Fort Hood, Texas - Maj. Nidal Hasan has been convicted of premeditated murder for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. That means he´s now eligible for the death penalty. Military jurors found the Army psychiatrist guilty on Friday for the attack that killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others at the Texas military base. The trial now enters a penalty phase, where prosecutors will ask jurors to sentence Hasan to death. Hasan is acting as his own attorney. But he didn´t call witnesses or testify, and he questioned only three of prosecutors´ nearly 90 witnesses.
What has happened to our society that we seem to have all but given up even the use of words such as "stigma", "shame", "contrition" and the like? Recently we had to endure the ugly spectacle of the shameless Chris Huhne, having got off with no more than a few weeks´ all-expenses-paid rest in an nice comfortable open prison for his conspiracy to pervert the course of justice--a man who pressured his wife into joining the conspiracy and perjuring herself, even while he was conducting a sordid affair--being rewarded with a highly paid non-job. What a contrast with Jack Profumo,
Gunman launched a roadside ambush on 14 British private school pupils on an aid trip in Africa, firing AK47 rounds above their heads and threatening them with machetes. ´We will kill you!´ the men shouted at the youngsters before rifling their bags and making off with money, cameras and mobile phones during the hold-up in the Tabora region of Tanzania. During the 90-minute ordeal group leader Angela Daly was assaulted, while her husband George, 64, was kicked in the head. Their local guide was stabbed in the back before the robbers fled. But the group of 14 pupils, aged 15
Britain is operating a secret listening post based in the Middle East which collects emails, phone calls and web traffic on behalf of Western intelligence agencies, it has been reported. [Snip] The site accesses web traffic by tapping into underwater fibre optic cables connecting the region to the internet. The location of the site has not been reported. Fears it could be discovered was one of the reasons the Government asked the Guardian to destroy hard drives containing a copy of the Snowden files, according to The Independent. The operation is part of a wider GCHQ surveillance and monitoring system,
“I was in the belly of the beast. I began to see the lengths to which the CIA will go to conceal unconstitutional operations, hide information from Congress and silence anyone inside who challenges it.” Those are the words of Kevin M. Shipp, a former category 1, highly decorated CIA agent who held positions as an agent on the protective detail of the director and deputy director of the CIA, a manager of ongoing operations, an internal Security Officer, a counterintelligence investigator tasked to ferret moles out of the CIA, a Counter Terrorism Center (CTC) officer, a protective operations team
An Ohio city councilman has come under fire for his negative treatment of 911 emergency dispatchers during a call he placed in June to complain about a physical altercation outside his home. 911 tapes show Cleveland Councilman Eugene Miller cursing and shouting at dispatchers about what he claimed was “about 100 sorry black kids out here acting a fool” on his front lawn. “I’m just sick of this ****,” he said, describing how the group was “fighting” in front of his home.
DETROIT -He’s tall, dark and — well, he’s definitely tall and has dark hair and once played the real-life role of Jennifer Lopez’s man candy. But is Ben Affleck man enough to play “Batman?” Controversy erupted across social media networks when Warner Bros. announced Thursday the 41-year-old Affleck will star in the newest version of the Dark Knight, a movie that promises to bring Batman and Superman together. And then this happened: Two petitions started, one on change.org and another in the “We the People” section of the White House website. The change.org petition is aimed at Warner Bros.; the White House petition asked
In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Friday, President Barack Obama said that the upcoming fight over the continuation of a resolution which will fund the government does not have to be a fight at all. He said that enough Republicans in Congress agree that seeking to defund the Affordable Care Act is a bad idea, but they are afraid of angering their base or of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh. “Congress doesn’t have a whole lot of core responsibilities,” Obama said. “One core responsibility is passing a budget, which they have not done yet. The other core
R.J. "Rick" Corman, the Jessamine County entrepreneur who built a backhoe business into a multimillion-dollar railroad and construction company, died Friday. He was 58. Company spokesman Noel Rush said Mr. Corman died about 11 a.m. at his home in Nicholasville. Rush said the company´s officials would have a statement later.
US President Barack Obama has said the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria in an attack on Wednesday is a "big event of grave concern". Mr Obama said the US was still seeking confirmation such weapons were used, but if proved true the situation would "require America´s attention". Meanwhile, Syria´s main ally Russia has said there is growing evidence that Syrian rebels were behind the attack. (Snip) In an interview broadcast on CNN on Friday, he said that the recent claims of chemical weapons use were "very troublesome". "What we´ve seen indicates clearly this is a big event,
David Axelrod lashed out against Republican senator Tom Coburn for suggesting that President Obama is nearing a Constitutional crisis and potential impeachment, calling Coburn’s remarks “way out of bounds.” “He speaks to a kind of virus that has infected our politics that really has to be curbed,” Axelrod said, mockingly referring to Coburn’s suggestion as “his considered legal opinion as an obstetrician.”
WASHINGTON- President Obama resumes his bus tour in New York and Pennsylvania Friday to discuss his plan to make college education more affordable, the White House said. The daily schedule indicates Obama will: -- Participate in a town hall event at Binghamton University, part of the State University of New York system.-- Speak at an event at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa. Vice President Joe Biden also will speak at the event.-- Return to Washington,
SCRANTON— President Barack Obama has yet to set foot in The Electric City, but state Republicans already are reacting to the message he intends to deliver — as well as to the demands of anti-fracking protesters also expected to greet the president. Congressman Tom Marino, R-Lycoming Township, criticized what he sees as a “lame duck bus tour,” and urged the president against taking any action that would stymie drilling in the state. “Now, Pennsylvania Democrats are even pushing for a ban on natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, which would be disastrous for the 10th District,” Marino said. “The President should
A 17-year-old boy was killed and two other teens, 14 and 17, were shot over three hours in Chicago overnight, police said. The teen who died was found in the intersection of 36th Street and Marshfield Avenue in the McKinley Park neighborhood around 12:15 a.m. Friday after officers nearby heard gunfire, police said. The boy had been shot twice, one of the wounds to his head, police said. About 20 minutes earlier, another 17-year-old boy was shot in the 1500 block of West Superior Street in the West Town neighborhood, police said. The boy was taken to Stroger Hospital in
President Obama was heckled today at a speech in Syracuse, New York. But the "young lady" that heckled the president of the United States "was very polite," according to Obama. Via the transcript: [THE PRESIDENT:] And thanks to the grit and the resilience of the American people, we´ve been able to clear away the rubble from the financial crisis, and start laying the foundation for a better economy. But as any middle-class family will tell you, we are not -- AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Inaudible.) THE PRESIDENT: I hear you. I got you. AUDIENCE: Booo --THE PRESIDENT: No, no, no, that´s fine. Wait,
The increasing lawlessness with which President Barack Obama has been acting in his second term is not going unnoticed. In fact, in a strong rebuke last week to the unilateral actions being taken by the Obama administration, a federal appeals court came down hard on the administration’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission by ruling that delaying a decision on a proposed nuclear waste storage facility was in violation of federal law. In the majority opinion, the judges declared that the administration was “simply flouting the law,” and that President Obama “may not decline to follow a statute or prohibition simply because of
A Mora County Sheriff´s Office deputy was arrested Thursday afternoon during his police academy training in Kirtland for allegedly trying to solicit sex from a minor. The San Juan County Sheriff´s Office announced Thursday evening that Mark Preller, 56, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of child solicitation by an electronic communication device, which is a third-degree felony. Preller was booked into the San Juan County Adult Detention Center, where he is being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond. "The sheriff wants to get more proactive against Internet crimes against children," Capt. Brice Current said during a press conference.
The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that, by refusing to photograph a gay wedding, a photography studio violated the New Mexico Human Rights Act (NMHRA). The court found that Elane Photography’s refusal to serve Vanessa Willock violated the act, which “prohibits a public accommodation from refusing to offer its services to a person based on that person’s sexual orientation,” according to the ruling. Justice Richard C. Bosson, writing in concurrence, said that the case “provokes reflection on what this nation is all about, its promise of fairness, liberty, equality of opportunity, and justice.” In addition, the case “teaches that at
The sun fired off an intense solar storm at Earth Wednesday (Aug. 21) — the second in two days — hurtling billions of tons of charged particles at our planet, but should not pose a threat to people on the ground, NASA says. The solar eruption, called a coronal mass ejection, occurred yesterday at 1:24 a.m. EDT (0524 GMT) and sent charged particles streaking outward at 380 miles per second. That´s just over 1.3 million mph (2.2 million km/h). The solar fallout from the sun storm is expected to reach Earth within the next three days.
In yet another topic sure to enrage, Sterling Beard – writing at The Corner – catches up with the latest news on a strange case coming to us from New Mexico. It’s now gone all the way to the state Supreme Court, and the story may be at an end. In case you hadn’t heard, wedding photographers can’t refuse to take pictures at a gay wedding or they have violated the New Mexico Human Rights Act. The court found that Elane Photography’s refusal to serve Vanessa Willock violated the act, which “prohibits a public accommodation from refusing to offer its services
The Republicans determined to defund ObamaCare are getting a little competition in the ideas department. Maybe there´s hope for progress against the president´s health-care law after all. The question of how the GOP should handle ObamaCare has of late been dominated by those who want the party to strip funding from the law, then shut down the government unless President Obama agrees. The Defund Republicans aren´t a large faction of the conservative movement, and their plan is deeply flawed. Their strength has been in exploiting the notable lack of alternate strategies for undercutting the unpopular health law. That´s changing. A swelling coalition
´Law & Order SVU´ is tackling racial profiling head on in an upcoming episode that winds together the controversial Trayvon Martin case and the Paula Deen scandal. In the episode, Cybill Shepard plays Jolene Castille, a famous southern chef. But instead of making a racial slur, like Deen, she guns down an unarmed, hoodie-wearing black teen she thought was following her on the Upper West Side, mirroring the Trayvon Martin slaying. According to TV Guide, Castille claims she killed the teen in an act of self-defense because she knew police were chasing a rapist of the same description. The episode,
When I was a rich kid living in Great Neck, NY, I remember standing on the lawn of my girlfriend´s house and listening to her parents talk about how my girlfriend´s grandfather fought for the communists in Spain. They were proud of him. While the father puffed his pipe on the lawn of their estate, they pontificated on their sympathy for poor people and their desire to have a classless society. They actually didn´t know any poor people except the maid and the gardeners. They feigned sympathy for the poor because it made them feel more generous.
A suspect in the brutal beating of a World War II veteran who later died from his injuries has been arrested, as police in Spokane, Washington continue to search for a second attacker. Police confirmed the arrest but did not identify the suspect accused in the Wednesday parking lot attack. Authorities continue to search for another suspect who is described as an African-American male between the ages of 16 and 19. The Spokane Police Department says in a press release officers responded to reports of an assault Wednesday and found the victim, 88-year-old Delbert Belton, in his car with serious
Two weeks after the Obama administration announced charges against suspects in the Benghazi attack, a large portion of the U.S. team that hunted the suspects and trained Libyans to help capture or kill them is leaving Libya permanently. Special operators in the region tell Fox News that while Benghazi targets have been identified for months, officials in Washington could "never pull the trigger." In fact, one source insists that much of the information on Benghazi suspects had been passed along to the White House after being vetted by the Department of Defense and the State Department -- and at least