Howard Dean: “People Who See American Sniper Are Very Angry,” Probably From Tea Party…

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What a disgusting piece of sh*t.

Via Daily Caller:

Former Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean speculated about what has motivated people to flock to movie theaters in droves to see “American Sniper,” the movie about the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

“There’s a lot of anger in this country, and the people who go see this movie are people who are very angry,” Dean said on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday.

“This guy basically says, ‘I’m going to fight on your side,’” Dean said of Kyle, who was the most prolific sniper in U.S. military history. The legendary sniper was murdered at a Texas gun range in 2013.

“I bet you if you looked at the cross-section of the tea party and people who see this movie there’s a lot of intersection,” the former governor of Vermont continued.

The Clint Eastwood-directed film, which is nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, has earned nearly $200 million at the box office since its release last week, making it one of the highest-grossing films ever released during the month of January.

Turkey Orders Facebook To Ban Pages Insulting Islam’s 7th-Century Warlord “Prophet” Mohammed…

Would it be considered insulting to mention Mohammed had a 6-year-old “wife?”

Via ABC News:

Facebook has been ordered by a Turkish court to censor pages insulting the Prophet Muhammad or risk being blocked entirely in the country.

The state-run Anadolu Agency reported the ruling was handed down late Sunday by a court in Ankara. The order comes days after another court in the country banned sites showing the latest cover of satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment. However, the news comes during the same month that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has spoken out against censorship.

Following the recent massacre at the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris, Zuckerberg re-affirmed his commitment that “Facebook has always been a place where people across the world share their views and ideas.”

Robbers Target Food Delivery Trucks In Shortage-Hit Venezuela

People line up to buy toilet paper and baby diapers as national guards control the access at a supermarket in downtown Caracas

Viva la revolución. Sean Penn riding shotgun rider.

Via Yahoo News Canada

Robbers and looters are targeting trucks carrying food across Venezuela in another sign of worsening shortages that have turned basics like flour and chicken into coveted booty.

Crime has long plagued shops and roads in Venezuela, which has one of the world’s highest murder rates.

But widespread shortages due to a restriction of dollars for imports have worsened since the New Year.

This has made food delivery increasingly risky even as certain trucks have been fitted with GPS devices and are sometimes protected by private security agents.

“I won’t transport food anymore because the streets are too dangerous,” said Orlando Garcia, a 37-year-old driver from the western state of Tachira who has been ambushed twice as he crisscrossed the country.

“They put screws on the road (to burst your tires), and when you stop to fix the tire they attack you,” said Garcia, who now refuses to work past midnight and will only transport plastics.

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NYT: Obama Regime Blocked Israel From Selling Cobra Attack Helicopters To Nigeria For Fight Against Boko Haram…

Even worse is the reason, the White House was worried about the Nigerian army committing human rights violations… yes, the same army fighting Boko Haram.

WASHINGTON — The United States paused the resale of US-made military helicopters by Israel to the Nigerian government for its fight against Boko Haram last summer, according to Abuja.

The transfer of such aircraft requires a review, Obama administration officials told The Jerusalem Post, in order to determine its “consistency with US policy interests.”

Reviews of this kind take place in the case of “any requests for one country to transfer US-origin defense items to another country,” White House Assistant Press Secretary and Director for Strategic Communications Ned Price said.

According to a report initially published in a local Nigerian daily, This Day, Nigerian government officials believe a large sale was halted because of “unfounded allegations of human rights violations by our troops,” one such official is quoted saying. The Nigerian official is not named in the report.

“This,” the official continued, “after the office of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu had initially approved the purchase.”

US officials tell the Post that such transfers must be consistent with a policy directive revised by President Barack Obama in January, which outlines the criteria for conventional weapons sales.

Obama Chomps On Gum While Watching Parade With Indian PM…

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National embarrassment.

Via Times of India:

In an ungainly sight, cameras caught US President Barack Obama chewing gum during the Republic Day parade on Monday.

In the picture captured by cameras and posted on Twitter by some users, Obama was spotted removing his chewing gum while PM Modi was seen trying to explain something to the US president.

However, this is not the first time that Obama has been spotted chewing gum during an important function. Though there was a lot of commentary on social media on his chewing gum at a formal ceremony.

Comments on Twitter included remarks by author Shobhaa De, who said, “Barack bhai working his jaws overtime and chewing gum! At least it isn’t gutka. But seriously – gum during a formal parade?”.

“Glad to see @BarackObama is so human. Like most Americans, he chews gum. Anyone know what brand?,” was how noted film-maker Shekhar Kapur reacted.

American media in past has commented about Obama’s habit of chewing gum while referring to his medical report, according to which the US president was in excellent health except for a minor problem of “history of smoking”.

But Obama was now “tobacco free” buoyed by the “occasional use” of “nicotine gum”, said a report in Washington Post.

HT: TWS

BBC: Don’t Call Al-Qaeda Jihadists Who Slaughtered Charlie Hebdo Staff “Terrorists”…

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Wow.

Via Independent:

The Islamists who committed the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris should be not be described as “terrorists” by the BBC, a senior executive at the corporation has said.

Tarik Kafala, the head of BBC Arabic, the largest of the BBC’s non-English language news services, said the term “terrorist” was too “loaded” to describe the actions of the men who killed 12 people in the attack on the French satirical magazine.

Mr Kafala, whose BBC Arabic television, radio and online news services reach a weekly audience of 36 million people, told The Independent: “We try to avoid describing anyone as a terrorist or an act as being terrorist. What we try to do is to say that ‘two men killed 12 people in an attack on the office of a satirical magazine’. That’s enough, we know what that means and what it is.”

Mr Kafala said: “Terrorism is such a loaded word. The UN has been struggling for more than a decade to define the word and they can’t. It is very difficult to. We know what political violence is, we know what murder, bombings and shootings are and we describe them. That’s much more revealing, we believe, than using a word like terrorist which people will see as value-laden.”

Obama Cuts Radio Ad For Rahm’s Re-Election

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I am rooting for Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis to win.

Via Chicago Sun Times

….The ad comes on the heels of a recent Emanuel campaign poll that shows him with a lead among African-American voters.

The one-minute ad begins: “This is Barack Obama. . . . Chicago is my home. It’s the place that made me who I am. That’s why I care so deeply about who leads our city.”

It cautions of our mayor: “Let’s be honest, at times the guy can be a little hard-headed.”

The POTUS pitch also includes the reason for Rahm’s volatility.

“He loves our city, and he believes every child in every neighborhood should have a fair shot at success,” Obama states. That’s “why he fights as hard as he does.”

It ends: “If you want a mayor who does what is right, not just what’s popular, who fights night and day for the city we love, then I hope you’ll join me.

“Vote for Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday, February 24!”

The ad is a clear pitch to woo African-American voters angered by the mayor’s school closings. Four candidates are angling for his job, two of whom are African-Americans.

A recent campaign poll conducted by research firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for the Emanuel campaign showed 51 percent of African-Americans surveyed support the mayor’s re-election.

“We’re thrilled that the president has endorsed Rahm because he believes that Rahm is the only candidate with the record, strength and plan to continue moving our city forward,” said Steve Mayberry, a campaign spokesman.

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Pakistani Muslim Leader: Mohammed Cartoons Could Lead To World War III…

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Couple of JDAMs on Mecca?

Via Express:

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq has said the west’s ‘extremist standpoint’ on blasphemous caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) may lead to a third world war.

“The path that the West has chosen will take the world to a third world war,” Siraj said on Friday.

He was addressing thousands of people at a rally, organised to protest against the insulting caricatures published in Western publications, particularly French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The JI chief demanded that the United Nations make laws to discourage blasphemy of all religious personalities. He said France must apologise for hurting sentiments of billions of Muslims across the world.

Addressing the rally, Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said the life of a Muslim is useless if he cannot protect the honour and dignity of his Prophet (pbuh). Earlier, the rally marched from Faizabad Flyover through Islamabad Highway to the Blue Area of the capital.

Meanwhile, activists of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) also held a protest in Islamabad and assembled outside Lal Masjid after Friday prayers.

Obama Closes Off Much Of Alaska Refuge To Drilling

Beginning of the end for the Permanent Fund Dividend paid yearly from oil revenue to residents of Alaska.

Via Washington Examiner

President Obama has proposed setting aside more than 12 million acres of the Alaska coast as wilderness in a move that will pit him against Republicans from the state.

Obama’s plans to impose strict federal protections over an expanded portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would keep Alaskans from accessing the wealth of petroleum reserves that lay below the “fragile” habitat there.

“I’m very proud that my Department of Interior has put forward a comprehensive plan to make sure we’re protecting the refuge and that we’re designating new areas, including coastal plains, for preservation,” the president said from his seat aboard Air Force Once in a video released Sunday.

“I’m going to be calling on Congress to make sure that they take it one step further: designating it as a wilderness,” Obama said.[…]

Obama’s proposal would also block off parts of the Arctic Ocean from drilling, the Washington Post reported.

Murkowski fiercely defended her state against such perceived federal overreach.

“It’s clear this administration does not care about us, and sees us as nothing but a territory,” she said in a statement Sunday. “The promises made to us at statehood, and since then, mean absolutely nothing to them. I cannot understand why this administration is willing to negotiate with Iran, but not Alaska.”

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Air Force Cadets Gobble Up Vegetables As Academy Moves To Healthier Meals

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An Army marches on its stomach, the Air Force flies with arugula.

Via Stars and Stripes

The restaurant describes its main course portions in ounces.

All 40,000 of them. That’s a ton and a quarter of a light lunch, not counting the side dishes and salad.

Welcome to Mitchell Hall, the Air Force Academy’s legendary dining hall that 60 years into the school’s history remains the Defense Department’s reigning champion of the military meal.

The facility on a daily basis serves a sit-down lunch for 4,000 cadets, who are served at their tables by waiters. The whole process from passing the milk to finishing the dessert runs a precise 23 minutes.

“It’s the cleanup that takes the time,” said Ed “Fitz” Fitzhenry, director of cadet food services at the academy.

In recent years, the dining hall has trimmed its staff – down to 174 civilian Defense Department workers who churn out three meals a day in a kitchen with oversized appliances.

It also has tried to trim the fat on plates as the military pushes for a healthier diet.

Now cadets get fresh fish – salmon was on the menu last week – and vegetables to go with traditional favorites.

“It’s something the cadets look forward to,” said Shelly Morales, the dietitian who assembles the school’s menus.


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Black Fox Reporter To #BlackLivesMatter Protester “Heard You Cried Like A Lil Girl When You Got Arrested”

Sick burn…

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Councilman David Greenfield’s Powerful Words Against Palestinian Activists Who Disrupt Auschwitz Commemoration

From the same leftist playbook as #BlackLivesMatter, they are skewered in epic fashion by New York City Councilman David Greenfield.

Via NYDN:

Pro-Palestinian activists disrupted a City Council meeting Thursday to protest Council members’ planned trip to Israel next month.

Protesters in the balcony of the Council chamber unfurled a Palestinian flag and began yelling “Palestinian lives matter,” “Don’t support genocide,” and “Melissa, you’re a hypocrite,” a slam on Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who will lead the Israel delegation.

Council members reacted furiously to the demonstration – especially because the disruption began as they were concluding a vote on a resolution commemorating the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

A few dozen protesters were booted from the chamber, with some physically removed, and were ordered off the City Hall property all together.

“I’m a Jewish New Yorker. I live in the Bronx, and I do not support so-called progressive City Council members taking a trip to Israel. It is a trip to legitimize the discriminatory practices of Israel,” said Pam Sporn of the group Jewish Voice for Peace.

Protester Nastaran Mohit said it was hypocritical for pols who push for racial justice to support the Jewish state’s actions. “If you want to do a die in on the steps of City Hall saying black lives matter, then Palestinian lives matter as well.”

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Sunday Smile #2: Delaware State Troopers Volunteer To Be Pallbearers For Woman Who Died Alone

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God bless them.

Via Delaware Online:

In this job we get to see the very worst of what goes on in our state on a daily basis.

Kids getting shot and killed in our cities.

Children suffering abuse at the hands of adults, sometimes fatal abuse and sometimes abuse that will scar them for years.

The devastating effects of drug abuse on our friends, our families and our communities.

And then there’s the other side of life that we get to see.

People showing concern for their fellow human beings in times of need. Feeding someone who’s hungry. Giving shelter to someone with none. Speaking a kind word to a broken soul. Sometimes it’s as simple as having the ability to see worth in others.

And that’s what happened here in our state on Friday as six members of the Delaware State Police Honor Guard showed up at the funeral for Valeria V. Mayer and acted as her pallbearers.

The same Valeria V. Mayer who just two weeks ago was the subject of a a two-sentence burial notice requesting relatives or friends come forward to claim her remains.

The same Valeria V. Mayer who was featured in this column a little over a week ago. It was then that I shared with you that some of the people involved in her medical care had seen the burial notice and took it upon themselves to find a place for Ms. Mayer. They were able to get a plot donated from All Saint’s Cemetery. In the column, I shared that the funeral was set for Friday, Jan. 23.

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Sunday Smile: American Sniper Continues To Break Box Office Records, Makes $247 Million So Far

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The popularity of the movie says something very special about the American audience, a sign of the strength that is still there. And that is worth a Sunday smile…

Via Hollywood Reporter:

Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper remained a phenomenon in its second weekend, earning a stunning $64.4 million from 3,705 theaters and quickly becoming the No. 2 war film of all time at the North American box office, not accounting for inflation. Its domestic total through Sunday is $200.1 million for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow.

In only 10 days in release, American Sniper has eclipsed the $198.5 million earned all in by Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor, and it will soon overtake the $216.5 million grossed by Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan in 1998. Taking inflation into account, Private Ryan would have earned more than $300 million by today’s terms; Sniper is sure to eclipse that number when all is said and done.

Overseas, the decidedly pro-American film earned another $17.6 million from 26 markets, bringing its foreign total to $47.5 million and global haul to $247.6 million. Sniper is a tough sell overseas, but is pulling in solid numbers in Europe and Australia (and it’s a blockbuster in Italy, where Eastwood is an icon).

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NJ Student Slams Teacher To Floor For Taking His Phone Away

We are dealing with a generation that doesn’t respect authority, rules and the law. The teacher violated his human and civil rights (sarcasm).

Via North Jersey

A ninth-grader at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson was arrested Friday and charged with assaulting a teacher in a classroom.

The attack, captured on video, shows the teen slamming the 62-year-old educator to the floor in front of other students in an effort to get his cellphone back.

City school officials confirmed that criminal charges have been filed against the student, who has been suspended from school.

Someone in the classroom recorded the assault, which officials say took place at about 1 pm on Tuesday, and the video has been posted on YouTube.

The 23-second video shows the 16-year-old with his arms wrapped around the teacher, knocking him into an empty desk. The student then wrestles the teacher across the front of the classroom before slamming him to the floor. The teen then reaches down and wrests something from the teacher before breaking away when someone in the classroom yelled: “Security.”[…]

She said the student while on suspension will receive home instruction and a disciplinary hearing will determine “an appropriate, educational placement” for the rest of the school year.

“I’m disappointed I didn’t see any other kids in the classroom help [the teacher] out,” Tirri said about the events depicted in the short video. “Maybe they were afraid. I don’t know.”

“What strikes me is that the teacher never even defended himself,” said Lee McNulty, a retired JFK teacher who has been vocal recently with criticism about violence and disorder in the high school. “That just shows how much teachers are afraid of losing their job.”

“It’s troubling that in our society today students think that inside a school they can put their hands on each other and teachers as well,” said Jonathan Hodges, a veteran school board member. “I went online trying to find this video and I found numerous videos of teachers being attacked by their students.”

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Escapee: ISIS Wants To Plan An Attack “More Brutal” Than 9/11

Via Legal Insurrection:

A man named Ahmad Rashidi was interviewed on Meet the Press today and provided an alarming look into the goals of ISIS. He claims they want to be “better” than al-Qaeda and orchestrate an attack “more brutal” than the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.

Andrew Johnson of National Review has more:

Man Who Escaped ISIS: They Want to Plan an Attack ‘More Brutal’ than 9/11

The Islamic State is “happy” about the air strikes by the United States because it validates their efforts in emerging as a global threat, says a man who escaped after a month with the group.

Ahmad Rashidi was captured by the Islamic State when he went to Syria from London to retrieve the two daughters of a family friend; the teenage girls had fled England to marry Islamic State fighters. When Rashidi found one of the girls, her husband accused him of being a spy and he was taken prisoner and tortured. He later won the favor of his capturers by telling them he was a doctor; Rashidi is, in fact, a first-year medical student.

While embedded with the Islamic State for a month, Rashidi gained access to their computers and communications. He told NBC News’s Richard Engel that the group communicates with its contacts “every day” and is not worried about the West’s response to its attacks. In fact, the Islamic State was “happy” about the American military’s response of air strikes because it proved to the group’s leaders that they were considered as important a threat as al-Qaeda.

“They want to be more . . . better than al-Qaeda,” he told Engel. “This is why they need to do something more brutal than the World Trade Center.”

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Hackers Claiming To Be Part Of ISIS’s ‘Cyber Caliphate’ Break Into Website Of Malaysian Airlines

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Busy cyber attacks today…

Via Malaysian Insider:

Hackers apparently linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) militant group today broke into the website of Malaysia Airlines.

“Plane not found,” said a message on the front page of the national airline’s website at www.malaysiaairlines.com this morning, signed off as “Cyber Caliphate”, as a rap song played in the background.

The website title was also changed to “Isis will prevail”.

It is understood that only those using Telekom Malaysia’s Unifi service are taken to the hacked page

Cutesy SOTU Speech Omitted Entitlement Crisis

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Six years of carrying the Administrations water some in the media are realizing the hopey and changey mantra isn’t working.

Via Stars and Stripes

Unbelievable. President Barack Obama, among the most divisive presidents in our recent history, gives an also divisive State of the Union speech, taking credit for things he did not do, producing a laundry list of mostly bad things he plans and at the end sounding oh, so nice. This country of ours? We’re a “tight-knit family.” Republicans? He wants to get along with them. To repeat a question he asked, really?

If Republicans in control of Congress try to amend the Dodd-Frank financial fix-it law, a confused, micromanaging conglomeration that left even the bureaucratic cops on the beat confused, he will veto it, he said. Maybe you want to amend some of his unilateralist overreaching on immigration? Another veto, by golly! There are parts of Obamacare that are almost sure to cost Americans jobs, but no tinkering, folks. Just live and let live, OK? You hear me? OK!?[…]

In the final analysis, the State of the Union speech described the sad state of a White House that is ignoring something that could be as bad as anything America has faced since the Great Depression. There were some good ideas — free trade is a good idea — but cutesy talk of other problems that are no longer problems and proposed ways of making things better that would likely make things worse. And despite the sweet talk at the end, there was still no sign that this president has the least idea of how to negotiate with the political opposition, just cleverness in making them look like villains.

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Report: Freed Al Qaeda Agent Was Part Of Proposed Swap For Two Jailed Americans

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Via Daily Beast:

Before he was released from a U.S. maximum-security prison last week, a confessed al Qaeda sleeper agent was offered up in a potential prisoner swap that would have freed two Americans held abroad.

The Daily Beast has learned that the proposal was floated in July 2014 to the then-U.S. ambassador in Qatar by an individual acting on behalf of that country’s attorney general. According to two individuals with direct knowledge of the case, the proposition was made shortly after the Obama administration traded five Taliban fighters for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Those fighters were also sent to Qatar, where they’re to remain under government watch until later this year. U.S. officials have said they’re at risk of plotting further attacks against the United States.

The proposed swap involving the al Qaeda agent, Ali Saleh Al-Marri, raises troubling questions about whether the Bergdahl trade opened a kind of Pandora’s box, signaling to foreign governments that they can pressure the United States to make concessions on terrorism by trading American prisoners abroad for dangerous extremists held in the United States.

“I believe we must examine the administration’s decision in the case of Al-Marri and determine if his release is connected to negotiations of any kind,” Rep. Duncan Hunter, a frequent critic of the Obama administration’s hostage negotiations, wrote Thursday in a letter to Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), the House Armed Services Committee chairman, obtained by The Daily Beast.

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SOTU: “The President Has Spoke, And A Republican Has Spoke”, Now Group Gathered At Wallace’s Catfish Corner In Chicago Will Speak

Obama’s forgotten folks from Chicago.

Via BPR

No matter how rosy a picture President Obama paints of the American economy, Obamanomics isn’t working, according to a group of community leaders and organizers from Chicago — all of them African-American.

After Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday, the group gathered at Wallace’s Catfish Corner to offer their on-camera response to the “anti-establishment, citizen journalism” YouTube channel, Rebel Pundit.

“Tonight, the president has spoke, and a Republican has spoke,” grassroots activist Paul McKinley said on the video. “And now, we’re going to speak.”[…]

Activist Joseph Watkins said he hopes the 114th Congress, now firmly in Republican hands, will neutralize Obama’s signature programs, saying:

We hope the Congress defund Obamacare. We pray that Congress do away with your amnesty executive order, giving and providing illegal aliens and immigrants working permit to make sure the black man don’t get jobs in our own community.

McKinley wondered what all the excitement over Obama’s 2008 campaign was about.

“Was it all about using us?” he asked. “Was it all about getting all the people behind you to get you in the White House?”

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