New Yorkers lie through their teeth in online dating profiles, fibbing about physical stature, race, wealth — and even pregnancy, a new study found. In one case, a woman from Long Island claimed to be her more-attractive sibling, said Whatsyourprice.com spokeswoman Jennifer Gwynn, whose company surveyed members across the country. “She gained weight after pregnancy — so she uses her skinny twin’s photo to get dates,” Gwynn said. Other female fibbers simply failed to mention crucial facts, like the gal who claimed to be a 115-pound beauty, then showed up in her second trimester — without even hinting she was pregnant.
A nine-foot bronze statue of the civil rights icon and Alabama native, Rosa Parks was unveiled in the U.S. Capitol building yesterday. President Obama spoke at the dedication ceremony rightly asserting that Parks´ activism began long before she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white man in 1955. In fact, according to Professor Robin D.G. Kelley, who has written on the Communist Party´s involvement in the early days of the civil rights movement in Alabama, Parks and her husband were regular attendees at communist meetings in the 1930´s.
Rome - The United States will provide an additional $60 million in assistance to the Syrian opposition over the coming months, Secretary of State John Kerry announced Thursday. Kerry announced the aid after he met with Syria´s national opposition coalition leader, Moaz Al-Khatib, in Rome. The funds will enable the opposition coalition help local councils and communities in liberated areas expand the delivery of basic goods and essential services. They will also help with administrative functions, including security, sanitation and educational services.
Greece is reportedly facing a severe shortage of medicine, with pharmaceutical companies reluctant to ship drugs to the country due to low profits and unpaid debts. Greece´s hospitals and social insurance funds owe around £1.6bn to various pharmaceutical companies, with £434m expected to be paid this month. The country´s pharmaceutical drugs are said to be priced around 20 percent lower than the next lowest prices in Europe. Under EU trade legislation, it is legal for Greek wholesalers and pharmacists to sell the medicines on to wholesalers in other countries. There are fears in the pharmaceutical industry that middlemen are exploiting
There is a real possibility, a strong likelihood, that President Obama knows nothing of the nuts and bolts, the details and realities of the positions he promotes. He rides the Starship Air Force One, thrills adolescent crowds and frames himself with federal employees while orating vapid clichés dowsed in demagoguery. He drives the fancy car but needs help filling it with gas and couldn´t point to the air filter if you popped the hood. Imagery sans leadership. Celebrity is the accomplishment here
The Mayflower Madam opened the door to her New York apartment. Inside, it was clearly more Mayflower than madam. Old family heirlooms include an inlaid mahogany secretary, two 18th-century family portraits of children and a Dresden clock. The former debutante Sydney Biddle Barrows, a scion of Philadelphia’s aristocratic Biddle family, has called this rent-controlled, $1,800-a-month, three-room Upper West Side apartment home since before her 1984 arrest for running a pricey prostitution service.
The announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he will be “retiring” as of the end of February does not signal the end of his influence. Pope’s aren’t presidents. Their influence does not end with their pontificate, as a president’s does with the end of his term. Their pontificates ensure their legacies to the Church. (snip) He is leaving us a warning. In the West, and now especially in the U.S., the state is increasingly pushing a secular agenda, and pushing that agenda through means pushing the Church out. The threat to religious liberty is very, very real.
Rush Limbaugh said that for the first time he was ashamed of his country and his words made the top Drudge headline and generated a ton of comments from talking heads in Washington. ´Ashamed´ isn´t the word I´d use but I share Limbaugh´s frustration with the endless lies told by members of both parties so that nothing ever changes but I believe he´s being disingenuous. We´ve never been fooled by the lies the politicians throw at us. Rush is just too polite to say is that he´s confounded by the stupidity of the American people who do fall for them.
Being on Scott Rasmussen’s email Daily Update report is a sure way to develop a love/hate/total exasperation relationship with that alternately wise and frivolous, savvy and ignorant, shape-changer known to pollsters as the American likely voter. Our Scott has racked up a good enough record of calling elections correctly, as to the winners and the spreads, that his numbers likely do reflect the universes he attempts to measure. He’s no amateur or partisan. Though when his numbers reflect favorably on conservative candidates or causes, folks on the left accuse him of being a Republican hack.
The number of people heading to Britain, less the number leaving, dropped significantly by 84,000 to 163,000 in the year to June, fuelled by a 17% drop in the number of foreign students arriving. Immigration to the UK fell from 589,000 to 515,000, its lowest since 2003, official figures from the Office for National Statistics showed. Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May have pledged to reduce net migration to below 100,000 before the next election in 2015 and have brought in a number of measures to crack down on bogus students.
For the last 156 years the Britannia Coconut Dancers have blackened their faces and donned skirts for their annual dance through the Lancashire town of Bacup to ward off evil spirits in a tradition recalling the area’s mining history. But the group, which has raised money for local charities and appeared in a string of television shows, ran into problems when Rossendale Council in Lancashire ordered it to pay £1,600 towards new safety measures. Failure to pay would result in the cancellation of their Easter Saturday parade event, they were told. Council officials asked the troupe to pay £600
President Obama has gone all-in trying to get Republicans to blink and serve up another round of tax increases in lieu of the looming spending sequester. Eschewing talks with Congress or any pretense of leadership, he is instead flying around the country burning $180,000 an hour on Air Force One laying out a parade of horribles that will descend upon us if the growth of federal spending were reduced by one iota. Why is he doing this? Because the mainstream media are lapping it up. Poisoned meat coming to grocery shelves near you! Air traffic grinds
He’s a good actor — and gets paid like one, too. Gary Thompson, a wheelchair-bound man in Lexington, Ky., makes up to $100,000 a year begging off of unwitting good Samaritans. He has difficulty walking but is otherwise in fine physical and mental shape. But the scammer fakes a mental and speech disability as he panhandles around the city, he told Lexington TV station WLEX. “I appreciate you guys busting me,” he told the TV station with a big smile and laugh. “I’m really good at it, really good.”
Long-time Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward claims he has been threatened by the Obama Administration after publishing unflattering information about the looming federal spending cuts that are slated to go into effect by the end of the week. The investigative journalist, who is noted for his work on the Watergate scandal, said on CNN Wednesday that a ‘very senior official’ warned him in an email that he would ‘regret doing this.’ He added that the email from a senior Obama aide made him feel ‘very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters that you’re going to regret doing something.’
Human Events, for decades the lone national conservative newspaper before the Fox era, on Wednesday announced that the grim reaper killing off print publications around the nation has reached its door on Capitol Hill. The Feb. 18 issue currently on the stands will be its last. But Human Events, Ronald Reagan´s fave, like the Christian Science Monitor, U.S. News and Newsweek before it, will live on via the Internet, where it receives 1 million visitors a month. "This was a difficult decision, and one we did not make lightly," said publisher Joe Guerriero. "As everyone knows, the newspaper business
In the Great Sequestration Debate, here’s what we know: (a) The president has paternity of an idea he now characterizes as a brutal and senseless assault on America. (b) The president and his then-chief of staff, Jack Lew, misled the public about their role in giving birth to the sequester idea. (c) House Republicans have twice passed legislation to avoid the sequester cuts with carefully targeted ones, but Senate Democrats refused to act. (d) Mr. Obama has brushed off a Republican plan to give him flexibility to allocate the $85 billion in spending cuts, which makes no sense
Duncan’s claim, on one of the Sunday morning shows, that teachers were already getting pink slips because of the looming sequester was actually the second time he had made this assertion. “I was on a call yesterday, people are starting to give RIF [reduction in force] notes,” Duncan said in a meeting with reporters Feb. 21, three days before his appearance on CBS. “Schools are already starting to give teachers notices.”Oddly, however,
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning doctors to be on the lookout for an untreatable multidrug-resistant ´superbug´ emerging in the U.S. The ´superbug´ springs from a bacteria called Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriacea, 15 types of which have been seen in the U.S. in the last year. The unique bacteria can cause pneumonia, intestinal and urinary tract infections, and bloodstream infections.[Snip] The infections are associated with mortality rates of 40 to 50 percent. The rise means health care providers must ´act aggressively to prevent the emergence and spread of these unusual CRE organisms,´ the CDC said.
The Department of Homeland Security’s immigration enforcement division was ordered last week to reduce their illegal immigrant detainee populations to 26 percent below the legally required level, according to a research organization that monitors immigration issues. That reduction is significantly greater than those required by the impending budget cuts the department has cited for the release of the detainees. The announcement of detainee releases on Tuesday set off a firestorm on Capitol Hill. The White House has tried to distance itself from the decision, which was closely followed by the public announcement of the departure
North Korea, the most renegade and unpredictable of the world´s nations, recently tested a nuclear bomb, which predictably raised tensions that are high under ordinary conditions and that, according to the North Korean regime, is the fault of the U.S. As Reuters reports: North Korea accused the United States on Wednesday of contributing to an "unpredictable" situation on the divided Korean peninsula and abusing its power in the U.N. Security Council to impose its "hostile policy" against Pyongyang. There is, however, reason to be hopeful that tensions may be eased.
For years, America´s childhood obesity crisis was viewed as an insurmountable problem, one that was too complicated and too entrenched to ever really solve. According to the conventional wisdom, healthy food simply didn´t sell—the demand wasn´t there and higher profits were found elsewhere—so it just wasn´t worth the investment. But thanks to businesses across the country, today we are proving the conventional wisdom wrong. Every day, great American companies are achieving greater and greater success by creating and selling healthy products. In doing so, they are showing that what´s good for kids and good for family budgets
NPR has had many political challenges since its government funding allowed it become branded as the main source of radio news for upper-income liberals. Just last year, Mitt Romney declared he would end federal funding for public broadcasting. But now it faces the suggestion from its former chief executive officer that NPR would be better off without the government subsidy it’s gotten since the 1970s. Ken Stern, who was NPR’s chief operating officer before becoming its CEO in 2006, has said that even though the network now gets “less than 10 percent of its funding” from government,
At the city level, it’s known as “firefighters first”; inside the Beltway, as the Washington Monument effect: In any budget crisis, the first thing politicians do is to inflict as much pain on the public as possible. Cut cops; close parks, libraries and emergency rooms. The idea is to make people suffer so they’ll clamor for tax increases — and keep the pols’ gravy train running smoothly. Never before, however, have we seen the tactic taken to such extremes on a national level as President Obama is now, as he hypes the allegedly dire consequences (a whopping 2 percent trim
Pope Benedict XVI will give up his Swiss Guard protection, his Twitter account and even the name “Benedict” when he officially abdicates Wednesday. But judging by the Twitter chatter, the greatest loss of all may be his shoes. The pope’s red leather loafers became something of a trademark during his time in office, landing Benedict in a few unexpected places — including the style pages of Esquire magazine, who named the pontiff “accessorizer of the year” in 2007. Several pairs were handmade by an artisan in the north of Italy who has also cobbled
When he was in his late 20s, John Roberts was a foot soldier in the Reagan administration´s crusade against the Voting Rights Act. Now, as chief justice of the Supreme Court, he will help determine whether a key part of the law survives a constitutional challenge. Memos that Roberts wrote as a lawyer in President Reagan´s Justice Department during the 1980s show that he was deeply involved in efforts to curtail the effectiveness of the Voting Rights Act, the hard-won landmark 1965 law that is intended to ensure all Americans can vote. Roberts´ anti-VRA efforts during the 1980s ultimately failed.
The strategy was pretty clear from the start. Pick a fight in a place where you have a substantial advantage and where almost nobody else is playing, dump a ton of money attacking one candidate and supporting another, and then declare victory when — surprise! surprise! — your candidate wins. That is what happened in the special election in Illinois’ 2nd District, where Democrats held a primary Tuesday that was tantamount to selecting the district’s next member of Congress. The seat is open because Democrat Jesse L. Jackson Jr. resigned. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super PAC, Independence USA, spent $2.5 million