National Guardsman Terrell Stevens said it hasn’t hit him yet that’s he’s going to Afghanistan for his first deployment. “It’s just surreal,” 23-year-old Stevens said. “But we’re ready and prepared.” More than 150 S.C. National Guardsmen from the 1223rd Engineer Company in Summerville left Saturday for deployment to Afghanistan after training for the past year. The unit will head to Texas for a month of additional training before spending the next year in Afghanistan on deconstruction projects. “These heroic South Carolinians will deploy to Afghanistan at a pivotal time and they will have a critical mission,”
A senior Democratic senator predicted Sunday there could be massive demonstrations in Washington if House Republicans try to block a bill to grant legal status to millions of immigrants. Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the lead Democratic sponsor of the Senate immigration reform bill, said House Republicans would likely spark massive civil rights rallies if they try to quash measures to create a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country.“This has the potential of becoming the next major civil rights movement. I could envision in the late summer or early fall if Boehner tries to bottle the bill
An understandable wave of envy is sweeping through the Beltway mainstream media, in the wake of NPR (formerly known as National Public Radio) showing off a spectacular new headquarters building in Washington, DC. NPR is spending big on creating a pleasant work environment while most other news media companies are cutting back and laying off (snip) The lesson to MSM journalists is obvious: the way to a happy life comes with government support.
On a hot August evening nearly 48 years ago, Rena Price was at home in South Los Angeles when she was summoned with alarming news: A few blocks away, one of her sons, Marquette Frye, had been stopped by California Highway Patrol officers after driving erratically down Avalon Boulevard, near 116th Street. Price hurried to the scene. Her son, according to the arresting officer, had failed a series of sobriety tests but had been good-humored and cooperative until she arrived. Accounts vary on what set off the ensuing scuffle, but a patrolman hit Frye on the head
World powers supporting Syria´s rebels have decided to take "secret steps" to change the balance on the battlefield after the United States and others called for increasing military aid to insurgents. Yet even as they prepared to step up their own involvement in a war that has killed nearly 100,000 people, they demanded that Iran and Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah stop supporting President Bashar al-Assad´s regime. In their final communique, the ministers agreed to "provide urgently all the necessary materiel and equipment to the opposition on the ground, each country in its own way
An airplane wingwalker and her pilot, both from Northern Virginia, were the two people killed Saturday in what´s been described as a horrific and fiery scene during the Vectren Dayton Air Show in Ohio. Jane Law Wicker, the 46-year-old wingwalker, and Charlie Schwenker, 64, died around 12:45 p.m. in the annual event´s second fatal plane crash in seven years. Wicker, the chief operator of Jane Wicker Airshows of Front Royal, had performed in past years at the air show in Leesburg.
The Muslim Brotherhood conspired with members of Hamas, Hezbollah and local militants in 2011 to break into a prison and free leaders of the organization, including President Mohammed Morsi, an Egyptian court said on Sunday. The Ismailia Misdemeanors Appeals Court was hearing the case of a man accused of having escaped along with Morsi from Wadi Natroun prison during the uprising that ended the rule of President Hosni Mubarak. The court, which cleared the defendant, said evidence showed that Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders had been freed thanks to an international plot involving the Palestinian militant group Hamas
If you search for the word “Alaska” in the original Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill, you’ll get no hits. But if you do the same search in the Hoeven-Corker amendment, which is essentially a new version of the immigration bill, you’ll find “Alaska” right there in black and white.The reason is that the Gang of Eight has used the rewritten bill to pay a big favor to the state of Alaska and its two senators, Republican Lisa Murkowski and Democrat Mark Begich. Here’s how it works:
Police say an armed man trying to rob customers outside an Atlanta shoe store was fatally shot by one of the patrons waiting in line to buy sneakers. WSB-TV reports the shooting happened Saturday morning in the city´s Little Five Points neighborhood, where people lined up outside Wish Clothing to buy new $180 sneakers endorsed by Miami Heat star LeBron James.
New York -Kenya´s omission from President Obama´s Africa itinerary does not signify a downgrading of Washington´s relationship with Nairobi, a White House official said on Friday. President Obama is due to visit Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania next week in an Africa tour that will bypass Kenya, his ancestral homeland. "The Kenyan people just hold a very special place in the president´s heart," declared Ben Rhodes, spokesman for the US National Security Council. "The close partnership the US has had with Kenya for decades will certainly continue," Mr Rhodes said.
A member of the New Black Panther Party who has a large tattoo on his face that reads ‘Kill Whitey’ was arrested on charges of gun possession. Maruse Heath, the head of the Philadelphia chapter of the New Black Panthers, was arrested in New York City after police claim they saw him leaving a Party meeting wearing a large bullet proof vest. Heath, 41, who also goes by King Salim Shabazz, was found holding an unlicensed, loaded gun when he was stopped by police. (snip)In 2008, Heath and a fellow Party member were arrested outside of a Philadelphia polling place
“We’re building a very strong case against that trust of today’s federal government,” Sarah Palin told Fox host Eric Bolling on Saturday morning, in one of her first appearances since being rehired by the cable network. In a wide-ranging but softball interview, Bolling plied Palin on the IRS scandal, domestic drone use, and NSA surveillance, with the refrain, “Can we trust the federal government?” “Is a bear Catholic?” Palin answered. “Does a pope live in the woods? No, I do not trust our federal government. That is the seventeen-trillion dollar question.” Palin, like her ideological mate Ted Cruz, extrapolated from
ABC News displays its own kind of bigotry by setting up their hidden cameras at a famous steakhouse in Amarillo, Texas, to hunt for homophobes. Three child actors dressed as Boy Scouts sit at a community table. One comes out to his friends as gay, and ABC News is there to capture the Southern-fried bigotry. Except, all they find is loving Christianity:[Video] "What Would You Do?" is a regular ABC News feature and probably the most appalling kind of gotcha journalism allowed to broadcast these days. The segments are almost always politically correct (race, homophobia, Muslims, bullying, smoking ),
NEW YORK- Sam Farber, who created several companies and revolutionized kitchen utensils, has died in New York, his family said. He was 88. Farber´s son, John Farber, with whom he started Oxo Utensils, said his father died from complications after a fall, The New York Times reported Saturday. (Snip) A vegetable peeler brought Sam Farber out of retirement. It began when his, Betsey, struggled to peel apples with a difficult to grasp devise, while the couple were in the south of France, where the couple had rented a home.
Hours before he died in the early hours of Tuesday morning, award-winning journalist Michael Hastings sent an email to various colleagues saying his ´close friends and associates´ were being interviewed by the FBI and that he needed to ´go off the radar´ for a while. The email also said he was onto a big story and advised his colleagues that if authorities arrived at BuzzFeed, Hastings´ employer, they should consult lawyers before speaking to them. In the subject line, Hastings wrote ´FBI Investigation re: NSA.´ He sent the email to colleagues just before 1pm Monday and blind-copied in his friend,
A. "The Bells of Hell Go Ting-a-ling-a-ling" Things are heating up in D.C. with scandals being exposed so rapidly it´s hard to keep track of them. And as Obama´s luck would have it, they are coming just as his mismanagement of the economy and the deathly impact his signature achievement "ObamaCare" is having on any recovery. Naturally, the way for someone like Obama who evades all responsibility to handle this is to travel abroad in grand style, hoping once again to attain that level of celebrity that has carried him this far above his abilities to govern.
JOHANNESBURG - Former South African president Nelson Mandela remains in a "serious but stable" condition in hospital, the government said on Saturday. Consistent with previous updates from the presidency, the statement shows that the 94-year-old anti-apartheid hero´s health is little changed since his admission to a Pretoria hospital two weeks ago.(Snip)Failure to deliver basic services under the African National Congress-led government has sparked violent protests across the country this year and are campaign points for political parties jostling for position ahead of next year´s election.
I wish the craven evangelical ministers would grow some cojones like “The Priests for Life” obviously have and start rebuking politicians who claim union with Christ while proposing and supporting legislation that’s spawned in the abyss. I don’t know if you’re hip to what the Priests for Life did last week but these gents formally sent Nancy Pelosi a little love letter telling that nutty chick, in essence, to either renounce her backing of abortion, as a Catholic, or join a Satanic Church. Actually they didn’t say join a Satanic Church. But she would fit right in.
LAPD has officially identified journalist Michael Hastings as the victim who died in Tuesday´s fatal car crash on Highland Avenue in Los Angeles. (Snip) The police also said an investigation into the crash was still ongoing by the West Traffic Detectives. Conspiracy theories have been circulating the Internet about the investigative journalist´s suspicious crash. Though the FBI told TheWrap on Thursday that Hastings was not under investigation, KTLA released an email on Saturday that Hastings sent just 15 hours before he died which suggests otherwise.
THIS January, as President Obama began his second term, the Pew Research Center asked Americans to list their policy priorities for 2013. Huge majorities cited jobs and the economy; sizable majorities cited health care costs and entitlement reform; more modest majorities cited fighting poverty and reforming the tax code. Down at the bottom of the list, with less than 40 percent support in each case, were gun control, immigration and climate change. Yet six months later, the public’s non-priorities look like the entirety of the White House’s second-term agenda. The president’s failed push for background checks has given way
A source with the Aeroflot airlines confirmed that the a man named Snowden was listed among passengers of Flight Su213 bound for Moscow. According to the source, the same passenger is to leave for Cuba on June 24 aboard Aeroflot Flight SU150. Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee charged with espionage in the United States, is flying to Cuba via Moscow, a source close to Snowden said. "He has departed on a direct flight for Moscow and will be there in the evening. But he will not stay in Moscow long. He discussed an option of further transit to Cuba,"
There’s a storm gathering around one of the provisions in the Gang of Eight amnesty bill, but it needs to gather faster, because the amnesty shill are ramming this thing through Congress faster than they’d ever consider moving on a bill that would actually help American citizens – say, by reducing the tax and regulatory burden on the private sector to spur job growth. Anyone who thought Congress was a lumbering dinosaur incapable of swift, decisive action can only marvel at the speed they’re moving on amnesty. One of the reasons for that speed
CNN runs a somewhat credulous scoop ("First on CNN!") about decidedly un-breaking news -- the launch of America Rising PAC´s campaign, Stop Hillary 2016. It´s interesting to read about the messaging tests playing out in "a series of e-mails to randomized groups of donors." What moves people? Benghazi? The fear of "having to see another Clinton in the White House"? Spoiler: None of this moves people. There have been Stop Hillary PACs, with that exact name, since 2005. They´ve been flops. Back in 2007 I tracked the progress of Stop Her Now and various Republican efforts
Carl Colson knew little about daredevil Nik Wallenda´s impending high-wire walk across the Grand Canyon until last week when he got a call from the Porta-Potty guy. "He said he´s bringing a trailer with six Porta-Potties and needed 500 gallons of water a day," recalls Colson, general manager of the Cameron Trading Post, which lies down the road from where Wallenda´s much-hyped walk will be televised Sunday. "He said, ´We´re not supposed to talk about it,´ and I said, "Well, it´s kinda outta the bag." Indeed, Wallenda, 34, a seventh-generation member of the Flying Wallendas whose soaring acrobatic feats
Before the trial started, most of the people in Whitey’s world weren’t much more than memories, or fading mug shots. But now we watch them on the witness stand 30 or 40 years later. Even the ones who are gone, wiped out in a blaze of Winter Hill machine gun fire, return in candid snapshots, previously stored in shoeboxes in attics for decades. Let’s go straight to this week’s photo collection from the Moakley courthouse. James Sousa, an old story, got mixed up with the wrong crowd. They couldn’t kill his boss, Tony Ciulla, because he owned horses