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12.22.2014 4:00 AM

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12.21.2014 4:00 AM

C2 Above the Fold

The slain police officers: Rafael Ramos, 40, left, and Wenjian Liu, 32. CreditNew York Police Department

Two N.Y.P.D. Officers Are Killed in Brooklyn Ambush; Suspect Commits Suicide

Two police officers sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn were shot at point-blank range and killed on Saturday afternoon by a man who, officials said, had traveled to the city from Baltimore vowing to kill officers. The suspect then committed suicide with the same gun, the authorities said.

The officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were in the car near Myrtle and Tompkins Avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant in the shadow of a tall housing project when the gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, walked up to the passenger-side window and assumed a firing stance, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said. Mr. Brinsley shot several rounds into the heads and upper bodies of the officers, who never drew their weapons, the authorities said.

Mr. Brinsley, 28, then fled down the street and onto the platform of a nearby subway station, where he killed himself as officers closed in. The police recovered a silver semiautomatic handgun, Mr. Bratton said.

De Blasio To Police: “We’re All In This Together”. Police Response? “No, We’re Not”, Turn Their Back On Him

The two officers were pronounced dead at Woodhull Hospital, where their colleagues and family members huddled tearfully.

City Council President Melissa Mark-Viverito and Mayor Bill de Blasio were less than welcome guests at the poignant gathering.

“We’re all in this together,” the mayor told grieving cops, according to a cop who was there.

“No we’re not,” one officer said tersely in response.

NYPD Officers TURN THEIR BACK TO Mayor De Blasio As He Enters Police Press Conference


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12.20.2014 4:00 AM

C2 Saturday A.M. Bulldog Edition

Obama's New Cuba Policy: Eating With Raul

Diplomacy: The White House says Cuba's Raul Castro may soon visit. If he does, it'll be an ugly blot on President Obama's record. Since when does the U.S. welcome brutal military dictators into the people's house?

Speaking to flabbergasted reporters, President Obama's spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday that the White House "wouldn't rule out a visit from President Castro," just after explaining that Obama wanted to travel to Cuba. That would be the diplomatic trade-off for an administration visit to the island, which would undoubtedly be a repeat of Obama pop-star pal Beyonce's pleasure trip last year in a miasma of 1950s Chevys, Daiquiris and Buena Vista Social Club sounds.

We've seen it all before — the left's romanticization of Castro's communist regime as vacation playland. But sorry, it's too high a price. The hard, ugly fact remains that Cuba remains one of the world's most repressive totalitarian dictatorships.

Regularly ranked at the bottom in democratic freedom and human rights surveys, more than 10% of the population has fled the island, while another 10% has literally been murdered by a regime whose military Raul Castro has led since 1959. In some cases, Raul himself personally fired the shots that killed.

Which brings up something Obama himself has noted: The Castros have ruled Cuba since before he was born. Since the late 1950s they have denied Cubans free elections, freedom to travel, freedom to think and potential for human progress.

Then there's Cuba's record against the U.S.: In 1962, the Castros cooked up the first 9/11-style attack — with 500 kilos of TNT set to blow up in subways below Macy's, Gimbel's, Bloomingdale's and Manhattan's Grand Central Station on retailers' Black Friday to maximize casualties. The plot was foiled by Hoover's FBI. Read More At Investor's Business Daily: Follow us: @IBDinvestors on Twitter | InvestorsBusinessDaily on Facebook

The Republicans' Road to Rovetown

Early November signified a bolder refutation of a political platform in Washington than any that had been seen in an election for many decades. Republicans reaped a windfall of power in Congress, granted by an energetic conservative base and large swathes of independents equally unsatisfied with Democrat leadership in recent years.

No honest spectator can deny that, just as no honest spectator can deny that central to this election were two key social and spending issues -- Obamacare and the Democrats’ proposed actions granting amnesty and the economic and social benefits of American citizenship (healthcare, education, welfare, etc.) to illegal aliens who’ve broken federal law by entering this country. Many Democrats spent the months leading up to the election distancing their campaign message from their party’s bulwark positions on these issues, and Republicans more loudly and convincingly denounced the Democrats.

Republicans are very much in more sovereign control politically at this moment, despite the fact that the numerical advantage will not be realized in Congress until early 2015. Nonetheless, they’ve spearheaded a 1,600 page, $1.1 trillion spending bill that passed both chambers of Congress, and which Barack Obama has just happily signed into law.

For context, that’s just over $300 billion more in federal spending than the $787 billion bill that Democrats spearheaded in 2009, called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. And it is even more than the initial projections of ~$900 billion that the Congressional Budget Office initially declared would be the cost of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act, aka Obamacare, which was rammed down Americans’ throats in spite of popular opposition. And in case you don’t remember, those two bills really ruffled Republicans’ feathers, if their vehemently stated policy positions and rhetoric going into November are to be believed.


On September 4th at Sen Harry Reid’s “annual energy conference, where green-tech-industry players, environmentalists, and politicians” meet to discuss their agenda, ongoing or preferred, Center for American Progress founder and White House insider John Podesta blandly presented what may be the greatest presidential power grab in American history, but the media is only getting around to telling people about it now.

National Journal now describes it as Podesta “speaking as counselor to President Obama and the main force behind one the most aggressive policy strategies this White House has deployed”.

What it does is explain precisely the type of unilateral action we’ve been seeing from Obama, now escalating even more after the 2014 mid-terms. It also indicates quite clearly there is much, much more to come. Meanwhile, establishment Republicans in Washington seem more interested in making Christmas videos and rehearsing a chorus of Kumbaya in preparation for rolling over for Obama. When steelier opponents to Obama stand up and attempt to rein in him – as both Sen Ted Cruz, Sen Mike Lee and a few others did – they are summarily denounced by both the media and the establishment Republican leaders currently in control of the GOP.

Stories Liberals Tell: How Conservatives Can Win Back the Culture



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12.19.2014 4:00 AM

C2 Daily Grind


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12.18.2014 9:00 PM

The Official C2 Late Night Chill Thread

Moraine Lake, in Alberta, Canada


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12.18.2014 4:00 AM

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12.17.2014 9:00 PM

The Official C2 Late Night Chill Thread

Chocolate Hills in the Phillipines. Taken by Anwar Nillufary [800x564]

Chocolate Hills in the Phillipines
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