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  • Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear

    12/19/2014 1:49:17 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    AP ^ | December 18, 2014 | LAURA MILLS and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years. While he issued a litany of sharp rebukes against the West, Putin struck a conciliatory note on Ukraine, saying that the rebellious east should remain part of the country, backing a quick exchange of war prisoners and praising his Ukrainian counterpart. The mixture of blistering anti-Western rhetoric and constructive signals appeared to indicate that Putin is eager to negotiate a face-saving solution to the Ukrainian crisis, but has no...
  • Will Russian ruble collapse trigger a military coup against Vladimir Putin?

    12/19/2014 1:36:24 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    IBT ^ | 16 Dec 14 | Gianluca Mezzofiore
    Russia's shock-and-awe raise of interest rates from 10.5 to 17% has put the legitimacy and viability of president Vladimir Putin under serious strain, with the real danger of a military coup as the worst case scenario, according to a leading Kremlinologist. The central bank's desperate attempt to shore up support for the ruble, which has plummeted 50% on the year against the dollar, is unlikely to work beyond the short term. Russia's economy needs lower interest rates to boost growth, but its companies need higher interest rates to support the ruble. The 17% rates are likely to send Russia's spluttering...
  • Al-Sweady Inquiry: An exercise in greed that blights the lives of brave soldiers

    12/18/2014 11:57:24 PM PST · by dennisw
    UK independent | Dec 18th 2014
    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/alsweady-inquiry-an-exercise-in-greed-that-blights-the-lives-of-brave-soldiers-9931749.htmlmust go to link. Cannot post material from The UK IndependentAmbulance-chasing lawyers are harming the British military
  • Happy Clinton Impeachment Day 2014!!! Impeachment is Forever

    12/18/2014 11:12:40 PM PST · by kristinn · 18 replies
    Friday, December 19, 2014 | Kristinn
    It's been 16 years since President Bill Clinton was impeached. Free Republic played a key role. On October 31, 1998, Free Republic held the first online-organized national protest to call for Clinton's impeachment and removal from office. The rally was broadcast live on C-SPAN for over four hours. Speakers included a who's who of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. The rally can be viewed in its entirety online at C-SPAN As the Senate trial drew to a close in Feburary 1999, FReepers came together online to design and fund a full page ad in the Washington Times urging the Senate...
  • Family of Toddler Injured by SWAT 'Grenade' Faces $1M in Medical Bills

    12/18/2014 11:03:27 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 29 replies
    ABC News Via Yahoo! ^ | 12/18/14 | ALISON LYNN and MATT GUTMAN
    Alecia and Bounkham Phonesavanh never imagined their family would be at the center of a controversy over the militarization of police. But that’s exactly where they found themselves when their toddler was seriously injured by a SWAT team, also leaving them with a $1 million medical bill they have no hope of paying. “They messed up,” Alecia Phonesavanh told ABC News' "20/20." “They had a faulty search warrant. They raided the wrong house.” In the spring of 2014, the Phonesavanh’s home in Janesville, Wisconsin, was destroyed by fire. Homeless with four young children, they packed one of their last remaining...
  • Detroit bouncing back from bankruptcy

    12/18/2014 10:20:33 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 17DEC2014 | Bianna Golodryga
    It was the city on the verge of collapse, perhaps the ultimate example of how a one-time metropolis turned into a sad memory. For the past four decades or so, Detroit, once a mecca for immigrants and the heart of America's industrial revolution, not to mention pop culture, turned into a virtual ghost town. Businesses shut their doors and residents fled by the masses, from a peak of 1.8 million to around 700,000 today. The rapid decline of the auto industry, which the city once so proudly called its lifeline, unearthed a catastrophic failure. One of the nation's major cities...
  • ISIS Terrorists Run for Their Lives When They Meet Real Soldiers for 1st Time – U.S. Special Forces

    12/18/2014 9:49:45 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 79 replies
    IJReview ^ | 12-18-2014 | Joseph Perticone
    American troops just had their first real battle with Islamic State militants, after the terror group attempted to overrun Ein al-Asad base in Iraq in the middle of the night Sunday, the Kurdish news outlet Shafaq News reports. The U.S. troops absolutely decimated the militants, forcing a quick retreat. The counterattack was conducted in a joint operation with local tribal forces. The attack occurred at Ein al-Asad base, which currently hosts nearly 100 U.S. military “advisers.” The U.S. troops engaged the militants in tandem with F-18 fighter jets, who provided air support. The battle lasted approximately two hours after an...
  • Pregnant Sydney siege hostage... tribute to Katrina Dawson who shielded her from gunfire

    12/18/2014 9:46:12 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 19th December 2014 | Ashlee Mullany
    A PREGNANT woman held hostage in the Sydney siege has remembered her close friend Katrina Dawson as “the most wonderful person I have ever met”. Julie Taylor was held captive for almost 17 hours inside the Lindt cafe, alongside her work colleague Ms Dawson, who reportedly shielded her from gunfire in the final dramatic moments of the siege. “Her bravery and strength was, and continues to be, a comfort and inspiration for me,” Ms Taylor said in a statement today. “She invested every moment of her life in her friends and family, and will be greatly missed by everyone who...
  • Bill Cosby protesters plan to disrupt Hamilton show

    12/18/2014 9:26:00 PM PST · by SteveH · 24 replies
    cbc news ^ | dec. 18, 2014 | kelly bennett
    A Hamilton writer is recruiting people to buy tickets to comedian Bill Cosby's upcoming performance in the city so they can disrupt the show inside the theatre. Anne Bokma said "the numbers are growing every day" of people planning to join her for a non-violent protest during Cosby's Jan. 9 show at Hamilton Place Theatre. Bokma said she's been contacted through her website by both people who want to join her by buying $90 tickets, and people who have tickets to the show who don't want to go anymore and are unable to get refunds. They're giving Bokma their tickets...
  • Riot police arrest man (of middle Eastern appearance) at Auburn Tennis Club (Sydney)

    12/18/2014 9:24:44 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 19th December 2014
    ABOUT 20 police, half a dozen in riot gear, have descended on the Auburn Tennis Club in Sydney, arresting a man of Middle Eastern appearance. Moments before the arrest three police vehicles were outside the business premises of Amin Khademi, a former business partner of Sydney siege gunman Haron Monis, in South Granville.
  • Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Females, 1995–2013

    12/18/2014 8:56:07 PM PST · by fkabuckeyesrule · 4 replies
    US Dept Justice ^ | December 2014 | Sofi Sinozich & Lynn Langton
    For the period 1995–2013, females ages 18 to 24 had the highest rate of rape and sexual assault victimizations compared to females in all other age groups. Within the 18 to 24 age group, victims could be identified as students enrolled in a college, university, trade school or vocational school or as nonstudents. Among student victims, 20% of rape and sexual assault victimizations were reported to police, compared to 32% reported among nonstudent victims ages 18 to 24.
  • Chinese Firm Buys Los Angeles Airport Marriott For $160 million

    12/18/2014 8:52:39 PM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 18, 2014 | ROGER VINCENT
    Chinese Firm Buys Los Angeles Airport Marriott For $160 million The Los Angeles Airport Marriott, which sold for $160 million, has 1,004 rooms in 18 stories. The buyer is expected to make about $35 million worth of improvements. (Asia Pacific Capital Co.) By ROGER VINCENT The Airport Marriott is one of the largest hotels in Los Angeles County XLD Group also bought the 487-room Torrance Marriott South Bay hotel from DiamondRock late last year A Chinese real estate developer has purchased the vast Los Angeles Airport Marriott for $160 million and vowed to make substantial improvements. It was the largest...
  • EU Court Rules That Fatness 'Can Constitute A Disability’

    12/18/2014 8:33:32 PM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | December 18, 2014 | Bruno Waterfield
    EU Court Rules That Fatness 'Can Constitute A Disability’ EU court ruling means that British bosses will be required to treat obese workers as "disabled" providing them with larger seats, special parking spaces and other facilities The judgment means British companies will be required to treat obese workers as "disabled", providing them with larger seats, special parking spaces and other facilities Photo: PA By Bruno Waterfield 18 Dec 2014 Fatness "can constitute a disability" for the purposes of European Union equality at work legislation, Europe's highest court has ruled. The judgment means British companies will be required to treat obese...
  • School Takes Away Blind Boy's Cane as Punishment for Acting Up

    12/18/2014 8:26:01 PM PST · by Steelfish · 37 replies
    ABCNews ^ | December 18, 2014 | SYDNEY LUPKIN
    School Takes Away Blind Boy's Cane as Punishment for Acting Up Dec 18, 2014 By SYDNEY LUPKIN PHOTO: 8-year-old Dakota Nafzinger, who was born without eyes, had his cane taken away and replaced with a pool noodle by the North Kansas City School District on Dec. 15, 2014. A school took away an 8-year-old blind boy's cane as punishment for acting up and replaced it with a pool noodle, his father told ABC News today. Dakota Nafzinger, who was born with no eyes, was listening to his music on the school bus when the driver took it away from him,...
  • Tim Tebow Just Announced Incredibly Exciting News

    12/18/2014 8:13:01 PM PST · by xzins · 17 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 18 Dec 14 | Derryck Green
    “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.” -Matthew 7:18 As if people needed another reason to like and support Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow. His foundation- The Tim Tebow Foundation, has announced its intentions of opening the Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao City, Philippines, which will focus on serving children suffering from orthopedic needs who can’t afford treatment or corrective procedures. The hospital is the culmination of a partnership between Tebow’s organization and CURE International, a non-profit “that operates charitable hospitals and programs in 30 countries worldwide where...
  • DIA: North Korea Planned Attacks on US Nuclear Plants

    12/18/2014 8:11:16 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 40 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Dec 18, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Five commando units trained for strikes, sabotage North Korea dispatched covert commando teams to the United States in the 1990s to attack nuclear power plants and major cities in a conflict, according to a declassified Defense Intelligence Agency report. The DIA report, dated Sept. 13, 2004, reveals that five units of covert commandos were trained for the attacks inside the country. According to the report, the “Reconnaissance Bureau, North Korea, had agents in place to attack American nuclear power plants.” The document states that the North Korean Ministry of People’s Armed Forces, the ministry in charge of the military, “established...
  • An Economic Indicator That Predicted The Last 7 Recessions Predicts No Recession Any Time Soon

    12/18/2014 8:03:43 PM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    BI - Guggenheim Partners ^ | 12-18-2014 | Scott Minerd
    Scott Minerd, Guggenheim Partners December 18, 2014 Plunging oil markets and faltering growth expectations around the world have raised fears about the sustainability of the current U.S. economic expansion. The economic data, though, suggest that these fears are largely unfounded. The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index, which is made up of 10 forward-looking economic and financial indicators, has not fallen since January and has been gaining momentum throughout the year. (snip)
  • One ISIS Thug Suspected of Killing 150 Girls, Women

    12/18/2014 7:52:29 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-18-2014 | Nadiah Sarsour
    Nadiah Sarsour December 17, 2014 FoxNews.comOne Islamic State militant is alone responsible for killing 150 women, including pregnant women and young teenagers, because they refused to marry members of the barbaric militant army, according to Iraqi officials. Abu Anas Al-Libi is suspected of mercilessly gunning down the women,most of whom were Yazidi, because they refused to enter into sham temporary marriages with Islamic State fighters simply to have sex in what the terrorists believe to be a Koranic loophole. “Abu Anas Al-Libi killed more than 150 women and girls, some of whom were pregnant after refusing to accept Jihad marriage,”...
  • Eight children reportedly stabbed to death at Cairns property (Australia)

    12/18/2014 7:51:07 PM PST · by traumer · 38 replies
    Eight children have been found stabbed to death at a house in Cairns, Australia. The children are reportedly aged between 18 months and 14. Police were called to a property in the suburb of Manoora following reports of a woman with serious injuries. During the search of the house the bodies of the children were discovered. A statement from Queensland Police said: "The woman, believed to be aged in her 30s, is receiving treatment for her injuries and is currently assisting police with their investigations."
  • Bill Cosby used a 'friend' to court wife of Incredible Hulk star Lou Ferrigno and then set her up

    12/18/2014 7:42:42 PM PST · by SteveH · 37 replies
    uk daily mail ^ | 12/19/2014 | lycia naff
    'He told me 'probably to the bathroom'. 'Things really seemed odder now. We kept playing. Bill beat me. And just as I was ready to put the pool cue down he came forward at me. I thought he was reaching for the pool cue. But he came at me and grabbed me in such a powerful way. Grabbing me. I had never been treated so roughly and he pulled me hard to him, so hard. 'He was much bigger than me. Much bigger and he pulled me so hard and so rough. I had never been treated so roughly and...
  • Cairns: Eight children found dead at property (Australia)

    12/18/2014 7:39:17 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    The Australian ^ | 19th December 2014
    EIGHT children have been stabbed to death at a house in north Queensland. The Queenlsand Police Service have released a statement regarding the incident. Police were called to the Murray Street residence in Manoora around 11.20am following reports of a woman with serious injuries. During an examination of the residence police located the bodies of the children, all aged between 18 months and 15 years. The woman, believed to be aged in her 30s, is receiving treatment for her injuries and is currently assisting police with their investigations.
  • Readying immigrants on a grand scale to take driver’s test

    12/18/2014 7:21:24 PM PST · by rey · 16 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | December 18, 2014 | ELOÍSA RUANO GONZÁLEZ AND MARTIN ESPINOZA
    Pencils moved quickly as roughly 20 undocumented immigrants raced to identify eight road signs drawn on a white board during a driver education class held at the Graton Day Labor Center earlier this week. While most were familiar with the signs warning of merging lanes or forbidding U-turns, the 10 questions that class instructor Jo Anne Cohn read out loud stumped them. “This is difficult for a lot of people,” Cohn said in Spanish to her students. She encouraged them to continue studying to avoid failing the test and having to go back to the Department of Motor Vehicles. “If...
  • Swedish MP Says Jews Aren’t True Swedes, Causes Outrage

    12/18/2014 7:10:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    INN ^ | 12/19/2014, 4:12 AM | Elad Benari
    The deputy speaker of the Swedish parliament caused an outrage by suggesting that Jews living in Sweden should ditch their identity if they wish to be considered Swedes. The claim by Bjorn Soder, of the Sweden Democrats party, was made in an interview with a Swedish newspaper, according to the International Business Times. In the interview, Soder said that "most Jewish people in Sweden left behind" their racial identity in order to assimilate. He further said that it would be a problem if there were too many people in Sweden “who belong to other nations” and had non-Swedish identities. Paying...
  • Christian Enclave In India Fears Violence As Hindus Press For Conversions [Hindu Terror!]

    12/18/2014 7:06:53 PM PST · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 18, 2014
    Christian Enclave In India Fears Violence As Hindus Press For Conversions A resident surveys the damage after a fire inside St. Sebastian Church in New Delhi on Dec. 2. Hundreds of Christians took to the streets to protest what they said was a deliberate attack. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images) By Annie Gowen December 18 at 3:30 AM ALIGARH, India — The trouble started a few months ago, when Hindu nationalists swept into a small village where several families had converted to Christianity more than a decade earlier. They held a fire purification ceremony with the villagers, tore a cross off the...
  • The Unbreakable Laura Hillenbrand

    12/18/2014 7:04:32 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 18, 2014 | WIL S. HYLTON
    ...Bill Darron drove down the alley behind Laura Hillenbrand’s house (with) a Norden bombsight. Since 1987, Hillenbrand has been sick with chronic fatigue syndrome, which has mostly confined her indoors for the last quarter century. When she explained this to Darron, he agreed to bring the Norden from New Jersey on his next visit to Washington. Now, as he made the final calibrations, Hillenbrand returned to the room, and he offered her a brief tutorial. He showed her how to position herself above the monocular eyepiece, guide the cross hairs toward a target on the map, then lock the sight...
  • Delaney favors toll lanes for Interstate 270

    12/18/2014 7:02:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Gazette ^ | December 18, 2014 | Ryan Marshall
    U.S. Rep. John K. Delaney said Thursday that toll lanes might be needed to ease traffic and congestion on Interstate 270, a corridor vital to the future of Montgomery and Frederick counties. Leaders in the region must make sure the highway operates as efficiently as possible, Delaney (D-Dist. 6) of Potomac told legislators and business leaders from the two counties Thursday in Frederick at a meeting on the I-270 corridor. Del. Michael Hough (D) of Brunswick, an incoming state senator from District 4, said Virginia has done a good job of combining ideas such as high-occupancy toll lanes and private...
  • Ex-'Sons of Guns' star Will Hayden indicted on rape charges

    12/18/2014 6:57:53 PM PST · by South40 · 60 replies
    FoxNews (MSN) ^ | 18 DEC 2014
    Former “Sons of Guns” star Will Hayden was indicted on Wednesday in East Baton Rouge Parish on three counts of rape, according to The Times-Picayune. The 49-year-old former reality star was memorably charged with aggravated rape and forcible rape back in September after he was accused of raping his daughter almost daily beginning when she was 11 years old.
  • CAPTION THIS: OBAMA WITH CUBAN CIGAR (Vanity: Humor)

    12/18/2014 6:51:50 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 35 replies
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  • Rand Paul Breaks With Rubio and Bush Over Cuba

    12/18/2014 6:21:36 PM PST · by Steelfish · 58 replies
    NBCNews ^ | December 18, 2014
    Rand Paul Breaks With Rubio and Bush Over Cuba Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is the latest potential presidential candidate to weigh in on policy changes to Cuba and the libertarian leaning Republican's position splits from other Republicans who are also considering a presidential run. Paul told Tom Roten of News Talk 800 in West Virginia that the 50-year embargo "just hasn't worked" and normalizing relations with the island nation is "probably a good idea." "If the goal is regime change, it sure doesn't seem to be working and probably it punishes the people more than the regime because the regime...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 19 December 2014

    12/18/2014 5:57:25 PM PST · by beachn4fun · 71 replies
    December 18, 2014 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe Come on in, we're open Need a place just to hang out? This is it. We serve coffee, tea, conversation and music. and even cocoa.Got that shopping done?Got presents wrapped?Decorations done? No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a drink and start a conversation. You never know who you might meet in the Cafe. Glad you could join us. Enjoy your stay....
  • No protests over Nebraska State Capitol Nativity scene; is a Festivus pole on the way?

    12/18/2014 5:37:22 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies
    Omaha.com ^ | 12.18.14 | Paul Hammel
    LINCOLN — Christmas carols and prayers — and no protests or obvious objections — marked possibly the first-ever Nativity scene at the State Capitol on Thursday.  The small display, a cedar manger about 6 feet across and 4 feet high, was made possible by a Catholic-associated attorneys association that is seeking to place Nativity scenes in state capitols and other public places across the country. "We want to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas," said Omaha attorney Christine Delgado, who heads the Omaha branch of the Thomas More Society.  While Nebraska’s display hasn't been controversial so far, efforts to...
  • Obama gives the Castro regime in Cuba an undeserved bailout

    12/18/2014 5:23:00 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 17, 2014 | By Editorial Board
    IN RECENT months, the outlook for the Castro regime in Cuba was growing steadily darker. The modest reforms it adopted in recent years to improve abysmal economic conditions had stalled, due to the regime’s refusal to allow Cubans greater freedoms. Worse, the accelerating economic collapse of Venezuela meant that the huge subsidies that have kept the Castros afloat for the past decade were in peril. A growing number of Cubans were demanding basic human rights, such as freedom of speech and assembly. On Wednesday, the Castros suddenly obtained a comprehensive bailout — from the Obama administration. President Obama granted the...
  • Is the Sony Capitulation the "Munich" of 21st Century?

    12/18/2014 5:22:39 PM PST · by beebuster2000 · 10 replies
    own brain | dec 18, 2014 | beebuster2000
    Just as Muncih signaled a psycho of 70 years ago that he would face little opposition from weak democracies, did the USA and Sony just signal the worlds terrorists, rogue nations and hackers that they could destroy US business and infrastructure at will, and face no consequences?
  • Magazine Admits Changing Title on Michigan Professor's Column (It's OK to Hate Republicans)

    12/18/2014 5:21:58 PM PST · by lbryce · 29 replies
    Fox ^ | December 18, 2014 | Staff
    A magazine that published a column by a University of Michigan professor titled "It's Okay to Hate Republicans" said late Thursday that it had crafted that headline without her knowledge and had swapped it for the original one, "We Can't All Just Get Along." In These Times also said in an Editor's Note that after the professor protested, saying the new title was not representative of her piece or its main points, it had restored the original one and had "also removed from the Comments section all threats to the author's life and personal safety."
  • Sister Wendy and the Art of the Gospel (Youtube videos - Beautiful stuff at Christmas)

    12/18/2014 5:16:27 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 8 replies
    This was recommended by a friend. Absolutely wonderful and perfect for Christmas. I sent it to all my friends... Sister Wendy – Art of the Gospel #1 Sister Wendy – Art of the Gospel #2 Sister Wendy – Art of the Gospel #3Sister Wendy - Art of the Gospel #4
  • Bill Clinton tells Republicans that he's not stepping down (Anniversary of Impeachment)

    12/18/2014 5:05:28 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 28 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/18/2014 | Kenneth R. Bazinet and Thomas DeFrank.)
    WASHINGTON Defiant but red-eyed, President Clinton yesterday vowed "I will never step aside," throwing down the gauntlet to Republicans who impeached him. After meeting House Democrats in the White House's East Room, Clinton marched the entourage to a pep rally on the South Lawn, saying he intends to do the nation's business "until the last hour of the last day of my term."
  • American troops battle ISIS for first time as they see off attempted attack by militants...

    12/18/2014 5:03:12 PM PST · by PROCON · 36 replies
    dailymil.co.uk ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | Corey Charlton
    Islamic State militants attempted to overrun Ein al-Asad base on Sunday US support troops and advisers killed an unknown number of the militants The troops were supported during the battle by F18 fighter jets ISIS forced to retreat after suffering casualties during two hour firefightA number of militants have been killed in Islamic State's very first battle with U.S. ground troops after the extremists attempted to overrun an Iraqi military base. The militants attacked Ein al-Asad military base on Sunday where more than 100 U.S. military support troops are based. Despite launching the surprise attack just after midnight, ISIS's offensive...
  • How White Entitlement marred my Trip to a Ferguson Teach-in

    12/18/2014 4:54:08 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 111 replies
    Salon ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Brittney Cooper
    On Friday, I was on the train to New York to do a teach-in on Ferguson at NYU. Beats headphones on, lost in thought, peering out the window, I suddenly saw a white hand shoving my work carry-on toward me. Startled, I looked up to see the hand belonged to a white guy, who was haphazardly handling my open bag, with my laptop perched just inside to make space for himself on the seat next to me. That he wanted the seat on the now full train was not the problem. That he assumed the prerogative to place his hands...
  • Kim Jong-un to Host 87th Annual Oscars

    12/18/2014 4:47:23 PM PST · by inkling · 19 replies
    Ricochet.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jon Gabriel
    HOLLYWOOD (KCNA) — The Revolutionary Artists Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scientists are happy to announce that His Excellency Kim Jong-un will host the 87th annual Academy Awards. This will be the first time a supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has led the ceremony, but it most certainly will not be the last. “All peoples celebrate Dear Leader’s most humble decision to host the Oscars,” said Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton. “We have witnessed his strength and honor from afar and welcome the divine opportunity to explode our love in...
  • Chinese restaurant targeted by Harvard professor 'humbled' by show of support

    12/18/2014 4:38:07 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 26 replies
    The owners of Sichuan Garden –the Boston-area Chinese restaurant targeted by a Harvard professor who launched an email-tirade at the eatery for a $4 overcharge—say they are humbled by the overwhelming show of support by the public. Xing Yan Zhang, manager of Sichuan Garden in Brookline, Massachusetts, told FoxNews.com that "a lot people are coming in to show their support. We are humbled." Ran Duan, whose family runs Sichuan Garden and who is also an accomplished bartender, released a statement Wednesday evening detailing how they've been inundated with offers of help from around the world, including free website services, legal...
  • THE INTERVIEW vs. Benghazi YouTube: White House Reactions (VANITY)

    12/18/2014 4:37:17 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 4 replies
    I seem to remember Obama & Company lamenting our First Amendment and calling the offensive to Muslims YouTube video terrible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSooz2wXpes North Koreans are insulted, "Go to the movies." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQKJBHP8mY4
  • Young immigrants allowed to get driver’s licenses

    12/18/2014 4:32:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2014 5:19 PM EST | Jacques Billeaud
    A judge cleared the way Thursday for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona who are protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy to get driver’s licenses. The preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge David Campbell bars the state from enforcing Gov. Jan Brewer’s policy of denying the licenses to about 20,000 immigrants. The injunction that takes effect on Monday was a formality that carries out instructions issued in July by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. …
  • NSA Worm Holes responsible fore Sony Hack?

    12/18/2014 4:30:36 PM PST · by Falcon4.0 · 7 replies
    Was the Sony Hack a result of Foreign Governments exploiting the Worn Holes that the CIA placed in our computer to spy on Americans? Foreign Governments have always stolen US Government technology. Are the "Cyber Sleuth" worm holes the new Manhattan secrets?
  • Obama: I’m Jewish ‘in my soul’

    12/18/2014 4:26:22 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 85 replies
    Jewish Journal ^ | 12/18/2014 | David Suissa
    "What will you tell the President when you see him?" was my daughter Eva's first reaction when I told her I'd been invited to the White House Channukah party (Actually, it was her second reaction. Her first was, "Take me!"). Kids are innocent that way. They don't realize that when you have over a hundred people crowding the leader of the free world, it's not so easy to get in a word edgewise. But I got lucky. It's not what I told the President that mattered, it's what I heard him say when few people were paying attention. After the...
  • US announces protections for transgender workers

    12/18/2014 4:25:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2014 6:20 PM EST
    The Justice Department is now interpreting federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender people, according to a memo released Thursday by Attorney General Eric Holder. That means the Justice Department will be able to bring legal claims on behalf of people who say they’ve been discriminated against by state and local public employers based on sex identity. In defending lawsuits, the federal government also will no longer take the position that Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act, which bans sex discrimination, does not protect against workplace discrimination on the basis of gender status. …
  • Obama creates task force on policing, orders recommendations by March 2

    12/18/2014 4:23:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 18, 2014 | Ben Wolfgang
    President Obama on Thursday signed an executive order officially creating a “Task Force on 21st Century Policing,” a high-level group that will report directly to the president with recommendations on how to strengthen ties between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Mr. Obama first announced the task earlier this month on the heels of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City, where the deaths of black men at the hands of police officers further fractured ties between police departments and citizens. The task force will be chaired by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Laurie Robinson, a professor...
  • Obama Grants Clemency For Drug Offenders, Including Four Who Were Set To Die Behind Bars

    12/18/2014 4:08:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | December 18, 2014 | Ryan J. Reilly
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal drug defendants on Wednesday, including four who were set to die in federal prison, as part of a new initiative to reduce harsh sentences for nonviolent crimes. Sidney Earl Johnson, Jr., Rickey Marcell McCall, Larry Nailor and Israel Abel Torres had received life sentences and were going to die behind bars. But now Obama has commuted their sentences and those of four others who were convicted of drug crimes, and all eight inmates will be released in 2015. Obama has taken heat for not making full use of his clemency and...
  • New rules protect transgender workers against discrimination

    12/18/2014 4:05:43 PM PST · by PROCON · 18 replies
    thehill.com ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    Transgender employees will be protected from workplace discrimination in the public sector, the Department of Justice announced Thursday. Previously, workplace discrimination laws in the public sector excluded discrimination on the basis of a person’s gender identity, the Justice Department noted. But Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the federal government’s views on this issue have “evolved over time.”"I have determined that the best reading of Title VII's prohibition of sex discrimination is that it encompasses discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status,” Holder wrote in a memo to DOJ officials. Public sector workers who are gay are already...
  • TEAM COSBY’S MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

    12/18/2014 3:51:04 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 11 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 12/18/14 | Lloyd Grove
    “I’ve been in contact with Cosby’s team for about three and a half weeks and I got the feeling that there was a lot of internal turmoil,” said Stacy Brown, the freelancer who got the brief exclusive interview with the comedian, simply by dialing his home number in Massachusetts, and wrote it for the New York Post. “When you talk to them, you get the distinct impression that there are some who really wanted him to talk and other people who were adamantly opposed to him talking to the media. It just seems like there’s this huge war going on...