Global Cooling: Fall Snowstorm Stalls Northeast

by Breitbart Feed on November 26, 2014

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I’m dreaming of a white — Thanksgiving? It’s not a dream, but a nightmare for travelers throughout the eastern seaboard. 

Some 40 million Americans were expected to be on the move today, heading for a hearty Thanksgiving meal. But an early Nor’easter is pounding populated areas from Virginia to Maine, making travel difficult for millions.

Airport delays ranged from three hours at Newark to 90 minutes in Philadelphia, and more than 600 flights have been cancelled entirely

Road conditions aren’t much better. The fast moving storm is dumping snow as quickly as crews can clear it, leading to innumerable fender-benders. Some areas report up to 18 inches of snow, and it’s still coming down. 

At least 20 million people are under winter storm warnings until tomorrow.




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Governor Jerry Brown has named Leondra Kruger, a former deputy assistant attorney general with the Obama administration, to replace California’s longest-serving Supreme Court justice, Joyce L. Kennard. 

Kruger is a Los Angeles native and a Democrat like Brown. The announcement came Monday, according to the Sacramento Bee. The nomination of a Democrat — the third Brown has appointed in his third term — was expected, as Brown’s intention is to move the Supreme Court further to the left. If confirmed Kruger, 38, will become the first African American justice on the court in the almost 10 years since Justice Janice Rogers Brown left the bench in 2005. 

The youngest-serving justice was Stanley Mosk, who was appointed by Jerry’s father, Governor Pat Brown, in 1964 at the age of 31.

Although Kruger’s predecessor Kennard, who retired in April, was a Republican appointee — having arrived on the judicial scene with the blessings of then-Governor Deukmejian — she bucked expectations, forging a more liberal path on the bench, as she often sided with the late liberal Justice Stanley Mosk to such a degree that the pair was nicknamed “the odd couple.”

“Leondra Kruger is a distinguished lawyer and uncommon student of the law,” Brown said in a prepared statement, notes the Bee. U.S. Attorney general Eric Holder also had choice words for Brown’s nominee, praising Kruger’s “remarkable judgement, tireless work ethic, and dedication to the highest ideals of public service.”

In 2007, Kruger was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School. She once clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court, and she has argued 12 cases for the federal government before the Supreme Court, according to the Bee.

Kruger will be joining Brown’s two previous appointees, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, 41, and Goodwin Liu, 44. She graduated from Yale Law school and completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard University. The Supreme Court position will reportedly pay $225,342 annually. 

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SKID ROW, LOS ANGELES, California — “Prayer changes things,” said Latasha Knighten, as she stood in the heart of the one of the most dangerous and destitute areas of Downtown, Los Angeles. She was one of over 30 volunteers helping to deliver an early Thanksgiving meal last week to some 300 people who wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience it otherwise. 

Individuals hailing from various walks of life, each with a different story to tell, lined up for a meal that might be considered humble by some accounts. For so many of them, the holiday season is a depressing time, as the majority of people there don’t have many family or friends. Yet, in the heart of Skid Row, there was much to be thankful for owing to the generosity of My Friends House Foundation and Fair Game food truck.

My Friends House is a 501(c)(3) non-profit human service organization that was founded by Tiffany Rose in 2008, in the belief that “no one should be deprived of the basic needs of life,” she told Breitbart News. The group seeks to help the economically disadvantaged with aid through food, clothing, toiletries, and spiritual motivation. 

Fair Game food truck was started just seven months ago by French Chef Jean-Paul Peluffo: a French native who came to America 14 years ago with over 40 years of culinary experience. Peluffo has volunteered to donate food in over 40 different countries. 

Chef Jean-Paul told Breitbart News that the meaning behind Thanksgiving is what motivated him to volunteer and donate his services on Wednesday. “I am the immigrant here… and we should give back,” he said, citing his inspiration for giving. “It is not that difficult to give something away and not expect something in return.”

A traditional Thanksgiving dinner consisting of over 300 lbs of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce was served to over 200 people. Bread, cookies, pastries, and fresh fruits were also served. 

One of the recipients was a 20-something young woman by the name of PJ who was seeking a way to get out of her situation. She was grateful for the meal and also took the opportunity to find a dress, as she sifted through the contents of several boxes of donations. “It’s difficult,” she told Breitbart News. “I am told constantly that I need to get new clothing because the stuff I have right now smells.”

She and a volunteer stood together and spoke positive affirmations and prayed for the well-being of themselves and all those on Skid Row. Prayer was certainly a powerful and omnipresent force that Wednesday.

“Be grateful and pay it forward,” said Nancy Gomez, who serves as operations manager for My Friends House. “In order to have a meaningful life, it’s important to give back… My Friend’s House Foundation is about serving those less fortunate, because everyone matters.” 

Knighten, who has worked with My Friends House for five years, referred to the help they offer the recipients of their aid as “blessings” — and rightly so. Latasha says many of the individuals who have received aid from My Friends House have been able to find themselves a shelter, room, or home. 

On each of the volunteers’ shirts was a verse from the Bible from Matthew 25:35-40. Part of it read:

35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me. 

My Friends House is on Skid Row every Wednesday, rain or shine, handing out whatever “blessings” they are able to the people who need them the most.

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Krauthammer: Dems ‘Betrothed’ to Hillary

by Breitbart Feed on November 26, 2014

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Columnist Charlies Krauthammer said that Democrats are “betrothed” to Hillary Clinton on Wednesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.”

“I think the Democrats are in such a swoon over Hillary…they are committed, they are betrothed, this marriage has already been set. I don’t think anybody’s going to give her serious trouble” he stated.

Krauthammer added that Clinton’s status as a longtime politician “works somewhat against her,” but would not be fatal because “she’s Clinton,” and was not seen as a “hack politician” like Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV).

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‘Amnesty Pond’ for Unwanted Goldfish in San Francisco

by Breitbart Feed on November 26, 2014

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San Francisco environmental organization Presidio Trust will soon create an “amnesty pond” next to the city’s Mountain Lake, a pond where merciful goldfish owners will be able to dump their pets with a clear conscience.

The creation of the amnesty pond is meant to deter people from dumping goldfish or other species of fish into neighboring Mountain Lake, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Mountain Lake was just poisoned to clear out all non-native species from the lake; according to the Chronicle, 862 fish were killed by the poison, all of them non-native. The Presidio Trust is undertaking a $12 million project, reportedly the first of its kind, to restore the lake to how it was before Europeans arrived in America.

To that end, the Presidio Trust will introduce native Western pond turtles, three-spined sticklebacks, and chorus frogs into Mountain Lake. The organization hopes that by creating the amnesty pond next to the larger body of water, people will think twice about flushing their goldfish down the toilet.

Still, as the Chronicle itself notes, the pond needs to be “well-marked,” or it will be tough to convince people to use the amnesty pond over the big, beautiful Mountain Lake for their fish disposal needs.

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On November 25, the Los Angeles City Council approved gun control measures requiring locked storage or trigger locks for guns in the home and digital tracking of ammunition sales. 

Both measures were put forward by Coucilman Paul Krekorian (D-Dist. 2), who believes rendering guns temporarily inoperable “will keep our schools and children safe.”

According to CBS Los Angeles, the gun storage requirement is similar to one now in force in San Francisco–one that has thus far survived the scrutiny of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

The ammunition records requirement passed the Council by a vote of “11-0.” 

The new requirement will do away with current paper record requirements and provide digitized records of all ammunition sales in the state, allowing police to quickly access the records to determine if a “prohibited” buyer acquires ammunition.

Similar records pertaining to firearms are currently used for purposes of confiscation in California. No word on whether the digital ammunition records will be used for ammunition confiscation too.

Both gun control measures have to pass the City Council again and be approved by the Mayor before going into effect.

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On Tuesday evening, in the midst of the Ferguson protest outside the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), a group of protestors confronted a black police officer and challenged him. One young woman, who identified herself as a UCLA student and appeared to be white, demanded of the officer: “As a person of color, are you ashamed to be part of such a corrupt system?…As a black man, have you ever experienced racism?”

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

The officer answered that he had grown up in Jackson, Mississippi during the Jim Crow era. “I know racism. I can spot it,” he said. 

She was not satisfied. “Do you accept that there are covert types of racism?” she asked, citing an example of a woman clutching her purse tightly when he entered an elevator. “Racism is a structure of power,” she insisted. “You are a black man. You are kept down by your race, even if you won’t accept it.”

He threw the challenge back at her. “Think about it. There are people who don’t like me–they don’t know me–because of my uniform. Is that discrimination or not? Yes or no?” 

“That’s a bias,” she said. “Job discrimination is different. I’m talking about your race. The color of your skin…You’re a black man. You’ll never reach the same pinnacle as a white man in this system, because you are black.” Others, gathered nearby, applauded loudly.

The officer then asked the student what she did in her free time, noting that he tutored students in his community. 

“Are you helping your black community out?” she demanded. 

“It doesn’t matter what the race is,” he replied. “Yes it does!” the demonstrators shouted. 

“So I should go to a school and volunteer with all African-American kids…but all the others–the Asian, the Hispanic kids–not help them out? That’s wrong,” he replied.

“Color is color,” she insisted. 

Another demonstrator soon arrived–a 40-year-old black man, who challenged the officer to join the demonstration. 

“Once you take your badge off, you’re just like me. And they [police] will treat you as such….You are black and you will always be black. Never forget your own.” The other demonstrators applauded and whooped. 

The videographer, Bryan Hayes–who live-streamed the protests–soon moved on.

Senior Editor-at-Large Joel B. Pollak edits Breitbart California and is the author of the new ebook, Wacko Birds: The Fall (and Rise) of the Tea Party, available for Amazon Kindle.

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In a video posted to Facebook late Monday night, Creed frontman Scott Stapp confesses that he is broke and currently living in a Holiday Inn hotel.

In the 15-minute video, Stapp claims he is “under vicious attack,” and outlines a series of recent incidents that have allegedly left him “completely penniless.”

“Hey, what’s up guys, Scott here,” Stapp begins in the grainy-looking video. “I’m sure you’ve heard the many rumors and slanderous, libelous accusations over the last few weeks. You know, first I was dead, then it came out obviously that that was a hoax. Then there were rumors that I’m on drugs, and drinking, and relapsed, and in rehab… that’s also a lie, it’s not true. I’m as sober as can be.”

Stapp says his problems began eight weeks ago, after he conducted an audit of his personal and professional finances. He said the audit revealed that “a lot of money” was stolen from him, or that royalties due to him from his record label were not paid. 

“That’s when all hell began to break loose,” Stapp explained.

He said that about four or five weeks ago, the IRS froze his bank accounts “two or three times,” leaving him “completely penniless.” Stapp claims that when he contacted the IRS, he was told it was a “clerical error” and that his money would be returned in nine to ten months.

“I don’t understand how that’s fair in America,” Stapp said. “This all will be public, I’m gonna take it public, and I’m gonna expose, and I’m gonna fight every single individual that is responsible for this.”

Stapp also claims in the video that he is living at a Holiday Inn, and that he was forced to sleep in his truck for several weeks because he didn’t have any money for gas or food. Toward the end of the video, he asks for legal help to aid him in recovering his money.

“Obviously, God has a reason for this,” Stapp said. “I’m maintaining my faith, I’m trying to every day see what God is trying to teach me through this, and I’m trying to keep a positive attitude… I know He has a purpose. I believe in Jeremiah 29:11. I believe in Isaiah 44:8, that God has a purpose and a plan, and that is to give me a future and hope.”

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Garth Brooks Ditches ‘Tonight Show’ over Ferguson Unrest

by Breitbart Feed on November 26, 2014

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NEW YORK (AP) — Singer Garth Brooks has canceled a Thanksgiving appearance on NBC’s “Tonight” show because he said it “seemed distasteful” given the reaction to the decision not to prosecute Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown this summer.

NBC on Wednesday confirmed the postponement, saying Brooks was being replaced on the show by Whoopi Goldberg and Tom Colicchio.

Brooks wrote on his Facebook page that he landed in New York on the night the grand jury’s decision was announced “to the news of the civil unrest that was going on in our nation. To spend the day promoting our stuff like nothing was wrong seemed distasteful to me.”

He offered to reschedule. There was no immediate comment from his spokesperson about what other appearances were canceled.




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The federal government reinstated Oklahoma’s waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) restrictions this week, restoring the state’s flexibility to use $29 million in public school funding.

The restoration of the waiver comes following a battle between the U.S. Department of Education (USED) and Oklahoma, in the wake of the state’s repeal of the Common Core standards and new law that returned its public schools to its former PASS standards.

As Breitbart News reported in August, USED essentially punished the state for its repeal of the controversial Common Core, making it the second state — after Indiana — to lose its waiver from the burdensome NCLB federal law. Since, save for a few tweaks, Indiana merely “rebranded” the Common Core as its own standards, its waiver was extended for one year.

The battle over the Oklahoma waiver underscores the stronghold the federal government now has over states since their adoption of the Common Core standards. Though proponents of the nationalized education initiative have asserted the standards are “voluntary” and “state-led,” states that adopted “college- and career-ready standards” in math and English Language Arts that are “common to a significant number of states” or “certified by a state network of institutions of higher education” avoided NCLB requirements.

As Fox News notes, Oklahoma officials filed a 139-page appeal with USED, in which they demonstrated their PASS standards were able to serve as a substitute for the Common Core standards.

USED spokeswoman Dorie Nolt, however, said, “Oklahoma was unable to demonstrate that its students are learning high standards this year, which the state committed to do under its ESEA [NCLB] flexibility request.”

Nevertheless, USED granted the waiver to the Sooner State on Monday.

Gov. Mary Fallin (R), who, despite serving as chairperson of the National Governors Association, one of the copyright owners of the Common Core Standards, signed her state’s repeal measure in June, issued a statement regarding the restoration of the state’s NCLB waiver.

“The Oklahoma State Department of Education and Oklahoma schools should be afforded the maximum amount of flexibility when using federal dollars,” Fallin said. “Restoring Oklahoma’s NCLB waiver is the correct decision and will help us get more money in the classroom.”

Regarding the restoration of the waiver, Oklahoma State Rep. Jason Nelson (R) said in a statement, “The U.S. Department of Education had only one choice – restore Oklahoma’s NCLB flexibility waiver. With certification by the State Regents for Higher Education in mid-October that the PASS standards are college- and career-ready, the department had to reverse course.”

“The truth is, the waiver should have been restored prior to the mid-term elections,” Nelson continued. “The waiver process is unnecessarily political, as were the erroneous claims made by groups like the OEA and Stand for Children.”

“I’m pleased that we’ve not governed based on political sound bites from education special interest groups that are busy spreading misinformation and fear,” he added. “That clearly would have been the wrong course in this instance, and I don’t believe it has served the children of Oklahoma well before now.”

Since the Common Core standards were repealed in Oklahoma, Nelson has maintained that special interest groups that support the standards have fueled the fear that the state had lost federal education funding.

“As I have stated from the start, federal education funding in Oklahoma has not been at risk,” he said, and added:

Sound leadership in the Legislature has resulted in a comprehensive review and certification of our PASS Standards and a new, permanent process to create new standards that includes the three legs of our state’s education stool: common education, career technology education and higher education. This should have been done decades ago.

Jenni White, parent organizer of Restore Oklahoma Public Education (R.O.P.E.), wrote at her group’s Facebook page, “It just galls me that our Oklahoma leadership will say — almost in a single breath — how they detest federal government intervention in Oklahoma education, but then laud the return of our waiver!” 

“How does getting a federal waiver from mandates Oklahoma should not have to follow (according to the Constitution) in the first place constitute getting ‘…the federal government’s politics’ out of the way?” White asked. “The entire federal education ‘reform’ agenda is NOTHING BUT politics.”

“Parents should be mortified, frankly, at the education ‘reform’ measures being thrust upon our state from on high,” she added. “School administrators and state leaders may be happy Oklahoma was issued a pass to go back under control of the federal government, but parents and students cannot possibly be.”




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