When you have a rat problem, you get a cat. Two residents of Xalapa, Mexico (the capital city of Veracruz state) hope that this works in politics as well as in kitchens. That’s why they have put forward their own candidate – a cat – to run for mayor in the beleaguered city that has been plagued with corrupt politicians, known colloquially as “rats.” Morris, the feline candidate’s name, is running with the campaign slogan of “Xalapa Without Rats.” He has a Facebook page and Twitter account and promises to “rid the city of rats,” a local euphemism
The government-supported service organization AmeriCorps got a boost from President Obama in April, when he announced a new program to "connect more professional scientists and engineers to young students who might follow in their footsteps." According to a news release, the goal is to place hundreds of AmeriCorps members in nonprofits across the country to mobilize professionals in science, technology, engineering and math "to inspire young people to excel in STEM education."
Vancouver’s rat population is growing and no neighbourhood is immune to the rodents and their pesky and dirty ways. Dr. Rana Sarfraz, a UBC ecologist and expert on pests, said that Vancouver’s rat problem has been getting worse in recent years and it’s not limited to the downtown core. And Orkin Pest Control branch manager Bill Green said while his company plucks up thousands of rat corpses in the city every month, he’s noticed a southbound migration of the rodents. The rocky shores of False Creek have long been a breeding ground for rats, from Granville Island
Scandal: The media have been all atwitter, pardon the pun, over Hillary Clinton joining the tweeting world. What they´ve been largely silent on, however, are the scandals now exploding from her time as secretary of state. Yes, Hillary Clinton´s on Twitter. As Michael Goodwin of the New York Post noted, her first comments were cutesy jokes about her hair and pantsuits. And she informed the Twitterati that her future job is — wait for it — "TBD." Gee, "TBD," what could she have in mind? How about 2016 — when, according to most Democratic pundits, she
Breitbart News reported last week that Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) passed an amendment in the House Armed Services Committee protecting religious speech of service members in the military. President Barack Obama has now threatened to veto the bill if it passes the full House and Senate. The White House released a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) on H.R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014. Among other items, the SAP includes as an objection to the bill: Expansion and Implementation of Protection of Rights of Conscience of Members of the Armed Forces and Chaplains of Such Members:
Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) offered an amendment to the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill that would define Nevada as a “border state” despite the fact that no part of Nevada’s state borders touch Mexico. “Nevada is a top destination for travelers all over the world and is an international hub through which tens of millions of people pass each year, our state benefits from the cultural diversity of Filipino, Chinese and Armenian communities to name a few and we are couched between two states that border the country of Mexico,” Heller said on the Senate floor when he
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It turns out the Patriots signed Tim Tebow in part because their owner thinks the team’s “spirituality” was lacking. That was the word this afternoon from Robert Kraft, who was more than happy to fill in the numerous blanks left by tight-lipped coach Bill Belichick when it came to explaining New England’s surprise decision this week to sign the polarizing ex-Jet quarterback. “For me personally having Tim Tebow on this team, he’s someone who believes in spirituality, he’s very competitive, works hard and has a great attitude,” Kraft said at a charity event at Gillette Stadium
NORTH RIDGEVILLE - More than 20 protestors and their dogs marched near City Hall and the police station June 12 protesting this week’s shooting deaths of five kittens by one of the city’s part-time humane officers. Humane Officer Barry Accorti euthanized five kittens that were living in a wood pile in back of a Vista Lake Way residence June 10, according to police. A resident of the house, through a statement to the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said the officer shot the kittens in front of her and while her children were inside the home.
Homeland Insecurity: The White House assures that tracking our every phone call and keystroke is to stop terrorists, and yet it won´t snoop in mosques, where the terrorists are. That´s right, the government´s sweeping surveillance of our most private communications excludes the jihad factories where homegrown terrorists are radicalized. Since October 2011, mosques have been off-limits to FBI agents. No more surveillance or undercover string operations without high-level approval from a special oversight body at the Justice Department dubbed the Sensitive Operations Review Committee. Who makes up this body, and how do they decide requests? Nobody knows; the names of the chairman,
The dollar fell against the majority of its 16 most-traded peers before U.S. economic data that may provide more direction about when the Federal Reserve will begin to taper its monetary stimulus. The Dollar Index touched its lowest point in almost four months before a report tomorrow forecast to show retail sales grew 0.4 percent in May, according to a Bloomberg survey. Sentiment has grown that a strengthening economy will prompt the U.S. central bank to taper bond buying, which risks devaluing the currency. The yen fell earlier on speculation the biggest gain
War On Terror: Bin Laden is dead and Barack Obama claims al-Qaida is "decimated." So what are these defeated terrorists doing with shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles? Reports of al-Qaida´s death have been greatly exaggerated. A major theme of Obama´s re-election was that "al-Qaida is on the path to defeat and Osama bin Laden is dead," as he said at the Democratic convention last year. Last month, Obama claimed their "remaining operatives" are more often "thinking about their own safety than plotting against us." The president characterized "the emergence of various
Turkey´s government on Wednesday offered a first concrete gesture aimed at ending nearly two weeks of street protests, proposing a referendum on a development project in Istanbul that triggered demonstrations that have become the biggest challenge to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan´s 10-year tenure. Despite the offer, protesters continued to converge on Istanbul´s Taksim Square, the epicenter of repeated clashes between riot police firing tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets, and stone-throwing youths for 13 days — an early sign that the proposal hadn´t defused the demonstrators´ concerns.
Appearing on FoxNews.com Tuesday afternoon, Fox senior political analyst Brit Hume dismissed the uproar over the National Security Agency’s snooping revelations as “misplaced hysteria,” adding that he sees no “abuse” whatsoever in what has been revealed. If anything, he said, NSA leaker Edward Snowden is the one who committed an abuse. “Of the abuses that [Snowden] claims exist in this program,” Hume continued, “his explanation has been vague to the point of non-existent.” He then told host Chris Stirewalt he doesn’t see anything wrong with what has been revealed about the NSA’s
On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) blocked a vote on the border security amendment to the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill offered by Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Grassley was pushing for an up-or-down vote by the Senate on his amendment, which would have required the border to be secured for six full months before any legalization of illegal immigrants in America began. Reid objected to Grassley’s motion, effectively implementing a 60-vote threshold that completely blocked any attempt at a fair vote on the amendment.
Democrats terrify Hispanics into thinking they’ll be lynched if they vote for Republicans, and then turn around and taunt Republicans for not winning a majority of the Hispanic vote. This line of attack has real resonance with our stupidest Republicans. (Proposed Republican primary targets: Sens. Kelly Ayotte, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio.) Which explains why Republicans are devoting all their energy to slightly increasing their share of the Hispanic vote while alienating everyone else in America. It must be fun for liberals to manipulate Republicans into focusing on hopeless causes
In “those rare moments when we find ourselves alone and the gadgetry silent, we feel we are at a loss,” Elizabeth Scalia writes in Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life. “With nothing to distract us, we come face to face with a keening emptiness.” Scalia, known on the Internet as “The Anchoress,” says that “silence” can be “terrifying” then. ”But only because it lays bare our loneliness, our self-recriminations, and our doubts. Possessing nothing that is equal to those depths, we sense the need to distract ourselves and the cycle begins to churn again.”
Authors of a Senate immigration reform bill say they do not want President Obama to play a more active role in pushing the legislation. Members of the Gang of Eight said they are content to have Obama keep his distance as they scrounge for Republican votes. “I think he’s played the right role so far — the outside cheerleader, if you want to call it that — that’s been I think useful and effective,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), one of the bill’s authors, told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor. As a Republican, it would be more difficult were he out front and pushing this
Clear Channel Media & Entertainment has signed an agreement with the veteran band Fleetwood Mac to share performance royalties from songs played on the radio, the company said Wednesday. The agreement to let the performers collect revenue from plays on Clear Channel´s broadcast and digital stations is the first to be negotiated directly with an artist, the company said. “Reaching an agreement with them is the clearest sign yet that this kind of revenue-sharing model represents the industry’s future," Bob Pittman, Clear Channel´s chief executive officer, said in a statement.
Left-wing radio host Mike Malloy is often one of the most unhinged voices over the airwaves, but once in a great while he reveals a limited capacity for perception. This is one of those times. On his show last night, Malloy was talking with a caller when Sen. Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, was mentioned. Franken and Malloy once worked at the now-defunct Air America Radio network before Air America fired Malloy in 2006 and Franken left to run for Senate in Minnesota the following year. Here´s what Malloy had to say about his not-so-dear former colleague
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide additional money to help rebuild the small Texas town where a deadly fertilizer plant explosion leveled numerous homes and a school, and killed 15 people. According to a letter obtained by The Associated Press, FEMA said it reviewed the state´s appeal to help but decided that the explosion "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration." FEMA already has provided millions of dollars in aid to the town of West and its residents, but the decision prevents them from getting some of
Washington - The director of the National Security Agency portrayed the secret collection of millions of U.S. telephone records each day as a limited program designed to thwart terrorist plots, saying the agency does not search the data without a reasonable suspicion of a terrorist connection. Testifying on Capitol Hill for the first time since news reports exposed the NSA program last week, Gen. Keith Alexander said the provision in the Patriot Act that authorizes the collection of so-called business records, including calling records, has helped prevent or disrupt “dozens of terrorist plots.”
Weather watches were declared this afternoon for the Chicago area as a line of powerful thunderstorms approached, and forecasters warned of heavy rain, strong winds and large hail that could hit the city and suburbs through the evening. A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect until 1 a.m. for Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will and other Chicago area counties. Isolated severe storms could develop after 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. As of about 3:45 p.m. the storms were developing quickly, with one strong cell located just east of Sterling and heading east, and another cell capable
After Barack Obama was elected to his first term as President but before he took the oath of office, Vice-President Dick Cheney gave an exit interview to Rush Limbaugh. Under George W. Bush, Cheney was the architect, along with his legal counsel, David Addington, of a dramatic expansion of executive authority—a power grab that Obama criticized, fiercely, on the campaign trail, and promised to “reverse.” But when Limbaugh inquired about this criticism Cheney swatted it aside, saying, “My guess is that, once they get here and they’re faced with the same problems we deal with every
Beirut - With President Barack Obama weighing the issue, increasingly desperate Syrian rebels are pressing the U.S. and its allies to send weapons to even their odds now that Lebanon´s powerful Hezbollah guerrillas are fighting alongside the regime. (Snip) "The U.S. now faces a real test that has to do with its credibility," he said in a telephone interview. "Are they going to let Syria become an Iranian protectorate? This is what it boils down to," he said. "Their hesitation and reluctance is prolonging the war and giving false illusions that Bashar Assad can win the war," he added.
RUSH: Now, here is the theory on how this becomes law, including being passed in the House of Representatives. Let me find the sound bite here that´s relevant. I´m looking for Boehner on this. As high tech as I am, I am still using pieces of paper for this. Well, I don´t see it. I thought we had a Boehner sound bite on this. Maybe it was yesterday that we had a Boehner sound bite on amnesty. Anyway, the status of the bill in the Senate is this: