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  • BOMBSHELL REPORT: IRS Targeted ‘Icky’ Conservative Groups

    12/22/2014 6:14:58 PM PST · by PROCON · 18 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Dec. 22, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Top IRS officials specifically targeted tea party groups and misled the public about its secret political targeting program led by ex-official Lois Lerner, according to a bombshell new congressional report. The Daily Caller has obtained an advance copy of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee report set to be released Tuesday morning that definitively proves malicious intent by the IRS to improperly block conservative groups that an IRS adviser deemed “icky.” (That’s right. “Icky.”) “The Committee has identified eight senior leaders who were in a position to prevent or to stop the IRS’s targeting of conservative applicants,” the Oversight...
  • Letter: Reparations would change the status quo of racism

    12/22/2014 5:43:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | December 13, 2014 | John Pachak
    In 2014, there are people in America who hate their brown-, black-, red- and olive-skinned neighbors. This bigotry becomes racism and permeates the status quo if it is institutionalized. Racism is found in public schools and the criminal justice system, for example. It creates two separate and unequal societies — one white that works and one black that suffers. People talk about changes the events in Ferguson may bring. The governor appoints a commission to study the issues. Articles appear every day from journalists, educators and politicians decrying the inequality and calling for one school system, a public review board...
  • GOP report: Top IRS official considered admitting targeting before 2012 election -- but didn’t

    12/22/2014 5:35:27 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 22, 2014
    A top IRS official considered going public with the agency’s targeting of conservative groups at a hearing just months before the 2012 presidential election but ultimately decided against revealing the bombshell news, according to a new report from a GOP-led House committee. Then-Deputy Commissioner Steven Miller wrote in an email in June 2012, about a month before a House Ways and Means subcommittee hearing, that he was weighing whether to testify to “put a stake” in the “c4” issue -- apparently a reference to allegations about politics playing a role in the agency’s denial of tax-exempt, 501(c)(4) status to conservative-leaning...
  • The Dictatorship of Obama’s Bureaucrats

    12/22/2014 5:07:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Early in the morning, two hundred thirty eight years ago, George Washington and the Continental Army reached the outskirts of Trenton, New Jersey. Much like today, no-one really wanted to go to New Jersey, but they were forced by circumstances to make the arduous trek. Washington’s force of 2,400 men surprised, and ultimately defeated, the 1,400 Hessian mercenaries who were fighting on behalf of the British Crown. A much needed win was tallied under the Patriot’s side of the scoreboard, emboldening the Continental Army and our quest for freedom. Washington had lead his men through the icy waters of the...
  • Exclusive: Sarah Palin: Light a Candle for Cuban Freedom Fighters

    12/22/2014 4:51:06 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12-22-2014 | Tony Lee
    On Monday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin urged Americans to light a candle and put it in their windows this Christmas eve to show solidarity with Cubans who are still fighting for their freedom and human rights. Palin accused under President Barack Obama of emboldening the oppressive Castro regime with his announcement last week that the two countries will begin to ease its relations. “I am so ashamed with what the Obama administration has done to Cuban people. I do not support it,” Palin, speaking in front of a lit candle, says in a video that will be seen...
  • Bill Whittle: We’re Number Two

    12/22/2014 4:38:37 PM PST · by Mozilla · 8 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | December 21, 2014 | Bill Whittle
    TRANSCRIPT: Hi everybody. I’m Bill Whittle and this is the Firewall. A few days ago, we rather quietly passed a milestone – a big one. For the first time since the 1870’s – that would be during the administration of President Ulysses S Grant – The United States is no longer the worlds largest economy. “Hold on to your hats, America,” reports Brett Arends of MarketWatch in his online article, “And throw away that big fat Styrofoam finger while you’re at it.” Now I don’t know anything about Brett Arends politics, but throwing away that big fat Styrofoam finger –...
  • Man’s Family Speaks After He Killed NYPD Officers & Shot Ex-Girlfriend In Md.

    12/22/2014 4:22:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    WJZ-TV ^ | December 22, 2014 | Mike Hellgren
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) –The deadly incident all started in Maryland when the suspect accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend at her apartment in Owings Mills before then taking a bus to New York City and shooting two police officers there. Investigator Mike Hellgren has some of the first public comments from the suspect’s family. The suspect, Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s began his fateful journey on the way to New York City at a bus stop on Maryland Avenue in Baltimore. New York authorities said Brinsley tried to kill himself in Maryland before making the trip. They also said there’s a 2-hour window where they...
  • Attack Is Suspected as North Korean Internet Collapses

    12/22/2014 4:10:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 22, 2014 | Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger
    North Korea’s already tenuous links to the Internet went completely dark on Monday after days of instability, in what Internet monitors described as one of the worst North Korean network failures in years. The loss of service came just days after President Obama pledged that the United States would launch a “proportional response” to the recent attacks on Sony Pictures, which government officials have linked to North Korea. While an attack on North Korea’s networks was suspected, there was no definitive evidence of it. Doug Madory, the director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research, an Internet performance management company, said...
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Time: Don’t Let NYPD Shootings Cloud Issue of Institutionalized Racism

    12/22/2014 3:38:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 22, 2014 | Braden Campbell
    In the years since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hung up his playing shoes, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer has collected a host of titles, including filmmaker, author and cultural ambassador. He’s been a vocal advocate for African-Americans, and this weekend penned an essay for Time Magazine on the shooting deaths of two NYPD officers on Saturday. Some have linked the shooting to the protests that sprung up after grand juries failed to prosecute the officers who killed Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Abdul-Jabbar disagrees, saying the suggestion the killer was acting in solidarity with the protests is false and a danger to...
  • Durbin, Lugar Ask Secretary Napolitano to Stop Deportations of Dream Act Students

    12/22/2014 3:26:07 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    Senator Dick Durbin ^ | April 21, 2010
    Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today, asking her to halt deportations of immigrant students who could earn legal status under legislation they have introduced called the DREAM Act (S.729). The DREAM Act is a narrowly tailored, bipartisan measure which would permit undocumented students to become permanent legal residents if they came here as children, are long-term U.S. residents, have good moral character, and attend college or enlist in the military for at least two years. The DREAM Act would allow a generation of...
  • Arpaio kicks off legal campaign against Obama immigration order, in court hearing

    12/22/2014 2:58:30 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 22, 2014 | Fox News
    A longtime thorn in the side of the Obama administration's immigration policy got the first chance to stick it to the president Monday, arguing in court that his sweeping immigration order -- designed to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation -- is unconstitutional. Arizona county Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his attorney Larry Klayman argued before U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell in Washington, D.C., in the first courtroom hearing for a case against the immigration actions. "We have serious issues of constitutionality involved," attorney Larry Klayman told reporters, after the hearing. Howell, during the hearing, seemed skeptical of the lawsuit...
  • Crocodile Tears for the IRS

    12/22/2014 2:36:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I can’t help but wonder whether the song made famous by The Grinch Who Stole Christmas should be the theme song for the Internal Revenue Service. After all, that bureaucracy is “as cuddly as a cactus” and “as charming as an eel.” And it appears that having “the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile” is not a good strategy for big budget increases.Indeed, it appears that working as an adjunct of the Obama reelection campaign has backfired on the IRS. One of the good results of the “cromnibus” negotiations is that GOPers actually took revenge on the IRS for political...
  • Obama administration: ‘Year of action’ a success

    12/22/2014 2:36:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 22, 2014 | by Dave Boyer
    Two top aides to President Obama hailed his “year of action” as a success Monday, saying the president took more than 80 executive actions without Congress to help the middle class. National Economic Council Director Jeffrey Zients and Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz said in a blog post that Mr. Obama will try to work the the new Republican Congress next year, but will also “continue to use every authority available to make progress through executive actions” in 2015.
  • Obama, the Least Lame President?

    12/22/2014 2:31:17 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 21, 2014 | By IAN AYRES and JOHN FABIAN WITT
    HISTORIANS rate presidents by every conceivable quality. What about least lame duck? President Obama is making a run for the title. Since the midterm elections, in his first month and a half as a lame duck, Mr. Obama has taken dramatic action on immigration, climate change and now, normalizing relations with Cuba. In our new political marketplace, the decline of powerful party organizations and the rise of hyperpartisan politics mean that presidents have much less political capital even at the height of their terms. At the same time, they have unprecedented capacity for unilateral executive authority. The great constraints on...
  • Did North Korea Really Attack Sony? It's too early to take the U.S. government at its word.

    12/22/2014 2:16:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12/22/2014 | BRUCE SCHNEIER
    I am deeply skeptical of the FBI’s announcement on Friday that North Korea was behind last month’s Sony hack. The agency’s evidence is tenuous, and I have a hard time believing it. But I also have trouble believing that the U.S. government would make the accusation this formally if officials didn’t believe it. Clues in the hackers’ attack code seem to point in all directions at once. The FBI points to reused code from previous attacks associated with North Korea, as well as similarities in the networks used to launch the attacks. Korean language in the code also suggests a...
  • Survey: Obama gets thumbs down from the troops

    12/22/2014 2:15:29 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | December 22, 2014 | By Jeremy Diamond
    President Barack Obama has struggled with sagging approval ratings over the last year, but the commander-in-chief's numbers may have dropped further among active-duty troops. Just 15% of active-duty servicemembers gave Obama a thumbs up in the annual Military Times survey and more than half -- 55% -- say they disapprove of Obama's job as commander-in-chief. Troop morale has slumped during the Obama administration, falling to 56% this year from 91% who were satisfied with their quality of life in 2009.
  • Sowell: Who's Responsible? (Great read)

    12/22/2014 2:02:17 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 23, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The cold-blooded murder of two New York City policemen as they sat in their car is not only an outrage but also a wake-up call. It shows, in the most painful way, the high cost of having demagogues, politicians, mobs and the media constantly taking cheap shots at the police. Those cheap shots are in fact very expensive shots, not only to the police themselves but to the whole society. Someone once said that civilization is a thin crust over a volcano. The police are part of that thin crust. We have seen before our own eyes, first in Ferguson,...
  • FBI warns of possible plot to blow up Memphis bridge

    12/22/2014 1:57:52 PM PST · by RummyChick · 28 replies
    wreg ^ | 12/22 | wreg
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The FBI sent a warning to local authorities about a possible plot to blow up a Memphis bridge. The FBI told WREG it received an anonymous tip, and stressed that there is “no actionable intelligence” that something will happen. All local law enforcement agencies have been alerted.
  • Abortion Clinic Must Shut Down While State Investigates Botched 23-Week Abortion

    12/22/2014 1:48:47 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    life news ^ | 12/22/14 | Monica Miller
    The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) ordered the Women’s Center of Southfield, 28505 Southfield Rd., Lathrup Village, MI, owned by abortionist Jacob Kalo, to cease operations beginning Nov. 21, 2014 pending the outcome of an investigative hearing of the Attorney General’s Office scheduled for March 4, 2015. The clinic shut down was prompted by the official allegation of a botched 23 week-2nd trimester abortion that occurred in February 27-28, 2014. The woman suffered uterine perforation and hemorrhaging resulting in emergency hospital care—with serious physical and emotional consequences. The late-term abortion was a two-day procedure performed by Dr....
  • Ebola Air Ambulance Leaves Portugal, Goes to Andrews AFB

    12/22/2014 12:37:00 PM PST · by Nancy29 · 8 replies
    SHTFDashboard.com ^ | December 21, 2014 | SHTFDashboard.com
    A few days ago, I reported that the Ebola air ambulance (one of them) was en route to the Canary islands. Today, we find that the plane somehow jumped over to Portugal without filing a flight plan, and is now scheduled to arrive at Joint Base Andrews. The plane’s twin, N173PA, has also visited the same airport in Portugal in recent weeks.
  • Iran’s IRGC 'Massacring' Iraqi Sunnis It 'Saves' from ISIS

    12/22/2014 12:19:34 PM PST · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/21/2014, 6:50 PM | Mark Langfan
    Iraq’s Grand Mufti accuses IRGC, Iraqi government, Shiite militias of genocide and rape of Sunnis they 'liberated' from ISIS In an explosive TV interview aired last week, Iraq’s Grand Mufti Rafi Al-Rifa’i, the highest Sunni authority in the country, accused the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Iraqi government, and Iraqi Shiite militias of mass genocidal killings and rape of Sunni men and women from Iraqi towns and villages “liberated” from ISIS (Islamic State). Mufti Al-Rifa’i posed the unanswerable question, “Why should we fight ISIS? So the Iranian IRGC can take over? The same Iranian IRGC that is running operations...
  • Obama Support Among Military Plummets to 15 Percent

    12/22/2014 11:59:12 AM PST · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | Dec. 22, 2014 | John Fund
    For the last nine years, the Military Times newspaper has surveyed an average of 2,300 active-duty service members. Their latest poll has just been released and concludes that “Obama’s popularity — never high to begin with — has crumbled, falling from 35 percent in 2009 to just 15 percent this year, while his disapproval ratings have increased to 55 percent from 40 percent over that time.” Much of the opposition to Obama has come from military members who believe he has been an inconsistent and flawed leader in foreign policy — for example, his 2011 removal of all troops in...
  • H. 3087, “Registration by Party” Pre-filed by Chip Limehouse (South Carolina)

    12/22/2014 11:45:59 AM PST · by Resettozero · 16 replies
    Spartanburg TEA Party ^ | December 21, 2014 | STP
    H. 3087, “Registration by Party” Pre-filed by Chip Limehouse It is time to begin asking YOUR representative to support this bill. We know Senator Shane Martin is on board, and I believe our Senators Lee Bright and Tom Corbin will also support this when the time comes. The Spartanburg County Republican Party sent out a press release in September 2014 urging our Spartanburg Delegation to support Registration by Party legislation. Therefore, the Spartanburg County Republican Party calls on Representatives Rita Allison, Doug Brannon, Bill Chumley, Derham Cole, Mike Forrester, Eddie Tallon and Donna Wood, Senators Lee Bright, Tom Corbin, Shane...
  • Will NYPD officers' murders derail the protest movement?

    12/22/2014 10:50:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    NEW YORK - Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. In the raw hours following the killing of the officers, police union officials and politicians accused those who have protested the deaths of Garner and Brown of fanning anti-police fervor. Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolman's Benevolent Association in New York, said there was "blood on the hands" of demonstrators and elected officials who have criticized...
  • Appeals court strikes down NC abortion provision

    12/22/2014 10:37:50 AM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    WRAL ^ | 12.22.2014 | Matthew Burns
    Richmond, Va. — The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday declared as unconstitutional a North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show a woman an ultrasound and describe the images in detail four hours before she can have an abortion. The decision upholds a lower-court ruling from January and could send the issue to the Supreme Court. "This compelled speech, even though it is a regulation of the medical profession, is ideological in intent and in kind," the 4th Circuit judges wrote in their 37-page opinion. "The means used by North Carolina extend well beyond those states have...
  • DeBlasio goes AWOL, avoids families of executed cops

    12/22/2014 10:36:38 AM PST · by pabianice · 38 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/22/14 | Gartland, et al
    As cops were being threatened and assaulted and the city reeled over the execution of two officers, Mayor Bill de Blasio prayed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Sunday — then went into hiding. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton visited the scene of the horrific attack in Brooklyn and Gov. Andrew Cuomo paid a wrenching condolence call at the home of one of the slain cops, but de Blasio ran from reporters and was nowhere to be found after the church service. Modal Trigger De Blasio gets a blessing after taking Communion during Sunday Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.Photo: Helayne Seidman He showed up...
  • NYPD Shooting Witnesses Reportedly Celebrated, Laughed At Death Of Slain Officers...

    12/22/2014 10:27:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | December 22, 2014
    On Saturday, Dec. 20, the fatal shooting of two New York Police Department officers caused quite a controversy among law enforcement, government officials, and pro-police groups. Of course, many Americans were flabbergasted by Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s execution-style shooting of the officers. But, unfortunately, there were actually people who found his actions commendable. According to The Daily Beast, several eyewitnesses claimed there were actually people on the scene who celebrated, laughed and mocked the death of the two fallen cops. One witness, identified as Carlos, reportedly shared details about the celebratory actions of some who witnessed the killing. “A lot of people...
  • Bowdoin will waive tuition for son of slain NYPD officer

    12/22/2014 10:15:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | December 22, 2014 | Noel K. Gallagher
    Justin Ramos, a sophomore at Bowdoin, is the son of Rafael Ramos, who was killed in his patrol car with fellow officer Wenjian Liu on Saturday.Bowdoin College is waiving tuition for a sophomore student who is the son of one of the New York police officers killed Saturday in Brooklyn, campus officials announced Monday. Bowdoin will provide full financial aid to Justin Ramos, who is scheduled to graduate with the Class of 2017, for the remainder of his education. “We are eager to welcome Justin back to campus for the start of our second semester in January, or whenever he...
  • Greece’s radical left could kill off austerity in the EU

    12/22/2014 10:08:31 AM PST · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 22 December 2014 | Owen Jones
    nother war looms in Europe: waged not with guns and tanks, but with financial markets and EU diktats. Austerity-ravaged Greece may well be on the verge of a general election that could bring to power a government unequivocally opposed to austerity. Momentous stuff: that has not happened in the six years of cuts and falling living standards that followed the collapse of Lehman Brothers. But if the radical leftist party Syriza does indeed triumph in a possible snap poll in the new year, there will undoubtedly be a concerted attempt to choke the experiment at birth. That matters not just...
  • EPA Regs Issued Under Obama Are 43 Times as Long as The Bible

    12/22/2014 9:55:32 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 20 replies
    cns news ^ | December 22, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    Since President Barack Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued 3,120 new final regulations, equaling 27,854 pages in the Federal Register, totaling approximately 27,854,000 words.
  • Open Up North Korea's Information Curtain

    12/22/2014 9:42:04 AM PST · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | Dec. 21, 2014 | John Fund
    The North Korean victory in getting Sony Pictures to pull its satirical film The Interview is a game-changing event to which free nations must respond. Adding cyber terrorism to the list of weapons that rogue nations can deploy means that both nations and private groups can be blackmailed by potentially anyone over anything. The U.S. government is debating its response. But in the meantime, private citizens can take action, and in ways even governments can’t or won’t. Advertisement Consider what the New York–based Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is doing to help counter the secrecy and restrictions on information that North...
  • AP poll: Police killings of blacks voted top story of 2014

    12/22/2014 9:31:53 AM PST · by PROCON · 54 replies
    apnews.myway ^ | dec. 22, 2014 | DAVID CRARY
    NEW YORK (AP) — The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere — and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired — was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. In a year crowded with dramatic and often wrenching news developments around the world, the No. 2 story was the devastating outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, followed by the conflict in Iraq and Syria fueled by the brutal actions of Islamic State militants. Among the 85 voters casting ballots, first-place votes were spread among...
  • Wicked Mobs, Cop Killers, and the Attorney General

    12/22/2014 9:28:38 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 21, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    Wickedness has darkened this season of lights in Brooklyn. It is no surprise or accident that a ghoul like Ismaaiyl Brinsley bathed himself in messages of hate, racial division and anger and then chose to destroy lives. But Brinsley wasn’t alone in his racially soaked hatred of the police. For starters, a mob has Brinsley’s back. This seemingly disconnected mob has been on the prowl in the months since America learned of Ferguson, Missouri. They’ve smashed up windows of banks in Berkeley, burned up bakeries in Ferguson, and looted, burned, shot, robbed and killed across the nation. But such mobs...
  • Judge seems skeptical of challenge to Obama immigration plan

    12/22/2014 9:14:43 AM PST · by Hostage · 36 replies
    Fox Atlanta ^ | December 22, 2014 | SAM HANANEL
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge seems skeptical of a lawsuit that seeks to halt President Barack Obama's immigration plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation.</p> <p>U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell heard arguments Monday in a case brought by an Arizona sheriff who claims the program will let more illegal immigrants enter the country and commit crimes, burdening law enforcement.</p>
  • Tom Coburn: I’m ‘Proud’ America Elected Obama President, ‘He’s A Neat Man’ [VIDEO] HURL ALERT!

    12/22/2014 8:59:38 AM PST · by rktman · 61 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 12/21/2014 | Al Weaver
    “My relationship with Barack Obama is not based on my political philosophy or his,” Coburn told Lesley Stahl. “It’s based on the fact that he’s a genuinely very smart, nice guy.” “I just love him as a man,” Coburn said. “I think he’s a neat man.
  • Texas police officer cleared of shooting, killing dog

    12/22/2014 8:55:23 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 48 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 12-22-14 | Joshua Fechter
    An officer for the Cleburne Police Department shown on video shooting and killing a dog in August was justified in taking that action, an independent investigator hired by the department found. Officer Kevin Dupre was placed on paid administrative leave after video of the Aug. 10 shooting surfaced in October, according to NBC 5. City officials brought in Alan Patton, a retired police sergeant who did not serve in Cleburne, to conduct an independent investigation.
  • Crystal Ball 2015

    12/22/2014 8:50:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/22/2014 | Steve Deace
    Each year at this time I go out on a limb and predict 10 big news stories I believe will happen in the year to come. Usually I get two or three right, come close on a couple of others, and am way off on all the rest. Click here to read last yearÂ’s predictions for 2014 and see how I did. Now on to 2015. 10. Avengers: Age of Ultron will be the top-grossing movie of the year. I think Star Wars: The Force Awakens will have the biggest opening cinema history when it hits theaters. But since that...
  • ( Colorado ) State removes wildlife zones

    12/22/2014 8:49:22 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    KOAA ^ | Dec 21, 2014
    The Colorado Department of Transportation will be eliminating several wildlife traffic zones in 2015, after a study showed that increased penalties did not reduce wildlife crashes. Southwest Regional traffic engineer, Mick McVaugh says by law the department cannot keep speed limit signs that are not supported by research.
  • I'm ready to give it all I've got - are you? [Email from nobama]

    12/22/2014 7:30:21 AM PST · by upchuck · 13 replies
    email | Dec 22, 2014 | Considering he's in Hawaii, probably one of his minions
    I want to say thank you. You're doing your part, staying engaged. When it's easy to get frustrated or cynical, you refuse that choice. People like you care about making real, lasting change -- and it shows in what you do. I'm asking you to keep doing what you do best with OFA. This has never been about winning at politics. You and I are here to try to do what we can to help make people's lives better -- in big ways and small. And we are. Just this year, millions of Americans signed up for affordable health care...
  • Bratton: Cops shouldn’t have turned backs on de Blasio

    12/22/2014 7:07:35 AM PST · by maggief · 94 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 22, 2014 | David K. Li
    EXCERPT Commissioner Bill Bratton acknowledged that de Blasio has lost support of some police. “I don’t think it (the hallway protest) was appropriate, particularly in that setting, but it’s reflective of the anger of some of them,” Bratton told NBC’s “Today” show. (snip) “I don’t know that an apology is necessary,” he said. “One of the things, a concern at the moment, is this issue is really starting to go down partisan lines, Republican-Democrat. This is something that should be bringing us all together, not taking us apart.”
  • Powerful statement from Minnesota police chief after NYPD ambush (Sartell, MN)

    12/22/2014 6:10:38 AM PST · by maggief · 11 replies
    KMSP ^ | December 22, 2014 | Mike Durkin
    SARTELL, Minn. (KMSP) - Police in New York say the man who murdered two police officers while they were sitting in their patrol car has been arrested 19 times for assault and robbery. Ismaaiyl Brinsley was angry at police for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, making an online pledge to kill two “pigs.”
  • James Woods calls Al Sharpton a 'race pimp' and says the 'disgusting pig' is responsible...

    12/22/2014 6:02:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 76 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/21/14 | David Mccormack, Josh Gardner
    Actor James Woods took to Twitter on Sunday to blame the Rev. Al Sharpton, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and President Obama for being ‘responsible’ for the murder of two NYPD officers on Saturday. Sharpton came in for the worst of Woods’ abuse, with the former Academy Award nominee calling him a ‘race pimp’ and a ‘disgusting pig’. At one point on Sunday morning Woods’ tweeted: ‘This disgusting pig is DIRECTLY responsible for the murder of two good policemen. No discussion’.
  • Gun Control Ad Tells Kids to Steal Their Parents’ Guns and Bring Them to the Worst Possible Location

    12/22/2014 6:02:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | December 22, 2014 | Jennifer Van Laar
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Gun control advocate and independent filmmaker Rejina Sincic has created what she calls a PSA aimed at “reducing gun violence in schools and communities.” The video depicts a teenage boy sneaking into his mother’s room, taking a gun out of her dresser drawer (who knows if it’s loaded or unloaded), putting it in his backpack and then taking it to school. After class, he waits for the other students to leave then puts the gun on the teacher’s desk and says, “Can you take this away? I don’t feel safe with a gun in my house.” Certainly nothing could go...
  • Obama's Christmas Gift to My Daughter

    12/22/2014 5:58:48 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 17 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 12/22/2014 | David Catron
    My youngest daughter just joined the ever-increasing number of Americans who have lost their health coverage due to Obamacare. She received a letter from her insurance carrier indicating that the individual policy with which she was eminently satisfied, and that she could more or less afford, would no longer be available after the end of the year. In its place, the insurer offered a plan whose premiums will be nearly double what she has been paying for the cancelled policy. Her monthly premium was $127. The premium for the replacement policy, if she can find no alternative, will be $243.
  • Sarah Palin & Ted Cruz: The Two Most Powerful People on Earth

    12/22/2014 5:51:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Red State ^ | December 21, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    When Gabby Giffords was shot in Arizona, the left went into a frenzy blaming Sarah Palin. In fact, when I was on CNN, I went on TV with Cornell Belcher and he was livid when I suggested leftwing rhetoric could be as hostile and divisive as rightwing rhetoric, if not more so. John King was apologetic for using war metaphors for politics and promised to stop. Wolf Blitzer, at one point, did a profile of Democratic congress critters who’d had death threats against them. Mind you, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Jim DeMint, and other Republicans had had the same, but...
  • Al Sharpton very worried that execution of police officers will derail his movement

    12/22/2014 5:32:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 22, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Yesterday, Noah asked an important question in the wake of the brutal assassination of two NYPD officers. Specifically, he wondered whether those who have been out in the streets fomenting anti-police hysteria would be inclined to turn the mirror around this week and pause to question their tactics and consider the ramifications of their actions. When Al Sharpton finally stood up to comment, we seemed to have the answer. Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown...
  • Scrooge Was A Liberal, Studies Show

    12/22/2014 4:22:36 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/22/2014 | John Merline
    Just about every year at this time, "A Christmas Carol' shows up somewhere on TV, as do headlines about how one Republican or another is the modern equivalent of the tale's greedy miser, Ebenezer Scrooge. "The GOP's sad Scrooge agenda." "GOP Protecting Ebenezer Scrooge." "Maher Likens Republicans to Ebenezer Scrooge." "Republicans play the role of the stingy Scrooge." You have to wonder if these folks have actually read "A Christmas Carol" or spent any time pondering what Scrooge actually says and does. Because if you do, you come to realize that Scrooge more closely resembles a modern liberal than a...
  • Using the Law to Stop the IRS

    12/22/2014 3:54:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2013 | John Ransom
    I was intrigued by an article posted by Dan Mitchell from Cato here over the weekend that in part said that how Republicans treat reform at the Joint Committee on Taxation (and the CBO) as a kind of an IQ test. As Mitchell notes “when JCT does revenue estimates, the bureaucrats grease the skids for anti-growth tax policy by overstating revenue losses from lower tax rates and overstating revenue gains from higher tax rates.”And indeed they do. In fact, both the CBO and the JTC act as giant Ways and Means committees for higher taxes and bigger government. But that’s...
  • How Many More Dead Police Officers Will the Mob Want?

    12/22/2014 3:52:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 21, 2014 | Jack Dunphy
    “Shout out the homie who shot those cops in Brooklyn.”“What do we want?” came the shouted question from the marchers in New York City on Dec. 13. “Dead cops!” came the reply. “When do we want it?” “Now!” It took seven days, perhaps too long to satisfy the mob’s impatience, but now that they have two dead police officers, how many more will they want? I have for years instructed young police officers placed in my charge that they cannot go about their duties thinking everyone they meet will try to kill them. But, I warn them, nor can they...
  • Justice League Vigil for Slain NYPD Officers Asks Whose Life Matters (The nerve!)

    12/22/2014 3:34:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 22, 2014 | Olivia Nuzzi
    At a peaceful gathering of the Justice League, they condemned the killings of Officers Liu and Ramos, but also wondered why the slaying of citizens by cops doesn’t spark as much outrage.A modest crowd moved East on 110th Street in New York City on Sunday evening. They walked silently, some carrying Anthora cups illuminated by candlesticks, others holding plastic tea lights handed out by protest organizers. A few carried signs: "IMAGINE JUSTICE," "BLACK LIVES MATTER," "CLAIM HUMANITY." But mostly they just walked, their faces somber, their hands shaking as the snow began to fall. The peaceful vigil was somewhat unexpected,...