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  • Man fatally shot by ex-girlfriend during burglary in Abilene

    12/29/2012 6:14:55 AM PST · by texas_mrs · 18 replies
    Abilene Police have released the following information about a fatal shooting this morning. "On 12-25-12 at 2014 hrs, APD responded to a disturbance call in the 1000 block of Minda Lane. Upon arrival, responding officers contacted Lawanda Taylor. She reported her estranged ex-boyfriend, Earnest Gonzales, came to the residence and attempted to gain entry by kicking a side door. Gonzales fled the scene after he discovered Taylor called the police. "On 12-26-12 at 0209 hrs, Gonzales returned to the residence and gained entry to the house by forcing open the front door, causing considerable damage. Gonzales entered the residence and...
  • Police: Multiple suspects caught after attempted robbery

    12/29/2012 5:56:50 AM PST · by FunkyZero · 6 replies ^ | 12/29/2012 |
    INDIANAPOLIS - Multiple suspects were caught after an attempted robbery Thursday evening. Police were dispatched to a robbery in progress where the victim was following the suspect vehicle near Shortridge and Washington streets. ....clipped.... When the victim exited his vehicle for delivery, he noticed five individuals sitting in a car with one individual wearing a mask and holding a gun, police said. Police said the victim drew a gun he legally possessed and the suspects fled the area.
  • Suspect Shot Dead by Would-Be Robbery Victim: Cops [Thank You, 2nd Amendment]

    12/29/2012 5:47:56 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 12/28/12 I | Edward R Colby
    A male suspect was shot and killed by the person he was trying to rob, Miami Gardens Police said. The suspect was attempting to rob the victim and shot him at least one time, Miami Gardens Police Capt. Ralph Suarez said. “The victim went to the ground but was able to retrieve his own weapon and shot the offender several times,” Suarez said. “The offender died at the scene,” outside the Rainbow shop at NW 19925 NW 2nd Ave., he said.
  • Obama's Corporate Fool

    12/29/2012 5:42:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | December 29, 2012 | John Ransom
    “Jim Jett always used to say that his brother was the damndest scoundrel that was ever borne,” drawled Abraham Lincoln, “but by the infinite mercy of providence he was also the damndest fool.” Jeffrey Immelt, the modern version of Jim Jett’s brother and Chief Executive Officer of General Electric, should be fired. Actually, if it’s possible, he should be fired twice: once because he’s a scoundrel and another time because he’s a fool. As a fool and as a scoundrel, the guy has wonderful timing; timing that can only be attributed to the vast Left-Wing conspiracy that aims to convince Americans...
  • Escaped dog led to highway deaths of 2 women

    12/29/2012 5:28:29 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 42 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 28 December 2012
    <p>SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (AP) — The deaths of two women who were struck by vehicles on a Southern California highway last week have been connected to a chase after a loose dog. Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Lt. Butch Arnoldi tells the Santa Maria Times ( ) that 54-year-old Sara Ornelas and 49-year-old Barbara Romero were driving to a casino at 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 21 when they pulled over west of Lake Cachuma.</p>
  • Semper Fi, Unless It's Not Convenient

    12/29/2012 5:23:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies ^ | December 29, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    Jon Hammar saw combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, but his most brutal foreign experience was in Mexico. Last August, the 27-year-old former Marine corporal was incarcerated by Mexican authorities in Matamoros for trying to register an antique shotgun with customs agents. Foolishly, Cpl. Hammar followed instructions given to him by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Brownsville, Texas. He registered the gun with them and brought the paperwork to the Mexicans to get their stamp of approval in order to carry the gun through the country. Hammar and a friend were driving a Winnebago, hoping to have a nice surfing vacation...
  • Maine same-sex couples marry in first hours of law [Celebrate Sodomy or be condemned]

    12/29/2012 4:51:49 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    Seattle P. I. ^ | 12/29/12 | David Sharp
    Arriving in a limo, Donna Galluzzo and Lisa Gorney had all the trappings of a traditional wedding: Rings, flowers, wedding vows, an entourage and a friend to officiate. With tears in their eyes, they were among the first gay couples to exchange wedding vows early Saturday morning after Maine's same-sex marriage law went into effect at midnight.
  • Secret CIA Structure Disclosed – OpEd (Benghazi, Doherty family gets nothing)

    12/29/2012 4:17:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Albany Tribune ^ | 12/28/12 | VOR
    **SNIP** A real scandal broke out when it became known that the family of a GRS agent who was killed during the attack on the embassy in Benghazi, Glen Doherty, hasn’t yet received any compensation from the CIS. The CIS officials say that Doherty was not employed permanently, and, according to the CIS’s regulations, pensions and compensations are provided only to the agency’s permanent employees and their families. Now, because Doherty’s family has received no compensation, it has to pay large debts. This story may undermine not only the CIA’s prestige, but also that of the US government. After all,...
  • David Gregory and Hobby Lobby: The Liberal Paradox (Who should obey the law?)

    12/29/2012 3:46:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Right Sphere ^ | 12/28/12 | RB
    **SNIP** Anyway, there’s a larger picture here and one that plainly highlights the liberal hypocrisy and incoherence that somehow goes unnoticed by a very large number of people in this country who, unfortunately, also vote. Liberals like David Gregory are allowed to break laws to prove a point. I’d be fine with this if they were also held accountable for breaking those laws. But his accomplices – let’s face it, that’s what they are: accomplices after the fact – are defending him from ANY prosecution at all. Why? He broke the law. Fine, he was making a point, but that...
  • Tea Party Goes Global (Tea Party cost us surplus: Swan)

    12/29/2012 2:24:55 AM PST · by csb · 12 replies
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 29 December 2012 | Joe Kelly
    WAYNE Swan has blamed the conservative Tea Party movement in the US for damaging the global economy and contributing to the "whack" to Australia's budget position that has ruined Labor's planned 2012-13 surplus.
  • Antisemitism & The Latest Performance of Roger Waters

    12/29/2012 1:42:45 AM PST · by omniscient · 15 replies
    “Civil society representative” Roger Waters ...
  • Nation Running Out of Ammo

    12/29/2012 1:22:34 AM PST · by lbryce · 66 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | December 28, 2012 | William A Jacobsen
    Reaction to threats by Senator Dianne Feinstein and others to ban certain weapons and serverely restrict ownership of guns generally has caused a run on gun stores, as is widely reported. Less reported is the run on ammunition, leaving ammunition inventories down 93% since election day. So reports Traction Control blog, Plunge! Ammunition Levels Less Than 10% of Pre-Election Levels: Ammunition Stock levels have fallen by more than 90% from the pre-Election Day levels. Less than 10% remains available. Available Ammunition links will be updated throughout the day. Handguns are down by 80%, Long Guns by 63% for an overall...
  • After newspaper's gun-permit map, blogger posts journalists' addresses

    12/29/2012 1:05:58 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri December 28, 2012 | Rande Iaboni and Laura Ly
    New York (CNN) -- A blogger has posted the home addresses of staffers from a newspaper after the paper published an online, interactive map showing names and addresses of all handgun permit-holders in New York's Westchester and Rockland counties. Christopher Fountain, who is also a gun owner, spoke to CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" on Thursday to explain his reasoning behind the posting. "I felt they were using this to harass gun owners," Fountain said of the newspaper's staff. "So I harassed them back." Fountain posted the name, home address and phone numbers of the Journal News' publisher, editor,...
  • Guns in America: Where the 2nd Amendment Is Not Up for Discussion

    12/29/2012 12:59:36 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 22 replies
    Take Part ^ | November 6, 2012 | Christina Kharbertyan November 6, 2012 Comment
    Guns in America:A Gun for Every Body From the Pacific to the Atlantic, there are 310 million guns in Americans, some being handled by children still in elementary school. With a population of a little more than 314 million, there are enough guns in America to allocate one firearm for every man, woman and child. To load those weapons, the country has a hefty number of bullets, and a surplus of bullet-inflicted mortalities. America’s steady tally of gun-violence fatalities should have earmarked the subject as a high-priority topic, but discussion of firearm issues was nonexistent in the 2012 presidential...
  • Teachers get lessons in how to handle armed assaults

    12/29/2012 12:52:41 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 Dec 2012 | Peter Foster
    More than 200 teachers responded to the course offered by the Utah Shooting Sports Council came a week after the National Rifle Association, the powerful national gun lobby group, launched a highly controversial campaign to put armed guards in every school in America. Utah is one of two states in American that allows licensed teachers to carry concealed firearms on school premises but the 'Mass Violence Response Training Class'.
  • Murder rate in New York City hits a record low with 414 homicides in 2012

    12/29/2012 12:18:50 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    <p>The murder rate in the city plunged to a record low this year — and the number of shootings plummeted to their lowest point in 18 years, officials said.</p> <p>As of Friday, there were 414 homicides investigated since the beginning of the year — about 19% less than the 471 killings reported at the same time in 2011.</p>
  • China firm to acquire major African iron ore mine

    12/28/2012 11:40:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 29, 2012 1:05 AM EST
    A privately-owned Chinese company is finalizing the acquisition of an Australian mining firm that controls a major iron ore mine in west Africa, a move that would give China a stronger role in setting global iron ore prices, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported Saturday. … As the world’s second-largest economy, China is eager to acquire overseas assets and resources to feed its rapid growth. …
  • Fearful of ban, frenzied buyers swarm gun stores

    12/28/2012 11:33:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 28, 2012 8:57 PM EST | Joseph Pisani
    The phones at Red’s Trading Post wouldn’t stop ringing. Would-be customers from as far away as New York wanted to know if the Twin Falls, Idaho gun shop had firearms in stock. Others clamored to find out if their orders had been shipped. Overwhelmed, gun store manager Ryan Horsley had to do what no employee would ever think of doing just days before Christmas: He disconnected the phone lines for three whole days. … The phones at gun shops across the country are ringing off the hook. Demand for firearms, ammunition and bulletproof gear has surged since the Dec. 14...
  • The Liberal God Delusion

    12/28/2012 11:12:06 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Dec 28, 2012 | Michael Medved
    Our government has been hijacked by a party obsessed with a higher power. But I’m not talking about the GOP. I’m talking about the left and their worship of government. As Washington staggers into a new year, one side of the political spectrum polarizes and paralyzes all ongoing debates due to its irrational reliance on a higher power. The problem isn’t religious conservatives and their abiding faith in God; it’s mainstream liberals and their blind confidence in government. Consider the current dispute over the right response to gun violence. At its core, this argument comes down to a visceral disagreement...
  • Rubio Challenges Clinton To “Explain Why Her Department Failed”

    12/28/2012 11:09:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 28, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, to “explain why her department failed.” In an editorial published on Wednesday, Rubio said the State Department Accountability Review Board (ARB) report released last week “concisely lays out much that we already knew” about the attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. “This was the premeditated work of terrorists, not a protest about a YouTube video that spun out of control,” Rubio said, adding that...