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  • Right-to-Work Laws Shouldn’t Exist, so Why Am I Happy about What Happened in Michigan?

    12/15/2012 8:05:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | December 15, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I was very critical of the General Motors bailout since it largely was designed to give undeserved special benefits to the UAW union. I’m also very down of teacher unions because they sabotage reforms that would help poor children trapped in failed government schools. And I’m definitely opposed to the excessive pay and benefits that politicians grant to bureaucrats in exchange for votes and money from government employee unions (as cleverly depicted in this great Michael Ramirez cartoon).So why, then, do I have mixed feelings about the recently enacted right-to-work law in Michigan?Here’s some of what I wrote almost 25 years...
  • Do Civilians Armed With Guns Ever Capture, Kill, or Otherwise Stop Mass Shooters?

    12/15/2012 7:57:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 90 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    Backers of laws that let pretty much all law-abiding carry concealed guns in public places often argue that these laws will sometimes enable people to stop mass shootings. Opponents occasionally ask: If that’s so, what examples can one give of civilians armed with guns stopping such shootings? Sometimes, I hear people asking if even one such example can be found, or saying that they haven’t heard even one such example. Naturally, such examples will be rare, partly because mass shootings are rare, partly because many mass shootings happen in supposedly “gun-free” zones (such as schools, universities, or private property posted...

    12/15/2012 7:51:14 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 64 replies ^ | December 15, 2012 | Aaron Hutchens
    Birmingham police are on the scene at Saint Vincent's Hospital this morning, where somebody fired a gun early this morning. We have now learned that a police officer and two hospital employees were injured during that shooting, and they have been taken to UAB hospital. Their injuries were not life threatening. The gunman was killed during the shooting. Police say that the public is not in any danger, and that the situation is under control. Our reporter on the scene says additional nurses have been called in to work.
  • Stop Subsidizing the Slaughter

    12/15/2012 7:49:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | December 15, 2012 | Paul Driessen
    Congress and the White House are struggling to find even one subsidy or entitlement program that they are willing to cut. Meanwhile, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) insists that the 2.2-cents per kilowatt-hour Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind electricity should be extended yet again – and then (maybe, partially) phased out over the next five years. By then, claims CEO Denise Bode, wind energy could be cost-competitive with other energy sources. What nonsense. No evidence supports any of this. Wind energy is a net jobs and economic loser. By raising electricity costs for factories, internet hubs, offices, malls,...
  • Occupy Supporter Russell Simmons to Throw (hip-hop) Ball for Obama, Tickets Start at $500

    12/15/2012 7:40:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/13/12
    Occupy Supporter Russell Simmons to Throw Ball for Obama, Tickets Start at $500by Breitbart News 13 Dec 2012 **SNIP** The black-tie Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball will take place at the Harman Centeron Jan. 20. The gala, hosted by Russell Simmons’s Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, drew the likes of LL Cool J, T.I. and Nick Cannon in 2009, and just like 2009, VIP tickets will still carry the same eye-popping $2,500 price tag.
  • Many single women, a key bloc, are avoiding GOP

    12/15/2012 7:37:19 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 215 replies
    AP ^ | December 15, 2012 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI
    DENVER (AP) — Sara Stevenson spends her working hours surrounded by Republicans, namely the married men who work alongside her in a Denver oil and gas firm company. But after hours and on weekends, she usually spends her time with other single women, and there's not a Republican in sight among the bunch. "There was just no way I could have supported any Republican this year," said Stevenson, 31. "They skew so much to the religious right. ... They focused so much on taxes. It's not something that women in my demographic really care about. I've never heard my friends...
  • China Is Officially Dusting The U.S. In Manufacturing (And That's OK)

    12/15/2012 7:29:31 AM PST · by blam · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12-13-2012 | Jordan Weissmann
    China Is Officially Dusting The U.S. In Manufacturing (And That's OK) By Jordan Weissmann Dec 13 2012, 12:20 PM In 2010, China just barely edged out the United States as the world's top manufacturer by output -- a distinction it hadn't held since 1850. Still the two countries were basically neck and neck. No longer. The United Nations has updated its national accounts data to capture 2011, and thanks to China's breakneck growth, its manufacturing output is now leaving ours in a cloud of coal dust, as shown in this graph from AEI's Mark Perry. China's trend line is practically...
  • DuPage County Homeowner Fires Shots At Intruder(IL)

    12/15/2012 7:21:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 11 December, 2012 | NA
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A homeowner shot an intruder in his home in unincorporated DuPage County near Naperville on Tuesday, but the suspect was able to get away. A school in the area was briefly on lockdown after the shooting. The incident happened on Woodcrest Drive in the Steeple Run subdivision. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports, Tuesday morning, homeowner Richard Niemiec fired his 9mm handgun at least eight times at a burglar standing at his back door, after being roused out of bed by his dog.
  • Democrats: Put Obama's Medicare board (Hussein's death panel) on the table

    12/15/2012 7:19:57 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/12 | Elise Viebeck
    Democrats: Put Obama's Medicare board on the tableBy Elise Viebeck - 12/15/12 10:05 AM ET The healthcare law's controversial Medicare board should be on the table in deficit-reduction talks, House Democrats said this week. Killing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which Sarah Palin decried as a "death panel" in June, could ease Republican concessions as part of a year-end deficit deal, Dems said. "I think everything has to be on the table," said Rep. Dan Boren (Okla.), one of healthcare reform's most consistent Democratic opponents. "Anything that could help along the way to get some agreement," said Rep. David...
  • Merry Christmas, America-Haters?

    12/15/2012 7:15:53 AM PST · by IbJensen · 3 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 14, 2012 | L. Brent Bozell III
    When TNT was preparing its annual special "Christmas in Washington" with the president of the United States, you'd think the last star musician they would consider to join the official caroling would be Psy, the South Korean rapper. What on Earth is Christmasy about this man's invisible-horse-riding dance to his dorky disco-rap hit "Gangnam Style"? It's not exactly the natural flip-side to "O Holy Night." But TNT couldn't resist this year's YouTube sensation. This inane publicity stunt backfired when the website Mediaite reported on Dec. 7 that Psy (real name: Park Jae-sang) had participated in a 2002 protest in which...
  • The other ObamaCare middle class tax hike arrives in 2014 (and 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018...)

    12/15/2012 7:04:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/12/12 | John Hayward
    The other ObamaCare middle class tax hike arrives in 2014By: John Hayward 12/12/2012 09:14 AM If you think it’s been horrifying to watch ObamaCare pop open like a jack-in-the-box filled with tax increases over the last couple of weeks, just wait until the huge new taxes on health insurance companies hit in 2014. A study commissioned by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) lays out the details: The [Affordable Care Act] imposes a new sales tax on health insurance that starts at $8 billion in 2014, increases to $14.3 billion in 2018, and will continue to increase each year. The Joint...
  • A badge don’t make it right…

    12/15/2012 7:02:52 AM PST · by IbJensen · 7 replies
    Durable Faith ^ | 12/11/2012 | Staff
    We have been conditioned to submit to anyone wearing a badge by our society, schools, and often even our churches. The result of unquestioned submission to authorities often produces the opposite result to the ideals of the civil society and equally applied law and order that we are seeking. Consider the badges below: 1.Why is it ok for the DHS and FEMA to treat Americans like terrorists, but it’s not OK for the KGB to send Russian “dissidents” to Siberia? 2.Why is it OK for the UN and the CIA to be involved in the overthrow of sovereign nations but...
  • Connecticut gun laws among the toughest in the U.S.

    12/15/2012 7:01:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 44 replies ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Ryan Teague Beckwith
    Supporters and opponents alike of gun control will point to this fact in the coming days: Connecticut already has some of the toughest restrictions on gun laws in the United States. For gun control supporters, the shooting at a Newtown elementary school will be one more piece of evidence that even stronger laws are needed, including at the national level. “We have some of the strongest gun laws in the United States, but if you don’t have strong federal gun laws, that makes it that much more difficult,” said Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence. But advocates...
  • Evil Is to Blame

    12/15/2012 7:00:04 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-14-2012 | J. Christian Adams
    Evil Is to Blame J. Christian Adams Pay close attention to what gets blamed for the Newtown school shooting. Evil is to blame for these horrific murders and nothing else. Listen closely to the rhetoric over the coming weeks. How often will evil be named as the cause of the horror? Not often, I suspect. Some dispute the existence of conscious, deliberate, unseen evil. Perhaps that’s why blame for the murderous horror will fall elsewhere. Some consider the mention of evil in public discourse to be unseemly. Belief in pure deliberate evil can be inconvenient, because it includes other necessary...
  • Why The Hot Sauce Industry Is The New Craft Beer Industry

    12/15/2012 6:51:23 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 233 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 11, 2012 | Jason Daley
    In April research firm IBISWorld declared manufacturing of the spicy condiment to be one of the 10 fastest-growing industries in the U.S., with average company revenue jumping 9.3 percent per year over the last decade. Even though the segment is small—roughly 5,500 people employed by 218 sauce companies, an industry valued at $1 billion—it packs an entrepreneurial punch.
  • Canada officially becomes first country to withdraw from Kyoto agreement

    12/15/2012 6:48:00 AM PST · by Dartman · 62 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Dec. 14/12 | Jessica Hume
    OTTAWA — Canada has officially withdrawn from the Kyoto climate agreement. The death notice comes years after the Stephen Harper government made clear it rejected the terms that were negotiated by the Jean Chretien government in 1997. According to the agreement, Canada would reduce its greenhouse gases 6% below 1990 levels by 2012. Environment Minister Peter Kent pointed to the fact the United States and China - the two largest carbon emitters - never signed on as reason to abandon the agreement. And one year ago Canada officially announced its repudiation of it, becoming the first country in the world...
  • Minnesotans prepare for possible shootings

    12/15/2012 6:45:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Don Davis
    ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials say they have tried to prepare for school shootings like one Friday in Connecticut, but there always is more they can do. “We need to collaboratively do a better job of securing those kids,” said state Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, a law enforcement officer for 34 years, 16 as Douglas County sheriff. ----------------------cut------------------------- “We’re going to have to have some people who are armed in our schools,” Ingebrigtsen said. “As sad as that can be, and I think (former Gov.) Jesse Ventura brought it up, maybe some of these teachers are going to have to...
  • Abortions—Number and Rate by State of Occurrence

    12/15/2012 6:40:01 AM PST · by outofsalt · 23 replies
    US Census ^ | Un | US Census
    Table 103. Abortions—Number and Rate by State of Occurrence: 2000 to 2008 [Number of abortions by state of occurrence from surveys of hospitals, clinics, and physicians identified as providers of abortion services conducted by the Guttmacher Institute]
  • MPD officer killed in hail of bullets

    12/15/2012 6:37:47 AM PST · by GailA · 20 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 12/15/12 | Kristina Goetz
    Female LEO Link only
  • A Thought Experiment Related to School Shootings

    12/15/2012 6:37:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 35 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    Imagine that you ran a school district, and some rich foundation, worried about school shootings, gave you the following offer: We’ll hire armed security guards for you, who could try to do something about the school shooter. These aren’t going to be highly trained police officers, just typical security guards, given some modest training and subjected to basic background checks. It’s not like they’re highly skilled; security guards rarely are. But they have a basic understanding of how to shoot, and when to shoot. They wouldn’t deal with ordinary trespassing, vandalism, and the like, nor would they be at all...
  • It's a Twittersweet Symphony, This Life

    12/15/2012 6:36:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | December 15, 2012 | Kathryn Lopez
    Rome -- "Where people are, the Word of God must be," a priest from Washington state, in the holy city for a conference on the Church in America, told an Italian media outlet. The simple explanation did make clear why one of the most learned, reserved, holy men on the planet was dipping his toes into Twitter. When the pope sent his first post on the popular social media platform, two grandmotherly women from the Philippines were sitting near me. "Pope -- Twitter!" they said to me with radiant smiles. "Thanks be to God!" they continued. There was a language...
  • 10 shot, including 4 teens, Friday afternoon and night

    12/15/2012 6:27:55 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 15, 2012 | Rosemary Regina Sobol and Peter Nickeas
    Shootings across the city Friday afternoon and night wounded at least ten people, according to Chicago police, including four teens in three separate South and West side attacks. Someone shot two boys, both 16, about 5:11 p.m. Friday afternoon in the 1700 block of East 71st Place in the South Shore neighborhood on the South Side. Both were taken to Comer Children's Hospital in stable condition with gunshot wounds to their legs.
  • 2 dead after shooting at Las Vegas Strip hotel

    12/15/2012 6:22:09 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies
    AP ^ | December 15, 2012 | KEN RITTER
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man shot and fatally wounded a woman, then killed himself Friday at the Excalibur hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip, sending many patrons fleeing in fear. It happened at about 8:30 p.m. near the high-rise hotel's front entrance, Las Vegas Metro Police Lt. Ray Steiber said. The man died at the scene of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after shooting the woman, who was a vendor at Excalibur's concierge desk, Steiber said. The woman was pronounced dead later at a local hospital.
  • Why Do We Need Unions?

    12/15/2012 6:19:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | December 15, 2012 | John C. Goodman
    Michigan has now become the 24th state to give workers the right to work without having to join a union. The event provoked more than vigorous debate. State police had to be on duty to guarantee the safety and the ability of Michigan legislators to actually go vote on the measure. So what is the controversy all about? I agree with folks on the left about the real issue. It's not about right to work. It's about unions themselves. Why do we have them? Why do we need them? What public purpose do they serve? There's no mystery here. A...
  • ‘Dating Game killer’ Alcala pleads guilty to two murders

    12/15/2012 6:11:22 AM PST · by lowbridge · 1 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 15, 2012 | LAURA ITALIANO
    Cornered by high-tech forensics and low-tech sleuthing, serial sex killer Rodney Alcala took a surprise guilty plea in Manhattan yesterday, admitting he took the lives of two young woman in the 1970s. So-called “Dating Game killer” Alcala, 67, admitted he committed the 1971 murder of TWA flight attendant Cornelia Crilley and the 1977 murder of Ellen Hover. Both women were 23.
  • Dem. lawmaker: To get gun control, Obama must ‘exploit’ shooting

    12/15/2012 6:11:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Ben Wolfgang
    A veteran Democratic lawmaker believes the nation will go along with stronger gun control laws if President Obama “exploits” the Newtown, Conn., tragedy and nudges Congress to action. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who represents portions of New York City, said he was encouraged by Mr. Obama’s statement on Friday afternoon that the mass shooting, which claimed the lives of 20 young children, requires “meaningful action” by Congress, but hopes those words turn into concrete legislation.
  • Rampage Shootings: It's the Moral Decay of Society, not Guns

    12/15/2012 6:05:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 96 replies ^ | December 15, 2012 | Rachel Alexander
    It should come as no surprise that the rate of mass shootings at schools and in other public places is increasing. The surge has nothing to do with guns, which have been widely available in the U.S. for years. Gun control laws have been increasing. Instead, there is a direct correlation between the increase in violence and the gradual degradation of morals, ethics and parenting. We are cultivating mental illness in our society. Parents are allowing television and video games to increasingly babysit their children, even though both have become full of gratuitous violence. A New York Times study...
  • No such thing as a 'free' Muslim country

    12/15/2012 5:51:00 AM PST · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    WND ^ | December 14, 2012 | Staff
    Islam expert: 'These are dictatorships that have a double face' Massive protests filled the streets of Cairo in recent weeks following the announcement from new Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi that he was greatly expanding his powers and that they would not be subject to judicial review. Many of the same demonstrators who demanded more freedom and the resignation of Hosni Mubarak almost two years ago angrily rejected Morsi’s power grab. Eventually, Morsi relented and declared he would not pursue the expanded powers. But before anyone expects a tidal wave of freedom in Egypt, Arabs for Israel founder Nonie Darwish warned...
  • 'Our hearts are broken' - 20 children among dead in Newtown shooting (.223 NOT used)

    12/15/2012 5:45:45 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 55 replies ^ | December 15, 2012 | Steven Yablonski
    It was one of the most tragic days in Connecticut history, and investigations continue into why, and how, a man could walk into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and kill 20 children and six adults. Police said 20-year-old Adam Lanza opened fire inside the school, killing children and adults before killing himself. (snip) Inside the school, the Associated Press is reporting that a custodian ran through the halls of the school, warning of a gunman, and someone inside the school's office switched on the intercom, perhaps saving dozens of lives by letting them hear what was unfolding inside the...

    12/15/2012 5:45:04 AM PST · by SE Mom · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 15, 2012
    Live Press conference scheduled to begin at 8 AM
  • Obama Moving To Criminalize Criticism Of Islam

    12/15/2012 5:42:52 AM PST · by Perseverando · 29 replies
    The Western Center for Journalism ^ | December 14, 2012 | Kris Zane
    The whole “conspiracy theory” of the Obama administration being infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood, purging government documents critical of Islam, and seeking to criminalize the criticism of Islam is just that—a conspiracy theory—isn’t it? Sadly, it isn’t. If you simply pull back the curtain and look at what Obama has been doing in plain sight—inviting groups convicted of terrorism into the White House, having Muslim Brotherhood members within the State Department, purging training materials of anything critical of Islam–you would find that this whole “conspiracy theory” goes by another term: the truth. How America got to this point and whether...
  • Bloomberg: Obama Must Take 'Immediate Action' Against Guns

    12/15/2012 5:41:48 AM PST · by crosshairs · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/14/12 | Ben Shapiro
    Today, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an ardent gun control advocate, moved to politicize the monstrous school shooting in Connecticut, issuing the following statement: With all the carnage from gun violence in our country, it’s still almost impossible to believe that a mass shooting in a kindergarten class could happen. It has come to that. Not even kindergarteners learning their A,B,Cs are safe. We heard after Columbine that it was too soon to talk about gun laws. We heard it after Virginia Tech. After Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek. And now we are hearing it again. For every...
  • N.Korean Rocket Used Cutting-Edge Navigation (satellite navigation)

    12/15/2012 5:35:22 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    N.Korean Rocket Used Cutting-Edge Navigation The long-range rocket North Korea launched on Wednesday was apparently equipped with cutting-edge navigational technology. National Intelligence Service chief Won Sei-hoon told lawmakers on Thursday that analysis by NASA showed that the satellite mounted on top of the rocket left its trajectory faster than ordinary satellites. Won said the North appears to have acquired "remote-controlled guidance technology" that caused the satellite to shift its path after being separated from the rocket. This means North Korea also tested technology that could increase the accuracy of intercontinental ballistic missiles. The North also apparently used technology from the...
  • Finally, My Views on Gold

    12/15/2012 5:21:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | December 15, 2012 | John Ransom
    “Naught is possessed, neither gold, nor land nor love, nor life, nor peace, nor even sorrow nor death, nor yet salvation. Say of nothing: It is mine. Say only: It is with me.” -D.H. Lawrence In the beginning, God created gold. And the free markets for them. The creation of all gold- that which has come to symbolize money- was forged by nature out of a violent cataclysm of a stellar- and singular- magnitude, that was much bigger than a Facebook IPO. Even today, scientists still do not agree how gold was created. They do know that it would have...
  • A prayer for Sandy Hook

    12/15/2012 5:14:43 AM PST · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    WND ^ | December 14, 2012 | Matt Barber
    Matt Barber envisions slain kindergartners playing at Jesus' nail-pierced feet In light of today’s horrific developments in Newtown, Conn. – developments so sorrowful that no words will do – I felt it only appropriate to pull my regular column for this week. I offer, instead, the only words I can at this inexpressibly mournful time: A simple prayer. ~ Matt Barber Please come, Lord Jesus. Come, King Jesus. Come soon I pray. Yet, even still come now, Holy Spirit, until such time. We need you. As the banked fish gasps for that which, without, she will surely die, so too...
  • School slaughter triggers push for gun control

    12/15/2012 5:06:21 AM PST · by Perseverando · 54 replies
    WND ^ | December 14, 2012 | Chelsea Schilling
    In the wake of the horrific Connecticut kindergarten massacre today, gun-control advocates are taking to Twitter and the media to blame firearms for the murders of 28 people, including 20 children. “Too soon to speak out about a gun-crazy nation? No, too late,” tweeted “Bowling for Columbine” Director Michael Moore. “At least THIRTY-ONE school shootings since Columbine.” He also wrote, “The way to honor these dead children is to demand strict gun control, free mental health care, and an end to violence as public policy.” CBS News reported that the shooter was found with two handguns: a Glock and a...
  • How to stop an ineligible 'president'

    12/15/2012 5:02:27 AM PST · by wesagain · 18 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 15, 2012 | Larry Klayman
    Over the last four years, modern-day “Sons of Liberty” – such as Joseph Farah, WND, its prized investigative reporters such as Jerome Corsi and courageous lawmen like Joe Arpaio and his Cold Case Posse – have worked tirelessly to have President Barack Hussein Obama thoroughly investigated over the issue of his place of birth. It is well-known that Obama had for years refused to release his claimed Hawaiian birth certificate and other official documents that reflect on whether he was born in U.S. territory as he claims, or in Kenya where his father of the same name hailed. If born...
  • John McCain, Colin Powell support expanding military abortions

    12/15/2012 4:24:33 AM PST · by IbJensen · 23 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Dec 14, 2012 | Johanna Dasteel
    WASHINGTON, D.C., December 14, 2012, ( – Sen. John McCain and the former Secretary of State Colin Powell are backing a move in Congress that would expand abortion on U.S. military bases. The two prominent Republicans are supporting a measure to authorize taxpayer funding of abortions for military women whose children are conceived by rape. Currently, bases only provide abortion to save the life of the mother. If passed, the amended Defense Authorization bill would match federal employee health insurance, which already compels tax dollars to pay for abortions of children alleged to be conceived by rape. While the Senate...
  • Abraham Lincoln, Stepfather of Our Country

    12/15/2012 3:17:01 AM PST · by IbJensen · 157 replies
    The New American ^ | 11/11/2012 | John J. Dwyer
    “Anyone who embarks on a study of Abraham Lincoln … must first come to terms with the Lincoln myth. The effort to penetrate the crust of legend that surrounds Lincoln … is both a formidable and intimidating task. Lincoln, it seems, requires special considerations that are denied to other figures.” — Robert W. Johannsen Lincoln, the South, and Slavery Indeed, it would not seem a safe time to critique the wisdom, motivations, and character of Abraham Lincoln. Steven Spielberg’s reverential motion picture epic Lincoln fills screens across America. The public increasingly accepts him as America’s greatest leader. Academics from the...
  • US hesitant in condemning North Korean launch

    12/15/2012 1:34:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2012 9:10 PM EST | Bradley Klapper
    The Obama administration is drawing no “red line” for North Korea after a successful long-range rocket test, tempering the public condemnation to avoid raising tensions or possibly rewarding the reclusive communist nation with too much time in the global spotlight. The U.S. has told the world that it won’t tolerate Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons or Syria’s use of chemical stockpiles on rebels. North Korea, in some ways, is a trickier case. The U.S. wants to forcefully condemn what it believes is a “highly provocative act,” and that was the first public reaction from the White House late Tuesday. But...
  • Chino mosque leader conveys sympathy to Connecticut families, urges gun control

    12/15/2012 1:12:17 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies ^ | December 14, 2012 | Canan Tasci
    CHINO - Leaders of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community's Baitul Hameed Mosque conveyed their sympathy and condolences to the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School during their afternoon sermon today. Earlier, a gunman opened fire inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, killing 26 people, most of them children. "We are so sorry, we are so sad, it is great tragedy not just for the people of that town, although they have suffered a lot there are feeling more pain then us, but it is tragedy to the whole nation," said Imam Shamshad Nasir, of the Baitul Hameed Mosque in...
  • US and UK refuse to sign UN's communications treaty

    12/15/2012 12:41:31 AM PST · by knighthawk · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | December 14 2012
    The US, Canada, Australia and UK have refused to sign an international communications treaty at an conference in Dubai. The countries had objected to calls for all states to have equal rights to the governance of the internet. But the breaking point was the addition of text relating to "human rights".
  • Tom Monaghan sues feds over new health care law (Domino's Founder)

    12/15/2012 12:33:27 AM PST · by true believer forever · 46 replies
    MyFoxNY ^ | December 14, 2012 | Associated Press
    <p>"Tom Monaghan, a devout Roman Catholic, says contraception is not health care and instead is a "gravely immoral" practice. He's a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court, along with his Domino's Farms, which runs an office park near Ann Arbor.</p>
  • Gun-Control Battle Looms in Light of Connecticut Massacre

    12/14/2012 11:24:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 82 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 14 Dec 2012 09:52 PM | Todd Beamon
    Gun-ownership groups were preparing themselves on Friday for another barrage of anti-firearm moves following the horrific mass killing at a Connecticut elementary school. The National Rifle Association and most groups were keeping silent on the day that 28 people, including 20 young children, were shot dead. “Until the facts are thoroughly known, NRA will not have any comment,” the group, based in Fairfax, Va., said in a statement reported by the Atlantic. But some organizations spoke out, including Gun Owners of America, which has about 300,000 members and is headquartered in Springfield, Va. “Gun-control supporters have the blood of little...
  • House Democrat says “fiscal cliff” vote could go into 2013

    12/14/2012 10:57:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:32am EST | Fred Barbash
    The failure of Democrats and Republicans to break the impasse over the “fiscal cliff” is raising the possibility of Congress going beyond the year-end deadline to complete the work necessary to avert steep tax hikes and budget cuts that experts fear could push the nation into another recession. A top Democrat in the House of Representatives said if the two sides agreed in principle on a deal but ran out of time to draft and pass the legislation implementing it, Congress could pass a temporary measure and work out the details in the following weeks. Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland,...
  • Proposed Army manual's scary message for our troops in Afghanistan (Don't criticize pedophilia)

    12/14/2012 10:43:56 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec 13, 2012 | Michael Goodwin
    ..."Instead of blaming Taliban infiltration or other causes, the draft of a new Army handbook says ignorance of local culture drove many of the insider attacks that killed 63 Americans and other allied forces this year alone." ... The handbook says troops should avoid “making derogatory comments about the Taliban, advocating women’s rights, any criticism of pedophilia, directing any criticism towards Afghans, mentioning homosexuality and homosexual conduct” or “anything related to Islam.” ... "Maybe, just maybe, if Allen suddenly approves the outrageous field manual, the probe against him will be dropped. Stranger things have happened in the last four years."
  • Local gun sales spike in wake of Connecticut school shooting

    12/14/2012 10:42:06 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies ^ | December 14, 2012 | Tony Spehar
    In the aftermath of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut that left 27 people dead, including 20 children, gun sales have spiked in El Paso County as many believe stricter gun control laws may be passed in reaction to the tragedy. Dragonman's guns saw a rush of customers as news of the mass shooting spread on Friday. Among those looking to buy an assault rifle was Joseph Lakatos, who said he decided to make a purchase after seeing public statements by President Obama and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in which both men hinted that a serious discussion...
  • CT shooting stirs debate over guns on college campuses

    12/14/2012 10:22:55 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies ^ | December 14, 2012 | Kimberly Wiggins
    Friday's fatal school shooting at a Connecticut school is re-igniting the debate over concealed weapons on school campuses in Florida. Right now, concealed weapons are not allowed on college campuses anywhere in the state. However, some college students say guns should be allowed on campus. Eric Coggins, 21, helped start Embry-Riddle's chapter of the "Students for Concealed Carry" organization. He's the Vice-President of the local chapter. He and the entire group condemn Friday's school shooting, but said that now is the time to get serious about students' rights to bear arms on college campuses. "If you have a chance to...
  • In wake of shooting, Ellison calls for greater gun control laws

    12/14/2012 10:09:24 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 64 replies ^ | December 14, 2012 | Tom Scheck
    DFL Rep. Keith Ellison appeared on TPT's Almanac tonight to discuss the shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut. During the interview, Ellison argued for greater gun control measures. "The NRA (National Rifle Association) is strong and many of them (members of Congress) take the position that any gun position is going to lead to the position of taking away of all guns," Ellison said. "This is not rational. We need sane, sensible gun regulation and we need it now." Ellison says his top initiatives would be to address high capacity clips that hold multiple rounds of bullets and greater...
  • Mike Huckabee blames getting God out of classroom for shootings

    12/14/2012 9:28:51 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 78 replies ^ | December 14, 2012
    Americans should blame their schools, and removal of God from the classroom, for Friday’s murders of schoolchildren in Connecticut, according to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2008 Republican presidential candidate who is now a pundit and host on Fox News. Huckabee did not mention guns, gun culture, or assault rifles in talking about the country’s latest mass killing, but said on Fox News: “We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be surprised that schools would become places of carnage?” Huckabee is a Baptist minister. As governor...