People locked in a bitter feud are often compared to cats and dogs, but whoever came up with that old cliché clearly has never met Goldie and Kate. Goldie, a small, well-groomed shih-tzu, was discovered in a ditch in South Carolina by an animal control officer, who at first thought that the pooch was in trouble. As it turned out, the pup was actually caring for and nursing a tiny kitten, which somehow ended up in the thicket. The ´awww-inspiring´ tale played out in Anderson, South Carolina, in mid-May, when Animal Control Officer Michelle Smith heard a small dog
Listening to talk radio gives you a different perspective on things. I particularly enjoy listening to callers air their gripes and approvals. One of my favorite shows is Chris Krok in Dallas-Ft. Worth. Chris is soft-spoken, a Christian, and a devout family man. This past week has been one of constant complaining from callers over the George Zimmerman verdict of "not guilty." There is a large black population in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, and Chris took many such calls. Last Friday, President Obama made the comment again: "If I had a son..."
Americans were once proud to call it Motor City, a gleaming example of enterprise and expertise that transformed it into the hub of the world’s automobile industry. During the Sixties, it also became known as Motown, after a record label that spawned such global talents as the Jackson 5, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Stevie Wonder and many more. Today Detroit, once the fourth most populous city in the US, is an urban wasteland where unemployment, at 16.2 percent, is almost twice the national average and 40 percent of the people who remain rely on food stamps to put meals
While the Spitfire and Hurricane are remembered as the machines that saved Britain from Nazi invasion, the Lancaster and Halifax are lauded as the warhorses that took the fight to the Third Reich. But there is an argument that the country’s greatest aircraft of the Second World War was none of these, but the less heralded de Havilland Mosquito. [Snip] It was behind some of the most stunning raids of the war--among them the precision operation to attack the Gestapo headquarters in Oslo, Norway; and another to breach the walls of a prison in Amiens to allow the escape
I headed off to JFK Airport for my trip to Israel on Friday not long after Obama gave his surprise speech on the Florida jury verdict finding George Zimmerman not guilty of Second Degree Murder and Manslaughter in the killing of Trayvon Martin. The presidential statement elevated the Martin case to a historic status in the struggle for civil rights, although a discussion of the facts of the case was noticeably absent. Having had a subsequent 10-hour plane ride with no Wi-Fi, then some more down time, I was thrilled to see that the regular and guest authors here
My sense is that the “Justice for Trayvon” rallies that were held in various cities today didn’t amount to much. One basic question is, did they even have much to do with Trayvon Martin? The answer to that question is suggested by this flyer that was handed out at the rally in New York:(Snip for graphic)This is exactly the same stupidity we have seen over and over from the left. Boycott oranges! Why? They grow in Florida! Boycott Coca-Cola! Why? Because they buy oranges! Boycott the Koch brothers–of course–because they “help fund piggermans defense.” Which is a complete fiction,
On June 19, an array of top government officials gathered for the unveiling of a statue of Frederick Douglass, the 19th-century African-American man born a slave who rose to be a vice-presidential candidate. That politicians and the federal government continue to memorialize black leaders and abolitionists of that era surprises no one, but few are aware of the other side of that coin: how much Washington pays to memorialize the Confederate dead. The most visible commemoration comes every Memorial Day when the president places a wreath at the Confederate Monument in Arlington National Cemetery, the vast memorial
America is showing signs that it hasn´t totally abandoned one low-tech tradition: taking a dog-eared book to the beach. A stunning 75 percent of adults told Rasmussen Reports that they prefer a printed book on actual paper to an electronic version displayed on devices like the Kindle Fire, Nook or iPad. Just 15 percent prefer ebooks. And, said Rasmussen, that´s an increase of those who prefer books--and a rare slapdown of technology. In his 2011 poll on the same issue, 23 percent said they prefer ebooks. According to the Rasmussen poll, while 75 percent prefer printed books,
Another disappointment in the collected letters of JFK: Close to the end of the book, which is only 352 pages long, the editor devotes eight pages to an exchange between President Kennedy and Israeli leaders on Israel’s nuclear-weapons program, which the U.S. president viewed as a threat to world peace. Editor Martin W. Sandler introduces the section as follows: In March 1992, Representative Paul Findley of Illinois, wrote in the Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs, “It is interesting. . . . to notice that in all the words written and uttered about the Kennedy assassination,
DETROIT — Daniel Rice comes to the Michigan Works! job placement office almost every day for four or five hours, searching for a job he has had no luck finding in a city that has seemed in perpetual decline. On Friday, he found one listing, operating a forklift for $8 to $9 an hour. He’d happily take the work, even though it pays a third less than he made building axles for Chrysler before his factory shuttered two years ago. He hasn’t been employed since. “I put all my eggs in one basket,” said Rice, 39.
Detroit’s move to file for bankruptcy on July 18 is not a surprise. The city’s ongoing economic and fiscal problems are well-known. Two years ago, Mayor David Bing warned that without structural reforms to benefits, budget cuts, and other measures, Detroit would find itself without enough resources to meet debt and benefit liabilities, which the city estimates have reached $18 billion. Since 2011, Detroit’s deficit has grown from $45 million to $380 million. The city has been sustaining operations through borrowing since 2008. Central to the crisis and ongoing legal battle, which will likely continue for several years,
Is Al Sharpton president of the United States? Or just attorney general? I ask because it’s not clear where the rabble-rousing rev’s agenda ends and White House policy begins. These days, they are one and the same. President Obama erased the final distinction Friday by describing the Florida shooting case exclusively in racial terms. Obama’s headline-grabbing statement that “Trayvon Martin could have been me” and his attempt to justify black anger were straight out of Sharpton’s playbook. Don’t get me wrong — a personal speech on race from the first black president could be a game-changer in the right context.
Eighty-five years ago in Los Angeles, the western lawman Wyatt Earp, who participated in an infamous gunfight in Tombstone, Arizona, in 1881, met with an aspiring screenwriter, Stuart Lake, and began to dictate his memoirs. Four years later, Lake sold the screen rights to Earp’s story to Fox, and the first of what would be dozens of Earp films went into production. By now, most Americans have learned what they know of Wyatt Earp from the screen. Older viewers may have first learned of Earp in 1957 from Gunfight at the OK Corral, which starred Burt Lancaster,
As the reality of Obamacare emerges, a disastrous calamity imposed on the American people, even the most compliant members of the Obama fan club are beginning to panic. Three union presidents have sent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi a scathing letter decrying Obamacare, showing just how out-of-control this law has become. This astonishing reversal has been underreported so far, except by the ever-vigilant Tom Gara in the Wall Street Journal. The fact is that the crater of Obamacare is getting deeper, with sharper edges. The unions are first-tier political allies
When people hold their breath for your imminent words, isn’t it exasperating when you open your mouth, but don’t say much? Finally the president has spoken about George Zimmerman’s acquittal. Even as the country waited for his singular response – the nation’s leader and a law professor who once looked like Trayvon Martin – the president danced around the issues. And what a dramatic anti-climax, listening to the president refuse to say anything insightful or profound about the acquittal. In signature professorial style, the president gave us the “context” to the episode and to black people’s “pain.”
The Rev. Al Sharpton has gone mainstream. The killing of Trayvon Martin has provided Sharpton a high-profile opportunity to portray himself as a responsible actor on the stage of race relations in America and consolidate his standing as a moderate leader in the black community. While the death has stirred searing passions, Sharpton has not. The longtime activist has chosen to leave the inflammatory comments and conduct to others, while he employs the generally accepted tools of advocacy found in the moderate’s playbook. Sharpton’s year-long work on the Martin saga culminates on Saturday with demonstrations planned in 100 cities across the country
A court in Italy has convicted five people of manslaughter over the Costa Concordia shipwreck off Giglio island which killed 32 people in January 2012. Two officers, the helmsman, the head of cabin service and the head of the crisis team were given up to two years and 10 months in jail for multiple manslaughter, negligence and shipwreck. They had agreed plea bargains and may avoid custodial sentences. Capt Francesco Schettino is being tried separately. He is charged with multiple manslaughter for causing the shipwreck and abandoning the vessel with thousands still aboard. His case will resume on 23 September, and his request
The rumors began flying some time in the evening on Wednesday. Something was up in the Middle East, including a potential breakthrough in reopening negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Ed checked on the story on Thursday and found that the biggest piece of link-bait in it – the idea of Israel agreeing to a return to pre-1967 borders as a ticket back to the bargaining table – was roundly denied by officials. (Snip)So what is it, if anything, that John Kerry has actually accomplished here, and why are we hearing about it now? In short, not much of anything.
CANBERRA, Australia -- Two U.S. fighter jets have dropped four unarmed bombs in Australia´s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park when a training exercise went wrong. The two AV-8B Harrier jets launched from aircraft carrier USS Bonhomme Richard each jettisoned an inert bomb and an unarmed explosive bomb in the World Heritage-listed marine park off the coast of Queensland state on Tuesday, the U.S. 7th Fleet said in a statement on Saturday. The four bombs were dropped in more than 50 meters (164 feet) of water away from coral to minimize possible damage to the reef, the statement said. None exploded.
In Moscow and St. Petersburg thousands protested when opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to five years imprisonment on the charge of embezzling from a state-owned timber company. The conviction, like that of other Putin opponents, seems fabricated to stifle opposition to the regime. The usual poseurs here and in Europe -- poseurs because they themselves regularly exercise as much tyranny as their existing state structures allow them to get away with -- condemned the verdict. Jay Carney, speaking for the White House, called it a "disturbing trend of government actions aimed at suppressing dissent in civil society in Russia."
He is the billionaire Google boss under fire for not doing enough to protect children from internet porn. Yet today The Mail on Sunday can reveal that 58-year-old Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, does fiercely protect one thing: his own private life, which is as colorful and complex as the ever-changing ‘Google doodle,’ which pops up each time the search engine is launched. In the past few years, the unlikely sex symbol with thinning hair and pockmarked skin has embarked on a string of affairs with younger women, including a vivacious television host who dubbed him
Soon after President Obama appointed him director of national intelligence in 2009, Dennis C. Blair called for a tally of the number of government officials or employees who had been prosecuted for leaking national security secrets. He was dismayed by what he found. In the previous four years, the record showed, 153 cases had been referred to the Justice Department. Not one had led to an indictment. (Snip) It also led to a significant legal victory on Friday when a federal appeals court accepted the Justice Department’s argument that the First Amendment does not protect reporters
NASA’s Mars 2020 rover, charged with looking for past life on the planet, probably won’t be finding any signs of current – or even recent – activity, if the Curiosity rover´s discoveries are any indication. But scientists for the Mars Science Laboratory rover have shown that the Red Planet’s atmosphere was much thicker in its early history than it is today – which could have provided a window of opportunity for life to come into existence. (Snip) Mars´ protective magnetic field probably faded early in its history, leaving it exposed to the sun. The late heavy bombardment that hammered the planets
John Casablancas, the modeling agent whose shrewd and sometimes scandalous packaging of beautiful women ushered in the era of supermodels, died on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro. He was 70. The cause was cancer, said Lorraine Caggiano, his executive assistant. Mr. Casablancas, who lived in Miami, was being treated in Brazil. Head-turningly handsome, Mr. Casablancas courted scandal in his own life as well, accused of having sexual relations with teenage models and pursuing a playboy’s life of excess. For 30 years, through the Elite Model Management agency he founded in Paris in 1972,
Today at the Las Vegas Justice for Trayvon Rally, National Action Network Las Vegas, Gene Collins called for athletes, both professional and collegiate, to boycott Florida until "black and brown kids will be safe in Florida." we are here also to ask our sports icons Lebron James, Dewayne Wade [unintelligible] and other professional players in baseball and footballs to change franchises and play for another another franchise until the state of Florida recognizes there has to be change. We also asking the collegiate athletes who have signed contracts and who have signed letters of intent to play for
While emergency manager Kevyn Orr on Friday was offering short-term reassurances to thousands of Detroit pensioners whose benefits are in jeopardy, his lawyers were waging a whirlwind legal battle over the constitutionality of the bankruptcy filing that could land both sides before a federal judge early next week. (Snip) However, the order from Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina ultimately could have little effect because the bankruptcy case already was filed in federal court, and federal law generally trumps state law. The city filed a motion requesting to include the state as a party