Seattle’s Lib Mayor Pardons A Tofurky…

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Why? Because it’s Seattle.

Via WaPo:

Seattle is a strange city. There’s a giant troll under one of the city’s main bridges, a giant statue of Vladimir Lenin on a random street corner and an annual Spam carving contest to take in. The neighborhood with the Lenin statue, Fremont, encourages visitors to set their watches 5 minutes ahead, because Fremont is the self-proclaimed center of the universe.

Everyone calls the cool new mass transit project the SLUT — the South Lake Union Trolley — without batting an eye. Seahawks fans celebrating the city’s first Super Bowl championship in February waited patiently for street lights to change so they wouldn’t jaywalk.

In short, all the stereotypes of politically correct, coffee-slurping, nature-loving, Birkenstock-wearing hippie-dom come to life in a single city are true. (This author happens to be a native, so he can say such things.)

So, perhaps in keeping with the city’s strange reputation, Mayor Ed Murray took a decidedly vegan spin on the Thanksgiving tradition of pardoning a turkey: He pardoned a Tofurky.

Actually, Murray pardoned two of them. One, Braeburn, got the official pardon. The other, Honeycrisp, is described in a press release from the mayor’s office as an “understudy,” perhaps because one of the Tofurkeys, which come in a box and to be perfectly clear have never been nor ever will be alive, might have been camera-shy.

Actual line from the press release: “‘I, Mayor Murray, pardon Braeburn the Tofurky,’ the mayor proclaimed in the atrium of Seattle City Hall.”

Cruz: All Presidential Nominees Should Be Blocked Until Obama Rescinds His Amnesty…

Ted Cruz

Via Hot Air:

Another leftover from Sunday brunch via the Corner. Joel Pollak floated this idea a few weeks ago in a piece for Breitbart. I thought of it again on Thursday night, when I was busy enjoying my vacation from HA by watching Obama’s amnesty speech and screaming at my TV. Now here’s Cruz proposing the same plan, although with two caveats. One: It’s not so much that he wants the Senate to block O’s nominees as he wants Mitch McConnell to refuse to bring those nominations to the floor in the first place. That’s a clever way of killing two birds with one stone. If McConnell follows Cruz’s plan, Cruz can take credit among conservative voters for having been the motive force in bottling up O’s nominees. If McConnell doesn’t follow Cruz’s plan, Cruz can point to it as proof that the establishment squishes refuse to fight the White House with everything they’ve got, which of course is why we need to nominate someone like Ted Cruz in 2016. Even so, I like the idea on the merits. If Obama won’t respect Congress’s constitutional power to set policy, why should the Senate respect Obama’s constitutional power to staff the executive and judicial branches? He’s the one who declared war on separation of powers. Let him live with the consequences. Plus, who knows? Maybe he’ll go rogue again and decide that he has some sort of emergency power to confirm nominees himself if the Senate won’t do it. I figure we’re only eight or nine more grossly unconstitutional actions away from the media beginning to express “concern” about Obama’s behavior.

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Ferguson Protest Leader Urges The Police To “Keep Calm”…

So he wants them to just stand there and be hit with Molotov cocktails and human feces?

Good News: White House’s Favorite Degenerate Race Baiter To Address Nation After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision…

Because in times of crisis, who doesn’t turn to Al Sharpton.

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Report: Darren Wilson Hasn’t Been Told By Prosecutor’s Office To Turn Himself In…

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Via NYT:

A person close to Officer Wilson said that by 5 p.m. Central time, the officer had not received a call from the prosecutor’s office informing him of an indictment.

Officer Wilson’s lawyers had previously made arrangements with the prosecutor’s office planning for the possibility that he would be indicted. If the grand jury returned an indictment, Officer Wilson was expecting to receive a phone call asking him to turn himself in.

Officer Wilson was planning to voluntarily surrender if he was indicted. So far, he has not been asked to do so, the person close to him said.

MSNBC: Ferguson Protesters Like Those Who Pushed Women’s Suffrage, “Should Be Celebrated”…

I’m pretty sure the people who fought for women’s suffrage didn’t threaten to kill cops, burn American flags, throw firebombs, loot stores etc.

LISA BLOOM: Now, of course, a state of emergency when the protests have been 99% peaceful, I think all of this is a slap in the face to the community. I think these protesters are the latest in a long line of historic American protests that brought us women’s suffrage, the civil rights movement in the 50’s and 60’s, the end of the Vietnam war, and I think these folks should be celebrated, not vilified worthy of the national Guard and all these police tactics.

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BREAKING: CNN Says Grand Jury To Announce Decision On Ferguson Shooting Today – Update: Decision Time 8:00pm CST/9:00pm EST…

Riots ensue in 3… 2… 1…

Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) — A decision is expected Monday from the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, that is weighing evidence in the Michael Brown shooting, U.S. and local law enforcement officials told CNN.

The announcement will come from the St Louis County Prosecutor, the sources said.

The sources did not know what decision will be announced.

The city has been on edge in anticipation of a decision. Some businesses have been boarded up, and activists are prepared to protest.

For the grand jury, the key question is whether Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, will face charges in the August 9 shooting death of Brown, 18, who was black.

Though the basic facts of the case — that Brown was unarmed when Wilson shot him — are not in question, the facts of the fatal moment are hotly disputed.

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Update: Any predictions?

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Update: Heads up on the time change. It’s 8pm CST (not EST as initially reported).

Too Funny: John Kerry Tells Russian Foreign Minister To “Just Ignore Obama”…

Works for us.

Via NY Observer:

Though it went entirely unnoticed in the Western press, all major Russian news outlets – RIA Novosti, Sputnik, RT, and others – were only too happy to report on what US Secretary of State John Kerry said last week to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in private: “Just ignore Obama’s statements.”

According to Mr. Lavrov, John Kerry advised him not to pay too much attention to the US President’s harsh rhetoric directed toward his state. As recently as September, during his speech to the 69th UN General Assembly in New York, Mr. Obama puzzled and shocked Mr. Lavrov by placing “Russian aggression in Europe” in second place among the world’s threats, behind only the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, resigning to third place the “brutality of terrorists in Syria and Iraq.” “Aggressive Russia” again was included in Mr. Obama’s world top-danger list during November’s G20 Summit in Australia.

According to a translation commissioned by the Observer, Mr. Kerry advised Mr. Lavrov to “just ignore Obama’s statements.” Google translator phrases the nuance slightly differently: “Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says US Secretary of State John Kerry called on him to ‘pay no mind’ to a statement by President Obama.” But the take-home message is clearly the same.

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Ferguson Protester Tells Reporter: “We Ready For War, We Have 9mms, 40 Cals, AK-47s”…

Yes, still mostly peaceful.

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News Outlets Conveniently Leave Out Officer Wilson’s Side Of The Story…

No way!

Via Washington Examiner:

News reports related to the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury and its impending decision on whether to indict officer Darren Wilson for the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown frequently forget one thing: Wilson and the Ferguson police department’s side of the story.

Brown was unarmed when he was shot dead by Wilson in late August. Some witnesses claim Brown was killed with his hands in the air. Wilson and Ferguson police, however, say a struggle between the two parties took place before the shooting and that Wilson acted in self-defense.

Several news outlets on Monday reported that the grand jury has reached a decision on whether to indict Wilson. In many of those reports the detail that Brown was unarmed is clearly stated but that Wilson says he acted in self defense is not.

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Sebelius Breaks Silence, Swears Obama Admin Was Very “Forthright” About Obamacare…

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She can’t even be “forthright” talking about it after she’s gone…

Via Daily Caller:

Former Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who infamously presided over HealthCare.gov’s flop, swore Monday that her administration was “forthright with the American public” about Obamacare.

“We were very forthright with the American public — I think members of Congress who wrote this legislation were very forthright,” Sebelius said on CNN’s “New Day.” “It was both about — having affordable coverage was certainly a piece of it, but also people getting coverage they didn’t have.”

Sebelius finally addressed MIT economist and Obamacare adviser Jonathan Gruber’s comments about how the health law’s authors hid the true meaning of several provisions from the American public. Gruber said it was possible due to the “stupidity of the American voter” and gloated that lying was worth it to get Obamacare passed. Sebelius, following current HHS secretary Sylvia Burwell’s comments earlier this month, completely denied Gruber’s charges.

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White House: We Don’t Know Anything About Sharpton’s $4.5 Million In Unpaid Taxes…

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Don’t worry, Al. They can’t afford to lose you…

Via Townhall:

MSNBC host, self-proclaimed civil rights activist, professional race-baiter and shakedown artist Al Sharpton apparently owes $4.5 million to the IRS in unpaid taxes. On top of this long list of titles, Sharpton also serves as an unpaid advisor to the White House and President Obama on civil rights issues, race and politics. In fact, just three days after the 2014 midterm elections Sharpton was invited to the White House to offer advice about how to work with the GOP in the new Congress. In August, President Obama spoke for Sharpton’s National Action Network. The video of Obama’s speech is available on the official White House YouTube page and is watermarked with the WhiteHouse.gov logo.

Regardless of Sharpton’s indisputably long history, partnership and many White House visits to meet with President Obama, recent news of Sharpton’s massive tax bill have Obama administration officials playing dumb.

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CNN Poll: 54% Of Nonwhites Think Darren Wilson Should Be Charged With Murder, Just 23% of Whites Agree…

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Or as Al Sharpton calls it, a job well done.

Washington (CNN) — Americans are sharply divided along racial lines as to whether Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson should be charged with murder in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a new CNN/ORC poll out Monday finds.

Fifty-four percent of nonwhites — including blacks, Latinos and Asians — say Wilson should be charged with murder, while just 23% of whites agree. And 38% of whites say Wilson should be charged with no crime at all, while just 15% of nonwhites hold that position.

The poll’s results come as the grand jury prepares to make its decision, with an announcement expected Monday evening.

Michael Brown Family Vows To Sue Ferguson Cop If No Criminal Indictment…

The vultures continue to circle Brown’s corpse.

Via Mediaite:

The Ferguson grand jury is expected to make an announcement today about whether Officer Darren Wilson will be indicted for fatally shooting Michael Brown back in August. Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump was on MSNBC earlier this afternoon talking about the impending decision, and Joy Reid asked him exactly what the family is planning if Wilson is not indicted. […]

“If there’s no indictment, the federal government is investigating the matter, so they will want to know if there’s any federal charges, but if not then the only remedy they will have left is a legal civil matter, and so we’re going to explore every legal avenue to get them some sense of justice.”

Sacramento NAACP Leader Prepares Excuses For Ferguson Violence After Verdict…

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Shorter Webb: “I swear I don’t want to see violence, buttttt….”

Right.

Via Breitbart:

The President of Sacramento’s NAACP branch has stated that he hopes there will not be violence once the decision in the case of Officer Darren Wilson is handed down, but also asserted that he understands that members of the NAACP community have animosity for police.

Stephen Webb told local Fox affiliate KTXL 40, “We’re hoping if anything, that peace will continue, that the looting the rioting will not happen… We know our local branch is there, working very diligently with community, we’re hoping that we will have a verdict tomorrow and hopefully that verdict will be right.”

…Webb tacitly defended any unrest that might occur, adding, “The unrest, I think you have to walk in their shoes. Walk in the shoes of a person that’s being affected by that community. And we’ve got different examples right here in Sacramento. Even though it wasn’t a law enforcement officer, it was an enforcement officer with Oscar Grant.”

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MSNBC Token RINO Joe Scarborough: Trayvon Martin Was “Chased Around Neighborhood And Shot Because He Was Black”…

Yeah, Joe, that never happened.

That One Time When Defense Secretary Hopeful Flournoy Attacked Romney For Saying Iraq Withdrawal A Mistake…

She’d fit right in…

Via Washington Free Beacon:

Former Defense Department official Michele Flournoy, who is considered to be on a short list to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, attacked Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential campaign for recognizing that the decision to withdraw troops from Iraq in 2011 was a “tragic” mistake.

“Governor Romney called the ending of the Iraq War and the bringing of our troops home ‘tragic,’ which is really hard to understand,” Flournoy recited for an Obama campaign video in October 2012. “He wanted to keep our troops there longer, tens of thousands of them.”

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Typical Move: White House Quietly Releases Plans For 3,415 Regulations Ahead Of Thanksgiving…

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“Hey, no one is looking, let’s dump some ridiculous news” — Obama admin every single holiday.

Via Daily Caller:

While Americans are focused on what delicious foods they’re going to eat for Thanksgiving, the White House is focused on releasing its massive regulatory agenda — marking the fifth time the Obama administration has released its regulatory road map on the eve of a major holiday.

The federal Unified Agenda is the Obama administration’s regulatory road map, and it lays out thousands of regulations being finalized in the coming months. Under President Barack Obama, there has been a tradition of releasing the agenda late on Friday — and right before a major holiday.

“It’s become an unfortunate tradition of this administration and others to drop these regulatory agendas late on a Friday and right before a holiday,” Matt Shudtz, executive director of the Center for Progressive Reform, told The Hill newspaper.

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British MP Says As Many As 2,000 British Muslims Fighting For Islamic State…

Via Telegraph:

As many as 2,000 Britons are fighting alongside Islamist militants in Syria and Iraq, a senior Muslim MP has claimed.

Officials had suggested that the number of British jihadists within the ranks of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and other terrorist groups was about 500.

However, Khalid Mahmood, the Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr, a constituency with a significant number of Muslims, has suggested this was a fourfold underestimate of the number of British jihadists fighting in the region.

“The authorities say there are 500 British jihadists but the likely figure is at least three to four times that,” he said. “I think 2,000 is a better estimate. My experience in Birmingham is it is a huge, huge problem.”

There are growing fears that the authorities remain unable to detect extremists leaving UK ports on their way to terrorist training camps.

Georgetown Univ. Student Says He Deserved To Be Mugged Because Of His “Privilege”…

More moonbat hilarity.

Via Campus Reform:

A Georgetown University (GU) student says he was mugged at gunpoint but in a recent editorial he says he “can hardly blame” his assailants.

Senior Oliver Friedfeld and his roommate were held at gunpoint and mugged around a week ago. However, the GU student isn’t upset. In fact he says he “can hardly blame [his muggers].”

“Not once did I consider our attackers to be ‘bad people.’ I trust that they weren’t trying to hurt me. In fact, if they knew me, I bet they’d think I was okay,” wrote Friedfeld in an editorial featured in The Hoya, the university’s newspaper. “The fact that these two kids, who appeared younger than I, have even had to entertain these questions suggests their universes are light years away from mine.”

Friedfeld claims it is the pronounced inequality gap in Washington, D.C. that has fueled these types of crimes. He also says that as a middle-class man, he does not have the right to judge his muggers.

“Who am I to stand from my perch of privilege, surrounded by million-dollar homes and paying for a $60,000 education, to condemn these young men as ‘thugs?’” asks Friedfeld. “It’s precisely this kind of ‘otherization’ that fuels the problem.”

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