Pentagon: 'Live Anthrax' Inadvertently Shipped Across US
The Pentagon revealed Wednesday that "live anthrax" was shipped, apparently by accident, from a lab in Utah to nine other states. Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren assured that "there are no risks to the public" and said an investigation is under way. But a defense official also told Fox News it is unknown at this time whether anyone was exposed to the live samples.
Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals from Clinton State Dept.
A consortium of American defense contractors led by Boeing would deliver $29 billion worth of advanced fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, the United States' oil-rich ally in the Middle East. The deal appeared to collide with the State Department's documented concerns about the repressive policies of the Saudi royal family. But now, in late 2011, Hillary Clinton's State Department was formally clearing the sale, asserting that it was in the national interest. Interestingly, in the years before Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia contributed at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation.
104,000 Taxpayers Have Personal Info Stolen from IRS Website
More than 100,000 taxpayers have had their personal tax information stolen from an IRS website as part of an elaborate scheme to claim fraudulent tax refunds. The information was stolen from an online system called "Get Transcript," where taxpayers can get tax returns and other tax filings from previous years. In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address.
EPA Unveils Comprehensive 'Power Grab' Water Regulations
The EPA, in announcing the finalized Clean Water Rule, said the changes would help roughly 117 million Americans who get drinking water from streams not clearly protected before these regulations. The rule would clarify which smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands are covered by anti-pollution and development provisions of the Clean Water Act. Critics argue the rules could greatly expand the reach of federal regulators, making every stream, ditch and puddle on farmers' and others' private land subject to federal oversight.
MIT Climate Scientist: Global Warming Believers a 'Cult'
An MIT professor of meteorology is dismissing global-warming alarmists as a discredited "cult" whose members are becoming more hysterical as emerging evidence continues to contradict their beliefs. During an appearance on this writer's radio show Monday, MIT Professor emeritus Richard Lindzen discussed the religious nature of the movement. "As with any cult, once the mythology of the cult begins falling apart, instead of saying, oh, we were wrong, they get more and more fanatical. I think that's what's happening here," he said.
Overhead Costs Exploding Under Obamacare: Study
Five years after the passage of Obamacare, there is one expense that's still causing sticker shock across the healthcare industry: overhead costs. The administrative costs for healthcare plans are expected to explode by more than a quarter of a trillion dollars over the next decade, according to a new study. The $270 billion in new costs, for both private insurance companies and government programs, will be "over and above what would have been expected had the law not been enacted," one of the authors wrote Wednesday.
Amnesty International Accuses Hamas of Torturing, Killing Palestinians
Amnesty International accused Hamas militants Wednesday of abducting, torturing, and carrying out summary executions of Palestinians during last year's conflict in the Gaza Strip. The report, the last of four released by the human rights group detailing events during the fighting, said that at least 23 Palestinians were shot and killed by Hamas, which rules Gaza, while dozens more were arrested and tortured.
US Analysts Over-Run by Pro-ISIS Social Media, Military Posts Threatened
US investigators are becoming overwhelmed trying to keep up with the social media barrage by US-based supporters of the Islamic State, with the latest information suggesting "US military bases, locations, and events could be targeted in the near-term." The warning comes in a new, six-page bulletin warning law enforcement and specifically military personnel to be vigilant during upcoming national holidays and military events due to the "heightened threat of attacks by the Islamic State."
Cleveland, Justice Department Reach Settlement on Policing
Cleveland has reached a settlement with the Department of Justice over a pattern of excessive force and civil rights violations by its police department, and it could be announced as soon as Tuesday, a senior federal law enforcement official said. News of the settlement came days after a white police officer was acquitted of manslaughter for firing the final 15 rounds of a 137-shot police barrage through the windshield of a car carrying two unarmed black suspects in 2012.
Judge to Kansas Union: Stop Threatening 'Bodily Harm' to Critics
A federal labor arbiter ordered a Kansas union to stop threatening bodily harm against union dissidents it was supposed to represent in a grievance case. The NLRB sanctioned the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 70, Local 839, an AFL-CIO affiliate, for using intimidation tactics against dissidents. The board's regional director concluded the union had used threats of physical abuse and had attempted to get non-members fired from Spirit Aerosystems.
Obama Takes Executive Action on Environment with EPA Water Rule
This week, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release a new rule to "protect" a significantly larger percentage of streams and wetlands that provide habitat for wildlife and sources of drinking water. The move is another example of Pres. Obama taking executive action on environmental and climate issues regardless of whether he has the support of Congress.
Chicago: 4 Year-Old Girl Shot in Head; Spate of Violence Hits City
A 4-year-old girl playing outside a South Side party was shot in the head Friday evening after someone opened fire from a passing car. The sun hadn't yet set on the traditional first night of summer before the anguished cries of a mother pierced the air, and Chicago faced another senseless act of violence against a child. Twenty people were shot and two people killed around the city between Friday afternoon and late Saturday.
29 Shot, 9 Dead in Bloody Memorial Day Weekend in Baltimore
The city of Baltimore saw a bloody Memorial Day weekend, with a total of 29 people being shot, including nine who died, as the city scrambles to deal with its deadliest month since 1999. The Baltimore Sun reported that one of those injured was a 9-year-old in West Baltimore who was shot in the leg Monday night. Another man nearby suffered a bullet graze to his head, police told the paper. Two victims in separate shootings suffered fatal gunshot wounds that pushed the number of homicides to 35 for May. A total of 108 have been killed in the city this year
NY Rejects All Applications for New Charter Schools
The state Education Department has rejected all 15 applications for new charter schools, including 12 in New York City, claiming they failed to meet academic standards. But charter-school advocates weren't buying it, saying the rejection of all the applicants reeked of pro-teacher-union politics.
Foundations Plan to Pay News Media to Promote Radical UN Agenda
The United Nations Foundation created by billionaire Ted Turner, along with a branch of media giant Thompson Reuters, is starting to train a squadron of journalists and subsidize media content in 33 countries - including the US and Britain - in a planned $6 million effort to popularize the bulky and sweeping UN-sponsored Sustainable Development Goals, prior to a global UN summit this September.
Evidently, 'Black America'
Doesn't Get It
FRANK J. SALVATO
One Baltimore protester exclaimed to FOX News' Geraldo Rivera, "I want to tell White America to stop not giving a damn about Black people." And there you have it in a nutshell, the underlying sentiment trying to be vocalized by a violent, frustrated Black urban demographic that has taken to the streets in cities areas across America. There is just one thing wrong with that narrative. It is based in obliviousness of a cultural reality that has been prevalent for the last two to three generations. And it is truly sad. I grew up in the 1960s. I remember full well the assassinations of Pres. John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 1960s and the 1970s were decades of true and real change; change that reshaped and redefined American culture in many ways. Those years gave way to the Civil Rights movement and the understanding of a need for gender equality, to name but a few of the good things. But it also gave way to a degradation of the importance of personal responsibility, civility and a need to be a productive and positive member of a community. During those years, children were taught to be painstakingly aware of what today would be referred to as racial privilege. In our schools and in our homes, Americans of all racial backgrounds began to understand, fully, the brilliance of the words of Civil Rights movement leaders, especially Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We were brought up – taught in our schools and by our parents – that we were to form our judgments of other people not on the color of their skin but on the conduct of their character. It made sense. And for at least two to three generations now that is the way White American children have been raised. But where in the 1960s and 1970s, there was a real issue with racial disparity and discrimination, today we face a moment in time when an entire faction of American society – urban "Black America" – either won't acknowledge or is incapable of acknowledging the fact that racial disparity and discrimination – societally and systemically, as history accurately recalls – has ceased to exist in the form they have been led to believe.
Liberals Respect Me
WALTER E. WILLIAMS
During the early years of the Reagan administration, a Washington news conference was held for me for my first book, "The State Against Blacks." Before making summary statements about the book, I offered the reporters assembled that they could treat me like a white person. They could ask me hard, pressing questions. They could demand proof of the arguments that I was making. People such as former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume and former Chairman Julian Bond and the Rev. Al Sharpton can make ludicrous statements. An intimidated news media just swallow the nonsense. They are probably afraid to challenge, lest they suffer guilt feelings of racism or be seen as racists for demanding that a black person back up his comments with facts. You say, "Give us some examples of ludicrous statements." Sharpton, commenting on black history, said, "White folks was in caves while we was building empires." Mfume said of George W. Bush, "We have a president that's prepared to take us back to the days of Jim Crow segregation and dominance." Bond said, "The Republican Party would have the American flag and the swastika flying side by side." When those statements were made — and after other utterances of nonsense — I did not hear of any reporters demanding evidence. Racial etiquette or politeness requires that no pressing questions be asked of liberal blacks.
ISIS: Why Does Obama
Sit on His Hands?
DR. RACHEL EHRENFELD
Is President Obama kept on the dark by his intelligence briefers about ISIS's rapid advance in Iraq and Syria? Why does he think there is time to now begin training more Iraqi and some Syrian self-declared "opposition" groups? What does he perceive the fall of Ramadi and the capture of Palmyra as a minor setback? The thousands of new operatives from more ninety countries that are joining ISIS every month receive minimal training, sophisticated American and Russian weapons, machetes, and lots of indoctrination on killing, raping, pillaging, and destroying everything in their path. Every dead ISIS fighter becomes a celebrated martyr with many new volunteers lining up to take his place. ISIS's territorial expansion in Iraq and Syria and its new base in Libya allow the group to venture into North Africa and beyond. While there is still a possibility—a terribly bloody possibility—to physically defeat ISIS, it will take a long time and lots of effort and treasure to rebuild any civilized social order and a functioning economy. Then, too, there will be the difficult task of de-radicalizing the population, especially the young. The loss of the ancient religious and cultural monuments that ISIS systematically destroyed is helping these savages to re-write history. ISIS's advancement is unlikely to be seriously challenged anytime soon. It will continue to conquer more territory, add many more fighters to its ranks and cause millions of refugees to flee, creating a human crisis of an enormous scale.
Rules of Engagement
Among the most subversive of Barack Obama's tactics in undermining the United States' sovereignty and our position as a world power is his administration's ongoing redefinition of the rules of engagement as they apply to our border patrol agents, our armed forces, and our local police. It seems that for the president, if the rules imposed on those defending our freedom do not put them at dramatically increased risk of losing their lives, and if those rules of engagement do not weaken our position against the enemies of freedom that are at our gates, then they're too strong and must be further crippled. The old saying is, "Don't bring a knife to a gunfight." In the case of our border patrol agents, they can't even bring a knife. When confronted with armed smugglers crossing our southern border, they're encouraged to fire beanbag rounds at any intruders before using live ammunition. In other words, they're told to warn south-of-the-border criminal transgressors of their presence and location before they use deadly force. That rule cost BORTAC agent Brian Terry his life on December 14, 2011, when he and his team confronted a group of Mexican drug smugglers who were armed with assault rifles in an area inside the US along the Arizona border. Two of the four American agents fired the beanbag rounds their policy manuals insisted on; the smugglers responded with AK-47s. Compounding the administration's liability, it's a near-certainty that the drug smugglers who killed Terry were armed with rifles that Attorney General Eric Holder had transferred to Mexican drug cartels as part of the ill-conceived Operation Fast and Furious, which allowed some 2,000 assault weapons to be purchased by illegal aliens from US gun stores, after which they were transported into Mexico unmonitored.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"The society that puts equality before freedom will end up with neither. The society that puts freedom before equality will end up with a great measure of both." ~ Milton Friedman