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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...
  • Source: CT Murderer Lived in Windowless Basement Playing Violent Video Games

    12/18/2012 10:18:09 AM PST · by drewh · 90 replies
    Andrew Brietbart's Big Government ^ | 18 Dec 2012, 7:21 AM PDT | Tony Lee
    Adam Lanza, the shooter who massacred 20 children and six adults last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School, spent hours in the windowless basement of his home playing violent video games like "Call of Duty" and obsessing over "guns and military equipment." Peter Wlasuk, a plumber who worked at the Lanza home, told The Sun that Lanza "lived in the basement" and he found it "strange." "He had a proper set up down there — computers, a bathroom, bed and desk and a TV," Wlasuk said. "There were no windows.” Wlasuk said he went down to the basement on numerous...
  • Gun-free Zones Called "Magnets for Mass Shooters"

    12/18/2012 10:16:07 AM PST · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    The New American ^ | December 17, 2012 | Jack Kenny
    Gun-free zones are invitations to mass murder, gun-rights advocates argued after a lone gunman's shooting rampage at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, Friday left 20 children and six adults dead. John Lott, author of the controversial 1999 bestseller More Guns, Less Crime, said in an interview with Newsmax.com Saturday it is no coincidence that mass shootings with multiple victims occur repeatedly in designated gun-free zones such as schools, shopping malls, and movie theaters. "The problem is, whether it is the Portland [Oregon] shooting earlier this week, or the Connecticut shooting Friday, or the Sikh temple attack in...
  • Leahy sworn in as president pro tempore of Senate

    12/18/2012 10:12:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2012 12:54 PM EST | Andrew Miga
    Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont was sworn in Tuesday as president pro tempore of the Senate. As the longest serving Democrat now in the Senate, Leahy moved to third place in the line of presidential succession, behind Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner. Biden swore Leahy in as the successor to Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye in the Senate post. Inouye, who also chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee, died Monday at age 88. A vase of white roses was on Inouye’s desk on the Senate floor.
  • Anti-gun Michael Moore’s body guard arrested on gun charges in 2005

    12/18/2012 10:07:49 AM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    Michael Moore is an elitist gun control zealot, but he has (or at least in 2005) a body guard who carries a gun. Why? Because he’s safer that way. Filmmaker Michael Moore’s (search) bodyguard was arrested for carrying an unlicensed weapon in New York’s JFK airport Wednesday night. Police took Patrick Burke, who says Moore employs him, into custody after he declared he was carrying a firearm at a ticket counter. Burke is licensed to carry a firearm in Florida and California, but not in New York. Burke was taken to Queens central booking and could potentially be charged with...
  • S&P raises Greece’s credit rating

    12/18/2012 10:05:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 18 December 2012 | Last updated at 12:55 ET
    Ratings agency Standard and Poor’s has raised the credit rating of Greece’s sovereign debt by six levels, praising the “strong determination” of fellow European countries to help it stay in the eurozone. S&P has increased Greece’s rating from “selective default” to “B-minus”. …
  • Cheaper than dirt suspends online firearms sales.

    12/18/2012 10:00:33 AM PST · by barmag25 · 6 replies
    facebook ^ | 12/18/12 | Facebook
    Cheaper Than Dirt! is suspending online sales of firearms effective immediately. We are reviewing our policy internally, and will continue to be the leader in the outdoor industry with our full line of gear and accessories.
  • ICC acquits Congo militia boss of war crimes

    12/18/2012 9:58:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    France 24 ^ | 18/12/2012 | (News Wires/AP)
    The ICC freed Congolese ex-militia chief Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui Tuesday after acquitting him of war crimes in the 2003 deaths of 200 villagers. The verdict has cast doubt over the ICC’s ability to collect evidence of atrocities in faraway conflicts. … The acquittal of Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui on charges including rape, murder and pillage was only the second verdict in the court’s 10-year history and the first time it had cleared a suspect. … Eric Witte, an expert in international law at the Open Society Justice Initiative, said the judgment “will send a worrying signal about the quality of ICC...
  • Hero Teacher at Sandy Hook

    12/18/2012 9:54:56 AM PST · by SoftballMominVA · 3 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12-17-12 | Nina Strolich
    When Victoria Soto heard gunfire ricocheting off the normally quiet hallways of Sandy Hook Elementary School, she didn’t run and hide. Instead, the 27-year-old teacher gathered her first-grade class into the closet and bravely placed herself between the young children and Adam Lanza, the heavily-armed shooter.
  • Hero Teacher at Sandy Hook

    12/18/2012 9:54:50 AM PST · by SoftballMominVA · 5 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12-17-12 | Nina Strolich
    When Victoria Soto heard gunfire ricocheting off the normally quiet hallways of Sandy Hook Elementary School, she didn’t run and hide. Instead, the 27-year-old teacher gathered her first-grade class into the closet and bravely placed herself between the young children and Adam Lanza, the heavily-armed shooter.
  • Cheaper Than Dirt Suspends Online Gun Sales

    12/18/2012 9:54:09 AM PST · by mnehring · 163 replies
    Vanity & Facebook
    Texas online gun superstore Cheaper Than Dirt posted on Facebook today:Cheaper Than Dirt! is suspending online sales of firearms effective immediately. We are reviewing our policy internally, and will continue to be the leader in the outdoor industry with our full line of gear and accessories. They have also removed all firearms from their website. Another business capitulates. We don't need gun grabbers when our own side will bend over and do whatever they want. I have spent thousands at CTD but will hold off on any further spending until they do the right thing. Tell them what you think...
  • The day Christmas died (Newtown Massacre)

    12/18/2012 9:50:21 AM PST · by Perseverando · 10 replies
    WND ^ | December 16, 2012 | Barbara Simpson
    Exclusive: Barbara Simpson questions role of prescription meds in shootings The countdown had begun. Christmas Eve was just 10 days away. For the children, excitement was building, as it should. Then, in a burst of what can only be described as naked evil, it was over. What had begun as a normal school day took a turn no one could have anticipated or even imagined. Sandy Hook Elementary School, grades K through 4, in the quiet village of Newtown, Conn., became the target of a plot that was carried out with diabolical accuracy that turned classrooms into a charnel house....
  • Cerberus to Sell Bushmaster Maker After Shootings (Pressured by Calif. Teachers Pension)

    12/18/2012 9:44:44 AM PST · by kristinn · 59 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, December 18, 2012 | Sakthi Prasad
    Following pressure from a major investor, U.S. private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management is selling gunmaker Freedom Group, whose Bushmaster AR-15 rifle was used in the Connecticut school massacre last week. The California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) said on Monday it was reviewing its investment with Cerberus in the wake of Friday's shooting, in which a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School and then took his own life. Before going to the school, the gunman, Adam Lanza, 20, shot dead his mother in the home they shared, according to law enforcement officials. In...
  • Where’s Hillary Clinton’s medical report?

    12/18/2012 9:43:49 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 39 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12-18-2012 | Jim Treacher
    December 18, 2012 Where’s Hillary Clinton’s medical report? Jim Treacher We’re told she collapsed and hit her head and got a concussion, and that’s why she can’t testify about Benghazi this week. And we’re supposed to just take her word for it.Investor’s Business Daily editorializes: Outside the frothy bubble of U.S. political concerns lie only the hard realities of the real world. That’s why hard questions should be asked — and real answers demanded — of U.S. secretaries of state and those who would be them.That’s not the case with either Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who puts up excuse...
  • White House rejects Boehner “Plan B” with threat of tax hikes looming

    12/18/2012 9:41:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 18, 2012 | (Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report)
    The White House on Tuesday rejected House Speaker John Boehner’s call for a fall-back option to avert the looming fiscal crisis, in a move the speaker’s office said “defies common sense.” The feisty exchange came as both sides crept toward a possible middle ground in private talks. But underscoring the differences that remain, the White House resisted Boehner’s bid to craft a “Plan B” just in case those talks fail to yield a compromise before a Jan. 1 deadline—that’s when taxes are set to rise on everyone, followed by a wave of spending cuts. “Every income tax filer in America...
  • New Imaging System Could Make America's Stealth Technology Obsolete

    12/18/2012 9:39:41 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 58 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 18, 2012, 10:33 AM | Robert Johnson
    The stealth technology of America's fifth-generation jet fighters, the F-22 and the F-35, could be obsolete after a new discovery from the University of Rochester in New York. One main goal of fifth-generation aircrafts is to slip through skies over enemy lines without being targeted. It's not invisible, but elusive, and digitally feisty.The F-35's lineup of electronic tools, work toward that end, by using a variety of sophisticated and devastating radar defeating moves. Combined with internal weapons storage, special composite skin, and reduced angles of design, the fighter does all it can to work past the weaknesses in today's aircraft detection. Lockheed Martin...
  • Swedish teens riot over Instagram sex rumours

    12/18/2012 9:35:08 AM PST · by null and void · 27 replies
    The Local ^ | 18 Dec 12 13:17 CET
    Swedish high school students outraged over sexual rumours circulating on Instagram about girls in the Gothenburg area barricaded a school in protest and turned violent when police intervened. 

 "They're throwing bottles and stones at the police and attacking passers-by and people driving past," Västra Götaland police spokesman Björ Blixter told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

A student at Plusgymnasiet high school in Gothenburg was outed as the owner of the anonymous Instagram account, a claim which has not been verified.

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"She is out of harm's way, that was the first thing we made sure of," Paula Hammargren,...
  • White House Rejects Boehner's Backup Plan

    12/18/2012 9:34:32 AM PST · by Perdogg · 71 replies
    The White House rejected a House GOP proposal Tuesday to extend the Bush tax cuts for those making up to $1 million, saying it doesn't go far enough and wouldn't pass the Senate anyway.
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer compares assault weapons to child pornography

    12/18/2012 9:27:16 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 17, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    “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.”
  • Boehner Will Bring A Millionaire Tax Hike Bill To The House Floor

    12/18/2012 9:26:29 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 18, 2012, 10:19 AM | Brett LoGiurato
    House Speaker John Boehner plans to introduce a bill on the House floor that would include tax increases on incomes above $1 million, he said this morning at a press conference. "We're going to move to Plan B," Boehner said. "Our Plan B would protect American taxpayers who make $1 million or less."That means, for the first time publicly, Boehner acknowledged he would be open to increased tax rates in a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. Boehner said he hoped to avoid tax hikes on as many people as possible ahead of a Jan. 1 deadline.Boehner emphasized that...
  • Where’s Hillary Clinton’s medical report?

    12/18/2012 9:25:13 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12-18-12 | Jim Treacher
    We’re told she collapsed and hit her head and got a concussion, and that’s why she can’t testify about Benghazi this week. And we’re supposed to just take her word for it. Investor’s Business Daily editorializes: Outside the frothy bubble of U.S. political concerns lie only the hard realities of the real world. That’s why hard questions should be asked — and real answers demanded — of U.S. secretaries of state and those who would be them. That’s not the case with either Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who puts up excuse after excuse to avoid testifying on the U.S.’...
  • Leftie Liz on Obama’s Path to Prez?

    12/18/2012 9:24:43 AM PST · by suspects · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | December 18, 2012 | Michael Graham
    You know the story: A relatively unknown politician from the far Left of the Democratic Party gives an attention-getting speech at the Democratic National Convention. Soon after, that speaker is a U.S. senator and — before even finishing one term — is the party’s nominee for president. Barack Obama? No, I’m talking about Liz Warren. She hasn’t even taken the oath of office yet, and already speculation has begun that Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren could be the Democrats’ pick for POTUS in 2016. “Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is already a liberal heartthrob,” political columnist Doyle McManus wrote in the Los...
  • Sen. Manchin Stonewalls on Gun Control: 'Honey ... I'm Not Talking to You Anymore'

    12/18/2012 9:21:04 AM PST · by servo1969 · 52 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12-18-2012 | Kerry Picket
    In the wake of the tragedy, Democrats are calling to pass the Assault Weapons Ban. When asked by Breitbart News, Manchin disagreed that his remarks on MSNBC show his stance on the second amendment have flipped. "I didn't change my mind on anything. I think everything is open for discussion." It should be noted that Manchin, also known for breaking campaign promises on tax hikes, may have a difficult time explaining his turnaround on guns to voters in his own state. West Virginia, a state President Obama lost in 2008 and 2012, has one of the highest rate of gun...
  • Sheriff: Teen threatened to open fire at high school

    12/18/2012 9:08:31 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 8 replies
    Sheriff's deputies on Tuesday announced the arrest of a Belle Chasse High School student who allegedly threatened to open fire on campus. Investigators arrested 18-year-old Leonard F. Jourdan III Monday night. They said Jourdan made threats to "shoot up" the school and kill a teacher.
  • Roommate of Oregon mall shooter called tip line

    12/18/2012 9:04:02 AM PST · by aimhigh · 10 replies
    link only ^ | 12/17/2012 | Statesman Journal
    LInk only: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20121218/UPDATE/121217050/Roommate-Oregon-mall-shooter-called-tip-line
  • Saskatoon could face human rights complaint (more War on Christmas)

    12/18/2012 8:53:34 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 14 replies
    National Post ^ | December 17, 2012 | Jen Gerson
    The city of Saskatoon is facing the possibility of a human rights complaint after it refused to yank the “Merry Christmas” message from the top of its buses despite allegations of discrimination. On Monday, local activist Ashu Solo vowed to take the matter to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, claiming the Christmas greetings violate his right to be free from religion. He said the salutation also favours Christianity over other religions, which is particularly problematic for Saskatoon’s immigrant community, many of whom rely on bus service. “Christmas messages on Saskatoon Transit buses make them feel like they need to convert...
  • Shortage Seen for Offshore Worker Safety Training for Gulf of Mexico

    12/18/2012 8:48:17 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | December 18, 2012 | Karen Boman
    emand for high quality offshore water survival training and offshore/onshore major emergency management training in the Gulf of Mexico region is already outpacing supply, an official with Raytheon Training Services told Rigzone in a recent interview. And the situation will only become more severe given the impending retirement cliff and projected industry growth. Tracy Cox, director of performance consulting with Raytheon Training Services, expects demand for offshore worker training to continue increasing, given the fact that recent studies forecast U.S. oil production to continue growing and a movement towards making the United States less dependent on foreign oil sources. Raytheon...
  • Gun prosecutions under Obama down more than 45 percent

    12/18/2012 8:47:53 AM PST · by aimhigh · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/17/2012 | Paul Bedard
    Despite his calls for greater gun control, including a new assault weapons ban that extends to handguns, President Obama's administration has turned away from enforcing gun laws, cutting weapons prosecutions some 40 percent since a high of about 11,000 under former President Bush.
  • Iraqi President Jalal Talabani dies after suffering stroke (or maybe alive???)

    12/18/2012 8:37:40 AM PST · by RummyChick · 22 replies
    presstv ^ | 12/18 | presstv
    The 79-year-old Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has died on Tuesday after suffering a stroke. He had been suffering from ill health and had received medical treatment overseas several times in recent years.
  • Love America, Love Guns.

    12/18/2012 8:34:12 AM PST · by RobaWho · 9 replies
    Rob Cunningham USA ^ | Dec. 18, 2012 | Rob Cunningham
    In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. —————————— In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. —————————— Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated. —————————— China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded...
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods suspends sales of modern rifles, takes guns off display at Conn. store

    12/18/2012 8:33:29 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 50 replies
    wapo ^ | 12-17-12 | ap
    <p>PITTSBURGH — A sporting goods chain says it’s suspending sales of modern rifles nationwide because of the school shooting in Connecticut. Dick’s Sporting Goods also says it’s removing all guns from display at its store closest to Newtown, where the massacre took place.</p>