An Albuquerque, New Mexico dad who found a naked prowler peering into his young daughter´s room will face charges after seriously beating the peeping tom. Police say Emilio Chavez III found 29-year-old Dylan Maho naked and making noises near a little girl´s window when he chose to exact vigilante justice and beat Maho so badly he was taken to the hospital. While both men could be convicted of felonies, Chavez could potentially get a longer sentence for what he did to the intruder. ´There´s a naked man outside his daughter´s window,´ Chavez´s neighbor Bill Morang told KOAT. ´I think he was well
Enough armoured vehicles to wage a small military campaign returned to Britain yesterday from Afghanistan. Rolling off a ferry were 94 vehicles, including 10 Scimitars, 18 Mastiffs and 30 Jackals. In total 3,345 vehicles and around 5,500 containers of kit will be returned by the end of next year as British forces pull out of Afghanistan. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, who saw the latest disembarkation near Southampton, said more than 1,000 vehicles and pieces of major kit had been redeployed. British forces will leave behind pick-up trucks bought locally, and equipment such as night vision goggles and mine detectors that can
Pakistan is to release senior Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, in a bid to help the Afghan peace process, reports say. The timing of his release is not yet clear, but "should be within a month", a senior advisor to the Pakistani prime minister told Reuters. Mullah Baradar was captured in the Pakistani city of Karachi in 2007. It was seen as a significant coup for the American CIA and the Pakistani intelligence service. "In principle, we have agreed to release him. The timing is being discussed. It should be very soon... I think within this month," Sartaj Aziz, Pakistani Prime Minister
Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have had a telephone conversation expressing support for Russia’s initiative to place Syria’s chemical weapons under international control, the Kremlin press-service said on Tuesday. “Abe has highly evaluated the efforts Russia is taking on this track,” the press service said. Putin also “warmly congratulated Abe upon Tokyo’s decisive victory in its bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games,” the press-service said. “The Japanese prime minister, in turn, highly appreciated the organization and results of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg and wished Russia success in hosting the 2014
LOS ANGELES — Production of pornographic films has been halted here after the third performer in less than a month tested positive for H.I.V. The Free Speech Coalition, a trade group for the multibillion-dollar pornography industry, called Friday for production to be suspended after it was notified about the most recent positive H.I.V. test. As a rule, the industry voluntarily follows the guidance of the organization until questions are resolved. It was the second suspension of filming in less than three weeks. The first, weeklong moratorium came in late August after Cameron Bay, an actress, tested positive for the virus.
After a passage of wild Syria diplomacy, President Barack Obama was Tuesday sizing up a political lifeline offered by the most unusual of suspects -- his chilly rival Russia. Moscow´s sudden call for its ally Damascus to put its chemical arms under international supervision had immediate reverberations in tense and divided Washington. (Snip) The new White House spin is that Obama´s lonely call for military action was the catalyst for the emerging Russian plan. Hopes of a breakthrough came on a day when Obama´s political peril deepened as more lawmakers, including a number of Democrats came out against military action.
Syria would be Obama’s fourth war, but it might as well be his first war. The amateur has an impressive war machine that can level entire countries, but not the understanding of how to use it. Obama has reportedly flipped through 50 war plans for Syria, but he hasn’t been able to provide one sensible reason why the attack should happen. His rationalizations and justifications never stop shifting. If you don’t like one excuse, wait a bit and another one will come along.
This is the price of insularity. About a year ago, the White House put Susan Rice, then the ambassador to the United Nations, on TV to read CIA talking points that turned out to be false about the attack in Benghazi, Libya. The backlash poisoned her relationship with Republicans in Congress and dashed her chances of becoming secretary of state. President Obama instead named her national security adviser, which didn’t require Senate confirmation. Now there is another crisis. Obama needs congressional support for a military strike on Syria, because a “no” vote could cripple his presidency and damage American credibility.
The Daily Caller feels compelled to present our first, and hopefully last, review of the new version of CNN’s vaunted ‘Crossfire.’ For Review #1, we will focus on the show’s Monday debut starring President Obama’s 2012 deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and guests Sens. Rand Paul and Bob Menendez. SNIP A loathsome creature like Stephanie Cutter, the roots jutting out from her blonde dye job as black as the recesses of her soul...
As President Obama ran to election victory last fall with claims that al Qaeda was “decimated” and “on the run,” his intelligence team was privately offering a different assessment that the terrorist movement was shifting resources and capabilities to emerging spinoff groups in Africa that posed fresh threats to American security. Top U.S. officials, including the president, were told in the summer and fall of 2012 that the African offshoots were gaining money, lethal knowledge and a mounting determination to strike U.S. and Western interests while keeping in some contact with al Qaeda’s central leadership, said several people directly familiar with
HICKORY, North Carolina – When Megan Exon began moderating an Internet bulletin board in 2007, she viewed her effort as a way to help kids find better homes. The group was called adoption_disruption, and it drew parents who were struggling to raise children they had adopted. The North Carolina woman wasn´t a licensed social worker or an adoption specialist. She was a 41-year-old mother who had taken in a child herself less than two years before. Her husband had noticed a Taiwanese boy advertised on the Internet, in one of the online forums that support America´s underground market for unwanted
France will put a resolution to the UN Security Council to place Syria´s chemical weapons under international control so they can be destroyed, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says. [Snip] Syria has said it accepts the Russian proposal, though details are sketchy. "We held a very fruitful round of talks with [Russian] Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday [Monday], and he proposed an initiative relating to chemical weapons. And in the evening, we agreed to the Russian initiative," Russian news agency Interfax quotes Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallim, who is in Moscow, as saying. This would "remove the grounds for American aggression",
Muslim students have been banned from wearing face-covering veils at a college for "security" reasons. Birmingham Metropolitan College has instructed all students, staff and visitors on its campus to remove any face coverings so individuals are "easily identifiable at all times". Some Muslim students have reacted with anger to the ban, as they are now not able to wear the niqab--a veil which only allows a slit for eyes. [Snip] Hoodies, hats and caps have also been banned at the college, which was formed after the merger of Matthew Boulton and Sutton Colfield colleges.
Some women who have a permanent birth control device called Essure say it has ravaged their reproductive systems, leaving them with scars, pain and years of unexplained symptoms. The Essure system consists of a pair of metal coils designed to be implanted in a woman’s fallopian tubes. After several months, scar tissue that naturally builds up around the coils creates a permanent barrier to sperm, preventing pregnancy by a method similar to an intrauterine device, commonly called an IUD. The problem, according to those who complain about Essure, is that the coils can cause pain, irritation, and much worse, long
You can tell by the way the Obama administration is falling over itself to accept Moscow´s plan to neutralise Syria´s chemical weapons stockpile that it is doomed to failure. Having set his arbitrary red lines for military intervention in Syria´s civil war--namely the use of banned weapons by the Assad regime--the American president now finds himself in a desperate scramble to avoid following through on his commitment. [Snip] The first problem the Russians have conveniently overlooked is that the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, and his cronies in Damascus refuse even to acknowledge that the regime possesses chemical weapons, even though
Monday 9 September, 2013, was the worst day for US and wider Western diplomacy since records began. At the Foreign Office here in London we had the bizarre spectacle of US Secretary of State John Kerry giving a businesslike account of diplomatic incentives: [Snip] If you don’t draw those lines, and the civilized world is not prepared to enforce those lines, you are giving complete license to people to do whatever they want. However, almost in the same breath John Kerry blew up the logic of his own position by assuring a bemused world that any bombing by the United
President Barack Obama faces a “tall order” in convincing Americans on Syria with nearly 60 percent who say they want their member of Congress to oppose the use of military force there, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. President Obama says Syria saying it would consider giving international control to its chemical arsenal is a good step, but it doesn´t coincide with the country´s past actions. NBC´s Savannah Guthrie reports. With Obama set to address the nation Tuesday night to advocate U.S. intervention against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, just 24 percent of Americans believe military action
“You know, Senator Chuck Hagel, when he was senator, Senator Chuck Hagel, now secretary of defense, and when I was a senator, we opposed the president’s decision to go into Iraq, but we know full well how that evidence was used to persuade all of us that authority ought to be given.” — Secretary of State John F. Kerry, in an interview with MSNBC, Sept. 5, 2013 This is at least the second time since becoming secretary that Kerry has asserted that he opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq while serving as a Democratic senator from Massachusetts. The first time
As President Barack Obama continues to half-heartedly make the case for war to a Congress and public that aren’t interested, some conservatives have snarked that all the principled anti-war activists so prominent throughout the Bush years—Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, etc.—must have been kidnapped. That’s the only way to account for their silence. Ed Asner has another explanation, however: They’re all afraid of being called a racist for daring to oppose Barack Obama. Another reason some Hollywood progressives have been reticent to speak out against war in Syria, according to Asner, is fear of being called racist. “A lot of people don’t want to
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks in which he characterized a potential U.S. attack on Syria as “unbelievably small” Monday in the White House press conference. Carney said Kerry’s use of the “unbelievably small” measurement was actually in comparison to America’s military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan: MARA LIASSON: Today, John McCain has been one of your real allies on this, and joined the kind of chorus of your lobbying effort on this. Specifically, he took exception to Secretary Kerry’s remarks that the strike would be “unbelievably small,” he said that was “unbelievably helpful.” Could
When I wrote in my last but one column that the only winner in the shambles that the West was making over its response to Syria would be Vladimir Putin, I had no idea how prescient that snide comment would turn out to be. So incompetent has the Obama White House been in its on-again, off-again action against the criminal despot Assad, and so eager is Barack Obama himself to find an exit from his own impasse, that Russia is being absurdly elevated to world saviour in a crisis which it has helped to create. Thanks to an ironic aside
The table sheds light on just how difficult it can be for a foreigner to understand what the British really mean when they´re speaking – especially for those take every word at face value. Phrases that prove the trickiest to decipher include ´you must come for dinner´, which foreigners tend to take as a direct invitation, but is actually said out of politeness by many Britons and often does not result in an invite. The table also reveals that when a person from Britain begins a sentence "with the greatest respect ...´, they actually mean ´I think you are an idiot´.
Secretary of State John Kerry’s case for a U.S. strike in Syria seems to rest on two assumptions. One, that it is a crucial test for U.S. national security and the values of the civilized world comparable to the rise of Nazi Germany. Two, that it’s not really a big deal.Over the weekend, Kerry described the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons as “our Munich moment,” telling an audience in France, "This is not the time to be silent spectators to slaughter. … This is not the time to send a message where doing nothing is far more risky than
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will honor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with this year’s Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center. The award will be presented to Clinton on September 10th, the eve of the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on the United States mission in Benghazi that killed four Americans. The Christian Science Monitor reports that Bush, a potential GOP contender in the 2016 presidential race, is chairman of the board of trustees of the National Constitution Center located in Philadelphia. “Former Secretary Clinton has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in
Herman Wouk’s novel of World War II, The Caine Mutiny, explores the problem of a U.S. Navy warship with a bad captain. The Navy regulations provide that in the most unusual and extraordinary circumstances — which appears to mean the captain of a navy ship going mad, but which might also cover treasonable behavior by the captain — the next senior officer may take command. However, there is no provision for a more likely scenario — a captain whose behavior cannot be described as madness, but who is gradually falling more and more short of minimal competence and ability.
Anthony Weiner, the People’s Choice Mr. Weiner, the former congressman, offers voters more than a decade of accomplishments in his fight for the city’s middle class and those struggling to make it. Blessed with a beautiful wife, natural charisma, the friendship of Bill and Hillary Clinton, and a sack full of policy ideas, Mr. Weiner is clearly the hardest candidate in the race for his opponents to beat off. The Daily Caller joins many across the city of New York in kneeling to endorse Mr. Weiner in Tuesday’s Democratic mayoral primary. Mr. Weiner is not without stiff competition. Mr. de