Takeout-craving New York City is opening the door to outlawing plastic foam to-go cups and trays, unless a yearlong inquiry shows they can be recycled effectively. The City Council unanimously approved that plan Thursday. It’s likely a last chapter in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s extensive environmental agenda. He leaves office Dec. 31. Bloomberg suggested banning the […]
(McClatchy) In a Freedom of Information Act victory, a federal judge has slapped the Obama administration for its secretive ways and ordered officials to turn over a bland-sounding foreign policy document.
Chastising what she called “the government’s unwarranted expansion of the presidential communications privilege at the expense of the public’s interest in disclosure,” U.S. District Judge Ellen Seal Huvelle ruled the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development is not exempt from FOIA.
Judge Huvelle’s 20-page decision took a shot or two, or three, at the Obama administration’s penchant for secrecy.
Less than a half million people whose health insurance was canceled under President Barack Obama’s new law have not yet found other coverage, the administration said Thursday. However, officials said that figure could shrink in the coming days. Americans have until Dec. 23 to purchase insurance and ensure they have no gap in coverage if […]
(Fox News) The Obama administration, in an 11th-hour change just before the holiday break,announced a major exemption in ObamaCare that will let people who lost coverage and are struggling to get a new plan sign up for bare-bones policies.
The move Thursday to allow potentially hundreds of thousands of people to sign up for “catastrophic” coverage plans was blasted by the insurance industry as a shift that would cause “tremendous instability.”
The administration downplayed the sudden change, saying they expected it to impact fewer than 500,000 people.
(TruthRevolt) On Thursday, CNN’s Piers Morgan suggested on Twitter that A&E’s suspension of Phil Robertson was fully justified – because Robertson is “racist”:
Phil Robertson is not a ‘victim of political correctness’. He’s a victim of his own repulsively racist, homophobic bigotry. #DuckDynasty
As proof, Morgan linked to a piece in which Robertson talked about his childhood growing up alongside black people:
(Fox News) A married, heterosexual gym teacher at a tony Upper West Side private school was fired because his lesbian supervisor disapproved of his “traditional family status,” the canned teacher claims in a new Manhattan lawsuit.
Gregory Kenney, 50, taught gym at the Trinity School on W. 91st St. for 16 years before he was let go in June 2012.
Kenney, who lives with his wife and three young children in LI, says he was a well-liked employee at the elite institution that counts Truman Capote, Ivanka Trump and Eric Schneiderman as alumni, until a gay athletic director named Pat Krieger took over in 2009.
Editor’s note: Do you need something to smile about? Every day, WND selects the best joke offered up by readers and contributors to its Laughlines forum and brings it to you as the WND Joke of the Day. Here is today’s offering:
A little girl asked her mother, “How did the human race appear?”
The mother answered, “God made Adam and Eve and they had children, and so was all mankind made.”
Two days later the child asked her father the same question. The father answered, “Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved.”
The confused girl returned to her mother and said, “Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said it developed from monkeys?”
The mother answered, “Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family, and your father told you about his.”
While security forces and EMS organizations worked to save lives during the blizzard, Chevra Kadishas operating in Yerushalayim and elsewhere were moser nefesh to give the proper kovod to niftarim during the storm. Yes, there were delays due to the record-breaking storm but members of Chevra Kadishas did not throw up their hands but realized […]
(Tampa Bay Times) Earlier this year, when the Boy Scouts of America changed its policy to allow openly gay members, a local council braced for repercussions.
“We knew back in May that it might be a challenge, but we didn’t know how great a challenge,” said Bill Davis, executive with the Scouts’ West Central Florida Council, serving Pinellas and West Pasco counties.
“So far, the biggest fallout is the financial loss. We need about $75,000 to balance our budget this year.”
Also feeling the wrath of those who disapprove of the Boy Scouts’ decision is the Gulf Ridge Council, which serves eight counties, including Hillsborough, East Pasco, Citrus, Hernando and Polk.
(KSLA-TV) The Robertson family released a statement Thursday night in response to the A&E network’s decision to suspend patriarch Phil Robertson over comments the family patriarch made to GQ Magazine on homosexuality:
“We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision.
We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
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The price of gold slumped below $1,200 an ounce Thursday, the lowest in more than three years, a day after the Federal Reserve said it would pull back on its stimulus program. Gold for February delivery plunged $41.40, or 3.4 percent, to $1,193.60 an ounce. It hadn’t closed below $1,200 an ounce since August 2010. […]
(CNN/MOney) “Duck Dynasty” isn’t just a smash-hit TV show, it’s a merchandising powerhouse.
It’s too soon to tell if retailers will pull the clan’s products from their shelves after Phil Robertson made homophobic comments in an interview with GQ magazine. However the A&E network did suspend the reality show star.
Robertson founded his company Duck Commander back in the 70′s, selling duck calls that developed a loyal following among hunters. Now that the family stars in a top-rated cable-TV series, the business has expanded to sell an array of backwoods-themed merchandise via national retailers.
The objective is the same the world over – to impose vicious blasphemy laws under the sharia. Do not discuss Islam is not to praise or submit to it.
In the West, Islamic supremacists use freedom of speech to kill freedom of speech.The largest world body – the Muslim organization the OIC (56 Muslim countries plus the "Palestinian" territories) seeks to impose these blasphemy laws across the world using the UN as their club.
Here in the United States Muslim Brotherhood terror tied groups use lawsuits and defamation to silence truth tellers and counter jihadists. These tactis are being used in Europe to great success in the islamization of Europe.
Islamists take lawfare to Europe creating 'spiral of silence' Blazing Cat Fur
A discussion paper ( German and English) published by the Germany-based Gustav Stresemann Foundation—a think tank dedicated to the preservation and advancement of liberal democracy in Europe—warns that national and international Islamic organizations are increasingly putting pressure on Western politicians gradually to criminalize any critique of Islam.
The author of the report, the German political scientist Felix Strüning, provides a meticulously detailed analysis of the Islamic lobbying effort—by means of a "human rights lawsuit"—to silence Thilo Sarrazin, a prominent German banker who has criticized the refusal of Muslim immigrants to integrate into German society.
During an October 2009 interview with the Berlin-based culture magazine Lettre International, Sarrazin said:
“A large number of Arabs and Turks in this city […] have no productive function except for the fruit and vegetable trade [...] The proportion of births among Arabs and Turks is two to three times higher than their corresponding proportion of the population. Large parts [of this population] are neither willing to integrate nor capable of integrating. The solution to this problem can only be to stop letting people in […] except for highly qualified individuals and not provide social welfare for immigrants anymore […].”
“Integration is an effort of people who integrate themselves. I do not have to accept someone who does nothing. I do not have to accept anyone who lives from the state, rejects this state, does not reasonably provide education for his children and constantly produces new little girls in headscarves. This applies to 70% of the Turkish and 90% of the Arab population in Berlin. Many of them do not want integration.”
The Turkish Union in Berlin-Brandenburg (Türkischer Bund Berlin-Brandenburg, TBB) responded by pressing criminal charges against Sarrazin due to alleged incitement-to-hatred (Volksverhetzung). However, German prosecutors concluded that Sarrazin's statements were protected by the freedom of expression and they ceased their investigation.
The TBB then took its lawsuit to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), which was tasked with determining whether Sarrazin's statements violated the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).
In February 2013, CERD decided that Sarrazin's statements “contain ideas of racial superiority, denying respect as human beings and depicting generalized negative characteristics of the Turkish population.”
CERD also stated that Sarrazin's statements were “incitement to racial discrimination” because he favors refusing social welfare benefits for Turks and would (with the exception of highly qualified individuals) generally prohibit immigration.
An Israeli mother has petitioned the Supreme Court against a decision rendered by the Rabbinical Supreme Court which orders her to give her son a bris. Supreme Court Justice Yoram Danziger issued an interim order freezing the decision of the Supreme Rabbinical Court, which permits the mother to hold off with the bris. The story […]
Verizon Communications Inc. says it will publish information on the number of requests for customer records it received from law enforcement agencies this year. The announcement Thursday from the country’s largest cellphone carrier comes as debate over data-gathering by the National Security Agency intensifies in Washington. The NSA’s collection of hundreds of millions of Americans’ […]
Sen. Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat who helped Republican George W. Bush win sweeping tax cuts, led the design of President Barack Obama’s health law and then correctly predicted it would be a “train wreck,” is getting a diplomatic plum: Washington is shipping him to China. Democratic officials say Obama intends to nominate Baucus to […]
The Obama administration removed 368,644 immigrants from the country last year. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director John Sandweg says 235,093 of those immigrants were arrested at or near the U.S. border with Mexico. This is the fewest number of immigrants deported by ICE since the end of President George W. Bush’s administration. Last year […]
With smokers exiled years ago to New York City’s sidewalks, some took up e-cigarettes as a way to come in from the cold. They could puff away in restaurants and offices without running afoul of the city’s ban on smoking in indoor public places. Now they’re down to the last few puffs since the City […]
Devout Muslim Murderer of British Soldier on London Street <br/>Kisses Quran Following Guilty Verdict
And still the misunderstander of Islam who brutally hacked a British soldier to death on a London street in broad daylight is misunderstanding Islam and making love to his quran.
"UK: Jihad murderer of British soldier on London street smiles and kisses Qur'an as he is led from court" (thanks to Robert Spencer)
Muslim groups in the UK condemn the murder. That's great. But are they teaching in the mosques against the understanding of Islam that led to the murder?
"2 men found guilty of UK soldier murder," by Jill Lawless for the Associated Press, December 19 (thanks to Steve):
LONDON — Two British-born, al-Qaida-inspired extremists who considered themselves "soldiers of Allah" were convicted Thursday of murdering an off-duty serviceman who was run down with a car and stabbed to death in a frenzied attack on a London street.
The jury of eight women and four men deliberated for just 90 minutes before finding Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale guilty of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby. They were acquitted of attempting to murder a police officer.
The two men will be sentenced early next year.
Neither defendant reacted as the jury foreman announced the verdicts. Adebolajo, at 29 the elder of the two, smiled and kissed a copy of the Quran as he was led down to the cells….
JNS.org – President Barack Obama has threatened to veto a new bipartisan Iran sanctions bill introduced in the Senate on Thursday.
The bill—sponsored by a group of 26 senators, 13 Democrats and 13 Republicans—says that Congress must certify Iran’s compliance to the interim nuclear deal every 30 days, and includes “prospective sanctions” that expand economic and financial restrictions on Iran’s energy and banking sections if Iran violates the deal. It also includes language requiring strong American action if Israel launches a pre-emptive strike on the Iran nuclear program.
Major Jewish groups support the bill.
“The bill presents the [Iranian] regime with a clear choice: give up your nuclear weapons pursuit or face sanctions that will totally cripple your economy,” said Michael Kassen, president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
“Until there are tangible, verifiable deeds by Iran to permanently end its quest for nuclear-weapons capability, Congress is doing the right thing, sending a strong message to Iran that it will pay a heavy price if a permanent agreement on its nuclear program is not achieved,” said American Jewish Committee Executive Director David Harris.
At a press conference, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the bill could undermine diplomatic efforts underway with Iran and hinted that Obama would veto the bill if it landed on his desk.
“Passing new sanctions legislation now will undermine our efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution,” Carney said.
Senate leaders believe the bill is necessary to force Iran to stick to the interim deal.