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  • Young immigrants allowed to get driver’s licenses

    12/18/2014 4:32:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2014 5:19 PM EST | Jacques Billeaud
    A judge cleared the way Thursday for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona who are protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy to get driver’s licenses. The preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge David Campbell bars the state from enforcing Gov. Jan Brewer’s policy of denying the licenses to about 20,000 immigrants. The injunction that takes effect on Monday was a formality that carries out instructions issued in July by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. …
  • Obama Grants Clemency For Drug Offenders, Including Four Who Were Set To Die Behind Bars

    12/18/2014 4:08:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | December 18, 2014 | Ryan J. Reilly
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal drug defendants on Wednesday, including four who were set to die in federal prison, as part of a new initiative to reduce harsh sentences for nonviolent crimes. Sidney Earl Johnson, Jr., Rickey Marcell McCall, Larry Nailor and Israel Abel Torres had received life sentences and were going to die behind bars. But now Obama has commuted their sentences and those of four others who were convicted of drug crimes, and all eight inmates will be released in 2015. Obama has taken heat for not making full use of his clemency and...
  • New rules protect transgender workers against discrimination

    12/18/2014 4:05:43 PM PST · by PROCON · 12 replies
    thehill.com ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    Transgender employees will be protected from workplace discrimination in the public sector, the Department of Justice announced Thursday. Previously, workplace discrimination laws in the public sector excluded discrimination on the basis of a person’s gender identity, the Justice Department noted. But Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the federal government’s views on this issue have “evolved over time.”"I have determined that the best reading of Title VII's prohibition of sex discrimination is that it encompasses discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status,” Holder wrote in a memo to DOJ officials. Public sector workers who are gay are already...
  • On Cuba, Obama Had An Ace, And Played A Deuce

    12/18/2014 3:50:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 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,...
  • TEAM COSBY’S MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

    12/18/2014 3:51:04 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 9 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 12/18/14 | Lloyd Grove
    “I’ve been in contact with Cosby’s team for about three and a half weeks and I got the feeling that there was a lot of internal turmoil,” said Stacy Brown, the freelancer who got the brief exclusive interview with the comedian, simply by dialing his home number in Massachusetts, and wrote it for the New York Post. “When you talk to them, you get the distinct impression that there are some who really wanted him to talk and other people who were adamantly opposed to him talking to the media. It just seems like there’s this huge war going on...
  • IRS HEAD SAYS BUDGET CUTS COULD DELAY TAX REFUNDS

    12/18/2014 3:10:55 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    AP ^ | December 18, 2014 | BY STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday. About half the people who call the IRS for assistance this filing season won't be able to get through to a person, Koskinen said. Once tax returns are filed, there will be fewer agents to audit them. "Everybody's return will get processed," Koskinen told reporters. "But people have gotten very used to being able to file their return and quickly getting a refund. This year we may not have the resources, the people to provide...
  • Bill Cosby is under full-scale police investigation after series of women tell detectives

    12/18/2014 3:06:52 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/18/14
    Several more women who claim to have been sexually assaulted by comedy legend Bill Cosby have come forward sparking a ‘definitive open investigation’ by Los Angeles Police Department, a lawyer for one of the victims has told Daily Mail online. The new victims claim to have been subjected to sex attacks by Cosby but have asked to remain anonymous. Significantly, in another blow for the star, it is believed a number of the latest raft of allegations fall within the statute of limitations meaning he can be prosecuted if enough evidence is found.
  • Bombshell: Army withheld evidence that could free Clint Lorance (Allen West)

    12/18/2014 3:02:13 PM PST · by kiryandil · 13 replies
    Allen B West website ^ | December 16, 2014 | Allen West
    We first wrote about the case of U.S. Army 1LT Clint Lorance of Texas last year. His was what I termed a seriously gross miscarriage of justice. Those of us who have been stationed in Afghanistan know the tactics and actions of the enemy. Any time two or more individuals are on a motorcycle approaching your convoy or position you can bet — if unarmed — they are scouts. And if they are scouts for a main attack, they are just as dangerous a threat. Herein lies the problem of our methods of prosecuting combat operations — not overseas contingency...
  • Gitmo Terrorists Released to ISIS While Hero U.S. Soldier Rots in Jail (Lt. Lorance)

    12/18/2014 2:52:14 PM PST · by kiryandil · 13 replies
    The Sean Hannity Show ^ | Monday, November 10th 2014 | Lauren ?Scirocco? (The Hannity Show)
    First Lieutenant Clint Lorance, 1st Platoon, C Troop, 4-73 Cavalry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division U.S. intelligence and defense officials have recently estimated that 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees have returned to the battlefields to fight alongside ISIS in Syria. While these monsters are free to terrorize minorities, rape and sexually enslave young girls, behead Western journalists, and plot to commit terror attacks on U.S. soil, an American soldier is serving 20 years at Fort Leavenworth for trying to protect his men while fighting in Afghanistan. With the holiday season upon us, it looks as though...
  • Don’t Let the Grinch Steal Christmas (Linux Vulnerability)

    12/18/2014 2:47:48 PM PST · by zeugma · 9 replies
    AlertLogic Blog ^ | December 16, 2014 | Stephen Coty
    Don’t Let the Grinch Steal Christmas December 16, 2014 Posted by: Stephen Coty, Chief Security EvangelistLeave a comment Blog Contributions by Tyler Borland, Sr. Security Researcher and Stephen Coty, Chief Security Evangelist, Alert Logic Since we are in the thick of the holiday season, we are analyzing which operating systems support the needs of e-commerce and brick and mortar retail shops. Due to the lower cost of ownership and efficiencies such as a non-resource heavy operating system that allow for applications to run more smoothly, we found that Linux is dominating when it comes to e-commerce site deployment. According...
  • Vermont Governor Suspends Single-Payer Plans After Breitbart Reporting on Jonathan Gruber

    12/18/2014 1:47:51 PM PST · by PROCON · 2 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | Dan Riehl
    The shocking news Wednesday that Governor Peter Shumlin (D-VT) has abandoned plans to introduce his long promised single-payer health care system to the Vermont Legislature in 2015 was a huge victory for conservative new media. As observers on the ground in Vermont confirmed Thursday, Breitbart News led the way. “Governor Shumlin would not have reversed course without Breitbart News and Michael Patrick Leahy exposing the Gruber factor and bringing the story to front of the public discussion in Vermont,” Darcie Johnston of Vermonters for Health Care Freedom told Breitbart News on Thursday. “Breitbart News and Michael Patrick Leahy’s laser focus...
  • “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” Protester Tries To Block Traffic, Get’s What He Deserved

    12/18/2014 1:04:00 PM PST · by lowbridge · 54 replies
    mad world news ^ | december 18, 2014 | robert rich
    Despite Ferguson and like-minded protesters thinking that the world is fixed on them, they’ve yet to realize that in lieu of the Grand Jury verdict, the world has moved on. So when one Portland protester tried to maliciously stop traffic by walking into the road, you can imagine his surprise when one driver swerved toward him, allegedly yelled, “Get a job,” and ran him over… well, at least his foot. As KGW reports: Julian Rist, 19, was injured while he was in a group of protesters blocking traffic in the middle of West Burnside Street near 10th Avenue, according to Sgt. Pete...
  • IRS warns of possible shutdown (AWWWW)

    12/18/2014 12:49:09 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 50 replies
    POLITICO LLC ^ | | 12/18/14 | By Rachael Bade
    The IRS is considering its own temporary shutdown due to recent budget cuts enacted by Congress, its chief said Thursday. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said furloughs — forced unpaid days off for employees as part of an IRS closure — is one idea reluctantly being tossed about to save money, though they are hoping they will not have to go there. Story Continued Below . . “There is no way we can say right now that that won’t happen,” Koskinen told reporters at a press conference on the upcoming tax season. “Again, I would stress that would be the last...
  • Purported Islamic state video calls for attacks on Canadians

    12/18/2014 12:35:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Province ^ | December 17, 2014 | Terry Pedwell
    OTTAWA - A slickly produced video released on Sunday urged Muslims to launch indiscriminate attacks against Canadians, similar to those carried out in October in Ottawa and Montreal. The SITE Intelligence Group, an American based company that monitors trends within the global jihadist movement, said the video was produced by the Islamic State and the Levant. It was also been distributed on Twitter and jihadi forums. On the video a man, who says he is a Canadian and identifies himself as "Abu Anwar al-Canadi," urges his Muslim countrymen to follow the example of Martin Couture-Rouleau. The National Post identified the...
  • Hillary Clinton Secretly Pushed Cuba Deal for Years

    12/18/2014 12:34:33 PM PST · by PROCON · 12 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | Josh Rogin
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  • Judicial Watch Obtains Fast and Furious Crime Scene Photos from Phoenix 2013 Gang-Style...

    12/18/2014 12:20:52 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 18, 2014
    Full title: Judicial Watch Obtains Fast and Furious Crime Scene Photos from Phoenix 2013 Gang-Style Assault with Rifle Supplied by Obama Justice Department Photos include close-up shots of Fast and Furious AK-47 rifle, blood-stained apartment, victim with massive head wound (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained graphic crime scene photos taken at the site of a 2013 gang-style assault on a Phoenix, AZ, apartment building, including a close-up photo revealing the serial number of the AK-47 rifle used by the assailants. As a result of Judicial Watch’s October 2, 2014, public records lawsuit, the weapon...
  • Jimmy Carter: Obama Showed 'Political Courage' in Cuba Deal

    12/18/2014 11:34:10 AM PST · by PROCON · 57 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | Wanda Carruthers
    President Barack Obama displayed "political courage" when he changed over 50 years of U.S. policy by announcing a renewal of diplomatic relations with Cuba, former President Jimmy Carter told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." Critics of Obama's announcement have said the move only served the Cuban government, but Carter said there was "no doubt" that the "beneficiaries of this primarily will be the Cuban people." "I'm very proud and grateful that President Obama has shown such good wisdom, and, also, I'd say, political courage in taking this long overdue step," Carter said Thursday.
  • Colleges: Women Have a Role to Play in Ending Rape. Feminine Modesty holds the key.

    12/18/2014 10:13:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/17/2014 | Erica Wanis
    Before circumstances and Providence brought me to a small, Christian liberal arts college in a sleepy northern Virginia town, I spent three years studying at the University of Illinois followed by a two year stint in the Army. Needless to say, I spent much of my early twenties participating in American party culture, and I'm lucky I made it through those years relatively unscathed. Looking back, I made a lot of foolish decisions. I put myself in a lot of compromising situations that could have easily taken a dark turn. What I have to say in the following paragraphs, then,...
  • You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet (Obama vs Grand Juries?)

    12/18/2014 8:59:13 AM PST · by servo1969 · 24 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 12-17-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I was just asked a question, ladies and gentlemen. Does this mean that you can now go to Canada and buy a Cuban cigar and bring it back home? I don't think it means that yet. We are still here trying to figure out what happened. And, by the way, I need to remind you all of something. This is chump change compared to what's gonna happen the next two years. I have warned all of you people, I have warned you that these last two years of the Obama administration are gonna actually be what he would have...
  • Occupy Returns as Ferguson/Garner Protests Spread Nationwide

    12/18/2014 7:35:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 18, 2014 | Michelle Moons
    “TOMORROW (Tues), #OccupyCountycouncil, 2:30PM! We demand an end to a justice system that jails nonviolent offenders but lets cops kill! 41 S. Central, 63105.” These were the words of a mass text sent to subscribers to the “Ferguson Action” list. The list includes groups that formed in response to the August shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by police officer Darren Wilson and have fueled the protest movement that has continued since. Video was posted online of the Tuesday meeting showing that a few protesters had indeed attended. Four members of the group spoke to the St....
  • Defining nearly all sex as rape

    12/18/2014 7:21:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | December 17, 2014 | Ashe Schow
    California’s “yes means yes” law turns the idea of sexual consent upside down. Suddenly, nearly all sex is rape, unless no person involved reports it as such. Consent, under the California law that is spreading to other American universities, is required to be “ongoing throughout a sexual activity and can be revoked at any time.” The law also states that “a lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent, nor does silence mean consent.” Also, previous sexual activity “should never by itself be assumed to be an indicator of consent.” The law also states that incapacitation due to drugs...
  • Virginia: Governor McAuliffe Announces Next Grab For Your Gun Rights

    12/18/2014 7:10:26 AM PST · by HammerT · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/17/2014 | NRA ILA Contributor
    Under the guise of “public safety,” Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) announced Monday his push for a package of gun control measures during the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly in his latest misguided attempt to erode the rights of law-abiding citizens. McAuliffe’s scheme for rolling back your constitutionally protected freedoms includes: *Attempting to reimpose the ineffective one-handgun-per-month (gun rationing) restriction that Virginia repealed in 2012.*Seeking to arbitrarily strip some 9,000 Virginia residents of their right to hold concealed handgun permits for falling behind on child-support payments and pursuing prohibitions for people convicted of certain misdemeanor crimes from possessing a...
  • Cuba's Castro Brothers Get Big Present From Santa Obama

    12/18/2014 6:23:57 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    Investors.com ^ | 12/17/2014
    Cuba's Castro Brothers Get Big Present From Santa Obama Foreign Policy: Just as its patron Venezuela hit the rocks, Cuba got a last-minute rescue from none other than President Obama, who announced a Santa Claus-like package of wish-list goodies for the Castro brothers. Why? In many ways, President Obama's announced plan to normalize relations with Cuba, lift the embargo, extend trade credits and remove Cuba from the state sponsors of terror list is about on par with the rest of his foreign policy. It was done by executive order without consulting Congress, just like last month's decision to temporarily legalize...
  • Pharmacy Executives Face Murder Charges in Meningitis Deaths

    12/18/2014 5:57:10 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/17/14 | JESS BIDGOOD and SABRINA TAVERNISE
    BOSTON — Two senior executives of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy were charged Wednesday with racketeering and murder in the production of tainted drugs that killed 64 people and sickened hundreds of others across the country with fungal meningitis in the fall of 2012. The United States attorney’s office here charged Barry J. Cadden, an owner of New England Compounding Center Inc. and the head pharmacist, and Glenn A. Chin, a supervisory pharmacist, with 25 acts of second-degree murder in seven states — Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. “Senior N.E.C.C. pharmacists knew that, despite the filthy conditions...
  • North Kansas City School District apologizes for taking away blind child’s cane (Sick & Twisted)

    12/18/2014 5:18:08 AM PST · by BCW · 19 replies
    Fox 4 KC ^ | 16 DEC 2014 | MOLLY BALKENBUSH
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two North Kansas City parents are outraged after they say their blind son’s cane was taken away from him at school by a bus driver. Eight-year-old Dakota Nafzinger attends Gracemor Elementary School. Rachel Nafzinger said school staff took away her son’s cane as punishment for bad behavior on the bus and then gave him a swimming pool noodle to use as a substitute. The school wouldn’t go on camera, but North Kansas City School District Spokeswoman Michelle Cronk confirmed taking away Dakota’s cane, calling it school property that was given to him when he enrolled. They...
  • The Military’s Rough Justice on Sexual Assault

    12/18/2014 5:17:28 AM PST · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 32 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11/26/2014 | Robert Draper
    Col. Don Christensen, the chief prosecutor of the United States Air Force, sat in economy class on a flight to Venice and studied the folder of the sexual-assault case that would ultimately end his career. It was August 2012, and he was en route to Aviano Air Base to try a court-martial. Looking over the case, he could see why the judge advocate general, or JAG, at the base had requested him. Christensen had prosecuted more sexual-assault courts-martial than any other lawyer in the Air Force, and this case called for someone with experience. There would most likely be generals...
  • Russian ruble weakens as traders see no major measures in Putin speech

    12/18/2014 4:29:48 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Alexander Winning and Vladimir Abramov
    The ruble weakened against the dollar and euro on Thursday with traders saying President Vladimir Putin had so far offered no concrete measures to pull Russia out of a crisis at his end-of-year news conference. At 0954 GMT (04:54 a.m. EST), the ruble was around 3 percent weaker against the dollar at 62.04 RUBUTSTN=MCX after opening more than 1 percent higher. The rouble was also around 2 percent weaker versus the euro at 76.50 EURRUBTN=MCX on the Moscow Exchange.
  • 14-year-old reportedly shoots, kills intruder to protect sick grandmother

    12/18/2014 4:06:05 AM PST · by mabarker1 · 60 replies
    http://www.wsoctv.com ^ | 12/17/2014 | Local News
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, said the second man involved in a home break-in that turned deadly near the Charlotte/Mint Hill border has been arrested. Another suspected intruder was killed when a 14-year-old inside the house shot and killed him Tuesday night, police said.The two intruders, who police identified as 18-year-old Isai Delcid and his 22-year-old brother Carlos Delcid, attempted to break into the home on Rolling Fields Lane just after 5 p.m., according to investigators. Isai was shot and died at the scene while police said Carlos fled. Officers arrested Carlos late Tuesday night and charged...
  • Searching for the Next Michael Brown

    12/18/2014 2:54:49 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/18/2014
    Families are lining up to make their son the next Michael Brown. Waiting to tell their story of how racist cops killed their child For No Reason Whatsoever. The latest example comes from Philadelphia, where, early Monday morning, police shot Brandon Tate-Brown. The details are familiar enough: the 26-year old Tate-Brown was driving at 3 a.m. without headlights when two officers stopped him. If this stop was anything like most others, then Tate-Brown convinced himself he was being pulled over for one reason only: driving while black. Soon after he got out of the car, a struggle began. That’s how...
  • Castro, 1; Obama, big zero!

    12/18/2014 12:47:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 18, 2014 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    My cell phone has been going off for hours with messages and angry conversations with fellow Cuban-Americans and conservatives in the U.S. I hear this question over and over: what did the U.S. get out of this deal? The answer is nothing, unless you are one of those who believes that the Castro regime is about to reform the economy, allow an independent media, and hold multi-party elections. I have a unique perspective on this issue. I can address it as a Cuban-American and as a U.S. citizen. In other words, I want the best for those on the island...
  • Obama: Go to the movies

    12/18/2014 12:35:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 17, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama on Wednesday said he did not believe Americans needed to be concerned by threats issued to movie theaters, even as Sony Pictures made the decision to pull its controversial comedy “The Interview” amid threats of terrorism. “For now, my recommendation would be: Go to the movies,” Obama said Wednesday in an interview with ABC News. The president said his administration was taking very seriously the cyber attack against the movie studio, which unleashed a trove of internal emails and documents, and pledged a thorough federal investigation into the breach. On Wednesday, multiple media outlets citing U.S. intelligence officials...
  • Cubans in Miami Slam ‘Betrayal’ After Historic Move

    12/18/2014 12:12:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    AFP via Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 03:59 PM
    Cubans in Miami’s Little Havana reacted with anger and dismay to President Barack Obama’s dramatic bid Wednesday to end a half-century Cold War with the communist-ruled island. “It is a betrayal. The talks are only going to benefit Cuba,” said Carlos Munoz Fontanil in Calle Ocho, the heart of an exile community that has long pined for the fall of the Castro regime in Havana. […] An equally outraged Felix Tirse, who arrived from Cuba 53 years ago, said Obama’s announcement showed “a lack of respect.” “He is more communist than others,” he said. …
  • ‘Stand your ground’ defense fails in Montana murder trial (Markus Kaarma found guilty)

    12/17/2014 11:57:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 152 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2014 2:20 AM EST | Lisa Baumann
    Just days before he shot to death a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hair stylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes. He told them they would see it on the news. Kaarma hoped to bait an intruder by leaving his garage door partially open and placing a purse inside, prosecutors said. And when he did, a motion detector alerted him early April 27. Kaarma took a shotgun outside and almost immediately fired four blasts into the garage. Diren Dede, unarmed, was hit twice. He died after the final shot hit him...
  • 76-year-old man Tasered by cop over an Inspection sticker

    12/17/2014 9:13:42 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 90 replies
    Legal insurrection ^ | Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 6:00pm | Posted by Kemberlee Kaye
    The incident occurred in Victoria, Texas, a suburb of Houston. A dash camera captured officer Nathaniel Robinson tasering 76-year-old Pete Vasquez. Vasquez was driving a vehicle owned by the car dealership where he works. Officer Robinson pulled him over when he noticed the vehicle’s inspection sticker had expired. When Vasquez exited the car and attempted to show Robinson the dealer plates—which would’ve exempted the necessity for up to date inspection tags—that’s when the altercation happened. “I don’t know what his deal is,” Vasquez told an officer that arrived on the scene later. Vasquez went on, “he came over here and...
  • When Police Violate Our Values, 'Ferguson' Happens

    12/17/2014 7:51:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | December 17, 2014 | Stuart Muszynski, Founder and CEO, PurpleAmerica.us
    The outcries throughout our country -- protests, demonstrations, disruptions of traffic, and riots -- that have dotted our collective landscape since white Ferguson police office Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown isn't just about Ferguson, the city. It's about the hundreds and thousands of "Fergusons" throughout our country where black youth are by-definition disadvantaged in their relationship with police simply because they're black. It's about the fact that police throughout our country have systematically violated our shared American values, which instruct us to have respect, provide equality, live together as community, and do the right thing....
  • Cuba-U.S. relations change: Bells ring in Havana, anger erupts in Miami

    12/17/2014 7:48:31 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 12-17-2014 | Patrick Oppmann, Ashley Fantz and Alina Machado
    Church bells rang out Wednesday afternoon in Havana, marking a major moment in history -- Cuba and the United States are renewing diplomatic relations after decades of ice-cold tension. Word of the massive change was met with passionate opinions and some protests in the United States. And tearful celebrations erupted in the streets of the island after President Raul Castro announced the news in a televised address. SNIP In Miami, where the vast majority of the large population of Cuban exiles once fiercely opposed any change in the U.S. stance toward the island, reactions were split, largely along generational lines....
  • Obama To Unilaterally Normalize Relations With Cuba

    12/17/2014 6:24:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 68 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | Conn Carroll
    resident Obama announced plans to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba today, including opening an embassy in Cuba."We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests," Obama claimed, "And instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries."Specifically, the White House took three major steps today as part of their "New Course on Cuba": Initiating discussions to reestablish diplomatic relations, including a U.S. embassy in Havana, and a Cuban embassy in the United States.A review, by the State Department, of Cuba's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism.Relaxing of regulations to facilitate the...
  • NEW YORK TO BAN FRACKING; ENVIRONMENTALISTS CHEER

    12/17/2014 6:17:38 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 35 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | December 17,2014 | by BREITBART NEWS
    Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has banned shale gas development since 2008, when the state began an environmental review of the drilling technique also known as hydraulic fracturing. Wednesday's announcement, though not final, means a ban is all but etched in stone. "Never before has a state with proven gas reserves banned fracking,"...
  • Halperin/Heilemann: MSM Has 'Anti-Clinton Bias,' Primed to Dig Into Hillary Dealings

    12/17/2014 6:14:25 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mark Halperin claims that the MSM has an "anti-Clinton bias." That might send the blood pressure of a Newsbusters reader rocketing. But before downing a dieuretic, consider what else he and John Heilemann had to say on their Bloomberg TV show today. Halperin and Heilemann were riffing off the New York Times report that Hillary's State Department permitted a rich Ecuadorean woman to enter the US after her family donated big bucks to Dem campaigns. According to the Bloomberg duo, there are 20-30 such stories out there, and the media will be eager to research them, with Hillary's scalp being...
  • North Kansas City school takes away blind child’s cane, replaces it with pool noodle

    12/17/2014 4:34:15 PM PST · by Morgana · 37 replies
    FOX4 ^ | December 17, 2014 | Molly Balkenbush,
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two North Kansas City parents are outraged after they say their blind son’s cane was taken away from him at school by a bus driver. Eight-year-old Dakota Nafzinger attends Gracemor Elementary School. Rachel Nafzinger said school staff took away her son’s cane as punishment for bad behavior on the bus and then gave him a swimming pool noodle to use as a substitute. The school wouldn’t go on camera, but North Kansas City School District Spokeswoman Michelle Cronk confirmed taking away Dakota’s cane, calling it school property that was given to him when he enrolled. They...
  • Cordova student hospitalized, claims he was victim of "knock out game"

    12/17/2014 4:33:11 PM PST · by SonnyBubba · 9 replies
    WBRC ^ | 12/16/2014 | Sherea Harris
    Cordova student hospitalized, claims he was victim of 'knock out game' Posted: Dec 16, 2014 10:29 PM CST Updated: Dec 17, 2014 5:31 PM CST By Sherea Harris CORDOVA, AL (WBRC) - A 15-year-old has been charged with assault after an incident at Cordova High School where a teenager claims he was a victim of the "knockout game." The victim - Matthew Cooper - is home from the hospital after suffering a broken jaw and concussion. The victim, Matthew Cooper, said he believes he was a set up by his own friend. Cooper thinks his friend thought the punch in...
  • Islam in France 2014 [Eurabia]

    12/17/2014 3:41:04 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 17 replies
    Youtube ^ | Israel vs Islam
    There is a French City with 40% Muslim Population and it is the Most Dangerous City in Europe, Marseille. Islam in France 2014
  • Local campaign kicks off 'Letters to Trayvon'

    12/17/2014 3:16:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Philadelphia Tribune ^ | December 17, 2014 | Samaria Bailey
    A network of businesses, public officials and educators are partnering with the Trayvon Martin Foundation to present “Letters to Trayvon” a holistic campaign to address the plight of Black males and police brutality, next February. The campaign, initiated by the Germantown-based small business Mission Inc., has been in its planning stages for about a year and will include a social media component, youth outreach and a culminating fundraising reception, panel discussion, black art showcase and exhibit on Feb. 28. “Letters to Trayvon is a campaign to end the disrespect and racial profiling of black men and boys [and] it’s a...
  • JFK would back Obama, says White House

    12/17/2014 3:08:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 17, 2014 | Justine Sink
    Former President Kennedy would approve of President Obama's decision to roll back trade and travel restrictions on Cuba, the White House argued Wednesday. "I do think that even President Kennedy would acknowledge that after more than 50 years of a policy of isolation [which] didn't bring about the desired result … change was needed," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. President Obama announced earlier in the day that the administration would ease travel restrictions to the country, as well as restrictions on exports to Cuba. The government is also allowing U.S. financial and telecommunications firms to establish more of...
  • Liberals Exploit Rape Victims [Lena Dunham, Rolling Stone join socialist revolutionary goals]

    12/17/2014 2:29:26 PM PST · by Moseley · 1 replies
    Fairfax Free Citizen ^ | December 17, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    Liberals continuously need another crisis to fundamentally transform a country into a socialist “Brave New World.” And the more shocking and/or disturbing the better. People will not abandon their way of life unless convinced that the status quo is unacceptable. Lately, the left wing is frothing about a new crisis – a “rape culture.” There are many TV series showing how police will stop at nothing to put sex offenders behind bars. Mega-hit Law and Order created a spin-off television series S.V.U. devoted exclusively to prosecution of sex crimes. Yet activists insist that society is encouraging rape. Yet the Rolling...
  • Obama would visit Cuba

    12/17/2014 2:27:39 PM PST · by PROCON · 43 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Brian Hughes
    The White House on Wednesday said President Obama would have no reservations about visiting Cuba following the resumption of diplomatic talks between his administration and the Castro regime. “It is not unprecedented for us to go places and interact with countries with whom we have a very fundamental difference of opinion about that country’s treatment of their citizens,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said, highlighting Obama’s recent trip to the communist nation of China. “We engage those countries and we engage the leadership of those countries and we do so for a variety of reasons, and often it serves...
  • Alan Dershowitz tries to get noted child rapist, Roman Polanski off the hook in US courts

    12/17/2014 1:24:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/17/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Back around Halloween we once again narrowly missed a chance to drag confessed pedophile and child rapist Roman Polanski back to the United States to face justice for his monstrous crimes when Poland refused to honor our requests. That was undoubtedly a frustrating experience for many observers, but it won’t hold a candle to how most of us will feel if celebrity attorney Alan Dershowitz has his way. He is seeking to throw the case out entirely so that the known sex offender can freely travel back and forth to America. Alan M. Dershowitz, a lawyer whose celebrity clients...
  • Is Ruble Collapse Act of War-Paul Craig Roberts

    12/17/2014 12:58:34 PM PST · by GilGil · 46 replies
    USAWatchDog ^ | 12/17/2014 | Paul Craig Roberts
    On the teetering economy and possible economic collapse, Dr. Roberts says, “We know something serious is wrong. The only provision of Dodd-Frank that has any teeth is the provision that says if the big banks are going to be casinos and gamble on derivatives, they cannot do that in the depository institution where depositors have their accounts. They have to farm it out into subsidiaries. So, if the subsidiaries get into trouble, the subsidiaries have no access to depositors’ money. This is the only real reform part of Dodd-Frank. Citigroup got put into the recent spending bill, the repeal of...
  • Charlie Rangel On Cuba Deal: ‘I’ve Never Been More Proud Of Being An American’ [VIDEO]

    12/17/2014 12:57:51 PM PST · by PROCON · 30 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Alex Griswold
    Democratic New York Congressman Charlie Rangel said on MSNBC’s “Ronan Farrow Daily” that in the aftermath of the normalization of relations with Cuba, he has “never been more proud of being an American.” (RELATED: Raul Castro Urges Obama To Use ‘Executive Action’ To Overrule Congress)Rangel, who was in Havana for some reason, said the Cuban people were ecstatic. ”This is a tremendous, historic event, the people in Havana are dancing in the street with glee, there’s always been a love between the Cuban people and the American people, notwithstanding the problems our governments have had.”
  • 6 Grahams You’d Rather See Run For President Than Lindsey Graham

    12/17/2014 11:54:18 AM PST · by PROCON · 54 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Mollie Hemingway
    Fox News reports:Graham thinking about presidential bid http://fxn.ws/1BUZ2XFWhich Graham? I mean, it couldn’t be Lindsey Graham, the senior U.S. Senator from South Carolina, in Congress from 1995 to 2003 and in the Senate ever since. There’s no market for a moderate Republican whose main passion is foreign interventionism, right? And yet, that’s exactly what the story says. Here are six other Grahams you’d probably rather see run for the highest office in the land before Lindsey Graham. Heather Graham:? She was great as Rollergirl in Boogie Nights but also as Daisy in the satire Bowfinger. She’s a children’s rights activist...