Unrepentant former terrorist Bill Ayers was an invited dignitary at the University of Chicago’s International House last week, plugging his latest ode to himself in book form, reports The College Fix. The book, “Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident,” describes — from his vantage point – his disappointment with America after his friendship with Barack Obama became a focus of controversy during the 2008 Democratic primary and subsequent general election. At the University of Chicago event, Ayers said he was “amazed” to be “cast as some kind of public enemy” just because he had been a co-founder of the Weather Underground
Montgomery, Ala. – An Alabama legislator has re-introduced a bill to legalize castration of convicted child molesters if their victims were under the age of 12 – and make them pay for the procedure. The Florence Times Daily reports that Rep. Steve Hurst (R-Munford) is proposing the bill for the 2014 legislative session, which begins in January. Hurst attempted to push this bill during the 2013 session, but it did not make it out of committee. Under Rep. Hurst’s proposed legislation, convicted sex offenders over the age of 21 would be castrated prior to their release from prison if their victims
"Do the Republican and Democratic parties do an adequate job of representing the American people, or do they do such a poor job that a third major party is required?" A record 60% of Americans now yearn for a third major party, according to Gallup. Independents, unsurprisingly, are most likely to favor a third party, but a majority of self-described Republicans say yes, too. But what do they mean by that "yes"? Obviously, they mean many different things. Some yearn for a third party representing the Michael Bloomberg center: fiscally conservative and socially liberal like the New York City mayor. But here´s
The White House appeared to reject a proposal by House Republicans Tuesday morning to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, calling the proposal "a partisan attempt to appease a small group of Tea Party Republicans." "The president has said repeatedly that Members of Congress don’t get to demand ransom for fulfilling their basic responsibilities to pass a budget and pay the nation’s bills," said White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage. The White House also announced that the president and Vice President Biden would meet with House Democratic leaders at the White House at 3:15 Tuesday afternoon. Attendees will include House
This is the extraordinary moment that Hillary Clinton´s security staff got into an argument with a traffic warden after he issued her car with a parking ticket. The Westminster City Council warden put an £80 penalty notice on the former US secretary of state’s silver Mercedes vehicle in Central London while she was attending an event at Chatham House. The row was caught on camera on Saturday by photographer Greg Brennan, who said five of her guards were waiting inside a Mercedes van next to her car at the time because it was raining. She had earlier arrived in a motorcade of
GOP lawmaker says that if his party´s leadership gives in to Obama, they will have forever altered the checks and balances of the U.S. federal government. On the House floor on Monday, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) argued that President Barack Obama’s activities during the government shutdown over Obamacare are a sign to him that Obama would act nefariously to attack the full faith and credit of the United States of America by taking the country into a default in a debt ceiling crisis if the president does not get everything he wants in negotiations. “Given the ruthless and vindictive way the shutdown
With the government shutdown now entering into its third week, the frustration and rage among the media elite is manifesting itself in ways above and beyond the usual-usual hostile coverage. Just two years after launching the New Tone-era, media elites are now openly wishing conservatives dead while comparing them to terrorists, criminals, and segregationists. Already this week, a Politico writer suggested that the world would be better off if we were to drown Senator Ted Cruz and House Speaker John Boehner; The LA Jewish Journal compared the Tea Party to terrorists; on the pages of The Washington Post, Cruz was
Washington -- Disarray among House Republicans surfaced Tuesday as the Senate closed in on an agreement to reopen the government and avoid a possible U.S. default as soon as this week. House Speaker John Boehner was "struggling" to come up with enough votes to pass a GOP counter-proposal to the Senate plan, a House Republican leadership aide and other sources told CNN´s Dana Bash and Deirdre Walsh. After a two-hour meeting with his caucus that lasted twice as long as scheduled, Boehner told reporters there was no final decision on what the GOP-led House would do. Reid: I´m very disappointed in Boehner Pelosi:
Jinan, China -This squat concrete building was once a chicken coop, but now it´s part of a farm with an entirely different kind of livestock — millions of cockroaches. Inside, squirming masses of the reddish-brown insects dart between sheets of corrugated metal and egg cartons that have been tied together to provide the kind of dark hiding places they favor. Wang Fuming kneels down and pulls out one of the nests. Unaccustomed to the light, the roaches scurry about, a few heading straight up his arm toward his short-sleeve shirt. "Nothing to be afraid of," Wang counsels visitors who are
First Lady Michelle Obama is set to make her second appearance on NBC´s weight-loss reality show The Biggest Loser. Obama, who has spent much of her husband’s presidency promoting exercise and healthy eating, will be promoting her ´´Drink Up´´ campaign, which encourages Americans to drink more water, in an episode that will air in November. (The health and weight-loss benefits of the program are considered dubious.) The last time she appeared on the program was in April 2012 in order to promote her ´´Let´s Move!´´ exercise initiative:
Americans who want to honor and reflect upon the memory of the crew and passengers who perished aboard United Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001 will find that the federal government has blocked the road four miles down from the open-air memorial near Shanksville, Pa. CNSNews.com photographed the spot of the road closure this past weekend. The steel barrier blocking vehicles from passing says: “Because of the federal government shutdown, this National Park Service facility is closed.” United Flight 93 was scheduled to fly from Newark to San Francisco on Sept. 11, 2001. It was hijacked by four al Qaeda
SAN DIEGO — Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who left office in a scandal over allegations of sexual harassment, has been charged with one felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery, San Diego Superior Court officials said Tuesday. The charges, filed by the state attorney general’s office, relate to three alleged victims, identified as Jane Doe 1, 2 and 3. A hearing is set for 10 a.m. in Superior Court. Filner, 71, the city´s first Democratic mayor in 20 years, resigned Aug. 30 after cutting a deal with the City Council for the city to
President Obama is seeking power the Constitution has assigned to Congress. Soon, he will formally ask Congress to surrender its constitutional authority and grant him “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority. And House Republicans are inexplicably ready to give it to him. Members of Congress who take our Constitution seriously will follow Nancy Reagan’s advice and Just Say No. Article One, Section 8 of the Constitution assigns Congress the exclusive responsibility to set the terms of “commerce with foreign nations” -- trade. The Founders established this clear check and balance to prevent the president from unilaterally negotiating deals that reward his
The White House has rejected a proposal from House of Representatives Republicans to extend the debt limit and reopen the federal government. The White House criticised what it called an attempt to appease a small group of conservatives, but praised a parallel bipartisan Senate plan. The White House objected to the House´s proposed alterations to President Barack Obama´s "Obamacare" health law. [Snip] Both the Senate plan, outlined on Monday evening, and the House Republicans´ plan, revealed on Tuesday, would fund the government through mid-January and raise the debt ceiling until February, creating room for negotiators to agree a longer-term budget.
“History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” Mark Twain’s insight comes to mind as one observes the panic of Beltway Republicans over the latest polls in the battle of Obamacare. According to Gallup, approval of the Republican Party has sunk 10 points in two weeks to 28 percent, an all-time low. In the Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, approval of the GOP has fallen to 24 percent. In the campaign to persuade America of their Big Lie — that the House Republicans shut down the government — the White House and its media chorus appear to have won this
The Supreme Court has today granted cert to review the EPA’s greenhouse gas rules. This is highly significant. The high court clearly botched the last global warming case, Massachusetts v. EPA, back in 2007. Maybe they’ll correct themselves. My rabbi in these legal tangles, Jonathan Adler of Case Western University law school and the Volokh Conspiracy, comments: This is quite significant. Although the grant is limited, it focuses on one of the most important legal questions raised by this litigation, and puts some of the EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources in play. Harvard’s Richard Lazarus comments: The Court’s jurisdictional ruling
Residents across the state can practice their “drop, cover and hold on” moves Thursday when South Carolina takes part in the Great Southeast ShakeOut earthquake drill at 10:17 a.m. The event is part of Earthquake Awareness Week, which Gov. Nikki Haley proclaimed for the week of Oct. 13-19 in South Carolina. The Charleston Fire Department is urging people to join in. More than 238,000 people in South Carolina have registered for the Great Southeast ShakeOut. [Snip] To date, 11 earthquakes have been confirmed in South Carolina this year. Our state experiences approximately 10 to 20 earthquakes a year, according to
Rielle Hunter says she’s sorry for her “wrong, selfish behavior,” offering a public apology for actions that led to the political downfall of former Democratic presidential candidate and Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) — on the same day her new book is being released. In a Tuesday op-ed for The Huffington Post, Hunter — who famously had an affair with Edwards during his 2008 White House bid and gave birth to his now-5-year-old daughter — writes, “I behaved badly. That may seem obvious to you but it´s taken me a long time to admit that, even to myself.” Hunter, 49, explains, “For
Not a single citizen of the state of Alaska have signed up for the Obamacare exchange. The Associated Press reports that Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, has written a letter to Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the problems with the health insurance exchanges set up by the federal government: "This system that cost more than $400 million, took three years to build, and was billed as a one-stop shop for individuals seeking health insurance is not working as advertised," Murkowski wrote. "In its first two weeks of operation, I am told that no one was able to
Lagos - Nigeria accused Liechtenstein of using legal challenges as a pretext to cling on to 185 million euros stolen by former military dictator Sani Abacha who died 14 years ago. Nigeria has been fighting to recover the money for years, but companies linked to the Abacha family keep going to court to prevent the funds being repatriated, Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said. A Liechtenstein government spokesman said the country was making efforts to return the money but a complaint in the European Court of Human Rights brought by companies affected was still pending. "We feel that the Liechtenstein people
A report by a private foundation on how the Obamacare website was designed reveals that cronyism and sheer incompetence is at fault for the spectacular failures of the rollout. InfoWorld summed it up: "It was built by people who are apparently far more familiar with government cronyism than they are with IT." "All but one of of the 47 contractors who won contracts to carry out work on the Affordable Care Act worked for the government prior to its passage," the report reads.
An investigation is underway after another dry ice bomb exploded at Los Angeles International Airport last night, this time near a plane, bringing the total up to four since Sunday. All of the bombs were found in restricted areas which are accessible to employees only, police said. On Monday at 8.30pm, an explosion went off near the gate 148 of the Tom Bradley International Terminal and after searching the area, investigators found two more similar devices. It was the second in as many days after a small blast went off in an airport bathroom which is again off-limits to passengers.
This is the extraordinary moment that Hillary Clinton´s security staff got into an argument with a traffic warden after he issued her car with a parking ticket. The Westminster City Council warden put an £80 penalty notice on the former US secretary of state’s silver Mercedes vehicle in Central London while she was attending an event at Chatham House. The row was caught on camera on Saturday by photographer Greg Brennan, who said five of her guards were waiting inside a Mercedes van next to her car at the time because it was raining. She had earlier arrived in a
Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will face state charges this morning of false imprisonment and battery. According to San Diego Superior Court, the former mayor faces a felony charge of false imprisonment by violence, fraud, menace and deceit and and two misdemeanor counts of battery. The charges involve three unnamed women victims. The court says a hearing will be held at 10 a.m. in the presiding department in the downtown central court, for Filner to face the charges. U-T Watchdog reported earlier this month that a criminal grand jury had been empaneled to hear evidence of possible criminal charges