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  • The 2009 Fort Hood victims finally receive their Purple Hearts

    12/20/2014 3:34:15 AM PST · by RedMDer · 2 replies
    Examiner ^ | December 17, 2014 | Chuck Yarling
    “It’s long past time to call the Fort Hood attack what it was: radical Islamic terrorism. And, this recognition for Fort Hood terrorist victims is overdue. The victims and their families deserve our prayers and support, and this legislation rightly honors them for defending our nation in the face of a heinous act of terror”
 - Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Reps. John Carter (R-Texas) and Roger Williams (R-Texas) added words to legislation of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that expanded “eligibility for the Purple Heart to include members of the Armed Forces who have been killed or wounded...
  • Congress Again Buys Abrams Tanks the Army Doesn't Want

    12/20/2014 3:29:05 AM PST · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Military.com ^ | 12/18/2014 | Richard Sisk
    The new defense spending bill includes $120 million for tanks that the Army has repeatedly said it doesn't want. For three years, the Army in numerous Congressional hearings has pushed a plan that essentially would have suspended tank building and upgrades in the U.S. for the first time since World War II. The Army suggested that production lines could be kept open through foreign sales. Each time, Congress has pushed back. Last week, Congress won again in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015. In a statement, Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, said that Congress "recognizes the necessity...
  • North Korea says it's not involved in Sony hack; proposes joint probe with US

    12/20/2014 3:07:45 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 20, 2014
    North Korea says it's not involved in Sony hack; proposes joint probe with US Published December 20, 2014 North Korea says it can prove it is not behind the massive Sony Pictures cyberattack that has led to several e-mail leaks, threats on movie theaters and the cancellation of the release of the movie The Interview. The country has also said it proposes a joint investigation with the U.S. on the attack and if the U.S. does not agree, North Korea warns of grave consequences, state media says. The announcement comes as a response to the FBI's statement saying it has...
  • Why do you MANSPREAD? Woman with her tape measure confronts splay-legged men on the subway...

    12/20/2014 2:57:36 AM PST · by Islander7 · 6 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Dec 19, 2014 | By Mail Online Reporter
    Full Title: Why do you MANSPREAD? Woman with her tape measure confronts splay-legged men on the subway about the space they consume It is a gripe that frustrates subway riders daily: men with their legs splayed. So one woman decided to confront male commuters about the amount of space they consume. The investigation comes a month before New York City's MTA launches a campaign targeting 'manspreaders'.
  • For His Own Sake, Mark Levin Should Leave the GOP

    12/20/2014 2:32:27 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 14 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 12-19-2014 | Peter Wehner - Commentary
    December 19, 2014For His Own Sake, Mark Levin Should Leave the GOP Peter Wehner Anyone who listens to the radio talk-show host Mark Levin knows hes become a harsh, nightly critic of the Republican Party. To understand just how harsh, you should listen to his monologue from the other day...
  • Feinstein: We're 'going toward bloodshed' on cyber attacks

    12/20/2014 2:05:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | David McCabe
    Outgoing Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said on Friday the U.S. is "going toward bloodshed" and "getting into the arena of major" acts of cyber terrorism. "There can be an attack on the electrical system of the United States, on airport computers of the United States," she said. "We're getting into the arena of major attacks. Right now, it has to do a great deal with private industry. But the cost for private industry is now in the trillions of dollars. And it has to be stopped." Feinstein's comments came after President Obama said Sony Pictures "made a...
  • Sony ignored security evaluation before GOP hack, more data coming

    12/20/2014 1:18:13 AM PST · by Spktyr · 1 replies
    Electronista ^ | Sun December 14, 2014 | Electronista Staff
    'Christmas dump' incoming with more 'interesting' Sony Pictures data Months before the hacker intrusion on Sony Pictures' network, analyst firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) performed an analysis on the company's security, and found it lacking. More than 100 devices were found to be unmonitored by corporate security following an incomplete transition from a private security firm to an in-house team. As a result, any Sony response to network intrusion would be, in the words of the auditors, "slow, fragmented, and incomplete, if it would even happen at all." However, corrective actions proposed by PWC seemingly went undone, which left the doors to...
  • Jeb Bush and Tenet Healthcare Corp - "Bush is dragging a land mine behind him.."

    12/20/2014 1:12:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 20, 2014 | Robert Potts
    Jeb Bush left the Florida governors office in January of 2007, after eight years of service. Three months later, he joined the board of a hospital company that had been pillaging government health programs and abusing patients, in Florida and around the country, for most of the years he sat in the governors office. Apart from a very generous compensation package, why did Bush sign on with such a tarnished company? And will whatever explanation he now offers hold up under the microscope of a presidential campaign? Tenet Healthcare Corp. is a national for-profit hospital company with a sordid history....
  • Orlando attraction features high-powered guns

    12/19/2014 11:53:11 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 4 replies
    WTSP TV | December 17, 2014 | Eric Glasser
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  • Bay of Pigs Veterans Feel 'Abandoned Again' By US

    12/19/2014 11:39:09 PM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    YahooNews ^ | December 19, 2014 | Diego Urdaneta
    Bay of Pigs Veterans Feel 'Abandoned Again' By US Diego Urdaneta The president of the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association, Felix Rodriguez Mendigutia (left), honors another fighter, Eugenio Rolando Martinez, at the organization headquarters on December 18, 2014 in Miami, Florida Miami (AFP) - When the United States failed to overthrow Fidel Castro in the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, CIA-backed Cuban fighters said they were gravely disappointed. Today, the anti-Castro veterans say they've been let down again -- criticising Barack Obama's decision to restore diplomatic and economic ties with its 50-year Cold War foe. "When the Bay of Pigs...
  • In unprecedented move, South Korea bans 'pro-North' political party

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

    12/19/2014 10:13:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Tuesday 16 December 2014 00.22 EST | Justin McCurry
    Japans re-elected prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has said he is determined to rewrite the countrys pacifist constitutiondrawing an immediate sour response from China. A day after securing another four years in office with Sundays landslide election victory, Abe signaled he would pursue his long-cherished goal of changing the US-authored constitution. Abe, a conservative, has made no secret of his desire to remove what he regards as unfair constraints on Japans military, seven decades after its surrender at the end of a war that saw it occupy neighbors, including China, and attack countries further afield in the Pacific.
  • Children caroling get kicked out of Klamath Falls Walmart

    12/19/2014 10:09:47 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 27 replies
    KOBI ^ | December 18, 2014
    Klamath Falls, Ore. -- Children caroling inside the Klamath Falls Walmart say they were kicked out Thursday night and told to leave or police would be called. Parents tell NBC5 News that a group of students from Henley High School were caroling at the Klamath Falls Walmart Thursday night when they were asked to leave in a manner that frightened some of the kids. A manager at the Klamath Falls Walmart declined to comment. We are told however, that the students were not invited to be there and the singing was on private property. According to another parent, who recorded...
  • The Left's Love Affair with the 4-letter N-word

    12/19/2014 9:07:12 PM PST · by akalinin · 22 replies
    gunnews.com ^ | 12/19/2014 | Darryl Blonski
    That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach. - Aldous Huxley I like quotes. Quotes are wisdom for those with short attention spans. They are disregarded by many as irrelevant platitudes or obsolete; however, they are knowledge, often hard-earned and considered by their authors to be important enough to be passed on. Ive chosen the above quote for today, not only because it is always relevant, but because we bear witness to a time where the political left of this country is trying...
  • Kim Jong-Un learned the art of intimidating filmmakers from Obama

    12/19/2014 8:56:45 PM PST · by GusFring · 7 replies
    Twitchy ^ | Dec 19, 2014 | Joel Pollack
    Shorter @BarackObama: we can't let North Korea shut down a Sony film, but we can let Al Qaeda ban a YouTube video. And jail the filmmaker
  • Warren County goes 'right to work'; Louisville passes minimum wage increase

    12/19/2014 8:52:45 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 7 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 12/19/2014 | Nick Storm
    Local governments in Kentucky took major steps by enacting legislation at the county and metro level which has divided state lawmakers for years. In Bowling Green Friday the Warren County Fiscal Court became the first county in the nation to enact a right to work law with a 6-1 vote, and on Thursday night Louisville Metro government became the first city in the south to increase the minimum wage. Both actions from local government officials will likely land the governments in court defending their actions, Attorney General Jack Conway The Warren County Fiscal Court took the first step towards right...
  • Yarmuth: Sony Pictures made the right call to pull 'The Interview'

    12/19/2014 8:41:25 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 16 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 12/18/2014 | Nick Storm
    Filmmakers and Sony Pictures knew the risk to make a movie about the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, said U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, but they made the right choice to not release the film after threats of terrorism. Yarmuths remarks to Pure Politics Thursday come one day after major theaters pulled the comedy due out Christmas day, leaving Sony to ultimately not distribute the film on any platform. I questioned their decision initially to make the movie, Yarmuth said. It seems to me to be something that they knew at the time they decided that there was...
  • NBA consulting with Sharpton for All-Star week

    12/19/2014 8:37:51 PM PST · by PROCON · 14 replies
    nypost.com ^ | Dec. 19, 2014 | Sophia Rosenbaum
    Better let All-Star Al in the game! It wasnt enough for the NBA to reach out to the NYPD to prepare for the four-day All-Star festivities in February the league also had a straight line of communication with the Rev. Al Sharpton, a source told The Post. The league is still hammering out the final details for the Feb. 15 All-Star Game at the Garden, but is planning the biggest security operation to date, the source said. No plans for protests are in the works by Sharpton or his National Action Network. Sharpton did not immediately respond to requests...
  • Tourist attraction 'Machine Gun America' opens Saturday in Kissimmee

    12/19/2014 8:25:03 PM PST · by shove_it · 25 replies
    WESH ^ | 19 Dec 2014
    People cannot bring own guns to attraction KISSIMMEE, Fla. A new tourist attraction promises to give people as young as 13 years old the chance to fire fully automatic weapons. Outside the new attraction, you can hear the unmistakable rat-a-tat-tat of machine guns inside. The automatic weapons are powerful and firing them is intense, but owners are hoping Orlando tourists will want to try the unique experience. "We see this as attractive to someone who might want to go bungee jumping -- adrenaline rush experience," said Bruce Nierenberg, general manager of Machine Gun America Orlando. "There are a lot of...
  • White House Fears President Cruz Will Overturn Exec Amnesty

    12/19/2014 8:11:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 19, 2014 | Tony Lee
    White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer conceded that he fears a President Ted Cruz will overturn President Barack Obamas executive amnesty, perhaps signaling that Cruz represents the greatest threat to the progressive left. Our first 100 days we spent a lot of time signing executive orders undoing what [President George W.] Bush did, and I would like not to be sitting on a beach somewhere reading about President [Ted] Cruz doing that to us, so its very important to us, Pfeiffer told the Wall Street Journal on Friday. Earlier in the day, Pfeiffer declared that Obamas executive amnesty was one...
  • Ethnic Cleansing of Jews in Turkey

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

    12/19/2014 7:53:20 PM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 18, 2014 | Bill McMorris
    union carve outs in many minimum wage hikes. Unions may be pushing for resident Obamas massive minimum wage hike, but many seek special carveouts from existing wage laws, according to a new study. The Chamber of Commerce analyzed dozens of minimum wage laws in cities across the country and found that many of the statutes exempt unionized employees from the requirement. Unions exploit these exemptions in order to make union labor more competitive with non-union shops. Some local ordinances in particular include an exemption for employers that enter into a collective bargaining agreement with a union, the report says. This...
  • President Obama calls James Franco'James Flacco' while slamming Sony for not releasing The Intervie

    12/19/2014 7:41:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 19 December 2014 | By Chris Spargo
    It would seem that he had confused the Hollywood heartthrob with Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Flacco found the entire incident hysterical, writing soon after on Twitter; 'Welcome to the family, brother.
  • St. Bernard (Parish) agrees to settlement over unfair housing claim

    12/19/2014 7:36:24 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 15 replies
    WWLTV ^ | 12/19/14 | Cain Burdeau
    A settlement has been reached in a long legal fight over St. Bernard Parish housing policies that allegedly restricted black people from renting in the parish as it rebuilt after catastrophic damage caused by flooding from Hurricane Katrina. An advocacy group that investigates complaints of discrimination, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, said Friday that St. Bernard has agreed to settle the case for $1.8 million. The settlement stems from a 2006 lawsuit filed against the parish.
  • Ted Cruz Wins the Ringside Political Championship for 2014

    12/19/2014 7:35:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Christian Post's Opinion Section ^ | December 19, 2014 | Jeff Crouere, host, Ringside Politics show
    In the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Ringside Politics bestowed its first "Turkey of the Year" award to then New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin for his woeful leadership, bad judgment and embarrassing statements. Since then, we have been recognizing "turkeys" from both of the major political parties. For example, in 2014, we gave the "Turkey of the Year" award to a very worthy recipient, Republican House Speaker John Boehner. After years of putting the spotlight on "turkeys" we are pleased to announce our first "Champion of the Year." For 2014, there is no one more qualified for this honor than...
  • How far will cop unions go to halt reform?

    12/19/2014 7:25:19 PM PST · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 14 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | DEC. 12, 2014 | Steven Greenhut
    The arrest this week of two ex-cop private investigators charged with felonies related to their alleged attempt to frame a Costa Mesa city councilman for a false DUI is about more than the disturbing tactics of two hired guns. It offers insight into the way some police unions across California intimidate political opponents into silence. This ugly story starts in 2012. Councilmen Jim Righeimer, Stephen Mensinger and Gary Monahan were loathed by the citys police union because of their efforts to reduce pension liabilities and outsource services. Costa Mesa had become Ground Zero in our states battle over...
  • Asia's military budgets surge as armies go high-tech

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

    12/19/2014 7:18:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Bloomberg | December 19, 2014 | David Weigel
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2014-12-19/the-delayedreaction-victories-of-ted-cruz
  • In Vermont, single-payer healthcare quietly disappears

    12/19/2014 7:13:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    If you’re looking for a state with a reliable Leftward tilt, you’d be hard pressed to do better than Vermont. After all, this is the place which has repeatedly elected Bernie Sanders – a man who considers the Democrat Party too conservative for his tastes – to statewide office since 1991. So in terms of socialist experimental laboratories, this is the spot where you’d want to launch progressive initiatives and take them for a test spin. That was the plan for Governor Peter Shumlin, who had promised his constituents that they would soon be enjoying the first in the...
  • Where Did the Jobs Go?

    12/19/2014 7:08:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Powerline ^ | December 19, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    Somewhat remarkably, given that it has presided over the worst recoveryby farof the post-war era, the Obama administration tries to slice and dice employment numbers to portray itself as a champion of job creation. There are, indeed, a few more jobs today than there were six years ago. Yet for most Americans, the employment scene has gotten worse, not better. Why is that? Senate Budget Committee staff offer data in explanation: According to BLS data, in November of 2007 there were 23.1 million foreign workers in the United States with jobs. Today, the BLS reports, there are 25.1 million foreign...
  • The unconscionable act committed by Senate Democrats

    12/19/2014 6:42:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 18, 2014 | Ken Allard
    Once a Constitutional Republic famed for its pragmatism, the United States has lately become a country notorious for its inconstancy, no longer recognizing that actions have finite and foreseeable consequences. In this space, for example, I recently argued that the release of the torture report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence came perilously close to the constitutional definition of treason by giving Aid and Comfort to Americas enemies. Admittedly, that was a tough assessment. But barely a week after the reports release, the Huffington Post published an article linking those revelations with their most immediate effects on our allies....
  • Obama: Most black people dont use racism as an excuse

    12/19/2014 6:42:09 PM PST · by PROCON · 41 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | Dec. 19, 2014 | Dave Boyer
    Editors note: An earlier version of this story, which was based on a Federal news service transcript, said President Obama referred to the overall majority of good black people not using racism as an excuse. Mr. Obama actually said, the overall majority of black people do not use racism as an excuse. Before flying off to Hawaii for a two-week vacation, President Obama said Friday that most blacks understand Americas history of slavery and segregation isnt an excuse for their current challenges.Asked by a reporter to assess the state of black America, Mr. Obama said most blacks are better off...
  • Rogue agency defied judges to carry out partisan probe of Wisconsin conservatives

    12/19/2014 6:21:29 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 12-19-2014 | M.D. Kittle
    Agents for the embattled state Government Accountability Board continued a zealous campaign finance investigation into dozens of conservative groups even after judges who preside over the board voted to shut it down, according to a previously sealed brief made public Friday. The documents, from an updated complaint filed by conservative plaintiffs in a case against the GAB, appear to support claims that the campaign finance, ethics and election law regulator is a rogue agency. They also show that the GAB considered using the states John Doe law to investigate key state conservatives and even national figures, including Fox News Sean...
  • Obama willing to work with GOP on tax overhaul

    12/19/2014 6:20:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 19, 2014 2:27 PM EST
    President Barack Obama says he will try to undertake an overhaul of the tax system with the new Republican majorities in Congress. He says the devil is in the details. He says the tax system needs to be simpler and fairer. He says some corporations engage in tax avoidance while others pay full freight. He also says he would like to combine tax changes with money for capital works projects.
  • FReeper Canteen - Countdown To Christmas - 12/20/14

    12/19/2014 6:07:55 PM PST · by AZamericonnie · 154 replies
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  • Putins New Propaganda Invades Upper West Side (But At Least My Kids Speak Russian)

    12/19/2014 5:57:48 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 22 replies
    New York Observer/Opinion ^ | 12/17/14 | Ronn Torossian
    Walking today on the Upper West Side, I noticed recently placed phone booth advertisements on 68th & Broadway that featured a picture of Colin Powell with the tagline: This is what happens when there is no second opinion. Iraq War: No WMDs, 141,802 civilian deaths. Go to RT.com for the second opinion. RT.com (formerly Russia Today) has similar ads that feature former President George Bush with the same message. In short, the Kremlin-funded Russian TV station is using street advertising in NYC to influence the American people. Read more at http://observer.com/2014/12/putins-new-propaganda-invades-upper-west-side-but-at-least-my-kids-speak-russian/#ixzz3MOnko4Co
  • I'm not done: [Email from nobama]

    12/19/2014 5:35:55 PM PST · by upchuck · 30 replies
    email | Dec 19, 2014 | one of nobama's minions
    A lot has changed in the six years I've been president. As I look ahead at my final two years in office, I want you to know two things: 1.) I'm so proud of the progress we've made together so far. Thank you. Because of folks like you, we've been able to accomplish incredible things -- change that is making people's lives better today. That's the reason we do this work. 2.) I'm not done. I won't stop fighting for the American people until the day I leave this office. That's a promise. No matter how much partisan gridlock gets...
  • D.C. Mayor, Attorney General: New Abortion Mandate Likely Unconstitutional

    12/19/2014 5:23:49 PM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | December 18, 2014, | cns staff
    Yesterdays vote by the Council of the District of Columbia to approve a bill banning even religious organizations from discriminating against employees for their reproductive health practicesincluding abortionlikely violates the Constitution and federal law, warned the D.C. mayor and attorney general weeks before the final vote. The Councils disregard for Mayor Vincent Grays significant legal concerns increases the possibility that he may veto the legislation, which also may be halted by Congress if it can get President Obamas signature on the repeal. Todays approval of this draconian bill confirms the D.C. Councils intentional persecution of religious educators and other employers...
  • Obama's New Cuba Policy: Eating With Raul

    12/19/2014 5:18:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Investors.com ^ | December 19, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Diplomacy: The White House says Cuba's Raul Castro may soon visit. If he does, it'll be an ugly blot on President Obama's record. Since when does the U.S. welcome brutal military dictators into the people's house? Speaking to flabbergasted reporters, President Obama's spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday that the White House "wouldn't rule out a visit from President Castro," just after explaining that Obama wanted to travel to Cuba. That would be the diplomatic trade-off for an administration visit to the island, which would undoubtedly be a repeat of Obama pop-star pal Beyonce's pleasure trip last year in a miasma...
  • Network Seven original target of terrorist Man Haron Monis

    12/19/2014 5:04:11 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 20th December 2014 | Amy Harris
    CHANNEL 7s flagship studio in Martin Place may have been the original target of deranged terrorist Man Haron Monis. The Saturday Telegraph has learned Monis arrived at Martin Place early on Monday morning with the possible intention of taking hostages within the TV networks studio during the live morning Sunrise broadcast. But it appears that, due to increased security at the studio following the Islamic State threat in September to behead someone in Martin Place, Monis instead rerouted his plot 50m to the Lindt Chocolate Cafe, where he staged his deadly 17-hour siege, which ended with the deaths of two...
  • Outrageous and Expanding Civil Forfeiture Tactics: How to Restore 'Innocent Until Proven Guilty'

    12/19/2014 5:00:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/19/2014 | Jared Meyer
    Many Americans have not heard of civil forfeiture, but this outrageous, and expanding, law enforcement tactic is becoming more difficult to ignore.Civil forfeiture does not receive the condemnation it deserves because most people cannot believe that, in the United States, the government can take property from individuals without charging them with a crime. This is the type of behavior expected of the Venezuelan government, not of the United States, where individuals are supposed to be assumed innocent until proven guilty. Instead of charging property owners and having to prove guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt,” in civil forfeiture cases, law enforcement...
  • Supreme Court Denies Florida Gay Marriage Delay

    12/19/2014 4:39:59 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 19 replies
    NBC. ^ | 12/19/14 | PETE WILLIAMS
    The US Supreme Court on Friday declined a request from Florida officials to postpone the date when same-sex marriages can begin in the state. In August, a federal judge declared the state's ban unconstitutional, but that order was put on hold until Jan. 5. The state asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to delay the date, and when it refused, the state went to the Supreme Court.
  • Medical Marijuana May Worsen PTSD Symptoms, Increase Violence

    12/19/2014 4:39:22 PM PST · by steve86 · 63 replies
    Medscape ^ | December 15, 2014 | Deborah Brauser
    AVENTURA, Fl; Although a growing number of states have approved post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana use, new research shows that the drug may actually worsen symptoms and increase violent behavior. A large observational study of more 2000 participants who were admitted to specialized Veterans Administration treatment programs for PTSD showed that those who never used marijuana had significantly lower symptom severity 4 months later than those who continued or started use after treatment. Veterans who were using marijuana at treatment admission but quit after discharge ("stoppers") also had significantly lower levels of PTSD symptoms...
  • Government Check Dad [one minute video]

    12/19/2014 4:25:17 PM PST · by grundle · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 20, 2013 | Aaron Clarey
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEUvdREeSmE
  • Kentucky county passes ordinance that hits at power of unions

    12/19/2014 4:20:25 PM PST · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 19, 2014 | Steve Bittenbender
    (Reuters) - Warren County, Kentucky passed a right-to-work ordinance on Friday, making the fifth most-populous county the first in the state to pass legislation prohibiting unions from requiring members to pay dues in exchange for representation. The ordinance, which lawmakers passed by a 6-1 vote, will face a legal challenge by unions, whose leaders said the law is designed to undercut their ability to bargain effectively for workers. "What we're against is people benefiting from the union and not having to pay the cost," said Bill Londrigan, president of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO.
  • Sydney men placed under tougher control orders after (anti-terror) raids

    12/19/2014 4:07:49 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    The Australian ^ | 20th December 2014
    TWO Sydney men have been placed under powerful new anti-terrorism control orders following a series of raids across the city this week that were launched amid fears of an imminent attack. The decision to invoke the control orders, granted by a federal court at the request of the Australian Federal Police, is the first time they are known to have been used since legislation expanding their scope was passed last month. The orders were imposed after a wave of counter-terror raids conducted by state and federal police on five properties across north and western Sydney on Thursday and days...
  • China Tests DF-41 Missile Using U.S. Technology

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

    12/19/2014 3:24:37 PM PST · by navysealdad · 73 replies
    Friday, during his end of the year news conference, President Obama admonished Sony Pictures for cancelling its Christmas Day release of The Interview. He went on to say that if the company had called him, he would have told them to stick by the movie. Sony responded later that same day saying they did in fact reach out to the White House:
  • The Syrian Army Is Shrinking, And Assad Is Running Out Of Soldiers

    12/19/2014 3:07:26 PM PST · by Viennacon · 19 replies
    IBT ^ | 12/17/2014 | Alessandria Masi
    When the U.S. launched an airstrike campaign in Syria to degrade and destroy the so-called Islamic State, some were concerned that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad would indirectly benefit from the destruction rained down on its enemies by America and its allies. Now, nearly three months later, Assad is desperate for manpower to maintain control in areas where pro-regime support is dwindling. U.S. airstrikes, concentrated in areas with a heavy Islamic State presence, have allowed Assad to reallocate some resources, but his army is facing a huge problem: It's running out of soldiers. Ground forces have shrunk from...
  • Richmond Police Officer Who Brought Home 4 Pounds of Marijuana Won't Be Charged (California)

    12/19/2014 2:57:58 PM PST · by Ken H · 54 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | December 18, 2014 | n/a
    A Richmond police officer who took 4 pounds of marijuana home instead of filing it in the department's evidence locker will not be charged with a crime, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney's office. Prosecutors said members of the Richmond Police Department learned in September that Officer Joe Avila had a large amount of marijuana at his house. At the request of the Police Department, the district attorney's office began investigating and searched Avila's home, where they found 4 pounds of marijuana. Prosecutors said Avila had responded to a call at a delivery service company in November 2013...