The nation’s pork producers are in an uproar after the federal government abruptly removed bacon, pork chops, pork links, ham and all other pig products from the national menu for 206,000 federal inmates.
The ban started with the new fiscal year last week. Observant Muslims and Jews are forbidden to eat pork, but the Bureau of Prisons, which is responsible for running 122 federal penitentiaries and feeding their inmates three meals a day, said the decision was based on a survey of prisoners’ food preferences: They just don’t like the taste of pork.
“Why keep pushing food that people don’t want to eat?” asked Edmond Ross, a spokesman for the prison bureau. “Pork has been the lowest-rated food by inmates for several years,” It also apparently got more expensive for the government to buy, although he did not provide specifics.
The National Pork Producers Council isn’t buying it. “I find it hard to believe that a survey would have found a majority of any population saying, ‘No thanks, I don’t want any bacon,’” said Dave Warner, a spokesman for the Washington-based trade association, which represents the nation’s hog farmers. […]
The prison system has long made accommodations for Muslims and Jews by providing alternatives to pork and halal and kosher foods. Ross declined to say whether there has been an increase in Muslim or Jewish inmates in recent years and whether that may have factored into the survey responses.
“In general we welcome the change because it’s facilitating the accommodation of Muslim inmates,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the country’s largest Muslim civil rights advocacy group. “We hope it’s not an indication of an increasing number of Muslims in the prison system.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said Tuesday that Illinois residents would welcome the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to their state because of the “economic opportunity” their detention would provide.
“The people in Illinois were looking forward to having some people transferred there—they saw it as economic opportunity, as you may recall,” Pelosi said during her weekly press conference.
Democrats have been working to help President Obama fulfill his pledge to close the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The military has been told to speed up its review of the prison’s 114 detainees so they can be transferred elsewhere.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy abruptly withdrew his promising bid to become speaker Thursday as the married congressman was accused of having an affair with another married House member in an anonymous posting on Wikipedia.
Minutes before Republicans were to cast votes to make him speaker-elect, McCarthy stood and told his colleagues that a fresh face was needed to unite the party.
“And I’m not that person,” McCarthy said, according to one person in the room.
Members sat in surprise. At least one female House member started crying, said Rep. Peter King (R-LI).
“This was the shock of shocks,” King told The Post.
On Thursday, the Wikipedia entries for both McCarthy (R-Calif.), who has two children, and Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), who has a son, were changed to allege the two were having an affair. They were later taken down.
The Internet address from which the changes were made originated from the Department of Homeland Security in Springfield, Va., according to the Washington Free Beacon.
In response to the latest mass shooting during his presidency, President Obama is seriously considering circumventing Congress with his executive authority and imposing new background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume gun dealers.
Under the proposed rule change, dealers who exceed a certain number of sales each year would be required to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and perform background checks on potential buyers.
As the president heads to Roseburg, Ore., on Friday to comfort the survivors and families of those killed in last week’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College, the political calculus around his most vexing domestic policy issue is shifting once again.
A video allegedly leaked from a Muslim center in France shows an extremist imam preaching that all music is of the devil and those that listen to music are “kafir”, or infidels who will be “swallowed up by the earth” and “transformed into apes and pigs.” He then tells the impressionable children that all music, no matter what the language, is “haram”, meaning blasphemous to Islam. A transcript of his sermon reads:
When Allah speaks of music in the Koran he reminds us that music is the devil’s language. When did he remind us of this? So those who love music and listen to music, who are they listening to? The devil. They listen to the devil. There are people who disobeyed Allah and will listen to the devil. What did the prophet say about these people? He said, “They will be swallowed up by the earth.” And they will be transformed into apes and into pigs. So he risks being swallowed up by the earth. Second point: Allah will transform them into apes and pigs. Those who love music would love to be transformed into apes and pigs, you agree. No matter what the language of the music: Arabic, French, Turkish… never mind. If there is song and there are musical instruments, when you hear a violin, a drum, a synthesizer, or violin. If you hear instruments it is haram. And the one who likes haram will be with the devil. And he who likes music, is he loved by the devil or Allah? The devil! So choose your side. Empty your mp3 and transform it and replace it with the best words that exist: the Koran. If one says that musical instruments are haram and music is haram and that who listens or loves music risks being transformed by Allah into a pig, or will look like who? The Devil.
In a lesson posted on the Internet on September 1, 2015, Saudi Sheik Yahya Al-Jana’ talks about the joys of Paradise, saying that men will have the strength of a hundred men in Paradise and will be busy “tearing hymens,” while the virgins of Paradise, whose breasts are “like pomegranates,” become virgins every time again.
New York Times political reporter Jeremy Peters explained Thursday on “Morning Joe” that there is “frustration inside [the] Obama administration” because Hillary Clinton is someone who will say whatever it takes to get elected and the positions that she does take, she doesn’t believe in them.
Host Mika Brzezinski added that in the past couple of months Clinton has “broken with the Obama administration” multiple times including opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, getting rid of the Obamacare’s “Cadillac Tax,” and coming out against the Keystone XL pipeline, which the administration hasn’t yet decided on.
Peters insisted that he talked to a former senior Obama administration official who said “this is everything they always found so frustrating, maddening about the Clintons. It is this kind of inauthenticity, this very careful political calculation.” Peters explained it drives the Obama administration “absolutely crazy” with the “I was for it before I was against it” attitude.
A Brooklyn boy has been hand delivering superhero-themed thank you’s to New York’s Finest every weekend since December.
Zachary Becerra, who dreams of becoming the city’s top cop when he grows up, was absolutely devastated when NYPD cops Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were murdered last year – becoming very emotional at their memorial service.
“He said, ‘I can’t understand why someone would do that,’” his mom, Rosa Ortiz, told The Post.
“I had to explain to him – there’s good people and there’s bad people and sometimes things happen.”
The 7-year-old told his mom he wanted to do something special for the cops, but neither of them could think of anything.
A few days later, Ortiz said “a light bulb went off” when she saw a video shared on Facebook of an organization giving thank-you cards to the NYPD.
“I started with 50 cards. We went to our precinct at their Community Council Meeting and I thought that was going to be it,” the 43-year-old mom of two said. “But then he said, ‘Mommy, I want to go every precinct.’”
House Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday he’ll stay in Congress until there’s a replacement speaker — raising the possibility he could stay on beyond the end-of-October retirement date he’d set for himself.
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, his top lieutenant and the man expected to succeed him, withdrew from the race in a surprise move, sending House Republicans into disarray.
Mr. Boehner canceled the elections that had been scheduled for Thursday afternoon to choose the next speaker, and afterward issued a statement saying he’s not going anywhere — for now.
“As I have said previously, I will serve as speaker until the House votes to elect a new speaker,” he said. “We will announce the date for this election at a later date, and I’m confident we will elect a new speaker in the coming weeks.”
Hillary Clinton was interrupted by an immigration protester while presenting an award to chef Jose Andres at the annual Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute gala in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
Holding up a sign that read “Hillary for immigrants in prisons,” Juan Carlos Ramos of the advocacy organization United We Dream Action stood near the stage, yelling at Clinton as she spoke over him. Ramos was protesting Clinton accepting donations from corporations that run private prisons.
Ramos told BuzzFeed News he was chanting “Hillary we’re watching. My deportation will be your funding.”
“Our message to Hillary Clinton is simple: Immigrant youth do not trust you,” Ramos, who was swiftly removed from the event, said in an earlier statement. “It is time to drop the prison money and stand with our community — you can’t have it both ways.”
Some senior U.S. officials involved in the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal have privately concluded that a key sanctions relief provision – a concession to Iran that will open the doors to tens of billions of dollars in U.S.-backed commerce with the Islamic regime – conflicts with existing federal statutes and cannot be implemented without violating those laws, Fox News has learned.
At issue is a passage tucked away in ancillary paperwork attached to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, as the Iran nuclear deal is formally known. Specifically, Section 5.1.2 of Annex II provides that in exchange for Iranian compliance with the terms of the deal, the U.S. “shall…license non-U.S. entities that are owned or controlled by a U.S. person to engage in activities with Iran that are consistent with this JCPOA.”
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is considering a bid for Speaker of the House of Representatives, IJ.com has learned.
Issa was a vocal member of the House upon news that current-Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had withdrawn his candidacy for the Speakership on Thursday. In a statement, Issa expressed frustrations with Speaker Boehner’s leadership over the past several years:
“The frustration Americans have expressed – including with John Boehner – was due to the fact that they felt as if the Republicans in charge in Congress were not willing to stand up to the Obama Administration.”
The statement continued:
“Americans want someone with a proven track record of holding this Administration accountable.”
Activist and Black Lives Matter leader Deray McKesson spoke at the Taft School Tuesday and offered students a version of the Tamir Rice shooting in which police waited an hour to render first aid, possibly leading to his death. In fact, an FBI agent on scene rendered first aid to Rice in under four minutes.
McKesson announced on Twitter that he would be speaking at the private boarding school and college in Connecticut:
“There’s this misconception that the protesters are anti-police, we’re not anti-police,” McKesson said during his 19 minute address. But no matter how many times he denies being anti-police, McKesson keeps repeating false claims in which the police appear to be heartless monsters and murderers. He did this again today when recounting the death of Tamir Rice:
If you feel you must, here’s the piece. But to elevate it, since it wasn’t written with either skill or intelligence, it’s about Ben Carson’s comments on the Oregon shooting where he said he would try to fight back against the gunman if he were in a similar situation. I might have found better ways to phrase it.
But can you imagine GQ ever writing this about any Democrat, much less Obama? God forbid they actually report on Obama specifically saying he would politicize the deaths of the nine people to serve his gun control ends. Imagine how offensive that has to be for the families.