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  • ‘Muhammad Art Exhibit’ contract calls for 40 officers at Garland ISD site

    02/18/2015 8:40:54 PM PST · by Redbob · 23 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 2-17-2015 | Ray Leszcynski
    The added security the Garland ISD assigns when controversy comes to the Curtis Culwell Center is paid for up-front, the president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative said today. Pamela Geller said the group was charged roughly $10,000 for security when it booked the school district’s arena as the site of the May 3 “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest.”... “That’s the first time in any of our events across America,” Geller said.
  • British Spy Loses Top Secret Information in a Handbag

    04/26/2009 1:12:36 PM PDT · by Redbob · 19 replies · 1,007+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | Sunday, April 26, 2009 | Isabel Oakeshott and David Leppard
    A British agent left top secret information about covert operations on a bus in South America when she lost her handbag while on assignment. The MI6-trained agent left her handbag on a transit coach at El Dorado airport in Bogota, Colombia. Intelligence chiefs were forced to wind up operations and relocate dozens of agents and informants amid fears the device could fall into the hands of drugs barons. The incident, which was hushed up by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca), the agent’s employer, is an embarrassment for the government.
  • Rocky Mountain News publishes final edition

    02/27/2009 7:04:03 AM PST · by Redbob · 118 replies · 3,335+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2-27-9 | CATHERINE TSAI
    DENVER – Questions about the future of the Rocky Mountain News had become so common, the newspaper's staff put up a handwritten paper sign on the news desk that said, "We don't know." On Thursday, someone wrote over it in heavy black marker: "Now we know." Colorado's oldest newspaper, which launched in Denver in 1859, printed its last edition Friday, leaving The Denver Post as the only daily newspaper in town. Since 2001, the News has shared business operations with The Denver Post in a joint operating agreement between Scripps and The Post's owner, MediaNews Group Inc.
  • CBS Censoring the word "God?"

    08/15/2008 9:20:18 PM PDT · by Redbob · 20 replies · 202+ views
    Did anyone else see the Letterman Show tonight, Friday 8/15: when actor Ben Kingsley walked out to great applause, he walked up to Dave Letterman and said "God Bless American Enthusiasm!" and then repeated himself, "God Bless American enthusiasm!" Except CBS simply filtered out the word "God." Both times. Watching closely, I know I saw Kingsley's lips form the word "God" both times, his lips were clearly moving before I heard "...Bless American enthusiasm!" I thought I was imagining things, but it happened a second time!
  • Chen: China should decrease state holdings

    04/10/2008 7:07:31 PM PDT · by Redbob · 2 replies · 283+ views
    Yale Daily News ^ | 4-9-08 | Helen Gao
    Many governments justify public ownership of corporations as a way to increase economic equality. But Yale economics professor Zhiwu Chen GRD ’90 disagrees. Chen, who studies the Chinese economy, argued in a lecture Tuesday that the Chinese government ought to decrease the stake it holds in its economy in order to even income distribution among citizens. During the talk, which was the first hosted by the undergraduate founders of the China Economic Forum, Chen talked to roughly 30 students about China’s experience with state ownership and its effect on the inequality of wealth across different regions of the country. “The...
  • Poll: Should workers be allowed to keep guns in their cars? (FReep this poll!)

    04/10/2008 6:21:49 AM PDT · by Redbob · 47 replies · 72+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | 4-10-8 | nonelisted
    "The Legislature has passed a bill allowing people to keep guns in their cars at work, even if their employers don't want them to. Should Gov. Charlie Crist sign the bill into law?"
  • Daylight Saving Wastes Energy, Study Says

    02/28/2008 11:15:29 AM PST · by Redbob · 246 replies · 495+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2-27-8 | JUSTIN LAHART
    For decades, conventional wisdom has held that daylight-saving time, which begins March 9, reduces energy use. But a unique situation in Indiana provides evidence challenging that view: Springing forward may actually waste energy.(snip) (A University of California-Santa Barbara study of daylight savings time was conducted during the recent change in Indiana) Having the entire state switch to daylight-saving time each year, rather than stay on standard time, costs Indiana households an additional $8.6 million in electricity bills. "I've never had a paper with such a clear and unambiguous finding as this," says Mr. Kotchen, who presented the paper at a...
  • 2012: The year Republicans overrun Congress

    01/18/2008 7:13:17 AM PST · by Redbob · 24 replies · 67+ views
    Yalie Daily ^ | 1-18-08 | Geoff Buller
    After the beating the Republican Party took in the 2006 midterm elections and the projections that Democratic majority will increase in the Senate in 2008, the Republican Congressional delegation is in need of some good news. I am not projecting some great groundswell for Republican candidates, but I do believe the first elections after reapportionment in 2012 will help the Republicans. Article I of the U.S. Constitution requires that every 10 years the United States undergo a census to count every resident. The purpose of the census is clear: Count up every person in order to figure out how many...
  • Union debate centers on immigrants’ rights

    11/06/2007 6:11:33 AM PST · by Redbob · 4 replies · 107+ views
    Yale Daily News ^ | Tuesday, November 6, 2007 | Madeline Johnson and Lea Yu
    New Haven Solidarity Week kicked off Monday amid growing disagreement between Yale’s Local 35 union and an anti-illegal aliens group, which has now brought Yale students and University management into the fray. Thirteen Yale student groups released a statement yesterday condemning a Community Watchdog Project-sponsored petition that calls for the withholding of union dues from Local 35’s pro-immigrant rights national affiliate UNITE HERE. Since the petition began circulating 12 days ago, Local 35 leadership and CWP organizers have engaged in a tense back-and-forth that has thus far failed to produce any resolution between the two sides. CWP members said they...
  • Are messages on a Wallis sign going too far?

    07/24/2007 6:52:42 AM PDT · by Redbob · 63 replies · 2,243+ views ^ | 7-23-7 | Stephanie Guadian
    (7/23/07 - WALLIS, TX) - A small town just southwest of Houston, is getting some big time attention for a sign that sits on the side of the road and not everyone there is happy with the message. In the small community of Wallis, a sign is the big talk of the town. "To me they are racially motivated, they are singling out certain nationalities and that's just not appropriate," said Titania Newsom. The sign sits in front of CNL's Icehouse. This month's message reads "Welfare started as a hand up, not a generational lifestyle." Past messages have included:...
  • 88 reasons to despise Duke more

    06/20/2007 6:19:51 AM PDT · by Redbob · 107 replies · 3,373+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 20, 2007 | Tom Knott
    They are the Duke 88. Or Nifong 88. They are the leftists, feminists and fascists — professors all — who signed an ad in the student newspaper in April 2006 that condemned the culture of racism and sexism on the campus. They also bemoaned "what happened to this young woman" in the politically motivated lacrosse case. They have been conspicuously silent since the facts started to overtake the fabrications of sleazebag district attorney Mike Nifong. Nifong has been disbarred now, and the university has reached an undisclosed financial settlement with the three former lacrosse players wrongly accused of raping a...
  • Content aside, the title makes the column

    10/13/2006 8:29:12 PM PDT · by Redbob · 17 replies · 1,040+ views
    Yale Daily News ^ | 10/13/06 | Sam Heller
    "Goodbye, boys, I die a true American." So went the apocryphal last words of Bill "The Butcher" Poole as he died on March 8, 1855. He'd been fatally shot in the heart, but he'd hung on for another 11 days, presumably to think of something totally metal to say. Born in New Jersey in 1821, William Poole had by the 1850s become known in Manhattan as a butcher, a boxer, a gang leader and a political enforcer for the local nativist political party - the Know-Nothings - to which he was attracted because of his virulent hatred of Irish-Catholic immigrants....
  • Residents clash over illegal immigrant plan(a ban that is - in Texas)

    08/22/2006 9:32:39 PM PDT · by Redbob · 35 replies · 1,019+ views
    Dallas Morning Spew ^ | 8/22/6 | STEPHANIE SANDOVAL
    FARMERS BRANCH – ... residents crowded into the council chambers to discuss whether the city should restrict illegal immigrants through such measures as making it illegal for landlords to lease property to them; fining businesses that employ them; making English the city's official language; and halting funding for children of illegal immigrants to participate in ... youth programs. Those ideas, by council member Tim O'Hare, were borrowed from ordinances adopted by Hazelton, Pa., and under consideration by cities in California, Florida and elsewhere. Mayor Pro Tem Ben Robinson had more ideas. He suggested that the council also consider prohibiting the...
  • Eric Clapton Supports Fox Hunting

    05/03/2006 8:05:19 AM PDT · by Redbob · 35 replies · 1,703+ views
    Starpulse News Blog ^ | 5-1-6 | not shown
    Eric Clapton has agreed to headline a controversial seven-hour concert supporting the Countryside Alliance in its fight to lift the ban on fox hunting in the UK. The hitmaker will join fellow rockers Bryan Ferry, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters and Nick Mason, Roger Daltrey of The Who and Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford at the gig at Highclere Castle in Berkshire this summer. Clapton's spokesperson confirmed last night, "Eric supports the Countryside Alliance. He doesn't hunt himself, but does enjoy rural pursuits such as fishing and shooting. He supports the Alliance's pursuit to scrap the ban on the basis that he...
  • Woman indicted in 2 Oregon fires

    12/20/2005 7:05:57 AM PST · by Redbob · 32 replies · 963+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/17/5 | Valerie Richardson
    A suspect in a 1998 Vail Mountain firebombing was indicted yesterday in connection with two Oregon fires as part of a federal sweep aimed at resolving a wave of long-unsolved ecoterrorist attacks. U.S. Attorney Kirk Engdahl told U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Coffin that she was a suspect in the Vail arson, a $12 million rampage that destroyed buildings and ski-lift sites at the resort. The indictments came a week after a five-state sweep in which federal authorities arrested six suspects for a string of ecoterrorist attacks between 1998 and 2001 in Colorado and the Pacific Northwest. ...(ELF) and Animal...

    03/14/2005 9:47:23 AM PST · by Redbob · 5 replies · 424+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 3-14-5 | staff
    An innovative proposal by Harris County's only Hispanic commissioner would tax international money transfers to fund indigent health care. Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle As one of the top Latino elected officials in the United States, measured by number of constituents and size of budget, Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia is in a unique position to assure immigrants, many of whom send money back home, that she's looking out for their best interests. She will need that credibility to convince them and their advocacy groups that her proposed Health Care Recovery Fund deserves their support. The commissioner wants to establish a...
  • Let the Lt. Gov. of Texas Know! (What's most important about school financing)

    02/17/2005 7:37:01 AM PST · by Redbob · 15 replies · 359+ views
    Texas Children First Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and members of the Texas Senate recently showed unanimous support for an initiative to improve our schools while reforming the way public education is financed. The Lieutenant Governor and members of the Senate presented their agreed-upon ideas to put "Texas Children First" as they tackle the issue of school finance. Which of the following objectives do you feel is the best part of the proposed State Senate goals for school finance reform? Teacher Pay Raise End to Robin Hood 1/3 Cut in School Property Taxes Increased Accountability for School Standards Increased Funding for Schools...
  • City OKs red-light cameras (Denton, Texas)

    12/10/2004 6:37:24 AM PST · by Redbob · 54 replies · 2,468+ views
    Denton Wretched Chronicle ^ | 12-10-4 | Cliff Despres
    Red-light runners beware: Cameras soon will be watching in Denton. The City Council this week approved a new ordinance for the installation of cameras on some streets to photograph cars that run red lights. The measure, similar to ones in Garland, Frisco, Richardson and Plano, aims to prevent accidents. City officials will search for a vendor early next year to install and operate the system, and cameras will be placed at yet-to-be-chosen intersections by the end of 2005. Violators will be mailed $75 tickets. For people with three or more violations, the ticket is $150. "Hopefully the cameras will cut...
  • Martin Frost (D-Texas) Concedes! (Bwahahaha!)

    11/02/2004 7:27:19 PM PST · by Redbob · 103 replies · 709+ views
    vanity | 11-2-4 | self
    Just heard Martin Frost concede the election to Republican Pete Sessions! With 21% of precincts reporting, he trailed Sessions 57% - 43%. To his credit, Frost's speech was brief, and gentlemanly.
  • Electoral dogfight erupts in South Dakota (Sod Poodle Alert!)

    10/20/2004 6:20:50 AM PDT · by Redbob · 55 replies · 2,008+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | 10-18-4 | Tim Reid
    A small rodent could hold the key to the Senate THE black-tailed prairie dog has never been a political animal. For centuries, on South Dakota’s vast and mysterious plains, it has played no part in the state’s momentous events. You will find no reference to it in accounts of how General George Custer’s troops were massacred at the Battle of Little Bighorn, or of the US Army’s bloody revenge on the Sioux at Wounded Knee. But in a graphic demonstration of the axiom that all politics is local, South Dakota’s prairie dog, a fluffy, slightly gormless rodent, has suddenly landed...
  • Judge finds Texas school finance system unconstitutional

    09/15/2004 2:18:44 PM PDT · by Redbob · 94 replies · 1,544+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 9-15-04 | associated press
    AUSTIN – Texas' $30 billion system for financing public schools is unconstitutional, and the state must stop funding education within a year if the Legislature doesn't find a new, equitable method, a judge ruled Wednesday. ... State District Judge John Dietz ruled moments after closing arguments in the case brought against the state by more than 300 school districts. The districts contended that the system violated the state Constitution by not providing equal educational opportunities. Dietz said he would issue an injunction ordering state funds for public education to cease within a year if the Legislature does not find an...
  • Saudi Fights to End Demolition Driven By Islamic Dictate

    08/20/2004 10:07:00 AM PDT · by Redbob · 3 replies · 504+ views
    self | 8-20-4 | self
    I came across an article recently in a publication that apparently doesn't even permit excerpting, but it is especially timely, considering all the hogwash we're hearing about respecting Muslim "holy shrines" and other such bilge. The fact is, Muslims consider it idolatry to attach any special significance to a building, so they are only too willing to tear down an old mosque to build a new one, and this article details the trials of a Saudi architect who is trying to preserve Arab historical sites and buildings.
  • Bikini cheerleaders cause stir in Athens

    08/18/2004 10:51:50 AM PDT · by Redbob · 97 replies · 8,511+ views ^ | 8-18-4 | Kerry Sanders
    The women's beach volleyball team from the Canary Islands are making waves, and the Australian player Nicole Sanderson makes a jackass of herself. "Must-See TV" if there ever was any!
  • (US Rep. Nick)Lampson Vows to Navigate New Texas Map

    08/02/2004 12:33:02 PM PDT · by Redbob · 12 replies · 598+ views ^ | 8-2-4 | Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    WASHINGTON — Redistricting in Texas has left some Democrats with the odds stacked against them as they search for a political home. In Democrat Rep. Nick Lampson’s (search) case, his hometown of Beaumont is still in his district, but so are over 300,000 new voters, leaving him with the task of selling himself for the first time since he was elected in 1996. "It’s not that I have no connection at all — I’ve been a Houston-area member of Congress for these four terms," Lampson told "I think I have proved my independence and have shown that I am...
  • The Cash That Dare Not Speak His Name

    07/30/2004 6:10:51 AM PDT · by Redbob · 5 replies · 644+ views ^ | -7-30-4 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    BOSTON--If you want to know just how the new campaign finance laws are transforming politics, look no further than a crowded press conference here at the Four Seasons. Harold Ickes, the New York lawyer behind two new liberal fund-raising outfits, took time out of his Democratic Convention duties to crow that the unlimited soft money he'd raised had made "Democrats competitive." He then turned over the mike to colleagues who promised to use the rest of the convention to rake in yet more cash. Thus was the last pretense at campaign finance "reform" dumped into Boston Harbor. ... But the...
  • We’re not liberal: Honest, just ask John Kerry

    07/29/2004 6:05:54 AM PDT · by Redbob · 11 replies · 750+ views
    The (Manchester) Union Leader ^ | 7-27-4 | Andrew Cline
    Democrats filling the hotels, sidewalks, cafes, bars and restaurants of Boston and swarming through the FleetCenter this week have a message they desperately want the rest of America to hear. We are not liberal. These politicos will spend the bulk of this week insisting that the Democratic Party is the one that represents the values and ideals of Middle America. The Republicans, they will say, are the ones whose beliefs are so far beyond the norm that they simply cannot be trusted. Even the City of Boston is in on the act. The city, its boosters and local journalists are...
  • "Candidates ignore 'security moms,' at their peril" (reviewed by Redbob)

    07/22/2004 6:26:56 AM PDT · by Redbob · 10 replies · 810+ views
    None ^ | 7-22-4 | vanity
    Michelle Malkin has a new column out, and it's linked through the NRA's home page, under "More NRA News & Information..." It's a good read, and even worth going through all this trouble to get. The opening line sets the tone for the article, and grabs your attention "I am what this year's election pollsters call a "security mom." I'm married with two young children. I own a gun. And I vote." and follows later with the heart of the piece, discussing her real concern: "Security moms will never forget that toddlers and schoolchildren were incinerated in the hijacked planes...
  • Frist backs rule change on judges

    07/21/2004 7:47:32 AM PDT · by Redbob · 81 replies · 8,350+ views
    American Conservative Union (ACU) ^ | 7-21-4 | Alexander Bolton
    Conservatives and members of the Senate Republican leadership say that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) is committed to using a controversial procedural tactic that would rewrite the chamber’s filibuster rule. While Frist said he was actively considering changing the Senate rules several months ago, it now appears that the majority leader is on board with an effort by leading conservative senators to execute the tactic, which would prohibit lawmakers from filibustering judicial nominees. The most logical time to change the rules would be this fall or at the beginning of the new Congress in January. Senate Democratic leadership aides...
  • What's Iran up to?

    07/02/2004 6:35:54 AM PDT · by Redbob · 16 replies · 508+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7-1-04 | editorial staff
    That's what U.S. authorities wondered as they expelled two security guards at the Iranian mission to the United Nations last weekend, after the mission was warned repeatedly against permitting its employees to videotape the Statue of Liberty, the subway, bridges and other New York landmarks.<snip> ...Hassan Abassi, head of the Revolutionary Guards' Center for Doctrinaire Affairs of National Security Outside Iran's Borders: "We will map 29 sensitive sites in the United States and give the information to all international terror organizations," ...Mr. Abassi, about compiling a target list of "29 sensitive sites." And also: "We have a strategy drawn up...
  • Democrats appear to be in no rush to challenge Perry for governorship (Texas)

    06/15/2004 9:13:57 AM PDT · by Redbob · 11 replies · 203+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 6-15-4 | W. Gardner Selby
    AUSTIN — Democrats blame Gov. Rick Perry and the GOP-led Legislature for slashing children's health insurance and failing to fix public school funding. But, so far, not one Democrat is willing to use those tempting political targets and run in 2006 against the Republican governor, who has two possible challengers inside his own party. What gives? Prospective candidates, mindful that Democratic nominees have lost three straight gubernatorial elections, appear to be wary of moving too soon. "The state is not in transition now — it's completely in the hands of Republicans," said Democratic consultant Kelly Fero, adding that a "defeatist...
  • Setbacks Fail to Deter GOP Convention Protesters

    05/13/2004 1:21:29 PM PDT · by Redbob · 11 replies · 179+ views ^ | 5-13-4 | Robert B. Bluey
    New York ( - As 50,000 Republicans head to their national convention in New York in late August, a coalition of anti-war and anti-GOP activists are planning to throw a welcome party of sorts -- that is, if they can get the permits they need to demonstrate. A number of groups, led by United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), are planning demonstrations. But the largest protest appears to be the one organized by UFPJ, which would begin as a march through the streets of Manhattan, move alongside the convention's home in Madison Square Garden, and end with a massive rally...
  • Caterpillar's First-Quarter Profit More Than Tripled on Strong Sales (paging Rachel Corrie!)

    04/22/2004 8:12:06 PM PDT · by Redbob · 15 replies · 206+ views
    Wall Street Journal (Subscription) ^ | 4-22-04 | MICHAEL MCHUGH
    <p>CHICAGO -- Caterpillar Inc.'s first-quarter profit more than tripled due to strong sales of mining and construction equipment, causing the industry leader to dramatically increase its profit and sales guidance for the year.</p> <p>Caterpillar's results reflect the upsurge in earnings by many manufacturing and machinery companies in the first quarter. Volume and orders have been up throughout the sector.</p>
  • Poll shows Toomey surging as GOP Senate primary nears

    04/22/2004 2:42:33 PM PDT · by Redbob · 43 replies · 139+ views
    USA Today ^ | 4/20/04 | anonymous
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A surge in support for conservative challenger Rep. Pat Toomey one week before the primary has narrowed incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter's lead in Pennsylvania's Republican race for U.S. Senate to a scant five percentage points, according to a poll released Tuesday. In a Quinnipiac poll released April 7, Specter held a comfortable lead of 15 percentage points. The primary is April 27. Fifty-one% of the respondents in the latest poll said they considered the moderate Specter, who is seeking a fifth term, "too liberal," up from 43% in the previous survey. Only 14% said they consider Toomey...
  • Wal-Mart Opens for Business In Tough Market: Washington

    03/24/2004 7:43:56 AM PST · by Redbob · 23 replies · 390+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3-24-04 | JEANNE CUMMINGS
    <p>WASHINGTON -- China's entry into the World Trade Organization was essentially a done deal in the late 1990s when Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executives discovered a problem: U.S. negotiators had agreed to a 30-store limit on foreign retailers operating in China, an insufficient figure for the ambitious Arkansas retailer.</p>
  • Freep This Harris Poll on Guns

    11/20/2003 6:15:34 AM PST · by Redbob · 19 replies · 126+ views
    Harris Interactive ^ | 11-17-03 | Harris Poll
    Choose One: "Strongly agree, the government should not be dictating how citizens choose to protect themselves or infringe on responsible recreational firearm use. Somewhat agree, we need to be careful about restricting rights that are protected under the Constitution. Undecided, I'm not sure what the proper balance is between the Constitution and public safety. Somewhat disagree, some reforms (background checks for handgun applicants or bans on armor-piercing bullets, for instance) make good sense. Strongly disagree, the NRA has distorted the intent of the second amendment and has helped foster a gun culture that is irresponsible and dangerous.
  • Wounded pharmacist shoots suspect during struggle

    10/09/2003 2:46:41 PM PDT · by Redbob · 4 replies · 2+ views
    Nashville Tennessean ^ | 10-8-03 | (Times-Gazette staffer)
    <p>SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. — A pharmacist shot in the leg during a robbery yesterday turned the gun on his attacker, shooting him twice, police said.</p> <p>Ronald Huel Cole, 61, of Shelbyville entered Renegar's Drugstore at about 2:30 p.m. and demanded a shot of the painkiller Demerol, said Police Chief Austin Swing. Cole had a .38-caliber pistol in his hand and about 75 rounds of ammunition, police said.</p>
  • Metzler calls for tighter gun controls (Switzerland)

    09/24/2003 6:31:27 AM PDT · by Redbob · 12 replies · 218+ views
    swissinfo ^ | 9-24-03 | unknown
    There are between one and three million guns in Switzerland, according to the justice minister, who described the situation as “worrying”. A "Small Arms Survey" by the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva found that there are 1.2 million guns in private hands in Switzerland. Metzler said a central register would be a step towards increasing public security. She said it would better distinguish people who own guns for hunting or special collections from those who misuse them. Her comments came a week before the second anniversary of Switzerland’s worst-ever shooting spree. On September 27, 2001 a lone gunman...
  • Leveling the playing field? Debate over concealed gun laws brings emotional testimony (Wis.)

    09/11/2003 6:12:39 AM PDT · by Redbob · 34 replies · 257+ views
    The (Racine) Journal Times ^ | 9-11-03 | Tom Sheehan
    MADISON - A concealed carry law in Wisconsin would help "level the playing field" for potential crime victims, "such as little old ladies and store owners," said Sen. Dave Zien, R-Eau Claire. But Milwaukee County District Attorney E. Michael McCann said he would just as soon have a thief get away with an armed robbery at a store than have a customer with a gun try to save the day. "I don't want to be in a store where someone wants to intervene," McCann told legislators at a committee hearing at the state Capitol Tuesday. "The shooting will start, and...
  • Trigger Unhappy (Phoenix-area gun-range threatened)

    09/05/2003 6:44:40 AM PDT · by Redbob · 14 replies · 286+ views
    The Tucson Weekly ^ | 9-4-03 | Chris Limberis
    Trigger Unhappy Gun advocates fear a state commission is targeting a Maricopa County shooting range. By Chris Limberis You've heard the one about Arizona having two kinds of people: real estate speculators and those in government who want to be. In Arizona, it's all about dirt. Who has it. Who wants it. Who can peddle it. On 1,650 acres in north Phoenix is the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, a well-planned, clean, efficient and well-used collection of 35 gun and archery ranges. To some, it is a shooter's mecca, one of the finest shooting facilities in the country and a paradise...
  • Is Al Franken a 'Lying Liar,' too?

    09/04/2003 9:46:18 AM PDT · by Redbob · 20 replies · 115+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | 9-4-03 | Jeff Guinn
    Is Al Franken a 'Lying Liar,' too? Our book critic puts the screws to the celebrated satirist about his name-calling new book By Jeff Guinn Star-Telegram Books Editor August was hectic for author/satirist Al Franken. In mid-month, Fox News Channel filed suit against Franken and his publisher, Penguin Group, claiming that the title of Franken's about-to-be-published book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, infringed on the copyrighted FNC slogan "Fair and Balanced." On Aug. 23, federal judge Denny Chin denied the FNC request for an injunction blocking publication of the...
  • Anti-DCTA message gets more visible

    08/26/2003 9:53:04 AM PDT · by Redbob · 9 replies · 200+ views
    Denton Wretched-Chronicle ^ | 8/26/03 | Josh Baugh
    Anti-DCTA message gets more visible Transit authority opponents organize committee, distribute signs 07:47 AM CDT on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 By Josh Baugh / Staff Writer A political action committee that opposes the proposed half-cent sales tax to fund the Denton County Transportation Authority has begun distributing yard signs in its campaign to derail the mass transit agency. The Transit Truth Committee is against approval of the Denton County Transportation Authority and has printed about 250 yard signs, including the one above on East Hickory Street. The Transit Truth Committee has printed about 250 yard signs that read: "DCTA —...

    07/29/2003 8:15:15 AM PDT · by Redbob · 21 replies · 155+ views
    New York Post ^ | 7/28/03 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    <p>July 28, 2003 -- After the shooting at city hall on Wednesday, banning citizens with guns from public areas seems more necessary than ever. Yet, many other city halls across the country take a radically different approach. In two neighboring states, Pennsylvania and Vermont, as well as states across the nation from Virginia to Washington, concealed handgun permit holders are allowed to take their guns with them when they attend city council meetings. Gun-free zones may appear like the obvious solution to New Yorkers, but consider an analogy: Suppose a criminal is stalking you or your family. Would you feel safe putting a sign in front of your home saying, "This Home Is a Gun-Free Zone"? Law-abiding citizens might be pleased by such a sign, but to criminals it is an invitation.</p>
  • Texas Fugitive Dims Lampooned on The Daily Show (Comedy Central)

    05/21/2003 6:25:23 AM PDT · by Redbob · 9 replies · 258+ views
    The Daily Show on Comedy Central ^ | 5-120-03 | Jon Stewart
    "The Daily Show" really lampooned the fugitive Texas Dimocrats.
  • A gang that couldn't shoot straight (mild nausea alert!)

    01/09/2003 7:10:18 AM PST · by Redbob · 6 replies · 295+ views
    The (Toronto) Globe and Mail ^ | 1-8-3 | JOHN DIXON
    The Liberals' gun registry program was pointed at Kim Campbell, not crime. That's why it shot itself in the foot, says former justice adviser JOHN DIXON By JOHN DIXON Wednesday, January 8, 2003 – Print Edition, Page A11 We now know that the government's gun-control policy is a fiscal and administrative debacle. Its costs rival those of core services like national defence. And it doesn't work. What is less well known is that the policy wasn't designed to control guns. It was designed to control Kim Campbell. When Ms. Campbell was enjoying a brief season of success in her re-election...
  • Chief Justice's Daughter Lands in Hot Seat at HHS

    11/12/2002 7:11:46 PM PST · by Redbob · 37 replies · 416+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11-11-02 | SARAH LUECK
    <p>WASHINGTON -- The Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general is facing scrutiny for allegedly politicizing her nonpartisan office, forcing out longtime career civil servants and mishandling a government-issue gun.</p> <p>Complaints about the performance of Inspector General Janet Rehnquist, daughter of Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, have attracted attention from other inspectors general and from Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, soon to be the powerful Finance Committee's chairman.</p>
  • Gun stance draws skepticism

    06/25/2002 10:53:51 AM PDT · by Redbob · 23 replies · 185+ views
    Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser ^ | 6-23-02 | Todd Kleffman
    <p>Fed up and frustrated by the alarming number of armed robberies in the city, Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright is urging law-abiding people to fight firepower with firepower.</p> <p>But the proposal has generated little public support, and at least one expert said the suggestion borders on irresponsibility.</p>
  • Cross Roads <I>(Texas)</I> may land in court over development dispute

    05/21/2002 7:30:33 AM PDT · by Redbob · 1 replies · 247+ views
    Denton (Texas) Record Chronicle ^ | 5-20-02 | Tom Reedy
    Cross Roads may land in court over development dispute 05/20/2002 By Tom Reedy / Staff Writer< CROSS ROADS — A dispute over a high-density subdivision near Cross Roads caused an upheaval during the last city election and now threatens to spill over into court. Carol Roberts, a certified public accountant who served on a City Council committee to investigate the development, says she and Randy Wallace, a member of the city’s Comprehensive Planning Committee, have been singled out for harassment from the developer, Bob Shelton Enterprises of Denton. But Mr. Shelton says he only wants them to tell what they’ve...
  • Democrats divided over gun issue

    05/01/2002 6:34:17 AM PDT · by Redbob · 29 replies · 10+ views
    USA Today ^ | 4-29-02 | Jill Lawrence
    <p>WASHINGTON — Democratic governors from the South aligned themselves Monday with Georgia Sen. Zell Miller's call for Democrats to be more sympathetic and supportive of people who own guns.</p> <p>"It's a rite of passage," Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes said. "We like to hunt."</p>
  • YES: End Dems' anti-gun jihad

    04/25/2002 7:25:12 AM PDT · by Redbob · 16 replies · 5+ views
    Denver Post ^ | April 05, 2002 | Alan Gottlieb and Dave Workman
    In recent months, Democratic Party leaders have struggled to overcome what they contend is a negative stereotype, created by the GOP, that paints all Democrats as gun-control extremists. Having worked with many Democrats over the years, we can say for the record that not all members of the party are extremists on the gun issue - just their leaders. So long as the party elevates the likes of Charles Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Ted Kennedy, Dick Gephardt, Joe Biden, John Conyers, Tom Daschle, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Al Gore and Patty Murray to positions of leadership, the firearms community will take...
  • Sign the CFR? Freep This Poll!

    03/21/2002 5:18:39 AM PST · by Redbob · 9 replies · 4+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 3/21/02 | none
    <p>"Should the president sign the campaign-finance bill approved by Congress?"</p>