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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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 Ł2m, 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 ^ | 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.
  • 'I am the devil': Former classmate reveals school gunman had 'online devil worshiping page' [Lanza]

    12/19/2012 10:27:04 PM PST · by Red Steel · 59 replies
    mailonline ^ | 11:05 EST, 19 December 2012 | UPDATED: 11:51 EST, 19 December 2012 | Meghan Keneally and Rachel Quigley
    [Full Title] 'I am the devil': Former classmate reveals school gunman had 'online devil worshiping page' as childhood barber recounts how he never spoke and just stared at floors The Sandy Hook gunman worshiped the devil and had an online page dedicated to Satan, a former classmate revealed, as his childhood barber recalls Adam Lanza never spoke and would stare at the floor every time he had his hair cut. He told CNN that Adam would never speak or even look at him any time he came in for a cut, which was every six weeks for years. Lanza's worshiping...
  • San Diegans prepare for Mayan doomsday: Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012

    12/19/2012 10:19:13 PM PST · by doug from upland · 50 replies ^ | 12-2012 | Zouves
    SAN DIEGO - With his gas mask on and machete in hand, Nikko Sanchez is ready for December 21. "It does possibly mean the end of the world," said Sanchez. "I do know about the Mayan calendar, I have done some research." The Mayan calendar only extends to December 21, 2012. Some people interpret that as a prediction for the end of the world on that date. "I've seen how horrific people can be when they really want to be," said Sanchez. Sanchez is a Gulf War veteran and he's ex-law enforcement. Now, he's a "prepper" -- prepared to survive...
  • Children could choose to die under new euthanasia law considered in Belgium

    12/19/2012 10:14:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12:00 EST, 19 December 2012 | Matt Blake
    Proposals submitted to parliament by Socialist PartyThey are likely to be approved by other parties laterIncludes “incurably ill” minors “capable of discernment”Parliament also asked to include Alzheimer’s patientsBelgium is considering a significant change to its decade-old euthanasia law that would allow minors and Alzheimer’s sufferers to seek permission to die. The proposed changes to the law were submitted to parliament on Tuesday by the Socialist party and are likely to be approved by other parties, although no date has yet been put forward for a parliamentary debate. “The idea is to update the law to take better account of...
  • Gun control saves lives (debunking that lie)

    12/19/2012 9:59:50 PM PST · by doug from upland · 8 replies
    westnet ^ | 12-2012
    This information is taken from an excellent summary booklet put out by Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership entitled "Will Gun Control Make You Safer?", issue number six in their "Gran'pa Jack" series of pamphlets. *** Gun Control Saves Lives New York City and Washington, D.C. are two of the most restrictive cities in the country with respect to gun control, yet they are also two of the least safest cities in the country. *** Criminals buy guns outside of the restrictive areas and bring them in illegally. Arlington, VA has a significantly lower crime rate than D.C., but...
  • US Army Seeks Death Penalty for Bales

    12/19/2012 9:57:51 PM PST · by katiedidit1 · 24 replies ^ | 12/19/2012 | Gene Johnson
    SEATTLE - The U.S. Army said Wednesday it will seek the death penalty against the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a predawn rampage in March. The attack drew such angry protests that the U.S. temporarily halted combat operations in Afghanistan.
  • The New Racial Derangement Syndrome

    12/19/2012 9:54:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | December 20, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There is a different sort of racialist derangement spreading in the country -- and it is getting ugly. Here is actor Jamie Foxx joking recently about his new movie role: "I kill all the white people in the movie. How great is that?" Reverse white and black in the relevant ways and even a comedian would hear national outrage. Instead, his hip "Saturday Night Live" audience even gave Foxx applause. Race-obsessed comedian Chris Rock tweeted on the Fourth of July, "Happy white peoples (sic) independence day ..." Actor Samuel L. Jackson, in a recent interview, sounded about as unapologetically reactionary...
  • Obama tells Cameron why Britain should stay in the European Union

    12/19/2012 9:51:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:15 EST, 19 December 2012 | Matt Chorley
    Barack Obama has warned Britain against leaving the European Union, it emerged today. The US President used a call to David Cameron to urge him to resist calls to abandon Brussels, ahead of the PM delivering a major speech on Europe in the New Year. But President Obama is understood to be backing Mr. Cameron’s approach in his fight for a “better deal for Britain”. …
  • The Right to Bear Arms

    12/19/2012 9:31:17 PM PST · by horsappl · 45 replies
    Peter M. Jennen
    The Right to Bear Arms The following excerpts from the Constitution of the United States, I believe, are relevant to the correct interpretation of the 2nd Amendment. Article I (All legislative Powers) Section. 8. The Congress shall have Power To ... provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; To raise and support Armies, To provide and maintain a Navy; To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces; To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions; To provide for...
  • Hearing God's Call

    12/19/2012 9:27:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | December 20, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    The school shooting in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six staff members of Sandy Hook Elementary School were killed last week, is a tragic reminder of the sanctity of life. Of promising young lives cut short and the uniqueness and preciousness of every single person. As a mother of two, I try to imagine the grief of the parents of the dead -- it must be overwhelming and all consuming. Just thinking of the tragedy leaves me with a heavy heart, tears in my eyes and the feeling that I need to lie down before I faint. Unfathomable...
  • A Common Sense Proposal for School Massacres Media Role Noted

    12/19/2012 9:25:36 PM PST · by William Tell 2 · 3 replies
    Academia Res Publica ^ | 12-19-12 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    A scholarly study said in 2007 that there never has been a unified comprehensive study of school shootings that included a unified group of scientists, sociologists, criminologists etc. He also noted the media's role in interfering with the ability to accomplish this. Excerpt: "The deadliest school massacre in history did not involve a gun; occurred before there were video games or violent television shows yet when God was still in the classroom. It was not committed by some spoiled precocious kid. A middle-aged Michigan farmer..."
  • Grover Norquist: Boehner's 'Plan B' Upholds Our Tax Pledge

    12/19/2012 9:19:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | December 19, 2012 | Guy Benson
    Despite Democrats' intransigent, no-way-no-how screeching about John Boehner's "Plan B," House Republican leaders are pressing forward with the option behind the scenes.  Those efforts received an important boost today when Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform released a statement affirming that the potential plan would not violate the group's oft-cited tax pledge:   ATR has consistently maintained that individual Members of Congress make a pledge to their constituents to oppose and vote against tax increases. The House this week will vote on a tax bill. This legislation—popularly known as “Plan B”--permanently prevents a tax increase on families making less than $1...
  • Guns Don't Kill People, Inequality Does, Opines Thom Hartmann

    12/19/2012 9:12:43 PM PST · by chessplayer · 10 replies
    What a shock it's not -- liberal radio host Thom Hartmann responding to last week's unspeakable atrocity in Newtown by demanding redistribution of wealth. That the rampage occurred in a leafy bedroom community in one of the most affluent states in the country has apparently eluded Hartmann, as has the fact that Connecticut is among the states with the most stringent gun laws. (audio clip after page break) No matter -- Hartmann has found the answer to it all and he's sticking with it: Guns Don't Kill People, Inequality Kills People
  • Agenda 21 Radio Live Thread Wed. 12/18/12 9-10PM PT

    12/19/2012 9:03:19 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 4 replies ^ | 12/18/12 | 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
  • Bloomberg Making Sense: The NRA Would Defend Your Right To Own A Nuclear Cannon

    12/19/2012 9:00:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 79 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 18, 2012 | Noah Rothman
    By now, if you have been paying attention to the pronouncements of Hizzoner, you know that New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg really dislikes, among many other things, guns. He also appears to have engaged in a one-man crusade to convince politicians that, if the President of the United States can be reelected without the support of the National Rifle Association, so too can the most rural Congressman or Southern Senator. The logic of that belief is debatable, but what is not debatable is the logic that the NRA would go out of their way to defend the indefensible –...
  • Milwaukee: Sheriff calls for armed school guards, condemns gun control

    12/19/2012 8:41:49 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-19-12 | Steve Schultze
    Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. calls for placing armed tactical officers or security officers "in every school and public place in America," in a commentary piece posted on a tea party website. Clarke also condemns calls for gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook School mass killings in Newtown, Ct., and says, "We have to resist with the ferociousness of a junk yard dog any -- any -- attempt by liberals to make us less free by chipping away at our constitutional freedoms." He berates "liberals for exploiting tragedy once again in our country and try(ing)...
  • Mondale pushes filibuster reform

    12/19/2012 8:34:41 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-19-12 | bill salisbury
    “This is basically not very interesting stuff,” former Vice President Walter Mondale said of filibuster reform during a talk Tuesday at theUniversityofMinnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. But it’s a huge issue, Mondale said, because use of the stalling tactic in the Senate is paralyzing the country from addressing everything from the debt crisis and national security to judicial and cabinet appointments. In recent years, the Senate Republican minority has employed filibusters — once rarely used — to stall or kill a long list Democratic bills and presidential appointments. As a result, Mondale said, almost nothing is getting done. “It’s...
  • U.N. Presents Grim Prognosis on the World Economy

    12/19/2012 8:32:26 PM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | 18 December 2012 | Rick Gladstone
    World economic growth has weakened substantially this year and faces the confluence of a triple threat — the so-called fiscal cliff in the United States, the European debt crisis and a sharp slowdown in China, the United Nations said in a report released on Tuesday. The worst case, the report said, could be a new global recession that mires many countries in a cycle of austerity and unemployment for years. “A worsening of the euro area crisis, the ‘fiscal cliff’ in the United States and a hard landing in China could cause a new global recession,” Mr. Vos said in...
  • Climate-change Computer Models Fail Again -- and Again, and Again

    12/19/2012 8:31:20 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 18 replies
    The New American ^ | 19 December 2012 | William F. Jasper
    New studies reveal that climate alarmists' computer models showing alleged global warming are deeply flawed and sometimes downright fraudulent. Climate-change Computer Models Fail Again -- and Again, and Again The New American 19 December 2012 GIGO, for garbage-in, garbage-out is a basic principle of computing and/or decision-making which holds that the validity or integrity of the input will determine the validity or integrity of the output. Which is why first-year computer students are taught to check and recheck their input data and assumptions. It is not unreasonable, therefor to expect the same of seasoned scientists with multiple letters after...
  • Walmart Is Running Out Of Guns

    12/19/2012 8:21:22 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-19-2012 | Kim Bhasin
    Walmart Is Running Out Of Guns Kim BhasinDec. 19, 2012, 4:34 PM Semi-automatic rifles are sold out at many Walmart locations, Matt Townsend at Bloomberg Businessweek reports. "Searches of five kinds of semi-automatic rifles on Wal-Mart’s website showed them to be out of stock at stores in five states, including Pennsylvania, Kansas and Alabama," writes Townsend. Walmart, he notes, doesn't sell guns online. Shoppers put in their zip code and the website tells them if their local store has a particular weapon in stock. Meanwhile, Dick's Sporting Goods has suspended sales of rifles at its stores nationwide in light of...
  • Suspended ESPN analyst offers apology for RG3 comments

    12/19/2012 8:17:31 PM PST · by chessplayer · 33 replies
    ESPN is mum on what this means for his suspension or employment, but here’s Robert Parker’s statement: I blew it and I’m sincerely sorry. I completely understand how the issue of race in sports is a sensitive one and needs to be handled with great care. This past Thursday I failed to do that. I believe the intended topic is a worthy one. Robert’s thoughts about being an African-American quarterback and the impact of his phenomenal success have been discussed in other media outlets, as well as among sports fans, particularly those in the African-American community. The failure was in...
  • Ocotillo Wind Project - 90 Wind Turbines, Not one wind turbine is moving.

    12/19/2012 8:03:18 PM PST · by Names Ash Housewares · 31 replies
    SaveOcotillo ^ | Dec 19, 2012 | SaveOcotillo·
    Ocotillo Wind Project - Pattern Energy - Dec 19, 2012 No Wind This was a huge California BLM land grab. Much protest by local indian tribes and local residents to no avail. The desert was horribly disturbed and raped for this hundred million dollar boondoggle. The wind is seasonal there and even after a storm has moved through these ugly things are sitting still.
  • Faith leaders, city lawmakers urge new gun control laws - Rabbi, priest, imam join mayor

    12/19/2012 7:58:18 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies ^ | December 19, 2012 | Erin Cox and Annie Linskey
    Several religious leaders joined Baltimore's mayor and state lawmakers Wednesday in urging new state gun control laws, calling for a wide-ranging package of bills designed to prevent tragedies like the shooting in Connecticut. "The violence is simply too much, the grief is simply too profound," said Rabbi Ron Shulman of Chizuk Amuno Congregation, president of the Baltimore Jewish Council. State Sen. Brian Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat who chairs the Judicial Proceedings Committee, said that in the coming General Assembly session, he will push for a ban on assault weapons like the Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle used in last week's massacre....
  • Why is there no national conversation about the divorce?

    12/19/2012 7:57:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    American Vision News ^ | December 18, 2012 | Joel McDurmon
    Amid all of the ridiculous politicization of the gun angle in the wake of Sandy Hook, and even a few calls for a national discussion on mental illness (one more back door for tyrannies, many), why is there so little discussion—or even mention—of what acquaintances of Adam Lanza are calling the turning point in his life: his parents’ divorce?
  • Ohio Governor Kasich Spares Condemned Obese Killer

    12/19/2012 7:55:32 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 19 replies
    Bellefontaine Examiner Online ^ | 12-17-2012 | Andrew Welsh-Huggins
    The governor on Monday sidestepped a decision about whether a condemned inmate was too fat to be humanely executed by sparing the prisoner on the grounds that he had poor legal representation. Gov. John Kasich's decision to grant clemency to Ronald Post mirrored the recommendation of mercy by the state parole board, which said it didn't doubt Post's guilt but said there were too many problems with how he was represented 30 years ago. Post, who weighs 450 pounds, never raised the issue of his size with the board. And Kasich, who commuted Post's sentence to life with no chance...
  • Jake Tapper to Obama: This isn't your first gun massacre "Where've you been?" (video)

    12/19/2012 7:55:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/19/12 | jim hoft
    Jake Tapper blasted Barack Obama today at his press conference announcing a new gun control committee. Tapper pointed out that this wasn't the first mass slaughter under his watch, "Where've you been?"
  • High-Capacity-Magazine Bans (They won't help much either)

    12/19/2012 7:53:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/19/2012 | Clayton E. Cramer
    Bans on high-capacity magazines (variously defined as those holding more than ten, fifteen, or twenty rounds) seem to be part of just about every law to ban assault weapons. The rationale is to prevent the ability to engage in killing sprees like the one on Friday in Connecticut. Would a ban on high-capacity magazines (and not just a ban on new manufacture, as the 1994 federal law provided) make any difference in these massacres of the unarmed? I am hard pressed to see how. Detachable-magazine pistols and rifles have been in common use in the United States for more than...
  • Woman Arrested for Bringing Sword to Orlando Mosque: Authorities

    12/19/2012 7:52:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012
    No one was injured in the incidentA 47-year-old woman is under arrest after she entered the campus of a mosque and school in Orlando carrying a 2-foot-long sword. Dominique Vianneyte Eloi was charged Wednesday with possession of a weapon on school grounds, disrupting a school function and aggravated assault with a weapon. No one was injured. Orange County deputies say Eloi drove onto the campus of the Leaders Preparatory School and then entered the mosque, which was empty. An employee asked what she was doing, but she didn't respond. The school was locked down until sheriff's deputies arrived and arrested...
  • Conservatives Rationalize as America Circles the Drain

    12/19/2012 7:51:10 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 15 replies
    AT ^ | 12/19/202
    It's often hard to accept the truth, especially when that truth is scary -- when reality seems to offer you no solutions, only poison from which to pick. It's as with a man I once knew who insisted that it couldn't be proven that smoking is bad for you. He knew better in his heart, but his available choices -- giving up cigarettes or accepting the danger of their use -- were both emotionally unpalatable to him. Enter the rationalization. We're seeing the same thing with Republicans in the wake of Barack Obama's re-election. Radio host Sean Hannity, citing changing...
  • Steven Spielberg: In 2012, 'Chris Christie Was a Hero for Me' (Q&A)

    12/19/2012 7:49:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    The "Lincoln" director and Obama supporter, one of The Hollywood Reporter's 2012 Rule Breakers, says the New Jersey governor "put party politics aside for the greater good" and also cites Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton among his heroes. [SNIP] [SNIP] THR: Daniel, is there a British historical character who interests you in the way America is fascinated by Lincoln? Day-Lewis: The quality of fascination is incomparable, really. But I was very interested in Richard Hillary, a pilot who died in World War II. I don’t know if you’ve read Sebastian Faulks’ wonderful book The Fatal Englishman. He takes three lives...
  • Gov. Christie: Americans need to have a 'national discussion' about gun control

    12/19/2012 7:47:55 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 76 replies ^ | December 19, 2012 | Matt Friedman
    TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie said tonight that gun control is one of several issues that must be examined to prevent tragedies like Friday’s school shooting in Connecticut. On New Jersey 101.5 FM’s "Ask the Governor," Christie said Americans should engage in a "national discussion" about gun control, as well as the stigma associated with mental health treatment and violence in the media. "What role does the media play in terms of the violence we see on television and the movies? And the violent video games that I think desensitize our children to the real effects of violence. So I...