Donald Trump’s feud with Fox News continued Tuesday as Trump responded to Fox chief Roger Ailes’ request for an apology to host Megyn Kelly.
In a statement released Tuesday, Ailes slammed Trump’s “verbal assaults” on Kelly and proclaimed how proud he was of her “professionalism and class” in the face of Trump’s comments.
“Donald Trump’s surprise and unprovoked attack on Megyn Kelly during her show last night is as unacceptable as it is disturbing,” Ailes said in a statement provided to TheBlaze. “Megyn Kelly represents the best of American journalism and all of us at Fox News Channel reject the crude and irresponsible attempts to suggest otherwise.”
I liked The Kelly File much better without @megynkelly. Perhaps she could take another eleven day unscheduled vacation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2015
In his own counter-statement Tuesday, the Republican presidential contender continued to criticize Kelly as not being a “quality journalist.”
“I totally disagree with the Fox statement. I do not think Megyn Kelly is a quality journalist,” Trump said. “I think her questioning of me, despite all of the polls saying I won the debate, was very unfair. Hopefully in the future I will be proven wrong and she will be able to elevate her standards to a level of professionalism that a network such as Fox deserves.”
Trump didn’t miss the opportunity to brag about a new Public Policy Polling survey that placed him solidly in the lead in New Hampshire at 35 percent and a Monmouth University poll that put him at 30 percent.
“It was also just announced that I won the prestigious corn kernel poll at the Iowa State Fair by a landslide,” he said.
Glenn Beck tore into Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday as a “populist” who represents “more of the same” for the country.
Beck was specifically responding to Trump’s comments over the weekend, where he told an audience that he would never eat Oreos again because Nabisco is moving its plant to Mexico.
“When I heard this clip over the weekend I thought, wait a minute,” Beck said on his radio program. “Why is Nabisco moving? … Why is Ford moving to Mexico? Because they love Mexicans? Because they love Mexico so much? Or because they cannot afford to do business here in the United States?”
Beck said a constitutional conservative like Ronald Reagan would respond to the situation by realizing that companies are being “chased out by high corporate taxes,” not by targeting them.
“What does Donald Trump do? He becomes a populist and makes people boo Nabisco, boo Oreos,” Beck said. “At that rate, you’ll lose every single company in America that counts because we have the highest corporate tax rates. Stop demonizing the companies and start fixing the problems to make us competitive again!”
“Help me out. Tell me exactly, how is this guy a Republican conservative?” Beck demanded. “I’ll tell you who he is. He is a Republican progressive.”
Beck noted that Trump has also voiced support for government-run health care, isn’t clear about whether he supports a flat tax, and bullies companies who are forced out of the United States because of our oppressive tax structure.
“You want more of the same stuff, except with attitude, in your face, a bully? Then vote for Donald Trump,” Beck remarked. “You want conservative principles, constitutional principles, lower taxes, lower corporate tax rates, freedom in insurance? You’re not going to get it from a guy who says the Canadian [healthcare system] is good. I’m sorry, but I don’t understand it.”
“Please don’t let us have to spend the next four or eight years trying to teach the Republicans what you already know — progressivism is a cancer that kills the Constitution,” Beck concluded. “Do you need to have an up-close lesson that Republicans are the ones who started it?”
The full episode of The Glenn Beck Program, along with many other live-streaming shows and thousands of hours of on-demand content, is available on just about any digital device. Click here to watch every Glenn Beck episode from the past 30 days for just $1!
Well before her Black Lives Matter video went viral, Peggy Hubbard repeatedly instilled a message in her six children: “If you know left from right, you know right from wrong.”
Hubbard’s message to her “fellow black people” about what she called “black brutality” isn’t something new, despite the recent rush of Internet fame. In an interview with TheBlaze, the black St. Louis grandmother said she’s taught her children the importance of accountability and the consequences of one’s actions.
One of her sons knows that very well.
“We drilled it in his head — if you mess up, we’re not going to do anything, we’re not going to get you out, we’re not going to get you a lawyer, we’re not visiting,” Hubbard said of the son she has raised since he was 6 years old. “We can do everything for you while you’re out here, but if you go in there, you’re on your own. You’re going to be accountable for any actions you do.”
“So, what does he do? He goes out, he breaks the law.”
Hubbard’s son recently turned 29, and he did so while in prison. She said she didn’t want to go into detail about what he did to end up behind bars, but said he’s already served approximately two years and has four more to go.
She was the one who turned him in to police.
“He’s going to be there for a while, and that’s his choice. He’s a grown man,” she said. “If you know left from right, you know right from wrong, and I always told my kids that. I told each and every one of them.”
“I hope by the time he gets out he realizes that his father and I had to do what we had to do. We didn’t have a choice. He pushed us into this situation that we didn’t want to be in, and we warned him, and he didn’t want to listen,” she said.
As for Hubbard’s other children, one daughter with a double doctorate is a professor at Washington University in St. Louis; another daughter just finished a stint with the Navy and is preparing to take the LSAT to become a lawyer; another lives in Memphis as a paralegal; one son is working two jobs to put himself through school; and another son works as a contractor landscaper.
“People say, ‘I’m the product of my environment, I grew up poor, and this is my circumstance.’ Well, I grew up poor, too. I grew up in the same neighborhoods,” she said. “If you want to be the product of your environment, that’s on you.”
Hubbard started blogging after Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, last year. Residing not too far from Ferguson herself, Hubbard saw the rioting and the looting that took hold, and watched as it erupted again following another fatal police shooting in St. Louis this month. Police said Mansur Ball-Bey, 18, pointed a handgun at officers serving a search warrant.
As black activists took to the streets this time, Hubbard said she couldn’t contain her palpable outrage any longer — thus her video message to Black Lives Matter protesters. This time, she said, as activists “destroyed neighborhoods over the death of a thug,” they missed the death of a 9-year-old girl who was killed by a stray bullet in a drive-by shooting as she sat in her room completing her homework in St. Louis.
“Being a mother, a grandmother, a human being, I was outraged. I was hurt that we can protest and tear down our communities where I grew up in,” Hubbard told TheBlaze. “When we can tear our neighborhoods down and destroy it over somebody that was not worthy of the protests or our cause. He had his chance. She didn’t.”
With the video and her subsequent media appearances, Hubbard said she’s hoping to impact just one person’s life.
“If I can save one person, one child from picking up a gun or one mother from burying her child, if I could save one person and keep them out of prison or a funeral home, then I have succeeded my purpose,” she said.
Hubbard, who is retired and served in the Navy like her daughter, said she worries every day for her husband, a rapid response officer in a community north of Ferguson. So far, she said, she’s received a lot of positive feedback from her video but also a lot of negative feedback which has come from mostly black people of a younger generation.
“This isn’t about race. This is about right and wrong,” she told TheBlaze.
“If they’re saying black lives matters, then in the black community, if black lives matter, it has to matter to the black community first. Right now, we are at a critical mass where we are killing each other, and it is not at the hands of police. If black lives matter, then everybody’s lives have to matter.”
Video has emerged on social media showing the dramatic rescue of a little Syrian girl who was trapped under a building that was bombed over the weekend.
Euronews reported that the girl had spent a night under the rubble. Her father and brothers were killed during the bombing by government forces.
The child’s cries could be heard as rescuers dug into the rubble with their bare hands.
When the men pulled her out, bystanders emitted cries of “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great,” express their joy.
President Bashar Assad’s forces have aimed their campaign at rebel-held areas, but civilians have paid a heavy toll.
The U.S. Embassy in Syria issued a statement condemning the attack:
— U.S. Embassy Syria (@USEmbassySyria) August 24, 2015
An airstrike on Douma’s vegetable market and other residential areas a week earlier reportedly killed some 100 people.
The next U.S. president needs to recognize the importance of good judgement when it comes to national security, something Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has lacked, Sen. Rand Paul said.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday while in Anchorage, Alaska, the Republican presidential contender slammed Clinton’s judgement during the 2012 Benghazi attacks that took place during her tenure as secretary of state and also for her use of a private email server while in office.
“You want a commander in chief who really appreciates the importance of national security. And when you put yourself at risk and the country at risk with emails potentially being exposed to enemies, I think it goes to a really poor judgement,” Paul said.
Paul said people oftentimes confuse the Benghazi situation as a political issue when it really comes down to Clinton’s judgement.
“The people who think Benghazi is a political issue, I think they mistake the discussion that will come with the ultimate nominee and that discussion is, ‘Why didn’t you, when you were asked repeatedly to provide more security, why didn’t you do this,’ because it does go to judgement,” Paul said. “It has nothing to do with the spin, the movie, the talking points.”
“It has really more to do with the generality of whether or not she has the wisdom and judgement to be commander in chief, and I think that both Benghazi and the emails really go to that lack of judgement,” the senator continued.
Paul has repeatedly attacked Clinton over her handling of the attack and has accused her of knowing about the transfer of Benghazi weapons that eventually wound up in the possession of terrorist groups, potentially even the Islamic State. He has also said “there’s a very good chance” Clinton lied to him during a congressional hearing when she addressed his concerns about those weapons.
“I think there’s no way that Hillary Clinton did not know about this. Her private emails show she was the one supporting arming these people,” Paul said in July.
According to a new Public Policy Polling survey, Paul currently rounds out the bottom of the top 10 Republican candidates in New Hampshire, with 3 percent support compared to Donald Trump at 35 percent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 11 percent, Carly Fiorina at 10 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 7 percent, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 7 percent, Ben Carson at 6 percent and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio each at 4 percent.
In New Hampshire, according to the polling firm, Clinton has dropped behind Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has 42 percent to her 35 percent.
Paul addressed his polling numbers Tuesday and said it’s important for people to “not get too carried away with themselves” as around two-thirds of people polled still say they’re undecided of who they’ll vote for. He also said his numbers had begun to drop before his campaign attacked Trump’s “fake conservativeness” and have remained relatively the same since.
This trip to Alaska, Paul’s first to the state, is the first stop for Paul’s western tour which also includes stops in Idaho, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
For roughly 10 minutes, legendary MLB pitcher Curt Schilling’s official Twitter account had a tweet posted that compared the percentage of radical Muslims to the percentage of Nazis in Germany in 1940.
However, Schilling quickly deleted the tweet and backtracked after several users criticized the comparison. At least one user told Schilling that he’ll be lucky to “still have a job tonight” as an analyst for ESPN.
@justindiaz92 i didnt say anything. If its anywhere true its terrifying in number
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) August 25, 2015
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) August 25, 2015
@CooperD311 curious as well how that can be a "fact", who could possibly know that #?
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) August 25, 2015
He ultimately apologized to one Twitter user, saying the message “didn’t come across in any way as intended.”
@SwedishCar850 agreed, my apologies. That didn't come across in any way as intended or interpreted.
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) August 25, 2015
UPDATE: ESPN has pulled Schilling from an announcer gig during Little League World Series games after he posted the Internet meme comparing Nazis to radical Islamists.
ESPN said the insinuation in the post was “completely unacceptable,” and “in no way represents our company’s perspective. We made that point very strongly to Curt,” BuzzFeed reported.
A Georgia mother’s fiery Facebook post taking aim at former reality star Josh Duggar, while demanding that parents “do better” by their daughters has gone viral.
Jessica Kirkland’s now viral post, which was published on August 20, opens by recapping the fact that Duggar admitted to cheating on his wife, Anna, following reports that he was a registered user of Ashley Madison, a website for individuals seeking extramarital affairs.
Kirkland said that, in the wake of the scandal, she wishes “more people would talk about Anna.”
“Anna Duggar is in the worst position she could possibly be in right now. Anna Duggar was crippled by her parents by receiving no education, having no work experience (or life experience, for that matter) and then was shackled to this loser because his family was famous in their religious circle,” she wrote. “Anna Duggar was taught that her sole purpose in life, the most meaningful thing she could do, was to be chaste and proper, a devout wife, and a mother. Anna Duggar did that!”
Despite following the rules, Kirkland said that Anna ended up finding out that her husband “molested his own sisters” and “was unfaithful to her in the most humiliating way possible.”
She went on to speculate that Anna can’t divorce due to her religious upbringing and fears of being ostracized, though Kirkland did not note that adultery is sometimes viewed in Christian circles as a permissible reason for seeking divorce.
“Her beliefs, the very thing she would turn to for comfort in this kind of crisis, are the VERY REASON she is in this predicament in the first place. How can she reconcile this?” Kirkland continued. “Her parents have utterly, utterly failed her.”
The post went on to call on parents to do a better job of raising and training women to stand up for themselves.
“As a mother of daughters, this makes me ill. Parents, WE MUST DO BETTER BY OUR DAUGHTERS,” she wrote. “Boys, men, are born with power. Girls have to command it for themselves. They aren’t given it. They assume it and take it. But you have to teach them to do it, that they can do it.”
And she concluded with some overtly harsh words about Josh Duggar, saying that he should be “cowering in fear of Anna Duggar,” encouraging other parents to train their daughters to stand firm and hold their own.
“He should be quaking in fear that the house might fall down around them if he’s in the same room as she. Please, instill your daughters with the resolve to make a man cower if he must,” she wrote. “As for my girls, I’ll raise them to think they breathe fire.”
Kirkland responded on Tuesday to the hundreds of thousands of individuals who shared her Facebook post, writing on her website that the response was “astounding to witness and be part of.”
“Messages came flooding into my inbox from mothers and fathers vowing to raise their daughters to ‘breathe fire,’” she said. “So did messages from women who had escaped oppressive or abusive situations and, after years of being made to think they did not have control of their life, had ‘found their fire.’”
She explained that her initial post was written “in a fury,” but that she believes it resonated with many readers.
“Breathe Fire is not about judging Josh Duggar for his mistakes, or condemning Christianity or religious beliefs,” Kirkland clarified. “Breathe Fire is about empowering our daughters to know their worth, and to exact it from others.”
(H/T: US Weekly)
Follow the author of this story on Twitter and Facebook:
Former IRS official Lois Lerner used a second email account — set up under the name “Toby Miles” — to conduct official agency business, officials reportedly admitted to a federal court this week.
The IRS made the big admission on Monday in response to an open-records lawsuit filed by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, according to The Washington Times.
While an IRS attorney said it’s unclear who “Toby Miles” is, he said it’s been determined that the account set up under the name was a “personal email account used by Lerner.
More from The Washington Times:
IRS lawyer Geoffrey J. Klimas told the court that as the agency was putting together a set of documents to turn over to Judicial Watch, it realized Ms. Lerner had used yet another email account, in addition to her official one and another personal one already known to the agency.
“In addition to emails to or from an email account denominated ‘Lois G. Lerner‘ or ‘Lois Home,’ some emails responsive to Judicial Watch’s request may have been sent to or received from a personal email account denominated ‘Toby Miles,’” Mr. Klimas told Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who is hearing the case.
Judicial Watch is currently suing for access to emails sent by Lerner during the same time period that the tax agency was targeting conservative nonprofit groups.
In a statement to FoxNews.com, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said the latest disclosure proves the “Obama IRS scandal is not over.”
“This is the latest in a parade of obstruction from the IRS and the Department of Justice on these issues,” he added.
Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes released a strongly worded statement Tuesday calling on Donald Trump to apologize for his most “surprise and unprovoked attack” on Fox News host Megyn Kelly.
Trump reignited his one-sided feud with Kelly on Monday when he criticized her interview with Dr. Cornel West and said he liked “The Kelly File” better when she was on vacation in a series of Twitter posts. He also retweeted a comment calling Kelly a “bimbo.”
“Donald Trump’s surprise and unprovoked attack on Megyn Kelly during her show last night is as unacceptable as it is disturbing,” Ailes wrote in his statement. “Megyn Kelly represents the best of American journalism and all of us at FOX News Channel reject the crude and irresponsible attempts to suggest otherwise.”
He later added, “Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should.”
Read the entire statement provided to TheBlaze here:
“Donald Trump’s surprise and unprovoked attack on Megyn Kelly during her show last night is as unacceptable as it is disturbing. Megyn Kelly represents the very best of American journalism and all of us at FOX News Channel reject the crude and irresponsible attempts to suggest otherwise. I could not be more proud of Megyn for her professionalism and class in the face of all of Mr. Trump’s verbal assaults. Her questioning of Mr. Trump at the debate was tough but fair, and I fully support her as she continues to ask the probing and challenging questions that all presidential candidates may find difficult to answer. Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should. We have never been deterred by politicians or anyone else attacking us for doing our job, much less allowed ourselves to be bullied by anyone and we’re certainly not going to start now. All of our journalists will continue to report in the fair and balanced way that has made FOX News Channel the number one news network in the industry.”
Several other Fox News hosts also rushed to defend Kelly from the new attacks.
UPDATE: Donald Trump has responded.
New surveillance video from an art museum in Taiwan shows the moment a 12-year-old boy trips and lands his fist through a 350-year-old work of art that was worth $1.5 million.
It happened at “The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius” exhibition at Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Tapei on Sunday as the group the 12-year-old was with made its way past the $1.5 million Paolo Porpora painting “Flowers,” guarded by a rope barrier in front, Focus Taiwan reported.
But the protective measure wasn’t enough to stop the boy who appears to have lost his balance and then tried to prop himself back up using his hand. The boy’s efforts not to fall on the floor were successful, but came at great expense.
Andrea Rossi, the exhibition curator, asked that the boy’s parents not be held responsible for paying for the restoration as a result of the damage. Exhibition organizers will ask the insurance company to incur the restoration costs and compensation to the owner of the painting.
But as TST Art of Discovery, the group that organized the exhibition, pointed out, there’s really no way of fully restoring the 17th century masterpiece.
Painting by Paolo Porpora mentioned in my previous tweet! pic.twitter.com/00xwgqtqaX
— Andrew Newman (@irishpianoman) August 25, 2015
“All 55 paintings in the venue are authentic pieces and they are very rare and precious,” the group wrote on its Facebook page, according to Focus Taiwan. “Once these works are damaged, they
are permanently damaged. We hope that everyone can protect these precious artworks with us.”
The painting was being sent to Italy for restoration work.
See the moment, caught on surveillance video, when a 12-year-old accidentally damages this 350-year-old million dollar masterpiece:
(H/T: Daily Mail)
Follow Jon Street (@JonStreet) on Twitter
The United States is doling out more tax dollars in welfare benefits than some countries in Europe, known for massive welfare states, according to a new analysis by the libertarian Cato Institute.
The study, “The Work Versus Welfare Trade-Off: Europe,” primarily focuses on European Union countries, but also compares the United States to European countries, many of which are reforming their welfare systems with work requirements — requirements that have been scaled back in the United States in recent years.
“Benefits in the United States fit comfortably into the mainstream of welfare states,” authors Michael Tanner and Charles Hughes wrote. “Excluding Medicaid, the United States would rank 10th among the EU nations analyzed, more generous than France and slightly less generous than Sweden. Thirty-five states offer a package more generous than the mean benefit package offered in the European countries analyzed.”
The No. 10 ranking is only because Medicaid is limited to lower income people, whereas most European countries have universal health care paid for by the government. However, if Medicaid were included, “the United States is actually the third most generous, smaller than only Denmark and the United Kingdom,” the authors wrote.
“Contrary to stereotypes, U.S. welfare benefits are more generous than those in many European countries normally associated with a sprawling welfare state,” they continued. “That fact is somewhat misleading however, because the U.S. benefit package includes Medicaid, which is a means tested health care program. In EU countries, health care is provided on a universal basis and therefore is not included in the commonly defined European package.”
The study outlines some of the worst examples in which welfare systems greatly discourage a transition into work. In nine EU countries, benefits exceed the minimum wage. Welfare benefits from 11 European countries exceed half the income for someone earning an average wage. In six of those countries, it exceeds 60 percent of the net average wage income.
In Austria, Croatia and Denmark, the marginal tax rate for someone leaving welfare for a job is close to 100 percent, meaning the person would have little to gain by working. In another 16 countries, people trying to move to the workforce would face marginal tax rate of 50 percent, according to Cato.
“Many European countries have recognized the problem and have begun to reform their welfare systems to create a better transition from welfare to work,” the wrote. “In fact, the United States is falling behind some European countries with regard to welfare reform.”
Critics have said that Obama administration actions such as the the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act rolled back the work requirement and no longer incentivized states to reduce the number of recipients that were key to President Bill Clinton’s landmark welfare reform in the 1990s, signed at the behest of the Republican-controlled Congress.
The Cato study cites stats that show there is strong reason to work: Fewer than 3 percent of full-time American workers are poor, and just 15.8 percent of part-time workers are poor. By contrast, nearly a quarter of those who do not work and are poor, and two-thirds of Americans earning minimum wage earn a higher wage within a year.
An education and advocacy organization that works to hold Hollywood accountable for its impact on young people is setting its sights on MTV’s annual Video Music Awards show, which will air live on Sunday, August 30 at 9 p.m. ET.
At the center of controversy is MTV’s past history of “courting controversy” as well as the network’s selection of singer Miley Cyrus — known for unpredictable and edgy behavior — as host of the 32nd annual awards show, according to the Parents Television Council.
“MTV has a long history of courting controversy with its programming, but especially with the VMAs,” Melissa Henson, director of grassroots education and advocacy for the advocacy group, told TheBlaze.
Henson highlighted some of the controversial events that have unfolded during the Video Music Awards, including an infamous three-way kiss between Madonna, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. But Cyrus, too, has caught attention for her past behavior during the show.
“This year’s host, Miley Cyrus, made headlines by pretending to masturbate with a giant foam finger and by grinding against Robin Thicke’s crotch during a joint performance,” Henson said.
See a current expletive-laden spot being used to advertise the Video Music Awards (caution: strong language):
The Parents Television Council has been reaching out to past sponsors of the Video Music Awards this month to encourage them not to buy ad time, saying that MTV is intentionally bringing raunchy content to young people and that companies should beware.
“If this year’s VMAs are in any way like last year’s, or the previous year’s, and if MTV rates the program as appropriate for fourteen-year-olds despite the presence of adult content, the PTC will be taking action,” Henson wrote in a letter addressed to those sponsors. “We will be identifying the companies that helped to pay for that content and urging our members to contact them.”
She told TheBlaze that the choice of host, the performers who are slated to appear on stage and the show’s promotions all show that young audiences are a key, sought-after demographic for the Video Music Awards.
“Parents need to be aware of the VMAs strong youth-appeal, as well as the fact that MTV pulls in young viewers by using other Viacom-owned properties – like Nickelodeon – to promote the program,” she said. “Most children in the U.S. today have TVs in their bedrooms or access to mobile devices that would allow them to stream content.”
Henson continued, “Parents need to set firm household rules on media use, and limit their children’s ability to access media content unsupervised.”
She said that the Parents Television Council has heard back from some past sponsors who have said that they have no plans to buy time during this years event; Henson expects that other companies are also reevaluating their sponsorship plans.
But not every brand will take heed, she said.
“There are some companies, like Taco Bell, that have demonstrated time and again that they don’t care about what kind of content they are underwriting,” Hanson said. “But some companies are sensitive to negative brand associations, and don’t want to be perceived as supporting negative [or] harmful content.”
She continued, “And of the companies that don’t pull their support, we hope they will use their unique influence to pressure MTV to keep the VMAs as clean as possible.”
Follow the author of this story on Twitter and Facebook:
A United Nations-funded school in Syria took down its Facebook page after it was exposed as having posted cartoons promoting car-ramming attacks against Jews.
U.N. Watch, a Geneva-based group that tracks anti-Israel activity at the U.N., issued a protest Monday to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon over the caricatures that appeared on the Facebook page of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency’s Rameh school, based in the Jaramaneh camp outside Damascus.
U.N. Watch said it was “gravely concerned that the U.N.’s special relief agency for Palestinians [UNRWA], which received some $400 million from the U.S. last year in exchange for its signed promise to refrain from supporting terrorism and to uphold neutrality, is nevertheless disseminating crude, anti-Semitic caricatures on the Internet that incite to the murder of Jews.”
The cartoons, originally posted in March, depicted terrorist attacks against Jews using vehicles, calling it a “car intifada.”
Another cartoon “resorts to classic anti-Semitic imagery, depicting a hook-nosed ultra-Orthodox Jew dressed in black, with a Star of David marked on his black hat,” U.N. Watch said.
“The U.N. cannot demand more and more funding for UNRWA from the U.S. and others while this agency aids, abets and incites to terrorism, murder and anti-Semitism,” the monitoring organization wrote to the United Nations leader.
Israel saw a string of Palestinian vehicular assaults last fall. One attack in October in Jerusalem killed a U.S. citizen, 3-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun, and 22-year-old Ecuadoran citizen Karen Jemima Mosquera.
PARIS (AP) — A French prosecutor says the suspect in the attack on a high-speed train had watched a jihadi video onboard just before the attack.
Prosecutor Francois Molins says 26-year-old Moroccan suspect Ayoub El-Khazzani had used his phone to watch the YouTube video.
Molins, speaking at a live news conference in Paris on Tuesday, said that the content of the video was of “Islamic preaching” and urged violent acts.
Authorities say that they found the suspect’s phone in a bag left in the train.
The Paris prosecutor’s office says authorities are formally opening a judicial investigation into terror-related acts after the thwarted attack.
If you’re like many Americans, you probably count on caffeine to get your mornings going. But are you aware of all the “surprising” ways in which the substance can affect your brain and your body?
Business Insider published a helpful infographic under the headline, “Surprising ways that caffeine affects your body and brain,” that shows you the multiple ways in which your body can respond to the highly-addictive ingredient contained in a number of everyday foods and beverages.
As Business Insider’s model describes, caffeine can increase your blood pressure, but only temporarily. The boost isn’t high enough and doesn’t last long enough to cause any permanent harm.
Caffeine can cause you to become more irritable and more emotionally-charged, since it triggers a full-body release of adrenaline. But it could also trigger the opposite effect by improving your mood or reducing your risk feeling depressed.
Any or all of these emotions could be partnered with an increased focus and/or improved memory, as long as you don’t consume too much caffeine. Eating or drinking too much could result in jitters. It is the most effective at improving memory in those who are not already hooked.
And if you’ve ever thought those who always walk around with a cup of coffee in their hand appear to be thinner, it’s not because all that caffeine is making you hallucinate. Business Insider’s visual also explains that caffeine can temporarily reduce your appetite.
Follow Jon Street (@JonStreet) on Twitter
For Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), Planned Parenthood’s “absolutely horrific” actions are serious, emotional and personal.
Appearing on Fox News’ “Hannity” Monday night, Love addressed the undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group, and said the “reality” shown in the videos is something that she’s unwilling to accept.
“It’s serious, it’s emotional and it’s personal,” Love said. “I mean, think about this. Have we become so desensitized that we can laugh about killing babies, harvesting body parts to sell like commodities on the street?”
“Now watch, this is what’s going to happen. The left and those who want to protect this organization are going to turn the conversation from babies, from the killings of babies to shutdowns and women’s health issues and everything to kind of distort, distract and divide Americans into thinking what’s actually happening isn’t happening,” Love said. ”The fact that they are actually taking brain tissue from live babies, I mean, these are American babies.”
Love has been outspoken about her outrage over Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, especially as the Center for Medical Progress has released its video series. During a TV appearance last week, Love was visibly overcome when discussing the clips.
Evangelist Franklin Graham penned a message to those “living in fear because of [their] sins” in the wake of the Ashley Madison hacking scandal, telling those who used the website to seek extramarital affairs that God can take away their “guilt and shame.”
“Ashley Madison, the cheating website, continues to be in the news. Their slogan is ‘Life is short. Have an affair,’” Graham wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday. “This is partly true — life is short! Much shorter than imagined for some.”
The son of famed preacher Billy Graham went on to share the tragic report that some have taken their own lives due to the “shame and embarrassment of their sin being made public” after hackers released 37 million users’ records.
Graham then spoke directly to those who might have been impacted, with a message that could also be easily applied more generally to anyone who might be hiding an indiscretion.
“If you are living in fear because of your sins, I want you to know that your sins can be forgiven. God can take away your guilt and shame and give you a new life,” he wrote. “But you have to be willing to turn from your sin and put your faith in His Son Jesus Christ — to trust Him as your Savior and follow Him as your Lord.”
Graham continued his message by citing 1 John 1:9, which reads, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
“Life is short. Get ready for eternity today,” he wrote. “Jesus is waiting and eager to hear your prayer.”
The post included a link to Forgive.me, a website that encourages people to start a “new life with Christ.”
Follow the author of this story on Twitter and Facebook:
Fighters for the self-proclaimed Islamic State posted photos Tuesday showing how they blew up the 2,000-year-old Baalshamin Temple in the ancient city of Palmyra, placing explosives inside and on the columns of the structure.
In one photo, men in fatigues and sandals whose heads were cropped out of the photos carry in what are presumably explosives in a large blue barrel.
A second photo shows the Roman-era columns rigged with explosives and wires.
Captured from a distance, another shot shows the United Nations-designated heritage site being blown apart.
Another photo displayed the pile of rubble that remained.
The images were shared on social media accounts used by Islamic State group supporters.
The publication of the photos came one day after the U.N.’s cultural agency, UNESCO, strongly condemned the destruction of Baalshamin as a “war crime.”
“This destruction is a new war crime and an immense loss for the Syrian people and for humanity,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement Monday.
Calling the temple “one of the most important and best preserved buildings” in Palmyra, Bokova said the militant group “is killing people and destroying sites, but cannot silence history and will ultimately fail to erase this great culture from the memory of the world.”
“Despite the obstacles and fanaticism, human creativity will prevail, buildings and sites will be rehabilitated, and some will be rebuilt,” she said.
Besides its brutal killings, the jihadist group has also demolished dozens of structures in Iraq and Syria that it considers to be un-Islamic, including museums, Christian houses of worship and Shiite mosques.
Last week, Islamic State militants beheaded the antiquities director of Palmyra, an 81-year-old Syrian archaeologist, Khaled Asaad, who reportedly refused to disclose the location of valuable hidden artifacts.
The Baalshamin Temple, dedicated to the Phoenician god of storms and fertilizing rains, is believed to have been built in 17 AD.
When the Rev. Barry Lynn appeared on C-SPAN‘s “Washington Journal” on Monday to discuss his book, “God and Government,” a few callers phoned in to confront the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State about his stance on faith in America.
Lynn, who is known for riling some conservatives by waging battles against perceived violations of the separation of church and state, directly responded to the the callers’ grievances against him.
“Reality is Christianity. Christianity is reality. Jesus Christ is spirit of life. Satan is spirit of death,” proclaimed Jerry from Mississippi. “It’s a test. We’re in the test. We all are.”
Jerry went on to say that human beings always try to “change history,” but that they will not succeed, as God is a never-changing truth.
“My question is: why do we keep speaking about religion when religion is Bible, spirit of life is Jesus Christ, reality is Christianity?” he asked.
To that, Lynn responded that it’s essential for people to recognize that, though they may believe Christianity to be truth, there are millions of others who live in America and don’t accept Biblical doctrine — individuals that he said deserve equal rights and considerations.
“I think we have to recognize that we are not alone as Christians in this country — that we have these 2,000 religions and 25 million atheists and freethinkers,” Lynn responded. “They’re all first class citizens … if you’re a person in this country, you deserve to be treated just as well as anyone including ‘Jesus Christ is my savior’ believers.”
Another caller from Tennessee named Will phoned in with an even tougher message for Lynn, claiming that he believes the activist is doing a disservice to the Christian faith.
“He’s doing a lot of injustice and he really shouldn’t have the reverend before his name, unfortunately,” Will said. “You’ve got to realize something — this is holy. What you’re talking about is holy. God is holy. Everything about the word and about his plan of salvation is holy.”
The caller went on to accuse Lynn of speaking “profanities against the holiness of God.”
“If you are a Christian as you say, you should have the holy spirit beating you to death right now,” Will continued. “‘Cause the holy spirit is in everyone who declares themself a Christian and the son of God.”
Lynn responded by claiming that he believes that Christians aren’t the ones struggling to exercise their faith in this country and that it is minority groups, including nonbelievers, that face discrimination.
He then launched into an impromptu attack on Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, pointing to a clash that Lynn and Gohmert had before a congressional committee in June 2014 during which Gohmert repeatedly asked him to clarify his Christian beliefs.
“I’m curious, in your Christian beliefs, do you believe in sharing the good news that will keep people from going to hell, consistent with the Christian belief?” Gohmert asked Lynn at the time.”So, you don’t believe somebody would go to hell if they do not believe Jesus is the way, the truth, the life?”
Watch that clash below:
Lynn told the C-SPAN caller that he felt that this attack from Gohmert was unwarranted and not “appropriate.”
“I think Congressmen Gohmert is kind of a walking, talking example of why we need the separation of church and state in this country,” he said.
(H/T: Raw Story)
Follow the author of this story on Twitter and Facebook:
Country music star Toby Keith brought a 35-year American war veteran up on stage with him and sang two of his most popular hits, “American Soldier” and “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” in honor of him.
During a concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday, Keith welcomed 93-year-old retired Lt. Col. Harry Frizzell, of Oklahoma to the stage so that his audience could “see what a true American hero looks like,” CMT News reported.
Keith introduced Frizzell as a veteran who served in the U.S. military for 35 years and fought in three different wars: World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
As the country music artist finished singing the two songs, he handed Frizzell the microphone.
“I would like to say just a few letters here,” Frizzell told a cheering audience. “God bless America.”
That’s when Keith appeared to get emotional. Keith is seen on video bending over as he is overcome with emotion. Moments later, he stands upright again, and uses his fingers to dab his eyes.
Watch the moments on video, titled “An amazing patriotic encore by Toby Keith,” which included Keith’s performance of both songs:
(Relevant portion begins around the 10:18 mark)
(H/T: CMT News)
Follow Jon Street (@JonStreet) on Twitter
BEIJING (AP) — U.S. stocks jumped at the open after China’s central bank cut interest rates to support its economy.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 296 points, or 1.9 percent, to 16,180.61, as of 9:45 a.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed 38 points, or 2 percent, to 1,932. The Nasdaq composite rose 109 points, or 2.4 percent, to 4,635.
Oil prices are up, but U.S. crude is still trading below $40 a barrel.
Treasury notes are falling, pushing up the yield on the 10-year benchmark not to 2.08 percent.
Best Buy was the biggest gainer in the S&P 500 index. The stock surged 16.4 percent after its fiscal second-quarter results handily beat analysts’ estimates as shoppers picked up major appliances, large screen televisions and mobile phones
Police in Lubbock, Texas, responded to a report of a man attacking a Walmart employee and found suspect welding a bat and knife outside. Raw dashcam footage captured the moment officers took down the suspect using “less-lethal” munitions, or more specifically, a beanbag round fired from a 12-gauge shotgun.
“Listen to me, put the knife down! Put the damn knife down! Put it down! Just throw it,” an officer is heard saying in the video.
Moments later, a beanbag round fired by one of the cops hits the suspect, identified as Martin Salazar Hernandez, directly in the head. He went to the ground and officers were able to arrest him.
Lubbock Police Department Assistant Chief Greg Stevens said Hernandez was transported to the hospital and was in stable condition.
The Avalanche-Journal quoted Stevens as saying, “I’m not going to make any determination as to whether this incident is justified or not. It is an ongoing investigation.”
“But very early, we’re going to put the videos out from the police cars to make sure that we’re ahead of it and that you understand that we are conducting the investigation and from what we can see from the preliminary inquiry, the officers followed policy,” he added.
A Netherlands-based nonprofit is hoping to fund the first-ever colony on Mars with the help of the world’s billionaires. It’s a plan “so ambitious” that even the CEO of the group admits it’s a little “crazy.”
Mars One is hoping to put four pioneers on Mars by 2027, with the long-term goal of establishing a permanent colony on the planet, according to Space.com.
Mars One co-founder and CEO Bas Lansdorp said of the project, I think ‘crazy’ is the right word — that we might actually get a phone call from a billionaire who says, ‘I want to make this happen. I want the first city on Mars to be called Gatesville or Slim City.’”
Speaking at the 18th annual International MarsSociety Convention in Washington D.C. earlier this month, Lansdorp said the backing of billionaires “will change everything.”
However, during a debate on the project, MIT graduate students Sydney Do and Andrew Owens doubted the plan is entirely realistic.
“Can they do all of this — accomplish these development challenges — for $6 billion in the next 12 years?” Our belief, based on the data,” Do said, “the analysis that we’ve made and the historical analysis that we’ve done, is that no, they cannot do this, and it is infeasible.”
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A lion charged and killed a safari guide who was leading a group of tourists in the same national park in Zimbabwe that was the home of Cecil the lion who was killed by a bow hunter in July.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) July 28, 2015
Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said Tuesday that Quinn Swales was in Hwange National Park when he spotted six lions on Monday.
“One of the lions had cubs and they became hostile. Mr. Swales at first manage to scare the lions away but then the male lion later made a U-turn and attacked him,” Charamba told The Associated Press. None of the tourists was harmed, she said.
— Africametro.com (@Africametrocom) August 25, 2015
Swales was leading six tourists on a walking safari when he spotted fresh lion spoor and decided to track a pride of lions consisting of two females, two cubs and two males, according to the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.
The collared lion, named Nxaha, attacked Swales, the parks authority said.
Cecil’s killing in July by American dentist James Walter Palmer just outside the park sparked outrage in the United States. The collared lions are being monitored for an Oxford University study.
Camp Hwange, the safari company that employed Swales, said the 40-year-old guide succumbed to the injuries on the same day he was attacked.
“He was tracking lions when a male lion unexpectedly charged,” said Camp Hwange in the statement issued Monday, adding that Swales was leading a photographic walking safari when he was attacked.
Camp Hwange’s Facebook page says it offers game drives and game walks where “game likely to be encountered include all of the cat family, wild dog, elephants and buffalo in huge numbers.”
The parks authority said a man who sells curios to tourists was killed by an elephant in the resort town of Victoria Falls, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Hwange, also on Monday.
Here’s another great example of why coaches always stress runners should hold off celebrating until after the race is over.
American distance runner Molly Huddle appeared to have a bronze medal wrapped up in the 10,000-meter race at the world championships in Beijing, China.
However, instead of running through the finish line, Huddle chose to raise her arms over her head. As she slowed down, teammate Emily Infeld kept running and leaned into the finish, edging out Huddle for the bronze medal.
— LetsRun.com (@letsrundotcom) August 24, 2015
Within steps of the finish line, as Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot is shown smiling about her first-place win followed by silver medalist Gelete Burka of Ethiopia and bronze medal winner American Emily Infeld, Huddle appeared to realize what had just happened.
— LetsRun.com (@letsrundotcom) August 24, 2015
Watch the final stretch of the 10,000-meter race here:
Follow Mike Opelka (@Stuntbrain) on Twitter.