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  • Obama's doing a much better job than most people ackowledge: Farmer

    12/21/2014 5:14:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Times of Trenton ^ | December 21, 2014 | John Farmer
    Politics is predictably unpredictable. So it’s no surprise that President Obama, after a hellacious 11 months, is finishing his sixth year on an unpredictably strong note. The U.S. economy is sitting up and taking nourishment, recovering nicely. Vladimir Putin, whom Republicans like Rudy Giuliani were fawning over as a “real leader” in contrast to our pusillanimous president, is gasping for air as the Russian economy sinks under the weight of Obama-led sanctions and a U.S. energy surge. Having stuck a thumb in the eye of the GOP with his immigration initiative, Obama used another digit on the Grand Old Partisans...
  • SHAME: De Blasio Attacks NYPD Officers That Turned Their Backs on Him

    12/21/2014 4:35:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 21, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Democratic New York City mayor Bill de Blasio launched a disgusting attack on the New York Police Department officers that symbolically turned their backs on him before a press conference to address the shooting deaths of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. Ramos and Liu were gunned down in cold blood, execution-style, by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, as retribution for the recent deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. de Blasio infamously encouraged protests against his own police department in the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officers in the Garner case. “Mayor de Blasio, the blood...
  • Cop shooter bragged to Brooklyn bystanders just before fatally shooting NYPD Officers Liu, Ramos

    12/21/2014 4:27:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The NewYork Daily News ^ | December 21, 2014 | Tina Moore, Alfred Ng, Oren Yaniv and Bill Hutchinson
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Seconds before a cop-hating maniac ambushed and gunned down two NYPD officers in cold blood, he boasted, “Watch what I’m going to do!” Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s twisted advertisment of his execution-style assassinations of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu was revealed Sunday as detectives probed the motive for Saturday’s shocking slayings in Brooklyn. Just prior to killing Ramos, 40, and Liu, 32, as they sat in their cruiser outside the Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brinsley approached two men to boast about the pending doom. He inquired what gang the men were affiliated with, and asked them to follow him on Instagram,...
  • Will Dems who blamed Palin for Giffords attack refuse a ‘conversation’ about NYC shootings?

    12/21/2014 3:01:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 21, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Jazz already wrote the definitive take on the grisly execution-style shooting of two New York City police officers and the role that irresponsible commentary from elected leaders – particularly Mayor Bill de Blasio – might have played in that attack. Jazz is right to question the part that the mayor’s self-indulgent and unhelpful rhetoric might have played in this incident. Hours after a Staten Island grand jury’s decision to issue no-bill for the death of Eric Garner, de Blasio went on an ill-advised tear in which he impeached the NYPD based solely on his prejudices. “That should never have to...
  • Will Jeb stumble in Iowa?

    12/21/2014 2:51:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | December 21, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    With no love lost for Jeb Bush among the Republican base, the Iowa caucuses could be an early stumbling block in his 2016 quest. The former Florida governor’s business-friendly stances and willingness to criticize GOP hard-liners make him popular with the donor class. But the first-in-the-nation state hasn’t been kind to establishment candidates in recent years. And just after he announced this week he’s “actively exploring” a president bid, some Iowa activists are already torching Bush’s credentials. “He's on the wrong side of every issue that matters most to conservatives right now,” said Steve Deace, an influential Des Moines-based conservative...
  • De Blasio Reaping What He Sowed

    12/21/2014 1:54:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | December 21, 2014 | Rick Moran
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is hearing it from all sides today as he pays the consequences for his ill considered remarks following the failure of a grand jury to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner. De Blasio enraged police when he told a crowd of supporters in Staten Island earlier this month that he feared for his bi-racial son’s safety when dealing with the police: Chirlane and I have had to talk to Dante for years about the danger that he may face … how to take special care in any encounters he...
  • Protest leaders seek to distance budding movement from New York police killings

    12/21/2014 1:30:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 21, 2014 | Wesley Lowery
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The ambush killing of two New York police officers on Saturday has forced a burgeoning protest movement against police violence 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 threats against police on social media before shooting his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore and then traveling to New York to target the officers. He killed himself moments after attacking the officers....
  • McCarthy: Cruz/Lee Were Right to Oppose Obama Lawlessness

    12/21/2014 12:44:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Utah Policy Blog ^ | December 21, 2014 | Golden Webb
    National Review's Andrew C. McCarthy vigorously defends the efforts of Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to draw attention to the unconstitutionality of Obama's amnesty plan. Writes McCarthy: "As long as we’re talking about epic insults to our intelligence, special recognition should go to the GOP establishment claim that, by forcing elected legislators to take an accountable vote, Cruz and Lee enabled Democrats to secure confirmation of objectionable Obama nominees. The story goes like this: By orchestrating a “point of order” vote to question the constitutionality of Obama’s decree, Cruz and Lee broke what Fox News gentlycalled an “informal agreement”...
  • Ted Cruz 2016: 4 Hurdles Faced By GOP Presidential Hopeful

    12/21/2014 12:07:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    NewsMax ^ | December 19, 2014 | Morgan Chilson
    A clear front-runner for the GOP presidential candidate doesn’t exist right now, but Sen. Ted Cruz’s name is thrown into almost any discussion about who might fill the slot. A recent CNN-Orc International poll found Mitt Romney, who says he’s not going to run, at the top of 2016 candidates, with 20 percent of the responders pointing to him as their preferred candidate. The rest of the field was packed pretty closely, with activist Ben Carson at 10 percent, followed by stair steps down – Jeb Bush, 9 percent; Chris Christie, 8 percent; and Mike Huckabee with 7 percent. Cruz...
  • Wear blue to support cops

    12/21/2014 11:54:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 21, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    For months, ever since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, the left has been rampaging against the police. They implicitly (and sometimes explicitly) urged violence, and maintained systemic police racism was the cause of disproportionate numbers of young black males arrested and convicted of crimes. The rest of us mostly remained silent as the men and women who wear blue as they protect us from the criminals who live among us were vilified. Now, two of them have been assassinated, and it is time to be silent no more. As a first step, wear something blue today. If...
  • Senseless murders of NYPD officers stain a struggle for social justice: opinion

    12/21/2014 11:45:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | December 21, 2014 | Edward T. Bowser
    My heart breaks for New York City tonight. NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu had their lives stolen from them. Ismaaiyl Brinsley allegedly approached their marked police car and opened fire before later turning the gun on himself. His Instagram account told the story: "I'm putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let's take 2 of theirs" - vengeance for the death of New York's Eric Garner, who died after an officer's use of an illegal chokehold. According to authorities, Brinsley shot and wounded his girlfriend earlier in the day. Clearly, Brinsley was a disturbed man....
  • SHOCK VIDEO>>> #Ferguson Protesters Chant “Pigs in a Blanket” After Two NYC Police Officers Executed

    12/21/2014 11:25:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 21, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Ferguson protesters were back out on the street Saturday night in St. Louis. One protester wore a skeleton mask. Another protest leader, Bassem Masri, wore a Palestinian keffiyah scarf. The protesters chanted “Pigs in a blanket” after two NYC police officers were shot execution style in Brooklyn Saturday afternoon. (Warning on language)(VIDEO-AT-LINK)One Ferguson protest leader Bassem Masri, who was leading the chants in the above video, posted this tweet after the shootings. Bassem Masri @bassem_masri The police have no1 2blame but themselves4the cops getting murdered inNY #Ferguson 11:54 PM - 20 Dec 2014 25 Retweets 39 favorites Bassem Masri was...
  • After Murder of NYPD Officers, de Blasio and Bratton Attend Mass With Cardinal Dolan

    12/21/2014 11:04:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | December 21, 2014 | Jillian Jorgensen
    Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, Mayor Bill de Blasio, first lady Chirlane McCray and Cardinal Timothy Dolan leave St. Patrick’s Cathedral this morning.For a mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral just days before Christmas, it was a solemn one. The morning after two police officers were gunned down execution-style in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Cardinal Timothy Dolan delivered a moving sermon as Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton sat in the front pew. As he took to the pulpit, Mr. Dolan spoke about the good news the church is set to deliver on Christmas. “Now, some days that’s...
  • Feds Deny NYPD Cop Killer Had Ties To Black Guerilla Family Prison Gang

    12/21/2014 10:32:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | December 20, 2014 | Igor Bobic
    Two New York City police officers were shot dead "execution style" in Brooklyn on Saturday. Not much is known about the gunman, who was identified by officials as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, except that he was a suspected gang member from Baltimore who allegedly posted on social media that he wanted revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two black men that died at the hands of police. According to the New York Daily News, Brinsley, who was pronounced dead, had ties to the '"Black Guerilla Family" prison gang, which is also known as "Black Family" or the...
  • Ferguson: Riot or Rebellion?

    12/21/2014 10:15:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | December 19, 2014 | Professor Jack Schneider, College of the Holy Cross
    "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." So observed a sanguine Thomas Jefferson in 1787, responding to news of violent uprising in Massachusetts. But who ranks as a patriot? And what counts as tyranny? As it turns out, it depends on skin color. Just look in a history textbook. If whites are involved, uprisings tend to be framed as rebellions. Flip through the index of any social studies text, and you'll find several of them: Bacon's Rebellion, Shays's Rebellion, Dorr's Rebellion. The list goes on. When blacks are involved,...
  • Without Cruz, there would be no opposition to President Obama (With 2016 poll to FReep)

    12/21/2014 2:42:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Nolan Chart Blog ^ | December 16, 2014 | Mark Vogl
    An entire nation votes, tens of millions of Americans come out to their local polls to tell Washington it is going in the wrong direction on amnesty and Obama Care, and endless deficits, and cowardice in the face of terrorism…and what do the Republicans leaders do? They give the president everything he could ask for, while turning on one of the few in the Republican ranks that understands we are fighting for the very life of the nation. The Republican Party simply is not up to the task of changing the course of this nation. Too many in the Republican...
  • Rapper The Game’s Response To NYPD Officers Shot Dead: “I Guess Y’all Can’t Breathe Either”

    12/21/2014 1:39:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Business2Community ^ | December 20, 2014 | Muyen Peng
    West Coast hip hop rapper The Game sends a tweet to the NYPD officers shot dead in their vehicle. Handsome Ass Nigga ✔ @thegame I guess y'all "can't breathe" either. #RIPEricGarner #AllLivesMatter @ Brighton & Hove, UK http://instagram.com/p/w2H2PJGot1/ 4:41 PM - 20 Dec 2014 329 Retweets 198 favorites Not surprisingly, many are condemning the tweet, and a lot of those tweets are from fans, some of which are now proclaiming to be ex-fans in light of the cold-hearted message directed at the slain police officers. @thegame wow I use to be a huge fan of your music. I will NEVER...
  • Student Leader: 'No Sympathy' for Executed NYPD Officers (Get in here!)

    12/21/2014 12:50:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Ben Shapiro's Truth Revolt ^ | December 20, 2014 | Daniel Mael
    Following the execution of two New York Police Department officers, a Brandeis University student leader wasted no time in making it clear that she did not care that they were murdered. “i have no sympathy for the nypd officers who were murdered today,” Khadijah Lynch, a junior and an Undergraduate Department Representative in the African and Afro-American Studies Department, wrote on Twitter. “i have no sympathy for the nypd officers who were murdered today. — Khadijah (خديجة) (@punQros3) December 20, 2014 “lmao, all i just really dont have sympathy for the cops who were shot. i hate this racist [expletive]...
  • Michael Obel-Omia: Parenting a child of color in post-Ferguson America

    12/20/2014 11:22:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Providence Journal ^ | December 20, 2014 | Michael C. Obel-Omia, Special to the Journal
    A few weeks ago, on the night of the Ferguson decision, my son returned home after a nightly run. It had been raining, but he hadn’t run yet that day, so after a few hours of homework he ventured out, eager to run three miles. I hadn’t paid attention to his leaving, for I was working, but when he returned home, my heart sank. I wanted to grab and shake him and ask, “Why do you feel as if you have the right to run the streets at night?” My 15-year-old biracial son lives in tony Barrington with us, and...
  • After we marched: Distractions, distortions and bold-faced lies (Report from a Sharpton employee)

    12/20/2014 10:31:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The New Pittsburgh Courier ^ | December 20, 2014 | Janaye Ingram, National Action Network
    Participants in the Justice For All March on Dec. 13, 2014 in Washington, DC.A week ago, the NAN offices were busy with activity. We were planning for the Justice For All March that took place on December 13. The march was successful and turned out exponentially more people than we anticipated – some estimates say approximately 40,000. But more importantly, we had the families of Eric Garner, Mike Brown, John Crawford, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, Trayvon Martin and Amadou Diallo present. These families know the unfortunate realities of a justice system that may be blindfolded, but seems to always peek...
  • Obama Golfs After Receiving Word of NYPD Shooting

    12/20/2014 10:15:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 20, 2014 | Staff
    President Barack Obama was briefed on the ambush killing of two NYPD cops while on the golf course in Hawaii this afternoon, according to the White House press pool report. “The President has been briefed on the Brooklyn police shooting. White House officials continue to monitor the situation,” reported Wall Street Journal’s Carol Lee. Obama endured harsh criticism for golfing minutes after issuing a statement on the beheading of James Foley at the hands of Muslim militants in September. “You know, it is always a challenge when you’re supposed to be on vacation because you’re followed everywhere. There’s always going...
  • US releases four Gitmo detainees, sends them back to Afghanistan

    12/20/2014 10:04:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | December 20, 2014 | Michael Pizzi & Jenifer Fenton
    Men repatriated at request of President Ashraf Ghani; camp census now 132. The four Afghan detainees whose release from Guantanamo was announced on Saturday. Clockwise from top right: Abdul Ghani, Khi Ali Gul, Shawali Khan, Mohammed Zahir. Four Afghan detainees have been released from Guantanamo Bay and repatriated at the request of President Ashraf Ghani, the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed Saturday. Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed Zahir were flown to Afghanistan after what the Pentagon called a “comprehensive review” of their case. Lawyers for Khan and Ghani said their clients were already back with their...
  • Who is Leading and Financing the Orc Army of the Left?

    12/20/2014 9:46:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 5, 2014 | Jeffrey T. Brown
    When I was in college, I was treated to a fascinating display of hypnosis. At a large university, in an enormous theater, a hypnotist first determined those attendees who were susceptible to hypnosis. Those of us who were not then watched as the hypnotist introduced a trigger word into the subconscious of those under his influence, at the mention of which they would engage in whatever activity he directed. He woke them up, and each time he used the word, they went under the spell, he told them what they would do when they woke up, and we watched as...
  • ONE WEEK AGO… Protesters Chant “What Do We Want?… Dead Cops” At Sharpton’s NYC March

    12/20/2014 8:37:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 20, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    ONE WEEK AGO— Several thousand protesters marched in New York City on Saturday. The protesters were part of Al Sharpton’s “Million Marchers” protest against police violence. The protesters chanted “What do we want?… Dead cops!” as they marched in New York City. Via Breitbart.com:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Of course, the media will give this bunch a pass. After all, they’re not those violent Tea Party protesters. Gen Knoxx @GenKnoxx This image - Eric Garner's eyes - from #MillionsMarchNYC #ICantBreathe 2:28 PM - 13 Dec 2014 3,594 Retweets 2,413 favorites Today they got their wish. Two New York City Police Officers were shot dead execution...
  • AP sources: Cops’ killer angry over Garner death

    12/20/2014 8:14:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    NEW YORK – A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said. The suspect, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, wrote on an Instagram account: “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let’s take 2 of theirs,” officials said. He used the hashtags Shootthepolice RIPErivGardner (sic) RIPMikeBrown...
  • Castro Thanks the U.S. in a Speech but Reaffirms Communist Rule in Cuba

    12/20/2014 7:50:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 20, 2014 | Damien Cave
    HAVANA — President Raúl Castro declared victory for the Cuban Revolution on Saturday in a wide-ranging speech, thanking President Obama for “a new chapter” while also reaffirming that restored relations with the United States did not mean the end of Communist rule in Cuba. In a televised speech before Parliament and a group of favored guests — including Elián González, the center of a tug of war in 2000 between Cuban exiles and Havana, and the three men convicted of spying in the United States who were released as part of the historic agreement announced on Wednesday — Mr. Castro...
  • McConnell: I’m on Team Rubio in regard to Cuba

    12/20/2014 7:33:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 20, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Beginning on Thursday night, a fight erupted on line between Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul over the new diplomatic opening to Cuba. Rubio slammed Paul for his ignorance, while Paul bizarrely accused Rubio of “isolationism” for opposing Barack Obama’s policies. Before that battle began in earnest, I spoke with incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a wide-ranging interview about his plans for the 114th Session of Congress. We discussed Cuba, and McConnell made it clear that he was relying on Rubio’s leadership on the issue — which might make for an awkward moment or two between McConnell...
  • Ted Cruz Presidency makes Dan Pfeiffer nervous

    12/20/2014 6:51:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Myrtle Beach Examiner ^ | December 20, 2014 | Jesse Broadt
    Dan Pfeiffer, White House senior adviser, admitted that he is concerned about a Ted Cruz presidency, which would almost certainly result in an overturn of Barack Obama's unconstitutional executive amnesty action. This indicates that Ted Cruz is likely the biggest threat to the progressive left for the upcoming 2016 presidential race. The executive action game Yesterday, Pfeiffer told the Wall Street Journal that the first 100 days of Obama's presidency was spent attempting undo many of W's policies through executive action, but admitted he hopes he will never be sitting somewhere reading about a President Ted Cruz doing the same...
  • Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley Murders Two NYC Police Officers

    12/20/2014 6:25:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Jawa Report ^ | December 20, 2014
    Another isolated incident committed by a tiny minority of one Muslim misunderstanderer. Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot and killed two NYPD officers before committing suicide in Brooklyn’s Bed Stuy neighborhood just before 3 p.m. on December 20. He’s believed to have walked up to the cop’s patrol car and opened fire, “execution” style. After the shooting, he took his own life. Brinsley, 28, ran to the platform of a Subway station on Marcy Avenue and killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, reports NBC New York. These aren't the 174 likers of Allah wants you to kill da police for Christmas we're...
  • Many States Now Have $2 Gasoline, Analyst Says

    12/20/2014 3:34:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    North Country Public Radio ^ | December 20, 2014 | Scott Neuman
    <p>Remember when we told you earlier this month that a gas station in Oklahoma City had lowered its price for regular unleaded to $1.99 a gallon?</p> <p>Well, now that trend is nationwide: GasBuddy.com, which monitors prices across the country, says the $1.99 sign is up over pumps in 24 states. The national average is at $2.43 a gallon, but at one filling station in Springfield, Mo., it was only $1.93.</p>
  • What on earth is Rand Paul thinking in taking Obama’s side against Rubio on Cuba?

    12/20/2014 2:53:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 19, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Noah already wrote a policy rebuttal to Paul’s position, which Paul elaborated on this afternoon in a new op-ed at Time. (The op-ed, unlike his tweets, doesn’t mention Rubio by name. Although it does approvingly cite … George W. Bush?) Anyone want to make the case that the politics of attacking Rubio on this issue were smart, at least? I can’t figure out why Rand would do it. When I tweeted out my surprise a few hours ago, a dozen people tweeted back, “Maybe Paul’s just saying what he really believes.” No doubt. But the thing that distinguishes Rand from...
  • Luis Viera: Democrats, please don’t concede the South to the Republican Party

    12/20/2014 7:37:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | December 20, 2014 | Luis E. Viera
    With the recent defeat of Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu — which leaves three Democratic Southern U.S. Senators — the common wisdom is that Democrats should bid farewell to the South. Even with favorable changing national demographics that benefit Democrats, an abandonment of the South and, on a larger scale, a viable moderate wing would be a mistake. Recently, writer Michael Tomasky argued that the South, a “reactionary, prejudice-infested” region, should be left to Republicans to create a “free market Jesus paradise.” Few sentiments better show what is wrong with Democrats today and why ironic Republican arguments that it is the...
  • Ruth: Jeb Bush plays the grown-up card (Some of the worst writing you'll read this year)

    12/19/2014 10:55:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times ^ | December 19, 2014 | Daniel Ruth
    Nothing shakes up the political landscape more than the exciting arrival of a new, bold, spirited, youthful fresh face. And then there is Jeb Bush, 61, the Eddie Haskell of the Republican Party. Why that's a lovely dress you're wearing, Mrs. Koch. For a while there the former governor of Florida was flirting with being tagged as the GOP's version of an overly cautious, indecisive Democrat — Mario Cuomo 2.0 — as he mulled and ruminated and pondered and cogitated on whether he should run for president. Decisions, decisions. But this was about as big a mystery as wondering if...
  • Populist Warren could rewrite American politics

    12/19/2014 10:21:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Day ^ | December 19, 2014 | Harold Meyerson
    The word on Elizabeth Warren - the Democratic Massachusetts senator who fomented the opposition last week to a rollback of financial regulations in the bill funding the government - is that she's the left's answer to shut-'em-down Ted Cruz. In a recent Washington Post column, Dana Milbank concluded that Warren is more like former South Carolina senator Jim DeMint, the Republican ideologue who left his elective office to better lead the far right to glory. These assessments miss one crucial difference between Warren and the right-wingers: She has crossover appeal. More importantly, so does Warrenism. Cruz and DeMint can claim...
  • Batista Republican Failure: Keep Doing The Same Thing (Beyond insulting)

    12/19/2014 9:16:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Robert F. Kennedy, Junior's Ring Of Fire ^ | December 19, 2014 | Guest Blogger
    It’s been a big week for Cuba and a number of Republicans are trying to piggyback on the good news with their own form of discontent. Enter Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, two Batista Republicans if there ever were. The embargo policies of the United States toward Cuba have been a failure. Originally intended to undermine the governing authority and encourage dissidents in the nation to rise against their dictator, they did not achieve their objective. Much the opposite, actually, as Cuba has seen economic growth since the sanctions were implemented in the 1962. Even further, the actions of the...
  • Tea Party Is a Movement Now, Not Just a Mood

    12/19/2014 8:28:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 19, 2014 | Heath Hansen
    Is the tea party a movement or just a mood? That was the question posed by Weekly Standard columnist and Fox News contributor Steven Hayes as he kicked off a panel at the Heritage Foundation celebrating the 5th anniversary of the tea party. Hayes and his co-panelists, Heritage Action for America CEO Michael Needham and University of Virginia professor of politics James Ceaser, all agreed that the tea party is in fact a movement. Moods, as Hayes noted, don’t last for five years. Recent polls regarding national tea party support show the panel’s assessment is correct. An NBC News/Wall Street...
  • White House Fears ‘President Cruz’ Will Overturn Exec Amnesty

    12/19/2014 8:11:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 19, 2014 | Tony Lee
    White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer conceded that he fears a President Ted Cruz will overturn President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, perhaps signaling that Cruz represents the greatest threat to the progressive left. “Our first 100 days we spent a lot of time signing executive orders undoing what [President George W.] Bush did, and I would like not to be sitting on a beach somewhere reading about President [Ted] Cruz doing that to us, so it’s very important to us,” Pfeiffer told the Wall Street Journal on Friday. Earlier in the day, Pfeiffer declared that Obama’s executive amnesty was one...
  • Will Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas jump from GOP leadership to the ‘Cruz caucus’?

    12/19/2014 7:47:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | December 19, 2014 | Lindsay Wise, Washington Correspondent
    Jerry Moran of Kansas was one of only 11 Republican senators who teamed up this month with tea party favorite Ted Cruz on three votes intended to stall or defeat the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill — a failed but headline-grabbing maneuver that put him at odds with GOP leadership. Moran’s move raised some eyebrows on Capitol Hill, especially given that he’d spent the past two years as part of that same leadership team and had voted in January in favor of the last trillion-dollar spending bill. So why did Moran buck the party line this time and align himself...
  • Ted Cruz Wins the Ringside Political Championship for 2014

    12/19/2014 7:35:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Christian Post's Opinion Section ^ | December 19, 2014 | Jeff Crouere, host, Ringside Politics show
    In the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Ringside Politics bestowed its first "Turkey of the Year" award to then New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin for his woeful leadership, bad judgment and embarrassing statements. Since then, we have been recognizing "turkeys" from both of the major political parties. For example, in 2014, we gave the "Turkey of the Year" award to a very worthy recipient, Republican House Speaker John Boehner. After years of putting the spotlight on "turkeys" we are pleased to announce our first "Champion of the Year." For 2014, there is no one more qualified for this honor than...
  • The Delayed-Reaction Victories of Ted Cruz: The Texas senator knows what he's doing.

    12/19/2014 7:18:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Bloomberg | December 19, 2014 | David Weigel
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2014-12-19/the-delayedreaction-victories-of-ted-cruz
  • Where Did the Jobs Go?

    12/19/2014 7:08:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Powerline ^ | December 19, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    Somewhat remarkably, given that it has presided over the worst recovery–by far–of the post-war era, the Obama administration tries to slice and dice employment numbers to portray itself as a champion of job creation. There are, indeed, a few more jobs today than there were six years ago. Yet for most Americans, the employment scene has gotten worse, not better. Why is that? Senate Budget Committee staff offer data in explanation: According to BLS data, in November of 2007 there were 23.1 million foreign workers in the United States with jobs. Today, the BLS reports, there are 25.1 million foreign...
  • Publisher Bitcomposer files for bankruptcy (Video games maker)

    12/19/2014 12:50:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    GamaSutra ^ | December 16, 2014 | Phill Cameron
    Bitcomposer, the publisher of games such as Space Hulk and Jagged Alliance, has filed for bankruptcy after having applied for a protective shield procedure back in September. The company also published Shadowrun Returns in German and Russian. The procedure was applied for on September 26th and protected the company from creditors while it organised a plan for insolvency, reports Develop. It was still able to publish titles in the period of time between then and now, and hopes to find an investor at this point to ensure it can continue to operate as a publisher and aid with development. Bitcomposer...
  • Move to Medicaid: Nearly 10M enrolled since Obamacare launch

    12/19/2014 12:26:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 19, 2014 | Dan Mangan
    While enrollment on government-run Obamacare exchanges gets the bulk of media attention, sign-ups for Medicaid have been even greater, in no small part due to another part of the Affordable Care Act. Since October 2013, enrollment in Medicaid and the related Children's Health Insurance Program had grown by about 9.7 million people as of this past October, according to data released Thursday by the federal government. That's 17 percent higher than what was the average monthly enrollment level seen from July through September 2013. That bump brings total enrollment in the programs that provide coverage without a premium charge to...
  • Amazon Prime Now brought me candy in 23 minutes (New ONE HOUR Delivery)

    12/19/2014 12:05:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Engadget ^ | December 18, 2014 | Devindra Hardawar
    Amazon's new one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, works so well it might just inspire entirely new levels of laziness in all of us. After all, why bother going to the store when you just need to shell out $7.99 to get anything brought to your door in an hour? But as anyone who's made Seamless or GrubHub food deliveries an essential part of their diet can tell you, this sort of instant gratification can be dangerously addictive. And eventually, you might end up having no reason to leave your house at all. As the Amazon courier handed me a bag...
  • Journalist: First Amendment Rights Mean Not Offending The North Korean Dictator, Okay?

    12/19/2014 11:30:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 19, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Did you know that having First Amendment rights in the United States comes with the responsibility not to offend dictators from North Korea? Had no idea? Me either. Last night on CNN "journalist" Sharon Waxman, who has worked at a number of media outlets including the Washington Post, argued that having First Amendment rights means we shouldn't be making fun of North Korean dictators because they might get upset. She was of course referring to the recent and massive hack on Sony pictures by North Korea as retaliation for "The Interview," a comedy about assassinating Kim Jong-Un. "I also want...
  • Respecting Trigger Warnings at Law School (Millennials are [feline nickname]'s?)

    12/19/2014 10:12:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 19, 2014 | Conor Friedersdorf
    Future attorneys have an obligation to face violence and sexual assault in a different way than most. Attorneys belong to a profession that requires many to look squarely at the world's horrors. They prosecute serial killers. They defend accused rapists and child molesters. A lawyer leading a class-action suit might pore over depositions describing harrowing deaths from cancer or children burned up in cars during crashes. Sometimes that will happen even as the attorney's father is dying of cancer, or her kids are the same age as the ones killed in the rear seats above the faulty fuel tanks. Even...
  • Lawmaker wants investigation of McCulloch (Ferguson incident)

    12/19/2014 9:43:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A state lawmaker from St. Louis is asking a legislative committee to investigate whether St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch "manipulated" the grand jury in the Michael Brown case. A joint House and Senate committee is investigating why Gov. Jay Nixon did not use National Guard troops to prevent burning and looting in Ferguson on Nov. 24, the night McCulloch announced that the grand jury would not indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Brown....
  • Sony's Pascal to work w/Sharpton against 'cultural blindness' after racially insensitive emails

    12/19/2014 9:32:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Guardian & Observer ^ | December 19, 2014 | Ben Beaumont-Thomas
    Sony executive at the heart of the leaked emails met with the civil rights activist to discuss battling an ‘exclusionary, almost all-white hierarchy’ in Hollywood.Amy Pascal, the embattled executive whose personal emails were exposed by the hack on Sony Pictures, has met with civil rights advocate Al Sharpton to discuss white bias in Hollywood. The meeting was prompted by leaked emails from Pascal to producer Scott Rudin, in which the pair joke about Barack Obama’s likely taste in films. “Would he like to finance some movies?” Rudin asked, ahead of Pascal meeting the president. “I doubt it. Should I ask...
  • Cruz’s Campaign Guided By Goldwater’s Theory (Hosh Posh and hogwash)

    12/19/2014 9:07:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | December 19, 2014 | Peter Wehner
    National Review’s Eliana Johnson, in writing about Texas Senator Ted Cruz, begins her article this way: To hell with the independents. That’s not usually the animating principle of a presidential campaign, but for Ted Cruz’s, it just might be. His strategists aren’t planning to make a big play for so-called independent voters in the general election if Cruz wins the Republican nomination. According to several of the senator’s top advisers, Cruz sees a path to victory that relies instead on increasing conservative turnout; attracting votes from groups — including Jews, Hispanics, and Millennials — that have tended to favor Democrats;...
  • Poll: Jewish New Yorkers Like Christie, Prefer Cruz & Rubio For President

    12/19/2014 8:51:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Jewish Political News & Updates ^ | December 19, 2014 | Jacob Kornbluh
    Potential Democratic presidential candidates and the Hawkish Republican hopeful were fare better among the Jewish electorate in the State of New York, then the sort of moderate Republicans, according to new poll conducted by the Siena Research. While in general, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren on the Democratic side, and Chris Christie, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush on the Republican side, are seen as the best choices for President, among Jewish voters, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are the most preferred candidates for president. According to the poll, if the elections were to be held today, 51 percent of registered...