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New York Man Collecting Food for Soup Kitchen Dies in Carjacking

By on 11.30.14 | 12:09AM

      This is just awful:

A New York man who left his car running at a 7-Eleven store as he ran inside to collect food for a soup kitchen was run over by his own vehicle as he tried to stop a carjacker, police said. Dionel Ramirez, 69, left his Hyundai running with the door open outside a 7-Eleven in North Bay Shore on Long Island while he went inside to pick up the food, Suffolk County police said. He saw someone jump into his car and ran to stop him, but was run over, police said.

You can read the rest here.

Here is a man who immigrated here from Guatemala, made a better life for himself and his family and devoted himself to giving back to those less fortunate than himself.

Who do you think the media and the Left will shed more tears over? Michael Brown or Dionel Ramirez? Sadly, it isn't even close. 


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A’s & Jays Make Black Friday Swap; Donaldson for Lawrie

By on 11.29.14 | 12:25AM

The Oakland A's and Toronto Blue Jays did some shopping on Black Friday by trading their third basemen. The A's sent All-Star Josh Donaldson to Toronto for Canadian born Brett Lawrie. In addition to Lawrie, the A's also acquired pitchers Kendall Graveman and Sean Nolin and minor league shortstop Franklin Barreto. 

I'm sure A's fans are wondering if GM Billy Beane has been drinking Jim Beam. For a team in search of offense, the A's have just dealt one of their top offensive players. Donaldson has finished in the top ten in AL MVP balloting the past two seasons while Lawrie missed 92 games due to a litany of injuries (although he did hit a career high 12 HR in 2014). However, Lawrie is younger. He turns 25 in January while Donaldson turns 29 next month. Donaldson may have reached his peak while Lawrie is still in his acsension. Of course, if Lawrie doesn't pan out for Oakland, they still have three other prospects who could yield results. So it might not be such a bad deal for Oakland after all.

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Me & Thornberry Annoy an Australian Leftist on Ferguson

By on 11.27.14 | 10:38PM

Larry Thornberry and I have both annoyed an Australian leftist academic with our respective commentary on the events in Ferguson. 

Binoy Kampmark, who teaches at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, wrote a piece "analyzing" conservative commentary in the wake of the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson. Kampmark has been associated with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and unsuccessfully ran for the Australian Senate under the Wikileaks Party banner. In addition to taking Larry and I to task, Kampmark also criticizes NRO's Rich Lowry and Ian Tuttle. Here is what Kampmark writes about Thornberry and me:

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NY Times Sees Fit to Print Darren Wilson’s Address

By on 11.27.14 | 1:36AM

I just read Howard Kurtz's piece at FNC decrying the New York Times decision to print Darren Wilson's address.

Kurtz doesn't conclude the NYT did this intentionally, but that they owe Wilson an apology. 

An apology is the tip of the iceberg. You cannot tell me this wasn't done on purpose. Just like when Spike Lee tweeted what he thought was the address of George Zimmerman.

What other reason is there to publish Wilson's address if not incite violence against him or at the very minimum force him to move his family from their home and otherwise make his life a living hell?

I say to hell with The New York Times. I hope Darren Wilson sues the Gray Lady for every penny it's worth.

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3,415 Regulations Announced Ahead of Thanksgiving Weekend

By on 11.26.14 | 1:10PM

While you're chatting drunkenly about Obamacare over your Thanksgiving turkey, the Obama Administration will be working overtime to make sure the 3,415 regulations they've plotted on their calendar go into effect,, since for the second year in a row, they're socking you with the details of a massive Federal spending program on a holiday weekend in the hopes that you won't notice.

This year, your holiday prize is the Federal Unified Agenda, which contains 189 new rules for running your life and costs a mere $100 million.

The federal Unified Agenda is the Obama administration’s regulatory road map, and it lays out thousands of regulations being finalized in the coming months. Under President Barack Obama, there has been a tradition of releasing the agenda late on Friday — and right before a major holiday.

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Schumer’s Obamacare Mea Culpa & What It Means for 2016

By on 11.26.14 | 12:45PM

There was nothing genuine about Chuck Schumer's mea culpa on Obamacare yesterday. Then again there is nothing genuine about Chuck Schumer except that he genuinely wants to become the next Senate Majority Leader.

During a speech yesterday to the National Press Club, Schumer said that reforming health care was "a focus on the wrong problem." Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau responded on Twitter, "Funny, I don't remember Chuck Schumer giving that advice when he was privately and publicly championing the Affordable Care Act in 2010." I can understand Favreau's anger, but does he honestly expect Schumer to stay with a sinking ship?

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Obama, “A More Representative Police Force” & The First 48

By on 11.25.14 | 9:32PM

President Obama has now twice made remarks concerning the grand jury verdict in Ferguson, Missouri. He first made remarks last night at the White House and again earlier this evening during a speech in Chicago concerning immigration.

On both occasions, Obama has spoken about having "more representative police forces". Last night he said, "That means working with law enforcement officials to make sure their ranks are representative of the communities they serve." This evening he said, "We know that when we have a police force that is representative of the communities its serving, that makes a difference."

I know President Obama likes to watch House of Cards. Does he ever watch The First 48?

For the past decade, The First 48 has aired on A&E. It is a behind the scenes look at how various police forces across the U.S. handle homicide investigations from the moment they are summoned to the scene. The term "the first 48" refers to how murders are less likely to be solved if they are not closed within the first 48 hours.

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Prepare for Thanksgiving: How to Head Off Your Liberal Relatives

By on 11.25.14 | 4:30PM

Look, I think the last thing you should talk about at Thanksgiving is politics. There's too much food, too much alcohol, too much football-related disappointment, and generally, far too many relatives you'd rather not see let alone be related to by blood. But in anticipation of the dinner table conversation turning to (what else?) the national healthcare program known as Obamacare, liberal website Think Progress has released a set of talking points designed to silence conservative family members lest they deign to criticize our fearless leader and his signature achievement. 

No, I'm not sure they realize that releasing it this early would give people time to Google appropriate responses, but they also assume that the only person opposed to authoritarian governmental policies is somehow over the age of 120, so make of that what you will. 

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The New Republic Cries Racism in Ferguson

By on 11.25.14 | 3:21PM

Liberals are crying racism concerning the grand jury's verdict in Ferguson. Case in point: Danny Vinik of The New Republic:

The evidence itself—and the entire criminal justice system—have lost credibility in their eyes. Due to years of racist policies, Ferguson residents have lost all faith that the case would be handled fairly.

Who can blame them?

Racist policies? By whom exactly? The city of Ferguson? St. Louis County? The State of Missouri? The Obama Administration? I'm going to need a lot more than a blanket declaration that "racist policies" are responsible for Officer Darren Wilson not being indicted yesterday.

As for the case being handled fairly, many of the Ferguson protesters' idea of fairness is Darren Wilson's head on a stick.

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The Real Victim in Ferguson

By on 11.25.14 | 1:29PM

Nobody else will say it, so I will.

The evidence is clear as spring water. Michael Brown orchestrated the circumstances of his own death. He has no claim on our sympathy. He was not a victim.

Brown attacked and attempted to kill or do great bodily harm to a police officer who stopped him in relation to a robbery Brown had just committed. For his trouble, Brown was shot and killed by the officer who did nothing more or less than his duty. The blame for this unexceptional criminal event and police response should be apportioned thus: Michael Brown, 100 percent — Officer Darren Wilson, 0 percent. 

The demands that the officer be charged with a crime for protecting his own life and doing his job are outrageous. Those who make them should be condemned, not catered to. The incident does not demonstrate that something is wrong with “the system.” It does not demonstrate racism. It demonstrates that committing strong-arm robberies and attacking police officers doing their duty are really bad ideas, and are actions that can, justifiably, get you hurt or killed. So don’t do it.

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