The U.S. and Russia have been taking lots of jabs at each other. Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized President Obama´s plan for a military strike in Syria, and the Russian leader then denounced American "exceptionalism" in a biting op-ed in The New York Times. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., fired back Thursday with his own op-ed in the Russian paper Pravda, entitled, "Russia Deserves Better Than Putin." (Snip)But while Pushkov sneers at U.S. gun laws, how do the stats look in Russia? According to Gunpolicy.org, Russians have far fewer guns than Americans — and far more homicides.
Representative Pete King of New York raised the alarm about yesterday’s deadly attack on a Western mall on Kenya yesterday, calling it a “very sophisticated attack” and saying that the organization that claimed responsibility, Somalia’s al-Shabaab, is an ”extremely dangerous, very well-trained” organization that’s “one of the few al-Qaeda affiliates which actually has actively recuited here in the United States. “There’s 40 to 50 Somali Americans that have gone from the United States to Somalia to be trained,” he explained in an interview on ABC’s This Week. Noting that one of the first major Islamist-terror attacks on an American target
Washington – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi acknowledged deep concerns by major unions about Obamacare in an interview that aired Sunday, but vowed to work on a plan to quell those worries. "We´re working on the issue," she said on CNN´s "State of the Union." Three major labor unions, including the Teamsters, sent a letter to Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this summer, disparaging Obamacare as a plan that will "destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week." At issue is the Affordable Care Act´s designation of a full-time employee as someone who works 30 hours per week. The
This past week President Obama mockingly said that America is “not some banana republic.” As usual, he lied. A father in Towson, Maryland, was forcefully ejected from a local town hall forum for asking the wrong question. Robert Small had concerns over the Common Core education initiative, feeling that it was dumbing down the curriculum in his local school district. “My question is, how does lowering America’s educational standards prepare kids for community college?” asked Small, before soon being approached by a security guard — who was also an off-duty cop — and being dragged away from his seat. The
The wife of an American diplomat has been killed in the terror attack on a Kenyan shopping mall which left at least 59 people dead, authorities said today. Secretary of State John Kerry, who offered assistance to Kenya in the incident, told Reuters that several U.S. citizens had been hurt and the wife of a diplomat working for the U.S. Agency for International Development was killed. Ten to 15 hostages are still being held inside a shopping mall in Kenya that was stormed by armed Islamic extremists on Saturday. As many as 300 people were injured in the Nairobi terror attack unleashed
Russia can send its military personnel to help in the proposed operation to eliminate Syria´s chemical arms, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says. Mr Lavrov told Russian TV that military observers could help Syria destroy its stockpiles under a US-Russian deal. He also accused the US of using "blackmail" over a UN resolution. The international chemical weapons watchdog, the OPCW, says Syria has met the deadline to submit details of its estimated 1,000-tonne chemical arsenal. This was the first step in a deal, brokered by Russia and the United States, to eliminate the weapons by the middle of next year
I don´t know about you, but if I had to take an 12 hour or so trip across the Pacific Ocean (something I used to do with regularity), at the very bottom of my list of criteria for selecting a flight would be the presence of a cartoon figure beloved of little girls in the exterior and interior of the airplane. But what do I know? Evidently, cuteness sells, at least in East Asia. Why else would Eva Air, a Taiwan-based airline with a global route structure, decorate and then heavily promote 6 jumbo jets in its fleet devoted to the
Tim Scott has been a freshman U.S. senator for about 10 months, but he´s been running a high-demand travel schedule, visiting at least 16 states--many “red” in their politics--that have provided fertile ground for cash toward next year´s election. Scott´s calendar has taken him as far west as California speaking to conservative groups and fundraising for an election year in which, by most accounts, he remains one of the safest-seat politicians in South Carolina. Scott´s latest federal campaign filing shows him with more than $2.3 million cash on hand with no serious challenger announced. And, unlike the more globally and
Can we go easy on the phrase "religion of peace" today? Of course most Muslims are horrified what may be the biggest slaughter of Christians by Islamists in modern times: at the time of writing, estimates of the number of dead at All Saints´ Peshawar are ranging from 60 to 200.[Snip] Don´t tell me that every member of that mob was a paid-up, al-Qaeda jihadist: this is also tribal violence inspired by an extreme interpretation of Islamic teachings that is gaining traction in the developing world. What has the Pakistan government done to stop it? Not enough (if anything).
1346: Mr Odinga appealed to people not to propagate hate messages on social media and appealed to the international community to "stand with us". He said he wanted the attack to be treated as an isolated incident and wished the wounded a quick recovery. 1343: Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga gave his condolences to relatives of those who died. "It is an act of impunity aimed at destroying the spirit of the Kenyan people," he said. "Kenyans cannot be divided." 1341: Amani leader Musalia Mudavadi said: "This is a very unfortunate visitation of evil once again on the people of
Peshawar, Pakistan - A pair of suicide bombers detonated their explosives outside a historic church in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing 75 people in the deadliest-ever attack on the country´s Christian minority, officials said. A wing of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing in the city of Peshawar, saying it would continue to target non-Muslims until the United States stopped drone attacks in the country´s remote tribal region. (Snip) The attack on the All Saints Church, which also wounded 110 people, underlines the threat posed by the Pakistani Taliban at a time when the government is seeking a
Baghdad- Two suicide bombers, one in an explosives-laden car and the other on foot, struck a cluster of funeral tents packed with mourning families in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad, the deadliest in a string of attacks around Iraq that killed at least 96 people on Saturday. The assaults, the latest in a months-long surge of violence, are a chilling reminder of insurgents´ determination to re-ignite sectarian conflict more than a decade after the U.S.-led invasion. Thousands of Iraqis have been killed in violent attacks in recent months - a level of bloodshed not seen since Iraq pulled back
The death toll from an attack in northeastern Nigeria that saw insurgents dressed as soldiers set up checkpoints and gun down travellers on a highway has risen to at least 142, an official said Sunday. "We recovered 55 bodies on Wednesday and 87 on Thursday," Abdulaziz Kolomi, an official with the environmental protection agency in Borno state where the attack occurred, told AFP. The previous toll from the attack in the Benisheik area was 87. The insurgents suspected to be from Islamist extremist group Boko Haram also burned scores of homes and buildings in the assault and left corpses littering
Last week, Starbucks asked its American customers to please not bring their guns into the coffee shop. This is part of the company´s concern about customer safety and follows a ban in the summer on smoking within 25 feet of a coffee shop entrance and an earlier ruling about scalding hot coffee. After the celebrated Liebeck v McDonald´s case in 1994, involving a woman who suffered third-degree burns to her thighs, Starbucks complies with the Specialty Coffee Association of America´s recommendation that drinks should be served at a maximum temperature of 82C. Although it was brave of Howard Schultz, the company´s
On March 13 of this year, Sen. Ted Cruz and 20 Republican co-sponsors offered an amendment to a defense appropriations bill that would "prohibit the use of funds to carry out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." With just 45 Republicans in the Senate (there are now 46), and facing united Democratic opposition, the amendment had no chance. "Sen. Cruz and I have been assured that this amendment will fail and Obamacare will move ahead as planned," said Sen. Mike Lee, a co-sponsor. "If that is the will of the Senate, then so be it." It was the will
WASHINGTON - Stung by public unease about new details of spying by the National Security Agency, President Barack Obama selected a panel of advisers he described as independent experts to scrutinize the NSA´s surveillance programs to be sure they weren´t violating civil liberties and to restore Americans´ trust. But with just weeks remaining before its first deadline to report back to the White House, the review panel has effectively been operating as an arm of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the NSA and all other U.S. spy efforts. The panel´s advisers work in offices on loan from
RENO, Nevada – A World War II soldier´s heartfelt letter to his daughter has finally reached her, seven decades after it was written. Peggy Eddington-Smith received the letter penned by her father, Pfc. John Eddington, as well as his Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals, during an emotional ceremony Saturday in Dayton, Nev., about 40 miles southeast of Reno. The father she never met wrote the three-page letter shortly after she was born and shortly before he died in Italy in June 1944. He sent it while stationed in Texas, just before he was sent overseas. Getting his medals was nice, but the
My friend and former colleague Hugh Hewitt is a big supporter of the effort to defund ObamaCare, going so far as to call House staffers who oppose this effort “weenies.” But even Hewitt doesn’t really believe victory is possible. In fact, he admitted it on his radio show the other day: “We’re not going to win this fight,” he conceded. “Please understand that. We’re not going to win this fight. But we are going to educate the American people about what a disaster it is. And we’re going to build the list. And we’re going to identify the activists.” What? I thought
ACORN’s former CEO Bertha Lewis urged Africans-Americans to support increased immigration as a strategy to gain political power. “We got some Latino cousins, we got some Asian cousins, we got some Native-American cousins, we got all kind of cousins,” said Lewis, who spoke Thursday at the annual political conference of the Congressional Black Caucus. “Cousins need to get together because if we’re going to be [part of the non-white] majority, it makes sense for black people in this country to get down with immigration reform,” said Lewis, whose ACORN group was formally disbanded in 2010 after a series of scandals.
NAIROBI — Kenyan troops are locked in a fierce firefight with Somali militants inside an up-market Nairobi shopping mall on Sunday, in a final push to end a siege that has left at least 50 dead and 200 wounded with an unknown number of hostages still being held. Heavy gunfire could be heard as Kenyan security officials said they were attempting to kill or capture the remaining attackers and end to the 22-hour-long bloodbath at the Westgate mall. Somalia’s al-Qaeda-inspired Shebab rebels said the carnage at the part Israeli-owned complex mall was in retaliation for Kenya’s military intervention in Somalia, where African
In a post yesterday, we noted how quickly the media dropped any interest in the politics of the Navy Yard shooter … as soon as it became clear that the was a mentally-ill liberal black man, not a conservative/Tea Party/right-wing white guy, Why Has The Media Stopped Talking About The Navy Yard Shooter?: The media typically loves stories about people who go on shooting sprees but just a few days after the Navy Yard shooting story broke, no one in the media is talking about it anymore. Why? The answer is pretty simple. The story didn’t fit the media’s preferred gun control
Want to see your tax dollars promoting Islam and giving Muslims at an Islamic school in New York an opportunity to complain that other people don’t understand them, don’t respect them and discriminate against them in restaurants? Oh, and you’ll also learn that Islam gave women rights in the 7th century that women in the West had to live without until the 19th and 20th centuries.
In recent columns in the mainstream press, columnists have been distorting gleefully the Pope´s recent statements to make it appear he´s the liberal that will bring the Catholic Church in line with their own agenda. In actuality, Pope Francis is no more likely to approve gay marriage or homosexual activity than any other pope. If the media were less agenda-driven, they would be trying to debunk a miracle that defies explanation and which involves Pope Francis when he was a bishop in Argentina in 1996.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed at least 52 people and wounded over 100 Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country´s Christian minority in years. The bombing underlines the threat posed by Islamic extremists as the government seeks a peace deal with domestic Taliban militants. It occurred as worshipers were coming out of the church in Peshawar city after services to get a free meal of rice offered on the front lawn, said a top government administrator, Sahibzada Anees.
At least 65 people were killed in a triple bombing that targeted a tent filled with mourners in Baghdad´s Shi´ite Muslim stronghold of Sadr City on Saturday, police and medical sources said. A car bomb went off near the tent where a funeral was being held, a suicide bomber driving a car then blew himself up, and a third explosion followed as police, ambulances and firefighter were gathering at the scene, police said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, in which at least 120 others were wounded, medics said. "Crowds of people were visiting the tent to offer their condolences