The bizarre disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 might sound like an episode from the Twilight Zone, when an aircraft vanishes into a different dimension and emerges in an earlier time.
But of course the airplane is somewhere on earth, intact or in pieces, and we have evidence that it was in flight for hours-under the control of somebody who evidently knew a lot about it.
Air transportation is a wonderful boon, and many of us have to fly to be able to do our jobs. Engineers, weather forecasters, pilots, air traffic controllers, and many others have made flight very safe, but perils remain. Is there anything we as passengers can do to help ourselves? more >>
The former President of Lebanon, Amine Gemayel, is a Maronite Christian. He recently warned of "an exodus approaching biblical proportions." Gemayel told a gathering in Zurich of Christian Solidarity International (CSI) and other human rights activists that the current wave of church burnings, murders, and riots against Christians in the Mideast is the work of radical Islamists. The former Lebanese leaders own brother had been assassinated in Beirut by these same jihadists.
President Gemayel's warnings echo those issued two years ago by Vienna's Catholic prelate. Christopher Cardinal Schönborn in 2012 told a religious freedom roundtable in Washington that Egypt and Syria "must not become Iraq." He was referring to the ethnic cleansing that had led the post-Saddam government of Iraq to turn a blind eye to the killing or the driving out of more than half of that war-torn Arab country's pre-invasion Christian population of 1.6 million.
Cardinal Schönborn listed many famous cities-Antioch, Smyrna, Aleppo, Damascus, Hippo, Alexandria-among the scores of Dioceses that had fallen under the Sword of Mohammed in the Seventh and Eighth Centuries. These historic Christian communities were lost or suppressed by Muslim conquests. more >>
Last year was the worst ever for transparency in the Obama administration, an analysis of Freedom of Information Act requests conducted by The Associated Press finds.
The administration cited national security as a reason for denying FOIA requests 8,496 times, which is a 57 percent increase from 2012 and over twice as often as the denials in 2009, Barack Obama's first year as president. Responsiveness to FOIA requests is commonly used to measure the transparency of an administration.
"The administration cited more legal exceptions it said justified withholding materials and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy. Most agencies also took longer to answer records requests, the analysis found," AP wrote Sunday. more >>
For more than a decade new military recruits at Maxwell Air Force Base – Gunter Annex in Alabama have received a Bible from Gideons International volunteers. But that tradition has come to an end after volunteers said they were told by the military that they would no longer be allowed to personally distribute the pocket-sized Bibles to recruits.
"They kicked us out," Gideon's volunteer Michael Fredenburg told me in a telephone interview from his home in Montgomery, Ala. "They told us, 'get your Bibles out.'"
Gaylan Johnson is a public affairs officer for the Military Entrance Processing Command. He told me the Gideons' side of the story is "not strictly true." more >>
Hold on, I've got a good one. What do you get when Joycelyn Elders, Barack Obama and a cross-dressing billionaire walk into a bar to discuss the U.S. Marines?
The few. The proud. Dudes in skirts.
That's right, we're moving into the next treasonous phase of the left's San Francisco-style sabotage of the world's once-greatest military. In a few short years, "don't ask, don't tell" has become "do tell, do flaunt." more >>
The centenary of World War I is upon us. That Great War began in August 1914. We can expect a flood of new books and documentaries on what some then called "the war to end all wars." The rising power of the United States was not fully felt in Europe then. In fact, some German militarists unwisely dismissed the U.S. "They won't land a single soldier in France," one of their admirals vainly told his Kaiser. "Our U-boats will sink their troop ships."
One new book on the sudden outbreak of the war is attracting attention and critical praise. Diplomatic historian Margaret MacMillan's new work, The War that Ended Peace, has been "burbled" by no less a figure than former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Madame Secretary says this book "tells the story of how intelligent, well-meaning leaders guided their nations into catastrophe."
Do we have such intelligent, well-meaning leaders now? One would hope that a century after the Great War, we would have learned vital lessons. President Obama is certainly intelligent and well meaning. And he is the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. more >>