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  • F35 Helmet - A fighter pilot helmet with 360 degrees of sky

    11/25/2015 9:34:53 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/25/15 | Zoeann Murphy
    The F-35 fighter jet, developed by Lockheed Martin, has a fascinating accessory. The pilot’s $400,000 helmet enables him or her to see through the jet’s skin, using a number of specially positioned cameras.
  • Lawmakers Eyeing $700 Billion Tax Extender Deal

    11/25/2015 8:16:35 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 12 replies
    Full Text Published by Tax Analysts® House and Senate negotiators are working on a tax extenders package that would make the research credit permanent and delay the Affordable Care Act's "Cadillac" tax on high-cost healthcare plans for two years, according to a tentative outline obtained by Tax Analysts November 24. Negotiators are not close to a deal but are looking seriously at the framework discussed by Senate Finance Committee member Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., when the latter served as Ways and Means chair, tax lobbyists and House staffers said. The two lawmakers were unable...
  • Sideling Hill center reopens amid relief, fingerpointing

    11/25/2015 8:03:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | October 9, 2015 | Don Aines
    HANCOCK — The Sideling Hill Welcome Center is now more than just the most scenic set of fair-weather restrooms in Western Maryland after Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford and a host of elected officials on Friday reopened the facility, which has been closed for the last six years. Perched on the east side of Sideling Hill near Hancock, where a massive cut in the mountain rock allows Interstate 68 to pass through, the center was closed in 2009, in a move by former Gov. Martin O'Malley that did not sit well with many area residents. "It was done for political...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Muslim Brotherhood-Tied Huma Abedin: I Want Muslim Refugees To Flood America

    11/25/2015 7:48:34 PM PST · by Seeing More Clearly Now · 21 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | November 25, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    The evidence of Hillary’s aid, Huma Abedin’s connections to the Muslim Brotherhood and the Wahhabists is overwhelming, but an undercover video of her sentiments is rare. A video surfaced of Huma’s call to allow Muslim refugees to enter the U.S as it happened in Europe finally surfaced. This links the dots to the Muslim Minority Affairs connection by Huma and her family. It is crucial to understand this issue of what is The Muslim Minority Affairs issue is which Huma was deeply involved in and the proof of membership can be seen in the link [here]. So her membership in...
  • Ex-CIA chief: Fear for environment stays US hand on ISIS oil wells

    11/25/2015 7:27:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 25, 2015 | Bradford Richardson
    A former CIA director says concerns about environmental impact have prevented the White House from bombing oil wells that finance the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “We didn’t go after oil wells, actually hitting oil wells that ISIS controls, because we didn’t want to do environmental damage, and we didn’t want to destroy that infrastructure,” Michael Morell said Tuesday on PBS’s “Charlie Rose.” Morell cautioned that he does not “sit in the room anymore” where strategic decisions are made, but said prior to the Paris terrorist attack earlier this month, “There seemed to have been a judgment that,...
  • Obama admin says states lack authority to block refugees

    11/25/2015 6:47:00 PM PST · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid a growing political controversy, the Obama administration on Wednesday reminded state officials across the country that states do not have legal authority to refuse to accept Syrian refugees. The Office of Refugee Resettlement said in a letter to state resettlement officials that states may not deny benefits and services to refugees based on a refugee's country of origin or religious affiliation. States that do not comply with the requirement would be breaking the law and could be subject to enforcement action, including suspension or termination of the federally funded program, according to the letter, signed by...
  • 'Thousands' of ISIS fighters now inside U.S. cities (Obama continues to downplay threat)

    11/25/2015 6:15:49 PM PST · by Perseverando · 20 replies
    WND ^ | November 25, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    ISIS recently sent out a new video taunting America and threatening attacks. A new study says the U.S. should take those threats seriously. The Islamic State has recruited thousands of supporters in the United States, far more than previously thought, according to a scathing new report, raising the likelihood that supporters of the terrorist army could be plotting attacks similar to those carried out in Paris. And the "challenges of screening incoming refugees" from Muslim countries may be adding fuel to the fire, according to the report, authored by national security experts at the Threat Knowledge Group. The report...
  • Sam Harris talks Islam, ISIS, atheism, GOP madness... (Salon, title shortened)

    11/25/2015 5:34:19 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 9 replies
    Salon ^ | 11/25/15 | Sean Illing
    Full title: Sam Harris talks Islam, ISIS, atheism, GOP madness: "We are confronting people, in dozens of countries, who despise more or less everything that we value" ...We were particularly interested in Harris's liberal critique of the American Left, which he says has failed to talk honestly about the origins and consequences of Islamic extremism. This conversation took place before the recent attacks in Paris, but many of these themes have been widely debated since then. (snip) Yes, politics and ordinary grievances enter into many of these recent conflicts. It isn't difficult to see why a person who has lost...
  • ISIS Just Released Chilling New Video Taunting America And Mocking US Soldiers In SICK Way

    11/25/2015 5:28:40 PM PST · by lbryce · 34 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | November 25, 2015 | F. Peter Brown
    ISIS VIDEO:AMERICA In the video, ISIS shows a disturbed solider with... ISIS has released a new propaganda video that mocks the United States, and even tells the U.S. to “bring it on.” Most disturbingly, ISIS mocks the 18 U.S. soldiers who commit suicide every day. In the video, ISIS shows a disturbed solider with Prozac pills in his hand. It then shows splotches of blood from a soldier who has committed suicide. Meanwhile, the narrator claims that the soldiers are committing suicide because of the fear that ISIS brings in their hearts. The narrator also boasts that ISIS territory is...
  • Obama Jokes About Presidential Race at Turkey Pardoning

    11/25/2015 5:22:51 PM PST · by goodwithagun · 29 replies
    Yahoo! News via Reuters ^ | November 25, 2016 | Julia Edwards
    Speaking at his annual Thanksgiving turkey pardoning on Wednesday, President Barack Obama joked about raising teenage daughters, his critics and the 2016 presidential race. "As you may have heard, for months, there has been a fierce competition between a bunch of turkeys trying to win their way into the White House," Obama said.
  • Credible Source on 9-11 Muslim Celebrations: FBI

    11/25/2015 5:12:53 PM PST · by GilGil · 18 replies
    WKRG.com ^ | 11/25/2015 | Bill Riales
    One retired FBI agent says Donald Trump’s claims of seeing Muslim celebrations following the attacks on 9-11 are absolutely plausible. Jim Burkett was an assistant special agent in charge with the FBI’s office in Boston during 9-11 and afterward. He says during that time the office received tons of phone calls from people who feared more attacks and others reporting suspicious activity. Many of those calls, said Burkett, came from concerned and angry Americans reporting Muslim’s celebrating over the destruction of the twin towers and damage to the Pentagon. The calls were logged, reports were made and there were “stacks...
  • CDC report card shows a rise in STDs across the nation, especially in men

    11/25/2015 5:04:53 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 17 replies
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – This year’s STD report card from the Centers for Disease Control is in, and it doesn’t bring good news. The number of cases of syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea are up. Reported cases of three STDs, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, have increased for the first time since 2006. The report found that the highest proportion of chlamydia and gonorrhea cases were in people between 15 and 29 years of age. Most syphilis cases were in people 20 to 29 years old. Here in Erie County, Health Commissioner Gail Burstein says the scariest jump is in cases of...
  • 626 Democrat Politicians JRose Up Against Obama, Sent Him A Demand He Didn’t Want To See

    11/25/2015 4:55:37 PM PST · by lbryce · 6 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | November 25, 2015 | Randy Desoto
    Original Title:626 Democrat Politicians Just Rose Up Against Obama And Sent Him A Demand He Didn’t Want To See Over 600 Democrat politicians from 32 states have joined together to oppose the centerpiece of Pres. Obama’s climate change agenda, the Clean Power Plan. “As Democrats committed to a prosperous America and a healthy environment, we believe the United States has a unique opportunity to lead the world in addressing the global climate challenge, and yet do so, as we must, without unduly burdening the American economy or the American people,” the Democratic coalition called CoalBlue said in a letter sent...
  • Americans agree with Trump: The illegal immigrants must go

    11/25/2015 4:43:37 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 31 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Todd Starnes
    Most Americans agree with Donald Trump -- the illegal aliens have to go. Head 'em up, move 'em out. A new Fox News poll shows 52 percent of the nation favors deporting the millions of illegals back to their home countries. Republicans and Democrats support Mr. Trump’s plan. But the numbers among Republicans are astronomical. Seventy percent agree with Mr. Trump -- a super-majority. So why does the Republican establishment continue to support pro-amnesty candidates? Jeb Bush accused Mr. Trump of preying on people's deep-seated fears. “This whole idea of preying on people’s deep-seated fears of what the future looks...
  • Smithsonian: Statue of Liberty was originally a Muslim woman

    11/25/2015 4:44:15 PM PST · by markomalley · 92 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/25/15 | Bradford Richardson
    The Statue of Liberty was originally designed to be a Muslim woman, the Smithsonian Institution's magazine says.  An article on the government-administered museum’s blog, Smart News, claims one of the designers of Lady Liberty drew inspiration from monuments in Egypt and originally intended to construct a veiled female peasant on the Suez Canal.  The article cites historian Barry Moreno, author of multiple books about the statue, whose Islamic origins were also reported last week by The Daily Beast.   “Taking the form of a veiled peasant woman, the statue was to stand 86 feet high, and its pedestal was to...
  • Obama's Thanksgiving Message: We'll Let You Know If There's a 'Specific Credible Threat'

    11/25/2015 4:41:01 PM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/25/15 | Susan Jones
    It's "understandable" that Americans are worried about terrorism, and they may even discuss the threat at the holiday dinner table, President Obama said on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving."The bottom line is this: I want the American people to know, entering the holidays, that the combined resources of our military, our intelligence and our homeland security agencies are on the case."(video at link)"In the event of a specific credible threat, the public will be informed," the president promised."We do think it's useful for people as they're going about their business to be vigilant. If you see something suspicious, say something....
  • Obama National Security Address: Don't Sweat It!

    11/25/2015 4:25:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Yeah, I know, I know, Obama's out there, you could predict this. All morning long they have been saying that Obama's gonna address the nation on national security and so forth. And I said, "I wonder when that's gonna start?" And, lo and behold, it started at 12:04. And, no, it's over with, he's finished, and we were never gonna JIP it. Join in progress, little inside real radio announcer terminology. But it's over now, and basically what it was about was Obama telling everybody: Don't sweat it. We got 65 nations. We're going after ISIS. We're...
  • Fox News asked a Chicago protester about black-on-black crime. His response was perfect.

    11/25/2015 4:17:27 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 29 replies
    The common defense to criticisms of racial disparities in police use of force takes the form of a question: "But what about black-on-black crime?" The conservative argument is that black people are disproportionately killed by gun violence in their own communities, so perhaps they should worry about that before they worry about what police are doing. On Tuesday night, Fox News's Mike Tobin put the black-on-black crime question to a protester in Chicago, Brendan Glover, after the release of a video showing the police shooting of Laquan McDonald. Here's how it played out, as shown in the video above posted...
  • Donald Trump's 8 (Most Recent) Blatant Lies [double bag barf alert - JR]

    11/25/2015 4:16:33 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 46 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | November 24, 2015 | Rob Garver
    It should be clear by now to anybody paying attention that Donald Trump long ago determined that the traditional concepts of "true" and "false" have no relevance when he decides what words to let fly from his mouth. Even for Trump, though, the last few weeks have presented a stunning parade of howlers, fibs, falsehoods and fabrications - also known as lies. The thing about Trump is that he's so blase about lying, and does it so frequently, that people tend to forget how many made-up facts they've heard from him. Sometimes, it's instructive to make a list of his...
  • Is Israel considering giving land to the PA? (i.e. Palestinian Authority; Area C land)

    11/25/2015 3:34:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 11/25/2015, 1:15 AM | Nitsan Keidar
    Israel is considering the possibility of transferring land from Area C, which is under complete Israeli control in accordance with the Oslo Accords, to the Palestinian Authority, Channel 2 News reported on Tuesday. Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel later made clear that if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu goes through with the plan, he will not have a coalition. ...
  • Syrian Leader: Impossible to Weed Terrorists Out of Migrants Coming to U.S.

    11/25/2015 3:10:41 PM PST · by detective · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | Selwyn Duke
    It has now been confirmed: It is simply impossible to sufficiently vet the Muslim migrants entering our nation. Intelligence officials have said it. The Greek government has said it. And now a New York City Syrian community leader has this to say about Barack Obama' ’s claim that it is possible to distinguish between terrorists and other migrants: "Are you out of your mind?"
  • Sen. Sessions Wants to Defund Refugee Admissions Program

    11/25/2015 3:03:16 PM PST · by detective · 9 replies
    The New American ^ | November 24, 2015 | Warren Mass
    Speaking on the Senate floor on November 19, Senator Jeff Sessions (shown, R-Ala.) strongly condemned President Obama's request for funding for refugee resettlement, basing his opposition on both economic and security threats found in the president's plan. In his speech, Sessions outlined the reasons behind his opposition to more federal spending for refugee resettlement: Refugees are among the most costly immigration program for several reasons. Refugees are instantly eligible for federal welfare and entitlements. They are low-skilled and frequently lack any kind of formal education. There is a great cost involved - about $6.5 billion lifetime cost per each 10,000...
  • Thousands of children crossed US-Mexico border in October

    11/25/2015 2:33:15 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 10 replies
    wspa.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | Seth Robbins
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Nearly 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children were caught illegally crossing the U.S. border with Mexico in October, almost double the number from October 2014, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data. Also, in the figures released Tuesday, the number of family members crossing together nearly tripled from October 2014 — from 2,162 to 6,029. The numbers spiked despite expectations of lower numbers due to the colder winter months coming, better enforcement along the border and efforts by Mexican authorities to stem the stream of Central American migrants to the U.S. Though tens of thousands of women...
  • Here we go: Centcom analysts who took negative view of progress against ISIS were told in e-mails...

    11/25/2015 2:14:45 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/23/15 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    "Here we go: Centcom analysts who took negative view of progress against ISIS were told in e-mails to "cut it out" I thought we already knew this, or at least knew the basics of it - defense analysts at Centcom were apparently pressured by their superiors to take a rosier view of the progress against ISIS than was actually warranted. Who precisely wanted the books cooked to suggest things were going well is the key question, which this story doesn't answer. Great thinking, though, by the guilty parties in lying to the public about a jihadi threat, knowing that one...
  • City Officials Who Ignore State Law Against Civil Asset Forfeiture Get Hauled Into Court

    11/25/2015 12:52:11 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 25, 2015 | George Leef
    Recently I wrote about a suit challenging the law in Arizona - a state that's very friendly towards the abomination called civil asset forfeiture. There, innocent people who have had their property stolen by public officials have to worry that if they fight to get it returned and lose the case, the government will force them to pay out additional money to cover its legal costs in fending off their claims. Across the state line in New Mexico, a different but equally vexing legal situation prevails. Back in summer, the state legislature unanimously passed a bill that defangs the civil...
  • Plan A for GOP donors: Wait for Trump to fall. (There is no Plan B.)

    11/25/2015 12:29:49 PM PST · by GilGil · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/25/2015 | Matea Gold and Robert Costa
    As the combative mogul enters his fifth month at the top of the GOP presidential field, attempts to derail him remain anemic, underfunded and unfocused — and they are likely to stay that way until the Iowa caucuses in less than 10 weeks. Most of the party’s financiers and top strategists are sitting on the sidelines. Many are reluctant to spend money against Trump after watching others fumble as they tried to handle his counter-punches. Others, citing past elections, remain confident that the race will eventually pivot away from him early next year.
  • Plan A for GOP donors: Wait for Trump to fall. (There is no Plan B.)

    11/25/2015 10:39:20 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 24 replies
    When Donald Trump landed in Ohio this week, he got a taste of the meager Republican super PAC efforts aimed at him: a 47-second Web video clipping together some of his most provocative comments and a small airplane trailing a banner proclaiming, “Ohioans Can’t Trust Trump.” As the combative mogul enters his fifth month at the top of the GOP presidential field, attempts to derail him remain anemic, underfunded and unfocused — and they are likely to stay that way until the Iowa caucuses in less than 10 weeks.
  • Jay Dardenne Auditions For John Bel Edwards’s Commissioner Of Administration

    11/25/2015 10:32:20 AM PST · by abb · 12 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 25, 2015 | Kevin Boyd
    The outgoing RINO Lt. Governor Jay “Ephialtes” Dardenne just sat down with Baton Rouge talk show host Clay Young to discuss his future plans and the governor’s race. The interview was largely Jay Dardenne’s audition for Commissioner Of Administration. Young asked Dardenne if there was a deal between John Bel Edwards and him for his endorsement. Dardenne says that it didn’t come up and that he endorsed Edwards because he believed David Vitter would be a terrible governor. Dardenne says Vitter was too much of a Washington politician and he didn’t want the Washington style politics of division to come...
  • Repugnant Religious Litmus Tests

    11/25/2015 10:25:57 AM PST · by detective · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | NOV. 24, 2015 | The Editorial Board
    During the terrorist attack on a hotel in Mali last Friday, there were reports that hostages who could recite the Muslim profession of faith were set free; those who could not were killed. That the Islamic State, Al Qaeda, the Taliban or other fanatical Islamist sects measure the worth of a human life according to his or her religious belief is barbaric. Yet the impulse among American politicians like Jeb Bush and Senator Ted Cruz and Hungary's prime minister, Viktor Orban, to offer refuge only to Christians fleeing war is as appalling.
  • Anyone Who Would Use Terror as an Excuse to Subvert the Second Amendment Should Be Tarred(T)

    11/25/2015 9:58:43 AM PST · by rktman · 13 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 11/23/2015 | Charles C Cooke
    Fans of mindless authoritarianism are having a pretty good month. The New York Times reports: Congressional Democrats are trying to build support for an effort to bar gun purchases by terror suspects, hoping to take advantage of the same public anxieties about security that gave Republicans a ringing House victory. The Democratic push seems likely to fall victim to opposition from the National Rifle Association and congressional gun-rights backers, chiefly Republicans, who have smothered firearms curbs for years. If the Republicans who control Congress block votes on the proposal, Democrats hope to profit politically by winning sympathy from angry voters....
  • Column: Lax gun control to blame for increased violence, not religion

    11/25/2015 9:38:58 AM PST · by rktman · 33 replies
    wildcat.arizona.edu ^ | 11/25/2015 | Jessica Suriano
    The real problem does not lie with these refugees seeking help from America. The real problem lies in the accessibility terrorists have to guns in this country. Rep. Tony Dale, a Republican congressman for the state of Texas, expressed that one of his top concerns about the refugee situation is how easy it is to buy a gun in his state. Dale is not wrong. The availability of guns for anyone in America, even legally, is nonsensical. According to the Government Accountability Office, between 2004 and 2014, 91 percent of the time suspected terrorists attempted to buy guns in America...
  • Some in military suspended for deadly Afghan hospital attack

    11/25/2015 8:56:09 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 21 replies
    Yahoo News AP ^ | November 25, 2015 | ROBERT BURNS and KEN DILANIAN
    American soldiers and airmen who killed and wounded dozens of civilians in a strike on an Afghanistan hospital violated the rules of engagement and have been suspended as they await disciplinary action, U.S. military officials said Wednesday.Briefing reporters on the results of two investigations, Gen. John Campbell, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, described an egregious series of human and technical failures that led a U.S. warplane to mistakenly destroy a medical charity's hospital in northern Afghanistan last month. But Campbell and other officials would not say how many people had been removed from their jobs nor whether those high up...
  • Sharyl Attkisson’s Scathing Indictment of Obama for Ignoring Terrorism Intel

    11/25/2015 8:55:03 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 25, 2015 | DAN RIEHL
    Independent investigative reporter and host of “Full Measure,” Sharyl Attkisson is giving a blistering account of what one source called Barack Obama’s potential “personality flaw,” leading him to only see and believe what he wants to see and believe when it comes to the global threat from terrorism – that, as opposed to what ground operators are actually trying to report to him. According to Attkisson, her sources say President Obama is “selective about what he wants to hear and wants to believe when it comes to intelligence.” “I’ve spoken with people who have dealt with the White House and...

    11/25/2015 8:49:32 AM PST · by Biggirl · 62 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | Foxnews.Com
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  • FDA Approves First Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Containing an Adjuvant

    11/25/2015 8:37:16 AM PST · by catnipman · 22 replies
    Infection Control Today ^ | 11/25/2015 | staff
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces that it has approved Fluad, the first seasonal influenza vaccine containing an adjuvant. Fluad, which is manufactured using an egg-based process, is formulated with the adjuvant MF59, an oil-in-water emulsion of squalene oil. The study showed that Fluad induced antibody levels that were comparable to the levels induced by Agriflu [i.e., no better.] Fluad was approved using the accelerated approval regulatory pathway, which allows the FDA to approve products for serious or life-threatening diseases based on evidence that the product has an effect on an outcome that is reasonably likely to predict clinical...
  • Americans Live In Fear Just Blocks From US Capitol

    11/25/2015 8:32:23 AM PST · by Perseverando · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 23, 2015 | Josh Fatzick
    A group of roughly 40 Capitol Hill residents gathered Friday morning at a local coffee shop to discuss the recent surge of violence in the area. As the meeting kicked off, another shooting occurred just two blocks away. According to a Metropolitan Police Department alert, a shooting occurred at the corner of 13th and Pennsylvania Ave SE, and the suspect fled toward downtown D.C. in a blue or black car. The meeting, and most recent shooting, came on the heels of what some calling the “Reign of Terror” that occurred Wednesday night. Five people were mugged in the neighborhood within...

    11/25/2015 8:27:42 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    Powerline ^ | November 25, 2015 | SCOTT JOHNSON
    As President Obama enters the stretch closing out his second term, he is dedicating himself to sealing his reputation as the worst president in American history. He long ago blew by President Carter. He’s blowing by President Buchanan. He’s taken the lead and he’s putting distance between himself and the rest of the field. Yesterday he deepened his hold on the laughingstock element of his performance in office. How to combine suffocating arrogance with gut-busting stupidity? See the man doing his thing side by side with President Hollande who was looking for something better than this Bartlett’s-worthy laugh line (video...
  • A Rotten Turkey for Thanksgiving

    11/25/2015 8:23:37 AM PST · by amorphous · 20 replies
    Jim Sinclair's Mine Set ^ | 24 Nov 2015 | Jim Sinclair & filed under Bill Holter
    By now you have heard the news of a Russian fighter being shot down over Turkey. There are conflicting reports as to whether the plane was in Turkish or Syrian airspace. Another unknown is whether the plane was shot down from the air or ground. Also conflicting as to whether the pilots were dead prior to landing, or executed while parachuting down or after landing. Add to this the destruction of a Russian search helicopter by an anti tank "TOW". The ramifications of these events are mind boggling to say the least. While sitting down to write this, a news...
  • Hillary Clinton visits Colorado, but dodges the state’s big issues (her Churchillian moment)

    11/25/2015 8:02:59 AM PST · by doug from upland · 11 replies
    EXCERPT FROM THE ARTICLE: She also outlined her plans to take on Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. "We need to fight them in the air, on the ground and online," and the United States can do that by drawing together a coalition of countries and working with Muslim communities, she said. ---end excerpt--- DFU COMMENTARY: Those are inspiring words. We have heard similar before -- "We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend...
  • Syrian Refugee Policy Raises Serious States' Rights Issue

    11/25/2015 7:57:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | Bob Barr
    The flood of refugees from Syria and other Middle East countries that the Obama Administration is preparing to distribute to communities across the nation raises very real and understandable security concerns among government officials at the state and local levels, and among the citizenry generally. It is, of course, facile for President Obama to proclaim piously that he "is not a afraid." With the full protection of the U.S. Secret Service, the armed forces, and every law enforcement agency in the country protecting him, why should he fret? The rest of us are not quite so lucky. Whether we, or...
  • 'Man In The High Castle' Subway Ads, Featuring Nazi Symbols, Removed From Trains

    11/25/2015 7:48:51 AM PST · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    CBS New York ^ | November 24, 2015
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A set of controversial subway ads featuring what appear to be Nazi symbols has been removed, following a livid response ... The ads for "The Man in the High Castle," which are running on the 42nd Street Shuttle or S Train, feature what look like Japanese Rising Sun flags and Nazi imperial eagles. The show, based on the 1962 Philip K. Dick novel of the same title, imagines an alternate history where the Axis powers win World War II ...
  • Will Senator Cruz Follow Reagan’s Lead on the NSA?

    11/25/2015 7:26:51 AM PST · by Twotone · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | Nov. 24, 2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    Craig Shirley, author of Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan, is an impressive writer with a vast knowledge of Reagan's terms as president who has nonetheless gotten a very important part of Reagan's legacy wrong. Shirley has written about how Reagan would have reacted to the Paris massacre by enlisting today's "Christian Russia" and "free market China" in a coalition against Islamic terrorism.
  • State Department: Iran Deal Is Not ‘Legally Binding’ and Iran Didn’t Sign It

    11/25/2015 7:20:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/25/2015 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama didn't require Iranian leaders to sign the nuclear deal that his team negotiated with the regime, and the deal is not "legally binding," his administration acknowledged in a letter to Representative Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) obtained by National Review. "The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document," wrote Julia Frifield, the State Department assistant secretary for legislative affairs, in the November 19 letter. Frifield wrote the letter in response to a letter Pompeo sent Secretary of State John Kerry, in which he observed that the...
  • VA doesn't have 'legal authority' to require executives to return $400K they [scammed]

    11/25/2015 6:51:37 AM PST · by pabianice · 36 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 11/24/15 | Cahn
    WASHINGTON -- The Department of Veterans Affairs will not try to recoup more than $400,000 from two senior VA executives who manipulated the hiring system to get their jobs of choice and received hundreds of thousands in extra money to relocate. The agency has remained silent on questions about its decision to demote and transfer but not fire executives Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves, and whether it would collect repayment of those relocation benefits. The original statement from the VA announcing the decision said the women had the right to appeal their reassignments. But Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., who chairs...
  • EU flags disappear from Polish government press briefings

    11/25/2015 6:44:45 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 11/24/15
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's new prime minister has broken with the practice of pro-European predecessors and has removed the EU flag from her weekly news conference. Beata Szydlo appeared Tuesday to brief reporters after the first working meeting with her Cabinet since the conservative Law and Justice party took power last week, and stood in front of Polish flags only. Asked about the change, Szydlo said that in these difficult times she is grateful that Poland belongs to NATO and the EU, but that government press briefings devoted to national matters will from now on take place "against the...
  • Obama Goes On A ‘Green’ Spending Spree Ahead Of UN Summit

    11/25/2015 6:39:34 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 11/24/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    The Department of Energy (DOE) announced $125 million in new spending Monday to fund 41 green energy projects ahead of the United Nations global warming summit set to take place next week. DOE is funding dozens of green technologies through the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, program to find technological solutions to fighting global warming. ARPA-E projects are ones the government thinks show promise, but aren’t yet commercially viable. “As we look beyond COP21, the energy technologies the Department of Energy invests in today will provide the solutions needed to combat climate change and develop a global low-carbon economy...
  • Cruz: Obama Admin Thinks SUVs Are a Greater Threat Than ISIS, Iran

    11/25/2015 6:22:34 AM PST · by Isara · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | Nov 24, 2015 | Fox News Insider
    Watch the video at the link. Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz slammed President Obama on "The Kelly File" tonight for being so weak in the fight against radical Islamic terror. "It's gotten to the point that I don't think 'Saturday Night Live' can even parody this president anymore," Cruz said, pointing out that Obama said that next week's climate change summit in Paris would be a "powerful rebuke" to terrorists." "President Obama and John Kerry have both said that they think, essentially, your SUV in the driveway is a greater threat to our security than is ISIS, than is a...
  • French Prime Minister: Europe can't take any more refugees

    11/25/2015 6:16:09 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/25/2015 | Rick Moran
    EU countries are lining up in opposition to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's open door refugee policy with some countries closing their borders and others establishing strict border controls to try and slow the flood of refugees. Not Merkel. The German leader is defiantly standing by her policy despite the Paris attacks, even though her position is putting enormous strain on her government coalition.
  • One-third of all Americans own a gun, it's time for TSA to stop discriminating

    11/25/2015 6:15:23 AM PST · by upbeat5 · 12 replies
    Associated press via FoxNews.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | Diane Black
    If you have followed the news headlines lately, you know that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) – the bureaucracy responsible for ensuring the safety of our nation’s travelers – has seen better days. An internal investigation released in June found that the TSA had a stunning 96 percent failure rate in detecting weapons and fake explosives. More recently, a report from “The Today Show” revealed that NBC producers were able to pass airport security with Swiss army knives and box cutters in tow. Comforting, huh? While knives and weapons may make it past airport security all too often, your handgun...
  • Largest L.A. County employee union votes to approve contract including 10% raise

    11/25/2015 5:42:55 AM PST · by smartyaz · 22 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11/20/15 | Abby Sewell
    Workers represented by Los Angeles County's largest employee union voted to approve a tentative agreement with county management that would give them a 10% raise over three years. Service Employees International Union Local 721, which represents more than 57,000 county employees, including nurses, social workers and clerical workers, tallied ballots Thursday after a month long voting process. Apart from the pay increase, the new contract would make Cesar Chavez Day an official county holiday starting in 2017, provide as much as an additional week of annual vacation every year and put some temporary workers on a path to full-time jobs....