#BlackLivesMatter Supporters: Maybe Capitalism Isn’t So Bad If We Can Make A Buck Off Of It…

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One of the underpinnings we have seen with the Black Lives Matter folks is their rabid hatred of the evil ‘system’ and of course, capitalism, that from which all evil stems.

Unless of course, Black Lives Matter supporters can make money off of it.

This week, Ben Cohen, of Ben and Jerry’s fame, that aging old hippy champion of far left causes, encouraged the company to allow franchisees to sell #BlackLivesMatter T-shirts and other swag in their stores. Come get your Rocky Road with a topping of leftist ideology…

Speaking at their annual franchisee meeting earlier this month in New Orleans, Cohen and Greenfield—who sold Ben & Jerry’s to Unilever Corp. in 2000 but who reportedly remain heavily involved in operations—have publicly declared themselves allies of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Specifically raising awareness about the movement’s “Hands up, don’t shoot” iteration, Cohen urged franchise owners to sell T-shirts benefiting the work of Hands Up United, a grassroots organization founded by St. Louis hip-hop artist and activist Tef Poe and activist Taureen “Tory” Russell.

“Some people might say, ‘Oh, we can’t do that,’” Cohen said to franchise owners. “‘We can’t sell those T-shirts in our shops; it’s controversial.’ But isn’t that exactly the point? If it weren’t controversial, we wouldn’t need to do it. At some point we have to ask ourselves: ‘What do we stand for? Whose side are you on?’”

Hey Ben, we’re on the side of folks advocating actual rights, not the Communist collective.

Then there’s more folks using it to make a buck.

D’Angelo (who?), whose band appeared on SNL last night played a truly horrible song that hurt my ears. His band wore T-shirts, with #BlackLivesMatter and I Can’t Breathe on them. D’Angelo himself wore a hoodie in honor of Trayvon Martin. A chalk mark body was drawn on the stage to symbolize Mike Brown and periodically, during the song, the robotic-like back up singers would raise their hands in the black power fist a la Tommie Smith and John Carlos (except without any of the drama). He is of course trying to promote his songs off his new Black Messiah album, which he rush-released to take advantage of #BlackLivesMatter effort (can we say use, here, yes, I think we can).

Okayplayer, an online music and promotional website, then was proud to tweet how they were promoting his song and that they provided the clothes for the event (hint: frequent us).

How do you know when something is over? When it gets a T-shirt and marketing appropriates it. But maybe someone might want to tell Unilever and D’Angelo about Black Lives ‘activists’ preventing a crash victim’s ambulance from reaching the hospital in Boston, interrupting MLK events, and protesting gay bars?

When even the liberal mecca of Boston tires of you, maybe it’s a sign…

Site Note…

We’ll be doing a Super Bowl open thread starting at 6:00pm EST. Being from the People’s Republic you know who I’m rooting for (which isn’t exactly a popular choice considering the rest of America thinks Tom Brady is the Antichrist and the Pats are the Devil’s Army).


Update: Vegas line is currently a pick ‘em.

Steve Kroft Afraid of “Right-Wing Zealots” Tells Mistress Not To Dress Like Beyonce, Brags About Friendship With “Barry” Obama…

Kroft’s lucky he doesn’t work for Fox News or the left would be screaming “raaaacism!”

Via NY Post:

The Manhattan mistress of married “60 Minutes’’ newsman Steve Kroft sent him sexy lingerie photos during their affair, but he insisted she dress low-key — like “Laura Bush” — with him in public to keep things hush-hush, according to newly revealed texts.

A source close to Kroft’s lover told The Post that the TV hotshot was “really paranoid about right-wing zealots” finding out about their affair and using the tawdry details to try to destroy his career and CBS.

The sexts between Kroft and Lisan Goines — obtained exclusively by The Post — include a nude selfie of the lusty lawyer that she sent to her much-older lover. Other photos show her wearing a red thong and busting out of a black bra.

But “dress in Washington is Either professional or Laura Bush,” Kroft messaged his illicit squeeze in advance of their September 2011 play date at the Park Hyatt on 24th and M streets in DC.

“Don’t dress like Beyoncé,” Kroft warned the Harvard-educated beauty, according to the source.

In addition to fearing the zealots, Kroft, 69, was “beyond terrified” that his wife of 23 years, fellow journalist Jennet Conant, would find out about the affair, the source added. […]

The racy texts also show Kroft boasting about his buddy-buddy rapport with President Obama, whom he referred to as “Barry.”

When news of Kroft’s affair with Goines, 41, broke four weeks ago, he readily admitted it to The Post — but insisted that he never had any pillow talk with Goines about Obama, whom the newsman has interviewed repeatedly.

The source, however, said Kroft was proud to boast to Goines about his closeness to the leader of the free world — and let slip that Obama “hates” his attorney general, Eric Holder.

“[Kroft] definitely said Obama feels comfortable with him, because he was the first person to take him seriously when he was running for president,” the insider said.

“They have a rapport. They used to smoke together.”

HT: JustTheTipHQ

Major Advances For Concealed Carry On Campuses In Several States

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Academia confused about the ineffectiveness of gun free zone signs.

Via WFB

Concealed carry on campuses made strong advances with bills in Wyoming and Florida passing out of committee and one bill in Texas gaining support. Indiana and Montana recently introduced similar bills, and North Dakota is reportedly considering such legislation.

Rep. Allen Jaggi (R.) was the primary sponsor of House Bill 114, the Wyoming Repeal Gun Free Zones Act. It would allow for concealed carry of weapons at schools, universities, and colleges as well as governmental buildings.

It passed its first hurdle this week, with the House Judiciary Committee voting 8-1 to approve the bill and send it to the House floor.

Jaggi’s communications director did not respond to a request for comment as of press time. Jaggi told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle he believes it is unconstitutional that the state currently designates the areas his bill would allow concealed carry as “gun free zones.”

“No matter how many laws we have, the people who are there to do harm don’t care about our laws,” said Jaggi.

Wyoming Gun Owners (WGO), a state-level group that advocates for gun rights, supports the bill because it believes it would deter potential campus shooters.

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HT 90 Miles from Tyranny

GOP House To Vote To Repeal Obamacare Next Week

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Via Fox News:

The Republican-led House is set to begin February with a vote to repeal ObamaCare, making clear that trying to dismantle the health-care law remains a top priority.

The scheduled vote next week was announced in a new memo from House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy to fellow GOP House members in which he said the effort to repeal the legislation will give them an opportunity to tell voters that health care decisions “should be made by patients and their doctors, not by Washington.”

The California lawmaker also stated that members should remind Americans that the country needs solutions that reduce costs and give them access to “21st Century cures and treatments” — an often repeated message at congressional Republicans’ policy retreat earlier this month.

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Prisoner 4859: The Man Who Volunteered For Auschwitz

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As we remember the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz this week, here is a story that most have never heard, the story of Witold Pilecki.

WARSAW — There are very few places that can accurately be described as hell on Earth. One of these is the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II, where as many as 1.5 million people died during the five years the camp was in operation.

The Polish resistance had been hearing horrific first- or second-hand accounts about the conditions inside Auschwitz. These early accounts came primarily from released prisoners, but also from casual observers like railway employees and residents of the nearby village of Oswiecim. The resistance decided they needed someone on the inside.

It is into this environment that Witold Pilecki, a 39-year old veteran of the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-1921 who fought against the initial Nazi invasion and a member of the Polish resistance, volunteered himself in 1940. Pilecki’s mission was to allow himself to be arrested and, once inside Auschwitz, to collect intelligence for the Polish resistance in the country and the government-in-exile in London, and to organize a resistance from inside the camp.

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HT: Nicholas Kristof

White House Set To Grant More Exemptions To Limit Obamacare’s Tax Troubles

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Delaying the inevitable until after Obama leaves office.

Via NYT

Obama administration officials and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act say they worry that the tax-filing season will generate new anger as uninsured consumers learn that they must pay tax penalties and as many people struggle with complex forms needed to justify tax credits they received in 2014 to pay for health insurance.

The White House has already granted some exemptions and is considering more to avoid a political firestorm.

Mark J. Mazur, the assistant Treasury secretary for tax policy, said up to six million taxpayers would have to “pay a fee this year because they made a choice not to obtain health care coverage that they could have afforded.”

But Christine Speidel, a tax lawyer at Vermont Legal Aid, said: “A lot of people do not feel that health insurance plans in the marketplace were affordable to them, even with subsidies. Some went without coverage and will therefore be subject to penalties.”

The penalties, approaching 1 percent of income for some households, are supposed to be paid with income taxes due April 15. In addition, officials said, many people with subsidized coverage purchased through the new public insurance exchanges will need to repay some of the subsidies because they received more than they were entitled to.

More than 6.5 million people had insurance through the exchanges at some point last year, and 85 percent of them qualified for financial assistance, in the form of tax credits, to lower their premiums. Most people chose to have the subsidies paid in advance, based on projected income for 2014. If their actual income was higher — because they got a raise or found a new job — they will be entitled to a smaller subsidy and must repay the difference, subject to certain limits.

“If the advanced premium tax credit amount is too high, the taxpayer could have an unwelcome surprise and owe money,” said Nina E. Olson, the national taxpayer advocate at the Internal Revenue Service.

Many people awarded insurance subsidies for 2014 did not realize that the amount would be reviewed and recalculated at tax time in 2015.

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HT LA Mom

Democratic Thought Police At Political Retreat Even Follow Reporters To The Bathroom To Prevent Leaks

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What the heck do they think is going to be leaked? Psst, Hillary is running! [I found out from my sources in the bathroom!]

Via Breitbart:

At the Democratic Party’s political retreat last week, Party officials were so worried about rumors and leaks and so devoted to security that staffers were required to accompany reporters to and from the bathroom.

According to a report in Politico, reporters were also barred from entering the event hotel during times when open panels and open meetings were not being held, even if invited by a member.

“During Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks at the retreat Friday, reporters were required to have a staff member, usually a junior member of the press team, escort them when going to the bathroom or to the lobby,” Politico reported.

Democrats also set the media filing center at a completely separate hotel so that members of the media would be far from the event hotel for as much time as possible.

“It was a police state. It was absurd how heavy handed the capitol police and Democratic staff were in trying to control everywhere the press went,” New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters said.

This treatment is reminiscent of how reporters were treated at a Hillary Clinton event in September of last year.

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.

HT Blueburb

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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HT BPR