Polish border guards on Monday blocked entry into Poland for 10 Russian bikers who said they were following a path commemorating the Red Army victory’s over Nazi Germany 70 years ago.
Border guard spokesman Dariusz Sienicki announced the decision after members of the Night Wolves, a nationalistic Russian group loyal to President Vladimir Putin, approached the border and tried to enter Poland.
Polish authorities said last week they would ban entry for the group, with leaders calling their plans to ride through Poland as part of World War II commemorations a provocation. The Night Wolves vowed to enter anyway and 15 were seen Monday morning at the border crossing between Brest, Belarus, and Terespol, Poland.
Belarusian guards let them pass but they were then held in a hangar by Polish officials.
“These people will not cross into Poland. Each of them will individually receive a decision denying them entry into Poland’s territory,” Sienicki said.
The latest poll demonstrates once more how far the party controlling most of America is out of stride with the public.
American voters support same-sex marriage 58 - 34 percent, with strong support from every party, gender and age group except Republicans, who are opposed 59 - 33 percent, and voters over 55 years old, who support same-sex marriage by a narrow 48 - 43 percent.
By a 69 - 26 percent margin, including a 50 - 44 percent margin among Republicans, voters say businesses should not be allowed to refuse service to gays and lesbians.
By a smaller 58 - 35 percent margin, voters say businesses should not be allowed to refuse service to gays and lesbians, even if it violates a business owner’s religious beliefs.
Again, there is strong agreement among all groups except Republicans, who say 56 - 37 percent a business owner should be allowed to deny service based on religious belief.
Trade Policy as a political trading chip.
Legislation allowing President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement would ordinarily be divisive within the House Democratic Caucus, but progressives say there’s even more at stake in this most recent fight: 2016.
If they can’t stop the TPA bill, the nearly 70 voting House members in the Congressional Progressive Caucus are determined to make such a ruckus that the party’s 2016 candidates — presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton in particular — realize Obama’s middle-of-the-road approach to trade, or any major policy area, is not acceptable.
“I think if we were to keep fast track from happening here, then the message is pretty clear to the national campaigns, Hillary’s in particular, that this is an issue that’s going to energize the base,” said CPC Co-Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz.
Ian Reisner, one of the two gay hoteliers facing boycott calls for hosting an event for Senator Ted Cruz, who is adamantly opposed to gay marriage, apologized to the gay community for showing “poor judgment.”
Mr. Reisner put the apology on Facebook, where a page calling for a boycott of his properties, the gay-friendly OUT NYC hotel and his Fire Island Pines holdings, had gotten more than 8,200 “likes” by Sunday evening.
“I am shaken to my bones by the e-mails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake,” wrote Mr. Reisner.
.@Avengers 2 hits overseas first, and BIG: $201.2 million. Yikes http://t.co/BO0bxj6ppm pic.twitter.com/itwgq88lnR
Independent movie theater owners in Germany, who control almost 700 screens, are boycotting Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” as a protest against what they see as punitive booking terms. The film debuted to a massive $201.2 million across 44 international territories this weekend.
The German theaters claim that Disney raised its rental fee from 47.7% to 53% of ticket sales, according to broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Disney has also cut its contribution to advertising, and done away with advances for 3-D glasses.
“Approaching the industry with these conditions is completely unusual and, for me, a scandal,” said Andreas Kramer from industry lobby group Hauptverband Deutscher Filmtheater.
The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Monday accused Saudi Arabia of treachery against the Islamic world and compared the kingdom to Israel, the official IRNA news agency reported.
“Today, the treacherous Saudis are following in Israel’s footsteps,” Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari was quoted as saying.
“Saudi Arabia is shamelessly and disgracefully bombing and mass killing a nation that is fighting against the arrogant system,” or world powers, he said. He was apparently referring to Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been waging a monthlong air campaign against Iran-supported rebels, known as Houthis.
Iran has provided the Houthis with political and humanitarian support but denies arming them. The Houthis seized the capital, Sanaa, last year, and Yemen’s internationally recognized president has fled the country.
International rescue crews and relief agencies are beginning to arrive in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, two days after a massive earthquake rattled the country, killing more than 3,600 people and injuring several thousand others.
VOA correspondent Steve Herman is on his way to the capital aboard a flight carrying 70 members of Japan’s national search and rescue team. Because of the “congestion” caused by a number of military planes attempting to land at Kathmandu’s airport, his plane could not land and was re-routed to Kolkata for re-fueling.
Herman said the flight has been warned to expect a “chaotic situation” at Kathmandu’s airport with a control tower that is evacuated during aftershocks and where people who are trying to leave the country have taken to the tarmac.
Oxfam executive Helen Szoke told VOA that the earthquake has given Nepal what she described as a “double hit.” She said the country’s destroyed infrastructure will not support the tourism industry that Nepal depends on. Szoke said this is something that often occurs in these “humanitarian tragedies.”
Our government has taken a decided tilt against monopoly the past two years, I see that as a good thing in this age of gigamergers.
Two of the world’s largest manufacturers of the machinery used to produce semiconductors, Applied Materials of the United States and Tokyo Electron of Japan, on Monday dropped plans to merge after the Department of Justice said that combining their businesses would restrict competition.
The proposed $10 billion deal was announced in September 2013, but the companies had struggled to come up with a plan the American antitrust authorities would approve. It would have combined two of the three largest players in a sector crucial to the production of modern electronic devices, from smartphones to televisions.
If Applied Materials, the larger of the two companies, had been allowed to take over Tokyo Electron, it would have been the biggest acquisition of a Japanese corporation by an American company outside the financial industry.
@JonahNRO your dog is obviously a liberal facist homo-feminazi
I admit, I’d buy his dog a drink and share war stories, Secretly hoping it’s a Schnauzer.
Fox News contributor Erick Erickson is notable for two reasons - he was the only high profile right winger to offer a full-throated defense of “Barack, the Magic Negro,” and for being the 65th most influential conservative in the United States.
What Erickson is not notable for, however, is the ability to speak about race with nuance, clarity, nor self-awareness, and his latest ‘gem’ is not withstanding:
“”If only President Obama weren’t black, maybe he would realize that people don’t dislike him because he is black, they dislike him because he is a self-absorbed ass.”“
A self-aware person is capable of self-censorship, an acquired immunity to ‘foot in mouth’ disease, and usually, a hedge against falling victim to irony. Not so, for Erickson, who has, in the past provided such quotables as:
“A while back, Glenn Beck called Barack Obama a ‘racist.’ Given all the terrorists, thugs, and racists Barack Obama has chosen as close personal friends (see e.g. Rev. Wright), it’s not a stretch to say it.”
“Gay Rights Proponents Act Like the Third Reich.”
“Is Obama Shagging Hookers Behind the Media’s Back?”
“The nation loses the only (David Souter) goat fucking child molester ever to serve on the Supreme Court.”
“At what point do the people … march down to their state legislator’s house, pull him outside, and beat him to a bloody pulp?”
To name but a few. So, while obvious he has no natural nor acquired immunity from ‘foot in mouth’ disease, he appears also immune to recognizing irony - without Barack Obama, Erick Erickson would likely not be the ‘65th most influential conservative in the U.S.” :
Erickson’s “Morning Briefing” e-mails grew from 498 subscribers when they began in February 2009 to nearly 70,000 by January 2010.
If Barack Obama were not ‘Barack Obama’, it is fair to surmise, Erick Erickson would not be ‘Erick Erickson’. That stunning lack of irony, then, to lament an immutable fact of the man who made the ‘manboy’, is delicious in it’s lack of any awareness at all.
However, irony is not Erick’s greatest personality deficit: racism is.
So - why you ask, is Erickson wishing Obama not be African American? Well, simply put, in his desire to not be criticized for racism for criticizing Obama, he in fact makes the fact that Obama is black, an inherent and immutable fact, the problem.
To wish away a foundational characteristic of a person, such as race is, is to place the issue unavoidably on that very foundational characteristic. If one were, in a moment of insanity perhaps, to wish your adversary were not female, so you could strike her, makes the fact that you want to strike her part and very parcel of the fact that she is in fact a woman. More-so, the fact that you hesitated to strike her, is also inseparable from the fact that she is a woman.
And so it goes.
Which brings me to another what if:
What if, Erick Erickson, were not a polysemetic homophone???