He’s no longer solely America’s biggest headache. It’s now Obama’s ‘Fundamental Transformation of the ?Free World’, and for anyone awake, it can be watched being played out day by day. The unquenchable ego of President Barack Hussein Obama is rebuilding the Russian bear and destabilizing the entire Free World. With 13 questionable US government YouTubes showing that chemical attacks did take place on August 21 in Syria—with no proof who was responsible for them—Obama, who was trying to advance World War III—merely stumbled back into his own trap. And that’s only if he’s not part of the Putin act.
Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton on Tuesday called a Russian-brokered offer for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons an “Alice in Wonderland” proposal. With public and Congressional support eroding for President Obama’s plan for military strikes on Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday floated the idea that Syria could avert U.S. military action by surrendering its chemical weapons. The State Department later downplayed Kerry’s remarks as merely hypothetical. But Russia jumped at the offer and Syria has said it would agree to go along with it. “I think that proposal is an Alice in Wonderland proposal,” Bolton
It was all too obvious last night that the only reason President Obama gave his speech to the nation was that it would have been too embarrassing to cancel it. The result was inconsistent and unsatisfying at any level. (Transcript here) Obama commandeered the nation´s airwaves to call for a "diplomatic pause" in a Congressional vote he requested to affirm a military threat to enforce a red line he doesn´t take responsibility for. The first half of his talk was intended to spark moral outrage, recalling his mind´s "images of children writhing in pain and going still on a cold hospital
Russian President Vladimir Putin will offer to supply Iran S-300 air defence missile systems as well as build a second reactor at the Bushehr nuclear plant, the Kommersant business daily reported Wednesday. Putin will renew an old offer to supply Iran with five of the sophisticated ground-to-air missile systems at a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Friday, Kommersant said, quoting a souce close to the Kremlin. Putin is set to meet Rowhani at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation held in Kyrgyzstan on Friday. Russia in 2007 signed a contract to deliver five of the advanced ground-to-air
Syria´s President Bashar al-Assad marks his 48th birthday on Wednesday with the threat of US-led strikes against his regime in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack apparently receding. A Syrian pro-regime site called on residents of the capital Damascus to demonstrate their support for Assad by joining a convoy of cars in the Mazzeh district to honour him. Assad, a British-trained ophthalmologist who has three children, succeeded his father Hafez, who died in 2000. He came to the position of heir unexpectedly, after his brother Bassel was killed in a car accident. Once considered a potential reformer,
A dozen years on, it remains the biggest unsolved mystery connecting the congressional community to the defining moment in 21st-century American history: Were the United 93 hijackers aiming for the Dome when the passengers revolted and forced the plane to crash into a bucolic southwestern Pennsylvania field? Most people who will go to work on Capitol Hill this Sept. 11 presume there’s no dispute, that the answer is an unequivocal “yes.” I confess I can’t share that certainty and have always wondered why it took such hold. There’s never been anything close to definitive proof. In fact, one of the few al-Qaida
If the Obama White House was a Hollywood movie this week, critics would pan it for way too many confusing scenes, plot lines and unlikable characters. So, days ago Obama decided to try to clarify the situation by scheduling a prime-time address to the nation. But the purpose, when scheduled, was to convince Congress and beyond-skeptical Americans that his very limited Syria strike had anything to do with national interest. By delivery time that purpose had been rendered meaningless. [Snip] Obama tried to make the best of it in his speech, which was a good one as a start educating
The State Department claims that Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the Assad chemical weapons disarmament proposal with his Russian counterpart Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week. And the White House says that President Obama and Vladimir Putin discussed it during the G-20 Summit. But that was on Tuesday. On Monday, they were singing a different tune. Recall that the first the world heard of this proposal was when John Kerry made an offhand - perhaps even a saracastic comment - at a London press conference
DENVER — Two Democratic state lawmakers who backed tighter gun laws in the aftermath of mass shootings have been kicked out of office in a recall election promoted by both grassroots activists and the National Rifle Association. Senate President John Morse lost by just 343 votes Tuesday in a swing district in the Republican stronghold of Colorado Springs but Sen. Angela Giron lost by a bigger margin in a largely blue-collar district that favors Democrats. The NRA said the election sent a clear message to lawmakers that they should protect gun rights and be accountable to their constituents, not to
Domenico Quirico, an Italian journalist, and Pierre Piccinin, a Belgian teacher, disclosed a grim account of their captivity in Syria as well as potentially new information about the chemical weapon attacks, upon their return to Rome Sunday As a seasoned war correspondent, Quirico traveled to Syria by means of Lebanon on April 6 to cover the revolution. Three days later, Quirico and Piccinin were kidnapped as they traveled to the Syrian city of Homs together. Held hostage for six months, Quirico and Piccinin claim to have overheard their captors through closed doors, discussing the chemical weapon attacks near Damascus. Piccinin reports that
The medical examiner who performed Trayvon Martin´s autopsy and subsequently offered conflicting testimony at the murder trial of George Zimmerman has been relieved of his position. Shiping Bao was fired from his position as an associate medical examiner last week, Fox News confirms. The examiner´s last day on the job was Sept. 6. Dr. Bao has retained a lawyer and is suing Volusia County. In a letter dated Aug. 23 released by Volusia County on Tuesday, Bao was granted 30 days to find employment at another office, and he declined to resign at the end of that period. An attorney Bao has
Moments before President Obama began his speech last night, NBC’s Brian Williams said: “This has slowed way down.” Moments after he finished, ABC’s Martha Raddatz said: “It is highly unlikely that in the coming weeks or even months there will be a military strike in Syria … if ever.” In between came a tale of two speeches as Obama made the case for attacking Syria and, in a sharp pivot, made the case for postponing action. The president tried to thread the needle, arguing for no boots on the ground, but no pinpricks. America is not the world’s policeman, but we should keep
It has become a 9/11 biker tradition. Hop on the hog and roll toward the nation’s capital, along with a million or two of your biker brothers and sisters. All to commemorate the victims of 9/11. Well, the bikers are rolling again today – an estimated 2 million of them. And after some flaps over permits, this rolling parade has a clear path in the nation’s capital. But pity the poor commuter. While the bikers now have the go-ahead, expect nothing short of a traffic nightmare in and around D.C. today. "It is not a crime to parade" through the
BATTLE CREEK, Michigan – Inga spent most of her childhood in a Russian orphanage, longing for parents who would protect her. Her biological mother, a prostitute, had abandoned her when she was a baby. She never knew her father. At the age of 12, her life was about to change. It was 1997, and an American couple was adopting her. "My picture was, I´m gonna have family, I´m gonna go to school, I´m gonna have friends," Inga says today. Less than a year after bringing Inga home, her new parents, Priscilla and Neal Whatcott, gave up trying to raise her.
TUCSON, Arizona – Tom and Misty Mealey brimmed with hope as a battered purple pickup pulled up to their Virginia home. It was July 5, 2009, and their houseguests had arrived – a husband and wife who had driven from upstate New York to the Mealey residence just outside of Roanoke. Until that day, the Mealeys hadn´t met Calvin Eason, then 40, or his wife Nicole, 30. Both were "shabbily dressed," and they didn´t immediately impress, Misty Mealey recalls. Still, if all went well, the Mealeys were prepared to give the Easons one of their children: a 5-year-old boy they
Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who spent tens of millions of dollars trying to defeat President Obama last year, has a message for the White House: Call me. In an interview with National Journal, Adelson said he stands behind the White House´s push for American military action against the Syrian government. Perhaps as important, Adelson said he´s ready, if asked, to roll up his sleeves and help Obama—the "commander in chief," as he repeatedly referred to him—corral the needed votes in Congress for a strike. "He is our commander in chief, whether we like what he says politically or not,"
One year after the terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, the survivors may finally begin to talk. In a three-page letter to the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Mike Rogers, CIA director John Brennan says that his agency will provide the “relevant information” to Rogers in order to facilitate meetings between CIA-affiliated personnel in Benghazi and congressional oversight committees. The offer of cooperation, dated September 3, 2013, comes as four committees of jurisdiction in the House of Representatives prepare to reinvigorate separate inquiries into the events of September 11, 2012, and their aftermath. In the
n Washington, D.C., the city’s department of health wants to subject people seeking a tattoo or body piercing to a mandatory 24-hour waiting period before they can go through with it. That’s just one of the regulations in a 66-page proposal of new rules for the tattoo and piercing industry. Reasonable people may differ on the wisdom of these proposals, but as someone whose interest in such establishments begins and ends with keeping my daughter away from them, I can’t get too worked up either way, save to say D.C. has bigger problems to worry about.
France has proposed a draft United Nations Resolution giving Syria’s regime 15 days to submit a “complete and definitive” declaration of its chemical arsenal. The draft then “demands” the unconditional destruction of these weapons “under international supervision”. If Syria fails to comply, it would face “further necessary measures under Chapter VII” of the UN Charter, which provides for the use of armed force. In addition, the proposed resolution squarely blames the “Syrian authorities” for carrying out the poison gas attacks that claimed hundreds of lives in Damascus on Aug 21. The French draft would also refer Syria to the International
Prince Harry took delight in winding up his brother the Duke of Cambridge over his "baby chat" as they tried their hand at City trading to raise money for charity. The Princes notched up a record trade for 25 billion euros but still had time to poke fun at each other, and play jokes on professional traders, at the BCG Partners brokerage in London´s Docklands. They spent around an hour negotiating deals during the firm´s annual charity day to raise money in memory of its 658 employees who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New
As she shook her bare backside for the sparse afternoon crowd at Rick’s Cabaret, the dancer introduced as Vanessa appeared to be more committed to her work than the typical clock-puncher. But a federal judge ruled on Tuesday that she and her fellow strippers were hourly workers who deserved at least the minimum wage. The judge, Paul A. Engelmayer of the Southern District, ruled that the dancers who strip to their G-strings and stilettos every day and night at Rick’s are indeed employees protected by federal and state labor laws. The ruling came in a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf
“Sadly, I was an imperfect messenger,” Anthony Weiner (D-NY) noted tonight in his long-awaited concession speech, perhaps the only honest thing he has ever said:Anthony Weiner conceded defeat in the race for New York City mayor Tuesday night.As poll results came in showing the former congressman in distant fifth place, Weiner took to the stage at Connolly’s Pub in Midtown and put an end to a once-promising campaign. “Now, sadly, we did not win this time,” he said. “But I could not be more proud of the campaign we ran.” “
Disused church buildings should be used to house refugees, who must be embraced rather than feared, Pope Francis told asylum seekers in Rome on Tuesday. Turning emptied convents and monasteries into hotels has raised money for the church, but also attracted criticism. “Empty convents and monasteries should not be turned into hotels by the church to earn money,” Francis said in a speech released to the news media. The church’s buildings, he said, “are not ours, they are for the flesh of Christ, which is what the refugees are.”
GENEVA -- Evidence confirms at least eight massacres have been perpetrated in Syria by President Bashar Assad´s regime and supporters and one by rebels over the past year and a half, a UN commission said Wednesday. Calling Syria a battlefield where armed forces are getting away with large-scale murder, the UN commission investigating human rights abuses in Syria said that in each of the incidents since April 2012 "the intentional mass killing and identity of the perpetrator were confirmed to the commission´s evidentiary standards." Its latest report Wednesday also notes that the four-member commission is probing nine more suspected mass
So the Syria "crisis" is reaching its culmination. Syria´s WMD´s are likely to be placed under the control of its patron, Russia, perhaps even with the cooperation of other disinterested, responsible states such as Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela. The world´s only superpower, for its part, will loiter on the curb outside, asking hurried questions while the big boys come and go, stepping aside quickly to avoid being shoved into the gutter by their bodyguards. This situation is the sole handiwork of Mr. Barack H. Obama, successor in office to Washington, Lincoln, Truman, and Reagan.
As a September ritual, high school seniors will be poring over the new college rankings, released today by U.S. News & World Report Princeton University, the ivy league school in New Jersey, took the top ranking. The magazine determines it´s rankings based on sixteen different criteria including freshman retention, graduation rates and strength of faculty. The rankings were compiled after reviewing data from 1,800 institutions. This year the magazine changed it´s methodology slightly by decreasing the weight of high school rank, a figure that colleges don´t take as seriously anymore. They also increased the weight on graduation and retention rates