Thousands of New Yorkers, and fellow officers from around the country, turned out for the funeral of NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos. The service was held at Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, just a week after Officer Ramos and his partner were murdered in cold blood. In a scene filled with emotion, his wife, Maritza, and two sons received his burial flag, along with a formal salute and a helicopter fly-by.
A new study by the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture has found there is a very high correlation between personal happiness and religious practice. According to the study, 45 percent of people who attend religious service every week characterize themselves as “very happy.” Only 28 percent of people who do not attend church weekly say they are “very happy.” Four percent of those who never attend church services are twice as likely to describe themselves as “very unhappy;” only two percent of those who worship say they fit that description.
After last week’s murder of two New York Police Department officers, Mayor Bill de Blasio asked protestors to observe a moratorium until the funerals had been completed. The demonstrators refused, and protests have continued throughout the city. CNN Correspondent Sara Ganim was reporting live from the scene of a memorial for the two officers when a group of protestors showed up and began shouting abuse at the silent mourners.
January 2015 will bring a whole new beginning for congressional Republicans, and, many hope, a new speaker. House Speaker John Boehner has never had the backing of the more conservative wing of his party, and since he worked with President Obama and the Democrats to pass the so-called “Chromnibus” budget bill, his standing has fallen even lower. Now a move is underway to advance a new speaker, Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC).
Sneakers restaurant in Winooski, Vermont has taken down a sign that read, “Yield – Sneakers Bacon.” The restaurant’s owners decided to remove the sign after a Muslim woman, posting in an online forum, said she was personally offended. According to WPTZ News, the woman called the sign “insensitive to those who do not consume pork.”