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Will Obama’s $263 Million Police Body Camera Proposal Work?

By on 12.1.14 | 4:58PM

With everything else coming apart at the seams, President Obama continues his focus on Ferguson. Today, he announced a $263 million proposal to help fund 50,000 police body cameras which would be subject to congressional approval.

I suspect the incoming Republican Congress will go along with it. But I doubt they would prevent another Ferguson.

It is interesting though that the use of a police body camera was crucial in a grand jury clearing a Salt Lake City police officer named Bron Cruz (who is identified in this article as "non-white") for killing a 20-year old unarmed, white male named Dillon Taylor the same month Michael Brown was killed.

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Mariners Add Nelson Cruz

By on 12.1.14 | 4:13PM

Outfielder/DH Nelson Cruz reportedly has a new home. Cruz signed a four year, $57 million contract with the Seattle Mariners.

In 2014, Cruz led the AL in HRs with 40 and drove in a career high 108 runs in his lone season with the Baltimore Orioles and was a crucial factor in their first AL East title since 1997. Prior to this season, Cruz had spent nearly his entire MLB career with the Texas Rangers playing with two AL pennant winning teams in 2010 and 2011 and earned the ALCS MVP in 2011. His tenure in Texas came to controversial end in 2013 when he was suspended for 50 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

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Let’s Criticize President Obama, Not His Daughters

By on 12.1.14 | 2:38PM

Elizabeth Lauten will be resigning as Tennessee Republican Congressman Steve Fincher's communications director following a Facebook post in which she took aim President Obama's daughters, Sasha & Malia who looked less than amused when present when their father pardoned a turkey on Thanksgiving Day.

Lauten admonished the Obama girls to show "a little class". She also wrote "Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar." She would subsequently delete the Facebook post and issue an apology, but it wasn't enough to save her job. I do suspect this wouldn't be the case if a Democratic congressional staffer had criticized the children of a Republican President in this manner. Nevertheless, I think Lauten did a foolish thing.

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Why Obama Admin Won’t Put Turkey on State Dep’t Terrorism List

By on 12.1.14 | 9:14AM

I'm sure after Thanksgiving weekend, people are tired of turkey. But I think when it comes to U.S. foreign policy, Turkey should very much be on our minds.

Over at NRO, Daniel Pipes makes the case that the Obama Administration should considering desginating Turkey as a state sponsor of terrorism in light of intelligence from Israel indicating that Hamas has moved its foreign headquarters from Syria to Turkey.

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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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