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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...
  • Brady group: Arming teachers ‘insane’

    12/18/2012 11:54:34 AM PST · by Enosh · 64 replies
    Odd Onion ^ | 2012-12-18 | KEVIN ROBILLARD
    The head of the country’s most prominent gun control advocacy group on Tuesday called a Texas GOP congressman’s idea to arm teachers “insane.” “There are 40 people behind me who would love to respond to that,” said Dan Gross, the president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, when asked at a Capitol Hill press conference about Rep. Louie Gohmert’s suggestion to arm teachers and principals to prevent future school shootings. “But in their spirit, I will do on behalf of them: That’s insane.” Gross, whose brother was wounded during a mass shooting at the Empire State Building in...
  • Amnesty And The U.S. Labor Market

    12/18/2012 11:47:40 AM PST · by zeestephen · 3 replies
    Center For Immigration Studies ^ | December 2012 | Steven A. Camarota
    7 to 8 million illegal immigrants are thought to be holding jobs - The U-3 unemployment rate for USA born workers who have only a high school education is 10.4% - The U-6 unemployment rate for USA born workers who have only a high school education is 18.1%
  • Fort Hood suspect allowed to keep beard at trial

    12/18/2012 11:38:31 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 18, 2012
    FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- The Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage will be allowed to keep his beard during his military trial. The new judge overseeing Maj. Nidal Hasan's case told Hasan during a Tuesday hearing that the beard is a violation of Army regulations.
  • TIME Reveals Shortlist for Person of the Year 2012 (undocumented workers, Bill & Hillary Clinton)

    12/18/2012 11:31:04 AM PST · by drewh · 11 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | Nick Carbone | Dec. 18, 2012
    The unveiling of TIME’s Person of the Year is less than 24 hours away, and on the Today show Tuesday morning, hosts named the eight frontrunners for this year’s cover. The shortlist rounds up an elite list of famous names in business, politics and science. It includes Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban for her crusade for better girls’ education; U.S. president Barack Obama; Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi; and Bill and Hillary Clinton for their global humanitarian and political activism. Two prominent business leaders also made the cut: Marissa Mayer, CEO...
  • Senate Film Festival: Benjamin Géza Affleck May Run For Kerry's Seat

    12/18/2012 11:21:35 AM PST · by drewh · 13 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 18 Dec 2012, 11:01 AM PDT | by Breitbart News
    According to CBS reporter Jon Keller, actor-director Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt, aka Ben Affleck, a longtime liberal and devotee of anti-American author Howard Zinn, is considering running for John Kerry’s open Senate seat in Massachusetts. Writes Keller: Go ahead and laugh if you want to, but keep in mind, anyone who’s over 30, a citizen, and able to get 10,000 certified signatures can enter this race. And you don’t even have to be a legal resident of Massachusetts until Election Day. With Ashley Judd considering a run for Senate in Kentucky and Al Franken already in the Senate from Minnesota, the...
  • Reuters Flash: Obama Supports Sen. Feinstein's Intent To Try Reinstating Assault Weapons Sale Ban

    12/18/2012 11:03:42 AM PST · by drewh · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:21pm EST | Reporting by Matt Spetalnick)
    President Barack Obama supports U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein's effort to craft legislation to reinstate an assault-weapons ban and would also back any law to close a loophole in gun-show sales, the White House said on Tuesday. White House spokesman Jay Carney offered some of the first specifics on how Obama intends to make good on his promise to address gun violence in the aftermath of a shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 26 people, including 20 children. "It's clear that as a nation we haven't done enough to address the scourge of gun violence," Carney told reporters....
  • Egypt orders probe into alleged vote violations

    12/18/2012 10:57:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2012 1:41 PM EST | Maggie Michael
    Thousands of Egyptian protesters marched on the presidential palace and Cairo’s downtown Tahrir Square on Tuesday to protest a contentious Islamist-backed draft constitution, after the country’s Justice Ministry ordered a probe into allegations of widespread voting irregularities during Saturday’s first round of voting on the document. Since the country’s political crisis erupted more than three weeks ago, the opposition has kept the pressure on the government of President Mohammed Morsi with mass marches that at times have seen turnouts of hundreds of thousands. Morsi’s Islamist supporters have countered with rallies of their own.Chanting “down with Brotherhood rule,” and “your constitution...
  • 22 Stats That Prove That There Is Something Seriously Wrong With Young Men In America

    12/18/2012 10:50:49 AM PST · by blam · 121 replies
    TEC ^ | 12-18-2012 | Michael Snyder
    22 Stats That Prove That There Is Something Seriously Wrong With Young Men In America By Michael Snyder December 17th, 2012 When are we finally going to admit that we have a very serious problem with this generation of young men in America? We have failed them so dramatically that it is hard to put it into words. We have raised an entire generation of young males that don't know how to be men, and many of them feel completely lost. Sometimes they feel so lost that they "snap" in very destructive ways. Adam Lanza and James Holmes are two...
  • Sandy Hook shooting: What happened?

    12/18/2012 10:46:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | 17 December, 2012 | NA
    At the police station, dispatchers began to take calls from inside the school. Authorities say the first emergency call about the shooting came in at "approximately" 9:30 a.m. "Sandy Hook school. Caller is indicating she thinks someone is shooting in the building," a dispatcher told fire and medical personnel, according to 911 tapes. Police and other first responders arrived on scene about 20 minutes after the first calls. Police report that no law enforcement officers discharged their weapons at any point. The gunman took his own life, police said. He took out a handgun and shot himself in a classroom...
  • Mexico government says security policy failing

    12/18/2012 10:46:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2012 10:26 PM EST | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN
    A top minister in Mexico’s new government harshly criticized the U.S.-backed attack on drug cartel leaders for causing violence to surge, while officials offered some limited details on a planned shift in security strategy. Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong opened a meeting Monday of the National Security Council, saying that under the strategy of former President Felipe Calderon, who left office Dec. 1, “financial resources dedicated to security have more than doubled, but unfortunately, crime has increased.” …
  • 3 Arrests in Massive Canada Maple Syrup Theft.

    12/18/2012 10:42:35 AM PST · by carriage_hill · 55 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/18/2012 | AP
    Police in Canada say three people have been arrested in connection with a massive maple syrup heist from a Quebec warehouse, which put a dent in the global supply. Quebec produces up to 80 percent of the world's maple syrup.
  • Early Reviews: (Oscar Favorite) 'Zero Dark Thirty' Vindicates Bush, Cheney, Waterboarding

    12/18/2012 10:38:31 AM PST · by drewh · 5 replies
    Andrew Breitbarts Big Hollywood ^ | 17 Dec 2012 | by AWR Hawkins
    Early reviews indicate that "Zero Dark Thirty" may not be the pro-Obama propaganda film everyone feared it would be. Far from it, early screeners are talking foremost about how the film provides a vindication of the George W. Bush administration's use of enhanced interrogation techniques. Particularly waterboarding. Therefore, instead of being a film about what Obama has done, "[Zero Dark Thirty] subtly presents President Obama and by extension the entire Democrat establishment and its supporters in the media as hindering the effort to find bin Laden by politicizing [enhanced] interrogation techniques and striking a pose against them that was naive...
  • Team Obama still raising money--off Sandy Hook shootings

    12/18/2012 10:34:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/18/12 | Paul Bedard
    They won the campaign handily and even had $14.2 million to spare, but the Obama-Biden campaign is still raising money, this time off the president's comments about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut. In email from chief campaign advisor David Axelrod that urges supporters to watch President Obama's moving address to the community of Newtown, there are two links that open a page with a video player featuring the president's speech and two donate buttons asking for $15-$1,000 for his campaign. "The next chapter begins today. Stand with President Obama for the next four years," headlines the donation...
  • Pal of jailed Marine Jon Hammar recounts pal's last day of freedom in Mexico

    12/18/2012 10:34:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | December 18, 2012
    The fellow Marine who was with Jon Hammar when Mexican customs officials arrested him for carrying an illegal shotgun said his friend made every effort to follow the law, but got bad information from officials on both sides of the border. Ian McDonough, 27, told FoxNews.com that four U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents told Hammar before he crossed into Mexico that as long as the required permit, which he completed, was submitted and he declared the gun to Mexican authorities, there would be no problem in bringing the vintage shotgun across the border. "Jon was told to fill out...
  • School Shootings and SSRI Antidepressants

    12/18/2012 10:33:31 AM PST · by Dead Dog · 29 replies
    The report [51] provided a clinical window into the development of obsessive violence and a school shooter mentality. A twelve-year-old boy on fluoxetine developed nightmares about becoming a school shooter and then began to lose track of reality concerning these events. This case occurred in a controlled clinical trial and the investigators did not know that the child was getting fluoxetine until they broke the double-blind code. The child’s reaction occurred long before any of the well-known school shootings had taken place. Therefore, his reaction was not inspired by the school shootings; it was not a “copycat”: [51] R. King,...
  • Transparency? EPA Under Investigation for Using 'Alias' Emails to Avoid FOIA Requests

    12/18/2012 10:30:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    CNSNews ^ | December 18, 2012 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General says it will investigate whether EPA officials -- including Administrator Lisa Jackson -- used alias email accounts to conduct official government business, thereby shielding those communications from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Jackson reportedly used the name "Richard Windsor" on an official email account from which she may have sent messages on the administration's coal policy. Chris Horner of the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute says he discovered Jackson's "false identity" while doing research for his book, "The Liberal War on Transparency.” Horner said he came across an "obscure" EPA...
  • Another casualty of shootings

    12/18/2012 10:28:25 AM PST · by billorites · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 18, 2012 | Charles Lane
    “Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it,” wrote Jonathan Swift, “so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale hath had its effect.” Surely Ryan Lanza, the brother of Adam Lanza, who committed a massacre on Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn., would agree with Swift. Ryan was miles away, minding his own business, when the media, including The Post, named him as the author of the bloodbath — and for the next few hours he was no longer an anonymous office toiler but a notorious mass murderer. Yes, the...
  • Obama 2008: Law abiding gun owners 'have nothing to fear from an Obama administration’

    12/18/2012 10:27:38 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 18, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    “Your guns – we’re not going to mess with them. All right?” Obama added during the Pennsylvania event. “I hope I made that clear. Is everyone clear back there in the back? Because I see a couple of sportsmen back there – all right? Spread the word with your friends, I’m not going to take away their guns.”
  • Connecticut School Killings Reignite Debate About Violence In Video Games

    12/18/2012 10:26:10 AM PST · by drewh · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/18/12 | By Jeremy A. Kaplan
    The Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre has inspired fresh talk about the affect that violent video games like "Call of Duty" and "Grand Theft Auto" are having on children and young men like Adam Lanza, who was known by his friends to be a gamer. Summary The tragedy in CT has re-igniting the debate over the effect games like "Grand Theft Auto" are having on children. Games are getting increasingly more violent, experts agree -- 8 of the 10 most popular are violent. Violent games clearly increase aggressive thoughts, angry feelings, physiological responses, aggressive behavior and more, experts say. “It’s...
  • Reuters FLASH: Obama supports Feinstein's intent to draft bill to reinstate assault weapons sale ban

    12/18/2012 10:24:02 AM PST · by Monty22002 · 24 replies
    Reuters | 12/18/2012 | Reuters
    Headline only at this point.
  • ROSENBERG: Here Are 6 Dark Economic Clouds That Are Parting

    12/18/2012 10:20:54 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-18-2012 | Sam Ro
    ROSENBERG: Here Are 6 Dark Economic Clouds That Are Parting Sam RoDecember 18, 2012 Lately, David Rosenberg has adopted a more optimistic tone in his research notes. "While I wouldn't exactly say that I see silver linings, I would say that some clouds certainly appear to be parting," wrote the normally bearish Rosenberg in this morning's Breakfast With Dave note. He offers six such clouds that are parting: 1."...some stabilization of the U.S. data that should prevent further downgrades at least as Q4 GDP consensus call is concerned." 2."...we are moving closer to a deal on the fiscal front. The...
  • Cheaper Than Dirt Suspends Online Gun Sales

    12/18/2012 9:54:09 AM PST · by mnehring · 163 replies
    Vanity & Facebook
    Texas online gun superstore Cheaper Than Dirt posted on Facebook today:Cheaper Than Dirt! is suspending online sales of firearms effective immediately. We are reviewing our policy internally, and will continue to be the leader in the outdoor industry with our full line of gear and accessories. They have also removed all firearms from their website. Another business capitulates. We don't need gun grabbers when our own side will bend over and do whatever they want. I have spent thousands at CTD but will hold off on any further spending until they do the right thing. Tell them what you think...
  • Four EU nations to condemn latest Israel settlements

    12/18/2012 10:19:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2012 11:13 AM EST | Jamey Keaten
    Germany and three other European members of the U.N. Security Council are preparing a statement condemning Israel’s latest settlement plans in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, a European diplomatic official said Tuesday. The so-called E4 grouping—permanent council members Britain and France, plus Germany and Portugal—is concerned that such settlements could threaten the possible two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, the official said. Details of the European statement are being finalized in New York, the diplomat said on condition of anonymity because the work was not yet completed. … The European Union—Israel’s biggest trading partner—has been increasingly vocal in...
  • Source: CT Murderer Lived in Windowless Basement Playing Violent Video Games

    12/18/2012 10:18:09 AM PST · by drewh · 90 replies
    Andrew Brietbart's Big Government ^ | 18 Dec 2012, 7:21 AM PDT | Tony Lee
    Adam Lanza, the shooter who massacred 20 children and six adults last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School, spent hours in the windowless basement of his home playing violent video games like "Call of Duty" and obsessing over "guns and military equipment." Peter Wlasuk, a plumber who worked at the Lanza home, told The Sun that Lanza "lived in the basement" and he found it "strange." "He had a proper set up down there — computers, a bathroom, bed and desk and a TV," Wlasuk said. "There were no windows.” Wlasuk said he went down to the basement on numerous...
  • Leahy sworn in as president pro tempore of Senate

    12/18/2012 10:12:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2012 12:54 PM EST | Andrew Miga
    Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont was sworn in Tuesday as president pro tempore of the Senate. As the longest serving Democrat now in the Senate, Leahy moved to third place in the line of presidential succession, behind Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner. Biden swore Leahy in as the successor to Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye in the Senate post. Inouye, who also chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee, died Monday at age 88. A vase of white roses was on Inouye’s desk on the Senate floor.
  • Anti-gun Michael Moore’s body guard arrested on gun charges in 2005

    12/18/2012 10:07:49 AM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    Michael Moore is an elitist gun control zealot, but he has (or at least in 2005) a body guard who carries a gun. Why? Because he’s safer that way. Filmmaker Michael Moore’s (search) bodyguard was arrested for carrying an unlicensed weapon in New York’s JFK airport Wednesday night. Police took Patrick Burke, who says Moore employs him, into custody after he declared he was carrying a firearm at a ticket counter. Burke is licensed to carry a firearm in Florida and California, but not in New York. Burke was taken to Queens central booking and could potentially be charged with...
  • Cheaper than dirt suspends online firearms sales.

    12/18/2012 10:00:33 AM PST · by barmag25 · 6 replies
    facebook ^ | 12/18/12 | Facebook
    Cheaper Than Dirt! is suspending online sales of firearms effective immediately. We are reviewing our policy internally, and will continue to be the leader in the outdoor industry with our full line of gear and accessories.
  • ICC acquits Congo militia boss of war crimes

    12/18/2012 9:58:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    France 24 ^ | 18/12/2012 | (News Wires/AP)
    The ICC freed Congolese ex-militia chief Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui Tuesday after acquitting him of war crimes in the 2003 deaths of 200 villagers. The verdict has cast doubt over the ICC’s ability to collect evidence of atrocities in faraway conflicts. … The acquittal of Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui on charges including rape, murder and pillage was only the second verdict in the court’s 10-year history and the first time it had cleared a suspect. … Eric Witte, an expert in international law at the Open Society Justice Initiative, said the judgment “will send a worrying signal about the quality of ICC...
  • Hero Teacher at Sandy Hook

    12/18/2012 9:54:50 AM PST · by SoftballMominVA · 5 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12-17-12 | Nina Strolich
    When Victoria Soto heard gunfire ricocheting off the normally quiet hallways of Sandy Hook Elementary School, she didn’t run and hide. Instead, the 27-year-old teacher gathered her first-grade class into the closet and bravely placed herself between the young children and Adam Lanza, the heavily-armed shooter.
  • Hero Teacher at Sandy Hook

    12/18/2012 9:54:56 AM PST · by SoftballMominVA · 3 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12-17-12 | Nina Strolich
    When Victoria Soto heard gunfire ricocheting off the normally quiet hallways of Sandy Hook Elementary School, she didn’t run and hide. Instead, the 27-year-old teacher gathered her first-grade class into the closet and bravely placed herself between the young children and Adam Lanza, the heavily-armed shooter.