Seung-Hui Cho, who committed the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, had been diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder as a child and placed under treatment. But Virginia Tech was prohibited from being told about Cho’s mental health problems because of federal privacy laws. At college, Cho engaged in behavior even more bizarre than the average college student. He stalked three women and, at one point, went totally silent, refusing to speak even to his roommates. He was involuntarily committed to a mental institution for one night and then unaccountably unleashed on the public, whereupon he proceeded to engage in
Jeremy Irons has taken a swipe at Downton Abbey, slamming it as the ´Ford Fiesta´ of television. The actor could barely disguise his disdain for the period drama that has taken both Britain and America by storm. But after appearing to dismiss the show he admitted that he had never watched a single episode of the award winning drama, which is now in its third series. Irons' attack came as he joined a panel in California to help promote a series called Shakespeare Uncovered that will be shown on the same PBS channel as Downton Abbey. He said: 'What I'm very excited about with Shakespeare Uncovered
To judge from his surly demeanor and defiant words at his press conference Monday, Barack Obama begins his second term with a strategy to defeat and humiliate Republicans rather than a strategy to govern. His point-blank refusal to negotiate over the debt ceiling was clearly designed to make the House Republicans look bad. But Obama knows very well that negotiations usually accompany legislation to increase the government´s debt limit. As Gordon Gray of the conservative American Action Network points out, most of the 17 increases in the debt ceiling over the last 20 years have been part of broader measures.
A Wappingers Falls man was sentenced to one to three years in prison for selling stolen property, a Dutchess County Court official says. Anthony Poliandro, 24, of 24 Top O’Hill Road was convicted of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony. Poliandro’s brother, Vincent Poliandro, 29, was burglarizing homes in the Wappingers Falls area. On one occasion, Anthony Poliandro sold a computer to a police officer. (Snip) Anthony Poliandro, a leader of the Occupy Poughkeepsie movement, as well as the Occupy New York movement, admitted to selling numerous items of property
On President Obama’s proposal for curbing gun violence, I have several thoughts. 1. Even when I agree in substance with the president, as I do in this instance, I find his combination of self-righteousness and demagoguery to be off-putting. In his remarks earlier today, for example, the president once again took to the task of demonizing his opponents, something he does more promiscuously than any president I can recall. For Mr. Obama, it’s never about honest differences over policies. His political opponents have to be painted as morally obtuse, cruel and motivated by the basest considerations.
President Obama announced his plans for gun control just before noon today. He put 23 executive actions in place immediately following his speech, and called on Congress to take additional measures. There are useful small steps in the president’s agenda, but his boldest proposals are misguided — and unlikely to pass the Republican House. The announcement — during which Obama was accompanied on stage by four children, and which he frequently punctuated with emotional appeals — was primarily an act of political theater. Many of the actions the president has taken or proposed are unremarkable.
As I’ve already said, I neither think having armed guards at schools is a crazy idea nor think Wayne LaPierre was right to advocate some national legislative push for their installation. But I was both a-mused and b-mused by the president’s endorsement of more guns in schools (on the persons of “school resource officers”) during his speech today, coming as it did after all of polite society has spent the last month calling for LaPierre to be fitted for a straitjacket for proposing the exact same thing. The NRA should recut
Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal interviewed my colleague Chuck DeVore (formerly of the California legislature) on his new book, The Texas Model. Chuck joined the Texas Public Policy Foundation about a year ago after packing up his family and moving to Texas, as so many other Californians are doing. Chuck makes a great point here, namely that the Texas model resembles what America used to be like: light taxation and regulation and an environment that encourages risk-taking, innovation, and entrepreneurship. California, on the other hand, has become the very model of high taxation, high spending
Camp LeJeune, N.C. - A Marine who pleaded guilty Wednesday to urinating on the corpses of dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan will likely be demoted one rank under a plea agreement, although a military judge called for a much harsher sentence. Staff Sgt. Edward W. Deptola pleaded guilty to multiple charges at court-martial, including dereliction of duty for desecrating remains, posing for photographs with the corpses and failing to properly supervise junior Marines. The judge, Lt. Col Nicole Hudspeth, would have sentenced him to six months confinement, a $5,000 fine,
A brief update from a Republican Insider fighting to renew conservative principles and defeat the globalist Big Government liberalism of Barack Obama and his supporters. (Snip) Last week the president was ready to go all in on the executive order scenario. Confiscation was going to be in play. Then the backlash came and it forced Obama to back off. He didn’t want to but after Reid said it was a no go, and the NRA was preparing to go to war with the White House, the president was given a revised script and that is what we heard this morning.
A reporter who was fired last year from the Houston Chronicle after she was outed as a stripper has landed a new journalism job. Sarah Tressler, 30, was fired in April as a society reporter for the newspaper after failing to inform her supervisors of her after-hours career, which she chronicled on her blog, “Diary of an Angry Stripper.” (Snip) She’s now a reporter for the San Antonio Express-News, covering “cops, crime and general mayhem,” according to her Twitter account, which has more than 1,500 followers. After hiring celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, Tressler sued her former
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) expressed concerns about the “intertwining” of President Barack Obama’s gun control push and his 2009 healthcare overhaul legislation Obamacare in a Wednesday evening statement. Huelskamp worries that the administration will coordinate controversial parts of Obamacare that may invade patient privacy with the president’s new strident gun control efforts. (Snip) "It seems that there is no end to the Administration´s efforts to conduct citizen surveillance in the exam room,” the Congressman warned. One part of the president’s 23-point gun control
U.S. regulators grounded all Boeing787 Dreamliner jetliners Wednesday after a series of recent incidents raised concerns about the aircrafts’ safety. The Federal Aviation Administration issued an “emergency airworthiness directive” that required all Dreamliners to “temporarily cease operations.” Regulators cited an an issue with a lithium ion battery that forced one of the planes to make an emergency landing in Japan on Wednesday. “Before further flight, operators of U.S.-registered Boeing 787 aircraft must demonstrate to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that the batteries are
The NASA rover Curiosity is set to use its drill for the first time on Mars in a region where water once possibly flowed, scientists say. Boring into a rock would be one of the 1-ton rover’s most difficult tasks since arriving on the Red Planet Aug. 5. “This is something that we waited patiently for and accepted risk in driving to this destination,” said mission scientist John Grotzinger, of Caltech. “This has been very exciting.” The target is a complex rock in a terrain on the Red Planet called Yellowknife Bay. The rover’s instruments have detected veins, sandstone and other features that scientists
Algiers/Bamako-Islamist fighters have opened an international front in Mali´s civil war by taking dozens of Western hostages at a gas plant in the Algerian desert just as French troops launched an offensive against rebels in neighboring Mali. Nearly 24 hours after gunmen stormed the natural gas pumping site and workers´ housing before dawn on Wednesday, little was certain beyond a claim by a group calling itself the "Battalion of Blood" that it was holding 41 foreign nationals, including Americans, Japanese and Europeans, at Tigantourine, deep in the Sahara. Algerian media said a Briton and an Algerian were killed
Jews of European origin are a mix of ancestries, with many hailing from tribes in the Caucasus who converted to Judaism and created an empire that lasted half a millennium, according to a gene study published on Thursday. The investigation, its author says, should settle a debate that has been roiling for more than two centuries. Jews of European descent, often called Ashkenazis, account for some 90 percent of the more than 13 million Jews in the world today. According to the so-called Rhineland Hypothesis, Ashkenazis descended from Jews who progressively fled Palestine after the Moslem conquest of 638
Several British workers are at the centre of a terrorist hostage crisis at a BP gas plant in Algeria after al-Qaeda fighters attacked the complex in apparent retaliation for the French intervention in Mali. At least one British worker was said to have been killed in the early morning assault at the Saharan facility. Several others were taken captive along with dozens of Norwegian, American, Japanese and French workers. The Islamists claimed to be holding 41 foreigners hostage, with reports suggesting that another 150 Algerian workers had been prevented from leaving the plant, which is about 60 miles from the
ObamaCare: The individual mandate, which is the centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act, hasn´t even been phased in and already there are calls to increase its cost. Did we ever mention that this was a bad law? All the parts of the Democrats´ overhaul of American health care hang off the individual mandate, which requires those without health care insurance and aren´t in a government program to buy a plan or face a fine. The fine, which won´t go into effect until next year, is $95, or 1% of income, whichever is higher.
The debt limit must soon be increased, and President Obama insists that Congress give him the ability to borrow without any accompanying budget reforms or spending cuts. He argues that only a long-term, "clean" debt-limit bill is responsible fiscal policy, and that anyone who disagrees risks government default and a financial catastrophe. Republicans are balking—not the first time members of the opposition party have balked when a president seeks more borrowing authority. The usual response—threatening to block an increase unless they get what they want—is not very effective. The GOP´s attempt to do so will most likely fail.
In the wake of the recent shootings, the liberal media have concluded we need more gun control. President Obama just signed 23 executive actions related to guns, and promises to do more later. To them the logic seems obvious, that more guns mean more deaths, suicides, and accidents. And the U.S. supposedly has very high murder rates, they argue, because our nation is teeming with guns. So with stricter gun control, we would suffer fewer murders and less violence. As Charles Blow recently claimed in the New York Times: "America has the highest gun homicide rate, the highest
The day after President Obama´s press conference this week on the debt ceiling—in which he repudiated talks with Republicans and denounced them as not wanting to help "kids in poverty" get "enough to eat"—there were news accounts of the event atop the front pages of The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. The New York Times front page bannered a 4-by-7 inch photograph of Mr. Obama, beaming beneath a White House chandelier. The Republicans´ congressional leadership and Mr. Obama´s nominal opponents, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, floated deep down in the stories in
Politics: Instead of providing them the same armed security his children get, the president exploits children as stage props to repeal a Second Amendment they haven´t been, and likely never will be, taught about. The children who stood with President Obama Wednesday had the benefit of armed security, unlike the schools they´ll return to. Their schools remain in zones that are gun-free, except for predators, as at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. They´ll have no armed guards or teachers allowed to carry concealed protection, and none of Obama´s 23 legislative proposals and executive actions will provide them.
Today on MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell brings up the controversial Web promotion by the National Rifle Association (NRA) accusing President Obama of hypocrisy for opposing the arming of schools when his children study under the watchful eye of guards packing heat. Digging into the issue with Gun Owners of America spokesman Erich Pratt, Mitchell presses: Let me ask you about the NRA video … which targets basically the president’s children, who have Secret Service protection as [do] all children of presidents. Over the line? No, comes the response from Pratt, though in many more, meandering words.
The finance student who penned what is being called the ´best cover letter ever´ that took the internet by storm is set to be rewarded for his honesty as Wall Street bosses said today ´he is just the person they are looking for´. Matthew Ross, a 22-year-old undergrad at San Diego State University, sent a refreshingly sincere cover letter by email yesterday that went viral. Rather than inflating his qualifications and bragging about his grades or past job experiences, the humble applicant simply stated his case and matter-of-factly asked for an internship - even if it meant shining shoes.
Gov. Deval Patrick announced a gun control bill today that targets mental illness, closes a background-check loophole at gun shows “Mental illness is a disease that can be treated, and our communities are safer when the appropriate services and supports are available for people in need,” said Patrick in a statement. “I am encouraged by the palpable consensus in our Legislature that the time for action is now. All of us must pull in the same direction to bring about real change in this state and across the country.” Patrick’s plan comes hours before his State of the State address