The official slogan for the 2014 Winter Olympics currently being held in Sochi, Russia is "Hot. Cool. Yours." But so far, even hot and cold seems too lofty a goal. Social media is buzzing with reports from athletes and members of the press that the accommodations leave something to be desired--unless you like tandem toilet seats, live wires in the shower, and urine hued water. The Twitter account @SochiFails is documenting the worst of the mishaps. But with the games already underway, the problems are far from cosmetic. The Denver Post has a glorious summary:
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Yesterday at NRO I reported, after much investigation, that a host of shenanigans by the Obamite political troops at the Labor Department were destroying morale there and ill serving the public. Poetry contests at OSHA. Glossy, expensive, politically charged posters in every elevator. Pressure to vote in a religious-themed poll. Big outside contracts to promote a national book club. And more -- all backed by multiple accounts of a hostile work environment, within a subtext that a cabal of a certain sort of white males who were the political "in" gang were shutting out career employees, including (whether by happenstance or a weird, deliberate bias) an inordinate number of women, Hispanics, and maybe blacks.
Is immigration reform the Obamacare of vulnerable, incumbent Republicans in 2014? Just as incumbent Democratic senators up for reelection this year have been distancing themselves from the president and the travesty that has become Obamacare, immigration reform may pose a similar problem for Republicans facing primary opponents. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has stated that there won't be immigration reform in 2014—luckily for him, the year he’s up for reelection:
I think we have an irresolvable conflict here. The Senate insists on comprehensive. The House says it won’t go to conference with the Senate on comprehensive and wants to look at step-by-step.
CNN adds that McConnell “did not take a position on the GOP outline.”
In a piece worth reading, Peter Beinart of The Atlantic takes a look at what he sees as the fall and rise of the term "liberal." Beinart describes how the label, once proudly worn by New Dealers, fell out of favor with the cultural tumult of the 1960s:
Over the next two decades, being a liberal came to mean letting criminals terrorize America’s cities, hippies undermine traditional morality, and communists menace the world. It meant, in other words, too much liberty for the wrong kind of people. Fearful of its negative connotations, Democratic politicians began disassociating themselves from the term...
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I just finished watching Jay Leno’s final episode as host of The Tonight Show. At the risk of sounding cliché, it does seem like yesterday when Leno took over the reins in May 1992. Time goes by faster with every year.
I must admit that I can’t remember the last time I watched Leno. Actually, scratch that. I tuned in to watch Sixto Rodriguez perform last year. I’m generally not a big late night fan. It takes a lot to get me to laugh these days. I didn’t laugh during Leno’s monologue, but smiled when Leno and Billy Crystal kibitzed about old times as young comedians in Boston and New York.
Crystal took a page from The Sound of Music and recruited Jack Black, Kim Kardashian, NBA superstar Chris Paul, Jim Carson, Sheryl Crow, Carol Burnett and Oprah Winfrey to serenade Leno.
At the end of night, Leno held back tears as he spoke losing his mother, father and brother in the first three years as host of The Tonight Show. With their loss, the crew there became family to him adding that their success was his success. The evening closed with Garth Brooks playing “Friends in Low Places”.
Ralph Kiner, Hall of Fame home run hitter turned broadcaster, passed away today of natural causes. He was 91.
Kiner played only 10 seasons in the bigs, but made the most of them. In his first seven seasons, Kiner led the NL in home runs every season. Twice, Kiner hit over 50 home runs in a season. He drove in 100 or more runs six times and also collected 100 or more walks six times. Kiner had an OBP of .400 or greater four times. On six occasions, Kiner was named to the NL All-Star Team. His best overall season came in 1949 when he hit .310 while leading the NL with 54 HR and 127 RBI. Kiner also led the NL in walks (117) and slugging percentage (.658). He finished fourth in NL MVP balloting behind Jackie Robinson, Stan Musial and Enos Slaughter.
Department of Labor employees have compiled a list of grievances for newly appointed Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. Whether or not he cares is another story altogether.
The Daily Caller obtained a DoL internal “assessment," which includes complaints about the department's hiring discrimination against minorities and disabled persons, staffing their Civil Rights Center with legal novices, Secretary Solis playing hooky and missing the Disability Advisory council meetings, advancing people with degrees who lack experience instead of experienced workers who lack degrees, and performance appraisals based on personality rather than productivity.
If you are a man between the ages of 24 to 54, there's a one-in-six chance that you're jobless.
That disheartening figure comes from The Wall Street Journal. After recovering from the initial shock, one has to wonder: What happened?
Obviously, our fragile economy has accounted for hundreds of thousands of lay-offs and cuts. Most of these men had steady work and lost it. Some suffered injuries or disabilities that landed them on the couch. Some men fear uprooting their family in order to get a new job. Yes, there are a plethora of legitimate circumstances producing unemployed husbands and fathers, and this post is not for them.
On the other hand, for some, sheer laziness has taken its toll:
Creationist Ken Ham urged Bill Nye “to define terms correctly” in their recent debate over evolution. Here is Ham’s problem with the current terms:
[Evolutionists] use the same word science for observation and historical science. They arbitrarily define science as naturalism and outlaw the supernatural. They are imposing the religion of naturalism/atheism on generations of students.
Science, according to Ham, concerns itself with what is observable. “Historical sciences,” which are not presently observable, should be distinguished from the sciences that are. Not being present to witness species evolve and watch billions of years pass, a scientist cannot conclude, based on present data, that evolution occurred or that the earth is billions of years old.
“We’ve only got the present,” Ham asserts. But, following Ham’s rigid guidelines for science, do we even have that?