I have just been reading the latest bulletin from the Hamas Propaganda Bureau--sorry, I mean of course the BBC--who inform us that Israeli forces have killed “...eleven Palestinians, mainly militants, but also children.” The general tone of the report makes it sound as if the Israel Defence Force set out wantonly to begin a new massacre of the innocents. Regrettably, children will be killed if they have to share their schools with rockets and stashes of high explosives. The truth is that Israel’s military strikes were belated retaliation for the Hamas bombardment by 800 rockets this year and 120 during
Comments: Mullen is an unusual man--a conservative priest in the Church of England who understands what Israel is going through. Eight hundred rocket attacks so far this year is bad enough but when you realize that 120 of them were in the last week alone, you fully understand why Israel took the action it did.
Unless you´re the BBC, of course. Or CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, etc.
Amen! It´s high time Israel struck back, and massively. Unfortunately, we can expect the usual yelps of outrage and massive sniveling from Islamist groupies amongst western "intellectuals" and their acolytes.
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.
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
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
The video above has gone viral, and for good reason. It´s footage of Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland protesting a rules change that made it impossible for an ordinary representative to force a vote on a bill to end the shutdown. It might seem like an obscure debate about parliamentary procedure but it actually goes right to the heart of the politics of the shutdown: the House Republican leadership has done their best to turn this into an epic battle between them and the President--and, in political terms, the President is winning. Normally any representative could force a
The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´s warning today that the world risks making a "historic mistake" if it backs away from confronting Iran over its nuclear programme needs to be taken seriously. As the West´s pathetic handling of the recent Syrian crisis has graphically demonstrated, so long as the non-confrontational President Barack Obama remains in power at the White House, there is absolutely no prospect of the US and its allies holding their enemies to account for gross violations of international law. And with this new spirit of appeasement taking root in many of the world´s other major capitals, Mr
So much for the hot rhetoric from Beijing questioning the creditworthiness of US debt and consigning the US dollar to the dustbin of history. The latest data shows that China´s foreign reserves soared by $163bn in the third quarter to $3.66 trillion, one of the biggest jumps ever. Mark Williams and Qinwei Wang from Capital Economic called the rise "astonishing". They estimate that China´s central bank must have bought $70bn of foreign bonds last month in a frantic bid to hold down the currency. We won´t know for a while where the money went, but a big chunk must have
Stung by a recession that sapped investments and home values, but expressing widespread job satisfaction, older Americans appear to have accepted the reality that retirement now comes later in life and no longer represents a complete exit from the workforce. Some 82 percent of working Americans over 50 say it is likely they will still be working in their retirement, according to a poll released Monday by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey found 47 percent of working survey respondents now expect to retire later than they previously thought and, on average, plan to call it
Somebody might be in a little trouble on the home-front. President Barack Obama took a break from sorting out the shutdown of the federal government on Monday to make sandwiches for low-income and homeless families. Nobody would argue that feeding the homeless is a noble cause. However, the president´s wife might not be too thrilled with what was on the menu. Dozens of photos were taken showing Obama smearing peanut butter and ´sticky´ jelly on what appears to be processed, white bread. Menu option number two appeared to be stacks of processed meat, also on white bread. This doesn´t exactly jibe
Kansas Republican Pat Roberts has been a member of Congress since 1981 and a Senator since 1997, but he´s never run this hard to the right before. On Friday he demanded the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and his newly minted tea party challenger thinks he knows why. Milton Wolf, a fire-breathing conservative radiologist who´s also a second-cousin to Barack Obama, announced on Tuesday that he would run against Roberts in 2014 for the Republican nomination. Three days later, Roberts released a video message saying Sebelius ´won’t shoot straight with the American people´ in the face
US Senate leaders have expressed optimism after a flurry of negotiations on raising the federal debt ceiling to avert a potentially disastrous default. They were also nearing a deal to end a partial government shutdown, now in its third week, congressional sources said. A budget bill would also need to pass the House of Representatives. House Republicans triggered the whole political deadlock two weeks ago. The US must raise its $16.7tn (£10.5tn) borrowing limit by Thursday. As he toured a soup kitchen for the poor in Washington DC on Monday, President Barack Obama warned that "defaulting would have a potentially
Like most caring, nurturing souls who believe in a cleaner, better, happier world I´m keen for the 30 Greenpeace activists currently being held on piracy charges by the Russians to be released from prison as soon as possible. [Snip] It featured an interview with Paul Simonon, formerly guitarist with the Clash, about his experiences in 2011 when--after getting involved in a similar Arctic rig protest with Greenpeace--he found himself arrested by the Norwegians. The way Emily Maitlis´s brow furrowed sympathetically during the interview, you´d think he´d been banged up for a year in the punishment block of Black Beach prison
Obamacare is imploding. But thanks to the government shutdown, everyone is talking about the implosion of the GOP instead. The shutdown drama has distracted from the fact that Obamacare’s debut is worse than many realize — and it threatens the fundamental viability of the law itself. The administration claims the Obamacare online exchanges crashed because the Web site got more than 8 million hits in the first week. Please. You know how many people visit Amazon.com every week? More than 70 million. The difference is: 1.) Amazon seldom crashes, and 2.) on Amazon, people actually buy something.
Every week during halftime of Sunday Night Football, Bob Costas gets to recite a personal essay about whatever hot topic strikes his fancy. This Sunday he chose the Redskins name, and spent a few minutes offering his commentary on the subject. Here is his statement in full. With Washington playing Dallas here tonight, it seems like an appropriate time to acknowledge the ongoing controversy about the name, “Redskins.” Let’s start here: there’s no reason to believe that owner Daniel Snyder, or any official or player from his team, harbors animus towards Native Americans, or chooses to disrespect them. This is
When I have described the well-considered, coherent political and economic strategies of the conservative white South, as I have done here, here and here, I am sometimes been accused of being a “conspiracy theorist.” But one need not believe that white-hooded Dragons and Wizards are secretly coordinating the actions of Southern conservative politicians from a bunker underneath Stone Mountain in Georgia to believe that a number of contemporary policies — from race-to-the-bottom economic policies to voter disfranchisement and attempts to decentralize or privatize federal social insurance entitlements — serve the interests of those who promote them, who tend to be
Ted Cruz’s “aw shucks” act is wearing thin. The Republican senator from Texas likes to pretend he is above the fray of Washington bickering, focused on large issues and too big to engage character assassination. But the reality is that Cruz is the Republican king of nasty attacks. He explodes rhetorical nuclear bombs on his opponents, only to feign outrage when his victims respond in kind, or in many cases, with relative spitballs. Take his defund Obamacare effort. The tactic to eliminate President Obama’s health care law had zero prospect of success, which Cruz undoubtedly knew despite what he sold the conservative
As the government shutdown enters a third week, a group of veterans and tea party groups protested their anger by storming the World War II memorial in Washington, DC. The protest Sunday started at the World War II memorial before moving to the National Mall and eventually winding up outside the White House. ´Tear down these walls,´ the crowd chanted. Protesters also sang ´God bless America´ and other patriotic songs as they entered the memorial plaza. The memorial has become a political symbol in the bitter fight between Democrats and Republicans over who is at fault since the shutdown began. Earlier rallies have
The prince of the pulpit may have a revolution on his hands. Four upstart clergymen have invited more than 100 churches to knock Rev. Al Sharpton off his Harlem political throne. Speak Out Say It Loud, headquartered at Mount Neboh Baptist Church on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., is a new coalition of black ministers determined to create a unified African-American power base with citywide clout. Mount Neboh pastor Johnnie Green, 51, said Sharpton has neglected black New York while pursuing national fame and acclaim. “While (Sharpton) is jet-setting around the country, people are going to our churches saying they don’t have money to eat,”
“I sit here all day trying to persuade people to do the things they ought to have sense enough to do without my persuading them,” Harry Truman once lamented. “That’s all the powers of the President amount to.” As usual, the plain-speaking Truman got it right: presidential power is the power to persuade. Too bad the current occupant of the White House has never learned this basic lesson. Barack Obama’s refusal to negotiate with the Republicans in Congress on the government shutdown is proof once again that he doesn’t understand
As Cory Booker looks set to win the junior Senate seat in New Jersey Wednesday, his supposed neighbors in Newark say Mayor Booker doesn’t live in the Gateway City. Multiple residents of Newark told The Daily Caller that the longtime mayor doesn’t live at any of the addresses he has claimed as home. The mayor is believed to live in New York even though he is registered to run for New Jersey’s special senate election. Booker, who filed to run for the U.S. Senate from a B.O. Box in Newark, is registered to vote at 435 Hawthorne Avenue but his
The American Indian leader spearheading the campaign to change the name of the Washington Redskins is not a legitimate member of the tribe he leads, according to a New York State Assemblywoman, but rather an Obama crony who is raking in casino money and paying back only small stipends to his tribe members. Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter, who is also the CEO of Oneida Nation Enterprises, is not recognized in his position by the Grand Council of Chiefs governing the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. Halbritter is not a legitimate member of the Oneida tribe, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney told The Daily
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) attended a rally protesting the closure of the World War II Memorial, according to reports. The lawmakers and the former governor – and 2008 GOP vice-presidential nominee – joined a crowd that removed barricades at the memorial and chanted “tear down these walls,” according to Washington, D.C., radio station WTOP. (Snip) The presence of a Confederate flag at the protest, which later moved to the White House, sparked an uproar on Twitter.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called on House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to work with House Speaker John Boehner to pass a grand bargain deal that would end the government shutdown, raise the debt ceiling, and protect Obamacare by not delaying or defunding it. On ABC News’ This Week, Graham said Ryan should team with Boehner to pass some kind of deal “that doesn’t delay or defund [Obamacare] but would be good government.”
The Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system allows recipients of government food stamps to purchase goods using a digital card with a set spending limit, but for a few hours over the weekend, that limit disappeared for many users visiting Walmart stores in Louisiana. Walmart and local police in Springhill and Mansfield confirmed to CBS affiliate KSLA that officers were called into the stores to help maintain order Saturday as shoppers swept through the aisles at two stores and bought as much as they could carry. Xerox, which hosts some of the infrastructure used by the EBT card system, told