With gunmen running amok from all angles, their gut reaction must have been to flee for their lives. But this young family were able to escape the Kenyan mall massacre by having the remarkable presence of mind to play dead in their fight to survive. Dramatic new video has emerged that shows the mother lying completely still with her arm around her youngest child. Her elder daughter lies motionless next to them alongside a bag of shopping. Their calmness in the most terrifying of situations enabled them to evade detection by Islamic terrorists who had stormed the complex and gave
Dr. Thomas Sowell, in his recent column for National Review, asserts that the effort to defund Obamacare is an unnecessary "distraction" which serves only to help the president and Democrats.(snip)options are not a luxury we conservatives have. We have been under siege, and are now surrounded, awaiting the coming salvos of Obamacare implementation which will decimate American liberty. Government bureaucrats stand ready to sign up millions of new dependents to the government healthcare rolls, whose only job will be to vote for Democrats in the coming elections to ensure continued benefits -- which by hook, crook, or Democrat-organized bussing to
Although Al Shabaab is the largest and most violent terrorist group in Somalia, there is relatively little known about this Al Qaeda group´s day-to-day functioning. Formed in the chaos of Mogadishu in 2006 by the radical Islamic Courts in the capital city, Al Shabaab -- translated from Arabic as "The Youth" -- originally performed duties as enforcers and police for the court. (snip) In order to put a human face to Al Shabaab, I arranged an interview with Ahmed, a 24 year old, self-described member of Al Shabaab, in the Sahafi Hotel in Mogadishu in late June. He arrived a
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has been giving his marathon speech (modeled on an old-fashioned filibuster) for nearly 17 hours, meaning he is now neck-and-neck with some of the longest official filibusters ever. Cruz has now spoken for longer than all but four historical filibusters. Here’s a quick tip sheet counting down the longest filibusters in history and the time Cruz would need to reach, given that he started at 2:41 p.m. eastern time, to trump them: 9. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) (2013): 12 hours, 52 minutes Cruz surpassed Paul at 3:34 a.m. 8. Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) (1964): 14:13 Cruz surpassed Byrd at 4:55 a.m. 7. Sen.
Ted Cruz´s filibuster-like speech in the Senate on Tuesday wasn´t primarily about Obamacare. It was about making Congress more responsive to the people. Cruz is not a policy wonk or a health care expert. He probably can´t explain how the exchanges face huge logistical hurdles, how the regulations lead to provider consolidation, or how the whole package will raise health care costs and limit access. Instead, Cruz explained that Obamacare is unpopular – that Americans don’t want the law to go into effect – but that Congress doesn’t care. A Washington Post/ABC poll last week found 52 percent opposed the law, while
As time passes, the more it becomes apparent, as it should have been from the start, that the Russian "triumph" over America on the chemical weapons deal in Syria was an illusion. Vladimir Putin is driving Russia ever deeper into a mire in Syria. The conflict is repeatedly compared to the Iraq war, but the comparison with Afghanistan is much closer. Some have called it "Iran´s Vietnam" but there´s a chance it may become Russia´s Afghanistan all over again. President Obama´s decision to call off air and missile strikes in return for a chemical weapons deal may have been a
The man formerly hailed as a messiah was having a bad day. The Iranians snubbed him. The Brazilians upbraided him. Ted Cruz fauxlibustered him. And you just know that, behind the scenes, the Russians were messing with him. At the end of a long, hard day at the United Nations, he escaped into the sweaty and freighted embrace of the Clintons, who had to explain and defend the president’s own health care plan for him at their global initiative conference/Hillary 2016 pep rally. The choreography of diplomacy danced around the tantalizing possibility of a historic handshake that could end three
So much for handshake diplomacy.President Obama’s bid to mellow 30 years of hatred and hostility blew up in his face at the United Nations when Iran’s new leader, Hassan Rouhani, snubbed him three times — and wouldn’t even meet him for a much-anticipated grip and grin.The salvo of diplomatic insults began when Rouhani failed to join Iranian delegates at the General Assembly to hear Obama make an extended overture to Iran in his annual address.Instead, Rouhani gleefully tweeted that he was “in a meeting with International Monetary Fund Chief Christine Lagarde.”Then, when Obama hosted a luncheon of world leaders —
“I have an activist’s desire to improve people’s lives.” —Bill de Blasio The term of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ends in November 2013. Most New Yorkers are blissfully unaware of the fiscal and political train wreck that awaits them once Mayor Bloomberg steps off the stage. In discussions with members of the business community over the past several weeks, it is clear to this writer and Manhattan resident that the New York City of the past 12 years is not going to be the Gotham of the future. Part of the reason that New York has seemed so
I realize the only question the mainstream media want answered about Obamacare is, “When do John McCain and Ted Cruz rip off their shirts and knife-fight on the floor of the Senate?” But at the risk of being utterly irrelevant and hopelessly out of step, I have another far-less-relevant question about Obamacare: Does the damn thing work? Not to be the party pooper — I like a knock-down, drag-out political fight as much as the next guy — but we are talking about people’s health insurance here. And health insurance affects other small side issues of life such as, “Do
Look, Democrats. You fouled up on Obamacare. You fouled up big time, and time is running out to mitigate the damage. You said you had to pass the bill in order to see what’s in it. Apparently it was like the Ark of the Covenant. Yes, this is a train wreck. It’s a train wreck upon another train wreck, upon another train wreck… it’s train wrecks all the way down. For starters, it’s a fragmentation grenade to the full-time job market. CNBC: With open enrollment for Obamacare about to begin, small- and medium-sized businesses are not hiring because of uncertainty surrounding the implementation of
President Barack Obama told roughly 200 New York donors Tuesday that he’s using their money to win a Democratic majority for the House of Representatives in November 2014. “I’m… going to be working as hard as I can to make sure that we have a Congress that is able in my last two years as President to get as much done as we got done in our first two years,” he said, reminding the 200 wealthy donors of his success in using Obamacare to impose government control over the nation’s health-care sector. With Congress back under Democratic control, he said,
The Republican Party has a new heart, says Matt Drudge—or perhaps at least two. As Texas Senator Ted Cruz was into his filibuster-like maneuver to bring attention to defunding Obamacare, Drudge took to Twitter to proclaim that the "heart" of the party has shifted. As Cruz took center stage on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Drudge Tweeted that "Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have taken over the heart of the party." Many would add Utah´s Senator Mike Lee to that list. But there was more. Drudge had a warning for New Jersey´s top man: "Christie going to have uphill battle against
Junk Science: Earth has gained 19,000 Manhattans of sea ice since this date last year, the largest increase on record. There is more sea ice now than there was in mid-September 1990. Al Gore, call your office. A 2007 prediction that summer in the North Pole could be "ice-free by 2013" that was cited by former Vice President Al Gore in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech has proven to be off . .. by 920,000 square miles. But then Democrats have never been good at math — or climate science. In his Dec. 10, 2007, "Earth has a fever"
I consider myself an unapologetic Tea Party Patriot. I brush my teeth with red, white and blue toothpaste. I have the entire line of Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Mike Lee Super Hero action figures. (Snip) But here is where I have to get off the crazy train. This bamboozling head fake of a parliamentary charade led by Mr. Cruz and company that they say will somehow defund Obamacare by not actually defunding Obamacare is just plain nuts. Now don’t get me wrong. I have always deeply admired the Texas Republican and what he stands for. I still do. And I
Maybe Iranian President Hassan Rouhani knew that shaking hands with President Obama can be the kiss of death. Rouhani may have been thinking about his life expectancy when he refused to meet with Obama on Tuesday, knowing that several other world leaders who opted to shake hands with Obama over the years Two years after Obama shook hands with Libyan dictator Moammar Khadafy at the G-8 summit in Italy in 2009, Khadafy was dead, tortured and killed by foes after a 42-year reign of terror.have suffered decidedly less than happy endings.
I love Sen. Ted Cruz. I’m a huge fan of Sen. Rand Paul as well. I’m not one who cozies up with establishment Republicans. In fact, I find – at times – moderate Republicans to be more spineless than liberals. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean I need to agree with everything the Tea Party does concerning fighting Obamacare. We’re heading for rocky shoals with this defund effort, and we can kill this massive federal power grab if we delay the individual mandate. As we speak, Sen. Cruz is speaking about his opposition to Obamacare. He’ll be going on for a while about
WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s quixotic campaign to defund Obamacare — currently culminating in an hours-long quasi-filibuster on the Senate floor — has caused conservative activists across the country to swoon. But one key contingent of the Republican Party is decidedly unimpressed with the gambit: Big-ticket donors. According to several Republican sources, most of whom declined to disparage a rising star on the record, the party’s donor class is rolling its eyes at Cruz’s last-minute, long-shot attempt to keep the controversial health care law from fully going into effect — dismissing it as unintelligible parliamentary trickery at best, and counterproductive self-promotion
People with disabilities will no longer go straight to the front of lines at Disneyland and Walt Disney World under a policy change park officials say is a response to growing abuse of the system. Under the change, visitors with special needs will be issued tickets with a return time and a shorter wait similar to the FastPass system that´s offered to everyone. The current approach to accommodating disabled park-goers "certainly has been problematic, and we wanted to curb some of the abuse of this system," Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Suzi Brown told the Orange County Register.
The Modoc County Board of Supervisors today voted to join neighboring Siskiyou County in its bid to secede from the State of California. Board Chairman Geri Byrne said a measure to join the push to form a State of Jefferson was approved by a vote of 4-0, with one supervisor absent. “I put the measure on the agenda because I heard from a number of people in my district that wanted to do such,” Byrne said. “We’re not saying we’re seceding today, we’re saying let’s look into it.” Roughly 40 people turned out for the board meeting, Byrne said a standing-room only crowd
"Dumbest idea I´ve ever heard." "Can´t happen." "Picket had a better chance." So say some of the right´s sharpest and most experienced political minds of the defund ObamaCare effort. Finding Beltway critics of the defund gambit is like finding oil in the Bakken Formation (in that critics are plentiful, not that the Beltway oozes unrefined black sludge under pressure). The defund gambit carries risk; there is no way around that. As long as Harry Reid and Barack Obama are willing to shut down the government rather than spare people from the added expense, reduced choice, and invasions of privacy that ObamaCare brings,
During his marathon speech on the Senate floor Tuesday in opposition to funding the Affordable Care Act in the continuing resolution, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took a break ... to read bedtime stories to his two young girls. He said that his two daughters were watching C-SPAN2 at home — he told them to turn on the station at 8 p.m. Cruz read his daughters verses from the Bible. And then he moved on to the Dr. Seuss classic, "Green Eggs and Ham." Jason Johnson, Cruz´s chief campaign strategist, tweeted a photo of Cruz´s daughters watching him on television at home
Former state Sen. Bradley Byrne and real estate developer Dean Young finished atop a crowded field of Republican candidates in Tuesday’s special primary election for Alabama’s vacant 1st District congressional seat. With 61 percent of precincts reporting, Byrne had received 32 percent of the vote and Young had received 25 percent, according to the Associated Press. The two will face off in a Nov. 5 runoff for the GOP nomination. They are vying to replace former Republican Rep. Jo Bonner, who resigned last month to take a job in the University of Alabama system. Bonner was elected in 2002.
The First Lady lunched with a princess today, when Princess Charlene of Monaco joined a luncheon in Harlem, New York. Wearing a sleeveless white, tailored dress the Princess was among about 50 wives of dignitaries at the UN General Assembly who joined Michelle Obama for lunch. The Princess, who would have been Grace Kelly´s daughter-in-law joined the ´quintessentially American´ tour arranged by Mrs Obama, set up to highlight the energy of the U.S. and to open debates about improving the lives of women and children. Harlem´s Studio Museum, a gallery for modern and contemporary black art, was the setting for the luncheon
A White House official said Tuesday that while it would welcome ´an encounter´ between President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York, Iranian officials have turned them down. Obama told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that the United States is primarily focusing its diplomatic efforts on Iran´s nuclear program and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The U.S., he said, will support Iran´s use of nuclear energy, and will attempt to negotiate directly with Rouhani. ´Americans see an Iranian government that has declared the United States an enemy,´ he said, ´and directly – or through proxies – taken
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says he is prepared to engage in "time-bound and results-oriented" talks on his country´s nuclear programme. He told the UN General Assembly´s annual meeting in New York that sanctions against Iran were "violent". He also welcomed Syria´s acceptance of the Chemical Weapons Convention and condemned the use of such weapons. Earlier, US President Barack Obama said he was encouraged by Mr Rouhani´s "more moderate course". He told the General Assembly that the diplomatic approach to settling the dispute over Iran´s nuclear programme must be tested. Mr Rouhani, who was elected earlier this year, has pledged a more open approach in