Do you like Daylight Saving Time? It has its roots in France, with Ben Franklin, due to a desire the preserve candle wax. In some ways, he was quite a harsh man. Don´t forget! In any case, the United States formally instituted Daylight Saving Time in 1918 to place work and school schedules within daylight hours to save electricity. But now lighting accounts for a small amount of energy consumed by the country, and the savings are minimal, argues Bora Zivkovic, a chronobiologist. Moreover scientists are beginning to understand good reasons why changing our clocks back and forth
Kaduna, Nigeria A breakaway Islamic extremist group said Saturday that it had killed seven foreigners who its members had kidnapped from northern Nigeria, according to an online message purportedly from the group. The message, identified as coming from the group, Ansaru, could not be immediately verified, though it included photographs that it claimed showed the dead, who were kidnapped from a construction company compound in February. The kidnappers seized three Lebanese citizens and four others from Britain, Greece, Italy and the Philippines. All seven were employees of Setraco,
On his Friday podcast, comedian and top-rated Carolla Digital podcaster Adam Carolla delivered a stern rebuke to all the “hypocritical p*****” out there, in reaction to a March 5 story from Huffington Post-San Francisco’s Robin Wilkey that portrayed his exchange earlier this month with Democratic California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom as racist. “The Huffington Post has come out with a story that says ‘Adam Carolla to Gavin Newsom: ‘What’s wrong with blacks and Latinos?’’” Carolla said. “That’s not what I said to Gavin Newsom. I didn’t bring up blacks and Latinos. He brought up blacks and
Following a court verdict on Saturday, rioters set two public buildings in Cairo ablaze, plunging Egypt into more chaos and giving beleaguered president Mohamed Morsi a fresh challenge as he bids to control an outpouring of anger in several cities. The visibly angry crowd, identified by eyewitnesses as members of Ultras Ahlawy, a group of ardent Ahly supporters, embarked on a rioting spree after seven security officials were acquitted in the infamous Port Said football disaster trial. Three people have also died, one an eight-year-old, in separate clashes between protesters and police forces
Caracas, Venezuela - Venezuelans will vote April 14 to choose a successor to Hugo Chavez, the elections commission announced Saturday as increasingly strident political rhetoric begins to roil this polarized country. The constitution mandated the election be held within 30 days of Chavez’s March 5 death, but the date picked falls outside that period. Critics of the socialist government already complained that officials violated the constitution by swearing in Vice President Nicolas Maduro as acting leader Friday night. Some people have speculated Venezuela will not be ready to organize the vote in time,
The U.S. Army chose a quiet community in central Utah as the training ground for Special Forces soldiers needing to develop Jason Bourne-like skills and to learn how to build a resistance movement by infiltrating the town leadership. With the deeply religious culture present in Manti, Utah and the desert landscape of the area, residents were deemed ideal candidates by the Defense Department to role play with soldiers in the 10th Special Forces as part of a two week training exercise in July on unconventional warfare tactics. Now that sequestration is in full effect, the Utah mission
Readers of this column do not need to be reminded why it is so important for us to know whether the world is truly in the grip of runaway global warming, or whether this belief has all been based on a colossal misreading of the scientific evidence. One reason why it is so vital for us to understand this, of course, has been all those devastating political responses to this fear, which promise to change our way of life out of recognition. [Snip] It is now driving our entire national energy policy, threatening us with ever more crippling bills, power blackouts, and the sight of our countryside being covered in ever
To the outside world he is the epitome of diplomatic decorum: polite, softly spoken, with razor-sharp intellect. He has friends all over eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, where he has a record of distinguished service on behalf of Britain, and is known for his keen ear for choral music and love of sailing. [Snip] And yet to the astonishment of those who know him, Denis Keefe, the respected deputy ambassador to Russia, has for the past few months been trailed by a bizarre cloud of rumours and intrigue straight out of a Jason Bourne film. Wherever Mr Keefe goes outside Moscow, he runs the risk
Civil War officers used to say that you can’t lead from the rear. Thousands of them gave their lives, leading their men the only way they knew how. No one asks Barack Obama to give up more than an occasional game of golf, but he still can’t bring himself to lead. In one of his administration’s many low moments, a White House aide explained Obama’s style as “leading from behind,” as though he were proud of it. The budget is a typical case in point. After four long years, Senate Democrats have finally been shamed into obeying the law and producing a budget. Patty Murray, the new chairman
Kenilworth Market, a bulletproof junk-food emporium just inside Washington, D.C.’s eastern border, sells ski masks in the dead of summer. Its clerks steadily hawk “loosies,” or illegal single-sale cigarettes. In 2006, the federal government permanently banned its owner from accepting food stamps after it proved that the store was engaging in large-scale food stamp laundering — yet the store still does much of its business in food stamps. (Snip) Yet more than 1 in 3 stores known to the government as sites of major trafficking in recent years are still accepting food stamps, The Washington Times found.
The media´s adoration of Barack Obama knows no bounds. This week, Sports Illustrated actually named the current White House resident one the most powerful people in sports. In case you missed it, SI this week released its list of the 50 Most Powerful People in Sports. Coming in first was NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Makes sense, right? Can´t argue with that. David Stern, the NBA commissioner was next. Fine. Then SI got a little bizarre for one would think the MLB and NHL commissioners should be next. Nope. In third was Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz who's looking to sell his sports
Breaking bread with Republican senators. Meeting with the GOP House and Senate caucuses. Sitting down to lunch with the GOP’s budget point man – who tried to bump him from the White House last year. Is President Barack Obama, as one pundit said, just hungry? Or is he engaging in a newfound effort to bridge gaps between the parties as his second term gets under way? The top Democrat in the House says the latter. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in an exclusive interview to run Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Obama has “been very bipartisan
Here’s an easy way to tell when your position isn’t a conservative one. When you’re standing with Van Jones, your position isn’t a conservative one. When you’re standing with Code Pink, then your position is not a conservative one. No amount of noise or chest-beating is going to change that. The Republican Party has taken a severe beating in the last year. With so many hopes down the drain, some will take a victory where they can find it, even if it’s a younger version of Ron Paul. There are Conservative sites that are positively giddy
Hugo Chavez’s death was met with tributes from Iran, Bolivia, China and El Salvador. The Western left did not waste much time adding their withered roses to El Comandante’s coffin. George Galloway called him another Spartacus. Jimmy Carter described him as a leader who fought for the “neglected and trampled.” Michael Moore praised him for declaring that the oil belongs to the people. Whether or not the oil belongs to the people is a matter of some debate considering how much of it ended up in Chavez’s pocket. Chavez died with an estimated net worth of 2 billion dollars making
President Obama tended to his duties as dad Saturday morning, making time to watch his 11-year-old daughter Sasha play in a basketball game in Chevy Chase, Md., just outside Washington, D.C. In an interview with ESPN last year, the president talked about his second job as a coach for Sasha’s team. “With the girls, they just think of it as dad, that is what dads are supposed to do. They take it for granted,” Obama told ESPN’s Andy Katz in 2012. “But what was fun, this is now the third year that the team has played together,
Former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin was fired up about God and country when she spoke Friday at Southeastern University in Lakeland. And she was dressed for the part. The 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate visited the Sunshine State at the request of the organizers of the school´s seventh annual leadership forum.
The GOP primary in the race to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr. received little to no coverage leading up to the February 26 ballot from the mainstream Chicago media. Since winning the Republican nomination, however, the media have fixated on Republican winner Paul McKinley and his criminal past. Despite campaigning openly as an “ex-offender” since the beginning of the race, several local Chicago mainstream media outlets have made it their mission to reconvict McKinley on their own terms. And yet, the voters aren’t having it; in fact, after a particularly vicious series of pieces about McKinley featuring blatant, redundant,
They´re flailing. That´s the impression I get from watching Barack Obama and his White House over the past week.Things haven´t gone as they expected. The House Republicans were supposed to cave in on the sequester, as they did on the fiscal cliff at the beginning of the year.They would be so desperate to avoid the sequester´s mandatory defense cuts, the theory went, that they would agree to higher taxes (through closing loopholes) on high earners. But the Republicans didn´t deal.
An unfortunate story on CBS New York Thursday carried this headline: "Officials: 80 Percent Of Recent NYC High School Graduates Cannot Read." It´s a shocker, but it´s also untrue. And to make things worse, the story that followed was riddled with typos. According to the New York Post, which reported the same story earlier on Thursday, "79.3 percent of city public-school grads who went to CUNY’s six two-year colleges arrived without having mastered the basics" of reading, writing, and math, and had to take non-credit remedial classes to catch up.
A radical Islamist group based in Nigeria today claimed it has killed seven hostages, believed to include one Briton. Ansaru seized the men on February 16 from the site of a construction company operating in the northern part of the country. Local reports suggest that the group executed the hostages after British planes were seen in the country, leading the terrorists to believe a rescue operation was imminent. The group, also known as the Vanguard for the Protection of Muslims in Black Africa, released a statement saying that they had executed the hostages because of a planned rescue by British
Here´s a surprise ruling. For many years we´ve written about how troubling it is that Homeland Security agents are able to search the contents of electronic devices, such as computers and phones at the border, without any reason. The 4th Amendment only allows reasonable searches, usually with a warrant. But the general argument has long been that, when you´re at the border, you´re not in the country and the 4th Amendment doesn´t apply. This rule has been stretched at times, including the ability to take your computer and devices into the country and search it there,
For him. If you wonder why President Obama has changed course and is suddenly reaching out to Republicans in Congress, you need look no further than the recent wave of public-opinion surveys, which show his approval rating dropping precipitously, his reelection bump gone. Even though polls show the public is more likely to blame Congress for the obstruction that led to the sequester and the hardship it causes, that doesn’t mean Obama gets a free pass. He’s not getting a free pass? That’s news to me. And I pay attention to a lot of news.
Caracas - Venezuela´s Hugo Chavez slid into a coma the day before he died of respiratory failure after cancer spread into his lungs, sources say.Chavez´s precise condition was one of the world´s best-kept secrets since his cancer was announced in June 2011. Since his death this week, however, details have emerged of the 58-year-old president´s battle with cancer and the last moments in the hospital with close family and senior aides.