JONESBORO, Ga. – The mother of a kidnapped 14-year-old Georgia girl found alive Wednesday was arrested in February 2012 on drug charges with one of the men accused of abducting her daughter, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. Police found Ayvani Hope Perez in a home in Conyers, Ga., about 36 hours after police said she was taken at gunpoint from her family´s home early Tuesday. Two suspects were arrested but police are still looking for two others. In a strange twist, ICE sources confirmed with local affiliate FOX News 5, Perez´s mother, Maria Corral, was busted in a marijuana sting with
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church´s moral structure might "fall like a house of cards" if it doesn´t balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all. Six months into his papacy, Francis set out his vision for the church and his priorities as pope in a remarkably lengthy and self-critical interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit magazine. It was published simultaneously Thursday in Jesuit journals in 16 countries, including America magazine in the U.S. In the
New clean-energy rules pushed through by the Obama administration are raising concerns that they could cripple the coal industry -- and may require power plants to use technology so risky that even the president´s former top energy official once warned it could "kill." The EPA, by Friday, is expected to release a new proposal to set the first-ever carbon dioxide limits for new power plants. To meet those emissions caps, power plants would likely have to use what is known as "carbon-capture technology," which involves burying the carbon underground. The technology, which is still under development, remains expensive and not commercially available. But
On Friday, the House is expected to pass a continuing resolution to extend funding for government, but also strip all discretionary spending to implement ObamaCare. If enacted, the House action would allow government to remain open but erect a huge obstacle to ObamaCare. While all of the media is consumed with an internal GOP debate on this issue, the true target of such a move has escaped notice. If the House proceeds with its vote, several vulnerable Democrat Senators face a series of bad choices.
Pope Francis, in the first extensive interview of his six-month-old papacy, said that the Roman Catholic church had grown “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he has chosen not to speak of those issues despite recriminations from some critics. In remarkably blunt language, Francis sought to set a new tone for the church, saying it should be a “home for all” and not a “small chapel” focused on doctrine, orthodoxy and a limited agenda of moral teachings. “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time,” the pope told the Rev. Antonio
The wheels of justice have finally ground into dust the conviction of former Majority Leader Tom Delay, whose brilliant political career was ruined by a politicized indictment undertaken by a left wing district attorney name Ronny Earle. Mike Snyder of the Houston Chronicle reports: An Austin appeals court on Thursday overturned the conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on charges related to a scheme to influence Texas elections.(snip)Because Austin is the state capital of Texas, the left wing voters in Travis County choose a DA who has oversight over politicians throughout the state, and comprise the
"G´day mate, would you like fries with that? G´day mate, would you like fries with that? G´day mate, would you like fries with that?" Oh to be a fly on the wall at Tim Flannery´s waterside property as he practises in the mirror for a job more suited to his talents. This time last week he was Australia´s Climate Commissioner, on an A$180,000 a year salary which required him to work just three days a week. [Snip] Flannery´s Mickey Mouse job has gone; so too has Australia´s Climate Commission, a multi-million dollar, allegedly "independent", propaganda outlet set up by Julia Gillard
Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner tweeted out a video Thursday morning wondering why President Obama is not willing to negotiate with Republicans in Congress on a debt-ceiling deal but was eager to work with Russian President Vladimir Putin to find a political resolution to conflict in Syria. “POTUS is happy to negotiate w/Vladimir Putin … but won’t work w/Congress on needed deficit reduction,” the Ohio Republican tweeted from @SpeakerBoehner. The video begins with clips of Mr. Obama, press secretary Jay Carney and other experts saying that the administration will not negotiate on the debt limit. It then, however,
I would strongly recommend that William Hague--and any other member of the Government who still believes it is a good idea to arm the Syrian rebels--takes a close look at today´s article in the Wall Street Journal. It reports that Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda have now launched a campaign dubbed "expunging filth" which is aimed destroying the Syrian Free Army (SFA), its main rival in the rebel movement. Mr Hague and Laurent Fabius, his French counterpart, argue that it is essential to continue arming the rebels to increase the pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end the civil
HOUSTON – A Texas Court of Appeals in Austin has overturned the conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, attorney Brian Wice told KVUE sister station KHOU 11 News. DeLay, 66, was convicted in 2010 for his alleged role in a scheme to influence Texas elections. He was found guilty of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering after he was accused of helping funnel corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.
WASHINGTON — The chairman of a House panel investigating the response to a terror attack on a U.S. Consulate in Benghazi suggested Thursday that the State Department has been playing politics with the amount of security it provides American diplomats. "The system failed the people in that compound in Benghazi," said Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. "Our investigation has shown that waivers and exceptions occur every day… often defining a facility as different than what it actually is." Issa said the family of murdered Libya ambassador Christopher Stevens had provided him with a
An Austin appeals court has overturned the conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on charges related to a scheme to influence Texas elections, DeLay´s attorney said Thursday. (Snip) "Because we conclude that the evidence was legally insufficient to sustain DeLay´s convictions, we reverse the judgments of the trial court and render judgments of acquittal," the majority opinion by Justice Melissa Goodwin states. Justice David Gaultney concurred. "The fundamental problem with the state´s case was its failure to prove proceeds of criminal activity."
A Texas court has overturned the conviction of former House majority leader Tom DeLay in a money-laundering case stemming from the 2002 elections. The documents were released Thursday by the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin. "The evidence was legally insufficient to sustain DeLay´s convictions," the documents said. The judges said they "reverse the judgments of the trial court" and acquit DeLay, once one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress, of all charges.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) released a report titled “Legislating Fear – Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States” on Thursday. The report profiles and accuses several individuals, websites, organizations of being anti-Islamic and spreading so called “Islamophobia” throughout the United States. The controversial organization, that was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the U.S. government’s 2007 Holy Land Foundation trial and reportedly built ties with the current administration is hitting back at its critics in this report. Among the offenders in its report, CAIR names: Fox News, The Washington Times, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Mark Levin
The creation of an idol, Gregory of Nyssa tells us, originates with the inception of an idea —one that we nurture and polish and rationalize until it takes possession of our judgment and guides our actions. Since Eden, and our earliest stories, this has been such a predictable characteristic of our fallen human nature that Madison Avenue, Hollywood, and all political machines depend upon our tendency to accept an idea, make a glittering, self-reflective golden calf of it, raise it aloft, love it and then endow it with power over our lives. We think of pop stars as “idols” but
Could this mean the end of welfare as we know it? A bill has passed in the Michigan Senate that would require those receiving public assistance to do some “volunteer” work. Another bill, which passed the House Commerce Committee, requires drug testing, revoking benefits for welfare recipients who refuse the test or who test positive. “What [the legislation] does, it says, in order for your to receive your cash assistance, your welfare check, you must provide some kind of community service to the community,” said the volunteer work bill’s sponsor, State Senator Joe Hune, who represents Livingston and Shiawasse counties in Mid-Michigan.
NBC’s Ann Curry interviewed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. I caught the tail end of the segment on The Today Show this morning. She asks Rouhani whether he agrees with his predecessor that the Holocaust was a “myth.” “I’m not a historian. I’m a politician,” Rouhani replied. “What is important for us is that the countries of the region and the people grow closer to each other, and that they are able to prevent aggression and injustice.” Curry then moved on. Curry told Matt Lauer and the hosts of The Today Show that that his “non-answer” will ”likely raise a lot of eyebrows.” It
A fugitive Muslim Brotherhood leader and Clinton operative has been arrested by Egyptian authorities in an ongoing roundup of seditious Islamist militants. The arrest of Gehad el-Haddad for inciting violence is a sobering reminder not just of how close Hillary Clinton’s network is to the brutal Muslim Brotherhood, the Left’s favorite Islamofascist cell, but also of the extent to which Islamist enemies of the United States have infiltrated the American political establishment.
As a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing about the attack last year on the consulate in Benghazi began Thursday morning, Democratic members released a report pushing back at Republican claims of misconduct by the administration. The hearing is set to feature former Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Adm. Mike Mullen, who oversaw the Accountability Review Board that investigated the attacks and response. The ARB report has come under fire from Republicans for failing to fully probe the response by the administration and for not citing high-ranking officials for mishandling it.
The recent ruling against stop-and-frisk has emboldened the city’s pistol-packing perps. In the month after federal judge Shira Scheindlin’s decision that the police procedure is unconstitutional, shootings spiked nearly 13 percent — and gun seizures plummeted more than 17 percent, The Post has learned. During the 28 days ending Sept. 8, there were 140 shootings across the Big Apple, compared with 124 during the same period last year, the figures show. And the number of gunshot victims was up more than 9 percent, with 164 people struck by bullets this year, compared with 150 shot over that month last year. The victims include two
The President of the United States is floundering these days, his lame duck dynasty reduced to giving nationwide addresses on what he´s decided not to do. Watching America´s standing in the world sink, other nations snub this diplomatic amateur as investments in our superior military stagnate and Obama´s scandals fester while the Federal Reserve sets the country up for Jimmy Carter-scale inflation, got us to thinking: Dear God, how much longer must we endure? The answer is pretty depressing. [Snip] But 174 weeks feels least worst. Then, Rasmussen came out with a new poll for 2016. And we read it.
Energy: A new study shows that little methane, a strong greenhouse gas that occurs naturally in ground water, is released into the atmosphere during hydraulic fracturing. So it must be OK to frack now. In the first "Gasland" movie, environmental activist Josh Fox trumpeted flaming water taps in a Colorado town as evidence of fracking-induced water contamination. In fact, the areas in question had reported naturally occurring methane in their water for decades. Whether naturally occurring or not, environmentalists claim that fracking would release huge amounts of what they consider the most potent heat-trapping greenhouse gas
Blame Game: Everybody who dislikes ObamaCare is being duped by GOP propaganda, says President Obama. That must include all those unions calling it a disaster, and all those who´ve lost jobs and pay because of the law. Telemundo, the only news outlet that appears willing to ask Obama a tough question, pressed him this week about polls showing most Americans oppose ObamaCare. "Is everybody wrong?" the host asked. "Yes, they are," Obama responded. The problem, he said, isn´t his law. It´s those evil Republicans who´ve spent "billions of dollars ... misinforming people."
For the last 70 years, American higher education was assumed to be the pathway to upward mobility and a rich shared-learning experience. Young Americans for four years took a common core of classes, learned to look at the world dispassionately, and gained the concrete knowledge to make informed arguments logically. The result was a more skilled workforce and a competent democratic citizenry. That ideal may still be true at our flagship universities, with their enormous endowments and stellar world rankings. Yet most everywhere else, something went terribly wrong with that model. Almost all the old campus protocols are now tragically outdated
What influenced President Obama´s mercurial decision on military intervention in Syria? According to Michael Calderone, it may have been the editors and op-ed writers at the New York Times. Calderone confirms that President Obama had an off-the-record meeting with Times editor Andy Rosenthal, members of the editorial board, and opinion columnists David Brooks, Gail Collins and Ross Douthat. The meeting took place on on August 29, the day before he reversed course and decided to postpone military intervention. The meeting came amid the White House’s push for military intervention in Syria, one of the topics discussed that day. The Times
On Monday, twelve years and five days after al Qaeda precipitated the worst domestic attack in modern history, President Obama waived two sections of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), allowing him to provide military assistance to “vetted” rebel grips in Syria. Though the AECA was designed to prevent arming terrorists, Obama announced that he had the authority to “waive the prohibitions in sections 40 and 40(a) of the AECA related to such a transaction.” Section 40, “Transactions With Countries Supporting Acts of International Terrorism,” and Section 40(a), “Prohibited Transactions by the United States Government,” ban sending munitions to any nation described