I spent much of the 2008 Democratic primary season furious at both Clinton and the second-wave feminists who tried to guilt young women into voting for her. In Barack Obama, I thought, America had the chance to elect a transcendent figure, a person who
Army Col. Michael Midkiff, 310th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and officer in charge of the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) Logistics Advise and Assist Team, helps an Iraqi soldier with an M16A2 rifle sling May 26, 2015. Sean Taylor/CJTF-OIR.
Early in 1997, when he was led to the breeding shed for the first time, he seemed a natural-born stud, successfully mounting 34 mares in short order. But weeks passed, and none of those mares got pregnant. Cigar was sterile. “There are no guarantees,”
He flashed a big smile as he hobbled into a Pennsylvania courthouse Wednesday, but comedian Bill Cosby appeared grim and somber by day's end, when a judge refused to throw out sex-assault charges that could jail him for up to 10 years. The ruling
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routinely has more troops on the ground in Iraq than the 3,500-3,600 frequently cited by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, the high command and President Barack Obama, a U. S. military spokesman in Baghdad said Wednesday. "It's fair to say" that the number of U. S. troops in Iraq serving as trainers and advisors -- or in support or on special assignment -- was well above 4,000 on a daily basis, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve led by Army Lt. Gen. In a video briefing from Baghdad to the Pentagon, Warren essentially confirmed a Daily Beast report that the current number of U. S. troops in Iraq was about 4,450. "I don't think we're going to dispute what's in the Daily Beast article," he said. Warren said U. S. troops on the ground also exceeded the "cap" of about 3,870 agreed to with the Baghdad government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. "We're aware of those restraints and limitations," he said. Warren attributed some of the excess to "overlap" in troop rotations, noting that the 101st Airborne Division currently was in the process of switching out with units of the 82nd Airborne Division. "So there's naturally going to be overlap there. There's this continuous churn and turnover" of troops coming and going, he said. "Additionally there's always people cycling through here" on temporary duty, or TDY, status, Warren said. He cited a trip to Iraq of the Defense Department's Inspector General, who had a security detail of about 25 American troops. The "boots on the ground" issue in the effort in Iraq and Syria to defeat the Islamic State has been a source of friction with Congress. The issue has also been a main topic of the presidential campaigns since Obama authorized the deployment of small units to protect the U. S. Embassy in Baghdad when fighters affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, swept into Iraq in the late spring of 2014. U. S. airstrikes against ISIS began in the country in early August 2014. Obama has consistently ruled out ground combat for U. S. troops, limiting their roles to training, advising and assisting, but critics of the administration have warned of "mission creep" in the growing number of Americans on the ground. In recent weeks, Carter has said repeatedly that he was looking for "additional opportunities" for the deployment of more U. S. troops as trainers. Source: www.military.com
The verb to use in polite company is “cover. ” The stud covers the mare. Or: About 11 months after she was covered, the mare gave birth to a healthy foal. The deed itself, here in the hills of Kentucky horse country, is governed by strict rules. Section V, paragraph D of The American Stud Book Principal Rules and Requirements is clear: “Any foal resulting from or produced by the processes of Artificial Insemination, Embryo Transfer or Transplant, Cloning or any other form of genetic manipulation not herein specified, shall not be eligible for registration. ” No shortcuts, no gimmicks. All thoroughbreds must be the product of live, all-natural, horse-on-horse action. Herein lurks tension and peril. When one 1,300-pound animal climbs on top of another, both sacrifice their natural sure-footedness for about 20 seconds of knee-buckling magic. Necks can be bitten, causing legs to kick and prompting centers of gravity to shift. “Things can go wrong,” says Richard Barry, the stallion manager at Ashford Stud, a 2,200-acre farm in Versailles, Ky. “Before any stallion is led into the breeding shed, there’s an awful lot of preparation that has gone on behind the scenes. Barry will soon choreograph the most hotly anticipated covering in recent history: American Pharoah’s first coupling with a mare. Pharoah—the name was misspelled early and it stuck—last year became the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown. Now millions, and possibly billions, of dollars in revenue depend on his talents in the breeding shed. In November, about two weeks after American Pharoah retired, his 2016 stud fee was set at $200,000, the highest ever for an unproven, first-year stallion. Only one other active stud—a tested, 15-year-old veteran named Tapit—commands that much per successful cover. Tapit’s first-year fee was $15,000. his rate rose to its current $300,000 only after a decade of producing stakes-winning foals. But Tapit was no American Pharoah on the track. He wasn’t revered as a once-in-a-lifetime freak of nature. He didn’t draw 15,000 fans to a training track on a summer day in Saratoga Springs, N. Y., when no races were being run. He wasn’t a savior, the Chosen One who returned his sport to the national spotlight. “We have never seen interest like this in a horse,” says Barry, an Irishman who’s worked. Source: www.bloomberg.com
He flashed a big smile as he hobbled into a Pennsylvania courthouse Wednesday, but comedian Bill Cosby appeared grim and somber by day’s end, when a judge refused to throw out sex-assault charges that could jail him for up to 10 years. The ruling, which followed two days of hearings, means that Cosby must either take a plea deal or go to trial on allegations that he drugged and molested a young Temple University employee in 2004. “I hereby find no basis to grant the relief requested,” Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill said in ruling that there was no “immunity deal” barring Cosby from prosecution, as defense lawyers had tried to claim. In a further setback for Cosby, the judge also rejected a defense request for a special prosecutor. Defense lawyers had accused Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele of making a “political football” out of Cosby’s prosecution. Cosby, 78, looked tired and frail as he left the courthouse after a long day of hearings ending in a one-two punch of bad news. A pair of beefy male security guards, one on each side, guided him down the “disabled” ramp leading out of the courthouse. The man once lauded as “America’s Dad” briefly smiled and waved at a few scattered supporters, one of whom shouted, “Free Bill. A trial date has yet to be set on Andrea Constand ’s claims that Cosby drugged and sexually attacked her in his suburban Philadelphia home 12 years ago. It will be the first criminal trial by a woman claiming he’d sexually abused her. more than 50 women have come forward since 2000 with allegations ranging from sexual misconduct to rape, many including the use of drugs. Cosby has denied all of the charges. The next step will be a preliminary hearing set for March 8, when the parties will argue if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial. Defense lawyers had staked their immunity claim on a 2005 handshake agreement between Cosby’s then-lawyers and then-District Attorney Bruce Castor — in which Castor said the Constand case was too weak and promised there would never be a prosecution. Current prosecutors had countered that Castor had no legal authority to make such a guarantee — only state judges could. “A secret agreement that permits a wealthy defendant to buy his way out of a. Source: pagesix.com