In his weekly address, President Barack Obama claimed the Senate “Gang of Eight” immigration bill would require illegal immigrants to learn English to earn their citizenship. (Snip) As Breitbart News has previously reported, when illegal immigrants apply for “registered provisional immigrant” status under the provisions of the bill, the first step in legalization, they do not need to demonstrate that they can speak English. When they apply for renewal of their RPI status, they still do not need to prove they can speak English. Only when illegal immigrants apply for their “legal permanent resident”
With serious and demonstrable charges of administration wrongdoing popping up every day, conservatives are rightfully angry at the desultory treatment they get from the media. At Just One Minute, the poster known as "daddy" summarizes that feeling well: Worth mentioning how the NY Times and the WaPo and Andrea Mitchell and ABC/NBC/CBS/CNN etc, were all so interested in Sarah Palin´s Emails, that they recruited volunteers across the nation to help them pore thru them. Yet when Lisa Jackson specifically uses false email aliases like "Richard Windsor" (unethically and probably illegally) to conduct Government business, and Sebelius today is discovered
Being a Supreme Court justice has not only been good for Sonia Sotomayor’s legal career, it’s also helped her bank account. The justice on Friday reported that she’s received more than $3 million in advance payments for her best-selling memoir, “My Beloved World.” Her annual financial disclosure forms show that Knopf Doubleday Group paid Sotomayor $1.925 million in 2012 in anticipation of her book. This comes in addition to the $1.2 million in advance payments she received from the publisher in 2010. The book was first released in January and has been on the New York Times‘ nonfiction best-seller list,
This week comes news from Paris that the Legion d’honneur has cleared Bob Dylan for France’s highest decoration. Dylan is not the first to evolve from a symbol of protest against the establishment to honored membership in the establishment. Over in Britain, we now have Sir Mick Jagger. Here in more plebian America, we have the Medal of Freedom, which Dylan has also won but which carries no honorific unless you include Count Basie. Surely the times are a-changin’. Back when Dylan’s idea of making it was a gig in bohemian Greenwich Village, singers like him were shocking the pillars
As the IRS scandal continues to take shape and the massive overreach of one of the most powerful agencies in Big Government becomes even more apparent, it becomes frightening to think this same agency will soon be heavily involved in your personal healthcare situation. Remember folks, as the United States Supreme Court said nearly a year ago, Obamacare is a tax and thus falls under the jurisdiction of the IRS. (Snip) Georgia Congressman Tom Price has introduced the Keep The IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013 (H.R. 2009). The recently introduced legislation already has
The American economy may be the world’s biggest, but when it comes to job creation since the recession hit at the end of 2007, it is far from a leader. Indeed, contrary to the widespread view that the United States is an island of relative prosperity in a global sea of economic torpor, employment in several other nations has bounced back more quickly, according to a new analysis by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The government reported Friday that the nation added 175,000 jobs in May, continuing a 32-month run of job gains. The unemployment rate moved up
Affirmative ActionFischer v. University of Texas at Austin For the first time in a decade, the Supreme Court will take up affirmative action in public universities. At the center of the case is Abigail Fisher, a white woman who was denied admission to the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. She sued the school, with the help of conservative activist Edward Blum, claiming that the university had violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment by considering race in Fisher’s application. The university says that in the interest of fostering a diverse student body, it should
Mystery solved? Last night, Allahpundit started to poke holes in the denials coming from a couple of the Internet service providers found to be cooperating with NSA on their PRISM program, which sniffs the content as well as the connection records of all traffic going through their servers, hoping to find data that prevents a terrorist attack. (Mary Katharine and BuzzFeed poked holes in one claim that they had successfully done so.) With providers insisting that they had granted NSA no access to their servers and yet internal documents at NSA
Rancho Mirage - The White House has said that it welcomes media interest in US surveillance practices, despite confirming that the Department of Justice is in the early stages of a leak investigation that may lead to criminal prosecutions of whistleblowers who revealed them. (Snip) The statement confirmed that Prism was "an internal government computer system used to facilitate the government´s statutorily authorised collection of foreign intelligence information from electronic communication service providers under court supervision". Director of national intelligence James Clapper said
The Honorable George W. Bush Former President Crawford, Texas Dear George, I use George instead of president because, well, Michelle tells me that it is confusing for me as the president to call another person president. I think you understand this a lot better than Bill that you can only have one president at a time. Also, I am sending this letter to Crawford instead of Dallas because I read recently you were mountain biking at your ranch (that reminds me I need to start looking into where I am going to live after I am done here, and I promise
NEW YORK -- For more than a decade now, Americans have made peace with the uneasy knowledge that someone - government, business or both - might be watching. We knew that the technology was there. We knew that the law might allow it. As we stood under a security camera at a street corner, connected with friends online or talked on a smartphone equipped with GPS, we knew, too, it was conceivable that we might be monitored. Now, though, paranoid fantasies have come face to face with modern reality: The government IS collecting our phone records.
Tehran, Iran - Iran said Sunday that it set up its first space tracking center to monitor objects passing in orbit overhead. Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said the center was for Iran´s space-related security but that Tehran would also share the acquired data with other countries, the official IRNA news agency reported. (Snip) The country has nine command and control ground stations for its space program including one in Syria, the country´s main Arab regional ally. The rest are located mainly in the central and southern parts of the country. Vahidi said the Delijan center used radar, electro-optic and
he Obama administration has taken a first step toward opening a criminal investigation into the purported leaking of classified documents related to the federal government tracking Americans´ phone calls and emails, a source familiar with the high-level discussions told Fox News on Saturday. The source said a “criminal report has been filed,” which begins the process. The FBI and Justice Department would likely be involved in such a probe, which is expected to focus on British and U.S. newspapers including The Guardian.
FORT WORTH, Texas— Two Oklahoma teachers who used their bodies to shield kindergarteners when their school took a direct hit from a tornado were honored at the IndyCar race in Texas on Saturday night. Jennifer Simonds and Anna "Sam" Canaday work at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., which was hit by an EF5 tornado May 20. Before teaming with Canaday on an enthusiastic command for drivers to start their engines at Texas Motor Speedway, Simonds said the teachers don´t see themselves as heroes. "I´m very thankful I´m alive and I´m thankful to do things like this," said Simonds,
For four years, President Obama’s approach to counterterrorism has been defined by his embrace of paramilitary power — the drones and the commando teams whose ruthless pursuit of al-Qaeda helped cripple the terrorist network through a global targeted killing campaign. Months into his second term, however, Obama faces a rash of disclosures that have revealed the extent to which his administration also has relied on a less conspicuous capability — a massive electronic surveillance net cast within the United States that appears to have gathered data on almost anyone with a computer or phone.
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO - U.S. Internet companies that want to resist government demands to hand over customer data for intelligence investigations have few legal options, due to the classified nature of such probes and a court review process shrouded in secrecy. Google Inc, Facebook Inc and Microsoft Corp are among the big U.S. technology companies that were outed this week as key sources of data for the National Security Agency (NSA), under a surveillance program referred to inside the spy agency as Prism. While the companies have uniformly denied knowledge of Prism
Peter Mayhew — known for playing Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" films — challenged a different sort of Galactic Empire at the Denver Airport on June 3, and walked away with his lightsaber cane in hand. While passing through the airport after attending Denver Comic Con, the 7-foot-2-inch actor tweeted a picture of Transportation Security Administration agents holding the cane, which looks like a Star Wars lightsaber. According to Yahoo, the 69-year-old actor tweeted that TSA wouldn´t allow him through with his cane and asked for retweets to spread the word.
A top U.S. intelligence official on Saturday declassified some details about the purpose and operations of an effort that obtains information from U.S. Internet companies as part of foreign-surveillance efforts. James R. Clapper, director of National Intelligence, issued a statement and fact sheet to correct what he characterized as "significant misimpressions" in articles by the Washington Post and Guardian newspapers, which asserted that the government had direct access to computer systems of nine technology companies. The papers based their reports on a presentation from the National Security Agency that used a previously undisclosed term Prism.
Plano - Jeff Nunn and Melissa Nunn still can´t quite understand what´s happened to the home they worked so hard to build nine years ago. (Snip) When Jeff Nunn went in to see the damage, he says he found a calendar full of plans and a binder full of confidential information on other potential victims. "I mean, the files they had on people were so amazing and so thick," he said. "The book was full of Social Security numbers, full of drivers license numbers, student ID´s, ID numbers on it, e-mail accounts, user names, passwords -- all that kind of stuff." "They were stealing our mail,
Argeo Paul Cellucci, a Hudson native who rose from a smalltown selectman to become governor of Massachusetts and ambassador to Canada, died at his home in Hudson today afternoon after a five-year battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease, according to two close family friends. He was 65. Mr. Cellucci, who served as governor from 1997 to 2001, died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a degenerative and incurable neurological condition. He was surrounded by family, according to a statement from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. A memorial service is planned at the State House
NEW YORK— Palace Malice took charge on the turn for home and won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, holding off Preakness winner Oxbow and Kentucky Derby winner Orb. The win gave Todd Pletcher his second Belmont win in six years, and vindicated the trainer´s support of a 3-year-old who came into the final leg of the Triple Crown with only one victory. Palace Malice, who finished 12th in the Derby and skipped the Preakness, covered the 1½ miles in a slow 2:30.70 on a fast track following a 24-hour downpour.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— The courtyard outside the Bradford County Courthouse in north Florida will soon become home to a monument to atheism. This small county has reached a deal to let a national organization install a 1,500-pound granite bench near an existing Ten Commandments monument that prompted a lawsuit after it was installed last year. The bench will include quotes from Thomas Jefferson, as well as Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Madalyn Murray O´Hair, the founder of American Atheists. It will also include a list of Old Testament punishments for violating the Ten Commandments, including death and stoning.
Santa Monica, California -- The gunman´s rampage began at a home in this beachfront city, where two were found dead inside. Then he carjacked a woman and fired at a public bus. It all ended when police shot him dead at Santa Monica College (Snip)A law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN on Saturday that the gunman had suffered mental health issues. A couple of years ago, he was hospitalized for treatment after allegedly talking about harming someone, according to the official. It´s not clear whether the state government or his family committed him for treatment
PHILADELPHIA — A heavy equipment operator with a lengthy rap sheet accused of being high on marijuana when a downtown building collapsed onto a thrift store, killing six people, turned himself in on Saturday to face charges in the deaths, police said. A warrant had been issued for the arrest of Sean Benschop on six counts of involuntary manslaughter, 13 counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count of risking a catastrophe. Authorities believe the 42-year-old Benschop had been using an excavator Wednesday when the remains of the four-story building gave way and toppled
Carlos Navarro Franco, 68, was gunned down in his car at Santa Monica College on Friday during a bloody rampage that left five dead, including the suspected gunman, and may have left his daughter Marcela — who was also shot — brain dead. Before going on a wild, bloody rampage that left four others dead, a Santa Monica gunman — mentally unhinged and apparently angry over his parents’ divorce — stockpiled 1,300 rounds of ammunition, (Snip)The gunman, who would have turned 24 Saturday, was identified as John Zawahri by the Los Angeles Times.
Sunnylands, the setting for the Xi-Obama summit under way this weekend, bills itself as a magnet for famous golf lovers: Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and no fewer than four presidents (Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr) have teed off there. Obama is known to be partial to 18 holes, but golf enthusiasts should not expect to see him take on Xi Jinping. Chinese leaders have been pictured kicking soccer balls (Xi) and playing basketball (former premier Wen Jiabao); it is practically de rigueur for them to pick up a table-tennis bat or proclaim their love