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  • Ed Schultz: "We've Never Had a Civilian Stop a Shooting"

    01/12/2013 1:35:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Leah Barkoukis
    Yeah, he really said this: NBC's Ed Schultz Lies About Civilians Disarming Mass Shooters Where did he get this idea? Jack Coleman over at NewsBusters thinks the claim originated from a Mother Jones article written in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, but Schultz doesn’t source the statement. The Mother Jones report states: “In the wake of the slaughters this summer at a Colorado movie theater and a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, we set out to track mass shootings in the United States over the last 30 years. We identified and analyzed 62 of them, and one striking...
  • Indiana-Based Group Organizes Gun Control Marches

    01/12/2013 12:51:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    WTIU-FM ^ | January 11, 2013
    An Indiana-based group that‘s proposing stronger gun control in light of the Sandy Hook school shooting is planning a major march and rally. One Million Moms for Gun Control are organizing a rally and march set for New York City on Jan. 21 and Washington, DC on Jan. 26. Founder Shannon Watts says their goal is to demand stronger gun laws at the federal and state level. She says they are not going to “allow inaction.”(continued)
  • Jerusalem of white: Snow falls in capital

    01/12/2013 12:50:07 AM PST · by kathsua · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/10/2013 | MELANIE LIDMAN
    Biggest snowstorm since 1992 pounds capital, paralyzing transportation and bringing more than 20 cm of precipitation. Thursday’s “storm of the decade” provided the requisite shots for the rare winter storm in Jerusalem: haredim praying at the Western Wall, snow clinging to their black hats. President Shimon Peres built a snowman, and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was pummeled from the right and the left – with snowballs. But no one could have prepared Jerusalemites for the sheer amount of snow that fell early on Thursday morning. At the peak of the snow, children trampled through more than 20 centimeters of fresh...
  • First Amendment, Check. Second Amendment, Check. Wait, They Always Die in Threes, Right?

    01/11/2013 11:50:56 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 10 replies
    III. No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
  • Last Resort S01E11 Recap: 'Damn The Torpedoes'

    01/11/2013 11:10:42 PM PST · by Maurice Tift · 4 replies
    Better With Popcorn ^ | 01/11/2013 | George Prax
      There are three episodes of Last Resort remaining as it inches closer to cancellation, and things are getting absolutely crazy. We've been anticipating it since ABC put the kibosh on the show, but even with few people interested and really no reason do anything differently until the final episode, Shawn Ryan is proving that he can still make some great television.    The last original episode nearly a month ago may have been the series' best in its short run. "Damn the Torpedoes" vehemently outshined it by giving us a near non-stop pace, endless sub-plots that covered just about everything...
  • How About Gun Control for the Pentagon? (Yes, they went there)

    01/11/2013 11:00:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Nation ^ | January 11, 2013 | Laura Flanders
    “There has to be a national conversation” about gun control, says Nancy Pelosi. The killing of school children and teachers in Newtown, Connecticut and other shootings since have turned up the heat. If, after Newtown, it’s all talk and no action, the former House Speaker said this week, “it’ll amount to a dereliction of duty on the part of us in public office.” Too right. Pelosi wants to see action. The president’s demanding it too. So are state leaders. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has his sights set on the presidency (if you’ll excuse the expression), has proposed not...
  • How ‘Anodyne’ Communication Destroys Societal Trust

    01/11/2013 10:46:29 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 20 replies
    Playing The Devil's Advocate Blog ^ | January 9, 2013 | Blogger "dissention"
    A few months ago I went to an all expenses paid job interview in another city. The interview went well and I was one of the top 2-3 candidates. However I did not get the job, which is fine by me for reasons that I will mention later on in this post. I did however find the ‘rejection’ email interesting because it is one of the better examples of what passes for communication in the corporate environment today. Here is the name-redacted email..
  • Malloy wants background checks for all gun buys

    01/11/2013 10:45:48 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    greenwichtime.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Ken Dixon
    HARTFORD -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants thorough background checks on anyone buying any type of gun in Connecticut, expanding the law that now governs only handguns. Malloy said it may be the only way to create tighter gun controls in the face of powerful advocacy groups like the National Rifle Association. "Honestly, what do I really think? I think any time that you go buy a weapon, someone should check," Malloy said. As the General Assembly moves toward forming a task force next week for fast-tracking new gun-control legislation, Malloy said today that it just makes sense to require...
  • Menino backs VP on gun control reforms

    01/11/2013 10:37:45 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | John Zaremba
    Boston Mayor Thomas M. 
Menino says he’s putting his full faith in Vice President Joe Biden’s gun control task force to recommend a ban on assault weapons, require background checks for all firearms purchases and make new laws designed to push prosecution of gun-running rings. Menino, a fervent supporter of stronger gun control laws, told 
the Herald he’d hardly be dis­appointed if Biden’s group, com­­-
missioned in response to the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., comes out with a proposal sim­-
ilar to the Biden-backed 1994 
federal assault weapons ban. “Biden pushed the 1994 ban. Why not?” Menino said yesterday in a...
  • Montpelier schools OKs armed janitors

    01/11/2013 10:32:54 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    toledoblade.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | MARK REITER
    MONTPELIER, Ohio — Janitors at Montpelier Exempted Village Schools are equipped with brooms, sponges, and dustpans to keep classrooms, corridors, and bathrooms clean and tidy. Within the next several months, the custodial staff will be toting handguns as they carry out their daily duties in the school district buildings. In reaction to last month’s deadly shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the board of education of this Williams County school district Wednesday night unanimously voted for four janitors to carry handguns on the K-12 campus. School officials say having armed personnel, which may be a first for...
  • Mali and France 'push back Islamists'

    01/11/2013 10:14:58 PM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 January 2013 | Staff
    Government forces in Mali say they have regained territory from Islamist militants following air strikes by the French military. Malian officials said they had taken back the strategic central town of Konna, which rebels had secured just a day earlier as they pushed south. The news came hours after France announced it had begun military operations in support of Mali's army. Armed groups, some linked to al-Qaeda, took control of northern Mali in April.
  • Arming teachers, parents? School safety discussion includes talk of guns on campus

    01/11/2013 10:10:56 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    theunion.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Jennifer Terman
    A campus safety conversation during a parent forum Thursday night at Union Hill School included talk of arming teachers to avoid a mass shooting such as the December tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. .... Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tim Werner personally advocated Thursday night in favor of arming teachers with guns to the approval of some nodding parents seated inside the school’s gymnasium. “Arming teachers is way above the pay grade, but I personally think it’s a great idea,” Werner said to an audience of about 50 attendees. “But there are education codes, which prohibit that...
  • Jerry Brown: California's deficit is gone

    01/11/2013 10:09:09 PM PST · by chessplayer · 32 replies
    For the first time in five years, California is not facing a deficit as Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers work to put together a spending plan for the next fiscal year.
  • Obama to Deliver State of the Union on Lincoln's Birthday

    01/11/2013 9:54:15 PM PST · by originalbuckeye · 51 replies
    Thw Weekly Standard ^ | 1/11/13 | Daniel Halper
    President Barack Obama will deliver this year's State of the Union Address on February 12, which is the same day as Abraham Lincoln's birthday. "Our nation continues to face immense challenges, and the American people expect us to work together in the new year to find meaningful solutions," House speaker John Boehner writes in a letter to Obama, inviting him to deliver the address. "This will require a willingness to seek common ground as well as presidential leadership. For that reason, the Congress and the Nation would welcome an opportunity to hear your plan and specific solutions for addressing America’s...
  • Grassley suggests openness to gun control idea

    01/11/2013 9:41:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    CNN ^ | January 11, 2013 | Gregory Wallace
    Sen. Chuck Grassley, a conservative Republican from Iowa, suggested Friday he may be open to a limited form of gun control - restricting the size of gun magazines - if that legislation does not violate the Constitutional protection of gun rights. "I think that's a whole different issue and it can maybe be dealt with without violating the Second Amendment, but I want to see the legislation," Grassley told Iowa Public Television in an interview Friday. But he reaffirmed his opposition to reinstating the assault weapons ban that Congress passed in 1994. Asked if he would support limiting the capacity...
  • 'Speak out' to coincide with Saratoga gun show

    01/11/2013 9:39:20 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies
    timesunion.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Dennis Yusko
    SARATOGA SPRINGS — Law enforcement officials will join families and activists Saturday to draw attention to gun violence outside an arms show at the Saratoga Springs City Center. Albany County District Attorney David Soares and Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen are among those expected to discuss solutions to gun violence at a "speak out" organized by MoveOn.org members. The event will cap a day of scheduled protests along Broadway. Starting at 10 a.m. outside the city center, members of Saratogians Against Gun Violence, led by Charlie Samuels, plan to hold cut-out angels and read the names of Americans...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Ten Billion Earths

    01/11/2013 9:37:59 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | January 12, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: How common are Earth-sized planets? Quite common, according to extrapolations from new data taken by NASA's orbiting Kepler spacecraft. Current computer models are indicating that at least one in ten stars are orbited by an Earth-sized planet, making our Milky Way Galaxy the home to over ten billion Earths. Unfortunately, this estimate applies only to planets effectively inside the orbit of Mercury, making these hot-Earths poor vacation opportunities for humans. This histogram depicts the estimated fraction of stars that have close orbiting planets of various sizes. The number of Sun-like stars with Earth-like planets in Earth-like orbits is surely...
  • America, Prepare For A Century Of Drought

    01/11/2013 9:33:04 PM PST · by blam · 35 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-11-2013 | Rob Wile
    America, Prepare For A Century Of Drought Rob WileJan. 11, 2013, 6:21 PM Corn and wheat prices surged today. The immediate reason appeared to be the year-end USDA report, that showed supplies were lower than projected. But concurrent with that report was the release of the Commerce Department's National Climate Assessment Development Advisory Committee National Climate Assessment survey. One of the findings: we can expect up to a century of drought. Here's a chart from the report projecting percent of the country in drought conditions in the coming years.Commerce/NOAA The red line is based on observed temperature and precipitation. The...
  • Farrakhan on Django Unchained: It's Preparation for Race War

    01/11/2013 9:15:54 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 85 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | January 11, 2013
    In an interview with YourBlackWorld.net, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan interpreted the movie Django Unchained as "preparation for a race war." “To me, the movie had a purpose,” he said. “If a black man came out of that movie thinking like Django and white people came out of that movie seeing the slaughter of white people and they are armed to the teeth, it’s preparation for a race war.”
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-12-13

    01/11/2013 9:14:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-12-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 12, 2013 Saturday after Epiphany   Reading 1 1 Jn 5:14-21 Beloved:We have this confidence in himthat if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask,we know that what we have asked him for is ours. If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly,he should pray to God and he will give him life. This is only for those whose sin is not deadly. There is such a thing as deadly sin,about which I do not say that you...