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  • NJ lawmaker wants state to disinvest in gun firms

    12/21/2012 7:05:56 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies
    AP ^ | December 21, 2012
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey state senator says the state should move investments from any company that makes or sells assault weapons. Sen. Richard Codey told The Associated Press on Friday that the "only people who use assault weapons are mass murderers, drug dealers and cop killers." His proposal comes in response to last week's shooting in Connecticut when a gunman killed 26 people at a school, including 20 children. Codey said that he plans to introduce the measure next month. The former governor, who took office because he was president of the state Senate after Gov. Jim...
  • Judge in Gabby Giffords trial calls for assault weapons ban

    12/21/2012 6:55:00 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 56 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Bill Hutchinson
    The federal judge who sentenced former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' gunman is advocating a nationwide ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines to take the "mass out of mass shootings." "There is just no reason civilians need to own assault weapons and high-capacity magazines," Judge Larry Allan Burns wrote in Thursday's Los Angeles Times. Since Jared Lee Loughner killed six people and wounded Giffords with his 31-round magazine Glock pistol, there have been six deadlier mass shootings, Burns wrote. "But reasonable, good-faith debates have boundaries, and in the debate about guns, a high-capacity magazine has always seemed to me beyond them,"...
  • Cities Banning Trucks and New Truck Stops

    12/21/2012 6:53:42 PM PST · by Domandred · 70 replies
    Truckers Report ^ | 12/21/12 | Samuel Barradas
    Despite pumping life into every town and city that they haul freight to, truckers are still looked upon as a nuisance by most areas. They think of big trucks as rolling death-machines that bring pollution, noise, and crime to their towns, not realizing that what they really bring is absolutely everything the town needs to survive. Well, yet another city is taking steps to ban these “nuisances” from their streets entirely. The mayor of Columbiana, Alabama has called for a ban on semi-trucks driving in their downtown area. He says that trucks are the main cause of traffic jams in...
  • Minnesotans respond to NRA's proposal for armed guards in schools

    12/21/2012 6:50:06 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 39 replies
    minnesota.publicradio.org ^ | December 21, 2012 | Brandt Williams
    MINNEAPOLIS — At a press conference Friday, the National Rifle Association proposed adding armed security at all U.S. schools. The organization's suggestion comes exactly one week after 20 children and six adults were shot to death in a Connecticut school. Members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation, and some members of the NRA, are divided on the proposal. NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre announced Operation School Shield during a presentation interrupted twice by protesters who shouted that the NRA is to blame for gun violence. LaPierre ignored the protestors and said violent movies and video games were to blame for the...
  • Do you support NRA's proposal for putting armed police officers in schools? (poll to freep)

    Currently behind. Category: Nation Voting began on 12/21/2012 Voting ends on 12/22/2012 A.Yes - 847 (26%) B.No - 2304 (70%) C.Not sure - 149 (5%) Read more: http://old.post-gazette.com/polls/Default.asp#ixzz2FkEvJyTq
  • Giffords's husband rips NRA for defiance in response to killings

    12/21/2012 6:47:10 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 58 replies
    thehill.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Sterling C. Beard
    The husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords ripped the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday for a press conference that defied “common sense” and defended “extreme pro-gun positions.” “Gabby and I are extremely disappointed by the NRA's defiant and delayed response to the massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” Mark Kelly said in a statement. “The NRA could have chosen to be a voice for the vast majority of its own members who want common-sense, reasonable safeguards on deadly firearms, but instead it chose to defend extreme pro-gun positions that aren't even popular among...
  • President rewards faithful goverment employees Executive order closes federal offices Monday

    12/21/2012 6:46:43 PM PST · by GreyFriar · 14 replies
    WTOP Radio ^ | december 21, 2012 | unknown
    Executive order closes federal offices Monday Friday - 12/21/2012, 5:02pm ET WASHINGTON - Federal employees don't have to go to work on Monday, Dec. 24. The White House announced shortly after 1 p.m. on Friday it was giving all executive branch departments and agencies the day off. The executive order, below, is also posted on the White House website.
  • HOUSE REPUBLICANS CIRCULATE PLAN TO OUST BOEHNER FROM SPEAKERSHIP

    12/21/2012 6:34:07 PM PST · by HenryArmitage · 85 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 12,21,2012 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Several conservative House Republican members are contemplating a plan to unseat Speaker John Boehner from his position on January 3, Breitbart News has exclusively learned. Staffers have compiled a detailed action plan that, if executed, could make this a reality. The Republicans, both conservatives and more establishment members alike, are emboldened after the failure of Boehner’s fiscal cliff “Plan B” on Thursday evening. Dissatisfaction with Boehner is growing in the House Republican conference, but until now there hasn’t been a clear path forward.
  • Boehner: I’m Not Afraid of Losing My Speakership

    12/21/2012 6:26:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 21, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) said on Friday that he was not afraid of losing his speakership in the aftermath of the stunning defeat dealt to him on Thursday evening by House conservatives who refused to vote for his “Plan B” proposal to increase the income tax rate on income over $1 million. When a reporter asked Boehner at a Capitol press conference whether he should be concerned about losing his speakership, Boehner said, “No, I’m not.” “Listen, you’ve all heard me say this, and I’ve told my colleagues this, if you do the right things every day for the...
  • (John) Kerry Backed LGBT “Immigration Equality” to Stop Deportation of Gay Partners

    12/21/2012 6:21:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 21, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    For the last two years, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the nominee to be the next secretary of state, has called for “immigration equality” to prevent the deportation of illegal alien same-sex partners of legal U.S. residents. In May, shortly after President Barack Obama announced his support for homosexual marriage, Kerry and 16 other Democratic senators sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The letter pointed to the number of states recognizing gay marriage, but said problems could arise because of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations...
  • Pope says future of mankind at stake over gay marriage

    12/21/2012 6:14:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/21/2012
    Pope Benedict XVI has weighed in on a heated debate over gay marriage, criticising new concepts of the traditional family and warning that mankind itself was at stake. "In the fight for the family, the very notion of being – of what being human really means – is being called into question," the Pope said in Italian during an end-of-year speech. "The question of the family ... is the question of what it means to be a man, and what it is necessary to do to be true men," he said. The Pope spoke of the "falseness" of gender theories...
  • FReeper Canteen - Merry Christmas Troops! - 22 Dec 2012

    12/21/2012 6:05:20 PM PST · by AZamericonnie · 545 replies
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  • NY Gov. Cuomo: Gun Confiscation “Could Be An Option” (XX BARF)

    12/21/2012 6:04:50 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 58 replies
    The Right Sphere ^ | December 21, 2012 2:14 pm | Posted by Brandon Kiser
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday that he had started discussions with leaders of the State Legislature about new gun control measures, and that he planned to propose a package of gun legislation in his State of the State address on Jan. 9. “There’s a big difference of opinion on these issues,” Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said in an interview on an Albany radio station. The New York Assembly, controlled by Democrats, has voted for a number of proposed gun control measures in recent years, only to have the legislation falter in the Senate, which has been controlled by Republicans....
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-21-12

    12/21/2012 6:03:52 PM PST · by dynachrome · 9 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-21-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Former British PM Thatcher in hospital after operation

    12/21/2012 5:54:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:21pm EST | Alessandra Prentice
    Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the country’s first woman elective leader, is in hospital recovering from surgery to remove a growth on her bladder, a source close to the family said on Friday. After experiencing pain in her bladder earlier in the week, he 87-year-old went to hospital where she underwent a minimally invasive operation, Tim Bell, a public relations executive who once served as image maker to Thatcher, said. …
  • Bloomberg: No One Has ‘Defended the Second Amendment as Much as I Have’(XX BARF)

    12/21/2012 5:50:57 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 53 replies
    Politicker ^ | 12/21 9:20am | Colin Campbell
    “I don’t think there’s anybody that’s defended the Second Amendment as much as I have, Ray,” Mr. Bloomberg said to a caller who asked him why he was “so against” the constitutional passage . “I think you have a perfect right to buy weapons and keep them for protection or for sport. We have tried to make sure that you have it. The Supreme Court says that there are–consistent with the Second Amendment–you can have reasonable restrictions, so, for example, you can’t buy a nuclear-tipped weapon.”
  • What is it with L.A. (Lower Alabama) and Jihad?

    12/21/2012 5:45:55 PM PST · by LSUfan · 19 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 21 Dec 12 | Unattributed
    please find two seemingly unrelated stories about two separate Jihadis from the Mobile, Alabama area (one of our favorite cities actually and the permanent homeport for the battleship USS Alabama, one of the great historical treasures that every American should visit at least once). Nevertheless, something is going on in that area. There are two known Jihadis that made news recently, one we have known about for some time and the other only more recently came on the scene. The first one is Omar Hammami, a Muslim who grew up in Daphne, Alabama, a really nice town outside of Mobile....
  • Mentally Ill Kids Don't Just Come from Nowhere

    The recent post "I am Adam Lanza's Mother" by a woman who posts at anarchistsoccermom and animatedly advertises herself wearing an "I love Che" t-shirt is as slick a piece of exploitative propaganda as anything we've seen in the last four years. Soon after the essay went viral mom blogger Liza Long appeared on CNN and the Today show calling for a national conversation on mental illness. After the Newtown massacre the self-described author, musician, Classicist and single mother of four felt compelled to share her own story. Long's written account of life with an out of control child focuses...
  • Hollywood's culture of murder and death

    12/21/2012 5:40:19 PM PST · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-21-12 | DrJohn
    Following the tragedy in Newtown CT liberals have been falling all over themselves spreading blame. They have targeted the NRA and video games. The insufferable airheads of Inside Edition and Entertainment Tonight have the tragedy all figured out. Meanwhile, new details are emerging about what might have driven Adam Lanza over the edge. Published reports say Nancy Lanza went on a vacation to the Omni Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire, enjoying gourmet food and being pampered at the spa. She checked into the luxury resort at 12:10 pm Tuesday, December 11 following a five-hour drive from Newtown, Connecticut. She...
  • Cornyn: Hagel “Unacceptable” As Secretary of Defense

    12/21/2012 5:38:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 21 Dec 2012 05:28 PM | Stephen Feller
    Republican Sen. John Cornyn told the Washington Post that he had problems with several positions Hagel has taken over the years, many of which will receive opposition from both sides of the aisle. “It is not just an isolated problem. It is a consistent position in support of American weakness,” Cornyn said. “I can’t support a Hagel nomination if it comes … There are some points about his record that make him unacceptable.” …
  • Sensible ideas for protecting our students *UPDATED*

    12/21/2012 5:25:35 PM PST · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    Bookroomworm.com ^ | 12-21-2012 | Bookworm
    Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive VP, says that our violent culture is to blame for gun violence and that, as long as the culture is what it is, school children should have police protection.  Despite the fact that the majority of Americans agree with him, the drive-by media is excoriating as if he had just announced that he eats children for breakfast and urges us all to do the same.  Americans, who have been schooled out of rational thinking, will soon be referring to LaPierre in the appropriate pariah-like terms and, like the useful idiots they’ve been trained to be,...
  • John Kerry as Secretary of State - Lets Review His Dark Past

    12/21/2012 5:18:09 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 46 replies
    The New American ^ | 21 December 2012 | Bob Adelmann
    Senator John Kerry's impeccable credentials as a "climate hawk," membership in Yale's secret society Skull and Bones, and a voting record that almost completely ignores the Constitution, qualify him to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Senator John Kerry to Replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State The New American 21 December 2012 When Susan Rice, the United States' Ambassador to the United Nations, withdrew her name from consideration for the post of secretary of state last week, rumors abounded that next in line would be Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.). That rumor was confirmed on Friday, putting in...
  • Eligibility judge quotes famous Santa case

    12/21/2012 5:10:29 PM PST · by wesagain · 32 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Dec 21, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    "Cites paraphrased decision in 'Miracle on 34th Street' in Florida Democrat's challenge"A real-life Florida judge has paraphrased a statement from the fictional Judge Henry X. Harper in “Miracle on 34th Street” to justify his sudden decision to dismiss a challenge under state law to Barack Obama’s eligibility to occupy the Oval Office. The ruling from Kevin Carroll of the Florida circuit court for Leon County dismissed the case brought on behalf of Democratic voter Michael C. Voeltz, who raised the issue of Obama’s qualifications under a state law that allows voters to challenge candidates’ eligibility. Carroll, who had given the...
  • Kerry a Frequent Visitor with Syrian Dictator Bashar Al-Assad

    12/21/2012 5:10:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 21, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    John Kerry, who is expected to be nominated as secretary of state later this afternoon, has made frequent visits to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Assad is now under fire for mass murdering his own civilians, as he fights an internal war to keep his position of power. Even Obama has called for Assad to go. In February 2009, Kerry led a delegation there to engage Syria. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told visiting US members of Congress on Saturday that the United States should ‘move away from a policy based on dictating decisions.’ Assad's guests on Saturday included US Senator John...
  • 'Tea Party' to whip up a political storm

    12/21/2012 5:08:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Sydney Telegraph ^ | December 16, 2012 | Linda Silmalis
    A PROUDLY conservative group that wants to be the "Australian Tea Party" will push for corporal punishment, referendums to sack bad governments and tougher refugee policy at the federal election. CANdo, a group created by Liberal firebrand Cory Bernardi and loosely modelled on the right-wing faction of the US Republican Party, also claims gay marriage could lead to Muslim polygamy. CANdo is run by chairman David Flint, former Australian Broadcasting Authority chair and leading monarchist, and Jai Martinkovits, who also runs Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy. Professor Flint said CANdo wants a referendum on gay marriage and defended Senator Bernardi...
  • Obama urges lawmakers to make one last try for fiscal crisis deal, leaves for Hawaii

    12/21/2012 4:58:52 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies
    Obama urges lawmakers to make one last try for fiscal crisis deal, leaves for Hawaii Published December 21, 2012 | FoxNews.com President Obama urged congressional leaders Friday to take one last shot at crafting a bill that can prevent tax hikes on middle-class Americans -- as he and virtually everyone involved prepared to bolt Washington for the holidays. The president, while optimistically claiming he would be back "next week" to handle a budget deal, was planning to board Air Force One with his family Friday evening for a holiday vacation in Hawaii. House Speaker John Boehner, who until several days...
  • Atheist display added to holiday town hall scene in West Milford

    12/21/2012 4:56:10 PM PST · by Coleus · 30 replies
    Northjersey.com ^ | 12.17.12 | ANN GENADER
    It seems that those who favor the all or nothing inclusion of December symbols in the annual display in front of the municipal building have been successful in making that happen. Over the weekend - with it still unclear if the lighted tree is to be called a "Christmas tree" or a "Holiday tree" - a crèche and an atheist sign were added to the display. Meanwhile the official name for the lighted tree in the display remains an issue for some. Resident Tim Wagner and others said they will continue to press for administrative action to call the "Holiday...
  • judge: Louisiana woman can flip finger in holiday lights

    12/21/2012 4:54:53 PM PST · by BBell · 36 replies
    hhttp://www.foxnews.com ^ | December 21, 2012
    NEW ORLEANS – A Louisiana woman ran afoul of police when she gave her neighbors an unusual holiday greeting, hanging Christmas lights in the shape of a middle finger. Sarah Childs was in a dispute with some of her neighbors in Denham Springs, just east of Baton Rouge, so she decided to send a message with her decorations. Neighbors complained and police threatened to arrest her, so she and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana sued the city. A judge ruled in her favor Thursday. "I imagine it will be back up before too long," ACLU of Louisiana executive...
  • Fiscal Cliff Hype Examined

    12/21/2012 4:47:40 PM PST · by SteelToe · 8 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | December 21, 2012 | Heide B. Malhotra
    The term fiscal cliff has hit the airwaves, print media, business reports, and articles. Not a minute goes by without these two words being thrown at the listener. But how many people really understand where the expression started and how it became so popular? “Judging by media coverage, the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ is the only thing driving the U.S. stock market these days. Unfortunately, a lot of the coverage is either alarmist, erroneous, or focused solely on the daily (or even hourly) micro-developments in the story,” a Dec. 4 article on the Motley Fool website states. The expression “Fiscal Cliff”...
  • True Christmas: The birth of innocence within

    12/21/2012 4:44:54 PM PST · by DaveMSmith · 13 replies
    New Christian Bible Study (Google Drive) ^ | Fri Dec 21, 2012 | Rt. Rev. Peter M. Buss
    The internal meaning of Joseph, Mary and Jesus tells how we can open our hearts to love todayThe birth of Jesus on earth represents His birth in our hearts. His birth in us is the creation of unselfish love in our hearts. We cannot create this; only He can do it. But before He can come to us we must do our part – through obedience to His law, shunning the evils forbidden in the Ten Commandments, and doing good to the best of our abilities. The story of His birth follows those actions in our lives. Here is the...
  • Superintendents Spread Inaccurate Information on Education Reform Bills

    12/21/2012 4:43:41 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/20/2012 | Tom Gantert
    Superintendents across the state are coming out against the proposed education reform legislation, and many are making inaccurate claims about the impact of House Bill 6004 and Senate Bill 1358. Among the recent inaccurate attacks is a letter printed in the Tuscola Today news site that was signed by 10 area superintendents. The letter said: "For example, any company could open a school for the children of its employees and collect state education funding for it." However, the specific school that was created would receive the money, not the corporation, said Michael Van Beek, education policy director at the Mackinac...
  • Obama: Time to address American culture ‘that too often glorifies guns and violence’

    12/21/2012 4:42:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 52 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/21/12 | Charlie Spiering
    Obama: Time to address American culture ‘that too often glorifies guns and violence’Charlie Spiering - Commentary Staff Writer Modified: December 21, 2012 at 6:35 am President Obama this morning issued a video response to a White House petition demanding more gun control – specifically mentioning America’s gun culture. **SNIP** “If we work harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one in Newtown — or any of the lesser-known tragedies that visit small towns and big cities all across America every day,” Obama concluded.
  • Obama announces new wave of proposed regulations

    12/21/2012 4:41:07 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 21, 2012 | Dave Boyer
    After taking criticism for missing an October deadline, the Obama administration Friday released its list of proposed government-wide regulations that it plans to consider in the next year. The administration put out its notice, called the unified regulatory agenda, online around 3 p.m. on the Friday before Christmas, after most lawmakers had left town. The proposed rules cover everything from power plant pollution to health-care standards to workplace safety. Critics who accuse President Obama of being an overzealous regulator said the timing of the announcement was no accident. “President Obama has earned a permanent spot on the disclosure naughty list...
  • Cuomo Says He’ll Outline Gun Proposal Next Month ("Confiscation could be an option...")

    12/21/2012 4:39:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 56 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 20, 2012 | THOMAS KAPLAN
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday that he had started discussions with leaders of the State Legislature about new gun control measures, and that he planned to propose a package of gun legislation in his State of the State address on Jan. 9. “There’s a big difference of opinion on these issues,” Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said in an interview on an Albany radio station. The New York Assembly, controlled by Democrats, has voted for a number of proposed gun control measures in recent years, only to have the legislation falter in the Senate, which has been controlled by Republicans....
  • Take a Break, But Don't Give Up

    12/21/2012 4:34:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Jim in Indianapolis. Hi, and welcome to the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Thank you, Rush. Love your show. First of all, happy holidays to you, your staff, your loved ones, and listeners. RUSH: Thank you very much, sir. We all appreciate it. CALLER: I want to give you a quick background on myself. I'm a white male in my mid-thirties. I work sometimes six to seven days a week. I go to school full time. I have a wife and two small boys. The reason why I do all this is because I need to be a...
  • The Perfect Stocking Stuffer For Liberals

    12/21/2012 4:32:28 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 25 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-21-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • I am a Chucklehead

    12/21/2012 4:31:38 PM PST · by EQAndyBuzz · 32 replies
    12/21/12 | EQAndybuzz
    Is anyone else offended by Represntative LaTourette's comments?
  • Can UAE-Backed Film Shut Down U.S. Fracking Boom?

    12/21/2012 4:25:40 PM PST · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 21, 2012
    Energy: As the U.S. changes the balance of power by exporting some of its abundant natural gas resources, a Hollywood propaganda film debuts claiming the technology making it possible will poison America's small towns. 'Promised Land," a film that does nothing to alter Hollywood's stereotype of businessmen, particularly energy industry executives, as greedy plunderers of the planet, opens this week in selected theatres. The anti-fracking film is based on a not-true story about well contamination in a small Pennsylvania town with a healthy dose of junk science. As documentary filmmaker Phelim McAleer, who is working on his own documentary, "FrackNation",...
  • Formal Reprimand Issued To Flatulent Federal Worker

    12/21/2012 4:24:30 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 55 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | December 21, 2012
    DECEMBER 21--A federal employee was formally reprimanded this month for excessive workplace flatulence, a sanction that was delivered to him in a five-page letter that actually included a log of representative dates and times when he was recorded “releasing the awful and unpleasant odor” in his Baltimore office. In a December 10 letter accusing him of “conduct unbecoming a federal officer,” the Social Security Administration employee was informed that his “uncontrollable flatulence” had created an “intolerable” and “hostile” environment for coworkers, several of whom have lodged complaints with supervisors. The worker, a 38-year-old Maryland resident, reportedly submitted evidence that he...
  • Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich to send gun buyers a warning letter

    12/21/2012 4:19:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Daily Breeze ^ | December 20, 2012 | Rick Orlov
    Following last week's schoolhouse massacre in Connecticut, Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich announced he and other law enforcement officials will send letters to all Los Angeles gun buyers reminding them of city laws regarding safe storage of weapons and reporting if a gun is lost or stolen. In a letter to Vice President Joe Biden, who is heading the federal task force looking at gun control and gun safety issues, Trutanich pledged his support and said he would be contacting gun buyers to advise them of city laws. "This week, in an effort to keep guns out of the...
  • Michael Steele: NRA presser was ‘disturbing’ (RINO Alert)

    12/21/2012 4:15:56 PM PST · by Red Steel · 83 replies
    Politco ^ | 12/21/12 12:01 PM EST | KEVIN CIRILLI
    Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele called the National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s press conference Friday “very haunting and very disturbing,” in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. “I don’t even know where to begin. As a supporter of the Second Amendment and a supporter of the NRA — even though I’m not a member of the NRA — I just found it very haunting and very disturbing that our country now is talking about arming our teachers and our principals in classrooms,” Steele said on MSNBC immediately after...
  • U.S. on alert for Islamist ire to ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ (Obama killing Osama movie)

    12/21/2012 4:13:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/20/12 | Kristina Wong
    U.S. on alert for Islamist ire to ‘Zero Dark Thirty’Film depicts harsh interrogation methods By Kristina Wong The Washington Times Thursday, December 20, 2012 **SNIP** Yet fears of a violent backlash against “Zero Dark Thirty,” which goes into wide release in the U.S. on Jan. 11, are swirling in some corners of Washington and appear to be accentuated by a public perception of a U.S. government consultative role in pre-production research for the film. Radical corners of the Muslim world have been known to fan the flames around perceived official U.S. involvement with material considered blasphemous, as happened this autumn...
  • James Meredith: What I've Learned (Since being the first black at Ole Miss)

    12/21/2012 4:10:18 PM PST · by WKB · 51 replies
    Esquire.com ^ | December 21, 2012, | By Cal Fussman
    What I did at Ole Miss had nothing to do with going to classes. My objective was to destroy the system of white supremacy.
  • What Does a Second Obama Term Mean for Gun Owners? (DTD 11-06-12)

    12/21/2012 4:02:23 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | NOVEMBER 6, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    During the second presidential debate of 2012, President Barack Obama said, “What I’m trying to do is get a broader conversation about how we reduce the violence generally. Part of it, is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced.” You can bet he meant what he said. Obama has a long history of holding anti-Second Amendment views, despite portraying himself as pro-hunter and reasonable about gun control. A second term spells trouble for law-abiding citizens wanting to exercise their right to keep and bear arms: Obama is strongly opposed to concealed carry, has supported gun owner licensing...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Orion over El Castillo

    12/21/2012 4:02:17 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    NASA ^ | December 21, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Welcome to the December solstice, a day the world does not end ... even according to the Mayan Calendar. To celebrate, consider this dramatic picture of Orion rising over El Castillo, the central pyramid at Chichén Itzá, one of the great Mayan centers on the Yucatán peninsula. Also known as the Temple of Kukulkan it stands 30 meters tall and 55 meters wide at the base. Built up as a series of square terraces by the pre-Columbian civilization between the 9th and 12th century, the structure can be used as a calendar and is noted for astronomical alignments. In...
  • How many more?' Beyoncé, Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow 'demand a plan' in gun violence PSA

    12/21/2012 3:53:58 PM PST · by opentalk · 60 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | December 21, 2012 | Jennifer Madison
    Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyoncé Knowles are among celebrities campaigning for gun regulation in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary. The stars feature in a new public service announcement against gun violence for Demand a Plan after 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults before turning the gun on himself at the Connecticut school last Friday. The one-and-a-half minute clip features the celebrity activists asking: 'How many more colleges? How many more classrooms? How many more movie theatres? How many more houses of faith?' before lawmakers tighten regulations. A cast of artists...
  • U.S. ending pursuit of illegal immigrants who commit minor crimes

    12/21/2012 3:41:06 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 23 replies
    mercurynews ^ | 12/21/2012 | Matt O'Brien/Contra Costa Times
    Federal agents no longer will scoop up jailed illegal immigrants who had been picked up by police for traffic offenses and other petty crimes, the nation's top immigration enforcer announced Friday. "We are changing who" we seek to detain and deport to focus more on serious criminals, said John Morton, the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Morton changed the national policy just as sheriffs around the Bay Area were rethinking their cooperation with the controversial federal Secure Communities immigration program, out of concern that it was leading to deportation of too many minor offenders. The shift responds to...
  • Caption John Kerry

    12/21/2012 3:40:05 PM PST · by mnehring · 33 replies
    Vanity
    Partying with very, very young girls.
  • Freep a Poll - Daily poll: Should principals and teachers be armed?

    12/21/2012 3:39:08 PM PST · by ObozoMustGo2012 · 39 replies
    Rep. Dennis Baxley is suggesting a novel approach for preventing a repeat of the kind of shooting massacre that occurred last Friday in Newtown, Conn.: arm principals and teachers with guns.
  • Texas Town Allows Teachers to Carry Concealed Guns

    12/21/2012 3:38:29 PM PST · by grundle · 6 replies
    ABC News/Associated Press ^ | December 20, 2012 | ANGELA K. BROWN
    HARROLD, Texas In this tiny Texas town, children and their parents don't give much thought to safety at the community's lone school — mostly because some of the teachers are carrying concealed weapons. In remote Harrold, the nearest sheriff's office is 30 minutes away, and people tend to know — and trust — one another. So the school board voted to let teachers bring guns to school. "We don't have money for a security guard, but this is a better solution," Superintendent David Thweatt said. "A shooter could take out a guard or officer with a visible, holstered weapon, but...