Hillary was fêted by a high-fashion crowd at Tory Burch’s majestic Hamptons mansion on Sunday — but well-heeled guests got drenched by the designer’s sprinkler system as the presidential candidate stood up to speak.
Guests at Burch’s palatial, $38 million “Gatsby”-era estate, which sits on 15.4 lush acres in Southampton, included Anna Wintour, Martha Stewart, Donna Karan, Barneys owner Richard Perry and his designer wife, Lisa.
But as Hillary, who was on a covered terrace, started to speak to 200 guests who fanned out into the garden, Burch’s sprinkler system suddenly went on, soaking some of the well-attired attendees.
Pope Francis on Tuesday called on priests to pardon women who have abortions, and the doctors who perform them, during the upcoming Jubilee year — overruling hardline traditionalists within the Catholic Church.
“I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it,” he said.
Members of al Qaeda’s branch in Syria have a surprising advocate in the corridors of American power: retired Army general and former CIA Director David Petraeus.
The former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan has been quietly urging U.S. officials to consider using so-called moderate members of al Qaeda’s Nusra Front to fight ISIS in Syria, four sources familiar with the conversations, including one person who spoke to Petraeus directly, told The Daily Beast.
The heart of the idea stems from Petraeus’s experience in Iraq in 2007, when as part of a broader strategy to defeat an Islamist insurgency the U.S. persuaded Sunni militias to stop fighting with al Qaeda and to work with the American military.
The tactic worked, at least temporarily. But al Qaeda in Iraq was later reborn as ISIS, and has become the sworn enemy of its parent organization. Now, Petraeus is returning to his old play, advocating a strategy of co-opting rank-and-file members of al Nusra, particularly those who don’t necessarily share all of core al Qaeda’s Islamist philosophy.
However, Petraeus’s play, if executed, could be enormously controversial. The American war on terror began with an al Qaeda attack on 9/11, of course. The idea that the U.S. would, 14 years later, work with elements of al Qaeda’s Syrian branch was an irony too tough to stomach for most U.S. officials interviewed by The Daily Beast. They found Petraeus’s notion politically toxic, near-impossible to execute, and strategically risky.
A federal aviation safety team is expected in Montana this weekend, with an eye to resolving a policy difference that has prevented five state-owned helicopters from fighting fires on federal land.
State officials say there have been incidents this season in which Montana firefighters were prohibited from fighting fires, a situation state leaders say makes no sense.
Montana fire officials say the choppers in question, five Vietnam-era former Army Hueys, rebuilt and reinforced for firefighting by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, are perfectly safe.
“This is not a safety issue,” State Forester Bob Harrington said Wednesday. “We firmly stand behind the safety and the record of our aviation program. This is a question of policy difference.”
The issue goes beyond some simple paperwork to complex and extensive protocols for operations and safety for people both in the chopper and on the ground.
“There’s a lot of work behind the scenes for us to all agree on each other’s standards and policies and we tend to work those agreement out with a lot of work in the off season. And occasionally there are places where our policies don’t line up and we try to work through these differences,” Harrington said. “This is an example where we have not been able to work these out.”
One issue is the 324-gallon water buckets are larger than those envisioned in the federal protocols.
A federal appeals court says that a statue of Jesus Christ can remain at the summit of Big Mountain near Whitefish, ruling that the U.S. Forest Service’s permitting of the statue does not violate the First Amendment.
The statue on the mountain’s summit was erected in the early 1950’s by the Knights of Columbus as a tribute to soldiers who lost their lives in World War 2.
But three years ago, the Freedom From Religion Foundation asked that the statue be removed, fighting a request for the U.S. Forest Service to grant a new permit for the statue.
Eventually the Forest Service granted the permit, but FFRF appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The appeals court ruled in favor of the Forest Service on Monday, saying the agency hadn’t violated the “Establishment Clause”, which prevents the federal government from preferring, or endorsing, one religion over another.
The justices ruled the Forest Service’s decision to grant a new permit “did not constitute an endorsement of religion.”
“Nothing apart from the statue’s likeness suggests a religious motive on USFS’ part,” the justices wrote in the 6-page opinion.
FFRF had complained the statue’s location was objectionable because it was on public property and couldn’t be easily avoided by people who might be offended.
However, the appeals court noted the history of the statue, as well as its remote location.
“The twelve-foot tall statue is on a mountain, far from any government seat or building, near a commercial ski resort, and accessible only to individuals who pay to use the ski lift,” the opinion reads, noting the statue is privately owned and maintained. “It did not sprout from the minds of [government] officials and was not funded from [the government’s] coffers.”
There’s also the suggestion that he’s mentally ill.
HOUSTON — The man charged with killing a sheriff’s deputy at a suburban gas station Friday emptied his 15-round handgun into the back and the back of the head of the deputy, as witnesses watched in horror and surveillance cameras captured the shooting, prosecutors said Monday.
The man, Shannon Jaruay Miles, 30, walked into a courtroom crowded with sheriff’s deputies and police officers for his first court appearance here Monday morning. Mr. Miles said nothing as the Harris County district attorney, Devon Anderson, described to a judge what the authorities have called an unprovoked attack. The deputy, Darren H. Goforth, 47, had pulled into a Chevron gas station about 8:30 p.m. Friday when Mr. Miles approached him from behind and opened fire, the authorities said.
After the hearing, Ms. Anderson said Mr. Miles was cooperating with investigators but said they were still trying to establish a motive, even though prosecutors do not have to prove one under Texas law. Law enforcement officials have said it appeared Deputy Goforth was targeted because he was wearing a uniform.
Military chaplains face new challenges as their traditional role changes to those they minister.
From ancient Israelites to the Roman Empire and through the Middle Ages to the present, priests, ministers and chaplains have marched with soldiers in their life-and-death struggles.
Now, tensions are rising as some military chaplains struggle with the social changes ahead following the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2010 and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s recent notification to the services to make way for transgender troops.
Ron Crews, a retired Army colonel and chaplain, said he never experienced serious restrictions on his ability to minister to soldiers during 28 years as an active duty and reserve chaplain, a career that ended in 2008. “I will say that the climate has changed,” he said.
Crews now serves as a pastor for about 25 active-duty chaplains.
“There has been a growing concern about chaplains being able to continue to minister what I would call ‘the full counsel of God’ in their ministries,” he said.
For 240 years, since the U.S. Army’s founding in June 1775, chaplains have been welcome in the military. Generals from George Washington and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson to George C. Marshall considered chaplains indispensable to a unit’s emotional and spiritual well-being.
In recent years, Washington has issued wave after wave of new regulations, some of which conflict with many chaplains’ long-held religious beliefs.
Any chaplain serving in the U.S. military is required to be endorsed by a religion or denomination recognized by the Department of Defense.
Monday on CNN’s “Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin,” Black Lives Matter Minnesota organizer Rashad Turner said protesters chanting “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon” Saturday at the gates of the Minnesota State Fair were “not speaking of killing a police officer.”
Turner said, “I mean It’s an example of—even with this case down in Houston, when people of color, black people are accused of killing a police officer, you don’t see that man down there getting bail. But what we see on the flip side of that is when a police officer kills an unarmed black male, that the system still works in their favor that they are able to get bail. So when we say fry them, we’re not speaking of killing a police officer…we’re saying, treat the police the same as you’re going to treat a civilian who commits murder against a police officer.”
“The uproar over this rhetoric does not match the uproar that we see when a black person is killed every 28 hours by police. I mean in Saint Paul, the Minnesota we have the deadliest police department in our state. Why do we want to get hung up on rhetoric rather than addressing the facts? We need police reform. Otherwise the climate in this country is going to continue to be an us versus them climate. And that helps no one. We all suffer.” he added.
Hillary Clinton’s private email server was housed at the same physical location and on the same network as an email server used and operated by the Clinton Foundation, Breitbart News has exclusively learned.
Records reveal that Hillary Clinton’s private clintonemail.com server shared an IP address with her husband Bill Clinton’s email server, presidentclinton.com, and both servers were housed in New York City, not in the basement of the Clintons’ Chappaqua, New York home.
Web archives show that the Presidentclinton.com Web address was being operated by the Clinton Foundation as of 2009, when Hillary Clinton registered her own clintonemail.com server.
Not part of a chant, the march leader, wearing the rank of colonel, shouted directly to Harris County mounted deputies through a megaphone. “You think we’re not pissed off a bunch about y’all killing our sisters? You think it’s okay? [We’re] the wrong n***ers to mess with. You’re gonna stop doing what you’re doing, or we will start creeping up on you in the darkness.”
The rally, also covered by Breitbart Texas, took place at the Waller County Jail where inmate Sandra Bland took her own life by hanging herself with a trash bag after her arrest following a traffic stop in the town of Prairie View. She was accused of an illegal lane change and assaulting a police officer. After being left in jail by her family for three days, Bland hung herself.
In the video below, Breitbart Texas recorded several other violent statements towards police. “The revolution is on… Off the pigs,” and “Oink Oink… Bang Bang!,” was the message leveled by the heavily armed Black Panthers directly at Harris County deputies who had been asked by the Waller County Sheriff to come out to help keep the peace.
Two weeks later, a black man, Shannon Miles, allegedly walked up behind Deputy Goforth and shot him in the head and back fifteen times, according to a Breitbart Texas report on Miles’ first court appearance.
The Waller County jail is located just over 30 miles from the Chevron station where Goforth was executed. The alleged killer, Shannon Miles, also attended the same university as Sandra Bland. It is possible that her arrest and subsequent suicide could have played a role in Miles’ possible motivation.
Operators of the historical Auschwitz concentration camp site set up misting showers outside prison gates, angering Israeli tourists who were shocked by the insensitivity.
Nazis used showers to kill millions of Jewish prisoners during the Holocaust, so modern-day tourists were taken aback when they saw an outdoor sprinkler shower system — installed to cool down summer visitors – on the solemn grounds in Poland, according to the news Web site Ynet.
“As soon as I got off the bus I walked into the shower contraption,” said Israeli tourist Meyer Bolka. “I was in shock. It was a punch to the gut. I walked up to the reception and asked the worker there about the showers, she said it was a hot day. I told her: ‘With all due respect it reminds me of the gas chambers.’ She told me she is very sorry.”
Temperatures in the area were in the high 90s over the weekend.
Bolka said the imagery and context of Auschwitz should have been obvious to museum operators.