Diplomacy: National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden seems to have taken Venezuela´s asylum offer, an odd choice for a man supposedly motivated by a desire for transparency. He should prepare for life as a pawn. U.S. surveillance is "not something I am willing to live under," Snowden told the U.K. Guardian´s Glenn Greenwald, in a story published Monday, condemning yet again the NSA, whose operations, he claims, motivated him to hack into its computers, steal U.S. secrets, leak them to the press, and then flee a $100,000-a-
SANTIAGO, Chile – Chilean President Sebastián Piñera praised an 11-year-old girl on Tuesday for her "depth and maturity" after she said in a recent TV interview that she wants to give birth to the baby who was conceived when she was raped by her mother´s partner. Piñera´s comments caused anger on social media in a case that has ignited a heated national debate over abortion in one of Latin America´s most socially-conservative nations. Abortions, even for medical reasons and in the case of rape, are illegal since Gen. Augusto Pinochet´s dictatorship. Piñera´s government has opposed any
Boston - A small group of demonstrators showed up at Moakley Federal Courthouse in South Boston on Wednesday to show support for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev appeared in court for his first public hearing. He has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260. A group of about a dozen supporters cheered as the motorcade carrying Tsarnaev arrived at the courthouse. The demonstrators yelled “Justice for Jahar,” as Tsarnaev is known. One woman held a sign that said,
Federal crash investigators revealed Wednesday that the pilot flying Asiana Airlines flight 214 told them that he was temporarily blinded by a bright light when 500 feet above the ground. Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said it wasn´t clear what could have caused the problem. Asked specifically whether it could have been a laser pointed from the ground, Hersman said she couldn´t say what caused it. "We need to understand exactly what that is," Hersman said. "It was a temporary issue."
Father Rafik Greiche, head of the press office of the Egyptian Catholic Bishops´ Conference, declared that the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood supporters on July 3 was "a joyous day for Christians." "The ousting of Morsi and the political new beginning is a joyous day for us Christians in Egypt and for all Egyptians. We hope that we will not be excluded from the political process that lies before us," he said during a talk last Thursday with the Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).
The State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman took a wild turn late Tuesday evening, as defense attorney Don West got in a heated conversation with Judge Debra Nelson just before 10:00 p.m. Nelson had just expressed her intent to block testimony and evidence recovered from deleted messages on Trayvon Martin’s cell phone. A forensic expert discovered more than 600 items on Trayvon’s cell phone, including texts and photos between Trayvon and other people with specific references to criminal activity...
Governor Corbett signed a controversial bill into law today, giving drillers the power to combine or “pool” leases for horizontal oil and gas drilling. The legislation was originally promoted as an effort to bring more transparency to the deductions companies take out of royalty payments. Complaints over those deductions lead to a recent Senate hearing on the issue. An organization representing Pennsylvania’s mineral owners was angered over language added later on, which allows pooling of some leases. They complained the measure sailed through the state legislature during budget negotiations and didn’t receive enough scrutiny. “We are not pleased.”
On Wednesday, the X-47B Navy drone exercised the first unmanned carrier landing in history, landing aboard the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the Virginia coast. “By evolving and integrating new technology like the X-47B and the unmanned aircraft to follow, carriers will remain relevant throughout their 50-year lifespan,” Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus stated. This historic event followed on the X-47B completing an underway carrier deck operation on the same ship in May, which included a catapult launch and nine touch-and-gos. The drone, which has been labeled “Salty Dog 502,”
Muslims on Twitter are expressing their outrage after President Obama tweeted his Ramadan wishes Monday night. “‘I wish Muslims across America & around the world a month blessed with the joys of family, peace & understanding,’ —President Obama #Ramadan,” he said. But some Muslims are thinking the president’s greeting was not so sincere. “My mom just told me that Barack Obama wished all Muslims a happy Ramadan, I told her that maybe he should stop killing us too,” one user wrote. Many of those criticizing the president had issue with the forced feeding of Guantanamo Bay detainees during
All 45 Senate Republicans are calling for the implementation of Obamacare to be permanently delayed. The senators make their request in a letter to President Obama. "We write to express concern that in your recent decision to delay implementation of the employer mandate, you have unilaterally acted and failed to work with Congress on such a significant decision. Further, while your action finally acknowledges some of the many burdens this law will place on job creators, we believe the rest of this law should be permanently delayed for everyone in order to avoid significant economic harm to American families,"
While Death Valley National Park celebrates the 100th anniversary of the hottest day ever recorded in the world–134 F–park officials are hoping their visitors aren’t carrying out a cliché statement about the temperature. Death Valley park officials wrote on their Facebook page recently that maintenance crews have been “busy cleaning up eggs cracked directly on the sidewalk, including egg cartons and shells strewn across the parking lot. This is your national park, please put trash in the garbage or recycle bins provided and don’t crack eggs on the sidewalks, or the Salt Playa at Badwater.” Ironically, Park officials are
Opponents of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, set up by Benedict XVI to allow ex-Anglicans to worship together with their own liturgy, were so excited when it was reported that Pope Francis, when Archbishop of Buenos Aires, wasn´t keen on the initiative. But if that were ever the case, then he has changed his mind. This week it emerged that Francis has widened the remit of the Ordinariates in Britain, America and Australia. Until now, only ex-Anglicans and their family members could join the new body.
RUSH: From the Wall Street Journal: "Attention Deficit Disorder Drugs Don´t Boost Kids´ Grades." And this story is delightful if you come from a certain perspective on this, which I do. ´Cause this story, they just can´t figure out, they just don´t understand why the drugs used by parents and teachers to tame these little boys, to take the little boy out of little boys, isn´t working. (gasping) They don´t know why. They can´t figure it out. And I will help explain this in due course.
Amid speculation about the possibility of civil unrest in Sanford, Florida in the wake of a verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, Capt. James McAuliffee, Region II Commander of the Sanford Police Department told Breitbart News exclusively, “There have been no indicators of civil unrest taking place. Although we do not discuss operational plans, I can assure you that we have made plans and have an excellent working relationship with our State and Local Law Enforcement partners. The Courthouse is under the control of the Seminole County Sheriff´s Office.”
RUSH: I have here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers a story from PJMedia.com that just cleared this morning. It´s by Bryan Preston. Here´s the headline, and the headline pretty much says it, but we´ll delve into it. "Newly Released Documents Detail the Department of Justice´s Role in Organizing Trayvon Martin Protests." Let me reread that with just a slight difference. "Newly Released Documents Detail Eric Holder´s Role in Organizing Trayvon Martin Protests -- Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained documents proving that [Eric Holder] the Department of Justice
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, a public service announcement here first. As you know, the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial is due. I mean, they´re still not through with it, but the verdict is due rather soon, and a number of people -- in fact, Mike, move forward, grab audio sound bite number six. They´re very, very concerned in Florida about riots. CNN has a story: "Florida authorities have a message as the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial looms: Raise your voice, not your hands." And then, three
"This is a historic, significant day for law-abiding gun owners," the Associated Press quotes Rep. Brandon Phelps as saying. "They finally get to exercise their Second Amendment rights." Phelps, a Democrat, hails from Harrisburg, Ill., a small city more than five hours south of Chicago by road. In a decade in the state House, the AP notes, he "has continued work on concealed carry begun by his uncle, ex-Rep. David Phelps, who began serving in the mid-1980s." Yesterday that work came to fruition as lawmakers in Springfield overrode Gov. Pat Quinn´s "amendatory veto" of a bill
On Wednesday, Judicial Watch announced that the Department of Justice had turned over documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act request showing that the Community Relations Service (CRS), a small division of the DOJ, was sent to Sanford, Florida after the Trayvon Martin shooting to help manage rallies and protests. In April 2013, Breitbart News´ Lee Stranahan first reportedthe role of the CRS in Sanford. The new documents show that from March 25 through April 12, 2012, the CRS spent thousands of dollars helping organize and “work” marches and demonstrations regarding Trayvon Martin. Tasks included: Source corrected by Staff.
On Wednesday, Judge Debra Nelson, who is presiding over the trial of George Zimmerman, repeatedly asked Zimmerman whether he would be testifying, over the objections of his attorneys. Nelson told Zimmerman that he had the “absolute right to remain silent” and then asked him whether he wanted to testify. Don West, Zimmerman’s attorney, objected; Nelson overruled him and said, “The court is entitled to inquire if Mr. Zimmerman’s determination as to whether or not he wants to testify.” She asked Zimmerman how much time he wanted to figure out if he wanted to testify, to which West objected.
Just kidding. Some dope at the Burnt Orange Report blog by the name of Ben Sherman writes that if the Texas legislature passes the abortion bill that’s currently before it, then casual sex is doomed, he tells you, doomed in the Lone Star State. His piece is titled “Bro-Choice: How HB2 Hurts Texas Men Who Like Women.” Bro-Choice…? Your sex life is at stake. Can you think of anything that kills the vibe faster than a woman fearing a back-alley abortion? Making abortion essentially inaccessible in Texas will add an anxiety to sex that will drastically undercut its joys.
The question is no longer whether or not George Zimmerman will be convicted of murdering Trayvon Martin, the question is what will happen after he is acquitted. Prosecutors in Florida brought a feeble case to court, filing a charge they knew — or should have known — would not withstand the challenge of even a modestly capable defense. There has been much testimony that supports Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense and precious little that undercuts it. The prosecution invested hope in the testimony of Martin’s parents that it was his screams for help and not Zimmerman’s
A descendant of Col. Charles Beckwith, who in 1977 founded the Army´s Delta Force that today hunts and kills Islamic terrorists, passed the test in May to become a member of the elite special operations forces. The graduate is not a burly Beckwith man, but the late colonel’s 20-year-old granddaughter. Airman 1st Class Mary Howe is one of the few women qualified as an aerial gunner aboard Air Force special operations AC-130 gunships (snip) Airman Howe is the daughter of retired ArmyMaster Sgt. Paul Howe — featured prominently in the best-selling book “Black Hawk Down”
Some of the more bizarre devices used by secret agents in the shadowy world of espionage have gone on display at a German museum. As well as a fascinating glimpse at the ingenious devices and deadly weapons spies have used over the past century, the Top Secret exhibition in Oberhausen also sheds light on the more unusual methods used to gather vital intelligence - some of which would seem more at home in the fictional world of James Bond. The exhibits include a mock-up of a pigeon with a small camera attached to it, which was used to
Denver - The taxes on recreational marijuana might go a lot higher than first thought. Smokers buying at shops in Denver may pay up to 35 percent in taxes. Colorado voters will be asked to approve two state taxes totaling 25 percent on all retail marijuana sales in the November election. They may be asked to approve an additional city tax for Denver. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock wants to add an additional five to 10 percent city tax on top of that. Hancock said the money is needed to pay the costs of regulating the drug.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the plucky blond conservative who sat alongside Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, and a rotating cast of other hosts for a decade, announced on the ABC morning program Wednesday that it would be her last show. The announcement confirmed reports that came out Tuesday saying that the host had been poached by Fox News to replace Gretchen Carlson on the panel of the morning program Fox and Friends. Hasselbeck and Walters began Wednesday morning’s show by tearfully walking to the Hot Topics table arm and arm, after which Walters kicked off a seven-minute lovefest among the show’s hosts by confirming the news of Hasselbeck’s exit.