House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is one of the most despised political figures in the country. And, frankly, she doesn’t give a damn. “No, I don’t care,” Pelosi told POLITICO last Thursday, laughing heartily as she walked beneath the Capitol dome and plunged into a crowd of tourists.
The Portuguese (not “white”) woman who’s call to police sparked the Henry Gates, Cambridge MA. police incident did NOT say she saw two “black” men attempting to break into a house in her 911 call. Listen to the call here.
The caller who reported a possible break-in at the home of prominent black Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. did not mention race in the call, according to the 911 tape that was released today by Cambridge Police. The caller, Lucia Whalen, said she saw two men pushing on the door of the house.
As a baby, Ari Weinstein was mesmerized by light switches. By 2, he had mastered the family TV, stereo, and VCR and soon was taking apart mechanical toys. (SNIP) Ari’s latest feat – an online collaboration with six other inventive teenagers who have never met face to face – is the creation of software enabling Apple iPhone owners to download free, unauthorized applications.
Just as small men can be great, the important can be small. Barack Obama, who strode the political world last year as a new Colossus, is shrinking before our eyes. His proclamation that the Cambridge, Mass., police “acted stupidly” in arresting his personal friend, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., was one of those “teachable moments” the president is so fond of creating. But the lesson of that moment is not the one the president apprehended. It is a lesson that proved how little the president appreciates the office he holds.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will publish a notice on Monday announcing the extension of a special status for certain Somali nationals living in the US until March 17, 2011. The Temporary Protected Status (TPS) granted to some Somali nationals living in the US was due to expire in September 17, 2009. The notice signed by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Janet Napolitano justified the extension by saying that “Somalia remains in a state of chaos characterized by the lack of central government; a crippled economy, the absence of civil structures, destruction of infrastructure; and generalized insecurity in the form of banditry, kidnapping, looting, revenge killings, targeted assassinations, suicide car-bombings, and inter-clan fighting,”.
June new homes sales highest in more than eight years. Low prices, low interest rates and government tax breaks for first time home buyers the key. Keep in mind the tax incentive is gone come November.
New home sales jumped in June by the largest amount in more than eight years as buyers took advantage of bargain prices, low interest rates and a federal tax credit for first-time homeowners. While home prices are still falling, the figures released Monday were another sign the housing market is finally bouncing back. Data out last week showed home resales rose 3.6 percent in June, the third straight monthly increase.
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More than 1,700 incoming University of Dayton students are required to read “War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims” before they arrive on campus Aug. 22 for first-year orientation. The book, an award-winning collection of essays about young American Muslims, was written by Melody Moezzi, a 1997 graduate of Centerville High School and an American Muslim of Iranian descent. UD is a Marianist Catholic university.
Sacha Baron Cohen has stepped up his security after being threatened by a terrorist organisation that is angered at its portrayal in the film Brüno. The al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, a coalition of Palestinian militias in the West Bank, said it was “very upset” that it featured in the film starring Baron Cohen’s homosexual fashionista alter ego. Baron Cohen’s Austrian character ridicules the terrorist group when he attempts to get himself kidnapped during a meeting with Ayman Abu Aita, who is identified in the film as the leader of the Martyrs’ Brigades.
Worthless scumbag punk shoots and kills two sheriff deputies serving a warrant for his arrest. Some how, some way the state run media will try and find a tie in with conservatives somewhere in his background.
An Oklahoma man jailed in the shooting deaths of two deputies was wanted for allegedly trying to strangle his mother, who told authorities that she and her other children were afraid of him, court records show. Ezekiel Holbert, 26, was arrested Sunday after two Seminole County deputies were killed while trying to serve an arrest warrant for Holbert at his mother’s home, State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said.
Mother gets lousy form letter from Obama administration seven months after asking the commander-in-chief for help investigating the murder of her Marine son and his wife allegedly at the hands of four black soldiers.
Seven months after she poured out her heartbreak in a wrenching letter to then President-elect Obama, the mother of murdered Brooklyn Marine Sgt. Jan Pawel Pietrzak finally got a response – a form letter. “Thank you for contacting President Obama,” the note to Henryka Pietrzak-Varga begins. “We hope the issue you brought to the President’s attention has been resolved.” Pietrzak-Varga, whose son and daughter-in-law were tortured and murdered last year allegedly by four other Marines, told a Polish newspaper she doubts Obama saw her letter.
A Virginia man has been sentenced to life in prison for joining al-Qaida and plotting to assassinate then-president George W Bush. Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, who grew up in Falls Church, Virginia was convicted in federal court in 2005. He was originally sentenced to 30 years in prison, but an appeals court sent back the case out of concern that the sentence was too lenient.
Congress goes on vacation with most Americans unhappy with the work it’s doing these days. A FOX News poll released Monday shows that 30 percent of voters say they approve of the job Congress is doing, while twice as many — 60 percent — disapprove. In May, 41 percent approved and 49 percent disapproved. The drop in Congress’ approval rating comes almost entirely from Democrats and independents.
Obesity is not just dangerous, it ia expensive. New research shows medical spending in the United States averages $1,400 more a year for an obese person than for someone who is normal weight. Overall obesity-related health spending reaches $147 billion, double what it was nearly a decade ago, says the study published Monday by the journal Health Affairs. The higher expense reflects the costs of treating diabetes, heart disease and other ailments far more common for the overweight, concluded the study by government scientists and the nonprofit research group RTI International.
A man returning home to his Orange County apartment shot and killed another man during a robbery attempt, deputies said. Andri Benjamin was shot at the Villa Tuscany apartments Saturday morning when he and another man tried to commit a robbery, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Quote of the day.
As always, whitey now sits in judgment of me, preparing to cast my fate. It is your decision either to let me blow with the wind as a nonentity or to encourage the development of self. Allow me to prove myself.
-Henry Louis Gates Jr. writing some deep thoughts on his application to get into Yale University.