Contestants compete during the swimsuit segment of the Miss Venezuela 2012 pageant in Caracas. Venezuela´s beauty culture has prompted a surge in dangerous silicone injections. Astrid de la Rosa was left bedridden for two years after her liquid silicone buttock injections migrated into her spine, paralyzing the supporting muscles. “We are trying to educate Venezuelan girls about the dangers of these procedures before they are 12 years old,” she said. “We have to get to them early, as parents tend to offer these injections as 15th birthday presents”. In Venezuela, 17 women have died in the past 12 months as a result of
Today, we celebrated Constitution Day, and Dan Joseph took to the streets to ask people how they felt about our founding document. He also asked people if there was anything they would change. In the wake of the horrific shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, one individual made an interesting point about yesterday´s mass shooting at the Navy Yard in the nation´s capital: "I know a lot of people are concerned about guns these days, but you know if everybody had arms, then there wouldn´t be these problems. "My son was at Marine Barracks -- at the Navy Yard yesterday
Washington -- The White House defended President Barack Obama from criticism that he was tone deaf in his reaction to the mass shootings at Washington Navy Yard. For a second straight day, White House press secretary Jay Carney faced questions about a Monday afternoon event that occurred as the situation at the Navy Yard was still unfolding. Obama touched on the tragedy before forcefully criticizing conservative Republicans who are threatening to shut down the government. "I understand that some Republicans are trying to make something of this," Carney said
Swaziland´s King Mswati III has chosen an 18-year-old beauty pageant contestant as his 14th wife, a palace spokesman said Tuesday, days before a much-criticised parliamentary vote. "I can confirm that the king has introduced to the nation a new liphovela (royal fiancee)," said Ludzidzini palace governor Timothy Mtetwa. Mswati, a 45-year-old who is sub-Saharan Africa´s last absolute monarch, introduced Sindiswa Dlamini at a Reed Dance celebration over the weekend, Mtetwa told AFP. She wore red feathers on her head -- a sign of royalty. The young woman graduated from Mbabane´s St. Francis High School last year and is a finalist
In the wake of the Navy Yard shootings, the White House on Tuesday blamed Republican lawmakers for blocking President Obama’s gun-control efforts and vowed to push again for more gun restrictions. White House press secretary Jay Carney said it was a “cop out” for opponents of gun control to point out that Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis passed a background check in Virginia to purchase the shotgun used in the slayings. “It’s a cop-out to suggest that that is a reason not to do” expanded background checks, Mr. Carney said. “The background check system is an important aspect and an
The killer behind Monday’s rampage at the Washington Navy Yard acted alone and entered the facility with just one weapon, the FBI confirmed Tuesday afternoon. Law enforcement officials also said Aaron Alexis, the 34-year-old discharged Navy engineer who claimed a dozen lives in a brutal massacre that shook the nation’s capital, only came to Washington about three weeks ago. “We can say that we have determined Mr. Alexis arrived in the Washington, D.C., area on or about Aug. 25 and he has stayed at local hotels in the area since that time,” said Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge at
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that he will consider bringing the gun control debate back to the Senate, but emphasized that the votes aren´t there yet. "We´re going to move this up as quickly as we can, but we´ve got to have the votes first," he said. "We don´t have the votes. I hope to get them, but we don´t have them." A few Democrats have already begun pushing for a new gun debate following the shooting deaths of 12 people Monday at the Washington Navy Yard. A bipartisan compromise failed badly in the Senate earlier this
Why can’t conservatives just take the win on gun rights? On Monday morning, President Obama didn’t even try to use the massacre at the Washington Navy Yard to revive the gun- control debate. He praised the “patriots” who were targeted by the gunman, offered the requisite thoughts and prayers, and, without any overt call for gun restrictions, moved on to Syria, the economic recovery and his budget fight with Republicans. Rather than accept this surrender on gun control, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus accused Obama of a “bizarre response” to the shootings, and House Speaker John Boehner complained the
California´s green regulations often drive national policies, so it´s worth pointing out how its programs to cut vehicle emissions have become a gravy train for the 1%. You´ll enjoy this if you live in the other 49 states. To meet the state´s goal of cutting its greenhouse emissions to 80% below 1990 levels, effectively all new cars sold in California by 2040 will have to be electric or plug-in hybrids. As a regulatory weigh station, Governor Jerry Brown has ordered that 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles "be on California roads" by 2025. That last bit is the immediate rub. Car makers are compelled
Last week at more than 200 colleges and high schools across the nation, students came together to arrange memorials on campus featuring thousands of flags representing each victim of Islamic terrorism on that date. Who could find that gesture offensive? Five student protesters at Middlebury College in Vermont, brainwashed by multiculturalist nonsense, that’s who. [Snip] There had never before been a problem until Ben Kinney, president of the campus conservative club, caught five vandals last week in the act of ripping up the flags and bagging them like trash. They refused to stop and told him they were “confiscating” the
West Virginia Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant announced her candidacy for Senate Tuesday and wasted no time distancing herself from President Barack Obama on the all-important issue of coal. Her two-day announcement tour, with stops in five cities, comes the same week that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to roll out more stringent emission rules for new power plants. (Snip) Tennant, an Obama delegate at last year’s Democratic National Convention, needs to get out front on the issue to credibly challenge Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, the frontrunner in the race to succeed the retiring Jay Rockefeller.
Democrats have their recruit in the West Virginia Senate race, as Secretary of State Natalie Tennant officially launched her campaign Tuesday. Tennant also launched a bare-bones Web site that allows supports to contribute to her campaign. (Snip) Assuming she wins the general election, Tennant will likely face Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) in what should be one of the marquee Senate races of 2014. Update 12:54 p.m.: Retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) has endorsed Tennant, cementing her status as the presumptive Democratic nominee. "I firmly believe that the next leader in the United States Senate is Natalie Tennant," Rockefeller said.
WASHINGTON — Newly uncovered IRS documents show the agency flagged political groups based on the content of their literature, raising concerns specifically about "anti-Obama rhetoric," inflammatory language and "emotional" statements made by non-profits seeking tax-exempt status. The internal 2011 documents, obtained by USA TODAY, list 162 groups by name, with comments by Internal Revenue Service lawyers in Washington raising issues about their political, lobbying and advocacy activities. In 21 cases, those activities were characterized as "propaganda." The list provides the most specific public accounting to date of which groups were targeted for extra
Two men being sought by police in the abduction of a 14-year-old Georgia girl during a home invasion have reportedly made a $10,000 ransom demand. Clayton County police say the two men -- who have yet to be identified -- took 14-year-old Ayvani Hope Perez from her home near Atlanta early Tuesday morning. Perez´s aunt, Suky Guerrero, said family members are trying to raise the money to secure Perez´s release, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. A law enforcement official close to the investigation confirmed the ransom to the newspaper. Police early Tuesday morning were stopping cars and checking them during an
Diplomacy has never witnessed anything like the dizzying and erratic sequence of events relating to Syria that began on Wednesday, August 21, and ended three and a half weeks later, on Saturday, September 14. Who won, who lost? It’s too soon for a definite answer, but Bashar Assad is in the driver’s seat, suggesting that he, Putin, and the mullahs will gain while Obama, Erdogan, and Israel will lose. (snip) Barack Obama’s foreign-policy credibility sinks and that of the United States with him, especially vis-à-vis the Iranian nuclear buildup, at least until 2017.
President Obama likes to invoke his predecessors in the Oval Office, as all Presidents do, but in one sense he is unlike the others: Presidents traditionally try to reach a rough domestic consensus if they are faced with going to war abroad. Mr. Obama wants to smooth everything over abroad so he can get back to his favorite pursuit of declaring war at home. At least that´s how it´s gone the last week, as Mr. Obama all but wrapped up that ghastly business in Syria and turned his attention to the real enemy—Republicans. Backed by the good offices of Vladimir Putin
Cool Down: It appears the United Nations´ climate change panel might finally admit later this month what any open-minded person should have already acknowledged — Earth isn´t on its way to a fiery end. When the U.N.´s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issues its Fifth Assessment — after its "findings" have been fully negotiated — it´s likely to declare that it´s 95% certain man is causing Earth to warm. But a British newspaper says it will also confess that its warming projections have been wrong. The Daily Mail says it has obtained a leaked copy of the final report and discloses that
WASHINGTON- Tuesday is the 1,000th consecutive day that average U.S. retail gasoline prices stayed above the $3 per gallon mark, motor club AAA reports. AAA said the average retail price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline Tuesday was $3.51. That´s about the same as the average reported one month ago but more than 30 cents cheaper than the same time last year. Refiners use different additives in gasoline during the summer ozone season, which lasts from June 1 to Sept. 14. Winter-grade fuel is cheaper to produce, meaning consumers can typically expect to pay less at the pump.
Security: As the usual suspects call for stricter gun control, the fact remains that a gunman with two prior gun-crime arrests entered a secure military facility with a stolen ID and found no one able to shoot back. It was Fort Hood all over again. Aaron Alexis, a gunman whose prior behavioral warning signs were ignored, opens fire in an installation belonging to the most powerful military on Earth and those who protect our nation and design our weapons are not allowed to have a weapon to defend themselves. He was more equipped than the 12 people he killed on the base
Fiscal Crisis: One day after President Obama bragged about how fast the deficit is declining, the Congressional Budget Office reported that the government is in far worse fiscal shape than it previously thought. Liberals have been rejoicing lately about the fast drop in the nation´s deficit, which is projected to hit $642 billion this year, down from $1.1 trillion last year. "Deficit hawks in both parties don´t want you to know this, but the federal deficit as a proportion of the total economy is shrinking fast," is how Robert Reich put it. Obama said Monday that "by the end of this year, we
During the last few years, a key liberal talking point has been "red state welfare." The argument is that the states that get more from the federal government than they pay in taxes tend to be red states, whereas the states that give more to the federal government than they pay in taxes tend to be blue states. This "red state welfare" hypothesis falls completely apart when we look at the data. (snip)Fascinating storyline the liberals tried to construct. Too bad it is entirely false.
According to a Washington Post blogger, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is a "hard-edged and confrontational" conservative with a "highly divisive" agenda. What´s more, he´s a pouty wimp who "plays the victim" for having called gubernatorial campaign opponent Terry McAuliffe a "bully." [h/t Ben Domenech] Another left-wing scribe on the Post payroll? Actually, no, that´s all from the pen of Jennifer Rubin, who´s supposed to be the paper´s conservative opinion blogger, but who often takes to her blog to slam other conservatives. Rubin´s second charge, that Cuccinelli is absurdly playing the victim illustrates that she may not really read that much
West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin exploded over the Obama administration’s anti-coal policies Tuesday. “We’re getting the living crap beaten out of us,” Manchin said during a Senate hearing with President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the country’s top energy regulator. “There has been nothing more beat up than coal.” Manchin voiced his frustrations with rules put forward by Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency which have made it more costly and difficult for coal plants and coal mines to operate. “They just beat the living daylights out of little West Virginia, but they sure like what we produce,” Manchin added. “We
From a New York Times story on mental health: On Monday, Mr. Alexis entered the Navy Yard, a secure military facility near the Capitol, killing at least 12 people before he was fatally shot by the authorities. The police say Mr. Alexis, 34, acted alone. On Tuesday, the authorities said it had taken only two minutes for officers armed with AR-15s to arrive at the navy yard once they received the first of many 911 emergency calls. The authorities said that while they had originally believed that Mr. Alexis had been armed with an AR-15 that they now believe he entered the
Washington - The gunman who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday test fired an AR-15 assault rifle at a Virginia gun store last week but was stopped from buying one because state law there prohibits the sale of such weapons to out-of-state buyers, according to two senior law enforcement officials. (Snip) “He went inside the building and assembled it in a bathroom.” The gunman then perched himself above an atrium where he fired down on people who had been eating breakfast, officials said, adding that he used shotgun shells that had roughly a dozen large ball-bearing-like