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  • Preventing Mass-Murder Tragedies: What Works, What Doesn’t (Clayton E. Cramer)

    12/25/2012 9:03:20 PM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | December 17, 2012 | Clayton E. Cramer
    There is a drumbeat of demand for a new federal assault-weapons ban to prevent more tragedies like the one that happened in Connecticut. If we had not tried the experiment, you could honestly wonder if it would do any good. But the policy has been tried and found wanting. In 1999, the National Institute of Justice published a study by criminologists Jeffrey Roth and Christopher Koper, “Impacts of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban: 1994–96.” It examined the effects of the federal assault-weapons ban in its first two years of operation and found no statistically significant reduction in murder rates. “The...
  • BBC's 'Top Gear' Host to America: 'It took us 40 years to get rid of Piers Morgan, Pleasse don't

    12/25/2012 8:57:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/25/12 | Kerry Picket
    Jeremy Clarkson, a British television personality who hosts the popular BBC program Top Gear, weighed in on the controversy surrounding fellow Brit CNNÂ’s Piers Morgan. Clarkson tweeted on Monday: Jeremy Clarkson âś” @JeremyClarkson Americans. It took us 40 years to get rid of Piers Morgan. Pleasse don't send him back. 24 Dec 12 Reply Retweet Favorite The Top Gear host also tweeted: Jeremy Clarkson âś” @JeremyClarkson Americans. Was the second amendment not introduced to protect you from the tyranny of the British? Piers Morgan in other words. 24 Dec 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Following the deadly shooting at an elementary...
  • 'Odd Couple' star Jack Klugman dies in LA at 90

    12/25/2012 8:54:31 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 12/25/12 | ANTHONY McCARTNEY
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For many, Jack Klugman will always be the messy one. His portrayal of sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison on TV's "The Odd Couple" left viewers laughing but it also gave Klugman the leverage to create a more serious character, the gruff medical examiner in "Quincy M.E." His everyman ethos and comic timing endeared him to audiences and led to a prolific, six-decade acting career that spanned stage, screen and television. Klugman died Monday at age 90 in suburban Northridge with his wife at his side. His sons called on his fans to embrace their father's tenacious and...
  • WHEN ‘ASSAULT WEAPONS’ SAVED KOREATOWN

    12/25/2012 8:39:38 PM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/23/2012 | Ryan James Girdusky
    This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, sparked by the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers accused of beating the now-deceased Rodney King. During the five days, mobs around Los Angeles looted stores, burnt 3,767 buildings, caused more than $1 billion in property damage, and led to the deaths of more than 50 people and left another 4,000 injured. A story that has been forgotten since then is that of the brave storeowners in Koreatown who fended off mobs with handguns, rifles and assault weapons.On the second day of the riots, the police...
  • Poll: British Kids Ask Santa For Dads, Siblings

    12/25/2012 8:35:06 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 25 Dec 2012
    the children of Great Britain understand far better than their parents the reasons for the collapse of Western Civilization: lack of children, and lack of two-parent heterosexual homes. A poll of British parents showed that topping the list of children’s most-requested Christmas gifts was a sibling (Britain’s birth rate is below replacement levels, with most non-immigrant British children not having a sibling). Slightly lower down on the list was a “dad” – Britain’s single motherhood rate is 21 percent. “Less than half” of single parents have a job, and most live off of state assistance. Seventy percent of the criminals...
  • White House Petition To Deport Piers Morgan Passes Threshold, Now At 60,000 Signatures

    12/25/2012 7:52:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/25/2012 | Tyler Durden
    Frankly we have no idea what this is all about, because as far as we are concerned, CNN long ago became a politicized, ratings-starved farce, wrapped in a joke inside a humiliation (after once upon a time being the only go to place for objective breaking news), but it is rather funny. The Hill reports that "a White House petition calling for the deportation of CNN personality Piers Morgan, a U.K. citizen, over his recent comments criticizing U.S. gun laws rocketed past the 25,000 signatures it needed for an official response Monday. As of this writing, nearly 40,000 people...
  • Luxury condo building in B'klyn bans smoking by owners and tenants

    12/25/2012 7:52:24 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 23, 2012 | JULIA MARSH and BETH DEFALCO
    It’s fine to flash the neighbors — just don’t have the indecency to smoke. The condo board for one of Brooklyn’s most prestigious addresses has banned smoking throughout the glass-walled building — including in residents’ private apartments. Condo owners at tony 1 Grand Army Plaza — a k a 1 Prospect Park, where residents are famous for parading around in the buff, giving parkgoers an eyeful through their floor-to-ceiling windows — will now face fines if they dare to light up in their multimillion-dollar pads. The only area where residents can puff away is on their private terraces, which boast...
  • No Fiscal Cliff Deal Could Cause Jails To Release Inmates

    12/25/2012 7:44:37 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 31 replies
    Associated Press via CBS Seattle ^ | December 25, 2012 | Associated Press
    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A scenario that police in western Oregon feared came true in the thick of holiday season after two dozen inmates were freed from a county jail that could no longer afford to hold them. Less than an hour after one low-level offender walked out, authorities say, he was demanding that a bank teller hand over money. In a time of budget cuts, cases where inmates get out of jail with little punishment only to commit more serious crimes shortly after their release have become all too common, authorities say. Many in law enforcement predicted this would...
  • Baseball player Andruw Jones arrested for battering his wife at their Atlanta home on Christmas

    12/25/2012 7:36:48 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 47 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 25, 2012
    Baseball star Andruw Jones has been arrested for allegedly beating his wife on Christmas morning. Jones, 35, was booked into the Gwinnett County jail outside Atlanta, Georgia, about 3.45am today on a charge of simple assault. Jones won the Golden Glove award ten times in a row between 1998 and 2007 for his performance in the outfield for the Atlanta Braves.
  • University of Texas law student leads the way in 3-D printable gun technology

    12/25/2012 7:07:57 PM PST · by grundle · 61 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 25, 2012
    Demands for stricter restrictions on gun sales are all the rage right now in light of the Connecticut elementary school massacre. However, a law student at the University of Texas says new technology will soon change the regulatory landscape dramatically, and possibly make such regulation futile. The student, Cody Wilson, is among the leaders of Defense Distributed, home of the wiki weapon project. The goal of the collaborative, nonprofit project is simple: to create freely available plans that you can download from the Internet and produce a gun using a 3-D printer. YouTube video at printablegun.com shows Wilson’s group test...
  • Australian Mosque Posts Facebook ‘Fatwa’ on Christmas…Then Takes It Down

    12/25/2012 7:02:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/25/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    The largest mosque in Australia posted a Facebook “fatwa” against Christmas — warning followers that it’s a “sin” even to wish people a Merry Christmas — before taking it down, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The ruling, posted Saturday by the Lakemba Mosque in Sydney, said the “disbelievers are trying to draw Muslims away from the straight path” and that “a Muslim is neither allowed to celebrate the Christmas Day nor is he allowed to congratulate [Christians].” It went up following a sermon from the mosque’s head imam against participating in any Christmas-related activities. On wishing people a Merry Christmas,...
  • German Laser Weapon Can Shoot A Drone Out Of The Sky

    12/25/2012 6:42:52 PM PST · by zeestephen · 65 replies
    MSN.now ^ | 24 December 2012
    Or even hit a mortar round mid-air before it's had a chance to explode. The machine fires a 30 kW primary laser and a 20 kW secondary laser that can slice through a steel girder at about 1,000 yards.
  • Simple eye scan can reveal extent of Multiple Sclerosi

    12/25/2012 6:34:51 PM PST · by shove_it · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 24 Dec 2012
    A simple eye test may offer a fast and easy way to monitor patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), medical experts say in the journal Neurology. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a scan that measures the thickness of the lining at the back of the eye - the retina. It takes a few minutes per eye and can be performed in a doctor's surgery. In a trial involving 164 people with MS, those with thinning of their retina had earlier and more active MS. The team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine say larger trials with a...
  • Kerry's alleged ties to Communist China ignored by news media

    12/25/2012 6:24:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/24/12 | Jim Kouri
    Conventional wisdom in the nation's capital has it that Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is a sure bet to be confirmed as U.S. Secretary of State by the U.S. Senate, despite his alleged anti-war propaganda when he returned from his brief tour-of-duty in Vietnam and his ties to China as a senator. In fact, on Sunday leaders of the controversial conservative group known as the Swift Boaters, who attacked John Kerry's military record to derail his bid for the White House in 2004, said they won't actively fight his nomination as Secretary of State. Even foreign leaders are expected to welcome...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ What Christmas Ornament Are You? ~ 26 December 2012

    12/25/2012 6:03:12 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 103 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ Freeper Canteen ~ Canteen Mission StatementShowing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. Today We Want To Know..... What Christmas Ornament Are You? Click here and take the quiz! To share your results, click "Get HTML", then copy and paste the code into a "Reply" box. Have fun! Please remember that The Canteen is here to support and entertain our troops and veterans and their families, and is family friendly.
  • Embrace proven job creator

    12/25/2012 5:52:37 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | December 23, 2012 | Editorial
    The right-to-work movement that has swallowed up Michigan, heretofore the state that seemed least likely to enact legislation that could be construed as anti-union, has evoked a see-no-evil, speak-no-evil, hear-no-evil reaction in staunchly pro-union Connecticut. But the facts don't lie. Right-to-work is the key to curing much of what ails the Nutmeg State's economy, and it belongs on lawmakers' radar screen. The strongest argument for right-to-work is that it is a job creator. The strongest argument against it is that those jobs don't pay as well as comparable jobs in the 26 states that have not passed such legislation. Experience...
  • Report: Syria Converted Combat Aircraft to Drones with WMDs

    12/25/2012 5:50:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    inn ^ | 12/25/12 | Elad Benari
    A MiG-21 combat aircraft flown by a Syrian pilot who defected to Jordan in June was found to have been upgraded back in Syria to carry chemical weapons and to fly without a pilot, the Yisrael Hayom daily reported on Tuesday. According to the report, U.S. experts who examined the plane believe Russian engineers helped convert the plane and that Syria has more of them in its air force. On June 21, Syrian pilot Hassan Hamada, who holds a rank equivalent to colonel, took off in his MiG-21 from al-Dumair military airport northeast of Damascus and flew to King Hussein...
  • Early Data Show Weak Holiday Sales

    12/25/2012 4:22:09 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 150 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 25, 2012, 5:57 p.m. ET. | SHELLY BANJO
    The annual holiday shop-a-thon drew to a muted close for many retailers, according to preliminary data, reflecting what some experts said was the slowest growth in spending since the 2008 recession. For the eight weeks from Oct. 28 through Christmas Eve, retail sales for the holidays rose just 0.7% from the year before, according to MasterCard Inc.'s SpendingPulse unit. Enlarge Image Close Reuters A man with shopping bags sleeps in Macy's in New York on Monday. . After falling 5.5% in 2008, holiday sales rebounded strongly in 2009 and 2010, and rose about 2% last year, according to the company's...
  • Fidel Castro’s Last Stand

    12/25/2012 3:42:45 PM PST · by re_tail20 · 18 replies
    Newsweek ^ | December 17, 2012 | A. L. Bardach
    In the wee hours of Dec. 10, the recently reelected Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, boarded his private jet for Havana to undergo a fourth round of surgery in his battle against cancer. Surrounded by his inner circle, the 58-year-old populist, donning a blue and white tracksuit, stood at the top of the stairs of his plane, embraced his closest advisers, then punched the air with his fist and shouted, “ˇHasta la vida siempre!” (“Onward into life always!”) One day earlier Chávez conceded what many had surmised: that his cancer had returned. In June 2011 he had surgery in Havana to...
  • Merry Cliffmas

    12/25/2012 3:23:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | Charles Payne
    Okay, so it's the night before Christmas and all through the House (of Representatives) not a creature is stirring, not even John Boehner. Congress is off for the holiday, and the President is out in Hawaii. And here we are, one week from fiscal calamity. Surely, if this Fiscal Cliff doesn't get sorted out it will be one of the worst failures of Congress and the President of all time. Nevertheless, both Boehner and Obama agree there's still time. For me, if the few goons in Congress and the White House procrastinated all year only to hold all of America hostage...