This is American history you won’t see on PBS:
Most historians have overlooked or downplayed the many threats modern presidents have faced, and survived. Author Mel Ayton sets the record straight in his new book Hunting the President: Threats, Plots and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama, telling the sensational story of largely forgotten—or never-before revealed—malicious attempts to slay America’s leaders.
This is American history you won’t see on PBS:
A California woman was struck and killed Wednesday by a freight train while wearing headphones as she jogged along busy tracks near a popular hiking trail.
Janaki Rose Hayes, 27, of Truckee, was wearing headphones that fully covered her ears and did not hear the blaring horn as the steel beast bared down on her around 1.45 p.m., police said.
In an interview Tuesday, Hank Aaron, the man who broke Babe Ruth’s home-run record in 1974, compared GOP lawmakers who oppose President Obama to the Ku Klux Klan.
“Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated,” the Hall of Famer told USA Today Sports.
Not content to leave well enough alone, Aaron pushed further.
“The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods,” he added. “Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”
Rats feast on croissants and climb up curtains at Manhattan Dunkin’ Donuts in video that’s enough to turn you off breakfast.
The Washington Post reported that three agents on Obama’s detail, all members of the Secret Service Agency’s elite Counter Assault Team (CAT), were sent home from the Netherlands after reportedly spending a night out drinking in Amsterdam ahead of the president’s arrival Monday.
The Post reported that the embassy then alerted agency director Julia Pierson after finding one of the agents passed out in a hallway Sunday morning. A person familiar with the situation says the other two agents were complicit because they didn’t assist or tamp down the intoxicated agent’s behavior.
Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told Fox News that the agents had been sent home “for disciplinary reasons” and had been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Riots broke out in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday night, according to WDRB News, when 200 teens began robbing and assaulting people, including a 13-year-old girl and a man trying to help her. A woman who was parked in her car with two children in the back seat said she was also assaulted by a group of teens. She told police they repeatedly punched her and threw trash cans at her car.
WDRB News also reports that a large group of teens robbed a convenience store, assaulting the clerk as he tried to shut the doors on them. They actually have surveillance video of this attack and all the teens shown appeared to be black.
The day after a Democrat Illinois lawmaker cruised to victory in his party’s primary Tuesday, he gave up his seat in the wake of a child pornography raid. State Rep. Keith Farnham stepped down from representing Elgin, a city about 35 miles northwest of Chicago, days after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided his home and his state office in Springfield.
(2009 file photo Daily Mail)
According to the Weekly Standard, a pool reporter commented on a tip about merchants at t-shirt stalls being told to “temporarily suspend sales of t-shirts that show President Obama in a Mao hat.”
The pool reporter added:
That tip turned out to be true. Several merchants denied carrying such items, but one merchant quietly took this correspondent to the back of her tent and showed off a whole box of the popular, normally seen t-shirts. As we were negotiating prices – she wanted 360 yuan, or roughly $60, an outrageous starting price – other merchants came by, and in Chinese, told her to be careful. The merchant became visibly rattled and put the t-shirts away.
The New York Times reported in 1937 that then-Gov. Harold G. Hoffman initially proposed legislation to create a state song. Since then, the debate has only dragged on, with much disharmony along the way. Choosing a state song has been, for New Jersey, akin to an entire state choosing pizza toppings, a process riven by petty disagreements and peculiar preferences.
State Sen. Jeff Van Drew, who has introduced a new state song bill, said New Jersey needs a song that represents “all that the state has to offer.”
Van Drew told FoxNews.com he realizes the legislature has other issues to focus on, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t important too. “I believe that we can also spend a small amount of time establishing more pride in our great state and its residents,” he said.
But … what song?
U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet, a move that pleased international critics but alarmed some business leaders and others who rely on the smooth functioning of the Web.
Pressure to let go of the final vestiges of U.S. authority over the system of Web addresses and domain names that organize the Internet has been building for more than a decade and was supercharged by the backlash to revelations about National Security Agency surveillance last year.
The looming change — if successfully executed — would end the long-running contract between the U.S. Commerce Department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a California-based non-profit group that goes by the acronym ICANN. That contract is due to expire next year but could be extended if the transition plan is not complete.
A photo and a racial description of an accused assailant was disclosed by CBS Philadelphia affiliate KYW-TV in yesterday’s story: “Woman’s Finger Bitten, Severely Severed During Parking Dispute In Cherry Hill,” in a break with CBS journalistic custom. The word “Black” was in the twelfth paragraph and was capitalized as would be customary with the word, “Negro.”
The personality cultists at Organizing for America have done it again.
To mark Women’s History Month OFA could have tweeted a picture of an American woman who’s contributed to the country’s greatness and its empowerment of women – Susan B. Anthony, maybe, or Sarah Palin.
Instead, the Obamabots chose their hero, of course. Because nothing says American womanhood quite like a picture of Barack Obama.
The 408K Race in San Jose is already an inspiring event. The annual 8-kilometer run benefits the Pat Tillman Foundation, which funds scholarships for military veterans. This year, runners made it all the more memorable with a spontaneous tribute to a 95-year-old World War II veteran who had come out in his full uniform to cheer them.
The Republican National Committee released a statement over the weekend commemorating Women’s History Month that served as little more than a slap in the face to Sarah Palin.
Equal opportunity was the theme RNC chair Reince Priebus and co-chair Sharon Day drew upon as they highlighted Republican women seen as trailblazers, but omitted any reference to the party’s first female vice presidential nominee.
WASHINGTON — President Obama has authorized a targeted drone strike against Russian President Vladimir Putin following his country’s controversial troop movements into Ukraine’s Crimea, senior administration officials confirmed today.
Putin, 61, was added to the controversial “kill list” on Saturday shortly after speaking with the president in a 90-minute phone call. Following the call, the White House readout indicated that Obama spoke for approximately 30 minutes while Putin laughed continuously for the last 60.
A 28-year-old mother of four has filed a lawsuit against a background check website, saying the company used her attractive arrest booking photo for commercial and advertising purposes, without compensating her or even getting her permission.
Meagan Simmons of Zephyrhills filed the lawsuit in Hillsborough County Court against InstantCheckmate.com.
If you listen to the chattering class in Washington, D.C., Hillary Clinton is a virtual certainty for the 2016 Democratic nomination, and the front runner in the next presidential race.
But in private, rumors persist that the former Secretary of State may not even be capable of making it to Iowa and New Hampshire. Clinton, these skeptics often say, will not run for president again because of health concerns.
These ubiquitous rumors of her health have been fueled in part by the supermarket tabloids. The National Enquirer wrote in 2012 that Clinton had brain cancer, something a spokesman dismissed then as “absolute nonsense.” In January of this year, the Globe claimed that Clinton secretly had a brain tumor.
It wasn’t a hard sell to get Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to speak at Donald Trump’s famously plush Mar-a-Lago Club mansion in the wealthiest county in Florida.
Palm Beach County Republican Party Vice Chairman Mike Barnett has been holding the spot for Cruz since last year, when conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham beat him to the punch and headlined the county party’s 2013 annual Lincoln Day fundraiser.