A resolution on Syria could be delayed after serious disagreements between Russia and the West were laid bare during a UN Security Council meeting. The five permanent members of the council met Tuesday night to discuss the draft of a UN resolution prepared by the United States, Britain, and France, Interfax reported Wednesday. The Western governments proposed an amendment to the text that would hold Bashar Assad´s regime responsible for use of chemical weapons, specifically citing Chapter 7 of the UN Charter. This alteration would permit military intervention if Syria fails to put its chemical weapons under international control. Russian representatives resisted the
WASHINGTON- President Obama will try to enlist help from business leaders in his standoff with congressional Republicans over government spending and a looming vote to raise the debt limit, a White House official said. At a meeting with the Business Roundtable on Wednesday, Obama will ask corporate leaders to urge Republicans to give up plans to negotiate cuts in government spending, or a repeal of Obama´s healthcare law, in return for an increase in the debt limit, said the official, who asked not to be named discussing the president´s remarks before the meeting. "The president will ask the business community
To understand the Syrian mess, think of President Obama as the classic Jeff Bridges character in the 1998 Coen Brothers film “The Big Lebowski.” Just like the loveable Jeff Lebowski — the White-Russian-drinking dude dragged in to solve a confusing crime — Obama stumbles along into hopeful solutions to complex problems. And just like The Dude, he’d rather be bowling. Obama alone, we’re told, grasps the real world’s overwhelming complexity. As The Dude explains in the movie, “This is a very complicated case . . . You know, a lotta ins, a lotta outs, a lotta what-have-yous. And, uh, a lotta strands
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., wrote a scathing retort in the Moscow Times to Russian President Vladimir Putin´s Sept. 11 New York Times op-ed on Syria that also claimed America wasn´t exceptional. McKeon´s op-ed accuses Putin of making false conclusions about the war in Syria and the decision by the United States to consider, then reject, air strikes in Syria in retaliation for the Syrian government´s use of chemical weapons against its own people. "The Americans who read Putin´s op-ed are not dupes," McKeon wrote. "They are aware of the suppression of the Russian people, the
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday gun control legislation doesn’t have the votes to be approved by the Senate. Reid said he, as a result, has no plans to bring a gun control bill to the floor in the wake of a rampage at the Washington Navy Yard during which a gunman killed 12 people. “We’re going to move this up as quickly as we can, but we’ve got to have the votes first,” Reid told reporters. “We don’t have the votes. I hope we get them, but we don’t have them now.” Reid said expanded background checks are
Barack Obama has never been accused of possessing the most refined sense of appropriate, especially when it comes to what normal people regard as tragedies. Fifty-three weeks ago when four Americans were murdered by terrorists in Benghazi, Obama bemoaned the loss, vowed to deliver justice (still unfulfilled), then flew off for Las Vegas fundraising parties. [Snip] So, it shouldn´t be surprising that as heavily-armed SWAT teams combed the Washington Navy Yard, Obama took the occasion to proceed with one of his harshest partisan speeches in months. Aides maintain it never crossed Obama´s mind to cancel his remarks.
President Barack Obama walks like a duck, talks like a duck but gets a mainstream media and low information voter pass as a swan. Back on March 10, 2006, Canada Free Press (CFP) asked: Barack Obama a Muslim apostate headed for the White House? “The chapters in the Life and Times of Barack Obama always race ahead,” CFP wrote. “It was during one of those chapters where we found him taking up community organizing in the Altgeld Gardens housing project on the south side of Chicago, when he converted to Christianity, formerly being secular. (brainsip.com).
WASHINGTON — A month before a murderous rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, Aaron Alexis called the police in Rhode Island to complain that he had changed hotels three times because he was being pursued by people keeping him awake by sending vibrations through the walls. (Snip) The episode in Rhode Island adds to a growing list of questions about how Mr. Alexis, who had a history of infractions as a Navy reservist, mental health problems and run-ins with the police over gun violence, gained and kept a security clearance from the Defense Department that gave him access to military
A struggling President Obama is calling for help from members of his first-term A-Team, who have left the White House for other jobs. With his poll numbers falling and his second-term floundering so far, Obama has sought help from the former aides who helped catapult him to the presidency. When the president held a recent strategy meeting on the Syria conflict, for example, he invited former political adviser David Plouffe, former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, former chief speechwriter Jon Favreau and former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor to attend. Ex-advisers like Plouffe, Gibbs and David Axelrod routinely
WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama wants food makers and entertainment companies to spend less time advertising sweet and salty foods to kids and more time promoting healthier options. Concerned about the nation´s childhood obesity issues, the first lady on Wednesday is convening the first White House summit on food marketing to children to get involved parties talking about how to help consumers make healthier food choices. That includes enlisting the persuasive power of the multimillion-dollar food marketing industry. As she helped kick off a nationwide campaign last week to encourage people to drink more plain water, Mrs. Obama said she would
John Adams, in 1787, said: Property is surely a right of mankind as really as liberty. ... but the time would not be long before courage and enterprise would come, and pretexts be invented by degrees, ... in sharing it equally with its present possessors. Debts would be abolished first; taxes laid heavy on the rich, and not at all on the others; and at last a downright equal division of every thing be demanded, and voted. What would be the consequence of this? The idle, the vicious, the intemperate, would ... sell and spend all their share, and then demand
More than a year after the Benghazi terrorist attack that led to the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans, there will be a public airing of the review process that was intended to quell all questions about U.S. government failings that could have led to the massacre. Instead, serious questions remain unanswered. The House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee hearing this Thursday, September 19, will feature Amb. Thomas Pickering and Adm. Thomas Mullen, who headed the Accountability Review Board (ARB), which was convened by then Secretary Hillary Clinton to determine the adequacy of security, availability of intelligence,
On September 12, Miami-Dade police arrested a 17-year-old black teenager, Jamal Jackson, for the August 21 execution-style murder (see shocking video) of Hispanic-American Miguel Pilotos. The black-on-Hispanic killing in Opa-Locka, Florida didn´t get much press when it happened. Only after the suspect was arrested three weeks later did various news outlets release more details of the crime. (snip) It should be noted the same media that fueled the Trayvon Martin controversy did little to help a heartbroken widow of color.
For those of us foolish enough to live in a crime-gripped city that summarily denies our constitutional right to protect ourselves, this week´s massacre at the Washington Navy Yard pretty well sums up our insane, defenseless existence.Our Capitol Hill neighborhood drowned in the screams of sirens as police cars, vans, trucks and armored vehicles streaked through the narrow streets at deadly speeds. The skies filled with the constant whopping of countless helicopters.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) revealed Monday that his office received anonymous information that a CIA employee who refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement, banning him from discussing the terrorist attack in Benghazi, has been suspended and was forced to hire legal counsel. According to the Washington Free Beacon, Wolf said that the CIA employee is reportedly facing an internal backlash after his refusal to sign a legal document prohibiting him from publicly or privately discussing the circumstances surrounding the Benghazi terrorist attack that left four Americans dead.
Details buried in the United Nations report on the Syrian chemical weapons attack point directly at elite military formations loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, some of the strongest findings to date that suggest the government gassed its own people. A weapons inspector collecting samples near Damascus. The inspectors, instructed to investigate the attack but not to assign blame, nonetheless listed the precise compass directions of flight for two rocket strikes that appeared to lead back toward the government’s elite redoubt in Damascus, Mount Qasioun, which overlooks and protects neighborhoods and Mr. Assad’s presidential palace and where his Republican Guard and the army’s
The liberal media is so obsessed with linking the Navy Yard shooter with the AR-15 rifle that it is making up false tales of Aaron Alexis trying to obtain one. The New York Times attempts to give the impression that a so-called assault-weapon law stopped Alexis from buying a rifle in Virginia, but that is not true. The Times has a story Tuesday on its homepage with the headline “State Law Stopped Gunman From Buying Rifle, Officials Say.” The first line says: “The gunman who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday test fired an AR-15 assault
On Tuesday night, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wrote the following open letter asking customers to no longer bring firearms into the stores, even in states where they are legally permissible to carry. He notes that this is not a "ban" on guns, but rather a request. In the letter, Schultz expresses frustration with pro-gun activists who have held "Starbucks Appreciation Day" events at the company´s location, ostensibly to laud the coffee shop´s policy on open-carry. Schultz does not want these events held at Starbucks any longer. With the letter, he risks incurring the anger of a large segment of the population.
(Reuters) - Coffee chain Starbucks Corp has asked U.S. customers to leave their guns at home after being dragged into an increasingly fractious debate over U.S. gun rights in the wake of multiple mass shootings. While many U.S. restaurant chains and retailers do not allow firearms on their properties, Starbucks´ policy had been to default to local gun laws, including "open carry" regulations in many U.S. states that allow people to bring guns into stores. In August, this led gun-rights advocates to hold a national "Starbucks Appreciation Day" to thank the firm for its stance, pulling the company deeper into the fierce
De-funding Obamacare is tough politically. It is not complicated, though, even though some want you to think that. De-funding is a simple idea surrounded by political jargon and double-speak. If voters are convinced that the task is too complex, they might forgive politicians for not going all-out to de-fund it. De-funding in turn is still second-best to outright repeal. So here is an “Idiot’s Guide to De-Funding Obamacare.” The title isn’t intended to call anyone a dummy, but to stress that this is not rocket science. Anyone who understands how a checking account works can understand how to stop Obamacare
Sending food aid to famine-stricken countries is a "barmy" idea, says Sir David Attenborough. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, the natural history broadcaster warned that the world is "heading for disaster". Without action, he claims, the "natural world will do something". He added that the natural world has been doing it "for a long time". He went on to criticise the current system of food aid sent to famine-stricken countries. "What are all these famines in Ethiopia, what are they about?" he said. "They´re about too many people for too little land. That´s what it´s about. And we are blinding ourselves.
A expert on Syria whose work was quoted by senior politicians as they debated military action has finally admitted she that she lied over her degree and said sorry. A week after she was sacked from her job as an analyst with the Institute of War, Elizabeth O´Bagy has said that not only did she not earn a doctorate from Georgetown University, but she never even attended the PhD program there. And the researcher, whose op-ed in the Wall Street Journal was cited by Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain in discussions over whether to launch a
A Dairy Queen employee has received a virtual shout out after he stood up for a blind customer. [Snip] The good deed came as a result of a cruel move. An employee at the Hopkins, Minnesota Dairy Queen store saw ´an older lady´ steal a $20 bill from a blind customer when they unknowingly dropped it on the floor. ´She as well as everyone else in the store knew that it was dropped by the gentleman when he was struggling to find his pocket and put his change away,´ the anonymous customer´s email read. The employee, identified only as a
The full horror of the 9/11 terror attack witnessed by Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis that could have caused his PTSD has been revealed for the first time by his stepfather. In the first interview by a member of the killer´s family, Frank Calderon, 47, said his stepson was going up the escalator from the subway station below the World Trade Center when the first of the towers collapsed. Alexis joined first responders in desperately trying to save people trapped by the collapsing building in downtown New York City. He was left so traumatized from pulling bodies from the mangled
For many metro area residents, the day when former police officers were convicted for their roles in gunning down unarmed people on the Danziger Bridge after Hurricane Katrina marked a cathartic moment. On Tuesday, however, a federal judge toppled those hard-won convictions, not citing faulty evidence, but because of the "grotesque" conduct of prosecutors who never even talked to the jury. In an order upending one of the region´s most important civil rights cases in years, U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt granted a new trial for five former New Orleans Police Department officers convicted in the Danziger Bridge shooting and