A fourth man with alleged links to the al-Shabaab terrorist organisation has been stripped of his British citizenship by Home Secretary Theresa May, as a fifth battles extradition to Ethiopia. Walla Rahman, 31, from west London, has been linked with a bomb attack on two bars in Kampala, Uganda, in 2010, where 74 people were killed while watching the World Cup final. Rahman is believed to have been an associate of Bilal al-Berjawi, 27, and Mohamed Sakr, 26, al-Shabaab activists from the UK who were stripped of their citizenship before dying in a US drone strike in Somalia in 2010.
The news is full of stories of private residences on public land being shut down because of the government shutdown. Here, for example, is a story regarding an elderly couple temporarily evicted form a cabin they own on federal land. And it is also turning people away from privately-run inns on federal land. And yet, at the height of hypocrisy, Marian Robinson, President Obama’s mother-in-law, apparently continues to reside in the White House, a federally-owned business on federal land. Michelle Obama has referred to her mom in a stump speech, talking about her residence in the South Side of Chicago. Perhaps it’s
On Sunday, Breitbart News Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro discussed the launch of a new website that will seek to "change the nature of media" by exposing the donors and advertisers that enable the mainstream media to distort the truth and push their agendas with no accountability, especially when it comes to their bottom lines. Shapiro will lead TruthRevolt.org, which will launch on Monday to expose the mainstream media and “unmask leftists in the media for who they are, destroy their credibility with the American public, and devastate their funding bases."
Legendary Texas Longhorn football coach Darrell Royal famously said you should “dance with who brung ya.” Democrat Wendy Davis appears to be taking that advice as she builds her campaign for Texas governor. The Fort Worth state senator is relying on a tight-knit group of people who have fought in the political trenches together, often against the odds, and often in territory seen as inhospitable to Democrats. So it’s no surprise to her close allies that the Davis for Governor campaign will not be based in liberal Austin but rather in Fort Worth, which sits in the most Republican-leaning Texas
In a long piece revealing the current antagonistic climate between journalists and the Obama administration published in the Washington Post, Obama is called a "control-freak," as well as "secretive," and "manipulative," it is said he is fostering an atmosphere of fear both at home and abroad, and is delivering a "slap in the face" to reporters all over his increased use of electronic surveillance of reporters. The piece is an excerpt of a paper by former executive editor of The Washington Post, Leonard Downie,(Snip)it paints Obama as a paranoid, secretive, even vindictive president not to mention that it reveals that
A defiant motorcyclist caught on video smashing an SUV window with his helmet after a wild chase in upper Manhattan gave the middle finger to reporters in court Sunday. Reginald (Reggie) Chance, 37, was in Manhattan Criminal Court facing assault and gang assault charges in the brutal beating of Alexian Lien when he flipped off reporters with both middle fingers moments before he appeared in front of a judge. Chance is the rider wearing a black leather jacket, in the viral video of the Sept. 29 chase, who violently smashes the driver’s window with his helmet, the criminal complaint alleges.
President Obama would accept a short-term increase in the debt ceiling, rather than a permanent one, a senior White House official said Monday, acknowledging that it may not be possible to reach agreement on a long-term increase in the federal borrowing cap before a critical Oct. 17 deadline. Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, said members of Congress ultimately have the responsibility to decide how often they want to raise the debt ceiling, although he argued that an extended hike is preferable. “I think longer is better for economic certainty and jobs, but it is ultimately up to
The ATF agent who blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious has been denied permission to write a book on the botched anti-gun trafficking sting "because it would have a negative impact on morale," according to the very agency responsible for the scandal. After first trying to stop the operation internally, ATF Agent John Dodson went to Congress and eventually the media following the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010. Two guns found at the murder scene were sold through the ATF operation. Dodson´s book, titled "The Unarmed Truth," provides the first inside account of
You had to be very busy or very partisan over the past few weeks to miss the gigantic leadership crater at the White House. There is, in place of “decider” as President George W. Bush put it, a blamer, a partisan, an evader and a heckler. President Obama is still an adept liberal organizer and aggressive tactician in confronting his domestic foes, but that should not be confused with purposeful leadership. On Syria he ducked and weaved, repudiating his own red line and hiding behind Congress’s skirts. His speech ultimately asking for Congress to refrain from a vote prompted gasps
Editor Lifson wrote a blog post yesterday reporting that Snopes.com - the internet rumor debunker site - took a satirical photoshop of a sheet being used to block the view of Mount Rushmore during the shutdown as an actual story being circulated by the right. The satire from the website IOwnTheWorld.com was just that - a way to poke fun at the shutdown. But today, the Feds have placed a virtual sheet in front of Mount Rushmore by placing cones along highway viewing areas outside Mount Rushmore barring visitors from pulling over and taking pictures of the monument - and
Republicans are eager for November 2016 — and not just because Barack Obama’s presidency will be in its final days. It’s when Harry Reid, the man reviled by Republicans for his inflammatory rhetoric and hardball tactics during the government shutdown, could be booted from his Nevada Senate seat. Reid knows it — and he’s quietly plotting his plans more than three years out. In an interview from his Senate office last week, the 73-year-old majority leader insisted he’s running for reelection in 2016. (Snip) And he’s not afraid to issue a warning to a potential GOP opponent, Gov. Brian Sandoval
Albuquerque-The green flag is flying at Balloon Fiesta Park Field on Monday morning, giving balloon pilots approval to take to the skies for day three of Balloon Fiesta. The first two days of the international festival took off without a hitch. Calm weather allowed thousands of visitors from around the world to see all of the events scheduled over the weekend, including the mass ascensions and Sunday night´s balloon glow and fireworks show.
One of Portland´s trendiest areas might soon be home to a tent city. If this were another town, the owners and developers of high-end homes and condominiums would scream to high heaven about diminished property values. But this is Portland, where the citizens try their best to be tolerant of everything except intolerance--and gluten. [Snip] Rather than express concern for their financial investments, they have criticized the city´s expedited process and worried for the welfare of those willing to live in a parking lot under the west ramp of the Broadway Bridge. Tiffany Sweitzer, the president of Hoyt Street Properties,
A suicide bomber killed 14 children in Iraq yesterday when he drove a truck packed with explosives into the playground of a primary school. [Snip] It is the latest in a relentless wave of killing in recent months - Iraq´s deadliest outburst of violence since 2008. The mounting death tolls are raising fears that the country is falling back into the spiral of fighting that brought it to the edge of civil war in the years after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. The Shiite Turkomen village, largely populated by people descended from central Asia, has a population of just 200.
Rolls-Royce, the British maker of aircraft engines, announced on Monday that it had won two maintenance contracts from the US government worth together up to $496 million (365 million euros). Rolls-Royce will provide parts and maintenance for thousands of T56 engines powering US military aircraft, under a six-year contract worth $406 million, the company said in a statement. It has won also a five-year deal from the US navy worth up to $90 million to deliver engine repairs to E-2 Hawkeye aircraft. "These contracts demonstrate our continued success in supporting our customers and the thousands of Rolls-Royce T56 engines powering
Tokyo — Airbus secured its first-ever order from Japan Airlines on Monday, in a deal that undermines Boeing´s long-held dominance of Japan´s aviation market. Japan Airlines is to buy 31 A350 planes from the European aircraft manufacturer. The purchase has a list value of 950 billion yen ($9.5 billion) and marks a big change in policy as Boeing had been JAL´s major supplier for decades. JAL also has an option to buy 25 more Airbus planes. (Snip) Since the end of World War II, the U.S. and Japan have been big trading partners.
A group of conservative activists, tired of what they see as a persistent and little remarked liberal bias in the news media, are set to begin a series of boycotts aimed at advertisers who sponsor what they see as left-wing networks, outlets, and journalists. On Sunday they announced their first target, the Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil-rights leader turned MSNBC talk-show host whose PoliticsNation has grown in influence and audience since making its debut two years ago. “Sharpton is a racial extortionist who has instigated racial animosities, violence, and division in America for the last forty years,” write the boycott’s organizers.
Speaking at Harvard Law School last week, where she used to be dean, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan gleefully told an overflow crowd of students about the time she shot Bambi. Raised in New York City, she had never shot a gun—“this is not really what we did on the weekend,” she explained to laughter. But during her confirmation process, after senators asked her about guns more than any other topic, including one senator from Idaho who expressed concern that she wouldn’t be able to understand how important guns were to his constituents, Kagan responded with an unusual offer. “I’ll
It is now quite clear that President Obama is managing the shutdown of 17% of the government to inflict pain, while sparing himself and his family any discomfort. Although his media lickspittles will not publicize the worst abuses, social media offers us the chance to spread the word of his peculiar priorities. Today, we learn that the Amber Alert website, which helps rescue kidnapped children, has been taken down "due to the lapse in federal funding." Meanwhile, as Weasel Zippers points out, Let´s Move, Michelle Obama´s pet project against childhood obesity had its site, letsmove.gov still up. In a White House of skewed
Many Americans crossed the barriers that were set this by President Barack Obama’s deputies to block public access to the Potomac River from Virginia’s George Washington Memorial Parkway. In many quiet acts of civil disobedience, Americans removed car barriers and cut police tape, or walked across barriers after parking on grass verges or in adjacent suburbs. Once past the federal barriers, they were able to enjoy the bike paths, parkland and overlooks — on what singer Woody Guthrie described as “your land” — during the sunny, 80-degree weekend. Still, the Obama administration blocked easy access to the river for many
(Florida) Lawyers for State Attorney Angela Corey say she has "sovereign immunity" and are asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed against her in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case. Ben Kruidbos, her former information technology director, was fired in June after he testified that prosecutors did not turn over all information to Zimmerman´s defense team in the shooting death of the 17-year-old. Kruidbos said he was a whistleblower and under the law cannot be fired.(Snip) In court papers filed this week, Corey´s attorneys say the state attorney cannot be sued because she has sovereign immunity as an elected official. According
Conan: Our government will be shutting down this week. So, folks, get ready for absolutely no noticeable difference. Leno: We´ve had 17 government shutdowns since 1976. The longest was those four years during Jimmy Carter´s presidency. Conan: Today was the Obamas’ 21st wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, the President forgot. So, tonight he’ll experience a different kind of “shutdown.” Leno: Tonight at midnight all non-essential White House personnel will be sent on leave. So, more bad news for Joe Biden.
The army has been sent into toilet paper factories, fights for basic foodstuffs have resulted in several deaths and new, multi-million dollar oil tankers are sitting idle in dock. And, despite sitting on the world’s largest oil reserves, Venezuela’s socialist government can’t quite manage to keep the lights on. Now many in Venezuela are wondering how much longer President Nicolas Maduro, the anointed successor of the country’s firebrand Leftist leader Hugo Chavez, can keep hold of the reins of its crumbling socialist revolution.
With the government shutdown dragging into Week Two, and the debt limit deadline creeping closer, Republicans continue to insist the cause of our current governing crisis is that Obama and Democrats refuse to negotiate with them. On ABC News yesterday, John Boehner repeated this talking point again and again. Yet in the process, Boehner revealed what this invitation to “negotiate” really means. He implicitly confirmed Republicans will only negotiate in a context in which Republicans can employ the looming threat of disaster for the country as a way to unilaterally increase their leverage, and will not negotiate without being granted
Days after the launch of the federal government´s Obamacare website, millions of Americans looking for information on new health insurance plans were still locked out of the system even though its designers scrambled to add capacity.Government officials blame the persistent glitches on an overwhelming crush of users - 8.6 million unique visitors by Friday - trying to visit the HealthCare.gov website this week. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversaw development of the site, declined to make any of its IT experts available for interviews. CGI Group Inc, the Canadian contractor that built HealthCare.gov, is "declining to comment
America´s ´Most Wanted´ man has been seized by a team of Delta Force commandos after they ambushed his car, smashed its windows and dragged him into a black Mercedes in a dramatic dawn raid on his home in Libya. Abu Anas al-Libi was getting out of his car in Tripoli after early-morning prayers on Saturday when three vehicles screeched to a halt around him and several masked men armed with handguns leapt out, his family said. In scenes befitting a Hollywood action thriller, the 49-year-old al-Qaeda leader was pulled from the driver´s seat as a bag was thrust over his