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  • 83 percent funding cut by United Way strains Salvation Army partnership

    01/03/2018 7:43:41 AM PST · by Elderberry · 57 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 1/2/2018 | Shelly Conlon
    The United Way of Waco-McLennan County’s decision to cut 83 percent of its funding to The Salvation Army of Waco has left Salvation Army officials scratching their heads and questioning the partnership with the nonprofit going into the new year. The Salvation Army received the largest cut among the 21 local nonprofits the United Way funds. The cuts are part of an ongoing effort to transition from an allocation-based funding model to a grant-based model this year, and a result of a decline in donations in the past five years, United Way Executive Director Barbara Mosacchio said. Mosacchio, who started...
  • NFL Week 16: Christmas Clunker Caps Record-Low MNF Season

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

    01/03/2018 6:57:40 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 47 replies
    News 96.5 ^ | January 3, 2018 | Josh Miranda
    It’s true -- you are not dreaming. For the first time in 28 years, snow fell on the streets of Tallahassee, Florida during rush hour Wednesday morning. The conditions are cold enough for the snow to form, but videos show it quickly melting as it hits the ground. The National Weather Service measured 0.1” of snow/sleet on their rooftop. Roughly 50 miles of Interstate 10 have been closed in Tallahassee due to snow an ice. In lieu of the traditional salt, the unusual weather has prompted Florida Highway Patrol to lay down sand to melt the ice, according to ABC...
  • Icy Rivers Slow New York Barges Trying to Deliver Heating Fuel

    01/03/2018 6:19:58 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 35 replies
    gCaptain ^ | January 2, 2018 | Laura Blewitt
    Shivering New Yorkers may have to pay more to get warm as ice in the Hudson River delayed fuel-barge deliveries and the U.S. government warned of a home heating-fuel shortage from the East Coast to Texas.
  • James Clapper: ‘Reprehensible’ For Trump To Call The Justice Department ‘Deep State’

    01/03/2018 6:12:42 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 77 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 01/02/2018 | Justin Caruso
    Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said during a CNN appearance Tuesday it was “reprehensible” and “disturbing” for President Trump to refer to the Justice Department as the “deep state.” Clapper said, “I think it’s reprehensible to use that phraseology. I guess who that refers to is the career civil servants who are patriots dedicated to the country. I’d point out that when you take the oath of office as a civil servant you swear to uphold the Constitution.” He continued, “It doesn’t say anything about pledging loyalty to this president or any other and if not doing so...
  • After record-tying cold, a snowstorm is on the way (Boston area)

    01/03/2018 6:04:54 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | January 03, 2018 | Martin Finucane and David Epstein
    Fresh from a record-tying streak of cold, Massachusetts faces more weather misery Thursday: a storm that could bring high winds, near-blizzard conditions, and up to a foot of snow before giving way to another blast of intense cold on the first half of the weekend. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch, effective from late Wednesday night through late Thursday night, warning that damage to trees and power lines is possible. Forecasters say the possibility of power outages is especially worrisome, given the expected return to bitter cold at week’s end.
  • Renters Win in Tax Law; Dems Lie About It

    01/03/2018 6:02:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2017 | Betsy McCaughey
    Renters came out winners under the new tax law. For over a century, the federal tax code catered to homeowners and treated renters like second-class citizens. Homeowners have been able to deduct interest on their mortgages and home equity loans, as well as property taxes. Meanwhile, everyone, including renters, footed the bill for these deductions by paying higher rates. The new tax law at last begins leveling the playing field between renters and homeowners. Millions of New Yorkers and Californians reap the benefits, because these states have among the lowest rates of homeownership in the nation, and renting is...
  • Joe Scarborough Goes off the Deep End

    01/03/2018 5:12:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2017 | Brent Bozell
    In July, MSNBC host and former Rep. Joe Scarborough showily announced on Stephen Colbert's CBS show that he was leaving the Republican Party. No one on the Republican National Committee flew a flag at half-mast. The announcement was at least a decade behind the reality. In 2006, he basically called then-President Bush an idiot. Last week, he did the same to President Trump. There is consistency here from the man who craves attention. Scarborough is the MSNBC equivalent of David Gergen, someone always twiddling his spit-covered finger in the wind and switching his allegiances depending on which option benefits him...
  • California Has the Most Foreign-Born Residents

    01/03/2018 4:34:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 32 replies
    SiliconValleyOneWorld ^ | April 20, 2016 | Sharon Simonson
    With 27 percent of California’s total population foreign-born — or not quite 10.5 million people — the state has more immigrants numerically than any other state and the greatest proportion of its total residents who are immigrants.One in five people (or nearly that many) living in New York, New Jersey, Florida and Nevada also are foreign-born. West Virginia has the lowest portion of foreign-born people at 1.4 percent of the state’s total 1.8 million residents, Pew reports.
  • All of Hillary’s Foreigners

    01/03/2018 2:21:29 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 10 replies
    American Spectator ^ | Jan 03, 2018 | George Neumayr
    The media’s cheerleaders for the investigation into the Trump-Russia fable claim that its importance lies in keeping American elections pure of foreign interference. They have been posturing as great defenders of American sovereignty, a stance that normally makes them uneasy. But even as they pretend to worry about interference, they seek to sanitize an investigation that is the product of foreign interference: the Obama administration, according to increasingly desperate reports, relied on the “intelligence” of a shifting array of foreign spies and diplomats to launch its probe into Trumpworld. Such reliance is supposed to make the investigation sound more credible,...
  • California's 2018 Ammo Restrictions Act as Backdoor Gun Ban

    01/03/2018 1:12:43 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 68 replies
    newsmax ^ | Jan 02, 2018 | John Cylc
    This morning on Facebook, I saw a post from a Walmart store stating that due to administrative delays by the state of California, they are temporarily unable to sell ammunition. On January 1, a new California law took effect requiring all ammunition to only be sold in person, and only through a licensed vendor. The law required the Department of Justice to implement new regulations before July 2017. However, those regulations were delayed and will likely not take effect until mid-January at the earliest. That means there is now a gap in which law-abiding citizens cannot buy ammunition from many...
  • The Left's 1942

    01/03/2018 12:08:41 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jan 03, 2018 | J.R. Dunn
    Nineteen forty-two was the critical year of WWII. During that year, four battles were fought that turned the fortunes of war in favor of the Allies. At the beginning of the year, the Allies, reeling from the collapse of France and the ensuing Blitz, the loss of Greece and Crete, Hitler's invasion of Russia, Pearl Harbor, and the string of ensuing defeats across Asia and the Pacific, were facing universal catastrophe. By the end of the year, the tide had turned on virtually all fronts, and the Allied cause was well on its way to victory. (snip) Few epochs in...
  • Suppression of Good News Is the Media's Dirtiest Tactic. Here's What They Missed Last Year.

    01/02/2018 11:54:46 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Jan 02, 2018 | Steve Sheldon
    Here are headlines you won't read in almost any major American newspaper, hear on any of the evening news programs, or see in your Yahoo "news" feed: Dow Hits 87 Record Closes Since Trump ElectedTexas Hero Was NRA InstructorDow Reaches Four 1,000 Point Milestones in One Year for the First Time EverISIS on the Run, Almost Completely DestroyedNew Home Sales Highest in a DecadeTexas Hero Uses AR-15 to Save the DayDow Hits Two Streaks Lasting More Than Ten Days, First Time Since 1959Trump Donates One Million Dollars of His Own Money to Hurricane VictimsU.S. Economy Gains Over Six Trillion in...
  • Immigration complicates Trump's spending negotiations with Congress

    01/02/2018 11:07:53 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jan 03, 2018 | Sarah Westwood and Gabby Morrongiello
    Key Trump administration officials are set to huddle with the top two congressional leaders from each party on Wednesday to hammer out a spending deal that keeps the government open past Jan. 19, when the temporary government funding Congress passed just before Christmas will run dry. Their conversation could also turn to immigration, as lawmakers face a March deadline to legislate protections for undocumented immigrants brought into the country illegally as children, known as “Dreamers,” before the Obama-era program currently protecting them winds down on Trump’s orders. Some Democrats have pushed to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program...
  • Border Patrol lacks technology to detect, stop drones carrying drugs

    01/02/2018 10:23:39 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Jan 02, 2018 | Stephen Dinan
    Border Patrol agents are increasingly worried about the threat from drug-cartel-flown drones, after agents spotted 13 drones suspected of carrying drugs across one section of the U.S.-Mexico border in just one four-day period in November. Cartels are aware that the U.S. lacks the ability to detect the drones, much less to interdict them, making them a choice method for smuggling high-dollar hard drugs into the country, agents said. They said the fact that they even spotted the 13 drones was serendipitous and only hints at the scope of the real problem. “We’re seeing an uptick. We flat-out just don’t have...
  • Media struggle to comprehend the Trump-Russia probe: Collusion? Obstruction? Conspiracy?

    01/02/2018 10:11:10 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jan 03, 2018 | Pete Kasperowicz
    After nearly nine months of a special counsel probe into President Trump's links to Russia, the press is still searching for a way to describe it, and in many cases, still appears to be learning on the fly what it's all about. The press eagerly jumped into the fray last summer by saying special counsel Robert Mueller was looking for signs of "collusion" between Trump and Russia that might have helped him defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. The press moved away from that word in the fall, and started zeroing in on the idea that Trump might actually...
  • Support the Protests in Iran

    01/02/2018 10:00:43 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | Jan 02, 2018 | National Review Editors
    Protests have erupted across Iran. From the country’s relatively modern cities to its more remote, fervently religious areas, Iranian citizens are challenging the despotic theocracy that rules over them. The protests began as dissatisfaction with a faltering economy bubbled over. They have since mushroomed into large-scale demonstrations for political freedom, demands for the removal of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s head of state, and even expressions of nostalgia for Reza Shah, the founder of the old secular Pahlavi dynasty. The protests are different in origin from the Green Movement in 2009, which broke out when, after the systematic election-fixing the regime...
  • One Year in Office: Trump Keeps Defying His Critics

    01/02/2018 9:49:06 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Jan 03, 2018 | Stephen Moore
    Since the day Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016, the Dow Jones industrial average has risen by some 35 percent, making the last 14 months one of the greatest bull market runs in history. Some $6 trillion of wealth has been created for Americans -- which is very good news for the 55 million Americans with 401(k) plans, the 25 million or so who have IRAs, and another 20 million with company pension plans and employee stock ownership plans. The left was certain exactly the opposite would happen with a Trump presidency. To borrow a recent phrase from...
  • GOP President and Congress Still Funding Planned Parenthood

    01/02/2018 9:44:50 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Jan 03, 2018 | Terry Jeffrey
    Two months before his upset victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump made an unambiguous commitment that helped rally pro-life Americans to his cause. He promised to defund Planned Parenthood. Now, almost a year into his presidency -- during which time the Republican Party has controlled both houses of Congress -- he has not delivered on that promise. "I am committed to: Defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, and re-allocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women," Trump wrote in a September 2016 letter to...
  • Russia’s “Breadbasket” Is Not Part of America’s Vital National Security Interest

    01/02/2018 9:38:00 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Jan 03, 2018 | Bob Barr
    “Make America Great Again.” The phrase became ubiquitous during the 2016 presidential election as both a branding tagline and rallying cry for Donald Trump’s campaign. It quickly came to symbolize an “America-first” attitude in solving the country’s problems; rebuffing the rampant “anti-exceptionalism” demonstrated by the previous administration. Now, “MAGA” (as it is often abbreviated) appears to guide Trump’s every domestic and foreign policy decision; even when its applicability may not be clear. Just last month, the Administration approved plans to sell sophisticated Javelin anti-tank missiles to the Ukraine, bolstering that government’s ongoing conflict against pro-Russian separatists. The move is a...