Earlier this week we talked about the shocking case out in Wyoming Montana where a 49 year old school teacher, Stacey Rambold, received a thirty day jail sentence for raping a 14 year old student who later killed herself. Just yesterday I was commenting to a friend on how I was surprised that the story hasn’t been receiving even more national attention than it has. Apparently I spoke too soon, because at least one editorial columnist at the Washington Post – Betsy Karasik – certainly had something to say on the subject. But against all belief, Betsy seems to think
U.S missile strikes against Syria could start tomorrow after U.N. weapons inspectors left the war-torn country earlier than expected. The team of chemical weapons inspectors left their Damascus hotel early today--possibly for neighboring Lebanon--fueling speculation of an imminent attack. It came as the White House delivered an astonishing snub to Britain following Thursday´s shock Commons defeat, with sources saying David Cameron had ´bungled´ securing British support for military action and that Britain ´cannot be counted on´. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last night paved the way for war by saying the American intelligence community had ´high confidence´ that the
The real fight in Congress in September isn’t over Obamacare. It’s about the money. After all, the money is crucial to how much of President Barack Obama’s tattered agenda will be implemented in his second term. And how much money he gets may come down to whether the president will finally use his veto power to bring House Republicans to heel. Unlike in 2011, when Republicans successfully held a critical debt limit increase hostage to extract more than $2 trillion in spending cuts, Obama no longer has to worry about a default crisis imperiling his re-election. His charm offensive with Senate Republicans
It is impossible to approach the debate in Parliament about intervention in Syria without recalling the day in March 2003 when Tony Blair set out his arguments for attacking Iraq. This newspaper described his performance as one of the finest in recent Commons history: he marshalled a moral, legal, geopolitical and humanitarian case with such conviction that a Labour rebellion was contained and a large majority secured. [Snip] David Cameron is also a noted parliamentary performer, especially at moments of crisis, and we would expect nothing less than a polished and persuasive speech. Yet the fact that so few people--less
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama released a video message congratulating American Muslims on the many achievements and contributions they have made to American society from its early history to present day. The video, which will be aired today at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) annual convention, highlights the myriad of ways the American Muslim community, and specifically ISNA leadership, has served as an effective partner in promoting inter-religious initiatives in the U.S. and religious freedom for minorities around the world. DC Mayor Vincent E. Gray, one of the convention´s keynote speakers, also recognized the significance of the American Muslim experience
PHOENIX- A federal judge plans to appoint a monitor to watch over the operations of hardline Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose office had been found by the judge to have racially profiled Latino drivers during the lawman´s crackdown on illegal immigration. U.S. District Judge Murray Snow said in a court hearing on Friday that the Maricopa County lawman, who styles himself as "America´s toughest sheriff," needed an independent check on his actions to prevent such profiling from continuing in the future. "I intend to approve a monitor," Snow said of his plans, despite stiff opposition from the six-term sheriff of
WASHINGTON- A sixth U.S. warship is now operating in the eastern Mediterranean, near five U.S. destroyers armed with cruise missiles that could soon be directed against Syria as part of a "limited, precise" strike, defense officials said late on Friday. They stressed that the USS San Antonio, an amphibious ship with several hundred U.S. Marines on board, was in the region for a different reason and there were no plans to put Marines on the ground as part of any military action against Syria. One of the officials said the San Antonio´s passage into the Mediterranean was long-planned, but officials
One of my favorite elements of American popular culture is our tradition of mocking pretentious know-it-alls whose self-importance leads them into blunders. A comedian named "Professor Irwin Corey, the world´s greatest expert" experienced great popularity in the 1950s and 60´s with a routine that made fun of such people. And Dwight D. Eisenhower, a general who actually won the biggest war of all (so far - who knows what could lie ahead when we have a bumbling president?) won the presidency twice against Adlai Stevenson, a man he described as an "egghead" for his pretensions. That tradition is due for a
He has a lot more to say too, including calling out Kerry for his "hypocrisy" for using the same arguments Bush used for military action against Saddam - arguments he called "lies" at the time - for going to war against Assad. Here´s part of what Kerry said: The United States government now knows that at least 1,429 Syrians were killed in this attack, including at least 426 children. Even the first-responders, the doctors, nurses and medics who tried to save them, they became victims themselves. We saw them gasping for air, terrified that their own lives were in danger.
August is traditionally the slowest and most unpredictable month in the news cycle, as members of Congress leave Washington and head back to their districts. The president usually takes a long vacation and things are pretty quiet on the political front – leaving room for political activists to dominate the news. It was in August 2010 that Tea Party activists stormed Congressional town halls in their districts. In August 2005, anti-war activists led by Cindy Sheehan led the news by camping outside President Bush’s ranch in Texas. But in August 2013, there were multiple groups looking to make headlines in
UPDATE: Turns out this is not from John Cleese, though it has an Aristotelian authenticity that causes me to leave it up anyway.(snip) The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody
The wife of singer Ted Nugent was arrested Thursday afternoon after security found a gun in her carry-on luggage at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Airport spokesman David Magana confirmed that the DFW Airport Department of Public Safety took Shemane Ann Nugent, 51, into custody, and “the rest of it is working its way through our system of legal approval.” Nugent’s attorney, David Finn, said that taking the gun to the airport was an “honest mistake.” Finn said Nugent has a concealed handgun license.
Hi, everybody. This Labor Day weekend, as we gather with family and friends, we’ll also come together as a nation to honor some of our own — the working men and women of America who, across the generations, built this country up and helped make us who we are today. On Monday, we’ll celebrate that proud history. We’ll pay tribute to the values working Americans embody — hard work; responsibility; sacrifice; looking out for one another. And we’ll recommit ourselves to their cause.
BEIRUT, Lebanon — President Obama says he is considering a “limited, narrow” military strike against Syria — an aim that many Middle East experts fear overlooks the potential to worsen the violence in Syria and intensify a fight for regional influence between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Supporters of the president’s proposal contend that a limited punitive strike can be carried out without inflaming an already volatile situation. But a number of diplomats and other experts say it fails to adequately plan for a range of unintended consequences, from a surge in anti-Americanism that could bolster Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, to
No one was injured when a Maryland Air National Guard jet inadvertently dropped a practice bomb over the Eastern Shore on Thursday night, a spokesman said. The nonexplosive BDU-33 training ordnance struck the parking lot of a Queen Anne´s County restaurant about 9 p.m. Thursday, Lt. Col. Charles Kohler said. Patrons at Darlene´s Tavern in Sudlersville spotted the hole in the gravel parking lot and called police. Kohler said an experienced A-10 Warthog pilot from the 104th Fighter Squadron was attempting to drop the ordnance during a routine training mission over Warren Grove Range in New Jersey on Thursday evening when the
Hello, I’m Mike Fitzpatrick, proudly serving Pennsylvania’s eighth congressional district. It’s an honor to speak with you this weekend as we celebrate the spirit and ingenuity of America’s workers. We are a nation that builds things. From skyscrapers to smartphone apps, we live in a land where anyone can create, innovate, and pursue their American Dream. But as I’ve traveled throughout my district this summer — visiting 100 local businesses in 100 days to speak with workers and business owners — it’s easy to sense that Americans are frustrated.
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