On second thought, shocking may not be accurate.
On second thought, shocking may not be accurate.
Botox Nan will unveil her new mantra of “Its for the middle class”.
Via Philly Com
President Obama, Vice President Biden, Gov. Wolf and Mayor Nutter will be among the guests speaking to fellow Democrats in Philadelphia this week as House Democrats hold a policy retreat in the city.
Member of the House Democratic caucus will be making their way to the Sheraton in Society Hill Wednesday afternoon as they meet to develop a policy and political strategy for the next two years amid diminished numbers in Congress. They will be greeted by speeches from Nutter and Wolf – whose win was one of Democrats’ few bright spots on Election Day.
The meetings come as House Democrats try to build a new message that can better connect with voters over the next two years and leading up to the 2016 elections.[…]
Obama will speak to the caucus Thursday and Biden Friday. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will also address the group. The meetings and most of the speeches will be closed to the press and public.
The retreat, held at the start of every new Congress, is usually held in a rural setting somewhere near Washington, though several Democrats said there had been requests in recent years for a city setting.
Thanks to CAIR I know this is just another coincidence that he’s a Muslim.
SARGODHA: A man reportedly gunned down his sister and her three children in the name of honor in Sargodha.
The incident occurred overnight in Sargodha area of Model Town, where all four were killed with gunshots.
Police arrested Nazia Bibi’s brother Ghazanfar Abbas on suspicion and interrogated him. During interrogation, he confessed to killing her and her children.
The man said he was suspicious of his sister’s moral character.
Jesse is afraid of a can of whoop ass being opened up on him.
“American Sniper” is tops at the box office, but don’t expect to see former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura lining up at a theater for it.
Ventura, a former Navy SEAL, won $1.8 million in a defamation lawsuit last year against the estate of the late Chris Kyle, the SEAL protagonist of the movie, which has sparked debate over whether snipers should be considered heroes. Ventura said Wednesday he won’t see the film partly because Kyle is no hero to him.[…]
Ventura also dismissed the movie as propaganda because it conveys the false idea that Iraq had something to do with the 9/11 attacks. “It’s as authentic as ‘Dirty Harry,'” he said, referring to fictional movie series starring Clint Eastwood, the director of “American Sniper.”
“A hero must be honorable, must have honor. And you can’t have honor if you’re a liar. There is no honor in lying,” Ventura told The Associated Press from his winter home in Baja California, Mexico. He also noted that the movie isn’t playing there. […]
The former wrestler is now working on the second season of his online-only political talk show “Off the Grid” at Ora.tv, which he records in Mexico, where he lives in a solar-powered home with a satellite Internet connection.
Give the military the same retirement package the Congress Critters in DC get.
The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission will release its long-awaited report Thursday, which will propose fundamental changes to military benefits including ending the 20-year retirement, according to the Military Times, citing sources familiar with the report.
The plan calls for Congress to create a hybrid system of smaller defined-benefit pension along with more cash-based benefits and lump-sum payments. A significant portion of retirement benefits would come in the form of government contributions to 401(k)-style investment accounts, those familiar with the report told Military Times.
In addition to the 401(k) for troops serving less than 20 years, the commission will suggest promising a pension to troops who serve a long-term career, but one that would be more modest than what military retirees receive today, a defense official briefed on the plan told the Times.[…]
According to the Times, the commission will also propose:
a change in health care benefits for current military families and retirees — Tricare customers could move into the health care coverage provided to federal employees;
a new health care allowance for troops designed to cover some expenses, such as doctor-visit co-pays and eyeglasses.
a new four-star medical command to oversee military health care, a significant break from the tradition of each service operating its own health care system.
keeping current commissary benefits, to include continuing to sell products at cost plus 5 percent surcharge. A separate DOD budget proposal is expected to call for increasing prices to operating costs.
consolidating the commissary and exchange systems. Initially, they would keep their separate branding — Navy Exchange, Defense Commissary Agency, etc. — but eventually would be combined.
building more child development centers on military bases.
Even worse is their excuse: Calling a man “Mr.” or a woman “Mrs.” could violate federal Title IX policies.
The Graduate Center of the City University of New York issued a memo advising staff not to address any students as “Mr., Mrs. or Ms.” beginning this spring because some could find it disrespectful.
The policy is intended to “ensure a respectful, welcoming and gender-inclusive learning environment . . . and to accommodate properly the diverse population of current and prospective students,” according to the memo, signed by interim provost Louise Lennihan.
School spokeswoman (wait – can I call her that?) Tanya Domi said the initiative was also part of the school’s “working within a regulatory framework to comply with Title IX legal principles,” which forbid discrimination based on sex at any institution receiving federal funding.
Obama’s “free stuff” version of America still going strong.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of children in the United States relying on food stamps for a meal spiked to 16 million last year, according federal data, signaling a lopsided economic recovery in which lower income families are still lagging behind.
The roughly one in five children who received food stamps in 2014 surpassed pre-recession levels, when one in eight or 9 million children were on food stamps, according to the U.S. Census survey of American families released on Wednesday
Republicans in Congress have sought to cut back on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or food stamp program as part of a larger plan to balance the budget.
Early last year lawmakers proposed $40 billion in cuts from the program over 10 years. The final farm bill signed into law trimmed $8.6 billion from the program, eliminating benefits for about 850,000 people, according to estimates by anti-hunger advocates.
Shocking, I know.
Pics via Twitchy:
Update: One of the protest leaders tweeted this nonsense out.
The Rev. Jarrett Maupin is not the typical race baiting profiteer. We Previously reported on him going through a use of force scenario.
Via AZ Central
The same civil-rights activists who threatened two weeks ago to march on Arizona State University if a White campus police officer was reinstated after arresting a Black professor, switched course Tuesday and mended their differences at a “lemonade summit.”
Now they want Officer Stewart Ferrin reinstated.
The Rev. Jarrett Maupin of Phoenix and a half-dozen community activists met with Ferrin, who is facing termination after his controversial arrest last year of an ASU assistant English professor.
Maupin also had a private dinner this week with Ferrin and his attorney, Mel McDonald, where the activist said he got to know the 25-year-old officer.
“It would be very sad to put (the family) in any economic harm’s way,” Maupin said. “So we will be calling (today) for the university to place him back on active status.”[…]
A dashboard-camera video of the arrest shows Ferrin repeatedly telling Ore to put her hands behind her back. When she refuses, he tells her he will “slam” her on the police car, according to the video. Footage shows the officer tackling her to the ground. A police report says she kicked the officer in the shin.
The police report says the 33-year-old Ore argued with Ferrin after he stopped her for walking in the middle of the street and told her to get on the sidewalk. She refused repeated requests to show identification, the report says.
She told police later she felt like the officer “bullied her” and belabored his point that she shouldn’t be walking in the street. Ore was arrested on charges of aggravated assault on an officer, criminal damage, refusal to provide a truthful name and obstructing a public thoroughfare. She pleaded guilty to one count of resisting arrest and received probation; the other charges were dropped.
The Sheriff also calls out the NAACP.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke slammed the NAACP for saying police in Muskogee, Oklahoma, have adopted a “shoot first, ask questions later” attitude following the deadly shooting of a young black man last week, an incident filmed on body cam.
“This once proud organization that was a force for good has relegated itself into irrelevancy, and I challenge anybody to name the last significant accomplishment that the NAACP has achieved in the United States for people of color,” Clarke said during an interview with Fox & Friends. “This organization has become nothing more than a political propaganda entity for the left.”
Clarke, who has become a prominent figure in the gun world, urged the organization to “stay off the police” and lead a more meaningful discussion, namely why these incidents are happening and what can be done to prevent them.
“The number one cause of this is father-absent homes,” Clarke said. “So what are we going to do in terms of having more effective parenting, more role modeling, more engaged fathers in the lives of these young black men so that we don’t have this behavior.”[…]
“When you run from the police, I’ll tell you right now, you’re headed toward a very dark place where things are not going to go well for you,” Clarke added. “That doesn’t mean that you’re automatically going to be shot and you should die. But the fact is, that is one of the most dangerous situations an officer can be involved in.”
Clarke said the loss of Walker’s life was “unfortunate,” but reiterated that the focus needs to be “on the behavior of our young black men, and not the police.”
Lib rag Daily Beast frets:
Residents of Dagestan say that Russian forces destroyed their homes and trashed Korans during anti-terror raids last fall.
On Nelli Radzhabova’s desk, a pile of materials was growing: hand-written accounts, complaints to local and federal authorities, flash drives with videos and photographs. Dozens of letters. All of it evidence of the destruction caused by a recent counter-terrorism operation led by Russian interior ministry forces in Vremenny, a village in the troubled North Caucasus republic of Dagestan. The images in Radzhabova’s files depicted demolished homes; furniture, clothes and other belongings turned to rubbish and partly buried by bulldozers; broken windows, walls and gates at the village school and clinic. In one of the videos, men in interior ministry forces uniforms are seen throwing people’s belongings down a hillside.
There were also photographs of a Koran cut down the middle by an ax, as well as swastikas and other humiliating signs painted over the village’s ruined walls—all done by the military, or so locals claimed. One line of graffiti said: “Moscow is the force.”
“Local policemen asked Russian soldiers not to attack our Koran, so a military commander called Moscow to complain that Dagestan cops were not letting them do their job. After that, our local policemen were called away from Vremenny,” said resident Aminat Magomedova in an interview with The Daily Beast. “Two days ago, a local man found two more Korans in a pile of garbage,” she added.
Done deal, Obama doesn’t negotiate.
Via Miami Herald
Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantánamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.
Castro told a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States that Cuba and the United States are working toward full diplomatic relations but “if these problems aren’t resolved, this diplomatic rapprochement wouldn’t make any sense.”
Castro and President Barack Obama announced on Dec. 17 that they would move toward renewing full diplomatic relations by reopening embassies in each other’s countries. The two governments held negotiations in Havana last week to discuss both the reopening of embassies and the broader agenda of re-establishing normal relations.
Obama has loosened the trade embargo with a range of measures designed to increase economic ties with Cuba and increase the number of Cubans who don’t depend on the communist state for their livelihoods. […]
The reestablishment of diplomatic relations is the start of a process of normalizing bilateral relations, but this will not be possible while the blockade still exists, while they don’t give back the territory illegally occupied by the Guantánamo naval base,” Castro said.
He demanded that the U.S. end the transmission of anti-Castro radio and television broadcasts and deliver “just compensation to our people for the human and economic damage that they’re suffered.”
The U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Castro’s remarks.
Hey Russia, 1989 called, wants its failed Socialist utopia back.
Russian lawmakers will consider a new statement that would condemn an event that happened 25 years ago – the reunification of Germany.
According to Russian news agency Tass, State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin has asked the Duma’s Committee on Foreign Affairs to look into condemning the “annexation” of East Germany by West Germany in 1989.
Given the time that’s passed and the relative success of German reunification, the idea has struck many as absurd: Mikhail Gorbachev, leader of the Soviet Union in 1989, called it “nonsense” Wednesday. Similar outlandish statements have been made by Russian lawmakers recently – last year, one proposed a ban on high heels, for example.
However, this proposal can’t be as easily dismissed: Naryshkin is an ally of President Vladimir Putin, and it seems unlikely he would have made such a bold statement without the Russian leader’s approval.
Mexico enforcing the immigration laws, the Americans won’t.
Life just got tougher for Ruben Galvan, an American citizen who is back behind bars in the United States after escaping from a U.S. federal prison last year and fleeing to Mexico.
Galvan, 34, was flown to Houston and into the arms of waiting deputy U.S. marshals this week after being kicked out of Mexico for being an undocumented immigrant.
“Looking over your shoulder every day in another country is no way to live,” said Gary Blankinship, the U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Texas. “Ruben Galvan learned what many escapees before him have learned: we will never give up. We will never stop looking for you. Justice will prevail.”
Galvan had been convicted of methamphetamine charges in Dallas back in 2011 and was serving 10 years in the El Reno, Okla. U.S. Bureau of Prisons camp when he went missing last year.
Inmates told authorities he’d fled with his wife, according to court papers. There are no fences at the facility, so Galvan could have literally walked away. He was discovered to have gone missing during a prisoner count.
Supposedly it has a nutty aftertaste with a hint of corn.
Coming soon to Portland (where else?): craft beer made from sewage water.
It’s purified sewage water, to be more specific, that’s been treated by Hillsboro Clean Water Services in Oregon — and which they insist is cleaner than ordinary drinking water. It’s subjected to ultra-filtration, reverse osmosis and enhanced oxidation; as a result, insists Mark Jockers, the company’s government and public affairs manager, ”the water that comes from the high purity water system is the cleanest water on the planet.”
That high a level of purity doesn’t matter so much for human safety, the Oregonian explains, but it is the kind of thing that can influence beer: one home brewer, who participated in a competition held last year by Clean Water Services, described it as a “blank slate” a.k.a “a brewer’s dream.
If water drawn downstream from a sewage treatment plant — treated water made up about 30 percent of the mix — was so good, the company is better that water drawn directly from the plant will be even better. And so it’s organizing a team of home brewers — the “Oregon Brew Crew” — to try it out.
Get your carbon credits here.
Meteorologists have apologized for getting yesterday’s snow totals so wrong in New Jersey, where only about 3 inches fell instead of the 24 that was predicted.
But other weather experts say the forecasts were not all that wrong because due to last-minute changes in the air, the storm simply tracked about 75 miles farther east than expected, and dropped 30 inches of snow on Long Island.
Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Bob Rauber, head of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at University of Illinois, about the forecasting for this storm and the science versus the art of weather prediction.
A plurality (47%) also think Obama is trying to downplay the threat we face. Which is pretty damn obvious considering the Obama regime refuses to even say the word “Islam” in relation to terrorism.
Go home, Boehner, you’re drunk.
House Speaker John Boehner isn’t terribly beloved by conservatives and more tea party-types these days, but he still has to work with a lot of them in Congress to get things done. Fox News’ Bret Baier asked Boehner about this in an interview tonight; whether he can get everyone working together better just on his side of the aisle.
Boehner said, “I do, I do. Listen, I was the tea party before there was a tea party.”
The speaker elaborated, “I understand their concerns, I understand their frustrations. But we have a constitution that we abide by and we’re gonna live by.” He said they’re going to both hold Obama accountable and try to find common ground with him in the next two years.
Their schooling, their choice.
Via The State
William Hart says the online high school that he attends from his St. Andrews home is a “lot different” from the New York school he went to every day.
Having to go to class with other students was like “dealing with people in the streets,” said the 16-year-old, now a student at Whitmore School, a S.C. online public charter school.
Hart and his family were among about 500 people, mostly students, who marched from a downtown hotel to the State House on Tuesday to celebrate National School Choice Week.
Advocates of giving families more education choices – both private and public – heard from students, teachers, parents and Gov. Nikki Haley about the state’s different school-choice options.
“If you think about the time you spend in school, that’s a long time for you to have to spend it the way another child would need to spend it,” Haley said, citing her children as examples of how all children are different and have different educational needs.
“We’ve done great things with charter schools. We’ve done great things with virtual schools. But we want to give more control to our parents, more comfort to the kids and make sure that everybody feels like in South Carolina, they can get the best education that best suits them,” Haley said.
Students came to the event from private schools, home schools, public charter schools, virtual schools and schools that accept students on scholarships made possible through the state’s new private-school choice program.
Because the bow tie just screams “I’m so edgy!”
Bill Nye already tackled the science of DeflateGate for Good Morning America but in a new video for Funny or Die, the “Science Guy” put his theory to the test by putting some warm footballs in a cool refrigerator.
But while he was waiting for the balls to cool down, Nye revealed his ulterior motive. “While we have a few minutes here, I’d like to talk about something else,” he said. “Climate Change is real!”
“While we’re all obsessed with DeflateGate, let’s keep in mind that’s there’s something about which you should give a fuck!” he continued. “Yes, like Tom Brady, the world is getting hotter and hotter, because we humans are pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.”