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  • Wrong answers for Newtown

    12/20/2012 4:42:02 AM PST · by rellimpank · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 dec 2012 | Steve Chapman
    The film "Casablanca" has many famous lines, but none more immortal than Capt. Renault's order after seeing a Nazi officer shot by Humphrey Bogart's character, Rick Blaine: "Round up the usual suspects." He issues that command to give the impression he's trying to solve the crime. In the aftermath of the Newtown massacre, the Renault approach is alive and well. The three suspects commonly cited are the purported danger of certain firearms, mentally ill individuals and modern forms of entertainment. They all make plausible culprits, until you look closely. The first is our old nemesis the "assault weapon." The Newtown...
  • Good Laws Will Never Abolish All Evil

    12/20/2012 4:26:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Jeff Jacoby
    IT IS REMARKABLE how confident so many people are that they know what causes – and just how to prevent – horrific massacres like Friday's bloodbath at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. In a TV interview over the weekend, one observer insisted that the mass-murder in Newtown was all too predictable, given America's failure to implement an obvious and desperately overdue reform. "Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?" this individual demanded, showing no hint of uncertainty about exactly what needs to be fixed. Who was that? Was it Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel,...
  • Tim Scott and Daniel Inouye Show a Better America

    12/20/2012 4:20:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Michael Barone
    On Monday, the U.S. Senate got its newest member and lost its most senior member. The newest senator is South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott, whom Gov. Nikki Haley said she would appoint to fill the vacancy caused by the pending resignation of Jim DeMint. The most senior senator was Hawaii's Daniel Inouye, who died at 88 just a few hours after Haley's announcement. Much has been made of the fact that Scott will be the only black senator and the first black Republican senator since Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, who was elected in 1966 and 1978. Haley noted that fact...
  • Piers Morgan Calls Pro-Gun Advocate 'Unbelievably Stupid,' 'Dangerous': 'You Shame Your Country'

    12/20/2012 4:05:58 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 37 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 19 Dec 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    CNN's Piers Morgan has been on a rabid anti-gun rant since July's Aurora, Colorado, shootings that has gotten even more venomous after Friday's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. On Tuesday, he rudely and disgracefully tore into guest Larry Pratt, the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, calling him "an unbelievably stupid man" who's "dangerous," concluding the interview by saying, "You shame your country" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
  • One Night in Bangkok

    12/20/2012 4:00:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    BANGKOK -- Most of us can read about sex trafficking with a sense of detachment. It is only when we see its results up close that we are forced to confront the full extent of its horror. Nana Plaza is one of several "red light" districts in Bangkok. It is less than two blocks from my upscale hotel, but worlds away from it, a distance, you could say, separating Heaven from Hell. Girls -- and that's what many of them are -- wear almost nothing. They are there to please. My guide points out a three-story structure. "The higher you...
  • Thanks for the Gun, Stupid

    12/20/2012 3:51:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | John Ransom
    So I’m reading this email teaser from National Journal’s Influence Alley called Spending Cuts Added to Plan B that says: “In a bid to win more support for Republican House Speaker John Boehner's Plan B to cut taxes for everyone but millionaires, GOP leaders are adding a second bill that would reduce the deficit and avoid the sequester, a GOP leadership aide told the Alley.” So first I’m thinking “What tax cut?” Doesn’t a tax cut necessitate some sort of tax “cutting” action? The net result of the proposal is to increase taxes for some. If these guys worked on...
  • Gun Violence -- Let's Shift the Odds in Favor of the Good Guys!

    12/20/2012 3:37:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Larry Elder
    The unimaginable horror of Sandy Hook jumpstarts another "national conversation" about firearm violence. President Barack Obama, promising "meaningful action," said: "We will have to change. ... We can't tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end." Let's examine four of the "commonsense" measures frequently proposed by "gun control advocates": One, closing the "gun show loophole." What gun show loophole? Restricted from selling at guns shows prior to 1986, a licensed dealer today requires a background check whether he sells guns at a store, a gun show or the back of his SUV. Two, banning "high-capacity" magazines. One of the firearms...
  • Al Queda grows powerful in Syria as endgame nears

    12/20/2012 3:32:13 AM PST · by yinandyang · 9 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Dec 20, 2012 | Khaled Oweis
    Having seen its star wane in Iraq, al Qaeda has staged a comeback in neighbouring Syria, posing a dilemma for the opposition fighting to remove President Bashar al-Assad and making the West balk at military backing for the revolt. The rise of al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, al-Nusra Front, which the United States designated a terrorist organisation last week, could usher in a long and deadly confrontation with the West, and perhaps Israel. Inside Syria, the group is exploiting a widening sectarian rift to recruit Sunnis who saw themselves as disenfranchised by Assad's Alawite minority, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam...
  • France passes contentious budget, heavy on taxes

    12/20/2012 3:30:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 20, 2012 6:01 AM EST
    France’s parliament has passed a contentious budget for next year that includes a raft of new taxes aimed slashing the country’s deficit and putting it on the path to economic recovery. …
  • Jimmy Savile scandal: BBC branded 'incapable and chaotic'

    12/20/2012 3:07:30 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | December 19, 2012 | John Plunkett and Dan Sabbagh
    A scathing report into the BBC's handling of a shelved Newsnight exposé of Jimmy Savile revealed a culture of "suspicion and mistrust" at the corporation, riven by factions and in-fighting with "rigid management chains" that rendered it "completely incapable" of dealing with the scandal when it was exposed. One senior BBC executive resigned and another three were moved from their jobs following the publication of the 185-page report by Nick Pollard, the former head of Sky News. After a six-week inquiry that examined more than 10,000 emails and other documents and interviewed 19 people, at a cost of £2m, Pollard...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 20, 2012

    12/20/2012 2:51:43 AM PST · by sneakers · 13 replies
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  • Egypt’s Mubarak taken to military hospital after fall

    12/20/2012 2:24:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    France 24 ^ | 19 December 2012 - 22H11 | (AFP)
    Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak was transferred on Wednesday to a military hospital almost a week after slipping and injuring himself in a prison shower, a security official said. Mubarak was taken by ambulance from Torah jail to the Maadi military hospital in Cairo under heavy police protection, the official said, adding that the former strongman was due to undergo a head scan. …
  • NRA sees rise in membership after Connecticut school shooting

    12/20/2012 2:00:42 AM PST · by South40 · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 19, 2012 | James Rosen
    The National Rifle Association, while staying mostly quiet in the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting in Connecticut, has registered an average of 8,000 new members a day since the tragedy, an NRA source told Fox News. While this broadly aligns with trends seen after similar incidents in the past, the surge in membership this time is said to dwarf past trends. The source, based on his access to an internal memo prepared by the organization’s membership division, said both the number of individual contributions to the NRA and their average amount have risen significantly in this period.
  • Star Senator search (Insiders: Kennedy Jr. best bet vs. Brown)

    12/20/2012 12:26:06 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 21 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/20/12 | Hillary Chabot
    Democrats seeking to convince the late Edward M. Kennedy’s son to join a special U.S. Senate election are moving to douse criticism that the Connecticut resident would be a Bay State interloper — pointing out that he owns a home on Cape Cod. “Obviously there will be people who question his ties, but he considers Massachusetts home,” said a source close to the Kennedy family. “He’s seriously considering it, and he would be the best candidate for the Democrats.” National Democrats ramped up their campaign to get 51-year-old Edward M. Kennedy Jr. to run yesterday. The Herald’s Truth Squad first...
  • Obese Killer Spared by Governor

    12/19/2012 11:04:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich granted clemency to 480-pound death row inmate Ronald Post, agreeing with the state parole board that Ronald Post's defense had been too poorly handled to put him to death. An obese killer on Ohio death row successfully petitioned for clemency, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Monday. The attorneys of Ronald Post, who was condemned to execution for the 1983 murder of a motel clerk, petitioned fro clemency on claims both that his original defense had been inadequate and that he could not be humanely put to death due to his size. Ohio Gov. John Kasich agreed...
  • World Bank fears fresh credit bubble in [Red] China on hot money flows

    12/19/2012 10:56:33 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/19/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    China and Asia’s tigers are roaring back to life and risk a fresh credit booms unless they can choke inflows of hot money, the World Bank has warned. The Far East has shaken off the deep downturn earlier this year and looks poised to drive a fresh cycle of global growth in 2013. “China appears to have bottomed out,” said the Bank in its regional report. Asia’s powerhouse economy will rebound with 8.4pc growth next year as credit stimulus and an infrastructure blitz by local governments gain traction, with knock-on effects through East Asia. The region as a whole will...
  • Flashback: Sen. Dianne Feinstein Has Conceal Carry Permit

    12/19/2012 10:43:04 PM PST · by chessplayer · 39 replies
    After the deadly Aurora, Colorado shooting Feinstein criticized those who said responsible conceal carry permit holders could have stopped gunman James Holmes, saying "...and maybe you could have had a firefight and killed many more people. These are people in a theater." Opponents of the Assault Weapons Ban point to Feinstein’s hypocrisy on the issue, as the Senator herself said she obtained a concealed carry permit in California when she felt her life was threatened.
  • GOP declares victory in final New York Senate race

    12/19/2012 10:40:25 PM PST · by Arthurio · 1 replies
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A judge on Monday gave a long disputed victory to a Republican in an upstate Senate race, strengthening a bipartisan coalition that will run the chamber beginning Jan. 1. The decision in the 46th district, pending an appeal, gives Republicans a working majority of 32 votes, including Democratic Sen.-elect Simcha Felder. The Brooklyn Democrat has said he will vote with the GOP.
  • Free Speech Academics Rally Around Academic Who Wanted to Shut Down NRA Free Speech(NRA Terrorists)

    12/19/2012 10:33:01 PM PST · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | December 19, 2012 | William A Jacobsen
    You’ve heard about Erik Loomis, the University of Rhode Island assistant professor of history who launched an almost psychotic, foul-mouthed Twitter tirade against the NRA, accusing it of being a terrorist organization, of complicity in and criminal culpability for murder, and a host of other invectives culminating in his wish to see Wayne LaPierre’s “head on a stick.” This is the same Loomis who laughed when Sarah Palin was smeared with the Gabby Giffords shooting because of an electoral map the insane Jared Loughner never even saw. He didn’t mind when the left-wing mob sought to destroy Palin over nothing....
  • Navy: Working Uniforms Extremely Flammable

    12/19/2012 10:31:27 PM PST · by katiedidit1 · 48 replies
    Military.com ^ | 12/16/2012 | Cristina Silva
    If this sticky molten material came in contact with skin it would contribute to increased burn injury due to conductive energy transfer,” the report concluded. “The use of the NYCO material in an environment where there is potential for a flame or thermal threat is not recommended.” Sailors on ships are regularly exposed to the threat of fire, especially those working with or near planes or engines. The Navy removed its requirement that all uniforms be flame-resistant in 1996.