Tamerlan Tsarnaev was buried at Al-Barzakh Muslim Cemetery in Doswell, Va., according to the recently released death certificate for the Boston bombing suspect. Tsarnaev’s death certificate, released Friday by the office of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, shows that his immediate cause of death was “gunshot wounds of torso and extremities and blunt trauma to head and torso.”The 26-year-old native of Elista Kalmykia, Russia, was pronounced dead at 1:35 a.m. on April 19, hours after he engaged in a shootout with authorities in Watertown, Mass.
Black students are suspended more than three times as often as their white classmates, twice as often as their Latino classmates and more than 10 times as often as their Asian classmates in middle and high schools nationwide, a new study shows. The average American secondary student has an 11% chance of being suspended in a single school year, according to the study from the University of California Los Angeles Civil Rights project. However, if that student is black, the odds of suspension jump to 24%.
Renowned author Dan Brown woke up in his luxurious four-poster bed in his expensive $10 million house – and immediately he felt angry. (snip) The critics said his writing was clumsy, ungrammatical, repetitive and repetitive. They said it was full of unnecessary tautology. They said his prose was swamped in a sea of mixed metaphors. For some reason they found something funny in sentences such as “His eyes went white, like a shark about to attack.”
ROME -- Pope Francis canonized more than 800 Catholics in Saint Peter’s Square Sunday – the largest number to be elevated to sainthood at once in the history of the Catholic Church. The choice of some of the new saints was also striking, touching on the already-fragile relationship between Christianity and Islam. The new saints included hundreds of laymen from the southern Italian port town of Otranto who were slain in the 15th century by the invading Ottoman Turkish army after they refused to convert to Islam. In 1480, after conquering Constantinople –
In an exclusive for the German conservative newspaper Die Welt on April 26, 2013, the German Bertelsmann Stiftung released international survey results concerning popular perceptions of Islam. The polling of 14,000 people in 13 countries during November and December 2012 indicates broad-based concerns about the compatibility of Islamic beliefs and behaviors with free societies. Those who continually invoke Islam as a "religion of peace" will apparently have to do more in future years than just complain of "Islamophobia" in order to improve Islam´s international image.
RICHMOND — First lady Michelle Obama chose to speak at Eastern Kentucky University´s graduation Saturday because of its often-celebrated work with veterans, and in her speech she urged graduates to take the values they learned here out into the world.(Snip) "I know you faced all kinds of doubts and uncertainties when you showed up on campus, and I know a lot about it from my own experiences," said Obama, who with her brother was the first in her family to attend Princeton. "I didn´t know how to pick out the right classes, how to find the right buildings.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Sunday that the IRS´ admission of targeting various conservative groups for extra scrutiny was "absolutely chilling," and she called on President Barack Obama to apologize. "This is truly outrageous and it contributes to the profound distrust that the American people have in government," Collins said on CNN´s "State of the Union." "It is absolutely chilling that the IRS was singling out conservative groups for extra review, and I think it´s very disappointing that the president hasn´t personally condemned this and spoken out."
Montgomery, Alabama – Acting state Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley lowered her head and slowly shook it side to side when summing up the financial condition of her once powerful party. "We´re broke, broke, broke," Worley told the party´s Executive Board in a special called meeting Frida. How broke is broke? Worley didn´t sugar coat the answer. "This is my 18th day as chair and thirty minutes after I took over on April 22nd the landlord of the building where our party headquarters are came in and said he wanted us out, that the rent was overdue and was always overdue,"
Sen. Dianne Feinstein says the talking points used on the Sunday news shows following the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were wrong, adding that the administration should have been quicker in calling it a terrorist act. “I think the talking points were wrong,” the California Democrat who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Sunday on NBC´s “Meet the Press.” “I think the talking points should not be written by the intelligence community.” “Unfortunately," she added, "the word extremist was used which isn’t not as crystal clear as terrorist.”
Local 2 Investigates learned an Emergency Medical Technician arrested Friday on federal charges had been "let go" from the West EMS department just days after the explosion, according to state health officials. Bryce Ashley Reed, an EMT who responded to the explosion at the West fertilizer company, currently faces federal charges of possession of a destructive device. However, investigators said they have found no connection between Reed and the explosion. "We removed him from the roster for West EMS (Friday) after receiving notice that he was let go from there," Carrie Williams with the Texas Department of State
Russian agents intercepted text messages showing Tamerlan Tsarnaev wanted to join up with militant jihadists, according to a new report — a revelation that could have put the Boston bomber under closer federal watch, experts say, if it was shared with U.S. officials. “That could have been the trigger that put him under surveillance,” said Cedric Leighton, former deputy director of training at the National Security Agency. “Although in and of itself each text message may not have shown anything, it’s still important to put all the pieces together. Some little snippet of information could make all the difference.”
The White House has touted the Accountability Review Board (ARB) investigation of the Benghazi massacre as a review “led by two men of unimpeachable expertise and credibility that oversaw a process that was rigorous and unsparing.” In fact, the report was purposefully incomplete and willfully misleading. The two men in charge of the ARB, Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Admiral Thomas Mullen, a diplomat and military man respectively, have no meaningful investigative experience. Instead of letting the facts lead the direction of the investigation, the report appears designed to protect the interests of Hillary Clinton, the State Department higher ups,
Liberal former congressman Dennis Kucinich blamed President Obama´s Libya policy for the death of four Americans in Benghazi. Kucinich also said the Obama administration politicized the response to Benghazi because they "were in the circumference of an election, and when you get on the eve of an election, everything becomes political." (Snip) Fox host Chris Wallace asked, "So do you think those talking points were politically scrubbed?" "Of course they were," said Kucinich. "Come on, are you kidding?
CHICAGO - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans on seeking re-election in 2015 and says he´s not seeking higher office. The former White House chief of staff told the Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/10Bg9hW ) he´d support a presidential run of either Vice President Joe Biden or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but he´s not going anywhere. Emanuel took office in 2011 and says if he wins a second term he´ll serve it out. Emanuel says 1 of the frustrations has been changing Chicago´s culture to 1 of accountability. He acknowledged the political risk of his plan to close 54 city schools.
One of the mysteries in the Benghazi scandal has been the role of David Petraeus, who was then the Director of the CIA but was forced to resign in a personal scandal shortly thereafter. While the White House and State Department tried to cobble together talking points to explain away the terrorist attack that took four American lives, what did Petraeus do? According to new information reported for the first time by Jonathan Karl on ABC News’ This Week earlier this morning, Petraeus rejected the final version as “useless” —
Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, is on the list of potential Democratic presidential candidates compiled by the extraordinarily astute Prez16.com . As a cabinet secretary (and as a potential, if dark horse, presidential nominee) Madame Secretary should refrain from slurring the Drudge Report, as recently she did, a slur Drudge, confidently, featured. Drudge is no fan of Napolitano. He regularly tweaks her as “Big Sis” (presumably an allusion to George Orwell’s “Big Brother”). Drudge is one of the most powerful — and widely respected — forces in the news business today.
AS a taxpayer and a conservative who hopes to remain on good terms with the Internal Revenue Service for many April 15ths to come, I don’t want to speculate too freely about the motives of the “low level” I.R.S. employees who decided to single out Tea Party groups for an inappropriate level of attention during the heat of the 2012 campaign. But I’m willing to guess this much: Even though an American Civil Liberties Union official described their excessive interest in right-wing groups as “about as constitutionally troubling as it gets,” the bureaucrats in question probably thought
Andrew Stuttaford has several times drawn attention to the decision of the Grey Lady to keep the Pulitzer Prize that was awarded to Walter Duranty for his reporting of Soviet Russia that praised Stalin, sugar-coated the crimes of the Soviet regime, and in particular denied the forced Ukrainian famine. (Snip)An opposite situation has now arisen. Both organizations are jointly resisting the posthumous award of a Pulitzer to Ed Kennedy, the Associated Press reporter, who broke the official 24-hour embargo on releasing news of the German surrender to the Allies at Reims on the Western front.
A new language was introduced in Washington when President Barack Obama began his first term in office. For a time, it flummoxed his observers, including many Republicans, who were caught off-balance by the combination of the president’s soaring rhetoric and his Chicago-style politics. The language is newspeak. Introduced by George Orwell, it is characterized by using familiar words and phrases in unfamiliar ways. In the president’s parlance, “fair” means skewering the upper middle-class and redistributing their wealth. "Necessary investments" are excuses to raise taxes and grow government. Similar convoluted definitions exist in the president’s energy policy pronouncements.
A group of tea-party activists — the Tea Party Leadership Fund — is trying to draft Sarah Palin to run for Senate in 2014, when incumbent Alaska Democrat Mark Begich is up for reelction. But don’t expect Palin to take the bait. In a statement, her adviser Tim Crawford throws cold water on the speculation. She appreciates the interest, but she doesn’t “support” the effort. Governor Palin is grateful and honored by those Americans who support her and her beliefs. However, the draft Sarah Palin for Senate fundraising campaign initiated by the Tea Party Leadership Fund is not authorized,
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates forcefully defended the Obama administration on Sunday against charges that it did not do enough to prevent the tragedy in Benghazi, telling CBS´ "Face the Nation" that some critics of the administration have a "cartoonish impression of military capabilities and military forces." Gates, a Republican who was appointed by then-President George W. Bush in 2006 and agreed to stay through more than two years of President Obama´s first term, repeatedly declined to criticize the policymakers who devised a response to the September 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya,
The Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups is outrageous. Those who did this should be fired immediately. That’s obvious. It continues a slovenly week for Barack Obama. The President has been very proud of the absence of scandal in his administration, and rightly so. The inability of his opponents to find any significant corruption in the historic $800 billion stimulus package was a real achievement, given the speed of the payout. None of his top aides have been caught up in taking bribes while in office
A lengthy criminal investigation of the son of prominent Congressman Chaka Fattah is underway in Philadelphia. It is always a bad thing to have the feds looking into throwing you in the slammer, but if it´s going to happen, then it really helps to have blood ties to the Democratic Machine. They know how to shake money out of trees. (snip) 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.
The term Liberal Redneck will strike progressives as an absurd contradiction. Yet, Conservatives will have an immediate, wearying familiarity with the angry, judgmental, uninformed and doctrinaire viewpoint of this group. In fact, the Liberal Redneck is every bit as small-minded, bigoted, dismissive, self-righteous, judgmental, uneducated and intolerant as the worst fundamentalist. The problem in America today is that there is never a level playing field offered for the discussion of ideas. Therefore, most important topics are only mentioned in a predetermined format. In other words, one can mention, for example—gay marriage,
Congress is hearing from more whistleblowers who wish to testify on the terrorist attack in Benghazi, according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.). Rogers told "Fox News Sunday" that following the testimony of three whistleblowers before the House Oversight Committee, lawmakers have been contacted by other potential witnesses. "We have had people come forward because of the [Oversight] testimony and say we would also like to talk," he said. "I do think we´re going to see more whistleblowers. Certainly my committee has been contacted, I think other committees as well."
WASHINGTON — In roughly 75 hours of arguments at the Supreme Court since October, only one African-American lawyer appeared before the justices, and for just over 11 minutes. The numbers were marginally better for Hispanic lawyers. Four of them argued for a total of 1 hour, 45 minutes. Women were better represented, accounting for just over 17 percent of the arguments before the justices. In an era when three women, a Hispanic and an African-American sit on the court and white men constitute a bare majority of the nine justices, the court is more diverse