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  • Latin Mass Society Asks Bishops to Embrace Traditionalists as ‘Spiritual Children’ [UK]

    12/22/2014 6:23:17 AM PST · by marshmallow
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/22/14 | Mark Greaves
    Open letter makes an appeal for an end to 'marginalisation' of those attached to Extraordinary FormThe Latin Mass Society has written to all the bishops of England and Wales asking them to reach out to Catholics attached to the traditional Mass. Joseph Shaw, chairman of the LMS, invited bishops to visit Extraordinary Form congregations to see that they were “not a source of division, but a demonstration of a truly Catholic unity in diversity”. He began the letter, published in the Mass of Ages, the LMS quarterly magazine, by expressing gratitude for the “almost complete disappearance of the hostility” towards...
  • OPEC Blames Speculators, Non-OPEC Countries, US Frackers for Oil Price Crash

    12/22/2014 6:20:58 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    OPEC is pointing the finger at speculators as well as Non-OPEC countries, but especially US shale producers for the crude price crash. Let's explore that idea in a series of charts. But first let's take a look at the allegation. The Wall Street Journal reports Gulf Oil Exporters Blame Non-OPEC Producers for Glut. Gulf oil officials on Sunday defended OPECÂ’s decision last month to keep its production ceiling intact, blaming producers outside of the group for the glut of oil on the market that has depressed prices. Speaking at an energy conference in Abu Dhabi, Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi...
  • Bill Cosby accused of raping ex-girlfriend of Sammy Davis Jr.

    12/22/2014 6:18:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/22/14 | Nancy Dillon
    **SNIP** McKee said she’d like to see Cosby sit for a lie-detector test. She also called it “embarrassing” that Cosby’s wife of 51 years, Camille, released a statement suggesting her husband was the “victim.” “I knew (Camille). We’d been to dinner, all of us, many times,” McKee said. “This is not a stupid woman. She has her head buried in the sand."
  • Jeb Bush can win it all

    12/22/2014 6:18:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | December 22, 2014 | Julian E. Zelizer
    Ever since "Bridge-gate" threatened to derail the once "inevitable" nomination of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the Republican presidential candidate for 2016, Jeb Bush has been hinting that he might jump into the fray. And with last week's Facebook announcement, the former Florida governor has emerged as a serious contender -- if he chooses to run. The announcement of an exploratory committee has generated instant excitement because many Republicans feel that the former governor stands a very real chance of winning both the Republican nomination and the general election. Though the pundits have pored over all of his liabilities,...
  • ‘Epoch-Making Turning Point’ from Conflict to Communion: LWF, Vatican Announce Common Liturgical..

    12/22/2014 6:17:46 AM PST · by marshmallow
    (LWI) – Rev. Martin Junge, General Secretary of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) says relations between the Lutheran and Catholic churches have reached an epoch-making turning-point. Speaking during a panel discussion, held 18 December, in the Lutheran church in Rome, Junge emphasized that the relationship between Lutherans and Catholics was being transformed “from conflict to communion.” Precisely in a world “in which religion and faith are regularly portrayed and perceived as trouble makers,” he said it was a phenomenal testimony that the Lutheran and Roman Catholic churches continued to move “towards a profound communion that frees us to serve God...
  • Railcar Bottleneck Looms for Oil

    12/22/2014 6:14:48 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 21, 2014 | BOB TITA
    One-third of the crude oil hauled from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale region by railcars could be forced off the tracks and into expensive truck fleets in the next four years, according to a railcar-industry trade group. The Railway Supply Institute says there aren’t enough shops to retrofit cars carrying flammable liquids in time to meet proposed federal deadlines, and that tens of thousands of cars will be idled as a result. The U.S. Department of Transportation wants tank cars carrying crude oil to be retrofitted with more puncture-resistant features in two years, and those carrying ethanol to be upgraded in...
  • Powerful statement from Minnesota police chief after NYPD ambush (Sartell, MN)

    12/22/2014 6:10:38 AM PST · by maggief · 3 replies
    KMSP ^ | December 22, 2014 | Mike Durkin
    SARTELL, Minn. (KMSP) - Police in New York say the man who murdered two police officers while they were sitting in their patrol car has been arrested 19 times for assault and robbery. Ismaaiyl Brinsley was angry at police for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, making an online pledge to kill two “pigs.”
  • James Woods calls Al Sharpton a 'race pimp' and says the 'disgusting pig' is responsible...

    12/22/2014 6:02:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/21/14 | David Mccormack, Josh Gardner
    Actor James Woods took to Twitter on Sunday to blame the Rev. Al Sharpton, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and President Obama for being ‘responsible’ for the murder of two NYPD officers on Saturday. Sharpton came in for the worst of Woods’ abuse, with the former Academy Award nominee calling him a ‘race pimp’ and a ‘disgusting pig’. At one point on Sunday morning Woods’ tweeted: ‘This disgusting pig is DIRECTLY responsible for the murder of two good policemen. No discussion’.
  • Gun Control Ad Tells Kids to Steal Their Parents’ Guns and Bring Them to the Worst Possible Location

    12/22/2014 6:02:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | December 22, 2014 | Jennifer Van Laar
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Gun control advocate and independent filmmaker Rejina Sincic has created what she calls a PSA aimed at “reducing gun violence in schools and communities.” The video depicts a teenage boy sneaking into his mother’s room, taking a gun out of her dresser drawer (who knows if it’s loaded or unloaded), putting it in his backpack and then taking it to school. After class, he waits for the other students to leave then puts the gun on the teacher’s desk and says, “Can you take this away? I don’t feel safe with a gun in my house.” Certainly nothing could go...
  • BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS

    12/22/2014 6:01:25 AM PST · by shortstop · 4 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 12/22/14 | Bob Lonsberry
    Cause and effect. The president, governor, mayor and Reverend Al all say that the cops are a bunch of racist bastards. Somebody, aggrieved by what these leaders have said, walks up and kills two cops in cold blood. Cause and effect. A leads to B leads to bagpipes and “Amazing Grace.” And when they’re trying to hose the blood out of a precinct car it’s a little late to distance yourself from it. The claims of Sharpton and his crew that they disavow any violence, and that this has nothing to do with their protests and speeches, are, well, just...
  • Lance Bass and Michael Turchin get married in Los Angeles [Made for TV]

    12/22/2014 6:00:00 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    upi ^ | 12/22/14
    Singer Lance Bass and his longtime beau Michael Turchin have gotten married at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles... The couple's love story and lavish wedding will be chronicled in a 90-minute special airing Feb. 5. E! said its program Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding will mark the first time an American television network broadcasts a celebrity wedding between two men.
  • Obama's Christmas Gift to My Daughter

    12/22/2014 5:58:48 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 7 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 12/22/2014 | David Catron
    My youngest daughter just joined the ever-increasing number of Americans who have lost their health coverage due to Obamacare. She received a letter from her insurance carrier indicating that the individual policy with which she was eminently satisfied, and that she could more or less afford, would no longer be available after the end of the year. In its place, the insurer offered a plan whose premiums will be nearly double what she has been paying for the cancelled policy. Her monthly premium was $127. The premium for the replacement policy, if she can find no alternative, will be $243.
  • POPE FRANCIS NAMES BISHOP CHRISTOPHER J. COYNE TO LEAD VERMONT’S CATHOLICS

    12/22/2014 5:58:25 AM PST · by Straight Vermonter
    BURLINGTON – At 6 a.m. Vermont time today – 12 p.m. Noon at the Vatican – Pope Francis appointed The Most Reverend Christopher James Coyne (@bishopcoyne), until now Auxiliary Bishop of Indianapolis, as Tenth Bishop of Burlington. A Boston native, Bishop Coyne will formally be installed as pastor of Vermont’s 118,000 Catholics on Thursday, January 29, 2015, at 2:00 PM, with a Solemn Mass of Installation in Saint Joseph Co-Cathedral. The Pope’s ambassador to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganň, will be in attendance as the Holy Father’s personal representative. “I am grateful to Pope Francis for his confidence...
  • Suspect fatally shot officer then ran him over

    12/22/2014 5:57:56 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 3 replies
    10 News Staff, WTSP | December 22, 2014
    http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/local/2014/12/21/police-shooting-fatal-pinellas/20722929/
  • New Jersey Christmas tree controlled by tweets

    12/22/2014 5:56:56 AM PST · by Citizen Zed
    Twitter users anywhere in the world can control the lights on a holiday display in New Jersey. Tweet #brilliant#twinkle to @Oxmas_Tree to light the display and tweet #figgyypudding to turn them off.
  • Stock Market - Oil 'Panic' Period Ends As Analysis Replaces Emotion

    12/22/2014 5:51:44 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/21/2014
    Yes, oil closed below $60 on Friday, but the U.S. stock market closed up – way up from Tuesday’s close. The Fed’s action/non-action might seem the cause, but that looks like coincidental timing. With oil stocks like Chevron selling at both extremely attractive valuations and strong price support levels..., the market turnabout was waiting in the wings, only needing a gentle push to hit the stage in full action. What is noteworthy (and disturbing) is the ease with which commenters tossed about fear-inducing descriptors like “plunge,” “rout,” “crash” and “panic.” Following those emotional portrayals were the typical (and erroneous) visions...
  • Sarah Palin & Ted Cruz: The Two Most Powerful People on Earth

    12/22/2014 5:51:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Red State ^ | December 21, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    When Gabby Giffords was shot in Arizona, the left went into a frenzy blaming Sarah Palin. In fact, when I was on CNN, I went on TV with Cornell Belcher and he was livid when I suggested leftwing rhetoric could be as hostile and divisive as rightwing rhetoric, if not more so. John King was apologetic for using war metaphors for politics and promised to stop. Wolf Blitzer, at one point, did a profile of Democratic congress critters who’d had death threats against them. Mind you, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Jim DeMint, and other Republicans had had the same, but...
  • Grades, Finals and Protests (Want 'F's' cancelled because they were out protesting and not studying)

    12/22/2014 5:46:50 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    Inside Higher Ed ^ | December 17, 2014 | Scott Jaschik
    At Oberlin College this week, the president rejected a petition signed by more than 1,000 students demanding no failing grades this semester. Student activism over decisions by grand juries not to indict police officers for the deaths of unarmed back men in Missouri and New York remains strong. And unlike most student protest movements, this one has extended into finals -- and has some students asking for flexibility on grades or exams, and others taking the unusual step of protesting in libraries during a period when student stress about academics is high. (snip) It says: "I would really like to...
  • Conservatives Must Oppose Collective Guilt

    12/22/2014 5:41:57 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 15 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | December 22, 2014 | Leo McNeil
    Over the weekend two New York City police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, were executed by Ismaaiyl Brinsley in apparent retribution for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Mayor Bill de Blasio had previously encouraged leftists to protest the city’s police department. Before a press conference on the death of these two officers, police turned their back on the Mayor. They Mayor in turn attacked the actions of the police. It is obvious there is no love lost between the Mayor and the police department. The police union has so much as declared that blood is on...
  • Brooklyn Gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had Been Arrested 20 Times; Had Troubled Childhood

    12/22/2014 5:40:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/22/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who allegedly ambushed and killed two New York police officers before killing himself Saturday, had a "very troubled childhood," had been arrested 20 times for petty crimes and was violent and suicidal, according to police and other sources. Brinsley, 28, had also spent two years in prison for firing a stolen gun near a public street in Georgia, according to The New York Times. After shooting his ex-girlfriend at her home outside Baltimore Saturday following an argument, Brinsley boarded a bus to New York, and called the victim's mother to apologize, NBC News quoted New York Chief of...
  • Yankees foundation reportedly will pay for education of murdered NYPD cop's kids

    12/22/2014 5:39:37 AM PST · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 22, 2014 | FoxNews.Com
    A foundation founded by late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner reportedly will cover the education costs for the sons of one of the two NYPD officers murdered in a daylight ambush Saturday afternoon.
  • Pakistan government departments were warned of school attack in August

    12/22/2014 5:38:39 AM PST · by Citizen Zed
    post.jagran.com ^ | 12-22-2014
    Authorities in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were warned of an imminent revenge attack on the army-run school here months before a Taliban-sponsored carnage claimed 148 lives, mostly that of children. A copy of the written warning, issued on August 28, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Home Ministry had stated that Taliban militants have planned to attack educational institutions under the Pakistani army and their intention was revenge. The militants wanted to kill as many children of army officers as possible, the warning stated. The alert Number 802 named Khaksar, Taliban commander in Orakzai -- a part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas...
  • Off-duty police officer shot in North St. Louis [Overshadowed by NYC murders]

    12/22/2014 5:37:49 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Fox St. Louis ^ | 12/19/14 | Betsey Bruce
    An off duty St. Louis city police officer is recovering Saturday morning after being shot. He came under-fire while simply driving his personal vehicle north on 25th Street near Breman. That’s in north St. Louis. Police say that the 28-year-old officer was fired upon just before 4:00pm. He was shot multiple times in the lower extremities. His wounds do not appear to be life threatening. The St. Louis Municipal Department says the officer is in critical but stable condition.
  • The 'worst day' of young Jaden Ramos's life: on of murdered policeman speaks out.

    12/22/2014 5:36:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/21/2014 | Ethel C. Fenig
    While the bloodthirsty racist liberals exploded in joy over the deliberate slaughter of two New York City minority (for those who care about that, one was Puerto Rican, the other Asian) policemen, for 13-year-old Jaden Ramos, it was "the worst day of my life."  And that is because his father was one of the murdered cops.  #NYPD strong has a copy of his posts.  (Warning: you might have to wade through some ugly liberal troll comments.)   A year earlier, Jaden had wished his father a happy birthday with a Facebook greeting: Happy birthday to the best dad in...
  • The Brooklyn Slaughter and the End of Gotcha: Black racial hostility now an everyday fact of life.

    12/22/2014 5:33:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/22/2014 | Colin Flaherty
    We are way past playing games of gotcha. The Brooklyn police slaughter is just another example of how black racial hostility is now an everyday fact of life. Part of the national fabric. So much so that no one even bothers to hide it. Not anymore. A few recent cases illuminate the bigger picture: In Portland, Oregon, a sales clerk for Nordstrom tells his Facebook friends black people should kill one white cop for every white cop who kills a black person. In Philadelphia, a paramedic said the same thing but took it one step further: He posted a picture...
  • Muslim Scholar Calls for Jewish Place of Worship on Temple Mount

    12/22/2014 5:33:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 12/22/2014, 10:24 AM | Ari Soffer
    A Jordanian Muslim preacher has called for Jews to be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount, and even for a special “house of prayer” to be set up for them there. Despite its status as the holiest site in Judaism, Jews are banned from praying on the Temple Mount (as are other non-Muslims) due to pressure and threats from Muslim groups—not least among them the Waqf Islamic trust, which administers the site under Jordanian auspices as per Jordan's peace treaty with Israel. […] In a recorded message translated by MEMRI, Salafi cleric Sheikh Yassin Al-Ajlouni says he wishes to...
  • Al Sharpton very worried that execution of police officers will derail his movement

    12/22/2014 5:32:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 22, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Yesterday, Noah asked an important question in the wake of the brutal assassination of two NYPD officers. Specifically, he wondered whether those who have been out in the streets fomenting anti-police hysteria would be inclined to turn the mirror around this week and pause to question their tactics and consider the ramifications of their actions. When Al Sharpton finally stood up to comment, we seemed to have the answer. Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown...
  • Tea partier braces for primary challenge from the establishment

    12/22/2014 5:31:57 AM PST · by Maceman · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/22/14 | Manu Raju
    Tea party favorite Mike Lee roiled the GOP establishment four years ago when he knocked off a sitting senator on his way to the Republican Senate nomination in Utah. Now, the establishment might strike back. As the 43-year-old Lee plots his 2016 reelection bid, he is courting business leaders under the radar, hoping to head off a primary challenge backed by business leaders and other establishment figures in his home state, like billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr., an influential bank CEO and a former Utah GOP party chairman. Some powerful establishment Republicans in Utah are tired of Lee’s hard-line positions. He...
  • Who Will Get Caught When The Oil Debt Bubble Pops?

    12/22/2014 5:31:55 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/19/2014
    America’s oil and gas boom was enabled by a huge pile of cheap financing. Many of the leading players in the boom, such as Chesapeake Energy and Continental Resources have for years been making capital investments at levels far surpassing the cashflow generated from operations. The mountain of debt advanced to drillers in recent years is estimated to be in the neighborhood of $500 billion — some $300 billion in leveraged loans and another $200 billion in high yield debt. That’s about 16% of the U.S. high yield debt market, quadruple its share a decade ago. That’s a lot, even...
  • Does the NFL and NBA have blood on their hands?

    12/22/2014 5:29:23 AM PST · by DallasBiff · 6 replies
    12/22/2014
    Yes they do for their tolerating and promoting cop hatred. Also Bloomberg has blood on his hands for his taxing cigarettes to the hilt.
  • Saudi Arabia: We'll never cut oil production {OPEC really dead?}

    12/22/2014 5:28:28 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    CNN Money ^ | December 22, 2014 | John Defterios
    In an exclusive interview with CNN, Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi also said he wasn't conspiring to take out rival producers by driving down the price. "These rumors or whoever generated them, is completely mistaken," he said. U.S. crude prices have slumped by nearly 50% in six months, the sharpest fall for many years. That has unsettled stock markets, accelerated a financial crisis in Russia, raised the risk that Venezuela will default and forced some U.S. producers to shed jobs and scale back investment. Depending on which conspiracy theory you subscribe to, Saudi Arabia is waging an oil price war...
  • Cute moment when daddy comes home. (video only)

    12/22/2014 5:28:17 AM PST · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    dump.com ^ | 9-30-2008 | Keli Vandegrift
    After a rough day at work, it's hard to beat coming home to people a happy household. Baby Isaiah can barely stand up, but patiently waits at the window for his daddy to come home. When he sees his car, he waves and then speed-crawls his way to greet his hero. That's a worthwhile homecoming.
  • Protest leaders hurry to disavow NYPD slayings

    12/22/2014 5:26:33 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 11 replies
    Washington Post/MSN ^ | 12/21/2014 | Staff
    ( The Rev. Al Sharpton and family members of Eric Garner stressed their support of nonviolent protests following the deadly shootings of two New York City police officers. ) The ambush killing of two New York police officers Saturday has forced a burgeoning protest movement over police use of lethal force to address accusations that it bears some responsibility for violence carried out in the name of that cause. Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were fatally shot Saturday as they sat in their patrol car in a Brooklyn neighborhood. The suspect, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, is thought to have posted...
  • China condemns cyberattacks, but says no proof North Korea hacked Sony

    12/22/2014 5:20:39 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 12/22/14 | MEGHA RAJAGOPALAN AND STEVE HOLLAND
    China said on Monday it opposed all forms of cyberattacks but there was no proof that North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony Pictures, as the United States has said. North Korea has denied it was to blame and has vowed to hit back against any U.S. retaliation, threatening the White House and the Pentagon. The hackers said they were incensed by a Sony comedy about a fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which the studio has pulled.
  • Key suspect in 2008 Bombay bomb attacks freed by Pakistanis (day after Peshawar school attack)

    12/22/2014 5:16:22 AM PST · by Cronos · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | 18 Dec 2014 | Salman Masood
    A Pakistani court granted bail to a terrorist accused of planning the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, drawing loud protests from India. The suspect, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, is a senior commander with Laskar-e-Toiba, the group behind the blitz of attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai that left 166 people dead.The slow pave of th trial has been a contniuing source of contention with India, which accuses te Pakistani authorities of tacitly supporting Lashkar-e-Taiba. Mr. Lakhvi's lawyer, said his client had been granted a release on bond of $5000.Indian officials protested the release and called for it to be immediately reversed. The...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 22, 2014-- portend

    12/22/2014 5:15:15 AM PST · by xsmommy · 18 replies
    12/22/14 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 12/22/14 ; In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". portend; verb verb (used with object) 1. to indicate in advance; to foreshadow or presage, as an omen does: "The street incident may portend a general uprising."2 to signify; mean. Etymology: 1400-50; late Middle English < Latin portendere to point out, indicate, portend, variant of prĹŤtendere to extend. Synonyms:foretell, forecast, augur, promise, forebode. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a...
  • The war on rape: the logic of the lynch mob returns (Rape culture movement is the new KKK)

    12/22/2014 5:10:04 AM PST · by servo1969 · 3 replies
    spiked-online.com ^ | 12-15-2014 | BRENDAN O’NEILL
    We are in the midst of a war on rape. From American campuses to British courthouses, from newspaper op-ed pages to the weird world of online petitions, ‘zero tolerance’ of rape has been declared. And who could possibly be against it? No one is ‘pro-rape’. So surely everyone will cheer a war on rape. Not so fast. Wars on rape have been declared before, and often for deeply reactionary reasons, having the effect of harming society rather than helping women. Consider the ‘war on rape’ declared in America’s Deep South in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when the KKK...
  • Cop kil,er Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley a Muslim?

    12/22/2014 5:06:34 AM PST · by ShivaFan · 13 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | NY Daily News
    In the latest NY Daily News article (link below) in which a friend of the cop killer Brinsley known as Jay Romero was interviewed, this friend indentifies Brinsley as a Muslim. Some say this is not relevant, that it would be like reporting that liquor store robbery suspect was a Catholic. But I disagree in this case. This guy clearly was part of the entire mindset advocated by the communists left, led by Al Sbarpton rent a mobs, pushed as part of a political agenda by the Democrats in the big lie and narrative that cops are collective racists. We...
  • Two Cops

    12/22/2014 5:02:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2014 | Rich Galen
    Two New York City cops, Wenjian Liu (38) and Rafael Ramos (40), were murdered Saturday afternoon sitting in their marked car parked near what in New York is known as "a project" - typically a high-rise, low cost housing structure - where they were attempting, by virtue of their visibility, to protect the residents. That very visibility led to their deaths as a gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, walked up to the passenger side of the car, fired, and killed them both before running down into a subway entrance and shooting himself on the platform. Brinsley is apparently from the Baltimore area...
  • Without Coal Lease Bonus Money, State Seeks New School Construction Revenue

    12/22/2014 5:01:36 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Wyoming Public Media ^ | DEC 19, 2014 | AARON SCHRANK
    The state agency responsible for building and maintaining Wyoming’s K-12 schools will face huge revenue shortfalls in the years ahead. That’s according to a report by University of Wyoming economists. The vast majority of school construction funding comes from coal lease bonus payments—and those revenues are expected to dry up completely in 2017. The School Facilities Department expects to spend half as much in 2019 and 2020 as its spending now—as the state shifts from building schools to maintaining them. But in the same period, the associated revenues are expected to drop by 95 percent. The UW report found that...
  • It’s WAR On The Streets Of America

    12/22/2014 4:57:52 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 18 replies
    Patriot Power News ^ | 12/21/2014 | Michael Snyder
    Make no mistake – there is now a state of open warfare on the streets of America. Earlier this year it was being reported that the number of police officers killed on the job was up 40 percent in 2014, and that was before all of the civil unrest caused by the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. At this point, attacks on police officers are becoming a frequent occurrence all over the country, but no incident has stunned the nation as much as the “execution-style” murder of two NYPD officers on Saturday by a radical Islamic gunman identified...
  • The week the dam broke in Russia and ended Putin's dreams

    12/22/2014 4:39:46 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 Dec 14 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Gallows humour is back in Moscow. Asked what he would do to stop the rouble spiralling out of control, the former governor of Russia’s central bank replied: “I would pick up a pistol and shoot myself.” This was the week when the country’s long-festering crisis turned virulent. A last-ditch attempt to defend the exchange rate by raising interest rates to 17pc failed within hours, yet the shock is surely enough to set off a chain of corporate failures and push banks over the edge. Traders in the City watched open-mouthed as the dam broke on Black Tuesday. The event exposed...
  • American Tragedies and American Dreams-Brown-Garner verdicts and future of African-American youth

    12/22/2014 4:37:05 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 22, 2014 | Danusha V. Goska
    Decades ago, I taught at a community college. The bunch of us treated our shared office as if it were the neighborhood bar. We’d hang out for hours. That beat going home to our cheap apartments or our parents’ basements and watching TV, which was all we could afford on the pittance adjunct professors are paid. James was a jazz musician. Mo’s nose was always to the grindstone. Patrick was enthralling. I wish I had had a video camera recording our every conversation. His words glittered. Melvyn was only a teenager. He was a new kind of person – a...
  • The 20-year Demise of a Blue State

    12/22/2014 4:35:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    I left Washington state about 20 years ago for Arizona. A Washington native, I had become fed up with the left-wing politics of Seattle. A couple of years ago, I moved back to the Pacific Northwest. A lot had changed while I was gone, and very little for the better. The only “improvement” I noticed was more greenery everywhere. The environmentalists had gotten so many restrictions passed on logging and burning dense forestation that the Evergreen State had started to look like a jungle. Everything else had gone downhill. The roads and traffic had become horrendous, especially in the Puget...
  • Indonesian Cave Art Among Science's Top 10 Breakthroughs of 2014

    12/22/2014 4:35:01 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Thursday, December 18, 2014 | press release of the AAAS
    ...among the top 10 breakthroughs was the realization, made public in October, 2014, by scientists that cave paintings discovered in 7 cave sites in the Maros karsts on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia were actually between 35,000 and 40,000 years old. The breakthrough was significant in that it was the first time that prehistoric human cave painting art found in Indonesia, or East Asia, for that matter, was found to date during time periods usually associated with the "first cave painter" works long known to exist in Europe. In the potential landmark study, the researchers used uranium-series dating of...
  • Today's Toons 12/22/14

    12/22/2014 4:33:14 AM PST · by pookie18 · 8 replies
    The Briefing Room ^ | 12/22/14 | pookie18
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  • At Demonstrations, a Change in Tone After Officers Are Killed

    12/22/2014 4:28:23 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 38 replies
    New York Times ^ | 21 Dec 14 | LIZ ROBBINS and NIKITA STEWART
    For weeks after a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of a black man, civil rights rallies in New York City had gathered momentum and spurred dialogue among activists and city officials. But the conversation, in one shocking instant on Saturday, took an unexpected turn. One day after two police officers were fatally shot at point-blank range as they sat in their squad car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, leaders of several groups who had been rallying for criminal justice reform scrambled to condemn the killings while still keeping the...
  • AMERICANS DRIVE 9 MILES INTO GERMAN FLANK, BUT ENEMY SPEARHEADS CUT TWO VITAL ROADS (12/22/44)

    12/22/2014 4:27:21 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 9 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 12/22/44 | Drew Middleton, Harold Denny, Frank L. Kluckhohn, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Digging up the 'Spanish Vikings'

    12/22/2014 4:27:00 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    University of Aberdeen News ^ | 18 December 2014 | Euan Wemyss
    Dr Garcia Losquino, who is from the region, was compelled to visit Galicia in Northern Spain unexpectedly when a number of Viking anchors were washed ashore in a storm in March 2014... "On the beach where the anchors were found there was a big mound which locals thought might have been a motte-and-bailey construction, which was used by the later Vikings in France. But with the help of a geographer using tomography we now think this was a longphort -- a Viking construction only found in Ireland during the early Viking age, and very similar to English Viking camps, where...
  • Kids: Santa Is Fake But Christmas Is Real

    12/22/2014 4:25:56 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 9 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 12/21/2014 | Steve Berman
    How’s this for an explanation of Santa Claus: Santa and Mrs. Claus have a twelve-thousand square foot mansion at the North Pole, heated by geothermal power.  The North Pole complex boasts an electrical generation system which directly extracts unlimited electricity from the Earth’s magnetic field for lights and equipment.  Santa’s workshop maintains two million square feet of warehouse space (reaching 30 stories underground with a cubic volume well exceeding Amazon.com’s North American 17 million square foot capacity) and an advanced production facility that combines robotics with elf-based manufacturing. The entire facility is hidden beneath the Arctic Ocean, under almost 14,000...