Elyria — Some employees could be out of work as Invacare Corporation will have to indefinitely “stop manufacturing, designing and distributing manual and powered wheelchairs and wheelchair components” at its two Elyria facilities until it satisfies federal regulators over its quality and design control systems. (Snip) This all started in 2010 when (John) Kasich (now Ohio’s Republican governor) was on Invacare’s board of directors. The federal government was playing politics and they sent in multiple auditors. They were there for over a year, but normally you have one auditor who comes in for a few weeks. Headline resplit and Snip added by staff.
Soon-to-be tax exile Gérard Depardieu can have a Russian passport if he wants it, the country’s President Vladimir Putin said after the French film star announced he would return his French one. French actor Gérard Depardieu, under fierce criticism for going into self-imposed tax exile in Belgium, would be more than welcome in Russia, the country’s President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. “If Gérard really wants a residency permit or a Russian passport, it’s a done deal,” Putin said at a press conference. “We have very friendly relations [with Depardieu], but I know that deep down he feels French.”
French banking giant BNP was left red-faced this week after it emerged managers were shown a motivational video featuring a parody of a famous scene from the film "Downfall" in which Adolf Hitler is portrayed as the boss of Germany´s Deutsche Bank. It’s a scene that has been parodied thousands of times before to comic effect. But it appears not many people have seen the funny side of one particular version made by executives of French bank BNP Paribas. The moment in the 2004 German film "Downfall" when Hitler, played by Bruno Ganz, berates his generals
Fact: This is a right-of-center country. Fact: Conservative economic ideas poll better than liberal economic ideas. Fact: History and data prove that conservative ideas work, and liberal ones don´t.(Snip)Fact: Until Kansas´ Republican Rep. Tim HuelsKamp or any Republican is made aware of and fully prepares for the facts listed above, every effort should be made to ensure that they are never-ever-ever-ever allowed anywhere near a microphone or television camera again.
Pope Benedict XVI has weighed in on a heated debate over gay marriage, criticising new concepts of the traditional family and warning that mankind itself was at stake. "In the fight for the family, the very notion of being – of what being human really means – is being called into question," the Pope said in Italian during an end-of-year speech. "The question of the family ... is the question of what it means to be a man, and what it is necessary to do to be true men," he said.
A yacht built for Apple´s late co-founder Steve Jobs has been impounded in Amsterdam because of a dispute over an unpaid bill to designer Philippe Starck, a lawyer said on Friday. Jobs, who died last year, never got to use the yacht – called Venus – but had commissioned the French designer to work on the vessel, which cost more than £80m to build. A lawyer representing Starck´s company, Ubik, said his client had received €6m out of a €9m commission for his work on the minimalist vessel and was seeking to recover the rest
They had no idea what lay in store for them that fateful afternoon. Near the town of Malmedy, in Belgium, Ted Paluch and about 100 other U.S. soldiers had been overwhelmed by German forces during the Battle of the Bulge and compelled to surrender. They dropped their carbines and were herded to a field, where they expected to be taken away in trucks. What happened next turned that day into one of the darkest of World War II. The events are as vivid to Paluch now as when he lived through them nearly seven decades ago. Headline resplit by staff.
There’s no mystery about why Hillary Rodham Clinton spends so much time on airplanes to dreary places that everybody else avoids like the plague (or the stomach flu). The climate anywhere is better than in the comfortable ineptitude of Foggy Bottom. The report of an independent panel inquiring into what happened in Benghazi blames the State Department bureaucracy essentially for not having a clue about what was going on in Libya. A panel of diplomats would never say anything like that, but the message written between the lines is plain and clear. The panel blames intelligence officers
In the astroturfed Christmas Card Version of Obama’s 20-day Hawaiian holiday, (Michelle and daughters already there, but starting for Barry this weekend) the mental vision strived for is the regime and its staffers running happily, like the Moon-doggies of old, into the surf. With Axelrod doing the astroturfing, who needs Hollywood, and if Gidget can go Hawaiian, why not a lugubrious Valerie or Michelle? The astroturf version of the Obamas’ $4 million holiday in Hawaii is set to demoralize and depress the proletariat.
China’s government provided goods and expertise for Iran’s nuclear program in the past and also gave Tehran’s Islamist regime missiles and other arms as part of the nations’ anti-United States policies, according to a congressional commission report made public Thursday. (Snip) “In recent decades the United States, supported by regional allies and security partners, has represented the principal hegemonic threat to Iran and China in two different regional contexts: the Persian Gulf and the Western Pacific.” The 95-page report, “China-Iran: A Limited Partnership,” was produced for the commission
On Friday December 14, Becky Kowalski suffered what she called the ´worst day of my life´ when she found out her seven-year-old son had been gunned down at his elementary school. But on Sunday, just two days later, she experienced the ´best day of my life´ when the boy, Chase, came to her in a vision and assured her his life had not been taken for nothing. Becky has claimed that the boy´s visit assured her that a fund set up in his honour would save lives, change building codes, foster gun control and ´bring God back to America.´
For those hoping to get a mea culpa from NRA boss Wayne LaPierre at a Friday press conference in Washington, you came away sorely disappointed. LaPierre was broadly combative against a media that he insisted purposely papers over violence in video games in favor of scapegoating his organization. He defended the need for gun ownership and proposed that Congress take up legislation that would put an armed security officer in every school by January. He was, in a word, defiant.
Pity John Boehner. Last night’s humiliating rebellion in the House only adds to his woes. The most powerful Republican in Washington has been looking at the calendar and the polls, and what he’s seen is this: 1) On Jan. 1, taxes automatically go up on everyone in America. 2) Everybody is going to blame the GOP if that happens. Has anyone ever been in a worse negotiating position? Oh, and don’t forget the heat he’s feeling from Republicans and conservatives who are calling him a weakling and a traitor, a monster, a coward, a sellout and whatever nasty adjectives they can come up with that will make
Full tex of NRA CEO Wayne La Pierre´s remarks delivered at 11a.m. Friday EST. The National Rifle Association´s 4 million mothers, fathers, sons and daughters join the nation in horror, outrage, grief and earnest prayer for the families of Newtown, Connecticut ... who suffered such incomprehensible loss as a result of this unspeakable crime. Out of respect for those grieving families, and until the facts are known, the NRA has refrained from comment. While some have tried to exploit tragedy for political gain, we have remained respectfully silent. Now, we must speak ... for the safety of our nation´s children.
Jay Leno made a comical observation Thursday about what was disaffectionately referred to in the previous decade as Bush Derangement Syndrome. During the opening monologue of NBC´s Tonight Show, the host said, "As you know, the Mayans said the world will end tomorrow, and like everybody else they blame Bush" (video follows with commentary):(Snip) By contrast, with Barack Obama in the White House, any criticism of the president today is called racist by his adoring press. What a difference a "D" makes.
The National Rifle Association spoke out today for the first time since the Newtown massacre - calling for armed security officers in all of the nation’s schools. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” NRA head Wayne LaPierre said in Washington. He called on Congress to come up with the money to put an armed police officer in every US school. “If we truly cherish our kids more than our money … we must give them the greatest level of protection available, properly trained good guys” he said. The nation’s leading gun lobby had not commented in the week
“Gabe Sherman is Jayson Blair on steroids.” That’s one tough assessment of Gabriel Sherman, the over-eager reporter and from-a-great-distance biographer of Roger Ailes. Who said it? A well-placed source close to Fox News. And the source makes a very strong case. Jayson Blair, of course, was the serially dishonest reporter for The New York Times who was fired, finally, in 2003. Today, in the opinion of many, Sherman is following in Blair’s disastrous and disgraced footsteps. On December 17, under the headline, “Rupert Murdoch Wants Stricter Gun Laws After Newtown, But Fox News Doesn’t
New Jersey heavyweights Cory Booker and Chris Christie will not face off for the governor’s mansion next year, the Newark mayor confirmed Thursday. Booker said that he is exploring a run for his fellow Democrat Frank Lautenberg´s U.S. Senate seat in 2014, rather than taking on the popular New Jersey governor in 2013. Booker, who has been publicly flirting with a gubernatorial campaign, would have had an uphill battle against Christie, whose popularity soared in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Lautenberg, 88, has served five terms in the U.S. Senate since 1982, interrupted by a brief retirement.
Fort Worth — A rush for limited-edition tennis shoes sparked a near riot Friday morning at Hulen Mall. Sgt. Pedro Criado, a Fort Worth police spokesman, said a mall security officer and an off-duty Fort Worth police officer working security at the mall used mace during the incident after the crowd pushed through barricades and security guards, knocking down one off-duty police officer and pressing against the mall´s glass doors.(Snip) The crowd, estimated to be as large as 350 to 400 people, had apparently flocked to the mall to purchase retro Air Jordan sneakers, a re-release
Sales of bulletproof backpacks for schoolchildren are through the roof days after a masked gunman´s rampage left 20 kids dead at a Connecticut elementary school. Parents began snapping up the high-tech bookbags Friday, the same day of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, Elmar Uy of the Massachusetts-based armor company BulletBlocker told the Daily News. In fact, the sudden spike in sales is how Uy, vice president of business operations, found out about the shooting. (Snip) BulletBlocker´s child safety backpack is on sale for $199.99.
The National Rifle Association stood its ground today in arguing that the answer to gun violence in schools is an armed security force that can protect students, while blaming the media and violent entertainment and video games for recent deadly shootings. "The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre said in presenting the NRA´s first comments about the Connecticut school shooting since it occurred a week ago today. LaPierre offered no olive branch to gun-control advocates who have called for tougher laws
Hillary Rodham Clinton has won consistent praise during her four years as secretary of State, but it looks as if she’ll be leaving her post with one big failure on her record. If she seeks the presidency in 2016, you can bet we will all be hearing the word “Benghazi” in every attack ad Republicans run against her. (Snip) Four of those officials resigned Tuesday. The independent panel stated that blame rose only to the assistant secretary level, but Clinton will still be sporting a political black eye when she steps down from her job as planned at the beginning of President Obama’s second term.
Once again, the Earth has survived. Unless typing at this terminal is Heaven - and it´s clearly far from Hell - no rapture or disaster happened overnight, contrary to movie-inspiring misreadings of Mayan calendars. Add that to the list of dead-wrong prophecies about the end of the world. Here are 10 previous apocalyptic flops:
With one of the strongest holiday shopping seasons in years, a surge in hiring by retailers helped lower California´s unemployment rate in November to its lowest level in almost four years. The state´s jobless rate fell to 9.8% from 10.1% in October, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The drop in the unemployment rate came even as the state´s labor force – the number of people who are able to work and either have a job or are looking for one – grew by 34,100 people in November. A growing labor force is typically a sign that job seekers feel encouraged to resume looking