Today's Top Stories - December 19, 2014 


BEWARE THE BELL! U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open on Friday following Thursday's rally, which saw the Dow industrial average climb more than 400 points for the first time in three years, fueled by comments from the Federal Reserve More

Rally or not, market volatility looms Friday may not see another stock market rally, but the expiration of futures and options could bring more volatility More

EUROPE: European shares were higher in morning trade on Friday, following the stellar rally in Asian and U.S. equities overnight More

ASIA: Asian equities put up an upbeat performance on the final trading day of the week, following an inspiring U.S. lead overnight as investors cheered the Federal Reserve's pledge to be patient in increasing interest rates More

OIL: Brent crude oil rose above $60 a barrel on Friday, recovering from near a five-and-a-half-year low as investors squared books ahead of the year-end festive break after six months of falling prices More

GOLD: Gold steadied on Friday, struggling to rise above the $1,200 an ounce mark as the dollar firmed and investor appetite for risk increased on expectations of rising U.S. interest rates More

Resurgence in gold demand from China and India, the world's biggest consumers, is set to restore some shine to the yellow metal in 2015 after a lackluster year More

Putin predicts recovery, warns West’ against pressuring Russian ‘bear’ More

Threats derail Sony’s release of ‘The Interview’ Hackers had said there would be wide-scale attacks and promised “a bitter fate” for the moviegoers More

Rumor sends traders barreling into McDonald’s; McDonald's shares are rallying on a rumor that Bill Ackman is taking a stake in the company, and pushing for the fast food giant to spin properties off into a tax-efficient real estate investment trust More

The unforgeable passport? It may have arrived; Researchers in the Netherlands have found what they say is a way to make it impossible for criminals to forge passports, ID cards or credit cards More

The yen fell on Friday amid expectations of further stimulus next year to bolster Japanese inflation and also on a revival of global risk sentiment after battered oil prices and Russia's ruble stabilised More

Internet giant Google has accused a Hollywood trade associationof reviving a campaign to "censor" the internet More

Retailers still haven't figured out mobile; More than half of consumers say that retailers "inconsistently meet expectations" or only "meet expectations" when it comes to their mobile experience More

T-Mobile to let customers carry over unused data Under T-Mobile's plan announced Tuesday, customers would be able to stash what they don't use for up to a year More

Working conditions at the companies that supply parts for the Apple iPhone 6 were in the spotlight Friday, after an undercover investigation by the BBC More


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IMG_0029In comments on a Virginian-Pilot column, Michael Barrett, CEO of Runnymede Corp. called member of the Beach General Assembly delegation members of the Taliban (Terrorists). He made the remark in slamming voters for the election of John Moss to the City Council.

He said: "Of course, that is what happens when the majority (of the voters) does not pay attention; just like we Virginians having elected the Taliban to the House of Delegates.

Isn't it amazing that the Runnymede Corporation, a company owned by the Fine family of Virginia Beach would allow its CEO Barrett to continue making scurrilous remarks in reference to members of the Virginia Beach Delegation to the Virginia General Assembly.

Here are his remarks posted following the Kerry Dougherty article titled, "WELL, IT'S (TAX) SEASON, SO HANG ON TO YOUR WALLET," appearing in the February 8, 2012 issue of the Virginian-Pilot.

Mike Barrett was referencing the election of John Moss' successful election to the Virginia Beach City Council and is slamming the people who elected him by saying, "Of course, that is what happens when the majority does not pay attention; just like we Virginians having elected the Taliban to the House of Delegates."

If Mr. Barrett keeps his job at Runnymede it is evidence the company is so ego-driven that it has no ethics. If Barrett remains on the board of Vision and the Chamber of Commerce, then shame on them for allowing him to remain so after making these outrageous remarks. Of course, if Mr. Barrett can provide proof that there are in fact members of the Taliban serving in the Virginia General Assembly, then we stand corrected.

It's well known that yellow-dog democrat Barrett is a shill for the Virginia Beach City Manager, and Mayor Will(ing) Sessoms. He delivers a constant barrage of snide, inflammatory remarks directed at every member of the Beach delegation, all of which are Republicans.

Oh, Barrett also represented the Virginia Beach on the corruptly managed Southeastern Public Service Authority (SPSA) Board, the trash agency that inept management forced out of business.

Barrett has made it known that he is ill, suffering from cancer. One must have some pity on him, but not without still holding him accountable for his outrageous statements. Best advice: Stay on your meds, Mike, and give your venomous brain a break.




  Quote OF THE DAY    


SEX IN THE SHOWER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In a recent survey carried out for the leading toiletries firm 'Brut', people from Chicago have proved to be the most likely to have had sex in the shower!
In the survey, 86% of Chicago's inner city residents (almost all of whom are registered Democrats) say that they have enjoyed sex in the shower.
The other 14% said they hadn't been to prison yet.
Sort of brings tears to your eyes!!!!






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