Boko Haram Lining Up The Elderly And Gunning Them Down…

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Boko Haram and the Islamic State competing to see who can be the most barbaric.

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on elderly people, killing more than 50 this week in a new tactic that has instilled more fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate.

Residents from five villages say people too elderly to flee Gwoza local government area are being rounded up and taken to two schools where the militants open fire on them. The villages are about 130 kilometers (80 miles) southeast of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

“What they are doing now is to assemble the aged people — both men and women … and then they just open fire on some of them,” said Muhammed Gava, a spokesman for civil defense groups in the area. More than 50 people had been killed at Government Day Secondary School in Gwoza, he said.

A villager who had fled said more elderly people are being gathered and shot at Uvaghe Central Primary School. The villager spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of endangering his trapped parents.

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Boom: 34 Taliban Fighters With Connections To School Massacre Killed By U.S. Drone Strike

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Via Haaretz:

A U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least five Taliban fighters, two security officials said.

In a separate operation, the military said Pakistani security forces killed five “terrorists” on the outskirts of Peshawar, where the Pakistani Taliban carried out a school massacre earlier this week, killing 148 people, mainly children.

The attack shocked the nation and prompted a massive military response in the tribal regions along the Afghan border, longtime strongholds of both foreign and local militants. Pakistani air strikes and ground operations in the Khyber region — where the school attack is believed to have emanated — have killed around 200 militants.

The drone strike took place in the town of Datta Khel in North Waziristan, where Pakistani troops have been carrying out a major operation against local and foreign militants since June, the officials said.

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Putin Invites North Korea’s Kim Jong Un To Visit Russia

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One tiny despot to another…

Via Washington Post:

Officials in Moscow confirmed Friday that North Korean despot Kim Jong Un may attend ceremonies next year commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. It would be Kim’s first public foreign visit since coming to power in December 2011.

“Yes, such an invitation was sent,” confirmed Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, speaking to Reuters.

The news comes at a particularly conspicuous moment. On Friday, U.S. federal investigators accused North Korea of being behind the hacking attacking on Sony Pictures Entertainment. An escalation of cyber threats has compelled Sony to cancel the release of “The Interview,” a controversial comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco that depicts the two being sent on a mission to assassinate Kim.

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After Opening Up Relations With Cuba, Obama Off To Vacation Longer Than You Or I Can Afford

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He’s just like us, he’s off to a month long vacation in Hawaii.

Via CSMonitor:

A tumultuous year all but behind him, President Barack Obama set off for his annual winter getaway in Hawaii hoping for one thing: Quiet.

Air Force One touched down late in the evening at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, with the president, first lady Michelle Obama, their daughters and two dogs on board. On Saturday, the family was to begin their roughly two-week retreat from the hubbub in Washington on the lush island of Oahu.

Vacationing in Hawaii, where the president was born and spent much of his childhood, has been a tradition every year that Obama has been in the White House. This year, the trip comes as Obama closes out a chaotic sixth year in office on something of a high note.

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Obama: Benefits Of Opening Relations With Cuba Will Take Years To Show Up

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Just like Affordable Care Act

Via Bloomberg:

President Barack Obama said the full opening of relations between Cuba and the U.S. may take years, even as he offered assurances the new U.S. stance will bring change to the island nation’s closed society.

Despite vehement criticism from Republican lawmakers and some Democrats, the president said he was confident his reversal of the half-century-long U.S. effort to isolate its Caribbean neighbor 90 miles off the coast of Florida was the right course.

Increasing U.S. travel and trade “chips away at this hermetically sealed society, and I believe offers the best prospect then, of leading to greater freedom, greater self-determination on the part of the Cuban people,” Obama said at a White House news conference Friday before leaving for vacation in Hawaii.

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Breaking: French Police Kill Knife-Wielding Man Who Attacked Them In Police Station, Yelling “Allahu Akbar!”

Via AFP:

French police on Saturday shot dead a man who attacked them with a knife in a police station while shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great” in Arabic), a source said.

The man injured the face of a policeman at the entrance to the police station in Joue-les-Tours near the city of Tours in central France and injured two other officers before he was shot, the source said, adding that anti-terrorist investigators were probing the incident.

NYPD Supporters Host Pro-NYPD Rally, Ferguson Protesters Get Mad

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Naturally Ferguson protesters said this was racist and awful and a sin against humanity.

Via Gothamist:

Mike Stables said he doesn’t know anyone serving in law enforcement, but still felt compelled to travel to New York from Denver, Colorado to attend last night’s “Pro-Cop Rally” in front of City Hall. Stables even sold t-shirts marked with the phrase, “I Can Breathe” to a few demonstrators.

“It’s not a divisive effort at all,” he said, insisting that his goal was to “bring communities together.” Asked why he would design a t-shirt with a perversion of the phrase uttered nine times by a dying man who was choked by an NYPD officer, Stables replied, “Lebron has a worldwide podium and he exercises that and does it in a very eloquent fashion, but I think we need to also perhaps garner some attention, no pun intended.”

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and the police unions had discouraged their officers from attending the rally, which claimed the hashtag #BlueLivesMatter.

Roughly fifty people showed up. When tens of thousands of people are marching in the streets under the banner of justice, it seems like a bad time to publicly proclaim your faith in the status quo.

“Get a job, for Christssake,” Carmen Rios shouted at a group of counter-protesters holding signs bearing Eric Garner’s name. “He resisted arrest, and he had asthma, it’s his problem. He was doing something illegal. Isn’t he breaking the law? Why is that so difficult to understand?”

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Man Dies After Berkeley Protests Delay First Responders From Reaching Him

Just despicable.

Via Berkeleyside:

A man who collapsed while waiting for Berkeley paramedics to arrive later died at the hospital, city employees have told Berkeleyside, after large protests that wracked the city earlier this month delayed first responders.

Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong has declined to comment on the incident, saying he is prohibited from doing so because of medical privacy laws.

“Anytime there is a delay it causes us concern,” he said, speaking generally. “Our objective is to get there rapidly so we can start treating the patient.”

Several city staffers — who asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak with the media — confirmed that paramedics were delayed in their response to help the man who collapsed, and said he later died at the hospital.

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De Blasio Meets With Protesters In Office Of SEIU Even After SEIU Organizer Arrested For Attacking Police

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Just like Obama, this is de Blasio’s subtle finger in the eye to the NYPD. Here’s the story on the arrest of the SEIU organizer, Robert Murray. Murray is 43, not a kid, with years of union organizing. SEIU was a main actor behind Occupy and is heavily involved in getting out numbers for these protests in New York.

Via NYDN:

Walking a fine line between his sympathy for civil disobedience and his role overseeing the NYPD, Mayor de Blasio met with both protesters and cops Friday in separate events just hours apart.

At the agency’s lower Manhattan headquarters, where he attended a police promotion ceremony and addressed about 200 cops, the mayor got a polite reception Friday afternoon — though it paled compared to the wild cheers that greeted officers when they went onstage to be promoted to a higher rank.

In his speech, de Blasio twice referred to the NYPD as “the finest police force in the world” and praised its members for skillfully handling the weeks of angry protests against a Staten Island grand jury’s failure to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

“The eyes of the nation, in fact the eyes of the world, have been on this city and have been on this department and … the respect for the NYPD has grown,” he said.

Two hours earlier, the mayor met with the organizers of Justice League NYC, one of the groups behind the city-wide protests that have sprung up in the aftermath of the grand jury decision.

The closed-door meeting, held in the Midtown office of labor union 1199SEIU, lasted about 45 minutes.

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North Korea Proposes Joint Investigation Into Sony Hack, Warns Of “Serious Consequences” If We Refuse

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Even ridiculous North Korea now treating us like a door mat. How low can this regime bring us?

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of “serious” consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes will prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.

U.S. officials blame North Korea for the hacking, citing the tools used in the Sony attack and previous hacks linked to the North, and have vowed a response. The break-in resulted in the disclosure of tens of thousands of confidential Sony emails and business files, and escalated to terrorist threats that caused Sony to cancel the Christmas release of the movie “The Interview.” The comedy is about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

On Saturday, an unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman in Pyongyang said North Korea knows how to prove it’s not responsible for the hacking, so the United States must accept its proposal for the joint investigation.

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Results Of Bergdahl Probe Could End With Desertion Charge Or $300K Back Pay

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The Vegas odds maker aren’t touching this one. To date Bergdahl is the only captive to keep his head.

Via Stars and Stripes

The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and senior Pentagon leaders have been briefed, including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, officials said Friday.

Details about the probe’s conclusion have been closely held. But they are likely to lay out whether Bergdahl deserted his post or was “absent without leave” or AWOL. And it could include recommendations on whether Bergdahl should be charged with any criminal violations or forced to leave the Army. Any final disposition will eventually also determine whether Bergdahl gets as much as $300,000 in back pay and other benefits, including continued health care.

Officials said Army Secretary John McHugh could send the case to a military commander who would decide whether it should go before a court martial and what, if any, charges would be filed against Bergdahl.[…]

An initial U.S. military investigation in 2009 concluded that Bergdahl deliberately walked away, based on evidence available at the time. Since his release, some former soldiers who served with him have labeled him a deserter and said he should be held accountable for leaving his post. Others have suggested that troops were put in danger, and even killed, as they tried to find Bergdahl.[…]

The deal to swap prisoners with the Taliban, meanwhile, enraged members of Congress who complained the administration violated requirements to inform lawmakers of any such transfer 30 days in advance.

A report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said the Pentagon broke the law by not telling Congress and using nearly $1 million of a wartime account to make the transfer.

Hagel told Congress that the Defense Department “acted lawfully in the operation to recover Sgt. Bergdahl, a judgment that was supported by the Justice Department.”

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Obama Politically Motivated In Push To Make New Citizens

This past election crushed the Democrats, this is their hope of a win in 2016.

Via Fox News:

Nearly 20 years after reporters and congressional investigators caught the Clinton administration trying to register a million immigrants as new citizens and Democratic voters — many without proper documents — some Republicans fear the Obama administration is instituting a similar policy.

The November memorandum issued by the White House and Department of Homeland Security on immigration does more than give a reprieve to millions of illegal immigrants. It also makes a push for legal immigrants to become citizens. It allows legal immigrants in the U.S. to, for the first time, pay their $680 naturalization fee by credit card. And the plan offers to waive the cost, based on income, for families earning up to $47,000 for a family of four.

In the past, the government prohibited such partial waivers. The plan, dubbed “New Americans,” will also include a comprehensive media campaign in major media markets in 10 states.

Critics worry this is part of an effort to register new Democratic voters and turn red states blue by the next election.

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Poll: 68% Concerned About Obama Use Of Executive Action

Any poll that gets 68% means it’s a wave:

Saturday Smile: Six Year Old Pulls Santa’s Beard To Find Air Force Dad Underneath

So sweet.

Via WFB:

Six-year-old Aaron Williams got the surprise of his life when he pulled on Santa’s beard this year–and found his Air Force dad hiding underneath.

Little Aaron had no idea his father was able to get time off from his deployment in South Korea, WSMV reports.

Aaron Williams, 6, had no idea he was about to be one of the main characters in his own Christmas story.

Nicholas Williams was in the back putting on a Santa suit.

“I’m here to surprise my son, who doesn’t know I’m coming home for Christmas,” Nicholas Williams said.

Nicholas had been overseas for eight months, and Aaron had been told he would not be able to make it home for the holidays.

“I told him that wasn’t going to be possible, that he couldn’t leave,” Whitney Williams said. “So he started actually crying when I told him that. He was really upset. I felt like a horrible mother for lying to him like that.”

Aaron’s Lakeview Elementary School kindergarten class thought it was story time. That was when Santa Claus showed up.

Out of all the gifts Aaron could have asked for, he just asked for one: “Daddy.” He got his Christmas wish.

Tweet Of The Night: Where Kim Jong Un Got His Idea to Target Filmmakers…

* In case you fail to recognize the picture, that’s police arresting the man who made the trailer that the Obama regime blamed for the attack in Benghazi.

Humanist Group Claims Victory After Challenging Dorchester, SC School’s Food Drive For Church

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When was the last time a mosque held a food drive and was challenged by the “humanist group’?

Via Charleston Post and Courier

The American Humanist Association, whose slogan is “good without God,” sent a letter last month to Dorchester District 2 officials threatening legal action over Oakbrook Elementary School’s support of students collecting food and raising money for Old Fort Baptist Church’s food pantry.

The association announced Thursday that the district “has agreed not to sponsor or endorse churches and religious institutions in the future.”

“We strongly support charitable giving, but the good intentions of fundraisers and food drives can be achieved in ways that do not favor any religion,” David Niose, legal director of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said in an email Thursday.

Students were raising money and donating food before Thanksgiving for the church’s pantry, a part of its Community Impact for Christ program. The efforts were publicized on the school’s website and in fliers supporting “Old Fort Baptist Missions.”

The humanist association said it received complaints from some parents, and the association threatened legal action if the school didn’t drop the project in a Nov. 20 letter to District Superintendent Joe Pye and Oakbrook Principal Monica O’Dea.

“The purpose of this letter is to advise you that such school-sponsored fundraising efforts – the proceeds of which go directly to an evangelical Christian Church – must immediately cease, and that our organization will pursue the matter through litigation in federal court if it does not,” Monica Miller, an attorney with the Appignani Humanist Legal Center in Washington, D.C., said in the letter.

Responding to the humanist association, the school district’s attorney, John Reagle, wrote that the $100 the students raised through the sale of thank-you notes and the food they collected were given to high schools for distribution to needy students instead of being donated to the church’s food pantry.

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High Paid SEIU Organizer Arrested In Attack On Police At Brooklyn Bridge Protest

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SEIU was a fundamental underpinning of the Occupy movement, and has been one of the ever present groups behind these most recent protests.

Via Daily Beast:

Robert Murray, an SEIU organizing coordinator, has been charged for Saturday night’s assault on police officers on the Brooklyn Bridge.
A protester who has been charged with assaulting a New York police officer was making six-figures working for one the country’s largest unions, The Daily Beast has learned.

Robert Murray, 43, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, surrendered to police at Manhattan’s 5th Precinct Thursday morning.

According to a police spokesperson, Murray was charged with two felony counts of assaulting a police officer and three misdemeanors counts, one each of resisting arrest, inciting to riot, and obstruction of governmental administration. Murray has no prior arrests, the spokesman said. No date has been announced yet for Murray’s arraignment, where he will enter his plea and have an opportunity to contest the charges.

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Murray is male suspect #3. Female suspect #1 was arrested today. 5 others are still wanted:
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HHS Issues Rules For Dealing With Detained Illegal Immigrant Transgender Kids At Dems Behest…

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The fact that Democrats have been demanding this for illegals shows how warped their priorities are.

Via Washington Times:

Health and Human Services released long overdue guidelines Friday ordering facilities that house illegal immigrant children to set up sexual abuse prevention programs, and to be prepared to deal with tricky cases such as transgender or intersex children.

The rules, which congressional Democrats had demanded earlier this week, govern everything from pat-downs to evaluating each child for their likely risk of being targeted for sexual abuse or harassment, and govern how the children should be housed while at the private facilities, which operate under a government contract.

HHS said the facilities must be prepared to investigate abuse allegations, must put all employees who come in contact with children through thorough background checks, and need to take special care in cases where children have “any gender nonconforming appearance or manner or identification as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning or intersex.”

In the case of transgender children, the guidelines instruct the facilities to ask the children which sex they identify as, and to take that into consideration when deciding whom to house them with.

That had been a particular request of the Democratic lawmaker.

1,000 Soldiers From The 82nd Airborne Headed To Iraq

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The advance party already has boots on the ground.

Via Stars and Stripes

Approximately 1,000 paratroopers from the Army’s famed 82nd Airborne Division will deploy to Iraq early next year to help the Iraqi security forces take on the Islamic State, the Pentagon announced Friday.

The soldiers from the 82nd’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Bragg, N.C., will begin to deploy in late January to train, advise and assist the ISF, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.

Their mission is part of the coalition effort to build up the Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga so that they can recapture territory from Islamic State militants.

The paratroopers are preparing for a nine-month deployment, according to a spokeswoman for the 82nd Airborne.

Approximately 300 troops from other Army, Air Force and Marine Corps units will also deploy to provide “enabler” support in areas such as counterintelligence, logistics, and signals, Kirby said.

Last month, President Barack Obama authorized an additional 1,500 troops to deploy to Iraq to participate in the train, advise and assist mission. The deployment of elements of the 82nd Airborne is part of that initiative.

On Thursday, Lt. Gen. James Terry, the commander of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters that other countries in the coalition are expected to contribute to another 1,500-strong force for the capacity-building effort.

“The key to success out there will be increasing the capabilities of Iraqi security forces,” Terry said.

Iraqi officials are reportedly eager to go on the offensive and retake places like Mosul, but the U.S. military believes the ISF aren’t ready.

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Hillary Behind The Deal With Castro

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She should brag of this ‘achievement’ when campaigning in Florida…

Via WFB:

Hillary Clinton was the main architect of the deal reached with Cuba and her advocacy toward opening a new relationship with the Castro regime began almost immediately when she became secretary of state, according to a report from Bloomberg’s Josh Rogin.

From 2009 until her departure in early 2013, Clinton and her top aides took the lead on the sometimes public, often private interactions with the Cuban government. According to current and former White House and State Department officials and several Cuba policy experts who were involved in the discussions, Clinton was also the top advocate inside the government for ending travel and trade restrictions on Cuba and reversing 50 years of U.S. policy to isolate the Communist island nation. Repeatedly, she pressed the White House to move faster and faced opposition from cautious high-ranking White House officials. […]

Clinton’s advocacy on behalf of opening a new relationship with Cuba began almost as soon as she came into office. Obama had campaigned on a promise to engage enemies, but the White House initially was slow to make good on that pledge, and on the Cuba front enacted only a modest relaxation of travel rules. From the start, Clinton pushed to hold Obama to his promise with regard to Cuba.

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