A more frequent publishing of Rich Galen's take on politics, culture and general modern annoyances. This is in addition to MULLINGS which is published Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at www.mullings.com
Polls show that senior citizens are more skeptical about health-care reform than any other age group.
Last week, Mr. Gates found himself locked out of his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Instead of calling a locksmith, he and his chauffeur proceeded to break into the house.
When a neighbor noticed the two men forcing their way through the front door, she called the police. According to the police report, when the officers arrived Mr. Gates became belligerent, "exhibiting loud and tumultuous behavior," and was arrested for disorderly conduct.
scored the local police for "acting stupidly for arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home."
The President also went on to see in the incident echoes of "a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately."
- a junkie as Drug Czar,
- a person whose license has been suspended as Secretary of Transportation,
- a deserter as Secretary of Defense,
- a slum lord heading HUD and,
- Bernie Madoff as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
A combination of sensor capability, integrated avionics, situational awareness, and weapons provides first-kill opportunity against threats. The F-22A possesses a sophisticated sensor suite allowing the pilot to track, identify, shoot and kill air-to-air threats before being detected. Significant advances in cockpit design and sensor fusion improve the pilot's situational awareness.
A World War II pilot is afraid to fly and so he decides to have himself pronounced mentally unfit. But, knowing he could have himself grounded for being mentally unfit to fly proved he was mentally fit to fly and so he was returned to flight status.
The White House has exercised a tight grip on critical foreign policy issues, particularly Iran.
A few weeks ago … Mr. Obama telephoned Mrs. Clinton to inform her he was moving the State Department's top Iran adviser, Dennis Ross, to a job in the White House.
Turns out, as this paper reported Monday, that no one in Nicaragua has been able to find any super-embassy, and they've been looking hard. "We don't have an Iranian mega-embassy," a Nicaraguan official told The Post. "We have an ambassador in a rented house with his wife."
"I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."
"declared that India would not commit to a deal that would require it to meet targets to reduce emissions… 'India's position, let me be clear, is that we are simply not in the position to take legally binding emissions targets,' he said."
In January, Richard Nixon was sworn in as 37th President succeeding Lyndon Johnson. In February, Yasser Arafat was elected President of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. In March, Golda Meir became the first female prime minister of Israel. In April, The Harvard University Administration Building was seized members of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). In May, John Lennon and Yoko Ono conducted their Bed-In at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec. In June, the Weatherman seized control of the SDS National Offices in Chicago. In July, Edward M. Kennedy drove off a bridge on his way home from a party on Chappaquiddick Island. Mary Jo Kopechne, died in the incident. In August, members of a cult led by Charles Manson murdered Sharon Tate and her friends. Also, the Woodstock Music Festival was held in upstate New York. In September, the first Automatic Teller Machine in the United States was installed in Rockville Centre, New York. In October, Wal-Mart incorporated as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. In November, Sesame Street premiered on the National Educational Television (NET) network. Also, The first ARPANET link was established (the precursor of the Internet). In December, the Boeing 747 jumbo jet made its maiden cross-country flight.
The federal government would be responsible for ensuring that every person, regardless of income or the state of their health, has access to an affordable insurance plan. Individuals and employers would have new obligations to get coverage, or face hefty penalties.
Insurers say that combination would drive many of them out of business since the public plan would be able to offer lower premiums to virtually all Americans.
Foreshadowing the expected legislative battles ahead, Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), who has been working on a more moderate version, said, "I don't think it's going to go anywhere in the Senate."
The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney, the agency's director, Leon E. Panetta, has told the Senate and House intelligence committees, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said Saturday.
Members of Congress get a tax break on their housing, have health care completely paid for by you and me, and have a pretty good retirement system although the other benefits are so good you can't get them to retire much before their 113th birthday, on average.
Crowds did not clamor for a glimpse of him. Headlines offered only glancing or flippant notice of his activities. Television programming was uninterrupted [so] devotees of the Russian Judge Judy had nothing to fear. Even many students and alumni of the Western-oriented business school where Mr. Obama gave the graduation address on Tuesday seemed merely respectful, but hardly enthralled.