Really? They couldn’t find a picture of the troops?
Really? They couldn’t find a picture of the troops?
He can’t even keep ego out of a turkey pardon. Meanwhile, the Obama daughters looked thrilled to be there (not) and, I’m not their parent, but really, they need longer skirts.
Via Fox News:
If spreading religious intolerance is the goal, a Middle Eastern bank has scored by prompting Real Madrid to alter its world-famous logo so that a small cross does not appear on an officially-licensed credit card.
The Spanish soccer giant unveiled the adjusted logo that will adorn a new credit card issued by the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, reported The Algemeiner. The new logo looks exactly like the club’s 83-year-old trademark, except for the absence of a tiny Christian cross that normally sits at the top.
The logo change was agreed to by the world’s wealthiest sports team, valued at nearly $3.5 billion, in order to avoid offending Muslim sensibilities as the team and the bank enter a three-year “strategic alliance,” according to Real Madrid President Florentino Pérez. […]
However, it was not the first time the soccer juggernaut tweaked its crest to avoid offending Islamic sensibilities.In the oil-rich Emirates in 2012, Real Madrid made the same change to smooth the way for a partnership with a UAE resort.
Real Madrid’s most recent decision to cave into Muslim religious intolerance comes at a time of growing concern for Christians in the Middle East, where Islamic State terrorists have massacred and ethnically cleansed ancient Christian communities in Iraq and Syria, noted The Algemeiner, citing a recent State Department report highlighting several violations of international standards on religious freedom in the United Arab Emirates, of which Abu Dhabi is a part.
From Cabela’s to Wal-Mart guns will be on sale a everywhere on Black Friday, and what better time is there to load up on a firearm? The manic shopping frenzy lands right before Christmas and right in the midst of deer hunting season.
With the expected increase in gun sales the Federal Bureau of Investigation is gearing up for a dense wave of background check requests. There are more than 48,000 gun retailers in the U.S., according to the Associated Press. For every sale, cashiers must call in a check to the FBI or to other approved agency to insure that the customer does not have a criminal record. When the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, was implemented in 1998, the FBI oversaw around 9 million checks. Last year that number inflated to more than 21 million.
“This Friday opens the busiest season for gun purchases, when requests for background checks speed up to nearly two a second, testing the limits of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS….
Thanks to the media and other agitators/community activists, Officer Wilson will not have a normal life.
Darren Wilson was mowing his lawn Aug. 19 — 10 days after he’d shot an
unarmedteenager — when he got a call telling him that his address was popping up in online reports. He quickly packed up his belongings and moved in with a relative, somebody who didn’t have the same last name. By nightfall, media members were outside the house.
Wilson then spent about a week with one of his attorneys, Greg Kloeppel, until finally he moved into what his legal team now calls the “quote-unquote permanent location,” which they declined to disclose. Wilson hasn’t been back to his ranch-style home since he stopped cutting the grass midway through.
“You want to buy a house?” another Wilson attorney, James Towey, asked.
Wilson’s four-person legal team spoke with The Washington Post on Wednesday about their strategies during a 3 1/2- month period from which Wilson emerged facing no criminal charges but also contending with a lost career and reputation. They said that their client, who had become nationally a “poster child for bad race relations,” was the perfect legal weapon behind the scenes: He stayed silent publicly, and when he spoke to investigators and jurors, his version of events remained consistent.[…]
In the first weeks after the shooting, Wilson retained hope that he would be able to reclaim his job as an officer. Although the Ferguson department hasn’t yet officially determined Wilson’s future, the decision makes little difference, Wilson’s attorneys said. He won’t be returning to that police department or any other.
“At first [his thinking] was, ‘I want to go back, I’m a cop, I want to still be a cop,’ ” attorney Danielle Thompson said. “It took some time for him to realize that wasn’t exactly going to be what happened.”
Towey added: “I think I expressed to him, ‘Do you realize your first call [back on the job] will be to a blind alley where you’re executed?’ He took a pause for a minute, thought about it and said, ‘Oh.’ That is the reality.”
You don’t say…
Via Truth Revolt:
It was like a scene out of “The Princess and the Pea,” only this was real life. Along with her $300,000 fee for her speech at UCLA , Hillary Clinton had a list of demands, one of which was “that the chairs be outfitted with two long, rectangular pillows — and that two cushions be kept backstage in case the chair was too deep and she needed additional back support.”
Through a Freedom of Information Act request the Washington Post received the emails exchanged between UCLA and Clinton’s people as they were preparing for her March 5, 2014 speech at the school.
The documents show that Clinton’s representatives at the Harry Walker Agency exerted considerable control over her appearance and managed even the smallest details — from requesting lemon wedges and water on stage to a computer, scanner, and a spread of hummus and crudité in the green room backstage.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg and actor Nate Parker are teaming on a “Black Male Crisis” documentary in the U.S. in the wake of the August shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. in August.
Berg, Parker and writer-director Matthew Cooke launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday — two days after the announcement of a grand jury failing to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting.
The campaign has already generated $3,125 or 12% of its $25,000 goal. Deadline for contributions is Jan. 5.
“In response to the growing problem of racial disparity due to the ongoing dehumanization of black men, actor and activist Nate Parker is setting out on a journey of investigation,” the campaign site said. “He will venture into black communities to speak to various stakeholders about the crisis facing these men. Through the examination of specific cases, Nate will create relevant and responsive discourse with the intention of mining strong and tangible solutions to combat this ever-growing crisis.”
Via Daily Mail:
A set of rules for white people at a vigil for Michael Brown in Canada has sparked controversy with critics accusing organizers of promoting segregation.
‘Non black allies’ were told to ‘refrain from taking up space in all ways possible’ and ‘never be at the centre of anything’ at the event in Toronto on November 25.
The Facebook page also advised white demonstrators to ‘refrain from speaking to the media’ and ‘stand behind black folks or between us and the police’.
Crowds in line for the black Friday sales are interfering with the looting and rioting.
Via Philly Com
Hollywood leaders are supporting a nationwide protest of the Ferguson grand jury decision Monday not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, under the social media hashtag #BlackoutFriday and organized through the collective Blackout for Human Rights.
“Fruitvale Station” director Ryan Coogler, “Selma” helmer Ava DuVernay, “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jesse Williams, Russell Simmons, Michael B. Jordan and others have voiced their support for Blackout Friday, an effort to “make Black Friday (November 28, 2014) a nationwide day of action and retail boycott.”
“Blackout will be organizing grassroots events, nationwide, for people to come out and show their solidarity in the fight for equal human rights,” read the website. […]
DuVernay will moderate a Q&A session Friday following a screening series presented by African American Film Festival Releasing Movement at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles, which will feature “Fruitvale Station,” DuVernay’s “Middle of Nowhere” and “25 to Life.”
WATCH a 'Hannity' exclusive of protesters looting Ferguson Market, where Brown stole cigars right before he was shot https://t.co/LwNe9JxG07
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 27, 2014
See more of the video here, from Right Scoop, including the arson and the woman saving the store.
This is the store that Michael Brown stole the cigarillos from, strong arming the owner, as Brown tried to get away. It was hit twice before, but was attacked a third time on the night of the grand jury decision. You can see in the video people with a plan going to great effort to get in, past boards and bars to destroy the store. Then, a man very deliberately spreads accelerant around and lights it on fire. He sprays more accelerant on the fire before he flees the store.
A woman, described as a local frequent customer of the store, courageously rushes in and pours milk on it to put it out, otherwise the store might have gone up.
According to the attorney for the store, Jay Kanzler, the store through the various attacks has suffered hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage and loss, and they have set up a gofundme account “Ferguson Market Fund” to help out the store.
Typical strawman. No one is objecting to immigration, people are objecting to ILLEGAL immigration and a president who not only condones the breaking of the law, but assists in it, by violating the Constitution, Mr. President. Not to mention that “Native Americans” are not a static entity, all of them were immigrants as well.
Via The Independent:
President Obama quite succinctly summed up the absurdity of the Republicans’ issues with his immigration reform in Chicago yesterday, arguing that perhaps the only people who can legitimately be pissed off about illegal immigrants are Native Americans.
Returning to his hometown to speak, the president tried to place his recent executive action, which saved five million immigrants from deportation, within a great American tradition of welcoming foreigners.
“If you look at the history of immigration in this country, each successive wave there have been periods where the folks who were already here have said, ‘Well I don’t want those folks,'” he said. “Even though the only people who have the right to say that are some Native Americans.”
Compared to Barry’s remarks on his favorite holiday
Newly elected Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) delivered the Republican Thanksgiving Day address on Thursday, emphasizing his gratitude for the sacrifices made by members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
“For many, there will be no homecoming this week. From Afghanistan to Iraq to Korea, our troops continue to patrol the world to bring peace and security for us all. From Marines in Liberia to sailors across the oceans to airmen over the Asian skies to the sentinels standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, these troops will sacrifice the comforts of family and home so we can enjoy them. To each of you, on behalf of the people of a grateful nation, I extend our deepest thanks for your honorable and faithful service.”
Yet it was these same witnesses that the media used to concoct its false narrative of the unarmed boy just shot down in the street.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when Officer Darren Wilson “finished him off.” Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all.
An Associated Press review of thousands of pages of grand jury documents reveals numerous examples of statements made during the shooting investigation that were inconsistent, fabricated or provably wrong. For one, the autopsies ultimately showed Brown was not struck by any bullets in his back.
Prosecutors exposed these inconsistencies before the jurors, which likely influenced their decision not to indict Wilson in Brown’s death.
Bob McCulloch, the St. Louis County prosecutor, said the grand jury had to weigh testimony that conflicted with physical evidence and conflicting statements by witnesses as it decided whether Wilson should face charges.
“Many witnesses to the shooting of Michael Brown made statements inconsistent with other statements they made and also conflicting with the physical evidence. Some were completely refuted by the physical evidence,” McCulloch said.
The decision Monday not to charge Wilson with any crime set off more violent protests in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson and around the country, fueled by claims that the unarmed black 18-year-old was shot while surrendering to the white officer in the mostly African-American city.
The War on Global Warming is heating up from the polar vortex.
A Coast Guard plane touched down in Orlando at dusk Tuesday, hauling a cargo of the world’s rarest sea turtles, rescued by volunteers from the lethally chilly waters and beaches of Cape Cod Bay.
Weighing only 2 to 10 pounds, the young Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles are among the first of an astounding wave of the reptiles to succumb to hypothermia in the “bucket” of the Massachusetts bay.
“They’re so small,” said Alyssa Hancock, a SeaWorld Orlando aquarium worker, peering into one of 101 banana boxes holding 193 turtles.
Turtle rescues happen every year in late fall in the Northeast, but for reasons not yet known what’s happening this year is “epic,” said one of the nearly two dozen volunteers passing boxes of turtles like a bucket brigade.
“Statistically, I feel like we are out on Pluto,” said Tony LaCasse, spokesman for the New England Aquarium’s marine-animal hospital in Quincy, Mass., who fears the number of cold-stunned turtles could quadruple.
“We’ve been rescuing sea turtles for 25 years, and we are just absolutely shocked,” LaCasse said.
Among possible explanation for the huge spike in turtle rescues – the record of 242 in 2012 has been eclipsed already this year by more than 400 rescues – is that the number of highly endangered Kemp’s ridleys has been increasing slightly in recent years.
So when more of them turned up for their normal summer feast on crabs in Cape Cod Bay, more were trapped there when water temperatures began to drop in September.
We reported on rioters in Ferguson attacking Natalie’s Cakes and More and damaging the store. Her story has gone viral and the goodness of people from all over the world contributing has been amazing. The amount is now over 200,000.
Via Fox News:
There has been an overwhelming outpouring of support for a single mother whose bakery was damaged in the Ferguson protests.
The window of Natalie Dubose’s shop was smashed in during protests following a grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
A photo of Dubose (above) prompted calls from people who said they wanted to help her fix her store, and so they set up a GoFundMe page. The crowdfunding site raised $110,000 in a matter of hours, and the money is still rolling in.
Dubose opened Natalie’s Cakes and More in June after renting a booth at a flea market every weekend in order to make the money to set up a storefront. Business was good until August, when protests first began after Brown’s death.
“Sometimes I was counting $12 in an envelope at night after being there for 10 hours a day. And so that was a little depressing. I did a lot of praying, I did a lot of crying and some more crying. But all that, it kind of brought me here today.”
Dubose said that she still can’t come up with the words she would say to the people who damaged shops in her community. She said today on “Shepard Smith Reporting” that she had made pleas to individual protesters, urging them not to harm her store because it is her only source of income to raise her two kids.
“I was more hurt than anything,” she said.
As for those who’ve chipped in to help? Dubose says she is so grateful for the love and support that has poured in from across the country.
“If I could have arms big enough, I would just hug each and every last one of them,” she said of those who have donated.
Dubose has expressed her gratitude on her gofundme page and is asking people to help some of the other businesses in the area:
I’m overwhelmed by the amazing generosity I’m receiving. The love, attention, support, the many, many people stopping by to say hello, the offers of assistance, the letters, the anonymous donations, the lovely letters, flowers, telephone calls, media support, and the support of the people of Ferguson.
Thank you for the wonderful comments, I can’t wait to read them all.
I am truly and humbly blessed.
People have ordered cakes for weeks in advance in support.
Via The Hill:
President Obama plans to watch some football on Thursday as he and his family celebrate Thanksgiving, his “favorite holiday.”
“Before we lift a fork, we lend a hand by going out into the community to serve some of our neighbors in need. And we give thanks for each other, and for all of God’s blessings,” Obama said a day after his family volunteered at a southeast Washington, D.C., food bank.
“Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because, more than any other, it is uniquely American. Each of us brings our own traditions and cultures and recipes to the table – but we all share this day, united by the gratitude for the bounty of this nation,” Obama said.
The president will spend the day with friends and family “eating some good food and watching a little football,” Obama said in his weekly address Thursday, released two days early due to the shortened workweek.
Obama, a longtime Chicago Bears (5-6) fan, is sure to be cheering for his home state team as the underdogs go up against the Detroit Lions (7-4) starting around lunchtime on the East Coast.
He didn’t get the memo that eating turkey is evil. While Michelle leaves school children with paltry lunches to celebrate, the Obama dinner table is heavily laden with lots of tasty fatty foods.
WASHINGTON, DC – The White House Press Office released the menu Thursday for the president’s Thanksgiving meal.
The first family will be dining on a main course of thyme-roasted turkey and honey-baked ham. They’ll eat a variety of sides including cornbread stuffing, oyster stuffing, macaroni and cheese and dinner rolls. The vegetable dishes served will be braised winter greens, sweet potato gratin, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole.
The menu also includes five pies: banana cream, coconut cream, pumpkin, apple, pecan, and cherry.
According to the White House Press Office, the Obamas will be “dining with family.”
Via NY Post:
The white Ferguson cop who killed an unarmed black teen is in talks to resign from his police department — and may give up policing altogether, his lawyer said Wednesday night.
“It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when,” Officer Darren Wilson’s attorney, Neil Bruntrager, told CNN. “He’s on paid leave, and there are discussions that are going on right now to separate from the department in an amicable fashion.”
The news came a day after Wilson said that he lived in fear as he kept under the radar while awaiting a decision from the grand jury that ultimately chose not to charge him.
“I’d use the word stressful, but that’s an understatement,” Wilson told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos during a 90-minute interview in St. Louis.
“You just take precautions — everything you do, everywhere you go. You know, from where you sit in a restaurant to where you drive.”
Via NY Post:
Anarchists plotted on Wednesday to disrupt the Thanksgiving Day Parade — feeling emboldened after cops allowed them to run free on major roadways like the FDR Drive and the West Side Highway, The Post has learned.
“The police aren’t going to arrest us and they are not going to shoot us,” an organizer who calls himself “Magiq” boasted to a group of two dozen rabble-rousers at a Union Square planning session Wednesday night.
“They’re walking right by us now with their heads down and their tails between their legs,” Magiq, 27, of Brooklyn taunted as scores of cops watched the group from across 14th Street.
The hashtag #StopTheParade was burning up Twitter as agitators planned a fresh wave of chaos following two nights running amok on city streets to protest the Ferguson, Mo., grand-jury decision.
“Yes, they’re planning on crashing the parade,” a law-enforcement source said. “With this hands-off approach, it gives them free rein to do anything they want. It’s a free pass to act like a fool.”
So what happened?
They tried to get into the parade route and police gobbled up the turkeys…
Via NY Post:
The Thanksgiving Day Parade was barely under way when about half a dozen protesters were handcuffed Thursday morning after they ignored police officers and tried to march toward the parade route on Sixth Avenue.
Protesters chanted, “Justice for Mike Brown!” and “No justice, no peace!” referring to the unarmed black teen shot and killed by a white cop in Ferguson, Mo.
The protesters marched south from the New York Public Library and turned right on 37th Street toward Seventh Avenue about 9:30 a.m. – but then tried to make a U-turn toward the parade route.
Parade was not disrupted.
Bad bad bad, both irradiated and turkey. But on the positive side, no Salon there to chastise you and be the food police!
Via NY Post:
Just be thankful you’re not eating this.
As millions of Americans indulge themselves in the usual fixings for Thanksgiving, the six members of the International Space Station will be chowing down on irradiated smoked turkey, thermostabilized candied yams and freeze-dried cornbread dressing.
The bright side — there’s no slaving over a hot stove for countless hours in space — one snip of the scissors and some water is all it takes for the Expedition 42 crew to treat themselves to “traditional holiday fare with a space-food flair,” according to NASA.
Once they’re done scarfing down the main course, which also includes freeze-dried green beans and mushrooms, the astronauts will cap the meal off with dessert: thermostabilized cherry-blueberry cobbler.
As for leftovers — there’s no fridge, making it impossible to preserve any of the scraps.