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  • NFL'S SMARTEST MAN WRITES INTERNET'S SMARTEST FERGUSON REACTION

    11/27/2014 8:26:04 PM PST · by Bratch · 6 replies
    Breitbart Sports ^ | November 27, 2014 | Daniel J. Flynn
    New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson scored a 48 on the Wonderlic test, making him, along with Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, the smartest guy in the NFL according to the predraft intelligence gauge. Anyone doubting the man's brains, or the test's ability to judge them, should immediately read Watson's observations--before you read anything more here--on the killing of Michael Brown, the backlash against Darren Wilson, the looting in Ferguson, and so much more. Watson posted a piece on Facebook outlining the range of contradictory emotions the Missouri grand jury's decision unleashed in him. It's insightful. It's provocative. It's...
  • Ferguson Cop Darren Wilson Will Never Police Again, His Lawyer Says

    11/27/2014 7:31:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 27, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who killed unarmed teen Michael Brown in August, setting off months of protests, will likely never be a law enforcement officer again, his lawyer said in an interview with NBC station KSDK. "Realistically speaking, Darren will never be a police officer again, and he understands that," attorney Jim Towey said. "Going forward it will be school, and trying to carve out a new niche, new career, for he and his family." There were violent protests this week in the St. Louis suburb after a grand jury declined to indict Wilson in Brown's death...
  • Two Black Panther Members Unable To Buy Bombs Because EBT Card Didn’t Have Enough Money

    11/27/2014 6:49:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 27, 2014 | Katie Frates, associate editor
    Two men affiliated with the New Black Panther Party allegedly planned to murder Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson and St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and bomb the Gateway Arch. In an undercover police sting, the two bought a pipe bomb, and intended to buy two more but couldn’t afford it until one man’s girlfriend’s Electronic Benefit Transfer card was refilled, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Ali Davis, who go by the names Brandon Muhammad and Ali, were indicted last week on weapons charges when Baldwin purchased two hi-point .45-caliber pistols intended for someone...
  • Angry driver pushes student protester on blocked I-5

    11/27/2014 6:16:17 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 64 replies
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  • FReeper Canteen ~ Tell Us Your Favorite "Thanksgiving or Thankful" Song ~ 28 November 2014

    11/27/2014 6:13:38 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 53 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    Favorite "Thanksgiving or Thankful" Songs *Video* Johnny Cash - Thanksgiving Prayer We've come to the time in the season When family and friends gather near To offer a prayer of Thanksgiving For blessings we've known through the year To join hands and thank the creator And now when Thanksgiving is due This year when I count my blessings I'm thanking the Lord He made you This year when I count my blessings I'm thanking the Lord He made you I'm grateful for the laughter of children The sun and the wind and the rain The color of blue in...
  • Prime Minister Tony Abbott christens Royal Australian Navy’s biggest ship HMAS Canberra

    11/27/2014 6:06:31 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 17 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 28th November 2014
    WITH all the pomp and ceremony that the Navy can muster, its biggest ever ship — HMAS Canberra — will join the fleet at Garden Island this morning. More than 1500 people will attend its launch in the 27,500 tonne amphibious attack vessel’s helicopter hangar. Governor-general Sir Peter Cosgrove, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Navy Chief Vice Admiral Tim Barrett will welcome the ship to the Royal Australian Navy. Mr Abbott was given a VIP tour of the ship prior to the ceremony. The guests include more than 800 family members of the ship’s 400-strong tri-service crew. The commissioning ceremony...
  • Oklahoma school district caves to atheist group, cancels Bible elective

    11/27/2014 5:55:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 26, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    An Oklahoma school district is reportedly walking back plans to begin offering students an elective course on the Bible after facing pressure from a major atheist group. The class, called “The Book: The Bible’s History, Narrative and Impact,” was developed, in part, by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green, and it was set to launch in Mustang Public Schools, Raw Story reported. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) said on its website Tuesday that the district canceled the class after Hobby Lobby allegedly did not provide the district with the final curriculum for approval and did not “commit to providing legal...
  • Civil Rights Groups Call for Systemic Change in U.S. Justice System

    11/27/2014 5:53:20 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 37 replies
    Afro.com ^ | Nov. 27, 2014 | Zenitha Prince
    In the wake of the Nov. 24 decision by a Missouri grand jury to not press charges against the White officer responsible for killing an unarmed African-American teen, a coalition of civil groups presented a unified front in its denouncement of the decision and its call for systemic changes to the American justice system. “We are profoundly disappointed with the miscarriage of justice that occurred last night,” Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said during a press call on Nov. 25. Although the Ferguson grand jury did not indict Darren Wilson, she added,...
  • Feds won't ban pesticides said to kill honeybees, despite 800 studies

    11/27/2014 5:42:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 26, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Over 100 scientists worldwide, citing 800 studies, are demanding that the Obama administration follow Europe’s lead and put a moratorium on the use of a new-style pesticide blamed for the deaths of 30 percent of American honeybees every year. In a letter to the EPA and Agriculture Department, the scientists said there is overwhelming evidence from 800 studies that the pesticide family called neonicotinoids are to blame for the substantial declines in honeybees, bumblebees and butterflies, all pollinators needed to help farmers produce billions of dollars worth of food every year. “The 108 signers of this letter therefore urge you...
  • Why blacks are urging a Black Friday boycott

    11/27/2014 5:36:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    CNN ^ | November 27, 2014 | Soledad O'Brien and Rose Arce
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Once again, the streets are electric with anger after a white police officer evades charges for fatally shooting a black man. Sirens screech and wood batons push back marchers protesting from Missouri to New York to Los Angeles. This time the cadence of "No Justice, No Peace" has been replaced with "Hand's Up. Don't Shoot." But there was another sign raised above the crowd in a recent protest in New York: "Doing Nothing with Saying Nothing. Changes Nothing." The mathematics of this one are clear. Something's gotta give. A loose network led by African Americans in the film and arts...
  • Drunk uncles make Wisconsin Thanksgivings insufferable

    11/27/2014 5:06:40 PM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies
    Badger Herald ^ | 11-25-14
    Wisconsinites will inevitably suffer from a miserable Thanksgiving weekend, thanks to intoxicated relatives. Turns out Wisconsinites’ hopes for a happy Thanksgiving are no more than a pleasant post-Turkey dream, dreams which will soon be shattered by the horrible reality of “drunk uncles.” Estately, which brought us rankings like “Which U.S. States Most Love the 1980s?” (note: Wisconsin ranks ninth) and “What if the Most Scottish States in America Formed an Independent Country?” came out with a new, festive ranking, outlining the states most and least likely to have a miserable Thanksgiving. The site listed Wisconsin as fifth most likely for...
  • Why Ferguson Should Matter to Asian-Americans

    11/27/2014 5:05:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | November 26, 2014 | Jack Linshi
    Ferguson isn’t simply black versus white. A peculiar Vine floated around social media Monday evening following the grand jury announcement in Ferguson, Mo. The short video shows an Asian-American shopkeeper standing in his looted store, with a hands-in-his-pockets matter-of-factness and a sad slump to his facial expression. “Are you okay, sir?” an off-screen cameraman asks. “Yes,” the storeowner says, dejectedly. The clip is only a few seconds, but it highlights the question of where Asian-Americans stand in the black and white palette often used to paint incidents like Ferguson. In the story of a white cop’s killing of a black...
  • The New York Times and Other Members of the Ferguson Hall of Shame

    11/27/2014 4:20:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 25, 2014 | Roger L. Simon
    That the photograph of Walter Duranty — the New York Times Moscow correspondent who deliberately whitewashed Stalin’s 1930s forced starvation of millions of Ukrainians and won the Pulitzer for it — still is on the newspaper’s wall of fame with their other prize winners is apparently no aberration. The New York Times has no moral center. In fact, it’s despicable. On November 24, they published the home address of Officer Darren Wilson. By now most of America knows who Wilson is — the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer exonerated for the murder of Michael Brown, the supposed 6′ 6″, three-hundred-pound “gentle...
  • Army mobilised to help cleanup after Brisbane’s freak storm

    11/27/2014 4:12:48 PM PST · by naturalman1975
    Courier-Mail (Brisbane) ^ | 28th November 2014 | Rose Brennan, Connor O’Brien
    SOLDIERS have hit the streets of storm-ravaged Brisbane to help clean up after the state’s worst storm in decades, after 141km/h winds, large hail stones and heavy rain battered the city.
  • London woman charged with encouraging terrorism on Twitter

    11/27/2014 3:50:27 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 7 replies
    London Evening Standard ^ | 27 Nov 14 | Ryan Hooper
    A woman has been charged with encouraging terrorism on Twitter, police have said. Alaa Abdullah Esayed, 22, of Kennington, south London, will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on December 10. She has been charged with two offences under the Terrorism Act - encouraging terrorism, and the dissemination of terrorist publications and released on bail. Police said one of the charges related to posts on Esayed's Twitter account, along with photographs and video links. The charge states "she intended, or was reckless as to whether, members of the public would be directly or indirectly encouraged or otherwise induced by the statement...
  • Gerard Baden-Clay’s guilt encoded in councillor Paul Tully’s blog

    11/27/2014 3:44:03 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 28th November 2014 | Kate Kyriacou
    MAVERICK Ipswich councillor Paul Tully embedded a hidden message in a blog about Allison Baden-Clay, accusing her husband of killing her before he was charged. Cr Tully used a code to share his thoughts on what happened to Allison, with the first letter of every sentence in the blog spelling out an accusation of murder. Incredibly everyone missed the coded message, written only days after her body was discovered, which spelt out: “THE HUSBAND DID IT”.
  • The Challenge: Thanksmissing

    11/27/2014 2:43:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Editor's note: this piece was coauthored by Hagelin's daughter, Kristin Carey.God “gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike” (Matthew 5:45). Every one of us has been blessed by God, but so few of us recognize His hand on our lives. And those of us who do recognize His providence so rarely take the time to express our gratitude. All too often our thanks is missing. The Bible tells the story of a time when Jesus healed ten men from leprosy at a time. “One of them,...
  • What Racially Biased Policing Looks Like

    11/27/2014 2:21:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    Black anger that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was not charged for killing Michael Brown stems partly from the fact that blacks in America often face much worse treatment from cops than whites do. Only rarely do whites get an unpleasant taste of what minorities have to swallow. A few years ago, when my middle child was in college, he had a summer job in New Mexico. Returning home to Illinois, he drove into Oklahoma, where he was pulled over by a highway patrolman. He said my son was going 57 mph in a 55 zone, asked him to get...
  • Thanksgiving 2014 - Rainbow Shiny

    11/27/2014 2:06:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Rich Galen
    It was the day before Thanksgiving; crisp and clear. I was giving the Mullmobile it's quarterly treat: A professional car wash. At Andy's Car Wash in Alexandria, you drop your car off, then go inside to pay. A woman and a little girl - about three-and-a-half - were paying ahead of me. It was a cold day, so the little girl was bundled up in the way little girls are on a cold late-Autumn day. Ignoring the advice of The Lad, ("Dad, just because you CAN talk to everybody in the world, doesn't mean you HAVE to talk to everybody...
  • When The Enemy of The States is The State

    11/27/2014 1:55:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Diana West
    When St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch explained that some exonerating testimony in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, came from several African-American eyewitnesses who described Brown as having charged police officer Darren Wilson before he fired the fatal shots, it was a powerful moment. Such testimony was consistent with physical evidence establishing that Wilson had not fired at Brown's back as repeatedly and poisonously alleged. Indeed, it would seem that the aggressor in this fatal encounter was not Wilson, but rather Brown. According to evidence the grand jury sifted and assessed, it seems that Wilson...
  • Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies (LOL reading!)

    11/27/2014 1:03:44 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 60 replies
    AP ^ | 27 Nov 14 | HOLBROOK MOHR, DAVID A. LIEB and PHILLIP LUCAS
    Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when Officer Darren Wilson "finished him off." Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all. An Associated Press review of thousands of pages of grand jury documents reveals numerous examples of statements made during the shooting investigation that were inconsistent, fabricated or provably wrong. For one, the autopsies ultimately showed Brown was not struck by any bullets in his back. Prosecutors exposed these inconsistencies before...
  • US Special Forces funds drug that can put soldiers injured... into HIBERNATION

    11/27/2014 12:43:41 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 22 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 27th November 2014 | Mark Prigg
    US Special Forces soldiers injured on the battlefield could soon be put into 'hibernation' until they can be moved to safety, it has been revealed. The US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is providing $550,000 to fund a radical new drug being developed by Australian scientists. It can put people into a 'survival window' low enough to reduce blood loss, but high enough to prevent brain injury. Experts say the drug therapy they're working on may be the first big advance in treating battlefield casualties since the Vietnam War. Professor Geoffrey Dobson and Research Associate Hayley Letson from James Cook University's...
  • Sen. Cruz: May We Always Remain a Grateful Nation

    11/27/2014 12:34:13 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    www.cruz.senate.gov ^ | November 26, 2014 | Senator Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement in advance of Thanksgiving Day: “Today we give thanks for the miracle of freedom. “Our gift of liberty was first realized a century and a half before we ever signed the Declaration or Constitution—it was born when the Pilgrims risked their livelihood so that they might worship the Lord Almighty with all their hearts, souls, and minds. “Thus our nation sprung from a spirit of courage and gratitude: courage to trust that a small force could achieve mighty deeds through the grace of God, and gratitude for his deliverance. “When...
  • Let's Give Thanks; The Nation Is on the Rebound

    11/27/2014 12:33:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Matt Towery
    Yes, there were the predictable riots in the streets of Ferguson, as thugs took advantage of the situation to loot stores and destroy property. And yes, our nation has suffered both from ill-conceived domestic policies and no real foreign policy over the past six years. Most of us haven't felt any personal "economic recovery" in our own pockets. But contrary to my often doom-and-gloom outlook, I have reason to suggest that we give much thanks this holiday season, because things are looking up for America. First, we have only two more years of Barack Obama. The American people have booted...
  • Is Russia Preparing to Ban Islam?

    11/27/2014 12:22:34 PM PST · by yoe · 53 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 26, 2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Russia appears to be taking serious moves to combat the “radicalization” of Muslims within its border. Recent pro-Islamic (Russian Muslims slam ban on books) and that Russia is banning the Islamic hijab—the headdress Islamic law requires Muslim women to wear—and, perhaps even more decisively, key Islamic scriptures, on the charge that they incite terrorism. In the words of Arabic news site (Elaph) “Russia is witnessing a relentless war on the hijab. It began in a limited manner but has grown in strength, prompting great concern among Russia’s Muslims.” The report continues by saying that women wearing the hijab are being...
  • Alleged plot included bombing Arch, killing St. Louis County prosecutor, Ferguson chief

    11/27/2014 12:02:51 PM PST · by tje · 10 replies
    St Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 11/27/2014 | Christine Byers Robert Patrick
    ST. LOUIS • Two men indicted last week on federal weapons charges allegedly had plans to bomb the Gateway Arch — and to kill St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson — the Post-Dispatch has learned. Sources close to the investigation were uncertain whether the men had the capability to carry out the plans, although the two allegedly did buy what they thought was a pipe bomb in an undercover law enforcement sting.
  • Ferguson: In Defense of Rioting (Time Magazine Defends Assault, Looting, and Vandalism)

    11/27/2014 12:00:33 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 56 replies
    Time ^ | November 25, 2014 | Darlena Cunha
    The violent protests in Ferguson, Mo., are part of the American experience. Peaceful protesting is a luxury only available to those safely in mainstream culture. When a police officer shoots a young, unarmed black man in the streets, then does not face indictment, anger in the community is inevitable. It’s what we do with that anger that counts. In such a case, is rioting so wrong?
  • Rebuilding After The Riots: Ferguson Cake Shop Owner Grateful to Fellow Americans

    11/27/2014 11:59:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Natalie Dubose is a single mother of two living and working in Ferguson, Missouri. Dubose runs her own cake shop in the city called Natalie's Cakes and More, a business she dedicated all of her resources to in order to make a living. Dubose started her cake business by renting out a booth at the local flee market every weekend, selling her product and eventually saved enough money to open up a store, which had it's grand opening in August. Despite pleading with protestors, her store was severely damaged in riots Monday night, but thanks to the generosity of fellow...
  • Officer David Smith died when an enraged perp reached into his police car, got his gun, and shot him

    11/27/2014 11:57:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/27/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    But for his willingness to use deadly force, Darren Wilson might be as dead today as his brother law enforcement officer, David Wilson, of the Johnson City, NY Police. William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection reminds us of the largely forgotten incident in which a peace officer died only a few months prior to the death of Michael Brown, strong arm robber, now being lionized by some as a hero and martyr. A reader from this area (Johnson City is about 45 minutes from Ithaca) forwarded me the link, writing: “I had forgotten about this event very close to home...
  • America the Bountiful: Be Thankful, We live in a time of unprecedented material wealth & well-being

    11/27/2014 11:51:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/27/2014 | Rich Lowry
    We live in an age of miracles. Throughout all of human history, material progress essentially didn’t exist until around 1800. The economic trajectory was flat until the human lot began to improve in ways that would have been unimaginable in prior millennia. This change gave us the world as we know it. In her brilliant book on the transformation, Bourgeois Dignity, Deirdre McCloskey writes how the average person in the world subsisted on roughly $3 a day during humanity’s long economic stasis. Then, with the breakout, countries that experienced modern growth over the past couple of centuries saw their material...
  • Los Angeles councilman urges commemoration of Watts Riots

    11/27/2014 11:50:46 AM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | November 27, 2014 | Rick Orlov
    As protests continue to sweep across the country following the Grand Jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a Los Angeles official is calling for the city to commemorate the Watts Riots of 50 years ago. Councilman Bernard Parks has introduced a resolution asking the city to begin planning to mark “this historic event….considered by many to be a key turning point in the local African-American civil rights movement.”
  • Dysfunction Washington can agree on: Firing Hagel won’t fix Obama’s foreign policy team.

    11/27/2014 11:44:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/27/2014 | By MICHAEL CROWLEY
    It isn’t often that left, right and center agree about the Obama White House. But the firing of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week produced a near-unanimous reaction: President Obama’s foreign policy team is dysfunctional and in need of a stronger tonic than the exit of a low-profile cabinet member with a light policy footprint. Both Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and The New York Times editorial page agreed that, in the words of the Times, Hagel “was not the core of the Obama administration’s military problem. That lies with the president and a national security policy that has too often...
  • NEW REGULATION OPENS DOOR TO MORE SEXUAL VARIANTS

    11/27/2014 11:28:19 AM PST · by Maudeen · 16 replies
    WND ^ | November 27, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    New regulation opens door to more sexual variants
  • Will President Obama’s Immigration Policy Hurt America’s Unemployed?

    11/27/2014 10:49:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Paul Dykewicz
    resident Barack Obama tried to put a positive spin on his decision to issue an executive order to give several million illegal aliens clemency but his move also may have an unintended consequence of creating heightened job competition for America’s unemployed. Despite President Obama’s historic role as the country’s first African head of state, his new policy actually may hurt unemployed African Americans as much as any segment of the U.S. population. The addition of nearly 5 million people into the mainstream workforce to seek employment will increase competition for jobs and put downward pressure on wages, at least in...
  • Salon: 'Stop Eating Thanksgiving Turkey!'

    11/27/2014 10:26:20 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 94 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 27, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Are you about to enjoy your Thanksgiving turkey? Well, Salon writer Lindsay Abrams wants you to stop. Stop right now! Not content to give liberal ideology a rest even on this holiday, Abrams attempts to guilt trip her readers into giving up turkey for Thanksgiving. Her arguments against turkey are pretty much what we've heard before. That modern Thanksgiving turkeys are not natural in that they are too fat to fly or breed. Also we get hit with guilt trips about their living conditions. Of course, such turkeys would never even exist in the first place if they were not...
  • This Thanksgiving, Have an Attitude of Gratitude

    11/27/2014 10:20:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    If Thomas Jefferson could be faulted for one thing in composing the Declaration of Independence, it might be his inclusion of the words "the pursuit of happiness" in the text. Happiness is a vapor that cannot be grasped; a temporary feeling based on transitory circumstances akin to the euphoria of a full-on sugar rush. Happiness is good for a time, but it cannot last. Life invariably intervenes. So many seem so unthankful about so much these days. Turn on the TV or read a newspaper and you will find complainers. Democrats complain about Republicans and the reverse. The poor complain...
  • Clavell Jackson: People of Color, Women Can’t Afford to Be Average

    11/27/2014 9:59:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    EURWeb ^ | November 27, 2014 | Clavell Jackson
    *I have previously written several articles about how most Americans are pretty clueless. The results of the last elections showed that. A lot of Americans stayed home, and people from states that depend heavily on government programs, such as food stamps, welfare and social security, elected Republicans — the very people who have said they plan to slash these programs. MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, the architect of Obamacare, caught flak for referring to American voters as stupid, but he is right. Bill Maher, who is known for his biting comedy, recently ran a video montage showing all the times...
  • Annoy a Liberal Today: Ask Them To Be Thankful

    11/27/2014 9:38:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | John Ransom
    On this Thanksgiving Day I am truly thankful.IÂ’m thankful for my son Liam, my dog Lexie, the best sister and brother a guy could have, plus their families, niece and nephews all. IÂ’m thankful that, for me at least, Christmas runs from Thanksgiving to Three Kings Day. IÂ’m thankful too for living in San Diego, on the ocean, and for having lived in Denver, Palm Beach, Washington, DC, and Chicago. IÂ’m thankful that I get to write for a living. IÂ’m the luckiest guy I know. When I was 14 I knew what I wanted to do with my life,...
  • Ferguson protests jump to London

    11/27/2014 9:34:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    upi ^ | Mary Papenfuss
    Ferguson protests against the police shooting of a black teenager have crossed the pond to England, where demonstrators gathered at the U.S. embassy in London.
  • What To Be Thankful For?

    11/27/2014 9:17:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    What if the government is designed to perpetuate itself? What if the real levers of governmental power are pulled by agents and diplomats and bureaucrats behind the scenes? What if they stay in power no matter who is elected president or which major political party controls Congress? What if the frequent public displays of adversity between the Republicans and the Democrats are just a facade and a charade? What if both major political parties agree on the transcendental issues of our day? What if they both believe that our rights are not natural to our humanity but instead are gifts...
  • Can Barbie Conquer China? (Mattel Tries To Crack China Market Again)

    11/27/2014 8:37:08 AM PST · by goldstategop · 27 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/26/2014 | Ian Rose
    In 2013 Mattel brought Barbie back to the Chinese market. Only this time instead of clothes by Oscar De La Renta she had a violin and you could buy Barbie for the much more affordable price of $13 (Ł8.20). This year there was another launch - a "specialty" Barbie doll in the likeness of Chinese actress Fan Bingbing. Heralding the launch of the doll Mattel declared: "[Fan Bingbing's] collaboration with Barbie will give purpose and meaning to play and help ignite the spark inside girls across China to 'Shine Your Way'." So it's clear that Barbie has learnt that to...
  • Obamacare Architect Says Abortion is a Social Good

    11/27/2014 8:07:34 AM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 27, 2014 | DUSTIN SIGGINS
    Over the last three weeks, MIT professor and Affordable Care Act (ACA) architect Jonathan Gruber has gone from being an academic, known mostly in policy circles, to the face of political dishonesty and manipulation. Gruber, who helped create and sell the ACA to the American people, has been caught on tape admitting—on multiple occasions—that the law was written to mislead the public.But that’s not all that he’s done. As originally reported by Jerome Corsi, Gruber is the author of at least two separate reports arguing that legalized abortion has tremendous social benefit. His work also provided some of the foundation...
  • California lawmaker proposes office to aid immigrants seeking relief under Obama plan

    11/27/2014 8:02:17 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 21 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/27/2014 | Laurel Rosenhall
    When the new Legislature is sworn in on Monday, Sen. Ricardo Lara says he plans to introduce legislation that would create an Office of New Americans to help undocumented immigrants by connecting them to legal services, English classes and help applying for relief under the executive actions announced last week by President Barack Obama.
  • The Commercialization of Thanksgiving—and So Much Else

    11/27/2014 8:00:42 AM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 27, 2014 | JOHN M. GRONDELSKI
    Thanksgiving is rapidly competing with Christmas as a candidate holiday for the next cultural war. We know, of course, that December 25 is the holiday that dare not speak its name, having been transmogrified into “winter holiday” lest delicate ears be offended by “C-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s.” Thanksgiving, so far, has managed to retain its name of religious origin (though we tend to speak publicly about what we are giving thanks for rather than to whom). The cultural war over Thanksgiving is being fought over: when can the sales begin?“Black Friday”—the day after Thanksgiving—has, over the years, become the unofficial launch of...
  • [VIDEO] Multiple arrests at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after protesters target route

    11/27/2014 7:56:09 AM PST · by redreno · 38 replies
    http://pix11.com ^ | Updated at 10:51am, November 27, 2014 | by Jeremy Tanner
    NEW YORK (PIX11) - Police arrested multiple people at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday after a protesters broke from their designated route and clashed with officers. Seven people were arrested, according to the NYPD after a group of people tried to overturn a trash can and run toward the parade route.
  • Libya Diner Bombed After Graphic Video On Social Media (Darwin Candidate Award Alert)

    11/27/2014 7:55:50 AM PST · by goldstategop · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/27/2014 | BBC News
    A fast-food restaurant in Tripoli was bombed on Wednesday night after a video shared on social media showed a migrant worker defiling food in its kitchen. In the video, a worker masturbated over food and said he was "putting HIV sperm" in the meals.
  • Ferguson Too Complicated for Easy Allegory

    11/27/2014 7:35:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    On Tuesday, the day after it was announced that Officer Darren Wilson would not be charged in the slaying of Michael Brown, the president for a second time called for calm. His statement was measured, careful and responsible. He condemned violence and looting while acknowledging the legitimate concerns animating the protestors. He wasn't all that moving or eloquent, but this might have been one of those times when swinging for the rhetorical fences wasn't what the moment needed. One theme he hit repeatedly, and correctly, was that the passions of many protestors are rooted in something very real. The "frustrations...
  • Ferguson essay by Saints tight end Ben Watson strikes chord on social media

    11/27/2014 7:22:22 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 30 replies
    While Saints tight end Benjamin Watson may not always be the spotlight during a football game, his presence is well known -- even more so after the tight end took to social media to weigh in on the conflict happening in Ferguson, Missouri. Watson, 33, wrote a passionate post following Monday night's prime-time game against the Baltimore Ravens about the emotions he is feeling in light of the St. Louis County grand jury's decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. "At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football,...
  • Ferguson Obscures Much Bigger Problems in the 'Black Community'

    11/27/2014 7:15:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Larry Elder
    From the very beginning, this was much ado about an aberration, a tragic aberration to be sure, but an aberration nonetheless. Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014. Immediately, according to St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, witnesses began to give different versions of what happened. The apparent would-be star witness, Dorian Johnson, was with Brown when the shooting occurred. He gave a dramatic account of a trigger-happy bigoted cop who shot "my friend" in the back and gunned him down despite the victim attempting to surrender by placing his...
  • Marc Lamont Hill on Ferguson Riots: "This Is What Democracy Looks Like"

    11/27/2014 7:14:23 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 60 replies
    DON LEMON, CNN: First With Marc Lamont Hill, let's talk. You are in New York City. The gentleman there, he said he is up in Harlem. He's marching. He said listen, this generation, we have a voice and they don't want police brutality. He's got to get back to Staten Island. That's another issue. But we're looking, you know, at the protesters there. Is this a generational thing? Is this a young people's movement, Marc Lamont Hill? MARC LAMONT HILL, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: It absolutely is. You know, Dr. King used to say when dogs bite us in Birmingham, we...