Obama Mingles With Power Brokers At Alfalfa Club Luncheon

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Obama finally being bipartisan.

Via KXAN

President Barack Obama mingled with Washington power brokers at an Alfalfa Club luncheon.

The gathering was at the home of lawyer Vernon Jordan, a confidant to President Bill Clinton.

According to club history, the club is named after the alfalfa because the plant extends its roots far for a drink. The club’s main event is an annual dinner where politicians and business leaders rub elbows and share some laughs — off limits to reporters. Obama doesn’t plan to attend this year.

The organization has about 200 members, including former Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush, Chief Justice John Roberts, Warren Buffett and Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, who accompanied the president Saturday.

The New York Times says 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is to be inducted Saturday night.

Japanese PM Vows To Hold ISIS Responsible For Beheading Kenji Goto, Family Of Jordanian Pilot Still Waits For Word

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Kenji Goto had gone to Syria to try to save the other Japanese hostage Haruda Yukawa.

But how is Japan going to hold them responsible without helping to destroy them militarily? If you do not, this will simply continue.

Via Fox News:

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday he is “infuriated” by the purported beheading of journalist Kenji Goto by the Islamic State group and vowed to hold the terror group responsible.

“I feel indignation over this immoral and heinous act of terrorism,” Abe told reporters after convening an emergency Cabinet meeting.

“When I think of the grief of his family, I am left speechless,” he said. “We are filled with deep regret.”

Japan ordered heightened security precautions Sunday and said it would persist with its non-military support for fighting terrorism.

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Senator Seeks To Designate I-84 Exit In Honor Of Ambushed And Murdered Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson II

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His name will live on for generations to see.

Via Pocono Record

Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20, has introduced legislation to designate Exit 30 off of Interstate 84 in Pike County in honor of Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson, II.

Dickson, was a member of the Pennsylvania State Police assigned to the Blooming Grove barracks located along Route 402 about one mile from that interstate interchange. He was shot and killed in the line of duty on Sept. 12, allegedly by Eric Frein.

By naming the exit for Cpl. Dickson, motorists will always remember the Marine and trooper who bravely served his nation, state and community, Baker said.

She noted that the stretch of I-84 from the New York State line west to the junction with Interstates 81 and 380 was designated the “Fallen Trooper Memorial Highway” in 2011 after a bill she sponsored was adopted and signed into law. A monument placed at the Matamoras Welcome Center just off Exit 53 includes an inscription and the names of all Pennsylvania State Troopers killed in the line of duty.

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Prospective Juror Has ‘Sympathy’ For Boston Marathon Bomber Tsarnaev, Maybe He ‘Just Made A Really Bad Mistake’

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Rolling Stone effect- he can’t be bad because he’s sooo young and handsome! Yup, blowing up people including an eight year old little boy is just a ‘bad mistake’…

Via NY Post:

BOSTON — One prospective juror in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has sympathy for him, saying he’s young and she wonders if “he just made a really big mistake.”

The woman said Friday during jury questioning that it would be difficult for her to think of Tsarnaev as an adult and that she couldn’t sentence him to death.

The woman is a former software engineer who now raises chickens.

Tsarnaev was 19 at the time of the deadly attack on April 15, 2013. He is now 21.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when bombs exploded near the finish line.

The judge has individually questioned more than 100 prospective jurors over nine days. Many have said they already believe Tsarnaev is guilty.

Iranian Biopic Of Mohammad Opening Today, Can The Outrage Be Far Behind?

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How do you make a film of someone whose face you’re not supposed to show? Interview the goat?

Via Newsweek:

Amid global controversy over depictions of Muhammad, a multimillion-dollar biopic of the Prophet’s life is causing further controversy in the Muslim world. The Iranian film, premiering on Sunday, will be the most expensive production to be made in the country.

Mohammad, Messenger of God will be shown at the opening ceremony of the Tehran’s Fajr international film festival in Iran, an event that coincides with the 36th anniversary of the Islamic revolution.

Director Majid Majidi spent five years on the $30m (£20m) state-sponsored film, which is the first of a planned trilogy and will depict Muhammad from birth to the age of 12.

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Hilarious! #RunWarrenRun Parties Reach ‘Fluke-y’ Proportions In Attendance…

According to the Washington Times, the “Run Warren Run” campaign is “comprised of members from the groups MoveOn.org, Democracy for America and Ready for Warren, is planning more than 200 ‘organizing house parties’ in 46 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam to try to develop ideas for how they can convince her to run.”

As the tweets revealed, tens of people showed up.

Reminding us of those ever popular Sandra Fluke events that could fit into single parking spaces:

Notice anyone missing at the Warren parties?

Doesn’t look like a Native American to be had, but plenty of ‘global citizens’ we are sure…

Ah yes, the left, practicing inclusion again. Gotta love that fighting spirit of the old Move On Sixties hippy…

Clearly, the effort is working. The latest Iowa poll finds Warren only 40 points behind Hillary...

HT: Twitchy

Tax Exempt NFL Shuts Down Cranston RI Theatre’s Family Friendly Super Bowl Party

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The NFL has a problem with family friendly. I hate seeing a group of families in a sports bar, this year it will be me, the two dogs, cheese, sardines and crackers for the “big game”.

Via WPRI

At the orders of the National Football League, which has strict rules about its game broadcasts, the Park Theatre in Cranston has canceled a party that would have shown Super Bowl XLIX on the cinema’s big screen.

“The Park Theatre wishes to express a heartfelt apology and disappointment for any inconveniences caused by this unfortunate circumstance,” said promoter Yusuf Gandhi in a news release Friday.

The theatre was not going to charge admission for the event, but planned to offer snacks and drinks for purchase, according to an ad previously posted on the theatre’s website. The event was billed as “family-friendly.”

The league cited copyright regulations and “out of home” viewing policies, according to the theatre’s release.

Remy: I Need A Hashtag!

For A Mere 35 Cents A Week, You Can Create Jobs For Followers Of Muhammed

All that is missing is Sally Struthers as the spokesperson.

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Click at your own risk.

Scott Walker Leads GOP In Iowa Poll, Hillary Up Over Warren By 40 Points

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A young decent candidate will really show Hillary for the tired lack of choice she is.

Via Politico:

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.

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Two Urbanites Attempt A Home Invasion With A Pellet Gun, Thwarted When Confronted With A .38

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No tax payer relief shot.

Via Guns

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.

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4 Democrat And 4 Republican Senators Unveil Bipartisan Legislation Lifting Restrictions On Tourism To Cuba

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One Party, One Agenda.

Via Local10

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.

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The New Nazis: Islamic State, Now Burning Any Books That Aren’t Islamic Texts

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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.
The rest?

“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.

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Chad Army Says 120 Boko Haram Militants Killed In Cameroon

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Boots on the ground does work. Update to this previous story.

Via Reuters

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…

Via WFB:

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.

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HT: Iron Fist

Kerry Channels Joe Biden: Kurds Retaking Syria’s Kobani ‘A Big F’ing Deal’

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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.”

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Scott Walker And The Art Of Winning

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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:

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.

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Ohio: Couple Arrested For Warrants; Make Bail, Find Home Ransacked; Burglars Made Coffee And Fed The Family Dog Bologna

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No honor among thieves and meth heads.

Via WKBN

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

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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?

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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.

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