Obama Calls For Increased Civility In Politics…

Folks are smarter than Obama thinks.

Via The Hill:

President Obama is pushing for greater civility in politics while acknowledging the harsh rhetoric that has so far dominated political discourse in the final year of his presidency.

“My faith in the generosity and fundamental goodness of the American people is rewarded every day. But I’ll be the first to admit that the tone of our politics hasn’t gotten better, but worse,” Obama said in his weekly address taped during a visit to the Illinois State Senate and released Saturday.

“Too many people feel like the system is rigged, and their voices don’t matter. And when good people are pushed away from participating in our public life, more powerful and extreme voices will fill the void,” Obama said, emphasizing remarks he made earlier this week at the Illinois State Capitol.

“The good news is there’s also a lot we can do about this, from reducing the influence of money in our politics, to changing the way we draw congressional districts, to simply changing the way we treat each other,” the president added.

His call for unity comes amid fierce debate among those running to replace him, especially between the two Democrats vying to carry the progressive mantle.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sparred over their respective support of Obama during a debate Thursday night, with Clinton accusing Sanders of not sufficiently supporting the president.

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Sheriff Calls Out Obama’s Silence On Killing Of 8 Police Officers In 8 Days

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But Obama’s ever at the ready to comment on Mike Brown or Clock Boy Ahmed.

Where is now?

Playing golf with the boys for the weekend in Palm Springs. Very busy…
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HT: Twitchy

BREAKING: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Has Died…

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This is very bad. Scalia has been the bulwark for the protection of the Constitution, often carrying the day in 5-4 decisions. If Obama is allowed to have an appointment we are in serious difficulty.

R.I.P. to a fine constitutionalist.

Via Dallas Morning News:

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died of apparent natural causes Saturday on a luxury resort in West Texas, the San Antonio Express News reported.

Scalia, 79, was a guest at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, a resort in the Big Bend region south of Marfa, the paper reported.

According to a report, Scalia arrived at the ranch on Friday and attended a private party with about 40 people. When he did not appear for breakfast, a person associated with the ranch went to his room and found a body.

The U.S. Marshal Service, the Presidio County sheriff and the FBI were involved in the investigation.

A federal official who asked not to be named said there was no evidence of foul play and it appeared that Scalia died of natural causes.

Scalia was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan.

NJ Comic’s Movie Bit Part As Armed Bodyguard Backfires, Results In Gun Charge…

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The Second Amendment is null and void in Jersey.

Via Fox News:

A New Jersey comic isn’t laughing after a bit part in a low budget movie backfired, and saw him charged with weapons violations for packing a replica gun during a scene.

Carlo Bellario was filming scenes for an independent film in a residential neighborhood in November in a role he took on for free and the chance to be entered in the Internet Movie Database. His character was a drug dealer’s bodyguard, and Bellario toted a realistic-looking airsoft gun that was meant to fool big screen viewers one day. Well, it worked on neighbors along the Woodbridge street, who had no idea a movie was being shot and that the tough guy with a firearm was harmless, according to News 12 New Jersey. But the prop proved to be a little too realistic as residents in the neighborhood called cops leading several officers to respond.

Things got worse when Bellario learned too late that the movie’s producers had no permit to shoot the movie, much less to film with a replica gun. Bellario was handcuffed, arrested and charged with weapons possession under New Jersey’s strict gun laws, which say any weapon that fires projectile – even if it is just a pellet – is a firearm.

“Who thinks they are going to go to a set to film a scene and wind up spending the night in jail?” Bellario tells FoxNews.com. “It’s so senseless. I’m still waiting for Ashton Kutcher to jump out and tell me that I’ve been punk’d.”

He did a four-day stint in the Middlesex County Jail, where he was held on $10,000 bail. The movie’s producers backed out of their promise to pay his bond, he said.

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15% Of Latest Hillary Emails Are Classified…

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For her convenience…

Via Washington Times:

More than 15 percent of the latest batch of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails released Saturday contain classified information, with three of the messages being labeled “secret” — continuing to add to the questions surrounding her email use.

One of the messages is an extensive missive from David Satterfield, a top U.S. diplomat to Egypt, who told top officials in both the White House and State Department about negotiations in the Sinai. The entire contents of the messages are now deemed “secret,” though there is no indication they were marked as such at the time. The message was forwarded to Mrs. Clinton by top aide Jacob Sullivan.

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DOJ’s Ferguson Lawsuit Suggests Federal Abuse Of Powers…

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Ferguson is broke after losing revenue due to the riots, looting and fires.

Via Independent Sentinel:

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing the city of Ferguson, Mo., for unjust policing that violates the civil and constitutional rights of citizens, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Wednesday.

Ferguson protests and investigations were based on the now fully debunked “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” lie promoted by the White House and far-left groups. The officer shot Michael Brown in self-defense and the DOJ could find no way to charge him with a bias crime though they tried.

The FBI investigated the police department and found them in violation of civil rights laws and mandated changes according to their new national movement to put local police under federal control.

The city had asked for more money to implement the changes the federal government demanded. They say they don’t have enough money to do it. The result is the lawsuit.

The DOJ overhauled its municipal court system as well as mandating policing changes.

The DOJ lawsuit came one day after the Ferguson City Council voted to change a proposed consent decree to reform the police and courts. The council said the package, which had been negotiated between the DOJ and city officials, cost too much.

Lynch said, “There is no price for constitutional policing.” Instead of working with the council, she decided to say they rejected the deal and is suing them.

Lynch believes the deal is fair and cost effective and Ferguson has no other choice.

The lawsuit alleges a “pattern or practice of law enforcement conduct that violates the First, Fourth and 14th Amendments of the Constitution and federal civil rights laws,” Lynch said. “We intend to aggressively prosecute this case and I have no doubt that we will prevail.”

The current relationship between the federal government and states is radically different than what the Constitution allows and what the Founding Fathers intended and they never intended for local police to be controlled by the federal government. Using civil rights as an excuse doesn’t change the facts of what they are trying to do. The Michael Brown case on which this is based was a fraud.

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Backlash To Beyonce’s Super Bowl Performance Continues To Grow…

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Via Fox News:

Remember when Justin Timberlake “accidentally” ripped off Janet Jackson’s top during their Super Bowl performance?

Well the backlash from that has nothing on Beyoncé’s performance last Sunday.

Five days after Beyoncé’s Super Bowl half-time show in which dancers were clad in Black Panther inspired costumes and one dancer held up a “Justice 4 Mario Woods” sign, the controversy continues to grow. There’s an anti-Beyoncé protest rally in front of the NFL headquarters planned for Feb. 16, a Boycott Beyonce sign-up page, and a social media hashtag #boycottBeyonce that people are using when addressing the performance — from both sides of the issue.

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17-Year-Old Armed Robber Ends Up Unarmed After Arm Severed During Failed Robbery Over Pair Of Air Jordans…

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There goes his basketball scholarship.

Via NY Post:

A 17-year-old robber’s arm was severed in Brooklyn after he held up a man at gunpoint for a pair of pricey sneakers, police sources said.

Through the app Wallapop, gunman Zachary Sam and seller Philippe Pierre, 39, had arranged to meet up at 1 p.m. Friday in Canarsie, sources said.

But when Pierre showed up, asking $490 for a pair of Air Jordan 8 Retro sneakers, the teen crook pulled out a gun and demanded the kicks for free inside Pierre’s gray Honda Pilot, police sources said.

Pierre stepped on the gas pedal, but Sam, who lives nearby, jumped out of his car at the intersection of East 86th Street and Avenue M, sources said.

Instead of speeding off, Pierre turned his car around and drove after Sam, crashing into him in front of a fence.

The alleged robber’s arm was ripped off when he was pinned against the fence.

I saw a kid under a car,” said Alex Saint Fleur, a bus driver who lives across the street.

“The guy ran him over. He got out, the driver said, ‘He’s trying to rob me. He’s trying to rob me.’”

“I saw the gun on the floor,” Fleur added. “The arm was on the floor near the gun.”

Sam got out from under the car, he said, and ran inside a city bus.

“Everyone is screaming, ‘Come back, come back, your arm. You’re bleeding too much,’” Fleur said.

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Russian Prime Minister: There’s A New Cold War

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How’s that reset going?

Via USA Today:

MUNICH, Germany — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a security conference here Saturday that the world was in a new Cold War and that the West was to blame.

“NATO’s attitude toward Russia remains unfriendly and opaque, and one could go so far as to say we have slid back to a new Cold War,” Medvedev said.

“Sometimes I wonder if it is the year 2016 or 1962,” he said.

Medvedev made the comments during an appearance at the Munich Security Conference, a high-level event attended by dozens of world leaders and senior diplomats. This year’s participants include U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and many others.

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2 Baton Rouge Police Officers Listed In Stable Condition After Shooting…

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Nothing is routine while policing the community.

Via WAFB:

Officials say two Baton Rouge Police Officers were shot early Saturday morning and were rushed to the hospital. Top law enforcement officials are on the scene.

The shooting happened just after 5:30 a.m. on Fairfields and Scenic Highway, just east of I-110.

Officials say that one of the officers was responding to a disturbance call about damage to property. When the officers arrived at the scene, the officer and the suspect, identified by his Godsister as 22- year-old Calvin Smith, got into a verbal exchange before the suspect fled.

During the chase, a second officer arrived at the scene.

Officials say the chase ended at Fairfields Ave. and Scenic Hwy. where Smith went into his sister’s home and retrieved a large caliber semi-automatic assault rifle.

Smith then opened fire on the officers and the officers returned fire.

Both officers received gunshot wounds during the exchange. They were taken to a local hospital before EMS could arrive on the scene.

According to officials, one officer received a gunshot wound to the ribs. As of 9 a.m. it was said that the officer was in surgery but is listed in stable condition.

According to District Attorney Hillar Moore, the officer was wearing a bullet proof vest but was hit on the side where the vest comes together, traveled down and entered his body.

The second officer received a graze wound to the back of the head and is also listed in stable condition.

The identities of the officers have not been released at this time.

Moore says that the two police officers are lucky to be alive.

“One more inch and an officer is dead,” said Moore.

Smith, who was also shot during the exchange, was taken to a nearby hospital where his condition is unknown.

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Obama Regime Giving Illegal Aliens Smartphones

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Of course. Internet is a right…

Via Breitbart:

The government is providing some illegal immigrant families with smartphones to temporarily use as they travel throughout the United States to their “destination” cities.

GEO Care, a federal contractor, has started loaning smartphones to certain illegal immigrant families enrolled in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Family Case Management Program.

The FCMP is an alternative to detention that pairs illegal immigrants with social workers who help them get their footing in cities across the U.S. — including assisting the new arrivals with accessing housing, education, medical services and legal assistance — while they await immigration hearings.

The Obama administration has billed the program as a way to ensure the illegal immigrant families show up for their immigration hearings.

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Russia Hit 1,888 Targets In Syria In A Week; US Count? Just 16…

Video: New Russian Airstrikes against ISIS Terrorists in Syria

Russia isn’t concerned about the environmental impact of airstrikes.

BERLIN — In the seven days before the announcement early Friday that a cease-fire might go into effect in Syria in another week, Russian forces hit more than 100 times as many targets within the embattled nation as a military coalition that includes the United States.

Exactly how the cease-fire proposed at an international conference in Munich would work is still being decided. The agreement announced by Russian and U.S. officials said “a nationwide cessation of hostilities … should apply to any party currently engaged in military or paramilitary hostilities” except the Islamic State, al-Qaida’s Syrian affiliate — Jabhat al Nusra — “or other groups designated as terrorist organizations by the United Nations Security Council.”

Since Russia considers any organization attacking the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad a terrorist group, the question arises of just how its efforts might change.

And those efforts are substantial, as a weekly report by the Russian Ministry of Defense makes clear. In a report posted Thursday on its website, the ministry noted that its jets flew 510 combat sorties and hit 1,888 “terrorist objects” in Syria. The previous week’s report claimed 464 sorties that hit a total of 1,354 “terrorist objects.”

Daily reports from the U.S. military for the same period indicate a much lower level of activity: 16 targets struck in Syria. The reports also said those forces hit 91 targets in Iraq.

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Trump Threatens Cruz With A Birther Suit ‘If He Doesn’t Stop Running Negative Ads’

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If he really thinks it’s a problem, then he should sue and not leave it to others who likely don’t have standing.

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump on Friday threatened to sue Ted Cruz for “not being a natural born citizen” if the Texas senator “doesn’t clean up his act” and stop running negative ads against him.

“If @TedCruz doesn’t clean up his act, stop cheating, & doing negative ads, I have standing to sue him for not being a natural born citizen,” he tweeted.

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Valentine’s Day: Social Justice Warriors Dictate How To Celebrate It Correctly…

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A candlelight dinner with tofu didn’t make the list.

Via NRO:

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which means that Social Justice Internet is pumping out advice for how to handle this “oppressive” holiday in the most politically correct way possible.

Here are five things that the SJWs are asking you to do this year:

1. Buy your “friend with benefits” a “‘No Means No’ conversation heart ring”

“Hopefully your booty call is just as into consent as you are (if they’re not, ditch ‘em quick),” women’s website Romper advises. “This “No Means No” conversation heart ring ($12.50) is a sweet little statement piece.”

(How romantic! Buying someone a gift to remind them to not rape you!)

Just one little thing: I kind of feel like being “into consent” is not something that exists in varying degrees — after all, you either are or are not a rapist — so “is just as into consent as you are” isn’t really a thing, and whether or not you’d ever want to wear such a weird piece of jewelry has actually nothing to do with that distinction.

2. Talk about diversity before sex because that can be “an aphrodisiac of sorts.”

J.W. Wiley, the chief diversity officer for SUNY Plattsburgh and the director of the Center for Diversity, Pluralism and Inclusion, explains that “some couples like intellectual seduction before they intimately retire for the evening,” and that a great way to spice things up is to talk about how “Valentine’s Day is a day we engage in diversity.”

“All romantic scenarios are diverse realities . . . any shared moments of romance, sex, love and/or marriage involve our multiple identities,” Wiley explains. “Our ability, race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, religion, ageism and privilege all affect who we see and how we’re seen.”

Wiley insists that this kind of discussion will be “an aphrodisiac of sorts for those couples who enjoy making love to each other’s minds before they embark on a sensual anatomical adventure.”

(Because nothing sounds hotter than “sensual anatomical adventure.”)

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Trump Supporters File ‘Birther’ Suit Against Ted Cruz

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As a legal matter, they will likely be found not to have standing.

Via The Hill:

Donald Trump supporters have filed a lawsuit challenging the eligibility of one of his primary rivals, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), to run for president.

The lawsuit, filed Feb. 3 at a district court in Alabama, seeks a judgment “declaring that Rafael Edward Cruz is ineligible to qualify/run/seek and be elected to the Office of the President of the United States of America” due to his Canadian birth.

Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, to an American mother.

Several of the five plaintiffs — Sebastian Green, Shannon Duncan, Kathryn Spears, Kyle Spears and Jerry Parker — are backing Trump in the Republican primary, their attorney, Thomas Drake, told The Hill, although he said others are still undecided.

“The only thing they can agree on is Mr. Cruz is not eligible to be president,” Drake said.

The lawsuit cites Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution, which rules that “no person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of president.”

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‘Mixed-Race’ Student Defends ‘Whites Only,’ ‘Colored Only’ Signs He Posted In School Hallway, “I Did That School A Favor”…

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Segregation is being pushed by Black Lives Matter and others on college campuses.

Via EAG News:

A mixed-race student who posted segregation signs around his high school claims the messages were designed to highlight racism on campus.

“I found it kind of disturbing,” student Brandan Parmley told Fox 28, “this is 2016, not 1960s.”

Black student Demetris Gardner said he was nervous because it appeared those responsible “were trying to be racist.”

“It makes our school look like we’re racist when we’re honestly far from that,” student Adriana Jones said.

But Williams – who is of mixed race – strongly disagrees, and points to the all black school administration as evidence.

“Within my school I can hear remarks and see actions on a daily basis, but I think if you guys are going to do these things, you’re going to be racist, why do it under the table, why not blatantly put it on the walls,” he told WNDU.

Williams claims racism at Riley runs both ways.

“Just as much as black Americans don’t want an all-white corporate America, there shouldn’t be an all-black (school) leadership,” he told Fox 28.

Williams was one of three students involved with hanging the signs at Riley, and he knew there’d likely be consequences for taking a controversial stand. Aside from his suspension, school officials told the student he may be expelled, Williams said.

“I’m being punished for trying to make a social change,” he told Fox 28.

South Bend superintendent Carole Schmidt issued a statement condemning the racist signs Thursday.

“I was extremely disappointed to learn of the actions of these students today,” Schmidt wrote. “There is no place for these kinds of actions in our schools or in our community.”

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Never Together On Valentine’s Day: Michelle And Barack Exchange Treacly Videos

Michelle and Barack never spend Valentine’s Day together. He’s in Palm Springs with his golfing buddies, and she is again in Aspen with the kids.

Instead we are treated to this insufferable exchange of videos as they again indulge on our dime.

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Montana Farmers Turn To White South Africans To Fill Labor Gap…

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Free college for all will solve the manual labor crisis.

Via KRTV:

The Wall Street Journal reported in August 2015 that fruit and vegetable output is falling in the United States by more than $3 billion annually because farmers can’t keep enough workers in the fields. And that is only the beginning.

Crops rot on the vine, processing facilities are forced to cut their operating hours, family farms can’t take full advantage of their resources — all because of a persistent shortage of farm labor.

“It’s just really, really hard to find people,” said Travis Choat, owner of an irrigated farming and feedlot operation outside Terry.

He said that on average, despite offering more than $11.50 per hour, free housing, free beef and a gasoline allowance, he’s experienced a 300 percent annual turnover rate on the local people he has hired.

“We’ve offered the upper end of what we believe we can afford and still stay in business,” Choat said of his attempts to hire local employees. “We end up using day work and other things to try and get by. This is our limiting factor.”

Despite a U.S. Department of Labor report that 7.9 million Americans are available for work but remain unemployed and the average wage for farm labor jobs is now surpassing $11.60 an hour, the amount of available farm labor in the country remains in short supply.[…]

One of these is USA Farm Labor Inc.

Over the past 13 years, the North Carolina-based company has brought thousands of seasonal ag workers from South African to the United States. The single most common destination for these workers are small family farms looking for one to three people to help them get the work done — and business is booming.

“Many of our clients in North Dakota and Montana are just a husband-and-wife operation,” said Manuel Fick, chief executive officer of USA Farm Labor. “Maybe they have a son or daughter who works on the farm, or maybe their kids are going to college wanting to do something different. They’ll contact us for help getting one or two South Africans, and with that they can cope.”

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Let Them Eat Cake: Airspace In Aspen Shutdown For Michelle ‘Antoinette’ Obama

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PETA Ends Newport Winter Carnival Protest After Learning ‘Greased Pig On Ice’ Is A Man On Skates With A Pig Costume…

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PETA concerned over a pig being traumatized and victimized.

Via WMUR:

An international animal advocacy group launched a protest against a New Hampshire winter carnival event billed as a “Greased Pig on Ice,” but withdrew it after learning there’s no pig in the act — just a man on skates in a pig costume with dollar bills tied to his tail.

Steve Smith, an organizer of the 100th Newport Winter Carnival, said People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, launched its alert last week despite his reassurances that no pigs would be harmed during the Saturday event. Smith said he received about 100 emails from concerned animal lovers.

PETA spokeswoman Daphna Nachminovitch said Smith did not clarify what the event would entail. She said the updated information is excellent news for pigs.

Smith said Thursday that he assured a PETA investigator in a Feb. 5 email that no animals would be harmed during the event. The group never challenged or questioned him about it before writing a detailed email alert, he said. It talked about “subjecting these highly sensitive animals to such a chaotic and violent ordeal rife with screaming participants.” It also mentioned capturing the pigs and stuffing them into barrels.

“How can they know what we’re doing if they never even bothered to ask what we’re doing?” Smith said. “If they just asked, ‘What are your plans?’ I would have told them.”

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