Dressed in his Sunday best, a Victorian gentleman with a faraway look in his eyes sits in a chair while his photograph is taken. But if his posture seems rather unnatural, it is for good reason. He is dead. These remarkable pictures show the morbid way that the deceased were remembered in the late 19th century. The invention of the daguerreotype - the earliest photographic process - in 1839 brought portraiture to the masses. It was far cheaper and quicker than commissioning a painted portrait and it enabled the middle classes to have an affordable, cherished keepsake of their dead
The Obama administration’s hypocrisy over information related to the bin Laden raid and burial apparently knows no bounds. Judicial Watch has battled the Obama administration for records detailing the leaking of sensitive details to the filmmakers behind Zero Dark Thirty, a movie that documents the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. The film was recently released nationally to critical acclaim and much press interest. JW uncovered records showing that the Obama administration sought “high visibility” in bid Laden projects. They wanted to project Barack Obama as a strong leader in command,
While many Hollywood denizens were putting the finishing touches on their hair and makeup to head out to the Jan. 13 Golden Globes ceremony, filmmaker Judd Apatow was planning a surprise for a wounded OIF/OEF veteran. On Feb. 20, 2012, Sgt. Michael Goodrich was engaged in a firefight in eastern Afghanistan when a rocket exploded near him, severing his jaw and sending shrapnel into his leg. After almost a year of surgeries and rehabilitation, Sgt. Goodrich can now eat, talk and walk, but treatment is still ongoing. During the weeks he and his family of four were living
This morning, many in the media went all in with a sanctimonious attack against gun-rights supporters who they accused of heckling Neil Heslin, the parent of a 6-year old boy murdered in the Sandy Hook massacre. The only problem is that it was all a lie. Mr. Heslin was not heckled. If you look at the full, unedited tape (which was first obtained by Twitchy), you´ll see that after 15 minutes of the audience remaining respectfully silent as Mr. Heslin spoke out against assault weapons, he then turns to ask the audience a direct question:
Here’s a running transcript of President Obama’s remarks at an event in Las Vegas where he is calling for broad changes to the nation’s immigration laws. Remarks are being updated as they become available. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you.(APPLAUSE) Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. It is good to be back in Las Vegas.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas -A Texas woman won a reprieve from the death chamber Tuesday, mere hours before she was scheduled to be the first woman executed in the U.S. since 2010. State District Judge Larry Mitchell, in Dallas, rescheduled Kimberly McCarthy´s punishment for April 3 so lawyers for the former nursing home therapist could have more time to pursue an appeal focused on whether her predominantly white jury was improperly selected on the basis of race. McCarthy is black. (Snip) The 51-year-old McCarthy was convicted and sent to death row for the 1997 stabbing, beating and robbery
A fluctuation in the jet stream unusual for mid-winter has created a wild range of weather. Tornado watches have been issued for parts of Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas, and April-like thunderstorms are expected in Chicago. Other states from Texas to Florida, Kansas and parts of the Midwest and Northeast are experiencing record heat. Record warmth is expected today ahead of the storms, with record highs possible in Chicago, St. Louis and Tampa that could reach 60 degrees or more, 73 degrees and 83 degrees, respectively. Additionally, a powerful cold front will slam into
DEVELOPING ... President Obama said Tuesday that "now´s the time" for immigration reform, using an address in Las Vegas to try and energize renewed talks in Congress toward comprehensive legislation. "I´m here today because the time has come for common-sense comprehensive immigration reform," Obama said. The president, setting out to craft an immigration overhaul where many before him have failed, was running into trouble even before he gave his address. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., one of four Republican senators involved in a bipartisan effort to craft immigration reform legislation, earlier in the day blasted
During last Sunday’s “Sixty Minutes” joint interview with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Obama boasted that “You know, when it comes to Egypt, I think, had it not been for the leadership we showed, you might have seen a different outcome there.” It’s hard to disagree with the president. His administration contributed to the turmoil now gripping Egypt and leading to what some observers on the ground there have characterized as “a complete state of collapse,” to quote Al Jazeera. Under Obama’s self-described “leadership,” his administration promulgated the false
People have been expressing severe shock and revulsion at the ugly remarks by Lib Dem MP David Ward about Israel and the Holocaust. As The Commentator reported, to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day Ward said the following: ‘Having visited Auschwitz twice--once with my family and once with local schools--I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza.’
In a candid photograph Casey Anthony relaxes on a Florida beach as she soaks up the sun and chills out by reading a book. In another, the beaming 26-year-old stands with the legal team that successfully defended her from charges she murdered her three-year-old daughter, Caylee. The never before seen pictures of the ´most hated mom in America´ - the first of her in more than a year - come as Anthony breaks her silence to reveal she is seeking ´closure´ on ´these things holding me back´. Anthony, who has been in hiding since the trial,
Britain is to deploy up to 350 military personnel to support the fight against Islamic fanatics in west Africa. About 40 military trainers are set to be sent to Mali to improve the Malian army’s ability to take on extremists based in the north of the country. Between 150 and 200 more British troops could be part of a wider west African training mission; they may be based in countries neighbouring Mali such as Nigeria. About 70 UK military personnel are already in Senegal from where a Sentinel surveillance aircraft is operating. There is also a small number of special forces personnel in the Malian
How much will Barack Obama spend for a photo-op while he pushes his immigration policies? For his round-trip today to Las Vegas, where he will speak about immigration reform at a local high school, Obama’s trip on Air Force One will cost over $1.6 million. Air Force One costs $182,000 per hour, and the trip will total 9 hours. Obama’s schedule states, "While in Las Vegas, the President will deliver remarks on the need to fix the broken immigration system so that it is fairer
An Indiana couple faces jail time for nursing a near-dead deer back to health, in apparent violation of the state’s Department of Natural Resources rules for returning wild animals to the forest. The couple — Jeff Counceller, a police officer, and his wife, Jennifer — found the deer in 2010 on a porch, curled into a ball, with maggot-filled puncture wounds, the Associated Press reported. The two cared for the animal on their 17-acre Connersville home, according to the Associated Press. State conservation officers recently visited the home and discovered the deer, according to ABC News.
Did anyone else raise an eyebrow when President Obama over the weekend told The New Republic that he likes to shoot skeet at Camp David? "Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time," he told the magazine. His comments seemed remarkable for two reasons: His fondness for shotguns has never been revealed before. But his disdain for Camp David has. "He hates it," said New York Times White House reporter Helene Cooper last May on the Chris Matthews show. "Obama doesn´t like going there," she added. The reason: It doesn´t Headline split by staff.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush urged Arkansas lawmakers Tuesday to expand the use of charter schools in the state, calling increasing education options a civil rights issue that remains unresolved 56 years after the integration of Little Rock Central High School. Speaking at a rally at the state Capitol staged by a group lobbying for changes in the way Arkansas approves charter schools, the Republican called on state legislators to find ways to expand educational opportunities to the state´s low-income students through charter schools and other programs. The Republican
In a surprising endorsement, three top former CIA officials Tuesday praised the controversial anti-terror film "Zero Dark Thirty," claiming that it properly showed that brutal interrogation worked in the early war against al Qaeda, despite administration claims. What´s more, the three, including a former CIA director and his top spy, said that without so-called "enhanced interrogation," which President Obama killed in his third day in office, the nation´s security is at risk. "I fear for the safety of our national security because of that," said Jose Rodriguez,
A courtroom surveillance camera has captured the terrifying moment a man brutally assaulted his ex-girlfriend as she sought an order of protection against him. Rashad Greene, 30, was left alone with his grandmother and 28-year-old ex-girlfriend after Magistrate Tracy Stoner briefly left the Summit County courtroom in Ohio on Friday. They had attended the hearing after the woman applied for a restraining order against Greene, whom she said threatened and abused her, on January 16. In the footage, the magistrate leaves the room and Greene can be seen yelling and becoming increasingly agitated as his ex-girlfriend sits around the other
Despite a series of high profile cases involving so-called “trolling”, computer hacking, harassment and abuse via anonymous accounts, Twitter provided information to investigators just once in the second half of last year, its second biannual Transparency Report said. (Snip) Twitter said it refused requests that did not relate to a specific account, were “overly broad” or when members challenged them. Its robust approach has caused frustration among investigators, according to law enforcement sources. Identifying anonymous Twitter members can be very difficult,
A Cairo tribunal on Tuesday upheld death sentences passed on seven Egyptian Coptic Christians in absentia for their involvement in a movie that ridiculed the Prophet Mohammed, a judicial source said. The accused, including the director of the movie that triggered outrage across the Muslim world when it surfaced last September, are currently living in the United States. Terry Jones, an American pastor based in Florida who is said to have promoted the film and who had also been sentenced to death in absentia, had his sentence reduced to five years in jail by the tribunal.
This morning on the Today show, former vice president Al Gore claimed that "our democracy has been hacked." "There are some things I miss about it, yes," said Gore, in response to a question about whether he misses politics. "And I continue to speak out on issues. But one of the themes of this book, Matt, is that our democracy has been hacked. That´s a computer term, of course, that implies control of the way our political system works has been taken over. In this case, by big money, corporations designated as persons, anonymous donors.
A conservative pro-immigration reform group has issued talking points to Republican lawmakers, telling them to avoid referring to the U.S. citizen children of illegal immigrants as "anchor babies" or calling for the construction of an "electric fence" on the border, among other things. (Snip) The memo urges lawmakers to call them "undocumented immigrants" and to avoid terms such as "aliens" or "illegals," which are seen as offensive and dehumanizing. Another phrase to avoid? "Send them all back." Link repaired and Snip added by staff.
CNN is making a number of moves this week regarding on-air talent. Both James Carville and Mary Matalin are out, mainly because of their lack of access to Washington DC: CNN contributors and political power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin are leaving the network, Carville told POLITICO today. The decision was CNN’s, Carville told POLITICO: “I was told that they wanted the contributors to be more available — essentially, closer to Washington,” he said. “I’m not always available, I don’t live there.” Carville and Matalin, his wife, live in New Orleans, La. Our friend Erick Erickson
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, responded to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s suggestion that banks stop working with gun makers by telling ‘the Godfather’ he’s a bully and inviting the companies involved in the gun industry to run their businesses out of Texas. “[Y]our city’s longstanding policies stripping citizens of their constitutional right to keep and bear arms have, in turn, produced some of the very highest crime and murder rates in the nation,” Cruz wrote to Emanuel, whom he suggested is pushing “a partisan agenda” at the expense of Chicagoans. “Regardless, directing your attack at legitimate firearms manufacturers