Obama: Afghanistan ‘Is Not Going To Be A Source Of Terrorist Attacks Again’

Really? And how in the world would Obama know that?

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama marked the end of more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan by paying tribute to America’s military, telling troops on Christmas Day that their sacrifices have allowed for a more peaceful, prosperous world to emerge out of the ashes of 9/11.

At an oceanfront Marine Corps base in Hawaii, Obama told troops that while tough challenges remain for the U.S. military in hotspots like Iraq and West Africa, the world as a whole is better off because American troops put country first and served with distinction. He said Americans and their president could not be more thankful.

“Because of the extraordinary service of the men and women in the American armed forces, Afghanistan has a chance to rebuild its own country,” Obama said to applause from Marines and their families. “We are safer. It’s not going to be a source of terrorist attacks again.”

Special Report panel: "Foolish"....

"I'm certain that at the White House, when he said that,  his advisers all cringed because it's a very foolish thing to say"



PHOTO & VIDEO: Anti De Blasio Banner Flies Over NYC


This banner flew over the Hudson River for everybody to see--

It was the work of about 200 current and former NYPD officers of various ranks.

The bad blood between NYPD cops and Mayor de Blasio became an air war Friday.

A plane trailing a banner reading "DE BLASIO, OUR BACKS HAVE TURNED TO YOU" flew over the Hudson River in a show of disdain for the mayor after two officers were executed in their squad car in Brooklyn last Saturday.

Ashley Chalmers, head of Jersey Shore Aerial Advertising, told the Daily News the people who paid for the message "want to remain anonymous."

But former cop John Cardillo blogged that a "large and unified group of current and retired NYC police officers, detectives, & supervisors" asked him to post a lengthy statement about the plane once it was in sight over the city shortly before 9 a.m.

"We are outraged by the mayor's incendiary rhetoric, and for facilitating the current hostile climate towards the NYPD. We understand that the department and even our own unions can only go so far in their public condemnation of the mayor as to not irreparably damage the working relationship with the city, or future contract negotiations," the statement read. (NYDN)

Here is video-
Plane is almost directly over the person recording-


ISIS Appointed Governor of Mosul Killed in U.S. Airstrike

Hassan Saeed Al-Jabouri is the second ISIS-appointed governor to be killed in the extremist stronghold in December


CNN Reported:
The latest ISIS-appointed governor of Mosul was killed in coalition airstrikes on Thursday, according to Iraqi police.

Hassan Hassan Saeed Al-Jabouri, also known as Abu Taluut, was killed 18 miles south of Mosul in the village of Qayyara, according to Maj. Gen. Watheq Al-Hamdani, a senior regional Iraqi police commander who is leading the government's efforts to retake Mosul from ISIS.

Jabouri is the second ISIS-appointed governor of Mosul killed by airstrikes and had been in office for less than 25 days.

Earlier this month, U.S. airstrikes killed one of his predecessors, Radwan Taleb Al-Hamdouni, according to U.S. security officials.

Mosul is a key stronghold for ISIS fighters and was taken from Iraqi forces earlier this year. The Pentagon said that it has a strategy to retake the city beginning in January.

Meanwhile, more than 100 people were injured or killed in six airstrikes by Syrian forces on the ISIS held city of al-Bab and the town of Qbasin in the northeast of Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Protesters in Oakland Celebrate Christmas By Smashing Store Windows, Setting Fire to Dumpsters

 KGO Reported:  "Almost every window smashed"
OAKLAND-- A protest march targeting police shootings was held in downtown Oakland Thursday night.

The "No Time Off" march started at around 5 p.m. at 14th Street and Broadway drawing a crowd of a few dozen people. They began to move just after 6 p.m. and walked down the middle of the street, inconveniencing a few cars and AC transit buses.

Oakland police kept their distance as the Christmas night protesters circled the downtown area, but officers soon found themselves responding to reports of vandalism.

Almost every window at the BevMo and Subway sandwich shop on Embarcadero West were smashed. Lights and ornaments were torn off the Christmas tree at Jack London Square. A dumpster was set on fire at Broadway and Fourth Street. A person with his face covered was spotted tagging the window of a restaurant


Turkish Teen Arrested, Could Face 4 Years In Prison For Insulting President Erdogan

16-year-old criticized corruption in the Erdogan government

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish media reports say a teenager was taken away from his school and detained by police for allegedly insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Hurriyet newspaper says the 16-year-old high-school student, identified only by his initials M.E.A., was arrested Wednesday in the central city of Konya for making a speech at a student protest a day earlier.

The boy reportedly said Erdogan was regarded as the "thieving owner of the illegal palace" in reference to a government corruption scandal as well as a controversial 1,150-room new palace Erdogan inaugurated in October.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu defended the arrest Thursday saying: "the presidential office needs to be shown respect."

The boy could face up to four years in prison if convicted of insulting the president


Former President George H.W. Bush to Stay in Hospital a 3rd Night

Bush spends another night at Houston Methodist


Despite having “another terrific day,” former President George H.W. Bush will spend a third night in a Texas hospital, his office announced on Christmas.

Bush, 90, is the nation’s oldest former president. His office said Tuesday night that he was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital “as a precaution” after experiencing shortness of breath.

The 41st president “is in great spirits” and wishes everyone a merry Christmas, his office said in a statement Thursday. He received visits from his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, and from his son and daughter-in-law Neil and Maria Bush, it said.

This isn’t the first time Bush has been hospitalized over Christmas. In November 2012, he went to Houston Methodist with a persistent cough. He developed a fever and stayed nearly two months.

Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Thursday that the 90-year-old Bush remained at Houston Methodist Hospital. McGrath said Bush is "still doing well," but did not offer details.


49% Think U.S. Should Lift Cuba Embargo

Obama last week made a decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, but the Cuban embargo can only be lifted by Congress.

That is not going to happen.


Following President Obama's announcement last week of a plan to “normalize” relations with Cuba, voters more than ever think the United States should lift the economic embargo it imposed on the Communist country 54 years ago.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters think the United States should lift the embargo that was put in place during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations.

Twenty-eight percent (28%) disagree, but 23% are not sure. In the past, voters were much more divided over lifting the embargo.


Video- LeBron James Cheered As He Returns to Miami For Christmas Day Game

Lebron's name called

LeBron greets Dwyane Wade, other Heat players
Announcer: Miami 'classy' on how they've reacted to losing Lebron

Cavs come up short--

MIAMI (Reuters) - The Miami Heat got the better of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 101-91 victory in the Christmas Day return of the two-time NBA champion to his former team.

James, who was given a warm welcome by Miami fans, scored 30 points on nine of 16 shooting, with eight assists and four turnovers.

Miami, without the injured Chris Bosh, started and finished the game well, with Dwyane Wade scoring 31 points, 24 of them in the first half, and Luol Deng putting up 25.

There were a few boos mixed in with cheers and applause when James's name was announced before the opening tip-off but the true sentiment of the crowd was evident after a first quarter time-out when the Heat showed a highlight reel of his achievements during his four years in Miami.

The crowd stood to applaud and James acknowledged the appreciation by waving to all four sides of the court.


Obama Dons A TIARA In Christmas Photograph

White House photographer Pete Souza shared a snap of President Obama wearing a tiara surrounded by a Girl Scout troop from Oklahoma

Apparently only Girl Scouts can get President Obama to break one of his cardinal rules.

Chief White House photographer Pete Souza posted a photo to Instagram today showing the president donning a tiara alongside a group of Girl Scouts from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The photo, from the annual White House Science Fair, was taken in May.

Souza wrote that the girls convinced President Obama to wear the tiara for the group photo, something members of the Navy football team were unable to do in April with different headdress.

Navy presented Obama with a custom-fit helmet but he declined to try it on.

“Here’s the general rule: You don’t put stuff on your head if you’re president,” Obama said at the time. “That’s politics 101. You never look good wearing something on your head."



ISIS Shoots Coalition F-16 in Syria, Takes Pilot From Jordan Captive

A still image released by the Islamic State group's branch in Raqa on jihadist websites on Dec 24, 2014, purportedly shows a Jordanian pilot (center) captured by IS group's fighters after they shot down a warplane from the US-led coalition with an anti-aircraft missile near Raqa city (PHOTO: AFP PHOTO/ HO/ WELAYAT RAQA)

BEIRUT (Reuters, AFP) - Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters took a Jordanian pilot captive after his warplane was downed in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, the first captive taken from the US-led coalition battling the extremist group.

Jordan’s armed forces said one of its pilots had been captured after his plane fell during an air raid over the northeastern Syrian province of Raqqa on Wednesday. “Jordan holds the group (ISIS) and its supporters responsible for the safety of the pilot and his life,” an army statement read on state television said. It did not say whether the plane was shot down.

The extremists claimed to have shot down the warplane with a heat-seeking missile.

ISIS social media accounts published pictures purportedly of the warplane’s pilot. The images were verified by two relatives contacted by Reuters who said they had been notified by the head of the Jordanian air force.

The pilot was First Lieutenant Muath al-Kasaesbeh, aged 27. The army separately confirmed his name.

A friend said Kasaesbeh, who is from a prominent Jordanian family, was fervent in his commitment to his mission and felt it was a religious duty to fight extremist groups such as Islamic State that were “distorting the true spirit of Islam”

Video report--


Rush Blasts Mayor De Blasio: "He Doesn't Have the Slightest Idea How to Responsibly Run That Office"

"In his heart, he's an agitator. In his heart, he's a low-rent community organizer" -Rush



Dude Ends Up In Intensive Care After Chugging Quart of Eggnog in 12 Seconds At Office Christmas Party (Video)

Won a $50 gift card but it almost cost him his life

ABC News
Utah man was rushed to the hospital after he chugged a quart of eggnog in 12 seconds during a contest at an office holiday party, he said.

"Everyone knows I'm pretty competitive," Ryan Roche of Lehi, Utah, told ABC News today, explaining how his colleagues talked him into participating just as he was leaving the party with his family earlier this month.

Roche, 33, said he shaved 10 seconds off the previous best time of 22 seconds that day, earning him bragging rights and a $50 gift certificate to Ruth's Chris Steak House. But the glory was short-lived: Later, at home, he started to feel sick.

"Two hours later I was laying on the couch, shaking uncontrollably, nauseous, having fevers and panting," said Roche, who works in sales.

His friend took him to the hospital while his wife stayed home with their three children.

In Roche's case, the eggnog may have literally gone down the wrong pipe, Dr. Robert Schilz of University Hospitals in Cleveland explained. The eggnog, which was booze-free, may have crept into Roche's windpipe, triggering pneumonia.

Roche spent a full day in the ICU and two more days recovering at the hospital.
Video from KSL shows the man chugging the eggnog and what happened after-
The eggnog in his lungs started an infection