A mistrial was declared in the US after a man´s prosthetic eye popped out while he was testifying. John Huttick was weeping in Philadelphia´s Common Pleas Court last month as he testified about losing his eye in an August 2011 fight. The prosthetic eye popped out and Huttick caught it, prompting the judge to grant a mistrial. The Philadelphia Daily News reports the aggravated assault retrial began on Wednesday. Prosecutors allege 23-year-old Matthew Brunelli punched Mr Huttick in the left eye with an object that may have been a key. Mr Huttick´s eye ultimately had to be removed.
Comments: New Headline: "Judge gets Eyeful, Declares Mistrial".
In high school I knew a boy who had a prosthetic eye due to an accident in childhood. A champion swimmer, he loved to "lose" it in the pool at the end of his race. He also dropped it one night when he took his date to the door.
Reminds me of the silly joke my sister told me as a kid. It only really works verbally...but here goes:
Long long ago, a very shy man, who had recently had terrible misfortune, was at a social and saw a girl across the way he wanted to dance with. He worked up his courage and walked up to her and asked "Would you like to dance?". She replied, "Would I?" His response as he walked away in disgust, "Hare lip!"
Ok,...that´s not funny...but I never forgot it! No offense meant...I know it isn´t PC.
Washington - Senior House Republicans on Wednesday accused the State Department of failing to hold senior department officials accountable for security failures that contributed to the attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year in which four Americans were killed. “No State Department personnel have been fired or even disciplined,” said Representative Ed Royce, Republican of California who heads the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “No one has missed a paycheck.” Mr. Royce’s comments opened the first of three hearings this week that the House
President Vladimir Putin of Russia said in an Op-Ed article that we published last week that “there is every reason to believe” that the chemical weapons attack in Syria on Aug. 21 was carried out by the rebel forces in a crafty plan to provoke the United States into bombing Syria and unleashing all kinds of mayhem. In an article that contained many lines that irritated our readers, that sentence was perhaps the most annoying. Mr. Putin’s opinion was dubious at the time. (For the sake of argument, I’m assuming Mr. Putin really believed the rebels launched the attack and
Washington - The White House on Wednesday threatened to veto a Republican-written bill nearing a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives that would cut food stamps for the poor by $40 billion over a decade and end benefits for an estimated 4 million people. Representatives are likely to vote on the bill on Thursday. A close vote is expected. The White House threat capped a day of high-decibel opposition by congressional Democrats and antihunger groups who called the cuts harsh and heartless. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says the food stamps program in its current form is a unaffordable
Beirut - The trajectory of the rockets that delivered the nerve agent sarin in last month´s deadly attack is among the key evidence linking elite Syrian troops based in the mountains overlooking Damascus to the strike that killed hundreds of people, diplomats and human rights officials said Wednesday. (Snip) A U.N. report released Monday confirmed that chemical weapons were used in the attack but did not ascribe blame. The United States, Britain and France cited evidence in the report to declare Assad´s government responsible. Russia called the report "one-sided" and says it has "serious
The commentariat has been in overdrive lately dissecting President Obama´s approach to Syria: It is dizzying, incompetent, deceptive, confused or, as columnist Jonah Goldberg put it Tuesday in The Times, a case of "bait-and-switch." Goldberg has a point, if you come from the camp whose top priority is removing Syrian President Bashar Assad from power. Over the years, the Obama administration has evolved from criticizing Assad to denouncing him and then to calling for his ouster. But in the last week it has spoken only of eliminating his stockpile of toxic weapons, a task that may require Assad´s continued
Professor Stephen Hawking, who once said he thought assisted dying was "a great mistake", has changed his stance to support the right of terminally ill people who are suffering to end their lives. Hawking, 71, was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig´s disease – a form of motor neurone disease – at the age of 21 and was told he had only two or three years to live. He said in 2006 that, although people should have the right to end their life if they wanted to, "I think it would be a great mistake. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope."
New York - America´s top telecommunications companies are refusing to say whether they accept that the bulk collection of their customers´ phone records by the National Security Agency is lawful. The phone companies are continuing to guard their silence over the controversial gathering of metadata by the NSA, despite the increasingly open approach by those at the center of the bulk surveillance programme. On Tuesday the secretive foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court declassified its legal reasoning for approving the NSA telephone metadata program periodically over the past six years.
The creator of some of the world´s most beloved stuffed animals is getting no love from the IRS. Ty Warner, who made billions when demand exploded for his Beanie Babies in the 1990s, was charged Wednesday with federal tax evasion, accused of failing to report more than $3 million he earned in a secret offshore account. Warner, 69, has agreed to plead guilty and will pay a civil penalty of $53.6 million, his lawyer, George Scandaglia, said in a statement. "This is an unfortunate situation that Mr. Warner has been trying to resolve for several years now," Scandaglia said.
Tired of being thrust onto the front lines of the nation’s debate over guns, Starbucks is asking customers to leave firearms behind when they are in its stores and its outdoor seating areas. The policy change came after a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday that left 13 people, including the gunman, dead. But Starbucks said its decision was not in response to that or to the shooting spree that killed 26 children and adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., just days before Christmas last year. “I’ve spent a significant amount of personal time on this issue
Russia will give the Security Council evidence implicating Syrian rebels in a chemical attack on 21 August, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said. Syrian officials supplied the evidence, which Mr Lavrov has not yet seen. A UN report released on Monday concluded the nerve agent sarin was used in the attack in Damascus, which the US blames on the Syrian regime. Russia has called the report one-sided and biased. The UN has hit back, saying its findings are "indisputable". The UN report did not apportion blame for the attack, which sparked diplomacy that culminated in a deal for Syria
The nation´s health care spending will jump by 6.1 percent next year as the big coverage expansion in President Barack Obama´s overhaul kicks in, government experts predicted Wednesday. That´s more than 2 percentage points higher than the growth rate forecast for this year, and compares with a growth rate that has hovered under 4 percent, historically low, for the past four years. Much of the increase projected for next year is attributed to the new health care program, which is expected to provide insurance coverage to millions of currently uninsured Americans beginning Jan. 1.
A group of House conservatives introduced legislation Wednesday that members say will replace ObamaCare and its “unworkable” taxes and mandates with a plan that expands tax breaks for Americans who buy their own insurance. Under the proposal endorsed by the 175-member Republican Study Committee, Americans who purchase coverage through state-run exchanges can claim a $7,500 deduction against their income and payroll taxes, regardless of the cost of the insurance. Families could deduct $20,000. The plan -- which appears to be congressional Republicans´
WASHINGTON — The House voted 230-189 along party lines Friday to approve a stopgap spending bill to fund the federal government through mid-December, but it is facing certain defeat in the Senate because it includes language aiming to dismantle President Obama´s health care law. Without a stopgap spending bill, the federal government will feel the effects of a shutdown when the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30. The bill extends the current rate of government spending at $986 billion a year. House Republicans attached a provision to defund the Affordable Care Act, a consistent target of congressional Republicans. However, the provision has
Patricia Smith, the mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith, testified Thursday at the House Oversight Committee that President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among other top administration officials, initially told her the attack was the result of a YouTube video. That explanation, which was then disseminated by Susan Rice during her infamous appearances on Sunday talk shows the following weekend, was quickly proven to be false. A visibly upset Smith said she was told lies at the casket ceremony for her son and that she and other American people “don’t matter” in the eyes of the
An extraordinary moment in journalism. That’s the only way to describe the September 30 issue of America Magazine, completely given over to an interview with Pope Francis. It can be accessed online here. How the Jesuits sat on this interview, done over three days in August, is amazing in the nothing’s-a-secret-world of Wikileaks. As I read the interview, I kept saying, “Wow! This is incredible.” I wanted to call someone to tell them what I was reading. I saw an ad for the National Religious Retirement Collection in the pages and thought, “Lucky them. Here’s an issue to advertise in!”
KATY, Texas- Eli Gau admits his 3-year-old son Ryan and 1-year-old son Ethan are a handful at times. "They´re kind of active,” Gau said. “They act like children. They´re not adults." So he and his wife thought nothing of it when they brought their boys to an Applebee’s restaurant in Katy for dinner Sunday night. Gau said everything seemed fine until his oldest boy began wandering away from the table. "I went and grabbed him,” Gau said. ”As I was grabbing him and coming back, the manager was walking to me.” He said the manager told him that the children were making too
Speaking at a Ford Motor Co. plant in Missouri Friday, President Obama accused congressional Republicans of "trying to mess with me" by derailing basic government operations. The sharply-personal remarks--made during a speech in which the president outlined his economic vision--came just hours after the House passed a continuing resolution on a largely party-line vote that would keep the government running while simultaneously defunding the Affordable Care Act. Because the Senate is expected to strip out the defunding plan when it considers the measure, the House action raises the prospect of a possible government shutdown at the end of the month.
President Obama said Republicans in Congress were threatening to make the United States into "a deadbeat" and a "banana republic" with their maneuvers to tie the federal budget and the debt ceiling to defunding ObamaCare. (Snip) "You don´t have to threaten to blow the whole thing up just because you don´t get your way," Obama said. "Nobody gets 100 percent of what they want." Telegraphing his intention to veto any spending bill that delayed or defunded his signature health care law, Obama accused Republicans of lacking "the same common sense" and willingness to compromise that ordinary Americans showed in their
A Twitter debate on policy turned ugly Friday, when a local Democratic official wished the children of a Republican aide to Sen. Ted Cruz would "die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases" after she praised the House´s vote to derail funding for Obamacare. Amanda Carpenter, who formerly worked for Sen. Jim DeMint before heading to the Texas Republican´s office, praised the GOP-led action in a tweet. "GOP beat gun control, changed Obama´s mind on Syria, is holding the line on amnesty. We can defund Obamacare, too!" she posted early Friday afternoon.
In the liberal remake of “Casablanca,” the police captain comes upon the scene of the shooting and orders his men to “round up the usual weapons.” It’s always the weapon and never the shooter. Twelve people are murdered in a rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, and before sundown Sen. Dianne Feinstein has called for yet another debate on gun violence. Major opprobrium is heaped on the AR-15, the semiautomatic used in the Newtown massacre. Turns out no AR-15 was used at the Navy Yard. And the shotgun that was used was obtained legally in Virginia after the buyer, Aaron
Fox News anchor Bret Baier is to take a short break from TV as his six-year-old son undergoes heart surgery. It is the third time Baier´s son Paul has had major surgery after being born with five congenital heart defects. While Paul recovers from the latest surgery, which was expected to take more than five hours on Thursday, Baier has taken time off work to be by his bedside. Baier updated viewers about his son´s impending surgery via his blog and Twitter, where he praised his son´s spirit, saying: ´You´d never know he´s been through what he´s been through.´
Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the U.S. House, seems to believe that Republicans don´t like President Obama because they´re jealous. "You know why it is," Pelosi told Politico in an interview. "He´s brilliant ... He thinks in a strategic way in how to get something done ... and he´s completely eloquent. That´s a package that they don´t like." Republicans also don´t like what Pelosi called the president´s non-partisanship. Obama has been "open, practically apolitical, certainly non-partisan, in terms of welcoming every idea and solution," Pelosi told Politico "I think that´s one of the reasons the Republicans want to take
It´s hard not to admire how Senator Ted Cruz spent his summer. Months of touring the country and TV appearances telling conservatives that he wanted an (unwinnable) fight with the White House on Obamacare, getting the fight, and now sitting ringside cheering half-heartedly as the House throws punches. Cruz, a freshman from Texas, wasn´t the first guy to suggest that the party use a budget fight as leverage to rollback the Affordable Care Act, the president´s signature legislation. That idea dates back to 2011, as Chris Hayes noted on All In Wednesday night. In his segment, Hayes probably gave Cruz more
Members of a Washington DC Swat team who the BBC has learned were ordered not to respond to Monday´s Navy Yard shootings have yet to be contacted by the authorities. The Capitol Police tactical response team was told by a supervisor to leave the scene instead of aiding municipal officers, sources told the BBC. Meanwhile, the department has installed a new leader of the elite unit. No reason has been given for the decision. [Snip] The BBC has also learned that four members of the highly trained team have applied for temporary leave, as they "grapple" with the aftermath of