There's been no shortage of television commercials critical of the federal health-care law this year. In fact, various political organizations and campaigns have put more than $9.7 million has been toward criticizing the law over the airwaves in 2013, according to one tally. The vast majority of the spending (nearly $9.4 million) has been directed at areas where between 15 and 30 percent of the population is uninsured. It's all according to a useful interactive map of all the spending from Kantar Media Intelligence/CMAG designed by Harley Ellenberger.
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) is pushing a bill aimed at ensuring national parks remain open in the event that the government someday closes down again. The bill, set to be considered by the House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday, would allow states to keep operations running during a shutdown at parks and other federal facilities, as well as to fund programs that directly affect tourism, mining, timber or transportation.
Caller: You're a little self deprecating. There's no doubt you should get a Presidential Medal of Freedom. First of all, back in the 90s you were invited to honorary chair or gavel or something like that of the House of Representatives.
Rush: That's right, I was named an honorary member of the freshman class of 1994.
Caller: And then just recently you had a statue of yourself dedicated at the Missouri House of legislature, whatever it is there.
Rush: That's a bust of me in the Hall of Famous Missourians at the State House in Jefferson City, Missouri. Which, by the way, the left is still trying to get removed. read more
In the Schweikert/Dougherty telling, Obama's rise to power can only be explained by the compliance of a biased media. Where was he born? The authors don't say, only noting that his "place of birth continued to be questioned in lawsuits two years after his election." Obama's 2012 re-election is noted as "perhaps one of the most unexpected political events of the last seventy-five years." How did he win, they ask, when he told one Virginia crowd that the small-business owner "didn't build that" infrastructure that allowed him to live his life? "Obama's phrase by then encapsulated the Keynesian and even quasi-socialist views of the mainstream Democrat Party that economic growth emanated from government, not the private sector," write the authors. "Astoundingly, the comment did not sink Obama's campaign."
Three years ago, in fly-on-the-wall fashion of parent drivers everywhere, I listened while a 14-year-old girl in the back seat of my car described how angry she was that her parents had stopped allowing her to walk home alone just because a girl in her neighborhood "claimed she was raped." When I asked her if there was any reason to think the girl's story was not true, she said, "Girls lie about rape all the time."
She didn't know the person, she just assumed she was lying.
Fast-forward three years, again in a car. This time a 13-year-old refused to believe that when the newly appointed pope was 12 he'd written a "love letter" to the girl living next door. The child insisted stubbornly that the woman, now in the news, had to be a liar because the pope, even as a boy, would not have written a love letter.