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One father to another: Touching moment
President Obama set politics aside to
comfort grieving dad of Emilie Parker,
6, and share a cuddle with her sisters
before addressing Sandy Hook memorial
Daily Mail [UK], by Meghan Keneally & Michael Zennie    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/17/2012 8:39:26 AM     Post Reply
In the wake of Friday´s unspeakable tragedy, it is hard to imagine that anyone would be smiling in Newtown, Connecticut. But when the President visited the small New England town where a crazed gunman took 27 innocent lives, he managed to lift the hearts and spirits of some grieving families, who took brief solace in his mere presence. In one emotional meeting, a heart-broken President embraced Robbie Parker, father-to-father, over the senseless death of his six-year-old daughter Emilie. But it was smiles all around when he gathered her younger sisters and some other

Newtown Shooting: The
Gunman Who Knew No Pain
ABC News, by Brian Ross*    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 12/17/2012 8:37:01 AM     Post Reply
The young man who killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school Friday suffered from a condition where he could literally feel no pain, according to a faculty member at his old high school. Richard Novia, the advisor for the tech club at Newton High, said that if Adam Lanza cut or hurt himself, "he would not know it or feel it." Novia´s words are the latest from a series of former acquaintances of Lanza´s to paint him as bright but obviously troubled.

N.C. Mountain Man Fights
To Preserve Old Ways
Carolina Journal (Raleigh, NC), by Don Carrington    Original Article
Posted By: rivlax- 12/17/2012 8:14:33 AM     Post Reply
Watauga County mountain man Eustace Conway’s passion for teaching primitive living came to a sudden halt in October when local government officials shut down his operation, citing safety and health concerns. [snip] But he also has become entangled in a maze of modern-day rules and codes that both make no sense and cannot be applied consistently within the primitive environment he is working to preserve.

  


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Adam Lanza Would Not
Have Received Death
Penalty in Connecticut
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Dr. Susan Berry    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/17/2012 7:47:31 AM     Post Reply
Though Adam Lanza may have committed one of the most heinous crimes in history, had he survived his rampage and been convicted in court, he would not have been sentenced to death. In April of 2012, Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) and the Democrat-led Connecticut legislature repealed the death penalty on a party-line vote. The law replaced capital punishment with life in prison, without the possibility of parole. A Quinnipiac poll released on April 25th, indicated that, while Connecticut voters supported the death penalty in general, 62% - 30%, they were evenly divided

Benghazi report out today
New York Post, by GERRY SHIELDS    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/17/2012 7:20:51 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The long-awaited independent report on the killing of the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans will be presented to the State Department today, according to reports. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton created the Advisory Review Board to investigate the Sept. 11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, which killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Time to own the election,
America
Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 12/17/2012 7:18:43 AM     Post Reply
Elections have consequences. So suck it up and own it, America. America decided on Nov. 6. More than 121 million of us voted, and more than 62 million cast their ballots for the incumbent, President Obama. While some liberal political pundits like Rachel Maddow and Al Sharpton wrongly claim the president has a “mandate” (he doesn’t, he won just 51 percent of the vote and 48 percent of America voted against him), they are correct when they assert, as they have repeatedly since Election Day, that “elections have consequences.” (Snip)The consequences of the 2012 election are coming

What If Nothing or Nobody is
to Blame for Lanza? Guns, Video
Games, Autism or Authorities
National Journal, by Ron Fournier    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 12/17/2012 7:08:27 AM     Post Reply
What if there is nobody or nothing to blame for Adam Lanza´s heinous acts? Other than Lanza, of course. What if school security and the school psychiatrist kept an eye on Lanza since his freshman year? The Wall Street Journal has a compelling narrative about the red flags addressed.What if he had a form of autism that has little or no link to violent behavior? Lanza may have had Asperger´s syndrome but, even so, that is not a cause.What if it´s too simple to lay the massacre at the feet of the gun lobby?

  


  

It´s a Christmas miracle! Moment man
who spent five years searching for
his stolen dog is finally reunited
Daily Mail [UK], by Mike Jaccarino    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/17/2012 6:48:11 AM     Post Reply
An Indiana man is counting his Christmas blessings after a fortuitous reunion with his long-lost pet pooch--stolen an astounding five years earlier. Bandit, a now-10-year-old shih tzu, was discovered by New Castle Animal Control as a stray in the eponymous Indiana town in late November. ´This is my little buddy,´ said the man, identified only as ´Mike,´ after the tearful meeting with his pet. ´I’ve been missing him for five years.´ Bandit was reunited with Mike through the aid of a ´Home Again´ microchip embedded under the dog´s skin and containing info about his original owner.

Shooter´s Persona Drew Concern at School .
Wall Street Journal, by TAMARA AUDI, ANTON TROIANOVSKI*    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 12/17/2012 6:47:58 AM     Post Reply
Not long into his freshman year, Adam Lanza caught the attention of Newtown High School staff members, who assigned him a high-school psychologist, while teachers, counselors and security officers helped monitor the skinny, socially awkward teen, according to a former school official.A high-school yearbook photo shows Adam Lanza, third from the right, as part of the technology club.Their fear wasn´t that he was dangerous. "It was completely the opposite," said Richard J. Novia, the director of security at Newtown School District at the time in 2007. "At that point in his life, he posed no threat to anyone else.

Outrage as Westboro Baptist plans praise
gathering outside Sandy Hook Elementary
school to celebrate God ´executing his
judgement´ in horrific shooting rampage
that killed 20 children and 6 adults
Daily Mail [UK], by Leslie Larson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/17/2012 6:40:27 AM     Post Reply
The tight-knit community of Newtown, Connecticut is numb in the aftermath of the heart-wrenching massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary school on Friday when a gunman killed 20 young students, all aged six and seven, in addition to six adults. As families mourn the lives that were cut short in this unspeakable horror, an extremist group has announced they plan to congregate at the scene of the tragedy and offer praise to God for ´executing his judgement´--an unthinkable act amidst the sorrow overwhelming the quiet town. A member from the Westboro Baptist Church, an unaffiliated religious group that self-identifies as

Connecticut school shootings: it´s not just
guns. America´s attitude to mental
health needs changing too
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/17/2012 6:26:14 AM     Post Reply
The largest school massacre in American history occurred in Bath Township, Michigan in 1927.[Snip] As fire trucks arrived to put out the flames, an explosion went off in the north wing of the school building. A witness said, “After the first shock I thought for a moment I was blind. When it came the air seemed to be full of children and flying desks and books. Children were tossed high in the air; some were catapulted out of the building.” Kehoe had been planning the slaughter for months, slowly secreting dynamite and pyrotol in the basement. As rescuers rushed

  


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Kathleen the Terrible
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/17/2012 6:10:51 AM     Post Reply
Among the gifts Nancy Pelosi brings to the House of Representatives is her ability to draw a hearty guffaw from the most jaded observer of American politics. This talent for comedy was on display last Wednesday when she told a group of toadeaters disguised as journalists that she belongs to the anti-corruption party. The Orwellian absurdity of the claim, combined with her trademark vapid expression, was enough to make a cat laugh. I do, however, wish C-SPAN would flash some sort of warning on the screen when the former Speaker is about to deliver one of these howlers.

Dukakis seen as possible Senate
replacement if Kerry tapped for State
The Hill (DC), by Alexander Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2012 6:08:37 AM     Post Reply
Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, may be headed back to the political spotlight as he’s considered a likely interim replacement for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). President Obama is set to tap Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of State, according to media reports. This means Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) needs to find someone to fill Kerry’s seat until a special election can be held in the late spring or early summer. Dukakis, who is 79, has remained politically active. He campaigned for Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) this fall and teaches at Northeastern University.

To start immigration reform,
study Texas solution
Politico, by Rep. Ted Poe    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2012 6:04:49 AM     Post Reply
On Election Day, the American people voted for the antithesis of change: They voted for the status quo of more government, more giveaway programs, less freedom and less individuality. In this election, the Republican Party should have had an easier time convincing Americans that they would be better off if we changed course. Tangled up in embarrassing statements about rape and abortion and notably silent on immigration, the electorate chose what they knew over what they perceived incorrectly as closed-minded and out of touch. This allowed the radical left to use fear tactics

Watergate, Zippergate or
Benghazigate...Which Is Worse?
Forbes, by Larry Bell    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2012 5:58:01 AM     Post Reply
Some of my recent articles addressing the Benghazi consulate debacle have quoted Senator John McCain comparing it with another White House scandal. To whit: “It is the worst cover-up or incompetence I have ever observed in my life. Somebody the other day said to me, this is as bad as Watergate, but nobody died in Watergate.” That association with presidential misdeeds leading to impeachment provoked contentious reader responses, some offended by the connection, and others in agreement.

  


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Former school is prepped
for Sandy Hook pupils
USA Today, by Thomas Frank    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2012 5:55:08 AM     Post Reply
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Pupils from Sandy Hook Elementary School will return to classes at a former school building about 15 minutes away and may never go back to the school where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six teachers and administrators. Work crews descended on the former Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe on Sunday morning to make it ready for pupils by Wednesday, although no date has been set for the children to resume classes, Monroe Police Lt. Brian McCauley said. The two-story building sits along a winding, wooded road next to a new middle school and an elementary school.

In Washington, The Goal
Is Control Of Private Wealth
Townhall, by Austin Hill    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2012 5:46:28 AM     Post Reply
Are the President and the Congress trying to send our economy in to a recession? They’re probably not trying to, no. But with the current governing philosophy in Washington, a recession has become an acceptable means to a necessary end. And the intended “end” doesn’t necessarily entail economic growth and prosperity. That sounds harsh, I know. But think it through with me. Because as the nation’s media has been obsessed about the “fiscal cliff” and whether or not the President and congressional Republicans will work out an agreement to forestall it, insufficient attention has been paid

Hillary in Hiding
American Thinker, by Daren Jonescu    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 12/17/2012 5:43:01 AM     Post Reply
For once, I am inclined to believe Hillary Clinton. The U.S. Secretary of State, suffering from a sick stomach, has reportedly fainted and bumped her head. As a result, her spokespeople have already announced that she will be unable to testify at the Benghazi hearings, although she was not due to appear until December 20, many days after the vaguely reported fainting spell. Already, the internet is resounding with a chorus of "How convenient!" (See here and here, for example.) Many, upon hearing this news, are assuming that Clinton, who has been hedging for a month on whether to appear

Is Chuck Hagel a Pacifist?
National Journal*, by Michael Hirsh    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/17/2012 5:40:48 AM     Post Reply
Chuck Hagel is, by his own admission, haunted by Vietnam. When asked to explain his early opposition to George W. Bush´s 2003 Iraq invasion in an interview in 2011, the former Nebraska senator harked back to his experience as an Army private fighting the Tet offensive in 1968. That maverick stance cost Hagel his reputation as a leading Republican, and it may be one reason why President Obama is now considering him as his next Defense secretary, with Leon Panetta set to retire. "We sent home almost 16,000 body bags that year," Hagel told me.

Of Liberals and Loopholes
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2012 5:35:25 AM     Post Reply
One post-election budget surprise has been President Obama´s resistance to John Boehner´s proposal to get $800 billion in new revenue by closing tax loopholes. Here´s one likely reason: the high tax rates of his blue-state Democratic brethren. One of Mr. Boehner´s ideas, taking a cue from Mitt Romney, would impose a limit on annual deductions. During the campaign Mr. Romney suggested a range for a deduction cap, anywhere from $17,000 to $50,000 a year, and many liberal pundits praised the idea on equity grounds.

  



Five-Point Action Plan for
President Obama to Reduce
Violence by the Mentally Ill
National Review Online, by D.J. Jaffe    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2012 5:31:25 AM     Post Reply
President Obama said the federal government has to do something meaningful to prevent future shootings, like the recent massacre of 26 children and adults at a school in Newtown, Connecticut. Here is what the federal government can do to prevent violence related to mental illness: 1. Start demonstration projects of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (e.g. Kendra’s Law in New York, Laura’s Law in California) throughout the country. AOT allows courts to order individuals with mental illness to stay in treatment as a condition of living in the community. It is only applicable to the most seriously ill

Let America’s Gas Industry Boom
New York Post, by Donald J. Boudreaux    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2012 5:24:35 AM     Post Reply
Researchers at the Energy Department just released a comprehensive economic analysis, finding that the United States can reap massive economic benefits from allowing the export of natural gas. Will the Obama administration go for the gold — or continue yielding to anti-export hysteria? In recent years, the nation has seen astonishing technological innovation in the natural-gas sector. Companies have discovered vast, gas-rich shale deposits under US soil. And they’ve developed new, high-tech means of extraction. The estimated reserves of recoverable domestic gas are now over 2.2 trillion cubic feet. The expansion in supply has already brought a dramatic drop

The mainstream media vultures gather
Washington Examiner, by Hugh Hewitt    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2012 5:19:39 AM     Post Reply
"Show up and shut up." Rabbi Harold Kushner was my guest for a PBS series on God in America, and this was his condensed version of advice for those who would comfort the grieving. It ought to circulate around the halls of American broadcast media for once again there were no boundaries the collective media would respect in the aftermath of the murders in Newtown, Conn. The rush to assemble a media mob is now expected and the ratings consequences to the networks of ignoring such a horror are no doubt enormous, but the intrusion into the awful grief

The perils of legalizing pot
Newsweek, by David Frum    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/17/2012 5:11:00 AM     Post Reply
We’re not doing well providing work for our young people. When they do find work, they’ll probably earn less than their parents, probably form less stable intimate relationships, and age into more uncertain retirements. But, hey, don’t say we do nothing for our kids. Instead of work, marriage, and security, we can offer pot, porn, and videogames. Marijuana possession is now legal in Colorado and Washington. California also allows marijuana possession, if users can pay a doctor to prescribe it as “medicine.”

State Department to get
independent Benghazi report
CNN, by Elise LaBolt    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/17/2012 5:07:39 AM     Post Reply
Washington -- After months of accusations and political recriminations, the State Department is getting ready to present the most detailed explanation yet regarding the circumstances surrounding the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Monday, the State Department is expected to get a report on the incident from the independent Advisory Review Board, sources in the State Department told CNN Sunday. The review was ordered by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Congress will receive the report from the board ahead of a classified briefing for members on Wednesday

The morally serious argument
of the pro-gun lobby
The Week, by Joel Golinkin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2012 5:04:11 AM     Post Reply
I n 1966, Charles Whitman killed 16 people from "the Tower" at the University of Texas. Nothing changed. In 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold massacred 13 at Columbine High School in Colorado. Nothing changed. In 2007, 32 dead at Virginia Tech. Nothing changed. Twelve killed in Aurora this summer. Nothing changed. Now, 20 children senselessly murdered in Newtown, Connecticut. Nothing will change. With so much senseless slaughter, many Americans quite reasonably wonder why the hell people are allowed to own handguns at all, and why we can´t do anything to change it.

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