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  • Drogheda man killed fighting regime in Syria

    12/19/2012 5:56:03 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 20 Dec 2012 | MARY FITZGERALD
    A 22-year-old man from Drogheda who earlier this year joined rebels battling to oust Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has been killed by regime forces in the northern province of Idlib. Hudhaifa ElSayed was shot dead on Tuesday during a skirmish between rebels and forces loyal to Assad. Syrian state media reported he had been killed but the exact circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear. He was one of an estimated 10-20 men from Ireland who have joined the Syrian uprising as rebels. Mr ElSayed was born in Egypt but his family moved to Ireland when he was a young boy...
  • Newtown shootings: US guns in numbers

    12/19/2012 5:46:35 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | 18 December 2012
    President Barack Obama has implied that he will look at the issue of gun control after 20 children and seven women were killed by lone gunman Adam Lanza on Friday in Newtown, Connecticut. The Second Amendment to the US Constitution protects the right of citizens "to keep and bear arms". However, restrictions on gun ownership vary by state. Figures from the United Nations show the US sitting fifth in the world in terms of people murdered by a firearm, with 9,960 such homicides in 2010. But in part this is because of its large population: the US falls to 26th,...
  • Sandy Hook shooting reignites debate over violent video games

    12/19/2012 5:43:58 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 19 December 2012 | Helen Pow
    The Sandy Hook school shooting has reignited the debate around violent video games, with even some of the games' designers claiming the 'ultraviolence has to stop.' Gunman Adam Lanza, 20, was reportedly 'obsessed' with military shooters' game Call of Duty - which features assault weapons similar to the Bushmaster AR-15, one of three guns he used to slaughter his mother, Nancy, and 26 innocent children and school staff on Friday. But even before the latest massacre, gamers were beginning to voice concerns that modern offerings were 'fetishizing violence' and that they would 'ultimately cause (the country) trouble.' At this year's...
  • Professor Blames Mass Shootings on ‘White Male Privilege’

    12/19/2012 5:43:00 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 40 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/19/12
    <p>Some opinions only get attention because they come from people with advanced degrees who make their living on the taxpayer dime. That’s certainly the case for Hugo Schwyzer, a history and gender studies professor at Pasadena City College.</p> <p>He has a history of blaming white men for most of the mass killings that take place in the United States. Friday’s tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut gave him a great opportunity to spout his nonsense once again.</p>
  • US immunity to ISI in 26/11 case riles India

    12/19/2012 5:41:00 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 1 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2012 | TNN
    New Delhi: India is unhappy with the US' decision to give immunity to Pakistani spy agency, ISI, in a civil case by families of the Americans who were killed in the 26/11 attacks. In a statement, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) rebuked the US state department, saying, "For India, it remains of vital importance that justice is done and that those who organized and perpetrated this horrible crime be brought to justice, irrespective of the jurisdiction under which they may reside or be operating. It cannot be that any organization, state or non-state, that sponsors terrorism enjoys immunity. "From...
  • Adam Lanza’s weapons (Barf alert!)

    12/19/2012 5:39:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 33 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 18, 2012 | Meathead Editorial
    <p>Has technology rendered the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution obsolete?</p> <p>That is, has the application of modern military design to civilian firearms produced a class of weapons too dangerous to be in general circulation?</p> <p>We say: Yes.</p> <p>Adam Lanza broke into the Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday morning armed with a “sporting” version of the US military’s principal assault weapon, plus two equally deadly handguns.</p>
  • Banks Seek a Shield in Mortgage Rules

    As regulators complete new mortgage rules, banks are about to get a significant advantage: protection against homeowner lawsuits. The rules are meant to help bolster the housing market. By shielding banks from potential litigation, policy makers contend that the industry will have a powerful incentive to make higher quality home loans. But some banking and housing specialists worry that borrowers are losing a critical safeguard. Industries rarely get broad protection from consumer lawsuits, and banks would seem unlikely candidates given the range of abuses revealed during the housing bust. “A lot of bad things are done in the name of...
  • Looming Threats No Match for Partisan Politics

    12/19/2012 5:34:25 PM PST · by whitedog57
    Fox Business ^ | 12/19/2012 | Dunstan Prial
    Sixteen months ago, partisan politics allowed the once-unthinkable to happen -- Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S. credit rating after repeated warnings that the unprecedented move was forthcoming if elected officials didn't get their act together. They didn't. Apparently no looming threat is big enough or frightening enough to break the partisan logjam that seems to fuel the Washington, D.C., political cycle. The consensus among non-partisan observers is that this latest round of political theater will almost certainly result in another Band-Aid, a temporary fix that will stave off the worst of the potential economic fallout while providing maximum political...
  • “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” at State led to Benghazi deaths

    12/19/2012 5:22:58 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8:01 am on December 19, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Full Title: Independent report: “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” at State led to Benghazi deaths Congress now has the Accountability Review Board report on the Benghazi terrorist attack that killed four Americans, including the first US Ambassador murdered in 33 years, and it’s easy to see why the State Department contemplated keeping it under wraps.  The ARB rips the State Department from the top down all the way to the late Ambassador Chris Stevens — and unequivocally states that there never was a protest in front of the consulate, as the Obama Administration insisted for more than a...
  • Dec 14-16, 2012 Weekend Box Office [Lincoln vs Hyde Park on Hudson]

    12/19/2012 4:57:53 PM PST · by Bender2 · 4 replies
    Box Office Mojo Dec 14-16, 2012 Weekend Box Office [snip] #3 Lincoln $7,033,132 [snip] #17 Hyde Park on Hudson $292,796
  • GOP Consultants Seek to Regain Control (From Tea Party, Conservatives)

    12/19/2012 4:56:58 PM PST · by kristinn · 73 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Wednesday, December 19, 2012 | Abby Livingston
    The internal battle for the direction of the Republican Party has enveloped Washington’s GOP consultant class, as pragmatic party strategists hired to win campaigns ponder how to reclaim control of the primary process from powerful conservative activist groups. This developing conflict comes in the aftermath of consecutive election cycles that saw Republicans blow as many as five Senate races because the party nominated flawed candidates over those who were better suited to compete in the general election. Some of these losing 2010 and 2012 nominees received crucial support from Washington-based tea party groups that made their primary campaigns viable. GOP...
  • WE KNOW HOW TO STOP SCHOOL SHOOTINGS (ANN COULTER)

    12/19/2012 4:41:19 PM PST · by fkabuckeyesrule · 62 replies
    Ann Coulter Website ^ | December 19, 2012 | Ann Coulter
    In the wake of a monstrous crime like a madman's mass murder of defenseless women and children at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school, the nation's attention is riveted on what could have been done to prevent such a massacre. Luckily, some years ago, two famed economists, William Landes at the University of Chicago and John Lott at Yale, conducted a massive study of multiple victim public shootings in the United States between 1977 and 1995 to see how various legal changes affected their frequency and death toll. Landes and Lott examined many of the very policies being proposed right now...
  • Legislators must hear from us NOW! (VCDL picks up the gauntlet!)

    12/19/2012 4:25:04 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 8 replies
    Virginia Citizens Defense League ALERT ^ | 12-19-12 | Phillip Van Cleave
    We need to contact our Senators and Congressmen NOW and tell them that we do not want ANY more gun control! No ifs, ands, or buts. We don't know what the NRA is going to do and we don't want to gamble on it. DO THIS NOW! Understand this: any vote in support of gun control, including bans on guns and magazines, whether the bill passes or fails, will be a vote that VCDL and its members will NOT forget and NOT forgive at election time. This is Virginia, the Cradle of Liberty, and we will NOT accept our rights...
  • Clinton accused of faking illness to avoid Benghazi testimony

    12/19/2012 4:11:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 46 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 19, 2012 | Paul Richter
    <p>The State Department slammed former United Nations envoy John Bolton over his suggestion that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton falsely claimed a concussion to avoid a potentially embarrassing appearance before Congress to explain the deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.</p>
  • Krauthammer: Obama Using Massacre "Combination Of Self-Righteousness And Narcissism" (video)

    12/19/2012 4:01:17 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 35 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 19, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I think the president invoking the massacre of children to essential say the Republicans need to accept his terms of surrender in the negotiations is not just a non-sequitur, I think it's sacrilege. And it's of a piece with the whole tone of his news conference and this is the way he conducts them generally, which is he is excessively self-righteous. He talks about the other side of being unprincipled, not interested in the national interest, slaves of ideology which he says makes no sense. And as you mention, invested in opposing him to the point they are...
  • How Business Tackled Mass Shooters

    12/19/2012 3:54:43 PM PST · by billorites · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 19, 2012 | Holman Jenkins
    Dean Martin was once pulled over on a Los Angeles freeway and found to have an unregistered pistol. A reporter asked if the singer thought everyone should be allowed to carry a gun. "No, just me," he answered, stating most people's ideal of gun control. This column got interested in the mass shooter puzzle years ago because so many shootings at the time were happening in workplaces. The perpetrators were generally old enough to have accumulated a record and to have exposed their personalities to plenty of observant parties. The red flags were numerous enough that, even allowing for hindsight...
  • ABC News: ‘Unlikely’ Assault Weapons Ban Would Have Stopped Sandy Hook

    12/19/2012 3:45:49 PM PST · by ColdOne · 66 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/19/12 | Ben Shapiro
    Today, ABC News finally reported the blindingly obvious fact that Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s beloved assault weapons ban – a piece of legislation now favored by President Obama – would not have prevented the Sandy Hook shootings. Here’s what they said: Could a Ban Have Prevented the Connecticut Shootings? It's impossible to say for sure, but it seems unlikely that if the law were still in place, as it was written, it could have done much to prevent Friday's tragedy. Lanza's primary weapon, the Bushmaster .223 rifle, is a type of AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, certain models of which were prohibited from...
  • Three Top State Department Officials Resign Over Benghazi

    12/19/2012 3:41:35 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 86 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/12/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Three top officials in the State Department resigned Wednesday in the wake of a scathing report which slammed "systemic failures" and "management deficiencies" in the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, which resulted in the murder of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Assistant Secretary Eric Boswell, head of the bureau of diplomatic security, and Charlene Lamb, deputy assistant secretary for international programs, have stepped down, CNN and CBS television said, citing unnamed department officials. Lamb, who was Boswell’s deputy in charge of international programs, denied requests from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli for an extension of temporary security...
  • Three Reasons Gun Control Isn't Going to Happen

    12/19/2012 3:31:01 PM PST · by ColdOne · 47 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/19/12 | Mike Flynn
    In the immediate aftermath of Friday's terrible tragedy in Connecticut, there have been the predictable calls to enact new gun control legislation. The usual proponents of additional restrictions on guns have filled the airwaves with calls for immediate legislative action. Sen. Diane Feinstein has promised to introduce a new "assault weapons" ban on the first day of the new Congress next year. But, there are three very big reasons to believe that, for all the rhetoric, nothing will come of this new push for gun control. 1. Biden Gun Violence Task Force This afternoon, President Obama convened a press conference...
  • Will Russia Recover From Its Massive Underpopulation Problems? (Putin sez: HAVE 3!)

    12/19/2012 3:22:03 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 37 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 12/18/12 | Steven W. Mosher and Elizabeth Crnkovich
    What do you do when your country is dying, one coffin at a time? Well, if you are Russian President Vladimir Putin, you call upon Russian couples to be fruitful and multiply, and have at least three children. It is hard to exaggerate the demographic straits that Mother Russia finds itself in. According to the projections of the UN Population Division–we are speaking here of the so-called “low variant,” historically the most accurate–the Russian population will shrink by more than 30 million by mid-century if current trends continue. The population will age rapidly, from an average age of 37.9...