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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
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  • 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...
  • The Future of TV Is the Internet: Roku CEO

    12/25/2012 3:07:32 PM PST · by delacoert · 101 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 23, 2012
    Most television will be streamed over the Internet in the coming years, said Anthony Wood, CEO of Roku, maker of the streaming TV device of the same name. The question is how Internet-delivered content will get to your TV and who will deliver it, Wood told CNBC's Squawk on the Street. Right now, set-top devices like Roku and Apple TV and Internet-enabled Smart TVs are best positioned to take advantage of the sea change, said Wood. "Those are the two ways that most people are going to be watching television that's distributed over the Internet," said Wood. In the set-top...
  • Tornado on the Ground in Downtown Mobile, Alabama

    12/25/2012 3:07:07 PM PST · by military cop · 61 replies
    On the ground Downtown 1700 hours.
  • In Christmas sermon, Rev. Jesse Jackson asks Chicago inmates to help get guns off streets

    12/25/2012 2:56:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 56 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/25/12 | SOPHIA TAREEN
    In Christmas sermon, Rev. Jesse Jackson asks Chicago inmates to help get guns off streetsSOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press 10:21 a.m. CST, December 25, 2012 CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson has challenged inmates at Cook County Jail to help get guns off the streets. **SNIP** He has delivered Christmas Day sermons at jails for years. He says the point is to inspire and invest in inmates so they don't return to jail.
  • The Limits of Gun Control in the Wake of the Sandy Hook Massacre

    12/25/2012 2:39:29 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Reason ^ | December 19, 2012 | Jacob Sullum
    Outrage does not make ill-conceived policies smarter or more effective."These tragedies must end," says President Obama, referring to Adam Lanza's horrifying assault on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, last Friday. Although it is hard to disagree with that sentiment, the measures Obama favors cannot reasonably be expected to prevent such thankfully rare but nevertheless appalling outbursts of senseless violence. After the massacre, Press Secretary Jay Carney reiterated Obama's support for reinstating the federal "assault weapon" ban that expired in 2004, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) promised to introduce a bill aimed at doing so next month. But we know...
  • Lawmakers look to restrict gun magazine capacity

    12/25/2012 2:03:31 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    Administration Propaganda (AP) ^ | 12-24-12 | KEVIN FREKING
    WASHINGTON—Lawmakers from both parties voiced their willingness Sunday to pursue some changes to the nation's gun laws, but adamant opposition from the National Rifle Association has made clear than any such effort will face significant obstacles. NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre dismissed efforts to revive a ban on assault weapons as a "phony piece of legislation" that's built on lies. Democratic lawmakers in Congress have become more adamant about the need for stricter gun laws since the shooting of 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California is promising to push...
  • California’s Largest Corporation is Headed for the Exit (Golden State Death Watch™}

    12/25/2012 2:02:32 PM PST · by Kolath · 161 replies
    Front Page ^ | 12/25/2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Chevron is California’s largest corporation, but it seems to be making the move to becoming Texas’ largest corporation instead. That’s 800 jobs out the door which gives Chevron a larger presence in Texas than it still has in California.
  • Report: Waqf Continues to Destroy Jewish Antiquities

    12/25/2012 1:44:45 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/12/12 | Elad Benari
    The Muslim Waqf is continuing to destroy Jewish antiquities on the Temple Mount in a direct violation of a ruling by the Supreme Court, a new report released Monday finds. The author of the report, archaeologist Tzachi Zweig-Devira, told Arutz Sheva that his report is based on a personal visit he made to the Temple Mount. At the eastern part of the Temple Mount, said Zweig-Devira, there is a pile of dirt and antiquities, which he documented the Waqf moving without supervision of an official from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). This, he said, is a direct violation of a...
  • Businesses warn of 'coast wide port shutdown'...

    12/25/2012 1:43:20 PM PST · by Doogle · 34 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 12/25/12 | FOX
    As if Superstorm Sandy and the looming fiscal crisis weren't enough, a potential strike by thousands of dock workers from Boston to Houston threatens to shock the economy as early as this weekend. Business groups and state officials in recent days have called on President Obama to intervene, and use emergency powers to "avoid a coast wide port shutdown." They warn it could cost billions, citing estimates that a 10-day port lockout in 2002 cost $1 billion a day -- and caused a major backlog in shipments. Florida Gov. Rick Scott is the latest to enter the fray and call...
  • Particularly Dangerous Situation Tornado Watch (Eastern LA, South MS, SW AL)

    12/25/2012 1:42:41 PM PST · by dirtboy · 34 replies
    Hazard Likelihood Tornadoes Likely EF2+ Tornadoes Likely High Wind Likely
  • Washington D.C. police investigating whether NBC moderator [David Gregory] violated law

    12/25/2012 1:40:55 PM PST · by grundle · 51 replies
    CNN ^ | December 25, 2012 | Larry Lazo
    Washington Metropolitan Police Department is investigating whether NBC’s David Gregory violated D.C. gun laws when he displayed what he described as a 30 round magazine as part of an interview during Sunday’s “Meet the Press.” “So here’s a magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets. Now isn’t it possible that if we got rid of these, if we replaced them and said well, you can only have a magazine that carries five bullets or ten bullets, isn’t it just possible that we could reduce the carnage in a situation like Newtown?” show moderator Gregory asked Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice...
  • Gregory on MTP: Likely Broke DC Law, Hypocritically Mocked NRA's Armed Guards Proposal

    12/25/2012 1:35:15 PM PST · by grundle · 18 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 23, 2012 | Tom Blumer
    Two blog posts today should shred the credibility of Meet the Press's David Gregory in making arguments for gun control and against appropriate armed staff or security personnel at schools -- or they would, if journalists had the least bit of interest in exposing lawbreaking and hyprocritical behavior by their professional colleagues. During the show, as reported at the Patriot Perspective, relaying a point first brought out by a member of the AR15.com forum site, Gregory "decided to wave around a 30-round AR-15 magazine" in direct violation of the District of Columbia "DC High Capacity Ammunition Magazines" statute. Given the...
  • Bennett More Popular Than Ever, in Polls and on Facebook

    12/25/2012 1:34:46 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/12/12 | David Lev
    The weekend media storm over Naftali Bennett's position on how IDF soldiers should deal with orders to throw Jews out of their homes does not seem to have hurt the Bayit Yehudi chairman – and in fact, the party is doing better than ever. Several polls showed that Bayit Yehudi has pulled ahead of Shas, and with its 12-13 seats (depending on the poll), the party will be the third largest, after Labor and Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu. Auguring the party's popularity is the fact that Naftali Bennett's Facebook page has now achieved 100,00 “likes,” the seal of approval Facebook users grant...
  • D.C. police investigate whether NBC's David Gregory broke city laws when he displayed magazine clip

    12/25/2012 1:30:05 PM PST · by grundle · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 25, 2012 | Snejana Farberov
    <p>The Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department is investigating allegations that NBC's David Gregory violated city laws when he displayed what appeared to be a 30-round gun magazine on 'Meet the Press' Sunday.</p> <p>'The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating this matter,' police officer and spokesman Araz Alali said Tuesday.</p>
  • How Charles Dickens Put Holly Branch Through The Heart Of The Worst Economics Ever

    12/25/2012 1:21:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | Jerry Bowyer
    Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer. I don’t make merry myself at Christmas and I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned: they cost enough: and those who are badly off must go there.” “Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.” “If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”That phrase–surplus population–is what first tipped me off to Dickens’ philosophical agenda. He’s taking aim at the father of the zero-growth philosophy, Thomas Malthus. Malthus’ ideas...
  • W.H. Petition: 'Press Charges Against David Gregory' for Breaking D.C. Gun Laws

    12/25/2012 1:14:21 PM PST · by grundle · 28 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 20, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    A petition on the White House's website calls for charges to be filed against David Gregory for breaking Washington, D.C.'s gun laws. "Press charges against David Gregory for possession of a 30-round, high capacity assault rifle magazine in Washington D.C," reads the title of the petition: "David Gregory is not above the law; he is a journalist, and must be held accountable to the same law as every other person," reads the petition, referring to the most recent episode of Meet the Press when Gregory held up what he said was an ammunition clip for an AR-15. The petition continues:...
  • Body found in burned home of killer of 2 firemen

    12/25/2012 1:00:11 PM PST · by JustaCowgirl · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/25/2012 | George M. Walsh
    WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police have found human remains in the burned-out home of the Webster, N.Y., ex-con who killed two firefighters and believe the victim is the gunman's sister. Police Chief Gerald Pickering said Tuesday the remains were found in the charred house that 62-year-old William Spengler shared with his 67-year-old sister, Cheryl. A medical examiner will need to determine the identity. Police say Willliam Spengler armed himself with a revolver, shotgun and military-style rifle before he set his house afire to lure first responders into a pre-dawn death trap on Christmas Eve. Pickering says Spengler "was equipped to...
  • Old Headstones From 19th Century Cemetery Used To Prevent Erosion (govt worker condones)

    12/25/2012 12:57:08 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 26 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | December 22 | Steve Tawa
    ...Delaware River Port Authority’s Tim Ireland says the bodies of the deceased were moved elsewhere and the grave markers were deliberately left behind. “These are not stones that are looking for loved ones. These are basically just pieces of granite that were left behind,” Ireland explains.
  • The Shale Revolution's Shifting Geopolitics

    12/25/2012 12:51:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 25, 2012 | Alan Riley
    The shale energy revolution is likely to shift the tectonic plates of global power in ways that are largely beneficial to the West and reinforce U.S. power and influence during the first half of this century. Yet most public discussion of shale’s potential either focuses on the alleged environmental dangers of fracking or on how shale will affect the market price of natural gas. Both discussions blind policy makers to the true scale of the shale revolution. The real impact stems from its effect on the oil market. Shale gas offers the means to vastly increase the supply of fossil...
  • Gun Restrictions Have Always Bred Defiance, Black Markets

    12/25/2012 12:48:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Reason ^ | December 22, 2012 | J.D. Tuccille
    For reasons of their own, most people, in many countries, defy anti-gun lawsI doubt I ever would have gone to the black market to purchase an illegal assault weapon if it wasn’t for New York’s annoyingly restrictive gun control laws. Wait. Let me back up a bit. New York State passed the Sullivan Act back in 1911. The law required people to get a government permit to own or carry any weapon small enough to be concealed—handguns, in particular. Issuing the permit would be a matter of official discretion, which is a policy continued to the present day.The motivation for...
  • Anti-Piers Morgan petition tops 60K signers (Deport Piers Morgan)

    12/25/2012 12:39:17 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/25/12 | KATIE GLUECK
    CNN anchor Piers Morgan isn’t benefiting from much Christmas cheer, at least according to one measure: The number of signers on a petition urging the White House to deport Morgan has skyrocketed by Tuesday morning past 60,000 names. The petition, created last week, had 60,080 supporters and is posted on the White House’s official petition site. It slams Morgan for comments he has made regarding gun control in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 children and six adults.
  • Police probe NBC's David Gregory on gun clip (Politico Report...)

    12/25/2012 12:36:16 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/25/12 | KATIE GLUECK
    The Washington Metropolitan Police Department is investigating whether any city laws were violated when NBC’s David Gregory displayed what appeared to be a 30-round gun magazine on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, a spokesman confirmed to POLITICO. “The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating this matter,” said police officer and spokesman Araz Alali in an interview Tuesday. When pressed on what the police department was investigating, Alali added, “The ‘Meet the Press’, David Gregory incident.” “There are D.C. code violations, D.C. code restrictions on guns, ammunition. We are investigating this matter. Beyond the scope of that, I can’t comment any...
  • Newspaper Publishes Gun Owners’ Names and Addresses

    12/25/2012 12:31:16 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/24/12
    A newspaper in New York has received a wave of criticism from its readers after publishing the names and addresses of all of the individuals with handgun or pistol permits in its coverage area. Hundreds of residents in New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties were surprised to find their names and addresses listed on a map posted by The Journal News on Sunday. Users can click any dot on the map to see which of their neighbors has a permit for a gun. The map sparked more than 500 comments from readers within a day of its appearance on the...
  • Policewoman who killed US aide in Kabul 'is Iranian'

    12/25/2012 11:43:23 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | December 25, 2012 | Unattributed
    A policewoman who shot dead a US civilian aide at the police headquarters in Kabul is an Iranian national, Afghan authorities say. The woman, believed to have mental health problems, joined the security forces using an illegally obtained Afghan identity card. Investigators are not ruling out the possibility that she may have been in touch with "terrorist networks". The incident is a major blow to the government's security screening policy. Insider attacks against Afghan police and Nato troops have risen sharply in 2012. It is thought to be the first time such an insider attack was carried out by a...
  • Merry Christmas, everyone!!

    12/25/2012 11:41:27 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 105 replies
    Christmas Day 2012 | Jim Robinson
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our FReeper FRiends!! God bless, Jim, Sheila, John and Chris
  • Chinese man drives car into students, injuring 13

    12/25/2012 11:34:12 AM PST · by null and void · 19 replies
    SFGate ^ | 1:12 am, Tuesday, December 25, 2012
    <p>BEIJING (AP) — A man angered by a court ruling in the murder of his daughter rammed a car loaded with a gas tank and firecrackers into a group of middle schoolers, injuring 13 in the country's latest attack on students.</p>
  • In Pursuit of Recognition: An Undocumented Immigrant's Resilient Fight(NPR)

    12/25/2012 11:07:41 AM PST · by Drango · 17 replies
    NPR ^ | December 25, 2012 | Mandalit del Barco
    Unlike many undocumented immigrants, Sofia Campos is not afraid to give her real name. "It's deliberate, and it's liberating," she says. "It's kind of a shock to hear somebody say, 'I am undocumented' or wear the 'I am undocumented' T-shirt, just in your face." The 22-year-old is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and heads United We Dream — a national network of youth-led immigrant organizations. She's part of an outspoken generation of activists who've lobbied lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans alike, for changes in immigration policy. This year, their movement scored a victory with President Obama's Deferred...
  • Yes, Columbine Had Armed Guards—And They Saved Lives

    12/25/2012 11:01:02 AM PST · by raptor22 · 57 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 25, 2012
    School Safety: Critics of the National Rifle Association's call for armed security guards at our schools respond that one famous school did have a sheriff's deputy on scene. But without him, the toll would have been much worse. After remaining silent on the mass shooting at Sandy Hook, the NRA's Wayne LaPierre held a press conference Friday to condemn another tragedy in a gun-free zone and to advocate the placement of armed security guards at our schools as is done at airports, banks and other public venues. "It's now time for us to assume responsibility for our schools," he said....
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    12/25/2012 10:42:49 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
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  • Florida Mayor Trades In His Pimpmobile

    12/25/2012 10:10:04 AM PST · by shove_it · 15 replies
    Jalopnik via Yahoo ^ | 24 Dec 2012 | Raphael Orlove
    The mayor of Tampa, Bob Buckhorn, has traded in his GMC Yukon Denali, seized from a local pimp. What's Buckhorn's new ride? It's a brand-new Suburban, bought with money from the Republican National Convention. From pimps to pork, then. The old Denali was a 2005 model taken from infamous local pimp Melvin Fox, who was charged with sex trafficking, sexual battery, and allegedly forcing someone's daughter into prostitution. Buckhorn thought the SUV would be perfect for his kids, right after he took off the chrome spinners. Buckhorn gave the Denali back to the Tampa police department, and it is now...
  • New York newspaper faces backlash after publishing map of gun permit holders

    12/25/2012 10:04:27 AM PST · by Nachum · 93 replies
    fox news ^ | 12/25/12 | staff
    A local New York newspaper is drawing the ire of its readers after publishing an interactive map that shows the names and addresses of thousands of residents who have handgun permits. The online map was published by The Journal News along with an article under the headline: "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood." The newspaper obtained, and then published, the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties through a Freedom of Information Act request. The article, in explaining the decision to publish the information, pointed to...