Archbishop Justin Welby’s choice of the word “martyrs” to describe the 81 Pakistani Christians killed when their church in Peshawar was targeted by suicide bombers has raised eyebrows. It is the sort of language avoided nowadays in the secular, sceptical West, with its taken-for-granted religious freedoms, in case it makes people feel uncomfortable. Yet in terms of Christian history the Archbishop of Canterbury’s description is surely accurate. These 81 worshippers at All Saints Anglican church, a 19th-century colonial legacy in the Kohati Gate district of the city, died because they insisted last Sunday on practising their faith, as martyrs in
Soldiers taking control of what is left of Nairobi’s Westgate Mall have found that al Shabab’s terror attack was more horrifying than previously known. The Daily Mail has the appalling story: Soldiers told of the horrific torture meted out by terrorists in the Nairobi mall massacre yesterday with claims hostages were dismembered, had their eyes gouged out and were left hanging from hooks in the ceiling. Men were said to have been castrated and had fingers removed with pliers before being blinded and hanged. Children were found dead in the food court fridges with knives still embedded in their bodies,
On Thursday afternoon, Wolf Blitzer grilled White House Press Sec. Jay Carney over President Barack Obama’s insistence that he will refuse to negotiate with Republicans over the next increase in the nation’s debt ceiling. Blitzer asked Carney to explain why the circumstances were different when Obama was a senator and voted against an increase in the debt ceiling under President George W. Bush. Blitzer began by noting that Obama will be “the first president in a long time who won’t negotiate with the opposition to try to raise the debt ceiling.” “Why is the president so firm right now in
The DNC Twitter feed pushed out this fake ransom note attributed to the Tea Party today: [Twitter] Democrats have played the hostage-taker card so often that it fails to shock anymore. But it really should. Hostage takers are by definition criminals who belong in jail. That´s clearly the message the DNC is sending with this fake note including the cut-out letters. Is that really a message the President is comfortable having his party send out? What happened to the guy who said: At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized - at a time when we are far
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) traveled to Libya for the next stages of the Benghazi scandal investigation early this week – leaving the United States on Sunday and returning safely on Wednesday – but the chairman’s safety may have been jeopardized because of the activities of the leading Democrat on the committee. The committee’s ranking Democratic member, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), released a statement last week outing the trip on his website. Cummings claimed he announced the trip’s existence to the media because he wanted Democrats to be able to go with Issa to Libya.
Talk about a bat aftertaste. That strange looking photo you see above is a cane toad attempting to eat a bat in the Peruvian rain forest. Fortunately for the bat, the toad was not successful. Moments after park ranger Yufani Olaya snapped this bizarre picture, the toad spat the bat out, and it eventually flew away. Olaya told conservation biologist Phil Torres that the toad didn´t even have to work for its almost-bat-dinner. "Out of nowhere the bat just flew directly into the mouth of the toad, which almost seemed to be sitting with its mouth wide open," Olaya said. If you´re wondering how a
White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer used three vivid analogies to attack House Republicans´ laundry list of demands for raising the debt ceiling, comparing Republicans to arsonists, hostage-takers and suicide bombers. "What we´re not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest," Pfeiffer said in an interview with CNN´s Jake Tapper Thursday afternoon. "We´re not going to do that." Earlier on Thursday, House Republican leaders released a preliminary list of items they plan to attach to any bill that also raises the debt ceiling. Among other things, it includes a one-year delay of the Affordable Care
For the first time, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is due to give a clear prediction of how global warming will affect currents in the Atlantic Ocean. It will say that the circulation of warm and cold water in the Atlantic, which includes the Gulf Stream, will weaken by 20 to 44 percent by the end of the century. Scientists claim that such a slow-down in the Gulf Stream will have a big impact on Britain, causing cooling of about 1.8F (1C) and disrupting weather patterns. [Snip] Scientists warn that the resulting cooling would mask the impacts
President Obama denounced "irresponsible" Republican critics of his health care law Thursday, saying efforts to "blackmail" him into changing the plan could trigger a government shutdown and a U.S. credit default. "Now they´re threatening steps that actually would badly hurt our entire economy," Obama said during a health care speech in Largo, Md. The speech came on the same day the administration announced a change in the online rules for small businesses: Some small-business owners wishing to enroll in new health care exchanges opening Oct. 1 will not be able to do so online at first. Instead, they will have
WASHINGTON — Nearly $300 million in aid for Detroit — from federal and state coffers, private businesses and charitable foundations — will be announced Friday as Obama administration officials visit the city to discuss what can be done to help eradicate blight, improve transportation, encourage new business and make residents safer. The funding will include $150 million in blight eradication and community redevelopment, including $65 million in Community Development Block Grant funding — which had already been awarded over two years but could not be accessed by the city. An additional $25 million could help hire as many as 150
While these are very early days for the nation´s new health care law, some Americans are already blaming it for higher premiums and few report much in the way of benefits so far. (Snip) Insurance experts say it is possible that insurance rates have gone up already because of the inclusion of new benefits mandate by the law, such as prohibiting limits on lifetime claims and free preventative services. However, Henry Aaron of the Brookings Institution responded that it´s "inconceivable" that 18 percent of premiums nationwide have already gone up because of health care.
I have followed William in my therapy practice for close to a decade. His story is a prime example of the type of brainy, mentally gifted, single-minded, willful boys who often are falsely diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder when they are assessed as young children. This unfortunate occurrence is partly due to defining autism as a “spectrum disorder,” incorporating mild and severe cases of problematic social communication and interaction, as well as restricted interests and behavior. In its milder form, especially among preschool- and kindergarten-age boys, it is tough to distinguish between early signs of autism spectrum disorder and indications
Health Costs: No amount of White House spin will change the reality of the huge rate spikes millions of Americans will find in the ObamaCare exchanges. But as bad as this rate shock is, it´s just the beginning. Days before ObamaCare goes into effect, the administration released information on premiums people can expect next year. Just $328 a month! And lower than expected! The mainstream press largely went along with this spin. But you don´t have to look very hard to see that it´s totally misleading. A table in that White House report, for example, shows the lowest-cost Bronze plan for a 27-year-old
Henry Winkler, aka The Fonz, was exceptionally gracious when I saw him at ComicCon not long ago.He was considerably less gracious, however, when he took to Twitter on the day of the massacre in the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., to offer his grim assessment of the grisly murders. Here is what he wrote: Another shooting in Wash D.C. Please America do nothing to promote gun control .because thats [sic] how we roll until we have all shot each other - While I share Fonzie’s eagerness to prevent future gun violence, I question the efficacy of his prescription to do so.
Benghazi: The man blamed for the deaths of four Americans, including the first ambassador in 33 years, is now free. But no terrorist has been captured or official punished. Mark Basseley Youssef, the man responsible for the video President Obama apologized for six times before the United Nations, saying it had inflamed Islamic passions that led to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, has been released from federal custody. Youssef, a 56-year-old Egyptian Coptic Christian and former gas station owner who had served time for a 2010 bank fraud conviction, was sent back to prison last year after admitting that he
Democrats may have just lost one of their own in the high-stakes fight over ObamaCare -- or maybe not. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a moderate Democrat known at times to buck his party, said Thursday that he´d be willing to support a spending bill that also delays the law´s requirement on individuals to buy health insurance. "There´s no way I could not vote for it," Manchin said. "It´s very reasonable and sensible." Manchin made the comment at a Bloomberg Government breakfast. The comment, first reported by Bloomberg, was later confirmed by Fox News. But hours later, the senator put out a statement
[Video] TAPPER: You saw -- and this is the final question. You saw today a new Bloomberg News poll indicating that the American people support by a 2-1 margin its right to require spending cuts when negotiating the debt ceiling. I understand that Keystone and other provisions that the Republicans are talking about attaching to the debt ceiling are not related, but why not cut some spending? PFEIFFER: The Republicans -- we are for cutting spending. We´re for reforming our tax code. We´re for reforming our entitlements. What we´re not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to
MIAMI – Federal wildlife officials alarmed by an infestation of Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades have tried radio tracking collars, a massive public hunt and even snake-sniffing dogs to control the invasive species. Now there´s talk of snaring the elusive pythons in specially designed traps. The U.S. Department of Agriculture received a patent in August for a trap that resembles a long, thin cage with a net at one end for the live capture of large, heavy snakes. Researchers say Burmese pythons regard the Everglades as an all-you-can-eat buffet, where native mammals are easy prey and the snakes have no natural
Members of the Columbus, Ohio-based Service Employees International Union Local 1 have gone on strike over recent job cuts by a janitorial company called Professional Maintenance. The reason for the cuts? The employer says it is because of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. This is ironic since SEIU is a major supporter of the law. Tyler French, Local 1´s organizing director, told Mediatrackers Ohio the company claimed it had to cut its employees´ hours due to Obamacare mandates. French did not believe the explanation though, calling it the “latest excuse in a long line of many that we’ve seen
WASHINGTON — Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker called out fellow Republicans Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah Thursday, accusing them of delaying a vote on the bill to fund the government and prevent a government shutdown to suit their own desires for publicity. Cruz, earlier this week, held the floor for over 21 hours, speaking in defense of defunding Obamacare with that government funding bill. He asked other Republican senators to join him in voting against moving forward on a bill passed by the House , which would fund the government while defunding Obamacare.
Meghan McCain, like her father Senator John McCain (R-AZ), is the kind of Republican the media adores. Namely, both father and daughter love to smite their own party. That offers each a modicum of media protection. The elder McCain´s media shield evaporated when he ran for the White House in 2008, and now his daughter´s force field is ebbing thanks to her new not-a-reality-show Raising McCain on the new Pivot channel. Matthew Gilbert of The Boston Globe said the show offers "new depths of irritation waiting to be plumbed." There are banal insights on issues such as privacy, feminism, and
Senators Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and Mike Lee (R., Utah) continue to urge their colleagues to oppose an upcoming cloture vote on the House-passed continuing resolution, which includes a provision to strip funding for Obamacare. If the vote succeeds, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) would be able to offer an amendment to remove the defunding provision, and pass it with a simple majority of 51 votes. In order to do so, Reid would have to forgo an open-amendment process that would allow Republicans to offer amendments and set a 60-vote threshold for passage. For Reid, This is par for
With just four days until the grand opening of Obamacare´s healthcare exchanges, the Obama Administration quietly told Latino groups on Wednesday that the Spanish version of the healthcare.gov website will not be ready for weeks. The delay could potentially affect the online enrollments of the ten million Latinos eligible for Obamacare--four million of whose primary language is Spanish, reports the Associated Press. Latino groups like the National Council of La Raza expressed disappointment that the government, which had years to implement its system, will fail to make good on its October 1 promise. "It´s been at least two years since
Allen West reportedly called a female employee a "Jewish American princess," resulting in the loss of his job. While some of the famously outspoken former congressman´s supporters might see the situation as political correctness gone wrong, the latest incident happened an the epicenter of the anti-PC police rebel alliance: Pajamas Media. Buzzfeed explains that West "voluntarily" left his position at the media outlet, effective at the end of this month. Here´s an email — obtained by Rosie Gray — to the PJ Media staff: "In order to focus on political interests, Allen West will transition from his full-time role as
President Obama took a hostile tone during part of his most recent speech on his signature health-care law, singling out conservative media and politicians for their opposition. Speaking at nearby Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Md., the president openly ridiculed concerns over the law as the exchange’s enrollment period starts in five days. “If you talk to somebody who said, ‘Well, I don’t know — I was watching Fox News and they said this was horrible,’” he said. “I promise you: If you go on the website . . . even if you didn’t vote for me, I’ll bet you’ll
WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders shifted the budget battle on Thursday to a potentially more consequential fight over raising the government’s borrowing limit, rolling out conditions for a debt-ceiling increase that they pulled from three years of frustrated efforts to roll back regulations and undo President Obama’s first-term achievements. Speaker John A. Boehner also made clear that he was not ready just yet to give up a policy fight that could shut down the federal government on Tuesday. Asked whether he would put a stopgap spending bill to a vote free of Republican policy prescriptions, he answered, “I do not