Norman Stone is the bad boy of British historians. Whereas most British history profs are of pinkish hue, politics-wise, Stone is an unrepentant Right-winger.[Snip]Pithy, opinionated, preposterously readable, an afternoon on the sofa should see you through from cover to cover and Stone´s book fires off illuminating facts as a Catherine wheel showers sparks. Could there be a better anecdote to illustrate the technological brilliance but economic bankruptcy of Hitler´s Thousand Year Reich than this? In 1945, to save fuel, the Luftwaffe´s jet fighters had to be towed to the airfield by oxen. The anecdote that the civil servant who officiated
In 1945 the economic bankruptcy of Hitler´s Thousand Year Reich than forced the Luftwaffe´s jet fighters to be towed to the airfield by oxen. In 2013 our military and space program has been dragged to (if not over) the fiscal cliff by asses!
If one seemingly small decision - installing the Merlin engine in the P-51 was not made in time, the world would be a radically different today. The Nazis would have built 30,000 Me262 jets rather than the 3,500 they barely managed. The air umbrella over Germany would be practically impregnable for several years and history would flow in a different direction.
One of Portland´s trendiest areas might soon be home to a tent city. If this were another town, the owners and developers of high-end homes and condominiums would scream to high heaven about diminished property values. But this is Portland, where the citizens try their best to be tolerant of everything except intolerance--and gluten. [Snip] Rather than express concern for their financial investments, they have criticized the city´s expedited process and worried for the welfare of those willing to live in a parking lot under the west ramp of the Broadway Bridge. Tiffany Sweitzer, the president of Hoyt Street Properties,
A suicide bomber killed 14 children in Iraq yesterday when he drove a truck packed with explosives into the playground of a primary school. [Snip] It is the latest in a relentless wave of killing in recent months - Iraq´s deadliest outburst of violence since 2008. The mounting death tolls are raising fears that the country is falling back into the spiral of fighting that brought it to the edge of civil war in the years after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. The Shiite Turkomen village, largely populated by people descended from central Asia, has a population of just 200.
America´s ´Most Wanted´ man has been seized by a team of Delta Force commandos after they ambushed his car, smashed its windows and dragged him into a black Mercedes in a dramatic dawn raid on his home in Libya. Abu Anas al-Libi was getting out of his car in Tripoli after early-morning prayers on Saturday when three vehicles screeched to a halt around him and several masked men armed with handguns leapt out, his family said. In scenes befitting a Hollywood action thriller, the 49-year-old al-Qaeda leader was pulled from the driver´s seat as a bag was thrust over his
Baptized with a sand dollar from a ship’s bell. That’s how 3-month-old Nilah Jo Silvoy will always remember her baptism, once she’s old enough to hear about it. She was baptized Sunday aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Anvil at the Charleston base. Her father, Eric Silvoy, is the vessel’s executive petty officer. Silvoy was dressed in his Navy blue Coast Guard uniform as he held his daughter over the inverted bell. She was dressed in a white gown and didn’t make a peep. Father Robert Higgins, a Catholic priest with the Apostleship of the Sea, gave the family a choice
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad´s regime deserves credit for complying with a chemical weapons deal, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said. He was speaking after international monitors said the destruction of Syria´s stockpile had begun. The mission was established under a UN resolution, which was passed after a deal between Russia and the US. The resolution followed international outrage at a chemical weapons attack near Damascus in August. "The process has begun in record time and we are appreciative for the Russian co-operation and obviously for the Syrian compliance," Mr Kerry said after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines
A Royal Marines officer who spent a year training and fighting alongside Afghan tribesmen has been honoured for inspiring a local resistance to the Taliban--drawing comparisons with Lawrence of Arabia. Captain Owen Davis, 25, who immersed himself in the culture and lifestyle of villagers in southern Afghanistan, has won the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC), Britain’s second-highest battlefield honour. Since the UK-led campaign in Helmand Province began seven years ago, hundreds of British officers have attempted to mentor Afghan personnel, with varying success.[Snip] Captain Davis has been credited with turning the hope for a functioning ALP force into a reality in
The family of an al-Qaeda terrorist who was captured by American Delta Force commandos has described the moment that he was snatched off the streets of Tripoli, Libya. Abu Anas al-Libi was seized by a convoy of men armed with handguns outside his home. They smashed the window of his car and pulled him into a black Mercedes, which sped away, Abdullah al-Raghie told Agance France-Presse. He was quickly flown out of Libya and is likely to be extradited to New York to stand trial for helping to plan the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing in Nairobi, Kenya.
A crowd of about 150 people vented their frustrations with Congress and the ongoing government shutdown in a town hall-styled meeting held by U.S. Rep. Mark on Sanford Saturday night. [Snip] Early on in the meeting, Sanford encouraged attendees to remain tolerant of one another’s opinions, saying the group should take care to “kick around ideas, not each other.” He welcomed the participation of a number of audience members who raised poster board and torn pieces of cardboard etched with statements like “Liberation in Our Lifetime” and “The ACA Will Help USA!!” The meeting took place hours after
Libya´s prime minister has called on Washington to explain a special forces raid on its territory, one of two by US commandos in Africa on Saturday. Ali Zeidan´s office said he had asked for clarification and stressed Libya was "keen on prosecuting any Libyan citizen inside Libya". The raid captured al-Qaeda leader, Anas al-Liby, whom the US says is "currently lawfully detained outside of Libya". The other raid was in southern Somalia but failed to capture its target. The commando raid there was believed to have focused on a leader of the al-Shebab militant group, which says it carried out
The story so far: with the release of its Fifth Assessment Report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has proved beyond reasonable doubt that it cannot be taken seriously. Here are a few reasons why: IPCC lead author Dr Richard Lindzen has accused it of having "sunk to a level of hilarious incoherence." Nigel Lawson has called it "not science but mumbo jumbo". The Global Warming Policy Foundation´s Dr David Whitehouse has described the IPCC´s panel as "evasive and inaccurate" in the way it tried dodge the key issue of the 15-year (at least) pause in global warming; Donna Laframboise
The Home secretary also disclosed that security has been tightened at shopping centres amid fears of terrorist attack in the UK. The comments come after the charities’ watchdog said it was concerned that donors’ money to help refugees was being diverted to support terrorism. Mrs May raised the prospect of the Syrian civil war being use as a nursery for a new generation of terrorists on BBC1’s Andrew Marr programme. She said: “What we have seen for some time now, is that a number of British people travelling out to Somalia, we’re now seeing people travel out to Syria.
Disarmament experts from the international chemical weapons watchdog have begun destroying Syria´s arsenal, a monitoring official has said. The operation is being carried out by a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The mission was established under a UN resolution passed after agreement between Russia and the US. The resolution followed international outrage at a chemical weapons attack near Damascus in August. In an interim report, UN chemical weapons inspectors confirmed that the nerve agent sarin had been used in the attack in Ghouta on the outskirts of the city on August 21. It was estimated to have killed
She’s reportedly waiting until 2014 before she starts thinking about 2016, but Hillary Clinton, according to one national poll, is your front runner for the White House — by a wide margin. And Elizabeth Warren is your fastest rising star. The former secretary of state and first lady dominated last week’s new Quinnipiac University survey, which showed her gobbling up 61 percent of support and beating any Republican challenger — be it New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul or Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz — by anywhere from 13 to 23 points. But no one in Headline corrected by Staff.
I don´t expect America to be perfect, and I know America has made some mistakes. But boy do we know how to correct them. And we will self-correct from the mistake of electing Obama. The anti-American naysayers declare that we are all from somewhere else -- the inherent message being that America was stolen and none of us can lay claim to the land. They say that we invaded what is now America, attacked the Indians, then took their land and livelihoods. We forced them to live in squalid camps. Liberals say that we took their dignity. I admit that the Indians
Days after the launch of the federal government´s Obamacare website, millions of Americans looking for information on new health insurance plans were still locked out of the system even though its designers scrambled to add capacity.Government officials blame the persistent glitches on an overwhelming crush of users - 8.6 million unique visitors by Friday - trying to visit the HealthCare.gov website this week. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversaw development of the site, declined to make any of its IT experts available for interviews. CGI Group Inc, the Canadian contractor that built HealthCare.gov, is "declining to comment
Amid all the charges and countercharges in Washington over the government shutdown, there is at least one common theme: Barack Obama’s various charges always lead to a dead end. They are chaos, and chaos is hard to understand, much less refute. By that I mean when the president takes up a line of argument against his opponents, it cannot really be taken seriously — not just because it is usually not factual, but also because it always contradicts positions that Obama himself has taken earlier or things he has previously asserted. Whom to believe — Obama 1.0, Obama 2.0, or
On Friday evening, enraged at World War II veterans who had the temerity to move aside President Obama’s barricades to visit the World War II Memorial, HBO’s Bill Maher launched into a broadside against the brave veterans, labeling them dumb. "The other thing that apparently was so important for the Republicans to keep open was the World War II Memorial in Washington. That was closed, so a bunch of the World War II vets knocked down the barriers and stormed it,” Maher said, to the laughter of his audience.
While our president still enjoys his essential employees and locations: the White House chefs, Camp David, and a military golf course, there doesn´t seem to be any question that in mercenary pursuit of a political win, this White House is determined to unreasonably punish as many everyday people as possible. And this includes children sick with cancer. That might sound like hyperbole, but it is not. Although Barack Obama´s chefs have been deemed "essential," employees at the National Institutes of Health who offer last-chance experimental cancer treatments for children suffering from cancer have not. Worse still, House Republicans have offered to
Near MOUNT PISGAH, N.C. — At a spot 5,000 feet above sea level and 20 miles from the nearest town, an innkeeper decided Friday to defy the federal government and reopen his lodge. That stand lasted about two hours as National Park Service rangers blocked the entrances to the privately run Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway after owner Bruce O´Connell decided to reopen his dining room, gift shop and country store at noon Friday for lunch. The federal government had forced the inn, in a leased building on federal land, to shut down at 6 p.m. ET Thursday
Two battles were joined this week, one on Capital Hill and another at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (the symbolic core of which is known as Bascom Hill). In both cases, free men who refused to be cowed struck back at overreaching tyrants. (a) The Battle of Capitol Hill As the Republicans and Democrats squared off on spending, World War II and Korean War vets were making their way to Washington, D.C. on Honor Flights, a charitable program to bring these folks to see the memorials to service members who fought in those wars. Many are aged and infirm -- especially those who
President Barack Obama, already embroiled in a battle over a government shutdown, jumped into another dispute on Saturday - a long-running fight over the name of the Washington Redskins NFL team. Obama said that if he owned the team, he would consider changing the name, which American Indians and others have long pilloried as racist. "I´ve got to say if I were the owner of the team and I knew that the name of my team, even if they´ve had a storied history, that was offending a sizeable group of people, I´d think about changing it," Obama said
Helen Thomas covered 10 presidents, from Eisenhower through Obama, in her time as a White House correspondent. She also went on a date with one of them, it emerged during a memorial service attended by about 500 people Saturday at the National Press Club for Thomas, who died on July 20 at age 92. As told by Suzanne Geha, Thomas’s niece, who presided, Thomas arrived in Washington in 1942, at age 22, shortly after graduating from Detroit’s Wayne State University. United Press (later UPI) hired her in 1943. While working for UP, she went on a date with John F.
The Republican Party could be in danger of losing control of the House in 2014, new polls on Sunday show. In a survey of 24 seats, Republicans fall behind in 17 head-to-head matches against “generic Democrat candidates” among registered voters and lag in an additional four districts when respondents are told the Republican candidate supported the shutdown, according to the surveys by Public Policy Polling which were funded by the liberal group, MoveOn.org. Democrats would need to pick up 17 seats to take over the House - something the polling reveals could be within reach. One district that shows a favorable position
Las Vegas, NV -- The government shutdown is being felt close to home for some locals. They say they´re being forced out of private homes on Lake Mead because they sit on federal land. Joyce Spencer is 77-years-old and her husband Ralph is 80. They´ve been spending most of their time in the family ice cream store since going home isn´t an option. The Spencers never expected to be forced out of their Lake Mead home, which they´ve owned since the 70s, but on Thursday, a park ranger said they had 24 hours to get out. "I had to go