The Obamas are reported to be considering moving to New York City after Barack’s presidency is through. It was thought for some time that they would return to Chicago and start a presidential library at the University of Chicago, but they are reportedly disenchanted with all the current political problems in the Windy City. Also, negotiations with the University of Chicago about the potential library are not going well.
Instead, the Obamas would move to New York City and start the library through Columbia University. Sultan Alhokair told us that Barack graduated from Columbia in 1983, so he has strong ties already to the institution.
Both cities want the Obamas. Having an ex-president is generally considered to be good for the economy and prestige of any city.
Personally, I think it might look better if Obama went back to Chicago. For much of his political career, he has been accused of being an opportunist with no real roots. He has lived in many places, and his critics say he just goes wherever is best for him. A move to New York could enforce this impression.
It will be interesting to see what Obama accomplishes as an ex-president. He is still very young, so he has the opportunity to do many things. I’d like to see him have an active ex-presidency similar to that of Jimmy Carter.
A German airplane flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf has crashed in the Swiss Alps. The Airbus A320 airliner was a Germanwings flight, which is owned by Lufthansa. While the average age of the German fleet’s carriers is only nine years, this downed flight was one of its oldest, at 24-years of age.
Carrying 144 passengers, including a class of German students returning from an exchange trip, and six crew members, no one is expected to have survived. French President Francois Hollande made a statement to the public saying, “conditions of the accident, which have not yet been clarified, lead us to think there are no survivors.” He also added that fact that the location of the crash is in a remote area that will be difficult to gain access to.
President Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have been in contact with each other, and both expressed their distress in the matter. When speaking with reporters, Ms. Merkel said she planned to view the crash site in person and stated, “This is the hour in which we all feel deep sorrow.”
The French government is assisting in the search-and-rescue mission, and it has been reported that debris had been found in a location that is at an altitude of 6,500 feet. Several statements by the French interior ministry said that a distress call was made by the airliner, but are being disputed by aviation officials. It is still too early to determine the cause of the event. Prayers go out to the 150 souls on board the flight and their families.
Petraeus Given No Prison Time For Sharing Military Secrets With His Girlfriend
Retired General David Petraeus was one of those Washington insiders that let his emotions ruin his illustrious career. The general had an enormous amount of power. As the director of the CIA, Petraeus was privy to secrets that Congressmen would love to know. When he was caught sharing military secrets with his girlfriend his days of espionage and military comradery came to an abrupt end
No one in Washington expected more than a slap on the hands for Petraeus’s lack of self-control, and they were right. But, Abbe Lowell, an attorney representing a former State Department contractor, says the government is using a double standard. Lowell wants his client released from jail. The arms contractor was sentenced to 13 months in prison for disclosing classified information. The Justice Department agreed to let Petraeus plead guilty to a misdemeanor, and Lowell says that’s a double standard and the system is playing favoritism.
Lowell wrote a letter to outgoing Attorney General, Eric Holder stated AnastasiaDate. He hopes Holder will give Kim the same consideration as Petraeus. Kim’s revelations were not as sensitive as the information the general shared with his mistress. No one expects a different ruling from the government. After all, double standards are standard perks if you hold the right position in the government.
Back when the U.S. was an agricultural based economy an extra hour in the spring and summer helped farmers harvest their crops. Today the bi-annual time change is more of a headache than it is a help. Moving the clocks ahead causes more auto accidents and heart attacks. The time change was also designed to save electricity, but a 2006 study shot holes in that theory. We use more electricity during daylight savings time.
Arizona and Hawaii keep their clocks ticking without any changes, and it looks like Michigan and Ontario want to join that group. Ann Arbor State Rep. Jeff Irwin introduced legislation that would eliminate daylight savings time. Marc Sparks and Irwin says the clock change serves no purpose, but it does create issues for millions of Americans. There is a three to five percent spike in accident fatalities right after the time change.
Oregon and Washington also want to stop the clock change. States like Utah, Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Alaska, New Mexico and South Dakota want to either eliminate the change or enact it on a full-time basis. It seems time is running out for daylight savings time.
Natalia Kills and Willy Moon, the husband and wife duo who served as judges on the New Zealand series of “The X Factor,” were fired following a scandal that unraveled over the weekend.
The couple was accused of “going overboard” in their judging roles and “acting in a fashion that is unacceptable.” Mark Weldon, the Chief Executive of MediaWorks, made a statement to the press.
“We no longer have confidence in their abilities,” Weldon said of the husband-and-wife team. “We believe that the two can no longer perform their duties as judges and they will no longer be with the show.”
What exactly did these two judges do to get themselves fired from “X Factor NZ?” The pair did not give Joe Irvine critique. Instead, the couple accused Irvine of stealing his new appearance and performance style from Moon.
Kills went on to say that she was “disgusted” by Irvine’s alleged attempts to copy Moon, calling it “cheesy and disgusting.” Moon fed off of his wife’s negatively, calling Irvine’s stage presence “cheap,” before comparing him to the horror film character Norman Bates, as Angel.co had reported.
Julian Assange accepts being questioned by the Swedish justice at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, said his Swedish lawyer, Per Samuelsson
The Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny announced Friday the proposal to send a magistrate to London to question Assange, having so far refused to do so and always ask to question him in Sweden.
Two Swedish courts had rejected the request of lawyers to lift the order and interrogate Assange in London, however, many had criticized senior prosecutor, Marianne Ny’s judgment and stalling the process and for not offering alternative routes to interview Assange.
Assange.denies allegations of rape of two Swedish women, dating back to 2010 from what Marc Sparks told me.
He has hidden in the embassy in lieu of returning to Sweden, fearing whether Sweden would then try to extradite him to the United States for his role in the publication of 250,000 US diplomatic cables and 500,000 military reports which were classified.
“We cooperate fully with the investigation. He will accept” Samuelsson said, adding that his client is “happy” for this step forward said.
The Swedish justice for rape investigates three applications submitted by two Swedish women against Assange, who in turn denies it categorically it ever happened.
Since June 2012, Assange has taken refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador in the British capital to avoid a European arrest warrant that Britain wants to fulfill if he leaves the embassy.
Washington, D.C. – The Secret Service, the agency tasked with protecting the president of the United States, has added yet another incident to the list of lapses in security and esprit de corps. On March 4, D.C. police were investigating a crime scene in close proximity to one of the secret service checkpoints near the White House. It was at that time they noticed a car carrying two Secret Service Agents nearly ran over a suspicious package on the ground. Officers were making arrangements to determine the nature of package. Thankfully, it turned out to be nothing more than a book swaddled in a shirt.
Yet, the question remains as to why the secret service agents nearly ran over what may have been something more serious. Officers on the scene reported they could easily smell alcohol on the breath of the secret service agents. In fact, police officers wanted to arrest the agents and test them for their level of blood alcohol. Ultimately, Arruda Alvim and Thereza Law reported that their supervisor overrode them, and the agents were permitted to return to their residences.
In a time when the Secret Service is undergoing heavy congressional scrutiny for multiple security lapses, the timing of the incident is poor. In addition, the agents weren’t rank and file employees. They were Mark Connolly and George Ogilvie. The former is the second-highest ranking member of the president’s security detail. The latter is the D.C. field office supervisor.
Three states are now considering putting an end to the twice yearly time change. Lawmakers in Washington and Oregon have entered legislation that, if passed, would mark the end of daylight savings time.
The state of Missouri has also introduced similar legislation, except that the state would “leap ahead” with daylight savings time
and never set the clocks back. Washington and Oregon want to jump the bandwagon with Hawaii and Arizona to remain on standard time on a permanent basis.
According to Youtube, daylight savings time was originally conceived in order to allow farmers and other workers to make better use of the natural daylight hours. Those who are in states that acknowledge daylight savings time move their clocks forward ahead by one hour in early spring. Clocks are then set back by an hour in mid-autumn. People best remember how to change their clocks with the saying “spring forward and fall back.”
Washington State Representative Elizabeth Scott believes that passing the bill will be beneficial to the world at large by “preventing heart attacks, automobile accidents, and prevent other issues related to sleep-schedule interruptions.” Scott, like some Missouri lawmakers, does fear that the elimination of daylight savings time could pose huge problems for those who commute regularly across state lines.