A few days ago, the Washington Post listed 16 U.S. cities that foreign governments issue travel warnings about due to their high levels of crime.
With policing a responsibility of local government in the United States, I decided to look up the mayors of these cities.
Do you notice a pattern?
Boston: Thomas Merino (Democrat)
New York: Michael Bloomberg (Independent), Mayor Elect Bil de Blasio (Democrat)
Washington DC: Vincent Gray (Democrat)
Baltimore: Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (Democrat)
Richmond: Dwight Clinton Jones (Democrat)
Cleveland: Frank G Jackson (Democrat)
Chicago: Rahm Emmanual (Democrat)
St Louis: Francis S Slay (Democrat)
Houston: Annise Parker (Democrat)
Atlanta: Kasim Reed (Democrat)
New Orleans: Mitch Landrieu (Democrat)
Miami: Tomas Regaldo (Republican)
Los Angeles: Eric Garcetti (Democrat)
El Paso : John Cook (Democrat)
Tim Andrews is Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers' Alliance & Publisher of Menzies House.
CNN reports on the security issues around the Obamacare website.
Voters are evenly divided when asked whether they agree more politically with President Obama or with the average member of the Tea Party. But an enormous partisan gap colors virtually all opinions of the Tea Party.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters think the president’s views are closest to their own when it comes to the major issues facing the country. But just as many (42%) say their views come closest to those of the average Tea Party member instead. Sixteen per cent (16%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Winston Churchill once observed, “If you are not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty you have no brain.”
Much has been said and speculated about the “youth vote” – the demographic aged between 18 and 24 and to a very considerable extent a lot of what is said or claimed just isn’t supported by the facts.
There are officially 14,712,799 people enrolled to vote on September 7. Between the calling of the election and the close of electoral rolls, 624,539 people signed up yet, of those, only 3,641 were aged 18 or 19 and only 21,787 were aged 20 to 24. A whopping 47% are aged over 50.
The Young Labor Association (YLA), which likes to describe itself as the largest youth political organisation in the country says it has over 10,000 members aged between 14 and 26. The National Seniors Association has over 200,000 over 50.
by Jim McCrudden
Once upon a time there was a world where leaders adopted the line, “We don’t negotiate with terrorists.”
President Teddy Roosevelt, facing ransom demands for the release of a captured American citizen, Perdicaris, by a Moroccan, Raisuli, had a telegram released giving the US response, “Perdicaris alive, or Raisuli dead.”
Every pollie since has tried to come up with such a memorable line, but is driven back to the bland, ‘we don’t negotiate, blah blah’.
To some extent they did try not to but with the coming of Obama things changed – ordinary terrorists? No negotiating, Muslim terrorists? wellll!
This President, this minute, is negotiating with the Taliban in Afghanistan – the very terrorists that the US sacrificed men to fight and eradicate – to share power there with President Kharzi. And not only the US is fighting terrorist there; Australia has been there since 2001 fighting the Taliban under Operation Slipper.
It is to be wondered if Shorten's union mates know of that meeting and what was said? It looks like Bill's ambition for greatness is again being played out in his so far commitment to support Gillard. "Sorry Julia, they made me dump you." GC.Ed.@L.
Mr Shorten met with the US Consul-General in Melbourne Michael Thurston in June 2009.