New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is taking heat from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals after he killing a spider on his desk in front of a class of fourth graders. In a video titled, ´Governor Christie Saves School Children From Spider,´ his fearless spider-swatting skills are witnessed to cheers from his daughter, Bridget’s classmates after it caused a commotion on his desk. He tells the children after delivering it a quick slap by his palm that it´s just one of the many perks of being governor.SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO
Israel warplanes have bombed a military facility near the Syrian capital of Damascus shaking the city with powerful blasts. Columns of fire lit the night sky after Israeli rockets hit the the same Jamraya military research centre they struck in January. The airstrike - the second in the past three days by Israel - was confirmed by a U.S. official on NBC News as Syrian state TV showed flames turning the night sky orange. Scroll down to view video - Witnesses told the BBC that military positions near Jamraya which is 10 miles from the Lebanese border, were also hit.
Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard has a must read column regarding the Benghazi cover-up by White House officials CIA career officials clearly and repeatedly identified Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda-linked Islamic terrorists as the culprits behind the murder of four Americans. Of course, this would cause embarrassment for the Obama team, especially in the few weeks before the election. They had been boasting for years that Al Qaeda had been decimated(snip)Ben Rhodes should be called to account for trying to divert blame away from Islamic terrorists and the Obama team members whose feckless negligence led to the Benghazi massacre.
BEIRUT- Israel carried out its second air strike in days on Syria early on Sunday, a Western intelligence source said, in an attack that shook Damascus with a series of powerful blasts and drove columns of fire into the night sky. Israel declined comment but Syria accused the Jewish state of striking a military facility just north of the capital - one which its jets had first targeted three months ago. Iran, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and an arch-enemy for Israel, urged states in the region to resist the Israeli attack.
James Oswald is talking about his success as a crime writer when he suddenly becomes distracted and turns to the computer on his battered desk. His “lamb cam” shows a live feed from the shed some 500 yards across the fields. [Snip] Oswald’s days are about to get even busier. On Thursday, his debut novel, Natural Causes, will be published, and two more are expected to hit bookshelves by next spring. He will have to juggle writing and farming with interviews and book-signings. The 45-year-old already has experience of such success, however. In fact, he has become a self-publishing
This will be my last post for three weeks. I’m taking time out to finish a book – 80,000 words in 21 days, with just two days off for a binge in Brighton. I shall return to the job emaciated by panic and a diet of cigarettes and Red Bull. My spelling will probably be even worse. I’m annoyed that I’m taking this sabbatical at the very moment when British politics has suddenly become interesting again. Ed Miliband is doing a passable impression of a socialist. The Lib Dems are in decline (huzzah!). David Cameron is drowning
There was no way around it: The room was half-empty. The 2013 edition of South by Southwest was just getting underway as Natalie Maines stood onstage at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, sporting a brunette faux-hawk and holding an acoustic guitar. Whole sections of the 2,750-capacity space sat devoid of bodies.(Snip) “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas.”
Reuters) - Healthcare reform should be the signature Democratic achievement of President Barack Obama´s presidency.But with "Obamacare" five months from show time, Democrats are worried about whether enough Americans will sign up to make the sweeping healthcare overhaul a success - and what failure might mean for Congress heading into the 2016 presidential race. Some of the law´s main advocates fear that not enough of America´s 49 million uninsured will know about health coverage offered in their own states.
Federal officials investigating the Boston bombings have discovered radical Islamist materials on a computer belonging to the widow of the deceased suspect, it has been revealed. Katherine Russell, 24, has repeatedly claimed through her attorney that she knew nothing about the deadly April 15 bombings allegedly set off by her late husband, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and his younger brother, Dzhokhar. However, the discovery of al Qaeda’s Inspire magazine on Russell’s computer, along with the presence of explosive residue throughout their home, have raised new questions about Russell´s possible involvement in the act of terror. According to a government document
It´s a perfect reason to crack open the champagne--new research suggests three glasses of bubbly a week can improve your memory. [Snip] Connoisseurs have long argued its benefits. Barrister and crime writer Sir John Mortimer drank a glass of champagne every morning and said it was the secret to a long life. He died aged 85. But the study at Reading University is the first time scientists have identified health benefits in champagne. In Britain--where one in three over-65s develops dementia--it could be revolutionary. The compound that helps stave off forgetfulness has been found in the black grapes
Once upon a time, in the long-ago days of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, we may have had the worst and most abusive presidential administration in the history of the United States, but at least there was some moral clarity. You were on their side or you weren’t; you either bought into the idea that the “war on terror” was a special set of circumstances that required an immense expansion of executive power and the indefinite suspension of constitutional norms, or you didn’t. Nothing quite symbolized that division like the military detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
Steve Varley, the UK chairman of Ernst & Young, revealed that the accountancy firm knew of the significant number of firms seeking to relocate from countries such as the USA, as well as from the Netherlands, Switzerland and Ireland. The high figure will be a boost to George Osborne, the Chancellor, who has made Britain´s lower rates of corporation tax a centrepiece of Government policy. The advertising giant, WPP, recently announced that it would move back to the UK from its present headquarters in Dublin. "I know of more than 40 multinational companies that have been looking to undertake global
During the writing of every book there is usually a ‘Eureka!’ moment when some magical bit of previously unknown information comes to light. When I was researching my book "The Band That Played On" (Thomas Nelson 2011), which tells the story of the musicians on the Titanic, that moment came when someone alerted me to the (possible) existence of bandmaster Wallace Hartley’s violin. I couldn’t believe what I was being told and at first assumed that what was being spoken of was a replica violin made in Hartley’s honor in 1912 by his contemporary and neighbor Arthur Lancaster.
A Philadelphia jury will resume work Monday after three full days of deliberations in the murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. The Common Pleas Court jury of seven women and five men continued to pepper Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart with questions Friday and seemed to have started looking at the charges against the West Philadelphia doctor. The jurors have deliberated about 23 hours since getting the case Tuesday afternoon. But until Friday, their questions and requests for evidence all involved codefendant Eileen O´Neill, an unlicensed doctor who worked in Gosnell´s family practice in the clinic.
LOUISVILLE -- Shug McGaughey dared to dream of the morning after — of waking up in a brave new world in which he had won the Kentucky Derby. It was his goal. It was his grail. It was the most prominent missing piece in a lifetime of racing, the Hall of Fame trainer´s transcendent but elusive prize, the crowning glory of the sport of kings. And now, it is done. With his head splattered with mud and his hooves eating ground with ever-surer strides, a formidable 3-year-old called Orb surged down the stretch Saturday
Afghan president Hamid Karzai isn´t ready to give up his financially beneficial relationship with the CIA just yet. No, he wants those backpacks full from cash to keep coming. Karzai said he met with the CIA´s Afghanistan station chief a few hours before while speaking with reporters Saturday. The conversation went fairly well, if Karzai is to be believed. Here´s how Karzai described his conversation with the station chief. Karzai told him, "´Because of all these rumors in the media, please do not cut all this money because we really need it. We want to continue this sort of assistance,´"
For a long time since our founding, American society shared a common belief system, common morals and societal norms, common language. It no longer does. While the people who formed the great melting pot of yesteryear maintained aspects of their unique cultural identities, every new wave of immigrants proudly assimilated and embraced what it was to be an American. (Snip) We have allowed our history and traditions to become the stuff of microfiche in musty libraries. Popular stories, songs, and poetry that were once so important to our identity have fallen by the wayside.
Damaging new revelations continue to undermine the Obama administration as Congress prepares to resume hearings examining the response to the September 11, 2012, attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead including the U.S. ambassador. There are new details that administration officials misled the public in its initial public assessments of the attack, withheld relevant information that may have been politically damaging, waged “subtle intimidation” campaigns against multiple government employees who sought to testify about the attack, and neglected evidence in its own internal investigation of the attack and its aftermath.
McALLEN, Texas — The Texas fertilizer plant that exploded last month, killing 14 people, injuring more than 200 others and causing tens of millions of dollars in damage to the surrounding area had only $1 million in liability coverage, lawyers said Saturday. Tyler lawyer Randy C. Roberts said he and other attorneys who have filed lawsuits against West Fertilizer’s owners were told Thursday that the plant carried only $1 million in liability insurance. Brook Laskey, an attorney hired by the plant’s insurer to represent West Fertilizer Co., confirmed the amount Saturday in an email
Political satirist Greg Gutfeld said: The media would not know a good story if they woke up next to it after they were drunk last night. For them Benghazi is like an ugly wallflower at the prom. They just want to dance with Obama all night. It´s a way of life that´s not without consequences to them or us. The Washington Post Co. reported Friday an 84% drop in first-quarter profit. To be sure waltzing Obama´s not the only reason. There´s the mindless drivel of the style section gushing over Michelle and her latest upscale food and clothing fancies
The real capabilities and behavior of the US surveillance state are almost entirely unknown to the American public because, like most things of significance done by the US government, it operates behind an impenetrable wall of secrecy. But a seemingly spontaneous admission this week by a former FBI counterterrorism agent provides a rather startling acknowledgment of just how vast and invasive these surveillance activities are. Over the past couple days, cable news tabloid shows such as CNN´s Out Front with Erin Burnett have been excitingly focused on the possible involvement in the Boston Marathon attack of Katherine Russell,
Ted Cruz is brilliantly positioning himself to run in 2016 as the true leader of the party´s conservative wing: a Spanish-surnamed Princeton grad and Harvard lawyer who checks all the ideological boxes, who stood apart from the Gang of Eight immigration deal and by the general weirdness of the Paul family´s conspiracy-mongering. Yet … there is something about him that even the hardest-liners just cannot accept. First Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post and now today Kimberley Strassel in the Wall Street Journal have each thrown their full weight at the Texas senator.
When Katherine Russell arrived as a freshman at Suffolk University just over five years ago, she seemed to bond so well with her new roommates in their lively dorm opposite Boston Common that one classmate likened them to sitcom characters. “They reminded me of the show ‘Sex and the City,’ ” he recalled. “Two of them were free-spirited, one was materialistic and Katherine was the social butterfly.” Then Ms. Russell began dating Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a boxer from Cambridge, Mass., known for his flashy clothes, and her life began to change. As he became a steadily more religious Muslim,
After every terror plot since 9/11, officials rushed to calm the public by saying the plotters were not directly working for al Qaeda or another known organization. They used phrases like “one off,” an “isolated extremist” or, in the Boston case, “self-radicalized” to downplay the threat. Even when they were wrong — the underwear bomber had training in Yemen — the aim was to assure Americans there was no imminent danger of another large- scale horror like 9/11. The emphasis on individuals working alone was meant to suggest that even if they had succeeded, there would not have been mass casualties.
Yesterday, the AP reported that the FBI put Joanne Chesimard — a.k.a. Assata Shakur — on its Most Wanted Terrorists list, and announced a reward of $2 million for anyone whose information leads to her capture. After being found guilty, along with two other members of the violent Black Liberation Army, of murdering a New Jersey state trooper forty years ago to the day, Chesimard fled to Cuba. The revolutionary regime of Fidel Castro granted her asylum, and honored her not as a murderer and thug but as a fellow revolutionary freedom fighter. “She continues to flaunt her freedom
Via BuzzFeed, here’s the latest in tolerance from last night’s Piers Morgan show. Mitt Romney spoke at a commencement for Southern Virginia University, whose student body is 92% Mormon, according to Hunter Schwartz, and Romney used his speech to talk about traditional Mormon pro-family values — or really, generic Christian family values. For quoting Psalms — by the way, an Old Testament book common to all Christians and Jews — the panel laughs Romney out of the room as a “religious fanatic”:(Snip for video)The NIV has this as “children,” while the Ignatius Catholic version uses “sons” instead.