A right-wing media pundit from the United States has called for all Muslims to be killed in a ‘sarcastic’ tweet made in response to the Boston Marathon bombings. Erik Rush, a regular on Fox News, appeared to attribute blame to Islamic extremists following yesterday’s blasts, in which at least three people were killed. “Let´s bring more Saudis in without screening them! C´mon!,” he wrote on Twitter. Another Twitter user asked, “Are you Already Blaming Muslims??” – to which Rush reportedly responded: "Yes, they´re evil. Let´s kill them all." Rush later said his tweet was “sarcastic”,
Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt penned a moving post to his Facebook page Monday night in response to the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured at least 150 people. Oswalt’s touching words immediately went viral. He opened his post bluntly. “Boston. F***ing horrible,” he wrote. “I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, ‘Well, I’ve had it with humanity.’” He continued, “But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.”
The US is to send distinctly low-key official representation to Lady Thatcher´s funeral on Wednesday, with a delegation led by George Shultz and James Baker, who both served as US secretary of state while Thatcher was in power. While Barack Obama was invited, he has opted to send a presidential delegation comprising no serving politicians. Shultz was secretary of state to Ronald Reagan while Baker served the elder George Bush. Also representing Obama will be Barbara Stephenson, chargé d´affaires at the US embassy in London, and Louis Susman, the recently departed ambassador to Britain.
Investigators believe the bombs at the Boston Marathon were shrapnel-studded pressure cookers, hidden in backpacks and set off by timers, law enforcement officials told NBC News on Tuesday. The disclosure came as authorities pleaded with spectators from the race to send photos and video that may shed light on who set off the blasts, killing three people and injuring at least 176. The top FBI official in Boston vowed to go “to the ends of the earth” to find those responsible. But a day after the explosions, President Barack Obama said authorities still did not know
Barney Frank discussing the Boston marathon bombing on CNN this morning: "We are talking about recovery here all morning, as this city, as this state tries to bounce back from this," the CNN host said to Frank, a former congressman from that state. "And someone brought up an interesting point that, in some ways, the recovery is based on the response. The response yesterday was so remarkable. They stopped the marathon mid-point and calmly moved some 5,000 people from the racecourse. There were moments of chaos right there, but they were able to clear the scene fairly well.
With the Boston Marathon bombings less than 24 hours old, some on Capitol Hill are beginning to say the attack shows why Congress should’ve stopped automatic spending cuts from taking hold in March. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), speaking to reporters Tuesday morning, said the bombings are “clearly another place where it demonstrates why having the ability to address security concerns is important.” Hoyer added: “I think there are multiple reasons for ensuring that we invest in our security both domestic and international security. That we invest in the education of our children,
Vice President Biden exaggerates when he waxes nostalgic about the “good old days” — a time when “everybody, including the NRA, thought background checks made sense.” Biden’s office says he was referring to the NRA’s support for background checks in the early 1990s and its stated support for expanding background checks to include gun shows in 1999. But vice president’s sentimental journey rides roughshod over the facts: •In 1991, the NRA endorsed legislation creating a national system of “instant background checks” as an alternative to a seven-day waiting period contained in the proposed
North Korea is a remarkable country. How else would a small state with no economy to speak of manage to create a massive media panic and remain in the headlines for a couple of weeks in a row? The question remains though: if Pyongyang is not about to launch a nuclear strike on the continental United States – and it clearly is not – what has it been up to for the past three weeks? One aim of this political theatrics is rather clear: the North Korean government wants to remind the world of its existence and demonstrate that it is cheaper to make a deal than sanction it.
PHILADELPHIA -Yashoda Gurung´s (guh-RUNGZ) family survived 20 years in a refugee camp after fleeing war-torn Bhutan. But her mother died months after arriving in the U.S. in 2009 and seeking a legal abortion in Philadelphia. Karnamaya (kar-nuh-MAY´-uh) Mongar´s overdose death is the subject of one of eight murder counts in the ongoing trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell. The 72-year-old Gosnell is also charged with killing seven babies born alive. Through a translator, the 24-year-old Gurung testified Tuesday about the labor-inducing drugs and painkillers her mother was given as she waited hours for Gosnell to arrive for the procedure.
Supporters of abortion rights on Tuesday filed a challenge to the new Arkansas law banning most abortions at the 12th week of pregnancy, calling it a “violation of over 40 years of settled United States Supreme Court precedent” and a threat to “the rights, liberty and well-being of Arkansas women and their families.” When it was adopted last month, with the legislature overriding a veto by Governor Mike Beebe, a Democrat, who called it “blatantly unconstitutional,” the law was the country’s most stringent limit on abortion. Later in March, North Dakota pushed the limit back further, to six weeks
‘They were filled with expectation . . . the expectation that there was Something More than the atrocious evil that had befallen them . . . Something More than the darkness . . . Something More than despair.” So said Father Peter John Cameron, a Dominican priest and editor of Magnificat, a daily devotional, to the families of Newtown, Conn., gathered at St. Rose of Lima Church the Sunday after the massacre there. It was the third Sunday of Advent, a time of expectation, a time children love — and here parents were, preparing to bury their children.
Washington - The bombing of the Boston Marathon on Monday was the end of more than a decade in which the United States was strikingly free of terrorist attacks, in part because of far more aggressive law enforcement tactics in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. (Snip) Only in 2009, after 13 people were killed in shooting spree at Fort Hood in Texas, did the number of fatalities in post-9/11 terrorism on American soil rise into double digits in a single year. That was a sharp contrast with the 1970s, by far the most violent decade since the tracking began in 1970, the database shows.
Washington - President Obama said on Tuesday that the bombings at the Boston Marathon were being investigated as an “act of terrorism,” though he said law enforcement authorities did not know whether it was the work of foreign or domestic groups or individuals. (Snip) It was the president’s first reference to the bombings as a terrorist attack, after a cautious first response on Monday, in which Mr. Obama did not use the word “terrorism,” even as White House officials confirmed that they were treating it as an “act of terror.” But after a morning briefing from the F.B.I. director,
Ever play the game "telephone" in school or with friends when you were a kid? One person would whisper into the ear of another person, followed by her whispering what was supposed to be the same message to the next person,(snip)Something tells me that former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Democrat of Georgia, was one of those kids certain to botch the message en route. After yesterday´s horrifying explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, McKinney tweeted this -- The pattern is becoming too, too familiar. So, Boston cops were having a "bomb squad drill"
Amid all the heated, emotional advocacy of gun control, have you ever heard even one person present convincing hard evidence that tighter gun control laws have in fact reduced murders? Think about all the states, communities within states, as well as foreign countries, that have either tight gun control laws or loose or non-existent gun control laws. (Snip) The dirty little secret is that gun control laws do not actually control guns. They disarm law-abiding citizens, making them more vulnerable to criminals, who remain armed in disregard of such laws. In England, armed crimes skyrocketed
The parent company of Reading Hospital, Reading Health System, laid off 210 employees today as part of a cost-cutting plan that also will eliminate an additional 181 jobs through attrition and change the employee retirement package from a defined-benefit pension to a 401(k) plan. Hospital officials said the cuts are in response to changes in the national health care system, including cuts in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements to hospitals. (snip)The cuts are in part due to the 2010 Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare
U.S. law enforcement officials said Tuesday that a Saudi national injured in the Boston Marathon bombing is regarded as a witness, not a suspect. The Saudi, who is recuperating at a Boston hospital, is in his 20s and is in the United States on a Saudi scholarship to study at a university in the Boston area. The federal officials’ explanation echoed comments by a Saudi official at the country’s embassy in Washington. The embassy official said that a Saudi national has been questioned as a witness but is not regarded as a suspect.
It was as good a Patriots Day, as good a Marathon day, as any, dry and seasonably warm but not hot like last year. The buzz was great. While the runners climbed Heartbreak Hill, the Red Sox were locked in another white-knuckle duel with the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. The only thing missing was Lou Reed crooning “Perfect Day” in the background. The winners and the elite runners had long ago finished, when in the Fens, at shortly after 2 p.m.,
Washington - Guantanamo Bay detainee Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel penned an anguished op-ed for The New York Times yesterday about his suffering behind bars for 11 years — but there was no mention that he was allegedly picked up at Tora Bora in Afghanistan and is believed by US intelligence to have been among a group of hardened fighters protecting Osama bin Laden. (Snip) But a once-secret Pentagon document put out by WikiLeaks — and posted on a Times Web site chronicling all the detainees — paints a very different picture of Moqbel as a devoted member of al Qaeda’s fighting
TRENTON — Mayoral aide Anthony Roberts and several other city employees are expected to be served with subpoenas this week as several city council members continue to demand answers about the donations and city dollars that funded a $4,000 sculpture of President Obama.(snip)The faux bronze bust was installed last December in the City Hall atrium as a way to honor the country’s 44th president, Mayor Tony Mack said at the time. But criticism came fast and fierce from council members and some residents who said the mayor was trying to deflect attention from his recent federal corruption indictment
In the aftermath of Monday’s horrific events at the Boston Marathon, only one thing is certain — for the next week or so, our television screens will be filled with a creature known as the “terrorism expert.” But what exactly is a “terrorism expert” and what qualifies one to be one? Operational knowledge of an AK-47? Intimate familiarity with the Damascus bazaar? Fluency in Arabic? (But that would be profiling, wouldn’t it?) CNN has its own in-house terrorism expert in Peter Bergen, aka their “national security analyst.” Mr. Bergen popped up on Jake Tapper’s The Lead
President Obama will meet with Sens. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, on immigration reform Tuesday afternoon at the White House. The White House added the meeting to the president’s schedule hastily as the bipartisan group of senators known as the “Gang of Eight” delayed for a day a press conference about the introduction of their proposed immigration reform bill, largely due to the tragedy in Boston. On Monday, the White House said a plan by Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, that would allow illegal immigrants to become citizens after
Barbra Streisand made a splash in New York last year when she sang in two sold-out shows at the Barclays Center. Now Ms. Streisand’s film work will be in the spotlight of her hometown: on Monday she is to receive the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual Chaplin Award for lifetime achievement. In advance of the ceremony (which will feature former President Bill Clinton, who is presenting the honor), Ms. Streisand has agreed to answer select questions from readers of The New York Times.
At least six are dead in Pakistan after a major earthquake hit the Iranian-Pakistan border region Tuesday, according to state-run Pakistan television. The U.S. Geological Survey put the preliminary magnitude of the earthquake at 7.8 and at a depth of nine miles, and Iran´s seismological center said it was centered near Saravan, a sparsely populated area about 26 miles from the Pakistani border. State-run Pakistan TV said at least six people were killed on its side of the border and at least 47 others were injured. Up to 1,000 mud homes were damaged, it added.
Via Jim Treacher, I learn that Snopes.com has a page on whether or not the Kermit Gosnell trial exists: Claim: Dr. Kermit Gosnell is on trial on charges of having committed multiple gruesome and illegal late-term abortions. Is this true? Or just an urban myth? Click here for the exciting answer. Maybe Snopes could look into whether American journalism exists.
CAIRO — Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has condemned the Boston Marathon bombings, saying that Islamic law, or Shariah, does not condone violence against civilians. A Tuesday statement from the Islamist group’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, expressed “condolences to the American people and to the families of victims, with hopes for a quick recovery of those injured.” The party also says that Islamic law “firmly rejects assaults on civilians and doesn’t accept any means of terrorizing people, regardless of their religion, color, or gender