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Democrats Have No Lock On Latino Vote

Nov 28, 2014 12:50 AM PT

One of the significant undercurrents emerging from a closer look at the 2014 mid-term elections suggests Democrats may have some real concerns when it comes to capturing the Latino vote going forward. That's not to say they won't win it. But not winning certain demographic groups in great numbers can cause significant problems for a party steeped in identity politics.

First, take a look at what happened to California Democrat Rep. Jim Costa, who was expected to enjoy an easy win.

Costa's story is a microcosm of the turnout problem that plagued Democrats up and down the 2014 ticket, but it's particularly troubling for the party because Costa's district is among the most heavily Latino in the country.

Turnout also plunged in other heavily Latino districts, such as the one where Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney narrowly won reelection in a California district Obama won by 18 points in 2012. There, turnout was down nearly 47 percent between 2012 and 2014. In the state's 31st District, Rep.-elect Pete Aguilar, who was the heavy favorite in his race, won by just over 3,000 votes after a 52 percent drop-off of voters from 2012 to 2014. And Rep. Lois Capps, whose district Obama won by 11 points in 2012, won by fewer than 8,000 votes after a 32 percent drop-off.

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Crime

Fox News' Correspondent Harassed On Camera While Reporting From Ferguson 'No-Go' Zone

Nov 26, 2014 9:58 PM PT

While reporting live for Fox News's On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,  correspondent Griff Jenkins was harassed at a location in Ferguson that has come to be known as a "no-go" zone for reporters. The spot on Canfield Drive where the fatal shooting of Michael Brown took place, has come to be guarded by menacing individuals who harass "outsiders" who venture there.

Gateway Pundit reported that Tuesday night, "several reporters were threatened and then robbed at gunpoint" by masked gunmen on Canfield Drive, there purportedly to "protest" the grand jury decision to not indict Officer Wilson.

Paul Hampel, a reporter for the St Louis Post Dispatch reported Tuesday he was told to leave Canfield Drive if he wanted to “leave alive”.

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Crime

For Darren Wilson, An Uncertain Future

Nov 26, 2014 7:50 PM PT

Realistically, may as well be ex-Officer Darren Wilson can't really begin thinking about his future what with a Depart of Justice, White House and organizational Left that's likely far from done with him. He could still face Civil rights violations and the media storm chasing him is still raging.

But to the extent he can begin to think about his future, the idea that he'll ever be an active police officer again doesn't look to be a part of it

“At first [his thinking] was, ‘I want to go back, I’m a cop, I want to still be a cop,’ ” attorney Danielle Thompson said. “It took some time for him to realize that wasn’t exactly going to be what happened.”

Towey added: “I think I expressed to him, ‘Do you realize your first call [back on the job] will be to a blind alley where you’re executed?’ He took a pause for a minute, thought about it and said, ‘Oh.’ That is the reality.”

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Crime

Darren Wilson Allies Want Perjury Charges for Dorian 'Hands up, Don't Shoot' Johnson

Nov 26, 2014 7:02 PM PT

Allies of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson insist that given that the grand jury didn't indict Wilson and believed his version of events over Michael Brown friend Dorian Johnson, the state should consider charging Johnson with perjury.

It was Dorian Johnson that initially claimed Michael Brown had his hands up and said, "I don't have a gun, stop shooting". That led to the 'hands up, don't shoot' meme and eventually protest chant that characterized August's angry protests. In fact, it's a large part of why the incident took on the nature it ultimately did.

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Crime

The Omega Victim

Nov 26, 2014 11:51 AM PT

When I first read this article from Campus Reform, I assumed it had to be a put-on, a slice of Onion-style satire.  I've seen it taken seriously here and there, but I remain a bit skeptical.  It's also possible the author of the article is writing in earnest, while the subject was not.  It reads an awful lot like someone having fun with Campus Left stereotypes.

At any rate, I'm just going to throw this on the Conversation coffee table without any implied warranty as to its veracity:

A Georgetown University (GU) student who says he was mugged at gunpoint says he “can hardly blame" his assailants. 

Senior Oliver Friedfeld and his roommate were held at gunpoint and mugged recently. However, the GU student isn’t upset. In fact he says he “can hardly blame [his muggers].”

“Not once did I consider our attackers to be ‘bad people.’ I trust that they weren’t trying to hurt me. In fact, if they knew me, I bet they’d think I was okay,” wrote Friedfeld in an editorial featured in The Hoya, the university’s newspaper. “The fact that these two kids, who appeared younger than I, have even had to entertain these questions suggests their universes are light years away from mine.”

Friedfeld claims it is the pronounced inequality gap in Washington, D.C. that has fueled these types of crimes. He also says that as a middle-class man, he does not have the right to judge his muggers.

“Who am I to stand from my perch of privilege, surrounded by million-dollar homes and paying for a $60,000 education, to condemn these young men as ‘thugs?’” asks Friedfeld. “It’s precisely this kind of ‘otherization’ that fuels the problem.”

Police also aren’t the solution to the problem, Friedfeld argues.

“If we ever want opportunistic crime to end, we should look at ourselves first. Simply amplifying police presence will not solve the issue. Police protect us by keeping those ‘bad people’ out of our neighborhood, and I’m grateful for it. And yet, I realize it’s self-serving and doesn’t actually fix anything.”

Friedfeld suggests that the “privileged” adapt to normalized crime, until the wrongs of the past are righted.

“The millennial generation is taking over the reins of the world, and thus we are presented with a wonderful opportunity to right some of the wrongs of the past,” writes Friedfeld. “Until we do so, we should get comfortable with sporadic muggings and break-ins. I can hardly blame them. The cards are all in our hands, and we’re not playing them.”

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Politics

White House Claims It Missed the Story About Al Sharpton Owing $4.5 Million in Taxes

Nov 26, 2014 11:13 AM PT

A major story in the NY Times claims that Rev. Al Sharpton owes millions in taxes. When asked about this, White House spokesman Josh Earnest claimed not to have read the stories.

Earnest was asked about the NY Times report by Fox News' Ed Henry but claimed not to have read "those stories." Pressed by Henry on whether White House advisers should pay their taxes, Earnest would only say, "I think every American should pay his or her taxes."

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Energy

The lazy dragon of Big Government

Nov 26, 2014 9:55 AM PT

In response to Obama Announces 'Most Expensive Regulation' of All Time:

Let me see if I've got this straight: we have a wave of some 3,500 new regulations coming at us, 189 of which will cost us over $100 million to comply with.  The new global-warming fantasy you described will be one of the most expansive, and expensive, regulations ever.  The American people just cast a historic vote against this kind of big-bucks micromanagement, especially in the name of the Green religion, but we're getting it rammed down our throats anyway.  Elect all the Senators and Congressmen you want, serfs - it makes no difference to the lumbering juggernaut of the regulatory State.

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Politics

Hillary Hanging with Loser Landrieu

Nov 26, 2014 9:13 AM PT

Say what you want about her, for some reason, "Hillary Clinton is hosting a New York City fundraiser for Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., on Monday," meaning she's standing by Landrieu despite expectations that she's headed for a landslide loss again republican Bill Cassidy.

Landrieu, trailing in recent polls to Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy for the Dec. 6 runoff, continues to face an avalanche of negative ads from conservative advocacy groups, such as Karl Rove's American Crossroads. But the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, apparently confident of Cassidy's victory, has canceled planned TV ads in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette, according to Politico.

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ObamaCare

Chuck Schumer's Shrewd Break With ObamaCare

Nov 26, 2014 9:11 AM PT

One doesn't have to like NY Senator Chuck Schumer to admit he's a smart and ambitious man. His being the first prominent Democrat to come out strong against Obamacare - without doing anything to derail it - could prove to be a shrewd move for a guy known to make them.

If Obamacare sees a significant defeat in a current Supreme Court challenge it's facing, Schumer's seeming break from the usual lock-step movement of Democrats on the Affordable Care act could provide a way for the party to go in the event of a loss.

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