There was some consternation on Twitter yesterday about the validity of the Sydney "lone wolf" terrorist's allegiances. Twitter could not figure out whether he was holding hostages in a chocolate shop because he was "legitimately" part of ISIS, or whether he just happend to get bad service and was merely fed up with the holiday season and taking it out on corporate chocolate hegemony. After all, social media couldn't tell if he had a real ISIS flag of just the slightly-less-threatening "Shahada flag," an "expression of Islamic faith." Considering he was taking hostages, that argument was basically splitting hairs, but it takes a lot for the media to speak with authority on religions these days. Or something.
Fresh off the latest Transformers movie, Michael Bay, it seems, is looking for a more serious film project. Thankfully, a serious project is in the works at Paramount pictures: a movie about the Benghazi incident that left four Americans dead, including the ambassador to Libya, based on Mitchell Zukoff's book 13 Hours.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Michael Bay feels he's up to the challenge of turning a complex political event that deserves the utmost respect into a major motion picture blockbuster, mostly made up of giant explosions strung together with a mediocre plot.
In a massive change of pace, Michael Bay is going from toy tentpole to a Benghazi political drama.
Bay is in negotiations to direct 13 Hours, the adaptation of Mitchell Zuckoff’s book about the attack on an American compound in Libya that left U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens dead.
Yesterday morning, Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers was just that guy who totes a giant golden mace around the Canadian Parliament. Yesterday afternoon, Kevin Vickers became a global hero as he stopped an active shooter in his tracks. This morning, as he did his ceremonial entrance to Parliament, Kevin Vickers got a standing ovation for his bravery and quick-thinking.
As Kevin Vickers carried the ceremonial golden mace into the House of Commons on Thursday, MPs and staff rose to their feet to applaud his bravery the day before. Prime Minister Stephen Harper crossed the House to shake his hand, hug him, and then hugged opposition leaders Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau.
Less than a day earlier, Vickers was credited with shooting and killing the gunman who stormed parliament after having killed a soldier at the national war memorial down the street.
Many of the MPs and leaders rose to pay tribute to the Parliament's security forces and to speak on the subject of terrorism.
Even though Michele Bachmann hasn't been on the frontlines of foreign policy criticism of late, she has made herself ISIS's Congressional target numero uno. Apparently, ISIS recently released a video that featured the Congresswoman's voice but blurred out her image, probably because an unveiled woman in a pantsuit being allowed to speak on important issues is just a teensy bit too much for their masculinity to handle.
Rep. Michele Bachmann has been provided with a “limited” protection detail after a picture of her appeared in a video by the Islamic State, a source confirmed to Fox News.
However, the source said, the temporary protection from the U.S. Capitol Police is not a full-blown, around-the-clock detail as is provided to top congressional leaders. According to the source, this sort of temporary detail is provided at times to members of Congress if there is a reasonable threat to their safety.
The protection detail was first reported by Politico.
This weekend, the sleepy town of Keene, New Hampshire descended into chaos as the city's 24th annual Pumpkin Festival dissolved into all-night riots, thanks to some local college students who don't place a value on having a supply of intact liquor bottles ahead of the New Hampshire winter. The students, who were apparently attending house parties organized by a party-planning group that encourages attendees to do crazy things in pursuit of Internet fame, turned a normally low-key event into a full-on, pumpkin-flinging melee, with flipped cars, bonfires, thrown bottles, uprooted signs, 30 injuries and a visit from the governor Maggie Hassan, who apparently has nothing else to worry about.
Worst of all, they almost got New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown.
For years, the US Justice Department used the promise of continuing Social Security benefits as a way of getting Nazi war criminals and and former SS officers to leave the country, according to an AP investigation. The program, which has potentially cost America millions of tax dollars and exploited a legal loophole, has apparently kept dozens of retired Nazis afloat as they lived out their golden years in the friendly countries we dumped them into.
Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found.
The payments, underwritten by American taxpayers, flowed through a legal loophole that gave the U.S. Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the U.S. If they agreed to go, or simply fled before deportation, they could keep their Social Security, according to interviews and internal U.S. government records.
The CDC doesn't seem especially willing to contend with the subject of Ebola virus transportation via air travel. Not to a nurse calling the CDC with potential symptoms of Ebola requesting to take a weekend getaway to Ohio, and most likely to Congress in today's emergency Congressional Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on the Ebola outbreak, featuring CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden, NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci, and other directors from the HHS, DHS and FDA. Although Rep. Tim Murphy is reportedly going to try.
Ben Affleck has a case — a bad case — of Islamophilia. By now the exchange on Bill Maher's show is everywhere, as well it should be. Maher and Sam Harris argued that much more than just a tiny fraction of the Muslim world holds extreme views, such as the death penalty for apostates. Affleck retorted that calling out Islamic radicalism in this way was “so gross" and "racist," like calling someone a “shifty Jew.” New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof essentially agreed, saying that the position held by Maher and Harris “does have the tinge a little bit of the way white racists talk about African-Americans."
Jimmy Carter is not an expert in Middle Eastern foreign policy. Or, at least, he wasn't an expert when Middle East foreign policy was happening to him. But now, after decades away from the limelight, after building countless homes for America's impoverished families and speaking regularly on the scourge of Israel's right to self-defense, Jimmy Carter has, apparently, acquired enough foreign policy acumen to entice CNN to interview him on the current situation with ISIS.
Or they figure if anyone would know how to functionally dismantle an entire region, it would be Jimmy Carter.
Either way, Jimmy Carter, the man best known for messing up our Middle East foreign policy, cannot begin to explain to you how badly President Obama is messing up our Middle East foreign policy.
Former President Jimmy Carter said President Barack Obama "waited too long" to go after ISIS and criticized what he described as the president's changing foreign policy.
For a moment there, yesterday, when the Dallas Ebola apartment was being fumigated by HazMat crews, and the Dallas medical community confirmed that the Dallas Ebola patient was receiving experimental medical care and that his family and friends were disease-free and cleared to return to work, it almost looked as though the media were about to lose their opportunity for wall-to-wall coverage of the deadly African virus's appearance in Texas.
Thankfully, Jesse Jackson arrived to save the day, and - according to Jesse, at least - the Dallas Ebola patient himself.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson is in Dallas Tuesday to make sure Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan is getting the best medical care possible.
Rev. Jackson said Duncan's family asked for his help. He recently tweeted that "he should not be shunned" and to "kill the disease and not the person."