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  • Reuters Flash: Obama Supports Sen. Feinstein's Intent To Try Reinstating Assault Weapons Sale Ban

    12/18/2012 11:03:42 AM PST · by drewh · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:21pm EST | Reporting by Matt Spetalnick)
    President Barack Obama supports U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein's effort to craft legislation to reinstate an assault-weapons ban and would also back any law to close a loophole in gun-show sales, the White House said on Tuesday. White House spokesman Jay Carney offered some of the first specifics on how Obama intends to make good on his promise to address gun violence in the aftermath of a shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 26 people, including 20 children. "It's clear that as a nation we haven't done enough to address the scourge of gun violence," Carney told reporters....
  • Egypt orders probe into alleged vote violations

    12/18/2012 10:57:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2012 1:41 PM EST | Maggie Michael
    Thousands of Egyptian protesters marched on the presidential palace and Cairo’s downtown Tahrir Square on Tuesday to protest a contentious Islamist-backed draft constitution, after the country’s Justice Ministry ordered a probe into allegations of widespread voting irregularities during Saturday’s first round of voting on the document. Since the country’s political crisis erupted more than three weeks ago, the opposition has kept the pressure on the government of President Mohammed Morsi with mass marches that at times have seen turnouts of hundreds of thousands. Morsi’s Islamist supporters have countered with rallies of their own.Chanting “down with Brotherhood rule,” and “your constitution...
  • Senator Jay Rockefeller had or has a Colt AR-15. In 1994 he had one in DC.

    12/18/2012 10:55:55 AM PST · by John S Mosby · 5 replies
    Calguns.net Forum ^ | 09/17/2009 | CalGuns- poster lomalinda
    HYPOCRISY - Many may have forgotten that in 1994 Senator Rockefeller was caught in a slight scuffle with DC police over gun control laws. The following account appears on the Future of Freedom Foundation web site. http://www.ff.org/freedom/0496d.asp "Yet, as with most holy wars, some of the warriors are not without the taint of hypocrisy. Senator John Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, was a fervent supporter of the crime bill and the assault-weapons ban. A few days after the bill passed the Senate, the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail reported from Washington: "If burglars are casing big houses around here, they may...
  • 22 Stats That Prove That There Is Something Seriously Wrong With Young Men In America

    12/18/2012 10:50:49 AM PST · by blam · 121 replies
    TEC ^ | 12-18-2012 | Michael Snyder
    22 Stats That Prove That There Is Something Seriously Wrong With Young Men In America By Michael Snyder December 17th, 2012 When are we finally going to admit that we have a very serious problem with this generation of young men in America? We have failed them so dramatically that it is hard to put it into words. We have raised an entire generation of young males that don't know how to be men, and many of them feel completely lost. Sometimes they feel so lost that they "snap" in very destructive ways. Adam Lanza and James Holmes are two...
  • Sandy Hook shooting: What happened?

    12/18/2012 10:46:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | 17 December, 2012 | NA
    At the police station, dispatchers began to take calls from inside the school. Authorities say the first emergency call about the shooting came in at "approximately" 9:30 a.m. "Sandy Hook school. Caller is indicating she thinks someone is shooting in the building," a dispatcher told fire and medical personnel, according to 911 tapes. Police and other first responders arrived on scene about 20 minutes after the first calls. Police report that no law enforcement officers discharged their weapons at any point. The gunman took his own life, police said. He took out a handgun and shot himself in a classroom...
  • Mexico government says security policy failing

    12/18/2012 10:46:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2012 10:26 PM EST | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN
    A top minister in Mexico’s new government harshly criticized the U.S.-backed attack on drug cartel leaders for causing violence to surge, while officials offered some limited details on a planned shift in security strategy. Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong opened a meeting Monday of the National Security Council, saying that under the strategy of former President Felipe Calderon, who left office Dec. 1, “financial resources dedicated to security have more than doubled, but unfortunately, crime has increased.” …
  • Sen. Lieberman: Adam Lanza Had ‘Hypnotic’ Involvement With Violent Video Games

    12/18/2012 10:45:21 AM PST · by drewh · 58 replies
    Beltway Confidential ^ | December 18, 2012 | 11:30 am | Paul Bedard
    Sen. Joe Lieberman I-Conn. this morning addressed the tragic shooting in Connecticut, pointing out that violent video games lead some people to become killers. “Very often these young men have an almost hypnotic involvement in some form of violence in our entertainment culture – particularly violent video games,” Lieberman said, about people involved in mass shootings. “And then they obtain guns and become not just troubled young men but mass murderers.” Liberman added that he heard “rumors” that Adam Lanza fell into this category. Liberman reminded his colleagues that not everyone who played violent video games were killers, but noted...
  • 3 Arrests in Massive Canada Maple Syrup Theft.

    12/18/2012 10:42:35 AM PST · by carriage_hill · 55 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/18/2012 | AP
    Police in Canada say three people have been arrested in connection with a massive maple syrup heist from a Quebec warehouse, which put a dent in the global supply. Quebec produces up to 80 percent of the world's maple syrup.
  • Early Reviews: (Oscar Favorite) 'Zero Dark Thirty' Vindicates Bush, Cheney, Waterboarding

    12/18/2012 10:38:31 AM PST · by drewh · 5 replies
    Andrew Breitbarts Big Hollywood ^ | 17 Dec 2012 | by AWR Hawkins
    Early reviews indicate that "Zero Dark Thirty" may not be the pro-Obama propaganda film everyone feared it would be. Far from it, early screeners are talking foremost about how the film provides a vindication of the George W. Bush administration's use of enhanced interrogation techniques. Particularly waterboarding. Therefore, instead of being a film about what Obama has done, "[Zero Dark Thirty] subtly presents President Obama and by extension the entire Democrat establishment and its supporters in the media as hindering the effort to find bin Laden by politicizing [enhanced] interrogation techniques and striking a pose against them that was naive...
  • Team Obama still raising money--off Sandy Hook shootings

    12/18/2012 10:34:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/18/12 | Paul Bedard
    They won the campaign handily and even had $14.2 million to spare, but the Obama-Biden campaign is still raising money, this time off the president's comments about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut. In email from chief campaign advisor David Axelrod that urges supporters to watch President Obama's moving address to the community of Newtown, there are two links that open a page with a video player featuring the president's speech and two donate buttons asking for $15-$1,000 for his campaign. "The next chapter begins today. Stand with President Obama for the next four years," headlines the donation...
  • Pal of jailed Marine Jon Hammar recounts pal's last day of freedom in Mexico

    12/18/2012 10:34:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | December 18, 2012
    The fellow Marine who was with Jon Hammar when Mexican customs officials arrested him for carrying an illegal shotgun said his friend made every effort to follow the law, but got bad information from officials on both sides of the border. Ian McDonough, 27, told FoxNews.com that four U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents told Hammar before he crossed into Mexico that as long as the required permit, which he completed, was submitted and he declared the gun to Mexican authorities, there would be no problem in bringing the vintage shotgun across the border. "Jon was told to fill out...
  • School Shootings and SSRI Antidepressants

    12/18/2012 10:33:31 AM PST · by Dead Dog · 29 replies
    The report [51] provided a clinical window into the development of obsessive violence and a school shooter mentality. A twelve-year-old boy on fluoxetine developed nightmares about becoming a school shooter and then began to lose track of reality concerning these events. This case occurred in a controlled clinical trial and the investigators did not know that the child was getting fluoxetine until they broke the double-blind code. The child’s reaction occurred long before any of the well-known school shootings had taken place. Therefore, his reaction was not inspired by the school shootings; it was not a “copycat”: [51] R. King,...
  • Transparency? EPA Under Investigation for Using 'Alias' Emails to Avoid FOIA Requests

    12/18/2012 10:30:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    CNSNews ^ | December 18, 2012 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General says it will investigate whether EPA officials -- including Administrator Lisa Jackson -- used alias email accounts to conduct official government business, thereby shielding those communications from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Jackson reportedly used the name "Richard Windsor" on an official email account from which she may have sent messages on the administration's coal policy. Chris Horner of the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute says he discovered Jackson's "false identity" while doing research for his book, "The Liberal War on Transparency.” Horner said he came across an "obscure" EPA...
  • Another casualty of shootings

    12/18/2012 10:28:25 AM PST · by billorites · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 18, 2012 | Charles Lane
    “Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it,” wrote Jonathan Swift, “so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale hath had its effect.” Surely Ryan Lanza, the brother of Adam Lanza, who committed a massacre on Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn., would agree with Swift. Ryan was miles away, minding his own business, when the media, including The Post, named him as the author of the bloodbath — and for the next few hours he was no longer an anonymous office toiler but a notorious mass murderer. Yes, the...
  • Obama 2008: Law abiding gun owners 'have nothing to fear from an Obama administration’

    12/18/2012 10:27:38 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 18, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    “Your guns – we’re not going to mess with them. All right?” Obama added during the Pennsylvania event. “I hope I made that clear. Is everyone clear back there in the back? Because I see a couple of sportsmen back there – all right? Spread the word with your friends, I’m not going to take away their guns.”
  • Connecticut School Killings Reignite Debate About Violence In Video Games

    12/18/2012 10:26:10 AM PST · by drewh · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/18/12 | By Jeremy A. Kaplan
    The Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre has inspired fresh talk about the affect that violent video games like "Call of Duty" and "Grand Theft Auto" are having on children and young men like Adam Lanza, who was known by his friends to be a gamer. Summary The tragedy in CT has re-igniting the debate over the effect games like "Grand Theft Auto" are having on children. Games are getting increasingly more violent, experts agree -- 8 of the 10 most popular are violent. Violent games clearly increase aggressive thoughts, angry feelings, physiological responses, aggressive behavior and more, experts say. “It’s...
  • Reuters FLASH: Obama supports Feinstein's intent to draft bill to reinstate assault weapons sale ban

    12/18/2012 10:24:02 AM PST · by Monty22002 · 24 replies
    Reuters | 12/18/2012 | Reuters
    Headline only at this point.
  • Brian Terry’s Family Sues Over Botched “Fast and Furious” Operation

    12/18/2012 10:21:59 AM PST · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    The New American ^ | December 17, 2012 | Brian Koenig
    The family of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry is suing federal officials and a gun shop over the botched “Fast and Furious” gunrunning operation that remains a dark stain on the Obama administration’s disgraced Justice Department. Terry was shot and killed on December 14, 2010, during a firefight north of the Arizona-Mexico border between border agents and men who had crossed the southern border to rob a group of drug smugglers. Assault rifles obtained by a straw buyer for the gunrunning ring targeted in the Fast and Furious operation were found in the aftermath of the firefight. To add...
  • ROSENBERG: Here Are 6 Dark Economic Clouds That Are Parting

    12/18/2012 10:20:54 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-18-2012 | Sam Ro
    ROSENBERG: Here Are 6 Dark Economic Clouds That Are Parting Sam RoDecember 18, 2012 Lately, David Rosenberg has adopted a more optimistic tone in his research notes. "While I wouldn't exactly say that I see silver linings, I would say that some clouds certainly appear to be parting," wrote the normally bearish Rosenberg in this morning's Breakfast With Dave note. He offers six such clouds that are parting: 1."...some stabilization of the U.S. data that should prevent further downgrades at least as Q4 GDP consensus call is concerned." 2."...we are moving closer to a deal on the fiscal front. The...
  • Four EU nations to condemn latest Israel settlements

    12/18/2012 10:19:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2012 11:13 AM EST | Jamey Keaten
    Germany and three other European members of the U.N. Security Council are preparing a statement condemning Israel’s latest settlement plans in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, a European diplomatic official said Tuesday. The so-called E4 grouping—permanent council members Britain and France, plus Germany and Portugal—is concerned that such settlements could threaten the possible two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, the official said. Details of the European statement are being finalized in New York, the diplomat said on condition of anonymity because the work was not yet completed. … The European Union—Israel’s biggest trading partner—has been increasingly vocal in...