There are in fact some things that members of Congress can agree on. With a vote of 97-0, the Senate unanimously approved a set of changes to the military’s sexual assault policies late on Monday night. The bipartisan bill composed by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Deb Fischer (R-NE), ends the time-old practice of using a “good soldier defense” in cases of assault. Here’s the AP:
The new legislation would change the military rules of evidence to prohibit the accused from using good military character as an element of his defense in court-martial proceedings unless it was directly relevant to the alleged crime. The “good soldier defense” could encompass a defendant’s military record of reliability, dependability, professionalism and reputation as an individual who could be counted on in war and peacetime.
McCaskill described it as “the ridiculous notion that how well one flies a plane should have anything to do with whether they committed a crime.”
certainly made for a startling video: police, lights ablaze, pull up to local churches. Once inside, they march up to the pulpit and place the pastor preaching there under arrest, in front of the congregation. The men of the cloth are perp-walked out of the church with handcuffs on.
This very scenario created a brief uproar - first at the Akron, Ohio, churches where the “arrests” took place, and then around the country as word spread on social media - among Christians concerned that they were witnessing modern-day persecution.
It was, however, all fake - except for the uniforms of the arresting officers. Those were real enough - and that fact has raised eyebrows in the Ohio precincts where it all took place.
In fact, the mock arrests had been arranged ahead of time by the pastors themselves, who persuaded the Summit County Sheriff’s Department to participate in the stunt as a way of dramatizing and publicizing an upcoming community event called “Defending The Faith,” in which the pastors will face a mock trial and be forced to defend their Christianity.
The Swedish government has condemned an attack over the weekend in which four people were wounded, saying violence by far-right groups was hurting the country’s image.
Four people were beaten and cut in a fight in the early hours of Sunday in the city of Malmo after a march to celebrate International Women’s Day, police said. One is still in hospital.
Right-wing political group The Party of the Swedes said in a press release that the incident occurred when some of its members were attacked in Malmo by left-wing “extremists”.
Three people were arrested and have been charged with attempted murder.
A court hearing is scheduled Tuesday for Gov. Chris Christie’s former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly, who is seeking to quash a subpoena by a NJ legislative panel investigating a political payback scandal.
Lawyers for the panel say Kelly has shown no valid legal purpose for refusing to comply.
The legislators want Kelly to turn over emails, text messages and other documents that involve a plot to block traffic near the George Washington Bridge for political retribution against a Democratic mayor whose town experienced the gridlock.
A U.K. man who admitted he plotted to bomb passenger jets with explosives hidden in his shoes told a Manhattan federal jury he “brainstormed” with Osama bin Laden and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Saajid Badat, 34, testified today via a closed-circuit television hookup from an undisclosed location in the U.K. in the terrorism case of bin Laden’s son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghayth. Prosecutors say Abu Ghayth, the most senior al-Qaeda member to be tried in U.S. civilian court, acted as a spokesman for the group and had advance knowledge of its plots to attack Americans by various methods, including detonating shoe bombs on commercial jetliners.
Badat’s testimony comes amid renewed scrutiny of potential terrorist threats against jetliners as authorities search for Malaysian Airline System Bhd.’s Flight 370, which vanished from radar screens on March 8 en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people. Two passengers used passports that were reported stolen by Austrian and Italian nationals in Phuket, Thailand, the Royal Thai Police said.
Western nations on Tuesday pressed ahead with plans to impose sanctions on Russia, with the French foreign minister saying they could kick in within days unless Russian authorities accept a U.S. proposal for discussions to end the crisis in Ukraine.
Western officials were set to meet in London Tuesday to hammer out details of the sanctions plan, which French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said could take effect this week and would likely include the freezing of individuals’ assets and the revocation of travel visas.
U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry has told Russian authorities that they need to halt their advance in Crimea and open a dialogue with Ukraine’s new government before he will visit Moscow for talks. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that the U.S. proposal was “unsatisfactory.”
Three astronauts returned from the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, despite adverse weather condition in Kazakhstan that threatened to postpone their landing.
The Soyuz capsule carrying Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky of Russia and US astronaut Michael Hopkins landed at 9:24 am (0324 GMT) on the snow covered steppe amid strong winds and freezing temperatures, Russian media reported.
Russian news agencies reported Monday that because of the weather the return had been postponed to Wednesday.
Malaysia’s military believes it tracked a missing jetliner by radar over the Strait of Malacca, far from where it last made contact with civilian air traffic control off the country’s east coast, a military source told Reuters.
In one of the most baffling mysteries in recent aviation history, a massive search operation for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER, now in its fourth day, has so far found no trace of the aircraft or the 239 passengers and crew.
“It changed course after Kota Bharu and took a lower altitude. It made it into the Malacca Strait,” the military official, who has been briefed on investigations, told Reuters.
The Strait of Malacca, one of the world’s busiest shipping channels, runs along Malaysia’s west coast. The airline said on Saturday that radio and radar contact with Flight MH370 was lost off the east coast Malaysian town of Kota Bharu.
Add another male lawmaker to the list of those who’ve made an eyebrow-raising rape comment.
Missouri state Sen. David Sater (R) is sponsoring Senate Bill 519, which would amend the current waiting period to have an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours. Left out of that bill is an emergency exception for cases of rape.
“If a woman decides not to go to the hospital and not get the ‘Plan B’, they’re making a decision to keep that child if they get pregnant,” Sater said, according to PoliticMo. “If the woman found out she was pregnant three or four weeks down the line, they had made the decision not to do some preventative things like Plan B.”
The Columbia Missourian adds that some Democrats see the abortion bill as a pure ideological battle, with state Rep. Stacy Newman (D) echoing that sentiment.
“It’s not about actual policy, it is about ideology,” Newman told the Missourian. “It’s saying that this procedure is uncomfortable to us.”
I mentioned this in the page on the American Spectator Article. Some quotes:
The film appeals particularly to white liberals who love feeling good about feeling bad about white Western society, and 12 Years a Slave certainly makes them feel bad about white society, while getting nowhere near to the heart of the matter at hand.
This Vincent Cooper character is the the kind of moron who should be writing for the Spectator, but is writing for the Commentator, a website of the Henry Jackson Society in the UK. He appears to be some kind of low-rent Melanie Phillips wannabe.