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The US Army's top prosecutor overseeing sexual assault cases has been suspended over allegations he groped a female lawyer working for him and tried to kiss her, officers said.
I never thought that I would agree with Mr. Brinkley, unfortunately it’s just two words, “Income Inequality”. The rest of Mr. Brinkley’s article would be equated to George Bush Sr. remarks about then Gov. Reagan’s economic policy as “Voodoo economics”.
1. Hostage standoff continues at Kenyan mall following militant shootout
Every war in the 20th Century began when a democrat occupied the White House - WWI, Woodrow Wilson: WW II and Cold War, FDR; Korean Conflict, Truman; Vietnam, JFK and LBJ; U.S. Embassy seized in Iran, Carter; and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bill Clinton. Conversely, republican presidents Harding, Eisenhower, Nixon, and Reagan brought an end to those wars. Violent upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa, Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons and President Obama’s passive foreign policies, have fanned the flames of a radicalized region. Lethal weapons of mass destruction stockpiled in unstable nations, including nuclear, chemical and surface to air missiles, could be seized by terrorists and used to destroy Israel and threaten the U.S. After four Americans, including our Ambassador, were murdered in Benghazi, Libya, President Obama appeared at the United Nations and shamelessly blamed that tragedy on a homemade video.
1. SPAIN MOURNS TRAIN CRASH VICTIMS
1. DETROIT FILES RECORD BANKRUPTCY PETITION Detroit on Thursday became the largest U.S. city in history to file for bankruptcy. The city is at least $14 billion in debt, and could owe as much as $20 billion. Detroit was once the nation's industrial powerhouse and the cradle of the U.S. auto industry. It fell into financial ruin over decades, as auto manufacturing declined and residents moved away, reducing the city's population — and tax base — from 1.8 million in 1950 to 700,000 today. [New York Times] ………………………………………………………………………………
1. BERNANKE'S SOOTHING WORDS LIFT STOCKS TO RECORD HIGHS
1. TSARNAEV PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING
1. NELSON MANDELA'S CONDITION IMPROVES AS OBAMA LANDS IN SOUTH AFRICA The condition of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is improving, according to his ex-wife Winnie. President Barack Obama, who landed in Johannesburg on Friday, is visiting the spot where Mandela spent 18 years in an apartheid prison, but insisted that he doesn't need a "photo op" with the former South African president. [Reuters] ………………………………………………………………………………
1. IMMIGRATION OVERHAUL PASSES SENATE
According to a USA Today report,
A judge today accepted James' Holmes plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
In the May 1 Explorer Dana Schulte says “we need to research” who is responsible for mass killings, as in Newtown and Aurora and then have legislation “target them and not the law abiding citizen”.
The noise is going to get louder and louder. They will scream, “We need more gun control laws to make us safe.” “Something has to be done.” I offer here two quotes from one of our most respected Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Here’s another one. “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.”
In response to (Explorer column printed on Dec. 19) on the shooting in Newtown and guns rights, let me say that your defense of the Second Amendment comes short. People have a God given right for self-protection and the Second Amendment supports that and makes the United States unique in that regard.
Throughout our lives, things happen that make you ask, “What is this world coming to?” Friday was one of those days. It was one of those days where we hear there are 20 young children dead and six school professionals dead because a 20-year-old shot them inside their classrooms.
When a tragedy strikes, it is human nature for us to ask, "Why?" And in the next breath, we wonder, "What can be done so this never will happen again?"
The recent outbursts – the proponents’ behavior was too thuggish to call it a legitimate debate – over Ethnic Studies at TUSD concerned making the program elective. The program as taught should be completely scrapped for the fraud it is.