It is a common tactic among politicians and others who are in trouble to plead guilty to a lesser offense in order to distract attention from their real transgression. That is, I think, what the Obama administration has done in admitting belatedly that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was an act of terrorism, not, as Mark Steyn put it, a movie review that got out of hand. Scott detailed that sorry history earlier this morning. The administration hopes, I think, that acknowledging the obvious with respect to the nature of the attack will allow the press
To combat global warming, scientists in Scotland now suggest an out-of-this-world solution — a giant dust cloud in space, blasted off an asteroid, which would act like a sunshade for Earth. The world is warming and the climate is changing. Although many want to prevent these shifts by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases that trap heat from the sun, some controversially suggest deliberating manipulating the planet's climate with large-scale engineering projects, commonly called geoengineering
Chula Vista - A Border Patrol agent fatally shot a 32-year-old mother of five Friday in suburban San Diego as he rode on the hood of her car after she ran into him, authorities and family members said. The agent fired after being driven several hundred yards on the hood, Chula Vista police Capt. Gary Wedge told The Associated Press. The woman was later identified in a police statement as Valeria Alvarado. The shooting occurred about five miles north of the Mexican border as plainclothes agents were looking to serve a felony warrant in the area to someone other than
A convicted rapist in Massachusetts is trying to win visitation rights to the child fathered when he raped a 14-year-old girl. Jamie Melendez, now 24, was convicted of raping a middle school student he met when he was 17 and a foster child involved with a church youth group in Norfolk, Mass. According to the victim's attorney, Melendez went to the girl's house when he knew her mother would not be home and pressured her to have sex with him. She said she felt threatened and intimidated by Melendez. Melendez pleaded guilty to the rape in 2011 and was sentenced
United Nations - The head of a leading Islamic organization Saturday called for a global ban on offending the character of the Prophet Muhammad, saying that it should be equated with hate speech. Such a ban would demonstrate how an interconnected world respected different cultural sensitivities, said Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in an interview with The Associated Press. "If the Western world fails to understand the sensitivity of the Muslim world, then we are in trouble," Ihsanoglu said. Such provocations pose "a threat to international peace and security and the sanctity of life."
At a time when mortgage rates are at historic lows, home prices have fallen, and previous overbuilding leaves little room for growth in employment in the housing industry, why would the Federal Reserve suddenly decide to purchase $40 billion worth of mortgage securities a month supposedly in order to stimulate the housing market and thereby create more jobs? So wonders Dr. Jeffrey Herbener, Professor of Economics a Grove City College.His answer is that the public narrative that this move is for the sake of helping unemployment is a fiction, and that the move is really "another bailout of the holders
After giving advanced weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan, only to have them recycled and turned against us later, and after arming the anti-Gaddafi rebels in eastern Libya, only to suffer an RPG attack on our Benghazi consulate, now we are giving drones to the people currently in charge in Yemen. What could possibly go wrong? Casey L. Coombs of Aviation Week reports: (Snip) An anonymous Yemeni defense official, who was not authorized to speak with the press, tells Aviation Week that Yemen is receiving four AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven UAVs. The 1.9-kg Raven is equipped with sensors for target acquisition,
After a few weeks spent tracking down and questioning pollsters and the reporters of polls, I can assure the reader that pollsters are the modern-day alchemists. They promise to turn numbers into predictive gold. We'd all like to believe these magical powers exist, but we shouldn't. The pollsters of 2012 just don't know who is going to win in November any more than did the pollsters of 1980 know that Ronald Reagan was headed towards a landslide in that late-breaking year. (Snip) There are plenty of data points to encourage Republicans, and these are genuine data points as opposed to
ANOTHER economic mess looms on the horizon—one with a great wrinkled visage. The struggle to digest the swollen generation of ageing baby-boomers threatens to strangle economic growth. As the nature and scale of the problem become clear, a showdown between the generations may be inevitable. [Snip] By 1964 individuals born after the war accounted for 41% of the total population, forming a generation large enough to exert its own political and economic gravity. These boomers have lived a charmed life,
Montana - The new school year is only a few weeks old, but it’s already becoming clear that the federal government’s new school lunch guidelines are about as popular as the NFL’s replacement referees. After EAGnews.org published a recent article about how the Obama administration’s new calorie limitations for school lunches are leaving many American students hungry (especially high school athletes), a concerned food service worker from a western Montana school district contacted us with news about how the guidelines are impacting her students. She only agreed to an interview on the condition of anonymity. (Snip) “Two ounces of protein
A few reporters have stepped up, of course. Eli Lake at Newsweek has done a bang-up job, CNN has stuck with the story all week, Tapper had a solid report last night about who knew what and when. But perhaps we’re asking too much from the media generally; there are, after all, Romney gaffes to be covered. And if there’s one thing that America wants and needs from its media right now, it’s more navel-gazing horse-race election dreck. Not KP, though. Good lord, I think she’s gone rogue: (Snip) Surely she can’t believe that the Egyptian Coptic Christian who made
The Department of Energy's loan guarantee program has already had two significant failures in the solar industry, the best known being Solyndra. Now a third company, San Jose's SoloPower, seems to be following in Solyndra's footsteps and threatening to leave taxpayers on the hook for millions more. Last August, as Solyndra was going bankrupt, the Department of Energy issued a loan guarantee in the amount of $197 million to help SoloPower manufacture their thin-film solar power product. (Snip) Industry analyst Andrew Soare of Lux Research tells Fox News that China can still undercut US manufacturers by 30 percent, making it
NEW YORK -- Spending by consumers picked up in August, although people dipped into their savings to buy things, as growth in their paychecks did not keep pace. Spending increased 0.5% in the month, according to the Commerce Department report, up from a 0.4% increase in July. Spending by consumers accounts for nearly three-quarters of the nation's economic activity, so growth in spending an important driver of economic growth. But for the second straight month personal income grew by only 0.1%, as the continued weakness in the jobs market has kept wages in check.
Last night, the Media Research Center honored the late Andrew Breitbart with the its sixth annual “William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence.” But, Andrew’s work in journalism wasn’t just excellent – it was fearless. This year, the award could’ve just as easily been called the “William F. Buckley Award for Media Courage.” Andrew went where few in the media dare go, publishing exposes about sex-selective abortions, the sexting scandal of then-Rep. Anthony Weiner, and the left-wing operative ACORN, as columnist Cal Thomas, who presented the posthumous award at the Media Research Center’s (MRC) annual gala, explained.
Milan - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton lauded the Italian company Technogym for its cooperation with his foundation to promote health, diet and fitness programs in American schools. Clinton gave the keynote speech Saturday at the inauguration of the Technogym Village in the northern Emilia-Romagna region, the company's new headquarters. The Clinton Foundation has targeted childhood obesity among its programs to improve personal health, and Clinton said Technogym "has been a great partnership ... promoting health, diet and fitness programs for our kids, starting from the push to eliminate sugary drinks readily available in our schools to offering exercise programs."
Berlin - A German court on Friday refused to allow a Muslim student to skip swimming lessons after she said she was uncomfortable being so close to bare-chested boys. The 12-year-old, originally from Morocco but going to school in the southern German city of Frankfurt, had refused to take part in swimming lessons and had been marked down accordingly. She filed to be given the right to skip the classes, her lawyer arguing that according to the Qu'ran, she was not only forbidden from showing herself to boys but also from seeing the topless boys. (Snip) It said in its
Swedish wildlife experts have warned that cinnamon buns used by hunters to tempt wild boar out of the woods could lead to a serious caries problem. "It is not at all good for the animal's health," said Anders Hallengren at Skåne county council to the local Skånska Dagbladet daily. The hunters in southern Sweden use bait to bring the animals out in the open and thus easier to target. The hunters are reported to favour using cinnamon buns and other baked goods as they are both tempting for the boar and are also cheap.
The Connecticut teen gunned down by his own dad during a botched break-in was happily playing an online game with buddies just hours before his tragic death, friends told The Post yesterday. (Snip) Tyler’s biological mom, Tammy Binnette, 45, was in tears yesterday. “This is the second child I lost,” wailed Binnette, who in 1993 fell asleep behind the wheel of a car after smoking crack cocaine and slammed into a utility pole — killing her 21-month-old daughter, Mariah. Binnette’s extensive criminal history includes a prison stint for that fiery crash, which occurred when she was pregnant with Tyler’s older sister, Therese.
President Barack Obama is repeating a debunked claim regarding his commitment to deficit reduction, one of the highest priority issues for voters this election cycle. In a campaign video unveiled Wednesday, the president called for a “new economic patriotism” and touted his “balanced plan to reduce our deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade.” The claim that Obama has a plan—in the form of his most recent budget proposal—to reduce the federal deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years has been a constant refrain from the president on the campaign trail, and has been echoed by his Democratic allies.
The presidential contest is far from over, but House Democrats are already readying their legislative wish-lists in hopes that President Obama is reelected. The lawmakers are floating a broad array of issues they'd like Obama to tackle immediately in a second term, placing a focus on jobs and the economy, but also thorny discretionary issues like immigration, climate change, housing – even a return to healthcare reform. An Obama victory in November would lend the president a new fistful of political capital as he confronts Republican leaders over how to avoid
As Heritage has pointed out, The Promised Land, the troubled piece of lefty Hollywood agitprop aimed at the domestic oil industry is actually financed by the international oil industry. (Something it has in common with B.O.) A new film starring Matt Damon presents American oil and natural gas producers as money-grubbing villains purportedly poisoning rural American towns. It is therefore of particular note that it is financed in part by the royal family of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. This isn’t the first time that the UAE have dabbled in Anti-American Hollywood propaganda. While Imagenation Abu Dhabi does produce legitimate
The White House moved to prevent defense and other government contractors from issuing mass layoff notices in anticipation of sequestration, even going so far to say that the contracting agencies would cover any potential litigation costs or employee compensation costs that could follow. Some defense companies—including Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and EADS North America—have said they expect to send notices to their employees 60 days before sequestration takes effect to comply with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which requires companies to give advance warning to workers deemed reasonably likely to lose their jobs
An 81-year-old grandmother who fell outside a hospital had to lie in a gutter in the rain while an ambulance came from seven miles away. When it arrived 30 minutes later, paramedics merely drove Gladys Shepherd 300 yards round the corner to the hospital’s urgent care unit. (Snip) Heavily pregnant Mrs Woods could not lift her, and when she ran inside to get help, she was told no doctors were available and Mrs Shepherd would have to stay where she was until an ambulance arrived from Altham. She was told to ring the ambulance herself.
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com: Debka: Benghazi murder of Chris Stevens was revenge for plot against al-Qaeda France's Hollande calls for immediate military action in Mali Aftermath of Libyan military action sees big increase in al-Qaeda activity in Africa Debka, which sometimes gets things wrong, is quoting its military intelligence sources as saying that the reason why the Obama administration is covering up the al-Qaeda links to the murder of American ambassador Chris Stevens on September 11 in Benghazi, Libya, was because the murder was an act of revenge for US-led plans to assassinate the terrorist Abdelmalek Droukdel, "Emir of
What’s the cause of the federal government’s huge budget deficits? That’s a question that is harder to answer in the particular than you might think. The general problem is obvious: Uncle Sam has been spending more money than he takes in. The specific reasons as to why this state of affairs exists are a mix of human decisions, economic circumstance, and the cumulative effect of time. Headline split by staff
Califon, N.J. It’s bad enough that school children across the nation are going hungry on the skimpy portions offered through the Michelle Obama lunch menu. At the Tewksbury school district in New Jersey, children who fall $3.10 behind on their food payments get one hard-boiled egg, a package of crackers and a carton of milk for lunch. The Tewksbury district consists of two schools, one for grades K-4 and one for grades 5-8. Lunches at the school cost $2.40 per day. That means children are only allowed to fall one day behind in their lunch payments before getting stuck with