A Gulf state-owned bank has rolled out a new MasterCard that not only complies with Islamic laws banning loans with interest but also includes an embedded compass pointing the way to Mecca. (Snip) Shariah forbids “riba” or the charging of interest on loans because it could enable the rich to exploit the poor, encourages risk, and creates social and economic disharmony, according to Abed Awad, an expert on Islamic law who teaches at Rutgers and Pace universities. Scholars say Muslims can pay interest when there are no other options to get the funds they need. Credit card operators get around
A little heads up for all of you. The Benghazi Massacre scandal is really taking root within even the Mainstream Media now – due in great part to Vice President Joe Biden’s oddly phrased throw-the-State Department-under-the-bus remarks during Thursday’s debate. It is my understanding some Senate DEMOCRATS pushed for more timely hearings on the issue (as in BEFORE the November election) but Reid has, for now, pushed any chance of that happening until after the election. His doing so may cost him the Majority position even if the Dems maintain control of the Senate.
A judge lamented his 'pathetic' sentencing powers as he jailed a drunken yob who left an aerospace engineer paralysed from the neck down for less than three years. Matthew Edmonds, 33, was left with only some limited movement in his arms after he was punched in the street by Samuel Evans. Thug Evans was already subject to a suspended jail term for a previous assault when he lashed out at Mr Edmonds, causing him to fall and hit his head on a concrete floor, Gloucester Crown Court heard. Evans was sentenced to a total of 34 months in jail after admitting inflicting grievous bodily harm
Gary Collins, an actor who was the longtime host of the syndicated TV show “Hour Magazine” and a former master of ceremonies for the Miss America Pageant, died early Saturday in Biloxi, Miss. He was 74. Collins died of natural causes soon after arriving at Biloxi Regional Medical Center, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove told the Associated Press. In 2011 Collins moved to Mississippi, the home state of his wife, Mary Ann Mobley, an actress and Miss America 1959. He had been arrested and fined last year for leaving a Biloxi restaurant without paying his dinner tab;
San Francisco - The satellite that made up the secondary cargo of SpaceX's latest orbital mission has burnt up in the Earth's atmosphere after failing to make it into the correct orbit. (Snip) The Falcon was then due to make a second burn to get the OG2 satellite up to its required orbit, but safety regulations forced NASA to call a halt to any further orbital maneuvers. Orbcomm investigated using the satellite's own propulsion systems to get it into the right orbit, but instead opted to use the lower orbit for four days of testing, which the company proclaimed was
California regulators on Wednesday approved a $10 million grant to Tesla Motors to help manufacture its next electric car, the Model X sport utility vehicle. Tesla will pony up $50 million to match the California Energy Commission grant, which will be used to expand manufacturing capacity at its factory in Fremont, Calif., and to purchase equipment to make components for the Model X. (Snip) “Tesla’s Gen 3 vehicle could ultimately be a game changer for electric vehicles and air quality and public health in California,” added McCarthy, referring to Tesla’s plans to build an electric car in the $30,000 range.
Benghazi, Libya - A police car exploded on Saturday during a failed assassination attempt on a police colonel in the eastern city of Benghazi, a Libyan police official said. The attack was the latest in a series of assassination attempts in Benghazi, the cradle of last year's uprising which ousted Muammar Gaddafi, and where U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed in a September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate. (Snip) On August 10, gunmen shot dead Libyan army general Mohammed al-Fitori in Benghazi when he was leaving Friday prayers. The bullets were fired from a passing car.Fitori had defected from
Antique, 1950s-era American cars have been a quintessentially Cuban sight on the meandering streets of Havana for decades, but nowadays these ancient machines seem to be taking over the island’s road system because, in fact, they are. Almost every second vehicle you now see in Cuba seems to be a Plymouth Belvedere, an Oldsmobile Rocket, a Pontiac Star Chief, or some other mechanical emissary from the pre-revolutionary past, all grumbling and lurching through the leaden heat and humid Antillean air — further proof, if more proof were needed, that this island’s automotive mechanics belong to a rare breed of genius.
Bill Maher likes to deride conservatives for living “inside a bubble” where they consume news from only those with whom they agree and so are unaware of the “facts,” but he could just as well be describing the insular world of himself or others in the liberal media. Case in point: An NPR and Washington Post contributor who spends her days reading left-wing magazines and watching MSNBC, to the exclusion of any conservative news sources, so much so that she conceded: “My 14-year-old daughter can rattle off the entire MSNBC line-up, so that should tell you something about our
Jay Leno spent nearly three minutes of his opening monologue Friday trashing Vice President Joe Biden for his performance during Thursday's debate. Although the Tonight Show host did poke some fun at Paul Ryan and Sarah Palin, the bulk of his jokes targeted Biden including him saying it was "really smart" of moderator Martha Raddatz "to cut Joe off after that third scotch and soda" (video follows with transcript and commentary): (Snip) Well, I guess you know the Obama campaign has a new strategy. They've gone from "Hope and Change" to "Smirk and Giggle." That's the new thing.
Lindsay Lohan came out in support of Mitt Romney yesterday. While most would, at first glance, write this off as gossip, it's the latest instance of an evolving trend that jeopardizes President Obama's chance at winning the White House. Lohan, by all accounts, is a typical low-information voter. And low information voters, like it or not, will decide this election. The first person to pick out this trend was Dave Weigel at Slate after sportswriter Buzz Bissinger endorsed Romney after his positive debate performance. Bissinger, Weigel notes, was a low information voter.
Paris — More than a year after resigning in disgrace as the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn is seeking redemption with a new consulting company, the lecture circuit and a uniquely French legal defense to settle a criminal inquiry that exposed his hidden life as a libertine. Mr. Strauss-Kahn, 63, a silver-haired economist, is seeking to throw out criminal charges in an inquiry into ties to a prostitution ring in northern France with the legal argument that the authorities are unfairly trying to “criminalize lust.” That defense and the investigation, which is facing a critical
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 49% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns the vote from 48%. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and another two percent (2%) are undecided. Forty-three percent (43%) are certain they will vote for Romney and will not change their minds. Forty-one percent (41%) are that certain they will vote for Obama.
High gasoline prices have become a political wild card in California, where several tight races are pivotal to Democrats’ slim hopes of winning back control of the House. Gas prices are always higher in California, but lately they’re bad even by Golden State standards, soaring a half-dollar in one week to average $4.67-per-gallon on Oct. 9. Republicans have sought political mileage from pump prices, and there is more to come. Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), who faces a challenge from Democrat Raul Ruiz, is running an ad that begins with shots of gas price signs
A nasty rift has opened up between President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the fallout from the terrorist attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens. This feud may undermine and threaten Obama’s reelection chances. (Snip) Hillary Clinton went to a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) conference on the Middle East and North Africa Friday and tried to deflect blame from herself and the State Department -- some damage control of her own. She insisted the United States cannot guarantee “perfect security” for its diplomats overseas,
WASHINGTON- Bruce Springsteen will be back campaigning for President Barack Obama. The musician will join former President Bill Clinton at a Thursday rally in Parma, two days after the second presidential debate. Obama will not attend the rally. Springsteen also will appear at a campaign event Thursday in Ames, Iowa. Springsteen campaigned for Obama in 2008, but these will be his first political appearances of the 2012 cycle. Clinton is a prominent campaigner for Obama.
A Danish wind turbine company whose subsidiaries received over $50 million in U.S. stimulus dollars announced on Friday it has cut more than 800 jobs in the United States and Canada this year and may be forced to lay off another 800 employees in North America. This is yet another green energy company that received wasteful stimulus funds and does not even have anything to show for it. According to Reuters, Vestas, the wind turbine maker, saw its order intake go down by 24 percent during the first half of the year.
COLUMBUS- President Barack Obama's campaign is urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to consider the Ohio secretary of state's appeal in a dispute over early voting in the presidential battleground state. Attorneys say in a court filing the campaign said it submitted Friday that the court should let a lower ruling restoring early voting rights stand and not hear Secretary of State Jon Husted's appeal. Husted appealed a ruling reinstating early voting the three days before Election Day and returning discretion to local elections boards. The Republican also asked the court to delay the lower court ruling
The Obama administration finalized a program Friday to fast-track solar energy projects on public lands in six Western states. The Interior Department set aside about 285,000 acres for commercial-scale solar in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. The federal government will offer incentives for development, help facilitate access to existing or planned electric infrastructure and ease the permitting process in the 17 zones. “Energy from sources like wind and solar have doubled since the president took office, and with today’s milestone, we are laying a sustainable foundation to keep expanding our nation’s domestic energy resources,” Interior Secretary Ken
House Speaker John Boehner told about 140 Republicans at state GOP headquarters Saturday morning that the election is about jobs and President Barack Obama doesn't understand the economy. No Republican has spent more time working with the president on economic issues, Boehner said. “Let me tell you,” Boehner said. “He doesn't get it. As a result he doesn't understand how the economy works or how America works.'' Boehner said that former Governor Mitt Romney does understand the economy and does understand that government interference can cost jobs. Boehner made an appearance in Charlotte on Friday
HealthBridge Management and CareOne, related companies that own and operate nursing homes in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and two other states, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the New England Health Care Employers Union, also known as Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199NE, and United Healthcare Workers East, also an affiliate of SEIU. The lawsuit claims the unions violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act through the use of threats, sabotage, and intimidation in a “shake-down” to coerce the companies to accept union demands. The health care companies charge that SEIU’s use of the help of politicians and
If you missed it, actress Lindsay Lohan came out in support of Mitt Romney this week telling reporters at a party in Los Angeles that she thinks, “unemployment is very important now,” which is why she plans to support Gov. Romney. The endorsement didn’t garner much media attention (Snip) As Weigel notes, it's not like either side was falling over themselves to score the lusted-after and enviable Bissinger endorsement. But Bissinger is emblematic of millions of Americans. These people don't follow politics, don't understand the issues with depth, and plan to vote based on what little information they've gleaned.
In charging his Republican opponent with putting "two wars on a credit card" in the October 11 vice-presidential debate, Vice President Joe Biden misrepresented his own voting record on the wars in a misstatement of fact that went unchallenged by both the debate moderator and the Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). (Snip) But as the Washington Free Beacon pointed out, Biden, then a senator from Delaware, voted for the same "credit card" wars Ryan supported. Biden voted with the overwhelming majority of his colleagues in favor of the Authorization of the Use of Military Force, passed in
Will Smith was arguably the most popular movie star in the world until the 2008 movie "Seven Pounds" underwhelmed at the box office. He licked his wounds, took several years off, and returned to theaters a few months back with the third installment of the "Men in Black" series. Now, Smith is making a move that could change the way people think of the affable star. First lady Michelle Obama is set to return to Los Angeles for yet another star-studded fundraiser -- this one hosted on Oct. 25 by Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith at their home
More than 500 economists — including five Nobel laureates — have endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s economic plan as the right choice for jobs creation and economic growth. The pro-Romney group “Economists for Romney” announced Monday that its statement of support for the former Massachusetts governor’s economic plan now has 526 signatories, up from 400 a week ago. “We enthusiastically endorse Governor Mitt Romney’s economic plan to create jobs and restore economic growth while returning America to its tradition of economic freedom,” Economists for Romney’s statement of support reads, proclaiming Romney’s plan as based on “proven principles” to restrain
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, doesn’t think the Senate should call hearings yet on the Obama administration’s handling of the attack in Libya last month that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens. “Secretary Clinton appointed Ambassador Tom Pickering to do a detailed review asking tough questions,” Reed told WPRI 12′s Tim White in a phone interview on Thursday. (Snip) Asked whether the time is right for senators should hold their own independent hearings into what happened, Reed replied: “No, I don’t think so.”