They say it´s a story of survival. Protect yourself and what´s yours by whatever means necessary. “It´s either kill or be killed,” said Eric Anderson, 18. “It´s playin´ for keeps. You gotta live like this.” Mr. Anderson was one of 199 people in Toledo who were shot in 2012, down slightly from the 210 reported shootings the year prior, but still a dramatic increase from 121 shootings in 2010, the first year the Toledo Police Department started keeping track of such statistics.
The United States said Sunday it played a limited support role in France´s botched bid to rescue a kidnapped secret agent in Somalia. "United States forces provided limited technical support to the French forces in that operation, but took no direct part in the assault on the compound where it was believed the French citizen was being held hostage," President Barack Obama said in a letter to Congress.
A rush on flu shots sparked by Gov. Cuomo’s health emergency declaration has left some city pharmacies and urgent care facilities empty handed. “We ran out,” said Dr. Mark Melrose, an emergency physician and owner of Urgent Care Manhattan on Amsterdam Ave. on the upper West Side. Melrose said his supply went dry Saturday after doling out 10 times the normal number of flu shots to victims of the coughing—sneezing-head-feverish epidemic sweeping the nation. “We ordered a bunch that was supposed to be here. I think we gave out between 20 to 30 vaccines before we ran out,” said Melrose
U.S. military combat aircraft "briefly entered" the airspace of Somalia Friday in support of a French-led rescue mission, President Barack Obama told Congress in a letter Sunday. On Friday, French troops mounted an unsuccessful attempt to rescue a French national reported to be a French intelligence service agent captured in Somalia in 2009. The agent, believed to be held by the Islamic group Al-Shabaab, was reportedly killed in the raid, as was a French soldier. Obama´s letter does not mention the result of the military action in the farming village of Bulomarer on the Somali coast and describes the U.S.
CNN, in an attempt to frame the gun debate as rational gun control advocates versus wild-eyed gun owners, posted two clips edited from the Ben Shapiro—Piers Moran wipeout, while at the same time posting the entire two-segment interview Morgan did with Alex Jones. This is by design; to many, Jones left an impression of a wild-eyed fanatic who couldn’t have a rational discussion, which made Morgan seem as though he represented the rational side of the argument. Shapiro, on the other hand, was even lauded by the Obama mouthpiece Washington Post as “a foe of extraordinary polemical agility.”
WASHINGTON -Partly out of dissatisfaction with the National Rifle Association, a D.C.-based media consultant is calling for a nationwide celebration of guns -- and despite accusations that he´s leading a fringe coalition, Larry Ward says the backers of Gun Appreciation Day aren´t extremists. "If being a constitutionalist is extreme, so be it," said the man who recently told CNN that if blacks had guns, slavery wouldn´t have happened. Political battle lines have already been drawn over Gun Appreciation Day, the brainchild of Ward, a Capitol-Hill-based conservative media operative who confronted gun protesters on the street shorly after
A brother and sister were reunited after 65 years apart, thanks to the online sleuthing of a 7-year-old boy. For Betty Billadeau and her brother, Clifford Boyson, the reunion was a lifetime in the making after they were sent to separate foster homes around the time Betty was 5 years old and Clifford was 3.
An armed mob set out into the Florida Everglades on Saturday to flush out a scaly invader. It sounds like the second act of a sci-fi horror flick but, really, it´s pretty much Florida´s plan for dealing with an infestation of Burmese pythons that are eating their way through a fragile ecosystem. Nearly 800 people signed up for the month-long ´Python Challenge´ that started Saturday afternoon. The vast majority - 749 - are members of the general public who lack the permits usually required to harvest pythons on public lands.
Washington is at a standstill today as the final dress rehearsal is held for President Obama’s second inauguration tomorrow. Actors were drafted in to play the President, Vice President and their wives – and couldn’t help looking uncomfortable at the center of the gigantic military operation. Thousands will gather in front of the Capitol on Monday, January 21, to see President Barack Obama take the oath of office for another four-year term, with his wife and two daughters at his side. Scroll down for a Q&A on the presidential inauguration
LOS ANGELES — Sunday dawned crisp and clear here, with wintry (for Southern California) temperatures lingering in the 40s and 50s. But the rhetoric was already hot, as Hollywood got ready for a Golden Globes ceremony at which the table talk — if not the stage banter — almost inevitably will turn to the political flare-up around “Zero Dark Thirty.” “I would like to condemn the movie” for making it appear that torture was effective in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, Ed Asner said in a telephone interview on Sunday morning. Mr. Asner said he
Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell defended current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton´s handling of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, saying it could´ve happened under anyone´s watch. "I think she´s had a distinguished record," Powell said in an interview on NBC´s "Meet The Press" broadcast Sunday. "And I don´t think that this one incident--which is one of these things that those of us in government have been through many, many times where suddenly an action happens late at night ... I don´t think it´s a blot on her record." "You´re surprised," Powell said
We all know that feeling - a large lunch leaves us sprawled out on the sofa. Similarly, this juvenile red-tailed hawk was rendered immobile after scoffing down another bird. Photographer Steve Shinn managed to snap the stricken bird of prey on its back after a meal of a coot near a nature preserve in Long Beach, California.(Snip)´I found this bird in a very unhawklike position looking very distressed. It had attacked a Coot near the stream and chewed away on it for about a half hour before it waddled about 50 feet and fell flat on his keister.
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