GOP has OK knights, but it needs a Hillary-slayer

first_imgMajor grumbling among conservatives about the Republican field. So many candidates, so many flaws. Rudy Giuliani, abortion apostate. Mitt Romney, flip-flopper. John McCain, Mr. Amnesty. Fred Thompson, lazy boy. Where is the paragon? Where is Ronald Reagan? Well, what about Reagan? This president, renowned for his naps, granted amnesty to 3 million illegal immigrants in the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli bill. As governor of California, he signed the most liberal abortion-legalization bill in America, then flip-flopped and became an abortion foe. What did he do about it as president? Gave us Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony Kennedy, the two swing votes that upheld and enshrined Roe v. Wade for the last quarter-century. The point is not to denigrate Reagan but to bring a little realism to the gauzy idol worship that fuels today’s discontent. And to argue that in 2007 we have, by any reasonable historical standard, a fine Republican field: One of the great big-city mayors of the past century; a former governor of extraordinary executive talent; a war hero, highly principled and deeply schooled in national security; and a former senator with impeccable conservative credentials. So why all the angst? If you’d like to share just a bit of my serenity, have a look at last Sunday’s Republican debate in Orlando. It was a feisty affair, the candidates lustily bashing one another’s ideological deficiencies – Mike Huckabee called it a “demolition derby” – and yet strangely enough, the entire field did well. As for Thompson, he is a paradox, too. He’s been around forever – since Watergate – and yet is mostly a blank slate. Can anybody remember anything of significance he achieved in his eight years in the Senate? Nonetheless, he helped himself in Orlando, showing that while he can be appealingly amiable and affable – a Reaganesque quality that should not be underestimated when people decide who they want in their living rooms for the next four years – he can be tough, as demonstrated by his opening salvo at Giuliani’s social liberalism. Yes, I know. I’ve left out Huckabee, whom some of my colleagues are aggressively trying to promote to the first tier. I refuse to go along. Huckabee is funny, well-spoken and gave a preacher’s stemwinder that wowed the religious right gathering in Washington last Saturday. But whatever foreign policy he has is naive and unconvincing. In wartime, that is a disqualification for commander in chief. So no more gnashing of teeth. Republicans have 41/2 good presidential candidates. All five would make fine Cabinet members: Romney at Treasury, Thompson at Justice, McCain at Defense, Giuliani at Homeland Security, Huckabee at Interior. All the team needs now is to pick a captain who can beat Hillary. Charles Krauthammer’s e-mail address is local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.McCain won the night by acclamation with a brilliant attack on Hillary that not so subtly highlighted his own unique qualification for the presidency. Citing his record on controlling spending, he ridiculed Hillary’s proposed $1 million earmark for a Woodstock museum. He didn’t make it to Woodstock, McCain explained. He was “tied up at the time.” How do you beat that? McCain’s message is plain: Sure, I’m old, worn and broke. But we’re at war. Who has more experience in, fewer illusions about, and greater understanding of war – and an unyielding commitment to win the one we are fighting right now? Giuliani was his usual energetic, tough-guy self. He fended off attacks on his social liberalism with a few good volleys of his own – at Thompson, for example, for being a tort-loving accessory to the trial lawyers – and by making the fair point that he delivers a conservatism of results. His message? I drove the varmints out of New York City – with their pornography, their crime and their hookers (well, a fair number, at least). Turn me loose on the world. Romney’s debate performance was as steady and solid and stolid as ever, becoming particularly enthusiastic when talking about the things he’s done: build a business, rescue the Winter Olympics, govern the most liberal state in the Union. He got especially animated talking about his Massachusetts health-care reform, achieved by working with an overwhelmingly Democratic Legislature. His message? I’m a doer, a problem solver, a uniter. Yet when Romney simultaneously insists that he represents the purest of the pure – “the Republican wing of the Republican Party” – he presents the paradox of a technocrat running as an ideologue. Figuring that running as a sane Ross Perot doesn’t quite enrapture the Republican primary electorate, he is trying also to be the authentic Reagan conservative, filling the ideological slot George Allen forfeited when he lost his Senate race last year. It’s an odd fit that all of Romney’s smoothness and intelligence has yet to convincingly achieve. last_img read more

Heavenly health through nutrition

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Don “Doc” SandersOne of my veterinary colleagues always signs off his emails with “Healthy cows through better nutrition.” I agree with his motto. And I believe we all should apply it to ourselves — not just our cows.We humans have a variety of nutrition plans to choose from, such as the South Beach, Mayo Clinic, Flexitarian, Low Glycemic, DASH, Arthritis and Mediterranean diets, to name a few. And, of course, there is my Oreo diet (preferably double stuffed).Most of you know, or ignore, that Americans have gradually become obese because of our sedentary lifestyle and love for fast food, sodas, ice cream and other sugary snacks. This behavior has attracted entrepreneurial diet companies like ants to a picnic — Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Medifast, Atkins and Nutrisystem.Now there is a new dietary fad just starting in Washington, DC., in a restaurant, that recently opened at the Museum of the Bible. According to an article by Dan Murphy in the beef production publication Drovers (, the husband-and-wife restaurant owners want to recreate the divinely provided food you may remember that was described in the Bible, and for which they named their restaurant, Manna.You can read in Exodus, the second book of the Bible and the Jewish Torah, how manna saved the Israelites from starving in the desert after they fled Egypt. Before fleeing, the Israelites had become slaves to the Egyptians. The Pharaoh (king) felt threatened by the Israelites’ increasing population (they reproduced like rabbits), so he made them slave laborers.Under backbreaking conditions, the Israelites made bricks for palace construction projects and performed other menial tasks under the mean-spirited direction of the Pharaoh and his foremen. The Israelites were desperate to escape these harsh conditions, so on their behalf, Moses attempted a number of times to negotiate with the Pharaoh, who just blew him off.But after Yahweh (Jewish name for God) performed a number of miracles and inflicted the Egyptians with 10 plagues (from turning water into blood to deaths of their firstborn), Moses and the Israelites (all 643,000 of them) escaped, with the Egyptians on their heels. They made it out, thanks to God parting the Red Sea so they could safely cross. And the pursuing Egyptian army and horses drowned as the waters closed in on them once the Israelites were safe on the other side.But once free, the Israelites found themselves in the desert and started grumbling about being hungry. They complained bitterly to Moses for leading them into the desert only to die of starvation. Many of them were ready to go back to Egypt, even though that would mean returning to slavery.Again, Yahweh came through for them. Manna appeared each morning thereafter, so the Israelites would get their carbs. And after a lot of carping by the Israelites, He provided them doves to eat with it.Just what is manna? Is there such a thing? I am pretty certain the manna in the Old Testament accounts wasn’t supplied by a Washington, D.C. eatery and that you couldn’t order it off a papyrus menu.Instead, the manna appeared on the ground, every day before dawn. From heaven, the Israelites believed. Apparently, it tasted like coriander seed wafers, faintly flavored with honey.It had to be scooped from the ground before the sun came up, as it quickly melted away. But they could pick up only what they could eat that day, because it would spoil if kept longer. Except in preparation for their holy day, Saturday, they could pick up two days’ worth.Scholars report that even today little icy, berry-like droplets appear in the desert early in the morning after a cold night. Scholars believe this might be what was referred to as manna in the Bible. When the sun comes up, it doesn’t take long for these droplets to disappear.The Israelites, as they often did, complained again, this time about having to eat the same thing day after day. Personally, I can’t imagine eating doves and manna for the 40 years the Israelites wandered in the desert.I think the Manna restaurant should plan on pressing its manna into the shape of a frozen doughnut so customers can dunk it in their coffee. I hope Kroger doesn’t read my commentary. They might very well develop a method to package manna, perhaps with pigeon fillets and drum sticks in a quick pack. I could see myself getting in trouble bellyaching to my wife, Kris, “Not manna and pigeon again!”last_img read more

Motolite spikers score; Army survives BanKo Perlas

first_imgPacifictown-Army recovered from a previous setback while Motolite finally got its footing as they turned back separate foes Sunday night in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at FilOil Flying V Centre.Motolite, parading one of the best rosters in the league, at last nail its first win by beating BaliPure, 25-16, 25-21, 25-18.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd03:15‘Perla’ intensifies into severe tropical storm00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting In-form Dutchman shoots for second straight win Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “We finished on a high note, that’s the important thing. We’re happy to be in the middle of the standings right now,” said PacificTown coach Kungfu Reyes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Channon Thompson clicked with the rest of the Motolite locals, including Maristela Layug, as they scored their first victory after a 0-4 start.Earlier, PacificTown-Army blasted BanKo Perlas with a 25-22, 23-25, 27-29, 25-20, 15-7, triumph.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLady Troopers import Jenelle Jordan led the assault with 23 points, while fellow import Lena Lymareva-Flink and Honey Royse Tubino added 19 and 16 markers, respectively.Coming from a straight sets defeat at the hands of PetroGazz, PacificTown-Army scored its third win in five games. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View commentslast_img read more

Residents urged to be cautious with rising fire danger rating

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though the Peace Region was exempt from the province’s campfire ban, the Prince George Fire Centre is still issuing residents to use caution when having a fire.With the fire danger rating climbing between moderate and high in the Peace Region, any unattended fires could lead to something much worse.Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds explained that with rising temperature there is potential for lightning hold over fires. “There is always the potential for lightning hold over fires but were not anticipating lightning in the next couple of days,” said Reynolds.Reynolds added that lightning hold overs occur when an area experiences hot temperatures and gets struck by lightning, causing a blaze.Reynolds went on to say that there are no new fires in the Fort St. John area and if residents are careful there won’t be for an extended amount of time.Current Fire Danger Rating. Photo by the Government of British Columbia.last_img read more

Zimmer attends International Grand Committee Meeting on Disinformation and Fake News

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local M.P. Bob Zimmer recently attended The International Grand Committee Meeting on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’ in London.The Committee Hearing, co-chaired by U.K. M.P. Damian Collins and Zimmer, allowed collaborative scrutiny by members of the national committees of both the British and the Canadian Parliaments in their studies into digital policy including disinformation, digital vulnerabilities, and the potential threats to democracies.Brazil, Latvia and Singapore joined the Committee which includes Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Argentina and Ireland; representing over 393 million residents. Both Zimmer and Collins had requested Zuckerberg to appear before their respective committees to discuss the breach of personal information involving Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, as well as subsequent breaches. None of those requests were successful.Zimmer says the Facebook CEO had declined their requests several times, saying that Zuckerberg had sent his Vice President, Richard Allan, to represent him at the hearing.“He declined several times; we asked twice in our committee in Canada, and then Damian had asked him a couple of times in his committee in the U.K. So, we figured together we would ask and just to move the number up so if he didn’t think 30 million was significant enough, we tried 100 million with the U.K. and ourselves. Once we started to add countries, that added up quite quickly. He still didn’t appear. He sent his Vice President, Richard Allan, to appear and it just highlighted the reason why we wanted him there because Richard Allan couldn’t answer many of the questions we were asking, and that’s something only, we think, the CEO would have answers for.”Despite Zuckerberg’s absence at the committee hearing, Zimmer says they are still going to proceed to regulate social media platform influences while maintaining the right to freedom of speech.“I call the social media’s the ‘new public square’ where we talk about issues, so the Government shouldn’t be infringing on anybody’s rights of freedom to speak their mind. The comment that I said what we are trying to do is, this new public square that we have, we are trying to keep the bullies from controlling it.”Zimmer also says that they need to find solutions to fix the problem, especially with a federal election less than a year away, pointing out that Canada’s Communications Security Establishment reports that “Cyber threat activity against the democratic process is increasing around the world, and Canada is not immune.”last_img read more

Safety company building catches fire in Pouce Coupe

first_imgPOUCE COUPE, B.C. – An early morning fire has destroyed a safety company on 50th street in Pouce Coupe.The fire broke out early Wednesday morning and destroyed Action Safety on 50th street. The road was closed while fire crews worked the fire, but it is now open to single lane traffic.Expect delays while you travel through the community.  The Pouce Coupe Elementary School is open.  The Pouce Coupe Fire Department is asking students to stay away from fire crews and equipment. A photo of the fire shared on Facebook The building has been destroyed and fire crews remain on scene. If you have any photos or video to share of the fire, email news@moosefm.caFire once the fire is out, crews will investigate the cause.OPEN – #BCHwy2 is open to single lane alternating traffic at 50th st in #PouceCoupe. Next update 8:30 AM. #DawsonCreekInfo here:— DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) June 5, 2019A photo of the fire in Pouce Coupe thanks to Laura HamannA photo of the fire in Pouce Coupe thanks to Laura Hamannlast_img read more

Tear my sons clothes take him to task if he does not

first_imgDhanora (Chhindwara): Tear my son’s clothes if he does not deliver, says Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath as he campaigns for his son Nakul who is fighting his first elections from Chhindwara.Invoking his 40-year-old association with the region, Nath says he has now entrusted the task to serve the people of Chhindwara to his son so that he can work for Madhya Pradesh. “I am where I am because of the love and strength you gave me,” Nath says. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Nakul is not here today but he will serve you. I have given him the responsibility. Take him to task and tear his clothes if he does not deliver,” the 72-year-old Congress leader told the locals. He was speaking at an election rally on Saturday in Dhanora village which comes under the Amarwada assembly seat, about 65 kms from Chhindwara district headquarters. “We will start a new journey and create history,” he told the locals. Nath has been the longest serving Member of Parliament (MP) from this Lok Sabha constituency as he served for nine terms and he has now vacated the seat for his son. The chief minister is also contesting bypoll in the Chhindwara assembly constituency as per the legal requirement of being a member of legislative assembly (MLA) for running the state government.last_img read more

Colonel dies in Ggn road accident

first_imgGurugram: Colonel Preet Singh who was the serving colonel in the Indian Army lost his life in Gurugram on Monday due to a road accident. Colonel Preet Singh was deputed in Bathinda and was a part of seven engineer regiment.According to the law enforcement, the Army officer who had been awarded sena medal was travelling in the Army vehicle Tata Storme when the Maruti Swift hit his vehicle from the rear side that caused in the massive crash. On Thursday Colonel Singh was cremated with full military honours. The Army officer used to reside with his family in Sector-22 Palam Vihar. His father Raghuveer Singh is a retired judge while his wife Swati Singh is a professor at Delhi University. He had two children a son and a daughter. His son Samayan was eight years of age while his daughter Diksha was just a year old. On average, there are nine accidents that occur daily in Millennium City. In 2014, there were 1180 cases of accidents leading to 430 deaths. In 2015 the cases slightly reduced to 1140 but the death toll was higher at 435 while in 2016 there were 1201 incidents of accidents leading to 420 deaths. In 2018, there were 460 people who had lost their lives on the roads of Gurugram. Officials also indicate that the visibility further decreased during driving heavy vehicles. Other factors resulting in the deadly mishap are fatigue, overspeeding, drunken driving and overloading. To prevent fatalities caused due to mishaps, the Haryana government introduced Haryana vision Zero. The campaign has resulted in reducing the number of accidents in major cities of Haryana including Gurugram.last_img read more