A man who jumped into a tiger den at the Bronx Zoo and survived a mauling has pleaded not guilty to trespassing charges. The Bronx district attorney’s office says David Villalobos was arraigned Friday and released until another court appearance March 12. The 25-year-old Villalobos had told investigators his Sept. 21 leap was not a suicide attempt but “a desire to be one with the tiger.” He jumped from a monorail car in the zoo’s Wild Asia exhibit and cleared a 16-foot-high fence. He was attacked by a 400-pound Siberian tiger named Bashuta.
What ultimately happened to the tiger? If it was raised in a zoo this may be its first time attacking a human. Did this jerk open a whole new world for this animal? Is the tiger now a danger to its keepers?
If the tiger had killed him, it probably would have been put down. This guy needs the book thrown at him.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation´s fuel supply for the first time, acknowledging that the biofuel law championed by both parties in 2007 is not working as well as expected. While the proposal highlights the government´s struggle to ramp up production of homegrown biofuels that are cleaner-burning than gasoline, but is unlikely to mean much for consumers at the pump. The change would require almost 3 billion gallons less ethanol and other biofuels to be blended into gasoline in 2014 than the law requires. The 2007 law tried to address global warming
A recent study found that the condition of polar bears in the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea has remained stable despite sea ice loss, while the condition of another population in the Beaufort Sea has declined. The researchers studied the overall health and reproductive rates of polar bears in the Chukchi Sea, located between Alaska and Russia, and the adjacent southern Beaufort Sea. They compared the Chukchi Sea population from 2008 to 2011 with data from the same population from decades earlier. Despite experiencing a 44-day increase in the number of reduced ice days over productive continental shelf waters during that elapsed
As the 50th anniversary of his death by an assassin´s bullet approaches, many admirers are noting how President John F. Kennedy´s progressive agenda enabled government to better the lives of Americans while his conciliatory outreach to the world made the United States a safer place to live. (snip) In a recently published book, "JFK Conservative," Mr. Stoll argues that Mr. Kennedy´s liberalism was myth and that the former president was actually a staunch Cold War warrior who believed that big tax cuts would drive the economy and provide financial opportunities for all. As Mr. Stoll sees it, Mr. Kennedy would
President Barack Obama will visit John F. Kennedy´s gravesite and honor two of Kennedy´s lasting initiatives as the nation observes the 50th anniversary of his assassination in the coming week. Obama and his wife, Michelle, will be accompanied by former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, at a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon. Also that day, Obama will be joined by scores of prominent Americans who have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in paying tribute to Kennedy´s legacy. Kennedy established the modern version of the medal, the highest award the U.S. bestows on civilians,
Barack Obama´s second term fumbles have pitched him to record low poll ratings and splintered his credibility with the American people. But has his presidency reached the point of no return? History and opinion poll data suggest that when re-elected presidents slump in the ratings, it is tough, if not impossible to bounce back. Obama, stung by the amateurish debut of his health care plan, which has sent fellow Democrats into revolt, is beginning to sense the depth of his woes. "I do make apologies for not having executed better over the last several months," he said at a Thursday
Top officials in Egypt have hailed talks with Russian ministers in Cairo as "historic". The head of the Egyptian army, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, said the talks signalled the start of a new era of enhanced military co-operation. There are on-going discussions about a possible arms deal that could be worth as much as $2bn (£1.2bn), though no agreement has been reached. It is the highest level visit to Egypt by a Russian delegation in years. It follows the US decision to cut defence aid to Egypt in response to the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi. But Egypt´s Foreign Minister, Nabil Fahmy, insisted that he
Sen. John McCain had some blunt words to describe the policies of Secretary of State John Kerry. “This guy has been a human wrecking ball,” McCain said Thursday, according to reports. “I’m very disappointed.” (snip)The outlet reported that McCain also called Kerry a “friend” and said the two “have known each other well and worked together for a number of years.” However, McCain took another swipe saying, “They don’t know from one hour to the next where the plane is going.” “Fly into Riyadh and talk to the king of Saudi Arabia. Fly to Egypt and praise their steps towards democracy.” McCain’s office told
SAN DIEGO — “60 Minutes” should not have thrown out its report on Benghazi with the bath water.(snip) Under pressure from the liberal group Media Matters, and from defenders of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — who still has many questions to answer about Benghazi — the network brass was so eager to atone for the errors that they overcompensated. CBS retracted the entire story, when only part of it had been challenged. Despite the claims by Clinton defenders that Davies’ interview was the linchpin of the story, this was not the case. I’ve watched the segment several times, and
Clinton confidante John Podesta came out as another critic of Obamacare just moments after President Barack Obama finished his tense press conference announcing changes to the law. Podesta remarked on Twitter that it just took him only five minutes to apply online for Medicare, a clear contrast with the disaster that individuals attempting to sign up for Obamacare have faced. “Single payer anyone?” remarked Podesta, alluding to a major difference between Medicare and Obamacare, and one of the major policy objectives of many on the left. Podesta is reportedly in discussions to take over the leadership of super PAC Priorities USA as it
The current troubles of the Obama presidency can be read back into its beginnings. Rule by personal charisma has met its proper fate. The spell has been broken, and the magician stands exposed. We need no pollsters to tell us of the loss of faith in Mr. Obama´s policies—and, more significantly, in the man himself. Charisma is like that. Crowds come together and they project their needs onto an imagined redeemer. The redeemer leaves the crowd to its imagination: For as long as the charismatic moment lasts—a year, an era—the redeemer is above and beyond judgment. He glides through crises,
With President Obama trying to quell a rebellion among Democrats by proposing his own administrative fix to Obamacare, foes of the law took to Twitter today to demand what authority the President has to unilaterally change his law by “fiat,” as at least one critic put it.(snip)I put the question to the Obama administration. Here’s the answer, from a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services: “The Supreme Court held more than 25 years ago that agencies charged with administering statues have inherent authority to exercise discretion to ensure that their statutes are enforced in a manner that achieves
As the young U.S. senator takes the oath to become president, he sets out to fix an economy struggling with rising unemployment, slumping profits and depressed stock prices. He knows the deep recession could prevent him from advancing his broader domestic and diplomatic agenda. Yes — all true for President Obama. But that´s what John F. Kennedy faced as well. On his frosty Inauguration Day in January 1961, Kennedy had to start fulfilling his campaign pledge to "get America moving again." Like Obama, he would need to win over a deeply skeptical business community. The similarities mostly end right there. Since taking office, Obama
Is the president’s Obamacare “fix” part of the Obama administration’s pattern of deceit or a product of its frequent delusion?A cursory discussion with almost anyone who knows anything about the insurance business would have alerted the president to the fact that his proposal is unworkable. The initial take from experts on both the right and the left is that the president did not fix anything yesterday. Insurance industry experts agree that the very idea that canceled health policies can be renewed or extended for one year is laughable
Oprah Winfrey has said racism is still a problem around the world and the only way for it to end is for generations of racists to die out. In an interview with the BBC to coincide with the release of her latest film The Butler, the chat show host said generations had been ´marinated´ in racism. The 59-year-old added that President Obama was treated with disrespect because of the color of his skin and said she feels fortunate to have been born after segregation ended in the U.S. [Snip] She highlighted an incident in 2009 when Republican congressman Joe Wilson
Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama’s health care program is still troubled, but he gets credit for taking ownership and trying to fix it. "Forget about Iran and unemployment, this week was all about Obamacare and it was a ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ moment. As Tevye would say: ´Un da vun hand, but un da udda hand…´ “So we have the president admitting he broke his promise to Americans when he promised they could keep their plans. And the GOP gloated, mocked, preached doom and a failed presidency, and made a solemn vow to
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Some 50 years after John F. Kennedy´s sole presidential term was cut short by an assassin´s bullets, nearly three-quarters of Americans believe Kennedy will go down in history as an outstanding or above-average president. This is the highest retrospective rating given to any of the 11 presidents who have held office since Dwight Eisenhower. Another fifth of the public sees the slain president as average, while just 3% rank him as below average or poor. Kennedy was killed on Nov. 22, 1963, and the 50-year anniversary of his assassination is being marked by a bevy of new
Last week I was informed by the agent who handles my firm’s health-care insurance that, come 2014, our group plan will be cancelled and replaced with an ObamaCare plan.SNIP Well, here’s how I see it. It sure looks to me as if the President of the United States, members of his administration, and Democratic Congressional leaders didn’t just lie. I think they intentionally perverted the truth. And I think they did it because, if they didn’t, they knew the bill wouldn’t pass through Congress.
Congressional Republicans have Obamacare right where they want it. The idea of a one-year delay of the law, always far-fetched as long as the Democrats controlled the Senate, is suddenly looking plausible. “I think there needs to be a one-year suspension of the entire law, at least, if not a longer suspension,” says Georgia Republican Tom Price. “The Senate Democrats and the president are the ones that have to decide it needs to be done.” When asked about a delay, House Republican whip Kevin McCarthy chuckles but doesn’t answer. Instead, he suggests that the law’s destructiveness could upend the entire health
She didn’t write about ‘Protecting the Heart of Christmas’ at all—instead, the eternally offended governor may have penned the perfect manual for another holiday altogether: Festivus. Initially I planned to ignore this week’s release of Good Tidings and Great Joy, Sarah Palin’s book waging war on the war on Christmas. Few political hucksters milking the culture war for an easy buck peddle antics more shopworn than the annual fear-mongering that secularist Scrooges are coming for our creches. But then I couldn’t stop wondering: What happens when the Queen of Grievance takes up arms on behalf of the Prince of Peace’s
It´s been a bad week for MSNBC, and a bad week for serious journalism. First, the network learned to regret giving Alec Baldwin a job after he called a photographer a word that is more than a little homophobic. MSNBC have since suspended his show for two weeks. Now, Martin Bashir has scraped the bottom of the proverbial barrel after launching a tirade against Sarah Palin ("America´s resident dunce") that has to be seen to be believed. And you´re warned: it is stomach churning. The beloved liberal journalist used his afternoon TV show to deliver a somewhat justified critique of
His actor parents are well known activists and Stephen Ira Beatty seems determined to follow in their footsteps. The eldest child of Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, who revealed he was transgender at the age of 14, appears in a new public service announcement (PSA) urging New York to change its Medicaid regulation which excludes transgender people from accessing healthcare. Stephen, 21, appears confident and informed as he speaks about the problem, saying: ‘I grew up outside of New York, but I´ve always known I´ve wanted to move here for the city´s vibrant artistic community. ‘As a trans person, I
MSNBC’s Martin Bashir on Friday closed his show with likely the most disgraceful rant against former Alaska governor Sarah Palin you’ve ever heard. Besides calling her “America’s resident dunce” and claiming she has a “deceased mind,” Bashir suggested that someone should defecate in her mouth and urinate in her eyes. MARTIN BASHIR: It´s time now to clear the air. And we end this week in the way it began - with America’s resident dunce, Sarah Palin, scraping the barrel of her long deceased mind, and using her all-time favorite analogy in an attempt to sound intelligent about the national debt.
The headline is a statement to, not a quote from Boehner, but it was worth the deception to make the point. President Obama has been given so much slack by an enabling Washington D.C. media, that Obama is now hanging onto the rope to avoid falling into the abyss. The fawning media who placed all their political bets on his success, is unwilling to admit publicly (and perhaps even privately) what they know in their brains but unwilling to let their heart in on: Obama is and always was a phony.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a group of state schools superintendents Friday that he found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.” Yes, he really said that. But he has said similar things before. What, exactly, is he talking about? In his cheerleading for the controversial Common Core State Standards — which were approved by 45 states and the