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  • Oakland police protesters smash windows, vandalize Christmas tree [California]

    12/25/2014 11:11:12 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 18 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | December 25, 2014 | Evan Sernoffsky
    Undeterred by chilly weather or the Christmas holiday, dozens of antipolice demonstrators marched through downtown Oakland on Thursday evening — some smashing windows of businesses in Jack London Square, throwing bottles, and even tearing ornaments and lights from a large Christmas tree —in the latest round of protests against what they see as police violence toward minorities.
  • Gas price plunge threatens fuel-cell and electric cars

    12/25/2014 12:23:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/25/14 | David R. Baker
    ehicles, as did concern about global warming. But now gasoline prices have plunged to their lowest level since the Great Recession, averaging $2.50 nationwide for a gallon of regular. If gas prices stay low — granted, a very big “if” — one of the most powerful arguments for alternative fuel cars will be wiped out. “You have an early-adopter group that’s much more interested in these vehicles as a way of doing something 'green,’ and the cost of fuel is not going to be a big factor for them,” said John O’Dell, a senior editor at the Edmunds.com auto information...
  • Pelosi to Boehner: Force Michael Grimm to resign over tax-evasion conviction

    12/24/2014 8:11:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/24/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    How Michael Grimm (R-NY) won re-election to the House in November may be the greatest political mystery of 2014, having tax-evasion and fraud charges as well as a televised threat to a journalist hanging over his head. After all, his NY-11 district has only an R+2 Cook rating, so it’s not as though it resembles a district like … oh, Charlie Rangel’s D+41 NY-13, for example. Having prevailed despite those handicaps, Grimm refuses to resign his office even after pleading guilty to felony tax evasion:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Grimm faces up to three years in prison for...
  • LGBT Community Members Shutdown Hwy 101 In San Francisco Protesting Police Violence

    12/24/2014 9:28:09 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 72 replies
    SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Members of San Francisco’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are marching Christmas Eve morning and plan to shutdown Highway 101 at Octavia Street in a protest over recent police violence.
  • Bay of Pigs Survivors On US-Cuba Thaw: 'Two American Presidents Betrayed Us'

    12/23/2014 8:05:33 PM PST · by Steelfish · 66 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | December 23, 2014 | Richard Luscombe
    Bay of Pigs Survivors On US-Cuba Thaw: 'Two American Presidents Betrayed Us' Richard Luscombe 23 December 2014. It was presented to the world as a tearing down of barriers, a historic moment of reconciliation between the United States and Cuba’s communist government after half a century of hostility. But inside a small villa a stone’s throw from Calle Ocho in the heart of Miami’s Little Havana neighbourhood the talk is only of one word – betrayal. The house is the Bay of Pigs museum and library where the ageing survivors of Brigade 2506, the CIA-trained fighting unit that failed to...
  • Oakland Police: We Can’t Protect You, We Need to Monitor the Protesters

    12/24/2014 7:32:41 AM PST · by PROCON · 28 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 23, 2014 | Adelle Nazarian
    Many Oakland police officers wrote Thanksgiving off as a total loss and will likely need to do the same this Christmas because of protesters who are relentlessly demonstrating their fury over the deaths of black men at the hands of police. Thursday’s “No Time Off Christmas Day” protest is one more incident that will directly hinder the Oakland police force’s ability to fully protect and serve its citizens in areas where their help is greatly needed. “No question about it. Anytime we are taken away from our regular work, it has a ripple effect in our ability to stay ahead...
  • Egg Prices Rise As New California Regulations Kick In

    12/24/2014 7:23:20 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 48 replies
    Jefferson Public Radio ^ | 12-22-14 | Chris Lehman
    Get ready to shell out more money for eggs. Some Northwest stores are warning of higher egg prices as new regulations on hen houses take effect in California next month. California will now require egg producers to give their hens room to spread their wings -- literally. The law applies to all eggs sold in that state. That means egg producers nationwide are scrambling to make sure their cages comply. Jim Hermes is a poultry specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service. He said giving the hens more room increases their appetites. "If you increase the amount of feed...
  • Federal authorities indict alleged gang members, jail guards (Baltimore City)

    04/23/2013 6:37:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 4/23/2013 | Ian Duncan and Jessica Anderson
    A cabal of corrupt corrections officers and members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang enjoyed nearly free rein inside the Baltimore City Detention Center, federal authorities allege, smuggling drugs and cellphones into the jail and having sexual relationships that left four guards pregnant. An indictment unsealed Tuesday names 25 people — including 13 women working as corrections officers — who face racketeering, drug and money-laundering charges. It alleges that Tavon White, an inmate known as "Bulldog," took control of the prison gang soon after his arrival in 2009 on an attempted-murder charge. He is accused of building a network of...
  • California schools step up efforts to help 'long-term English learners'

    12/23/2014 9:42:38 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 35 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 17, 2014 | TERESA WATANABE
    After more than 11 years in Los Angeles public schools, Dasha Cifuentes still isn't speaking or writing English at grade level. The U.S. native, whose parents are Mexican immigrants, was raised in a Spanish-speaking household and she acknowledges that the two languages get confused in her mind. "I should be more confident in English because I was born here, but I'm embarrassed that I haven't improved myself," said Dasha, a junior at Fairfax High. Now, however, she and other students like her are receiving more attention under a new state law and initiatives by L.A. Unified and other school districts....
  • Stanford: Dean for Religious Life claims churches should focus less on religion, more on art

    12/23/2014 7:38:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | December 22, 2014 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    The church needs to focus more on art and less on religion and converting people in an effort to become less “churchy,” according to Stanford University’s Dean for Religious Life, The Very Reverend Dr. Jane Shaw. “I think people are always slightly surprised that I’m not very churchy as a person,” Shaw told the Palo Alto Online in an interview. “I don’t think church is to be more churchy. I think church is about, anyone should be welcome. I’m really interested in how you welcome many different kind of constituencies, certainly not convert them, not even necessarily to do religion...
  • LA Police Commission Wants Public Opinion On How Body Cameras Should Be Used

    12/22/2014 3:53:27 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    – When should officers turn the camera on and under what circumstances should they turn them off? — Are there instances or locations where you believe recordings should not take place? — How should the LAPD protect the privacy of those individuals who are recorded on video? — Do you believe officers should be able to view the video prior to writing the necessary reports? — Do you believe that department supervisors should regularly review the video captured to ascertain opportunities for improved training?
  • Court upholds ruling for California delta salmon

    12/22/2014 2:37:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 22, 2014 4:14 PM EST
    A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a 2009 federal decision that called for reducing the amount of water pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in order to protect salmon and other species. The 2009 environmental review by the National Marine Fisheries Service found that continuing to pump water from the delta at such a high rate would threaten several endangered salmon species and killer whales. Some of the state’s biggest water agencies, including Southern California’s Metropolitan Water District, had challenged the 2009 federal decision. …
  • Taxpayers charged $1.1 million for Obama to visit Gwyneth Paltrow

    12/22/2014 11:33:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Investor´s Business Daily ^ | 12/22/14 | Andrew Malcolm
    As usual in December, President Obama and family and staff and their families and Secret Service and armored motorcade vehicles and the family dogs flew out to Hawaii this past weekend for a couple weeks of golf and dining out. [Snip] That luxury 747 alone costs $182,000 per hour to operate. It´s a nine-hour flight from Washington to one of the farthest reaches of the 50 states -- each way. How about Obama´s other discretionary trips? How much are taxpayers billed for those?
  • PSA encourages kids to steal parents’ guns, hand over to teachers

    12/22/2014 12:18:11 PM PST · by redreno · 37 replies
    A startling new anti-gun ad released by a San Francisco-based production company encourages children to commit a series of crimes by stealing their parents’ guns and turning them over to school officials, The Daily Caller reported Monday. Sleeper 13 Productions released the controversial video on Dec. 13. It shows a pouty, young boy wandering into his parents’ bedroom, stealing a handgun out of their dresser drawer and then shoving it into his backpack
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The Police Aren’t Under Attack. Institutionalized Racism Is.

    12/22/2014 8:18:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    TIME ^ | 12/22/2014 | Kareem Abdul Jabbar
    The way to honor those who defend our liberties with their lives — as did my father and grandfather — is not to curtail liberty, but to exercise it fully in pursuit of a just and peaceful society. According to Ecclesiastes, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose.” For me, today, that means a time to seek justice and a time to mourn the dead. The recent brutal murder of two Brooklyn police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, is a national tragedy that should inspire nationwide mourning. Both my grandfather and father were...
  • Obama: I’m Jewish ‘in my soul’

    12/18/2014 4:26:22 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 106 replies
    Jewish Journal ^ | 12/18/2014 | David Suissa
    "What will you tell the President when you see him?" was my daughter Eva's first reaction when I told her I'd been invited to the White House Channukah party (Actually, it was her second reaction. Her first was, "Take me!"). Kids are innocent that way. They don't realize that when you have over a hundred people crowding the leader of the free world, it's not so easy to get in a word edgewise. But I got lucky. It's not what I told the President that mattered, it's what I heard him say when few people were paying attention. After the...
  • Russian Nuclear Bombers Again Buzz Guam

    12/21/2014 10:10:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 19, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Russian strategic bombers conducted a third circumnavigation of the U.S. Pacific island of Guam last week as other bombers flew close to Alaska and Europe, defense officials said. Two Tu-95 Bear H bombers made the flight around Guam, a key U.S. military hub in the western Pacific, on Dec. 13. No U.S. interceptor jets were dispatched to shadow the bombers. Separately, two Canadian F-18s intercepted two Bear bombers that intruded into the Alaska air defense identification zone on Dec. 8 that a military spokesman called “unwanted, provocative, and potentially destabilizing.” Around the same time in Europe, NATO jets intercepted Russian...
  • Court Upholds Public School’s Ban of American Flag; TMLC asks Supreme Court for Review

    12/21/2014 5:13:40 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 24 replies
    Thomas Moore Law Center ^ | December, 15, 2014 | Staff
    On Monday (December 15, 2014), the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, MI, along with two other entities, asked the US Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision which upheld a California public school’s ban on the display of the American flag because it feared the flag might incite Mexican students to violence. In his minority dissent, Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain criticized the decision as permitting “the will of the mob to rule our schools.”
  • Raiders offensive lineman donates game check to 4-year-old with rare heart condition

    12/21/2014 4:24:00 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    SB Nation ^ | December 21, 2014 | Rodger Sherman
    The Raiders went above and beyond for the family of 4-year-old Ava Urrera -- especially offensive lineman Menelik Watson. I can't quite say I've ever heard anything like the story of the Oakland Raiders and 4-year-old Ava Urrera of Las Vegas, which Jay Glazer just told on Fox's NFL Sunday pregame show. Urrera has a heart condition Glazer described as equivalent to having "half a heart," and this post indicates doctors aren't too hopeful. Glazer had told the Raiders about her story, and they put together an amazing experience for her and her family: they made her captain for a day,...
  • Obamas are keeping the divide alive

    12/21/2014 1:42:59 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-21-14 | joe soucheray
    Barack and Michelle Obama, speaking to People Magazine, of all disappointments, shared the disheartening news that they have experienced what they called racism. Barack, for example, apparently has had trouble, before he was president, hailing a cab in Chicago, to which an immediate thought might occur to anyone who has been to Chicago: Who hasn't? Also, Barack, at a black-tie event, when he, too, was in festive livery, apparently was asked by another guest if he would get them a cup of coffee. For her recollection, Michelle came up with a visit to a Target store as first lady. She...
  • Bill Maher Speech at UC Berkeley Unaffected by Small Protests

    12/21/2014 7:16:04 AM PST · by rktman · 6 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 12/20/2014 | Zombie
    Comedian and pundit Bill Maher is this year’s commencement speaker at the University of California-Berkeley’s winter graduation ceremony. While Maher’s original invitation to address today’s event was uncontroversial, after an on-air argument he subsequently had with Ben Affleck about the nature of Islam, campus Muslim groups at Berkeley demanded that Chancellor Nicholas Dirks retract Maher’s invitation to speak.
  • Undercover cop pulls gun on protesters in Oakland

    12/12/2014 5:08:09 AM PST · by Revelation 911 · 26 replies
    Mashable ^ | 12/10/14 | Patrick Kulp
    check it out - the undercover cops are accused of not identifying themselves, and inciting violence..whatever - there are so many things wrong with the whole issue..BUT - check out the link pics - the Cop is holding his service auto ghetto style
  • The Jewish Joy of Christmas Lights

    12/21/2014 6:37:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    Though we Jews do not share the religious aspect of Christmas with our Christian friends, we do share this great country and we do appreciate the level of acceptance and often times admiration we experience. Just because we do not share the same observance for the holiday, we can share the joy of certain aspects of the Christmas season. One way to do that is voyeuristically viewing the displays of Christmas lights.Those of you from other parts of the country think that we in Southern California are all hedonists, frolicking at nudists colonies. But we have an edge over other...
  • Why do you MANSPREAD? Woman with her tape measure confronts splay-legged men on the subway...

    12/20/2014 2:57:36 AM PST · by Islander7 · 63 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Dec 19, 2014 | By Mail Online Reporter
    Full Title: Why do you MANSPREAD? Woman with her tape measure confronts splay-legged men on the subway about the space they consume It is a gripe that frustrates subway riders daily: men with their legs splayed. So one woman decided to confront male commuters about the amount of space they consume. The investigation comes a month before New York City's MTA launches a campaign targeting 'manspreaders'.
  • A Scourge Is Spreading. M.T.A.’s Cure? Dude, Close Your Legs. (Manspreading)

    12/20/2014 12:14:03 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 49 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 20, 2014 | EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS
    It is the bane of many female subway riders. It is a scourge tracked on blogs and on Twitter. And it has a name almost as distasteful as the practice itself. It is manspreading, the lay-it-all-out sitting style that more than a few men see as their inalienable underground right. Now passengers who consider such inelegant male posture as infringing on their sensibilities — not to mention their share of subway space — have a new ally: the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Taking on manspreading for the first time, the authority is set to unveil public service ads that encourage men...
  • Coming Egg Shortage Will Tax Family Budgets

    12/20/2014 6:50:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 108 replies
    The New American ^ | December 19, 2014 | William F. Jasper
    If eggs are a staple in your family’s diet and you’d like to keep it that way, now would be a good time to get a few laying hens. Next month, beginning January 1, 2015, the chicken-and-egg production in the United States is in for a big shock. That’s when California’s new regulations on egg-laying hens goes into effect. And the effects of those regs on eggs will be felt nationally, even globally. The incredible, edible, prolate spheroid-shaped poultry product, which has long been one of the most affordable sources of high-quality protein, is certain to become significantly more expensive.In...
  • Sign honoring 4 slain Oakland officers knocked down

    12/20/2014 3:14:03 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 19, 2014 | Henry K. Lee
    Someone knocked down and vandalized on Friday a sign on Interstate 580 that honors the four Oakland police officers who were shot and killed in 2009, the deadliest day in the department’s history.
  • CHP officer kills teen after machete attack

    12/20/2014 2:18:54 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 38 replies
    A California Highway Patrol officer shot and killed a 17-year-old who attacked him with a machete, and the officer was hospitalized with major injuries, officials said. The officer had responded to a report of a car hitting a telephone pole Thursday in the Humboldt County community of Willow Creek, CHP Capt. Adam Jager told the Eureka Times-Standard (http://bit.ly/1DVeozS ). The officer and the boy stepped to the rear of the damaged car when the teen attacked the officer, Jager said. The officer raised his left arm to defend himself, Jager said, and also was struck on the hand and face.
  • Next Up in America: The Liberal Retreat

    12/20/2014 2:06:32 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 24 replies
    The American Interest ^ | December 19, 2014 | Walter Russell Mead
    The Obama administration may represent “Peak Left” in American politics. As a result, what we are getting from the left these days is a mix of bewilderment and anger as it realizes that this is as good as it gets.
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...
  • Elizabeth Warren and Nancy Pelosi are right

    12/13/2014 8:43:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 13, 2014 | Dustin Siggins
    The end times are upon us. I find myself in agreement with not just Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). It’s not just me. Right Wing News’ John Hawkins — not exactly a cheerleader for bipartisan consensus — is publicly standing with Warren, Pelosi, and their liberal allies in the House and Senate. As have conservative Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), Townhall.com’s Amy Otto, and Tea Party Patriots, among many others. And I’m not only opposed to the omnibus bill that squeaked through the House and may fail in the Senate. I’m...
  • Feinstein: We're 'going toward bloodshed' on cyber attacks

    12/20/2014 2:05:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | David McCabe
    Outgoing Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said on Friday the U.S. is "going toward bloodshed" and "getting into the arena of major" acts of cyber terrorism. "There can be an attack on the electrical system of the United States, on airport computers of the United States," she said. "We're getting into the arena of major attacks. Right now, it has to do a great deal with private industry. But the cost for private industry is now in the trillions of dollars. And it has to be stopped." Feinstein's comments came after President Obama said Sony Pictures "made a...
  • How far will cop unions go to halt reform?

    12/19/2014 7:25:19 PM PST · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 25 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | DEC. 12, 2014 | Steven Greenhut
    The arrest this week of two ex-cop private investigators — charged with felonies related to their alleged attempt to frame a Costa Mesa city councilman for a false DUI — is about more than the disturbing tactics of two hired guns. It offers insight into the way some police unions across California intimidate political opponents into silence. This ugly story starts in 2012. Councilmen Jim Righeimer, Stephen Mensinger and Gary Monahan were loathed by the city’s police union because of their efforts to reduce pension liabilities and outsource services. Costa Mesa had become Ground Zero in our state’s battle over...
  • The unconscionable act committed by Senate Democrats

    12/19/2014 6:42:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 18, 2014 | Ken Allard
    Once a Constitutional Republic famed for its pragmatism, the United States has lately become a country notorious for its inconstancy, no longer recognizing that actions have finite and foreseeable consequences. In this space, for example, I recently argued that the release of the “torture report” by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence came perilously close to the constitutional definition of treason by “giving Aid and Comfort” to America’s enemies. Admittedly, that was a tough assessment. But barely a week after the report’s release, the Huffington Post published an article linking those revelations with their most immediate effects on our allies....
  • Richmond Police Officer Who Brought Home 4 Pounds of Marijuana Won't Be Charged (California)

    12/19/2014 2:57:58 PM PST · by Ken H · 55 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | December 18, 2014 | n/a
    A Richmond police officer who took 4 pounds of marijuana home instead of filing it in the department's evidence locker will not be charged with a crime, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney's office. Prosecutors said members of the Richmond Police Department learned in September that Officer Joe Avila had a large amount of marijuana at his house. At the request of the Police Department, the district attorney's office began investigating and searched Avila's home, where they found 4 pounds of marijuana. Prosecutors said Avila had responded to a call at a delivery service company in November 2013...
  • NLRB hits McDonald’s as joint employer

    12/19/2014 12:05:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    McDonald’s and its franchisees illegally retaliated against employees for participating in union-related activities, the National Labor Relations Board’s top lawyer alleged Friday in a case with sweeping industry implications. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin announced Friday he will issue 13 complaints involving 78 charges against franchises and McDonald’s USA, LLC. Though many of these alleged labor violations were committed by independent franchise owners, Griffin ruled earlier this year that McDonald’s can be held liable for those actions as a so-called joint employer, leaving the corporatrion — and potentially other franchisors — exposed to such claims. McDonald’s said the decision will...
  • Cuba’s Fidel Castro Condemns ‘Primitive’ Accusations of Russia’s Role in Boeing Crash

    08/05/2014 12:00:35 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies
    ria.ru ^ | August 5, 2014
    BUENOS AIRES, August 5 (RIA Novosti) – Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro dismissed Tuesday accusations of Moscow’s alleged role in the deadly Malaysian passenger plane crash as “primitive.” “Accusing the Russian Federation of destroying the Malaysian Boeing during the flight is horrifying primitivism,” Castro wrote in an article published in Cuba’s Granma newspaper. “Neither President Vladimir Putin, nor Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov nor other Russian leaders could have ever done such a stupid thing,” Castro stressed. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17. All 298 people on board,...
  • Pelosi laments end of 'Colbert Report' ("The Nation mourns")

    12/19/2014 3:28:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/18/14 | Judy Kurtz
    Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is lamenting the end of “The Colbert Report,” saying it’s a “loss for ‘truthiness’ advocates across America.” The Comedy Central series ends its run Thursday night. Host Stephen Colbert is poised to take the reins at CBS’s “The Late Show,” when David Letterman retires next year. The House minority leader appeared in a sketch earlier this month with Colbert, who plays a faux cable news host on the show. Pelosi stretched her acting muscles as a wheelie-popping bike cop who preached safety to Colbert and Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.).
  • June Trial Set in Yee Corruption Case (shoulder fired missiles)

    12/19/2014 3:53:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | 12/18/14 | MARIA DINZEO
    SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Suspended California state Sen. Leland Yee could face a jury as early as June for charges of political corruption and conspiracy to import guns. At a scheduling conference on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said Yee will be tried along with his political consultant Keith Jackson, who also faces drug and murder-for-hire charges. Breyer said those charges will be tried separately, but lawyers for the defendants, including Yee's lawyer James Lassart, were not satisfied. "The firearms charges are going to be extremely prejudicial. The government has acquired 50 to 70 different firearms that, undoubtedly to...
  • Paul: Trade With Cuba 'Probably a Good Idea'

    12/18/2014 9:19:23 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 29 replies
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | DEC 18, 2014, 11:54 A.M. E.S.T.
    WASHINGTON — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that starting to trade with Cuba "is probably a good idea" and that the lengthy economic embargo against the communist island "just hasn't worked." Paul became the first potential Republican presidential candidate to offer some support for President Barack Obama's decision to try to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba. The president's surprise announcement on Wednesday was slammed by several potential GOP candidates, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who said it amounted to appeasing the Castro regime. Paul said in a radio interview with Tom Roten of...
  • Rand Paul backs Obama on Cuba

    12/18/2014 3:05:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    WDIV-TV / CNN ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jeremy Diamond, CNN
    Sen. Rand Paul broke with the field of Republicans considering a 2016 presidential run on Thursday, calling President Barack Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba a "good idea" since the American embargo against Cuba "just hasn't worked." Paul, a likely presidential candidate, made the remarks in an interview with News Talk 800 WVHU's Tom Roten, just a day after his potential competitors for the Republican nomination -- former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz -- slammed the decision to normalize relations as a dangerous move. Rubio and Cruz are sons of Cuban immigrants. Paul...
  • Rand Paul Breaks With Rubio and Bush Over Cuba

    12/18/2014 6:21:36 PM PST · by Steelfish · 76 replies
    NBCNews ^ | December 18, 2014
    Rand Paul Breaks With Rubio and Bush Over Cuba Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is the latest potential presidential candidate to weigh in on policy changes to Cuba and the libertarian leaning Republican's position splits from other Republicans who are also considering a presidential run. Paul told Tom Roten of News Talk 800 in West Virginia that the 50-year embargo "just hasn't worked" and normalizing relations with the island nation is "probably a good idea." "If the goal is regime change, it sure doesn't seem to be working and probably it punishes the people more than the regime because the regime...
  • Like Iran, secret diplomacy leads to US-Cuba thaw

    12/17/2014 7:43:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2014 5:40 PM EST | Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee
    Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to “think big” about a second-term agenda, including the possibilities of new starts with long-standing U.S. foes such as Iran and Cuba. Two years later, after painstaking secret diplomacy on separate but surprisingly similar tracks, efforts with Tehran and Havana are in full swing. The nuclear negotiations with Iran continue and are far from a guaranteed success. But Wednesday’s announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will normalize relations after more than 50 years of hostility suggests one of the last chapters...
  • On Cuba, Obama Had An Ace, And Played A Deuce

    12/18/2014 3:50:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Investors.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Diplomacy: As the Castros rejoice at President Obama's move to normalize ties, extend trade credits, take their country off the terror list and free its deadly spies, the queasy question remains: What did the U.S. get in return? The question is being asked by the more serious leaders in Washington. Marco Rubio for one. "(Obama's) foreign policy is, at a minimum, naive and perhaps truly counterproductive to the future of democracy in the region," said the Florida senator in the wake of the giveaway. "Barack Obama is the worst negotiator that we've had as president since at least Jimmy Carter,...
  • First Russia, then Iran, now Cuba: One More Very Bad Deal Brokered by the Obama Administration

    12/17/2014 11:42:28 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz ^ | December 17, 2014 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the President’s announcement to change U.S. policy with Cuba and lift economic embargos. “We rejoice that Alan Gross’ wrongful imprisonment by the brutal Castro regime has finally come to an end, and that he will be able to spend the holidays with his loved ones. But make no mistake, although we are glad Alan is now free, the agreement the Obama Administration has entered into with the Castro regime has done nothing to resolve the underlying problem. Indeed, it has made it worse. “Fidel and Raul...
  • Chinese Firm Buys Los Angeles Airport Marriott For $160 million

    12/18/2014 8:52:39 PM PST · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 18, 2014 | ROGER VINCENT
    Chinese Firm Buys Los Angeles Airport Marriott For $160 million The Los Angeles Airport Marriott, which sold for $160 million, has 1,004 rooms in 18 stories. The buyer is expected to make about $35 million worth of improvements. (Asia Pacific Capital Co.) By ROGER VINCENT The Airport Marriott is one of the largest hotels in Los Angeles County XLD Group also bought the 487-room Torrance Marriott South Bay hotel from DiamondRock late last year A Chinese real estate developer has purchased the vast Los Angeles Airport Marriott for $160 million and vowed to make substantial improvements. It was the largest...
  • Global Warming, Empty Gestures

    12/18/2014 6:37:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    I have a theory as to why Americans don't worry all that much about global warming: High-profile purveyors of climate change don't push for reductions in greenhouse gases so much as focus on berating people who do not agree with their opinions. They call themselves champions of "the science" yet focus on ideology more than tangible results. Their language is downright evangelical. Recently, science guy Bill Nye joined other experts who objected to the media's use of the term "climate skeptic." They released a statement that concluded, "Please stop using the word 'skeptic' to describe deniers." Deniers? Like Judas? Why,...
  • Sac City Council funds Planned Parenthood programs

    12/18/2014 9:13:37 AM PST · by Morgana
    KCRA ^ | Dec 17, 2014 | Kevin Oliver
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —City Council member Angelique Ashby is among the most fiscally conservative of her colleagues, when it comes to spending her discretionary funds. Compared to other City Council members, last year Ashby spent the least -- about $35,000 on community service programs and local events. But that included giving tax dollars to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. When we asked Ashby about that expenditure, it led to the end of our interview. "I donated to a scholarship. The money that I gave only could go to a scholarship fund for young single moms already selected to go to college,"...
  • Sacramento council funds spent on movie nights, bounce houses (Planned Parenthood)

    12/17/2014 3:47:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    KCRA ^ | Dec 17, 2014 | Kevin Oliver
    When KCRA 3 asked Ashby about using tax dollars to contribute to Planned Parenthood programs, she defended the contribution, took off the microphone and walked away.
  • New Obamacare enrollments in California top 144,000

    12/17/2014 2:42:15 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 17, 2014 | by Chad Terhune
    California's health insurance exchange said 144,178 people have newly enrolled in Obamacare coverage during the first month of sign ups. Officials also reported that 216,423 people have joined Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program for low-income people, since Nov. 15. That's in addition to the 2.2 million who had already enrolled in 2014 as part of the health-law expansion.