Israel has been under the most profound siege since the fall of 2000; some would say, since the day after it won the 1967 war of self-defense; others would insist that the siege began the moment the sovereign Jewish state came into being in 1948. They are all right. Hamas rockets have been launched against Israel for years now—only the world refused to see or hear them or to understand what this meant in human and civilian terms. Jewish children, (adults too), have been traumatized by the siren which tells their parents and teachers that they have 30 seconds to reach a shelter; they have been traumatized
John Charles Villiers-Farrow, the brother of actress Mia Farrow, has been charged with sexually abusing children in the Edgewater area of Anne Arundel County. Two young men came forward with detailed accounts of being sexually abused from 2000 to 2008 when the two were boys, according to Anne Arundel County Police. Villers-Farrow, 66, of Edgewater, was charged last week with numerous counts of child sex abuse. He was being held Thursday pending an $800,000 bond.
The Obama administration gave the filmmakers behind the upcoming Osama bin Laden film "Zero Dark Thirty" information that could cause an “unnecessary security and counterintelligence risk” if released to the public," according to Judicial Watch. The group´s information comes from sworn court documents acquired during the course of its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit regarding the ties between "Zero Dark Thirty" and the current administration. Judicial Watch previously obtained information from the Department of Defense and the CIA indicating Team Obama wanted to have
The Israel Defense Force (IDF) said today that its Operation Pillar of Cloud in Gaza has been largely successful thus far, with much of the Hamas arsenal of Iranian-made Fajr-5 rockets destroyed by Israeli air strikes. In a briefing with new media journalists and bloggers, Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich of the IDF Spokesperson´s Unit said that the impending visit of Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil tomorrow would not cause the IDF to scale back operations. "Currently we are going to continue the operation. There is no change." She indicated that the IDF would continue to strike terror targets in
CLINTON, N.Y. – Drug charges against Jon Bon Jovi´s 19-year-old daughter have been dropped, a central New York prosecutor said Thursday. Stephanie Bongiovi was found unresponsive by medics after she apparently overdosed on heroin in a Hamilton College dorm early Wednesday. Town of Kirkland police charged Bongiovi, of Red Bank, N.J., and fellow student Ian Grant, also of Red Bank, with possession of a small amount of heroin and marijuana. Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara said he was dismissing the charges against both students.
Scientists have identified a new gene variant that seems to strongly raise the risk for Alzheimer´s disease, giving a fresh target for research into treatments for the mind-robbing disorder. (Snip) The main reason scientists are excited by the discovery is what this gene does, and how that might reveal what causes Alzheimer´s and ways to prevent it. The gene helps the immune system control inflammation in the brain and clear junk such as the sticky deposits that are the hallmark of the disease. Mutations in the gene may impair these tasks, so treatments to restore the gene's function and quell
At his press conference yesterday, President Obama said it is nearly impossible to raise taxes on the wealthy (a key piece of his fiscal strategy) without increasing their tax rates. It is, Obama said, a matter of simple arithmetic. (Snip) Most of the current focus is on avoiding the fiscal cliff. Most of the current focus is on avoiding the fiscal cliff. Obama insists on extending most of the 2001-03 tax cuts except for those that benefit the rich. Most Republicans want to extend those tax cuts for everyone, including the wealthy, which would add about another $1 trillion to the deficit.
While Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was leading a press conference Wednesday to condemn the administration´s lack of transparency regarding the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, it turns out he could have been attending a classified briefing on the subject. Due to what his office called a "scheduling error," McCain accompanied Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday to demand before reporters a select committee of Congress to investigate the violence in Libya, rather than attend the scheduled 11 a.m. closed-door briefing for members
No one is calling him Maurice, but Deon Stewart proclaimed himself a gangster of love Wednesday and admitted to a string of Omaha robberies. In a rambling jailhouse press conference, the 21-year-old Stewart said he committed 14 robberies in four days so he could get his share of the “silver and gold” that he feels is his due. Stewart said he was surprised by how easily clerks gave up the money when he flashed his silver pistol, and even says some of them might have wanted him to have the cash. “One night, I just went into every store that I could to get my silver and gold,” Stewart said.
New York - Stock indexes closed lower Thursday, a third straight decline, after U.S. retailers issued weak forecasts for earnings and more people filed claims for unemployment benefits. Wal-Mart, Ross Stores and Limited Brands, the owner of Victoria´s Secret, all fell after issuing forecasts that disappointed financial analysts. Wal-Mart fell $2.59, or 3.6 percent, to $68.72. The Dow Jones industrial average wavered between small gains and losses shortly after the opening bell, then moved lower at midmorning. It closed down 28.57 points at 12,542.38. The Standard & Poor´s 500 index
President Obama praised the resilient New York attitude and the efforts of rescue workers during his talk after touring areas of Queens and Staten Island that were ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.‘I´m very proud of you, New York. You guys are tough you bounce back,’ he said while visiting New Dorp Beach in Staten Island. After a brief helicopter tour of Queens- passing over particularly devastated areas like Rockaway Beach and Breezy Point- they arrived in Staten Island where they examined the damage by foot.
President Obama, touring parts of New York City slammed by Hurricane Sandy, was chided by a girl for ignoring the disaster. As the president waded through a supply center, a girl who was waiting for goods told a reporter, "We need help--he should of been here a long time ago," according to the White House pool report. Obama has received little criticism for the federal government´s handling of the disaster which is still crippling areas of New York where many families remain homeless or without power. Read the pool report:
David Petraeus´ resignation was not linked to the September attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, and he never passed classified information to the woman he was having an affair with, the former CIA director told an HLN journalist. Petraeus, in conversations with HLN´s Kyra Phillips, confirmed to her what his supporters have been saying about the ongoing scandal. "In our first conversation," Phillips said Thursday, Petraeus "had told me he had engaged in something dishonorable. He sought to do the honorable thing in response - and that was to come forward.
Lawrence O’Donnell took on senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham tonight over what he deemed their brand-new standards for how to decide whether or not to support someone for a Cabinet position, and found their opposition to U.N. ambassador Susan Rice as the possible next secretary of state not only hypocritical, but McCarthy-like in rhetoric. (Snip) O’Donnell boiled the two senators criteria down to one simple fact: anyone but Rice. McCain and Graham both said that they would not support her nomination because she went on television and misrepresented the facts on the Benghazi attacks.
You can say what you want about Tim Tebow, and everyone sure does. But he deserves better than this, deserves better than having to endure cowardly lions, the kings of least, inside the Rex Ryan Zoo, growling and clawing at him. He deserves better than to have anonymous potshots taken at him by characters who have no character, deserves better than to have his pristine chapel overrun by a team that leads the league only in finger-pointing and dysfunction. He should get the hell out, ask for a trade at the end of the Jets season,
An estimated 7 million Americans will reach the age of 65 by the start of 2013, and many will no doubt be thinking about retiring. But even if falling off the "fiscal cliff´ is avoided, some financial experts are warning anyone thinking about trading in their paycheck for a retirement fund next year. "It´s kind of a perfect storm in 2013 when you think about it," said Jason Wheeler, CEO of Pathfinder Wealth Consulting. "With questions about taxes, spending cuts, the markets, health care-and then put those together with the number of seniors wanting to retire Headline split by staff.
I met with my “intelligence insider” source yesterday, but the discussion was not about Benghazi or foreign affairs. He told me that he wanted to talk about something even more important right now, something that the federal government does not want us to talk about. Something that is shaking the “elite” to their very cores. Naturally, that certainly got my attention, as it should yours. We walked along a dirt pathway in the middle of nowhere, far away from prying eyes and ears, at least the ones we could see.
Socialite Jill Kelley tried to cash in on her ´honorary consul´ title by asking for $80m for her help in putting together an energy deal. She asked for two per cent of a multi-billion deal being considered by an alternative energy company called TransGas Development Systems. Kelley, 37, was even flown to New York by the company so she could learn more about the business. But according to company president Adam Victor he realised she didn´t have a clue about commercial deals when she asked for the eight figure sum for brokering any deal.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) confirmed Thursday that she will seek the chairmanship of the Senate Budget Committee next year but told The Hill that she cannot commit to doing a budget. This opens up the possibility that Senate Democrats will avoiding passing a budget resolution for the fourth year in a row. The last time the Senate passed a standalone budget resolution was in 2009. This past year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said a budget was not necessary because the top-line spending number for appropriations was set in the August 2011 debt-ceiling deal.
Don´t pick on the little lady. Wednesday, President Obama bizarrely cast the U.N. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, as some delicate flower the boys should stop picking on for her dissembling claims on five Sunday talk shows following the killing of 4 Americans in Benghazi. But, there is no damsel in distress and Obama´s paternalistic bravado in defense of a top administration official is going to come back to haunt him. "If Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me," Obama intoned
The head of the Maine Republican Party claims that “hundreds” of unfamiliar black voters may have cast fraudulent ballots in his state on Election Day. “In some parts of rural Maine, there were dozens, dozens of black people who came in and voted on Election Day,” Charlie Webster told Portland’s NBC affiliate WCSH-TV on Wednesday. “Everybody has a right to vote, but nobody in town knows anyone who’s black,” Webster said. “How did that happen? I don’t know. We’re going to find out." Webster later doubled down on that claim in an interview with The Portland Press Herald,
NEW ORLEANS -Two BP employees have been indicted on manslaughter charges in the 2010 Gulf oil spill disaster. The federal indictment unsealed Thursday in New Orleans names BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine. The indictment claims they acted negligently in their supervision of key safety tests performed on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig before an explosion killed 11 workers in April 2010. The indictment says Kaluza and Vidrine failed to phone engineers onshore to alert them of problems in the drilling operation. Also Thursday, David Rainey, who was BP´s vice president of exploration
President Obama arrived in New York on Thursday to tour neighborhoods battered by Hurricane Sandy and to promise federal assistance to those whose lives were forever changed by the killer storm. Obama landed at Kennedy Airport at 11:29 a.m. and was greeted by Gov. Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg and Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. They boarded Marine One for an aerial inspection of some of the low-lying areas of Queens and Brooklyn that were pummeled by last month´s historic storm. The President is then expected to visit a Federal Emergency Management Agency relief center
On Operation Pillar of Defense’s second day, rocket fire is bringing life in southern and central Israel to a standstill while the IDF inflicts heavy blows on Gaza terror groups. The Times of Israel is live-blogging. Press refresh for latest updates. The Israeli Air Force has launched a number of airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip. Sources in Gaza report via Twitter as many as eight or nine large explosions. A Channel 2 correspondent located just outside the Gaza Strip says some of the fireballs were visible from his location.
Barely one day into the fighting in Hamas-run Gaza, the locals are hard at work playing the victim for the world´s press. Footage from the BBC captured by watchdog group Honest Reporting shows a heavy man lying on the ground and being carried away by residents, apparently after being injured by an Israeli attack. Moments later, that same man again fills the frame, except he is walking about and obviously unhurt. The widespread staging of such victim situations is a favored tactic of Arabs fighting Israel and has come to be known as "Pallywood."
You´ve heard the old adage that sex sells. But as we´re recognizing more and more often, sex wins elections. Here´s the brutal truth: the American people seem far more interested in what happens in the bedroom than they do what happens on the battlefield. How else to explain the media´s fascination with CIA Director David Petraeus´ steamy sex scandal, even as they ignore the ramifications for the investigation of four murdered Americans in Benghazi, Libya? Two days after President Obama won re-election, Petraeus submitted his resignation letter to Obama, supposedly over an affair with biographer