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  • Military Analysts: Bergdahl Report to Show He Deserted

    12/19/2014 9:21:31 AM PST · by PROCON · 43 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | Greg Richter
    The U.S. Army's report on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will show he deserted, but not that he is a traitor, two military analysts familiar with the case told Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor." The report was completed in October, but has yet to be released to the public. Bergdahl walked away from his base in Afghanistan and was captured and held by the Taliban for five years.He was released earlier this year in a controversial trade for five Taliban leaders being held at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, who said he played...
  • Rogue agency defied judges to carry out partisan probe of Wisconsin conservatives

    12/19/2014 6:21:29 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 12-19-2014 | M.D. Kittle
    Agents for the embattled state Government Accountability Board continued a zealous campaign finance investigation into dozens of conservative groups even after judges who preside over the board voted to shut it down, according to a previously sealed brief made public Friday. The documents, from an updated complaint filed by conservative plaintiffs in a case against the GAB, appear to support claims that the campaign finance, ethics and election law regulator is a rogue agency. They also show that the GAB considered using the state’s John Doe law to investigate key state conservatives and even national figures, including Fox News’ Sean...
  • FReeper Canteen - Countdown To Christmas - 12/20/14

    12/19/2014 6:07:55 PM PST · by AZamericonnie · 88 replies
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  • Texas job growth outpaces rest of U.S. combined

    12/19/2014 2:05:31 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 19, 2014 | Jason Russell
    .....Since the recession began in December 2007, 1.2 million net jobs have been created in Texas. Only 700,000 net jobs have been created in the other 49 states combined......... Only North Dakota has outpaced Texas on percent job growth, thanks to jobs created by the fracking revolution. California, Texas’ biggest economic rival, has created 985,600 fewer net jobs during the same period. California’s 1.5 percent job growth is ten percentage points lower than Texas’ percent job growth.............................
  • Obama takes questions only from female reporters

    12/19/2014 1:55:06 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 18, 2014 | Ashe Schow
    During President Obama’s year-end press conference Friday, he took eight questions — all from women. .......Considering what turned out to be a poor ending for the year in women’s issues — namely campus sexual assault — Obama needed to bring attention back on women. Obama tried in April to spearhead a movement this year and continue the momentum of the “war on women” narrative, but it suffered a number of setbacks: Due process supporters piped up, a major story about campus rape was exposed as a hoax, Republicans defeated candidates who overdid the "war on women" theme. To put it...
  • James Holmes' parents: Theater gunman mentally ill, shouldn't be executed

    12/19/2014 11:08:18 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 37 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/19/14 | Jason Sickles
    Colorado movie theater gunman James Holmes is “not a monster” and should be spared a death sentence, his parents plead in their first public comments since one of the worst mass shootings in American history. Robert and Arlene Holmes’ two-page letter to the Denver Post editorial section was delivered by Lisa Damiani, one of the gunman’s court-appointed attorneys. The newspaper published the entire letter on Friday.The parents are breaking their silence as 9,000 summonses are being mailed to prospective jurors. Jury selection is scheduled for January with a trial to begin in late spring or early summer.Holmes, who turned 27...
  • Hambrick removes Fiore from Assembly leadership positions — again

    12/19/2014 10:12:27 AM PST · by redreno · 4 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | December 18, 2014 - 6:51pm | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — Las Vegas Assemblywoman Michele Fiore’s tax liens and problems with the IRS were cited in her second removal from Assembly leadership positions Thursday. Fiore’s removal could clear the way for moderate Republicans to control the Assembly in the 2015 session and eliminate any talk of a GOP-Democratic partnership challenge to the leadership. It could also smooth the way for Gov. Brian Sandoval to win more funding for public education. Assembly Speaker designate John Hambrick reversed course on Fiore for a second time in recent weeks and removed the controversial lawmaker as majority leader. She has also been...
  • PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton 12/01/14 Solving UVA's sexual assault problem

    12/19/2014 9:44:45 AM PST · by outpostinmass2 · 4 replies
    Students are back in class today at the University of Virginia – a school that’s been rocked by a serious sexual assault scandal. Rev. Al Sharpton talks to UVA graduate and activist Emily Renda, and Wendy Murphy about what's being done to address the...
  • New Cosby Accuser Says She Blacked Out for 2 Days After Comedian Drugged Her (Video)

    12/19/2014 8:58:38 AM PST · by Libloather · 43 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/18/14 | Jethro Nededog
    Yet another woman has come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of drugging and possibly taking advantage of her. On an episode of "Dr. Phil" airing on Friday, the talk show had seven of Cosby's accusers for guests, including a woman who was identified only as Lisa who said that she was drugged by the famous comedian more than two decades ago. Lisa had built a friendship with Cosby after being called to audition for him when she was a model in the 1980s. "I was very excited to go and see him," Lisa told Dr. Phil. "I was starstruck. I...
  • Poll: Jewish New Yorkers Like Christie, Prefer Cruz & Rubio For President

    12/19/2014 8:51:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Jewish Political News & Updates ^ | December 19, 2014 | Jacob Kornbluh
    Potential Democratic presidential candidates and the Hawkish Republican hopeful were fare better among the Jewish electorate in the State of New York, then the sort of moderate Republicans, according to new poll conducted by the Siena Research. While in general, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren on the Democratic side, and Chris Christie, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush on the Republican side, are seen as the best choices for President, among Jewish voters, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are the most preferred candidates for president. According to the poll, if the elections were to be held today, 51 percent of registered...
  • Russia invites North Korean leader to Moscow for May visit

    12/19/2014 8:10:44 AM PST · by McGruff · 27 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Dec 19, 2014
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in World War Two, the Kremlin's spokesman said on Friday. It would be Kim's first foreign visit since taking the helm of the reclusive east Asian state in 2011. His personal envoy came to Moscow last month in the framework of efforts by the two Cold War-era allies to improve relations.
  • Eric Holder called-out over Ferguson investigation in open letter by [MO LT Gov] Peter Kinder

    12/19/2014 7:41:51 AM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 12 replies
    FOX2 (KTVI) St. Louis ^ | December 18, 2014 | Staff Writer
    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder wrote an open letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. He is calling him out for not releasing his findings yet in the federal investigation into the Michael Brown shooting. In Kinder’s letter, he notes the investigation has gone on, “For more than four months.” He adds: “I respectfully request that you release to the public the findings of fact from your federal investigation into whether a civil rights violation occurred. I ask this not knowing what those findings are. However, I believe that all Missourians, indeed all Americans, have a...
  • Ford Foundation pours millions into net neutrality to guarantee billion-dollar investments

    12/15/2014 4:13:03 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Watchdog ^ | December 15, 2014 | Josh Peterson and Yaël Ossowski
    In addition to major telecommunications firms aiming to influence the public debate on net neutrality, there’s the Ford Foundation, the second-largest private foundation in the world. “If you are a foundation for justice in the world, and you don’t understand that the Internet is going to be a major battleground in this century, and you’re not engaged in that fight and supporting people who are concerned about access and security, you’re going to be left out of one of the most important justice issues of the day,” Foundation President Darren Walker told the Council on Foreign Relations this summer. “And...
  • Activist Says Switzerland Should Harvest Organs of People Killed in Euthanasia

    12/19/2014 6:06:30 AM PST · by xzins · 20 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/18/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    I warned this would happen back in my first anti-assisted suicide article–Newsweek, June 28, 1993–in which I wrote: "Of greater concern to me is the moral trickledown effect that could result should society ever come to agree with Frances [to legalize assisted suicide]. "Life is action and reaction, the proverbial pebble thrown into the pond. We don’t get to the Brave New World in one giant leap. Rather, the descent to depravity is reached by small steps. First, suicide is promoted as a virtue. Vulnerable people like Frances become early casualties. Then follows mercy killing of the terminally ill. From...
  • GERMANS DRIVE 20 MILES INTO BELGIUM; ALLIED FLIERS POUND TANK SPEARHEADS (12/19/44)

    12/19/2014 4:36:39 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 55 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 12/19/44 | Drew Middleton, Richard J.H. Johnston, Clifton Daniel, Frank L. Kluckhohn, George Horne, Lewis Wood
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  • June Trial Set in Yee Corruption Case (shoulder fired missiles)

    12/19/2014 3:53:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | 12/18/14 | MARIA DINZEO
    SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Suspended California state Sen. Leland Yee could face a jury as early as June for charges of political corruption and conspiracy to import guns. At a scheduling conference on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said Yee will be tried along with his political consultant Keith Jackson, who also faces drug and murder-for-hire charges. Breyer said those charges will be tried separately, but lawyers for the defendants, including Yee's lawyer James Lassart, were not satisfied. "The firearms charges are going to be extremely prejudicial. The government has acquired 50 to 70 different firearms that, undoubtedly to...
  • Pelosi laments end of 'Colbert Report' ("The Nation mourns")

    12/19/2014 3:28:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/18/14 | Judy Kurtz
    Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is lamenting the end of “The Colbert Report,” saying it’s a “loss for ‘truthiness’ advocates across America.” The Comedy Central series ends its run Thursday night. Host Stephen Colbert is poised to take the reins at CBS’s “The Late Show,” when David Letterman retires next year. The House minority leader appeared in a sketch earlier this month with Colbert, who plays a faux cable news host on the show. Pelosi stretched her acting muscles as a wheelie-popping bike cop who preached safety to Colbert and Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.).
  • Family of Toddler Injured by SWAT 'Grenade' Faces $1M in Medical Bills

    12/18/2014 11:03:27 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 64 replies
    ABC News Via Yahoo! ^ | 12/18/14 | ALISON LYNN and MATT GUTMAN
    Alecia and Bounkham Phonesavanh never imagined their family would be at the center of a controversy over the militarization of police. But that’s exactly where they found themselves when their toddler was seriously injured by a SWAT team, also leaving them with a $1 million medical bill they have no hope of paying. “They messed up,” Alecia Phonesavanh told ABC News' "20/20." “They had a faulty search warrant. They raided the wrong house.” In the spring of 2014, the Phonesavanh’s home in Janesville, Wisconsin, was destroyed by fire. Homeless with four young children, they packed one of their last remaining...
  • Tim Tebow Just Announced Incredibly Exciting News

    12/18/2014 8:13:01 PM PST · by xzins · 25 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 18 Dec 14 | Derryck Green
    “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.” -Matthew 7:18 As if people needed another reason to like and support Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow. His foundation- The Tim Tebow Foundation, has announced its intentions of opening the Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao City, Philippines, which will focus on serving children suffering from orthopedic needs who can’t afford treatment or corrective procedures. The hospital is the culmination of a partnership between Tebow’s organization and CURE International, a non-profit “that operates charitable hospitals and programs in 30 countries worldwide where...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 19 December 2014

    12/18/2014 5:57:25 PM PST · by beachn4fun · 102 replies
    December 18, 2014 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe Come on in, we're open Need a place just to hang out? This is it. We serve coffee, tea, conversation and music. and even cocoa.Got that shopping done?Got presents wrapped?Decorations done? No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a drink and start a conversation. You never know who you might meet in the Cafe. Glad you could join us. Enjoy your stay....
  • Poll: 80 Percent Back Putin Even as Ruble Falls

    12/17/2014 9:25:50 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 65 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | The Associated Press
    MOSCOW — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah. And yet most Russians see Putin not as the cause, but as the solution. The situation as seen from a Russian point of view is starkly different from that painted in the West, and it is driven largely by state television's carefully constructed version of reality and the Kremlin's methodical dismantling of every credible political alternative. As...
  • Gruber model errs in Colorado as Vermont prepares to rely on data

    12/13/2014 7:30:05 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Vermont Watchdog ^ | December 12, 2014 | Bruce Parker
    Jonathan Gruber’s health care forecasting is failing in Colorado as Vermont’s Gov. Peter Shumlin prepares to use the economist’s math for single-payer health care. As Vermonters anxiously await a Gruber-modeled financing plan for Green Mountain Care, modeling done for Colorado’s health exchange by Jonathan Gruber Associates has proven wildly erroneous. In 2011, following Colorado’s decision to set up a state health exchange for Obamacare, the state hired Gruber to forecast enrollment trends from which the state and federal government could estimate costs. According to a presentation delivered to the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Board on Sept. 16, 2011, and provided...
  • Oil drop sends major central banks in different directions

    12/18/2014 6:58:19 AM PST · by mac_truck · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/18/2014 | Paul Carrel, Mike Peacock and Howard Schneider
    The world's major central banks are scrambling to work through the implications of the near halving of the price of oil in the second half of 2014, and they are coming up with very different conclusions. Perhaps unsurprisingly, policymakers looking at robust economic recoveries such as in the United States and Britain are focused on the likely boost to growth and consumption from markedly lower energy prices and the later upward impact that should have on inflation. But for the European Central Bank, battling to revive a moribund economy, the worry is whether cheap oil could tip the euro zone...
  • Treasury Says Survival Kits [ordered for every major bank employe] for ‘Emergency Preparedness’

    12/18/2014 5:33:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    A spokesperson for the Treasury Department told the Washington Free Beacon that survival kits being ordered for government workers at every major bank in the United States are for “emergency preparedness.” .......“The solicitation is to replace aging kits and provide kits at additional location out of a preponderance of caution,” Collins added. Once the government finds a bidder, each of OCC’s 3,814 employees will receive a survival kit, which will come in a fanny-pack or backpack that can fit all of the items, including a 33-piece personal first aid kit with “decongestant tablets,” a variety of bandages, and medicines. The...
  • NAZI OFFENSIVE PIERCES FIRST ARMY LINES; CHUTISTS AND LUFTWAFFE SUPPORT PUSH (12/18/44)

    12/18/2014 4:24:50 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 70 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 12/18/44 | Drew Middleton, Harold Denny, Milton Bracker, Raymond Daniell, Frank L. Kluckhohn, Tillman Durdin
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  • Bergdahl Findings May Never Be Released to the Public

    12/18/2014 4:08:33 AM PST · by tellw · 14 replies
    KIVI-TV ^ | 12/17/14 | Tammy Scardino
    It's been six months since a prisoner swap led to the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The Army's investigation into the circumstances under which the Hailey native left his Afghanistan base wrapped up in October, yet no new information has been released. Bergdahl's fellow soldiers say he deserted the base, which is a crime under military law. A military defense councilman speculated Wednesday that the delay could mean no charges will be filed. The question remains a mystery. What events led up to the disappearance of Bergdahl and his capture by the Taliban in 2009? He was held captive for...
  • Obama: Go to the movies

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

    12/17/2014 7:16:29 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 49 replies
    stripes.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | DAVID DISHNEAU
    U.S. Air Force Col. William Pitts stands in front of an unmanned aerostat that is part of a new U.S. military cruise-missile defense system during a media preview on Dec. 17, 2014, in Middle River, Md. Patrick Semansky/AP************************************ MIDDLE RIVER, Md. -- The Army showed off a blimp-like airship Wednesday that is designed to help the military detect and destroy cruise missiles speeding toward the nation's capital or other major East Coast cities. The radar-toting vehicle will be launched next week as part of a three-year test of the system at Aberdeen Proving Ground, about 25 miles northeast of Baltimore....
  • Governor abandons single-payer health care plan

    12/17/2014 6:43:25 PM PST · by tobyhill · 39 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/17/2014 | ap
    Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded health care system. Going forward with a project four years in the making would require tax increases too big for the state to absorb, Shumlin said. The measure had been the centerpiece of the Democratic governor's agenda and was watched and rooted for by single-payer health care supporters around the country. "I am not going (to) undermine the hope of achieving critically important health care reforms for this state...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ What Is The Origin Of Your FReeper Name? ~ Thursday, December 18, 2014

    12/17/2014 5:58:39 PM PST · by PROCON · 356 replies
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World!! ~ The Canteen Crew ~ | Dec. 17, 2014 | PROCON
    ~ Freeper Canteen ~ Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. Today We Want To Know... What Is The Origin Of Your FReeper Name? Did You Get It In The Military? A Famous Actor Or Actress? Or Is It Just Silly? So, Tell Us How You Chose Your FReeper Name... Have fun! Please remember that The Canteen is here to support and entertain our troops and veterans and their families, and is family friendly.
  • Islamic center to operate in St. Anthony Village [Obama's DOJ sues city]

    12/17/2014 1:44:40 PM PST · by Gideon7 · 11 replies
    St Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 12/16/2014 | Katie Kather
    A settlement agreement announced Tuesday calls for St. Anthony Village to allow an Islamic group to use a portion of a building the group owns for worship and other religious activities. The U.S. government reached the settlement with the city over its 2012 rejection of a proposed Islamic center. Since the Islamic center bought the St. Anthony Business Center in 2011, its leaders have wanted to maintain office space for the current tenants and to hold its religious gatherings in the building's basement level. U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger announced the results of settlement negotiations agreed upon Dec. 11 at a...
  • GOP feels immigration heat

    12/17/2014 1:25:59 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 17, 2014 | By Scott Wong
    Republican leaders are so far refusing to telegraph their strategy for combating President Obama’s unilateral action on immigration. But they’re under enormous pressure from the right to act fast. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) have no shortage of options. The question is whether any of them would stop Obama in his tracks. Aides to GOP leadership say one weapon in their armory would be for Republicans to sue the president, either by expanding the GOP’s current lawsuit against him on ObamaCare or bringing new legal action. Republicans, who will take...
  • FBI’s "Most-Wanted Terrorist" Laughs at U.S. Justice From Cuba

    05/03/2013 2:21:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2013 | Humberto Fontova
    This week the FBI announced a $1 million reward for "information leading to the apprehension" of Joanne Chesimard also known as Assata Shakur who they named a "Most Wanted Terrorist." Chesimard is the first woman to make the FBI’s list. The New Jersey State Police Dept., who also wants her, added another $1 million to the pot. Convicted cop-killer (of a New Jersey State-Trooper) and "domestic terrorist" Chesimard has been living in Cuba since 1984 as a Castro-coddled celebrity of sorts. And it’s not like bounty hunters can operate freely in a Stalinist country. So the $2 million may be...
  • JESSE JACKSON COMPARES HIMSELF, SHARPTON TO MLK IN RESPONSE TO RACE BAITING CHARGE

    12/17/2014 12:47:39 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/17/14
    Tuesday on NewsMax TV's "MidPoint," Rev. Jesse Jackson addressed accusations of race-baiting by black leaders such as himself and Al Sharpton by comparing them to race baiting allegations from infamous segregationist George Wallace towards civil rights icon Rev. Martin Luther King. "I will tell you there are people who have appeared on this show before, who every time we discuss the leaders of the black movement in this country, they take your name and they put it in the same sentence as Al Sharpton and they say the two of you, people have said this on our show, are race...
  • Ten held as France smashes jihadist network

    12/15/2014 10:43:04 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    AFP. ^ | 15 Dec 2014
    French police launched raids across the country early on Monday, dismantling a network sending jihadist fighters to Syria ... anti-terror police units descended on around a dozen targets, mostly in the southern region of Toulouse, but also around Paris and in the northern region of Normandy. ... In recent months France, which has Europe's largest Muslim population, has been facing the fact that hundreds of its citizens have openly joined jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria and have even called for attacks on their homeland. The new reality was driven home in a video from the Islamic State group released...
  • First job for new Republican Senate is Keystone XL: McConnell

    12/17/2014 5:41:54 AM PST · by mac_truck · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/16/2014 | Staff
    The new Republican-controlled Senate's first act in January will be approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday. McConnell told reporters that the bill would be based on a measure that failed in the Senate last month that was co-sponsored by North Dakota Republican John Hoeven and Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu. "It'll be open for amendment," McConnell said. "I will hope that senators on both sides will offer energy-related amendments but there'll be no effort to try to micromanage the amendment process." Landrieu pushed for a Keystone vote in November in a last-ditch effort to...
  • Sorry, Putin. Russia’s economy is doomed

    12/15/2014 10:12:57 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 156 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 15 Dec 14 | Matt O'Brien
    A funny thing happened on the way to Vladimir Putin running strategic laps around the West. Russia's economy imploded. The latest news is that Russia's central bank raised interest rates from 10.5 to 17 percent at an emergency 1 a.m. meeting in an attempt to stop the ruble, which is down 50 percent on the year against the dollar, from falling any further. It's a desperate move to save Russia's currency that comes at the cost of sacrificing Russia's economy. So even if it "works," things are about to get a lot worse. It's a classic kind of emerging markets...
  • AMERICANS CAPTURE AIRFIELD ON MINDORO AS SAN JOSE IS WON IN 9-MILE ADVANCE (12/17/44)

    12/17/2014 4:28:25 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 33 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 12/17/44 | George Horne, Harold Denny, Charles Hurd, Sidney Lohman, Frank L. Kluckhohn, Hanson W. Baldwin, more
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  • AP's Story on Federal Judge's Immigration Opinion Woefully Incomplete

    12/17/2014 4:04:35 AM PST · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 12-16-2014 | Tom Blumer
    Earlier tonight, Curtis Houck at NewsBusters observed that the Tuesday evening network news shows failed to report on an opinion issued today by a federal judge in Western Pennsylvania in connection with President Obama's illegal immigration-related executive actions last month. Several blogs and center-right outlets noted Judge Arthur Schwab's 38-page "Memorandum Opinion" this afternoon. Not that this excuses the networks, but a search at the Associated Press's national site just before 8 p.m. on Schwab's last name (unfortunately not saved) returned nothing relevant. But shortly after 8 p.m. a story with a time stamp of 5:08 p.m. with Schwab's name...
  • Sprint to end NASCAR sponsorship ( Nationwide changes also )

    12/16/2014 10:22:18 PM PST · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 25 replies
    ESPN ^ | Dec 16, 2014 | ESPN.com news services
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sprint has informed NASCAR that it will not extend its title sponsorship of the organization's top-tier racing series beyond the current contract, which expires after the 2016 season. Sprint has been the entitlement sponsor for NASCAR's top series since 2004, when Nextel signed a 10-year agreement for the Nextel Cup Series. The name changed to the Sprint Cup Series in 2008 following the corporate merger between Nextel and Sprint.
  • Fed judge says executive action is unconstitutional while Dem senators snipe that he's 'wrong'

    12/16/2014 10:14:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | December 16, 2014 | David Martosko
    * Bush-appointed jurist rules the White House 'amnesty' plan is an example of legislation – something only Congress can do * Democratic U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Richard Blumenthal sniped to MailOnline that Schwab is 'wrong' and made 'an incorrect decision' * Judge dismissed administration's claim that it is using 'prosecutorial discretion' to decide which illegal immigrants it will stop deporting * 'President Obama's unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the U.S. Constitution,' judge Arthur Schwab ruled * GOP Senator John Thune said Obama hadn't yet 'got the message' about his party's stinging November election...
  • THE FREEPER CANTEEN - The Snowman Test - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    12/16/2014 5:59:58 PM PST · by LUV W · 96 replies
    The Best Troops and Veterans In The World and their families, too!! | Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | LUV W and the Canteen Support Crew
    ~ Freeper Canteen ~ --Canteen Mission Statement-- Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. Today We Want You To Take..... The Snowman Test Click HERE and take the quiz! To share your results, click on the green "HTML" button, then copy and paste the code into a "Reply" box. Have fun! Please remember that The Canteen is here to support and entertain our troops and veterans and their families, and is family friendly.
  • How one man can make a difference -( the wrong vote on CRomnibus!)

    12/16/2014 5:09:22 PM PST · by Baynative · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/15/14 | Joel Gehrke
    For a member of Congress to accuse his party leaders of lying to him, and for their aides to return the favor, is about as rare as the drama that surrounded last week’s procedural vote — a vote that led to the passage of the $1.1 trillion spending bill.
  • PELOSI: 13 Million Americans' Health Security at Risk in Baseless Lawsuit Over (Husseincare)

    12/16/2014 4:22:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Insurance News Net ^ | 12/16/14 | Drew Hammill
    San Francisco - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released the following statement on a new report from Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats revealing that 13 million could lose tax credits to help pay for insurance coverage should the Supreme Court rule against the Obama Administration in the politically-motivated lawsuit of King v Burwell. "Today's report verifies what American families already know: the Affordable Care Act is working and helping families afford the coverage they need and deserve. Yet, Republicans and other opponents of the law want to strip some 13 million Americans of the premium tax credits that keep their...
  • Former Meretz MK Pays Condolence Visit for Ziad Abu Ein

    12/16/2014 3:40:05 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/12/14 | Ido Ben Porat & Ari Yashar
    ormer MK and primaries contender in the radical leftist Meretz party Mossi Raz, who also is the former secretary general of Peace Now, paid a condolence visit in Ramallah on Tuesday evening at the home of convicted terrorist turned Palestinian Authority (PA) minister Ziad Abu Ein. Abu Ein, who had a long history of health conditions, died last Wednesday of a heart attack during a riot against the IDF. The PA was quick to blame Israel with "murdering" him, accusations which investigations thoroughly debunked as video of the event showed he was not struck, and that an IDF female medic...
  • Maddow Airbrushes RFK Approving Harsh Treatment of Soviet Defector

    12/16/2014 2:27:38 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | December 15, 2014 | Jack Coleman
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow greeted last week's release of the so-called Senate torture report with her skewed telling of the tale of Yuri Nosenko, a KGB officer who defected to the US and was subjected to years of harsh treatment and interrogation before the CIA concluded he was not a double agent. As you'd expect from the marquee host at America's version of Pravda, Maddow left out a significant and embarrassing detail in her December 9 report -- Well in 1964, Yuri Nosenko finally decided to defect to the United States and that is when things started going horribly wrong because...
  • Fiore claims compliance with IRS over tax liens (Nevada)

    12/16/2014 11:29:31 AM PST · by redreno · 9 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 12/16/2014 | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — Las Vegas Republican lawmaker Michele Fiore, a lightning rod in an ongoing Assembly GOP power struggle, said Tuesday she is fully in compliance with the Internal Revenue Service over more than $1 million in tax liens against her home health care businesses. In her first comments on the controversy, Fiore appeared on the Alan Stock radio show on KDWN in Las Vegas, saying her actual active liens total less than $200,000. Liens dating back to 2003 had previously been resolved, she said. Fiore said her lien problems stemmed from a dishonest bookkeeper, who she said is facing...
  • Saudi Arabia’s oil war against Iran and Russia

    12/16/2014 11:13:56 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 47 replies
    The New York Post ^ | Sunday, December 14, 2014 | Ralph Peters
    This week, oil fell through the price floor of $60 a barrel and gas at my local filling station was $2.26 a gallon. That’s great news for commuters and almost every business, but wonderfully bad news for our ugliest enemies. This price plunge has been driven by Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s dominant power. While it’s true that part of Riyadh’s actions respond to the energy renaissance in North America, the greater motivation is breaking Iran’s will. The Saudis believe they can no longer rely on the US to contain Tehran’s imminent nuclear threat, so they’re out to do what our lukewarm...
  • Food Stamp Beneficiaries Exceed 46,000,000 for 37 Straight Months

    12/16/2014 9:57:29 AM PST · by yoe · 19 replies
    CNSnews ^ | December 10, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    The number of beneficiaries who receive compensation from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, has topped 46,000,000 for 37 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). In September 2014, which is the latest data from the USDA, there were 46,459,998 Americans who received assistance from the SNAP program. The number of beneficiaries has exceeded 46 million since September 2011, a total of 37 months, or more than three years. [snip]Households on food stamps in September got an average of $252.69 during the month, and the program benefits cost taxpayers $5,748,809,023....
  • Collapse in oil prices: producers howl, consumers cheer, economists fret

    12/16/2014 9:55:53 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | Staff
    The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has analysts arguing over whether this is a good or bad thing. The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing. The price of a barrel of oil is just under $56, down from a summer high of $107, and lower than at any time since the US was still in recession...