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  • Renisha McBride Update: Teen had .218 blood alcohol content when she was shot to death

    11/14/2013 6:15:29 PM PST · by absalom01 · 67 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 14, 2013 4:50 PM | Julia Dahl
    As prosecutors prepare to make an announcement about whether charges will be filed against the man who shot and killed Renisha McBride, a toxicology report has revealed that the 19-year-old had a blood alcohol level of .218 at the time of her death - more than twice the legal limit for driving.
  • Guns, Mental Illness and Newtown

    12/18/2012 11:27:06 AM PST · by absalom01 · 37 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 17, 2012 | DAVID KOPEL
    Has the rate of random mass shootings in the United States increased? Over the past 30 years, the answer is definitely yes. It is also true that the total U.S. homicide rate has fallen by over half since 1980, and the gun homicide rate has fallen along with it. Today, Americans are safer from violent crime, including gun homicide, than they have been at any time since the mid-1960s. ... Real gun-free zones are a wonderful idea, but they are only real if they are created by metal detectors backed up by armed guards. Pretend gun-free zones, where law-abiding adults...
  • Madness, Deinstitutionalization & Murder

    12/16/2012 2:07:20 PM PST · by absalom01 · 42 replies
    The Federalist Society ^ | March 2012 | Clayton Cramer
    For those of us who came of age in the 1970s, one of the most shocking aspects of the last three decades was the rise of mass public shootings: people who went into public places and murdered complete strangers. Such crimes had taken place before, such as the Texas Tower murders by Charles Whitman in 1966,1 but their rarity meant that they were shocking. Something changed in the 1980s: these senseless mass murders started to happen with increasing frequency. People were shocked when James Huberty killed twenty-one strangers in a McDonald’s in San Ysidro, California in 1984, and Patrick Purdy...
  • Retailer who sold to Holmes getting backlash

    07/24/2012 5:20:27 PM PDT · by absalom01 · 29 replies
    SF Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, July 24, 2012 | JIM SALTER
    ... TacticalGear.com filled an order received on July 2 from Holmes, who allegedly opened fire inside an Aurora, Colo., theater on Friday, killing 12 people. Holmes paid $306.79 for an urban assault vest, two magazine pouches and a tactical knife. Chief Executive Officer Chad Weinman said despite its name, the urban assault vest is not bulletproof, but is simply a vest made for carrying accessories. ...
  • Reagan Heckled by Press Corps: Video

    06/19/2012 2:52:12 PM PDT · by absalom01 · 13 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 06/19/2012 | Jeffrey Lord
    You didn't seriously buy into all this horse hockey about the Daily Caller's Neil Munro having violated some sacred rule about interrupting or, as the press would call it, "heckling" the President? Of course you didn't. But what may come as news to some is that for the White House press corps, interrupting and heckling the President is A-OK… provided, of course, it's not President Obama. Here's three videos that offer perspective on how the Reagan-Obama double-standard works. The first is the now oh-so horrifying Obama/Munro episode, seen here. The second ...with Diane Sawyer showing the same clip but something...
  • Teacher facing felony for giving student ‘morning-after pill,’ police say

    02/09/2012 2:11:10 PM PST · by absalom01 · 31 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | February 8, 2012, | Claudia Grisales
    A high school girls basketball coach is facing a felony charge for giving a “morning-after pill” to a student who was worried that she was pregnant, according to an arrest affidavit released today. Tracy Lee Steinberg, 32, has been charged with delivery of a dangerous drug following an investigation into the incident last month at LBJ High School in Northeast Austin, the affidavit said. Steinberg, who also was a math teacher at LBJ, gave the pill to a 16-year-old student who was crying in her class about Jan. 26 because she had unprotected sex with her boyfriend, the affidavit said....
  • Mom Says Mentally Impaired Tot Heartlessly Denied Transplant

    01/17/2012 6:35:36 PM PST · by absalom01 · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan. 17, 2012 | SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES
    Amelia "Mia" Rivera has Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a complex genetic disorder that causes mental and physical impairments, and her family said that the 3-year-old will die if she does not get a kidney in the next six months to a year. Mia's mother Chrissy Rivera has said the family is willing to donate a live organ, but Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has reportedly told her that they will not recommend transplantation for the toddler because of her disabilities. Rivera blogged about her daughter's plight last Friday, and now more than 20,000 online supporters from 15 states are petitioning the hospital to...
  • Guns in Public, and Out of Sight

    12/28/2011 12:19:52 PM PST · by absalom01 · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 26, 2011 | MICHAEL LUO
    ... In state after state, guns are being allowed in places once off-limits, like bars, college campuses and houses of worship. And gun rights advocates are seeking to expand the map still further, pushing federal legislation that would require states to honor other states’ concealed weapons permits. The House approved the bill last month; the Senate is expected to take it up next year. The bedrock argument for this movement is that permit holders are law-abiding citizens who should be able to carry guns in public to protect themselves. “These are people who have proven themselves to be among the...
  • Panic?

    09/22/2011 12:38:36 PM PDT · by absalom01 · 17 replies
    That’s what we’ve been seeing on world markets since Thursday trading began in Asia; this morning it hit the US with the kind of sickening thud we remember too well from 2008. Amid the general hurricane of bad economic news a few things stand out. Chinese stocks fell almost 5 percent and key real estate company stocks were down by double digit percentages as fears grow that the long-delayed bursting of the China property bubble is here; the European bank crisis is deepening, with the IMF sticking to its guns about the massive capital losses faced by the continent’s banks...
  • Prop 22: A heated battle for public money

    09/27/2010 4:08:44 PM PDT · by absalom01 · 5 replies
    San Jose MercuryNews ^ | 9/21/10 | Kurtis Alexander
    WATSONVILLE - Like many California cities, Watsonville has trimmed its police force, cut hours at the library and scaled back maintenance at parks. City Manager Carlos Palacios says that's expected during tough times, when tax revenues from business and property owners are down. What's not expected, he says, is having state lawmakers snatch local funds to help balance their budget. "We're getting hit twice. Not only are own revenues down, but we have the state taking our money," Palacio protests. "Some governments that serve more wealthy communities might have a cushion to offset this. But when you cut our funds,...
  • Prop. 20 extends good redistricting ideas

    09/22/2010 2:39:18 PM PDT · by absalom01 · 1 replies
    Desert Dispatch ^ | September 19, 2010 | OC Register Staff
    Proposition 20 is an essential political reform in line with the desires of the voting public. We recommend a vote Nov. 2 in favor of Prop. 20, which would remove the power from members of Congress from California to draw their own legislative districts and place that responsibility in the hands of the state's independent California Citizens Redistricting Commission. ... Voters should be careful not to confuse Prop. 20, which we view as the "good" redistricting proposition, with Prop. 27, the "bad" redistricting proposition. Prop. 27 would essentially undo the good work of 2008's Prop. 11 for state offices, hamstring...
  • SEIU Backs Proposition 19 Pot Legalization In Great Score For Legalizers

    09/21/2010 2:12:56 PM PDT · by absalom01 · 71 replies · 1+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | Tue., Sep. 21 2010 | J. Patrick Coolican,
    One of the state's biggest and most powerful unions, the Service Employees International Union, has endorsed Proposition 19, the November ballot initiative that would legalize pot and its cultivation and distribution. The union has 700,000 members in California. ... the SEIU is a nice stamp of legitimacy that counteracts all the law enforcement agencies and elected officials of both parties who have come out against Prop. 19. This could allow other groups to feel more free to come forward. Game on.
  • Victim of LAPD’s fatal shooting in Westlake was unarmed, witness says

    09/09/2010 4:53:01 PM PDT · by absalom01 · 33 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 9, 2010 | Victoria Kim
    A Westlake resident who said she witnessed the LAPD's fatal shooting of a Guatemalan day laborer said Thursday she saw no knife in the man's hands, contradicting the Police Department's account. "He had nothing in his hands," said Ana, who did not give her last name and asked that her face be obscured on photos and on television because she feared being harassed by the police. "At the moment when the police were shooting, he had nothing." ... Ana, who said she was interviewed by police on the day of the shooting, gave her account Thursday morning in front of...
  • Searchlight vs. L.A.: Rival Rallies Reveal Stark Right/Left Divide

    03/30/2010 6:18:44 PM PDT · by absalom01 · 4 replies · 510+ views
    PJ Media Blog ^ | March 29th, 2010 12:27 pm | Zombie
    On March 27, 2010, thousands of people gathered in the small town of Searchlight, Nevada, for a political rally. Just 250 miles away and seven days earlier, there was another political rally of similar size in Los Angeles on March 20, 2010. The Searchlight rally was generally oriented toward the political “right.” The Los Angeles rally was generally oriented toward the political “left.” Now, if you had only the entrenched media as your sole source of information about these rallies, you might likely assume (without even bothering to investigate) that the right-wing rally was an epicenter of hate, racism and...
  • Some fear GOP is being carried to the extreme

    09/14/2009 8:51:28 AM PDT · by absalom01 · 55 replies · 928+ views
    The Left Angeles Times ^ | September 14, 2009 | Peter Wallsten
    Reporting from Washington - Amid a rebirth of conservative activism that could help Republicans win elections next year, some party insiders now fear that extreme rhetoric and conspiracy theories coming from the angry reaches of the conservative base are undermining the GOP's broader credibility and casting it as the party of the paranoid. Such insiders point to theories running rampant on the Internet, such as the idea that Barack Obama was born in Kenya and is thus ineligible to be president, or that he is a communist, or that his allies want to set up Nazi-like detention camps for political...
  • Hundred of protesters, supporters show up to Schiff's health care meeting

    08/11/2009 11:47:57 PM PDT · by absalom01 · 28 replies · 1,495+ views
    Pasadena Star News ^ | 08/11/2009 | Dan Abendschein
    ALHAMBRA - Hundreds showed up to a town hall discussion on health care Tuesday night, but by the crowd's own admission, few came to learn more about the federal health-care legislation. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, who ran the town hall, opened by asking how many supported the legislation, how many opposed it, and how many were undecided and came to learn more. The first two questions received long sustained shouts and cheers, but the response to the third question was notably quieter. Schiff then urged the crowd to feel free to speak up. "I'd tell you not to be shy,...
  • Hahn seeks to bar new anti-gang policy

    04/07/2007 9:15:19 PM PDT · by absalom01 · 4 replies · 343+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/7/07 | Patrick McGreevy
    A new policy of submitting the names of gang injunction violators in Los Angeles for possible immigration enforcement is drawing protests from some community leaders who say the injunction process is flawed because it lacks an easy way out for people who mend their ways. Councilwoman Janice Hahn and several civil rights leaders said Friday that the city attorney's new policy should be suspended until major changes are made in the way that young people are included and removed from gang injunctions. ... "The gang injunctions are highly problematic," said Nora Preciado, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union...
  • Advocates push Congress to ban profiling

    01/28/2007 10:07:56 AM PST · by absalom01 · 13 replies · 544+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 1-28-06 | FREDERIC J. FROMMER
    The repercussions of an airline's decision to remove a group of imams from a commercial flight in Minneapolis could be heard in Congress this year, with civil rights groups pushing Democratic lawmakers to ban racial profiling. The incident happened in November, made national news and reinvigorated an old proposal that got little attention from the GOP. Now, a champion of the legislation, Rep. John Conyers (news, bio, voting record), D-Mich., is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction on the issue. Sen. Russ Feingold (news, bio, voting record), D-Wis., who sponsored legislation to ban racial profiling in the...
  • Cop shooter slain

    12/28/2006 3:58:00 PM PST · by absalom01 · 34 replies · 818+ views
    Long Beach Press-Telegram ^ | 12/28/2006 | Mira Jang
    Unexpected news comes after city offers reward. By Mira Jang, Staff writer Article Launched:  10:58:27 PM PST Police Chief Anthony Batts, Deputy Chief Robert Luna, and Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster announce that Oscar Gabriel Gallegos was likely the man killed in a confrontation with Santa Ana police officers Wednesday afternoon in a parking lot on E. Warner Avenue. Gallegos is suspected of shooting Long Beach Police Officer Abe Yap and Rookie Roy Wade Jr. on Friday. (Stephen Carr / Press-Telegram) LONG BEACH - After exchanging several rounds of gunshots, Santa Ana police officers on Wednesday shot and killed...
  • Man Charged With Shopping Mall Bomb Plot

    12/08/2006 10:48:55 AM PST · by absalom01 · 49 replies · 1,781+ views
    AP Via Guardian UK ^ | Friday December 8, 2006 | MIKE ROBINSON
    CHICAGO (AP) - A man was arrested Friday by federal agents on charges of planning to set off hand grenades in garbage cans at a shopping mall. Derrick Shareef, 22, of Rockford, was arrested when he met with an undercover agent in a parking lot to trade a set of stereo speakers for four hand grenades and a handgun. Federal officials said he planned to set off four hand grenades in garbage cans at the CherryVale shopping mall in Rockford, about 90 miles northwest of Chicago. He was charged with one count of attempting to damage or destroy a building...
  • U.S. port security unlikely to stop nukes: experts

    12/07/2006 11:00:34 PM PST · by absalom01 · 5 replies · 430+ views
    al-Reuters via Yahoo ^ | December 7, 2006 | staff
    Bush administration efforts to screen U.S.-bound cargo for radioactive weapons are unlikely to stop a determined militant group from smuggling nuclear material onto American soil, experts said on Thursday. Peter Zimmerman of Kings College, London, and Jeffrey Lewis of Harvard, who have researched the task of building an improvised nuclear device, said anyone hoping to hatch a nuclear attack on the United States would most likely build the weapon on American soil. ... Zimmerman and Lewis produced a study showing a nuclear weapon as strong as the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima could be constructed and deployed for $5.4 million....
  • New recruit in Hawaii is sniper cop

    11/14/2006 2:07:34 PM PST · by absalom01 · 36 replies · 1,161+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 11/12/06 | some staff reporter
    HONOLULU - The former Maryland police chief who headed the Washington-area sniper manhunt three years ago graduated as one of 40 new Honolulu police recruits. Charles Moose, 53, will hit the streets for patrol duty tomorrow morning alongside a police veteran. He graduated from the academy on Thursday. "It's been a long time since I've worked the street ... but it's exactly what I want to do over the next several years," he said. Moose led the task force that investigated the three-week shooting spree that left 10 people dead and terrorized the Washington area in 2002. John Muhammad and...
  • Apple's "Mecca Project" Provokes Muslim Reaction

    10/10/2006 2:52:04 PM PDT · by absalom01 · 108 replies · 4,819+ views
    MEMRI Middle East Research Institute ^ | October 11, 2006 | MEMRI
    Apple's "Mecca Project" Provokes Muslim Reaction On October 10, 2006, an Islamic website posted a message alerting Muslims to what it claims is a new insult to Islam. According to the message, the cube-shaped building which is being constructed in New York City, on Fifth Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets in midtown Manhattan, is clearly meant to provoke Muslims. The fact that the building resembles the Ka'ba (see picture below), is called "Apple Mecca," is intended to be open 24 hours a day like the Ka'ba, and moreover, contains bars selling alcoholic beverages, constitutes a blatant insult to Islam....
  • Israel: Foreign reporters' vehicles may be used terrorists

    09/22/2006 10:22:34 AM PDT · by absalom01 · 9 replies · 524+ views
    Ynet news ^ | 09.22.06 | Itamar Eichner
    Armored vehicles that were given to foreign news agencies operating in the country with the authorization of the State of Israel, may be used by hostile groups to carry out terror attacks against Israel, Director of the Government Press Office Danny Seaman warned in a letter addressed to Shin Bet Head Yuval Diskin. On August 27 an Israel Defense Forces helicopter hit an armored vehicle that belonged to the Reuters news agency in Gaza. According to Seaman, the incident illustrated the failures in overseeing the use of armored vehicles granted to the foreign media agencies with the permission of the...
  • A heartless killer as political pawn

    07/28/2006 12:03:37 PM PDT · by absalom01 · 5 replies · 441+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | 07/28/06 | CAROLYNNE WHEELER
    A heartless killer as political pawn CAROLYNNE WHEELER From Friday's Globe and Mail JERUSALEM — He stares out from a poster like a movie star. Clean-shaven but for his thick, dark mustache, with dark curly hair and piercing blue eyes, he poses on one jeans-clad knee, staring fiercely into the camera. To Palestinians, and to Hezbollah, Samir Kuntar is a hero, a political prisoner who has spent 27 years in Israeli jails. A Druze from a small village in south Lebanon, Mr. Kuntar is one of four Lebanese prisoners in Israeli prisons, and is by far the longest-serving of...
  • After Action Report Schwarzenegger at Santa Monica College

    06/14/2005 9:30:07 PM PDT · by absalom01 · 129 replies · 5,937+ views
    6/14/05 | n/a
    I'm posting this at RonDog's request, and to give a quick update on a successful FReep at SaMo City College -- the gang is still "networking" at the after-party, so photos should follow! Kudos to RonDog for organizing 20+ FReepers, plus some outstanding SaMo College Republicans who met at the corner of 16th and Pico in support of Governor Ahhnold, and to help counter the cancer from A.N.S.W.E.R. We had tons of media exposure -- all of the local TV stations, radio, and print outlets were there, and many interviewed folks from our side. We should see some of this...
  • Valley Rim plan opposed U.S. may squeeze out property owners

    02/17/2005 1:43:37 PM PST · by absalom01 · 6 replies · 484+ views
    Daily News (Los Angeles) ^ | February 12, 2005 | Susan Abram
    Los Angeles Daily News Valley Rim plan opposed U.S. may squeeze out property owners By Susan AbramStaff Writer Saturday, February 12, 2005 - The way Sunland resident John Brown sees it, once the government is allowed to circle in on his land and home, it'll do everything it can to squeeze out the kind of lifestyle he's enjoyed for decades. He's seen it before, he said, in the East Mojave Preserve where he owns a ranch, and where roads that opened in the 1800s have been closed off, and cattle fences have been eliminated. And he believes the government...
  • New DMV Head Advocates Tax On MilesDriven

    11/22/2004 4:26:38 PM PST · by absalom01 · 110 replies · 3,495+ views
    The KCRA Channel ^ | November 16, 2004 | staff
    New DMV Head Advocates Tax On Miles Driven Joan Borucki Is Veteran Of State Transportation Programs POSTED: 10:16 am PST November 16, 2004 UPDATED: 6:19 pm PST November 16, 2004SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Tired of high gas prices? Right now, drivers are paying a tax of 18 cents for every gallon of gas bought. The new chief of the state Department of Motor Vehicles has an idea that would wipe out the gas tax, but at what cost? Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's newly appointed director of the DMV, Joan Borucki, wants to charge people for every mile they drive.Schwarzenegger said Tuesday that...
  • Hatuel mourners come under gunfire at Kissufim

    05/09/2004 1:31:03 PM PDT · by absalom01 · 13 replies · 114+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | May. 9, 2004 | Margot Dudkevitch
    Early Sunday evening at least three Palestinian terrorists opened fire shooting at several hundred mourners gathered at the site where Tali Hatuel and her four daughters were gunned down and murdered on the Kissufim crossing a week ago. No one was wounded in the attack. Several residents were treated for shock. IDF forces spotted three terrorists, a tank fired a shell hitting two and the third was hit by light weapons. The Islamic Jihad terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the attack. Eran Shterenberg spokesman for the Gaza Coast Regional Council said several terrorists approached the road and opened fire. Soldiers...
  • Karachi Mosque Blast Kills at Least 13, Wounds 80

    05/07/2004 7:39:45 AM PDT · by absalom01 · 9 replies · 49+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 05/07/04 | Aamir Ashraf
    Karachi Mosque Blast Kills at Least 13, Wounds 80 By Aamir AshrafKARACHI (Reuters) - A suspected suicide bomber blew up a crowded Shi'ite mosque in the business district of the southern Pakistani city of Karachi on Friday, killing at least 13 people and wounding more than 80, police and officials said. Reuters Photo   More than 100 people were packed into the mosque for Friday afternoon prayers when the blast rocked the building in the fourth bomb attack in five days in Pakistan, a frontline state in the U.S.-led war on terror. The mosque was badly damaged. Pools of blood...
  • Behind CAIR's Hate Crimes Report

    05/06/2004 10:53:27 PM PDT · by absalom01 · 8 replies · 122+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 05/06/2004 | David Skinner
    Behind CAIR's Hate Crimes Report CAIR says bias crimes against Muslims are up 70 percent in the last year. Could that be true? by David Skinner 05/06/2004 2:00:00 PM   THIS WEEK the Council on American-Islamic Relations released its annual report "The Status of Muslim Civil Rights in the United States 2004." Newspapers (the Washington Post in particular) dutifully gave prominent play to CAIR's claim that hate crimes against Muslims increased 70 percent in 2003. Little skepticism, however, was applied to CAIR's shoddy information-gathering or its politicized interpretation of the "data."According to CAIR, George W. Bush's war rhetoric is...
  • Arabs Say Bush Interviews Are Too Little Too Late

    05/06/2004 8:45:18 AM PDT · by absalom01 · 49 replies · 173+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/6/2004 | Jonathan Wright
    Arabs Say Bush Interviews Are Too Little Too Late By Jonathan Wright CAIRO (Reuters) - President Bush (news - web sites) did too little too late when he told two Arabic-language television stations that he condemned the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners, Arab commentators and pundits said on Thursday. Reuters Photo While the White House portrayed the interviews with al-Hurra and Al Arabiya on Wednesday as a special effort to address Arab public opinion, the commentators said Arabs saw Bush on television often and were unlikely to change their minds about him on the basis of a single appearance. Some said...
  • Homosexual "Marriage" and Civilization

    02/27/2004 6:14:15 PM PST · by absalom01 · 22 replies · 234+ views
    The Ornery American website ^ | February 15, 2004 | Orson Scott Card
    Homosexual "Marriage" and Civilization A little dialogue from Lewis Carroll: "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master -- that's all." The Massachusetts Supreme Court has not yet declared that "day" shall now be construed to include that which was formerly known as "night," but it might as well. By declaring that homosexual couples are...
  • CHAGRINED CALIFORNIA DOJ GUN POLICE RETURN IMPROPERLY CONFISCATED RIFLES

    02/24/2004 11:09:59 PM PST · by absalom01 · 43 replies · 433+ views
    California Rifle and Pistol Association, Inc. ^ | 2/6/04 | California Rifle and Pistol Association, Inc.
    CHAGRINED CALIFORNIA DOJ GUN POLICERETURN IMPROPERLY CONFISCATED RIFLESDOJ Firearms Division's Own AgentsConfused About What Constitutes An "Assault Weapon"On November 25, 2003 the California DOJ announced the seizure of a number of illegal "assault weapons" from a Laguna Niguel gun dealer.  One of the guns on display in the store was a Robinson Armament model M96 rifle.  Believing this rifle to be an illegal "assault weapon," DOJ Firearms Division agents used the store's transaction records to locate each purchaser of the M96 rifle, then went door to door, often in the dead of night, confiscating the firearms under threat of criminal...
  • Man kills intruder in gunbattle

    01/09/2004 7:20:59 AM PST · by absalom01 · 36 replies · 116+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 8, 2004 | M.S. Enkoji
    <p>Second intruder fled after firing at 65-year-old, capital police say.</p> <p>A 65-year-old south Sacramento man armed himself and fended off two attackers in his home Wednesday morning, killing one after a brief shootout before the second one escaped into the neighborhood.</p>
  • Weapons seizure a state (CA) record

    11/26/2003 7:26:46 AM PST · by absalom01 · 77 replies · 269+ views
    The Orange County (CA) Register ^ | 11/26/03 | JOHN McDONALD
    <p>Discovery at a Laguna Niguel shooting range and gun shop includes 79 assault rifles. Owner's son is arrested.</p> <p>A raid on a Laguna Niguel shooting range and gun shop has yielded the largest haul of illegal assault weapons ever seized in California, officials reported Tuesday.</p>
  • Why Britain needs more guns

    01/15/2003 10:45:03 PM PST · by absalom01 · 8 replies · 278+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 15 January, 2003, 10:54 GMT | Joyce L Malcolm
    Wednesday, 15 January, 2003, 10:54 GMTWhy Britain needs more guns Would break-ins fall for fear of armed resistance? By Joyce L Malcolm Author and academic As gun crime leaps by 35% in a year, plans are afoot for a further crack down on firearms. Yet what we need is more guns, not fewer, says a US academic. "If guns are outlawed," an American bumper sticker warns, "only outlaws will have guns." With gun crime in Britain soaring in the face of the strictest gun control laws of any democracy, the UK seems about to prove that warning prophetic. For 80...
  • THE NRA V. NATIONAL SECURITY

    01/15/2003 6:19:54 PM PST · by absalom01 · 80 replies · 606+ views
    The New Republic Online ^ | 01.15.03 | http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=20030120&s=kintisch012003
    THE NRA V. NATIONAL SECURITYEasy Shot by Eli Kintisch Post date: 01.15.03 Issue date: 01.20.03 Recently I visited Potomac Arms, a gun shop on the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. Making my way past the samurai swords and shotguns, I found the 17-inch Anzio Ironworks .50-caliber "take-down" rifle--named because it can be disassembled in less than 25 seconds--on display. Another brand of .50-caliber, an ArmaLite, was available in the back, a clerk told me. Buying either gun would not be difficult: Under the Brady Bill, I'd need to show identification, after which my name would be run through a computer...
  • Clerk mistook officer for robber

    01/15/2003 2:01:17 PM PST · by absalom01 · 52 replies · 9+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | Sat, Jan. 04, 2003 | Deanna Boyd and Melody Mcdonald
    Posted on Sat, Jan. 04, 2003 Clerk mistook officer for robberBy Deanna Boyd and Melody McdonaldStar-Telegram Staff WritersFORT WORTH Police acknowledged Friday that an undercover officer was masked and brandishing a gun when she was shot by a store clerk who believed that he was about to be robbed. Officials initially disputed witness accounts about the mask, a knit ski-type mask called a balaclava, and said the officer was shot Thursday evening as she and other police went into the E-Z Food Store to arrest a man suspected of selling drugs.They also revised their account to say that, contrary to...
  • Gunning for John Lott

    01/12/2003 7:56:24 PM PST · by absalom01 · 23 replies · 1,256+ views
    instapundit ^ | January 12, 2002 | Glen Reynolds
    JOHN LOTT is being accused, of well, something. The complaint doesn't run to his published scholarly work, but to public statements he's made about a survey whose results were never published. Some people are now saying that he never conducted the survey at all. Here's an email from James Lindgren from a list that I also belong to, posted by vociferous Lott critic (and, if I recall correctly, erstwhile Bellesiles defender) Tim Lambert, that lays it out at some length. I've been following this on that list for months (it goes back before that email) but haven't posted on it...
  • Gun Owners of California Endorses Simon

    02/19/2002 10:51:41 AM PST · by absalom01 · 29 replies · 3+ views
    e-mail ^ | 2-19-02
    Gun Owners of California Endorses Simon Simon Running up the Score on Key Conservative Endorsement FRESNO - Adding to a string of conservative endorsements, Gun Owners of California endorsed GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon today at a press conference in Fresno. "Bill Simon has a keen understanding of the 2nd Amendment, and will be a friend to California's law-abiding gun owners," said Executive Director Sam Paredes. "We are proud to endorse Bill Simon for Governor." "I support a moratorium on new gun legislation," said Simon. "Some of the laws we have on the books are unenforceable and do nothing to ...
  • The 'Crime' of Being a Young Refugee

    01/05/2002 10:34:50 AM PST · by absalom01 · 8 replies · 3+ views
    Left Angeles Times ^ | 1/5/02 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK
    SYDNEY, Australia -- Thurgam al Abbadi has never been convicted of a crime or sentenced to prison, but he is locked up indefinitely here behind high metal fences and razor wire. A refugee from Iraq, he has spent two years with his family in Australian detention centers. He has no idea when he will get out. "They think we are criminals," he said bitterly during a recent interview at the Villawood Immigrant Detention Center in suburban Sydney. "There is no freedom." Thurgam, angry and disillusioned, turned 12 in November. Unlike other Western-style democracies, Australia has a policy of locking up ...
  • U.S. May Be Checking Out Sites for Base *(barf alert!)

    11/10/2001 9:39:55 AM PST · by absalom01 · 4 replies · 3+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/10/01 | Paul Watson
    SHIRKAT, Afghanistan -- For more than a week, U.S. officials have been secretly touring opposition-held areas of Afghanistan including the front line north of Kabul, and may have been scouting locations for a military base.... the alliance acknowledges it has been assisting U.S. officials in civilian dress here as they check on an airstrip under construction about 40 miles northeast of Kabul, the capital, and on the front lines to the south of the airfield. Afghan guards at a huge, largely empty textile factory beside the new airstrip said in interviews Friday that two Western-looking men visited the complex Monday. ...