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  • Bryce Maksel's Mom Tells How He and Four Others Ran from Shooter

    02/02/2013 2:20:13 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 42 replies
    People Magazine ^ | December 21, 2012 | NICOLE WEISENSEE EGAN
    Jen Maksel knows she's one of the lucky ones. Her 7-year-old son, Bryce, escaped last Friday's carnage by fleeing hero teacher Vicki Soto's classroom when the gunman looked away. Last Friday morning Maksel, 42, was just drifting off to sleep after working an overnight shift then putting her kids on the bus when her phones began ringing off the hook. Before she could answer them, a neighbor began pounding on her front door yelling, "There's a school shooting at Sandy Hook!" She jumped in her car and headed to the school. "I parked on the side of the road and...
  • Actions Speak Louder

    02/02/2013 2:17:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Townhall.com | Paul Greenberg
    Washington continues to talk, but only talk, about the danger of Bashar al-Assad's increasingly desperate regime in Syria distributing its arsenal of high-tech or even nuclear weapons to terrorists throughout the Mideast. Meanwhile, the Israelis continue to act. Five years ago, they took out a nuclear reactor the Syrians were building without seeing any need to noise it about, realizing that action speaks louder than words -- and that much of the world, especially the Bush administration back then, would discreetly approve. This time the Israelis aren't saying anything official about what seems to have happened to a convoy of...
  • IDF Foils New Outpost Bid by 200 Arabs

    02/02/2013 2:11:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/2/13 | Gil Ronen
    About 200 Arabs set up an illegal outpost Saturday near the village of Burin, not far from Shechem, in Samaria. They had put up a tent when the IDF arrived on the scene and dispersed them. The Arabs attacked the IDF force with rocks, and the soldiers responded with riot dispersal gear. No one was reported hurt. Voice of Israel public radio reported that Jew and Arabs confronted each other at the Yitzhar junction, in another incident on the Sabbath. The two groups hurled rocks at each other and an IDF force came in to separate them. Three Jews were...
  • Armed Guard Stops School Shooter After He Opened Fire at Atlanta Middle School

    02/02/2013 2:09:37 PM PST · by grundle · 2 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    <p>ATLANTA (AP) — A student opened fire at his middle school Thursday afternoon, wounding a 14-year-old in the neck before an armed officer working at the school was able to get the gun away, police said.</p> <p>Multiple shots were fired in the courtyard of Price Middle School just south of downtown about 1:50 p.m. and the one boy was hit, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said. In the aftermath, a teacher received minor cuts, he said.</p>
  • It's come to this: High-school freshman suspended for having a picture of a gun

    02/02/2013 2:03:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/02/2013 | Eric Owens
    Yet another student has been suspended for having something that represents a gun, but isn’t actually anything like a real gun. This time, Daniel McClaine, Jr., a freshman at Poston Butte High School in Tan Valley, Arizona, made the mistake of setting a picture of a gun as the desktop background on his school-issued computer. The picture shows an AK-47 lying on a flag, reports KNXV-TV. The gun isn’t his, McClaine assured the ABC affiliate in Phoenix. He found it on the Internet and liked it, partly because he is interested in serving in the military after graduation. A teacher...
  • Joint Chiefs chairman: Women in combat spins 'the paradigm on its head'

    02/02/2013 2:02:01 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies
    theday.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Jennifer McDermott
    New London — Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said the military's ban on women in combat had become embarrassing, and the decision to lift it may one day affect the draft. "What we've really done is spun the paradigm on its head," Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in his first visit to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Thursday. The question isn't "should a woman serve" in a job specialty, Dempsey said, it's "why shouldn't a woman serve?" "Will this expand into the selective service? It might," he said. "But that's a decision of Congress. I can...
  • Detroit closing 50 Parks/Rec. Areas (schadenfreude)

    02/02/2013 1:59:55 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 16 replies
    NYT ^ | 02/01/2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Michigan: Detroit Closing 50 ParksDetroit will close nearly half of its parks and will reduce maintenance and services at dozens of others after the City Council passed on a deal that would have had the state operate the city’s Belle Isle park, Mayor Dave Bing said on Friday. Closing 50 of 107 parks will allow the city to keep running Belle Isle, a 985-acre park in the Detroit River, after the Council declined to vote on Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal. Mr. Snyder’s offer called for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to run Belle Isle as a state park, but...
  • [CNN host] Piers Morgan [falsely] Claims Armed Guard Was Not Able to Stop Atlanta School Shooting

    02/02/2013 1:58:24 PM PST · by grundle · 9 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    An armed guard successfully disarmed a 14-year-old shooter who had opened fire at an Atlanta middle school on Thursday. Thanks to the courageous off-duty school resource officer, only one student was shot and no one was killed. Yet CNN host Piers Morgan on Friday argued that the armed guard, an unidentified off-duty Atlanta police officer, “was NOT able to stop” the Atlanta school shooting, apparently because the teen shooter was able to shoot just one student before he was stopped. “REVEALED: Armed guard was NOT able to stop Atlanta school shooting,” Morgan posted via his official Twitter account. He then...
  • Guess which giant special interest is really polluting Alaska? (It's not big oil, but it's BIG)

    02/02/2013 1:58:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/02/2013 | JAZZ SHAW
    People have been warning us for years that drilling for oil in the Alaskan arctic would lead to big environmental trouble. It’s not that the technology hasn’t advanced to the point where it can be done safely, but those nasty people in charge of the projects just don’t care about the environment. These Mother Earth Hating Monsters would clearly let the whole thing go to H. E. double toothpicks and ruin the pristine beauty of the wilderness. Well, I guess they turned out to be right. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has agreed to plug at least one additional...
  • Supreme Court to Review Case on Obama’s Forged Documents

    02/02/2013 1:58:04 PM PST · by OzarkSailor · 56 replies
    Liberty Beacon ^ | 30JAN13 | Liberty Beacon Staff
    As of this writing, major news networks such as ABC, Fox News, CBS, and NBC have yet to report on the high court’s decision to review Barack Hussein Obama’s eligibility to hold political office in the United States or any of its territories. The case is identified as Edward Noonan, et al., v. Deborah Bowen, California Secretary of State. On Feb. 15, all nine justices will gather in conference to review whether Obama used forged government documents and fake identification in order to get elected as commander-in-chief. Edward Noonan, et al., contend that if Obama had been ineligible to run...
  • Does the new HHS mandate resolve religious-liberty concerns?

    02/02/2013 1:55:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/02/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Actually, the answer is no, and it wasn’t intended to do so either, as I write in a new column for The Fiscal Times. The Obama administration was under a court order to modify the mandate regulation after a legal representation to a federal court that HHS never intended to enforce the mandate in its then-current form. The court ruled that a binding commitment and ordered HHS to submit a new regulation for their review by March 31st. Yesterday’s release of the new regulation is intended to win the court’s approval in dismissing a lawsuit brought by Belmont Abbey College...
  • Great news: Obama shot a skeet once, or something (Caption this photo of him shooting)

    02/02/2013 1:52:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/02/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama recently told the New Republic that he understands the concerns of gun owners, because “in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.” As critics chortled over both the notion that skeet shooting is what concerns gun owners and the idea that Obama shoots clay pigeons “all the time,” the White House has finally released a photo to back up its claim … and only one photo, dated August 12, 2012: That led to a barrage of questions from journalists about whether the White House could offer proof that the president had gone shooting....
  • Scott Brown opts out of Senate run (Any Republicans left in Massachusetts?)

    02/02/2013 1:49:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/02/2013 | Rick Moran
    This is somewhat surprising given all the signals Brown had been sending over the last few weeks. But his reasoning appears sound. From Boston Herald: ________________________ Scott Brown will not run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry, the former senator told the Herald first today. "U r the first to know I am not running," Brown texted the Herald. Brown's decision follows yesterday's announcement by fellow Republican Charlie Baker that he won't run for the seat either. Baker did urge former Gov. William Weld, who just moved back to Massachusetts, to run if Brown doesn't. [...] Brown...
  • Will Europe disintegrate? (Movements in Catalonia, Belgium and Scotland may only be the beginning)

    02/02/2013 1:46:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/02/2013 | Rick Moran
    Despite a thousand years of history, the nation-states of Europe contain within them ethnic groups and nationalities who yearn for their own country. In some cases, the national and ethnic character of these minorities have been deliberately stifled. There has also been organized movements that have sprung up to fight for the national aspirations of the minorities. Next year, votes for independence will occur in Scotland and Spain's rich Catalonia region. Some analysts believe that success in either case may lead to other minorities to seek their own path to independence. From Reuters: __________________________ Some suspect the two campaigns will...
  • Texas Football Coach's Affair With A Student Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

    02/02/2013 1:43:08 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/2/13 | Cork Gaines
    University of Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite and the school's athletic director released a joint statement on Friday night acknowledging that Applewhite had an "inappropriate" relationship with a student during the team's trip to the 2009 Fiesta Bowl. Beyond the cheating on his wife while she was apparently nine months pregnant*, the timing of this announcement raises a lot of questions for the University of Texas and how it handled the affair.
  • Glen Johnson, political editor for Boston.com, is joining Secretary of State John Kerry’s staff

    02/02/2013 1:42:34 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    boston.com ^ | 1/31/13
    Boston.com politics editor Glen Johnson is resigning to take a post as a senior State Department adviser, working for John F. Kerry. Johnson, 50, a 27-year journalism veteran who has covered five presidential elections, said his focus would be on strategic communications. “This is an unexpected opportunity. All I’ve ever wanted to do ¬since junior high school – and have done professionally – is be a news reporter. But this chance to serve the country and Secretary Kerry at such a tumultuous time, as well as work in foreign affairs and travel the world, was too compelling an opportunity to...
  • Choose Life, Choose a Family

    02/02/2013 1:39:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2013 | Kathryn Lopez
    On the morning of the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling, I felt a chill, and it wasn't the bitter cold. After Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, some 500 or so New Yorkers walked through the streets of Midtown Manhattan, in front of God, man and Grand Central Station, praying for life, love and mercy. Our prayers were not in judgment of others but that humanity may do better: that women and men may see better options than abortion and that God may forgive us for letting anyone think that she is alone and has no...
  • The Argument that Wins the 'Assault Weapon' Debate (Simply referring to our rights won't convince)

    02/02/2013 1:36:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/02/2013 | William A. Levinson
    General Carl von Clausewitz defined the center of gravity as the objective whose achievement results in the enemy's total defeat. We must therefore identify this single objective or, in a political controversy, a single issue, and concentrate our resources accordingly. In the case of the "assault weapon" debate, this is the basic and natural human right of self-defense. If we present the argument correctly, the other side has absolutely no defense whatsoever. The Target Audience: Swing Voters and the Opposing Rank and File Colonel Paul Linebarger's Psychological Warfare states clearly that any communication whose purpose is to influence attitudes, beliefs,...
  • Man Claims IRS Agent Coerced Sex by Threatening Tax Penalty

    02/02/2013 1:31:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    KVAL ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Lauren Lee
    A Fall Creek resident filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Government and an IRS agent that he alledges pressured him into sex by threatening a tax penalty. The law firm representing Vincent Burroughs filed the suit with the U.S. District Court in Eugene on Jan. 25 "as a result to coersive conduct by Defendant (Dora) Abrahamson", an Internal Revenue Service agent from Cottage Grove. Burroughs claims that in August of 2011 Abrahamson called him and said he would be audited by the IRS. Burroughs says he didn't know her. Burroughs says that he had not met Abrahamson before those calls,...
  • Ft. Irwin Gen. says women welcome in combat

    02/02/2013 1:24:51 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies
    desertdispatch.com ^ | February 01, 2013 | BROOKE SELF
    BARSTOW • Women will officially be allowed in combat for the first time in U.S. history, the Secretary of Defense announced last week, and Fort Irwin’s commanding general says he welcomes the change. “Since the onset of the conflict (in Afghanistan), I’ve seen men and women do exciting things on the battlefield and that is truly amazing,” Brig. Gen. Terry Ferrell said. “The enemy we face doesn’t distinguish between men and women.” Ferrell said the National Training Center has placed women in different Military Occupation Specialties (MOS) since May 2012. “From a normal progression, it’s not surprising,” he said. “Our...