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Before Kevin Vickers There was René Marc Jalbert

By on 10.23.14 | 1:41PM

Earlier today, Emily submitted a post about Canadian House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers getting a standing ovation from parliamentarians on all sides of the House for putting an end to the terrorist scumbag who killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the Canadian War Memorial yesterday and saving countless lives of those inside Centre Block on Parliament Hill.

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Memo to Bruce Bochy: More Lincecum, Less Strickland

By on 10.23.14 | 12:27PM

Now onto some lighter things.

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy will one day be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame regardless if the Giants can win their third World Series title in five years.

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Canadian Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers Gets Standing Ovation

By on 10.23.14 | 12:17PM

Yesterday morning, Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers was just that guy who totes a giant golden mace around the Canadian Parliament. Yesterday afternoon, Kevin Vickers became a global hero as he stopped an active shooter in his tracks. This morning, as he did his ceremonial entrance to Parliament, Kevin Vickers got a standing ovation for his bravery and quick-thinking

As Kevin Vickers carried the ceremonial golden mace into the House of Commons on Thursday, MPs and staff rose to their feet to applaud his bravery the day before. Prime Minister Stephen Harper crossed the House to shake his hand, hug him, and then hugged opposition leaders Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau.

Less than a day earlier, Vickers was credited with shooting and killing the gunman who stormed parliament after having killed a soldier at the national war memorial down the street.

Many of the MPs and leaders rose to pay tribute to the Parliament's security forces and to speak on the subject of terrorism. 

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Will Chaya Zissel Braun Get The Klinghoffer Treatment?

By on 10.23.14 | 11:37AM

The death of a Chaya Zissel Braun, an American infant, at the hands of a Palestinian terrorist comes only days controversial opera The Death of Klinghoffer premiered at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

For those of you not old enough to remember, Leon Klinghoffer was an elderly man bound in a wheelchair who was sailing aboard the Achille Lauro when it was seized by Palestinian terrorists who saw fit to shoot Klinghoffer in his wheelchair and throw him overboard simply because he was Jewish. The Death of Klinghoffer has been condemned for its sympathy towards the Palestinian terrorists who murdered Klinghoffer.

All of this makes me wonder if in 30 years from now, the Met will premier an opera titled The Death of Chaya Zissel Braun. If Palestinian apologists can defame a wheelchair bound elderly man because he is Jewish then they can surely get around to defaming to a stroller bound infant girl because she is a Jew.

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Harper Calls Ottawa Shootings Terrorism; Obama Equivocates

By on 10.23.14 | 1:08AM

Let's compare what Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Obama had to say about yesterday's events in Ottawa and the shootings in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu on Monday.

Here is part of Harper's televised address to Canadians:

Fellow Canadians, in the days to come, we will learn more about the terrorist and any accomplices he may have had, but this week’s events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.

For good measure, Harper also said the man responsible for killing the soldier in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu was an "ISIL-inspired terrorist."

Now here's part of what Obama said at the White House:

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Infant Girl Killed in Terrorist Attack in Israel - UPDATED

By on 10.22.14 | 8:38PM

With everything that has gone on in Ottawa today, a terrorist attack in Israel is easily overshadowed but is no less evil.

A convicted Palestinian terrorist rammed his vehicle into a group of civilians at a light rail stop in Jerusalem killing a three month old girl in a stroller and injuring seven others including three American tourists.

The terrorist fled the scene but was shot and killed by police. At this point, it isn't clear if this terrorist was part of this year's prisoner exchange or part of the exchange which resulted in the release of Corporal Gilad Schalit. What is clear is that once a Palestinian terrorist, always a Palestinian terrorist. Releasing Palestinian terrorists was supposed to result in peace, but instead it results in more violence against Jews, including a little girl in a stroller.

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A C-Minus Government Calls for a Convention of the States

By on 10.22.14 | 4:51PM

Americans aren’t too impressed with the performance of their government.

A fresh poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal reveals how voters grade elected officials: a C-minus, or a 2.1 GPA. Individual politicians and parties scored even lower.

Approval for Congress’s job performance reached an all-time low since NBC and the WSJ began polling in 1995. Barely 40 percent think President Obama is doing a good job, and the numbers only get worse from there. Only one in four Americans believe the country “is on the right track.”

One number might scare incumbents up for re-election next month:

Fifty-five percent of respondents say they would vote every member of Congress out of office if they could.

Most people prefer a new face to a political veteran. Recent Gallup polls concur that Americans are increasingly fed-up with Congress and ready for a shake-up.

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Democratic Lead Among Women Evaporates

By on 10.22.14 | 3:37PM

According to a new AP-GfK poll, the Democratic lead among women has almost completely evaporated. Turns out, a couple of years to think about their vote, and probably fewer commercials berating Republicans for their systemic oppression of American women by forcing them to purchase generic birth control pills at Wal-Mart will greatly alter the split between parties among female voters.

Women have moved in the GOP's direction since September. In last month's AP-GfK poll, 47 percent of female likely voters said they favored a Democratic-controlled Congress while 40 percent wanted the Republicans to capture control. In the new poll, the two parties are about even among women, 44 percent prefer the Republicans, 42 percent the Democrats.

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Canadian Soldier Shot at Nat’l War Memorial in Ottawa; Shots Reportedly Fired on Parliament Hill - UPDATED

By on 10.22.14 | 10:39AM

A Canadian soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa has been shot.

Shots have been also been fired down the street inside and outside of Parliament Hill. Witnesses describe the gunman as carrying a rifle and having long hair. As of this writing, he is still on the loose.

This incident comes only 48 hours after one Canadian soldier was killed and another was injured by a Muslim convert and ISIS sympathizer in Quebec who ran them over with his vehicle. The assailant, Martin Rouleau, was later shot and killed by police.

While it is possible these events might be unrelated, given the proximity of these incidents it is not unreasonable to believe this is the work of another ISIS sympathizer.

At this point, one can only hope the soldier survives his wounds, that no one else has been hurt and the gunman is apprehended.

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Alison Lundergan Grimes’ Family Runs a Joint Called “Hugh Jass Burgers.”

By on 10.21.14 | 5:07PM

If there really is a #waronwomen, Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes might just come from one of its founding families. Ms. Grimes is the heir to the Hugh Jass burger fortune, at least in theory, and a legacy that stems from her family's Kentucky burger joint, whose menu celebrates the finer things in life, like giant, juicy female booty. 

 Hugh Jass Burgers -- say it out loud to get the joke -- has menu items like "Charlotte's Rack, sure to be voted biggest rack" named after Grimes' mom and "Abby's Hugh Jass," a burger named after her sister. They also sell souvenirs like an apron with "Check Out My Buns" emblazoned across it.

The restaurant's approach has raised eyebrows, especially since Grimes' camp accused the GOP of sexism.

"I am the Kentucky woman who my Republican colleagues in this state so gentlemanly refer to as an empty dress," Grimes said.

When we tried to ask Grimes about her family's use of double entendre, she refused to answer, letting her security detail lead her away from reporters.

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