RENO, Nev.– It´s an obituary like you´ve probably never seen before. It’s about a woman who died and is survived by her children who, according to the obituary, spent her lifetime torturing them in pretty much every way possible. The obituary goes on to paint a picture of children who are grateful that their mother, Marianne Theresa-Johnson Reddick, is dead. The Reno Gazette Journal President & Publisher John Maher tells News 4 the obituary was sent in via a self-service online submission. The obituary appeared in the print edition of the newspaper today, September 10th. The on-line version of the obituary
In July, two dozen accomplished women — bankers, law firm partners and technology executives — sat Christine C. Quinn down in a conference room in the Met Life building for some honest talk about her quest to become New York’s first female mayor. They were getting worried, they told her, as they watched her slip in the polls and struggle to respond to attacks. The participants, including Mary Ann Tighe, the real estate executive, and Diana L. Taylor, girlfriend of the current mayor, warned Ms. Quinn that a woman seeking power always faced perils and that the very qualities that had
Exactly one year ago the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was smoldering and four brave Americans were dead at the hands of terrorists freed to roam Libya´s streets by President Obama´s smart-bomb overthrow of Col. Gaddafi. Before rushing off to more Las Vegas fundraisers, Obama vowed: "Make no mistake, justice will be done." [Snip] Here are a few of the disturbing questions that still hang over Obama´s Oval Office--and his putative successor.
WASHINGTON -- The AFL-CIO on Wednesday approved a resolution critical of parts of President Barack Obama´s health care law in spite of efforts by White House officials to discourage the labor federation from making its concerns so prominent. (Snip) A labor official told The Associated Press that White House officials had been calling labor leaders for days to urge them not to voice their concerns in the form of a resolution. The official, who wasn´t authorized to discuss the conversations publicly and requested anonymity, said many union leaders insisted that they wanted to highlight their concerns. Asked about any efforts
A US Islamist fighting in Somalia was killed Thursday in a shootout with Al-Qaeda linked Shebab militants, former comrades he had fallen out with, witnesses said. Alabama-born Omar Hammami -- better known as Al-Amriki or "the American" -- was one of the most prominent foreigners fighting in Somalia, and the US State Department had offered a $5 million bounty for his capture. "There was a gun battle between Amriki and his men and other fighters, the reports are that Amriki is among those killed," said Moalim Ali, a resident in Bardhere, a small settlement in southern Somalia. Two other extremists
On a glorious springtime visit to San Francisco — where the “if it feels good do it” culture is reflected in the bumper sticker “Your body may be a temple, but mine’s an amusement park” — I was struck by the tattooing trend, as if body art is the modern version of big shoulder pads or miniskirts, not a sign of rebellion. Personally, I prefer art on a canvas, not a human chest, though in healthy societies, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Then I encountered a scantily clad, tattoo-festooned woman on whose neck and jaw was emblazoned the
The U.S. intelligence community has grown increasingly concerned in recent months about the flow of European and American nationals to fight with al Qaeda-linked affiliates in Syria’s civil war. A Syrian rebel monitors the movement of Syrian government forces in the Salaheddine district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 12, 2013. (Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty) While the number of Americans who have traveled to join the jihad in Syria is low, some members of the U.S. intelligence community worry that fighters who receive training and battlefield experience in Syria could return to the West with skills honed by fighting in
In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences. Responding to a list of questions published in the paper by Mr Scalfari, who is not a Roman Catholic, Francis wrote: “You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don’t believe and who don’t seek the faith. I start by saying – and this is the fundamental thing – that God’s mercy has no limits if you go to
A poll recently released by the Pew Research Center flies in the face of Barack Obama’s attitude toward the Palestinian people world and their desire for peace. The poll, which was conducted among 11 different nationalities comprised of large Muslim populations, found that there was unanimity among them in their opposition to suicide bombings-with one exception. One question asked whether suicide bombings could ever be justified. The possible answers were "Never," "Rarely," "Sometimes," "Often" and "Don´t Know." Unlike their Muslim brethren, 62% of those from the "Palestinian Territories" (the areas of Palestinian Authority-controlled Judea and Samaria, and the area of Gaza)
With an additional three million people descending on Washington, DC, for two separate rallies, one would´ve thought the National Mall would´ve been difficult to navigate yesterday afternoon. It wasn´t. The Million American March Against Fear, sponsored by American Muslim Political action Committee, was only sparsely attended. With about two dozen people present, planners´ estimates fell short by about 999,976 attendees.(snip) Because the Washington DC government had been very slow to issue a permit, the Bikers´ event was almost invisible.
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — There is nothing quite like coming off a patrol, your body-armor-shaped sweat stains still drying and ears ringing from grenades, only to have the hostess at T.G.I. Friday’s tell you to wait a few. Sorry, sergeant, we’ve got to clear a table. Or hovering over the desert for hours in a throttled-down Apache helicopter on an oh-dark-30 stakeout, disassembling half a dozen Taliban fighters with your chain gun as they plant a roadside bomb, only to get back to base and discover that the Canadian-themed donut shop is selling just coffee because insurgents blew up the
Two weeks ago, the Washington Post declared the recall elections of two powerful state senators in Colorado a national “referendum on guns.” Indeed, the defeat of state-senate president John Morse and fellow state senator Angela Giron will cause some Democrats to rethink their push on gun control. But of course, many Democrats have reacted by shrugging off the results. Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has dismissed the losses as the result of “voter suppression, pure and simple” (orchestrated by the National Rifle Association and the Koch brothers, of course). Mark Glaze, executive director of Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal
Are the recent raves about a new California renaissance true? Rolling Stone magazine just gushed that California governor Jerry Brown has brought the state back from the brink of “double-digit unemployment, a $26 billion deficit and an accumulated ‘wall of debt’ topping $35 billion.” Unfortunately, California still faces existential crises.
After 4 1 / 2 years of reminding Americans to eat their vegetables, Michelle Obama is turning her attention to what’s in their glasses. On Thursday, she and her staff will begin to ask Americans to drink more water. “Let’s Move,” meet “Drink Up.” In an all-out effort, Obama will fly to Watertown, Wisc. (Get it?) Actress Eva Longoria is expected to accompany the first lady. While there, Obama plans to ask cities all over to make their town a Water-town. She has produced personalized messages asking viewers of the most popular morning and daytime television shows to drink more
Representatives of coal-intensive utilities and coal-producing regions said that President Barack Obama would effectively outlaw construction of new power plants using the fuel with pending environmental rules. The Environmental Protection Agency is revising proposed rules from last year in response to opposition by utilities and mining companies. The new version, under review by White House officials and scheduled for release next week, will be structured differently though it offers little solace to the industry, according to people who have been briefed on the measure and asked not to be identified before its release.
I think that in order to understand where you are going, you must remember where you´ve been. For me, that is a remembrance of the America I knew growing up; and where I´ve been. When my mother died way too young, my grandparents stepped in, because that´s what family does. My grandparents had little in the way of financial resources, or put another way: "We was Po." I joke with audiences when I speak that, we were so poor, the electric company came to our house once and blew out the candles. But as poor as we were, we were oh so rich!
ANTAKYA, Turkey — Syrian opposition activists tell NBC News that Bashar Assad is getting away with having used chemical weapons to massacre hundreds of civilians, and that giving the regime a pass will only benefit al-Qaeda extremists. “If there is no action, everyone will be desperate. We are already desperate. We are dying. Many will join al-Qaeda. Even the educated will join them, because no one else is helping,” a Syrian rebel said. There is a battle underway within the Syrian revolt -- a war within the war -- between the generally moderate, US-backed Free Syrian Army and Islamic extremist groups. The Free
U.S. intelligence has yet to uncover evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad directly ordered the chemical attacks last month on civilians in a suburb of Damascus, though the consensus inside U.S. agencies and Congress is that members of Mr. Assad’s inner circle likely gave the command, officials tell The Washington Times. The gap in the intelligence has raised debate in some corners of the wider intelligence community about whether Mr. Assad has full control of his war-weary Army and their arsenal of chemical missiles, which most likely would be treasured by terrorist groups known to be operating in Syria, said officials,
Senator John McCain today said he fears that President Obama is a victim of a ´game of rope-a-dope´ being played by Russia´s Vladimir Putin ´as the slaughter goes on´. McCain, who has alternated between supporting Obama´s course and publicly lamenting its weakness, spoke out after the president´s landmark national address last night in which he agreed to bow to Russian plans to broker a handover of Syria´s chemical weapons. ´I´m worried that we have a game of rope-a-dope for a while, and the slaughter goes on,´ McCain said Wednesday morning at a Wall Street Journal breakfast in Washington. ´I think if you were
AS THE YEAR of grace 2013 seeped slowly into our consciousness, a Texas officeholder bought website ad space in New York City and Albany. He proceeded without apology or introduction to throw sand in the eyes of New York’s well-regulated citizenry, with all their closely supervised viewpoints on public questions. One ad said, provocatively, “WANTED: Law abiding New York gun owners seeking lower taxes and greater opportunities.” Wanted for what? That was the outrageous part. Wanted for Texas citizenship was the answer, as explained on a linked Facebook page noting the advantages of life in Texas—lower taxes, more freedom, better opportunity
Miss Kansas is not in Kansas anymore. And the Miss America pageant has never seen anyone like her. First off, Miss Kansas Theresa Vail is a sergeant in the U.S. Army, only the second contestant ever to be on active duty. "Nobody expects a soldier to be a beauty queen," Vail told People magazine. “But I´m all about breaking stereotypes." Second, Sgt. Vail has big tattoos. Two of them. One, the insignia for the U.S. Army Dental Corps, is on her left shoulder, while a massive version of the Serenity Prayer runs down her right side. And when she struts her stuff in
Russian President Vladimir Putin could be about to offer missile systems and a second nuclear reactor to Iran by renewing an old deal. The offer will reportedly be put to President Hassan Rowhani, the new Iranian premier, when the two meet for the first time on Friday. If it goes ahead Iran will be supplied with five advanced S-300 surface-to-air missiles, capable of taking down aircraft or guided missiles, valued at $800million (£500million). The deal, revealed by a Kremlin source to Russia´s Kommersant newspaper, would include Russia building a second reactor at Iran´s only nuclear plant in Bushehr. The source
Bikers opposing a Muslim rally took over Washington DC Wednesday morning. Thousands of motorcyclists roared into the nation’s capital for the Two Million Bikers rally--as the nation observed moments of silence to honor the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks--intent on drowning out an event originally titled the Million Muslim March. [Snip] Denied the necessary permits to have a police escort through traffic and stopping for traffic lights, the massive assembly took just over an hour to move out. Aerial footage showed bikers choking traffic on both highways and local roads. The bikes rolled through the city for 50 minutes
Michael Bloomberg is the mayor of New York and a media mogul who weekends in Bermuda and whose net worth is an estimated $27 billion. Victor Head runs a plumbing business with his brother in Pueblo, Colo. The two clashed from a distance Tuesday in the Colorado gun recalls, and Head gave the billionaire a righteous drubbing. The defeat of two pro-gun control Colorado state senators in recall elections sends a message that should be heard all the way back on the Upper East Side, and maybe even in Hamilton. It wasn’t too long ago that Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns
One year after the deadly September 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, the State Department has yet to implement key security reforms to protect diplomats in flashpoints worldwide. The Libya attack, which killed four Americans, sparked a firestorm of controversy, with Republicans questioning if the administration neglected to provide adequate security. The tragedy cast a long shadow over the State Department, which is still enacting 29 recommendations from an independent panel that probed the attack, even in the face of new threats. In early August, the administration shuttered 19 U.S. embassies across the Mideast and Africa amid