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  • These Are the Worst Airlines and Airports to Use for Thanksgiving Travel
    Posted November 25, 2014 at 10:06 am by Liz Klimas

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    Tomorrow, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, is known as one of the busiest travel days of the year. For those headed to the airport, you might want to take a look at the airline on which you’re flying and its history of delays, just to set your expectations straight.

    Gizmodo analyzed six years of historical data from the Research and Innovative Technology Administration Bureau of Transportation Statistics to compile a list of the largest airlines ranked by their delays for Thanksgiving travel. It even included the average delay time.

    JetBlue Airways was the worst offender with 15 percent of its flights late for an average of 42-minute delays. Southwest Airlines came in next, also with 15 percent of its flights being late but the average delay was 40 minutes.

    JetBlue was at the top of Gizmodo's list for percentage of flight delays with the longest average delay time for the number of flights that were late. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    JetBlue was at the top of Gizmodo’s list for percentage of flight delays with the longest average delay time for the number of flights that were late. (AP/Seth Wenig)

    Here’s who else was on the list, in order of percentage of flights delayed, but check out Gizmodo’s page for full details: Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, US Airways and United Airlines.

    Delays aren’t the only thing that make air travel aggravating, especially during the holidays. The airports you’re traveling through can make a big difference on your experience as well. Bloomberg’s Businessweek ranked 36 airports by overall level of frustration. The top 10 are: New York LaGuardia, Newark International Airport, Washington Dulles, Chicago O’Hare, New York John F. Kennedy, Los Angeles International, Toronto Pearson, Dallas-Fort Worth International, Miami International and Philadelphia International.

    In this Oct. 30, 2014, file photo, passengers line up to pass through security before boarding flights at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. A nor’easter is expected to develop along the East Coast just as millions of travelers head to their Thanksgiving destinations, bringing mostly rain close to the coast, but heavier snow further inland. The exact track and severity of the storm has meteorologists on alert. (AP/Mark Lennihan)

    In this Oct. 30, 2014, file photo, passengers line up to pass through security before boarding flights at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. A nor’easter is expected to develop along the East Coast just as millions of travelers head to their Thanksgiving destinations, bringing mostly rain close to the coast, but heavier snow further inland. The exact track and severity of the storm has meteorologists on alert. (AP/Mark Lennihan)

    Bloomberg broke down its list even further based on airport commute times, time at the terminal and more.

    A snowstorm forecast to hit Wednesday and Thursday could also cause delays at Northeast airports and highways.

    Brace yourself.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • Embattled Police Officer Darren Wilson Quietly Married a Fellow Cop Last Month
    Posted November 25, 2014 at 9:51 am by Billy Hallowell

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    Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and has since become the centerpiece of a fiery national debate, reportedly quietly married a fellow cop in front of his attorney and a muninicipal judge last month.

    News of the wedding came just hours before chaos unfolded following a grand jury’s decision Monday not to indict Wilson, 28, over his deadly use of force in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9.

    According to official documents, the embattled police officer reportedly visited a St. Louis county office and applied for a marriage license. He is said to have married Barbara Spradling, 37, a fellow member of the Ferguson Police Department, on October 24, according to the Daily Mail.

    The two own a home together in St. Louis, though they have reportedly not been staying there since the shooting unfolded and local and nationwide controversy subsequently erupted.


    The wedding is said to have taken place in front of Greg Kloeppel, Wilson’s attorney, and Christopher B. Graville, a municipal judge, in Overland, Missouri.

    Both Wilson and Spradling have been married before, with Wilson finalizing his divorce from his first wife in November 2013, according to court records obtained by the New York Times.

    Wilson has not been seen in public in months.

    (H/T: Daily Mail)

  • Rapper’s Stunning Ferguson-Inspired Twitter Rant Involves Killing ‘Crackers in Their Sleep’ and ‘Hatred for All Straight White Men’
    Posted November 25, 2014 at 8:59 am by Billy Hallowell

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    Rapper Azealia Banks made it clear that she’s anything but happy over the grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

    Banks took to her Twitter account Monday night to proclaim that she hates “when these police violence things happen,” saying in a subsequent message that, though it’s “so f***ed up,” it makes her feel “such a general hatred for all straight white men.”

    She went on to admit to thinking “racist” thoughts about white people in the wake of events like what unfolded in Ferguson before cracking a joke about killing a “cracker” in his sleep.

    ONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 22: Azealia Banks performs onstage at Brixton Academy on September 22, 2014 in London, England. Credit Ollie Millington/WireImage Date Published Sep 22, 2014

    Azealia Banks performs onstage at Brixton Academy on September 22, 2014 in London, England. (Credit Ollie Millington/WireImage)

    “And what makes it even worse is the fact that I sleep with white men…..LOL,” Banks tweeted. “I might have to kill one of these crackers in their sleep!!”

    The rapper made it clear that she was kidding about the “kill” tweet and later apologized if she offended anyone, but added that she believes something must be done to stop police from harming unarmed African American children.

    Read the entire rant for yourself in time sequence below (caution: language):


    (H/T: Twitchy)

  • The Emotional Moment a Family Hears Their Son’s Heartbeat Eight Months After His Death…in Another Man
    Posted November 25, 2014 at 8:48 am by Liz Klimas

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    Matthew Heisler, who was a University of North Dakota student, wasn’t even born when Tom Meeks went to serve in the Vietnam War, but now the two are forever connected.

    Heisler, 21, died after a house fire earlier this year, but his heart now continues to beat in Meeks, KARE-TV reported. That continued heartbeat is something that Heisler’s family was able to hear again this week, eight months after their son and brother’s death.

    Matthew Heisler's sister listens to her brother's heart beat inside another man eight months after he died. (Image source: KARE-TV)

    Matthew Heisler’s sister listens to her brother’s heart beat inside another man eight months after he died. (Image source: KARE-TV)

    Ahead of the meeting, Meeks told the news station that he had told Matt his family was coming to visit that day.

    Watch KARE’s footage of the bittersweet moment:

    “This is awesome,” Jared Heisler said, choking up after listening to his son’s heart beat in another man.

    Matt Heisler’s mother just said “thank you,” to which Meeks responded that it was his pleasure.

    Jared Heisler broke down as he listened to his son's heart in the Vietnam War Vet.  (Image source: KARE-TV)

    Jared Heisler broke down as he listened to his son’s heart in the Vietnam War Vet. (Image source: KARE-TV)

    Jared Heisler remembered his then 16-year-old son asking what he had just done when he checked the box to become an organ donor.

    “He made the decision that if life ever slipped away from him, he would give life to someone else,” Jared Heisler told the news station.

    The University of North Dakota student died after a house fire earlier this year.  (Image source: KARE-TV)

    The University of North Dakota student died after a house fire earlier this year. (Image source: KARE-TV)

    KARE reported that Meeks was rejected for transplants at several hospitals because of his age, but the Mayo Clinic gave him a chance. That chance is giving the man more time with his wife and four grandchildren.

    Meeks, who suffered from a rare heart condition, wasn’t the only one helped by Heisel’s gift. According to KARE, Matthew Heisler’s decision to become an organ donor helped 60 people, including two women who needed kidneys and a 61-year-old man who received his liver.

    (H/T: Reddit)

  • Listen As a Portland Protestor Makes a Bold Claim About Darren Wilson and the KKK — Then Watch How the Other Protestors React
    Posted November 25, 2014 at 8:39 am by Zach Noble

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    From New York City to Portland, Oregon, violent protests erupted following the announcement that Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, would not be indicted.

    A scene from Portland may have demonstrated the limits of the protestors’ credulity.

    In a video posted to YouTube by the LaughingAtLiberals account, one such protester makes a slew of dramatic claims in an attempt to whip up the crowd — but his fellow protestors sit mostly in silence while he does.

    Image via YouTube

    Image via YouTube

    “The man who got off with this murder is a card-carrying member of the KKK!” he yells. “Doesn’t that p**s you off?”

    A couple scattered voices seem to agree, but most protestors don’t seem to agree with his assertion that the KKK is behind American police forces.

    “Come on, let’s hear it, does it p**s you off?” the man yells again, before claiming, ”This country was torn away from the native peoples on the same lies that we’re receiving today.”

    Then he provides a real-life example of Godwin’s law, claiming, ”This is paving the road to Nazism!”

    Watch the awkward moments in the video below, starting around the 1:25 mark (content warning: strong language):

    Earlier moments in the video show united protestors chanting such slogans as, ”All the cops in the ground, rest in peace Michael Brown,” and displaying a banner that says, ”F*** you neoliberal fascist pigs.”

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  • ‘We Don’t Tolerate Criminal Activity’: St. Louis Mayor Vows Quicker Police Response on Second Day of Protests
    Posted November 25, 2014 at 8:29 am by Zach Noble

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    On Tuesday morning, St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay and St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson condemned the violence that rocked Ferguson, Missouri, and St. Louis on Monday night as crowds reacted to the announcement that Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, would not be indicted.

    Authorities said 61 people were arrested in Ferguson Monday night and 21 people were arrested in St. Louis on a wide range of trespassing, arson and other charges.

    Despite the chaos, Slay and Dotson pledged that their city would be able to celebrate a normal Thanksgiving weekend.

    (Image source: screengrab via NBC News)

    St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, left, and St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, right, speak at a Tuesday morning press conference. (Image source: screengrab via NBC News)

    Blaming Monday’s violence and arson on “criminals using the cover of organized protests,” Dotson promised a faster police response in the future, and claimed that even on Monday night, ”bands of individuals roaming throughout the city looking for opportunities to commit crimes” were confronted by police at every turn.

    “You can go about your daily business,” the chief told Saint Louis residents, stressing that the worst of Monday’s protests took place in an area of only “about three blocks” of the city.

    Dotson said that future protests would be shepherded by police and would cause only minor disturbances, “no different than you would see downtown” during a Thanksgiving Day parade.

    In St. Louis on Monday night, Dotson said, police conducted felony arrests for everything from ”unlawful weapons to knowingly burning to property damage.”

    When a reporter asked if looting had occurred, Dotson confirmed that burglaries had taken place but he declined to use the term “looting.”

    Of the St. Louis police officers who dealt with Monday’s protests, Slay said he was ”very very proud of ‘em.”

    Follow Zach Noble (@thezachnoble) on Twitter

  • How Some Islamist Supporters Are Reacting to the Ferguson Unrest
    Posted November 25, 2014 at 8:21 am by Sharona Schwartz

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    Following the eruption of violence in Ferguson, Missouri, some apparent supporters of Middle East Islamists added their voice to the debate, accusing the U.S. of being a “fake” democracy, likening the U.S. to a terrorist group, and calling for Shariah law to be implemented in the U.S.

    It all came as a result of the no indictment of police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

    Journalist Jenan Moussa with the Dubai-based Al Aan television first reported Tuesday morning that supporters of the Islamic State group and others were actively commenting on the Ferguson developments using Arabic hashtags which translate to “America burning” and “America collapsing.”

    The vast majority posted their thoughts in Arabic, but some posted in English.

    One Twitter user took the opportunity to criticize the U.S. military’s use of drones in pursuit of terrorism suspects.

    The same user also called for the flag of Allah to be raised at the White House:

    This photo montage was added to the Twitter conversation accompanied by the Arabic headline “America collapsing.”

    Reporter Moussa’s tweet about the existence of the Arabic hashtags on the Ferguson strife also elicited responses, including these:

  • Sadie Robertson Brings Tears to Willie’s Eyes and Performs Something So Memorable Even the ‘DWTS’ Judges Are in Awe
    Posted November 25, 2014 at 8:09 am by Billy Hallowell

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    Sadie Robertson — who brought tears to her father Willie Robertson’s eyes following her “Duck Dynasty”-themed performance Monday night — has made it all the way to the “Dancing With the Stars” finale, where she holds a chance of winning the coveted Mirrorball Trophy.

    Twenty-five of Robertson’s family members joined in studio to watch her perform two separate dances: a re-do of the duck-themed samba that she delivered earlier in the season and a Super Mario Brothers-inspired freestyle, according to the Times-Picayune.

    Robertson and partner Mark Ballas once again performed in character, with Ballas sporting a long beard, all while stars from “Duck Dynasty” sat on the stage and watched.

    The audience erupted in cheers after the samba ended, while the judges joined in showering praise upon Robertson. But the truly touching moment came when cameras caught a proud Willie Robertson wiping tears away from his face.

    The judges — who gave her a cumulative 38 out of 40 — loved the performance, with Julianne Hough proclaiming, “This time I liked it even better!”

    Watch the performance and Willie Robertson’s reaction below:

    As for the freestyle, Robertson and Ballas scored a perfect 40 for a dance inspired by the Super Mario Brothers video game, performing, once again, in character.

    While Ballas donned a Mario costume, Robertson was seemingly dressed as Princess Peach.

    “That was the most memorable freestyle we’ve seen in ages,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba said, with the other judges mirroring her sentiment.

    Watch that performance below:

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  • A Wrap of What You Need to Know About the Decision in Ferguson This Morning
    Posted November 25, 2014 at 7:56 am by Liz Klimas

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    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Chaos returned to the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown — a decision that enraged protesters who set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where the unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot.

    Monday night’s destruction appeared to be much worse than last summer’s protests, with at least a dozen businesses badly damaged or destroyed. Authorities reported hearing hundreds of gunshots, which for a time prevented fire crews from fighting the flames.

    Jon Belmar, chief of the St. Louis County police, said that unless his agency could bring in 10,000 officers, “I don’t think we can prevent folks who really are intent on destroying a community.”

    The grand jury’s decision means that officer Darren Wilson, who is white, will not face any state criminal charges for killing Brown, whose death inflamed deep racial tensions between many black Americans and police.

    A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked sometimes violent protests. (AP/David Goldman)

    A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked sometimes violent protests. (AP/David Goldman)

    Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch said the jury of nine whites and three blacks met on 25 separate days over three months, hearing more than 70 hours of testimony from about 60 witnesses, including three medical examiners and experts on blood, toxicology and firearms.

    “They are the only people that have heard and examined every witness and every piece of evidence,” he said, adding that the jurors “poured their hearts and soul into this process.”

    In the first flash of unrest after the grand jury announcement, Belmar said he told officers to back off, suggesting they handle the situation as if it were a festival or baseball game. But the situation quickly “spun out of control.” Officers eventually lobbed tear gas from inside armored vehicles to disperse crowds.

    As McCulloch read his statement, Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, sat atop a vehicle listening to a broadcast of the announcement. When she heard the decision, she burst into tears and began screaming before being whisked away by supporters.

    Ferguson Market and Liquor store is vandalized after the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked sometimes violent protests. (AP/Jeff Roberson)

    Ferguson Market and Liquor store is vandalized after the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked sometimes violent protests. (AP/Jeff Roberson)

    The crowd with her erupted in anger, converging on the barricade where police in riot gear were standing. They pushed down the barricade and began pelting police with objects, including a bullhorn. Officers stood their ground.

    Speaking for nearly 45 minutes, a defensive McCulloch repeatedly cited what he said were inconsistencies and erroneous accounts from witnesses. When asked by a reporter whether any of the accounts amount to perjury, he said, “I think they truly believe that’s what they saw, but they didn’t.”

    The prosecutor also was critical of the media, saying “the most significant challenge” for his office was a “24-hour news cycle and an insatiable appetite for something — for anything — to talk about.”

    In his statement, McCulloch never mentioned that Brown was unarmed when he was killed.

    Brown’s family released a statement saying they were “profoundly disappointed” in the decision but asked that the public “channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.”

    Shortly after the announcement, authorities released more than 1,000 pages of grand jury documents, including Wilson’s testimony.

    Wilson told jurors that he initially encountered Brown and a friend walking in a street and, when he told them to move to a sidewalk, Brown responded with an expletive.

    Wilson then noticed that Brown had a handful of cigars, “and that’s when it clicked for me,” he said, referring to a radio report minutes earlier of a robbery at a nearby convenience store.

    Wilson said he asked a dispatcher to send additional police, then backed his vehicle up in front of Brown and his friend. As he tried to open the door, Wilson said Brown slammed it back shut.

    The officer said he then pushed Brown with the door and Brown hit him in the face. Wilson told grand jurors he was thinking: “What do I do not to get beaten inside my car.”

    “I drew my gun,” Wilson told the grand jury. “I said, ‘Get back or I’m going to shoot you.’”

    “He immediately grabs my gun and says, ‘You are too much of a pussy to shoot me,’” Wilson told grand jurors. He said Brown grabbed the gun with his right hand, twisted it and “digs it into my hip.”

    Asked why he felt the need to pull his gun, Wilson told grand jurors he was concerned another punch to his face could “knock me out or worse.”

    After shots were fired in the vehicle, Brown fled, and Wilson gave chase. At some point, Brown turned around to face the officer.

    Witness accounts were conflicted about whether Brown walked, stumbled or charged back toward Wilson before he was fatally wounded, McCulloch said. There were also differing accounts of how or whether Brown’s hands were raised. His body fell about 153 feet from Wilson’s vehicle.

    Thousands of people rallied in other U.S. cities, most peacefully, and President Barack Obama appealed for calm and understanding, pleading with both protesters and police to show restraint.

    Protesters lay down on a street in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Calf., Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. (AP/Nick Ut)

    Protesters lay down on a street in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Calf., Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. (AP/Nick Ut)

    “We are a nation built on the rule of law, so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make,” Obama said. He said it was understandable that some Americans would be angered, but echoed Brown’s parents in calling for any protests to be peaceful.

    The danger extended beyond the streets. At least 10 St. Louis-bound flights were diverted to other airports because of concern about gunfire being aimed into the sky over Ferguson, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

    The Justice Department is conducting a separate investigation into possible civil rights violations that could result in federal charges, but investigators would need to satisfy a rigorous standard of proof in order to mount a prosecution. The department also has launched a broad probe into the Ferguson Police Department, looking for patterns of discrimination.

    Regardless of the outcome of those investigations, Brown’s family could also file a wrongful-death lawsuit against Wilson.

    The Aug. 9 shooting heightened tensions in the predominantly black St. Louis suburb that is patrolled by an overwhelmingly white police force. As Brown’s body lay for hours in the center of a residential street, an angry crowd of onlookers gathered. Rioting and looting occurred the following night, and police responded with armored vehicles and tear gas.

    Protests continued for weeks — often peacefully, but sometimes turning violent, with demonstrators throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails and police firing smoke canisters, tear gas and rubber bullets. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon briefly summoned the National Guard.

    Throughout the investigation, some black leaders and Brown’s parents questioned McCulloch’s ability to be impartial. The prosecutor’s father, mother, brother, uncle and cousin all worked for the St. Louis Police Department, and his father was killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect in 1964.

    McCulloch was 12 at the time, and the killing became a hallmark of his initial campaign for elected prosecutor.

    A Democrat, McCulloch has been in office since 1991 and was re-elected to another term earlier this month.

  • What This Protester Is About to Do to a Fox News Cameraman Had Sean Hannity Saying ‘Uh Oh’
    Posted November 25, 2014 at 6:32 am by Jonathon M. Seidl

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    As the chaos erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday night, Fox News reporter Steve Harrigan was in the middle of it. At one point, he became the story when a protester turned on him and his cameraman.

    While detailing what was going on for Sean Hannity, a protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask can be seen rushing in, yelling an expletive and then turning to the cameraman. Moments later, the feed went dark:

    “Uh oh,” Hannity can be heard saying.

    Later in the night, Harrigan began broadcasting again using iPhones and explained that the cameraman was OK.

    But that wasn’t Harrigan’s only harrowing ordeal of the night. Fox published video of shots being fired while he was live on-air, and yelling “Back!” to his crew:


  • Announcing TheBlaze 2014 American-Made Christmas Catalog
    Posted November 25, 2014 at 6:15 am by Ted Tuttle

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    Like David approaching Goliath, many small business owners face the holiday season wondering how they’ll ever compete with the giant retail stores that surround them. They won’t have the luxury of tapping plentiful marketing budgets to reach vast concourses of potential shoppers. Instead, these small business owners will have to rely on their passion, ingenuity and skill to be successful, stretching their limited resources and providing superior service to every customer they interact with.

    As the finest collection of small businesses, The Marketplace by TheBlaze features unique shops owned by entrepreneurs whose passion for what they do is matched only by the exceptional quality of their goods. Offering merchandise that can’t be found in most stores, these craftsmen, farmers and American-made manufacturers represent the very best of American small businesses who are keeping the heartbeat of our nation going strong while working to achieve their own versions of the American dream.

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    That’s why we’re excited to announce TheBlaze 2014 Christmas Catalog. Within the catalog, you’ll find pages of beautiful, American-made products certain to delight your fancy while giving you the assurance you’ll be supporting small business with every purchase and keeping the American-made movement alive.

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    This year, The Marketplace by TheBlaze has grown to include more than 160 excellent small businesses. Some are family-owned and operated and have been for generations, such as Murphy’s Tree Farm from the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Doug Murphy and his family have been selling American-grown Christmas Frasier Firs since 1986.

    Despite stiff competition with the influx of imported artificial trees, the Murphy family has always ensured a great product for each of their customers through the years, while offering free shipping during the holidays.

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    Others are start-ups that began out of necessity, only to become hallmarks of American-made craftsmanship and quality, like the Anne St. Clair Collection of beautiful porcelain Christmas ornaments. When starting up, Anne Piazza and her husband literally had to sell personal possessions and move out of their condo to finance their business.

    In their new accommodations, they dealt with septic problems, a leaky roof and faulty electrical service, but persisted and grew their business, ultimately having their ornaments featured on the Christmas tree in the White House.

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    Just like hometown Main Street, The Marketplace is a place where small business owners are making a difference in the nation—where honesty and integrity is just as important as revenue and profit.

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    We invite you to put your money where your heart is, shop small and support the American-made movement.

    Visit TheBlaze 2014 Christmas Catalog here.

  • Photos: Unrest Grips Ferguson Following Grand Jury Decision
    Posted November 25, 2014 at 5:00 am by Oliver Darcy

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    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says at least a dozen businesses are burning after protests in Ferguson turned violent.

    Belmar said early Tuesday morning that two police cruisers also were burned and that he “personally heard about 150 shots fired” over the course of the night.

    Belmar says the protests that followed the announcement that a Ferguson police officer wouldn’t be indicted in Michael Brown’s shooting death were “probably much worse than the worst night we ever had in August” after Brown was killed.

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  • Michael Brown’s Mom Reacts to Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: ‘They Think This a F***ing Joke’
    Posted November 25, 2014 at 4:25 am by Oliver Darcy

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    Michael Brown’s mother was captured on video Monday night reacting to the grand jury announcement that Ferguson police officer Daren Wilson would not be indicted for the shooting death of her son.

    “You mother***ers think this a joke!” Lesley McSpadden shouted, seemingly directing her outrage toward the area the decision was being broadcasted. “They think this a f***ing joke!”

    Chants of support then broke out before McSpadden started speaking again.

    “Y’all know you’re all wrong!” she said. “Y’all know you’re all wrong.”

    Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, reacts to hearing the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of her son. (MICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images)

    Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, reacts to hearing the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of her son. (MICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images)

    “And anybody out here who don’t think so, I don’t give a f***!” she continued. “They wrong! Everybody want me to be calm — do you know how them bullets hit my son?”

    “Ain’t nobody had to live through what I had to live through,” McSpadden added.

    The announcement of the grand jury’s decision sparked unrest in Ferguson, with rioters looting and setting fire to vehicles and local businesses.

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  • Man Wearing ‘Press’ Vest Caught on Video Speaking Freely on Ferguson Case: ‘Are You Recording This?’
    Posted November 25, 2014 at 1:15 am by Jason Howerton

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    A man wearing a “press” vest, possibly a journalist or member of a news crew, seemingly put his objectivity aside on Monday night as he was caught on video giving his opinion on the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

    “No indictment — How’d you feel when you were sitting there?” someone with The Americans with Charlie LeDuff YouTube channel asked.

    “Disgusted,” the man wearing the “press” vest responded.

    “I think he got the decision that he wanted, quite frankly,” the man later said of the prosecutor.

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    The man then realized he was being recorded, smiled and asked, “Are you recording this?” He appeared somewhat embarrassed that his response what captured on video.

    Another man, also in a press vest, said the grand jury in Ferguson was “overwhelmed with too much information and not given the opportunity to make what should have been the proper decision.”

    Neither of the men in the press vests had been identified as of early Tuesday morning.

    Watch the video below (Warning: Some strong language in footage):

    (H/T: Matthew Sheffield)

  • Read the Letter Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson Purportedly Penned to Supporters
    Posted November 25, 2014 at 1:06 am by Oliver Darcy

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    Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson penned a letter to supporters after a grand jury decided not to indict him in the shooting death of Michael Brown, according to a supporter who said she’s been in touch with him.

    The unidentified supporter read a letter on a KSDK-TV broadcast she said Wilson penned to supporters:

    To all of the pro Officer Wilson Supporters - 

    I would like to thank you all for standing up for me during this stressful time. Your support and dedication is amazing and it is still hard to believe that all of these people that I have never met are doing so much for me. I watched the CNN video we recorded at the rally on Saturday and it brought tears to my eyes.

    All of you are simply amazing, and I don’t know how to thank you all enough. I wish I could attend meet you, hug you, and personally thank you for all of your continued support, however, due to my and my families safety I am unable to. Please don’t give this letter to any media or post it where they can see it. Relay the message of thanks to all and keep this letter private until the investigation is complete. 

    I want you all to know that I do get updates on the amount of support. Unfortunately, I don’t get to see all of the comments made through social media, but overall messages are relayed to me. 

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and know that I would do the same for any of you.

    Also please keep my family in blue in your hearts and prayers, they have all made a sacrifice to their own lives in order to work the excessive hours through the heat and rain to ensure that the riots and protests in Ferguson were as safe as they could be. 

    Thank you,

    P.O. Darren Wilson

    The announcement of the grand jury’s decision sparked unrest in Ferguson, with some protesters looting and setting fire to local shops.

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  • Activist Was Live-Streaming ‘Ferguson Movement’ When Suddenly a Fellow Protester Commits Crime That May Have Left Him Speechless
    Posted November 25, 2014 at 12:34 am by Jason Howerton

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    Activist Bassem Masri was reportedly live-streaming the chaotic situation in Ferguson, Missouri, following a grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson when suddenly his phone was stolen right out of his hands.

    “Get continuous updates on the Ferguson movement, 24/7 unless I’m in jail,” Masri said during the live streaming video after giving out his Twitter handle.

    Out of nowhere, an unidentified protestor seemingly ripped the phone out of Masri’s hands and took off running with it.

    Watch the video below (Warning: Strong language):

    Masri later confirmed on Twitter that his phone was stolen, but that he was safe. He also speculated that it was a “police agitator” who stole his phone.

    Furious Ferguson protesters set police cars and buildings on fire as over 100 gunshots were reportedly on Monday night. Follow TheBlaze’s live coverage of the situation here.

    (H/T: Greg Gutfeld)

  • Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson’s Grand Jury Testimony Revealed: ‘Still Charging, Hands Still in His Waistband’
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 11:54 pm by Jason Howerton

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    FERGUSON, Mo. (TheBlaze/AP) — As cars and buildings burned in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday night, officer Darren Wilson’s grand jury testimony was revealed for the first time as officials released some of evidence in the case. The Ferguson grand jury declined to indict Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

    In his grand jury testimony, Wilson said he “ordered [Michael Brown] to stop and get to the ground again. He didn’t.”

    “I fired multiple shots,” he reportedly said. “After I fired… I paused for a second, yelled at him to get on the ground again. [Brown] was still in the same state. Still charging, hands still in his waistband, hadn’t slowed down. I fired another set of shots.”

    Darren Wilson (St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office)

    Darren Wilson (St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office)

    Authorities released more than 1,000 pages of grand jury documents on Monday night, including Wilson’s testimony. In the testimony, Wilson recounted how the altercation with Brown began in the testimony.

    He told jurors that he initially encountered Brown and a friend walking in a street and, when he told them to move to a sidewalk, Brown responded with an expletive.

    Wilson then noticed that Brown had a handful of cigars, “and that’s when it clicked for me,” he said, referring to a radio report moments earlier of a robbery at a nearby convenience store.

    Wilson said he asked a dispatcher to send additional police, then backed his vehicle up in front of Brown and his friend. As he tried to open the door, Wilson said Brown slammed it back shut.

    The officer said he then pushed Brown with the door and Brown hit him in the face. Wilson told grand jurors he was thinking: “What do I do not to get beaten inside my car.”

    St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office

    St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office

    “I tried to hold his right arm and use my left hand to get out to have some type of control and not be trapped in my car any more. And when I grabbed him, the only way I can describe it is I felt like a five-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan,” Wilson reportedly said.

    “Holding onto a what?” he was asked.

    “Hulk Hogan, that’s just how big he felt and how small I felt just from grasping his arm,” Wilson replied.

    Wilson told the grand jury he then drew his firearm. “I said, “Get back or I’m going to shoot you.”

    “He immediately grabs my gun and says, “You are too much of a pussy to shoot me,” Wilson told grand jurors. He said Brown grabbed the gun with his right hand, twisted it and “digs it into my hip.”

    Asked why he felt the need to pull his gun, Wilson told grand jurors he was concerned another punch to his face could “knock me out or worse.”

    Brown then fled, and Wilson gave chase. At some point, Brown turned around to face the officer.

    Witness accounts were conflicted about whether Brown walked, stumbled or charged back toward Wilson before he was fatally wounded, McCulloch said. There were also differing accounts of how or whether Brown’s hands were raised. His body fell about 153 feet from Wilson’s vehicle.

    Read all of Wilson’s testimony below:

    Darren Wilson Testimony Snippet by Anthony DeRosa

    (H/T: CBS Evening News)

  • Never-Before-Seen Photos of Officer Darren Wilson’s Face After Ferguson Shooting Released as Part of Grand Jury Evidence
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 10:59 pm by Jason Howerton

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    Officials released never-before-seen photos of Darren Wilson on Monday night, which appeared to show the Ferguson police officer following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

    The photos were released as part of the evidence presented to a grand jury in Ferguson. The grand jury declined to indict Wilson in Brown’s death.

    St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office

    St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office

    St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office

    St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office

    St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office

    St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office

    St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office

    St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office

    Within minutes of the grand jury decision announcement by St. Louis County’s top prosecutor, crowds began pouring into Ferguson streets to protest the decision. Some taunted police, shattered windows and vandalized cars. Several gunshots were also heard. Officers released smoke and pepper spray to disperse the gatherings.

    President Barack Obama appealed for calm and understanding, pleading with both residents and police to show restraint. However, as of Monday night at around 11 p.m., things appeared on the verge of spinning completely out of control in Ferguson.

     Title US-CRIME-POLICE-RACE-Demonstrators flee as police fire tear gas during a demonstration after a grand jury decided a white policeman will not face charges for killing a black teen on November 24, 2014 Ferguson, Missouri. US President Barack Obama urged calm as violent protests broke out on the streets of Ferguson following the announcement. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad


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    US-CRIME-POLICE-RACE-Demonstrators flee as police fire tear gas during a demonstration after a grand jury decided a white policeman will not face charges for killing a black teen on November 24, 2014 Ferguson, Missouri. US President Barack Obama urged calm as violent protests broke out on the streets of Ferguson following the announcement. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad

    Follow live updates from TheBlaze on the developing situation in Ferguson here.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • Read Statement Issued by Officer Darren Wilson Following Grand Jury Decision in Ferguson Shooting
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 10:39 pm by Jason Howerton

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    A statement was released Monday night on behalf of Ferguson officer Darren Wilson after a grand jury declined to indict him in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

    “We recognize that many people will want to second-guess the grand jury’s decision. We would encourage anyone who wants to express an opinion to do so in a respectful and peaceful manner,” the statement said. “On a side note, Officer Wilson would like to thank those who have stood by his side throughout the process. This continued support is greatly appreciated by Officer Wilson and his family.”

    “Moving forward,” the statement added, “any commentary on this matter will be done in the appropriate venue and not through the media.”

    Read the entire statement posted on Twitter by St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Christine Byers:

  • Video: Chaos Erupts in Ferguson After Grand Jury Decision as Protesters Destroy Police Car, Throw Rocks and Bottles at Officers
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 10:15 pm by Jason Howerton

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    Chaos quickly erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

    CNN reported that protesters destroyed a police cruiser and also threw rocks and bottles at officers. There were also multiple reports of gunshots fired in Ferguson. A CNN reporter also noted, “obviously there is the smell of marijuana in the air” in Ferguson.

    BuzzFeed reporter Jim Dalrymple posted several Vine videos of some of the hectic situation (Warning: Strong content):

    CNN also aired footage of several apparent police vehicles burning in the streets of Ferguson. Don Lemon reported hearing several instances of gunfire in the area.

    Several local businesses in Ferguson were also reportedly looted during the protests. A Little Caesar’s location was set on fire and appeared to be a “total loss,” according to news reports.

    Fox News reporter Steve Harrigan reported Monday night that there had been over 100 gunshots fired in Ferguson. He also reported that tactical police assault vehicles were being deployed as of around midnight.

    Reuters has some additional video of the clashes that erupted in Ferguson:

  • No Indictment for Officer Darren Wilson in Fatal Shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 9:26 pm by Jason Howerton

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    After months of deliberation, a grand jury has decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

    Wilson faced various criminal charges, including first-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. The grand jury determined there was not enough evidence to indict Wilson on any of the charges, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced Monday night.

    A grand jury of nine whites and three blacks had been meeting weekly since Aug. 20 to consider evidence. At least nine votes would have been required to indict Wilson.

    FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014 file image from video provided by the City of Ferguson, Mo., officer Darren Wilson attends a city council meeting in Ferguson. Police identified Wilson, 28, as the police officer who shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014 in the St. Louis suburb. The incident sparked racial unrest and numerous protests, including some that turned violent. (AP Photo/City of Ferguson, File)

    FILE – In this Feb. 11, 2014 file image from video provided by the City of Ferguson, Mo., officer Darren Wilson attends a city council meeting in Ferguson. Police identified Wilson, 28, as the police officer who shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014 in the St. Louis suburb. The incident sparked racial unrest and numerous protests, including some that turned violent. (AP Photo/City of Ferguson, File)

    Wilson claimed he shot and killed Brown after a physical altercation that spilled into his police cruiser. He also alleged Brown went for his firearm.

    The fatal shooting sparked unrelenting protests — several of which turned violent — in Ferguson. Law enforcement officials have been preparing for further unrest now that the grand jury decision has been announced. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon also summoned the National Guard.

    In a statement, the family of Michael Brown said they are “profoundly disappointed” in the decision.


    Follow live updates from TheBlaze on the developing situation in Ferguson here.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • CNN Contributor Makes Incendiary, Unfounded Claim About Michael Brown Shooting — and No One Corrects Her
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 8:36 pm by Jason Howerton

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    As the country waited anxiously for the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury’s decision in the fatal Michael Brown shooting on Monday night, CNN contributor Donna Brazile basically branded officer Darren Wilson a murderer live on the air. Further, the show’s host failed to correct her unfounded statement.

    (Screengrab via CNN/Mediaite)

    (Screengrab via CNN/Mediaite)

    Brazile said she was “baffled” by the 9 p.m. ET announcement of the grand jury decision, questioning why officials wouldn’t make the announcement in the morning. Then she claimed Brown was “shot and murdered.”

    “I’m also concerned that some of the messages that you’re hearing — these are peaceful protesters by and large. These are members of the community. Something was clearly broken before Michael Brown was shot and murdered. And tonight, Wolf, this is a very tense moment. And I just thought, they’re making a mess out of it once again,” she added.

    By claiming that Brown was “murdered,” the CNN contributor essentially asserted that Wilson is already guilty of murder in her mind. Even if grand jury decided to indict Wilson, he would still be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

    CNN host Wolf Blitzer did not immediately correct his guest’s unfounded statement.

    (H/T: Mediaite)

  • It Took One Shotgun, One Second and One Amazing Shot for This Hunter to Drop an Awesome Buck
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 7:56 pm by Jonathon M. Seidl

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    It’s hunting season, and that means it’s time to share some awesome stories. And while all hunters are used to buddies talking about the “thirty-pointer” that got away, in this day and age it’s actually possible to support those elaborate deer camp stories with technology and video.

    That’s exactly what happened in the case below.

    (Source: YouTube)

    (Source: YouTube)

    (Source: YouTube)

    (Source: YouTube)

    Imagine your hunting buddy coming to you saying he dropped a running, monster buck in its tracks with a shotgun — and all with one shot. You may not believe it. But that’s exactly what YouTube user Justin Walsh says he did — and he uploaded the video to show it.

    The footage, which actually appears to be from this past January but is circulating again now, is incredible (CAUTION: SOME FOUL LANGUAGE):

    The deer looks to be a non-typical 10-pointer.

    Walsh, on his YouTube account, says he took the buck in Ontario, Canada, with a “12 ga. Remington 870 with the slug barrel, Winchester Super-X Sabot Slug 2-3/4″ 1 Ounce.”

    Of course, it could always be a camera trick. But if not, the hunter deserves applause.

    (H/T: WideOpenSpaces.com)

  • You Might Not Know Jack Mook’s Name Now, But After Hearing What He Did for Two Kids, You’ll Likely Never Forget It
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 7:44 pm by Erica Ritz

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    You’ve probably never heard of Jack Mook, a Pittsburgh man who spent 22 years as a detective. But after you hear about how he saved two children from a life of poverty and abuse — adopting them and bringing them into his own home — you’ll likely never forget him.

    “My parents, like I tell everybody, they always loved us,” 15-year-old Josh told TheBlaze TV in an interview that aired Monday. “But they couldn’t take care of themselves. … So we were sleeping in vans, we were sleeping in campers, wasn’t the greatest place to sleep.”

    Josh and his little brother, Jessee, found refuge in the Steel City Boxing Gym, where Mook has been volunteering for a decade.

    “As I walked in, it was just — a lot of friendship. A lot of friendship came to me,” Josh recalled.

    Jack and Josh met at the Steel City Boxing gym when Josh was only 8-years-old. (Image credit: TheBlaze TV)

    Josh, now 15-years-old, enters the Steel City Boxing gym, where he first met Jack Mook. Josh was only 8-years-old when they met. (Image credit: TheBlaze TV)

    But one day, Josh and Jessee stopped showing up at the gym.

    “We became worried about it,” Mook said. “We talked about it. We went on the lookout for them.”

    Mook eventually found the boys, and learned that their parents — who struggled with drug abuse — had lost custody of them. They had been sent to live with relatives, where they went from impoverished to abused.

    “I finally found Josh December of 2012, right before Christmas,” Mook recalled. “He didn’t look good. Blotches of hair missing. Some type of rash on the back of his head. Psoriasis. Flea bites. Sunken in cheeks. And Josh and I went on the road and I got him something to eat.”

    Mook said Josh was “very quiet,” and he pulled the car over.

    “Instead of being a coach, I was a cop on this one,” Mook said. “I was like, ‘What’s going on here, Josh? You’ve got to tell me what’s up.’ … He breaks down crying. He goes, ‘There’s dog feces in the carpet. They make us clean it up with our toothbrushes.’”

    Josh, only twelve years old at the time, said his aunt and uncle were also physically abusive. He did all he could to protect his little brother, but often there was nothing he could do.

    Jack Mook, who spent 22 years as a detective in Pittsburgh, speaks about how he adopted his two sons, Josh and Jessee. (Image credit: TheBlaze TV)

    Jack Mook, who spent 22 years as a detective in Pittsburgh, speaks about how he adopted his two sons, Josh and Jessee. (Image credit: TheBlaze TV)

    “One time they brought [Jessee] home, they took him upstairs and they beat him up,” Josh recalled. “I didn’t watch but I heard the pain. I heard the crying. And after that it just kind of broke me down. And after that, I made sure nothing like that would ever happen to him again.”

    Beck asked why anyone would order a child to use their toothbrush to clean up dog feces, and Mook said he believed it was part of a “street intimidation mentality” their aunt and uncle had.

    “I said, ‘Joshua, just hang in there. Take care of your brother. Let me see what I can do,’” Mook said. “When I came home I just felt selfish and guilty that I had a whole house there, and these kids are going through that. So right there I made the decision to get on the ball and go get them.’”

    Mook, a bachelor, immediately started the process to get custody of the children. The fact that Josh and Jessee’s aunt and uncle had a serious run-in with the law shortly thereafter expedited it.

    Josh said the minute he and his brother got in the car with Mook, “all the stress, all the anger, all the depression, everything, it left me that day. All of it.”

    Jessee Mook, 11, speaks about his past with TheBlaze TV. (Image credit: TheBlaze TV)

    Jessee Mook, 11, speaks about his past with TheBlaze TV. (Image credit: TheBlaze TV)

    Several years later, Mook has adopted the boys and Josh remarked: “He gave me focus. He got me out of where I was. He saved me. Like everybody says, everything happens for a reason and God works in mysterious ways.”

    “When the judge signed the adoption papers, I understood why the Grinch got the big heart at the end of the movie,” Mook added with a smile. “That’s what I felt like. … Laughter, happiness, their faces are filled. They’re fed. They’re healthy boys.”

    Jessee, now 11-years-old, said if Mook hadn’t intervened, he has no doubt he would’ve grown up to be “one of those guys on the street — no job, no diploma or anything, asking for change and stuff.” When he arrived in Mook’s custody, his teeth were so rotted the dentist had to pull out five of them.

    Josh thinks they would’ve been dead.

    “They weren’t raising us right,” Josh said. “There were drugs in the house. … There were just no good people. I think we would’ve been dead. That’s what I think. And I’m just very appreciative.”

    Josh Mook, now 15-years-old, speaks about his past with TheBlaze TV. (Image credit: TheBlaze TV)

    Josh Mook, now 15-years-old, speaks about his past with TheBlaze TV. (Image credit: TheBlaze TV)

    Josh said he believes God has rewarded them with a family, after they persevered through the struggles.

    When Beck asked how Josh even knows about God, Josh responded: “I’ve been to Christian camps and stuff. And I chose to learn about him. When I was younger I would try to read the Bible a little bit. Didn’t understand it, but it was my choice to learn about him because I knew I had to.”

    Josh wants to follow in Mook’s footsteps and join the military, and hopes to be able to go to West Point.

    “I talked to my old platoon leader from Desert Storm and he’s going to come up in a couple weeks and visit and meet Josh face-to-face,” Mook said. “I don’t know anybody out there that … thinks this kid won’t be able to lead someday.”

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  • Watch the Moment a Communist Interrupted Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s Ferguson Press Conference
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 7:25 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was interrupted Monday evening while delivering a press conference ahead of the Ferguson grand jury decision by a supposed journalist with a communist newspaper.

    “Excuse, me! Governor Nixon, wouldn’t the lack of an indictment be a justification of police violence and lead to more police violence —,” the man, identified as Larry Evers from the “Revolution” newspaper, said.

    “I’ve called on this man first,” interjected Nixon.

    However, Evers continued asking his question.

    “And if I might ask you, you need to let the alternative press speak here,” he said.

    “So wouldn’t a lack of indictment mean fear for black people all over this country and effectively a green light for police violence?” Evers continued. “And second, I would like to pose to you, how you would respond to call by … the Revolution Communist Party that if officer Darren Wilson is not indicted … the country be brought to a halt through energetic, civil disobedience by millions of people.”

    Nixon dismissed Evers by saying he did not know the grand jury’s verdict or what the prosecutor was set to announce.

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