Anti-Police Protesters Plan to Disrupt New Year’s Eve CelebrationsNobody there but them and TV cameras. Let's them freeze alone.
Should Presidents Put Partiesor People First? Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, by David M. Shribman garnet- 12/29/2014 11:16:57 AM Is Barack Obama’s duty to hear the voices of the entire country or is it to heed the entreaties of his allies on the left and in the Democratic Party? That is one of the simplest, and also one of the most complex, questions of our time. To ask it is to please conservatives who argue that Mr. Obama consistently ignores their impulses and ideas. To answer it pleases liberals who want to believe that their impulses and ideas are squarely in the national interest. Here’s the ideal: As a nation, the American people select only two office holders, the president and Soldiers Relocate Wedding toAccommodate Obama´s Golf Game Bloomberg, by Michael C. Bender garnet- 12/29/2014 11:11:16 AM Natalie Heimel and her fiancé, Edward Mallue Jr., a pair of captains in the Army, were walking from their wedding rehearsal on Saturday at the 16th tee box at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course in Hawaii when they were informed they´d have to move their wedding, scheduled for the next day. President Barack Obama wanted to play through. It was the second time that day that the couple heard from the nation´s commander in chief, whose affinity for golf has, at times, caused political headaches for the White House. Stationed in Hawaii and knowing the president spends his Christmas holiday on the islands, Olive branch to the mullahs:Obama won´t rule out embassyin TEHRAN but says the Iraniancapital is a country – not a city Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko - 12/29/2014 11:08:11 AM President Barack Obama said Monday that Iran might join Cuba as a second rogue state to enjoy normalized diplomatic relations with the United States under his administration. In a 40-minute interview with National Public Radio conducted on December 18 – but held back for 11 days – the radio network´s senior morning host quizzed Obama in the Oval Office about a wide range of policy positions, including his plans for the Middle East. ´Is there any scenario under which you can envision, in your final two years, opening a U.S. embassy in Tehran?´ asked NPR´s Steve Inskeep. ´I never say never,´ Obama replied,
Race-Mongering a Half-Century Later American Thinker, by Bob Weir magnante- 12/29/2014 11:03:40 AM After reading about the gruesome murders of two New York City police officers, I was reminded of my early years as a cop. On a cold, blustery night in February 1964, at the tender young age of 21, I walked my first “beat” as a rookie in a high-crime area of Brooklyn. After graduating from the four-month Police Academy course, I was assigned to the 79th Precinct in the middle of the predominantly African-American section known as Bedford/Stuyvesant. Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were murdered on the same street where I walked that first midnight-to-8 am tour of duty. (snip) As Obama golfs, Joe Biden speaksat slain cop´s memorial, movingly Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm SurferLad- 12/29/2014 9:42:01 AM Last summer, you may recall, a vacationing Barack Obama twice got in some trouble. Once, for not attending the funeral of the first U.S. general killed in combat in many years, while numerous aides descended on Ferguson, Missouri. And once, enroute to a long afternoon of golf, for staging a photo-op to profess outrage over the beheading of American James Foley. On this Hawaii vacation, now 10 days old with almost a week to go, Obama´s done the usual despite some pressing crises like the slaying of two New York policemen. [Snip] Obama´s statement on the shootings was so pro Saluting the graceful silenceof George W. Bush Bloomberg, by Cass R. Sunstein Hazymac- 12/29/2014 9:17:32 AM In the domain of foreign affairs, 2014 has brought heated national debates on an impressive range of subjects: Russia, Ukraine, Iran, Syria, Ebola, immigration policy and, most recently, torture, North Korea and Cuba. One of the more remarkable features of all these discussions has been the consistent grace of President George W. Bush. This month, Bush offered a rare comment on a public debate. Responding to the Senate’s release of the CIA torture report, he said, “We’re fortunate to have men and women who work hard at the CIA serving on our behalf. These are patriots, and whatever the report The Overrated Candidate: The CaseAgainst Jeb Bush American Spectator, by Larry Thornberry garnet- 12/29/2014 9:10:13 AM Politically, Bushes are, like the value of the Ivy League degrees most of them have, vastly overrated. Jeb Bush, who recently, to the surprise of no one, all but announced he would run for president, is no exception. Ever since Jeb established an “I’m Thinking About Running for President Committee” (translation to English: I’m running for president) a week or so back, the conventional wisdom, whooped up by the chatterati and the various great mentioners, is that this latest Bush is a lock for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. They also say he’s that party’s best hope for reclaiming
Shots fired at Pasco Sheriff’sdeputies early Sunday Tampa Tribune, by Geoff Fox Mobyclik- 12/29/2014 9:06:12 AM DADE CITY — Three shots were fired at two Pasco County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducting traffic enforcement early Sunday morning in the blighted Tommytown section of Dade City, authorities said. The shots were fired around 3:30 a.m. as the deputies were inside their cars in the parking lot of Northside Baptist Church, 37047 Lock St., monitoring the intersection of 21st and Lock streets, the sheriff’s office said. No one was injured and the deputies were not identified, the sheriff’s office said. Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco noted that the incident occurred after an emotional day for law enforcement officers in the Tampa Bay area, following the Saturday funeral for Tarpon Let’s abandon the Democrats: Stopblaming Fox News and stop hopingElizabeth Warren will save us Salon, by Bill Curry garnet- 12/29/2014 9:04:36 AM The Democrats’ conduct since the midterm debacle is as sad and sorry as the campaign that caused it. The party’s leaders are a big problem. A bigger one is the closed system of high-dollar fundraising, reductionist polling and vapid messaging in which it is seemingly trapped. Some say a more populist Democratic Party will soon emerge. It won’t happen as long as these leaders and this system are in place. Nancy Pelosi says it wasn’t a wave election. She’s right. It was the Johnstown Flood; as catastrophic and just as preventable. One year after the shutdown Republicans scored their biggest Senate Bernie Sanders´s 12-PointSocialist Plan for America American Thinker, by Pedro Gonzales magnante- 12/29/2014 9:01:47 AM Bernie Sanders´s 12-Point Socialist Plan for America Every committed revolutionary needs a plan. Karl Marx had one, and so did Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong. Add to that group socialist senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont, who is considering running for president (as a Democrat) and has already announced a 12-point plan at the Huffington Post. He writes: As Vermont´s senator, here are 12 initiatives that I will be fighting for which can restore America´s middle class. 1. We need a major investment to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure: roads, bridges, water systems, waste water plants, airports, railroads and schools..... A $1 trillion investment in Anti-Police Protesters Plan to DisruptNew Year’s Eve Celebrations Breitbart Big Government, by Kerry Picket M2- 12/29/2014 8:48:59 AM Anti-police protesters are planning to disrupt New Year’s Eve celebrations at major metropolitan sites. The website Stop Mass Incarceration calls upon activists to not allow New Years Eve 2015 “to go down because business as usual in Amerikkka includes wanton police murder of Black people.” The announcement says that as Americans around the country ringing in the New Year must be disrupted: “The refusal of grand juries in Ferguson and Staten Island to indict the cops who murdered Michael Brown and Eric Garner made this clear. So the powerful, beautiful and necessary outpourings that have disrupted this society’s normal...
Regrets on Obamacare?Sebelius has very few Politico, by David Nather Toledo- 12/29/2014 8:20:54 AM During the worst days of the Obamacare rollout last year, Kathleen Sebelius kept her spirits up by thinking about … Medicare. As the Obamacare website was crashing and conservative interest groups were shining the spotlight on canceled health plans, the embattled Health and Human Services secretary flashed back to the fierce battles over the creation of Medicare in the 1960s, when the American Medical Association fought its passage and called it “socialized medicine.” Now, she says, when the AMA speaks out about Medicare, it’s when the doctors are trying to prevent their Medicare payments from being cut. Nothing funny about ´The Interview´ Politico, by David Rogers Toledo- 12/29/2014 8:19:08 AM Just when did assassination become a subject for American humor? This is a nation that still mourns Abraham Lincoln, John Kennedy and Martin Luther King — all assassinated. It is living through a period of renewed racial violence in which young black men have been killed by police and two New York City officers were assassinated in the past week. Story Continued Below But on Christmas Day no less, the big new movie release — “The Interview” — is a lampoon built around a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea. Kim is a real live person, mind you, portrayed Gunmen fire on LAPD patrol car inSouth L.A., prompting tactical alert Los Angelas Times, by Richard Winton & Matt Stevens John c- 12/29/2014 8:17:18 AM Two suspects fired on a police patrol car with a rifle in South Los Angeles late Sunday night, prompting a citywide tactical alert that resulted in the arrest of one suspect and a massive manhunt for the second individual, authorities said. The shooting occurred about 9:30 p.m. as officers were driving southbound on Hoover Street near 62nd Street, said Deputy Chief Bob Green. The officers returned fire. No officer was hurt. Police arrested one of the suspects at the scene and recovered a rifle, Green said. A second suspect remained at large. Al-Qaeda urges ´lone wolves of Jihad´to explode passenger planes Pravda.Ru, by Staff Toledo- 12/29/2014 8:16:09 AM The UK police launched investigation into appeals to "lone wolves of Jihad" to explode aircraft of British Airways and EasyJet airlines. British police and intelligence agencies of the United Kingdom conduct an investigation in connection with an appeal addressed to "lone wolves of Jihad" to explode passenger planes of British Airways and EasyJet with the use of improvised explosive devices. The appeal was published on the website of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. According to the The Daily Mail, Al-Qaeda urged supporters to "collect bombs in kitchens" and bring them on board. As an example, the authors of the message refer to
Al Qaeda magazine gives bomb-makingrecipe for airline attacks New York Post, by Susan Edelman Toledo- 12/29/2014 8:13:47 AM Al Qaeda issued the latest edition of its online magazine on Christmas Eve with a step-by-step manual on how to breach airport security and bomb passenger planes. The militant magazine, Inspire, names American, United, Continental and Delta airlines, as well as British Airways, EasyJet and Air France, as desired targets. It also suggests killing high-profile “economic personalities” like former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and “wealthy entrepreneurs or company owners” like Bill Gates. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, launched the English-language magazine in 2010 to recruit Western Muslims into its terror ranks. Early articles encouraged attacks such as opening
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Obamacare´s Coming Yearof Living Dangerously American Spectator, by David Catron - 12/29/2014 8:02:31 AM Recent news coverage concerning Obamacare’s legal difficulties has been dominated by King v. Burwell, which challenges the controversial IRS decision to issue subsidies and penalties through federally created exchanges in 34 states that refused set up PPACA “marketplaces.” The Supreme Court announced last month that it would take up King, and it will hear oral arguments in March. The alacrity with which the Court took up the case, upon which it will hand down a ruling in June, has rendered the law’s supporters nearly hysterical. But King is by no means the only legal threat Obamacare will face next year. Symbolic ´end´ to Afghanistan warovershadowed by new Obama plans Christian Science Monitor, by Anna Mulrine M2- 12/29/2014 7:08:26 AM The United States military and NATO officially shuttered their combat command in Afghanistan in a little-noticed ceremony Monday, more than 13 years after the start of the longest war America has ever fought. But what had long promised to be a major milestone in the war has been overshadowed by recent strategic changes on the ground. Even as troops lowered the flag of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) joint command – which was in charge of combat operations – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made it clear that the US will be jettisoning its original plan to cut forces... Obama warns GOP he plansto use veto pen in 2015 Associated Press, by Josh Letterman M2- 12/29/2014 7:00:09 AM Warning from President Barack Obama to congressional Republicans: I have a veto pen and, come January, I won´t be afraid to use it. Since taking office in 2009, Obama has only vetoed legislation twice, both in fairly minor circumstances. But with Republicans set to take full control of Congress next year, Obama is losing his last bulwark against a barrage of bills he doesn´t like: the Senate. "I haven´t used the veto pen very often since I´ve been in office," Obama said in an NPR interview airing Monday. "Now, I suspect, there are going to be some times where...
Politicians benefit fromAmerican tribal warfare USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds - 12/29/2014 6:42:12 AM "What if I told you," asks a Matrix-themed photo-meme that has been circulating on Facebook, "that you can be against cops murdering citizens and citizens murdering cops at the same time?" Judging by the past few weeks, this really is a Matrix-level revelation, obvious as it may seem. We have Americans protesting because of police shootings, and we have police turning their backs on New York City´s Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio over lack of support after two police were assassinated by Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, a gunman from Baltimore who said he was seeking revenge for the choking death of Comparing the two mostRepublican Houses in 70 years Washington Examiner (DC), by Michael Barone - 12/29/2014 6:21:10 AM Before Christmas, Arizona finished its 2nd Congressional District recount, showing Republican Martha McSally beating incumbent Democrat Ron Barber by 167 votes. This means there will be 247 Republicans in the House in the 114th Congress — one more than was elected to the House in the 80th Congress in 1946. It’s the most Republican House since the one elected in 1928, a year when very few of today’s voters were alive. But while the party numbers are almost precisely the same in the Houses elected this year and 68 years ago, the composition of the two parties’ caucuses (the Republicans Obama: Longest war in US history is ending Associated, by Josh Lederman FlyRight- 12/29/2014 6:12:05 AM President Barack Obama says the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion. Obama is welcoming the end of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan. The war came to a formal end Sunday with a ceremony in Kabul.Obama says in a statement that the effort has devastated al-Qaida´s core leadership, brought justice to Osama bin Laden and disrupted terrorist plots. He says U.S. troops and diplomats have helped Afghans reclaim their communities and move toward democracy. Obama is also honoring the more than 2,200 Americans who have died in Afghanistan since the war started 13 years ago. Obama says those Despite Election Defeat,Obama Sees Room To PushHis Agenda National Public Radio, by Steve Inskeep - 12/29/2014 6:09:14 AM President Obama has begun his administration´s final phase the way he began several other chapters of his presidency: seeking to recover from disaster. Obama has moved vigorously since his party lost the Senate in November. Without consulting Congress, he´s offering legal status to millions of immigrants. He´s restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba. Above all, he´s striving to show he will not be a lame duck. The president took our questions the day before he left Washington for the holidays. The 40-minute, year-ending interview offered clues to his final two years in the Oval Office, which is where we met. NPR
CNN/ORC Poll: Bush surges to2016 GOP frontrunner CNN.Com, by Staff FlyRight- 12/29/2014 5:59:59 AM Jeb Bush is the clear Republican presidential frontrunner, surging to the front of the potential GOP pack following his announcement that he´s "actively exploring" a bid, a new CNN/ORC poll found. He takes nearly one-quarter — 23% — of Republicans surveyed in the new nationwide poll, putting him 10 points ahead of his closest competitor, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who tallied 13%. RELATED: Read the entire CNN/ORC poll here Physician Ben Carson comes in third, with 7% support, and Sen. Rand Paul and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are both tied for fourth with 6%. That marks a drop in support for all Obama: US ´safer, more secure´because of Afghanistan War The Hill (Washington DC), by Ian Swanson JoniTx- 12/29/2014 5:51:18 AM President Obama is marking the end of the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan with a statement that says he is bringing the conflict to a “responsible conclusion.” In his statement, Obama argues that the United States is safer and more secure because of the 13-year conflict, the longest war in U.S. history. He argues that troops and intelligence personnel have devastated al Qaeda’s core leadership, delivered “justice” to Osama bin Laden, disrupted terrorist plots and saved U.S. lives. He also said the forces have helped the Afghan people “reclaim their communities, take the lead for their own security, hold historic elections and Christmas attack on FresnoMuslim center branded ´hatecrime´ by police chief was
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American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson Original Article Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2014 5:45:18 AM Post Reply It’s odd how police sometimes are very reluctant to use the label “hate crime,” but other times rush to use it. An example of the latter phenomenon took place in Fresno, California. Patrick Poole reports in PJ Media: A vandalism attack on the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno on Christmas Day was immediately branded by Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer as a “hate crime,” and the “Islamophobia” grievance industry began to gear up in response. Now that a suspect has been arrested, the narrative is quickly collapsing. The AP reports: In the search for a suspect, Fresno Police Chief Jerry
Late Breaking News!Indonesian official says missing AirAsia jet is believed to be at the bottom of the sea (Washington Post)Monday, December 29, 2014
Russia´s crisis has no end in sightas $50 oil looms, says OECD Telegraph [UK], by Szu Pink Chan Attercliffe- 12/29/2014 3:35:48 AM There is no end in sight for Russia’s economic crisis, as crippling sanctions and tumbling oil prices leave the country staring into an abyss, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has warned. Catherine Mann, the OECD’s chief economist, said Russia was moving closer to shutting itself off from the rest of the world, while the West’s sanctions against Moscow over its annexation of Crimea in Ukraine had left no end in sight for the country’s woes. “It’s very difficult to tell what will get Russia back on track,” she told The Sunday Telegraph. “The end game is autarky, and for an Islamic State ‘has executed 116foreign fighters who were membersof group in past six months afterthey tried to return home’ Daily Mail [UK], by Reuters & Damien Gayle Attercliffe- 12/29/2014 3:21:51 AM The Islamic State has in just a couple of months executed at least 116 foreign fighters who wanted to quit jihad and return home, a British-based human rights monitoring group claims. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the men killed were foreign fighters who had joined the insurgency but were caught trying to leave territory controlled by militants. But the monitoring group warned numbers were probably underestimates. ´We believe that the real number of people that had been killed by IS is higher than the number documented,´ it said on its website. Those killed for their attempted desertion were among a Wreckage of AirAsia jet carrying 162people is ´spotted´ in sea by Australiansearch plane... as it emerges pilot mayhave been flying too SLOW and stalled* Daily Mail [UK], by Sarah Dean** Attercliffe- 12/29/2014 3:13:47 AM An Indonesian official says objects have been spotted in the sea by a search plane hunting for the missing AirAsia jet. ´However, we cannot be sure whether it is part of the missing AirAsia plane,´ Rear Marshall Putranto said. ´We are now moving in that direction, which is in cloudy conditions.´ It comes after aviation experts said the flight was flying ´about 160 km/h too slow´ when it encountered bad weather conditions.The flight went missing at 6.17am local time on Sunday while travelling from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board, speculation on what may have happened points to weather, speed
NYPD commissioner says turning backson Mayor de Blasio was ´very inappropriate´ Associated Press, by Jonathan Lemire and Mike Balsamo HomebyChoice- 12/28/2014 10:37:57 PM NEW YORK - A day after the funeral of one of two police officers gunned down in their patrol car, the city´s police commissioner called Sunday for a "lot less rhetoric and a lot more dialogue" to defuse the tension between police officers and the population they protect. Speaking on NBC´s "Meet The Press," Commissioner William Bratton said the "pent-up frustrations" that have caused people to take to the streets in recent weeks go far beyond policing policies across the nation. "This is about the continuing poverty rates, the continuing growing disparity between the wealthy and the poor. Rudy Giuliani to Mayor Bill de Blasio:‘Say you’re sorry’ to NYPD Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar Dreadnought- 12/28/2014 10:14:59 PM Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio owes law enforcement an apology for creating “an impression with police that he was on the side of the protesters.” “Mayor de Blasio, please say you’re sorry to them for having created a false impression of them,” Mr. Giuliani said on “Face the Nation” Sunday. “You did create a false impression of them. Say you’re sorry. Say you didn’t realize. Say you didn’t realize you have … a nonwhite police department, in terms of [the] majority,” the former New York City mayor added. Mr. Giuliani said, however, that Economic recovery grows fromprivate sector, not government Washington Times, by Stephen Moore Dreadnought- 12/28/2014 10:10:57 PM It only took six years, but we’re finally starting to see the U.S. economy kick into gear. This isn’t a story of government-directed growth, but the opposite — Washington’s role in the economy starting to shrink after years of Obama administration activism. The private sector is starting to take over. Let’s start with the positive news. Economic output soared in the third quarter at a rate of 5 percent. That comes on top of 4.6 percent growth in the second quarter. It appears that the U.S. economy has clawed out of its anemic 2 percent growth rut of the past
Twitter sees limited blackout Agence France Presse, by Staff Dreadnought- 12/28/2014 9:45:41 PM WASHINGTON: Twitter on Sunday experienced a partial outage, the nature of which was not immediately clear, the company said. "Something is technically wrong," the microblogging service´s welcome page said. "Thanks for noticing-we´re going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon." Users reported problems on the Twitter application for Android and iPhone smartphones, while tweets on the computer application TweetDeck were showing up as having been posted a year ago. Twitter claimed 284 million active users at the end of September. Sony earlier this month was hit by a sophisticated hacking attack that stole massive amounts of What Made This Fox News StarLeave The Career She Loved? [VIDEO] Daily Caller (DC), by Ginni Thomas JoniTx- 12/28/2014 9:04:41 PM Fox News Channel’s Molly Henneberg’s toddler is one lucky little girl. Why? Because after 13 happy years with Fox, on October 11, 2014, the talented Henneberg did something no one really does in this high profile journalistic environment. She quit one of the best reporting gigs to give more of her life, heart and time to her daughter. Henneberg is a prominent example of the consequential challenges working parents face. Feeling those natural tugs of dual responsibilities between her fulfilling work and the needs of her child, she chose, with a supportive husband, to “leave something she loves, for something Angela Lansbury, 89, returnsto theater in ‘Blithe Spirit’ New York Daily News, by Staff JoniTx- 12/28/2014 7:56:53 PM Angela Lansbury has moved yet again. This time, home is the Ahmanson Theatre, where the 89-year-old Tony winner and honorary Oscar recipient has settled in for a six-week run of Noel Coward´s comedy "Blithe Spirit." This is Lansbury´s third time around with Coward´s 1941 farce, which is propelled by a medium who accidentally conjures the ghost of a writer´s precocious wife. Lansbury played the clairvoyant Madame Arcati on Broadway in 2009. She reprised the role last spring on the West End. Now, she´s taking the character on the road for a four-city North American tour that began in Los Angeles Dec. Alps chaos forces hundreds ofBritons to spend second nightin emergency shelter Telegraph (UK), by David Chazan JoniTx- 12/28/2014 7:42:04 PM Paris - Hundreds of stranded holidaymakers faced a second night in emergency shelters in the French Alps on Sunday evening after heavy snow trapped more than 15,000 cars and caused two deaths. About 400 Britons huddled in a Red Cross shelter set up in the sports hall of a school near Chambéry amid rising anger that their tour operator had not sent coaches to take them to ski resorts. “We’re getting really frustrated,” said Simon Eyles, a marketing director from Harrogate, Yorkshire travelling with his wife and six-year-old daughter. “A lot of people were taken out of here this morning
Wal-Mart’s higher-skilled employeespinched to ‘absorb’ cost of minimumwage hikes Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst SoCalGal- 12/28/2014 5:59:24 PM Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will raise its base salaries at 1,434 stores to comply with minimum wage hikes that will go into effect in 21 states beginning Jan. 1, 2015. The new laws have prompted Wal-Mart to adjust the minimum premium paid to its higher-skilled employees and combine its lowest three pay grades, Reuters reported Wednesday. “Essentially that wage compression at the upper level of the hourly associate is going to help absorb that cost of the wage increase at the lower level,” a Wal-Mart manager told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Golfing during tsunami season —are tectonic plates shifting underObama’s vacationing feet? Washington Times, by Charles Ortel - 12/28/2014 5:18:41 PM As working people close out another year in economic purgatory, President Obama defiantly promotes tales of progress on numerous fronts that fall apart under inspection — the American economy is not out of danger, the gulf between the wealthy and the dispossessed is not narrowing, and global peace is certainly far from hand. To see why Americans have much to fear in months to come, we need to contrast the real picture here with Indonesia, admittedly an unusual counterpart at first blush. In 2013, the economic output of the United States was $16.7 trillion, measured using gross domestic product, or $107,593 per worker ´It was all mom´s fault´: Daughterof disgraced Virginia governorwho faces 30-year corruptionsentence throws her mother underbus in sensational court letter Daily Mail (UK) & Associated Press, by Staff JoniTx- 12/28/2014 5:17:48 PM The highly-publicized corruption case against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife has torn their family part, as evidenced by a recent letter written by their oldest child. In September, the McDonnells were both found guilty of taking bribes to promote a vitamin company and currently face up to 30 years in prison for their crimes. But daughter Jeanine McDonnell Zubowsky believes her mother Maureen is mostly responsible, and is one of more than 400 people who have written letters asking for lenient sentence for her father - who was once on the short list to be Mitt Romney´s
Ukraine turns off reactor atnuclear plant after ´accident´ Independent [UK], by Oliver Carroll LittleHoodedMonk- 12/28/2014 5:07:19 PM Kiev - Ukraine shut down one of the six reactors in its most powerful nuclear power plant today – for the second time in a month – because of an apparent electrical malfunction. The Zaporizhia nuclear plant’s website insisted that radiation levels in the area remained normal after the sixth reactor was “disconnected from the grid by the generator’s internal defence mechanism”. An official statement said the plant was “operating at 40 per cent power… The reasons for the outage are being investigated”. A short-circuit in the same power station’s third reactor contributed to power cuts across Ukraine earlier this month. Not Fighting ISIS: How Iraq´s 50,000´Ghost Soldiers´ Run Their Scam NBC News, by Alexander Smith LittleHoodedMonk- 12/28/2014 4:54:45 PM As a paid member of the Iraqi army, Mazin should be helping his country fight ISIS. Instead, the father-of-three is battling traffic as a taxi driver in Baghdad. Mazin is one of the 50,000 "ghost soldiers" who pay a portion of their monthly military salary to superior officers in exchange for not having to turn up for duty. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has vowed to put an end to the scam — which has weakened his U.S.-trained army in the face of an ISIS insurgency. (Snip) The practice is considered to be one of the key reason Iraq's U.S.-trained military has proven ineffective in the face of ISIS, particularly in the city of Mosul where the Two Flights Go Missing, butTheir Stories Are Not the Same New York Times, by Nicola Clark LittleHoodedMonk- 12/28/2014 4:42:29 PM Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501, an Airbus A320 airliner carrying 162 people, disappeared from radar screens early Sunday, about 40 minutes after leaving the Indonesian city of Surabaya en route to Singapore. A full day of searching the relatively shallow waters off the coast of Borneo has so far yielded no sign of the aircraft, raising a familiar mix of uncertainty and grief just nine months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared shortly after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur. Though Flight 8501 disappeared in a similar part of the world, it involves a different airline and a different type of aircraft. Missing Air Asia jet will not be a mystery Telegraph [UK], by Alastair Rosenschein LittleHoodedMonk- 12/28/2014 4:26:10 PM At 6.18am on December 28, Air Asia flight QZ8501 disappeared off from radar screens over the Java Sea in Indonesia. Since that moment there have been no radio transmissions, no transponder contacts and no sight of the aircraft and its 162 passengers and crew. How can the Malaysians have lost yet another airliner this year? Why did it take an hour and a half for the Malaysian authorities to initiate an emergency? (Snip) QZ8501 was an Airbus A320 aircraft, the workhorse of short haul flights. It is by any measure robust, well constructed and easy to operate. However, like all airliners it is flown in a hostile environment.
Eleanor Roosevelt Had a CarryPermit, So Why Can´t You? Reason, by Nick Gillespie Judy W.- 12/28/2014 4:01:56 PM Eleanor Roosevelt had a permit to carry a handgun in New York state (though not in New York City, it should be noted). If you find yourself in a jurisdiction that forbids law-abiding citizens from packing heat, you might ask why she could carry but you cannot. The good news is that guns laws have been racdically liberalized over the past three decades or so. As Grover Norquist noted a few months ago at OZY: Thirty years ago, 80 percent of Americans supported stricter gun control laws. Certain guns were banned. Organizations formed and expected they would soon “ban handguns” in private A bigger tent? GOP faces minority challenge WASHINGTON — The faces of the Republican Party´s most ambitious members are changing. Long criticized as the party of old white men, the GOP´s next class of presidential contenders may include two Hispanic senators, an Indian-American governor, a female business leader and an African-American neurosurgeon. In a group that could exceed a dozen Republican White House prospects, all but a few are in their 40s or 50s, while one of the oldest white men is a fluent Spanish speaker whose wife is a native Mexican. The diverse group is a point of pride for those Republicans who have long pushed for
Late Breaking News!One man died after jumping from a burning ferry off the coast of Greece, the Italian Coast Guard says. At least two other people have been injured, said Giovanni Pettorino. (CNN) There are 317 people still on board the Norman Atlantic ferry and 161 people have been "saved," he said.
A bigger tent? GOP facesminority challenge Associated Press, by Steve Peoples garnet- 12/28/2014 2:52:40 PM WASHINGTON (AP) — The faces of the Republican Party´s most ambitious members are changing. Long criticized as the party of old white men, the GOP´s next class of presidential contenders may include two Hispanic senators, an Indian-American governor, a female business leader and an African-American neurosurgeon. In a group that could exceed a dozen Republican White House prospects, all but a few are in their 40s or 50s, while one of the oldest white men is a fluent Spanish speaker whose wife is a native Mexican. The diverse group is a point of pride for those Republicans who have long pushed for Dominican Charged in Schemeto Sell Massachusetts´ DriverLicenses to Illegal Aliens Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami FL], by Staff PageTurner- 12/28/2014 2:42:25 PM BOSTON – A Massachusetts´ illegal alien has been arrested on a complaint charging conspiracy to fraudulently issue identification documents. Edwin Amaurys Parra Suarez (Parra), 37, was arrested in connection with a scheme to produce false identification documents. The complaint affidavit alleges that from December 2012 through January 2013, Parra bribed an employee of the Revere office of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) in connection with a scheme to issue Massachusetts driver’s licenses to individuals who were not eligible to obtain such documentation. According to the affidavit, Parra conspired with a RMV clerk to produce at least 29 Massachusetts drivers’ licenses Armed Bandits Rob 300Tourists on Venezuela Beach Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami FL], by Staff PageTurner- 12/28/2014 2:38:44 PM CARACAS – A group of seven armed bandits robbed some 300 people enjoying a day in the sun on a Caribbean beach in eastern Venezuela, the Attorney General’s Office said. The attack took place around noon on Friday at Arapito Isla Beach. Newspapers and radio stations in the area reported that, according to the victims, the assailants landed on the beach in a boat whose motor wouldn’t start when they tried to leave, so they stole a fisherman’s boat for their getaway. The daily El Tiempo of nearby Puerto La Cruz said the robbers hid their faces with ski masks and “carried R-15
American Bridge denied ‘Gotcha’in releasing Jeb Bush’s emails Communities Digital News, by Andrew Mark Miller - 12/28/2014 1:11:35 PM Over the Christmas holiday, thousands of emails sent by Jeb Bush during his time as Florida governor were released by American Bridge, a left wing political action committee. These emails covered many different topics related to Bush’s eight-year tenure as governor of Florida and provide valuable insight into what kind of president he would make. At first glance this appears to be a release that would embarrass the 2016 presidential hopeful but it turns out that Bush had already intended to make all 250,000 of the emails he sent as governor available to the public in 2015. One passenger dead and anotherinjured as hundreds of terrifiedtravellers are trapped on blazingferry off coast of Corfu withgale-force winds hampering rescue efforts Daily Mail (UK), by Emma Glanfield - 12/28/2014 12:50:46 PM One passenger has reportedly died and another injured while attempting to escape a blazing ferry stranded off the Greek island of Corfu.Giovanni Pettorino, an Italian coastguard official, said one person had died while being rescued from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic, which caught alight as it travelled from the Greek port of Patras to Ancona in Italy. Authorities confirmed there were 423 passengers and 55 crew members on board and said more than half of them remain trapped on the ferry as the rescue operation is being hampered by choppy seas and bad weather. Greek and Italian rescue helicopters and vessels A Mississippi Burning – The CuriousCase Of Jessica Lane Chambers… Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance Emerson- 12/28/2014 12:44:25 PM Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley was the 28 year old radical supporter of the FTP movement who assassinated two New York Police officers. Bassem Masri is a Palestinian antagonist and principal member of the Ferguson “F*ck the Police (FTP) movement – currently in New York. Jessica Lane Chambers was a 19-year-old girl murdered in Courtland Mississippi. In a bizarre twist to a complex dynamic they could well be connected. (Snip)When we first began looking into the Jessica Chambers murder, something didn’t seem right. Within 72 hours it was brutally obvious something was very odd about Courtland Mississippi early December. Agony of relatives waiting tohear what became of loved onesamong 162 people - including 17children - aboard AirAsia flightthat vanished off coast ofIndonesia as search is calledoff for night Daily Mail (UK), by Heather Mcnab, Richard Shears* - 12/28/2014 12:42:02 PM A massive search and rescue operation for the missing AirAsia flight which lost contact with air traffic control over Indonesia has been suspended for the night due to unworkable conditions. The fishing boats and official vessels that were sent out by Indonesia´s national search and rescue authority, along with helicopters and Hercules aircraft from Singapore, will resume their efforts at sunrise on Monday morning. There is an unconfirmed report of a wreckage spotted east of Belitung Island in the Java Sea, 100 miles from where the plane was last tracked. AirAsia flight QZ8501 departed Surabaya, in Indonesia, on Sunday at 5.30am
Surge in illegal sales of drugs as gangsexploit ‘phenomenal market’ online Guardian [UK], by Ian Sample - 12/28/2014 12:35:42 PM The rise of social media and greater internet access through smartphones are factors behind a huge rise in illicit sales of pharmaceuticals, according to the chief enforcement official at Britain’s medicines regulator. Criminal gangs have become adept at using social media to sell “lifestyle” drugs to a mass market at minimal risk and cost, said Alastair Jeffrey, head of enforcement at the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This year, he said the MHRA had seized 1.2m doses of illegally supplied erectile dysfunction drugs, 383,000 slimming products and 331,000 doses of sleeping pills, tranquillisers and From Adriana with Love:Rush Limbaugh wrong on Bond Boston Herald (MA), by Adriana Cohen - 12/28/2014 12:34:48 PM Rush Limbaugh says British actor Idris Elba can’t be the next James Bond because he’s black. “James Bond was invented, created by Ian Fleming, a former spy, MI6, and James Bond is a total concept put together by Ian Fleming. He was white and Scottish, period. That is who James Bond is,” said the radio host on his show this week. I strongly disagree. 007 is a fictional spy who is smart, sexy and sophisticated, and has swagger. Since when do white men have a monopoly on any of those traits? Geez, don’t get this Boston girl started, but I President Obama aging only asfast as the rest of us, researcher finds Los Angeles Times, by Kathleen Hennessey - 12/28/2014 12:22:09 PM Washington - It´s arguably his most well-worn joke. President Obama loves to thank supporters who knew him when his hair was more pepper than salt. His driver´s license photo is the evidence, he joked at a polling booth this fall. Sometimes he blames his daughters. But don´t worry, he reassures audiences, "Every gray hair is worth it." As all presidents do, Obama has aged before our eyes — over six years shifting from a dark-haired politician drowning in his suit to a weathered president with the facial lines of an elder statesman. Or, perhaps, just a very tired one. The transformation can be striking even for those who see him Joshua Williams Flames Out National Review Online, by Ryan Lovelace garnet- 12/28/2014 12:15:24 PM Joshua Williams has been everywhere: protesting in Ferguson, Mo., Washington, D.C., and Cleveland, Ohio. Now, he is in St. Louis, where police have arrested him for arson. During the Ferguson protests, Williams perfected the skill of catching the attention of journalists and using them to elevate his claims of police brutality to national attention. Quoted or photographed in countless articles in publications including the New York Times and USA Today, Williams claims police in Ferguson, Mo., targeted him because he is black. The truth, caught on tape by National Review Online, is much different. The charismatic teenager was
Congratulations, 2014! You could’vebeen a lot worse. New York Times, by Daniel W. Drezner garnet- 12/28/2014 12:10:26 PM ‘There have been worse years in recent history,” New York Times columnist Ross Douthat wrote, “but 2014 definitely stands out for the sheer variety of awfulness.” That sentiment captures the popular perception of a year that can’t seem to end soon enough. In many ways, it would be hard to disagree. In the United States, political and racial polarization seemed especially deep, and across the globe things got pretty scary. Russia annexed Crimea and sent its forces into eastern Ukraine in an effort to undermine the new Western-oriented government in Kiev. In the Middle East, the Islamic State displaced al-Qaeda as Pope Francis’s edict on climate changewill anger deniers and US churches Guardian [UK], by John Vidal Judy W.- 12/28/2014 12:09:24 PM He has been called the “superman pope”, and it would be hard to deny that Pope Francis has had a good December. Cited by President Barack Obama as a key player in the thawing relations between the US and Cuba, the Argentinian pontiff followed that by lecturing his cardinals on the need to clean up Vatican politics. But can Francis achieve a feat that has so far eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change? It looks as if he will give it a go. In 2015, the pope will issue a lengthy message on the subject to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, give an address to the UN general assembly and call a summit of the Ferguson Police Officer Put “On Leave”For Calling Mike Brown Road Memorial,
A “Pile of Trash”…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance SoCalGal- 12/28/2014 12:08:15 PM Which it is, but in today’s politically correct and culturally Marxist world you dare speak the truth in case you hurt the feelings of the perpetually aggrieved. (Photo)FERGUSON - Ferguson police spokesman was placed on unpaid leave after acknowledging remarks to a Washington Post blogger in which he called the Michael Brown memorial a “pile of trash,” city officials said Saturday. One day earlier, the city stood behind the spokesman, Officer Timothy Zoll — claiming he had been misquoted — after an inquiry into the damaged memorial in the middle of Canfield Drive. But officials retreated in a one-page statement Jeb Bush "Owns" Common Core Breitbart Big Government, by Dr. Susan Berry SpeedMaster- 12/28/2014 12:03:13 PM George Will understands why conservatives are revolted by the Common Core standards. Jeb Bush either does not understand or, perhaps worse, does not care. Either way, Bush owns his insistence upon the highly controversial education initiative, a position that will likely cost him with most conservatives in a presidential bid, and should also matter to all Republicans. Writing at The Washington Post, Will explains clearly how Bush’s support of the Common Core is at extreme odds with what it means to be conservative. “It is not about the content of the standards, which would be objectionable even if written by Aristotle and
Santa Fails One More Time Daily Beast, by P.J. O´Rourke garnet- 12/28/2014 11:46:49 AM Darn it, Santa didn’t bring me what I wanted this year. Again. What I wanted was, of course, what all right-minded people say they want—in public—when they are questioned about the perfect holiday gifts. World peace, religious tolerance, and an end to global poverty, hunger, and disease. Did I find any of these under the tree? Why did I receive red and green SmartWool socks, a belly putter, a pair of enamel candy cane cufflinks, and a boxed set of Clint Eastwood DVDs instead? I am trying to put myself inside Santa’s head. 23,000 cops mourn slain brother at funeral New York Post, by Kevin Fasick & Georgett Roberts * - 12/28/2014 11:45:33 AM From across the continent, they came to Queens to pay their respects to a hero in blue, brutally gunned down with his partner for no reason other than he wore an NYPD badge. Clad in dress blues and white gloves on a sunny, cool morning, 23,000 police officers from as far away as San Diego and Canada and from every corner of New York gathered at Christ Tabernacle Church in Glendale, Queens, to bid farewell to Officer Rafael Ramos. He and his partner, Officer Wenjian Liu, were shot dead Dec. 20 by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a madman bent on avenging the police-custody death of Eric Garner. Brinsley fired four shots point-blank at Norman Atlantic ferry fire: One killed
and hundreds still trapped as passengers
are airlifted from burning Greece-Italy boat
Independent [UK], by Adam Withnall Original Article Posted By: - 12/28/2014 11:34:56 AM Post Reply Hundreds of people remain trapped after a ferry caught fire on route from Greece to Italy, sparking an international rescue mission in challenging rough sea conditions. Officials said one person has died and at least one other is injured, as high winds and choppy waters leave rescue vessels and aircraft struggling to get close enough to help. Around 130 of the almost 480 people on board had been evacuated, the majority when a lifeboat was successfully lowered from the stricken vessel, but an operation to airlift the remaining passengers to safety - two at a time - could take hours. Those still on board - thought to include two British
Black Mob Violence at Christmas, All Over the CountryHold on, it's going to get worse. Air search for missing AirAsia jet suspendedCoverage slight as families wait.
Bill de Blasio 2 hours late to wake forBrietbart says 2 hours late, NYPost says way less.
Holder and Obama are making race relations worse, inflaming hatredOnly 40% of Americans approve of the way Obamais handling race relations
Cosby hires investigatorsto smear rape accusers New York Post, by Stacy Brown LittleHoodedMonk- 12/28/2014 11:14:37 AM Bill Cosby has hired a battalion of private investigators to dig up dirt on his many accusers, The Post has learned. The comedian, fighting an onslaught of accusations that he sexually assaulted more than two dozen women over many years, is paying six-figure fees to private investigators for information that might discredit his alleged victims. Multiple sources confirmed that Cosby, through his Hollywood attorney Martin Singer, is implementing a scorched-earth strategy in which anything negative in his accusers’ pasts is fair game. At least one Glendale, Calif.-based firm with a half-dozen former LAPD detectives on staff is The Woman ISIS - Thread Closed Boston Globe, by Sally Jacobs lmruth- 12/28/2014 11:11:16 AM Shortly after dusk on a fall evening in 1993, a group of local Muslim students came together on the pale blue carpet in MIT’s Muslim prayer room to discuss a recent fund-raiser they had held on behalf of the beleaguered Muslims in the Bosnian war. The students were discussing further relief efforts when a petite woman among them spoke up and shocked them into silence. Racial unrest in Ferguson andNew York a Communist Revolution Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod snowcloud- 12/28/2014 11:04:10 AM The last words of Eric Garner: “I can’t breathe” were taken directly from his lips, plagiarized and put into use by the Revolutionary Communist Party USA. The overnight outbreak of violence in Ferguson and New York, including looting and burning in Ferguson, is not a spontaneous grassroots community response to the Grand Jury decisions not to indict Michael Brown and Eric Garner. It is being fully scripted and orchestrated by the Revolutionary Communist Party USA as a beefed-up “orientation for making revolution in the imperialist countries such as the U.S.” It was not the mainstream media who tore the
California man suspected ofvandalizing Islamic center Associated Press, by Scott Smith - 12/28/2014 10:52:28 AM Fresno, Calif. — A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of vandalizing the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno on Christmas day, causing investigators at first to suspect a hate crime, police said Saturday. But relatives of the 28-year-old suspect, Asif Mohammad Khan, came public to say that schizophrenia — and not hatred — led to the unfortunate incident. "It is a case of mental illness," said his sister, Samia Khan. "There´s no question about that." (Snip) In the search for a suspect, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer had said that the broken windows and bleach poured on an American Britain unprepared for severe blackouts,secret Government report reveals Telegraph [UK], by Emily Gosden Attercliffe- 12/28/2014 9:13:32 AM Britain is unprepared for prolonged blackouts, with increased death rates, rising public disorder and high-risk criminals on the loose among the likely consequences if major energy networks are seriously damaged, a secret Government security assessment has found. The UK´s contingency plans for severe power cuts are based on numerous flawed or untested assumptions and need to be revised, according to documents obtained by the Telegraph. The assessment, codenamed Exercise Hopkinson, examined what would happen if a severe storm knocked out crucial energy infrastructure in south west England, plunging two million homes into darkness for up to two weeks. Black Mob Violence at Christmas,All Over the Country American Thinker, by Colin Flaherty magnante- 12/28/2014 9:10:34 AM Holidays are a special time for practitioners and deniers of black mob violence. The Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day and of course New Year’s are among the most popular. But not Christmas. Not usually. Not until this year: Black mob violence and resentment erupted across the country during the 72 hours before, during and after Christmas. And not the “carry signs and send out a press release” kind of political violence. This year’s Yuletide racial violence was more spontaneous. More deadly. More old school. Not connected to the recent political protests over Mike Brown, Eric Garner and fill in your Dave Barry´s Year in Review 2014 Miami Herald, by Dave Barry - 12/28/2014 9:09:32 AM It was a year of mysteries. To list some of the more baffling ones: ? A huge airliner simply vanished, and to this day nobody has any idea what happened to it, despite literally thousands of hours of intensive speculation on CNN. ? Millions of Americans suddenly decided to make videos of themselves having ice water poured on their heads. Remember? There were rumors that this had something to do with charity, but for most of us, the connection was never clear. All we knew was that, for a while there, every time we turned on the TV, there was
Scores of rowdy teens startmass brawl in a Pennsylvaniamall forcing into lockdown Daily Mail [UK], by Associated Press &* Attercliffe- 12/28/2014 8:59:39 AM Authorities say several fights broke out among hundreds of teens who packed a western Pennsylvania shopping center, forcing it to close early and it seems to be a trend cutting across malls in America. Several altercations erupted on Friday evening at the Monroeville Mall. Monroeville Police Chief K. Douglas Cole says at least two people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, reported Action 4 News. Cole says large groups of teens began showing up around 5 p.m., with the crowds swelling to as many as 1,000, according to mall security officers. Cole says he doesn´t believe it was an organized event Idris Elba responds toJames Bond rumours on Twitter Independent [UK], by Matilda Battersby LittleHoodedMonk- 12/28/2014 8:59:13 AM Idris Elba has kept a dignified silence amid rumours that he might be the next actor in line to play James Bond — and criticism from those who do not believe that 007 can be played by a black actor. But now the 42-year-old British star, best known for Luther, playing Nelson Mandela and starring in HBO drama The Wire, has alluded to the row on Twitter. This morning he posted a photograph of himself pulling a funny face with the words: “007 is supposed to be handsome? Glad you think I’ve got a shot!” He is allegedly being considered for the seventh incarnation of Ian Fleming’s iconic spy, according to information obtained For Better or Worse, the WordsThat Defined 2014 Real Clear Politics, by Carl M. Cannon - 12/28/2014 8:54:38 AM “I can’t breathe!” cried Eric Garner in an increasingly panicked voice as he was swarmed, choked, and handcuffed by a gaggle of New York police officers. In a scene recorded by an amateur videographer, Garner repeats the phrase eight times before losing consciousness. They were the last words he ever spoke. Upon hearing them, Fred Shapiro, editor of the Yale Book of Quotations, revised his list of the year’s most memorable utterances. He might have to revise it again as the eulogies for two slain NYPD officers compete for our attention with the sounds from a week earlier—of protesters chanting, Air search for missing AirAsia jet suspended Washington Post, by William Wan LittleHoodedMonk- 12/28/2014 8:37:23 AM Indonesian authorities launched then suspended for the night an air search for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 passengers and crew after it lost contact Sunday morning with air-traffic control. As night fell in Asia, Indonesian officials said they had spotted no sign of the plane in the area over the Java Sea but had to stop their search, hampered by bad weather and darkness. Flight QZ8501 — an Airbus A320-200 jet — was bound for Singapore but lost contact at 6:17 a.m. local time (6:17 p.m. Saturday in Washington). The break in communications occurred 42 minutes after takeoff from the Indonesian city of Surabaya and
Cops assassinated: the resultof allowing an evil lie to grow American Thinker, by Lloyd Marcus - 12/28/2014 8:34:06 AM My 86-year-old black dad called me at home in Florida from his home in Maryland to inform me that Mr. Rice died. Over 40 years ago, Mr. Rice coached my younger brothers David and Allen in Optimist League kids football. Mr. Rice also started a basketball league in which he coached my brothers. Dad said back in those days, racism was the norm. And yet Mr. Rice, a white man, took my brothers under his wing. Dad said you cannot raise your kids all by yourself. He felt that Mr. Rice had contributed to making my brothers responsible men. Walking in Mr. Rice's footsteps, my brother David has coached kids' football for the past Holder and Obama are makingrace relations worse, inflaming hatred New York Post, by John Fund & Hans Von Spakovsky - 12/28/2014 8:29:30 AM Attorney General Eric Holder insisted to MSNBC earlier this month that “we are in a better place than we were before” in race relations since Barack Obama was elected president. The president doubled down in an interview with NPR last week. Asked if race relations were worse since he took office, he said, “No, I actually think that it’s probably in its day-to-day interactions less racially divided.” But that’s not what the American people see. A Pew Research Center poll found that only 40% of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling race relations. Black approval is down to Fears grow for missing AirAsia flightcarrying 162 people after it ´crashesoff coast of Indonesia´... as desperatesearch and rescue mission is suspended* Daily Mail [UK], by Heather McNab** Attercliffe- 12/28/2014 8:26:32 AM A massive search and rescue operation for the missing Air Asia flight which lost contact with air traffic control over Indonesia has been suspended for the night due to unworkable conditions. The fishing boats and official vessels that were sent out by Indonesia´s national search and rescue authority, along with helicopters and Hercules aircraft from Singapore, will resume their efforts at sunrise on Monday morning. There is an unconfirmed report of a wreckage spotted east of Belitung Island in the Java Sea, of the east coast of Samutra, 100 miles from where the plane was last tracked. Hey GQ, can´t find anycrazy Democrats? Here are 16. New York Post, by Kyle Smith FleetUSA- 12/28/2014 7:58:52 AM In a survey of the “Craziest Politicians of 2014,” GQ had difficulty locating any Democrats. Seventeen out of 20 on the list were Republicans, with the only liberals being Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson and America’s reigning nabob of nuttiness, Joe Biden. In a note appended to the story, GQ defensively said it wasn’t guilty of “standard liberal-media bias,” it just couldn’t find any loony Democrats to speak of. Let’s give GQ a little help, shall we? Here are 16 more Democrats to the list of the most cra-cra political figures. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Democratic National Committee Chair (Fla.):
Exodus: Gods and Kings bannedin the UAE for ´religious mistakes´ Independent [UK], by Neela Debnath LittleHoodedMonk- 12/28/2014 7:45:01 AM The United Arab Emirates has become the latest nation to ban Ridley Scott’s epic blockbuster Exodus: Gods and Kings. The film, which stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton and Sir Ben Kingsley, is based on the Bible’s Book of Exodus and follows the story of the prophet Moses rising up again the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses. Earlier this week it was banned in Egypt and Morocco. The epic was censored in Egypt for “historical inaccuracies”, in particular suggesting that Jews built the pyramids and that an earthquake parted the Red Sea rather than being a divine miracle. Morocco halted screenings the day before the film was The movie ‘Selma’ has a glaring flaw Washington Post, by Joseph A. Califano Jr. Original Article Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/28/2014 7:13:40 AM Post Reply What’s wrong with Hollywood? The makers of the new movie “Selma” apparently just couldn’t resist taking dramatic, trumped-up license with a true story that didn’t need any embellishment to work as a big-screen historical drama. As a result, the film falsely portrays President Lyndon B. Johnson as being at odds with Martin Luther King Jr. and even using the FBI to discredit him, as only reluctantly behind the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and as opposed to the Selma march itself. In fact, Selma was LBJ’s idea, he considered the Voting Rights Act his greatest legislative achievement, he viewed King as an essential partner in About 200 people marched through the East New York section of Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon to protest the death of Akai Gurley, an unarmed black man who was fatally shot last month by a police officer in a public-housing project stairwell. Mr. Gurley’s relatives led the demonstration from the building in the Louis H. Pink Houses where the shooting occurred to a nearby police command post. The protest began shortly after the close of funeral services for Officer Rafael Ramos, who was shot to death in his patrol car along with Officer Wenjian Liu on Dec. 20. By marching, those on hand were defying Mayor Bill de
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Crowd Gathers in Brooklynto Protest a Police Shooting New York Times, by Dan Glaun FlyRight- 12/28/2014 7:07:11 AM About 200 people marched through the East New York section of Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon to protest the death of Akai Gurley, an unarmed black man who was fatally shot last month by a police officer in a public-housing project stairwell. Mr. Gurley’s relatives led the demonstration from the building in the Louis H. Pink Houses where the shooting occurred to a nearby police command post. The protest began shortly after the close of funeral services for Officer Rafael Ramos, who was shot to death in his patrol car along with Officer Wenjian Liu on Dec. 20. By marching, those US, NATO Mark Endof Mission to Afghanistan - 12/28/2014 7:03:17 AM Kabul, Afghanistan — The United States and NATO formally ended their war in Afghanistan on Sunday with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul as the insurgency they fought for 13 years remains as ferocious and deadly as at any time since the 2001 invasion that unseated the Taliban regime following the Sept. 11 attacks. The symbolic ceremony marked the end of the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force, which will transition to a supporting role with 13,500 soldiers, most of them American, starting Jan. 1. Gen. John Campbell, commander of ISAF, rolled up and sheathed the green and white ISAF flag AirAsia Jet From Indonesia Is Missing New York Times, by Thomas Fuller * - 12/28/2014 6:31:16 AM Bangkok - The Indonesian authorities were searching on Sunday afternoon for an AirAsia jet with 162 people on board that lost contact with air traffic controllers hours earlier, the airline and government officials said. The plane, Flight QZ8501, left the Indonesian city of Surabaya around 5:30 a.m. for the short hop to Singapore, a flight that usually takes about two hours, the airline said. Air traffic control lost contact with the Airbus A320-200 at 6:17 a.m., about 40 minutes later, Indonesian officials said. “At this time, search-and-rescue operations are in progress, and AirAsia is cooperating fully and assisting the rescue
Bill De Blasio 2 Hours Late toWake for Slain Officer Rafael Ramos Breitbart Big Government, by Warner Todd Hudson Honeybadger- 12/28/2014 6:22:29 AM On Friday evening, thousands of New Yorkers attended a memorial service for Rafael Ramos, one of the two NYPD officers assassinated a week ago by an Eric Garner protester. The service brought mourners from every corner of the city. Noticeably late was embattled Mayor Bill de Blasio, who made it to the service only just before its conclusion. Ramos, 40, and partner Wenjian Liu, 32, were shot to death on December 20 as they sat in their patrol car. Both were murdered by a 28-year-old named Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley who claimed he was avenging the death of a man who died after police used a choke hold on him as he NBC Asks America for the
Meaning of Christmas: ´Jesus´
Didn´t Make Their Cut
- 12/28/2014 5:49:44 AM NBC Nightly News offered two stories on Christmas in their December 25 newscast, including a show-ender about “what Christmas means to me.” Substitute anchor Tamron Hall offered this introduction: “Finally, on this special night, a question: What does Christmas mean to you? Maybe it’s the presents, the lights, the music, or getting together with family. We put the question to people around the country and discovered once against that Christmas means something a little different to everyone.” Somehow, this perfectly pleasant three-minute segment included lot of talk about family time and presents, and even someone saying “Happy Hanukkah,” but included For the Media,
the Climate of Hate
is Always on the Right
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman DW626- 12/28/2014 5:41:46 AM I must say that for some decades now, the media have proven to be terrible weather forecasters, always finding the climate of hate on the right, and never seeing it on the left of the political map. My friend (who picked his moniker "Danube of Thought" from the late Romanian despot Nicolae Ceausescu) documents some of the coverage of the assassination of President Kennedy -- murdered by a Communist gunman: "Hatred and fanaticism, the flabby spirit of complacency that has permitted the preachers of fanatical hatred to appear respectable, and the self-righteousness that labels all who disagree with us as Final goodbye: Roll call of
some who died in 2014
Associated Press, by Bernard McGhee - 12/28/2014 5:18:44 AM They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment came when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of his two children during the Korean War. Brady took up a personal campaign for increased gun control after surviving a head wound when a man tried unsuccessfully to kill President Ronald Reagan, for whom Brady was press secretary. Chung began a years-long quest for justice, which eventually prompted the U.S. Army to acknowledge having killed civilian refugees at No Gun Ri. Brady and
Newsbusters, by Tim Graham
Sunday, December 28, 2014
US Chamber of Commerceto push immigration reformtax breaks in Congress Fox News, by Staff ChipThome- 12/28/2014 2:38:22 AM The U.S. Chamber of Commerce flexed its muscle in the midterm election, winning 14 of 15 Republican primaries in which it was involved and helping the GOP recapture the Senate. Now it wants the Republican majority in Congress to get to work. Chamber Chief Executive Tom Donohue said in an interview that the GOP has two years to enact “a vigorous program aimed at meeting the needs of the American people” or risk losing their majority. The Chamber wants Congress to act on business priorities such as an immigration overhaul, transportation funding, tax breaks and trade agreements. Well-known Ferguson activistcharged with arson, burglary Los Angeles Times, by Javier Panzar - 12/27/2014 11:38:54 PM St. Louis prosecutors on Saturday charged well-known Ferguson, Mo., activist Joshua Williams, 19, with setting fire to a convenience store during protests sparked by the police shooting of teenager earlier this week. St. Louis County police said in a criminal complaint said that surveillance video and news footage show Williams starting multiple fires inside and outside the Quick Trip convenience store as it was being looted early Wednesday morning. Williams has been widely quoted in the media as an advocate for peaceful protest since Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, 18, on Aug. 9. Critical decisions after 9/11led to slow, steady declinein quality for Secret Service Washington Post, by Carol D. Leonnig Dreadnought- 12/27/2014 11:16:06 PM The Secret Service began struggling to carry out its most basic duties after Congress and the George W. Bush administration expanded the elite law enforcement agency’s mission in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. According to government documents and interviews with dozens of current and former officials, the recent string of security lapses at the White House resulted from a combination of tight budgets, bureaucratic battles and rapidly growing demands on the agency that have persisted through the Bush and Obama administrations in the 13 years since the attacks. At the same time, the Secret Service was
AirAsia plane with 162aboard missing in Indonesia Dreadnought- 12/27/2014 11:12:34 PM JAKARTA, Indonesia — An AirAsia plane with 162 people aboard lost contact with ground control on Sunday after takeoff from Indonesia on the way to Singapore, and the airline said search and rescue operations were underway. The plane lost communication with Indonesia’s Surabaya airport 42 minutes after takeoff at 5:35 a.m., Hadi Mustofa, an official of the transportation ministry told Indonesia’s MetroTV. AirAsia said in a statement that the plane was an Airbus A320-200 and that search and rescue operations were in progress. Mustofa said the plane had seven crew and 155 passengers. He said the plane lost contact when
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´Sorry, this beach has beenreserved for the First Family´:Secret Service agents on jet skisshoo away tourists and localsas the Obamas hit the water in Hawaii Associated Press & Daily Mail (UK), by Staff JoniTx- 12/27/2014 9:55:52 PM The First Family have now officially hit the halfway point of their Hawaiian holiday and enjoyed a nice lie-in followed by an afternoon at the beach on the eight day of their vacation. However while a regular bunch would just hit the sand and surf, the Obamas had their regular motorcade drop them at Bellows Air Force Station in Waimanalo, and Secret Service agents on wave runners circled them in the water. The main task of the agents seemed to focus on stopping any other people in kayaks getting to close to the President, his wife and their two daughters. ESPN Site Compares MichaelSam´s Gay Kiss to IconicVictory Over Japan JoniTx- 12/27/2014 9:11:28 PM Oprah Winfrey´s documentary on gay NFL tryout (and washout) Michael Sam airs on Saturday night. Secular leftist journalists and gay activists desperately wanted a happier story line than the one that unfolded. What was pitched a Major Historical Moment vanished into put-on-waivers obscurity. Bryan Curtis at ESPN´s Grantland site compared the Sam kiss, carefully choreographed for the ESPN cameras by ESPN activists (what other seventh-rounder has a camera crew?), to Victory Over Japan in 1945: How´d you feel when you saw the kiss? You know the one I mean. If I weren’t such a jaded soul, I’d call it the Partners in protest: Theanti-Israel, cop-bash link New York Post, by William Jacobson Judy W.- 12/27/2014 8:18:17 PM One of the great under-told stories of the anti-police turmoil after the Michael Brown and Eric Garner grand-jury decisions is the instigating role played by anti-Israel activists. What, you ask, does anti-Israel activism have to do with the reaction to the Ferguson and New York City decisions? Well, to understand that, you first need to understand the pathology behind the anti-Israel movement — particularly the Boycott Divest and Sanctions crowd. This movement has a problem: Despite decades of anti-Israel propaganda, particularly on campuses, Israel remains more popular than ever in the US as a whole But there are pockets of American society where anti-Israel
You Are The ‘World’ - 12/27/2014 7:56:29 PM The Military Times calls it a puzzle. A survey shows that president Obama has the approval of only 15 percent of military personnel yet a majority now accept the reality of gays in the military and women in combat roles. But there’s no contradiction. Acceptance has always been different from approval. Most of us accept we are going to die of some day, even though not many approve approve. The US military, like civilians, may have little fondness for their Pointy Haired Bosses yet still go to work each day and boast: “I never missed a day of work in A Meditation on Peggy Noonan Judy W.- 12/27/2014 7:43:21 PM Peggy Noonan joined the crowd that turned on George W. Bush in what I thought was (in Noonan’s case) a grossly unfair manner in 2008. I wrote critically about one of Noonan’s weekly Wall Street Journal columns in which she identified with the public disapproval of Bush that April in “Season of the witch.” Having turned on George W. Bush, Noonan moved on to support the election of Barack Obama later that year. Noonan all but endorsed Obama in her 2008 column “Obama and the runaway train.” The anti-Bush and pro-Obama columns fit neatly together. She wrote of Obama just before Policies of GOP GovernorsCould Find National Play Associated Press, by Thomas Beaumont JoniTx- 12/27/2014 7:32:12 PM One group of potential candidates for president probably won´t be shuffling off to Iowa, New Hampshire or other early campaign spots in the new year. They´ll be hunkered down in statehouses across the Midwest, pushing bills through their legislatures. Few outside their home states will notice, but these governors and their policies could wind up in the national campaign picture. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Mike Pence of Indiana, Rick Snyder of Michigan and John Kasich of Ohio were all elected after Republicans began taking political control of the middle of the country back in 2010. Since then, they have offered Kim Jong-un lambasts Obamain bitter war of words Telegraph (UK), by Tom Phillips & David Millwar JoniTx- 12/27/2014 7:24:54 PM Even by the outrageous standards of North Korean propaganda chiefs, it was an unusually vulgar slur, a dramatic escalation in the two week-long war of words between Pyongyang and Washington. As North Korea´s leaders saw their country´s own internet shut down by American hackers, the ruling National Defence Commission, chaired by Kim Jong-un himself, lashed out in frustration, comparing Barack Obama to a monkey. "Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds," an unidentified spokesman at the commission´s Policy Department said in a statement. "Like a monkey in a tropical forest." "The United States, with its large physical size and oblivious
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