London’s most senior police officer last night praised the “courage and determination” shown by the armed officers who shot the suspected Woolwich terrorists. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “Every day in London, armed officers patrol in the knowledge that they may have to face highly dangerous situations in which they will be required to make split-second decisions that have life-changing consequences. The horrific event of last Wednesday in Woolwich was such an occasion.”[Snip] Filmed by a local resident, the 10-second film shows the officers open fire moments after they reached the scene, as the suspects rounded on
US Representative Edward J. Markey, the Democratic nominee for the US Senate, paid an effective tax rate of less than 20 percent over the past eight years, claiming large deductions for his mortgages, his travel expenses, and his car, his tax returns show. According to his federal and state tax filings dating back to 2005, almost of all of Markey’s income, which ranged from $140,777 to $161,433 per year over the eight-year period, came from his congressional salary. Markey, who turned 66 in July, also began collecting Social Security benefits last year, his 2012 tax return shows.
CANNES, France — Roman Polanski says the birth control pill has had a "masculinizing" effect on women and that the leveling of the sexes is "idiotic". The director made the comments Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival, where he came to premiere "Venus in Fur," a film adapted from the David Ives play which stars Polanski´s wife and toys with the subject of gender. Polanski said the pill has "changed the place of women in our times" while talking to reporters. He further lamented that "offering flowers to a lady" has become "indecent." The 79-year-old Polanski was famously convicted
This week we have witnessed scenes in Woolwich that are the stuff of nightmares. [Snip] We should remember Cub Scout leader Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, who jumped off a bus passing the carnage to see if she could use her first-aid skills to help. When she realised that the death was not an accident but deliberate, she confronted the perpetrators and talked to them in the hope of preventing them from attacking anyone else. Equally admirable were the “Angels of Woolwich”, Amanda Donnelly and her daughter Gemini Donnelly-Martin, who stayed with Drummer Rigby while he lay dying. Mrs Donnelly’s son later
NAIROBI, Kenya — A suspect in the savage killing of a British soldier on a London street was arrested in Kenya in 2010 near the East African country´s border with Somalia, an anti-terrorism police official said Sunday. Michael Adebolajo was believed to have been preparing to train and fight with the al-Qaida-linked Somali militant group al-Shabab in 2010 when he was arrested with five others, Kenya´s anti-terrorism police unit head Boniface Mwaniki told The Associated Press.Mwaniki said that the suspect was then deported, however, Kenya´s government spokesman said he was arrested under a different name and handed to British authorities
From its very earliest days fighting the Afghan government in the mid 1970s, the militia led by Jalaluddin Haqqani has been used as a proxy by Pakistan. Today it is known as the Haqqani network, allied to the Taliban and considered the most deadly threat to international forces in Afghanistan. It is behind many of the most spectacular attacks in the capital Kabul. Yet Islamabad has so far failed to move against the outfit, which is based around Miranshah in North Waziristan. It continues to see the Haqqani network as “good Taliban”, a useful conduit to other militant groups such
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder approved the decision to seize phone records and personal emails of FOX News reporter James Rosen, the Justice Department disclosed late Friday. The journalist´s messages were obtained after investigators checked with ´the highest levels of the department, including discussions with the Attorney General,´ the department said in a statement. The revelation comes after the attorney general told Congress on May 15 that he had no involvement in the department´s decision to subpoena phone records from Associated Press reporters, as part of an investigation
One thing that puts "progressives" at a disadvantage in these ongoing Obama scandals is that many of them admit they want the American federal government favoring the Left. Some of the more honest among them have said they have no real problem with the power of the federal government being used to suppress Conservatives since it tilts the political field in the correct direction. The 2010 mid-term election was a big setback for the Left, as the Tea Party drove some real gains in turning the map red and denying Democrats total control of Washington
A flash flood watch for much of south central Texas, including San Antonio and Bexar County, will remain in effect until 8 a.m. Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service forecast. The advisory warns that "heavy downpours" could drop between 2 to 4 inches of rain across the area overnight, which could quickly cause flash floods as the soil is already saturated. (Snip) San Antonio residents seeking shelter with the American Red Cross have been moved to one, large facility at the Ninth Grade Academy at 1460 Martinez. Two smaller shelters were opened Saturday morning
Republicans promised to make funnyman Al Franken a one-term senator, but look who’s laughing now. The Minnesota Democrat looked to be a top GOP pickoff target next year after his agonizing seven-month recount and legal battle put him in the Senate in 2009 by a mere 312 votes.Yet, in a turnabout few could’ve predicted, Franken has yet to draw a Republican opponent. The GOP looks likely to choose between relatively unknown state legislators, inexperienced businessmen or a conservative radio host with a history of controversial statements. Franken’s success so far fending off a serious challenger speaks to the broader
The Hollywood Reporter´s Paul Bond details what might be the lamest protest in the history of Los Angeles -- which is saying a lot. Thursday, in Beverly Hills, a few dozen (the L.A. Times says 100) people showed up to protest at the home of Bruce Karsh, the Tribune Company chairman. They´re worried he might sell The Incredibly Disappearing L.A. Times to the Koch brothers. Here are some highlights: "The idea is to basically ´out´ him as the person who could sell our beloved Times to the evil Koch brothers[.]" ...[T]hey complained about Republicans,
No one is arguing whether the commander-in-chief of the mighty United States military can order a highly-trained Marine Corps corporal to stand next to him holding an umbrella so the Chicagoan´s balding head doesn´t get moist. But they are questioning whether Barack Obama should issue such a command to a member of the military who volunteered to protect the nation, not the Democrat´s personal pate. Such an action adds to Obama´s image as an imperious fellow not really connected to the revered military.
Talk about a whiff. The Obama administration, in one extraordinarily difficult stretch, was belted with the specters of the U.S. Consulate bombing, word of the IRS targeting conservative groups and the revelation that the FBI was rifling through The Associated Press´ phone records. Good morning, good afternoon and good night. Uneasiness abounds on both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill: The Democrats because of fear the fallout will stretch into the 2014 midterm elections and the Republicans because they want to make sure the fallout extends into the midterms without any missteps of their own.
ATLANTA — Georgia stands to lose $1.8 million in health-related funding because state officials refuse to participate in a federal survey that asks students from seventh grade through high school questions about their sexual histories.(snip)A spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal said the governor was uncomfortable about letting the government ask students as young as 12 about whether they use condoms and how many sexual partners they have had. “Many Georgia parents would object to public schools asking their seventh-grade child these questions, and Governor Deal agrees with them,”
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the statement by Representative John Conyers (D-MI) strongly denouncing Minister Louis Farrakhan’s remarks during a meeting with Detroit City Council members and local clergy last week as “unacceptable, racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic.” (snip)During his speech to the congregation at The Fellowship Chapel in Detroit, Minister Farrakhan spewed hateful anti-Semitic invective, referring to “Satanic Jews” and the “Synagogue of Satan” supposedly controlling major institutions and added that President Obama “surrounded himself with Satan...members of the Jewish community.”
According to the Ohio Christian Alliance, Congressman Bill Johnson reintroduced what is known as the D-Day Landing Prayer Act in the House of Representatives in honor of U.S. veterans both past and present. The Prayer Act encompasses the prayer of former President Roosevelt, “Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity…” (snip) The reintroduction of the bill will allow it to be placed on the desk of Harry Reid
There is one problem with the entirely justified if self-interested media squawking about the Justice Department snooping into the phone records of multiple Associated Press reporters and Fox News´ James Rosen. The problem is that what the AP reporters and Rosen did arguably violates the letter of the law. The search warrant in the Rosen case cites Section 793(d) of Title 18 of the U.S. Code. Section 793(d) says that a person lawfully in possession of information that the government has classified as secret who turns it over to someone not lawfully entitled to possess it
For the last week, Stockholm has been lit up by what the great Australian wag Tim Blair calls the nightly car-b-q, started by “youths” after the police shooting of (you’ll never guess!) a Muslim man waving a machete. John Hinderaker notes that the authorities are taking a somewhat insouciant attitude to their blazing metropolis: But while the Stockholm riots keep spreading and intensifying, Swedish police have adopted a tactic of non-interference. ”Our ambition is really to do as little as possible,” Stockholm Chief of Police Mats Löfving explained to the Swedish newspaper Expressen on Tuesday.
Sen. Ted Cruz doesn’t have as many friends as he says he does. In the latest round of Cruz’s simmering debate with Sen. John McCain (who labeled Cruz a "wacko bird"), Cruz spoke of "my friend, the senior senator from Arizona" while painting him as out of touch with his party and country. It usually takes a while for senators to learn how to weaponize compliments and imprecations of friendship, but Cruz is a quick study. After a patient attack on McCain´s understanding of history, Cruz said: "I know my friend from Arizona is well aware of that
Labor unions that have solidly backed President Obama are splitting with him over ObamaCare -- with one calling for the “repeal or complete reform” of the president’s signature health-care law. Union leaders argue insurance costs for millions of workers will increase under the president’s health-care plan so they might have to drop their existing plan, despite Obama promising the opposite. Their primary concern is the multi-employer or so-called Taft-Hartley plans that cover unionized workers in retail, construction, transportation and other industries that frequently use seasonal and temporary employment. The union leaders say the roughly 20 million people covered by the plans will likely
Churches across Moore, Okla., have transformed into disaster relief centers this week — the area is, after all, about as Bible Belt as America gets. The city website lists over 80 churches, and nearly a third are Baptist. Church after church has turned sanctuary into donation drop-off site, and lobby into insurance filing center or food bank. This Sunday, pastors are offering another type of assistance, one intended to feed the soul: preaching. Pastor Ted Miller of Crossroads Church has led his 1,500-member church for only one year, and this is his first time pastoring
There are good reasons to be hopeful about the 2014 midterm election. The second presidential midterm election has historically been murder. With the exceptions of Clinton in 1998 and Reagan in 1986, the president in his second midterm has lost massively in the House of Representative: FDR (-71 seats), Ike (-49 seats), Nixon (-49 seats), Bush II (-31 seats.) Except for Clinton in 1998, each of those midterms produced losses for the president´s party in the Senate (Reagan, in fact, lost the Senate in 1986). Senate elections are affected by the particular class
Oh, I have plenty of I-told-you-sos. With scandals engulfing the Obama administration, I’ll happily reiterate what I’ve been saying since 2008 (and even earlier). Namely: liberalism has no limiting principle. It exists to attempt to create utopia, and considers evil anyone who doubts the attainability of that dream. To the left, the only truly unethical thing is to question the rolling tide of progressivism and the rise of the state. Thus there is nothing really wrong with clamping down on journalists, lying about a terrorist attack on an American embassy or using the IRS to stop groups
The leader of the Muslim Public Affairs (MPACUK), Asghar Bukhari, when interviewed by the BBC, placed the entire blame for the murder in Woolwich on the West. He didn´t have a single word to say about totalitarian Islamism and certainly not about jihad in Islam itself or in the Koran. No. The khafir, as always, is entirely to blame. And Muslims, as always, are only passive victims. But there´s nothing new here. What is the government likely to do apart from condemn the violence and deny the link between our own foreign policy and domestic acts of violence by some
One doesn´t have to look far to witness the disaster that is modern liberalism. Sadly, leading the debauchery is the Boy Scouts of America. For over 100 years, the Scouts have operated under the oath: "On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight." That oath has now been rendered meaningless, and the Boy Scouts, as we knew it, is dead.