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  • TX Cops Fatally Shoot Armed 20-Year-Old; Bystanders Throw Bottles at Police

    12/27/2014 11:21:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 26, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    Police officers in Texas City fatally shot and killed a man identified by family members as Carlton Smith, a 20-year-old African-American. Texas City Police Chief Robert Burby said he was shot down because he was armed and was pointing his weapon at one of the officers. What happened, according to the police, is that the manager of HT’s Lounge called to report a fight breaking out inside the club. When the police arrived, they saw an individual firing a gun in the direction of patrons exiting the club. He reportedly pointed his gun at an officer and was shot down....
  • Obama Repeats: ‘I’ll Act on My Own When It’s Necessary’

    12/27/2014 8:37:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 22, 2014 - 1:16 PM | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    In his weekly address released on Saturday, President Barack Obama said that in the remaining two years of his presidency he plans to work with Congress but will take unilateral action when he believes he needs to do so. “I’ll act on my own when it’s necessary,” Obama said. […] “But I will never stop trying to make life better for people like you. Because thanks to your efforts, a new foundation is laid,” said Obama. “A new future is ready to be written. We have set the stage for a new American moment, and I’m going to spend every...
  • Arizona Police Officer, Suspect Killed in Shootout

    12/27/2014 7:01:31 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 14 replies
    ABC Snooze ^ | Dec 27, 2014
    A 24-year-old police officer and a suspect died after a shootout Saturday afternoon. Officer Tyler Stewart, 24, died at Flagstaff Medical Center after he was shot by a suspect in a domestic-violence case, police said. Stewart was looking for the suspect about 1:30 p.m. in the 800 block of West Clay Avenue when a man identified as Robert W. Smith, 28, of Prescott, fired several shots at the officer, police said. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, police added.
  • It’s ending purposeless, perpetual, global warfare, stupid

    12/27/2014 8:29:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 26, 2014 | Bruce Fein
    “It’s ending purposeless, perpetual, global warfare, stupid.” Republican presidential contenders for 2016 should embrace that campaign theme to demolish the ultra-hawkish Hillary Clinton and her Napoleonic complex. Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign theme, “It’s the economy, stupid,” is obsolete. Presidential strategists sermonize that voters are instinctively concerned more about jobs, mortgages, and health care than about national security policy. True enough. But that is because presidential aspirants have failed to discern and to explain the direct connection between, on the one hand, purposeless, perpetual, global warfare and the projection of military force everywhere that has created an exorbitant, inefficient, and corrupt...
  • Cubans ready to sell out convicted cop-killer Joanne Chesimard if they get the chance

    12/27/2014 8:14:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/272014 | Jazz Shaw
    Before we even got out of the gate, the Cubans were saying that giving up convicted terrorist and cop killer Joanne Chesimard was a non-starter because they have the right to protect persecuted fugitives who seek asylum. (And here I was worried that this might not work out…) But even if the Castros won’t surrender her peacefully, is it possible that we might just be able to grab her once we have more of an official presence in Havana? If so, some of the regular citizens might be willing to pitch in and help, particularly if there’s a couple...
  • Ferguson PIO placed on unpaid leave after referring to Mike Brown memorial as ‘trash’

    12/27/2014 7:48:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    KMOV-TV ^ | December 27, 2014 | Adam McDonald
    FERGUSON, Mo (KMOV.com) – The Ferguson Public Information Officer for the City of Ferguson Police Department has been placed on unpaid leave after referring to the Michael Brown memorial as ‘trash.’ According to the Washington Post, Officer Timothy Zoll, the Ferguson Police Department’s public relations officer said no crime had been reported in connection to the memorial’s destruction early Friday morning. Zoll suggested the department would look at any video of the incident, but did not specify whether the department would investigate after a vehicle allegedly ran over the memorial on Canfield Drive. “I don’t know that a crime has...
  • Ferguson protest advocate charged with arson

    12/27/2014 7:32:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    BERKELEY, Mo. – A protester who advocated for peaceful demonstrations in Ferguson was charged Saturday with setting fire to a convenience store in a neighboring suburb. A St. Louis County jail official said Joshua Williams, 19, of St. Louis, was being held on $30,000 bond. He is charged with arson, second-degree burglary and stealing less than $500. Williams, who was frequently quoted and photographed protesting Michael Brown's death, is accused of using lighter fluid to set multiple fires inside and outside a QuikTrip in Berkeley....
  • Who’s to Blame for the NYPD Killings? Inciters and enablers are culpable too.

    12/27/2014 6:46:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The National Review ^ | December 27, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    A week ago, New York City police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were murdered in an act of premeditated assassination by a man who was patently inspired by — indeed, was a documented participant in — a radical movement that has brazenly called for cops to be murdered. To be sure, not every radical in the movement is down for the cop killing, no more than every Islamist thinks jihadist terror is the best route to imposing sharia. But cop killing is undeniably an aim of a not insignificant part of the movement’s hard core, and a good many...
  • Police turn their backs on Mayor de Blasio during funeral for fallen NYPD cop

    12/27/2014 5:44:50 PM PST · by driftdiver · 24 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 12/27/2014 | Foxnews
    Hundreds of police officers outside the Queens, N.Y. church Saturday where the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos was being held turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio as he eulogized the fallen officer who was ambushed last week along with his partner. De Blasio's remarks were being shown on large TV monitors outside the Christ Tabernacle Church. Police union officials have accused the mayor of fostering a climate of mistrust that contributed to the killings of Officer Ramos and his partner. More than 25,000 police officers from across the country assembled in winter sunshine to pay final respects to...
  • Time for Comcast-NBC to Fire Al Sharpton

    12/27/2014 3:27:08 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 35 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 27, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    MEMO TO: Comcast/NBC Universal Happy New Year. Now do yourself and your company a favor and fire the man identified by Mediaite as ..really…””the most powerful man in America.” Who would that be, as described here, exactly? “Outside of the president, Al Sharpton might possibly be the most powerful man in America right now.” - “So if the ratings are bad and the delivery even worse, why and how does Sharpton still have a program on the air? Answer: Because Comcast and NBC — and this is just an educated guess — must be petrified to fire him (by, yes,...
  • Qatar: A Change of Heart? Or merely rearranging the Camels?

    12/27/2014 3:21:02 PM PST · by Randall_S · 5 replies
    An Update from the Qatar Awareness Campaign Several recent news reports point to the possibility that Qatar, the host nation of the Muslim Brotherhood, may be genuine in their attempt to reconcile with their Arab neighbors. After expelling the Qataris and isolating them diplomatically, the United Arab Emirate, Saudi Arabia, and even Egypt appear to have reached an accord with Doha. The Nazi-rooted Muslim Brotherhood was long ago banished from Saudi Arabia (in the late 1920s), and Egypt has violently suppressed them many times, notably after the assassination of Sadat. Yet the daily report out of the Middle East suggests...
  • Protester who advocates peace charged with setting fire at Berkeley QT

    12/27/2014 2:15:35 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    St Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 12/27/14 | Christine Byers
    One of the most frequently quoted and photographed Ferguson protesters was charged Saturday with setting fire to a Berkeley convenience store earlier this week. St. Louis County police arrested Joshua Williams, 19, of St. Louis, on Friday after several local media outlets and store surveillance captured images of him trying to set a pile of wood on fire outside the QuikTrip on North Hanley Road early Wednesday. Williams confessed to setting fires at the store in a videotaped interview, according to court documents.
  • Menendez, Clinton State Dept. Helped Secure Visa for Fugitive Banker's Daughter

    12/27/2014 2:06:30 PM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    NBC New York ^ | December 17, 2014 | Jonathan Dienst. Kevin Nious and Joe Valiquette
    Menendez, Clinton State Dept. Helped Secure Visa for Fugitive Banker's Daughter By Jonathan Dienst. Kevin Nious and Joe Valiquette There are new questions for U.S. Sen. Robert Mendendez, who tried to help a woman get into the country after she had been accused of visa fraud and was banned from traveling to the U.S. Jonathan Dienst reports. Dec 17, 2014 New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez interceded on behalf of an Ecuadorian woman who was banned from traveling to the U.S. because of allegations she had engaged in visa fraud. The woman, Estafania Isaias, is the daughter of a fugitive from...
  • How He and His Cronies Stole Russia (Putin)

    12/27/2014 1:47:27 PM PST · by Bubba Ho-Tep · 34 replies
    For twenty years now, the Western politicians, journalists, businessmen, and academics who observe and describe the post-Soviet evolution of Russia have almost all followed the same narrative. We begin with the assumption that the Soviet Union ended in 1991, when Mikhail Gorbachev handed over power to Boris Yeltsin and Russia, Ukraine, and the rest of the Soviet republics became independent states. We continue with an account of the early 1990s, an era of “reform,” when some Russian leaders tried to create a democratic political system and a liberal capitalist economy. We follow the trials and tribulations of the reformers, analyze...
  • Death penalty states unmoved by botched execution

    12/27/2014 11:48:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 79 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 27, 2014 | Sean Murphy
    Oklahoma's last execution went so badly that the state tried to cancel it before it was over. With the inmate writhing while the lethal drugs seeped into his body, his executioners drew the viewing gallery curtains, concealing what the warden later described as "a bloody mess." The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April and other troubling ones this year in Ohio and Arizona gave capital punishment opponents a flicker of hope that areas of the country that most enthusiastically support the death penalty might have a change of heart. They didn't.
  • Sharyl Attkisson: Docs indicate ATF was using Fast and Furious to justify new gun regs

    12/27/2014 11:23:57 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 72 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | Dec 26, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Just as Second Amendment civil rights activists feared, federal government bureaucrats were supplying illegal firearms to Mexican drug cartels in the expectation that it would led to pressure for more regulation. Analyzing a 60 page document release in response to a FOIA action by Judicial Watch Attkisson writes:
  • 2 NYPD officers promoted posthumously; Ramos also made honorary chaplain

    12/27/2014 10:47:52 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | December 27, 2014 | Michael Martinez, Kevin Conlon and Miguel Marquez
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A sea of blue flooded the streets around a Queens church Saturday morning -- thousands of police waiting to pay respects for one of two New York officers who lost their lives in the line of duty last weekend. More than 25,000 police officers attended Christ Tabernacle church in the Glendale neighborhood for the funeral of Rafael Ramos, the New York City police officer murdered one week ago. Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio are among those in attendance. During the service, Bratton announced he was appointing Ramos to an...
  • [Update] Cops Turn Backs To De Blasio At Slain Officer's Funeral

    12/27/2014 10:28:54 AM PST · by God luvs America · 32 replies
    Gotamist ^ | 12/27/2014
    Update: Despite pleas to leave politics away from the funeral, hundreds of cops turned their backs when Mayor de Blasio spoke at Ramos' funeral. "All of the city is grieving and grieving for so many reasons but the most personal is we lost such a good man," he said during the remarks.
  • Al Shabaab leader with $3 million U.S. bounty on head surrenders

    12/27/2014 9:55:55 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    maktoob news ^ | 9 minutes ago | By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar
    MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A leader of Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, who has a $3 million U.S. bounty on his head, has surrendered, a Somali government official and local media said on Saturday, although the militants said he had long left their organisation. Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi was one of seven al Shabaab leaders for whom the U.S. State Department in 2012 offered a total of $33 million in reward money for information that led to their capture. If true, Hersi's surrender would be the second major blow to al Shabaab's leadership in just a few months. In September the...
  • They are preparing for you

    12/27/2014 9:45:42 AM PST · by kindred · 41 replies
    conservativenewsandviews.com ^ | December 19, 2014 | Dwight Kehoe
    A wheelbarrow of money to buy a loaf of bread. This is what Obama, with his fiscal cliff plan, threatens us with. For many years now we have heard chilling tales about that elusive, powerful and manipulative entity conspiracy theorists have called “The New World Order”. Not only have the members of this group managed for the most part to remain anonymous, but their agenda has remained mysterious and obscure. So much so that many good people have been perfectly fine with ignoring its existence or viability. Whether or not this New World Order is in lockstep with World Communism...
  • Stop blaming mental health for gun violence. The problem is guns

    12/27/2014 8:26:03 AM PST · by rktman · 130 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 12/26/2014 | Kimberly Yonkers
    After the mass shooting at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Mel Robbins, writing for CNN, argued that blame lay not with the National Rifle Association, but with “the shooter and the mental health services he did or didn’t get.”
  • Exclusive: NYPD staffer who turned back on mayor speaks out (video)

    12/27/2014 8:24:30 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/26/14
    Sgt. Ed Mullins explains his stance
  • Putin Is Mentally Unhinged

    12/27/2014 6:12:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 86 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2014 | Mark Nuckols
    In his annual year end press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin showed beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is in fact mentally unhinged. For three hours, by turns he demonstrated signs of schizophrenic paranoia, pathological dishonesty, deep seated passive-aggressive tendencies, woeful ignorance of world affairs and economics, and delusional confidence in Russia’s future prospects. Putin evokes the national self-image of the Russian bear. Putin’s bear is a natural hunter contentedly chasing pigs and boars, but otherwise minding his own business in his own sovereign forest. But somebody wants this bear to have a makeover, and to give up...
  • 25,000 cops, family arrive for fallen NYPD officer’s funeral

    12/27/2014 7:32:04 AM PST · by JustaCowgirl · 75 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/27/14 | NA
    Link to the Live Player to hear Joe Biden's address. Joe Biden's address
  • Three-card monte scam artists return to midtown

    12/27/2014 6:47:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 72 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 26, 2014 | Philip Messing and Steve Cuozzo
    Is this Christmas 2014 — or 1974? A stark reminder of New York City’s bad old days appeared on the streets of Manhattan Thursday , as three-card monte dealers turned out in force on Fifth Avenue. An army of the shady gamblers — offering both crooked card and shell games — set up between West 53rd and 56th streets, fleecing Christmas tourists like hapless rubes in an old-time movie.
  • DeBlasio, Biden expected to speak at funeral for NYPD officer [I would turn my back]

    12/27/2014 6:27:09 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 75 replies
    Fox ^ | 12/27/14
    ....Biden and...deBlasio were expected to speak Saturday at the funeral of officer Rafael Ramos.....
  • Bar owner: Video supports Texas City police account of shooting

    12/27/2014 6:01:14 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    The Daily News - Galveston County ^ | Dec 27, 2014 | T.J. AULDS, CHRISTOPHER SMITH GONZALEZ & SHANNON DAUGHTRY
    Bar owner: Video supports Texas City police account of shooting | Updated: 3:22 am, Sat Dec 27, 2014. By T.J. AULDS, CHRISTOPHER SMITH GONZALEZ & SHANNON DAUGHTRY TEXAS CITY — Accounts differ about how Carlton Wayne “Chimmy” Smith, 20, came to be holding a handgun when police responding to a call about a crowd arrived at a notorious nightclub early Friday morning. Police said Smith had been firing into the crowd leaving H.T.’s Lounge, 6204 FM 1765, as a Christmas bash was ending about 1:30 a.m. Some friends and relatives said Smith had taken the gun away from another person,...
  • German Wishes Muslim Man ‘Merry Christmas’ – Muslim Pulls Knife and Stabs German in the Back

    12/27/2014 5:51:31 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 39 replies
    American Patriot Post ^ | 12/26/2014 | Bob Hammond
    Another life lesson from the religion of peace. A trio of well wishers were telling passersby “Merry Christmas” in Cologne, Germany, when they happened on a Muslim man accompanying two Muslim women. The man took offense at the greeting and proceeded to attack one of the men with a knife, stabbing him multiple times in the back and neck. Considering the attack took place on Christmas Eve, the Muslim man was probably out searching for a patsy, looking to be offended just enough so that he could carry out his cowardly attack and then claim himself as a victim of...
  • Supreme Court poised to rule on Obamacare, gay marriage in new year

    12/27/2014 5:36:52 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/26/2014 | Sean Lingell
    Civil liberty issues dominated the Supreme Court in 2014, a year that included rulings that protected or enhanced free speech, religious and privacy rights but featured few bombshell decisions of the kind that overshadowed recent terms. But with the justices under increasing pressure to take up the hot-button issue of gay marriage in the New Year, the court’s 2014-15 term is poised to be historic. In the year’s most high-profile case, the court gave a nod to religious and corporate freedoms as it struck down a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. The 5-4 decision said that businesses can...
  • Clerk: 'I wasn't scared' as gunbattle erupts with robbers, 7-Eleven staff

    12/27/2014 5:32:53 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 27dec 2014
    After an armed man pointed a gun at the head of 60-year-old convenience store clerk Ibrahim Rahmoun, he and his boss grabbed a gun and took action leading to an exchange of gunfire outside a Northwest Side 7-Eleven. “The guy shot two bullets at us,’’ Rahmoun said. “We shot back at them. We shot eight.’’ “I wasn’t scared. ... I don’t care, it doesn’t bother me. When you work the night shift, a lot of robberies happen’’ said Rahmoun, who was at the counter when two men entered the 7-Eleven at 2900 W. Montrose Ave. about 1:25 a.m. Friday and...
  • Judge Tracie Hunter stays out of jail, for now

    12/27/2014 5:28:49 AM PST · by BCW · 10 replies
    WLWT ^ | 26 DEC 2014 | WLWT
    For suspended juvenile court Judge Tracie Hunter, it's no jail time, for now. Late Friday evening the Ohio Supreme Court issued a stay on Hunter's six-month jail sentence. The stay delays any jail time until her appeals case is decided. In October, Hunter was convicted on one count of unlawful interest in a public contract, a fourth-degree non-violent felony. Three weeks ago, Hamilton County Judge Norbert Nadel sentenced Hunter to six months in jail and not probation. Her trial attorney, Clyde Bennett, told WLWT News 5 that a group of judges outside Hamilton County should look at the case. "Judge...
  • Obama: America Has Become ‘Less Racially Divided’ Under My Presidency

    12/27/2014 5:16:20 AM PST · by rktman · 63 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 12/26/2014 | Fred Lucas
    “No,” the president answered. “I actually think that it’s probably in its day-to-day interactions less racially divided.” Inskeep also asked the president about working with a Congress where both houses are controlled by Republicans. Obama offered a familiar answer. “Now you’ve got Republicans in a position where it’s not enough for them simply to grind the wheels of Congress to a halt and then blame me,” he said.
  • Cops Fund Anti-de Blasio Banner Over NYC

    12/27/2014 12:33:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The Daily Beast via AP ^ | December 26, 2014
    An anti-de Blasio banner was flown by a plane above New York City on Friday, bearing the message “De Blasio, our backs have turned to you.” Former police officer John Cardillo said on Friday that the banner, which references some NYPD officers and union leaders who turned their backs to the mayor after two officers were fatally shot in Brooklyn last week, was paid for by retired and current officers. Read it at AP
  • H&R Block, Your Taxes, and ObamaCare

    12/27/2014 12:16:15 AM PST · by upchuck · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/27/2014 | Jon Hall
    On December 9, business reporter Mark Davis posted an article up on the website of the Kansas City Star headlined “About 25 percent of H&R Block customers will ‘confront’ the Affordable Care Act”; the next day it appeared in the wood pulp version of the newspaper. Davis reported on a meeting in New York where H&R Block, the world’s largest tax services provider, told investor’s “that it sees the potential for significant growth in business thanks to the health care reform commonly called Obamacare.” Inasmuch as Block bases “customer bills on the complexity of their returns, such as how many...
  • USA Offering $5 Million Reward for Terrorist Released From Club Gitmo

    12/26/2014 9:11:38 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 14 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | Declember 23, 2014
    What happens when liberal authorities release the worst-of-the-worst Muslim terrorists vacationing at Club Gitmo? They return to their terrorist activities, as any idiot would be able to foresee. What happens then? The US government attempts to capture them again — at considerable expense. Take the case of Saudi national Ibrahim al-Rubaysh:
  • Frontpage’s 2014 Person of the Year: The American Police Officer

    12/26/2014 8:50:35 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 59 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 12-26-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    December 26, 2014 Frontpage’s 2014 Person of the Year: The American Police Officer By Daniel Greenfield As we sit here in our homes with our families and loved ones around us, tens of thousands of children wonder if their parents will come home tonight. Their fathers and mothers aren’t stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan. They’re on duty in places like Englewood in Chicago where there are 2 violent crimes for every 1,000 people in one month, Columbus Square in St. Louis or Bedford-Stuyvesant in New York City where two police officers were just murdered. The men and women of law...
  • UN chief urges Pakistan’s leader to stop executions

    12/26/2014 8:18:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 26, 2014 4:48 PM EST
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging Pakistan’s leader to stop the execution of convicts and re-impose a moratorium on the death penalty. […] In the wake of the Pakistani Taliban school massacre on Dec. 16 that killed 149 people, most of them students, the government reinstated the death penalty and has already executed six people. …
  • Rev. Al Sharpton's Key Tax Tips...From Lois Lerner

    12/26/2014 5:48:07 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | Secember 20, 2014 | Robert W. Wood
    In Tell it to the Reverend Al, the New York Post says Rev. Sharpton still owes New York State $916,000 from tax liens filed against him between 2008 and 2010. In all, Mr. Sharpton is said to have $4.5 million of tax liens. He claims he paid them, but state officials say otherwise. This isn’t the first time his records do not line up. Indeed, on two prior occasions he suffered inconvenient fires that destroyed records.
  • Rescued scientists bring back a warning from the Antarctic

    12/26/2014 5:44:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 74 replies
    The Guardian via MSN ^ | 12/26/14 | Ian Sample
    **SNIP** That New Year’s Eve an interview with expedition leader Chris Turney was beamed live to Times Square in New York. Two days later, the rescue effort entered a new phase. With no icebreaker able to smash way through, a Chinese helicopter, Xue Ying, or “Snow Eagle”, rose into the air for the first of five flights to ferry passengers from the stricken ship to the Aurora Australis. A core crew remained behind to sail vessel home once conditions allowed. Media interest in the expedition faded after the rescue, but in the year since Turney and his team have been...
  • New Study May Add to Skepticism Among Security Experts That North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack

    12/26/2014 5:15:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/26/2014 | By NICOLE PERLROTH
    A number of private security researchers are increasingly voicing doubts that the hack of Sony‘s computer systems was the work of North Korea. President Obama and the F.B.I. last week accused North Korea of targeting Sony and pledged a “proportional response” just hours before North Korea’s Internet went dark without explanation. But security researchers remain skeptical, with some even likening the government’s claims to those of the Bush administration in the build-up to the Iraq war. Fueling their suspicions is the fact that the government based its findings, in large part, on evidence that it will not release, citing the...
  • China a likely factor in North Korea cyber prowess: experts

    12/26/2014 5:01:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    AFP Via Yahoo News ^ | 12/26/2014 | Benjamin Haas
    North Korea may be facing explosive hacking accusations, but analysts are questioning how an isolated, impoverished country with limited Internet access could wage cyber sabotage -- and many experts believe China plays a role. The US has accused Pyongyang of hacking Sony Pictures, which was intimidated into initially cancelling the comedy film "The Interview" that mocks North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, before deciding to release it online and in selected US cinemas on Christmas Day. While much of the focus has been on the so-called cyber warfare between Washington and Pyongyang -- especially after North Korea's Internet temporarily went down...
  • No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony

    12/26/2014 4:19:40 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 19 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 24, 2014 | No Attribution
    The FBI and the President may claim that the Hermit Kingdom is to blame for the most high-profile network breach in forever. But almost all signs point in another direction. So, “The Interview” is to be released after all. The news that the satirical movie—which revolves around a plot to murder Kim Jong-Un—will have a Christmas Day release as planned, will prompt renewed scrutiny of whether, as the US authorities have officially claimed, the cyber attack on Sony really was the work of an elite group of North Korean government hackers. All the evidence leads me to believe that the...
  • Panama Canal claims $737 million in cost overruns

    12/26/2014 3:41:58 PM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    AFP ^ | 27 December 2014
    The consortium building the third set of locks for the Panama Canal is making fresh claims for cost overruns totaling $737 million ... Work began in 2007 to expand the canal with a third set of locks to enable it to handle the modern mega-freighters that global shipping companies prefer. But the $5.25 billion project has been plagued by delays, strikes and a bitter dispute over $1.6 billion in cost overruns with the consortium carrying out the upgrade, led by Spanish construction firm Sacyr. Initially scheduled for completion in 2014, the project's due date has been pushed back to early...
  • Ferguson decision: A call to end criminalization of black youths: guest opinion

    12/26/2014 2:14:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | December 26, 2014 | Ebony Howard, Sr. Staff Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center
    In the wake of a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, many people are asking a heart-wrenching question: "Why don't black lives matter?" The answer can be found in our nation's long history of criminalizing youth of color - particularly African-American boys. They have long been demonized as predators to be feared. And this fear of black boys remains woven within the American fabric. We are reminded of it every time there is a headline reporting the death of yet another unarmed black youth. But the path...
  • Security forces kill school massacre planner in Pakistan shootout

    12/26/2014 1:55:58 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 26, 2014
    The alleged planner of the deadly massacre at a school in Pakistan last week has been killed in a gun battle...
  • Sharpton, Eric Garner’s Family Pray for Fallen NYPD Officers

    12/26/2014 12:34:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    EURWeb ^ | December 26, 2014 | Staff
    *New York Cares, the group that finds coats for homeless men and women to brave the winter months, launched their distribution at the New York City rescue mission on Christmas with Rev. Al Sharpton, his National Action Network and the family of Eric Garner on hand. Sharpton handed out food, along with gifts to children. He was joined by Garner’s widow Esaw and his mother, Gwen Carr, on the Garner family’s first Christmas since his death from a police chokehold. The family and Sharpton also observed a moment of silence for the two NYPD officers shot to death in...
  • Bill aims to get inspectors out of home kitchens

    12/26/2014 12:05:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | December 26, 2014 | Kenric Ward
    BLAND, Va. — Virginians who try to sell homemade food from their kitchens are feeling the heat from state and local inspectors.“I have to turn down my neighbors when they ask if they can buy pesto I make from my own basil plants,” says Bernadette Barber, a farmer in Lancaster, Va.And this isn’t just a rural phenomenon.In Arlington, government inspectors shut down a home-based soup maker, even though no customer complaints had been registered. Others have encountered similar fates, stripping them of needed income.Legislation served up for the 2015 General Assembly would turn the tables.HB 1290, sponsored by Delegate Rob...
  • Cold war between NYPD cops, de Blasio takes to skies over the Hudson

    12/26/2014 11:50:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | December 26, 2014 | Celeste Katz
    Ashley Chalmers, head of Jersey Shore Aerial Advertising, told the Daily News the people who paid for the airborne message 'want to remain anonymous.'The bad blood between NYPD cops and Mayor de Blasio became an air war Friday. A plane trailing a banner reading "DE BLASIO, OUR BACKS HAVE TURNED TO YOU" flew over the Hudson River in a show of disdain for the mayor after two officers were executed in their squad car in Brooklyn last Saturday. Ashley Chalmers, head of Jersey Shore Aerial Advertising, told the Daily News the people who paid for the message "want to remain...
  • Driver Wanted for Obama Motorcade. Novice Welcome.

    12/26/2014 10:53:43 AM PST · by mojito · 39 replies
    NYT ^ | 12/25/2014 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    Shortly after President Obama landed here one fall day for fund-raisers, his motorcade pulled out of the airport and raced at 80 miles per hour down an empty freeway to his hotel in the city. At the front of the procession were bulletproof black sport utility vehicles and limousines driven by Secret Service agents who had spent hundreds of hours learning how to maneuver at high speeds. Bringing up the rear were police cars with their lights flashing and a Secret Service ambulance that follows the president wherever he travels. And in between were several vans filled with White House...
  • Man Killed, 2 Hurt In Christmas Night Shooting [3 UNARMED Blacks Shot; Holder Won't Visit]

    12/26/2014 9:44:55 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 12/25/14
    Three people were shot, one fatally, in a Christmas night shooting in Overtown and police are still looking for the gunman. According to Miami police investigators, a group of people were standing outside of the Express Food Center at 467 NW 8th Street around 8 p.m. Thursday night when suddenly, someone opened fire outside of the corner food store.