Last Friday in New York, at a meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), Secretary of State John Kerry and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu launched what they called the “Global Fund for Community Engagement and Resilience,” which CNSNews.com said was intended to “support local communities and organizations to counter extremist ideology and promote tolerance.” It will do this essentially by giving potential jihad terrorists money and jobs – an initiative that proceeds from the false and oft-disproven assumption that poverty causes terrorism. Kerry demonstrated his faith in this false assumption when he spoke about the importance of “providing more
Arizona State standout Reggie Jackson was considered the best amateur ballplayer in the country heading into the 1966 Major League Baseball draft. The team picking first that year was the lowly, awful New York Mets. According to Jackson’s new tell-all, “Becoming Mr. October” (Doubleday), in which he details feuds and resentments toward his old Yankee teammates, the New York media and especially his old manager Billy Martin, the only reason he did not become a Met was because his girlfriend, Juanita Campos, was Hispanic. Jackson recalls how his coach at Arizona State, Bobby Winkles, broke the bad news. “A day
Who is quieter — a Navy SEAL or a ninja? This was no philosophical question for 7-year-old Walker Greentree. The boy, who comes from a military family, was playing outside with a friend one afternoon when his mom scolded him. “Be quiet like a SEAL,” she said, according to military nonprofit Blue Star Families. But Walker’s friend pointed out that ninjas are quieter than SEALs. So Walker sought the truth and wrote to Adm. William McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. “Dear Admiral McRaven,” he wrote, “when I grow up I want to be a SEAL too but, can you tell me who
A purportedly funny photo ricocheting around the Internet popped into my inbox last week, apparently courtesy of the right-wing blog RedState. The Photoshopped image is a play on the famous Dos Equis beer campaign built around the bearded, debonair “Most Interesting Man in the World,” who says, “I don’t always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis.” The “joke” version features a picture of said interesting man, only this time he says, “I don’t always talk to Obama voters, but when I do, I ask for large fries.” This bothered me for a couple of reasons. For
If you’re puzzled why ObamaCare is so polarizing, consider how a law that’s ostensibly about fairness — health care for all — can be so unfair. Favored groups like unions and some businesses have carved out exceptions for themselves, while the average American could see their hours cut or their job eliminated. Perhaps the most frequently talked about, but also most widely misunderstood, dispensations is the one for Congress and its staff. Despite the Internet shorthand, Congress is not “exempted” from ObamaCare. Still, Congress is being treated differently than millions of other Americans who stand to lose under ObamaCare.
Despite my exhortation yesterday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill authorizing back pay for furloughed federal workers. In my view, this is a big mistake, and a typical unforced error by Republicans. Less than 24 hours later, with no apparently authority, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called most furloughed civilian DoD workers back to work. The Wall Street Journal says that Hagel claims he can determine almost his entire work force to be essential. But of course most of them are not essential. Again according to WSJ, “While it doesn’t give them leeway to bring everyone back, Mr. Hagel said on
It´s a batting average that won´t land the federal marketplace for Obamacare into the Healthcare Hall of Fame. As few as 1 in 100 applications on the federal exchange contains enough information to enroll the applicant in a plan, several insurance industry sources told CNBC on Friday. Some of the problems involve how the exchange´s software collects and verifies an applicant´s data. "It is extraordinary that these systems weren´t ready," said Sumit Nijhawan, CEO of Infogix, which handles data integrity issues for major insurers including WellPoint and Cigna, as well as multiple Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliates. Experts said that if Healthcare.gov´s success
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that will allow children in California to have more than two legal parents, a measure opposed by some conservative groups as an attack on the traditional family. Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said he authored the measure to address the changes in family structure in California, including situations in which same-sex couples have a child with an opposite-sex biological parent. The law will allow the courts to recognize three or more legal parents so that custody and financial responsibility can be shared by all those involved in raising a child, Leno said.
Y esterday, Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator who entered the national spotlight after her 11-hour filibuster of a strict abortion bill, announced that she was running for governor. That certainly makes the race more interesting. But can Davis´ pink Mizuno running shoes actually carry her to the governor´s mansion? It won´t be easy: Texas is still a very conservative state. It did, after all, elect Republicans Rick Perry and George W. Bush as its last two governors. Still, the GOP would be unwise to write her off. Here are five reasons why Davis just might pull off an upset
Put aside for the moment that it is both perverse and a felony violation of federal law for the Obama administration willfully to provide arms it well knows will end up in the hands of al Qaeda and other jihadist-terrorists. Put aside, too, the anomaly that the Obama administration says the shutdown means there is no money for the operation of national parks and cemeteries, but somehow there is still plenty of federal money to train and arm the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated, al Qaeda-ridden Syrian mujahideen. In his stubborn, imperial determination to back enemies of America against other enemies of America, President Obama
Every successful president compromises. Even the men whose images we print on our currency and whose ideals we teach to schoolchildren understood when political reality and real leadership dictated deal-making. Unfortunately this notion seems completely lost on the current occupant of the Oval Office. On Thursday, President Obama again reiterated not only a refusal to compromise, but also a refusal even to negotiate seriously. He staged a public event in which he insulted his counterpart in negotiations, House Speaker John Boehner, and said Boehner was in thrall of “extremists” who had a peculiar “obsession” with ObamaCare.
Gaffney, SC -There aren´t many secrets in a place like Gaffney, so when two heating and air conditioning workers suddenly quit their jobs and began buying stuff like a big screen TV, a used car and a riding lawn mower with $100 bills so old they didn´t even have the off-center portrait of Benjamin Franklin, people started talking. Police said all that talk got back to Lois Brown, who had hired those men a few days earlier and made them a deal. She told the workers just before her husband died seven years ago, he said he had hidden thousands and
BALI, Indonesia -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that a pair of U.S. military raids against militants in north Africa sends the message that terrorists "can run but they can´t hide." In raids in Somalia and in Libya´s capital, U.S. special forces on Saturday struck against Islamic extremists who have carried out terrorist attacks in East Africa. They captured a Libyan al-Qaida leader allegedly involved in the bombings of U.S. embassies 15 years ago. After a fierce firefight, a U.S. Navy SEAL team in Somalia aborted a mission to capture a terrorist suspect linked to last month´s Nairobi shopping
Doctors ordered a month´s rest for Argentina´s president on Saturday after they found blood on her brain due to a head injury. President Cristina Fernandez´s spokesman said she had suffered a previously undisclosed ´skull trauma´ on August 12. No details about this injury were officially released Saturday night. Spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro read a statement signed by the president´s doctors saying they did a CAT scan of her brain after the August head injury and found nothing wrong, and that afterward she suffered no symptoms. But he said problems surfaced Saturday after Fernandez, 60, went to a hospital for checks on
As the hypothesis of man-caused global warming is trundled off to the Morgue for Scientific Hoaxes, let´s anticipate the autopsy´s preliminary findings: the subject expired after choking on its own premises. In denial, warmists continue to hawk recently discredited tenets: mankind´s (read: America´s) profligate use of fossil fuels pumps enormous quantities of CO2 into the atmosphere; naturally, Earth´s temperature rises, exacerbating the so-called "greenhouse effect"; in time, our planet becomes a most inhospitable place. "Settled science." Until it wasn´t. These postulates were meant to frighten the naive and misinformed into supporting a radical correction that would (surprise!) hit the U.S. hardest.
MIAMI – Univision, the biggest Spanish-language television network in the United States, announced the naming of Colombian journalist Isaac Lee as chief executive officer of Fusion, the multimedia company’s new English-language news and entertainment channel designed to attract a young, diverse audience. Lee, the current president of the Univision news division, will combine that position with his new duties as CEO of Fusion. The television and digital channel will start broadcasting in English on Oct. 28 and will be characterized by a singular mix of original journalism and programs that are “visually compelling, creatively produced and laced with humor and irreverence,” the
The oldest living Medal of Honor recipient -- who singlehandedly took out two machine gun bunkers during the Battle of the Bulge despite being wounded -- died Friday night at a New Jersey hospital. Nicholas Oresko, a former U.S. Army master sergeant who served during World War II, died at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey, hospital officials said Saturday. He was 96. The hospital expressed condolences in a statement that lauded Oresko as “a true American hero.” A November 2011 story on the U.S. Department of Defense website said Oresko was the oldest living Medal of Honor
Ray Widstrand, who sustained serious brain injuries after being viciously attacked as he walked home in Minneapolis in August, is slowly making a recovery. Widstrand, 27, who has only just begun constructing sentences again, gave his first interview from his wheelchair at a fundraiser held in Minneapolis today to help the Widstrand family to pay for his treatments. Speaking slowly and haltingly, Widstrand told a local news station that he has no recollection of the night heartless youths robbed and beat him to the brink of death. The 27-year-old was walking home in his neighborhood on St Paul’s East
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Park Grove is officially closed to the public, according to the National Park Service, due to the government shutdown. However, unlike the World War II Memorial off of Constitution Avenue, the open area park and monument does not appear to be barricaded to the public. Cars can park freely near a foot bridge overlooking on Columbia Island in Washington, D.C. near the Potomac river. This Breitbart News reporter and other pedestrians walked freely around the park without being stopped by the National Park Service or being obstructed by reinforced barricades. Visitors can still walk up
A PLACE ONCE CALLED WASHINGTON - AN ape sits where Abe sat. The year is 2084, in the capital of the land formerly called North America. The peeling columns of the Lincoln Memorial, and Abe’s majestic head, elegant hands and big feet are partially submerged in sludge. Animals that escaped from the National Zoo after zookeepers were furloughed seven decades ago migrated to the memorials, hunting for food left by tourists. The white marble monuments are now covered in ash, Greek tragedy ruins overrun with weeds. Tea Party zombies, thrilled with the dark destruction they have wreaked on the planet, continue
Defendants and witnesses in British courts will no longer swear on the Bible to tell the truth under controversial plans being considered by a powerful body of judges. The traditional religious oath could be scrapped amid concerns that many giving evidence in criminal cases no longer take it seriously. Instead, all witnesses and defendants would promise to tell the truth without mentioning God, and would acknowledge they could be jailed if they are caught lying. It is claimed the new oath would be fairer for everyone and make it easier to understand the importance of what they are saying.
Helen Thomas covered 10 presidents, from Eisenhower through Obama, in her time as a White House correspondent. She also went on a date with one of them, it emerged during a memorial service attended by about 500 people Saturday at the National Press Club for Thomas, who died on July 20 at age 92. As told by Suzanne Geha, Thomas’s niece, who presided, Thomas arrived in Washington in 1942, at age 22, shortly after graduating from Detroit’s Wayne State University. United Press (later UPI) hired her in 1943. While working for UP, she went on a date with John F.
“Police Remove Vietnam War Veterans at Memorial Wall,” John McCormack writes at the Weekly Standard: Via William Jacobson, NBC’s affiliate in Washington, D.C. reports that police ordered tourists and Vietnam war veterans who were visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to leave the memorial at one point on Friday. After one group of veterans went around the barricade, “the park ranger told them the wall was closed,” NBC’s Mark Seagraves reported. “Later another group of vets showed up and moved the barricades. At that point, the memorial filled with vets and tourists. That’s when police came and moved everyone out.”
Beijing- China is employing two million people to keep tabs on people´s Internet use, according to state media, in a rare glimpse into the secret world of Beijing´s vast online surveillance operation. Many of the employees are simply performing keyword searches to monitor the tens of millions of messages being posted daily on popular social media and microblogging sites, the Beijing News said. The exact number of people employed to trawl through the Internet in a bid to prevent social unrest and limit criticism of the ruling Community party has long been the subject of speculation. The "web police" are
Whenever I see that clip of Harry Reid saying he won’t fund cancer research for children, I think of Strother Martin’s famous line from “Cool Hand Luke”: “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” Reid has the same squinty eyes as Martin’s dapper chain-gang captain, and based upon his determination to punish his enemies mercilessly, he may have something of the captain’s small soul as well. Maybe you missed Reid’s exchange with CNN reporter Dana Bash, which focused on Reid’s unwillingness to negotiate with Republicans to fund those parts of government which everyone agrees are
President Barack Obama, already embroiled in a battle over a government shutdown, jumped into another dispute on Saturday - a long-running fight over the name of the Washington Redskins NFL team. Obama said that if he owned the team, he would consider changing the name, which American Indians and others have long pilloried as racist. "I´ve got to say if I were the owner of the team and I knew that the name of my team, even if they´ve had a storied history, that was offending a sizeable group of people, I´d think about changing it," Obama said