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Sunday, November 30, 2014

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Surprising support from young blacks

Under-40 Poll: Who Trusts The Police More?

Matt Purple, Sep. 18, 2014, Rare.us

Sixty percent of young voters said they trusted their local police department, while only 24 percent said they didn’t. A further 16 percent were unsure.

The question was asked as part of a first-of-its-kind Rare poll that surveyed only respondents under 40. The questions were tailored to chart trends in the opinions of younger voters.

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#Dumbass

Student Robbed at Gunpoint, Says He Deserved It Due to His 'Privilege'

Kristin Tate, Nov. 29, 2014, Breitbart

In an oped for the GU newspaper, The Hoya, Friedfeld wrote that he "can hardly blame" the assailants for robbing him. He argued that income inequality is to blame for the incident.

"Who am I to stand from my perch of privilege, surrounded by million-dollar homes and paying for a $60,000 education, to condemn these young men as ‘thugs?’ It’s precisely this kind of ‘otherization’ that fuels the problem," Friedfeld wrote.

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Not sure what he meant

Don Lemon Sparks Outrage With Marijuana Comment In Ferguson

Catherine Taibi, Nov. 25, 2014, Huffington Post

The CNN anchor was describing the scene from outside the Ferguson police station Monday night, just moments after the announcement that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Speaking with Anderson Cooper, Lemon reported hearing the sounds of gunfire and seeing protesters jumping on cars.

And then he said: "Obviously, there is the smell of marijuana in the air."

But to viewers at home, that wasn't obvious at all. The comments immediately sparked backlash on Twitter.

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Hummm--By A LOT!

Just How Badly Did The EPA Underestimate The Cost Of Their New Regulations?

Jazz Shaw, Nov. 29, 2014, Hot Air

When Barack Obama’s EPA announced their new carbon restrictions for power plants, they were quick to try to undercut arguments from coal state politicians who predicted staggering costs which would be passed on to consumers. While their own, initial estimates were not accepted by anyone of repute, they had outlets like NPR going out and saying that compliance with the crushing regulations would actually wind up producing a net cost benefit of as much as $67B.

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And he's the "moderate"

Abbas: Palestinians Will Never Recognize Israel As Jewish state

Times of Israel Staff, Nov. 29, 2014

“We will never recognize the Jewishness of the state of Israel,” Abbas was quoted by Channel 10 saying. The news outlet also reported that Abbas threatened to terminate all security cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank unless peace negotiations are revived. Talks collapsed in April, and Israel will not resume them so long as Abbas is partnered with the Hamas terror group in a Palestinian unity government.

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There MUST have been a good reason?!

IRS Accused Of Sharing 2,500 Private Taxpayer Documents With White House

Cheryl K. Chumley, Nov. 28, 2014, Washington Times

“[T]he Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration informed Cause of Action that there exist nearly 2,500 potentially confidential documents relating to investigations of improper disclosures of confidential taxpayer information by the IRS to the White House,” Cause of Action told The Daily Caller.

The Justice Department has requested more time to review the documents before making them public, Newsmax said.

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Where's CNN when you need them?

White Teen Killed By Black Cop In Alabama Mirrors Ferguson

Valerie Richardson, Nov. 27, 2014, Washington Times


Gilbert Collar, a white, unarmed 18-year-old under the influence of drugs was shot and killed Oct. 6, 2012, by Officer Trevis Austin, who is black, in Mobile, Alabama. Despite public pressure for an indictment, a Mobile County grand jury refused to bring charges against Officer Austin, concluding that the officer acted in self-defense.

Read more: www.washingtontimes.com


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Another iceberg ahead for OCare

U.S. CEOs Threaten To Pull Tacit Obamacare Support Over 'Wellness' Spat

Sharon Begley, Nov. 29, 2014, Reuters

Major U.S. corporations have broadly supported President Barack Obama's healthcare reform despite concerns over several of its elements, largely because it included provisions encouraging the wellness programs.

The programs aim to control healthcare costs by reducing smoking, obesity, hypertension and other risk factors that can lead to expensive illnesses. A bipartisan provision in the 2010 healthcare reform law allows employers to reward workers who participate and penalize those who don't.

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What more can be said?

Colleges Cut Ties With Bill Cosby Amid Rape Allegations

NBC New York, Nov. 27, 2014

A university spokesman told the Boston Globe on Wednesday university officials had asked Cosby to step down as an honorary co-chairman of their $300 million fundraising campaign and Cosby agreed.

Cosby received a master's degree and a doctorate in education from the university. He and his wife donated several hundred thousand dollars to the university.

Read more: www.nbcnewyork.com



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Under oath!

Cosby's Testimony Describes Accuser's Spiked Story

MaryClaire Dale, Nov. 27, 2014, NBC New York

Bill Cosby testified under oath in 2005 that he gave the National Enquirer an exclusive interview about looming sexual-assault accusations by a Canadian woman against him in exchange for the tabloid spiking a second accuser's story.

Excerpts released Wednesday of Cosby's deposition from a civil lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand quote Cosby as saying he feared the public would believe her sexual-assault accusations if the Enquirer published similar claims by Beth Ferrier. Both women accused Cosby of drugging and molesting them.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

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Not a fan of Ramos, BUT "journalists" are NOT neutral

Univision's Ramos To Journalists: 'Stop Pretending We're Neutral'

Larry O'Connor, Nov. 27, 2014, Truth Revolt

Univision's Jorge Ramos was presented the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for "lifetime achievement in defending press freedom" Tuesday at the 2014 Committee to Protect Journalists International Press Freedom Awards.

During his speech before the group of journalists and media executives, Ramos made the case for journalists to drop the facade of impartiality and to use their voices and influence not just to inform but as activists to change policy

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Lessons for today's inner city?

ICYMI: How Dagger John Saved New York’s Irish

William J. Stern, Spring 1997, City Journal

But within a generation, New York’s Irish flooded into the American mainstream. The sons of criminals were now the policemen; the daughters of illiterates had become the city’s schoolteachers; those who’d been the outcasts of society now ran its political machinery. No job training program or welfare system brought about so sweeping a change. What accomplished it, instead, was a moral transformation, a revolution in values. And just as John Wesley, the founder of Methodism in the late eighteenth century, had sparked a change in the culture of the English working class that made it unusually industrious and virtuous, so too a clergyman was the catalyst for the cultural change that liberated New York’s Irish from their underclass behavior. He was John Joseph Hughes, an Irish immigrant gardener who became the first Catholic archbishop of New York. How he accomplished his task can teach us volumes about the solution to our own end-of-the-millennium social problems.

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Not counting the usual waste, fraud, abuse

Social Security, Medicare Open To Illegals Under Amnesty Plan

Sandy Fitzgerald, Nov. 26, 2014, Newsmax

According to a federal law signed in 1996, people who have FICA payroll taxes collected under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act can collect Social Security and Medicare when they become eligible, if they are deemed "lawfully present in the United States."

Obama's amnesty plan not only frees millions of immigrants from the worry of deportation, but it also allows them to legally obtain Social Security numbers and work permits.

Read more: www.Newsmax.com


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Will CNN give story much coverage?

Black Ferguson Residents Arm Themselves and Descend Upon White-Owned Business — The Reason Why Is Front Page Worthy

Jason Howerton, Nov. 28, 2014, The Blaze

A group of four black Ferguson residents reportedly armed themselves and descended upon a white-owned business following a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. But unlike many of the Ferguson demonstrators, the armed men were there to protect the business, not destroy it in protest.

The men told the Las Vegas Review Journal that they feel indebted to the white store owner, Doug Merello, who has given them employment over the years.

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No "racial profiling" there

Ferguson Protesters Call To Boycott Businesses On Black Friday ‘Unless They Are Black-Owned’

Jon Street, Nov. 27, 2014, The Blaze

So why boycott the businesses on the busiest shopping day of the year? Some have suggested the day can be traced back to the days of slavery in which traders sold slaves at a discounted price to plantation owners preparing for the winter.

But the first use of the phrase “Black Friday” was not actually used until nearly 100 years after the abolition of slavery in the U.S., according to the fact-checking website Snopes. The name originated in 1951 and referred to the mass number of workers calling into work sick, hoping to score a four-day weekend.

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Obama/Holder/Sharpton helped fan the flames

The Nuclear Option -- Call Ferguson Demonstrations What They Are: 'Obama Riots'

Charles Hurt, Nov. 28, 2014, Breitbart

President Barack Obama will forever rightly hold a distinguished place in American history. That can never be taken away from him.

But it is also true that he owns every single bit of these riots over the tragic killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. He owns the discontent. He owns the ignorance. He owns the mayhem. He owns the looting.

This rioting, it's not about Ferguson. It's not about Michael Brown. It's not about Darren Wilson.

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Did not "publish his address"--street had long been long been known

New York Times Responds To Criticism About Darren Wilson’s Address

Erik Wemple, Nov. 26, 2014, Washington Post

Howard Kurtz has accused the New York Times of a “reckless move” in identifying the street on which Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson resides. “Journalism is full of close calls. This is not one of them. The Times should apologize,” writes Kurtz.

On Monday, the Times published ascoop by Julie Bosman and Campbell Robertson reporting that Wilson had married fellow officer Barbara Spradling in a “quiet wedding” last month. It noted that the two “own a home together” and identified the town and the name of the street.

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OMG!!!

Time Contributor: 'In Defense Of Rioting'

Darlena Cunha, Nov. 25, 2014, TIME

Riots are a necessary part of the evolution of society. Unfortunately, we do not live in a universal utopia where people have the basic human rights they deserve simply for existing, and until we get there, the legitimate frustration, sorrow and pain of the marginalized voices will boil over, spilling out into our streets. As “normal” citizens watch the events of Ferguson unfurl on their television screens and Twitter feeds, there is a lot of head shaking, finger pointing, and privileged explanation going on. We wish to seclude the incident and the people involved. To separate it from our history as a nation, to dehumanize the change agents because of their bad and sometimes violent decisions—because if we can separate the underlying racial tensions that clearly exist in our country from the looting and rioting of select individuals, we can continue to ignore the problem.

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Competing/overlaping responsibilities, political differences--gov't at its finest

Ferguson Mayor: Delayed National Guard Deployment 'Deeply Concerning'

Governor Jay Nixon and Col. Ron Reploge
CBS and AP, Nov. 25, 2014

Ferguson's mayor on Tuesday criticized what he said was delayed National Guard deployment as violent protests broke out following the grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles called the decision to delay the deployment "deeply concerning" after several businesses were burned down or damaged during the protests.

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Then wait for the complaints about "lack of opportunity"

Most Businesses Destroyed In Ferguson Minority Owned

Source:  www.dailyslave.com
Kerry Picket, Nov. 25, 2014, Breitbart

KMOV-TV reports that the majority of stores that were damaged or completely destroyed during Monday night's violent riots in Ferguson were minority owned. Fire Departments around the St. Louis County Area put out 25 structural fires caused by vandals and looters following the announcement from the grand jury that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the death of Mike Brown.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

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Still greatest country ever!

Ferguson Residents Still 'Thankful' Despite Violence

USA Today, Nov. 27, 2014

This Thanksgiving, Ferguson residents say they are still looking at the good side of things and feeling "thankful" despite the violence and negativity.

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No, it's a term of endearment

NAACP President: ‘Burn This Bi*** Down’ Not ‘A Call For Violence’ 

Jeffrey Meyer, Nov. 26, 2014, Newsbusters

On Tuesday night, Cornell Brooks, president of the NAACP, appeared on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront to discuss the shooting death of Michael Brown and dismissed calls for violence by a member of Michael Brown’s immediate family as inciting violence. Burnett played video of Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, telling a crowd of protestors to “burn this bi*** down” after the grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson and asked Brooks if “that served as a call for violence?” Rather than condemn Brown’s stepfather’s highly charged rhetoric, the president of the NAACP proclaimed “I don't think that was a call for violence or it caused violence.”

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Still mired in the past

MSNBC Panelist: 'Foundation Of This Country Is Racism'

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Scott Whitlock, Nov. 25, 2014, Newsbusters

According to MSNBC panelist Mychal Denzel Smith, the problem with the Ferguson decision is that people are not dealing with the inherent "racism" and "white supremacy" of America. The Nation magazine blogger appeared on The Reid Report to praise the protests as a way to make "the people in these privileged and powerful positions uncomfortable with all of the death that we are facing, the terrorization that we are facing as a community." 


Using the Michael Brown case as a way to condemn all of America, he excoriated, "What we refuse to deal with it is the idea -- the fact -- that our, the foundation of this country is racism and white supremacy and all of our institutions uphold that."

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Good news!

Protests Ease As Snow Falls On Ferguson

Aamer Madhani, Nov. 27, 2014, USA Today

Calm was prevailing in Ferguson as protesters turned out in fewer numbers on a snowy third night of demonstrations over the police shooting of an unarmed black teen.

National Guard troops were visible late Wednesday but their numbers reduced as well from the night before, when a squad car was torched by protesters angered by a grand jury's decision not to indict the white police officer who fired the shots that killed Michael Brown, 18, in August.

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Fear of reprisal

Ferguson Grand A Jury Witnesses Often Cited Fear In Testifying

Tina Susman, Nov. 27, 2014, Los Angeles Times

He was scared that black neighbors would find fault with his description of what happened when a white police officer, Darren Wilson, shot dead an unarmed black man, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo.

He was scared that white supremacists would accuse him of hurting Wilson's case. "I do think of the Ku Klux Klan. I do," he told investigators.

Read more: www.latimes.com



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Prosecutor said witnesses--plural--confirm "charge" version

Ferguson Witness Told Investigators That Michael Brown Charged Cop 'Like a Football Player--Head Down'

The Smoking Gun, Nov. 24, 2014

The unidentified witness wrote that the 18-year-old Brown “has his arms out with attitude,” while “The cop just stood there.” The witness added, “Dang if that kid didn’t start running right at the cop like a football player. Head down.”

The witness told of hearing “3 bangs,” but “the big kid wouldn’t stop.”

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Don't tell me--a democrat, right?

Ohio Stores Would Pay Triple Wages To Thanksgiving Workers Under Bill By Cleveland Lawmaker

AP, Nov. 26, 2014, Cleveland.com

A lawmaker in Ohio wants stores in the state to pay triple wages for employees who work on Thanksgiving -- an effort that comes as Macy's, the holiday's quintessential retailer, is allowing its workers to choose whether to work that day.

Both are attempts to counter frustration among workers and their families over holiday store hours that have expanded into the holiday.

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