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  • New Twist in Gun Control Debate: Mom Runs Out of Bullets Defending Kids from Criminal

    01/09/2013 2:19:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 52 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 9, 2013 | NA
    Mom shot 6 time ex-convict intruder with all the bullets of her 38, yet he was still able to get up after she ran out of bullets. What if it was more than one intruder? Maybe limiting ammunition capacity is actually better for the criminals and not their victims after all...
  • Union-run trust seeks Chrysler stock sale

    01/09/2013 2:10:13 PM PST · by ColdOne · 5 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/9/13 | ap
    A trust fund that pays medical bills for Chrysler blue-collar retirees has asked the company to set up a public sale of Chrysler stock. The United Auto Workers trust, which owns 41.5 percent of Chrysler's shares, on Wednesday asked Chrysler to start the process for an initial public stock offering. The trust wants the company to sell 16.6 percent of the stock owned by the trust, Chrysler said. Italian carmaker Fiat SpA, which owns the remaining 58.5 percent of Chrysler, is fighting the trust in a Delaware court over the value of Chrysler shares
  • Bill Clinton named 'Father of the Year'

    01/09/2013 2:02:44 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies
    Bill Clinton named 'Father of the Year' Comments () By CAITLIN MCDEVITT | 1/9/13 3:38 PM EST AP AP Former President Bill Clinton is getting props for being a good dad. Clinton was named the “Father of the Year” by the National Father’s Day Council on Wednesday. The group selected Clinton for his “profound generosity, leadership and tireless dedication to both his public office and many philanthropic organizations,” Dan Orwig, chairman of the National Father’s Day Committee, said in the announcement.
  • Wal-Mart Now Sold On Gun-Control Summit

    01/09/2013 1:39:58 PM PST · by Yehuda · 142 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/9/12 | CNN
    Wal-Mart now sold on gun-control summit Retail giant Wal-Mart has had an apparent change of heart about attending a gun-control summit called by Vice President Joe Biden.
  • Public university to offer course on ‘sibling incest’

    01/09/2013 1:39:16 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 49 replies
    A public university plans to offer a course this spring on “sibling incest in theory and literature,” Campus Reform learned on Tuesday. According to the University of Missouri’s official description, the class will “examine the deployment of erotic desire, love, and sympathy as political, economic, and textual strategies, and analyze the gender dynamics involved in such deployment.”
  • Christie's Time cover upsets N.J. Italian-American advocacy group

    01/09/2013 1:31:58 PM PST · by SMGFan · 40 replies
    A New Jersey-based Italian-American advocacy group is upset with the portrayal of Gov. Chris Christie on Time magazine's cover this week. “To me, it was just the typical smearing of Italian-Americans ,” said Andre’ DiMino, president of the Italian-American One Voice Coalition. “Regardless of who the person is, but making it look like a mug shot and saying ‘boss.’” Christie took issue with the cover layout in an appearance this morning on “Imus in the Morning,” suggesting it made him look like a mob boss and was “not kind.” DiMino said that although the cover made no mention of the...
  • U.S. has lower life expectancy than any other wealthy nation because high murder rate

    01/09/2013 1:31:24 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 95 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 9 January 2013
    The United States has far more violent deaths than any other wealthy nation in part because there are so many residents who own guns and store them in unlocked places in their homes. The lax gun rules are a major contributor to the low life expectancy rate that Americans have compared to their global counterparts. That claim comes just weeks after the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and as politicians make calls for stricter gun controls. The United States has about six violent deaths per 100,000 residents and none of the 16 other countries included in the review...
  • Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Will Resign

    01/09/2013 1:26:50 PM PST · by Perdogg · 33 replies
    I'm told that Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis will step aside soon, making her the five member of the administration to leave the cabinet (or announce her deparature) since the election. Only two of these departures -- Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner -- are white and male. Lisa Jackson, who's leaving the EPA, is African-American, and Solis was the first Hispanic woman to take charge of Labor.
  • Redskins name change should be discussed, Vincent Gray says

    01/09/2013 1:22:47 PM PST · by detective · 60 replies
    Washington Post. ^ | 01/09/2013 | Mike Debonis
    The Redskins’ resurgence has District politicos once again talking about what it would take to relocate the team back inside the city limits. But Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) today suggested there would have to be a controversial prerequisite to any stadium deal: a name change, or at least discussion of one.
  • Al Gore now richer than Mitt Romney

    01/09/2013 1:10:56 PM PST · by South40 · 12 replies
    Money.MSN.com ^ | 1/9/2013 | Aimee Picchi
    With the sale of Current TV, the former vice president's fortune is pegged at more than $300 million. A lot has changed for former Vice President Al Gore, who left the White House with a reported $1.9 million net worth. With an estimated $100 million gross profit from the sale of his Current TV to pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera, Gore is now worth more than $300 million, according to an estimate from Forbes.com. That puts his net worth well ahead of that of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has an estimated fortune of $230 million and was often mocked for...
  • Glenn Beck Relaunching The Blaze As Global Libertarian News Network

    01/09/2013 1:04:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 108 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 1/9/13 | McKay Coppins
    Glenn Beck announced plans Tuesday during his online television program to expand the news operation in his media company, The Blaze, and refocus it as a libertarian network, opening three foreign bureaus, debuting a nightly newsmagazine show, and relocating his New York staff to showy new offices. Beck introduced his ambitious plans by standing in front of a split screen with MSNBC´s Chris Matthews on one side and Fox News´s Sean Hannity on the other, and bemoaning the fact that cable news has devolved into the "far left [and] far right... yelling at each other." "We´re not gonna play
  • Ellenville mayor's new gun resolution

    01/09/2013 12:54:33 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    Times Herald-Record Middletown, NY ^ | 1/8/13 | Jeremiah Horrigan
    Kaplan backs down on gun ban; targets high-capacity magazines. ELLENVILLE — Ellenville Mayor Jeff Kaplan, who ignited a firestorm of opposition over a proposed gun ban in the village last month, has apologized for his proposal while also making a new proposal supporting increased gun restrictions. In his seven-point resolution, Kaplan criticized county and state officials for cutting back funding for mental health and police presence in schools. In a statement released Tuesday, Kaplan said he was wrong in "jumping to the conclusion" that a gun ban should be implemented in the village in the wake of the Newtown, Conn....
  • YouTube gun enthusiast's shooting death spurs hunt for suspect

    01/09/2013 12:49:15 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 42 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 1/9/2013
    Authorities in Georgia are searching for suspects in the shooting death of a gun enthusiast and weapons expert who managed a popular YouTube channel showcasing high-powered guns and explosives. Keith Ratliff, 32, who helped operate FPSRussia firearms channel on YouTube, was found dead inside his Carnesville, Ga., office on Jan. 3 from a single gunshot wound to the head. The man's death is being investigated as a homicide, Mike Ayers of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed to FoxNews.com. "He [Ratliff] did sustain a gunshot wound that was not self-inflicted," Ayers said, adding that "robbery does not appear to be...
  • Hugh Hewitt Responce

    01/09/2013 12:46:14 PM PST · by Bidimus1 · 21 replies
    Bidimus1
    Hugh Hewitt on Tue Jan 8 2013 asked for a legal argument against taxing arms out of existance. Here is what I sent him. I heard on your show Tues the 8th of Jan. A call for those of us that support the constitution to find a argument againt the taxiation to the point of elimination of the sales of arms. I am not a lawyer but do try to think critically. My first argment is this. Fundemtnal Rights are equal. This can be supported but McDonald v Chichago. Fundamental right deserving of protection. Evidence from the periodimmediately following the...
  • South Carolina teacher on leave for stomping on American flag in front of class

    01/09/2013 12:45:05 PM PST · by rottndog · 51 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 01/09/13 | Eric Owens
    A high school teacher in South Carolina is under investigation and has been placed on long-term administrative leave after he allegedly threw an American flag on the floor and stomped on it in front of his students. Scott Compton, an English teacher at Chapin High School in Chapin, S.C., reprised the unpatriotic deed in three classes over the course of one day, reports local NBC affiliate WIS. One parent, Michael Copeland, said he heard his teenage daughter discussing the incident and asked her to tell him the whole story. “He drew a couple of symbols, like one of them was...
  • RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. Surviving an active shooter event.

    01/09/2013 12:40:07 PM PST · by null and void · 37 replies
    Run>Hide>Fight. Your guide to surviving an active shooter event. This is a video the city of Houston put together on what to do should you (a citizen) run across an active shooter, such as the guy in the movie theater. They were just finishing it when the Colorado shootings occurred. If you haven’t seen it……it is well worth the watch and worth sharing with your family and friends as well. DHS sponsored video, worth watching. They sorta gloss over the gun free zone sign on the door. I'd be somewhat inclined to spray the fire extinguisher in the shooter's face,...
  • Mark Essex, the Howard Johnson Sniper (vanity)

    01/09/2013 12:39:00 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 20 replies
    When Mark Essex was in the Navy, he said he wanted to become a dentist. Two years later he gunned down 19 people, including 10 police officers. Thirty years before a pair of serial snipers terrorized Washington, D.C., Mark Essex prowled the streets of New Orleans with a .44-caliber Magnum rifle. During a weeklong reign of terror, he launched a series of surprise attacks against the city's police department, its citizens, and its visitors. Essex's rampage ended in the bloodiest shootout in New Orleans history and the deadliest day ever for its police department. As the events of that day...
  • An Arab-American visits Israel, again (...Jewish state's fate is not in hands of globalists)

    01/09/2013 12:37:01 PM PST · by Perseverando · 8 replies
    WND ^ | January 8, 2013 | Joseph Farah
    Exclusive: Joseph Farah stresses that Jewish state's fate is not in hands of globalists TIBERIAS, Israel – Today I am staying in a kibbutz guest house on the Sea of Galilee – the first day of weeklong trip to the Holy Land. I haven’t been here since 1991. Prior to that, in the 1980s, I had made trips to Israel and other Middle East countries as an Arab-American correspondent for the Hearst Newspapers. This is different. Israel is different. It’s a lot smaller than it was in those days. Slowly but surely, due to relentless Arab pressure and the whining...
  • Michael Moore raises holy hell [Reagan & John Paul II supporters are bigots/responsible for murder]

    01/09/2013 12:36:16 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 21 replies
    NY Post Page Six ^ | 01/09/2013 | n/a
    Michael Moore got a bad review from at least one upset critic at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards...on Monday. Moore was there to present Best First Film to David France for his doc "How To Survive a Plague," a salute to a protest group that stormed St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1989 over the AIDS crisis. But Armond White, gadfly critic and former organization chair, began heckling him for "anti-Catholic" rhetoric. Moore raised hackles when he recalled how activists at the height of the epidemic...interrupted Mass at St. Patrick's. Moore stated, "I personally like that one. I say that...
  • Getting Rid of the 2nd Amendment

    01/09/2013 12:30:05 PM PST · by BillM · 15 replies
    US Government | 2013/01/09 | US Government
    Article V of the Constitution spells out the processes by which amendments can be proposed and ratified. To Propose Amendments •In the U.S. Congress, both the House of Representatives and the Senate approve by a two-thirds supermajority vote, a joint resolution amending the Constitution. Amendments so approved do not require the signature of the President of the United States and are sent directly to the states for ratification. •Two-thirds of the state legislatures ask Congress to call a national convention to propose amendments. (This method has never been used.) To Ratify Amendments •Three-fourths of the state legislatures approve it, or...
  • Gun-Related House Bills Of 2013 (so far)

    01/09/2013 12:28:50 PM PST · by grobdriver · 3 replies
    The Library Of Congress ^ | 1/9/2013 | various
    Barely two weeks into the new year and the Rats have been busy introducing gun-related legislation. HR-34: To provide for the implementation of a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms, and for other purposes. HR-65: Child Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act of 2013 (don't let the "For the children" title mislead you). HR-117: To provide for the mandatory licensing and registration of handguns. HR-137: To ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check...
  • Brennan must answer for passport breach

    01/09/2013 12:25:52 PM PST · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    WND ^ | January 8, 2013 | Jack Cashill
    Exclusive: Jack Cashill ties in Obama's apparent 1981 trip to Pakistan On Monday, President Barack Obama nominated John Brennan, his chief counterterrorism adviser, to head up the CIA. Brennan, 57, has served as assistant to the president for counterterrorism and homeland security since 2009. Before voting to confirm, Republicans in the Senate may want to question Brennan about the role he played in Obama’s 2008 campaign, specifically his potential involvement in the multiple breaches of the presidential candidates’ passport records in March of 2008. The Washington Post headlined the story on March 22, 2008, “Rice Apologizes For Breach of Passport...
  • Pro-jihadist John Brennan to head CIA?

    01/09/2013 12:18:47 PM PST · by Perseverando · 2 replies
    WND ^ | January 9, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    Exclusive: Pamela Geller says 'Jew-hater' Chuck Hagel is disaster for Defense post Could you imagine an even more dangerous pick than Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense? Under Obama, yes. Worse is always what’s next. President Barack Obama said Monday that he would nominate former Nebraska Sen. Hagel, a Republican, to be secretary of defense, and his top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, to head the Central Intelligence Agency. Astonishing. Obama is doing the full monty. The president’s CIA pick has called jihad a “legitimate tenet of Islam,” arguing that the term “jihadists” should not be used to describe America’s enemies....
  • Elite Colleges Struggle To Recruit Smart, Low-Income Kids (NPR - unintentioned honesty)

    01/09/2013 12:12:32 PM PST · by wac3rd · 39 replies
    NPR ^ | 1-9-13 | Shankar Vedantami
    Across the United States, college administrators are poring over student essays, recommendation letters and SAT scores as they select a freshman class for the fall. If this is like most years, administrators at top schools such as Harvard and Stanford will try hard to find talented high school students from poor families in a push to increase the socioeconomic diversity on campus and to counter the growing concern that highly selective colleges cater mainly to students from privileged backgrounds. (snip) (snip) "Imagine a student who is the only student who is a likely candidate for a place like Harvard or...
  • (VA) GOP governor: Obama 'minister of God'

    01/09/2013 12:10:30 PM PST · by Perseverando · 68 replies
    WND ^ | January 9, 2013 | William Murray
    Prayer breakfast calls on president to act 'for the people' Barack Obama is “an appointed minister of God to do what is good,” according to the prayer of Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell at the Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast held at the Richmond, Va., convention center. The annual breakfast yesterday drew more than 1,000 people, including many of the state’s leaders. In addition to McDonnell, others offering prayers included Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, House Speaker William Howell and state Democrat Chairwoman Charniele Herring. McDonnell asked, during his prayer for Obama, that God give him “the wisdom of Solomon.” The opening prayer was...
  • This Is How a Secret Gun Provision Made its Way Into Obamacare Legislation

    01/09/2013 12:08:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/9/13 | Billy Hallowell
    There’s a widely-unknown provision in the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) — legislative wording that is capturing attention in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Pushed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), a newly-noticed regulation that was placed deep within the bill back in 2010, among other things, bans doctors from documenting patients’ answers to questions that focus upon guns. The Washington Post first reported on Dec. 30 about the presence of this controversial wording. Under a section with the headline “Protection of Second Amendment Gun Rights,” the NRA-advocated wording is nestled deep within the...
  • Dr. Copper’s Red Metal Elixir

    01/09/2013 12:06:53 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 1-9-2013 | Byron King
    Dr. Copper’s Red Metal Elixir Byron King 01/09/13 Do you take diet or nutritional supplements? It could be as simple as popping an everyday vitamin pill from the many choices at the supermarket. Or perhaps you frequent one of those high-end stores where they have the super-duper top-shelf nutritional and homeopathic remedies. If you take these kinds of supplements, there are a couple of things that I’m sure you know. You won’t cure what ails you by just taking one pill once. And you could do yourself harm by swallowing an entire bottle of some otherwise “healthy” elixir. So what’s...
  • Biden suggests White House could act without Congress as part of gun control plan

    01/09/2013 11:56:16 AM PST · by scripter · 48 replies
    Fox ^ | January 09, 2013
    Vice President Biden suggested Wednesday that the White House could take unilateral action on gun control, as he kicked off a round of meetings aimed at finding ways to curb gun violence. The vice president met Wednesday with gun-safety and victims groups, saying he is "determined" to take "urgent action" to address gun violence. "This is not an exercise in photo opportunities or just getting to ask you all what your opinions are. We are vitally interested in what you have to say," Biden said. The White House has sought to avoid prejudging what Biden's recommendations would be. But the...
  • Drudge Compares Obama To Hitler And Stalin...

    01/09/2013 11:35:05 AM PST · by blam · 109 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-9-2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    Drudge Compares Obama To Hitler And Stalin... Brett LoGiuratoJanuary 9, 2013 His take on Vice President Joe Biden's comment that "executive action can be taken" to curb gun violence: Biden's comments came during a meeting with gun safety advocacy groups and victims of gun violence earlier on Wednesday. He said the White House has determined that "executive action can be taken," but he didn't specify what those measures might be. It was the first suggestion from the White House that it could bypass Congress in instituting measures to combat gun violence in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook...
  • Zorbing horror death: Man killed after runaway inflatable ball plunges off cliff at ski resort

    01/09/2013 11:22:30 AM PST · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    Mirror.Com ^ | 9 Jan 2013 | Andy Rudd
    (Did a search and couldn't find this posted elsewhere) A thrill-seeker died when the giant inflatable Zorb ball he was riding in with a pal plunged over a cliff. Married dad-of-two Denis Burakov, 27, broke his neck and spine after the sphere veered off course and began rolling down a mountain. Amazingly Vladimir Shcherbakov, 33, escaped with concussion, cuts and bruises. The friends' harrowing death ride plunge, in the Caucasus mountains of southern Russia, was caught on video but we have chosen not to use it. As Denis climbs into the Zorb he can be heard telling him: "Denis, you'll...
  • India test-fires manoeuvrable version of BrahMos missile

    01/09/2013 11:09:22 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 5 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 9 Jan 2013 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday successfully test-fired a highly manoeuvrable version of the 290-km range supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from a naval warship off the coast of Vizag in the Bay of Bengal. "At 9.30 am, the missile blasted off in a pre-designated war scenario taking a 'double-manoeuvre in S-form' hitting the designated target ship just one meter above water line. The sheer velocity and power of the hit made the missile rip through the ship's hull," BrahMos Aerospace CEO Sivathanu Pillai said on Wednesday. This is the 34th launch of BrahMos after the successful October launch from INS Teg...
  • Iran Now Possesses 8 Chemically Altered Microbial Agents

    01/09/2013 11:08:20 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 48 replies
    Radical Islam ^ | January 3, 2013 | Reza Khalili
    Iranian scientists, working under orders from the radicals running the Islamic regime, have genetically altered microbial agents in a nightmarish scheme to bring the West to its knees. According to a source in the Revolutionary Guards intelligence unit with knowledge of Iran’s microbial research and development, the scientists, with Russian and North Korean help, currently possess eight extremely dangerous microbial agents that, if unleashed, could kill millions of people. As reported on RadicalIslam.org, the source revealed the existence of a plant in Marzanabad, Iran, where 12 Russian and 28 Iranian scientists are working on microbial agents for bombs. At that...
  • Man behind FPSRussia Youtube channel found dead

    Posted from android.
  • UPDATE: Amber Alert Issued for 2-Year-Old Girl Out of Crosbyton

    01/09/2013 11:05:54 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    Everythinglubbock.com ^ | Updated: January 9, 2013 | Bryan Mudd
    An Amber Alert has been issued for an infant abducted from a home in Crosbyton. The little girl's name is LEAH MARIE AGUIRRE, and just turned two years old on January 6th. She is Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen with a man identified only as MIGUEL. And the two were last seen in a RED FORD FOCUS, or similar make and model with dark, tinted window.
  • DOUG KASS: Stocks Will Hit Their High For The Year By The End Of This Week

    01/09/2013 11:04:37 AM PST · by blam · 6 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-9-2013 | Matthew Boesler
    DOUG KASS: Stocks Will Hit Their High For The Year By The End Of This Week Matthew BoeslerJanuary 9, 2013Legendary investor Doug Kass of Seabreeze Partners thinks that by the end of this week, investors will see the top in the S&P 500 for the rest of the year. In his "15 Surprises for 2013," published today on TheStreet.com, Kass writes: Once again, the bullish consensus is tightly grouped with the expectation that the S&P 500 will close the year at 1550-1615 (up from 1425 at the close of 2012) and that the 10 year U.S. note yield will trade...
  • Why Mal Reynolds Would Be Disappointed with Nathan Fillion

    01/09/2013 10:54:42 AM PST · by Marcus · 22 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | Jan. 9, 2013 | Mark R. Whittington
    A group of celebrities have decided to boycott Wendy's because that company is alleged to have cut hours for its employees to get out from under the requirements imposed for Obamacare. There are two things wrong with this. The first wrong thing is that only a single Wendy's franchise owner is taking this course of action and not the entire chain. The Washington Free Beacon reports that the franchise owner in Omaha, Neb., (not southern California) is taking this action because he cannot afford to provide the health care insurance that Obamacare requires for his full-time employees. It is either...
  • Al Gore Is Richer Than Romney Thanks to Current TV Sale

    01/09/2013 10:48:33 AM PST · by grundle · 15 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | January 9, 2013 | Bent Lang
    Post-vice presidential life has been very good to Al Gore. Thanks to the $500 million sale of his liberal news station Current TV to Al Jazeera this month, Gore now has a personal fortune of $300 million, Forbes magazine estimates. That puts him ahead of Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, whose estimated $230 million left him vulnerable to charges that he was out of touch with the common man. The financial publication ascribes Gore's wealth to a series of savvy investments that substantially multiplied the $2 million he listed as assets when he ran and lost the presidential race to...
  • Can Police Force Drunken Driving Suspects To Take Blood Test?

    01/09/2013 10:39:07 AM PST · by Theoria · 65 replies
    NPR ^ | 09 Jan 2013 | Nina Totenberg
    The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case testing whether police must get a warrant before forcing a drunken driving suspect to have his blood drawn. The court has long held that search warrants are ordinarily required when government officials order intrusions into the body — intrusions like drawing blood from an unwilling individual. The court has reasoned that such intrusions amount to a bodily search and thus are covered by the Fourth Amendment's warrant requirement. But the court has also ruled that there are exceptions to that requirement in what are called exigent situations — emergencies. And...
  • Blumenthal calls for background checks to buy ammo (Connecticut)

    01/09/2013 10:34:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    WFSB-TV ^ | January 9, 2013 | Staff
    NORWICH, CT (WFSB) - Another senseless shooting is giving gun control supporters another example to point to as they make their case in their quest for gun law changes on a national level. But with the recent shooting in Norwich, mental health is also being called into question. Norwich officers were called to the Cedar Glen Apartments on Cedar Road about 2:45 p.m. after a man who was armed expressed suicidal thoughts to dispatchers. When officers tried to talk to Jason Razzino, 30, he fired several shots and hit Jonathan Ley, a 14-year veteran, four times. Following the shooting of...
  • White House recruits foundations on gun effort

    01/09/2013 10:31:18 AM PST · by ColdOne · 69 replies
    politico ^ | 1/8/13 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    The White House on Tuesday afternoon reached out to major philanthropic foundations not typically associated with gun control to gauge how much they are willing to get involved in President Obama’s future gun violence prevention efforts, according to a person on the call. The call, which featured Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Jonathan Greenblatt, the director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, and members of Vice President Biden’s staff, was largely a “listening session,” according to the person on the call, who represents a foundation invited to participate. The person said the call...
  • We are raising a generation of deluded narcissists

    01/09/2013 10:24:53 AM PST · by rarestia · 81 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Dr. Keith Ablow
    A new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has accumulated data for the past 47 years from 9 million young adults, reveals that college students are more likely than ever to call themselves gifted and driven to succeed, even though their test scores and time spent studying are decreasing. Psychologist Jean Twenge, the lead author of the analysis, is also the author of a study showing that the tendency toward narcissism in students is up 30 percent in the last thirty-odd years. This data is not unexpected. I have been writing a great deal over the past few years...
  • Obama Forgets Writing on Gun Questionnaire (2008 Flashback)

    01/09/2013 10:01:44 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    abc ^ | Apr 17, 2008 | staff
    ABC News’ Teddy Davis and Talal Al-Khatib Report: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., maintained at Wednesday’s ABC News debate in Philadelphia that his handwriting does not appear on a 1996 questionnaire stating support for a ban on the manufacture, sale, and possession of handguns. The Democratic presidential frontrunner made this claim even though a copy of the original document suggests otherwise. "No, my writing wasn’t on that particular questionnaire, Charlie. As I said, I have never favored an all-out ban on handguns," said Obama. The Illinois Democrat made his remarks after ABC News’ Charlie Gibson told Obama: "In 1996, your campaign...
  • National Cathedral to Host 1st Same-Sex Weddings

    01/09/2013 9:57:09 AM PST · by RedMominBlueState · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 9, 2013 | Brett Zongker
    Cathedral officials tell The Associated Press the church will be among the first Episcopal congregations to implement a new rite of marriage for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members. The church will announce its new policy Wednesday. As the nation's most prominent church, the decision carries huge symbolism. The 106-year-old cathedral has long been a spiritual center for the nation, hosting presidential inaugural services and funerals for Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford......
  • Biden: Obama Might Use Executive Order to Deal With Guns

    01/09/2013 9:55:52 AM PST · by Cheerio · 2 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 9, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    "The president is going to act," said Biden, giving some comments to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence. "There are executives orders, there's executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet. But we're compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required."
  • Biden: Obama Considering 'Executive Order' to Deal With Guns

    Biden: Obama Considering 'Executive Order' to Deal With Guns "The president is going to act," said Biden, giving some comments to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence. "There are executives orders, there's executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet. But we're compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required." Biden said that this is a moral issue and that "it's critically important that we act." Biden talked also about taking responsible...
  • Chicago Teachers Union President: ‘Off With Their Heads!’

    01/09/2013 9:45:54 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies
    Chicago Teachers Union President: ‘Off With Their Heads!’ By Elizabeth Harrington January 9, 2013 (CNSNews.com) – Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said union opponents “think nothing about killing us” and that “wealth disparity” in America today mirrors the 19th century when labor leaders then used to be “ready to kill,” to chop people’s heads off. “We are at a moment when the wealth disparity in this country is very reminiscent of the robber-baron ages,” Lewis said at the Illinois Labor History Society on Jan. 5. “The labor leaders of that time, though, were ready to kill — just really,...
  • The Marriage Debate I: Confusions about ‘Equality’ and ‘Discrimination’

    01/09/2013 9:37:06 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    First Things ^ | January 9, 2013 | George Weigel
    The Supreme Court’s decision to hear arguments about the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 guarantees that the debate over marriage will be at the forefront of American public life for the foreseeable future. DOMA defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman for purposes of federal law (it says nothing about what states may or may not define as marriage). Prop 8 was a voter-initiated correction of the California Supreme Court’s interpretation of that state’s constitution as containing a “right” to same-sex marriage. Irrespective of whether the U.S....
  • What’s in a name? The Redskins’ bad karma

    01/09/2013 9:34:47 AM PST · by detective · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/09/2013 | Courtland Milloy
    So, Washington football fans, how’s that offensive team name and demeaning sports mascot working out? Whooping and hollering as RGIII goes on a “Redskins” warpath only to leave a trail of tears when his wounded knee gets buried at FedEx Field. In this obscene home team sports fantasy, the gifted Robert Griffin III was reduced to a “noble savage.” Let the “Redskin” play hurt. He can take it. Hail to the young brave-hearted quarterback as he limps into battle on that injured knee. Three cheers as he fights on his one good leg for Old D.C.
  • Steve Jobs Memorial Unveiled in Russia

    01/09/2013 9:19:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 1/9/13
    MOSCOW, January 9 (RIA Novosti) – A memorial to world renowned tech innovator and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was unveiled in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. The monument, a giant replica of a black, late model iPhone with a screen that displays a photo and video slideshow of Jobs’ life, is located in the courtyard of the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics. On the back, the monument features a QR code which observers can scan before being directed to a website commemorating the Apple co-founder
  • Biden: Obama Can Use "Executive Orders" To Act On Gun Control (video)

    01/09/2013 9:05:36 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 227 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 9, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    Vice President Joe Biden, while addressing representatives of gun safety and gun violence victims' groups, says President Obama could use "executive orders" to enact gun control measures. VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: "The president is going to act. There are executives orders -- executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet. But we're compiling it all with the help of the Attorney General and all the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action, we believe is required."