Long after her hospitalizations for having had suicidal thoughts, Brittany Geldert would lie in bed each morning, debating whether to go to school. (Snip) The 16-year-old sophomore at Champlin Park High School now prefers to be called Lane, not Brittany, but she says the biggest change this school year has been in how she and other students in the district´s gay and lesbian community are treated. Nearly 12 months after a landmark settlement and a detailed anti-bullying consent decree adopted by Minnesota's largest school district, school officials, an attorney for the LGBT Rights Project
Kabul - Afghan security forces will be banned from calling for NATO air strikes in residential areas to help in their operations, President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday, three days after 10 civilians died in such a strike in the country´s east. (Snip) "Tomorrow, I will issue an decree stating that under no conditions can Afghan forces request foreign air strikes on Afghan homes or Afghan villages during operations," Karzai told more than 1,000 officers, commandos and students. If issued, such a decree would for the first time bar Afghan security forces from relying on NATO air strikes,
I have some very disappointing news for some of the more-virulent foes of sane gun-control legislation. If you’re what the National Rifle Association loves to call a “law-abiding American citizen,” no one is going to take away your guns. Not the federal government. Not the state government. Not the local government. Not the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard. Not the United Nations. Not the zombies. Well, OK, I can’t absolutely guarantee what zombies might do, but they move so slowly, you shouldn’t have much trouble keeping them from your firearms.
Two Russian nuclear-armed bombers circled the western Pacific island of Guam this week in the latest sign of Moscow’s growing strategic assertiveness toward the United States. The Russian Tu-95 Bear-H strategic bombers were equipped with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and were followed by U.S. jets as they circumnavigated Guam on Feb. 12 local time—hours before President Barack Obama’s state of the union address. Air Force Capt. Kim Bender, a spokeswoman for the Pacific Air Force in Hawaii, confirmed the incident to the Washington Free Beacon and said
Russia delivered a powerful message to the United States just hours before President Obama´s State of the Union address, one that our the American people are only just now beginning to learn about, starting with the conservative blogosphere. Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon reports: Two Russian nuclear-armed bombers circled the western Pacific island of Guam this week in the latest sign of Moscow´s growing strategic assertiveness toward the United States. The Russian Tu-95 Bear-H strategic bombers were equipped with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles
Hello, I’m Martha Roby. [Snip] As you may know, a series of deep, across-the-board military spending cuts known as ‘the sequester’ will go into effect in less than two weeks. In his State of the Union address, President Obama himself admitted that these cuts were a ´really bad idea.´ What the President failed to mention was that the sequester was his idea, proposed by his administration during the debt limit negotiations in 2011. And now we in the House are calling on the president to join us in replacing his sequester with better, more responsible spending cuts.
Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz R-Texas is breaking china in the Senate – and the media is responding. Here are the latest media stories and columns reacting to Cruz’s Tea Party firebrand behavior – and fretting about his lack of comity in the Senate. New York Times: The G.O.P.’s Nasty Newcomer “When a Vesuvius like John McCain tells you that you belch too much smoke and spew too much fire, you know you’ve got a problem.” Washington Post: Ted Cruz, making quite an entrance “Ted Cruz is not going to win Senator Congeniality. Not that he cares.
Six gun companies have announced plans to stop selling any of their products to any government agency in states that severely limit the rights of private gun ownership. Disappointed with New York State lawmakers and other jurisdictions around the country who have passed strict gun control legislation, the companies—composed of firearm manufacturers, gunsmiths, and sporting goods retailers—have announced these policies in the past week. Their various statements emphasize that such laws create a class of government employees with rights and and a class of citizens without rights
Hi, everybody. This week, I’ve been traveling across the country — from North Carolina to Georgia to here at Hyde Park Academy in my hometown of Chicago — talking with folks about the important task I laid out in my State of the Union Address: reigniting the true engine of America’s economic growth — a rising, thriving middle class. [Snip] How do we bring good jobs to America? How do we equip people with the skills those jobs require? And how do we make sure your hard work leads to a decent living?
If you’re a donor or potential donor to Karl Rove’s group American Crossroads, I recommend you listen to Mark Levin’s recent interview with Donald Trump, because they disclosed some long overdue truths that needed to be said. Trump and Levin made several points that donors, the media, and the political class can no longer ignore and frankly should have picked up on long ago. When you see the facts all laid out, you’ll be asking yourself the same question as Levin: “I would say to the wealthy donors out there,
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said he would strive to be like Lyndon Johnson, the Democrat famous for expanding the U.S. welfare state through the "Great Society," if he were elected president. According to the Miami Herald, Bush made those comments Wednesday night in San Antonio, Florida at Saint Leo University, while speaking about education, immigration, and energy policy. Bush did not address Johnson´s Great Society and War on Poverty programs, about which Ronald Reagan once famously quipped, "We had a war on poverty, and poverty won." Instead, he was referencing Johnson´s mastery of
An Army cadet who left West Point just months shy of his graduation to make a high-profile protest of religious proselytizing at the school now faces Pentagon demands that he repay the cost of his education — either through active-duty service or by paying as much as $250,000. The notification this week that he would be hit up for the fees blindsided Blake Page, 24, who says that top leadership at West Point assured him that "recoupment" of costs for his taxpayer-funded education would be waived when he left the school in December. The Army’s move to deny the waiver —
As you head off for your Presidents´ Day weekend, The Cable would just like to note that it´s now been over 72 hours since Secretary of State John Kerry reached out to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov -- without getting a call back. As The Cable reported earlier this week, Kerry reached out to Lavrov after North Korea detonated a nuclear bomb on Feb. 11, as well as the foreign ministers of Japan, China, and South Korea. Lavrov, who has been traveling in Africa, is the only foreign minister who didn´t answer or return Kerry´s call.
Did you see all those body bags leaving the tortured Carnival Cruise ship Triumph in the news reports? No? How about the long lines of grieving family members lamenting the devastating loss of life? No? Never mind. The facts are plain. The Triumph disaster is one for the ages, as they all too readily say. To be sure, we have learned once again that life is fragile, and not just life -- hope is lost as well. For surely this tragedy highlights the sad truth of an existence so excruciating that even vacations can be lost
One winter day in 1961, in Newark Valley, New York, the young couple Tim and Waneta Hoyt experienced a horrible tragedy. Their first child, Eric, who was not yet three months old, suddenly died. The precise causes of infant mortality are sometimes mysterious, and doctors could find no obvious explanation for Eric’s death—he had simply stopped breathing. The following year, Waneta gave birth to another boy, James. But he, too, abruptly died. It was only after the couple lost a third infant, Julie, in 1968, that Tim and Waneta turned to Alfred Steinschneider, a medical researcher in Syracuse
THE MODEL girlfriend of Olympic hero Oscar Pistorius spent her final minutes cowering behind a bathroom door after a late-night fight with her gun-loving boyfriend. The internationally acclaimed double-amputee sprinter pumped four bullets through the door and into the helpless blond beauty, a neighbor told a South African newspaper. Details of the Valentine’s Day murder emerged as Pistorius sobbed inside a South African courtroom before prosecutors alleged the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp was a cold-blooded killing.
A federal hate-crimes indictment highlights differences in response between Barack Obama and previous presidents when racists target blacks with violence. The Feb. 8 Department of Justice press release says that members of the Compton 155 gang, whose members call themselves “nigger killers” (the release spells it out N***** Killers) or “NKs,” use “violence and threats of violence in an effort to drive African-Americans out of their ‘territory’ on the west side of Compton.” Further, “[t]o instill fear in African-Americans, members of the gang tag their gang moniker and ‘NK’ throughout their ‘territory.’” In the Los Angeles Times story,
Former San Diego mayor Maureen O’Connor’s attorneys argued this week that a tumor contributed to her betting more than $1 billion and losing $3 billion over a decade. Appearing in federal court, O’Connor also admitted to stealing $2.1 million from the charity foundation set up by her late husband, Jack in the Box founder Robert Peterson, to fund her video poker habit. The Justice Department agreed to defer prosecution as she attempts to repay the debt. Since 2001, IRS records suggest that her winnings totaled $1 billion— but her losses were even greater. If O’Connor gets treatment
Chubby Checker is in a “Twist” (!) that his name is associated with an app called “The Chubby Checker” claims to predict the girth of a man’s penis based on his shoe size. The singer (real name Ernest Evans) filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the makers of the app, Hewlett Packard and Palm, Inc. and is seeking $500 million in damages. “The Chubby Checker” is no longer available, but according to USA Today, an old description of the app read, ”Any of you ladies out there just start seeing someone new and wondering what the size of there member is.
Does President Obama think that he has the power to kill American citizens on U.S. soil? If he accuses a guy in the Arizona desert or rural Montana of being an Al Qaeda terrorist, is it ever kosher to send a drone over to blow him up, as was done to Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen killed in Yemen? Or is it never okay to drone strike an American citizen to death here in the United States? It´s an easy question. Answering it wouldn´t jeopardize national security in any way. So why do Obama Administration officials keep dodging it? Asked the question
The International Olympic Committee issued a surprise decision on Tuesday to exclude wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games. For a number of years, the committee has drawn fire for its lack of transparency. With its secret vote to remove one of the original Olympic sports — one that dates back 21 / 2 millennia to the first games in ancient Greece — it has added another decision that deserves scrutiny. Let me suggest that when advocates of wrestling make their case for readmission, the committee pay special attention to the case for this proud sport,
U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz flew home from Washington last week, leaving behind a capital baffled by Republicans like him in Congress: those who stubbornly refuse to compromise with President Barack Obama, a tactic that some see as damaging the GOP brand and pushing the nation repeatedly to the brink of fiscal chaos. Back in his Utah district, Chaffetz drove to the Dairy Keen and barely had bitten into a bacon cheeseburger before a diner begged him to stop Obama´s health care overhaul. "It´s the stupidest plan in the world," said Phoebe Eason
President Obama´s latest executive order allows for the killing by drone strikes of American citizens abroad. The administration attempts to find its justification for this in American law: a targeted U.S. citizen has to have recently been involved in terrorist activities and pose "an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States." Although many national security advisers do not disagree with this tactic, they do have some reservations. Former CIA Director Michael Hayden told American Thinker he believes that the issue should be not killing those who take up arms against the U.S., including American citizens
The rules say the conclave has to begin 15 to 20 days after the death of the Pope. In the current case, of course, there is no death of the Pope, and thus no need for the traditional Novemdiales period of nine days’ mourning; this, combined with the fact that the world’s cardinals were given ample (17 days) notice of a vacancy in the papal office, made me think it reasonable that the cardinals could move speedily to an election, in the first couple of weeks of March. But Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi
It should come as no surprise to anyone who has lived, worked or interned in Washington that the city has been named as “America’s least faithful city,” according to a poll conducted by an online dating website tailored for “married dating.” Infidelity has always been rampant in the nation’s capital. Who can forget the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Gary Hart’s “Monkey Business” or former Sen. John Ensign’s affair with the wife of one of his top staffers? This form of Potomac fever strikes members of both parties, but Washington’s real infidelity is typically not between politicians and their wives, but between politicians