A 7-year-old girl crowned Little Miss Hispanic Delaware in an August 31 pageant was stripped of her crown last week by pageant sponsors who said she wasn´t Latina enough. Jakiyah McKoy took the top prize in the pageant also known as Miss Chiquita Delaware, stirring immediate outcries from some attendees because McKoy ‘was not the best representative of a Latin beauty.’ Why? Because her skin was of a darker color than the other contestants, though sponsor Nuestras Raíces Delaware claims it was the girl’s family’s inability to prove the requisite ’25 percent latina heritage’ that motivated them to strip
SHANGHAI- Christie´s first auction in mainland China brought in $25 million, including $1.57 million for the sale of a Pablo Picasso painting, officials said. The auction, which took place in Shanghai, drew nearly 1,000 bidders and clients Thursday and broke several records, a release from Christie´s said. It was the first time a Picasso had been sold at auction in mainland China, and it was the highest price -- $678,326 -- ever achieved for a painting by Singaporean artist Cheong Soo Pieng, the release said. "Our first auction in Shanghai has illustrated how much demand and appreciation there is for art across
Welcome to the EU in 2013. A school in the town of Alfajarin, near Zaragoza, ironically a candidate for European City of Culture in 2016, has just staged a mock invasion of Gibraltar, which involves Spanish troops shooting dead a group of British civilians (hat tip: Guido Fawkes). As The Telegraph has reported: [Snip] You can watch the full video here. The school students, probably aged around 16 or 17, think the whole thing is hilarious, as do the adults watching, presumably parents and teachers, many of whom are applauding as the Britons are gunned down. This is sad and
NEW YORK -- Standing on the Yankee Stadium mound for one final time, Mariano Rivera was in tears. He wasn´t alone. They said Sunday was Mariano Rivera Day in the Bronx, but in a lot of ways this was. Sunday was planned, ceremonies and speeches and Metallica. Rivera takes Yankee Stadium mound for last time Thursday night was pure emotion. There was a buzz in the crowd that felt like October. The flashbulbs popped, as if it was the World Series. And Mariano Rivera pitched for the Yankees, for the final time in the home pinstripes. It was a meaningless game
The woman in a full-length burka walked calmly into the drab government office. She moved close to the desk behind which an administrator was shuffling his papers. Others queued around her. Suddenly, without warning, she detonated the suicide vest she was wearing. The explosion flashed a brilliant white on the grainy CCTV before the cameras cut out, obliterating everything – and everyone – in the room. I was shown this horrifying footage on a training course in advance of a trip to Helmand Province last year. The message was simple: there are no rules of engagement; the attacks can come at
Perhaps Obama was onto something when, as a young author, he zeroed in on the term "audacity" to (subconsciously) telegraph his ambitious designs to fundamentally transform our beloved America. What word could describe better than audacity Obama´s refusal to accept responsibility for his dreadful policies; his standing before the American people -- even today -- in the face of the avalanche of evidence proving how terrible Obamacare is and continuing to lie about what it will do; his persistence in mislabeling his unaffordable monstrosity "the Affordable Care Act;" his failure to address the legitimate, undeniable complaints about Obamacare and his insistence
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain hired the Syria analyst in favor of U.S. intervention who was fired for fabricating her Ph.D., Foreign Policy reported. Elizabeth O’Bagy, formerly of the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), will start Monday as a legislative assistant in Sen. McCain’s office. McCain told Foreign Policy that “Elizabeth is a talented researcher, and I have been very impressed by her knowledge and analysis in multiple briefings over the last year.” The senator’s office said they would not make any further comment on O’Bagy’s employment.
WASHINGTON—House Republican leaders struggled Friday to come to terms with conservative lawmakers who want to halt the new federal health-care law, leaving unclear how an increasingly dysfunctional Congress might be able to pass a spending bill by Monday night to avert a fiscal crisis. The Democratic-led Senate approved legislation Friday to fund federal agencies for the first six weeks of the fiscal year and to restore money for the health law. The GOP-led House last week passed a bill to avert a shutdown that also defunded the law, as demanded by the chamber´s conservatives. The next move belongs to House Speaker John
Via the Drudge Report, we learn that medical docs are fleeing Blue State Jersey faster than "Old Blue Eyes" skedaddled out of Hoboken. This from MY9NJ.com: According to Deborah Briggs, the President and CEO of the Council of Teaching Hospitals, New Jersey loses nearly 70% of the doctors it educates to other states. This is well below the national average of a 48% retention rate. Pray tell, why on earth would any doc want to pull up stakes and leave the bucolic Garden State? Here´s why, again according MY9NJ.com: The top five reasons for physicians leaving are: Better salary offered outside
WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama again urged Republicans to pass a bill to fund the government and then vote in favor of raising the debt ceiling, saying not doing so would have dire consequences for the U.S. and world economies. Mr. Obama, in Friday afternoon remarks from the White House, said Republicans need to decide whether they want to keep the government running or continue to insist on defunding the president’s signature health-care law and have the government shut down. “I realize that a lot of what’s taking place right now is political grandstanding, but this grandstanding has real effects on real people,” Mr.
Imagine this: The daughter of a British soldier, left traumatized by her parents´ divorce, finds a surrogate family among her Muslim neighbors. The teenager converts to Islam and marries a Jamaican immigrant who blows himself up on the London tube, leaving her alone with two young children. She, too, has become radicalized, flees to East Africa, becomes a high-ranking member of an al Qaeda affiliate, travels on a forged South African passport and is dubbed by tabloids the "White Widow." It sounds like the plot of TV drama like "24," or, more recently, the acclaimed "Homeland," whose third season premieres Sunday
Now is the time to strengthen the sanctions against Iran, and not to be fooled – at the precise moment when they appear to have impacted Tehran – into weakening them, said Home Front Defense Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud). “The worst thing would be to stop the sanctions. Our goal is convincing the world that now is the time to continue and not to weaken the sanctions,” Erdan said. He spoke with The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, in advance of his departure Saturday night for the United States with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The prime minister and his delegation
Environment: The United Nations on Friday released its climate change report, which says that scientists are 95% sure that man is causing Earth to warm. Well, we´re 100% sure this finding deserves a heaping dose of ridicule. ´It is extremely likely (95% confidence)," says the U.N.´s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, that "more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010 was caused by the anthropogenic increase in greenhouse gas concentrations and other anthropogenic forcings together." And the last 15 or 16 years during which there has been no warming (even though the climate models
Entitlements: Give Democrats as much ObamaCare rope as they want, then sit back and watch them hang themselves. This advice from some pundits is the kind of thing that will make ObamaCare permanent. The late, great Bob Bartley, longtime editor of the Wall Street Journal, writing in 1992 in his definitive account of the Reagan prosperity, "The Seven Fat Years," issued a warning about government-controlled health care. He called it "absolutely true that in the long term we will be unable to control government expenditure if the government keeps assuming new responsibilities." And Bartley cautioned: "When medical insurance coverage is mandated, experience shows,
A Methodist minister who resigned her pulpit last year after deciding that she was no longer a believer, and who was recently hired by a humanist group based at Harvard to help build congregations of nonbelievers throughout the country, has acknowledged fabricating aspects of her educational background. The former minister, Teresa MacBain, whose crisis of faith was described in the On Religion column last Saturday, claimed she had earned a master of divinity degree from Duke University.
When President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ended their historic phone call today -- the first direct contact between U.S. and Iranian presidents since 1979 -- Rouhani signed off with, "Have a nice day." But Obama responded, according to Rouhani´s later recounting of the conversation via Twitter, with the word "khodahafez."Khodahafez is a Persian-language expression that´s used to say goodbye. It´s sometimes written as two words: "khoda hafez" and literally translates as "God be with you."You can practically hear cable news talking heads trying to decide whether they should be outraged by this choice of words, but it´s really
The defeat of Senator Cruz’s defunding strategy may not be the end of the fight to overturn Obamacare. In some sense, for free-market conservatives who want consumer choice and private-sector competition, this whole debate is about good versus evil. It’s a point that the brave and courageous Mr. Cruz grasps all too well. If Obamacare becomes permanent, it will crowd out the private health-care sector, including insurers and providers, and over time will create a single-payer, government-statist health-care sector. Stopping this will be hard. But Senator Manchin, a Democrat of West Virginia, has given conservatives a ray of hope.
Washington - Vice President Joe Biden is set to deliver the keynote address at the Human Rights Campaign´s annual dinner next month. Biden will be speaking to an influential group of gay and lesbian activists who were among President Barack Obama´s most loyal supporters during the 2012 campaign. Biden will headline the Oct. 5 event with 3,400 people at the Washington Convention Center. The organization is the nation´s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights group. The vice president has built strong support within the gay community and was credited with pushing Obama to support same-sex marriage during the
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday said President Obama should not have renounced the option of raising the debt ceiling without Congress. The California Democrat argues that the 14th Amendment empowers the president to hike the debt limit without congressional support. "I think the 14th Amendment covers it. The president and I have a disagreement in that regard, I guess," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. "I would never have taken that off the table." (Snip) Pelosi, Clyburn and other Democrats have repeatedly urged Obama to invoke the 14th Amendment in order to raise the ceiling without congressional input
Tobias Bass had one simple request. The 10-year-old Oklahoma boy who wanted to run a 5K with his disabled brother said he was missing one piece of equipment. “I just want to tell you that there’s nobody dying, I don’t need no money, I just need to borrow a stroller. That’s it,” Bass told Channel 9 News. The boy had written a letter to the station’s news anchors asking for someone to donate a specialized stroller that will allow him to push his 11-year-old brother, Titus, who has cerebral palsy, in an upcoming race at Oklahoma City’s John Marshall Mid-High
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) warned Friday that GOP leaders will get no help from Democrats in the effort to raise the debt limit. The House minority leader said she´s spoken with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on the topic, emphasizing that Democrats agree with President Obama that legislation to hike the nation´s $16.7 trillion debt ceiling is non-negotiable. "We´ve had a number of conversations, and I just say, ´Don´t expect us to be helpful when it comes to the debt ceiling, because we don´t think that´s negotiable,´ " Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol Friday. Pelosi carved a clear distinction between
The National Rifle Association is wading into the Virginia governor’s race with a six-figure ad campaign, potentially reviving a debate over gun issues that has been mostly dormant in the contest. Beginning Monday, the group will begin airing $500,000 worth of statewide television and online ads hitting Democrat Terry McAuliffe for his firearms stances, according to NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam. The campaign is designed to benefit Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R), a longtime gun rights advocate who has lagged behind McAuliffe on the financial front and can use the help on the airwaves.
President Obama was more dependent on female campaign contributors in 2012 than any presidential candidate in recent history. According to a new report from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, female donors accounted for more than 44 percent of Obama´s campaign contributions — the most for any White House hopeful since at least 1988. The GOP nominee, Mitt Romney, received just 28 percent of his campaign cash from women. Despite the increased role of women in financing Obama´s re-election effort, men still provided the lion´s share of federal campaign donations across the board in 2012. CRP found that fewer than
This won’t surprise Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid or GOP old bull Sen. John McCain -- the largest chunk of the Republican Party is now very conservative. According to a new PPP poll, which has Sen. Ted Cruz the top choice for the 2016 Republican nomination, those who describe themselves as “very conservative” make up 39 percent of the splintered party. Add in those who consider themselves “somewhat conservative,” and the right-leaning voters comprise 76 percent of the party. In the new poll of 743 Republican primary voters, 1 percent called themselves “very liberal,” 4 percent “somewhat liberal,” and just 18 percent
Mitt Romney on Friday said the Republican threat to shut down the government in an attempt to defund ObamaCare isn’t an “effective” strategy. "We´re more effective tactically not to use a shutdown of some kind to pursue the ... anti-Obamacare objective,” Romney said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. “I don´t think that will be as effective.” (Snip) "I think there´s a better way of getting rid of ObamaCare — my own view — and that is, one, delaying it by at least a year,” Romney said. “That was Senator (Joe) Manchin´s idea, the Democrats´ idea.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had finished his last meetings in New York Friday and was in a car headed to the airport when President Barack Obama called. (Snip) The Iranian press office added: "The Iranian and U.S. presidents underlined the need for a political will for expediting resolution of West´s standoff with Iran over the latter´s nuclear program. President Rouhani and President Obama stressed the necessity for mutual cooperation on different regional issues." For his part, Rouhani took to Twitter to reveal what the two leaders discussed.