At ground level there is nothing out of the ordinary about the former Atlas E missile base in Dover, Kansas. But delve below the surface and beyond the military detritus and you will soon discover a subterranean wonderland. Ambitious Edward Peden spent 12 years converting the bunker into the place he now calls home. Where once there was a cutting-edge missile ready to be deployed at the height of the Cold War, there are now homely rugs, sofas and even a few bongos. The former schoolteacher purchased the 37 acre site in 1983 for $48,000,
In remarks with Afghan president Hamid Karzai at the White House this afternoon, President Barack Obama said the U.S. has fallen "short of the ideal" in Afghanistan: "So, you know, I think that, have we achieved everything that some might have imagined us achieving in the best of scenarios? Probably not. You know, there´s a human enterprise, and you know, you fall short of the ideal," said Obama. The president went on to say that America has achieved some measure of success in Afghanistan, however. "Did we achieve our central goal? And have we been able, I think,
As FOX 32´s Political Editor first reported last month, the mayor´s office confirmed Friday that Sandi Jackson has resigned from Chicago City Council, effective January 15th. Mayor Emanuel released a statement, saying, "As Sandi takes this time to focus on her family, we give her our deepest thanks and support for her service to our City and the residents of her ward. Her leadership has been greatly appreciated in the Chicago City Council." The process to replace and identify an Alderman for the 7th district will be announced early next week, according to the release. Her resignation letter
British police have finally issued their first major report on the criminal sex scandal that has rocked Britain´s TV and entertainment industry, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), for well over a year and the details are shocking. Late BBC TV and radio star Jimmy Savile is accused of physically abusing hundreds of children--the youngest of whom was just 8--as well as many young adults whom he met through his high profile charity work at various children´s hospitals throughout England. Savile's crimes began in Manchester in 1955, peaked in the late 70's and early 80's,
Two lifelong friends drowned after they were pulled out to sea by a rogue wave in Mexico while they were walking in the shallow surf - and a third friend watched in horror as it happened, according to the victims´ families. Donna Batta, 53, and Gail Binmore, 54, both from Mansfield, Massachusetts, were swept out to sea on Tuesday night as they walked along the beach at a Cancun resort. Binmore´s former husband, Joe Doherty, spoke with WBZ and WCVB-TV about the tragedy.
San Diego - In much of the civilian world, today is Casual Friday, in which at-work dress codes, if there are any, are relaxed so employees can feel more comfortable and collegial. Not so for Marines at Camp Pendleton and elsewhere. Starting this month, all Marines except those who are deployed are ordered to wear service uniforms on Friday. They can no longer show up in utility uniforms, often referred to as camouflage. Depending on the season, there are two sets of acceptable service uniforms. The "bravos" consist of a long-sleeve khaki shirt with tie and trousers.
The host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” David Gregory, will not be arrested or charged with a crime for waiving what he claimed was a high-capacity ammunition gun clip on national television last month. D.C. attorney general Irvin B. Nathan announced his decision Friday afternoon by releasing a letter to an attorney for NBC. Nathan wrote that though the device Gregory held up “meets the definition” of the criminal statute, he wrote that prosecution “would not promote public safety in the District of Columbia nor serve the best interests of the people of the District to whom this office owes...
On Friday´s CBS This Morning, Bill Plante refreshingly spotlighted how firearms are used to protect the lives of ordinary Americans. Plante noted how the National Rifle Association "Tweeted a story...about Melinda Herman, a Georgia woman who shot an intruder in self-defense as she waited with her two children in a closet....She fired at the man multiple times with a .38 caliber handgun." The two other Big Three morning shows failed to mention this story during their coverage of the current gun control debate. ABC´s GMA actually minimized the air time
Worried friends and relatives of Nordstrom Rack hostages gathered at the Los Angeles Police Department´s Pacific station on Friday, waiting for detectives to release their loved ones. The mother and brother of a 19-year-old female hostage – both of whom are also employees at the Westchester store -- tried to reach the woman about 11 p.m. at the end of her shift Thursday night, but got no answer and assumed she was working late. "My sister finally called at 3 and asked if we could go get her at the mall,"
If you had buttonholed me in the Senate men’s room circa 2003 and told me that a decade hence Joe Biden would be America’s vice president, John Kerry secretary of state, and Chuck Hagel secretary of defense, I’d have laughed and waited for the punch line: The Leahy administration? President Lautenberg? Celebrate lack of diversity! But even in the republic’s descent into a Blowhardocracy staffed by a Zombie House of Lords, there are distinctions to be drawn. Senator Kerry having been reliably wrong on every foreign-policy issue of the last 40 years,
GRAND RAPIDS — Four men facing federal charges in the 2010 drug-related killing of a Lansing woman will not face the death penalty, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has decided. In a letter to federal prosecutors in Grand Rapids, dated Jan. 7, Holder wrote: “You are authorized and directed not to seek the death penalty against” the four defendants. The four Lansing men — Mustafa Al-Din, 25, Walee Al-Din, 23, Charles Lewis Sr., 35, and Ralphael Crenshaw, 23 — are charged in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids in the July 2010 killing of Shayla Johnson. A trial is expected this year.
Former Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., found a silver lining in the shooting in Newtown, Conn., by observing that the tragedy has strengthened the gun control movement. “The good thing about Newtown is [that] it was so horrific that I think it galvanized Americans to a point where the intensity on our side is going to match the intensity on their side,” Rendell, one of Hillary Clinton’s most loyal allies, said on MSNBC today. Rendell has pushed for gun control apropos of shootings before, although he apologized at the time. “What the Congress ought to do,
Sen. John Kerry has held up Syria as a country that could bring peace and stability to the Mideast and predicted that the now-disgraced government of President Bashar Assad would pursue a legitimate relationship with the United States. Those assertions are certain to draw scrutiny at Kerry´s confirmation hearing to be secretary of state as Assad´s brutal crackdown has plunged his country into civil war.
In the wake of Vice President Joe Biden‘s remarks following meetings with gun ownership groups and the NRA Thursday, in which he emphasized consensus on issues like background checks and high-capacity ammunition magazines, there has been widespread speculation that the package of proposals to emerge from the Biden task force might not include an assault weapons ban. On MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports Friday afternoon, anchor Andrea Mitchell reported that, according to senior administration officials, President Obama is “absolutely committed” to including an assault weapons ban, as well a universal background checks, in his package of proposals.
On Wednesday, Rasmussen Reports released the results of a poll revealing that only "74% of American Adults continue to believe the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of an average citizen to own a gun." This finding is perplexing because the Constitution hasn´t changed. You can actually see it in the National Archives, and right there in the Bill of Rights you will find the Second Amendment. It reads as follows: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms,
Senate Democrats on Friday urged President Obama to do an end-run around Congress and claim the power to borrow more money on the credit of the U.S. The move, should Mr. Obama follow their advice, would likely force another constitutional battle between the executive branch and congressional Republicans. But the Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid, said Mr. Obama should turn to the strategy as a way of circumventing the GOP on the debt limit. Headline resplit by staff.
A process to seize the warehouses of Pepsi-Cerveza Polar in northern Vargas state was formally launched on Wednesday upon an inspection conducted by local authorities to ascertain the hoarding of products. The information was disclosed by Vargas state solicitor Pedro Rodríguez, who said that the governor´s office will request the warehouses of Pepsi-Cerveza Polar to be declared of public utility, which is the first step towards expropriation. The plant´s operations manager, Alejandro Simancas, said that the warehouses stored nothing but soft drinks,
Have we reached — and passed — Peak Pirate? The dread Somali pirate Mohamed Abdi Hassan — also known as “Afweyne,” or “Big Mouth” — is retiring from the hijacking life. Big Mouth has picked a good time to get out of the game: Piracy is way, way down. “After being in piracy for eight years,” Big Mouth told a press conference (!) in Somalia on Thursday, “I have decided to renounce and quit, and from today on I will not be involved in this gang activity.” Hassan played a huge role in the late-2000s
If you had buttonholed me in the Senate men´s room circa 2003 and told me that a decade hence Joe Biden would be America´s vice president, John Kerry Secretary of State, and Chuck Hagel Secretary of Defense, I´d have laughed and waited for the punch line: The Leahy administration? President Lautenberg? Celebrate lack of diversity! But even in the republic´s descent into a Blowhardocracy staffed by a Zombie House of Lords, there are distinctions to be drawn. Sen. Kerry
Jerusalem has been transformed into a winter wonderland after heavy overnight snowfall turned the Holy City and much of the region white, bringing hordes of excited children onto the streets. As temperatures plummeted, the bitter winds and rain that have battered the Middle East since Sunday turned into snow, blanketing the Holy Land in white and closing schools and businesses. As dawn broke, at least 10 centimetres (four inches) of snow had settled in Jerusalem, which lies at an altitude of about 800 metres (2,625 feet), giving its pine-covered hills the unusual aspect of a ski resort. During the height
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."