Dispense with any doubts about who the Alpha Dog in Russia is. For that matter, you might as well apply that characterization to the world stage, where a former mid-ranking KGB officer, black-belt judo master, and newly eligible bachelor is showing himself capable of performing diplomatic jujitsu on the West one day and the next, waxing philosophical on everything from gays and Syria to chemical weapons and political opponents. Make no mistake: Vladimir Putin is at the top of his game these days, a veritable oracle offering counsel and scoldings about the right and wrong way to do things in
An explosion tore off both hands of a man who was mixing chemicals inside a Hyde Park apartment building this morning, Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis said. The explosion occurred at about 9:07 a.m. in the basement of a four-story apartment building at 15 Riley Road. (Snip) Davis said there was no drug lab at the scene and there was no sign that terrorism was involved in the incident. He said police were checking whether the victim had a criminal background. The commissioner said the victim, in his 30s, was working with chemicals, including a white powder, in the kitchen
Nashville - A Tennessee couple were indicted on Friday for the shooting deaths of a woman and three teens in a robbery during a pot deal at a resort community in the state, officials said. Jacob Allen Bennett, 26, and his girlfriend, Brittany Lina Yvonn Moser, 25, were each indicted on four counts of felony murder and two counts of attempted aggravated robbery by a Cumberland County grand jury. Bennett, who was identified almost immediately as a suspect, was also indicted on four counts of premeditated murder for the September 12 killings in eastern Tennessee. Bennett was captured a day
OCALA, Fla. — The Conservative Tree House, a political blog which detailedly reported on the Trayvon Martin shooting’s aftermath, is now due to receive documents specified in a Freedom of Information Act Request. These documents pertain to how the office of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey and her team handled the prosecution of George Zimmerman. Last week, The Jacksonville Times-Union revealed that Corey is under state investigation for allegedly illegal actions in firing her office’s information technology director, Ben Kruidbos. During one of Zimmerman’s pre-trial hearings, Kruidbos testified that his boss might have acted wrongly as data from Martin’s cellular
A mentally challenged Florida man who had saved up for months to purchase a copy of "Grand Theft Auto V" was robbed of the video game as he left a GameStop store this week, police report. After buying the game Tuesday afternoon, Rohan Dawkins was approached in a Delray Beach parking lot by a couple who pulled up in a car. After asking Dawkins for the time, Tommy Davis, 27, grabbed the bag containing the best-selling game, which was released this week. When Dawkins sought to retrieve the item, Adele Jones, 25, allegedly kicked and punched the 21-year-old Dawkins, according to
Hello, my name is Brian Sandoval and I have the honor of serving as Governor of the Great State of Nevada. When I first came to office, our country was in the depths of the great recession. And, no state had been hit harder than Nevada. At our peak, Nevada’s unemployment rate was almost 15 percent, and we led the nation in foreclosures and bankruptcies. Jobs disappeared almost overnight, leaving behind steel skeletons of half-built buildings the work stopped.[Snip] So, we chose a simple approach to state government: It should be a partner in prosperity.
Ted Cruz coined the term “surrender caucus” to describe Republicans who are reluctant to induce a government shutdown over the funding of Obamacare because they believe this move might very well cost the GOP its majority in the House. But now, when Cruz tries to inject a little realism of his own into the discussion, he is accused by some House Republicans of advocating surrender. (Snip) You can’t talk to the American people, you can’t talk to our bases on this strategy, and then completely roll over. Thank God [Cruz] wasn’t there fighting at the Alamo!
Jerusalem — This month marks 20 years since the signing of the first of the Oslo Accords between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization. Two decades after Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat stood on the White House lawn with President Bill Clinton, Israelis and Palestinians are again in the midst of the umpteenth round of negotiations. Despite these efforts, true peace seems as distant as it did before the secret talks in Oslo were revealed to the world. The government of Israel must admit that we made a mistake and declare that the Oslo process has failed.
Gunmen stormed a shopping mall in the Kenyan capital on Saturday killing at least 15 people, according to the Kenyan Red Cross, and sending scores fleeing into shops, a cinema and onto the streets seeking safety. The Somali militant group al Shabaab had threatened to strike the Westgate mall, popular with the city´s expatriate community; but there was no immediate claim of responsibility from any group. Al Shabaab said it had no comment on the attack. Police helicopters circled overhead as armed police shouted "get out, get out", and scores of shoppers fled the building. Smoke poured out of one entrance and
Hi, everybody. It was five years ago this week that a financial crisis on Wall Street spread to Main Street, and very nearly turned a recession into a depression. In a matter of months, millions of Americans were robbed of their jobs, their homes, their savings — after a decade in which they’d already been working harder and harder to just get by. It was a crisis from which we’re still trying to recover. But thanks to the grit and determination of the American people, we are steadily recovering.
In a blow to the hopes of passing immigration reform anytime soon, the bipartisan House “gang of seven” plan is probably dead, and almost certainly won’t be introduced this fall as promised, a top Democrat on the “gang” acknowledges. “It doesn’t appear that we’re going to move forward with the group of seven,” Dem Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a key player on immigration as a member of the gang, said in an interview with me. “The process is stalled. I don’t believe we’re going to produce a bill anytime soon.” This undermines the already dwindling prospects for reform,
For diners who hate loud restaurants and couples who don´t have anything to talk about, one New York eaterie is hoping to strike gold with its silent suppers. Eat, located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, held its first no-talking, four-course dinner this month and it was a sell-out success. Nicholas Nauman, 28, the venue´s managing chef and events planner, said he was inspired by silent breakfasts he enjoyed while staying at a Buddhist monastery in India. He told MailOnline: ´People´s experience of food can be so clouded by noise. Food anxiety is real. ´I wanted to provide people with an opportunity to be quiet and eat.
Pakistan have freed its most senior Taliban detainee in an effort to encourage Afghan peace talks. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was released from jail after being held since 2010, when he was captured in the Pakistani city of Karachi. A spokesman for the interior ministry, Omar Hamid, told the AFP news agency: "Yes Baradar has been released". However, Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban´s spokesperson in Afghanistan, said they could not confirm the release. Baradar is one of the four men who founded the Taliban movement in Afghanistan in 1994. He held several senior positions in the Taliban government before it fell
My fellow Americans, I come before you today to celebrate our recovery from the worst financial crisis of our lifetimes. I want to remind you of all the terrific things my administration has accomplished to move this great country forward. I know it hasn´t been perfect and we´re not there yet; our road has been long and our journey has been hard. In fact, this has been the slowest bounce-back on record. I know that many of you can´t find jobs and have gotten discouraged - so discouraged that you´ve quit looking for work.
BAGHDAD — On a recent afternoon, a pistol lay on Munir Haddad’s coffee table. A television, sound off, played professional wrestling. As a visitor entered he told an assistant to remove the gun, embarrassed by its presence, but then said he is never without a weapon, even in the bathroom. He proudly pointed to a picture on the wall of himself standing next to Anthony M. Kennedy, the United States Supreme Court justice, and singled out other photographs that line the walls of his office. There he is, with emirs, ayatollahs, princes and ambassadors. One stands out more than the
Caracas - A Venezuelan state agency on Friday ordered the temporary takeover of a factory that produces toilet paper in what it called an effort to ensure consistent supplies after embarrassing shortages earlier this year.Critics of President Nicolas Maduro say the nagging shortages of products ranging from bathroom tissue to milk are a sign his socialist government´s rigid price and currency controls are failing. They have also used the situation to poke fun at his administration on social media networks. A national agency called Sundecop, which enforces price controls, said in a statement it would occupy one of the factories belonging
Controversial radio talk show host Michael Savage wrote about it in his book: Liberalism is a Mental Disorder. A warped worldview prevents libs from accepting the reality of the problems and challenges that face America. (Read Savage´s book for his argument in-depth.) As the Navy Yard tragedy shows, that includes acknowledging that it is twisted men who are committing mass murder, not guns. Aaron Alexis is just the latest in a line of mass murderers who were terribly bent. But patterns -- so what? Libs have their story and they´re sticking to it. In their delusion, libs want us to believe that
Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers is suing the NFL and Rosemont-based helmet maker Riddell for allegedly failing to prevent repeated head injuries that he said led to brain damage. The former Chicago Bear claims he suffers headaches, occasional short-term memory loss and other cognitive deficits from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, according to a suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Sayers, who was on the Bears from 1965 to 1972, claims he suffered multiple documented and undocumented concussions during eight training camps, weekly practices and more than 75 regular season games. The suit claims Sayers played with
Though his list of offenses against American liberty is lengthy, Barack Obama will not be held accountable. The American press will never become critical of his words or deeds in a substantive and sustained manner. And, short of an epiphany, Congress will not muster the courage to judge him with normative standards. We all know why, but we are not allowed to say it: he is immune to substantive criticism because of skin color. And Mr. Obama is absolved of more than criticism; he is immune to reality itself. Attempting to remedy the former institutional injustices that black people suffered in America, the
The second-in-command of the world’s greatest state sponsor of terrorism is coming to New York. Cause for celebration? Hassan Rouhani is Iran’s new president, chosen in an undemocratic election. Rouhani has spent his life in the service of the Islamic Republic, and there is no evidence anywhere of dissent. If he opposed jailing dissidents, killing opponents, supporting terrorism by Hezbollah and others, killing Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan, stealing elections, and trying to build a nuclear weapon there is no evidence of it. But Rouhani is famous for one thing: pulling the wool over Western eyes and negotiating at length to
When Edward Everett Hale served as chaplain to the Senate, he was once asked if he prayed for the senators. “No,” he responded, “I look at the senators and pray for the country.” If the sight of senators in their own chamber was enough to drive Chaplain Hale to the Almighty, what would he make of a White House where senators run the show? From the presidency (ex- Sen. Barack Obama) and the vice presidency (ex- Sen. Joe Biden) to the offices of secretary of state (ex-Sen. John Kerry) and secretary of defense (ex-Sen. Chuck Hagel), this administration is dominated by
SAN FRANCISCO -- It’s no secret that some people really don’t like the aggressive way that LinkedIn convinces you to turn over your email address book to send those pesky invitations to friends to sign up for the service. Now four users are suing the professional networking service over it. In a lawsuit filed in federal court this week, they allege LinkedIn is “hacking” into their email accounts without their consent and harvesting the email addresses of everyone they have ever swapped messages with. “The hacking of the users´ email accounts and downloading of all email addresses associated with that user´s account is
In what is being described as the first known event of its kind, a transgendered teen was named as her high school’s homecoming queen on Friday. “I am so proud to win this not just for me, but everyone out there,” 16-year-old Cassidy Campbell said after receiving her crown during the halftime of Marina High’s homecoming football game Friday night in Huntington Beach, CA. The Los Angeles Times published a slideshow of photos from the homecoming event, which you can view here. Cassidy rose to national prominence when it was reported that she was entering the contest.
One of the biggest mistakes President Obama is making over the threat of a government shutdown and the failure to raise the debt ceiling is his refusal to negotiate. In speech after speech, Mr. Obama crusades against negotiation. Has anyone ever seen anything like this? He’s the president. Supposedly, he’s the chief executive. But Mr. Obama doesn’t want to dirty his hands by talking to Republican congressional leaders. Now, this is an odd paradigm given the fact that the president and his lieutenants are willing to negotiate with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Syria’s Bashar Assad, and most recently wit the Iranian
The U.S. Air Force nearly detonated an atomic bomb over North Carolina in 1961 that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that destroyed Hiroshima, according to a declassified report published Friday in The Guardian. The 1969 document, obtained by investigative journalist Eric Schlosser under the Freedom of Information Act, details the Jan. 23, 1961, B-52 crash near Goldsboro, North Carolina, that saw two Mark 39 hydrogen bombs break up in mid-air. The report said that one of the two bombs behaved exactly as nuclear weapon is designed to function in wartime and that only a single low-voltage switch