Fred Thompson Endorses Newt Gingrich On Hannity

Fred Thompson Endorses Newt Gingrich On Hannity: Fred Thompson, the 2008 presidential candidate and former U.S. senator from Tennessee, endorsed Newt Gingrich for the GOP nomination on Monday, two days after Gingrich’s stunning upset over Mitt Romney in the South Carolina primary.

“Newt Gingrich is the guy who can articulate what America is all about — American exceptionalism — who can make the case and not just read the talking points or do it off the teleprompter,” Thompson told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “He can make the case for free markets and our basic case that lower taxes can be good for everybody. Bring about growth, it’s good for everybody. He is not afraid. He is tough. He is experienced.”

Thompson’s endorsement gives an added boost to a campaign that was declared dead on arrival before resurging dramatically — not once, but twice.

The 2012 campaign has become, in many respects, a contest over who can be the most anti-Washington and anti-establishment — many voters who supported Herman Cain saw his lack of political experience as a strength rather than a weakness — but Thompson said that was the wrong way to look at it.

“I don’t think anymore [that] it’s an advantage to be able to say, ‘I know nothing about the operation of the federal government,'” Thompson said. Continue Reading…

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Oscar Nominations 2012

Oscar Nominations 2012: Oscar nominations are out and there are both surprises and notable trends. Moviegoers are rewarding films that provide a respite from the turbulent world outside the theater. And women seem to be at the forefront of the charge.

Unexpected nods for dark horse “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” about a son’s search for meaning in his father’s death, include both a supporting actor and best film nomination. Also a surprise, Terence Malick’s polarizing, “Tree of Life,” made it onto the list for best film.

Other best-film candidates include “The Artist,” “The Help,” “Hugo,” and “The Descendants.” These films all reflect a turn to nastalgia and familiy – what one pundit calls “’The Blind Side’ effect.”  Continue Reading…

Jorge Posada Retires From Yankees

Jorge Posada Retires From Yankees: Jorge Posada, the catcher who was one of the New York Yankees’ “Core Four” as a member of five World Series-winning teams, formally retired on Tuesday after 17 seasons with the club.

A fiery competitor who played through a golden pinstripe period along with Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, Posada was a powerful switch-hitter and favorite of Yankee Stadium crowds who greeted him with chants of “Hip, Hip, Jorge!” when he came to the plate.

“Ever since I was a little kid all I wanted to do was be a major leaguer,” Posada, 40, told a packed news conference across from the team’s clubhouse at Yankee Stadium.

“I was able to live my dream and play for the best sports team in the world,” he added, calling the Yankees “my family away from home”.

The Puerto Rico native was a five-times All-Star and retires with a .273 career batting average, 1,065 runs batted in and 275 home runs in 1,829 games.

He played in the championship seasons of 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009, and with World Series runners-up teams in 2001 and 2003. Continue Reading…

The Economy And Politics To Dominate State Of The Union Address

The Economy And Politics To Dominate State Of The Union Address: President Barack Obama will make the domestic economy the centerpiece of his last State of the Union address before he seeks re-election in November.

The speech is expected to call for sweeping initiatives to bolster the U.S. manufacturing sector and the labor and housing markets, and seek broad reform of the tax code.

At the same time, Obama will undoubtedly be making a case that his shepherding of the economy for the past three years warrants another four-year term.

That case was made slightly easier for the president in recent months as the unemployment rate has unexpectedly dropped to its lowest level — 8.5% — since early in Obama’s term.

The economy — and the unemployment rate as its most widely watched gauge — is certain to be the central focus of the presidential campaign.

It’s unlikely any large initiatives will be approved by Congress in an election year, a point certainly not lost on the president. That should open the door for him to call for an array of big picture reforms without any realistic belief of their passage.

The speech will be delivered before a joint session of Congress at 9 p.m. EST. Indiana governor Mitch Daniels will give the Republican response. (Watch it live on the FOX Business Network.)

Analysts believe Obama set the tone for tonight’s speech during an address in Kansas in December in which he described America being divided by economic inequalities.

Using populist themes that closely echoed the rallying cries of the Occupy Wall Street protesters, Obama has suggested the U.S. economic playing field has grown uneven. In effect, the president has complained that the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer. Continue Reading…

Alex Ovechkin A No Go Tim Thomas A No Show

Alex Ovechkin A No Go Tim Thomas A No Show: Two hockey superstars drew plenty of attention to themselves yesterday, and for very different reasons.

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals was suspended for three games by the NHL’s local disciplinarian, Brendan Shanahan.

Only a few hours earlier, the Boston Bruins’ goalie Tim Thomas was conspicuously absent from the traditional proceedings at the White House to honor the Stanley Cup champions.

Needless to say, both events have been heavily discussed on Twitter and hockey sites all over the internet.  And no, I wouldn’t say a majority of fans have come to the players’ defense.

Starting with Ovi, the Russian appears to have done his Capitals team a great disservice taking a suspension at this point of the year.  With Nicklas Backstrom still up in the press box with a concussion-related injury and Mike Green suffering a seemingly incurable groin injury, Washington needs to keep the rest of the offensive skill players on the ice.  Now after a reckless hit by Alex Ovechkin on Zbynek Michalek, the Caps are all of a sudden short their three best skaters.

Perhaps just as important as the Capitals’ thinning roster is the statement sent to the league by Brendan Shanahan.  There will be no double-standards for the star players if they decide they want to target the head.  The Department of Player Safety is doling out blind justice, and not even Alex Ovechkin is exempt from playing inside the rules.  For so many years I’ve seen Ovechkin leave his feet to make those big checks along the boards.  It’s good to see that Shanahan will enforce the rules, even if it means the Capitals’ darling son will have to stay off the ice. Continue Reading…