Liberty Blitzkrieg – by Michael Krieger
Students and faculty at Smith College apparently didn’t want a repeat of that ugly episode at the University of Missouri, where a communications professor was filmed calling for the forcible removal of a journalist from an on-campus demonstration earlier this month.
So when they held a sit-in Wednesday to protest racial discrimination, their solution was to not let in members of the media in the first place — unless said media members pledged allegiance to the cause. Continue reading
Lew Rockwell – by Joachim Hagopian
The sad truth is that in the new millennium, government propaganda prepares its citizens for war so skillfully that it is quite likely that they do not want the truthful, objective and balanced reporting that good war correspondents once did their best to provide. Continue reading
Newsmax – by Joe Schaeffer
One of the top-ranking Democrats in the Senate vows that his party will “bring a universal background check bill to the floor of the Senate early next year.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York made the statement Friday at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, where he was honored with the “Sarah Brady Visionary Award,” named after the wife of former President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary Jim Brady, who was shot and left brain-damaged by an attempted Reagan assassin in 1981. Continue reading
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government can keep secret various memos related to its legal justification for using drones to kill citizens suspected of terrorism overseas, a federal appeals court said in a decision unsealed Monday.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reached its decision in a second round of Freedom of Information Act requests by the American Civil Liberties Union and The New York Times after an earlier request had succeeded in forcing the government to disclose a redacted version of a 2010 41-page legal opinion prepared by the Office of Legal Counsel in the Justice Department describing for the Defense Department the legality of targeted drone attacks. Continue reading
The Rutherford Institute
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of decorated Marine Brandon Raub, who was seized by a swarm of Secret Service, FBI and local police officials and involuntarily committed to a mental institution for a week after posting controversial song lyrics and political views critical of the government on his Facebook page. In asking the Supreme Court to hear the case, Rutherford Institute attorneys were seeking to overturn lower court rulings dismissing the case, which characterized concerns over government suppression of dissident speech as “far-fetched.” In rejecting the appeal, the Supreme Court also refused to establish standards to guide and constrain mental health professionals when they seek to commit individuals and to prevent commitment on the basis of a person’s exercise of his right to free speech. Continue reading
The Russian Air Force base in Latakia will be reinforced with S-400 SAM system, which will soon be deployed there, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Wednesday.
“S-400 will be deployed on Khmeimim airbase in Syria,” Shoigu said at a Defense Ministry meeting.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Russian Su-24 was shot down by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet near the Turkish-Syrian border. One pilot died in the incident. The second one was rescued and brought to the Russian airbase in Latakia. Continue reading
Russia’s military has recovered the second pilot from its bomber shot down by Turkey on Tuesday, Russia’s defense ministry has announced.
Moscow’s defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, briefed president Vladimir Putin on the rescue on television, informing him that the pilot had been found after a twelve-hour search and that he was now back in a Russian airbase in Syria. Continue reading
While authorities in Ankara have insisted that it shot down the Russian Su-24 bomber after the aircraft entered Turkish airspace, the Russian Defense Ministry has released video proving that the plane never left Syrian airspace.
According to a leaked letter written to the UN Security Council by the Turkish Ambassador, Turkey’s military justified the shooting down of a Russian bomber by claiming that the aircraft had entered Turkish airspace for 17 seconds. Continue reading
The Rutherford Institute – by John W. Whitehead
“Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.”—Daniel Webster
Thanksgiving is not what it once was. Continue reading
New York Post
It pays to have friends in high places.
Al Sharpton gave himself a 71 percent raise last year after his National Action Network group drew a record $6.9 million in donations — as the controversial cleric’s association with Mayor de Blasio and President Obama lent him a newfound air of legitimacy.
De Blasio’s election gave Sharpton a seat at City Hall, as the mayor treated him as an adviser and presented him at a press event next to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton after the death of Eric Garner. Continue reading
BATR – by James Hall
The usual holiday cheer that underpins the throngs of shoppers may be missing this season. Political pundits are eager to blame potential terrorist risks as a compelling reason to avoid the crowds at malls, but knowing the sentiments of the consumer culture, it is difficult to accept that retail businesses will be empty. Nevertheless, will the economy incentivize the bargain hunters to brave the added security obstacles to storm the doors for the reward of super discount pricing?
The expected immediate shock in France is understandable. Xmas sales plummet, Champs-Elysees empty in edgy post-attack Paris, indicates that upscale customers respond predictably. Continue reading
The Washington Post
CAIRO —Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a month-long state of emergency and city-wide curfew in the capital, Tunis, on Tuesday after a deadly blast ripped through a bus carrying security officers tasked with guarding the North African leader.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, which occurred as the bus traversed one of Tunis’s busiest highways at rush hour and killed at least 12 people, officials said. Essebsi was not near the site of the explosion, authorities said. More than a dozen others were wounded, Tunisian media reported. Continue reading
Utah father Colby Nielsen broke down in tears on Monday, Nov. 23, watching helplessly as his infant daughter was given to her new adoptive parents without his consent.
After Kaylee was born on Nov. 4, the 20-year-old father claims he has never left her side.
But all that changed when he was forced to give her up to adoptive parents, after Kaylee’s mother decided to put her up for adoption, unbeknownst to Nielsen. Continue reading
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg, composer Stephen Sondheim, violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman and baseball great Willie Mays are among a number of notables who will be presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama on Tuesday.
Singer and actress Barbra Streisand, NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson, Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski will also receive the award. Continue reading
US President Barack Obama says sticking to the principles of the Vienna talks on Syria notably holding a ceasefire is the only way to resolve the conflict.
Barack Obama said on Tuesday ISIL must not be given the chance to divide members of the anti-Daesh campaign, adding that that’s how terrorist groups achieve their goals. Continue reading
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