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  • White House Spox Stumbles to Answer Whether Taliban a ‘Terrorist’ Group

    01/28/2015 2:40:38 PM PST · by mandaladon · 25 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    During Wednesday afternoon’s White House press conference, ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl cornered Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz over why the administration does not consider the Taliban to be a “terrorist” organization. In light of a possible Jordanian prisoner swap with ISIS forces, Karl asked Schultz how that government’s actions differ from the United States’ 2014 release of Gitmo prisoners to the Taliban in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. When the spokesman suggested the Taliban is just an “armed insurgency,” and not a “terrorist organization” like ISIS, Karl pounced: “You don’t think the Taliban’s a terrorist group?” In the clip...
  • Agenda 21: Obama Commits To Helping India Build ‘Smart Cities’ (Video)

    01/28/2015 6:23:37 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 13 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | Jan 28 2015 | Renee Nal
    During his trip to India, President Obama declared America’s commitment to “help design smart cities” and “bullet trains” in the country. The main selling point for “smart cities” is that they are “sustainable,” a vague but applauded term that often used in context of combating what this author strongly believes is a non-existent problem: man-made climate change. During a speech at the Siri Fort Auditorium in India, Obama, who met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the tour, declared: We are ready to join you in building new infrastructure…roads and airports, the ports and bullet trains to propel India into...
  • SHOCK: White House: Taliban An "Armed Insurgency," Not A "Terrorist Group" Like ISIL

    01/28/2015 12:42:58 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 40 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 28, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    At Wednesday's White House press briefing, deputy press secretary Eric Schultz wouldn't call the Taliban a terrorist group, instead referring to it as "an armed insurgency." Video and transcript at link ...
  • Media Yawn at Obama and Biden Snubbing Auschwitz Anniversary; Mocked Cheney’s Appearance in 2005

    01/28/2015 6:58:03 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    NEWSBUSTERS ^ | Jan 28, 2015 | Curtis Houck
    Media Yawn at Obama and Biden Snubbing Auschwitz Anniversary; Mocked Cheney’s Appearance in 2005 By Curtis Houck | January 28, 2015 Tuesday marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and, naturally, the event attracted plenty of media coverage. In addition to each of the three major networks devoting segments to it on their evening newscasts, the Associated Press, The New York Times, and The Washington Post and published stories on the topic. Over on cable, CNN covered it multiple times throughout the day for a total of 10 minutes and 27 seconds worth of airtime. At the other...
  • Michelle is not impressed: The First Lady does not look happy to be meeting Saudi king..

    01/27/2015 12:12:37 PM PST · by maggief · 188 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 27, 2015 | ASHLEY COLLMAN
    Michelle Obama did not look happy today when she had to cut short her visit to India to accompany her husband on a trip to a country where women aren't even allowed to drive cars. The First Lady bowed and beamed as she boarded Air Force One in New Dehli on Tuesday, but by the time she landed in Saudi Arabia a few hours later, she had traded her floral dress for a more conservative long-sleeved jacket and slacks - as well as a new scorned expression. In pictures at the airport and Egra Palace, Mrs Obama pursed her lips...
  • Obama Says Homosexuality Is A ‘Lifestyle Choice’

    01/27/2015 10:28:06 AM PST · by tonyome · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 01/23/2015 | NEIL MUNRO
    "President Barack Obama’s gay allies are ignoring his endorsement of the long-standing claim that sexual orientation is a matter of choice."
  • More homeless camps are appearing beyond downtown L.A.´s skid row

    01/25/2015 4:26:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    L.A.Times ^ | 1/25/15 | Gale Holland
    Evicted four months ago from their Highland Park apartment, Louis Morales and his 18-year-old stepson, Arthur Valenzuela, live half-hidden by brush along the nearby Arroyo Seco riverbed. Morales, 49, keeps a framed bible verse and a stuffed monkey in his tent. Water hauled by bike from a park heats up on the camp stove. Next door, their friend Johnny Salazar fixes bikes and shattered computer screens on the cheap for people who live in the neighborhood. A brother and sister Morales has known for years live up the river, and three couples stay down by the bridge. "Everybody here is...
  • President Barack Obama to meet, pay respects to new Saudi King

    01/24/2015 6:07:10 AM PST · by navysealdad · 55 replies
    CNN ^ | 1-24-2015
    U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in order to meet the newly appointed monarch, King Salman, and pay his respects to the family of the late King Abdullah, the White House said Saturday.
  • Exclusive: CIA’s Top Spy Steps Down

    01/23/2015 10:29:13 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Shane Harris
    The director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, the storied home of the agency’s most secretive intelligence operations, has announced that he plans to retire, The Daily Beast has learned. CIA spokesman Dean Boyd confirmed that the director announced his retirement “after a long and distinguished career at CIA. We thank him for this profound and lasting contributions to both CIA and to our nation’s security.” As a practice, the CIA doesn’t identify the head of the clandestine service by name. But Frank Archibald was outed in a Twitter post in 2013, and details of his biography were known to...
  • Is your local news using WH.gov propaganda video?? Seeing it in Miami....cult worship....

    01/20/2015 5:30:58 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    1/20/15 | sff
    Just saw a local Miami tv station using video from the government web site with an "interview" of Obama, where he spews some crap about how his goal is to outline for the nation how he is going to make sure things are fair, now that we have "made it through the crisis". I nearly spit my coffee out. We are not out of a crisis. My point is that these kind of videos are NOT a proper use for news....and I expect that if a REPUBLICAN president put out this type of "interview", the media would ignore it....on the...
  • Army commanders Order Removal Of 'God and Country' Recruiting Sign [America Under Obama? Congress]

    01/18/2015 7:50:46 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    FoxNews ^ | January 18, 2015
    Army commanders Order Removal Of 'God and Country' Recruiting Sign January 18, 2015 An Army recruiting station has been ordered by higher ups to shelve a sidewalk sandwich board with the wording "On a mission for both God and country.” The order went out Friday to a recruiting station in Phoenix that had been displaying the outdoor sign since at least October. The sign board also shows an image of a Special Forces patch and Ranger, Airborne and Special Forces tabs. An inquiry from Army Times to the U.S. Army Recruiting Command prompted the sandwich board’s immediate removal.
  • Is Houston A Terror Target? (Where are the sleeper cells?)

    01/14/2015 2:43:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 55 replies
    KTRH ^ | 1/14/15 | Cliff Saunders
    Lawmakers are now going public with their concerns that we could see a similar terror attack to what we saw in Paris last week. Some have even said publicly there could be sleeper cells here in the United States. And experts believe Houston remains a prime target for the bad guys. Patrick Poole is a terrorism and national security analyst for PJ Media, and told KTRH our oil and energy industry is what appeals to the terrorists. “Houston is a big sea trade center. You have the oil industry here. And you have a Jamaat ul-Fuqra compound near Houston,” Poole...
  • Documents reveal Ted Cruz was ticketed with alcohol possession as a minor

    01/14/2015 10:11:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 280 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 14, 2015 | John-Henry Perera
    Will the latest news about Ted Cruz hurt his chances for the 2016 GOP nomination? Click to learn the betting odds for the junior Texas senator and other contenders for the Oval Office.When Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was a teenager, he was caught doing teenage things, as revealed in documents obtained by BuzzFeed. In his application to become Texas solicitor general, Cruz was required to list any prior convictions. That included one "guilty plea for minor in possession of alcohol." Apparently when Cruz was a high school senior in 1987, authorities found an unopened case of beer in his vehicle....
  • Eric Holder, top U.S. officials no-shows at Paris unity rally

    01/11/2015 5:47:53 PM PST · by bryan999 · 53 replies
    More than 40 European leaders and almost every French official turned out for the massive unity rally in Paris Sunday — but there was no sign of the U.S. Neither President Obama or Vice President Biden made the trip to Paris, although dozens of other world leaders and officials put ceremony aside and jostled for space amid the crowds in a stirring show of support against terrorism. The U.S. did send Attorney General Eric Holder to attend a pre-march terrorism summit convened by French President Francois Hollande. Holder, 63, joined with Hollande in condemning the recent Paris attacks in the...
  • The Elephant In The Room: Why won't BHO say Islamic terror?

    01/11/2015 7:16:27 AM PST · by Toespi · 46 replies
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    While politicians, pundits twist themselves in knots trying to understand why BHO refuses to blame terror on radical Islam, is the answer there but no one is willing to say it.......Is BHO a radical Muslim? Why is Holder, the AG, sent to Paris to represent the US in an historical international event?
  • Obama won't attend Paris march

    01/10/2015 6:06:23 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 134 replies
    Washington (AFP) - President Barack Obama will not join other world leaders at Sunday's Paris march in tribute to the victims of this week's Islamist attacks in France, a US official told AFP. Ever since the bloody shooting that killed 12 people at satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday -- followed by separate attacks that left five more people dead -- Obama has made repeated declarations in support of America's "oldest ally."
  • Illegal alien protesters jump on anti-cop bandwagon, say police

    01/05/2015 3:08:57 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 20 replies
    examiner.com ^ | January 4, 2015 | Jim Kouri
    Some illegal alien activists, who are seeking full and unconditional amnesty from President Barack Obama instead of what they see as an incremental "reform policy," are now participating in protest rallies and demonstrations holding placards and signs that read more like threats than petitions for immigration reform. In fact, some are threatening to kill U.S. police officers if their demands are not met. Threats are nothing new, but what is new is the audacity displayed by protesters who have no fear of retribution by police or federal law enforcement agents and no fear of public outrage. Police officers are being...
  • Former U.S. Senator to become pot peddler

    01/05/2015 3:57:35 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 40 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | 1/3/2014 | Sam Rolley
    Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel served as a Democratic lawmaker between 1969 and 1981. He walked marbled halls during Richard Nixon’s “War on Drugs” and witnessed his congressional colleagues trying to see who could produce the most heinous draconian drug laws. Today, Gravel is getting ready to sell some kush, or rather, serve as the CEO of an edible marijuana company called KUSH, a Cannabis Sativa, Inc. subsidiary. “I’m anxious to assist in bringing this important resource to a broader market in a serious and credible way,” the former lawmaker said in a statement. KUSH announced in a recent press...
  • RFK, Jr.: We have so much to learn from Cuba (Ike's fault!)

    01/05/2015 1:56:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Merco Press ^ | January 3, 2015 | Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
    In early December, President Barack Obama announced the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than five decades of a misguided policy which my uncle, John F. Kennedy, and my father, Robert F. Kennedy, had been responsible for enforcing after the U.S. embargo against the country was first implemented in October 1960 by the Eisenhower administration. The move has raised hopes in many quarters – not only in the United States but around the world – that the embargo itself is now destined to disappear. This does not detract from the fact that Cuba is still a dictatorship. The...
  • Arab spring prompts biggest migrant wave since second world war

    01/04/2015 5:38:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 01/04/2015 | Patrick Kingsley in Cairo
    The two “ghost ships” discovered sailing towards the Italian coast last week with hundreds of migrants – but no crew – on board are just the latest symptom of what experts consider to be the world’s largest wave of mass-migration since the end of the second world war. Wars in Syria, Libya and Iraq, severe repression in Eritrea, and spiralling instability across much of the Arab world have all contributed to the displacement of around 16.7 million refugees worldwide. A further 33.3 million people are “internally displaced” within their own war-torn countries, forcing many of those originally from the Middle...
  • ‘Black Brunch’ protest confronts whites with ‘complicity in genocide’

    01/04/2015 3:26:57 PM PST · by Excellence · 90 replies
    Twitchy ^ | January 4, 2015 | Twit hy staff
    Hey, what’s more annoying than protesters blocking traffic? Protesters interrupting your meal. Anti-cop protesters embarked on a mission today to ruin brunch for people in New York City. ATTN WHITE Man, I have no guilt disturbing your brunch. Its YOU that has no right to be here.
  • Black Protesters Storm NYC Restaurants – Target & Harass White People Eating Brunch

    01/04/2015 12:38:27 PM PST · by blueyon · 579 replies
    Gateway Pundt ^ | 01/04/15 | Kristinn Taylor
    Black protesters targeted white people eating brunch today at New York City restaurants. They joined hands and screamed at white patrons. Posted by Kristinn Taylor on Sunday, January 4, 2015, 1:10 PM Black protesters targeted white people eating brunch today at New York City restaurants. They joined hands and screamed at white patrons. “ATTN WHITE Man, I have no guilt disturbing your brunch. Its YOU that has no right to be here. #blackbrunchnyc” The protesters stormed the restaurants and harassed staff and patrons.
  • Palin to PETA: 'Chill, at Least Trig Didn't Eat the Dog'

    01/04/2015 1:14:33 PM PST · by Slambat · 78 replies
    ktrh.com ^ | January 4th 2015 | Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
    The dog-eating reference is a dig at the current inhabitant of the Oval Office, via his memoir "Dreams From My Father", notes Politico, in which President Obama discusses eating dog meat in Indonesia. Palin asks, "Did you go crazy when your heroic Man-of-Your-Lifetime, Barack Obama, revealed he actually enjoyed eating dog meat?"
  • Middle School Kids Taken To Hear Louis Farrakhan Call For Violence Against The 'Crackers'

    01/03/2015 6:50:31 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 46 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | Jan 2, 2014 | Jeff Dunetz
    Middle School Kids Taken To Hear Louis Farrakhan Call For Violence Against The 'Crackers' "We want some of this earth or we’ll tear this goddamn country up!” 1.2.2015 News Jeff Dunetz An administrator at Booker T. Washington Middle School in Baltimore, MD, took forty young teenage students as young as eleven-years-old to the 2nd Annual Black United Summit International (BUSI) conference where they heard bigoted purveyor of hatred Louis Farrakhan reference "white people as “crackers” and a call for “retaliation” for the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson." According to Danette Clark, ​who wrote about the conference for the Education...
  • Sneering at the Sniper Movie

    01/02/2015 4:24:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    At this point in George W. Bush's presidency, Hollywood uncorked a barrel of anti-Iraq-war movies, all of them in their varying styles trashing the American military or intelligence agencies as vicious murderers, rapists and all-around freedom-tramplers. Most were duds because the public wanted nothing to do with those messages. But oh, did the critics love 'em. In Obama's "fourth quarter," as he calls it, Clint Eastwood has released his movie "American Sniper," starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, a NAVY Seal who survived four tours of duty in Iraq and was credited with an astonishing 160 confirmed kills. The story...
  • Obama Worships at the First Church of Eighteen Holes

    12/30/2014 5:04:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 28, 2014 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    When he’s not mocking Americans for being Bible-toting, bitter gun-clingers, every chance he gets Barack Obama loves to throw Bible verses around. The problem is that the verses he quotes are usually out of context, woefully misinterpreted, cherry-picked and distorted to support a socialist worldview, and occasionally completely made-up. Listening to the president play the reverend on more than one occasion would lead one to believe Jesus Christ was a Marxist whose only objective was to further Obama’s Gospel of Collectivism. Moreover, for the Scripture enthusiast the president portrays himself to be, it’s amazing how he manages to avoid the...
  • The Tragedy of the American Military (Uber-BARF!)

    12/29/2014 3:15:56 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January/February 2015 | James Fallows
    In mid-September, while President Obama was fending off complaints that he should have done more, done less, or done something different about the overlapping crises in Iraq and Syria, he traveled to Central Command headquarters, at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. There he addressed some of the men and women who would implement whatever the U.S. military strategy turned out to be. (snip)If I were writing such a history now, I would call it Chickenhawk Nation, based on the derisive term for those eager to go to war, as long as someone else is going. It would be the...
  • NY Times Admits: U.S.-Backed Free Syrian Army Under Effective Al-Qaeda Control

    12/29/2014 7:53:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/29/2014 | Patrick Poole
    A remarkable report by Anne Barnard of the New York Times this weekend confirms my multiple reports here at PJ Media about the increased alliance between the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) and al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra.As Barnard reports: In northern and eastern Syria, where Mr. Assad’s opponents won early victories and once dreamed of building self-government, the nationalist rebel groups calling themselves the Free Syrian Army are forced to operate under the extremists’ umbrellas, to go underground or to flee, according to Syrian insurgents, activists and two top commanders of the American-financed F.S.A. groups. Two weeks ago...
  • Obama warns GOP he plans to use veto pen in 2015

    12/29/2014 3:46:54 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 68 replies
    WJLA ABC7 ^ | December 29, 2014 - 06:22 am | Associated Press (AP)
    HONOLULU (AP) - Warning from President Barack Obama to congressional Republicans: I have a veto pen and, come January, I won't be afraid to use it. Continue reading Since taking office in 2009, Obama has only vetoed legislation twice, both in fairly minor circumstances. But with Republicans set to take full control of Congress next year, Obama is losing his last bulwark against a barrage of bills he doesn't like: the Senate. "I haven't used the veto pen very often since I've been in office," Obama said in an NPR interview airing Monday. "Now, I suspect, there are going to...
  • Army Thanks Soldier For Confronting Offensive Behavior Online

    12/28/2014 11:35:20 AM PST · by hcmama · 76 replies
    Military Times ^ | Claudette Roulo
    First Sgt. Katrina Moerk, now the first sergeant of Charlie Company, 741st Military Intelligence Battalion, was browsing a social media network's community page earlier this year, when she came upon a video that she found offensive and sexist. When she commented as much, several respondents attacked her with insults. Some of these respondents were wearing uniforms in their profile photos, the first sergeant said, so she wrote to them directly. "I looked them up, introduced myself and explained to them why they were stupid. And I [copied] the director of the Army SHARP program to help their units improve their...
  • KNEEPAD ALERT: FOODIE OBAMA IS HIPPEST PRESIDENT EVER!

    12/28/2014 3:02:28 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 33 replies
    Power Line ^ | 12-27-2014 | John Hinderaker
    December 27, 2014 KNEEPAD ALERT: FOODIE OBAMA IS HIPPEST PRESIDENT EVER! By John Hinderaker By any reasonable standard, the Obama administration has been a train wreck. But that doesn’t prevent our state media from fawning over him as though he were the reincarnation of George Washington. Here, it is CBS, telling us that Obama is a “foodie” who eats at the trendiest restaurants, is “far hipper” than other presidents; in particular, “so much cooler than President Bush.” Actually, if you watch to the end you will get a clue as to why President Bush generally chose not to dine out...
  • Stephen King: I Regret My Slam on the Military (Called On It by NewsBusters)

    12/27/2014 8:47:23 PM PST · by conservative98 · 50 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 20, 2014 | Scott Whitlock
    Liberal novelist Stephen King regrets asserting that if you don't learn how to read, you'll end up in "the Army, Iraq." The comment, widely seen as a shot at the military, was first publicized six years ago on NewsBusters. In an interview with the Huffington Post, King was asked if he stood by the remarks. The author lamented, "No. That was just a case of misspeaking and also having one of those brain cramps that you realize that you're no longer living in the world that you grew up in...If I could take one remark back, that would be the...
  • President declares combat missions in Afghanistan are over

    12/27/2014 5:39:44 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 26, 2014 - 2:48 | Jennifer Griffin
    President declares combat missions in Afghanistan are over. Jennifer Griffin reports on Obama's bold prediction [VIDEO]
  • Obama: America Has Become ‘Less Racially Divided’ Under My Presidency

    12/27/2014 5:16:20 AM PST · by rktman · 66 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 12/26/2014 | Fred Lucas
    “No,” the president answered. “I actually think that it’s probably in its day-to-day interactions less racially divided.” Inskeep also asked the president about working with a Congress where both houses are controlled by Republicans. Obama offered a familiar answer. “Now you’ve got Republicans in a position where it’s not enough for them simply to grind the wheels of Congress to a halt and then blame me,” he said.
  • New Study May Add to Skepticism Among Security Experts That North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack

    12/26/2014 5:15:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/26/2014 | By NICOLE PERLROTH
    A number of private security researchers are increasingly voicing doubts that the hack of Sony‘s computer systems was the work of North Korea. President Obama and the F.B.I. last week accused North Korea of targeting Sony and pledged a “proportional response” just hours before North Korea’s Internet went dark without explanation. But security researchers remain skeptical, with some even likening the government’s claims to those of the Bush administration in the build-up to the Iraq war. Fueling their suspicions is the fact that the government based its findings, in large part, on evidence that it will not release, citing the...
  • President and Mrs. Obama wish a Happy Kwanzaa

    12/26/2014 4:24:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 136 replies
    Gretawire ^ | 12/26/14 | Greta Van Susteren
    THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 26, 2014 Statement from the President and the First Lady on Kwanzaa Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to those celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season. Today begins a celebration highlighting the rich African American heritage and culture through the seven principles of Kwanzaa—unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. During this season, families come together to reflect on blessings of the past year and look forward to the promises in the year ahead. As we remain committed to building a country that...
  • Obama Breaks Cardinal Presidential Rule by Donning Tiara ["Unto Us A King…?"]

    12/24/2014 6:23:23 PM PST · by Steelfish · 72 replies
    ABCNews ^ | December 24, 2014 | BEN CANDEA and ALEX MALLIN
    Obama Breaks Cardinal Presidential Rule by Donning Tiara Dec 24, 2014 By BEN CANDEA and ALEX MALLIN Chief White House photographer Pete Souza posted a photo to Instagram today showing the president donning a tiara alongside a group of Girl Scouts from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The photo, from the annual White House Science Fair, was taken in May. Souza wrote that the girls convinced President Obama to wear the tiara for the group photo, something members of the Navy football team were unable to do in April with different headdress.
  • ISIS Says It Will Conquer Europe Soon, Undertake Religious Cleansing And Kill Ruthlessly

    12/23/2014 2:20:16 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 170 replies
    IBT ^ | December 23, 2014 | Kalyan Kumar
    ISIS Says It Will Conquer Europe Soon, Undertake Religious Cleansing And Kill Ruthlessly By Kalyan Kumar | December 23, 2014 3:56 PM EST The radical terror group ISIS has claimed that it is only a matter of time before its fighters conquer Europe. The claim was made by the spokesman of the outfit to veteran journalist Juergen Todenhoefer, who undertook a risky visit to the the ISIS controlled areas in Mosul of Northern Iraq. "We will conquer Europe one day. It is not a question of we will conquer Europe, just a matter of when that will happen. But it...
  • F.D.A. Lifting Ban on Gay Blood Donors

    12/23/2014 11:05:08 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 254 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 23, 2014 | SABRINA TAVERNISE
    The Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday that it would scrap a decades-old lifetime prohibition on blood donation by gay and bisexual men, a change that experts said was long overdue and could lift the annual blood supply by as much as 4 percent. The F.D.A. enacted the ban in 1983, early in the AIDS epidemic. At the time, little was known about the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes the disease, and there was no quick test to determine whether somebody had it. But science — and the understanding of H.I.V. in particular — has advanced in the intervening...
  • Melancholic Milestones: China's pulling ahead, and we don't seem interested in catching up.

    12/23/2014 6:19:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/23/2014 | Gary Jason
    The U.S. has recently reached three major turning points, all of them worrisome. The first is the news report that China has now officially overtaken the U.S. as the largest economy on Earth, and indeed in all of history.  The International Monetary Fund now calculates that the Chinese national output of goods and services this year will be $17.6 trillion (measured in real purchasing power, or purchasing power parity), compared with ours of $17.4 trillion.  In terms of share of the global economy, China is 16.5% of the world’s economy, compared to 16.3% for the U.S. It is also...
  • Sony could launch The Interview on YouTube: Firm is considering releasing the controversial film

    12/23/2014 6:07:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 22, 2014 | Victoria Woollaston
    Following cinema chains across the US pulling Sony Pictures' The Interview, the California-based firm is now considering ways in which the controversial film can be shown online. Sites such as YouTube, Netflix and Crackle are among the options currently being discussed to make sure the film gets distributed. During an interview with CNN, Sony Entertainment boss Michael Lynton said the movie will be released, but it just needs to work out the best way of doing so.
  • AP poll: Police killings of blacks voted top story of 2014

    12/22/2014 9:31:53 AM PST · by PROCON · 60 replies
    apnews.myway ^ | dec. 22, 2014 | DAVID CRARY
    NEW YORK (AP) — The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere — and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired — was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. In a year crowded with dramatic and often wrenching news developments around the world, the No. 2 story was the devastating outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, followed by the conflict in Iraq and Syria fueled by the brutal actions of Islamic State militants. Among the 85 voters casting ballots, first-place votes were spread among...
  • Student Leader: 'No Sympathy' for Executed NYPD Officers

    12/23/2014 2:50:36 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 53 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 12/21/2014
    <p>Following the execution of two New York Police Department officers, a Brandeis University student leader wasted no time in making it clear that she did not care that they were murdered.</p> <p>“i have no sympathy for the nypd officers who were murdered today,” Khadijah Lynch, a junior and an Undergraduate Department Representative in the African and Afro-American Studies Department, wrote on Twitter.</p>
  • MILITARY COMMANDER TO DECIDED POTENTIAL BOWE BERGDAHL PUNISHMENT

    12/22/2014 4:27:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    ABC Action News ^ | 12/22/2014 | LUIS MARTINEZ
    The Army has forwarded the results of its investigation of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's disappearance to a four-star general who will decide if any disciplinary action is warranted. The general could decide on a number of possible outcomes, ranging from no further action to a possible court martial for the soldier held by the Taliban for five years after he left his post eastern Afghanistan. "After a thorough investigation and a comprehensive legal review, the investigation concerning Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been forwarded to a General Courts Martial Convening Authority, Gen. Mark Milley, commanding general of Forces Command," the Army said...
  • Obama's Federal Judges: Eleven Openly Gay Of His 305 District Court And Circuit Court Nominees

    December 19, 2014 JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS Recent Judicial Confirmations Put Obama Ahead of Predecessors This week, the Senate confirmed a dozen judicial nominees before the end of the “lame duck” session, reports Jennifer Bendery at The Huffington Post. “That puts Obama at a whopping 89 district court and circuit court confirmations for the year, and means he'll wrap up his sixth year in office with a grand total of 305 district court and circuit court confirmations -- a tally that puts him well beyond where his predecessors were by this point in their presidencies.” Many of these new judges will add...
  • Obama: I’m Jewish ‘in my soul’

    12/18/2014 4:26:22 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 107 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...
  • Two NYPD officers 'assassinated' while sitting in patrol car in Brooklyn by gunman who boasted on In

    12/21/2014 6:14:54 AM PST · by Kackikat · 157 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | December 21, 2014 | BY Tina Moore , Dale W. Eisinger , Rocco Parascandola , Thomas Tracy , Rich Schapiro kackikat
    <p>Two NYPD cops were executed Saturday after a career criminal drove from Baltimore to Brooklyn to kill police officers in a twisted bid to avenge the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. “They were, quite simply, assassinated,” a shaken NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said Saturday night. The shooter — identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley — boasted about wanting to murder cops in the hours before he ambushed the officers outside the Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant about 2:45 p.m. “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours ... let’s take 2 of theirs,” Brinsley, 28, wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of a silver handgun.</p>
  • What's behind the huge price jump for some generic drugs? [from $20 to $1,849]

    12/17/2014 7:48:23 PM PST · by grundle · 62 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 20, 2014 | David Lazarus
    They cited the example of the asthma drug albuterol sulfate. The average cost for a bottle of 100 pills was $11 last October, the pair said. The average charge by this April was up to $434. The antibiotic doxycycline hyclate cost $20 last October for a bottle of 500 tablets, the congressmen observed. By April, the price was $1,849. Experts say generics are growing more expensive because of reduced competition among manufacturers and shortages of raw materials. However, that might not explain triple-digit price hikes for some drugs. "Most generics are increasing in price by an average 10% a year,"...
  • JFK would back Obama, says White House

    12/17/2014 3:08:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 17, 2014 | Justine Sink
    Former President Kennedy would approve of President Obama's decision to roll back trade and travel restrictions on Cuba, the White House argued Wednesday. "I do think that even President Kennedy would acknowledge that after more than 50 years of a policy of isolation [which] didn't bring about the desired result … change was needed," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. President Obama announced earlier in the day that the administration would ease travel restrictions to the country, as well as restrictions on exports to Cuba. The government is also allowing U.S. financial and telecommunications firms to establish more of...
  • Raul Castro Urges Obama To Use ‘Executive Action’ To Overrule Congress

    12/17/2014 12:39:14 PM PST · by PROCON · 36 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Alex Griswold
    In a speech held at the same time as President Barack Obama’s televised speech announcing a normalization of relations with Cuba, Cuban dictator Raul Castro urged Obama to use “executive action” to bypass Congressional policy on Cuba. USA Today’s Gregory Korte first caught the comments: Raul Castro urges President Obama to use “executive action” to lift congressionally imposed sanctions on Cuba. — Gregory Korte (@gregorykorte) December 17, 2014