Harvard Removes Labels From Israeli-Built SodaStream Machines Because It Could Offend Palestinian Students…

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God forbid something upset those special little Palestinian snowflakes.

Via Daily Caller:

Harvard University’s dining service has removed labels from soda machines in its facilities over concerns that merely reading them could damage the fragile psyches of university students.

The root of the problem, like so many other campus food fights, is Israel. Until last spring, Harvard Undergraduate Dining Services (HUDS) purchased water machines from a firm owned by SodaStream, an Israel-based firm that operates a plant in the West Bank.

According to The Harvard Crimson, those purchases have stopped after activists on campus complained that the machines were offensive to students of Palestinian origin. Nor did HUDS stop there, as they even stripped SodaStream labels from machines they already owned in order to minimize any potential psychic harm to students who oppose the company. […]

“These machines can be seen as a microaggression to Palestinian students and their families and like the University doesn’t care about Palestinian human rights,” sophomore Rachel J. Sandalow-Ash, a member of the Harvard College Progressive Jewish Alliance, told the Crimson. A “microaggression,” according to modern campus activists, is some minor everyday statement or action that entrenches discrimination or degrades a person based on their group identity.

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Texas City Plumber’s Truck Ends Up With Jihadist Group In Syrian War

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The truck was purchased by an Achmed Gonzalez of Austin, TX.

Via Galveston Daily News

A local plumber is being flooded with phone calls — and some threats — after a picture of one of his old company vehicles being used by Islamist militants in Syria was posted on Twitter.

The picture was posted online by the Islamic extremist brigade Ansar al-Deen Front, according to a CBS News report. It shows a black pick-up truck with a Mark-1 Plumbing decal on the door and an anti-aircraft gun in the bed.

Mark Oberholtzer, who has owned and operated Mark-1 Plumbing in Texas City for the past 32 years, confirmed it was his pickup truck in the picture. He said he no longer owned the vehicle and had no idea how it ended up in Syria.

Oberholtzer said he traded in the truck to an AutoNation dealership three years ago. He usually takes the decals off his vehicles when he sells them but he left it on this truck with the expectation that AutoNation would remove it.[…]

Oberholtzer said he didn’t know what to do about all the attention he was getting from the picture. He just wanted the public to know that the vehicle was no longer his.

“I just want it to go away, to tell you the truth,” he said.

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Virginia Dem Lawmaker That Had An Improper Sexual Relationship With A Teenager To Resign, Then Seek Seat In Special Election

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He will get reelected, he is a gun grabber. Not required to register as a sex offender or charged with disseminating child p0rn.

Via The Virginian Pilot

A Virginia state lawmaker who recently entered a plea in connection with accusations that he had an improper sexual relationship with a teenager said Thursday he will let the voters decide whether he should stay or go.

Democratic Del. Joseph D. Morrissey announced that he has submitted his resignation but said he plans to run for the same seat in a special election set for Jan 13.

“It is the voters and not political pundits and not partisan caucuses that should decide who serves in office,” Morrissey said at a news conference in his Capitol office.

Morrissey’s decision to run for re-election surprised many, including Republican House Speaker William J. Howell, who called the move “deceitful, selfish and disrespectful.”[…]

He was sentenced to 12 months in jail with six suspended but will ultimately serve three months, according to one of his attorneys. Morrissey is in a work-release program that allowed him to work as a legislator and lawyer by day while spending nights in a Henrico County jail.[…]

According to prosecutors, Morrissey and a 17-year-old girl, who worked for him as a receptionist, had sex multiple times at his law office in August 2013 and texted their friends about it. Morrissey, 57, also procured a nude photo of the teen “to help him fantasize about their next encounter,” according to special prosecutor William Neely, and sent the picture to a friend.

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Ferguson-Florissant School District Faces Lawsuit For Lack Of Diversity

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Not enough blacks are being elected to the school board which caused the shooting of St. Swisher. The school cultivated a culture of distrust of whites in a position of authority.

Via KFVS

One of the school districts for students from Ferguson is facing a lawsuit alleging school board elections discriminate against black residents.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP announced the suit Thursday against the Ferguson-Florissant School District. It claims the district’s at-large elections make it more difficult for blacks to be elected, even though the district serves more black families than whites.

The suit seeks elections where candidates are selected by ward or sub-district.

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New York Mayor Werner Wilhelm AKA De Blasio Named PETA’s Person Of The Year

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He saved the horses from tourists in search of Sarah Jessica Parker.

Via Reuters

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was named 2014 Person of the Year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for opposing horse-drawn carriages in Manhattan and advocating other animal-friendly causes, the group said on Thursday.

De Blasio, a liberal who took office less than a year ago, campaigned partly on the promise to push for a ban on horse-drawn buggy rides in Central Park, a cause that has won him the support of PETA and other animal rights groups.

“I’m humbled to receive this support from PETA,” de Blasio said in a statement. “From moving horses off our busy streets to protecting circus animals, our administration remains committed to safeguarding the well-being of our animals and the livelihoods of all New Yorkers who care for them.”[…]

The mayor also has promoted animal-free eating by unveiling a model of the Manhattan skyline carved out of vegetables when his city was named as the most vegan-friendly city in the nation.

“When the mayor of New York City talks, the world pays attention and Mayor de Blasio’s kindness to animals and determination to protect them speak volumes,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement.

De Blasio, who will receive an engraved horse sculpture as an award, joins high-profile PETA Person of the Year honorees including Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Russell Simmons.

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Maryland School Board Bows To CAIR’s Demands, Ads Islamic Holiday To Calendar…

Yay! Everyone celebrate diversity!

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Holder: “We As A Nation Have Failed” To Stop Racist Police…

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Because of people like Eric Holder.

Via Grabien:

In an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid that aired today, Attorney General Eric Holder said that “We as a nation have failed.” Speaking of the tension between black communities and police officers and whether any progress has been made since 2000, Reid asked Holder why there was still tension between the black community and the police, even after a memorandum he wrote in 2001 addressing the issue.

“It means that we as a nation have failed,” he quickly replied. “It’s as simple as that. We have failed.”

FCC Rules Saying “Redskins” Name On Air Isn’t Profane Or Obscene…

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PC Police reportedly inconsolable.

(AP) – Saying the word “Redskins” on the air isn’t obscene or profane — at least not according to the Federal Communications Commission.

The FCC on Thursday dismissed a petition that called for one of the team’s flagship radio stations not to have its license renewed. The petition claimed repeated use of the word “Redskins” violates rules against indecent content.

But the FCC said that the law defines profanity as sexual or excretory in nature — meanings that don’t relate to the name of the football team.

Liberal Group Founded By Howard Dean To Spend $250,000 To Draft Warren In 2016

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Can Hillary’s ego take another shot?

Via Washington Examiner

Democracy for America, the activist group founded by Howard Dean, has vowed to spend a quarter-million dollars to help draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren for the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. It is the latest sign that liberal activists are frustrated with Hillary Clinton’s early domination of the race.

“America needs Senator Warren’s leadership, this is her moment, and we’re committed to building the powerful, grassroots movement that will inspire her to seize it,” said Charles Chamberlain, DFA’s executive director.

The group made the announcement in Iowa, which hosts the first political caucus in presidential primaries. The group would be officially joining Moveon.org’s “Draft Warren” campaign, which began last week. Moveon.org, which boasts 8 million members, has vowed to spend $1 million to build an infrastructure for her to run.[…]

Dean officially endorsed Clinton last week, breaking with the group he founded over the issue. He argued that Clinton will address the same issues, such as income inequality, that Warren has focused on.

Democracy for America conceded drafting Warren was an uphill fight. “Democracy for America members aren’t under the delusion that it is going to be easy to prove the Beltway pundits wrong and encourage Senator Warren to enter the 2016 race. If Senator Warren were already running, there’d be no reason to launch a draft campaign in the first place,” said Annie Weinberg, the group’s electoral director.

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Indonesian Islamists Storm Shopping Centers For Selling Christmas Merchandise…

Interfaith outreach.

Jakarta (AsiaNews) – Dozens of Islamic extremists in the Sukaharjo District have attacked three shopping centers in Solo, better known as Surakarta in Central Java, because they were selling and promoting items, clothing and events related to Christmas. The group has told the owners and managers of commercial activities, not to “force” Muslim employees to wear or use clothing or other items related to the Christian festivity in this high-season shopping period. After the province of Aceh, the only one in which Sharia law is implemented, a radical vision of faith is on the increase in other parts of Indonesia as well, as is the intention to introduce legislation or regulations relating to customs derived from Islamic law.

There are five local hard-line groups behind the raids which took place on the evening of 15 December against the Solo shops that exhibited items relating to Christmas. They are Surakarta’s Sharia Council (DSKS), The Islamic Warrior Group of Surakarta (LUIS),  Al Ishlah Brigade, the Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid and the Jemaah Ansarus Sharia. The Solo Paragon Lifestlye Mall, the Solo Grand Mall and the Luwes Shop in Kartasura were the targets of the “attention” of the promoters of the Islamic morals.

After bursting into the shops, they imposed a ban on the retailers prohibiting them to wear or display any Christmas item, even if for mere commercial reasons.

Taxpayers Shell Out $1.1 Million For Obama’s Flight Expenses Alone To Fundraising Trip To California…

He’s been doing this since the day he took office, schedule a few small official events during his fundraising trips so we get stuck with the bill.

Via CNS News:

President Barack Obama’s fundraising trips in October to cities in California cost taxpayers a total of $1,176,120.90 in flight expenses alone, according to records obtained from the U.S. Department of the Air Force by the investigative group Judicial Watch.

“On October 9, Obama attended a fundraiser party hosted by Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow in Los Angeles,” states Judicial Watch. “He also attended a closed-door ‘roundtable’ fundraiser at the home of restaurateur Michael Chow. A second event shielded from the public was scheduled for October 11 in San Francisco.”

Judicial Watch submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of the Air Force on Oct.  20, 2014 and received the records on Dec. 8, 2014. They showed that the transportation for Obama to Los Angeles on Oct. 9 for the Gwyneth Paltrow fundraiser cost taxpayers $1,011,051.30 and the transportation to San Francisco on Oct. 10 for the secret fundraiser cost taxpayers $165,069.60.

According to Judicial Watch, the Paltrow fundraiser was the thirtieth Los Angeles fundraiser for Obama since he took office and it wasn’t Paltrow’s first fundraiser for him. For his 2012 reelection campaign, Paltrow held a fundraiser where the cost was $32,400 per attendee.

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Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. Martin Dempsey Says U.S. Airstrikes Have Killed 3 Top Islamic State Leaders…

Feel good story of the day.

WASHINGTON — U.S. airstrikes have killed several very senior military leaders of Islamic State forces in Iraq, the Pentagon’s top uniformed officer disclosed Thursday.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that three key Islamic State military leaders in Iraq were killed there in recent weeks during operations that are part of an expanding coalition effort ahead of a planned offensive next year.

The strikes in which the Islamic State leaders were killed were designed to hamper the group’s ability to conduct its own attacks, supply its fighters and finance its operations, Gen. Dempsey said.

“It is disruptive to their planning and command and control,” Gen. Dempsey said. “These are high-value targets, senior leadership.”

Islamic State is also known as ISIS or ISIL and by its in Arabic label, Daesh.

Between Dec. 3 and Dec. 9, American military airstrikes killed Abd al Basit, the head of Islamic State’s military operations in Iraq, and Haji Mutazz, a key deputy to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the group, officials said.

In late November, another strike killed a midlevel commander, Radwin Talib, Islamic State’s wali, or governor, in Mosul, Iraq, officials said.

Other defense officials said that in addition to the most recent strikes, the U.S. has killed a number of senior and midlevel Islamic State commanders, and believe those operations are beginning to significantly weaken the group’s leadership structure in Iraq

Charlie Rangel: Cuban Dictator Raul Castro Treats Obama With More Respect Than Marco Rubio Does…

Is there a more loathsome scumbag in Congress than Charlie Rangel?

Via MSNBC:

New York Congressman Charlie Rangel joins Ronan from Havana, Cuba during “a tremendous, historic” moment there, offering choice words about Senator Marco Rubio’s stand against renewed relations with Cuba – as well as Rubio’s own heritage.

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Fast And Furious Gun Used In Phoenix Apartment Shooting…

Attn. General Holder Testifies At Senate Judiciary Hearing On Justice Dept Oversight

Nothing new here.

Via Daily Caller:

Shocking new crime scene photos show the serial number of the Department of Justice Fast and Furious rifle used in a bloody apartment shooting in Phoenix, Arizona.

The photos, obtained by the nonprofit group Judicial Watch in a lawsuit against the city of Phoenix and provided to The Daily Caller, depict the grisly aftermath of a July 29, 2013 shooting in a Phoenix apartment that wounded two people. Four arrests were made in the case. Suspects Bruno Brizuela, Jonathan Mejinez-Sanchez, Jovanny Andrade, and Kayonte Scott were believed to have been using an acquaintance’s car, which was abandoned near the crime scene after hitting a fence.

Joaquin Bojorquez-Romero was shot in the leg and Jobani Flores was shot in the head. Victim Cleiver Nava-Diaz was not injured.

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WH Waffles On Unleashing The Dreaded Sternly Worded Letter Against North Korea, Say It’s “Carefully Being Considered”…

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The Obama regime still hasn’t made any formal comments reacting to the North Korean hacking.

WASHINGTON — White House spokesman Josh Earnest Thursday downplayed the prospect of any U.S. government reaction to the hacker attacks that stopped Sony Pictures Entertainment’s rollout of a movie about North Korea.

The hacker attacks were apparently launched by North Korea’s fascist government to stop the Sony movie company from releasing a comedy that ridicules North Korea’s dictator. The movie is titled “The Interview.”

On Dec. 17, the company canceled the movie’s Dec. 25 rollout, and said it has no plans to release the movie.

U.S. government officials have told media outlets that Korea is apparently directed the hacker attack.

The appropriate response is “carefully being considered” in the White House, Earnest said.

Harry Reid Controlled Senate Took 657 Votes…But Only Passed 25 Laws…

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This is either ridiculous or a great thing depending on how you look at it…maybe both.

Via Washington Examiner:

New statistics from C-SPAN detailing the activity in the Senate over the past two years appears to defy the 113th Congress’ reputation as “do-nothing.”

The public service cable operation that covers the Senate and House gavel to gavel found that the total number of roll call votes taken in the Senate actually increased over the 112th Congress, which served from 2011-2013. Votes increased to 657 from 484.

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Alison Lundergan Grimes: Rand Paul Can’t Run For President And Senate, So I’m Going To Block Him In Court…

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Someone is craving attention…

Via Politico:

Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state, is threatening to take Rand Paul to court to block him from running simultaneously for president and reelection to the Senate in 2016.

In her first television interview since Sen. Mitch McConnell routed her by 15 points last month, the Democratic Senate nominee declared that she will not be “bullied” by Paul, who is a heavy favorite to win a second Senate term if he’s allowed to stay on the ballot.

“The law is clear,” Grimes told WHAS-TV in Louisville. “You can’t be on the ballot twice for two offices.”

“We’ll look to the court for any guidance that is needed,” she added. “And at the end of the day, we’re not going to be bullied.”

Grimes also told the Louisville ABC affiliate in the interview published Wednesday that she has not decided whether to seek a second term as secretary of state in the 2015 election.

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Semi-Retired President With Nothing To Worry About Spends Day Prank Calling Boston Radio Station…

Not a care in the world.

Via Mediaite:

A former resident of Somerville, Ma., called the hosts of Boston Public Radio as they interviewed outgoing Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick (D), ostensibly to complain about those loud college students at Tufts University.

“Uh, Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville,” the caller said. “I’ve got a few complaints about service in and around the neighborhood, but I’ve moved down south since that time.”

Initially, Gov. Patrick thought a “very good” impersonator had called, but then noticed Obama’s tell: “Mr. President, you know I love you, but you still have trouble saying Massachusetts.”

President Obama, who has been friends with Patrick since the early 90s’, praised his tenure as Governor — Patrick has decided to step down after two terms — and wished him a happy holidays, and the best of luck in whatever he decided to do next. (Full disclosure: I interned for Deval Patrick during his 2006 gubernatorial campaign. Go ahead, I’m a dirty commie liberal/conservative turncoat/whatever.)

Left-Wing Media Hacks Hail Colbert As “Genius” For Playing Conservative Idiot…

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Via Newsbusters:

Liberals are going into deep mourning over the television death of Stephen Colbert, Very Badly Disguised Liberal. They think this is an “unparalleled achievement.” In Wednesday’s paper, TV writer Bill Carter of The New York Times lined up all of Colbert’s competitors to call him a genius for disparaging conservatives with so much panache.

“For nine years, Stephen Colbert has relentlessly maintained his pompous, deeply ridiculous but consistently appealing conservative blowhard character he has left an indelible mark on late-night television comedy,” Carter wrote. “Consistently appealing?” To whom? Liberals presume “why, everybody enjoys mocking conservatives as opposed to reading.”

It’s these cheap, repetitive insults that don’t deserve a Hall of Fame induction, but liberals love hating conservatives so preciously that anything that helps them demean their opponents as God-fearing, America-loving morons is an instant classic.

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IRS Whines Budget Cuts Could Delay Tax Refunds…

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We know how this admin likes to make budget cuts “ruin” (aka punish) everything with the American people…

Via AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says budget cuts just enacted by Congress could delay tax refunds next year.

At a news conference Thursday, Koskinen said taxpayer services will be hurt, and fewer agents will be auditing returns. He said about half the people who call the agency for assistance won’t be able to get through to a person.

Congress cut the IRS budget by $346 million for the budget year that ends in September 2015. The $10.9 billion budget is $1.2 billion less than the agency received in 2010.

The cuts come as the IRS is starting to play a bigger role in implementing President Barack Obama’s health law. For the first time, taxpayers will have to report on their tax returns whether they have health insurance.

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