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  • Sen. Chuck Schumer compares assault weapons to child pornography

    12/17/2012 7:39:40 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 37 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | December 17, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. asserted on the Senate floor this afternoon that the Second Amendment was “not absolute” comparing restrictions on assault weapons to restrictions on child pornography. “No amendment can be absolute,” Schumer said. “I believe you can be pro-gun and pro gun safety, just like you can be in favor of free speech but also against child pornography.” Schumer proposed an assault weapon bans for civilians arguing that it would be an acceptable restriction on the Second Amendment. “We can come together,” he said. “There can be a way of moving forward in the middle.”
  • Disability Rights - ACLU Position/Briefing Paper (Blood on Their Hands)

    12/17/2012 7:31:56 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 6 replies
    ACLU ^ | January 1, 1999
    ...Finally, and thanks in part to the inspiration provided by the civil rights struggles of the 1960's, disability rights advocates began to press for full legal equality and access to mainstream society. Through lobbying and litigation, laws were passed and rights established ... Too many disabled people are still institutionalized, despite the fact that the care they need can be provided within their communities... In 1994, four young law graduates successfully charged that the Florida State Bar application, which required the disclosure of information about any mental health treatment that applicants received at any point in their lives, violated the...
  • Promises Will Be Broken

    12/17/2012 7:23:20 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    TDR ^ | 12-17-2012 | Bill Bonner
    Promises Will Be Broken By Bill Bonner 12/17/12When wealth was easy to identify and easy to control — that is, when it was mostly land — a few insiders could do a fairly good job of keeping it for themselves. The feudal hierarchy gave everybody a place in the system, with the insiders at the top of the heap. But come the industrial revolution and suddenly wealth was accumulating outside the feudal structure. Populations were growing too…and growing restless. The old regime tried to tax this new money, but the new ‘bourgeoisie’ resisted. “No taxation without representation,” was a popular...
  • School carnage: Blame church, not God or guns!

    12/17/2012 7:16:42 PM PST · by wesagain · 10 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 17, 2012 | William J. Murray
    "Exclusive: William J. Murray reveals only way to turn society from violent, destructive path "If an individual is not afraid of the wrath of God, it is impossible to cause him to fear the justice of the state. The killing of young children at their school will be linked by many pundits to the availability of guns. Still others will blame the violent act on some pathology or childhood trauma. Some may even blame the Hollywood culture with its disregard for humanity, on which human bodies are seen being dissected nightly on network TV. Virtually no one will call what...
  • AUTOMATED BLACKHAWK HELICOPTER COMPLETES FIRST FLIGHT TEST

    12/17/2012 7:05:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | 12/11/12 | Peter Murray
    Does it seem believable that the wars of the future will be fought entirely with robots while humans are safely miles away, monitoring and controlling? The US military is certainly making a case for such a scenario. The latest installation is a JUH-60A Blackhawk helicopter that flies, lands, and avoids threats – all without a pilot.The autonomous Blackhawk’s official name is Rotorcraft Airscrew Systems Concept Airborne Laboratory, or RASCAL, and it has just completed its first test flight at the Diablo Mountain Range in San Jose, California. Pilots were actually aboard during the two-hour test flight for an emergency...
  • Feds look other way as wind farms kill birds -- but haul oil and gas firms to court

    12/17/2012 7:05:06 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 17, 2012 | Barnini Chakraborty
    Lights left on during a foggy night last year at a West Virginia wind farm are thought to be behind the grizzly deaths of nearly 500 songbirds. It was the third time it happened -- and each time, the federal government looked the other way. ... “The playing field is not leveled,” American Bird Conservancy spokesman Bill Johns ... All they do now is go, ‘Whoops, my bad’ and it’s forgiven.” ... The wind sector has had an exemption from prosecution under two of America’s oldest wildlife-protection laws: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Eagle Protection Act. A violation...
  • DIGENOVA: SAME LIBS CALLING FOR GUN CONTROL WERE CLOSING MENTAL INSTITUTIONS IN 70'S

    12/17/2012 6:53:37 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 20 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 17 Dec 2012
    Fox News legal analyst Joe DiGenova joined Brian Wilson and Larry O'Connor on Washington DC's WMAL to discuss the calls for strict limitations on the right to bear arms. DiGenova pointed out that progressive activist groups in the 1960's and 70's moved to make it much more difficult for individuals with mental health problems to be institutionalized. DiGenova maintains that this is a major contributing factor to the latest spate of mass murder. The irony, according to DiGenova, is the same progressives are now calling for strict gun control restrictions.
  • Fla. Representative Wants to End School Gun Ban(Poll)

    12/17/2012 6:48:24 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    wtvy.com ^ | 17 December, 2012 | AP
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The state representative who sponsored the bill that became Florida's "stand your ground" law believes the state should end its ban on guns in schools.
  • Latino Groups Warn Congress to Fix Immigration or Else

    12/17/2012 6:33:24 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 60 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 17, 2012 | Julia Preston
    WASHINGTON — The nation’s largest Latino organizations warned Congress on Wednesday that they will keep a report card during the immigration debate next year, with plans to mobilize their voters against lawmakers who do not support a comprehensive immigration bill. “Make no mistake, we will be watching,” said Eliseo Medina, international secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, which led one of the most extensive Latino voter drives. The report card will show “who stood with us and who stood against us” on immigration reform, Mr. Medina said."
  • ABC and CBS Skip News of Tim Scott’s Historic Senate Appointment

    12/17/2012 6:24:04 PM PST · by chessplayer · 20 replies
    South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Monday announced she will appoint Republican U.S. Representative Tim Scott to the U.S. Senate to replace the departing Senator Jim DeMint, but though he will become the “first African American U.S. Senator from the South since Blanche Bruce of Mississippi in 1881” and the only black -- Democrat or Republican -- in the current Senate, neither ABC nor CBS mentioned the news Monday night. Yes, the newscasts were dominated by the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy, yet the NBC Nightly News managed to squeeze in 24 seconds to note Scott’s historic appointment.
  • R.I.P. Sen. Inouye, Hero of the 442nd (Hero of Immense Proportions)

    12/17/2012 6:19:58 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | Daniel Foster
    We have just learned that Senator Daniel Inouye (D., Hawaii) has passed away at 88. Whatever else the president pro tempore of the Senate was, he was a Nazi-socking badass of a G.I.: In the fall of 1944, Inouye’s unit was shifted to the French Vosges Mountains and spent two of the bloodiest weeks of the war rescuing a Texas Battalion surrounded by German forces. The rescue of “The Lost Battalion” is listed in the U.S. Army annals as one of the most significant military battles of the century. Inouye lost ten pounds, became a platoon leader and won the...
  • Founding Fathers Just 'Some Dead People' Spews Ed Schultz in Anti-Second Amendment Rant

    12/17/2012 6:14:30 PM PST · by chessplayer · 26 replies
    Remember how liberals feigned reverence for the Constitution during its alleged wholesale destruction while George W. Bush was president? With a Democrat ensconsed in the White House, they are reverting to old habits when it comes to the blueprint for our republic. On his radio show Friday, Schultz argued with a caller who said he usually agrees with Schultz, citing "socialized medicine" and higher taxes as examples of common ground they share. But the Second Amendment must be protected, the caller said, lest changes to it erode other freedoms enumerated in the Bill of Rights (audio) -- CALLER: From a...
  • Media myths on ‘assault weapons’ and ‘semiautomatic firearms’

    12/17/2012 6:08:49 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 17, 2012 | Timothy P. Carney
    If gun-control advocates and our media want to have a conversation about government restrictions on gun ownership, I think that’s fine. Debating more issues, rather than fewer, is probably good for our politics. But the conversation about guns needs to be a bit more factually precise. Today’s New York Times story on the AR-15 has a lot of good information and aims to be balanced, but the story still manages to perpetuate many of the most stubborn myths about rifles. Some points I would like to make in response:
  • 4,200 Coloradans tried to buy guns the day after Newtown, Connecticut school shooting

    12/17/2012 6:04:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    4,200 Coloradans tried to buy guns the day after Newtown, Connecticut school shootingPosted: 12/17/2012 Last Updated: 2 hours ago DENVER - Colorado set a single-day record for gun background check requests the day after the Connecticut mass shootings. Colorado Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Medina said there were more than 4,200 requests to buy guns in Colorado on Saturday. Those gun-purchase requests surpassed the previous record -- 4,028 background checks processed on Black Friday this year.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-17-12

    12/17/2012 5:55:59 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-17-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Liberty - and How Guns Once Saved Lives at Schools - and Ought to Again

    12/17/2012 5:53:01 PM PST · by Ron C. · 21 replies
    12/17/12 | Ron C
    Had teachers and administrators at Newtown, Connecticut schools been known to be armed and experienced marksmen, and women – very few would dare threaten gun violence at that city’s schools, or any other school in any community where school policy demanded the presence of armed adults. None dared when I first went to school in the little town of Hot Springs New Mexico in the late 1940’s – because the fact that teachers were armed was highly publicized in local newspapers. Back then there were only two schools, a grade school and high school. I attended both, and both had...
  • Clinton gets accountability report on Benghazi attacks

    12/17/2012 5:36:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/17/12 | Andrew Quinn
    Clinton gets accountability report on Benghazi attacksBy Andrew Quinn Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:18pm EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday received an official review of the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, setting the stage for testimony on an incident that prompted a political furor and sharp questions about security at U.S. diplomatic facilities overseas. **SNIP** The committee has been meeting in private and State Department officials have declined to discuss almost all specifics of the Benghazi attack pending its reports. The findings are expected to cover questions on whether enough...
  • Sources Say DOD Inspector General Report Criticizes Vickers in Discussions with Filmmaker

    12/17/2012 5:35:46 PM PST · by GrootheWanderer · 3 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 17, 2012 | Jake Tapper
    Sources tell ABC News that the Inspector General for the Department of Defense has been preparing a report in which Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers is criticized for giving sensitive information to the filmmakers behind “Zero Dark Thirty.” Specifically, Vickers is said to have disclosed to the filmmakers the identity of a member of SEAL Team Six — though not a member of the team that conducted the raid on Osama bin Laden‘s compound. Names of members of that team are not to be disclosed because of the potential for violent retaliation. Some in the Pentagon think...
  • After School Shooting, Anti-Gun Advocates Want NRA President, Members to Be Shot

    12/17/2012 5:30:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/17/12 | Jason Howerton
    Following the horrific act of violence that occurred in Newtown, Conn. on Friday, some anti-gun advocates are calling for NRA president David Keene and all other members of the NRA to be shot. To be clear, these people are calling for violence to solve what they think is the cause of many acts of violence — guns. sam tarling @sammyswordfish All NRA members should be shot!!!! I thank you, that's one of my own !! 16 Dec 12 Reply Retweet Favorite michael mayer @prisonforbush Someone should shoot this motherfucker NRA President David Keene weighs in on 2012 election – Glenn...
  • ‘I Don’t Care if a Bunch of White Kids Got Killed’ — Find Out Who Said This About Sandy Hook

    12/17/2012 5:27:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 96 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/17/12 | Jason Howerton
    The owner of Thai Noodle House in Austin, Texas has been bombarded with criticism after he posted a racially-charged and offensive Facebook status regarding the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. On Friday, a gunman opened fire at the school, killing 20 innocent children and six adults before he took his own life. “I don’t care if a bunch of white kids got killed,” the restaurant’s owner Eddie Nimibutr wrote on his Facebook page shortly after the shooting occurred. “F**k Post-Racial bullsh*t. When kids from minority groups get shot, nobody cares. When Israel launched missiles at...
  • Thousands in Spain protest health privatization

    12/17/2012 5:21:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/17/12 | Harold Heckle, Associated Press | Associated Press
    MADRID (AP) -- Several thousand Spanish public health workers and other people marched from four main hospitals in Madrid to converge on a main square in the capital Sunday, protesting the regional government's plans to restructure and part-privatize the sector. The marches, described as a "white tide" because of the color of the medical scrubs many were wearing, finally met mid-afternoon in Puerta del Sol. On Monday, the region's health councilor will meet with a committee responsible for coordinating professional services and union representatives to try and agree how to achieve €533 million ($697 million) in savings. Doctors, nurses and...
  • Justice worked on new gun safety recommendations

    12/17/2012 5:03:07 PM PST · by Red Steel · 9 replies
    wvva ^ | Updated: Dec 17, 2012 2:29 PM | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has been investigating new ways to curb gun violence in the United States, including expanding and automating earlier this year the federal databases used in background checks on gun purchasers and coming up with new ideas for legislation to be considered by Congress and the White House.</p>
  • Flashback: Harvey Weinstein Calls for Filmmaker Summit on Violence in Movies (Tarantino's boss!)

    12/17/2012 5:00:16 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 2 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 7/26/12 | Pamela McClintock
    Weinstein, an avid Obama supporter, cites lack of gun control as the real culprit behind the Colorado theater shooting and says it's time for Hollywood to examine its part in perpetuating real-life events. Speaking to The Huffington Post, Weinstein called for a filmmaker summit in the wake of last week's theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., that left at least a dozen dead and 58 wounded. "I think as filmmakers we should sit down -- the Marty Scorseses, the Quentin Tarantinos and hopefully all of us who deal in violence in movies -- and discuss our role in that," Weinstein said.
  • Gun Free Zones: An article by Tom Givens.

    12/17/2012 4:56:47 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    gunfreezone.net ^ | 16 December, 2012 | Tom Givens
    Reposted from Tom Givens: In the wake of the tragic, horrific slaughter of innocent school children in Connecticut, there has been a renewed cry for more gun control laws. This stems from the natural need to “do something” when a tragedy of this proportion occurs. I agree we need to do something, but the “something” I want is a bit different. The “Gun Free Schools Act of 1994” made it a federal crime to possess a firearm on any school property. Many states enacted similar legislation at the state level, as the federal act required them to do so or...
  • Fayyad Urges Arab Nations to Follow Up on 'Safety Net'

    12/17/2012 4:49:42 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/12/12 | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority prime minister Salam Fayyad urged Arab League nations on Sunday to make good on $100 million a month in pledged "safety net" funds, warning that his government was facing a "dangerous" financial crisis. "I have nothing left to do but to urge our Arab brothers to activate this net, because until this point there has been no movement to deliver the $100 million," Fayyad told reporters at a briefing in his Ramallah office, according to AFP. "If this safety net is not activated quickly, I'll call for an emergency Arab summit to discuss financial situation because it's a...
  • Clinton tells lawmakers she is open to testifying on Benghazi in future (2017?)

    12/17/2012 4:38:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/17/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Clinton tells lawmakers she is open to testifying on Benghazi in futureBy Julian Pecquet - 12/17/12 01:58 PM ET Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote to the leaders of the House and Senate foreign affairs panels on Monday to tell them she may testify in future on the Benghazi attack, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. Clinton was expected to testify at a hearing this Thursday but will be sending her two deputies, William Burns and Thomas Nides, after contracting a stomach virus and suffering a concussion during a fall last weekend. Thursday's hearing will be preceded by a closed-door...
  • Livni: Netanyahu Cuasing Great National Damage

    12/17/2012 4:35:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/12/12
    Tzipi Livni responded...to the final approval of 1500 new housing units in Ramat Shlomo. "The Ramat Shlomo construction represents everything that is problematic in the Netanyahu government. Housing priority is given to Haredim under the guise of national interest which infuriates the world against us and puts Jerusalem under a magnifying glass and international questions. Great national damage."
  • Fundraising page to find Steven Crowder’s assailant has been ‘frozen’(Michigan union thug update)

    12/17/2012 4:31:22 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 7 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 12-17-2012 | Twitchy Staff
    Fundraising page to find Steven Crowder’s assailant has been ‘frozen’ Twitchy Staff-5:33 pm on December 17, 2012 Last week, Dana Loesch announced that a fundraising page had been set up to raise reward money for information about the union thug who assaulted Steven Crowder. Donors had pooled together over $7000. But this afternoon, Loesch revealed that the page has been taken down essentially without explanation... Loesch writes on her blog that Indiegogo, the fundraising platform, has flagged and “frozen” the campaign. So far, according to Loesch, no word on the reason for the freeze, nor has Indiegogo made clear whether...
  • Rock blasting set on drought-plagued Miss. River

    12/17/2012 4:28:12 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 17, 2012 | JIM SUHR and JIM SALTER | Associated Press
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Barge operators along a key stretch of the Mississippi River braced Monday for months of restricted shipping as crews prepared to begin blasting large rock formations that are impeding navigation on the drought-plagued waterway. Contractors from Iowa and Ohio could begin drilling holes into the troublesome Mississippi River bedrock south of St. Louis and detonating explosives inserted inside as early as Tuesday, the Army Corps of Engineers said. They expect to remove enough rock to fill about 50 dump trucks, possibly more. The demolition of the massive formations near Thebes, Ill., coincides with an unusual move...
  • Conservatives complain Sandy bill includes millions in unrelated spending (loot for American Samoa?)

    12/17/2012 4:25:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/17/12 | Erik Wasson, Kevin Bogardus
    Conservatives complain Sandy bill includes millions in unrelated spendingBy Erik Wasson and Kevin Bogardus - 12/17/12 12:33 PM ET Conservative groups say the Senate’s $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy supplemental bill is loaded with millions of dollars in spending unrelated to damage from the devastating storm. The bill includes $2 million to fix museum roofs in Washington, D.C.; $100 million for Head Start centers; $348 million for damage to parks, including the Statue of Liberty’s island; and $4 million to repair the Kennedy Space Center and other launch sites. It also includes funding for commercial fisheries disasters for as far away...
  • Knesset Member Hanon: Israel Must “Bring Down” Hamas for Lasting Peace

    12/17/2012 4:23:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 17 Dec 2012 06:57 PM | Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter
    Danny Danon, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, declared in an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV that Israel must ultimately “bring down the Hamas regime” to secure peace in the Middle East. “We know it’s temporary. We will have to take action,” Danon, a rising Israeli political star, tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview. “It’s a matter of time until we do. But, unfortunately, when you have such forces, which are full of hatred and enticement, it’s only a matter of time until we will continue with the hatred again. And when you look at Gaza today, you don’t have any...
  • Harry Reid: All Options on the Table on Gun Control

    12/17/2012 4:12:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 17 Dec 2012 06:27 PM | (Newsmax Wires)
    The U.S. Congress must examine what can be done to respond to the Connecticut school shooting, including possibly new legislation, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Monday. Reid told the Senate he agreed with President Barack Obama that no one law could erase evil, but added “we need to accept the reality that we are not doing enough to protect our citizens.” The remarks were significant coming from Reid, a Democrat from Nevada who during Obama’s first term opposed reviving a ban on assault weapons. … “In the coming days and weeks we’ll engage in a meaningful conversation and...
  • Shortage of critical care paediatric beds,doctors warn

    12/17/2012 3:59:49 PM PST · by mdittmar · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | December 17,2012 | BBC
    The NHS is facing a shortage of beds to treat critically-ill children,doctors warn.The Paediatric Intensive Care Society and three other medical organisations say all 29 units in the UK are running close to capacity due to a surge in seasonal respiratory illness. The Department of Health is expected to release additional money to help hospitals with winter pressures.On Monday there were 10-20 unoccupied beds available.During the previous week, there were days when virtually all of the beds were full - although doctors stress no child came to any harm as a result.Services stretchedMedics say paediatric services are working hard to...
  • Stoney the horse back in action after incident with Charlie the dog

    12/17/2012 3:51:58 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 15 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | December 16, 2012 | Andrea Koskey
    Charlie the death row dog is the talk of the town, but the American Staffordshire terrier’s victim is mending his wounds and has finally returned to work after more than two months off. Stoney, the horse who was bitten by Charlie in August, is a retired thoroughbred. He joined the U.S. National Park Service mounted patrol four years ago in Washington, D.C., before transferring to San Francisco in May with his rider, Officer Eric Evans. Evans, who trained Stoney, has been a horse trainer for the Park Service for years. He’s been with the U.S. Park Police for 23 years...
  • Quentin Tarantino: Don't Blame Violent Movies for Newtown Shooting Tragedy

    12/17/2012 3:50:14 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 87 replies
    E Online ^ | 12/17/12 | Rebecca Macatee
    Don't blame Quentin Tarantino for Friday's tragic Newtown, Conn., shooting. The Django Unchained director is tired of having to defend his use of violence in film. "I just think, you know, there's violence in the world, tragedies happen, blame the playmakers," he said Saturday at a press junket, per the BBC. "It's a Western. Give me a break."
  • The Psy-Ops War on Preppers: This Has Become a Two-For-the-Price-of-One Crisis

    12/17/2012 3:27:19 PM PST · by blam · 41 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 12-17-2012 | Mac Slavo - Daisy Luther
    The Psy-Ops War on Preppers: This Has Become a Two-For-the-Price-of-One Crisis Daisy Luther December 17th, 2012 The Organic Prepper This article has been generously shared with our community by long-time contributor Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper. First of all, where is the headquarters of this “Doomsday Preppers Movement” I’ve been reading about? And where can I sign up? I didn’t realize there was an organized movement, one deserving of capital letters. Who is the leader of this “movement”? I’d like to meet him (or her) immediately! The propaganda machine is not only going after guns in the wake of...
  • Saudi rights activist faces apostasy charge

    12/17/2012 3:14:26 PM PST · by george76 · 1 replies
    AFP ^ | Dec. 17, 2012
    A Saudi court on Monday referred a rights activist to a higher court for alleged apostasy, a charge that could lead to the death penalty ... ... Sharia Islamic law strictly applied in Saudi Arabia stipulates death as a punishment for apostasy, but defendants are usually given the chance to repent and escape being beheaded. Saudi blogger Hamza Kashgari was deported in February from Malaysia to the kingdom and is being held in jail to face charges of blasphemy over Twitter comments deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammed. Kashgari's comments triggered a wave of calls to execute him, although he...
  • A Call To Ban Steak Knives

    12/17/2012 3:14:02 PM PST · by Typical_Whitey · 62 replies
    BBC.co.uk ^ | 5/2005 | BBC news
    A&E doctors are calling for a ban on long pointed kitchen knives to reduce deaths from stabbing. A team from West Middlesex University Hospital said violent crime is on the increase - and kitchen knives are used in as many as half of all stabbings. They argued many assaults are committed impulsively, prompted by alcohol and drugs, and a kitchen knife often makes an all too available weapon. The research is published in the British Medical Journal. The researchers said there was no reason for long pointed knives to be publicly available at all. They consulted 10 top chefs from...
  • Chuck Todd On Republican Opinion Of Guns: That's "A Different America" (video)

    12/17/2012 3:12:29 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 11 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 17, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    CHUCK TODD: The problem is there is public opinion in general and there's public opinion in the Republican congressional districts, which is a different America. Anyway, thank you all. (MSNBC's Daily Rundown, December 17, 2012)
  • Connecticut statutes - it was ALREADY BANNED!!

    12/17/2012 2:11:58 PM PST · by djf · 43 replies
    Connecticut gov website ^ | N/A | CT State
    I just checked on what Connecticut law says about firearms. Now, I don't agree with the law particularly. But I did find this: CHAPTER 943 OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC PEACE AND SAFETY Sec. 53-202a. Assault weapons: Definition. (1) Any selective-fire firearm capable of fully automatic, semiautomatic or burst fire at the option of the user or any of the following specified semiautomatic firearms: Algimec Agmi; Armalite AR-180; Australian Automatic Arms SAP Pistol; Auto-Ordnance Thompson type; Avtomat Kalashnikov AK-47 type; Barrett Light-Fifty model 82A1; Beretta AR-70; Bushmaster Auto Rifle and Auto Pistol; Calico models M-900, M-950 and 100-P; Chartered Industries of Singapore...
  • The Communist Party USA echoes President Obama's call for more gun control

    12/17/2012 2:57:34 PM PST · by FL2012 · 20 replies
    Examiner ^ | December 17, 2012 | Robert Elliott
    While most of the nation is still reeling from the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and continues to mourn the innocent victims, others are already working to exploit the horrific event for political gain. After all, as President Obama's former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel once infamously said, "you never want a serious crisis to go to waste" because a crisis provides an "opportunity to do things that you think [sic] you could not do before."
  • Dem renews call for 'Department of Peace' after Conn. shooting

    12/17/2012 2:50:15 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 51 replies
    Dem renews call for 'Department of Peace' after Conn. shooting By Pete Kasperowicz - 12/17/12 02:57 PM ET Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) on Monday afternoon resumed his call for a federal "Department of Peace," which he said is needed to counteract a "cultural matrix" in the United States that produces violence. "On a global level, this type of thinking justified war and brings the slaughter of innocents. Nationally, it sows seeds for murder," he said on the House floor. "Yet war abroad and violence at home are not inevitable. We have it within our power to recreate America today." "Let...
  • Oregon State Rep. Proposes Arming Teachers To Prevent Shootings (video)

    12/17/2012 2:46:15 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 10 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 17, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    STATE REP. DENNIS RICHARDSON, (R-OREGON): Well, it's been 13 years since the tragedy in Columbine, almost 6 years since Virginia Tech, and now we all mourn the massacre that occurred in Connecticut last Friday. We cannot continue to be passive when the only person who's armed in a school shooting situation is the shooter himself, the psychopath. What I'm suggesting is that we have campus responders, two or three volunteers, that are on the staff, whether administrators or teachers or staff members, hopefully maybe prior military, prior law enforcement, but people who are trained who will be armed. And when...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Monday, December-17-2012

    12/17/2012 2:24:33 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 56 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Egypt narrowly votes for new constitution amid widespread claims of ballot box fraud

    12/17/2012 2:19:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13:56 EST, 16 December 2012 | James Rush
    Muslim Brotherhood claims to be in lead with 56 percent of “yes” votesRights groups call for repeat of votes as counting “took place in darkness”120,000 army troops deployed to help the police protect polling stationsEgyptians voted narrowly in favor of a controversial new constitution yesterday amid accusations of widespread ballot box violations. … Representatives of the seven (rights) groups charged that there was insufficient supervision by judges in Saturday’s vote in 10 of Egypt’s 27 provinces and independent monitors were prevented from witnessing vote counts. The representatives told a news conference that they had reports of individuals falsely identifying...
  • The student debt explosion: Higher education bubble threatens to add to nation’s economic woes

    12/17/2012 2:05:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/17/2012
    President Obama and members of Congress have spent so much that the federal debt is headed toward $16.4 trillion. Those lawmakers must be using budgetary skills they picked up in college, as undergrads around the nation are racking up red ink at a record pace. Student loan debt jumped $42 billion last quarter, the New York Federal Reserve reported last week, bringing the total owed to about $1 trillion. That’s more than Americans owe on automobile loans or credit cards, and school bills have become so large that many have found themselves unable to pay. The official student loan delinquency...
  • Congrats, Barry. US falls out of top 10 most prosperous nations

    12/17/2012 1:59:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/17/2012 | Rick Moran
    You know that period between sleep and wakefulness where you're not quite sure you're still dreaming? I read this blog item at Powerline and had the exact same reaction: Via InstaPundit, we learn that for the first time, the United States does not rank as one of the world's ten most prosperous nations, as rated by London's Legatum Institute. The authors of the report found that the U.S.'s slippage is being driven by "a decline in the number of US citizens who believe that hard work will get them ahead." Well, they're right: in Barack Obama's America, hard work...
  • MSNBC Host: Right to Work Came From 'Segregationist White Supremacist South'

    12/17/2012 1:52:23 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 40 replies
    MSNBC Host: Right to Work Came From 'Segregationist White Supremacist South' By Elizabeth Harrington December 17, 2012 (CNSNews.com) – MSNBC’s Chris Hayes said on Sunday he is “uncomfortable” using the phrase “right-to-work” because it has its origins in the “segregationist white supremacist south.” “I’m not going to use the phrase [right to work] that is commonly used because it is such a ridiculous—let me just give people a little bit of history here,” Hayes said on his show, “Up With Chris Hayes.” He made the comment in connection with Michigan’s new right-to-work law. “The phrase is coined by a guy...
  • Richard Engel: NBC News Correspondent Reportedly Missing In Syria Since

    12/17/2012 1:12:24 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    Richard Engel has reportedly gone missing in Syria, with the NBC News foreign correspondent out of touch since last Thursday. Reports of EngelÂ’s disappearance have come from Turkish news sources, which also note that a Turkish journalist working with Engel, Aziz AkyavaĹź, has also gone missing. Engel had been reporting on the ongoing conflict between rebels and forces backing President Bashar al-Assad.
  • Senator's daughter pleads guilty to harassment

    12/17/2012 12:49:52 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/17/12 | DOUGLAS MONTERO
    The NYPD daughter of state Sen. Ruben Diaz -- sister of the Bronx Borough President -- pled guilty today to harassment for keying her ex-boyfriend’s car in August when he wanted to end the relationship. Sgt. Damaris Diaz, 43, who has been with the Police Department since 1993, also agreed to pay fellow cop Edward Vasquez $841.14 for the damage and spend eight days in a domestic violence program.