Former terrorists held at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo, Cuba were detected by U.S. intelligence agencies recently working with Islamist rebels in Syria, according to U.S. officials. The al Qaeda-linked terrorists in Syria are part of a group called the Al Nusrah Front that is fighting alongside the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the rebels opposing the Bashar al-Assad regime in the civil war. The number and names of the former Guantanamo inmates were not disclosed. A Pentagon spokesman declined to comment, citing a policy of not discussing intelligence matters on Syria.
Newark — The lone survivor of the Newark schoolyard slayings is expected to take the stand this morning to tell jurors of the horrific events that unfolded the night of Aug. 4, 2007. Natasha Aeriel has told jurors in three previous criminal trials how she arrived at the yard around 11 p.m. with her brother Terrance Aeriel and their friends Dashon Harvey and Iofemi Hightower. After a few minutes hanging around and dancing they were set upon by members of the violent MS-13 street gang, robbed, tortured and shot. Natasha survived being attacked with a knife and a gunshot wound
Is there a master plan for the subjugation of the human race? If so, it must perforce include a strategy for the removal of the single most influential figure in history—the Father. Complete sabotage of families and marriage would also be necessary to pull off this coup. From a purely secular standpoint, the health of a society can be measured by the vitality of fatherhood, according to relevant statistics. More importantly, the health of a society can be best measured from its ability to grasp the concept of God, the Father.
Voter integrity group True the Vote (TTV) filed a federal lawsuit Monday against St. Lucie County Florida Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker for failing to uphold election law and for failing to enforce record inspection rights under the National Voter Registration Act and the Florida Constitution. The lawsuit has been filed in light of the gross mishandling of the recount between Rep. Allen West and now Rep. Patrick Murphy by St. Lucie County election officials. "True the Vote´s lawsuit will provide information kept from the public. It will allow for a public debate on exactly what happened,
New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez (D) is facing pressure from his state’s largest newspaper to address a cloud of scandalous allegations.In an editorial Sunday, the Newark Star-Ledger said the scandal surrounding the senator raised “serious doubts about his fitness to serve as chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee.” “Before he takes that post, Menendez needs to break his silence and explain himself,” wrote the editorial board. Menendez is facing a Senate ethics probe and an FBI investigation into a donor, who is suspected of providing him with free trips on his private jet and underage prostitutes during visits
On Friday, Hillary Rodham Clinton left the Harry S. Truman Building of the State Department after doing a grand media tour of every media outlet with a camera and a microphone. Meanwhile in Benghazi, where it was twenty degrees warmer, foreign organizations were fleeing the city while the killers who stayed behind still walked the streets. In her joint appearance with Obama on 60 Minutes, Clinton claimed that her critics were not living in an “evidence-based world”. This is the same world of which she wrote in her goodbye letter to her State Department
On Friday, Hillary Rodham Clinton left the Harry S. Truman Building of the State Department after doing a grand media tour of every media outlet with a camera and a microphone. Meanwhile in Benghazi, where it was twenty degrees warmer, foreign organizations were fleeing the city while the killers who stayed behind still walked the streets. In her joint appearance with Obama on 60 Minutes, Clinton claimed that her critics were not living in an “evidence-based world”. This is the same world of which she wrote in her goodbye letter to her State Department colleagues; “I am proud Headline split by staff
Sarah Palin´s profile might not be as high as it was a few years ago, but she apparently still serves as a convenient punching bag for the left. On today´s Morning Joe, as Joe Scarborough railed against the allegedly "stupid" arguments NRA leader Wayne LaPierre made on Fox News Sunday yesterday, Mika Brzezinski muttered "something Sarah Palin would say." Consider that Palin had been in no way quoted, nor had her position on gun control been discussed. This was nothing more than a gratuitious shot at Palin, obviously still a bogeyman for the MSM.
The lesson is that huge budget deficits and ultra-low interest rates — the basics of stimulus — have limits and can be self-defeating. To use a well-worn metaphor: Stimulus becomes a narcotic. People feel better for a while, but the effect wears off. The economy then needs a new fix. Too many fixes may spawn new problems (examples: excessive debt, asset “bubbles,” inflation). That’s already happened in Japan. It’s caught in a trap. On the one hand, it needs stimulus to grow. On the other, the debt from past stimulus measures threatens future growth.
There’s just something about Nancy Pelosi and Islam. As Front Page reported last year, Nancy Pelosi hired Faiz Shakir from Think Progress, despite his troubling past, which included aiding in fundraising for a terrorist front group, to be her senior adviser and Director of New Media. Now Pelosi has appointed Nadeam Elshami as her Chief of Staff. Elshami formerly worked for ultra-leftist Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and socialist Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL). Schakowsky is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, a gaggle of socialists who work feverishly to convert America into a dismal European welfare state.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following text is adapted from Secretary Bennett’s speech delivered at National Review Institute’s summit on the future of conservatism on January 27, 2013. Good evening. It was National Review’s eminence, Bill Buckley, who described conservatism as the politics of reality. Let’s look reality square in the eye. Let me tell you some things that I think are true. 1. First, two honest looks back and a word of encouragement.
A Muslim activist group has launched a new ad campaign to reclaim a word they say has been abused and distorted by Muslim extremists and by anti-Muslim groups. The MyJihad ad campaign is using print ads and social media to educate the public about what they say is the true meaning of the word "jihad." The Merriam Webster dictionary defines the term as "1: a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty; also: a personal struggle in devotion to Islam especially involving spiritual discipline" and "2: a crusade for a principle or belief."
In case you missed the Super Bowl pregame, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis finally spoke about the double murder in which he was implicated in 2000, and basically said God has proven his innocence. Indicted on murder and assault charges in the stabbing deaths of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar, Lewis struck a plea deal for obstruction of justice in exchange for testimony against two other defendants, who were eventually acquitted. He later struck financial settlements with families of both of the victims. When Shannon Sharpe, interviewing Lewis for a CBS segment, asked his former Ravens
As President Obama prepares to stump for gun-control legislation in Minneapolis today, David Axelrod offered him a helping hand on morning television. In doing so, Axelrod attributed the murder rate in the city of Chicago, which is subject to some of the most stringent gun-control regulations in the nation, to the lack of such laws in surrounding areas. “We live in Chicago, and one of the reasons we have such a huge problem in this city is that all around us are areas with weak laws and with very lax background checks and a lot
A Saudi preacher who tortured his five-year-old daughter to death has been released after agreeing to pay ´blood money´, activists said. Lama al-Ghamdi died in October having suffered multiple injuries including a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, extensive bruising and burns. The child had also been repeatedly raped and the burned. Her father Fayhan al-Ghamdi, a prominent Islamist preacher who regularly appears on television in Saudi Arabia, served only a few months in jail despite admitting having used a cane and cables to inflict the injuries. Activists from the group Women to Drive
The Obama administration´s announcement on Friday that it was changing the Obamacare mandate on contraceptive coverage was a step in the right direction, but it did not go nearly far enough. On the one hand, the new rule improves on the old in that it applies to more employers than just a few monastic orders. It would exempt many nonprofit religious employers -- such as dioceses, charities and universities -- that have moral objections to the practice of sterilizing human beings and to the use of contraceptive and abortifacient drugs to frustrate one of the chief purposes of marriage,
She twisted her hips in ways that appeared to defy the laws of physics, but on Sunday night, everyone was watching Beyonce’s lips. After the pop uber-star admitted to lip-syncing the national anthem at President Obama’s inauguration, her performance during the big game in New Orleans may have been the most hyper-scrutinized halftime show of all time. There was plenty to look at. Clad in leather and lace, the 31-year-old gyrated to a pyro-punctuated medley of hits – “Crazy in Love,” “Halo,” “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)”– that last one, plus “Bootylicious,” with
After the Super Bowl drew to a nail-biting finish on Sunday night with victory for the Ravens, all that was left to discuss was the good, the bad and the ugly of the ads. The most discussion surrounded Volkswagen´s ´happy Jamaican´ ad, a spot from the Church of Scientology, the Dodge ad featuring a speech ´God made a farmer´ and Oreo´s quick thinking to turn the Superdome power cut to their advantage with a Twitter ad reading: ´You can still dunk in the dark.´ The celebrity count was expectedly high. Bar Refaeli and character
Donald Trump said Monday that he’s suing liberal comic Bill Maher for $5 million for charity because Maher did not follow through on a public bet he made on “The Tonight Show.” “He promised me $5 million for charity if I provided certain information,” Trump said Monday on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.” “Well I provided the information. He didn’t pay. So today I sue Bill Maher for $5 million for charity.”
Letterman: Women will be in combat now. Finally, someone in the tank who´ll stop and ask for directions. Conan: Iran has successfully sent a monkey into space. Iran is calling it a huge advancement in not letting women drive. Conan: Barnes & Noble is closing one-third of its stores because of Internet competition. The CEO said, “Good luck using the bathroom at Amazon.com.”
If you are going to launch a new effort to shape the the Republican Party, The New York Times is probably not the best outlet to let break the news. But that is where news broke this weekend that some of “the biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts.” This new “Conservative Victory Project” is backed by Karl Rove’s American Crossroads 527 organization and its goal, according to Crossroads president Steven Law, “will be to
A Dominican prostitute’s firsthand account of sex parties allegedly attended by New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez refers specifically to another participant: Vinicio “Vinicito” Castillo Seman, the scion of a prominent Dominican political family who serves as a lawyer for his cousin, Dr. Salomon Melgen, in the Caribbean nation. Vinicito, she wrote, “invents things [to do] with the young girls, and then forces them to do the same things with the doctor’s friend” — Sen. Menendez.
WASHINGTON ? The $19.4 trillion sitting in personal retirement accounts like the 401K may be too tempting an apple for a government that is quite broke, both monetarily and morally. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray recently mentioned these accounts in a recent interview, stating “That’s one of the things we’ve been exploring and are interested in, in terms of whether and what authority we have.” This agency, created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank-Act, is very concerned about how safe your retirement savings are. They are apparently concerned that retiring baby boomers may become
There are those who will dismiss Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera’s announcement that he is considering running for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey in 2014 as a Republican as just one more publicity stunt in a career replete with them. Rivera’s public record is mixed, as it has combined serious advocacy on a number of issues with the sort of foolish excess that has given a bad name to tabloid journalism. If people think of him more as a celebrity than a journalist, it is his own fault and not something that he has seemed to mind very much.
The first Morning Jolt at the week looks at the persistent evidence of a struggling American economy, wraps up a chaotic and weird Super Bowl, and… New Jersey Senator Bob ‘John’ Menendez, Still Embattled Great news, Senator Menendez. Harry Reid has your back. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he has the “utmost confidence” in fellow Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez and says he has confidence the New Jersey senator “did nothing wrong” in associating with a prominent political donor who appears to be under investigation by the FBI.
Monday marked the deadline set in law for President Obama to submit a budget, but he missed it — making this the fourth time in his five years in office that he´s failed to submit the blueprint on time. This year, Mr. Obama blamed the late passage of his tax increase deal early last month. "Because these issues were not resolved until the American Taxpayer Relief Act was enacted on Jan. 2, 2013, the administration was forced to delay some of its FY 2014 budget preparations, which will in turn delay the budget´s submission to Congress,"