An American hate preacher has called for Al Qaeda terrorists to launch attacks on Western diplomats and praised the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya. Adam Gadahn, who was born in California but converted to Islam and became a wanted jihadist, urged wealthy Muslims to dole out rewards for killing other Western ambassadors. The 34-year-old´s chilling message comes after Western embassies across the Muslim world were shut down earlier this month after warnings of an imminent terror attack. Gadahn issued his call for violence in a 39-minute video in Arabic, according to SITE, a group which monitors Islamic extremists. He pointed to
Europe´s high-speed rail network is the latest top target for Al-Qaeda terrorists. Germany´s Bild newspaper reported today how U.S. intelligence services bugged a conference call between leading operatives of the terror group behind the 9/11 outrages as they discussed bringing death and destruction to the European rail network. The group was possibly targeting trains and tunnels, or planning to sabotage railway tracks themselves and the electric cabling serving them. The newspaper said the planned terrorist attacks were a ´central topic´ of a conference call intercepted by the NSA involving high-ranking Al-Qaeda operatives. According to other media reports, Deutsche Bahn - German Rail -
The Huffington Post is reporting that the Center for the Education of Women at the University of Michigan has rescinded an invitation to Alice Walker to attend its 50th anniversary next year. Officials may have been prompted by her past criticism of Israel, says the Pulitizer Prize-winning author. On her blog, Walker posted a letter she said she received from an individual at the school: I’m saddened to write this because I’m a proponent of free speech and have been brought up to allow everyone to have their say. But I also realize that there are other considerations that
Wadi Gaitan, a 24-year-old House Republican staffer who serves as a Spanish-speaking spokesman, TV booker and occasional tutor, was stumped. He was trying to teach a Republican lawmaker how to say “sequester” in Spanish, but the literal translation was proving to be problematic. “That one was tricky at first. I couldn’t figure it out, because in Spanish, ‘secuestrar’ literally means to kidnap someone,” Gaitan said. “I said, let’s not use the literal translation, because we don’t want to say that we’re kidnapping people, or that President Obama is kidnapping people.” Probably a good call. Now Republicans say “recortes automáticos” —
The United States of America was born in revolution. The Declaration of Independence asserted that people have a right of revolution. According to The Declaration, "whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends [such as "life," "liberty," "the pursuit of happiness," and "the consent of the governed"], it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." The Declaration acknowledged that people should not, and will
RALEIGH, N.C. – After a year and a half behind barbed wire as a prisoner in World War II, 2nd Lt. David C. Cox had just about reached his breaking point. Deliveries of Red Cross parcels to Stalag VII-A had all but ceased, and the U.S. Army bomber co-pilot and his fellow POWs were subsisting on scanty rations of bug-infested soup and bread. Outside the wire, Adolf Hitler´s forces showed no signs of giving up.
The journalist who broke the story about whistleblower Edward Snowden was today reunited with his partner who had been held for nine hours yesterday at Heathrow Airport under anti-terrorism laws. David Miranda, 28, who lives with reporter Glenn Greenwald, 46, was passing through London yesterday on his way home to Rio de Janeiro from a trip to Berlin and was stopped at 8.30am. Mr Miranda, who arrived back in Rio today, was detained for nine hours under the Terrorism Act 2000 and his possessions confiscated in an act that Mr Greenwald called ´a message of intimidation´.
During an exclusive to web interview with “This Week,” Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol said Sarah Palin — after having hastily stepped down as Alaska’s governor in 2009 – might be able to rehabilitate her political career by winning a Senate race in her home state next year. “I think the way Palin would possibly resurrect herself, if that’s the right word, or rehabilitate herself I guess a better way of putting it, [is] run for Senate in Alaska in 2014,” Kristol said. “I’m not urging that, I’m just saying if I were her adviser I would say ‘take on
Democrats strong-armed Obamacare into law three years ago. Now they´re busy flouting it. The mandate that employers provide insurance next year or pay a penalty, as the law requires? Delayed for at least a year. The law´s dictate that people applying for federal subsidies to buy insurance provide proof that they´re eligible for the government aid? Scaled back. Sharp limits on Americans´ out-of-pocket costs for health care? Suspended for a year.
"So, how many black friends do you have now?" It´s a question I get asked a lot, ever since I set out five years ago to find out why I, your typical middle-class white person, had no black friends at all. I do have black friends now, actually. Several. But I rarely offer that information when asked, because to ask white people how many black friends they have is to pose the wrong question. (Snip) It helps if white people know how to be better white people.
Don Surber is giving up blogging: After 7 years of blogging, I am quitting. I am exhausted. It was simply too much work. I am still employed by the Charleston Daily Mail and still writing editorial and columns and performing the sundry other tasks that go with any job.(snip) I was surprised today when I realized that as of August 8, Don Surber had returned to duty guarding the wall: Whoa — is @donsurber back in "business"? http://t.co/wOov2ujnEQ — Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) August 16, 2013 @LegInsurrection Yup. Just on weekdays and only once a day. Moderation
According to President Obama, implementation of ObamaCare, his signature chunk of legislation, is rolling out exactly as he envisioned. If so, he needs eyeglasses to go along with his Nicorette. With questionable legal authority, the Obama administration has already had to postpone two major aspects of the complex legislation, despite three full years of preparation time. Also, we now know healthcare insurance premiums have already jumped. Big business, Congress and White House folks got special delays and waivers. But us regular people still must follow every letter. And now we´re learning of an immense barrel of worms in the enrollment
In early June 2013, the Financial Times ran a lengthy feature entitled “Succession Lessons Sought for Asian Family Businesses.” The subject of succession is especially prominent these days in China, the Financial Times suggests, because many enterprises there were founded during the economic reforms of the 1980s and will soon be facing generational changes. The gist of this piece was that “[a]lthough problems with succession are not unique to Asian family businesses, the difficulties are more acute because there is an added cultural reluctance to broach the issue of succession.” Well, maybe. But when culture is invoked in this way,
Slowly but surely, step by step, Joe Biden puts himself in position to run for president in 2016. And while many observers don´t believe the vice president will run if Hillary Rodham Clinton does, a new story in The Wall Street Journal may persuade people to re-think that view. The Journal reports that Biden´s allies are putting together plan for a potential Biden campaign to succeed President Obama -- with or without competition from Clinton. From the Journal: "In private conversations, Mr. Biden´s advisers are talking about steps to prepare for his possible entry into the race. A political action
Five years after Caroline Kennedy refused to release financial information during her bid to take over Hillary Clinton’s US Senate seat, newly filed documents reveal a personal fortune that could be as high as $500 million. Very private Kennedy declined to release the data in 2008. She subsequently withdrew her request for then-Gov. David Paterson to appoint her to Clinton’s seat. (If she had been running for office, Kennedy would’ve been required to report assets, credit car
This is really too funny. Members of the White House press corps went on record Sunday complaining about what it´s like to follow the President around on vacations such as his present one in Martha´s Vineyard. Some even said they´re prisoners of Obama´s vacation (video follows with transcript and commentary):STEVE HOLLAND, CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT, REUTERS: The thing to remember when you’re traveling with President Obama on his vacation is that he’s the one who’s on vacation not the White House travel pool. We see him do all these wonderful things in all these wonderful places – out to eat, playing
After a week of R&R, President Obama and the first family are on their way back to Washington. So, how did the Leader of the Free World unwind? Here’s a look at how the president spent his time in Martha’s Vineyard: Obama played six rounds of golf with 12 different partners, spending 27.5 hours on three different courses. He made five outings to local restaurants, including two dinners with friends, one intimate night out with the first lady, one family dinner and one run for fried-food pick-up. He made four different visits to friends’ homes nearby. He made one on-camera
CAIRO- Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president overthrown in an uprising in 2011, will be released from jail soon after a prosecutor cleared him in a corruption case, his lawyer and a judicial source said on Monday. Mubarak, 85, was arrested after he was ousted. In scenes that mesmerized Arabs, the former leader appeared in a court-room cage during his trial on charges that ranged from corruption to complicity in the murder of protesters. More than a year on, the only legal grounds for Mubarak´s continued detention rest on another corruption case which his lawyer, Fareed el-Deeb, said would be
The Obama administration provided a New York Times reporter exclusive access to a range of high-level national security officials for a book that divulged highly classified information on a U.S. cyberwar on Iran’s nuclear program, internal State Department emails show. The information in the 2012 book by chief Washington correspondent David E. Sanger has been the subject of a yearlong Justice Department criminal investigation: The FBI is hunting for those who leaked details to Mr. Sanger about a U.S.-Israeli covert cyberoperation to infect Iran’s nuclear facilities with a debilitating computer worm known as Stuxnet.
If an eccentric, liberal, nudist musician had not attended a rodeo at the Missouri State Fair a week ago Saturday, the world would be a slightly happier place. The State Fair would not have banned rodeo clown Tuffy Gessling for life. The NAACP would not have asked the Secret Service to investigate Tuffy for a "hate crime." His clown colleagues would not have been dispatched to sensitivity training. And race tension nationwide would not have ratcheted up another notch. But the eccentric in question, Perry Beam, did attend the rodeo. He took his wife and a Taiwanese student with him.
There are many ways to learn about the bleaker aspects of human nature. One would be to run a pizza shop or have to clean regularly a public restroom. Perhaps close attention to the text of Thucydides might give a more abstract lesson of what people are capable. The Old and New Testaments offer plenty of examples of the fallen state of man. Obama apparently did not get the message. What is the common denominator to his failed foreign policy initiatives — reset with Russia, a new, kinder gentler Middle East, supposed breakthroughs with China, outreach to Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela
What is going on in Egypt today has nothing to do with democracy. The fighting between the Egyptian military and the Muslim Brotherhood has nothing to do with the fact that the former conducted a coup to throw the Morsi regime out or the fact that in Morsi’s election he was chosen on the basis that the other guys were “enemies of Islam.” Egypt’s military controls about 40-50% of the nation’s economy. It runs dozens of companies that provide everything — as the Egyptian saying goes — from sewing needles to rockets. And, as you would expect, it is entirely corrupt.
On Fox News Sunday, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) accused Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) of offering up a "grab bag of misinformation and distortion" about the National Security Agency´s surveillance programs. King alleged the National Security Agency´s mistakes have been "inadvertent" and had a 99.99% success rate, which he said was better than politicians and those in the media in their work. He also said he thought the "whole tone of ´snooping´ and ´spying´ we use" was "horrible."