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  • Now Baltimore activists want the police back

    01/03/2018 8:53:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/03/2018 | John Washington
    I remember a time in the not so distant past. The year was 2016, and racial tensions were running high. Freddie Gray was a resident of Baltimore, Maryland. He was arrested and notoriously died while in police custody. Soon afterward, Black Lives Matter and other activists became enraged. They began to protest the police department's presence in their neighborhoods over alleged brutality. Let's fast-forward a couple of years later to present day. Now we see over 300 murders in the City of Baltimore this past year. When I saw the number of murders, I was shocked. All of the intellectuals...
  • Clobbered by new tax code, blue states — and pundits — plot their revenge

    01/03/2018 8:46:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 01/03/2018 | Andrea Riquier
    The Republican tax overhaul may not do a great deal to boost overall economic growth — but it’s already having one stimulus effect. Call it the Full Employment Act for Tax Pundits.Ever since the contours of the plan made clear that residents of high-tax states would take the biggest hits, a cottage industry devoted to strategizing blue-state tax work-arounds has emerged. As a reminder, Americans for generations have been able to deduct the amounts paid for state and local income tax, as well as property tax, from their federally taxable income. But the new law caps that amount at $10,000,...
  • Kyrie Irving, Nike double down on spreading flat-Earth ignorance

    01/03/2018 8:41:16 AM PST · by Simon Green · 17 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 01/03/18 | Jason Owens
    Kyrie Irving appears to seriously believe the world is flat. Or if he doesn’t, he takes some sort of twisted joy in pretending that he does. And now he has Nike on board, spreading ignorance to impressionable youth. First, Nike gave him a flat-Earth cameo in this Christmas day commercial promoting his new kicks. Now there’s this monstrosity on display at Boston’s “Sneakeasy” sneaker event. That is a Kyrie 4 hovering over some sort of Nike-sanctioned display purportedly explaining Irving’s nonsense theory. Feel free to reach your own interpretation. Surely, Nike sees this as all fun and games and...
  • Homeless man hailed hero of Manchester bombing stole money and phone (tr)

    01/03/2018 8:39:14 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 3 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Jan 03, 2018 | Abe Hawkin
    A homeless man who was hailed a hero of the Manchester terror attack stole from victims and took sick photographs of dead people following the atrocity. Chris Parker, 33, today admitted taking Pauline Healey's purse as her 14-year-old granddaughter Sorrell Leczkowski lay dying just minutes after the atrocity which killed 22 innocent people. Graphic footage was played at Manchester Crown Court which showed Parker kneeling over bodies, rifling their bags and taking photographs of dead bodies as he made his way through the foyer to try and steal from victims. Shockingly, he was seen prodding Mrs Healey's body to check...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WOR AM,January 3,2018

    01/03/2018 8:36:14 AM PST · by Biggirl · 32 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | January 3, 2018 | Rush Limbaugh
    Good Morning/Afternoon, MEGAWELCOMEToHumpDayDITTOS!
  • Gun control groups protest AR-556 at Ruger headquarters

    01/03/2018 8:28:41 AM PST · by Simon Green · 42 replies ^ | 01/03/18 | Christen Smith
    Gun control groups marched in Connecticut last month to demand Sturm, Ruger and Co. stop manufacturing its AR-556 rifle — the same model used in the Texas church shooting in November. Gays Against Guns — an LGTBQ gun control group founded in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting — led a demonstration Dec. 17 through the streets of Fairfield to Ruger’s headquarters in Southport where protesters waved signs accusing the company of making “massacre weapons.” “Sturm, Ruger and all the other AR-15 manufacturers out there have blood on their hands for continuing to profit off of weapons that should...
  • BDS Fail: Ringo Goes Where Lorde Fears to Tread, Confirms Two Shows in Israel

    01/03/2018 8:08:53 AM PST · by DFG · 48 replies
    breitbart ^ | 01/03/2018 | Simon Kent
    Ringo Starr will perform two shows in Israel later this year in defiance of the anti-Israel BDS movement that calls for the complete isolation of the Jewish State. The former Beatle made the announcement on his personal website. It comes just a week after New Zealand singer Lorde cancelled her planned Tel Aviv concert after a vocal campaign by BDS activists. Ringo has chosen a band that includes fellow rock legends Steve Lukather of Toto, Greg Rollie of Journey and Graham Gouldman of 10cc as the All-Starrs. The two shows are booked for Tel Aviv’s Menorah Mivtahim Arena on June...
  • Alabama fan's RV catches fire near Superdome while in town for Sugar Bowl

    01/03/2018 8:08:34 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 10 replies
    WAFB ^ | 1-1-2018
    NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - An Alabama fan attending the Sugar Bowl lost her RV after it caught fire Monday morning near the Superdome. The fire started around 11 a.m. and temporarily closed traffic near the Intersection of Poydras and South Claiborne. The New Orleans Fire Department arrived on scene and quickly extinguished the flames. No one was injured, and the fan said despite the loss of her RV she will still be attending the game. The fan did not want to be identified, but issued an on-the-record statement of "Roll Tide."
  • Tax bill: States look for ways around the new SALT deduction cap

    01/03/2018 7:57:03 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 50 replies
    Curbed ^ | Jan 2, 2018 | Jeff Andrews
    The new tax bill President Trump signed into law last month hits high-tax, politically blue states like New York and California especially hard because of a new cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. But the states hit hardest by the change are already exploring ways around it. The new law puts a $10,000 cap on SALT deductions. Previously, there was no cap on SALT deductions, which helped high-tax states raise revenue without taxpayers having parts of their income taxed twice, once at the state level and again at the federal level. The new cap means states might have...
  • 83 percent funding cut by United Way strains Salvation Army partnership

    01/03/2018 7:43:41 AM PST · by Elderberry · 57 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 1/2/2018 | Shelly Conlon
    The United Way of Waco-McLennan County’s decision to cut 83 percent of its funding to The Salvation Army of Waco has left Salvation Army officials scratching their heads and questioning the partnership with the nonprofit going into the new year. The Salvation Army received the largest cut among the 21 local nonprofits the United Way funds. The cuts are part of an ongoing effort to transition from an allocation-based funding model to a grant-based model this year, and a result of a decline in donations in the past five years, United Way Executive Director Barbara Mosacchio said. Mosacchio, who started...
  • NYC could get slammed by ‘bomb’ cyclone winter storm

    01/03/2018 7:43:33 AM PST · by oh8eleven · 60 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2 Jan 2018 | Joe Tacopino and Linda Massarella
    Manhattan is set to get 3 inches of snow starting around 5 or 6 a.m. Thursday, but parts of Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island should brace for at least double that, experts warned.
  • Land of leaving: Moving companies rank Illinois No. 1 for outbound vans

    01/03/2018 7:38:52 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 52 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | 1-2-2018 | Brendan Bakala
    Land of leaving: Moving companies rank Illinois No. 1 for outbound vans Studies by two major American moving companies rank Illinois as the top “outbound” state of 2017. On Jan. 2, United Van Lines released its 41st annual National Movers Study and Atlas Van Lines released its 2017 Migration Patterns study. United based the study on its customers’ household moves made in 2017, and Atlas studied nearly 73,000 interstate and cross-border relocations of household goods from Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 15, 2017. In both studies, Illinois was home to the highest rate of outbound moves in the nation. United’s...
  • NFL Week 16: Christmas Clunker Caps Record-Low MNF Season

    01/03/2018 7:06:34 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 88 replies ^ | Dec 28, 2017 | paulsen
    Capping a season of record-low Monday Night Football ratings, ESPN’s first Christmas NFL game in 11 years was a lump of coal. Raiders-Eagles scored a 5.9 rating and 11.7 million viewers on ESPN’s Monday Night Football Christmas night, down 42% in ratings and 38% in viewership from Week 16 last year (Cowboys-Lions: 10.1, 18.9M). ESPN’s Nielsen ratings now include streaming viewership on TV devices; comparisons are to last year’s TV+streaming numbers. The Eagles’ win, which peaked at a 6.7 and 13.4 million from 9:30-10 PM ET, was the lowest rated Week 16 MNF game since Broncos-Chargers on Christmas Eve 2007...
  • The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2018

    01/03/2018 7:01:51 AM PST · by napscoordinator · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | 3 January 2018 | Eric Bradner
    Washington (CNN)The most interesting Senate race in 2018 might have nothing to do with whether Republicans or Democrats control the chamber after this year's midterm elections. The decision Tuesday by Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah to retire teed up Mitt Romney -- the 2012 Republican presidential nominee turned leading intra-party critic of President Donald Trump -- to run for a job that would give him major influence over the remainder of Trump's presidency. But Hatch is a Republican. Romney is a Republican. And if Romney is stopped, it'll be because another Republican won the nomination in Utah. It'll be a...
  • The ‘Nuclear Button’ Explained: For Starters, There’s No Button

    01/03/2018 6:59:11 AM PST · by Sopater · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan 3, 2018 | RUSSELL GOLDMAN
    HONG KONG — President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, traded threats this week about the size, location and potency of their “nuclear buttons.” The image of a leader with a finger on a button — a trigger capable of launching a world-ending strike — has for decades symbolized the speed with which a nuclear weapon could be launched, and the unchecked power of the person doing the pushing. There is only one problem: There is no button.
  • Eerie and ominous’ sign appears as Pope Francis visits Vatican Nativity

    01/03/2018 6:39:58 AM PST · by MNDude · 23 replies
    Would Pope Francis say anything about this year’s Vatican nativity scene — which was so clearly meant as a nod to the LGBT lobby — when he paid it a visit on New Year’s Eve? He spoke not a word of course, but instead blessed it and chuckled as a few dignitaries, responsible for what some have called a “hideous” and “sacrilegious” crčche, gave him a guided tour. And yet something very eerie and ominous happened that evening. At exactly the same time as the Pope left St. Peter’s Basilica and walked to the crčche in St. Peter’s Square, a...
  • Trump Tower meeting with Russians 'treasonous', Bannon says in explosive book

    01/03/2018 6:37:01 AM PST · by Incorrigible · 140 replies
    The Guardian (via MSN) ^ | 1/3/2018 | David Smith
    Trump Tower meeting with Russians 'treasonous', Bannon says in explosive bookDonald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has described the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”, according to an explosive new book seen by the Guardian.....He is particularly scathing about a June 2016 meeting involving Trump’s son Donald Jr, son-in-law Jared Kushner, then campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in New York. A trusted intermediary had promised documents that would “incriminate” rival Hillary Clinton but instead of alerting the...
  • Trump Tower meeting with Russians 'treasonous', Bannon says in explosive book

    01/03/2018 6:33:59 AM PST · by be-baw · 91 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 3, 2018 | David Smith
    Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has described the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”, according to an explosive new book seen by the Guardian. Bannon, speaking to author Michael Wolff, warned that the investigation into alleged collusion with the Kremlin will focus on money laundering and predicted: “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.” Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, reportedly based on more than 200 interviews with the president, his inner circle and players in...
  • Why the ‘working poor’ uprising in Iran may have the power to topple hardline regime

    01/03/2018 6:17:56 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 12 replies
    The wave of violent protests churning across Iran differs dramatically from the last major uprising that rocked the country in 2009 and could spiral out of control if the regime moves too quickly toward military-style tactics to crush the unrest. While the abortive Green Revolution eight years ago was driven mainly by the children of wealthy political elites in Tehran in the wake of a questionable election, the spontaneous protests this time around are unfolding across the country and driven by what analysts describe as “the working poor” — a segment of the population that has little to lose in...
  • WaPo's David Ignatius: Trump Is Right to Tell Iran That the World Is Watching

    01/03/2018 6:03:39 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 6 replies
    RCP/WaPo ^ | David Ignatius
    Think of the Iranian uprising as a bottom-up revolt by people who feel they've been ignored by a corrupt elite. The issues and the faces in the street are very different from those of the populist movements that swept America and Europe in 2016, but you sense a resonance: "Make Iran Great Again" and "Iran First." *snip* President Trump's enthusiasm for the protesters has bubbled over in his tweets. Explains a senior administration official: Dissent shows Iran has "deep structural problems" and a corrupt economic system, dominated by the Revolutionary Guard Corps, that is "unsustainable." The White House sensibly plans...