On Sunday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin denounced the Senate´s immigration bill in an exclusive opinion piece for Breitbart News. One week before that, though, Palin laid out a promise and a warning to her own party in a speech to the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C. She said Americans do not deserve the exceptional country its founding fathers left them if they do not keep faith with the working class. And she said that that faith would be lost if the the Gang of Eight´s bill, passed by the Senate on Thursday, became law. Her words are especially important as
Under direct testimony John Good testified that the black man wearing the black hoodie was straddling the man in the white or red sweatshirt “MMA-style” and rained down blows in a “Ground-and-Pound” style of attack. (Snip)As those following the case will know, there exists evidence that Trayvon Martin had an active interest in developing skills in “street fighting,” essentially MMA-style fighting without the legal sanction and corporate logos. Indeed, there appears to be video and other evidence of specific instances in which Martin was practicing, organizing, or otherwise engaging in such
Expert analysis of the George Zimmerman trial, by the general impression of the Erik Wemple Blog, has been quite good. (Snip) Taylor riffed: Are we seeing the same George Zimmerman in court now as Trayvon Martin encountered that night? You know, he is 100 pounds heavier, he is clean-shaven, he no longer is sort of this buff, tanned guy with a goatee that, to me, is simply more imposing. I’m not sure that if I saw this George Zimmerman at night confronting me that I would feel nearly as intimidated as the George Zimmerman we’ve seen in some of these photographs. I wonder if that weight gain
Federal prosecutors asked a judge today to let the government seize the homes of former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, in Washington and Chicago, plus an IRA he has worth almost $80,000. Jackson, 48, will be sentenced Wednesday for looting his campaign treasury of $750,000. The government wants him to pay a $750,000 forfeiture plus restitution in the same amount. Sandi Jackson, 49, a former Chicago alderman, also will be sentenced Wednesday for failing to report to the IRS about $600,000 in the couple’s income. Their Chicago home is on East 72nd Street. The Washington home
Raleigh — After parents with children in a summer camp at St. Augustine’s University complained that two women tied to the program were convicted killers, the president of the private university isolated the women to their administrative roles Friday. Doris Bullock, who works as an assistant vice president at the university, was convicted of second-degree murder in Halifax County in 1981. Her assistant, Deidra Gary, was convicted of manslaughter in 2003 after investigators said she shot and killed her husband, Carolina Panthers player Fred Lane, at their Mecklenburg County home.
Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who made headlines as she waited for a life-saving double-lung transplant, actually received two sets of lungs and underwent two operations, according to a new statement from her parents. Sarah – who had been dying of cystic fibrosis – is now doing well after the surgeries, her parents said. (Snip) Janet and Fran Murnaghan announced on June 12 that their daughter’s first lung transplant had been a success, but according to their statement, her health quickly began to deteriorate after the initial operation. “That evening, as we waited for Sarah to be
The tragic events in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, are still of great interest to Americans — and book publishers are willing to pay up to tell the story. Twelve Books, which announced this week it signed a deal with four members of the elite security team from the annex of the US Embassy in the Mideast town, is paying a $3 million advance, Media Ink has learned. The book by the authors — whose names were not released — is scheduled to be released in 2014. “The actions of these men were nothing short of amazing,” Sean Desmond,
Rupert Murdoch´s sprawling, $75-billion global empire has broken into two separate companies: 21st Century Fox and a much smaller News Corp. Friday afternoon, just after the close of trading, the company finalized the transaction that had been in the works for more than a year. Beginning Monday, shares of the two companies, both controlled by Murdoch and his family, will trade separately on the NASDAQ stock exchange. The 82-year-old media baron has spent the last 60 years building an enormous empire from a single newspaper in his native Australia. Murdoch will serve as executive chairman of both
During his flight to Africa aboard Air Force One, President Obama headed to the part of the plane where the travelling press corps was seated and held an impromptu news briefing. Despite the many scandals currently swirling around the administration including NSA spying and lying, Benghazi lying, and the revelation that the IRS´s political attacks on conservative groups was even more widespread than originally thought, the left-leaning journalists did not ask Obama a single tough question. As first reported by Daniel Halper at the Weekly Standard via the pool report, here are the questions that were asked
Former President Jimmy Carter has advice for his friend and celebrity chef Paula Deen. “I’ve known Paula Deen quite well for a long period of time. I advised her to let the dust settle and to make apologies,” Carter said in interview clips aired Friday on CNN. “My heart goes out to her but of course there’s no condoning the use of a word that abuses other people.” CNN reported that Deen reached out to Carter, an old friend, for his take on what she should do after the fallout that came when it was confirmed she
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie continued to track to the right Friday during a town hall meeting in Sussex County after condemning the Supreme Court’s marriage equality rulings earlier in the week. According to The Star-Ledger‘s Jenna Portnoy, Christie touted his “conservative Republican” credentials began criticizing President Obama within the first 10 minutes of the event. “I know when you look at Washington right now, you shake your head at a president who can’t figure out how to lead, at a Congress that only 11 percent of the people in the last poll I saw approve of the job
PRETORIA: US President Barack Obama arrived in South Africa on Friday to pay homage to his hero Nelson Mandela, who was said to be showing "great improvement" in hospital. Mandela´s strengthening health after several difficult days raised the possibility of a meeting between the two men, who shattered racial boundaries on either side of the Atlantic. Before he touched down in Pretoria, Obama indicated he would defer to Mandela´s family about whether to visit the ailing anti-apartheid icon. "I do not need a photo op. The last thing I want to do is to be in any way obtrusive,"
RUSH: From the Philadelphia Inquirer: Former Florida governor, and touted potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, is to present the Liberty Medal to Hillary Rodham Clinton. "Hillary Rodham Clinton will receive the 2013 Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Jeb Bush, the chairman of the Constitution Center, will present the award to Clinton at a ceremony scheduled for September 10." By the way, that is the day before the one-year anniversary of Benghazi. Now, you see a story like this and you say, "What in the name of Sam Hill...?"
Offending gays or speaking ill of Muslims is a cultural taboo, but mocking the Blessed Virgin Mary is just good clean fun. That was the approach the Santa Fe Reporter took when it published its 2013 Summer Guide. The New Mexico weekly’s cover featured a full-page cartoon of Our Lady of Guadalupe in a strapless yellow bikini and sunglasses, sipping a margarita, accompanied by a beer-drinking hiker and a shirtless cowboy. The cover sparked outrage from Catholics in Santa Fe, including one letter to the editor which declared the picture a “slap across the face” to Catholics
A blistering, potentially historic and record-breaking heat wave is beginning today in the West, and is forecast to last at least through the weekend. Excessive heat warnings and watches have been issued today by the National Weather Service for most of Arizona, Nevada, California and parts of Utah. They are in effect through Monday. "An excessive heat warning is issued when temperatures are forecast to reach dangerous levels that will stress the body if precautions are not taken," the weather service warns. "Heat stroke symptoms include an increase in body temperature, which leads to deliriousness, unconsciousness and red, dry skin,"
RUSH: And here we are, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is the Rush Limbaugh program. Right here at the Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies and the EIB Network. On Friday. Yes, sir-ree. JOHNNY DONOVAN: And now, from sunny South Florida, it´s Open Line Friday! RUSH: Open Line Friday as opposed to Closed Line Monday Through Thursday. And all it means is that we don´t screen the callers nearly as tightly as we do Monday through Thursday. Normally if you want to get
RUSH: Okay, let´s go to the audio sound bites here. I kind of predicted this. These are some sound bites here about the testimony of the "star witness for the prosecution" in the George Zimmerman trial, Rachel Jeantel. Last night on Piers Morgan Live, communications strategerist Maya Francis was the guest. Piers Morgan says, "I watched it all live and I did find her not only a compelling witness, but also somebody that overall I tended to believe, even though she was awkward and a bit edgy and confrontational."
Washington - The Obama administration issued a final rule on Friday requiring many employers and health insurance plans to provide free coverage of contraceptives for women, a policy that has touched off a furious legal and political battle likely to rage for another year. The rule adopts a simplified version of an approach proposed by the government in February to balance the interests of women with the concerns of the Roman Catholic Church (Snip) After considering more than 400,000 comments, administration officials refused to budge. The final rule, they said, is very similar to their
US President Barack Obama is no friend of Kenya. Consider that when no other country ever declared a public holiday to celebrate his election victory in 2008, Kenya did. The Senegalese had no idea and the Tanzanians and South Africans were green with envy. Consider also that when President Obama needed good genes to get into Harvard Law School, a Kenyan contributed 50 per cent. When Mr Obama needed pictures of himself carrying cassava to the market to get through a bruising campaign, Kenya obliged. In fact, Kenya provided the story of his African ancestry — complete with the heroic
The State seems to have suffered the most destructive of its own witnesses to date in calling John Good to the stand.Good was composed, coherent, and direct through his extensive testimony, the entirety of which was entirely consistent with the defense’s theory of lawful self-defense.(Snip)O’Mara: Just to clarify what was actually talked about with Chris Serino, Investigator Serino, during this, we’re going to call it for the moment the Ground-and-Pound conversation. We have a rule called completeness, so what I want to do is put it in context for you,
Cairo- Egypt´s leading Islamic authority warned of the threat of civil war as fighting broke out two days before the scheduled start of mass protests against the president, Mohamed Morsi. Much of Egypt was still calm on Friday, but sporadic clashes were reported in several cities between Morsi´s often secular-minded critics – who seek his immediate resignation – and his allies in the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups, who defend his democratic legitimacy. One person was reported to have been killed in Alexandria. At least five other people have died and hundreds injured this week,
Wednesday, June 26th 2013 – Just another day in a constitutional republic of limited government by citizen representatives: First thing in the morning, Gregory Roseman, deputy director of acquisitions (whatever that means), became the second Internal Revenue Service official to take the Fifth Amendment, after he was questioned about awarding the largest contract in IRS history, totaling some half-a-billion dollars, to his close friend Braulio Castillo, who qualified under a federal "set-aside" program favoring disadvantaged groups – in this case, disabled veterans. For the purposes of federal
New York - The exodus continues. Sears Holdings Corp and J.C. Penney Co. said Friday that they´re cutting ties with Paula Deen, adding to the list of companies severing their relationship following revelations that the Southern celebrity chef used racial slurs in the past. QVC took a more gentle approach on Friday and announced that it was "taking a pause" from Deen. The home shopping network said that Deen won´t be appearing on any upcoming broadcasts and it will phase out her product assortment on its online sales channels over the next few months. "We all think it´s important, at this moment,
A U.S. citizen was stabbed to death in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Friday during clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Mursi, a doctor and three security officials said. A U.S. embassy official said: "The U.S. embassy has heard of the reports of the death of an American citizen and is seeking to confirm them." The man died from a stab wound to the chest, said General Amin Ezzeddin, a senior Alexandria security official. He said that the young American was using a mobile phone camera near an office of Mursi´s Muslim Brotherhood when it was being attacked by
Thirty years ago, Phyllis Schlafly was a household name. The Alton political activist, nicknamed “Sweetheart of the Silent Majority” by biographer Carol Felsenthal, did more than anyone else in America to stop the Equal Rights Amendment, which looked like a sure thing when it was introduced in 1972. In the early 1980s, Schlafly was House Speaker George Ryan’s sidekick in preventing Illinois from ratifying the ERA – making us the only Northern industrial state to turn it down. Her biggest battle won, Schlafly faded from public consciousness, but she never shut down her conservative advocacy group, the Eagle Forum,