When the world was first introduced to Wonky the puppy earlier this month, she cut a pitiful figure. The little Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross was given the unusual name because of severe problems with her malformed front legs, which failed to develop after she was separated from her mother. But now, after intense physiotherapy, the 12-week-old has quickly made a fantastic recovery. Where once she walked awkwardly on bent joints, she can now bound along normally, her tail wagging as she goes. And staff at the Dogs Trust in Leeds, where she is being treated, have also given her
Exactly 20 years ago on this date, a terrorist attack at the World Trade Center took the lives of six people and injured more than a thousand others. The tragedy shocked the nation but, as with other al-Qaeda attacks in the years that followed, the WTC bombing did not alter the country’s basic approach to Islamist terrorism. For the next eight and a half years, the United States carried on with a business-as-usual attitude toward the subject. The lack of urgency applied to the subject, as well as the disorganized and sometimes slap-dash nature of the security establishment’s
I think I’ve seen this “Sequester” movie before. Only it had a different title — it was called “Prop 2 1/2 Override.” Obama and his common nightwalkers in the media are trotting out the exact same scare tactics that the local teachers’ unions and assorted municipal layabouts have been employing to frighten the bejesus out of taxpayers around here for decades. It happens every spring. The schools need more money. The voters yawn. The school superintendent ups the ante and says, well, if you don’t give us the extra money then the first thing we’ll have to cut is
At the Regal Potomac Yard 16, a movie theater in Alexandria, a “small” soda weighs a large 32 ounces. Such sodas, enough to quench the thirst of the entire family, may be available at other cinemas across the country, but beginning March 12, they won’t be in New York City. (Snip)Citizens Against Government Waste has tapped Mr. Bloomberg as one of six nominees for its “2012 Porker of the Year” award. Hizzoner’s nomination was a recognition of his long jihad against sugar. This is an unusual definition of “waste.”Though the cost of a nanny is “not as clear
For an as-of-yet unnamed price, you too can board a massive luxury ocean liner much like the Titanic for its maiden voyage in 2016. And just as it was on that fateful journey, you too could go down with the ship, according to designs unveiled today. Of course, Australian billionaire Clive Palmer isn´t planning for his expensive pet project to sink. At the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum today, he publicly released design plans for the ship, Hopefully James Cameron wasn´t planning a sequel, because Palmer took the name Titanic II for his weirdly nostalgic
Students at the University of Nebraska are objecting to the school’s refusal to allow access to an archive of newly confirmed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s speeches and writings. Senate Republicans requested access to the archive during the fight over the former Nebraska senator’s confirmation in light of allegations Hagel’s speeches included anti-Israel comments. “The University of Nebraska, which myself and all my fellow students pay substantial tuition to, should not hold this public information hostage,” said JR Bloom, a student at the University of Nebraska and acting chairman of the Nebraska Federation of College Republicans.
Immigrants are to be banned from receiving legal aid to launch court battles against the government in order to claim benefits. David Cameron last night vowed to stop Britain being seen as a ´soft touch´ as he revealed the first details of a plan to curb the access foreigners have to public money. The Prime Minister said ministers were scouring the tax and benefits system to close loopholes which make it too easy for newcomers to Britain to claim handouts. ´Our message is very clear. We want immigration that will benefit Britain,´ he insisted. Limiting legal aid in cases involving
On February 17, some 35,000 people showed up for a march outside the White House to protest construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The environmental lobby is going all out to stop the pipeline, which will transport oil from Alberta, Canada, to refineries near Houston. In its ongoing offensive against the project, the Sierra Club has endorsed civil disobedience for the first time in its 120-year existence. A Sierra Club protest outside the White House on February 13 culminated in the arrests of actress Daryl Hannah, former NAACP chairman Julian Bond, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
First reported in the Washington Examiner, ABC News edited out first lady Michelle Obama‘s erroneous claim that Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton was killed when she was shot with an “automatic weapon.” The first lady made this claim in a Tuesday morning appearance on Good Morning America and was quoted in full in ABC News’ online report. The claim was, however, edited out when the interview aired. ABC News responded to the charge on Tuesday saying the cuts were made “solely for time.” “She was caught in the line of fire because some kids had some automatic weapons
So the secondhand tale of House Speaker John Boehner’s assessment that President Obama “can’t make a decision. He’s got balls made out of marshmallows” … has a certain precedent, as Exurban Jon reminds me: “If Hillary gave him [Obama] one of her balls, they’d both have two,” Democratic strategist James Carville told the Christian Science Monitor at a breakfast on Thursday morning. The editorial board of the Washington Post uses nicer language, but reaches the same conclusion: … why is Mr. Obama not leading the way to a solution? From the start, and increasingly in his second term,
A rocket launcher and warhead have been discovered by police investigating dissident republicans. Officers made the dramatic find while searching a house on Hawthorn Street, West Belfast, and the Police Service of Northern Ireland said that the launcher and warhead were intended to kill. A police spokesman said: ‘These weapon systems are clearly intended to kill and we should be in no doubt that the recovery of these items has saved lives.’ Dissidents have been linked to a series of attempts to kill members of the security forces, including soldiers, police and a prison officer.
Now that President Obama will finally have the defense secretary he wanted in Chuck Hagel, the question arises: Was the anti-Hagel fight worth it? Why did Republicans decide to fight it if they weren’t going to win? The question presumes that the voices raised in opposition to Hagel’s nomination did so as a political tactic — to hand the president a defeat just after his moment of triumph in November. That notion is a willful misunderstanding. The opposition arose spontaneously among thinkers and activists long familiar with Hagel’s views and the stands he took throughout his career.
PHILADELPHIA- It sounds more like a restaurant order than a school lunch menu: baked ziti with a side of roasted fennel salad and, for dessert, cinnamon apple rice pudding. But that´s one of the meals offered in the cafeteria at People For People Charter School in Philadelphia. And it´s served family-style. Students pass serving dishes around circular tables, where they eat off plates, not cafeteria trays, and use silverware instead of plastic utensils. People For People is one of four schools participating in the "Eatiquette" program, which was designed by local chef Marc Vetri to provide
Energy: In yet another green folly, the lawless Environmental Protection Agency continues to fine gasoline producers for not using cellulosic biofuels in quantities that don´t exist, making only more pain at the pump. Last month, a federal court dealt a serious blow to the Environmental Protection Agency´s renewable fuels push by ruling that the agency exceeded its authority by mandating refiners use cellulosic biofuels, which aren´t commercially available. The EPA´s lawless response in a lawless administration was to raise its requirements. In 2005 and 2007, Congress twice amended the Clean Air Act to establish
With a toothy grin and prominent ears it may not be the most flattering Royal portrait. But Prince Harry was delighted with the sketch on a South African classroom chalk board. As a royal you have to take everything in your stride and his morning´s work included a lesson in sign language, cooking up a batch of doughnuts - and proving something of a storm on the dancefloor. The third in line to the throne was a natural with the children he met today at the Kananelo Centre for the Deaf in Lesotho, which is supported by his charity, Sentebale.
The horse butcher in my Paris neighborhood never has a line outside his shop, but he does a steady business with an older clientele. I’ve passed the entrance on the market street, Rue Poncelet, many times—it’s unmistakable, with its thin red neon tubes outlining like halos three horses’ heads that might once have graced a small carousel—but I´d never been in. When I stopped by Tuesday morning to pick up a horsemeat steak, a gray-haired gentleman in a fedora and cloth coat was just purchasing a horsemeat sausage. A familiar clochard, or bum, stopped by to chat.
At a shipyard in Virginia, President Barack Obama pointed the finger at the GOP for the impasse over the automatic spending cuts set to hit on Friday — even as he insisted he’s not interested in playing a “blame game.” Obama said he’s not out for political advantage. He said he told the nation’s governors on Monday that he’s run his last campaign. “I’m not interested in spin, I’m not interested in playing a blame game. At this point, all I’m interested in is solving problems,” he said. But Obama earlier said the GOP is at fault
Shortly before U.S. troops stormed Iraq to oust its dictator, Saddam Hussein released thousands of prisoners from Iraqi jails. Some were petty criminals, some were hardcore, some were terrorists. Hussein unleashed them to build his own popularity and to sow chaos. Today, Barack H. Obama’s Department of Homeland Security is doing this: The sequester is officially still three days away, but the Obama administration already is making the first cuts, with officials confirming that the Homeland Security Department has begun to release what it deems low-priority illegal immigrants from detention. The move is proving controversial. Immigrant-rights groups say
He’s not random, though. A truly random man wouldn’t have earned the sturdy liberal support that Hagel’s Israel-focused Jew-baiting and left-of-Obama foreign policy brought him. In the end, despite weeks of dirt being dug up, not a single Democrat voted against him at any stage of the process. (That’s not including Reid’s no vote last week, as that was purely procedural.) Which is not to say he’s a bad guy. It may be, as Chuck Schumer believes, that he’s just … slow. Congrats, America.The final vote: 58-41, which is a bit closer than the 71-27 margin on cloture earlier today.
CHICAGO -- The newly-elected Democratic nominee to replace disgraced former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. vowed to become a leader in the fight for federal gun control and directly challenged the National Rifle Association in her victory speech. But it remains to be seen if Robin Kelly´s primary win Tuesday night in the Chicago-area district, aided by a $2 million ad campaign funded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg´s super PAC, would fuel the national debate.Kelly, a former state representative, emerged early as a voice for gun control in the truncated primary season after Jackson resigned in November.
A federal appeals court panel has branded a Northwest anti-whaling group "pirates," ordering a halt to attacks on Japanese whalers in Antarctic waters. The outspoken opinion, which reads at times more like "Moby Dick" than a court decision, hands a victory to Miller Nash, a Portland law firm that took the controversial step of representing Japan´s whale hunters.
When Marissa Mayer became queen of the Yahoos last summer, she was hailed as a role model for women. The 37-year-old supergeek with the supermodel looks was the youngest Fortune 500 chief executive. And she was in the third trimester of her first pregnancy. Many women were thrilled at the thought that biases against hiring women who were expecting, or planning to be, might be melting. (Snip) Now Mayer has caused another fem-quake with a decision that has a special significance to working mothers. She has banned Yahoos, as her employees are known, from working at home
The first lady has come under criticism for her recent media blitz, with some lambasting her for her unprecedented number of appearances on entertainment and programs. Michelle Obama has certainly made the rounds in the past week, from promoting an anti-obesity campaign with late night host Jimmy Fallon to her surprise Oscars appearance announcing the Best Picture winner. Critics complain that Mrs Obama is overstepping her reach and risks losing favor with the public for being overexposed.
Former state Rep. Robin Kelly won the Democratic primary Tuesday night in the race to replace the disgraced Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress, helped by millions of dollars in pro-gun control ads from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s political fund. A snowstorm and lack of voter interest kept turnout low as Kelly had 53 percent to 24 percent for former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson and 11 percent for Chicago 9th Ward Ald. Anthony Beale with more than three-fourths percent of precincts counted. Kelly will formally take on the winner of the Republican primary in an April 9