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  • 10 Facts for Liberals: Why Gun Control Can't Stop Another Newtown Massacre

    12/22/2012 4:15:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2012 | John Hawkins
    There are now calls from the Left for gun control legislation in response to Adam Lanza's unconscionable mass killing of innocent children at Sandy Hook Elementary. However, very few people seem to be asking the most basic question of all before getting started: What gun control legislation could have stopped Adam Lanza? The answer is "none." Let's consider a few alternatives: 1) The school was already a "gun free zone;" so obviously that wasn't effective. Of course, the sort of people who would respect a "gun free zone" in the first place are the very ones you wouldn't have...
  • Clinton Pledges Funds to Add Police to Schools

    12/22/2012 4:12:52 AM PST · by defeat_the_dem_igods · 11 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 16, 2000 | LAWRENCE L. KNUTSON
    April 16, 2000 Marking the first anniversary of the shooting deaths at Columbine High School, President Clinton announced $120 million in new federal grants Saturday to place more police officers in schools and help even the youngest kids cope with their problems. Clinton also unveiled the $60-million fifth round of funding for "COPS in School," a Justice Department program that helps pay the costs of placing police officers in schools to help make them safer for students and teachers. The money will be used to provide 452 officers in schools in more than 220 communities.
  • All About Him! Obama spends 10 minutes relecting on himself during Daniel Inouye's Funeral

    12/22/2012 4:11:57 AM PST · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    youtube ^ | december 21, 2012
    Unbelievable - During funeral for Senator Daniel Inouye, Obama diverts remembering Inouye for by speaking of himself for about 10 minutes
  • Can We Make Love and Not War? Sorry, No.

    12/22/2012 4:08:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2012 | John Ransom
    We need a new foreign policy and we need to spend a lot less money. That’s the message stock market is telling us. It’s a message painted in big bold letters and we’d be wise to read it. We need a foreign policy that uses the proven lessons we learned from the Cold War; a policy that pares back our commitment of troops to combat operations. We need a fiscal policy that we learned during the 30 years from the 1960s to 1990, when our economy only did well as we restrained government spending to an amount affordable by our...
  • Friday Afternoon Roundup - Gun Control in Obamaland

    12/22/2012 4:01:56 AM PST · by expat1000 · 4 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Dec 21, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    FACTS ARE THE STUBBORNEST OF THINGS Of the 5 worst shooting rampages, only one happened in America, and none were carried out by Americans. Of the 5 worst massacres, two were carried out by Asians and one by an African constable. Only two were carried out by white men. The next man on the list was Latino. None were carried out by Americans. Two of the killers, William Unek in the Belgian Congo and Woo Bum-Kon of South Korea were police officers. The United States homicide rate doubled between the 1900s and the 1920s. It declined in the wartime...
  • The Christmas Spirit

    12/22/2012 3:58:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    Anyone offended by public displays of Christmas needs to see a psychiatrist. Are we clear on this? You are a loon if the sight of baby Jesus arouses anger or sadness in you. Get help. This brings us to the governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee. He recently told me on national television that the reason he will not use the word "Christmas" in describing the state Christmas tree is that the word might offend non-Christians. The governor calls the state-purchased symbol a "holiday tree." My reply to the governor was that by excluding the word "Christmas," he might...
  • Mexico Frees Ex-Marine Jailed for Bringing In Gun

    12/22/2012 3:51:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 21, 2012 11:02 PM EST | Curt Anderson
    A Marine veteran jailed for months in Mexico after trying to carry a family heirloom shotgun across the border has been freed, U.S. officials and his lawyer said late Friday. The attorney for 27-year-old Jon Hammar tweeted Friday night that his client had been released from a detention center in Matamoros, Mexico. “Jon is out, going home!” Eddie Varon Levy tweeted. … An aide to a legal representative of the Mexican attorney general’s office had told U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s staff about the pending release after the Florida Democrat’s office got word from Hammar’s mother, according to a press release...
  • MP says Bloody Sunday murder inquiry is “misguided” (Northern Ireland)

    12/22/2012 3:41:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | 21 December 2012 | Last updated at 05:10 ET
    A Conservative MP who served as a soldier in Northern Ireland has questioned the need for prosecutions in the Bloody Sunday killings. On Thursday, it was revealed that a team of 15 detectives will head up a murder investigation into the 1972 shootings. They will be led by a senior investigating officer who will be based in Londonderry. Patrick Mercer said he is “confused” by this latest development and does not know what prosecutions will achieve. …
  • Dublin IRA man charged over Northern Ireland prison officer murder

    12/22/2012 3:32:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Irish Central ^ | Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:54 AM | Antoinette Kelly
    Vincent Banks, 44, from Smithfield, Dublin was brought before the Irish Special Criminal Court in Dublin on Wednesday where he was charged in connection with the murder in November of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black. Banks was charged with membership of an unlawful organization styling itself as the Irish Republican Army (IRA) on December 18th, 2012. Banks was also charged with withholding information in relation to the murder of David Black. …
  • Bureaucratic rivalries may have hampered Benghazi security: sources

    12/22/2012 3:23:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:16pm EST | Mark Hosenball
    Infighting and bureaucratic jealousies between the State Department and the Pentagon may have played a role in lax security arrangements prior to the deadly attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, congressional sources said. Evidence of the bureaucratic rivalries, not previously reported, is contained in unpublished documents being studied by congressional investigators and is referred to in a classified version of a report on the attacks in Libya, which was turned over to Congress earlier this week, the sources said. Two sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the friction between the Defense and State departments included, but...
  • San Francisco to Crack Down on Big Ammo Buys

    12/22/2012 3:17:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 21 Dec 2012 01:34 PM | Alec Weisman
    San Francisco officials are planning to ban the possession of hollow-point bullets and require notification of the police for any single purchase of more than 500 rounds of ammunition. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, City Supervisor Malia Cohen is introducing the ordinance in response to last Friday’s deadly shooting in Connecticut of 20 school children. …
  • License plates Florida actually approved (Warning: contains profanity)

    12/22/2012 1:27:29 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 95 replies
    A committee at Florida's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has reviewed more than 1,800 vanity plate requests in the last 10 years. The ones that get rejected often have objectionable language, sexual innuendo and more. Sometimes, harmless ones -- like G8R H8R -- don't make the cut either. Here's a select look at some of the ones that actually made the cut (see the gallery of rejected ones):
  • 2 Teens Arrested In Connection With Beaver Co. Murder (update)

    12/22/2012 1:21:25 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 19 replies
    Pitt CBS Local ^ | 12/19/12 | KDKA
    BEAVER FALLS (KDKA) – Two teens wanted in connections with a fatal shooting in Beaver County earlier this month have been arrested. According to police, Todavia Cleckley and Marcus Velasquez, both 14, were arrested Tuesday night by the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force. The teens were wanted in connection with the shooting death of 22-year-old Kayla Peterson outside of her Beaver Falls home. Beaver County’s District Attorney tells KDKA that Facebook photos posted by two suspects after the homicide are also now part of the criminal investigation. D.A. Anthony Berosh said photos surfaced on Facebook after the killing. The...
  • Peacekeeper shoots dead three comrades, self in Sudan

    12/22/2012 1:08:40 AM PST · by granada · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 21, 2012 | Reporting by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Michael Roddy
    (Reuters) - An international peacekeeper killed three other peacekeepers before killing himself in the Darfur region of Sudan, the U.N.-led international peacekeeping force (UNAMID) said on Friday. The shooting happened at a UNAMID site in Mukjar in West Darfur on Thursday, UNAMID spokeswoman Aicha Elbasri said, adding that the gunman had shot himself and another comrade had been wounded. The African Union-United Nations force initially had said the peacekeeper killed four comrades. "The mission is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident," Elbasri said, declining further comment. Despite the presence of the world's largest peacekeeping mission, fighting between Sudan's armed...
  • Please FREEP This Poll: Where do you stand on the Gun Ban and why?

    12/22/2012 12:05:40 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 24 replies
    <p>Where do you stand on the Gun Ban and why?</p>
  • Caption these photos from Wednesday's Obama/Biden press conference

    12/21/2012 11:44:05 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12-19-2012 | #1 & #2
    Images captured from the first 2 seconds...
  • Overcoming small obstacles (Nanofabrication methods)

    12/21/2012 11:18:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 19 December 2012 | Andy Extance
    Fabrication methods combining printing and lithography have proven fertile. Andy Extance now asks how successful will they be outside the lab? © Felice C FrankelAbout eight carbon–carbon single bonds laid end-to-end. Roughly two sodium chloride unit cells side-by-side. These chemists’ benchmarks are useful for understanding a size far too small to see with the naked eye: the nanometre. Chemicals naturally inhabit this scale, even as electronic engineers drill ever further into it to make chips for our computers and smartphones. Now that semiconductor scientists are making commercial transistors with dimensions as small as 22nm, they face perhaps their biggest challenge...
  • Christian Shot to Death in Somalia ( for leaving Islam )

    12/21/2012 10:48:50 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Morning Star News ^ | December 14, 2012
    Two unidentified masked men shot Mursal Isse Siad, 55, outside his home in Beledweyne, 206 miles (332 kilometers) north of Mogadishu, for leaving Islam, Muslim and Christian sources told Morning Star News. The assailants fled immediately after the murder. Siad’s oldest daughter (name withheld), 15, said her father was killed “because he failed to attend the mosque for prayers and used to pray at home. He used to share with us about Jesus.” She said that he had received messages on his mobile phone stating, “We know what you are doing, and you must stop, otherwise you risk your life.”...
  • Cuba after 2012: Unknowns in 2013

    12/21/2012 10:43:20 PM PST · by Rabin · 3 replies
    Havana Times ^ | December 21, 2012 | Isaac Risco (dpa)
    It was a year marked by the long awaited immigration reform (that 0 couldn't or never meant to deliver) the visit by Pope Benedict XVI, the "accidental" death of Oswaldo Paya, hurricane Sandy striking eastern Eastern Cuba suffered the worst hurricane damage in perhaps 50 years in Hurricane Sandy. Hundreds of thousands of homes were wrecked .( + attendant cholera and dengue fever)
  • Laura Ingraham: ‘Well-placed conservative voice’ says Paul Ryan in line to replace Boehner

    12/21/2012 10:40:03 PM PST · by CaptainKrunch · 51 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/21/2012 | Jeff Poor
    After the failed effort to get the fiscal cliff “Plan B” passed this week, some powerful conservatives on Capitol Hill are reportedly pushing for Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan to replace embattled House Speaker John Boehner.Keep reading...
  • Man convicted in imam's 1990 slaying ( ROP )

    12/21/2012 10:32:07 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | December 20, 2012 | Kim Smith
    Nearly 23 years after Rashad Khalifa was stabbed and beaten to death, the man accused of doing it has been convicted of premeditated, first-degree murder. A Pima County jury returned the guilty verdict against Glen Francis, 52, after three hours of deliberations. ... Attorneys for both sides agreed Khalifa, 54, was likely killed because of his religious teachings. After studying the Quran for years, he found a mathematical code and came to believe two verses were satanic. In his English translation of the Quran, he removed those verses. He also taught that people should follow the word of God and...
  • WORD ON THE HILL: PAUL RYAN to Replace John Boehner as Speaker (!)

    12/21/2012 10:19:58 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 38 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 21 December 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Yep, ya heard it here first: TEA Party on the verge of taking-over Congress... Speaking on the O'Reilly Factor, Laura Ingraham said a 'well-placed conservative voice on the Hill' told her he's beginning to hear rumblings of a move to replace John Boehner as House Speaker.  And the name that keeps coming up? I LOVE IT... [video] Besides the fact that Speaker Boehner's recent 'Plan B' collapse displayed for all his weak leadership and general lack of support, seems that Boo-Hoo Boehner's private dealing with Obama -outside normal committe channels- was really that last straw... it's just not working...
  • Apocalypse Prank Rattles Residents

    12/21/2012 9:45:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Local ^ | 21 Dec 12
    Residents in the eastern German city of Jena were in for a rude awakening on Friday, after pranksters planted alarm clocks around town to quite literally ring in December 21, a date doomsdayers associate with the apocalypse. The prank appeared to be based on a tongue-in-cheek "apocalypse agenda" that was posted online and quickly went viral. The first item on the list, at 5 am, called for "waking up the world." A police spokeswoman said official-looking flyers from a so-called "special protection office" had been making the rounds since Thursday. The letters warned of "acoustic disturbances" throughout Jena the following...
  • American Firms Turned off France by Hollande

    12/21/2012 9:43:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    The Local ^ | 20 Dec 2012
    France's attractiveness as a place to do business has plummeted in the eyes of US businesses active in the country after the change to a Socialist government, according to a survey released Thursday. The survey among the heads of the French units of US companies found that only 22 percent saw France as an attractive place to do business, down from 56 percent in 2011. Conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Paris and consulting firm Bain and Company, the survey questioned 52 leaders of French operations of US companies that had 39,000 employees and generated €32 billion ($42...
  • Depardieu Critic 'a Petty-Minded Pygmy' - Deneuve

    12/21/2012 9:31:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Local ^ | 21 Dec 2012
    Veteran French actress Catherine Deneuve launched a strong defence of Gérard Depardieu on Friday, calling a virulent critic of her fellow thespian's bid for tax exile a petty-minded pygmy. Deneuve's defence came after the reclusive French film legend Brigitte Bardot castigated attacks on a man who is arguably France's leading actor with roles in nearly 170 films. The hulking 64-year-old star's move to Belgium has been derided as "pathetic" by Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault while another top French actor, Philippe Torreton, publicly accused him of sulking like a playground creep. Deneuve, a chiselled blonde actress whose career spans nearly a...
  • Swedish Tourist Survives 'Flying' Croc Attack

    12/21/2012 9:18:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Local ^ | 21 Dec 12
    After a video appeared of a croc-teasing Swedish tourist being hit in the face by a “flying” crocodile, Australian experts claim the Swede was never in danger. “Everywhere we went we saw signs warning for crocodiles,” amateur cameraman and tourist Jakob Hellberg told The Local. Hellberg was swimming with his two friends Ulrik and Felix at the Litchfield National Park in far northern Australia. “When Ulrik spotted the crocodile on the cliff just by the water, I swam closer, thinking it would just run away when I got too close. “But then the crocodile decided to take a leap out...
  • The Journalist's Guide to Gun Violence Coverage

    12/21/2012 9:17:57 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Alan Korwin ^ | 1999 | Dr. Michael Brown
    Guns are a sad fact of life in American culture and are a major topic in modern journalism. A good Journalist has a duty to get involved and make a difference in this important societal debate. By following certain guidelines, the concerned Journalist can be assured of having the maximum impact on this shameful problem. The first principle to remember is that subtle use of terminology can covertly influence the reader. Adjectives should be chosen for maximum anti-gun effect. When describing a gun, attach terms like "automatic," "semi-automatic," "large caliber," "deadly," "high powered," or "powerful." Almost any gun can be...
  • Syrian Defector: Assad built 10-15 Mobile Chemical Labs a Year Ago

    12/21/2012 9:12:44 PM PST · by drewh · 18 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 21, 2012, 9:07
    Assad built 10-15 mobile chemical labs a year ago – Syrian defector Washington Post columnist David Ignatius quotes US intelligence sources on a revelation by a Syrian defector that in late 2011, the Syrian army started building special trucks able to transport and mix chemical weapons. Inside the Mercedes or Volvos, which looked outwardly like refrigerator trucks, mobile labs were installed to combine and activate “binary” chemical weapons agents. The defector said that, six weeks ago, the Syrian opposition secretly handed Lebanese officials a description of the trucks so that they could watch the border to make sure they did...
  • Why Rudolph's Nose is so Bright: Norway Study

    12/21/2012 9:12:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The Local ^ | 18 Dec 2012
    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer's snout has been immortalised in movies, books and song. But until now, no-one has offered a scientific explanation for the glow that allows the world's most famous antlered herbivore to guide Santa's sleigh through the night before Christmas. In a study released on Monday, researchers in Norway and the Netherlands used a hand-held microscope to examine the nasal lining of five healthy humans, two reindeer and a sixth person with a non-cancerous nasal growth. Reindeer noses have 25 percent more blood vessels than human noses, according to the tongue-in-cheek investigation, published by the British Medical Journal...
  • Obama Invokes Newtown Massacre to Pressure Republicans to Go Along with His Tax Hikes

    12/21/2012 9:11:49 PM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    During his press conference today, called to announce his new gun control task force, President Obama invoked the Newtown massacre to apply pressure on congressional Republicans in the fiscal cliff standoff.
  • JD, New Hampshire on Bailout of Covered Jurisdictions Under the Voting Rights Act

    12/21/2012 8:56:43 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies
    DoJ ^ | Friday, December 21, 2012 | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    In the department’s view, these covered towns and townships have met the requirements necessary for bailout.
  • Scuds Blast Big Syrian Rebel Push for Al-Safira Chemical Arms Store (NATO searching for WOMD?)

    12/21/2012 8:46:05 PM PST · by drewh · 9 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 21, 2012, 2:30 PM
    The Syrian Air Force is again firing Scud missiles, this time to stem the general offensive Syrian opposition forces, including jihadis, launched Friday, Dec. 21, to capture the Syrian army’s military-industrial complex at al Safira and the big chemical and biological weapons store adjoining the facility. It is there, that Scud D missiles stand ready for launching, loaded with chemical weapons. Rebel forces are converging on Al Safira from the east, the west and the south. Among them are brigades of the Jabhat al-Nusra which the US has designated part of al Qaeda in Iraq. Military sources report extremely heavy...
  • Magnificent "Magnificat"

    12/21/2012 8:43:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Users.cloud9.net ^ | not given | Richard Cross
    Magnificent "Magnificat"              Mary's song of praise (Luke 11, 46-55) has been a source of inspiration to Christians for centuries.  Many composers,  in every period of music history,  as diverse as the early French Baroque Marc-Antoine Charpentier, the staunch Lutheran J-S Bach, the high priest of Romanticism Franz Liszt, and the contemporary Estonian mystic Arvo Pärt  have set the words of this canticle to music.             Luke, the author of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles was a companion of Saint Paul. He wrote his Gospel in excellent Greek. The name "Magnificat" given to this canticle of...
  • 3 days of Rioting and Looting across Argentina

    12/21/2012 8:33:35 PM PST · by Kartographer · 63 replies
    http://ferfal.blogspot.com/ ^ | 12/21/12 | Ferfal
    Looting leaves 2 dead in Argentina-link to article Its not as if some looting surprises anyone in Argentina anymore. Its pretty much a fact of life for Argentines. But it has been three days now of widespread looting across the country, from Buenos Aires and its suburbs, to smaller provinces as far as Bariloche where incidents first started. As always supermarkets, gas stations and smaller stores are favorite targets by looters and there’s also been reports of assaults and robberies as well. Two people have been killed in Rosario during the lootings and the government is deploying military personal across...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-22-12

    12/21/2012 8:33:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-22-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 22, 2012 Saturday of the Third Week of Advent   Reading 1 1 Sm 1:24-28 In those days,Hannah brought Samuel with her,along with a three-year-old bull,an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine,and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh.After the boy's father had sacrificed the young bull,Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said:"Pardon, my lord!As you live, my lord,I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD.I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request.Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD;as long as he lives, he...
  • Is Paul Ryan replacing Boehner ?

    12/21/2012 8:32:18 PM PST · by ncalburt · 88 replies
    Foxnews | December 21,2012 | Laura Ingram
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  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: Human rights and obligations:...their foundation, characteristics?

    12/21/2012 8:20:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    SanCarolo.pcn.net ^ | 8 April 2009 | Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli
    What are the sources or inspiration for these subjects?Basically they are inspired by the documents of the Holy See, and in particular by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its Compendium. This was a deliberate choice so as to create an awareness of the vast richness, completeness and beauty of these documents which are, in some circles, hardly known at all. In this way, it is possible to present the essential and fundamental contents of the faith which are professed, not just by the individual Catholic, but by the Catholic Church throughout the world as it adheres to the...
  • Senator (Rockefeller): Let’s study violent video games—again

    12/21/2012 8:14:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    CNet ^ | December 20, 2012 9:10 AM PST | Don Reisinger
    Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has introduced legislation that calls for an investigation into violent video games and their impact on children in the wake of last week’s horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. In a statement released yesterday, Rockefeller said that his legislation enlists the National Academy of Sciences to “investigate the impact of violent video games and other content on children’s well-being.” If the organization is given the green light, it will present its findings within 18 months to Congress, the FTC and the FCC. … The impact of violent video games on youthful behaviors has been debated for...
  • The Mayan Prophecy is true, and it is upon us.

    12/21/2012 8:05:24 PM PST · by Jonty30 · 26 replies
    The Mayan has come to pass. John Kerry is now state secretary. http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/12/on-the-day-of-the-mayan-apocalypse-john-kerry-now-in-line-of-succession-to-the-presidency/
  • President Nominates Senator Kerry for Secretary of State Job

    12/21/2012 8:03:47 PM PST · by John Semmens · 19 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    President Barack Obama tabbed Senator John Kerry (D-Mass) as the person he wants to succeed the ailing Hillary Clinton as the nation's Secretary of State. While the move was not unexpected, the President said “it is imperative that the transition be accelerated before Secretary Clinton's memory loss becomes too severe and the encroaching dementia of an elderly woman erases or muddles vital knowledge that needs to be passed on.” The President also cited the recently released report critical of massive dereliction of duty by key State Department personnel in the September terrorist attack on the Benghazi Consulate as a spur...
  • Police Arrest 18 Gang Members in West Side (Chicago) Drug Bust

    12/21/2012 7:54:16 PM PST · by RC one · 23 replies
    DNAinfo.com ^ | 12/21/12 | Kyla Gardner
    CHICAGO — Police arrested 18 gang members in a West Side drug bust. Investigators recovered more than $85,000 worth of cannabis, heroin and crack cocaine in Austin during the three-month investigation, police said in a statement issued Thursday. Police attributed recent violence in the area to the drug market controlled by the Conservative Vice Lords gang, police said. The offenders were charged with various crimes, including delivery of a controlled substance, a felony. Ten of those arrested were felons with “extensive criminals backgrounds,” including arrests for homicide, aggravated battery and other violent crimes, police said.
  • Why the US media ignored Murdoch's brazen bid to hijack the presidency (Supposedly backing Petraeus)

    12/21/2012 7:39:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The London Guardian ^ | December 20, 2012 | Carl Bernstein
    So now we have it: what appears to be hard, irrefutable evidence of Rupert Murdoch's ultimate and most audacious attempt – thwarted, thankfully, by circumstance – to hijack America's democratic institutions on a scale equal to his success in kidnapping and corrupting the essential democratic institutions of Great Britain through money, influence and wholesale abuse of the privileges of a free press. In the American instance, Murdoch's goal seems to have been nothing less than using his media empire – notably Fox News – to stealthily recruit, bankroll and support the presidential candidacy of General David Petraeus in the 2012...
  • Roots of mass murder: Getting serious about stopping the psychotic

    12/21/2012 7:34:02 PM PST · by Sioux-san · 28 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 12/21/2012 | Charles Krauthammer
    Every mass shooting has three elements: the killer, the weapon and the cultural climate. As soon as the shooting stops, partisans immediately pick their preferred root cause with corresponding pet panacea. Names are hurled, scapegoats paraded, prejudices vented. The argument goes nowhere. Let’s be serious: (1) The Weapon Within hours of last week’s Newtown, Conn., massacre, the focus was the weapon and the demand was for new gun laws. Several prominent pro-gun Democrats remorsefully professed new openness to gun control. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is introducing a new assault weapons ban. And the president emphasized guns and ammo above all...
  • County Republican Executive Committe Elections

    12/21/2012 7:33:07 PM PST · by goodtomato · 17 replies
    original | 12/21/12 | Good Tomato
    Last night my local County Republican Executive Committee held elections for officers. The two term chairman (GOP-E in my opinion) who ran on his ability to raise funds was denied and replaced by a (TEA orientated) member who worked tirelessly to build the membership and get out the vote. I'm energized and am going to step up and help out any way I can. Any changes in your local leadership?
  • Jewish Leaders Slam NRA Plan for More Guns

    12/21/2012 7:32:22 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 70 replies
    forward.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Seth Berkman
    The powerful gun rights lobby went on the offensive on Friday arguing that schools should have armed guards, on a day that Americans remembered the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre with a moment of silence. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” said Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the National Rifle Association, noting that banks and airports are patrolled by armed guards, while schools typically are not. His remarks - in which he charged that the news media and violent video games shared blame for the second-deadliest...
  • Michelle Obama's Letter To Newtown: 'Holding You In Our Hearts'

    12/21/2012 7:24:43 PM PST · by Daffynition · 26 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | 12/21/2012 | Michelle Obama
    December 20, 2012 Over the past week, we as Americans have been united in our grief as Newtown has laid to rest so many beautiful, innocent children, along with the heroic educators who worked every day to help them achieve their dreams. As a mother of two young daughters, my heart aches for you and your families. Like so many Americans, I wish there were something — anything — I could do or say to ease your anguish. But I know that I cannot begin to imagine the depths of your grief. I know that for many of you, the...
  • After Perfect SAT Score, Philly Senior Waits To Hear Back From College

    12/21/2012 7:11:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    MyFoxPhilly ^ | Dec 18, 2012
    Winning the lottery, lightning striking twice, a perfect SAT score? This last rare occurrence was achieved by one Philadelphia senior who deserves some special recognition. "I woke up and checked my score on my cell phone and I didn't believe it at first, so I kept refreshing the page and after five to 10 times refreshing I woke my parents up. ‘Mom, dad I got a perfect score!'" Cameron Clarke told FOX 29, remembering the day he found out he was notified of his perfect SAT score. As we know, SAT's can feel like a make or break moment for...
  • Robert Griffin III: If He’s a “Cornball”, Give Us More

    12/21/2012 7:08:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/19/2012 | Alfonzo Porter
    If Robert Griffin III is a “cornball”, then clearly cornball is compatible with aptitude, proficiency, talent and intelligence. Frankly, I’d like every young black man in America to be defined that way. While the recent commentary by ESPN reporter, Rob Parker regarding the young Washington Redskins phenomenon may have caught others off guard--I could see it coming from ten miles away. As an educator, I have had the privilege to work with African Washington Redskins player Robert Griffin III. (Evan Vucci - AP) American male students in a number of capacities: as a teacher, principal, counselor, coach, and mentor. The...
  • Jon Hammar, Marine jailed in Mexico, released from prison

    12/21/2012 7:07:03 PM PST · by Doogle · 40 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 12/21/12 | Joseph J. Kolb
    Marine veteran Jon Hammar Jr., who was arrested on a dubious weapon charge in August was released today from the notorious CEDES prison, according to his attorney. Eddie Varon-Levy said he and Hammar Jr. are currently at the Matamoros, Mexico-Brownsville, Texas border crossing where he was arrested Aug. 13, waiting to be processed to proceed across the bridge that spans the Rio Grande River. Hammar Jr., is expected to be reunited with his father, who immediately flew to Brownsville this morning after learning from Varon-Levy that a judge in Mexico had dropped the felony charge because of a civil rights...
  • NJ lawmaker wants state to disinvest in gun firms

    12/21/2012 7:05:56 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies
    AP ^ | December 21, 2012
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey state senator says the state should move investments from any company that makes or sells assault weapons. Sen. Richard Codey told The Associated Press on Friday that the "only people who use assault weapons are mass murderers, drug dealers and cop killers." His proposal comes in response to last week's shooting in Connecticut when a gunman killed 26 people at a school, including 20 children. Codey said that he plans to introduce the measure next month. The former governor, who took office because he was president of the state Senate after Gov. Jim...