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  • Obama: Time to address American culture ‘that too often glorifies guns and violence’

    12/21/2012 4:42:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 52 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/21/12 | Charlie Spiering
    Obama: Time to address American culture ‘that too often glorifies guns and violence’Charlie Spiering - Commentary Staff Writer Modified: December 21, 2012 at 6:35 am President Obama this morning issued a video response to a White House petition demanding more gun control – specifically mentioning America’s gun culture. **SNIP** “If we work harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one in Newtown — or any of the lesser-known tragedies that visit small towns and big cities all across America every day,” Obama concluded.
  • Obama announces new wave of proposed regulations

    12/21/2012 4:41:07 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 21, 2012 | Dave Boyer
    After taking criticism for missing an October deadline, the Obama administration Friday released its list of proposed government-wide regulations that it plans to consider in the next year. The administration put out its notice, called the unified regulatory agenda, online around 3 p.m. on the Friday before Christmas, after most lawmakers had left town. The proposed rules cover everything from power plant pollution to health-care standards to workplace safety. Critics who accuse President Obama of being an overzealous regulator said the timing of the announcement was no accident. “President Obama has earned a permanent spot on the disclosure naughty list...
  • Cuomo Says He’ll Outline Gun Proposal Next Month ("Confiscation could be an option...")

    12/21/2012 4:39:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 56 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 20, 2012 | THOMAS KAPLAN
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday that he had started discussions with leaders of the State Legislature about new gun control measures, and that he planned to propose a package of gun legislation in his State of the State address on Jan. 9. “There’s a big difference of opinion on these issues,” Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said in an interview on an Albany radio station. The New York Assembly, controlled by Democrats, has voted for a number of proposed gun control measures in recent years, only to have the legislation falter in the Senate, which has been controlled by Republicans....
  • Take a Break, But Don't Give Up

    12/21/2012 4:34:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Jim in Indianapolis. Hi, and welcome to the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Thank you, Rush. Love your show. First of all, happy holidays to you, your staff, your loved ones, and listeners. RUSH: Thank you very much, sir. We all appreciate it. CALLER: I want to give you a quick background on myself. I'm a white male in my mid-thirties. I work sometimes six to seven days a week. I go to school full time. I have a wife and two small boys. The reason why I do all this is because I need to be a...
  • The Perfect Stocking Stuffer For Liberals

    12/21/2012 4:32:28 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 25 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-21-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • I am a Chucklehead

    12/21/2012 4:31:38 PM PST · by EQAndyBuzz · 32 replies
    12/21/12 | EQAndybuzz
    Is anyone else offended by Represntative LaTourette's comments?
  • Can UAE-Backed Film Shut Down U.S. Fracking Boom?

    12/21/2012 4:25:40 PM PST · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 21, 2012
    Energy: As the U.S. changes the balance of power by exporting some of its abundant natural gas resources, a Hollywood propaganda film debuts claiming the technology making it possible will poison America's small towns. 'Promised Land," a film that does nothing to alter Hollywood's stereotype of businessmen, particularly energy industry executives, as greedy plunderers of the planet, opens this week in selected theatres. The anti-fracking film is based on a not-true story about well contamination in a small Pennsylvania town with a healthy dose of junk science. As documentary filmmaker Phelim McAleer, who is working on his own documentary, "FrackNation",...
  • Formal Reprimand Issued To Flatulent Federal Worker

    12/21/2012 4:24:30 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 55 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | December 21, 2012
    DECEMBER 21--A federal employee was formally reprimanded this month for excessive workplace flatulence, a sanction that was delivered to him in a five-page letter that actually included a log of representative dates and times when he was recorded “releasing the awful and unpleasant odor” in his Baltimore office. In a December 10 letter accusing him of “conduct unbecoming a federal officer,” the Social Security Administration employee was informed that his “uncontrollable flatulence” had created an “intolerable” and “hostile” environment for coworkers, several of whom have lodged complaints with supervisors. The worker, a 38-year-old Maryland resident, reportedly submitted evidence that he...
  • Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich to send gun buyers a warning letter

    12/21/2012 4:19:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Daily Breeze ^ | December 20, 2012 | Rick Orlov
    Following last week's schoolhouse massacre in Connecticut, Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich announced he and other law enforcement officials will send letters to all Los Angeles gun buyers reminding them of city laws regarding safe storage of weapons and reporting if a gun is lost or stolen. In a letter to Vice President Joe Biden, who is heading the federal task force looking at gun control and gun safety issues, Trutanich pledged his support and said he would be contacting gun buyers to advise them of city laws. "This week, in an effort to keep guns out of the...
  • Michael Steele: NRA presser was ‘disturbing’ (RINO Alert)

    12/21/2012 4:15:56 PM PST · by Red Steel · 83 replies
    Politco ^ | 12/21/12 12:01 PM EST | KEVIN CIRILLI
    Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele called the National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s press conference Friday “very haunting and very disturbing,” in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. “I don’t even know where to begin. As a supporter of the Second Amendment and a supporter of the NRA — even though I’m not a member of the NRA — I just found it very haunting and very disturbing that our country now is talking about arming our teachers and our principals in classrooms,” Steele said on MSNBC immediately after...
  • U.S. on alert for Islamist ire to ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ (Obama killing Osama movie)

    12/21/2012 4:13:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/20/12 | Kristina Wong
    U.S. on alert for Islamist ire to ‘Zero Dark Thirty’Film depicts harsh interrogation methods By Kristina Wong The Washington Times Thursday, December 20, 2012 **SNIP** Yet fears of a violent backlash against “Zero Dark Thirty,” which goes into wide release in the U.S. on Jan. 11, are swirling in some corners of Washington and appear to be accentuated by a public perception of a U.S. government consultative role in pre-production research for the film. Radical corners of the Muslim world have been known to fan the flames around perceived official U.S. involvement with material considered blasphemous, as happened this autumn...
  • James Meredith: What I've Learned (Since being the first black at Ole Miss)

    12/21/2012 4:10:18 PM PST · by WKB · 51 replies
    Esquire.com ^ | December 21, 2012, | By Cal Fussman
    What I did at Ole Miss had nothing to do with going to classes. My objective was to destroy the system of white supremacy.
  • What Does a Second Obama Term Mean for Gun Owners? (DTD 11-06-12)

    12/21/2012 4:02:23 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | NOVEMBER 6, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    During the second presidential debate of 2012, President Barack Obama said, “What I’m trying to do is get a broader conversation about how we reduce the violence generally. Part of it, is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced.” You can bet he meant what he said. Obama has a long history of holding anti-Second Amendment views, despite portraying himself as pro-hunter and reasonable about gun control. A second term spells trouble for law-abiding citizens wanting to exercise their right to keep and bear arms: Obama is strongly opposed to concealed carry, has supported gun owner licensing...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Orion over El Castillo

    12/21/2012 4:02:17 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    NASA ^ | December 21, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Welcome to the December solstice, a day the world does not end ... even according to the Mayan Calendar. To celebrate, consider this dramatic picture of Orion rising over El Castillo, the central pyramid at Chichén Itzá, one of the great Mayan centers on the Yucatán peninsula. Also known as the Temple of Kukulkan it stands 30 meters tall and 55 meters wide at the base. Built up as a series of square terraces by the pre-Columbian civilization between the 9th and 12th century, the structure can be used as a calendar and is noted for astronomical alignments. In...
  • How many more?' Beyoncé, Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow 'demand a plan' in gun violence PSA

    12/21/2012 3:53:58 PM PST · by opentalk · 60 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | December 21, 2012 | Jennifer Madison
    Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyoncé Knowles are among celebrities campaigning for gun regulation in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary. The stars feature in a new public service announcement against gun violence for Demand a Plan after 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults before turning the gun on himself at the Connecticut school last Friday. The one-and-a-half minute clip features the celebrity activists asking: 'How many more colleges? How many more classrooms? How many more movie theatres? How many more houses of faith?' before lawmakers tighten regulations. A cast of artists...
  • U.S. ending pursuit of illegal immigrants who commit minor crimes

    12/21/2012 3:41:06 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 23 replies
    mercurynews ^ | 12/21/2012 | Matt O'Brien/Contra Costa Times
    Federal agents no longer will scoop up jailed illegal immigrants who had been picked up by police for traffic offenses and other petty crimes, the nation's top immigration enforcer announced Friday. "We are changing who" we seek to detain and deport to focus more on serious criminals, said John Morton, the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Morton changed the national policy just as sheriffs around the Bay Area were rethinking their cooperation with the controversial federal Secure Communities immigration program, out of concern that it was leading to deportation of too many minor offenders. The shift responds to...
  • Caption John Kerry

    12/21/2012 3:40:05 PM PST · by mnehring · 33 replies
    Vanity
    Partying with very, very young girls.
  • Freep a Poll - Daily poll: Should principals and teachers be armed?

    12/21/2012 3:39:08 PM PST · by ObozoMustGo2012 · 39 replies
    Rep. Dennis Baxley is suggesting a novel approach for preventing a repeat of the kind of shooting massacre that occurred last Friday in Newtown, Conn.: arm principals and teachers with guns.
  • Texas Town Allows Teachers to Carry Concealed Guns

    12/21/2012 3:38:29 PM PST · by grundle · 6 replies
    ABC News/Associated Press ^ | December 20, 2012 | ANGELA K. BROWN
    HARROLD, Texas In this tiny Texas town, children and their parents don't give much thought to safety at the community's lone school — mostly because some of the teachers are carrying concealed weapons. In remote Harrold, the nearest sheriff's office is 30 minutes away, and people tend to know — and trust — one another. So the school board voted to let teachers bring guns to school. "We don't have money for a security guard, but this is a better solution," Superintendent David Thweatt said. "A shooter could take out a guard or officer with a visible, holstered weapon, but...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #25 December 21, 2012

    12/21/2012 3:33:40 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 40 replies
    Free Republic | 12-21-12 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. There was too much going on last Friday for me to post the thread. I wish every Freeper a Merry Christmas. I will be popping the swing top on a bottle of my Cranberry Mead this Christmas. Now that we have survived this Mayan Doomsday 12-21-12 nonsense we can all get back to planning and making our favorite Homebrews and Wines and go off the cliff in style. I hope all of you and...
  • What will American Christianity look like in 50 years? (Predictions for various denominations)

    12/21/2012 3:31:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    SILOUAN ^ | 12/21/2012 | Silouan Philip Thompson
    I was asked this in an online forum, and my answer got too long to manage. Here’s my infallible prediction. How did I do? Orthodoxy: Little visible change, zero substantive change. Increasing numbers and cultural impact. Progress toward a single American Archdiocese, but still not there yet.Catholicism: Neither women priests nor married priests will happen. Increasing disaffection among liberal American Catholics leading to a significant decrease in attendance. Identification as Catholic will be increasingly cultural rather than creedal. This trend, combined with decreasing numbers of men seeking the priesthood, will force additional parish churches to close. This will be...
  • Do You Want Guns in Schools? The NRA Does

    12/21/2012 3:28:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    BlogHer ^ | December 21, 2012 | Grace Hwang Lynch, News and Politics Editor
    After a week of what was thought to be respectful, even remorseful, silence on the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shootings, the NRA took to the podium this morning, with… shall we say, both barrels blazing. National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre addressed the media in Washington D.C. with the message that the only way to keep our children safe is to put armed security guards in schools. From the press conference transcript: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” (VIDEO AT LINK) It’s an old message gun advocates...
  • Tracking the origins of HIV

    12/21/2012 3:27:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | December 18, 2012 | NA
    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) may have affected humans for much longer than is currently believed. Alfred Roca, an assistant professor in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, thinks that the genomes of an isolated West African human population provide important clues about how the disease has evolved. HIV is thought to have originated from chimpanzees in central Africa that were infected with simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), a retrovirus. "If you look at the diversity present across SIV in chimpanzees, it suggests that they have had it for tens of thousands of years," Roca...
  • Obama: 'We're going to have to find some common ground'

    12/21/2012 3:26:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 21, 2012 | Justin Sink
    President Obama urged congressional leaders to consider a scaled-back plan to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" in a holiday plea for a debt-deal compromise. The president said that legislators should pass legislation on points where there was consensus — including extending Bush-era tax cuts for all but the top 2 percent of taxpayers, extending unemployment insurance and laying "the groundwork" for future deficit reduction. "That's an achievable goal that can get done in 10 days," Obama said. The plan, as described by the president, would leave unresolved issues like the looming defense sequester and the debt ceiling. The president said...
  • When a seaplane becomes a skiplane....

    12/21/2012 3:25:50 PM PST · by Doogle · 11 replies
    YT ^ | 7/25/12 | Goosesavage
    A seaplane has engine trouble and has to settle down on a lake in Alaska during winter, that's just the beginning....
  • Girl, 8, accused of stealing packages from neighbors' doorsteps

    12/21/2012 3:25:45 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | December 20, 2012 | Arelis R. Hernández
    Homeowners in the Foxchase subdivision of Clermont have seen their packages disappear from their doorsteps and front porches as of late, suspecting a teeny thief was behind the pilfering. Tiffany Baggs had two packages go missing so she coordinated with her neighbor across the street, Tim Lebeda, and set up a camera and decoy boxes to bait the bandit. Their suspicions were confirmed when footage showed an 8-year-old girl walking up Baggs' driveway to the porch, looking at the door briefly and running off with the goods, according to a police report.
  • Evidence Noah's Biblical Flood Happened, Says Robert Ballard (World Renown Underwater archaeologist)

    12/21/2012 3:25:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/10/2012 | JENNA MILLMAN, BRYAN TAYLOR and LAUREN EFFRON
    The story of Noah's Ark and the Great Flood is one of the most famous from the Bible, and now an acclaimed underwater archaeologist thinks he has found proof that the biblical flood was actually based on real events. In an interview with Christiane Amanpour for ABC News, Robert Ballard, one of the world's best-known underwater archaeologists, talked about his findings. His team is probing the depths of the Black Sea off the coast of Turkey in search of traces of an ancient civilization hidden underwater since the time of Noah. Tune in to Christiane Amanpour's two-part ABC News special,...
  • Obama: Hillary 'in good spirits'

    12/21/2012 3:25:02 PM PST · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    politico ^ | 12/21/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    “She is in good spirits and could not be more excited about the announcement that I'm making,” Obama said. The president, hailing her contributions as a member of his "extraordinary" national security team, said she had wanted to be there for the announcement. "She’s looking forward to getting back to work,” he said.
  • The Good Face, Not the Good Book: Beware of Mark Zuckerberg bearing gifts.

    12/21/2012 3:21:47 PM PST · by rhema · 7 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 12/21/12 | Jay D. Homnick
    In wonderful news on the philanthropy front, Mark Zuckerberg has contributed 500 million dollars to… well, to an organization that will spawn a subsidiary foundation to contribute to… well, a funding mechanism that will facilitate his ability to contribute to… well, to things involving education and its ability to contribute to… well, to the general wellbeing of society and its ability to contribute to… well, Mark Zuckerberg’s reputation. And the government. It is too early to predict just who if anyone will benefit from this “gift” to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Take a look at this organization’s website and...
  • Jindal teaches the Catholic Church a lesson

    12/21/2012 3:19:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | 12/21/2012 | Mark Silk
    Bobby Jindal, the conservative Catholic governor of Louisiana, attracted some attention last week for a Wall Street Journal op-ed in which he advocated making oral contraceptives available over the counter without a prescription. And for his pains, he received a slap on the wrist from his local archdiocese.Jindal made his case on libertarian and partisan grounds: People should have a right to buy products free from government restrictions, and letting them do so in this case (as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now recommends) will take contraception out of the political arena (where the Democrats are using...
  • Gun limits might hurt Flathead manufacturers

    12/21/2012 3:14:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Inter Lake ^ | December 21, 2012 | Jim Mann
    While gun sales are spiking across the country in the wake of last week’s school shooting in Connecticut, people in the firearms industry aren’t necessarily enjoying the profits. Instead, they are gripped with worry about potential gun control fallout. Just ask Brian Sipe, owner of the Montana Rifleman barrel and action manufacturing company located on Montana 35 east of Kalispell. “I’m very concerned about legislation. If they do an assaults weapons ban, I’m going to have to lay off people,” said Sipe, who is in regular communication with firearms manufacturers across the county. President Barack Obama’s call for a special...
  • Larry Kudlow: Don’t Blame Boehner. Plan B was the least-bad option with this President and Senate.

    12/21/2012 3:13:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/21/2012 | Larry Kudlow
    When you lose an election you get frustrated. When you’re sitting in a subpar 2 percent economy, and are faced with tax hikes rather than marginal rate reductions, you get even more frustrated. And when you’re staring at $47 trillion in spending over the next ten years, and $8.6 trillion in deficits, your frustration levels climb even higher. These are among the frustrations that led a number of House Republicans to pull back from Speaker John Boehner’s so-called Plan B. Nobody looked good on the Republican side when Thursday night’s vote fell through. But you have to understand their frustrations....
  • Analysis: GOP policies led to fiscal cliff blowup

    12/21/2012 3:12:10 PM PST · by haffast · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/21/2012 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    House Republicans seem shocked by their party's meltdown on the so-called fiscal cliff. They shouldn't be. The uncompromising conservatives who blocked Speaker John Boehner's tax bill were merely sticking to policies that Boehner and nearly all other GOP leaders have pushed, without reservation, for years: It's always wrong to raise tax rates on anyone, no matter how rich. The nation's big deficit is entirely "a spending problem, not a revenue problem." And in any deficit-reduction plan, spending cuts must overwhelm new revenues, by 10-to-1 if not more. To be surprised by Boehner's failure is to assume one of two things....
  • Mark Levin Show,"MERRY CHRISTMAS!",M-F,6PM-PM,EST,WABC AM,December 21,2012

    12/21/2012 3:08:53 PM PST · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | December 21,2012 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Last State Ban Against Concealed Carry Struck Down by Appeals Court (Illinois)

    12/21/2012 3:08:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/21/2012 | Gary Wickert
    Christmas came early for law-abiding gun owners. Last Tuesday, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Illinois' ban on carrying concealed weapons, the last remaining such ban in the country. The landmark decision gave state lawmakers six months to come up with a version of the law that legalizes concealed carry.In contrast, one thousand miles from the Illinois state capitol, in a rare Sunday night address from Newtown, Connecticut, which preempted even the usually sacrosanct NFL, Barack Obama telegraphed --- without clearly saying so --- that he will create political opportunity out of tragedy by pushing for...
  • LANCE CORPORAL HAMMAR AND THE DEBATE WE SHOULD BE HAVING ON PTS(D)

    12/21/2012 3:08:14 PM PST · by Steve Newton · 14 replies
    Self ^ | 2012 | Steve Newton
    The Silver Star Families Call for a Debate on PTS
  • (San Diego, CA) Gun Owners Give Up Weapons for Groceries

    12/21/2012 3:03:26 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | December 21, 2012 | Fox 5 News Staff
    Gun owners give up weapons for groceries SAN DIEGO — Gun owners had a chance to exchange weapons for Friday morning. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the United African American Ministerial Action Council held another installment of their “Guns for Gift Cards” program from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tubman/Chavez Multicultural Center in Valencia Park. The program allows people to turn in working-condition guns, no questions asked, in exchange for monetary vouchers redeemable at area grocery stores. Shotguns and rifles bring $50 credit each, while pistols and assault-type weapons fetch $100 apiece. Participants must place the weapons,...
  • Politically potent Hollywood escapes heavy scrutiny in wake of shooting (DNC profits from Violence)

    12/21/2012 3:02:28 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 7 replies
    foxnews ^ | Dec 21.2012
    n the wake of last week's Connecticut school shooting, many in the media and on Capitol Hill blamed one powerful lobby, the gun industry, and suggested banning assault weapons would lead to safer streets. "On the first day of the new Congress, I intend to introduce a bill stopping the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of assault weapons," Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif., said. On MSNBC, Chris Matthews said "people on the far-right, on the NRA front ... they go to bed at night ... afraid somebody's going to take that gun away from them. Normal people have other interests." On...
  • The Demographic Cliff (Fiscal cliffs aren’t the only thing that menace America)

    12/21/2012 3:02:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/21/2012
    The New York Times has finally discovered that fiscal cliffs aren’t the only thing that menace the modern nation-state. There’s a demographic cliff, too. A couple weeks ago, the Times’s Ross Douthat wrote a column about America’s bleak demographic future and suggested that the reason we aren’t having enough babies is that we’ve become a decadent society. Douthat’s column touched off something of a firestorm on the left as liberal writers flipped out over the ideas that (1) There aren’t enough babies; (2) More babies would be a good thing; and (3) The dearth of babies suggests there might be...
  • Mayor Gray says D.C. should ‘double down’ on gun restrictions

    12/21/2012 2:57:02 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Tom Howell Jr.
    D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said his city should “double down” on gun laws that are among the most stringent in the country, as leaders in the nation’s capital and other cities view the sudden debate over guns as a pressing issue that afflicts youth both inside and outside of school walls. .... In the District, Mr. Gray pointed to an incident at the Family Research Council in August, when a gunman entered the conservative think tank’s downtown offices. A security guard, Leo Johnson, was hailed as a hero for wrestling the man to the ground before he could inflict...
  • God's gender divides German government

    12/21/2012 2:56:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/21/2012
    BERLIN (Reuters) - A minister in Angela Merkel's government has sparked a pre-Christmas row among Germany's ruling parties by suggesting God be referred to with the neutral article "das" instead of the masculine "der". Family Minister Kristina Schroeder made the comments when asked in an interview with German weekly Die Zeit how she explained to her young daughter the use of the masculine form for God. "The article is not important," she responded, adding that it was fine to use "das" instead of the traditional "der" when referring to God. The remarks were immediately denounced by members of Schroeder's own...
  • Obama's Friday Aloha Speech

    12/21/2012 2:55:42 PM PST · by Toespi · 16 replies
    Fox News
    The extortionist-in-chief just told us goodbye, for seventeen days. Told Congress no one can get 100% of what they want, you have 10 days to come up with a deal.
  • Argentina Deploys Troops to Contain Looting

    12/21/2012 2:51:31 PM PST · by docbnj · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 21 Dec 2012 | Ken Parks
    Looters attacked supermarkets in several Argentine cities Friday in the latest challenge to President Cristina Kirchner, who is struggling to revive a weak economy and maintain her control over the ruling Peronist Party. What started with the ouster Thursday afternoon of a supermarket in the Patagonian resort town of Bariloche quickly spread to other parts of the country, with thousands of looters attacking supermarkets and shops in the cities of Rosario, Campana and Zárate. In the central city Rosario, two people were killed during the incidents and 137 people arrested.
  • Mayor Emanuel releases fiery statement on NRA

    12/21/2012 2:48:47 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 52 replies
    wlsam.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Bill Cameron
    Mayor Emanuel has released a fiery statement denouncing the National Rifle Association for advocating armed police in about every school. Rahm Emanuel prepared an unusually strong statement, even by his standards. “It’s outrageous and unsettling that the NRA would choose to address gun violence not by taking assault weapons off our streets, but by adding more guns to our schools, " the mayor said in a statement. The statement went on to say "that is not the right answer for our society, our schools and most importantly our children. People across this country, from small towns to big cities, are...
  • Christmas shopping: 1958 vs. 2012

    12/21/2012 2:40:14 PM PST · by virgil283 · 46 replies
    http://www.aei-ideas.org ^ | December 19, 2012, 1:33 pm | Mark J. Perry
    "One way to illustrate your good fortune of being a holiday shopper today is to measure the cost of consumer goods by the number of hours it takes working at the average hourly wage to earn enough income to purchase typical consumer products at their retail prices, and then compare the “time cost” of goods from the past to today’s “time cost” for similar items.... consider the equipment with the “best stereo sound” that Sears had to offer in 1958, which was advertised for sale in its Christmas catalog for $84.95 (see picture above), boasting that “You’ll be amazed at...
  • Arne Duncan Says ‘Reasonable People’ Should Back Gun Restrictions

    12/21/2012 2:37:29 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 44 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Sarah Parnass
    Two hours before the National Rifle Association told the country that guns were not to blame for the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today said that “reasonable people” should be able to overcome their differences on the issue and work to craft tougher laws. Duncan, a member of Vice President Joe Biden’s new task force charged with finding solutions to America’s gun violence, said the goal should be to support “common sense” measures such as banning “assault weapons” and high-capacity ammunition, and closing gun-show loopholes in the background-check process. “Reasonable people should be...
  • Teachers union rejects NRA’s call for armed security in schools

    12/21/2012 2:25:38 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 68 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | December 21, 2012
    American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement in reaction to National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s press conference today: After remaining silent for an entire week following the Newtown massacre, the NRA’s first comments were to call for more guns in our schools and our society. This is both irresponsible and dangerous. No matter how much money the NRA spends or propaganda it tries to spread, one thing is clear—the NRA is not serious about confronting the epidemic of gun violence in our nation. Schools must be safe sanctuaries, not armed fortresses. Anyone who...
  • Rude and Uninformed. A reflection on a recent billboard campaign by Atheist Humanists

    12/21/2012 2:24:54 PM PST · by NYer · 91 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 20, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I was asked by the Young Adult group in my parish to address some ads on our local buses and subway trains here in Washington. The members of the Young adult group found the ads offensive and troubling, especially since they were aimed at kids. The ads are posted by the American “Humanist” Association (AHA) and are indeed aimed at kids and teenagers. The focus of the message is “Kids without God: You’re not the only one.” I have altered the ad at the upper right of this post to avoid listing its website but as you can see God...
  • Caption Boehner

    12/21/2012 2:24:38 PM PST · by crosshairs · 23 replies
  • Meet WND’s 'Man of the Decade'

    12/21/2012 2:23:37 PM PST · by wesagain · 10 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Dec 21, 2012 | Taylor Rose
    "He championed the Constitution, sound money and liberty like no other "WASHINGTON – Honoring one of the most inspiring and principled political careers in contemporary American politics, culminating in an extraordinary “farewell address” upon his recent announced retirement from the House of Representatives, WND has named U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, as its “Man of the Decade.” In addition to his primary focus of keeping government within the confines of the Constitution, Paul’s legacy will prominently feature his unwavering dedication to audit – and ultimately abolish – the Federal Reserve in a decades-long effort to restore America’s economy and monetary...