Last month, a wealthy movie and television star took to Twitter to hurl homophobic slurs at a gay reporter, and to urge his million-plus followers to commit acts of violence against the man. Last week, a nobody -- a jester, a clown, a performer performing at a rodeo, donned a Barack Obama mask and joked about having a bull attack him. Today, after much of the media chose not to report on Alec Baldwin´s reprehensible behavior, he is in talks to join NBC News. Meanwhile, the clown has been banned for life, the president of the organization that hired him has been forced
A Texas Republican congressman has invited a rodeo clown who has been banned from the Missouri State Fair for a mocking depiction of President Obama to perform in his district. Rep. Steve Stockman, a conservative whose rural district stretches east of Houston, said he was extending the invitation and defending the clown because liberals “want to crush dissent by isolating and polarizing anyone who questions Obama.” “Liberals want to bronco-bust dissent. But Texans value speech, even if it´s speech they don’t agree with,” the lawmaker said in a Wednesday news release. “Disagreeing with speech is one thing. Banning it and
SAN DIEGO - Search warrants obtained by 10News show multiple phone calls made between James DiMaggio and Hannah Anderson the day her mother and younger brother were killed. In the warrants unsealed Wednesday, authorities said the 40-year-old DiMaggio tortured and killed Christina Anderson, 44, and her 8-year-old son Ethan on August 4. In addition to killing the woman and her son at his Boulevard home, authorities said DiMaggio also fatally shot the family´s dog and set the structure on fire, the documents stated.
Egypt´s Coptic Christian minority has become a favorite target for Muslim Brotherhood supporters and other radical Islamists across the country in the wake of the military´s decision to clear supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi from their Cairo sit-ins this morning. No sooner did security forces, backed by armored cars and bulldozers, clear encampments in the city´s Nadha and Raba´a al Adiwiya squares did the Islamists turn to targeting Christian churches. Approximately 1,000 Muslim Brotherhood supporters set fire to the Churches of Abraham and the Virgin Mary in Menya.
While President Obama played golf again on vacation, the White House criticized the latest crackdown in Egypt Wednesday, saying violence between government forces and protesters will make it more difficult for the interim government to shift to a democracy. “The United States strongly condemns the use of violence against protesters in Egypt,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest at a press briefing on Martha’s Vineyard, where Mr. Obama is vacationing. “The world is watching what is happening in Cairo. We urge the government of Egypt and all parties of Egypt to refrain from violence and resolve their differences peacefully.”
NEW YORK - J.C. Penney is coming under fire for a "back-to-school" ad that shoppers say promotes bullying and puts pressure on families. The ad features a group of children with voice-over from a mom who has to buy clothes for her son´s upcoming school year. She says, "This stuff can make or break your entire year." The narration airs over a shot with a pre-teen boy sheepishly looking around as he sits alone at a school lunch table. Dozens of parents have taken to J.C. Penney (JCP, Fortune 500)´s Facebook page to say that the commercial promotes bullying, because
Entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey has never been an especially political figure, let alone a polarizing figure. Even her 2008 endorsement of then Sen. Barack Obama was not especially offensive – her support for the popular “change” candidate merely mirrored the sentiments of the majority of her colleagues in the entertainment industry. But Winfrey’s behavior has changed dramatically in the last month. Today, Winfrey has not only become expressly political but unmistakably racial. While the move has surprised some, Winfrey’s turn towards controversial racial issues is precedented. Those who suggest that she may be embracing controversial racial causes as a vehicle
A silly controversy surrounding a Missouri rodeo clown’s decision to don a mask of President Barack Obama before taunting bulls to attack him – a traditional practice in American rodeo culture – became frighteningly serious on Wednesday. Rather than push back against the overwrought response from some Obama supporters, offended by the mockery of the president, the White House has tacitly condoned their response. Clown-gate is no longer a laughing matter. A brief roundup of the reaction from a variety of sources which has followed the public mockery of the president is already sufficiently shocking: The rodeo clown and the organization
As the debate rages over who benefits from the Affordable Care Act, one thing is becoming clear: The controversial program is a dream come true for rip-off artists. Consumer experts warn that the program has created a huge opportunity for swindling people by stealing their money and their sensitive personal information. "Any time you roll out a big government program like this, confusion is inevitable," said Lois Greisman, an associate director in the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission. "This confusion creates a tremendous opportunity for the fraudster." Scammers have been at it for more
Washington - The battle for Congress won’t fully engage until next year, but it sure looks like election season now as political activity explodes this summer at America’s county fairs, town halls and campaign fundraisers. From Alaska to West Virginia, what’s happening around the country as lawmakers spend a month back home might shape the 2014 political map. Wyoming, for instance, where quiet workhorse Sen. Michael Enzi was expected to coast to a fourth term, was way off the political radar until Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney,
Please upgrade your browser to view HTML 5 content NEIL CAVUTO: You raised some cackles when you If you had a choice between Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton you don´t know who would you would vote for. And that brings me, alright, Levin is turning away from the party. MARK LEVIN, THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS AUTHOR: I would never vote for Hillary Clinton. I told you before with Barack Obama, I would vote for an orange juice can over Barack Obama. So I will never vote for Hillary Clinton. She is Barack Obama in a dress as far as I´m concerned. As for
President Obama´s longtime aide Reggie Love says he and the president played cards during part of the raid in Pakistan that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. ´Most people were like down in the Situation Room and [President Obama] was like, "I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing,"´ Love recalled of the May 2011 raid during a forum hosted by the D.C.-based Artists & Athletes Alliance in Los Angeles last month. He said that he and the president, along with White House photographer Pete Souza and Obama aide Marvin Nicholson, gathered in the private dining
Pahrump, Nev. - Police said Wednesday they found nearly 400 marijuana plants at the Pahrump, Nev., home of Heidi Fleiss, who gained infamy as the "Hollywood madam." Nye County Sheriff´s officials said an officer went to Fleiss´ home Wednesday to search for a woman wanted on arrest warrants. Noticing the door to Fleiss´ home was open, the officer entered the home and found 158 marijuana plants in the backyard, the Las Vegas Sun reported. After searching the entire residence and guesthouse, police found another 234 marijuana plants, two grow lights and chemicals used to grow marijuana,
To adapt the prayer: God grant Reince Priebus the serenity to accept liberal media bias, the courage to change who moderates presidential debates, and the wisdom to know the difference. It´s the wisdom part the Republican National Committee Chairman is struggling with, as illustrated by his recent ultimatum to NBC and CNN. Mr. Priebus warned the networks to pull their TV projects about the life of Hillary Clinton or risk losing GOP participation in their 2016 primary debates. Decrying the Clinton programming as a "thinly veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election," Mr.
Johnston police arrested a Muslim imam who serves at the Des Moines Islamic and Cultural Center Bosniak after he reportedly sexually abused two women during a ritual late Monday night. Nermin Spahic, 40, was charged with third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of sexual exploitation by a clergy and transported to Polk County Jail, according to a press release from the Johnston Police Department. Spahic’s arrest came after police were called to a house in Johnston late Monday night where Spahic was allegedly involved in a “ceremonial ritual” with an 18-year-old woman and her 42-year-old mother, according to the release.
Sometimes the planets of politics align. Within days of President Obama´s decision last week to appoint a civil-liberties "adversary" inside the U.S.´s antiterrorism surveillance program, a federal judge created a "monitor" to oversee the New York Police Department´s stop-and-frisk anticrime program. Both these decisions, if allowed to take full effect, run a significant risk that violence will return or increase—as the terrorism of al Qaeda or as murder and assault in New York City. If that happens—and don´t bet against it—a liberal president and a liberal federal judge will have brought back to life one of modern liberalism´s worst nightmares: the
Johannesburg - A South African police spokesman says Oscar Pistorius will be served with an indictment now that police have completed an investigation into the shooting death of his girlfriend. Spokesman Lt. Gen. Solomon Makgale said Tuesday the investigation team is convinced Pistorius has a charge to answer. Pistorius will appear in a Pretoria court Monday. Makgale said it is expected Pistorius will be served with the indictment and a trial date will be set. Pistorius says he accidentally shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14. The state alleges the couple may have argued and he
Washington - After six weeks of posturing and threats, the Egyptian military followed through on its vow to clear demonstrators from its streets, executing a crackdown on Wednesday that killed at least 149 Egyptians and wounded hundreds. Speaking from the State Department, US Secretary of State John Kerry said he called Egypt´s foreign minister on Wednesday to condemn the military´s actions. (Snip) The US government has not called July´s ousting of Mohammed Morsi a military coup. Doing so would require Congress to freeze its foreign aid to Egypt, and would compromise what little
San Francisco - The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to revive Proposition 8, ending the last remaining legal challenge to same-sex marriage in the state. Meeting in closed session, the state high court rejected arguments by ProtectMarriage, Proposition 8’s sponsors, that only an appellate court could overturn a statewide law. A federal judge in San Francisco declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional in 2010, and state officials refused to appeal. ProtectMarriage did appeal, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that initiative sponsors have no right to defend their measures in federal court.
Defense: Beijing tests a mobile missile capable of hitting the continental U.S. and prepares to deploy ballistic missile submarines that can do the same, while our commander-in-chief slashes our missile defenses. In a speech before the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Rep. Mike Rogers, R.-Ala., chairman of the House armed services subcommittee on strategic forces, warned that the Obama administration has cut $6 billion from U.S. missile defense programs at a time of growing missile threats from potential adversaries. According to Rogers, Obama cut $1.16 billion from missile defense — a 10% reduction — in his first budget as president
The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed Wednesday they were investigating an alleged "sextortion" case involving newly crowned Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf from Orange County and other women. (Snip) Wolf also said the author tried to extort her to ensure that the photos were not made public. The incident, in which someone was able hack into Wolf´s computer and turn on its webcam, is the latest in a string of so-called "sextortion" cases involving individuals who have used email accounts, social media or a computer´s own hardware to glean compromising information or images of its user.
The U.S. achieved strong average annual growth of 3.3%, after inflation, from 1929 to 2012. But from 2002 to 2012 that average growth rate fell to 1.8%. Why the slowdown in growth? Reasons include the uncertainty dumped on both businesses and individuals by ObamaCare and the unknown costs created by the Fed´s unprecedented ultra-easy monetary policy. The less obvious reason is the rapid growth in the value of transfer payments going to households over the past 30 years. These payments have clearly altered incentives to work. As recently as 1979, only 20% of U.S. households received more in transfer payments than they paid
Only those happily trampling on the last vestiges of freedom will deny that our federal government as a constitutional republic has ceased to function. The president can no longer control (nor does this one want to control) the enormous and ever-expanding bureaucracy functioning as a government by fiat. The legislative branch, so corrupted, so drunk by the allure of power, so disdainful of its constituents, is unable to stop its bankrupting ways. The judiciary is perhaps worst. The Supreme Court is openly rejecting the authority of the Constitution itself. If the federal government refuses to adhere to the enumerated powers of the Constitution, what
The United States is considering calling off a major military exercise with the Egypt after Egyptian security forces killed scores of protesters on Wednesday, U.S. officials said. The bloodshed appears to have forced U.S. President Barack Obama´s administration to consider adopting a more muscular stance toward the Egyptian military, which toppled Mohamed Mursi, Egypt´s first freely elected president, on July 3.(snip)Asked why the exercise had not already been called off, the official said, "Everyone was hoping that things would improve." In another setback for U.S. policy, Egypt´s army-backed rulers declared a one-month state of emergency, restoring to the military the unfettered
SAN DIEGO — Hannah Anderson says a longtime family friend "tricked" her into visiting his house, tied up her mother and younger brother in his garage and kidnapped her, setting off a massive search that stretched across much of the western U.S. And when she later learned they were found dead in her captor´s burning Southern California house, the 16-year-old said she cried all night.(Snip)Many of the hundreds of the questions she fielded on the social media site were typical teenage fare, including her favorite musical performers, but she also told of how she was kidnapped, how she survived captivity
The Justice Department and FBI have quietly acknowledged they grossly overstated the scope of a mortgage fraud crackdown, which the administration heralded with much fanfare a few weeks before last year´s presidential election. According to a memo circulated by the FBI and a correction posted online by the Justice Department, the number of defendants, the number of victims and the size of the losses are, in reality, a fraction of what officials claimed last October. Attorney General Eric Holder and other law enforcement officials claimed in early October that the initiative charged