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Good Samaritans and generous neighbors from around the nation? Yes, and yes. "David Henneberry, the man who found the Boston bomber suspect in his backyard, received an outpouring of support over the last week. In a viral fundraiser, more than $50,000 was raised to replace his beloved boat 'Slip Away II' that was destroyed during the police standoff," reports Ajay Mehta, spokesman for Crowdtilt, an online effort to help the boat owner, and other causes. "The fundraiser was started by Craig Dunlap, a Texas native who simply was asking friends to help out a fellow boat lover. The boat manufacturer Boston Whaler stepped in and gave a sizable donation to help reach the fundraising goal," he says. The suspect, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, was found hiding in the boat after a massive manhunt, in the backyard of the home in Watertown, Massachusetts. The 22-foot pleasure cruiser was hit by flash-bang grenades ...
Armed guards in classrooms are one solution to security issues in the nation's schools. Bulletproof backpacks could be another, suggests some emerging new fashion sense among those concerned over their child's safety. We're talking "ballistic apparel" here. From Denver-based Elite Sterling Security comes the MC Kids Ballistic backpack, which can stop a 9 mm bullet going 400 meters per second. It's not cheap, and it's not so lightweight: the price is $300, the weight about three pounds. But the pack, along with child-sized bulletproof vests, has riveted the attention of anxious moms, dads and guardians. "As gun control legislation grinds to halt in Washington, a growing number of parents and teachers are taking matters into their own hands. Elite Sterling Security has sold over 300 bulletproof backpacks in the last two months and received inquiries from some 2,000 families across the U.S.," reports the Business Insider. "It is also in ...
Former President Bill Clinton is not the sax-playing, Elvis-style, burger-loving White House guy anymore. He is now the reinvented vegan hipster globalist statesman emcee - and he returns to the nation's capital with much ado Monday. Slim and seeming recklessly cheerful, Mr. Clinton will host something called "A Night Out with the Millennium Network" at a boutique hotel about two blocks from his old digs at the White House, accompanied by daughter Chelsea Clinton. "Book of Mormon" star Josh Gad and chanteuse Carly Rae Jepsen. It is an evening for the young and restless. Guests - who pay anywhere from $150 to $10,000 to attend - are advised to wear "smart, casual attire" and bring a photo ID. About 1,000 usually show up organizers say, and yes, there's an open bar. And a cause. "The goal of each event is to bring together a diverse group of young leaders committed ...
In case anyone wonders, 'misunderestimate' is the iconic Bushism that has seen the most use in the press since former President George W. Bush first uttered the word on Nov. 6, 2000 - this according to the Global Language Monitor, a research group that tracks public word usage through 250,000 news sources with computer software. "Other presidents of the United States created their own words, some of which caused confusion among the literati and schoolmarms of the time," points out research director Paul JJ Payack. Some of the better known, he says, are "administration," coined by George Washington himself, "caucus" (John Adams), "sanction," (Thomas Jefferson), "OK,"(Martin Van Buren), "normalcy" (Warren G. Harding) and "muckraker" (Theodore Roosevelt).
Insta-build: George W. Bush Presidential Center two-year construction - in two-minute time lapse video No time to monitor the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas on Thursday? There's a new two-minute video chronicling the entire two-year construction project, distilled from 20,000 hours of images snapped by a dozen high definition cameras at the site. It's an upbeat collaboration between former first lady Laura Bush and EarthCam, which hand-edited the footage from images that began arriving in November, 2010. See it here: http://www.youtube.com/earthcam
With news that Sen. Max Baucus will not seek re-election in 2014, the tea party has quickly emerged to claim it as a happy victory. As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, the Montana Democrat was a key author of President Obama's health care reform, yet Mr. Baucus called the implementation of the law a "huge train wreck coming down." The nation's largest tea party umbrella group finds that amusing. "Yes, Obamacare is a 'train wreck' and unfortunately Sen. Baucus realized it after authoring and promoting this terrible law," says Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots, which represents some 3,000 local groups. "The message of our very first rally on February 27, 2009 was 'Repeal the Pork or We Will Retire You.' We have made good on that promise as former Senators like Saxby Chambliss, Tom Harkin, Arlen Specter and others have succumbed to the will of ...
Fat chance? 63 percent of Americans say obese airline passengers should be required buy a second seat
The debate over chubby plane passengers is still aloft. Should they pay more to fly, or will airlines risk a discrimination lawsuit over the matter? The average weight of an American has increased 24 pounds since 1960," note Forbes contributor Emily Stewart, who ran the numbers on the implications: Airlines flew 735 million passengers in 2012. Multiply that by 24 pounds and airlines are flying 17.6 billion pounds of extra weight - requiring 176.4 million gallons of fuel, at a cost of, oh, $538 million. Should the plump passenger pay more, pay by the pound or buy another seat? One small airlines already charges a "fat tax" for heavier folks. But some say they could easily strike back. Rebecca Puhl, director of research at Yale's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, says there's discrimination at work here. Weight should be a protected category, like race or gender. "Some people ...
The greater implications of the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks are emerging, and it's a complicated business. So says Wake Forest University political professor Peter Siavelis, who is also director of the Latin American and Latino Studies program on the campus. "This could throw a wrench in the entire immigration reform process and bring back some of the xenophobia that derailed the process in 2001, when we were closer than ever to a comprehensive reform," Mr. Siavelis says. "With the discovery of the identity of the Boston Marathon bombers, debate on immigration reform is mistakenly going down the same road that it did following the September 11, 2001 attacks." He cites Sen. Chuck Grassley in particular. The Iowa Republican, the professor says, has cited the immigration status of the bombers as a reason to "proceed carefully" on reform. "This is a mistake. Comprehensive immigration reform and the Boston bombers are completely ...
Many are paying close attention to the 844-immigration reform bill, scanning for the the alarming factoids that could affect the nation for some time. "Pay attention to the language in this bill. It is important," advises Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. "The legislation creates a brand new bureaucratic phrase: 'registered provisional immigrant.' So if you've been paying attention to how things have unfolded to this point since President Obama took office, we have moved from the term 'illegal alien' to 'undocumented worker' to now 'registered provisional immigrants,' " Mr. Fitton observes. "Guess what term comes next. According to the bill, the name of the chief federal agency responsible for overseeing immigration policy will be changed from 'U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' to the 'Office of Citizenship and New Americans.' " he continues. Mr. Fitton sees parallels with another massive chunk of legislation. "Like Obamacare, the process is being perverted. ...
Wall-to-wall coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings gives way to a different aftermath, this one also grim. FOX Business News anchorman Neil Cavuto has already put together a two-hour, live special called "Cost of Freedom," set to air Saturday on the network beginning at 10 a.m. ET. Mr. Cavuto will examine the actual impact of the Boston attack on the stock market and the economy. Local businesses in the city and surrounding towns "ground to a halt" during the manhunt, the network reported, a microcosm of the effects of terrorism on normal commerce. The larger picture has been intensely examined worldwide. Terrorism effects on tourism in several countries, for example, has been notable. Insurance coverage for such attacks has become complicated indeed. In the decade following 9/11, one wide ranging study found that the attacks cost the U.S. more than $3 billion. "Al Qaeda spent roughly half a million dollars ...
Best and worst lists are a mainstay of contemporary journalism. The latest installment is from Time, which has named the 100 most influential "titans," artists, leaders, icons and pioneers on the planet. Amazingly enough, National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre is among the leaders named by the mainstream media magazine. And more amazing, his description was written by none other than Ted Nugent, gun rights guy and he-man rocker. "In the embarrassing culture war of politically correct denial that runs amok today, there is an American warrior, a common man who represents common sense and self-evident truth, and he is Wayne LaPierre. On behalf of the millions of American families who still believe in God-given, constitutionally guaranteed individual rights, Wayne stands firm against the insidious tsunami of dangerous anticonstitutional furor that would further infringe on our sacred Second Amendment," Mr. Nugent wrote. "Wayne is a sledgehammer for truth, ...
Vigorous reaction to the 844-page immigration reform bill introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio and seven other lawmakers is still arriving. "The Gang of Eight's bill is aggressive and outrageous amnesty," says Rep. Steve King. "It is instant legalization of all illegal immigrants in the United States, with very few exceptions. It contains only promises: the promise of a plan for border security, of a backup plan for the border security, and of workplace enforcement in the form of making E-Verify mandatory. What makes anyone think President Obama would enforce any future immigration laws when he has violated his own oath of office to take care that the laws be 'faithfully executed'? The Iowa Republican adds, "I expected this from Democrats who have long understood their brand of more taxes, more borrowing, and more government giveaways, and know how to sell it. It is the Republicans who should know better. Republicans ...
The news media may have gotten themselves in an uproar over the Boston Marathon bombings, but not so most Americans, who have proved to be stalwarts in the aftermath. "As a result of the Boston Marathon bombings, will you change the way you lead your everyday life?" asks a Fox News poll of 600 conducted after the terrorist attacks. The answer: 81 percent said "no." "How worried are you that terrorist attacks might take place where you live or work?" the poll also asks. The answer: 65 percent of the respondents said they were not worried. "Which of the following best describes how you feel about the bombings?" the poll asks. The answer: 58 percent of the respondents said they were "angry." "How confident are you that government authorities will catch those responsible" Answer: 79 percent say the bombers will be caught.
Lawmakers are on myth patrol now that new immigration reform has at last debuted on Capitol Hill. It's a matter of "myth Vs. fact," says Sen. Marco Rubio, who is vigorously controlling the trajectory of the new legislation through press and public. No one wants the bill to be equated with massive healthcare reform paperwork that was more than 2,000 pages long and drew much critical coverage during its time. "The myth: The immigration bill will be well over 1,500 pages," the Florida Republican proclaims. "The fact: The 'Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013' is 844 pages long," he clarifies. Mr. Rubio has offered the legislation in full - plus a clear summary and frequently asked question - at his website (Rubio.Senate.gov). Check under the Newsroom heading Press Releases section. It's all listed under the handy-dandy title "Rubio and Colleagues Introduce The 'Border Security, Economic Opportunity ...
Americans love Mother Nature, and they're willing to go through certain "green" behaviors if it genuinely helps preserve the great outdoors. But the public is also attuned to marketing chicanery. Eight out of 10 Americans - including 72 percent of Republicans - are not adverse to using feel-good "green" products for house and home. But a mere 30 percent would pay extra for such things. Meanwhile, six-out-of-10 people say the fancy "organic" label on food is simply an excuse to charge more. "While Americans feel better about the economy, many are wary of the 'greenwashing' concept that gives companies a chance to cash in on consumers who want to help the planet but are confused by all the eco-friendly jargon," says Mike de Vere, president of the Harris Poll, which has plumbed the enviromental consciousness of the nation in a new survey. Certain myths persist as the annual rites of ...
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