Django Unchained and Titanic star Leonardo DiCaprio says he is planning to take a significant break from filming and concentrate on his environmental campaigning. In an interview with Germany´s mass circulation daily Bild, the 38-year-old American actor said: "I am a bit drained. I´m now going to take a long, long break. I´ve done three films in two years and I´m just worn out.´´ "I would like to improve the world a bit. I will fly around the world doing good for the environment,
Many people turn to knitting as a means of stress reduction, and Harmeet Dhillon of San Francisco was no exception when she took up the hobby during college in 1986. Dhillon, however, has taken her interest in textiles a step or two further than most recreational knitters. In 2012, she founded Sea Ranch Woolworks,(Snip) She was born in rural India and is now as an award-winning trial attorney at the helm of her own firm, chairwoman of the Republican Party of San Francisco and a candidate for vice chair of the California Republican Party. (Snip) added by Staff.
Boston—It was the summer of 2004 and Massachusetts Democrats were giddy over the possibility of a favorite son, John Kerry, winning the presidency, yet also determined to block Republican Gov. Mitt Romney from picking a member of his own party to fill Kerry’s U.S. Senate seat. What followed may truly have been a law of unintended consequences. In passing a bill to require a special election and deny Romney a partisan appointment, Democrats unwittingly created the mechanism by which a Republican, Scott Brown, would later win one special election and, depending on what happens in coming weeks, perhaps
At their wedding reception in 1992, Barack Obama and his bride, Michelle, made their way to a table to greet three women who had taken him under their wings as a young community organizer. Loretta Augustine-Herron, one of the women in his memoir, "Dreams From My Father," recalls him asking them, "Can I get you anything?" "When you are elected president," she told him, "we want an invitation to the inaugural ball." According to Augustine-Herron, he replied, "You´ve got it" and flashed his toothy smile. But four years ago, invitations never came for the three women,
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden today officially embarked on their second term, taking the Constitutionally mandated oath of office in two separate private ceremonies inside their homes. Shortly before noon in the Blue Room of the White House, Obama raised his right hand, with his left on a family Bible, reciting the oath administrated by Chief Justice John Roberts. He was surrounded by immediate family members, including first lady Michelle Obama and daughters, Malia and Sasha. "I did it," he said to his daughters after taking the oath. Biden was sworn in earlier today
Joe Biden the gaffe machine was at it again Saturday. Speaking at the Iowa State Society inauguration ball, the Vice President said, "I´m proud to be President of the United States" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): After some laughter and a nudge from someone on stage, Biden corrected himself. "I´m proud to be Vice President of the United States," he said, "and I´m prouder to be Barack Obama, President Barack Obama´s Vice President." "Well, there goes that," Biden joked. "Look, on a serious note, I guess I´m lucky to get back to a serious note."
President Barack Obama was sworn into his second term of office on Sunday at noon in front of only his wife and two daughters in a simple service. The quick swearing in took place on Sunday in keeping with the laws states in the Constitution which states that Presidents´ terms begin at noon on January 20. Normally the oath of office is given on the steps of the Capitol and is followed by his address to the nation, but because this year it happens to fall on a Sunday- and inaugurations are never held that day of
DALLAS- A pickup truck used by former President George W. Bush at his Texas ranch was sold for $300,000 at an auction on Saturday after he donated it to benefit a charity that serves U.S. military families. The 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch 4x4 SuperCrew was sold as part of the Barrett-Jackson auction house´s sale of collectible cars in Scottsdale, Arizona. The auction house did not disclose the identity of the buyer. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush used the pickup at their ranch in Crawford, Texas, where they frequently entertain friends, family and visiting dignitaries.
Cowboy boots peered out from under all the sequins and shimmer at the Texas State Society´s immensely popular Black Tie and Boots inaugural ball Saturday night at the Gaylord National Resort on the Potomac near Washington D.C. The ball´s many rooms were filled with Texans of every variety, including U.S. Reps Kevin Brady and Sheila Jackson Lee, TSU President John Rudley, singer Yolanda Adams, the Kilgore College Rangerettes and perhaps the most famous "cowboy" today, actor Jamie Foxx, who introduced singer Charley Pride.
Could the Feds potentially use your prescription drug history to curtail your Second Amendment rights? In the wake of President Obama’s list of 23 executive orders — saying “If there’s even one thing that we can do to reduce this violence…” — the potential exists for the Department of Justice to use Federal drug databases to screen for “mental illnesses.” While the idea may sound far-fetched, state and federal agencies already cooperate to share information about your history of prescription drug use, including the use of medications for “psychiatric disorders.” Your doctor, your pharmacist, and your local emergency
Sales at the Valley’s collector car auctions topped $156 million on Saturday afternoon, not counting some of the most expensive cars slated to hit the auction block during prime time. Barrett-Jackson in bidding early Saturday evening at WestWorld in Scottsdale sold a 1947 Delahaye Type 175 Saoutchik for $1.21 million and a 1947 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport for $2.03 million. The original Batmobile built by famed car customizer George Barris for the 1966 television series sold for $4.62 million. Source corrected and text added by Staff.
The Algerian government has been defending it’s tactics in dealing with the terrorists who attacked a gas complex and took dozens of westerners hostage by saying that the al-Qaeda offshoot holding the prisoners left them little choice when they began to execute the innocent. The Daily Telegraph has confirmed that nine Japanese hostages were executed by the terrorists, and British foreign secretary William Hague said that seven more hostages were probably executed just prior to the final assault: Hague added that suggestions seven of the hostages had been “executed” by their captors prior
For President Obama’s second inaugural, we’re just going through the motions. (Snip)That messiah never came, and a sluggish economic recovery overshadowed his term. Obama was reelected less because he inspired the nation than because he discredited his opponent. Most Americans still think that the country is headed in the wrong direction, and just one in five trust their government to do the right thing. Much of this says less about Obama than about the times. But the president manages to make his own presidency seem smaller by his frequent invocations of our greatest president.
The expiration of a temporary break in Social Security withholdings means paychecks have shrunk, which experts say could have a chilling effect on consumer spending. In the debate over the “fiscal cliff,” Congress allowed the cut to expire, causing Social Security taxes to return to 6.2 percent from the 4.2 percent Americans were paying over the past two years. The expiration of the tax break means the average household will have $18 to $20 less each week, or $900 to $1,000 less each year, said Roberton Williams, a tax economist and
Thousands rallied across the nation yesterday in support of Second Amendment rights, and conservatives were reminded that Barack Obama’s second term presents a unique opportunity to rebuild. Our principles of individual liberty and constitutional government may be a minority creed, but they are still the best principles to have. Even liberals find them compelling--when they are not hypnotized by the Obama cult of personality. The conservative movement should aim high. Its long-term political goal
WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has joined CBS News as a contributor. CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes say Rice “will use her insight and vast experience to explore issues facing America at home and abroad.” Rice served as secretary of state during President George W. Bush’s second term. She was the first African-American woman to hold the post. Rice was Bush’s national security adviser during his first term and worked on the National Security Council
KABUL, Afghanistan — The United Nations said Sunday that Afghan authorities were still torturing prisoners, such as hanging them by their wrists and beating them with cables, a year after the U.N. first documented the abuse and the Afghan government promised detention reform. The report shows little progress in curbing abuse in Afghan prisons despite a year of effort by the U.N. and international military forces in Afghanistan. The report also cites instances where Afghan authorities have tried to hide mistreatment from U.N. monitors. The slow progress on prison reform has prompted NATO forces to once again stop
The radical leftists who have staffed up the legacy media are losing all pretenses of being neutral reporters, and coming out of the closet as rabid partisans lately. It is one thing to openly swoon over Barack Obama at off-the-record events, which keeps the general public out of the loop, while priovately reaffirming media solidarity as partisans. But it is quite something else to put one´s name on a publication which argues for delegitimizing opposition to the Anointed One. That is exactly what CBS News political director John Dickerson has done in Slate:
As NewsBusters reported Friday, Newsweek magazine´s newest cover touts Barack Obama´s upcoming inauguration as "The Second Coming." Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank apparently doesn´t agree, and wrote about the President´s first term Friday the "messiah never came." "Monday’s phony ceremony on the West Front of the Capitol contributes to the overall letdown that is this 2013 inauguration," said Milbank. "For all the grand preparations, the moment feels small." "Four years ago, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the capital, sleeping on floors and lining the streets so that they could be part
In 1994, the GOP won an historic landslide and swept the Democrats in Congress from power. The victory was due, in large part, to a recent assault weapons ban that had been enacted. No doubt with this in mind, former President Bill Clinton last night warned top Democrat donors not to be dismissive of those who believe in gun rights. “Do not patronize the passionate supporters of your opponents by looking down your nose at them,” Clinton said. “A lot of these people live in a world very different
Street vendors and souvenir stores across Washington, D.C. are selling posters depicting President Obama as Jesus Christ — and one national news publication called him the “Second Coming.” The poster, which does not have the official endorsement of the White House, features an image of the president in prayer with the headline, “Prophecy Fulfilled.”
Today on ABC’s This Week, after Rick Santorum explained that Americans are protective of their right to buy guns because they “want to feel safe,” former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm offered a reassuring sentiment: Americans needn’t worry about protecting themselves, because they have President Obama, and “he sees himself as protector-in-chief.” Granholm explained that she sees Obama as also applying this philosophy of president-as-palladium to foreign policy — perhaps a more sensible concept.
Speaking of today´s NFL playoffs and Colin Kaepernick´s sizzling San Francisco 49ers, take a look at this recent solar flare -- from our safe winter distance of about 95 million miles. This plasma eruption is a minor one, as solar flares go. It only shot out about 160,000 miles before the Sun´s gravity pulled most of the million-degree burning material back onboard. Our Sun seems plenty big from the viewpoint of Earth.
Washington—As the uprising closed in around him, the Libyan dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi warned that if he fell, chaos and holy war would overtake North Africa. “Bin Laden’s people would come to impose ransoms by land and sea,” he told reporters. “We will go back to the time of Redbeard, of pirates, of Ottomans imposing ransoms on boats.” In recent days, that unhinged prophecy has acquired a grim new currency. In Mali, French paratroopers arrived this month to battle an advancing force of jihadi fighters who already control an area twice the size of Germany.
By some of the most important measures of social progress, black and Latino residents of Colorado have lost ground compared with white residents in the decades since the civil-rights movement. Minority gains made during the 1960s and 1970s have eroded with time, an I-News Network analysis of six decades of demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau found. In other categories, the gaps between whites and minorities have steadily widened since 1960.
Newark — The painting that caused such a ruckus at the Newark Public Library is uncovered again, viewable by all, and the controversy around it gone. You may remember a column last month about several staff members up in arms because they didn’t think the art was appropriate. They made such a fuss that it was covered up a day after being hung in the second-floor reference room. The huge drawing was done by Kara Walker, a renowned African-American artist whose themes deal with race, gender, sexuality and violence. This piece shows the horrors of reconstruction, 20th-century Jim Crowism