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  • Is the American Economy Being Deliberately Destroyed? (Vid-8:48)

    12/15/2012 10:04:41 AM PST · by bayouranger · 36 replies
    trevorloudon.com ^ | 14DEC12 | bill whittle
    Is the looming economic destruction of America deliberate? Bill Whittle thinks so. So do I.
  • Gunman had "altercation" with school staff day before masssacre

    12/15/2012 10:03:16 AM PST · by xsrdx · 227 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 15, 2012 | Tracy Connor
    The gunman in the Newtown massacre had an "altercation" with four staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School the day before he killed 20 children, six adults and himself there, Connecticut and federal officials told NBC News Saturday. Three of the four staff members were killed Friday in one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history. The fourth staff member was not at school that day and is being interviewed by federal and state investigators, NBC News’ Pete Williams said. Two days before that, Adam Lanza, 20, went to a sporting goods store in Danbury, Conn., and tried to...
  • On Gun Control and the Sandy Hook Shooting

    12/15/2012 9:47:45 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 13 replies
    In connection with reading the above-linked story I saw an accompanying posted comment by somebody which states "there is going to be another gun massacre coming very soon." At first I dismissed it as a cynical opinion in poor taste so soon after this tragedy but upon later reflection it struck me as a tad creepy. Am I making too much of it?
  • The Shooting Is Tragic, But The Lockdown Procedure May Lead To Greater Tragedy

    12/15/2012 9:41:39 AM PST · by Starman417 · 20 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-15-12 | Skookum
    We listened to the accounts of the tragedy in a state of disbelief and sadness. The vulnerability of our children to psychopaths is obvious, but can we do more to protect our most innocent? I listened to a local administrator describe the standard procedure under lockdown conditions and I had an ill-feeling of dread. The safety measures the schools are advised to take are now well-known to the potential homicidal maniacs who walk our streets, and now, there is the opportunity to capitalize on information that should be classified. Lockdown procedures include locking the classroom doors and gathering the children...
  • Newtown Shooter Had Asperger Syndrome, And Some US Gun Facts

    12/15/2012 9:39:53 AM PST · by Perdogg · 142 replies
    As we reported last night, buried inside the NYT biopic of Newtown shooter Adam Lanza was arguably one of the most important missing pieces in the story, at least so far, which could provide clues into partially explaining yesterday's tragic loss of young life, namely that the 20 year old man suffered from Asperger Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism (two conditions which are being merged in the upcoming update of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) manual of mental disorders), which has been traditionally associated with social communication difficulties, including flat affect, and one which in some clinical studies...
  • Right-to-Work Passes in Michigan, Violence Feared

    12/15/2012 9:38:39 AM PST · by John Semmens · 21 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    This week the Michigan legislature passed a “right-to-work” law making the state the 24th to allow workers to abstain from joining a union without losing their jobs. Opponents of the new law are incensed. Jimmy Hoffa, Jr., president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, predicted “civil war.” “What we have here is a betrayal of democracy,” Hoffa claimed. “This law will allow workers to decline becoming members of a union even if the majority of their fellow employees vote that they should join the union. It puts individual rights ahead of the collective right to compel everyone to participate.” Hoffa...
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Faints, Has Concussion

    12/15/2012 9:37:04 AM PST · by No One Special · 161 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 15, 2012 | Fox News
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is suffering from a concussion after fainting. Below is a statement from her Philippe Reines, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.“While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion. She has been recovering at home and will continue to be monitored regularly by her doctors. At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with Department and other officials. She is looking forward to being back in the office soon.”
  • Blame Evil, Not Guns, For Newtown Massacre

    12/15/2012 9:33:02 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 12 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 15, 2012 | JP
    A letter to the editor today in the editorial pages of my local newspaper caught my attention. The writer lamented yesterday’s slaughter of 27 innocents in Newtown, Connecticut – as we all do. Then he identified the culprit – guns. We’ve never heard of a “mass-knifing” claiming so many victims, he pointed out. His implication was that, if we scrap the Second Amendment, there will be no more funerals for victims of mass murder. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Timothy McVeigh did not use a gun in 1995 when he killed 168 people, including 10 children,...
  • Hillary Clinton faints, suffers concussion

    12/15/2012 9:29:03 AM PST · by brewcrew · 89 replies
    CBCNEWS/AP ^ | 12/15/12 | AP Staff
  • Jindal’s op-ed to sell contraceptives over-the-counter 'very troubling'

    12/15/2012 9:27:45 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 31 replies
    http://lifesitenews.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Ben Johnson
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has proposed that oral contraceptives should be available to all women without a prescription or doctor’s examination in an op-ed that has drawn praise from Planned Parenthood and condemnation from some in the pro-life movement. He called a new report from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), calling for oral contraceptives to be sold over-the-counter, “a common-sense call for reform.”
  • As a Newtown resident, parent, and law abiding gun owner…

    12/15/2012 9:23:21 AM PST · by DTogo · 93 replies
    Vanity ^ | Dec. 15, 2012 | DTogo
    Yesterday was the dark day always in the far corner of my head, and only brought to the forefront when friends or family sometimes ask why I carry a hand gun on simple everyday errands and activities. My answer is two-fold; because it's my Constitutional Right to do so, and there are a lot of crazy people out there in the world today, maybe even in Newtown. That once back-of-the-mind thought was also there everyday as my youngest boards the bus to spend about 7 hours in a completely defenseless environment where teachers and parents are not allowed to “carry”...
  • New Army Manual Orders Soldiers Not To Criticize Taliban

    12/15/2012 9:20:12 AM PST · by RetiredArmy · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 11, 2012 | None listed
    New Army Manual Orders Soldiers Not To Criticize Taliban Or Anything Related To Islam Here is a strong indicator that the Obama Administration’s crusade to appease Islam has gone too far; a new U.S. military handbook for troops deployed to the Middle East orders soldiers not to make derogatory comments about the Taliban or criticize pedophilia, among other outrageous things. It gets better; the new manual, which is around 75 pages, suggests that Western ignorance of Afghan culture— not Taliban infiltration—is responsible for the increase in deadly attacks by Afghan soldiers against the coalition forces. The soon-to-be-released Army handbook is...
  • Gunman's mother owned weapons used in Connecticut school massacre

    12/15/2012 9:07:22 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 40 replies
    NBC ^ | Dec 15 2012 | Pete Williams and Kari Huus
    The weapons used in Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., were legally purchased and registered to Nancy Lanza, the mother of the gunman, Adam Lanza, two law enforcement officials told NBC News.
  • Sandy Hook elementary school gunman Adam Lanza learned to shoot from his gun-collecting mom

    12/15/2012 9:05:56 AM PST · by maggief · 36 replies
    NYDN ^ | December 15, 2012 | Matthew Lysiak , Dennis Slattery AND Corky Siemaszko
    His mother taught him the way of the gun. Adam Lanza, the troubled nerd who turned a Connecticut school into a slaughterhouse, learned how to shoot under the watchful eye of his demanding mom Nancy. “She said she would often go target shooting with her kids,” landscaper Dan Holmes said. Nancy Lanza wound up being the first of her son’s 27 victims when he used one of her guns to shoot her dead. Holmes, who often mowed the grass at the Lanza’s sprawling Newtown home, told Reuters the doomed mom was proud of her arsenal and once showed him a...
  • First pictures of the tragic children murdered in their classrooms (title truncated)

    12/15/2012 9:04:34 AM PST · by Justaham · 13 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/15/12 | James Nye
    Original title: First pictures of the tragic children murdered in their classrooms after 'deeply disturbed' gunman massacred 26 at Connecticut school --------------------------------- These are the first pictures of the victims who died in a shooting rampage when a 'deeply disturbed' gunman went classroom to classroom at a Connecticut school. Ana Marquez-Greene, seven, was killed when the shooter opened fire on children and teachers at 9.30am on Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty-six people died in the mass shooting. The little girl and her older brother had attended Linden Christian School nearby, before moving with their parents to Newtown in...
  • US-Iranian nuclear talks fail. Iran has plutonium for 24 Nagasaki-type bombs

    12/15/2012 8:56:12 AM PST · by Dave346 · 43 replies
    Debka ^ | December 15, 2012
    The secret, one-on-one nuclear negotiations President Barack Obama launched with Iran have run into a blank wall. A senior Iranian team member, Mostafa Dolatyar, said Friday, Dec. 14 in New Delhi that the diplomatic process for solving the nuclear issue with Iran was in effect going nowhere, because the demand that Tehran halt its 20-percent enrichment of uranium “doesn’t make sense.” He went on to say: “They [the world powers] have made certain connections with purely technical issues and something purely political. In so far as this is the mentality and this is the approach from 5 + 1 (the...
  • It’s Time To Repeal The 2nd Amendment

    12/15/2012 8:54:23 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 107 replies
    "Homebrewed Theology" ^ | December 14, 2012
    It’s time to face the facts. The 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution has both outlived it’s usefulness and been perverted far beyond its original intent. Based on the English Bill of Rights (1869), as the US Supreme Court has said, the English law was to reinstate Protestant‘s rights to have arms after being disarmed by James II. The American cousin was no doubt influenced by both the English law and the conditions of occupation by the British military leading up to the American Revolution. The intent of the law was to prevent the government from militarily taking over the...
  • No Way Out

    12/15/2012 8:53:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | Peter Schiff
    By upping the ante once again in its gamble to revive the lethargic economy through monetary action, the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee is now compelling the rest of us to buy into a game that we may not be able to afford. At his press conference this week, Fed Chairman Bernanke explained how the easiest policy stance in Fed history has just gotten that much easier. First it gave us zero interest rates, then QEs I and II, Operation Twist, and finally "unlimited" QE3. Now that those moves have failed to deliver economic health, the Fed has doubled the...
  • How 'genius' honor student Adam Lanza became masked killer

    12/15/2012 8:45:53 AM PST · by BunnySlippers · 303 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/15/12
    Ms Conte called the ordeal 'sad' for Lanza and his family, and suggested that the violence is a portion of a much larger situation. 'Guns are easy to point to, but it's really a mental health issue.'
  • Dallas Fed Richard Fisher: Fed Risks 'Hotel California' Monetary Policy

    12/15/2012 8:42:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    At least one Fed governor understands the Bernanke Fed's hyper-accommodative monetary policy has no exit. Today on CNBC "Squawk Box", Dallas Fed governor Richard Fisher complained Fed Risks 'Hotel California' Monetary Policy. Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher told CNBC that he's worried the U.S. central bank is in a "Hotel California" type of monetary policy because of its "engorged balance sheet." Evoking lyrics from the famous song by The Eagles, he said he feared the Fed would be able to "check out anytime you like, but never leave." Fisher said on "Squawk Box" that he argued against revealing the new...
  • A Reminder We Are In The Middle Of A Spiritual War (The Newtown School Shooting Incident Friday)

    12/15/2012 8:32:42 AM PST · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | December 15,2012 | annem040359
    Yesterday, when I first heard of the horror shooting incident that took place at the Newtown, CT, elementary school, the Sandy Hook School, I was SHOCKED, SICKEN, and WITH GREAT SORROW by the unfolding of this recent heartbreaking and tragic current event. Hearing about the innocent children who were slaughtered, plus the adults as well, I ended up screaming in HORROR that innocent children, including those who are just beginning their formal learning had no chance to live a life in full. What even SHOCKED me even more was that, the young man who did the killing, a 20-year-old man...
  • Radical Left Fanatics

    12/15/2012 8:30:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    We have all seen the outrageous, even violent, demonstrations by the leftist big-labor protesters in Michigan over the recently adopted Right-to-Work legislation.  The mirror image happened last February-March when Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin legislature similarly addressed labor laws. It seems the left – the same people with those "Tolerance" and "Diversity" bumper stickers on their Subaru – are the first ones to cross the line of civility.   In my home state of Colorado the left's latest hot button is hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."  Fracking has been used for more than 60 years to successfully drill over a million...
  • Vanity request for search savvy FReepers

    12/15/2012 8:26:45 AM PST · by doodles2 · 6 replies
    Personal ^ | 12/15/12 | Me
    Yesterday, Dennis MIller eviscerated liberal caller named Walter. In so doing, he delivered a poignant definition of liberal resentment for productive Americans. I am looking for the audio to share.
  • Syrian Scuds Land Near Turkish Border - NATO

    12/15/2012 8:09:36 AM PST · by Fennie · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 14, 2012
    BRUSSELS, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Several Scud missiles fired at rebels by Syria have landed "fairly close" to the Turkish border, NATO's top military commander said on Friday in a blog explaining why Patriot anti-missile batteries are being deployed to Turkey. The comments by U.S. Admiral James Stavridis, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, were the first to confirm that Scuds have come down near the border of Turkey, a NATO member state. Stavridis also described the situation in Syria as "chaotic and dangerous".
  • Instead of Gnashing and Wailing and Looking Back...

    12/15/2012 8:05:24 AM PST · by blu · 42 replies
    self
    Where do we go from here?
  • Right-to-Work Laws Shouldn’t Exist, so Why Am I Happy about What Happened in Michigan?

    12/15/2012 8:05:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I was very critical of the General Motors bailout since it largely was designed to give undeserved special benefits to the UAW union. I’m also very down of teacher unions because they sabotage reforms that would help poor children trapped in failed government schools. And I’m definitely opposed to the excessive pay and benefits that politicians grant to bureaucrats in exchange for votes and money from government employee unions (as cleverly depicted in this great Michael Ramirez cartoon).So why, then, do I have mixed feelings about the recently enacted right-to-work law in Michigan?Here’s some of what I wrote almost 25 years...
  • Do Civilians Armed With Guns Ever Capture, Kill, or Otherwise Stop Mass Shooters?

    12/15/2012 7:57:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 90 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    Backers of laws that let pretty much all law-abiding carry concealed guns in public places often argue that these laws will sometimes enable people to stop mass shootings. Opponents occasionally ask: If that’s so, what examples can one give of civilians armed with guns stopping such shootings? Sometimes, I hear people asking if even one such example can be found, or saying that they haven’t heard even one such example. Naturally, such examples will be rare, partly because mass shootings are rare, partly because many mass shootings happen in supposedly “gun-free” zones (such as schools, universities, or private property posted...
  • SHOTS FIRED INSIDE BIRMINGHAM HOSPITAL, 3 INJURED, GUNMAN KILLED

    12/15/2012 7:51:14 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 64 replies
    www2.alabamas13.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | Aaron Hutchens
    Birmingham police are on the scene at Saint Vincent's Hospital this morning, where somebody fired a gun early this morning. We have now learned that a police officer and two hospital employees were injured during that shooting, and they have been taken to UAB hospital. Their injuries were not life threatening. The gunman was killed during the shooting. Police say that the public is not in any danger, and that the situation is under control. Our reporter on the scene says additional nurses have been called in to work.
  • Stop Subsidizing the Slaughter

    12/15/2012 7:49:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | Paul Driessen
    Congress and the White House are struggling to find even one subsidy or entitlement program that they are willing to cut. Meanwhile, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) insists that the 2.2-cents per kilowatt-hour Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind electricity should be extended yet again – and then (maybe, partially) phased out over the next five years. By then, claims CEO Denise Bode, wind energy could be cost-competitive with other energy sources. What nonsense. No evidence supports any of this. Wind energy is a net jobs and economic loser. By raising electricity costs for factories, internet hubs, offices, malls,...
  • Occupy Supporter Russell Simmons to Throw (hip-hop) Ball for Obama, Tickets Start at $500

    12/15/2012 7:40:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/13/12
    Occupy Supporter Russell Simmons to Throw Ball for Obama, Tickets Start at $500by Breitbart News 13 Dec 2012 **SNIP** The black-tie Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball will take place at the Harman Centeron Jan. 20. The gala, hosted by Russell Simmons’s Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, drew the likes of LL Cool J, T.I. and Nick Cannon in 2009, and just like 2009, VIP tickets will still carry the same eye-popping $2,500 price tag.
  • Many single women, a key bloc, are avoiding GOP

    12/15/2012 7:37:19 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 215 replies
    AP ^ | December 15, 2012 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI
    DENVER (AP) — Sara Stevenson spends her working hours surrounded by Republicans, namely the married men who work alongside her in a Denver oil and gas firm company. But after hours and on weekends, she usually spends her time with other single women, and there's not a Republican in sight among the bunch. "There was just no way I could have supported any Republican this year," said Stevenson, 31. "They skew so much to the religious right. ... They focused so much on taxes. It's not something that women in my demographic really care about. I've never heard my friends...
  • Vanity for LEOs.

    12/15/2012 7:33:09 AM PST · by Vermont Lt · 62 replies
    We just had a discussion in our house. We were wondering why the police need to do this exhaustive investigation of the crime scene when most everyone agrees the killer has been found, and he is dead--so he is not going to be prosecuted? What are they looking for, and would it be better to simply get this circus over as soon as possible. Does anyone have any explanation for the layman?
  • China Is Officially Dusting The U.S. In Manufacturing (And That's OK)

    12/15/2012 7:29:31 AM PST · by blam · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12-13-2012 | Jordan Weissmann
    China Is Officially Dusting The U.S. In Manufacturing (And That's OK) By Jordan Weissmann Dec 13 2012, 12:20 PM In 2010, China just barely edged out the United States as the world's top manufacturer by output -- a distinction it hadn't held since 1850. Still the two countries were basically neck and neck. No longer. The United Nations has updated its national accounts data to capture 2011, and thanks to China's breakneck growth, its manufacturing output is now leaving ours in a cloud of coal dust, as shown in this graph from AEI's Mark Perry. China's trend line is practically...
  • DuPage County Homeowner Fires Shots At Intruder(IL)

    12/15/2012 7:21:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    chicago.cbslocal.com ^ | 11 December, 2012 | NA
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A homeowner shot an intruder in his home in unincorporated DuPage County near Naperville on Tuesday, but the suspect was able to get away. A school in the area was briefly on lockdown after the shooting. The incident happened on Woodcrest Drive in the Steeple Run subdivision. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports, Tuesday morning, homeowner Richard Niemiec fired his 9mm handgun at least eight times at a burglar standing at his back door, after being roused out of bed by his dog.
  • Democrats: Put Obama's Medicare board (Hussein's death panel) on the table

    12/15/2012 7:19:57 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/12 | Elise Viebeck
    Democrats: Put Obama's Medicare board on the tableBy Elise Viebeck - 12/15/12 10:05 AM ET The healthcare law's controversial Medicare board should be on the table in deficit-reduction talks, House Democrats said this week. Killing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which Sarah Palin decried as a "death panel" in June, could ease Republican concessions as part of a year-end deficit deal, Dems said. "I think everything has to be on the table," said Rep. Dan Boren (Okla.), one of healthcare reform's most consistent Democratic opponents. "Anything that could help along the way to get some agreement," said Rep. David...
  • Merry Christmas, America-Haters?

    12/15/2012 7:15:53 AM PST · by IbJensen · 3 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 14, 2012 | L. Brent Bozell III
    When TNT was preparing its annual special "Christmas in Washington" with the president of the United States, you'd think the last star musician they would consider to join the official caroling would be Psy, the South Korean rapper. What on Earth is Christmasy about this man's invisible-horse-riding dance to his dorky disco-rap hit "Gangnam Style"? It's not exactly the natural flip-side to "O Holy Night." But TNT couldn't resist this year's YouTube sensation. This inane publicity stunt backfired when the website Mediaite reported on Dec. 7 that Psy (real name: Park Jae-sang) had participated in a 2002 protest in which...
  • Foolproof Christmas Shopping Strategy for Guys

    12/15/2012 7:09:08 AM PST · by no-llmd · 27 replies
    no-llmd | 12-15-12 | no-llmd
    I offer this Foolproof Christmas Shopping Strategy for Guys who need to get serious now that we have only two shopping weekends before Christmas. Guys have a natural aversion to shopping in general and malls in particular. Malls have millions of gift items on the shelves and this causes guys a massive problem when attempting to select that perfect gift for a significant other. I have analyzed this problem and have developed a solution that will work well for any guy regardless of budget or last minute time constraints. The strategy is based upon a category system. With millions of...
  • The other ObamaCare middle class tax hike arrives in 2014 (and 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018...)

    12/15/2012 7:04:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/12/12 | John Hayward
    The other ObamaCare middle class tax hike arrives in 2014By: John Hayward 12/12/2012 09:14 AM If you think it’s been horrifying to watch ObamaCare pop open like a jack-in-the-box filled with tax increases over the last couple of weeks, just wait until the huge new taxes on health insurance companies hit in 2014. A study commissioned by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) lays out the details: The [Affordable Care Act] imposes a new sales tax on health insurance that starts at $8 billion in 2014, increases to $14.3 billion in 2018, and will continue to increase each year. The Joint...
  • A badge don’t make it right…

    12/15/2012 7:02:52 AM PST · by IbJensen · 7 replies
    Durable Faith ^ | 12/11/2012 | Staff
    We have been conditioned to submit to anyone wearing a badge by our society, schools, and often even our churches. The result of unquestioned submission to authorities often produces the opposite result to the ideals of the civil society and equally applied law and order that we are seeking. Consider the badges below: 1.Why is it ok for the DHS and FEMA to treat Americans like terrorists, but it’s not OK for the KGB to send Russian “dissidents” to Siberia? 2.Why is it OK for the UN and the CIA to be involved in the overthrow of sovereign nations but...
  • Connecticut gun laws among the toughest in the U.S.

    12/15/2012 7:01:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 44 replies
    eveningsun.com ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Ryan Teague Beckwith
    Supporters and opponents alike of gun control will point to this fact in the coming days: Connecticut already has some of the toughest restrictions on gun laws in the United States. For gun control supporters, the shooting at a Newtown elementary school will be one more piece of evidence that even stronger laws are needed, including at the national level. “We have some of the strongest gun laws in the United States, but if you don’t have strong federal gun laws, that makes it that much more difficult,” said Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence. But advocates...
  • Evil Is to Blame

    12/15/2012 7:00:04 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-14-2012 | J. Christian Adams
    Evil Is to Blame J. Christian Adams Pay close attention to what gets blamed for the Newtown school shooting. Evil is to blame for these horrific murders and nothing else. Listen closely to the rhetoric over the coming weeks. How often will evil be named as the cause of the horror? Not often, I suspect. Some dispute the existence of conscious, deliberate, unseen evil. Perhaps that’s why blame for the murderous horror will fall elsewhere. Some consider the mention of evil in public discourse to be unseemly. Belief in pure deliberate evil can be inconvenient, because it includes other necessary...
  • Why The Hot Sauce Industry Is The New Craft Beer Industry

    12/15/2012 6:51:23 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 233 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 11, 2012 | Jason Daley
    In April research firm IBISWorld declared manufacturing of the spicy condiment to be one of the 10 fastest-growing industries in the U.S., with average company revenue jumping 9.3 percent per year over the last decade. Even though the segment is small—roughly 5,500 people employed by 218 sauce companies, an industry valued at $1 billion—it packs an entrepreneurial punch.
  • Canada officially becomes first country to withdraw from Kyoto agreement

    12/15/2012 6:48:00 AM PST · by Dartman · 62 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Dec. 14/12 | Jessica Hume
    OTTAWA — Canada has officially withdrawn from the Kyoto climate agreement. The death notice comes years after the Stephen Harper government made clear it rejected the terms that were negotiated by the Jean Chretien government in 1997. According to the agreement, Canada would reduce its greenhouse gases 6% below 1990 levels by 2012. Environment Minister Peter Kent pointed to the fact the United States and China - the two largest carbon emitters - never signed on as reason to abandon the agreement. And one year ago Canada officially announced its repudiation of it, becoming the first country in the world...
  • New milestone for China: Probe snaps close-ups of asteroid Toutatis

    12/15/2012 6:46:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    nbc ^ | Alan Boyle
    China's official news agency is reporting that the country's Chang'e 2 deep-space probe made an amazing flyby of the asteroid Toutatis this week, snapping a series of pictures as it passed just 2 miles away. The achievement signals China's entry into yet another exclusive space club. Only four of the world's space efforts have managed close encounters with asteroids: NASA (with NEAR Shoemaker and Dawn, for example), the European Space Agency (with Rosetta), Japan (with Hayabusa) — and now China with Toutatis
  • Minnesotans prepare for possible shootings

    12/15/2012 6:45:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    grandforksherald.com ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Don Davis
    ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials say they have tried to prepare for school shootings like one Friday in Connecticut, but there always is more they can do. “We need to collaboratively do a better job of securing those kids,” said state Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, a law enforcement officer for 34 years, 16 as Douglas County sheriff. ----------------------cut------------------------- “We’re going to have to have some people who are armed in our schools,” Ingebrigtsen said. “As sad as that can be, and I think (former Gov.) Jesse Ventura brought it up, maybe some of these teachers are going to have to...
  • Abortions—Number and Rate by State of Occurrence

    12/15/2012 6:40:01 AM PST · by outofsalt · 23 replies
    US Census ^ | Un | US Census
    Table 103. Abortions—Number and Rate by State of Occurrence: 2000 to 2008 [Number of abortions by state of occurrence from surveys of hospitals, clinics, and physicians identified as providers of abortion services conducted by the Guttmacher Institute]
  • MPD officer killed in hail of bullets

    12/15/2012 6:37:47 AM PST · by GailA · 20 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 12/15/12 | Kristina Goetz
    Female LEO Link only
  • A Thought Experiment Related to School Shootings

    12/15/2012 6:37:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 35 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    Imagine that you ran a school district, and some rich foundation, worried about school shootings, gave you the following offer: We’ll hire armed security guards for you, who could try to do something about the school shooter. These aren’t going to be highly trained police officers, just typical security guards, given some modest training and subjected to basic background checks. It’s not like they’re highly skilled; security guards rarely are. But they have a basic understanding of how to shoot, and when to shoot. They wouldn’t deal with ordinary trespassing, vandalism, and the like, nor would they be at all...
  • It's a Twittersweet Symphony, This Life

    12/15/2012 6:36:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | Kathryn Lopez
    Rome -- "Where people are, the Word of God must be," a priest from Washington state, in the holy city for a conference on the Church in America, told an Italian media outlet. The simple explanation did make clear why one of the most learned, reserved, holy men on the planet was dipping his toes into Twitter. When the pope sent his first post on the popular social media platform, two grandmotherly women from the Philippines were sitting near me. "Pope -- Twitter!" they said to me with radiant smiles. "Thanks be to God!" they continued. There was a language...
  • Liberals are responsible for this tragedy

    12/15/2012 6:33:39 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 100 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/15/12 | Judson Phillips
    In light of a tragedy like the shooting at Newton yesterday, the immediate reaction of conservatives is to mourn and offer our sympathies and prayers for the victims. The immediate reaction of liberals is to politicize the issue. When we are engaged in a war for our freedom, we cannot allow the left simply dominate the narrative while we act as decent human beings. There is one simple truth here. Guns were not responsible for what happened yesterday. Liberals were. How? The school at Newton like schools everywhere was declared “gun free” zones. Why don’t we just put up a...