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  • Jewish groups push for action on gun control

    12/18/2012 2:38:02 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 69 replies
    jta.org ^ | December 18, 2012 | Ron Kampeas
    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- In the wake of the shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn., Jewish groups are looking to build alliances and back legislation to strengthen gun control laws. Rabbi David Saperstein, the director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, said that his group is assembling a coalition that would be ready to act once the right legislation comes along. “The point now is to create the atmosphere in which there is a demand for action, using our voices, organizing the parents in our pews,” Saperstein told JTA in an interview. “When the parents across America start crying out...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Fear of being committed may have caused Connecticut gunman to snap

    12/18/2012 2:34:55 PM PST · by servo1969 · 178 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12-18-2012 | Jana Winter
    “From what I've been told, Adam was aware of her petitioning the court for conservatorship and (her) plans to have him committed," Flashman told FoxNews.com. "Adam was apparently very upset about this. He thought she just wanted to send him away. From what I understand, he was really, really angry. I think this could have been it, what set him off.” A senior law enforcement official involved in the investigation confirmed that Lanza's anger at his mother over plans for “his future mental health treatment” is being looked at as a possible motive for the deadly shooting. Flashman was told...
  • Saved by scissors

    12/18/2012 2:34:20 PM PST · by Sopater · 6 replies
    The Sun ^ | 16th December 2012 | JANE ATKINSON
    LITTLE Maddalena Douse is one of the smallest premature babies ever to survive in the UK — thanks to a pair of SCISSORS. When she was born six months ago at just 23 weeks she was so tiny docs did not know if they should try to save her. But when they put her on the scales she weighed 1lb, the minimum weight for a baby to be considered viable — so they fought for her. Only when she was safely on a ventilator did medics discover the scissors had been accidentally left on the scales and that 8in Maddalena...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Tuesday, December-18-2012

    12/18/2012 2:28:31 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 71 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! Call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Sandy Hook and the Absence of God

    12/18/2012 2:26:43 PM PST · by PapaNew · 6 replies
    Bearing Drift ^ | 12/18/2012 | Shaun Kenney
    “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It’s time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” — Ronald Reagan Of course, any number of people have done their utmost to politicize what’s happened. In the wake of any crisis, there are the unscrupulous few that are going to look for an opportunity here and there. Before we wander too far off track, it’s important to know that government is neither a force for good nor evil. Rather, it is a force that when...
  • Governor Rick Snyder vetoes concealed weapons legislation

    12/18/2012 2:21:28 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 70 replies
    wxyz.com ^ | December 18, 2012
    (WXYZ) - Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed gun legislation that would have allowed concealed weapons in churches, schools and daycares. He vetoed Senate Bill 59 Tuesday after stating that he would give the legislation extra consideration following tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. The bill drew widespread criticism in the wake of the school massacre in Newtown where 26 people were killed - including 20 children. Under the proposed law, concealed weapons would have been allowed in schools and churches. “This type of violence often leaves society with more questions than answers,” Snyder said. “The reasons for such appalling acts usually are...
  • Video: “It doesn’t matter if gun violence is down”

    12/18/2012 2:12:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 17 December, 2012 | na
    Katie flags this quote from CNN anchor Don Lemon, who won’t allow facts to complicate his righteous public emoting about US gun laws (expanded transcript via Breitbart): Listen, for the past three days, I have been on the verge of tears every second, and most of the people here have been crying 24 hours straight. Yes, we need to address mental health, but mental health in this particular issue — let’s not get it twisted — is a secondary issue. If someone who has a mental issue did not have access to guns that should only be available in war...
  • Terror Group Gives ‘Petulant’ US Recruit a Timeout

    12/18/2012 2:03:38 PM PST · by posterchild · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec 18, 2012 | Lee Ferran
    n al Qaeda-allied terrorist organization is so annoyed with the “childish petulance” of a high-profile American recruit that it has taken to publicly admonishing him and apologizing to its terrorist comrades everywhere for his antics. A self-identified spokesperson for al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based terror group, released a statement via Twitter Monday that is relentlessly critical of Alabama-born rapping jihadi Omar Hammami, also known as Abu Mansur al-Amriki, and assures everyone he holds no position of power in their anti-Western ranks. “For months the Mujahideen [holy warriors] have been offering advice to Abu Mansur in private, without publicly rebuking him, employing every...
  • Rhode Island professor Erik Loomis deletes his Twitter account; Update: What is he hiding?

    12/18/2012 12:54:03 PM PST · by george76 · 64 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 18, 2012
    What do you do when you are an assistant professor at a public university and you’ve been caught red-handed retweeting a tweet advocating murder? If you’re University of Rhode Island professor Erik Loomis, you delete your entire Twitter account ... We’re glad he won’t be advocating violence on Twitter any longer. Hopefully, he will use the freed-up time to seek help from a mental health professional. * * * Update: What exactly is Loomis hiding? Before he deleted his Twitter account, we managed to make note of a few of his angrier tweets
  • Jindal education reform: one section of four ruled unconstitutional (Jindal wins, tenure gutted)

    12/18/2012 1:43:58 PM PST · by abb · 15 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | December 18, 2012 | Lauren McGaughy
    Gov. Bobby Jindal's education overhaul had another day in court Tuesday, as Baton Rouge area Judge R. Michael Caldwell upheld three sections of Act 1, all dealing with teacher tenure and salary. One final section, dealing with local superintendent involvement with school board decisions, was ruled unconstitutional because it was not closely enough related to the other aspects of the bill. Jindal called the ruling "a victory for students and teachers," and said it upheld "the core purpose of the law -- rewarding effective teachers and supporting ineffective teachers who want to improve." Under the Louisiana constitution, any bill brought...
  • Common Sense: Stop school shootings by letting teachers fire back, say Texas officials

    12/18/2012 1:27:00 PM PST · by bestintxas · 32 replies
    foxnews ^ | 12/18/12 | M Jaccarino
    Lawmakers and educators in Texas say the way to guard against school shootings like last Friday's at a Connecticut elementary school is to make sure teachers can shoot back. While the rampage that left 20 young children and six adults dead in a small Northeastern community has sparked a national debate on gun control, assault weapons and a culture of violence, David Thweatt, superintendent of the 103-student Harrold Independent School District in Wilbarger County, said his teachers are armed and ready to protect their young charges. “We give our ‘Guardians’ training in addition to the regular Texas conceal-and-carry training,” Thweatt,...
  • Iran Blames ‘Israeli Death Squads’ for Sandy Hook Shooting

    12/18/2012 1:16:09 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/12/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Iran’s state-run PressTV, which has developed a well-earned reputation for publishing incendiary anti-Israel conspiracy theories, ran a story Tuesday espousing the belief that Israeli "death squads" are to blame for the Sandy Hook shooting. Michael Harris, a one-time Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, cited “Israeli revenge” in, what he called, “the terrorist attack in Connecticut.” Harris, who came in third place in the 2006 Republican primary, which Len Munsil won before falling to Democrat Janet Napolitano, is now the Phoenix-based financial editor of Veterans Today, a conspiracy-minded “military and foreign affairs journal” whose editorial board includes former Pakistani and...
  • Tim Scott: 'We Have a Spending Problem' (I like this guy already)

    12/18/2012 1:10:28 PM PST · by bestintxas · 8 replies
    newsmax ^ | 12/18/12 | G MacDonald
    Rep. Tim Scott is playing up his credentials as a fiscal conservative as he prepares to take over the Senate seat being vacated by South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint. In an interview Thursday night with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren following his appointment by Gov. Nikki Haley, Scott said he plans to focus his attention on spending restraints and reducing the role of government in people's lives when he assumes his new post on Jan. 2. "Today we have a spending problem and we have not addressed that yet. I think that stands as an obstacle in the way of...
  • John Bolton: Hillary Clinton Came Up With 'Diplomatic Illness' To Avoid Benghazi Testimony

    12/18/2012 1:09:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 74 replies
    HuffPo ^ | 18/12/12 | Nick Wing
    John Bolton, former U.N. ambassador under President George W. Bush, suggested Monday night that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fabricated a "diplomatic illness" in order to dodge scheduled testimony this week on the Sept. 11 anniversary attack in Benghazi, Libya. Speaking on Fox News, Bolton claimed "every foreign service officer in every foreign ministry in the world" is familiar with coming up with such "diplomatic illnesses" when they "don't want to go to a meeting or a conference, or an event." "And this is a diplomatic illness to beat the band," Bolton said of recent news that Clinton had fainted...
  • Obama ‘cliff’ bid trims Social Security

    12/18/2012 12:53:15 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | December 18, 2012, 10:46 AM | Matthew Heimer
    Stock investors are optimistic that President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are close to a deal that would avert the so-called fiscal cliff. But based on the offers currently on the table, retirees and people preparing for retirement may not be feeling so upbeat. This morning, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and a gazillion other major media outlets are reporting that President Barack Obama’s newest offer, like Boehner’s, embraces the use of the “chained consumer price index,” a formula for calculating inflation that would reduce the growth of Social Security benefits by making annual cost-of-living...
  • Audit: Feds’ immigration check system fails 12 percent of the time

    12/18/2012 12:52:25 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | By Stephen Dinan
    The federal government’s system of tracking immigrants’ status is so broken that it gives a green light to one in eight aliens who have been ordered deported, according to an audit Tuesday that found the government has gone on to approve some of those who slip through for work in sensitive areas of airports and granted them benefits such as Medicaid or food stamps. Some of those aliens who should have been kicked out had serious criminal records, including for assault and extortion, according to the audit by the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general
  • Another look at owning a gun (barf alert)

    12/18/2012 12:50:30 PM PST · by rellimpank · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 18 dec 2012 | G.D. Brennan II
    I've been a gun owner since the age of 10. My parents bought me a Ruger .22-caliber rifle for my birthday, and my dad and I went shooting with it often, at a company shooting range tucked away in the sandy scrub palms behind his job in Orlando, Fla. He was an executive and traveled frequently, sometimes for a month at a time. Around this time, my mom got some threatening phone calls, (snip) I haven't fired (or even seen) my guns — the Ruger .22 and my West Point class pistol, a .45 — in years. Gun ownership sometimes...
  • The Only Way to Stop School Shootings

    12/18/2012 12:17:40 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/18/12 | William A Levinson
    Senator Dianne Feinstein's ghoulish eagerness to exploit the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut for political gain is reminiscent of stock horror movie villains who need and crave the blood of innocents for their unholy agendas. Feinstein's agenda is an "assault weapon" ban, and it needs to be shut down before it gets started. Suppose that Feinstein had somehow been able to make all magazines larger than 10 rounds disappear overnight. Mass murderer Adam Lanza would have had to switch magazines more frequently but, as he was the only armed person present in the school, he could have done that at his...
  • Russian Warships Sail For Syria, Large Anti-Submarine Ship For Waters Near Iran

    12/18/2012 12:05:29 PM PST · by drewh · 9 replies
    Debkfiles ^ | December 18, 2012, 7:11 PM
    Russian warships set out Tuesday, Dec. 18, for two Middle East flashpoint destinations: Naval sources in Moscow reported that two assault ships, a tanker and an escort vessel were detached from the Baltic Fleet and are sailing for the Syrian port of Tartus – possibly to evacuate Russian citizens. A second naval group led by Russia’s largest anti-submarine vessel, the Severomorsk, is on its way to the Gulfs of Aden and Oman close to the Persian Gulf and Iran. The ships destined for Syria are the Russian fleet’s two largest amphibious assault vessels, the Kaliningrad and the Alexander Shabalin, which...
  • Mark Levin: "How Come Obama Did Not Mention Fort Hood?" (audio)

    12/18/2012 11:58:07 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 10 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 18, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    MARK LEVIN: Over the weekend, the president was speaking and, really, when he got to his politics it was just stomach turning. There he is, in the middle of that little town … and he named four instances in where there were, what, massacres? But he left one out. I immediately realized -- and my brother emailed me too -- what happened to Fort Hood? How come he didn't mention Fort Hood? How come Obama did not mention Fort Hood where 13 human beings were slaughtered and there were several survivors. Because, ladies and gentlemen, first of all, Fort Hood...