Once again North Korea has been caught faking officials photos. The secretive state has a reputation for doctoring images of the regime and in the past it has been accused of photoshopping shots of war exercises to make its military look bigger, and releasing photos of non-existent missiles. The latest alleged deception is a scene showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his staff at a new children’s hospital under construction in Pyongyang. It was put out by the the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and online users immediately seized on it as a fraud. “Can someone please help the North Korean government
The conventional wisdom right now is that the government shutdown ranks somewhere between a debacle and a catastrophe for Republicans, and their abject surrender is expected before too much longer. I’m not so sure. While I thought the shutdown was a dubious and unwise tactic, I think taking a longer view may cast a different light on the scene. First of all, like the sequester, have the majority of Americans noticed its effects beyond what the media has been screaming about? The bullying tactics of forcibly shutting off public spaces like the World War II memorial on the mall has surely
John Foley is beyond exasperated about the meltdowns plaguing HealthCare.gov, the federal Obamacare enrollment website that Floridians must use. "I´m stunned — I just don´t know what to say," Foley, a supervising attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, said Friday. "It´s still not working. And it´s just as terrible as it´s been from Day One." Since Oct. 1, Foley has spent most of his time trying to enroll South Floridians in health insurance plans as a certified Obamacare "navigator." Yet he — and six others on staff — haven´t been able to enroll anyone in any
The largest group in Syria´s opposition coalition says it will not take part in proposed peace negotiations in Geneva. Syrian National Council leader George Sabra said the group would pull out of the umbrella coalition if it took part in the talks. He said his faction would not negotiate with the Syrian government, adding that conditions for talks were not right while Syrians continued to suffer. The UN, US and Russia want the long-delayed talks to be held next month. Anger at international response - Mr Sabra told French news agency AFP that the Syrian National Council (SNC) "had taken
Andy Mangione, who lives in Louisville, Ky. with his wife Amy and their two boys, is doing the same thing millions of people are doing --trying to figure out how much his insurance will cost under ObamaCare. Before the exchanges opened, his insurance company said his rates would soar. But now that there are subsidies, he´s been trying for days to find out how much he would get. "To logically compare plans, I´ve been calling them every day since October 1st," says Mangione, "several times a day on some occasions. Sometimes enduring 45, 50 minute holds, half an hour holds."
Money was falling from the sky in a Senate office building on Thursday. It was just a protest against the lobbying by agribusiness giant Monsanto, but the sight elicited a Twitter joke from Washington Examiner economics reporter Joe Lawler: "The Yellen Era begins." President Obama´s nomination of Janet Yellen as chairman of the Federal Reserve board represents a victory for the Left. (Snip) There are many ways to put a dollar figure on the money supply, and the broadest measure, the “monetary base,” has increased from $800 billion in 2008 to nearly $3.5 trillion today.
In contemplating the bizarre, incompetent, and feckless behavior of House Speaker John Boehner over the years, I am reminded of the signature scene from the 1969 Western comedy Support Your Local Sheriff: In it,the sheriff (James Garner) ridicules dim-witted prisoner Joe Dandy (Bruce Dern), deriding him and maintaining full control even though his jail has no bars. The money scene is from 2:40 through 3:30: The cell on the right is yours. We don't have any bars yet...but we're gonna operate just as if the bars are there...so while you're in this jail, you stay on that side of the line,
China´s official news agency has called for the creation of a "de-Americanised world", saying the destinies of people should not be left in the hands of a hypocritical nation with a dysfunctional government. Heaping criticism and caustic ridicule on Washington, the Xinhua news agency called the US a civilian slayer, prisoner torturer and meddler in others´ affairs, and said the ´Pax Americana´ was a failure on all fronts. The official news agency of China, which is seen as the pretender to the world´s superpower crown, then rubbed in more salt, calling American economic pre-eminence just a seeming dominance.
A reader writes to us about his experience trying to sign up for Obamacare. Today I received the email below from the Health Insurance Marketplace and decided to go to the link to "preview Marketplace plans and prices." I did so, indicating I was checking plans for "You and your spouse" in Palm Beach County, Florida. (snip) Then I realized that I was never asked anything at all about our ages. So I wondered how a premium could be estimated without knowing whether we were twenty-somethings or middle aged. I went on the Marketplace´s Live Chat to find out, and here´s
Beijing -- As U.S. politicians of both political parties are still shuffling back and forth between the White House and the Capitol Hill without striking a viable deal to bring normality to the body politic they brag about, it is perhaps a good time for the befuddled world to start considering building a de-Americanized world. Emerging from the bloodshed of the Second World War as the world´s most powerful nation, the United States has since then been trying to build a global empire by imposing a postwar world order, fueling recovery in Europe, and encouraging regime-change in nations that it
The technical issues that have bedeviled the rollout of Obamacare don’t go to the root of the law’s evil. Nonetheless, the dishonesty with which the administration has publicly addressed them is endemic and representative of the foundational lies of Obamacare. In the rollout we see that Kathleen Sebelius is the Bagdhad Bob of Obamacare. Appearing in Pittsburgh with Steelers’ owner Dan Rooney to promote the wonders of Obamacare — the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette previewed the event here — Sebelius “had a front-row view of the problems plaguing the website that the government established to allow people to shop for health insurance
Anyone thinking of skating on mortgages owned by either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac may want to think again. As a result of new government reports, the two companies say they are going to do a better job of going after so-called strategic defaulters. Fannie and Freddie can pursue judgments against borrowers who walk away from their loans even though they have the ability to make their payments. That´s called a strategic default, and many borrowers are taking that step — typically throwing in the towel because their homes are no longer worth as much as they owe.
Srtaten Island - Cardinal Timothy Dolan will celebrate mass Sunday at St. Joseph Hill Academy in Staten Island, where a suspicious fire broke out Saturday morning. Dolan´s visit is part of a previously planned event to mark the 100th anniversary of the Daughters of Divine Charity. The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the blaze, which broke out at about 5:30 a.m. at the convent on Hylan Boulevard in the Arrochar section. Six people were injured, including four firefighters and two nuns. One of the nuns, age 45, jumped from a second-floor window to escape the fire,
Detroit - The hollow hulk of Detroit´s once majestic train station draws a steady stream of tourists to see how far the mighty Motor City has fallen. The Beaux Arts building was the tallest railway station in the world when it was built in 1913, and its 18-storey office tower once housed more than 3,000 workers. Abandoned to the elements -- and to vandals who smashed its windows, spray painted its yellow brick walls and stole its brass fixtures, marble and decorative railings -- Michigan Central escaped demolition largely because the city lacked the funds for such a monumental task.
Chinese construction giant Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG) has signed a deal with British firms to develop a business district around Manchester airport, the companies involved in the project announced on Sunday. The development of Britain´s third busiest airport -- described as one of the largest construction projects in the United Kingdom since the 2012 London Olympics -- will cost £800 million ($1.27 billion). (Snip) The deal comes at a time when Britain is seeking to boost trade with the world´s second largest economy, with both nations agreeing in 2010 to double their trade to $100 billion by 2015.
Nate Silver knows a thing or two about polls. His message about the GOP and the shutdown is worth sharing: "The media is probably overstating the magnitude of the shutdown´s political impact. Remember Syria? The fiscal cliff? Benghazi? The IRS scandal? The collapse of immigration reform? All of these were hyped as game-changing political moments by the news media, just as so many stories were during the election last year. In each case, the public´s interest quickly waned once the news cycle turned over to another story. Most political stories have a fairly short half-life and won´t turn out to be as
An Israeli company has been selected to take part in manufacturing hi-tech helmets for pilots of the US F-35 stealth fighter, Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said Sunday. He said in a statement that Elbit Systems and its US partner Rockwell Collins have been chosen by the Pentagon and F35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin to supply helmets for the next generation of the Joint Strike Fighter, the hi-tech warplane that is supposed to serve as the backbone of future American air power. (Snip) Israeli daily Yediot Aharanot said that Israel has so far ordered 19 of the aircraft and intends to
The Israeli army says it has discovered a tunnel running 1.7km (1 mile) from the Gaza Strip into Israel. The tunnel led from a house to a site close to a kibbutz, Ein Hashlosha, and could have been used to carry out attacks on civilians, a spokesman said. Israel has responded by halting the transfer of all construction materials to Gaza. Restrictions on the private sector were lifted last month. Gaza´s Hamas rulers accused Israel of "exaggerating things". By talking about the discovery of a tunnel, Israel was "trying to justify the blockade and the continuous aggression on the Gaza Strip," spokesman Sami
The Royal Marines have been forced to cancel their biggest amphibious landing for more than a decade after their French allies pulled out. The Navy had spent £1?million in fuel getting to the Red Sea when the operation was called off--and it cost another £1?million to reach the Gulf of Oman, where a new exercise was hastily arranged for the Marines. [Snip] Navy sources said the decision to cancel was taken by the French after a breakdown in relations over ‘administrational issues’. The Royal Marines are said to have responded furiously as Exercise Djibouti Lion had taken a year to
India was today beginning to sort through miles of wreckage after Cyclone Phailin roared ashore, flooding towns and villages and destroying tens of thousands of homes. But around 18 hours after the strongest storm to hit India in more than a decade made landfall in eastern Orissa state, officials said they knew of only seven fatalities--far less than many feared. Most of the deaths came from falling branches or collapsing buildings in the rains ahead of the cyclone, but it initially appears that the evacuation of more than 600,000 people saved many lives. [Snip] The storm washed away tens of thousands
WASHINGTON — In March, Henry Chao, the chief digital architect for the Obama administration’s new online insurance marketplace, told industry executives that he was deeply worried about the Web site’s debut. “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience,” he told them. Two weeks after the rollout, few would say his hopes were realized. For the past 12 days, a system costing more than $400 million and billed as a one-stop click-and-go hub for citizens seeking health insurance has thwarted the efforts of millions to simply log in. The growing national outcry has deeply embarrassed the White House, which
It’s a buyer’s market for President Barack Obama. With House and Senate Republicans preparing competing proposals to end the government shutdown and avert a default on the nation’s debt, Obama hasn’t shown any inclination to jump at the first offer. The plan House Republicans presented to the White House on Thursday night wasn’t enticing enough, and there is a sense in Washington that the GOP’s scramble to avoid further political pain from this latest fiscal crisis will give Obama plenty of opportunity to define the terms of a settlement. At this point, White House officials won’t even describe
It’s made for Hollywood: the story of an average American family man, captain of a cargo ship in dangerous waters, his vessel overtaken by armed Somali pirates demanding ransom, saving his crew by allowing himself to be removed from the boat and taken hostage.All of this is the basis for “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks as the titular, real-life hero. The only problem, say some members of the real Capt. Phillips’ crew, is none of it is true. Capt. Richard Phillips, they say, is no hero, and the film is one big lie.
´I really believe we are in a great position right now," says Michael Needham, the 31-year-old president of Heritage Action, the lobbying arm of the nation´s largest conservative think tank. By "we" he means the Republican Party and the conservative movement; their "great position" refers to the potential to win the political battle over the government shutdown. Though Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is the public face of the high-risk strategy to "defund" ObamaCare, the masterminds behind it are a new generation of young conservatives, chief among them Mr. Needham. From a tactical view,
TeaPartysucks wrote: First, referring to anything associate with President Obama as "Barry" exposes the writer´s racism and prejudice. Secondly, blame the Republicans for the shutdown! THEY are the ones who are blocking access to monuments and memorials! They´re such liars! They have no shame! They´re like children throwing rocks, breaking a window and then pointing at the innocent kid standing nearby and saying, "He did it!"Civil Disobedience Starts as Citizens Storm Barrycades Dear Comrade Sucks, Why would my using the name that Obama used himself for years expose anything other than the fact that for whatever reason Barry changed his name a
Johnny Cash´s life in the 1960s is mostly remembered as a time of glorious achievement — from the landmark prison albums at Folsom and San Quentin to the launch of the ABC-TV series featuring such guests as Bob Dylan and the Doors that led to his becoming a giant figure in popular culture, a symbol to millions, no less, of the best of American social values. But Cash also experienced excruciatingly dark times in the decade, fueled by drugs and guilt over the breakup of his marriage. Cash, 26, moved to California with his wife, Vivian, and his first three