Journalist Michael Hastings, who was killed in a fiery Los Angeles crash in June, died of "traumatic injuries" as a result of the accident and had traces of drugs in his system, Los Angeles coroner´s officials said Tuesday. Hastings, 33, died June 18 in a single-vehicle accident. His car burst into flames and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Coroner´s officials said Hastings had traces of amphetamine in his system, consistent with possible intake of methamphetamine many hours before death, as well as marijuana. Neither were considered a factor in the crash, according to toxicology reports.
A man wearing just his underpants and high on drugs managed to board an empty German government jet used by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Clutching a bag full of marijuana and ecstasy pills, the 24-year-old danced on the wing of the plane, sprayed foam around and pushed buttons in the cockpit of the jet in Cologne Airport. The bodybuilder, believed to be of Turkish descent and named only as Volkan T, even released the inflatable emergency slide of the Airbus 319 on July 25. It took four hours for officials to remove the intruder from the plane.
I find it absolutely bizarre how little attention is paid to the fundamental nature of the Muslim Brotherhood. It is not a legitimate political party. Its objects are not consistent with democracy or democratic goals. It is, as Steve Hayward concisely commented, “a fascist political faction with murderous intent. Full stop.” Its goal is the (re)establishment of an Islamic caliphate. Forget Barack Obama, lost in Cloud Cuckooland. Do John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Kelly Ayotte et al. seriously dispute this?
Supporters of Second Amendment rights are motivated by neo-Confederate beliefs, according to MNSBC contributor Joy Reid. “There’s this sort of neo-Confederate thread that runs through this pro-gun movement and NRA movement,” she said this afternoon while discussing the recall elections for Democratic state lawmakers in Colorado that were spurred by their support for gun-control legislation. Reid also argued that gun-rights advocates and the National Rifle Association are hypocrites because they oppose the new restrictions on gun rights signed into law by Colorado governor John Hickenlooper while advocating for states’ rights and the Tenth Amendment. “The NRA will come in, helicopter in and
The State Department is insisting that secretary of state John Kerry’s decision to reinstate four employees put on administrative leave in the wake of of last year’s Benghazi attack was the right call. A spokeswoman said that Kerry, after revewing the Accountability Review Board’s report on the attack and the “totality of the careers” of the four employees, determined that the the action taken against them was “not warranted.” “These are people with real lives, real careers,” deputy press secretary Marie Harf told reporters on Tuesday?. Asked who should be held accountable for the attack that resulted in the deaths of
A prominent Virginia Republican strategist announced Tuesday that he will dissolve his public relations firm in order to endorse and advise Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. Boyd Marcus´s portfolio includes serving as chief of staff for such well-known Republicans as former Gov. Jim Gilmore and Rep. Eric Cantor, and advising the gubernatorial and Senate campaigns of George Allen and the short-lived gubernatorial campaign of current Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling. (Snip) In his endorsement of McAuliffe, Marcus called the Democrat "the clear choice for mainstream conservatives." The statement underscores a tension between the Republican establishment in Virginia and the grassroots conservatives
Trenton — In case anyone had any doubts on where Gov. Chris Christie stands on climate change, he made his position crystal clear this afternoon: It´s real and it´s a problem. In vetoing a bill (S2946) that would have required New Jersey to stay in a regional program intended to curb greenhouse gases — a program Christie plans to leave by the end of the year — the governor said "climate change is real." He added that "human activity plays a role in these changes" and that climate change is "impacting our state." Christie´s words are his strongest to date in regards to
RUSH: We´re coming up on the one-year anniversary of Benghazi, and pressure is on John Boehner to do something. Could we have some investigations into this? It´s going the opposite way, actually. Again from The Daily Beast. I mean, this is Tina Brown, you know, gossip maven. This is her website. "Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that the four State Department officials placed on administrative leave by Hillary Clinton after the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi do not deserve any formal disciplinary action and has asked them to come back to work at the State Department
The White House condemned the detention of Mohammed Badie, the Islamist group’s spiritual leader, and said the president would meet his national security team as part of a review of US ties with Egypt. [Snip] There is confusion over US policy towards the military-led regime which has held power since the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s democratically-elected president, in July. On Monday night a senior US senator claimed that the White House had quietly cut off most of the $1.3?billion (£830?million) in military aid that America gives to Egypt each year. Yesterday, the White House
RUSH: The Bill Clinton foundation. You know, Media Matters for America -- which is not even left wing. This bunch is just indescribable. They exist for one reason, and that is to lie, misrepresent, and take out of context what happens in conservative media and then report it that way, and what Media Matters does is they provide the information, say, on this program for mainstream media reporters who don´t listen to it. So a mainstream media reporter will find out what happened on this program by going to Media Matters, or on any other conservative program, or on Fox
London — Of all the promise of the Arab Spring — for citizenship and agency in the lives of peoples long subjected to servility and humiliation — perhaps the greatest was the idea that the region could escape the paralyzing political trap that offered Western-backed dictatorship or radical Islamism as its only alternatives. (Snip) In Tahrir Square in 2011, at the time of the uprising, nothing was more uplifting than seeing Westernized Egyptian liberals and the Muslim Brotherhood make common cause in the idea of citizenship based on equal rights for all. Here, it seemed, lay the possibility — however
RUSH: There´s more sad, disappointing news. This is kind of an offshoot of the general theme that there is a malaise that´s just a haze, a fog that´s just hanging over the country. And it´s down to the surface. It´s at street level. Even people who are doing well are not happy. Even people who are succeeding and doing well, there´s something wrong out there. Everybody senses it. Even people on the left. The people on the left are miserable because they know that everything they believe in fails. Nothing works! Do you realize after four and a half years
The Republican Party, which had already gone way out on a limb in its lack of tolerance for the slightest ideological deviation, may have dropped off it. Jim DeMint, who used to make a tidy living enforcing right-wing dogma inside Congress and now makes an even tidier living enforcing right-wing dogma outside Congress, suggested on Monday that any Republican who won’t agree to shut down the government in an attempt to scrap health care reform should be thrown out of office next November. At a “town hall” meeting on Monday hosted by Heritage Action, the political apparatus of the Heritage
Egyptian interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi does "not fear civil war" in Egypt, he told ABC News today in his first interview since taking office last month. He also warned that any decision by Washington to cut military aid to Egypt "will be a bad sign and will badly affect the military for some time." Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait have pledged billions of dollars in aid to the new Egyptian government in recent weeks and Beblawi said Egypt´s army could survive without the $1.3 billion in military aid from the United States.
Illegal immigrants have boldly demanded everything from civil rights in the U.S. to driver’s licenses and government benefits such as welfare and discounted tuition at public universities, so why stop there? Now they want American taxpayers to finance their organ transplants! This is even more brazen than the discrimination lawsuits illegal aliens have filed against law enforcement agencies—both federal and local—in the U.S. over the years. To make their point, the illegal immigrants have gone on a hunger strike outside an Illinois hospital demanding free organ transplants for themselves and their fellow undocumented comrades.
A man was arrested today after he allegedly fired a gun at an Atlanta-area elementary school, sending hundreds of panicked children running out of the building for cover, officials said. No students at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga., were injured and all have been accounted for, Dekalb County School District spokesman Quinn Hudson told ABCNews.com. A lone white male, believed to be in his 20s and armed with an assault rifle, was arrested this afternoon soon after reports of gunfire, Hudson said. School officials could not confirm how many rounds were fired,
The White House will hold a Cabinet-level meeting to discuss cutting some of America´s $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt. White House spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed that a National Security Council principles meeting will take place Tuesday. Cabinet members such as Secretary of State John Kerry will participate. Up to now, the administration has insisted that it has taken no final decision on halting aid to Egypt since the military´s July overthrow of Mohammed Morsi´s Muslim Brotherhood-led government and an intensifying crackdown on Islamist opponents. (Snip) One official said a decision was likely on cutting some elements of U.S. economic
A group of northern Colorado counties are taking more steps toward establishing the 51st state: Two more countries will ask residents if they want to secede the Centennial State on a ballot this fall. Phillips and Weld counties are the fourth and fifth counties to put the question for a vote, following Cheyenne, Sedgwick, and Yuma. Phillips and Weld county commissioners announced that they will place the question on the ballot, and both seem confident that residents will pass it. Weld County commissioner Sean Conway predicted locals will vote for secession by a 60–40 margin.
Another day, another wrongheaded attack on Shelby v. Holder, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. But this one contains a bit of a surprise. Writing at Slate, Richard Hasen begins by fundamentally misstating the court´s finding: "Substituting their own judgment for that of Congress, the five justices in the Shelby County majority expressed confidence that the act´s ´preclearance´ provision was no longer necessary, and that there would be ample other tools to fight discrimination in voting." In fact, the court let stand the automatic preclearance provision, known as Section 5. Section 4, which
When someone is caught lying about scandalous misconduct, any allegation about him is believed thereafter. When a government is caught spying on ordinary people, any investigation is assumed to be an unjustified abuse of power. And when the government justifies its investigation as protecting official secrets, the secrecy is dismissed as either needless or sinister. In this climate, defenders of reasonable official secrecy and legitimate intelligence operations run for cover. Most people accept in the abstract that some secrecy is justified —
President Obama welcomed the members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins to the White House Tuesday to honor their legacy as the only undefeated team in modern NFL history. The president apologized to the team for referring to the 1985 Chicago Bears as the greatest team in football history during that team’s White House visit, saying his comments then should be “taken with a grain of salt.” Obama praised the post-football achievements of the Dolphins players, while a reference to running back Larry Csonka’s less-than-stellar television career drew laughs from both the audience and Csonka’s teammates.
The space rocks, kept at the UCL Petrie museum, were beaten into flat sheets and rolled into nine tubes, before being strung together as a necklace alongside gold and gemstones, researchers found. They were produced more than 5,000 years ago, 2,000 years before the emergence of iron smelting, suggesting that the metalworking techniques which went on to define the iron age had their origins as early as the fourth millennium BC. Prof Thilo Rehren, an archaeologist from University College London, lead author of the study in the Journal of Archaeological Science, explained: “The shape of the beads was obtained by
An unreleased draft of the U.N.’s next major climate report reportedly states that scientists are more certain than ever that man’s actions are warming the planet -- even as the report struggles to explain a slow-down in warming that climate skeptics have seized upon. Global surface temperatures rose rapidly during the 70s, but have been relatively flat over the past decade and a half, according to data from the U.K.’s weather-watching Met Office. Climate skeptics have spent months debating the weather pattern, some citing it as evidence that global warming itself has decelerated or even stopped. "The absence of any
David Sinclair, who makes his living on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, has some words of advice for anyone taking solace in a seemingly slow start to the 2013 hurricane season. “Don’t ever drop your guard until we’re through September,” says Sinclair, who owns the waterfront Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar in Carolina Beach, N.C. “Now through September is when the bigger ones really start flying off the hook.” Since the season began June 1, the Atlantic has produced five named tropical storms but no hurricanes. On average, the first hurricane forms by Aug. 10 and the second by
Prosecutors rested their case against Maj. Nadal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. Hasan is accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 others at the Texas military base in November 2009. Prosecutors called nearly 90 witnesses. Many of them identified Hasan as the gunman who opened fire inside a crowded medical building at the sprawling Army post on Nov. 5, 2009. Hasan is acting as his own attorney, but he has questioned only three witnesses and has raised few objections. That enabled prosecutors to get through as many 15 witnesses