Is there anything more classically American than the perfect bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich? It’s salty, meaty, crispy with lettuce, rich with mayonnaise on thick toasted white bread. It’s salad and meat in one bite. And it’s the Chicago Tribune’s signature sandwich, since this newspaper gets some credit for helping popularize it in this country. “I’ve never eaten one,” said a young woman born in the former Yugoslavia. “I’ve had tomato. I’ve had bacon. But never a BLT.” How incredibly sad. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been eating BLTs made with tomatoes from my wife Betty’s garden, plus the especially fine bacon.
Watching CNN after the House voted to defund ObamaCare and keep the government running was like watching "Democrat TV: Live." As though they had agreed to every possible Democrat talking point, The Least Trustworthy Name In News immediately savaged Republicans as "radicals," "inmates running the asylum," and a political party that was holding the American economy "for ransom." To make matters worse, from my own personal viewing, it seemed to take more than two hours for anyone at CNN to bother to inform their viewers of the news that while the GOP had voted to defund ObamaCare, the House had
The impassable roadblock now facing civilized society can be summed up in a single sentence: While radical Islam becomes increasingly intolerant of all others, the West has become hopelessly hooked on ‘Tolerance Overkill’. The U.S. is tolerating a president whose life’s passion is a poisonous hatred of America. Not a single Senator from either side of the political aisle has called Barack Hussein Obama out on his palpable hatred of the country that pays his heavy freight. This is where ‘Tolerance Overkill’ has already taken a not-so-long-ago free society: “I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you!” The
SAN DIEGO — Jon Stewart really needs to be the one writing this column. Ladies and gentlemen, and baseball fans of all ages, we present to you: The Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Sen. John McCain. No spoof. The issue that gripped America on Friday: Did the Dodgers commit a breach of etiquette by jumping in the Arizona Diamondbacks´ pool to celebrate the National League West championship? Was this truly a matter of great importance in these United States? Must have been, because the senior senator from Arizona took to Twitter to let his position be known, in no uncertain terms.
The premium cable network has optioned New York Times best-seller Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi, with Jerry Weintraub on board to executive produce. The telepic, much like the book by Fred Burton and Samuel M. Katz, will offer an inside account of the attack against U.S. diplomatic and intelligence outposts in Benghazi, Libya. “I’m thrilled and excited that my next movie for HBO after Behind the Candelabra will be Under Fire. It is the only place I can imagine this tragic and emotionally gripping story being told,” said Weintraub, hot off of the 15 Emmy nominations for his Liberace film starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.
At least 22 people are reported to be dead and 50 injured as a gun fight continues between police and armed men at a shopping centre in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. One witness claimed gunmen told Muslims to stand up and leave and that only non-Muslims would be targeted. Security guards were seen wheeling out bloodstained bodies in shopping trolleys from upmarket mall in the Westlands district of the city, witnesses said, after the attack that broke out at midday today. Locals and tourists who had come out shopping on the sunny Saturday morning ran screaming from the building
Many Europeans complain about their high energy costs, largely due to their increasing dependence on renewables — the most costly energy sources. But European political parties as well as a majority of people still want government to promote costly options, especially wind and solar power. This is killing European economies. Electricity costs in Europe are more than double the cost of electricity in the U.S. High electricity costs make it difficult for businesses to operate if they need a lot of electricity. Their cost of electricity is high, and they might not be able to pass it on to consumers when
The Democratic Party of Sacramento County, California scrambled on Friday to deal with fallout from a series of tweets its communications chair sent Friday, in which he wished the children of a speechwriter in the office of Sen. Ted Cruz would endure a painful death. By day´s end Allan Brauer was apologizing, but not before galvanizing conservative Republic tweeters against him in a virtual online bloodbath and losing his political position over what the party called ´appalling and inexcusable´ comments.
Washington - A little more than 24 hours after an IT contractor gunned down a dozen workers at the Washington Navy Yard, the CEO of the company he worked for sent an email to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus saying he has the experience to help the military improve its security. The email from The Experts chief Thomas Hoshko, which included descriptions of his background and expertise, stunned some Navy leaders still reeling from the shooting rampage Monday that left 13 people dead, including the gunman, former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis. And it fueled concern over what defense officials believe
A Kansas professor was put on administrative leave Friday after a tweet he sent earlier in the week that blamed the Navy Yard shooting on the National Rifle Assn. Announcing her decision to put University of Kansas journalism professor David Guth on indefinite leave, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said in a statement that she sought “to prevent disruptions to the learning environment for students.” (Snip) Guth, a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, wrote on Twitter that “the blood is on the hands of the #NRA.” “Next time, let it be your sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you,” Guth
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