Good old The Queen, eh? In between waving and opening garden centres, she´s now become a female Peter Tatchell. At least, that´s what today´s Mail on Sunday front page story would have you believe with its front page headline: Queen fights for gay rights. [Snip] Leaving aside "an historic" - which makes me wince - what is this controversial pledge? It´s the new Commonwealth Charter, which states: "We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds." Walters reports: The ‘other grounds’ is intended to refer to sexuality
First there’s a tap on the shoulder. A huge palace-guard policeman in full body armour and a black balaclava uses a riot stick to suggest it’s time to go. Then he swings the truncheon high in the air and it comes down with a sickening thud on the back of a demonstrator. [Snip] The President of Haiti, Michel Martelly, stands just yards away, surrounded by a crowd of 10,000 people in the central square of the capital Port-au-Prince. This pop-star leader--a former Creole singer known as ‘Sweet Micky’--is lapping up the attention despite the obvious concern for his safety.
Ryan believes that he can save $770 billion over 10 years if Obamacare is repealed. All those Obamacare tax increases would be repealed too, and his proposal includes sending Medicaid block grants to states. This begs the question of where Ryan finds all those savings? Especially since without mandated insurance, there are still going to be millions of people uncovered. The uninsured aren’t going to just disappear, and there are at least 20 million of them. And they get sick. When they can’t pay the bill, government has to step in and pay it anyway. Still, Ryan’s point is valid
No, this is not a satire piece from The Onion. And don´t worry, I can assure you that you are indeed, awake so don´t bother pinching yourself. President Barack Obama actually had some nice things to say about Republicans. Politico: In the span of one week, President Obama has gone from villifying Republicans in Congress to calling them "principled people who want what´s best for this country." Yes, he has wined them and dined them in private, and now his public rhetoric has done an about-face as well. In his weekly address, Obama explains he´s been "reaching out
Actress and potential Senate candidate Ashley Judd´s aging pets may have been a deciding factor in her choice to part with a renovated Scottish estate worth millions, according to a 2012 interview. Judd and then-husband Dario Franchitti, a Scotland native, put Rednock, their renovated mansion in central Scotland, up for sale in the summer of 2012, close to six months before announcing their divorce in January 2013. The estate listing asked for nearly $6 million. According to a profile of the property in the UK´s Sunday Times, the actress said she was reluctant to put the eight-bedroom rural home
The Iranian president´s domestic opponents reacted furiously after photos emerged of him giving Elena Frias de Chavez, 78, a consoling hug at last Friday´s funeral in Caracas - at which he also kissed Mr Chavez´s coffin. Religious conservatives said the act insulted Iran´s religious dignity and amounted to "haram" – a term used to describe a religiously forbidden act under Islamic rules. Mohammad Taghi Rahbar, the Friday prayer leader of Iran´s second city, Isfahan, told Mehr news agency that Mr Ahmadinejad had "lost control".
Growing up as the youngest of the Baer family clan, I knew what to expect in becoming a Baer: a Roman nose, sharp wits, esoteric interests, and, if the genetic dice rolled badly, my grandfather’s terrifying bipolar disorder. I also knew what it was to become a Lair, my mother’s family: patience, craftiness, good hair and bad teeth. Growing up in the Baer Lair (as our mailbox announced) and inheriting an equal, random mix of genes from both sets of parental chromosomes, I had a pretty good idea of what to prepare for.
A feminist abortion clinic that hosted a “Women for Obama” event where Obama volunteers helped with groundskeeping in a show of support for reproductive rights is profiled in the current issue of The Socialist, the official publication of the Socialist Party USA, in which a clinic official urges feminist socialists to “influence policy” and quotes a famous socialist writer. The Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City, Iowa was the site of a Women for Obama event called “Iowa City Women for Obama Service Project at Emma Goldman Clinic,”
If you’ve ever tried to defend the validity of global warming to someone who doesn’t believe in it, you’ve probably heard them say, “The Earth thawed itself out of an Ice Age once before and no one called that global warming!” But science is proving that our current warming trends aren’t on par with our previous ones at all; new research evidences that what we’re facing now is truly unprecedented. (Snip) We´re not supposed to be warming up at all. Were it not for man-made industry, the planet would still be in a cooling phase and getting colder.
BEIJING - Chinese officials say they have fished out 900 dead pigs from a Shanghai river that is a water source for city residents. Officials are investigating where the pigs came from. A statement posted Saturday on the city´s Agriculture Committee´s website says they haven´t found any evidence that the pigs were dumped into the river or of any animal epidemic. The statement says the city and Songjiang district governments started retrieving the pigs on Friday night. By late Saturday afternoon they had recovered and disposed of more than 900.
US President Barack Obama´s three-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories will begin on March 20, Israel said on Sunday, in the first official announcement of the much-anticipated visit. A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´s bureau said Obama was due to arrive Wednesday, March 20, at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv and then head to Jerusalem for talks with President Shimon Peres and a dinner meeting with Netanyahu. The White House has not announced specific dates for the Obama visit, his first to Israel and the West Bank as president. Israeli media reports and
An NHS watchdog has imposed a recruitment freeze on foreign nurses amid fears that workers could have faked documents to get jobs in British hospitals. Nursing regulators admit they do not know how many immigrant workers could have fraudulently secured frontline health positions after faking evidence of their qualifications, experience or identity. The freeze means that around 160 nurses are being prevented from filling vacancies in already stretched NHS units, while the Nursing and Midwifery Council conducts the urgent investigation into its own failings. The astonishing disclosure comes after a week in which the regulator was heavily criticised by MPs.
Wiesbaden, Germany — The Army announced Friday it is suspending its tuition assistance program for soldiers newly enrolling in classes due to sequestration and other budgetary pressures. “This suspension is necessary given the significant budget execution challenges caused by the combined effects of a possible year-long continuing resolution and sequestration,” Paul Prince, an army personnel spokesman at the Pentagon, wrote in an email to Stars and Stripes. (Snip) The Army’s announcement follows a similar move by the Marine Corps.
Mark E. Kelly, gun-control proponent and husband to former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, recently purchased an AR-15 (an "assault weapon," he called it)—which he now says he intended as an illustration of the need for more stringent gun laws. Kelly reportedly bought the AR-15 and a 1911-style semi-automatic pistol at a gun store in Tucson, Arizona. Breitbart News received a tip on this when Neil McCabe, editor of Guns & Patriots newsletter, contacted us on March 7 and said: Mark E. Kelly, made purchases which included an AR-15--sometimes described as an "assault rifle"--at 3:30 pm on the afternoon of
Kerry Kennedy, daughter of late Robert F. Kennedy, is fighting to get charges against her of driving under the influence dropped by claiming she accidentally took her sleeping medication. I n New York court filings, Kennedy argued Friday she inadvertently took the drug zolpidem instead of her daily thyroid medication, prior to the July 13 incident. The filing claims the two bottles ´are virtually identical in size, shape and appearance.´ Kennedy, who was once married to New York governor Andrew Cuomo, crashed her Lexus into a tractor trailer in North Castle, New York this past summer.
A group of Kansas teenagers says the Obama Administration has ruined their spring break trip to Washington, D.C. after their tour of the White House was canceled – a victim of the Sequester. “President Obama is just being petty,” said Dalton Glasscock, an 18-year-old high school student from Wichita, Kan. Glasscock is a member of the Kansas Federation of Teenage Republicans – one of the dozens of high school and middle school groups around the nation that received cancelation notices. (Snip) “I think he’s taking it out on young people especially,” said Glasscock. “President Obama is using American children
First the good news: In the last 11,300 years, humans have endured a planet warmer than today´s, even as they set about building their earliest civilizations. Now the bad news: That will no longer be true 87 years from now, according to scientists who have conducted a comprehensive analysis of the planet´s climate history since the world´s ice sheets began their most recent retreat from North America and Europe.
Mark Kelly may not yet be a household name, but he’s the better or worse half of Gabby Giffords, and together with her is the public face of Americans for Responsible Solutions, a PAC funded by a Texas lawyer to ban assault rifles. On FOX, Kelly said, “In 1934, we banned automatic weapons. You know, I argue the semi-automatic assault weapon with a high capacity magazine is just too dangerous to be on the street where criminals and terrorists and the mentally ill can easily get them.”
The campaign arm of the congressional GOP is moving to reboot its polling operation after a messy 2012 cycle, the first concrete remedy taken by the Republican side since candidates and outside groups were left stunned on Election Day by results that their internal data never came close to predicting. The National Republican Congressional Committee is the first GOP entity to take specific steps to try to rectify the party’s widely acknowledged polling debacle. Republican strategists confirmed after the end of the 2012 race that a huge slice of their survey data was based on flawed assumptions, and failed to
President Obama won a second term in the White House in part by “dividing the country,” former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) said in an interview that aired on Sunday morning. “I think the basic part of his campaign was that those that were successful weren’t paying their fair share, even though we have incredibly high taxes for high income Americans,” Bush said on CBS News’ “Face The Nation.” “I think he ran a campaign of them and us. And it was quite effective, that somehow the Republicans don’t care about the large number of people.”
The nomination of Thomas Perez, 51, assistant U.S. attorney general for civil rights, has been rumored for a while and the White House has leaked the Washington Post that it is a go: Perez has strong labor support and served as Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s (D) labor secretary from 2007 until 2009, when he was tapped for the Justice Department position. Perez, a longtime Takoma Park resident, also served on the Montgomery County Council and was the first Latino elected to the council. He has been the key official under Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. handling civil rights
As the world await the election of another Catholic Pontiff, the Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Dr. Anthony J.V. Obinna, says he expects that the Cardinals will elect somebody that will continue to deal frontally with relativism, secularism, atheism and nihilism of this day and age. Archbishop Obinna, who bared his mind while speaking with newsmen in Owerri, also reminded all that the church is not a political or social organization. “The Catholic Church is not a political or social organization. It is essentially a spiritual, mural organism and organization. We don’t pander to what the secular world is thinking
Were it not for a a single post at the Weekly Standard, Michelle Obama and John Kerry would have presented the International Women of Courage Award to Samira Ibrahim on Friday afternoon. This despite the fact that Ibrahim is a raging anti-Semite and celebrant of 9/11, including the Islamist observation of the anniversary at the American embassy in Cairo this past September. In Washington for the ceremony, Ibrahim first pleaded that the offending statements in her Twitter account resulted from hacking. She may be a woman of courage, but she is both a hater and a liar
This past week has been a news filled bonanza of important events. Let me start with the demise of the Dictator of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, who succumbed to cancer after his extensive treatment in Cuba.(Snip) It is possible that he may yet get the Nobel Peace award posthumously for his nationalizing businesses and bringing 24 percent, or there about, inflation to his country.It is amazing that a country blessed with humongous oil reserves should still have naked poverty and huge unemployment after 14 years of enlightened rulership. One thing he reportedly did do well was to amass a private
Vatican City -- Cardinals from around the world gather this week in a conclave to elect a new pope following the stunning resignation of Benedict XVI. In the secretive world of the Vatican, there is no way to know who is in the running, and history has yielded plenty of surprises. Yet several names have come up repeatedly as strong contenders. Here is a look at who they are: Cardinal Angelo Scola: Scola is seen as Italy´s best chance at reclaiming the papacy, following back-to-back pontiffs from outside the country that had a lock on the job for centuries.
"Ok, the Republicans surprised us and hung tough on cutting some of the increase we´d hoped for in next year´s budget: what are we gonna do bout dat? Well Sir, we at INS have already taken action to show the public how painful those cuts will be. We´ve already released more than 2,000 illegal immigrants we´d held in our detention centers.(Snip)...cut the ammunition provided to front line troops. When those desert outposts run out of ammo, and are overrun by fanatical Arabs, the ignorant public will get the damn message. Look how excited they became over just that Benghazi thing.