Caterpillar, the Illinois-based company that builds equipment that literally moves mountains, has found a reliable partner in Waco. The company has invested nearly $50 million in the community the past 15 years, and will spend another $6 million to install new equipment. Cat’s local facilities make excavation buckets as well as surface-blasting hammers that look like jackhammers on steroids. It has created two logistics centers that ship stock and emergency parts to dealers. One occupies 1 million square feet in the former General Tire plant, the other 750,000 square feet
Coming years late to the story, The New York Times finally took a look at the Pigford scandal that Andrew Breitbart, Lee Stranahan and the Breitbart team exposed starting in 2010. At last the story is making an appearance across the media. On Friday morning, April 26, the Times published a long piece titled, "U.S. Opens Spigot After Farmers Claim Discrimination," in which Andrew Breitbart and Congressman Steve King were credited for early criticism of the government´s corruption in the scandal. It should be remembered that the left-wing Media Matters for America scoffed at Andrew Breitbart,
Both 1st District candidates have had success raising money since the day the world awoke to the news that Republican Mark Sanford was accused of trespassing at his ex-wife’s Sullivan’s Island home. Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch leads the former governor in fundraising, especially when contributions from outside groups are factored in. She has raised roughly $85,000 in large donations in the days since April 17, including about $54,000--or more than 60 percent--that came from outside the district, according to the latest financial reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
When the living Presidents of the United States get together--as they did last week to inaugurate George W Bush´s presidential library – it´s always the same question that lurks unspoken beneath the layers of obligatory magnanimity: "So, Mr President, how big is yours?" Not the library, of course, but the legacy. That´s what counts among statesmen of this stature. And in the case of Barack Obama--the only member of that elite club still with time left on the White House clock--the answer to the question remains open. It´s only natural that a sitting second-term president should find his
"Dartmouth has a problem!" These were the words shouted by 15 student protesters and heard by hundreds of prospective students at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., on April 19, just before the start of the school´s annual Dimensions show, an interactive performance that introduces prospective students to the different facets of campus life during the Dartmouth visiting weekend. Organizers said the demonstration was intended to call attention to what they consider is the college´s lack of response to recent incidents of homophobia, sexual assault and racism on Dartmouth´s campus. When asked what
The news today that the great country singer George Jones had died at age 81 left me flooded with memories of my visit with him in 2010. I went to his sprawling estate in Franklin, Tenn., to interview Jones for our "50 Great Voices" series. After our interview, he took me on a tour of his basement "museum." (Snip)There on the wall, I spotted a fascinating oddity: a framed letter to George Jones from none other than Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. It´s printed on Supreme Court letterhead, dated Sept. 10, 1993. Justice Thomas begins by thanking Jones for having sent him two letters,
Health Care Politics: As ObamaCare rolls out, some of its biggest backers from labor to D.C. lawmakers are having second thoughts. It´s a sign that the idea of ending this national nightmare isn´t about to go away. Late last week, the 22,000-member United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers dropped a bombshell on the Obama administration, not only withdrawing its support for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but also demanding its repeal. The reason: ObamaCare subsidizes low-paid non-union workers in small companies that don´t insure their employees,
About 500 locks on cell doors simultaneously opened inside Montgomery County’s main jail early Saturday morning, prompting officials to declare a security emergency that included posting about 20 police cars along the perimeter of the facility near Clarksburg. No inmates tried to escape and the locks were reset, said Arthur Wallenstein, director of the county’s Department of Correction and Rehabilitation. Wallenstein said the cell door locks also disengaged on Tuesday before being reset. “It’s definitely a problem,” he said. “We must find the source of it.” County maintenance workers and outside contractors
An apparent piece of landing gear from a passenger jet used in the Sept. 11 attacks was found behind the site of the controversial Ground Zero mosque, police said. The piece of gear was discovered Wednesday, wedged between the rear of 51 Park Place, the mosque site, and the building behind it, 50 Murray Street. Police are treating the site as a crime scene. They will photograph the piece, and the Medical Examiner will check the area for human remains. The aircraft part has a clearly visible Boeing identification number, police said. Surveyors hired by the owner of 51 Park Place made the find
The deceased Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his wife Katherine relied on food stamps and public assistance from 2011 to 2012, soon after they became parents. New details have emerged about taxpayer money that was shelled out to the family of the bombing suspects, after the Mass. Gov. previously refused to divulge information on their welfare benefits. A state lawmaker was able to obtain data about government assistance the Tsarnaevs received and that information was passed on to the media. On Friday, the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance detailed
Writing off a political party because they lose an election or two is dangerous - as President Obama and the Democrats discovered with mandatory cuts that led to a bogus furlough for air traffic controllers. The administration´s dog and pony show on how badly the sequester is hurting blew up in their faces as it became clear that the delays at airports over the last week could have easily been avoided. The House passed an accounting fix for the FAA - who could have done it themselves - and the president is expected to sign it
The history parlor game known as What if…? is generally dismissed by professional historians but is still a lot of fun for history buffs. Basically, you start with a premise; “What if” Kennedy had lived? Or, what if D-Day had failed? The permutations are endless and you can have a lot fun stretching the cause/effect theorems decades into the future. Here’s one for you; What if Barack Obama had failed to get on the ballot of the Iowa caucuses? This particular counterfactual may actually have happened, but for the criminal intervention of two Iowa Democrats
His tunes about good times and regrets touched countless generations of fans. From Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton to Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard, many of the biggest acts in the country music world reacted with deep emotion upon learning of the death of legendary singer George Jones on Friday. They took to social media to share the news with their countless followers that the singer better known as Possum passed away after a brief hospitalization for fever and irregular blood pressure. His publicist Kirt Webster released a statement early Friday detailing that the singer had been
The White House Correspondents´ Dinner picked up a big dose of much needed giltz this week with the announcements that Barbra Streisand and Psy will attend the event – and that E! Entertainment will live-stream its coverage of red carpet arrivals. E!´s decision takes what´s often called the "nerd prom" into the realm of a Hollywood-esque awards show -- a first for the annual Washington event, which will be hosted this year by Conan O´Brien. Here´s a round-up who´s going on Saturday night and where they´re sitting: Bloomberg: The news service will host Streisand as well as
"Downton Abbey´s" Michelle Dockery, "Mad Men´s" Jessica Pare, and "Homeland´s" Morena Baccarin captivated the men at Friday night´s The New Yorker party while Gerard Butler was surrounded by women.The three female stars shared a table at the event at the W Hotel´s rooftop bar and were swarmed by male admirers -- shall we say they were men mad about the celebrities? Dockery and Pare, in particular, seemed to bond throughout the evening -- they left together at the end of the night. Butler, meanwhile, spent most of the evening hanging with CNN´s Piers Morgan and taking pictures
Tripoli, Libya - An explosion hit a police station in Libya´s eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday, a day after militants killed a pro-government militiaman in an attack further to the east, in the latest violence to hit the country since the government launched a crackdown on armed groups. The attacks, announced by officials, came less than a week after a car bomb exploded outside the French Embassy in Tripoli, wounding three people (Snip) The bombing was the worst attack on a diplomatic mission in the North African country since the U.S. ambassador was killed last year. No group claimed responsibility
Here are the likely lessons future historians will draw from Cyprus’s sorry experience in the euro. By destroying Cyprus’s bank-centric business model and by imposing severe austerity on the country within a euro straitjacket, the International Monetary Fund–European Union bailout package for Cyprus is likely to lead to the literal collapse of the Cypriot economy over the next year and to Cyprus’s exit from the euro. Such a course of events will have important ramifications for the rest of the European Monetary Union. When the dust settles and future historians seek to draw lessons from Cyprus’s sorry
Kabul, Afghanistan - The Taliban on Saturday announced the start of their spring offensive, signaling plans to step up attacks as the weather warms across Afghanistan, making both travel and fighting easier. The statement comes toward the end of a month that already has been the deadliest of the year. The militant group´s leadership vowed that "every possible tactic will be utilized in order to detain or inflict heavy casualties on the foreign transgressors," including suicide attacks on military bases and diplomatic areas. The leadership also threated more so-called insider attacks by members of the
A week after the Boston Marathon bombing, Conservative London Mayor Boris Johnson wrote a shameless puff-piece celebrating the glories of "sensuous" camel racing in the Gulf emirates in the London Telegraph. Gulf Arabs, including the Saudi Arabians, are huge terrorist enablers, big European spenders, London party animals, media investors, sexual abusers, (Snip) Well, the good news today is that with the rise of shale energy wells all over the world, OPEC will lose its near-monopoly very soon, maybe in half a dozen years. Shale may therefore defeat shari´ah before it is too late. -- Caroline Glick.
The Ministry of Defence began remotely operating its Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles in Afghanistan from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire this week. Anti-war protesters are expected to gather outside the base to voice their opposition to the use of the drones. Previously the remotely controlled aircraft have been operated from a United States Air Force base in Nevada (Snip) In a statement issued on Thursday, the RAF said it had commenced supporting the International Security Assistance Force and Afghan ground troops with "armed intelligence and surveillance missions" remotely piloted from
Washington - The United States on Friday denied making any effort to destabilize the Venezuelan government, and called an American arrested in the South American nation "a private U.S. citizen." State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said at a regular news briefing that Washington was seeking more information on Timothy Hallet Tracy, an American documentary filmmaker arrested on Wednesday in the Venezuelan capital Caracas on charges of conspiring to destabilize the country. Venezuela´s Interior and Justice Minister Miguel Rodriguez has said that his government sees the American man
Dhaka - In the wake of violent protests over Wednesday´s building collapse that has left 332 workers dead so far, two of the owners of five ready-made garment factories housed in the collapsed Bangladesh building were arrested early Saturday. The duo surrendered to detectives hours after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a late night meeting on Friday with the leaders of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) said to go tough against the owners if they don´t turn themselves in to the
Washington - When Democrats unsuccessfully tried months ago to persuade Republicans to replace forced spending cuts with a mix of tax and spending cuts, they predicted the GOP would come around in the spring when the reductions kicked in and constituents started complaining about the effects -- like long lines at airports and flight delays. But now, instead of Republicans conceding, it is Democrats who are giving in to public pressure to reverse one of the most visible consequences of $85 billion in government-wide, indiscriminate spending reductions approved by Congress -- cuts at
Washington — President Barack Obama chided lawmakers Saturday over their fix for widespread flight delays, deeming it an irresponsible way to govern even as he prepared to sign the legislation they hurriedly pushed through Congress. Wary of letting Republicans set a precedent he might later regret, Obama dubbed the bipartisan bill to end furloughs of air traffic controllers a “Band-Aid” and a quick fix, rather than a lasting solution to this year’s $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester. The cuts have affected all federal agencies, and some cuts were undone.
The Obama administration´s second installment of sequester scare tactics is working about as well as its first go ´round. Run away: The White House has endorsed a plan to eliminate FAA spending cuts that have cause air travel delays across the country. The agency has been forced to furlough air traffic controllers as part of the automatic budget cuts that kicked in this spring. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to end the cuts by claiming savings from the draw down of war spending in Iraq and Afghanistan. Republicans reject his proposal calling it an accounting gimmick.