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  • Castro daughter: US 'dreaming' if they think Cuba will return to capitalism

    12/20/2014 10:40:17 AM PST · by yoe · 14 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 20, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    Mariela Castro, Cuban president Raul Castro's daughter and a member of parliament, scoffed at the idea that Cuba would return to capitalism in the wake of the two countries' newly restored relations. President Obama said Wednesday that Cuba should not put American businesses at a disadvantage and that (increased commerce) would do good for both countries. He explained that the U.S. would facilitate transactions and make it easier for America to export and sell goods to Cuba. Castro's daughter, however, seemed skeptical of Obama's motives. From Havana on Thursday, Mariela Casto said the United States "must be dreaming" it if...
  • Taliban 'Intelligence Chief And Arms Dealer' Released From Guantanamo [No Outrage?]

    12/20/2014 10:39:11 AM PST · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | December 20, 2014 | Richard Spencer,
    Taliban 'Intelligence Chief And Arms Dealer' Released From Guantanamo Mohammed Zahir, one of four latest releases, said to have Stinger missiles and uranium "for a nuclear device" when arrested in Afghanistan 37 122 0 Afghan detainees (top L-R) Mohammed Zahir and Abdul Ghani and (bottom L-R) Shawali Khan and Khil Ali Gul Afghan detainees at Guantanamo (top L-R) Mohammed Zahir and Abdul Ghani and (bottom L-R) Shawali Khan and Khil Ali Gul By Richard Spencer 20 Dec 2014 A Guantanamo inmate once named as a top Taliban intelligence official who kept Stinger missiles and uranium at his farm is among...
  • There are fewer Americans in prison, jail, probation, or parole than any time since 2003

    12/20/2014 10:09:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/20/14 | German Lopez
    The US corrections population dropped to its lowest point since 2003, US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday. The number of Americans in prison, jail, parole, or probation dropped to less than 6.9 million in 2013, down 41,500 compared to 2012 and hitting the lowest point since 2003, according to a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Until 2008, the corrections population had been steadily growing for decades as all levels of government enforced tough-on-crime policies — particularly against drug offenses — that tied up more people in the criminal justice system. But states and the federal government, facing...
  • Report: Kerry Stalled Palestinian Authority UN Bid to Stop Right Winning Elections (in Israel)

    12/20/2014 10:06:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 12/20/2014, 6:56 PM | Tova Dvorin
    US Secretary of State John Kerry has been adamant to EU officials not to push the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s anti-Israel resolution through the UN until after the March 2015 elections, a European diplomat told Foreign Policy Friday. “Kerry has been very, very clear that for the United States it was not an option to discuss whatever text before the end of the Israeli election,” the diplomat stated. Kerry said that the warning stems from a meeting he had with former President Shimon Peres and Hatnua Chairman Tzipi Livni, who appealed to him out of concerns that the anti-Israel resolution—if passed...
  • Seventy-four arrested in Milwaukee during police shooting protest

    12/20/2014 10:02:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/20/14 | Brendan O'Brien
    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Dozens of protesters were arrested on Friday in Milwaukee when they blocked rush-hour traffic on a major highway to protest the killing of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer this year. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department took at least 73 adults and one minor into custody during the protest that blocked Interstate 43, which runs through the city, according to the department's Twitter feed. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and social media, protesters blocked traffic in both directions for about 75 minutes around 5 p.m. local time.
  • U.S. Supreme Court allows gay marriage to proceed in Florida next month (7-2)

    12/20/2014 9:37:19 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | December 20, 2014 | Bill Cotterell
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday declined to extend a stay sought by Florida officials defending the state's ban on same-sex marriages, allowing gay marriages to proceed in Florida next month. Some weddings would be allowed to start when a stay expires after Jan. 5 following an order by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta earlier this month. "The Supreme Court once again has spoken, opening the door for marriage equality here," said Nadine Smith, chief executive officer of Equality Florida, an advocacy group. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who asked the high...
  • North Korea Says They Want To Help Find The Sony Hackers

    12/20/2014 9:20:05 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 12-20-2014 | Hunter Walker
    Hunter Walker December 20, 2014A North Korean official said on Saturday that the secretive regime wants to mount a joint investigation with the United States to identify who was behind the cyber attack against Sony Pictures. An unnamed spokesman of the North Korean foreign ministry was quoted by the country's state news agency, KCNA, describing US claims they were behind the hack as "slander." "As the United States is spreading groundless allegations and slandering us, we propose a joint investigation with it into this incident," the official said, according to Agence France-Presse. After they began publishing leaked Sony movies, internal...
  • Divest the West (Saturbray)

    12/20/2014 8:28:57 AM PST · by bray · 2 replies
    www.braylog.com ^ | 12/20/14 | bray
    Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:7 While the world was caught up in a cheesy movie and the race war, there was a major event happening in Salt Lake City. No it was not the declaration of Romney's 10th run at the presidency, there was a convention of Western States discussing how to finally get their land turned...
  • Obama’s Theme for the New Year: 'We Can’t Be Stopped'

    12/20/2014 8:13:27 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 12/19/14 | Josh Siegel
    ....“My theme for the end of the year is that we have gone through difficult times, but through persistence and effort and faith in the American people, things get better,” Obama said. “Part of what I hope as I reflect on the new year is that this should generate some confidence. America knows how to solve problems. When we work together, we can’t be stopped.”
  • National Rally RSVP : STOP Obama Amnesty and FIRE John Boehner: 2015-01-03 : Every American City !

    12/20/2014 8:09:49 AM PST · by Patton@Bastogne · 4 replies
    . 2014-12-20 Message Alert Communicate this information to fellow Conservatives, Churches, Facebook contacts, Tea Party groups, and your Family, Friends and Neighbors. Free Republic's "National Day of Reckoning" protest against Obama's Illegal Amnesty in EVERY American City Saturday : 3 January 2015 : 11 AM to 3 PM Facebook Link: "Obama Amnesty National Protest : 2015-01-03" Planning Suggestions for your "National Day of Reckoning" protest against Obama's Illegal Amnesty - (Internet Link) Suggested Planning Tasks and Schedule Milestones for your Team 2014-12-06 : Saturday : Identify and Contact your Team Members 2014-12-13 : Saturday : Team Meeting to decide these...
  • Time to put the Presidential feet up - for 17 DAYS!

    12/20/2014 7:47:19 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19 December 2014 | Francesca Chambers
    Obamas arrive in Hawaii for extended Christmas break - but Sasha and Malia look like they are struggling to get into the holiday spirit again (Vacation begins: President Obama shook hands with Admiral Samuel Locklear III, who commands the U.S. Navy in the Pacific, after landing in Peal Harbor, Hawaii, for the family vacation) (Let the (expensive) fun begin: The Obamas are not expected back in the White House until early January - and plan on making the most of a chance to sleep in) (Vacation can be a drag: Malia Obama, left, and Sasha Obama, center, looked less than...
  • U.S. transfers four Guantanamo prisoners to Afghanistan

    12/20/2014 7:45:56 AM PST · by PROCON · 10 replies
    WAPO ^ | Dec. 20, 2014 | Adam Goldman
    Four detainees held for more than a decade at the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been transferred to Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Saturday. The Afghan detainees were released late Friday at the request of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani — an indication, one senior administration official said, “of the confidence we have in the new government” in Kabul. Ghani’s request, the official added, was made in October, shortly after he was sworn into office. The United States and Afghanistan have not started serious discussions about repatriating the remaining eight Afghans still held at Guantanamo Bay, said the...
  • ( Islamic State ) IS has executed 100 foreigners trying to quit: report

    12/20/2014 7:14:02 AM PST · by george76 · 53 replies
    afp ^ | December 20, 2014
    The Islamic State extremist group has executed 100 of its own foreign fighters who tried to flee their headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa ... Some jihadists have become disillusioned with the realities of fighting in Syria ... between 30 and 50 Britons want to return but fear they face jail, according to researchers at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King's College London, which had been contacted by one of the jihadists speaking on their behalf.
  • [USA] "Gun Control’s" Nazi Connection

    12/20/2014 7:13:38 AM PST · by VA Voter · 17 replies
    Startling evidence suggests that the Gun Control Act of 1968 was lifted, almost in its entirety, from Nazi legislation. snip... We are not the first to have seen this hearing record. But we appear to be the first to have recognized its importance. This hearing record suggests strongly that the late Senator Thomas J. Dodd (D-CT) himself implanted the Nazi Weapons Law into American law, or, at very least, helped others to do so. snip... This original article appeared in Guns and Ammo Magazine May 1993
  • ( Moslem ) Extremists in Nigeria lining up elderly and shooting them

    12/20/2014 7:07:31 AM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    ap ^ | December 20, 2014 | HARUNA UMAR
    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on elderly people, killing more than 50 this week in a new tactic that has instilled more fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate. ... have killed thousands of people in a 5-year uprising that has driven some 1.6 million from their homes.
  • Chick-Fil-A appreciation day as a successful political fourth generation warfare operation

    12/20/2014 6:42:12 AM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 26 replies
    Renew America ^ | 20 Dec 2014 | Tim Dunkin
    There is certainly a political application of 4GW that can be made here, casting liberty lovers and traditionalists in the role of the non-state actors (i.e. the outsiders), and the culture-political hegemony of the cultural Marxists as the "state" whose legitimacy can (and in this case, ought) to be questioned. There have been sporadic moves in this direction, mostly arising demotically and probably not even realizing they were engaging in political 4GW. One of the most successful examples of this was the so-called "Chick-Fil-A appreciation day" which occurred a couple of years ago. If you will recall, Chick-Fil-A's President, Dan...
  • Sony CEO Responds to Obama: ‘The President, the Press and the Public Are Mistaken About W

    12/20/2014 6:28:45 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 12/19/2014 | Oliver Darcy
    Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving “The Interview,” Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday defended its decision, claiming it had no choice but to cancel the film’s Christmas Day theatrical release. Obama said during a press conference Friday that Sony “made a mistake” in dropping “The Interview.” However, the studio fired back, saying the cancellation happened only because the country’s top theater chains pulled out. “This was their decision,” Sony said in a statement.
  • Police seek gunman after Central Texas TV meteorologist shot

    12/20/2014 6:22:13 AM PST · by evets · 34 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | December 19, 2014 | foxnews
    Authorities were searching for a gunman after a TV meteorologist was shot multiple times during an altercation Wednesday in a Central Texas TV station's parking lot. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the shooting occurred around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday outside KCEN-TV's rural studio on Interstate 35 near Bruceville-Eddy, 75 miles north of Austin. No motive has been determined and it is unclear if the shooter has any ties to the station. The suspect is described as a white, balding man in his 30s. He is said to have been wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans at the time...
  • Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack

    12/20/2014 5:54:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | December 19, 2014 | James Poulos
    In the ebullience that surrounded the supposed end of the Cold War, few analysts worried about the nuggets of communist opposition that the tide of freedom had failed to sweep away. Cuba was harmless. China was capitalizing. Those weird little statelets left in the USSR’s wake? Whatever, bro. ........................................................ In fact, Hollywood has amassed so much undisclosed TMZ fodder that it’s willing to do whatever the North says. There is no margin for error, and no taking of chances. Spend enough time in the right/wrong circles here in L.A., and you’ll pick up a tabloid’s worth of sordid stories. Sometimes...
  • 2 arrested in attack on man with bat, pickaxe (GREAT mugshot)

    12/20/2014 5:33:04 AM PST · by Loud Mime · 42 replies
    woodtv channel 8 ^ | 12/19/2014 | News 8 Webstaff
    HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – Two suspects accused of attacking a 21-year-old Holland Township man with a pickaxe and baseball bat have been arrested. Codi James Antoniello, 19, and a 16-year-old male were arrested Thursday at an apartment complex in Holland Township. Antoniello, who authorities say was trying to shave his head in order to alter his appearance when he was arrested, was arraigned Friday on charges of felonious assault and first-degree home invasion. The 16-year-old suspect will be charged as an adult in the case, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. He is currently being held in...
  • Obama touts US 'resurgence' [complete drivel]

    12/20/2014 4:51:08 AM PST · by upchuck · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | Dec 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The U.S. has a chance to "reverse the decades-long erosion of middle-class jobs and incomes" now that the economy is undergoing a "resurgence," President Obama argued Saturday in his weekend address. Obama said he wanted to work with members of Congress to build on recent economic progress. "We just have to invest in the things that we know will secure even faster growth in higher-paying jobs for more Americans," he said. "We have to make sure our economy, our justice system, and our government work not only for a few, but for all of us." But the weekly address largely...
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...
  • U.S. Supreme Court refuses to block gay marriages in Florida [Miami media THRILLED]

    12/20/2014 3:56:17 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | 12/20/14 | Ross Palombo
    U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings. In a one-paragraph order, the court decided not to intervene in Florida's same-sex marriage dispute. "The application for stay presented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the court is denied," Justice Clarence Thomas wrote.
  • The 2009 Fort Hood victims finally receive their Purple Hearts

    12/20/2014 3:34:15 AM PST · by RedMDer · 21 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...
  • 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 · 23 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 · 56 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'.
  • Sony ignored security evaluation before GOP [Guardians of Peace] hack, more data coming

    12/20/2014 1:18:13 AM PST · by Spktyr · 35 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...
  • Orlando attraction features high-powered guns

    12/19/2014 11:53:11 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 15 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 · 22 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 · 13 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 Korea’s 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 Korea’s democratic order” and bring the country under “North Korea-style socialism.” South Korea’s constitution has a clause that allows political parties to be disbanded if they pose a...
  • Children caroling get kicked out of Klamath Falls Walmart

    12/19/2014 10:09:47 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 47 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...
  • Kim Jong-Un learned the art of intimidating filmmakers from Obama

    12/19/2014 8:56:45 PM PST · by GusFring · 9 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 · 8 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 · 23 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. Yarmuth’s 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 · 29 replies
    nypost.com ^ | Dec. 19, 2014 | Sophia Rosenbaum
    Better let All-Star Al in the game! It wasn’t 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 · 36 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...
  • Ethnic Cleansing of Jews in Turkey

    12/19/2014 8:00:04 PM PST · by george76 · 14 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 · 3 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 18, 2014 | Bill McMorris
    union carve outs in many minimum wage hikes. Unions may be pushing for resident Obama’s 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • In Vermont, single-payer healthcare quietly disappears

    12/19/2014 7:13:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 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...
  • The unconscionable act committed by Senate Democrats

    12/19/2014 6:42:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 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 America’s enemies. Admittedly, that was a tough assessment. But barely a week after the report’s release, the Huffington Post published an article linking those revelations with their most immediate effects on our allies....
  • Obama: Most black people don’t use racism as an excuse

    12/19/2014 6:42:09 PM PST · by PROCON · 50 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | Dec. 19, 2014 | Dave Boyer
    Editor’s 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 America’s history of slavery and segregation isn’t 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 · 16 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 state’s 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 · 25 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. …
  • Putin’s 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 · 25 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 · 31 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...
  • Obama's New Cuba Policy: Eating With Raul

    12/19/2014 5:18:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 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 7’s 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 network’s 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 · 39 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...