Ten days after claiming the premeditated lynching of Emmett Till almost 60 years ago was the same thing as George Zimmerman shooting Trayvon Martin in what jurors determined was self-defense, Oprah Winfrey Thursday continued to inject racism into this issue. Appearing on CNN´s Anderson Cooper 360, Winfrey said, "It´s ridiculous to look at that case and not to think that race was involved" (video follows with transcript and commentary): ANDERSON COOPER, HOST: I spoke at length to Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey about the film and about race in America, particularly after the Trayvon Martin case. Here´s part of that interview. (BEGIN
Buried within an article on Newark Mayor Cory Booker´s run for U.S. Senate, Edward-Isaac Dovere of Politico admits "the irony that in the age of Obama, Republicans have done a better job than Democrats of bringing diversity through their ranks." That is a reality ignored all too often by the mainstream media in its rush to declare Republicans, and especially those from the Tea Party movement, as racist, white, male, and old. In fact, the emergence of the Tea Party helped bring black and female candidates to the forefront of the GOP, as political newcomers seized (and created) political opportunities--often
I know it’s tempting inside of Egypt to blame the United States or the West or some other outside actor for what’s gone wrong. We’ve been blamed by supporters of Morsi. We’ve been blamed by the other side, as if we are supporters of Morsi. That kind of approach will do nothing to help Egyptians achieve the future that they deserve. We want Egypt to succeed. We want a peaceful, democratic, prosperous Egypt. That´s our interest. But to achieve that, the Egyptians are going to have to do the work. President Obama’s statement yesterday on Egypt
In a blog posted on the Department of Homeland Security website, Secretary Janet Napolitano said the illegal aliens who were brought to the United States as children are “American in every way but a piece of paper.” Napolitano wrote the blog to mark the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s executive order that put hundreds of thousands of young illegal aliens in a “deferred action” category that allows them to stay in the United States. Obama’s “initiative” was a way to “ensure that we are using our immigration enforcement resources most effectively, based on common sense priorities that focus first
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki curtly replied Thursday to Associated Press reporter Matt Lee that the policies of the Obama administration regarding Egypt and Syria were in fact worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize winner. LEE: All right. And then my last one — and I will stop, I promise, after this — do you think or is the administration confident that the steps — that the policy that you have pursued thus far in Egypt and also in Syria are worthy of a president who not so long ago won the Nobel peace prize? PSAKI: Yes, Matt. LEE: You do. OK. Obama’s support
Senator Dianne Feinstein has had a busy year. She kicked off 2013 by leading the charge against “assault weapons,” Nerf guns with extra plastic glued on. When the California Democrat’s gun control amendment decisively failed, she turned to defending extra-judicial targeted killing of American citizens with drone aircraft. Then Edward Snowden pushed intelligence officials into the spotlight without their usual kabuki stage makeup. Right on cue, the self-styled “chairman” of the intelligence committee threw herself into tireless apologetics. The NSA’s indiscriminate collection of telephone metadata is of dubious utility and faces dubious oversight from the hamstrung Foreign Intelligence Surveillance
The original video of Obama´s former aide, Reggie Love, dishing on the President´s card playing during the raid to kill Osama bin Laden has reportedly been yanked from YouTube. Reggie Love revealed in a chat this summer that the President told him he couldn´t "watch this entire thing" play out so decided to steer clear of the White House Situation Room during the tense wait time in May 2011. "We must have played 15 hands, 15 games of spades," Love told Los Angeles Times editor Jim Newton in July in a taped interview at UCLA´s Luskin School of Public Affairs.
Trenton — The Monday after Trenton experienced four homicides in a single weekend, acting Attorney General John Hoffman had a 6:30 a.m. phone conversation with State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes. The killings had included a double murder on East State Street that left 52-year-old Barry Church dead after he was caught in the crossfire, a 20-year-old shot in the head and a fatal stabbing. Gun violence in the capital city had become a virtual daily occurrence. It was the death on Aug. 3 of Church, an innocent bystander sitting on a porch just a block away
The newspaper industry is flailing about, desperately trying to replace the revenue which disappeared with the arrival of the internet, giving every appearance of being in its death throes. In the latest example of pre-demise convulsions, the San Francisco Chronicle has quietly dropped its paywall, instituted but four months earlier. (snip) Good luck, guys! My gut tells me that people aren´t going to lay out cash money just to have stuff better organized or updated regularly. The news you see in the Chron is somewhat generic, available elsewhere in the Bay Area media.
Federal Way (Wash) Four days a week this summer, lime green school buses loaded with games, books and computers rumbled through low-income neighborhoods south of Seattle. Their aim wasn´t just to entertain kids — but to feed them. "It´s fun here," said 10-year-old Mia Tolo on a recent afternoon outside one such bus, where she played Chutes and Ladders with her friend Anita Velasco after they had pizza, bananas and milk.
It’s 13F revelation time, and the headlines are full of news about big investor George Soros going hot for Apple and dumping on gold in the second quarter. However, there’s something else in those numbers that should make investors sit up a little. Possibly buried amid the Apple excitement is the fact that Soros Fund Management’s biggest position is a put on the S&P 500 ETF..
A hero soldier was shot twelve times as he tried to charge down an army officer who launched a shooting rampage at his base killing thirteen people, a court martial heard today. Another victim of accused shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan was pregnant when she was gunned down by the Muslim psychiatrist who also inured 30 people when he opened fire in a crowded medical building at Fort Hood Texas in 2009. Spc. Frederick Greene was shot 12 times during the attack, Lt. Col. Phillip Berran told the judge after reviewing photos of the soldier’s body before jurors were led into
Cairo - Thousands of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi took to the streets on Friday, urging a "Day of Rage" to denounce this week´s assault by security forces on Muslim Brotherhood protesters that killed hundreds. The army deployed dozens of armored vehicles on major roads in Cairo, and the Interior Ministry has said police will use live ammunition against anyone threatening state installations. Medical sources said four protesters died in clashes in the northeastern city of Ismailia, with one dead reported in the Mediterranean port of Damietta. Violence was also reported in Egypt´s second city Alexandria and in the Nile Delta city
WASHINGTON- Haven´t had a raise in a while? Well, neither has your member of Congress. This month, congressional salaries slid to their lowest inflation-adjusted levels since December 1990. When congressional approval ratings are at historic lows, congressional pay - $174,000 for rank-and-file senators and House members - may seem high. But some argue that shrinking paychecks for public service perpetuates a political culture where mostly the rich can afford to serve in office. Members of Congress have to maintain households in two locations, one being Washington, one of the most expensive housing markets in the country even for rentals.
It was only a momentary interruption of his vacation in the oh-so-tony climes of Martha’s Vineyard. As the death toll from Egyptian riots topped 500, President Obama took it upon himself to call for restraint on both sides, neither of which appeared to be listening. The State Department helpfully chimed in that there “was no place” for violence despite the pitched battles taking place between the Egyptian military and Muslim Brotherhood rioters demanding the return of ousted strongman Mohammed Morsi. Mr. Obama further showed his displeasure by suspending the joint U.S.-Egyptian military exercises scheduled for next month, a biennial landmark
Oprah Winfrey and her co-star in Lee Daniels’ The Butler Forest Whitaker appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 Thursday night to promote their film. During the interview, Anderson Cooper asked Winfrey to relate the historical themes of the movie to the modern day struggles for African-Americans, including the Trayvon Martin case. Winfrey said she “loves” the film in light of the discussion on race, because it “brings context” to the conversation. She described how the film begins with a lynching scene and ends with walking into President Obama’s office, showing how much has “happened in the span of one man’s lifetime
You can understand Barack Obama’s frustration now that he finally put down his putter on Martha’s Vineyard and noticed that something was going on in Cairo. John Kerry bestirred himself, too, pronouncing the chaos in Cairo “dreadful.” That’s pretty strong language for a tea-sipper. There’s glum agreement everywhere that there’s no peace for Egypt in sight. The nations of the West, including Israel, must keep looking, but we fool only ourselves if we think there’s a magic elixir to encourage the lion to lie down with the lamb and not regard it only as dinner. In the days following Sept.
Hardly a week goes by that we don’t read about the Republican Party’s “political problems” in the news media, which insist the GOP has become widely unpopular with voters. Democrats, on the other hand, are portrayed as a unified party, with rarely a disagreement among them, and the dominant political force in the country by virtue of their victory in the 2012 presidential election, and slight gains in the House and Senate. A closer examination of the political lay of the land reveals a far different story of the GOP’s growing strength in recent state elections, its much broader structural
Most of the talk about the recently released Reggie Love interview centers on Love´s admission that he and President Obama played cards -- Sp***s to be precise -- during the Osama bin Laden raid. But Love, Obama´s "body man" for several years, revealed more than the White House wanted him to about Obama´s notorious birth certificate. At a forum hosted last month hosted by the Artists & Athletes Alliance in Los Angeles, Love jovially recalled the moment when Obama "finally found" his birth certificate. The moderator chimed in mischievously: "It took a little too long, by the way." Said Love in
Thursday night on Fox, Sean Hannity tore into the “Million Muslim March” planned for the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks next month in Washington. Hannity welcomed the march’s organizer MD Rabbi Alam on the show to defend his group’s plans, asking him, “You want to turn this into a day about anti-Islamic bigotry?” “We’re standing this day to show America that we Muslim, we denounce terrorism,” Alam said before Hannity cut him off, saying that sentiment contradicts the statement put out by the group, which claims Muslims continue to be “victimized by being made the villains.” Anti-Islamic activist Brigitte
It´s an issue lawmakers may not want to have to explain at town hall meetings back home: An attempt to fix a problem with the new health care law has created a situation in which members of Congress and their staffers could gain access to abortion coverage, something that currently is denied to federal employees who get health insurance through the government´s plan. Abortion opponents say the Obama administration needs to fix it; abortion rights supporters say the concern is overblown. The abortion complication is a new headache for the administration as it tries to shoehorn members of Congress and
For 15 years, some of the art world’s most established dealers and experts rhapsodized about dozens of newly discovered masterworks by titans of Modernism. Elite buyers paid up to $17 million to own just one of these canvases, said to have been created by the hands of artists like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell. But federal prosecutors say that most, if not all, of the 63 ballyhooed works — which fetched more than $80 million in sales
Cairo, Egypt-Despite it being a long time since the end of the Cold War between the U.S.-led Western camp and the Eastern-led Eastern one, what is happening today in Egypt is proof of what still lies in the hearts of both sides who are waiting for any chance to direct a painful hit at the other side, to win a round or cause a loss to ‘the enemy’. The Middle East has looked more like a game of chess between America and Russia, and this was manifested after the American invasion of Iraq, an important ally of Russian and China. It
Maybe everyone is misreading America’s views on foreign policy? Among Republicans, there’s a big argument between the so-called isolationist wing of the party and the ostensibly interventionist wing. On the left, there’s a similar debate (though liberals are never described as isolationists no matter how isolationist they might be). Among Democrats, the dividing lines are murkier if for no other reason than the Democratic party takes its lead from President Obama, and his own views are murky, to put it charitably. The biggest boon to the anti-interventionists is the simple political reality that Americans just don’t want to intervene in
As the violence in Egypt intensifies, Coptic Christian churches have also been the target of attacks by Muslim Brotherhood supporters. In the past two days alone, there were nearly 40 incidents: Egypt´s MENA agency said supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi set fire to the Prince Tadros church in the province of Fayoum, where three similar attacks occurred on other churches the day before. Ishaq Ibrahim from The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights group, documented as many as 39 incidents of violence against churches, monasteries, Coptic schools and shops in different parts of the Staff has corrected headline.