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  • How Lucky Is Syria’s President?

    02/05/2016 8:45:17 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | September 12, 2013 | Ali Hashem
    Bashar al-Assad may be the luckiest man in the Middle East, and maybe in the world. The defiant Syrian president has been under fierce popular, military, regional and global pressure to step down, his country is almost destroyed, more than one hundred thousand of his people have been killed and thousands of his soldiers splintered.
  • Syrians Rush to Turkey as Assad Forces, Russia Pound Rebels

    02/05/2016 8:08:34 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 5, 2016 | AYLA ALBAYRAK, NOUR MALAS and DANA BALLOUT
    Regime forces tightened their grip on Syria’s biggest city Friday by cutting off a major supply route, as thousands of civilians uprooted by days of Russian airstrikes gathered at a border crossing in the hope of gaining refuge in neighboring Turkey. Rebel fighters in Aleppo struggled to hold their ground as President Bashar al-Assad’s military gained the upper hand in important battlegrounds, in an expanding conflict that could mark a turning point in the five-year war. As fighting, coupled with Russian airstrikes, intensified, thousands of Syrians converged on a border crossing with Turkey. The Ankara government and aid groups rushed...
  • Cops take revenge on woman who pulled over speeding officer - by tweeting photo of her 'drinking'..

    02/05/2016 7:22:37 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 5 February 2016 | REGINA F. GRAHAM and KALHAN ROSENBLATT
    A police union chief in Florida has taken to social media to blast the civilian vigilante who decided to give a police officer a piece of her mind on video after the Miami woman believed the cop was speeding. Filming from her driver's seat, Claudia Castillo shot three videos total of Miami-Dade Police Officer Daniel Fonticiella moving quickly through traffic on Dolphin Expressway and her confronting him after he pulled over on January 29. Javier Ortiz, the Miami Fraternal Order of Police union president, called Castillo out in several posts to Facebook and Twitter, including a photo that appears to...

    02/05/2016 2:28:39 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Feb 5, 2016 | FREDERIC C. HOF
    For over four years, an article of faith for senior Western politicians has been that there is no military solution to the crisis in Syria. Properly translated this mantric assertion, still being chanted in 2016, would read as follows: “We in the West will not lift a finger militarily to stop, complicate, or mitigate mass murder in Syria so long as the perpetrators are Bashar al-Assad and his external enablers: Iran and Russia. Therefore someone ought to resolve this odious crisis diplomatically.”
  • Saudi Arabia willing to send ground troops to Syria

    02/05/2016 2:02:21 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 05 Feb 2016
    Saudi Arabia is prepared to deploy ground troops to Syria to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) if US-led coalition leaders agree to the offer. Saudi's air force has targeted ISIL with air strikes since the campaign began in Syria in September 2014, but the Gulf kingdom is now ready to provide ground forces to defeat the armed group, a military spokesman said on Thursday.
  • Johnny Manziel's Father Says Son Refused Rehab Admittance After Domestic Dispute

    02/05/2016 1:56:36 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 25 replies
    B/R ^ | Feb 5, 2016 | Tim Daniels
    Paul Manziel, the father of Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, stated Friday he's concerned his 23-year-old son is heading for a bleak future if he doesn't receive help soon. Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News provided comments from the elder Manziel, who said his son refused admittance to rehabilitation facilities twice over the past week. He doesn't think that paints a promising picture moving forward. "I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday," Paul Manziel said. On Friday, Manziel's agent, Erik Burkhardt, announced he was parting ways with the signal-caller,...
  • Is future bleak for Super Bowl?

    02/04/2016 8:48:44 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 76 replies
    CNN ^ | February 4, 2016 | Amy Bass
    In a way, that sounds like a strange question, because football has never had a lack of fans. Last year's Super Bowl, for example, was a ratings bonanza for NBC, with some 114.5 million viewers -- climbing to 120.8 million during the final minutes -- making it the most viewed television program in U.S. history. Next year, network television looks set to grow the NFL juggernaut further, with NBC and CBS brokering a deal earlier this week rumored to be in the $450 million range to split the Thursday night prime-time games package. So the problem, right now at least,...
  • Syrian rebels are losing Aleppo and perhaps also the war

    02/04/2016 6:52:18 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 38 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 4, 2016 | Liz Sly and Zakaria Zakaria
    GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Syrian rebels battled for their survival in and around Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on Thursday after a blitz of Russian airstrikes helped government loyalists sever a vital supply route and sent a new surge of refugees fleeing toward the border with Turkey. The Russian-backed onslaught against rebel positions in Aleppo coincided with the failure of peace talks in Geneva, and helped reinforce opposition suspicions that Russia and its Syrian government allies are more interested in securing a military victory over the rebels than negotiating a settlement. After two days of what rebel fighters described as the...
  • Hundreds of far-right extremists and anti-fascists fought running battles in Dover this weekend.

    02/01/2016 5:52:02 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 44 replies
    Channel 4 News ^ | February 1, 2016
    Hundreds of far-right extremists and anti-fascists fought running battles in Dover this weekend. Hardline anti-immigrant protesters descended on the town, which is the first stop for many migrants coming to Britain.
  • American football is too dangerous, and it should be abolished

    01/31/2016 9:12:38 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 235 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 4 January 2016 | Dave Bry
    We just completed another regular season of NFL football. Now let’s see if we can make it the last such season ever played. In its current state, professional football is immoral and we as a society should end its existence. I imagine some fans of American football felt their hackles rise upon reading that. “Immoral” is a strong word, impossible to type from anywhere other than the saddle of a very tall horse, which isn’t the most comfortable seat for me. I ate foie gras with Christmas dinner last week and enjoyed it immensely. I know that its production involves...
  • Sweden to expel up to 80,000 failed asylum-seekers

    01/27/2016 5:48:58 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 27, 2016
    Sweden expects to expel up to 80,000 asylum-seekers whose applications have been rejected, the country's interior minister has announced. Anders Ygeman said that charter aircraft would be used to deport the migrants over several years. "We are talking about 60,000 people but the number could climb to 80,000," Mr Ygeman told Swedish media. Some 163,000 migrants applied for asylum in Sweden in 2015, the highest per capita number in Europe. Of the approximately 58,800 cases processed last year, 55% were accepted. Schengen: Controversial EU free movement deal explained Migrants feel chill as Europe tightens frontier checks EU threatens Greece over...
  • The number of blizzards has DOUBLED in the past 20 years: Scientists blame global warming

    01/25/2016 5:18:06 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 48 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | January 25, 2016 | ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD
    Blizzards, like the one that battered the East Coast this weekend, have doubled in number over the past 20 years. From 1960-94, the US had an average of nine blizzards per year. Since 1995, that annual average has risen to 19. And it's not just their frequency that's increasing. More blizzards are forming outside the normal storm season of October to March, scientists have found.
  • 10 Reasons Why Liberals Are Barbarians

    A question you may have asked at some point is: Why are civilized men and women in the West facilitating the decay of their own civilization? This, however, is a fallen question, because one of its premises is false. Those who facilitate the destruction of their own civilization aren not really civilized people at all. They are barbarians. The term barbarian has been with us since ancient Greece, used to describe people with a set of behaviors and character traits antithetical to those that produced Western civilization. According to the ancient Greeks, barbarians are like children, unable to speak or...
  • 'Putin is corrupt' says US Treasury

    01/25/2016 1:58:17 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 25, 2016
    The US Treasury has told a BBC investigation that it considers Russian President Vladimir Putin to be corrupt. The US government has already imposed sanctions on Mr Putin's aides, but it is thought to be the first time it has directly accused him of corruption. His spokesman told the BBC that "none of these questions or issues needs to be answered, as they are pure fiction". Last week a UK public inquiry said Mr Putin had "probably" approved the murder of ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko. Litvinenko, a former Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) agent and fierce critic of Mr Putin, was...
  • Syrian Forces, Helped by Russian Airstrikes, Seize Rebel Stronghold

    01/25/2016 1:47:29 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 24, 2016 | RAJA ABDULRAHIM
    Syrian regime forces backed by Russian airstrikes seized control of a rebel stronghold on Sunday, the latest in a series of gains in northwestern Latakia province aided by Moscow’s intervention in the conflict. The advances in the heartland of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite minority put the regime within striking distance of neighboring Idlib, the only province almost entirely under rebel control. Just a few months ago, rebel fighters were advancing through the Idlib countryside toward Latakia and looked poised to deal more blows to the regime. But the Russian intervention in late September has given the regime’s military the...
  • Electric cars will 'suffer' from cheap oil, Elon Musk says

    01/25/2016 1:44:40 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | January 25, 2016 | Euan McKirdy
    Plunging oil prices are set to hit the electric car industry hard, but Tesla vehicles won't be the worst affected, says CEO Elon Musk. "[The] industry as a whole, I think, will definitely suffer from lower oil prices," Musk told CNN's Kristie Lu Stout on Monday. "It just makes economic sense."
  • It's time for the National League to adopt the DH

    01/24/2016 12:03:41 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 75 replies
    ESPN ^ | January 24, 2016 | Jim Bowden
    The change: Implement the designated hitter rule in the National League. How it would work: The DH rule would be in effect for all professional games in every league at all levels -- with no exceptions. I spent most of my front-office career in the National League, and have always preferred the game played without the DH rule. I like the late-inning strategies, the double-switches and deciding whether to take out your best pitcher when you're tied or down a run. I also like the fact that the bench and bullpens are more important in game strategy without a DH....

    01/23/2016 7:16:14 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 45 replies
    VIDEO: BRITAIN FIRST CARRIES OUT CHRISTIAN PATROL IN ISLAMIST HOTSPOT BURY PARK, LUTON Bury Park in Luton is an area notorious for Islamic extremists, ISIS fanatics, hate preachers and terrorists. It is perhaps the worst hotspot in the whole country for Islamists. In response to the recent imprisonment of an ISIS supporter (who is from Bury Park) Britain First carried out a "Christian Patrol" along the High Street and encountered ferocious hostility from local Muslims. What followed was a shocking look into the Islamisation of our beloved country. Our activists were attacked and pelted with eggs. Verbal abuse was rife....
  • Everyone Who Uses Facebook Needs to ‘Be Like Bill’ Right Now

    01/23/2016 12:23:11 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    NextShark ^ | Jan 21, 2016 | Laura Dang
    Be like Bill -- is the new hilarious guideline for social media use that could seriously make the world a better place. The memes are the creation of Eugeniu Croitoru, a Moldovan man who lives in Milan, Italy. Be like Bill -- employs tongue-in-cheek humor to advise readers on things pertaining to social norms in real life and online behavior.
  • EU leaders consider two-year suspension of Schengen rules

    01/23/2016 10:20:12 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 22 Jan 2016 | Matthew Holehouse, and Ben Riley Smith
    The Schengen system of free movement could be suspended for two years under emergency measures to be discussed by European ministers on Monday, as the French Prime Minister warned the crisis could bring down the entire European Union. Manuel Valls said that the “very idea of Europe” will be torn apart until the flows of migrants expected to surge in spring are turned away. On Monday, interior ministers from the EU will meet in Amsterdam to discuss emergency measures to allow states to reintroduce national border controls for two years. The powers are allowed under the Schengen rules, but would...
  • Hundreds dead as ISIS makes gains in strategic Syrian city

    01/23/2016 9:58:56 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat January 23, 2016 | Hamdi Alhkshali and Tim Lister
    Fierce battles continue around the strategic city of Deir Ezzor in northern Syria between regime forces and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to human rights groups. Hundreds of combatants and civilians have been killed over the past week, and Russian aircraft have been dropping supplies to beleaguered army units.
  • Redskins legend on black QBs: They're used to running from the law

    01/21/2016 7:32:44 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | January 3, 2016 | John Breech
    For the first time in NFL history, a black quarterback could be named the sole MVP of the league this year. If Cam Newton can hold off Carson Palmer and Tom Brady, then Newton will become the first African-American quarterback to be named the sole winner of the award (Steve McNair was co-MVP in 2003). One of the things that makes Newton so good is his ability to run. The 26-year-old has rushed for 626 yards in 2015, which leads all NFL quarterbacks. Newton's ability to run and the ability of other black quarterbacks -- like Tyrod Taylor and Russell...
  • Philip Rivers on the idea of the Raiders replacing the Chargers in San Diego: 'Sickening'

    01/21/2016 4:37:46 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 23 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | January 21, 2016 | Chuck Schilken
    The Chargers and Raiders have been divisional rivals since the start of the AFL back in 1960. The Chargers have been located in San Diego almost as long, moving south from Los Angeles in 1961. Philip Rivers has played a big part in that history, having spent all 12 of his NFL seasons as quarterback for the Chargers in San Diego. With the Rams moving to Los Angeles and the Chargers being the first team invited to join them, there's always the possibility of the Raiders moving from Oakland to San Diego. And that, quite frankly, makes Rivers sick to...
  • The Big Shorts: An era in basketball fashion is coming to an end

    01/21/2016 3:58:07 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 22 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 21, 2016 | Jorge Castillo
    Jerry West, the model for the logo of the National Basketball Association, wore basketball shorts the length of loincloths. Michael Jordan inspired a major alteration when he appealed for a longer and baggier cut. Then a group of freshmen at the University of Michigan known as the “Fab Five” became a national sensation in the early 1990s in part because of their sartorial swagger, with shorts that dropped below their knees. For years after, the subject of inseams inspired older observers of the game to fret: How low could they go? But now, the hemline is creeping back up. In...
  • NFL 'on track' to deliver UK-based franchise within six years as sport's fan base grows

    01/20/2016 3:05:47 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 81 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 20 January 2016 | MATT MALTBY
    The NFL are 'on track' to deliver a permanent UK-based American football franchise within the next six years, spokesman Mark Waller has insisted. Since 2007, London's Wembley Stadium has been home to the National Football League's International Series by hosting regular-season matches. Jacksonville Jaguars ‒ who are owned by Shahid Khan, the Fulham owner ‒ have played a game a season there since 2013 and now a permanent move for an NFL team appears to be likely.
  • As a doctor who treats concussions and a lifelong fan, I now believe pro football is unethical

    01/19/2016 8:45:34 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 60 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 16, 2016 | Joseph A. Annibali
    Have you noticed just how violent professional football is? Does it strike you as odd that so many are excited about a game in which players are knocked senseless and many are maimed? The players strike each other with such force that the collision sounds can be heard high in the stands and on TV. The quarterback position is acknowledged as the most important, but rare is the quarterback who is able to play a whole season without significant injuries. More important than the broken clavicles, the shoulder dislocations, and even the gruesome orthopedic disasters like the career-ending injury of...
  • Russian airstrikes are working in Syria — enough to put peace talks in doubt

    01/19/2016 6:28:46 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 19, 2016 | Liz Sly
    Russian military intervention in Syria is finally generating gains on the ground for Syrian government forces, tilting the battlefield in favor of President Bashar al-Assad to such an extent that the Obama administration quest for a negotiated settlement to the war suddenly looks a lot less likely to succeed. The gains are small-scale, hard-won and in terms of territory overall do not add up to much, in keeping with the incremental nature of war. But after 3 and 1/2 months of relentless airstrikes that have mostly targeted the Western-backed opposition to Assads rule, they have proved sufficient to push beyond...
  • 5 Reasons Why Israel Is One Of The World’s Most Successful States

    The nation of Israel is often held up by cuckservatives and Jews as an example of a country that has succeeded in the face of overwhelming odds. Despite being surrounded by hostile states, repeatedly being invaded by their neighbors, and lacking oil deposits like other Middle Eastern nations, the Israelis have built their country into one of the most economically powerful and stable states in the world. Why does Israel continue to prosper while other Western nations collapse? The answer is because the Israeli government puts the interests of its citizens first. Israelis are strongly nationalistic and their country leadership...
  • Life before the Taliban: Fascinating photos show short skirts, flash cars and no burkas

    01/18/2016 12:41:41 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 18 January 2016 | BECKY PEMBERTON
    These fascinating photographs from Afghanistan in the 1960s are a far cry from the war-torn images in the news today. The eye-opening collection was captured by university professor Dr Bill Podlich from Arizona, who swapped life in America to travel to Kabul with his wife, Margaret, and two teenage daughters, Jan and Peg. Using his Kodachrome film, his images show a peaceful Afghanistan making strides towards a more liberal and Westernised lifestyle - a stark contrast to harrowing sights seen during Taliban regime.
  • The town where up to 20 people a day die from starvation: 200,000 Syrians face food shortage

    01/17/2016 5:17:24 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 17 January 2016 | GIANLUCA MEZZOFIORE
    Up to 15 to 20 people have died of starvation in the Syrian eastern city of Deir Ezzor last year and 200,000 residents - mostly women and children - face sharply deteriorating conditions in its western side, which is under siege by ISIS, according to a United Nations report. Islamic State militants have closed access to the city since last March, leaving inhabitants with no electricity for more than 10 months. The restrictions led to a severe shortage of food, medicine and basic commodities. Water to the area is supplied for only three hours a week.
  • 'They would check if the white people were moving then shoot them again'

    01/17/2016 5:15:47 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 62 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 17 January 2016 | COREY CHARLTON
    Survivors of the harrowing attack in Burkina Faso have described how jihadis targeted Westerners by executing those who looked to be European as they lay injured after being gunned down. At least one American and six Canadians, as well as French, Dutch and Swiss nationals are among the 29 people from 18 different countries killed during the 15-hour terror attack by Al-Qaeda militants. Burkinabe special forces, assisted by 30 French special forces, broke the lengthy siege last night by storming the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou. Three of the gunmen were killed after a firefight before the hotel was re-captured by...
  • Oscar-Less Actor Leonardo DiCaprio Wants to Portray Russian President Vladimir Putin

    01/17/2016 2:37:19 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    Vulture ^ | January 17, 2016 | Greg Cwik
    Leonardo DiCaprio, the man who ate raw bison liver for his art (despite the several looming fires raging around him with which he could have cooked the viscous organ), picks his projects very carefully. He has, in recent years, developed a particular affinity for portraying amoral men. Speaking with Germany's Welt am Sonntag, the Oscar-less actor said he would love to portray Vladimir Putin, the Russian president and sometimes shirtless model. "Putin would be very, very, very interesting," DiCaprio said. "I would love to play him." They unlikely pair met at a 2010 conference on the endangered Siberian tiger, when...
  • How Assad Is Using Sieges and Hunger to Grab More of the 'Useful Syria'

    01/16/2016 5:14:45 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    Vice ^ | January 14, 2016 | Sam Heller
    As the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad wages an offensive with Russia's backing on rebels across the country, behind the front lines it has been consolidating its hold in Syria's west. This is the part of the country sometimes called "useful Syria," home to most of its population and economic centers. The consolidation of regime control here may be a harbinger of a future, divided country — or it may create a base from which the regime can launch attacks on the rest of Syria. The regime has systematically encircled, blockaded and bombed the remaining pockets of rebel control in...
  • The backlash: Neo-Nazis on the rampage. Gun sales soaring in Germany

    01/16/2016 8:44:13 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 66 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 15 January 2016 | SUE REID
    Sitting in his white-walled room on the second floor of an anonymous office block, the German politician talks from the heart. He states emotionally that his country has changed for ever; that the European Union is finished and Chancellor Angela Merkel days are numbered. Frau Merkel, she is not right in the head, adds 46-year-old Siegbert Droese, pointing his finger at his temple.
  • Resurgent Russia's Demographic Renaissance Continued Throughout 2015

    Below are the key figures for Russian Federation population in 2015: 1,932,227 live births 1,907,361 deaths Natural increase: 24 866 people Net migration: 76 060 people
  • Why don't black and white Americans live together?

    01/13/2016 6:17:11 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 134 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 8, 2016 | Rajini Vaidyanathan
    Legal segregation in the US may have ended more than 50 years ago. But in many parts of the country, Americans of different races aren't neighbours - they don't go to the same schools, they don't shop at the same stores, and they don't always have access to the same services. In 2016 the issue of race will remain high on the agenda in the United States. The police killings of unarmed black men and women over the past few years reignited a debate over race relations in America, and the reverberations will be felt in the upcoming presidential election...
  • Chargers-Rams to Inglewood inches closer to reality

    01/12/2016 5:11:54 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 60 replies
    NBC Sports ^ | January 12, 2016 | Mike Florio
    The NFL’s owners are working hard to resolve the L.A. situation, by allowing both the Rams and Chargers to move there. Per multiple reports, it appears that Inglewood will prevail over Carson as the location of the new L.A.-area stadium. The Chargers want to play at a stadium to be built in Carson, but the Rams want to proceed in Inglewood. Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times has reported that the Inglewood proposal regarding the Rams plus another team eventually got 20 of the 24 required votes to move; the Carson proposal managed far fewer. It was believed the...
  • College sports exploits unpaid black athletes. But they could force a change.

    01/12/2016 4:16:06 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 81 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 8, 2015 | Donald H. Yee
    On Monday night, college football will crown a new champion. In the process, a lot of money will be made. No matter who wins, the University of Alabama’s Southeastern Conference and Clemson University’s Atlantic Coast Conference will be paid $6 million each. So will the conferences of the schools those teams beat to make it to the final. The organization that runs the playoff, a Delaware-headquartered corporation that’s separate from the NCAA, takes in about $470 million each year from ESPN. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney made $3.3 million last year and, as The Washington Post recently reported, his chief of...
  • US admits Bashar al-Assad will outlast Barack Obama

    01/10/2016 10:10:32 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 07 Jan 2016 | Rob Crilly
    The US government privately accepts that Bashar Assad will still be in power when Barack Obama leaves the White House, according to a leaked internal document. A timeline prepared for American officials and obtained by the Associated Press offers March 2017 as the earliest possible date for Mr Assad to give up his position as president and for his inner circle to leave. That would be more than five years after Mr Obama first called for the Syrian president to quit, and two months after the American president steps down. The State Department said on Wednesday the timeline was prepared...
  • Kobe Bryant's 'light-skinned' remark hints at NBA's peculiar racial politics

    01/06/2016 9:52:10 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 6 January 2016 | Dave Schilling
    This week, soon-to-be-retired Laker legend Kobe Bryant admonished second-year guard Jordan Clarkson for “going to the hole like a light-skinned dude”. Clarkson told the LA Daily News that in the moment prior to posterizing Suns big man Alex Len, he thought, “I have to go to the hole like a dark-skinned dude. As soon as the lane opened up, that’s all I could remember.” It’s interesting that Bryant would toss such a racially charged statement at a young player considering his childhood was spent in Europe and he never quite fit in with his peers when he returned to the...
  • Despite tensions, Russia's 'Syria Express' sails by Istanbul

    01/06/2016 7:18:35 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    AFP ^ | January 5, 2016 | Stuart Williams
    It's an occasional but regular sighting in Istanbul. Out of the mist on the Bosphorus that divides Europe and Asia looms the hulk of a Russian warship purposefully making its way to the Mediterranean. Most likely the ship is part of Moscow's so-called "Syria Express", a key supply line for naval deliveries from its Black Sea ports to military operations backing the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Dozens of Russian warships, auxiliary naval cargo ships and sometimes even submarines have passed through the Bosphorus Strait, northbound and southbound. Every month since Russia stepped up operations inside Syria last...
  • Israelis Play American Football As Training For War

    01/05/2016 8:19:15 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    AJ+ ^ | December 18, 2015
    American football has become a fertile training ground for elite military combat units in Israel. Some 2,000 Israelis now play the game citing brotherhood, discipline and fitness as its main draw.
  • Rams owner going ahead with plan to build Los Angeles stadium

    01/05/2016 6:35:15 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 5, 2015 | Des Bieler
    It remains to be seen if NFL owners allow the St. Louis Rams to move to Los Angeles — or the San Diego Chargers or the Oakland Raiders for that matter. But that uncertainty is apparently not stopping Rams owner Stan Kroenke and the L.A. area municipality of Inglewood from moving forward with plans to build a state-of-the-art stadium.
  • Saudi Arabia faces 'economic bomb' and hikes gas prices 50%

    01/05/2016 4:17:38 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | January 5, 2016 | Heather Long
    Saudi Arabia is running out of money. While the world's attention is focused on Saudi Arabia's latest flare up with Iran, many Saudis are concerned about the "economic bomb" at home. The government is slashing a plethora of perks for its citizens. The cash crunch is so dire that the Saudi government just hiked the price of gasoline by 50%. Saudis lined up at gas stations Monday to fill up before the higher prices kicked in. "They have announced cutbacks in subsidies that will hurt every single Saudi in their pocketbook," says Robert Jordan, a former U.S. ambassador to Saudi...
  • Report: Islamic State, Syrian Rebels Have Killed off 1/3 of Hezbollah

    01/05/2016 2:11:44 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Dec 2015 | EDWIN MORA
    The Iran-backed Shia terrorist group Hezbollah has lost an estimated 1,300 to 1,500 soldiers, more than one-third of its force, while fighting against rebels and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Syria on behalf of dictator Bashar al-Assad, according to Israeli experts. Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, another 5,000 Hezbollah jihadists have been wounded, analysts reportedly said.
  • America’s Year of Living Dangerously

    01/04/2016 7:10:11 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JAN. 4, 2016 | BRET STEPHENS
    Two thousand sixteen will be the year of America living dangerously. Barack Obama will devote his last full year in office to shaping a liberal legacy, irrespective of real-world results. America’s enemies will see his last year as an opportunity to take what they can, while they can. America’s allies, or former allies, will do what they must. And then Hillary Clinton will likely become president. Whether the Republican Party chooses to remain intact remains to be seen.
  • NFL playoff schedule released

    01/03/2016 9:30:30 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 47 replies
    NFL ^ | Jan. 3, 2016 | Tyler Dragon
    Wild Card Weekend Sat Jan 9 4:35pm ET - Kansas City at Houston (ESPN/ABC)The Kansas City Chiefs are the hottest team in the NFL. After starting off 1-5, Andy Reid's group has won a remarkable 10-straight games to earn a trip to the playoffs. Kansas City will now travel to Houston to take on the Texans in an AFC playoff matchup that nobody would’ve predicted to start the season. The Chiefs beat the Texans 27-20 in Week 1, which seems like forever ago. Both clubs look entirely different in January. 8:15pm ET - Pittsburgh at Cincinnati (CBS)We've seen this movie...
  • Migrant crisis: Sweden border checks come into force

    01/03/2016 7:38:29 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 25 replies
    BBC News ^ | JAN. 3, 2016
    Sweden has introduced identity checks for travellers from Denmark in an attempt to reduce the number of migrants arriving in the country. All travellers wanting to cross the Oresund bridge by train or bus, or use ferry services, will be refused entry without the necessary documents. Rail commuters heading to Sweden will now have to change trains at Copenhagen Airport and go through ID checkpoints. Sweden received more than 150,000 asylum applications in 2015. Thousands of commuters cross the Oresund bridge daily. It connects the Swedish cities of Malmo and Lund with the Danish capital, Copenhagen. To comply with the...
  • Browns Not Commenting on Report of Johnny Manziel Trip to Las Vegas

    01/03/2016 5:37:02 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 74 replies
    AP ^ | JAN. 3, 2016
    Cleveland — Johnny Manziel’s weekend itinerary remains a mystery. The Browns were not commenting on a report that their polarizing quarterback, who sustained a concussion last week in Kansas City, went to Las Vegas on Saturday as his teammates got ready for their season finale. Manziel was not going to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers because he was in the N.F.L.’s protocol on head injuries. Manziel was hurt while rushing for 108 yards in a loss to the Chiefs. USA Today quoted an employee and patron who said they saw Manziel at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood on Saturday. The...
  • Saudi Arabia crushed by cheap oil - and the cuts are coming

    01/03/2016 5:21:07 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 67 replies
    CNN ^ | December 28, 2015 | Matt Egan and Alanna Petroff
    Saudi Arabia's finances are getting slammed by the crash in oil prices. The government spent way more than it collected in 2015 -- leading to a budget deficit of nearly $100 billion. Oil accounts for 75% of Saudi Arabia's revenue, and when crude prices were sky high, the country enjoyed frequent budget surpluses. Now oil has collapsed below $35 a barrel, compared to over $100 in mid-2014. Saudi Arabia also said it spent more than expected on social security benefits and salaries for government workers and military members. As a results, cuts are coming: The budget calls for a 14%...