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A young decent candidate will really show Hillary for the tired lack of choice she is.
Scott Walker and Rand Paul are ahead of the GOP pack in Iowa, while Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Ted Cruz are lagging behind at single digits, according to a new poll released Saturday.
The survey conducted for Bloomberg Politics and the Des Moines Register showed Walker at 15 percent among Republican caucus-goers, Paul at 14 percent, and Mike Huckabee, the 2008 victor in Iowa, at 10 percent. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was the first choice of 9 percent of respondents.
Other big-name contenders fared poorly: Bush was the first choice of just 8 percent of Republican voters, while Cruz registered at 5 percent and Christie at 4 percent. Rick Santorum, who narrowly won the caucuses in 2012, notched 4 percent, and Marco Rubio and Rick Perry each garnered 3 percent.
No tax payer relief shot.
An attempted robbery at an apartment near the University of Central Florida in Orlando Tuesday afternoon was thwarted when the female victim sent the suspects fleeing after she pulled her own gun on them.
Nour Skargee was in the living room of his apartment when he heard a quick, loud knock at the door just before 5 p.m. He said he looked through the peephole and noticed a man outside with his head hanging down.
Skargee cracked open the door slightly to see what the man needed, and it was then that him and a second suspect forced their way inside. The next thing Skargee knew, he had a gun put to his head.
“He grabbed me by the throat. He took me a little further into the living room and pushed me down and said, ‘Don’t move. Just stay down,’” he told reporters.
Skargee’s live-in girlfriend, Sable Nehme, was in a back bedroom when the incident unfolded.
“When I heard the voices, I looked outside and saw him on the ground,” Nehme said. “I thought ‘Oh my God, I need to get my gun.’”
But when the suspects realized she was in the apartment too, their focus moved to her.
“They said, ‘We’re gonna kill your girl,’” Skargee recalled. “That’s when I lost hope.”
But Nehme had a plan of her own, and it included a .38 revolver that her dad had previously purchased for her for protection.[…]
Police used K-9 units and helicopters to search the area for the suspects, who were only described as two black males in their early 20s, but the search was eventually called off and the suspects are still at large.
As lawmakers push for concealed carry on college campuses, authorities said Tuesday’s incident was one of several recent robberies near the university. However, they’re unsure if the two suspects are the same ones responsible for the other robberies.
4 Democrat And 4 Republican Senators Unveil Bipartisan Legislation Lifting Restrictions On Tourism To Cuba
One Party, One Agenda.
In the first effort from Congress to end the embargo against Cuba since President Barack Obama started to lobby against it, a bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation Thursday that would allow U.S. citizens to vacation in Cuba.
Under Obama’s new rules, tourism remains prohibited and only congressional action can lift the embargo. U.S. citizens are allowed to travel to Cuban only if they fit one of the 12 approved categories, which include educational and humanitarian trips.
If the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015 passes, tourists would be able to just book their flights and hotels legally online.
The exchange of ideas and values via people-to-people travel can have a far greater, positive impact than the decades-old failed policy of isolation,” the bill proposal’s summary says.
The eight senators — half Republicans and half Democrats — backing the lift of the tourism ban are Jeff Flake, of Arizona; Jerry Moran, of Kansas; Michael Enzi, of Wyoming; John Boozman, of Arkansas; Patrick Leahy, of Vermont; Richard Durbin, of Illinois; Tom Udall, of New Mexico and Sheldon Whitehouse, of Rhode Island.
“We have tried this current policy that we have prohibiting travel for about 50 years, and it hasn’t worked, so it’s time for something new,” Flake said. “It’s time to allow Americans to travel freely to Cuba.”
In the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican Rep. Mark Sanford and Democrat Rep. Jim McGovern plan to introduce a similar bill next week. The legislation would also allow tourism-related banking transactions.[…]
The change in policy defies Sen. Marco Rubio and other Cuban-Americans who support the embargo and fear that U.S. tourism will strengthen the repressive Castro regime and hurt dissenters.
With a bit of mistrust, Fidel Castro approved. “El Che” Guevara’s daughter said that if her father was alive, he would too approve of the talks. The sole mention of their names can still be explosive in Miami’s Little Havana.
The Wednesday announcement of the lawmakers’ plan to unveil the bill came hours after Cuban President Raul Castro mentioned his list of demands during a speech in front of Latin American heads of state attending a summit in San Jose, Costa Rica.[…]
Mastercard plans to lift the ban on transactions in Cuba March 1. And American Express is preparing to do the same.
Airline executives from American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and JetBlue were preparing to add more flights to Cuba from Miami International Airport.
In Cuba, the unofficial tourist guides known as “Jineteros” expect good times. Like hustlers, they make their money from wrestling tips, selling counterfeit goods, drugs and sometimes from prostitution.
There is fear among some tourism industry experts, who are concerned that the current infrastructure won’t be able to keep up. Old plumbing, air conditioners, washcloths, taxi cabs and Wi-Fi can be unreliable.
‘Cradle of civilization’?
BAGHDAD (AP) — When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people’s ideas.
Residents say the extremists smashed the locks that had protected the biggest repository of learning in the northern Iraq town, and loaded around 2,000 books — including children’s stories, poetry, philosophy and tomes on sports, health, culture and science — into six pickup trucks. They left only Islamic texts.
“These books promote infidelity and call for disobeying Allah. So they will be burned,” a bearded militant in traditional Afghani two-piece clothing told residents, according to one man living nearby who spoke to The Associated Press. The man, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared retaliation, said the Islamic State group official made his impromptu address as others stuffed books into empty flour bags.
Boots on the ground does work. Update to this previous story.
Chadian forces have killed 120 militants from Boko Haram in a battle in the north of neighboring Cameroon that began when the insurgents attacked its troops, the army said in a statement on Saturday, adding that three of its soldiers were killed.
Boko Haram has recently launched cross-border attacks from Nigeria into Cameroon and Chad as part of its drive for an Islamist state in the northeast of Nigeria. Chad and Cameroon have stepped up troop deployments to fight the militants.
Just Days After Meeting With State Dept Officials, Muslim Brotherhood Call For “Uncompromising Jihad” In Egypt
No causal relationship there…
The Muslim Brotherhood called for “a long, uncompromising jihad” in Egypt just days after a delegation of the Islamist group’s key leaders and allies met with the State Department, according to an official statement released this week.
Just days after a delegation that included two top Brotherhood leaders was hosted at the State Department, the organization released an official statement calling on its supporters to “prepare” for jihad, according to an independent translation of the statement first posted on Tuesday.
The State Department meeting was attended by a deputy assistant secretary for democracy, human rights, and labor and other State Department officials.
HT: Iron Fist
Taking credit for the success of the Kurds.
Via Times Of Israel
Kurdish fighters’ success in recapturing the key Syrian town of Kobani from Islamic State jihadists was a “big deal,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.
Kerry, speaking during a trilateral meeting with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts in Boston, noted that the IS group has been “forced to acknowledge its own defeat.”
Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) meanwhile were engaged in sporadic battles with IS militants around Kobani as they sought to expand their control in the area.
YPG fighters now control 17 of the hundreds of villages in the Kobani region, with most of them taken since they recaptured the crucial town on the border with Turkey on Monday.
The US-led coalition targeting IS forces said it carried out more than 700 airstrikes since August 8 to help Kurdish fighters drive the militants from Kobani.
While the IS group has been expelled from Kobani, its forces remain scattered throughout the countryside around the town to the southeast and southwest.
“We have a long way to go in the overall campaign, but Daesh — ISIL as some know it — has said all along that Kobani was a real symbolic and strategic objective,” Kerry said, referring to the IS group.[…]
Over 60 vehicles and a dozen tanks, along with weapons systems and other equipment have also been destroyed.
“Kurdish ground forces, supported by our air component, were successful in retaking the town of Kobani, which again shows the emptiness of Daesh’s claims of invincibility,” said Lieutenant General James Terry, the task force’s commander.
“The coalition will continue to attack Daesh anywhere they present themselves.”
With the exit of Mitt Romney, I’m beginning to hear a little bit of a drumbeat for Scott Walker and I’m liking it.
Via The Week:
General Patton famously declared that “Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser.” He was right. And as we look to the 2016 presidential race, I think Taegan Goddard put his finger on something very true with this tweet:
Why Republicans love Scott Walker: He wins without caving http://t.co/2T7IrRhWVl
— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) January 29, 2015
In American politics, winning often isn’t enough. You have to win on your own terms, too.
Conservatives have very obviously had enough of politicians who cave. That hold-the-line, never-give-in attitude has burned at the heart of the Tea Party for years. Less noticed, but equally important, is the fact that we have plenty of conservative lawmakers whose reputations are built on their adherence to principle, their total commitment to never cave — and who inevitably lose. They may make excuses and point fingers to try and claim that losing is winning — but they are still losers.
Ohio: Couple Arrested For Warrants; Make Bail, Find Home Ransacked; Burglars Made Coffee And Fed The Family Dog Bologna
No honor among thieves and meth heads.
Police in Newton Falls are investigating a bizarre burglary case.
According to a police report, Richard Nisely and his wife were picked up by police Monday for an outstanding warrant.
Nisely said he secured the doors to his Mahoning Court apartment before the couple left with police, but when he returned he found the front door open and the whole apartment had been ransacked.
Whoever broke into the house took several items, including cash, medication, a PlayStation, DVD player and 50 movies.
The suspect or suspects also made a pot of coffee and fed the homeowner’s dog bologna.
Nisely told police he thinks he knows who broke into the home, but could not substantiate the claim, according to the report.
Saturday Smile: Polish Soldier Names His New Son After U.S. Soldier Who Gave His Life To Save Him In Afghanistan
On August 28, 2013, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Michael H. Ollis, 24, during a Taliban attack on a NATO base in Ghazni, eastern Afghanistan. Taliban insurgents blasted their way into the compound. As one detonated his suicide vest, Sergeant Ollis stepped in front of Polish officer, Lt. Karol Cierpica, saving his life and shielding him from the blast.
Lt. Cierpica became a father earlier this month of a baby boy that he named “Michal”(Polish for ‘Michael’) in honor of his protector, Sgt. Ollis.
Robert Ollis, the father of Sgt. Ollis, said he and his wife Linda were ‘delighted with the news’. According to Staten Island Live,
Robert Ollis and his wife, Linda, called the tribute to their son “unexpected” and “wonderful.”
“I thought of the baby as a grandson,” Ollis Sr. said “We are very happy and honored.”
To thank Cierpica and his wife, the Ollis family sent the couple a teddy bear they had specially made out of their son’s Army fatigues. The gift comes from a charity organization — the Matthew Freeman Project — which offers the free service to families of fallen soldiers.
They’re hoping to meet “Little Michael” in person next time Cierpica visits them in New York. Last summer, the Ollises traveled to Poland, where they visited with Cierpica and his wife and the Polish soldiers who’d served at the same base in Afghanistan with Sgt. Ollis and Cierpica.
“We’d like to see them again soon with Little Michael,” Ollis said.
Last year, Ollis and his wife started a charity in their son’s name — the Staff Sgt. Ollis Freedom Foundation, to help soldiers and veterans.
“We just want to help a young man or woman going into the service like Michael,” Ollis said
HT: Radio Poland
Super Bowl Baby Momma Drama – Does Seahawk Player Stay With The Baby Momma For The Birth Of Their First Child On Sunday Or Does He Play In The Game?
Forget deflated balls.
Via USA Today
Richard Sherman’s girlfriend is due any day now with the couple’s first child. Of course, he’s going to be with her when the baby is born.
Or is he?
If Ashley Moss has their baby Sunday, Sherman could be faced with a choice different than that of almost any other father-to-be. Different than other athletes have faced, even.
“I’ve thought about the possibility of his coming during the game or coming before the game,” Sherman said this week. “We have things in place in case that happens. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
“I would not like to miss the birth of my first kid,” he added. “Hopefully, and God willing, we won’t have to cross that bridge.”
It’s easy to say Sherman should skip the Super Bowl, that family comes first.[…]
But the Seahawks are Sherman’s family, too.
“It’s so difficult for him,” Mahan told USA TODAY Sports after the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. “He’s playing a team sport. And the Super Bowl is such a historic experience and the pinnacle of his sport. I’ll say this – it’s up to him. There isn’t a wrong or right decision – it’s a you decision.”
It’s an important distinction that Mahan and Mickelson faced decisions that didn’t impact anyone else — well, except their wives and whoever had to juggle the logistics. But if Sherman skips the Super Bowl, he deprives the Seahawks of their best player. That’s 52 teammates. Carroll and his 24-man coaching staff. General manager John Schneider. Owner Paul Allen. All those other folks who work for the team, too.
Los Angeles: First All-Female Potential Mosque In An Interfaith Center May Open Without Objection From CAIR
Ignore the male relative behind the curtain.
Approximately 150 women gathered at an interfaith center in Los Angeles for what may be the first all-female Mosque in the United States on Friday afternoon.
Male imams traditionally lead prayers and Quran teachings but the Women’s Mosque of America, which claims to be the country’s first female-only mosque, aims to present an alternative by creating an all-female space for prayer, lead by a female imam.
Word of the event spread to Muslim women across the country through social media sites, such as Facebook and twitter, and leadership retreats. Some women from New Jersey and Nevada decided to travel and be a part of what they consider a historical event.[…]
“We just wanted to have a safe space where women could come and get inspired and hear from a female khatiba or someone who delivers the khutbah or the sermon and that’s an opportunity that we don’t get in other mosques. The speaker is always a male imam and not only that, it’s very hard to access the imam because of the way the mosques are structured architecturally. Sometimes the men and women are completely cut off from one another. This mosque gives us a chance to connect with our leaders and also with one another in a way that we wouldn’t in another environment,” said Maznavi.
The traditional Friday prayer, or jummah, is currently only scheduled to take place once a month but the founders of Women’s Mosque of America, as well as some attending worshipers, hope the prayers can be held every Friday.
The Islamist terror group ISIS claims it has beheaded a Japanese journalist, a week after beheading another Japanese hostage and demanding the release of a would-be suicide bomber.
A video released Saturday claimed that reporter Kenji Goto was executed after a Thursday deadline for Jordan to release prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi was not met. Although NBC News has not yet verified the video, it appears consistent with other ISIS hostage videos, according to analysts SITE Intelligence.
ISIS had threatened to execute reporter Kenji Goto and Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Mu’ath al-Kasaesbeh if al-Rishawi was not freed within 24 hours. She was on death row in Jordan after her explosives failed to detonate during a 2005 attack on a hotel in the capital of Amman.
Jordan demanded proof of life of the two captives, while Japan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Yasuhide Nakayama told reporters Saturday that the situation was “a stalemate.”
Via Daily Mail:
Vice President Joe Biden suggested Friday morning that the Obama years have not been a time of prosperity and ease, but ‘really, really hard for this country.’
But he still insisted that his boss, Presdient Barack Obama, has made the right economic decisions. And hours later the White House blamed problems Obama inherited from his predecessor for an incomplete economic recovery.
Biden’s odd juxtaposition – half blame, half credit – will lead to questions about whether he can create effective separation between himself and the president as he’s trying to build momentum for his own run at the top job.
A British military healthcare worker was flown back to England from Sierra Leone on Saturday following a needle-stick injury sustained while treating a person with Ebola, the Public Health England (PHE) service said on Saturday.
The patient, who has not been named, has been taken for testing to the Royal Free Hospital in London.
“They are likely to have been exposed to the Ebola virus but, at this time, have not been diagnosed with Ebola and do not have symptoms,” PHE said in a statement.
I didn’t know smoking was legal in California still…
Via Tech Times:
California could become the state with the highest minimum smoking age in the U.S. if a bill proposed by state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-Azusa) on Thursday would make it through the legislature.
In a statement released Friday, Hernandez pointed out that tobacco companies are aware that people tend to become addicted to smoking if they start the habit at young age. Senate Bill 151 proposes to increase the legal smoking age in California from 18 to 21 years old in a bid to curb tobacco smoking in children and young adults.
The American Lung Association in California says that nine in ten smokers take up the smoking habit by the time they reach 18 years old and 36,000 kids in the Golden State starts to smoke each year.
No. 1 movie, that’s why she’s trying to get with what’s popular.
Via Boston Herald:
Speaking at an event to boost the image of veterans in entertainment, first lady Michelle Obama offered praise to the movie “American Sniper” for its depiction of military families and “the complex journeys that our men and women in uniform endure.”
Obama spoke to a Washington gathering on Friday organized by Got Your 6, a group that promotes accurate portrayals of veterans in entertainment. Bradley Cooper, who played Chris Kyle in “American Sniper,” was one of the panelists at the event.
“The No. 1 movie in America right now is a complex, emotional depiction of a veteran and his family,” the first lady said, adding that “while I know there have been critics, I felt that, more often than not, this film touches on many of the emotions and experiences that I’ve heard firsthand from military families over these past few years.”
What a creepy funeral home!
A judge says a funeral home that sold the used pine casket of Lee Harvey Oswald for $87,468 must return it to the accused presidential assassin’s brother.
Robert Oswald bought the pine bluff casket for his brother. It was exhumed in 1981 amid conspiracy theories that it didn’t contain Lee Harvey Oswald’s body. After a Dallas hospital confirmed the body through dental records, it was reburied, but not in the original casket, which was too water-damaged.
Oswald’s family says it thought the original casket had been thrown away, but the funeral home actually kept it in storage before selling it at auction.