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  • First cougar seen in Kentucky since the Civil War is promptly shot dead

    12/19/2014 5:41:58 AM PST · by Scoutmaster
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | December 18, 2014 | Josh Gardner
    A Fish and Wildlife official near Paris, Kentucky responded to the call about a young male mountain lion in a tree and though it best to 'dispatch it.' Once native to the state, cougars have not been spotted there since before the Civil War. An agency spokesman said, 'it seemed to be in very healthy condition' and that shooting it was the proper course of action An examination of a mountain lion killed by a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife official has found that it was a 125-pound male that appeared to be young and healthy.[CLIP]
  • CBS poll showing health-care cost pressures increasing on Americans

    12/19/2014 5:38:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s been almost five years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act and its promise to “bend the cost curve downward” for Americans and their health care. More than five years have passed since the technical start of the recovery and the Obama administration’s bragging about jobs and economic expansion. The two combined should produce noticeable improvement in the lives of Americans, yes? According to the latest CBS News poll, no (via Jeff Dunetz): Fifty-two percent of Americans say they find basic medical care affordable, but that’s down from 61 percent last December. Today, for 46 percent of...
  • The Conservative Case For Normalizing Relations With Cuba

    12/19/2014 5:33:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/18/2014 | Tom Nichols
    Okay, everyone. Calm down. There are a lot of reasons to be worried about the presidents decision to normalize relations with Cuba. Not least among them is that this is the least-adept foreign policy team in post-Cold War history (yes, I include the Carter and Bush 43 White Houses in that evaluation), and after six years of being taken to the cleaners by bad regimes, it feels like its happening again. It also looks too much like a quid pro quo for the release of an imprisoned American. And its being rationalized by the president himself in terms that show...
  • Wyoming lawmakers back bill to promote coal exports

    12/19/2014 5:27:35 AM PST · by thackney
    Casper Star-Tribune ^ | 12/18/2014 | BENJAMIN STORROW
    Wyoming could help finance the construction of a coal export dock in the Pacific Northwest, according to the executive director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority. Loyd Drain said he had a "serious" conversation with an unidentified party in the past six months about the possibility of financing a coal port. His comments come as state lawmakers ready a bill that would boost the WIA's borrowing authority to $3 billion and allow the agency to work on projects outside Wyoming. "If our ability to provide the financing for a facility is the catalyst to get the dang thing built, then well...
  • Graham and Schumer: U.S. must veto any U.N. resolution imposing terms on Israel

    12/19/2014 5:17:45 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12-18-14 | Jennifer Rubin
    The Jerusalem Post reports: Secretary of State John Kerry would not guarantee the US will veto unilateral Palestinian actions at the United Nations, speaking to reporters on Tuesday. Weve made no determinations about language, approaches, specific resolutions, any of that, the secretary told the press in London. This isnt the time to detail private conversations. or speculate on a UN Security Council resolution that hasnt even been tabled. Tabled yet or not, Jordan and France have publicly declared their intentions to move forward with resolutions that would set a UN-mandated timeline for Israels withdrawal from the West Bank, without approval...
  • Jews afraid to bury kin at Mount of Olives

    12/19/2014 5:08:57 AM PST · by SJackson · 1 replies
    YNet ^ | 12.18.14 | Itamar Eichner
    Heightened tensions in Jerusalem causes concern about interment in ancient cemetery; organization seeks president's help. Mount of Olives Cemetery in Jerusalem is one of the most ancient Jewish burial grounds in the world, not far from the Temple Mount, but recently some Jews have not wanted to bury relatives there. The security situation, Palestinian vandalism, and stone throwing along the routes leading to the mountain have contributed to the decline. Leaders from the "Chevra Kadisha" organization in Jerusalem met with President Reuven Rivlin, whose parents are both buried at the Mount of Olives, and requested his help to encourage the...
  • EIA, Analyst: US Crude Production Strong, Despite Rig Count Decline

    12/19/2014 5:05:37 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | December 18, 2014 | Gene Lockard
    Rig counts have trended lower in recent weeks, and the drop is right on schedule, according to online economic blog Zero Hedge. There is a lag time of about four to six months before initial declines in crude oil prices lead to a reduction in rig counts, and its been about that long since crude oil prices began sliding last summer. But while analysts acknowledge the reduction in rigs, they say production levels will continue to grow, though not as quickly. There can be a reduction of as much as 10 to 25 percent in the number of wells without...
  • TransCanada CEO says it's not easy, but oil business is 'resilient'

    12/19/2014 5:02:56 AM PST · by thackney
    CTV News ^ | December 18, 2014 | Lauren Krugel
    The CEO of TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) says he doesn't see the oil industry's appetite for new pipelines faltering even though crude prices have skidded to the lowest point in more than five-years. In an interview in his downtown Calgary office, Russ Girling said he's seen ups and downs far more drastic over his career and expects the oilpatch will come out of the latest downturn in reasonably good shape. "There's a tremendous need to build irrespective of the price of the commodity right now," Girling said. "We're being pressed to get these facilities online as quickly as we possibly can."...
  • The Sony Hack Was An Act of War, Not A Crime

    12/19/2014 5:02:07 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/18/2014 | IBD Staff
    Cyberwar: Like a bomb detonating in slow motion, the scale and destructiveness of the Sony hack has only now become fully apparent. Telling Americans to go to the movies doesn't cut it as a government response. At first, it seemed as if Sony was the latest victim of hackers who delight in stealing confidential information and sending it along to WikiLeaks. The hackers called themselves "Guardians of Peace" and claimed, "We want equality. Sony doesn't." Sony initially labeled the event as "an IT matter." For a while, the hack seemed to threaten only the reputations of some Hollywood big shots,...
  • The Conventional Wisdom On Oil Is Always Wrong

    12/19/2014 4:54:53 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    538 Economics ^ | DEC 18, 2014 | BEN CASSELMAN
    In 2008, I moved to Dallas to cover the oil industry for The Wall Street Journal. Like any reporter on a new beat, I spent months talking to as many experts as I could. They didnt agree on much. Would oil prices then over $100 a barrel for the first time keep rising? Would post-Saddam Iraq ever return to the ranks of the worlds great oil producers? Would China overtake the U.S. as the worlds top consumer? A dozen experts gave me a dozen different answers. But there was one thing pretty much everyone agreed on: U.S. oil...
  • US appeals court deems gun law unconstitutional

    12/19/2014 4:50:53 AM PST · by Zakeet · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 19, 2014
    A federal appeals court in Cincinnati deemed a law unconstitutional that kept a Michigan man who was committed to a mental institution from owning a gun. The three-judge panel of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that a federal ban on gun ownership for those who have been committed to a mental institution violated the Second Amendment rights of 73-year-old Clifford Charles Tyler. Tyler attempted to buy a gun and was denied on the grounds that he had been committed to a mental institution in 1986 after suffering emotional problems stemming from a divorce. He was only...
  • Defend Cancer Against the Jews!

    12/19/2014 4:50:18 AM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | December 19, 2014 | Andrew Klavan
    In this special episode, our host sides with the under-privileged victim of the Israeli occupation of science Cancer! See the video and transcript below: TRANSCRIPT: Im Andrew Klavan and this is the Revolting Truth. Today a disturbing story from across the sea. International news sources are reporting that Israeli scientists have been plotting to kill cancer. Thats right, sinister Jewish researchers who are Jewish have unleashed several new and deadly weapons in their insidious war against cancer. Theyve developed a revolutionary new protein that could cause cancer cells to destroy themselves in what can only be described as a...
  • Don't expect a Cuban oil bonanza

    12/19/2014 4:48:35 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/17/14 | MATT DAILY and ELANA SCHOR
    More U.S. travelers may soon start flocking to Cuba, but dont expect oil executives to follow them. Cuba is believed to hold sizable oil and gas resources off its northwest coast, in the eastern Gulf of Mexico raising speculation that the Communist nation could become an attractive target for energy companies if Wednesdays diplomatic thaw eventually leads to the end of the five-decade-old U.S. trade embargo. But exploration by Brazilian, Malaysian and Spanish companies in the past few years has failed to produce any gushers and the current worldwide glut of cheap oil is not going to encourage...
  • June Trial Set in Yee Corruption Case (shoulder fired missiles)

    12/19/2014 3:53:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | 12/18/14 | MARIA DINZEO
    SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Suspended California state Sen. Leland Yee could face a jury as early as June for charges of political corruption and conspiracy to import guns. At a scheduling conference on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said Yee will be tried along with his political consultant Keith Jackson, who also faces drug and murder-for-hire charges. Breyer said those charges will be tried separately, but lawyers for the defendants, including Yee's lawyer James Lassart, were not satisfied. "The firearms charges are going to be extremely prejudicial. The government has acquired 50 to 70 different firearms that, undoubtedly to...
  • Pelosi laments end of 'Colbert Report' ("The Nation mourns")

    12/19/2014 3:28:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/18/14 | Judy Kurtz
    Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is lamenting the end of The Colbert Report, saying its a loss for truthiness advocates across America. The Comedy Central series ends its run Thursday night. Host Stephen Colbert is poised to take the reins at CBSs The Late Show, when David Letterman retires next year. The House minority leader appeared in a sketch earlier this month with Colbert, who plays a faux cable news host on the show. Pelosi stretched her acting muscles as a wheelie-popping bike cop who preached safety to Colbert and Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.).
  • The West Should Not Let Russia Fall Apart

    12/19/2014 3:23:15 AM PST · by edpc · 9 replies
    Fortune ^ | 18 Dec 2014 | Cyrus Sinati
    The West shouldnt stoke the fires engulfing Russias wounded economy. Talk in Washington and Brussels this week of levying further economic sanctions on Russia seems counterproductive and will only make matters worse for all parties involved. Like it or not, Russias economy has grown simply too big to fail, and its political and military might is too dangerous to ignore. The West might have better luck in advancing its goals in the region by helping, not hurting, the Russian bear in its time of need.
  • Happy Clinton Impeachment Day 2014!!! Impeachment is Forever

    12/18/2014 11:12:40 PM PST · by kristinn · 32 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...
  • Detroit bouncing back from bankruptcy

    12/18/2014 10:20:33 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 38 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 · 110 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 · 7 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 · 30 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 · 10 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.
  • Chinese Firm Buys Los Angeles Airport Marriott For $160 million

    12/18/2014 8:52:39 PM PST · by Steelfish · 20 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 · 22 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...
  • Tim Tebow Just Announced Incredibly Exciting News

    12/18/2014 8:13:01 PM PST · by xzins · 23 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 cant afford treatment or corrective procedures. The hospital is the culmination of a partnership between Tebows organization and CURE International, a non-profit that operates charitable hospitals and programs in 30 countries worldwide where...
  • 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 · 22 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 Boards 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 · 25 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 · 43 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 · 41 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 drivers test

    12/18/2014 7:21:24 PM PST · by rey · 17 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | December 18, 2014 | ELOSA RUANO GONZLEZ 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 Arent True Swedes, Causes Outrage

    12/18/2014 7:10:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 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 · 11 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...
  • Delaney favors toll lanes for Interstate 270

    12/18/2014 7:02:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 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 · 61 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.
  • Rand Paul Breaks With Rubio and Bush Over Cuba

    12/18/2014 6:21:36 PM PST · by Steelfish · 63 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...
  • 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 · 38 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 · 116 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 Peoples Republic of Korea has led the ceremony, but it most certainly will not be the last. All peoples celebrate Dear Leaders 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 overchargesay 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 persons gender identity, the Justice Department noted. But Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the federal governments 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 COSBYS MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

    12/18/2014 3:51:04 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 11 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 12/18/14 | Lloyd Grove
    Ive been in contact with Cosbys 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 theres this huge war going on...
  • On Cuba, Obama Had An Ace, And Played A Deuce

    12/18/2014 3:50:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Investors.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Diplomacy: As the Castros rejoice at President Obama's move to normalize ties, extend trade credits, take their country off the terror list and free its deadly spies, the queasy question remains: What did the U.S. get in return? The question is being asked by the more serious leaders in Washington. Marco Rubio for one. "(Obama's) foreign policy is, at a minimum, naive and perhaps truly counterproductive to the future of democracy in the region," said the Florida senator in the wake of the giveaway. "Barack Obama is the worst negotiator that we've had as president since at least Jimmy Carter,...
  • Top Islamic militants killed; more US troops going to Iraq (3,000 now)

    12/18/2014 3:37:59 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 18, 2014 | Associated Press
    wo senior Islamic State group leaders were killed in U.S. and coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq over the last week, U.S. officials said Thursday, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved new orders for several hundred troops to deploy to Iraq to train Iraqi forces. (snip) There are currently about 1,700 U.S. troops in Iraq, and President Barack Obama has authorized up to 3,000. More than 1,000 U.S. troops are expected to be deployed in the coming weeks to increase the effort to advise and assist Iraq units at the higher headquarters levels and also to conduct training at several sites...
  • Stockholm Syndrome and Hollywood

    12/18/2014 3:36:06 PM PST · by Paul46360 · 14 replies
    Showbiz411 ^ | - December 18, 2014 | Roger Friedman
    "The Interview: Orgy Scene with Kim Jong Un and James Franco Might Have Caused Concern"
  • IRS HEAD SAYS BUDGET CUTS COULD DELAY TAX REFUNDS

    12/18/2014 3:10:55 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 58 replies
    AP ^ | December 18, 2014 | BY STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday. About half the people who call the IRS for assistance this filing season won't be able to get through to a person, Koskinen said. Once tax returns are filed, there will be fewer agents to audit them. "Everybody's return will get processed," Koskinen told reporters. "But people have gotten very used to being able to file their return and quickly getting a refund. This year we may not have the resources, the people to provide...