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Best wishes to all, and have the happiest of holidays!

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PSA To Kids: Steal Parents’ Guns, Give Them To Teachers

From the Daily Caller:

Anti-Gun PSA Encourages Kids To Steal Parents’ Guns And Turn Them In To Teachers

By Chuck Ross | December 22, 2014

A provocative public service announcement released by a San Francisco-based production company encourages children to put themselves at risk and commit a slew of crimes by stealing their parents’ guns from home and turning them in at school.

In the anti-gun ad, published Dec. 13 by Sleeper 13 Productions, a boy who appears to be in his early teens is shown walking up the stairs of his home and wandering into his mother’s bedroom. The boy is shown opening the drawer to his mother’s dresser, where a handgun is hidden.

The boy takes the gun from the dresser and leaves the room.

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Latest ‘Bombshell': IRS Targeted ‘Icky’ Conservative Orgs

From the Daily Caller:

BOMBSHELL REPORT: IRS Targeted ‘Icky’ Conservative Groups

By Patrick Howley | December 22, 2014

Top IRS officials specifically targeted tea party groups and misled the public about its secret political targeting program led by ex-official Lois Lerner, according to a bombshell new congressional report.

So these are here are more of Obama’s ‘smidgeons’ coming home to roost. Still, leave it to the GOP to release such a ‘bombshell’ report on the day before Christmas Eve.

“The Committee has identified eight senior leaders who were in a position to prevent or to stop the IRS’s targeting of conservative applicants,” the Oversight report states. “Each of these leaders could have and should have done more to prevent the IRS’s targeting of conservative tax-exempt applicants.”

Here are six major takeaways from the report:

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Reuters Sobs: GOP Wants To Change ‘Non-Partisan’ CBO

From an outraged Reuters:

Republicans weigh big changes at U.S. budget referee agency

By David Lawder | December 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost of legislation.

Really? That’s crazy. Why would the Republicans want to change the ‘non-partisan’ CBO? Which has been outrageously wrong in their every projection since its inception in 1974. Which has always been wrong on the side of the Democrats and bigger government.

Conservative groups have been calling for the replacement of CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, who was appointed by Democrats in 2009 and whose term expires next month.

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Cuba Refuses To Extradite Cop Killers, Other Lefty Heroes

From a quietly pleased Associated Press:

Cuba says it has a right to grant asylum to US fugitives

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | December 22, 2014

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba said Monday that it has a right to grant asylum to U.S. fugitives, the clearest sign yet that the communist government has no intention of extraditing America’s most-wanted woman despite the warming of bilateral ties.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has urged President Barack Obama to demand the return of fugitive Joanne Chesimard before restoring full relations under a historic detente announced by Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro last week. Chesimard was granted asylum by Fidel Castro after she escaped from the prison where she was serving a sentence for killing a New Jersey state trooper in 1973 during a gunbattle [sic] after being stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike.

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DOJ: Two CIA Investigations Found No Evidence Of Crimes

From a cheering Reuters:

U.S. rights groups want special prosecutor to probe CIA tactics

By Alina Selyukh and Mark Hosenball | December 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. civil rights groups on Monday called on the U.S. Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the CIA’s use of torture and other extreme measures during interrogations.

The American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder that the recent Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA included significant new information about the nature of tactics, the decisions that led to their use and the number of prisoners involved.

Administration officials have said the Justice Department has no plans to reopen its investigation into the conduct of CIA interrogators toward detainees captured after the Sept.

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NYT Demands A CIA Prosecutor, Despite Having Had One

An uninformed spittle-flecked editorial from where else but the New York Times:

Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD | December 21, 2014

Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001…He did allow his Justice Department to investigate the C.I.A.’s destruction of videotapes of torture sessions and those who may have gone beyond the torture techniques authorized by President George W. Bush. But the investigation did not lead to any charges being filed, or even any accounting of why they were not filed…

In reality, Mr. Obama’s DOJ investigated every aspect of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation in two investigations.

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North Korea (Post Sony) Internet Outage Is Finally Over

From a relieved Associated Press:

North Korea Internet outage in wake of Sony attack over

By ERIC TUCKER | December 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea experienced sweeping Internet outages for hours before coming back online late Monday. One computer expert said the country’s online access was "totally down." The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible…

"We aren’t going to discuss, you know, publicly operational details about the possible response options or comment on those kind of reports in anyway except to say that as we implement our responses, some will be seen, some may not be seen," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

In other words, they would like us to think that it was.

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City Plans To Charge Mall Of America ‘Protest’ Organizers

From the CBS Minneapolis/St. Paul affiliate, WCCO:

Charges Expected To Be Filed Against MOA Protest Organizers

December 22, 2014

BLOOMINGTON (WCCO) — In the next few days, the Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson expects to file criminal charges against the organizers of Saturday’s protest at Mall of America.

These protests are organized? Who knew? From the media reports you would think they were just spontaneous grassroots outpouring of grief and outrage.

The mall went into a partial shutdown for about two hours as thousands of protesters filled the rotunda on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

In fact, the second busiest shopping day of the year. (Just as these same organizers targeted the largest mall in St. Louis on the busiest shopping day of the year, ‘black Friday.’)

The group, “Black Lives Matter” chose the mall for its high visibility, but was warned repeatedly that it was private property.

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NYC Gunman Videoed ‘Protests,’ Tracked Police With App

From the Associated Press:

Police: NY shooter saw protest, didn’t participate

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and COLLEEN LONG | December 22, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The gunman who fatally shot two New York City police officers watched a protest over police-involved deaths earlier this month, but did not participate. Investigators say Ismaaiyl Brinsley was at a protest in New York’s Union Square on Dec. 1, before a grand jury decided against charging a white officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man.

And never mind that there was no "chokehold death." But who spoke at this protest? What did they say? For some reason the AP is not very interested in reporting that.

After all, they certainly weren’t as incendiary as Sarah Palin’s targets on some obscure map of Congressional districts that hardly anyone but her staff ever saw.

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NYC Protesters Won’t Pause Despite De Blasio’s Request

From a quietly cheering Reuters:

New York mayor calls for pause in protests after police killings

By Jonathan Allen and Laila Kearney | Dec 23, 2014

(Reuters) – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio implored protesters on Monday to wait until after the funerals of two policemen shot dead in an ambush before resuming rallies that have roiled the city and beyond over the deaths of black men at the hands of police.

But de Blasio’s plea was quickly dismissed by several activist groups that vowed to continue protests… [T]he Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights activist representing the families of Garner and Brown, said de Blasio’s call was too nebulous to heed. "Is a vigil a protest? Is a rally?" Sharpton said in a telephone interview, calling de Blasio’s comments "an ill-defined request."

‘Resist We Much’ Al Sharpton demands that everything be clearly defined.

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Politico: De Blasio Is A Victim Of The All Powerful NYPD

From a completely shameless Politico:

De Blasio’s nightmare

By Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush | December 22, 2014

Bill de Blasio, like his progressive [sic] political idol Barack Obama, is finding out that you can’t do the New Politics if you don’t pay attention to the old politics. In Obama’s case, it was a failure to recognize the threat posed to him by Republicans who didn’t buy into his calls for a post-partisan partnership with Congress.

And to think, some actually think the Politico is a news outlet and not a Democrat front.

For New York’s ambitious liberal mayor, it was an inability to keep long-simmering tensions with the city’s traditionally powerful police department from boiling over in the last few days…

Oh, is that what happened?

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De Blasio Blames Media, Is Suddenly Avoiding Sharpton

From the Washington Examiner:

Bill de Blasio goes after media

By Brian Hughes | December 22, 2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, on the defensive following the killing of two police officers in Brooklyn, accused the media Monday of stoking racial tensions rather than objectively covering “peaceful protests.”

"What are you guys going to do? Are you going to keep dividing us?” de Blasio said when asked whether aggressive demonstrations contributed to shootings of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. “The few who want conflict attempt that,” he told reporters in a press conference Monday afternoon. “You guys enable that.”

Mr. de Blasio is partially right. Certainly, he media has encouraged these protests by spreading various lies. Including the lie that Brown had his hands up and the Garner was choked to death.

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De Blasio Calls For Temporary Pause Of Anti-Police Lies

From an unquestioning Associated Press:

Battered NY mayor calls for temporary protest halt

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and COLLEEN LONG | December 22, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — As the New York Police Department mourns two of its own, Mayor Bill de Blasio pleaded for a pause in protests and rancor amid a widening rift with those in a grieving force who accuse him of creating a climate of mistrust that contributed to the executions of two officers.

What a load. Mr. De Blasio is about as ‘battered’ as Obama. De Blasio is the one who started the rift and mistrust. His entire political career has been based on attacking the police as racist. (Ending ‘stop and frisk,’ and police ‘profiling.’) And things have turned out pretty much the way he had hoped.

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The Hill: GOP ‘Eye Obscure Tool’ — Budget Reconciliation!

From The Hill:

Republicans eye obscure budget tool to repeal ObamaCare

By Scott Wong | December 21, 2014

Republicans on and off Capitol Hill are rallying behind using a rarely-deployed budget tool next year to dismantle ObamaCare. But the issue of how to use “budget reconciliation” has divided Republicans, with some calling for it to be implemented to overhaul the tax code or to push through major energy reforms.

The Hill calls ‘budget reconciliation’ "an obscure tool? Even though the Democrats used it in 2010 to ram through Obama-Care in the dead of night on Christmas Eve? (A detail that The Hill will mention in passing in the 25th paragraph of this article.)

The tool is useful because it could allow newly-empowered Senate Republicans to pass legislation with a 51-vote simple majority rather than the usual 60, greatly increasing the chances of moving legislation to President Obama’s desk…

Which is exactly why the Democrats turned to it to ram through Obama-Care.

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