it’s not for his charitable donations, nor his wise investing sense – it’s because he’s been on a class warfare crusade calling for more taxes on wealthy Americans. “[A] billionaire has taken your side over taxes and fairness,” “Good Morning America” host Diane Sawyer said November 15. “The country’s second-wealthiest man, Warren Buffett, was on Capitol Hill yesterday. He wants to know why he pays a smaller percentage in taxes than his receptionist. He’s even offered $1 million to any of his billionaire pals who prove him wrong about their... continue reading
David Herszenhorn reported from Washington Thursday on the Democrats' latest attempt to withdraw troops from Iraq in " House Approves Funds For Military, With Strings ." "The bill was approved by 218 to 203, with 4 Republicans joining 214 Democrats in favor in a vote just before 10 p.m." He didn't mention that while four Republicans did vote for the bill, 15 Democrats voted against it. "The debate over war financing also provided a forum for Republicans to praise recent developments in Iraq, including what they called a decline in violence." What does Herszenhorn mean by what Republicans "called" a... continue reading
High gas prices may have a lot of people down, but apparently they also have someone feeling homicidal. According to CNN’s November 15 “American Morning” Shell president John Hofmeister has gotten hate mail and even a death threat because of the price of gasoline. “Pretty brave that you decided to do this, you know you were heading out on tour, you didn’t just get hate mail, but you actually received a death threat at one point?” asked co-host Kiran Chetry. High gas prices may have a lot of people down, but apparently they also have someone feeling homicidal. According to... continue reading
It's a good thing Newsweek's “religion” reporter isn't a historian. She'd never make the grade on historical interpretation. In the November 19 th edition of Newsweek , Lisa Miller's “Belief Watch” column talks about the importance to the American people that our presidents be people of faith. She makes her point with what can only be described as creative reinterpretation of data. Miller uses Sen. John Kerry's self-professed failure to connect his faith with the American public in the 2004 election as a vehicle through which to drive a few statistics about presidential politics and the importance of religious faith... continue reading
Upon the news of Wal-Mart’s robust third-quarter earnings and predictions of a “strong” holiday shopping season, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( DJIA) surged into positive territory, closing up 320 points after several days of tough losses. “The Bentonville, Ark. , discounter said it now expects fourth-quarter earnings at the high end of a forecast given last month,” James Covert wrote in the November 14 Wall Street Journal. However, the rosy news from the world’s large retailer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., (NYSE: WMT) wasn’t perceived by ABC News as a positive sign for the economy. In fact, it was portrayed by... continue reading
National Public Radio’s coverage of oil hitting $100 a barrel this week has uncovered another underreported angle to oil profits: funding future explorations. In NPR’s “Morning Edition” Christopher Joyce explained that even though “high oil prices also help drive up the price of exploration,” oil companies are paying now for future fuel. “Companies often use fatter profits to search for new deposits, or to go back and suck the last drop from retired wells,” said Joyce. Those $100 bills are going to search for new deposits in places like the Gulf of Mexico, where drillers must drill in deeper water... continue reading
Gas prices have been going up, and at least one grandmother is upset. “Why am I spending my grandchildren’s college money so I can drive this car? Why? What is – what is the reason for this?” she asked on the November 14 “Good Morning America.” To answer her question, the ABC morning show pressed the president of Shell Oil, John Hofmeister. Co-anchor Robin Roberts asked what Hofmeister himself could offer those customers “who are really hurting.” Hofmeister reminded Roberts that Americans are not the only ones who want to buy gas. “Part of it is driven by global demand,... continue reading