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  • Would You Buy Your 10-Year-Old Daughter a Gun for Christmas? Paul Ryan Did

    12/25/2014 2:47:55 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 92 replies
    Huffington ^ | 4/10/2012 | Kate Gunn
    Last week a small and seemingly innocuous piece in The Times caught my eye. The short panel referred to the fact that Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's right hand man and the Republican Party nominee for Vice President of the United States, had just spent $100 on camouflage hunting clothes for his daughter, Liza, 10, to go with the rifle he bought her last Christmas. Aghast with what I had just read I blogged about it, commenting that buying a 10 year old a rifle for Christmas was insane, and anywhere in the world that it wasn't considered to be must...
  • Letter to the editor (Interview)

    12/25/2014 1:06:54 PM PST · by rey · 5 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 24 Dec, 2014
    Provoking unstable Kim EDITOR: Of all the remarks about North Korea’s reaction to “The Interview,” I’ve heard none about how provocative, goading, taunting, death-threatening this film must be to an unstable, possibly crazed leader of an enemy country. In our elementary and high schools, this is called bullying and we know too well the tragic consequences. When we throw our kingly weight around other countries, flaunting our free speech, daring them to respond negatively, then get righteously punishing, I don’t get it. JOAN PANARO Santa Rosa
  • Shooting that killed 16-year-old Paige Stalker may have been attempted robbery(Christmas in Detroit)

    12/25/2014 1:03:31 PM PST · by dynachrome · 18 replies
    wxyz.com ^ | 12-24-14 | WXYZ
    DETROIT (WXYZ) - Police now say that the shooting that led to the death of 16-year-old Grosse Pointe teen Paige Stalker may have been an attempted robbery. Three other teens - a girl and two boys - suffered non-life threatening injuries when the car they were sitting in was shot up. Officers say as many as 30 shots were fired into the car. Police are still searching for a suspect in the case. They say the teens originally told them stories that just didn't add up. However, officers now say they have gotten a very clear description of the man...
  • Gas price plunge threatens fuel-cell and electric cars

    12/25/2014 12:23:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 46 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...
  • Saudi women drivers referred to terrorism court

    12/25/2014 12:17:19 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    cns ^ | December 25, 2014 | AYA BATRAWY
    Two Saudi women detained for nearly a month in defiance of a ban on females driving were referred on Thursday to a court established to try terrorism cases ... The Specialized Criminal Court, to which their cases were referred, was established in the capital Riyadh to try terrorism cases but has also tried and handed long prison sentences to a number of human rights workers, peaceful dissidents, activists and critics of the government. For example, this year it sentenced a revered Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a vocal critic of the government, to death for sedition and sentenced a prominent...
  • Obama's Spiritual Adviser: His Christian Faith Has Only Deepened

    12/25/2014 12:08:22 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 74 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/25/2014 | Elliot Jager
    President Barack Obama is not expected to go to church during Christmas. The president rarely attends worship services, preferring to read scripture and pray in private, according to Politico. Those familiar with his Christian faith say he does not go to church regularly partly because he does not want to disrupt the experiences of regular parishioners and that the Obama family prefers to use Sundays to bond and for downtime. "The president's faith has deepened in the second term; he's said as much," said Joshua DuBois, who headed the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships during Obama's first term. Church-going...
  • Merry Christmas: CUNY editorial advocates violent protests

    12/25/2014 12:06:44 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/25/2014
    A graduate newspaper connected with the CIty University of New York featured an editorial this month calling for protestors against the police to arm themselves and direct their rage toward "those deserving the most virulent response of an enraged populace.” New York Post: “The time for peace has passed,” says a revolutionary editorial titled “In Support of Violence” that was penned by editor-in-chief Gordon Barnes in the Dec. 3 issue of The Advocate. “The problem with the protesters’ violence in Ferguson is that it is unorganized. If the violence was to be organized, and the protesters armed — more so...
  • Stanford: Dean for Religious Life claims churches should focus less on religion, more on art

    12/25/2014 11:54:30 AM PST · by Salman · 32 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Dec 22, 2014 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    ... Stanford announced that Shaw, 51, was to join the school’s Department of Religious Studies in July as a dean and professor of religious studies, moving to the school from Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. At Grace Cathedral, Shaw was not only the first woman to head the church, but the first openly lesbian dean. Shaw, hailed as a “champion within the LGBT community” by the Palo Alto Online, was a founding member of the Chicago Consultation, a think tank made up of Anglican and Episcopal bishops, clergy, and lay people who support the full inclusion of LGBT people into...
  • The Queen's Christmas Message

    12/25/2014 11:12:13 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 21 replies
    You \tube ^ | December 25. 2014 | Elizabeth Windsor
    Queen Elizabeth has used her traditional Christmas broadcast to call for reconciliation, citing the Scottish referendum and Northern Ireland. Read more: http://bit.ly/1B64MNu
  • 'The Interview' sells out at midnight showings

    12/25/2014 9:47:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/25/2014 | Rick Moran
    <p>The controversial film "The Interview" opened at a smattering of independent theaters at midnight last night, with most venues selling out the screening. Many patrons said they might not ordinarily have gone to see the film, but went in order to show their support for free speech.</p>
  • IDNYC Announced as Valid Identification by NYPD (For illegals, yutes and transgenders)

    12/25/2014 9:12:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The South and West Forum ^ | December 25, 2014 | Staff
    Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City Police Department Commissioner William Bratton, and Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs Nisha Agarwal last week announced a notable update to the NYPD Patrol Guide – the upcoming municipal identification card, IDNYC, will be a valid and recognized form of government-issued identification. This important step will help prevent the arrests of New Yorkers previously unable to provide proof of their identity during interactions with the Police Department – including many immigrant, young adult, and transgender residents. IDNYC cards with names and home addresses will also be recognized as a form of identification in the issuance...
  • Outrage After Rush Limbaugh Says This About Race

    12/25/2014 8:54:25 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 333 replies
    http://mrconservative.com ^ | December 24, 2014 | Andrew Spalding
    Liberals everywhere were outraged this week after Rush Limbaugh said a black man playing James Bond would be “ridiculous.” The comments were made on Tuesday in regard to leaked Sony emails that revealed that CEO Amy Paschal wanted the black actor Idris Elba to play James Bond. Rush, however, wasn’t having any of it. “James Bond is a total concept put together by Ian Fleming. He was white and Scottish. Period. That is who James Bond is, was,” the conservative radio show host said. “But now [they are] suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black...
  • Michigan police shock drivers with wrapped gifts, not tickets

    12/25/2014 8:47:22 AM PST · by MarMema · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-10-14 | Cheryl K Chumley
    Talk about a Christmas gift. Police in Lowell, Michigan, turned on their flashing lights, pulled over drivers — and offered wrapped presents. A video posted to YouTube showed the shocked responses. And it wasn’t just a couple of drivers who received the holiday kindness — about 50 motorists who otherwise would have been ticketed for minor offenses, a local NBC News affiliate reported. Salvador Galeno, one of the motorists, said, “I was thinking, ‘I was not driving over the speed limit. What could it be?’” The officer befuddled Mr. Galeno with seemingly unrelated questions: “The Xbox One, that’s what your...
  • Why I’m for the War on Christmas (Barf)

    12/25/2014 8:01:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 23, 2014 | Asawin Suebsaeng
    And the bells chimed for victory at 1211 Avenue of the Americas. The so-called War on Christmas, says overpaid bloviator Bill O’Reilly, has been won by his god-fearing, flag-flourishing side. “We won the war,” the Fox News personality proclaimed last week. “I have to confess, you know, I’m like a guerrilla fighter in the War on Christmas…We did this War on Christmas thing for about 10 years. This is the first year I didn’t get one call or letter saying, ‘This store has said it won’t say [“Merry Christmas”].’” Hallelujah.
  • Jesus Wasn’t Born Rich. Think About It. (Barf)

    12/25/2014 7:51:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 52 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | December 25, 2014 | Gene Robinson (Gay Heretic Bishop)
    He was born in a barn to penniless parents who were part of a people under occupation. Get it? So why do so many of us not get it? I’m against the War on Christmas. No not that one! Wishing someone “Happy Holidays” doesn’t rob Christmas of its meaning—after all, being sensitive to others’ religious beliefs ought to be the attitude of every Christian. And not the one that says we have over-commercialized Christmas—after all, there’s nothing wrong with a time of year when we purchase thoughtful gifts for those we love.
  • NY Times Christmas Day Op-ed Page: No Believers, Two Atheists

    12/25/2014 7:26:34 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 48 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Couldn't the New York Times put aside its hostility to traditional religion on Christmas Day and feature a column by a believing Christian? No, it couidn't. Instead, believers who blunder onto the online op-ed page today are hit with a lead column entitled "Religion Without God." And just in case you didn't get the message, there's a second column called "An Atheist’s Christmas Dream."
  • Riot Police Protect St. Louis Cathedral from Protesters at Christmas Midnight Mass

    12/25/2014 7:23:56 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 65 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Dec 25, 2014
    Riot Police Protect St. Louis Cathedral from Protesters at Christmas Midnight Mass Posted by Kristinn Taylor on Thursday, December 25, 2014, 12:18 AM Churchgoers in St. Louis Wednesday night were not allowed to celebrate the birth of Jesus without the threat of disruption by supporters of the so-called Black Lives Matter campaign. Photos posted to Twitter show police in riot gear massed in force protecting a church identified as the Cathedral Basilica.
  • The Christmas Story

    12/25/2014 7:09:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Almost four decades ago, when I was in Mrs. Carmichael's Sunday School class, I memorized Luke Chapter 2, (the King James version of course). It took hours of practice and study, but the words still come when prompted by the line before. Below is the King James Version with my comments for reflection. "And it came to pass in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed." The world revolves around government and money. "(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria." Provides us with a...
  • Feds give emergency approval to new Ebola testing kit for Americans

    12/25/2014 7:02:13 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 24, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    <p>The Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency approval for a new diagnostic kit to test blood for the deadly Ebola virus, even as doctors are reporting a survival rate in one hard-hit area that has climbed to about 70 percent.</p>
  • Police Officer Who Shot Man in Missouri Did Not Have Body Cam Activated

    12/25/2014 5:52:43 AM PST · by walford · 49 replies
    ABC ^ | 12/24/2014 | MEGHAN KENEALLY and PAUL H.B. SHIN
    The police officer who shot and killed a man on Tuesday in Berkeley, Missouri, was given a body camera but it was not activated at the time of the shooting, officials said today. The shooting sparked new unrest in a region already reeling following an August police shooting a few miles away in Ferguson. About 200 to 300 protesters gathered at the gas station where Tuesday night's shooting happened. When asked whether he was concerned that the officer's body cam was not activated, Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins said he was "not concerned."
  • $4.5 Million Up In Smoke: How Billionaire Tom Steyer’s Anti-Koch Ads Flopped

    12/25/2014 5:43:36 AM PST · by rktman · 13 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 12/24/2014 | Mike Ciandella
    Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer has had a really bad year. He failed to get other left-wing donors to join his crusade to make climate change the No. 1 election issue. Then he wasted nearly $75 million backing liberal candidates. Four out of the seven politicians he and his NextGen Climate Action group backed lost. And the few races where liberals won owed little or nothing to Steyer’s bizarre and sometimes inaccurate campaign ads.
  • Isaiah 9:6

    12/25/2014 5:26:29 AM PST · by BobNative · 9 replies
    The Holy Bible | Unknown
    "For unto us a child is born. Unto us a child is given, and the government will be upon his shoulder. And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." -Isaiah 9:6
  • Happy Kwanzaa! Brought to you by the FBI

    12/25/2014 5:20:22 AM PST · by rktman · 32 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 12/24/2014 | Ann Coulter
    I will not be shooting any Black Panthers this week because I am Kwanzaa-reform, and we are not that observant. Kwanzaa, celebrated exclusively by white liberals, is a fake holiday invented in 1966 by black radical/FBI stooge, Ron Karenga – aka Dr. Maulana Karenga, founder of United Slaves, the violent nationalist rival to the Black Panthers. In the annals of the American ’60s, Karenga was the Father Gapon, pawn of the czarist police.
  • Operation Christmas Child - Northern Iraq Airlift of Joy

    12/25/2014 4:27:40 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Samaritans Purse Canada ^ | Dec 12, 2014 | Samaritans Purse Canada
    Samaritan's Purse included 60,000 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes in our latest airlift from Baltimore to Erbil. These special gifts will bring much needed joy to children displaced by ISIS. Speakers: Franklin Graham and Greta Van Susteren www.samaritanspurse.ca/occ
  • That time Obama wore a tiara [Not Satire]

    12/25/2014 4:26:02 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/24/14 | LUCY MCCALMONT
    ....White House photographer Pete Souza shared a photo on Instagram on Wednesday of the president donning a tiara with a group of Girl Scouts from the White House Science Fair earlier this year in May....
  • Religious People Much Happier Than Others,New Study Shows

    12/25/2014 3:51:24 AM PST · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 25, 2014 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    A strong correlation exists between religiosity and personal happiness, according to a new study by the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture.
  • The Prince of Peace — Jesus of Nazareth

    12/25/2014 3:46:00 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 3 replies
    The New American ^ | 12/24/2014 | James J. Drummey
    Jesus Christ, whose birthday is celebrated throughout the world on Christmas, has had a greater impact on human history than any person who ever lived. Though he died at the age of 33, the year in which we live is dated from his birth. Though he lived in an obscure corner of the Roman Empire 2,000 years ago, more than one billion people today call themselves followers of Christ. Though he never wrote a book, tens of thousands of books have been written about his life and teachings. Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, a town in Roman-occupied Palestine. After...
  • GOVERNMENT FUNDED NON-PROFIT Holds “Blacks Only” #Ferguson Meeting

    12/24/2014 10:07:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Progressives Today ^ | December 23, 2014 | Michael Strickland
    The Portland, OR branch of the All African People’s Revolutionary Party held an event at Portland’s Center For Intercultural Organizing. The AAPRP puts on several events and organizes in communities, but this time, the event was specifically “blacks only”. No whites, no Asians, no latinos/latinas, no natives… Only “for all who identify as being of African descent“. The Center For Intercultural Organizing is a 501(c)3 non profit. According to Guidestar.org, the organization is heavily dependent on government grants. From 2010 through 2012, they received a total of $434,012.86 in “government grants”. In 2009, they filed the EZ version of the...
  • Camille Cosby: A life spent juggling her role as public figure with desire to be private

    12/24/2014 9:56:31 PM PST · by SteveH · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 23, 2014 | Manuel Roig-Franzia, Krissah Thompson and Mary Pat Flaherty
    Camille Cosby arrived in California as a striking young beauty with a dazzling smile and a keen sense for fashion. People compared her to Lena Horne. Yet, she was ill-suited for the role of Hollywood spouse. She likes to think of herself as “real,” she has said. Hollywood didn’t seem real. It seemed like a place for preening and pretending. Her husband soared to international celebrity as the first African American to star in a dramatic television series, appearing alongside the white actor Robert Culp in the hit show “I Spy,” which debuted in 1965. They had more money than...
  • Copies of Team America sell out on Amazon and Walmart...

    12/24/2014 9:47:59 PM PST · by matt1234 · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 Dec 2014 | Jack Crone
    DVD copies of Team America: World Police have sold out on Amazon and Walmart following the controversy surrounding fellow North Korean parody The Interview. The 2004 comedy, by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, uses a cast of puppets to poke fun at former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and a host of Hollywood celebrities. The movie has now become a hit again - following Sony's cancelled and reinstated release of The Interview, a film based on an assassination plot of current North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
  • Pittsburgh judge grants U.S. more time to prepare appeal of immigration ruling

    12/24/2014 9:24:01 PM PST · by Rabin · 5 replies
    Post-Gazette ^ | December 23, 2014 11:47 AM | Torsten Ove / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    A federal judge today granted the Justice Department time to prepare appeal the ruling last week that defendant Obama violated the Constitution when issuing his executive order delaying deportation of illegal aliens in the U.S. The U.S. attorney's office told U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab the government would like until Jan. 12 to file a motion for reconsideration.
  • New issue of jihadist magazine produced by al-Qaeda in Yemen suggests attacks on U.S.

    12/24/2014 9:02:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 24, 2014 | Karen DeYoung
    A new issue of Inspire, the English-language online magazine produced by al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, is devoted to “jihad on America” and suggests targeting major American figures as well as Western commercial airliners, according to a report Wednesday by SITE Intelligence Group. The issue is the 13th since Inspire was first published online in 2010. Its founder, Samir Zafar Khan, was born in Saudi Arabia to Pakistani parents but grew up in New York state. Khan, a blogger on jihadist themes who was well-known to U.S. intelligence, is believed to have traveled to Yemen and joined al-Qaeda in the Arabian...
  • Why Christmas Is Huge in China

    12/24/2014 8:40:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12/25/2014 | ROBERT FOYLE HUNWICK
    BEIJING—There’s a joke going around: “Santa Claus was descending into China from the sky. Due to the heavy smog, he fell to the ground, but no one dared help him up. While he was still lying in the snow, his bag was ransacked for presents, and his reindeer and sleigh taken away by the chengguan. Therefore, no Christmas this year.” While some of the humor needs context—there are digs at China’s notorious bystander effect and much-despised urban-management officials, chengguan—the larger meaning is clear. Ironic jokes about Santa’s routine being disrupted with uniquely Chinese characteristics are a sure sign that, yes,...
  • [Official Video] Silent Night (Live) - Pentatonix

    12/24/2014 6:54:18 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 9 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | Nov 24, 2014 | PTXofficial
    [Official Video] Silent Night (Live) - Pentatonix - YouTube
  • CUNY newspaper editorial calls for violent protests

    12/24/2014 6:00:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The New York Post ^ | December 24, 2014 | Bob Fredericks
    Gordon Barnes, the editor-in-chief of The Advocate, penned the disturbing editorial calling for violent protests. A disturbing editorial in a CUNY grad-student newspaper calls for rioters protesting the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown to arm themselves and wage violent war with cops. “The time for peace has passed,” says a revolutionary editorial titled “In Support of Violence” that was penned by editor-in-chief Gordon Barnes in the Dec. 3 issue of The Advocate. The problem with the protesters’ violence in Ferguson is that it is unorganized. If the violence was to be organized, and the protesters armed — more...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Merry CHRISTmas, Troops!! ~ 25 December 2014

    12/24/2014 6:00:06 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 193 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    For Unto You Is Born This Day... A Savior...Christ The LordMerry CHRISTmas!! LUKE 2:1-20 King James Version (KJV) 1..And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2..(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3..And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4..And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of...
  • Holiday Humor about the Silliness (and Menace) of Gun Control

    12/24/2014 4:45:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    When I want to make serious points about why gun control is misguided, I’ll often cite the scholarly work of John Lott or the expert analysis of Larry Correia.There are also two pro-2nd Amendment columns (here and here) from self-confessed leftists that also make very persuasive reading.And let’s not forget the Constitution protects our right to keep and bear arms (at least for those who still think that document means anything).But I confess that I mostly like using satire and mockery when criticizing gun control. And I’m pleased to report that a friend sent me some very good new material.So,...
  • America’s fear of black rage: Why tragic NYPD shootings are so misunderstood

    12/24/2014 4:41:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 124 replies
    Salon ^ | December 24, 2014 | Professor Brittney Cooper
    I'm deeply pained by the murder of those officers -- but the dishonest rhetoric that followed must be called out. On Saturday, two New York City police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, needlessly lost their lives when a lone gunman, suffering from clear mental health issues, executed them while they sat in their squad car in a Brooklyn neighborhood. Before killing them, he shot his ex-girlfriend Shaneka Thompson in the stomach, after breaking into her building and arguing with her about their past relationship. Because the shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, bragged on Instagram about avenging the deaths of various black...
  • "Soldier's Christmas": How a Rock Band Is Raising Awareness For Military Families This Season

    12/24/2014 4:21:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    Soldier's Christmas“Music with meaning.” It’s how rock band Madison Rising describes what they’re trying to accomplish, and this Christmas season, they’re putting their efforts to a good cause. They’ve released the song “Soldier’s Christmas,” which draws on lead singer David Bray’s experience as a member of the military and the band’s work with veterans’ groups to both raise awareness of what military families go through during the holidays and raise money directly for the families of the fallen. “It’s to bring awareness to those families,” Bray tells Townhall, “to say that we are grateful for the sacrifice and what they’ve...
  • JetBlue offers to fly police to NYPD funeral

    12/24/2014 4:14:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Money ^ | December 24, 2014 | Ben Rooney
    JetBlue (JBLU) is offering to fly two police officers from each department on its route around the country to New York for the funerals of two NYPD officers killed last weekend. The New York-based airline is also working with its partners to have family members of one of the slain officers, Wenjian Liu, flown in from overseas. Liu and a second NYPD officer, Rafael Ramos, were sitting in their patrol car when they were shot and killed by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a Georgia man with a long criminal record. Ramos's funeral is being held on Dec. 27, whereas Liu's funeral hasn't...
  • KRAUTHAMMER: ASSOCIATION WITH SHARPTON IS ‘THE WRONG MESSAGE’ FROM OBAMA

    12/24/2014 3:40:59 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 45 replies
    Breibart ^ | December 24 2014 | JEFFREY POOR
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of “The O’Reilly Factor,” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer weighed in Al Sharpton and his association with President Barack Obama. Fill-in host Eric Bolling noted that Sharpton has made 81 apparent visits to the White House, which conveys a relationship that which Krauthammer indicated was not appropriate.
  • Al Sharpton Arguably Now the Most Powerful Person in America

    12/24/2014 2:20:06 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 86 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | December 24th, 2014 | Joe Concha 24th, 2014
    Outside of the president, Al Sharpton might possibly be the most powerful man in America right now. And no, that isn’t an overstatement. Think about what the 60-year-old activist and MSNBC host has going for him right now: Power Indicator #1: Sharpton has been to the White House to advise President Barack Obama, his senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, or both. No big deal, right? Plenty of MSNBC hosts have visited over the past six years. Care to guess, according to the White House Visitor Log, just how many times Sharpton has visited since Mr. Obama took office? Five times? Nope....
  • The Presidency Can't Stop Obama's "Golf Tradition"

    12/24/2014 2:20:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    George W. Bush was frequently mocked for his leisure trips during his presidency, but President Obama may have taken it to a new level with his golfing trips. As The Hill reports, President Obama's trip to Hawaii this year is a part of a vacation he's been taking since before he was President - and he hasn't discontinued that while having the office of perhaps the most prestigious, stressful job in the country: He arrived on Tuesday morning at the golf course at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, according to a pool report. He is playing with his high school friends...
  • Is Obamacare Causing Health Care Rationing?

    12/24/2014 12:37:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    The argument for Obamacare really boils down to one idea: people without health insurance won’t get medical care. Or if they do get it, the care will be too little and too late. Insure everybody, we were told, and everyone will have access to high quality, timely care. But is that really happening? It may not be. Unless they were previously uninsured, people who are getting health insurance in the (Obamacare) exchanges are likely facing greater financial barriers to care than they were before the health reform was enacted. According to a study by Avalere, the average out-of-pocket maximum for...
  • HAPPY HOLIDAYS: FDA MOVES TO BAN CAKE, DONUT ‘SPRINKLES’

    12/24/2014 12:07:33 PM PST · by lowbridge · 51 replies
    breitbart ^ | december 22, 2014 | mike flynn
    Early next year, the FDA is expected to finalize a new regulation intended to eradicate even trace amounts of partially hydrogenated oils, known as trans fats, from our diets. Although the amount of trans fats Americans consume has declined significantly in recent years, the FDA’s quest to completely eliminate a particular type of trans fat threatens to eliminate the noble “sprinkle,” used to decorate holiday treats and donuts. Even a small amount of joy is suspect in the FDA’s brave, new, food-monitored world. In recent years, research has determined that consuming large amounts of trans fats is harmful to the heart. Trans fats have been in...
  • The Worst of 2014: 'Victory for the Haters'

    12/24/2014 12:03:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Tim Graham.Historians will record that 2014 was a terrible year for liberal Democrats, not just at the polls but also in the news. The networks spent most of the fall campaign pretending there wasn't a fall campaign, and for good reason. Obama's Hope and Change aura had completely sunk into the muck as Obama's honesty and competence both took a hit in the hard news of ISIS and Ebola. But if Team Obama was going down, the journalistic elite were going down with him. They are cemented with their so-called savior, as can...
  • After deaths of NYPD officers, Sharpton blamed

    12/24/2014 11:47:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Salt Lake City Tribune ^ | December 23, 2014 | Sandhya Somashekhar, Social Change Reporter, The Washington Post
    Veteran civil rights leader Al Sharpton, who has tried to play the statesman during heated protests over police shootings, now faces accusations of incitement after the murder last weekend of two officers in New York City. Sharpton has worked over the years to shed his reputation as a firebrand, and in recent months had provoked the ire of younger protesters who favor a more confrontational approach. Sharpton, for instance, angered some young activists by rebuffing them when they unexpectedly asked to speak at a march his nonprofit group organized in Washington. But after the deaths of the two officers, momentum...
  • Immigrants still surging into Texas shelters [Catholic Charities]

    12/24/2014 11:46:34 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 8 replies
    Tuscon Sentinel ^ | 12/24/2014 | Julian Aguilar
    The media tent that once stood in the parking lot of Sacred Heart Church is gone, as are the television crews and reporters who descended this summer when the flow of Central American immigrants illegally crossing the Texas border was major news. But after a brief lull, the surge of undocumented families passing through a temporary shelter set up by Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley seems to be rising again. The spotlight may have turned away, but if the sense of crisis is gone, the people have not stopped coming. “The numbers increased a lot this past month,...
  • Experts: FCC will adopt net neutrality rules in early 2015

    12/24/2014 11:29:08 AM PST · by dware · 19 replies
    PCWorld ^ | 12.24.2014 | Grant Gross
    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will adopt net neutrality rules in early 2015, maybe as soon as February, several observers believe, but few people want to predict what those rules will look like.
  • Rand Paul wins victory for parents

    12/24/2014 10:46:37 AM PST · by Plummz · 4 replies
    Campaign 4 Liberty / WORLD magazine ^ | 12-18-2014 | Norm Singleton
    Newborn screening for medical disorders is becoming an increasingly common practice. This seems like a good thing; however, along with the potential benefits of screening, there are concerns that some states are not obtaining parental consent before doing the screening. There are also legitimate concerns that state governments will store the child's DNA in a database. No one should be surprised to learn that there is a federal program funding newborn screening, and readers of this blog should not be surprised to learn that legislation extending this program was rammed into law in the lame duck session of Congress. However,...