The manhunt for accused killer and ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner has forced a California elementary school to shut down because its head priest´s sister is on Dorner´s hit list, according to local reports. Holy Angels´ School pastor Rev. Michael Evans emailed parishioners over the weekend to say the school and church in Arcadia would close this week as he sought refuge outside the Los Angeles area. "While I am not under direct threat from this suspect, both LAPD and Arcadia PD have recommended that I be away from the parish," Evans said in a statement, according to L.A.´s KABC.
As part of a discussion with voters about Obamacare funding, Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) told one man, “Don’t confuse me with any facts.” “This is part of the problem,” Brown told an audience member who had asked about the billions of dollars cut from Medicare under the Affordable Health Care Act. “In this time period it’s just like -- don’t confuse me with any facts. I was at a town hall meeting with AARP, and they talked about the pros and cons and explained everything. So I would suggest that you go and read what they have
NEW YORK -- Salt has quietly been slipping out of dozens of the most familiar foods in brand-name America, from Butterball turkeys to Uncle Ben´s flavored rice dishes to Goya canned beans. A Kraft American cheese single has 18 percent less salt than it did three years ago. (Snip) A squirt of Heinz ketchup is 15 percent less salty. Their manufacturers are among 21 companies that have met targets so far in a voluntary, New York City-led effort to get food manufacturers and restaurateurs to lighten up on salt to improve Americans´ heart health,
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is acknowledging for the first time that Pope Benedict XVI has had a pacemaker for years and that its battery was replaced a few months ago in secret. Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said Benedict had the pacemaker installed "a long time" before he became pope in 2005. He called the latest medical procedure "routine." It was the first time the Vatican has mentioned a papal pacemaker. Italian daily Il Sole 24 said the pope had the pacemaker procedure less than three months ago in a Rome hospital and did not miss any public appearances.
TAMPA — Pundits are already atwitter over tonight’s annual exercise in political posturing. The question many are asking is whether Obama will stay on the attack against his Republican opponents or attempt to use the speech to identify areas where he can work with them. The real question is whether the president will make a single remark that bears any resemblance to reality. The State of the Union address (SOU) has always been little more than a nationally televised stump speech. As all presidents believe that anything happening anywhere in the country is a direct result
Sequester: In his State of the Union speech, President Obama is sure to issue dire warnings about the automatic spending cuts resulting from the "sequester." But look closer, and the cuts are far less than meet the eye. As the March deadline for the sequester draws closer, Obama´s rhetoric about the cuts it will impose grows more overheated. In his radio address over the weekend, he said they would be "a huge blow to middle-class families and our economy as a whole."
Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner has jettisoned whatever was left of her country’s moral standing by consummating a devil’s pact with Iran, whose leaders were responsible for having inflicted the worst-ever act of terrorism on her own citizens. In March 1992, the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires suffered a terrorist bombing which killed 29 and wounded 242 people. Two years later, in July 1994, a second bombing targeted the Jewish community center (AMIA) killing 85 and injuring hundreds. Headline corrected by staff
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - A pregnant woman is recovering from an attack after Seminole County Sheriff´s deputies said she was beaten during a brawl in Sanford by 12 people, including four juveniles. The youngest suspect is 12 years old. Neighbors said the fight broke out on Sunday just after 10 p.m. in the Palm Point subdivision along Daffadil Terrace. "The kids down there were with one another down there," said Danny Hughes, a neighbor. "Then the parents got in it. Lord, have mercy." One 911 caller said one suspect grabbed a gun during the altercation. Link repaired by Staff.
On Monday, February 11, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he had succeeded in cajoling 21 companies to remove more salt from some food products. Companies such as Butterball, Heinz, Starbucks, Oscar Mayer, and Kraft Foods have committed to taking more sodium out of products ranging from popcorn, to cold cuts, to breakfast sandwiches. Bloomberg announced that 21 companies out of 24 agreed to the changes. "These companies have demonstrated their commitment to removing excess sodium from their products and to working with public health authorities toward a shared goal -- helping their customers lead longer,
The manhunt for fugitive former LAPD officer and suspected murderer Christopher Dorner has taken a toll on Southern California police departments. (Snip)The response on Sunday at a Lowe´s store in Northridge was massive, but the report that Dorner was there was later found to be false -- like many other sightings. But police say they´re not letting up. "We'll continue to go until we have Mr. Dorner in custody, and the threat has ceased," LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman said Monday. That is a tall order -- costly not in dollars, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said, but also in public safety.
For the 3,458th time in its history, the country has honored another of its magnificent military men and women with the Medal of Honor. Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha. Romesha´s citation and description of his gallantry in combat in Afghanistan are below. He is the fourth living recipient from the nation´s combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Besides a lifetime of honor as a hero, the Medal carries other perquisites.
Former Illinois Republican Rep. Joe Walsh plans to sue the Chicago Sun-Times for printing what he said “is a deliberate attempt to defame” him. Sun-Times reporter Natasha Korecki on Monday authored an article alleging Walsh, who lost his bid for re-election, is behind on child support payments. “After insisting he wasn’t a ‘deadbeat dad’ throughout his failed campaign for re-election, ex-U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh is still dogged by questions about child support,” Korecki wrote. “Walsh, a flame-throwing Tea Party Republican who was trying to land a radio deal and last week announced he was forming a new
Claudia Roth has been an ardent critic of Iran, especially over its treatment of women, while religious custom dictates that Ali Reza Sheik Attar, the Iranian ambassador, should not shake hands with a woman. But this failed to prevent the two from slapping palms as Ms Roth passed a grinning and seated ambassador during a security conference in Munich. The snippet of footage of the high-five has received widespread coverage in the German press, and left both parties red-faced, as spokesmen sought to explain the unusual encounter.
WASHINGTON — No sooner did President Barack Obama and a group of senators separately outline proposals to revamp the nation’s immigration system than the phone lines on several African-American-oriented talk radio shows heated up with callers blasting the plans. “Amnesty,” complained Frankie from Maryland recently on the nationally syndicated “Keeping it Real with Al Sharpton.” (Snip) “Our issues are not being highlighted and pushed, and things like gay marriage and (immigration) are being pushed to the forefront,” the caller said. “Hispanics are effectively organized. For us not to be organized and for us not to hold our leadership accountable
Be still, my heart. Dr Benjamin Carson is freeing up time and energy to pursue his passions in politics and education, retiring from surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Could world-renowned, up-from-the mean-streets of Detroit inspirational figure be the Man on a White Horse who could rescue America from the fiscal and social death spiral the progressives have foisted upon us? [Snip] Dr. Carson has the potential to transform America. He is anchored in reality and common sense, and possesses an extraordinary ability to speak clearly and directly.
North Korea touched off another underground nuclear test today, large enough to register as an earthquake on foreign seismographs. The hermit kingdom confirmed the shot in a statement shortly after, saying this device was a lighter, miniaturized version of its previous ones. South Korean officials said the explosion was far larger than the tests in 2009 and 2006. And then President Obama replied with -- wait for it -- another prepared statement calling the dictatorship´s latest nuclear test "a highly provocative act." He also promised to remain "vigilant."
It is high time for parents who care about the future of their children, their community, and their civilization to stop telling themselves comforting lies about their power to combat the degradations of public education. Believing that reason and morality can be restored while leaving the compulsory public school apparatus intact is like imagining you are going to raise your daughter to be Jane Austen while feeding her a daily diet of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.(snip)The modern public school´s purpose, as described by its leading theorists, advocates, and power-brokers for more than a century, is to destroy ethical individualism
President Obama´s State of the Union message "will be one that resonates broadly with the American people," White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett told MSNBC´s "Morning Joe" on Tuesday. "And so the message will be one about building the middle class from the inside out as opposed to the top down. That was the essential theme of his 2008 campaign, that´s what he did during his first term, and it certainly was debated in the last election," she said. "And I think that theme will be described in ways of, how are we going to equip the
The U.S. government spent about $2.2 billion last year to provide phones to low-income Americans, but a Wall Street Journal review of the program shows that a large number of those who received the phones haven´t proved they are eligible to receive them. The Lifeline program—begun in 1984 to ensure that poor people aren´t cut off from jobs, families and emergency services—is funded by charges that appear on the monthly bills of every landline and wireless-phone customer. Payouts under the program have shot up from $819 million in 2008, as more wireless carriers have persuaded regulators
DUBAI/DOHA - In the center of Cairo, young men hold up a burning flag for the cameras to show their fury at a nation they believe is meddling in their country and the wider Middle East. It´s a familiar image. But it´s not the U.S. flag they are waving, it is that of Qatar, the Gulf state that has used its billions to spread its influence in the wake of the Arab Spring. For most Western governments and officials, the influence of Qatar emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani´s government is seen as broadly positive. Qatar´s neighbors are uneasy, however.
President Obama on Tuesday slammed North Korea for its latest nuclear test, calling the move a “highly provocative act” and a threat to the United States. “This is a highly provocative act that, following its December 12 ballistic missile launch, undermines regional stability, violates North Korea’s obligations under numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions, contravenes its commitments under the September 19, 2005 Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks, and increases the risk of proliferation,” said Obama in a statement released by the White House. Obama said North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile program posed “a threat
President Obama will use his State of the Union speech Tuesday to turn public opinion against automatic spending cuts and argue that some of the money to replace the cuts should instead come from higher taxes. He will use the prime-time TV address to argue the economy would be damaged if $85 billion in automatic spending cuts were to go ahead on schedule on March 1, and will seek to set up Republicans to take the blame if they do. Obama will spend a significant portion of his address talking about jobs and the
The White House is poised to release an executive order aimed at thwarting cyberattacks against critical infrastructure on Wednesday, two people familiar with the matter told The Hill. The highly anticipated directive from President Obama is expected to be released at a briefing Wednesday morning at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where senior administration officials will provide an update about cybersecurity policy. The executive order would establish a voluntary program in which companies operating critical infrastructure would elect to meet cybersecurity best practices and standards crafted, in part, by the government.
True to form, CNN, Reuters, and other media outlets used the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI´s retirement to dwell on ancient sex scandals, opposition to gay marriage, and a host of other things the media have never liked about a Pope who would not hew to whatever worldview the chattering classes embraced at the moment "As a Catholic, I´m not buying this," tweeted hysterical chatterer, Piers Morgan, a "modern world" Catholic
The Obama White House is to be congratulated. It has executed one of the most effective stonewalls in recent memory over the Benghazi attack last Sept. 11 that killed our ambassador to Libya and three others. Its handling of the aftermath of the debacle is a model example of the power of obfuscation and delay. Future high-ranking officials please take note: This is how it is done. All the smart PR gurus say it is best to release bad news as soon as possible “to get ahead of the story,” as the phrase goes.
Jamie Lokoff hung up his phone and rushed downtown on a summer day in 2011. An arsonist had targeted his new bar, MilkBoy, just weeks before it was scheduled to open. The butcher paper lining the windows had caught fire, alerting a passerby to call 911. The incident marked a sinister turn in the MilkBoy owners’ ten-month battle with the carpenters’ union over the construction of the bar and music venue in downtown Philadelphia. Though Jamie Lokoff and his partner, Tommy Joyner, had used unionized labor on much of the project,