ARLINGTON, Va. — Nearly half a century passed before the suspected remains of six airmen made the journey from a rice paddy in southeastern Laos to a forensics lab near Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. But once those remains arrived, the experts preparing to study and identify them knew that at best the men were only halfway home. Getting them all the way would be a challenge. The crew had vanished Christmas Eve 1965, when their American cargo plane-turned-gunship, call sign Spooky 21, had apparently been shot from the sky during a mission over the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Scarlett Johansson and Reese Witherspoon are among actresses being considered to portray the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Rodham - about the younger years of the former First Lady and senator - is due out some time around the 2016 presidential election, in which Clinton might be a canditate.
Washington Post reporters Karen DeYoung and Scott Wilson (prompted, undoubtedly, by Team Obama) find that David Petraeus is to blame for the trouble in which the administration finds itself over the Benghazi talking points. It’s not exactly a case of “blame the dead guy” — more like blame the unfaithful guy, even if he is an American hero. In the Post’s telling, Petraeus drafted talking points that exceeded the scope of what the House Intelligence Committee asked for. Thus, the talking points had to be changed, and that led to Benghazigate. Team Obama’s defense has thus come full circle.
A powerful web of Islamic radicals and terror convicts sits behind the two men believed to have executed Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, it emerged today. Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, are both apparently linked to a wider network of men who are known to have either planned atrocities, preached violence or joined groups considered so extreme they are now banned. These apparent connections have come to light since the British Muslims were arrested on suspicion of hacking Drummer Rigby to death in broad daylight after he was run down with a car
President Barack Obama used a recent commencement address to graduating Marines and Naval officers at the United States Naval Academy as a way to make irrellevant political points and then turn the speech into a contextless smear on military. The entire transcript is here and despite some boilerplate praise for the military, the speech was another bizarre exercise in the President´s callous use of the nation´s fighting men and women. The speech started with a manipulative warm-up technique. Soon after, you came to the Yard--and you got quite a welcome. The joy of I-Day. Wonderful haircuts. Stylish eyeglasses
WILMINGTON, N.Y. -- The calendar may say it´s late May but it looked more like January in New York and Vermont this weekend with up to nearly 3 feet of snow falling. The weather forecasting service Wunderground.com said heavy snow was recorded in the higher elevations of upstate New York and elsewhere in the region. Whiteface Mountain in New York´s Adirondack Mountains, at nearly 5,000 feet elevation, got the most -- 24-34 inches since Friday. But even Greensboro, Vt., which is at only 900 feet elevation, got 4.5 inches. Jay Peak, Vt., got 18 inches
Memorial Day: God Bless ´God Bless America´ http://news.investors.com/politics-andrew-malcolm/052713-657786-memorial-day-memories-god-bless-america-videos-over-the-years.htm Memorial Day, as you may know, is an organic holiday that sprang up spontaneously after the Civil War as mothers and widows from both sides searched the battlefields and graveyards for their departed ones. For many years it was called Decoration Day as it morphed into a holiday marking the fallen of all U.S. wars. As well as in recent years honoring the ongoing service of the country´s military volunteers. Amid all the fun and sunny launch of summer, Memorial Day has always caused us, well, to remember.
Bob Fussner stood hunched over Sunday morning as he helped load several large boxes and coolers into a moving truck parked outside the Houston National Cemetery Administration building. While Fussner took a sip of his bottled water and fanned himself with his U.S. Marine Corps hat, a lady in an SUV pulled up next to him, windows down. "Thank you so much," the woman said with tears in her eyes. "God bless you." Fussner smiled and waved as the lady drove along. (Snip) Fussner, alongside more than 2,000 volunteers, just finished placing small American flags
On Memorial Day, all Americans should think about the sacrifices made by military service members, their spouses, and their children. Instead, many Americans spend it as a day off of work, having a barbeque or watching baseball games. American Thinker asked some former and current members of the military to consider what Memorial Day means to them. Many military families talk about the importance of the day but do not reflect on the actual meaning of this holiday. As Sam, a military spouse noted, "there are a lot of Gold Star Families in our neighborhood.
In reaction to news that the Chicago board of education approved the closure of 50 schools, part of what Mayor Rahm Emanuel says is an effort to close a $1 billion budget shortfall in the city made prudent by school underutilization and lack of enrollment, pro-union operatives lashed out with two responses: it’s racist and it’s undemocratic. Immediately following the decision Wednesday, the Chicago Teachers Union filed a lawsuit “on behalf of the parents” claiming the closures “single out African-American students.” CTU representative Brandon Johnson said: What we find most disconcerting, is that black parents in particular, have overwhelmingly
HUNTER BAKER For your summer-reading consideration this year, I recommend the following books (all with a Cold War element): Witness, by Whittaker Chambers — Witness remains one of the greatest memoirs ever written. We live in a time when everyone under 40 (give or take a few years) has essentially forgotten about the Cold War. Possibly better than any other volume, Witness spells out the stakes involved and tells an amazing human story of colliding lives at the same time. I cannot remember the last time a book captured me as fully as this one did.
CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has a bigger problem than the possibility that someone or some government agency has been tampering with her computer. Last week the investigative journalist acknowledged publicly that her work computers had been compromised. But as Dylan Byers makes clear in his piece about Attkisson in Politico published on Friday, her bigger problem is the fact that a lot of people at CBS think there’s something wrong with a journalist who is willing to report aggressively about the Obama administration’s shortcomings and scandals. That her willingness to push hard to find out the truth
Jimmy Buffett´s most famous song, Margaritaville, is an anthem to being drunk and lazy on the beach. However, through a lot of hard work and industriousness, the 66-year-old beach bum has turned it into the most lucrative song in the world. The four-minute Martaritaville, with just 208 words in its lyrics, is the basis for Buffett´s massive empire of restaurants, casinos, resorts and merchandise - bringing in, conservatively, $100million a year in revenues for the singer. By some accounts his business ventures have made him the third-richest singer in the world, with a reported net worth of $400million -
Text messages sent from Trayvon Martin´s cell phone the day he was killed show he had been arguing with someone on the phone and was "hostile," attorneys for George Zimmerman wrote in a recent court filing. Zimmerman´s lawyers argue the texts are relevant to the case, in which the unarmed teenager was fatally shot by the neighborhood watch volunteer during a confrontation in a Sanford, Florida, neighborhood in February 2012. The texts speak to Martin´s demeanor and emotional state, the Thursday filing said, and "may assist the jury in understanding why Trayvon Martin chose to hide then confront George Zimmerman
Yes, there is life after Fox News. Sarah Palin “parted ways” with the network in January. Dick Morris was gone the following month. Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum were suspended as contributors in March 2011 while they considered presidential runs. They haven’t come back. Being escorted — or, in some cases, shoved — off Fox News’s big stage has tested the ability of the four to find ways to stay relevant, whether through social media, books, radio shows, public appearances or other projects. In the time since these former high-profile paid commentators departed the most-watched
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner´s bid for a second chance in politics is not evincing much sympathy from New Yorkers, starting right at the top. "Shame on us" if the disgraced Democrat is elected mayor of New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told a Syracuse editorial board this week. You´d think Weiner´s sexting sins would pale beside Mark Sanford´s extramarital adventures in Argentina as the AWOL South Carolina governor. And yet Sanford received the blessing of his successor, Gov. Nikki Haley, and has now returned to his old seat in Congress after a campaign heavy on confession and self-flagellation.
Before Cpl. Thomas "Cotton" Jones was killed by a Japanese sniper in the South Pacific in 1944, he wrote what he called his "last life request" to anyone who might find his diary: Please give it to Laura Mae Davis, the girl he loved. Davis did get to read the diary - but not until nearly 70 years later, when she saw it in a display case at the National World War II Museum. "I didn´t have any idea there was a diary in there," said the 90-year-old Mooresville, Ind., woman. She said it brought tears to her eyes.
A suspect in last week´s savage killing of a British soldier on a London street was arrested in Kenya in 2010 while apparently preparing to train and fight with al-Qaida-linked Somali militants, an anti-terrorism police official said. Michael Adebolajo, who was carrying a British passport, was then handed over to British authorities in the East African country, another Kenyan official said Sunday. The information surfaced as London´s Metropolitan Police said specialist firearms officers arrested a man Sunday suspected of conspiring to murder 25-year-old British soldier Lee Rigby.
How is anyone proud to say that they are a Democrat? Isn’t there a point when even liberals have to cry uncle over multitude of the scandals? It was just a few months ago when left-wing pundits were dancing on the GOP’s grave. Now it looks like 2014 could be a good election cycle for Republicans. The Democrats have not only opened the door, but they also have rolled out the red carpet. President Obama and his administration are in free fall. The IRS and media scandals are making Richard Nixon look like an amateur in revenge
At one point in The Company You Keep, Robert Redford’s new film about the residue of the Weather Underground, a character named Sharon Solarz is captured by the FBI after living under a series of aliases since her involvement in a Michigan bank robbery decades earlier in which a security guard was killed. Ruminating in her cell, she describes for a young journalist the moral dilemma people like her faced back then. They could either sit by and watch as America destroyed the innocent peasant culture of Vietnam or take arms against atrocity. She says decisively
Whatever happens, O.J. Simpson is the victor. Again. Like an apparition out of your weirdest nightmares, for five days this month, O.J. was free. We haven’t seen the ex-football player, actor and the world’s most famous human ever to get off on a double murder rap in 4 1/2 years. That’s when O.J. was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping for a scary, potentially violent, 2007 confrontation with two memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room. For a week, O.J. commandeered a Vegas courtroom, claiming, again, that he was an innocent victim, this time not only of a racist “system,”
Even more shocking than the barbarity of the terrorist attacks in London and Boston is the denial by authorities on both sides of the Atlantic about their common religious motive. British Muslims offered the same explanation as American Muslims for slaughtering their fellow citizens — Islamic holy war — yet the political classes on both sides of the pond rejected it out of hand. Just minutes after British-born Michael Adebolajo and another Brit ambushed and decapitated soldier Lee Rigby, 25, in the middle of a London street, he spoke calmly into a camera, his blood-stained hands still holding the meat cleaver:
The wounded warrior in front of me rode so well, and so fast, dusting me in the flats, that for awhile I forgot he was a veteran. And then, I noticed and remembered what was different. Staff Sgt. Matthew DeWitt has no arms. They were blown off by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq. As I watched him navigate the difficult terrain, snapped into handlebars with a prothesis on each arm, the obvious question surfaced: How in the hell is he braking? And shifting? Well, thanks to his absolute determination not to let his injuries stop him
The Tea Party movement is showing signs of a resurgence following the revelation that the IRS targeted groups and other politically conservative organizations for the past several years. A recent poll shows Americans have a more favorable opinion of the less-government, anti-tax groups. And one of the biggest groups in the grassroots movement told FoxNews.com this weekend that fundraising and donations have increased since news of the IRS targeting broke earlier this month. However, one of the biggest remaining questions is whether the Tea Party can take the momentum in the 2014 elections. The movement started in 2009 as a reaction
WACO, Texas — On a recent afternoon, as McLennan County Republicans polished off their barbecue, the head of the local GOP worked his way through the group´s luncheon agenda. A plaque was presented. A local judge spotlighted. The fertilizer plant explosion in nearby West, Texas, was discussed. Only then, after 30 minutes or so, did the featured speaker take his brief turn at the microphone. If it seemed a comedown after a lifetime spent near the pinnacle of politics, bunking at the White House and growing up a prince amid Republican royalty, George P. Bush never let on.
It seems as if Time and Newsweek were right back in the seventies. Global cooling is here. At least for this Memorial Day. Somewhere Al Gore is gnashing his teeth, while concocting another speech to tell us that cooling actually means warming or some such palaver. Up is down. Good is bad. He’s beginning to sound like a cross between Napoleon in Orwell’s Animal Farm and the Mad Hatter. Actually, Al has done us a favor by making it clear once again that science is not for amateurs and that when someone says something’s “settled,” that means