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  • Ambassadors Ask UN to Recognize Yom Kippur as Official Holiday

    10/04/2014 4:54:05 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/10/14 | Hillel Fendel
    Ambassadors to the United Nations from no fewer than 32 countries have asked that Yom Kippur be recognized as an official UN holiday. The UN currently marks 10 holidays, but none of them are Jewish. Among the recognized holidays are Christmas and Good Friday (Christian) and Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha (Muslim). The 32 ambassadors wrote a letter to the General Assembly this past July, JNS.org reports, requesting that Yom Kippur – an annual day with a "universal" message – be added to the list. The letter described the messages of Yom Kippur as follows: “Every person’s deeds are weighed...
  • Official: Second illegal immigrant wave of 30,000 coming in September, October

    08/14/2014 5:58:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/14/14 | Paul Bedard
    A second wave of some 30,000 unaccompanied illegal minors from violence-ravaged Central American nations is expected to swamp the U.S.-Mexico border in September and October, a crisis that could be worse than the one that has already pushed 62,000 children into the U.S., according to a top immigration group. “Right now it’s just too hard for them to cross, but we expect when it cools down a little bit in August or in September, October, we’ll see another surge again,” said Tiffany Nelms with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, a key support group handling the current crisis. A...
  • ‘My bad’: State Dept. official apologizes for #UnitedForGaza tweet

    07/20/2014 4:19:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/20/14 | Jessica Chasmar
    Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy Richard Stengel gave a peculiar apology to outraged Twitter users on Sunday after he tweeted #UnitedForGaza to his 15,000 followers. In a tweet directed to the State Department, Mr. Stengel said, “Critical for a full, credible and unimpeded intl investigation of crash. Urge Russia to honor it’s [sic] commitment,” Twitchy first reported. After receiving swift backlash, the tweet was deleted, and Mr. Stengel sent out a terse explanation. “Earlier tweet with wrong hashtag was a mistake. My bad,” he said. (Snip) Twitter users weren’t buying Mr. Stengel’s apology.
  • White House launches internal probe into accidental outing of CIA official

    05/27/2014 3:45:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/27/14 | Staff
    The White House has launched an internal probe after its press office inadvertently outed the top CIA official in Afghanistan -- a national security blunder that could put that individual at risk. A spokeswoman with the National Security Council confirmed to Fox News that the White House chief of staff asked White House Counsel Neil Eggleston to “look into what happened” and make recommendations on “how the administration can improve processes and make sure something like this does not happen again.” The brief statement from the National Security Council was the first on-the-record comment made by the administration since the
  • Russia Has Operational Control of Crimea, U.S. Official Says

    03/02/2014 2:59:03 PM PST · by xzins · 117 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2 Mar 14 | Streaming Coverage
    Russia Now Has More Than 6,000 Airborne, Naval Forces in Crimea, Official Says
  • Ex-IRS official Lerner's attorney says no Hill testimony without immunity or court order

    02/26/2014 12:37:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 121 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2/26/26 | Fox News.
    The attorney for Lois Lerner, a central figure in the IRS scandal, signaled Wednesday that his client will not comply with a request to testify on Capitol Hill next week. Attorney William Taylor said Lerner, who resigned last year as the agency’s tax-exempt organizations chief, will return and testify only if compelled by a federal court or if given immunity for her testimony. Taylor stated his position in a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He was responding to a letter Tuesday from Issa saying, in part, that Lerner’s testimony...
  • Did CIA official suppress Benghazi narrative? Accounts raise new questions

    02/14/2014 4:29:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    fox ^ | 2/14/14 | Catherine Herridge
    New information about the intelligence available in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi attack raises questions about whether the former No. 2 at the CIA downplayed or dismissed reporting from his own people in Libya that it was a coordinated attack and not an out-of-control protest over an anti-Islam video. Then-Deputy Director Mike Morell, whose own agency lost two employees at Benghazi, former Navy Seals Ty Woods and Glen Doherty, was heavily involved in editing the administration’s internal narrative on what happened – known as the “talking points” – which served as the basis for then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s controversial...
  • Washington offensive lineman Trent Williams says an NFL official insulted him during game

    11/18/2013 9:30:14 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 56 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11-18-13 | Anwar S. Richardson | Shutdown Corne
    "Williams claims an NFL official called him “fat ass garbage” during the game. The lineman was irate in the locker room after Washington’s latest loss, and revealed some of the alleged details:..."
  • ´White House official confirms Israeli attack on Syrian missile site´

    10/31/2013 4:49:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/31/ | ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    Obama administration official confirms to CNN that Israel attacked missiles and equipment it felt might be transferred to Hezbollah; Al-Arabiya reports Israel destroyed SA-8 missiles in Damascus and Latakia. Israel conducted air raids against a Syrian missile base near the port city of Latakia early on Thursday, according to an anonymous US administration official. The official, speaking to CNN, said Israel targeted missiles and related equipment out of concern that they would be transferred to Hezbollah. It is unclear why the US would leak such information, as it could increase the pressure on Syria to retaliate against Israel.
  • Uruguay official: legal pot for $1 per gram

    10/21/2013 8:11:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 21, 2013 4:00 PM EDT
    Uruguay’s drug czar says the country plans to sell legal marijuana for $1 per gram to combat drug-trafficking, according to a local newspaper. The plan to create a government-run legal marijuana industry has passed the lower house of Congress, and President Jose Mujica expects to push it through the Senate soon as part of his effort to explore alternatives in the war on drugs. The measure would make Uruguay the first country in the world to license and enforce rules for the production, distribution and sale of marijuana for adult consumers. …
  • Illinois State Police releases official 'no weapons' sign for businesses (concealed carry ban?)

    10/13/2013 12:48:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 57 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/11/13 | Ellen Jean Hirst
    With some businesses eager to let people know guns aren’t welcome, the Illinois State Police on Friday released the official sign to indicate a concealed carry ban. Businesses can download the state-approved sign for banning concealed carry on the Illinois State Police Web site. This summer, one Chicago restuarant put up a makeshift “no weapons” sign following the passage of Illinois’ concealed carry law. Keefer’s Restaurant managing partner Glenn Keefer expressed concerns about people carrying guns in his restaurant that serves alcohol as well as food. Permits for concealed carry become available online on Jan. 5.
  • EPA official who faked CIA ties takes the Fifth

    10/01/2013 1:24:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/1/13 | Erica Martinson
    The former senior EPA adviser who stole $900,000 from taxpayers while posing as a CIA agent pleaded the Fifth on Tuesday morning — shortly before House members expressed outrage upon learning that he’s still due to get his government pension. John C. Beale invoked his right not to incriminate himself when facing questioning from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, just four days after he pleaded guilty to charges that could bring him three years in prison.“Mr. Beale, do you have a statement?” panel Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) asked during the hearing. “Thank you, Mr. Chairman. No I do...
  • California Democratic Party Official Resigns Over Offensive Tweet

    09/22/2013 11:22:41 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | September 21, 2013
    A Democratic Party official in Sacramento County has resigned after sending an offensive Twitter message during a heated exchange over President Obama’s health care law. SNIP Brauer addressed the offensive tweet to Amanda Carpenter, a speechwriter for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, as House Republicans voted to defund the health care law. Brauer wrote, “May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases.” SNIP
  • Official Quoted Saying: Obama's a Coward

    09/01/2013 10:57:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    inn ^ | 9/1/13 | Arutz Sheva
    Maariv quoted an unnamed diplomatic source in Jerusalem Sunday who bluntly called US President Barack Obama a "coward" for stepping back from an attack on Syria. "Obama is a coward; it is obvious that he does not want to attack and is looking for reinforcement [for this approach]. It is hard to believe that after Congress turns down his request, he will go on an operation like this on his own, without support from the international community, without the suport of public opinion and without Congress,” the source said. Maariv says that while Israel's official position on the possible intervention...
  • Syrian Official: If Damascus is Attacked, Tel Aviv Will Burn

    08/27/2013 7:47:20 PM PDT · by Lera · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/28/2013 | Elad Benari
    A senior official in the Syrian army warned the United States and its partners on Tuesday that waging a full-scale war on Syria would be reciprocated with an immediate attack on Tel Aviv. "If Damascus comes under attack, Tel Aviv will be targeted too and a full-scale war against Syria will actually issue a license for attacking Israel," the Syrian army source told the Iranian Fars news agency. "Rest assured that if Syria is attacked, Israel will also be set on fire and such an attack will, in turn, engage Syria's neighbors," he added. The source also warned the U.S....
  • EMT who ignored dying pregnant woman while on coffee break cleared of official misconduct

    06/25/2013 6:47:21 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 25, 2013 | JAZZ SHAW
    <p>The Brooklyn EMT who callously refused to help a dying pregnant woman because she was on her coffee break saw her official misconduct charge dropped today after EMS chief Abdo Nahmod — who initially supported the case against her — flip-flopped, leaving frustrated Brooklyn prosecutors no choice but to dismiss the case.</p>
  • IRS Replaces Official Who Sat in on IG Interviews of Employees

    06/11/2013 6:09:46 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/11/2013 | Wynton Hall
    On Monday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) circulated an internal memorandum announcing that Holly Paz--the Obama donor-turned-IRS director of Tax Exempt Organizations who sat in on 36 of 41 Inspector General interviews with IRS employees--will be replaced. It is presently unclear whether Paz has been fired, transferred, or placed on leave. Democrats and Republicans on the House Oversight Committee were baffled when they learned that the Inspector General had allowed Paz to sit in on the audit interviews of her IRS employees about improper targeting of conservative groups. During congressional hearings, Inspector General J. Russell George said he was unaware...
  • Top IRS Official For Obamacare Implementation Placed On Administrative Leave

    06/05/2013 3:10:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 6/5/13 | John Stanton
    WASHINGTON — The IRS has put a top official in charge of implementing Obamacare on administrative leave after it was discovered he had accepted $1,162 in free food and other items during a 2010 conference. In a statement, the IRS confirmed that two employees have been placed on administrative leave — which is paid — and have begun the process of removing them. “[Acting IRS Director] Danny Werfel learned of the situation last night and immediately asked his leadership team to take action. He has also been in contact with key congressional committees about the situation,” the service said in...
  • Holder OK'd search warrant for Fox News reporter's private emails, official says

    05/23/2013 2:56:05 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 109 replies
    NBC News ^ | 5/23/13 | Michael Isikoff
    Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday.
  • 'That's Not How It Works!': Rep. Gowdy Objects to Top IRS Official Taking the Fifth

    05/22/2013 10:05:09 AM PDT · by Nachum · 103 replies
    Fox ^ | 5/22/13 | Fox
    Lois Lerner, director of the IRS division that singled out conservative groups, invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to testify at a House oversight hearing on the scandal. Lois Lerner, director of the IRS division that singled out conservative groups, invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to testify at a House oversight hearing on the scandal.
  • Top IRS official will invoke Fifth Amendment

    05/21/2013 12:40:53 PM PDT · by 11th Commandment · 447 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | May 21, 2013 | By Richard Simon and Joseph Tanfani
  • Top IRS Official to Invoke Fifth, Issa Subpoenas

    05/21/2013 2:17:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 105 replies
    National Journal ^ | 5/21/13 | Shane Goldmacher
    Lois Lerner, the IRS official who headed the tax-exempt division when the targeting of tea-party groups took place, plans to invoke her Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer questions before Congress on Wednesday. But Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House oversight committee where Lerner was to appear, has issued a subpoena to Lerner anyway. The subpoena was delivered after the committee received the letter from Lerner's attorney, a committee aide said. Her attorney, William Taylor, said in a letter obtained by National Journal, that Lerner had "not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation" but that...
  • Sudanese official directly linked to genocide to meet with Obama administration

    04/30/2013 4:48:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    damnstraightpolitics.com ^ | 4/30/13 | Donlyn Turnbull
    In what I’m considering a new low, even for this administration, the State Department has announced it will be hosting a Sudanese delegation know for state sponsored terror and crimes against humanity by means of ethnic cleansing in the Darfur region. The Obama administration agreed to a high-level meeting with a delegation from the Sudan, the State Department announced on Monday. The Associated Press is reporting Senior officials with the National Congress Party, (NCP) of the Sudan have agreed to come to Washington for the “candid discussion on the conflicts and humanitarian crises within Sudan.” The delegation will be led...
  • Boston official: Video footage shows bomb suspect

    04/17/2013 6:27:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 143 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/17/13 | DENISE LAVOIE and RODRIQUE NGOWI
    BOSTON (AP) -- In what could be major break in the Boston Marathon case, investigators are on the hunt for a man seen in a department store surveillance video dropping off a bag at the site of the bombings, a local politician said Wednesday. Separately, a law enforcement official confirmed that authorities have found an image of a potential suspect but don't know his name. The development - less than 48 hours after the attack, which left three people dead and more than 170 wounded - marked a possible turning point in a case that has investigators analyzing photos and...
  • Obama Labor Department official told employees to vote in online religion contest

    03/10/2013 9:54:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/10/13 | Patrick Howley
    A top Obama administration Department of Labor (DOL) official sent an email to Department employees March 1, as workers were fearing furloughs as a result of sequestration, urging them to vote in an Episcopal Church-themed online game called “Lent Madness,” prompting outrage from Department workers who perceived the email as being in poor taste and a possible violation of separation of church and state. Carl Fillichio, senior adviser for communications and public affairs at DOL, sent an email from his government computer and official email account system to instruct DOL Office of Public Affairs employees to vote in an online...
  • The Voter Fraud That ‘Never Happens’ Keeps Coming Back

    02/08/2013 9:56:43 AM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/8/2013 | John Fund
    Critics of voter ID and other laws cracking down on voter fraud claim they’re unnecessary because fraud is nonexistent. For instance, Brennan Center attorneys Michael Waldman and Justin Levitt claimed last year: “A person casting two votes risks jail time and a fine for minimal gain. Proven voter fraud, statistically, happens about as often as death by lightning strike.” Well, lightning is suddenly all over Cincinnati, Ohio. The Hamilton County Board of Elections is investigating 19 possible cases of alleged voter fraud that occurred when Ohio was a focal point of the 2012 presidential election. A total of 19 voters...
  • Russian ruling party official shot dead in Caucasus

    12/26/2012 7:53:51 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Kyivpost ^ | 12/26/12 | Reuters
    MOSCOW, Dec 25 (Reuters) - Two gunmen shot dead a ruling party official on Tuesday in Russia's North Caucasus, where the Kremlin is fighting to subdue an Islamist insurgency, investigators said. Unknown assailants burst into Boris Zherukov's office in Nalchik, capital of the province of Kabardino-Balkaria, and shot him twice in the head, Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement. Zherukov was head of President Vladimir Putin's ruling United Russia party faction in the local parliament. He was also rector of the local State Agricultural University. Insurgents fighting to carve an Islamic state out of a patchwork of mainly Muslim...
  • Calif. official whose agency under-reported unemployment stats was Obama campaign donor

    10/18/2012 9:06:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/18/12 | Gregg Re
    Marty Morgenstern, the secretary of the California agency that substantially under-reported unemployment claims last week, contributed to President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential election campaign, The Daily Caller has learned. On Oct. 11, the federal government reported that weekly jobless claims were down significantly, suggesting a dramatic national increase in economic growth. But within hours, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that one major state had failed to fully document jobless claims. Speculation among market watchers and economists initially focused on California, but the state’s Employment Development Department strongly denied that it had failed to properly document the data. “Reports that...
  • State Dept. Official Refuses to Call Attackers in Libya Terrorists

    10/10/2012 1:51:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    cns news ^ | 10/10/12 | Elizabeth Harrington
    (CNSNews.com) – Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Charlene Lamb refused to use the word “terrorist” during her testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday, saying she is not in the position to make “any judgments on my own.” Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) pressed Lamb, who appeared as a witness on Capitol Hill on the security breaches surrounding the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi last month, following her testimony: “Today as I listen to people, and you, Ms. Lamb, have said you’ve described these attackers in a number of ways, but you don’t mention terrorist...
  • Chicago Official Backpedals After Saying Reagan Deserves a ‘Special Place in Hell’

    08/23/2012 5:13:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/23/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    A Chicago-area official apologized after saying former President Ronald Reagan deserves a “special place in hell” for his part in stepping up the war on drugs. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, a Democrat, said her language Tuesday was “inflammatory,“ but stood by her criticism about the ”failure of the war on drugs to end illegal drug use or sales in this country.” According to the Chicago Tribune, Preckwinkle was defending the city of Chicago’s recent move to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, allowing police officers to write tickets instead of make arrests. She said drug treatment should...
  • ATF official resigns after Issa, Grassley nail him in congressional Fast and Furious report

    08/02/2012 7:32:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/2/12 | Matthew Boyle
    The man who served as the deputy director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives during Operation Fast and Furious resigned on Tuesday, an agency spokesman told The Associated Press on Thursday. William Hoover was one of the five ATF officials House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa and Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley singled out as responsible for Operation Fast and Furious. ATF spokesman Drew Wade told the AP that Hoover resigned on Tuesday – the day Issa and Grassley released the congressional report in which they singled out Hoover and four of his colleagues. Wade did not...
  • Olympic Committee Defends 'Nazi Salute' of German Official

    07/30/2012 2:38:34 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/7/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) defended a German official who has been accused of performing the 'Nazi salute' during the opening ceremony of the London Games. Honorary IOC member Walther Troger was filmed extending his left arm back and forth repeatedly as the German team marched around London's Olympic stadium on July 27, The Telegraph reported. IOC spokesman Mark Adams vehemently denied allegations that Troger’s hand motion was a Nazi salute. "I can't think of anyone who is less anti-Semitic than him," he said adding that he is “devastated that it was interpreted in this way." According to The Telegraph,...
  • DoJ official refuses to denounce demands for Saudi-style blasphemy law

    07/27/2012 5:35:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/27/12 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama’s top civil rights official repeatedly declined to support religious free speech during a July 27 congressional hearing, despite repeated questioning from Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks, who chairs the House’s constitution subcommittee. Tom Perez, the progressive who runs the Justice Department’s civil rights office, refused to answer the questions posed by Franks. “Will you tell us… that this administration’s Department of Justice will never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion?” Frank asked four times. Perez refused to answer, saying “it is a hard question, in the sense that when you make threats...
  • Dept. Of Energy Official Can't Answer Why Abound Solar Got Loan Despite Warnings

    07/18/2012 9:46:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/18/12 | goprapidresponse
    Department of Energy Official before the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee can't answer Rep. Jordan's questions on why Abound Solar got loan despite warnings before hand (July 18, 2012)
  • DOE Official: Loan Program Wasn’t About Job Creation

    07/12/2012 4:48:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7/12/12 | staff
    Vid at link
  • German official: Obama should get his own debt under control before handing out free advice

    06/25/2012 7:54:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | June 25, 2012 | Erika Johnson
    In a not-so-subtle rebuke of President Obama’s tendency to offer unsolicited recommendations on how Europeans should handle their debt crises on Sunday evening, Germany’s finance minister suggested that perhaps His Munificence should focus on his own problems before trying to fix everybody else’s. Wolfgang Schaeuble told public broadcaster ZDF in an interview late Sunday that “people are always very quick at giving others advice.”He says: “Mr. Obama should first of all take care of reducing the American deficit, which is higher than in the eurozone.” An unfortunate and embarrassing truth — the EU’s debt-to-GDP ratio is well over eighty percent,...
  • Former EPA official, of “crucify” fame, bails from Hill hearing at the last minute

    06/06/2012 8:18:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6/6/12 | Erika Johnsen
    Yesterday, I was pretty excited about today’s scheduled House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, “EPA Priorities and Practices,” at which the former EPA regional administrator Al Armendariz was supposed to appear to explain his unique philosophy of enforcement. But then, all of my hopes were dashed — dashed! — when Energy & Commerce made this announcement late last night: WASHINGTON, DC – With less than 24 hours until he was scheduled to testify in front of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 6 Al Armendariz has notified the committee that he will not appear at...
  • Mormon doctrine and how it is established: an official explanation?

    05/31/2012 10:36:42 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 19 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | May 31, 2012 | Eric Johnson
    At the April (2012) General Conference of the Mormon Church, Apostle D. Todd Christofferson told the congregation, “…we must admit there has been and still persists some confusion about our doctrine and how it is established. That is the subject I wish to address today.”In his remarks, Apostle Christofferson explained, “The President of the Church may announce or interpret doctrines based on revelations to him (see, for example, D&C 138). Doctrinal expression may also come through the combined council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (see, for example, Official Declaration 2)… At the same time it...
  • Bush to return to White House to unveil official portrait (May 31)

    05/19/2012 1:57:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/19/12
    Bush to return to White House to unveil official portraitBy ANI | ANI – 25 minutes ago Washington, May 19 (Xinhua-ANI): Former U.S. President George W. Bush is expected to return to the White House for the unveiling of his official portrait honored by sitting President Barack Obama later this month, both Bush's office and the White House confirmed Friday.
  • Top EPA official resigns over 'crucify' comment

    04/30/2012 9:42:49 AM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Google ^ | 4/30/12 | DINA CAPPIELLO
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's top environmental official in the oil-rich South and Southwest region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word "crucify" to describe his approach to enforcement. In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson sent Sunday, Al Armendariz says he regrets his words and stresses that they do not reflect his work as administrator of the five-state region including Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
  • NC Dem official sexually harrassed staffer; Party fears credibility ‘doomed’

    04/13/2012 12:09:34 PM PDT · by hope · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/13/12 | Matthew Boyle
    A former North Carolina Democratic Party staffer was sexually harassed by a party official, made a financial settlement with the party and signed a non-disclosure agreement to keep the incident quiet. “If this hits the media, the Democratic Party, our candidates, and our credibility are doomed in this election,” reads one email exchange between state Democratic leaders. An email chain between those Democratic leaders, obtained by The Daily Caller, indicates the executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party, Jay Parmley, and the alleged sexual harassment victim both signed non-disclosure agreements. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/13/nc-dem-official-sexually-harrassed-staffer-party-fears-credibility-doomed/#ixzz1rwtJpJrP
  • Canadian Defense Minister - Talks About UFOs Aliens And Government Conspiracy !!

    03/28/2012 3:47:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    youtube ^ | March 24, 2012 | ikonabass
    Canadian Defense Minister - Talks About UFOs Aliens And Government Conspiracy !! These are the words of former Canadian defense minister Paul Hellyer. According to AOL News
  • Can Mormons Trust Their Prophets?

    03/10/2012 8:35:10 AM PST · by Colofornian · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Mormon Coffee ^ | March 5, 2012 | Sharon Lindbloom
    The topic of “Mormon folklore” seems to be a popular one right now, following on the heels of the racially offensive comments made by BYU Professor Randy Bott last week (see “Did the Mormon Church ever discriminate against black people?” on Mormon Coffee). As Mormons scramble to try to distance the LDS Church from its past, over and over they tell the world that the things taught by now-gone Mormon leaders regarding the priesthood ban–and about black people in a broader sense–amounts to nothing more than “folklore,” “speculation” and mere “opinion.” In an official statement the LDS Church said, “It...
  • Do “Official” Mormon Sources Exist?

    02/12/2012 7:24:21 PM PST · by Colofornian · 40 replies
    Mormon Coffee (MRM.org) ^ | Jan. 26, 2012 | Sharon Lindbloom
    How do you know?
  • Justice official says congressional deadline for more Fast and Furious documents ‘impossible

    02/01/2012 8:32:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/1/12 | Sari Horwitz
    On the eve of U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s appearance before Congress, a senior Justice Department official said the agency cannot meet the deadline Republican lawmakers have set to turn over more documents on the “Fast and Furious” gun operation or be held in contempt of Congress. Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole said that the Feb. 9 deadline to submit all documents on the botched gun operation set this week by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, was “impossible to meet.”
  • Mexico official fired for saying poor smell bad

    12/28/2011 1:08:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/28/11 | AP
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican anti-poverty official has been fired after posting a comment on social media sites suggesting that poor people smell bad. Mexico's anti-poverty agency says Carlos Talavera has been fired as director of outreach brigades in the western city of Uruapan after a Facebook posting of his was re-tweeted on social media sites. The original comment appears to describe an event attended by poor people and reads roughly "truth is this smells impressively bad, poor things."
  • Should one limit consideration of “Mormonism” to what minimalists deem “official” and “binding”?

    11/15/2011 5:49:57 AM PST · by Colofornian · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | Oct. 24, 2011 | Aaron Shafovaloff
    When comparing and contrasting Biblical Christianity with Mormonism, should one limit consideration of “Mormonism” to what minimalists deem “official” and “binding”? I answer “NO” for a number of reasons: Mormons, even minimalist Mormons, disagree amongst themselves over what constitutes “official” and “binding” doctrine. Some restrict it to recently emphasized teaching via institutional channels (regardless of whether it is in the Standard Works). Some restrict it to the Standard Works alone. Some restrict it to what is recently emphasized by the Church which is ALSO in the Standard Works. Some restrict it to what a particular individual has an emotionally epiphanous...
  • Official AFL-CIO #OccupyPortland Protester: ‘I Don’t Really Care About The Economy, I Couldn’t Care

    11/13/2011 2:15:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/13/11 | staff
    <p>"I don't really care about the economy. I couldn't care two f*cks about what happens if, you know, we have another Great Depression."</p>
  • Virginia Senate candidate Tim Kaine speaks at dinner honoring top Muslim Brotherhood official

    10/26/2011 9:19:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    jihad watch ^ | 10/26/11 | staff
    In "An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America," by Mohamed Akram, May 19, 1991, Muslim Brotherhood operatives in the U.S. are told that they "must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and "sabotaging" its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions." In "Virginia Senate Candidate Honors Hamas Associate" at FrontPage, October 25, Ryan Mauro discusses yet another American politician...
  • Canada Expels PA Official for ‘War Tweet’ on Jews

    10/23/2011 12:24:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 10/22/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Palestinian Authority’s envoy to Canada was told to leave the country after she tweeted a link to a video urging a “war" to destroy Jews.” The Palestinian Authority envoy to Canada was told to leave the country after she tweeted a link to a video of an Arab girl calling for a “war to raze oppression and injustice to destroy Jews.” The PA official, Linda Sobeh Ali, told Canadian media that she had not seen the video which she sent on Twitter with the notation, ”Check this out.” She apologized but charged that the incident was "intentionally magnified and misinterpreted...