An Internet video purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group.
Did Barack Obama really get surprised by the rise of ISIS and its capabilities to fight militarily — or did he just ignore the threat? Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reports that a former Pentagon official says the Presidential Daily Briefing has included warnings about ISIS for more than a year, long before Obama dismissed them as “jayvees.” In this case, the source insists, the intelligence on ISIS’ capabilities and potential was “exquisite”:
Rookie Michael Sam, heralded as the first openly gay player in the National Football League, was released Saturday by the St. Louis Rams, prompting the liberal blog Mother Jones to run what amounted to a photo of the player, along with a provocative, almost juvenile headline.
Michael Sam was cut by the St. Louis Rams over the weekend. Over the following 24 hours, no other team had decided to claim the first openly gay player drafted to the NFL. Then came the news that the Rams didn’t choose him for its practice squad. And though he could be picked for a practice squad for another team this week, NFL watchers believe his options are dim.
Michael Sam was the 249th guy selected in the NFL draft this year, and that, in itself, was the beginning of the end.
In July, ESPN’s blowhard Keith Olbermann ripped Tony Dungy for saying that he would pass on Michael Sam because of the distractions surrounding what would be the first openly gay player in the NFL. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play,” said Dungy, “but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.”
Over the last two years, the U.S. has had a spike in expatriations. It isn’t exactly Ellis Island in reverse, but it’s more than a dribble. With global tax reporting and FATCA, the list of the individuals who renounced is up. For 2013, there was a 221% increase, with record numbers of Americans renouncing. The Treasury Department is required to publish a quarterly list, but these numbers are under-stated, some say considerably.
With the autopsy complete, the pathologist has ruled 11-month-old Micahyah Crockett’s death was a homicide caused by “brain swelling due to lack of oxygen.”
The charges against Nyesha Crockett, mother of deceased 11-month old Micahyah Crockett, have been released. The 21-year old mother is being charged with battery, aggravated battery, neglect and murder.
The California State Senate last week gave final legislative approval to a bill that would require toy guns to be painted bright colors or made clear. A similar bill failed in 2011.
A federal appeals court upheld Indiana’s right-to-work law banning mandatory union fees on Tuesday in a split decision that was delivered a few days before the state Supreme Court hears separate challenges over whether the 2012 measure violates the state constitution.
Unions are a business. Their business model is similar to a gym. The more members they have, the more money they make. They don’t create a product to sell. They just promise their members with some benefits of being a member. Just like a gym, they don’t care if all of their members benefit from their services. They just want your membership payments coming in.
The boy’s father, Brett King, posted a video (above) on YouTube just moments before his son was taken from him by British officials that calmly explains why he and his wife felt forced to flee England’s “cruel system.” The DailyBeast provides a summary of the key events leading up to the Kings removing their son, Ashya, from the hospital and leaving the country: