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  • Why does anyone need an "Assault Rifle"?

    12/18/2012 12:47:32 PM PST · by woofer2425 · 208 replies
    woofer2425 | woofer2425
    Bob Beckel on Fox news asked yesterday, "Why does anyone need an "assault rifle"? I thought...Why does anyone need a 900 HP muscle car?...they could drive an East German wondercar like the Trabant or a Yaris or some other meager means of transport which aren't so "wasteful and dangerous". Why is there 1st class seating on airliners? Why are there multi CPU, overclocked computers when a plain vanilla Dell would be adequate? I know you could come up with many more examples like this. There are many choices we have the privledge to make because we live in this wonderful...
  • White House: Obama would support new gun laws

    12/18/2012 12:46:21 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 43 replies ^ | December18, 2012 | By JENNIFER EPSTEIN |
  • Zooey Deschanel Officially Divorced From Death Cab's Ben Gibbard

    12/18/2012 12:45:21 PM PST · by Perdogg · 48 replies
    Cue up your most mournful Death Cab for Cutie mix, because the adorkable marriage between Zooey Deschanel and indie rocker Ben Gibbard is officially kaput. People mag reports their divorce was finalized on Dec. 12, a little more than a year after they split.
  • Did You Really Think Facebook Wouldn't Turn Your Instagram Photos Into Ads?

    12/18/2012 12:42:47 PM PST · by beaversmom · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 18, 2012 | Robert Hof
    Instagram just set off a bomb inside its new privacy policy and terms of service. New wording essentially makes it possible to turn people’s photos posted after Jan. 16 using Instagram into advertisements. In other words, that sutro-toned picture of your beloved Lhasa apso freshly coiffed after her grooming might well become an ad for Classy Canine Dog Salon. The language at issue: [Y]ou hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post on or through the Service, except that you can control who can view certain of...
  • Has World War II carrier pigeon message been cracked?

    12/18/2012 12:25:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    bbc ^ | 16 December 2012 Last updated at 12:36 ET | Anna Browning
    Gord Young, from Peterborough, in Ontario, says it took him 17 minutes to decypher the message after realising a code book he inherited was the key. Mr Young says the 1944 note uses a simple World War I code to detail German troop positions in Normandy. GCHQ says it would be interested to see his findings. Blocks of code The message was discovered by 74-year-old David Martin when he was renovating the chimney of his house in Bletchingley, Surrey. Among the rubbish, he found parts of a dead pigeon - including a leg, attached to which was a red canister....
  • Feder's Rules For A Conservative Resurgence (Part II)

    12/18/2012 12:18:05 PM PST · by massmike ^ | 12/18/2012 | Don Feder
    Toward the end of his presidency, Calvin Coolidge said of his presumptive successor, Herbert Hoover (who he regularly derided as “Wonder Boy”), “That man has offered me unsolicited advice every day for six years, all of it bad.” In the aftermath of the 2012 election, the conservative movement is swamped with unsolicited advice, much of it ranging from the bad to the bizarre, to the atrocious. It comes from consultants whose reputation is built on running losing campaigns, domesticated conservative commentators for the mainstream media, pragmatists who are willing to jettison the principals they’ve never really believed in for a...
  • The Only Way to Stop School Shootings

    12/18/2012 12:17:40 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/18/12 | William A Levinson
    Senator Dianne Feinstein's ghoulish eagerness to exploit the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut for political gain is reminiscent of stock horror movie villains who need and crave the blood of innocents for their unholy agendas. Feinstein's agenda is an "assault weapon" ban, and it needs to be shut down before it gets started. Suppose that Feinstein had somehow been able to make all magazines larger than 10 rounds disappear overnight. Mass murderer Adam Lanza would have had to switch magazines more frequently but, as he was the only armed person present in the school, he could have done that at his...
  • Double Standards on Death

    12/18/2012 12:17:29 PM PST · by Perseverando · 6 replies ^ | December 18, 2012 | Lloyd Billingsley
    “No single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society,” President Obama said at the memorial service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, “but that can’t be an excuse for inaction. Surely we can do better than this. If there’s even one step we can take to save another child or another parent or another town from the grief that’s visited Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek and Newtown and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that, then surely we have an obligation to...
  • The Left’s Renewed Assault on the NRA

    12/18/2012 12:13:00 PM PST · by Perseverando · 30 replies ^ | December 18, 2012 | Joseph Klein
    While much of the country mourns the horrific death of the 26 children and adults murdered at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut at the hands of an alleged mentally unstable individual who also killed his mother, the Left lost no time in shamelessly exploiting the tragedy. In fact, Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY) used the word “exploit” in urging President Obama to take advantage of the Newtown massacre to prod Congress into passing stronger gun control legislation. The Left’s avowed goal is to use what happened to galvanize support for cutting the Second Amendment into pieces and...
  • How to stop the slaughter of the innocents

    12/18/2012 12:09:22 PM PST · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    WND ^ | December 17, 2012 | Joseph Farah
    Exclusive: Joseph Farah on what happens when gun owners fight back against criminals In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, leave it to the state-run media and politicians who surround themselves with armed security at all times to offer up exactly the wrong prescription to stopping the slaughter of more innocents. It was as predictable as clockwork that those who seek a state monopoly on firepower would exploit a tragedy like this to push for unconstitutional, counter-productive, anti-American solutions to a mess they helped create. Let me give you some things to think about – things you won’t likely...
  • Ted Nugent: Gun-free zone is mass murderer's dream

    12/18/2012 12:08:47 PM PST · by grundle · 27 replies (outdated link) ^ | April 22, 2007 | Ted Nugent
    Try these on for size: Columbine High School. Gun-free zone. New York City pizza shop. Gun-free zone. Pearl (Miss.) High School. Gun-free zone. Luby's Cafeteria. Gun-free zone. The Amish school in Pennsylvania. Gun-free zone.Virginia Tech University. Gun-free zone.Anybody see what the evil Sarah Brady and her denial-infested gun-banning cult have created? I personally have zero tolerance for evil and denial. And America had best wake up real quick to this fact: The brain-dead celebration of unarmed helplessness will get you killed every time. I've about had enough of it. Conversely, at a Salt Lake City shopping mall, as occurs every...
  • LAPD Bomb Squad Investigating Threat At Wilshire Boulevard Temple

    12/18/2012 12:06:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | December 18, 2012 9:28 AM
    LOS ANGELES ( — The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a threat made against the Wilshire Boulevard Temple. According to KNX1070, a phone threat was made around 7:53 a.m. Tuesday prompting the LAPD’s bomb squad to investigate a suspicious package at the synagogue, located at 3663 Wilshire Boulevard. The package was found in a police cruiser, the station reported. The temple was empty at the time of the threat. No evacuation order was issued, however the temple was placed on locked down. Wilshire Boulevard and 6th Street, between Kingsly Street and Hobart Avenue, have been shut down as police...
  • Tragedy at Newtown

    12/18/2012 12:06:09 PM PST · by SLB · 6 replies
    RZIM News ^ | Dec 18, 2012 | Ravi Zacharis
    The tragedy that shook Newtown, Connecticut, and indeed the entire nation, defies analysis. What must have gone on in the mind of this young man for him to walk into a school of little children and wreak such devastating carnage numbs the soul. At the same time this was happening, I was under the surgeon’s blade for minor surgery. When I left the recovery room and returned home, among the first pieces of news on my phone was the news of this mass killing. Something within me hoped that I was still not clear-headed, but I knew deep inside that...
  • Russian Warships Sail For Syria, Large Anti-Submarine Ship For Waters Near Iran

    12/18/2012 12:05:29 PM PST · by drewh · 9 replies
    Debkfiles ^ | December 18, 2012, 7:11 PM
    Russian warships set out Tuesday, Dec. 18, for two Middle East flashpoint destinations: Naval sources in Moscow reported that two assault ships, a tanker and an escort vessel were detached from the Baltic Fleet and are sailing for the Syrian port of Tartus – possibly to evacuate Russian citizens. A second naval group led by Russia’s largest anti-submarine vessel, the Severomorsk, is on its way to the Gulfs of Aden and Oman close to the Persian Gulf and Iran. The ships destined for Syria are the Russian fleet’s two largest amphibious assault vessels, the Kaliningrad and the Alexander Shabalin, which...
  • NASA's GRAIL lunar mission ends with two crashed satellites

    12/18/2012 12:03:22 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    tech hive ^ | Dec 18, 2012 11:25 AM | Kevin Lee
    After skimming the moon’s surface for nearly a year, NASA’s two Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) drones ended their mission on Monday by crashing into a mountain located at the Moon’s north pole. While it might sound like an accident, the crash was actually a planned maneuver. The decision to crash the two spacecraft, Ebb and Flow, was made after NASA's scientists evaluated that the drones could no longer function with low fuel levels. More importantly, if the probes were to be left in low orbit, there was the possibility that they could damage one of the previous Apollo...
  • Kobe's ego is Lakers' big problem

    12/18/2012 12:01:41 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Fox ^ | Dec 18, 2012 2:17 PM ET | Jason Whitlock
    The root cause of the Lakers’ dysfunction has been consistent for 15 years. It is Kobe Bryant’s ego, his desperate pursuit of Michael Jordan’s legacy. L.A.’s Dwight Howard experiment is going to explode and implode in spectacular fashion unless someone in the Lakers organization is bold enough to kill Kobe’s Michael Jordan avatar so that Howard’s Bill Russell avatar can emerge and lead the Lakers. You follow? The wrong player is driving the Lakers. Dwight Howard is the second-most talented player in the league. He’s the single-most gifted defensive player the NBA has seen since Bill Russell. On a properly...
  • Mark Levin: "How Come Obama Did Not Mention Fort Hood?" (audio)

    12/18/2012 11:58:07 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 10 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 18, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    MARK LEVIN: Over the weekend, the president was speaking and, really, when he got to his politics it was just stomach turning. There he is, in the middle of that little town … and he named four instances in where there were, what, massacres? But he left one out. I immediately realized -- and my brother emailed me too -- what happened to Fort Hood? How come he didn't mention Fort Hood? How come Obama did not mention Fort Hood where 13 human beings were slaughtered and there were several survivors. Because, ladies and gentlemen, first of all, Fort Hood...
  • LA Police Chief Announces Plan For Random Patrols Of Elementary, Middle Schools

    12/18/2012 11:57:27 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    (AP) Los Angeles' police chief says he plans to step up patrol of the city's elementary and middle schools by assigning officers to visit them at least once a day. Charlie Beck said at a speech Sunday that he wants to start the program when students in the nation's second-largest school district return from winter break. Beck told KCAL-TV that the Los Angeles School Police department is stretched thin meeting the needs of high schools across the city. So he wants all LAPD officers to visit an elementary or middle school at least once a day. It's part of an...
  • Brady group: Arming teachers ‘insane’

    12/18/2012 11:54:34 AM PST · by Enosh · 64 replies
    Odd Onion ^ | 2012-12-18 | KEVIN ROBILLARD
    The head of the country’s most prominent gun control advocacy group on Tuesday called a Texas GOP congressman’s idea to arm teachers “insane.” “There are 40 people behind me who would love to respond to that,” said Dan Gross, the president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, when asked at a Capitol Hill press conference about Rep. Louie Gohmert’s suggestion to arm teachers and principals to prevent future school shootings. “But in their spirit, I will do on behalf of them: That’s insane.” Gross, whose brother was wounded during a mass shooting at the Empire State Building in...
  • There’s No Revolt, No Coup,’ Say House Republicans (GOP unites to raise taxes)

    12/18/2012 11:51:27 AM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 34 replies
    “It’s important that we protect as many American taxpayers as we can,” Boehner told reporters. “Our Plan B would protect American taxpayers who make $1 million or less.” For Americans making more than $1 million, the tax rate on their income over that amount would rise from 35 percent, the current rate, to 39.6 percent. Boehner hopes to bring his “Plan B” legislation to the floor later this week, and plans to update members on the schedule Tuesday night. In the meantime, he said, Republicans should argue that they’re working hard to protect current tax rates. The Tuesday meeting began...