By using the massacre in Newtown, Conn., to fire up the left´s anti-liberty agenda, President Obama and other prominent liberal Democrats are taking Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel´s infamous maxim — "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste" — to new depths. At a Sunday night prayer vigil in Newtown, the president delivered words that on their face appear soothing, hope-filled and decisive — exactly what´s expected of presidential leadership. "These tragedies must end," he said. "And to end them, we must change." But when Obama repeats that single-worded slogan from his presidential campaign,
Many in the American Jewish community are aghast to discover that President Obama is planning to appoint former Senator Chuck Hagel to serve as Defense Secretary. If you want the skinny on how Hagel has come to be known as one of the few ferociously anti-Israel senators in the past generation, Carl from Jerusalem at Israel Matzav provides it. Meantime, all I can say is I don’t understand how anyone can possibly be surprised. (snip) Obama isn’t stupid. He picks fights he thinks he can win.
In a desperate cry for help, one mother has written a powerful essay about her mentally-ill son and his violent tendencies in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy. As parents prepare for the wrenching task of burying 20 first-graders and six adults killed at the hands of 20-year-old Adam Lanza on Friday morning, Liza Long has opened up about the overwhelming struggle she faces in caring for her 13-year-old mentally ill son. Whilst speculation about Mr Lanza´s potential mental instability grows, the mother of four from Boise, Idaho, says she fears her own son could one day
The tragic mass killings at that Connecticut school will undoubtedly spur renewed calls for gun control. According to one criminologist, that would be a welcome but somewhat ironic development, since mass school shootings seldom provide compelling evidence in favor of more restrictions on weapons. The scholarly journal American Behavioral Scientist devoted two issues in 2009 to the 10th anniversary of the Columbine High School mass killings and what, if anything, we have learned from them. Gary Kleck, professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida State University,
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes said on Sunday he is “uncomfortable” using the phrase “right-to-work” because it has its origins in the “segregationist white supremacist south.” “I’m not going to use the phrase [right to work] that is commonly used because it is such a ridiculous—let me just give people a little bit of history here,” Hayes said on his show, “Up With Chris Hayes.” He made the comment in connection with Michigan’s new right-to-work law. “The phrase is coined by a guy by the name of Vance Muse, who is an oil industry lobbyist in Houston,
Michigan state senators voted Thursday to allow citizens with concealed carry permits to carry their weapons on school property, but the American Federation of Teachers argues that the Friday shooting in Connecticut proves people shouldn’t be armed at school. “Firearms have absolutely no place in our schools—the Dec. 14, 2012, tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is a chilling and heartbreaking reminder of this,”wrote Randi Weingarten, president of AFT, and AFT Michigan president David Hecker in a letter to Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Mich.
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Remember how liberals feigned reverence for the Constitution during its alleged wholesale destruction while George W. Bush was president? With a Democrat ensconsed in the White House, they are reverting to old habits when it comes to the blueprint for our republic. On his radio show Friday, Schultz argued with a caller who said he usually agrees with Schultz, citing "socialized medicine" and higher taxes as examples of common ground they share. But the Second Amendment must be protected, the caller said, lest changes to it erode other freedoms enumerated in the Bill of Rights
RUSH: We are gonna start somewhere in Florida with Patrice. Patrice, thank you for calling and waiting. Great to have out EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Hi, Rush. I was gonna comment on a couple things that I´ve heard lately. I am a psychiatrist. I do work in Florida. I worked with chronically mentally ill patients for over 20 years. Although I do want to say that, you know, the majority of patients who have severe psychiatric illness are not violent. What I have found in my work, clinically, is it is very difficult to get somebody committed to a
U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, who rose through the political ranks to become the first black Republican from South Carolina to serve in Congress since 1901, was named today to fill the unexpired term of Sen. Jim DeMint. The 47-year-old Scott, who’ll be sworn into office Jan. 3, sought to downplay the historical significance of his appointment, instead praising his single mother for the 16-hour days she worked as a nurse’s assistant to support her family. "I am thankful to the good Lord and a strong mom who believes love has to come at the end of a switch," said Scott, who boasts credentials as a Tea Party favorite and evangelical Christian, and was backed by DeMint.
RUSH: The deadliest school attack in this country -- deadliest school attack in American history -- was in 1927. That was the Bath School murders. Thirty-eight children and seven adults were killed, including the killer himself. Oh. He didn´t use guns. He used dynamite. That´s right. No guns were used in the deadliest school attack in American history. But some people would say, "Well, wait a minute, Rush. What about Waco? Waco holds the record." Yeah, that wasn´t technically a school. But at Waco, 74 men, women, and children died (including 12 children under the age of five).
Hawaii Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye has died at age 88, his office confirmed Monday night.His last words, according to a statement released by his staff, were “Aloha”. Inouye has been hospitalized since early December due to respiratory problems. His cause of death was “respiratory complications”. Inouye had served in the Senate since 1962 and represented Hawaii since 1954. He served as the Senate pro tempore — the designation for the chamber’s longest serving Senator — and the person third in line to the presidency.
The father and step mother of Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old whose gun rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary School killed 26 people, have been pictured for the first time as it is revealed the couple fled their home on the evening of the attack and have not been seen since. Neighbours of Peter Lanza and Shelley Cudiner told MailOnline that the pair packed up their car and left their affluent home in the Stamford suburb of Westover, Connecticut, shortly after being informed of Adam´s involvement in the massacre on Friday afternoon. It was also claimed that when Peter,
There is one question that the pious critics of America´s so-called gun culture cannot answer. If mass school shootings like that in Connecticut really are a product of the apparently mad Second Amendment, of the fact that guns are widely available in the US, then why did such shootings only take off in the late 1970s and early 1980s? . . .
Just because "Zero Dark Thirty" picked up another critics group award today doesn´t mean the film´s Best Picture Oscar chances aren´t in jeopardy. Film scribes are noticing the film´s implicit acknowledgement that enhanced interrogation techniques like sleep deprivation and waterboarding helped collar Osama bin Laden, and they aren´t happy. It´s likely why the film´s director, Kathryn Bigelow, and screenwriter, Mark Boal, gave an exclusive interview to TheWrap.com today for some media damage control. The question remains - will it work?
The Swiss bank is also set to reveal on Wednesday that it will pay a $1.5bn (£926m) fine to regulators in the UK, US and Switzerland. The bank’s Japanese securities unit is also expected to plead guilty to a US criminal offence, but it is not expected to lose its licence to operate in the country. The fine follows an agreement between UBS and regulators such as the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, US Department of Justice, UK’s Financial Services Authority and UBS’s main Swiss supervisor Finma.
California Highway Patrol division chief Jeff Talbott retired last year as the best-paid officer in the 12 most-populous U.S. states, collecting $483,581 in salary, pension and other compensation. Talbott, 53, received $280,259 for accrued leave and vacation time and took a new job running the public-safety department at a private university in Southern California. He also began collecting an annual pension of $174,888 from the state. Union-negotiated benefits, coupled with overtime that can exceed regular pay and lax enforcement of limits on accumulating unused vacation, allow some troopers to
Tim Scott has been appointed to fill the South Carolina Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Jim DeMint and immediately the racebaiters jumped in with both feet to attack him. One of the early hatemongers was Amos Brown, a host on a religious radio station in Indianapolis, Indiana. Brown used his Twitter account to claim that African American Tim Scott isn´t really a black man. Tim Scott is, of course, a Republican just like Governor Haley who will appoint him to the vacant seat.
Two events, each more than a century old, instruct us about how we should act in the face of what happened Friday in Newtown, Conn. On March 25, 1911, fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in lower Manhattan. Because the owners had locked the doors and stairwells, in an effort to prevent theft and unauthorized work breaks, the garment workers were trapped in the fire; 146 of them, almost all young female immigrants, died. In the wake of the disaster, New York politicians–including future Gov. Al Smith and future Sen. Robert Wagner–“exploited the tragedy.” How? By helping push
With pressure building from Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid opened the door Monday for legislative action on gun control in the wake of the deadly massacre at a Connecticut elementary school last week. While he said “no one law” or policy can stop a “determined madman,” Reid argued that Washington is “not doing enough” to protect the public from tragic episodes like the one that unfolded in Newtown, Conn. where 20 children and six adults were murdered by an armed assailant. “In the coming days and weeks, we’ll engage in a meaningful conversation
If hypocrisy were an intoxicating spirit, Andrew Rosenthal would be a master distiller. (Snip) David Frum was even quicker than the Times. Friday morning he tweeted: "Shooting at CT elementary school. Obviously, we need to lower the age limit for concealed carry so toddlers can defend themselves." The sour sarcasm was especially out of place, and the comment was a bizarre non sequitur. We´ve never heard of a school without adults. Frum´s tweet drew many responses from people who found it offensive. In the afternoon he answered them unrepentantly in a Daily Beast essay.
Last week the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Inspector General announced an audit of the agency’s electronic records management practice to determine if it follows the law when conducting official business using private and alias email accounts. “Our objective is to determine whether EPA follows applicable laws and regulations when using private and alias email accounts to conduct official business,” reads a memorandum from EPA Assistant Inspector General for Audit Melissa Heist. The audit was announced in response to a request last month by the House Science Committee.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called for a nationwide assault-weapons ban Monday in response to the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Emanuel made his remarks at a Chicago Police Department graduation ceremony Monday morning. “It’s time that we as a city have an assault weapons ban. It’s time that we as a state have an assault weapons ban. It’s time that we as a country have an assault weapons ban,” Emanuel said. “And I would hope the leadership in Congress now will have a vote of conscience. It is time to have that vote.”
Did you catch the big story out of Afghanistan the other day—the one about how a U.S. platoon was decimated in a nighttime raid? The soldiers couldn’t fight effectively because their unit cohesion had disintegrated after one of them mentioned he is gay. How about the recent study showing it is now impossible to train new jarheads at Parris Island? Marine recruits are so afraid a gay bunkmate might be eyeballing them in the shower that they can’t follow even basic commands.(Snip)You didn’t hear about those developments? Don’t be alarmed. Nobody did—because they never happened. Yet they certainly should have
Morgan Stanley & Co. has been fined $5 million for improper influence by its investment bankers over research analysts prior to the initial public stock offering of Facebook, Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin said today. Morgan Stanley was the lead underwriter on Facebook’s IPO. After the first day of the IPO roadshow to instructional investors, a top Facebook official alerted a Morgan Stanley senior investment banker that he was longer confident in the revenue guidance he had provided to syndicate research analysts in April, Galvin said, adding the senior investment banker advised
It is time for my annual pick for the year’s top member of Congress. Last year, I chose Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) for his leadership on the issue of immigration reform. In 2011, Gutierrez drew up the Dream Act and put pressure on President Obama to use his executive powers to make it law. That step sparked a political fire and set Democrats on their way to winning the Hispanic vote in 2012 and retaining control of the Senate and the White House. My choice for this year’s game changer on Capitol Hill is also at Headline resplit by staff.