The Department of Agriculture on Friday approved four Chinese poultry processors to begin shipping a limited amount of meat to the United States, a move that is likely to add to the debate over food imports. Initially, the companies will be allowed to export only cooked poultry products from birds raised in the United States and Canada. But critics predicted that the government would eventually expand the rules, so that chickens and turkeys bred in China could end up in the American market. “This is the first step towards allowing China to export its own domestic chickens to the U.S.,”
Days of finding a quarter under your pillow are long gone. The Tooth Fairy no longer leaves loose change. Kids this year are getting an average of $3.70 per lost tooth, a 23 percent jump over last year’s rate of $3 a tooth, according to a new survey by payment processor Visa Inc., released Friday. That’s a 42 percent spike from the $2.60 per tooth that the Tooth Fairy gave in 2011. Part of the reason for the sharp rise: Parents don’t want their kids to be the ones at the playground who received the lowest amount."A kid who got
Jurors took roughly two hours to find De’Marquise Elkins guilty of fatally shooting a 13-month-old Brunswick baby in between the eyes during a botched robbery attempt earlier this year. His mother, Karimah Elkins, was found guilty of tampering with evidence but was acquitted on the charge of lying to police. Elkins, 17 at the time of the shooting, was found guilty on all counts, including malice murder and felony murder. He showed no emotion as the verdict was read.
Russia said U.S. threats to use military force against Syria were unacceptable; poll shows most French people oppose attack on Syria; several countries have advised their citizens against traveling to Lebanon. The UN experts investigating last week´s alleged chemical weapons strike outside Damascus left Syria early Saturday and crossed into neighboring Lebanon, departing hours after President Barack Obama said he is weighing "limited and narrow" action against a Syrian regime that the administration has bluntly accused of launching the deadly attack.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has challenged the US to present to the UN evidence that Syria was responsible for chemical weapons attacks. Mr Putin said it would be "utter nonsense" for Syria´s government to provoke opponents with such attacks when it was in a position of strength. US President Barack Obama has said he is considering military action against Syria based on intelligence reports. Mr Putin´s remarks came after UN weapons inspectors had left Syria. They crossed into neighbouring Lebanon after four days of inspections, including investigations of what happened in the Damascus suburbs on 21 August.
´So this is what starting over looks like. I have a seven-by-seven space with two little desks in it." Craig Zucker is remarkably good-humored, considering what he´s been through over the past year—and the tribulations that lie ahead. He´s referring to his office, rented month-to-month in a dilapidated building in a dusty corner of Brooklyn. There is construction all around, graffiti on the brick walls, and unfinished doors and windows. It´s a long way from the Soho digs the 34-year-old used to occupy. Mr. Zucker is the former CEO of Maxfield & Oberton, the small company behind Buckyballs, an office toy that
WASHINGTON — Facing faltering support in foreign capitals and Congress for a strike against Syria, the Obama administration on Friday made an aggressive and coordinated push to justify a military intervention on the grounds that American credibility was at stake. One day after the British Parliament voted against an attack on Syria, a stunning blow to White House plans for a broad coalition to punish President Bashar al-Assad of Syria for a mass killing in the suburbs of Damascus last week, President Obama and his top aides gave every indication that they were in final preparations for an attack that
Today Secretary of State John Kerry (that still feels strange to type) laid out the case for American intervention in Syria, including the identification of at least 1,429 Syrians killed by chemical weapons, at least 426 of whom were children. “This is the indiscriminate, inconceivable horror of chemical weapons,” Kerry said. “This is what Assad did to his own people.” But don’t worry, guys. We haven’t made any decisions yet: President Obama said on Friday that he has not made a final decision on a response to Syria’s chemical weapons use. Obama said “this kind of offense is a challenge
This hasn’t been a good week for radical filmmaker Michael Moore. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that he recently lost a re-election bid for his position as a governor on the Academy Award’s documentary board. Gerald Molen, the producer of Schindler’s List and many other Hollywood films, says Moore’s loss will restore a level of balance in the consideration of political documentaries. This week he wrote a letter to Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, stating: On behalf of my fellow filmmakers and the vast American Heartland which, on occasion, has felt disenfranchised by the
The aftermath of the verdict in the George Zimmerman case has been as depressing as the actions and atmosphere during the 17 months preceding the trial. The misuse of state power for political purposes and the deliberate misleading of the public by much of the media concerning the facts of the case pre-trial, has been matched in the aftermath by the threats by the US Department of Justice to retry the case in Federal Court and the refusal by many politicians and members of the press to explain the verdict as stemming from the evidence presented at trial. The collection
The heartening success of Mark Levin´s The Liberty Amendments has brought to the fore the long-standing debate over the unused second half of the Constitution´s Article V. This allows two thirds of the States to require Congress to issue a call for a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution. This convention would act in place of the two-thirds vote in Congress by which all amendments to the Constitution to date have been initiated (in both cases amendments then have to be approved by three quarters of the States). Unfortunately, such a convention has never been successfully held, nor is
The world seems to be getting increasingly complicated. For some people, however, that´s just fine and dandy. You see, these people actually want things to be complicated. They celebrate complexity. They have a fetish for complexity. They think that if something is complex, it´s good. They are congregants in the Cult of Complexity. Many complexity cultists are progressives. Notice how progressives often try to score points in a debate (or shut it down) by saying that their opponent´s idea is "too simplistic." The truth has got to be complex for such people. Many celebrities also have a fixation on complexity. Notice
Over the past week, President Barack Obama and his senior advisers have told us that the US is poised to go to war against Syria. In the next few days, the US intends to use its airpower and guided missiles to attack Syria in response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons in the outskirts of Damascus last week. The questions that ought to have been answered before any statements were made by the likes of Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel have barely been raised in the public arena. The most important of those questions
Remember when Barack Obama, aka Mr. Flexibility, told Dmitry Medvedev to relay a message to Putin that after the 2012 election he´d be more "flexible"? Since Obama made the "more flexible" promise to Russia via an open mic, he has proven he´s anything but. In fact, he´s become even more stridently autonomous, intractable, and unable to be budged from whatever fool-headed notion he has. Now, with an inflexible amateur at the helm, the rest of the planet waits with the U.S. in nervous anticipation to see whether Barack Obama will be stupid enough to attempt to community-organize the world by single-handedly
Cuestiono la sincronización: A few months ago, Democrats (and Republican amnesty types) seemed to realize that they could make a lot of progress on their version of immigration reform if they didn’t talk about it. Loud, self-righteous campaigning only riled the Republican grass roots. Better to not give them a target, let them be distracted with scandals and other issues while pro-amnesty GOP money men quietly did their work. That trick helped get a “Legalization First” bill through the Senate. Then the Senate bill’s backers shrewdly failed to introduce any amnesty legislation in the House before the August recess–avoiding provoking 2009-style
Multiple reports confirm that White House officials have been meeting with labor leaders this week to address the latter’s concerns over how Obamacare will impact multi-employer health insurance plans, which many unions provide to their members. Union leaders — most of whom applauded the health care law when it was passed — have sounded the alarm in recent weeks over concerns that the structure of Obamacare will severely penalize those plans. They have made several public demands that President Obamas and Congress to find some fix. The administration initially resisted that because most fixes would likely cause Obamacare’s costs to soar even
“Careless” was how Toyoshi Fuketa, commissioner of the Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority, reportedly described the inspection quality of hundreds of water tanks at the crippled Fukushima plant following the recent discovery of a serious radioactive spill. China’s Foreign Ministry went further, saying it was “shocking” that radioactive water was still leaking into the Pacific Ocean two years after the Fukushima incident. Both comments are to the point, and although many inside and outside Japan surely did not realize how bad the March 11, 2011 disaster was – and how bad it could get – it seems clear now that we have
Hollywood celebrities were thrilled by Tuesday’s report that the Obama administration is getting back into the venture capital business. Bloomberg News revealed the Energy Department’s plan to pour another $16 billion into the automotive companies most favored by the White House. President Obama doesn’t want anyone to call this corporate welfare, because that’s something he firmly opposes. “I don’t think oil companies need more corporate welfare,” the president explained last year. “Congress should end this taxpayer giveaway.” He loved the line so much he repeated a version of it 17 times in the space of two months, complaining about the $4
Burning Man, the annual arts, culture, and music festival in the Nevada desert, is well underway. This year, as many as 68,000 people were expected to turn out to join the "experimental community," which is completely built from the ground up ever year. Reuters photographer Jim Urquhart captured these stunning aerial images of Black Rock City, the city built by festival participants. (Snip for photo)
Is there room in the pantheon of Roman Catholic saints for a six-foot four-inch, 300-pound mustachioed writer, who loved (possibly in this order) his wife Frances, cigars, a good meal, a stiff drink, his walking stick, his cape and his sombrero, and who produced a prodigious amount of words, including plays, novels, literary and social criticism, poetry, essays, and examinations of faith? Considering the gusto with which G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) approached life, art, and social communication, there may be no more appropriate place to seek the answer to this question than in a Los Angeles neighborhood famed for indulging in
Unappreciative of Western philosophy, members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood probably never heard an analogy first mentioned by Roman statesman Cicero — “putting the cart before the horse!” For more than two millennia, the phrase has applied to situations of misplaced priorities. In the aftermath of the Egyptian military removing from office the country’s fifth — and first democratically elected — president, Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood is gaining an education about the phrase. From its inception in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood has been the subject of persecution due to its commitment to a single goal — transitioning the world into
In March 2003, an America-led coalition of 46 countries invaded Iraq to topple the Baathist dictator Saddam Hussein and end his pursuit of weapons of mass destruction. Saddam’s government fell in a matter of weeks. And yet it was months before coalition forces captured him, weapons stockpiles were never found, and ethno-sectarian violence persisted at horrific levels until 2008. Over the course of the last decade some 4,800 coalition soldiers were killed, many thousands more were wounded, and a hundred-thousand-plus Iraqis lost their lives. The human cost of the Iraq war was high and terrible, and no one wants to
In a written statement handed to the High Court in London, a senior Cabinet Office security adviser said it showed “very poor judgment” by David Miranda and other people associated with him. Senior judges agreed to issue a court order which allows Scotland Yard to continue to examine data from nine electronic devices seized from Mr Miranda on August 18. But the terms of the order were widened so police have specific permission to analyse whether Mr Miranda, and others, have breached the Official Secrets Acts or a section of the Terrorism Act 2000 which make it an offence to possess information
Wyoming Senate hopeful Liz Cheney said bluntly on Friday that she is “not pro-gay marriage.” Cheney, who is mounting a Republican primary challenge to Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), made the remark in a statement, which is posted on her website. Her sister, Mary Cheney, is openly gay. “I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage,” she said in the statement. “I believe the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves.” The statement cited reports that Cheney
I n the lead-up to the war in Iraq in 2003, more than 100,000 protesters in New York jammed the streets near the United Nations building, where, less than two weeks earlier, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell made the case that Iraqi officials were "concealing their efforts to produce more weapons of mass destruction." On Thursday, a few hundred protesters stood in Times Square to voice their opposition to U.S. military action against Syria. There were no celebrity appearances as in 2003, when Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Susan Sarandon, and Danny Glover gave speeches in the February cold. In Britain, the discrepancy is similar.
Pro-Choice: The Justice Department has asked a federal court to stop 34 school districts in Louisiana from handing out private-school vouchers so kids can escape failing public schools, just like the president´s daughters. He didn´t say it on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King´s "I Have a Dream Speech," but President Obama, along with Attorney General Eric Holder, also has a dream — one of leaving every black child in the Pelican State behind, trapped in schools that cannot educate them. Almost simultaneously with the president´s speech, Holder´s Department of Justice