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  • Economic recovery grows from private sector, not government [Obama didn't build that]

    12/29/2014 7:18:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/29/2014 | Stephen Moore
    It only took six years, but we’re finally starting to see the U.S. economy kick into gear. This isn’t a story of government-directed growth, but the opposite — Washington’s role in the economy starting to shrink after years of Obama administration activism. The private sector is starting to take over. Let’s start with the positive news. Economic output soared in the third quarter at a rate of 5 percent. That comes on top of 4.6 percent growth in the second quarter. It appears that the U.S. economy has clawed out of its anemic 2 percent growth rut of the past...
  • Fairy Tales of Diversity

    12/29/2014 7:18:17 AM PST · by Lorianne
    Steyn Online ^ | 29 December 2014 | Mark Steyn
    The notion of "approved" news goes back a long way. If you've read A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain, you'll recall that Hank Morgan, the eponymous time-travelling New Englander, was much taken by the Court Circular published each week in Camelot: On Monday, the King rode in the park. But at least the King did, in fact, ride in the park. In today's world, it is no longer necessary for the event so described actually to occur for it to be reported as a remarkable, newsworthy event. Here, for example, is CBS Los Angeles reporting on...
  • Paul Krugman: The Obama Recovery

    12/29/2014 7:16:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/29/2014 | Paul Krugman
    Suppose that for some reason you decided to start hitting yourself in the head, repeatedly, with a baseball bat. You’d feel pretty bad. Correspondingly, you’d probably feel a lot better if and when you finally stopped. What would that improvement in your condition tell you? It certainly wouldn’t imply that hitting yourself in the head was a good idea. It would, however, be an indication that the pain you were experiencing wasn’t a reflection of anything fundamentally wrong with your health. Your head wasn’t hurting because you were sick; it was hurting because you kept hitting it with that baseball...
  • When Life Hands You Lemons, Tell Ruble Jokes

    12/29/2014 7:13:56 AM PST · by WhiskeyX
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | Monday, December 29, 2014 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL
    Remember when the ruble's biggest problem was that it was pornographic? Such worries now seem enviable in a month that has seen the Russian currency plummet to historic lows of 80 rubles to the dollar, reeling from the one-two punch of low oil prices and Western sanctions. Although the ruble has gained some strength since bottoming out, the battered currency remains the butt of many online jokes, as Russians cash in on one of their richest natural resources -- black humor: Kremlin spin doctor Dmitry Kiselyov announces the news: "The price of the dollar continues to fluctuate. This proves what...
  • US commander lauds progress as NATO ends its Afghan war

    12/29/2014 7:12:51 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 4 replies
    AFP Worldwide ^ | 12/28 | Unattrubited
    The US commander of international forces in Afghanistan on Sunday hailed the achievements of 13 years of fighting against the Taliban, as NATO formally ended its war at a ceremony in Kabul. "Together... we have lifted the Afghan people out of the darkness of despair and given them hope for the future," General John Campbell told assembled NATO soldiers. "You've made Afghanistan stronger and our countries safer." On January 1, the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) combat mission, which has suffered 3,485 military deaths since 2001, will be replaced by a NATO "training and support" mission. The ceremony was...
  • For 2015: More Morality, Less Politics

    12/29/2014 7:11:05 AM PST · by Kaslin ^ | December 29, 2014 | Star Parker
    At the close of the last century, British conservative historian Paul Johnson wrote “A History of the American People.” He began his sweeping panorama of our history in a most extraordinary way. He posed, on the very first page, three probing “fundamental questions” about the United States. “First, can a nation rise above the injustices of its origins and, by its moral purpose and performance, atone for them? Second, “In the process of nation-building, can ideals and altruism – the desire to build the perfect community – be mixed successfully with acquisitiveness and ambition, without which no dynamic society can...
  • Azerbaijan Official Lashes Out At Criticism Over RFE/RL Raid

    12/29/2014 6:59:19 AM PST · by WhiskeyX
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | Monday, December 29, 2014 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL
    An Azerbaijani official has lashed out at the United States after a U.S. diplomat sharply criticized the government over the closure of RFE/RL's bureau in Baku. Novruz Mammadov, deputy head of President Ilham Aliyev's administration and director of its Foreign Relations Department, responded on December 29 to earlier Twitter posts by U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Daniel Baer. Baer wrote on December 27 that Baku's decision to shut the U.S.-government-funded broadcaster's office was "the behavior of a weak, insecure, corrupt" leaders. Mammadov, on his Twitter feed, accused U.S. diplomats of "losing their sense...
  • For Jonathan Gruber, 2015 could be even worse -- much worse -- than 2014

    12/29/2014 6:41:07 AM PST · by bestintxas · 16 replies
    am thinker ^ | 12/29/14 | t lifson
    The inimitable Howie Carr, Boston Herald columnist and syndicated talk show host, is on the case of MIT economist/Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, and has written a priceless column outlining what may lie ahead for the man who considers American voters stupid. You see, Gruber, in billing various states and the feds millions of dollars in consulting fees, included substantial time billed to research assistants. Perhaps you recall Gruber’s appearance before a Congressional committee last month. Whenever he was asked about providing back-up documentation for his multi-million-dollar bills, Goober would squeak: “You’ll have to take that up with my attorney.” Not...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,December 29-January 2,2014-15,WTIC AM,EST

    12/29/2014 6:26:51 AM PST · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | December 29-January 2, 2014-15 | Jim Vicevich
    Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000 watt Connecticut powerhouse! Are you outside of Connecticut? Start your day off listening to Jim...
  • 16 in ‘16: The new battle for the Senate

    12/29/2014 6:26:16 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 17 replies
    Politico,com ^ | 12/29/14 | Kyle Cheney
    Republicans just won the Senate majority last month. But can they keep it? A cursory glance at the 2016 Senate map shows a slew of endangered Republicans up in two years — with few opportunities for offense as in 2014, when the GOP won nine Democratic-held seats to grab control of the chamber.
  • Obama: Longest war in US history is ending

    12/29/2014 6:24:24 AM PST · by safetysign · 27 replies
    AP ^ | 12/28/2014 | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama says the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion. Obama is welcoming the end of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan. The war came to a formal end Sunday with a ceremony in Kabul.
  • Mother mourns death of 14-year-old son in drive-by shooting [UNARMED BLACK teen.]

    12/29/2014 6:16:49 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 12/27/14 | KATIE LEPRI AND BRENDA MEDINA
    Modesta Centeno had long warned her 14-year-old son about visiting friends in a nearby Miami neighborhood she considered violent and dangerous. The single mom’s worst fears were realized on Friday night when she learned her oldest child, Gabriel Figueroa, had been shot and killed in a brazen drive-by shooting in Liberty City.
  • meet Vladimir Putin,...Merkel...Hollande in Astana on January 15

    12/29/2014 5:48:49 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Euro News ^ | 2014-12-29 | Euro News, Bild
    Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko says to meet Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and François Hollande in Astana on January 15 [Headline only]
  • Russian ruble drops 7 percent as economy shrinks

    12/29/2014 5:44:32 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | December 29, 2014
    Russian ruble drops 7 percent as economy shrinks Monday, December 29, 2014 MOSCOW — The Russian currency extended its losses on Monday after a report showed the economy has started shrinking in annual terms for the first time since 2009 as the country is buffeted by falling oil prices and Western sanctions. Meanwhile, the government, which has been scrambling to support the ruble and the economy, announced fresh steps to keep the banks afloat. The ruble has been one of the world's worst performing currencies this year and was down another 5 percent on Monday, trading at 56 rubles per...
  • Taliban declare 'defeat' of U.S., allies in Afghanistan [Obama Surrenders]

    12/29/2014 5:30:14 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/29/14
    Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan on Monday declared the "defeat" of the U.S. and its allies in the 13-year-old war, a day after the coalition officially marked the end of its combat mission....
  • 2014: The Year The Liberal Lies Died

    12/29/2014 5:28:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | December 29, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    Every single thing liberals say is a lie. No exceptions. We conservatives always knew it, but 2014 was the year when the rest of America began to understand. And 2014 was the year that Americans had to choose sides – would they stand with the liberal liars or with us conservatives? Last November, they chose us conservatives, and maybe the truth will be enough to stop Hillary Clinton and save our country in 2016. The truth is poison to liberalism, so no wonder liberals hate the idea of a free press – after all, they are the ones who argued...
  • LAPD declares tactical alert citywide after 2 suspects fire at patrol car

    12/29/2014 5:18:23 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 1 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec 29, 2014 | staff
    NEWS LAPD declares tactical alert citywide after 2 suspects fire at patrol car By staff Updated 42 mins ago LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles Police Department has declared a citywide tactical alert after two suspects fired at a patrol car with a rifle Sunday night. The incident occurred at 62nd and Hoover streets at about 9:20 p.m. Police say every available officer has been sent to the area. One suspect is in custody. A wide perimeter is set up from Gage Avenue to 61st Street and between Hoover Street and Vermont Avenue as officers search for the...
  • Obamacare´s Coming Year of Living Dangerously

    12/29/2014 5:15:32 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 5 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 12/29/2014 | David Catron
    Recent news coverage concerning Obamacare’s legal difficulties has been dominated by King v. Burwell, which challenges the controversial IRS decision to issue subsidies and penalties through federally created insurance exchanges in 34 states that refused set up PPACA “marketplaces.” The Supreme Court announced last month that it would take up King, and it will hear oral arguments in March. The alacrity with which the Court took up the case, upon which it will hand down a ruling in June, has rendered the law’s supporters nearly hysterical. But King is by no means the only legal threat Obamacare will face next...
  • So who will replace Boehner?

    12/29/2014 5:14:46 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 30 replies ^ | 12/28/14 | Joseph Farah
    Since I launched the “Don’t Be Yellow: Dump Boehner Campaign!” almost two weeks ago, I’ve been asked one question over and over from participants: “Who is going to replace House Speaker John Boehner?” The answer to that question is very simple: I don’t know. I won’t say, “I don’t care.” But I don’t want this hugely successful campaign to get bogged down over who should replace him. The important thing is that he be replaced tout de suite. He needs to be punished politically as a message to his fellow Republican House members who empowered him. I doubt very much...
  • Cyber attack on Angela Merkel aide: Report

    12/29/2014 5:13:50 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 29.12.2014 | AFP
    Cyber attack on Angela Merkel aide: Report The German chancellor's office has fallen victim to a hacking attack, according to a German newspaper. The Regin malware in question has been linked to British and US spy agencies.
  • The President, Al Sharpton, and the Corruption of Modern Liberalism

    12/29/2014 5:10:57 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 8 replies ^ | 12/24/2014 | Peter Wehner
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, with his city roiling in the aftermath of the assassination of two NYPD officers, is imploring protesters–who until now he’s supported–to wait until after the funerals of two policemen before resuming their anti-police rallies. Al Sharpton–excuse me, the Reverend Al Sharpton–has declined. Which should come as a surprise to precisely no one. After all, what would a day in Gotham be without protesters shouting, “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want it? Now.” It tells you pretty much everything you need to know about the president and his White House and...
  • Gmail blocked in China

    12/29/2014 5:05:30 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 29, 2014 | Paul Carsten
    Gmail blocked in China By Paul Carsten BEIJING Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:52am EST (Reuters) - Google Inc's Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world's biggest email service, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the Great Firewall was to blame. Large numbers of Gmail web addresses were cut off in China on Friday, said, a China-based freedom of speech advocacy group. Users said the service was still down on Monday. "I think the government is just trying to further eliminate Google's presence in China and even weaken its market overseas," said a member of,...
  • Obama Nominates Thief Who Stole Classified Documents

    12/29/2014 4:56:41 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 19 replies
    Red Statements ^ | December 25, 2014 | Steven Ahle
    Obviously as a reward for committing theft of classified documents for the democrats, Barack Obama has named Alissa Starzak to the legal department at the Pentagon. It’s a position she has never achieved on her own and is a large promotion over her previous jobs. But why put someone with a history of stealing classified secrets to a job where she could steal the country’s most guarded secrets? It’s a reward. Republicans in both houses of congress have accused her of making copies of documents and carrying them out of the Pentagon for use by Diane Feinstein and her committee...
  • During...Clinton, the U.S. enjoyed more peace and economic well

    12/29/2014 4:54:10 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 31 replies
    White House ^ | 2006 | Frank Freidel and Hugh Sidey
    the White House President Barack Obama Home • About the White House • Presidents William J. Clinton During the administration of William Jefferson Clinton, the U.S. enjoyed more peace and economic well being than at any time in its history. He was the first Democratic president since Franklin D. Roosevelt to win a second term. He could point to the lowest unemployment rate in modern times, the lowest inflation in 30 years, the highest home ownership in the country's history, dropping crime rates in many places, and reduced welfare rolls. He proposed the first balanced budget in decades and achieved...
  • Alfred Charles Sharpton, an American Excess Story

    12/29/2014 4:46:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 29, 2014 | D.W. Wilber
    When a history of the American Presidency for the last fifty years is compiled, listed among the most curious aspects of those five decades of presidential administrations will be the inclusion of Alfred Charles Sharpton as a ‘trusted presidential advisor’ to the Obama Administration. Countless photographs from presidential and news media archives will show Alfred virtually glowing in his self-importance, seated at the side of the president. Alfred Charles Sharpton, born in New York City on October 3rd, in 1954 has shown that in America anything is possible. A person with no talent or abilities, of questionable character and certainly...

    12/29/2014 4:41:16 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 12 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 12/29/44 | Drew Middleton, Harold Denny, Richard J.H. Johnston, Harold Callender, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Mahmoud Abbas: Failing the Palestinians and Peace

    12/29/2014 4:40:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 29, 2014 | Joseph Puder
    Mahmoud Abbas: Failing the Palestinians and PeacePosted By Joseph Puder On December 29, 2014 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Mahmoud Abbas, (aka Abu Mazen) has been a failure as the Palestinian “Rais.” He failed to lead the Palestinian Authority (PA) toward peace with Israel, and he mismanaged the alleged goal to achieve statehood for the Palestinians. Instead of facing the tough issues and making compromises required in negotiating peace and statehood with the Israelis, Abbas chose an alliance with the Gaza controlled terrorist group Hamas. Following Abbas’ pact with Hamas last April, Israel broke off peace negotiations with the...
  • Japan plans law to speed up overseas deployment of troops

    12/29/2014 4:38:41 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Dec. 29, 2014 - 04:00PM JST | AFP
    TOKYO — Japan plans to draw up a law to speed the deployment of troops overseas for peacekeeping operations and to support allies, reports said Sunday, in a move that could strain relations with neighbours wary about Japan’s wartime history.
  • The 2.6 Billion Dollar Welfare Payment That The U.S. Government Gives To Wal-Mart

    12/29/2014 4:17:19 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 77 replies
    The Daily Coin ^ | 12/29/2014 | Michael Snyder
    Should the federal government be spending billions of dollars to pump up Wal-Mart’s profits? I know that question sounds really bizarre, but unfortunately this is essentially what is happening. Because Wal-Mart does not pay them enough money, hundreds of thousands of Wal-Mart employees enroll in Medicaid, food stamps and other social welfare programs. Even though Wal-Mart makes enormous profits, they refuse to properly take care of their employees so the federal government has to do it. And of course this is not just a Wal-Mart problem. There are hundreds of other major corporations doing exactly the same thing. And they...

    12/29/2014 4:10:39 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    SpaceX ^ | September 16, 2014 | SpaceX
    Today, NASA selected SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft to fly American astronauts to the International Space Station under the Commercial Crew Program. SpaceX is deeply honored by the trust NASA has placed in us, and we welcome today’s decision and the mission it advances with gratitude and seriousness of purpose. Under the $2.6 billion contract, SpaceX will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft atop the Falcon 9 launch vehicle from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • New York man says his wife, an NYPD psychologist, tried to kill him to avoid messy divorce

    12/29/2014 4:04:47 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 32 replies
    WJLA ABC7 ^ | December 28, 2014 - 09:09 pm | Associated Press (AP)
    YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - A real estate developer who was shot in the head as he slept at home says his cheating wife did it in an attempt to kill him and avoid a messy divorce. Continue reading Kenneth Dearden provided an unusually detailed look at the case from his point of view by filing a lawsuit against his wife, a New York Police Department psychologist, a year after the shooting and two weeks before she was arrested. He said he was sleeping in their upscale suburban home on Nov. 14, 2013, and woke up with a searing pain in...
  • What Made This Fox News Star Leave The Career She Loved?

    12/29/2014 4:03:06 AM PST · by dennisw · 23 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 12/28/2014 | Ginni Thomas
    Fox News Channel’s Molly Henneberg’s toddler is one lucky little girl. Why? Because after 13 happy years with Fox, on October 11, 2014, the talented Henneberg did something no one really does in this high profile journalistic environment. She quit one of the best reporting gigs to give more of her life, heart and time to her daughter. Henneberg is a prominent example of the consequential challenges working parents face. Feeling those natural tugs of dual responsibilities between her fulfilling work and the needs of her child, she chose, with a supportive husband, to “leave something she loves, for something...
  • The Most Powerful Conservative in America

    12/29/2014 3:50:26 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 22 replies ^ | 12/28/2014 | Erick Erickson
    I am very flattered by the suggestion, but I am sure there are others more deserving of the title “Most Powerful Conservative in America.” Nonetheless, it is what the Atlantic has dubbed me.
  • Obama warns GOP he plans to use veto pen in 2015

    12/29/2014 3:46:54 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 44 replies
    WJLA ABC7 ^ | December 29, 2014 - 06:22 am | Associated Press (AP)
    HONOLULU (AP) - Warning from President Barack Obama to congressional Republicans: I have a veto pen and, come January, I won't be afraid to use it. Continue reading Since taking office in 2009, Obama has only vetoed legislation twice, both in fairly minor circumstances. But with Republicans set to take full control of Congress next year, Obama is losing his last bulwark against a barrage of bills he doesn't like: the Senate. "I haven't used the veto pen very often since I've been in office," Obama said in an NPR interview airing Monday. "Now, I suspect, there are going to...
  • Anti-Police Protesters Plan To Disrupt New Year's Eve Celebrations

    12/29/2014 3:44:40 AM PST · by Biggirl · 16 replies ^ | December 29, 2014 | Kerry Picket
    Anti-police protesters are planning to disrupt New Year’s Eve celebrations at major metropolitan sites. The website Stop Mass Incarceration calls upon activists to not allow New Years Eve 2015 “to go down because business as usual in Amerikkka includes wanton police murder of Black people.”
  • (NYPD TOP COP) says sitting with Sharpton was ‘a bad idea’ (Bratton throws Al under the bus)

    12/29/2014 3:16:05 AM PST · by Liz · 36 replies
    NY POST ^ | 12/29/14 | Marisa Schultz, Shawn Cohen and Bruce Golding
    Bill Bratton, Mayor de Blasio and Al Sharpton at City Hall summer sit-down. (Photo: by David McGlynn) New York magazine reported that top cop Bill Bratton wishes he hadn’t sat with the mayor and Sharpton at the controversial July 31 discussion convened after Eric Garner's death. Bratton justified his attendance by saying he would “shake hands with the devil if necessary to keep this city calm, safe and secure.” Bratton later said he wasn’t referring to Sharpton. Sharpton told The Post that both have attended meetings on NYPD tactics since then and noted Bratton’s first appearance as top cop...
  • Detained Radio Liberty journalists questioned in Azerbaijan

    12/29/2014 3:07:51 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | December/28/2014 | Agence France-Presse
    Police in Azerbaijan have detained a dozen journalists working for US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty amid an ongoing crackdown on the outlet that Washington and rights groups decry. The Baku offices of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty were sealed on Friday after prosecutors and armed police confiscated equipment and computers during a raid. The US State Department said it was "deeply disturbed" by the action, and called on Azerbaijan to respect its "international commitment to protecting media freedom." Ramping up pressure on the organisation's Azerbaijan station, Radio Azadliq, police descended upon the homes of its journalists Saturday and took many in...
  • Lithuania's LNG terminal receives first commercial cargo

    12/29/2014 2:44:53 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    LNG World News ^ | LNG World News
    Lithuania’s LNG terminal at the port of Klaipeda has reached another milestone since the official start of operations earlier this month. According to Klaipeda port data, the 155,000 cbm Arctic Aurora LNG carrier delivered the first commercial cargo of liquefied natural gas from Statoil’s Hammerfest facility, on Tuesday. Earlier in October, Höegh LNG’s FSRU Independence received the first cargo that was delivered to Klaipeda for testing purposes. It was also delivered from Norway onboard the 160,000 cbm Golar Seal. The first commercial cargo signs the beginning of Lithuania’s independence from Russian gas. Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė was recently quoted saying...
  • MD's first female Episcopal bishop exposed as hit-and-run driver [killed cyclist]

    12/29/2014 2:18:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | December 29, 2014 | By Josh Gardner
    Maryland's newly ordained first female Episcopal bishop fatally crashed into and killed a bicyclist before fleeing just two days after the Christmas holiday. Police on Saturday said a 58-year-old female motorist drove away from a scene of mangled metal beside a fatally injured man taking his final breaths--41-year-old father and custom bike maker Tom Palermo. A letter from the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland revealed Sunday that it was their No. 2 leader, Bishop Heather Cook, who disappeared from the fatal crash before finally returning to take responsibility. Meanwhile, photos from the scene can attest there was no way Cook could...
  • Russia's crisis has no end in sight as $50 oil looms, says OECD

    12/29/2014 1:17:42 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 27 Dec 14 | Szu Ping Chan
    There is no end in sight for Russia’s economic crisis, as crippling sanctions and tumbling oil prices leave the country staring into an abyss, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has warned. Catherine Mann, the OECD’s chief economist, said Russia was moving closer to shutting itself off from the rest of the world, while the West’s sanctions against Moscow over its annexation of Crimea in Ukraine had left no end in sight for the country’s woes. “It’s very difficult to tell what will get Russia back on track,” she told The Sunday Telegraph. “The end game is autarky, and...
  • Australian plane spots 'objects' in search for AirAsia flight QZ8501

    12/29/2014 1:00:02 AM PST · by House Atreides · 15 replies
    The West Australian ^ | December 29, 2014
    An Indonesian official says objects have been spotted in the sea by an Australian search plane hunting for the missing AirAsia jet. Jakarta's Air Force base commander Rear Marshal Dwi Putranto said he has been informed that an Australian Orion aircraft had detected suspicious objects near Nangka island, about 160 kilometres southwest of Pangkalan Bun, near central Kalimantan - 1120 kilometres from the location where the plane lost contact
  • CNN/ORC Poll: Bush surges to 2016 GOP frontrunner

    12/29/2014 12:35:35 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | Alexandra Jaffe | Sun December 28, 2014
    Washington (CNN) -- Jeb Bush is the clear Republican presidential frontrunner, surging to the front of the potential GOP pack following his announcement that he's "actively exploring" a bid, a new CNN/ORC poll found. He takes nearly one-quarter — 23% — of Republicans surveyed in the new nationwide poll, putting him 10 points ahead of his closest competitor, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who tallied 13%.
  • 'Argentina is capable of paying all of its creditors'

    12/29/2014 12:27:13 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Buenos Aries Herald ^ | Sunday, December 28, 2014 | Buenos Aries Herald
    Senior portfolio manager at NML Capital Jay Newman said that “Argentina is capable of paying all of its creditors” given its “vast natural ressources.” He blamed the government for not reaching a deal with the holdouts.
  • Guest Accuses Fox News Of Racism, Can't Back It Up With Examples

    12/28/2014 11:46:35 PM PST · by grundle · 36 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 28, 2014 | Melissa Mullins Bolling, co-host of The Five on Fox, was a fill-in host for the O’Reilly Factor this past Tuesday and went off on a guest who ridiculously claimed that Fox News was actually perpetuating racism in America. Jasymne Cannick is a self-proclaimed “social commentator" from Los Angeles. Bolling asked "So Jasmyne, is America a racist country?" She said "You bet it is." JASMYNE CANNICK: You bet it is. And I would say to what the President said especially when he said why work on it. We have to work on it because there are people like me and millions of...
  • Creator of Controversial Gun Violence PSA Defends Herself

    12/28/2014 11:37:57 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 20 replies ^ | December 23, 2014 | Shane Dixon Kavanaugh
    A viral video that shows a student turning in his parents' gun at school has roiled both sides of the gun debate, with the right out for blood and the left crying conspiracy. The director responds to her haters below.
  • Hey GQ, can't find any crazy Democrats? Here are 16...

    12/28/2014 11:23:48 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | 28 Dec 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 America’s reigning nabob of nuttiness, Joe Biden. In a note appended to the story, GQ defensively said it wasn’t guilty of “standard liberal-media bias,” it just couldn’t find any loony Democrats to speak of. Let’s give GQ a little help, shall we? Here are 16 more Democrats to the list of the most cra-cra political figures.
  • Iran unveils a memorial honoring Jewish heroes

    12/28/2014 11:21:48 PM PST · by Cronos · 19 replies
    WashingtonPost ^ | 18 Dec 2014 | Ishaan Tharoor
    Earlier this week, authorities in Tehran unveiled a monument to slain Iranian Jewish soldiers who died during the country's long and bitter war with Iraq between 1980 and 1988. Death tolls for the hideous conflict differ, but casualty counts usually reach more than 1 million for both countries. A public ceremony marked the memorial's opening on Monday, with speeches that took place at a dais flanked by the Iranian flag and a menorah. Banners showed the images of fallen soldiers, hailed as "martyrs" in Farsi and Hebrew inscriptions. The commemoration may surprise those who think of the Islamic Republic's...

    12/28/2014 11:19:01 PM PST · by Nextrush · 59 replies ^ | 12/28/2014 | ABC7.comstaff
    The Los Angeles Police Department has declared a citywide tactical alert after two suspects fired at a patrol car with a rifle Sunday night. The incident occurred at 62nd and Hoover streets at around 9:20 p.m. Police say every available officer has been sent to the area. One suspect is in custody. A perimeter was set up as officers searched for the second suspect.....
  • Obama Ignores Black Economic Woes To Focus On Racism

    12/28/2014 11:12:44 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 29, 2014 | Neil Munro
    "............................Then [Obama] claimed his government-centered policies have boosted education and opportunity among African-Americans. “The education reforms that we’ve initiated are showing measurable results… We are seeing record numbers of young people attending college,” he said. But in Obama’s high-unemployment economy, even blacks with college degrees are doing worse than their pre-depression peers. “Among recent graduates ages 22 to 27, the jobless rate for [graduate] blacks last year was 12.4 percent versus 4.9 percent for whites,” said a New York Times article, which was published quietly on Christmas Day. “This 7.5 percentage point difference was far greater than before the recession…...
  • Egypt: Exodus Film Presents a 'Racist' Image of Jews

    12/28/2014 11:03:11 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/14 | Ben Ariel
    Egypt’s Culture Ministry on Sunday explained for the first time why it banned Ridley Scott's biblical epic "Exodus: Gods & Kings", claiming the movie presents a "racist" image of Jews, reports The Associated Press (AP). The ban was announced several days ago, but Sunday’s statement from the Culture Ministry marks the first time that the reason for the ban was officially explained. According to AP, the statement said the film put forth a reading of Egypt's history that is at odds with the story of Moses told by the world's monotheistic religions. Censors objected to the "intentional gross historical fallacies...