President Obama has released the text of the resolution he will send to Congress, asking them to rubber stamp his already-made decision to bomb Syria.(Snip)Some thoughts: 1) Nothing in this resolution limits Obama to attacking just the Assad regime. In fact, it authorizes him to attack any country, or any “non-state actor” anywhere in the world. 2) Nothing in this resolution limits Obama from sending ground troops into war. In fact, it authorizes him “to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary” to prevent spread of chemical weapons.
Duquesne University has rescinded an invitation to Fox News journalist Geraldo Rivera to moderate an academic panel on the Kennedy assassination. The reason? Rivera recently snapped a shirtless photograph of himself and sent it to his Twitter followers — a move that violates Duquesne’s Catholic principles, according to a university spokesperson. “The administration felt that Mr. Rivera’s decision to post a nearly naked picture of himself on social media was inappropriate and inconsistent with who we are as a Catholic university and therefore asked the Wecht Institute to withdraw the invitation,” said Bridget Fare, assistant vice president of public affairs at Duquesne,
What with our president having received the Nobel Peace Prize and leading us in a pivot to Asia, I guess the White House wants to pretend that the humiliating debacle America is suffering — in front of the world — isn’t happening. What’s wrong with asking Congress for authorization to go to war? The Obama apologencia will tell us it is what the president meant to do all along. They will tell us things are going according to plan. What’s the rush? But no, for the first time ever, an American president is saying, “The buck does NOT stop here.” The
On the lead-up to a likely strike against Syria by the United States, there are some things most of us can agree on. One is that Bashar al-Assad is a malevolent figure. Two, a de minimis strike–one that ?is mostly symbolic and does nothing to alter the course of the war–is worse than doing nothing. And three, President Obama has handled the Syrian situation with staggering incompetence. The list of mistakes by Mr. Obama includes, but is by no means limited to, declaring two years ago that Assad must go (and doing nothing to achieve that end); declaring one year ago that
It’s Labor Day, and organized labor is on the move. From last week’s fast-food strikes, which hit over 50 cities, to the ongoing campaigns against retailers like Walmart, unions are stepping up their efforts to bring new members into the fold, particularly in industries they’ve historically been unable to breach. But there’s a catch: None of these strikes are actually the grassroots, worker-led movements they claim to be. In reality, unions are carefully orchestrating, organizing and funding these strikes through non-union subsidiaries, known as “worker centers,” which are largely exempt from federal law.
For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that contains the records of decades of Americans’ phone calls — parallel to but covering a far longer time than the National Security Agency’s hotly disputed collection of phone call logs. The Hemisphere Project, a partnership between federal and local drug officials and AT&T that has not previously been reported, involves an extremely close association between the government and the telecommunications giant. The government pays AT&T to place its employees in drug-fighting units around the country.
Conservatives and libertarians can rejoice, if they wish, at the spectacle of Barack Obama proving once again — and perhaps more definitively than ever — that he is the worst president of the modern era, through his utter mishandling of the Syrian situation. But they ought to wipe the smirks off their faces, because here’s the bitter truth: The GOP bench — the right-wing or even center right-wing presidents in waiting — isn’t a helluva lot better. Not enough, anyway. At no time in our history, at least in my increasingly long lifetime, has there been such a dearth of key political
There´s been a lot of talk about the absence of a strong and visible anti-war movement, the way there was during the George W. Bush Presidency. While there are protests against intervention in Syria, in general the movement seems to be a lot weaker under Obama. If you guessed that this had something to do with the fact that Obama is a Democrat... you´d be correct! In 2011, Professors Michael T. Heaney and Fabio Rojas published a study titled: The Partisan Dynamics of Contention: Demobilization Of The Antiwar Movement In The United States 2007-2009 which looked at nearly 6,000 surveys
T O GRASP HOW unlikely it was for Gloria C. MacKenzie, an 84-year-old Florida widow, to have won the $590 million Powerball lottery in May, Robert Williams, a professor who studies lotteries, offers this scenario: Head down to your local convenience store, slap $2 on the counter, and fill out a six-numbered Powerball ticket. It will take you about 10 seconds. To get your chance of winning down to a coin toss, or 50 percent, you will need to spend 12 hours a day, every day, filling out tickets for the next 55 years. It´s going be expensive. You will have
Sixty years ago the black sociologist E. Franklin Frazier wrote a book "Black Bourgeoisie" in which he was very critical of the black press for greatly exaggerating the accomplishments of the black middle class. In many ways it was a cruel book because so much of the reality he exposed was a reality imposed on blacks by centuries of pervasive prejudice and discrimination. But his unsparing honesty was driven by the belief that self-deception is self-destructive and hindered blacks´ progress in accumulating wealth and in confronting the wider society with their very legitimate grievances. He was particularly critical of the
A case can now be firmly made that Barack Obama is the most incompetent and dangerous chief executive our country has ever had. While historians of the future will undoubtedly rate him very high — because he is the first African-American president and they support Obama Care, which they will say is a major accomplishment for his administration — they will overlook his glaring faults. Moreover, they will understand that if they rate him anything other than the highest level, they will be accused of being racists. Yet in the past few days this has become so apparent that I do
And then there were … none? A week ago, France sounded determined to provide a military response to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons — but a week ago, so did the UK and the US. Parliament put an end to the UK military response, and now Barack Obama has reversed course and says he will seek Congressional authorization. All of a sudden, France feels pretty darned lonely: A French official said his country would not act alone against Syria after President Barack Obama said he would seek approval from Congress before launching any military action to punish the
We stand on the brink of an illegal exercise of military power in a part of the world we have no need to be in, except that we have a president who purposefully keeps us there by suppressing our own development of energy resources and embroiling us in their internecine warfare. We could have walked away from the Middle East already and left them to their own savagery, but the president insists that we remain inextricably tied to their historical need to kill each other so that we can overpay for oil, both monetarily and with American lives. Thus, as
President Barack Obama is inviting former foe Sen. John McCain to the White House, hoping one of Congress´ most intractable foreign policy hawks will help sell the idea of a U.S. military intervention in Syria to a nation deeply scarred by more than a decade of war. Having announced over the weekend that he´ll seek congressional approval for military strikes against the Assad regime, the Obama administration is now trying to rally support among Americans and their congressman and senators. Monday´s meeting with McCain is meant to address concerns of those who feel Obama isn´t doing enough to punish Syrian President Bashar
MOHMANDARA DISTRICT, Afghanistan -- Militants attacked a U.S. base in Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan on Monday, setting off bombs, torching vehicles and shutting down a key road used by NATO supply trucks, officials said. At least three people - apparently all attacking insurgents - were killed. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the strike in the Torkham area, the latest in a surge of attacks in Afghanistan as U.S.-led foreign troops reduce their presence en route to a full withdrawal by the end of next year. Militants frequently target NATO´s supply lines in both
As Kathleen Fox with The Paducah Sun reported, an art teacher at a Kentucky High School set up an exhibit where students were supposed to stand on an American flag while they wrote how they felt about it. Art teacher Shand Stamper at McCracken High School in Paducah set a music stand with paper to write on on top of the flag so that students could contemplate their feelings and then note them. The exhibit was a re-creation of “Dread” Scott Tyler’s 1989 "artwork" titled “The Proper Way to Display an American Flag.” Paducah residents were furious. One wrote,“The teacher should be
The top 20 health and wellness apps, including MapMyFitness, Web MD Health and iPeriod, have been sending information to up to 70 third-party companies, according to privacy group Evidon. The third parties, primarily advertising and analytics companies, use the information gathered from consumers who are tracking diseases, diets, exercise routines and even menstrual cycles to build profiles and target ads, the FT reported. Jeff Chester, executive director of the Centre for Digital Democracy, said that it meant some of the “most sensitive details of your life” were available to others. The apps companies, including Web MD, have denied that the
Two days after he stood in the ornate Treaty Room at the State Department to deliver a forceful address on the justification for an imminent U.S. military strike against Syria, Secretary of State John F. Kerry returned to the same venue Sunday to defend a different approach. In his maiden appearance as secretary on the Sunday talk shows, Kerry served as the administration’s spokesman for explaining President Obama’s surprising, last-minute decision to delay any attack until Congress could vote on it. It was not a conclusion Kerry anticipated, according to senior administration officials. But after seven months in office, during
Leading lawmakers dealt bipartisan rejection Sunday to President Obama’s request to strike Syrian military targets, saying the best hope for congressional approval would be to narrow the scope of the resolution. From the Democratic dean of the Senate to tea party Republicans in their second terms, lawmakers said the White House’s initial request to use force against Syria will be rewritten in the coming days to try to shore up support in a skeptical Congress. But some veteran lawmakers expressed doubt that even the new use-of-force resolution would win approval, particularly in the House. “I think it’s going to be
John Kerry, speaking on Face the Nation, defended Barack Obama’s delay in implementing action against Bashar Assad while he goes to Congress for authorization. Host Major Garrett asked, "I know you believe the president’s decision to seek congressional authorization is courageous, but isn’t it bowing to a political reality that had been communicated to the president late this week that there would be significant congressional backlash if he didn’t give Congress a role, and that backlash, in part, reflected the inability of the Administration to make its case this past week?" Kerry responded that President Obama had not shown any weakness by
President Obama has some work to do if he wants congressional authority to bomb Syria. Already some of his liberal allies are questioning the evidence which is supposed to show that Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people. “I have just attended a classified Congressional briefing on Syria that quite frankly raised more questions than it answered. I found the evidence presented by Administration officials to be circumstantial. The atrocious use of chemical weapons against civilian is an affront to human values and a violation of international law. It should be condemned by the international community as
MOSCOW – Russia dramatically escalated its denunciations of American threats to attack Syrian military targets on Saturday, with President Vladimir Putin saying it would have been “utter nonsense” for the Syrian government to use chemical weapons as the Obama administration alleges. The Foreign Ministry, in a statement issued before President Obama said he would seek congressional authorization before ordering strikes on Syria, said a U.S. attack would be a “gross violation” of international law. (Snip) “I would like to address Obama as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate: Before using force in Syria, it would be good to think about future
WASHINGTON— Members of Congress who attended a classified briefing Sunday remained highly skeptical of voting to approve a military strike on Syria, and said the administration would need to be more specific about the exact scope of the attacks in the coming days. Congress is not set to reconvene in Washington until Sept. 9th, but roughly 60-70 representatives and several senators came to D.C on Labor Day weekend to attend the briefing. The meeting came a day after President Barack Obama announced he would seek congressional authorization for the attacks. “I’m still very skeptical about the President’s proposal. It is not clear
In 1943 when Noreen Riols was just shy of 18 she decided to join the Wrens for the simple reason that they had "better hats". Her ambition was short-lived, however, as Noreen who speaks fluent French, was deemed far more useful elsewhere. She was immediately dispatched to London´s Baker Street and the headquarters of SOE (Special Operations Executive). Here she was signed up to SOE, known as Churchill´s secret army. [Snip] Now 87, Noreen has written about those times and the characters she encountered in her latest book (she has written 10) The Secret Ministry Of Ag & Fish: My