2013 featured the winter that wouldn’t end. Here in Minneapolis, the snow has finally melted and leaves are starting to come out on the trees. Farther north, though, the lakes are still largely frozen. This weekend is the opening of Minnesota’s fishing season, one of the most important dates on the calendar. But it’s hard to go after those walleyes when you’re dodging ice on the lake. The Minneapolis Star Tribune posted this mournful account:Fishing season began Saturday in Minnesota, and in some cases involving significant determination, fishing began Saturday, too. Anglers were greeted by temperatures far colder
THE capital is in the throes of déjà vu and preview as it plunges back into Clinton Rules, defined by a presidential aide on the hit ABC show “Scandal” as damage control that goes like this: “It’s not true, it’s not true, it’s not true, it’s old news.” The conservatives appearing on Benghazi-obsessed Fox News are a damage patrol with an approach that goes like this: “Lies, paranoia, subpoena, impeach, Watergate, Iran-contra.” (Though now that the I.R.S. has confessed to targeting Tea Party groups, maybe some of the paranoia is justified.)
RICHMOND, Ky.- First lady Michelle Obama urged Eastern Kentucky University graduates on Saturday night to reach out to people with different political beliefs, saying the country would benefit from the conversations. "If you´re a Democrat, spend some time talking to a Republican," Mrs. Obama told about 600 education, business and technology graduates at the third and final commencement ceremony of the day. "And if you´re a Republican, have a chat with a Democrat. Maybe you´ll find some common ground, maybe you won´t." (Snip) She also pointed them to religious congregations different than their own, saying they might hear something
DOSWELL, Va. - The Virginia woman whose actions led to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev being buried about 30 miles north of her Richmond home said the angry backlash from local officials, some cemetery neighbors and online critics has been unpleasant, but she has no regrets. (Snip) So Mullen, a mental health counselor in private practice and a graduate of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, sent emails to various faith organizations to see what could be done. She heard back from Islamic Funeral Services of Virginia, which arranged for a funeral plot at the Al-Barzakh cemetery.
Former journalist, former representative, former senator, former vice president, former husband, former cable channel owner, former inventor and former environmentalist barker Al Gore has obviously given up the global warming game. It´s amazing what a few hundred million petro-dollars will accomplish. And that fortune saves the 65-year-old from life as a late-night TV spokesman for reverse mortgages. (Snip) In another 4.5- to 5-billion years, right about the time Obama´s national debt will be paid down, our Sun will have used up all its hydrogen fuel. That begins a very long, very nasty decay process
This love is terrifying. Thousands of American teen girls are crushing on Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19 — and leading a social-media movement to exonerate him. The swooning teens will not accept allegations that the college kid — whom they refer to by his nickname, “Jahar” — and his brother, Tamerlan, 26, killed three and maimed hundreds by setting off bombs at the April 15 race. While some scrawl the hashtag “#FreeJahar” on their hands with markers, an 18-year-old in Topeka, Kan., is going to the extreme — she wants Dzhokhar’s words inked on her arm forever.
On Sunday, four bereaved women will be facing their first Mother´s Day without their beloved sons, who were murdered in Benghazi last September 11. Will Hillary Clinton be thinking of them this Mother´s Day? And if she were to send the Benghazi Moms a Mother´s Day card, would it say, "What Difference at This Point Does It Make"? Clinton herself may well have made a difference -- a life-or-death difference. Evidence is mounting that Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens, staffer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods could be alive
RENO, Nev. — Soon after moving into Liberace’s gaudy Las Vegas mansion in 1977, Scott Thorson, then a teenage hunk in the foster care system, learned that the jewel-smitten showman could love just as extravagantly as he decorated. Touring the premises before their relationship began, Liberace pointed out some decorative highlights, which included 17 pianos, a casino, a quarry’s worth of marble and a canopied bed with an ermine spread. On the ceiling was a reproduction of the Sistine Chapel with Liberace’s face painted among the cherubs.
Former Gov. Ed Rendell and former Mayor W. Wilson Goode have launched a fund-raising effort to pay the legal bills of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah´s son, who has been under federal investigation for months. Rendell said he agreed to pitch in after Rep. Fattah contacted him for help. Rendell, in an interview, estimated that the Philadelphia congressman and his wife had spent $250,000 to help Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr., 30, and said the costs had become a "little bit of a struggle" for the family. On Thursday, Rendell said the fund would not reveal the
SPENCERTOWN, N.Y. – At last, it is written. Four years after he began his project to write out every word of the Bible, Phillip Patterson penned the very last lines Saturday at an upstate New York church. "Every single curly-q, every single loop, it was all worth it," said Patterson, 63, moments after inking the final two verses of the King James Bible. "I´m really going to miss this writing." It took Patterson just a few minutes to copy the final lines of the Book of Revelation before a crowd of about 125 people at St. Peter´s Presbyterian Church
Elizabeth Taylor reportedly said, “You find out who your real friends are when you´re involved in a scandal.” Of course, she was in Hollywood, perhaps the only place where loyalty means less than it does in Washington, D.C. But some people in the Obama administration are about to find out what she meant. The Congressional hearing this week on the Benghazi cover-up was important not only for the information we heard from the witnesses, but also because, for the first time, it piqued the interest of the mainstream media. Perhaps it’s genuine concern over having been lied to,
The father woke first, ears ringing. The last thing Donald Evans remembered was shouting to the pilot seated beside him -- "Pull up!" -- before the single-engine plane slammed into a low mountain 37 miles west of McGrath. One look told him that man was now dead. So was the woman sitting behind Evans, an admired school teacher named Julia Walker who lived in Anvik, the Yukon River village that Evans and his wife, both 32, had been flying to as they began their first year teaching in rural Alaska.
Sharyl Attkisson, the Emmy award-winning investigative reporter, is in talks to leave CBS News ahead of contract, POLITICO has learned. Sources familiar with the situation cite disputes between Attkisson and network executives, including CBS Evening News executive producer Patricia Shevlin, as the cause for the talks, though the specific issues could not be confirmed. "I am under contract at CBS and I have not quit," Attkisson told POLITICO in a written statement. She declined to comment further. CBS News declined to comment; a request to speak with Shevlin was redirected to the press office.
The sun blew up Thursday night. It threw off a giant plume of gas and matter that wowed the people watching. Meanwhile, astronomers around the world warily monitored the “giant prominence.” The plumes tend to cause solar storms, and big plumes can cause big storms. [Snip] A large enough storm could create power surges that would wreak havoc on the electric power grid, disable communication systems and satellites among other damage, according to the Environmental Protection Agency and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Cellphones wouldn’t work. Neither would radar or navigational gear. Lights wouldn’t turn on. Computers couldn’t connect online.
Let’s face it. The Great Gatsby never has been—and probably won’t ever be—successfully turned into a great motion picture. Many have tried (four flop movies, not to mention various small-screen attempts, including a truncated but memorable Playhouse 90 with Robert Ryan and Jeanne Crain in the golden days when TV still knew what quality programming was). Robert Redford was a perfect Gatsby in the pretty but boring 1974 version by Jack Clayton, but the movie was dead on arrival. The best I’ve seen is still Elliott Nugent’s black-and-white 1949 version, with Alan Ladd at the top of his form
There are a ton of clips of Jason Richwine talking about race and immigration floating around the Internets. (Snip)Jason Richwine, a senior policy analyst at the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation and co-author of a controversial report on the economic costs of immigration reform, said at a 2008 event that the “most important way” race was different was in IQ. He made similar comments in a 2009 PhD dissertation, which have received attention this week. But the entire video — which is not hidden away in some secret vault, but available on C-Span — paints a very
Politics! Politics! They’re playing politics in Washington! Pretending to be modern Paul Reveres, Democrats and their media handmaidens are doing their damnedest to diminish the Benghazi revelations with the cheapest trick in town. While there is always pungent hypocrisy when one gang of politicians accuses another gang of playing politics, the current phony outrage from the Obama Protection Society is exceptionally putrid. After all, the whole saga of Benghazi — before, during and after the terror attack — reflects nothing so much as the ultimate expression of Barack Obama’s politics.
Chinese cyber spies have been caught trying to steal the secrets of Britain’s most sophisticated combat jet, The Mail on Sunday has learned. A covert unit within the Chinese Army has been using highly sophisticated cyber weapons in a desperate attempt to acquire classified information about the stealthy Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Manufacturer Lockheed Martin claims it is thwarting tens of thousands of computer attacks every week to keep secure secrets about the jet--due to be in service with the Royal Navy and RAF by 2018. The defence giant has recruited some of Britain’s brightest ‘young geeks’ to help
Prince Harry has expressed his concern at the ´visual impact´ of wind farms at a reception during his American tour--echoing the views held by his father. The younger prince questioned the merits of the turbines while speaking to Susan Reilly, chief executive officer of Renewable Energy Systems Americas, at the drinks reception. Meanwhile, as he played a game of sitting volleyball yesterday, Prince Harry fell flat on his back with a decidedly unroyal hoot of laughter. Dressed in combat camouflage fatigues and desert boots, the third in line to the throne took his fall in good humour, laughing and joking
Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood’s illegitimate son Scott is set to follow his father after landing a major television role as a rebel cop in a new police drama for major US network NBC. Scott Eastwood, 27, who was disowned by his father until he was in his teens, will play tough Chicago officer Jim Barnes who bears an uncanny similarity to renegade cop Dirty Harry, made famous by Eastwood senior in the Seventies. Studio bosses will introduce Barnes to American viewers on Wednesday in the final episode of the current series of top-rated show Chicago Fire.
With the motto “must draw blood”, the Gurkha’s khukri knife has made the Nepalese soldier one of the fiercest and most feared in the world. Now the British Army has reintroduced formal khukri training for its brigade of Gurkhas after a gap of more than 50 years. The initiative, which sees a khukri package added to the Gurkha combat infantryman’s course, will teach new recruits arriving from Nepal how to properly wield the knife, develop a soldier’s aggression and ultimately instruct them how to kill on the battlefield. [Snip] In 2010, a private from the 1 Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles
Andrew Rossindell hit out over a Spanish MEP’s grovelling comment to Argentine politicians in Buenos Aires during trade talks. Daniel Filmus, head of Argentina’s Foreign Affairs Committee, called on members of an EU delegation to press Britain to begin talks about sovereignty of the South Atlantic islands. Last night angry Mr Rossindell, a member of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, said: “The EU is encroaching on foreign affairs in a way that I find absolutely outrageous.” He urged David Cameron to rush through the promised referendum on the EU before the next Parliament to help put a stop to
BBC has apologized for its coverage of the Benghazi murders; ABC has unraveled the mendacious tale of the talking points ´ genesis and the Congressional hearings this week have dramatically established the administration´s elaborate lies about how our ambassador and his brave defenders were murdered and its failure to protect them. Maybe now the press will feel it´s okay to get off their duffs and report how a thoroughly incompetent administration, motivated solely by self-interest, left our ambassador and others to be murdered and then lied about it with consequences to us all.
“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,/But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”—Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar” (Act I,Scene ii.)The ambiguity of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy about the end of the Roman republic and the onset of dictatorship teaches us that no matter how much we yearn for clarity, there is always an element of uncertainty in the fate of nations.Motive is subjective. Intention is debatable. Facts are elusive.[SNIP]But when you get right down to it, the fault for the nation’s general ignorance about the Benghazi coverup does not belong to the media;it belongs to ourselves.
So much for fancy flowers, champagne brunches and new electronic devices. Ninety nine years ago, President Woodrow Wilson had a terse message for the American people when he designated the nation’s first official Mothers Day. “Whereas, by Joint Resolution approved May 6, 1914, ‘designating the second Sunday in May as Mother´s Day, and for other purposes’, the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the government officials to display the United States flag on all government buildings, and the people of the United States to display the flag at their homes or other suitable places
MSNBC contributor David Corn admitted that the reason White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s Benghazi press briefing was so tense was “he got caught saying something that wasn’t completely true” Friday on MSNBC. Despite Carney’s untruth, Corn said that did not necessarily amount to lying. American Enterprise Institute’s Danielle Pletka reacted incredulously, suggesting Corn should try that reasoning on his children: DAVID CORN: Yeah, Jay Carney has got caught saying something that wasn’t completely true. DANIELLE PLETKA: That’s called a lie, David. DAVID CORN: We in Washington — everything you say that’s not true may not be a lie,