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  • WaPo/ABC poll: Compromise on fiscal cliff — but without cuts

    12/18/2012 7:58:15 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9:41 am on December 18, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    If you want to see why American politics are so dysfunctional, just take a look at American voters.  In a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, there is a broad consensus that Barack Obama and Republicans should reach a compromise to fix the fiscal cliff.  Only a third believe that Obama has a mandate to insist on his own policies as an exclusive response to the crisis.  And, oh, by the way … spending cuts are unacceptable.In other news, next week Santa Claus will come to deliver a solution, in partnership with the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny: Most Americans...
  • Anglican vicars threaten to defy gay marriage ban

    12/18/2012 7:57:05 AM PST · by Cronos · 16 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 15 Dec 2012 | Edward Malnick
    Leading Anglican campaigners have warned that Government plans to exempt the Church from the new legislation will lead to hundreds of homosexual clergy and worshippers marrying in Quaker and Unitarian services and then returning to the Church. In a letter to The Sunday Telegraph, dozens of clergy, including Lord Harries, the former Bishop of Oxford, today urge homosexual Anglicans to follow this course of action.“Until the Church of England allows us to solemnise same-sex marriages in our churches, as a matter of pastoral expediency we will counsel lesbian and gay members of our congregations to marry in those churches willing...
  • Boehner to GOP: Prepare for 'Plan B' on Fiscal Cliff

    12/18/2012 7:52:12 AM PST · by Cheerio · 23 replies
    NationalJournal ^ | December 18, 2012 | Billy House
    House Speaker John Boehner told rank-and-file Republicans that they should consider a “Plan B” on how to avert automatic tax increases and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. House leadership sources say the option would be for the chamber to pass a plan letting top tax rates increase on income over $1 million only. The House would then send that bill, along with a House-passed bill extending the current tax rates enacted under former President George W. Bush for everyone, and leave it up to the Senate to decide.
  • St. Rufus {Ecumenical}

    12/18/2012 7:51:28 AM PST · by Cronos
    Rufus and Zosimus were citizens of Antioch (or perhaps Philippi) who were brought to Rome with St. Ignatius of Antioch during the reign of Emperor Trajan. They were condemned to death for their Christianity and thrown to wild beasts in the arena two days before the martyrdom of Ignatius. Feast Day December 18.
  • [Freep this gun-control poll!] What should be done to protect schools from mass shootings?

    12/18/2012 7:45:37 AM PST · by 4Liberty · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 18, 2012 | SFGate
    "What should be done to protect schools from mass shootings?" One of the response options is "Let teachers pack heat."
  • The numbers don’t lie: banning guns means more crime; more innocent victims and the Left knows it

    12/18/2012 7:41:05 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 9 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | DECEMBER 18TH, 2012 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    As threaten as the Second Amendment looks right now, in the end new attacks on our freedom to own guns will fail. The numbers will once again prove the Left’s arguments are built on lies and distortions. In the coming weeks disingenuous liberals will try to use the tragic murders of 20 children and 6 staff at a Connecticut grade school to justify curtailing our Second Amendment rights to own firearms. That this horrific crime was committed by a likely paranoid schizophrenic will mean nothing to the gun grabbers. That the ACLU recently defeated a Connecticut law which might have...
  • Wisconsin Wants $19,969 for Public Documents Detailing ‘Cultural Sensitivity’ Training

    12/18/2012 7:36:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Government transparency is a critical tool in the public’s accountability arsenal, so long as the public can afford it. But when dealing with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), transparency comes with a five-figure price tag. EAGnews.org has been conducting an investigation into a “cultural sensitivity” teacher training program the department has been doing for the last few years. There is a clear link between the department’s “CREATE Wisconsin” initiative and the nutty, left-wing San Francisco-based Pacific Educational Group. PEG recently made headlines when its training urged school employees to downplay American cultural staples like peanut butter and jelly...
  • Driver charged with DUI Marijuana after deadly crash in Vancouver

    12/18/2012 7:27:17 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 86 replies
    The Vancouver Police Department arrested a man for Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana in connection with a deadly crash in Vancouver. Investigators said the driver hit and killed a pedestrian around 5:50 p.m. on East Mill Plain Boulevard and Andresen Road. Police say the victim, a male in his 50's, was believed to be walking back from Safeway and stepped out into the middle of traffic. The driver, Scotty Rowles, was driving westbound on East Mill Plain Boulevard and could not stop his car in time, according to police. Detectives says Rowles cooperated with the investigation, but after interviewing...
  • Sandy Hook and the Second Amendment

    12/18/2012 7:26:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Susan Brown
    With emotions running high in response to the heart wrenching events that took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School December 14, many of my liberal friends and family members believe now is the perfect time for gun control legislation. As heartbreaking as it is that 20 children in Connecticut will not have the chance to open Christmas presents, celebrate birthdays, go on a first date, drive a car, graduate, get married, and have kids, there are millions of kids out there who will. And they are the reason why the rest of us need to fight for the...
  • States Give ObamaCare A Massive Vote Of No Confidence

    12/18/2012 7:25:49 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily | 12/17/2012 | IBD Staff
    Health Reform: If ObamaCare is such a great idea, why are so many governors — including several Democrats — refusing to play along? What do they know that the administration isn't telling the rest of us? So far, not one part of ObamaCare has worked as planned. Almost immediately, the administration had to distribute huge numbers of waivers to companies because its initial rules would have forced them to drop their low-cost plans. ObamaCare's high-risk pools promised to cover hundreds of thousands, but ended up attracting almost no one. The small-business tax break has been a complete bust. Insurance premiums...
  • New Sexual Abuse Claims At St Ambrose College, Cheshire

    12/18/2012 7:24:32 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne
    Detectives investigating alleged sexual abuse at a Catholic boys' school are looking into new allegations after receiving more calls from former pupils. Last month, a 63-year-old former teacher was held on suspicion of indecent assault and possession of indecent images dating back to the early 1980s.
  • Muslim Tory MP: After Britain, Israel is best

    12/18/2012 7:20:41 AM PST · by lowbridge · 4 replies
    http://www.thejc.com ^ | december 13, 2012 | martin bright
    It is not often that the Prime Minister is upstaged when he is guest of honour at an official function. It is even more unusual when it is one of his own MPs who is responsible. But this is just what happened when Sajid Javid, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury and MP for Bromsgrove, spoke at the Conservative Friends of Israel “business lunch” on Tuesday. This annual jamboree has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the key events of the year for supporters of Israel. And each year one of the MPs who has been on a...
  • Conversion of Members of One of First Anglican Religious Orders Heralds End of Anglo-Catholicism

    12/18/2012 7:12:31 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/18/12 | William Oddie
    It was announced last week that at 10am on January 1, eleven Anglican Sisters, members of the Community of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage, one of the first post-Reformation Anglican religious communities to be established in England in the wake of the Tractarian movement, will be received into the Catholic Church. They will be received into the ordinariate by Mgr Keith Newton, leader of the ordinariate in England and Wales, at St Aloysius, Oxford, the Church of the Oxford Oratory (which, as it happens, is my own parish church). This will, of course, be a wonderful and joyful occasion....
  • Libor scandal grows as the fathers of two mass murderers were to testify (Hoax)

    12/18/2012 7:10:20 AM PST · by RetiredArmy · 6 replies
    examiner.com ^ | December 16, 2012 | Kenneth Schortgen Jr
    Libor scandal grows as the fathers of two mass murderers were to testify In the wake of the mass murders that took place in Newtown, Connecticut on Dec. 14, information on the shooter, and his family, is slowly being discovered by law enforcement other sources. One interesting connection to the tragedy that took place at the Sandy Hook school is that the father of Adam Lanza has a connection to the theater shootings that took place in Aurora earlier this year by James Holmes. Both fathers of the shooters were allegedly expected to testify in the Libor scandal that rocked...
  • Search and Rescue Helicopter landing on Rock Cliff

    12/18/2012 7:06:15 AM PST · by navysealdad · 8 replies
    Washington County Utah Search and Rescue,Utah DPS Trooper Helicopter Pilot Terry Mercer is an awesome pilot. Helicopter landing on Rock pinnacle above cliff. We had just rescued a man that fell down a cliff.
  • ‘White as snow’ Miss France beauty queen gets caught in racism row

    12/18/2012 7:05:02 AM PST · by massmike · 58 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/18/2012 | Alex Gore
    A newly crowned Miss France beauty queen has become embroiled in accusations of racism and a catfight between previous winners just days into her reign. The Representative Council of Black Associations (CRAN) denounced medical student Marine Lorphelin, 19, for being 'as white as snow' and criticised the lack of black and Arab contestants. The organisation labelled the contest outdated and an insult to the country's ethnic diversity. CRAN president Louis-Georges Tin said in a statement jointly issued by Miss Black France creator, Fred Royer: 'The failure to represent the contemporary French population in an event such as this is obviously...
  • Adam Lanza's Hard Drive Damaged Beyond Repair? Motive for Shooting Hidden

    12/18/2012 7:00:28 AM PST · by KansasGirl · 180 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/18/12 | Brittney Villalva
    Adam Lanza's hard drive, which was found destroyed in his Connecticut home, may be beyond repair police say, leaving them at a loss to explain the shooter's motive. When police first discovered the tainted hard drive, they believed that it could serve as a key piece of evidence in discovering why a 20-year-old man would terrorize an elementary school filled with children. It appears, however, that the shooter did not want his motive unveiled. "The computer's hard drive appeared to have been badly damaged with a hammer or screw driver," law enforcement authorities told ABC News on Monday. Two other...
  • John Boehner moving to Plan B on fiscal cliff

    12/18/2012 6:56:45 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    House Republicans, discouraged by the pace of negotiations with the White House, will move their own bill that would hike tax rates on income above $1 million, according to several sources familiar with the plans. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told President Barack Obama of his plan last night on a phone call, according to sources. Boehner will make the argument to House Republicans that tax rates will go up on everyone come Jan. 1. “The question for us is real simple: How do we stop as many of those rate hikes as possible?” Boehner plans to tell House Republicans. “For...
  • NBC’s Richard Engel, crew freed after 5 days of captivity in Syria

    12/18/2012 6:55:06 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 15 replies
    NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel is safe in Turkey after five days of captivity in Syria, the network said Tuesday morning. Engel and his crew were last heard from Thursday just after they entered Syria.
  • Five polio workers shot dead in Pakistan {Islam strikes against medics}

    12/18/2012 6:53:58 AM PST · by Cronos · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18.Dec.2012 | AFP
    Four were killed in three different incidents in the sprawling port city and the fifth in the northwestern city of Peshawar, on the second day of a nationwide three-day drive against the disease, which is endemic in Pakistan. Sagheer Ahmed, the health minister for Sindh province, of which Karachi is capital, said he had ordered a halt to the anti-polio drive in the city in the wake of the shootings. Senior Karachi police officer Shahid Hayat said another polio worker was shot dead in the city on Monday, but the circumstances of his death only became clear on Tuesday. In...
  • Obama asks Cabinet members for proposals to curb gun violence

    12/18/2012 6:48:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/18/2012 | By Scott Wilson and Philip Rucker
    President Obama on Monday began the first serious push of his administration to attempt to reduce gun violence, directing Cabinet members to formulate a set of proposals that could include reinstating a ban on assault rifles. The effort will be led by Vice President Biden, according to two people outside the government who have spoken to senior administration officials since Friday, when a gunman killed his mother and rampaged through Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., killing 20 children, six adults and himself. The tentative steps ended a paralyzing debate within the administration over how hard to pursue gun-control...
  • Arm The Teachers: Gun Control Petition Finds Its Political Opposite

    12/18/2012 6:48:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 62 replies
    inquisitr.com ^ | 15 December, 2012 | Patrick Frye
    <p>The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has led the nation to launch into an increasingly bitter argument over gun control laws. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, this has led to a White House petition that demands lawmakers meet “for a bipartisan discussion resulting in a set of laws that regulates how a citizen obtains a gun.” Some have suggested moderate gun reform and others like Obama are pushing for outright gun bans. A new White House petition is saying that the United States should arm the teachers as a solution to school shootings.</p>
  • The Decline of Evangelical America

    12/18/2012 6:45:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12/15/12 | John S. Dickerson
    IT hasn’t been a good year for evangelicals. I should know. I’m one of them. In 2012 we witnessed a collapse in American evangelicalism. The old religious right largely failed to affect the Republican primaries, much less the presidential election. Last month, Americans voted in favor of same-sex marriage in four states, while Florida voters rejected an amendment to restrict abortion. Much has been said about conservative Christians and their need to retool politically. But that is a smaller story, riding on the back of a larger reality: Evangelicalism as we knew it in the 20th century is disintegrating. In...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    12/18/2012 6:44:50 AM PST · by Hiskid · 15 replies
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  • Michael Dukakis: No, I won’t take Kerry’s interim Senate seat opening

    12/18/2012 6:42:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    It's looking increasingly likely that Sen. John Kerry has the nomination for secretary of State pretty well locked up, and in the event that he steps down, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will have to appoint an interim replacement to steward his Senate seat before the Bay State can hold a special election later this spring or summer. Ed wondered this morning if we mightn't be looking at another failed presidential candidate as Kerry's placeholder in the meantime, but according to Dukakis himself, that won’t be the case. Via CBS News: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO   Former Gov. Michael...
  • Guns-Guns-Guns: Start the counter attack - examples of Warner of VA and Machin of WV letters.

    12/18/2012 6:40:48 AM PST · by Lowell1775 · 12 replies
    Letters to Senators. ^ | 12-18-2012 | Lowell1775 (vanity)
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To Mark Warner, Senator from Virginia Sir, My family settled upcountry VA in 1748 refugees from Ulster and the Highlands where we were "debarred the use of arms" by the King after the rebellion of 1745. That and religion is why we came to the Old Dominion. As abolitionists, in 1860-1863 from Mason County, we lobbied and won new statehood as the free mountain state of WV. We are a stubborn people. Don't bring shame on the birthplace of our nation, of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Mason, Henry and so many more by joining the howling lynch mob seeking...
  • Abortions In The United States (VS death by guns?)

    12/18/2012 6:39:33 AM PST · by haffast · 5 replies
    ALL - American Life League ^ | Last updated July 26, 2012 | ALL - American Life League
    Abortions in the United States Total number of abortions in the U.S. 1973-2011: 54.5 million+ 234 abortions per 1,000 live births (according to the Centers for Disease Control) Abortions per year: 1.2 million Abortions per day: 3,288 Abortions per hour: 137 9 abortions every 4 minutes 1 abortion every 26 seconds These statistics include only surgical and medical abortions. Because many contraceptive measures are abortifacients (drugs that induce or cause abortions), it is important not to overlook the number of children killed by chemical abortions. Since 1965, an average of 11 million women have used abortifacient methods of birth control...
  • 'They are not very close to a 'fiscal cliff' deal,' a top Hill source tells DRUDGE REPORT

    12/18/2012 6:36:06 AM PST · by Perdogg · 6 replies
    Drudge ^ | 12.18.12 | Matt Drudge
    'They are not very close to a 'fiscal cliff' deal,' a top Hill source tells DRUDGE REPORT...
  • A Possible Explanation Of Why There Are So Few Female Mass Murderers

    12/18/2012 6:36:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/18/2012 | Ryu Spaeth, The Week
    The emerging profile of Adam Lanza, the suspected shooter in the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., is depressingly familiar. He has been described as being socially awkward and a loner. He reportedly had Asperger's syndrome — a high-performing form of autism — and may have been afflicted by other psychiatric problems. And he was male. His sex almost goes without saying. According to Mother Jones, 62 mass shootings — defined as a single spree that killed at least four people — have been carried out in the U.S. since 1982. Only one was perpetrated by a female. In 2006, Jennifer...
  • THE LEFT'S DISHONEST WAR ON GUNS

    12/18/2012 6:34:03 AM PST · by shortstop · 12 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 12/18/12 | Bob Lonsberry
    The key to the gun banners’ success will be divide and conquer. If they can convince hunters and householders that assault rifles and high-capacity magazines are “too much,” they will succeed. If gun owners stand together, the Second Amendment will be preserved. If they don’t, it will be endangered. Coming months will show which it is. In the wake of the heartbreaking mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary, Democrat politicians across the country have pushed hard to capitalize on the tragedy to advance one of their long-held political passions – banning guns. Grandstanding politician after grandstanding politician – some wiping...
  • Rhode Island prof demands NRA chief’s “head on a stick”

    12/18/2012 6:32:36 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 35 replies
    College Insurrection ^ | 18 Dec 2012 | College Insurrection
    ...Then declares himself a Twitter martyr because people quoted what he said Erik Loomis is an assistant professor of American history at the University of Rhode Island. He also blogs at “Lawyers Guns and Money” blog. In reaction to the murders in Connecticut, Loomis tweeted that he had never been so angry except maybe for the invasion of Iraq (I guess 9/11 was chopped liver to him), and that he wanted the NRA chief’s “head on a stick”:
  • Who rang the shooter into the schoolhouse? AND WHY?

    12/18/2012 6:31:24 AM PST · by Chance Hart · 24 replies
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    Was the shooter (not going to mention his name because that is what he wanted) rang into the schoolhouse or did he blast his way in through a window? The supposed facts of the story change on an hourly basis it seems. Just for the sake of my point, let's assume that someone on the school staff rang him in. From what I understand, there was a fairly new security (video) system installed that would have allowed the person or persons with the authority to "ring in" various people during the course of the school day - i.e. teachers, delivery...
  • Let's Run Against the Wind..Again

    12/18/2012 6:29:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Charles Payne
    Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Surgical treatment of the torn ACL usually involves an arthroscopic surgical reconstruction of the injured ligament.  Although a number of different types of tissue have been utilized to reconstruct the ACL, the most common type of ACL reconstruction involves harvesting the central third of the patellar tendon with a bone block at each end of the tendon graft. After performing a diagnostic arthroscopic examination of the knee, the central third of the patellar tendon is harvested.  The remaining tendon is then repaired. After harvesting the tissue, drill guides are used to place holes into the tibia (bone...
  • We Need More Growth and Prosperity to Boost Charitable Contributions, not Bribery in the Tax Code

    12/18/2012 6:24:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    December 17, 2012 by Dan Mitchell I’m a strong believer in fundamental tax reform. We need a system like the flat tax to improve economic performance.No tax system is good for growth, of course, but the negative impact of taxation can be reduced by lowering marginal tax rate(s), eliminating double taxation of saving and investment, and getting rid of loopholes that encourage people to make decisions for tax reasons even if they don’t make economic sense.While the general public is quite sympathetic to tax reform and would like to de-fang the IRS, there are three main pockets of resistance. The...
  • Clackamas Concealed Carry Showdown – The Full Story

    12/18/2012 6:19:53 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 10 replies
    The Truth About Guns.com ^ | Dec 17, 2012 | Robert Farago
    Clackamas Concealed Carry Showdown – The Full Story December 17, 2012 by Robert Farago Yesterday, Jason at easybakegunclub.com interviewed Nick Meli, the Oregon concealed carry permit holder who, as we mentioned earlier, confronted Clackamas mall killer Jacob Roberts. The article (reprinted here with permission) reveals new information about Meli’s role in the incident. The news is a funny thing sometimes. When something shocking comes out, everyone rushes to get more and more information as quickly as possible. When it comes to active shooter or active gunman situations, that rush for information often runs into the chaos of the situation. We...
  • The U.N. Wants to Tax Us, Too

    12/18/2012 6:13:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Phyllis Schlafly
    While President Obama and Speaker John Boehner are wrestling with whether or not they will agree to raise taxes, United Nations delegates partying in Doha, Qatar are planning to impose a new kind of tax on Americans. U.N. conferees have been discussing how they can start a global tax that would hit Americans hard. The U.N. bureaucrats are not deterred by the fact that Americans should be protected by our U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 7, which specifies that "all bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives." The greedy globalist U.N. bureaucrats have been conniving for...
  • Gun violence in Virginia falls, firearms sales up

    12/18/2012 6:10:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Daily Press ^ | 11/24/2012
    RICHMOND — Gun-related violence has fallen steadily since 2006 in Virginia despite record firearm sales, according to a university professor's analysis. Virginia Commonwealth University professor Thomas R. Baker compared state crime data from 2006 through 2011 with gun-dealer sales estimates obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Baker's analysis shows the number of gun purchases soared 73 percent in the six-year period, while gun-related violent crimes fell 24 percent. Baker, who specializes in research methods and criminology theory, said the comparison seems to contradict the premise that more guns lead to more crime in Virginia. Andrew Goddard, president of the Virginia Center...
  • Mafia Cops May Lose Their Disability Pensions

    12/18/2012 5:58:42 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 12/18/12 | Friends of Ours
    Federal prosecutors are moving to seize the tax-free disability pensions of so-called Mafia Cops Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa who were convicted for eight murders on behalf of Lucchese crime family underboss Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News: "Caracappa receives a monthly pension of $5,300 and Eppolito $3,900." The two dirtbags are serving life sentences for their serial murders, and further had been fined $4.2 million. Apparently any seized money will be used to satisfy the court judgment. President Obama has been much more aggressive -- rightly so -- than prior administrations in using...
  • What is with conservative talking heads caving in on the Second Amendment? Vanity

    12/18/2012 5:56:48 AM PST · by Keith Brown · 67 replies
    12/18/12 | Keith Brown
    So yesterday I heard Michael Medved on the radio (noon pacific time) and he was beating up on "assault" weapons and gun makers who were only selling to make a "profit..." He was literally going down the liberal anti gun line... then when a few callers took him to task on it he talked over them and hung up. Then there was O' Reilly on Fox who started off with a good talking point, but then started whipping on the stuttering 2nd Amend foundation guy (Gottleib? .... not a good showing for him). Neither so called conservative host voiced the...
  • America Doesn’t Need Gun Control, It Needs Lunatic Control

    12/18/2012 5:52:29 AM PST · by expat1000 · 75 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    Here are some excerpts from a compelling piece written just this year. Madness, Deinstitutionalization & Murder (hat tip I Own the World.) For those of us who came of age in the 1970s, one of the most shocking aspects of the last three decades was the rise of mass public shootings: people who went into public places and murdered complete strangers. Such crimes had taken place before, such as the Texas Tower murders by Charles Whitman in 1966,1 but their rarity meant that they were shocking. Something changed in the 1980s: these senseless mass murders started to happen with...
  • Illegal aliens murder 12 Americans daily

    12/18/2012 5:51:53 AM PST · by RC one · 8 replies
    WND ^ | 09/28/2006
    Though no government agency in the U.S. – not the FBI nor Immigration and Customs Enforcement – tracks violent crimes by illegal aliens, even murders of police officers, a search by WND of news reports in the last three years shows law enforcement personnel are hardly immune to deadly carnage wrought by untracked, undocumented armed predators inside the country.While no government agencies specifically track crimes by illegal aliens, there have been some efforts to quantify the loss. Last December, Mac Johnson set out to investigate the number of homicides perpetrated by illegal aliens. Since the federal government would not provide...
  • Dave Says Give Wisely at the Holidays

    12/18/2012 5:46:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Dave Ramsey
    Dear Dave, We’re debt-free except for our house, and that’s on a 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage. We also have an emergency fund in place. We’d like to give back this year, and do some Secret Santa things and a little extra giving. At what point should we start giving over and above what we tithe?JeremyDear Jeremy,My advice would be to wait until you finish Baby Step 3, which it sounds like you’ve done. That way, you’ve paid off all of your debt, except the house, plus you have a fully-funded emergency fund of three to six months of expenses.You mentioned tithing,...
  • Just ad water...Cooking with Dried Foods.

    12/18/2012 5:34:54 AM PST · by Kartographer · 15 replies
    http://peaceofpreparedness.com/ ^ | 10/09 | Debbie Kent
    The World of Dried Foods: Dried foods are now used a large variety of ways. They are used in trail mix, fruit roll-ups, baby food, cereals, MRE’s, soup mixes and many other foods including meals aboard the Space Shuttle. They retain most of nutrients and just by adding water you can return them to their predried state. So let’s get started and discover how fun and easy it is to use dried foods in our everyday lives as well as in our long term food storage program.
  • Chuck Todd : If your kid’s playing “Halo” for 3 hours a night, make sure he doesn’t have a problem

    12/18/2012 5:33:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2012 | AllahPundit
    Via Mediaite, I like this clip because it captures the essence of the Do Something gun-control impulse, even though Todd's not talking about guns. The "Halo" games have sold 50 million copies worldwide. Microsoft estimates that people collectively have spent five billion hours playing them. Violent crime has been declining for 40 years and mass shootings are no more common now than they used to be. I'd bet that, if anything, video games reduce violent crime by providing an innocuous outlet for thrill-seeking. But who cares? The point of Do Something isn't to craft a policy response carefully tailored to...
  • Banning ‘Assault Weapons’ Is Not the Answer (Well-intentioned, but ineffective)

    12/18/2012 5:27:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/18/2012 | The Editors
    In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, numerous Democrats have called for legislation banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Unfortunately, such bans are empty gestures, certain to offend many law-abiding citizens but highly unlikely to reduce gun violence. Simply put, so-called “assault weapons” are nowhere near the root of the American violence problem. According to FBI data, of the two-thirds of murders that involve firearms, about 69 percent involve handguns rather than rifles or shotguns of any kind. Most estimates place the contribution of assault weapons to gun crime at around 1 or 2 percent. These numbers...
  • The Union ‘Free-Rider Problem’ Myth in Right-to-Work Debate

    12/18/2012 5:27:30 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/17/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    With Michigan on track to become a right-to-work state, which would make it illegal to fire an employee for refusing to pay union dues or agency fees, some opponents of the law maintain that this is unfair because those who don't pay will still be covered by the union contract. They refer to those workers as "free riders." This argument is a distortion to shift attention from the benefits of worker freedom. "No one is forced to join a union," said House Democratic Caucus Leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills. "They're asked to pay their fair share of the collective bargaining...
  • Obama’s money misunderstanding: Raising revenue by raising taxes doesn’t work

    12/18/2012 5:25:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/18/2012 | Richard Rahn
    In times past, political leaders would lay out their domestic and foreign policies in clear, coherent terms. President Obama talks about getting our fiscal house in order but fails to propose any meaningful spending cuts. His proposals to increase the tax rate on the top 2 percent of taxpayers would fund the government for eight days, assuming no behavioral change by those whose feathers are being plucked. In the real world, we know people will spend a great deal of time and effort to avoid paying high marginal tax rates. In high tax states such as California and New York,...
  • The Fix is in: Hillary’s Benghazi cover-up—like Vince Foster death investigation

    12/18/2012 5:25:09 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Marinka Peschmann
    If past is prologue expect the Benghazi investigations to be covered up whether or not Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies. According to Foreign Policy Magazine that despite the House and Senate foreign relations committees having announced she would testify on Benghazi this week, the State Department said last Thursday “that’s not a done deal.” On Saturday, the deal was undone when it was announced that Hillary would not testify due to health issues but would be able to continue to work from home. Recall how it was Clinton who was one of the first top Obama administration officials to...
  • Jim DeMint Issues Statement On Tim Scott Appointment to Senate

    12/18/2012 5:20:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    FitsNews ^ | 12/18/2012
    Columbia, S.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), who is leaving the Senate in early January to lead the Heritage Foundation, made the following statement regarding the announcement by Governor Nikki Haley (R-South Carolina) that Rep. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) would serve as his replacement. ___________________________ “Governor Haley has made a great choice for South Carolina and the nation,” said Senator DeMint. “Tim Scott is a principled leader and will make an outstanding senator for the people of the South Carolina and an important voice for conservatives across the nation. I’ve known Tim for years and am confident...
  • Reviving a Gun Law That Didn't Work

    12/18/2012 5:17:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    On Friday, a heavily armed young man walked into a Connecticut elementary school and murdered 20 first-graders and six adults before he killed himself. Even in a country inured to gun violence, this crime is too heinous to contemplate. Now the question is: Does Washington pass a bad law just to do something, anything, even something that doesn't enhance public safety? I write this as a former assault-weapons ban supporter, who observed that the 1994 federal assault-weapons ban, which expired in 2004, didn't reduce gun violence in America. Nor, apparently, did Connecticut's assault-weapons ban, passed in 1993 and still in...