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  • Canada-Iran Crisis: Canada Accuses Iran Of Subversive Activity On Its Soil

    12/16/2012 1:36:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    RSN ^ | Thursday, 13 December 2012 05:13 | Y. Mansharof
    On September 7, 2012, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird unexpectedly announced that Ottawa had severed relations with Tehran, and that all Iranian diplomats were being expelled from Canada. He explained that, as of that date, Canada was considering Iran a terror-sponsoring country and formally listing it as a state sponsor of terrorism under the country's Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act. Canada-Iran relations soured in 2003, with the rape and murder of Canadian-Iranian journalist Zahra Kazemi in Iran’s infamous Evin Prison. Since then, Canada has been advancing a proposal for condemning Iran in the U.N. for human rights violations. Apparently,...
  • The Sandy Hook Murders: What To Do?

    12/16/2012 1:17:28 AM PST · by zeestephen · 72 replies
    PowerLine ^ | 15 December 2012 | John Hinderaker
    If we are going to take mass shootings as an occasion to infringe constitutional rights, the most effective place to start would be the FIRST Amendment [Freedom of the Press].
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- MWC 922: The Red Square Nebula

    12/16/2012 1:01:56 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    NASA ^ | December 16, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What could cause a nebula to appear square? No one is quite sure. The hot star system known as MWC 922, however, appears to be embedded in a nebula with just such a shape. The above image combines infrared exposures from the Hale Telescope on Mt. Palomar in California, and the Keck-2 Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. A leading progenitor hypothesis for the square nebula is that the central star or stars somehow expelled cones of gas during a late developmental stage. For MWC 922, these cones happen to incorporate nearly right angles and be visible from the...
  • New IPCC report: Evidence supporting climate change is “unequivocal” (while equivocating)

    12/16/2012 12:57:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Science Recorder ^ | Saturday, December 15, 2012 | Jessica Lear
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) seems to have a problem. The international group has expressed concerns after a blogger posted an early copy of their upcoming report. The IPCC, which is part of the United Nations (U.N.), is currently working on a climate change report titled the Fifth Assessment Report, which will be published next year. Noted global warming skeptic Alec Rawls, who created the blog Stop Green Suicide, leaked part of the report online, prompting an outpouring of criticism after the agency reaffirmed its agreement that the report was to remain sealed until its official release. …...
  • White House won’t accept new tax offer from Republican leader; source

    12/16/2012 12:35:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:31am EST | Thomas Ferraro and Steve Holland
    President Barack Obama is not ready to accept a new offer from the Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives to raise taxes on top earners in exchange for major cuts in entitlement programs, a source said late on Saturday. The shape and details of Boehner’s offer were uncertain Saturday night, as was the exact reason the president was prepared to reject it. … Tax rates and entitlements are the two most difficult issues in the so-far unproductive negotiations to avert the “fiscal cliff” of steep tax hikes and spending cuts set for the new year unless Congress and...
  • Agents visit Conn. gun shops after school massacre

    12/16/2012 12:24:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 16, 2012 3:05 AM EST | John Christoffersen and Matt Apuzzo
    While white-steepled churches and President Barack Obama prepared to comfort a grieving town Sunday, federal agents planned to fan out to dozens of gun stores and shooting ranges across Connecticut, chasing leads they hoped would cast light on the life of school shooter Adam Lanza. Among the questions to be answered: Why did his mother, a well-to-do suburban divorcée, keep a cache of high-power weapons in the house? What experience did Lanza have with those guns? And, above all, what set him on a path to shoot and kill 20 children, along with the adults who tried to stop him?...
  • Pexco selling sheet assets, closing South Carolina plant (147 full-time workers)

    12/16/2012 12:21:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Plastics News ^ | December 14, 2012
    Pexco LLC is closing its West Columbia, S.C., plant and selling its extruded sheet-related assets to Plaskolite Inc. The 168,000-square-foot plant, which has 147 full-time workers, will shut down in 2013. “This has been a difficult decision but a necessary one for our overall business,” Pexco CEO Neil Shillingford said in a prepared statement. “Pexco’s core business is specialty plastics and profile extrusion. Extruded sheet has been a bit of an anomaly for us and after an in-depth review we have decided to sell this line of business and focus on our core capabilities.” Sheet products include lighting industry and...
  • Santae Tribble Exonerated for 1978 Slaying

    12/16/2012 12:15:18 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    WJLA ^ | 12:33 AM, Dec 16, 2012
    A judge has formerly declared the innocence of a Washington man who spent 28 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. Fifty-one-year-old Santae Tribble's long fight for exoneration ended Friday when a judge granted his request for a certificate of innocence. The judge wrote that there is "clear and convincing evidence" that he didn't commit the crimes he was convicted of.
  • HMCS Windsor Returns to Sea

    12/16/2012 12:12:40 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    Her Majesty’s Canadian Submarine (HMCS) Windsor returned to sea yesterday at Halifax, N.S., officially marking the completion of a deep maintenance cycle known as an Extended Docking Work Period. “HMCS Windsor’s return to sea is a key milestone and her crew now embarks on another challenging journey as they focus on operations at sea,” said The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. “I commend the outstanding efforts of Windsor’s crew, our Fleet Maintenance Facilities and of industry that have brought us to this point.” “Over the next few months, Windsor will conduct additional crew training and trials on her...
  • 7 Secretaries-of-State Criticize Michelle Obama for Claiming Voter Suppression Occurred in 2012

    12/15/2012 11:41:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | December 14, 2012 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    Seven Secretaries of State have released a statement criticizing First Lady Michelle Obama for her false claim that Republicans engaged in voter suppression in the November election: “Unfortunately the First Lady’s comments continue the baseless attacks that have been made upon those leaders who are simply taking reasonable steps to protect the security and integrity of elections. This past election speaks for itself. In Arizona, a state that has a photo ID requirement, Hispanic voter turnout was the highest in the state’s history. In Georgia, African American turnout has remained high in each election after the state adopted its photo...
  • India wants license to produce Iron Dome - report

    12/15/2012 11:22:51 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Globes Israel ^ | 12 December 12 | Ran Dagoni
    India wants license to produce Iron Dome - report "Defense News": Israel is uncertain whether to let India have the technology to produce the rocket interception system. Israel and India are discussing cooperating in the development of weapons systems. "Defense News" reports from New Delhi that one of the aspects of this trend is India's wish to procure and manufacture the Iron Dome system against short-range missiles. During a visit to India last week, Ministry of Defense director general Udi Shani discussed with India's Defense Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma the progress of current defense projects by the two countries and...
  • USAF mulls options for replacement of Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle

    12/15/2012 11:18:35 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    Flight International ^ | 13 Dec 2012 | Dave Majumdar
    USAF mulls options for replacement of Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle On 11 December, the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle marked the 26th anniversary of its first flight, but the venerable strike fighter will continue serving with the US Air Force well into the 2030s. "There are no plans to replace the F-15E for the foreseeable future," the USAF says. "It is true that the F-15E, like all of our legacy aircraft, are accumulating more flight time than used to be typical, but given current fiscal realities, the AF [air force] fleet will continue to age well past the point at which...
  • China's J-15 fighter superior to Russian Su-33

    12/15/2012 11:10:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    People's Daily Online, China ^ | December 06, 2012
    China's J-15 fighter superior to Russian Su-33 (People's Daily Online) On Nov. 25, 2012, China's carrier-borne J-15 fighter jet has successfully undergone a series of sailing and technological tests on the Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier, marking a great success of the carrier-borne fighter jet independently developed by China and a major breakthrough in the development of aircraft carrier technology. The J-15 is equipped with two high-power engines and a brand-new system of high lift device, takeoff and landing device and arrester hook. Its wing can be folded up to both maintain the excellent combat capability and meet the special...
  • Chris Rock Was Right (“The Dangerous Lunatic Incarceration Act of 2013”)

    12/15/2012 11:04:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | December 14, 2012 | Robert Stacy McCain
    “Liberals talk about banning guns as if it’s the same as banning murder and banning evil.” – Ace of Spades “Gun-free zones are premised on a lie: that murderers will follow rules, and that people like my student are a greater danger to those around them than crazed killers. That’s an insult to honest people. Sometimes, it’s a deadly one.” – Professor Glenn Reynolds “Who to blame for mass murder? This may sound weird, but my gut hunch is it’s probably the homicidal psychotic’s fault.” – Robert Stacy McCain When I got up Friday morning, live-blogging a mass murder was...
  • Counterterrorism Agency: Every Citizen a Suspect

    12/15/2012 10:59:41 PM PST · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    The New American ^ | December 15, 2012 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    Regulations recently signed into effect by Attorney General Eric Holder allow the National Counterterroism Center (NCTC) to monitor records of citizens for any potential criminal activity, without a warrant and without suspicion. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the records that will be subject to seizure and examination by the NCTC include “flight records, casino-employee lists, the names of Americans hosting foreign exchange students and many others.” Prior to the promulgation of these new regulations, such records were stored on only those citizens suspected of terror-related activity or as part of ongoing criminal investigations. Furthermore, this information...
  • CIA Study: Pollard didn't Seek Info on U.S. A 1987 study now made public shows Pollard's

    12/15/2012 10:53:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 12/15/12 | Gil Ronen
    A 1987 study ordered by the CIA found that Jonathan Pollard, convicted in the U.S. of spying for Israel, never sought to obtain information about U.S. activities. Rather, he was instructed by his Israeli handlers to obtain information about Israel's enemies. The 1987 study by the Foreign Denial and Deception Analysis Committee was ordered by the CIA. It is now being made public, 25 years later, with heavy CIA redaction. It said Pollard's handlers were Rafi Eitan, advisor on counterterrorism to Prime Minister Shamir, as well as IAF Col. Aviem Sella and Joseph Yagur, Counselor for Scientific Affairs at the...
  • CNN Analysis: Kerry would bring experience, deep personal resources to State Dept.

    12/15/2012 10:47:42 PM PST · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    Chicken Noodle News (CNN) ^ | December 16, 2012 | Elise Labott and Jill Dougherty
    Sen. John Kerry, who sources say has been tapped by President Barack Obama to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, will come to the post with a full plate of foreign policy crises, from the civil war in Syria, to the nuclear antics of North Korea, to a looming showdown with Iran over its nuclear program. Anybody who follows Clinton would have some pretty big shoes to fill. Clinton was not just the most popular member of the president's Cabinet for the past four years, she had celebrity status and respect almost everywhere she went around the world. But...
  • Report: Boehner Offers Tax Hike to Obama on Fiscal Cliff (Rejected, speakership in jeopardy?)

    12/15/2012 10:40:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 15, 2012 | Staff
    Late Saturday evening, a source from the White House said the Speaker of the House John Boehner had put tax rate hikes on the table in fiscal cliff negotiations. The White House promptly rejected the offer, since Boehner also wanted entitlement reform as a compromise. But the announcement is likely to exacerbate the war within the Republican Party with regard to tax policy in the run-up to the fiscal cliff. According to a Reuters source, Boehner agreed to a tax rate hike of an unspecified size on high earners – a term the source left undefined. The source said that...
  • Rep. Tom McClintock for Speaker of the House - (R-CA4): TMc 4 Spk | T4T = It's "Time 4 Tom!"

    12/15/2012 10:39:24 PM PST · by Golden Gate · 21 replies
    http://FRGOP.com/ ^ | Saturday December 15, 2012 | FR Golden Gate
    Rep. Tom McClintock for Speaker of the House - (R-CA4) mcclintock.house.gov/
  • Vanity: I'm in the market for a NEW assault rifle. Any suggestions?

    12/15/2012 10:39:03 PM PST · by RC one · 78 replies
    I already own 2 AR15s, an Uzi and an Armalite AR10 so this is nothing more than a big FU to the liberals really. I'm leaning towards a bushmaster varminter. any other suggestions.
  • Derren Brown - The Experiments: The Assassin (Full)

    12/15/2012 10:17:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Oct 22, 2011 | ScepticaTV
    Programming an assassin. Video at link
  • Russian money-bags to deal with luxury tax in 2013

    12/15/2012 9:52:30 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 7 replies
    Pravda.ru ^ | December 14, 2012 | Valentin Gridin
    The tax on luxury will become reality for all Russians without exception next year. President Vladimir Putin reminded everyone of that in his annual Address to the Federal Assembly. According to experts, the new tax may send a definite message to wealthy citizens to redistribute their revenues. The head of state said in his speech that the decision on the so-called luxury tax should be made in the first half of 2013. According to the official website of the President of the Russian Federation, one should not give up on the "flat" income tax scale, since the progressive taxation of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-16-12, Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)

    12/15/2012 9:45:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 54 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-16-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 16, 2012   Third Sunday of Advent   Reading 1 Zep 3:14-18a Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!Sing joyfully, O Israel!Be glad and exult with all your heart,O daughter Jerusalem!The LORD has removed the judgment against youhe has turned away your enemies;the King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,you have no further misfortune to fear.On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!The LORD, your God, is in your midst,a mighty savior;he will rejoice over you with gladness,and renew you in his love,he will sing joyfully because of you,as one sings...
  • Did massacre gunman make internet threat the day before Sandy Hook massacre?

    12/15/2012 9:42:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/15/12 | staff
    An eery post on an Internet message board made Wednesday night by a user allegedly in Connecticut who threatened to kill himself on Friday morning and 'make the news,' is raising some questions as to whether it was Newtown Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza. According to Infowars.com, the post appeared on the 4Chan web site at 10:18pm Wednesday and was made by a user with the user name ‘iKTatjYX.’ The post stated, 'I’m going to kill myself on Friday and it will make the news, be watching at 9am.'
  • Holder: We Must Answer 'Hard Questions' About Gun Rights

    12/15/2012 9:35:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 110 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/15/12 | Mary Chastain
    Attorney General Eric Holder made a few remarks about the massacre at Newtown, Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School that should raise some eyebrows. "As a nation I think we have to ask ourselves some hard questions. We gather too often to talk about these kinds of incidents. We need to discuss who we are as a nation, talk about the freedoms that we have, the rights that we have and how those might be used in a responsible way. But for now I think we should concentrate on dealing with the situation in Connecticut and we are doing, and I...
  • Australian politicians agree on gun laws

    12/15/2012 9:23:02 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 63 replies
    sbs.com.au ^ | December 15, 2012
    Both sides of Australian politics agree the US must consider legislating for tougher gun control following the massacre at a Connecticut school. A gunman on Friday shot dead 20 small children and six teachers at the Newtown school, in one of the worst incidents of its kind in US history. Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop told ABC TV she was sure US President Barack Obama, members of Congress and senators would want to debate the issue. "There has to be an end to this kind of senseless killing," she said. "I'm sure there will be a search for the cause,...
  • White House Gun Control Petition Quickly Surpasses Required Signature Count

    12/15/2012 9:22:12 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/15/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Petitions on the White House’s “We the People” online petition site require 25,000 signatures within a month to garner an official administration response.
  • White House Gun Control Petition Quickly Surpasses Required Signature Count

    12/15/2012 9:21:53 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 3 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/15/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Petitions on the White House’s “We the People” online petition site require 25,000 signatures within a month to garner an official administration response.
  • 'As a black person it's always racial': Jamie Foxx

    12/15/2012 9:18:12 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 65 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 14 December 2012 | J J Anisiobi
    Jamie Foxx has revealed that he finds himself facing racial challenges in everyday situations of his life. The African American actor explained during an interview with Vibe magazine that he is always sensitive about his skin colour. Jamie, 45, admitted that 'Every single thing in my life is built around race'. He told Vibe magazine: 'Cause as black folks we're always sensitive. As a black person it's always racial. 'I come into this place to do a photo shoot and they got Ritz crackers and cheese. 'I'll be like, ain't this a b***h. Y'all didn't know black people was coming.'...
  • Beware of the Circling Gun Banning Vultures

    12/15/2012 9:16:06 PM PST · by Red Steel · 9 replies
    Ammoland ^ | Friday, December 14, 2012 | Dudley Brown
    Colorado -–(Ammoland.com)- Quite frankly, I’ve had difficulty staying focused, listening to news reports and thinking about my wife and two young children aged 8 and 11 at home. I can only imagine the pain the parents and families of those who were murdered at the hands of this evil individual are feeling right now. My prayers and those of my staff here at the National Association for Gun Rights go out to the families of the victims. But already, like in so many cases from years past, the gun control lobby is shamelessly using the blood of innocents to advance...
  • Obama to travel to Newtown, Conn., on Sunday

    12/15/2012 9:06:59 PM PST · by Red Steel · 152 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 15, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    President Barack Obama will travel to Newtown, Conn., on Sunday to meet with families of those killed in the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School and thank emergency workers who responded to the tragedy, the White House said Saturday. "The President will also speak at an interfaith vigil for families of the victims as well as families" at 7 p.m., press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. On Friday, an emotional Obama vowed to "take meaningful action, regardless of the politics," to prevent future tragedies like the shooting massacre, which killed 26 people at the school, 20 of...
  • Chicagoans mourn Connecticut shooting victims

    12/15/2012 9:02:56 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    wgntv.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | Gaynor Hall
    CHICAGO— There was an outpouring of grief and an impassioned call to action Saturday night as Chicagoans gathered to mourn the victims of the Connecticut school shooting. Standing in a cold drizzle while hot tears streamed down their faces, several dozen people gathered in Union Park for a candlelight vigil in memory of the lives shattered by gun violence-- in Newtown, in Chicago and around the country. Chicago resident Lydia Gonzalez said “That's every parent’s worst nightmare. I can't even start to imagine what they're going through, but i feel their pain because we here in Chicago, we know this...
  • Tom Brady, the 2000 NFL draft, and political lessons

    12/15/2012 8:59:45 PM PST · by techno · 25 replies
    Decenber 15, 2012 | techno
    One innocuous event on the eve of the new century arguably changed the fate of so many NFL franchises so significantly that it may turn out to be most pivotal at the same time iconoclastic decision ever made in the entire half century or even for the full century in the NFL. And that decision was that Michigan QB, Tom Brady was selected in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL draft, 199th overall, by the New England Patriots. To this day many football fans wonder how every one of the 31 teams at the time (The Pats drafted six...
  • China Calls for ‘No Delay’ on Gun Controls in U.S.

    12/15/2012 8:56:12 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 131 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | MARK MCDONALD
    HONG KONG — The state news agency in China, the official voice of the government, has called for the United States to quickly adopt stricter gun controls in the aftermath of the shooting rampage in Connecticut that left 28 people dead, including 20 schoolchildren. According to the state medical examiner who was overseeing autopsies of the children, all of them had been hit multiple times. At least one child had been shot 11 times. All of the children were in the first grade. “Their blood and tears demand no delay for U.S. gun control,” said the news agency, Xinhua, which...
  • Movie Violence Can Overwhelm Children (It's Not Guns...It's Hollywood, Stupid)

    12/15/2012 8:53:39 PM PST · by Be Careful · 7 replies
    Psych Central ^ | August 4, 2008 | By Rick Nauert PhDSenior News Editor
    Many scientific studies have established the connection between exposure to media violence and aggression and violence in children. For example, playing video games can lead to changes in attitudes and behavior as well as desensitization to actual violence. “We know so much about the harmful effects of exposure to violent media content, but how much exposure children actually get has been largely ignored. Now, we’re learning more about the large numbers of kids seeing this material and who they are,” says Worth.
  • AP source: Boehner offers millionaire tax hike ( RINO Capitulation )

    12/15/2012 8:52:53 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 27 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | JIM KUHNHENN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Signaling new movement in "fiscal cliff" talks, House Speaker John Boehner has proposed raising the top rate for earners making more than $1 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said. President Barack Obama, who wants higher top rates for households earning more than $250,000, has not accepted the offer, this person said. The proposal, however, indicated progress in talks that had appeared stalled. The person would only discuss the plan on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations.
  • Rahm Wants New Gun Laws in Wake of Newtown School Shooting

    12/15/2012 8:48:46 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 44 replies
    nbcchicago.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | Alexandra Clark and Emily Florez
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is looking for current gun laws to change. "There is no parent and no grandparent in America that is not a resident to Sandy Hook, Conn.," Emanuel said Saturday afternoon while attending a ceremony for a new police building in District 12. "There is nobody that had their child last night, that didn't hold them a little closer, pull them in a little tighter, didn't hug them a little more. Emanuel stressed a need for gun laws to assure an event like the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School does not happen in Chicago. The mayor is...
  • Oklahoma teen arrested in school shooting plot

    12/15/2012 8:46:07 PM PST · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – A Bartlesville High School student is in custody on charges he plotted to bomb and shoot students at the campus auditorium on the same day that 28 people were shot and killed at an elementary school in Connecticut. An arrest affidavit says Chavez tried to convince other students to help him lure students into the auditorium, chain the doors shut and start shooting. The Tulsa World reports that authorities say Chavez threatened to kill students who didn't help. The Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise reports Chavez planned to detonate bombs at the doors as police arrived.
  • Army acknowledges pedophilia part of Islam Manual warns soldiers in Afghanistan not to talk about

    12/15/2012 8:39:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    WND ^ | 12/15/12 | Jack Minor
    A new Army manual that warns American soldiers in Afghanistan to avoid talking about certain topics has unwittingly acknowledged that Western taboos such as pedophilia are an inherent part of Islamic culture. “By mentioning that pedophilia and women’s rights and saying that soldiers should not mention such things they are tacitly admitting that those things are indeed part of Islam,” said Robert Spencer, founder of Jihad Watch. According to the Wall Street Journal, a new 75-page Army manual suggests U.S. soldiers are to blame for the large number of deadly attacks on them by Afghan security forces. The manual reportedly...
  • Of course: Massachusetts governor thinking of appointing Ted Kennedy’s widow to Senate vacancy

    12/15/2012 8:34:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/15/2012 | AllahPundit
    No worries. She’ll only be a placeholder until someone from the next generation of Kennedy sub-mediocrity is ready to serve. The President has not made a choice on his next nominee for Secretary of State yet, but Governor Deval Patrick is already making plans to fill presumptive SecState nominee John Kerry’s Senate seat. Knowledgeable sources tell me Governor Patrick has already had a discussion with one potential replacement for Senator Kerry: Vicki Kennedy. The sources say the governor talked to Kennedy, the widow of Senator Ted Kennedy, about the possibility of replacing Kerry in the Senate and that she did...
  • Active shooters in schools: The enemy is denial

    12/15/2012 8:31:50 PM PST · by Washi · 14 replies
    PoliceOne.com ^ | May 5, 2010 | Doug Wyllie
    “In 1998,” Grossman said, “school violence claimed what at the time was an all time record number of kids’ lives. In that year there were 35 dead and a quarter of a million serious injuries due to violence in the school. How many killed by fire that year? Zero. But we hear people say, ‘That’s the year Columbine happened, that’s an anomaly.’ Well, in 2004 we had a new all time record — 48 dead in the schools from violence. How many killed by fire that year? Zero. Let’s assign some grades. Put your teacher hat on and give out...
  • Flashback 2011 - HR 2613, the Citizens Protection Act of 2011 - Abolishes Gun-Free Zones Act

    12/15/2012 8:23:41 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 6 replies
    The New American ^ | 04 August 2011 | Raven Clabough
    Flashback 2011: Texas Congressman and GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul introduced a bill that would abolish "gun-free zones," ultimately permitting teachers to carry firearms on school grounds. Ron Paul Introduced Pro-gun Legislation The New American 04 August 2011 ==== Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has introduced a bill in the House that would allow teachers to carry firearms onto public school grounds. Gun-control groups call it an "extremist" bill. ==== H.R. 2613, the Citizens Protection Act of 2011 Sponsor: Ron Paul
  • Niall Ferguson on the rise of China

    12/15/2012 8:21:09 PM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    YouTube / Gold Money ^ | 20 November 2012 | Alasdair Macleaod interviews Niall Ferguson
    audio 33:14
  • Does Objective truth exist? If so, why?

    12/15/2012 8:18:27 PM PST · by Zeneta · 70 replies
    unknown | Jonathan Sarfati
    I'd like to share this for those that are interested in seeking truth. The issues run far and wide, however there seems a core to understanding that needs to be examined.
  • Expert: Arm Teachers, Ban Gun-Free Zones to Halt Mass Shootings!

    12/15/2012 8:16:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/15/12 | David A. Patten
    Banning gun-free zones and allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons could help eliminate mass shootings at schools, gun-control expert John R. Lott told Newsmax in an exclusive interview Saturday. Lott, an author and college professor, told Newsmax that gun-free zones become “a magnet” for deranged killers who hope to burn their names into the history books by running up a big body count. Lott’s landmark book "More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws" is in its 3rd edition. He told Newsmax there is a “very good chance” the Connecticut school shooting could have been averted, if teachers...
  • American Tragedy, Grief, And Fortitude

    12/15/2012 8:10:36 PM PST · by Shawn M. Paul · 1 replies
    The Western Center for Journalism ^ | 12-15-12 | Shawn Paul
    In the wake of the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, the burdens of Americans’ hearts have grown especially heavier upon learning of the events that unfolded yesterday at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A lone assailant entered the school and ended the lives of 26 people, including himself. Twenty of the victims were kindergarten children at the school. This attack apparently occurred after he had killed his own mother in her bed at home, which brought the death toll to 27. Some reports maintain that he had also earlier shot and killed a former roommate at a separate location, which would...
  • Ending Emotocracy

    12/15/2012 8:09:32 PM PST · by PingPongChampion · 7 replies
    Poletical ^ | November 1st, 2012 | R. Rados
    There's not a big difference between slashing an enemy's tires and voting his rights away. Both acts probably stem from the same negative emotion and are accompanied by a heightened sense of vengeance, retribution, or justice. Our emotions play a crucial role in our lives and we'd likely be sterile robots without them. The only problem is that our emotions aren't always rational, logical, or supplemental to our survival. We often make decisions on a whim during moments of intense anger, sadness, or fear. These decisions can get us in trouble and lead us to a future of regret. It's...
  • Some Democrats Want to Talk Gun Control, but Many Don’t

    12/15/2012 8:09:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Dec 14, 2012 | Abby Livingston
    Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel didn't make any mention of the gun control issue in his statement expressing sympathy for the victims of the tragedy in Connecticut. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Democrats all over Washington issued statements Friday expressing sympathy and dismay over the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. But amid the sadness, grief and shock one thing was clear — most in the Democratic Party did not want to inject a discussion of gun control into the day.Many Democrats blame gun control for Al Gore’s 2000 presidential loss and there has been an increasing reluctance...
  • Strip Search Of 10-Year-Old Prompts Complaint Against Elementary School

    12/15/2012 8:05:41 PM PST · by grundle · 17 replies
    charlotte.cbslocal.com ^ | December 14, 2012
    Clinton, N.C. (CBS CHARLOTTE) – The parents of a 10-year old Union elementary school student have filed a complaint against the school for strip-searching their son to find an allegedly stolen $20 bill. In a complaint filed against assistant principal Teresa Holmes on Dec. 6, the family of Clinton, N.C., fifth-grader Justin Cox allege their son was ordered to remove his socks, shoes, pants and shirt so the principal could conduct a manual search for a $20 bill that was inevitably found in the cafeteria. Holmes defended her actions saying that several other students and a few other faculty members...
  • Thinking the Unthinkable

    12/15/2012 8:02:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Anarchist Soccer Mom Blog ^ | 12/10/12 | Anarchist Soccer Mom
    In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness. Three days before 20 year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, then opened fire on a classroom full of Connecticut kindergartners, my 13-year old son Michael (name changed) missed his bus because he was wearing the wrong color pants. “I can wear these pants,” he said, his tone increasingly belligerent, the black-hole pupils of his eyes swallowing the blue irises. “They are navy blue,” I told him. “Your school’s dress code says black or khaki pants only.” “They told...