The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is recommending that physicians routinely screen women and adolescent girls for "reproductive and sexual coercion." This power-trip behavior by men, according to the Feb. 2013 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, includes explicit attempts to impregnate a partner against her will or force her to have sex against her will; control the outcome of a pregnancy by forcing its continuation or abortion; and sabotaging birth control methods by "hiding, withholding, or destroying a partner´s oral contraceptives; breaking or poking holes in a condom on purpose or
A renowned fashion editor was not impressed with Michelle Obama´s behavior leading up to the Inaugural Ball. The first lady reportedly asked between 15 and 30 designers to submit looks before going with this red Jason Wu number, which was kept secret. "Mrs. Obama isn’t an indulged starlet primping for the Oscars, nor should she behave like one," writes Bridget Foley, executive editor of Women´s Wear Daily. "Women everywhere have big events for which they select a single dress in advance of the moment." Michelle Obama´s behavior is high-maintenance compared with that of first ladies´ past,
WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court has ruled that President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies on a labor relations panel. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit says Obama did not have the power to make recess appointments earlier this year to the National Labor Relations Board. Obama claims he acted properly because the Senate was away for the holidays. But the court says the Senate technically stayed in session when lawmakers gaveled in and out every few days for so-called "pro forma" sessions.
Six GOP lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a proposal to make Pennsylvania, the “Keystone State,” the nation’s 25th right-to-work state. The legislation, which would end the longstanding practice of forcing employees to join unions as a condition of work, has stalled several times over the past decade. The bill’s sponsors say new laws in Michigan and Indiana forced the state’s hand. “The needs of our economy dictate that it must be adopted at some point in time,” said state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe. “The victory of right-to-work in Michigan and Indiana certainly thrust the spotlight on it and made the
CINCINNATI - The consumer advocacy group Consumer Action is urging people to be on alert for so-called checkout fees some retailers could begin to impose on credit card transactions starting Jan. 27. Merchant trade groups contend most retailers, fearing customer backlash, will not charge the fee. But Consumer Action wants cardholders to be aware of the possibility and options for fighting back. "We´re not sure whether retailers are going to charge these fees," said Ruth Susswein, deputy director of national priorities at Consumer Action in Washington, D.C. "They may not for competitive reasons.
Ministers today admitted Britain is facing "very, very grave difficulties" after figures showed the economy did not grow at all in 2012. Both George Osborne, the Chancellor, and Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said they do not underestimate the scale of the challenge but insisted the Goverment is on a "path of repairing our public finances". Despite their optimism, City analysts warned that the economy is still "in crisis", more than four years after the financial crash of autumn 2008. Economists from the Royal Bank of Scotland said the last four years have produced the worst
PORTLAND- The City of Portland had one of their largest illegal immigrant bailouts this week, when 26 immigrants from Guatemala were captured and turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol. It happened just after 2 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 181, near the Wildcat exit. Portland Police Officer Weldon Wright said he was watching a couple of vehicles going through town and decided to check their license plates. That´s when one of them took off at a speed of over 100 miles an hour. The officer concluded that the vehicle was trying to keep him from
A judge has been holding secret hearings in the case of the man convicted in the 2001 killing of intern Chandra Levy. Court records show the hearings have taken place behind closed doors but neither prosecutors nor defense lawyers have revealed the purpose of the sessions. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney´s office, which is handling the case, didn´t immediately return a call seeking comment Friday. Several media organizations, including The Associated Press, are petitioning to open the proceedings. The next hearing takes place on February 7 in D.C. Superior Court.
Vintage photos show the behind the scenes testing that was underway in the U.S. during the space race in the 1960s. Black and white pictures compiled by San Diego Air And Space Museum show Bill Elkins, a chief engineer at Garrett AiResearch, modeling Advanced Extravehicular Suit (AES), a long-endurance lunar suit he developed for astronauts to wear to the moon. Mr Elkins shows off the suit in a collection of photographs as he tests the suit for flexibility. Though Elkins´ creation beat out four other space suit manufacturers to secure a contact with NASA,
As his second inaugural address made clear, U.S. President Barack Obama is committed to taking action to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and thus to confront the threat of climate change. There are plenty of bad objections to taking such action, and we will be hearing a lot of them in the weeks and months to come. Yet one criticism -- let us call it the Sophisticated Objection -- deserves respectful consideration, not least because answering it will help us to specify the steps we ought to be taking. Those who make the Sophisticated Objection acknowledge that
Let us not waste another breath responding to the mock outrage with which progressives react to accusations such as Sarah Palin´s "death panel" remark. Whether ObamaCare´s Independent Payment Advisory Board should correctly be described as a "death panel" or a "cost-reduction system" is actually a stale semantics debate, given that when they are not acting outraged, leftists explain their real intentions quite clearly. Cutting to the chase, the proper question to ask is, "Why are progressives willing to condemn the old and infirm to death?"
Barack Obama´s speechwriter, John Favreau, takes credit for the president´s Second Inaugural Address in an interview with the Huffington Post. "It was one of the hardest speeches I´ve written," Favreau tells the left-leaning website. Sam Stein of Huffington Post reports: It is surprisingly difficult to write speeches for President Barack Obama, one of the most gifted orators in recent political history. Yes, written words tend to sound better when he´s reciting them. But the sheer number of speeches he´s delivered and the magnitude of the moments in which they are given make it tough to be original
Racism is sadly alive and well in the world, but in a LEGO Star Wars toy set? Have a look at the picture above: That’s LEGO’s rendition of “Jabba’s Palace,” as in Jabba the Hutt, the giant alien slug-creature that hassled Han Solo and his pals over a snarling sarlacc pit in Return of the Jedi. According to the Turkish Cultural Community of Austria, it’s also a racially prejudiced riff on at least two revered religious structures, reports The Telegraph. TCCA apparently believes the toy set resembles the Hagia Sophia, originally a structure in Istanbul that began
The Senate is often called the “millionaires´ club,” but some of its members would feel the pain if a blown budget deadline costs them their paychecks. Provisions in the “No Budget, No Pay” debt ceiling bill that is headed to the Senate floor would impound senators´ salaries if the upper chamber doesn’t approve a budget by April 15. For most of the upper chamber, the loss of the $174,000 annual salary would be no hardship. Many senators are millionaires many times over, having earned substantial fortunes outside of politics. But for a small group of senators whose net
The Obama administration for the first time is telling school districts across the USA that they must give disabled students equal access to extracurricular sports, a move that advocates say has been years in the making. In a letter to schools due out Friday, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Seth Galanter of the Department of Education says schools should provide "reasonable modifications" to allow disabled students to participate – for instance, providing a deaf track athlete with a flashing light that goes off simultaneously with the starter pistol that others hear.
Police in one Iowa city could soon be buying their own assault rifles to carry in squad cars to ensure they aren´t outgunned by criminals in the wake of several high-profile shootings involving semi-automatic AR-15s, FoxNews.com has learned. Half of the 50-member force in Marion, Iowa, will take part in the upgrade, paying for the $2,000 guns in installments deducted from their paychecks, according to Police Chief Harry Daugherty. He said the proposal, expected to be approved by the city’s seven-member City Council late Thursday, will mean initial responders will have enough firepower to deal with heavily armed suspects.
Welcome to New York, pal — now go to jail. An Italian tourist spent his second night in the city behind bars after staff at an upscale East Side steakhouse called cops when he claimed he left his wallet at a friend’s place. Graziano Graziussi, a 43-year-old lawyer from Naples, is a regular at Smith & Wollensky — but this time, barely 24 hours into his latest two-week stay in New York, he realized he didn’t have his wallet on him when a waiter presented him with the $208 bill Monday night. “I forgot my wallet,” the clean-cut Graziussi
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is calling on Republicans to “recalibrate the compass of conservatism” following a crushing blow to the GOP on Election Day. Mr. Jindal is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting Thursday night in Charlotte, N.C. Speech excerpts released early Thursday indicate Jindal will be the latest of conservatives to urge a change within the GOP, the Associated Press reports. “We do not need to change what we believe as conservatives — our principles are timeless,” Jindal says. “But we do need to re-orient our focus to
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will appear together in their first joint interview this weekend. The president and Clinton, who is expected to leave the State Department within days, will tape the interview Friday at the White House with "60 Minutes" anchor Steve Kroft. It will be the president´s first dual interview with anyone other than first lady Michelle Obama. Obama and Clinton forged a strong working relationship over the past four years — and former President Bill Clinton played a vital role in Obama´s reelection campaign last fall.
Apparently history was not a strong suit in college days for Barry Obama -- or his highly-paid speechwriters. In his 2,106 word aspirational tone poem from the Capitol steps at Monday´s official inauguration, Obama called for many people to do many things and vowed a myriad of vows, already faded in the memory of millions -- as usually happens to inaugurals and State of the Union shopping lists. Among those 2,100 words, four shockers leapt out at the eyes and ears of many Americans not in the news media: "Peace in our time."
“Second Term Begins With a Sweeping Agenda for Equality,” ran the eight-column banner in which The Washington Post captured the essence of Obama’s second inaugural. There he declared: “What binds this nation together … what makes us exceptional — what makes us American — is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago.” Obama then quoted our Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among
A second suspect wanted in the shooting at Lone Star College earlier this week was arrested early Friday morning near Dallas. Trey Foster, 22, was taken into custody without incident about 1 a.m. at a home in the Plano area, said Alfredo Perez, spokesman for the U.S. Marshal´s Service. Perez said Foster was driven to the Harris County Sheriff´s Office and arrived about 6:30 a.m. He is expected to be questioned by investigators. The arrest was made by members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force.
New research suggests that Greenland’s vast ice sheet isn’t as fragile as some climate scientists feared. The work, published in Nature this week (see abstract), indicates the majority of ice on Greenland could remain intact for hundreds of years even if the planet warms considerably.The study used ice cores to study conditions during a period of natural global warming that occurred between 115,000 and 130,000 years ago, when temperatures were about 14.5 Fahrenheit degrees higher than they are today. This was known as the Eemian period. During this inter-glacial time about 75 percent of Greenland’s ice sheet remained intact.
Yesterday (1/24/13), Le Monde (hat tip Religion of Peace) published IPSOS survey results of French public attitudes towards Islam under the self-explanatory headline, "La religion musulmane fait l´objet d´un profond rejet de la part des Français" ["The Muslim religion is the subject of a profound rejection by the French"]. The key findings, expressed in Le Monde´s characterization, with "unusual clarity" by the French populace, reveal: •74% of those surveyed believe Islam is an intolerant religion •80% maintain Islam attempts to impose its dictates upon others
President Barack Obama’s former national field director Jeremy Bird has launched an organization with a plan to turn Texas blue for the first time in decades, Politico reports. Bird’s new organization, “Battleground Texas,” will target Hispanic voters in the state to try to swing the Lone Star state in the direction of Democrats. Texas has for a long time been a Republican Party stronghold, and its 38 electoral college votes are crucial to any GOP presidential candidate’s run for office. If Texas becomes a battleground or Democratic Party state, Republican presidential candidates may be in dire danger.