If you ask Wayne Bell, it's never too early to expose your kids to the Tea Party, Ted Cruz or the 9/11 attacks. Bell's company, Clayton-based Really Big Coloring Books Inc., has pumped out a diverse selection of politicized coloring books for the past five years, and he thinks it's high time schoo ... More >>
Congolese refugee Justin Semahoro Kimenyerwa thought he was close to bringing his sister and brother's families over to St. Louis. They'd already escaped genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo and lived as refugees in Kenya. After five years, Kimenyerwa's family was preparing for the final st ... More >>
It's nothing out of the ordinary for the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri to call Abdul Kadir Mohamed. A Somali immigrant turned immigration attorney, Mohamed, 30, has often worked pro bono cases for the ACLU. So he wasn't surprised when the group's executive director, John Chasno ... More >>
"9/11-Truthers" believe a lot of things that make most of us deeply uncomfortable. But at least we'll get a cleaner highway out of their latest publicity stunt. The Missouri Department of Transportation has reluctantly approved a local 9/11 Truth group's application to adopt a stretch of Olive Bou ... More >>
Updated with response from Akin's spokesperson Rick Tyler. In 1995, a month before the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people, Todd Akin sent a local militia group what he later called "a courtesy letter." The now-defunct group, the 1st Missouri Volunteers militia, had invited Akin to spea ... More >>
It has been eleven years since the attacks on the World Trade Center, and while the feelings brought up by the events are still complicated, we can view its aftermath with some clarity. With over a decade of hindsight, many of the songs written after the attacks display less than healthy attitudes t ... More >>
There will be 3,000 flags planted in Forest Park to honor the dead. On September 11, 2001, the country was shaken by terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Ten years later, St. Louis is coming together to remember -- and pay homage both to those lost in the attacks and ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsWe will never forget. Unless we overdo it on the 9/11 commemorative wine.In the decade since the 9/11 terror attacks, there's been no shortage of commemoration. Some touching and beautiful. Others ham-fisted but heartfelt. And some that were blatantly out to make a buck on a ... More >>
Blunt agrees. Bin Laden is dead.U.S. Senator Roy Blunt yesterday viewed the photos of Osama bin Laden taken after Navy SEALs killed the al-Qaida leader this month in Pakistan. In a statement yesterday, Blunt said the pictures leave no doubt. "The pictures were conclusive, along with the DNA evid ... More >>
President Barack Obama says "we don't need to spike the football" in explaining why his administration won't release photos of Osama bin Laden showing the al-Qaida leader after he was fatally shot in the head. Conspiracy theorists, start your engines...
Osama bin Laden died yesterday following a U.S. raid in Pakistan.Well, that only took 3,519 days. What began on September 11, 2001, and grew to become the biggest manhunt ever known to mankind ended yesterday in a suburban compound deep inside Pakistan. That's where an elite team of U.S. military ... More >>
Will his death create more violence?The State Department has issued a worldwide travel advisory for Americans following the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. forces yesterday. For now, at least, it's unclear what bin Laden's death might mean for al-Qaida, the terrorist group he helped ... More >>
Today's comment of the day comes in response to our coverage of Osama bin Laden's death yesterday at the hands of an elite U.S. military force. Unlike Rush Limbaugh, reader "Kitty" wasn't about to give President Barack Obama one iota of credit for bin Laden's death. But, wow, can Kitty come up with ... More >>
Dennis BakerThe FBI this morning announced that Dennis L. Baker will take over as "special agent in charge" of the agency's St. Louis division. Baker replaces Roland Corvington, who served just 11 months in the position before retiring to take over as the director of public safety for Saint Louis ... More >>
Yusuf and his accomplices were believed to be in contact with Aden Hashi Ayrow (above), the leader of al-Shabaab until his death in May 2008 from a missle attack.A man who immigrated to St. Louis from Somalia and worked as a driver for Express Airport Cab has been charged with funding a terrorist ... More >>
Khalid OuazzaniAn auto-parts dealer from Kansas City yesterday pleaded guilty to sending $23,000 to the terrorist group, al Qaeda. Khalid Ouazzani, a 32-year-old Moroccan immigrant, sold his Truman Used Auto Parts in August 2007 and donated $6,500 from the proceeds to al Qaeda. Months earlier -- ... More >>
John McCain managed quite a feat this week: He somehow got both Glenn Beck and John Stewart to agree with each other. The issue? How flat-out wrong the Arizona senator is when he says that U.S.-born people merely suspected of being terrorists should be denied their Miranda rights. Agree with McCain ... More >>
David Ray GriffinControversial author David Ray Griffin is scheduled to speak at Webster University this month. Griffin, a former theology and religion professor from California has penned numerous conspiracy tomes surrounding the New York City attack of September 11, 2001. On Thursday, April 29, ... More >>
Gary Nodler: Leader of a queer debate in Jeff City.Updated 11:50 a.m.Gary Nodler just called Daily RFT to inform us that Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger got the context of his argument wrong during yesterday's committee meeting debating whether or not gays should be allowed to openly serve ... More >>
The Wall Street Journal had a compelling essay this weekend about the hysteria surrounding the attempted bombing of a Christmas Day flight into Detroit and the subsequent tightening of airline security. In his article "Undressing the Terrorist Threat", author Paul Campos (a law professor at Unive ... More >>
I just can't envision myself, you know, the big straw hat and a Hawaiian shirt sitting on some beach. Particularly since I quit drinking.- President George W. Bush at his final press conference, 1.12.09This is the most self-aware statement our soon-to-be former president has ever uttered. Not only b ... More >>
This is so freakin' stupid it deserves its own post: Dunkin' Donuts is pulling a new ad featuring Rachael Ray because some right-wing nut jobs believe it somehow shows support for terrorists. (Boston.com) -Ian Froeb
Navy SEAL Eric Greitens has come home to St. Louis to help fellow Iraq vets.
9:30 p.m. Friday, January 18. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Leaders of a now-defunct international aid charity face charges of funneling money to Iraq.
A toned-down Oliver Stone finds uplift in the rubble of the Twin Towers.
A cadre of Missourians stand at the vanguard of the 9/11 "truth movement." Just don't call them conspiracy theorists.
You may not want to see United 93, but you should
Michael Moore goes Bushwhacking in Fahrenheit 9/11
Why can't Americans make TV shows as good as Brit import MI-5?
If you must drop a bomb, drop it here -- not there
Week of February 26, 2003
Week of April 3, 2002
This year, a handful of shows provided the healing power of laughter
Donald Miller has (re)written one of the best books on World War II, but will anyone care?
24 has been the most talked-about show of the season and for all the wrong reasons
A blast from the past in the war on terrorism
On September 11, the world needed superheroes. It found them not in comic books, but in real life.
How will Hollywood react now that real life is more terrifying than fiction?
All of a sudden, some immigrants are compelled to show their patriotism
Just a week ago, we were so very different
This is no time to be wringing our hands. We have to treat this as an act of war.