93-Year-Old World War II Veteran Given ‘Best Christmas Present’ By Stranger At Grocery Store

Via Fox News:

A simple act of kindness by a woman at a grocery store in Florida over the weekend had a World War II veteran gushing he received the “best Christmas present” ever.

George Seney Jr. told FOX35 Orlando he was in line at a Publix in New Smyrna Beach when the woman came over to him and thanked him for his service.

“The lady on the end of the line noticed I was a World War II veteran so she comes over and thanks me for my service and gave me a big hug and said, ‘I want you to have a Merry Christmas,’ and she put something in my hand,” he said.

Seney Jr., who served in the Coast Guard during the war, realized when he looked down at his hand the woman handed him $50.

“I rolled it up and I went back to the lady, I said, ‘You made a mistake, that’s too much money.’ She says, ‘No, I want you to have a Merry Christmas,’” he told FOX35. “After I started thinking about it, I said, ‘What a gesture.’”

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Rockford, IL Neighborhood Sets Up Luminaries To Honor Local Law Enforcement

Only a matter of time until the vandals strike.

Via WIFR:

What started as a way to light up the sidewalks for the holidays has transitioned into a way one neighborhood is honoring and paying tribute to the Rockford Police.

The Rolling Green neighborhood started putting out luminaries last year to brighten up the subdivision during Christmas time, but this year they wanted to something special to pay tribute to our first responders.

Members of the Rolling Green neighborhood placed white and blue luminaries at the entrance of the subdivision. The neighborhood says it wanted to do something to honor and show the Rockford Police that they are thinking of them. The neighborhood says it hopes people who drive by the luminaries will be inspired to place some at their own homes.

“It wasn’t a one-time thing because of one incident. Our police are really going through some difficult times right now in communities all over the country and we want them to know that here, we support them,” said 8th Ward Alderwoman Karen Hoffman.

Alderwoman Hoffman says the Rolling Green neighborhood wants to continue honoring first responders and hope when police drive by they will feel loved.

The Edgewater and Churchill Grove neighborhoods also took part in the luminary tradition by placing the luminaries all along the sidewalks.

HT: American Police Beat

The Media’s Reign Of Error

Blinded by Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Via TWS:

Covering the Trump presidency has not always been the media’s finest hour, but even grading on that curve, the month of December has brought astonishing screwups. Professor and venerable political observer Walter Russell Mead tweeted on December 8, “I remember Watergate pretty well, and I don’t remember anything like this level of journalistic carelessness back then. The constant stream of ‘bombshells’ that turn into duds is doing much more to damage the media than anything Trump could manage.”

On December 1, ABC News correspondent Brian Ross went on air and made a remarkable claim. For months, the media have been furiously trying to prove collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Ross reported that former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who had just pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, was prepared to testify that President Trump had instructed him to contact Russian officials before the 2016 election, while Trump was still a candidate. If true, it would have been a gamechanger. But Ross’s claim was inaccurate. Flynn’s documented attempts to contact the Russians came after Trump was president-elect, allegedly trying to lay diplomatic groundwork for the new administration. Ross was suspended by ABC for four weeks without pay for the error.

Later that same weekend, the New York Times ran a story about Trump transition official K. T. McFarland, charging that she had lied to congressional investigators about knowledge of the Trump transition team’s contacts with Russia. The article went through four headline changes and extensive edits after it was first published, substantially softening and backing away from claims made in the original version. The first headline made a definitive claim: “McFarland Contradicted Herself on Russia Contacts, Congressional Testimony Shows.” The headline now reads “Former Aide’s Testimony on Russia Is Questioned.” The website Newsdiffs, which tracks edits of articles after publication, shows nearly the entire body of the article was rewritten. (The Times website makes no mention of the changes.)

Still in that first weekend of December, Senator Orrin Hatch criticized the excesses of federal welfare programs, saying, “I have a rough time wanting to spend billions and billions and trillions of dollars to help people who won’t help themselves.” The quote was taken wildly out of context. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough as well as journalists from Mic, Newsweek, and the Los Angeles Times reported that Hatch was directly criticizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program, with some suggesting Hatch thought children should be put to work to pay for subsidized health care. Not only was Hatch not criticizing the CHIP program, he cowrote the recent bill to extend its funding.

On December 5, Reuters and Bloomberg reported that special counsel Robert Mueller had subpoenaed Deutsche Bank account records of President Trump and family members, possibly related to business done in Russia. The report was later corrected to say Mueller was subpoenaing “people or entities close to Mr. Trump.”

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Now 5 Women Claim That Dustin Hoffman Abused Them When They Were As Young As 15

Turns out he might have been a more brilliant actor than anyone ever imagined.

Via Daily Mail:

No other Hollywood star has proved quite so brilliant at playing vulnerable, hugely sympathetic characters as Dustin Hoffman.

Be it the nervous young college graduate snared by the rapacious older woman in The Graduate, the autistic savant in Rain Man or done up in drag and batting off the attentions of lecherous men in Tootsie, he rarely takes a role that doesn’t invite audiences to root for the ‘little guy’.

Sadly, screen roles can be deceptive.

Hoffman is now cast as a predatory monster, submerged under a stream of sordid allegations of sexual misconduct.

In recent days, five women have claimed the Oscar-winning star groped and abused them when they were as young as 15 – adding their voices to previous damning accounts about his behaviour.

Hoffman, 80, has yet personally to respond, although his lawyer has dismissed the allegations as ‘defamatory falsehoods’. The stories have been piling up – and getting increasingly more damaging – since last month, when he was accused of sexually harassing a 17-year-old production assistant.

‘I am sorry,’ the actor, well-known for his liberal views, said at the time, insisting he had the ‘utmost respect for women’ and felt ‘terrible for anything I might have done’. It was not, he added, ‘reflective of who I am’. But since then more women have begged to differ, offering their own ‘reflections’ on his treatment of women.

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Eric Holder: Trump Firing Robert Mueller, Or Crippling His Investigation, Is An ‘Absolute Red Line’

Oh no, not the dreaded red line.

Via Washington Examiner:

Former Attorney General Eric Holder called a possible dismissal of special counsel Robert Mueller by President Trump an “absolute red line” that cannot be crossed.

“ABSOLUTE RED LINE: the firing of Bob Mueller or crippling the special counsel’s office. If removed or meaningfully tampered with, there must be mass, popular, peaceful support of both. The American people must be seen and heard – they will ultimately be determinative,” Holder tweeted Sunday.

The tweet comes a day after the Trump campaign sought to discredit Mueller’s investigation by sending a letter to Congress alleging members of the transition team’s Fourth Amendment rights against illegal search and seizure had been violated.

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Putin Called Trump To Thank Him For CIA Tip That Prevented Islamic Extremist Bombing In St. Petersburg

Via Daily Caller:

Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that prevented a plot to bomb St. Petersburg.

The CIA provided enough information for Russian authorities to nab a ring of suspects planning a deadly attack against the Kazan Cathedral and numerous other locations in St. Petersburg, according to the Kremlin, The Associated Press reports.

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) announced Friday that it had arrested seven suspect Islamic extremists involved in the bomb plot earlier in December.

Putin asked Trump to thank the CIA on his behalf and also added that Russian intelligence will in turn pass over any tips it might come across regarding potential threats against the United States.

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Harry Reid Had Pentagon Spend Millions Of Dollars Investigating UFOs

Harry might be a closet member of Scientology.

Via Washington Examiner:

The Defense Department’s multi-billion dollar budget allocated millions of dollars to investigate unidentified objects witnesses moving through the air, as instructed by Congress, according to a new report.

The New York Times on Saturday reported that the Pentagon set up a program in 2007 to look into reports and claims related to so-called UFOs, or unidentified flying objects, and that it was initiated by retired Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.

The program remains largely classified, but Reid acknowledged its existence in an interview.

“I’m not embarrassed or ashamed or sorry I got this thing going,” he told the Times. “I think it’s one of the good things I did in my congressional service. I’ve done something that no one has done before.”

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CNN Contributor Hilary Rosen Falsely Claims Georgetown Student Wearing Bacon-Suit Is Anti-Semitc

Hilary Rosen is scum and CNN person spreads more false information.

Via Daily Mail:

CNN political contributor Hilary Rosen has come under fire for calling a Georgetown student dressed in a bacon suit an anti-Semitic bigot.

‘Look at the guy in the “bacon suit”,’ Rosen tweeted with a photo of the student standing up dresesd in a bacon-themed onesie during the basketball game between Georgetown and Syracuse on Saturday.

‘This is a Georgetown #Hoyas fans anti-Semitic smear to the Syracuse team,’ she added in the tweet that has since been deleted off of her Twitter page.

After the game was over, Rosen also followed up that tweet with another.

‘Hey bacon-man. #Syracuse for the win. Bigots lose. Bye #Hoyas #Cuse,’ Rosen tweeted.

Once folks got wind of her tweets on Twitter, several criticized her for using ‘misinformation’ and urged her to delete her tweets.

‘He’s not a bigot. Please delete this inflammatory tweet that uses misinformation,’ one Twitter user wrote.

Another user claiming to be the bacon-suit wearing guy’s friend tweeted: ‘He wears the suit because his last name is Bacon. Don’t create your own narrative and delete this tweet.’

One person tweeted: ‘You should be extremely embarrassed by this. I hope there are repercussions for you implying someone is a racist.’

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Sen. John McCain Returns To Arizona, Will Miss Vote On GOP Tax Bill

For health reasons, McCain should resign.

Via CBS News:

Republican Sen. John McCain is returning to Arizona after spending several days in a Maryland hospital recovering from side effects from chemotherapy treatment for brain cancer, CBS News has learned.

McCain left Washington Sunday and is heading back to his home state to spend the holidays with his family. He will not be on hand for the final vote on the GOP tax passage expected for early this week. It is unclear when McCain might return to Washington.

Despite a razor-thin margin needed to pass the measure, McCain’s presence will not likely be the determining factor in the vote. Two critical senators — Bob Corker of Tennessee and Marco Rubio of Florida — announced their support for the bill last week after initially saying they would oppose earlier versions.

GOP leaders aim to hold floor votes this week, with the House expected to take up the measure first on Tuesday.

McCain, 81, has been receiving treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, since Wednesday. His son-in-law said on “Face the Nation” Sunday that McCain had been “in good spirits.”

“I’m happy to say that he’s doing well. The truth is that as anyone knows whose family has battled cancer or any significant disease that oftentimes there are side effects of treatment that you have. The senator has been through a round of chemo and he was hospitalized this week at Walter Reed,” said Ben Domenech, a conservative writer and husband of Meghan McCain.

McCain was admitted to the hospital for what his office called “normal side effects” of his cancer treatment.

A Senate Armed Services Committee hearing opened Thursday without McCain in the chairman’s seat and members of the panel unsure when he’d return to Congress.

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Wealthy NYC Elites Prepare To Flee The City Under De Blasio’s Tax Burden

Elections have consequences.

Via Daily Caller:

Wealthy New York City elites are preparing to flee the state because the Republican tax bill is going to make them face the full brunt of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Democratic state leadership’s tax rates.

“Everybody I speak to brings this up. Every NYC resident I speak to asks about the feasibility involved in doing it,” Wall Street tax expert Robert Willens told Yahoo Finance. “I’ve been doing this more than 40 years, and never heard more discussion about relocating than recently.”

Wealthy New Yorkers can currently lower their federal taxable income by more than $100,000 through a provision of the tax code known as the State and Local Tax Deduction, or SALT. The average SALT deduction in the Manhattan area is at least $60,000.

The Republican bill will cap the deduction amount at $10,000, meaning wealthy New Yorkers who currently write off expensive real estate could face an extra six figures in taxable income.

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HT: Navy Gal

Arrests Of MS-13 Members, Associates Up 83% Under Trump

Get them out of here!

Via The Daily Signal:

President Donald Trump called Friday for reforming and strictly enforcing immigration law, in light of the failed terror attack in New York and increased crime across the country committed by violent gangs.

Trump said he had directed federal law enforcement to work with local police to “destroy criminal cartels, like the savages of MS-13,” and that this year there has been a 83 percent increase in arrests of MS-13 members and associates.

MS-13 is violent transnational gang whose motto is “kill, rape, control.”

“To any member of MS-13 listening, I have a message for you: We will find you. We will arrest you. We will jail you. We will throw you the hell out of the country,” Trump said, speaking at the graduation ceremony for the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

“I mean, somehow, I like it better than jail. Jail, we have to take care of them. Who the hell wants to take care of them? … But these are killers, these are people that are sadists in many cases. We don’t want them.”

The president also called for ending sanctuary cities, localities that refuse to assist federal immigration authorities.

“Our cities should not be sanctuaries for criminals; they should be sanctuaries for Americans,” Trump said. “It is our duty to serve the hard-working citizens of our country who raise our families, cherish our values, salute our flag, and make this land our home.”

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NFL Co-Hosts ‘Social Justice’ Training For College Athletes

Showing the proper techniques for kneeling and making it rain at the strip clubs.

Via Campus Reform:

The National Football League has partnered with Morehouse College to host a three-day workshop dedicated to teaching student athletes strategies for “effective advocacy.”

The “Advocacy in Sport” workshop, which will be held in February, vows to teach students “how to develop and implement effective advocacy platforms that positively impact society.”

The workshop comes on the heel of the NFL’s recent pledge to donate $89 million dollars to social justice causes over the next seven years, a commitment that notably came in light of the protests against racial injustice seen by NFL players like Colin Kaepernick and others.

“This historic workshop is aimed at training the next generation of athletes who wish to use sport as a powerful platform for advocacy,” said Troy Vincent, the Executive Vice President of Football Operations at the NFL, in the NFL press release.

“Our partnership is designed to equip athletes as influencers and community leaders with the mechanics to develop their advocacy platform,” Vincent added.

David Wall Rice, a psychology professor at Morehouse College, took the lead on developing the upcoming training, but it was also developed in consultation with NFL athletes, social advocates, and sports administrators, the NFL says.

The NFL and Morehouse College have been in meetings since October 2016 that were convened by the RISE, a nonprofit dedicated to “harnessing the unifying power of sports to improve race relations and drive social progress.”

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GOP Lawmaker: Top FBI Officials Will Be Subpoenaed

Their time is coming.

Via Politico:

A Republican on the House judiciary committee said Saturday he’s gotten a commitment from committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) to subpoena top officials at the FBI and Justice Department in their ongoing inquiry into claims of bias against President Donald Trump.

Republicans have zeroed in on deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, top counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, FBI attorney Lisa Page, former associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie, who reportedly worked for Fusion GPS, the firm that compiled opposition research on Trump in 2016.

“Chairman Goodlatte has told us he is going to subpoena those individuals,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), in an appearance on Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”

Goodlatte’s office declined comment earlier this week when asked if he was considering issuing subpoenas to those agents.

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Study: California’s $15 Minimum Wage Will Cost State 400,000 Jobs

Mission accomplished in growing the plantation of dependency.

Via Breitbart:

California’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour could cause the state to lose 400,000 jobs, according to a study released Thursday.

The study from the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) conducted an analysis of employment trends from 1990 through 2017 and found that California’s minimum wage hike could trigger the loss of 400,000 private-sector jobs by the time it goes into effect in 2022.

“The job loss is not spread evenly. Slightly more than one-half of the job loss is projected to be in two industries: accommodation and food services, and retail trade,” the report states.

The EPI study found that for every ten percent minimum wage increase the state passed, employment declined two percent. California’s minimum wage increase had a greater impact on lower-income workers, where employment among that group decreased five percent.

The projected job losses represented 4.1 percent of employment in the 31 California counties in this study.

California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed a $15 minimum wage law in April 2016 that would increase the minimum wage in the state to $15 an hour by 2022.

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Doug Jones Breaks With Democrats, Says Trump Shouldn’t Resign Over Sex Harassment Allegations

Interesting. Of course, this is the realistic approach, especially if you don’t believe there’s anything to the claims. But Democrats are not always known for being practical.

WASHINGTON – Senator-elect Doug Jones is already breaking with some prominent Democrats by refusing to call for President Trump to step down over ongoing sexual harassment allegations.

“I don’t think that the president ought to resign at this point,” Jones (D-Ala.) told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

In his first round of Sunday show interviews since securing a stunning victory in red state Alabama over accused sexual predator Roy Moore, Jones said he doesn’t want to get bogged down in Trump’s sexual harassment allegations and would rather work on “real issues.”

“I think we need to move on and not get distracted by those issues,” Jones added. “Let’s get on with the real issues that are facing the people of this country right now.”

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Judge Rules In Favor Of California Baker Who Refused To Bake Wedding Cake For Same-Sex Couple

A black-robed social justice warrior in the 9th Circuit will overrule.

Via KGTV:

A California judge has ruled in favor of a Christian baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

The judge denied a motion for a temporary restraining order filed on Wednesday against Cathy Miller, the owner Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield, California.

The order would have forbid Miller “from selling to anyone any item they are unwilling to sell,” according to a press release sent by The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, which appeared on behalf of Miller in court on Thursday.

The release went on to say that the order wanted “to compel Miller to create wedding cakes for LGBT persons, even though doing so would violate her sincerely held religious beliefs.”

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Suicide Bombers Strike Christians Praying At Church

QUETTA, Pakistan — Two suicide bombers attacked a church in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Sunday, killing eight people and wounding 42 others, officials said.

Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister for the southwestern Baluchistan province, said hundreds of worshippers were attending services at the church ahead of Christmas. He said the attackers clashed with security forces, with one assailant killed at the entrance while the other made it inside.

Baluchistan police chief Moazzam Ansari praised the response of security forces guarding the church, saying the attacker who made it inside was wounded and unable to reach the main building. “Otherwise the loss of lives could have been much higher,” he told reporters.

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Lubbock Restaurant Defending Controversial Sign Some Are Calling Racist

Crack open a history book.

Via KCBD:

A Lubbock restaurant is defending a controversial sign that some are calling racist.

The neon sign is a caricature of an African-American man, with a porter’s cap, with the words Coon Chicken Inn written inside the mouth.

The issue came up after a person attending a company Christmas party on Wednesday night at Cook’s Garage noticed the sign hanging on the wall. The person posted the photos on Facebook and got the attention of the owners of Cook’s Garage.

Owners of the restaurant responded to the social media complaint about the sign less than 24 hours later, and their response has gone viral.

The post says “We did not put this sign up to be derogatory, racist or to offend anyone. This is part of Americana History…just like everything else hung in our collection and buildings.” The post also contains images of the sign, and other signs they have collected, which are all hanging on the walls of the restaurant.

The post goes on to say “Aunt Jemima, mammies, and lots of other black collectibles are highly sought after, as is Americana collectibles with white characters. The Coon Chicken Inn was an actual restaurant started in the 20’s. Again, we want to stress we do not intend to offend anyone, and are only preserving a part of history that should remind us all of the senselessness of racial prejudice.”

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Here’s A Look At The Final GOP Tax Bill, With Calculator To Figure Out How Much You May Save

Here’s a calculator where you can check and see what you save.

Via Daily Caller:

Republicans unveiled the final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act early Friday evening, paving the way for their first major legislative win of the 115th Congress.

GOP lawmakers are expected to pass legislation providing the largest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 31 years before the end of next week.

The $1.5 trillion tax package includes seven individual tax brackets falling at 10 percent, 12 percent, 22 percent, 24 percent, 32 percent, 35 percent and 37 percent. The plan reduces rates for the majority of Americans and small businesses, with top income earners seeing their rate drop from 39.6 percent to 37 percent.

While GOP lawmakers aimed to make the cuts permanent, the individual rate deduction is slated to expire in 2025.

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NBC Made Payment To Female Staffer After Sexual Harassment Claim Against Chris Matthews

She made him get a tingle up his leg.

Via Daily Caller:

An MSNBC spokesman confirmed Saturday the company made a separation-related payment to one of Chris Matthews employees after the woman complained about sexual harassment.

Two sources familiar with the situation told The Daily Caller that Matthews paid $40,000 to settle with an assistant producer on his show, “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” in 1999 after she accused him of harassment. An MSNBC spokesperson contested that claim to the Caller, saying the company instead paid significantly less as part of a severance package.

The woman complained to CNBC executives about Matthews making inappropriate comments and jokes about her while in the company of others.

The MSNBC spokesman said that they thoroughly reviewed the situation at the time and that Matthews received a formal reprimand. Based on people who were involved in matter, the network concluded that the comments were inappropriate and juvenile but were not intended to be taken as propositions.

The woman received separation-related compensation when she left MSNBC and has gone on to work in a number of high-profile media positions. NBC declined to comment on whether the employee left because of Matthews or whether this was the only claim in Matthews’ history at the company.

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