MOSCOW - Thousands of trucks and cars have been stuck on a major highway, some for more than two days, in a traffic jam dozens of kilometers (miles) long caused by heavy snow northwest of Moscow, Russian media reported on Sunday.Police in the Tver region said field kitchens were operating on the road, but many drivers complained supplies never reached them and they were running out of gasoline to keep their engines running and heating on in subzero temperatures.
At least seven people are feared missing after parts of a major road tunnel collapsed west of Tokyo - trapping vehicles as smoke from a fire inside initially prevented rescuers from approaching. Several burned bodies have reportedly been found among the rubble at the Sasago Tunnel, around 50 miles outside the capital. Video footage from cameras inside the tunnel, after the fire was extinguished, showed firefighters picking their way through cement roof panels that collapsed onto vehicles. Scroll down for video
Why do some atheists embarrass themselves year after year trying to eradicate Christmas from American culture? Why do they make themselves societal hemorrhoids during this hallowed season? Is it because they are crusaders for equality, secularism’s saviors and humanism’s heroes? I’m sure that’s what they tell themselves when they’re pouting on their couches all alone on Christmas Eve after every single one of their friends has dumped them for being a rabid jackass.
House Majority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) sat down with Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace where he said he was “flabbergasted” by the proposal President Barack Obama offered Congressional Republicans last week to resolve the fiscal cliff. Boehner said that the proposal was so unserious that it set negotiations back and, today, he says negotiations are “nowhere.”Speaker Boehner said that he was not impressed by the White House’s first offer to resolve the fiscal cliff. “I was flabbergasted,” Boehner said. “I looked at him and said, ‘you can’t be serious.’ I’ve just never seen anything like it.”
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Sunday promised someday the PA flag would fly over “Jerusalem, eternal capital of the state of Palestine.” Thousands of people greeted Abbas rapturously upon his return from the United Nations, where the General Assembly granted the PLO, representing the PA, upgraded status as a nonmember observer state. "Raise your heads high, because you are Palestinians!” Abbas told the joyous crowd, waving PA flags in the PA capital of Ramallah, located in Samaria. "You have proof that you are stronger than the occupation, because you are Palestinians... stronger than the settlements, because you are Palestinians.
Call it Operation Smurf.Beth Israel Medical Center honchos plotted to ply heiress Huguette Clark with Smurfs in order to get cash from their wealthiest patient, according to a new court filing obtained by The Post.One hospital official suggested sending the childlike, then-86-year-old recluse a birthday gift of Smurf or Flintstone balloons, noting that “Smurfs are her new favorite cartoon.” Hospital CEO Dr. Robert Newman enlisted his own elderly mother to befriend the aged multimillionaire and visit her hospital room on a daily basis “with the objective of obtaining even more purported gifts,” the papers allege.
Political firebrand Andrew Breitbart´s California home has been put on the market with an asking price of $1.995 million 9 months after the late pundit´s sudden death last Spring. Breitbart, who started at the Drudge Report before helping to found the Huffington Post and writing commentary for the Washington Times passed away at the age of 43 from heart failure this March. The stunning five-bedroom, four-bathroom home lies at the north tip of the L.A. National Cemetery. Breitbart passed away walking just outside the home. For parents in the real estate market, the house is in highly desirable
The panel guests on ABC News’ This Week erupted over a discussion about United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, her role in the administration’s early push to blame the September 11 attack in Benghazi on a YouTube video and Congressional Republican’s reaction to the attack in Libya. One panel guest lamented that Republicans had not rallied around President Barack Obama as Democrats did around Ronald Reagan in the wake of an attack in Lebanon. Former Mitt Romney advisor, Dan Senor, sent the panel into a frenzy when he suggested that the Reagan administration
The ever-increasing culture of entitlement was correctly identified by Mitt Romney as a leading factor in the Democrats´ victory. However, running in parallel is another culture on the rise -- one far less well-identified, which bodes ominously not only for the GOP´s future prospects, but, more importantly, for the democratic process itself.(snip)Pseudo-idealism is a term coined by the Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith to describe apparently charitable behavior that on scrutiny is revealed as selfish, because the giver is engaging in it only so that he or she can feel good about him- or herself.
Enas Khalafalla, 27, looked intently at an exercise in an English workbook, trying to understand the difference between "who" and "whose." "Look for the verb or the noun," her teacher Lindsay Crammond said. "That will help you." The Sudanese immigrant is one out of hundreds of people taking classes at the Albany Park Community Center, one of the organizations supported by Holiday Giving, a campaign of Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund. Founded in 1975, the center has been educating immigrants for about three decades. Today, the program serves about 1,400 English-as-a-second-language students each year,
The 2012 presidential election victory (by fact, by fraud, or by both) will be America’s decision of the current millennium. The nation is now divided. Not between or among the classes promoted by the Democrats who have routinely sorted groups by race, income, wealth, digital access, and a thousand other sub-classes in their unending search for victims to label, save, and subjugate. No, not talking about all those. Because there are only two classes now: “Christians” and “Romans”.
The special election to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will be held April 9. Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation today to approve the date. Jackson resigned last month citing his health and acknowledging he´s under federal investigation. Quinn had a 115-day window to set an election. But he wanted the Jackson contest to coincide with municipal elections already planned for April 9 so he had to seek lawmaker approval to change the timeline. Lawmakers approved legislation for the date change. Quinn says the move saves taxpayer money.
With the fiscal cliff looming and no deal to resolve it in sight, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner expressed confidence that a compromise could be reached during my interview with him on “This Week,” but said the burden is now on Republicans to help find a solution to avoid a potential economic crisis. “I actually think that we’re gonna get there. I mean, you know, just inevitably gonna be a little political theater in this context,” Geithner said, when asked whether Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell laughed after hearing President Obama’s plan to avert the fiscal cliff.
As the Supreme Court decides whether to review the Defense of Marriage Act, the New York Times´ first openly gay columnist is assailing Bill Clinton for ever signing the anti-gay law. Frank Bruni wrote an open letter to Clinton in his Sunday op-ed, calling out the popular former president for not fully participating in the gay rights movement or apologizing for signing DOMA. "Doma ... is one of the uglier blemishes on your record, an act of indisputable discrimination that codified unequal treatment of gay men and lesbians," Bruni wrote, calling the law "a nasty bit of business."
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Demoralized Republicans arrived in Boston Wednesday night for a rare moment in American politics: They came to learn from Democrats. Barack Obama´s campaign schooled Mitt Romney’s in November, something of which the Republicans who gathered at the quadrennial, off-the-record Harvard Institute of Politics Campaign Managers Conference were intensely aware. And while the proceedings of the event are under embargo until the institute releases audio transcripts of the proceedings, some participants shared their reactions.
PA president vows to pursue efforts to end the split between Gaza, West Bank, dedicates UN "victory" to late PA president Arafat, Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jail; Hamas calls for "urgent meetings" to resolve conflict. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday vowed to pursue efforts to end the split between the West Bank and Gaza and thanked Hamas and all Palestinian groups for supporting his statehood bid at the UN.
Suicide attackers detonated bombs and fired rockets outside a major U.S. base in Afghanistan on Sunday, killing five people in a brazen operation that highlighted the country´s security challenges ahead of the 2014 NATO combat troop pullout. Local police officials said bodies in Afghan police and military uniforms were scattered around the entrance of the airfield in the eastern city of Jalalabad after a two-hour battle. A Taliban spokesman said the militant group had launched the 6 a.m. assault.
Authorities are still looking for the gun used to kill a Cold Spring police officer this week. The Stearns County sheriff´s office put out a request Saturday asking members of the public to keep on the lookout for a discarded weapon. They believe the firearm used was a 20-gauge shotgun.(snip) A visitation for Decker is planned for 4 p.m. Tuesday at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring. Source location and text added by Staff
“What sort of people were these? What were they talking about? What office did they belong to? K. was living in a free country, after all, everywhere was at peace, all laws were decent and were upheld, who was it who dared accost him in his own home?” –Franz Kafka, The Trial I have an unpleasant feeling this is going to be part of a series. Our first exposure to the folks from FEMA was a few days after Hurricane Sandy, which devastated our neighborhood on Long Island Sound. A platoon of FEMA agents, readily identifiable
Cairo -- Egypt´s high court is indefinitely suspending all its sessions after supporters of President Mohamed Morsy surrounded the building and blocked judges from entering. Calling Sunday a "dismal, black day in the history" of the country´s judiciary, the court said in a statement that its judges will not return to work until they can do their jobs "without any psychological or physical pressures." "The judges of the Supreme Constitutional Court have no choice but to declare to the great Egyptian people that they are unable to perform their sacred mission in light of the current charged situation,"
BAMAKO, Mali — Khaira Arby, one of Africa’s most celebrated musicians, has performed all over the world, but there is one place she cannot visit: her native city of Timbuktu, a place steeped in history and culture but now ruled by religious extremists. One day, they broke into Arby’s house and destroyed her instruments. Her voice was a threat to Islam, they said, even though one of her most popular songs praised Allah. “They told my neighbors that if they ever caught me, they would cut my tongue out,” said Arby, sadness etched on her broad face.
FROM his earliest days as a graduate student, Sudhir Venkatesh did things differently. He came to sociology by way of math, not by the social sciences. He was an Indian-American Deadhead from Southern California who wore a ponytail and tie-dyed shirts. He stuck out. Today, he is a celebrity in an otherwise low-key academic field — a star on campus, an influential public intellectual, a sought-after speaker. The hardcover of his best-selling book, “Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets,” released in 2008,
Holiday consumers have long been aware that shopping local helps their local economy stay vibrant. This holiday season, though, there is a growing awareness that shopping for gifts made in America helps jobs stay stateside. "It´s the jobs thing. People have definitely connected the dots. Consumers are more savvy and more educated than ever, and the days of conspicuous consumption of buy, buy, buy, buy, buy are gone," said JimTherriault, owner of New England Everyday Goods in Peterborough. Please follow site style.
Talk to astronauts, as we have, and the one thing each says universally is how amazingly beautiful Earth appears from space. Even after returning, they´re unable ever to think of this place the same. It´s where we all live. But it´s also an immense lump of primordial orbiting art, revolving on its tilted axis once every 24 hours while flying through space eight miles every second. Over billions of years, Earth has never been where it is at this very moment. And it will never return to this exact same spot ever again.
A man and his four-legged best friend are back together seven years after the pet disappeared during a thunderstorm. Dan Kesler was living in Raleigh, North Carolina when his doberman, B.A., was spooked by the storm and ran away from home. Kesler figured his dog would quickly return to the house - but he never did. ´The first night I spent outside waiting for him to come back,´ Kesler told WRAL. Years went by without any sign of B.A. Eventually, Kesler moved 2,000 miles away to Phoenix.[Snip] Staff discovered a microchip
Something always rubs me the wrong way when people tell us that hard times draw us closer together and teach us what is really important in our lives. "We´ve lost the country, at least we´ve got each other." There is something inherently defeatist and depressing about that; accepting defeat, especially unfair defeat, is a hard pill to swallow. Many well written accounts have been published indicating voter fraud won Obama´s reelection, but it was quite clear within 48 hours after the election that nothing was going to be done about it by our leadership or the citizenry.