Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $78,350
92%  
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 92%!! Less than $6.7k to go!! We can do this!! Thank you all very much!!

News/Current Events (News/Activism)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Free Speech Academics Rally Around Academic Who Wanted to Shut Down NRA Free Speech(NRA Terrorists)

    12/19/2012 10:33:01 PM PST · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | December 19, 2012 | William A Jacobsen
    You’ve heard about Erik Loomis, the University of Rhode Island assistant professor of history who launched an almost psychotic, foul-mouthed Twitter tirade against the NRA, accusing it of being a terrorist organization, of complicity in and criminal culpability for murder, and a host of other invectives culminating in his wish to see Wayne LaPierre’s “head on a stick.” This is the same Loomis who laughed when Sarah Palin was smeared with the Gabby Giffords shooting because of an electoral map the insane Jared Loughner never even saw. He didn’t mind when the left-wing mob sought to destroy Palin over nothing....
  • Navy: Working Uniforms Extremely Flammable

    12/19/2012 10:31:27 PM PST · by katiedidit1 · 48 replies
    Military.com ^ | 12/16/2012 | Cristina Silva
    If this sticky molten material came in contact with skin it would contribute to increased burn injury due to conductive energy transfer,” the report concluded. “The use of the NYCO material in an environment where there is potential for a flame or thermal threat is not recommended.” Sailors on ships are regularly exposed to the threat of fire, especially those working with or near planes or engines. The Navy removed its requirement that all uniforms be flame-resistant in 1996.
  • San Diegans prepare for Mayan doomsday: Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012

    12/19/2012 10:19:13 PM PST · by doug from upland · 50 replies
    10news.com ^ | 12-2012 | Zouves
    SAN DIEGO - With his gas mask on and machete in hand, Nikko Sanchez is ready for December 21. "It does possibly mean the end of the world," said Sanchez. "I do know about the Mayan calendar, I have done some research." The Mayan calendar only extends to December 21, 2012. Some people interpret that as a prediction for the end of the world on that date. "I've seen how horrific people can be when they really want to be," said Sanchez. Sanchez is a Gulf War veteran and he's ex-law enforcement. Now, he's a "prepper" -- prepared to survive...
  • Children could choose to die under new euthanasia law considered in Belgium

    12/19/2012 10:14:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12:00 EST, 19 December 2012 | Matt Blake
    Proposals submitted to parliament by Socialist PartyThey are likely to be approved by other parties laterIncludes “incurably ill” minors “capable of discernment”Parliament also asked to include Alzheimer’s patientsBelgium is considering a significant change to its decade-old euthanasia law that would allow minors and Alzheimer’s sufferers to seek permission to die. The proposed changes to the law were submitted to parliament on Tuesday by the Socialist party and are likely to be approved by other parties, although no date has yet been put forward for a parliamentary debate. “The idea is to update the law to take better account of...
  • Gun control saves lives (debunking that lie)

    12/19/2012 9:59:50 PM PST · by doug from upland · 8 replies
    westnet ^ | 12-2012
    This information is taken from an excellent summary booklet put out by Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership entitled "Will Gun Control Make You Safer?", issue number six in their "Gran'pa Jack" series of pamphlets. *** Gun Control Saves Lives New York City and Washington, D.C. are two of the most restrictive cities in the country with respect to gun control, yet they are also two of the least safest cities in the country. *** Criminals buy guns outside of the restrictive areas and bring them in illegally. Arlington, VA has a significantly lower crime rate than D.C., but...
  • Obama tells Cameron why Britain should stay in the European Union

    12/19/2012 9:51:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:15 EST, 19 December 2012 | Matt Chorley
    Barack Obama has warned Britain against leaving the European Union, it emerged today. The US President used a call to David Cameron to urge him to resist calls to abandon Brussels, ahead of the PM delivering a major speech on Europe in the New Year. But President Obama is understood to be backing Mr. Cameron’s approach in his fight for a “better deal for Britain”. …
  • A Common Sense Proposal for School Massacres Media Role Noted

    12/19/2012 9:25:36 PM PST · by William Tell 2 · 3 replies
    Academia Res Publica ^ | 12-19-12 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    A scholarly study said in 2007 that there never has been a unified comprehensive study of school shootings that included a unified group of scientists, sociologists, criminologists etc. He also noted the media's role in interfering with the ability to accomplish this. Excerpt: "The deadliest school massacre in history did not involve a gun; occurred before there were video games or violent television shows yet when God was still in the classroom. It was not committed by some spoiled precocious kid. A middle-aged Michigan farmer..."
  • Guns Don't Kill People, Inequality Does, Opines Thom Hartmann

    12/19/2012 9:12:43 PM PST · by chessplayer · 10 replies
    What a shock it's not -- liberal radio host Thom Hartmann responding to last week's unspeakable atrocity in Newtown by demanding redistribution of wealth. That the rampage occurred in a leafy bedroom community in one of the most affluent states in the country has apparently eluded Hartmann, as has the fact that Connecticut is among the states with the most stringent gun laws. (audio clip after page break) No matter -- Hartmann has found the answer to it all and he's sticking with it: Guns Don't Kill People, Inequality Kills People
  • Agenda 21 Radio Live Thread Wed. 12/18/12 9-10PM PT

    12/19/2012 9:03:19 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 4 replies
    http://www.mysytv.net/kmyclive.html ^ | 12/18/12 | Paul Preston and Chriss Street
    Agenda21Radio is hosted by Paul Preston and Chriss Street. The show airs Monday thru Friday from 9 to 10 PM Pacific Time on 1410AM Marysville, CA and is simulcast on MySYTV.comCall in questions and comments at 1-877-211-4525 or locally for Northern Californians in the Marysville, Yuba City, Chico area at 530-742-5555. Or e-mail Paul Preston at paul@edtalkradio.com http://www.mysytv.net/kmyclive.html
  • Bloomberg Making Sense: The NRA Would Defend Your Right To Own A Nuclear Cannon

    12/19/2012 9:00:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 79 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 18, 2012 | Noah Rothman
    By now, if you have been paying attention to the pronouncements of Hizzoner, you know that New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg really dislikes, among many other things, guns. He also appears to have engaged in a one-man crusade to convince politicians that, if the President of the United States can be reelected without the support of the National Rifle Association, so too can the most rural Congressman or Southern Senator. The logic of that belief is debatable, but what is not debatable is the logic that the NRA would go out of their way to defend the indefensible –...
  • Climate-change Computer Models Fail Again -- and Again, and Again

    12/19/2012 8:31:20 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 18 replies
    The New American ^ | 19 December 2012 | William F. Jasper
    New studies reveal that climate alarmists' computer models showing alleged global warming are deeply flawed and sometimes downright fraudulent. Climate-change Computer Models Fail Again -- and Again, and Again The New American 19 December 2012 GIGO, for garbage-in, garbage-out is a basic principle of computing and/or decision-making which holds that the validity or integrity of the input will determine the validity or integrity of the output. Which is why first-year computer students are taught to check and recheck their input data and assumptions. It is not unreasonable, therefor to expect the same of seasoned scientists with multiple letters after...
  • Walmart Is Running Out Of Guns

    12/19/2012 8:21:22 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-19-2012 | Kim Bhasin
    Walmart Is Running Out Of Guns Kim BhasinDec. 19, 2012, 4:34 PM Semi-automatic rifles are sold out at many Walmart locations, Matt Townsend at Bloomberg Businessweek reports. "Searches of five kinds of semi-automatic rifles on Wal-Mart’s website showed them to be out of stock at stores in five states, including Pennsylvania, Kansas and Alabama," writes Townsend. Walmart, he notes, doesn't sell guns online. Shoppers put in their zip code and the website tells them if their local store has a particular weapon in stock. Meanwhile, Dick's Sporting Goods has suspended sales of rifles at its stores nationwide in light of...
  • Suspended ESPN analyst offers apology for RG3 comments

    12/19/2012 8:17:31 PM PST · by chessplayer · 33 replies
    ESPN is mum on what this means for his suspension or employment, but here’s Robert Parker’s statement: I blew it and I’m sincerely sorry. I completely understand how the issue of race in sports is a sensitive one and needs to be handled with great care. This past Thursday I failed to do that. I believe the intended topic is a worthy one. Robert’s thoughts about being an African-American quarterback and the impact of his phenomenal success have been discussed in other media outlets, as well as among sports fans, particularly those in the African-American community. The failure was in...
  • Why is there no national conversation about the divorce?

    12/19/2012 7:57:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    American Vision News ^ | December 18, 2012 | Joel McDurmon
    Amid all of the ridiculous politicization of the gun angle in the wake of Sandy Hook, and even a few calls for a national discussion on mental illness (one more back door for tyrannies, many), why is there so little discussion—or even mention—of what acquaintances of Adam Lanza are calling the turning point in his life: his parents’ divorce?
  • Ohio Governor Kasich Spares Condemned Obese Killer

    12/19/2012 7:55:32 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 19 replies
    Bellefontaine Examiner Online ^ | 12-17-2012 | Andrew Welsh-Huggins
    The governor on Monday sidestepped a decision about whether a condemned inmate was too fat to be humanely executed by sparing the prisoner on the grounds that he had poor legal representation. Gov. John Kasich's decision to grant clemency to Ronald Post mirrored the recommendation of mercy by the state parole board, which said it didn't doubt Post's guilt but said there were too many problems with how he was represented 30 years ago. Post, who weighs 450 pounds, never raised the issue of his size with the board. And Kasich, who commuted Post's sentence to life with no chance...
  • Jake Tapper to Obama: This isn't your first gun massacre "Where've you been?" (video)

    12/19/2012 7:55:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/19/12 | jim hoft
    Jake Tapper blasted Barack Obama today at his press conference announcing a new gun control committee. Tapper pointed out that this wasn't the first mass slaughter under his watch, "Where've you been?"
  • High-Capacity-Magazine Bans (They won't help much either)

    12/19/2012 7:53:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/19/2012 | Clayton E. Cramer
    Bans on high-capacity magazines (variously defined as those holding more than ten, fifteen, or twenty rounds) seem to be part of just about every law to ban assault weapons. The rationale is to prevent the ability to engage in killing sprees like the one on Friday in Connecticut. Would a ban on high-capacity magazines (and not just a ban on new manufacture, as the 1994 federal law provided) make any difference in these massacres of the unarmed? I am hard pressed to see how. Detachable-magazine pistols and rifles have been in common use in the United States for more than...
  • Steven Spielberg: In 2012, 'Chris Christie Was a Hero for Me' (Q&A)

    12/19/2012 7:49:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    The "Lincoln" director and Obama supporter, one of The Hollywood Reporter's 2012 Rule Breakers, says the New Jersey governor "put party politics aside for the greater good" and also cites Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton among his heroes. [SNIP] [SNIP] THR: Daniel, is there a British historical character who interests you in the way America is fascinated by Lincoln? Day-Lewis: The quality of fascination is incomparable, really. But I was very interested in Richard Hillary, a pilot who died in World War II. I don’t know if you’ve read Sebastian Faulks’ wonderful book The Fatal Englishman. He takes three lives...
  • Obama: Climate change is going to be one of my top priorities this time around

    12/19/2012 7:44:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Over the course of Obama's first four years as president, we watched him "evolve" from a zealous, I-will-slow-the-rise-of-the-oceans climate change champion to a remarkably quiet almost-bystander on the whole debate. Now that his second term is secure, I’m sure we can expect that at least his rhetoric on the subject will once again reach much more vociferous levels, via The Hill: President Obama has identified climate change as one of his top three priorities in his second term after coming under fire from environmentalists for giving the issue short shrift during the campaign.The president, in an interview for TIME's Person...
  • Uncle Sam Books 50% Loss As Government Motors Buys Back 200MM Shares From Tim Geithner

    12/19/2012 7:43:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 12/19/12 | tyler durden
    A few days after divesting its stake in the firm that started it all, AIG, and at a profit at that (ignoring that the risk has merely been onboarded by the Fed whose DV01 is now $2+ billion as a result), the US Treasury continues to divest of all its bailout stake, this time proceeding to GM, where the channel stuffing firm just announced it would buyback 200MM shares from the US government at a price of $27.50. More importantly, the "Treasury said it intends to sell its other remaining 300.1 million shares through various means in an orderly fashion...
  • Neighbor says Lanza was on meds, links between SSRIs and violence

    12/19/2012 7:42:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | Dec 19, 2012 | Ralph Lopez
    As the world continues to search for answers to the senseless violence and police say they are leaving no stone unturned, reports surface on the links between certain psychiatric medications and homicidal violence. The Washington Post has reported that a neighbor of Adam Lanza, the suspected shooter in the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings, said that Lanza was on some form of medication. Police have issued search warrants to determine if Lanza was being treated with any drugs prescribed for mental illness. Police have said that so far a search of the Lanza home has turned up no such medications....
  • New York Times op-ed: Tim Scott’s just a token for the GOP

    12/19/2012 7:37:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2012 | AllahPundit
    Jim Treacher's right. Publishing this bilge is really just the Time's way of calling him a cornball brother.Of the offense of Disagreeing With The Left While Black, Tim Scott stands guilty as charged: But this “first black” rhetoric tends to interpret African-American political successes — including that of President Obama — as part of a morality play that dramatizes “how far we have come.” It obscures the fact that modern black Republicans have been more tokens than signs of progress ...Even if the Republicans managed to distance themselves from the thinly veiled racism of the Tea Party adherents who have...
  • Why does America have so many guns?

    12/19/2012 7:34:08 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 104 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 19 December 2012 | Harold Meyerson
    Compare the rate of murder by gun in the United States to the rate in any other advanced industrial nation, and you’re forced to draw one of two conclusions: Either there are far more homicidal people in this country than just about anyplace else on Earth, or far more guns. We must either be home to more people who succumb to murderous rage or who kill out of the coldest of calculations, or it’s easier to pick up a gun and start shooting here than in any comparable country. And yet, I’ve never heard even the staunchest gun advocate make...
  • Obama's Hypocrisy Problem On Guns

    12/19/2012 7:25:43 PM PST · by kiryandil · 22 replies
    The Market Ticker ^ | December 19, 2012 | Karl Denninger
    I just got done throwing up (again) listening to Obama opine on gun control in the wake of the Newtown shooting.Let's step back for a moment and look at this issue with a wide-angle lens, starting with President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg, two of the loudest anti-gun proponents.Let me first disclose where I'm coming from -- I'm a parent of a teen-age daughter and have raised her single-handed since she was in diapers.  She came into this world through an intentional act that I undertook with not only full acceptance of the potential consequence but actual planning for that consequence. ...
  • Norway's Statoil buys US shale gas land

    12/19/2012 7:20:38 PM PST · by chessplayer · 24 replies
    OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian energy company Statoil ASA says it has bought 70,000 acres of land rich in gas and liquid gas in West Virginia and Ohio.
  • Sentiment: Deja Cliff

    12/19/2012 7:15:21 PM PST · by SteelToe · 3 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 12/19/2012 | "Tyler Durden"
    Blah blah Fiscal Cliff blah. Blah blah blahdy blah Cliff. Cliff blah blah republicans blah democrats blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah, blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah, blah blah, Cliff. Blah blah blah blah, blah blahdy blah.... Blah. Meanwhile in Europe: The only data point confirms what everyone knows - reality sucks, hope surges. As usual. German Ifo business confidence rises to 102.4 from 101.4, on expected rise of 102. Why the rise? Because forward expectations spike from 96.4 to 97.9. As for the "current assessment"? Why down of course from 108.1 to 107.1, on expectations...
  • Libyan fighter jets hit suspected smugglers in southern military zone

    12/19/2012 7:12:30 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    Libyan Herald ^ | 18 Dec 2012 | anon
    Libyan airforce jets hit a camp being used by suspected smugglers on Tuesday morning, less than 48 hours after large swathes of the south were declared closed military zones. According to Al-Jazeera, the strike took place close to the border with Chad and Sudan, not far from Kufra. It is not reported if there have been any casualties. Last week, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan announced that any caravan or group crossing the border other than at official frontier posts would “dealt with” by aircraft or by land forces. On Sunday evening, the National Congress passed a resolution declaring the south...
  • Unions blast state on plans for underfunded (by $95 BILLION) pensions

    12/19/2012 6:51:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/19/12 | Rick Pearson
    Unions blast state on plans for underfunded pensionsBy Rick Pearson Tribune reporter 1:26 p.m. CST, December 19, 2012 A coalition of public employee unions issued a report today blasting state legislation to address their vastly underfunded pension systems and offering instead to make increased worker contributions if lawmakers raised $2 billion by ending tax benefits to corporations and imposing new taxes. Appearing at the James R. Thompson Center, members of the We Are One coalition said plans backed by Gov. Pat Quinn and another proposal supported by a bipartisan group of lawmakers would violate the state constitution by reducing pension...
  • Israel approves new settlement between Jerusalem and Bethlehem

    12/19/2012 6:02:24 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 19 December 2012 | Harriet Sherwood
    Israel's spate of settlement expansion around Jerusalem has increased again with the approval of 2,612 homes in a move likely to further inflame international criticism of Binyamin Netanyahu's government. Givat Hamatos, across the pre-1967 Green Line between southern Jerusalem and Bethlehem, will be the first new discrete settlement created since 1997. Critics say it will become part of a chain of settlements in the area, further impeding access between the two biblical cities. European diplomats in Jerusalem have warned that the construction of Givat Hamatos is a "game-changer" which could destroy the chance of a viable Palestinian state with East...
  • Joe Biden Was Behind The Robert Bork Nomination Smear

    12/19/2012 6:42:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 12/19/12 | Staff
    Law: A quarter of a century ago, a good and great man was slandered to maintain liberal judicial power. It was Vice President Joe Biden, who as a senator, led the injustices committed against Judge Robert Bork. The Wednesday morning death of Bork, Ronald Reagan´s failed 1987 Supreme Court nominee, should make us think how much freer and better this country would be if Bork´s intellectual power and constitutional integrity had been present within the justices´ deliberations over the past 25 years. Had Reagan nominated Bork to replace retiring Chief Justice Warren Burger in 1986, when Republicans
  • Salazar announces Alaska Petroleum Reserve plan

    12/19/2012 6:37:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 12/19/12 | DAN JOLING — Associated Press
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Interior Department's plan for managing a vast petroleum reserve on Alaska's North Slope calls for a roughly 50-50 split between conservation and oil development plus accommodation for a pipeline that could carry offshore Arctic Ocean oil to the trans-Alaska pipeline. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Wednesday announced that the plan will allow for development of nearly 12 million acres within the 23 million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, an area roughly the size of Indiana. Salazar said in his announcement that the plan will guide the transition from leasing and exploration to responsible production and transport of the...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-19-12

    12/19/2012 6:00:04 PM PST · by dynachrome · 7 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-19-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • NRA NEWS RELEASE

    12/19/2012 5:59:58 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    NRA ^ | December 18, 2012
    NRA STATEMENT The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters – and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown. Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting. The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again. The NRA is planning to hold a major news conference in the Washington, DC area on...
  • Obama chooses gun control fight

    12/19/2012 5:57:21 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 19 December 2012 | Mark Mardell
    President Obama has, whether by design or not, chosen a fight on one of the issues that will define how we look back on his presidency. The obscene massacre in Newtown shocked the nation. Yesterday, at lunchtime, I heard a man outside one of the shrines in the centre of town saying that he hadn't felt like this since 9/11. This is not a pivotal moment on that scale, but it could be important nonetheless. The president said he hoped memories were not so short that the shock of the killings had faded in a month's time when he expects...
  • Drogheda man killed fighting regime in Syria

    12/19/2012 5:56:03 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 20 Dec 2012 | MARY FITZGERALD
    A 22-year-old man from Drogheda who earlier this year joined rebels battling to oust Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has been killed by regime forces in the northern province of Idlib. Hudhaifa ElSayed was shot dead on Tuesday during a skirmish between rebels and forces loyal to Assad. Syrian state media reported he had been killed but the exact circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear. He was one of an estimated 10-20 men from Ireland who have joined the Syrian uprising as rebels. Mr ElSayed was born in Egypt but his family moved to Ireland when he was a young boy...
  • Newtown shootings: US guns in numbers

    12/19/2012 5:46:35 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | 18 December 2012
    President Barack Obama has implied that he will look at the issue of gun control after 20 children and seven women were killed by lone gunman Adam Lanza on Friday in Newtown, Connecticut. The Second Amendment to the US Constitution protects the right of citizens "to keep and bear arms". However, restrictions on gun ownership vary by state. Figures from the United Nations show the US sitting fifth in the world in terms of people murdered by a firearm, with 9,960 such homicides in 2010. But in part this is because of its large population: the US falls to 26th,...
  • Sandy Hook shooting reignites debate over violent video games

    12/19/2012 5:43:58 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 19 December 2012 | Helen Pow
    The Sandy Hook school shooting has reignited the debate around violent video games, with even some of the games' designers claiming the 'ultraviolence has to stop.' Gunman Adam Lanza, 20, was reportedly 'obsessed' with military shooters' game Call of Duty - which features assault weapons similar to the Bushmaster AR-15, one of three guns he used to slaughter his mother, Nancy, and 26 innocent children and school staff on Friday. But even before the latest massacre, gamers were beginning to voice concerns that modern offerings were 'fetishizing violence' and that they would 'ultimately cause (the country) trouble.' At this year's...
  • US immunity to ISI in 26/11 case riles India

    12/19/2012 5:41:00 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 1 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2012 | TNN
    New Delhi: India is unhappy with the US' decision to give immunity to Pakistani spy agency, ISI, in a civil case by families of the Americans who were killed in the 26/11 attacks. In a statement, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) rebuked the US state department, saying, "For India, it remains of vital importance that justice is done and that those who organized and perpetrated this horrible crime be brought to justice, irrespective of the jurisdiction under which they may reside or be operating. It cannot be that any organization, state or non-state, that sponsors terrorism enjoys immunity. "From...
  • “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” at State led to Benghazi deaths

    12/19/2012 5:22:58 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8:01 am on December 19, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Full Title: Independent report: “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” at State led to Benghazi deaths Congress now has the Accountability Review Board report on the Benghazi terrorist attack that killed four Americans, including the first US Ambassador murdered in 33 years, and it’s easy to see why the State Department contemplated keeping it under wraps.  The ARB rips the State Department from the top down all the way to the late Ambassador Chris Stevens — and unequivocally states that there never was a protest in front of the consulate, as the Obama Administration insisted for more than a...
  • GOP Consultants Seek to Regain Control (From Tea Party, Conservatives)

    12/19/2012 4:56:58 PM PST · by kristinn · 73 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Wednesday, December 19, 2012 | Abby Livingston
    The internal battle for the direction of the Republican Party has enveloped Washington’s GOP consultant class, as pragmatic party strategists hired to win campaigns ponder how to reclaim control of the primary process from powerful conservative activist groups. This developing conflict comes in the aftermath of consecutive election cycles that saw Republicans blow as many as five Senate races because the party nominated flawed candidates over those who were better suited to compete in the general election. Some of these losing 2010 and 2012 nominees received crucial support from Washington-based tea party groups that made their primary campaigns viable. GOP...
  • WE KNOW HOW TO STOP SCHOOL SHOOTINGS (ANN COULTER)

    12/19/2012 4:41:19 PM PST · by fkabuckeyesrule · 62 replies
    Ann Coulter Website ^ | December 19, 2012 | Ann Coulter
    In the wake of a monstrous crime like a madman's mass murder of defenseless women and children at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school, the nation's attention is riveted on what could have been done to prevent such a massacre. Luckily, some years ago, two famed economists, William Landes at the University of Chicago and John Lott at Yale, conducted a massive study of multiple victim public shootings in the United States between 1977 and 1995 to see how various legal changes affected their frequency and death toll. Landes and Lott examined many of the very policies being proposed right now...
  • Legislators must hear from us NOW! (VCDL picks up the gauntlet!)

    12/19/2012 4:25:04 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 8 replies
    Virginia Citizens Defense League ALERT ^ | 12-19-12 | Phillip Van Cleave
    We need to contact our Senators and Congressmen NOW and tell them that we do not want ANY more gun control! No ifs, ands, or buts. We don't know what the NRA is going to do and we don't want to gamble on it. DO THIS NOW! Understand this: any vote in support of gun control, including bans on guns and magazines, whether the bill passes or fails, will be a vote that VCDL and its members will NOT forget and NOT forgive at election time. This is Virginia, the Cradle of Liberty, and we will NOT accept our rights...
  • Krauthammer: Obama Using Massacre "Combination Of Self-Righteousness And Narcissism" (video)

    12/19/2012 4:01:17 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 35 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 19, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I think the president invoking the massacre of children to essential say the Republicans need to accept his terms of surrender in the negotiations is not just a non-sequitur, I think it's sacrilege. And it's of a piece with the whole tone of his news conference and this is the way he conducts them generally, which is he is excessively self-righteous. He talks about the other side of being unprincipled, not interested in the national interest, slaves of ideology which he says makes no sense. And as you mention, invested in opposing him to the point they are...
  • How Business Tackled Mass Shooters

    12/19/2012 3:54:43 PM PST · by billorites · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 19, 2012 | Holman Jenkins
    Dean Martin was once pulled over on a Los Angeles freeway and found to have an unregistered pistol. A reporter asked if the singer thought everyone should be allowed to carry a gun. "No, just me," he answered, stating most people's ideal of gun control. This column got interested in the mass shooter puzzle years ago because so many shootings at the time were happening in workplaces. The perpetrators were generally old enough to have accumulated a record and to have exposed their personalities to plenty of observant parties. The red flags were numerous enough that, even allowing for hindsight...
  • ABC News: ‘Unlikely’ Assault Weapons Ban Would Have Stopped Sandy Hook

    12/19/2012 3:45:49 PM PST · by ColdOne · 66 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/19/12 | Ben Shapiro
    Today, ABC News finally reported the blindingly obvious fact that Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s beloved assault weapons ban – a piece of legislation now favored by President Obama – would not have prevented the Sandy Hook shootings. Here’s what they said: Could a Ban Have Prevented the Connecticut Shootings? It's impossible to say for sure, but it seems unlikely that if the law were still in place, as it was written, it could have done much to prevent Friday's tragedy. Lanza's primary weapon, the Bushmaster .223 rifle, is a type of AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, certain models of which were prohibited from...
  • Three Top State Department Officials Resign Over Benghazi

    12/19/2012 3:41:35 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 86 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/12/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Three top officials in the State Department resigned Wednesday in the wake of a scathing report which slammed "systemic failures" and "management deficiencies" in the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, which resulted in the murder of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Assistant Secretary Eric Boswell, head of the bureau of diplomatic security, and Charlene Lamb, deputy assistant secretary for international programs, have stepped down, CNN and CBS television said, citing unnamed department officials. Lamb, who was Boswell’s deputy in charge of international programs, denied requests from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli for an extension of temporary security...
  • Three Reasons Gun Control Isn't Going to Happen

    12/19/2012 3:31:01 PM PST · by ColdOne · 47 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/19/12 | Mike Flynn
    In the immediate aftermath of Friday's terrible tragedy in Connecticut, there have been the predictable calls to enact new gun control legislation. The usual proponents of additional restrictions on guns have filled the airwaves with calls for immediate legislative action. Sen. Diane Feinstein has promised to introduce a new "assault weapons" ban on the first day of the new Congress next year. But, there are three very big reasons to believe that, for all the rhetoric, nothing will come of this new push for gun control. 1. Biden Gun Violence Task Force This afternoon, President Obama convened a press conference...
  • Will Russia Recover From Its Massive Underpopulation Problems? (Putin sez: HAVE 3!)

    12/19/2012 3:22:03 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 37 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 12/18/12 | Steven W. Mosher and Elizabeth Crnkovich
    What do you do when your country is dying, one coffin at a time? Well, if you are Russian President Vladimir Putin, you call upon Russian couples to be fruitful and multiply, and have at least three children. It is hard to exaggerate the demographic straits that Mother Russia finds itself in. According to the projections of the UN Population Division–we are speaking here of the so-called “low variant,” historically the most accurate–the Russian population will shrink by more than 30 million by mid-century if current trends continue. The population will age rapidly, from an average age of 37.9...
  • Weapon used in Mexico gunfight linked to Operation Fast and Furious

    12/19/2012 3:13:48 PM PST · by Smogger · 21 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 19, 2012, 10:56 a.m. | By Richard A. Serrano
    <p>Two of the weapons involved in a drug cartel gunfight last month in Sinaloa, Mexico, that killed five people, including two soldiers and a young beauty queen, have been traced back to the U.S. – one lost during the ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious, the other originally purchased by a supervisory ATF agent who helped oversee the botched gun-tracking operation.</p>
  • Police: Man threatens to burn down St. Charles church, kill pastor

    12/19/2012 3:12:17 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 19 replies
    St, Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 12/19/12 | Susan Weich
    A 26-year-old man who allegedly threatened to burn down a church, kill its pastor and "fill the seas with Christian blood" is in custody at the county jail, facing a felony charge. (SNIP) According to police, Ficik phoned Marc Simka, pastor of Matthias' Lot Church, 2645 West Clay Boulevard, on Sunday and threatened to burn down the church and to "look the pastor in the eyes and tell him to pray to God right before he puts a bullet in his head." He further threatened Christianity and all of its followers, police said. He left a total of three threatening...