President Obama stumbled through a “patriotic” speech on the Fourth of July, reading verbatim a text on America’s improbable experiment in “democracy” in a staccato and droll tone. Surrounding him was a dour cast of stoic figures — save for First Lady Michelle Obama, who broke into “slow applause” mode when her husband called America “the greatest nation on earth” while a smattering of hand-clapping accompanied her. The president should be given credit for going through the motions and for shoring up his patriotic bonafides.
It´s never too early to start protecting your brain power, a new study suggests. Reading, writing and participating in other brain-stimulating activities at any age may protect your memory later in life, according to the research. The study, which tracked 294 individuals, is published online in the July 3 issue of Neurology. (Snip)The finding supports the hypothesis of cognitive reserve, which describes the brain´s ability to cope with disease or damage.
Prosecutors in the George Zimmerman second degree murder trial have pushed hard on two points as they seek to make their case against him: that the injuries to Zimmerman on the night Trayvon Martin died were “insignificant” and that he had studied Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law in a college class in 2010. To win conviction on second-degree murder, the prosecution has to show that the death was caused by a criminal act “demonstrating a depraved mind without regard for human life.”
The state of Massachusetts is experiencing millions of dollars in loss thanks to entrepreneurial can and bottle collectors from other states carpetbagging in their wares to turn them in for $0.05 a piece. According to CBS Local Boston, trucks from Rhode Island are traveling into Massachusetts loaded up with bottles and cans, which bring no return in Rhode Island, and handing them over for cash in the Bay State. According to environmental consultant Kevin Dietly of Northbridge Environmental in Westford, “We estimate that something like 6-8% of all returns that come back each year are fraudulent.
Embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen can now add being the target of an alleged extortion attempt to an already full plate of legal drama. FBI officials announced Friday that they arrested Thomas Paculis, 62, in Newfield, N.Y., in connection with an extortion scheme targeting Deen. Paculis, who previously resided in Savannah and Augusta in Deen’s home state of Georgia, has been charged with attempting to extort Deen by requesting $250,000 in compensation in return for not releasing “true and damning” statements to the media made by Deen, according to a federal criminal complaint filed on June 24.
As Egypt plunges into crisis John Kerry has been allegedly spotted relaxing at his holiday home in Nantucket for Independence Day. The Secretary of State, who has just returned from a 12-day tour to the Middle East, was spotted near the July 4 festivities in the center of town, and on his yacht. With the Egyptian military ousting President Morsi amid violent protests, many in Nantucket were surprised to see Mr Kerry at his holiday home rather than in Washington. He is staying at the popular Massachusetts island near Cape Cod with his daughters and their husbands, according to the
When Rasmussen Reports asked some of its polling subjects to conduct an odd exercise in racial stereotyping, the results were counterintuitive, or at least counterstereotypical: Thirty-seven percent (37%) of American Adults think most black Americans are racist, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just 15% consider most white Americans racist, while 18% say the same of most Hispanic Americans. Before we dig deeper into the poll´s findings, let´s note an enormous caveat: The word "racist" has multiple meanings. Merriam-Webster lists two: "1: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human
At least six supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi have been killed today as a crowd of hundreds tried to march towards the military barracks in Cairo where he is being held by the military that overthrew him. Thousands of Morsi supporters demonstrated in cities across the country on what his Muslim Brotherhood called a ´Friday of rage´ against what they describe as a military coup that toppled Egypt´s first elected leader a year after he took office. In Cairo, a crowd of Islamists surged across a bridge over the Nile River after nightfall and clashed with Morsi
A bid by Edward Snowden for Icelandic citizenship failed as the country´s parliament have voted not to debate it before the summer recess. [Snip] Six members of parliament tabled a proposal to grant Snowden citizenship after they received a request from him via WikiLeaks, opposition parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir said. But a majority of parliamentarians voted late on Thursday against allowing the proposal to be put on the agenda, a day before parliament went into summer recess. It does not reconvene until September. ´Snowden has formally requested citizenship. But nothing is now going to happen. We could not even vote on
For years, people have swapped a creamy pint of whole milk for a watery bottle of skimmed to help boost their weight loss efforts. But new research has discovered that drinking skimmed milk might in fact be making us bigger, not smaller. Government guidelines currently recommend that people consume ‘moderate amounts of milk and dairy, choosing reduced fat versions or eating smaller amounts of full fat versions or eating them less often.’ It is generally thought that by drinking skimmed milk you can get whole milk’s benefits--Vitamin D, calcium and protein amongst others--without the fat and calories.
How far has July 4th strayed from its original celebration of America’s independence? To find out, prank YouTube channel whatever traveled to Isla Vista, California to ask some partying college students what they know about the history of the holiday. The results were inevitably both hysterical and disturbing, recalling an even less-informed version of the Funny or Die classic “Drunk History” (now a new series on Comedy Central). These kids don’t know why we celebrate the 4th of July, who America gained independence from or what year it happened.
Supporters of Egypt´s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans during a rally in Nasser City, Cairo, Thursday, July 4, 2013. The chief justice of Egypt´s Supreme Constitutional Court was sworn in Thursday as the nation´s interim president, taking over hours after the military ousted the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Adly Mansour took the oath of office at the Nile-side Constitutional Court in a ceremony broadcast live on state television. According to military decree, Mansour will serve as Egypt´s interim leader until a new president is elected.
A bill to give people a referendum on membership of the European Union (EU) has been given unanimous support by MPs in the House of Commons today. The bill spearheaded by Conservative MP James Wharton received 304 votes for and none against and will now be given its second reading. The strong support for the EU referendum, which Liberal Democrat MPs abstained from voting on, was greeted by loud cheering in the Commons. [Snip] The Tory leader tweeted: "Referendum Bill passes first Commons stage, bringing us one step closer to giving the British people a say on Europe."
A teenage Michelle Obama look-alike got a surprising shout out from the first lady herself. 15-year-old Jada Campbell of Beachwood, Ohio is a big fan of Michelle Obama and has been told she looks and acts like her. So Jada sent a few pictures of herself to Mrs Obama herself, asking what she thought. ´I just sent her a picture. I had on a dress like she would wear and I said do I sort of have your style in this pic and she said yeah,´ Jada told Action News 19. But Jada was surprised when Mrs Obama
It seems the turmoil in Egypt is far from over as hundreds of thousands (if not more than a million) of protesters rallied on Friday to reject the military´s removal and arrest of President Mohamed Morsi and other party leaders. You can watch live feeds from the protests here, and Business Insider has a correspondent on the ground. The epicenter of the intensity is currently the October 6th bridge in Cairo, where the sides are clashing — gun shots have been heard — and a car has been set ablaze.(Snip for Tweet) It appears the military and police
The White House wants to spin the delay in enforcing the employer mandate of ObamaCare as evidence that they’re listening to Americans and the business sector and attempting to be flexible on implementation. Rich Lowry isn’t buying it. In an essay yesterday for Politico, Lowry explains that the delay comes from the incompetence of the White House more than three years after pushing an unworkable bill through Congress, combined with its clear intention to manipulate the law for its own political benefit: The administration can call it whatever it wants, but there is no hiding the embarrassment
Overall unemployment stayed steady in June at 7.6%. The economy reportedly created 195,000 jobs in the month. But. The quality of the jobs created is not good. In June, the household survey reported that part-time jobs soared by 360,000 to 28,059,000 – an all time record high. Full time jobs? Down 240,000. And looking back at the entire year, so far in 2013, just 130K Full-Time Jobs have been added, offset by a whopping 557K Part-Time jobs. And there is your jobs “quality” leading to today’s market euphoria (if only for now). This is the ObamaCare effect.
16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams failed inspection Thursday after they were found to have modified roof flap spacers (made them lighter) at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR confiscated the illegal parts and forced teams to install new roof flaps before their drivers were allowed on track for practice. NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp stated that the spacers were "not in compliance" with the kits issued to each team. Penalties are possible, but won´t be announced until Monday or Tuesday. Teams involved: • Roush Fenway Racing - Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Carl Edwards • Penske Racing - Brad Keselowski,
A Massachusetts police force is pressing criminal charges against a man after his 8-year-old son swam to shore and walked a mile home barefoot to call 911 this morning following a car accident [snip] Joshua Garcia was driving with his father, Eugene Garcia, in Fitchburg at approximately 3 a.m. when the car hit a guardrail, traveled airborne and landed upside down on a sandbank in the middle of the Nashua River, [snip] Joshua lifted himself out of the car, waded across the river and walked approximately 25 minutes to his house to wake up his mother and call 911.
On Friday, the State Department admitted that Secretary of State John Kerry was on his yacht off of the coast of Nantucket as the Egyptian military took over the country from elected Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi. Originally, the State Department denied the report from CBS reporter Mosheh Oinounou that Kerry was aboard the “Isabel” Wednesday afternoon. The State Department said that Kerry was working “all day” on Egypt, and State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki – the same Obama campaign worker who once claimed that the campaign knew nothing about Joe Soptic
MIAMI- Dan Lopez rarely gets sick and hasn´t been to a doctor in 10 years, so buying health insurance feels like a waste of money. Even after the federal health overhaul takes full effect next year, the 24-year-old said he will probably decide to pay the $100 penalty for those who skirt the law´s requirement that all Americans purchase coverage. "I don´t feel I should pay for something I don´t use," said the Milwaukee resident, who makes about $48,000 a year working two part-time jobs. Because he makes too much to qualify for government subsidies, Lopez would
NEW YORK -Welcome to the good-news-could-be-bad-news economy. Friday’s Labor Department report showing a better-than-expected gain of 195,000 jobs in June was a heartening sign for many that the economic recovery continues to move ahead at a modest pace. But it could ultimately turn out to be bad news, especially for Democrats, because it means that the Federal Reserve might start winding down its extraordinary efforts to boost the economy later this year. And if the Fed takes the juice away too soon it could tank the stock market, crush housing prices, snuff out the four-year-old economic recovery, and make
In a 1962 column, humorist Art Buchwald, dryly noting the growing importance of political polls, wondered “what would have happened…if there were political pollsters in the early days of this country?” He then concocted some quasi-realistic fictional polling data, such as “[d]o you think the dumping of tea in the Boston Harbor helped or hurt taxation laws in the New World? Hurt the cause of taxation: 79 percent; helped the cause: 12 percent; didn’t think it would make any difference: 9 percent.” Buchwald’s column concludes with the Founders, faced with unpopularity, giving up on the Revolution.
With the long Fourth of July weekend not even half over, the toll from violence in Chicago stood at 8 dead and more than 30 wounded this morning, including two little boys, 5 and 7, seriously hurt while at parks with their families. The victims since Wednesday afternoon also include a 14-year-old boy shot on the West Side, a 16-year-old boy wounded on the South Side and a cabbie shot in the stomach by a robber on the South Side. The youngest victim so far is 5-year-old Jaden Donald, who was shot in the abdomen and right leg
Actually, John Forbes Kerry was for the Muslim Brotherhood before he was against the Muslim Brotherhood. And how do we know he wasn’t on Brant Point on a cellphone yesterday, asking, “Can I get me a military coup there?” Sure, we sent the jihad-crazed Islamists in Cairo billions of dollars and all those F-16s. It was a botched joke, OK? But let’s be truthful. Would you truly want America’s Gigolo “reporting for duty” for anything more serious than scratching his chin at The Chanticleer Inn while puzzling over that eternal question of his pampered life: Chardonnay or Chablis? -
On his show on Tuesday night, talk show host Michael Savage said that George Zimmerman, who is currently on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin, should be found guilty of second-degree manslaughter based on two things: 1) The state of his firearm and 2) The language he allegedly used on a 911 call when he was first reporting his suspicions about Martin. But first Savage explained why his insight should be valued over others in the media covering the trial. “I’m about to break an analysis that no one yet in the media has done,