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  • Republicans Prepare For Battle With Unions In 2015, After Midterm Gains

    12/26/2014 10:58:46 AM PST · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    FoxNews ^ | December 26, 2014
    Republicans Prepare For Battle With Unions In 2015, After Midterm Gains December 26, 2014 Republicans in statehouses across the country are plotting a tough new campaign to check the power of labor unions and chip away at their political influence. The GOP lawmakers, buoyed by sweeping midterm victories at the state level, are weighing so-called "right-to-work" bills in several capitals once new legislative sessions start in January. The measures, already in place in two-dozen states, generally prohibit unions from forcing workers in the private sector to join and pay dues. "The accumulated gains by Republicans in state legislatures will certainly...
  • Did Pope Francis really give his own Curia a 'blistering attack' for Christmas?

    12/26/2014 10:58:43 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o
    GetReligion ^ | December 24, 2014 | Dawn Eden
    Call it truth in advertising–though not in reporting. Religion News Service's story on Pope Francis's Christmas address to the Curia bears a headline that aptly sums up its spin: "Pope Francis to Curia: Merry Christmas, you power-hungry hypocrites." The lede signals that we have before us the mainstream media's familiar "Francis as radical" meme: VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis launched a blistering attack on the Vatican bureaucracy on Monday (Dec. 22), outlining a “catalog of illnesses” that plague the church’s central administration, including “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and gossipy cliques. The pope’s traditional Christmas greeting to the cardinals, bishops and priests who...
  • Israel's Top Court Orders West Bank Settlement Demolished [Does Hamas Have A Supreme Court?]

    12/26/2014 10:55:00 AM PST · by Steelfish · 2 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 26, 2014 | BATSHEVA SOBELMAN
    Israel's Top Court Orders West Bank Settlement Demolished Protester By BATSHEVA SOBELMAN Amona, the largest of unauthorized outposts in the West Bank, is ordered demolished by Israel's top court Israel’s Supreme Court has ordered the government to demolish the West Bank settlement of Amona within two years and relocate its 300 Jewish residents, moving to end a years-long legal battle. In the ruling late Thursday, Supreme Court President Asher Grunis acknowledged that demolishing the community would be “difficult and painful” for its residents. However, he wrote, “this difficulty cannot enable illegal construction on private land” or justify failure to comply...
  • Driver Wanted for Obama Motorcade. Novice Welcome.

    12/26/2014 10:53:43 AM PST · by mojito · 4 replies
    NYT ^ | 12/25/2014 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    Shortly after President Obama landed here one fall day for fund-raisers, his motorcade pulled out of the airport and raced at 80 miles per hour down an empty freeway to his hotel in the city. At the front of the procession were bulletproof black sport utility vehicles and limousines driven by Secret Service agents who had spent hundreds of hours learning how to maneuver at high speeds. Bringing up the rear were police cars with their lights flashing and a Secret Service ambulance that follows the president wherever he travels. And in between were several vans filled with White House...
  • Third Priest Killed In Dangerous Southern Mexico [A Corrupt And Deadly Crime-Ridden Nation?]

    12/26/2014 10:47:05 AM PST · by Steelfish · 3 replies
    YahooNews ^ | December 26, 2014 | MARK STEVENSON
    Third Priest Killed In Dangerous Southern Mexico By MARK STEVENSON A priest was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head, his diocese said Friday, marking the latest in series of abductions, attacks and highway robberies against Roman Catholic clerics in an area of southern Guerrero state dominated by drug cartels. Rev. Gregorio Lopez Gorostieta is the third Catholic priest to have been killed in the region this year, and the first to die since the federal government launched a special, stepped-up security operation in the area following the disappearance of 43 teachers' college students three months ago. The...
  • The List: Obama's Three Hundred and Ninth Week in Office

    12/26/2014 10:45:46 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Nachumlist ^ | 12/26/14 | Nachum
    Obama's Three Hundred and Ninth Week in OfficeNews and Notes:   We are still a nation of Laws. You just have to check with Barack Obama everyday to see what they are.  -Ted Cruz March 8, 201412/25/2014Gunrunner-GateBelatedly Released and Revealing Fast & Furious Docs60-page released Fast & Furious DocIt's 3am and nobody's thereFour-star spymaster behind North Korean hacking; Sony’s ‘The Interview’ available onlineNorth Korea was NOT behind the Sony hack according to multiple security experts who discredit FBI findings and reveal that a studio insider named ´Lena´ may be responsibleCommunity Organizer to the WorldObama: Jesus Is ‘A Son of God’Obama's Spiritual...
  • John Muir’s allure endures, even 100 years after his death

    12/26/2014 10:44:50 AM PST · by Borges · 3 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 12/25/2014 | Jennifer Modenessi
    On Christmas Eve in 1914, famed naturalist John Muir lay in a Los Angeles hospital bed, taking his last few breaths. A prolific nature writer and passionate preservationist, the 74-year-old spent his final moments racked with pneumonia, hundreds of miles from the 17-room Martinez Edwardian mansion he called home. A century later, Muir’s former residence — now the John Muir National Historic Site — is where national park staffers and about 30 Muir enthusiasts gathered on a gray Christmas Eve morning to mark the passing of the man who co-founded the Sierra Club and preserved Yosemite and other natural park...
  • Captive orangutan has human right to freedom, Argentine court rules

    12/26/2014 10:44:39 AM PST · by Brother Cracker · 2 replies
    reuters ^ | Dec 21, 2014 | Richard Lough
    An orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognized the ape as a "non-human person" unlawfully deprived of its freedom, local media reported on Sunday. Animal rights campaigners filed a habeas corpus petition - a document more typically used to challenge the legality of a person's detention or imprisonment - in November on behalf of Sandra, a 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan at the Buenos Aires zoo. In a landmark ruling that could pave the way for more lawsuits, the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) argued the ape...
  • Florida Becomes 3rd Largest State Following California and Texas, New York Drops to 4th;

    12/26/2014 10:35:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    The US census bureau reports Florida Passes New York to Become the Nation’s Third Most Populous State I added the dashed red line to show the stagnation in Illinois. The Bureau Reports .... By adding an average of 803 new residents each day between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014, Florida passed New York to become the nation’s third most populous state, according to U.S. Census Bureau state population estimates released today. Florida’s population grew by 293,000 over this period, reaching 19.9 million. The population of New York increased by 51,000 to 19.7 million. California remained the nation’s most...
  • The Continuing Obama Soap Opera

    12/26/2014 10:25:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | D.W. Wilbur
    Enjoying his vacation in Hawaii President Obama has dispatched Vice President Joe Biden to New York to represent the administration at the funeral of slain New York Police Officer Rafael Ramos, in a move some would consider a clear indication of his hostility towards and disdain for law enforcement. To send a loose cannon like Biden to such a solemn occasion, knowing full well that Biden is more than likely going to say or do something truly insensitive or stupid, shows that the president has little regard for the feelings of police professionals in New York and around the country.The...
  • Apple And Samsung: Here’s What Happens When The Money Begins To Run Out

    12/26/2014 10:19:05 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 33 replies
    PixoBebo ^ | Friday, December 26, 2014 | Kate MacKenzie
    You knew this had to happen. While Samsung and other Android smartphone vendors bask in the glory of marketshare vs. Apple’s iPhone and iPad, it’s Apple that walks away with most of the profits. Without profits, tech companies have to tighten their belts, cut back on R&D (research and development), close stores, and reduce the product line. Guess which high profile tech company is doing all that? If you guessed Apple, you’d be so far off the mark that you’re probably in need of public assistance for watching too much Faux News and reading Business Insider. It’s not Apple. It’s...
  • Merry Christmas for Folks Who Like to Laugh

    12/26/2014 10:15:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Yesterday, as part of a column about the burden of regulation, I shared a couple of Christmas-themed videos, as well as a tragic story of Santa Claus getting arrested by the IRS. During previous Christmas seasons, thereÂ’s been other topical humor. This video showing how the North Pole would function if Obama had control.Another video, this one featuring Santa Claus griping about government red tape.The perfect present if you have any Timmy Geithner fans in your family.Cartoons showing what would happen if Obama replaced Santa Claus. ThereÂ’s more, but letÂ’s focus on augmenting our list with some new cartoons.HereÂ’s Robert...
  • Man Killed, 2 Hurt In Christmas Night Shooting [3 UNARMED Blacks Shot; Holder Won't Visit]

    12/26/2014 9:44:55 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 12/25/14
    Three people were shot, one fatally, in a Christmas night shooting in Overtown and police are still looking for the gunman. According to Miami police investigators, a group of people were standing outside of the Express Food Center at 467 NW 8th Street around 8 p.m. Thursday night when suddenly, someone opened fire outside of the corner food store.
  • Is Warren Cruz-in for a bruisin'?

    12/26/2014 9:43:37 AM PST · by luke1825 · 17 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 12/21/2014 | peter lucas
    Memo to Elizabeth Warren: Liz, Massachusetts politicians do not get elected president. Not Ted Kennedy, not Mike Dukakis, not Paul Tsongas, not John Kerry, not Mitt Romney and now, not you. But, hey, don't let that stop you from running. After eight dreadful years of Barack Obama the country could use a diversion, if not a few laughs. So go for it. And like former U.S. Sen. John Kerry, who went down in flames in 2004 when President George Bush defeated him, you do not have to give up your Senate seat to make the run
  • Sanders: I'll Decide on Presidential Run by March

    12/26/2014 9:34:43 AM PST · by rktman · 49 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 12/26/2014 | unknown
    Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders says he'll decide by March whether to launch a 2016 presidential campaign and, if so, whether he'll seek the Democratic nomination. Either way, Sanders says he wouldn't run just to nudge the debate to the left. "I don't want to do it unless I can do it well," he told The Associated Press. "I don't want to do it unless we can win this thing." Sanders, a socialist, said he grew up "solidly lower middle class" in a Jewish family in Brooklyn — his father, an immigrant from Poland, sold paint for a living —and...
  • As You Celebrate Christmas, Please Remember Our Brave Men and Women in Uniform

    12/26/2014 9:33:50 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 1 replies
    IJReview ^ | 12/25/2014 | Mike Miller
    Video at link ... Soldiers Silent NightAs the war in Afghanistan winds down, our troops remain in harm’s way in that war-torn country, and Iraq as well. This Christmas, please pause to remember them, their families and the many sacrifices they make so that we may continue to live free. Merry Christmas to our brave men and women in uniform. May you all safely return to your loved ones.
  • 'Interstellar,' 'The Interview,' And The Most Disappointing Films Of 2014

    12/26/2014 9:25:57 AM PST · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 26, 2014 | Scott Mendelson
    These ten films are not remotely the worst films of 2014, but their respective artistic failures were the most disappointing. This is arguably the most subjective list of my year-end wrap up, with the caveat that of course all of my "best/worst" lists are as subjective as any critical analysis. None of the films on this list belong anywhere near a "worst-of" rundown, but in some ways they were more explicitly dissatisfying than the actual films I chose as the "worst" or "least favorite" films of 2014. Some were genuinely bad, some were mostly good save for a few key...
  • Police: Cartel claims they have kidnapped Border Patrol agent

    12/26/2014 9:21:46 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 17 replies
    valleycentral.com ^ | 12/26/14 | by Nadia Galindo
    Police: Cartel claims they have kidnapped Border Patrol agent by Nadia Galindo A person claiming to be a member of a cartel claims they have kidnapped a border agent and threatened their life, according to police. Border Patrol is making contact with all personnel in the Rio Grande Valley. They have now confirmed that all agents working the day of the threat have been accounted for at this time.
  • Cardinal Napier: Next Year’s Synod Will Feature ‘Truth, Fidelity and Authenticity’

    12/26/2014 9:14:47 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | EDWARD PENTIN
    VATICAN CITY — Last month, Pope Francis appointed South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, the archbishop of Durban, as one of the presidents of next year’s Synod on the Family. His appointment was viewed as part of a push to have more African bishops represented in key leadership positions, and immediately preceded the Pope’s appointment of Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Cardinal Napier was one of the most high-profile and outspoken critics of some aspects of the recent extraordinary synod on the family. In this Dec. 23 email...
  • Obama trying to undermine our 2nd Amendment rights in a typical Obama way

    12/26/2014 9:12:14 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/26/14 | Doug Book
    During the past several years, the expected signing by the Obama Administration of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has raised the serious question among gun owners of whether the terms of a treaty can take precedence over the rights secured by the Constitution or the laws of the land which derive from it. That is, can our inalienable rights be undone by International Law? Secretary of State John Kerry signed the ATT last year and the Treaty entered into force—took effect—two days ago on Christmas Eve. Apostles of one world government have endeavored to convince the American people...
  • ‘When I Opened It, I Said, ‘Oh My God”: What an Uncle Found Inside a PlayStation 4 Box

    12/26/2014 9:11:59 AM PST · by lowbridge · 32 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | december 26, 2014 | dave urbanski
    Igor Baksht made a big Christmas purchase from a Colorado Walmart last Friday — a PlayStation 4 bundle for his 13-year-old niece. But as he was about to wrap the box, Baksht opened it to be certain “everything was inside, that all the contents were inside, all the games were inside,” he told KMGH-TV. Then he got a shock: “When I opened it, I said, ‘Oh my God.’” Instead of a PlayStation 4, the box contained two plastic bags full of rocks, Baksht said. The Stapleton Walmart where he’d made the purchase had closed, so Baksht tried a 24-hour one — but staff...
  • Woman Accused Of Stealing Christmas Decorations Speaks Out

    12/26/2014 8:56:45 AM PST · by Morgana · 79 replies
    KKTV ^ | Dec 25, 2014 | KKTV
    A married couple allegedly took on the role of "Grinch" this Christmas season and stole Christmas displays from dozens of Colorado Springs families. Jeremy Lewallen, 18, and his 42-year-old wife Carrie Carley were arrested Dec. 19. Police say they used the displays they swiped to decorate their own yard. According to the arrest affidavit obtained by 11 News, a neighbor who had his decorations stolen was driving around his neighborhood when he spotted a very familiar looking Christmas display in the suspects' front yard. Police served a search warrant there and allegedly found, in the words of one of the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ENTELECHY, 12-26-14

    12/26/2014 8:48:15 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-26-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:ENTELECHY The internal specifying principle that actively directs a nature to its specific good or end. In scholastic philosophy this is the substantial form. It is the vital principle that guides and co-ordinates all the activities of an organism from within, and for the benefit of the whole. More than mechanical, it is the immanent power that gives purpose and direction to all the operations of every living thing. (Etym. Latin entelechia, accomplishment, actuality, substantial form; from Greek entelecheia.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used...
  • A New Poster Child for Black on White Crime

    12/26/2014 8:45:23 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 56 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/26/2014
    Paige Stalker might be alive today had she learned about Routine Activity Theory. But she is dead and two of her friends are critically wounded, the latest poster children for R.A.T.: White people in black neighborhoods should expect to be the victims of racial violence. Paige was one of five teenagers from an upscale neighborhood in nearby Grosse Point who were on their way to the movies three days before Christmas when they decided to pull over and smoke marijuana in Detroit. While they were getting a high, a black man with a high-powered rifle approached their car and fired...
  • Vanity: Anyone out there have an AR7?

    12/26/2014 8:44:41 AM PST · by Vermont Lt · 39 replies
    12/26/2014 | Me
    I am thinking about picking up an AR7, just to have in the bug out pack. Its more a pack I toss into the truck when driving long distances in the winter. I don't really expect to be caught alone in a 4x4 truck in the wild lands of Vermont for long, but I never know. And I do not want to drive around with my Remington 700 in the back seat. So, has anyone owned one and are they worth it. Its the break down capability I am looking for. I guess there are other weapons that break down...
  • Man kicked off American Airlines plane after rage over 'Merry Christmas' greeting

    12/26/2014 8:42:29 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 64 replies
    When a gate agent greeting everyone the same way told him "Merry Christmas", he responded "You shouldn't say that because not everyone celebrates Christmas." "Well, what should I say then?" the agent reportedly replied. "Don't say, 'Merry Christmas!'" the man retorted, now shouting, before walking past her onto the plane. After a flight attendant greeted the unidentified man with the same Yuletide cheer, he snapped and began lecturing the staff about why they shouldn't say "Merry Christmas." The crew unsuccessfully tried calming him down before he was escorted off the plane.
  • Cranford, New Jersey police officers come to rescue of choking dog

    12/26/2014 8:40:35 AM PST · by Altariel · 7 replies
    WABC ^ | December 23, 2014 | WABC Staff
    CRANFORD, N.J. (WABC) -- Three New Jersey police officers sprang into action to save a choking dog. On Friday night, Cranford police received a frantic 9-1-1 call reporting a choking dog in the field adjacent to Walnut Avenue School. During a game of catch, Leo, a Great Dane/Shepherd mix weighing over 140 pounds, began choking and couldn't breathe when a tennis ball became lodged in his throat. Officer Robert Jordan encircled the dog with his arms and attempted to clear the dog's airway using abdominal thrusts. Officers John Rattigan and Brian Trotter arrived and assisted in the rescue. When the...
  • 33 Examples of Intolerant Liberalism in 2014

    12/26/2014 8:39:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/26/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    2014 may be remembered as the year of intolerant liberalism, also dubbed the new intolerance, dogmatic liberalism and illiberal liberalism.In no particular order, here are 33 examples of intolerant liberalism in 2014:1. "Duck Dynasty"The year began with a controversy surrounding the popular television show Duck Dynasty. In January, A&E announced the reinstatement of Phil Robertson after he was initially suspended from the show for controversial remarks about homosexuality.2. HHS Continues to Force Americans to Support Products for Which They Have Ethical ObjectionsEven after a repudiation from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Obama administration has continued its effort to force some...
  • Affordable Care Act’s Tax Effects Now Loom for Filers

    12/26/2014 8:39:15 AM PST · by Theoria · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 Dec 2014 | Tara Siegel Bernard
    If you decided to skip health insurance this year, consider this: Unless you can prove you have a valid excuse, you will be liable for a penalty during the coming tax season — and the time to start making your case is now. That’s not all. People who bought subsidized insurance through one of the marketplaces may have new tax forms to complete, while paying the penalty itself may demand some serious number-crunching. The Internal Revenue Service is gearing up to answer questions, but it warns that only half of the callers may get through — and those who succeed...
  • Arsonist sets fire to Swedish mosque, injuring five

    12/26/2014 8:38:02 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 10 replies
    An arsonist set fire to a mosque in the Swedish town of Eskilstuna on Thursday, injuring five people, police said, an incident which comes amid an intense debate over immigration. The immigration debate has pitted the far right, which wants to cut the number of asylum seekers allowed into Sweden by 90 percent, against mainstream parties intent on preserving the Nordic country's liberal policy.
  • Eric Garner’s family and Rev. Al Sharpton lead tribute for 2 slain NYPD cops

    12/26/2014 8:30:38 AM PST · by PROCON · 43 replies
    nydailynews ^ | Dec. 25, 2014 | Bill Hutchinson
    The family of Garner, along with Sharpton, led a moment of silence at the National Action Network in Harlem on Christmas for Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. The tribute occurred during an event to feed the homeless and senior citizen.The family of Eric Garner joined the Rev. Al Sharpton for a Christmas Day moment of silence honoring two cops murdered by a deranged killer out to avenge the Staten Island man’s death. Garner’s mother, Gwenn Carr, and his widow, Esaw Garner, paused for the moment of silence at the National Action Network headquarters in Harlem, where they were helping...
  • Operation Cowboy

    12/26/2014 8:29:29 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    SCOUT ^ | Dec 09, 2014 | 06:38 am | Stephan Talty, contributor
    The strange, forgotten World War II mission that involved Americans and Nazis cooperating to save a rare breed of prize horses from extinction. It was late April 1945 when the Americans first heard about the white horses. It happened near the Czech-German border, about 90 miles east of Nuremberg. Capt. Ferdinand P. Sperl, an officer with IPW (Interrogation Prisoners of War) 10, was examining a cache of items he’d just confiscated from a Nazi colonel known only as “Walter H.” They were typical intelligence documents: memos, maps, charts. But something in the colonel’s personal attaché case caught Sperl's eye: photos...
  • Daily Kos: Reagan ‘Convinced Americans That Democratic Government Was Un-American’

    12/26/2014 8:25:29 AM PST · by Maceman · 54 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 21, 2014 | Tom Johnson
    In the 1960s and ‘70s, it was fairly common for leftists to describe the U.S. as not just misguided or flawed, but sick. On Sunday, Daily Kos’s Mark Sumner trotted out that metaphor when he asserted that President Reagan “introduced [an] infection” to this country, one which caused Americans to believe that “to save our nation, we have to treat our government like a threat.” Since the Reagan years, Sumner claimed, “conservatism has been more than just an argument about tax rates and regulat[ions]. It's become an open and honest war on the whole idea of governing. By opening a...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, December 26, 2014 - Tatterdemalion

    12/26/2014 8:20:29 AM PST · by tioga · 18 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. TatterdemalionNoun A person wearing ragged or tattered clothing; a ragamuffin. Adjective Ragged; tattered. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92...
  • ISIS Prepares to Attack Israel in North and South Pincer Movement

    12/26/2014 8:17:04 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 64 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 24, 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    With ISIS continuing to hold the upper hand in Syria and Iraq, it appears that the terrorist network is planning what military strategists call a pincer movement to attack the Israeli homeland from the north and south. Three Syrian rebel groups switched loyalties to gain ISIS support for attacks on the Israeli occupied Golan Heights, according to a report by the Fiscal Times. ISIS is now able to coordinate with Egyptian ISIS-aligned terror group Ansar Bait al-Maqdis in Sinai to simultaneously pressure Israel's northern and southern borders... Although the U.S. led Coalition Joint Task Force named "Operation Inherent Resolve" claims to...
  • Rand Paul’s Cluelessness on Cuba

    12/26/2014 8:10:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    Now where have we previously heard Senator Rand Paul’s cliché-fest that constitutes his rebuttal to Senator Marco Rubio on Cuba sanctions? Well, from The Council on Foreign Relations to the New York Times and from Hillary Clinton to The Congressional Black Caucus—and that’s for starters. And oh, we also heard it repeatedly from every single one of the KGB-trained Cuban spies convicted by U.S. juries recently. “The embargo is Castro’s best friend,” Clinton chanted to an extremely friendly audience at the Council on Foreign Relations back in June while citing and promoting her book Hard Choices. The sanctions give “Castro...
  • Discovery of Bourbon Virus Raises Many Questions

    12/26/2014 8:02:19 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 34 replies
    Medscape ^ | Dec 24, 2014 | Robert Lowes
    The discovery of a new virus implicated in the death of a Kansas farmer this past June raises many questions about its host, prevalence, spectrum of disease, and ultimately its treatment and prevention, according to an infectious disease expert who treated the patient. Yesterday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced the first known case of the so-called Bourbon virus, named after the Kansas county where the unidentified patient had lived. His symptoms — fever, low red and white blood cell counts, elevated liver enzymes, and loss of appetite — suggested a tick-borne illness such as ehrlichiosis or the...
  • The opposition to Mayor de Blasio reached new heights

    12/26/2014 7:48:55 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 42 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 26, 2014 | Yaron Steinbuch
    Opposition to de Blasio reaches new heights By Yaron Steinbuch December 26, 2014 | 10:20am The opposition to Mayor de Blasio reached new heights Friday – with a plane flying a banner reading “De Blasio, Our Backs Have Turned To You” over the Hudson River. Ashley Chalmers, owner of Jersey Shore Aerial Advertising, the company that flew the banner, declined to reveal from the airborne plane who hired him for the flight. John Cardillo, a blogger and former NYPD cop, tweeted that he was contacted by a “coalition of NYPD cops, Detectives, and supervisors” and asked to release their statement:...
  • Google Goes Off the Climate Change Deep End

    12/26/2014 7:45:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Editor's note: This article was co-authored by Chris Skates. In a recent interview with National Public Radio host Diane Rehm, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said his company “has a very strong view that we should make decisions in politics based on facts. And the facts of climate change are not in question anymore. Everyone understands climate change is occurring, and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. We should not be aligned with such people. They’re just literally lying.” While he didn’t vilify us by name,...
  • ‘Best Xmas party of the year': #BlackLivesMatter Trashes Oakland

    12/26/2014 7:35:38 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 26 Dec 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    ‘Best Xmas party of the year': #BlackLivesMatter Trashes Oakland by Joel B. Pollak 26 Dec 2014 Demonstrators participating in a Christmas Day “Black Lives Matter” protest in Oakland against police smashed store windows, injured a journalist, and vandalized the city’s main Christmas tree in Jack London Square in the latest violence associated with the movement.
  • A Pint-Size Polar Predator

    12/26/2014 7:25:45 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Discover ^ | Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | Gemma Tarlach
    Nanuqsaurus hoglundi was the big little dinosaur find that nearly got left behind. Classified in a March study, the hobbit T. rex, barely two-thirds the size of its more famous relative, roamed the Arctic some 70 million years ago. It's the only tyrannosaur ever found outside temperate latitudes, rewriting our understanding of the animals' diversity... In 2006, Fiorillo's team was above the Arctic Circle, on Alaska's North Slope. The polar season for fieldwork is brief, and they were busy excavating horned dinosaurs. But they also noticed a few interesting-looking, basketball-size rocks lying around the site. Fiorillo set them aside, thinking...
  • Oldest Horned Dinosaur in North American Discovered

    12/26/2014 7:25:41 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Paleontologists working in southern Montana unearthed a 3-inch beaked skull with pointed cheeks, which they believe is the oldest definitive evidence of a horned dinosaur in North America. Though small, the skull helps fill gaps in the evolutionary history of horned creatures on this continent... Fossil remains of horned dinosaurs, called neoceratopsian, have been found throughout North America, but the fossil record of these creatures is incredibly limited further back in time. That's been a hang-up for paleontologists because the late Early Cretaceous period (roughly 113 to 105 million years ago) was a time of important diversification for horned dinosaurs....
  • Obama's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year

    12/26/2014 7:24:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    There is no way to sugarcoat the past year, except to say that, with a rare exceptions, it's been one of our nation's worst in many years. In the areas of greatest concern, things have grown a lot worse for those in the bottom half of the income scale in a still-uneven, job-challenged economy across most of the nation. The Gallup Poll reports this week that only 23 percent of all Americans they survey each month "were satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S." That number has precipitously fallen to "the lower end of what Gallup has...
  • Is There Anyone You Know Who Might Have Been Forgotten This Christmas?

    12/26/2014 7:23:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies
    Archdioce of Washington ^ | 12-25-14 | Msgr. Charels Pope
    Is There Anyone You Know Who Might Have Been Forgotten This Christmas? By: Msgr. Charles PopeChristmas is a beautiful time of the year for most of us, most of the time. But it is also true that Christmas can be a very painful time of year for some, especially those who have experienced recent loss or who, for various reasons, have fewer family options at Christmas. Yes, Christmas can be the best of times or the loneliest of times, the most wonderful time of the year or the most painful.The video below reminds us that Christmas can also be a...
  • If GOP establishment picks Jeb Bush for 2016, conservatives should bolt for another party

    12/26/2014 7:20:12 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 114 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 12/26/2014 | Jon E Dougherty
    Some conservative political analysts have opined that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced recently that he was further exploring his options to run for the GOP presidential nomination as a means of pre-empting all other potential GOP candidates. Many of the same analysts say there was an additional, not-so-subtle message, and it was aimed primarily at conservatives: ‘Don’t bother running; the monied GOP interests (i.e. the donor class) have spoken and Jeb Bush is who they want.’ Over the Christmas holidays I have had a number of people ask my opinion about Bush, and what I have told them, essentially,...
  • Liberal Congressman Rangel Insists Protesters Never Chanted They Want “Dead Cops”

    12/26/2014 7:17:11 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 42 replies
    – Then He’s Shown Video Of Them Saying It…New York Rep. Charles Rangel was on CNN this morning being interviewed by Ashleigh Banfield. During the otherwise fairly agreeable interview, Rangel insisted that protest chants calling for “dead cops” never happened, and he was shown proof otherwise After being shown evidence contrary to his claim, Rangel changed gears and said the behavior he denied existed was unacceptable saying they must be mentally ill
  • Game Over Japan: Real Wages Crash Most In 21st Century, Savings Rate Turns Negative

    12/26/2014 7:09:25 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12-26-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 12/26/2014 When about a month ago it was revealed that Japan's shadow economic advisor is none other than Paul Krugman, we said it was only a matter of time before the Japanese economy implodes. Terminally. We didn't have long to wait and last night the barrage of Japanese economic data pretty much assured Japan's transition into failed Keynesian state status. In fact, after last night's abysmal Japanese eco data, we doubt even the most lobotomized Keynesian voodoo priests have anything favorable left to say about Abenomics: not only did core inflation miss expectations and is now clearly in...
  • How Many People Watched 'The Interview' on Christmas?

    12/26/2014 7:09:07 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 30 replies
    In The Capital ^ | 12-26-2014 | Eric Hal Schwartz
    The movie was downloaded illegally more than 750,000 times during the course of the day. That may have something to do with the limited release of the film in theaters, and the fact that it was only released in the U.S., or even that two of the streaming options, Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's Playstation systems, both went down on Christmas and are still having problems.` Regardless of the reasons, it's still not a good sign for Sony's plans to recoup some of the losses caused by the hack with revenue from the movie. There's no official numbers yet, but Variety reported...
  • Topless Feminist Activist Grabs Baby Jesus Statue in St Peter's Square

    12/26/2014 7:07:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Feminist protest group Femen have staged a demonstration in St Peter's Square after the Pope's Christmas address, grabbing a statue of a newly-born Jesus from the square's nativity scene. Leader of the Femen movement, Inna Shevchenko, grabbed the statue with the words "God Is Woman" daubed in large letters on her chest. Ms Shevchenko was immediately detained by a Vatican guard who covered her with his cape before she was escorted to a local police station. The guard also wrestled the Jesus figurine away from her. Although the incident occurred well after Pope Francis delivered his Christmas message from the...
  • ‘Best Xmas party of the year': #BlackLivesMatter Trashes Oakland

    12/26/2014 7:03:25 AM PST · by rktman · 38 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/26/2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    Demonstrators participating in a Christmas Day “Black Lives Matter” protest in Oakland against police smashed store windows, injured a journalist, and vandalized the city’s main Christmas tree in Jack London Square in the latest violence associated with the movement.