The explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas that claimed 14 lives is still unexplained; investigators have not yet figured out the cause. But that hasn’t stopped the Democrats from trying to make political hay out of the tragedy. First we have this disgusting cartoon in the Sacramento Bee, which is predicated on the idea that the explosion was caused by lax regulation on the part of the State of Texas: Governor Rick Perry protested vigorously, saying: While I will always welcome healthy policy debate, I won’t stand for someone mocking
DARWIN, Australia — A field hockey player has died after he was bitten by a venomous king brown snake in Australia’s tropical Northern Territory and then went for a run. Fairfax Newspapers reported Friday that 26-year-old Karl Berry was cleaning up at Marrara Hockey Centre in Darwin on Tuesday when he picked up a snake. He thought it was a nonvenomous python and threw it into the bushes. Berry was bitten on the hand but did not realize the bite was poisonous and went on a 1.2-mile training run before collapsing. St. John’s Ambulance operations manager
The FBI has put a $5million price tag on the head of a former student at a British university accused of global terrorism offences. Ramadan Shallah, who gained a degree in banking and economics from Durham University, has been linked to bombings and raising funds for terrorism. He gained his degree in 1990 and then went to live in America but according to the FBI he still has contacts in London. The 54-year-old is believed to be living in Damascus with the full knowledge of the Syrian state, which is now suspected of using chemical weapons against its enemies.
When Tom Brokaw’s denounced the dumbing-down of White House Correspondent’s dinner he was unintentionally talking about one of the underlying reasons for the FBI’s inability to see the threat of the Tsarnaev brothers, even when it was pointed out to them. ”The dinner has been a tradition since 1920 for journalists who cover the White House and the President … in 1975 … “Saturday Night Live” stars Chevy Chase and Jim Belushi made appearances. However, Brokaw said that standards of the red-carpet fete have now fallen so low that his ‘daughter’s junior prom has more dignity‘.”
The mayhem in Boston the week of April 15 was a reminder of how an American city can be paralyzed by a homemade bomb. The same kinds of improvised explosive devices that menaced U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan can easily be deployed by freelance terrorists or madmen trying to send a message, incite panic or just create a media spectacle. (Snip) These little chips, called "taggants," have been around for close to 40 years, and their crime-solving capability is impressive. But they´re not used today because of one formidable opponent: the National Rifle Assn.
Kabul, Afghanistan - It is always hard to gauge what diplomats really think unless one of their cables ends up on WikiLeaks, but every once in a while, the barriers fall and a bit of truth slips into public view. (Snip) So what did he say? That the Afghan project is on thin ice and that, collectively, the West was responsible for a chunk of what went wrong, though much of the rest the Afghans were responsible for. That the West had done a good job of fighting terrorism, but that most of that was done on Pakistani soil, not on the Afghan side of the border. And that without fundamental changes
President Obama spent Saturday afternoon at the golf course, just a few hours before he is set to attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner later this evening. The president golfed at Joint Base Andrews with former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and White House aides Marvin Nicholson and Michael Brush. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend the annual dinner held by the White House Correspondents Association at the Washington Hilton hotel Saturday evening where journalists, politicians and celebrities will have the chance to see the president’s comedic
NewsBusters readers know Ellen Ratner as the perilously liberal news analyst typically offering the left-wing views on Fox News Watch. On Thursday, Ratner published an article titled "George W. Bush Has Saved More Lives Than Any American President" that is guaranteed to shock the heck out of you as it angers folks on her side of the aisle: "George W. Bush, not Barack Obama, is the real American hero in Africa," she amazingly began. "Take it from me, a liberal Democrat who voted for Obama twice." After discussing her knowledge of the problems
At the bottom of a swimming pool a group of men voluntarily sink with their hands bound behind their backs after instructed to reach their face masks on the floor using only their teeth. There appears little struggle as the men calmly work to complete their task before the next one is issued, most likely making their challenge even harder, but all in a day´s training. These are the United States´ unsung heroes, the Navy SEALS, an exclusive band of about 2,400 special operators most famously responsible for the 2011 midnight raid that led to the capture of Osama bin Laden.
The surviving suspect accused of the Boston Marathon bombings tweeted in the aftermath of the terrorist attack, joking about the fate of victims of the explosions. Dzhokhar ´Jahar´ Tsarnaev, 19, took to the social media website and engaged in banter with a friend making light of the deadly explosions that killed three and injured more than 260. In one of his many tweets, the college sophomore wrote, ´Lol those people are cooked´ likely in reference to a since deleted conversation about the events unfolding in Boston.
WASHINGTON — Russian authorities secretly recorded a telephone conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother, officials said Saturday, days after the U.S. government finally received details about the call. In another conversation, the mother of now-dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, officials said. The conversations are significant because, had they been revealed earlier, they might have been enough evidence for the FBI to initiate a more thorough investigation of the Tsarnaev family. The conversations
A president of the United States showed up to Tammy Haddad’s garden brunch. Well, sort of. As a cute joke that made everyone in the crowd stop and pay attention, Haddad told those gathered that the president was in the house. “There’s a president here,” confirmed Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen. “Okay, then everyone stand up, put up your iPhones, ladies and gentleman, for the president of the United States,” said Haddad.Considering that David Axelrod had spoken just moments before, it didn’t seem like such a stretch that the real president might show up. Alas, it was not meant to be.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has been hospitalized following a bicycle accident yesterday in Washington, D.C., a court spokesperson said today. "Associate Justice Stephen Breyer underwent reverse shoulder replacement surgery for a proximal humerus fracture this morning at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital," court spokesperson Kathleen Arberg said. "The fracture was sustained in his right shoulder in a fall from his bicycle on Friday afternoon, April 26, near the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital following his
Using their own search engine, you can find at least twenty stories written by the Soros-funded, 501 (c)(3) welfare queens at Media Matters for America that were explicitly meant to discredit Andrew Breitbart´s investigative efforts into what became known as Pigford -- a four-alarm scandal involving the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Friday morning, Breitbart´s cause on behalf of those black farmers who had been legitimately discriminated against was fully vindicated on page A1 of the New York Times. Breitbart News´ editor-in-chief has more on that here, but right now Media Matters is standing
Billionaire Manhattan hedge-funder Marc Lasry — who this week turned down a coveted ambassadorship to France after his name surfaced in a $100 million illegal-gambling-ring probe — has deep ties to the Clintons and President Obama. The relationship was so strong that the powerful Dems hired each other’s children and considered themselves family friends. Lasry’s son, Alex, worked as a $42,000-a-year special assistant reporting to senior Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, while Chelsea Clinton did a three-year stint with Lasry’s Avenue Capital investment fund.
President Barack Obama on Saturday called on the US Congress to end the "reckless" and "dumb" budget cuts known as the sequester, and to adopt a plan of "smarter" cuts to fuel economic growth. Obama´s weekly address comes after Congress on Friday overwhelming approved a bill putting furloughed air traffic controllers back on the job, thus undoing one of the most high-profile effects of the so-called sequestration, the $85 billion in automatic budget cuts that took effect March 1 and hit federal spending across the board. (Snip) "Republicans claimed victory when the sequester first took effect,
The Rev. Kevin Johnson, senior pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia, was disinvited from speaking at Morehouse College because he wrote a newspaper column critical of President Obama´s administration, according to a group of alumni. The college denied that Friday. Efforts to reach Johnson were unsuccessful. The controversy erupted Friday afternoon when a group called Citizens for Change issued a news release that gave the following account: Johnson, a Morehouse alumnus, had been chosen as this year´s baccalaureate speaker, to address the college community a day before Obama´s graduation visit and commencement speech May 19.
LONDON- The British Foreign Office said it received intelligence Syrian government troops used chemical weapons. "It is extremely serious. This is a war crime," Prime Minister David Cameron told the BBC in an interview broadcast Friday. The White House Thursday said U.S. intelligence agencies believe "with varying degrees of confidence" Syria used the nerve agent sarin on a "small scale" but did not elaborate further. However, the United State said the information it has doesn´t represent proof of chemical weapons use. Britain´s Foreign Office said it, too, had "limited but persuasive information from various sources" of chemical weapons use
North Korea plans to begin a trial against a U.S. citizen detained there last year, state media said Saturday, complicating tense relations between the two nations. Pae Jun Ho entered North Korea as a tourist on November 3, according to the Korean Central News Agency. After his detention, evidence revealed he had committed an unspecified crime against the country, the news agency said. The agency said he confessed to the alleged offense, but did not say what it was. "He will soon be taken to the Supreme Court of the DPRK to face judgment," the news agency said,
Hard-fought gains in Afghanistan over the last decade are at risk of being squandered – unless immediate action is taken to determine the fate of tens of billions of dollars in questionable reconstruction projects, the chief of the Afghan audit agency said. In an exclusive interview with The Fiscal Times, John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, said that the Pentagon, aid agencies and the State Department must quickly evaluate these projects to determine whether the billions being spent in Afghanistan right now will yield the desired results or not.
MANTOLOKING, N.J. - The 9-year-old girl who got New Jersey´s tough-guy governor to shed a tear as he comforted her after her home was destroyed is bummed because she now lives far from her best friend and has nowhere to hang her One Direction posters. A New Jersey woman whose home was overtaken by mold still cries when she drives through the area. A New York City man whose home burned can´t wait to build a new one. Six months after Superstorm Sandy devastated the Jersey shore and New York City and pounded coastal areas of New England, the region
Florida GOP senator Marco Rubio seems well-meaning enough. I know we both share, as second-generation conservative Americans, a common passion for this great land of opportunity. But when it comes to comprehending the real agenda of the open-borders zealots he’s allied himself with, Rubio doesn’t have a clue. And his abject ignorance threatens all of us who cherish American sovereignty and exceptionalism. On Fox News’ The Sean Hannity Show Tuesday night, Rubio defended his Gang of Eight “immigration reform” bill and insisted that we could and should have a system in place that vets
President Obama´s weekly remarks: Hi, everybody. Our top priority as a nation must be growing the economy, creating good jobs, and rebuilding opportunity for the middle class. But two months ago, Congress allowed a series of automatic budget cuts to fall across the federal government that would do the opposite. In Washington-speak, these cuts were called the “sequester.” It was a bad idea then. And as the country saw this week, it’s a bad idea now. Because of these reckless cuts, there are parents whose kids just got kicked out of Head Start programs scrambling for a solution.
Rep. Bill Shuster gives the Republican Party Weekly Remarks: Hello, I’m Congressman Bill Shuster, and I serve as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.This week, many Americans had their flights delayed or cancelled because of the way in which the Obama administration chose to implement the president’s automatic sequestration cuts. Travelers were fed up, and rightly so. Sequestration is bad policy — the wrong way to reduce the deficit. That’s why House Republicans have voted twice to replace these automatic cuts with smarter ones.
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,