The Associated Press also reported the allegation Wednesday, saying that three sign language experts who watched the broadcast said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages.
“It was horrible, an absolute circus, really really bad,” Nicole Du Toit, an official sign language interpreter, told the AP. “Only he can understand those gestures.”
USA TODAY was not able to independently confirm the allegations, which if proved true would be an enormous embarrassment to South African officials at a time when the nation is looking to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.
South Africa’s government said it is preparing a statement.
Collins Chabane, one of South Africa’s two presidency ministers, said the government is continuing to investigate the matter.
I would hope our presidents would all shake hands with world leaders. It’s just what civilized people do. Raul Castro Castro is a world leader, of sorts. Why wear political differences on one’s shoulder? Snubbing someone is no way to establish communication.
John McCain seems to forget about Muammar Gaddafi. Didn’t we bomb him? Didn’t he kill Americans? Thought so. Convenient amnesia.
Then there is the matter of the selfie with a couple of heads of state. Who cares. Seriously…who really cares. This is the age of technology. I am glad to see a president who doesn’t feel he is too good to take a selfie with other world leaders. How very unstaged. The argument that it was a funeral? Not really. It was a memorial service to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela. There was lots of dancing, clapping and celebration of life.
The haters just all need to change the channel.
Is it cold enough for you yet? It is still fall. Winter is a week or so away.
Cargo gave us the temperature at Antarctica: minus 138 degrees. Now THAT is cold!
Tomorrow is supposed to be really frigid and very windy.
Is there a secret to combatting this weather? Wasn’t it just the other week that we were all out in shirt sleeves, enjoying the last warmth of the year?
If this is December, what on earth is in store for us in January and February?
I am trying to figure out who the five are out there in their underwear…hiding behind their computer screens of course. Damn Corey! I sputtered my tea all over the screen when he said that.
Actually, this was one of the more informative BOCS meetings. There is hope for reducing class sizes. I think they are slowly getting it that they have to increase taxes and that even the 2.5% might not be enough to address all the concerns.
This board has been laboring under the impression that you can just move things around and you will somehow have enough money. It doesn’t work that way. Only Jenkins and Principi seem to get that part. Of course, Jenkins and Principi don’t have their own party trying to tea party them and feed on their remains. I think that having to dodge the tea party bullet all the time creates the mentality that forces people go into denial about dollars and cents and sense.
After pushing unsuccessfully for a constitutional amendment for automatic restoration of rights, McDonnell eventually made the process for nonviolent felons as automatic as he thought it could be through executive power.
He dramatically streamlined the process and has restored the rights of more than 7,500 felons who had completed their terms.
Before leaving office on January 11, 2014, Governor Bob McDonnell has proposed funds totally more than $3 million in his budget for prisoner re-entry and for restoration of civil rights.
The governor’s office says his proposed budget will include:
• $533,517 in each year of the two-year budget to enable the Department of Corrections to provide temporary lodging for hard-to-place inmates upon their release.
Since everyone is asking, lets see what the fox really says. Meanwhile, no gekkering over this:
As of 9 a.m., Dominion Virginia Power and the Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative reported about 90,000 power outages in Northern Virginia.
Most of the Dominion outages were in Fairfax County with 38,265 and Prince William County with 10,798.
Most of NOVEC’s 24,884 outages were in Prince William County with 21,986.
NOVEC spokesman Mike Curtis said a major Dominion Virginia Power transmission line failed, causing most of the outages.
“The Dominion line delivers power to eight NOVEC substations in Prince William and Stafford counties. Dominion Virginia Power is aware of the outage and is working to restore the transmission line to service, but is currently unable to provide an estimated restoration time,” Curtis said in a news release.
In addition to the failed line, there are dozens of outages due to icing on trees and power lines.
While Susan Allen called for moderation on social issues, others — including outspoken minister E.W. Jackson, who lost the race for lieutenant governor last month — urged fellow conservatives to defend the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and stand strong opposing abortion. Others affirmed the party’s decision to select its candidate for the U.S. Senate next year at a convention rather than in a primary — a decision likely to result in a more-conservative nominee who might struggle to defeat incumbent Mark R. Warner (D) in increasingly moderate Virginia.
Susan Allen had more advice for the GOP:
From Ted Cruz site on Facebook::
Nelson Mandela will live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty around the globe. He stood firm for decades on the principle that until all South Africans enjoyed equal liberties he would not leave prison himself, declaring in his autobiography, ‘Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.’ Because of his epic fight against injustice, an entire nation is now free.
We mourn his loss and offer our condolences to his family and the people of South Africa.
That sounds perfectly appropriate and something along the lines that any U.S. Senator ought to be saying about an international, respected leader such as Nelson Mandela. Apparently a whole lot of people took issue with Senator Cruz’s statement on the passing of Mandela.
And thus it began…
Imagine, going along, minding your own business, like my parents were doing, (They were still a couple) and the radio comes on with the shocking news of the attack on Pearl Harbor. What a life-altering day for most Americans. Most had no idea, even as they heard the news, just how much the upcoming war would alter their lives.
I am always saddened on this day, but remarkably glad that Americans haven’t pushed it to the backs of their minds–that date which shall live in infamy.
Many of those who would go to war after that day are no longer with us. Most are in their late 80′s or 90′s. If you know people from that time, find out as much as you can from them.
Key reforms called for in a 2012 report critical of Virginia’s mental health system finally will be implemented in 2014, officials said in a report drafted after a high-profile case in which the son of a state senator was denied care before stabbing his father and killing himself.
The report was written and rollout dates set after Austin “Gus” Deeds stabbed his father, state Sen. Creigh Deeds, then fatally shot himself, said Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services spokeswoman Meghan McGuire.
One key change makes state psychiatric hospital directors responsible for finding a bed when local community services boards cannot.
Starting in January, if a community services board can’t find a psychiatric bed, the state hospital in that region must take the patient or arrange placement at another facility, according to a document The News Leader obtained Thursday.
The report updated the agency’s progress on a collection of recommendations from a 2012 inspector general’s report on failed temporary detention orders.
Soooooo….is there only one side in this debate? Are all food stamp recipients poor because of their own bad decision-making? Of course not.
Is Bill O’Reilly right that private charities do a better job of feeding the hungry? What does “better job” mean? Do we mean more efficient, less waste, less fraud or do we just mean there is less hunger–PERIOD? How do you measure that?
Richmond Times Dispatch:
Sales record: Virginia gun sales set a new high for
Black Friday as the number of firearms sold statewide continues to soar
and is just days away from setting an annual record.
Gun transactions in Virginia totaled 3,902 on Black Friday, a 1.2
percent increase over the previous record of 3,856 transactions on the
same day in 2012, according to the latest Virginia State Police figures
of mandatory criminal-background checks of gun buyers.
What is causing this rush to buy a gun? Is there something happening I don’t know about?
Everyone needs to help break Virginia’s record. Go out and buy a gun. Make sure you get a trigger lock while you are at it., especially if you have children in the home.
NEW YORK — MSNBC host Martin Bashir resigned from the network Wednesday, nearly three weeks after making graphic remarks on his show about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
“I deeply regret” the comments, Bashir said in a statement. “It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments.”
The uproar began last month when Bashir suggested that someone should defecate in Palin’s mouth because of a remark the former vice presidential candidate made comparing the United States’ indebtedness to China with slavery.
As a member of the club, the Christian club, that is, I have never felt that I was being victimized or that I was at war. I grew up in a small city that was about as Christian as it gets. The Levys were the only non-Christians I ever knew. Even the Unitarians had wreaths on their church that was about 2 blocks from my house. People move around more nowadays and small southern cities just aren’t as isolated as they used to be.