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  • As police are being murdered, this powerful video couldn’t be more appropriate
    Posted December 21, 2014 at 10:06 am by Mike Opelka

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    Radio legend Paul Harvey lost his father when he was just three years old. The elder Harvey was a cop, killed in the line of duty.

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    Harvey knew what he was talking about in 1970 when he penned a powerful newspaper column called “What Are Policemen Made Of?”

    Of course, Paul Harvey also recorded the piece for his radio audience under the title, “The Policeman.” It has been shared thousands of times.

    Considering the events of Saturday, December 20, it seems appropriate to share it with TheBlaze audience.

    “The Policeman”

    A policeman is a composite of what all men are, mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity.

    What that really means is that they are exceptional, they are unusual, they are not commonplace. Buried under the froth is the fact: and the fact is, less than one-half of one percent of policemen misfit the uniform. And that is a better average than you would find among clergymen!

    What is a policeman? He, of all men, is at once the most needed and the most wanted. A strangely nameless creature who is “sir” to his face and “pig” or worse to his back.

    He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won.

    But…If the policeman is neat, he is conceited; If he’s careless, he’s a bum. If he’s pleasant, he’s a flirt; If he’s not, he’s a grouch.

    He must make instant decisions which would require months for a lawyer.

    But…if he hurries, he’s careless; If he’s deliberate, he’s lazy. He must be first to an accident, infallible with a diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp.

    The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn’t hurt. He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being “brutal.” If you hit him…he’s a coward. If he hits you…he’s a bully.

    The policeman, from a single human hair, must be able to describe the crime, the weapon, the criminal and tell you where the criminal is hiding. But…if he catches the criminal, he’s lucky; if he doesn’t, he is a dunce.

    He runs files and writes reports until his eyes ache, to build a case against some felon who will get “dealed out” by a shameless shamus.

    The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman.

    And of course, he’ll have to be a genius…for he will have to feed a family on a policeman’s salary.

    You can find the original newspaper column, “What Are Policemen Made Of?” from 1970 in Mansfield and Holland’s, “Paul Harvey’s America.”

    (H/T: FoxNews.com)

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  • The Colder War: 10 key principles to Vladimir Putin’s grand strategy for Russia
    Posted December 19, 2014 at 10:26 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    With the collapsing value of the ruble and major drop in oil prices in recent months, these have been trying times for Vladimir Putin.

    But one global energy expert believes that such hardships will not stop the authoritarian leader of Russia from pursuing his long-term goal of dominating the world’s most crucial natural resources — namely oil, gas and uranium — and using such resources as a key point of leverage against those who might cross her, while working to subvert the petrodollar in a crushing blow to the United States.

    Marin Katusa, chief energy investment strategist at Casey Research and author of the recently released New York Times bestseller “The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped from America’s Grasp,” expounded upon Putin’s grand strategy, developed in the wake of the fall of the Soviet Union, in a recent interview with TheBlaze Books [Facebook, Twitter].

    As Katusa explains, there are 10 major values and principles that underlie Putin’s push to return Russia to prominence as a dominant world power:

    1. Russia must be secure against attack and intimidation.

    2. The country with the greatest material ability for intimidating or attacking Russia is the United States.

    3. For the sake of security, countries bordering Russia must serve as buffers against the West; that is, they cannot be aligned with the United States.

    4. Russia should be prosperous–for the sake of prosperity itself, as a necessary element in achieving security, and for Putin’s personal political survival.

    5. Development of natural resources, especially energy, is Russia’s clearest path to prosperity.

    6. In addition to paying the bills for security (chiefly military expenditures), energy exports support Russia’s security by drawing customer countries into quasi-dependence, disposing them to defer to Russia in international matters. Quasi-dependence is especially desirable in countries that border Russia or are near it.

    7. Russian dominance in energy-related industries–refining, processing, shipping–reinforces quasi-dependence at least for some countries. It gives Russia the power to withhold a needed service from a target country or from the country’s other suppliers of oil, gas, or uranium.

    8. Speedy development of energy resources requires outside capital and technology, so foreign partners are welcome. But because energy production is part of a strategy for security, energy industries must be under the control of the Russian government.

    9. Russia’s position as an energy exporter implies that disruption of energy production anywhere outside of Russia works to Russia’s advantage. In particular, turmoil in the Middle East is always to Russia’s advantage or can be turned to it.

    10. Because the United States is the country with the greatest ability to intimidate or attack Russia, anything that weakens the United States leaves Russia more secure. On that principle, Russia should subvert the dollar’s position as the world’s reserve currency, and for that purpose should subvert the petrodollar system.

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    During our in-depth interview, Katusa spoke in depth about just how Putin was applying these principles today, as well as a host of other topics including:

    • Why Katusa believes “We’re at the calm before the storm”
    • Why the demise of the ruble is not an unmitigated failure for the Russians
    • How OPEC is at war with not just Russia but North American shale
    • How the new Cold War differs from the old one
    • Whether or not Putin is driven by ideology
    • The size and scope of Russia’s vast natural resource supply
    • Everything you need to know about the petrodollar
    • What the fall of the petrodollar would mean for the average American
    • Whether America’s advance in fracking poses a threat to Russia
    • The power of Russia’s Rosneft, the world’s largest publicly traded oil producer in the world, and the making and undoing of Russia’s oligarchs
    • How America can defend against Russia, and what individuals can do to protect themselves

    If you appreciate interviews like these, be sure to check out TheBlaze Books’ top 15 must-listen interviews of 2014.

     

    Note: The links to the book in this post will give you an option to elect to donate a percentage of the proceeds from the sale to a charity of your choice. Mercury One, the charity founded by TheBlaze’s Glenn Beck, is one of the options. Donations to Mercury One go towards efforts such as disaster relief, support for education, support for Israel and support for veterans and our military. You can read more about Amazon Smile and Mercury One here.

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  • Read the curious phrasing the State Dept. used to recognize International Migrants Day
    Posted December 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm by Zach Noble

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    Uncle Sam endorsing border-crossing — without a legal caveat?

    On Thursday, in honor of International Migrants Day, the State Department tweeted out a statement from spokesperson Jen Psaki praising immigrants.

    The specific group the tweet “recognize[d]“: “people who cross borders.”

    A few people on Twitter noted the curious phrasing…

    …and called on the State Department to protect the U.S. border.

    Of course, many others on Twitter were issuing praise for immigrants worldwide Thursday.

    Read Psaki’s full statement below:

    On International Migrants Day we recognize the millions of people around the world who cross borders in search of a better life and we celebrate their contributions. But this year it is also a day to mourn the thousands whose journeys began in desperation and hope but ended in death.

    This year, nearly 5,000 migrants lost their lives, crossing parched deserts, remote mountains, and treacherous seas – twice as many as last year. Deaths at sea surged as record numbers attempted to make it from North Africa to Europe. More than 3,000 migrants drowned when overcrowded, unseaworthy boats capsized or sank in the Mediterranean Sea. The danger is not going away. Poverty, hunger, and brutal wars like the one raging in Syria will continue to drive the exodus. Globally, more people are now forcibly displaced than at any other time since World War II. There are no simple solutions. Opportunities for safe, legal, and orderly migration are limited. The sordid business of human smuggling and trafficking is flourishing – and becoming more institutionalized and profitable. Responding to irregular migration may be politically and logistically difficult, and even migrants traveling legally may face harassment, discrimination, and abuse. But our priority is and must be saving lives.

    The United States works bilaterally and multilaterally with the international community to make migration safer and the control of borders more humane. When unprecedented numbers of unaccompanied children risked their lives traveling from Central America to the United States this year, we began new initiatives with Central American governments to address the root causes of this challenge, publicize the hazards, strengthen protection programs, and create safe, legal alternatives for children seeking to join their parents in the United States. Hardship and hopelessness prompt far too many people to forsake their homes and venture into harm’s way. As long as this is the case, migrants need our compassion. Their lives may depend on it.

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  • The government wrote a story for BuzzFeed and it totally didn’t break the Internet
    Posted December 18, 2014 at 9:22 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The U.S. Department of Transportation tried it’s hand at a hip, funny article for BuzzFeed about how to drive safely during the holidays — and it totally failed to break the Internet or even get any attention at all.

    The department’s list of 10 ways to make holiday travel safer and easier had all the BuzzFeed trappings. A list of 10 things, snappy headlines, lots of pictures, even a few Will Ferrell references.

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  • The White House statement on Cuba that nobody believes
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The White House insisted Wednesday that its decision to give Cuba three of its spies back had nothing to do with Cuba’s decision to return Alan Gross back to the United States — a claim that was rejected as baloney by members of Congress, and was also revealed as untrue by the White House’s own spokesman.

    Gross had been held prisoner in Cuba for years, and while Congress pushed the Obama administration to negotiate his release, members were careful to warn against swapping the three spies to win Gross’s return.

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    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the simultaneous release of Alan Gross and three Cuban spies was unrelated… sort of.
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  • A reminder about life in Communist Cuba under the Castro regime, from a former political prisoner of 22 years
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 3:43 pm by Benjamin Weingarten

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    In light of the news regarding the release of Alan Gross and America’s re-opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba, we thought it useful to provide some insight into what life has been like under the Communist Castro regime in the decades since the island’s 1959 revolution.

    The horrors of the Cuban system are perhaps best illustrated in Armando Valladares‘ “Against All Hope: A Memoir of Life in Castro’s Gulag,” which was published in 1986.

    US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, in the rain for a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela, Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013. The handshake between the leaders of the two Cold War enemies came during a ceremony that's focused on Mandela's legacy of reconciliation. (AP Photo)

    US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, in the rain for a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela, Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013. The handshake between the leaders of the two Cold War enemies came during a ceremony that’s focused on Mandela’s legacy of reconciliation. (AP Photo) 

    First, a note of warning: For those made squeamish by the contents of the recently released so-called “torture report” from the Senate Intelligence Committee, you will likely not be able to make it through this book, describing Valladares’ experiences as a political prisoner, or “enemy of the regime,” for 22 years from 1960 to 1982.

    Here is the conclusion of “Against All Hope,” describing Valladares’ thoughts the day he was set free:

    The hour of my departure arrived. The procession of several cars headed down Rancho Boyeros Avenue toward José Martí International Airport. The plane was scheduled for seven in the evening. The setting sun dyed the afternoon pomegranate-red. My heart sent up a hymn of thanks to God, and I prayed for my family, who hadn’t been allowed to come to say goodbye, and for my friends remaining behind in the eternal night of the Cuban political prisons.

    As the cars sped along, a flood of memories rushed over me. Twenty-two years in jail. I recalled the two sergeants, Porfirio and Matanzas, plunging their bayonets into Ernesto Díaz Madruga’s body; Roberto López Chávez dying in a cell, calling for water, the guards urinating over his face and in his gasping mouth; Boitel, denied water too, after more than fifty days on hunger strike, because Castro wanted him dead; Clara, Boitel’s poor mother, beaten by Lieutenant Abad in a Political Police station just because she wanted to find out where her son was buried. I remembered Carrión, shot in the leg, telling Jagüey not to shoot, and Jagüey mercilessly, heartlessly, shooting him in the back; the officers who threatened family members if they cried at a funeral.

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  • The federal government has a recipe for a healthy winter snack
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 3:01 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Obama administration’s Department of Agriculture on Tuesday wrote a detailed blog post about how people can make winter-themed snacks for their kids out of fruits, vegetables and other healthy snacks.

    USDA’s advice leaves nothing to chance, and warns first: “Before getting started, be sure to wash your hands.”

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    USDA says you can use these common household items to make a winter-themed snack.
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  • Cuban-American senators blast Obama’s decision to swap Cuban spies for American aide worker
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 11:36 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Cuban-American senators from opposing political parties both had harsh words Wednesday for President Barack Obama’s decision to trade three convicted Cuban spies for an American held prisoner in Cuba for the last five years.

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), whose parents emigrated from Cuba, blasted Obama for being “the worst negotiator that we’ve had as president… maybe in the modern history of the country.” Rubio made those comments on Fox News.

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    Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) both blasted President Obama’s decision to swap prisoners with Cuba and ease sanctions against the island nation.
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    Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), another son of Cuban immigrants, said Obama set a dangerous precedent by trading three convicted Cuban spies for one U.S. aid worker.

    “President Obama’s actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government,” Menendez said. “There is no equivalence between an international aid worker and convicted spies who were found guilty of conspiracy to commit espionage against our nation.”

    The administration told reporters Wednesday morning that it agreed to give back three Cuban spies who were convicted in 2011. In return, Cuba released Alan Gross, an aid worker held by Cuba since 2009, plus another U.S. intelligence official.

    But Rubio said the swap amounted to Obama’s latest effort to coddle dictators.

    “They’ve created no economic openings, no concessions on freedom of speech, no concessions on elections, no alternative political parties,” Rubio said of Cuba. “The idea that this leads to democratic opening is absurd, but it is par for the course for an administration possibly giving away unilateral concessions for Iran or Cuba in exchange for nothing.”

    Comments from Rubio and Menendez are similar to those other members of Congress made when Obama agreed to swap three Guantanamo Bay detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who many said deserted his post. At the time, many said that exchange showed Obama was more interested in emptying Guantanamo Bay than structuring equivalent prisoner exchanges.

    Regarding the new swap, Menendez noted that one of the Cuban spies released by Obama was convicted for his role in the shoot-down of two U.S. civilian planes in 1996, which killed Americans. But he also said the move gives leverage to countries by letting them take innocent Americans hostage in the hopes of swapping them for their spies.

    “It invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips,” he said. “I fear that today’s actions will put at risk the thousands of Americans that work overseas to support civil society, advocate for access to information, provide humanitarian services, and promote democratic reforms.”

    “This asymmetrical trade will invite further belligerence toward Cuba’s opposition movement and the hardening of the government’s dictatorial hold on its people,” he said. “Let us all remind ourselves that an untold number of ordinary people yearning for democracy remain imprisoned by the exact same tormentors that have punished Alan Gross and they, along with all Cubans, deserve a free and liberated Cuba.”

    Obama was scheduled to talk about his prisoner exchange with Cuba Wednesday at noon, as well as his plans to reach out to Cuba diplomatically and economically — moves that are already raising questions about how he should proceed.

    But Obama’s move was also being welcomed by other senators who flew back from Cuba with Gross. Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) joined Gross on his return trip, along with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).

    “Those who cling to a failed policy that did nothing to help Alan Gross, and who may oppose the president’s actions, have nothing to offer but more of the same,” Leahy said. “That would serve neither the interests of the United States and its people, nor of the Cuban people. It is time for a change.”

  • 5 questions raised by Obama’s action on Cuba
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 10:53 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Obama administration’s announcement that Alan Gross has been freed after five years of imprisonment in Cuba, and its plans to try to move closer to normal diplomatic and economic relations with Cuba, immediately raised several questions about how it might get there, and what members of Congress think about it.

    As of Wednesday morning, the State Department had not released any information about Gross’s release. Gross was arrested in Cuba in 2009, and ultimately charged with trying to help Cuban dissidents by giving them cell phones and other equipment.

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    President Barack Obama’s new effort to get closer to Cuba is already raising several questions, including whether Congress will be willing to go along with him.
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  • Census: Spending on public welfare, unemployment costs create red ink for state and local governments
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 9:25 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday that higher spending on things like public welfare, education and unemployment sent state and local governments into the red in 2012.

    Census said total spending by state and local governments rose to $3.2 trillion in 2012, while revenues were $3.0 trillion. Six years earlier, in 2007, state and local governments were running a surplus — they spent $2.7 trillion, and took in $3.1 trillion.

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    Census said state and local governments are now in the red, spending more and taking in less money in 2012.
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  • Mitch McConnell says Keystone pipeline bill up first next year…and he’ll allow amendments
    Posted December 16, 2014 at 3:58 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promised Tuesday that the first bill he’d call up in the Senate next year would be one to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

    “We’ll be starting next year with a job-creating bill that enjoys significant bipartisan support,” McConnell told reporters. “First item up in the new Senate will be the Keystone XL pipeline.”

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  • Senate confirms Obama nominee who said it’s not possible to enforce all immigration laws
    Posted December 16, 2014 at 3:14 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Senate on Tuesday confirmed a nomination from President Barack Obama who told Congress that she doesn’t believe it’s possible for her to enforce all immigration laws.

    The Senate confirmed Sarah Saldana to be an assistant secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in a 55-39 vote. Republicans have opposed her since she provided written responses to questions that indicate she is in full support of President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.

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    The Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nominee to enforce immigration laws, after she said full enforcement of all the laws is not possible.
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  • State Dept. hints it will waive sanctions against Russia demanded by Congress
    Posted December 16, 2014 at 2:19 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The State Department hinted Tuesday that while President Barack Obama will sign a bill calling for new sanctions against Russia, the Obama administration is likely to waive those sanctions.

    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that the administration has “concerns” with the bill, as it calls for sanctions that go beyond those already agreed by several countries to punish Russia for its decision to annex Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. She also noted several times that the bill allows for a presidential waiver of sanctions, a sign the government will likely use that flexibility.

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    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki hinted the Obama administration will not impose sanctions against Ukraine under a new bill that will soon become law.
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  • DHS: Obama acted on immigration because no one will ever ‘deport all these people’
    Posted December 16, 2014 at 12:47 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday that President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration reflects the reality that no government will ever be able to deport the millions of illegal immigrants who have been living in the United States for years.

    “This is an act of simple, common sense,” Johnson said Monday during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas. “The reality is that no president’s administration – past, present or future, Republican or Democrat – is going to find and deport all these people.”

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    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson (right) said Monday that President Obama’s immigration order makes sense because it is impossible to deport all illegal immigrants.
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  • Ted Cruz tears down Washington: ‘There is a corruption in this town…’
    Posted December 16, 2014 at 11:35 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Monday blasted both political parties for quickly passing a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill that didn’t address GOP objections to President Barack Obama’s immigration move, and didn’t give anyone enough time to understand what was in the bill.

    “There is a corruption in this town that is bipartisan,” Cruz said on the Mark Levin Show Monday night. “That is, Democrat and Republicans, they get together and they fight for those who walk the corridors of power, and they leave working men and women out on the street.”

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    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) let loose on Washington in a radio interview with Mark Levin Monday night.
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  • AUDIO: TheBlaze Books’ top 15 must-listen author interviews of 2014
    Posted December 16, 2014 at 10:18 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    In case you missed it, TheBlaze Books has been producing a podcast featuring leading conservative, libertarian and independent thinkers, to which you can subscribe on iTunes, or listen on Soundcloud or Stitcher.

    Below are 15 of our favorite author interviews of 2014, along with the articles associated with each interview.

    Honorable mentions go to Greg Gutfeld, Lt. Gen. Ion Pacepa, and George Will, whose entertaining and insightful interviews predated our podcast, as well as Jim Grant.

    1. Mark Steyn: The Undocumented Mark Steyn

    Why a German lingerie ad leads Mark Steyn to question whether Western civilization can survive

    2. Katie Pavlich: Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women

    The left isn’t going to like who conservative commentator Katie Pavlich says is a REAL women’s rights group

    3. Jason Riley: Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed

    A black conservative on the conversation ‘a lot of people, black or white,’ don’t ‘want to have’

    Why a conservative author vehemently disagrees with Rand Paul on such a big issue

    4. Melanie Phillips: The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth, and Power

    World turned upside-down: Former progressive British author explains how ‘Obama is aiding the enemies of the West’

    5. Dinesh D’Souza: America: Imagine a World without Her

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  • It took less than 15 words for CNN anchor Jake Tapper to deliver a scathing shot at Jesse Ventura
    Posted December 16, 2014 at 9:30 am by Jonathon M. Seidl

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    CNN’s Jake Tapper recently saw the movie “American Sniper,” based on the life of soldier Chris Kyle. And he used it to take a scathing shot at former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura, who is suing Kyle’s widow over a story Kyle told about Ventura mocking dead Navy SEALS.

    As one person put it, “Ouch.”

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  • Government watchdog says VA issued misleading ‘fact sheet’ on health care delivery
    Posted December 16, 2014 at 9:28 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Department of Veterans Affairs’ internal watchdog said Monday that the VA mislead Congress and the public by putting out a “fact sheet” on veterans’ medical appointments that was filled with errors earlier this year.

    The VA’s Office of Inspector General said the Veterans Health Administration put out a document that said it reviewed how it treated all new cases of gastronintestinal cancer since 1999. That fact sheet said 76 patients were treated for that condition, and that 23 had died.

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    The Department of Veterans Affairs, led by Secretary Robert McDonald, put out a ‘fact sheet’ that included misleading information earlier this year.
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  • American general: Dems are aiding and abetting the enemy
    Posted December 16, 2014 at 6:29 am by Chris Salcedo

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    Retired Army Major Gen. Paul E. Vallely didn’t mince words when describing the so-called torture report issued by partisan Senate Democrats: He said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and the Democrats who supported her efforts are aiding and abetting America’s enemies.

    It’s clear that the controversial report revived a nearly decade-old debate in an effort at political payback for the CIA and those in the Bush administration who executed the enhanced interrogation program.

    Critics of the Democrats’ report worry of reprisal against Americans abroad as a result of its biased conclusions. Indeed, nobody responsible for implementing the EIT program was interviewed for the report. Those same critics charge that Democrats had a preconceived conclusion and then built a case by cherry-picking information to justify that conclusion.

    As for me, this report confirms that Democrats prefer not to focus on those who attacked and continue to attack us.  Instead, Democrats choose to attack those who protect us.

    Cue to 22:20 to hear the major general’s take.

  • The Morning Blaze is looking for its #MostValuableTweeter
    Posted December 16, 2014 at 6:01 am by Skip LaCombe

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    The Morning Blaze with Doc and Skip is looking for our #MostValuableTweeter.

    Who should it be? Make your pick below — the winner will be announced at the end of the year.

    The Morning Blaze #MostValuableTweeter
    @only18powers Larry DeLuca
    @DMR_MI Donna
    @stinkybisquit Stinky
    @wackyterbacky5 Rachel Profiling
    @rc_kris Kris
    @TheEud Jammed Thoughts
    @Sleevetalkshow RINO Season
    @sid67crowe Bossy Liberty Mom
    @555ft Bob Loblaw
    @InsiderDenny Denny
    @JamesBham James in AL
    @Tek_Roo Tek Roo
    @caleb_oliver Caleb
    @RozMcAllister Roz in Cleveland
    @SKIPdaZIP Skip da Zip
    @Dwarfclone Dwarfclone
    @Prindigo Prindigo
    @BigDadios Big Dadio
    @rockiwithani Rocki With an I
    @misskathrynhyde Kate
    @kuhb00m DM in DM
    @sttngduck SittingDuck ‏
    @ScottLeo1978 Cincy Browncoat
    @youseenmikehunt Hadda Nuff
    @andrewpcurrier Andy Currier
    @robbiehart21 Johnny Mack
    @lrc328 Lisa
    @QuantumFlux1964 Quantum Flux
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  • Watch a giant tortoise rescue his overturned comrade
    Posted December 15, 2014 at 8:13 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    Wildlife footage posted online shows a giant tortoise rescue his overturned comrade in an African zoo.

    The 55-second video was posted online late last month, but only attracted attention online Monday. It was not clear when the actual incident took place. At the time of publication, it had 77,000 views on YouTube.

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    “We all need a helping hand from time to time,” commented one individual.

    “That’s what you call friendship,” echoed another.

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  • Coburn rejects last-minute pressure to pass bills on VA suicide, energy efficiency
    Posted December 15, 2014 at 7:40 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) fought some of his final battles as a senator on Monday, by preventing the Senate from quickly passing legislation that he said would only duplicate work already being done by the Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce suicide incidents.

    Senate Democrats tried one last time to bring up the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act, which would spend $22 million more on suicide prevention at the VA. But as he has over the last few weeks, Coburn said he would not agree that request to take a shortcut on Senate procedures, and said he believes the bill would only add money to an unaccountable VA.

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    Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on Monday refused to support quick passage of two bills, which prevented the Senate from passing them in the short time left in the 113th Congress.
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  • The clip about a ‘family matter’ Beck released that he says made everyone on his staff cry
    Posted December 15, 2014 at 6:27 pm by Erica Ritz

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    Glenn Beck on Monday shared a clip with his audience about a “family matter” that he said made everyone on his staff cry when they saw it.

    “I have a family thing that you already know about, but we put something together to finally kind of officially say something,” Beck explained on his television program.

    Beck said goodbye to his dog Victor last March, more than a decade after the loyal dog came into his family’s life. Over that decade, Beck said, Victor became his “best friend,” watching over his family while he was away and protecting them in the wake of countless death threats.

    Victor, Glenn Beck's dog of more than ten years, passed away last March. (Image via TheBlaze TV)

    Victor, Glenn Beck’s dog of more than ten years, passed away last March. (Image via TheBlaze TV)

    Beck told his audience that putting down Victor was one of the hardest decisions he’s ever had to make, but after much reflection and prayer, he knew putting his best friend out of his misery was the right thing to do.

    Beck and his family recently welcomed a new dog, Uno, into their lives, and Beck said the clip is “look back and [a] look forward.”

    “I miss him,” Beck said of Victor, his voice thick with emotion. “I just want my friend. I just want my friend.”

    But Beck and his family couldn’t be more happy to welcome Uno into the family.

    Glenn Beck and his family recently welcomed a new dog, Uno, into their lives. (Image credit: TheBlaze TV)

    Glenn Beck and his family recently welcomed a new dog, Uno, into their lives. (Image credit: TheBlaze TV)

    “When they bond with the family, they’re amazing animals,” Beck said, petting Uno. “They’re so wicked smart. Treat them well and they will lay down their life for you. Just love them and — I love this — this is going to make me cry here. Victor used to come up all the time just like this and put his head in my lap … just like this.”

    “If you just love them, they’ll treat you — they are part of the family. They just become part of the family,” Beck concluded.

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  • Michele Bachmann says spending bill amounts to a ‘voter registration drive’ for Democrats
    Posted December 15, 2014 at 3:56 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) warned Monday that passage of the $1.1 trillion spending bill without any limit on President Barack Obama’s immigration plans will allow Democrats to manufacture a huge, new voting block of illegal immigrants in the next two years.

    “That’s all this was about,” Bachmann said on the Laura Ingraham Show. “This is the voter registration drive for the president’s permanent political class of the far-left into the future, and the Republicans made it happen.”

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  • Dems promise new gun control effort in 2015
    Posted December 15, 2014 at 2:06 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal (D) and Chris Murphy (D) said Monday they will try again to move gun control legislation through Congress next year, even though that effort will face an additional hurdle in the form of a Republican-led Senate.

    “We will redouble our efforts to stop gun violence. Federal laws need to be greatly strengthened,” Blumenthal said in a news conference in Connecticut. On Sunday, he and others marked the second anniversary of the shootings at Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 students and six adults were shot and killed by Adam Lanza.

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    Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Monday he wants to try again with gun control legislation next year.
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