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  • Upper Dublin HS locked down after umbrella mistaken for weapon

    12/18/2012 2:18:14 AM PST · by dirtboy · 14 replies
    Pottstown Mercury ^ | 12/17/2012 | Linda Finarelli
    UPPER DUBLIN — Students videotaping a project at Upper Dublin High School sent the school into a lockdown a little before 9 a.m. Monday, with police rushing inside and closing off access to the building. The incident began when surveillance video picked up a student in the hallway with what looked like a gun, according to Upper Dublin police Chief Terrance Thompson. “I saw the video; it looked like a big gun,” Thompson said. “We didn’t know what we had; the activity was suspicious. Our units were over there as part of the rapid response,” which police developed after Columbine,...
  • Cameron: British EU exit is “imaginable”

    12/18/2012 2:10:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12/18/2012 @ 09:51 | Benjamin Fox
    UK Prime Minister David Cameron has conceded that withdrawal from the EU is “imaginable,” in the latest indication that the Conservative leader is preparing the ground for a radical change in the country’s EU status. During a statement in the House of Commons on Monday (17 December) on last week’s EU summit in Brussels, the Prime Minister said: “Clearly all futures for Britain are imaginable. We are in charge of our own destiny; we can make our own choices. I believe the choice we should make is to stay in the European Union, to be members of the single market,...
  • South Carolina Lawmakers Propose 5-Year Jail Sentence for 'Obamacare' Implementation

    12/18/2012 2:09:43 AM PST · by yoe · 9 replies
    US News ^ | December 17, 2012 | Steven Nelson
    Nullification is yet again picking up steam in Dixie. Pursuing an archaic legal theory that punctuated pre-Civil War disputes between the federal government and states, South Carolina state Rep. Bill Chumley last week pre-filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would criminalize implementation of President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare reform law. If his bill becomes law, any state official caught enforcing the healthcare law would be guilty of a misdemeanor and "must be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than two years, or both." [snip] "I think we're within our rights to do...
  • Spain accused of “act of war” off Gibraltar after two naval vessels enter waters around The Rock

    12/18/2012 1:22:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15:27 EST, 13 December 2012 | Richard Hartley-Parkinson
    Spain was accused of an “act of war” today after its naval ships repeatedly entered the territorial waters of Gibraltar. Bob Stewart, Tory MP for Beckenham, said the British Government needed to “respond robustly to this aggravation” after Commons Leader Andrew Lansley said two Spanish naval vessels entered the waters of Gibraltar on Monday. He said they were given radio warnings before leaving, but Mr. Stewart, a former colonel, said the incursion was illegal and the Government needed to “do something about it”. …
  • DOJ: Murders of School-Age Children Down 42%; Only 1% Take Place at School

    12/18/2012 1:14:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 17, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Murders of school-age children—those between the ages of 5 and 18—declined by 42 percent between the 1992-93 school year and the 2008-2009 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, and only about 1 percent of the school age children murdered during the 2008-2009 school year were murdered at school. In February 2012, the Bureau of Justice Statistics published a report—Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2011—that included statistics on homicides committed at schools for the school years from 1992-93 through 2009-2010. … The report showed a decline over an 18-year period in both the number of school-age children...
  • Shurat HaDin Helps U.S. Citizens Win Lawsuit Against Syria

    12/18/2012 12:34:16 AM PST · by ilcenter
    Israel National News ^ | 12/18/2012 | Elad Benari
    A Tel Aviv based law center has represented two families of American citizens in their successful $338 million lawsuit against the government of Syria. The decision, handed down Monday in the United States district court for Washington D.C., found that the government of Syria was responsible for providing material support and resources to the Kurdish Workers Party ("PKK"), a terrorist organization designated by the U.S. State Department. Chief District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that Syria was vicariously liable for the PKK's 1991 kidnapping of a group of American biblical archeologists leading an excavation in Turkey. The Americans, who were...
  • Radio host Frank Pastore dies

    12/18/2012 12:32:17 AM PST · by South40 · 10 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Dec. 17, 2012 | GARY LYCAN
    KKLA/99.5 FM Christian radio talk host Frank Pastore died Monday afternoon from injuries suffered Nov. 19 in a motorcycle accident on the I-210 Freeway. An announcement posted on the www.kkla.com website said, "Gina Pastore informed us that in the early afternoon of Monday, December 17, Frank passed away. We will update you with any additional information as soon as it is available. Please continue to pray for Gina and the family. Blessings to you, KKLA Management". KKLA-FM talk host Frank Pastore died Monday from injuries sustained in a Nov. 19 motorcycle accident. Pastore had been doing an afternoon Christian...
  • Faster, Safer Method for Producing Stem Cells

    12/18/2012 12:06:26 AM PST · by neverdem
    ScienceDaily ^ | Dec. 3, 2012 | NA
    A new method for generating stem cells from mature cells promises to boost stem cell production in the laboratory, helping to remove a barrier to regenerative medicine therapies that would replace damaged or unhealthy body tissues. The technique, developed by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, allows for the unlimited production of stem cells and their derivatives as well as reduces production time by more than half, from nearly two months to two weeks. "One of the barriers that needs to be overcome before stem cell therapies can be widely adopted is the difficulty of producing enough cells...
  • Iran: “No Difference” Between Conn. Shooting Victims and Those in Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan

    12/17/2012 11:52:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 17, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    The 20 young victims of Friday’s school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut are no different than those “who fall victim to armed actions” in the Gaza Strip, Iraq or Afghanistan, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said at the weekend. An Iranian student paramilitary group, meanwhile, criticized U.S. gun laws, while President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used the tragedy to criticize what he called the “profiteering ambitions of a certain group … which have various destructive effects on the society and particularly innocent children and youths.” An article on the foreign ministry website said ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast “urged the American society to trigger a...
  • The 2012 Most Devastating Stats of 2012 In Quotes

    12/17/2012 11:42:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | John Hawkins
    20) As baby boomers retire and health costs rise, this spending will mount. In 2010, there were 40 million Americans 65 and older. By 2020, that number is projected to be 55 million; by 2030, 72 million. -- Robert Samuelson 19) A college degree used to mean that a person would add on average $1 million to their income over their lifetime. Today a college degree only guarantees an average $300,000 in added income over a lifetime. -- Ron Meyer 18) J.P. Morgan estimates that American companies currently hold a cool $1.7 trillion in profits outside the U.S. They keep...
  • The Children of Hannibal (MICHAEL J. TOTTEN)

    12/17/2012 11:22:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | MICHAEL J. TOTTEN
    The rich heritage of Tunisia, maybe the only place where the Arab Spring stands a chance Modern-day Tunisians, more Westernized than most Arabs, see themselves as descendants of the great Carthaginian general who invaded Italy. The Arab Spring began in Sidi Bouzid, a small Tunisian town, at the end of 2010. In a desperate protest against the corrupt and oppressive government that had made it impossible for him to earn a living, food-cart vendor Mohamed Bouazizi stood before City Hall, doused himself with gasoline, and lit a match. His suicide seeded a revolutionary storm that swept the countryside and eventually...
  • Cerberus to sell gunmaker Freedom Group after U.S. school shooting

    12/17/2012 11:17:30 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 93 replies
    reuters.com ^ | December 18, 2012
    U.S. private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management said on Tuesday it will immediately begin selling its investment in gunmaker Freedom Group in light of last week's school shooting in Connecticut. Cerberus acquired Bushmaster in 2006 and later merged it with other gun companies to create Freedom Group, which reported net sales of $677.3 million for the nine months ending September 2012, up from $564.6 million in the same period a year ago. Bushmaster is the manufacturer of the AR 15 rifle used by the shooter in the Newtown killings that claimed 27 lives, including 20 school children. "We do not...
  • Rainbow PUSH holds vigil for gun violence victims

    12/17/2012 10:58:31 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    abclocal.go.com ^ | December 17, 2012 | Karen Jordan
    December 17, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- A call for action against gun violence was made at Rainbow PUSH in Chicago Monday evening. The vigil, which came in the wake of a massacre Friday at a Connecticut elementary school, was made in the memory of the young people killed by gun violence in Chicago this year. The chapel at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters was crowded with people who came to pray for the victims of the Newtown shooting and demand that their elected officials take action to prevent any further gun violence. "Congress should revive the ban on assault weapons....
  • Man Attempts to Open Fire on Crowd at Movie Theater, Off-Duty Sheriff Deputy Drops Him W/ One Bullet

    12/17/2012 10:57:38 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 58 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 17, 2012 | Jason Howerton
    Man Attempts to Open Fire on Crowd at Movie Theater, Armed Off-Duty Sheriff’s Deputy Drops Him With One Bullet The Blaze December 17, 2012 With one shot, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy took down a gunman who attempted to opened fire at a crowded movie theater lobby during a late night showing of “The Hobbit” in San Antonio, WOAI reports.
  • EUROPEAN PROJECT AIMS TO CREATE 1,500 NEW STEM CELL LINES

    12/17/2012 10:49:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | 12/17/12 | Peter Murray
    Stem cells derived from patients with disorders, such as these Parkinson’s cells, could foster drug screening to find treatments and also provide researchers a valuable tool to study disease. Europe certainly believes in the promise of stem cells.A joint public-private collaboration between the European Union and Europe’s pharmaceutical industry, called the StemBANCC project, will spend nearly 50 million euros to create 1,500 pluripotent stem cell lines. But the initiative’s goal isn’t to find a stem cell-based cure for diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease. They hope instead that their stem cell lines will prove to be faster and more effective drug screens...
  • Texas school district will allow teachers to carry guns

    12/17/2012 10:39:55 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 26 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/17/12 | Jennifer L. Cruz
    The Harrold Independent School District in Texas has passed a policy change in an effort to increase safety for its students and staff. According to a report published by Fox News on Saturday, December 15, 2012, the policy will allow teachers and other staff to carry concealed guns. The school district, which has 110 students ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade, admitted to researching several options for better safety in the school and debated the issue for about a year before the final decision was made. The policy was changed last October and will go into effect later this month....
  • Society Is Crumbling Right In Front Of Our Eyes And Banning Guns Won’t Help

    12/17/2012 10:33:46 PM PST · by Mozilla · 16 replies
    .thedailysheeple ^ | 12/17/12 | Michael Snyder
    What in the world is happening to America? I have written many articles about how society is crumbling right in front of our eyes, but now it is getting to the point where people are going to be afraid to go to school or go shopping at the mall. Just consider what has happened over the past week. Adam Lanza savagely murdered 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. 42-year-old Marcus Gurrola threatened to shoot innocent shoppers and fired off more than 50 rounds in the parking lot of Fashion Island Mall in Newport...
  • Des Moines mayor calls for gun control discussion

    12/17/2012 10:25:40 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    kcci.com ^ | December 17, 2012
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie said it is time to start the discussion of outlawing private ownership of assault weapons and multiple-round ammunition clips. City leaders say the Sandy Hook school shooting must signal a change in the country and in Des Moines. In a rare move, the Des Moines City Council spent much of it's Monday night meeting discussing a national tragedy. Cownie said he spent an hour on the phone with 100 frustrated mayors from across the country discussing how to prevent another senseless mass killing. The mayors agreed on the need for better...
  • Discovery of 100 million-year-old regions of DNA shows short cut to crop science advances

    12/17/2012 10:15:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | December 5, 2012 | NA
    Scientists have discovered 100 million-year-old regions in the DNA of several plant species which could hold secrets about how specific genes are turned 'on' or 'off'. The findings, which are hoped will accelerate the pace of research into crop science and food security, are detailed by University of Warwick researchers in the journal The Plant Cell. By running a computational analysis of the genomes of the papaya, poplar, Arabidopsis and grape species, scientists have uncovered hundreds of conserved non-coding sequences which are found in the DNA of all four species. These non-coding sequences are not genes, but are located in...
  • Report: Fiscal cliff deal emerging — including one-year debt-ceiling increase; Update: ...

    12/17/2012 10:07:19 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5:51 pm on December 17, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Full Title: Report: Fiscal cliff deal emerging — including one-year debt-ceiling increase; Update: Obama concedes on new, higher income threshold for tax hikesI didn’t believe this when I saw it at WaPo yesterday, then I started to wonder when I read Ed’s post this morning, and now Ezra Klein claims Democrats are telling him the same thing. I thought the GOP’s big Plan B alternative to a grand bargain was to extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle class, let them lapse for the rich, and then go home so that they can fight another day when it’s time...
  • Westchester County Not Renewing Contract For Annual Gun & Knife Show

    12/17/2012 9:58:21 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | December 17, 2012
    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — After a Westchester County town supervisor called for the annual gun show to be canceled following the Newtown, Conn. school shooting that left 26 teachers and students dead, the county announced it would not be renewing the show’s contract. In a statement Monday, county officials said, “First and foremost, Westchester County mourns with the nation for the families who lost loved ones in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The county stands ready to assist the residents of Newtown, Connecticut in any way it can and specifically has made available its Psychological Response Team, a...
  • Sen. Mark Warner seeks gun control action in wake of mass shooting

    12/17/2012 9:49:52 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 53 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | December 17, 2012 | Laura Vozzella
    Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) has an A rating from the National Rifle Association — and a new perspective on gun control since Friday’s mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. “I‘ve been a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights,” Warner said Monday outside the Virginia Capitol, where he was attending an unrelated meeting. “I’ve got an A rating from the NRA. But the status quo isn’t acceptable. I’ve got three daughters. They asked me on Friday evening, ‘Dad, what are you gonna do about this?’ There’s got to be a way to put reasonable restrictions, particularly as we look at...
  • NZ gun laws not tight enough - lobbyist

    12/17/2012 9:41:30 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    3news.co.nz ^ | December 18, 2012 | James Fyfe
    Despite New Zealand’s reputation for tight gun regulation, one anti-gun lobbyist says we are still leaving ourselves exposed. Professor Kevin Clements, director of the National Centre of Peace and Conflict Studies at Otago University, says current laws around gun registration are loose and leave room for abuse. “The registered arms owners [might have] a large amount of weapons but we don’t know how many, where they are, what sort they are and whether they might fall into someone else’s hands,” he says. The recent massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has reignited the debate on gun regulation in the United...
  • Durbin Calls for “Reasonable” Gun Restrictions

    12/17/2012 9:29:08 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies
    tristatesradio.com ^ | December 17, 2012 | Rich Egger
    Following the second-worst mass shooting in American history, US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said hunters and sportsmen need to "step up." He urged them to support what he called "reasonable restrictions" on the types of weapons that can be purchased and on large ammunition magazines. Durbin said average citizens don't need access to the kind of military-style equipment used by the gunman in Newtown, CT. "I'm told that he was wearing body armor at the time. A question I have to ask: Why in the world does anyone need to buy body armor? I can see where the military would....
  • To Hell With Charity? (Part 1 of 2)

    12/17/2012 9:28:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Chuck Norris
    (Post-publishing note: My wife, Gena, and I join the rest of the nation in mourning with and praying for the families and friends of the 20 children and six adults who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. We are so incredibly sorry for your loss, and want you to know it is for you and in honor of the precious souls of your loved ones that we continue to fight for a more peaceful, safe and charitable America.) There are two weeks remaining for Washington to take action before the George W. Bush tax...
  • Bundesbank sees "noticeable" German GDP shrinkage

    12/17/2012 9:22:07 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Dec. 17, 2012, 7:59 a.m. EST
    Germany's economy is headed for a "noticeable" contraction in the current quarter and will probably tread water next year, the central bank wrote Monday, reiterating the downbeat forecast it issued earlier this month. Some major sentiment reports suggest that the economy could be bottoming out. "Current indicators point to a noticeable drop in economic production at the end of the year," largely due to weakness in the country's key industrial sector, the Bundesbank wrote. The outlook for German companies has "deteriorated" amid a slowdown in global growth and falling demand from the rest of the euro zone. Earlier this month,...
  • The Dead Soul of Adam Lanza

    12/17/2012 9:21:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    "No set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society." So said President Obama in words of comfort in Newtown. The president was right to speak of evil, but mistaken when he called the massacre "senseless." For this was a premeditated and purposeful act of mass murder, and the devil that did it knew exactly what he was doing and why. When he put four bullets into his mother's head while she lay in bed, Adam Lanza wanted her life ended along with his. When he headed for Sandy Hook...
  • Activision Blizzard Investors on Alert as Violent Video Games Being Partly Blamed for CT Shooting

    12/17/2012 9:12:44 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 62 replies
    The Street Insider ^ | Dec 17 2012 | The Street Insider
    Shareholders of Call of Duty video game maker Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) and other video game makers are nervous Monday related to fears about a potential backlash from Friday's horrible Sandy Hook school shootings, which left 26 dead, including 20 children. There have been reports from the Hartford Courant that alleged gunman Adam Lanza played "violent video game in which life-like characters engage in graphic battle scenes."
  • Winston-Salem wants gun-in-parks law repealed

    12/17/2012 9:12:37 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    myfox8.com ^ | December 17, 2012 | Ali Scotti
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Winston-Salem Journal) — Guns in local parks, and the question of what government – city or state – should regulate them, came up Monday night at a public meeting of the Winston-Salem City Council. The council members approved a long list of items that they want the state General Assembly to pay attention to during the next legislative session. On the list was the city council’s push to repeal a state law enacted in December 2011 that allows people in North Carolina with gun permits to carry those weapons in city and county parks. At issue is a...
  • Agenda 21 Radio Live Thread Mon. 12/17/12 9-10PM PT

    12/17/2012 9:05:50 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 1 replies
    Agenda21Radio.com ^ | 12/17/12 | Paul Preston and Chriss Street
    Agenda21Radio is hosted by Paul Preston and Chriss Street. The show airs Monday thru Friday from 9 to 10 PM Pacific Time on 1410AM Marysville, CA and is simulcast on MySYTV.comCall in questions and comments at 1-877-211-4525 or locally for Northern Californians in the Marysville, Yuba City, Chico area at 530-742-5555. Or e-mail Paul Preston at paul@edtalkradio.com http://www.mysytv.net/kmyclive.html
  • GOP Focuses on Millionaire Tax Breaks

    12/17/2012 9:00:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2012 | Kevin Glass
    Republican Sen. Tom Coburn has released a breakdown of how much the federal government forgoes in tax revenue due to various credits and deductions that benefit everything from NASCAR owners to gamblers. It's a fairly comprehensive analysis that should get bipartisan support, but one of the categories that Sen. Coburn targets to raise taxes from may be surprising: "the rich." Coburn highlights $100 billion in tax revenue that could be raised over the next ten years by ending some of these deductions only on millionaire households. Over the 2006-2009 time period, Coburn notes, millionaires deducted over $20 billion in gambling...
  • US lawmakers want Obama admin to stop racial profiling of Sikhs, Muslims

    12/17/2012 8:56:24 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Tuesday, December 18, 2012 | Press Trust of India
    Washington - Around 16 Congressmen signed off to a letter asking the Transportation Security Administration – the federal agency responsible for security of airports in the country – to stop racial profiling of people from South Asia and Middle East including Black, Sikhs and Muslims travelers. "Despite efforts to prevent profiling by its screeners, news reports indicate that (TSA) Transportation Security Administration screeners continue to subject Sikh, South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Black travellers to profiling. In the past few months incidents have occurred at airports in Massachusetts, Hawaii and New Jersey," Congressman Judy Chu said in his dear colleague...
  • Men walk downtown streets with shotguns to protest gun control

    12/17/2012 8:53:26 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    sacramentopress.com ^ | December 17, 2012 | Jared Goyette
    Gun rights advocates have been on the defensive after the mass shooting in Newton, Conn. last week, but that didn't stop one group in Sacramento from demonstrating their opposition to gun control in a way that was sure to get attention. Sacramento police questioned and then released a group of men who walked down one of the city's busiest streets with shotguns over their shoulders Sunday evening. Two of the men in the group were carrying shotguns when police stopped them at 10th and J streets around 9:20 p.m., according to officer Michelle Gigante. They were found to be in...
  • 11 killed in South African Air Force C-47 Dakota crash

    12/17/2012 8:48:35 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 12 replies
    Flight Global ^ | December 6, 2012 | Dave Majumdar
    A South African Air Force (SAAF) Douglas C-47 Dakota transport aircraft crashed in the Giants Castle area of the Drakensberg mountain range on 5 December, according to the South African government. The World War Two era aircraft was flying from Waterkloof air force base near the South African capital of Pretoria to Mthatha airport in the Eastern Cape Province when it went missing at about 09:45 local. "After the expected time of arrival and no communication from the aircraft, the SAAF activated a search and rescue mission. Severe weather conditions in the area hindered the continuation of the search and...
  • Thorium: Proliferation warnings on nuclear 'wonder-fuel'

    12/17/2012 8:27:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies
    Phys.org ^ | December 5, 2012 | NA
    The element thorium, which many regard as a potential nuclear "wonder-fuel", could be a greater proliferation threat than previously thought, scientists have warned. Writing in a Comment piece in the new issue of the journal, Nature, nuclear energy specialists from four British universities suggest that, although thorium has been promoted as a superior fuel for future nuclear energy generation, it should not be regarded as inherently proliferation resistant. The piece highlights ways in which small quantities of uranium-233, a material useable in nuclear weapons, could be produced covertly from thorium, by chemically separating another isotope, protactinium-233, during its formation.The chemical...
  • In '95, Holder called for anti-gun info campaign: 'Brainwash people...'

    12/17/2012 8:13:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 17, 2012 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama promised “meaningful action” to prevent gun violence, but he didn’t explain exactly what that meant. Although a push for some kind of gun control legislation seems likely, there’s also the possibility of an anti-gun “informational campaign” as described in 1995 by then-U.S. Attorney Eric Holder. Holder, now Obama’s attorney general, proposed using various levers of media and pop culture to attach a social stigma to guns, just as smoking has been stigmatized in recent decades. “One thing that I think is clear with young people and with adults as well, is that we just have to be repetitive...
  • NBC Cancels ALL Gun Related Programming

    12/17/2012 8:12:55 PM PST · by Mozilla · 83 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 12/17/12 | Nick Leghorn
    3-Gun Nation is a show that follows the top competitors in the United States as they make their way towards the 3-Gun national championship in Las Vegas, NV. It wasn’t a particularly interesting or exciting show, but it was a firearms related sports show that was picked up by NBC... Apparently, following the shooting in Connecticut, NBC sports has decided to put an “indefinite moratorium” on shooting related shows.
  • Kucinich Reiterates Support for 'Department of Peace' After Conn. Shooting

    12/17/2012 8:09:42 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 36 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    After the mass shooting Connecticut today, Rep. Dennis Kucinich reiterated his support for a "Department of Peace." "It is long past time that we take an organized approach to addressing the violence in our society and that is exactly what the proposal for a cabinet level Department of Peace is all about. We must reject violence and take an organized approach to averting violence," said the congressman in a prepared statement. Kucinich also said, “Today’s shooting was a tragedy of unimaginable proportions. Our hearts ache for the victims and their families. While we don’t know why this attack took place,...
  • Grijalva calls for new gun controls with or without gun lobby after Newtown killings

    12/17/2012 8:03:44 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    bizjournals.com ^ | December 17, 2012 | Mike Sunnucks
    U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., today called for new federal gun control laws in the wake of Friday’s shooting spree in Newtown, Conn. that killed 27, including 20 young children. Grijalva called for some new actions on who can obtain guns in the wake of the Connecticut killings. He also referenced the 2011 shooting spree in Tucson that killed six, including U.S. District Court Judge John Roll, and severely wounded former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. “The scandalous availability of highly lethal weapons to even the least qualified, least competent and most dangerous among us has gone on long enough,” said Grijalva,...
  • NORWAY BEGINS FOUR YEAR TEST OF THORIUM NUCLEAR REACTOR

    12/17/2012 8:00:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | 12/11/12 | Peter Murray
    A Norwegian company is breaking with convention and switching to an alternative energy it hopes will be safer, cleaner and more efficient. But this isn’t about ditching fossil fuels, but rather about making the switch from uranium to thorium. Oslo based Thor Energy is pairing up with the Norwegian government and US-based (but Japanese/Toshiba owned) Westinghouse to begin a four year test that they hope will dispel doubts and make thorium the rule rather than the exception. The thorium will run at a government reactor in Halden. Thorium was discovered in 1828 by the Swedish chemist Jons Jakob Berzelius...
  • St. Louis County (Mo.) Top Cop Calls for Arming School Personnel

    12/17/2012 7:54:08 PM PST · by Mozilla · 4 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | December 17, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    Think of this as one of the first cracks in the dam. If you’ve been watching the constant drone of tragedy TV all weekend, pretty much all you’ve heard is the clamor throughout the land for more gun control. But Chief Tim Fitch who runs the St. Louis County PD sees the problem a little differently. As far as he’s concerned, more laws won’t save the life of a single student. Or mall walker. As he told stlouis.cbslocal.com, “If there’s somebody that’s really hellbent on doing something like this, they’re not going to care what the law is.” Fitch’s solution:...
  • Dominos Pizza Founder Sues Obama Admin Over HHS Mandate

    12/17/2012 7:49:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 12-17-12 | Steven Ertelt
    Dominos Pizza Founder Sues Obama Admin Over HHS Mandate by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 12/17/12 3:07 PMThe Catholic businessman who is the founder and former owner of the Domino’s Pizza chain has filed a lawsuit over the HHS mandate that forces religious employers to purchase drugs that may cause abortions for their employees.Tom Monaghan calls requiring businesses, schools and other religious places to pay for such drugs a “gravely immoral” practice and filed suit late Friday in federal court for Domino’s Farms, a business development complex he owns.Monaghan says he currently offers his employees health insurance...
  • Colo. background check submissions for guns break all records

    12/17/2012 7:47:10 PM PST · by beaversmom · 12 replies
    The Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | December 17, 2012 | Ryan Parker
    This weekend set a new record for all single-day background check submittals in Colorado for potential gun purchases, according to Colorado Bureau of Investigation officials. The first day after news of one of the worst mass shootings in America, when a gunman killed 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., requests to buy guns in Colorado surged to more than 4,200. Exact figures weren't available Monday morning while submittals were being processed, CBI spokeswoman Susan Medina said. But Medina said Saturday's figures exceeded the previous greatest number of background checks on Black Friday...
  • Bushmaster Rifle Prices Rise After Connecticut Shooting

    12/17/2012 7:47:03 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies
    sacramento.cbslocal.com ^ | December 17, 2012
    ROSEVILLE (CBS13) – Sen. Diane Feinstein is among those calling for more gun control as demand for bushmaster assault rifles skyrocket. The price for a bushmaster has gone up by as much as 50 percent since Friday. The AR-15 assault rifle is the most popular style of rifle to buy, usually used for target practice or hunting small game. But, it was also a killer’s weapon of choice to gun down 26 people in Connecticut. Now gun shop owners say it will cost a lot more. The AR-15 is now in the crosshairs of people calling for more gun control....
  • Can the Republican Party Remain Relevant?

    12/17/2012 7:42:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 42 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 17, 2012 | Steve McCann
    Does the Republican Party want to remain relevant? Or are they willing to be cast, by the not so subtle scorched earth tactics of Barack Obama, the Democrats and the mainstream media, into permanent second class status, and eventual oblivion? The only political weapon, but a potentially powerful one, the Republicans have is control of the House of Representatives. The Speaker of the House thus becomes, by default, the national spokesman and face of the Party. This person is the one sitting alone across the table from the twin juggernaut of Barack Obama and his celebrity persona and the sycophantic...
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer compares assault weapons to child pornography

    12/17/2012 7:39:40 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 37 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | December 17, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. asserted on the Senate floor this afternoon that the Second Amendment was “not absolute” comparing restrictions on assault weapons to restrictions on child pornography. “No amendment can be absolute,” Schumer said. “I believe you can be pro-gun and pro gun safety, just like you can be in favor of free speech but also against child pornography.” Schumer proposed an assault weapon bans for civilians arguing that it would be an acceptable restriction on the Second Amendment. “We can come together,” he said. “There can be a way of moving forward in the middle.”
  • Disability Rights - ACLU Position/Briefing Paper (Blood on Their Hands)

    12/17/2012 7:31:56 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 6 replies
    ACLU ^ | January 1, 1999
    ...Finally, and thanks in part to the inspiration provided by the civil rights struggles of the 1960's, disability rights advocates began to press for full legal equality and access to mainstream society. Through lobbying and litigation, laws were passed and rights established ... Too many disabled people are still institutionalized, despite the fact that the care they need can be provided within their communities... In 1994, four young law graduates successfully charged that the Florida State Bar application, which required the disclosure of information about any mental health treatment that applicants received at any point in their lives, violated the...
  • National Cathedral dean: ‘. . . the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby’

    12/17/2012 7:29:37 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | December 16, 2012 | Jeannine Hunter and Hamil R. Harris
    For the Very Rev. Gary Hall, tenth dean of the Washington National Cathedral, the Connecticut killings are the last straw in the debate about gun control. At two worship services Sunday, Hall appealed to worshipers to help lawmakers pass legislation that would limit access to weapons. The Episcopal Church has advocated gun control for many years. “Why do we as a society tolerate these massacres in increasing numbers?” Hall said. What does it say about us as a community of human beings that we are willing to put our children, not to mention their teachers, in so much jeopardy? ......
  • Promises Will Be Broken

    12/17/2012 7:23:20 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    TDR ^ | 12-17-2012 | Bill Bonner
    Promises Will Be Broken By Bill Bonner 12/17/12When wealth was easy to identify and easy to control — that is, when it was mostly land — a few insiders could do a fairly good job of keeping it for themselves. The feudal hierarchy gave everybody a place in the system, with the insiders at the top of the heap. But come the industrial revolution and suddenly wealth was accumulating outside the feudal structure. Populations were growing too…and growing restless. The old regime tried to tax this new money, but the new ‘bourgeoisie’ resisted. “No taxation without representation,” was a popular...
  • Victory for Self-Defense and the Second Amendment

    12/17/2012 7:18:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | December 11, 2012 | NA
    Federal Court Strikes down Illinois' total ban on carrying firearms for self-defense outside the home or businessFairfax, Va. – The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled today that Illinois' total ban on carrying firearms for self-defense outside the home or business is unconstitutional. The case involves lead plaintiff Mary Shepard, an Illinois resident and a trained gun owner, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun in both Utah and Florida. The National Rifle Association is funding this case. The Illinois State Rifle Association is a co-plaintiff in this case.“Today’s ruling is a victory for all...