Jennifer Griffin reported on the latest developments out of Algeria, where Al Qaeda-linked terrorists attacked a natural gas complex Wednesday and took dozens of hostages, including some Americans. The facility, which is right on the Libyan border, was surrounded by the Algerian military Thursday. Troops opened fire from helicopter gunships when some of the suspected attackers tried to leave. A spokesman for a militant group involved in the attack told local media that 35 hostages were killed and that seven were still being held. Griffin said that claim has not been confirmed by U.S. officials, describing the
A computer virus attacked a turbine control system at a U.S. power company last fall when a technician unknowingly inserted an infected USB computer drive into the network, keeping a plant off line for three weeks, according to a report posted on a U.S. government website. The Department of Homeland Security report did not identify the plant but said criminal software, which is used to conduct financial crimes such as identity theft, was behind the incident. It was introduced by an employee of a third-party contractor that does business with the utility, according to the agency. DHS reported the incident
Former Obama for America deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter joins Ed Schultz to discuss President Obama´s plan to use his own campaign apparatus to help get Americans to speak out in favor of responsible gun ownership. STEPHANIE CUTTER: President Obama provides the leadership here, and he said the American people have to speak up and make their voices heard in this debate. Just like the NRA is doing with there membership. And President Obama´s network across this country, grassroots individuals, who organize, volunteered with their time to get the president reelected are much more powerful than the
Boeing´s flagship 787 Dreamliner planes were grounded worldwide today after corrosive fluid leaked from its high-tech battery system forcing a packed passenger jet to make an emergency landing. Flight officials in Europe, America and Asia banned the craft from taking off amid fears the faulty lithium-type batteries, which are used in electric cars and laptops, could start fires on board. The dramatic move spells disaster for the aviation giant and comes after 137 passengers and crew members on an All Nippon Airlines flight were evacuated down escape chutes when smoke was detected on board. Airlines were today scrambling
General Motors Co. North America chief Mark Reuss said he isn´t giving up on electric vehicles, despite struggling industry sales in 2012. "The electric car is not dead," Reuss said at the Automotive News World Congress on Wednesday night. He said despite setbacks, the Detroit automaker isn´t giving up on electric autos, even though it had to abandon its initial forecast for its plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt. In 2011, GM sold fewer than 7,700 Volts, below its target of 10,000. It then abandoned goals to sell 45,000 in 2012 and was forced to idle its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant
We now appear to have entered a kabuki era of American politics. With a gaggle of school children as living props and an obsequious vice president at hand, President Obama Wednesday proposed a broad array of actions he says might curb American gun violence. Down in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry promptly posted on his website a strong critique of Obama´s plans, warning that mere laws, which he called "the last redoubt of secularism," were totally insufficient to address the "evil prowling in the world." Obama´s legislative ideas, which he well knows have little if any chance
Weird stuff. Then again, we are talking about Jim Moran. Appearing on Al Sharpton´s MSNBC show this evening, the Dem Congressman from Virginia declared that "older white guys" were "the most insecure component of our society." Added Moran, possibly alluding to the difficulties in adopting additional gun control measures, "we´re much the problem with these kind of things." Joan Walsh was there to support the self-doubting Moran. "There are a lot of terrific older white guys out there," reassured Walsh, naming Moran and Vice-President Biden among them. View the video after the jump.
Last night on FOX News’ The O’Reilly Factor, Sen. Marco Rubio R-Fla. criticized President Obama’s call for Congress to pass stricter gun control laws. “I’ll let you in on secret, I mean, the President is a liberal.” Rubio said wryly, “And this is part of the liberals’ long time dreams for our country and he sees this as a opportunity to get some of these things done. Rubio asserted that Obama obviously believes that banning guns was a good solution and has wanted to ban guns during “his entire political career.” “I think that
Endorsing President Obama’s call for gun control legislation on Wednesday, Sen. Patrick Leahy said large magazines, “assault weapons” and the “gun-show loophole” must be addressed. “In Vermont, we restrict the number of rounds you can have in your semiautomatic for deer hunting. I think we ought to be as protective of our children as our deer,” he told Georgetown University Law School students. (Leahy used similar phrasing a few minutes earlier, when he told the Georgetown students: "[A]bout the only gun law we have in Vermont is during deer season. If you have a semiautomatic,
The Obama Economy: Americans are drawing down their 401(k)s for nonretirement needs in record numbers, just as Social Security goes bust. This portends poverty for millions as the White House fiddles. Cat food, anyone? One out of four U.S. workers with 401(k) retirement savings accounts has been forced to cash them out or borrow from them at high costs just to stay solvent. The Washington Post, citing a report from financial advisory firm HelloWallet, said the withdrawals have drained $70 billion, or an astonishing near-quarter of the total $293 billion, in America´s retirement accounts "undermining already shaky retirement
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said action must be taken in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School because members of Congress took an oath to “protect and defend,” although the actual oath says to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States ….” Pelosi held a House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee hearing on "Gun Violence Prevention: A Call to Action,” where she endorsed the gun control proposals President Barack Obama unveiled today. “Earlier this month, shortly after Newtown, all members
An Algerian military operation is under way at a gas facility in eastern Algeria where hostages were being held, Algeria´s state news agency reports. Four foreign hostages were freed but the operation resulted in a number of "victims", APS agency said. Algerian soldiers had been surrounding the facility near In Amenas that kidnappers occupied on Wednesday, after killing a Briton and an Algerian. Reports quoting militants said at least 34 hostages and 14 kidnappers died. [Snip] Four foreign hostages - two from Scotland, one from France and one from Kenya - were freed during the operation, APS reported.
U.S. presidents should not be sworn into office with their hand on a Bible. At Monday´s inauguration of his second term, President Barack Obama will raise his right hand and place his left on not one, but two Bibles: One owned by Abraham Lincoln and the other by Martin Luther King Jr. The Constitution requires he give this oath of office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."
The investment bank founded by Thomas Weisel, the powerful Silicon Valley financier who bankrolled and owned Lance Armstrong´s former cycling team, also managed assets for the then-head of cycling´s governing body, according to a broker who handled the accounts. The 71-year-old Weisel is under scrutiny in the doping scandal that has engulfed Armstrong´s former U.S. Postal Service cycling team. A federal whistleblower lawsuit filed in 2010 by Armstrong´s former teammate, Floyd Landis, accuses Weisel—as well as Armstrong and others—of knowingly duping the Postal Service...
Of all the gun-control measures touted by President Obama on Wednesday, the one that got top billing was a dramatic tightening of background checks on gun purchasers. Obama himself said the need was urgent because “40 percent of all gun purchases are conducted without a background check.” But before we make the most sweeping changes in federal firearms law since the 1960s, shouldn’t we at least examine the validity of that figure? It’s about as dubious as they come. The administration is focusing on background checks in an attempt to drive a wedge between staunch anti-gun-control absolutists
Barack Obama´s Kenyan half-brother has launched his own political career, claiming he has been ´inspired and challenged´ by the US President.(snip) He said: ´When I look at the success that my brother has had in America, I feel I would have let down my people if I do not follow in his footsteps and end their suffering through dedicated, honest and focused leadership.´ Speaking from his ancestral home of Kogelo in western Kenya, he said that he was the best candidate to deal with the ´endless cycle of poverty and unemployment that bedevils my people´.
Lance Armstrong’s former right-hand man blasted the cycling cheat yesterday, saying that he should be in jail for lying about taking steroids. “He’s a petty criminal,” Mike Anderson told The Post after the disgraced champion admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs. “This is a guy who never had a real job in his life. If he had not weaseled his way into [the] sport and undertook this incredible fraud, he would be a petty criminal.” Anderson sued his former boss in 2005 for allegedly reneging on a deal to help him open a bike shop
In the good old days, consumers got what they wanted. Supply and demand, not causes or ideology, governed product design and manufacturing. That’s why we have great American icons like the 1969 Chevy Camaro, the charcoal-burning Weber grill, and DDT. But things have changed. The Green Movement’s worship of scarcity has changed the consumer landscape for the worse. Instead of big, powerful, and, most importantly, effective products, in 2012 consumers must suffer with pansy products. Sure, they are designed to save energy and make you feel good. But they just don’t work as well. (Snip) 1. Low Water Toilets
France 24 spoke to one of the hostages at the BP-Statoil-Sonatrach gas plant in eastern Algeria on Wednesday, the site of a deadly pre-dawn raid in which over 150 Algerians and around 40 Western foreigners were taken by Islamist militants.(Snip) The man, who declined to be identified by name, told France 24 that there were British, Japanese, Philippine and Malaysian nationals among the hostages. He said the militants simultaneously stormed the gas plant as well as the workers’ living quarters. “They came in and once there was daylight, grouped us all together.” He said the attackers were heavily armed
ALGIERS, Algeria -- Islamist militants have told a Mauritanian news outlet that Algerian military helicopters strafed the gas complex where they are holding hostages, killing 35 of the foreigners and 15 of the kidnappers. The spokesman for the Masked Brigade, which had earlier claimed responsibility for the assault Wednesday on the gas complex deep in the Sahara desert, said Thursday that Abou El Baraa, the leader of the kidnappers, was also killed in the helicopter attack. The information came from the Nouakchott Information Agency, which has often carried reports from al-Qaida-linked extremist groups. Headline split by staff
The National Rifle Association produced a 35-second ad calling out the "gun-free zones for thee but not for me" hypocrisy of Team Obama. (snip) In the past the Obamas have used their own children to push various agendas. And the President himself, along with Attorney General Eric Holder, used the death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin to play the race card. A quick recap of the "repugnant and cowardly" ways the first couple have used children to infringe on our God-given
Like me you were probably watching the president’s gun control speech today. Was told this morning the presentation today was a revised version that was completed just last night after a bunch of back and forth between the White House and Senate leaders. Guessing that would be Harry Reid mostly. 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.
Harris County’s top law enforcement officials and Houston’s mayor expressed support for President Barack Obama’s gun control proposals, particularly those that would outlaw military-style assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Other elected officials in Texas and members of Texas’ congressional delegation rejected the proposals as an attack on the constitutional right to bear arms and state’s rights, while insisting they would not have prevented the Connecticut school massacre last month.
You may recall the 1966 cult-classic by Napoleon XIV titled, "They´re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa." The lyrics of that song describe an individual who is out of his mind and who is being taken "to the funny farm" and to "the loony bin" so he can be attended to by "those nice young men in their clean white coats." The subject of the song is simply considered a danger to society, a menace if you will, crazy, and unable to make rational decisions on his own.(snip) Enter today´s debate over guns.