A son of the late Sen Robert F. Kennedy was acting on instinct when he kicked a nurse as she tried to stop him from taking his newborn son out of the hospital, a defense lawyer said in court on Monday. In opening statements at Douglas Kennedy's harassment and child endangerment trial, attorney Celia Gordon said Kennedy 'just wanted to take his baby out for some fresh air' on January 7 at Northern Westchester Hospital. Nurses overreacted abrasively, she said, leading to a scuffle. But prosecutor Amy Puerto said Kennedy had to be stopped because he was violating hospital policy.
Assuming fresh, brisk January air is good for a newborn, why couldn't Doug use his words to get what he wanted? This would have been a better idea, considering the reputation Kennedy men have for mistreating women.
If the nurses allowed him to leave he could have come back and complained about lax security and the nurses would have been fired. I've seen this type of thing happen before. Security protocols only work when they are followed.
I know he keeps saying he just wanted to get the baby some fresh air but I'm still waiting for someone to ask him why. Does he really think that cold air is good for a 2-day-old baby? Have the rest of us been missing out on a secret Kennedy child-rearing tip?
Oh, horse feathers! It's another Kennedy in the world, he's entitled and no law ever will apply to this child, just like no law or rule applies to its dad or mom or ganddad or. . . well, it's a Kennedy for crying out loud! Why even bother arresting him or having court on it? Kennedys do what ever they want to do! Everyone knows that!
What kind of low-class chump kicks a woman? No gentleman here, obviously. And what kind of IDIOT starts a physical fight for whatever reason while holding a newborn? No excuse for this behaviour - hope he gets the boo thrown at him.
I can't seem to find the defenders who have previously insisted here that Kennedy was well within his rights to take his baby outside(In January, In Mass.)and that the nurses were just being controlling harridans. And yes, it made me laugh to read that a Kennedy 'instinct' is to abuse/strike women who will not give them what they want!!
Go back and listen to Cory Booker’s stump speeches over the years, and, as in those of any politician, you’ll hear many of the same stories. But Booker’s are more dramatic and heart-rending than most. They draw heavily on his experiences in Newark, N.J., where he moved in 1995 after his second year at Yale Law School. They have also helped to make him a political celebrity and put millions of dollars into his campaign war chest and Newark’s coffers. Booker’s tales of his trials and travails on the streets of Newark, the city that twice elected him mayor, are familiar,
We´ve just seen Parliament at its best and our media at their worst. Lumberingly, inexorably, journalists have been trotting out their clichés: ´David Cameron badly weakened´, ´mistake to recall Parliament´, ´calls his judgment into question´, blah blah. [Snip] In fact, we have just witnessed a rather beautiful moment. The House of Commons has recovered a prerogative that it wielded for a few brief years in the 1640s, namely control over the deployment of armed power. This shift has come about because David Cameron chose to stick to the letter and spirit of a promise he made in opposition.
MPs tonight dramatically voted against David Cameron’s plea to take military action against Syria. The Prime Minister faced calls to ’resign’ in the Commons as MPs voted by 272 votes to 285 to reject his motion backing British intervention in principle. A chastened Mr Cameron was forced by Labour leader Ed Miliband to pledge not to deploy any UK military forces without first staging another Commons vote. Mr Cameron said it was clear Parliament ´does not want to see British military action´ in Syria after the Government was defeated on the issue, adding: ´I get that, and the Government will
British MPs have voted against possible military action against Syria to deter the use of chemical weapons. David Cameron said it was clear the British Parliament does not want action and "I will act accordingly". The government motion was defeated 285 to 272, a majority of 13 votes.
President Obama’s new man in London, Matthew Barzun, has barely been in the country a week, and he’s already lecturing Britain on staying in the EU. [Snip] “We would benefit by a really strong UK voice in a strong EU,” he says. Citing Obama’s stated aim to make the world “more peaceful, more prosperous, more just”, he adds: “Europe is the first place we turn for that. We like a cohesive, strong Europe that is working with us around the world.” Barzun is sending an early signal that a key function of his Ambassadorship will be to press Britain not
Angry Israelis accused their leaders of failing to provide enough gas masks as thousands queued for emergency kits to protect them from a potential chemical weapons attack by Syria. There were chaotic scenes in Haifa, where an estimated four thousand people lined up from 6am outside the city´s sports arena which had been designated as a main regional distribution centre after riots had broken out at small collecting points the day before. Dehydrated and without adequate shelter from a broiling sun, some shouted at police who strictly controlled entry to the distribution area in an effort to prevent a repeat of the
President Assad is considering using kamikaze pilots against Western forces, a Syrian army officer operating air defences near Damascus has claimed. In the event of an attack by the U.S. and Britain, the Syrian army had 8,000 ´suicide martyrs´ who would give their lives to bring down warplanes if necessary, the unnamed officer said. He said: ´If (US and British) warplanes raid our skies they will face hell fire. ´If we are unable to shoot down their warplanes with artillery, we have military pilots who are ready to attack these foreign warplanes by their own warplanes and blow them up
Senator Rand Paul expressed it perfectly in a tweet on Wednesday evening when he said: “It is simply unimaginable to think of what kind of America we might be living in today if not for MLK’s courage and triumph.” Martin Luther King Jr. immeasurably changed the United States for the better, helping to heal a divided nation while offering an overwhelmingly positive vision for the future. Barack Obama´s speech on the 50th anniversary of MLK’s Washington address was an opportunity to bring Americans together and unite the country in memory of a greatly revered American leader. Instead, as my colleague
We´ve spent the last twelve years fighting a war on terror, by which we mean a war on al-Qaeda. Now we´re proposing intervening in the Syrian conflict on the side of--wait for it--al-Qaeda. We´ve lobbed a grenade at the looking glass and jumped straight through. The above statement comes with caveats. First, al-Qaeda inspired Islamists are only one, unwelcome part of the rebel alliance. Second, any military action the West carries out will be devised to punish Assad for using chemical weapons rather than to decisively throw the war in his opposition´s favour. But the reality is that any intervention
RAF sources said the fighters would be stationed in RAF Akrotiri to act as a “defensive shield” for the base in the event of attack by “rogue aircraft”. The Typhoon fighters will play a “defensive counter-air” role and are not equipped to launch missile strikes on ground targets themselves. Sources said the deployment was “purely a prudent and precautionary measure”. But the deployment will increase speculation that military action against Bashar al Assad’s regime is imminent, even before the British parliament has debated intervention. An RAF spokesman said: “We can confirm that as part of ongoing contingency planning, 6 RAF
America´s only black senator was not invited to participate in the historic 50th anniversary of the March on Washington event, it has emerged. Tim Scott, a Republican Representative appointed by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley earlier this year, was noticeably absent from the Let Freedom Ring line-up. [Snip] African-American leaders who did speak at the day commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.´s resounding ´I Have a Dream´ included Georgia Democratic Representative John Lewis, who participated in the original March, Martin Luther King III, MSNBC host Al Sharpton and movie stars Jamie Foxx, Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker.
David Cameron was forced to delay plans for immediate military strikes on Syria last night after being warned he faced losing a Commons vote. The Prime Minister battled desperately to get a consensus for a missile attack, but was forced by Ed Miliband and Tory rebels to allow UN inspectors time to report on last week’s chemical weapons atrocity. MPs will vote tonight on a hastily prepared motion which still supports the principle of military action. However, it will not now be carried out until ‘every effort’ has been made to secure a UN agreement, and even then, direct British
GWEN IFILL: Hello, Mr. President. Thank you so much for joining us. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Really appreciate it. Thank you. ARTICLE TOOLS Print Email Share JUDY WOODRUFF: And welcome to the NewsHour. (snip)PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, first of all, I’ve not made a decision. I have gotten options from our military, had extensive discussions with my national security team. So let me talk about what’s at stake here. I think we all understand terrible things have been happening in Syria for quite some time, that the Assad regime there has been killing its own people by the tens of thousands, that
Fast-food workers in 50 U.S. cities plan to walk off the job today in an attempt to ratchet up pressure on McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) and Wendy’s Co. to raise wages. Protests that began in New York last year are spreading to cities including Boston, Chicago, Denver, San Diego and Indianapolis, according to the Service Employees International Union, which is advising the strikers. About 200 workers showed up at the two-story Rock N Roll McDonald’s store in Chicago’s River North neighborhood this morning chanting: “Hey hey, ho ho, poverty wages gotta go!” The non-union workers are demanding the right to organize
If you crave small town life the way that Norman Rockwell imagined, then pack up and head for these unassuming idylls scattered across the country. A list of the top ten best small towns in America has been compiled by analyzing the size of population, income, crime levels, house prices and number of parks and gardens. The perfect spots are dotted from coast to coast, reaching from the Pacific Northwest to the Rockie Mountains, the Heartland and up the Atlantic Coast. The town of Sharon Massachusetts comes in first place, according to a survey by CNNMoney. Number One: SHARON, MASSACHUSSETS
After recently growing out her much buzzed-about bangs, Michelle Obama has debuted a new hair update: caramel colored highlights. The First Lady showed off her brand new look yesterday while speaking at a film screening in Washington, DC. The new face-framing ´do is significantly less drastic and more flattering than the blunt bangs she had cut in January, which she admitted were ´irritating´ after a while.Placed mostly around the edges of her face, the highlights are subtle and warm, in a soft honey color. Reactions to the style have been mostly positive,
The Founders bequeathed Americans a method to bypass the federal government and amend the Constitution, empowering two thirds of the states to call an Amendments Convention. In the wake of Mark Levin´s bestselling book, The Liberty Amendments, proposing just such a convention, entirely unnecessary alarms have been raised by even some of the leading lights of conservatism, based on an incomplete reading of history and judicial case law. Phyllis Schlafly is a great American and a great leader, but her speculations about the nature of the Constitution´s"convention for proposing amendments" are nearly as quaint as Dante´s speculations about the solar system.
Barack Obama´s speech on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington was classic Obama: beautifully delivered, moving, deceptive, divisive, frustrating. And, of course, it was far more about Barack Obama than it was Martin Luther King Jr. It started with a history lesson, a reminder of the significance of that bright shining moment in 1963--when thousands of ordinary Americans, "assembled here in our nation´s capital under the shadow of the great emancipator to offer testimony of injustice, to petition their government for redress, and to awaken America´s long slumbering conscience." For all Americans--left and right--that´s the kernel of what
These football players scored a touchdown without setting foot on the field. Four members of the William Paterson University football team in New Jersey each scored $50 gift cards after surveillance cameras captured them at a Wayne store paying for batteries and sunglasses, even though no employees were around. Buddy´s Small Lots was actually closed Sunday night. But the lock malfunctioned and the lights were on, making it appear as though it was open. Buddy´s management got a call from police that there had been a break-in, but upon arrival, nothing was missing from the store, News 12 New Jersey
Kim Jong-un´s ex-girlfriend was among a dozen well-known North Korean performers who were executed by firing squad nine days ago, according to South Korean reports. The reports in South Korea´s Chosun Ilbo newspaper indicate that Hyon, a singer with the Unhasu Orchestra, was among those arrested on August 17 for violating domestic laws on pornography. All 12 were machine-gunned three days later,
Oprah. Oscar. Oscar. Oprah. Yes, it might be a bit early to riff on David Letterman´s ill-fated, Uma-Oprah 1995 Academy Awards monologue bit. Then again, with Winfrey´s movie "Lee Daniels´ The Butler" sitting atop the box office for a second week with a 10-day take of $52 million, and Winfrey herself earning solid critical praise for her first acting turn since 1998´s "Beloved," the conversation has already started, like it or not. And, given the brand name in question, that debate will be spirited, intense and, to some extent, managed by Winfrey herself, as she has the built-in advantage of
A lawyer for Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning said in a blog post on Thursday the soldier is doing well as she goes through processing at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth. David Coombs wrote that he spoke on Wednesday with Manning, previously known as Bradley Manning, while she goes through the three-to-four-week period known as indoctrination at the Kansas prison. Coombs, who lives in Rhode Island, also said he plans to travel there in the coming weeks to meet with medical staff and the leadership in the quest to allow Manning to receive hormone therapy and other treatment for her gender
Christians should be ‘repentant’ about the Church’s past treatment of gay and lesbian people, the Archbishop of Canterbury said last night. The Most Rev. Justin Welby told a group of traditional evangelical Christians that the Church’s historic support of homophobia was ‘utterly and totally wrong’. (Snip) The Archbishop insisted he did not regret voting against gay marriage legislation, but acknowledged that such views were seen by many as akin ‘to racism and other forms of gross and atrocious injustice’. The Marriage Act received royal assent in July and gay couples in England and Wales will be able to wed from
Several thoughts ricocheted through my head as I watched that smutty little clip from the Video Music Awards, this thought first: Miley Cyrus is the only performer who can make people wish they were watching her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, instead. The second thought was that her act—in which she started off as a cartoon-porn plush toy, her tongue at a right angle to her mandible, and finished up as a latex-clad masturbationist—was the nadir of American civilization.