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  • Come on, man: Paramount bans showings of Team America: World Police in place of The Interview

    12/18/2014 1:09:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Oh, the irony. After Sony cancelled the release of The Interview, a few theaters declared that they would show the 2004 hit Team America: World Police in its place as a protest against threats to free expression. That film also derided the government of North Korea, as well as the liberal Hollywood establishment that catered to anti-American despots in what was a prescient (if irreverent and very R-rated) satire.As if to emphasize the latter critique, two cinemas have announced that Paramount Pictures has forbidden them to show the film publicly: At least two movie theaters say Paramount Pictures has...
  • FCC Rejects Station Challenge Over Redskins Name

    12/18/2014 1:05:57 PM PST · by raccoonradio
    Broadcasting and Cable ^ | Broadcasting and Cable
    Story at link. FCC won't hold Daniel Snyder radio station liable for profanity for use of the name Redskins.
  • “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” Protester Tries To Block Traffic, Get’s What He Deserved

    12/18/2014 1:04:00 PM PST · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    mad world news ^ | december 18, 2014 | robert rich
    Despite Ferguson and like-minded protesters thinking that the world is fixed on them, they’ve yet to realize that in lieu of the Grand Jury verdict, the world has moved on. So when one Portland protester tried to maliciously stop traffic by walking into the road, you can imagine his surprise when one driver swerved toward him, allegedly yelled, “Get a job,” and ran him over… well, at least his foot. As KGW reports: Julian Rist, 19, was injured while he was in a group of protesters blocking traffic in the middle of West Burnside Street near 10th Avenue, according to Sgt. Pete...
  • Charming Story Mrs. Obama Told Two Years Ago, She Now Casts as Racist Incident

    12/18/2014 1:02:10 PM PST · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 12-18-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Yesterday we made mention of the fact that Barack Obama was running around talking about the fact that one time, that time long ago, he was insulted that somebody thought he was a valet. Not when he was president. Over seven years ago, somebody thought he was a valet, and that meant the United States was racist. That meant that he had a legitimate chip on his shoulder, and his wife was running around saying (summarized), "Yeah, I went into Target, and I was first lady. Now, I was in disguise, but I went into Target and somebody asked...
  • Kentucky: Alison Lundergan Grimes is back, and she’s taking aim at Rand Paul

    12/18/2014 12:59:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2014 | Noah Rothman
    Once hailed in the press as the Democratic candidate in 2014’s “marquee race,” which could see the Republican Senate minority leader unceremoniously defenestrated by Kentucky’s voters. Grimes’ loss to Mitch McConnell was among the first heartbreak of election night for liberal Democrats when her race was among the earliest to be called for the Republican candidate. When all the votes were counted, Grimes lost by just over 15 points. It wasn’t even close. If you missed Kentucky’s secretary of state, she was not gone for long. Having failed in her mission to oust McConnell, the former Democratic U.S. Senate...
  • Stocks cheer Fed; Dow up 350 points as tech rallies

    12/18/2014 12:49:58 PM PST · by John W · 16 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Kate Gibson
    U.S. stocks surged on Thursday, extending Wall Street's best day of the year, after the Federal Reserve said it would be patient in increasing interest rates. "The reality is markets were hit with we're not sure what's happening and why, as oil has been acting as something akin to a global interest rate. The good news is the Fed is aware of what is going on, and they want to be friendly, so people are hopefully in better cheer," said Jack Caffrey, equity portfolio manager at J.P. Morgan.
  • IRS warns of possible shutdown (AWWWW)

    12/18/2014 12:49:09 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 26 replies
    POLITICO LLC ^ | | 12/18/14 | By Rachael Bade
    The IRS is considering its own temporary shutdown due to recent budget cuts enacted by Congress, its chief said Thursday. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said furloughs — forced unpaid days off for employees as part of an IRS closure — is one idea reluctantly being tossed about to save money, though they are hoping they will not have to go there. Story Continued Below . . “There is no way we can say right now that that won’t happen,” Koskinen told reporters at a press conference on the upcoming tax season. “Again, I would stress that would be the last...
  • Germany arrests 3 accused of spying for Turkey

    12/18/2014 12:42:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2014 12:05 PM EST
    German prosecutors said Thursday that they have arrested three Turkish men accused of spying on compatriots in Germany for Turkish intelligence. The federal prosecutor’s office said two of the suspects—identified in line with German privacy rules only as Muhammad Taha G. and Goksel G.—were arrested Wednesday at Frankfurt airport. The third, Ahmet Duran Y., was arrested at his home in western Germany. …
  • US delays release of study on 1953 Iran coup

    12/18/2014 12:39:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2014 12:34 PM EST | Bradley Klapper
    The State Department is delaying the release of a volume from its U.S. foreign relations history that deals with the CIA-backed overthrow of an Iranian prime minister in the 1950s out of concern that publication could undermine nuclear diplomacy with the Islamic republic. The decision was made at a September meeting of the department’s advisory committee on historical diplomatic documentation and recorded in minutes released this week. The foreign relations records aren’t supposed to be suppressed for longer than three decades. Stephen Randolph, the department’s historian, informed the gathering that the volume on U.S. policy in Iran would be withheld...
  • Purported Islamic state video calls for attacks on Canadians

    12/18/2014 12:35:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Province ^ | December 17, 2014 | Terry Pedwell
    OTTAWA - A slickly produced video released on Sunday urged Muslims to launch indiscriminate attacks against Canadians, similar to those carried out in October in Ottawa and Montreal. The SITE Intelligence Group, an American based company that monitors trends within the global jihadist movement, said the video was produced by the Islamic State and the Levant. It was also been distributed on Twitter and jihadi forums. On the video a man, who says he is a Canadian and identifies himself as "Abu Anwar al-Canadi," urges his Muslim countrymen to follow the example of Martin Couture-Rouleau. The National Post identified the...
  • Hillary Clinton Secretly Pushed Cuba Deal for Years

    12/18/2014 12:34:33 PM PST · by PROCON · 6 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | Josh Rogin
    Bloomberg article, link only. Link
  • Obama To Unilaterally Normalize Relations With North Korea and ISIS (Satire?)

    12/18/2014 12:32:19 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 12 replies
    Disassociated Press ^ | 12/18/2014 | Yours Truly
    President Obama announced plans to normalize diplomatic relations with North Korea and ISIS today, including opening an embassy in both North Korea and the ISIS Caliphate. "We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests," Obama claimed, "And instead we will begin to normalize relations between our three countries." Specifically, the White House took three major steps today as part of their "New Course on North Korea and ISIS": 1. Initiating discussions to reestablish diplomatic relations, including a U.S. embassy in Pyongyang and Raqqa, and North Korean and ISIS embassies in the United States....
  • Australians left bloody but unbowed

    12/18/2014 12:31:18 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    The Australian ^ | 19th December 2014 | Michael Fullilove and Anthony Bubalo
    IT feels like terror has come to our home town. After this week’s events, Sydney joins New York, London, Madrid, Mumbai and Ottawa on the list of great cities visited by politically motivated ­violence since 2001. ..... Australians are not innocents when it comes to terrorism. Nearly a dozen Australians were killed in the September 11 attack in 2001. A year later, 88 died in the Bali bombings in Indonesia. Australians died in the 2005 Bali bombings, the 2005 London bombings, and the 2009 Jakarta hotel ­attacks. All those incidents took place thousands of kilometres away. This event occurred in...
  • Girl, 15, stopped from joining Isil by anti-terror police on plane at Heathrow

    12/18/2014 12:25:43 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 2-17-2014 | Tom Whitehead
    A 15-year-old girl was prevented from joining the terror group Isil after police dramatically stopped her plane on the runway at Heathrow. The youngster, from Tower Hamlets, London, had secretly saved up money for her flight without her parents’ knowledge and tried to flee to Syria. But counter-terrorism officers, who had been tipped over about her plans, raced to the airport and stopped her plane which had already begun taxiing on to the runway. The flight, which was heading to Turkey, was turned around while officers took the youngster off and returned her to her family. However, in an unrelated...
  • Judicial Watch Obtains Fast and Furious Crime Scene Photos from Phoenix 2013 Gang-Style...

    12/18/2014 12:20:52 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 18, 2014
    Full title: Judicial Watch Obtains Fast and Furious Crime Scene Photos from Phoenix 2013 Gang-Style Assault with Rifle Supplied by Obama Justice Department Photos include close-up shots of Fast and Furious AK-47 rifle, blood-stained apartment, victim with massive head wound (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained graphic crime scene photos taken at the site of a 2013 gang-style assault on a Phoenix, AZ, apartment building, including a close-up photo revealing the serial number of the AK-47 rifle used by the assailants. As a result of Judicial Watch’s October 2, 2014, public records lawsuit, the weapon...
  • Ebola Air Ambulance Scheduled to Go to Canary Islands in Spain

    12/18/2014 12:17:43 PM PST · by Nancy29 · 1 replies
    SHTFDashboard.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | SHTFDashboard.com
    The Ebola air ambulance has filed a new flight plan today. It is leaving Cartersville, GA (home base) and going to Tenerife South airport by way of Bermuda (the usual stop-over point for these flights). Tenerife South is one of two international airports in the Canary Islands.
  • Muslim funeral directors say they will not accept the body of Siege gunman Man Haron Monis

    12/18/2014 12:17:30 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 32 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19th December 2014 | Nelson Groom
    Sydney's head Islamic funeral director has said that no Muslim funeral home will accept the body of Siege gunman Man Haron Monis, suggesting instead that authorities dump his body at sea. The body of Monis remains in the morgue, and has yet to be claimed. It is set to be be released before Christmas. The body will be given a simple funeral by the Department of Health if his partner does not claim it, reports Daily Telegraph. When asked about the fate of the 50-year old extremists body, Amin Sayed, the funeral director within the Lebanese Muslim Association, said 'we...
  • Russia Angling for Share In Israeli Natural Gas [Ezekiel 39-39]

    12/18/2014 12:15:51 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 3 replies
    Hamodia ^ | 06/08/2014 | Hamodia Staff
    YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) - Russia wants in on the Israeli natural gas boom, but the U.S. wants them to stay out, and that’s why they haven’t made progress negotiating with the Israelis, ambassador to Israel Sergey Yakovlev hinted in an interview with Globes. Russia has been seeking entry into the Mediterranean gas fields for some time, but so far to no avail. Gazprom, for one, showed interest in becoming a partner in the Leviathan reserve, one of the most important in the Mediterranean Sea, but nothing substantive came of it...
  • More US troops going to Iraq in a couple of weeks

    12/18/2014 11:53:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2014 2:33 PM EST | Lolita C. Baldor
    The next wave of American troops will begin moving into Iraq in a couple of weeks to train local forces, the top U.S. commander for the mission said Thursday while cautioning that it will take at least three years to build the capabilities of the Iraqi military. Army Lt. Gen. James Terry, who is leading the U.S. campaign to defeat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, said the challenge is to get Iraqi units trained and back into the fight so they can plan operations to regain contested areas such as Mosul. He said that while there has been...
  • State Sponsors of Terrorism (Iran, Sudan, Syria, and.....GUESS WHO?)

    12/18/2014 11:42:22 AM PST · by LibFreeUSA · 7 replies
    U.S. State Department ^ | 1982 | U.S. State Dept
    Countries determined by the Secretary of State to have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism are designated pursuant to three laws: section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act, section 40 of the Arms Export Control Act, and section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act. Taken together, the four main categories of sanctions resulting from designation under these authorities include restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance; a ban on defense exports and sales; certain controls over exports of dual use items; and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions. Designation under the above-referenced authorities also implicates other sanctions laws that penalize persons...
  • Paramount reportedly bans showings of "Team America" Theaters Say

    12/18/2014 11:39:37 AM PST · by BigEdLB · 70 replies
    Deadlone ^ | 12/18/14 | David Lieberman
    Forget those plans by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and other theaters to run Team America: World Police in place of The Interview. The Austin-based chain says that Paramount has now decided not to offer South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s 2004 satire that focuses on Kim Jong-il, the late father of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Alamo says that the cancellation at its Dallas theater is “due to circumstances beyond our control” and says it will offer refunds to those who have already bought tickets. Cleveland’s Capitol Theater also tweeted that Team America “has been canceled by Paramount Pictures.”
  • Jimmy Carter: Obama Showed 'Political Courage' in Cuba Deal

    12/18/2014 11:34:10 AM PST · by PROCON · 53 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | Wanda Carruthers
    President Barack Obama displayed "political courage" when he changed over 50 years of U.S. policy by announcing a renewal of diplomatic relations with Cuba, former President Jimmy Carter told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." Critics of Obama's announcement have said the move only served the Cuban government, but Carter said there was "no doubt" that the "beneficiaries of this primarily will be the Cuban people." "I'm very proud and grateful that President Obama has shown such good wisdom, and, also, I'd say, political courage in taking this long overdue step," Carter said Thursday.
  • Raul Castro: Cocaine Connection?

    12/18/2014 11:31:44 AM PST · by LibFreeUSA · 12 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | Aug 14, 2006 | Brian Ross And Vic Walter
    Federal prosecutors in Miami were prepared to indict Raul Castro as the head of a major cocaine smuggling conspiracy in 1993, but the Clinton Administration Justice Department overruled them, current and former Justice Department officials tell ABC News. The officials say Castro, as Cuban Defense Minister, permitted Colombian drug lords to pay for the use of Cuban waters and airstrips as staging grounds for smuggling runs into the United States in the 1980s and early 1990s. in Washington,” said a former Justice Department official with direct knowledge of the case. “There were numerous national security and intelligence issues that would...
  • "A Slap in the Face": Pilots' Families Balk at Cuban Prisoner Swap

    12/18/2014 11:28:33 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 2 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | 12/18/2014 | AP/NBC
    The South Florida families of pilots fatally shot down by Cuba in 1996 are speaking out against the Wednesday release of three members of the convicted spies known as the “Cuban Five” in a prisoner swap — among them one who had been convicted of conspiracy to commit murder over the shootdown. "For the only person that we had responsible for what happened to be let go — it’s a slap in the face to my dad," Marlene Alejandre-Triana said at a news conference Alejandre-Triana's father Armando Alejandre, a Vietnam veteran, was one of four pilots killed when Cuban MiGs...
  • Big Lots store in Ferguson shuts down; other retailers ‘feeling the pinch’

    12/18/2014 11:28:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 62 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 17, 2014 | Staff
    Brittany Noble-Jones, a reporter at KMOV in St. Louis, tweets that the Big Lots retail store in Ferguson, Missouri, is shutting down. While the corporate office won’t comment on whether the closure is related to the post-Ferguson riots and protests, other small businesses have told Noble-Jones that they are “feeling the pinch.” Way to go, social justice mob.
  • President Obama Rewards Media Matters with a Political Nomination

    12/18/2014 11:20:06 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 7 replies
    P.J. MEDIA ^ | December 18, 2014 | No Attribution
    With a quiet, almost unnoticed nomination just before Thanksgiving, President Barack Obama rewarded Media Matters for its help in attacking reporters and critics of the administration. At the same time, he virtually guaranteed that a federal agency that is supposed to improve the administration of elections will instead become a partisan battleground intended to help his political party. On Nov. 19, the White House issued a press release announcing that it was withdrawing the nomination of Myrna Perez, a lawyer at the Brennan Center, to be a commissioner on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). It instead nominated Matthew S....
  • Obama to hold year-end press conference

    12/18/2014 11:17:54 AM PST · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 18, 2014 | Justine Sink
    President Obama will hold a press conference Friday before departing on a 17-day Hawaiian winter vacation. "You can put on your calendar that the president will convene his traditional end-of-year news conference," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday. The White House said the event would likely come in the afternoon, although logistical details are still being ironed out. It will be Obama's first White House press conference since he addressed reporters a day after the November midterm elections. The president is likely to face questions on a range of issues, including his recently announced effort to normalize relations...
  • Navy nixes ‘global force for good’ slogan (VIDEO)

    12/18/2014 11:16:32 AM PST · by rktman · 45 replies
    guns.com ^ | 12/17/2014 | Jennifer Cruz
    After five years, the U.S. Navy has decided to do away with the “global force for good” slogan and replace it with something that hits a little closer to home.
  • Earnest: "I Wouldn't Rule Out A Visit From President Castro" (vid)

    12/18/2014 11:04:50 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 15 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 18, 2014 | Real Clear Politics
    From today's White House briefing... CNN's JIM ACOSTA: You're not ruling it out? EARNEST: I guess the point is that the president has had the leaders of both Burma and China to the United States and for that reason I wouldn't rule out a visit from President Castro.
  • What Allen West Called Jeb Bush Will Not Sit Well With the GOP Establishment

    12/18/2014 10:59:31 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 48 replies
    tpnn.com ^ | 12/18/14 | Matthew Burke
    Lt. Col. Allen West, reacting to Jeb Bush’s announcement on Tuesday that he’s seriously considering a 2016 presidential bid, used strong words to describe the politics of the former Republican Florida governor. Appearing on FOX News with Sean Hannity, West, referring to Bush running against Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton, said that match is the last thing the country needs, labeling Jeb Bush a “big government progressive.” “When you look at by the time we get to 2016, we’re going to have a country with $20 trillion in debt; we’re going to have a massive, bureaucratic, administrative, regulatory state, and the...
  • Burglars Regret Returning to This ‘Hood After Heat-Packing Alabama Couple Spoils Their Plans

    12/18/2014 10:43:01 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 12/16/14 | Victoria Taft
    How did this Alabama family handle it when they saw the people who broke into their house and stole their Christmas presents? They drew their pistols, followed the suspected bad guys and stopped them at gunpoint until police got there. On Sunday afternoon, Chris Wyatt and other family members were able to recognize the people who’d broken into their house on that Friday from home surveillance video. The burglars were apparently back in the neighborhood trying to ruin Christmas for a few more boys and girls. Once confronted, of course, the suspects had their own story. Chris Wyatt told WBRC...
  • Bill O’Reilly: Black people should wear “Don’t get pregnant at 14 T-shirts"

    12/18/2014 10:23:11 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 43 replies
    Salon ^ | Joanna Rothkopf
    On Wednesday evening’s edition of “The O’Reilly Factor,” Bill O’Reilly spoke with Martin Luther King III, a human rights activist and Martin Luther King Jr.’s oldest son, who discussed victimhood in the black community and learning to overcome setbacks and achieve success. O’Reilly was, expectedly, thrilled. “I don’t mind President Obama saying to LeBron James, ‘Look, I’m with you.’ And that’s what he did,” O’Reilly mused. “But he also has to provide some leadership in the sense of saying just what you said. Just exactly what you said. You know what, we fight the injustice and we realize it’s there,...
  • Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper: You’ll need the government to educate your children

    12/18/2014 10:19:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Redstate catches an unguarded moment with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper at a lunch earlier this week where he speaks extemporaneously and gives us a peek into what he believes the proper role of government to be. You might be surprised at just how little responsibility he feels you should take for yourself. Government should do what people individually canÂ’t do, or canÂ’t do well themselves. You know, educating our young people, [emphasis added] making sure our roads are designed and built properly, making sure our communities are safeÂ…that our economic system is robust, but at the same time fairÂ…that every...
  • Welcome To Belgistan - The New Muslim Capital Of Europe [Eurabia]

    12/18/2014 10:13:48 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 10 replies
    CBN ^ | 03/21/2012 | Kade Hawkins
    Islam in Europe...
  • Colleges: Women Have a Role to Play in Ending Rape. Feminine Modesty holds the key.

    12/18/2014 10:13:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/17/2014 | Erica Wanis
    Before circumstances and Providence brought me to a small, Christian liberal arts college in a sleepy northern Virginia town, I spent three years studying at the University of Illinois followed by a two year stint in the Army. Needless to say, I spent much of my early twenties participating in American party culture, and I'm lucky I made it through those years relatively unscathed. Looking back, I made a lot of foolish decisions. I put myself in a lot of compromising situations that could have easily taken a dark turn. What I have to say in the following paragraphs, then,...
  • Romney urges Sony Pictures: Fight back and release “The Interview” for free online

    12/18/2014 10:13:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    By gum, he sounds like presidential material to me. Your move, Jeb. .@SonyPictures don’t cave, fight: release @TheInterview free online globally. Ask viewers for voluntary $5 contribution to fight #Ebola.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) December 18, 2014 More than 13,000 retweets as I write this. Clearly there’s a demand for countermeasures among an American public that doesn’t like the idea of foreigners, especially savages like the Kim cabal, holding veto power over their culture. (Too bad China, Kim’s chief patron, already sort of does.) Am I right, though, in thinking that no major Republican pol aside from Romney has said anything...
  • This blogger praised Satanists for ‘supporting reproductive rights’

    12/18/2014 10:11:21 AM PST · by wagglebee · 10 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/18/14 | Ben Johnson
    p>If a pro-life website had said that the most vocal supporters of abortion-on-demand also have a soft spot for Satan, it would have become one of Right-Wing Watch's top tweets. But a left-wing website has posted an entry praising the devil's disciples for doing their part to thwart pro-life laws. In an article for the pro-abortion website Care2.com entitled “Four Ways Satanists are Improving the U.S. Government,” blogger Kevin Mathews wrote, “If there’s one religious group I’m really impressed with at this point, it’s the Satanists.”One of The Satanic Temple's four acts of faith that garnered Mathews' approval is “Supporting...
  • Army surveillance over Maryland: Giant blimps to begin three-year test

    12/18/2014 10:07:23 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 17, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    One of the U.S. Army’s giant surveillance blimps will rise to 10,000 feet above Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland on Friday for a three-year test. A second aircraft will begin testing in January. The Army’s Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS), which is built by Raytheon, will be tested for its ability to identify incoming enemy aircraft. “This will enable senior defense officials to support a determination whether to transition JLENS capabilities to an enduring mission at the conclusion of the three-year operational exercise,” the North American Aerospace Defense Command said in a statement on...
  • Crude Oil Is Rolling Over

    12/18/2014 10:06:12 AM PST · by blam · 38 replies
    BI ^ | 12-18-2014 | Myles Udland
    Myles Udland December 18, 2014Crude oil is starting to roll over. In late morning trade, West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures were giving up earlier gains and were down more than 1% on the day. WTI futures were down near $56 a barrel on Thursday, after briefly touching $59 a barrel earlier. On Wednesday, crude oil had a wild ride, spiking ahead of the Federal Reserve's announcement before giving up those gains. (snip)
  • LA To San Fran In 30 Minutes? Hyperloop CEO Says Speed Tube Could Become Reality

    12/18/2014 9:56:26 AM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 49 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | December 17, 2014
    PLAYA VISTA (CBSLA.com) — It takes about six hours to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco – depending on your speed – and more than an hour to fly. But in the future, the trip may take a matter of minutes. Designers of the speed tube called Hyperloop say they are one step closer to making that happen. Tesla founder Elon Musk says the technology is being developed with the help of about 25 UCLA graduate architecture students at a facility in Playa Vista. Hyperloop has teamed up with the students to create the tube technology, designed to connect...
  • Tucson police no longer enforcing Arizona's immigration status checks

    12/18/2014 9:48:19 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 22 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | December 18, 2014
    TUCSON, ARIZ. (AP) – Tucson police said Wednesday they will no longer fully enforce the state's landmark immigration law that requires local police to check the immigration status of people they encounter while enforcing other laws. Chief Roberto Villaseńor said his officers will now only check immigration status and call the U.S. Border Patrol when a person has prior serious felony convictions, poses a threat to national security or has gang affiliations. The criteria was set out for federal immigration authorities in an executive order issued last month by President Barack Obama intended to prioritize offenders for deportation.
  • ISRAEL MAKES NEW DISCOVERY OFF ITS COAST

    12/18/2014 9:47:29 AM PST · by thackney · 37 replies
    Natural Gas Europe ^ | December 18th, 2014 | Karen Ayat
    Israel made another discovery off its coast. The newly discovered field, Royee, may hold up to 3.2 Tcf of natural gas according to a statement made by the Israeli partners in the field Ratio and Israel Opportunity who hold respectively 70%, and 10% stakes. The remaining 20% of the field are held by Edison. Royee is located about 150 kilometers offshore Israel close to its maritime borders with Cyprus and Egypt. The field’s size is yet to be confirmed, but current estimates suggest it is the third largest field discovered to date in Israeli waters after the Leviathan discovered by...
  • Syrian rebel Yarmouk Brigades ditch US and Israel allies, defect to ISIS

    12/18/2014 9:43:15 AM PST · by Diogenesis · 38 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | December 17, 2014
    Syrian rebel Yarmouk Brigades ditch US and Israel allies, defect to ISIS The Syrian rebel militia Al Yarmouk Shuhada Brigades, backed and trained for two years by US officers, mostly CIA experts, in Jordan, and supported by the Israeli army, has abruptly dumped these sponsors and joined up with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, debkafile’s exclusive military and counter-terrorism sources reveal. The sudden defection of this 2,000-strong anti-Assad force leaves IDF defense formations on the Golan, US and Jordanian deployments in the northern part of the kingdom, and pro-Western rebel conquests in southern Syria in danger of collapse....
  • What Makes ex Mossad Chiefs and IDF Generals Run? [Isaiah 28]

    12/18/2014 9:40:52 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/18/2014 | Giulio Meotti
    Former Mossad chief, British-born Efraim Halevy, has released an interview to Israeli media asking Israel to commit suicide and withdraw to the pre-1967 "Auschwitz borders". He also attacked Naftali Bennett's plan for an arrangement with the Arabs. Halevy looks like one of the figures created by Peter Simple, the Daily Telegraph's cartoonist. Or like Mrs Dutt-Pauker, who in the '60s symbolized "the Hampstead liberal". Dutt-Pauker is a rich heiress living in Hampstead, in a villa known as "Marxmount House", where she collects a pair of false teeth belonging to Communist leader Bukharin, Ming vases and writings of Stalin. Mrs Dutt-Pauker...
  • U.S. Frees Last of the ‘Cuban Five,’ Part of a 1990s Spy Ring

    12/18/2014 9:38:59 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    NYT ^ | December 17, 2014 | By Frances Robles
    MIAMI — They were known as the Cuban Five, members of a spy ring that descended on South Florida in the 1990s and infiltrated exile groups and military installations. They, along with other members of the ring, tried to make themselves indispensable to the exile groups whose secrets they stole. One of the operatives worked at the Naval Air Station in Key West, while another worked undercover in Tampa. “They were very good,” said Ramón Saúl Sánchez, the founder of the Movimiento Democracia, one of the exile organizations that was infiltrated. “When you trust somebody who you honestly believe is...
  • Obama's Cuba 'lovefest': A real move to check Russia?

    12/18/2014 9:31:17 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 22 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | AARON KLEIN
    Some Republican and Democratic leaders, along with many of my colleagues in conservative talk radio were quick to criticize President Obama’s move on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties with Havana; they claimed it rewarded dictatorship and damaged America’s global posture and bargaining position. Missing in much of the national conversation is how this White House maneuver checks Russia’s growing influence in Cuba, where Moscow, in Cold War fashion, has been flexing its military and economic muscles just 90 miles from the US coast in an overt challenge to our national security. A clear-minded analysis of Obama's move may impart future...
  • Missouri bill would require father's permission for a woman to get an abortion

    12/18/2014 9:27:18 AM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    kansas city star ^ | 12/18/2014 | SUMMER BALLENTINE Associated Press
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. A bill filed this month would require pregnant women to get permission from the father before having an abortion except in cases of incest and what the Missouri Republican who sponsored the legislation called "legitimate rape." If passed, state Rep. Rick Brattin's bill would require women to obtain notarized written permission from the father to terminate a pregnancy. The mandate would be waived for rape and incest. An identical bill by the Harrisonville lawmaker died in committee last session. "Just like any rape, you have to report it, and you have to prove it," Brattin told Mother...
  • The Fed Continues to be Blind

    12/18/2014 9:23:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    The Fed made its much awaited FOMC Announcement. Pundits poring over the statement have generally concluded as does the Financial Times, that Fed Signals Tightening by Mid-2015. Why? Because the Fed dropped its forecast that it will keep low interest rates for a "considerable time". Now the Fed says it can be "patient" in judging when to start raising rates. The Financial Times claims the "new language is designed to reassure markets that rate rises are not imminent." If rate hikes are not imminent, what difference does the change make? Three Dissents Hawk: Richard Fisher objected because "improvement in the U.S....
  • District won't revise abortion content in textbook

    12/18/2014 9:23:07 AM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    timesunion.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | staff
    PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix-area school district will not edit a high school honors biology textbook to remove content to comply with a state law on abortion-related instructional material. The Gilbert Unified School District board agreed during a meeting Tuesday to find an alternative solution that does not involve redacting the textbook, the Arizona Republic reported (http://bit.ly/1z4FP7y ). Superintendent Christina Kishimoto had asked the board to reverse its request, saying editing the copyrighted book could open the district to legal issues. At issue is a chapter in the textbook, "Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections," that discusses abstinence, birth-control methods, tubal...
  • Paul: Trade With Cuba 'Probably a Good Idea'

    12/18/2014 9:19:23 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 29 replies
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | DEC 18, 2014, 11:54 A.M. E.S.T.
    WASHINGTON — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that starting to trade with Cuba "is probably a good idea" and that the lengthy economic embargo against the communist island "just hasn't worked." Paul became the first potential Republican presidential candidate to offer some support for President Barack Obama's decision to try to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba. The president's surprise announcement on Wednesday was slammed by several potential GOP candidates, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who said it amounted to appeasing the Castro regime. Paul said in a radio interview with Tom Roten of...