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  • Workers Say They Are Hurting In West Coast Port Slowdown

    12/28/2014 7:18:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 26, 2014 | Connor D. Wolf
    The West Coast port slowdowns are hurting workers as well as retailers this holiday season.The NBC affiliate in Seattle reported that many of those who work for the ports can’t afford utilities or Christmas gifts for their families because the slowdowns have delayed their paychecks. The work slowdowns are the result of a seven-month labor dispute between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). Each side of the dispute blames the other.Vicki Raiter, the mother of one of the Port of Tacoma workers, told the local NBC affiliate, “If the shipments aren’t coming, then...
  • Yes-We-Can president faces twilight of maybes

    12/28/2014 7:12:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 28, 2014 6:18 PM EST | Julie Pace and Nancy Benac
    It was supposed to be a joke. Are you still president? comedian Stephen Colbert asked Barack Obama earlier this month. But the question seemed to speak to growing weariness with the president and skepticism that anything will change in Washington during his final two years in office. Democrats already are checking out Obamas potential successors. Emboldened Republicans are trying to push aside his agenda in favor of their own. At times this year, Obama seemed ready to move on as well. He rebelled against the White House security bubble, telling his Secret Service detail to give him more space. He...
  • McCaughey: Hillary's Healthcare Rx May Be Worse Than Obamacare

    12/28/2014 6:57:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Newsmax
    The Affordable Care Act may become even more of a nightmare with Hillary Clinton in the White House, says Betsy McCaughey, chairwoman of the Committee to Reduce Infectious Deaths and former lieutenant-governor of New York. "Hillary could make it worse," McCaughey said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV, referencing Clinton's attempt to launch a heathcare plan when her husband, Bill Clinton, was president. "Hillarycare back in November 1993, all 1,362 pages of it . . . was far more coercive than Obamacare." For example, said McCaughey, a medical doctor, Clinton's plan was far more rigid than President...
  • Once Again, the Establishment Cries Foul Over a Stand for Principle

    12/28/2014 6:39:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | December 18, 2014 | Josh Withrow
    The "CRomnibus" government funding bill passed handily last weekend, but not before Senators Lee and Cruz had their say. In a controversial move, the two senators managed to put their colleagues on record voting for or against funding President Obama's latest unconstitutional executive power grab. Many Republican senators, however, protest too much, claiming that Lee and Cruz may have allowed the Democrats to pass a number of executive nominees because of their insistence upon making their point. As the story goes, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had promised to adjourn the Senate after passing the CRomnibus and a couple...
  • As more inmates are released from prison, more parolees return

    12/28/2014 6:36:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    LA Times via MSN ^ | 12/28/14 | Paige St. John
    **SNIP** That troubling question is increasingly being repeated at parole hearings across California as the number of inmates with life sentences who are granted release skyrockets under Gov. Jerry Brown. Currently nearly 2,000 murderers, hit men and robbers who spent decades locked up and now range from middle-aged to elderly are trying to find their way. Most succeed, but each month a few more fail, returning to the drugs and crime that put them in prison and raising public safety concerns. California is one of four states in which the governor has final authority over parole decisions. A Times analysis...
  • Challenge to Phila. civil forfeiture law continues

    12/28/2014 5:59:46 PM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    Inquirer ^ | December 20, 2014 | Jeremy Roebuck
    Philadelphia prosecutors agreed Thursday to halt efforts to seize the homes of two of the lead plaintiffs in a widely publicized federal suit challenging the city's use of civil forfeiture laws in drug cases. But Christos Sourovelis and Doila Welch, both of whom saw their houses threatened after police arrested a relative dealing drugs on their properties, said they intended to keep on fighting. In agreements of dismissal filed in Common Pleas Court, the District Attorney's Office agreed to drop its cases against properties owned by Sourovelis and Welch as long as both owners took "reasonable measures" to ensure no...
  • With Two Years Left, the Inflection Point of the Obama Presidency (Read this)

    12/28/2014 5:43:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 26, 2014 | Michael Walsh
    The Revenge President The men behind Obama took a calculated gamble in 2008 that the nation was ready for the first post-American president, a man with no meaningful cultural roots in the nation he would profess to lead. They relied on the intrinsic good-heartedness of the electorate to show their lack of prejudice in voting for a man with an exotic Arabic/Muslim name only seven years after the atrocity of Sept. 11. They counted on the innate good will of the American people, judged that the time was right for a black president, and then went out and found the...
  • Holder and Obama are making race relations worse, inflaming hatred

    12/28/2014 5:37:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/28/2014 | By John Fund and Hans Von Spakovsky
    Attorney General Eric Holder insisted to MSNBC earlier this month that we are in a better place than we were before in race relations since Barack Obama was elected president. The president doubled down in an interview with NPR last week. Asked if race relations were worse since he took office, he said, No, I actually think that its probably in its day-to-day interactions less racially divided. But thats not what the American people see. A Pew Research Center poll found that only 40% of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling race relations. Black approval is down to...
  • Ferguson officer placed on unpaid leave after calling Michael Brown memorial 'a pile of trash'

    12/28/2014 4:56:36 PM PST · by South40 · 45 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 27 DEC 2014 | Dylan Stableford
    Timothy Zoll, a spokesman for the department, initially denied making incendiary comments The spokesman for the Ferguson, Mo., police department has been placed on unpaid leave after calling the makeshift memorial to slain black teenager Michael Brown a "pile of trash in the middle of the street" after it was destroyed. Timothy Zoll, the Ferguson police public information officer, told the Washington Post that he wasn't sure the destruction of the memorial on Christmas night amounted to a crime. "I don't know that a crime has occurred," Zoll said, according to the paper. "But a pile of trash in...
  • (NYPD Commissioner) Bratton: Police turning their backs on Mayor de Blasio was very inappropriate.

    12/28/2014 4:23:13 PM PST · by Zakeet · 49 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | December 28, 2014, | Stephen Rex Brown
    NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said Sunday it was very inappropriate for police offers to turn their backs on Mayor de Blasio as he delivered a eulogy for a fallen hero cop. I certainly dont support that action yesterday. I think it was very inappropriate at that event, Bratton said on Face The Nation Sunday. That funeral was held to honor Officer (Rafael) Ramos and to bring politics, to bring issues into that event was very inappropriate and I do not support it.
  • In Danger of Closing, Channel 10 Goes Dark Overnight

    12/28/2014 3:28:17 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/14 | Elad Benari
    Channel 10 went dark on Sunday night at about 10:30 p.m. Israel time, at the instruction of the channels employees union. Instead of regular programming, the channel displayed a picture of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, alongside the words, "In three days, Channel 10 will close. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who serves as Minister of Communications, refuses to find a solution. Due to this the employees union has decided to cease Channel 10s broadcast for the night. We will resume broadcasting at 6:00 a.m." The channel has been facing financial difficulties for several years. In December of 2012, the Knesset held...
  • Justice Department Grants Linked to Cop-killing Rap Video

    12/28/2014 2:06:11 PM PST · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    The New American ^ | Dec 26, 2014 | Alex Newman
    ...the DOJ was funding a community organization linked to a controversial rap music video glorifying the murder of New York City police officers. The group in question, Bronx Defenders, has received at least $1.5 million in U.S. taxpayer dollars from the Department of Justice, and played a prominent role in the pro-cop-killing music video.
  • Charles Koch eyes sentencing reform as a 2015 priority [See Rand Paul]

    12/28/2014 12:57:39 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 28, 2014, 02:58 pm | David McCabe
    Conservative mega-donor Charles Koch says reforming the criminal justice system to make it more fair to the "disadvantaged" will be a major one of his priorities in 2015.The businessman said that the criminal justice system needs reforms aimed at making it fair and making [criminal] sentences more appropriate to the crime that has been committed.Over the next year, we are going to be pushing the issues key to this, which need a lot of work in this country, Koch toldThe Wichita Eaglein an interview publishedSaturdaynight. And that would be freedom of speech, cronyism and how that relates to opportunities for...
  • Climate change funding heads county legislative priorities

    12/28/2014 11:58:47 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 19 replies
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | December 27, 2014 | Nels Johnson
    Climate change, flood protection and funding for projects including extending the SMART train to Larkspur are among issues that top the county's legislative program for 2015. The program, endorsed by Marin County supervisors in a meeting this month, covers a range of issues while focusing on "high level priority areas" including "efforts to plan for and fund sea level rise vulnerability assessments and adaptation strategies."
  • Help Us Restore Election Integrity (MN-MVA)

    12/28/2014 11:52:13 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Minnesota Voters Alliance ^ | 12-10-14 | Andrew Cilek
    Formed in 2005, the Minnesota Voters Alliance (MVA) is the only conservative organization in Minnesota, and one of a few in the nation, dedicated solely to expanding liberty through legal action, determined to strike at the liberal forces which degrade and reduce our freedoms. A critical component of that dedication is the ability to pursue an objective for as long as it takes to win. So, while we have achieved several recent victories in other cases, our commitment to changing Minnesotas defective Election-Day Registration (EDR) laws continues in full force. Today, I am requesting your support for our impending lawsuits...
  • Netanyahu foes lose bid to postpone Likud primaries (scheduled for 12/31)

    12/28/2014 11:51:40 AM PST · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/28/2014 19:13 | GIL HOFFMAN
    The Tel Aviv District Court on Sunday rejected an appeal by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's opponents in Likud who asked to postpone the Likud leadership and Knesset primary that is set for Wednesday. The decision by Judge Michal Agmon-Gonen means that the race for both the Knesset and Likud leader will be that day, pending an appeal to the Supreme Court. Agmon-Gonen wrote in her ruling that the decision to hold both races the same day was "reasonable" and would not cause significant harm to the democratic process inside the party. A source close to Likud central committee members who...
  • Army Thanks Soldier For Confronting Offensive Behavior Online

    12/28/2014 11:35:20 AM PST · by hcmama · 65 replies
    Military Times ^ | Claudette Roulo
    First Sgt. Katrina Moerk, now the first sergeant of Charlie Company, 741st Military Intelligence Battalion, was browsing a social media network's community page earlier this year, when she came upon a video that she found offensive and sexist. When she commented as much, several respondents attacked her with insults. Some of these respondents were wearing uniforms in their profile photos, the first sergeant said, so she wrote to them directly. "I looked them up, introduced myself and explained to them why they were stupid. And I [copied] the director of the Army SHARP program to help their units improve their...
  • Clarice Feldman: For the Media, the Climate of Hate is Always on the Right

    12/28/2014 10:27:12 AM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 28, 2014 | Clarice Feldman
    I must say that for some decades now, the media have proven to be terrible weather forecasters, always finding the climate of hate on the right, and never seeing it on the left of the political map. My friend (who picked his moniker "Danube of Thought" from the late Romanian despot Nicolae Ceausescu) documents some of the coverage of the assassination of President Kennedy -- murdered by a Communist gunman: "Hatred and fanaticism, the flabby spirit of complacency that has permitted the preachers of fanatical hatred to appear respectable, and the self-righteousness that labels all who disagree with us as...
  • Montana's New Gov. Website Offers Obamacare, Food Stamps, TANF in One Stop

    12/28/2014 10:11:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    Welcome to Montana's new one-stop wonder. The website where residents can apply for Obamacare, food stamps, and housing assistance in one convenient location. The Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services' recently launched website streamlines the application process for various government assistance programs. The new system allows individuals to enter their information just once to apply for these three programs: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - Formerly Food StampsTemporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - Cash assistanceHealth Coverage Assistance - Medicaid, Healthy Montana Kids, health insurance assistance and tax credits through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace The website encourages applicants to learn more about...
  • NYPD Chief: "Inappropriate" For Officers To Turn Backs On Mayor Again [Must Bratton Resign?]

    12/28/2014 10:01:21 AM PST · by Steelfish · 83 replies
    CBSNews ^ | December 28, 2014 | REBECCA KAPLAN
    NYPD Chief: "Inappropriate" For Officers To Turn Backs On Mayor Again By REBECCA KAPLAN December 28, 2014 New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said it was "very inappropriate" for officers to turn their backs on New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio at the funeral for slain NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos. It was the second time officers had done so since the slaying of two NYPD cops. "That funeral was held to honor Officer Ramos, and to bring politics, to bring issues into that event I think was very inappropriate and I do not support it. He is the mayor...
  • (Illegal) Immigrants get warning on driver's licenses

    12/28/2014 9:23:01 AM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/26/14 | AMY TAXIN
    LOS ANGELES (AP) While tens of thousands of immigrants living in the United States illegally are preparing to apply for a long-sought driver's license in California starting Jan. 2, others are being urged to think twice. Immigrant advocates say the vast majority should be able to get licenses without trouble, but they want anyone who previously obtained a driver's license under a false name or someone else's Social Security number to speak first with a lawyer, fearing a new application could trigger a fraud investigation. The same applies to immigrants with a prior deportation order or criminal record because...
  • Critical decisions after 9/11 led to slow, steady decline in quality for Secret Service

    12/28/2014 8:32:39 AM PST · by upchuck · 25 replies
    WaPo ^ | Dec 27, 2014 | Carol D. Leonnig
    The Secret Service began struggling to carry out its most basic duties after Congress and the George W. Bush administration expanded the elite law enforcement agencys mission in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. According to government documents and interviews with dozens of current and former officials, the recent string of security lapses at the White House resulted from a combination of tight budgets, bureaucratic battles and rapidly growing demands on the agency that have persisted through the Bush and Obama administrations in the 13 years since the attacks. At the same time, the Secret Service was...
  • Giuliani: O Backing Police w/Sharpton Next to Him Like Promising to Fight Mafia Next to Joe Colombo

    12/28/2014 8:24:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The National Review ^ | December 28, 2014 | Patrick Brennan
    President Obama might offer plenty of praise for American police at some times, but his friendly associations with Al Sharpton and comments at other times add up to contempt for police officers, Rudy Giuliani says. Asked by CBS whether hed recant some claims about President Obamas anti-police rhetoric because the president has praised police often, Giuliani declined, and pointed first to the presidents frequent meetings with Sharpton. You make Al Sharpton a close adviser, youre going to turn police against you, Giuliani said. I saw this man cause riots in New York; Ive heard his anti-police invective firsthand. To have...
  • 2015 Predictions; Investment & Finance Thread - Dec. 28

    12/28/2014 8:22:56 AM PST · by expat_panama · 46 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Dec. 28, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    [click to enlarge] Weird, all our doom'n'gloomers have disappeared! Usually the pundits are warning about the big upcoming market crash but look at what the latest "expert" predictions are for 2015 stock market returns: Outlook 2015: Year Ahead Reports & AnalysisOur 2015 year-end target for the S&P 500 is 2200, putting returns on a more-normal pace of 6%.Barron's CoverOutlook 2015: Stick With the Bull Wall Streets top strategists expect the S&P 500 to rally 10% Markets Wall Street bull: Market will rise another 14% in 2015 Add to this the fact that we're still overdue for ourlonger term...
  • How Obamacare could delay your tax refund

    12/28/2014 7:11:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12/26/14 | Ray Martin
    If you're one of the almost 6 million individuals who received a government subsidy toward the health insurance you bought on Healthcare.gov or your state's insurance exchange, then prepare for a possible delay in processing your 2014 tax return and refund. That's because folks who bought subsidized health insurance will receive a new tax form called Form 1095-A Health Insurance Marketplace Statement. The insurance exchanges are supposed to provide these forms. The problem is it's unclear whether the processing steps for this form have been finalized. In the past, whenever new forms and processing procedures aren't finalized and changes are...
  • Hey GQ, cant find any crazy Democrats? Here are 16

    12/28/2014 6:49:10 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 28, 2014 | Kyle Smith
    In a survey of the Craziest Politicians of 2014, GQ had difficulty locating any Democrats. Seventeen out of 20 on the list were Republicans, with the only liberals being Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson and Americas reigning nabob of nuttiness, Joe Biden. In a note appended to the story, GQ defensively said it wasnt guilty of standard liberal-media bias, it just couldnt find any loony Democrats to speak of. Lets give GQ a little help, shall we? Here are 16 more Democrats to the list of the most cra-cra political figures.
  • Allah in our schools ( Common Core )

    12/28/2014 6:32:11 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 28, 2014 | Carol Brown
    Jihad, in its many guises and forms, is being waged across America. No aspect of our society has been untouched by this relentless attack. Including our schools. Our education system has been infiltrated by the enemy, as the next generation of Americans is brainwashed with white-washed Islam. The assault is coming from all directions and it never sleeps. Muslim Brotherhood front groups have been, and continue to be, integrally involved in the development of Common Core curriculum. They make sure a false picture of Islam is integrated into lessons, from K 12. Our children are exposed to all manner...
  • The Social Security Collection Agency

    12/28/2014 6:01:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    To those nattering nabobs of negativity who dont trust government to do the right thing, or even to stop doing the wrong thing once discovered, I just want to say: Youre right. Again. Last April, a Washington Post expos about a bizarrely tyrannical debt collection program caused the Social Security Administration (SAA) to publicly promise it would cease and desist from said program. The Social Security bureaucracy had been snatching the income tax refund checks of grown children whose parents, many decades ago, had allegedly been sent excess money intended for the care and feeding of these then-youngsters by this...
  • Excerpt from Socialism, by Ludwig von Mises

    12/28/2014 6:00:12 AM PST · by theBuckwheat · 27 replies
    Mises Institute free book ^ | 1932 | Ludwig von Mises
    From Socialism, by Ludwig von Mises (1951, Originally written in German, 1932) Part V, Deconstructionism, Chapter I, The Motive Powers of Desconstructionism, Section 1, The nature of deconstructionism. To the socialist, the coming of Socialism means a transition from an irrational to a rational economy. Under Socialism, planned management of economic life takes the place of anarchy of production; society, which is conceived as the incarnation of reason, takes the place of the conflicting aims of unreasonable and self-interested individuals. A just distribution replaces an unjust distribution of goods. Want and misery vanish and there is wealth for all-- so...
  • Dividing Lines: Already polarized, Wisconsin's fault lines now wider

    12/28/2014 5:54:16 AM PST · by rellimpank · 51 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 28 dec 2014 | Craig Gilbert
    At first glance, Gov. Scott Walkers re-election last month looks like a carbon copy of his victory four years earlier. He won the same kinds of voters. He won the same parts of the state. And he won with virtually the same share of the vote: 52.25% in 2010 and 52.26% in 2014. But on closer inspection, there is an important difference: Wisconsin is even more polarized today than it was four years ago. Based on almost everything we know about the Nov. 4 election, the states fault lines are deeper and more sharply defined, its voters are more divided...
  • For Barack Obama, 2014 could hardly have been worse (Not to mention America!)

    12/28/2014 4:46:11 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 25 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/25/2014 | Donald Lambro
    A Gallup poll reported this week that only 23 percent of Americans surveyed each month were satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S. -snip- The government throws many numbers into the GDP basket things like federal, state and local government spending, exports and various investment expenditures. The sharply higher GDP number was largely the result of faster consumption 3.2 percent versus 2.2 percent despite flat or falling incomes. Thats why Paul Dales of Capital Economics warns that even though the GDP number looks rosy, it suggests that households have had to dip into their...
  • Russia Seeks to Raise its Language Profile in NK (North Korea)

    12/28/2014 2:50:46 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 9 replies
    Korea Times ^ | December 28, 2014 19:36 GMT | Kim Hyo-jin
    Russia appears striving to boost the demand for its language in North Korea, amid signs that the Cold War allies try to build up strong bilateral relations. Russia's Maritime Province of Siberia donated as many as 1,400 Russian books to North Korea, the Russian news agency Interfax said Wednesday. The books vary on the subjects from Russian history, literature, culture, to language. It reported that the state government delegated the donation project to "Russkiy Mir," an orthodox cultural foundation established by Russia's president Vladimir Putin in 2007 as a vehicle for exercising soft power abroad. The foundation delivered the books...
  • TX Cops Fatally Shoot Armed 20-Year-Old; Bystanders Throw Bottles at Police

    12/27/2014 11:21:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 26, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    Police officers in Texas City fatally shot and killed a man identified by family members as Carlton Smith, a 20-year-old African-American. Texas City Police Chief Robert Burby said he was shot down because he was armed and was pointing his weapon at one of the officers. What happened, according to the police, is that the manager of HTs Lounge called to report a fight breaking out inside the club. When the police arrived, they saw an individual firing a gun in the direction of patrons exiting the club. He reportedly pointed his gun at an officer and was shot down....
  • Obama Repeats: Ill Act on My Own When Its Necessary

    12/27/2014 8:37:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 88 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 22, 2014 - 1:16 PM | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    In his weekly address released on Saturday, President Barack Obama said that in the remaining two years of his presidency he plans to work with Congress but will take unilateral action when he believes he needs to do so. Ill act on my own when its necessary, Obama said. [] But I will never stop trying to make life better for people like you. Because thanks to your efforts, a new foundation is laid, said Obama. A new future is ready to be written. We have set the stage for a new American moment, and Im going to spend every...
  • Its ending purposeless, perpetual, global warfare, stupid

    12/27/2014 8:29:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 26, 2014 | Bruce Fein
    Its ending purposeless, perpetual, global warfare, stupid. Republican presidential contenders for 2016 should embrace that campaign theme to demolish the ultra-hawkish Hillary Clinton and her Napoleonic complex. Bill Clintons 1992 campaign theme, Its the economy, stupid, is obsolete. Presidential strategists sermonize that voters are instinctively concerned more about jobs, mortgages, and health care than about national security policy. True enough. But that is because presidential aspirants have failed to discern and to explain the direct connection between, on the one hand, purposeless, perpetual, global warfare and the projection of military force everywhere that has created an exorbitant, inefficient, and corrupt...
  • As Economy Strengthens, Obamas Popularity Is Likely to Rise

    12/27/2014 8:09:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/272014 | Brendan Nyhan
    When will the improving American economy translate into higher approval ratings for President Obama? It will take time. But if recent trends continue, Mr. Obamas political standing is likely to strengthen. The economy is turning upward. Job growth is increasing, as The Upshots Neil Irwin has noted, and wage and income growth which have been largely nonexistent for years are likely to pick up. The latest estimate shows G.D.P. grew at a rate of 5 percent in the third quarter, the fastest rate since 2003. The political currents are seemingly running in the opposite direction from the economy,...
  • Ferguson PIO placed on unpaid leave after referring to Mike Brown memorial as trash

    12/27/2014 7:48:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    KMOV-TV ^ | December 27, 2014 | Adam McDonald
    FERGUSON, Mo (KMOV.com) – The Ferguson Public Information Officer for the City of Ferguson Police Department has been placed on unpaid leave after referring to the Michael Brown memorial as ‘trash.’ According to the Washington Post, Officer Timothy Zoll, the Ferguson Police Department’s public relations officer said no crime had been reported in connection to the memorial’s destruction early Friday morning. Zoll suggested the department would look at any video of the incident, but did not specify whether the department would investigate after a vehicle allegedly ran over the memorial on Canfield Drive. “I don’t know that a crime has...
  • Ferguson protest advocate charged with arson

    12/27/2014 7:32:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    BERKELEY, Mo. A protester who advocated for peaceful demonstrations in Ferguson was charged Saturday with setting fire to a convenience store in a neighboring suburb. A St. Louis County jail official said Joshua Williams, 19, of St. Louis, was being held on $30,000 bond. He is charged with arson, second-degree burglary and stealing less than $500. Williams, who was frequently quoted and photographed protesting Michael Brown's death, is accused of using lighter fluid to set multiple fires inside and outside a QuikTrip in Berkeley....
  • Whos to Blame for the NYPD Killings? Inciters and enablers are culpable too.

    12/27/2014 6:46:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The National Review ^ | December 27, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    A week ago, New York City police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were murdered in an act of premeditated assassination by a man who was patently inspired by indeed, was a documented participant in a radical movement that has brazenly called for cops to be murdered. To be sure, not every radical in the movement is down for the cop killing, no more than every Islamist thinks jihadist terror is the best route to imposing sharia. But cop killing is undeniably an aim of a not insignificant part of the movements hard core, and a good many...
  • Police turn their backs on Mayor de Blasio during funeral for fallen NYPD cop

    12/27/2014 5:44:50 PM PST · by driftdiver · 28 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 12/27/2014 | Foxnews
    Hundreds of police officers outside the Queens, N.Y. church Saturday where the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos was being held turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio as he eulogized the fallen officer who was ambushed last week along with his partner. De Blasio's remarks were being shown on large TV monitors outside the Christ Tabernacle Church. Police union officials have accused the mayor of fostering a climate of mistrust that contributed to the killings of Officer Ramos and his partner. More than 25,000 police officers from across the country assembled in winter sunshine to pay final respects to...
  • Cleveland Pro-Police Rally Draws Thousands, Including Family Members of Fallen Officers

    12/27/2014 5:44:30 PM PST · by kristinn · 5 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | Saturday, December 27, 2014 | Adam Ferrise
    More than 2,000 people stood behind Barbara Owens as she silently kissed her son's name that is etched into a memorial for slain police officers. Owens whose son Derrick was a Cleveland police officer when he was killed chasing drug dealers on March 1, 2008 was among the some 2,500 people who showed up Saturday at the Sea of Blue rally to support police. "We're thankful to see all the people that came out," said Derrick Owens father, Wayne. "I know they're not all out here for my son, but I personalize it. It feels good." The rally...
  • Qatar: A Change of Heart? Or merely rearranging the Camels?

    12/27/2014 3:21:02 PM PST · by Randall_S · 6 replies
    An Update from the Qatar Awareness Campaign Several recent news reports point to the possibility that Qatar, the host nation of the Muslim Brotherhood, may be genuine in their attempt to reconcile with their Arab neighbors. After expelling the Qataris and isolating them diplomatically, the United Arab Emirate, Saudi Arabia, and even Egypt appear to have reached an accord with Doha. The Nazi-rooted Muslim Brotherhood was long ago banished from Saudi Arabia (in the late 1920s), and Egypt has violently suppressed them many times, notably after the assassination of Sadat. Yet the daily report out of the Middle East suggests...
  • Graham: Senate will vote on Iran sanctions legislation in January

    12/27/2014 3:13:56 PM PST · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 27, 2014, 04:10 pm | Peter Sullivan
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Saturday that the Senate will take up an Iran sanctions bill in January, setting up a tough vote for Democrats. During an appearance alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel, Graham said there will be a vote on legislation drafted by Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) in January. The measure would impose additional sanctions on Iran if it violates the interim nuclear agreement or walks away from talks. "Im here to tell you, Mr. Prime Minister, that the Congress will follow your lead," Graham said. "In January...
  • (PDF) Reversing the Medicaid Fee Bump: How Much Could Medicaid Fees Fall in 2015?

    12/27/2014 2:56:13 PM PST · by steve86 · 13 replies
    Urban Institute ^ | December, 2014 | Stephen Zuckerman
    This is a .pdf format document. Full Title: Reversing the Medicaid Fee Bump: How Much Could Medicaid Fees For Primary Care Fall in 2015?
  • Menendez, Clinton State Dept. Helped Secure Visa for Fugitive Banker's Daughter

    12/27/2014 2:06:30 PM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    NBC New York ^ | December 17, 2014 | Jonathan Dienst. Kevin Nious and Joe Valiquette
    Menendez, Clinton State Dept. Helped Secure Visa for Fugitive Banker's Daughter By Jonathan Dienst. Kevin Nious and Joe Valiquette There are new questions for U.S. Sen. Robert Mendendez, who tried to help a woman get into the country after she had been accused of visa fraud and was banned from traveling to the U.S. Jonathan Dienst reports. Dec 17, 2014 New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez interceded on behalf of an Ecuadorian woman who was banned from traveling to the U.S. because of allegations she had engaged in visa fraud. The woman, Estafania Isaias, is the daughter of a fugitive from...
  • Dear GOP: Show, Don't Tell

    12/27/2014 12:51:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/26/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Hey, Jeb, Ted, Rand, Marco, Bobby, Chris and the dozen or more others I'm forgetting, here's something to write on your bathroom mirror in 2015 and beyond: The "P" in POTUS stands for "President," not "Pundit." I understand that the Seinfeldian faux-holiday Festivus is behind us, but I want to get at least this one grievance in for next year a bit early. Republicans have a tendency to tell, not show. They feel the need to explain why they are saying something, rather than work at simply saying what they need to say convincingly. I call it "reading your stage...
  • Death penalty states unmoved by botched execution

    12/27/2014 11:48:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 80 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 27, 2014 | Sean Murphy
    Oklahoma's last execution went so badly that the state tried to cancel it before it was over. With the inmate writhing while the lethal drugs seeped into his body, his executioners drew the viewing gallery curtains, concealing what the warden later described as "a bloody mess." The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April and other troubling ones this year in Ohio and Arizona gave capital punishment opponents a flicker of hope that areas of the country that most enthusiastically support the death penalty might have a change of heart. They didn't.
  • Sharyl Attkisson: Docs indicate ATF was using Fast and Furious to justify new gun regs

    12/27/2014 11:23:57 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 73 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | Dec 26, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Just as Second Amendment civil rights activists feared, federal government bureaucrats were supplying illegal firearms to Mexican drug cartels in the expectation that it would led to pressure for more regulation. Analyzing a 60 page document release in response to a FOIA action by Judicial Watch Attkisson writes:
  • Obama claiming US is 'less racially divided' than when he took office

    12/27/2014 11:10:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/26/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    <p>In a year-end conversation with NPR News, President Obama toldMorning EditionHost Steve Inskeep that low morale around race relations in the U.S. is exaggerated by the national conversation around recent violence and not an accurate reflection of the state of affairs around the country.</p>
  • 2 NYPD officers promoted posthumously; Ramos also made honorary chaplain

    12/27/2014 10:47:52 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | December 27, 2014 | Michael Martinez, Kevin Conlon and Miguel Marquez
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A sea of blue flooded the streets around a Queens church Saturday morning -- thousands of police waiting to pay respects for one of two New York officers who lost their lives in the line of duty last weekend. More than 25,000 police officers attended Christ Tabernacle church in the Glendale neighborhood for the funeral of Rafael Ramos, the New York City police officer murdered one week ago. Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio are among those in attendance. During the service, Bratton announced he was appointing Ramos to an...