Breaking: Shooter Opens Fire At Home Depot In Manhattan, 2 Killed, Including Shooter

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I’ve been into this store multiple times.

Via NY Post:

A disgruntled Home Depot employee shot a manager to death before killing himself in a crowded Chelsea store Sunday afternoon, sending droves of shoppers — stocking up for the impending snow storm — fleeing for their lives, law-enforcement sources said.

The store manager, 38, was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital, where he was rushed after the shooting.

The shooter, 31, fatally shot himself in the head after pumping at least one bullet into the chest of his victim, a witness said.

A store employee said the victim had just returned from a vacation trip to France, where he was visiting his wife and child.

“I heard about some shots towards the back of the store. It sounded like 4 or 5 shots,” said the employee.

“I heard someone yell, ‘Oh, my God, he’s dead! It was on the main floor near the lighting department.

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Wait What? Chief Of Staff: Obama ‘Not Surprised’ By Yemen Collapse

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Via Washington Examiner:

President Obama was “not surprised” the Yemeni government fell into the hands of rebels backed by Iran, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said Sunday.

The senior Obama aide said the president has had concerns about the Middle Eastern country since the early days of his administration.

“Governance in Yemen has always been difficult,” McDonough said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

McDonough touted counterterrorism efforts in Yemen that he said were designed to keep Arabian Peninsula terrorists “off-kilter.”

“But the government fell,” host Bob Schieffer said. “I mean, the strategy obviously didn’t work.”

The president’s chief of staff continued to defend the policies that led to the overthrow of the U.S.-backed Yemeni government this week.

“We were not surprised that this government collapsed,” McDonough said. “We knew this was an ongoing challenge over the course of the last several months.”

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“We knew it was an ongoing challenge over the course of the last several months”. I thought you said it was a success. So were you lying when you said it was a success?

Let’s roll back the tape:

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Health Care Lobby Comes Out Swinging On North Dakota Concealed Carry Reform

Gun owners will end up paying higher premiums under Obamacare.

Via Guns

A North Dakota bill to expand where concealed carry permit holders can go while prohibiting physicians from asking questions on guns is facing opposition from health care lobbyists.

In addition to opening places such as churches, concerts, public parks and political rallies, which are currently off limits to permit holders, it also bars doctors and other healthcare workers from asking their patients about firearms ownership.

The House Energy and Natural Resources Committee were debating the measure Thursday, when member organizations representing the health care lobby in the state spoke out solidly against its passage as written.

“Not asking about firearms sets up a physician for malpractice while violating their First Amendment right to free speech,” Courtney Koebele, executive director of the North Dakota Medical Association told the committee, the Associated Press reported. “Simply stated, imposing this provision puts physicians in a perilous position and patients at risk.”

The legislation, HB1241, is sponsored by Minot Republican Rep. Roscoe Streyle.

It aims to modify no less than six sections of the state code to allow for numerous pro-gun reforms. Among these would allow hunters with otherwise legal National Firearms Act-complaint short-barreled rifles to use their guns to harvest game, and authorizing the carry of a loaded firearm in a vehicle.[…]

Extending to Washington, gun rights groups and the health care lobby squared off over President Obama’s nomination for Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy for more than a year due to that candidate’s political activism, which included gun control. However, a lame duck Senate eventually confirmed Murthy last month in a 51-43 vote largely along party lines.

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Obama’s Proposed Tax Hike On College Savings Plans Breaks His No Tax On Middle Class Pledge

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You can keep those savings for your children, just like your doctor and your plan…

Via ATR:

Under Obama’s plan, earnings in “Section 529” (named for its location in the Internal Revenue Code) college savings plans will face full income taxation upon withdrawal.

Under current law, earnings growth in 529 plans is tax-free if account distributions are used to pay for college tuition and fees. The Obama plan will tax earnings in these accounts even if they are used to pay for college tuition and fees.

These accounts are commonly used by middle class families. There are about 12 million 529 accounts open today, and they have an average account balance of approximately $21,000. Most 529 plans permit monthly contributions as low as $25 per month.

This middle class income tax increase is a clear violation of President Obama’s “firm pledge” against “any form of tax increase” on any family making less than $250,000. This promise to the American people is documented below:

Speaking in Dover, New Hampshire on Sept. 12, 2008, candidate Obama said:

“I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”

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Top State Dept Official: ‘Nothing Religious’ About ISIS Execution

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Of course it isn’t the same as using a cruel and inhumane lethal injection. Update to this story.

Via WFB

A senior State Department official on Saturday claimed that there is “nothing religious” about the Islamic State’s reported execution of a Japanese hostage.

Rick Stengel, an under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, took to Twitter to condemn the killing of Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa, who has been held for ransom by the terror group along with Japanese freelance reporter Kenji Goto.

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Thousands Of Palestinians In The West Bank Protest Against Charlie Hebdo

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Thousands of Palestinians rallied in the occupied West Bank on Saturday to protest against the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad in French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Simultaneous demonstrations were held in the cities of Ramallah and Hebron less than three weeks after Islamist gunmen shot dead 12 people in the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, which has repeatedly featured cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.

The magazine returned to the newsstands the following week with a cartoon of the prophet on its front page.

“France is the mother of terrorism. America is the mother of terrorism,” the protesters chanted. They carried black-and-white banners which read “There is only one God and Mohammad is his messenger.”

The protests were called by the Islamist Tahrir Party, which advocates the establishment of an Islamic Caliphate in Muslim countries.

“We have taken to the streets in order to demand Muslim armies act the way France and the West deserve in response to the repeated offences against the Prophet, peace be upon him,” said Baher Saleh, a member of the party.

In the wake of the Paris killings, the Western-backed Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, marched in Paris alongside dozens of world leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at a memorial rally for the dead.

Gee, I wonder what they mean to demand “Muslim armies act the way France and the West deserve”? And more Caliphate believers…

Ben Carson Wants Immigration Laws Based On ‘Common Sense’

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Ben, we already have immigration law, we need enforcement not reform. Carson also wasn’t heckled by illegal immigration advocates.

Via Washington Examiner

Dr. Ben Carson pushed for stricter immigration laws based on “common sense” during a speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit Saturday, making little mention of the 2016 race that many conservatives hope he will enter in the coming months. The popular neurosurgeon advocated criminal punishments for employers who hire illegal immigrants, claiming such policies would “reverse the polarity” of the “magnet” that attracts people to the U.S. in the first place. “We don’t have the will to seal the border,” Carson said of the government’s seeming reluctance to step up security resources for border patrol. Carson advised “whoever wins in 2016″ to “make it their goal to seal the border within a year.” To combat the economic strain of an immigration influx, Carson suggested employers “shouldn’t offer jobs unless Americans won’t take them.” He also said those applying for work permits should only be allowed to do so from outside the U.S. In a speech marked by specific policy prescriptions not typical of a campaign address, Carson briefly touched on his own humble upbringing and the strong foundation his mother, whom he often references in his talks, gave him growing up. “I’m certain that if my mother was secretary of the Treasury, we would not have this deficit problem right now,” he joked.

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Barack Obama’s Official Twitter Account Follows Crude Sexist ‘SarahPalinVagina’ Account

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Barack Obama’s twitter account is run by his former campaign arm, Organizing for America, now ‘independent non-profit’. Barack Obama still posts on the account occasionally signing his posts as ‘BO’. In order to follow on Twitter one has to take the affirmative step to actually click on the follow bottom, and decide that this is worthy of your attention. It also helps to pump the Twitter follower numbers of the offensive account.

HT: GWP

Obama Renews Push To Close GITMO While Normalizing Relations With Cuba

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Castro is running out of jail cells for dissidents.

Via LA Times

President Obama has recharged his campaign for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center with a strategy legal experts say holds out new hope of achieving that signature objective of his presidency.

After years of being thwarted by Congress from transferring detainees cleared of terrorism suspicions from the remote prison at the U.S. naval base in southern Cuba, the administration has in less than three months resettled 27 of the long-held foreign men in countries as far-flung as Estonia, Oman and Uruguay.

Dozens more are ready to be moved out as soon as other countries agree to take them, a diplomatic task that received an unexpected boost last month with an appeal by Pope Francis for predominantly Catholic nations to help empty the prison.[…]

Obama has for years opposed indefinite detention at Guantanamo for the moral stain it has left on America’s reputation, but the money issue may offer better prospects for wearing down those opposed to closing the prison.

“It makes no sense to spend $3 million per prisoner to keep open a prison that the world condemns and terrorists use to recruit,” the president said during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. “It is not who we are. It is time to close Gitmo.”[…]

Most of the 75 Yemenis at Guantanamo have been cleared, but U.S. authorities have been reluctant to send them home to a country engulfed in political chaos and increasingly under the sway of Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Among the 27 prisoners released since early November have been 12 Yemenis, all sent to other countries in apparent recognition that their homeland won’t be stable any time soon.

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ISIS Executes Seven Women In Mosul For Refusing ‘Temporary Marriage’

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How dare women refuse to be raped!

Via Bas:

The Islamic State (IS) militants have executed seven women in Mosul for refusing temporary marriage, or ‘nikah’.

Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official from Mosul Saed Mamuzini told BasNews that IS are demanding women accept nikah with insurgents. Nikah is a temporary marriage which permits the participants to have sex.

“Many women refuse to have sex with IS militants, in which cases they are arrested. The militants often kill them,” said Mamuzini.

“Today [Saturday] seven women from Mosul were killed at the IS base of Ghazlan,” he added.

Mamuzini claimed that these women had refused to enter in nikah with IS insurgents.

IS tell women that if they have sex with IS insurgents within the contract of nikah, it will be considered jihad for women.

Carly Fiorina: Unlike Stand By Your Man Hillary Rodham Clinton, I’ve Actually Accomplished Something

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Caryl had to endure media attacks during her run for Senator against “Don’t call me ma’am” Robert Redford Babs Boxer.

Via Washington Examiner

Potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina took a major swipe Saturday at Hillary Clinton during a speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit.

“Like Hillary Clinton, I too have travelled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe. But unlike her, I have actually accomplished something,” Fiorina said, according to her prepared remarks. “Mrs. Clinton, flying is an activity not an accomplishment.”

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Texas Principal Suspended For Linking To Article On Protecting Kids On Christian Website

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Bet no problem linking to anything from Planned Parenthood.

Via Daily Caller:

The principal of a Katy, Texas, junior high school was recently placed on administrative leave all because — according to parents of students at the school — she posted a link to a Christian website article in a school e-newsletter.

Seven Lakes Junior High School principal Imelda Medrano was actually reinstated to her position on Friday, but administrators at the suburban Houston school district have remained tight-lipped about why she was abruptly placed under administrative review and removed from her post last week.

According to the Houston Chronicle, parents surmised that Medrano came under scrutiny because she linked to an article titled “9 Most Dangerous Apps For Kids” in a Jan. 9 e-newsletter sent to parents.

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Obama’s Foolish Complicity In Iran’s March Toward Nuclear Weapons

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Via NY Post:

Thou shall not cross Dear Leader.

With their gutter sniping failing to stop Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned March speech before Congress, White House aides are unloading their full arsenal of bile.

“He spat in our face publicly, and that’s no way to behave,” one Obama aide told an Israeli newspaper. “Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.”

It is pointless to say petty threats do not become the Oval Office. Trying to instruct this White House on manners recalls what Mark Twain said about trying to teach a pig to sing: It wastes your time and annoys the pig.

Still, the fury is telling. It reminds, as if we could forget, that everything is always about Obama.

How dare Israel be more concerned with the existential threat of Iranian nukes than with Obama’s feelings? And what do members of Congress think they are, a separate branch of government or something?

Yes, the presidency deserves respect, even when the president doesn’t. Although Obama routinely ignores lawmakers and their role in our constitutional system of checks and balances, there is an argument afoot that Congress should have taken the high road and consulted him before inviting Netanyahu.

The argument has a point — but not a compelling one. To give Obama veto power over the visit would be to put protocol and his pride before the most important issue in the world.

That is Iran’s march to nuclear weapons, and Obama’s foolish complicity. His claim at the State of the Union that “we’ve halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material” would be laughable if it weren’t so dangerous. The claim earned him three ­Pinocchios, with four being an outright whopper, by The Washington Post.

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Ted Cruz: “The Miracle Of America”

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DES MOINES, Iowa — In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News backstage at the Iowa Freedom Summit, potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) detailed the pathway to victory for Republicans in 2016—and he explained a new phrase he started using in his speech minutes earlier.

Cruz introduced a new major theme, the “Miracle of America,” in his speech to the thousands of Iowans gathered at the event hosted by Citizens United and Rep. Steve King (R-IA).

“What I want to talk to you about today is reigniting the Miracle of America,” Cruz said in his speech in the Hoyt Sherman Place theater in downtown Des Moines. “This country was built on an extraordinary miracle. The Miracle of America began with a revolutionary idea—which was that our rights, they don’t come from government. They come from God almighty. The Constitution, as Jefferson says, serves as chains to bind the mischief of government.”

He used the phrase, “Miracle of America, many more times throughout the speech, and after almost every line, Cruz earned loud applause from the thousand-plus in the room.

When asked to explain the meaning of the phrase during his exclusive interview with Breitbart News backstage, Cruz said that it signifies the “extraordinary challenge” Americans are facing over the next two years—and the importance of how big of a deal it is to actually fight for those values laid out by America’s founders. Cruz said:

We’re facing a time of extraordinary challenge right now and over the next two years. Americans need to come together to reignite the ‘Miracle Of America’.

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How Obama Justice Department Has Gutted Response To Terrorism

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Terrorism is not shoplifting, in the game of respond or be killed, you take off the gloves.

Via NY Post:

President Obama used his State of the Union address to urge Americans not to fear terrorists: “We lead best, when we don’t let our fears blind us to the opportunities that this new century presents.”

But his words reached Americans when the Gallup Poll notes that 40 percent of Americans are very or somewhat worried that they will become a victim of terrorism — a higher percentage than when Obama took office in 2009.

They have reason for concern. From Day One, this administration has downplayed the terrorist threat from Islamic extremists. It declared the terrorist attack at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009 as “workplace violence.”

It pulled all US troops out of Iraq, allowing ISIS to move in and create a training ground for terrorists. Protracted negotiations with Iran have allowed that rogue nation to fortify and proliferate its nuclear facilities.

Even Sen. Robert Menendez, former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and a Democrat, says President Obama’s statements on the issue “sounds like talking points coming out of Tehran.”

President Obama even had to apologize for not sending a high-level official to the unity rally in Paris protesting the murders at Charlie Hebdo by Islamic terrorists.

Much has been made of the fact that Attorney General Eric Holder was actually in Paris at the time of the rally, yet he also skipped the march.

That failure brings up the fact that the attorney general was in France to meet with officials on methods to counteract terrorism. But the smartest thing the French could do would be to ignore any advice Holder gave them and do the exact opposite.

Obama and Holder have implemented the politically correct view of coping with terrorism by shifting to a weaker, criminal model of prevention — the kind that miserably failed during the Clinton administration, when Holder was the No. 2 official in the Justice Department. It was Holder who decided that terrorists should be read Miranda rights

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Boko Haram Attacks Key Nigerian City, Resident Says “Please Pray For Us”

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Via BBC:

Fighters from the Islamist militant group Boko Haram have launched an attack on the key city of Maiduguri in north-eastern Nigeria, reports say.

Fierce fighting was reported on the outskirts. The military is carrying out air strikes, and a curfew is in place.

Maiduguri is home to tens of thousands of people who have fled Boko Haram attacks and was visited on Saturday by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Another Boko Haram attack was reported in Monguno, north of Maiduguri.

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Iranian General Was Killed In Israeli Strike Because He Didn’t Turn Off His Phone

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Can you hear me……………………………

Via JPost

An Iranian general killed in an alleged Israeli air strike last Sunday in Syria may have died because he did not turn off his cellphone.

The Lebanese newspaper Al-Joumhouria reported on Saturday that a Hezbollah investigation into the strike found that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard General Mohammed Allahdadi kept his cellphone on in a sensitive area targeted by Israeli intelligence.

According to the report, Allahdadi was in the Quneitra area on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on Sunday with Hezbollah personnel at outposts that the Syrians and the Iranian built in order to counter Syrian rebels along with Syrian army forces. A few days before Allahdadi’s visit a joint “operations room” was established with Hezbollah.

Allahdadi reportedly was killed along with his personal assistant, his driver and a more junior Iranian officer.

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Rob Lowe: Obama Prefers Fruit Loops Over Netanyahu

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Silly Rob Lowe, fruit loops are for moonbats.

Via JPost

How is it that a woman famous for eating cereal in a bathtub can get an audience with US President Barack Obama, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to do so? asked Rob Lowe on Twitter.

Among the Hollywood actor’s famous roles, is that of Deputy White House Communications Director in the television show The West Wing.

On Friday Lowe entered a real-life diplomatic drama, when he weighed in on one of the most serious crises in the often infamous series of political battles that have raged between Obama and Netanyahu in the last six years.

Lowe mocked Obama, for a live streamed meeting he held Thursday with three YouTube stars on Thursday, GloZell Green, Hank Green and Bethany Mota.[…]

Netanyahu’s stance on Iran runs counter to Obama’s, who prefers to halt Iran’s nuclear program with a negotiated agreement with Iran rather then increased sanctions.

In a breach of protocol, Netanyahu also informed the White House of his pending trip only after he accepted the invitation.

US Secretary of State John Kerry also declined to meet with Netanyahu on the trip.

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Kentucky State Senator Wants DUI Charges Dismissed Citing That Lawmakers are “Privileged from Arrest”

The Senator is invoking the Kennedy defense.

Via DC Clothesline

A Kentucky state senator is having no reservations about proclaiming his political privilege. In fact, he’s simply citing a section of the Kentucky constitution that claims politicians are in fact, above the law.

Sen. Brandon Smith (R) was charged with driving under the influence and wants the case dismissed citing that lawmakers are “privileged from arrest.”

His attempt to circumvent the hand of justice have thus far proven to be successful too. On Wednesday a judge delayed Smith’s arraignment after his attorney filed this request.

“(Smith) has raised a serious constitutional issue regarding his immunity in this case,” attorney Bill Johnson wrote.

Smith and his attorney are citing a century-old rule, Section 43 of the Kentucky Constitution, which is still on the books and states:

“The members of the General Assembly shall, in all cases except treason, felony, breach or surety of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance on the sessions of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either House they shall not be questioned in any other place.”

The Senator was arrested on January 6, by a Kentucky state trooper, just after 9 pm — on the opening day of the legislative session. Smith was charged with DUI and speeding 20 mph over the posted limit.

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Tara Kyle, Widow Of Chris Kyle, Surprised With Special Gift From Sniper Group

What a wonderful gift of support.

Via The Blaze:

Taya Kyle, the widow of legendary Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, made an appearance at the 2015 SHOT Show in Las Vegas on Friday to support AmericanSnipers.org. But she was unaware that the group had planned a surprise that would leave her at a loss for words.

AmericanSnipers.org, a non-profit that provides gear to military snipers, raffled off several firearms used by the men and women in uniform, including a replica of the McMillan .338 Lapua Chris Kyle used in combat.

The gun raffle — including the rifle signed by Taya Kyle — raised over $62,000.

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