A few streets from the scene of the September 11 attacks that he hailed as "a towering day in history", Abu Hamza was in a New York courtroom on Saturday night facing terrorist charges. The one-eyed Islamic preacher appeared in the dock minus the hook that he has used since his hands were blown off by a bomb after US officials ordered it to be removed them for security reasons. He stood in the dock, the stumps of his arms protruding from a navy blue jumpsuit.
Comments: Yet another excuse for Muslims to be outraged. Good.
Shoulda been very, very dead long ago. No, no trial. 9/11 wasn't a criminal act. Two steps were needed: a. find him; b. kill him.
9/11 was as evil a day as was ever intended. Given the number of innocent [note: Islam does not recognize that status as applying to any infidel, literally including babes in arms] people who were known to work in those buildings, the planned object was to butcher, crush, incinerate tens of thousands.
Lessee... give him a set of pick-up sticks to pass the time? Several rolls of pennies to start a coin collection? Oh -- an origami book! Yeah! Macrame'? Yarn and knitting needles? A counted cross-stitch kit? Darts? Jarts? Quoits?
Do the guys in "the yard" play rock-paper-scissors? Pitch pennies? Hope so.
#7: I think in one dialect it means "not handy with tools." [That's a two-for-one.]
BOSTON — More than 200 protesters gathered at the nation´s oldest public park Saturday as part of nationwide demonstrations opposing military strikes against the Syrian government as President Barack Obama announced he would seek congressional approval for such a move.(snip) Protesters also chanted "Don´t Bomb Syria! Don´t bomb Syria! Don´t bomb Syria!" during breaks between speeches opposing the use of force. Later, they marched to Secretary of State John Kerry´s home on Beacon Hill, knocked on the door and left a handwritten sign that said "Stay Out of Syria." They then marched on to Faneuil Hall.
Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham on Saturday said they could not support isolated military strikes on Syria that are not part of a bigger strategy. "We cannot in good conscience support isolated military strikes in Syria that are not part of an overall strategy that can change the momentum on the battlefield, achieve the president´s stated goal of (Syrian President Bashar al-) Assad´s removal from power, and bring an end to this conflict, which is a growing threat to our national security interests," they said in a statement.
WASHINGTON - House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she doesn’t wish to be speaker again. In an interview published Friday in the National Journal, an inside-Washington magazine, the 73-year-old Pelosi was asked whether she wishes to return to the top job. Pelosi said she did not, pointing out that she has held the post. "No, that’s not my thing. I did that," Pelosi said. Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill discounted Pelosi’s comments, saying they’re in line with her stock response when she’s asked about running for leadership positions. Hammill said Friday that she’s working hard to win back the majority for Democrats and that,
A foolish President Obama and moronic Secretary of State Kerry have handed the United States government its worst diplomatic defeat in history and destroyed the credibility of the Office of the President, the Department of State, and the entire executive branch. All are exposed as a collection of third-rate liars. Intoxicated with hubris from past successful lies and deceptions used to destroy Iraq and Libya, Obama thought the US “superpower,” the “exceptional” and “indispensable” country, could pull it off again, this time in Syria. But the rest of the world has learned to avoid Washington’s rush to war when there is no
First Lady and style icon Michelle Obama has come a long way from her preppy school girl look. The White House tweeted on Thursday a photo of Michelle Obama as a fresh-faced 14-year-old in 1978. The black and white portrait shows her sporting a collared shirt under a sweater and what is perhaps her best fashion accessory: her beaming smile. The tweet was accompanied by a link to a White House blog post about the First Lady´s call to arms for young people to be the "next agents of change" as she hosted a viewing of a new documentary about civil rights
George W Bush has made his foray into Instagram, posting a couple of patriotic pictures at the start of the Labor Day weekend. The 43rd President has attracted just over 11,000 followers since uploading his first picture on Friday. Bush is featured in two group shots, the first with Southern Methodist University football team´s black Shetland stallion Peruna Tonic, and the second on a Dallas golf course. In the wake of the Syria crisis the former president received plenty of praise from commenters saying they wished he was still in office. On the Instagram picture of him posing with children on a Dallas
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama released a video message congratulating American Muslims on the many achievements and contributions they have made to American society from its early history to present day. The video, which will be aired today at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) annual convention, highlights the myriad of ways the American Muslim community, and specifically ISNA leadership, has served as an effective partner in promoting inter-religious initiatives in the U.S. and religious freedom for minorities around the world. DC Mayor Vincent E. Gray, one of the convention´s keynote speakers, also recognized the significance of the American Muslim experience
WASHINGTON - A tour bus carrying relatives of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. collided with a minivan after leaving a ceremony in the U.S. capital marking the 50th anniversary of his "I Have a Dream" speech, but no one was seriously hurt, police said. The accident near the base of the Washington Monument occurred shortly before 6 p.m. EDT, U.S. Park Police Sergeant J. Innis said. The minivan ran through a red light, forcing the driver of the tour bus to slam on the brakes in a failed effort to avoid a collision, police said. Members of King´s family, including his
CAIRO — Egyptian state television and authorities say police have arrested two top Muslim Brotherhood figures, including an outspoken former lawmaker who has made public appeals for protests against the new military-backed government. Officials say Mohammed el-Beltagy and former Labor Minister Khaled Al-Azhari were arrested Thursday in an apartment not far from the Pyramids of Giza. El-Beltagy was wanted on charges of inciting violence, murder and terrorism. He was also wanted for involvement in an assault on a police officer who authorities say was kidnapped by protesters at a Brotherhood´s sit-in in Cairo. The sit-in was forcibly cleared by police
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has a new boat that will be used to patrol the Detroit River, a gateway for illegal drug smuggling. It will be named after slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed in December 2010 by drug cartel bandits carrying weapons from Operation Fast and Furious. "Today is the day that a Border Patrol Vessel will be christen in my sons Honor, the Brian Terry Vessel," Brian Terry´s mother, Josephine, posted on Facebook. "Thank you Border Patrol. This vessel will Patrol the waters of Michigan, where Brian grew up. VERY PROUD MOM."
It was only a few years ago that millions of Hispanics cheered for Barack Obama as he took the oath of office. Many welcomed a new president who promised to restore economic growth, telling them, “I will be your champion when I am in the White House.” Looking back, those promises turned out to be nothing but rhetoric. Instead of a champion, millions of Hispanics would rather have a job. Hispanic unemployment is getting worse – spiking up to 9.4 percent - and more are descending deeper into poverty every day. Hopelessness is spreading and people are giving up – as
*** Growing unease: Every day that goes by, more and more members of Congress believe that they should have a voice about whether the United States launches strikes against Syria. British lawmakers forced Prime Minister David Cameron to delay joining any military action until United Nations inspectors finish their work. This all reflects a growing unease -- here and abroad -- about intervening in Syria, especially without U.N. or Arab League backing. And there’s one obvious explanation for it: the memories of Iraq. This growing unease comes as the Obama White House will brief members of Congress later today about
WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Sunday memorialized the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting by urging Americans not to give up on a transformation in gun laws that he argued are to blame for an epidemic of violence. "There is nothing inevitable about it — it comes about because of decisions we make or fail to make," Obama said. Reprising his role of the nation´s consoler in chief after yet another mass shooting, Obama issued a call to action on gun control measures (Snip) "Our tears are not enough," Obama told thousands gathered to mourn at the Marine Barracks.
As the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination approaches, so does the merchandising onslaught — books, movies, commemorative magazines. But there is one aspect of this commercialism that remains surprising: The most shameless huckster of Kennedy mythology and memorabilia is Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg. Her public image is that of the classy, quiet keeper of the Kennedy legacy, the civic-minded former lawyer who publishes books on poetry while her cousins crash into trees and kick nurses. With the bar for Kennedy comportment set so low, it’s almost impossible for Caroline not to look good. Look closer, though, and it’s clear that Caroline’s image is
In recent columns in the mainstream press, columnists have been distorting gleefully the Pope´s recent statements to make it appear he´s the liberal that will bring the Catholic Church in line with their own agenda. In actuality, Pope Francis is no more likely to approve gay marriage or homosexual activity than any other pope. If the media were less agenda-driven, they would be trying to debunk a miracle that defies explanation and which involves Pope Francis when he was a bishop in Argentina in 1996.
At least 23 people have been shot, five of them fatally, in Chicago since Friday, police said. The weekend violence began just one day after 13 people were injured in a Chicago park. The victims from Thursday´s shooting included 10 males and three females, including 3-year-old Deonta Howard -- known as "Tay-man" -- who was shot in the jaw and listed in critical condition. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said an assault style rifle with a high capacity magazine was used in the park shooting. McCarthy added that based on witness interviews, the attack appears to be gang-related, as several
On Sunday, Chris Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday, said that Republicans in Washington were savaging Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) behind Cruz´s back before Cruz´s appearance on the program to discuss defunding Obamacare. In an appearance on Washington D.C.´s Fox 5 to preview his Sunday show, Wallace said, "I will tell you I have never in my time in Washington seen a party so upset with one of its own members." He said he had been flooded with opposition research on Cruz--from Republicans. Later on Fox News Sunday, Wallace said these "top Republicans" gave
Washington - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi continued to offer effusive praise for Hillary Clinton, saying the former secretary of state would be one of the best-prepared incoming presidents if she decided to run in 2016. "If she does, she will win and when she becomes president, she´ll be one of the best-equipped, best-prepared people to enter the White House in a very long time," Pelosi said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN´s "State of the Union." Noting Clinton´s experience as secretary of state, as a U.S. senator from New York and as a first lady, Pelosi said Clinton would
It´s hard for Ted Cruz to be humble. Part of the challenge stems from his résumé, which the Texas senator wears like a sandwich board. There´s the Princeton class ring that´s always on his right hand and the crimson gown that, as a graduate of Harvard Law School, he donned when called upon to give a commencement speech earlier this year. (Cruz´s fellow Harvard Law alums Barack Obama and Mitt Romney typically perform their graduation duties in whatever robes they´re given.) Even Cruz´s favorite footwear, a pair of black ostrich-skin cowboy boots, serves as an advertisement for his credentials and
Last week, Starbucks asked its American customers to please not bring their guns into the coffee shop. This is part of the company´s concern about customer safety and follows a ban in the summer on smoking within 25 feet of a coffee shop entrance and an earlier ruling about scalding hot coffee. After the celebrated Liebeck v McDonald´s case in 1994, involving a woman who suffered third-degree burns to her thighs, Starbucks complies with the Specialty Coffee Association of America´s recommendation that drinks should be served at a maximum temperature of 82C. Although it was brave of Howard Schultz, the company´s
Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia has suffered major setbacks in that country in the last year and a half. Saturday’s horrific attack on an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya shows al-Shabaab is not only alive but is capable of sowing mayhem outside the borders of the country it has fought over for nearly a decade. The military-style assault Saturday at the Westlake Shopping mall in Nairobi was the first major al-Shabaab attack outside of Somalia since 2010 when the group set off bombs at multiple locations in Kampala, Uganda, killing more than 70 people who had gathered to watch the
Arguing federal workers should not get special treatment, Rand Paul says he does not want taxpayers subsidizing the personal health care plans of any federal employee — including Chief Justice John Roberts — anymore. With some in Congress arguing lawmakers and their staff should not get subsidies to cover their health insurance as President Obama’s health care law goes into effect, the Republican senator from Kentucky told The Daily Caller on Sunday that he’s going to start pushing a constitutional amendment that goes even further. Paul’s proposal — outlawing any special exemptions for government employees — would mean all federal
This past week President Obama mockingly said that America is “not some banana republic.” As usual, he lied. A father in Towson, Maryland, was forcefully ejected from a local town hall forum for asking the wrong question. Robert Small had concerns over the Common Core education initiative, feeling that it was dumbing down the curriculum in his local school district. “My question is, how does lowering America’s educational standards prepare kids for community college?” asked Small, before soon being approached by a security guard — who was also an off-duty cop — and being dragged away from his seat. The
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she would be "disappointed" in the American electorate if Hillary Clinton becomes a serious candidate for president in 2016. The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee argued Clinton would not be right for the role as commander in chief after four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, died last year in a terrorist attack against a U.S. consulate in Benghazi. (Snip) She said "anyone who would just throw away 200 years of military ethos and leave our men behind to be murdered" should "never be considered as a commander in chief."