With the rush of Christmas Day over...
Actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in Star Wars, has died at age 60, her daughter’s publicist says.
Fisher, known best for her role as Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars, suffered what was described by witnesses as a massive heart attack on a plane from London to Los Angeles on Dec. 23.
Family spokesman Simon Halls released a statement about Fisher’s death on behalf of her daughter, Billie Lourd, saying she will be “missed profoundly.”
It is now believed that a wing malfunction caused a Russian plane to go down two minutes after take-off:
Russian investigators looking into the crash of a military plane that crashed, killing all 92 on board, believe a fault with its wing flaps was the reason it plunged into the Black Sea, an investigative source told the Interfax news agency on Tuesday.
The plane, a Tupolev-154 belonging to the Defence Ministry, disappeared from radar screens two minutes after taking off on Sunday from Sochi in southern Russia, killing dozens of Red Army Choir singers and dancers en route to Syria to entertain Russian troops in the run-up to the New Year.
German investigators believe that a Polish truck driver was murdered well before a Tunisian terrorist plowed into a Christmas market in Berlin:
A Polish truck driver whose hijacked vehicle was used to crash into a Berlin Christmas market was shot in the head several hours before the attack and could not have attempted to foil it as previously thought, Bild newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The newspaper quoted a confidential coroners report that said driver Lukasz Urban, 37, had suffered not only knife wounds in a battle in the truck cabin but also a gun shot wound to the head some 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 hours before the 8 p.m. attack.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to deliver a speech at Pearl Harbour:
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to deliver remarks Tuesday at Pearl Harbor in a visit aimed at strengthening U.S.-Japan ties. Alongside President Barack Obama, Abe will speak some 75 years after Japan attacked the naval base in Pearl Harbor killing thousands and sparking the U.S. entry into World War II."The meeting will be an opportunity for the two leaders to review our joint efforts over the past four years to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance, including our close cooperation on a number of security, economic, and global challenges," the White House said about Abe's visit to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in statement. "The two leaders’ visit will showcase the power of reconciliation that has turned former adversaries into the closest of allies, united by common interests and shared values."Abe will be the fourth Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbor, but the first to visit the Arizona, a massive battleship that sunk after it was bombed, killing 1,177 Marines and sailors. Abe's visit is a show of reciprocation after Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, one of the Japanese cities on which the U.S. dropped a nuclear bomb in 1945.
Oh, stop being such a girl's blouse. The Obamas are insufferable cretins who no one really likes and everyone will be glad once King George the Narcissist Israel-Hater is out of office penning memoirs justifying his crappy presidency that will eventually find its way into the bargain bins at Amazon:
A former Donald Trump campaign official who wrote that he wanted to see Barack Obama dead of mad cow disease and Michelle Obama living with a gorilla in Africa now says those comments weren't meant for publication but were nevertheless "inappropriate."
Carl Paladino, a millionaire developer, one-time Republican candidate for governor and co-chairman of Trump's New York campaign, issued a statement expressing regret for the insults Tuesday, four days after their publication in the local publication Artvoice."I never intended to hurt the minority community who I spent years trying to help out of the cycle of poverty in our inner cities. To them I apologize," Paladino wrote.But in the lengthy statement, Paladino also took fresh aim at the president, calling him a "traitor to American values," and said he wouldn't resign from Buffalo's school board, which called a special meeting later in the week to discuss his comments."I don't intend to yield to the fanatics among my adversaries. I certainly am not a racist," he wrote.
Artvoice asked Carl Paladino what he wanted to see happen in 2017. Paladino responded with: “Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Herford.” He also wished for Michelle Obama to “return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe.” His comments were verified to the Buffalo News on Friday morning.
Paladino was heard on WBEN Radio explaining that his comments were written to be funny.
"It used to be called humor, okay?" said Paladino. "There was a humor at one time." ...
"This is in response to my comments published in Artvoice:
"It has nothing to do with race. That’s the typical stance of the press when they can’t otherwise defend the acts of the person being attacked.
"It’s about 2 progressive elitist ingrates who have hated their country so badly and destroyed its fabric in so many respects in 8 years.
"It’s about them diminishing the respect for their country on the world scene, surrendering its status as the protector of human rights, disgracing the memory of its veterans who gave so much.
"It’s about demeaning and weakening what was the most powerful military in the world, firing hundreds of good soldier Generals and Admirals who refused Barack’s illegal and irresponsible dictates.
"Michelle hated America before her husband won. She then enjoyed all the attention, the multi -million dollar vacations, the huge staff and other benefits. Then when Hillary lost, she and Barack realized that without Hillary, there was no one to protect the little, if any, legacy he had. That’s when Michelle came out and said there is no hope for America. Good, let her leave and go someplace she will be happy.
"As for Barack, he’s a yellow-bellied coward who left thousands to die in Syria and especially Aleppo and he gets on TV and says he feels bad he couldn’t do anything about it.
"He supported the mass migration without vetting of people from Muslim countries and the open borders, not for the people, but to expand the democratic base to a permanent majority.
"He couldn’t care less about the people. He just commuted the sentences of another 650 drug pushers responsible for selling poison to our kids.
"It’s about the middle class, silent majority, rising up to destroy the Republican and Democrat establishment in America.
"It’s about the end of an era when the people took all their information from the main street media, letting them tell us what the issues are and how to resolve those issues. People no longer trust the press.
"It’s about that fraudulent, shadow government with a lazy ass president who allowed non-Americans like Valerie Jarret to run the government on a day to day basis and order the Stand down in Benghazi and the later cover-up that does matter.
"It’s about Lois Lerner and the head of the IRS and the other criminal officials who haven’t been prosecuted or even investigated because the leaders of the progressive movement are above the law.
"It’s about the end of the progressive movement and reset of the direction of America for the next 30 years.
"It’s about a president who interfered in a presidential election for his successor so flagrantly that he called Trump unfit for office.
"It’s about a president who for 8 years did absolutely nothing for black children in our urban centers held prisoner by the cycle of poverty and illegitimate black leadership more interested in power and preserving their voting base by keeping them hungry and uneducated in the inner cities.
"And yes, it’s about a little deprecating humor which America lost for a long time. ..."
The situation in South Korea is poised to go from bad to "Oh my God! They're going to drive off of a cliff!":
Dozens of lawmakers split from the conservative ruling party and likely will try to create a party fielding outgoing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as its presidential candidate. Ban's potential rivals reacted by questioning his presidential credentials and touting their own ideas, including significant policy changes in regard with relations with nuclear-armed North Korea and allies United States and Japan.Choung Byoung-gug, one of the 29- lawmakers who left the Saenuri Party accused President Park Geun-hye's loyalists in the party's leadership of "neglecting the values of real conservatism" and "shamelessly defending the historically worst infringement of constitutional values." More Saenuri lawmakers may leave the party in the coming weeks.The split came as investigators widened their inquiry into the scandal surrounding Park, who has been accused of allowing a longtime confidante of manipulating government affairs and colluding with the friend to extort money and favours from the country's biggest companies. The investigators summoned a former presidential aide as well as the former health minister over the decision to support the merger of two Samsung affiliates.
A Chinese businessman is actually moving to the US to do business:
Overall speaking, the tax burden for manufacturers in China is 35% higher than in the U.S., Cao Dewang told China Business Network in an interview. He added that a combination of cheap land, reasonable energy prices and other incentives means that, despite higher manufacturing costs, he can still make more money by making glass in the U.S. than by exporting Chinese-made panes to the U.S. market.
A really bizarre incidence of road rage:
The violent encounter between Quebec police and an axe-throwing, machete-swinging motorist, which left an officer injured and the motorist dead, began in the middle of the night on Tuesday.
It was around 2:30 a.m. when the man refused to stop his car for police in Lévis, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, just upstream from Quebec.
It ended less than half an hour later in Sainte-Foy on the north shore, near Université Laval, after a dramatic high-speed chase that is now being investigated by Quebec’s police watchdog.
The 39-year-old man, who has not yet been publicly identified, managed to evade pursuing police cars as he crossed the Pierre Laporte bridge and even drove over spike belts designed to puncture tires. By that point, police from Lévis were joined in the pursuit by officers from Quebec City and the provincial force.
The Institute for Research on Public Policy was proposed by Pierre Eliot Trudeau in 1968. Carry on:
In the minds of Canadians, their country’s reputation on the world stage has improved under the Trudeau Liberals, according to a new poll from Nanos Research and the Institute for Research on Public Policy.
The same survey showed an increased number of respondents see federal-provincial relations improving under the Liberals compared with the previous Conservative government.
But the finding also indicates the Liberals are no better off than the Conservatives were at similar times during their mandates when it comes to whether Canada is headed in the right direction, or how well the government is performing.
One would think that if people did not go to church that they would at least watch the Charlie Brown Christmas special:
When Matthew Dowd of ABC News attempted to portray Mary and Joseph as “immigrants” who were “turned away by many,” the Twitterverse promptly swatted down the assertion from the network’s chief political analyst and mercilessly mocked his bungling butchery of the Christmas story.
Dowd, attempting to link the Biblical story of the birth of Christ to the contentious political issue of immigration, pointed to Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth in Galilee to Bethlehem in Judea. ...
As Luke 2:1-7 reveals, Mary and Joseph began their journey in Nazareth and concluded it in Bethlehem. Did these two cities exist a considerable distance apart? Sure. But Mary and Joseph weren't immigrants at all.
As the Gospel of Luke reads, "In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn."
In Dowd's effort to politicize the Christmas story and presumably issue a subtle jab at President-elect Donald Trump's immigration and refugee policies, facts didn't seem to matter -- since Mary and Joseph travelled from one city to another in the same country.
It's like Planned Parenthood enjoys scraping the bottom of the moral barrel:
Showalter writes that spurred on by videos exposing the sale of baby body parts by Planned Parenthood, the Senate Judiciary Committee dug into the matter and has now published a report outlining in detail the scope of aborted baby body parts profiteering, investigating biotech firms that were caught illegally selling tissue from aborted babies.He reports:" ‘It's all there documented, classic invoice format, the skins of a Down Syndrome baby, brains of a baby, Fedex'ed overnight priority for $120. People just don't know this is going on,’ ...
And now, the South Koreans have built a robot they believe can used for industrial or military purposes: