Scores more bodies are believed to be buried under rubble in Kenya´s Westgate shopping mall as gruesome details continued to emerge on Wednesday from the aftermath of the four-day terrorist siege. As one morgue in Nairobi said it was preparing for up to 160 new corpses, an intelligence source told the Guardian there was evidence that the number of bodies buried under rubble could be in the hundreds, adding that at least one attacker was still engaged in conflict with security forces inside the mall, five days after the shopping centre was stormed on a busy Saturday morning. "One attacker is still
If you pressed Control-Alt-Delete to log on before reading this, Bill Gates says he´s sorry. The Microsoft founder says the triple-key login should have been made easier, à la Apple´s Macs, but that a designer insisted on the more complicated step. "We could have had a single button. But the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn´t want to give us our single button," Gates said Saturday during a question-and-answer session to launch a Harvard University fund-raising campaign. His comments have gained attention since a video of his Harvard Q&A was posted on YouTube on Tuesday. Smiling, Gates tried to follow through
Another issue in the Los Angeles Unified School District´s $1-billion effort to equip every student with an iPad surfaced Wednesday: Are parents liable if their child breaks or loses the tablet? The question emerged after revelations that 300 or so students at Roosevelt High School skirted security measures on the device and visited unauthorized websites. In response, the district suspended all home use of the Apple tablets, which have gone out to about two dozen schools so far. Ultimately, officials want the iPads used at home — that´s considered a key element of their educational value. But their dollar value Headline corrected by Staff. Please proofread.
Yesterday, I wrote that the old guard RINO wing of the GOP was collapsing because the base had aligned itself with politicians willing to place principle above party. As if on cue, a who’s who of go-along-to-get-along Republicans has crawled out of the woodwork. First up, we had John McCain. He was angry, but his diatribe was nothing compared to the double-barreled rage-fest being employed by New York Republican Rep. Pete King. Yesterday, King (who’s still considering a 2016 presidential run) spoke with the always-unbiased New York Times. During his interview, he called Cruz a “fraud” and referred to his anti-Obamacare
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A U.S. appeals court is ordering a new trial for a woman sentenced to 20 years to prison after she fired a warning shot in a wall during a dispute with her husband. The court ruled that a judge did not properly instruct the jury handling the case of Marissa Alexander. But the appeals court also said the judge was right to block Alexander from using Florida´s "stand your ground" law as a way to defend her actions. Alexander had never been arrested before she fired a bullet at a wall in 2010 to scare off her husband when she
The Obama administration is delaying ObamaCare enrollment for small businesses and Spanish speakers. Small businesses will not be able to buy health insurance through new online marketplaces when they launch next week, the Health and Human Services Department said. Republicans seized on the delay to argue that the healthcare law is destined to fail. "It is obvious that the administration is just as unprepared for Obamacare’s Oct. 1st start date as the rest of the country," Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said in a statement. HHS said the new marketplaces for small businesses, known as SHOP exchanges, will open on
With all the attention focused on Ted Cruz’s attempt to defund Obamacare in the continuing resolution, some of the law’s parade of horribles are momentarily out of view. Come October 1, those horribles will resume their onward march as the law’s impact on subsidizing elective abortion will begin to become clearer. One area that deserves special scrutiny is the feature known as Multi-State Plans (MSPs). This provision of Obamacare represented a partial victory for progressive forces who favored a national, single-payer system. In its place they accepted a category of health-insurance plans managed by the Office of Personnel Management under
The NRA´s "Friends of NRA" campaign has raised a record breaking amount of money so far this year. "Friends of NRA" is one of the group´s grassroots efforts, sponsoring volunteer events and fundraising banquets around the country. According to Richmond´s WTVR.com, the program has already raised $51 million, with "more than 200 fundraising events left in 2013." The amount raised in the first eight and a half months of 2013 is already $1 million more than the entire amount raised in 2012. What does this say to gubernatorial candidates like Terry McAuliffe, who openly pledge to put Colorado-like gun controls in place
LONDON — The eagle, red-handed. Remote cameras intended to monitor Siberian tigers in Russia instead caught a golden eagle´s fatal attack on a deer, snapping three photos as the massive bird dug its talons into the distressed animal´s back. London´s Zoological Society, which distributed the pictures to journalists, said the sequence showed a rare but not unheard of attack by a golden eagle. The society´s Linda Kerley said she first realized something was up when she approached the wildlife-monitoring device — also called a camera trap — and found a mangled deer carcass nearby.
Muslim terrorists behind the Kenya shopping centre massacre planned to attack high-profile British targets including The Ritz hotel and Eton public school. Members of the Al Shabaab terror group also set their sights on London suburbs such as Golders Green and Stamford Hill. They listed targets in a training manual which contained a blueprint for this week’s gun and bomb rampage at Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall. [Snip] It said: “Our objectives are to strike London with low-cost operations that would cause a heavy blow among the hierarchy.” One British-based security expert said yesterday that an Al Qaeda-backed attack on a
Never one to miss an opportunity to make a fool of herself on the world stage, Argentina’s president Cristina Kirchner has railed against Britain yet again over the Falklands. According to a report by MercoPress, the South Atlantic News Agency, Kirchner defended her own country’s development of nuclear energy in a speech this week at the UN General Assembly, while accusing Britain of “militarising” the South Atlantic with nuclear submarines: “We do not go around condemning the use of nuclear energy with military ends, and at the same time send out nuclear submarines,” Cristina Fernandez fired during her speech.
Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio — a vocal critic of police ticket-fixing — wasn’t above doing favors for relatives and helping constituents get parking tickets dismissed, according to documents in his City Council archives. The papers show de Blasio repeatedly went to bat for constituents over parking tickets and garbage fines, fighting to get them reduced or dismissed. In June 2005, de Blasio — who has called for a deeper probe into the Bronx NYPD ticket-fixing scandal — wrote an e-mail to the Parking Violations Bureau on behalf of constituent Jeff Getz. It said, “I recognize that double parking is illegal, however, as
Far out, man — I might be your mayor soon. City Hall hopeful Bill de Blasio was a much scruffier dude back in his college days, with a hairdo almost as distinctive as son Dante’s Afro, a beard to match and a far-away gaze. This NYU yearbook photo of “Bill Wilhelm,” as he was known before legally taking his mother’s maiden name, indicates that ties were not in style among the school’s activist set. Among the issues tackled in the early ’80s by the now-Democratic candidate was challenging Board of Trustees tuition hikes and protesting federal financial aid cuts. He also castigated the operators
The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that Christians are suffering "mass martyrdom" in the Muslim world--and it´s hard to disagree. A recent bomb attack took the lives of 85 people in Pakistan, churches are being destroyed in Egypt and Christians are on the run in Syria. Fraser Nelson and Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith discuss the nightmare and conclude that the British government is too hamstrung by liberal political correctness to do anything--and Fr Lucie-Smith blames that partly on Richard Dawkins and his radical atheist crew. Also Dr Alexander Lee gives us a new take on the Renaissance, which he says wasn´t
New York City mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio, who this week has enjoyed face time with both the current president and vice president, will get another high-profile boost next month when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosts a fundraiser for him. De Blasio’s campaign announced the fundraiser Thursday, saying details on the event will come later. Hillary and former President Bill Clinton both endorsed de Blasio’s campaign last week. The Clintons have had a long relationship with de Blasio, who Hillary tapped to run her New York Senate campaign in 2000 and who served in the Housing and Urban Development Department under
A Senate.gov web page covering the Constitution gets the scope of the Second Amendment wrong, telling readers that it is not clear whether the amendment protects an individual right or a collective right. Here is what the Senate´s web page on the Constitution says about the Second Amendment: "Whether this provision protects the individual´s right to own firearms or whether it deals only with the collective right of the people to arm and maintain a militia has long been debated." This is simply not true on at least two levels.
What the GOP´s Defund-ObamaCare Caucus is failing to see is that ObamaCare is no longer just ObamaCare. It is about something that is beyond the reach of a congressional vote. As its Oct. 1 implementation date arrives, ObamaCare is the biggest bet that American liberalism has made in 80 years on its foundational beliefs. This thing called "ObamaCare" carries on its back all the justifications, hopes and dreams of the entitlement state. The chance is at hand to let its political underpinnings collapse, perhaps permanently. If ObamaCare fails, or seriously falters, the entitlement state will suffer a historic loss of credibility with
Ted Cruz spoke for 21 hours against Obamacare in the Senate and what was his reward? John McCain slapped him down and called him undemocratic. In McCain´s opinion, the fiscal conservative hawks of the GOP have evolved into "wacko birds"--a kind of dinosaur that squawks about debt and flaps his non-aerodynamic wings as he falls towards the earth and certain extinction. [Snip] Opposing Obamacare isn´t undemocratic because it´s both constitutionally allowed and quite popular to do. According to one poll, 44 percent think Obamacare is a bad idea and only 31 percent love it. Some 45 percent think it´ll have
Not long before my first album was released in 2005, I spent a summer in Russia interviewing small business owners. An American microfinance organization had sent me there to gather rosy statistics and uplifting stories about how their loans had improved the lives of this new crop of entrepreneurs. Instead, I would arrive in some city with a recently gutted economy, only to have men and women selling knockoff jeans or fruit from Uzbekistan tell me the same thing: they missed the factory. That is, their old jobs working at some inefficient Soviet enterprise. They didn’t like the financial uncertainty
Amy Braun-Gross is counting the hours until October 1. It´s not her birthday nor her anniversary. October 1 is the day that marks the first time ever she will be allowed to buy health insurance. Like more than 48 million other Americans, the Wisconsin stay-at-home mom does not have insurance to pay for doctor bills if she gets sick. It's particularly disconcerting when she thinks about her husband, Chris, who runs a tree-cutting business. Being an arborist is physically demanding. He has fallen out of trees. "You know something as simple as a sprained ankle, none of that is covered right now, none of it," Braun-Gross said. "To add the cost of that to the debt we already have, we'd basically be up a creek." Braun-Gross and her husband have tried to get insurance before, but they don't qualify. They both work hard, and they're college educated
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is taking a hit in the polls, and so is West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen. New numbers released this week from Public Policy Polling showed West Virginia voters gave Manchin a 46-percent approval rating, while 44 percent disapproved. The last time PPP questioned voters about Manchin in 2011, his approval rating stood at 61 percent. Pollsters with PPP said Machin may be suffering from the Obama effect. In only one other state is President Barack Obama more unpopular than he is in West Virginia right now. (Snip) Obama’s favorability rating in the
Liberals hold that “hate crimes” are worse than crimes involving the same conduct but not the same attitude. But the application of this doctrine may depend on which group the perpetrator hates. If he hates a group that liberals desire for their political base, his crime will be viewed as particularly heinous. If he hates a group that liberals dislike, it may earn him an expression of ideological solidarity from the sentencing judge and perhaps even a break on the sentence. This, at least, is my takeaway from the words of U.S. District Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts at the sentencing hearing
This year’s D.C.’s Funniest Celebrity contest may go down as the most memorable and not for what was going on onstage. Comedy headliner Dan Nainan -- a professional comedian who in the past has performed for President Obama -- got into a skirmish with Newsweek Daily Beast Correspondent Josh Rogin. Rogin sent out several Tweets during Nainan’s set. “Dan Nainan was funny until he dusted off his 2005 Katrina jokes in a gratingly bad [George W. Bush] impression,” Rogin wrote. “Dan Nainan makes his umpteenth joke about how Asians [can’t] distinguish between letters ‘L’ and ‘R.’ Election, erection we get
Bloomberg reports: U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia broke ranks with fellow Democrats and said he’d support a stopgap spending plan that delays the individual mandate in President Barack Obama’s health-care law. “There’s no way I could not vote for it,” Manchin said at a Bloomberg Government breakfast today. “It’s very reasonable and sensible.” [...] “Don’t put the mandate on the American public right now,” Manchin said. “Give them at least a year. If you know you couldn’t bring the corporate sector, you gave them a year, don’t you think it’d be fair?” Manchin´s defection will put pressure on other red state Senate
ROME- The president of Italy´s Barilla pasta company said Thursday that he will never use same-sex couples in company advertisements. Guido Barilla´s comments came during an interview on the Italian radio program "La Zanzara," Italy´s ANSA news agency reported. "I would never make a spot with a homosexual family. Not out of a lack of respect but because I don´t see it like they do. (My idea of) family is a classic family where the woman has a fundamental role," Barilla said. "We have a different concept with regard to the gay family." "That´s fine if they like our pasta
Conservatives commentators Charles Krauthammer and Mark Levin traded barbs over Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s defund Obamacare tactics after Cruz’s 21-hour speech on the Senate floor. On Wednesday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer reacted to criticism from conservative radio host Mark Levin, who had taken to his radio show on Tuesday night to remind his listeners that Krauthammer once worked a speechwriter for the 1984 Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Walter Mondale. Krauthammer author of “Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics,” mocked the notion his position