Ikea has withdrawn a batch meatballs from sale in its British stores after they were found to contain with horse meat. The Czech state veterinary administration found the contamination in 1kg (2.2lb) packs of frozen meatballs, which are sold in Ikea stores around the world. Ikea said it is taken the result "seriously" and is removing the meatballs from sale in countries across Europe. The inspectors took samples for DNA tests in the city of Brno from a product labelled as "beef and pork meatballs", the statement said. A total of 760kg (1,672lb) of the meatballs were stopped
You made them do it. They’re angry about it. And if it happens on Friday, they’ll punish you for it. That’s the attitude around Washington. The “it” is the sequestration of about $85 billion in federal spending imposed by the 2011 Budget Control Act. The $85 billion in cuts will have to be made in the remaining six months of FY 2013. About half will be cut from the Defense Department, the rest spread among other federal agencies. None of the cuts will affect overseas “contingency operations” such as Afghanistan.
According to Academy president Hawk Koch, the plan came from Weinstein and his daughter, Lily. Koch and Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron loved the idea. And when it was pitched to the first lady, Zadan told The Hollywood Reporter that her response was, "Yes, I think it´s a great idea. We watch movies all the time at the White House. Let´s do it." So, two weeks ago, Koch and the producers borrowed Disney´s jet for a flight to D.C. They told their colleagues, though, that they had to go to New York for the day.
One enterprising U.S. intelligence officer discovered the singers in the Vienna Opera were always the first to know, well, everything. (Snip) The most remarkable thing about the shift in U.S. intelligence estimates is that it had virtually nothing to do with the intelligence actually being collected. And now there is every sign that the intelligence community, in analyzing the al Qaeda threat, is making the same mistake again. The administration is writing a narrative that the al Qaeda threat is on the wane.
He’s ringmaster in the Circus of the Damned. Dr. Drew Pinsky is the nation’s leading huckster for celebrity addicts — the go-to guy for almost-famous faces lost to liquor, sex, ecstasy and crack. Since 2008, Dr. Drew has glammed up and tarted up B- and Z-list celebs on his hit VH1 show, “Celebrity Rehab” — renamed “Rehab” last fall so as not to exclude folks who’ve yet to make it big by falling on their faces. He’s turned addiction from an affliction to a wise career move. From Tiger Woods’ Bimbo in Chief Rachel Uchitel —
It was the average too-long, unfunny, over-produced Academy Awards TV show and then, after suffering through the 10-hour (well, it seemed like it) show, there was the first lady. In a ball gown. With military service personnel in dress uniform behind her. She declared of the Best Picture nominees, “They reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle if we dig deep enough and fight hard enough and find the courage within ourselves.” Alas, none of the films nor her aides reminded her to mention the military, not those personnel behind her nor those serving overseas,
Americans, as the well-known center of the human universe, at least in American eyes, are accustomed to thinking of their country as obviously the most desirable destination of any for immigrants seeking to leave troubled lands and/or find a bright new future somewhere else. Well, here´s an unexpected wrinkle. After 49 months of the Obama administration, a new poll out this morning reveals that the same percentage of Americans would like to move to another country as, say, Mexicans would like to move to the United States.
It’s an early scene in the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line. The young Cash, played by Joaquin Phoenix, is auditioning for the man who might make him the next Elvis Presley. That man was Sam Phillips, the Sun Records impresario from Memphis. The fictional Cash walks into the room and begins playing a Gospel song. The fictional Phillips is not impressed, and tells the fictional Cash that no one listens to Gospel anymore, and that he should play something more meaningful. More relevant. Cash did. The rest was history.
Mitt and Ann Romney, who have maintained a very private life since November, have agreed to their first post-election interview with Fox News. They are both scheduled for a March 3 interview with “Fox News Sunday,” according to a report in The Hill. “Enjoyed today’s #FNS? Be sure to tune in next week for our exclusive interview with @MittRomney & @AnnDRomney,” Fox News just tweeted. Mr. Romney is also set to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in March — his first political event since his campaign ended.
Chris Chocola, the president of the Club for Growth, told Breitbart News this weekend that establishment Republicans who have no qualms about growing the size of government and benefit from it find the fiscally conservative group to be a nuisance because the Club aggressively identifies conservatives and backs them in Republican primaries. And when candidates the Club for Growth supports come to Washington, they often do not just "go along to get along," especially when it comes to matters regarding taxes and spending. Case in point: Ted Cruz. In 2012, establishment Republicans like Karl Rove and American
The pope has renounced the papal throne. Long live the new progressive pope! Such are the rallying cries from establishment voices wanting to see the Catholic Church cease being Catholic now that Pope Benedict XVI will be pope no longer. That this chorus would have the Vatican dancing to the beat of a Lady Gaga song is no surprise. The fascinating rejoinder is: You know that Church that has been cast in conventional narratives as an oppressor of women and backward in the ways of the world, most particularly when it comes to sex?
First lady Michelle Obama added some presidential glitz to the Oscars Sunday night, appearing via live video to open the envelope containing the name of the best-picture winner, “Argo.” Wearing a silvery art-deco-inspired metallic gown, Mrs. Obama showered affection on the Hollywood stars, writers and production teams and said they are setting a good example for the nation’s children because all the nominees demonstrated that “we can overcome any obstacle.” That message is “especially important for our young people,” she said, thanking Hollywood for encouraging children “to open their imaginations.”
A professional escort who travels the East Coast seeing clients in cities from Miami to Boston has identified a photo of Senator Bob Menendez as a man who paid her for sex. The woman, in her late 30s, told The Daily Caller prior to seeing Menendez’s photo that she had been paid to provide sexual favors to several U.S. senators, including a New Jersey Democrat and other politicians who are no longer living. The escort, who earns money having sex with men in upscale hotel rooms, said during an in-person interview that many of her wealthy
No one who decided to go to bed or just switched the channel sometime before the end of spectacularly boring Oscars show last night should be blamed. But if you did, you missed more than the identity of the winners of the major awards. In a night full of not particularly funny jokes or entertaining production numbers, and winners that most of the movie pundits predicted, the biggest surprise came when First Lady Michelle Obama appeared live from the White House to help Jack Nicholson present the Best Picture Award that capped the evening. Mrs. Obama is as graceful
The struggling economy, President Obama´s inability to fix unemployment and the sour housing market have cut the value of assets held by adult Americans by 22 percent since 2007, according to Pew Research. In a new analysis of American household fiscal healthiness, Pew also found that those 35 and older have a higher and out-of-whack debt-to-income ratio of 1.22, the highest in three decades. The crash in household assets and rise in debt comes as Americans are paying more in payroll taxes and at the gas pump, an unhealthy concoction that is sapping support for Obama.
For years, most Americans´ vision of history has been shaped by the New Deal historians. Writing soon after Franklin Roosevelt´s death, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and others celebrated his accomplishments and denigrated his opponents. They were gifted writers, and many of their books were bestsellers. And they have persuaded many Americans -- Barack Obama definitely included -- that progress means an ever bigger government. In their view, the prosperous 1920s were a binge of mindless frivolity. The Depression of the 1930s was the inevitable hangover, for which FDR administered the cure. That´s one way to see it.
LOS ANGELES – The Dolby Theater at Hollywood and Highland was filled with A-listers for the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday night, but the coveted task of presenting the final award was given to someone not even on the premises. Instead presenter Jack Nicholson cut to First Lady Michelle Obama, featured on a drop-down screen, flanked by military servicemen and women, to deliver a passionate monologue live from the White House. "(These films) taught us that love can beat all odds," Obama said of the nominees. "They reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle if we dig deep
Vocabulary is important. It is the means through which we make our argument, through which we move people. (snip)Turn the tables using vocabulary. Turn "Alinsky" into a verb. And use it to dismiss incidents or arguments crafted to make our people look bad, whether it is with Katie Couric or Gloria Allred or Nancy Pelosi, or whomever. "Governor Palin, what did you think about your interview with Katie Couric and her questions about what you read?" "Oh, she was just Alinskying me."
The research continues to affirm it. The statistics highlight it. But actually reading what young people have to say about the reality of missing dads and overworked but caring mothers confirms it. There is no pretense, and the pain is evident. After assigning Langston Hughes´s "Thank You Ma´m" and Anthony Brandt´s "My Grandmother: A Rite of Passage" to my college composition class, I asked them to select one of the following writing choices. Describe a person who has acted as a mother to you.
Michelle Obama made a bit of history last night when she presented the award for best pic at the Oscars. She couldn´t be there herself because she was also attending the state governors´ dinner, so she was broadcasted in dressed up to the nines. Ben Affleck, director of Argo, said he thought he might be "hallucinating" when he saw her. Given that LA has legalised cannabis, half the audience probably were. Hollywood´s obsession with the Obamas borders on teenage infatuation. The puppy love is understandable given how the movie biz votes roughly 100 percent Democrat (the margin of error
TEHRAN — For the second consecutive year many Iranians had good reason to stay up late into the night to watch the Academy Awards ceremony. Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” which recounts the successful rescue mission of several American diplomats during the 1979 hostage crisis in Tehran, won best picture Sunday night, and Iranian media was quick to react on Monday.The elation that followed Iran’s first Oscar victory for the film “A Separation,” which won best foreign film last year, however, has been pushed aside by what many here see as a politically motivated choice
The last survivor of 15 women forced to sample the German dictator’s meals for poisoning, Margot Woelk reveals in an exclusive interview the terror of risking her life every day for the Führer. The darkened train chugged slowly from a blacked out Berlin bearing secretary Margot Woelk eastwards to the sanctuary of her in-laws in the eastern Reich province of East Prussia. It was 1942 and Adolf Hitler’s forces were at the zenith of their power--still advancing in Russia and conquerors of western Europe. But Margot was forced to flee the Berlin of her birth to the house
The reason why the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is doomed can be summed up in a paragraph. The Arab populations left in political limbo when Israel recaptured in 1967 the territory that it had lost to Egypt and Jordan in 1948 exist only as a strategic weapon of disruption. They have been shaped into a population that is defined only by terrorism because that is the purpose that their sponsors put them to. There can be no constructive outcome of the conflict because you cannot negotiate with a weapon.
An excruciating irony of Obamacare is that its architects modeled many of its features after the UK’s National Health Service. The NHS is a classic system of socialized medicine, and a monumental failure by any objective standard. (Snip) The Brits were so desperate to fix their crumbling health care system, they experimented with the private market and it is outperforming government-run health care without breaking a sweat. (Snip) We are implementing Obamacare when the UK has shown that government-run health care does not work and is beginning to move away from it. What is wrong with this picture?
A newly-released tape recording of actor Jon Pertwee, best known for playing the debonair Time Lord, has revealed his clandestine life as a senior intelligence officer during WWII. He was, for many fans, the greatest Doctor Who of them all. The actor Jon Pertwee, who played the intrepid Time Lord from 1970 to 1974, is fondly remembered for the flamboyance and enthusiasm he gave to the role as well as for his sartorial elegance. Yet what was not known until now is that Pertwee, famous for fighting against the Daleks on TV, was a secret agent during the Second World