October 17, 2013 |
It seems we may have been unfair to Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) by suggesting he's a hypocrite for voting to cut back food stamps while he collects millions in government farm handouts. The Central Valley Republican's vote Wednesday on the shutdown-ending House bill tells a different story: In fact, he's a man of principle. LaMalfa has generally stood for smaller government, especially smaller poverty programs, which he believes should be handled by individuals and church groups.
October 6, 2013 |
Question: A majority of homeowners were instrumental in getting me elected to the board in order to correct problems created by management and certain directors. Determined to change things, these owners were going to meetings, voicing their opinions and complaints right up to the night I got elected. After my election, none of these owners attended board meetings anymore. On close inspection of books and records there's been indescribable waste, fraud and corruption with ongoing directors complicit with management.
September 20, 2013 |
NEW YORK - For years, Vince Sicari kept a secret from his family, friends, colleagues and clients. By day, he practiced law. By night, he practiced laughs under his stage name, Vince August, building a reputation on the comedy club circuit. Over the years, he worked his way up to regular TV appearances, including Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" and ABC's "What Would You Do?" But Sicari this week became a victim of August's success when New Jersey's highest court ruled that he could either continue to serve in his part-time job as Municipal Court Judge Vincenzo A. Sicari or work as an on-stage comedian - but not both.
September 5, 2013 |
President Obama has repeatedly and publicly declared that the United States will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons; he has, apparently, promised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as much. While he has not explicitly declared that the United States will employ military means if all else fails, a succession of senior American officials has stated that all options are "on the table. " In part, these declarations were prompted by a fear that, once diplomacy and sanctions were perceived in Jerusalem to have failed, Israel would go it alone and launch military operations against the Iranian nuclear project, sucking in the U.S. and risking a wide Middle Eastern conflagration.The American assurances were designed to staunch Israeli fears and give diplomacy and sanctions more time.
August 24, 2013 |
Chris Nelson hit a two-run homer off Felix Hernandez and the Angels ruined Eric Wedge's return to the dugout with a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. Wedge managed the Mariners for the first time since he had a mild stroke a month ago. He acknowledged being anxious about getting back on the bench and called his ailment "a heads-up. " Garrett Richards (4-5) allowed four hits in 7 1-3 innings and two relievers finished the five-hitter for the Angels. Nelson snapped an 0-for-17 slide when he connected in the second for his third homer.
August 19, 2013 |
On Aug. 9, the Obama administration released a previously secret legal interpretation of the Patriot Act that it used to justify the bulk collection of every American's phone records. The strained reasoning in the 22-page memo won't survive long in public light, which is itself one of the strongest arguments for transparency in government. As the late Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, "Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants. " Recent revelations by the Washington Post emphasize the need for greater transparency.