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  • Family, friends remember the brave, caring legacy of Sandy Hook teacher Vicki Soto, 27

    12/15/2012 7:12:54 PM PST · by RummyChick · 13 replies
    NY daily news ^ | 12/15 | Kerry Wills
    Sandy Hook Elementary School first-grade teacher Vicki Soto tried to shield her students from the maniacal shooter. 'She put herself between the gunman and her students,' her cousin Jim Wiltsie told the Daily News. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/newtown-teacher-vicki-soto-remembered-article-1.1221004#ixzz2FBFwrX8U
  • Obama administration, Congress quietly let school security funds lapse

    12/15/2012 6:37:12 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 35 replies
    Washington Guardian ^ | December 14, 2012 | John Solomon and Kimberly Dvorak
    Before Connecticut tragedy, administration eliminated emergency preparedness program,let school violence prevention programs lapse UPDATED 23:43 PM EST, December 14, 2012 Why It Matters: Politicians across the country are vowing to do more to prevent school shooting tragedies like the one that unfolded Friday in Newtown, Conn. But over the last few years, the Obama administration and Congress allowed funding for several school safety initiatives to lapse. Beneath the expressions of grief, sorrow and disbelief over the Connecticut school massacre lies an uneasy truth in Washington: over the last few years the Obama administration and Congress quietly let federal funding for...
  • Bill Would Allow South Carolinians to Carry Guns Without Concealed Weapons Permits

    12/15/2012 6:22:01 PM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    wsav.com ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Robert Kittle
    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A bill prefiled in the South Carolina Senate would allow adults who can legally buy guns to carry them without having concealed weapons permits. "The Second Amendment says that our rights to have firearms cannot be infringed upon and that's what the federal government is doing right now," says Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, the sponsor of the bill. He and Sen. Kevin Bryant co-sponsored the same bill last year, but it never made it out of committee. To get a concealed weapons permit, you have to complete a training class of at least eight hours. It has...
  • After Newtown shooting, it’s time to have that ‘national conversation on guns’ (Codrea)

    12/15/2012 6:18:01 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 73 replies
    To anyone who may be persuaded that “a national conversation” on guns and violence in society is needed, rather than automatically accepting the assumptions of those who think it ought to begin with calling for more citizen disarmament edicts, answer one question first: If you saw someone methodically murdering children and you could get your hands on a gun, would you use it to stop him? Yes or no? There’s no time for equivocation. Every second you hesitate, another innocent is being slaughtered. If you answered “no,” you’re an irredeemable coward, unfit for the company of free men and women,...
  • Cameron: “We have opportunities to maximize what we want from Europe”

    12/15/2012 6:05:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 14 December 2012 | (EurActiv.com with Reuters)
    Britain must use the upheaval created by the eurozone crisis to forge a new relationship with the European Union, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday as he fights a rising anti-EU mood at home that could threaten his chances of re-election. Speaking at the end of a summit of EU leaders that secured the first part of a banking union, Cameron played down fears Britain’s future lies on the margins of a two-tier Europe, while eurozone members build an ever-stronger core. “I don’t think Britain is in an uncomfortable position at all,” he told a news conference in Brussels...
  • EU leaders back Monti against Berlusconi

    12/15/2012 5:53:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 13.12.12 @ 18:35 (Dec. 13) | Honor Mahony and Valentina Pop
    Germany’s Angela Merkel and other center-right leaders have indicated they would like to see Mario Monti to keep on running Italy instead of Silvio Berlusconi. The center-right leaders—as well as the two Italian political adversaries—met in Brussels ahead of an EU summit on Thursday (13 December) in an event designed to prevent Italy’s political turmoil from stirring up the euro crisis once again. The center-right European People’s Party (EPP) chief Hans Martens admitted to journalists he stage-managed the whole thing so that neither Monti nor Berlusconi knew the other would be there until the last minute to make sure that...
  • House GOP plans to put fuel standard on trial in next Congress

    12/15/2012 5:34:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/12 | Zack Colman
    House GOP plans to put fuel standard on trial in next CongressBy Zack Colman - 12/15/12 04:13 PM ET House Republicans plan to put the renewable fuel standard on trial next Congress, a House Energy and Commerce Committee aide told The Hill. Committee staff is gearing up for hearings on the subject, citing recent concerns from the AAA motor club, automakers and the oil industry that the rule is pushing a high-ethanol fuel blend onto the market they say will damage cars. “If Congress observes the data, I think they will conclude we are putting the consumer at risk currently,”...
  • A third way on immigration

    12/15/2012 5:20:52 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 27 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 16, 2012 | By Peter Skerry
    The debate over U.S. immigration policy has been rebooted. There now appears to be bipartisan support for what's generally called comprehensive reform. But a stumbling block remains: What to do about the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants among us. Deportation? Complete amnesty? A "path" to citizenship? There is a way forward, and it can be best summarized by "none of the above." It lies, instead, between these choices. It's legalization without citizenship . With as few conditions and as broadly as possible, we should offer undocumented immigrants status as "permanent noncitizen residents." Unlike current green card holders, these individuals would...
  • Republicans are 'not giving up' on Benghazi

    12/15/2012 5:20:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Republicans are 'not giving up' on BenghaziBy Julian Pecquet - 12/15/12 03:24 PM ET Republican lawmakers are vowing to keep pressing the administration on Benghazi despite Susan Rice’s decision to drop her bid to become secretary of State. “We'll continue to seek answers,” a Republican Senate aide told The Hill. “We're not giving up on it.” Rice’s decision to step aside averted a contentious confirmation fight with Republican senators that might have pointed to an end to the political battle over the U.S. consulate attack. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations had become the flash-point for criticism since describing...
  • Democrats can't agree on successor to Jesse Jackson Jr.

    12/15/2012 5:01:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/15/12 | Rick Pearson
    Democrats can't agree on successor to Jesse Jackson Jr.By Rick Pearson Tribune reporter 5:22 p.m. CST, December 15, 2012 Democratic leaders spent four hours Saturday listening to 16 candidates audition for the party's endorsement to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., but were unable to solidify behind one contender. After 90 minutes of deliberations, South Side and south suburban committeemen voted for an “open primary,” after Thornton Township chairman Frank Zuccarelli failed to win a majority of the weighted vote on behalf of veteran state Sen. Donne Trotter of Chicago. Trotter spoke the longest and also gained the most...
  • Far Left Groups Defeated Connecticut Mental Health Protection Laws Just Months Before Shooting

    12/15/2012 5:00:43 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 55 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/ ^ | December 15, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Months before the Newtown massacre far left groups defeated a Connecticut mental health protections law. Counter Contempt reported: Here’s a fact you might not know – Connecticut is one of only SIX states in the U.S. that doesn’t have a type of “assisted outpatient treatment” (AOT) law (sometimes referred to as “involuntary outpatient treatment”). There’s no one standard for these types of laws, but (roughly speaking) these are laws that allow for people with mental illness to be forcibly treated BEFORE they commit a serious crime. Whereas previous legal standards held that the mentally ill cannot be institutionalized or medicated...
  • Bloomberg News hid conflicting fiscal-cliff poll numbers, pushed results favorable to Obama

    12/15/2012 4:25:00 PM PST · by lowbridge · 4 replies
    the daily caller ^ | december 15, 2012 | gregg re
    A poll conducted last week by an Iowa-based firm showed Americans are conflicted about whether or not to support raising tax rates on wealthy Americans to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff.” But that’s not how Bloomberg News, which commissioned the poll, reported the results Thursday. In a story headlined “Americans Back Obama Tax-Rate Boost Tied to Entitlements,” Bloomberg emphasized only that the poll showed most Americans support President Barack Obama’s insistence on increasing taxes for high-income earners. “A majority of Americans say President Barack Obama is right to demand that tax-rate increases for the highest earners be a precondition for...
  • Teachers’ Pensions Are a Half-Trillion Short

    12/15/2012 4:14:14 PM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/14/12 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Teachers’ Pensions Are a Half-Trillion ShortBy Kevin D. Williamson December 14, 2012 11:15 A.M. The habitual overpromising and underfunding of government-employee pensions is a fiscal powder keg in an economy full of sparks — and a new report estimates that teachers’ pensions alone are underfunded by nearly a half-trillion dollars. **SNIP** Note that the savings per teacher derived from the reform of eligibility rules runs $450,000, or more than two and a half times the average net worth of a retirement-age U.S. household. The real value of the average teacher’s retirement benefits in low-cost Wyoming is pushing the $1 million...
  • Russia Rejects UN Committee Edict on Homosexual Propaganda (God Bless Russia!)

    12/15/2012 4:10:25 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 16 replies
    C-FAM ^ | Dec 13, 2012 | Stefano Gennarini, J.D.
    A UN committee of legal experts reprimanded the Russian Federation last month for allowing the Ryazan province of Russia to enforce a law that bans the promotion of homosexuality among minors as part of a national effort to protect children from early sexualization, and related adverse health consequences. In 2009 Irina Fedotova, a lesbian activist, lodged a complaint against Russia with the UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors the implementation of the 1966 International Convention of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). She was detained and fined for standing outside a secondary school with posters that read “Homosexuality is normal” and...
  • Senate Judiciary Chairman: Let’s Legalize 1 Oz. of Pot Nationwide

    12/15/2012 4:00:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 14, 2012 | Pete Winn
    The Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he plans to hold a hearing in January to consider changing federal drug laws to allow people to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. On Thursday, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) released a letter that he sent earlier this month to Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), asking the nation’s drug czar how the administration intends to proceed now that two states have legalized marijuana use. …
  • (Dayton Ohio Imam Scams Federal Food Stamps) Man in $3.8M Food Stamp Fraud Case Sentenced

    12/15/2012 3:54:21 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | Cornelius Frolik
    Man in $3.8M food stamp fraud case sentenced A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Al-Idu Al-Gaheem to one year and one day in prison for his role in a scheme that bilked $3.8 million from the federal food stamp program. Al-Gaheem, the former owner of two Dayton View businesses and the imam of Masjid At-Taqwa mosque, was the second of four defendants to be sentenced in the case. All four defendants have pleaded guilty. Al-Gaheem faced as many as four years in prison after he pleaded guilty in August to felony charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy...
  • Obama won’t go after marijuana use in 2 states

    12/15/2012 3:48:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 14, 2012 1:52 PM EST | Pete Yost
    President Barack Obama says the federal government won’t go after recreational marijuana use in Washington state and Colorado, where voters have legalized it. In a Barbara Walters interview airing Friday on ABC, Obama was asked whether he supports making pot legal. “I wouldn’t go that far,” Obama replied. “But what I think is that, at this point, Washington and Colorado, you’ve seen the voters speak on this issue.” But the president said he won’t pursue the issue in the two states where voters legalized the use of marijuana in the November elections. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. …
  • Congressional Research Service confirms Jefferson's (11-time RAT felon-La) pension should continue

    12/15/2012 3:45:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    NOLA ^ | 12/12/12 | Bruce Alpert
    Congressional Research Service confirms Jefferson's pension should continueBy Bruce Alpert updated December 12, 2012 at 7:27 PM WASHINGTON - A new report by the Congressional Research Service reiterates previous legal findings -- that Congress can't deny pension benefits to former members for criminal conduct covered by a 2007 law if the illegal acts occurred before the law's enactment. That means former Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, now serving a record 13-year prison sentence, will continue to collect his pension -- estimated at $40,000-$50,000 a year. Until 2007, only crimes relating to espionage, treason or several other national security violations could...
  • YouTube: VIDEO: Clackamas Mall Shooter Was Confonted By Concealed Carrier (Oregon)

    12/15/2012 3:33:45 PM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    youtube ^ | 15 December, 2012 | Mike Benner
    This is an excellent video of a 22 year old man who showed grace in a very stressful situation. He obviously is familiar with firearms.
  • Catholic Charities, the Fiscal Cliff and Pope Benedict’s Motu Proprio

    12/15/2012 3:31:38 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 1 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 12/14/2012 | JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND
    Since 2005, Father Larry Snyder has served as the president of Catholic Charities USA, the national office for about 1,700 local Catholic Charities agencies and institutions....He spoke in early December with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond... Congress and the White House are engaged in deficit reduction negotiations to prevent the U.S. government from going over the so-called “fiscal cliff.” The outcome could involve cuts in social spending and reductions in charitable tax deductions. How are Catholic agencies faring?We keep track of national trends for government funding. [snip] We are especially concerned about changes to the charitable-tax deduction. The...
  • Panetta: The Budget “Went to $#@%” After I Left Congress

    12/15/2012 3:29:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 14, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says when he served in Congress, lawmakers had the “courage to make tough decisions” and balance budgets, but it “all went to $#@% after that.” … Panetta served as a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993, representing California’s 16th district. By 1989, he had risen to House Budget Committee chairman. …
  • Rupert Murdoch, Fox News Owner, Calls for Automatic Weapons Ban

    12/15/2012 3:29:02 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 70 replies
    Politico ^ | Dec. 14, 2012 | Dylan Byers
    Terrible news today. When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons? As in Oz after similar tragedy. - Rupert Murdoch | Twitter ++++ News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch expressed support for an automatic weapons ban tonight following today's shooting in Newtown, Conn. "Terrible news today. When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons?," Murdoch wrote on Twitter. Murdoch made a similar call following the theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., in July: "We have to do something about gun controls. Police license okay for hunting rifle or pistol for anyone without crim or pscho record. No more,"...
  • Norquist Defends Boehner’s Leadership

    12/15/2012 3:16:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 14, 2012 | Melanie Hunter
    Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist defended the leadership of House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday during an appearance on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” after a caller suggested the speaker has been in Congress too long and recommended Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as a better replacement. … Norquist defended Boehner’s leadership, saying the Ohio Republican was successful at “holding all the Republicans together.” …
  • State Department preparing for Libya bombshell?

    12/15/2012 3:11:49 PM PST · by Libloather · 99 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/14/12
    State Department preparing for Libya bombshell?Published December 14, 2012 FoxNews.com Susan Rice's abrupt withdrawal from consideration for secretary of state, coupled with suggestions from the State Department that Secretary Hillary Clinton may not testify as scheduled next week, has stirred speculation that something big is brewing in the Libya terror attack investigation. "You're starting to see the State Department squirm a little bit," Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said. For the better part of the last three months, an independent board has been conducting a review for the State Department of the Sept. 11 terror attack in Benghazi. In anticipation of...
  • As end nears for housing tax break, sellers race the clock

    12/15/2012 3:05:29 PM PST · by memyselfandi59 · 4 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 12/15/2012 | Drew Harwell, Times Staff Writer
    Since 2007, distressed homeowners have dodged massive bills due to a tax-time saving grace: The debts they were "forgiven" in foreclosures, short sales or principal reductions were also scrubbed from their dues to Uncle Sam. But that tax break is set to expire Dec. 31, and with it more than $1 billion in tax savings to homeowners in trouble. Foreclosed? You'll pay taxes on the money you owed the bank. Close on a "short sale" for less than you owed on your mortgage? You'll still owe part of it to the IRS. Even homeowners whose loan principals are trimmed would...
  • Bedbugs in firehouse have staff sleeping in trucks

    12/15/2012 3:01:50 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2012 | Andrea Noble
    A bedbug infestation at a Northwest Washington fire station left firefighters sleeping in their personal vehicles or in the firetrucks to avoid being bitten by the bugs in their bunkrooms, a report on the conditions at D.C. firehouses found. The 180-page report by the Office of the Inspector General details a wide swath of problematic conditions at D.C. fire stations across the city, including a lack of working smoke detectors, leaking roofs, flooded basements, rodent infestations and inoperable heating or cooling systems. Among the findings, 19 stations had significant rodent problems with one reporting that dead mice had been found...
  • David Brooks: "I Think If We're Going To Control Guns, We Really Have To Do It Massive"

    12/15/2012 3:01:01 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 126 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | December 15, 2012
    DAVID BROOKS, PBS NEWSHOUR: ....I think if we're going to control guns, we really have to do it massive. I think I'm all for getting rid of the assault weapons and machine guns and all that tough, but if we want to prevent something like this, we have to really think seriously about drastically reducing the number of guns in our society, and particularly -- this is an old Patrick Daniel Moynihan idea -- the number of bullets. It is very hard to control 300 million guns. The bullets are a little easier to control.
  • Patriots in New England Area needed to defend the children!

    12/15/2012 1:12:50 PM PST · by Trueblackman · 60 replies
    Vanity | 15 December 2012 | Trueblackman
    All freedom loving patriots and support need muster in Sandyhook Conn as the Westboro nutjobs plan to protest at the first of the funerals for the the young victim that were killed on Friday. We freedom lovers and defenders can't allow these wackos to hijack a true tragic moment and enough damage has been done to these young victims, who did not have a chance to defend themselves against a heartless coward, sorry I can been there myself to due to distance and health issues, but my fingers and mouth still work, so I'm getting the word out thru Freerepublic.
  • Connecticut school shooting: Westboro Baptist Church planning to picket

    12/15/2012 2:04:33 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 72 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 12/15/12 | Examiner
    Less than 48 hours after the Connecticut school shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, which took place on Dec. 14, the Westboro Baptist Church is already making plans to picket. The Westboro Baptist Church is known for picketing and protesting at funerals across the country.(snip) “Westboro 'God hates Fags' Baptist Church is planning to pciket at Sandy Hook, to praise 'God's judgment,'” Margie Phelps tweeted as well on Dec. 15.
  • Negative Effects of Violent Video Games May Build Over Time (first long tern study)

    12/15/2012 2:03:45 PM PST · by drewh · 31 replies
    Psych Central ^ | 12/11/12 | By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
    A new study suggests a dose-response relationship among playing violent video games and aggressive and hostile behavior, with negative effects accumulating over time. Investigators discovered people who played a violent video game for three consecutive days showed increases in aggressive behavior and hostile expectations each day they played. They also found that those who played nonviolent games showed no meaningful changes in aggression or hostile expectations over that period. Although other experimental studies have shown that a single session of playing a violent video game increased short-term aggression, this is the first study to show long-term effects from playing violent...
  • Twelve little girls and eight little boys: Police name Connecticut massacre victims as it is

    12/15/2012 2:00:38 PM PST · by ColdOne · 82 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/15/12 | David Mccormack
    full title...Twelve little girls and eight little boys: Police name Connecticut massacre victims as it is revealed gunman shot each child up to 11 times in 'revenge' attack after fighting with teachers the day beforeThe manner of death for each of the victims was homicide, Carver said. He added that two of the victims were shot at extremely close range, and each child was shot between three and 11 times. Carver told reporters: 'I think everybody was hit more than once.' Parents were not called in to identify their children. Rather, Carver's staff compared photos of the children given by...
  • Clackamas Mall Shooting: Shooter Jacob Tyler Roberts Trained Using Video Games

    12/15/2012 1:51:23 PM PST · by drewh · 49 replies
    Policy Mic.com ^ | 12/14/12 | Tom McKay
    Remember the Virginia tech shooting? Video games. The Beltway sniper attacks? Video games. And now the Clackamas mall shooting? Also video games, according to nationally recognized former attorney and anti-video game crusader Jack Thompson. On Tuesday afternoon, shooter Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, armed himself with a semi-automatic AR-15 and went on a rampage at the Clackamas Town Center in Portland, Oregon. He killed two and wounded another before committing suicide. Thompson said in an interview that “Given this guy's method, his age group and the randomness of it, it's more likely than not that he rehearsed for this on games.”...
  • Connecticut School Shooting: Complete List of Victims’ Names

    12/15/2012 1:48:14 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 38 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/15/12 | ABC News
    Charlotte Bacon, 6 Daniel Barden, 7 Rachel Davino, 29 Olivia Engel, 6 Josephine Gay, 7 Ana Marquez-Greene, 6 Dylan Hockley, 6 Dawn Hocksprung, 47 Madeline Hsu, 6 Catherine Hubbard, 6 Chase Kowalski, 7 Jesse Lewis, 6 James Mattioli, 6 Grace McDonnell, 7 Anne Marie Murphy, 52 Emilie Parker, 6 Jack Pinto, 6 Noah Pozner, 6 Caroline Previdi, 6 Jessica Rekos, 6 Avielle Richman, 6 Lauren Russeau, 30 Mary Sherlach, 56 Victoria Soto, 27 Benjamin Wheeler, 6 Allison Wyatt, 6
  • Drudge Report: Killer “Obviously Not Well,” “Suffered Personality Disorder,” ”Played Video Games"

    12/15/2012 1:47:13 PM PST · by drewh · 63 replies
    Kotaku ^ | 5 hours ago | Owen Good
    Drudge Report: Connecticut Killer “Obviously Not Well,” “Suffered From Personality Disorder,” ”Played Video Games …” Owen Good Now that we've got the right name of the killer in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre yesterday, the media profiles are starting to emerge. To the Drudge Report, playing video games is a remarkable enough thing that it bears mentioning in a headline. An italicized headline. Oh, it's factual enough, but that typeface and those ellipses raise a suspicious eyebrow, or at least mutter a "Just sayin'." Good work, Matt. Having worked a cops reporting beat at a large newspaper utterly obsessed...
  • Harry Reid, Jon Corzine and other cronies that got away in 2012

    12/15/2012 1:44:23 PM PST · by Libloather
    Fox News ^ | 12/12/12 | Peter Schweizer
    Harry Reid, Jon Corzine and other cronies that got away in 2012By Peter Schweizer Published December 12, 2012 FoxNews.com **SNIP** 2. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) For Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.), politics is a family business. And when it comes to doling out the federal goodies to favored friends, few can compete with the Nevada senator. Sen. Reid has sponsored at least $47 million in earmarks that directly benefitted organizations that one of his sons, Key Reid, [RW1] either lobbies for or is affiliated with. Recently, another of Sen. Reid’s sons, Rory Reid, helped Chinese energy giant ENN Energy Group make...
  • Republican congressman questions delay in arrest of Menendez intern who is a registered sex offender

    12/15/2012 1:25:38 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 12/14/12
    Republican congressman questions delay in arrest of Menendez intern who is a registered sex offenderBy The Associated Press December 14, 2012 at 6:47 PM The Associated Press reported earlier this week that the department ordered immigration agents not to arrest Sanchez, an unpaid intern working for Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., until after Election Day. **DNIP** Chaffetz's inquiry was the first from Capitol Hill on the matter. He called the situation "disturbing" in a letter dated Thursday to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Chaffetz asked that officials brief him and his staff by Jan. 3 and provide answers in writing. Authorities...
  • Iran sympathises after 'tragic' US school shooting

    12/15/2012 12:59:51 PM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/15/12 | AFP
    Foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast condemned the "tragic incident" and expressed sympathy with the families of the victims, the state broadcaster's website IRIB reported. He also called on American society to mobilise against "warmongering and the massacre of innocent people anywhere, through terrorism, whether state-sponsored or not."
  • Killer’s Mother, His First Victim, Was a Gun Enthusiast, Friends Say

    12/15/2012 12:54:40 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 87 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/15/12
    She often went to a local restaurant and music spot, My Place, where she sat at the bar, according to a manager there who gave her name only as Louise. Ms. Lanza typically came to My Place alone, said another acquaintance, Dan Holmes, owner of Holmes Fine Gardens, a landscaping company in Newtown, who also met her at the bar. At craft beer tastings on Tuesday evenings, he recalled, she liked to talk about her gun collection. “She had several different guns,” he said. “I don’t know how many. She would go target shooting with her kids.” Law enforcement officials...
  • WashPost Gossips Mocks TMZ Divorce Notes on Palin's Eldest ...

    12/15/2012 12:43:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | December 15, 2012 | Tim Graham
    In Friday's Washington Post, gossips Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts reported that Sarah Palin's eldest child Track is divorcing his wife after a little more than a year of marriage. "She keeps her jewelry; he keeps his guns" in the settlement, they joked from the TMZ report. But in June of 2010, when Al Gore's eldest child Karenna was divorcing, she was a "crisis management" role model like Dear Old Mom and Dad. Check out the difference. Here's Friday's Palin announcement: Divorcing: Track Palin, 23, and Britta Hanson, 22, who filed a court petition in Alaska to dissolve their marriage,...
  • Clackamas man, armed, confronts mall shooter

    12/15/2012 12:30:31 PM PST · by marktwain · 40 replies
    nwcn.com ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Mike Benner
    PORTLAND, Ore ... Nick Meli is emotionally drained. The 22-year-old was at Clackamas Town Center with a friend and her baby when a masked man opened fire. "I heard three shots and turned and looked at Casey and said, 'are you serious?'" The friend and baby hit the floor. Meli, who has a concealed carry permit, positioned himself behind a pillar. "He was working on his rifle," said Meli. "He kept pulling the charging handle and hitting the side." The break in gunfire allowed Meli to pull out his own gun, but he never took his eyes off the shooter....
  • The trouble with changing gun laws -- in 1 chart (by Chris Cillizza)

    12/15/2012 12:20:14 PM PST · by Innovative · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Dec 15, 2012 | Chris Cillizza
    But, in the meantime, there's one chart from Gallup that tells the story of the American public's attitude toward gun legislation over time.
  • Clinton Looking for Clean Getaway on Benghazi

    12/15/2012 12:17:19 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    Foxnews ^ | December 14, 2012 | Chris Stirewalt
    “Secretary Clinton had originally been asked by networks to go on. She declined to do it.” -- Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, talking to NBC News. The Obama Democrats are today furious at the opposition of Republicans that ended the bid of presidential favorite U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to replace outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Rice, a stalwart retainer of the House of Obama, knows that Clinton, the matriarch of the rival Democratic clan, let the ambitious ambassador take the fall. - But this would be sort of like being upset at the bear that...
  • Gun-Free Zones or Stop the Insanity

    12/15/2012 12:13:57 PM PST · by Jerrybob · 17 replies
    self | 12/15/12 | self
    I thought surely, after Columbine and especially Virginia Tech, that the insanity of gun-free zones would go away; how wrong I was. What we need is Parent (or Grandparent) Guards, made up of capable, trained adults, sitting in shifts in teachers’ lounges, armed with personal weapons, ready at a moment’s notice to protect their loved ones. I’m retired, own a shotgun and I’d volunteer in a heartbeat. Imagine for a minute that the Connecticut elementary school had had such a system in place. The shooter would have found himself meeting his maker pretty quickly and it would not have been...
  • Gun Control Advocates Sue Web-Based Gun Sales Company

    12/15/2012 11:47:01 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 18 replies
    Business Insider | Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/13/12 | Dahleen Glanton
    Gun control advocates filed a groundbreaking lawsuit in Chicago Wednesday seeking to make companies that sell firearms over the Internet more accountable. The lawsuit filed by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence specifically names Armslist.com, an Internet gun website that links gun sellers with potential buyers.
  • 'Nothing Will Ever Be The Same'

    12/15/2012 11:47:01 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | 12/15/12 | MATTHEW KAUFFMAN
    -snip- One of those killed, first-grade teacher Victoria Soto, died after hiding her students, a source told The Courant. Soto was a teacher in room 10, the classroom next to where the shooting began, the source said. She hid her students — 15 or 16 of them, some possibly in a bathroom — before the gunman entered the room. He wanted to shoot more people, the source said, but, seeing no one but Soto, he shot her, then left the room, the source sad.
  • Muslims Riot, Jews Banned from Temple Mount

    12/15/2012 11:46:01 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/12/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Jews have been barred from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem until Sunday, the last day of Hannukah. The Temple Mount is the holiest site on earth according to Jewish tradition. The ban is aimed at preventing a Muslim riot at the site. Riots are thought to be particularly likely following Friday prayers. ......
  • How Africa's first commodity exchange revolutionised Ethiopia's economy

    12/15/2012 11:28:52 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 13, 2012 | Lauren Everitt
    Cereal fields in Ethiopia's Arusi-Bale plains, where the commodity exchange has facilitated trade between buyers and sellers. While government leaders, NGOs and corporations devise strategies to churn out more food for future generations, Eleni Gabre-Madhin is taking a different approach. Concerned by a 2002 famine in her home country of Ethiopia that followed bumper crops in 2000 and 2001, the Stanford-educated economist decided it was time to go beyond food production and take a hard look at distribution. The result? Africa's first commodity exchange. As the founder and outgoing CEO of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX), Gabre-Madhin established a reliable...
  • Many single women, a key bloc, are avoiding GOP

    12/15/2012 7:37:19 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 215 replies
    AP ^ | December 15, 2012 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI
    DENVER (AP) — Sara Stevenson spends her working hours surrounded by Republicans, namely the married men who work alongside her in a Denver oil and gas firm company. But after hours and on weekends, she usually spends her time with other single women, and there's not a Republican in sight among the bunch. "There was just no way I could have supported any Republican this year," said Stevenson, 31. "They skew so much to the religious right. ... They focused so much on taxes. It's not something that women in my demographic really care about. I've never heard my friends...
  • Manufacturing In The US Is Making A Historic Comeback

    12/15/2012 10:51:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/15/2012 | Charles Fishman
    For much of the past decade, General Electric’s storied Appliance Park, in Louisville, Kentucky, appeared less like a monument to American manufacturing prowess than a memorial to it. The very scale of the place seemed to underscore its irrelevance. Six factory buildings, each one the size of a large suburban shopping mall, line up neatly in a row. The parking lot in front of them measures a mile long and has its own traffic lights, built to control the chaos that once accompanied shift change. But in 2011, Appliance Park employed not even a tenth of the people it did...
  • Transgender player attains college basketball first

    12/15/2012 10:49:37 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 45 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12/14/2012
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The women’s basketball team at Mission College expected the bleachers to be full and the hecklers ready when its newest player made her home court debut. In the days leading up to the game, people had plenty to say about 6-foot-6-inch, 220-pound Gabrielle Ludwig, who joined the Lady Saints as a mid-season walk-on and became, according to advocates, the first transsexual to play college hoops as both a man and a woman.