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In New York, tensions between police and Mayor Bill de Blasio boil over after killingsCheck out readers' editorial corrections here.Small but important.
Obama´s ´propaganda´ pushed people to ´hate the police,´ Giuliani saysFour months of hate speech and brain washing is working.
New York City Police Officers Turn Their Backs on Mayor After ShootingA cold, silent and seething rage greets New York's Marxist mayor.
Obama has no idea how to handle North Korean attack on private citizensFirst we had "work place violence," now it's "cyber vandalism".Obama certainly has a way with words.
Gangbangers UnboundTinfoil not needed. There is a plan. "Stepping back, we cansee a consistent thread of deliberately aggravated racial incidentsthroughout the Obama presidency."
Night ThoughtsThe Left keeps the racial pot on a slow boil. There is money and power in it.
Must Read Archive [Last 60 Days]
Are low gas prices good or bad? American magazine, by Vaclav Smil EagleBlurst- 12/22/2014 9:55:44 AM Oil prices have been falling — and with them the quality of reporting and writing about this periodic event. Stock market “guru” Laszlo Birinyi (just to select one of many annoying examples) claims that “It [the oil price drop] is just a black swan. It comes clearly out of the blue. Four standard deviations out of anything else [ie, exceedingly far from mean expectations]. In a case like that, there are no perimeters.” This quote is remarkable only for its accumulation of indefensible claims, not for its overall tenor: falling oil prices have been generally treated as a shocking, unprecedented, Don´t Blame Sony - BlameObama and the Tort System Townhall, by Kurt Schlichter SpeedMaster- 12/22/2014 9:46:49 AM It´s shameful that a company like Sony would go groveling to a deceitful, tyrannical, un-American thug, but this column is not about Sony’s sucking up to Al Sharpton. This column is about a tort system that is dedicated not to justice but to making lawyers richer, and it comes not only at the price of American prosperity but at the cost of our liberty as well. Certainly, Sony has a yellow streak as wide as Seth Rogen’s gut. Its creepy supplication to that race-hustling, MSNBC troll shows its true cowardly character, since Sharpton – unlike North Korea – doesn’t have a Russia starts bailing outbanks as economy faces
´full-blown economic crisis´
Telegraph [UK], by Peter Spence Attercliffe- 12/22/2014 9:36:19 AM The Russian economic crisis took a fresh turn on Monday after the central bank bailed out a mid-sized lender and the country’s former finance minister warned the economy faces an economic crisis. The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) said on Monday that a plan to loan Trust bank an amount of up to 30bn roubles (£343m) had been approved. Buffeted by a wave of sanctions as a result of tensions over Ukraine, geopolitical uncertainty, and falling oil prices, Russia’s banking sector has been singled out as particularly vulnerable. Anna Stupnytska, an economist at Fidelity Solutions, said that “the risk of a sovereign default
Jeb Bush can win it all CNN, by Julian E. Zelizer jackson- 12/22/2014 9:07:40 AM Ever since "Bridge-gate" threatened to derail the once "inevitable" nomination of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the Republican presidential candidate for 2016, Jeb Bush has been hinting that he might jump into the fray. And with last week´s Facebook announcement, the former Florida governor has emerged as a serious contender -- if he chooses to run. The announcement of an exploratory committee has generated instant excitement because many Republicans feel that the former governor stands a very real chance of winning both the Republican nomination and the general election. Though the pundits have pored over all of his liabilities, The Brooklyn Slaughter and
the End of Gotcha
American Thinker, by Colin Flaherty magnante- 12/22/2014 8:41:02 AM We are way past playing games of gotcha. The Brooklyn police slaughter is just another example of how black racial hostility is now an everyday fact of life. Part of the national fabric. So much so that no one even bothers to hide it. Not anymore. A few recent cases illuminate the bigger picture: In Portland, Oregon, a sales clerk for Nordstrom tells his Facebook friends black people should kill one white cop for every white cop who kills a black person. In Philadelphia, a paramedic said the same thing but took it one step further: He posted a picture of two black people ´Interview´ fallout no laughing
matter in comedy world
Los Angeles Times, by Josh Rottenberg And Deborah Vankin Drive- 12/22/2014 8:29:58 AM In the early 1990s, writer-director Jim Abrahams was making a big studio comedy about a mission to kill a foreign dictator — and not just any foreign dictator, one the United States had recently gone to war against: Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. The idea of targeting a sitting world leader for 1993´s "Hot Shots! Part Deux" didn´t raise alarms at the studio, 20th Century Fox. For Abrahams — who, with David and Jerry Zucker, had also made the boundary-pushing comedy "Airplane!" — it was just a natural subject for a funny movie. "Our thinking was that it´s more fun to From grief over police officer killings to
honor for NYPD bravery and restraint
New York Daily News, by Editorial Drive- 12/22/2014 8:25:59 AM The two police officers executed by a suicidal loser burning with hatred for cops were exemplary men whose service puts the lie to fashionable depictions of the NYPD as an army of racial oppressors. Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu devoted their careers to the high calling of protecting New Yorkers. They had abused no one. They had shot no one. Day in and day out, braving dangers shunned by civilians, they had answered the call. For Ramos, dedication to faith and to the cop’s mission put him on the verge of becoming a Christian chaplain. He cared. Liu cared. Their 35,000 colleagues
President Obama´s Hawaii
vacation: Day 2
Associated Press, by Staff Drive- 12/22/2014 8:24:10 AM KAILUA, Hawaii — How President Barack Obama spent the second day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Sunday: —POLICE SHOOTING: Obama called New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Sunday morning to offer condolences for the killing of two New York City police officers and support in the coming days and weeks, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said. The officers were ambushed in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday. During the conversation, Schultz said Obama reiterated his call for the American people to reject violence and "words that harm, and turn to words that heal — prayer, patient dialogue and Killer of 2 NYC officers had
long criminal history
Associated Press, by Tom Hays SoCalGal- 12/22/2014 8:16:20 AM NEW YORK The gunman who fatally ambushed two police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, authorities said Sunday. Moments before opening fire, Ismaaiyl Brinsley approached people on the street and asked them to follow him on Instagram, then told them, "Watch what I´m going to do," Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. A portrait of the Brooklyn-born gunman emerged as big-city police departments and union leaders around the country warned officers to change up their Cop killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley had a long
criminal record, was violent and suicidal,
and frightened his mom: police
New York Daily News, by Barry Paddock * earlybird- 12/22/2014 8:05:25 AM The cold-blooded fiend who assassinated two police officers was a troubled, violent and suicidal transient who frightened even his own mother, authorities said Sunday. Gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley had a “very troubled childhood” and had previously tried to kill himself, his mother told authorities, according to NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce. “The mother expressed fear of him, and she said she hasn’t seen him in one month,” Boyce said. “Brinsley attempted suicide in the past and attempted to hang himself a year ago.” The 28-year-old cop killer, who is estranged from his family, has a criminal record that stretches back at least a How Do You Solve Problems
like Annie and Ida?
National Review Online, by Armond White earlybird- 12/22/2014 7:31:03 AM If you think hacking Sony was wrong, wait till you see Sony’s hack job on Annie. Not only is this a charmless remake of the popular Broadway musical (first filmed — poorly — in 1984), it’s specifically a patronizing, hip-hop-era remake. The curly-haired white orphan girl with hollow, vacant eyes is now an insolent black child living in a Harlem group home. Her Daddy Warbucks benefactor is now a black media mogul with political ambitions named Stacks — as in “stacking paper” (hip-hop slang for “money”). This black 21st-century Annie represents more than African-American upward mobility; it’s a form of empire
Scrooge Was A Liberal, Studies Show Investor´s Business Daily, by John Merline RockyTCB- 12/22/2014 7:18:28 AM Just about every year at this time, "A Christmas Carol´ shows up somewhere on TV, as do headlines about how one Republican or another is the modern equivalent of the tale´s greedy miser, Ebenezer Scrooge. "The GOP´s sad Scrooge agenda." "GOP Protecting Ebenezer Scrooge." "Maher Likens Republicans to Ebenezer Scrooge." "Republicans play the role of the stingy Scrooge." You have to wonder if these folks have actually read "A Christmas Carol" or spent any time pondering what Scrooge actually says and does. Because if you do, you come to realize that Scrooge more closely resembles a modern liberal than a conservative. A major Ex-Seventh Day Adventist pastor takes
a yearlong timeout from God
Los Angeles Times, by Kurt Streeter Fiesta del sol- 12/22/2014 7:07:08 AM "Uh, I´m not exactly sure about all this," Ryan Bell said as he scanned the scene inside a darkened Las Vegas convention hall. A stripper whirled her hips. A rock band pumped out a song about cannibalism. A man´s shouting hung briefly over the packed crowd: "God is dead!" For nearly two decades, Bell had pastored congregations of Seventh-day Adventists, among the most conservative denominations in Christianity. How had he ended up at a gathering of atheists and skeptics in Sin City?It had been a long time coming. For years now, it felt as if his prayers weren´t being answered. I’m Not Proud
That We Elected Obama
American Spectator, by Aaron Goldstein Not your typical New Yorker- 12/22/2014 7:06:33 AM In an interview that was broadcast last night on 60 Minutes, retiring Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn proclaimed, “I’m proud of our country for electing Barack Obama.” Senator Coburn is to be admired for his years as a watchdog on the spending habits of Congress and bureaucrats in the federal government. While I was certainly well aware of Coburn’s friendship with Obama, which developed when they were in the Senate, I am nevertheless disappointed to hear that he is proud this country elected Barack Obama to the White House. Senator Coburn might very well love Barack Obama as a man Gangbangers Unbound American Thinker, by J.R. Dunn magnante- 12/22/2014 6:44:39 AM Rafael Ramos and Wenjin Liu died because of the campaign to vilify police. (snip)leftists in government are not concerned with the welfare of urban blacks in general, but one particular class of blacks, distinct and separate from all others -- black criminals. Activists, both in government and media, desire to decriminalize black lawlessness. They wish to put black criminals beyond the reach of the law. They seek gangbangers unbound. When this occurs, the left will once again have its black proletariat to manipulate as it sees fit. We’ve had a taste of the potential outcome in the response to the Ferguson
President´s budget grounds eight
C-17s at Joint Base Charleston
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by John MvDermott Attercliffe- 12/22/2014 6:28:08 AM One of the four C-17 flying units assigned to Joint Base Charleston is being grounded, along with another in Washington state, the Air Force announced. The decision was based on the President Barack Obama´s defense budget for fiscal year 2015, according to a statement from the Air Mobility Command. The $110 million a year cost-saving plan calls for 16 C-17 Globemasters, including eight at the North Charleston base, to be redesignated to backup status, meaning they will not be assigned crews or flying hours. "However, they will continue to receive funding needed to support weapon-system sustainment," the Air Mobility Command said in a 51 per cent want to leave the
EU! Poll result sparks new
demands for early referendum
Daily Express [UK], by Macer Hall Attercliffe- 12/22/2014 6:12:39 AM The crusade for Britain to cut ties with Brussels took another giant leap forward last night after a poll revealed that most voters now back leaving the European Union. Britons would vote to quit by 51 per cent to 49 per cent if an in-or-out referendum were held now. It was the second poll in a month to show a majority want to leave after decades of support for continuing to stay in. And the result will step up calls for a referendum on membership to be held sooner rather than later. The pan-European survey also found growing disenchantment with Brussels across the Cure for memory loss
could be on the horizon
Telegraph [UK], by Staff Attercliffe- 12/22/2014 5:56:48 AM Birthdays, passwords, colleagues´ names. At some point everybody struggles to remember something important. For Alzheimer´s sufferers the feeling is a relentless onslaught as cherished memories slip out of reach. But cutting edge new research could mean mean new hope in the battle against memory loss in sufferers of early onset Alzheimer´s. The revolutionary study by academics at the University of California has suggested for the first time that memories are not stored in synapses as previously thought. It is synapses, the connections between brain cells, that are destroyed by Alzheimer´s. The breakthrough, reported in the highly regarded online journal eLife,
DeBlasio hides after prayingat St. Patrick´s cathedral New York Post, by Michael Gartland, Priscilla Gregory* Fiesta del sol- 12/22/2014 5:53:58 AM As cops were being threatened and assaulted and the city reeled over the execution of two officers, Mayor de Blasio prayed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Sunday — then went into hiding.Police Commissioner Bill Bratton visited the scene of the horrific attack in Brooklyn and Gov. Cuomo paid a wrenching condolence call to the home of one of the slain cops, but de Blasio ran from reporters and was nowhere to be found after the church service.He showed up for 10:15 a.m. Mass with his wife, Chirlane McCray, and Bratton, with all three sitting in a front-row pew as Timothy Cardinal The week the dam broke in Russiaand ended Putin´s dreams Telegraph [UK], by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard Attercliffe- 12/22/2014 5:45:14 AM Gallows humour is back in Moscow. Asked what he would do to stop the rouble spiralling out of control, the former governor of Russia’s central bank replied: “I would pick up a pistol and shoot myself.” This was the week when the country’s long-festering crisis turned virulent. A last-ditch attempt to defend the exchange rate by raising interest rates to 17pc failed within hours, yet the shock is surely enough to set off a chain of corporate failures and push banks over the edge. Traders in the City watched open-mouthed as the dam broke on Black Tuesday. Revolutionary lens restorescomplete vision to ageing eyes Telegraph [UK], by Sarah Knapton Attercliffe- 12/22/2014 5:42:07 AM For many people getting older brings a catalogue of vision problems which make everyday tasks like reading and driving a major challenge. But a new lens implant which mimics the working of a youthful eye is giving sight back to people struggling with cataracts, astigmatism, or long and short-sightedness. It is the first lens that corrects for all types of vision problems at once and can be inserted in just a simple operation. It works at any distance and in any light condition, acting more like a camera zoom than other multi-focal lenses which have three distinct points of focus.
Earth´s Climate Shows2,000 Year Cooling Trend Power Line, by John Hinderaker StormCnter- 12/22/2014 5:39:15 AM People who swallow global warming alarmism almost never know anything about the Earth’s climatic history. Next time one of your friends or relatives starts giving you the global warming routine, ask him or her to graph the temperature history of the last 500,000 years. Or 20,000 years. Or 2,000. Trust me: the supposed climate expert won’t be able to do it. Yet putting the modest temperature increase of the latter half of the 20th century into historical context is the first prerequisite of any intelligent evaluation. From Watts Up With That? comes a report on a new tree-ring study that covers Night Thoughts National Review Online, by Jay Nordlinger StormCnter- 12/22/2014 5:36:26 AM 1) When I write about our culture — and other cultures — I often quote a lyric: “You’ve got to be carefully taught.” Who taught yesterday’s murderer that cops were anti-black and at war against blacks? Who taught him that the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner were not accidental deaths — tragedies — but racist murders? He did not come out of the womb believing those things, or disposed to believe those things. He was taught them. These lies were planted in his head, and he acted on them. 2) Now and then, I think back to why I rejected The Interview and North Korea:what happened to America´s true grit? Telegraph [UK], by Boris Johnson Attercliffe- 12/22/2014 5:32:10 AM Whoa, this can’t be right. Guys, guys, guys--this isn’t the end. It feels like the lights have just come on in the theatre just when I was settling down to my popcorn. I have been watching this hilarious international espionage caper movie. Have you seen it? The drama centres on a film called The Interview, and the global convulsions it causes. The premise is that the US studio bosses decide to approve an absurdly bad taste comedy about the leader of North Korea. This film is itself a manically implausible affair in which the nutjob commie tyrant agrees to give an interview Time: Right-Wing MilitiasAre The Real Threat To Cops Daily Caller, by Scott Greer Pluperfect- 12/22/2014 5:29:36 AM Time Magazine warned of a growing threat to cops nationwide in September 2010. The nationally renowned publication argued that sinister individuals would launch targeted attacks against police officers and even ambush them in their patrol cars. Time alerted readers that these groups and individuals have a disturbing hatred of cops and that there was a real threat of “lone-wolf” attacks. Who are these groups that present such a threat to police? Right-wing militias, according to Time. In a lengthy six-page article entitled “The Secret World of Extremist Militias,” then-Time Contributing Editor-at-Large Barton Gellman made the case that America should be deeply worried about
In Cuba deal, why did Obamaback down on political prisoners? Washington Examiner, by Byron York Pluperfect- 12/22/2014 5:23:28 AM Barack Obama has long believed United States Cuba policy should change; he so when he first ran for president in 2008. Back then, though, Sen. Obama stressed that the U.S. should hold Cuba to a number of stringent conditions before even beginning to normalize relations. The first of those conditions was freedom for Cuba´s political prisoners. Obama laid out his proposal in a May 23, 2008 speech in Miami. Noting the "unanswered cries of the political prisoners heard from the jails of Havana," Obama said his policy toward Cuba "will be guided by one word: libertad." "The road to freedom for all Hate Speech Leads to Hate Crimes National Review Online, by Ira Straus StormCnter- 12/22/2014 5:18:32 AM America and the West are subjected nonstop to a barrage of hate speech from the intelligentsia. Hate speech leads to hate crimes, here as everywhere. Few people have faced up to the extent of the hate crimes and hate speech against the West. The murder of the two New York City policemen Saturday is only the tip of the iceberg. Literally thousands of inciters have propagated a dishonest storyline of widespread police violence against blacks. And what we’ve seen in recent months is only the current instance in a long history of incitement against the West. A view of the West Marco Rubio makes his point Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin StormCnter- 12/22/2014 5:15:59 AM Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is making the most of his moment, and in a rare instance putting Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in his place for his nonsensical foreign policy proclamations and upstaging fellow Cuban American Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). Friday night Rand Paul had whined that Rubio had been “rude” in saying the libertarian-leaning junior Kentucky senator didn’t “know what he was talking about” when he cheered the prospect that economic interaction would improve Cubans’ plight. (Rand Paul’s observation about the wonders of economic engagement was particularly inapt in light of the facts that Obama’s increased trade and economic cooperation Obama´s Christmas Gift to my Daughter American Spectator, by David Catron StormCnter- 12/22/2014 5:14:00 AM My youngest daughter just joined the ever-increasing number of Americans who have lost their health coverage due to Obamacare. She received a letter from her insurance carrier indicating that the individual policy with which she was eminently satisfied, and that she could more or less afford, would no longer be available after the end of the year. In its place, the insurer offered a plan whose premiums will be nearly double what she has been paying for the cancelled policy. Her monthly premium was $127. The premium for the replacement policy, if she can find no alternative, will be $243. Anyone
Koch brothers bad,Castro brothers Boy Scouts Washington Times, by Fingers Malloy MissMolly- 12/22/2014 5:08:35 AM Liberals were in a near euphoric state on Wednesday after President Obama announced that the United States and Cuba are on a path to normalizing relations between the two nations, a move that will pave the way for a U.S. Embassy in Havana, and may eventually lead to lifting a 50-year-old American trade embargo. I mean sure, the Castro brothers are oppressive to their own people. So they’ve killed an untold number of political dissidents or imprisoned them in forced labor camps. So they don’t allow “freedom of speech,” or “freedom of the press,” or “the right to assemble.” Yeah sure, Camille Cosby is the ‘Ninny of the Year’ New York Post, by Andrea Peyser MissMolly- 12/22/2014 5:01:49 AM The year 2014 should go down in history as The Year of the Ninny. Not since Rihanna forgave singer Chris Brown, the unspeakable batterer who turned her face into mush, have we seen such a rush to excuse behavior that should result in certain guys being permanently neutered. Not since Huma Abedin excused the compulsive sexting of her skanky spouse, the ridiculous ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner, have we seen such a dutiful crop of doormats standing by their men in Hail Mary bids to save freaky marriages or protect the hides of miserable males. We haven’t seen such a gaggle of presumably smart gals Scenes from Putin’s Economic Meltdown Politico, by Alec Luhn StormCnter- 12/22/2014 4:59:05 AM Get the hot deals while they last! Whatever’s on your holiday shopping list—buy now, it may never be this cheap again! In a single day this past week, the ruble exchange rate dropped from 59 to 80 to the dollar, further eroding confidence in the Russian economy and ensuring a deep recession next year—but also briefly turning Moscow into the shopping capital of the world. Although this past week’s currency crisis marked the worst fall for the ruble since Russia defaulted on its debt in 1998, no one was waiting in bread lines or starting a run on the bank. Instead, Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses New York Times, by Editorial StormCnter- 12/22/2014 4:55:22 AM Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He did allow his Justice Department to investigate the C.I.A.’s destruction of videotapes of torture sessions and those who may have gone beyond the torture techniques authorized by President George W. Bush. But the investigation did not lead to any charges being filed, or even any accounting of why they were not filed. Mr. Obama has said multiple times that “we
Wicked Mobs, Cop Killers,and the Attorney General PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams StormCnter- 12/22/2014 4:52:16 AM Wickedness has darkened this season of lights in Brooklyn. It is no surprise or accident that a ghoul like Ismaaiyl Brinsley bathed himself in messages of hate, racial division and anger and then chose to destroy lives. But Brinsley wasn’t alone in his racially soaked hatred of the police. For starters, a mob has Brinsley’s back. This seemingly disconnected mob has been on the prowl in the months since America learned of Ferguson, Missouri. They’ve smashed up windows of banks in Berkeley, burned up bakeries in Ferguson, and looted, burned, shot, robbed and killed across the nation. But such mobs Obama has no idea how to handle NorthKorean attack on private citizens Hot Air, by Noah Rothman StormCnter- 12/22/2014 4:46:58 AM Outgoing CNN host Candy Crowley sat down with President Barack Obama for his final interview of the year on Friday in which she probed him over his government’s response to the North Korea-linked cyber-attack on Sony Studios. Crowley asked if the administration considered the costly and dramatic attack on the livelihoods of American citizens, complete with ultimatums warning of future attacks unless Sony behaved in a manner preferred by the attackers, represented an act of war. “No, I don’t think it was an act of war,” Obama said. “I think it was an act of cyber-vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. Who Is Sally Yates? PresidentBarack Obama To AppointDeputy Attorney General International Business Times, by Maria Vultaggio - 12/22/2014 4:44:33 AM Sally Yates is President Barack Obama’s choice for deputy attorney general, Reuters reported Sunday. The U.S. attorney in Atlanta will reportedly take over for Deputy Attorney General James Cole at the Justice Department in January. Yates, 54, served on Attorney General Eric Holder’s advisory committee, the Washington Post said. The announcement could come Monday or Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. She has more than two decades of experience as a prosecutor and was the first female as U.S. attorney in Atlanta. One of her advisers, Atlanta defense attorney Don Samuel, raved about her. “We are delighted,” he told the Time to Bring Backthe Truman Democrats Daily Beast, by Joel Kotkin StormCnter- 12/22/2014 4:40:41 AM Democrats are pushing race and environmental issues when they should be embracing the lunch-bucket themes that once built party dominance. Meanwhile, voters flee. Once giants walked this earth, and some of them were Democrats. In sharp contrast to the thin gruel that passes for leadership today, the old party of the people, with all its flaws, shaped much of the modern world, and usually for the better. Think of Franklin Roosevelt or Harry Truman, John Kennedy, or California’s Pat Brown, politicians who believed in American greatness, economic growth, and upward mobility. For more than 40 years, the Democratic Party has drifted far Cuban spy´s ultimate mystery: How he gothis wife pregnant from a U.S. prison CNN, by Patrick Oppman Pluperfect- 12/22/2014 4:33:46 AM Havana, Cuba -- It might be the most bizarre of the closely guarded secrets from last week´s historic agreement between the United States and Cuba: How did the leader of a Cuban spy ring serving life in a California federal prison manage to impregnate his wife 2,245 miles away in Havana? As part of the most significant diplomatic breakthrough between the United States and Cuba in more than 50 years, a prisoner swap was made. To uphold its part of the bargain, the U.S. released three Cuban spies, including Gerardo Hernandez, the head of the spy ring known as the Wasp
A Widening Rift Between de Blasioand the New York CityIs Savagely Ripped Open NYTimes, by Matt Flegenheimer Daisymae- 12/22/2014 4:32:59 AM Mayor Bill de Blasio sat in the front pew at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday, head bowed at times, with his wife on his left and the police commissioner on his right. The crowd had come, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said, to mourn the two officers killed in an ambush in Brooklyn on Saturday. It had come to pray for their families and their “brothers and sisters in uniform.” Lightning strike after Bucsgame in Tampa injures 6 Pluperfect- 12/22/2014 4:31:48 AM Six people were struck by lightning after a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game in Florida Sunday afternoon. No fatalities were reported, but the injured victims were taken to a nearby hospital, according to CBS News affiliate WTSP. Paramedics treated the victims at the scene. he lightning strike, which happened in a parking lot near Raymond James Stadium in Tampa came during heavy rains hit the area after the Bucs game against Green Bay. The Packers won 20-3. It is unclear if the victims were hit by a direct strike or if it happened within their vicinity. Christmas 1914: The DayEven WWI Showed Humanity Associated Press, by Raf Casert Pluperfect- 12/22/2014 4:26:49 AM PLOEGSTEERT, Belgium- With British and German forces separated only by a no-man´s land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air: "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" ("Silent Night, Holy Night"). Then, during that first Christmas Day in World War I, something magical happened. Soldiers who had been killing each other by the tens of thousands for months climbed out of their soggy, muddy trenches to seek a shred of humanity amid the horrors of war. Hands reached out across the narrow divide, presents were exchanged, and in Flanders Fields a century ago, a N. Korea Threatens Strikeson US Amid Hacking Claims Associated Press, by Hyung--Jin Kim Pluperfect- 12/22/2014 4:24:10 AM SEOUL, South Korea -- President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism." Such rhetoric is routine from North Korea´s massive propaganda machine during times of high tension with Washington. But a long statement from the powerful National Defense Commission late Sunday also underscores Pyongyang´s sensitivity at a movie whose plot focuses on the assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un, who is the beneficiary of a decades-long cult of personality built around his James Woods calls Al Sharpton a ´racepimp´ and says the ´disgusting pig´ isresponsible for NYPD cop murders Daily Mail, by David McCormack and Josh Gardner Lalo- 12/22/2014 4:11:14 AM Actor James Woods took to Twitter on Sunday to blame the Rev. Al Sharpton, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and President Obama for being ‘responsible’ for the murder of two NYPD officers on Saturday. Sharpton came in for the worst of Woods’ abuse, with the former Academy Award nominee calling him a ‘race pimp’ and a ‘disgusting pig’. At one point on Sunday morning Woods’ tweeted: ‘This disgusting pig is DIRECTLY responsible for the murder of two good policemen. No discussion’. The tweet included a photo of Sharpton at a protest against police. Woods later took down that post, reports Exclusive: Pictured - Ex-girlfriendof NYPD cop killer who he shotin the stomach in Baltimore hoursbefore cold-blooded execution in New York Daily Mail (UK), by Martin Gould* - 12/22/2014 3:22:49 AM These are the first pictures of the Veterans Affairs officer critically injured at the start of madman cop killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley´s gruesome two-state shooting spree. Shaneka Thompson was gunned down in her third-floor apartment in the Baltimore suburb of Owings Mills, Maryland. She is expected to recover, her grandfather James Delly told DailyMail.com. Scroll down for video -´She is not able to speak at this stage,´ Delly added. ´But she is expected to make a full recovery.´ Thompson, 29, had dated Brinsley within the past year according to Baltimore County cops, although Delly said he knew nothing about the relationship
Monday, December 22, 2014
Cop killer to witnesses:‘Watch what I’m going to do’ Associated Press, by Staff JoniTx- 12/22/2014 1:42:06 AM The gunman who fatally ambushed two New York City police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, police said Sunday. Ismaaiyl Brinsley approached people on the street moments before opening fire and asked them to follow him on Instagram, then told them to “watch what I’m going to do,” Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. A portrait of the shooter emerged as big-city police departments and union leaders warned officers to change up Experts expect surge in Cubatourism under Obama opening Associated Press, by Ben Fox JoniTx- 12/22/2014 1:13:43 AM HAVANA— As the U.S. and Cuba begin to normalize relations for the first time in half a century, some Americans are already roaming the streets of Old Havana, attending dance exhibitions and talks on architecture as they take part in scripted cultural tours that can cost more than a decent used car back home. The U.S. visitors are participants in the highly regulated "people-to-people" travel that President Barack Obama permitted in 2011 in one of his first moves toward detente with Cuba. The program aims to increase interaction with ordinary Cubans without creating uncomfortable images of Americans lounging on beaches Three quarters of councils areswitching off or dimming streetlights Telegraph [UK], by Georgia Graham Ribicon- 12/21/2014 11:42:37 PM Three-quarters of councils are dimming their street lights or switching them off, raising fears of an increase in accidents and crime on darkened roads. According to a major survey of the 141 of the 150 councils in charge of lighting Britain´s streets 50 have switched some lights off altogether, 98 councils have decided to dim at least some streetlights. Overall 106 of the 141 councils, doing one or the other, or both figures obtained by Labour Party from FOI requests reveal. Of Britain´s 5.7 million streetlights 558,000 now being shut off at night, an eight fold increase on 2010.
Girl robbed in Jersey City after shetells men she has $90 to buy shoes Jersey Journal [Jersey City, NJ], by Ken Thorbourne Ribicon- 12/21/2014 11:32:55 PM A 15-year-old Jersey City girl was robbed yesterday after she told two male acquaintances she had $90 on her to go buy shoes, according to a police report. The girl was waiting for a bus inside the U.S. Fried Chicken at Bidwell Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive around 5:15 p.m. when she shared the information with two people she knew from the neighborhood, according to the police report. Once she told them about the money, one of the males she was speaking with struck her in the head and then held her wrists, while his accomplice, Hillary Clinton slips in presidentialpoll: Was 2014 a bad year for her? Christian Science Monitor, by Mark Sappenfield - 12/21/2014 11:00:43 PM When a politician drops 10 percentage points in the polls in a year, a reasonable assumption is that it has probably not been a very good year. Then again, “reasonable” has not really applied to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presumed run for the presidency in 2016. Since January, Hillary Rodham Clinton has seen the percentage of Democrats and Democratic leaning independents who would vote for her in a primary or caucus drop by 10 points, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Then again, she still has a 47-point lead over her nearest competitor, Vice President Joe Biden, who clocks Former Interogator Claims HumanRights Lawyers Have Crippled Army Breitbart London, by Andre Walker MDMuskrat- 12/21/2014 10:18:02 PM British soldiers have been placed in a straightjacket by rules governing interrogation, brought in to stop the avalanche of lawsuits against the taxpayer. A former interogator has told the Sunday Telegraph that one soldier was even investigated for touching a Taliban fighter on the nose with a piece of paper. The Ministry of Defence has been sued 350 times by Iraqis alone, creating a lucrative revenue stream for already wealthy human rights lawyers. In the case of the Iraqis the public paid out nearly £20m, and cases from other countries have added to this bill. Unpunished vandalism rampage inspiredby Rolling Stone’s U.Va. rape story Washington Times, by Jeffrey Scott Shapiro Dreadnought- 12/21/2014 10:16:29 PM In the wee morning hours after Rolling Stone’s now-retracted gang rape story roiled the University of Virginia campus, a masked group of five women and three men unleashed their fury on the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the center of the controversy. Bottles and bricks were tossed through nearly every first-floor window, sending shards of glass and crashing sounds into the house around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 20. Profane, hate messages such as “F—k Boys” were spray-painted on the walls of the colonial facade, along with anti-sexual assault epithets such as “suspend us,” and “UVA Center for Rape Studies.”
In New York, tensions betweenpolice and Mayor Bill de Blasioboil over after killings Washington Post, by Karen Tumulty Dreadnought- 12/21/2014 10:09:50 PM Tensions between New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s police — which boiled over in the wake of the assassination-style slayings of two officers Saturday — have been simmering since the mayor’s 2013 campaign and represent a sharp turn from the close alliance between the city’s mayors and law enforcement over the past two decades. Recriminations against de Blasio began within hours of the news that the officers had been shot at point-blank range as they sat in their patrol car near a housing project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn — and that the gunman had been In New York, rising tensionsand calls for unity aftertwo police officers are killed Washington Post, by Jerry Markon and Peter Hermann Dreadnought- 12/21/2014 10:07:29 PM Police-community relations, already strained by nationwide protests over the deaths in recent months of unarmed black people at the hands of white officers, grew even more fragile Sunday in the wake of the assassination-style slayings of two New York City patrolmen. A day after officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were fatally shot in their patrol car, recriminations flew in the country’s largest city, with Mayor Bill de Blasio standing at the epicenter. Critics blamed the mayor and his aggressive campaign to reform police practices for the shootings, with officers taking the extraordinary step of silently turning their backs on Christie tells Obama todemand return of cop killerChesimard to start Cuba talks Fox News, by Staff Pageturner- 12/21/2014 10:00:47 PM New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is urging President Obama to demand that Cuba return convicted police-killer Joanne Chesimard before he proceeds with efforts to improve diplomatic relations with that country. Chesimard was found guilty of killing New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973 before escaping from prison and fleeing to Cuba. The 67-year-old Chesimard has since been provided safe haven by the Cuban government. “Cuba’s provision of safe harbor to Chesimard by providing political asylum to a convicted cop killer … is an affront to every resident of our state, our country, and in particular, the men and women of the Driver Shouting ´Allahu Akbar!´Runs Down 11 French Pedestrians NBC News, by Nancy Ing, Hasansi Gittens and Reuters LittleHoodedMonk- 12/21/2014 9:46:36 PM A driver screaming "Allahu Akbar!" (Arabic for "God is great") appeared to deliberately mow down about a dozen pedestrians in the French city of Dijon before being arrested on Sunday, officials said. The driver, who was in his forties, hit groups of pedestrians in five parts of the eastern city before being arrested, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior said on French television. Eleven people in all were injured, two of them seriously, officials said. According to testimonies on the scene, the driver also invoked "the children of Palestine"´ to explain his actions, the ministry´s spokesman said.
Obama in Hawaii: An Inside Lookat the First Family´s Winter Vacation ABC News, by Staff*
Hillary’s jaded sense of justice Washington Times, by Tammy Bruce - 12/21/2014 9:14:30 PM The Benghazi massacre most certainly deserves to be a subject Hillary Rodham Clinton should be held accountable for and never allowed to forget. Yet there is another, even more recklessly dangerous thing that will affect Mrs. Clinton’s designs on the White House: her attitude in general toward America’s enemies. (Snip) Yet despite the historical record and our modern-day existential fight against Islamist savages, Mrs. Clinton, a woman who deems herself worthy of being president of the United States, has declared that we must “respect” and “empathize” with our nation’s enemies. On Dec. 3, Mrs. Clinton gave a speech at Obama sheds ‘deporter in chief’label, oversees steep drop inillegal immigrant removals Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan - 12/21/2014 8:51:16 PM Homeland Security Department officials say the changing face of illegal immigration and the reluctance of “sanctuary cities” to help enforce immigration laws have led to the stunning drop in deportations over the past few years. Statistics released late Friday showed that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported about 315,000 immigrants in fiscal year 2014, a steep drop from more than 360,000 deported in 2013 and well below the more than 410,000 the previous year. Even more striking is the drop in the number of immigrants kicked out from the interior of the U.S. — the 11.5 million or so who dominate the Cuban migrant missing afterCuban coast guard sinks boat Miami Herald, by Brenda Medina and Enrique Flor Pageturner- 12/21/2014 8:48:12 PM Cuba’s Coast Guard sank a boat carrying 32 Cubans who were trying to reach the Florida coast, according to a woman who survived and whose husband is missing. Masiel González Castellano told reporters in a telephone conversation from Matanzas, Cuba, that her husband, Leosbel Díaz Beoto, is missing after falling from the boat that was repeatedly charged and hit by a boat manned by the Cuban Coast Guard. “We were screaming and crying for help as the boat was sinking. But they ignored us. Instead, they continued charging against our boat. Some people dove in the water and others stayed aboard as
Obama´s ´propaganda´ pushed peopleto ´hate the police,´ Giuliani says The Hill [Washington, DC], by Justin Sink Lalo- 12/21/2014 8:44:49 PM President Obama has engaged in “propaganda” encouraging people to “hate the police,” former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) charged a day after two New York City police officers were shot and killed in their patrol car by a man who posted anti-police messages to his social media account. “We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police,” Giuliani said during an appearance on Fox News early Sunday. “The protests are being embraced, the protests are being encouraged. The protests, even the ones that don’t lead to violence, a lot of them North Korea threaten to Blow UpWhite House during sabre-rattlingattack on US over Sony Express [London, UK], by Sarah Westcott - 12/21/2014 8:39:34 PM North Korea has now threatened more attacks against the US in which they say they will target American institutions - but has denied it was behind the hacking. A post published by the state news agency KCNA called the US a “cesspool of terrorism” and said it had “clear evidence” that Hollywood blockbuster The Interview - featuring the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - was a “propaganda attack” by the US. The film was pulled by Sony before its scheduled release after hackers threatened cinema goers who saw the comedy. The statement, translated from Korean, carried an Cuba’s Coast Guard sinksboat carrying 32 refugeeswho were trying to reach Fla. MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff Pageturner- 12/21/2014 8:39:33 PM Survivor says her husband went missing. The other occupants were shipped back to the island. Women and children freed, men still in custody. Masiel González Castellano, a woman who survived the attack and whose husband is allegedly missing, told reporters in Miami during a telephone conversation from Matanzas, Cuba, that her husband, Leosbel Díaz Beoto, was nowhere to be found after falling overboard. “We were screaming and crying for help as the boat was sinking. But they ignored us. Instead, they continued charging against our boat. Some people dove in the water and others stayed aboard as the boat sank,” Obama in Hawaii: An InsideLook at the First Family´sWinter Vacation ABC News, by Erin Dooley Y Devin Dwyer - 12/21/2014 7:45:05 PM It´s been a long year for President Obama (see: ISIS, Ebola, Democrats´ staggering loss in the 2014 midterms) -- and the commander-in-chief is in serious need of a little R&R. On Friday, Dec. 19, he departed for a 16-day holiday in his native state, Hawaii. It´s the family´s sixth Oahu vacation since the president took office. Of course, there´s no such thing as a work-free vacation for a sitting president, but Obama did tell reporters he hoped the trip would be a "quiet time-out" to enjoy the family. ABC News is along for the ride, and we´ll give you a
Officer Charles Kondek, formerNYPD, fatally shot in Florida Washington Times (DC), by Jessica Chasmar - 12/21/2014 7:37:53 PM A Florida police officer who got his start in the New York Police Department was fatally shot early Sunday morning in Tarpon Springs, just hours after two NYPD officers were killed in Brooklyn. Tarpon Springs Officer Charles “Charlie K” Kondek, 45, was shot and killed while responding to an incident at about 3 a.m. in Pinellas County, NBC News reported. Police did not provide any further details about the shooting. The 17-year law enforcement veteran was reportedly a father of five. Pinellas County spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda said a suspect was in custody and likely being questioned. “Our hearts and prayers Off-duty police officer shotmultiple times in St. Louis Washington Times (DC), by Jessica Chasmar - 12/21/2014 7:35:10 PM An off-duty St. Louis police officer remained in critical condition Saturday after being shot multiple times in his personal vehicle by an unknown assailant. The shooting occurred near the intersection of Breman Avenue and North 25th Street in North St. Louis just before 4 p.m. Friday, a local NBC affiliate reported. St. Louis Police Captain Michael Sack said the 28-year-old officer, who has been with the department for four years, is in critical but stable condition. His injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.“An off-duty officer had been driving down this street in his personal vehicle when he came across an occupant ´Caged Rat´: Man Shoots, Kills,Runs Over Florida Police Officer NBC News, by Miranda Leitsinger - 12/21/2014 7:27:12 PM A veteran police officer was shot and killed — and even run over — early Sunday in Florida by a wanted man who felt like a "caged rat" and didn´t want to go back to prison, officials said. Tarpon Springs Officer Charles "Charlie K" Kondek, a father of five children and a former New York City police officer, was killed after responding to a noise complaint at about 2 a.m. ET in Pinellas County, some 30 miles from Tampa,(Snip) The noise was music blasting from the car of the alleged shooter, Marco Antonio Parilla Jr., 23. When Parilla, who was wanted on a Son of slain policeman postssorrow on Facebook CBS News, by Staff - 12/21/2014 7:25:12 PM NEW YORK - The 13-year-old son of one of the two New York City policemen who were killed Saturday posted a sad message on Facebook on the day his father died after learning of the shooting. Rafael Ramos´ son Jaden called it the worst day of his life. "Today I had to say bye to my father. He was their [sic] for me everyday of my life, he was the best father I could ask for," wrote Jaden Ramos. "It´s horrible that someone gets shot dead just for being a police officer. Everyone says they hate cops but they are
Obama to name Sally Yates aspick for deputy attorney general Reuters, by Julia Edwards JoniTx- 12/21/2014 7:13:03 PM HONOLULU - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce on Monday that U.S. Attorney Sally Yates will be his nominee for deputy attorney general, the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, a U.S. official said. Yates, 54, currently serves as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia where is known as a close ally of outgoing U.S. Attorney Eric Holder´s Justice Department. She is a vocal proponent of Holder´s policies on lowering incarceration rates by cutting jail time for low-level drug offenders. The Obama administration could face headaches in Congress over Yates´ confirmation. Republicans, who will take Killings of 2 New York officerstrigger backlash Associated Press, by Rik Stevens & Venena Dobnik JoniTx- 12/21/2014 7:09:24 PM NEW YORK— Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. In the raw hours following the killing of the officers, police union officials and politicians accused those who have protested the deaths of Garner and Brown of fanning anti-police fervor. Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolman´s Benevolent Association in New York, said there was "blood on the hands" of demonstrators and elected officials who have criticized police USA Is Biggest Threat of World ViolenceToday, Says Boston Globe Columnist Breitbart National Security, by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D. - 12/21/2014 7:04:38 PM The United States of America threatens the world with violence in ways that no other country does,” says novelist and journalist James Carroll in a recent interview in Salon Magazine, “and that boils down to our refusal to disarm after the end of the Cold War.” Carroll, a long-time anti-war activist, blames America’s “unchecked, monumental national security establishment” for “defining our nation in terrible ways.” This is not the first time that Carroll resorts to incendiary rhetoric to get a rise out of readers. He has made an entire career out of hyperbolic assertions to make himself a darling of Second Graders Hold ‘Student-Sponsored’ Ferguson Protest Breitbart Big Government, by AWR Hawkins - 12/21/2014 6:57:02 PM When cars drove by New Bedford, Massachusetts’ Alma Del Mar Charter School around lunch on December 12, they saw an unusual sight: seven and 8-year-old students standing by the roadway holding signs in support of deceased strong-arm robbery suspect Michael Brown. School founder and executive director Will Gardner claimed the students came up with idea themselves. According to The Boston Globe, Gardner said the students came up with the protest idea “after a lesson on citizenship and the First Amendment.” Students from Shabrina Guerrier’s class asked school head Emily Stainer if they could hold the protest. Stainer said she went over some things
Before Shooting Two Officers,Gunman Bragged About His Plans New York Times, by Mark Santora and J. David Goodman SoCalGal- 12/21/2014 6:26:03 PM The man who shot and killed two police officers in New York City on Saturday afternoon, targeting them solely because of the uniforms they wore, boasted to two people about what he was about to do just moments before he opened fire on the officers as they sat in their patrol car. In a chilling and detailed account of the shooting, the police department’s chief of detectives, Robert Boyce, said that the gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, first walked past the patrol car, crossed the street and then approached the car from behind. He stood outside the passenger side window and fired NAACP: NY Cop Shootings "ShowNeed For Gun Control" Breitbart Big Government, by Awr Hawkins SpeedMaster- 12/21/2014 6:12:05 PM On December 20 the NAACP Legal Fund issued a press release saying the execution of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos show “the need for sensible gun control.” According to the release, we need also “need to thoughtfully address untreated mental illness.” One thing the NAACP Legal Fund’s release said we don’t need to do is to “suggest a causal link between between these killings and the recent protests and activism focused on the serious issue of police violence against unarmed African Americans.” They suggest that pushing such a “causal link” may escalate “an already tense state through rumor Obama to Critics: If You ThinkU.S. ‘Inherently Racist,’ WhyBother Trying to Change It? Mediaite, by Evan McMurry - 12/21/2014 6:09:49 PM President Barack Obama described himself as “impatient” for more progress on race relations in the U.S., but pushed back against critics like Tavis Smiley who have criticized him for telling the African-American community to wait on said progress. “There’s no reason for folks to be patient. I’m impatient,” Obama said to CNN’s Candy Crowley in an interview that aired Sunday morning.* “On the other hand, I think an unwillingness to acknowledge that progress has been made cuts off the possibility of further progress. If critics want to suggest that America is inherently and irreducibly racist, then why bother even working The Deniables PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez Hazymac- 12/21/2014 6:03:53 PM War is back, but it’s not called that any more. It now goes by a variety of names: workplace incident, act of insanity, cyber-vandalism, responsibility to protect. It comes in a range of intensities, from a machete attack on cops in a subway to the destruction of two skyscrapers containing thousands of people. But whatever name one prefers, it’s back. The world in which “it” happens has strange geometries. There’s a shorter fence around the border but a taller fence around the White House. The door to Cuba may have been opened yet the Mall of America was shut due Son Mourns NYPD CopShot Dead With Partner ABC News, by Rheana Murray Lalo- 12/21/2014 6:01:39 PM The son of a New York City policeman shot dead Saturday along with his partner "couldn´t comprehend" what had happened to his father, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Saturday night after speaking to the boy. Rafael Ramos, a two-year veteran of the NYPD, had celebrated his 40th birthday on Dec. 12. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Ramos was a school safety officer before fulfilling his lifelong dream was to be an NYPD cop. Rosie Orengo, a friend of Ramos, said he was very involved in the church and encouraged others in their marriages. "He was an amazing man. He was the
BK Borough President: Protesters WereCalling for Police Reform, Not Retribution Mediaite, by Evan McMurry KarenJ1- 12/21/2014 5:52:40 PM Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams denied to Meet the Press Sunday morning that the protests over the grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case contributed in any way to the murder of two NYPD officers in Bedstuy Saturday night. (Snip) In the hours since Gotham Mayor Bill de Blasio and Eric Garner protesters have been blamed by some for contributing to an anti-cop atmosphere that supposedly enabled Brinsley. Adams was having none of it. “We cannot mix the two,” he said. “Those who were calling for the police reform were not calling for the police retribution.” “Blood is not Sharpton Says He’s ReceivedThreats over NYPD Murders Mediaite, by Evan McMurry KarenJ1- 12/21/2014 5:37:40 PM During a Sunday press conference Reverend Al Sharpton said he had received several threats following the murder of two NYPD officers in Bedstuy Saturday night. “The language is ‘Hey N word, stop killing innocent people, I’m going to get you,” and I have several like this,” Sharpton said. “We are now under intense threat from those that are misguided, by those that are trying to blame everyone from civil rights leaders to the mayor rather than deal with an ugly spirit that all of us need to fight.” Gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley intimated in a final Instagram post that he sought revenge for Sharpton: I got death threats after
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New York Post, by Erin Calabrese chicodon- 12/21/2014 5:33:25 PM It’s all about him. The Rev. Al Sharpton claimed Sunday that he’s received death threats in the wake of execution-style murders of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn. Sharpton, appearing alongside the wife and mother of Eric Garner, played a voicemail for reporters purportedly of a racist threat made against him. “Hey n—-r, stop killing innocent people, I’m going to get you!” according to the barely audible recording. The voice mail also included three f-bombs that went over live television in New York. Sharpton also took umbrage with police union leaders who have blamed Mayor de Blasio for allegedly inciting violence
Anger at The CopKiller - And The Police Daily Beast, by M.L. Nestel - 12/21/2014 5:07:49 PM In the Brooklyn neighborhood where two police officers were brutally murdered, not everyone was grieving. Across the street from the hospital where two Brooklyn police officers were brought after being murdered, there were carnations and a makeshift memorial: a cardboard box and a handmade sign in marker reading, "R.I.P. NYPD." Hundreds of cops saluting as the bodies were rolled out with a full escort by highway patrol. Citizens were watching in shock from above on the subway station. (Snip) But the scene outside Woodhull Hospital wasn´t entirely supportive. "You´re a bunch of killers," a passerby told cops standing sentry there, Cuba’s Gay Rights Evolution New York Times, by Editors jackson- 12/21/2014 4:52:25 PM In Cuba, street marches have historically been government-orchestrated events or dissident protests that are swiftly crushed by the authorities. So it was downright startling when, in May 2007, Fidel Castro’s niece sauntered down the street with a small army of drag queens waving gay pride flags. Long before the Obama administration announced a dramatic shift in Cuba policy on Wednesday, asserting that isolating the island had failed, a couple of Western governments with close ties to the United States saw the potential to help gay Cubans, even though it meant working with a prominent member of the Castro family. Police officers´ slaying raisespressure on New York mayor Reuters, by Laila Kearney and Edward McAllister NorthernDog- 12/21/2014 4:49:41 PM NEW YORK - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio faced the biggest crisis of his political career on Sunday after a gunman killed two police officers in an attack intended to avenge recent police killings of unarmed black men in the United States. New York police officers turned their backs on De Blasio in protest and their union said the mayor had blood on his hands after Saturday´s shooting, which police said was the work of a 28-year-old black man who may have had past mental troubles and who warned of his intentions on social media. The gunman´s posts on
Is it fair to blame Mayor deBlasio for NYPD cops killed? CBS News, by Rebecca Kaplan - 12/21/2014 3:52:58 PM NAACP President Cornell William Brooks said it is "simply not fair" to blame politicians like New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Attorney General Eric Holder for the deaths of two New York Police Department officers who were ambushed and killed by a gunman in Brooklyn on Saturday. "To link the criminal insanity of a lone gunman to the peaceful protests and aspirations of many people across the country including the attorney general, the mayor and even the president is simply not fair," Brooks said in an interview on CBS´ "Face the Nation" Sunday. He was responding a tweet from Rubio Lambastes Obama’sCuba Policy Washington Free Beacon, by Ellison Barber - 12/21/2014 3:23:08 PM On Sunday, President Obama defended his latest effort to work with Cuba as a calculated diplomatic effort and responded to critics who say the policy is yet another example of the president being too quick to appease bad actors. “We have been very firm with respect to those countries that we think are violating international law, or are acting against our interests,” he said. “For 50 years we’ve tried to see if we can overthrow the regime through isolation, it hasn’t worked. If we engage, we have the opportunity to influence the course of events at the time when there’s An Obamacare Christmas present American Thinker, by Rick Moran JoniTx- 12/21/2014 3:19:47 PM New rules being proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will give that agency enormous new powers over consumers who use the healthcare.gov website to purchase their insurance. The proposed rules would allow CMS to automatically renew consumers´ policies every year if they don´t visit the website to do it themselves. Without any knowledge of an individual´s health care situation, their financials, or anything else that might affect what kind of policy they may need, the government wll choose and force you to pay for a policy that they think works best for you. Washington Times: It seems Double cop killer was ´intelligent and funny´ and inlove with girlfriend he shot before Brooklyn murders,claims close friend as it emerges he admitted* Daily Mail [UK], by Kieran Corcoran and Martin Gould NorthernDog- 12/21/2014 3:04:38 PM A twisted gunman who ambushed two NYPD officers and shot them dead ´execution style´ was a ´funny´ and ´intelligent´ man, a close friend has claimed. Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, killed himself yesterday after a rampage in which he gunned down officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu as they sat in a patrol car in Brooklyn. Earlier that day Brinsley - who boasted of his intentions with sick social media posts claiming he was avenging Eric Garner and Michael Brown - also shot a former girlfriend. According to the friend - Las Vegas janitor Jay Romero - Brinsley was in deeply love
Egypt puts 26 men on trial for ´debauchery´ Agence France-Presse, by Haitham El-Tabei LittleHoodedMonk- 12/21/2014 2:50:22 PM Cairo - An Egyptian court on Sunday tried 26 men for alleged debauchery after accusing them of homosexual activity at a Cairo public bathhouse in a case that sparked international condemnation. The handcuffed defendants, many of them crying, arrived in court with their heads bowed as police pushed them inside a metal cage, an AFP correspondent reported. "I am innocent. I was in the hammam for therapy, I swear in the name of Allah," said a defendant as he wept inside the cage, indicating that he was in the steam room of the bathhouse to treat back pain. "The police beat us every day and force us to sleep on our Florida police officer killed; shootingsuspect in custody Reuters, by Letitia Stein BaseballFan- 12/21/2014 2:43:53 PM A veteran Florida police officer was shot and killed while on duty early Sunday, law enforcement officials said, providing no details about the suspect in custody or motive for the shooting. Officer Charles Kondek, 45, was gunned down in Tarpon Springs, about 30 miles northwest of Tampa, after responding to a call for service around 2 a.m. EST, the Tarpon Springs Police Department said. The officer later died of his injuries at a local hospital, the police department said. (Snip) Kondek served on the Tarpon Springs police force for more than 17 years and previously worked as an officer for Yankees will pay for education ofchildren of NYPD cop Rafael Ramoswho was killed while on duty Saturday New York Daily News, by Bill Madden & Teri Thompson LittleHoodedMonk- 12/21/2014 2:43:00 PM Yankee owner George Steinbrenner died in 2010, but his appreciation for the men in blue who protect New York City lives on. For 32 years, Steinbrenner´s Yankee Silver Shield Foundation has provided for the education of the children of New York City police officers, firemen and Port Authority employees who died in the line of duty, and will do so for the family of NYPD officer Rafael Ramos, gunned down by a cold-blooded killer Saturday along with his partner, Wenjian Liu. The foundation will pay for the education of Ramos´ son, 13-year-old Jaden, and another son who is in college. Obama Says He’ll Weigh ReturningNorth Korea to Terror List New York Times, by Amy Chozick LittleHoodedMonk- 12/21/2014 1:56:31 PM Honolulu - As the United States moves closer to taking Cuba off the list of state sponsors of terrorism, President Obama said he would “review” whether to return North Korea to the list, part of a broader government response to a damaging cyberattack on Sony’s Hollywood studio. (Snip) The hack on the studio’s computers, in response to a screwball comedy called “The Interview,” about a plot to assassinate the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, started as the stuff of Hollywood gossip but quickly escalated into an assault on an important industry — and the right to freedom of expression. In a news conference on Friday, Mr. Obama said
Critics say ‘anti-cop rhetoric’ of Eric Holder,Bill de Blasio may have led to NY police deaths Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang LittleHoodedMonk- 12/21/2014 1:44:47 PM The shocking, cold-blooded murder of two New York City police officers Saturday has raised fresh questions about whether prominent Democrats — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in particular — have gone too far in their criticism of law enforcement and, at least in part, caused this weekend’s brutal slayings. Former New York Gov. George Pataki, for example, tweeted that Mr. de Blasio and Mr. Holder have used “divisive anti-cop rhetoric” and, in turn, helped inspire Saturday’s shooter. The gunman, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, wrote on social media that he intended to kill Tunisia´s Essebsi campaignclaims vote victory Reuters, by Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara earlybird- 12/21/2014 1:43:22 PM TUNIS - Tunisian presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi claimed victory in Sunday´s run-off election, which is seen as the final step to full democracy nearly four years after an uprising ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. Preliminary results were still to be released by election authorities, but soon after polls closed, Essebsi said he had beaten rival Moncef Marzouki, the incumbent president. "I dedicate my victory to the martyrs of Tunisia. I thank Marzouki, and now we should work together without excluding anyone," Essebsi, a former parliament speaker under Ben Ali, told local television.His campaign manager said "initial indications" showed Should non-citizens in the U.S. vote? Los Angeles Times, by Editorial NorthernDog- 12/21/2014 1:40:59 PM As of Jan. 1, 2012, an estimated 13.3 million lawful permanent residents lived in the United States, and 8.8 million of them were eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship but had not done so. In California, 2.48 million out of 3.4 million green-card holders were eligible to apply but chose not to. And, of course, not all non-citizens residing in this country are “lawful.” An estimated 11 million people live here without permission, though President Obama recently took action to defer the deportation of as many as half of them. America obviously would benefit if more non-citizens living here — Sinjar battle: Kurds ´take control´of large area from IS BBC News, by Staff SoCalGal- 12/21/2014 1:39:06 PM (Video)Kurdish authorities say their Peshmerga forces have taken control of a "large area" of the Iraqi town of Sinjar from Islamic State militants. Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani claimed large Peshmerga advances during a visit to nearby Mount Sinjar. The town, near the Syrian border has been controlled by Islamic State (IS) militants since August. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters backed by US-led air strikes launched a counter-offensive in the area last week. IS controls a swathe of Iraq and Syria, where it has declared a caliphate. The US said it launched 13 air strikes in Iraq on Sunday, four of which
Actor James Woods blames AlSharpton, Mayor de Blasio formurder of NYPD officers WPIX-TV [New York, NY], by Ashley Edwards Original Article Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/21/2014 1:28:06 PM Post Reply New York - Actor James Woods went on an angry Twitter rant Sunday, blaming Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rev. Al Sharpton for the murder of 2 NYPD officers. (Tweets) Police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were each shot in the head by Ismaaiyl Brinsley as they sat in their patrol car on Tompkins Ave. in Bed-Stuy Saturday afternoon. Brinsley had reportedly shot and seriously wounded his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore before his attack on the officers. (Video) The offcers’ killer — who had made anti-cop statements on social media — then shot and killed himself on the Myrtle-Willoughby Avs G train platform.
Obama throws Hollywood under the bus Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin LittleHoodedMonk- 12/21/2014 12:54:39 PM Hollywood execs should have seen this coming. For six years, the world has seen how President Obama betrays and belittles friends of the United States while extending the hand of friendship and acceding to the demands of dictators from Moscow to Havana. It was only a matter of time, then, before the president threw the Hollywood elite — who raised money by the boatload for him, gloried his presidency, swooned at his speeches, populated his parties and ignored his blunders — under the bus. Had the glitterati vilified him instead, raised money for the GOP and snubbed White House state dinners, he might have treated A Divided City Mournsthe Deaths of Two Officers New York Times, by Marc Santora and David Goodman NorthernDog- 12/21/2014 12:38:40 PM One day after two New York City police officers were fatally shot at point-blank range while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn, targeted by a gunman apparently solely because they were officers, Mayor Bill de Blasio faces the challenge of reassuring a city on edge while addressing a deepening rift with the Police Department. (Snip) Police officers in Atlanta were familiar with Mr. Brinsley. On nine occasions in less than six years, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office records show, Mr. Brinsley was booked into jail. In that stretch, he was arrested by officers from four agencies on charges that included West Side of Kyle Field Implodedas Stadium Redevelopment Continues KBTX TV3 (Bryan TX), by Steve Fullhart JoniTx- 12/21/2014 12:24:46 PM (Video) TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY - The redevelopment of Kyle Field continued in a big way Sunday morning. The west side of the football stadium at the heart of the Texas A&M University campus was imploded as part of $450 million worth of changes to update the Home of the 12th Man. Controlled Demolition, Inc. out of Maryland carried out of the implosion with a couple thousand pounds of explosives bringing down the second and third decks of Kyle’s alumni side, its press box and suites from above the third deck, and a trio of elevator shafts. The first deck, which
Dish Drops Fox News Channel,Fox Business Network Wall Street Journal, by Joe Flint M2- 12/21/2014 11:47:06 AM Dish Network Corp. is no longer carrying Fox News Channel or Fox Business Network after the parties couldn’t agree on terms of a new distribution pact. Dish, which has 14 million subscribers nationwide, has been negotiating with the two Fox channels for the past several weeks. In a statement Saturday, Dish accused Fox News and its parent company 21st Century Fox Inc. of attempting to use the contract talks as leverage to increase fees for other sports and entertainment channels. Those contracts weren´t yet expired, nor part of the Fox News and Fox Business agreements. Assassination of 2 NY policemenhas the left scrambling magnante- 12/21/2014 11:17:16 AM New York City Patrolmen Rafael Ramos and Wenjin Liu are dead at the hands of an assassin who executed them as they sat in their patrol car eating lunch, working an overtime shift. (snip)Compare the New York Times and Washington Post early reports on the crime: the Times omits any mention of motive. That tells you that the left is desperate to avoid the fact that deliberate political agitation led a possibly deranged man to political violence. The left was anxious to blame the attack on Gabriel Giffords on an obscure post by Sarah Palin using targets to indicate competitive House Operation Revenge Politico, by Glenn Thrush Fiesta del sol- 12/21/2014 10:32:10 AM Two senior White House staffers stumbled out of the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago into the boozy, early-morning aftermath of President Obama’s Nov. 6, 2012, reelection victory and ran smack into a sober reporter. “It’s over,” one of the wobbly, relieved aides said. “He never has to do this again.”It’s taken Obama – who spuriously predicted the 2012 election would break the “fever” of partisan gridlock – two miserable years to approach the level of presidential liberation he believes he earned that night. Yet there was always something slightly off about the idea that Obama would do better without a campaign Obama says North Korea´s Sony hack was not ´anact of war´ - it was ´cyber vandalism´ - and againasserts that capitulation sets a bad precedent Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko & Francesca Chambers KarenJ1- 12/21/2014 10:19:40 AM President Barack Obama would not call North Korea´s hack on Sony Pictures´ computers an ´act of war´ in an interview that aired on Sunday morning. He instead chose to characterize it as ´an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. ´We have to treat it like we would treat, you know, the incidence of crime, you know, in our countries,´ Obama told CNN host Candy Crowley in a pre-taped interview that was broadcast this morning on what was to be her final episode as host of show State of the Union. Obama also reiterated his belief that Sony made a
Crowley ´represents the soul of CNN´ CNN, by Dana Bash KarenJ1- 12/21/2014 10:13:25 AM Washington -- It was July 29, 1998, the day after two Capitol Police officers were shot and killed on duty. I was a green producer at the time, sent to the home of Jacob Chestnut just to get some footage. I called Candy, and she asked me to describe the house. When I was about to hang up, I mentioned to Candy that there was a dented golf ball in the front yard. It was an aside that I didn´t think much of, but she asked me to make sure we got video of the golf ball. Later, when I saw the script, it was abundantly clear why, and how, Candy Crowley is the best writer in television news. Here was the lead: "It's strange how in a matter of Obama to do ´everythingI can´ to close Gitmo KarenJ1- 12/21/2014 10:09:39 AM Washington -- President Barack Obama says he plans to push to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility during his final two years in office -- potentially fulfilling a major campaign promise that he hasn´t yet accomplished. "I´m going to be doing everything I can to close it," Obama said in an interview with CNN´s Candy Crowley that aired Sunday on "State of the Union." Obama: We´re not going to be intimidated Obama: I´m not being "rolled" by Putin "It is something that continues to inspire jihadists and extremists around the world, the fact that these folks are being held," Obama said. Israel Bombs Legitimate MilitaryTargets Following Rocket Attacks Breitbart London [UK], by A. B. Sanderson Attercliffe- 12/21/2014 9:25:37 AM Israeli forces have bombed a Hamas military base on the Gaza strip in the first operation since the end of the war in August. In a statement, they referred to the location as a “Hamas terror infrastructure site.” Residents reported hearing two explosions early this morning in the region, an area that contains training sites for Palestinian militants The site aimed for was a legitimate military target in the Khan Younis area in the Southern Gaza strip, Sky News reports. Local hospital officials have confirmed there were no casualties. The Army said the move was in response to a rocket that militants had launched earlier in the day One killed, as many as 10 moreshot at south suburban house party Chicago Tribune, by Staff JoniTx- 12/21/2014 9:10:38 AM One man was killed and as many as 10 others were shot during a large house party in Calument City early Sunday morning, authorities said. About 1:50 a.m. Sunday, Calumet City police responded to a call of a shooting at a home in the 600 block of Escanaba Avenue in the south suburb, police said. About 100 to 150 "young adults" had gathered in the basement of the house for a party when gunfire erupted, according to a police statement. When officers arrived on the scene, they saw a people fleeing the house, police said. Calumet City Police Chief Edward Gilmore said the shooting stemmed from an argument during the
Obama Calls For ‘Patient Dialogue’After Police Officers Murderedin New York City Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Savage JoniTx- 12/21/2014 9:07:26 AM Shortly after midnight on the east coast, President Obama issued a statement from his vacation in Hawaii, condemning the murders of the two police officers in New York City. “Two brave men won’t be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification,” Obama said, reminding Americans that police officers “risk their own safety for ours every single day.” The president was golfing in Hawaii when he was first briefed about the murders, but the White House released a statement reassuring Americans that administration officials were monitoring the situation. After Obama returned from his golf American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson
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They gave their livesThe slaughter of two NYPD cops focuses the mindon how far we've fallen.
Police turn their back on DeBlasioA silent wall of fury and revulsion greets NY'srace baiting mayor.
Police believe New York City cop killer was a member of the Black Guerrilla Family: sourcesWhich is more of an act of war. Cold blooded Guerillamurders or a bad movie review?
De Blasio accused of having ´blood on his hands´: Hundreds attack New York City Mayor for backing anti-cop protesters*Mayor better add several more feet to new Gracie Mansion fence.
Raul Castro: Don´t expect detente to change Cuban systemObama bought himself an island full of commiesand even they don't like it.
Emanuel´s son robbed near family´s North Side homeIf they had stop-and-frisk maybe he could get his phone back.
Sharpton: Use of Garner, Brown Names by NYPD Killer ‘Reprehensible and Against the Pursuit of Justice’Putting the 'Ick" in Icarus, Sharpton finally fliestoo close to the Sun King.
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Naomi Feil: the Spirit of Hanukkahand Christmas in America American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman Judy W.- 12/21/2014 8:34:07 AM Things are rarely what they seem, and sometimes it takes a bit of digging to catch on. (a) Class Warfare Hurts the Poor and the Middle Class For blacks or Hispanics who voted for Obama in the belief that he’d improve their economic situation, their financial situation at the end of this year proves they made a mistake. For blue-collar Americans, and the middle class in general who voted for Obama believing he’d soak the rich, the end of the year makes obvious that they were soaked, not the putative target: According to Pew, [Research Center] which used data from the Federal Reserve's Survey of Consumer Finances, Obama condemns NYPD killings,calls for ´patient dialogue´ The Hill [Washington, DC], by Justin Sink KarenJ1- 12/21/2014 8:21:16 AM President Obama called for “patient dialogue” in a statement Saturday night “unconditionally” condemning the shooting deaths of two New York City police officers. “Two brave men won´t be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification,” the president, vacationing in Hawaii, said in a statement. “The officers who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for ours every single day - and they deserve our respect and gratitude every single day.” Obama went on to ask for a rejection of “violence and words that harm,” and said people should instead “turn to words that heal - Wear blue to support cops American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson magnante- 12/21/2014 8:14:55 AM For months, ever since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, the left has been rampaging against the police. They implicitly (and sometimes explicitly) urged violence, and maintained systemic police racism was the cause of disproportionate numbers of young black males arrested and convicted of crimes. The rest of us mostly remained silent as the men and women who wear blue as they protect us from the criminals who live among us were vilified. Now, two of them have been assassinated, and it is time to be silent no more. As a first step, wear something blue today. If you live in New York City or anywhere nearby, stand ready to
Eyewitness claims 'people wereCLAPPING AND LAUGHING' atthe scene where two cops were killed KarenJ1- 12/21/2014 8:13:28 AM Mayor Bill de Blasio said this is ´not the time for politics´ following the murder of two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday. This as New York City´s police commissioner said the gunman who ambushed and killed two police officers had made online posts that were ´very anti-police.´ Police Commissioner William Bratton choked up at a news conference at the Woodhull medical Center on Saturday afternoon as he talked about the fatal shootings of two officers in Brooklyn´s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Meanwhile, an eyewitness who spoke to The Daily Beast said that ´a lot of people were clapping and laughing´ following Obama: North Korea´s hacknot ´war,´but ´cyber vandalism´ CNN, by Eric Bradner FlyRight- 12/21/2014 7:19:29 AM Washington -- President Barack Obama says he doesn´t consider North Korea´s Sony hack "an act of war." It was an act of cyber vandalism," Obama said in an interview with CNN´s Candy Crowley that airs Sunday on "State of the Union." But he stuck by his criticism of Sony´s decision to cancel its plans to release the movie "The Interview," which depicts the cartoonish assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after the country threatened attacks against theaters that showed it. Obama said in a Friday news conference that Sony made "a mistake," and that he wished the company had called him first. There is blood on hands of thosewho demanded ‘dead cops’ New York Post, by Bob McManus FlyRight- 12/21/2014 6:53:37 AM “What do we want?” drones the blood chant. “Dead cops!” comes the reply. Done. Thus does rhetoric have consequences. There may have been just a single shooter in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Saturday afternoon. But New York’s failure to denounce without nuance the bloodlust that’s been boiling out of the corners of the Eric Garner-Michael Brown demonstrations for weeks now boils down to this: There is blood on many hands this morning. Yes, First Amendment. Yes, redress of grievances. Yes, peaceful protests — even as clogged bridges and mobbed boulevards created, however temporarily, very real peril for A Tree Is Known By Its Fruit Texas Monthly, by Sonia Smith StormCnter- 12/21/2014 5:39:51 AM The late afternoon of March 25, 2012, a voice crackled over the police scanners that perch on the coffee tables or hang on the belts of many residents in San Saba: an ambulance was headed out to Harkey Pecan Farms. Scanner chatter is a rich source of gossip in this tiny Central Texas city of 3,099, and ears perked up that Sunday as paramedics and law enforcement officers rushed four miles west of town to Harkeyville, where a 1927 red-brick house sat among three hundred acres of pecan orchards. The Harkeys had long been one of San Saba’s most prominent families, and their property sat next door to a stretch of
The United States of Anxiety National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson Pluperfect- 12/21/2014 5:29:34 AM In ten days about 1 million Americans will be gathered in Times Square waiting for a ball to drop, a strange spectacle indeed for a country that seems to be waiting on both of them. If 2014 had a grand theme, it was testicular absence. In science fiction, corporations are deathless juggernauts imposing their will on governments and galaxies, but in the real world Sony, one of the most powerful business entities in the world, got cowed into submission by the release of some embarrassing e-mails and threats from hackers acting on behalf of the Evil Kingdom of the Hermit Midgets. Hollywood is forever congratulating itself on its Police turn their back on DeBlasio New York Post, by Shawn Cohen, Kirstan Conley * Fiesta del sol- 12/21/2014 5:28:40 AM A blue wall of silently seething police officers turned their backs on Mayor de Blasio Saturday night — literally. As the mayor and his entourage snaked through a jammed third-floor corridor at Woodhull Hospital, where two officers had been pronounced dead just hours earlier, scores of grieving cops faced the walls — and away from the leader they believe has failed them. Earlier, de Blasio approached a cluster of cops at the Brooklyn Hospital and offered, “We’re all in this together.”“No we’re not,” an officer replied tersely, according to a cop who witnessed the icy scene.The rank-and-file’s anger at the mayor ‘They Deserved It’: The RepulsiveReaction to Brooklyn Police Executions Mediaite, by Joe Concha StormCnter- 12/21/2014 5:27:18 AM It’s a dark time in America — a time when two uniformed officers who had absolutely nothing to do with what happened to Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., or to Eric Garner on Staten Island, are executed without warning, and some witnesses actually say “They deserved it.” Again: “They deserved it.” They being two men marked for death because they wore a New York Police Department uniform. One of those men was the recently-married Officer Wenjian Liu; the other, Officer Rafael Ramos, who leaves behind a wife and 13-year-old son. In a related story, both were reassigned from an anti-terror beat to enhancing security at Hollywood betrays team America USA Today, by Editorial StormCnter- 12/21/2014 5:19:27 AM If trailers are any indication, Sony Pictures´ The Interview is like much that comes out of Hollywood these days: banal, superficial and unrealistic. The plot centers on a CIA plan to have a celebrity talk show host assassinate the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, who is portrayed in the film as a doltish fan of the show. But as insignificant as the movie may be, Sony´s decision to cancel its release — in the wake of a cyber attack on its computers, release of embarrassing information and terror threats linked to North Korea — is anything but. The film's fate raises serious issues about Hollywood's spineless behavior and about
At The End Of The Day,Feminism Is A War On Due Process Daily Caller, by Stephen Baskerville MissMolly- 12/21/2014 5:12:41 AM Now that the University of Virginia “rape” case has been exposed as yet another hoax, it is time to start looking at other feminist-generated hysterias, which are just as dishonest and dangerous. This case did not arise out of the blue, nor is it disconnected from other similar accusations of criminality perpetrated by radical ideologues. Rather, it is part of a pattern of ideologically driven witch hunts designed to criminalize innocent people and “empower” feminist operatives. The common factor behind all of them is a radical sexual political ideology driven – as all ideologies are – by resentment and the lust for power. Feds haven´t compensatedNative Americans 28 yearsafter ordering them to move Washington Examiner, by Sarah Westwood StormCnter- 12/21/2014 5:09:29 AM Four decades after Congress passed a law forcing the relocation of two Native American tribes, some families have yet to receive the government benefits they were promised in exchange for leaving their homes. The protracted relocation effort has cost U.S. taxpayers $564 million so far, with as much as $82 million left to go before the special government office established to oversee the process can shut its doors for good, according to the Department of Interior inspector general. Congress passed the Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Act in 1974, but efforts to relocate Navajo families living on Hopi land are still underway. Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’North Korean Hacker Hotel Daily Beast, by Michael Daly StormCnter- 12/21/2014 5:01:59 AM North Korea is so isolated that rather than bring the Internet to its hackers, it brings them to it—in a swank hotel in China. The luxury hotel that has been called a command post for North Korean hackers would make for a unique holiday getaway and give you lots to talk about back home. “Surprisingly Great Hotel - Clean, Tasteful.... and North Korean!” says a trip advisor review for the Chilbosan Hotel in Shenyang, China. For just $53, you get “a deluxe twin room,” including a North Korean breakfast considerably more substantial than those enjoyed by the vast majority of North Koreans. Drumbeats for Liz Boston Herald, by Howie Carr MissMolly- 12/21/2014 4:56:58 AM Elizabeth Warren for what? Granted, the American electorate has been significantly dumbed down over the past few decades — think Barack Obama and Deval Patrick. But is the country really so far gone that it would turn to a plagiarizing fake Indian who thinks western Mass. has a seacoast and that Jeanne Shaheen is from Vermont? Er, yes. So by now you know about this boomlet for the former one-32nd Native American who now claims to be Okie down to her toes. Hundreds of Obama aides (enough said) are swooning over her. Some of the moonbat groups have posted Internet videos of her greatest hits, ripping Wall Street for
After fifty-some years, and eight presidents later, U.S. policy of relative isolationism towards Cuba all came to an end when President Barack Obama declared a “new day” in U.S.-Cuba relations. The President’s core message is that after fifty years, our policies towards Cuba have not worked. The fundamental question is: worked to do what? How about this: after fifty years of communism, Cuba is about to crumble, not because of anyone else’s policies; it has failed for the same reason most oppressive, freedom-depriving Communist regimes fail: Communism does not work. Forget the Missile Crisis, Angola, Venezuela, espionage, It’s come to this. Two NYPD officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, doing nothing more than sitting innocently in their car — murdered in cold blood, in broad daylight. Officials say it was revenge for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Hours earlier, the suspected gunman warned in an Instagram post, “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today.” His reasoning: “They Take 1 Of Ours.... Let’s Take 2 of Theirs.” Let’s stipulate upfront: The depraved, horrific actions of one crazed killer is not cause to revoke Americans’ 1st Amendment right to protest. But words have consequences. Clearly, the protesters — egged on by politicians A pair of hero Con Ed workers risked their lives in confronting the monster who assassinated a pair of cops in Brooklyn — who otherwise might have escaped if not for their bravery. The unnamed men had been working in Bedford-Stuyvesant near where Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, gunned down Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos at just before 3 p.m. Saturday. They saw Brinsley wordlessly open fire into the passenger side of the cops’ patrol car, and followed in their Con Ed truck as he ambled away from the carnage, still holding his silver Taurus semi-automatic. When they confronted Brinsley on the street, attempting to stop him, Vermont was supposed to be the beacon for a single-payer health care system in America. But now its plans are in ruins, and its onetime champion Gov. Peter Shumlin may have set back the cause. Advocates of a “Medicare for all” approach were largely sidelined during the national Obamacare debate. The health law left a private insurance system in place and didn’t even include a weaker “public option” government plan to run alongside more traditional commercial ones. Story Continued Below So single-payer advocates looked instead to make a breakthrough in the states. Bills have been introduced from Hawaii to New York; Al Sharpton posted a statement through his National Action Network this evening condemning the deadly ambush of two New York Police Department officers and promising to follow up with a press event Sunday morning. Officers Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32, were shot to death as they sat in their patrol car Saturday in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Identified gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, then killed himself on a nearby subway platform. Brinsley left a Facebook message stating, “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today… They Take 1 Of Ours, Let’s Take 2 of Theirs #ShootThePolice #RIPErivGardner [sic]
Bloomberg News, by David Weigel Kentucky Senator Rand Paul took his time responding to this week´s Cuba policy thaw. Florida Senator Marco Rubio, the son of immigrants who fled the pre-Castro regime, called a press conference that began just a few minutes after President Obama´s statement ended. Paul did not respond on the day, and media requests for a reaction were rebuffed. Not until Thursday morning, when Paul appeared on West Virginia´s NewsTalk 800, did he reveal his realist, libertarian response. "The 50-year embargo just hasn´t worked," Paul said. "If the goal is regime change, it sure doesn´t seem to be working, and probably it punishes the Atlantic Magazine, by Adrienne LaFrance When living a public life becomes the new default, what does privacy even mean? That´s one of the central questions in a new report about the future of privacy from Pew Research Center, which collected the opinions of more than 2,500 experts in computer programming, engineering, publishing, data science, and related fields. Some respondents told Pew they are confident that policymakers will, in the next decade, establish privacy rights that protect individuals from government and corporate surveillance. (In the United States, there are practically no protections for individuals against the companies and governments that track North Korea´s fury over the movie comedy "The Interview" appears to have taken the secretive state´s oversensitivity to new extremes. Kim Jong Un´s regime had already branded the film "the most undisguised terrorism and a war action." Now, the U.S. government is set to blame Pyongyang for the hacking of Sony Pictures, the studio responsible for the movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco that shows the assassination of Kim. Sony has pulled the film after a threat was made against people going to see it in theaters. "North Korea has provided a new gold standard for weakness in international politics: a state that feels BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland. Driving in the remade communities today, it´s easy to wonder where it all went. Some of it is still there - recycled into road materials, buildings and furniture. Some of it was burned, creating new environmental hazards. And most of it was simply washed out to sea. Ten years after that gigantic wave engulfed this city of 4 million on the day after Christmas, Banda Aceh has been almost totally restored. The tangled mountains of rubbish are gone, and it's hard to
Giving away the store to the Castros Washington Times, by Alex Cardenas StormCnter- 12/21/2014 4:54:54 AM After fifty-some years, and eight presidents later, U.S. policy of relative isolationism towards Cuba all came to an end when President Barack Obama declared a “new day” in U.S.-Cuba relations. The President’s core message is that after fifty years, our policies towards Cuba have not worked. The fundamental question is: worked to do what? How about this: after fifty years of communism, Cuba is about to crumble, not because of anyone else’s policies; it has failed for the same reason most oppressive, freedom-depriving Communist regimes fail: Communism does not work. Forget the Missile Crisis, Angola, Venezuela, espionage, Communist excursions in our hemisphere, They gave their lives New York Post, by Editorial StormCnter- 12/21/2014 4:49:31 AM It’s come to this. Two NYPD officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, doing nothing more than sitting innocently in their car — murdered in cold blood, in broad daylight. Officials say it was revenge for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Hours earlier, the suspected gunman warned in an Instagram post, “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today.” His reasoning: “They Take 1 Of Ours.... Let’s Take 2 of Theirs.” Let’s stipulate upfront: The depraved, horrific actions of one crazed killer is not cause to revoke Americans’ 1st Amendment right to protest. But words have consequences. Clearly, the protesters Con Ed workers confrontedgunman after he shot cops New York Post, by Terry Celona StormCnter- 12/21/2014 4:46:31 AM A pair of hero Con Ed workers risked their lives in confronting the monster who assassinated a pair of cops in Brooklyn — who otherwise might have escaped if not for their bravery. The unnamed men had been working in Bedford-Stuyvesant near where Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, gunned down Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos at just before 3 p.m. Saturday. They saw Brinsley wordlessly open fire into the passenger side of the cops’ patrol car, and followed in their Con Ed truck as he ambled away from the carnage, still holding his silver Taurus semi-automatic. When they confronted Brinsley on the street,
Why single payer died in Vermont Politico, by Sarah Wheaton Pluperfect- 12/21/2014 4:43:25 AM Vermont was supposed to be the beacon for a single-payer health care system in America. But now its plans are in ruins, and its onetime champion Gov. Peter Shumlin may have set back the cause. Advocates of a “Medicare for all” approach were largely sidelined during the national Obamacare debate. The health law left a private insurance system in place and didn’t even include a weaker “public option” government plan to run alongside more traditional commercial ones. Story Continued Below So single-payer advocates looked instead to make a breakthrough in the states. Bills have been introduced from Hawaii to New York; former Medicare Sharpton: Use of Garner, Brown Namesby NYPD Killer ‘Reprehensible andAgainst the Pursuit of Justice’ PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson StormCnter- 12/21/2014 4:39:51 AM Al Sharpton posted a statement through his National Action Network this evening condemning the deadly ambush of two New York Police Department officers and promising to follow up with a press event Sunday morning. Officers Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32, were shot to death as they sat in their patrol car Saturday in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Identified gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, then killed himself on a nearby subway platform. Brinsley left a Facebook message stating, “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today… They Take 1 Of Ours, Let’s Take 2 of Theirs #ShootThePolice #RIPErivGardner [sic] #RIPMikeBrown This May Be My Final Post… I’m Rand Paul Battles MarcoRubio Over Cuba Policy Bloomberg View, by David Weigel StormCnter- 12/21/2014 4:35:14 AM Kentucky Senator Rand Paul took his time responding to this week´s Cuba policy thaw. Florida Senator Marco Rubio, the son of immigrants who fled the pre-Castro regime, called a press conference that began just a few minutes after President Obama´s statement ended. Paul did not respond on the day, and media requests for a reaction were rebuffed. Not until Thursday morning, when Paul appeared on West Virginia´s NewsTalk 800, did he reveal his realist, libertarian response. "The 50-year embargo just hasn´t worked," Paul said. "If the goal is regime change, it sure doesn´t seem to be working, and probably it By 2025, the Definition of´Privacy´ Will Have Changed Atlantic, by Adrienne LaFrance Pluperfect- 12/21/2014 4:31:43 AM When living a public life becomes the new default, what does privacy even mean? That´s one of the central questions in a new report about the future of privacy from Pew Research Center, which collected the opinions of more than 2,500 experts in computer programming, engineering, publishing, data science, and related fields. Some respondents told Pew they are confident that policymakers will, in the next decade, establish privacy rights that protect individuals from government and corporate surveillance. (In the United States, there are practically no protections for individuals against the companies and governments that track them.) But many others are pessimistic about
Things that annoy North Korea:Christmas trees, soap operas and K-pop CNN, by Jethro Mullen Pluperfect- 12/21/2014 4:29:28 AM North Korea´s fury over the movie comedy "The Interview" appears to have taken the secretive state´s oversensitivity to new extremes. Kim Jong Un´s regime had already branded the film "the most undisguised terrorism and a war action." Now, the U.S. government is set to blame Pyongyang for the hacking of Sony Pictures, the studio responsible for the movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco that shows the assassination of Kim. Sony has pulled the film after a threat was made against people going to see it in theaters. "North Korea has provided a new gold standard for weakness in international politics: a state NYC Mayor de BlasioCriticized After Cop Killings ABC News, by Dean Schabner Pluperfect- 12/21/2014 4:27:34 AM New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was criticized by New York Police Department union leaders tonight, after two officers were killed as they sat in their car in Brooklyn. Officers Wenjian Liu and Raphael Ramos were sitting in their vehicle in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn shortly before 3 p.m. when a man approached the car on the passenger side and opened fire. Both officers later died. "The blood of 2 executed police officers is on the hands of Mayor de Blasio. May God bless their families and may they rest in peace," the Sergeants Benevolent Association tweeted. 10 Years On, Where DidAll the Tsunami Debris Go? Associated Press, by Fakhrradzie Gade & Niniek Karmini Pluperfect- 12/21/2014 4:18:51 AM BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland. Driving in the remade communities today, it´s easy to wonder where it all went. Some of it is still there - recycled into road materials, buildings and furniture. Some of it was burned, creating new environmental hazards. And most of it was simply washed out to sea. Ten years after that gigantic wave engulfed this city of 4 million on the day after Christmas, Banda Aceh has been almost totally restored. The tangled mountains of Video: Mike Kelly has a lump ofcoal for Barack Obama’s stocking Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw JoniTx- 12/21/2014 3:30:25 AM Congressman Mike Kelly (PA-3) was tapped to give the GOP response to the President’s weekly address today and he didn’t miss the opportunity to bring a Christmas theme to the event. Holding a lump of coal in his hands, Kelly declared that he wasn’t offering up the ebony prize because Obama was on the naughty list (though he is), but rather to remind him of the riches we have in America and how we should be grateful for the blessings our country enjoys. The Prince of Twitter, Andrew Malcolm, has the details at Investors.com. Today I’m offering President Obama a
In the Land of the Possible The New Yorker, by Evan Osnos - 12/21/2014 3:22:17 AM On July 17, 2013, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee met to consider the nomination of Samantha Power to be America’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. She was an unusual choice. Although she had been a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and served on the National Security Council as the senior director for multilateral affairs and human rights, she had never been a diplomat. At forty-two, she would be the youngest-ever American Ambassador to the U.N. Power was best known for her book “‘A Problem from Hell’: America and the Age of Genocide.” An indictment of what she called Obama Golfs After ReceivingWord of NYPD Shooting Breitbart Big Government, by Staff JoniTx- 12/21/2014 1:38:50 AM President Barack Obama was briefed on the ambush killing of two NYPD cops while on the golf course in Hawaii this afternoon, according to the White House press pool report. “The President has been briefed on the Brooklyn police shooting. White House officials continue to monitor the situation,” reported Wall Street Journal’s Carol Lee. Obama endured harsh criticism for golfing minutes after issuing a statement on the beheading of James Foley at the hands of Muslim militants in September. “You know, it is always a challenge when you’re supposed to be on vacation because you’re followed everywhere. There’s always going Rally against police violenceforces partial Mall of America shutdown CBS News & Associated Press, by Staff JoniTx- 12/21/2014 1:33:55 AM BLOOMINGTON, Minn.- A mass of demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," converged in the Mall of America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest against police brutality that caused part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for last-minute holiday shopping. The group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis had more than 3,000 people confirm on Facebook that they would attend. Official crowd estimates weren´t immediately available, but pictures posted to social media by local news organizations showed the rotunda was full. Organizer Mica Grimm estimated about 3,000 people participated. The rally was part of protests happening nationwide after officers Pictured: The father-of-one NewYork cop and his newly-wedpartner who were ´assassinated´as they sat in their squad car Daily Mail (UK), by Mia De Graaf, Chris Spargo* JoniTx- 12/21/2014 1:03:18 AM The two New York City police officers assassinated in a targeted attack have been identified as recently-married Wenjian Liu and father-of-one Rafael Ramos. The pair were eating lunch in their patrol car at 2.47pm on Saturday when 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley crept up behind their patrol car and shot them both in the head - before turning the gun on himself. It was their first day working in a new precinct of Brooklyn´s Bedford-Stuyvesant area. Based on Brinsley´s chilling Instagram posts hours before, the execution-style attack appeared to be a meticulously calculated act of revenge for the death of Eric
Would you recognize this Santaand his bodyguard elves? GeorgeW. Bush pays surprise visit tochildren´s hospital to hand out toys Daily Mail (UK), by Staff JoniTx- 12/21/2014 12:55:20 AM George W. Bush is nothing if not a good sport. And in no better way was that illustrated when the former President donned a Santa suit for a hospital visit in Dallas. The 68-year-old was handing out toys at the Children´s Medical Center of Dallas to patients who have to spend Christmas at the facility. The family that posted the picture of Bush to Facebook lost one of their twin daughters earlier this year to a heart disease called restrictive cardomyopathy. ´Guess who just came and gave Emily a Christmas present dressed in a Santa suit with Secret Service and
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Two New York City police officersare shot and killed in a brazenambush in Brooklyn Washington Post, by Peter Holley Dreadnought- 12/21/2014 12:09:49 AM A gunman shot and killed two New York City police officers before taking his own life in a brazen ambush that played out on a quiet Brooklyn street corner Saturday afternoon, New York police said. Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot at point-blank range while sitting beside one another in a police car in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, police said. “It’s clear that this was an assassination,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference Saturday night. “These officers were shot execution-style, a particularly despicable act which goes to the heart of I Miss W Power Line, by John Hinderaker Dreadnought- 12/20/2014 11:59:25 PM It is sad that there is so much bad news so close to Christmas. The best thing we can say for our president is that he has departed for Hawaii on a 17-day vacation, so he can’t do any more damage until after the new year. Meanwhile, we could all use a day brightener. So here is one, via the Facebook account of a mother of twin daughters who were born with a rare heart defect. One died, and the other is undergoing treatment at the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. On Tuesday, Santa came to the hospital to deliver Unbelievable: Rolling StoneWriter Is Re-ReportingHer Botched UVA Story Townhall, by Matt Vespa obviousity- 12/20/2014 11:55:02 PM Talk about sending the arsonist to put out the fire. Rolling Stone made it known that a re-reporting mission will be assembled to address the abysmal journalism in their disgraceful Nov. 19 story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. Sabrina Rubin Erdely wrote the piece and came under fire for failing, amongst other things, to reach out to the alleged attackers for their account of the night’s events. Now, it seems Erdely is re-reporting what happened on the night of the alleged assault, a night where the fraternity allegedly at fault held no social gathering. To
‘Blood on His Hands’: Phalanx ofNYPD Officers Turn Backs on deBlasio at Press Conference National Review Online, by Brendan Bordelon Dreadnought- 12/20/2014 11:43:34 PM A throng of NYPD officers at New York’s Woodhull Hospital turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio as he arrived at a press conference on the execution-style murder of two New York cops, with police union president Pat Lynch claiming the mayor has “blood on [his] hands.” The two officers were killed on Saturday as they sat in their patrol car by a Baltimore man, whose social media posts strongly suggest he traveled to New York to take revenge for the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of police. Many NYPD officers were angry at On Cuba, Obama Had AnAce, And Played A Deuce Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial PageTurner- 12/20/2014 11:03:31 PM Diplomacy: As the Castros rejoice at President Obama´s move to normalize ties, extend trade credits, take their country off the terror list and free its deadly spies, the queasy question remains: What did the U.S. get in return? The question is being asked by the more serious leaders in Washington. Marco Rubio for one. "(Obama´s) foreign policy is, at a minimum, naive and perhaps truly counterproductive to the future of democracy in the region," said the Florida senator in the wake of the giveaway. "Barack Obama is the worst negotiator that we´ve had as president since at least Jimmy Carter, and maybe ´They were quite simply assassinated´:Police commissioner William Brattonchokes up as he announces details ofthe brutal execution of two NYPD officers Associated Press, by Staff - 12/20/2014 11:02:14 PM Mayor Bill de Blasio said this is ´not the time for politics´ following the murder of two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday. This as New York City´s police commissioner said the gunman who ambushed and killed two police officers had made online posts that were ´very anti-police.´ Police Commissioner William Bratton choked up at a news conference at the Woodhull medical Center on Saturday afternoon as he talked about the fatal shootings of two officers in Brooklyn´s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. ´They were, quite simply, assassinated--targeted for their uniform. ... They were ambushed and murdered,´ said Bratton. ´Every New Yorker should Cuomo Killed Lots Of JobsBy Pointlessly Banning Fracking Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial PageTurner- 12/20/2014 11:00:55 PM Energy: New York state found that fracking would mean more than 50,000 jobs for eight economically depressed counties bordering Pennsylvania. In banning it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo chose green over black gold. Before his re-election, New York´s Democrat governor saturated the state´s TV screens with taxpayer-funded commercials touting a new pro-business era in the deep-blue Empire State. The accompanying state government website, "thenewny.com," claimed that "Big Happens Here!" New York state, it said, has "the fastest-growing tech sector in America" plus "the lowest middle-class tax rate in over half a century. "And with one of the best-educated workforces in America," the site goes on, "it´s
Man who executed two cops shot hisgirlfriend in Baltimore then traveled toNew York and BRAGGED on Instagramthat he was going to get revenge for Eric* Daily Mail [UK], by Mia De Graaf** - 12/20/2014 10:53:24 PM This is the man who shot dead two police officers in a sickening act of revenge for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, 28, shot his girlfriend in Baltimore on Saturday morning then traveled 190 miles to Brooklyn where he fired a fatal round of bullets at recently-married officer Wenjian Liu and father-of-one Rafael Ramos - before turning the gun on himself. According to witnesses, Brinsley walked out of a home with a gun in his hand at 2.47pm, crept up behind the officers´ patrol car, and systematically shot both men in the head through the passenger Emergency road opensas lava creeps toward Pahoa Star-Advertiser [Honolulu, HI], by Megan Moseley PageTurner- 12/20/2014 10:46:48 PM PAHOA, Hawaii >> Hawaii County Civil Defense officials opened Railroad Avenue at noon Saturday to provide an alternate emergency-access route in and out of Pahoa as the Kilauea lava flow continues to advance toward the area´s main highway. Puna residents Barbara Mitts and her neighbor Ron Pearson arrived at the beginning of the newly constructed Railroad Avenue in Nanawale Estates Saturday morning. The two were about 30 minutes early to the road´s opening and were waiting to spin their wheels on the new roadway. While drivers will have plenty of time to adjust to the new route before lava makes its way New York City Police OfficersTurn Their Backs on Mayor After Shooting Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper Pageturner- 12/20/2014 10:35:35 PM WNYW, the local New York City Fox affiliate, reports that New York Police Department officers turned their back on Mayor Bill de Blasio after two of their own were shot execution style earlier today in Brooklyn: "Look what happened: this is video of the mayor arriving for this evening´s press conference on the shooting. You can see officers turning their backs on the mayor as he approached the lectern," said the local host. "Let me show you what you didn´t see in the official press conference. In this phone video given to me by police sources at the scene, you Sony Hackers Appear toMock FBI in Latest Message Hollywood Reporter, by Ryan Gajewski and Tatiana Siegel PageTurner- 12/20/2014 10:33:36 PM The group responsible for the Sony Pictures hack has apparently sent a new message that mocks the FBI for its investigation into the devastating cyberattack. An email claiming to be from Guardians of Peace, the group that took credit for last month´s attack on Sony´s systems, was sent to journalists early Saturday. The email, titled "The data you are interested in," included a link to a Pastebin page with a so-called "Christmas gift" message taunting the law enforcement agency that on Friday officially named North Korea as the source of the hack. "The result of investigation by FBI is so excellent that
French police shoot dead knifemanwho was shouting Islamic slogans Telegraph [UK], by Agencies Ribicon- 12/20/2014 10:24:04 PM French police on Saturday shot dead a man who attacked them with a knife in a police station while shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great" in Arabic), a source said. The man injured the face of an officer at the entrance to the police station in Joue-les-Tours near the city of Tours in central France and injured two other before he was shot, the interior ministry said. Anti-terrorist investigators were probing the incident, a judicial source said. The perpetrator was a French citizen born in Burundi in 1994 and known to police for common crimes, a source close Mayor Bill de Blasio fed ´anti-policesentiment´ that culminated in NYPDexecutions in Brooklyn, assemblywoman says Staten Island Advance [NY], by Maura Grunlund NorthernDog- 12/20/2014 10:03:26 PM STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis pointed the finger of blame at Mayor Bill de Blasio for growing "anti-police sentiment" as she and other Staten Island politicians spoke out against the shooting of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn. Ms. Malliotakis (R-East Shore/Brooklyn) also cited as evidence of escalating animosity toward the police the attacks on two NYPD lieutenants on the Brooklyn Bridge during a protest against the Staten Island special grand jury decision to not indict NYPD Office Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. When asked by the Advance if Saturday´s shootings had any connection to the Obama to Castro: “Here ICome to Save the Day!” Townhall, by Humberto Fontova Pageturner- 12/20/2014 9:55:02 PM Did you notice the timing of President Obama’s economic lifeline to Castro as announced on December 17th under the guise of “changing our relations” with the people (emphasis mine) of Cuba?” No? But you have noticed the price at the gas pumps, right? These two items are closely related ….Oh and by the way, every atom of evidence shows that the actual people of Cuba actually want U.S. sanctions against the Stalinist regime that tortures them tightened. So perhaps President Obama should stop insulting the intelligence of Cuba-watchers by claiming to speak and act on their behalf. Here’s their reaction to Buckhead intersection cleared,traffic resumes, arrests continue Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Staff Lalo- 12/20/2014 9:45:03 PM Protesters blocked traffic at the epicenter of Buckhead shopping, causing severe traffic backup on Saturday afternoon when thousands of holiday shoppers were out buying gifts. Saying they were protesting police violence, roughly 70 demonstrators convened just after 3 p.m. at the intersection of Peachtree and Lenox Roads, right between two of the area’s most popular malls, Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza in Buckhead. Some were lying in the busy street while others used banners to block the four sides of the intersection, shouting “No justice, no peace” and other chants. The protest by the group called Rise Up Georgia came
Rev. Al Sharpton, community leaders expressoutrage over murder of 2 NYPD officers WPIX-TV [New York, NY] & CNN, by Alyssa Zauderer - 12/20/2014 9:18:42 PM NEW YORK – The Rev. Al Sharpton and several community leaders are speaking out about their outrage regarding the execution-style death of two NYPD officers Saturday afternoon. In a statement released Saturday night, Sharpton said he spoke with the Garner family regarding the shooting. “Any use of the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, in connection with any violence or killing of police, is reprehensible and against the pursuit of justice in both cases,” the statement said. “We have stressed at every rally and march that anyone engaged in any violence is an enemy to the pursuit of justice Video: NYPD officers turn awayfrom Mayor de Blasio as he enterspolice presser for murdered cops WPIX-TV [New York, NY], by Alyssa Zauderer KarenJ1- 12/20/2014 9:10:34 PM Police officers turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio as he walked into the police press conference about the two NYPD officers shot and killed execution-style in Brooklyn. De Blasio weaved through the officers on his way to the presser with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton at Woodhull Hospital Saturday evening. Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were taken to Woodhull after 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, shot and killed them execution style outside of the Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant before 3 p.m.Text added to one-sentence post. Police believe New York Citycop killer was a member of theBlack Guerrilla Family: sources New York Daily News, by Tina Moore, Bill Hutchinson Original Article Posted By: Lalo- 12/20/2014 9:00:04 PM Post Reply The cold-blooded cop-hater who gunned down two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday is suspected of being a member of a notorious prison gang that has declared open season on the NYPD. Detectives were headed to Baltimore on Saturday night to probe Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s ties to the Black Guerrilla Family, sources told the Daily News. One source said Baltimore police were already investigating Brinsley’s connection to the gang, which started in California’s San Quentin Prison in the 1960s by Black Panther member George Jackson. “BGF has been talking about getting back at cops for Eric Garner and Ferguson,”
Attorney General Holder Statementon Assassination of Two New YorkCity Police Officers in Line of Duty United States Department of Justice, by Staff KarenJ1- 12/20/2014 8:36:58 PM Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement Saturday regarding the fatal shootings of two New York City police officers: “I condemn this afternoon´s senseless shooting of two New York City police officers in the strongest possible terms. This was an unspeakable act of barbarism, and I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of these two brave officers in the line of duty. “On behalf of all those who serve in the United States Department of Justice, I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the officers´ loved ones and colleagues. I will make available all of the resources of Obama: ´I´ll act on myown when it´s necessary´ Washington Examiner, by Kelly Cohen KarenJ1- 12/20/2014 8:31:51 PM President Obama thought 2014 was a good year. “As 2014 comes to an end, we can enter the New Year with new confidence that America is making significant strides where it counts,” he said in his weekly address. Obama highlighted job growth over the course of his tenure: “Our businesses have created nearly 11 million new jobs.” He also touched on on the positive effect the U.S. had on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the change in relations with Cuba and the conclusion of the war in Afghanistan — among other good domestic and abroad strides. “Pick any metric Obama to make Sunday show appearance The Hill [Washington, DC], by Justin Sink KarenJ1- 12/20/2014 8:20:54 PM President Obama’s sweeping changes to Cuba policy are expected to dominate the Sunday talk shows this week, with one of the harshest critics of the president’s efforts to normalize diplomatic relations — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) — appearing on each of the broadcast networks’ telecasts. Obama will have a chance to defend the policy himself in a rare Sunday show appearance, sitting down with Candy Crowley for her last episode as host of CNN’s “State of the Union.” The veteran political correspondent is leaving the network after 27 years. Rubio has been harshly critical of the president’s policy changes, which
Cop Killer Ishmael Brinsley PostedQuranic Verse: ‘And StrikeTerror Into Their Hearts’ PJ Media, by Patrick Poole Dreadnought- 12/20/2014 7:39:21 PM As news begins to trickle out on Ishmael Brinsley, the shooter who murdered two NYPD cops today execution-style, GotNews.com has discovered that Brinsley posted on his Facebook account a page of the Quran with a notorious verse calling for waging terror on Allah’s enemies. Quran 8:60 says: Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah, shall The Knives Come Outfor Senators Cruz and Lee National Review, by Andrew C. McCarthy - 12/20/2014 7:21:39 PM Last weekend, Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee forced every senator to vote, on the public record, regarding the constitutionality of President Obama’s unilateral decree of effective amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. The resulting Republican establishment hissy fit further confirmed something I’ve been arguing here for some time: Republican leaders in Washington endorse President Obama’s amnesty policy. Their stated opposition to the imperial manner of the policy’s imposition is poseur stuff. When push comes to shove, when the time comes to do something about presidential lawlessness, what do we get? Childish tantrums over being forced to work on a mid-December Watch Darlene Love´s Final´Christmas (Baby PleaseCome Home)´ on ´Letterman´ Rolling Stone, by Daniel Kreps Lalo- 12/20/2014 7:19:20 PM Darlene Love´s "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" performance has been an annual yuletide tradition on David Letterman´s late night shows for nearly 30 years. But with Letterman set to retire in May 2015, Love visited the Late Show one final time to sing her classic from A Christmas Gift for You, Rolling Stone´s Greatest Christmas Album of All Time. The tradition began in 1986 when Love first performed "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on Letterman´s Late Night program on NBC, and while a small four-piece band backed the "He´s a Rebel" singer for that rendition, the size of the Murdered PC May Have Been TargetedBecause Of His Job Say Police Breitbart London [UK], by A. B. Sanderson Attercliffe- 12/20/2014 7:05:47 PM A policeman murdered in Liverpool town centre may have been attacked because of his job, according to a senior officer in the Merseyside force. Neil Doyle, 36, and two colleagues were attacked after leaving a christmas party in the early hours of the morning. The three officers were set upon by thugs in Colquitt Street, near the Aloha club after a night out at The Peacock Bar, The Times reports. A 28 year old man handed himself into the police following the attack and was arrested on suspicion of murder. Police say he was being interviewed by detectives. A statement from Merseyside Police
Two NYPD officers shot dead in ´ambush´sitting in patrol car in Brooklyn by gunmanwho boasted on Instagram about ´revenge´killing cops (GRAPHIC IMAGES) New York Daily News, by Tina Moore* Attercliffe- 12/20/2014 6:52:13 PM Two NYPD cops were executed Saturday after a gang member from Baltimore drove to the city to kill police officers after wounding his girlfriend, sources told the Daily News. The shooter, identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, boasted about wanting to kill cops in the hours before he ambushed the officers outside the Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant about 3 p.m. Saturday. “I’m Putting Wings On Pigs Today. They Take 1 Of Ours...Let’s Take 2 of Theirs,” Brinsley wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of a silver handgun and a series of hashtags referencing the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Brinsley made good on US sends four Guantanamoprisoners home to Afghanistan Reuters, by Staff Attercliffe- 12/20/2014 6:38:32 PM Four Afghans held for over a decade at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent home to Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Saturday, the latest step in a slow-moving push by the Obama administration to close the facility. The men were flown to Kabul overnight aboard a US military plane and released to Afghan authorities, the first such transfer of its kind to the war-torn country since 2009, a US official said. Two New York cops shot deadexecution style ´in revenge for EricGarner´: Suspect ´pumped bulletsinto officers after creeping up on car Daily Mail [UK], by Kieran Corcoran Attercliffe- 12/20/2014 6:18:55 PM Two NYPD officers have been killed in an ´execution-style´ ambush in Brooklyn as they sat in their patrol car, in what is thought to be an attempt to avenge the death of Eric Garner. The suspect reportedly walked out of a home in the neighborhood with a gun in his hand, stood behind their marked patrol car then shot dead both officers. The men were taken to Woodhull Hospital after the attack, but authorities later said they had died. Meanwhile the suspect was pursued into the subway, where he shot himself. Investigators have now told the New York Post that De Blasio accused of having ´blood on hishands´: Hundreds attack New York CityMayor for backing anti-cop protesters* Daily Mail [UK], by Chris Spargo KarenJ1- 12/20/2014 6:16:08 PM Many are blaming the murder of two New York City cops on Saturday afternoon on Mayor Bill de Blasio following his recent support for protesters in the city marching in opposition to a grand jury´s decision to not indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner. Hundreds have taken to social media to say that de Blasio has ´blood on his hands´ and should ´be charged with murder´ after the two men were killed ´execution style´ in Brooklyn. What´s more, many feel that de Blasio should not attend the men´s funeral, this after many members of the NYPD signed a petition asking that the Mayor not attend their service should they be killed
A Single Sovereign PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez Hazymac- 12/20/2014 5:56:40 PM The Sony corporation defended itself against accusations it caved to North Korean extortionists who hacked the company’s computer systems. (Snip) But while every network must defend itself, it’s not Sony’s job to defend itself against attacks by sovereign nations. The hack is only part of Pyongyang’s offense. They are also engaged in intimidation. In president Obama’s own words Pyongyang is imposing its censorship laws in California. They are asserting the power to legislate in the US. It would be nice if Sony would resist, but the job of protecting individuals or organizations domiciled in the US against attacks by other Emanuel´s son robbed nearfamily´s North Side home Chicago Tribune, by Rosemary Regina Sobol & Alexandra Chac - 12/20/2014 5:44:35 PM Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 17-year-old son was robbed near the family´s home on the North Side on Friday night, according to a Chicago police report. Zach Emanuel was talking on his cellphone on the street in the 4200 block of North Hermitage Avenue in the Ravenswood neighborhood when two males approached him from behind, according to the police report. One of them "placed his arm around the victim´s neck in a rear chokehold," and the second one struck the teen with a fist, knocking him to the ground. The robbers took the teen’s cellphone and patted him down, the police report Raul Castro: Don´t expect detenteto change Cuban system Associated Press, by Andrea Rodriguez JoniTx- 12/20/2014 5:12:22 PM HAVANA- Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don´t expect detente to do away with the communist system. Castro´s speech to Cuba´s National Assembly was a sharp counterpoint to the message U.S. President Barack Obama gave in his year-end news conference the day before. Obama reiterated that by engaging directly with the Cuban people, Americans are more likely to encourage reform in Cuba´s one-party system and centrally planned economy. "We must not expect that in order for relations with City Councilman: 2 PoliceOfficers Shot Dead In Brooklyn CBS News [New York] & Associated Press, by Staff - 12/20/2014 4:52:12 PM New York - Two police officers have been shot dead in Brooklyn, City Councilman Robert Cornegy said at a news conference Saturday afternoon. (Snip) Cornegy told 1010 WINS’ police have briefed him and told him the officers were sitting in their car at the time of the incident. Sources told 1010 WINS the two officers were taken to Woodhull Hospital with gunshot injuries. Authorities say the suspect ran into the subway, where he shot himself and is believed to be dead, the Associated Press reported. Police sources tell CBS2 the suspect is a 28-year-old from Baltimore. The suspect was taken to Kings County Hospital with a