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  • Israel launches airstrike on Gaza in apparent retaliation for rocket attack

    12/20/2014 12:21:48 PM PST · by Patriot777
    Liveleak, IDF official ^ | December 20, 2014 7:00 AM | unknown
    Tensions between Israel and the Palestinian territories are expected to heighten after Israeli aircraft bombed a site in the Khan Younis area of the southern Gaza Strip on Friday (December 19). The target is believed to have been a Hamas base. According to a spokesperson for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), the attack was in response to a rocket fired from Gaza, which hit an open area in the south of Israel. There are no reports of casualties following either strike. Israel’s attacks are the first since a seven-week war on Gaza ended three months ago. The incident is expected...
  • How The Sony Hack Was Traced Back To North Korea

    12/20/2014 12:06:46 PM PST · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    CBSNews ^ | December 19, 2014 | David Martin
    David Martin December 19, 2014 How The Sony Hack Was Traced Back To North Korea The FBI statement was definitive: "The North Korean government is responsible" for the cyberattack on Sony. The attack was routed through servers in countries all over the world in an effort to hide its origin, but President Obama said North Korea is the sole culprit. "We've got no indication that North Korea was acting in conjunction with another country," Mr. Obama said Friday. The FBI cited some of its evidence tying the hack to North Korea: Internet addresses used by the North Korean government communicated...
  • Don't say 'illegal immigrants': Whitehall

    12/20/2014 12:05:07 PM PST · by Patriot777 · 13 replies
    Liveleak, Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Dec-20-2014 | unknown
    Don't say 'illegal immigrants': Whitehall prefers 'clandestine entrants' or 'irregular migrants' to avoid 'connotations' More Buzz Words More Politically Correct Phrases, More Spin, Same Old Trying To Cause Confusion To Cover Up The Fact That Thousands Of Illegal Immigrants Are Still Entering Britain Don't say 'illegal immigrants': Whitehall prefers 'clandestine entrants' or 'irregular migrants' to avoid 'connotations' 19 December 2014 UKIP 11,920 attempts were made to enter the UK between April and July John Vine, immigration watchdog, described them as 'irregular migrants' Home Office wants to avoid 'presumption' they've done something wrong Number does not take into account those who...
  • Does Sony Really Deserve to Be Labeled a Coward?

    12/20/2014 11:44:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 19, 2014
    Blame Game: Sony Corp., having already taken a massive hit from North Korea's hack job, is now being attacked at home as a coward for canceling "The Interview." But what else was it supposed to do? [Snip] Hollywood is all too willing to cave under pressure from politically correct interest groups — without anyone ever raising an eyebrow. But before lumping Sony in with the rest of these cowardly acts, consider that DHS's reassurances apparently weren't enough to convince Sony executives there was no chance of an attack. What does that say about the administration's national security abilities?
  • A Dictator’s Best Friend [Will Congress Stop Him? ]

    12/20/2014 11:29:16 AM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | December 20, 2014 | Matthew Continetti
    DECEMBER 20, 2014 A Dictator’s Best Friend Obama throws our adversaries a lifeline. By Matthew Continetti ‘It’s a sad day for freedom,” Marco Rubio told Bret Baier after President Obama announced he would normalize relations with Cuba. Not a sad day, senator: a sad year. If there was a theme to 2014, it was Obama’s persistence in bailing out dictators and theocrats from political scrapes and economic hardships, his tenacity in pursuit of engagement with America’s adversaries no matter the cost to our strength, principles, credibility, or alliances. In this president the thugs in Havana and Caracas, Damascus and Tehran,...
  • Castro Thanks U.S. But Affirms Cuba’s Communist Rule

    12/20/2014 11:18:24 AM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    NYTimes ^ | December 20, 2014 | DAMIEN CAVEDEC
    Castro Thanks U.S. But Affirms Cuba’s Communist Rule By DAMIEN CAVEDEC. 20, 2014 HAVANA — President Raúl Castro declared victory for the Cuban Revolution on Saturday in a wide-ranging speech, thanking President Obama for “a new chapter,” while also reaffirming that restored relations with the United States did not mean the end of Communist rule in Cuba. In a televised speech that lasted less than an hour at the end of Cuba’s legislative session, Mr. Castro alternated between conciliatory and combative statements against the United States and the rest of the world. He emphasized that Cuba would accelerate its economic...
  • Castro daughter: US 'dreaming' if they think Cuba will return to capitalism

    12/20/2014 10:40:17 AM PST · by yoe · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 20, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    Mariela Castro, Cuban president Raul Castro's daughter and a member of parliament, scoffed at the idea that Cuba would return to capitalism in the wake of the two countries' newly restored relations. President Obama said Wednesday that Cuba should not put American businesses at a disadvantage and that (increased commerce) would do good for both countries. He explained that the U.S. would facilitate transactions and make it easier for America to export and sell goods to Cuba. Castro's daughter, however, seemed skeptical of Obama's motives. From Havana on Thursday, Mariela Casto said the United States "must be dreaming" it if...
  • Ukrainian Prime Minister: Putin ‘Needs New Annexations’

    12/20/2014 10:28:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | December 20, 2014 – 08:15 AM | Matthias Schepp and Christoph Schult
    In a Spiegel interview, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, 40, discusses his country’s division, its war with Russia and why he believes all efforts to find a solution with Vladimir Putin will fail. […] “A military solution would not be the best. My aim is not to start a new offensive against Russian soldiers, but to deter Russia from further aggression. The thing is that the EU is always playing by the rules. Putin is always playing with the rules. At the beginning, many thought that, after annexing Crimea, the beast would calm down. But he continued by supporting the...
  • London police: we believe claims of ‘VIP’ child sex abuse and murder

    12/20/2014 8:29:06 AM PST · by Deathtomarxists · 20 replies
    Guardian ^ | 12-14-14 | vikram dodd
    Scotland Yard officers have said they believe allegations that a ring of prominent politicians and members of the establishment abused and terrorised children as young as seven more than 30 years ago and went on to kill three young boys. Detectives appealed for victims and witnesses to come forward and identified a flat in Dolphin Square, London, near the Houses of Parliament, as a scene of some of the alleged abuse, as well as military premises and other locations across London and the home counties. So far one victim, known by the pseudonym Nick, has come forward to tell of...
  • ( Islamic State ) IS has executed 100 foreigners trying to quit: report

    12/20/2014 7:14:02 AM PST · by george76 · 55 replies
    afp ^ | December 20, 2014
    The Islamic State extremist group has executed 100 of its own foreign fighters who tried to flee their headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa ... Some jihadists have become disillusioned with the realities of fighting in Syria ... between 30 and 50 Britons want to return but fear they face jail, according to researchers at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King's College London, which had been contacted by one of the jihadists speaking on their behalf.
  • ( Moslem ) Extremists in Nigeria lining up elderly and shooting them

    12/20/2014 7:07:31 AM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    ap ^ | December 20, 2014 | HARUNA UMAR
    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on elderly people, killing more than 50 this week in a new tactic that has instilled more fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate. ... have killed thousands of people in a 5-year uprising that has driven some 1.6 million from their homes.
  • ‘I’m not done’Obama swaggers his way into 2015.

    12/20/2014 5:54:40 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/19/2014 | Edward-Isaac Dovere
    This time eight years ago, Barack Obama and his staff were in the final stages of preparing to launch a presidential campaign. So was pretty much everyone else. The midterms were done, the opposition party had ridden a wave to a wipe-out. The political world was already looking past President George W. Bush. Obama was leading the charge. On Friday, Obama stood at the podium at the White House and dared anyone to try the same with him. “Interesting stuff happens in the fourth quarter. And I’m looking forward to it,” Obama said, at the outset of the 2014 wrap-up...
  • Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack

    12/20/2014 5:54:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | December 19, 2014 | James Poulos
    In the ebullience that surrounded the supposed end of the Cold War, few analysts worried about the nuggets of communist opposition that the tide of freedom had failed to sweep away. Cuba was harmless. China was capitalizing. Those weird little statelets left in the USSR’s wake? Whatever, bro. ........................................................ In fact, Hollywood has amassed so much undisclosed TMZ fodder that it’s willing to do whatever the North says. There is no margin for error, and no taking of chances. Spend enough time in the right/wrong circles here in L.A., and you’ll pick up a tabloid’s worth of sordid stories. Sometimes...
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...
  • North Korea says it's not involved in Sony hack; proposes joint probe with US

    12/20/2014 3:07:45 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 20, 2014
    North Korea says it's not involved in Sony hack; proposes joint probe with US Published December 20, 2014 North Korea says it can prove it is not behind the massive Sony Pictures cyberattack that has led to several e-mail leaks, threats on movie theaters and the cancellation of the release of the movie “The Interview.” The country has also said it proposes a joint investigation with the U.S. on the attack and if the U.S. does not agree, North Korea warns of “grave consequences,” state media says. The announcement comes as a response to the FBI's statement saying it has...
  • Feinstein: We're 'going toward bloodshed' on cyber attacks

    12/20/2014 2:05:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | David McCabe
    Outgoing Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said on Friday the U.S. is "going toward bloodshed" and "getting into the arena of major" acts of cyber terrorism. "There can be an attack on the electrical system of the United States, on airport computers of the United States," she said. "We're getting into the arena of major attacks. Right now, it has to do a great deal with private industry. But the cost for private industry is now in the trillions of dollars. And it has to be stopped." Feinstein's comments came after President Obama said Sony Pictures "made a...
  • Bay of Pigs Veterans Feel 'Abandoned Again' By US

    12/19/2014 11:39:09 PM PST · by Steelfish · 24 replies
    YahooNews ^ | December 19, 2014 | Diego Urdaneta
    Bay of Pigs Veterans Feel 'Abandoned Again' By US Diego Urdaneta The president of the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association, Felix Rodriguez Mendigutia (left), honors another fighter, Eugenio Rolando Martinez, at the organization headquarters on December 18, 2014 in Miami, Florida Miami (AFP) - When the United States failed to overthrow Fidel Castro in the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, CIA-backed Cuban fighters said they were gravely disappointed. Today, the anti-Castro veterans say they've been let down again -- criticising Barack Obama's decision to restore diplomatic and economic ties with its 50-year Cold War foe. "When the Bay of Pigs...
  • In unprecedented move, South Korea bans 'pro-North' political party

    12/19/2014 10:33:11 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    LAT ^ | December 19, 2014 | Steven Borowiec
    In unprecedented move, South Korea bans 'pro-North' political party By Steven Borowiec December 19, 2014, 5:49 AM|Reporting from Seoul Weighing free expression versus security concerns, South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Friday made an unprecedented ruling to dissolve a small left-wing party accused of being pro-North Korea.. Judges voted 8-1 in favor of disbanding the Unified Progressive Party, a small opposition party that Chief Justice Park Han-chul said was seeking to “undo South Korea’s democratic order” and bring the country under “North Korea-style socialism.” South Korea’s constitution has a clause that allows political parties to be disbanded if they pose a...
  • Kim Jong-Un learned the art of intimidating filmmakers from Obama

    12/19/2014 8:56:45 PM PST · by GusFring · 9 replies
    Twitchy ^ | Dec 19, 2014 | Joel Pollack
    Shorter @BarackObama: we can't let North Korea shut down a Sony film, but we can let Al Qaeda ban a YouTube video. And jail the filmmaker
  • Ethnic Cleansing of Jews in Turkey

    12/19/2014 8:00:04 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | December 15, 2014 | Uzay Bulut
    Now that the ethnic-cleansing campaign of the Turkish regime has been "successfully" completed, and there are only two Jews left in Edirne, why is the governor of the city still so angry? The sweet little secret in both Turkey and Europe is that anti-Semites do not need the existence of a Jewish state to attack or threaten Jews. Hatred of Jews did not start with the re-establishment of the state of Israel. The truth is that those who carried out ethnic cleansing of Jews are the last persons who should whine about the non-existent Israeli "occupation." Israelis are not occupiers...
  • Asia's military budgets surge as armies go high-tech

    12/19/2014 7:20:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Nikkei ^ | 12/19/2014 | HAMISH McDONALD
    SYDNEY -- On two recent occasions, a pair of Sukhoi Su-30 fighters have taken off from their base near the old Indonesian trading port of Makassar and flown far across the Indonesian archipelago to intercept unidentified aircraft. One of the mystery planes, a light aircraft being ferried from Darwin in northern Australia to its new owners in the Philippines, was chased a long distance before being forced to land in Manado, a city on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The other, an executive jet flying Saudi officials to Brisbane ahead of the Group-20 meeting, was ordered to land in the...
  • The unconscionable act committed by Senate Democrats

    12/19/2014 6:42:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 18, 2014 | Ken Allard
    Once a Constitutional Republic famed for its pragmatism, the United States has lately become a country notorious for its inconstancy, no longer recognizing that actions have finite and foreseeable consequences. In this space, for example, I recently argued that the release of the “torture report” by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence came perilously close to the constitutional definition of treason by “giving Aid and Comfort” to America’s enemies. Admittedly, that was a tough assessment. But barely a week after the report’s release, the Huffington Post published an article linking those revelations with their most immediate effects on our allies....
  • Obama's New Cuba Policy: Eating With Raul

    12/19/2014 5:18:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Investors.com ^ | December 19, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Diplomacy: The White House says Cuba's Raul Castro may soon visit. If he does, it'll be an ugly blot on President Obama's record. Since when does the U.S. welcome brutal military dictators into the people's house? Speaking to flabbergasted reporters, President Obama's spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday that the White House "wouldn't rule out a visit from President Castro," just after explaining that Obama wanted to travel to Cuba. That would be the diplomatic trade-off for an administration visit to the island, which would undoubtedly be a repeat of Obama pop-star pal Beyonce's pleasure trip last year in a miasma...
  • Network Seven ‘original target’ of terrorist Man Haron Monis

    12/19/2014 5:04:11 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 20th December 2014 | Amy Harris
    CHANNEL 7’s flagship studio in Martin Place may have been the original target of deranged terrorist Man Haron Monis. The Saturday Telegraph has learned Monis arrived at Martin Place early on Monday morning with the possible intention of taking hostages within the TV network’s studio during the live morning Sunrise broadcast. But it appears that, due to increased security at the studio following the Islamic State threat in September to behead someone in Martin Place, Monis instead rerouted his plot 50m to the Lindt Chocolate Cafe, where he staged his deadly ­17-hour siege, which ended with the deaths of two...
  • Sydney men placed under tougher control orders after (anti-terror) raids

    12/19/2014 4:07:49 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | 20th December 2014
    TWO Sydney men have been placed under powerful new anti-terrorism “control orders” following a series of raids across the city this week that were launched amid fears of an imminent attack. The decision to invoke the control orders, granted by a federal court at the request of the Australian Federal Police, is the first time they are known to have been used since legislation expanding their scope was passed last month. The orders were imposed after a wave of counter-terror raids conducted by state and federal police on five properties across north and western Sydney on Thursday — and days...
  • China Tests DF-41 Missile Using U.S. Technology

    12/19/2014 3:45:43 PM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 19, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense: China has just tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile that can deliver up to 10 independently targeted nuclear warheads, using technology given to them on President Clinton's watch to launch communications satellites. The Dec. 13 test of the DF-41 was the third for the new weapon. But it marked the first test of a multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle, or MIRV, technology and raises by an order of magnitude the nuclear threat to the U.S. as China continues its massive arms buildup. And disturbingly, the threat is in large part of our own making. "The DF-4, which could be...
  • The Syrian Army Is Shrinking, And Assad Is Running Out Of Soldiers

    12/19/2014 3:07:26 PM PST · by Viennacon · 21 replies
    IBT ^ | 12/17/2014 | Alessandria Masi
    When the U.S. launched an airstrike campaign in Syria to “degrade and destroy” the so-called Islamic State, some were concerned that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad would indirectly benefit from the destruction rained down on its enemies by America and its allies. Now, nearly three months later, Assad is desperate for manpower to maintain control in areas where pro-regime support is dwindling. U.S. airstrikes, concentrated in areas with a heavy Islamic State presence, have allowed Assad to reallocate some resources, but his army is facing a huge problem: It's running out of soldiers. Ground forces have shrunk from...
  • Rand Paul Rand-splains Cuba to Marco Rubio [Sides with Obama over Rubio]

    12/19/2014 2:53:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Libertarian icon Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) embarrassed himself on Friday when he took to Twitter to respond to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) who recently insisted that the junior senator from Kentucky “has no idea what he’s talking about” with regards to his support for lifting restrictions on bilateral relations with the Cuban government. By attempting to defend himself, Paul ably proved the Florida senator correct. Paul began… Hey @marcorubio if the embargo doesn't hurt Cuba, why do you want to keep it?— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) December 19, 2014 And this one got the libertarian supporters cheering in the...
  • Canada Imposes New Sanctions on Russia

    12/19/2014 2:31:53 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Dec. 19, 2014 | Nirmala Menon
    Canada on Friday imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia, including restrictions on exports of energy technology, as part of its effort to put pressure on President Vladimir Putin for Moscow’s involvement in a continuing conflict in neighboring Ukraine.
  • Russian sailors leaving France without warship

    12/19/2014 1:22:02 PM PST · by MeatshieldActual · 19 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | December 18th, 2014 | SYLVIE CORBET and ANGELA CHARLTON
    PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of Russian sailors pulled out of a French port Thursday, bearing perfumes for their loved ones but lacking the controversial bounty they came for: a 1-billion-euro, French-built warship that has become a hostage to the biggest East-West conflict since the Cold War. The Vladivostok helicopter carrier is part of a strange and divisive arms deal now on hold — and perhaps on the verge of collapse — because of the conflict in Ukraine. France built it for Russia's navy but is now having second thoughts, notably amid heavy U.S. criticism of the deal. After months training...
  • Feds release anti-rape rules for illegal immigrant children housing

    12/19/2014 1:13:55 PM PST · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2014 | Stephan Dinan
    Say transgender kids should choose which sex to live with Health and Human Services released long overdue guidelines Friday ordering facilities that house illegal immigrant children to set up sexual abuse prevention programs, and to be prepared to deal with tricky cases such as transgender or intersex children. The rules, which congressional Democrats had demanded earlier this week, govern everything from pat-downs to evaluating each child for their likely risk of being targeted for sexual abuse or harassment, and govern how the children should be housed while at the private facilities, which operate under a government contract.
  • ‘Arrests Imminent’ In Sony Hacking Scandal, Insiders Suspected Of Helping North Koreans

    12/19/2014 1:13:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    RADAR ONLINE ^ | 12/19/2014
    The Sony scandal may be about to take a giant turn. An FBI source tells RadarOnline.com exclusively that arrests “are imminent” in the case that has rocked the major entertainment company over the past few weeks. Radar can reveal that the FBI has been busy interviewing former Sony IT employees, and while the law enforcement agency believes that North Koreans are responsible for the hacking crimes, they must have had help from the inside. Whoever did this had to have either been an insider or someone who had been an insider,” explains the source. “They knew where to go and...
  • Peshmerga finally liberate Yazidis from ISIS after four-month siege

    12/19/2014 1:00:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember the Yazidis? The last we heard about them from the Obama administration, the religious minority had been largely rescued from the genocidal maniacs of ISIS, which had trapped most of them on Mount Sinjar without food and water. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case; thousands of them remained trapped and re-encircled, as the Washington Post reported at the time while the White House insisted any further rescue missions were unnecessary.Four months later, the Kurdish peshmerga finally got them off the mountain:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO A lightning two-day attack by Kurdish peshmerga forces broke the siege of Mount...
  • Rep. Steve King Schools Colbert and Democrats on American Workers (2010)

    12/19/2014 12:32:40 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King's opening statement, wherein he takes great offense to the lie that illegals do jobs that "Americans won't do", and lays out important support facts regarding this issue.
  • Obama Apologizes to Castro

    12/19/2014 12:14:00 PM PST · by PROCON · 51 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | Dec. 19, 2014 | MICHAEL WARREN
    Barack Obama apologized to Cuban president Raul Castro during their phone conversation after the American commander in chief's opening remarks. Speaking to reporters at his final White House press briefing of 2014 Friday afternoon, Obama gave more details about his phone call with the communist leader of Cuba earlier this week before the announcement of a change in U.S. policy on the Caribbean island nation. Obama began the phone call with Castro with what he described as 15 minutes of opening comments. It was the first conversation between the heads of state in both countries since 1961.
  • The reason oil could drop as low as $20 per barrel

    12/19/2014 12:11:58 PM PST · by C19fan · 68 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 19, 2014 | Anatole Kaletsky
    How low can it go — and how long will it last? The 50 percent slump in oil prices raises both those questions and while nobody can confidently answer the first question (I will try to in a moment), the second is pretty easy. Low oil prices will last long enough for one of two events to happen. The first possibility, the one most traders and analysts seem to expect, is that Saudi Arabia will re-establish OPEC’s monopoly power once it achieves the true geopolitical or economic objectives that spurred it to trigger the slump. The second possibility, one I...
  • Obama Calls James Franco ‘James Flacco’; Mockery Ensues

    12/19/2014 12:10:46 PM PST · by maggief · 39 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 19, 2014 | Andrew Kirell
    During his final 2014 press conference, President Barack Obama had some pretty stern words for Sony Pictures over their decision to pull The Interview in light of terror threats from North Korea-affiliated hackers. Amidst his remarks, though, came a notable flub that sent Twitter into a tizzy with joking responses. See transcript for the gaffe [emphasis added]: I think it says something interesting about North Korea that they decided to have the state come out with an all-out attack because of satirical movie starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco. I love Seth and I love James, but the notion that...
  • Military Analysts: Bergdahl Report to Show He Deserted

    12/19/2014 9:21:31 AM PST · by PROCON · 44 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...
  • New Cash Cow for ISIS: Trafficking Human Organs from Kidnapped Captives

    12/19/2014 12:06:56 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 19, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    ISIS has found a new way to fund their jihad. ... ISIS is also profiting from human organ sales. The caliphate is trafficking human organs from kidnapped captives. ... While the terror army ISIS is making millions of dollars a day through its oil sales, it also is profiting from trafficking in human organs, according to a number of reports that have raised the issue in recent months. Even while the reports concede firm figures are practically impossible to corroborate, the Al-Alam news source said the chief of forensic pathology at Damascus University told the Syrian al-Watan that there have...
  • Journalist: First Amendment Rights Mean Not Offending The North Korean Dictator, Okay?

    12/19/2014 11:30:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 19, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Did you know that having First Amendment rights in the United States comes with the responsibility not to offend dictators from North Korea? Had no idea? Me either. Last night on CNN "journalist" Sharon Waxman, who has worked at a number of media outlets including the Washington Post, argued that having First Amendment rights means we shouldn't be making fun of North Korean dictators because they might get upset. She was of course referring to the recent and massive hack on Sony pictures by North Korea as retaliation for "The Interview," a comedy about assassinating Kim Jong-Un. "I also want...
  • Pols celebrate new airfield facility on fort. Congressional delegation told of fort's importance

    12/19/2014 11:26:40 AM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — Libby Army Airfield saw its flying missions officially increase with the ribbon cutting opening a new facility Thursday. And, the flight missions will not involve Army or Air Force aircraft, but rather those of the Arizona Air National Guard. The 214th Reconnaissance Group has been operating MQ-1 Predators since 2006. Construction of a facility on the local Army post provides the group with a home for its launch and recovery training missions, said Air Guard Brig. Gen. Ted Maxwell, the commander of the Arizona Air National Guard.
  • FMS of MK 41 Vertical Launch Systems May Indicate Purchase of LCS or DDG by Saudi Arabia

    12/19/2014 10:22:26 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 18 December 2014
    The recent (and very low profile) announcement by the U.S. Department of Defense of a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems (VLS) to Saudi Arabia could possibly be an indication of the procurement of Littoral Combat Ships or DDG-51 type (Burke class) Destroyers by the Royal Saudi Navy. Here is Navy Recognition's take on it. On December 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Defense announced the following contract award: Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems and Training, Baltimore, Maryland, is being awarded a $235,329,189 firm-fixed-price contract for MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) electronic and mechanical modules...
  • Vladimir Putin invites Kim Jong-un to Moscow

    12/19/2014 10:09:44 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 27 replies
    Guardian ^ | 19 Dec 14 | Unknown
    The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has invited the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in the second world war, 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 travelled to Moscow last month as part of efforts by the two Cold War-era allies to improve relations. “Yes, such an invitation was sent,” a Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told the state news agency, Tass. Russia marks the...
  • Checkmate: Is Russia Selling Oil For Gold?

    12/19/2014 10:05:33 AM PST · by Strategy · 49 replies
    SilverDoctors ^ | December 19, 2014
    Very few people understand what Putin is doing at the moment. And almost no one understands what he will do in the future. No matter how strange it may seem, but right now, Putin is selling Russian oil and gas ONLY for physical gold. How long will the West be able to buy oil and gas from Russia in exchange for physical gold? And what will happen to the US petrodollar after the West runs out of physical gold to pay for Russian oil, gas and uranium, as well as to pay for Chinese goods?
  • Judicial Watch Files Two Lawsuits against Obama Administration for Information on Terrorist...

    12/19/2014 9:41:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 19, 2014
    Full title: Judicial Watch Files Two Lawsuits against Obama Administration for Information on Terrorist Swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl GAO found that Obama broke a “clear and unambiguous” law when he swapped Bowe Bergdahl for the high-level terrorists (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on November 18, 2014, it filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against the U.S. Departments of Defense and State to obtain records concerning arrangements made between the U.S. government with third parties or another state regarding agreements and monetary payments to secure the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan....
  • Funeral Directors Refuse Body Of Sydney Terrorist: ‘Throw Him In The [bleep]house’

    12/19/2014 9:31:49 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 38 replies
    Breibart ^ | 12/19/2014 | Andre Walker
    <p>The body of the lone terrorist behind the attack on the Sydney, Man Haron Monis, is unlikely be receive a proper burial after Muslim funderal directors said his body should either be thrown in the sea or “chucked in the bloody sh*thouse”.</p>
  • Portadown: Device 'found under soldier's car'(Northern Ireland bombing attempt)

    12/19/2014 9:27:17 AM PST · by kristinn · 11 replies
    BBC Northern Ireland ^ | Friday, December 19, 2014
    A controlled explosion has been carried out on a device found under a soldier's car in Portadown, County Armagh. It is understood the booby trap bomb was discovered under a serving soldier's vehicle at Corbracky Road. Upper Bann MP David Simpson said it was his understanding that the Army officer found the device earlier on Friday and that she phoned police. Bomb disposal officers were called to scene and a number of houses have been evacuated. The bomb squad carried out a controlled explosion on the device at about 16:45 GMT.
  • President Obama 2014 Year-End News Conference (Live Thread 1:30 p.m. EST)

    12/19/2014 9:20:45 AM PST · by kristinn · 89 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | Friday, December 19, 2014
    President Obama holds a year-end news conference for reporters ahead of his annual holiday vacation with family in Hawaii. Join the conversation and share your comments on Facebook and Twitter using #cspanchat.
  • FBI formally blames North Korea in Sony hack

    The FBI said Friday that North Korea is responsible for the cyberattack on Sony Pictures that led the studio to cancel the release of a movie. Confirming what government officials were saying privately for days, the FBI announced that is months-long investigation concluded that North Korea was behind the attack, based on technical similarities to previous attacks. A statement from the FBI said investigators found “significant overlap in the infrastructure” used in the Sony hacking and in previous attacks. The agency said there were also similarities in technological tools used in this attack and an a cyberattack in March 2013...
  • Update on Sony Investigation (New FBI Statement Says North Korea Responsible)

    12/19/2014 9:04:38 AM PST · by kristinn · 20 replies
    The Federl Bureau of Investigations ^ | Friday, December 19, 2014
    Today, the FBI would like to provide an update on the status of our investigation into the cyber attack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). In late November, SPE confirmed that it was the victim of a cyber attack that destroyed systems and stole large quantities of personal and commercial data. A group calling itself the “Guardians of Peace” claimed responsibility for the attack and subsequently issued threats against SPE, its employees, and theaters that distribute its movies. The FBI has determined that the intrusion into SPE’s network consisted of the deployment of destructive malware and the theft of proprietary information...