In the 1970´s, he testified against his fellow Vietnam War veterans before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He charged that they were violating the Geneva Conventions every day in Vietnam. Some POWs were outraged at Kerry´s disloyal statements. They said they had been tortured by their Communist captors trying to force them to make such untrue statements. Worse, Kerry went to Paris in 1971. There, he met with North Vietnamese Communists. (Snip) Any negotiation between a private U.S. citizen and a foreign power is illegal. It violates the Logan Act of 1798.
Dante Chinni calls himself "a card-carrying member of the East Coast Media Establishment Complex," and he proved in on Sunday with an article in Sunday Outlook section of The Washington Post: "Instead of leaving cookies, let´s give Santa the boot." Secular liberals always first want to save the country for science and rationality, and Santa Claus is "reality´s exception" for little kids. "America doesn’t need any more people who deny reality — at any age." Santa also quite obviously favors the super-rich: Second, Santa raises all sorts of questions about justice.
The nation’s retailers, manufacturers and farmers are bracing for a possible strike that could idle U.S. ports all along the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast. That walkout could begin as early as Sunday after the midnight Saturday expiration of a 90-day extension of a contract between the International Longshoremen’s Association and several shipping lines, terminal operators and port associations. It would be the first strike by the ILA in 35 years.[Snip]In an email sent to shipping lines last week, the SPA detailed steps to lessen the impact of cargo flow, including two extra operations hours in the weekdays
After a six-month hiatus, the United States and other major powers are trying to resume negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. Iran has been enriching uranium in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions for six years, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has threatened military strikes if these activities are not halted by next spring or early summer. It is imperative that all sides make every effort to reach a diplomatic solution. War, of course, would be disastrous. But so would an Iran with a nuclear weapon. American officials still have doubts about whether Iran’s
The Tea Party might not be over, but it is increasingly clear that the election last month significantly weakened the once-surging movement, which nearly captured control of the Republican Party through a potent combination of populism and fury. Leading Congressional Republicans, though they remain far apart from President Obama, have embraced raising tax revenues in budget negotiations, repudiating a central tenet of the Tea Party. Even more telling, Tea Party activists in the middle of the country are skirting the fiscal showdown in Congress and turning to narrower issues, raising questions
Tehran, Iran - Iran is planning naval maneuvers in international waters near strategic Strait of Hormuz, where one-fifth of world oil supply passes, the official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday. The report quoted Iran´s navy chief, Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, as saying the maneuvers will begin Friday from the Strait of Hormuz to the northern part of Indian Ocean in an area of about 400,000 square miles. Iran in the past threatened to close the strait over Western sanctions aimed at its suspect nuclear program but has not repeated the threat lately. Sayyari said Iran will test-fire missiles and deploy vessels
A local New York newspaper is drawing the ire of its readers after publishing an interactive map that shows the names and addresses of thousands of residents who have handgun permits. The online map was published by The Journal News along with an article under the headline: "The gun owner next door: What you don´t know about the weapons in your neighborhood." The newspaper obtained, and then published, the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties through a Freedom of Information Act request. The article, in explaining the decision to publish the
Egypt announced on Tuesday voters had approved overwhelmingly a constitution drafted by President Mohamed Morsi´s Islamist allies, and the government imposed currency restrictions to cope with an economic crisis worsened by weeks of unrest. Final figures from the elections commission showed the constitution was adopted with 63.8 percent of the vote, giving Islamists their third straight victory at the polls since Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a 2011 revolution. Morsi´s Leftist, liberal, secularist and Christian opponents had taken to the streets to block what they argued
Americans from coast to coast hit the road and hopped aboard planes this week en route to their winter holiday destinations, hoping to make the most of what little vacation time they get during the year. Unlike in countries like Australia and Brazil, where workers enjoy more than a month off each year, most people in the U.S. only get to have about two weeks off, and many don’t even use all of their vacation time out of fear of losing their job or appearing lazy in the eyes of their co-workers and managers. For comparison, workers down under
President Obama and his wife Michelle celebrated the festive period from their tropical Hawaii getaway as they released a more festive looking picture of themselves onto their Twitter feed. Despite leaving for Mr. Obama´s home state of on Friday, the pair released the seasonal picture to the White House twitter feed today and spoke together during the weekly presidential address of how much they enjoy a White House Christmas. Both the president and his wife spoke of the joy at spending the Holidays with loved ones and paid a special tribute to the men and women of
Christmas Eve in Chicago was bloody – as are most evenings these days – with seven people hurt in shootings across the South Side and West Side of the city. The evening led off with a 37-year-old man taking fire to the leg and back in the South Side. At 7:30 p.m., a male opened fire in the Far South Side, hitting four other males; all four were taken to the hospital in serious or critical condition. A few hours later, a 19-year-old was shot in the head on the West side. A few hours after that, a 21-year-old
BEIJING— A man angered by a court ruling in the murder of his daughter rammed a car loaded with a gas tank and firecrackers into a group of middle schoolers, injuring 13 in the country´s latest attack on students. The man ran down 23 students at Fengning No. 1 Middle School in northern China´s Hebei province on Monday, the official Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday, citing local police. Xinhua said the man, identified as 48-year-old Yin Tiejun, later lit a bottle of diesel in an attempt to set his car on fire.
Here’s a cozy little seasonal story for you. (Snip) Two years ago, as Christmas approached, it was reported that Klara Vogl, the vicar of the Church of Norway parish in Ellingsrud, an outlying and heavily Muslim neighborhood of Oslo, Norway, planned to have schoolchildren read various passages aloud from scripture at a pre-Christmas service that was designed especially for pupils from the Ellingsrud school. One of the excerpts she’d earmarked for the service was the following, about what happened to Mary when she was about to give birth to Jesus: (Snip) They’re from the Koran Snip added by staff.
"Second Lieutenant Daniel K. Inouye distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 21 April 1945, in the vicinity of San Terenzo, Italy. While attacking a defended ridge guarding an important road junction, Second Lieutenant Inouye skillfully directed his platoon through a hail of automatic weapon and small arms fire, in a swift enveloping movement that resulted in the capture of an artillery and mortar post and brought his men to within 40 yards of the hostile force. Emplaced in bunkers and rock formations, the enemy halted the advance with crossfire from three machine guns.
WEBSTER, N.Y.- The ex-con who lured firefighters to their deaths in a blaze of gunfire left a typewritten note saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and "do what I like doing best, killing people," police said Tuesday. Police Chief Gerald Pickering said 62-year-old William Spengler, who served 17 years in prison for the 1980 hammer slaying of his grandmother, armed himself with a revolver, a shotgun and a semiautomatic rifle before he set his house ablaze to lure first responders into a death trap before dawn on Christmas Eve.
While President Obama spent his Christmas Eve afternoon golfing with friends, the first lady was hard at work helping children from across the country track Santa’s every move. Mrs. Obama took roughly 30 minutes out of her Hawaiian family vacation to answer calls from children asking where Santa was located as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, according to a White House official. “Have you been a good boy this year?” Mrs. Obama asked Fischer from North Carolina. “Yes, ma’am” responded the polite 5-year-old,
It´s hardly a secret that Barack Obama, like every president no doubt, muses about his ultimate legacy and spot in the presidential pantheon. He approaches his second term confronting tough and shifting challenges that will play big roles in shaping the rest of his presidency and his eventual place in history. In the coming months, Obama will have to decide where to be ambitious, where to be cautious, and where to buy time. He draws political strength from his surprisingly easy re-election in a bad economy. It´s partly offset, however, by Republicans´ continued control of the House,
Hi Townhall Readers- Yes, I know I´m on vacation, but even so I can´t but help to spout about stuff. This week I will be taking selections from writings I´ve written elsewhere regarding life and liberty and sharing them with you. Don´t you feel special now? Today´s selection is a letter I wrote to someone who was coming of age and wanted advice about being a man. It´s not that I think I´m an expert. Far from it. But he thought it helpful and it can serve as a point of discussion for Christmas Day. Dear __
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Jake Devincenzi was thrilled to get his hands on Google´s new Nexus 4 smartphone. He admired its sleek black case and large touch screen — and he couldn´t wait to tear it apart.(Snip)Devincenzi, a 20-year-old Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student, works part time for IFixit, a company that has less of a business mission than a manifesto: "Repair is independence. We have the right to remove ´Do Not Remove´ stickers." With the helping hands of technicians such as Devincenzi and repair guides written by volunteer tech experts, IFixit is tapping into
As if Superstorm Sandy and the looming fiscal crisis weren´t enough, a potential strike by thousands of dock workers from Boston to Houston threatens to shock the economy as early as this weekend. Business groups and state officials in recent days have called on President Obama to intervene, and use emergency powers to "avoid a coast wide port shutdown." They warn it could cost billions, citing estimates that a 10-day port lockout in 2002 cost $1 billion a day -- and caused a major backlog in shipments. Florida Gov. Florida Gov. Rick Scott is the latest to enter the fray and call for White House
Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier has confirmed that the department is looking into allegations that NBC´s David Gregory violated D.C.´s gun banning laws during a recent taping of Meet the Press. In a discussion about gun control, host David Gregory brandished a 30-round magazine purportedly for an AR-15 or similar "assault rifle." The discussion took place on December 23, during the broadcast of NBC´s Sunday morning political talk show. Washington D.C.’s gun laws, however, state that even possessing such a device is a violation. Meet the Press is filmed at NBC´s D.C. studios
Imagine it´s Christmas Eve in your local church and the offering plate is passed to help a local orphanage build an addition because there´s "no room in the inn." But just when you´re about to give generously to the cause, you recall that politicians in Washington recently voted to reduce tax deductions for charitable giving. Would you give as much under reduced charitable deductions? Despite the fact that charitable deductions are the 10th-most popular tax break (nearly 40 million Americans claim them annually), those in Washington are willing to gamble that
DALLAS — When Ralph Hall was elected to the U.S. House in 1980 at the age of 57, he had already served in the Navy in World War II, built a successful business career and served in Texas´ state government for many years. On Christmas Day, the North Texas congressman will become the oldest person ever to serve in the U.S. House, surpassing the record of North Carolina Rep. Charles Manly Stedman, who died in office in 1930 at age 89 years, 7 months and 25 days. Hall, who turns 90 on May 3, became the oldest House member
Merry Christmas to the Fourth Estate! Hope you´ve enjoyed your goose or turkey or whatever your family tradition includes (latkes for those who are Jewish). When you return to work, there are a few loose ends on which you might want to follow up. "Follow up." It´s a term that has gone out of style in the age of Obama. You members of the press have become remarkably uncurious since he´s been in the White House. A blanket of benevolent uncuriousness smothers news about Obama administration wrongdoing.
Random thoughts on the passing scene: When I was growing up, an older member of the family used to say, "What you don´t know would make a big book." Now that I am an older member of the family, I would say to anyone, "What you don´t know would fill more books than the Encyclopedia Britannica." At least half of our society´s troubles come from know-it-alls, in a world where nobody knows even 10 percent of all. Some people seem to think that, if life is not fair,
Tehran, Iran - An Iranian semi-official news agency says there has been another cyberattack by the sophisticated computer worm Stuxnet, this time on the industries in the country´s south. Tuesday´s report by ISNA quotes provincial civil defense chief Ali Akbar Akhavan as saying the virus targeted a power plant and some other industries in Hormozgan province in recent months. Akhavan says Iranian computer experts were able to "successfully stop" the worm. Iran has repeatedly claimed defusing cyber worms and malware, including Stuxnet and Flame viruses that targeted the vital oil sector,