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  • Black Mob Violence at Christmas, All Over the Country (Colin Flaherty)

    12/28/2014 5:15:39 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 3 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | Colin Flaherty
    This year’s Yuletide racial violence was more spontaneous. More deadly. More old school. Not connected to the recent political protests over Mike Brown, Eric Garner and fill in your favorite atrocity that racist police inflicted on black people For No Reason What So Ever. Let’s start in a small town near Houston called Texas City, where hundreds of black people decided to celebrate Christmas Night at a party promoting “Hood Night.’ Near midnight, one of the patrons found himself in the parking lot, shooting a handgun. When police arrived, he was shooting toward the crowd and ignored orders to drop...
  • ‘ISLAMIC STATE’ – Seven Impressions Of A Difficult Journey (First Hand Account)

    12/28/2014 5:07:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    Jürgen Todenhöfer ^ | December 28, 2014 | Jürgen Todenhöfer
    Dear friends, we are slowly recovering from the stress the journey into the “Islamic State” has induced on us. Frederic, my son, has lost several pounds. Of course, I have been aware that both, meeting with ISIS and American and Syrian bomb attacks, could put me into high risk. In Mosul, low-flying US aircraft circled over us numerous times. And our “apartment” in the Syrian town Raqqa was largely destroyed by a Syrian bomb while we were staying in Mosul, Iraq. Hence, our last night in Raqqa had to be spent in a bombed-out and glass-splittered apartment. It’s difficult to...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 28 December 2014

    12/28/2014 4:59:31 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 11 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 28 December 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 28th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): The year in review.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Bratton; Ron Klain, United States Ebola Response Coordinator.THIS WEEK (ABC): Game changers who made their mark in 2014.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Outgoing Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas; Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J.
  • Racism Right and Left: One Man’s Opinion

    12/28/2014 4:52:53 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 2 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | Roger Simon
    The left, on the other hand, is filled with racism of all sorts, much, but not all, of it projected. I used to hear racist comments all the time during the seventies and eighties when almost all my friends were leftist or liberals. During that time black racism was pretty much continuously on the rise, aided and abetted by whites. It had been going on for a while. I first encountered black racism from the person of none other than Julian Bond (later the president of the NAACP), who treated me, a civil rights worker involved in voter registration, in...
  • For Barack Obama, 2014 could hardly have been worse (Not to mention America!)

    12/28/2014 4:46:11 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 11 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. That’s 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...
  • North Korea's Internet, 3G Mobile Network 'Paralyzed': Report

    12/28/2014 4:40:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    NBC News ^ | Dec. 27, 2014
    North Korea's Internet, 3G Mobile Network 'Paralyzed': Report North Korea's Internet and 3G mobile networks were paralyzed again on Saturday evening, China's official Xinhua news agency reported, with the North Korean government blaming the United States for systemic instability in the country's networks. Internet connectivity had not returned to normal as of 9:30 p.m. local time (7:30 a.m. ET), Xinhua said, citing reporters in the country that had confirmed the situation over fixed telephone systems. Analysts at global Internet performance firm Dyn Research also reported that North Korea appeared to be suffering another countrywide online blackout. "This time, there wasn't...
  • U.S. TANKS SMASH INTO BASTOGNE, BREAK SIEGE; FOE’S SPEARHEAD NEAR MEUSE DRIVEN BACK (12/28/44)

    12/28/2014 4:33:52 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 6 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 12/28/44 | Drew Middleton, Harold Denny, Frank L. Kluckhohn, Sidney Shalett, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Looking Back: The Good, The Bad And The Progressive

    12/28/2014 4:30:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    When the media looks back on 2014 it will be portrayed as an awful year, mostly because progressivism took major hits throughout the year. But for everyone else, 2014 wasn’t all that bad. Sure, it had its low points, but even "Breaking Bad" and "The Wire" had a few less than stellar episodes in an otherwise outstanding run. Perfection is for God and the less than two-dozen pitchers who retired the 27 men they faced in order. So lets look back at just a few events from the year that soon will be “was,” shall we? First: The Midterm Elections....
  • Immigration Remakes and Sustains New York, Report Finds (2013)

    12/28/2014 4:18:01 AM PST · by dennisw · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 18, 2013 | Ozier Muhammad
    Now numbering about 3.1 million — a record high — the city’s immigrant population, about 37 percent of the overall population of 8.2 million New Yorkers, is more kaleidoscopic than ever, in large part a result of the passage of 1965 immigration legislation that allowed more people to come from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. In a city that once had a population of predominantly European origin, there is now no dominant racial, ethnic or nationality group. Xian Hua Li, was among a group of immigrants granted American citizenship on Wednesday. He is part of the surging population...
  • Missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 and MH370 share similarities according to aviation experts

    12/28/2014 4:02:44 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 11 replies
    News.com ^ | December 28, 2014 | anon
    HOURS after the disappearance of QZ8501, aviation experts are already comparing the incident with the yet to be solved mystery of MH370. Like MH370, the AirAsia Indonesia flight disappeared from radars and made no further communication with Air Traffic Control early into the flight from Surabaya to Singapore. ...
  • Will Obama use the unratified Arms Trade Treaty to undermine the 2nd Amendment?

    12/28/2014 3:31:30 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 36 replies
    Coac h Is Right ^ | 12/28/2014 | Doug Book
    Among the terms of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) are the following mandatory provisions: 1.) Civilians are not permitted to “own, buy, sell, trade or transfer” “[any] means of armed resistance including handguns.” 2.) Also prohibited is the ownership of ammunition/munitions. 3.) All countries participating in the Arms Trade Treaty “shall establish and maintain a National Control System” with a list of all weapons including “their current owners.” This makes the registration of all firearms–that is, the National Arms Registry dreamed of by American liberals–a Treaty requirement. The registry will be used to enforce the prohibition against civilian...
  • Russia Seeks to Raise its Language Profile in NK (North Korea)

    12/28/2014 2:50:46 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 7 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...
  • Armenians in Iran preparing for Christmas [Jan 6]

    12/28/2014 12:54:22 AM PST · by BlackVeil
    Public Radio of Armenia ^ | 26 Dec 2014 | Siranush Ghazanchyan
    Iran’s Christian Armenian minority is storming the gift shops in Tehran, buying them out of all their ornaments, Santa figures and pine trees to hang in their stores and homes, the Jerusalem Post reports. As Christians all over the world geared up for Christmas this week, so too were Iranians preparing to celebrate the festive holiday in all its glory. Iran’s Christian Armenian minority in particular ...
  • Is Al Jazeera changing its tune on Syria?

    12/28/2014 12:47:36 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 1 replies
    Al-Akhbar ^ | December 27, 2014 | By: Wissam Kanaan
    It is no secret that Al Jazeera is the media arm of Qatari foreign policy, which has suffered a successive series of setbacks, particularly in Syria. But some time ago, signs that changes had taken place in the editorial line of Al Jazeera began to emerge, as evident in the terminology the Qatari satellite channel started using. For example, Al Jazeera no longer refers to opposition fighters as “rebels.” Moreover, Al Jazeera has been giving airtime for discussions about the mistakes of the Free Syrian Army. Soon enough, coverage of Syria in Al Jazeera news bulletins started decreasing. A few...
  • TX Cops Fatally Shoot Armed 20-Year-Old; Bystanders Throw Bottles at Police

    12/27/2014 11:21:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 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 HT’s 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....
  • U.S.-Led Forces Formally Ending Afghanistan Combat Mission [US Deaths And Treasure In Vain?]

    12/27/2014 9:31:25 PM PST · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    Wall St . J ^ | December 27, 2014 | MARGHERITA STANCATI
    U.S.-Led Forces Formally Ending Afghanistan Combat Mission Withdrawal Leaves Afghan Forces to Battle Taliban Largely on Their Own By MARGHERITA STANCATI KABUL—U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan are formally ending their combat mission on Sunday, leaving Afghan forces to battle a still-resilient Taliban insurgency largely on their own. The change in mission, which will be marked by a ceremony in Kabul on Sunday, is largely symbolic. A
  • Europe Gave the Green Light to Burn a Jewish Child (by de-listing Hamas)

    12/27/2014 9:12:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | Saturday, December 27, 2014 6:24 PM | Giulio Meotti
    Ayala Shapira is an 11 year old Jewish girl. She was badly injured in a Palestinian Arab firebomb attack and suffered life-threatening smoke inhalation and third-degree burns over the majority of her body and face. […] Several days have passed since the attack on Ayala and you will not find a single European official who condemned Arab terrorism and the vicious attempt to burn alive a Jewish girl. Think about it. Burnt alive: the same thing the Nazis did. […] A few days before the attack on the Shapira’s family, the European Union took Hamas off the black list of...
  • North Korea's honey trap scheme revealed

    12/27/2014 8:44:55 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 27 Dec 2014 | Julian Ryall
    North Korea's honey trap scheme revealed North Korean defector reveals how rogue state sends female agents to have children with foreign politicians, businessmen and journalists By Julian Ryall, Seoul 8:00AM GMT 27 Dec 2014 North Korea has blackmailed dozens, if not hundreds, of politicians, journalists and businessmen after seducing them with female agents, a former elite North Korean politician has revealed. In a scheme called "the seed-bearing programme", high-level visitors to Pyongyang would be sent an attractive consort, only to find out several months later that they have a child in North Korea. Politicians would then be blackmailed to pass...
  • AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore missing

    12/27/2014 8:44:25 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 37 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 December 2014
    An AirAsia flight travelling from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control, the company has said. Indonesian media say more than 160 people were on board the Airbus A320-200. The aircraft, flight number QZ8501, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 (00:24 GMT), AirAsia tweeted.
  • Obama Repeats: ‘I’ll Act on My Own When It’s Necessary’

    12/27/2014 8:37:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 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. “I’ll act on my own when it’s 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 I’m going to spend every...
  • It’s ending purposeless, perpetual, global warfare, stupid

    12/27/2014 8:29:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 26, 2014 | Bruce Fein
    “It’s 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 Clinton’s 1992 campaign theme, “It’s 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...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Falklands defence review after military deal between Russia and Argentina

    12/27/2014 8:26:19 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Sunday Express, UK ^ | December 28, 2014 | MARCO GIANNANGELI
    DEFENCES on the Falklands are being reviewed after it emerged Russia plans to offer Argentina long-range bombers. The aircraft, which Moscow will swap for beef and wheat, would be able to mount air patrols over Port Stanley. Ministry of Defence officials fear Buenos Aires would take delivery of the planes well before the deployment in 2020 of the Navy’s 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and its F-35B fighters, leaving a “real window of vulnerability”. Defence cuts have left the Falklands with just four RAF Typhoon fighters, Rapier surface-to-air missiles and fewer than 1,200 troops, supported by a naval warship...
  • Senator: Obama Not Popular in Israel ‘for Good Reason’ (Mitch McConnell)

    12/27/2014 8:21:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 12/28/2014, 5:50 AM | Ben Ariel
    Future Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Barack Obama is not popular in Israel “and for good reason”. Speaking to the Israel Hayom newspaper, McConnell, who has become one of the most powerful and influential people in Washington since November’s midterm election, said, “It is no secret that president Obama isn’t popular in Israel, and for good reason.” “In my view, he has tilted on numerous occasions in a direction that would lead Israelis to believe that he is not as solemn an ally as past presidents have been,” added McConnell, a senator from Kentucky. …
  • Cubans ready to sell out convicted cop-killer Joanne Chesimard if they get the chance

    12/27/2014 8:14:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/272014 | Jazz Shaw
    Before we even got out of the gate, the Cubans were saying that giving up convicted terrorist and cop killer Joanne Chesimard was a non-starter because they have the right to protect persecuted fugitives who seek asylum. (And here I was worried that this might not work out…) But even if the Castros won’t surrender her peacefully, is it possible that we might just be able to grab her once we have more of an official presence in Havana? If so, some of the regular citizens might be willing to pitch in and help, particularly if there’s a couple...
  • As Economy Strengthens, Obama’s Popularity Is Likely to Rise

    12/27/2014 8:09:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 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. Obama’s political standing is likely to strengthen. The economy is turning upward. Job growth is increasing, as The Upshot’s 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,...
  • Air Asia 8501 Loses Contact With ATC

    12/27/2014 8:07:40 PM PST · by BAW · 6 replies
    Airways News ^ | 12-27-2014
    Air Asia flight QZ8501 lost contract with Air Traffic Controllers in Jakarta at 6:17am local Sunday morning. The Airbus A320 was traveling from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore. There are reports that there are 155-152 passengers on-board the aircraft. Transport Ministry official Hadi Mustofa reports that the aircraft was asking to descend to a lower altitude due to turbulence, and it asked for an “unusual route before” it lost contact with ATC. UPDATE at 10:50 PM ET: AirAsia has released the following statement: AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic...
  • Air Traffic Controllers Lose Contact With AirAsia Plane [162 On Board]

    CBS NEWSDecember 27, 2014 Air Traffic Controllers Lose Contact With AirAsia Plane Indonesian officials said air traffic controllers lost contact with an AirAsia flight from Indonesia to Singapore, Reuters reported late Saturday. Transport Ministry official Hadi Mustofa told Indonesian media air traffic controllers in Jakarta last heard from Flight QZ 8501, enroute from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, at 6:17 a.m. local time. Mustofa said the pilots had asked for an unusual route before it lost contact, according to Reuters.
  • Ferguson PIO placed on unpaid leave after referring to Mike Brown memorial as ‘trash’

    12/27/2014 7:48:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 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...
  • Air Asia Flight Bound for Singapore Lost Contact with Air Traffic: Report

    12/27/2014 7:44:11 PM PST · by kristinn · 318 replies
    The Straight Times ^ | (Sunday) December 28, 2014
    An Air Asia plane travelling from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control, Indonesia's Metro TV reported on Sunday. - See more at: SNIP ...He said the plane had asked for an unusual route before it lost contact, Reuters reported. There are reportedly 162 people on board.
  • US Chamber Of Commerce To Push Immigration Reform, Tax Breaks In Congress [Enemy of State?]

    12/27/2014 7:38:41 PM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    FoxNews ^ | December 27, 2014
    US Chamber Of Commerce To Push Immigration Reform, Tax Breaks In Congress December 27, 2014 The U.S. Chamber of Commerce flexed its muscle in the midterm election, winning 14 of 15 Republican primaries in which it was involved and helping the GOP recapture the Senate. Now it wants the Republican majority in Congress to get to work. Chamber Chief Executive Tom Donohue said in an interview that the GOP has two years to enact “a vigorous program aimed at meeting the needs of the American people” or risk losing their majority. The Chamber wants Congress to act on business priorities...
  • 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....
  • Man [burglar] Fatally Shot After Trying To Take [female] Police Officer's Baton In Coachella

    12/27/2014 7:22:18 PM PST · by grundle · 25 replies
    The Coachella Police Department reports the shooting occurred shortly before noon Thursday as the officer was investigating a report that someone had broken into a home and assaulted its owner. Sgt. Mike Manning says a man outside the home immediately confronted the officer, assuming a "fighting stance." When he advanced on the officer, she pulled her baton, Manning says, and when he attempted to take it away he was shot.
  • Mexico crisis engulfs major institutions but hits the left hardest

    12/27/2014 7:21:48 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 2 replies
    La La Times ^ | Dec 27, 2014 | Tracy Wilkinson
    When a president is in crisis, it is usually a propitious time for political opponents to pounce. But in Mexico, the controversies, failings and crisis of confidence engulfing President Enrique Peńa Nieto have tarred not just his 2-year-old administration but the entire political establishment.
  • Idris Elba Responds to James Bond Casting Rumors, Questions If He's Handsome Enough for the Job

    12/27/2014 7:06:21 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 49 replies
    E! Online ^ | 12/27/14 | Mike Vulpo
    Twitter Have you heard the news? Some people really want Idris Elba to become the next James Bond!Although Daniel Craig is still signed on for the job, many in and out of Hollywood have spoken out about the possible casting choice. Yes, we're looking at you Rush Limbaugh.But regardless of what you've seen, heard or read, Elba himself has something to say about the speculation and it may not be what you were expecting."Isn't 007 supposed to handsome?" he tweeted from his car Saturday morning while rocking a beanie and a scruffy beard. "Glad you think I've got a...
  • Arizona Police Officer, Suspect Killed in Shootout

    12/27/2014 7:01:31 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    ABC Snooze ^ | Dec 27, 2014
    A 24-year-old police officer and a suspect died after a shootout Saturday afternoon. Officer Tyler Stewart, 24, died at Flagstaff Medical Center after he was shot by a suspect in a domestic-violence case, police said. Stewart was looking for the suspect about 1:30 p.m. in the 800 block of West Clay Avenue when a man identified as Robert W. Smith, 28, of Prescott, fired several shots at the officer, police said. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, police added.
  • Republican ****tardery for 2016 Presidential Nominations [10 minute video - contains profanity]

    12/27/2014 6:52:27 PM PST · by grundle · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 27, 2014 | Aaron Clarey
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-Wm8V9XCCg
  • Who’s to Blame for the NYPD Killings? Inciters and enablers are culpable too.

    12/27/2014 6:46:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 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 movement’s hard core, and a good many...
  • Nevermind U.S. shale, Saudi Arabia’s oil power play targets Iran’s economy

    12/27/2014 6:40:43 PM PST · by Red Steel · 19 replies
    Financial Post ^ | Updated: Dec 27 7:00 AM ET | Diane Francis
    All politics are local, except for oil politics. The Russians think these low oil prices are an American-Saudi conspiracy. American commentators believe that the Saudis have driven down prices to punish North Dakota’s shale oil revolution and drive its high-cost producers out of the game. In Canada, the paranoia in Calgary is that the Saudis and other Gulf oil producers want to drive the oil sands out of business. But what are the Saudis up to and are they powerful enough to control prices? This week the Saudi minister blamed low prices on oversupply from North America. But that is...
  • GOP lawmakers preparing changes to immigration system (the smell of betrayal is in the air)

    12/27/2014 5:59:52 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 27, 2014
    Interest in reforming the immigration law remains high as Republican lawmakers prepare bills that would make changes to the current system. President Obama received harsh criticism after proposing an executive action steering clear from congressional approval to halt deportation for nearly four million immigrants. However, Republicans remain up to the task to enact their own proposals into the bill.
  • Police turn their backs on Mayor de Blasio during funeral for fallen NYPD cop

    12/27/2014 5:44:50 PM PST · by driftdiver · 25 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...
  • Indiana Governor in Israel, Refuses Abbas Invitation to Dinner

    12/27/2014 5:35:14 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Dec 2014 | Paul Miller
    Republican Indiana Governor Mike Pence spent Christmas with his family in Israel, part of a nine-day trip that includes a three-day jobs mission to meet with government and business leaders to discuss expanding economic ties between Indiana and the Jewish State. According to a Facebook post by Caroline Glick, senior contributing editor of The Jerusalem Post:As a visiting dignitary, Pence and his family were invited to PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas’s annual Christmas dinner, where he was notified that a car would be sent to fetch him to Abbas’s office for an unscheduled and unsolicited meeting at 10:45pm.Governor Pence in his inimitable...
  • Scaled-Up Banking Rescue to Push Russian Budget Into Deficit

    12/27/2014 5:34:30 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 3 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | December 26, 2014 | David M. Herszenhorn
    MOSCOW — Russia’s central bank said on Friday that its bailout of Trust Bank – the first major lender to fail as a result of the sharp decline in the ruble – would cost about $2.5 billion, far more than previously anticipated, and the country’s finance minister said emergency measures to rescue the banking system would push the federal budget into deficit.
  • Unsolved Killing but One of Puerto Rico Bank’s Woes (another dead banker - unexpected!)

    12/27/2014 5:16:02 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | December 25, 2014 | Michael Corkery
    SAN JUAN, P.R. — It was near the evening rush hour when the bank executive drove his black Lexus along the four-lane highway here. Only a few minutes from the banker’s beachfront home, someone opened fire, shattering his car windows and hitting him several times.
  • From the New ‘Annie’ Movie, Lessons on Money and Inequality (an exercise in white guilt)

    12/27/2014 5:11:19 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 52 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | DEC. 25, 2014 | RON LIEBER
    There will come a point in the next 10 days, after the cabin fever has set in, when the small people you parent, grandparent or otherwise dote on demand to see “Annie.” You will recall the unfavorable reviews of the newly updated movie musical, or will look them up. You will read of the bad singing and stilted dance numbers. And still you will go, because it’s a children’s holiday after all, and that’s what they want to see.
  • Muslims invoke activist Malcolm X at rally, "die-in" at City Hall

    12/27/2014 5:09:32 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 19 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 12/23/2014 | Jonathan Lai,
    Some 200 people marched and prayed in Center City on Saturday, the latest in weeks of demonstrations sparked by the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and other black men at the hands of police. And while the protest at City Hall and LOVE Park echoed previous rallies - chants of "I can't breathe," signs declaring "Black lives matter!" and a "die-in" symbolizing lives cut short - a religious aspect ran through the event. It was organized by Muslims and began and ended with prayers. "It's part of black American Muslim tradition to stand for social justice. We need only...
  • Russia Is In Crisis And Putin Is Fighting To Survive It

    12/27/2014 5:01:50 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 27, 2014 | The Economist
    The risk of a financial crisis in Russia has risen because of a precipitous fall in the rouble in mid-December. Recession, falling living standards and rising economic uncertainty look set to be key sources of political instability over the near term.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ COPPERMAN ~ 28 December 2014

    12/27/2014 5:00:30 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 94 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
            COPPERMAN While walking through San Francisco's Union Square recently I ran into Copperman. He is a street entertainer, a young actor in copper paint from head to toe, who sits motionless as people walk by on the busy street. Many stop, awe-struck to see this statue-like man. You cannot even see him breathing. People leave contributions in his copper pot in appreciation for this fine "performance". Copperman sits for 25 minutes at a time and then takes a break. During the break he is quite animated and eagerly shares his story with his audience. He...
  • NBC Asks America for the Meaning of Christmas: 'Jesus' Didn't Make Their Cut

    12/27/2014 4:28:45 PM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | December 26, 2014 | Tim Graham
    NBC Nightly News offered two stories on Christmas in their December 25 newscast, including a show-ender about “what Christmas means to me.” Substitute anchor Tamron Hall offered this introduction: “Finally, on this special night, a question: What does Christmas mean to you? Maybe it’s the presents, the lights, the music, or getting together with family. We put the question to people around the country and discovered once against that Christmas means something a little different to everyone.” Somehow, this perfectly pleasant three-minute segment included lot of talk about family time and presents, and even someone saying “Happy Hanukkah,” but included...
  • Police: Home invasion suspect [on probation] shot by California [Pennsylvania] homeowner

    12/27/2014 4:26:47 PM PST · by grundle · 60 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 27, 2014 | Bill Schackner
    An intruder died early today after being shot in a California borough home as he charged toward the homeowner who confronted him in the kitchen, Washington County Coroner Tim Warco said. The male, identified by Mr. Warco as Emanuel Ladson, 37, of Pittsburgh, was pronounced dead at the Monongahela Valley Hospital emergency room at 4:48 a.m. The incident, described by Mr. Warco in a news release as a home invasion, is being investigated by the coroner, Pennsylvania State Police and police in the borough, officials said. Ladson entered the home along California Road through a window about 3:35 a.m. and...