If there’s any job that domestic abuse should disqualify a person from holding, isn’t it the one job that gives you a lethal weapon, trains you to stalk people without their noticing, and relies on your judgment and discretion to protect the abused against domestic abusers?
A liberal Muslim scholar who had been accused of blasphemy for a speech he gave during a visit to the United States was shot and killed in Karachi on Thursday, the city police said.
The scholar, Muhammad Shakil Auj, was the dean of Islamic studies at the state-run University of Karachi.
Unidentified gunmen on a motorbike attacked the vehicle he was riding in on his way to a reception at his honor at the Iranian Consulate.
Dr. Auj was shot in the head and neck and died immediately, officials said. A female student in the back of the car was shot in the arm and was treated at a hospital.
Demonstrating once more why Kansas needs a new Secretary of State.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach isn’t giving up yet.
The state Supreme Court Thursday ordered him to strike Democrat Chad Taylor from the November ballot for U.S. Senate, ruling Taylor had complied with state law allowing a candidate to withdraw.
Just a few minutes later, Kobach — a Republican — said he’ll tell the Kansas Democratic party to pick a replacement by noon Sept. 26.
It wasn’t immediately clear how Kobach can force Democrats to pick another Senate nominee. Kobach had asked the state Supreme Court to consider such an order in Thursday’s ruling, but the judges said Democrats weren’t a part of the case.
In Bad Company: ‘Ark Park’ Mastermind to Headline Conference Organized by Group Tied to Neo-Confederates
Ken Ham of Ark Park fame meets with group tied to League of the South board member.
Ken Ham, president of the fundamentalist ministry Answers in Genesis, has sold Kentucky lawmakers on the idea that a religious theme park featuring a 510-foot replica of Noah’s Ark deserves taxpayer dollars because it will create jobs. Unfortunately some politicians have been more than willing to jump into bed with Ham, but given his upcoming appearance at a conference organized by a group with neo-Confederate ties, it seems these lawmakers don’t know who they’re dealing with.
On Oct. 18, Ham will headline an event hosted by the Institute on the Constitution (IOTC) at Severn Christian Church in Severn, Md. The IOTC certainly sounds harmless enough - after all, Americans United believes everyone should study the document that guarantees freedom of conscience for all. But in this case, a seemingly innocuous name provides cover for an organization that believes America should be an officially “Christian nation” and supports white supremacists.
As detailed in a blog post by Warren Throckmorton, a professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, the Institute on the Constitution was founded by Michael Peroutka, a former board member and current member of the League of the South. The League is a radical outfit that seeks to preserve the “Anglo-Celtic culture” of the South. The League, which can’t seem to accept that the Civil War ended in 1865, is actually working toward secession (because that worked out so well last time). It has even been labeled a racist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Police identified Dennis as a potential suspect after various community fund-raising signs produced by Westside Believers Fellowship, a church based in Taft, were defaced with anti-religious graffiti, Aranda said.”
While searching the suspect’s home for material used to deface these signs, officers discovered the [illegal] firearms in the residence,” Aranda said.
Officers also found an assortment of “antigovernment pamphlets,” which the police official couldn’t immediately describe more fully. They also found an assortment of books, including To Hell with God, Silent Death, The Secrets of Methamphetamine Manufacturing, Vest Buster and Poor Man’s James Bond.
The federal government this week made moves to respond to months of political protests earlier this year over Bureau of Land Management policies for public lands by charging five people who rode ATVs into a protected Utah canyon last May.
The Bureau of Land Management closed the canyon to motorized use in 2007 to keep wheels off its many archaeological sites, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. But in response, about 50 riders drove into the canyon to denounce what they saw as a gross overreach of federal authority.
“We respect the fact that the citizens of this State have differing and deeply held views regarding the management and use of Recapture Canyon, and recognize that they have the right to express those opinions freely,” Christensen said in a prepared statement. “Nevertheless, those rights must be exercised in a lawful manner and when individuals choose to violate the law, rather than engage in lawful protest, we will seek to hold those individuals accountable under the law.”
This probably didn’t happen at the edge with that many cards exposed. All retailers need to do more to improve security.
Home Depot Inc Thursday said some 56 million payment cards were likely compromised in a cyberattack at its stores, suggesting the hacking attack at the home improvement chain was larger than last year’s unprecedented breach at Target Corp.
Home Depot, in providing the first clues to how much the breach would cost, said that so far it has estimated costs of $62 million. But it indicated that costs could reach much higher.
It will take months to determine the full scope of the fraud, which affected Home Depot stores in both the United States and Canada and ran from April to September.
The New York Police Department has increased security in Times Square after a post on an Islamic State-affiliated message board encouraged “Lone Wolves in America” to attack New York and other locations across the country. However, law enforcement officials stressed that they have no credible information about specific terror plots in the city, according to the Associated Press.
(c) Provided by Washington Post New York City police officers stand guard in Times Square on Sept. 17. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said the beefed up security “is something we’d normally do at this time of year anyway,” referring to upcoming Jewish holidays and the annual gathering of international dignitaries for the United Nations General Assembly in the city. Bratton, the New York Times reported, acknowledged that the Islamic State’s online recruitment efforts are “a current threat.” But, the Bratton said: “There is no direct actionable intelligence in our possession that indicates an attack in the Times Square area or anywhere else in the city for that matter.”
Though diet studies disagree about what’s worse for you, carbohydrates or fat, most say nice things about eating protein, including its potential for better weight control.
U.S. consumers have taken note, and so have food manufacturers and restaurant chains. More than a dozen companies have introduced new products or meals that are “enriched” or “fortified” with protein in the last few years, and the protein push is accelerating.
In July, Taco Bell (YUM.N) started selling high-protein meals, which contain Greek yogurt options and twice the meat as in its traditional burritos and bowls. In May, General Mills Inc (GIS.N) introduced protein-enriched Cheerios, which provided a bright spot at its Wednesday earnings call. In February, Kraft (KRFT.O) started selling a “protein pack” with meat, cheese and nuts.
Ever wondered how much money (and stock, assets, etc.) you needed to make the cutoff for the wealthiest 1 percent? Or even for the wealthiest 20 percent?
I’m nowhere close. Not even in the conversation.