In reaction to news that the Chicago board of education approved the closure of 50 schools, part of what Mayor Rahm Emanuel says is an effort to close a $1 billion budget shortfall in the city made prudent by school underutilization and lack of enrollment, pro-union operatives lashed out with two responses: it’s racist and it’s undemocratic. Immediately following the decision Wednesday, the Chicago Teachers Union filed a lawsuit “on behalf of the parents” claiming the closures “single out African-American students.” CTU representative Brandon Johnson said: What we find most disconcerting, is that black parents in particular, have overwhelmingly
HUNTER BAKER For your summer-reading consideration this year, I recommend the following books (all with a Cold War element): Witness, by Whittaker Chambers — Witness remains one of the greatest memoirs ever written. We live in a time when everyone under 40 (give or take a few years) has essentially forgotten about the Cold War. Possibly better than any other volume, Witness spells out the stakes involved and tells an amazing human story of colliding lives at the same time. I cannot remember the last time a book captured me as fully as this one did.
CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has a bigger problem than the possibility that someone or some government agency has been tampering with her computer. Last week the investigative journalist acknowledged publicly that her work computers had been compromised. But as Dylan Byers makes clear in his piece about Attkisson in Politico published on Friday, her bigger problem is the fact that a lot of people at CBS think there’s something wrong with a journalist who is willing to report aggressively about the Obama administration’s shortcomings and scandals. That her willingness to push hard to find out the truth
Jimmy Buffett´s most famous song, Margaritaville, is an anthem to being drunk and lazy on the beach. However, through a lot of hard work and industriousness, the 66-year-old beach bum has turned it into the most lucrative song in the world. The four-minute Martaritaville, with just 208 words in its lyrics, is the basis for Buffett´s massive empire of restaurants, casinos, resorts and merchandise - bringing in, conservatively, $100million a year in revenues for the singer. By some accounts his business ventures have made him the third-richest singer in the world, with a reported net worth of $400million -
Text messages sent from Trayvon Martin´s cell phone the day he was killed show he had been arguing with someone on the phone and was "hostile," attorneys for George Zimmerman wrote in a recent court filing. Zimmerman´s lawyers argue the texts are relevant to the case, in which the unarmed teenager was fatally shot by the neighborhood watch volunteer during a confrontation in a Sanford, Florida, neighborhood in February 2012. The texts speak to Martin´s demeanor and emotional state, the Thursday filing said, and "may assist the jury in understanding why Trayvon Martin chose to hide then confront George Zimmerman
Yes, there is life after Fox News. Sarah Palin “parted ways” with the network in January. Dick Morris was gone the following month. Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum were suspended as contributors in March 2011 while they considered presidential runs. They haven’t come back. Being escorted — or, in some cases, shoved — off Fox News’s big stage has tested the ability of the four to find ways to stay relevant, whether through social media, books, radio shows, public appearances or other projects. In the time since these former high-profile paid commentators departed the most-watched
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner´s bid for a second chance in politics is not evincing much sympathy from New Yorkers, starting right at the top. "Shame on us" if the disgraced Democrat is elected mayor of New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told a Syracuse editorial board this week. You´d think Weiner´s sexting sins would pale beside Mark Sanford´s extramarital adventures in Argentina as the AWOL South Carolina governor. And yet Sanford received the blessing of his successor, Gov. Nikki Haley, and has now returned to his old seat in Congress after a campaign heavy on confession and self-flagellation.
Before Cpl. Thomas "Cotton" Jones was killed by a Japanese sniper in the South Pacific in 1944, he wrote what he called his "last life request" to anyone who might find his diary: Please give it to Laura Mae Davis, the girl he loved. Davis did get to read the diary - but not until nearly 70 years later, when she saw it in a display case at the National World War II Museum. "I didn´t have any idea there was a diary in there," said the 90-year-old Mooresville, Ind., woman. She said it brought tears to her eyes.
A suspect in last week´s savage killing of a British soldier on a London street was arrested in Kenya in 2010 while apparently preparing to train and fight with al-Qaida-linked Somali militants, an anti-terrorism police official said. Michael Adebolajo, who was carrying a British passport, was then handed over to British authorities in the East African country, another Kenyan official said Sunday. The information surfaced as London´s Metropolitan Police said specialist firearms officers arrested a man Sunday suspected of conspiring to murder 25-year-old British soldier Lee Rigby.
How is anyone proud to say that they are a Democrat? Isn’t there a point when even liberals have to cry uncle over multitude of the scandals? It was just a few months ago when left-wing pundits were dancing on the GOP’s grave. Now it looks like 2014 could be a good election cycle for Republicans. The Democrats have not only opened the door, but they also have rolled out the red carpet. President Obama and his administration are in free fall. The IRS and media scandals are making Richard Nixon look like an amateur in revenge
At one point in The Company You Keep, Robert Redford’s new film about the residue of the Weather Underground, a character named Sharon Solarz is captured by the FBI after living under a series of aliases since her involvement in a Michigan bank robbery decades earlier in which a security guard was killed. Ruminating in her cell, she describes for a young journalist the moral dilemma people like her faced back then. They could either sit by and watch as America destroyed the innocent peasant culture of Vietnam or take arms against atrocity. She says decisively
Whatever happens, O.J. Simpson is the victor. Again. Like an apparition out of your weirdest nightmares, for five days this month, O.J. was free. We haven’t seen the ex-football player, actor and the world’s most famous human ever to get off on a double murder rap in 4 1/2 years. That’s when O.J. was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping for a scary, potentially violent, 2007 confrontation with two memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room. For a week, O.J. commandeered a Vegas courtroom, claiming, again, that he was an innocent victim, this time not only of a racist “system,”
Even more shocking than the barbarity of the terrorist attacks in London and Boston is the denial by authorities on both sides of the Atlantic about their common religious motive. British Muslims offered the same explanation as American Muslims for slaughtering their fellow citizens — Islamic holy war — yet the political classes on both sides of the pond rejected it out of hand. Just minutes after British-born Michael Adebolajo and another Brit ambushed and decapitated soldier Lee Rigby, 25, in the middle of a London street, he spoke calmly into a camera, his blood-stained hands still holding the meat cleaver:
The wounded warrior in front of me rode so well, and so fast, dusting me in the flats, that for awhile I forgot he was a veteran. And then, I noticed and remembered what was different. Staff Sgt. Matthew DeWitt has no arms. They were blown off by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq. As I watched him navigate the difficult terrain, snapped into handlebars with a prothesis on each arm, the obvious question surfaced: How in the hell is he braking? And shifting? Well, thanks to his absolute determination not to let his injuries stop him
The Tea Party movement is showing signs of a resurgence following the revelation that the IRS targeted groups and other politically conservative organizations for the past several years. A recent poll shows Americans have a more favorable opinion of the less-government, anti-tax groups. And one of the biggest groups in the grassroots movement told FoxNews.com this weekend that fundraising and donations have increased since news of the IRS targeting broke earlier this month. However, one of the biggest remaining questions is whether the Tea Party can take the momentum in the 2014 elections. The movement started in 2009 as a reaction
WACO, Texas — On a recent afternoon, as McLennan County Republicans polished off their barbecue, the head of the local GOP worked his way through the group´s luncheon agenda. A plaque was presented. A local judge spotlighted. The fertilizer plant explosion in nearby West, Texas, was discussed. Only then, after 30 minutes or so, did the featured speaker take his brief turn at the microphone. If it seemed a comedown after a lifetime spent near the pinnacle of politics, bunking at the White House and growing up a prince amid Republican royalty, George P. Bush never let on.
It seems as if Time and Newsweek were right back in the seventies. Global cooling is here. At least for this Memorial Day. Somewhere Al Gore is gnashing his teeth, while concocting another speech to tell us that cooling actually means warming or some such palaver. Up is down. Good is bad. He’s beginning to sound like a cross between Napoleon in Orwell’s Animal Farm and the Mad Hatter. Actually, Al has done us a favor by making it clear once again that science is not for amateurs and that when someone says something’s “settled,” that means
An editorial at Investors Business Daily may wind up being filed under how did I miss this one? Following the recent revelations of cases where the administration appears to have used the muscle of the federal government to go after its political enemies, IBD takes a walk down memory lane to the strange case of Gibson Guitars and the federal raids on their facilities for alleged illegal importing of exotic woods used in their products. They reach one provocative conclusion. The inexplicable raid nearly two years ago on a guitar maker for using allegedly illegal wood
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry straddled the diplomatic boundary this weekend between presenting the best face of America and a misleading one. In a question-and-answer session with young Ethiopians on Sunday, Kerry exaggerated the U.S. record on climate change, appeared to conflate past U.S. policy on drones with President Barack Obama´s new policy and gave an incomplete account of how he opposed the Iraq war. A day earlier, he struggled with economic data as well as the contents of his own department´s terrorism blacklist. Here´s a look at how some of his statements
WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party, having lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, confronts a dilemma that´s easier to describe than to solve: How can it broaden its appeal to up-for-grabs voters without alienating its conservative base? There´s no consensus yet on how to do it. With the next election three years away, Republicans are tiptoeing around policy changes even as they size up potential candidates who range from tea party heroes to pragmatic governors in Republican- and Democratic-leaning states. There´s a partial road map, but it´s more than two decades old,
Saudi Arabia is reportedly experimenting with a unique approach to rehabilitating Al Qaeda prisoners, including offering spa treatments, loads of exercise and even conjugal visits to the suspected terrorists. (Snip) Saudi officials told AFP a total of 2,336 Al-Qaeda prisoners have so far graduated from the various rehab programs offered by the Prince Mohammed bin Nayef Center for Counseling and Care -- with a less than 10 percent recidivism rate to radical Islam. The center was established some seven years ago to cope with the nation’s growing ranks of Al Qaeda prisoners, AFP reports.
An uncompromisingly explicit film about a love affair between two teenage girls has won the top award at the Cannes film Festival, which finished on Sunday. Blue is the Warmest Colour (La Vie D’Adele) by Abdellatif Kechiche had been generally favoured by the critics to take the Palme D’Or, but there were doubts that Steven Spielberg, the president of the jury, would be comfortable with rewarding a film so diametrically different from his own family-friendly fare. After all, the one thing everyone knows about Blue, which is based on a graphic novel,
Americans paused on Memorial Day weekend to honor and remember those who have courageously given their lives to defend their country and protect its freedoms. Among those who visited cemeteries was Nancy Waring of Cumming, Georgia. Mrs Waring knelt down and kissed the gravestone of her husband Army 1st Lt. Gerald Paul Waring, who served during the Vietnam War. He lost his battle with cancer last year. The widow also visited the grave of her son, Coast Guard Lt. Brian Scott Waring at Georgia National Cemetery. The 40-year-old was also an Army veteran and
At Roxborough High School in Philadelphia, teachers and staff use a school washer and dryer to clean the clothes of needy students. Learning and laundry, in fact, get done in several area schools, where teachers and staff also buy food, prom clothes, toilet paper, eyeglasses, and countless other items for children from families with meager means. This is on top of the hundreds, even thousands, of dollars that teachers spend each year on basic classroom supplies. In the Philadelphia area, teachers see themselves as first responders in the ongoing emergency of poverty. Many say that if they falter,
The girlfriend of one of the three men brutally killed in a Waltham, Massachusetts apartment in 2011 has revealed that she told police soon after the murders that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been a frequent visitor to the apartment.(Snip)The woman, an African immigrant, also revealed that prior to his death, Mess had kept a handgun in his apartment but that police had told her after the bodies were discovered that it was missing. It is believed that Mess’s missing gun was the same weapon Tsarnaev used when he shot MIT police Officer Sean Collier dead on
Albany, Ore. - The 17-year-old West Albany High School student accused of planning to bomb his school approached some of his classmates to talk about making bombs in the weeks before his arrest. Grant Acord will face charges of attempted aggravated murder, manufacture and possession of a destructive device and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to use against another person. He will be charged as an adult, (Snip) Students told KATU they don´t know who tipped off police, but they consider that person a hero. “You know, I didn’t think much of it ‘cause he’s kind of a strange kid,” Stone said.