I’ve had a number of odd jobs in my time, but one of the oddest was when I worked as a profanity counter. As I recounted in an earlier column, I used to get paid to sit through movies and chronicle all the naughty bits. (Snip) After recording 273 utterances of the most notorious R-rated profanity in the movie "Reservoir Dogs," I decided that I would never again voluntarily subject myself to another flick written or directed by Quentin Tarantino.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will join the ongoing talks on gun control taking place at the White House. Vice President Joe Biden´s schedule indicates she´ll be joining him, as well as Attorney General Eric Holder, later today. "At 2:15 PM, the Vice President will meet with representatives from the video game industry as part of the Administration’s effort to develop policy proposals in response to the tragedy in Newtown," the vice president´s White House schedule reads. "The Vice President will be joined by Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Health and Human
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security urged computer users to disable Oracle Corp´s Java software, amplifying security experts´ prior warnings to hundreds of millions of consumers and businesses that use it to surf the Web. Hackers have figured out how to exploit Java to install malicious software enabling them to commit crimes ranging from identity theft to making an infected computer part of an ad-hoc network of computers that can be used to attack websites. "We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem," the Department of Homeland Security´s Computer Emergency Readiness Team said
Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina, will run for the House of Representatives, sources close to Sanford confirm. He will try to win election to the seat formerly held by Tim Scott. Sanford, a Republican who held the House seat himself from 1995 to 2001, will announce his intention to run early next week, ahead of the January 18 filing deadline. The special election to succeed Scott, who was appointed to the Senate by Governor Nikki Haley last month, will take place on May 7, with a GOP primary being held on March 19.
Doha: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas highly appreciated Qatar´s support for the Palestinian bid to become a non-Member Observer State of the United Nations. Speaking to Qatari Arabic daily " Al Watan" published today, Abbas expressed hope to continuously receive the strong support provided by the State of Qatar and other Arab countries and achieve full UN membership as a step towards recovering all national rights. He also praised the joint efforts being exerted by Qatar and Egypt to support the Palestinian cause and alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people and their struggle
The Montpelier Exempted Village Schools Board of Education, in Ohio, has unanimously voted to let school custodians carry handguns, the Toledo Blade reports. This will be the first school district in Ohio to have armed personnel, according to the Blade. Four custodians will be trained to carry handguns around the county´s K-12 campus. (snip)"Our main goal is to offer safety for our students while they are in the classrooms and in the building," Martin said. "We have to do something and this seems like the most logical, reasonable course to go with."
Ever since Al Gore sold Current TV to Al Jazeera, the network founded and funded by the oil-rich emirate of Qatar, the former vice president has drawn continuous fire in conservative media. Fox News, the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal, for example, have all castigated Gore, a man of the Left and leading avatar of "global warming," for such hypocrisies as timing the deal to avoid Lefty tax hikes and bagging $100 million in greenhouse-gas money. These same news outlets share something else in common: They all belong to Rupert Murdoch´s News Corp.
Hey, folks, remember the good old days when candidate Barack Obama at least pretended to be bipartisan and conciliatory? Now it´s as if he´s on a mission to prove he was faking it. Obama is behaving like a bitter ex-spouse who knows all our hot buttons and delights in pushing them. He is governing by crisis, fear, alienation, cronyism and anti-constitutional fiat. He is openly flaunting his militant radicalism, as if he´s trying to provoke us -- and his second term hasn´t even begun. He is horrifying all Americans who have the
President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai hope to finalize an agreement on how many U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan soon, the White House said in a statement Friday released just moments before the two will hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House. Obama and Karzai met privately in the Oval Office earlier in the day, where the two "discussed the possibility of a post-2014 U.S. presence that is sustainable, that supports a capable and effective Afghan National Security Force, and that continues to pressure the remnants of al Qaeda and its affiliates,"
Al Gore is now richer than Romney, due to his sale of his Current TV network to Al-Jazeera. Gore has spent his time over the last two decades railing against oil companies while profiting from them, and who is part of a party that vilified Mitt Romney for his wealth. Gore grabbed $100 million from the sale, which added to his own vast personal wealth. This puts his fortune at over $300 million, more than Romney. (Don’t even mention the people who lost their jobs as a result of the sale; unemployment is not a primary Democratic concern.) Ryan Mac, a Forbes analyst, said:
President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Friday they have agreed to speed up slightly the schedule for moving Afghanistan´s security forces into the lead across the country, with U.S. troops shifting fully to a support role. The leaders also said Obama agreed to place battlefield detainees under the control of the Afghan government. The capabilities of the Afghan army are "exceeding initial expectations," the two said in a joint statement released after their private White House meeting and working lunch and in advance of a joint news conference. As a result, Obama said he acceded to Source corrected by staff.
If you suffer from a fear of heights, perhaps this one´s not for you. The Bailong Elevator, also known as the Hundred Dragons Elevator, carries tourists 1,070ft (330m) up the side of a massive sandstone column in a mountain range in China´s Hunan Province. Riding the glass lift, which carries up to 50 people at a time or 1,380 an hour, offers jaw-dropping, not to say vertiginous, views down to the bottom of the rocky mountain range in the Wulingyuan area of Zhangijiajie. Work began on the lift, which cost 120m yuan, or around £12m, in 1999 and
Jack Lew´s nomination to Treasury secretary will likely elevate one of the Obama administration´s most adamant supporters of Medicaid. Lew has been a staunch advocate for Medicaid in his role as President Obama´s chief of staff, and the program´s outside supporters are excited that Lew will now play a bigger role. "I´m thrilled. We´re gaining even a stronger voice in the Treasury Department, and Jack is undoubtedly going to play a pivotal role in many of the future budget negotiations," Families USA Executive Director Ron Pollack said. Pollack said the entire administration is committed to protecting Medicaid —
Two senior DEA agents arranged a rendezvous with a Colombian prostitute for their friend in the Secret Service ahead of President Barack Obama´s visit to the country last April, it was revealed on Thursday. The Drug Enforcement Agency officers, who both have top security clearances, also admitted to buying local hooker for themselves and using their government-issued Blackberry phones to set up the illicit rendezvous, a government investigation found. The report implicates yet another government agency in the prostitution scandal that caused international embarrassment for U.S. government. Twelve Secret Service agents and 12 U.S. military personnel were implicated
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) said former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) was "partly right" when he made controversial comments that women cannot become pregnant from a rape. Akin, then the Republican Senate nominee in Missouri, said a woman cannot become pregnant from a "legitimate rape" because the female body can "shut that whole thing down." Gingrey, who is an OB-GYN, said in a town-hall meeting that Akin was partially correct, according to a report in the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal. Gingrey said a rush of adrenaline can prevent the female body from ovulating —
Duchess Kate Middleton’s first official portrait as a royal is here — like it or not. While the painting prompted mixed reactions after Friday’s unveiling in London, Middleton praised it as “absolutely brilliant,” according to The Prince of Wales website. Scottish-born artist Paul Emsley said he followed the royal mom-to-be’s instructions “to be portrayed naturally — her natural self — as opposed to her official self.” He doctored her eye color to match her blouse and the painting’s background. “She struck me as an enormously open and generous and a very warm person,” Emsley said.
On his Thursday program, MSNBC’s “The Last Word” host Lawrence O’Donnell said the Bible shouldn’t have any role in the upcoming Inauguration Day ceremonies. The news that Passion City Church of Atlanta Pastor Louie Giglio lost the honor of giving the benediction at the inaugural ceremonies because he delivered anti-gay sermons, O’Donnell said, is a reminder of how much undue influence the Bible has in modern discourse. “It turns out there is no better way for a pastor to get kicked out of the inauguration ceremony than quoting the Bible,” O’Donnell said. “That is what Louie Giglio, of
Code Red: Washington put on full terror alert. The terror of horrific testosterone threatens to paralyze the nation’s capital. We haven’t seen fear like this since the capital expected the Confederate army to march down Pennsylvania Avenue after P.G.T. Beauregard and his men thrashed the Yankees good and proper at First Manassas. What’s got some Democrats cowering in full fury, particularly the ladies and their liege men, is that President Obama, who imagined that his re-election victory entitled him to pick the second-term Cabinet he wants, has so far picked only men. It could have been worse.
France is ready to stop Islamist militants who control northern Mali if they continue their offensive, French President Francois Hollande has said. However, Mr Hollande said France would only act under UN authorisation. (Snip) Armed groups, some linked to al-Qaeda, took control of northern Mali in April 2012. They have sought to enforce an extreme interpretation of Islamic law. Western nations are concerned that Mali´s north could become a base for terrorists to plan and launch international attacks. The UN has approved plans to send some 3,000 African troops to Mali to recapture the north
McDonald´s is set to replace the toys which come with its famous Happy Meals with educational books as part of an effort to boost child literacy. The fast food giant will become the UK´s largest children´s book distributor after announcing plans to give away more than 15million books over the next two years. The company is teaming up with Dorling Kindersley and WH Smith for the promotion, which started this week. McDonald´s, which is frequently accused of helping to perpetuate childhood obesity, will be hoping to banish its image with the ´Happy Readers´ initiative.
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles Plosser said the central bank’s record stimulus risks a surge in inflation and may impair efforts by households to repair their finances. “Attempts to increase economic ‘stimulus’ may not help speed up the process and may actually prolong it,” Plosser said in the text of a speech today in Somerset, New Jersey. Policy makers are discussing how long they will keep buying mortgage bonds and Treasuries as part of efforts to boost growth and bring down a 7.8 percent unemployment rate. The Fed last month linked its interest-rate outlook to economic thresholds,
Did you notice your paycheck was smaller this month? If you did, you’re not alone. And if you’re confused as to why, you’re not alone on that, either. For anyone who followed the “fiscal cliff” fiasco last month, you’ll recall that the main reason a deal needed to be hashed out before the first of the year was to prevent taxes from being raised on middle-income earners.(snip) Below is just a small sample of the tweets pouring in on the issue: @1keonclark: “This tax increase on my paycheck blows! Thanks Obama.” @
A man carefully released a mouse he had captured back into the wild rather than kill only for a hawk to swoop and kill it within seconds. The unfortunate series of events was captured on camera by a friend who witnessed the doomed release. The YouTube clip begins with the man, is not identified, as he takes the mouse to a park in a bin to release it back into the wild. He reaches into the plastic dustbin and tries to coax the small animal out onto the ground covered in patches of snow.
Harare, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe´s largest platinum mining company says it has signed a deal to sell off its majority shareholding to the government as part of the country´s black empowerment laws. South African-owned Zimplats chief Terence Goodlace said Friday the sale, worth $971 million, was "non-binding" until the end of June when the Zimbabwe government must pay $153 million for what he called a "release of ground agreement" and meet other obligations. It is the biggest handover in several years of an empowerment program to force foreign-owned mines to cede 51 percent control to black
Sens. Angus King (I-Maine) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) represented an ultra-exclusive group of lawmakers when they recently appeared on the same C-SPAN show — together they make up the entire (and entirely unofficial) Senate mustache caucus. The political pair — who each sport rather impressive lip sweaters — were interviewed in separate segments on “Washington Journal” last week. King told anchor Steve Scully, “You know that this lineup that you’ve had this morning is 100 percent of the Senate’s mustache caucus. John Hoeven and I are the two guys.”