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  • Movie Theaters Begin Canceling Showings Of Kim Jong-Un Assassination Film The Interview after hacker

    12/16/2014 8:02:24 PM PST · by Steelfish · 41 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | December 16, 2013 | DAVID MCCORMACK and CHRIS SPARGO
    Movie Theaters Begin Canceling Showings Of Kim Jong-Un Assassination Film The Interview after hacker terror threats - as Sony says 'pull the film if you want' Guardians of Peace have released a chilling new message including ominous threats against cinemas showing Sony's The Interview The Carmike Cinemas chain, which operates 278 theaters in 41 states, is now the first chain who will not be showing the film when it opens This as legal experts warn of the problem these theaters and chains could face in lawsuits should an attack be carried out that they were warned of None of the...
  • Nativity Donkey Dies After Being Sat On In Spanish Christmas Fair

    12/16/2014 7:39:18 PM PST · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | December 16, 2013 | Harriet Alexander
    Nativity Donkey Dies After Being Sat On In Spanish Christmas Fair Police in Andalucia have opened an investigation after a five-month-old donkey died two days after being sat on by a large man Police are investigating the animal's death after this photo was posted on social media By Harriet Alexander 16 Dec 2014 Animal lovers in Spain have reacted with fury after a young donkey, held in a pen as part of a Nativity scene, died after being sat on. The donkey, named Platero, was being held in the town of Lucena, in the Cordoba province, as part of their...
  • Jeb Bush: The Wrong Name At The Wrong Time

    12/16/2014 6:39:47 PM PST · by Steelfish · 66 replies
    National Review ^ | December 16, 2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    DECEMBER 16, 2014 Jeb Bush: The Wrong Name At The Wrong Time He’s not the candidate Republicans need for 2016. By Charles C. W. Cooke And they’re off! This morning, in a notably understated Facebook post, former Florida governor Jeb Bush announced that he was thinking about thinking about running for the White House. “I have decided,” Bush confirmed, “to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.” “Best wishes to you and your families for a happy holiday season,” he teased.” “I’ll be in touch soon.” The reactions came thick and fast. Depending on the...
  • Obama Braces For Immigration Battle With GOP [Will Enlist Latinos & Big Business Interests!]

    12/15/2014 9:18:47 PM PST · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 16, 2013 | David Nakamura
    Obama Braces For Immigration Battle With GOP By David Nakamura December 15 President Obama is bracing for a political and legal battle with Republicans next year over his executive actions on immigration, but as he seeks to rally support against the anticipated assault, a lingering frustration among some Latinos could mean renewed pressure on him to do even more to protect illegal immigrants. After six years in which his administration took a tough line on deportations, Obama’s decision to shield up to 4 million more undocumented immigrants from being removed from the country was in part aimed at repairing damage...
  • Terror of Hindu Girls Forced Into Marriage

    12/15/2014 9:10:06 PM PST · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    The Times of London ^ | December 16, 2013 | Robin Pagnamenta
    Terror of Hindu Girls Forced Into Marriage Anjali, 12, was kidnapped from her home in Sindh on October 29 by a gang of men who intended to forcibly convert her to Islam via marriage to a Muslim Robin Pagnamenta Anjali, 12, was kidnapped from her home in Sindh on October 29 by a gang of men who intended to forcibly convert her to Islam via marriage to a Muslim December 16 2014 The kidnap gang armed themselves with AK-47s and pistols for their mission, but this wasn’t a jihadist hostage-taking, or even the latest brutal convulsion of gang warfare. It...
  • Nearly $40 Million In FEMA Sandy Aid Possibly 'Improper or Fraudulent'

    12/14/2014 7:34:57 PM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    NBCNews ^ | December 14, 2013 | JOEL SEIDMAN
    Nearly $40 Million In FEMA Sandy Aid Possibly 'Improper or Fraudulent' BY JOEL SEIDMAN Almost $40 million of the aid provided by FEMA to Hurricane Sandy may have been "improper or fraudulent," but that figure represents a huge improvement over the percentage of FEMA aid deemed questionable after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, according to a watchdog report released Friday.
  • Terror in Sydney As Gunman Takes At Least 13 Hostages At Lindt Cafe

    12/14/2014 7:23:23 PM PST · by Steelfish · 40 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | December 14, 2013 | EMILY CRANE and SARAH DEAN and LOUISE CHEER and DANIEL PIOTROWSKI and CANDACE SUTTON
    Terror in Sydney As Gunman Takes At Least 13 Hostages At Lindt Cafe, forces crying women to hold black Islamic flag against the window and 'demands to speak to Tony Abbott' By EMILY CRANE and SARAH DEAN and LOUISE CHEER and DANIEL PIOTROWSKI and CANDACE SUTTON 14 December 2014 | UPDATED: 21:56 EST, 14 December 2014 Witnesses described how a man wearing a headband covered in Arabic walked into the Lindt cafe in Martin Place and produced a shotgun from a blue bag at around 9.45am. Shortly afterwards hostages were seen with their hands pressed against the windows holding up...
  • Jeb Bush Says He Hopes He Would Be A Good 2016 GOP Candidate [No, No, No!]

    12/14/2014 4:56:44 PM PST · by Steelfish · 69 replies
    FoxNews ^ | December 14, 2013
    Jeb Bush Says He Hopes He Would Be A Good 2016 GOP Candidate December 14, 2014 Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in a television interview Sunday said a decision is coming soon on whether or not he is going to run for president -- adding that he hopes he would be a good candidate -- while declaring the need to fix a “broken immigration system” in the U.S. “I have no clue if I’d be a good candidate, I hope I would be,” the Republican told ABC's Miami affiliate WPLG-TV. “I think I could serve well as president, to be...
  • John McCain Stands Out In Defense Of CIA Torture Report Release [The Republican "Feinstein"?]

    12/14/2014 11:55:36 AM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    CBSNews ^ | December 13, 2013
    ByREBECCA KAPLAN FACE THE NATION December 14, 2014 John McCain Stands Out In Defense Of CIA Torture Report Release Nearly a week after the Senate Intelligence Committee released its massive report on the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation techniques, Washington remains divided on even the most basic questions of whether the report was an accurate reflection of what happened and if it should have been released at all. The debate over the report has largely broken down along partisan lines, with Democrats pushing hard to make the report public and Republicans portraying it as an inaccurate picture of the type...
  • Protesters Block Hollywood Intersection, Burn Flag; Four Arrested Hollywood Protests

    12/13/2014 10:31:28 PM PST · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 13, 2013 | VICTORIA KIM
    Protesters Block Hollywood Intersection, Burn Flag; Four Arrested Hollywood Protests By VICTORIA KIM Protesters demontrating against police killings in Missouri, New York block Hollywood intersection, burn flag Protesters blocked a tourist-filled Hollywood intersection Saturday afternoon and burned an American flag as part of nationwide marches protesting recent police killings of unarmed black men. Four activists who were part of the crowd, three female and one male, were arrested for failing to disperse, said Sgt. Chuck Slater of the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers declared the crowd an unlawful assembly about 4:15 p.m. and ordered demonstrators to disperse.
  • Fox & Friends Video: Al Sharpton's Annual Salary 2013=$241,000

    12/13/2014 7:59:37 PM PST · by Steelfish · 11 replies
    December 11, 2013
    http://video.foxnews.com/v/3940061245001/al-sharptons-non-profit-money-woes-revealed/?#sp=show-clips
  • Actor Accused Of Killing, Skinning And Then Eating Ex-Girlfriend's Pet Rabbit

    12/13/2014 5:00:33 PM PST · by Steelfish · 51 replies
    CNN ^ | CNN updated 11:41 PM EST, Thu December 11, 2014 | By Jethro Mullen, CNN updated 11:41 PM EST, Thu December 11, 2014
    Actor Accused Of Killing, Skinning And Then Eating Ex-Girlfriend's Pet Rabbit By Jethro Mullen December 11, 2014 (CNN) -- TV actor Dimitri Diatchenko is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend's pet rabbit -- and then eating half of it. He then allegedly threatened to do the same to her, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said in a statement Wednesday. Diatchenko, who appeared in episodes of "Sons of Anarchy," reportedly made quite a show of the butchery, sending his ex-girlfriend blow-by-blow photos of what he was doing, according to authorities. The actor told a reporter from CNN affiliate KCAL in...
  • Scalia Challenges Liberals On CIA Torture Debate: ‘You Think It’s An Easy Question?’ [Feinstein EZ]

    12/13/2014 12:29:51 PM PST · by Steelfish · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 12, 2013 | Douglas Ernst
    Scalia Challenges Liberals On CIA Torture Debate: ‘You Think It’s An Easy Question?’ By Douglas Ernst December 12, 2014 Supreme CourtJustice Antonin Scalia has waded into the CIA torture debate after Democrats on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the interrogation techniques used after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Justice Scalia, speaking Wednesday with a Swiss broadcaster on the issue, accused American and European liberals of being unduly self-righteous on the matter given the kind of real-world scenarios that could unfold, The
  • San Diego Council Aide Suspended For Comments About Protesters

    12/13/2014 10:55:20 AM PST · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 13, 2013 | TONY PERRY
    San Diego Council Aide Suspended For Comments About Protesters By TONY PERRY A San Diego City Council member has suspended a staffer without pay for two weeks for referring to police-conduct protesters as idiots and suggesting - in jest - that she wanted to shoot them. The comments were made after a council meeting Wednesday in which two dozen protesters indicated opposition to the decisions by grand juries in Ferguson, Mo., and New York not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men. Children in the group wore black sweat shirts with the phrase: "Don't...
  • Why Middle-Class Wealth Is Withering [Alinsky At Work: Destroy The Middle-Class and Destroy America]

    12/13/2014 10:16:14 AM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    CBSNews ^ | December 13, 2013 | AIMEE PICCHI
    By AIMEE PICCHI December 12, 2014 Why Middle-Class Wealth Is Withering If the middle class is truly the backbone of America, the country's spine may be close to breaking. Middle America came out of the Great Recession in a precarious position, sinking into "dissavings" -- when spending is greater than income -- thanks to a nasty combination of stagnant wages and a hit to real estate and investment values, according to a new working paper from New York University economics professor Edward N. Wolff. That's led to a grim outcome, with virtually no change in the country's median wealth between...
  • ISIS: Enslaving, Having Sex With 'Unbelieving' Women, Girls Is OK [Sen Feinstein?]

    12/12/2014 10:45:52 PM PST · by Steelfish · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | December 12, 2013 | Greg Botelho
    ISIS: Enslaving, Having Sex With 'Unbelieving' Women, Girls Is OK By Greg Botelho, CNN December 12, 2014 ISIS produces a document, "Questions and Answers on Taking Captives and Slaves" It has been posted online, and armed men distributed it to residents of Mosul In it, ISIS claims the Quran justifies taking non-Muslim women and girls captive It also says they can be sold as "property," and that sex with captive girls is permissible (CNN) -- Can you take non-Muslim women and children captive? Yes, says ISIS. Can you have sex with them, even prepubescent girls? Yes, according to the Islamist...
  • Obama's Daughters Enjoy Gourmet Lunches at Posh School

    Obama's Daughters Enjoy Gourmet Lunches at Posh School 11 Dec 2014 By James Morrisson While many public school students complain about lunchtime mush that meets White House calorie guidelines, President Barack Obama's daughters are dining on gourmet meals at a posh private school in Washington. School kids have been moaning about tasteless fare local governments adopt to comply with first lady Michelle Obama’s war on the waistline and posting photos of the mystery meals online. The Sidwell Friends School, the $36,000-a-year private academy attended by Malia and Sasha Obama, also posts its menus on the Internet. Editor's Note: Seniors Scoop...
  • t Sure Looks Like Jeb Bush Isn't Running For President

    12/12/2014 9:23:53 PM PST · by Steelfish · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 12, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    December 12, 2014 It Sure Looks Like Jeb Bush Isn't Running For President By Thomas Lifson Forget about all those speeches, meetings with donors, and campaign appearances for others before the election. Money talks. Bloomberg reports (via The Weekly Standard): "Documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Nov list Bush as chairman and manager of a new offshore private equity fund, Global Aviation, which raised $61million in September, largely from foreign ­investors. In November the fund ­incorporated in the United Kingdom and Wales­—a ­structure, several independent finance lawyers say, that operates like a tax haven by allowing...
  • Hillary Clinton Wins Award From Gay Hookup App [Sews Up Gay Vote?]

    12/11/2014 8:39:22 PM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | December 11, 2013 | Brianna Keilar
    Hillary Clinton Wins Award From Gay Hookup App By Brianna Keilar December 11, 2014 Washington (CNN) -- Users of Grindr, the leading gay hookup app, have voted Hillary Clinton their "Straight Ally of the Year." The former secretary of state joins a slate of other noteworthy figures highlighted in Grindr's 'Best of Awards' for 2014, including Neil Patrick Harris (voted "Gay Icon of the Year" for the second year in a row) and Vladimir Putin (voted "Enemy of the LGBT Community"). While Clinton's team has not responded to request for comment, it seems likely she would welcome the positive reaction...
  • AND YOUR NEXT PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER IS…RICK SANTORUM

    12/11/2014 6:51:28 PM PST · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 11, 2013
    AND YOUR NEXT PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER IS…RICK SANTORUM By Emily Zanotti on 12.11.14 Oh goodie. In an interview with the Washington Post published yesterday, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania made every indication that he would run for president again in 2016. “We’re definitely the underdog in this race,” he told reporter Karen Tumulty. “We’re just obviously in a better place right now. Our message will be a lot more focused this time than it was last time.” Santorum ran a surprisingly strong race in 2012 Republican primaries, acting as a conservative spoiler who briefly topped Mitt Romney in the polls....
  • California Police Chief Joins Anti-Police Violence Protests

    12/10/2014 6:31:52 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    CBSNews ^ | December 10, 2013 | KRISTOPHER SKINNER
    December 10, 2014 California Police Chief Joins Anti-Police Violence Protests KRISTOPHER SKINNER RICHMOND, Calif. - A Northern California police chief noted for his community policing efforts raised a few eyebrows when he joined a peaceful protest Tuesday, holding a sign with the popular Twitter hashtag of #blacklivesmatter. The Contra Costa Times reported Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus was part of a group of about demonstrators who lined a busy street, holding signing and listening to recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches. "I spoke with my command staff, and we agreed it would be nice to convey our commitment...
  • Sen. Harry Reid Eviscerates GOP Leaders In New York Times Exit Interview

    12/10/2014 6:27:10 PM PST · by Steelfish · 36 replies
    YahooNews ^ | December 10, 2013 | Dylan Stableford
    Sen. Harry Reid Eviscerates GOP Leaders In New York Times Exit Interview Asked whether any of his Republican counterparts could become president, outgoing Senate majority leader replies, 'Of what?' By Dylan Stableford Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, his soon-to-be successor, and other Republicans, vowing Democrats will wage "a new battle" with the GOP when the Senate reconvenes on Jan. 6. “Is there enough they can do to help Wall Street? I don’t think so. Big banks? I don’t think so,” Reid told the New York Times in an exit interview published Wednesday. “That’s where...
  • Editorial L.A. Needs A Smarter Street-Cleaning Program Now [City "Doesn't Have To Be Trashy"]

    12/07/2014 3:59:55 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 07, 2013 | Editorial Board
    Editorial L.A. Needs A Smarter Street-Cleaning Program Now By THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD Los Angeles may be gritty but it doesn't have to be trashy. The city needs a new street-cleaning program Los Angeles has a trash problem. Streets, alleys and vacant lots are so littered with debris and garbage that a recent internal city report warned that some neighborhoods look unsafe and ungoverned. Only one-third of city streets are regularly swept. There's a backlog of 400 abandoned waste sites — trash-filled lots and the like — that need to be cleared. And until very recently, there's been no almost...
  • US Expresses Fears As Isis Takes Control of Northern Libyan Town [Isis Expands To Libya!]

    12/06/2014 9:55:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | December 06, 2013 | Chris Stephen
    US Expresses Fears As Isis Takes Control of Northern Libyan Town Isis supporters declare Derna the first town in Libya to join Isis US believes Isis is running training camps across Libya Islamist supporters in Libya Chris Stephen in Tunis 6 December 2014 It is a warm October evening in Derna, a small town on Libya’s north east coast, 450 miles from the capital, Tripoli. The main square is packed with young men, brought by a summons from the town’s self-proclaimed emir to swear allegiance to a newly formed Islamic caliphate. The emir, on a stage just visible through the...
  • Has FoxNews Gone Mad? Landrieu Sinks And It Shows Re-Runs of Geraldo and Elvis!

    12/06/2014 7:29:05 PM PST · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    December 06, 2013
    10:00 p.m. EST Geraldo on Weekend!
  • Tracking Miles As Gas Tax Alternative Raises Fairness, Privacy Concerns Los Angeles

    12/06/2014 5:31:30 PM PST · by Steelfish · 59 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 06, 2013 | DAN WEIKEL
    Tracking Miles As Gas Tax Alternative Raises Fairness, Privacy Concerns Los Angeles California officials are testing the idea of a mileage fee to replace the state tax of 36 cents per gallon of gas. By DAN WEIKEL Among those who would be hardest hit by a mileage fee are owners of hybrids and electric cars Standing at a Chevron station in Long Beach, Teresa Gutierrez wished she was pumping fuel into a gas-sipping hybrid instead of her hulking GMC Yukon. She was nevertheless cool to the idea that the state might start raising money for highway repairs by replacing the...
  • Hold On: Jobs Report Wasn't So Great After All ["Skewed Heavily Toward Lower Quality"]

    12/06/2014 5:13:09 PM PST · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    NBCNews ^ | December 06, 2013 | JEFF COX
    Hold On: Jobs Report Wasn't So Great After All BY JEFF COX Consider it a brutal lesson in government math. Friday's turbocharged jobs headline came thanks to seasonal adjustments and other wizardry at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which reported that U.S. job growth hit 321,000 even as the unemployment rate held steady at 5.8 percent. Those numbers, courtesy of establishment survey estimates, sound nice on the surface, and they certainly present reasons if not for unbridled optimism then at least confidence that the job market continues to mend and is on a pretty steady trajectory higher. However, the household...
  • Sharpton Rebuked By Police Shooting Victim's Family

    12/06/2014 12:51:45 PM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 06, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    December 6, 2014 Al Sharpton Rebuked By Police Shooting Victim's Family By Thomas Lifson Al Sharpton has received a well-deserved scolding from the family of a suspect shot and killed by the New York police. Lorena Mongelli and Danika Fears report in the New York Post: The family of police-shooting victim Akai Gurley had a message on Friday for the Rev. Al Sharpton: Keep your “circus” away from his funeral!
  • Thomas Sowell Rips Al Sharpton As ‘Race Hustler’

    12/05/2014 9:51:30 PM PST · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 05, 2013
    Thomas Sowell Rips Al Sharpton As ‘Race Hustler’ Friday, December 5, 2014 Conservative pundit and writer Thomas Sowell had nothing but criticism for Rev. Al Sharpton, calling the nationally known activist a race baiter who was using the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases for personal profit. “[Mr. Sharpton] is a race hustler,” Mr. Sowell said during an interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. “[He’s] very proficient at it.”
  • NY Congressman Hakeem Jeffries: I ‘Worry Every Day’ About What A ‘Bad Apple’ Police Officer...

    12/05/2014 9:24:38 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | December 05, 2013 | Mick Krever
    NY Congressman Hakeem Jeffries: I ‘Worry Every Day’ About What A ‘Bad Apple’ Police Officer Could Do To My Son December 4th, 2014 By Mick Krever, CNN U.S. House Member Hakeem Jeffries, a black congressman from Brooklyn, New York, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday that he views some “bad apple” police officers as a threat to his son. “I’ve got to worry every day about what could happen to him – not just from the robbers, but from a bad apple on the police department.” His remarks came a day after a grand jury in the New York City...
  • EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE, SO HERE’S BARACK OBAMA AWKWARDLY DANCING WITH SANTA

    12/05/2014 6:53:01 PM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 05, 2013 | Emily Zanotti
    EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE, SO HERE’S BARACK OBAMA AWKWARDLY DANCING WITH SANTA By Emily Zanotti on 12.5.14 Is it just me, or has this been the longest week in history? Literally, everything is terrible. I don't even know why.
  • BARACK AND MICHELLE OBAMA’S ROMANCE MAY BE HEADED TO THE BIG SCREEN

    12/05/2014 5:50:23 PM PST · by Steelfish · 78 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 05, 2013 | Emily Zanotti
    BARACK AND MICHELLE OBAMA’S ROMANCE MAY BE HEADED TO THE BIG SCREEN By Emily Zanotti on 12.5.14 These days, the only people who seem remotely satisfied with Barack Obama's job performance are people living in beachfront mansions on the California coast. Even actual Communists and socialists have taken to things like social media to express their deep regret that the guy who promised to even the playing field has, in fact, been more inept on the subject of income inequality than Scrooge McDuck. They may as well have run Paul Krugman, if they could pry him away from his cats....
  • Gov. Jerry Brown Considering Expanding Medi-Cal To Immigrants

    12/03/2014 7:51:35 PM PST · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 03, 2013 | PHIL WILLON
    Gov. Jerry Brown Considering Expanding Medi-Cal To Immigrants By PHIL WILLON Gov. Jerry Brown is considering expanding state-funded Medi-Cal coverage to residents shielded from deportation under President Obama’s new immigration policies. Nancy McFadden, the governor’s top policy aide, said that possibility is under review by the Brown administration, but implied that the potential cost would be a factor in the decision. “We’re still evaluating, but the president’s recent action on undocumented immigrants could perhaps open a door for more coverage of more people under Medi-Cal,’’ McFadden said. “We’re looking at that. That, of course, is going to cost money.’’ McFadden...
  • LA Times Editorial: English For Americans: Encouraged But Not Required [Rubbish?]

    11/30/2014 7:05:03 PM PST · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    LATimes ^ | November 30, 2014 | LA Times Editorial Board
    LA Times Editorial: English For Americans: Encouraged But Not Required By THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD Laws making English the official language aren't needed; we should encourage immigrants to become proficient The terms “American” and “U.S. citizen” are used interchangeably, but it is widely understood that there is more to being an American than possessing citizenship. The late Harvard political scientist Samuel Huntington noted approvingly in his 2004 book “Who Are We?” that historically, immigrants to this country became Americans by “adopting America's Anglo-Protestant culture and political values.” Few would quarrel with the notion that being an American entails acceptance of...
  • How And Why Buyers From China Are Snatching Up Bay Area Homes [20% Of Deals Cash]

    11/30/2014 4:17:17 PM PST · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 30, 2014 | Kathleen Pender
    How And Why Buyers From China Are Snatching Up Bay Area Homes By Kathleen Pender November 29, 2014 The Lumina, a luxury condo development taking shape in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, is popular with overseas buyers. When Linda Vida sold her house in the Oakland hills this summer, she was hoping for a buyer who would live there, put kids in the local schools and “give back or participate in the community,” she says. However, “as is very typical these days, a woman from China paid all cash for the house, and is not going to live in...
  • Iraqi Army 'Had 50,000 Ghost Troops' On Payroll [Paid-For By American Taxpayers?]

    11/30/2014 4:06:02 PM PST · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 30, 2014
    <p>An investigation into corruption in the Iraqi army has revealed that there were 50,000 false names on its payroll.</p> <p>Known in the military as "ghost soldiers", they either did not exist or no longer reported for duty, however their salaries were still paid.</p>
  • Mohammed Now UK's Most Popular Boys Name After A Huge Surge In Popularity

    11/30/2014 12:30:58 PM PST · by Steelfish · 39 replies
    Daily Mirror (UK) ^ | November 30, 2014 | Martin Bagot
    Mohammed Now UK's Most Popular Boys Name After A Huge Surge In Popularity Nov 30, 2014 17:52 By Martin Bagot Annual data on the UK’s top baby names saw the Islamic name shoot up 27 places to knock Oliver in to second place while Sophia took top spot for girls
  • Ecopop Referendum: Swiss Reject Immigration Curbs

    11/30/2014 12:09:21 PM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 30, 2014
    30 November 2014 Ecopop Referendum: Swiss Reject Immigration Curbs Voters in Switzerland have decisively rejected a proposal to cut net immigration to no more than 0.2% of the population. The country's 26 cantons rejected the proposal, with about 74% of people voting no in Sunday's referendum. Supporters of the measure argued that it would have reduced pressure on the country's resources. Opponents said it would have been bad for the economy. Around a quarter of Switzerland's eight million people are foreigners. The measure would have required the government to reduce immigration from about 80,000 to 16,000 people a year
  • THE NEW CON: LAW PROFESSORS FOR EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

    11/30/2014 10:33:55 AM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | November25, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    THE NEW CON: LAW PROFESSORS FOR EXECUTIVE AMNESTY A pattern of deceit from the White House. By Jeffrey Lord – 11.25.14 Call it a White House con game. The Obama administration is rolling out a list of law professors in support of the president’s executive order giving amnesty to five million illegal immigrants. The Hill reports: The White House worked to bolster the legal case for President Obama’s immigration action Thursday night, releasing a letter from a group of prominent legal scholars arguing that the president’s moves were within his legal authorities. The group included three law professors from the...
  • Occidental Students Confront A Reality Of Political Campaigns: Defeat

    11/30/2014 10:16:24 AM PST · by Steelfish · 49 replies
    LATimes ^ | November30, 2014 | JASON SONG
    Occidental Students Confront A Reality Of Political Campaigns: Defeat By JASON SONG For a semester, Occidental students spent 12-hour days campaigning for candidates -- and lost Occidental College students worked for credit on various political campaigns and got a dose of reality The midterm elections were over. The 11 campaign workers from Occidental College returned to class. But first, they heard from a school reverend. "You win some, you lose some," Susan Young told the group. It's perfectly OK, she said, to have trouble readjusting to college life or to feel out of place. In what is believed to be...
  • Inside the Islamic State’s Capital: Red Bull-Drinking Jihadists, Hungry Civilians, Crucifixions...

    11/30/2014 9:52:39 AM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | November30, 2014 | Mark Townsend
    Inside the Islamic State’s Capital: Red Bull-Drinking Jihadists, Hungry Civilians, Crucifixions And Air Strikes Mark Townsend Sunday 30 November 2014 The beleaguered inhabitants of Raqqa, self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State (Isis), are suffering widespread hunger, crippling inflation, chronic power shortages and poverty so acute that emergency soup kitchens have been set up. With no journalists, local or foreign, able to operate inside Syria’s sixth-largest city, courageous local activists have given the Observer a detailed account of life under the jihadists’ totalitarian regime, a rare glimpse of everyday life in the city. Their testimony reveals the evolution of a community...
  • Scores of Russian Gays Are Seeking Asylum in US

    11/29/2014 11:31:19 AM PST · by Steelfish · 44 replies
    ABCNews ^ | November 29, 2014
    Scores of Russian Gays Are Seeking Asylum in US NEW YORK — Nov 29, 2014, By DAVID CRARY In this Oct. 18, 2014, photo provided by Michael Knaapen, Andrew Nasonov hugs Igor Bazilevsky, left, after the couple was married at Meridian Hill Park in Washington. They both came to the U.S. from Russia in July, and are preparing to file an... View Full Caption The Associated Press Associated Press Had he stayed in Russia, Andrew Mironov would be settling in to a stable job with an oil company, likely with a newly awarded doctoral degree in electrical engineering. Instead, he...
  • Black Friday Brawl Videos Are How Rich People Shame The Poor: Stop Gawking.

    11/29/2014 10:22:25 AM PST · by Steelfish · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 29, 2014 | Luke O'Neil
    Black Friday Brawl Videos Are How Rich People Shame The Poor Stop Gawking. By Luke O'Neil November 28 The biggest movie in the country right now is “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” a film in which the ostentatiously wealthy people of Panem’s capital rule over the poorer districts from which tributes are selected each year to kill each other in a violent media spectacle. It’s a grotesque display in which the lives of the impoverished are offered up as entertainment for the comfortable. It’s hard to see the film and not think of the way TV news has covered...
  • The Early Church Fathers

    11/28/2014 9:44:39 PM PST · by Steelfish · 165 replies
    The Early Church Fathers The Early Church Fathers were the disciples of the 12 apostles, the disciples of the disciples of the 12 apostles, the disciples of the disciples of the disciples of the 12 apostles, etc. In short they were the Christian leaders who took charge of the Church following the death of the 12 apostles. They were not only taught by the 12 apostles, they were also first-hand witnesses to the creation of the Church worldwide. Most, if not all, were martyred by being crucified, beheaded, fed to the lions at the Roman Coliseum, boiled in oil, or...
  • Pope Francis Discusses The End Of The World

    11/28/2014 6:46:17 PM PST · by Steelfish · 40 replies
    International Business Times ^ | November 28, 2014 | Athena Yenko
    Pope Francis Discusses The End Of The World By Athena Yenko November 28, 2014 Pope Francis addresses humans' ancient question on when and how the end of the world will take place. On Nov 27, he addressed pilgrims during his weekly General Audience in St Peter's Square. Pope Francis said people had been spontaneously thinking about how the final passage will take place and what will happen to humanity and to the world that surrounds humans. He said these questions exist and, in fact, even the disciples of Jesus had the very same questions. He added these questions are ancient...
  • IRS Accused Of Sharing 2,500 Private Taxpayer Documents With White House

    11/28/2014 12:37:09 PM PST · by Steelfish · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 28, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    IRS Accused Of Sharing 2,500 Private Taxpayer Documents With White House By Cheryl K. Chumley November 28, 2014 The Internal Revenue Service may have given thousands of confidential filings from private taxpayers to the White House to review, a lawsuit against the Treasury Department just revealed. The suit, filed against Treasury’s inspector general by Cause of Action, a legal advocacy outfit, reveals a steady stream of communication went on between the White House and the IRS — a potentially “improper” stream, the group alleged, The Daily Caller reported.
  • Stop the Madness of Un-Thanksgiving

    11/28/2014 9:49:46 AM PST · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    Tradition, Family, & Property Blog ^ | November 28, 2014 | John Horvat II
    Stop the Madness of Un-Thanksgiving John Horvat II 26 November As we gear up for the Thanksgiving holidays, many are preparing to engage in a strange new ritual that is crowding out the traditional turkey and pumpkin pie. The ritual, of course, is the extension of Black Friday shopping into Thanksgiving Day. It is a practice so shocking that we might as well create a new holiday—un-Thanksgiving—since nothing could be more contrary to the intention of the real holiday than its present evolution. This year, media will again report on frenzied shoppers mobbing retail stores in search of super bargains....
  • 900 Austrian Police Raid Mosques and Homes in Terrorist Search [Why Don't We Do This In US?]

    11/28/2014 9:20:56 AM PST · by Steelfish · 33 replies
    NBCNews ^ | November 28, 2014
    900 Austrian Police Raid Mosques and Homes in Terrorist Search MAINZ, Germany — Some 900 police officers swooped in on mosques, prayer rooms and homes across Austria early Friday in an operation against suspected jihadi recruiters and alleged financiers of the ISIS terror group, local media reported. Prosecutors confirmed to NBC News in a statement that 13 people were arrested in the raids. They provided limited details but, according to Austrian newspapers, the raids took place in in Vienna, Graz and Linz and were the culmination of a two-year investigation into people suspected of recruiting young people to fight in...
  • Some in US Illegally Could Get Retirement Benefits

    11/27/2014 9:31:01 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    ABCNews ^ | November 27, 2014 | JIM KUHNHENN
    Some in US Illegally Could Get Retirement Benefits Nov 27, 2014 By JIM KUHNHENN Many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama's new executive actions would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits upon reaching retirement age, according to the White House. Under Obama's actions, immigrants who are spared deportation could obtain work permits and a Social Security number. As a result, they would pay into the Social Security system through payroll taxes. No such "lawfully present" immigrant, however, would be immediately entitled to the benefits because like all Social Security...
  • FIVE WAYS CONGRESS SHOULD RESPOND TO OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

    11/27/2014 5:10:24 PM PST · by Steelfish · 11 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | November 27, 2014 | Scott McKay
    FIVE WAYS CONGRESS SHOULD RESPOND TO OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE AMNESTY Don’t get mad. Don’t get even. Get nasty. By Scott McKay – 11.25.14 In the aftermath of Thursday’s debacle of a speech, in which our president crossed a Rubicon of his own making and transformed himself into a tin-pot ruler of Third World quality, the incoming GOP Senate majority and the soon-to-expand Republican House majority are faced with a stiff challenge as the current Congress ends and the new one is sworn in next year. What Obama has done—asserting the right to legalize millions of trespassers and squatters against the expressed...