A Richmond-area lawmaker brandished an AK-47 on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday in a wild stunt aimed at rallying support for tougher gun laws. Del. Joe Morrissey, D-Highland Springs, pulled the weapon out shortly after the day´s session got underway, a time when legislators typically welcome school groups and other visitors in the chamber´s gallery. (Snip) Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, interrupted Morrissey´s speech to ask him to take his finger off the trigger lock and later said that taking guns from citizens is what led to the Holocaust and mass killings under the Soviet Gulag.
It features everything from iconic images of some of the most famous figures in history to heartwarming private pictures of ordinary people and animals simply posing up for the camera. Flickr Commons has celebrated its fifth anniversary by showing off a collection of its most viewed and commented on photographs, including a picture of Winston Churchill at a meeting of Allied leaders during WWII and a photograph of a black dog smoking a pipe in Wales. The website´s collection of ´public domain´ photographs was first launched on January 16, 2008 with 1,500 pictures, and has expanded rapidly since,
President Barack Obama on Friday announced the relaunch of his remaining campaign apparatus as a new tax-exempt group called Organizing for Action that will “play an active role” in “mobilizing around and speaking out in support of important legislation” during his second term. “We may have started this as a longshot presidential primary campaign in 2007, but it’s always been about more than just winning an election. Together, we’ve made our communities stronger, we’ve fought for historic legislation, and we’ve brought more people than ever before into the political process,” Obama wrote in an email to supporters.
NBC Tonight Show host Jay Leno took a fiscal poke at President Obama Thursday. After mentioning that it was Michelle Obama’s birthday, and that she told reporters that she wanted “a nice gift from Barack, but nothing extravagant,” Leno quipped, “Oh, don´t worry. Obama is very responsible when he´s spending his own money. Don´t have worry about that. No problem there” (video follows with commentary): Wouldn’t it be nice if others in the media were willing to mock Obama’s fiscal indiscipline rather than support and/or cover it up?
AUSTIN, Tex. — That February morning in 2008 found Barack Obama decidedly out of sorts. He was locked in one battle with Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination that showed no signs of ending — and another with a vicious cold that felt the same way.As he rode the service elevator in the backway of a convention hotel here, the snowy-haired African American operating it turned suddenly. He held out a black-and-gold bit of fabric embroidered with a screaming eagle. “Senator Obama, I have something I want to give you,” the man said.
According to Lena Dunham, HBO’s “Girls” television show needs a third season to explore new sex positions. Writer and actress Lena Dunham appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Thursday to discuss her recent Golden Globe awards earned from her work with “Girls.” After Stewart questioned Dunham about the latest season of “Girls,” Dunham admitted she hopes for a new third season: “I’m already kind of like trying to conceive of some new demented ideas – some sexual positions we haven’t yet covered.” Stewart replied, “Well, I’m 50 so don’t tell me what they are.”
Bamako/Markala, Mali-French and Malian soldiers wrested control of the central town of Diabaly from Islamist rebels on Friday, its mayor said, and West African reinforcements arrived in Bamako to take on the insurgents dominating the north of Mali. France, warning that Islamist control over Mali´s vast desert north threatens the security of Africa and the West, had targeted Diabaly in an eighth day of air strikes aimed at dislodging hardened al Qaeda-linked fighters there.(Snip) A total of 2,500 French troops are expected in Mali but Paris is keen to swiftly hand the mission over to West Africa´s ECOWAS bloc,
Buzzfeed reporter Michael Hastings shares his curious relationship with the White House Press Corps in his new campaign e-book, “Panic 2012: The Sublime and Terrifying Inside Story of Obama’s Final Campaign.” Hastings reveals that a reporter’s life on the trail is monotonous and difficult, save for a few sweet unscripted but always off-the-record moments. One of those off-the-record moments was an event where President Obama joined reporters for drinks while the campaign was in Orlando, Fla., an event that Hastings partially details in the book.
First lady Michelle Obama on Friday launched Organizing for Action in a new video reaching out to previous supporters of President Obama’s campaign. “The relationships you’ve made, the tools you’ve built and the lessons you’ve learned have already begun to change our politics. And in the coming years, they can change our country. And that’s the mission of Organizing for Action,” the first lady said in the video. It is not clear yet how the activist organization will operate in practice. Former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina will host discussions in order to
He is in an enviable political position, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. He is in a political position most other world leaders would die for. Here he is, just a few days from elections, and his worry is not whether he will win the upcoming elections, but rather by how much, by how large a majority, and who he will need to bring into his governing coalition. Think about that for a moment.This is a leader widely assailed by much of the world; a leader whom a US columnist this week reported was verbally dumped on by US President Barack Obama
Those concerned about the conspiratorial machinations of the state surveillance infrastructure can now swap their tin-foil hats for a more fashion conscious accessory. A New York-based artist has designed an ´anti-drone hoodie´ stitched from metallised material used to counter the infra-red cameras that spy drones use to spot people on the ground.[Snip] Also on offer is a pouch for carrying mobile phones made from a special ´attenuating fabric´ which blocks the signal so it can´t be tracked or intercepted by the authorities. And there is also a shirt designed with an x-ray shielding print in the shape of a heart
WASHINGTON -- The Transportation Security Administration confirms that it is getting rid of airport body scanners that produce a naked image of travelers. Right now the TSA uses two types of scanners. One makes a generic image showing where agents should look for an object on the traveler´s body. Those scanners are staying. The other kind of scanner uses X-rays. They raised privacy concerns because they show metal objects on the traveler´s body - along with every other detail, too. Congress has mandated that those scanners be changed
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof retweeted a message that called the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the National Rifle Association “the 2 most pig like lobbies” in America. The message written Jan. 16 came from M.J. Rosenberg, a notorious critic of Israel, and came on the same day that the Times ran an editorial criticizing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi for calling Jews "the descendants of apes and pigs," the Free Beacon newspaper in Washington reported. “OBAMA told the 2 most pig like lobbies, AIPAC & NRA, to drop dead in same month. Next: Chamber of Commerce,” read Rosenberg´s
Charles Schumer sees a branding opportunity and he takes it. Schumer ... is in charge of the inaugural luncheon—and he made sure the president will be seen enjoying a wide variety of delicacies from Schumer’s home state, including wines, cheese, honey, and maple syrup. Well, nobody in contemporary politics is better at shaking the money tree. The man was able to make New York´s the official maple syrup of the inauguration, steamrolling Pat Leahy of Vermont where boiling sap is nearly a holy rite. There might be more opportunity here for a nation that is out of
New Jersey governor Chris Christie has slammed the NRA over their recent attack ad branding President Obama as an ´elitist hypocrite´ for having Secret Service protection for his two daughters. ´To talk about the president’s children, or any public officer’s children, who have—not by their own choice, but by requirement—to have protection, and to use that somehow to try to make a political point is reprehensible,´ Christie said in a press conference on Thursday.
Islamist militants have today offered to free two American hostages held captive at an Algerian gas field in exchange for the release of two renowned terrorists jailed in the United States. The attempt to negotiate comes after a US citizen and up to 12 Britons, who were kidnapped with dozens of other foreign oil workers on Wednesday, were killed in a botched rescue mission by Algerian forces. The outrageous offer is likely to fall flat in Washington as the Obama administration routinely refuses to give in to the demands of terrorists. Algeria´s state news service reported that nearly 100 of
Last Tuesday afternoon, Oprah Winfrey called the co-presidents of her cable channel OWN with some jump-on-the-couch-with-joy news. “Lance wants to talk,” she said, referring to Lance Armstrong, whom she had been courting for a confessional interview about his long-denied use of performance-enhancing drugs. Ms. Winfrey conferred with the co-presidents, Erik Logan and Sheri Salata, about booking a trip to Mr. Armstrong’s hometown, Austin, Tex., reserving airtime for Thursday night and announcing the “get” to the press. What no one said on the call was that this interview — maybe Ms. Winfrey’s biggest since her 1993 sit-down
Heavy and grey is the head that wears the crown - a lesson that President Obama and many of his predecessors have learned the hard way. When Mr Obama takes the oath of office next Monday marking the beginning of his second term, it will not be the same smooth-cheeked, black-haired man who first joined the exclusive club of leaders of the free world in 2008. Comparing pictures of the 51-year-old commander-in-chief from four years to those taken more recently reveals a startling yet obvious truth: standing at the helm of the U.S. government takes a heavy physical toll. Headline resplit to site style
Williamsburg, Va. — Due to the rainy weather, House Republicans aren’t having a grand time at their retreat this week, which is being held at the sprawling Kingsmill Resort. Few members have played golf, or ventured to nearby Colonial Williamsburg. But inside the hotel, which is surrounded by armed guards, Republicans are quietly planning their debt-limit strategy and talking politics in a ballroom overlooking the James River. So far, prominent pollsters and journalists, such as Charlie Cook and William Kristol, have hosted briefings. During meals, several motivational speakers, including a blind mountain climber, have attempted to inspire the
Liberals have an uncanny knack for designing solutions that do not address the problem at hand, and they´re doing it again in their current effort to use the Sandy Hook shootings as fodder for promoting stringent gun control measures. It´s as if President Obama and his fellow travelers lie in wait for the unfolding of big events that they can use to incite the public´s passions and thereby gain popular support for otherwise unpopular government action. Liberals aren´t just exploiting Sandy Hook to promote their unpopular gun agenda; some are now invoking
There is a certain irony that the Algerian crisis, having forced a postponement of the Prime Minister’s much-anticipated speech on Britain’s relationship to Europe, may now create new demands on Britain, Germany and others to show greater European solidarity with France, to grow more involved with a campaign whose complexity and regional consequences are becoming clearer. France, which initiated airstrikes and ground operations in Mali this week after unexpected gains by insurgents, has just boosted its troop strength in the country to 1,400. Paris has understandably been eager to get as much help as it can from allies.
On days like this it seems positively churlish not to remind the Independent of its most famous comedy headline ever: Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past. Problem is, I don´t think they meant it as a comedy headline.[Snip] According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become "a very rare and exciting event". "Children just aren´t going to know what snow is," he said. Actually they are, as Anthony Watts notes at Watts Up With That?
As Guy wrote this week, liberals are arguing spending doesn´t lead to deficits or more debt. During his final press conference of his first term Monday, President Obama argued that his vote against raising the debt ceiling in 2006 came at a time when things were "different," and that Republicans shouldn´t be hesitating to increase the debt ceiling this time around. Yesterday on Neil Cavuto´s show, Democratic Rep. Jan Schakosky argued that Democrats voting against a debt ceiling increase in 2006 wasn´t "real." You know what actually isn´t real? A Senate budget from Harry Reid.
A lawyer has been suspended after admitting to an affair with a client - and billing her for time they spent having sex, it was revealed last week. Attorney Thomas Lowe had a six-month relationship with the woman he was representing in a divorce case. The 58-year-old, who is married, began an affair with his client after complimenting on her appearance and talking about her sex life. The pair embarked on an affair and met up on numerous occasions to have sex. Documents obtained from Lowe´s office in Burnsville, Minnesota revealed that on the dates he was having
Four British hostages have appeared on Algerian state television after they were freed from the oil refinery where up to 12 others are feared dead or injured after a bungled rescue mission. The men looked well and praised the operation by Algerian forces, saying:´I think they did a fantastic job. I was very impressed with the Algerian army. It was a very exciting episode. I feel sorry for anybody who has been hurt but, other than that, I enjoyed it´. It is not known if they were coerced. David Cameron has sent in special forces and specialist hostage negotiators
Earlier this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo rushed to sign sweeping and extremely restrictive gun control legislation into law. Negotiations were made behind closed doors in the middle of the night, debate was rushed, public input was ignored and the votes were taken. The legislation that was passed only allows New York residents to carry seven bullets in a maximum ten round magazine at a time and requires gun registration. The problem? Cuomo didn´t read the bill and failed to notice legislators forgot to exempt law enforcement. Headline resplit by staff