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  • Obama, a One-Man Revolution

    12/25/2014 9:23:09 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/25/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In his “fourth quarter,” he feels free to ignore popular opinion, the rule of law, and Congress. Until now there were two types of peaceful American change. One was a president, like Franklin D. Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan, working with Congress to alter American life from the top down by passing a new agenda. The other was popular-reform pressure, as happened in the 1890s or 1960s, to change public opinion and force government to make new laws or change existing ones. Barack Obama has introduced a quite different, third sort of revolution. He seeks to enact change that both the...
  • IDNYC Announced as Valid Identification by NYPD (For illegals, yutes and transgenders)

    12/25/2014 9:12:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 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...
  • No Longer a Republican

    12/25/2014 8:36:57 AM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 46 replies
    Townhall ^ | Dec 22, 2014 | Matt Barber
    I am no longer a Republican. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and their Democrat-lite, RINO Republican establishment have seen to that. They have betrayed their own constituents. They have actively turned against the American people – the very voters who granted them power to do good. Even before the gavel has sounded on the Republican-led 114th Congress, these treacherous cowards shamelessly, eagerly, it seems, squandered perhaps the one opportunity they had to stop, in his tracks, America’s first cultural Marxist, anti-American, palpably evil president.
  • High GDP Numbers for Q3? We Can Thank Obamacare and Forced Consumer Spending

    12/25/2014 7:39:51 AM PST · by Son House · 17 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | Kenneth Schortgen Jr
    The revision which helped create last quarters incredible growth was the forced mandatory costs incurred by the American people from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which accounted for two-thirds of the entire boost in consumer spending. Consumer spending, as opposed to the recording of revenues from actual production and industry which used to be the primary components of economic growth in America, on average accounts for more than 70% of the entire Gross Domestic Product. And if you took out payments made by the American people towards mandatory government healthcare, GDP may have been in negative growth for last quarter,...
  • $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.
  • Obama tees off in Hawaii with Malaysian leader

    12/25/2014 4:50:59 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | 12/24/14 | JOSH LEDERMAN and CATHY BUSSEWITZ
    .....vacationing this week in Oahu, Obama and Najib teed off Wednesday on a cloudy but balmy afternoon at a Marine Corps base, not far from where Obama is renting a home for his two-week stay. The two leaders seemed at ease together, smiling and laughing in casual clothes as they sized up their shots.
  • GOVERNMENT FUNDED NON-PROFIT Holds “Blacks Only” #Ferguson Meeting

    12/24/2014 10:07:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 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...
  • Obama Breaks Cardinal Presidential Rule by Donning Tiara ["Unto Us A King…?"]

    12/24/2014 6:23:23 PM PST · by Steelfish · 69 replies
    ABCNews ^ | December 24, 2014 | BEN CANDEA and ALEX MALLIN
    Obama Breaks Cardinal Presidential Rule by Donning Tiara Dec 24, 2014 By BEN CANDEA and ALEX MALLIN Chief White House photographer Pete Souza posted a photo to Instagram today showing the president donning a tiara alongside a group of Girl Scouts from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The photo, from the annual White House Science Fair, was taken in May. Souza wrote that the girls convinced President Obama to wear the tiara for the group photo, something members of the Navy football team were unable to do in April with different headdress.
  • America’s fear of black rage: Why tragic NYPD shootings are so misunderstood

    12/24/2014 4:41:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 122 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...
  • Cruelty Case Against Jeff Flake's Son Dropped In Arizona Dog Deaths

    12/24/2014 3:35:15 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 22 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | David Schwartz
    Animal cruelty charges against the son and daughter-in-law of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake and two others will be dismissed after new information came to light about the deaths of 21 dogs at a suburban Phoenix kennel in June, prosecutors said on Monday. Authorities said the dogs died from overheating and suffocation caused by sweltering conditions in a cramped room of the pet boarding facility while the owners were away in Florida, leaving the animals in the care of Austin and Logan Flake. However, new evidence brought to prosecutors' attention by defense lawyers after the case was presented to a grand...
  • Mark Kirk: Rand Paul And Ted Cruz Running For President Would Hurt IL GOP

    12/24/2014 2:39:57 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 40 replies
    RedState ^ | November 22nd, 2014
    In an interview with The Hill Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) said that possible presidential runs by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)93% and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) would hurt the Illinois Republican Party. “We definitely have our isolationist wing, which I completely disagree with,” he said, pointing to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), before promising to back a GOP candidate in the presidential primary that he thought would do well in Illinois. He criticized Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) bombastic style as well.
  • Trends Show Partisan Voting Popularity In Iowa

    12/24/2014 1:46:45 PM PST · by iowamark · 5 replies
    IowaWatch.org ^ | December 23, 2014 | Lyle Muller and Danielle Wilde
    One of every three Iowans – 37 percent – voted a straight-party ticket in the 2014 general election, statistics the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office compiled for the first time revealed. Expect those results to be part of another bid in the 2015 Legislature to eliminate straight-ticket voting, the practice that allows voters to fill one oval on the ballot for all of the candidates in one political party. State Rep. Peter Cownie, R-West Des Moines, said this week he has filed another attempt to pass the straight-ticket ban in the upcoming session. “This is one area where, if we...
  • Teen 'well known' to police identified after fatal officer-involved shooting

    12/24/2014 1:11:28 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 43 replies
    KMOV.COM ^ | 24 DECEMBER 2014 | KMOV.COM
    BERKELEY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at least two officers were injured and four people were arrested following a fatal officer-involved shooting late Tuesday night in Berkeley, Missouri. In a news conference Wednesday morning, Belmar said the officer involved in the shooting was a six-year veteran of the Berkeley Police Department. He said the officer was responding to a stealing call around 11:15 p.m. when he first encountered two men on the Mobil On the Run gas station parking lot in the 6800 block of North Hanley.
  • Likud comptroller disqualifies Netanyahu from Likud leadership race

    12/24/2014 11:56:59 AM PST · by Dacula · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/24/2014 | LAHAV HARKOV
    Shai Galili, Likud's comptroller, disqualified Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from running for the party leadership in the December 31 primary, a move that Netanyahu disputes and is likely to appeal. Galili says that Netanyahu must answer claims that he improperly used party resources in his leadership primary run.
  • Wishing You and Yours a Very Merry Christmas (Sen. Frank Lasee, WI)

    12/24/2014 11:58:04 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Lasee's Notes ^ | 12-24-14 | Frank Lasee
    Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner! - Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol The Ghost of Legislative Sessions Past: Wisconsin was in bad shape in 2009. With rising unemployment and a staggering decline in state revenues, experts advised us to brace for the worst. Wisconsin lost nearly 120,000 jobs that year and the state unemployment rate hit a 27-year high of 9.4%. Business morale was down and families were feeling the pinch. Democratic out of control spending by the Democrats and dubious budget accounting practices by the...
  • After deaths of NYPD officers, Sharpton blamed

    12/24/2014 11:47:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 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...
  • IS Shoots Down Warplane in Syria, Captures Jordanian Pilot

    12/24/2014 10:09:09 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    ABC News/AP ^ | 12-24-2014 | OMAR AKOUR and BASSEM MROUE
    The Islamic State group captured a Jordanian pilot after shooting down his warplane over Syria, Jordan said Wednesday, in the extremists' first successful downing of an aircraft from the international coalition waging an air campaign against the extremists. The show of the extremists' capabilities underscored the risks for the United States and the multiple Arab and European countries whose warplanes are participating in bombing campaign aimed at pushing back the jihadis' control across much of Syria and Iraq. It also posed Jordan with a nightmare scenario ? its pilot was the first foreign soldier to fall into the extremists' hands....
  • Clinton/Warren 2016? Should Republicans laugh, fear, or dismiss?

    12/24/2014 7:46:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/24/2014 | Myra Adams
    Would a Democratic presidential ticket of former secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Democratic Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren be doomed to defeat or cruise to an easy victory on November 8, 2016? From a Republican perspective would this Clinton/Warren “all chick tick” elicit howls of laughter or utter fear? Here is why from a Democrat point of view a Clinton/Warren ticket might make good political sense. In the “fight” for the Democratic Party presidential nomination the latest Real Clear Politics averages show Hillary Clinton clobbering Elizabeth Warren by a margin of 61 to 12 percent. However, Warren is gathering “big...
  • Former Fla. gov. Crist on reopening Cuba ties

    12/24/2014 7:02:04 AM PST · by shove_it · 16 replies
    SeeBSnews ^ | 17 Dec 2014
    Florida has long been the home of a large Cuban-American community. The issue of American-Cuban relations is a major issue in the state. Charlie Crist, Florida's former governor, joined CBSN on Wednesday to discuss how President Obama's move to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba will impact the state. According to Crist, the economic impact will be significant because the easing of restrictions on the island will spur redevelopment. Former Florida gov. Charlie Crist GETTY IMAGES "You talk about housing changes, schooling, infrastructure, the natural launching pad for much of that redevelopment is the state of Florida," Crist said. Cuba is...
  • Obama Warmly Legitimizes Cuban Dictatorship

    12/24/2014 4:28:54 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Cato ^ | December 24, 2014 | Nat Hentoff
    I have long been reporting on Castro-ruled Cuba and, indeed, was there not long after Fidel Castro had taken over the country. What became clear, as the number of Castro’s political prisoners increased, was that his revolutionary Cuba was a dictatorship, like the regime he had ousted. After I wrote that, a member of his administration rebuked me for my rank ignorance. I responded by saying that he knew that if I were a Cuban in Cuba, I would be in prison. Later, at the United Nations, I was one of a number of reporters interviewing Che Guevara, the young,...
  • MITCH MCCONNELL: BEING PARTY OF YES MORE IMPORTANT THAN DEFUNDING EXEC AMNESTY

    12/24/2014 5:48:31 AM PST · by Bratch · 115 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 23, 2014 | Tony Lee
    To incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), it is more important for Republicans to be the party of yes than go all-out to defund President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty.According to the New York Times, McConnell “acknowledges that changing the mind-set of opposition” in the next Congress “will be crucial to advancing legislation that will attract Democratic support and force” Obama “into difficult choices over whether to sign measures pushed by his adversaries.” The Times notes “that is why his focus will be lawmakers he thinks he can meld into a governing coalition.”“All of us from time to time make a point,” Mr. McConnell told the...
  • Common Core and the Bill Gates Foundation vs George Will

    12/24/2014 4:24:28 AM PST · by dennisw · 4 replies
    self | Dec 25 | self
    Common Core and the Bill Gates Foundation and George WillYou know it is awful when cautious and moderate conservative George Will is against you because Common Core is just another Federal power grab. My reasons for being against Common Core are: The Federal Department of Education is highly affirmative action as in employment preferences being given to liberals, lefties, militant women, gays, blacks, minorities/ I don't like it when these fanatics are running the show.The various States are always more fair on such hiring practicesThe Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is really the Melinda Gates Foundation. She calls the shotsShe...
  • Hey, the Gang’s All Here: Fox News Image Captures Big Flaw In Our System (Barbour with Boehner)

    12/24/2014 2:38:56 AM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    Check out this image from Fox News this past Sunday. Who do you see following close behind Speaker Boehner and Senator McConnell? That’s right, Ole Haley Barbour is not far behind. A man whose dishonest dealings in the Mississippi US Senate race, along with his corrupt cronies, still have access to the highest levels of our governmen
  • Zoeller and other state AGs urge Congress to take action on immigration

    12/24/2014 2:23:46 AM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    A bipartisan group of 18 attorneys general in a letter today urged congressional leaders to make reform of the federal immigration system a priority for Congress. As the U.S. Supreme Court has found that immigration is a federal responsibility, the letter from state AGs encourages Congress to act to fix the “dysfunctional” legal immigration system. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood are co-authors of the letter also signed by AGs from 14 other states and two U.S. territories and sent today to the U.S. Senate’s two caucus leaders, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Mitch...
  • The attorney general's fight against same-sex marriage is just the latest Lost Cause [Liberal Bigot]

    12/24/2014 1:57:33 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Charleston City Paper ^ | 12/24/14 | Will Moredock
    What is it about conservatives anyway? Not only do they keep picking fights they cannot win, but they keep dragging the rest of us down with them. You might say it started with the Civil War, and it is still going on as lawyers seek payment from the state of South Carolina for their work defending the right of a gay couple to marry against the political ambitions of state Attorney General Alan Wilson. Attorneys for Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley have asked a federal judge to order the AG to pay $152,710 for their time and service. As The...
  • The absurdity — and the bright side — of 2016

    12/23/2014 10:13:09 PM PST · by presidio9 · 11 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 12/24/2014 | Heather Wilhelm
    When former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced that he would “actively explore the possibility of running for president of the United States,” America’s legion of political junkies didn’t exactly jump for joy. On the contrary, many of them — especially if they are conservative or libertarian-leaning activists — rolled their eyes, sighed with world-weary despair, or simply fell into a spell of gentle, quiet weeping. “If Jeb Bush is the nominee,” best-selling author Brad Thor announced, “I will never vote Republican again.” On Twitter, writer Ben Shapiro lampooned the “GOP geniuses” behind the Jeb push: “In 2012, the top issue...
  • Russell Pearce's Immigration Law Led to Boycotts of Arizona and Ended His Career. He's Not Sorry.

    12/23/2014 10:05:29 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    National Journal ^ | J. Weston Phippen
    Before he was recalled in 2011, Arizona state Senate President Russell Pearce was arguably the most powerful man in Arizona politics. Elected in 2000 to represent Mesa, Pearce was known primarily for his efforts aimed at undocumented immigrants, most notably Senate Bill 1070. (SNIP) Prop 100—passed by 78 percent. [Proposition 100 denied bond to undocumented immigrants. It was later ruled unconstitutional.] Prop 200—passed by almost 60 percent. [Proposition 200 partly required proof of citizenship to vote in state and federal elections. Portions of it were also struck down.] Employer sanctions—overwhelmingly supported; S.B. 1070—supported by over 73 percent. Tell me what...
  • Parting Shot: Outgoing Arizona Gov. Brewer Calls Obama A ‘Failed President’

    12/23/2014 10:00:22 PM PST · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    FoxNews ^ | December 23, 2014
    Parting Shot: Outgoing Arizona Gov. Brewer Calls Obama A ‘Failed President’ By William La Jeunesse Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, stepping down after six years in office where she was a perpetual thorn in the side of the Obama administration, is leaving with a parting shot -- calling President Obama a "failed president." "He's been a very big disappointment to me," Brewer told Fox News in an interview. "I think he has done things that certainly we would never have expected any president to do -- by executive order and because he says so." Brewer has spent the last few years...
  • Jeb Bush Vs. Ted Cruz

    12/23/2014 9:41:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 24, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced his intention to "actively explore" a run for president. That announcement spurred spasms of joy in some segments of the Republican Party who have been itching for an effective counter to the enthusiasm of the grassroots right. Those Republicans -- largely coastal donors who scorn social conservatives as rubes, and shun the supposed fiscal extremism of the tea party -- have been searching for a candidate who will buck the base on immigration, who doesn't mind hand-in-glove corporatism, and who, most of all, feels the same way they do about the grassroots....
  • Stalemate: How an Immigration Rewrite Died in the 113th Congress (Video)

    12/23/2014 8:30:16 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    Roll Call ^ | JM Rieger
    The 113th Congress began with an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws seeming likely, if not inevitable.
  • Obama Answers Mexican’s Letter Asking Him to Halt Deportations (Illegal alien, of course)

    12/23/2014 7:19:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Latin American Herald Tribune ^ | December 23, 2014 | Staff
    DENVER – Several months after sending a letter to President Barack Obama in which he asked him to stop the “unjustified deportations” of undocumented foreigners, a Mexican man living in Denver received a reply from the White House. “I love this country. I never thought, not for a minute, that President Obama would answer my letter, where I expressed to him my concern about the inefficient immigration system, but he did answer me and I’m grateful for it,” Arturo Garcia told Efe on Monday. Garcia, in gratitude for what he has received in the United States, decided to paint a...
  • The GOP's Minority Mentality

    12/23/2014 6:22:03 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 12 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Program ^ | 22 December 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I've been thinking about how this has happened. The fact that the Republican leadership is throwing in with the Democrat leadership on amnesty and Obamacare and take your pick of issues. And, you know, you and I, folks, have discussed and theorized for a long time, and it has become obvious -- and we've talked about this -- that the GOP agrees with Obama on amnesty because they, too, see a pool of potential new voters. And they also think that they've got a supporter for the Hispanic vote. You know the drill. But it turns out...
  • Davi: DeBlasio, Black Leaders Fueling Flames of Racism in America

    12/23/2014 6:10:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | December 22, 2014 | Robert Davi
    President Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Bill de Blasio, and the Rev. Al Sharpton are fueling the flames of racism in America just as the Ku Klux Klan did 100 years ago. Sounds inflammatory? It is. What’s worse, it’s true. The reason? They are considered the establishment. They are out in broad daylight perpetrating a racist agenda and, instead of wearing a white sheet to protect their identity, they are shrouded in the cloak of government. They are adept and skillful at delivering a populist message of redistribution of wealth or how minorities are targeted by the police. Listen my friends,...
  • GOP Scrooges Hit Lee and Cruz

    12/23/2014 5:55:21 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 12/23/14 | Jeffrey Lord
    Well. What a coincidence. As Americans depart for the Christmas holiday, the horrifying news of what the New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton correctly calls the “assassination” of two New York police officers, the Scrooges in the GOP Establishment have busied themselves attacking Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Not once. Not twice. But three times in three different places. Up there in the Boston Globe, former New Hampshire Republican Senator John Sununu (not to be confused with his ex-governor father) has launched an attack on Texas Senator Cruz. Out in Utah, former Utah Republican Senator Robert Bennett is in print...
  • Obama community policing effort falls short as funds mishandled, diverted

    12/23/2014 5:52:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 23, 2014 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    Federal cash for Justice Department’s COPS program used for drones.President Obama has used the Ferguson and NYPD controversies to campaign for increased community policing tactics. But on his watch, federal funding for such initiatives has plummeted and money has been mishandled or diverted to such things as drones that have done little to further the cause, a Washington Times review of federal documents shows. The declining reach of the Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program is laid bare by the results of its 2014 efforts: it managed to spend only $124 million to fund 944 community policing officers...
  • Many Conservatives Were Happy to Watch Republicans Grill Obamacare Architect — but Mark Levin ...

    12/23/2014 5:43:12 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec 9th, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    So-called Obamacare “architect” Jonathan Gruber was called to testify at a Tuesday House regarding his past controversial remarks about the creation and passage of the health care law. While many of the testy exchanges that occurred during the hearing were covered and even trumpeted by conservative media, a furious Mark Levin said the exercise was pointless. “The very Republicans grilling this guy don’t plan to do a damn thing about Obamacare! They’re not going to use the power of the purse to control any piece of it!” Levin shouted on the air. “So, what is the point of a hearing?...
  • More Chants Comparing NYPD To KKK Possible As Protesters Break Mayor’s Moratorium

    12/23/2014 5:26:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    WLNY-TV ^ | December 23, 2014
    Organizers In Advance Of Tuesday Night Demonstration: He Can't Tell Us What To Do.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Some protest organizers have dismissed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s request for a “time out” until after murdered NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu are laid to rest. In fact, a protest was underway early Tuesday evening, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported. Ralliers marched on Fifth Avenue chanting “How do you spell murderers? NYPD!” and “Indict, convict, send those killer cops to jail. The whole damn system is guilty as hell,” Aiello reported....
  • The invisible racism: What critics of the Ferguson protests are missing

    12/23/2014 5:07:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Bangor Daily News ^ | December 23, 2014 | Professor Michael Rocque, Bates College
    In the United States, formal and informal institutions have been in place to control black bodies since before the nation’s founding. It began with slavery, followed with Jim Crow legal segregation, and has been replaced, some argue, with the criminal justice system. African Americans are disproportionately arrested and incarcerated for numerous crimes, even outnumbering whites in prisons (despite representing only 13 percent of the population). The problem with these statistics is that ostensibly, people have to break the law in order to be involved in the justice system. This allows us to suggest, perhaps reasonably, that “it’s not about race.”...
  • David Vitter to Obama: Screen 'The Interview' for Congress

    12/23/2014 3:46:33 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Kelly Cohen
    Sen. David Vitter thinks members of Congress deserve a viewing of “The Interview.” In a letter to President Obama, the Louisiana Republican is asking that Congress be invited to the White House for a private screening of the controversial movie. Sony Pictures pulled the movie from its planned Christmas Day release after the company was hacked by offenders from North Korea. After terrorist threats were made against theaters planning to show the film — which comedically portrays the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un — caused the movie to be pulled, there has been a flow of outrage...
  • Scientists connect the dots from identifying to preventing dangerous climate risks

    12/23/2014 3:30:07 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | December 23, 2014 | by Dana Nuccitelli
    ... There were many AGU talks about the climate impacts we’re already seeing. For example, human-caused global warming is amplifying many types of extreme weather like drought, heat waves, and storms. Climate and social scientists have struggled to communicate this urgency to the public. While most people accept that humans are changing the climate, few understand the urgency of mitigating these risks. This is particularly a problem for ideological conservatives. Among social scientists, a consensus is forming that more climate-specific knowledge translates into greater acceptance of the science and support for mitigation. However, facts are more effective when ideological barriers...
  • Obamacare on Track to Beat Enrollment Targets

    12/23/2014 3:17:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 23, 2014 | BY SAM BAKER
    Obamacare is easily on track to beat the administration's enrollment targets, with more than 6 million people already signed up for coverage. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said Tuesday that 6.4 million people have either selected new plans or automatically renewed their coverage. The 6.4 million people who selected plans through the federally run exchanges include about 1.9 million new customers. The rest are current customers who either automatically renewed their coverage or shopped for a new plan. People who automatically renew their policies are at risk for some of the biggest out-of-pocket premium increases anywhere in...
  • Who’s the ‘extremist’ around here anyway

    12/23/2014 2:39:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Citizen ^ | December 23, 2014 | William Murchison
    Among the journalistic takeaways from the late Congress’ death frenzies is the equivocal plight of the two parties — the grown-up deal makers in both cases squeezed by hardcore, do-it-our-way extremists. On the Republican side John Boehner beset by Ted Cruz, in the Democratic camp the pragmatic Hillary Clinton wing forced to contend with the true-believing fans of Elizabeth Warren. It is the strategy some of our friends in the liberal media may have seized on to take away the bitter taste of defeat at the polls. In this telling, the left-left MoveOn.org/Daily Kos faction, anti-military and pro-big government, has...
  • As Docs Face Big Cuts In Medicaid Pay, Patients May Pay The Price

    12/23/2014 2:27:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | December 23, 2014 | By Phil Galewitz
    Andy Pasternak, a family doctor in Reno, Nev., has seen more than 100 new Medicaid patients this year after the state expanded the insurance program under the Affordable Care Act. But he won’t be taking any new ones after Dec. 31. That’s when the law’s two-year pay raise for primary care doctors like him who see Medicaid patients expires, resulting in fee reductions of 43 percent on average across the country, according to the nonpartisan Urban Institute. The challenge is to convince physicians not just to continue accepting such patients but to take on more without getting paid what they’re...
  • Mike Rowe’s Gut Check on Ferguson-NYPD Deaths is the Tough Love All Americans Need to Hear

    12/23/2014 2:22:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | December 22, 2014 | Chris Enloe
    Mike Rowe is again going viral, this time after he candidly answered a fan’s question about the events surrounding Ferguson aftermath and the non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson. The question from his Facebook wall reads: Hello Mr. Mike Rowe. I’m a big fan and also happen to work in the lower Haight as well as live in Alameda. I have to ask with everything that is going on in Ferguson, how do you feel about the protests in SF as well as the looting/rioting in downtown Oakland? While lengthy, Mike’s response eloquently answers not only the question posed, but also...
  • Report: GOP Establishment Plotting to Oust Conservative Leader Sen. Mike Lee

    12/23/2014 12:32:01 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 82 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/23/14 | Tony Lee
    Some prominent moderate establishment Republicans in Utah are plotting to target conservative icon Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) with a primary challenge in 2016. Lee’s offense? He didn’t drink the Washington Kool-aid and see the D.C. cesspool as a jacuzzi after he ousted incumbent Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT), who had supported the TARP bailouts, in 2010. When Lee prevailed over Bennett, he gave other conservatives across the country hope that they could also defeat entrenched incumbents who cared more about preserving the status quo above all else. Once Lee arrived in Washington, he didn’t turn his back on the base, which...
  • 'Unprecedented': Americans race to dump Boehner ('I've never seen anything quite like this')

    12/23/2014 12:20:33 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 54 replies
    WASHINGTON – When John Boehner reconvenes the House of Representatives next month, he’s going to have some mail. So will every other Republican member. Boehner won’t like his. How the other Republican members respond to the tens of thousands of letters they get will determine whether Boehner will remain as speaker. The Dump Boehner Campaign, a project designed by Joseph Farah, founder of WND.com, is off to a blazing start. Within minutes of its announcement Monday evening, thousands of letters calling on Republican House members to find another leader were already being generated. In less than 24 hours, orders for...
  • 400,000 Letters On Their Way To Congress In An Effort To Dump John Boehner As Speaker

    12/23/2014 12:16:58 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    westernjournalism.com ^ | 12/23/14 | James Beattie
    400,000 letters are being shipped to Republican members of Congress this week in the first round of a movement to remove Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) from his post. The letters say to reject Boehner and elect a new leadership team. The letters are part of the “Don’t be Yellow: Dump Boehner Now Campaign” orchestrated by WND CEO Joseph Farah. The campaign was just announced last week. From the campaign’s page: “It’s a campaign that allows Americans to send a hard-copy letter to every Republican in the House of Representatives with a call to elect new leadership that will provide opposition...
  • A felon to serve in Congress? Michael Grimm will test House

    12/23/2014 11:41:28 AM PST · by Oliviaforever · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | Deirdre Walsh
    Washington (CNN) - After pleading guilty to a judge Tuesday on a felony tax evasion charge, New York Rep. Michael Grimm pledged to reporters he would also stay in Congress. Grimm pled guilty in court to one count of tax evasion and was set to submit to a "statement of facts" that admits to all the conduct alleged in the 20-count federal indictment.
  • The Monsters Who Screamed for Dead Cops (Daily Beast/Newsweek throwin' 'em under the bus?)

    12/23/2014 11:54:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 23, 2014 | Jacob Siegel
    Evidence from photos, video, social-media posts and interviews suggests it was a single group, desperate to ‘turn up the anger’ at otherwise-peaceful protests.A little over a week ago, a group of people marched down the streets of Manhattan and called for police to be killed. But exactly who cried out for violence has been something of a mystery as New York goes through its most tense moment in more than a decade. Evidence from photos, videos, social-media posts and interviews suggest that a group—the New York chapter of the Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee, or TMOC—might have been involved. There is...
  • EXCLUSIVE: 911 operators made 'anti-police' remarks, causing quarrel with FDNY dispatchers...

    12/23/2014 11:42:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | December 23, 2014 | John Marzulli and Ginger Adams Otis
    The war of words occurred when news broke that NYPD cops Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot Saturday. One dispatcher allegedly said the cops ‘deserved it,’ said a law enforcement source. A union spokesman for the 911 cop operators said the union was not aware of a shouting match.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)A war of words erupted in the city’s 911 call center Saturday over allegations two operators made “anti-police” remarks after the assassinations of two cops, the Daily News has learned. The fracas occurred when news broke that Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu had been shot execution-style by a deranged gunman, sources...