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  • Hillary Clinton faints, suffers concussion

    12/15/2012 9:29:03 AM PST · by brewcrew · 89 replies
    CBCNEWS/AP ^ | 12/15/12 | AP Staff
  • Gunman had "altercation" with school staff day before masssacre

    12/15/2012 10:03:16 AM PST · by xsrdx · 227 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 15, 2012 | Tracy Connor
    The gunman in the Newtown massacre had an "altercation" with four staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School the day before he killed 20 children, six adults and himself there, Connecticut and federal officials told NBC News Saturday. Three of the four staff members were killed Friday in one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history. The fourth staff member was not at school that day and is being interviewed by federal and state investigators, NBC News’ Pete Williams said. Two days before that, Adam Lanza, 20, went to a sporting goods store in Danbury, Conn., and tried to...
  • Newtown Shooter Had Asperger Syndrome, And Some US Gun Facts

    12/15/2012 9:39:53 AM PST · by Perdogg · 142 replies
    As we reported last night, buried inside the NYT biopic of Newtown shooter Adam Lanza was arguably one of the most important missing pieces in the story, at least so far, which could provide clues into partially explaining yesterday's tragic loss of young life, namely that the 20 year old man suffered from Asperger Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism (two conditions which are being merged in the upcoming update of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) manual of mental disorders), which has been traditionally associated with social communication difficulties, including flat affect, and one which in some clinical studies...
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Faints, Has Concussion

    12/15/2012 9:37:04 AM PST · by No One Special · 162 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 15, 2012 | Fox News
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is suffering from a concussion after fainting. Below is a statement from her Philippe Reines, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.“While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion. She has been recovering at home and will continue to be monitored regularly by her doctors. At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with Department and other officials. She is looking forward to being back in the office soon.”
  • Jindal’s op-ed to sell contraceptives over-the-counter 'very troubling'

    12/15/2012 9:27:45 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 31 replies
    http://lifesitenews.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Ben Johnson
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has proposed that oral contraceptives should be available to all women without a prescription or doctor’s examination in an op-ed that has drawn praise from Planned Parenthood and condemnation from some in the pro-life movement. He called a new report from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), calling for oral contraceptives to be sold over-the-counter, “a common-sense call for reform.”
  • First pictures of the tragic children murdered in their classrooms (title truncated)

    12/15/2012 9:04:34 AM PST · by Justaham · 13 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/15/12 | James Nye
    Original title: First pictures of the tragic children murdered in their classrooms after 'deeply disturbed' gunman massacred 26 at Connecticut school --------------------------------- These are the first pictures of the victims who died in a shooting rampage when a 'deeply disturbed' gunman went classroom to classroom at a Connecticut school. Ana Marquez-Greene, seven, was killed when the shooter opened fire on children and teachers at 9.30am on Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty-six people died in the mass shooting. The little girl and her older brother had attended Linden Christian School nearby, before moving with their parents to Newtown in...
  • As a Newtown resident, parent, and law abiding gun owner…

    12/15/2012 9:23:21 AM PST · by DTogo · 93 replies
    Vanity ^ | Dec. 15, 2012 | DTogo
    Yesterday was the dark day always in the far corner of my head, and only brought to the forefront when friends or family sometimes ask why I carry a hand gun on simple everyday errands and activities. My answer is two-fold; because it's my Constitutional Right to do so, and there are a lot of crazy people out there in the world today, maybe even in Newtown. That once back-of-the-mind thought was also there everyday as my youngest boards the bus to spend about 7 hours in a completely defenseless environment where teachers and parents are not allowed to “carry”...
  • New Army Manual Orders Soldiers Not To Criticize Taliban

    12/15/2012 9:20:12 AM PST · by RetiredArmy · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 11, 2012 | None listed
    New Army Manual Orders Soldiers Not To Criticize Taliban Or Anything Related To Islam Here is a strong indicator that the Obama Administration’s crusade to appease Islam has gone too far; a new U.S. military handbook for troops deployed to the Middle East orders soldiers not to make derogatory comments about the Taliban or criticize pedophilia, among other outrageous things. It gets better; the new manual, which is around 75 pages, suggests that Western ignorance of Afghan culture— not Taliban infiltration—is responsible for the increase in deadly attacks by Afghan soldiers against the coalition forces. The soon-to-be-released Army handbook is...
  • Sandy Hook elementary school gunman Adam Lanza learned to shoot from his gun-collecting mom

    12/15/2012 9:05:56 AM PST · by maggief · 36 replies
    NYDN ^ | December 15, 2012 | Matthew Lysiak , Dennis Slattery AND Corky Siemaszko
    His mother taught him the way of the gun. Adam Lanza, the troubled nerd who turned a Connecticut school into a slaughterhouse, learned how to shoot under the watchful eye of his demanding mom Nancy. “She said she would often go target shooting with her kids,” landscaper Dan Holmes said. Nancy Lanza wound up being the first of her son’s 27 victims when he used one of her guns to shoot her dead. Holmes, who often mowed the grass at the Lanza’s sprawling Newtown home, told Reuters the doomed mom was proud of her arsenal and once showed him a...
  • How 'genius' honor student Adam Lanza became masked killer

    12/15/2012 8:45:53 AM PST · by BunnySlippers · 303 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/15/12
    Ms Conte called the ordeal 'sad' for Lanza and his family, and suggested that the violence is a portion of a much larger situation. 'Guns are easy to point to, but it's really a mental health issue.'
  • Syrian Scuds Land Near Turkish Border - NATO

    12/15/2012 8:09:36 AM PST · by Fennie · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 14, 2012
    BRUSSELS, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Several Scud missiles fired at rebels by Syria have landed "fairly close" to the Turkish border, NATO's top military commander said on Friday in a blog explaining why Patriot anti-missile batteries are being deployed to Turkey. The comments by U.S. Admiral James Stavridis, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, were the first to confirm that Scuds have come down near the border of Turkey, a NATO member state. Stavridis also described the situation in Syria as "chaotic and dangerous".
  • Instead of Gnashing and Wailing and Looking Back...

    12/15/2012 8:05:24 AM PST · by blu · 42 replies
    self
    Where do we go from here?
  • Do Civilians Armed With Guns Ever Capture, Kill, or Otherwise Stop Mass Shooters?

    12/15/2012 7:57:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 90 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    Backers of laws that let pretty much all law-abiding carry concealed guns in public places often argue that these laws will sometimes enable people to stop mass shootings. Opponents occasionally ask: If that’s so, what examples can one give of civilians armed with guns stopping such shootings? Sometimes, I hear people asking if even one such example can be found, or saying that they haven’t heard even one such example. Naturally, such examples will be rare, partly because mass shootings are rare, partly because many mass shootings happen in supposedly “gun-free” zones (such as schools, universities, or private property posted...
  • SHOTS FIRED INSIDE BIRMINGHAM HOSPITAL, 3 INJURED, GUNMAN KILLED

    12/15/2012 7:51:14 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 64 replies
    www2.alabamas13.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | Aaron Hutchens
    Birmingham police are on the scene at Saint Vincent's Hospital this morning, where somebody fired a gun early this morning. We have now learned that a police officer and two hospital employees were injured during that shooting, and they have been taken to UAB hospital. Their injuries were not life threatening. The gunman was killed during the shooting. Police say that the public is not in any danger, and that the situation is under control. Our reporter on the scene says additional nurses have been called in to work.
  • Occupy Supporter Russell Simmons to Throw (hip-hop) Ball for Obama, Tickets Start at $500

    12/15/2012 7:40:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/13/12
    Occupy Supporter Russell Simmons to Throw Ball for Obama, Tickets Start at $500by Breitbart News 13 Dec 2012 **SNIP** The black-tie Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball will take place at the Harman Centeron Jan. 20. The gala, hosted by Russell Simmons’s Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, drew the likes of LL Cool J, T.I. and Nick Cannon in 2009, and just like 2009, VIP tickets will still carry the same eye-popping $2,500 price tag.
  • China Is Officially Dusting The U.S. In Manufacturing (And That's OK)

    12/15/2012 7:29:31 AM PST · by blam · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12-13-2012 | Jordan Weissmann
    China Is Officially Dusting The U.S. In Manufacturing (And That's OK) By Jordan Weissmann Dec 13 2012, 12:20 PM In 2010, China just barely edged out the United States as the world's top manufacturer by output -- a distinction it hadn't held since 1850. Still the two countries were basically neck and neck. No longer. The United Nations has updated its national accounts data to capture 2011, and thanks to China's breakneck growth, its manufacturing output is now leaving ours in a cloud of coal dust, as shown in this graph from AEI's Mark Perry. China's trend line is practically...
  • DuPage County Homeowner Fires Shots At Intruder(IL)

    12/15/2012 7:21:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    chicago.cbslocal.com ^ | 11 December, 2012 | NA
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A homeowner shot an intruder in his home in unincorporated DuPage County near Naperville on Tuesday, but the suspect was able to get away. A school in the area was briefly on lockdown after the shooting. The incident happened on Woodcrest Drive in the Steeple Run subdivision. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports, Tuesday morning, homeowner Richard Niemiec fired his 9mm handgun at least eight times at a burglar standing at his back door, after being roused out of bed by his dog.
  • Democrats: Put Obama's Medicare board (Hussein's death panel) on the table

    12/15/2012 7:19:57 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/12 | Elise Viebeck
    Democrats: Put Obama's Medicare board on the tableBy Elise Viebeck - 12/15/12 10:05 AM ET The healthcare law's controversial Medicare board should be on the table in deficit-reduction talks, House Democrats said this week. Killing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which Sarah Palin decried as a "death panel" in June, could ease Republican concessions as part of a year-end deficit deal, Dems said. "I think everything has to be on the table," said Rep. Dan Boren (Okla.), one of healthcare reform's most consistent Democratic opponents. "Anything that could help along the way to get some agreement," said Rep. David...
  • The other ObamaCare middle class tax hike arrives in 2014 (and 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018...)

    12/15/2012 7:04:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/12/12 | John Hayward
    The other ObamaCare middle class tax hike arrives in 2014By: John Hayward 12/12/2012 09:14 AM If you think it’s been horrifying to watch ObamaCare pop open like a jack-in-the-box filled with tax increases over the last couple of weeks, just wait until the huge new taxes on health insurance companies hit in 2014. A study commissioned by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) lays out the details: The [Affordable Care Act] imposes a new sales tax on health insurance that starts at $8 billion in 2014, increases to $14.3 billion in 2018, and will continue to increase each year. The Joint...
  • Connecticut gun laws among the toughest in the U.S.

    12/15/2012 7:01:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 44 replies
    eveningsun.com ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Ryan Teague Beckwith
    Supporters and opponents alike of gun control will point to this fact in the coming days: Connecticut already has some of the toughest restrictions on gun laws in the United States. For gun control supporters, the shooting at a Newtown elementary school will be one more piece of evidence that even stronger laws are needed, including at the national level. “We have some of the strongest gun laws in the United States, but if you don’t have strong federal gun laws, that makes it that much more difficult,” said Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence. But advocates...