Obama Calls For ‘Patient Dialogue’ After NYC Cop Killings

From The Hill:

Obama condemns NYPD killings, calls for ‘patient dialogue’

By Justin Sink | December 21, 2014

President Obama called for “patient dialogue” in a statement Saturday night “unconditionally” condemning the shooting deaths of two New York City police officers. “Two brave men won’t be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification,” the president, vacationing in Hawaii, said in a statement. “The officers who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for ours every single day – and they deserve our respect and gratitude every single day.”

Obama went on to ask for a rejection of “violence and words that harm” —

"Violence and words that harm should be rejected"? Haven’t Obama, Holder, de Blasio and Obama’s best friend, Al Sharpton, been the ones who have been saying the words that harm?


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Sharpton Gets Threats, NAACP Blames Guns For Deaths

From the Daily Caller:

Sharpton Whines ‘I’m Getting Threatening Phone Messages After NYPD Killings’

By Patrick Howley | December 21, 2014

The Reverend Al Sharpton is trying to shift focus away from his own out-of-control protests and make himself into the victim because he allegedly received at least one angry voice mail message.

Sharpton said Sunday that he is under “intense threat” because he received several intimidating phone calls after a gunman killed two New York police officers in retribution for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

“I have instructed our attorneys last night, I have began receiving threatening phone calls and hate. I’ll play one because I’m turning this over to the FBI,” Sharpton said at a press conference with Garner’s widow and mother in the aftermath of the execution-style murders of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu by Ismaaiyl Brinsley.


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De Blasio Attacks NYPD For Turning Their Backs on Him

From the Daily Caller:

De Blasio Attacks NYPD Officers That Turned Their Backs on Him

By Patrick Howley | December 21, 2014

Democratic New York City mayor Bill de Blasio launched a disgusting attack on the New York Police Department officers that symbolically turned their backs on him before a press conference to address the shooting deaths of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu…

“Mayor de Blasio, the blood of these two officers is clearly on your hands,” said Sergeants Benevolent Association police union president Edward Mullins. “That blood on their hands starts on the steps of City Hall in the office of the mayor,” said Pat Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.

Police union members turned their backs on de Blasio when he entered a press conference after the shooting.


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AP Fears NYPD Cop Killing Might Curb Anti-Cop Rhetoric

From a beyond shameless Associated Press:

Killings of 2 New York officers trigger backlash

By RIK STEVENS and VERENA DOBNIK | December 21, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

As a thought experiment, imagine if some Muslims were finally attacked because of anti-Muslim rhetoric. Would the AP be concerned that such an attack might put an end to anti-Muslim rhetoric?

In the raw hours [sic] following the killing of the officers, police union officials and politicians accused those who have protested the deaths of Garner and Brown of fanning anti-police fervor.


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NYPD: ‘Don’t Make Arrests Unless Absolutely Necessary’

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Police departments on alert after cop killings

By TOM HAYS | December 22, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car…

After the officers’ killings, a union-generated message at the 35,000-officer NYPD warned officers that they should respond to every radio call with two cars — "no matter what the opinion of the patrol supervisor" — and not make arrests "unless absolutely necessary."

So the protesters terrorists have won?

The president of the detectives union told members in a letter to work in threes when out on the street, wear bulletproof vests and keep aware of their surroundings.


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AP: Policemen’s Killer Angry At (Non) ‘Chokehold’ Death

From the Associated Press:

AP sources: Cops’ killer angry at chokehold death

By COLLEEN LONG and JENNIFER PELTZ | December 21, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said.

Note that the AP doesn’t mention that minor detail that the (alleged) perp was black and the two slain officers were Asian and Hispanic (two non-black minorities) until the seventh paragraph of their article. Which is odd, since when there is a black victim their race is usually mentioned in the headline and lead.


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Study: Even Beaver Dams Make ‘Global Warming’ Worse

First, there is this errant nonsense via the tireless global warming fear-mongers at Reuters:

Climate change could cut world food output 18 percent by 2050

By Chris Arsenault | December 18, 2014

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Global warming could cause an 18 percent drop in world food production by 2050 –

And never mind that global warming would mean a longer growing season. And never mind that most of the plagues in past centuries were caused by cooling trends, mini ice ages, that shortened growing seasons which led to famine, which in turn led to disease and the death of millions.

But investments in irrigation and infrastructure, and moving food output to different regions, could reduce the loss, a study published on Thursday said.



‘White Privilege Marred My Trip To A Ferguson Teach-In’

From Salon magazine:

“Listen when I talk to you!”: How white entitlement marred my trip to a Ferguson teach-in

Brittney Cooper | December 17, 2014

For the record, Ms. Cooper is a contributing writer at Salon who teaches ‘Women’s and Gender Studies’ as well as ‘Africana Studies’ at Rutgers University. (She is also a black woman, as if we need to mention it.)

On Friday, I was on the train to New York to do a teach-in on Ferguson at NYU. Beats headphones on, lost in thought, peering out the window, I suddenly saw a white hand shoving my work carry-on toward me. Startled, I looked up to see the hand belonged to a white guy, who was haphazardly handling my open bag, with my laptop perched just inside to make space for himself on the seat next to me.



Transgendered’ Is Now A Civil Right, Obesity A Disability

First we have this joyous news from BuzzFeed:

Justice Department Will Now Support Transgender Discrimination Claims In Litigation

By Chris Geidner | December 18, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department’s position going forward in litigation will be that discrimination against transgender people is covered under the sex discrimination prohibition in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964…

So now even Attorneys General can rewrite our laws via memorandum (AKA executive action)? Cool. We can’t wait for the day when Sarah Palin is the AG.

“This important shift will ensure that the protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are extended to those who suffer discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status,” Holder said in a statement.



X-Mas Miracle! FCC Rules ‘Redskins’ Can Stay On The Air

From The Hill:

FCC rules ‘Redskins’ can stay on the air

By Mario Trujillo | December 18, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday ruled the name "Redskins" is not profane or obscene. In a formal ruling, the commission rejected calls to yank the broadcast license of a radio station owned by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder for excessively using the team’s name, which some find offensive.

It’s a Christmas miracle. But don’t worry. The left will find another way to accomplish their goals. Like death and disease, the left never takes a holiday.

George Washington University professor John Banzhaf filed a petition in September opposing the license renewal of the D.C. station, WWXX-FM. The FCC can prohibit the use of profane or obscene language, but the team’s name does not fit the definition of either category, according to the FCC’s Media Bureau, which handled the case.



Top Federal Security Clearance Firm Gets Hacked – Again

From an irony-proof Associated Press:

Files of more than 40,000 federal workers breached

December 18, 2014

The computer files of more than 40,000 federal workers may have been compromised by a cyberattack at federal contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions, the second breach this year at a major firm handling national security background investigations of workers at federal agencies, the government confirmed Thursday.

Concerned that some data might have been exposed, the Office of Personnel Management has begun notifying the workers that their files were in jeopardy. Nathalie Arriola, speaking for the personnel office, said it will offer credit monitoring at no cost to those affected by the breach.

So their financial records were ‘exposed.’ How wonderful.

KeyPoint became the largest private clearance firm working for federal agencies several months ago after rival contractor USIS lost its investigations business with the government following a devastating cyberattack reported earlier this year.


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IRS Might Have To Shutdown, Due To A 3.4% Budget Cut

From a deeply concerned Politico:

IRS warns of possible shutdown

By Rachael Bade | December 18, 2014

The IRS is considering its own temporary shutdown due to recent budget cuts enacted by Congress, its chief said Thursday.

Just as we predicted. The Obama administration is going to threaten a ‘shutdown’ any time Congress tries to rein in Obama via the purse strings.

In this case, the Republicans in Congress are ‘punishing’ the IRS for targeting the Tea Party with a whopping 3.4% cut to their budget. A ‘cut’ that is surely far less than their build in automatic budget increases, thanks to baseline budgeting.

But the Obama administration might be making a tactical mistake. Who cares if the IRS is shutdown? By now most refunds have been processed and mailed.


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Harry Reid Brags About Nevada’s Pork In Spending Bill

From the Daily Caller:

Reid Secured Lots Of Goodies For Nevada In Spending Bill

By Rachel Stoltzfoos | December 18, 2014

The 2015 spending bill contains plenty of goodies for Harry Reid’s state of Nevada.

The Senate majority leader boasted about the earmarks in a press release before leaving town. “As the 113th Congress comes to a close, Senator Reid ended a successful lame duck session by delivering on a number of priorities to grow Nevada’s economy as we continue our recovery,” the release reads.

Reid secured at least $3.84 billion for things such as the protection of public lands, military and EPA building renovations, and wildfire prevention.

Lest we forget, the Democrat-controlled Congress banned earmarks in 2010. But ‘Clean Face,’ Harry Reid, has been the top champion of reviving them.



(Some Of) The Top Lies In Obama’s Speech About Cuba

From Breitbart:

Top 10 Lies in Obama’s Cuba Speech

By Joel B. Pollak | December 18, 2014

In the course of his address [on ‘normalizing relations with Cuba], Obama told American ten major lies, both of omission and commission. Here they are, in order of appearance:

With a couple of omission by us for space.

1. No mention of the Cuban missile crisis. “I was born in 1961 just over two years after Fidel Castro took power in Cuba… Over the next several decades, the relationship between our countries played out against the backdrop of the Cold War and America’s steadfast opposition to communism.” Cuba’s role in helping the Soviet Union project a direct threat to the U.S. mainland is carefully elided…

In fact, Obama made it sound like the only problem over the years was America’s opposition to communism.



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