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  • Kim Jong-Un learned the art of intimidating filmmakers from Obama

    12/19/2014 8:56:45 PM PST · by GusFring · 7 replies
    Twitchy ^ | Dec 19, 2014 | Joel Pollack
    Shorter @BarackObama: we can't let North Korea shut down a Sony film, but we can let Al Qaeda ban a YouTube video. And jail the filmmaker
  • NBA consulting with Sharpton for All-Star week

    12/19/2014 8:37:51 PM PST · by PROCON · 12 replies
    nypost.com ^ | Dec. 19, 2014 | Sophia Rosenbaum
    Better let All-Star Al in the game! It wasn’t enough for the NBA to reach out to the NYPD to prepare for the four-day All-Star festivities in February — the league also had a “straight line of communication” with the Rev. Al Sharpton, a source told The Post. The league is still hammering out the final details for the Feb. 15 All-Star Game at the Garden, but is planning the “biggest security operation” to date, the source said. No plans for protests are in the works by Sharpton or his National Action Network. Sharpton did not immediately respond to requests...
  • Tourist attraction 'Machine Gun America' opens Saturday in Kissimmee

    12/19/2014 8:25:03 PM PST · by shove_it · 20 replies
    WESH ^ | 19 Dec 2014
    People cannot bring own guns to attraction KISSIMMEE, Fla. —A new tourist attraction promises to give people as young as 13 years old the chance to fire fully automatic weapons. Outside the new attraction, you can hear the unmistakable rat-a-tat-tat of machine guns inside. The automatic weapons are powerful and firing them is intense, but owners are hoping Orlando tourists will want to try the unique experience. "We see this as attractive to someone who might want to go bungee jumping -- adrenaline rush experience," said Bruce Nierenberg, general manager of Machine Gun America Orlando. "There are a lot of...
  • St. Bernard (Parish) agrees to settlement over unfair housing claim

    12/19/2014 7:36:24 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 15 replies
    WWLTV ^ | 12/19/14 | Cain Burdeau
    A settlement has been reached in a long legal fight over St. Bernard Parish housing policies that allegedly restricted black people from renting in the parish as it rebuilt after catastrophic damage caused by flooding from Hurricane Katrina. An advocacy group that investigates complaints of discrimination, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, said Friday that St. Bernard has agreed to settle the case for $1.8 million. The settlement stems from a 2006 lawsuit filed against the parish.
  • Ted Cruz Wins the Ringside Political Championship for 2014

    12/19/2014 7:35:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 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...
  • How far will cop unions go to halt reform?

    12/19/2014 7:25:19 PM PST · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 13 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | DEC. 12, 2014 | Steven Greenhut
    The arrest this week of two ex-cop private investigators — charged with felonies related to their alleged attempt to frame a Costa Mesa city councilman for a false DUI — is about more than the disturbing tactics of two hired guns. It offers insight into the way some police unions across California intimidate political opponents into silence. This ugly story starts in 2012. Councilmen Jim Righeimer, Stephen Mensinger and Gary Monahan were loathed by the city’s police union because of their efforts to reduce pension liabilities and outsource services. Costa Mesa had become Ground Zero in our state’s battle over...
  • In Vermont, single-payer healthcare quietly disappears

    12/19/2014 7:13:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    If you’re looking for a state with a reliable Leftward tilt, you’d be hard pressed to do better than Vermont. After all, this is the place which has repeatedly elected Bernie Sanders – a man who considers the Democrat Party too conservative for his tastes – to statewide office since 1991. So in terms of socialist experimental laboratories, this is the spot where you’d want to launch progressive initiatives and take them for a test spin. That was the plan for Governor Peter Shumlin, who had promised his constituents that they would soon be enjoying the first in the...
  • Where Did the Jobs Go?

    12/19/2014 7:08:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 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...
  • The unconscionable act committed by Senate Democrats

    12/19/2014 6:42:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 18, 2014 | Ken Allard
    Once a Constitutional Republic famed for its pragmatism, the United States has lately become a country notorious for its inconstancy, no longer recognizing that actions have finite and foreseeable consequences. In this space, for example, I recently argued that the release of the “torture report” by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence came perilously close to the constitutional definition of treason by “giving Aid and Comfort” to America’s enemies. Admittedly, that was a tough assessment. But barely a week after the report’s release, the Huffington Post published an article linking those revelations with their most immediate effects on our allies....
  • Obama: Most black people don’t use racism as an excuse

    12/19/2014 6:42:09 PM PST · by PROCON · 39 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | Dec. 19, 2014 | Dave Boyer
    Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story, which was based on a Federal news service transcript, said President Obama referred to “the overall majority of good black people” not using racism as an excuse. Mr. Obama actually said, “the overall majority of black people” do not use racism as an excuse. Before flying off to Hawaii for a two-week vacation, President Obama said Friday that most blacks understand America’s history of slavery and segregation isn’t an excuse for their current challenges.Asked by a reporter to assess the state of black America, Mr. Obama said most blacks are “better off...
  • FReeper Canteen - Countdown To Christmas - 12/20/14

    12/19/2014 6:07:55 PM PST · by AZamericonnie · 130 replies
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  • I'm not done: [Email from nobama]

    12/19/2014 5:35:55 PM PST · by upchuck · 30 replies
    email | Dec 19, 2014 | one of nobama's minions
    A lot has changed in the six years I've been president. As I look ahead at my final two years in office, I want you to know two things: 1.) I'm so proud of the progress we've made together so far. Thank you. Because of folks like you, we've been able to accomplish incredible things -- change that is making people's lives better today. That's the reason we do this work. 2.) I'm not done. I won't stop fighting for the American people until the day I leave this office. That's a promise. No matter how much partisan gridlock gets...
  • D.C. Mayor, Attorney General: New Abortion Mandate Likely Unconstitutional

    12/19/2014 5:23:49 PM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | December 18, 2014, | cns staff
    Yesterday’s vote by the Council of the District of Columbia to approve a bill banning even religious organizations from discriminating against employees for their “reproductive health” practices—including abortion—likely violates the Constitution and federal law, warned the D.C. mayor and attorney general weeks before the final vote. The Council’s disregard for Mayor Vincent Gray’s “significant legal concerns” increases the possibility that he may veto the legislation, which also may be halted by Congress if it can get President Obama’s signature on the repeal. “Today’s approval of this draconian bill confirms the D.C. Council’s intentional persecution of religious educators and other employers...
  • Network Seven ‘original target’ of terrorist Man Haron Monis

    12/19/2014 5:04:11 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 20th December 2014 | Amy Harris
    CHANNEL 7’s flagship studio in Martin Place may have been the original target of deranged terrorist Man Haron Monis. The Saturday Telegraph has learned Monis arrived at Martin Place early on Monday morning with the possible intention of taking hostages within the TV network’s studio during the live morning Sunrise broadcast. But it appears that, due to increased security at the studio following the Islamic State threat in September to behead someone in Martin Place, Monis instead rerouted his plot 50m to the Lindt Chocolate Cafe, where he staged his deadly ­17-hour siege, which ended with the deaths of two...
  • Medical Marijuana May Worsen PTSD Symptoms, Increase Violence

    12/19/2014 4:39:22 PM PST · by steve86 · 63 replies
    Medscape ^ | December 15, 2014 | Deborah Brauser
    AVENTURA, Fl; Although a growing number of states have approved post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana use, new research shows that the drug may actually worsen symptoms and increase violent behavior. A large observational study of more 2000 participants who were admitted to specialized Veterans Administration treatment programs for PTSD showed that those who never used marijuana had significantly lower symptom severity 4 months later than those who continued or started use after treatment. Veterans who were using marijuana at treatment admission but quit after discharge ("stoppers") also had significantly lower levels of PTSD symptoms...
  • Sydney men placed under tougher control orders after (anti-terror) raids

    12/19/2014 4:07:49 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    The Australian ^ | 20th December 2014
    TWO Sydney men have been placed under powerful new anti-terrorism “control orders” following a series of raids across the city this week that were launched amid fears of an imminent attack. The decision to invoke the control orders, granted by a federal court at the request of the Australian Federal Police, is the first time they are known to have been used since legislation expanding their scope was passed last month. The orders were imposed after a wave of counter-terror raids conducted by state and federal police on five properties across north and western Sydney on Thursday — and days...
  • Rand Paul Rand-splains Cuba to Marco Rubio [Sides with Obama over Rubio]

    12/19/2014 2:53:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Libertarian icon Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) embarrassed himself on Friday when he took to Twitter to respond to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) who recently insisted that the junior senator from Kentucky “has no idea what he’s talking about” with regards to his support for lifting restrictions on bilateral relations with the Cuban government. By attempting to defend himself, Paul ably proved the Florida senator correct. Paul began… Hey @marcorubio if the embargo doesn't hurt Cuba, why do you want to keep it?— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) December 19, 2014 And this one got the libertarian supporters cheering in the...
  • Illegal immigration up, deportations down in 2014: DHS

    12/19/2014 2:19:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    The number of illegal immigrants crossing the border rose in 2014, while deportations dropped, according to new statistics Homeland Security released Friday in a pre-holiday data dump that signaled potential problems on both sides of the immigration enforcement equation. Apprehensions on the border, which Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says is a yardstick for overall illegal immigration, rose 16 percent in fiscal year 2014, while deportations from within the interior of the U.S. — the measure of how much the administration is going after long-time illegal immigrants — fell 24 percent. Those numbers, which cover from Oct. 1, 2013, through...
  • Obama takes questions only from female reporters

    12/19/2014 1:55:06 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 18, 2014 | Ashe Schow
    During President Obama’s year-end press conference Friday, he took eight questions — all from women. .......Considering what turned out to be a poor ending for the year in women’s issues — namely campus sexual assault — Obama needed to bring attention back on women. Obama tried in April to spearhead a movement this year and continue the momentum of the “war on women” narrative, but it suffered a number of setbacks: Due process supporters piped up, a major story about campus rape was exposed as a hoax, Republicans defeated candidates who overdid the "war on women" theme. To put it...
  • SONY: 'We Have Not Caved'

    12/19/2014 1:38:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/19/2014 | Steve Kovach
    Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton appeared on CNN Friday afternoon to address the company's decision to pull "The Interview" from theaters.Lynton told CNN's Fareed Zakaria that Sony did not cave to the hacker group Guardians of Peace (GOP) by pulling the movie.A clip of the interview ran Friday afternoon on CNN. The full interview will air Friday night on Anderson Cooper 360.He said the decision to pull "The Interview" only came after the major theater chains decided not to show the film. It wasn't because Sony didn't want to distribute the movie."Movie theaters came to us … one by one...
  • Oklahoma City abortion doctor charged with racketeering

    12/19/2014 1:27:49 PM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    NewsOk ^ | December 18, 2014 | Nolan Clay and Robby Trammell
    An Oklahoma City abortion doctor was charged Thursday with racketeering — a felony offense punishable by at least 10 years in prison. Dr. Naresh G. Patel, 62, also was charged with three counts of obtaining money by false pretenses. Patel was arrested Dec. 9 at his Warr Acres clinic after an undercover fraud investigation. The clinic, Outpatient Services for Women, has not reopened since his arrest. He is accused of providing abortion-inducing drugs to three female undercover investigators who posed as patients. Each paid the clinic $620. Women not pregnant Each time, Patel did an ultrasound on the woman’s abdomen,...
  • How Jeb Bush Can Thread The Needle And Win

    12/19/2014 1:25:33 PM PST · by Zakeet · 51 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 16, 2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    Since talking about it on Morning Joe earlier today, a few people have asked me to expound on my theory regarding what Jeb Bush would have to do to overcome the many challenges he would face on his way to the Republican nomination. It seems clear that Bush is hell-bent on not pandering to the base, so the obvious challenge he will have to overcome is winning a Republican primary while holding some positions (immigration reform, Common Core, etc.) which are anathema to the grassroots conservatives who will comprise a decent chunk of the primary electorate. The way to overcome...
  • North Carolina abortion rule-makers urged to put science first

    12/19/2014 1:24:42 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    ABC 11 ^ | 12/19/2014 | AP
    RALEIGH -- Abortion-rights advocates urged North Carolina health officials on Friday to focus on science and not politics as they update rules for abortion clinics. The updates have been submitted for public comment, including Friday's meeting in Raleigh. About 60 people, many of them wearing shirts promoting abortion rights, crowded into a Department of Health and Human Services and about a dozen had to stand. About 15 people spoke, including several doctors who stressed the importance of access to abortion services. Only a few speakers favored stricter regulations. The department will consider public comments until the end of January before...
  • Feds release anti-rape rules for illegal immigrant children housing

    12/19/2014 1:13:55 PM PST · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2014 | Stephan Dinan
    Say transgender kids should choose which sex to live with Health and Human Services released long overdue guidelines Friday ordering facilities that house illegal immigrant children to set up sexual abuse prevention programs, and to be prepared to deal with tricky cases such as transgender or intersex children. The rules, which congressional Democrats had demanded earlier this week, govern everything from pat-downs to evaluating each child for their likely risk of being targeted for sexual abuse or harassment, and govern how the children should be housed while at the private facilities, which operate under a government contract.
  • ‘Arrests Imminent’ In Sony Hacking Scandal, Insiders Suspected Of Helping North Koreans

    12/19/2014 1:13:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    RADAR ONLINE ^ | 12/19/2014
    The Sony scandal may be about to take a giant turn. An FBI source tells RadarOnline.com exclusively that arrests “are imminent” in the case that has rocked the major entertainment company over the past few weeks. Radar can reveal that the FBI has been busy interviewing former Sony IT employees, and while the law enforcement agency believes that North Koreans are responsible for the hacking crimes, they must have had help from the inside. Whoever did this had to have either been an insider or someone who had been an insider,” explains the source. “They knew where to go and...
  • Surrender to Cuba? Why Didn’t We Think Of That?

    12/19/2014 1:06:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison “Obama gives the Castro regime in Cuba an undeserved bailout.” Was that a headline from Ronald Reagan’s favorite conservative weekly, Human Events? Or, perhaps a stiff rejoinder from the up-to-the-minute reporting of the Weekly Standard? No!. That’s the headline on an editorial in—can you believe?—the Washington Post!It gets better. The Post flays President Obama’s rationale for lifting the embargo on Cuba (the incoming GOP Congress will have something to say about this) and it dissects the President’s White House statement. The administration’s policy is so bad that even the Washington Post...
  • Good news: North Korea to share control of Sony Pictures with Al Sharpton [WATCH VIDEO]

    12/19/2014 1:05:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | AllahPundit
    A good match. One’s a far-left entity with poor English skills that maintains power by stoking grievances against America and the other’s North Korea.Here’s this week’s reminder that there’s no situation so terrible that Al Sharpton can’t make it worse. Hollywood ​came to the Rev. Al Thursday as embattled Sony exec Amy Pascal ​met ​privately with the ​black leader for 90 minutes ​in a bid to fix the fallout from the ​cyberhacking ​leak of embarrassing, racially charged emails.Pascal agreed to let Sharpton have a say in how Sony makes motion pictures, in an effort to combat what he called...
  • Obama: Black America ‘Better Off Now than It Was When I Came into Office’

    12/19/2014 1:02:56 PM PST · by Zakeet · 60 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 19, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    America Urban Radio reporter April Ryan asked President Obama today about the state of black America today compared to before he took office six years ago. Obama said, “Like the rest of America, black America, in the aggregate, is better off now than it was when I came into office.”
  • Does Anyone Even Understand the President?

    12/19/2014 12:51:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | John Ransom
    Look if you can’t screw up the economy in this country anymore, the least you can do is help out the one remaining Stalinist regime in the Americas. That’s the take away I get from Obama’s phone and pen ploy to “normalize” relations with Cuba. Since he’s failed at creating jobs here, maybe he’ll do a better job creating jobs in communist Cuba, an economy he better understands. After all, Cuba has all those old cars, and Obama loves those Cash for Clunkers. Or maybe it’s just this: Obama really hates Hillary so much that he’s willing to throw away...
  • 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...
  • Cold War Replay: This Time We Lose

    Has there ever been a president more eager to make concessions to vicious regimes than Barack Obama? The opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba is the latest and, one fears, not the last in a string of preemptive concessions. Obama, with his blend of hard-left prejudices and vaulting solipsism, has sought throughout his presidency to atone for what he and his party view as America's past sins. That was the essence of the "reset" with Russia, which included betraying two of America's European allies, Poland and the Czech Republic, who had been scheduled to receive ground-based antiballistic missile systems. Though...
  • CNN: Reporters who asked questions today during Obama's final press conference of 2014

    12/19/2014 12:43:21 PM PST · by maggief · 29 replies
    CNN-Twitter ^ | December 19, 2014 | Chris Moody
    Chris Moody @moody · 45m 45 minutes ago Reporters who asked questions today during Obama's final press conference of 2014.
  • Fed and Congress Signal Trouble, Putin Defends Russia, ISIS War

    12/19/2014 12:38:05 PM PST · by GilGil · 7 replies
    USAWatchdog ^ | 12/19/2014 | Greg Hunter
    My top story is the economy, and I think the Fed and Congress just signaled that something is seriously wrong, and it’s going to get worse. First off, the Federal Reserve just came out and said that it was going to be “patient” when normalizing the monetary policy. I know Wall Street is jubilant and the stock market spiked on the news, but I think this is really ominous, and it is nothing to be celebrated. To me, that means don’t expect the Fed to raise interest rates anytime soon because the economy is much worse than what they are...
  • Expert: Blacks trust police more than whites do

    12/19/2014 12:35:47 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 19, 2014 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    Do blacks trust police more than whites do? Given the anger over events in Ferguson and New York City, the very question seems absurd. But it is not. Behind the polls and demonstrations, there is evidence that blacks trust police at least as much as whites do. The poll results are hardly surprising. A new Gallup poll confirms blacks place less confidence in police and the criminal justice system. Using survey data from 2006 through 2014, Gallup found:
  • Rep. Steve King Schools Colbert and Democrats on American Workers (2010)

    12/19/2014 12:32:40 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King's opening statement, wherein he takes great offense to the lie that illegals do jobs that "Americans won't do", and lays out important support facts regarding this issue.
  • Gutfeld: If Obama Goes to Cuba For Golf, He Should Bring Back Cop Killer Joanne Chesimard

    12/19/2014 12:30:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    It is rumored President Obama could be taking a trip to Cuba next year to golf. If the president ends up going, Fox News' host, comedian and author Greg Gutfeld wants Obama to bring back cop killer Joanne Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, upon his return to the United States. "Unlike North Korea, Cuba is a jewel of the left because both adore marxist thugs. Those who failed at life but excel at taking it. Do you think that occurred to our President?" Gutfeld said. Gutfeld: Going to Cuba, Mr. President? Bring someone backAs I wrote yesterday, Chesimard escaped...
  • 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...
  • More 'Tolerance' From Stalinist Universities

    12/19/2014 12:13:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Honestly, sometimes leftist thought police surprise even me, not so much with their unreasonableness, extremism and tyrannical tactics but with their brazenness in openly showing who they are. Each new day's headlines trump yesterday's. A few weeks ago, Fox News' Todd Starnes reported on a Marquette University student's encounter with his ethics instructor. The professor, Cheryl Abbate, was leading her "Theory of Ethics" class in a discussion about the application of philosophical theories to controversial political issues. Among the issues listed on the blackboard were gay rights, gun rights and the death penalty. Professor Abbate removed gay rights from the...
  • Obama Calls James Franco ‘James Flacco’; Mockery Ensues

    12/19/2014 12:10:46 PM PST · by maggief · 39 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 19, 2014 | Andrew Kirell
    During his final 2014 press conference, President Barack Obama had some pretty stern words for Sony Pictures over their decision to pull The Interview in light of terror threats from North Korea-affiliated hackers. Amidst his remarks, though, came a notable flub that sent Twitter into a tizzy with joking responses. See transcript for the gaffe [emphasis added]: I think it says something interesting about North Korea that they decided to have the state come out with an all-out attack because of satirical movie starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco. I love Seth and I love James, but the notion that...
  • New Cash Cow for ISIS: Trafficking Human Organs from Kidnapped Captives

    12/19/2014 12:06:56 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 19, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    ISIS has found a new way to fund their jihad. ... ISIS is also profiting from human organ sales. The caliphate is trafficking human organs from kidnapped captives. ... While the terror army ISIS is making millions of dollars a day through its oil sales, it also is profiting from trafficking in human organs, according to a number of reports that have raised the issue in recent months. Even while the reports concede firm figures are practically impossible to corroborate, the Al-Alam news source said the chief of forensic pathology at Damascus University told the Syrian al-Watan that there have...
  • NLRB hits McDonald’s as joint employer

    12/19/2014 12:05:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    McDonald’s and its franchisees illegally retaliated against employees for participating in union-related activities, the National Labor Relations Board’s top lawyer alleged Friday in a case with sweeping industry implications. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin announced Friday he will issue 13 complaints involving 78 charges against franchises and McDonald’s USA, LLC. Though many of these alleged labor violations were committed by independent franchise owners, Griffin ruled earlier this year that McDonald’s can be held liable for those actions as a so-called joint employer, leaving the corporatrion — and potentially other franchisors — exposed to such claims. McDonald’s said the decision will...
  • Journalist: First Amendment Rights Mean Not Offending The North Korean Dictator, Okay?

    12/19/2014 11:30:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 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...
  • How can those accused of sexual assault prove consent under 'yes means yes'?

    12/19/2014 11:01:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 77 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 19, 2014 | Ashe Schow
    This isn’t one of those articles where I ask a question in the headline and provide the answer in the text. Because the truth is, I don’t know how someone accused of sexual assault is supposed to prove they obtained consent under the new “yes means yes” policies. And it looks like no one else knows either. I reached out to the lead sponsor of the California affirmative consent law, state Sen. Kevin de Leon, because when I tried asking other sponsors of the bill, they directed me to him. His office provided a lengthy description of the bill that...
  • Castro to Pocket 92% of Worker Salaries from Foreign Companies

    12/19/2014 10:48:42 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 39 replies
    Just one day before President Obama announced sweeping changes that would allow potential American investment in Cuba, the Cuban government apparently had begun preparing itself by announcing new measures that would allow Cubans who work for foreign companies to keep only 8% of their salaries. In an official announcement in state newspaper Granma, government officials announced a system in which employees who work for corporations with foreign capital will be paid two Cuban Pesos for every Convertible Cuban Peso (CUC) the corporation actually pays them. The Convertible Peso (CUP) is almost exclusively for the use of tourists and is of...
  • Marquette Univ. Suspends Tenured Professor After He Criticized Instructor over Gay Marriage

    12/19/2014 10:48:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/19/2014 | Samuel Smith
    Marquette University has suspended a tenured political science professor after he blogged about his disapproval of the actions of a teaching assistant at the Catholic school, who forbade a student from discussing an opposing view to gay marriage in her class. Associate Professor John McAdams' suspension with pay comes as Marquette University has begun requiring its faculty to attend anti-harassment training, where they are instructed to report any employee that speaks out in opposition to gay marriage. In November, McAdams criticized teaching assistant Cheryl Abbate in a blog post because she prevented a student from discussing his opinion on gay...
  • NIH Had No $$$ for Ebola Vaccine, Spent $100 Million on Meditation

    12/19/2014 10:41:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/19/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Isn’t there supposed to be a separation of cult and state? Mindfulness is a New Age kind of meditation that focuses on the present moment “non-judgmentally,” tracing its origins to Buddhism. The growing phenomenon was the subject of a 60 Minutes segment on Sunday, for which May and other fans of the practice were interviewed.The segment featured Rep. Tim Ryan (D., Ohio), a so-called “rock star among mindfulness evangelists” who earmarked nearly $1 million to teach mindfulness to preschool students in his district. The $982,000 project provided deep breathing exercises, and “Peace Corners” for kids in Youngstown, Ohio. I’m sure...
  • Elliot Fineman: America’s Most Dangerous Gun Control Zealot?

    12/19/2014 10:34:58 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies
    thetruthaboutguns.com ^ | 12/18/2014 | Robert Farago
    No doubt Elliot Fineman will consider this post an honor. The founder and head of the Campaign to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) has positioned himself as the de facto champion of anti-gun extremists. This he’s done through the CSGV Facebook page, where Fineman’s endless stream of incendiary posts unleash a flood of anti-ballistic bile; comments so full of hatred they remind of nothing so much as the rabid racism that poisoned this country for generations. Which make the example above all the more ironic . . . Clearly, Fineman is inviting his 100k+ followers to regard participants at a Washington...
  • What the Stats Really Say About Racially Motivated Cop Killings

    12/19/2014 10:31:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/19/2014 | Susan L.M. Goldberg
    Larry Elder at Real Clear Politics breathes essential statistical insight into the ongoing fight over whether or not white cops have a predilection for shooting black men: In 2012, according to the CDC, 140 blacks were killed by police. That same year 386 whites were killed by police. Over the 13-year period from 1999 to 2011, the CDC reports that 2,151 whites were killed by cops — and 1,130 blacks were killed by cops.Police shootings, nationwide, are down dramatically from what they were 20 or 30 years ago. The CDC reported that in 1968, shootings by law enforcement — called...
  • More Bad News for Rolling Stone: Jackie Used Dummy Texting Service...

    12/19/2014 10:19:14 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 26 replies
    While at this point nothing could redeem Rolling Stone's tall tale about a gang rape at the University of Virginia, it's remarkable that new details further undermining Sabrina Rubin Erdely's shoddy reporting are still emerging on a daily basis—and each is more revealing than the last.
  • 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...