Anything to be like France.
Anything to be like France.
He visited Israel with his father in 2009 a year before the first I pad was released.
Via NJ Com
A rapt audience filled the historic Temple Beth-El on Kennedy Boulevard on Friday night to listen to Sen. Cory Booker give a wide-ranging speech as the featured speaker at the 30th annual Sabbath service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
Booker spoke about his special connection to Israel and the Jewish faith.
While studying at Oxford, a young Booker developed a relationship with a Rabbi, Shmuley Boteach, and eventually became president of the Oxford L’Chaim society, a Jewish student group at the university. Booker spoke about how his experience at Oxford helped him develop a deeper understanding of the need to embrace those different from himself.[…]
Booker went on to tell the audience about a trip to Israel he took with his parents. One night, Booker’s tour guides took him to the desert to talk around a campfire. Booker was astonished when he learned that a nearby mountain in view was Mount Nebo, which is referenced in King’s “I have been to the mountaintop” speech, his last before he died. Booker played the speech to the group of men on his iPad as they stood around the campfire.
“Those powerful words hung in the desert air,” Booker said.
Booker continued his speech by railing against what he called the “injustices” of America’s criminal justice system.
“There is a shame that hangs over our nation,” said Booker. “This is not the America we believe in. Are we reflecting the courage of the man (King) we celebrate?”
All the way back to … 2014.
Via New York Times:
OVER the next two weeks, hundreds of millions of people will watch Americans like Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin ski for gold on the downhill alpine course. Television crews will pan across epic vistas of the rugged Caucasus Mountains, draped with brilliant white ski slopes. What viewers might not see is the 16 million cubic feet of snow that was stored under insulated blankets last year to make sure those slopes remained white, or the hundreds of snow-making guns that have been running around the clock to keep them that way.
Officials canceled two Olympic test events last February in Sochi after several days of temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit and a lack of snowfall had left ski trails bare and brown in spots. That situation led the climatologist Daniel Scott, a professor of global change and tourism at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, to analyze potential venues for future Winter Games. His thought was that with a rise in the average global temperature of more than 7 degrees Fahrenheit possible by 2100, there might not be that many snowy regions left in which to hold the Games. He concluded that of the 19 cities that have hosted the Winter Olympics, as few as 10 might be cold enough by midcentury to host them again. By 2100, that number shrinks to 6.
The planet has warmed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1800s, and as a result, snow is melting. In the last 47 years, a million square miles of spring snow cover has disappeared from the Northern Hemisphere. Europe has lost half of its Alpine glacial ice since the 1850s, and if climate change is not reined in, two-thirds of European ski resorts will be likely to close by 2100.
The same could happen in the United States, where in the Northeast, more than half of the 103 ski resorts may no longer be viable in 30 years because of warmer winters. As far for the Western part of the country, it will lose an estimated 25 to 100 percent of its snowpack by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions are not curtailed — reducing the snowpack in Park City, Utah, to zero and relegating skiing to the top quarter of Ajax Mountain in Aspen.
The Canadians are authorized to return fire without approval from a JAG attorney.
Via The Star Com
Canadian special forces soldiers in Iraq have twice more exchanged fire with extremist fighters as they step up their exposure to front-line action.
At a briefing Monday morning, navy Capt. Paul Forget revealed that Canadian troops came under attack twice in the last week as they scouted front-line positions with local fighters.
“In both cases, Canadian special operations forces, again acting in self-defence, effectively returned fire, neutralizing the threat,” Forget told reporters.
Forget said the circumstances were similar to an incident disclosed last week. At the time, the soldiers were examining the local terrain “near the front line” when they came under fire. Forget said the soldiers only returned fire in self-defence and he said there were no injuries to Canadian personnel.
Forget said the incidents mark an evolution — not an escalation — of Canada’s ground mission in Iraq.
And he suggested there could be more firefights because the changing nature of the training mission.
In the early days, Canadian soldiers were teaching the Iraqi security forces the basics of warfare. But as they gained fighting skills, Forget said soldiers are teaching the local troops tactical battlefield techniques.
Just came over Fox, Bowe Bergdahl to be charged with desertion.
According to Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, Bergdahl to be charged with desertion.
— The Morning Spew (@TheMorningSpew) January 27, 2015
We’ll keep you updated…
Shaffer was on the Bill O’Reilly show. He said Bergdahl’s attorney has been informed Bergdahl is being charged with desertion, that the attorney has received the charges. Bill O’Reilly said the White House has had this information, that the charges have been ready for awhile, but the White House has been delaying it under the auspices of Ben Rhodes, Assistant National Security Advisor. You may remember Ben Rhodes who featured prominently in the construction of the Benghazi talking points.
A big Michelle Obama fan, no doubt.
Via ABC News:
A fed-up Missouri father posted a photo of the letter he received from his daughter’s substitute teacher who criticized the girl’s lunch.
One problem: the teacher didn’t see her whole lunch.
Dr. Justin Puckett was asked to sign a note sent home with his daughter Alia after the teacher saw her eating marshmallows and chocolate at lunch earlier this week.
He refused to do so, and posted it online instead, saying that it was just the latest in what he sees as a growing trend of overreaching by authorities.
“I think that this was just the straw that broke the camel’s back for me,” Puckett told ABC News.
The substitute teacher wrote in the note sent home on Tuesday that a cafeteria employee said that her lunch consisted of four chocolate bars, a bag of marshmallows, Ritz crackers and a pickle.
“Please see that she packs a proper lunch tomorrow,” the teacher wrote. An attempt to reach the teacher for comment wasn’t immediately successful.
Puckett told ABC News that, since the note was addressed to “Dr. and Mrs. Puckett,” it was clear that the teacher knew he was a physician which he said “just adds to the irony of it all.”
What the cafeteria worker and the substitute missed, however, was that the 8-year-old also had four pieces of ham and a low fat string cheese rather than a sandwich, since “we don’t eat a lot of bread,” said Puckett, who is double board certified in osteopathic family medicine and obesity medicine.
“We leave it up to her and she looks at the school menu and she packs her own lunch and she’s a very independent second grader,” he told ABC News.
It has taken six years for the light to come on.
It’s obvious that President Obama has no idea what he is doing when it comes to foreign policy. The President took his State of the Union address and used it to promote broadband internet and free community college. There was no mention of Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, or Yemen.
President Obama continues to put his efforts and focus into other issues but continues to be drawn back into events happening in the Middle East. His efforts to ignore the Middle East show his disconnect with what is happening.
ALL New York City Transit Trains will stop service at exactly 11pm EST. If you rely on the NYC Subway, plan accordingly and don’t wait till the last minute.
ALL Metro North will stop operating at 11pm The last trains will leave approximately 9pm.
MNR will shut down service tonite at 11:00 PM; last trains to operate will start at 9 PM. See http://t.co/G0skGmrtFA
— Metro-North Railroad (@MetroNorth) January 27, 2015
ALL bridges and tunnels (Holly, Lincoln, G.W Bridge, etc) under the control of the New Jersey-New York Port Authority will close at 11pm.
All Port Authority Bridges and Tunnels will close at 11PM. #BlizzardOf2015
— Port Authority NY&NJ (@PANYNJ) January 26, 2015
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone +1
Via CNS News:
Responding to statements made by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi–who would not say at her press briefing last week if a 20-week-old unborn child is a “human being”–Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said that it is a “scientific fact that human life begins at conception” and that “no Catholic can dissent in good conscience” from Church teaching on the sanctity of life.
At her Jan. 22 briefing Pelosi said she had “great standing” to speak on the issue of abortion, noting that she was a “Catholic and a mom of five” and asserting that it was “true” she knew “more about having babies than the pope.”
CNSNews.com asked Archbishop Cordileone about Pelosi’s comments on human life, particularly in light her self-description “as a Catholic and a mom of five.”
“It is a scientific fact that human life begins at conception,” the archbishop said in a written statement to CNSNews.com. “This has been established in medical science for over 100 years. Catholic moral teaching acknowledges this scientific fact, and has always affirmed the grave moral evil of taking an innocent human life.
“This has been the consistent teaching of the Church from the very beginning, a teaching already discernible in the natural moral law, and so a teaching from which no Catholic can dissent in good conscience,” he said. […]
Pelosi lives in Cordileone’s archdiocese and represents San Francisco in Congress.
At her Jan. 22 press conference at the Capitol, CNSNews.com twice asked Pelosi whether an unborn child 20 weeks into pregnancy is a human being.
Pelosi would not answer the yes-no question with a yes-no answer, but did say that a woman has “the right” to abort her child.
Gaining Al Jazeera’s approval is a bad thing to anyone besides groups like Moms Demand Action…
On January 26, Aljazeera ran a special report on the state of gun control in America, which included a quote on how Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is making efforts to “undo the damage the NRA has done.”
According to Aljazeera, gun control is finished on the federal level until 2016. The Republican victories on November 4, 2014, all but guaranteed this to be so. But at the state level, groups like Moms Demand Action can still secure victories.
In explaining how they can do this, Aljazeera pointed to Washington state’s adoption of I-594–a state-level initiative that institutes the universal background checks Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) failed to secure at the federal level. They also pointed to the more recent example of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) bowing to gun control pressure and vetoing SB 789–a bill that would have corrected ambiguities in that state’s concealed carry law.
Federal deficits may have been falling since the end of the recent recession, but thanks to spending increases in major health care programs, including Obamacare, deficits are set to explode in 2017, according to a new report by the Congressional Budget Office.
Thanks to the recent recession and President Obama’s trillion dollar stimulus, the federal budget deficit reached an all time $1.4 trillion high in 2009. Then, as the economy slowly improved and Obama’s stimulus trickled to end, the deficit began to fall. According to the CBO, the deficit will continue to fall to $467 billion in 2016.
Immediately after Obama leaves office, however, deficits are expected to rise steadily thanks mostly to growth in mandatory health care spending programs like Obamacare…
Govt will spend $1.993 TRILLION over a decade.
Via Daily Mail:
It will cost the federal government – taxpayers, that is – $50,000 for every person who gets health insurance under the Obamacare law, the Congressional Budget Office revealed on Monday.
The number comes from figures buried in a 15-page section of the nonpartisan organization’s new ten-year budget outlook.
The best-case scenario described by the CBO would result in ‘between 24 million and 27 million’ fewer Americans being uninsured in 2025, compared to the year before the Affordable Care Act took effect.
Pulling that off will cost Uncle Sam about $1.35 trillion – or $50,000 per head.
The numbers are daunting: It will take $1.993 trillion, a number that looks like $1,993,000,000,000, to provide insurance subsidies to poor and middle-class Americans, and to pay for a massive expansion of Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) costs.
Offsetting that massive outlay will be $643 billion in new taxes, penalties and fees related to the Obamacare law.
Astounding crime and cover-up.
An Argentine prosecutor who died mysteriously last week told a reporter prior to his death that he had evidence tying Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.
The Free Beacon first reported that Rouhani was part of the secretive Iranian government committee that approved the AMIA bombing, according to witness testimony included in a 500-page indictment written by the late Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was appointed to investigate the attack.
The bombing, which killed 85 and injured hundreds, is believed to have been authorized by Iran and carried out by its terror proxy Hezbollah. Nisman’s indictment implicated numerous high-profile Iranian officials in the attack and prompted Interpol to issue “red notices” for their arrests.
Nisman, who was found shot in the head in his apartment just hours before he was scheduled to provide testimony against Argentine President Cristina Kirchner last Monday, had denied the Free Beacon story in 2013 and suggested that Rouhani played no role in the attack.
American Sniper is making far-left loons butthurt beyond repair…
Actor Gary Sinise, a longtime supporter of American servicemen and women, took to Twitter to denounce former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean’s Friday night attack on the moviegoers that have made American Sniper a massive hit.
On Friday night’s edition of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, the former Vermont Governor charged that the people going to see the blockbuster movie “are very angry” and added: “I bet if you looked at a cross-section of the Tea Party and the people who go see this movie, there’s a lot of intersection.” To which Sinise responded: “I saw American Sniper and would not consider myself to be an angry person. You certainly have a right to make stupid blanket statements, suggesting that all people who see this film are angry, but how is that helpful sir?”
Via Campus Reform:
Sex sells—or, in this case, fund-raises.
Beginning in February, current and prospective college students considering careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will be eligible to apply for a scholarship funded entirely by porn.
In January, Mercedes Carrera, an American pornographic actress, teamed up with the Fine Young Capitalists, a self-described radical feminist group, to create a merit-based scholarship for students considering careers in the aforementioned fields.
The STEM scholarship is the first philanthropic endeavor of what Carrera calls “The Porn Charity,” an initiative she hopes will “[build] bridges between the adult industry and charities.” To fund the scholarship, Carrera hosted a free erotic stream on Webcams.com featuring herself and five other women engaging in various pornographic activities.
In addition to raising over $8,000 on the popular crowdfunding website Indiegogo, the three-hour live show generated $1,550 in tips, a figure matched by Webcams.com.
Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t it Republicans who were the ones behind ending the 99 week extension?
Via Washington Examiner:
Sixty percent of job creation in 2014 was caused by the expiration of unemployment benefits, according to a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
In late 2013, a standoff between Republicans and Democrats led to the abrupt expiration of long-term unemployment benefits. Democrats warned that the expiration would have disastrous ramifications, but Republicans had long argued that allowing Americans to collect unemployment benefits for an indefinite period of time provided a disincentive for them to work.
The new new working paper found that the expiration of benefits was responsible for the creation of over 1.8 million jobs. Nearly 1 million of those jobs were created by workers who would have otherwise stayed out of the labor force if unemployment benefits had been extended. Overall, almost 3 million jobs were created in 2014.
Along with every other natural weather phenomenon.
BILL NYE: “And everybody, I just want to introduce the idea that this storm is connected to climate change. I want to introduce that idea. I know there will be certain viewers who will become unglued, they’re throwing things at their television set and so on. But is the economic effect of storms like this is huge. You cancel half of the flights out of the world’s — one of the world’s busiest airports, certainly the eastern seaboard is a very busy area economically for airplane travel and so when you start having big storms and you don’t have the infrastructure to deal with it, you are costing your society a lot of money and we’re in the developed world where we can handle this stuff. So I just want to introduce the idea that the strong winds that we had in southern California, the very strong winds that will be associated with this storm in the next couple of days, these could be connected to climate change. Now proving any one storm is connected, specially cold-weather events is difficult. But I just want to present that.”
TOURE: “Bill, I love you for bringing that in. Thank you so much, Bill.”
They sound an awful lot like Eric Holder…
Via Truth Revolt:
In a unanimous decision Friday, California’s seven Supreme Court Justices voted to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts on the grounds that the group’s policies discriminate according to sexual orientation. Having eliminated the exemption that protected nonprofit youth groups, the only remaining exemption is for members of religious organizations.
While the Boy Scouts of America allows homosexual boys to be members, it prohibits homosexual adults to be leaders. The organization’s controversial policy has been under fire for years from LGBT and civil rights activists.
Despite a 1996 California Supreme Court ruling which forbids participation in groups with discriminatory policies, the Boy Scouts had been exempted under the state’s nonprofit youth exemption…
Not sure they understand Americans’ “personal worries”…
Via Daily Caller:
An Environmental Protection Agency memo sent to top officials implored the agency to build up support for its agenda by tying its regulatory agenda to the “personal worries” of Americans.
“Polar ice caps and the polar bears have become the climate change ‘mascots,’ if you will, and personify the challenges we have in making this issue real for many Americans,” reads a memo sent around to top agency officials in March 2009, just months after President Barack Obama took office.
“Most Americans will never see a polar ice cap, nor will most have the chance to see a polar bear in its natural habitat,” the memo reads. “Therefore, it is easy to detach from the seriousness of this issue. Unfortunately, climate change in the abstract is an increasingly — and consistently — unpersuasive argument to make.”
“However, if we shift from making this about the polar caps and about our neighbor with respiratory illness we can potentially bring this issue home to many Americans,” the memo adds. “There will be many opportunities to discuss climate-related efforts this year. As we do so, we must allow the human health argument to take center stage.”
Obama jumps to his feet applauding enthusiastically.
Via Business Insider:
Miss USA Nia Sanchez gave a classic “world peace” answer when asked what message she would send to terrorists during the onstage question at the 63rd Miss Universe pageant on Sunday night.
“If you were given 30 seconds to deliver a message to global terrorists, what would you say?” world champion boxer and Miss Universe judge Manny Pacquiao asked Sanchez.
Sanchez replied: “OK, if I was given 30 seconds to give a message to the global terrorists, is that what you said? OK. I would just say, ‘I know as Miss USA, I can always spread a message of hope and love and peace,’ and I would do my very best to spread that message to them and everyone else in the world.”
Sanchez — a 24-year-old fourth-degree black belt in tae kwon do — could have nailed the question with a firm response against terrorists’ brutality.