Snopes.com is a website that purports to investigate the truthfulness of news reports and internet rumors. But apparently, its primary readership is stupid people. Why else would it bother to "debunk" an obvious work of satire, by well-known brilliant satirists at the website iOwnTheWorld.com? (Incidentally, a daily must-read for me). Here is the image that Snopes found to be "false" (snip)Notice that they omitted the credit to iOwnTheWorld.com, presumably because readers might have actually gone there and realized it is a satirical site. Thus, they betray their crass political motivations, to discredit critics of Obama´s handling of the shutdown. This is
WATERTOWN — The editor in chief of the Jesuit magazine America knew the 12,000-word interview with Pope Francis his journal published last month would be a huge event. But he was still awed by the response: In three days, the journal added 900 subscribers, and the number of unique visitors to its website shot up from 5,000 per day to 200,000 in each of the two days following its publication. “It is enough,” the Rev. Matt Malone said with a laugh, “to make you believe in trickle-down economics.” The 41-year-old Malone, who was in town last week for a Jesuit
In so many words, NSA director Keith Alexander admitted Wednesday that the Obama administration had issued misleading information about terror plots and their foiling to bolster support for the government’s vast surveillance apparatus. During Wednesday’s hearing, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy pushed Alexander to admit that plot numbers had been fudged in a revealing interchange: “There is no evidence that [bulk] phone records collection helped to thwart dozens or even several terrorist plots,” said Leahy. The Vermont Democrat then asked the NSA chief to admit that only 13 out of a previously cited 54 cases of foiled plots were
Near MOUNT PISGAH, N.C. — At a spot 5,000 feet above sea level and 20 miles from the nearest town, an innkeeper decided Friday to defy the federal government and reopen his lodge. That stand lasted about two hours as National Park Service rangers blocked the entrances to the privately run Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway after owner Bruce O´Connell decided to reopen his dining room, gift shop and country store at noon Friday for lunch. The federal government had forced the inn, in a leased building on federal land, to shut down at 6 p.m. ET Thursday
Slamming the US as arrogant, dishonest, untrustworthy, and controlled by Zionists, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saturday that “some” aspects of President Hassan Rouhani’s trip to the United Nations General Assembly in New York last month were “not proper.” “We support the diplomatic initiative of the government and attach importance to its activities in this trip,” Khamenei said, but he added that ”some of what happened in the New York trip was not proper” — an apparent reference to Rouhani’s historic phone conversation with US President Barack Obama. (Snip)“We are pessimistic towards the Americans and do not put
She’s reportedly waiting until 2014 before she starts thinking about 2016, but Hillary Clinton, according to one national poll, is your front runner for the White House — by a wide margin. And Elizabeth Warren is your fastest rising star. The former secretary of state and first lady dominated last week’s new Quinnipiac University survey, which showed her gobbling up 61 percent of support and beating any Republican challenger — be it New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul or Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz — by anywhere from 13 to 23 points. But no one in Headline corrected by Staff.
Peshawar: Proscribed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has once again denied having involvement in the attack on a Peshawar church last month but said it was according to Sharia. “We didn’t carry out the church attack. However, we believe it’s according to the Sharia,” TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid told BBC (Snip) When asked who issues the orders for any attack, spokesperson said free hand has been given to all component groups to choose and attack the enemy targets but they can’t carry out an attack by deviating from the objective of the movement, adding if they do so, the are summoned and punished
Most of the furloughed Department of Defense civilian employees will be recalled, according to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, who acknowledged that government lawyers interpreted a Pentagon funding law passed on the eve of the shutdown too narrowly. "Today I am announcing that most DOD civilians placed on emergency furlough during the government shutdown will be asked to return to work beginning next week," Hagel said Saturday. Hagel said Pentagon and Department of Justice "attorneys concluded that the law does allow the Department of Defense to eliminate furloughs for employees whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service
President Obama was once a high-profile first-term senator, but he doesn´t think the current crop -- including Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio -- is serving the country well as they seek out controversy. "I recognize that in today´s media age, being controversial, taking controversial positions, rallying the most extreme parts of your base, whether it´s left or right, is a lot of times the fastest way to get attention and raise money," he said in an interview with the Associated Press released Saturday. "But it´s not good for government."
Bogota, Colombia - A small plane on a U.S. counter-drug mission crashed Saturday in a remote, jungle region of northern Colombia, killing three American contractors and a Panamanian National Guardsman, and seriously injuring the other two Americans on board. The Dash 8 was tracking a suspected smuggling vessel along with a Colombian vessel over the western Caribbean when it lost radio contact with the U.S.-sponsored multinational task force in Key West, Florida that runs drug interdiction in region, said its spokeswoman, Jody Drives. It was what the agency, JIATF-South, calls a "prospector" aircraft, equipped with surveillance instruments used to track
Las Vegas, NV -- The government shutdown is being felt close to home for some locals. They say they´re being forced out of private homes on Lake Mead because they sit on federal land. Joyce Spencer is 77-years-old and her husband Ralph is 80. They´ve been spending most of their time in the family ice cream store since going home isn´t an option. The Spencers never expected to be forced out of their Lake Mead home, which they´ve owned since the 70s, but on Thursday, a park ranger said they had 24 hours to get out. "I had to go
Much of Barack Obama’s flawed governance is attributed to his exceptional ability to distort the truth: That is, he is a damned liar! However, Obama’s public pronouncements of late are so far removed from reality that one wonders if other forces are at work. For instance, The One recently made headlines by declaring that increasing the debt ceiling will NOT increase the debt. Before that, he emphatically stated that he did NOT draw a red line in the Syrian crisis. And even as labor unions demand that Obamacare be changed or repealed, and as more and more employers take actions to avoid the stings
At the end of a long week of government shutdown stalemate, Jay Leno opened the Tonight Show Friday night by tearing into Congress and President Obama in particular for failing to come to an agreement that would get federal employees working again. Below are some highlights from Leno’s brutal monologue. “This government shutdown thing is getting old. The national parks are closed, the museums are closed, federal agencies are closed. But our borders? They’re wide open, don’t worry about that.” “China is really upset about the government shutdown. Well sure, they’ve never had one of their businesses fail before.” “President Obama has officially
Kuala Lumpur - When then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared two years ago "We are back to stay" as a power in Asia, the most dramatic symbol of the policy shift was the planned deployment of 2,500 U.S. Marines in northern Australia, primed to respond to any regional conflict. At this point in time, however, there is not a single U.S. Marine in the tropical northern city of Darwin, according to the Australian defense ministry. Two hundred Marines just finished their six-month tour and will not be replaced until next year, when 1,150 Marines are due to arrive.
Dubai - World powers negotiating with Tehran over its disputed nuclear program must come up with new proposals before talks in Geneva on October 15-16, Iran´s foreign minister said. The United States wants Iran to respond to proposals made by world powers in February as a starting point for talks. If the parties cannot even agree on how to start the negotiations, it is less likely a resolution can be agreed within the six months in which Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says he wants a deal. Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - the five permanent members of
Petronas will embark on a $35 billion liquid natural gas (LNG) project in Canada following the reversal of Ottawa´s decision to block the Malaysian national oil company´s purchase of Canadian gas producer Progress Energy Resources. At a joint press conference Sunday with his Canadian counterpart, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said this followed from the "approval principally" given for the state energy firm´s $5.5 billion purchase. Najib announced that Petronas will spend CAD$36 billion to build "all the facilities upstream including investment in a pipeline" which he said was the "largest foreign direct investment in Canada by any country".
NEW YORK -- New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson says she worries about the trivialization of politics by publications like POLITICO, but offered no defense when asked about the Times´ own coverage of the political horse race. Speaking with The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta at The New Yorker Festival on Saturday, Abramson said the incessant coverage of politics as sport threatened a larger understanding of how politics actually affects people. “I worry that politics is covered almost like sports at a relentless who´s winning and who’s losing kind of way, who’s up, who’s down and the political maneuvering becomes the dominant
Riot police in Calais were yesterday in a tense stand-off with scores of Syrian asylum seekers occupying part of the port and demanding they be taken to Britain. Around 65 men, women and children were blocking a footbridge and on a roof at the ferry terminal, with 40 of them on hunger strike. French police moved in to clear the protesters yesterday morning but were forced to retreat when two men threatened to throw themselves from the roof of a terminal building. The group, who are all fleeing the Syrian civil war, descended on the site on Wednesday and refused
Asylum seekers at off-shore detention centres asked doctors for breast enlargements, IVF treatments, Botox and cosmetic dentistry, the director of health services has said. Dr Ling Yoong, who was director of health on Christmas Island, Nauru and Manus Island, revealed the odd requests to the Medical Observer this week. She also said she refused the requests. "We give [the asylum seekers] the health services they need, we do not give them the services they want," Dr Yoong said. A spokesman for Immigration Minister Scott Morrison reiterated that "those seeking to come illegally by boat won´t receive such lavish treatments". An
Disarmament experts from the international chemical weapons watchdog have begun destroying Syria´s arsenal, a monitoring official has said. The operation is being carried out by a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The mission was established under a UN resolution passed after agreement between Russia and the US. The resolution followed international outrage at a chemical weapons attack near Damascus in August. In an interim report, UN chemical weapons inspectors confirmed that the nerve agent sarin had been used in the attack in Ghouta on the outskirts of the city on August 21. It was estimated to have killed
The Obama administration quietly changed its furlough guidance Friday to allow government employees who are also union representatives to return to work and receive a regular paycheck during the government shutdown.On the fifth day of the government shutdown the House unanimously passed a a bill approving back pay for 800,000 furloughed federal workers, a rare moment of bipartisan unity, even as House Republicans and Democrats continued their bitter budget standoff. The vast majority of those workers do not serve as union representatives and will not receive a pay check as long as the government remains shuttered. But the Office of Personnel
The textbooks are pushed aside as the sixth-graders deliberate over how to build the biggest fence for their imaginary bunnies. Compared with the math classes from generations past, this pre-algebra room at Sarasota Middle School is radically different.(snip) Critics say Common Core standards amount to a federal takeover of education, which has historically been under local and state control.(snip)
The history of civilization dating back some five millennia is one of unrelenting tyranny, rapaciousness, arrogance, and stupidity. The players and the places changed, but the slaughter was unremitting, the suffering broken only by occasional brief periods of peace, good weather and crops. For most of the past, war, famine, and disease killed most people. During the famous soliloquy of Hamlet, he contemplates taking his own life, saying “There’s the respect that makes calamity of so long life—for who would bear the whips and scorns of time, the oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely, the pangs of despised love, the law’s
We know Obama loves the poor because he´s been hell-bent on making more of them since the day he was elected. All of Obama´s policies have been about increasing government power, and none of them have been about helping Americans get jobs. Even though the only product of Obama´s economic policies has been a massive increase in poverty and dependency in America, Obama continues to either demand more of the same or ignore any attempt to bring those the Obama economy pushed into poverty back into the American economic mainstream. With real unemployment running at 14%, Obama is telling us how
Global Warming: Temperatures have flat-lined for 15 years, the Arctic and Antarctic are gaining record amounts of ice, most computer models have been wrong, yet the networks are buying into the alarmists´ narrative. Earth might not have a fever but the media do, judging by their hyperventilating about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change´s quite fraudulent report (Fifth Assessment Report or 5AR) released Sept. 27. One network — CBS— even turned a blind eye to the truth and claimed that temperatures "could have risen by more than 200 degrees." This fiction came from CBS´ Ben Tracy
Though they seeked to achieve two very similar objectives - the killing or capture of high-ranking terrorists, the different approaches taken in the two Saturday raids illustrate the versatility of Special Operations commandos. The Somali operation, a raid on a highly-fortified terrorist bunker on the coast south of Mogadishu, used water and darkness to its advantage – but the Tripoli, Libya raid took advantage of the natural barriers provided by cornering the target in his gated community while parking a car. The Libyan target, senior al-Qaeda member Anas al-Libi, was quickly captured without a single shot being fired. Officials are