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  • S.F., Oakland gun buyback nets hundreds

    12/16/2012 9:32:00 AM PST · by thecodont · 31 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 10:48 pm, Saturday, December 15, 2012 | Justin Berton
    Arturo Hurtado of Richmond was still stricken with grief over the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 schoolchildren dead when he awoke Saturday morning. So he decided to get rid of his gun - "that darn thing," he called it - and purged it from his home. "I've got kids, man," said Hurtado, who works at Waste Management in Oakland and has children ages 14, 10, 6 and 1. "Kids are curious. Kids don't know any better. I had it locked in a toolbox, so I don't know. ... I just know it had to go." Hurtado was...
  • Bob Schieffer: If Connecticut School Shooter 'Had An Arab Name People Would Be Going Nuts'

    12/16/2012 9:31:26 AM PST · by chessplayer · 44 replies
    CBS's Bob Schieffer made a comment Sunday about the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, that's likely to raise eyebrows on both sides of the aisle. During a Face the Nation panel discussion about the incident, Schieffer said, "If [shooter Adam Lanza] had had an Arab name, people would be going nuts about what we ought to do right now" I guess Schieffer forgot how when U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan murdered thirteen people while injuring 29 at Fort Hood in November 2009, much of the media initially buried his Islamic affiliation. This included the CBS Evening News that day....
  • THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DEFICIT: It's Not Very Big, And There's Only One Way To Close It

    12/16/2012 9:29:27 AM PST · by blam · 33 replies
    Yahoo News/BI ^ | 12-16-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DEFICIT: It's Not Very Big, And There's Only One Way To Close It By Joe WeisenthalDeember 16, 2012 "Trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see." "Hundreds of trillions in unfunded liabilities." "Washington is broke." "Only cranking up taxes, and slashing benefits can save us from leaving a crushing burden on future generations." Those are the kinds of lines you hear from politicians (and even some smart people) all the time as Washington DC debates the Fiscal Cliff and so on. But there's a couple of things you should know about the deficit. One...
  • Jamie Foxx Gets His Wish--Why Are People Upset?

    12/16/2012 8:55:00 AM PST · by Arm_Bears · 26 replies
    From what I can determine, the majority of people killed at the Connecticut elementary school by nut-bag Adam Lanza were white. So I don't get all of the hand-wringing. I mean, wasn't it just last week-end on SNL when Jamie Foxx intoned, “. . . I kill all the white people in the movie. How great is that?” I don't recall any outrage from the Left or MSM in response to that comment. But now that it's starting to happen, the same folks who gave Foxx a pass are decrying the act and wanting to take the guns of law-abiding...
  • Former Obama Official, Daily Show Writer Mock Newtown Killer's Slain Mother

    12/16/2012 8:45:05 AM PST · by kristinn · 30 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | Saturday, December 16, 2012 | Kerry Picket
    Andrew McLaughlin a former member of President Obama's senior White House staff, who served as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States, mocked Nancy Lanza, the murdered mother of the Newtown, CT massacre killer Adam Lanza, on Twitter Saturday evening:"The ever-brilliant Jo Miller nails it: "Thank god Nancy Lanza had a personal arsenal for her protection, or she might not be alive today.""
  • Bill Bennett on "Face the Nation" saying we need to get rid of "assault weapons"

    12/16/2012 8:31:12 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 113 replies
    Cannot believe what I am hearing? What happened to the Conservative person I used to know. Absoluley disgusting.
  • Seven Secretaries of State Criticize Michelle Obama for Claiming GOP Voter Suppression in 2012

    12/16/2012 8:29:45 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | December 14, 2012 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    Seven Secretaries of State have released a statement criticizing First Lady Michelle Obama for her false claim that Republicans engaged in voter suppression in the November election: “Unfortunately the First Lady’s comments continue the baseless attacks that have been made upon those leaders who are simply taking reasonable steps to protect the security and integrity of elections. This past election speaks for itself. In Arizona, a state that has a photo ID requirement, Hispanic voter turnout was the highest in the state’s history. In Georgia, African American turnout has remained high in each election after the state adopted its photo...
  • Mental Health Advocacy Gone "Nuts"

    12/16/2012 8:16:34 AM PST · by txnativegop · 27 replies
    The dangers of allowing mentally distrurbed individuals to roam our streets should be common sense. The recent shooting in CT was proof of that contention. However, this advocacy group did not get the memo apparently.
  • A Methodical Massacre: Horror and Heroics (Media's latest version)

    12/16/2012 8:09:26 AM PST · by kristinn · 9 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | Saturday, December 15, 2012 | Edmund H. Mahony and Dave Altimari
    Several sources in law enforcement and elsewhere provided what they said was the most current information on how the events leading to the school shootings unfolded. SNIP Lanza next arrived at teacher Victoria Soto's classroom. Soto is believed to have hidden her 6- and 7-year old students in a classroom closet. When Lanza demanded to know where the children were, Soto tried to divert him to the other end of the school by saying that her students were in the auditorium. But six of Soto's students tried to flee. Lanza shot them, Soto and another teacher who was in the...
  • Instant classic quote about Adam Lanza

    12/16/2012 8:01:57 AM PST · by exhaustguy · 13 replies
    The Telegram ^ | 15 Dec 2012 | Harriet Alexander, David Barrett, Laura Donnelly and Jon Swaine in Newtown
    Richard Dravis, who gives shooting training at Wooster Mountain rifle range, 15 miles away from the school, said: "We don't train crazy people. I think that if we would address the mental health issue here we could possibly do something in the future. But we can't count the number of rounds in the magazine of a nut head."
  • Boehner caves on taxes(the GOP will get nothing and we will get higher taxes now or later)

    12/16/2012 7:57:20 AM PST · by bestintxas · 67 replies
    am thinker ^ | 12/16/12 | r moran
    It's only a "partial" cave, in that Boehner agrees that the tax rates should go up on those making more than $1 million rather than $250,000 a year. But if Boehner caves on taxes, who can believe him when it comes to any other red line Obama will try and force him to cross. Associated Press: Signaling new movement in "fiscal cliff" talks, House Speaker John Boehner has proposed raising the top rate for earners making more than $1 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said. President Barack Obama, who wants higher top rates for households earning more than...
  • (CT shooting) "Give teachers guns": US blogs awash with people calling for more people to be armed

    12/16/2012 7:32:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 61 replies
    mirror.co.uk ^ | 16 December, 2012 | Anton Antonowicz
    SCREAMING mums at schools, dads cradling children... it’s all too familiar to those of us who live in the United States. Hours after the latest outrage the internet was awash with the unapologetic views of those who live and die by the gun. Take this: “No crime would be permitted on my property because I am f****** armed. I can’t wait to kill someone ­legally.” Or this from Alan ­Gottlieb, head of the pro-gun 2nd Amendment Foundation: “There was nobody in that school allowed a firearm. I find that deplorable. I’m sure Lanza felt he could go in ­because no...
  • US Senate Illegal Alien Intern Shows Depth of Lawlessness in Government Today

    12/16/2012 7:16:14 AM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    http://usdailyreview.com ^ | december 15, 2012
    According a report by the Associated Press, political appointees at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) repeatedly instructed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents not to arrest an illegal alien sex offender who was employed as an unpaid intern in the office of Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) until after the elections. If confirmed, this overtly political act further demonstrates the shocking politicization of immigration enforcement under the current DHS leadership, charged the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
  • Deputies: Tuscaloosa gas station shooting may have been self defense(AL)

    12/16/2012 7:04:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    myfoxal.com ^ | 15 December, 2012 | NA
    Authorities say that a 23-year-old suspected shooter has been questioned and released. Lt. Kip Hart says that investigators have reason to believe the shooting happened in self-defense. Three other suspects in the case have been arrested and charged. Their exact role in the shooting is unclear as the investigation continues.
  • Doomsday Phobia: China Goes Nuts For End Of The World After Screening Of Apocalyptic Movie '2012'

    12/16/2012 7:01:53 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Doomsday Phobia: China Goes Nuts For End Of The World After Screening Of Apocalyptic Movie '2012' BY IBTimes Staff Reporter | December 13 2012 10:06 AM While many have written off the possibility of the end of the world this Dec. 21, 2012, some have made extreme moves in fear of doomsday and have even developed a phobia for the event. People in China have been acting out in panic for the end of the world after a screening of doomsday film "2012." According to the Asia Times, a screening of the 3D film "2012" in China last month has...
  • No rise in mass killings, but their impact is huge

    12/16/2012 6:55:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 33 replies
    waff.com ^ | 15 December, 2012 | HELEN O'NEILL, AP
    Grant Duwe, a criminologist with the Minnesota Department of Corrections who has written a history of mass murders in America, said that while mass shootings rose between the 1960s and the 1990s, they actually dropped in the 2000s. And mass killings actually reached their peak in 1929, according to his data. He estimates that there were 32 in the 1980s, 42 in the 1990s and 26 in the first decade of the century.
  • Ending Progressive Public Education

    If Barack and Michelle Obama feel comfortable allowing Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn to babysit their children, that is their problem. The question is, would you allow them to babysit yours? Let's take that a step farther: would you let them raise your children? Would you give them exclusive supervision over the majority of your children's daylight hours up to age eighteen, primary control of your children's academic curriculum and teaching methodology, and authority to arrange the broad social and moral framework within which your children will be educated? No? Then why do you accept modern public education? Furthermore, why,...
  • N. Korea's Choe Ryong-hae Demoted to Four-star general... Speculation Abounds

    12/16/2012 6:40:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 2012-12-16
    /begin my excerpts N. Korea's Choe Ryong-hae Demoted to Four-star general... Speculation Abounds 2012-12-16 Putting him on the equal rank with Hyun Young-chol and Kim Kyuk-shik... or a censure as a form of warning"" Choe Ryong-hae, the director of N. Korean military's General Political Bureau, arguably the most powerful military figure in Kim Jong-eun era, is found to be demoted by a single rank, from Vice Marshal to four-star general, according to a report on Dec. 16, generating speculation for the reason. In a rally commemorating the first anniversary of Kim Jong-il' death, which was held in Pyongyang Gymnasium on...
  • Adam Lanza: A 'Quiet, Odd' Loner Living On The Fringes

    12/16/2012 6:40:36 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 91 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | 12/15/12 | JOSH KOVNER and EDMUND H. MAHONY,
    -snip- Adam Lanza had lived with his mother in the 4,000-square-foot, $700,000 house. His parents were divorced in 2009. He had two bedrooms that were clean and orderly when law officers swept into the house after the shootings Friday morning. Lanza apparently lived in one of the rooms and kept his computer gear and other items in the other one, the sources said. Law officers found evidence that Adam Lanza played graphically violent video games, the sources said.
  • Many Alaskans Against More Gun Control

    12/16/2012 6:37:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    ktuu.com ^ | 15 December, 2012 | Mallory Peebles & Phil Walczak
    In the wake of the most recent mass shooting in Newtown, CT, Gun control has become a hot topic nationwide. In a press conference Friday President Barack Obama said, "We're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics." Even though the President's statement was vague many feel that more strict gun control laws is the direction he is pursuing, especially customers at Wild West Guns in Anchorage. “I mean if you figure we have 300,000,000 guns in this country, how many are used in crimes? Statistically it’s insignificant...