Via NY Post:
Anarchists plotted on Wednesday to disrupt the Thanksgiving Day Parade — feeling emboldened after cops allowed them to run free on major roadways like the FDR Drive and the West Side Highway, The Post has learned.
“The police aren’t going to arrest us and they are not going to shoot us,” an organizer who calls himself “Magiq” boasted to a group of two dozen rabble-rousers at a Union Square planning session Wednesday night.
“They’re walking right by us now with their heads down and their tails between their legs,” Magiq, 27, of Brooklyn taunted as scores of cops watched the group from across 14th Street.
The hashtag #StopTheParade was burning up Twitter as agitators planned a fresh wave of chaos following two nights running amok on city streets to protest the Ferguson, Mo., grand-jury decision.
“Yes, they’re planning on crashing the parade,” a law-enforcement source said. “With this hands-off approach, it gives them free rein to do anything they want. It’s a free pass to act like a fool.”
So what happened?
They tried to get into the parade route and police gobbled up the turkeys…
Via NY Post:
The Thanksgiving Day Parade was barely under way when about half a dozen protesters were handcuffed Thursday morning after they ignored police officers and tried to march toward the parade route on Sixth Avenue.
Protesters chanted, “Justice for Mike Brown!” and “No justice, no peace!” referring to the unarmed black teen shot and killed by a white cop in Ferguson, Mo.
The protesters marched south from the New York Public Library and turned right on 37th Street toward Seventh Avenue about 9:30 a.m. – but then tried to make a U-turn toward the parade route.
Parade was not disrupted.
Bad bad bad, both irradiated and turkey. But on the positive side, no Salon there to chastise you and be the food police!
Via NY Post:
Just be thankful you’re not eating this.
As millions of Americans indulge themselves in the usual fixings for Thanksgiving, the six members of the International Space Station will be chowing down on irradiated smoked turkey, thermostabilized candied yams and freeze-dried cornbread dressing.
The bright side — there’s no slaving over a hot stove for countless hours in space — one snip of the scissors and some water is all it takes for the Expedition 42 crew to treat themselves to “traditional holiday fare with a space-food flair,” according to NASA.
Once they’re done scarfing down the main course, which also includes freeze-dried green beans and mushrooms, the astronauts will cap the meal off with dessert: thermostabilized cherry-blueberry cobbler.
As for leftovers — there’s no fridge, making it impossible to preserve any of the scraps.
Uh, yeah, good luck with that! I’ve got a 14 pounder in the oven right now and I’m going to take a picture and send it to Salon. With a side of sausage stuffing…
From my family to yours, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
My favorite part of this story: They wanted to buy two more bombs but couldn’t afford it until one of their girlfriend’s got her welfare payment.
Update to this story.
Via Stl. Today:
Two men indicted last week on federal weapons charges allegedly had plans to bomb the Gateway Arch — and to kill St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson — the Post-Dispatch has learned.
Sources close to the investigation were uncertain whether the men had the capability to carry out the plans, although the two allegedly did buy what they thought was a pipe bomb in an undercover law enforcement sting.
The men wanted to acquire two more bombs, the sources said, but could not afford to do it until one suspect’s girlfriend’s Electronic Benefit Transfer card was replenished. […]
One of the defendants’ plans, the sources said, included planting a bomb inside the observation deck at the top of the Arch. It was not clear how they could have gotten a bomb past airport-style security screening for rides up.
It also wasn’t clear, the sources said, whether the men intended to use bombs as the means to kill McCulloch and Jackson. Both officials became targets of national criticism and protests after Brown’s killing.
Local and federal authorities have served search warrants at two buildings, one in the 2500 block of Hampton Avenue in St. Louis and the other in the 1500 block of Reale Avenue in north St. Louis County, but the associated documents were sealed.
Holder is never one to pass up a chance to stoke racial tensions.
WASHINGTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told civil rights activists the Justice Department would aggressively investigate police practices in Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury declined to indict a white officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager, two of the activists said on Wednesday.
In a phone call late on Monday, Holder, the country’s top law enforcer, said the Justice Department was “moving strongly” in its investigation of police patterns and practices, said Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, who was on the call.
Laura Murphy, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington legislative office, who was also on the call, said Holder is “very conscious of it needing to move quickly.”
A Justice Department spokesman on Wednesday confirmed a call took place.
Then again, parades are racist.
ST LOUIS — The Christmas in St. Louis Thanksgiving Day Parade has been postponed.
Explore St. Louis tweeted the information Tuesday, citing “unrest in our community.”
“Given the unrest in our community following the tragic death of Michael Brown, The Christmas in St. Louis Foundation is postponing the Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade until later this holiday season,” the Christmas in St. Louis Foundation said in a statement. “More details will be shared once a new date is confirmed. In these challenging times, we encourage you to gather with your friends and loved ones to reflect, and enjoy this special and unique American tradition.”
How many protesters did the police kill?
Via Media Trackers:
The leader of a prominent community organizing group in Wisconsin, and a blogger for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, has taken to Facebook to condone the violent outburst in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday night after a grand jury found no probable cause to charge a police officer in the fatal shooting of a young man who had just robbed a convenience store and assaulted the officer.
declared Jennifer Epps-Addison, the head of Wisconsin Jobs Now, on Facebook. Epps-Addison wrote that the Missouri criminal justice system, which worked closely with the federal government, “would sooner murder” the protesters “than allow them a small amount of dignity.”
St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch said in a press conference Monday night that local officials worked closely with federal investigators through every step of the probe. It was a grand jury of citizens from Missouri that found no probable cause for prosecutors to press charges against Darren Wilson, the police officer who claimed self-defense in the shooting.
In the aftermath of the announcement, police officers claimed they “came under heavy automatic weapon fire” according to USA Today, and at least two police cars were torched while buildings and restaurants were vandalized or looted.
This is exactly what people want as they’re shopping for the holidays…
Via Washington Examiner:
Shoppers this holiday season will encounter a lot more Obamacare.
The Department of Health and Human Services is set to announce a new partnership Wednesday with retail stores, pharmacies and popular websites that will allow them to better spread the word about open enrollment season, according to Politico.
Westfield Shopping Centers, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and the XO Group will carry the new outreach approach on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday to highlight how consumers can sign up for healthcare during enrollment season.
Open enrollment season began on Nov. 15 and ends on Feb. 15.
The Obama administration is excited about the new partnerships and their potential for reaching Americans, “whether consumers are shopping at a mall, online or at their community pharmacy,” HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said.
Wait, a celebrity actually said this?
Via The Root:
Grammy Award-winning producer Pharrell Williams has previously gotten flak for his comments on race, such as when he told Oprah that “the new black doesn’t blame other races for our issues.” But that didn’t stop the singer-songwriter from voicing his thoughts on Monday’s grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., although he said he didn’t want to “get … in trouble.”
In an extensive interview with Ebony, the star wondered why there wasn’t more discussion about why Michael Brown exhibited the behavior he did in the convenience store, which Williams described as “bullyish.”
“It looked very bullyish; that in itself I had a problem with,” Williams said, referring to released surveillance video that allegedly shows Brown forcefully stealing cigarillos from a store shortly before he was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson. “Not with the kid, but with whatever happened in his life for him to arrive at a place where that behavior is OK. Why aren’t we talking about that?”
The real question is: Will they? Probably not.
Via Hot Air:
As Allahpundit observed on Tuesday, congressional Republicans agree that Barack Obama’s executive actions involving the extension of legal status to millions of illegal immigrants have to be fought. The GOP is, however, split on what methods would be the most effective in blunting or even reversing Obama’s actions.
Congress’s more conservative elements believe that a series of symbolic measures should be used in conjunction with more operationally focused tactics. Some, like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), have suggested that Congress should not invite Obama to Congress for his annual State of the Union Address and that no presidential nominee should be confirmed until these orders are stricken.
…On Wednesday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) told Breitbart that a report via the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service contends that Rogers is incorrect. The CRS indicated that Congress can deny funds to the immigration enforcement agency despite the fact that it operates primarily on revenues collected through the imposition of fees.
One protester did have a shirt that said they’d rather be stopped by ISIS terrorist than the Ferguson PD…
Via Fox News:
Islamic jihadists worldwide have launched a barrage of recruitment messages amid the latest unrest in Ferguson, Mo., using Twitter accounts to call on African-Americans and others in the United States to join their cause.
Some messages urge direct revolt against the U.S. government, while others evoke the names of former black leaders – among them Malcolm X – in a bid to convince people of color that living under an Islamic caliphate is in their best interests.
“March against tyranny and arm yourselves against the true terrorists of our time: the US government,” says a tweet from a prominent Dutch jihadist in Syria going by the name of Israfil Yilmaz, and carrying “Ferguson Rising” and “Ferguson Decision” hashtags.
Another tweet from a user going by the name of Abu Hamza As Somaal says: “My fellow black community know that #Jihad is the only thing that will bring justice, respect and honor in (the) Ferguson decision.” This message is followed by the hashtag “Islamic State.”
Ferguson be like:
But really Ferguson is like:
Happy Thanksgiving, America!
Via CNS News:
(CNSNews.com) – Nearly one in five U.S. households will celebrate Thanksgiving on food stamps this year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on participation in the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program.
Back in fiscal 2000, there were 106,061,000 households in the United States and, according to a USDA report published in November 2012, there was a monthly average of 7,335,000 households—or 6.9 percent—getting food stamps that year.
Also known as, bitter clingers.
President Barack Obama’s job approval rating among white non-college graduates is at 27% so far in 2014, 14 percentage points lower than among white college graduates. This is the largest yearly gap between these two groups since Obama took office. These data underscore the magnitude of the Democratic Party’s problem with working-class whites, among whom Obama lost in the 2012 presidential election, and among whom Democratic House candidates lost in the 2014 U.S. House voting by 30 points.