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The Netanyahu Invitation
New York Sun editorial
Congratulations are in order for the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, for inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress. The event is set for March 3 and will make the Israeli premier the second foreign leader – the first was Winston Churchill – to address a joint meeting three times.

The World Burns, America Fiddles
John Hinderaker
It would be hard to overstate how poorly things are going for the United States around the world. Iran moves steadily toward acquiring nuclear weapons, with the apparent approval of the Obama administration. Iraq, once hailed as one of the Obama administration’s greatest successes by Joe Biden, is now largely occupied by ISIS. The carnage in Syria continues...


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Week ending 25 January 2015

Obama Tilts the Scales Against Stay-at-home Moms
Timothy P. Carney
Obama, alongside his tax hikes on the wealthy and on people who save for their children's college, proposed tax cuts that go only to dual-income families... The president also encouraged Congress to expand the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit [which] is different from the more widely used Child Tax Credit.
AP Fact Check Tears Apart Obama's State of the Union Claims
Among the claims the AP finds less than truthful ... "Obama claims credit for an incomplete recovery": "By many measures, the economy is still recovering from the deep scars left by the Great Recession." Unemployment has been steadily decreasing, but that's driven primarily by a growth in low paying jobs and people leaving the labor market. There are still 1.7 million fewer workers with full-time jobs than in December 2007 when the recession began.
U.S. to Award Iran $11.9 Billion Through End of Nuke Talks 
The Obama administration on Wednesday paid $490 million in cash assets to Iran and will have released a total of $11.9 billion to the Islamic Republic by the time nuclear talks are scheduled to end in June, according to figures provided by the State Department. Today's $490 million release, the third such payment of this amount since Dec. 10, was agreed to by the Obama administration...
White House Going Nuclear on Netanyahu
Michael Goodwin
Thou shall not cross Dear Leader. It is pointless to say petty threats do not become the Oval Office. Trying to instruct this White House on manners recalls what Mark Twain said about trying to teach a pig to sing: It wastes your time and annoys the pig. Still, the fury is telling. It reminds, as if we could forget, that everything is always about Obama.
Little Media Coverage for MLK's Niece On National Holiday;
Fox News the Only Cable News Channel to Carry Her Remarks

The longtime advocate of pro-life policies appeared on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" to discuss her uncle's legacy and spoke also about a recent Fox News poll showing that 59 percent of respondents believe the White House has "mostly failed" to improve race relations.
Is the Obama WH Always Untruthful?
Woman Showcased in STOU is a Former Democratic Operative

Rebekah Erler has been presented by the White House as a woman who was discovered by the president after she wrote to him last March about her economic hardships. She was showcased in the speech as proof that middle class Americans are coming forward to say that Obama's policies are working.

Just an Average, Ordinary Retooled Homemaker...Who Happens to be a Democratic Campaign Staffer
Ethel Fenig
During President Barack Hussein Obama´s State of the Union class warfare clarion call Tuesday night, he justified his proposed redistribution policies by describing an average young couple. As the cameras panned to a long haired woman seated next to Michelle Obama, Obama´s voice over told of two young lovebirds who married, were working – he in construction, she waitressing – and then had a baby. An American success story.
Obamacare Penalty May Come as Shock at Tax Time
The Affordable Care Act requires those who didn't have insurance last year and didn't qualify for one of the exemptions to pay a tax penalty, which was widely cited as $95 the first year. But the $95 is actually a minimum, and middle- and upper-income families will actually end up paying 1 percent of their household income as their penalty.
H&R Block: 'No One Can Understand' New Obamacare Tax Code
"Now that the Affordable Care Act has made health care a tax issue, no one can understand it," H&R Block flatly tells taxpayers in a video that resides on its dedicated Obamacare web site. A former IRS Commissioner agrees, and cautions that the new tax requirements will be a "shock to the system," especially afflicting low-income earners who have never itemized on their tax return.
21-page Guide Issued to explain Obamacare rules
British Mosques Told They Must Do More to Battle Extremists
David Cameron today warned Muslim leaders they had 'a problem' if they objected to being asked to do more to tackle Islamist extremism. The Prime Minister said letters sent to mosques were 'reasonable, sensible and moderate' and ministers were 'absolutely right' to insist everybody had a responsibility to fight radicalization.

To Call This Threat by Its Name 
France was Attacked by Islamic Fundamentalism

Marine Le Pen
"To misname things is to add to the world's unhappiness." Whether or not Albert Camus really did utter these words, they are an astonishingly apt description of the situation in which the French government now finds itself. Indeed, the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius no longer even dares pronounce the real name of things.

Yes, there are 'no go' zones in France – sort of
Rick Moran
For the record, there are no "official" no-go zones anywhere in Europe. What government on planet Earth would willingly admit that it doesn't control its own territory? But in France, there are 751 neighborhoods the French government believe they don't fully control.

Jindal in London: Lack of Assimilation Has Led to Sharia,
'No-Go Zones' for Non-Muslims

Bridget Johnson
Potential 2016 presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal caused a stir across the pond with a Monday speech in London about the rise of radical Islam and "no-go" zones for non-Muslims in Birmingham. "How many Muslims in this world agree with these radicals? I have no idea, I hope it is a small minority," the Louisiana governor told the Henry Jackson Society, according to prepared remarks. "But it is clear that far too many do, and it is clear that they must be stopped."

Thank Bobby Jindal: America Needs the Truth
About Muslim Colonization Zones

George Rasley
One of the few Republicans who have been willing and unafraid to tell the truth about radical Islam and "cultural jihad" is Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. And Jindal is now under attack for telling the truth, that radical Muslims are colonizing the West, and that for all practical purposes there are "Muslim colonization zones" or as he put it, "no go zones" in many European countries, including Great Britain.

Islamist Terrorism by the Numbers
Carl Eric Scott
Here's one of the more important questions for any contemporary history exam, but one you nonetheless won't find on any test: 13.) How many deadly terror attacks committed in the name of Islam have occurred since September 11, 2001? a) 234 b) 701 c) 4,049 d) 24,795...

IS Executing 'Educated Women' In New Wave of Horror says UN
UN spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said "educated, professional women, particularly women who have run as candidates in elections for public office, seem to be particularly at risk. In just the first two weeks of this year, reports indicate that three female lawyers were executed."

5 New Signs that the Jihad Against the West Is Just Getting Warmed Up
Robert Spencer
"I say to all French people who think that the Islamic State won't arrive in Europe, with God's help, we will arrive in Europe. We will expand across all of Europe ... and also the USA. I say to all my brothers that cannot immigrate and join the Islamic caliphate, try to resist with all means, kill them, slaughter them, burn their cars and homes. I say to my brothers, if you see a police officer – kill him.
Sure Sign of an Obama Foreign-policy Success: The Evac
Ed Morrissey
At least this time there has been an evacuation of some American personnel, this time from Yemen. In Benghazi, the Obama administration left U.S. personnel in an inadequately-secured facility for months after all of the other Western nations and agencies had fled after declaring victory over Moammar Qaddafi and liberation in eastern Libya.
European Law Enforcement Agencies:
On Second Thought, Maybe Firearms Would Be Helpful

Leah Barkoukis
When witnesses in the same building as Charlie Hebdo saw masked men with heavy weaponry enter the building they called police, like anyone in their position would do. But the three unarmed officers on bikes who showed up proved to be most unhelpful in the situation. That wasn't the only instance during the three-day terror spree where police found themselves utterly unprepared to take on the jihadists.
Study Used To Bolster NY Fracking Ban
Developed by Anti-Fracking 'activists'

New York state's controversial new fracking ban was bolstered in part by research written and peer-reviewed by scientists with ties to the anti-fracking movement – drawing criticism that their views were not disclosed when the ban was announced last month. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration made New York the second state, after Vermont, to ban the oil-and-gas extraction process of hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking.
Feds Spent $432,000 Studying Gay Hookup Apps
NIH Project Studied 'arousal' of Gay Men When Using Grindr

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent nearly a half a million dollars studying gay hookup apps such as Grindr. "Smartphone technologies have provided a new venue for sexual partnering among men who have sex with men (MSM)," the grant for the project states. "Indeed, there are a rapidly growing number of smartphone applications designed to facilitate sexual partnering among MSM."
Walker Shows Fire in Iowa
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) delivered a fiery speech in Iowa on Saturday, wowing the conservative crowd with a passionate argument for small government and his own lengthy resume. The Wisconsin governor, in rolled-up shirtsleeves, paced the stage as he blasted big government and touted a long list of conservative reforms he´s pushed through in blue Wisconsin.
S. Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is Firing Back at Efforts to Unionize 7,500 Workers at Boeing Plant in Charleston
"The International Association of Machinists has never, never believed in us," Haley said in her State of the State address Wednesday. "They sued us, they tried to shut us down. "So, every time you hear a Seattle union boss carry on about how he has the best interest of the Boeing workers in Charleston at heart, remember this: If it was up to that same union boss, there would be no Boeing workers in Charleston."
Legendary A-10 'Warthog' Sends ISIS Fleeing
Even As It Faces Pentagon Cuts

With a roaring engine, 30-mm. cannon and nose painted like a toothsome, snarling beast, the A-10 Thunderbolt sends ISIS fighters scattering like cockroaches on the Iraqi desert plains, but the legendary fighter plane pilots call the "Warthog" may be fighting for its own life.
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American Sniper Has Created a Cultural Moment: Here's Why
David French
Leftists such as Michael Moore will rage on, and professors will judge the movie without seeing it – and all that backlash may cost the movie an Oscar – but Clint Eastwood has done something far greater than win an Oscar. He reached a great nation with a story it needed to hear.
Green Beret Sniper Pens AWESOME Letter to
'Crisco Sweating' Michael Moore

On Monday, Americans learned that the box office premiere of American Sniper, a movie about the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, shattered all box office records bringing in $90.2 million. By the end of the holiday weekend, the movie was expected to have a grand total of $105 million. Progressive filmmaker Michael Moore used this moment as a time to go on the attack against snipers with his tweet calling them cowards.
Bradley Cooper Surprises Veterans During American Sniper Screening
at Brooke Army Medical Center

Upon surprising fans in the auditorium after the screening, Cooper was met with a spirited reception. According to BAMC, a Marine in the audience stood up following a screening of the film and emotionally thanked Cooper for his genuine portrayal of the fallen hero. "I feel like you are one of my brothers," he said. "I think you did really well and I just want to say 'Thank you.'"

Week ending 18 January 2015

There Is Just Something Creepy About
This Administration and a Certain Religion

James Longstreet
There is something creepy, outré, bizarre, curious about the Obama administration's reactions to violent Islamic events. Pseudo intellects will offer that the President is above us all and understands on a different level. Maybe he doesn't. We all know the Obama childhood exposure to this religion, the years in Indonesia, his father and all those dreams.
Valerie Jarrett, Obama's 'Berlin Wall'
John Fund
It's high time the news media paid more attention to Valerie Jarrett. An old Chicago friend of both Barack and Michelle Obama's, she exercises unusual influence in the White House as a "senior adviser." Many in Washington believe that she is at the heart of the disappointment the Obama administration has become. They are unwilling to say so in public. But the evidence keeps piling up.
German Embed Reporter: ISIS Plans On Killing
‘Hundreds of Millions’ in ‘Religious Cleansing’

Jurgen Todenhofer, the first Western reporter to embed with Islamic State fighters and not be killed in the process, spoke to Al Jazeera about his time with the terror group. Todenhofer lived side by side with the jihadist fighters for ten days in the Islamic State-stronghold city of Mosul, Iraq. He was accompanied only by his son, who served as his cameraman.
Shocked how “willing to kill” ISIS fighters are
Are Christians and Muslims the Same?
J. Matt Barber
"Offend a Christian and he is obliged to pray for your salvation. Offend a Muslim and he is obliged to murder you." So observed conservative journalist Robert Stacy McCain in the wake of last week's horrific Charlie Hebdo massacre in France.
The Troubling Math of Muslim Migration
Americans Don't Seem to Be Paying Attention

Ian Tuttle
That radical Islam was transplanted to France, grew in strength and extent, and bore this week's hideous fruit was not difficult to predict. The same is not unlikely in Sweden, Belgium, Germany, and elsewhere. Demographics may not be the whole of destiny, but they are certainly a good part, and across the Atlantic, the United States seems increasingly to be turning toward Western Europe's most undesirable demographic trends.
40% of Dearborn, Mich. Is Muslim
Islamic Depictions of Mohammed
Mohammed Image Archive
Medieval Muslim artists often created paintings and illuminated manuscripts depicting Mohammed in full. Several examples are presented here. Other artists of the era drew Mohammed, but left his face blank so as to technically comply with a sporadically enforced Islamic ban on depicting the Prophet; these faceless images are shown in the second section of the Archive.
Egypt Warns of Muslim Brotherhood Organizations in U.S.
The Egyptian government's State Information Service has an entire section devoted to documenting the violence and terrorism of the Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt is furious with the U.S. for its stance on the Brotherhood. President El-Sisi told the Washington Post in December 2013, then as Defense Minister, that the U.S. has turned its back on Egypt and is misunderstanding the Islamist group.
Islamist Organizations in America
Is Nervous Obama White House Holding Bergdahl Report Hostage?
Lt. Col. Bill Cowan (ret.)
In White House terms, not charging Bergdahl means that he was indeed worth the trade for the Taliban Five. But charging him on any level means that releasing the five Taliban was an error of monstrous proportions, one the administration will never be able to explain away satisfactorily.
Brigadier General James Taylor?
Responding to 7th century barbarism with 1970s soft rock.

Kevin D. Williamson
Let us call the roll of national badasses: the 75th Ranger Regiment, USMC Force Reconnaissance, the SEALS, Delta Force . . . James Taylor? What sort of warriors does a weary nation facing a savage enemy turn to?
What Exactly Does the Census Bureau Spend $982 Million On?
New York Post – John Crudele
We are requesting, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), details on no-bid contracts given out by Census. I’m told some of these contracts are called “pass through” contracts, which means that higher-ups don’t need to sign off on them. The Post’s lawyers filed the FOIA request this week.
Former FBI Agent Blasts Eric Holder in Open Letter
There is quite a buzz surrounding an open letter from a retired FBI agent to Attorney General Eric Holder...The criticisms of the AG will sound familiar to many readers of American Thinker, but coming from someone who rose to the rank of Special Agent, they carry weight.
Obama Administration's Free Community College Will Shift
'Significant' Costs to Taxpayers

Lindsey Burke
The Obama administration announced Thursday that it will propose two years of "free" community college, paid for by taxpayers, for students maintaining a "C" or better average. The federal government would finance three-quarters of the costs, and the administration says it hopes the remainder would be financed by states.
Barack (King) Obama has Usurped More Power to Himself
Than Even King George III Attempted

Joel Gehrke

Not even the King of England at the time of the American Revolution had the authority to suspend laws unilaterally, the Law Library of Congress expert wrote in a memorandum to the Senate committee tasked with responding to President Obama's recent executive orders on the enforcement of immigration law.
Dr Ben CarsonTaking Ben Carson Seriously 
Fred Barnes
As Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, and untold others ramp up their campaigns for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, they’re going to be in for a surprise. A candidate neither they nor the political class regard as a serious contender is ahead of them in organizing a well-financed and unique campaign operation.
How the Obama-Sharpton Alliance Began
Jillian Kay Melchior
Near the end of 2007, Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett met with Al Sharpton in New York City and began to cement a relationship that would eventually make the inflammatory activist the president's "go-to man" on race, according to multiple sources. The backdrop to the incipient Obama-Sharpton alliance was the then-senator's 2008 presidential campaign...
Obama Targets Oil and Gas Industry Emissions
The One Economic Success Story This Decade

Taking direct aim at the oil-and-gas industry, President Obama on Wednesday put forth long-awaited regulations on methane emissions, setting an ambitious goal of reducing those emissions by 45 percent over the next decade and again drawing the ire of many in the energy industry.
Dems Change Tune After Mocking GOP for 'drill, baby, drill'
Democrats, almost universally, mocked the GOP plan. In 2012, President Obama called it "a slogan, a gimmick, and a bumper sticker ... not a strategy." ... Today, Democrats are singing a different tune, as increased domestic drilling has led to a record supply of domestic crude, put some $100 billion into the pockets of U.S. consumers and sent world oil prices tumbling.
Merchants of Smear
Paul Driessen
The “crisis” was global cooling, until Earth stopped cooling around 1976. It was global warming, until our planet stopped warming around 1995. The alarmist mantra then became “climate change” or “climate disruption” or “extreme weather.” Always manmade.
Kerry Gets It Wrong on Climate's Impact on
New Zealand's Dairy Farmers

In a speech in India on Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry cited as an example of the global impact of climate change a recent drought in New Zealand that was so dire, he said, farmers had been forced to kill "all of their dairy cattle and sheep." It's not true.
CDC: “Possibility” That Vaccines Rarely Trigger Autism
Sharyl Attkisson
A CDC senior epidemiologist stepped forward last week to say that he and his CDC colleagues omitted data that linked MMR vaccine to autism in a 2004 study. The scientist, William Thompson, said “I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information.” It is a significant admission from a leading health official at an agency that has worked for nearly 15 years to dispel the public of any notion of a tie between vaccines and autism.
New Penna. Law Prompts Towns to Rescind Gun Control
Barely a week after taking effect, a novel state law that makes it easier for gun-rights groups to challenge local firearms measures in court is already sparking change: Nearly two dozen Pennsylvania municipalities have agreed to get rid of their potentially problematic ordinances rather than face litigation.
Army Recruitment Office Told to Remove
‘God and Country’ Poster Amid Calls for Punishment

A poster with the message “On a mission for both God and Country” on display outside a recruiting station in Phoenix was removed Friday morning after it was brought to the attention of the the Army Recruiting Command.
Michelle O's 'healthy' Lunch Leftovers to Feed Worm Farm
There's one group of eaters that will gladly chow down on Michelle Obama's "healthy" school lunches: worms. The Nebraska Farmers Union is seeking to partner with Lincoln-area schools by taking their lunch leftovers to fuel its worm farm, the Journal Star reports.
Moroccan-born Mayor of Rotterdam Tells Fellow Muslims Who Do Not Appreciate the 'freedoms' of Living In the West to 'pack your bags'
Labour politician Ahmed Aboutaleb, a former journalist who was appointed mayor of the Dutch city in 2008, is known for his straight-forward stance on integration. The 53-year-old won the praise of London-mayor Boris Johnson over his comments last week, attacking fellow Muslims who move to Western nations and refuse to accept the way of life.

Week ending 11 January 2015

Our Muslim President
Alan Caruba
No, I cannot prove that Barack Obama is a Muslim, but a review of his public life from the days he was campaigning to be an Illinois Senator through his years as President have raised a lot of questions, including a notable slip of the tongue during a television interview when he referred to himself as a Muslim.
Differences Between Civil Rights Movement of 1963 and Today's
Illicit Nonsense is Stark

Warner Todd Huston
Comparing the wholly American and sensible demands issued by the real civil rights movement during the event that saw Martin Luther King deliver his "Dream" speech in August of 1963 to the mishmash of self aggrandizing nonsense belched forth by today's "BlackLivesMatter "movement" reveals a startling difference and exposes today's protesters to be disjointed, illogical, filled and with race-hate not to mention insensate and childish.
America Snubs Historic Paris Rally:
Holder Skipped Out of Proceedings Early,
Kerry was in India, Obama and Biden Just Stayed Home

While the president's a busy man, his absence at the show of international solidarity was strange considering his schedule was wide open today. Vice President Joe Biden often fills in for the president at events like this, but he was no where to be seen either, despite his similarly empty schedule. In fact, the only recognizable Obama official in the city was Attorney General Eric Holder, who attended a terrorism summit with world leaders on Sunday.

French Unity March

Officials Have for Years Ceded Areas of Paris as Muslim Enclaves
"Islam is a permanent part of France now."

A backdrop to the massacre in Paris by self-professed al Qaeda terrorists is that city officials have increasingly ceded control of heavily Muslim neighborhoods to Islamists, block by block. France has Europe's largest population of Muslims, some of whom talk openly of ruling the country one day and casting aside Western legal systems for harsh, Islam-based Shariah law.

France's Front National Party Leader Marine Le Pen:
"Time's up for denial and hypocrisy"

While President Francois Hollande called for national unity in an attempt to deter the public from demonizing the country's 5-million strong Muslim community, Le Pen said France has to confront the beliefs of the gunmen who stormed the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The Glamour of Islamic State
Virginia Postrel
The Pentagon is trying to figure out why Islamic State has been so successful at attracting followers. "What makes I.S. so magnetic, inspirational?" Major General Michael Nagata, who commands U.S. special operations forces in the Middle East, asked ... "They are drawing people to them in droves," he said. "There are I.S. T-shirts and mugs."

Islamic State: Come to the Caliphate for the Mass Beheadings,
Stay for the Romantic Sunsets

The Islamic State's propaganda effort is shifting gear-and dramatically softening in tone. The militant organization released another video over the weekend narrated by British captive John Cantlie. In the video, Cantlie strolls the streets of ISIS-controlled Mosul, Iraq, showing how placid, how peaceful the place has become. It's a far cry from the videos of beheadings and military operations that the ISIS media machine used to make its name.
Egypt's Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's Makes an Ambitious Call for
Reform in Islam

Egypt's president opened the new year with a dramatic call for a "revolution" in Islam to reform interpretations of the faith entrenched for hundreds of years, which he said have made the Muslim world a source of "destruction" and pitted it against the rest of the world. The speech was Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's boldest effort yet to position himself as a modernizer of Islam.

A Revolutionary Speech Ignored by the MSM
Raymond Ibrahim
On New Year's Day, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi – the hero of Egypt's 2013 anti-Muslim Brotherhood revolution – made some remarkable comments concerning the need for a "religious revolution." (Snip) "It's inconceivable," he said, "that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma [Islamic world] to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world. Impossible!"

Islam’s Reformation
NY Post Editorial
It’s no secret that Islam has had a difficult time accommodating itself to the modern demands of tolerance and religious plurality. Hence its continuing clash with the liberal democratic West. Sisi’s dilemma is that he presides over an Egyptian government that is stifling all criticism and jailing the very people a religious revolution would be aimed at.
Islamist Anjem Choudary flatly states Islam Does Not Mean Peace
"You can't say that Islam is a religion of peace," he said, "Because Islam does not mean peace. Islam means submission. So the Muslim is one who submits. There is a place for violence in Islam. There is a place for jihad in Islam."
Obamacare: The Real Pain Starts This Year
Ready for increased costs and decreased access to care?

David Catron
Obamacare was designed such that its most harmful provisions would not be implemented until after the President had been returned to office for a second term and his Democrat accomplices had been reelected to their congressional seats. Fortunately for the nation, the latter part of that strategy was a spectacular failure.

Dilemma Over Deductibles: Costs Crippling Middle Class
Coverage long considered the gold standard of health insurance now often requires workers to pay so much out-of-pocket that many feel they must skip doctor visits, put off medical procedures, avoid filling prescriptions and ration pills – much as the uninsured have done.
2015: The ObamaCare Crucible -- It's Future is in the
Hands of the Peoples' Representatives

Tevi Troy – former HHS deputy secretary
This past fall, supporters launched a public-relations campaign dedicated to the proposition that things were finally going well for ObamaCare's 7 million sign-ups, but their campaign was derailed when the Obama administration admitted that it had added 400,000 dental patients to the roster of health-insurance enrollees to falsely claim it had reached the 7 million number.
Blockbuster Is Out, the Doctor Is In
Urgent Care Clinics Fill Vacant Storefronts

The clinics, storefronts staffed with doctors to treat common ailments or minor injuries, are filling vacancies left by struggling retailers like RadioShack Corp. and Best Buy Co. as they close locations.
Michigan County Votes to Slow the Breezes for Turbine Energy
Residents' health, safety and welfare at risk if more turbines are erected.
"I don't know where this is all going to go," County Commissioner John Nugent said Tuesday. "But we have to begin somewhere on trying to control the irresponsible spread of wind turbines." Nugent is pursuing a six-month halt on development of wind projects countywide.
German Physicist Lüdecke, Sees Dangerous Return To "Medieval Scholasticism" – Climate Models Have Failed Conclusively
Lüdecke writes: Assuming that today is unusual without being able to compare it to anything from the past [pre-1850] is not science at all.
According to Lüdecke, the key question today: Is the climate change witnessed since 1850 unusual, and thus due to man, or is it well within the range of natural variability the planet has seen throughout its history? The German physicist says a hypothesis's burden of proof is clearly not on its skeptics, but on the one proposing the hypothesis.
Green Power Would Make Life Nasty, Brutish and Short
Investor´s Business Daily – Terry Jones
We get many letters. And some of our letter writers are quite prolific – not to mention convincing in their arguments. That would describe Viv Forbes, the Australian scientist who runs the website and serves as chairman of the Common Sense Coalition, a group that is skeptical of the more loopy claims made by global warming extremists.
The Real Minimum Wage Is Still $0
Mandated New Year's Wage Hikes Guarantee Job Loss

Daniel J. Flynn
Twenty states and the District of Columbia forced layoffs to ring in the New Year... "The true minimum wage is zero – the amount an unemployed person receives from his nonexistent employer," Milton Friedman explained in his Newsweek column 43 years ago.
Econ Book Acclaimed by Left Based on Faulty Premise,
Factual Errors, Study Finds

Maxim Lott
A book by a French economist who became a darling of 99 percenters and his lefty peers is riddled with errors, cherry-picked data and flawed premises, according to two new studies... The book earned its author an invitation to the White House to meet with Obama administration Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.
Correcting the Revisionists on the Reagan Record
David Limbaugh
Once elected, despite strong opposition from Democrats in Congress, he fulfilled his promise. Reagan inherited a steep recession but, unlike President Obama today, did not keep using it as an excuse well into his presidency. Reagan didn't need excuses, because his policies began to produce results very quickly.
Obama Nominee, Loretta Lynch, Questioned Over Secret Deal
Depriving Fraud Victims of $40M

A former federal judge quietly called on Congress to investigate her U.S. attorney's office for trampling on victims' rights. Paul Cassell, a law professor at the University of Utah, in written remarks to a House Judiciary Committee panel in 2013, said if prosecutors were using secretive sentencing procedures to reward criminals for cooperating with them, it could violate the Crime Victims Restitution Act.
State Dept. Can't Explain Why Cuba Isn't Fulfilling Promises
Made in Obama Deal

State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki repeatedly refused to answer questions this afternoon about the 53 political detainees Cuba promised to release as part of a deal with President Obama to normalize relations with the United States. When asked about a lack of transparency in the prisoner exchange process, Psaki said, "Well, we know who's on there. And the Cuban government knows who's on there."
'Challenging the Federal Government':
Sharyl Attkisson Sues the DOJ

Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, whose coverage of the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, has earned her both high praise and harsh criticism, has launched a lawsuit against the Department of Justice, demanding access to FBI documents that involve her personally. Attkisson is joined in her lawsuit by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group.
Obama Mourns ESPN Death, Not General's. EVIL
Don Surber
President Obama immediately issued a statement upon the death of a sportscaster at ESPN over the weekend. But when terrorists killed Army Major General Harold J. Greene in Kabul Afghanistan this summer, the commander-in-chief's silence was so loud that even the Washington Post noticed.
Navy Vet Sues Governor Cuomo After He Has Guns Confiscated
New York Democrats, despite Governor Cuomo stating explicitly that gun "confiscation could be an option" in his state, tried desperately to say that such an idea was simply right-wing paranoia. Then in January, when debate on the SAFE Act began (After it was passed in the middle of the night), Democrats were caught with a wish list of items they wanted included in the gun legislation.
Attorneys General from 26 States Join in Law Suit Against
San Francisco Gun Law

AGs from 26 states filed a amicus brief with the Supreme Court Thursday over a San Francisco ordinance requiring locked storage for handguns, arguing it threatens the Second Amendment right to bear arms. San Francisco firearms must either be stored in a locked container or with a trigger lock at all times in a home unless the owner is carrying the firearm, according to the amicus brief.
Two More Female Marines Dropped from Infantry Officer Course;
Score Now Stands at 0–29

Two female Marine officers who volunteered to attempt the Corps’ challenging Infantry Officer Course did not proceed beyond the first day of the course, a Marine Corps spokesperson confirms to the Free Beacon. The two were the only female officers attempting the course in the current cycle, which began Thursday in Quantico, Virginia.
Rangel: Never Moved by Dead Soldiers Until
I Saw Ones That ‘Looked Like Me’

In an appearance on Monday's "The ED Show" on MSNBC, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) discussed the decision by officers of the New York Police Department to turn the backs on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at the funerals of the two slain officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, in recent weeks.
10 Outrageous Examples of Government Regulators
Invading Our Lives

James Gattuso & Diane Katz
As 2014 comes to a close, it is enveloped in red tape. From the breakfast table to the night light, government regulators invaded nearly every moment of our lives. Here's our take on the 10 worst examples of the past year:

Week ending 4 January 2015

Happy New Year, Al Sharpton
He's performed a great service for the rest of us.

Ben Stein
Call it "Obama's Paradox." A young hopped-up black man in Ferguson robs a store and then tries to kill a policeman. The policeman defends himself and the young man dies. The media go crazy. Black criminals riot. The President seemingly takes their side against the police. Oops.
Muslim Leaders in Australia say Banning Terrorism
Will Ban Islam – Exactly

Daniel Greenfield
They have a point. It's just usually one that they aren't willing to admit in public. The Jihad comes from the Koran. Every act of Muslim violence that is religiously sanctioned, from terrorism to rape, is derived from the Koran. If you ban incitement to violence against non-Muslims, you criminalize the Koran.
Gallup: Cluster of Concerns Vie for Top U.S. Problem in 2014
Poor Government Leadership was Top Problem

2014 was also the first year since 2007 that the economy was not the top ranking issue, and it was the first year ever in Gallup records that dissatisfaction with government topped the list. ...2014 joins 2013 and 2009 as years when multiple issues emerged as significant top-of-mind concerns for Americans.
Al Sharpton Is Being Paid Thousands of Dollars
To Not Cry ´Racism´ at Large Corporations, It Is Claimed

Reverend Al Sharpton is being paid thousands of dollars to not cry 'racism' at large corporations that are in the spotlight, it has been claimed. 'Al Sharpton has enriched himself and NAN for years by threatening companies with bad publicity if they didn’t come to terms with him,' said Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal & Policy Center, a watchdog group in Virginia that has produced a book on the Harlem minister.

Al Sharpton Soaks Up Shakedown Bucks as
Corporations Seek to Avoid Black Boycotts

Anheuser-Busch gave him six figures, Colgate-Palmolive shelled out $50,000 and Macy's and Pfizer have contributed thousands to the Rev. Al Sharpton's charity. Almost 50 companies – including PepsiCo, General Motors, Wal-Mart, FedEx, Continental Airlines, Johnson & Johnson and Chase – and some labor unions sponsored Sharpton's National Action Network annual conference in April.

Walmart Refuses to Stop Funding Al Sharpton's Liberal Race-baiting Organization
David Rufful
Walmart helps fund Al Sharpton's organization, the National Action Network (NAN), and thereby supports his liberal agenda and recent anti-NYPD efforts. NAN even sponsored paid for Sharpton's 60th birthday party in New York City. In other words, Walmart is paying for Sharpton's birthday parties.
CBS Attempts to Have Fmr Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Recant His Obama Comments Regarding Al Sharpton

"You make Al Sharpton a close adviser, you're going to turn police against you," Giuliani said. "I saw this man help cause riots in New York; I've heard his anti-police invective firsthand. To have a man who hasn't paid $4 million in taxes, to have a man who's spent his career helping to create riots and phony stories about police, to have that man sitting next to you speaks volumes. Actions speak louder than words."
Justice Department $1.5 Million Grant Linked to Cop-killing Rap Video
Alex Newman
As if the American people needed more evidence that the Obama administration's Justice Department was out of control after six years of non-stop scandals, it was recently revealed that the DOJ was funding a "community" organization linked to a controversial rap music video glorifying the murder of New York City police officers.
47 IGs Being Stonewalled by Members of Obama Regime
The IRS: Just One of Dozens of Uncooperative Agencies

Inspector General Act of 1978: The law promises IGs far-ranging investigative power, including "access to all records, reports, audits, reviews, documents, papers, recommendations, or other material." All, it says, not that which any given bureaucrat feels it in his interest to release.
GOP: Senate Will Take Tough Votes, Work Five-Day Weeks
‘like the rest of America’

Republicans said Sunday that the new GOP-led Congress will worker longer hours and force lawmakers to take tough votes that define elected officials for their constituents. “It’ll be an opportunity for the first time in really six years for people to see how their elected senators really feel about these issues,” Sen. Roger Wicker, Mississippi Republican, said Sunday
With no Harry Reid to do the Dirty Work
Obama Threatens to Block GOP Bills Himself

Obama, despite his near-constant friction with congressional Republicans the last few years, rarely has used the presidential veto – in part because legislation he didn't like typically died in the Democrat-controlled Senate before reaching his desk. But with Republicans taking charge of the Senate next month and building their majority in the House, Obama said in an NPR interview he's dusting off the veto pen.
Why a Federal Judge Says Obama's Immigration Action
is Unconstitutional

Hans von Spakovsky
When the judge for a Pennsylvania federal district court held on Dec. 16 that President Obama's "Executive Action is unconstitutional because it violates the separation of powers and the Take Care Clause of the Constitution," it must have felt like it came from left field, since the case didn't involve a general attack on the immigration amnesty plan.
Before Explosion, NASA Knew Aging Soviet Engines Posed Risks
Years before an unmanned rocket erupted in a fireball in October, NASA officials knew the metal in its 50-year-old Soviet-made engines could crack, causing fuel to leak and ignite, government documents show. As early as 2008, a NASA committee warned about the "substantial" risk of using the decades-old engines...
Smart Grid Powers Up Privacy Worries
Data Could be Worth More Than the Commodity Itself

The Department of Energy is publishing in January the final draft of a voluntary code of conduct governing data privacy for smart meters, 38 million of which have already been installed nationwide. The meters gather information about household electricity consumption and transmit it wirelessly at regular intervals to the supplier.
The Pipeline and the Damage Done
Fred Barnes
For a symbolic issue, the Keystone pipeline has sure caused a lot of damage – to Canadian-American relations, to Democrats, to President Obama. And it feeds, underscores, or reflects a variety of political divisions, some of them quite bitter. I'll get to Keystone's victims shortly, but first the explanation of why the issue is purely symbolic.
328-foot Wind Turbine Collapses
Wind Farm Shut Down for Investigation

A 328-foot tall wind turbine worth more than £2 million pounds has buckled and collapsed on a mountainside in Northern Ireland. Unconfirmed reports suggested the blades of the turbine had spun out of control – despite only light wind speeds – before the structure came crashing to the ground on Friday.
Turbine fires 'ten times more common than reported'
The Futility of Wind Power
From Australia’s Carbon Sense Coalition comes this document intended as “a submission to the Australian Senate Enquiry into Wind Farms” on the extraordinary costs of wind power generation both economically and environmentally. The wind is free but wind power is far from it. Its cost is far above all conventional methods of generating electricity. Either taxpayers or consume rs will pay this bill.
1350+ Peer-Reviewed Papers Supporting Skeptic Arguments
Against ACC/AGW Alarmism

This is a resource for skeptics not a list of skeptics. To provide a resource for peer-reviewed papers that support skeptic arguments against ACC/AGW or Alarmism and to prove that these papers exist contrary to claims otherwise:
West Virginia is Focus of Court Ruling Against
EPA Expansion of Clean Water Act

The EPA decided to drop its appeal of an October 2013 Federal court ruling in favor a West Virginia farmer. EPA unsuccessfully tried to make the case that it has the power to regulate stormwater runoff from livestock or poultry farms, claiming the Clean Water Act allows it to make rules regarding "concentrated animal feeding operations."
It's Time To Get Intolerant
Bill Muehlenberg
We expect secular humanists and others like them to celebrate the idea of tolerance as the greatest good, but sadly many believers have also hopped on to this foolish bandwagon. It is as if the greatest virtue is now tolerance and the greatest vice is intolerance. Well, it is time for some straight thinking here.
Happy 2015? Newsweek Hit Piece Smears Bible, Christians
Todd Starnes
Newsweek is launching the New Year with an old school attack on the Bible and Christians. I'm not sure why, but the folks over at Newsweek seem to hold a mighty big grudge against Christians. Maybe somebody spiked their Kool-Aid during Vacation Bible School? Who knows?
11-yr-old Students Taken to Conference Where Louis Farrakhan
Calls for Violence in Response to Ferguson

"At the end of the day… it's about how we connect to our youth and help develop them to become our future," says Anthony Pena, a Booker T. Washington Middle School administrator who took more than forty students between the ages of 11 and 15 to a conference on reparations for African Americans.
Nigeria: Christians Debunk Reports That Muslims Protected Christians
The feel-good story was widely reported: on Christmas day in Nigeria, Muslims protected Christians at churches, thereby demonstrating that the vast majority of peaceful Muslims reject the jihad terror agenda and stand with non-Muslims for peace and pluralism. The only problem was that it wasn't true – it was just another example of mainstream media mythmaking and wishful thinking.

Week ending 28 December 2014

The NYPD Cop-Killing: The Chickens Come Home to Roost
Little Reported was the Fact That Brinsley was Muslim

Robert Spencer
When Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley murdered NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu as they ate lunch in their patrol car last Saturday, the only people who could possibly have been surprised were those who have not realized how assiduously Leftist and Muslim activists have worked – long before the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner – to demonize the NYPD and law enforcement in general.
Holder and Obama are Making Race Relations Worse,
Inflaming Hatred

John Fund & Hans Von Spakovsky
Attorney General Eric Holder insisted to MSNBC earlier this month that “we are in a better place than we were before” in race relations since Barack Obama was elected president. The president doubled down in an interview with NPR last week. Asked if race relations were worse since he took office, he said, “No, I actually think that it’s probably in its day-to-day interactions less racially divided.” But that’s not what the American people see.
Obama's 'propaganda' Pushed People to 'hate the police,' Giuliani says
"We've had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police," Giuliani said... "The protests are being embraced, the protests are being encouraged. The protests, even the ones that don't lead to violence, a lot of them lead to violence, all of them lead to a conclusion: The police are bad, the police are racist. That is completely wrong."
Bill de Blasio 2 Hours Late to Wake for Slain Officer Rafael Ramos
On Friday evening, thousands of New Yorkers attended a memorial service for Rafael Ramos, one of the two NYPD officers assassinated a week ago by an Eric Garner protester. The service brought mourners from every corner of the city. Noticeably late was embattled Mayor Bill de Blasio, who made it to the service only just before its conclusion.
Black Mob Violence at Christmas, All Over the Country
Holidays are a special time for practitioners and deniers of black mob violence. The Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day and of course New Year’s are among the most popular. But not Christmas. Not usually. Not until this year: Black mob violence and resentment erupted across the country during the 72 hours before, during and after Christmas.
'Black Hood'
The Race Card's Steep Cost
Thomas Sowell
Someone once said that civilization is a thin crust over a volcano. The police are part of that thin crust. We have seen before our own eyes, first in Ferguson, Missouri and then in other communities, what happens when there is just a small crack in that crust, and barbarism and arson burst out.
Racial Unrest in Ferguson and New York a Communist Revolution
Judi McLeod
The overnight outbreak of violence in Ferguson and New York, including looting and burning in Ferguson, is not a spontaneous grassroots community response to the Grand Jury decisions not to indict Michael Brown and Eric Garner. It is being fully scripted and orchestrated by the Revolutionary Communist Party USA... Protesters no longer know or even care about what is true when even their pastors are out on the streets where signs stamped are hoisted.
Take to the streets, stay in the streets
Google Goes Off the Climate Change Deep End 
Chairman Eric Schmidt should heed his own advice

Paul Driessen and Chris Skate
Google scientists Ross Koningstein and David Fork admit that the real result of all of their costly research was to reach the following conclusion: “green energy is simply not economically, viable and resources that we as a society waste in trying to make it so would be better used to improve the efficiencies in established energy technologies like coal.”
That 5% 3rd Quarter GDP Growth the
Obama Administration Announced? They Lied.

Howard Richman
According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) of the Commerce Department BEA, the U.S. economy grew at a 5.0% annual rate during that quarter. A more accurate estimate of the U.S. growth rate can be found by comparing each quarter with the quarter one year earlier. If the third quarter of 2014 is compared with the third quarter of 2013, the growth rate was 2.7%, not 5.0%, as shown in the graph below.
Obama Administration Crams Over 1,200 New Regulations
Just Before the New Year

One of the most contentious new regulations is the EPA's coal ash rule. The rule has been criticized by the coal industry and environmental groups – though for entirely different reasons – and has a price tag of up to $20.3 billion. The rule was finalized last Friday. Before that, the Obama administration finalized a new ozone standard that could become the costliest rule ever proposed by the EPA.
Britain Unprepared for Severe Electrical Blackouts,
Secret Government Report Reveals

Britain is unprepared for prolonged blackouts, with increased death rates, rising public disorder and high-risk criminals on the loose among the likely consequences if major energy networks are seriously damaged, a secret Government security assessment has found. The UK´s contingency plans for severe power cuts are based on numerous flawed or untested assumptions and need to be revised, according to documents obtained by the Telegraph.
North Carolina High School 'Infected' with Islam and Muhammad
via Common Core

Kevin "Coach" Collins
The shocked townsfolk now see their children's English class lessons being taught with references to Muhammad and other elements of Islam... "In the following exercises, you will have the opportunity to expand your vocabulary by reading about Muhammad and the Islamic word."
Sharia versus Freedom
Interview by Jamie Glazov
I began to ask myself a series of questions. How has the idea of the Caliphate been actualized in the past? Why has it survived to this day? Why is the notion of a Caliphate so popular among Muslims, and what are implications of its popularity, for Muslims, and non-Muslims? –Andrew Bostom

2 Legislators Indicted for Voter ID Bribes in Case AG Kane Refused to Prosecute – Grand Jury Strongly Rebuked Claims of Racial Bias
Hans von Spakovsky
A grand jury convened by Philadelphia DA Seth Williams has indicted two Democratic state legislators for accepting bribes in exchange for voting against a voter ID bill... The grand jury findings also represent a withering rejection of the unjustifiable behavior of Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane, who shut down the three-year investigation that caught state Democratic legislators on video and audio tapes taking bribes. 
Homeland Security Figures Show Illegal Immigration Up,
Deportations Down In 2014

Apprehensions on the border, which Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says is a yardstick for overall illegal immigration, rose 16 percent in fiscal year 2014, while deportations from within the interior of the U.S. – the measure of how much the administration is going after long-time illegal immigrants – fell 24 percent.
Why We Isolated Cuba for 53 Years
Lee Edwards
Contrary to what President Obama has asserted, U.S. sanctions have worked. For more than five decades, presidents, Democratic and Republican, politically isolated and economically sanctioned Communist Cuba for the best of reasons. Here are four of them:
Walmart Asked to Stop Bankrolling Sharpton
After New York Police Murders

National Legal and Policy Center
We have repeatedly raised the issue of your support for Sharpton, including at the Walmart annual meeting. You cannot lay any claim to corporate social responsibility as long as you write checks to Sharpton. This is not the first time that violence and loss of life have followed Sharpton's agitation, such as in the 1991 Crown Heights riots and the 1995 Freddy's Fashion Mart incident.
On Christmas Eve, the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty Takes Effect,
Giving Americans a Lump of Coal In Their Stocking

Ted Bromund
The ATT is a bad idea that keeps getting worse. In theory, it’s about stopping the sale of guns to terrorists and mass murderers. But in practice, it’s about preventing Israel from defending itself, allowing left-wing activists to dictate U.S. foreign policy and giving anti-gun advocates a leg up.
Eleanor Roosevelt Had a Carry Permit, So Why Can´t You?
Nick Gillespie
Eleanor Roosevelt had a permit to carry a handgun in New York state (though not in New York City, it should be noted). If you find yourself in a jurisdiction that forbids law-abiding citizens from packing heat, you might ask why she could carry but you cannot.
More on Eleanor
Hey GQ, can’t find any crazy Democrats? Here are 16
Kyle Smith
In a survey of the “Craziest Politicians of 2014,” GQ had difficulty locating any Democrats. Seventeen out of 20 on the list were Republicans, with the only liberals being Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson and America’s reigning nabob of nuttiness, Joe Biden.
Los Angeles ‘Kwanzaa’ Parade and #BlackLivesMatter Protest Flops
After 10 Mins from Lack of Interest!

If Kwanzaa wasn’t a stupid made-up holiday, this would be sad, but since it is, this is hilarious! Apparently a ‘Kwanzaa’ parade that was planned for Los Angeles was so sparsely attended that it was shut down after only 10 minutes.

Week ending 21 December 2014

The Extraordinary Life of Barack Obama's Imaginary Son
Stephen Miller
In an upcoming People magazine interview, Barack and Michelle Obama sit down and discuss life as the First Oppressed Couple of the United States. Hoping to shed light and relate to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City, Barack reached into the upstairs White House bedroom of his mind and called upon his famous imaginary son to make an appearance:
Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Economic Productivity
Casey Mulligan
The key economic concept required to understand the labor market effects of the ACA is what economists call "tax distortions." Tax distortions are changes in behavior on the part of businesses or households for the purpose of reducing their taxes or increasing their subsidies. We call them distortions because they don't occur for real business or real personal reasons. They occur because of the tax code.
Top 10 Lies in Obama's Cuba Speech
Joel B. Pollak
President Barack Obama unveiled a new U.S. policy toward Cuba on Wednesday as part of a deal that brought American Alan Gross home in exchange for three convicted Cuban spies. As he has done so often in the past, Obama tried to channel the perspective of America's enemies and critics, as if his job were to act as a neutral mediator instead of defending U.S. interests and values.
Obama Gives the Castro Regime in Cuba an Undeserved Bailout
Washington Post Editorial
On Wednesday, the Castros suddenly obtained a comprehensive bailout – from the Obama administration. President Obama granted the regime everything on its wish list that was within his power to grant; a full lifting of the trade embargo requires congressional action. Full diplomatic relations will be established, Cuba's place on the list of terrorism sponsors reviewed and restrictions lifted on U.S. investment and most travel to Cuba.
NYPD Police in Mourning
They gave their lives
New York Post Editorial
It’s come to this. Two NYPD officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, doing nothing more than sitting innocently in their car – murdered in cold blood, in broad daylight. Officials say it was revenge for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Police Turn Their Back on DeBlasio
A blue wall of silently seething police officers turned their backs on Mayor de Blasio Saturday night – literally. As the mayor and his entourage snaked through a jammed third-floor corridor at Woodhull Hospital, where two officers had been pronounced dead just hours earlier, scores of grieving cops faced the walls – and away from the leader they believe has failed them.

Police Believe New York City Cop Killer was a Member of the
Black Guerrilla Family

The cold-blooded cop-hater who gunned down two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday is suspected of being a member of a notorious prison gang that has declared open season on the NYPD. Detectives were headed to Baltimore on Saturday night to probe Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s ties to the Black Guerrilla Family, sources told the Daily News.

#Ferguson ‘Protesters’ Chant Death Threat, “Pigs in a Blanket”,
Same Threat from Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley

The chants are led by Palestinian Hamas supporter Bassem Masri, who has been one of the main agitators in Ferguson and who himself has been arrested for assault on a police officer, including apparently spitting on one of them in a video.

Was Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley a “Two-fer”,
Islamist and Black Extremist?

Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley’s social media reveals he was motivated by a black extremist view that police were out to kill black people. But did Islamist beliefs also enter into his actions? ...This is from Suran 8, the title of which is “Al-Anfal,” or “The Spoils of War.” According to his Facebook Brinsley spoke Arabic.
Columbia Grad Student, Next Suspect Arrested
In Attack on NYPD at Brooklyn Bridge Protest

Four down, two to go. Cindy Gorn, 29 – “Female Suspect No. 2” – is a grad student at Columbia University who walked into Manhattan’s Fifth Precinct station house with her lawyer at 12:30 p.m., sources said. The NYPD circulated video images of six people who the department says attacked officers as the Dec. 13 demonstrations made their way to the Brooklyn Bridge.
Dorian Johnson Update: Michael Brown's Friend Admits
He Didn't See Him Get Shot in the Back

Dorian Johnson is making headlines yet again. For those who aren't familiar with Johnson, he was the key witness in the controversial Ferguson case. He actually witnessed the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. But, that's not all. His claims also sparked the national protesting mantra, "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" since Johnson stated Brown had his hands up and asked Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson not to shoot him.
Policeman Shot Dead in Tarpon Spring, Florida
The community of Tarpon Spring is mourning the loss of TSPD officer, 45-year-old Charles "Charlie K" Kondek who was shot and killed on Sunday morning. Police were originally called out for a noise ordinance complaint as the suspect was banging on residential doors. When police arrived the suspect shot Kondek and then attempted to flee in a vehicle...
Raúl Castro Thanks Bararck Obama,
but Reaffirms Communist Rule in Cuba

President Raúl Castro declared victory for the Cuban Revolution on Saturday in a wide-ranging speech, thanking President Obama for “a new chapter” while also reaffirming that restored relations with the United States did not mean the end of Communist rule in Cuba. He stoked the flames of Cuban nationalism, declaring near the end of his statement, “We won the war.”
Message Response to “I’m-not-done”
Obama: Neither is the USA!

Judi McLeod
“I’m not done” is overkill now that ideologue Obama’s already gifted the world with Amnesty, ObamaCare, continuing racial unrest complete with looting and torching not seen since the 1960s and having thrown in, full bore,  with Communist Cuba.  Obama long ago ran out of ideas and is now publicly showing how he is running out of torment options.
More Stealthy Than Executive Orders,
Obama Adds Memoranda to Mix of Policy Impositions

President Obama has issued a form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum more often than any other president in history – using it to take unilateral action even as he has signed fewer executive orders. When these two forms of directives are taken together, Obama is on track to take more high-level executive actions than any president since Harry Truman...
Ho! Ho! Ho! Obamacare’s Christmas Surprise
Rep. Mark Meadows
CMS has proposed a new rule that includes an overly reaching provision allowing CMS to re-enroll anyone who has not made the annual trek back to in a cheaper plan of CMS’ choosing. That’s right, the government will choose your plan, perhaps limit access to your doctor, and ultimately make the decision on what is “best” for you.

Obamacare and Eugenics
Gruber's Own Words Belie His Testimony

David Catron
The scariest words uttered during Jonathan Gruber's recent appearance before the House Oversight Committee were "positive selection." They were read aloud by Republican Rep. Thomas Massie, from a 1997 paper the professor co-authored concerning abortion. The opus in question made the Congressman uneasy because of the following passage:

4 Years After Passage WH Still Hasn't Approved
IRS Paperwork On Obamacare Mandate Tax

The IRS is trying to comply with federal rules that require White House approval on its new paperwork for the individual mandate. But the White House has rejected one proposal and ignored another, according to new research from the American Action Forum, a free-market think tank headed by former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin.

1/4 Million Doctors Will Get Medicare Pay Cut for Using Paper Records
Bruce Japsen
More than 250,000 physicians and other health professionals are being notified as early as today that their payments from Medicare and Medicaid will be cut because they aren't adequately using electronic health records in their practices, the Obama administration confirmed.
Here's a Viable Replacement for Obamacare
Edmund Haislmaier
In the wake of Republican mid-term electoral victories, and with support for the president's health care law registering new lows in the Gallup survey, it is time to consider what a "repeal and replace" strategy for Obamacare might actually look like. While it is true that the politics and timing remain fluid, it is still possible to outline substantive changes.
9/11 Interrogator: CIA ‘Was Very Careful’ to Confirm Legality;
“The 911 victims are the reason that I'm here”

One of the men who interrogated 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was on "The Kelly File" exclusively tonight to discuss the controversial report on the CIA's enhanced interrogation methods. Dr. James Mitchell explained how he was asked to figure out detainee resistance behaviors.

‘We Had to Do Our Duty’: Interview with the Man
Who Waterboarded the 9/11 Mastermind

The man who waterboarded 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is standing by the CIA's controversial enhanced interrogation program, saying the intelligence agency and its agents "had to do our duty." Mitchell is one of the men who waterboarded Mohammed and terror suspect Abu Zubaydah. The psychologist assisted the CIA in developing the controversial enhanced interrogation program.
Australian Hostage-taker Named as
Radical Muslim Cleric Man Haron Monis

Radical Muslim cleric Sheik Man Haron Monis has been revealed to be the ringleader in the Sydney cafe siege that has seen up to 15 people held hostage since yesterday morning. Monis was born Manteghi Bourjerdi and fled from Iran to Australia in 1996 where he changed his name to Man Haron Monis and assumed the title of Sheik Haron.
Path to
Sydney's Lindt Cafe Terrorist Warned Obama
Not to Hide His Islamic Faith

Signing his name as "Sheik Haron" and writing "Dear Brother Barack Obama" in the salutation of his letter, Man Haron Monis warned Obama on June 12, 2008: "You will be apostate by denying your religion, I advise you to avoid such a big sin." Virtually ignored by the mainstream media since June of 2008, the letter was easily accessed on Monis' personal website right up until the day following the Sydney terrorist attack...
Parliament says not Lone Wolf
‘Known Wolf’ Syndrome: Sydney Hostage-Taker is Yet
Another Case of Political Correctness

Patrick Poole
Yet again, we have a case in the West in which a domestic terrorist was well-known to law enforcement authorities and yet action sufficient to prevent the tragedy at hand was never taken despite the opportunity to do so (in this instance, he was out on bail). Nonetheless, this will be yet another case where so-called terrorism "experts" will be trotted out by the media and political officials to claim that Monis was a case of "lone wolf syndrome."
Dem Congressman Jim McDermott: ‘Obama Needs to Listen to Others’
Because ‘He Really Doesn’t Understand’ Politics

"The president is going to have to listen to some people other than the little group of people around him now," McDermott said. "He is all by himself. He doesn't have the Senate to save him as they have in the last six years. He is really in danger of really doing some awful things because he really doesn't understand."
Let's Get Government Out of the Charity Business
Star Parker
The story is told that when Tennessee frontiersman Davy Crockett served in the U.S. Congress (between 1827 and 1835) he voted for a bill appropriating $20,000 for relief for victims of a fire that broke out in Georgetown. When he returned home, a constituent farmer chastised him for supporting the bill and for "giving what is not yours to give."
A Tale of Davy Crockett
Watchdog's FOIA Request Reveals Obama's $1,176,120.90 in
Air Force Expenses to Attend 2 Fundraisers – Calls for Change

Judicial Watch announced it obtained records from the Air Force revealing that the October fundraising trips by President Obama to Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA, cost taxpayers $1,176,120.90 in flight expenses alone. "Taxpayers are being gouged by Obama for unnecessary travel for political fundraising and vacations," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
The Real Cost of Castro Inc.
Elizabeth MacDonald
There is a price that the Cuban regime will exact from American companies to do business there if U.S.-Cuba relations are fully normalized, a price that likely won't benefit the country's lower classes, but will instead line the pockets of Castro & Co., experts on Cuba warn.
NY Times: Obama Administration Gave Immigration Favors to
Family of Foreign, High-dollar Democrat Donors

The Obama administration overturned a ban preventing a wealthy, politically connected Ecuadorean woman from entering the United States after her family gave tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic campaigns... The family, has been investigated by federal law enforcement agencies on suspicion of money laundering and immigration fraud...

Week ending 14 December 2014

Life in Post-Truth America
Daniel Greenfield
Obama doesn't simply lie. He exists in a truth-free zone. He does not start with truthful facts. His starting point is in an imaginary territory. It ends in an imaginary territory. If the two imaginary territories are different, it scarcely matters because neither place was ever real.
Democrats' CIA Gambit Backfires
Jennifer Rubin
I strongly suspect Senate Democrats did not anticipate the events that played out after the release of their much-criticized report on CIA interrogation tactics. Sure, the gory details dominated headlines and delighted the antiwar left, but then conservatives and some Democrats – and most telling, current and former CIA officials – struck back.
Obama Immigration Chief Says Amnesty Designed to
Cement Illegals Place in Society

"If this program does what we want it to do, you will now have literally millions of people who will be working on the books, paying taxes, being productive. You cannot so easily by fiat now remove those people from the economy," said Mr. Leon Rodriguez, who took over as agency director earlier this year.
Poll: Diane Feinstein's CIA Report More Harmful to America
Than "Torturing" Detainees

Former veep Dick Cheney went much further [than Obama CIA chief John Brennan], saying the Senate Democrat report was "full of crap."  An American public numb from six years of Obama and Joe Biden was thus reminded of how awesome Dick Cheney is, and how much you want a guy like him on your side when the real crap hits the fan.
Top Dems in Congress Knew of Interrogation Tactics in 2002,
Former CIA Official says

Jose Rodriguez said he briefed Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in 2002 on each of the interrogation tactics approved by the Justice Department. “I briefed her on all of the techniques. These people were fully aware of all of the techniques approved by the Department of Justice and legal counsels,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” “She never objected to the techniques at all.”
Conservative Group Sues California AG Over Demands for
Donor List Names, 'Bullying' – Donors Fear IRS-like Exposure

Americans for Prosperity, founded by the Koch brothers and based in Virginia, acknowledged in court documents that its views are not "universally popular" -- the group said it feared for the safety of donors, citing past harassment and hackers. They said [AG Kamala] Harris' demands violate the First and 14th amendments and the Supremacy Clause.
Obamacare Impact On Primary Care Doc Shortage Intensifies
A survey this year by The Physicians Foundation found that 81 percent of doctors describe themselves as either over-extended or at full capacity, and 44 percent said they planned to cut back on the number of patients they see, retire, work part-time or close their practice to new patients.

Half of Doctors Listed as Serving Medicaid Patients
Are Unavailable, Investigation Finds

Many of the doctors were not accepting new Medicaid patients or could not be found at their last known addresses, according to the report from the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services. The study raises questions about access to care for people gaining Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Angry Dad's Letter to Jonathan Gruber:
"You Arrogant B-----D!"

If you know what's good for you Jonathon Gruber, you'll stay the hell away from me. Why? Because you have done the unpardonable in the eyes of any father – you have brought havoc unto the finances of my youngest daughter – and her newlywed husband.

Jonathan Gruber Reveals the Arrogance of Liberals
Michael Gerson
The problem for Democrats is that Gruber is not stupid. By all accounts, he is knowledgeable, candid and willing, on occasion, to criticize the Obama administration... But he is perfectly representative of a certain approach to politics that is common in academic circles, influential in modern liberalism and destructive to the Democratic Party.

Gruber Paper Found That Aborting Poor Children
Saves Taxpayers Money (Is the 'Death Panel' Similar?)

Paula Bolyard
At the hearing Gruber was asked by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) about a paper he co-authored in 1998, "Abortion Legalization and Child Living Circumstances: Who is the 'Marginalized Child'," in which Gruber suggested that children who die as a result of abortion are better off because the majority of them would have ended up in single-parent households and living in poverty.

Chairman Issa Follows Up Gruber Grilling with Subpoenas
Jonathan Gruber, who was captured on several recently-surfaced videos alluding to the "stupidity" of the American voter and acknowledging that the Affordable Care Act was intentionally written in a dense fashion because it would never pass if people understood it, was called before the committee on Tuesday.

‘Get Over Your Damn Glibness’
"My husband was having chest pains at the time that he was told we were not enrolled in ObamaCare, and come to find out he didn't have all of the tests that he was advised by his physician to have," she said. "So, on October 24, the week before election, my husband went to sleep and never woke up. –Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)

6 Reasons: Make No Mistake. The Health-care Law Never Needed Barack Obama. But it Always Involved Jonathan Gruber.
Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber claimed on Capitol Hill this week that he did not write whole parts of Obamacare. Nonsense. Jonathan Gruber was, indeed, the "brains" behind the key parts of Obamacare.
Principle Steps Down As Muslims Take Over UK School
"I suppose I was a threat, giving these children more British values"

Mr. Balwant Bains stepped down as the principal of the Saltley School and Specialist Science College, saying he could no longer do the job in the face of relentless criticism from the Muslim-dominated school board. It had pressed him, unsuccessfully, to replace some courses with Islamic and Arabic studies, segregate girls and boys and drop a citizenship class on tolerance and democracy in Britain.
Germans Take to the Streets to Protest Against 'Islamisation' –
Claim to Want to Preserve Judeo-Christian Culture

A new type of anti-immigration protest is sweeping across Germany, as thousands take to the streets against what they say is the growing "Islamisation" of the country. The new protests, which began in the city of Dresden in the former East Germany, feature no neo-Nazi slogans and have nothing to do with the traditional far right.
When Liberal Preferences Meet Islamic Principles
Selwyn Duke
It was discovered recently that Muslims in seven London schools were indoctrinating children with Islamic propaganda, ignoring Western culture and refusing to inculcate the “British values” of the moment. The situation was such that all of one school’s library books were in Arabic and many students couldn’t tell investigators whether they should follow British or Sharia law or which was more important.
ISIS Issues Guidelines for Sex Slavery
Members of the Islamic State have kidnapped thousands of women and girls in their raids on non-Sunni Muslim towns and villages across northern Syria and western Iraq. It would appear that ISIS requires its rank and file to follow a strict code of conduct in the matter of stealing young women and trading them like cattle for sexual gratification.
These 7 Revealing Emails Show Federal Officials
Scheming to Target Legal Businesses

The Obama administration contends that Operation Choke Point combats unlawful, mass-market consumer fraud. However, an earlier report by the House Oversight Committee found that the Justice Department initiative's targets included legal businesses such as short-term lenders, firearms and ammunition merchants, coin dealers, tobacco sellers and home-based charities.
"[T]he States can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore … never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of the people, they may more secretly be bought and sold at market."
—Thomas Jefferson, letter to Judge William Johnson, 1823
Sources: EPA Scrambles To Protect Key Climate Rule
The agency has not officially commented on the reported rule, but sources familiar with the possible delay of the New Source Performance Standards say it stems from serious problems with its carbon capture mandate. The reported delays come as House Republicans are preparing to receive a slew of documents that may endanger the agency’s rule, sources told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
German Renewable Energy Keeps Blacking Out!
Supply Often Less Than 2% of Wintertime Demand

Pierre L. Gosselin
My last post featured a commentary by renewable energy expert Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt, who forcefully conveyed the folly of Germany's mad rush into renewable energy, and the country's hysterical obsession with its suicidal fast-track shutdown of its stable base-electric-power generation.
Utter renewable folly
$1 Billion in UN Funds to Fight Climate Change
Built 3 Coal Power Plants Instead

There was genuine shock over an AP report that Japan had given $1 billion in loans to help some of its biggest firms build three such plants in Indonesia, on the basis that they would be "cleaner" than older coal-fired plants. [T]his highlighted "the lack of rules to steer the flow of climate finance from rich to poor countries" and the absence of any definition of what constitutes "climate finance", as well as a watchdog agency to oversee how the money is spent.
Greenpeace Stunt Outrages Peruvians: "What they have done
is an attack on a site that is one of the most fragile in the world"

 So furious is the Peruvian government that it has barred the Greenpeace activists from leaving the country and is preparing criminal charges for "attacking archeological monuments," punishable by up to eight years in prison.

Greenpeace Again Offends Indigenous People
Craig Rucker
Greenpeace likes to pretend it’s on the side of local people, especially indigenous peoples. But time and again they demonstrate a shocking degree of cultural boorishness. Now Greenpeace activists have Peruvians up in arms, after trespassing all over treasured Incan cultural site...
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The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Falling Gas Prices
Randal O'Toole
A left-coast writer named Mark Morford thinks that gas prices falling to $2 a gallon would be the worst thing to happen to America... If falling gas prices are the worst for America, then the best, Morford goes on to say, would be to raise gas taxes by $6 a gallon and dedicate all of the revenue to boondoggles “alternative energy and transport, environmental protections, our busted educational system, our multi-trillion debt.”
Not So Gentle Giant Eric Garner Had at Least 8
Domestic Incident Reports Filed Against Him

Street thug Eric Garner had at least eight domestic incident reports filed against him, including several for unwanted sexual touching. Under New York law domestic incident reports are filed whenever the police are forced to respond to a domestic altercation. No charges may be filed by the victim but police are still duty bound to report and catalog it.
Not All Ferguson Grand Jury Documents Released – Surprise!!
Media Just Found Out Johnson's Testimony is Mysteriously Missing

To hide both their (DOJ/FBI) knowledge thereof, and the admission of Dorian, the recording and transcript was withheld from the public, yet was read by the Grand Jury. The grand jury is bound to secrecy. In essence the Grand Jury knew Johnson was making it up, that's why their questions were seemingly from information out of left field. It wasn't left field to them because they knew the content of the FBI 8/13 statement, it was only left-field to YOU.
NYC Cops to de Blasio: Stay away from our funerals
Not over their dead bodies. Cops are warning Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to stay away from their funerals should they be killed in the line of duty. The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association distributed a flier to members, blaring: “DON’T LET THEM INSULT YOUR SACRIFICE!”
10 Foot Fences, No More Public Tours of Gracie Mansion?
What is De Blasio Hiding?

NY Post via WZ
Obama did the same thing, closing access to the White House long after his excuse of the shutdown stopped. He had to be shamed into restarting it. Must be something about those progressives, the “people’s house” isn’t the “people’s house” unless they say it is...
Texas Weighs Allowing Open Carry of Handguns
Long depicted as the rootin'-tootin' capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on the open carry of handguns. That could change in 2015, with the Republican-dominated Legislature and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott expected to push for expanded gun rights.
Shooters Grill: Where the Waitresses Open Carry
On Eve of Meeting with Kerry, Netanyahu says
Efforts to Impose Solution On Israel Will Fail

Netanyahu’s comments came a day before he is scheduled to fly to Rome to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry and discuss both the resolution the Palestinians plan on taking to the UN Security Council in the near future calling for a full Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines in two years, as well as a more moderate French proposal being drawn up together with the Germans and the British.
Legislation Lets States Cut Ties Between
Common Core and Federal Grants

The intent of Sen. David Vitter's bill is to enable states to more easily exit the national standards, which more and more parents and educators have come to oppose, by voiding requirements attached to previously issued waivers from federal law. States likely could retain their waivers from the law, called No Child Left Behind, even if they chose to pull out of Common Core.
Parents Angry After School Tells 13-Year-olds
They Can Have Sex, Choose Gender

Their children's sex ed class is being taught by employees of Planned Parenthood without their prior knowledge. They are also fuming over the methods and materials being used, including a checklist that asks students if they are "ready for sex" and another worksheet that describes how to give and obtain consent, as well as a diagram that uses a "genderbread" person for lessons in gender identity.
New WH College Rating System Already Under Heavy Scrutiny
The federal government, with its long-awaited rating system, is trying to hold the country's 7,000 colleges and universities accountable not only to taxpayers, but also to prospective students trying to weigh the pros and cons of different institutions. But it has many in the education community on edge.

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