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US sends four Guantanamo prisoners home to Afghanistan

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 23:49
Reuters, by Staff Posted By: Attercliffe- Sat, 20 38 2014 11:38:32 GMT Four Afghans held for over a decade at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent home to Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Saturday, the latest step in a slow'moving push by the Obama administration to close the facility. The men were flown to Kabul overnight aboard a US military plane and released to Afghan authorities, the first such transfer of its kind to the war'torn country since 2009, a US official said.

Two New York cops shot dead execution style ´in revenge for Eric Garner´: Suspect ´pumped bullets into officers after creeping up on car

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 23:49
Daily Mail [UK], by Kieran Corcoran Posted By: Attercliffe- Sat, 20 18 2014 11:18:55 GMT Two NYPD officers have been killed in an ´execution'style´ ambush in Brooklyn as they sat in their patrol car, in what is thought to be an attempt to avenge the death of Eric Garner. The suspect reportedly walked out of a home in the neighborhood with a gun in his hand, stood behind their marked patrol car then shot dead both officers. The men were taken to Woodhull Hospital after the attack, but authorities later said they had died. Meanwhile the suspect was pursued into the subway, where he shot himself. Investigators have now told the New York Post that

De Blasio accused of having ´blood on his hands´: Hundreds attack New York City Mayor for backing anti-cop protesters*

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 23:30
Daily Mail [UK], by Chris Spargo Posted By: KarenJ1- Sat, 20 16 2014 11:16:08 GMT Many are blaming the murder of two New York City cops on Saturday afternoon on Mayor Bill de Blasio following his recent support for protesters in the city marching in opposition to a grand jury´s decision to not indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner. Hundreds have taken to social media to say that de Blasio has ´blood on his hands´ and should ´be charged with murder´ after the two men were killed ´execution style´ in Brooklyn. What´s more, many feel that de Blasio should not attend the men´s funeral, this after many members of the NYPD signed a petition asking that the Mayor not attend their service should they be killed

A Single Sovereign

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 22:54
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez Posted By: Hazymac- Sat, 20 56 2014 10:56:40 GMT The Sony corporation defended itself against accusations it caved to North Korean extortionists who hacked the company’s computer systems. (Snip) But while every network must defend itself, it’s not Sony’s job to defend itself against attacks by sovereign nations. The hack is only part of Pyongyang’s offense. They are also engaged in intimidation. In president Obama’s own words Pyongyang is imposing its censorship laws in California. They are asserting the power to legislate in the US. It would be nice if Sony would resist, but the job of protecting individuals or organizations domiciled in the US against attacks by other

Emanuel´s son robbed near family´s North Side home

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 22:54
Chicago Tribune, by Rosemary Regina Sobol & Alexandra Chac Posted By: JoniTx- Sat, 20 44 2014 10:44:35 GMT Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 17'year'old son was robbed near the family´s home on the North Side on Friday night, according to a Chicago police report. Zach Emanuel was talking on his cellphone on the street in the 4200 block of North Hermitage Avenue in the Ravenswood neighborhood when two males approached him from behind, according to the police report. One of them "placed his arm around the victim´s neck in a rear chokehold," and the second one struck the teen with a fist, knocking him to the ground. The robbers took the teen’s cellphone and patted him down, the police report

Raul Castro: Don´t expect detente to change Cuban system

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 22:54
Associated Press, by Andrea Rodriguez Posted By: JoniTx- Sat, 20 12 2014 10:12:22 GMT HAVANA- Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don´t expect detente to do away with the communist system. Castro´s speech to Cuba´s National Assembly was a sharp counterpoint to the message U.S. President Barack Obama gave in his year-end news conference the day before. Obama reiterated that by engaging directly with the Cuban people, Americans are more likely to encourage reform in Cuba´s one-party system and centrally planned economy. "We must not expect that in order for relations with

City Councilman: 2 Police Officers Shot Dead In Brooklyn

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 22:36
CBS News [New York] & Associated Press, by Staff Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Sat, 20 52 2014 09:52:12 GMT New York - Two police officers have been shot dead in Brooklyn, City Councilman Robert Cornegy said at a news conference Saturday afternoon. (Snip) Cornegy told 1010 WINS’ police have briefed him and told him the officers were sitting in their car at the time of the incident. Sources told 1010 WINS the two officers were taken to Woodhull Hospital with gunshot injuries. Authorities say the suspect ran into the subway, where he shot himself and is believed to be dead, the Associated Press reported. Police sources tell CBS2 the suspect is a 28-year-old from Baltimore. The suspect was taken to Kings County Hospital with a

Why Peanut Butter Is Awesome and Amazing

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 22:36
PJ Media, by Arlene Becker Zarmi Posted By: JoniTx- Sat, 20 41 2014 09:41:44 GMT One of my husband ‘s favorite sandwiches is peanut butter and a pickle on rye. Elvis Presley liked his peanut butter sandwiches with banana and bacon, and Hemingway liked thick onion slices in his. Ninety'four percent of American households have a jar on hand. The stuff lasts forever, so in a nuclear war situation you can always rely on it for sustenance. It can be stored safely unrefrigerated for two years. I, on the other hand, have a love/hate relationship with it, and if I do ever eat it, I do so in the traditional manner, as a solo spread

Actually, Raising Beef Is Good for the Planet

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 22:17
Wall Street Journal, by Nicolette Hahn Niman Posted By: Hazymac- Sat, 20 39 2014 09:39:12 GMT People who advocate eating less beef often argue that producing it hurts the environment. Cattle, we are told, have an outsize ecological footprint: They guzzle water, trample plants and soils, and consume precious grains that should be nourishing hungry humans. Lately, critics have blamed bovine burps, flatulence and even breath for climate change. As a longtime vegetarian and environmental lawyer, I once bought into these claims. But now, after more than a decade of living and working in the business—my husband, Bill, founded Niman Ranch but left the company in 2007, and we now have a grass'fed beef company—I’ve come

2 NYPD cops shot dead ‘execution style’ in Brooklyn

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 22:17
New York Post, by Larry Celona, Kevin Fasick* Posted By: JoniTx- Sat, 20 38 2014 09:38:35 GMT Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead — execution style — as they sat in their marked police car on a Bed'Stuy, Brooklyn, street corner. According to preliminary reports, both officers were working overtime as part of an anti'terrorism drill when they were shot point'blank by a single gunman who approached their car at the corner of Myrtle and Tompkins avenues. “It’s an execution,” one law enforcement source told The Post of the 3 p.m. shooting. The gunman just started “pumping bullets” into the patrol car, another source said. The suspected gunman fled to a nearby subway station at Myrtle

One Police Officer Is Fatally Shot and Second Is Critically Injured in Brooklyn

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 21:59
New York Times, by Benjamin Muelle Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Sat, 20 34 2014 09:34:21 GMT One police officer was killed and another was left critically injured after they were shot in a patrol car in Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon, the authorities said. The shooting took place near Myrtle and Tompkins Avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant. “It looks like they were shot in the upper body,” Deputy Chief Kim Royster said. She said that a suspect fled into a subway station after shooting the two officers from the patrol car’s passenger side, and that the police had recovered a gun from the scene. Fire Department officials confirmed that a 911 call came in around 2:50 p.m. reporting that two people had been shot.

Yazidis cheer Kurds on Iraqi mountain for breaking Islamic State siege

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 21:39
Reuters, by Isabel Coles Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Sat, 20 28 2014 09:28:25 GMT Sinjar Mountain, Iraq - Iraqi Kurdish fighters flashed victory signs as they swept across the northern side of Sinjar mountain on Saturday, two days after breaking through to free hundreds of Yazidis trapped there for months by Islamic State fighters. A Reuters correspondent, who arrived on the mountain late Saturday, witnessed Kurdish and Yazidi fighters celebrating their gains after launching their offensive on Wednesday with heavy U.S. air support. The Iraqi Kurdish flag fluttered, with its yellow sun, and celebratory gunfire rang out. Little children cheered "Barzani´s party", in reference to the Kurdish region´s president,

U.S. Asks China to Help Rein In Korean Hackers

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 21:39
New York Times, by David E. Sanger & Nicole Perlroth * Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Sat, 20 12 2014 09:12:33 GMT Washington - The Obama administration has sought China’s help in recent days in blocking North Korea’s ability to launch cyberattacks, the first steps toward the “proportional response” President Obama vowed to make the North pay for the assault on Sony Pictures — and as part of a campaign to issue a broader warning against future hacking, according to senior administration officials. (Snip) So far, the Chinese have not responded. Their cooperation would be critical, since virtually all of North Korea’s telecommunications run through Chinese-operated networks. It is unclear that China would choose to help,

Six Militants Killed in U.S. Drone Attacks in Pakistan

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 21:21
New York Times, by Ismail Khan Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Sat, 20 58 2014 08:58:33 GMT Peshawar, Pakistan - Six militants were killed in an American drone strike in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, officials said, the first since Taliban fighters killed 148 people, mostly schoolchildren, in a brutal attack on a military-run public school here. (Snip) Also on Saturday, Pakistani military troops raided a compound in Koi Hassankhel, nine miles south of Peshawar, killing five militants, the security official said. Among the dead, the official said, was the brother of Omar Mansoor, whom the Taliban have identified as the commander behind the school massacre. In a separate raid conducted by the police and paramilitary

Preview: Don´t Miss Sarah Palin & More on Todd Starnes´ Christmas Special

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 21:03
Fox News, by Staff Posted By: JoniTx- Sat, 20 54 2014 08:54:27 GMT (3'min Video) Check out a preview of Todd Starnes´ celebrity'packed Christmas special! In this clip, several hundred young people saluted the US Armed Forces in a high'octane performance of the “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” during the taping of “The Todd Starnes All'American Christmas." The two'hour special will air on radio stations Christmas Eve & Day or you can watch the video online at ToddStarnes.com. Todd’s special guests include Sarah Palin, Duck Dynasty star Al Robertson, Grammy winner Chris Tomlin, singer'songwriter Ellie Holcomb, America’s favorite inspirational author Karen Kingsbury and new musical artist Kyle Kupecky. Todd will be joined by a

E-Z Pass helps states clock motorists’ speeds; accounts suspended for repeat offenders

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 20:46
Fox News, by Staff Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Sat, 20 47 2014 08:47:01 GMT Several states are using their agreement with E-Z Pass to monitor and punish speeders, adding to the increasing number of electronic speed-monitoring devices facing motorists. Right now, three states '' Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania '' will suspend E-Z Pass privileges after multiple speeding violations, as reported first by USA Today. And at least two of the other 12 states that allow E-Z Passes at toll plazas reportedly have rules for speeding through the designated toll lanes. The electronic passes, or transponders, were created to be put on the inside of vehicle windshields and triggered at toll booths.

Stunned Sausages? Shoppers to be Told How Their Meat Was Killed

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 20:26
Breitbart London, by Staff Posted By: JoniTx- Sat, 20 42 2014 08:42:07 GMT Shoppers will finally be told how the meat they are buying was killed after a European Commission review, potentially ending years of concern over Halal slaughter. Environment Minister George Eustice has given the clearest signal yet that meat products will require some kind of labelling indicating the method of slaughter, the Telegraph reports. There has been a growing campaign for products to be labelled ‘halal’ or ‘kosher’ indicating the religious methods of slaughtering food which have been questioned by the British Veterinary Association. The move comes after it was confirmed that soldiers based in the UK and

Tea Party Is a Movement Now, Not Just a Mood

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 20:26
Daily Signal, by Heath Hansen Posted By: Judy W.- Sat, 20 29 2014 08:29:14 GMT That was the question posed by Weekly Standard columnist and Fox News contributor Steven Hayes as he kicked off a panel at the Heritage Foundation celebrating the 5th anniversary of the tea party. Hayes and his co-panelists, Heritage Action for America CEO Michael Needham and University of Virginia professor of politics James Ceaser, all agreed that the tea party is in fact a movement. Moods, as Hayes noted, don’t last for five years. Recent polls regarding national tea party support show the panel’s assessment is correct. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll in November found one-fifth of American adults

North Korea responds to Sony hack attack allegations

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 20:07
CBS News & Associated Press, by Staff Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Sat, 20 19 2014 08:19:17 GMT Seoul, South Korea '' North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack. (Snip) "The U.S. should bear in mind that it will face serious consequences in case it rejects our proposal for joint investigation and presses for what it called countermeasures while finding fault with" North Korea, the spokesman said in a statement carried by Pyongyang´s official Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA.

George Clooney Takes Over Downton Abbey in Hilarious 9'Minute Video

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 19:32
People Magazine, by Philip Boucher Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Sat, 20 02 2014 08:02:56 GMT He´s already Hollywood royalty, but now George Clooney has become an Earl – in the world of Downton Abbey, anyway. Clooney assumed his long'awaited and temporary role in the British aristocracy in a special 9'minute episode of the show for the TV fundraiser Text Santa. In the hilarious tongue'in'cheek video above, Lord Grantham – with the help of Ab Fab´s Patsy Stone! – sees what life would be like at the Abbey if he were replaced by a certain George Oceans Gravity, Marquis of Hollywood – otherwise known as Lord Hollywood. And we´ll just say Downton has been turned upside down by Clooney´s