The White House has made it clear that the Syrian government’s recent use of chemical weapons isn’t going to go unanswered, but they’ve declined to say whether they’ll want authorization from the United Nations or Congress for any eventual action. When White House press secretary Jay Carney was asked today whether the president would wait for a vote from the U.N. Security Council and whether he would request congressional approval, he said that such questions presume a response the president has not yet committed to. At the State Department’s press briefing today, a spokesman also wouldn’t comment on the matter
The last of the ancient kings of Rome, Tarquin the Proud, was approached one day by a woman who offered nine books of prophecy at a steep price. The king refused; the price was too high. The woman burned three of the books and offered the remaining six at the original price. Nothing doing, said the king. She burned three more of the books and offered the remaining three books at the same price: this time, the king bought. That is not a bad description of President Obama’s approach to Syria. Originally, he had a chance to nip the destructive
Former congressman Dennis Kucinich (D., Ohio) said today that striking Syria would turn the United States military into “al-Qaeda’s air force.” Kucinich, who voted against the Iraq War and campaigned for the Democratic nomination for president in 2004 and 2008, lambasted the idea that Obama could act without congressional authorization, which he said would be a violation of the Constitution. He also warned that intervening in Syria would entangle the United States in another war in the Middle East and encourage Islamists who are fighting the forces of Syrian president Bashar Assad. “So what, we’re about to become al-Qaeda’s air force now?”
African American boys in Oakland are arrested far more often and for relatively minor offenses compared with their cohorts in other racial groups, according to a study released Wednesday by an Oakland nonprofit. Between 2006 and 2012, black boys made up 73.5 percent of all juvenile arrests in Oakland, even though they comprise just under 30 percent of the city´s under-18 population, according to the analysis by the Black Organizing Project, an Oakland nonprofit that said it based its report on public records and did the study as an effort to improve conditions for African Americans. Of those black boys arrested, nearly
Eyewitnesses told Turkish media this week that a portion of the Temple Mount platform near the Al Aqsa Mosque has collapsed, creating a serious safety hazard and a possible threat to the stability of the Islamic structure. If the report is accurate, it would be the second serious collapse on the Temple Mount in the past five years. /snip/ Many believe it is only a matter of time before most of the platform collapses. And there are fears such a collapse could occur during Ramadan, when upwards of 100,000 Muslims gather atop the Temple Mount for weekly prayers.
A painting depicting politicians Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev in women’s underwear was one of the items Russian authorities confiscated Monday upon raiding a newly-opened St. Petersburg art gallery that had shown solidarity with Russia’s gay-rights movement. The off-beat gallery, known as the Museum of Authority, opened on August 15 with an inaugural exhibit called “The Rulers” that featured paintings by artist Konstantin Altunin of public figures such as President Barack Obama, former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and Mr. Putin. The idea of the museum had been to put on exhibits relating to various authorities, said founder Alexander Donskoi.
Four teenage girls are facing several charges, including ethnic intimidation, after police said they brutally beat a 32-year-old white woman Sunday in Pittsburgh, Pa. According to police, the four young black girls, ages 14, 15 and 16, threw a bottle at the woman’s car while she was stopped at a stop sign and called her a racial slur, a local TV station reported. “She gets out to address it, and that’s when the girls jump her,” said Lt. Shirley Sloan, the TV station reported. Witnesses told police that the girls pulled the victim to the ground by her hair and kicked her in
On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we will hear a good deal about how life in this country for black Americans has not changed as much as Martin Luther King Jr. might have wished. We will hear little to nothing about the role that certain strains of black progressive ideology have played in delaying the realization of King´s dream. "It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro," King announced from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963. He was right, and
If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, he´d cheer the great strides African-Americans have made since his 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech. So why are his heirs so angry? Hearing their down-in-the-mouth speeches commemorating the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington, you´d think there´d been little progress in equality and living standards for blacks. Last Saturday´s celebration quickly turned into a grievance-fest. "This is not the time for nostalgic commemoration," groused Martin Luther King III, the oldest son of the slain civil-rights leader. "Nor is this the time for self-congratulatory celebration. The task is not done." Added King: "Sadly, the
An American military attack on Syria could begin as early as Thursday and will involve three days of missile strikes, according to "senior U.S. officials" talking to NBC News. The Washington Post has the bombing at "no more than two days," though long-range bombers could "possibly" join the missiles. "Factors weighing into the timing of any action include a desire to get it done before the president leaves for Russia next week," reports CNN, citing a "senior administration official." The New York Times, quoting a Pentagon official, adds that "the initial target list has fewer than 50 sites, including air bases
The Obama administration has determined that no one should be held accountable for the deaths of four brave Americans in Benghazi. Sure, it might have been the first time in 33 years that an American ambassador was killed while in service, but according to the White House it just adds up to a "phony" scandal. Secretary of State John Kerry decided that midlevel staffers suspended for the lax security surrounding the Benghazi compound were cleared to resume their jobs. Apparently, eight months paid leave is enough punishment. You might recall that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wanted these same employees fired, but
Desecration: A U.S. flag with the president´s face replacing the field of stars resurfaces at the March on Washington´s 50th anniversary, turning the symbol of freedom many have fought and died for into a campaign prop. It has been a while since President Obama accepted his first nomination among faux Greek columns in Denver in 2008. But judging from the reappearance of the "Obama flag" at a march celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.´s "I Have A Dream" speech, the cult of personality that has risen around him has not been diminished or discouraged. That flag first appeared in March 2012 when one
Marietta - After shooting 13-month-old Antonio Santiago between the eyes, prosecutors say De’Marquise Elkins stashed the murder weapon under a friend’s couch in Brunswick. Then his mother and sister threw it in a saltwater pond, Cobb County jurors heard from witnesses Monday. Kicking off the second week of testimony in the case against De’Marquise Elkins, accused of killing Antonio, the jury heard how he tried to hide the .22-caliber revolver and how his family allegedly disposed of it. The trial was moved to Cobb because of concerns about pre-trial media coverage influencing a jury,
A Pennsylvania woman gave birth to a son in the bathroom of a sports bar, then abandoned him to die in the restaurant´s toilet, authorities said Monday in charging her with the baby´s death. Amanda Catherine Hein was arraigned and held without bail on one count of criminal homicide in the death of her baby last week. A cleaning crew found the baby´s body Aug. 19 at Starters Pub in Bethlehem, about 30 miles north of Philadelphia. Authorities said the baby was at 33 to 36 weeks gestation and viable. An autopsy found the baby was born alive,
PITTSBURGH — Three teenage girls are facing several charges, including ethnic intimidation, after police said they brutally beat a 32-year-old woman Sunday in Pittsburgh’s North Side. Investigators said the incident happened around 2 p.m. near the intersection of Concord and Itin streets. According to police, the girls threw a bottle at the woman’s car, and when she stopped to confront the girls, they attacked her. “It’s sad, but it doesn’t surprise me. Our youth …,some of them are going in the wrong direction,” said one resident who did not want to be identified.
President Obama is weighing a strike involving cruise missiles against military targets in Syria that would last two or three days and could start as early as Thursday, according to administration officials. In preparation for the potential strike, American destroyers have moved into position in the Mediterranean Sea and are ready to launch into action at any moment, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday. ´We are prepared. We have moved assets in place to be able to fulfill and comply with whatever option the president wishes to take,´ Hagel said in an interview with BBC television during his visit to
U.S. Sen. David Vitter said Tuesday he thinks the international community should respond to the Syrian regime´s use of chemical weapons against rebel fighters, but would not support direct intervention by the U.S. military. [Snip] "It´s obviously very, very serious," Vitter said, referring to evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad authorized the use of chemical weapons against rebel fighters, that activists say killed hundreds of fighters and civilians, outside of the capital city of Damascus last week. "I certainly agree with (Secretary of State) John Kerry--I don´t say that a lot--but I agree with John Kerry that the use of
The game was called "point ´em out, knock ´em out," and it was as random as it was brutal. The object: Target an innocent victim for no other reason than they are there, then sucker punch him or her. But on this day in Lansing, there would be no punch. The teen-age attacker had a stun gun. He did not know his would-be victim was carrying a legally concealed pistol. The teen lost the game. Last month, more than 400,000 adults could lawfully carry hidden handguns in Michigan. That’s one in 17 men and women 21 or older,
The beating death of a decorated World War II veteran took a bizarre twist today in court. Prosecutors said one of the two suspects has suggested that the victim, 88-year-old Delbert Belton, was selling them crack cocaine but shorted them. Authorities won’t say whether they’ve found anything that would support the shocking claims by 16-year-old Kenan Adams-Kinard, who is being held in lieu of $3 million bond on charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree murder in connection with last week’s confrontation. But the victim’s family described it as ridiculous.
Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria is monstrous. A hundred thousand civilians have died at its hands in the last two years, and more than a million Syrians have fled the country since it began its war of attrition against rebel groups. It is almost certainly responsible for the massacre of up to 1,300 people in a suburb of Damascus last week through the use of chemical weapons. [Snip] In the face of Assad’s brutality, however, Washington and the West as a whole have been largely impotent. The White House’s strategy has been one of abject confusion,
John: Karen Finney’s refusal to acknowledge that Alger Hiss was a Communist spy — let alone a Soviet agent with a direct hand in crafting American policy during World War II and the crucial early Cold War years — should, alas, come as no surprise. The Cold War years are full of unpleasant memories for the Left, whose intellectuals, ignoring the horrors of the Russian Revolution, Stalin’s massacres, and much more, touted Communism as the wave of the future, and whose policies caved to Communism’s aggressive expansion across the globe. More than half a century on, when they’ve been shown
BEMIDJI, Minn. - It´s being called the first confirmed attack of a person by a gray wolf in Minnesota history, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Now, a 16-year-old Solway boy is home recovering from a vicious bite wound to the head. It happened early Saturday morning at the West Winnie Campground on Lake Winnibigoshish in north central Minnesota. The campground is operated by the U.S. Forest Service and was temporarily closed following the wolf attack, reports CBS affiliate WCCO in Minneapolis. The gray wolf, also known as a timber wolf, was captured by trappers with the U.S. Department
Vice President Joe Biden blasted the Syrian government today, saying there was “no doubt” that it had attacked civilians with chemical weapons. In a speech this afternoon to the American Legion National Convention in Houston, Texas, Biden called the use of such weapons “heinous,” and declared that he and President Obama believed those who used them “must be held accountable.” Increasingly belligerent talk from the executive branch has caused over 20 members of Congress to write to President Obama to request that he gain congressional approval before launching any strikes against Syria. Failure to do so would “violate the separation of powers
President Barack Obama said he "teared up" while watching the movie, "The Butler," in a radio interview published Tuesday, POLITICO´s Jennifer Epstein reports. The president also shared his toughest about "The Butler," the new movie that offers a fictionalized account about an African-American man who spent decades working in the White House. "I teared up just thinking about not just the butlers who have worked here in the White House, but an entire generation of people who were talented and skilled, but because of Jim Crow, because of discrimination, there was only so far they could go," he said. "And yet,
Stymied by Congress in his gun control efforts, President Obama told a group of big-city mayors Tuesday that he would take more executive actions to reduce gun violence. The closed-door meeting at the White House included Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who discussed “strategies to reduce youth violence,” the White House said in a statement. Mr. Obama “vowed to continue doing everything in his power to combat gun violence through executive action and to press Congress to pass common-sense reforms like expanding the background check system and cracking down on gun trafficking,” the White House said in a statement.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said today that the United States doesn’t need permission from the United Nations or any other international body to strike Syria for the use of chemical weapons against civilians. “No nation, no group of nations is bound by only one dimension of whether they’d make a decision to respond to any self-defense or any other violation of the kind of humanitarian violations that we saw in Syria,” Hagel told the BBC. The secretary also said that he thought it was “pretty clear that chemical weapons were used against people in Syria,” and he believes that “the intelligence