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  • GERMANS DRIVE TO POINT 4 MILES FROM MEUSE; MASS FORCES NEAR RIVER; 2 SALIENTS MERGED (12/27/44)

    12/27/2014 5:06:16 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 10 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 12/27/44 | Drew Middleton, Frank L. Kluckhohn, George Horne, Arthur Krock, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Russia: NATO expansion is biggest threat we face - warns Ukraine it would be "dangerous" to do so

    12/27/2014 2:05:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 26, 2014 | Jesse Byrnes
    Russia has adopted a new military doctrine, keeping North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) expansion first among its list of primary external threats. The revised doctrine [PDF in Russian - 29 pages with 58 sections], signed by President Vladimir Putin on Friday, is comparable to a 2010 version, which also listed NATO expansion as a primary threat. Additions to the doctrine include a highlighting of the threat from "global strategic antiballistic missile systems" and a Russian goal to protect its interests in the Arctic region, according to Russian state-funded news organization RT. The doctrine’s adoption comes days after Ukraine took a...
  • Obama: Nation 'less racially divided'

    12/27/2014 1:40:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jesse Byrnes
    President Obama believes that the United States is less racially divided than when he took office in 2009. Asked in an NPR interview set to air starting Monday whether the nation is more racially divided than six years ago, Obama said "No." "I actually think that it's probably in its day-to-day interactions less racially divided," Obama told "Morning Edition" host Steve Inskeep. Excerpts of the interview were released before broadcast by NPR. A majority of Americans, 53 percent, believe that race relations have worsened under America's first black president, compared to 36 percent who say they have stayed the same...
  • Clinton family, including new baby Charlotte, spotted strolling through Manhattan

    12/27/2014 12:48:19 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | December 27, 2014 | Oren Yaniv
    The stroll was the first public appearance by the whole family since baby Charlotte's birth three months ago. Proud grandparents Bill and Hillary had their hands on a stroller pushed by daughter Chelsea as her husband Marc Mezvinsky walked nearby.
  • Cops Fund Anti-de Blasio Banner Over NYC

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

    12/26/2014 6:59:57 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 55 replies
    Enid News [Oklahoma] ^ | Friday, December 26, 2014 | Jessica Miller
    There have been more than 500 magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes in Oklahoma this year, up significantly from 109 in 2013 and just 35 in 2012, according to U.S. Geological Survey officials. As of Monday, there were 549 of the higher magnitude quakes in 2014, with 19 being magnitude 4.0 or greater. USGS officials focused on magnitude 3.0 or greater quakes because the smaller the magnitude, the more potential there is for missing an event, USGS Geophysicist Robert Williams said. The USGS is looking into the increase in earthquakes, mostly occurring in central and north-central Oklahoma, he said. “Starting probably...
  • Mutual Broadcasting System presents Dave Bristol with “1944 in Review” (December 26, 1944)

    12/26/2014 6:28:13 PM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 2 replies
    archive.org ^ | 12/26/44
    1944 in Review
  • Freeper Canrteen - Tunes For Our Troops - 27 Dec 2014

    12/26/2014 5:56:06 PM PST · by AZamericonnie · 100 replies
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  • Rescued scientists bring back a warning from the Antarctic

    12/26/2014 5:44:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 73 replies
    The Guardian via MSN ^ | 12/26/14 | Ian Sample
    **SNIP** That New Year’s Eve an interview with expedition leader Chris Turney was beamed live to Times Square in New York. Two days later, the rescue effort entered a new phase. With no icebreaker able to smash way through, a Chinese helicopter, Xue Ying, or “Snow Eagle”, rose into the air for the first of five flights to ferry passengers from the stricken ship to the Aurora Australis. A core crew remained behind to sail vessel home once conditions allowed. Media interest in the expedition faded after the rescue, but in the year since Turney and his team have been...
  • U.S. hopes to transfer dozens from Gitmo in 6 months, official says

    12/26/2014 12:45:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/26/14 | Barbara Starr
    The Obama administration hopes to transfer dozens of detainees from Guantanamo Bay in the next six months as part of a stepped-up effort to reduce the population there, according to a U.S. official. As many as five detainees are expected to be moved from the detention facility in the next few days, with several more transfers anticipated in early 2015, the official said on condition of anonymity. The news comes less than a week after the United States announced it had repatriated four detainees from Guantanamo to Afghanistan, leaving 132 detainees at the U.S. naval base in southeastern Cuba. President...
  • Driver Wanted for Obama Motorcade. Novice Welcome.

    12/26/2014 10:53:43 AM PST · by mojito · 39 replies
    NYT ^ | 12/25/2014 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    Shortly after President Obama landed here one fall day for fund-raisers, his motorcade pulled out of the airport and raced at 80 miles per hour down an empty freeway to his hotel in the city. At the front of the procession were bulletproof black sport utility vehicles and limousines driven by Secret Service agents who had spent hundreds of hours learning how to maneuver at high speeds. Bringing up the rear were police cars with their lights flashing and a Secret Service ambulance that follows the president wherever he travels. And in between were several vans filled with White House...
  • Horror night in Swedish Muslim ghetto: gang raped, raped until bleeding with a gun, gang raped again

    12/25/2014 8:23:41 PM PST · by george76 · 70 replies
    Fria Tider: - 10 news ^ | December 25, 2014 | Nicolai Sennels
    The risk of being raped in Sweden during one’s lifetime is one out of four (if every raped woman is only raped once), which is probably equal to the risk of being raped in countries in war, such as Iraq or Syria. When it comes to rapes, Islamized Sweden is already in a state of war. Sweden does not publish statistics on immigrant crime. If we want to have a hint about who is committing these tens of thousands of rapes and other types of sexual assaults yearly, we can turn to another Scandinavian country, Sweden’s neighbor Norway, the country...
  • NAZIS GAIN ANEW, THREATEN TO LINK 2 SALIENTS; ALSO STRIKE FOR MEUSE DESPITE AIR ATTACKS (12/26/44)

    12/26/2014 4:43:06 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 13 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 12/26/44 | Drew Middleton, Harold Denny, Frank L. Kluckhohn, George Horne, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Attkisson: Earnest Personally Hiding Obama Benghazi Night Photos

    12/23/2014 9:16:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Breitbart TV, ^ | 12/23/14 | Pam Key
    Tuesday on CSPAN’s “Washington Journal,” investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson said while trying to obtain the official White House photographs of President Barack Obama on the night of the Benghazi terror attacks, after first being told by the photo office that she would get the photos by the end of the day, she was later referred to then-White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest, who refused to return her and her producers’ calls and emails. “If you know how the White House works, a photographer is omnipresent,” Attkisson said. “He would have been there taking photographs in the Situation Room. He
  • Got a personal drone for Christmas? Use with caution

    12/25/2014 7:10:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Guardian via MSN ^ | 12/25/14 | Alex Hern
    **SNIP** But it could be difficult to make the most of a 2km range without infringing civil aviation regulations, which require UAS pilots to stay within eyesight of their drone, and use of the camera could infringe the privacy of passersby. The Civil Aviation Authority has issued guidance to help drone operators understand airspace regulations. Technically, drone operators must request permission from the CAA if they plan to fly a camera-equipped aircraft within congested areas, or within 50 metres of people or properties that are not under their control. They must also remain in “visual line of sight” of their...
  • NY Protesters Hope to Disrupt New Year’s Eve Celebration at Times Square

    12/25/2014 6:50:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 64 replies
    JJIE ^ | 12/23/14 | Daryl Khan
    **SNIP** “The kids are our future,” he said in comments after the press conference. “This criminal justice system treats them like they’re a problem to be penned up and locked up and thrown away.” Organizers encouraged listeners to join a protest on New Year’s Eve, planned to reach Times Square and disrupt the ball drop at midnight. Members of the organization stood behind the speakers silently holding a long roll of unfurled orange mock-police tape that stretched for nearly 100 feet. On it were printed the names of unarmed black and Latino men killed by the police in New York...
  • Harsh interrogations crucial in Osama bin Laden capture, Republicans say

    12/25/2014 6:44:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 25, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    Senate Democrats’ ‘torture report’ claims tactics played no role in finding al Qaeda leaderSenate Democrats’ argument that harsh CIA interrogations played no role in finding Osama bin Laden revolves in crucial ways around the life of Hassan Ghul. It was Ghul, an al Qaeda operative who moved between Pakistan and Iraq, who turned out to be the most informative biographer of Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti. It was al-Kuwaiti who eventually led the CIA to bin Laden’s home address in Abbottabad, Pakistan. To Democratic staffers who wrote the Dec. 9 Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation...
  • Threats to New York Police Stream In After Fatal Shootings, Putting Department on Edge

    12/25/2014 5:36:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    NY Times via MSN ^ | 12/24/14 | J. DAVID GOODMAN
    In the days since two New York City police officers were fatally shot in their car by a man who forecast his intentions online, threats of other attacks on the police have streamed in from 311, 911 and online postings. Investigators have scrambled to separate serious warnings from disturbing pranks. On Wednesday, heavily armed officers stood guard outside a pair of precinct station houses in Brooklyn that were the targets of specific violent threats. Officials felt enough concern that the Fire Department moved an entire engine company from its base adjacent to one of the station houses. John J. Miller,...
  • D.C. passes 100 homicides for 2014 with 4 killed over unusually violent holiday

    12/25/2014 5:18:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/25/14 | Andrea Noble
    The District surpassed 100 homicides for the year in the course of an unusually violent Christmas Eve that saw five people killed — including one by police after he opened fire on officers. The city recorded four homicides in less than six hours resulting from separate incidents that spanned from the outside of a bar in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest to the Barry Farm housing complex in Southeast. Metropolitan Police Department officers also shot two men within the same time period, killing one and wounding another. A police spokesman was not able to verify on Thursday the total number...
  • Illinois Horse racing tracks tied to Blagojevich scandal file for bankruptcy (Balmoral, Maywood)

    12/25/2014 4:52:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/24/14 | Tony Briscoe
    Illinois' only two harness horse racing tracks kept their promise to the Illinois Racing Board as they filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday to continue operations into 2015 and protect themselves against property seizure. Balmoral Racing Club Inc. and Maywood Park Trotting Association Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after a state court handed down a $78 million lawsuit judgment earlier this month for the tracks' ownership's role in an extortion scandal involving former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. **SNIP** The ruling stems from a federal racketeering suit that claims that John Johnston acquiesced to Blagojevich's request for a $100,000 campaign contribution in...
  • Scientists Are Exploring Whether We Can Save the Climate by Pumping the Air Full of Seawater (UK)

    12/25/2014 3:41:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 94 replies
    Citylab ^ | 12/17/14 | John Metcalfe
    Battling a big problem like climate change will require big ideas. And scientists in the U.K. have one of the biggest: take ocean water, shoot it up into the atmosphere, and let the resulting clouds cool the earth like a massive, wet blanket. Granted, these folks are not the first to float this incredible-sounding strategy, known as "marine-cloud brightening." In one example, the physicist John Latham wrote in 1990 that the life of clouds might be prolonged by artificially increasing their "droplet concentration." These thicker clouds would reflect more of the sun's radiation away from the planet, in theory allowing...
  • Chinese Hit Back Against a Foreign Intrusion: Christmas

    12/25/2014 1:08:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    There may be no exact translation for “humbug” in Chinese, but in recent days, as popular fervor for the trappings of Western-style Christmas enveloped this officially atheist nation, the defenders of traditional Chinese culture have fought back with Scrooge-like zeal. On Wednesday, university students in the central province of Hunan held an anti-Christmas pageant with banners declaring “Chinese should not celebrate foreign festivals.” Education officials in the coastal city of Wenzhou issued a decree banning the celebration of Christmas-themed events at schools. Students at a university in northwestern China were forced to endure three hours of propaganda films, including one...
  • Reports Show Irregular (illegal) Surveillance Of US Citizens

    12/25/2014 12:59:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/25/14 | Kukil Bora
    The National Security Agency may have violated U.S. law for over a decade with the unauthorized surveillance of U.S. citizens' overseas communications, according to new reports on the agency's intelligence collection practices released by the NSA on Wednesday. The U.S. spy agency released the highly confidential reports in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). According to documents posted on the NSA website on Christmas Eve, the examples of violations include sending data on Americans to unauthorized recipients, storing such data on unprotected computers and retaining them after they were meant...
  • 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 · 33 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...
  • UK: Muslim abducts, rapes woman: “You white women are good at it”

    12/21/2014 9:30:29 PM PST · by george76 · 57 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | December 21, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand” (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). ... The rape of captive women is also sanctioned in Islamic tradition: .. The Egyptian Sheikh Abu-Ishaq al-Huwayni declared in May 2011 that “we are in the era of jihad,” and that meant Muslims would take slaves ... on May 25, 2011, a female Kuwaiti politician, Salwa al-Mutairi, also spoke out in favor of the Islamic practice of sexual slavery of non-Muslim women, emphasizing that the practice accorded with Islamic law and the parameters of Islamic morality. ... Asian father-of-four raped pub worker...
  • At the NIH, white-tailed deer get sterilized in luxurious surgery rooms ($1K each)

    12/25/2014 7:29:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/24/14 | Steve Hendrix
    **SNIP** While its long-term effectiveness is still unclear, surgical sterilization seems to be gaining popularity in this white-tailed-rich region. The procedure, less invasive than dog and cat spaying, is an alternative to controlled hunting, which provokes opposition from animal-welfare activists, and to immunization, which requires yearly doses of a dart-delivered contraceptive vaccine. DeNicola has already spayed a herd in a Baltimore suburb, where a population boom has stabilized. And in Fairfax City, he conducted Virginia’s first ovary-removal program when his team operated on 18 female deer in the police garage. The procedures, which cost about $1,000 per doe, are being...
  • 7 hurt in Chicago shootings since Christmas Eve (no protests planned)

    12/25/2014 7:05:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/25/14 | Liam Ford, Alexandra Chachkevitch
    Six men and a woman were wounded during separate shootings since Wednesday in Chicago. In the latest shooting, a 25-year-old man was shot during a robbery around 2 a.m. in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines. The man was in the 6000 block of South Carpenter Street when he was approached by two male offenders who announced a robbery and then fired gunshots, striking him in the leg. The offenders fled the scene with the man's jacket and cell phone.
  • President re-enrolls in ObamaCare (yet remains exempt from it)

    12/25/2014 4:50:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/23/14 | Jesse Byrnes
    President Obama re-enrolled in ObamaCare for the coming year in a symbolic gesture to show support for his namesake healthcare law. Obama, a few days into his annual two-week Christmas vacation to Hawaii, renewed his cheaper bronze-level health insurance plan for 2015 through a Washington, D.C., exchange, a White House official said. “As we said last year, the act of the President signing up for insurance coverage through the DC exchange is symbolic since the President’s health care will continue to be provided by the military,” the official said. “But, he was pleased to participate in a plan as a...
  • NAZI PUSH HALTED BY AIR AND GROUND BLOWS; 6,500 PLANES POUND FOE IN RECORD ASSAULT (12/25/44)

    12/25/2014 4:34:34 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 75 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 12/25/44 | Drew Middleton, Clifton Daniel, Frederick Graham, G.H. Archambault, Joseph M. Levy, more
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  • California regulator assails Obamacare cancellations

    12/25/2014 3:52:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 24, 2014 | Chad Terhune
    California's health exchange is violating the law by canceling private coverage for up to 95,000 people because they might qualify for Medi-Cal, the state's insurance commissioner says. At issue is health insurance for some of the poorest Californians whose incomes aren't high enough to even qualify for subsidized policies in the Covered California exchange. The state marketplace is notifying thousands of policyholders that their federal premium subsidies for Obamacare coverage will end Dec. 31 and their private health plan won't be renewed starting in January. Instead, these people will be put into Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program for low-income residents....
  • De Blasio Confronts a Crisis Over the Police and Race With a Practiced Calm

    12/24/2014 6:25:49 PM PST · by Libloather · 65 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/23/14 | MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM, NIKITA STEWART
    Mayor Bill de Blasio, confronting the gravest crisis of his young administration, has been by turns composed and defiant, empathetic and indignant, urging calm in one moment and lashing out in frustration the next. In other words, he has acted like himself: a confident but mercurial leader whose singular political style has not wavered, even in the face of a potentially career-defining flash point over the police and race. In a sharp turn from his predecessors — the pugnacious, prosecutorial Rudolph W. Giuliani and the business-minded Michael R. Bloomberg — Mr. de Blasio, a political professional who promised a warmer,...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Merry CHRISTmas, Troops!! ~ 25 December 2014

    12/24/2014 6:00:06 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 267 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...
  • Bachmann: Obama embraced 'agenda of Islamic jihad'

    12/24/2014 5:22:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/24/14 | David McCabe
    Outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) says President Obama has embraced the “agenda of Islamic jihad” at every turn. “I have been very surprised, to answer your question, to see the president of the United States, at every turn, cut the legs off of our ally Israel, and in fact embrace and lift up the agenda of Islamic jihad,” she said in an interview released Wednesday with "Washington Watch," a radio show produced by the socially conservative Family Research Council. Bachmann criticized the president for writing to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to encourage a deal on Tehran's nuclear program....
  • $2 Million Missing After Hong Kong Van Spills Cash On Road

    12/24/2014 1:54:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/24/14 | Zoe Mintz
    **SNIP** Hong Kong police have asked anyone who grabbed the money to return it authorities as soon as possible. “Otherwise, they may have committed the crime of theft,” Wan Siu-hong, a district police officer, told reporters, according to Radio Television Hong Kong. There was an estimated 35 million Hong Kong dollars --- $4.5 million US -- in the van. About $2.5 million has been recovered. Nearly $2 million is missing, according to the police. The van belongs to G4S, a British security company. According to the South China Morning Post, the company said it was liable for the multimillion-dollar loss...
  • Official NORAD Santa Tracker

    12/24/2014 1:41:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 48 replies
    NORAD ^ | 12/24/14
    Official NORAD Santa Tracker
  • Fox News Blacked Out On Dish Network After Failed Contract Negotiations

    12/24/2014 11:25:16 AM PST · by yoe · 42 replies
    AOL ^ | December 22, 2014 | Kristen Felicetti
    f your TV provider is satellite provider Dish Network, you weren't watching Fox News Channel or Fox Business this weekend. On Saturday, after Fox and Dish Network failed to agree on a new contract, (link) This affected Dish's approximately 14 million subscribers. This halts ongoing negotiations between Dish and Fox over the last several weeks, and now, things are getting ugly, with both sides blaming the other. According to Dish, Fox News attempted to increase fees for sports and entertainment channels during the contract's negotiation, which did not include those channels. "It's like we're about to close on a house...
  • S. Korea: Deadline looms as hackers threaten to destroy control systems of nuclear facilities

    12/24/2014 5:36:20 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Arirang News ^ | 2014-12-24 | Connie Kim
    Deadline looms as hackers threaten to destroy control systems of nuclear facilities Updated: 2014-12-24 20:35:49 KST The investigation team is closing in on the hacker who is threatening to release thousands of nuclear reactor data. Authorities say they have traced the attack to multiple IP addresses in Shenyang, China. They haven't ruled out North Korea's involvement since the city is close to the border. Authorities believe the attack was planned for two years, and that more than one person is responsible. They had discovered earlier in the week that the Twitter ID being used by the hacker was registered in...
  • Why there are so many kooky conspiracy theories about oil

    12/24/2014 4:50:47 AM PST · by thackney · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 23, 2014 | Chris Mooney
    The sudden, dramatic drop in oil prices has changed the world almost overnight. Russia's facing an economic crisis, and U.S. consumers are saving a fortune at the pump. The reasons for the sudden swing are not particularly glamorous: They involve factors like supply and demand, oil companies having invested heavily in exploration several years ago to produce a glut of oil that has now hit the market -- and then, perhaps, the "lack of cohesion" among the diverse members of OPEC. But now, right on cue, out come the conspiracy theorists — including Vladimir Putin — to tell us what's...
  • 5,000 ALLIED PLANES SLOW GERMAN ADVANCE; FOE NEARER SEDAN, BUT SOUTH FLANK IS DENTED (12/24/44)

    12/24/2014 4:46:51 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 32 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 12/24/44 | Drew Middleton, Frank L. Kluckhohn, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • ( Islamic State ) Women And Girls Forced Into ISIS Sex Slavery Attempt Suicide

    12/23/2014 10:17:31 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    AFP ^ | Dec. 23, 2014
    Women and girls from Iraq's Yazidi religious minority forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State jihadist group have committed suicide or tried to, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. IS militants have overrun swathes of Iraq since June, declared a cross-border caliphate also encompassing parts of neighbouring Syria, and carried out a litany of abuses in both countries. The group has targeted Yazidis and other minorities in north Iraq in a campaign that rights group Amnesty said amounted to ethnic cleansing, murdering civilians and enslaving others for a fate that some captives consider even worse than death. "Many of those...
  • Nine shot while playing basketball in Miami-Dade park are expected to live

    12/24/2014 2:25:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | December 23, 2014 | Charles Rabin
    The day after yet another brazen drive-by shooting left nine people wounded, it was quiet at Arcola Park Tuesday. There was no sign of the disruption and panic that left dozens of people scrambling for cover only a few hours earlier....... .......And though major crimes in Miami-Dade and around the country are near all-time lows — even shooting deaths — the number of high-profile mass drive-by shootings, especially in the county’s Northern District this year, has been alarming. In August, two men in a dark SUV pulled up to an apartment complex on the edge of Liberty Square and opened...
  • THE FREEPER CANTEEN - The What Christmas Tradition Are You Quiz - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    12/23/2014 5:59:54 PM PST · by LUV W · 164 replies
    The Best Troops and Veterans In The World and their families, too !! | Tuesday, December 23, 2014 | LUV W and the Canteen Support Crew
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  • PM’s harsh reaction to EU initiatives may come back to haunt him

    12/23/2014 3:07:24 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 19/12/14 | Raphael Ahren
    When it became clear earlier this month that Israel was headed for early elections, some international policymakers were undecided as to whether to maintain their push for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement or take a hiatus of three-plus months. Some European officials figured that it wouldn’t make much sense to press ahead until Israel had a new government with a fresh mandate from the people to take the decisions required for an accord. Overt pressure on Jerusalem in the course of the campaign would also likely help the right-wing parties, these officials calculated, and they consequently urged their governments to refrain from...
  • Jewish terror victim hid Arab Zionist teen during Gaza war

    12/23/2014 2:43:08 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 22/12/14 | Tamar Pileggi
    It sounds like the plot of a novel. A Jewish tour guide who survived a Palestinian terror attack that left her Christian friend dead helped shelter an Arab teen who got death threats after voicing support for Israel’s summer operation in Gaza. Pic British-born Kay Wilson said that she helped hide Mohammad Zoabi throughout the summer war in Gaza, before he was able to flee to the United States in fear of his life. Seventeen-year-old Zoabi, an Israeli Arab from Nazareth, was forced to leave the country after receiving death threats for posting a YouTube video harshly condemning the kidnapping...
  • North Korea Internet hit by 2 more outages

    12/23/2014 1:51:03 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 50 replies
    WCNC ^ | December 23, 2014 | Doug Stanglin and Elizabeth Weise
    North Korea Internet hit by 2 more outages Doug Stanglin and Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY 2:07 p.m. EST December 23, 2014 North Korea's Internet service, which was out for almost 10 hours on Monday, went down two more times on Tuesday, including a 31-minute stretch, according to Dyn Research. The Manchester, N.H., company that tracks internet traffic and performance said "connectivity problems continue." The initial instability emerged Sunday followed by the full shutdown for nine and and a half hours on Monday. The two outages onTuesday included one that lasted from10:41 a.m. ET to 11:12 a.m.ET.
  • Mutual Broadcasting System: Frank Singiser and the News (December 23, 1944)

    12/23/2014 1:14:15 PM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 3 replies
    archive.org ^ | 12/23/44
    Frank Singiser MBS News, with Frank Singiser
  • Hanoi Jane Fonda to Build Shrine to Herself

    12/23/2014 11:16:41 AM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 56 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | December 23, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Hanoi Jane Fonda announced this week that she will build a shrine to herself. Maybe she’ll include a Viet Cong tank and a Communist flag? In 1972 “Hanoi” Jane Fonda applauded an NVA anti-aircraft gun crew during her trip to North Vietnam. These guns were used to shoot down American planes and contributed to the deaths of American Airmen. Jane Fonda once said, “If you understood what communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees that we would some day become communist.” Jane Fonda made the announcement this week after “backsliding a bit of late” in terms...
  • Students Rally Around Peer With ‘No Sympathy’ For Dead Cops At $60,000-A-Year Brandeis

    12/23/2014 10:31:10 AM PST · by servo1969 · 54 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 12-23-2014 | ERIC OWENS
    Students at Brandeis University spent Monday effusively supporting Khadijah Lynch, their fellow student who took to Twitter to celebrate the brutal, execution-style murder of two New York Police Department officers this weekend.“i have no sympathy for the nypd officers who were murdered today,” Lynch had spouted on Saturday afternoon. “lmao, all i just really dont have sympathy for the cops who were shot. i hate this racist ****ing country,” the junior also tweeted. (RELATED: Fancypants College Student: ‘No Sympathy’ For Brutally Executed Cops)Another Brandeis student, Daniel Mael, publicized these and other fanatical tweets from Lynch’s then-public Twitter account on Truth...
  • Ruble continues to gain as exporters are ordered to sell foreign currency

    12/23/2014 9:06:17 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 10 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 23 Dec 2014 | By Andrey Ostroukh
    <p>MOSCOW — The ruble extended its rebound, hitting the highest levels in two weeks Tuesday, as Russian authorities ordered major state companies to sell foreign currency to stabilize the market.</p> <p>The order, which applies to big exporters including Gazprom OGZPY, -0.41% and Rosneft RU:ROSN is part of a package of stabilization measures that the government and central bank have imposed to pull the ruble USDRUB, -1.12% back from the record lows set during last week’s currency crisis. So far, the authorities have kept promises not to impose administrative controls on capital flows or ruble convertibility, sticking instead to less-formal steps.</p>
  • NYC MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO BLAMES MEDIA FOR ‘DIVIDING OUR CITY’ (video)

    12/23/2014 8:37:13 AM PST · by servo1969 · 66 replies
    breitbart.com/big-journalism ^ | 12-23-2014 | John Hayward
    There’s nothing quite like the fury of a cornered political hack. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gave a remarkable press conference on Monday afternoon where he blamed the media for creating the air of paranoia and racial tension currently hanging heavy over the Big Apple. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IQAh5MAkO8“What are you guys gonna do? Are you gonna keep dividing us?” de Blasio demanded of reporters, angry at them for daring to report the ugly behavior of certain demonstrators. You can tell from his body language that de Blasio feels the wall pressing hard against his back. He needed a scapegoat, fast,...