Bamakao, Mali -- France´s foreign minister said Sunday that the United States is providing communications and transport help for an international military intervention aimed at wresting Mali´s north out of the hands of Islamist extremists. Laurent Fabius said the three-day-old, French-led military operation has succeeded in halting the extremists´ advance, which had prompted the intervention. He sought to stress that the operation is gaining international backing, despite concern about the risks of the mission in a stretch of lawless desert in weakly governed country.(Snip) U.S. officials on Saturday said they had offered to send drones to Mali.
Paris - Just as its leaders were defining a new "hands-off" strategy for Africa, France has been thrust onto the front line of one of the continent´s riskiest battlefields deep in the desert of Mali. President Francois Hollande´s backing of air strikes to halt Islamist rebels advancing on the capital Bamako raises the threat level for eight French hostages held by al Qaeda allies in the Sahara and for the 30,000 French expatriates living in neighboring, mostly Muslim states. It could also trigger an attack on French soil. But, in what could be the biggest foreign policy decision of his
Austin,Texas-Former President George H.W. Bush, who has been hospitalized in Houston since November, may be released from the facility in the coming days, a family spokesman said on Sunday. "We are hopeful that the president can be discharged this coming week, but we´re still taking everything one day at a time," spokesman Jim McGrath said in an email. Bush´s son, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, said on Saturday that his father was expected to be released from the hospital on Monday, according to TCPalm.com. The former president, 88, who led a coalition that pushed Iraqi forces
Kaduna - Barely nine days after 800 men and officers of the Nigerian Army were deployed on a peace keeping mission to Darfur region of Sudan, another batch of 800 all ranks have been deployed to the African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operations in Darfur. The troops are to replace a battalion which has completed its mission and is ready to return to Nigeria from the mission area.(Snip) Reminding them of the ugly incidents of the past in Darfur, the GOC stated, “The Nigerian Army will not accept any situation where its troops are disarmed.
Chapel Hill, NC - Hopes for overhauling the federal tax system are fading in Washington, but in some state capitals, tax reform experiments - some far-reaching - are fast taking shape. Across the South and Midwest, Republicans have consolidated control of state legislatures and governorships, giving them the power to test long-debated tax ideas. Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, for instance, called on Thursday for ending the state´s income tax and corporate taxes, with sales taxes compensating for lost revenue. A similar plan is being pushed by Republicans in North Carolina. Kansas... Source and dateline corrected to site style by Staff.
French actor turned Russian national Gerard Depardieu on Sunday accused President Vladimir Putin´s opposition of lacking vision and defended the Kremlin´s treatment of the Pussy Riot protest punks.(Snip)Both Putin and Depardieu refer to each other as friends and the French actor offered a severe criticism of those who oppose the Russian leader´s 13-year rule. "The Russian opposition has no programme -- it has nothing," he told Rossiya state television´s weekly analytical programme in comments carried by local news agencies. "Unfortunately, the masses are stupid. Only the individual is beautiful," Depardieu was quoted as saying
It’s the first tangent sign that not all Americans are waiting sheep-like to be shepherded down the disastrous path of the Barack Obama-engineered Fundamental Transformation of America: CNSNews.com is reporting that “a group of like-minded patriots, bound together by pride in American exceptionalism, plan on building an armed community to protect their liberty”.“The group, named Citadel, intends to purchase 2,000 to 3,000 acres for the project in western Idaho. The community will comprise of 3,500 to 7,000 families of patriotic Americans who “voluntarily choose to live together in accordance with Thomas Jefferson’s
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong will sit down with Oprah Winfrey for an interview that will air next week, and if Oprah needs any help coming up with questions, the Sunday Times of London provided plenty in a large advertisement that appears in the sports section of Sunday´s Chicago Tribune.(Snip)The ad presents 10 questions for Winfrey to ask Armstrong, who reportedly doesn´t plan to offer much in the way of details. Among the questions are: After returning from cancer how did you justify putting banned drugs in your body? Did you have any sympathy for those rivals determined to race clean?
A recovering George H.W. Bush is hoping doctors will give him the green light to return home in the coming week, a spokesman for the 88-year-old former president said Sunday. "The doctors feel very confident it will be in the coming week," said Jim McGrath, Bush´s spokesman in Houston, noting a comment from son Jeb Bush in Florida over the weekend that his father could return home as early as Monday. "We´re taking it one day at a time." The 41st president has been at The Methodist Hospital for more than seven weeks
George Soros´ Center for American Progress (CAP) has published a list of 13 new pieces of legislation they claim we need right now, in the wake of the crime at Sandy Hook Elementary. As you will see, these proposals--like others from liberals--would not have stopped the shooting from taking place: they would not even have hindered it. But they would make it harder for law abiding citizens to get the guns they need to defend their lives and families. For example, one of new laws that CAP wants is an end to private gun sales.
British newspaper The Sunday Times has taken out an advertisment in the Chicago Tribune with 10 questions they want the talk show host Oprah Winfrey to ask disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.(Snip)There is also a potential threat to Armstrong´s liberty, stemming from the fallen icon´s role in the US Postal Service team, where he spent his most successful years in the saddle. Having been paid by the government, the former team leader could face criminal charges for making fraudulent statements to his bosses. He could also be accused of perjury over disclosures made under oath to a US federal jury
While continuing to identify as a Republican, former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday criticized the GOP for a series of racist attacks against President Barack Obama. "There´s also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party," Powell said on NBC´s "Meet the Press." "What do I mean by that? What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities." Powell, who endorsed Obama, pointed to a number of statements that were directed at Obama as evidence that there is still racism within the party.
It´s often good fun and sometimes revealing to divide American history into distinct periods of uniform length. In working on my forthcoming book on American migrations, internal and immigrant, it occurred to me that you could do this using the American-sounding interval of 76 years, just a few years more than the biblical lifespan of three score and ten. It was 76 years from Washington´s First Inaugural in 1789 to Lincoln´s Second Inaugural in 1865. It was 76 years from the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse in 1865 to the attack at Pearl Harbor in 1941. Going backward
It really has been amazing to watch Obama´s media cover for the lack of diversity in his cabinet picks. A fine example of this hypocrisy came on CNN´s State of the Union Sunday when host Candy Crowley actually began a segment on the subject by asking her guests, "Does it matter?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):CANDY CROWLEY: There is a lot made about the president´s latest picks in the cabinet. Jack Lew, Senator Hagel, Senator Kerry in key positions here. Treasury, defense, state department. Something that your colleague Congressman Rangel said about the lack of diversity
CNN´s Candy Crowley on Sunday floated the typical media nonsense about how the National Rifle Association is ginning up fear to sell more guns in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Fortunately for State of the Union viewers, NRA President David Keene was on the set to correctly point out, "The two people who are selling so-called assault rifles are Senator Feinstein and President Obama not us" (video follows with transcript and commentary): CANDY CROWLEY, HOST: One of the big questions here has been
PRESIDENT OBAMA ran promoting women’s issues. But how about promoting some women? With the old white boys’ club rearing its hoary head in the White House of the first black president, the historian Michael Beschloss recalled the days when the distaff was deemed biologically unsuited for the manly discourse of politics. He tweeted: “1/12/1915, U.S. House refused women voting rights. One Congressman: ‘Their ankles are beautiful ... but they are not interested in the state.’ ”(Snip)Janet Reno was trigger-happy on Waco, and a tragic conflagration ensued. Hillary Clinton’s my-way-or-the-highway obduracy doomed her health care initiative;
New questions are being asked about the ethics of Sen. Harry Reid; a Utah businessman is alleging that his state´s attorney general demanded $600,000 as a bribe to Reid in exchange for dismissal of a federal investigation. Certainly the allegations could be false, but it´s worth noting this isn´t the first time Reid´s name has come up in connection with some pretty shady propositions. Remember the lucrative, underpriced land deal? Or the green energy conflict? There´s so much there, pithily summed up by Investors Business Daily as follows:
A 23-year-old woman from Brooklyn, New York, has won the title of Miss America - beating out 13,000 other contestants including the pageant’s first autistic contestant and a woman with Tourettes. Mallory Hagan won the beauty pageant on Saturday night after tap dancing to James Brown´s ´Get Up Off of That Thing´ in Las Vegas and answering a question about whether armed guards belong in grade schools by saying the nation should not fight violence with violence. Hagan defeated Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, who took second, and Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, who finished third.
This week, Wyoming lawmakers introduced a bill banning the federal government from enforcing an assault weapons ban or a prohibition on high-capacity magazines in the state, calling the effort an attempt to “take the Second Amendment seriously.” The bill, which is sponsored by eight Wyoming state representatives and two state senators, calls for federal agents who attempt to enforce those measures to be imprisoned for at least one year and up to five years, and fined a maximum of $5,000. It also contains broad language prohibiting any “public servant … or dealer selling any firearm in this state”
The putrid stench of rotting food is a daily distraction for the 420 men and women working on the salvage operation of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that crashed off the island of Giglio on the Tuscan coast on January 13, 2012. The ship had just embarked from Civitavecchia carrying enough fish, meat and poultry to feed 4,200 passengers and crew for ten days before it crashed. Most of the food is still in the storage lockers and freezers, protected from the fish and marine life, and now so rotten that the smell has permeated the seals and cases.
As Republicans discuss the future of the party, abandoning conservative values need not be part of the conversation. The party can appeal to larger segments of the electorate without forsaking core principles. One case in point is a group the party has long written off: public school teachers. Conservative values go hand in hand with teaching. Teachers see the evidence every day that stable families produce well-adjusted kids who succeed in the classroom. Many teachers are people of faith. Most of us are proud Americans who say the pledge every day with our students and mean it.
I was around nine years old when Dad took me to see the movie The Ten Commandments, starring Charlton Heston, at the Town Theater in downtown Baltimore. It was a big deal for us because the theater had just begun admitting blacks. Etched in my brain is the scene when Moses came down from the mountain to witness the Israelites engrossed in an orgy of self-indulgence, celebrating the new god they created, a golden calf. They had abandoned God to worship a man-made false god. I chastised fellow black Christians for worshiping a false god
SAN FRANCISCO – Colin Kaepernick typically is a low-key, keep-it-short guy with the media. Even he had to cut loose a few superlatives after what he did Saturday night in his playoff debut to put the San Francisco 49ers within one win of the Super Bowl trip that eluded them a year ago. "It´s been amazing. I couldn´t ask for anything more," the new age quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers said after his mix of record-breaking running, resilience after early setbacks and big-armed passing gave the 49ers a 45-31 victory over the Green Bay Packers
BEIJING - People refused to venture outdoors and buildings disappeared into Beijing´s murky skyline on Sunday as the air quality in China´s notoriously polluted capital went off the index. The Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center said on its website that the density of PM2.5 particulates had surpassed 700 micrograms per cubic meter in many parts of the city. The World Health Organization considers a safe daily level to be 25 micrograms per cubic meter. PM2.5 are tiny particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers in size, or about 1/30th the average width of a human hair. They can penetrate
France has expressed surprise at the fighting strength of Islamists in Mali, as the nation kept up its bombing of militant targets for a third day. A presidential official in Paris said the militants were "well-trained, well-equipped and well-armed", according to the AFP news agency. The Islamists had got hold of up-to-date and sophisticated weaponry after Libya conflict, the official added. France also said the militants suffered "significant" casualties in air raids. Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that hangars and "sensitive sites" were destroyed as part of an offensive to drive back Islamists, who still control large swathes
Ironies abound when you look back over this past week’s White House effort to take firearms out of the hands of most everyone except the armed bodyguards of all the bloviating bigshots who think you’re too dumb or unimportant to have a gun to protect your family. At the order of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden’s taskforce held a couple of days of talks on various sides of the gun issue. (Snip) A White House presspool report that came to me quoted Biden supporting “universal background checks, not just closing the gumshoe loophole.” Gumshoe loophole?