It´s little wonder. An FBI memo noting the alleged recovery of three UFOs in New Mexico is the law enforcement agency´s most requested and viewed document. By far. Not that you need to make an official request. The truth is out there. It´s available to anyone who navigates to the FBI´s website. Dated Mar. 22, 1950, and addressed to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, the memo relates a third-hand claim as told to an FBI agent. The person, whose name is redacted, told the agent that an Air Force investigator had told him "high-powered radar" had jammed the steering mechanism
President Barack Obama believes the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, but continues to enforce it. That stance came in for serious criticism Wednesday from conservative members of the Supreme Court, and led the justices to tackle some thorny procedural questions. Challenger Edith Windsor sued the government to nullify the 1996 federal law, signed by then-President Bill Clinton, barring recognition of gay marriages. In 2011, the Obama administration agreed with her legal stance. Yet it continues to deny Ms. Windsor the refund she is seeking after paying taxes on the estate she inherited from her longtime partner.
DENVER -- From a young age, no one could tame Evan Spencer Ebel. His parents sent him to special camps in Utah, Jamaica and Samoa for children with behavioral problems. Neighbors in the middle-class suburbs west of Denver shied away from a kid they described as "a handful." By age 20, state prison had become Ebel´s home. There, he joined a white supremacist gang and ended up in solitary confinement, a place his parents believe soon began to eat away at his already troubled mind. On Jan. 28, when his term was up, Ebel was set free.
It’s no secret that Egyptian slavery is as old as the pyramids. It’s also common knowledge that Barack Obama’s ancestors owned slaves. So it’s really no surprise that he helped usher in a radical Egpytian regime that is restoring slavery. According to the AP Egypt’s new constitution has dropped its ban on slavery: Omissions of certain articles, such as bans on slavery or promises to adhere to international rights treaties, were equally worrying to critics of the new draft, who pulled out from the panel before the vote. The Obama administration declined to criticize Egypt’s constitution despite its slavery clause.
State Rep. Joe Mitchell, D-Mobile, had an outlandish exchange via email with a Jefferson County man who asked him and other lawmakers not to pass any laws that would restrict gun ownership. Eddie Maxwell sent a mass email to state legislators at 10:54 p.m. on Jan. 27, warning them that even attempting to introduce a gun control bill was, in his opinion, a violation of state law. Mitchell responded from his public, ALHouse.gov email account at 11:59 p.m., telling Maxwell: "Your folk never used all this sheit (sic) to protect my folk from your slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping, incestuous, snaggle-toothed, backward-a**ed,
There is no mess quite so bad that eurocrat intervention won´t make even worse. Ever since the Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem declared that Cyprus would act as a template for other struggling eurozone lenders, the sound of screeching brakes and gear sticks being wrenched rapidly into reverse has been deafening. [Snip] Cyprus was a unique situation requiring a template all of its own. Of course we are not going to bail-in uninsured depositors in all situations. Unfortunately for them, the cat is now out of the bag. Unique Cyprus may be, but it is also part of Europe´s single
A third member of the U.S. special forces unit that raided Osama bin Laden´s Pakistan compound has come forward to tell his story--with yet another version of how the Al Qaeda chief met his end. The previous account, given by a Navy SEAL only identified as The Shooter in Esquire magazine, claimed he had confronted Bin Laden in the terror chief´s bedroom and shot him twice in the forehead when he saw him reach for a gun. But now a third member of Navy SEAL Team 6 who says he came face to face with Bin Laden in the
Residents of a small island in Washington state are coming to grips with the early morning landslide that shocked their community and destroyed at least one home while endangering more than 30 others. ´I heard something loud, looked out my window and noticed I didn´t have any trees in the front yard anymore,´ said Bret Holmes, whose home was on the edge of the cliff. The area is known for its beautiful views, and is home to some of Washington´s wealthiest residents including Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The tech giant´s home was not destroyed but emergency crews cut across his
Employees beware: Don´t fall prey to a cat named Dr. Zaius. "Check out these kitties! :-)" read emails featuring the photo of a Turkish Angora cat with a purple mohawk, sent to nearly two million cubicle dwellers so far. It includes an attachment or link promising more feline photos. Those who click get a surprise: stern warnings from their tech departments. The Dr. Zaius email is a simulated cyberattack. It is among the ploys companies are using to dupe employees into committing unsafe computing as a way to train them not to be so easily fooled.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry told Glenn Beck on his radio show last week that he wants the state’s $1 billion in gold reserves back from the Federal Reserve. State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione is sponsoring a bill that would establish the Texas Bullion Depository, a state-based bank to house the gold bars owned by the University of Texas Investment Management Company, The Texas Tribune reports. Mr. Capriglione told the Texas Tribune that the measure is “not about putting Texas on its own gold standard, [but instead will] give the state a reputation as being more financially secure in the event
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday she and President Barack Obama are “honoring the Constitution” by opposing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). “And given a choice I think we would all say we’re honoring, as the president does, the Constitution,” Pelosi said, after she attended the second day of oral arguments before the Supreme Court on two key same sex marriage cases. “When you pass a bill in the House, as we did with the health care bill, we made it iron clad constitutionally,” the California congresswoman said. “You have a responsibility to honor the
Vice President Joseph R. Biden rallied gun control advocates Wednesday ahead of a “day of action” organized by a prominent advocacy group, telling supporters that bans on so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines would be followed by further gun controls. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke similarly, predicting that whatever bills pass Congress this term will not end the issue from her perspective. On a conference call organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the group co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mr. Biden was emphatic, saying, “Let me say this as clearly as I can
“President Obama has arguably established the authority of the president to intervene militarily virtually anywhere without the consent or the approval of Congress, at his own discretion and for as long as he wishes.” — Jim Webb As America tiptoes toward a fourth intervention in an opaque and uncontrollable conflict — now Syria, after Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya — Webb’s words require two minor modifications: Obama has demonstrated a power, not an authority; only the Constitution authorizes. And, as Webb understands, Obama has been able to do so only because Congress, over many years, has become too supine
A majority of the Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared ready to strike down a key section of a law that withholds federal benefits from gay married couples, as the justices concluded two days of hearings that showed them to be as divided as the rest of the nation over same-sex marriage. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the pivotal justice on the issue, said the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) may have intruded too deeply on the traditional role of state governments in defining marriage. The federal law recognizes marriages only between a man and a woman
During oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, Roberta Kaplan, attorney for the lesbian woman whose case could result in the high court’s repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, told justices on Wednesday that there is nothing “fundamentally different” between homosexual and heterosexual couples. “The only – the only conclusion that can be drawn is what was in the House report, which is moral disapproval of gay people, which the Congress thought was permissible in 1996 because it relied on the court´s Bowers decision, which
Supporters of the 380 sheriffs in 15 states who so far have vowed to defy new state and federal gun control laws claim that legislation is starting to pop up around the nation to fire any state elected or appointed law enforcement official who doesn´t obey federal orders. The first effort emerged in Texas. Legislation proposed by Dallas Democratic Rep. Yvonne Davis would remove any sheriff or law enforcement officer who refuses to enforce state or federal laws. What´s more, it would remove any elected or appointed law enforcement officer for simply stating or signing any document stating that they
During oral arguments on Wednesday at the U.S. Supreme Court on a case testing the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, Justice Samuel Alito suggested that Congress could have used a more “neutral” term than marriage in the law the defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman for federal purposes. “Congress could have achieved exactly what it achieved under Section 3 by excising the term ‘married’ from the United States Code and replacing it with something more neutral,” Alito said. “It could have said ‘certified domestic units,’ and then defined this in exactly
An Argentine company has developed a map for the popular online game Counter Strike in which players fight British “terrorists” on the Falkland Islands. The setting created by Dattatec.com has clocked more than 9,000 downloads in a few hours, after “going viral”. Despite the pro-Argentina stance of the game, the developers say they mean no disrespect. Argentina claims sovereignty over the Falklands, but last month Islanders with a massive 92% turnout voted overwhelmingly to remain British.
The White House on Wednesday insisted that President Obama "remains committed" to closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, an assertion widely dismissed more than four years after Obama vowed to shutter the prison in Cuba, where suspected terrorists are being held indefinitely. Obama has long faced criticism from within his own Democratic Party for failing to close the facility in his first year in office, as he promised during the 2008 campaign. It was seen as one of a series of Bush-era policies that Obama decried as a presidential candidate but continued as president.
Sen. John McCain and members of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” tasked with carving out a comprehensive immigration package got a firsthand look at the difficulty involved in securing the U.S.-Mexican border when a woman literally climbed over a border fence right in front of them. “Just witnessed a woman successfully climb an 18-ft bollard fence a few yards from us in #Nogales,” the Arizona Republican tweeted. A minute later, Mr. McCain tweeted, “Border Patrol successfully apprehended her, but incident is another reminder that threats to our border security are real.” Mr. McCain is touring the border with
Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt., indicated that he will expedite immigration reform by skipping by further committee hearings on the legislation in a sharp letter to a leading Republican lawmaker — a letter characterized by a striking amount of trash-talking about immigration issues and politics. “I intend to proceed to comprehensive immigration reform with all deliberate speed,” Leahy wrote to Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., in a letter today informing Sessions that Republicans will only have one week to consider the immigration bill — two, if Republicans use procedural means to slow it. “Under the Rules of our Committee, you
Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday the expected upcoming Senate votes on gun control are only the beginning of the White House´s fight. The fate of gun control legislation is unclear. A vote on a Senate bill, including expanded background checks and harsher penalties for gun trafficking, is expected next month. The White House also has been pushing for limits on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, but those provisions won´t be part of the Senate bill. Instead they are to be offered as amendments, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says they don´t have enough support to pass.
As Obamacare begins to roll out, its champions are beginning to have to confront reality. But because they’re getting a lot of leeway and protection from the political press, the results of this confrontation with the consequences of the law’s poor design and misguided economic assumptions often take the form of little nuggets of truth buried in mountains of frantic, wishful obfuscation. Such was the little nugget buried in the middle of a story that was itself buried in the back of the A section of last Friday’s New York Times. The story was about the enormous challenges