Beirut - Syria´s foreign minister blamed the suffering of his country´s people on U.S. and European sanctions imposed on his country, telling a top U.N. official Saturday that the international body should condemn these measures and work toward lifting them. (Snip) The comments by Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem and other officials however sought to deflect responsibility for the Syrian public´s hardships on a wave of sanctions to punish President Bashar Assad´s regime for its crackdown against protesters calling for democratic reforms, a crackdown that evolved into a civil war that has left more
Lord Justice Leveson has been in Australia giving the locals his tuppeny ha´penny´s worth on press regulation. Given how gagmakingly PC they are over there these days, I´m sure they lapped up every word. The bits that most interested me were his views on the differences between the print media (or as Richard North calls it the "legacy media") and the blogosphere. During a speech at the University of Melbourne, he insisted there was an important difference between mainstream journalists with "a powerful reputation for accuracy" and bloggers and tweeters who were "no more than electronic versions of
WASHINGTON- The margin of President Obama´s win in last month´s U.S. elections has widened as the final ballots are counted, vote totals said. The Los Angeles Times said Saturday the Election Day margin of just over 2 percent has gradually widened out to nearly 4 percent. The Cook Political Report Friday gave Obama 50.97 percent of the popular vote to Mitt Romney´s 47.3 percent. The totals include 47 states where the results have been certified as final. Cook´s David Wasserman told the Times the majority of the estimated 413,000 uncounted ballots were mainly in New York,
The State Department says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who skipped an overseas trip this past week because of a stomach virus, sustained a concussion after fainting. She´s now recovering at home and being monitored by doctors. An aide, Philippe Reines, says Clinton will work from home next week, at the recommendation of doctors. Congressional aides do not expect her to testify as scheduled at congressional hearings on Thursday into the Sept. 11 attack against a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.
Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel is apparently the prospective Obama nominee to replace Leon Panetta as the Secretary of Defense. Earlier this week my daughter Eliana reported how he has been lobbying for a senior position in the administration. With Chuck Hagel at Defense and John Kerry at State, we would have a one-two punch aimed squarely at our own head.
The aunt of the gunman suspected in the Connecticut school shooting says her nephew was raised by kind, nurturing parents who would not have hesitated to seek mental help for him if he needed it. Marsha Lanza, of northwest suburban Crystal Lake, said she was close with Adam Lanza´s mother, Nancy, and sent her a message on Facebook on Friday morning asking how she was doing. Nancy Lanza never responded. Marsha Lanza described Nancy Lanza as a good mother and kind-hearted. (Snip) Marsha Lanza said her husband saw Adam as recently as June
To the beat of Joni Mitchell’s song, Big Yellow Taxi running in the background, we’re calling on Michael Reagan and NewsMax.com to come to the rescue of an American tragedy in the making. Somewhere among the environs of the University of Chicago Medical Center, they’re about to “pave paradise and put up a parking lot”. In political lingo, the university medical center is going to demolish the house where President Ronald Reagan grew up in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighbourhood. In an era where overzealous revisionists are throwing American history out the window, it’s curtains for the
Dem. Rep. Jerrold Nadler is at least being honest about how he, and no doubt many Leftists, would like to feast off an unthinkable tragedy and exploit it in order to pursue a nonsensical agenda that would ensure only bad guys have guns. Last night on "The Ed Show," Nadler openly called for President Obama to "exploit" the murder of 20 children, “I think we will be there if the president exploits it, and otherwise we’ll go on to the next.” In his statement to the country yesterday, while he wasn´t specific about what action
Appearing on Fox News’ Your World this afternoon to discuss the tragic massacre in Newtown, Conn., former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said that we shouldn’t be surprised that schools have become a place of carnage after Americans have rejected teaching about life and responsibility by “removing God from our schools.” Host Neil Cavuto, trying to make sense of the horrific events that have transpired, asked the religious commentator what he believes many will now wonder: “How could God let this happen?” “It’s an interesting thing,” Huckabee said. “We ask why there’s violence in our schools but we’ve systematically removed God
DENVER- Sara Stevenson spends her working hours surrounded by Republicans, namely the married men who work alongside her in a Denver oil and gas firm company. But after hours and on weekends, she usually spends her time with other single women, and there´s not a Republican in sight among the bunch. "There was just no way I could have supported any Republican this year," said Stevenson, 31. "They skew so much to the religious right. ... They focused so much on taxes. It´s not something that women in my demographic really care about. I´ve never heard my friends lament
It is not often that I find myself in agreement with the editorial page of the New York Times, but I did on Wednesday. The Times criticized the $1.92 billion settlement agreed to by HSBC as “a dark day for the rule of law.” No bank executives, according to the LA Times, were charged. While $1.92 billion sounds like a lot, it is about 0.06% of the banks $2.6 trillion in assets. All banks stretch the limits and meaning of regulation. HSBC, the world’s third largest bank, and one that has been frequently warned, has simply been the most egregious.
As I sit here and digest what happened to all of those children, sick doesn´t even cover the feelings I have for the parents of these innocent children. However, there is another emotion brewing in my mind as well: fear. At home I own several firearms, and frankly, anyone forcing entry to my home would have a very short life expectancy. However, each day I have to send my children off to a place where the only protection they have is the ideology of wishful thinking. All it takes to take
There will be no Weekly Republican Address this weekend so that President Obama can speak for the entire nation at this time of mourning. I join the president — and all Americans — in sending prayers and condolences to the victims’ loved ones. The horror of this day seems so unbearable, but we will lock arms and unite as citizens, for that is how Americans rise above unspeakable evil.
On Friday, we learned that more than two dozen people were killed when a gunman opened fire in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Most of those who died were just young children with their whole lives ahead of them. And every parent in America has a heart heavy with hurt. Among the fallen were also teachers—men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.
My halls are decked, the mantelpiece is crammed with dinky seasonal knick-knacks and the air is heavy with the scent of pine and cherry brandy..[Snip] But behold, as I joyfully dust down the biscuit tin that plays a tune when opened so I can monitor the children’s lebkuchen consumption! Stand back as I scramble to reach the front door at the dread sound of the dog’s jaws clamping round newly arrived packages before they’ve even thumped on to the mat! Our tree is by the sitting-room window and, even if I say so myself, is a showstopper that
President Barack Obama has chosen Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts to be the next secretary of state, a source has told Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed. His replacement as head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the Sneed source said.
DETROIT — The founder of Domino´s Pizza is suing the federal government over mandatory contraception coverage in the new health care law.Tom Monaghan, a devout Roman Catholic, says contraception is not health care and instead is a "gravely immoral" practice. He´s a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court, along with his Domino´s Farms, which runs an office park near Ann Arbor. Monaghan offers health insurance that excludes contraception and abortion for employees. The new law requires employers to offer insurance that includes contraception coverage or risk fines.
I’ve been out of pocket pretty much since the first sketchy reports this morning about a possible school shooting. A meeting, a luncheon and then 6 hours in the car.The car ride was enlightening because I followed the details of the Connecticut school shooting exclusively by listening to the radio. As in all these cases, the facts changed as the day went on. First, it was a mass shooting with a semi-automatic assault rifle, which the news reports noted would put back on the political table the
As four Republican state senators, one by one, agreed to break with their party and cast a politically risky vote to legalize same-sex marriage last year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and gay-rights advocates vowed to do everything in their power to protect them against political retribution. State Senator Stephen M. Saland, one of four Republicans to vote to legalize same-sex marriage, conceded to his Democratic opponent on Thursday.
He carried a black briefcase to his 10th-grade honors English class, and sat near the door so he could readily slip in and out. When called upon, he was intelligent, but nervous and fidgety, spitting his words out, as if having to speak up were painful. Pale, tall and scrawny, Adam Lanza walked through high school in Newtown, Conn., with his hands glued to his sides, the pens in the pocket of his short-sleeve, button-down shirts among the few things that his classmates recalled about him.
Key facts from the scene of the Connecticut elementary school shooting:THE TOLL: 28 dead, including the gunman, Adam Lanza; his mother, Nancy Lanza; the elementary school´s principal, Dawn Hochsprung; and 20 schoolchildren. A woman who works at the school was wounded. THE SUSPECT: 20-year-old Adam Lanza wore a pocket protector when he was in high school and was an honor student, and was called "remote" and "one of the goths" by classmates. A law enforcement official said he may have had a personality disorder.
Now the great Augustus, Barack Hussein Obama, announced to ABC News´ Barbara Walters that he´s "pretty confident" that Republicans will cave on taxes. Okay, so our jaunty Augustus didn´t use the word "cave," but he might as well have skipped the niceties and used the C-word. Why not rub it in? One doubts that the empurpled leader of the erstwhile American Republic would say on national TV "I´m pretty confident that Republicans would not hold middle class taxes hostage to trying to protect tax cuts for high-income individuals" unless he had a good read on his adversaries
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) called for the over-the-counter sale of birth control pills in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Friday, saying that the federal government had no business restricting access to the medication. “Democrats have wrongly accused Republicans of being against birth control and against allowing people to use it. That´s hogwash. But Republicans do want to protect those who have religious beliefs that are opposed to contraception,” Jindal wrote. The popular governor, who some consider a possible candidate for president in 2016, said that the GOP had been “stupid” to allow
An emotional President Obama, wiping away tears and choking up as he spoke, said Friday that "our hearts are broken" for the families of the victims in the deadly mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. The president, hinting at possible legislation, pledged "meaningful action" to prevent more killings in the future. The president addressed the tragedy during remarks at the White House Friday afternoon, as details continued to emerge.
20 children, six adults and the shooter are dead after shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday morning - Three law enforcement officials say Adam Lanza was the shooter, and that he died apparently by his own hand - Suspect’s mother, Nancy Lanza, was found dead in the suspect’s home in Newtown, law enforcement source says - Ryan Lanza, older brother of Adam Lanza, questioned by police but not labeled a suspect, three law enforcement officials say - Below is an updated timeline of events as they happen: 7:17 p.m. Hundreds attend vigil in