A litter of picture purr-fect eight-week-old kittens have become an internet hit after their foster parent installed a webcam to capture their adorable antics around the clock. Nicknamed the Spice Kittens, Basil, Mace, Sage and Pepper have attracted more than 18,000 followers on live events website Livestream from their home in America. The 24/7 recording of the four internet starlets was launched by foster dad John Bartlett after they were born to to a stray named Rosemary on October 5. At any given time during peak hours, there can be between 4,000 and 7,000 viewers tuning in
It´s a contest of wills and guess who is winning? President Obama, of course. And that´s because the president is up against the GOP´s equivalent of Churchill´s "Boneless Wonder," Speaker John Boehner. Matched against the president, Boehner is making Ned Beatty´s hapless character from the classic movie Deliverance look downright gritty. Boehner the Boneless Wonder´s beta dog routine is doing much to deep-six the Party of Lincoln. Hyperbole? Don´t grumpy grassroots conservatives grouse incessantly that establishment Republicans are screwing the -- well, putting it more politely, screwing it up
A strong earthquake struck Friday off the coast of northeastern Japan in the same region that was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami last year. A city in the region reported that a small tsunami had hit, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 and struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at 5:18 p.m local time. The epicenter was 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) beneath the seabed. After the quake, which caused buildings in Tokyo to sway
The US Secretary of State landed in Belfast as part of four-day European trip, just hours after police seized an unexploded bomb from suspected Republican dissidents. A second device was found in a postbox.[Snip] Feelings have been running high since new restrictions were imposed on flying the Union flag over Belfast City Hall. Limiting the number of days the flag can be shown has caused protests across the country. A loyalist mob set fire to offices of the centre-ground Alliance Party in Carrickfergus in County Antrim and the home of two councillors in Bangor was attacked.
BERLIN At a recent meeting of German business and foreign-policy leaders, one participant summed up an anxiety that’s almost palpable here: “Europeans have a sense of being left alone. You Americans don’t understand how much we need you.” Europeans seem relieved that Barack Obama won reelection. (One German official wrote in an informal paper that his victory was “the best thing that could have happened to the U.S.”) But Europeans remain worried that the Obama administration’s famous “pivot” toward Asia will leave them abandoned at a time of severe internal economic and political trouble.
Waste: Transparency International has named Venezuela the most corrupt nation in the hemisphere, matching Haiti and besting the likes of Paraguay and Nicaragua. With a $1 trillion oil windfall, that´s lots of graft. Venezuela´s Hugo Chavez ushered in the era of high oil prices in 1998, slashing output and earning the country a cool $1.125 trillion windfall as oil prices shot from $9 a barrel to more than $100. That´s bizarre, given that Venezuela remains a crime-ridden hellhole, whose vast slums and impoverished people offer not a scintilla of evidence of any spreading prosperity.
WELL, THAT WAS A BUMMER. Still, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better.The good news is it’s going to get a lot worse. The bill for Obama’s first term has yet to come due. The administration poured $5 trillion down a rat hole for trendy projects run by political allies without providing any discernible lift to the economy. Instead, it’s increased our debt load and placed us in the unpleasant company of Portugal and Greece. Remember when Obama said that he thought the United States was exceptional
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson just can´t seem to keep his financial house in order. Four years ago he was fined, but not sent to jail, for stealing AmeriCorps funds to pay workers to help with election activities and to wash his car, among many other abuses. Now a watchdog group has revealed that Johnson didn´t report $3.5 million in behests, within the legal time limit, from well-known foundations and corporations in connection with his arena task force and education reform initiatives.
If you want to know why Republicans and conservatives are in a political crisis, you need only consider the fact that the Right’s deeply held view now boils down to this: Taxes should not go up on the wealthy, and your health benefits should be cut. Political folk talk a lot these days about “messaging” — a neologism designed to describe the way in which parties and politicians consciously characterize their efforts. It is only intended to be positive — i.e., “our messaging is designed to show we care.” But what if
Islamabad: Secretary Defence and PIA Chairman Asif Yasin Malik has sacked four pilots over their fake degrees, the National Assembly’s special committee was told on Thursday. Captain Fahim and Captain Arshad, who have flown the airplanes of former presidents, are also among the sacked pilots.Asif Yasin Malik told the committee that fake degree holders were still working on high posts in PIA. He said the lack of an accountability system was the main cause behind corruption and mismanagement in PIA. He said after taking charge he sacked four pilots, who had flown airplanes for thousands
Controversy is brewing over new Common Core State Standards in English that call on public schools to emphasize the reading of “information text” instead of fictional literature. According to the Washington Post, English teachers across the country are upset by what they consider the government’s effort “to drive literature out of the classroom.” English teachers are right to be upset, but they shouldn’t take it personally. The government has nothing much against literature, per se. Rather, this initiative is driven in large part by the desire to promote political propaganda in the classroom.
One of the curious—and admirable—things about President Obama is how he has sought to correct the narrative of Vietnam. The way Vietnam veterans were blamed for the "misdeeds of a few" GIs when "the honorable service of the many should have been praised," the president said on the 50th anniversary of the start of the war, was "a national shame, a disgrace that should have never happened." So why in the world is Mr. Obama floating the name of John Kerry for secretary of either state or defense? It is hard to think of anyone who did more
The State Department has gone without an inspector general for four years, raising concerns that the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya could have been averted or, at least, more thoroughly investigated if President Barack Obama had filled the post during his first term. The last head of the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of State was Howard Krongard, who retired in January 2008. Since Krongard’s departure, the critical role of overseeing an office charged with investigating instances of fraud, waste and mismanagement
Officials from about 190 nations are staying at five-star hotels this week in Doha, capital city of the tiny Arab state of Qatar, which pokes like a thumb from its border with Saudi Arabia into the Persian Gulf. The bigwigs are attending the 18th United Nations Conference on Climate Change in the ultra-extravagant Qatar National Conference Centre. Good choice: Qatar has the highest carbon emissions per capita on Earth. Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, said the agenda in Doha -- in addition to the usual items, like stopping hydrocarbon use, transferring wealth, -
How did that go for you? Less than two days after the new pundit rules at Fox News surfaced, with special permission suddenly required for Karl Rove to appear on-air, Special Report with Bret Baier has booked him for Monday´s show. Politico´s Mackenzie Weinger spotted that appearance — and one on Fox Business this time next week — on Rove´s official site: (Snip for graphic)It was just Tuesday when we heard the juicy scoop that Fox´s head of programming, Bill Shine, would be personally approving all of Rove and Dick Morris´s appearances, by decree of his boss, Roger Ailes.
The just-filed suit by George Zimmerman against NBC Universal and three employees furnishes some flaming legal invective. It claims that NBC News, via its repeated mis-editing of a 911 audiotape, portrayed Zimmerman as a “racist and predatory villain.” The motivation behind such a portrayal, charges the suit, was to gin up “topics” for the network’s “failing news programs.” Tough-sounding stuff. The goods to back up the suit’s central allegations are all out there on video feeds across the Internet. NBC News editing of that 911 audiotape gave viewers the impression that Zimmerman had
When, at long last, will people understand that the Left is boring? The question came to mind as I was dipping in and out of Oliver Stone’s miasmic 700-plus-page tome. I’ll never read the whole thing, and not because it’s a left-wing screed full of slimy distortions about the evils of the United States (though that doesn’t help). It’s that it’s boring. Stone and co-author Peter Kuznick call their book “The Untold History of the United States,” except, again, it isn’t. This story has been told countless times before.
Ramallah - Jordanian King Abdullah II conveyed U.S. assurances to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that Washington will not allow a new Israeli settlement plan to pass, a Palestinian official said Thursday. The United States will put pressure on Israel to cancel a recent building plan, in exchange for not starting the Palestinian efforts to join UN agencies, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The United States, Israel and Canada were among the nine UN members which voted last week against the Palestinian request to upgrade their status in the United Nations
When selling his tax hikes to the public, President Obama often advertises the economic gravy train that chugged through the Clinton-era as proof that higher taxes won’t derail growth. Bill Clinton in 1993 raised top marginal rates on the wealthiest to 39.6 percent, the same level Obama wants to restore them to as part of the fiscal cliff talks with congressional Republicans. The administration’s nuanced argument—backed by a spate of economic studies—is that the economy can easily weather the increase, but statements from Obama and his deputies occasionally insinuate that boom times will
This year’s Red Kettle Campaign has begun, the annual Christmas fundraiser that helps The Salvation Army collect money to meet human needs in local communities across the country. Each year’s campaign brings heightened media attention to The Salvation Army, particularly regarding its beliefs and practices. In particular, we face such questions as: How does The Salvation Army help people in need? Are we a church? Perhaps most important, is the organization truly committed to serving all those in need? The Salvation Army is a Christian organization, founded by a small group of people in
London/Dubai - Iranian oil tankers are sending incorrect satellite signals that confuse global tracking systems and appear to conceal voyages made by other ships to Syria, which, like Iran, is subject to international sanctions. (Snip) Large vessels must transmit their identity and location to other ships and coastal authorities using an automatic satellite communication system, but in the last month Iranian vessels sailing in Asian seas have sent signals that took over the identity of other vessels, so the same ship appeared to be in two places at once. "It is of course possible to manipulate or falsify information
Saving the planet isn’t easy — or cheap — especially in California. The state’s anti-global-warming cap-and-trade program is the latest gimmick to leave it with yet another big hole to fill in its budget. The Golden State’s new carbon-trading program is the world’s second largest, after the European Union’s. The stated goal is to cut greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and another 80 percent by 2050. But California held its very first “carbon credit” auction last month — and it was a big disappointment.
For two weeks I lived in a cramped hotel room happy to have a place other than my home. An office I have had for a decade was off-limits. And a neighborhood I have come to love was damaged beyond recognition. Sandy invaded lower Manhattan. (Snip)And lower Manhattan, where I reside, is dark and grim and waiting for recovery. There aren’t any miracles associated with recovery. But the pols who dominated the airwaves for two days are nowhere to be found. For them, there was an issue to be milked and