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  • Kos: Ban Guns with Magazines; Shooter's Mother Was Paranoid Freak Who Sealed Her Own 'Doom'

    12/18/2012 6:22:02 PM PST · by chessplayer · 37 replies
    The hard-left gun abolitionists are feeling their oats lately. Buoyed by the president's reelection and his hinting strongly that he will pursue gun control legislation in the wake of the Newtown mass murder, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas offered yesterday "Some thoughts on the coming gun debate" which essentially boiled down to a call to make illegal a broad array of guns that are right now perfectly legal and used daily by law-abiding Americans to protect their homes: rifles and handguns that are semiautomatics with detachable magazines. "[I]f I were the benevolent dictator of this country, I'd simply outlaw guns...
  • For teachers, school security jumps to forefront after Newtown shootings

    12/18/2012 6:20:30 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 18, 2012 | Kari Huus
    When Monday morning came — the first day back after a gunman killed 20 first-graders in Connecticut — Texas school teacher Kelly Froemming found herself looking at her classroom for its prospects as a bunker. There was perhaps enough room for kids to hide under her desk and under a table. Her classroom door can be locked from the inside and she has an oversized filing cabinet that she could use as an additional barricade. "We do have intruder drills," said Froemming, who teaches gifted students at a grade school in Plano, Texas. The mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary...
  • 6 anti-polio workers killed in Pakistan

    12/18/2012 6:19:57 PM PST · by South40 · 11 replies
    Times of India ^ | Dec 19, 2012 | Omer Farooq Khan
    ISLAMABAD: In a string of attacks in Pakistan, unidentified gunmen killed at least five female and one male health workers who were employed with a UN-backed programme to immunize children from polio, an endemic disease in the country. Five health workers, four of them women, were killed in three different locations in the port city of Karachi while another female health worked was gunned down in the suburbs of Peshawar on Tuesday.
  • Boehner calls for 'discussion' on guns

    12/18/2012 6:19:21 PM PST · by lowbridge · 175 replies
    the hill ^ | december 18, 2012 | Molly K. Hooper and Mike Lillis
    Republicans need to "have a discussion on guns" in the wake of last week's grade-school massacre in Newtown, Conn., Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told his conference Tuesday. Speaking to his troops at a closed-door meeting in the Capitol, Boehner was mindful of conservatives' traditional opposition to new gun restrictions, emphasizing that Republicans wouldn't do "anything knee-jerk," according to a lawmaker in the room. But the Speaker also said he wants to "de-politicize" the issue of gun violence, which has been thrust dreadfully into the national spotlight following the murder of 26 people — 20 of them young school children —...
  • Dick's Sporting Goods removes guns from shelves following Connecticut school shooting

    12/18/2012 6:02:07 PM PST · by foundedonpurpose · 31 replies
    NJ Star Ledger ^ | 12/18/2012
    <p>A major sporting goods retailer has pulled all guns from its store nearest to Newtown, Conn., according to a report on CNN.com.</p> <p>Twenty children and six staff members were fatally shot Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown by a 20-year-old man who then took his own life.</p>
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-18-12

    12/18/2012 5:51:56 PM PST · by dynachrome · 8 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-18-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • John Lott Destroys CNN's Soledad O'Brien on Gun Free Zones (Watch Video)

    12/18/2012 5:46:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/18/2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Mass shootings in the United States have at least one thing in common: they all happen in in gun free zones. Yesterday economist and author of More Guns Less Crime John Lott went on CNN with anchor Soledad O'Brien to discuss why mass shootings occur in gun free zones. O'Brien as usual, wasn't interested in factual data Lott was presenting and continually cut him off as he was making his points.CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO John Lott, the gun advocate who recently had a heated encounter with Piers Morgan, spoke to Soledad O'Brien on Monday morning — continuing to...
  • Did Boehner Just Propose Pelosi's Plan?

    12/18/2012 5:42:28 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 13 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | 18 December 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Have I got this right? I think I do, 'cause I usually have most things right. Sorry. I know that makes people nervous. Well, being confident in what you believe makes people nervous, particularly women. That's what I've been told. I'm trying to dial that back. I'm trying to sound more unsure of myself as a way of expanding the audience. A little bit less confident so as to be less threatening. Squishy. Well, yeah, funnier, squishier, less threatening, less confident, more indecisive, seems to be the stuff that gets rewarded today. Anyway, I think I do...
  • In nation's capital, the government robs from the poor and gives to the rich

    12/18/2012 5:41:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/18/2012 | Rick Moran
    Reuters has begun a series of articles on income inequality in America and lo and behold, they discovered that a major culprit behind the gap is the government itself. The initial offering in the series details what has happened in Washington, D.C. since the "War on Poverty" began: ******** In the town that launched the War on Poverty 48 years ago, the poor are getting poorer despite the government's help. And the rich are getting richer because of it. The top 5 percent of households in Washington, D.C., made more than $500,000 on average last year, while the bottom 20...
  • Sen. Boxer firms up plans for weekly ‘climate change clearinghouse' (the hoax continues)

    12/18/2012 5:36:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/18/12 | Ben Geman
    Sen. Boxer firms up plans for weekly ‘climate change clearinghouse'By Ben Geman - 12/18/12 04:08 PM ET Senate Democrats — and any interested Republicans — will huddle weekly on climate change in the next Congress in an “open forum” to help craft and support legislation, the plan’s architect said. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) told The Hill on Tuesday that the “climate change clearinghouse” will also focus on working with the Obama administration and keeping members of abreast of the latest science. Boxer said she will co-chair the clearinghouse alongside the chairmen of the Senate...
  • Silvio Berlusconi: "Italy May Be Forced To Leave The Eurozone And Return To The Lira"

    12/18/2012 5:35:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/18/2012 | Tyler Durden
    Reminding the world of just the kind of truthiness that got him sacked originally by that other Italian, the Ex-Goldmanite Mario Draghi, back in November 2011, and which the world has to look forward to when Silvio Berlusconi returns to power some time in 2013, even if not as PM (a position he currently has a snowball's chance in hell of regaining based on current political polls), Reuters informs us that the Italian, who certainly has not read the Goldman book on status quo perpetuation, just said the unimaginable: the truth. To wit: "If Germany doesn't accept that the...
  • Discovery Channel cancels Nugent's gun show

    12/18/2012 5:20:11 PM PST · by george76 · 60 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 18, 2012 | Stephen C. Webster
    In addition to cancelling its popular “American Guns” reality show, The Discovery Channel confirmed to Raw Story on Tuesday that firearms enthusiast Ted Nugent will also not be returning to the channel in any form or fashion. . ... After Friday’s devastating massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the spokesperson said that Nugent would definitely not be returning to the Discovery Channel.
  • Chris Matthews: 'Outlaw' Semi-Automatic Guns

    12/18/2012 5:18:18 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 77 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    I'm in New England this week, and this afternoon caught Ann Coulter on the Howie Carr show. She spoke of the amazing ignorance of liberals when it comes to firearms. Just a couple of hours later, Chris Matthews provided a perfect case in point. On this evening's Hardball, speaking with Illinois Dem Senator Dick Durbin, Matthews proposed that Congress "outlaw" semi-automatic weapons. Does he not realize that doing so would render illegal virtually every hunting rifle in production? View the video here.
  • Mobilization

    12/18/2012 5:16:15 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    pagunblog.com ^ | 18 December, 2012 | Sebastian
    <p>Thirdpower notes that the local gun show near him broke records. This weekend around here, the Oaks gun show was absolutely swamped. I just hope all these people panic buying are planning to join the fight, because there’s no guarantee you’re going to get to keep what you panic buy if you don’t. Voting with your wallet is part of the picture, but only part.</p>
  • NRA promises "meaningful contributions" to avert another Newtown

    12/18/2012 3:59:27 PM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 56 replies
    CBS ^ | 12/18/2012 | Brian Montopoli
    In its first comment following the horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the National Rifle Association today said it is "prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again." The NRA went silent in the wake of the tragedy last Friday: The gun-rights group's Facebook page disappeared, it stopped sending out tweets, and it told reporters that "[u]ntil the facts are thoroughly known, NRA will not have any comment." On Tuesday, the group said it would hold a "major news conference" on Friday, December 21 in the Washington D.C., area to further explain its position. It did...
  • Gun Control Isn’t The Answer. Here’s Why

    12/18/2012 5:10:52 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 18 replies
    http://danaloeschradio.com ^ | December 18 2012 | Dana Loesch
    Virginia Tech. Aurora, Colorado. Schools, the majority of them. What do these locations have in common? They are designated “gun-free” zones. Are progressives unable to recognize that their gun control was already in place? Guns were already forbidden? The only solution left is “confiscation,” which goes beyond what they imply by “control.” I would like to hear it explained how a gun-free school zone, in a state with some of the most stringent gun control laws in the country, would have prevented the actions of a man whose intent was not following the law that day? From Glenn Reynolds in...
  • KILLER ADAM LANZA 'OBSESSED' WITH VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES (Dynasty Warriors)

    12/18/2012 5:01:24 PM PST · by drewh · 37 replies
    UK Express ^ | 12/18/12
    THE loner responsible for the sickening massacre was mentally ill, aggressive and had an unhealthy obsession for violent computer games, it emerged last night. Cowardly Adam Lanza, 20, was driven to carry out the bloody killings after his parents split up and his friends alienated him, reports emerging from America revealed. Chillingly, his favourite video game was said to be a shockingly violent fantasy war game called Dynasty Warriors which is thought to have given him inspiration to act on his darkest thoughts. His easy access to a deadly arsenal – he learned how to shoot after his mother took...
  • The Number of People on SS/SSI increased 700 Percent.

    12/18/2012 4:53:31 PM PST · by Typical_Whitey · 19 replies
    usdebtclock.org ^ | 12/18/2012 | typical_whitey
    www.usdebtclock.org is a source of economic data for the U.S. This data is collected from the various government departments. The website has a tool that you can use to view historic trends from the year 2000 to present and also out to 2016. Taking a look at the number of people on Social Security and SSI, which is found on the far right column of the webpage, and using the time tool, we can see that between 2000 and 2004 there was an increase of roughly 2.4 Million people, and from 2004 – 2008 approximately 2.8 Million were added to...
  • Oliver North: Strike on Iran’s Nuke Facilities “Only Option” in 2013

    12/18/2012 4:49:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012 06:31 PM | Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter
    Decorated military veteran and best-selling author Oliver North tells Newsmax that a military strike against Iran’s nuclear capabilities could be the “only option” this year. North, who just returned from a trip to the Middle East, also says the conflict in Syria looms as a strategic disaster for the United States and its allies, warns that the appointment of Chuck Hagel as secretary of Defense would be a “formula for disaster,” and cautions that cutting defense spending will make the nation more vulnerable to “serious adversaries.” … Turning to Egypt, North tells Newsmax: “[Mohammed] Morsi is not an ally of...
  • NYC pension funds may sell $18 million in gun-related stocks

    12/18/2012 4:47:17 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 17 replies
    New York City's pension funds may sell nearly $18 million worth of stock in four companies that manufacture guns and ammunition, a spokesman said on Tuesday. ---- New York's pension funds hold nearly $14 million worth of shares in ammunition maker Olin Corp, $1.7 million in gun maker Smith & Wesson Holding Corp, $2.4 million in gun maker Sturm Ruger & Co Inc and $17,866 worth of stock in Brazilian gun maker Forjas Taurus SA.
  • Gregoire proposes new fuel tax to fund education (WA)

    12/18/2012 4:46:14 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Columbian ^ | December 18, 2012 | Rachel La Corte & Mike Baker - AP
    OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed higher taxes on gas, soda, candy and gum Tuesday in order to avoid more government cuts and to help fund education in response to a court order. In her final budget plan, Gregoire said a budget without new revenues would force the closure of state parks, eliminate food assistance programs and cause additional cuts in education.
  • State funding to keep NC group homes open through January (mental patients to get the boot?)

    12/18/2012 4:44:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    WRAL ^ | 12/18/12
    State funding to keep NC group homes open through JanuaryPosted: 10:17 a.m. today Updated: 44 minutes ago Raleigh, N.C. — State officials said Tuesday that they have freed up $1 million to allow people with mental illness or developmental disabilities to stay in group homes across North Carolina through the end of January. A change in federal rules means that, as of Jan. 1, group home patients are no longer eligible to receive Medicaid payments for personal care services, such as assistance with bathing, feeding or other daily chores. The loss of funding puts the homes that rely on that...
  • Chicago crime rate down overall, murders up, memo says

    12/18/2012 4:37:09 PM PST · by Qbert · 9 replies
    WLS-TV ^ | December 17, 2012 | WLS-TV
    December 17, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Chicago's overall crime rate is down since 2011, according to a memo to Mayor Rahm Emanuel from police Supt. Garry McCarthy. [Snip] Burglaries, according to the memo, are down 15 percent so far this year, and car thefts are down 13 percent. However, the number of murders this year is more than last year.
  • NRA Releases Statement, Shows More Class than Media

    12/18/2012 4:17:48 PM PST · by servo1969 · 15 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12-18-2012 | John Nolte
    Waiting () was both the humane thing for the NRA to do and the smart thing tactically. By waiting until today, the NRA now knows what the media's tactics are; and by waiting a few days after making this announcement to hold the actual presser, they will have an idea of how our unbiased, objective, open-minded, impartial, non-ideological media intends to absolutely crush and destroy them. What the NRA now has is the time needed to formulate arguments and to put forward that which our craven, opportunistic media has not -- a serious, pro-active plan to ensure Sandy Hook can’t...
  • Psychiatrist: Lanza Was 'Pseudocommando' with 'Wounded Narcissism'

    12/18/2012 4:12:14 PM PST · by servo1969 · 112 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 12-18-2012 | Breitbart News
    Psychiatrist James Knoll told CNN’s Headline News today that Adam Lanza, the perpetrator of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, was acting in a “ritualistic” way during the horrific events. Knoll, who does research at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, said in a recent report that killers like Lanza see themselves as “pseudocommandos … driven by strong feelings of anger and resentment, in addition to having a paranoid character. He plans out the offense ritualistically, and comes prepared with a powerful arsenal of weapons.” The report continues: “[The pseudocommando] most often kills in public during the...
  • NRA’s Social Media Strategy: Go Dark

    12/18/2012 4:07:06 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | Tuesday, December 18, 2012 | Elahe Izadi
    When a mass shooting occurs, the National Rifle Association’s communications shop typically goes dark, particularly its highly visible social media channels. That has certainly been the case post-Newtown. The organization’s Facebook page, with its more than 1.7 million likes, has been hidden with users being redirected to Facebook’s homepage. Its Twitter account, with more than 65,000 followers, has been silent since Friday as well. As a behemoth powerhouse in politics, the NRA is also highly active on social media channels. To put it into perspective, Republican communications consultant Michael Turk points out that the NRA’s page surpasses the RNC’s Facebook...
  • How Big Deficits Became the Norm

    12/18/2012 3:50:32 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 18, 2012 | DAVID WESSEL
    Big budget deficits haven't always been with us. From the end of the Eisenhower years through the Carter presidency, the deficit averaged a modest 1.4% of the nation's economic output. The budget was nearly balanced in seven of the 20 years from 1960 to 1979. And, as Bill Clinton reminds at every opportunity, the U.S. government was in surplus for four years at the end of his presidency.
  • Terror Group Ousts American Jihadi for 'Childish Petulance'

    12/18/2012 3:44:18 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/12/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Al-Shabaab, the Somali branch of al Qaeda, ousted American jihadi Abu Mansour al-Amriki from the group after he posted online video messages contrary to the terrorist organization's teachings, CNN reported. Al-Amriki, who was born Omar Hammami in a suburb of Mobile, Alabama, was, for a period of time, a key recruiter for the group, attracting Americans of Somali heritage to the African country to fight for the terrorist group. In March, however, al-Amriki posted a video saying he felt like he was at risk. "I feel that my life may be endangered by Harakat Shabaab al-Mujahideen due to some differences...
  • Cramer's TheStreet.com Charged With Accounting Fraud

    12/18/2012 2:06:11 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/18/2012 | Tyler Durden
    wonder if CNBC will finally cancel the ludicrous Jim "truth" Cramer campaign once this news breaks. We doubt it - ... SEC Charges Financial Media Company and Executives Involved in Accounting Fraud. Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2012 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a digital financial media company and three executives for their roles in an accounting fraud that artificially inflated company revenues and misstated operating income to investors. ... The SEC alleges that TheStreet Inc., which operates the website TheStreet.com, filed false financial reports throughout 2008 by reporting revenue from fraudulent transactions at a subsidiary it had...
  • Police find no evidence Connecticut gunman was on medication

    12/18/2012 3:32:45 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 100 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | December 18, 2012
    While Newtown buried two more young victims Tuesday in the shooting massacre, authorities said they found no evidence the gunman who killed 27 people was being medicated for mental illness. Investigators searching the Connecticut home gunman Adam Lanza shared with his mother, Nancy Lanza, seized cellphones, computers and computer games, but found nothing at the residence to indicate he was taking medication, Hearst Connecticut Newspapers reported. Authorities armed with search warrants are still working to obtain the 20-year-old man's medical records, according to the report. Lanza's parents told friends and divorce mediators that their son had Asperger's syndrome, a form...
  • Mark Levin on Newtown speech: ‘How come Obama did not mention Fort Hood?’

    12/18/2012 3:27:22 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    On his Monday radio show, conservative talker Mark Levin was critical of President Barack Obama’s Sunday address regarding the heartbreaking Newtown, Conn., shooting deaths of 20 children and six adult victims. Obama’s address, Levin said, omited any mention of the November 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas — which killed 13 and wounded 29 others. “Over the weekend, the president was speaking and, really, when he got to his politics it was just stomach-turning,” Levin said. “There he is, in the middle of that little town … and he named four instances in where there were, what — massacres? But...
  • 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
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  • 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...