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  • Agents visit Conn. gun shops after school massacre

    12/16/2012 12:24:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 16, 2012 3:05 AM EST | John Christoffersen and Matt Apuzzo
    While white-steepled churches and President Barack Obama prepared to comfort a grieving town Sunday, federal agents planned to fan out to dozens of gun stores and shooting ranges across Connecticut, chasing leads they hoped would cast light on the life of school shooter Adam Lanza. Among the questions to be answered: Why did his mother, a well-to-do suburban divorcée, keep a cache of high-power weapons in the house? What experience did Lanza have with those guns? And, above all, what set him on a path to shoot and kill 20 children, along with the adults who tried to stop him?...
  • HMCS Windsor Returns to Sea

    12/16/2012 12:12:40 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    Her Majesty’s Canadian Submarine (HMCS) Windsor returned to sea yesterday at Halifax, N.S., officially marking the completion of a deep maintenance cycle known as an Extended Docking Work Period. “HMCS Windsor’s return to sea is a key milestone and her crew now embarks on another challenging journey as they focus on operations at sea,” said The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. “I commend the outstanding efforts of Windsor’s crew, our Fleet Maintenance Facilities and of industry that have brought us to this point.” “Over the next few months, Windsor will conduct additional crew training and trials on her...
  • India wants license to produce Iron Dome - report

    12/15/2012 11:22:51 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Globes Israel ^ | 12 December 12 | Ran Dagoni
    India wants license to produce Iron Dome - report "Defense News": Israel is uncertain whether to let India have the technology to produce the rocket interception system. Israel and India are discussing cooperating in the development of weapons systems. "Defense News" reports from New Delhi that one of the aspects of this trend is India's wish to procure and manufacture the Iron Dome system against short-range missiles. During a visit to India last week, Ministry of Defense director general Udi Shani discussed with India's Defense Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma the progress of current defense projects by the two countries and...
  • USAF mulls options for replacement of Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle

    12/15/2012 11:18:35 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    Flight International ^ | 13 Dec 2012 | Dave Majumdar
    USAF mulls options for replacement of Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle On 11 December, the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle marked the 26th anniversary of its first flight, but the venerable strike fighter will continue serving with the US Air Force well into the 2030s. "There are no plans to replace the F-15E for the foreseeable future," the USAF says. "It is true that the F-15E, like all of our legacy aircraft, are accumulating more flight time than used to be typical, but given current fiscal realities, the AF [air force] fleet will continue to age well past the point at which...
  • China's J-15 fighter superior to Russian Su-33

    12/15/2012 11:10:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    People's Daily Online, China ^ | December 06, 2012
    China's J-15 fighter superior to Russian Su-33 (People's Daily Online) On Nov. 25, 2012, China's carrier-borne J-15 fighter jet has successfully undergone a series of sailing and technological tests on the Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier, marking a great success of the carrier-borne fighter jet independently developed by China and a major breakthrough in the development of aircraft carrier technology. The J-15 is equipped with two high-power engines and a brand-new system of high lift device, takeoff and landing device and arrester hook. Its wing can be folded up to both maintain the excellent combat capability and meet the special...
  • CIA Study: Pollard didn't Seek Info on U.S. A 1987 study now made public shows Pollard's

    12/15/2012 10:53:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 12/15/12 | Gil Ronen
    A 1987 study ordered by the CIA found that Jonathan Pollard, convicted in the U.S. of spying for Israel, never sought to obtain information about U.S. activities. Rather, he was instructed by his Israeli handlers to obtain information about Israel's enemies. The 1987 study by the Foreign Denial and Deception Analysis Committee was ordered by the CIA. It is now being made public, 25 years later, with heavy CIA redaction. It said Pollard's handlers were Rafi Eitan, advisor on counterterrorism to Prime Minister Shamir, as well as IAF Col. Aviem Sella and Joseph Yagur, Counselor for Scientific Affairs at the...
  • CNN Analysis: Kerry would bring experience, deep personal resources to State Dept.

    12/15/2012 10:47:42 PM PST · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    Chicken Noodle News (CNN) ^ | December 16, 2012 | Elise Labott and Jill Dougherty
    Sen. John Kerry, who sources say has been tapped by President Barack Obama to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, will come to the post with a full plate of foreign policy crises, from the civil war in Syria, to the nuclear antics of North Korea, to a looming showdown with Iran over its nuclear program. Anybody who follows Clinton would have some pretty big shoes to fill. Clinton was not just the most popular member of the president's Cabinet for the past four years, she had celebrity status and respect almost everywhere she went around the world. But...
  • Did massacre gunman make internet threat the day before Sandy Hook massacre?

    12/15/2012 9:42:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/15/12 | staff
    An eery post on an Internet message board made Wednesday night by a user allegedly in Connecticut who threatened to kill himself on Friday morning and 'make the news,' is raising some questions as to whether it was Newtown Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza. According to Infowars.com, the post appeared on the 4Chan web site at 10:18pm Wednesday and was made by a user with the user name ‘iKTatjYX.’ The post stated, 'I’m going to kill myself on Friday and it will make the news, be watching at 9am.'
  • Holder: We Must Answer 'Hard Questions' About Gun Rights

    12/15/2012 9:35:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 110 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/15/12 | Mary Chastain
    Attorney General Eric Holder made a few remarks about the massacre at Newtown, Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School that should raise some eyebrows. "As a nation I think we have to ask ourselves some hard questions. We gather too often to talk about these kinds of incidents. We need to discuss who we are as a nation, talk about the freedoms that we have, the rights that we have and how those might be used in a responsible way. But for now I think we should concentrate on dealing with the situation in Connecticut and we are doing, and I...
  • White House Gun Control Petition Quickly Surpasses Required Signature Count

    12/15/2012 9:22:12 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/15/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Petitions on the White House’s “We the People” online petition site require 25,000 signatures within a month to garner an official administration response.
  • White House Gun Control Petition Quickly Surpasses Required Signature Count

    12/15/2012 9:21:53 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 3 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/15/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Petitions on the White House’s “We the People” online petition site require 25,000 signatures within a month to garner an official administration response.
  • 'As a black person it's always racial': Jamie Foxx

    12/15/2012 9:18:12 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 65 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 14 December 2012 | J J Anisiobi
    Jamie Foxx has revealed that he finds himself facing racial challenges in everyday situations of his life. The African American actor explained during an interview with Vibe magazine that he is always sensitive about his skin colour. Jamie, 45, admitted that 'Every single thing in my life is built around race'. He told Vibe magazine: 'Cause as black folks we're always sensitive. As a black person it's always racial. 'I come into this place to do a photo shoot and they got Ritz crackers and cheese. 'I'll be like, ain't this a b***h. Y'all didn't know black people was coming.'...
  • China Calls for ‘No Delay’ on Gun Controls in U.S.

    12/15/2012 8:56:12 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 131 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | MARK MCDONALD
    HONG KONG — The state news agency in China, the official voice of the government, has called for the United States to quickly adopt stricter gun controls in the aftermath of the shooting rampage in Connecticut that left 28 people dead, including 20 schoolchildren. According to the state medical examiner who was overseeing autopsies of the children, all of them had been hit multiple times. At least one child had been shot 11 times. All of the children were in the first grade. “Their blood and tears demand no delay for U.S. gun control,” said the news agency, Xinhua, which...
  • AP source: Boehner offers millionaire tax hike ( RINO Capitulation )

    12/15/2012 8:52:53 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 27 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | JIM KUHNHENN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Signaling new movement in "fiscal cliff" talks, House Speaker John Boehner has proposed raising the top rate for earners making more than $1 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said. President Barack Obama, who wants higher top rates for households earning more than $250,000, has not accepted the offer, this person said. The proposal, however, indicated progress in talks that had appeared stalled. The person would only discuss the plan on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations.
  • Oklahoma teen arrested in school shooting plot

    12/15/2012 8:46:07 PM PST · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – A Bartlesville High School student is in custody on charges he plotted to bomb and shoot students at the campus auditorium on the same day that 28 people were shot and killed at an elementary school in Connecticut. An arrest affidavit says Chavez tried to convince other students to help him lure students into the auditorium, chain the doors shut and start shooting. The Tulsa World reports that authorities say Chavez threatened to kill students who didn't help. The Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise reports Chavez planned to detonate bombs at the doors as police arrived.
  • Army acknowledges pedophilia part of Islam Manual warns soldiers in Afghanistan not to talk about

    12/15/2012 8:39:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    WND ^ | 12/15/12 | Jack Minor
    A new Army manual that warns American soldiers in Afghanistan to avoid talking about certain topics has unwittingly acknowledged that Western taboos such as pedophilia are an inherent part of Islamic culture. “By mentioning that pedophilia and women’s rights and saying that soldiers should not mention such things they are tacitly admitting that those things are indeed part of Islam,” said Robert Spencer, founder of Jihad Watch. According to the Wall Street Journal, a new 75-page Army manual suggests U.S. soldiers are to blame for the large number of deadly attacks on them by Afghan security forces. The manual reportedly...
  • Active shooters in schools: The enemy is denial

    12/15/2012 8:31:50 PM PST · by Washi · 14 replies
    PoliceOne.com ^ | May 5, 2010 | Doug Wyllie
    “In 1998,” Grossman said, “school violence claimed what at the time was an all time record number of kids’ lives. In that year there were 35 dead and a quarter of a million serious injuries due to violence in the school. How many killed by fire that year? Zero. But we hear people say, ‘That’s the year Columbine happened, that’s an anomaly.’ Well, in 2004 we had a new all time record — 48 dead in the schools from violence. How many killed by fire that year? Zero. Let’s assign some grades. Put your teacher hat on and give out...
  • Flashback 2011 - HR 2613, the Citizens Protection Act of 2011 - Abolishes Gun-Free Zones Act

    12/15/2012 8:23:41 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 6 replies
    The New American ^ | 04 August 2011 | Raven Clabough
    Flashback 2011: Texas Congressman and GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul introduced a bill that would abolish "gun-free zones," ultimately permitting teachers to carry firearms on school grounds. Ron Paul Introduced Pro-gun Legislation The New American 04 August 2011 ==== Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has introduced a bill in the House that would allow teachers to carry firearms onto public school grounds. Gun-control groups call it an "extremist" bill. ==== H.R. 2613, the Citizens Protection Act of 2011 Sponsor: Ron Paul
  • Expert: Arm Teachers, Ban Gun-Free Zones to Halt Mass Shootings!

    12/15/2012 8:16:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/15/12 | David A. Patten
    Banning gun-free zones and allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons could help eliminate mass shootings at schools, gun-control expert John R. Lott told Newsmax in an exclusive interview Saturday. Lott, an author and college professor, told Newsmax that gun-free zones become “a magnet” for deranged killers who hope to burn their names into the history books by running up a big body count. Lott’s landmark book "More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws" is in its 3rd edition. He told Newsmax there is a “very good chance” the Connecticut school shooting could have been averted, if teachers...
  • Boehner Caves: Speaker John Boehner pitches millionaire tax hike

    12/15/2012 7:53:56 PM PST · by Veritas_et_libertas · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/15/2012 | JOHN BRESNAHAN, JAKE SHERMAN and CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN
    Speaker John Boehner has proposed allowing tax rates to rise for the wealthiest Americans if President Barack Obama agrees to major entitlement cuts, according to several sources close to the talks. It is the first time Boehner has offered any boost in marginal tax rates for any income group, and it would represent a major concession for the Ohio Republican. Boehner suggested hiking the Bush-era tax rates for top wage earners, including those with annual incomes of $1 million or more annually, beginning Jan. 1, two sources said.