The Nigerian president spent $1million of aid money to entice international popstars such as Beyonce and Jay-Z to perform at a music festival in the poverty-stricken country, a media source reported. A letter stamped and signed by Bayelsa State officials in 2006 revealed that President Goodluck Jonathan, then the Governor of the state, released 150million Nigerian Nairas from the state’s poverty alleviation fund for the inaugural ThisDay Music Festival in the city of Lagos in 2006, according to SaharaReporters. The document surfaced after reality TV star Kim Kardashian was reportedly paid $500,000 (£329,695) for a fleeting appearance
A 21-year-old son shot dead an intruder to protect his immigrant parents when three men stormed their suburban home in Houston on Thursday night. The residents, who are from Eastern Europe, were enjoying some family time together and baking a cake when they heard a knock on the door at around 8pm. The father answered the door and a group of three men forced their way in. ´I see a young boy and I think it is a friend of my son so I open it a little bit,´ the father explained to KHOU-TV, he did not want
Shutdown was only avoided because a gas-fired station due to close by next winter came to the rescue. Last night experts warned that life-threatening blackouts are increasingly likely as “we head downhill--fast”. Alistair Buchanan, the outgoing head of energy regulator Ofgem said: “On Wednesday, January 16, due to unplanned outages and cold weather, National Grid had to find power to supply roughly a million homes to keep the lights on. “Fawley, an oil-fired plant in Hampshire, was one of the power stations that responded. Next winter Fawley will not be there.” And as a spell of bitter cold once
After 121 years of lobbying, letter-writing campaigns and law-abiding protests, the Sierra Club is retooling itself for the flash-mob age — and showing an increasingly aggressive edge. That edge was on display last week, when the Sierra Club’s two top leaders and 46 other climate activists zip-tied themselves to the White House gates to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. The organization called it the first time it had suspended its decades-long policy against club-sanctioned civil disobedience. That protest followed a trend in which the 1.4 million-member organization has toughened its
Since the reelection of President Obama, liberals have made some bold admissions. Commentators like Touré Neblett of MSNBC’s The Cycle have enthusiastically and repeatedly defended the president’s authority to launch drones against anyone, including American citizens, if he suspects that they are “trying to kill us.” At no point in his several defenses did Touré reconcile his position with once-popular Constitutional precepts that every person should be presumed innocent until proven guilty, and know the charges and evidence against him, and have the right to a fair trial. Neither did he explain why ordinary Americans should suspend their longstanding
No one emerges with much credit, so to speak, from the Moody´s downgrade. It was, in retrospect, silly of the Chancellor to have made such a big deal of Britain´s credit worthiness. His lapse of judgment, however, is as nothing compared to the unlovely enthusiasm with which Ed Balls has greeted the news. The Shadow Chancellor did his best to look sombre, but couldn´t conceal his pleasure. Quite apart from appearing unpatriotic, he reminded everyone of how unserious Labour is when it comes to deficit reduction. What has gone wrong? Quite simply, spending remains too high. Three years into the
I´ve just had an email from something called Change.org--another of those online lefty pressure groups. This one is a plea from the parents of one of the environmental activists now being sued by the French energy company EDF for £5 million.[Snip] Claire and her friends act on principle and are entirely altruistic in what they do. Their chosen career paths have led them, not in the direction of making as much money for themselves as they can, but rather to promote ethical and radical solutions to some of the most important issues which face the planet
Like a breathless 13 year old girl at a One Direction concert, President Obama raced around the nation over the last week attempting to frighten Americans into opposing the modest cuts to the federal budget due through the sequester process on March 1. Never mind that the sequester was President Obama´s idea. Never mind that these cuts amount to just 2 cents on every dollar of the federal budget. And, never mind that his Administration has made history, in a bad way, by running four straight trillion dollar plus deficits. No, there was the President standing in front
In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Ramsey Clark, the son of Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark, to be his attorney general. The young Clark had pedigree, had served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and had previous experience in government. Clark took his oath of office shortly before his 40th birthday, and played a hand in much of Johnson-era civil right legislation. His real legacy, however, has been in his post-government career. Clark was an unabashed supporter of Ayatollah Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution in Iran. In the days after Iranian revolutionaries seized the U.S. embassy,
In September 1993, Secretary of Defense Les Aspin received a request from the U.S. commander in Somalia for extra tanks, armored vehicles, and AC-130 Spectre gunships to support U.S. operations in Mogadishu. Aspin refused the request. The White House was not involved in the decision. Days later, 18 U.S. soldiers were killed in Mogadishu, some 84 were wounded, two U.S. choppers were shot down, and one pilot was captured. Aspin, who later conceded he had erred in denying the commander’s request, appeared weak when responding to detailed questions during a congressional hearing. His resignation followed
Thousands of Britain’s wind turbines will create more greenhouse gases than they save, according to potentially devastating scientific research to be published later this year. The finding, which threatens the entire rationale of the onshore wind farm industry, will be made by Scottish government-funded researchers who devised the standard method used by developers to calculate “carbon payback time” for wind farms on peat soils.[Snip]In Scotland alone, two thirds of all planned onshore wind development is on peatland. England and Wales also have large numbers of current or proposed peatland wind farms. But peat is also a massive store of
I have next to nothing in common with the pampered pukes of Morrissey Boulevard — I went to a state college, I’m not in the Social Register, I don’t have a trust fund, I wasn’t born and raised on Park Avenue, I never summered in the Hamptons. Still, I feel sorry for the bow-tied bumkissers. The worst thing about their impending journey to the “slaughterhouse” is that most of them are helpless like a rich man’s child, to quote Bob Dylan. After college, Mumsy or Pater just made one telephone call to dear cousin Pinch,
VATICAN CITY — As cardinals from around the world begin arriving in Rome for a conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, new shadows have fallen over the delicate transition, which the Vatican fears might influence the vote and with it the direction of the Roman Catholic Church. In recent days, often speculative reports in the Italian news media — some even alleging gay sex scandals in the Vatican, others focusing on particular cardinals stung by the child sexual abuse crisis — have dominated headlines, suggesting fierce internal struggles as prelates scramble
This weekend is the NFL Combine, where the new crop of rookies run and jump and are analyzed by professional scouts before the annual draft. Among this year´s crew is Manti Te´o. You may have heard of him. He dated a girl that didn´t exist. A lot of reporters had questions for him. Seriously, look at all these reporters: (Snip for photo)This is what Te´o could see: (Snip for photo)Thankfully he´s not scared of public speaking. Somewhere, someone is looking at these pictures and starring at their very worst nightmare come to life for this kid.
Take a big gulp, New York: Hizzoner is about to give you a pop. Nanny Bloomberg unleashes his ban on large sodas on March 12 — and there are some nasty surprises lurking for hardworking families. Say goodbye to that 2-liter bottle of Coke with your pizza delivery, pitchers of soft drinks at your kid’s birthday party and some bottle-service mixers at your favorite nightclub. They’d violate Mayor Bloomberg’s new rules, which prohibit eateries from serving or selling sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces. Bloomberg’s soda smackdown follows his attacks on salt, sugar, trans fat, smoking and even baby formula.
For many, it’s the country’s ultimate over-the-horizon electoral question: Could Texas become a blue state? To which Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry emits a hearty guffaw. Texas going blue, he says, “is the biggest pipedream I have ever heard.” To explain just how preposterous, Gov. Perry summons the example of the state’s two arch rivals, the University of Texas and Texas A&M, his alma mater, whose colors are maroon and white. “The University of Texas will change its colors to maroon and white before Texas goes purple, much less blue,” he said in an interview
Now former WCBS anchorman Rob Morrison is finally out of his marital home this week, and his wife Ashley may be one of those women who is lucky to be alive. He allegedly had a long- term pattern of physically abusing his wife, who is a beautiful and intelligent television journalist. Merely a month before this incident, the police were called when he is said to have choked her until she almost passed out. However, she then decided to drop the January complaint, saying that she had exaggerated her accusations. I certainly hope that Ashley, with support from family,
Barry Steenkamp was speaking a day after the Paralympic champion was freed on bail pending his trial. Mr Pistorius, 26, admits shooting Ms Steenkamp, 29, but denies murder, saying he mistook her for an intruder. "If it didn´t happen the way he says it did he must suffer and he will suffer," her father told Beeld newspaper. "It does not matter how much money he has and how good his legal team is, he will have to live with his conscience," Mr Steenkamp said. "But if he speaks the truth, I can perhaps some day forgive him," he added.
Living in New York, we’re no strangers to really restrictive new gun laws, but you sort of expect that out here. We may have some competition in the race to the bottom, though, if some legislators in Oregon have their way. In fact, if HB 3200 gets passed into law, you may as well pack up and leave the state if you have any interest in Second Amendment rights. Here’s the top line summary. Creates crime of unlawful possession or transfer of assault weapon or large capacity magazine. Punishes by maximum penalty
Proclaiming himself a conciliator and a moderate with a vision of Americans "stand[ing] with each other" and "paying their fair share," President Barack Obama is in fact one of the most partisan presidents ever to occupy the White House. Fine-sounding words notwithstanding, he is a leftist ideologue and no-holds-barred political fighter whose practice has consistently been to demonize the American equivalents of the hated kulaks (farmers) and petit-bourgeoisie (small business owners) persecuted in the Soviet Union.
The Republicans may as well stop their soul-searching and look at the reality of the Democrat electorate. In addition to those Republican voters who stayed home on Election Day, the hard-core (so-called) progressives, the inadequate Republican ground game, and those who pay little or no federal tax and are happy to elect those who promise to take larger sums from those who DO pay, there´s a more profound and possibly intractable problem.
At the Democratic National Convention last year, actress Eva Longoria called for higher taxes on America´s rich. Her take: "The Eva Longoria who worked at Wendy´s flipping burgers—she needed a tax break. But the Eva Longoria who works on movie sets does not." Actually, nowadays an Eva Longoria who flipped burgers would probably qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and get a check from the government rather than pay taxes. It´s the movie set where she works these days that may well be getting the tax break. With campaign season over,