Forty children died in 2011 while under the state’s watch, including five youths who were gunned down, seven who committed suicide and a dozen babies — some sleeping in an adult’s bed — who were deemed victims of sudden and unexpected infant deaths, according to an alarming report one outraged lawmaker called “troubling and frustrating.” The report by the Office of the Child Advocate, the state’s independent watchdog, also shows fatalities among kids under the care of various state agencies, including the Department of Children and Families, are on the rise, jumping from 36 in 2010 and
Golf star Phil Mickelson says he regrets publicly commenting that he may have to leave California over high taxes, saying he should not have spoken out on such a personal topic. In a statement to Fox News late Monday, Mickelson apologized to anyone he may have "upset or insulted" with the comments that his high tax bracket was causing him to consider “drastic changes” in his life, including possibly moving his family out of state and even retiring from the game of golf. "Finances and taxes are a personal matter and I should not have made my opinions
LOS ANGELES — Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles officials maneuvered behind the scenes to shield molester priests, provide damage control for the church and keep parishioners in the dark, according to church personnel files. The confidential records filed in a lawsuit against the archdiocese disclose how the church handled abuse allegations for decades and also reveal dissent from a top Mahony aide who criticized his superiors for covering up allegations of abuse rather than protecting children.
Not many inaugural addresses go down in history books as memorable, especially second inaugural addresses. Despite the incumbent Democrat´s pride in his speechmaking skills, Barack Hussein Obama´s first inaugural speech was memorable in 2009, not for anything he said, but for the fact that an African American was saying it.[Snip] Officials estimated Obama´s inauguration crowd about half the 2009 gathering. Much of the media coverage of Monday´s 2,100-word speech focused on the downright liberal nature of the agenda Obama outlined, although he did not say the words "liberal" or its preferred code word "progressive."
WELLINGTON, New Zealand –Gareth Morgan has a simple dream: a New Zealand free of pet cats that threaten native birds. But the environmental advocate has triggered a claws-out backlash with his new anti-feline campaign. Morgan called on his countrymen Tuesday to make their current cat their last in order to save the nation´s unique bird species. He set up a website, called Cats To Go, depicting a tiny kitten with red devil´s horns. The opening line: "That little ball of fluff you own is a natural born killer." He doesn´t recommended people euthanize their current cats --
DEARBORN, Michigan –McDonald´s and one of its franchise owners agreed to pay $700,000 to members of the Muslim community to settle allegations a Detroit-area restaurant falsely advertised its food as being prepared according to Islamic dietary law. McDonald´s and Finley´s Management Co. agreed Friday to the tentative settlement, with that money to be shared by Dearborn Heights resident Ahmed Ahmed, a Detroit health clinic, the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and lawyers. Ahmed´s attorney, Kassem Dakhlallah, told The Associated Press on Monday that he´s "thrilled" with the preliminary deal that´s expected to be finalized March 1.
Last night at the inaugural ball, singer Alicia Keys reworked her hit song ‘Girl on Fire’ to feature President Obama – on fire. “She’s getting a round of applause from me,” CNN’s Piers Morgan noted after the song was over. “She may have just given the best free concert in the world!” Read the new lyrics below: He’s president and he’s on fire, hotter than a fantasy, lonely like a highway -He’s living in a world, and it’s on fire -Filled with catastrophe, but he knows he can fly away -
9:54 p.m. -- Stevie Wonder is taking the stage at the Inaugural ball. The crowd has thinned considerably since the Obamas danced. (Snip) 9:14 p.m. -- A hitch before the president´s arrival. The escalators going up to the next level have stopped working, forcing several people who want to leave the ballroom to trek up the stairs in heels and "good clothes." Overheard on the escalators: "This sucks. I could have stayed home and watched this on TV." (Snip) A D.C. couple was taking in the inauguration spectacle from their front stoop a block away, sitting and sipping wine Intro corrected by staff
The State Department on Monday identified a second Houston-area resident as among the Americans killed during the hostage siege at an Algerian oil field. A spokewoman said Victor Lynn Lovelady was killed in the siege — dashing the hopes of family members who said last week they were told Lovelady, 57, was alive but still being held hostage. His brother, Michael Lovelady of Nederland near Beaumont, told the Beaumont Enterprise Monday morning that the family received preliminary notification on Saturday that Victor Lovelady was dead.
A pair of federal courts struck down union challenges to labor reforms in Indiana and Wisconsin last week, preserving major Republican gains aimed at cutting costs and attracting business. Federal Judge Philip Simon on Thursday tossed out a lawsuit aimed at preventing Indiana from becoming the first right-to-work state in the Midwest. He rejected the union’s contention that Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels and the legislature overreached in pursuing labor reforms. “None of the legal challenges launched by the union here to attack Indiana’s new Right to Work law can succeed,” he wrote. “The electorate can ultimately decide whether [lawmakers’] judgments
At just 11 years old, Sasha Obama has lived most of her life in the limelight, first as the daughter of a rising star candidate, then as the youngest member of the first family. In addition to the pressure to excel at all the things most 11-year-olds must deal with--homework, after school sports, navigating the awkward pre-teen phase--Sasha has to sit attentively at many of her dad´s long speeches under the watchful eyes of the cameras and millions of views across the country. Most days, she wears it well, bearing official events with patience beyond what
The high-powered weapons that Adam Lanza used in his murderous rampage weren’t routinely locked up in his home even though his mother knew he had serious psychological problems, a close family friend told the Daily News. Investigators are focusing on whether Lanza had a “psychotic break” before he murdered his mother, then shot to death 26 children and staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month, the friend said. Nancy Lanza had brought her son to a psychiatrist and pushed him to get out of the house as he became increasingly antisocial, according to the friend.
Whoever coined the term ´to the victor goes the spoils´ did not have President Barack Obama´s official inauguration party in mind. They knocked on doors for him and helped him win re-election, but when Obama supporters put on their tuxedos and ball gowns to celebrate the start of his second term in office, they feasted on pretzels, peanuts and Cheez-its. ´This is the food? I´m not too thrilled about it. It´s for the birds,´ said Ben Shelly, who helped mobilize support for Obama on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Dancing was also difficult: it was much too crowded in
If he had his way, Paul Ryan would have been attending the inauguration in a very different capacity--as the new vice president. Instead, the Republican representative was just another face in the political crowd on Monday and suffered the indignity of being loudly booed as he left the Capitol building in Washington D.C. The former VP hopeful said last week that he would attend the swearing-in ceremony of President Obama because it was his ´obligation´. [Snip] According to conservative blog Red State, the booing was started by Dan Freeman, an attorney who works at the Department of Justice.
Humans are a plague on the Earth that need to be controlled by limiting population growth, according to Sir David Attenborough. (snip) “We are a plague on the Earth. It’s coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so. It’s not just climate change; it’s sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now,” he told the Radio Times.
What a contrast last night´s Inaugural Address was compared to the one President Obama gave four years ago. Gone was any attempt to reach out to his Republican opponents. In its place was an aggressive assertion of modern liberalism, with the emphasis on gay rights, gun control, gender equality, combating climate change and--if his remarks about Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and income inequality are anything to go by--redistributive taxation. This is a fully-fledged socialist agenda that will leave the the 47.2 percent of Americans who didn´t vote for Obama feeling ostracised and angry. If this is going to be the
The promise has an ominous sound. Provoking memories of the eerie music in “Jaws” when the shark circles the boat, Team Obama is revving up its campaign machine for the showdown over gun control. “We’re going to take this fight to the halls of Congress,” Vice President Joe Biden warned. “We’re going to take it to the American people. We’re going to go around the country making our case.” Do-do, do-do, thump-thump-thump-thump. America is gonna need a bigger boat to survive the onslaught of the permanent campaign.
Backwards, march! Yesterday’s declaration by President Obama, signaling with his inaugural address that he intends to turn America around and march it backwards to the glory days of failed leftism — making of America one gigantic society of beggars — raises the central and obvious point. It’s the damage, stupid. So how much damage can the American left do over the next four years? Really. Seriously. How much damage can the far-left-wing do with a re-elected Obama presidency? A lot.
By linking the founding moments of women´s rights (Seneca Falls, N.Y.), African-American rights (Selma, Ala.), and gay rights (Stonewall Inn), President Obama stepped forcefully into a politically charged zone. He became the first president to mention the word "gay" and the issue of gay rights in an inaugural address, according to ABC News. While praised by gay-rights advocates, the remark might raise eyebrows in the African-American community, where social conservatism runs deep, as does skepticism about gay rights. One indication of how divisive the issue can be in the black community: Prince George´s County,
Spam email is on the wane. And no one on God’s green Earth is going to miss it. The share of spam in email traffic decreased steadily throughout 2012 to hit a five year low, an unprecedented decrease. The main reason behind the decrease in spam volume is the overall heightened level of anti-spam protection, says the Moscow based junk mail and cyber crime fighting Kaspersky Lab. Spam filters are now in place on just about every email system, reducing the amount of spam reaching user accounts, both personal and corporate, to a bare minimum. Spam is becoming ineffective
Washington engineers waste. After pouring billions into a nuclear waste storage repository, the Obama administration has added its two cents: Start over. Energy Secretary Steven Chu issued his report Jan. 11, rubber-stamping the final recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. This was not surprising since he selected the panel members and imposed restrictions on its purview. Most important was his order that the commission not examine the viability of the nuclear repository already constructed and virtually ready for use: Yucca Mountain. In 2011, the Government Accountability Office reported the 2010 shuttering
Wait, no, not Santa Claus. What’s the name of the other jolly fellow who hands out free toys and candy to everyone as if by magic, and only the emotionally stunted believe in him? Oh yeah, that’s right: President Barack Obama. I had never heard of Tom Foreman before today, but that’s only because he’s on CNN. For whatever reason, the network has allowed him to admit the following on their “news” site: Inauguration Day will signal the culmination of an effort I launched on January 20, 2009, to write a letter
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says it’s time for the president to “get serious about spending.” The budget numbers suggest Barack Obama already has, with beneficial effects on the deficit. ...“If you strip out the stimulus, discretionary spending over the last few years has been quite modest and is scheduled to go to levels we haven’t experienced in modern times,”