Friday, December 28, 2012

FOR OUR YOUNG VISITORS AND OTHERS - A LITTLE REDNECK MUSIC ?

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"THE EVIL GENE" UH OH - SCOTT CREIGHTON ON A RANT - WORTH LISTENING

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MAKES SENSE TO ME - U GOT A EVIL GENE ?
BILL LISTENING TO SCOTT

by Scott Creighton

‘Physician, heal thyself’
After various failed attempts to lie to the general public about a possible motive for the Sandy Hook massacre, it looks like they are going to try another approach: junk science and “The EVIL Gene
I got an idea: let’s toss James Holmes in a lake. If he swims to the side and survives he’s guilty and he gets burned at the stake otherwise he’s still guilty and we save some matches.
When a reader here tipped me off to this Daily Mail story I thought it had to be a joke. No joke.
At a time when forensic science is being called into question for running “problematic” investigations which could have led to tens of thousands of wrongful convictions, that whacky medical examiner from Newtown has a great idea: he has asked for a ground breaking study to find “the evil gene” to answer that nagging question about motive (you know, the fact that Adam Lanza, James Holmes and William Spengler didn’t have any motive for the spate of 2nd amendment nixing crimes attributed to them).

Scientists have been asked to study the DNA of Newtown school killer Adam Lanza to see if has an ‘evil’ gene that led him to carry out the massacre.
The study, which will look at any abnormalities or mutations in his individual DNA, is believed to be the first of its kind ever carried out on a mass murderer…
… The study of the killer’s DNA has been ordered by Connecticut Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver who carried out the post mortems on all the victims.
He has contacted geneticists at University of Connecticut’s to conduct the study. Daily Mail
So now Connecticut Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver is officially looking for the “evil gene”. Keep in mind this is the same M.E. whose department lost it’s accreditation under his watch and who resigned in a huff earlier this year because the state had to cut back on some funding including his $300,000 a year paycheck.

“Carver has chafed at budget cuts imposed by the Malloy administration as well as a planned reorganization that would restrict his autonomy. His department also had its national accreditation downgraded by one agency and dropped by another, problems that Carver said would be rectified.
Carver, who is paid $299,783 as medical examiner…” CT Post
300 grand to go out there and tell the press he’s now looking for the “evil gene” with a straight face? I guess that would be worth it to some people.

“oh. No motive? uh… did he have the evil gene? Yes? Well. There you go”
To put all of this into a current events context, just the other week a story broke about FBI and state labs doing sloppy work to get convictions all across the country. Horribly sloppy work.

“The FBI’s crime lab was at one point reputed to be one of the most elite, well-run labs in the world. Not so much anymore. For the last year, the agency has been embroiled in a huge and growing scandal in which its crime lab technicians have been found to have vastly overstated the value and conclusiveness of forensic evidence in criminal cases. The breadth and seriousness of the problem have only come to light in the last year or so, although there have been warning signs going back to the 1990s. The number of convictions affected is in the thousands, possibly the tens of thousands.” Radly Balko
Of course at first they wanted to keep all of this as quiet as possible knowing full well that many others would have been affected by these poorly run tests. Keeping innocent people locked away for crimes they didn’t commit but it’s ok because the “Justice” Department did the bare minimum of what the law demanded as far as warning others about the mistakes.
But then again, the Justice Department isn’t about justice anymore is it? Not anymore than the Ministry of Truth was about the truth.

How is it that our courts have for decades now allowed the use of bad science to put citizens in prison — or even to send them to their deaths? Why is it that junk science can so easily slip into the courtroom during a criminal trial, but when said science is later called into question — or even shown to be complete nonsense — it can be so difficult, sometimes impossible, for the people convicted by that science to get a new trial? Should the objective of a prosecutor be to seek justice, or to win convictions? Do crime labs exist to objectively test and analyze forensic evidence, or are they part of the prosecution’s “team?”
How have we structured the incentives at crime labs, in prosecutors’ offices, and at the Justice Department? Are prosecutors rewarded for seeking justice, or for racking up convictions? Radley Balko
Junk science, bad science, nonsense… there are a lot of somewhat recent examples to choose from: the Magic Bullet Theory, Building 7, Bruce Ivins, electronic voting machines with their secret codes, H1N1, Anthropomorphic Global Warming, GM foods are perfectly safe, the list goes on and on.
And now we can soon add yet another to that collection: the EVIL gene.
Perhaps if they really wanted to run some targeted sampling for their studies they could start with a control group of mass murderers and war criminals. They could start with George H. W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Michael Leeden, Condi Rice, George W. Bush, George P. Shultz, David Rockefeller, Tony Blair, Benjamin Netanyahu, anyone named Rothschild, Barack Obama, anyone named Clinton, Leon Panetta, David Petraeus, Timothy Geithner, Ben Bernanke, Jamie Dimon, anyone who works for Goldman Sachs, anyone who ever worked for Goldman Sachs, anyone anywhere near the International Bank for Settlements, the IMF, the World Bank, all of the 16 banks involved with LIBOR, Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano… (here’s a hint: if they own a copy of Atlas Shrugged and think it’s actually well written, save yourself some time… they are the EVIL gene)…
… and you can toss in anyone who helps cover up the real assassins from Aurora, Newtown and Webster for that matter.
While we are on that evidence line, I guess they could take a little sample from the illustrious Connecticut Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver. Check and out his home library while you’re at it.
Evil gene? ‘Physician, heal thyself’

Sheriff Arpaio sending armed posse to protect schools BY JASON VOLENTINE

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Sheriff Arpaio sending armed posse to protect schools


by Jason Volentine

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 6:24 AM

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Thursday that he plans to deploy his armed volunteer posse to protect Valley schools from the kind of violence that happened in the Connecticut shooting tragedy.  Arpaio believes having armed law officers around schools will deter would-be criminals from trying anything violent and, possibly, stop them if they do. “I have the authority to mobilize private citizens and fight crime in this county,” Arpaio said.
Arpaio first started using his posse to protect malls during the holiday shopping season in 1993 in response to violent incidents in prior years.  Since then he said malls where his posse members are on patrol have had zero violent re-occurrences and patrols by his all-volunteer squad during the 2012 shopping season netted a record 31 arrests. Arpaio said since the program has worked so well in malls he believes it will work just as well protecting schools. “We're not talking about placing the posse in the schools right now but in the outlying -- the perimeters of the school -- to detect any criminal activity.” The sheriff didn't talk logistics but said he'll use members of his 3,000 strong posse to patrol schools in towns that fall under sole jurisdiction of the sheriff's office – places like Cave Creek, Anthem, Fountain Hills, Sun City, Litchfield Park, Gila Bend, Carefree, Queen Creek, Guadalupe - which he said amounts to about 50 grade, middle and high schools. “I don't know if they agree [to my plan] or not.  I'll coordinate with them,” the sheriff said, admitting he has yet to talk it over with the schools. Arpaio's plan came the day after his counterpart in Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and Attorney General Tom Horne said they want to arm teachers and principals. In response, Arpaio said he'd rather see armed resource officers back in all schools -- a program that's been largely de-funded in recent years. “I support arming cops in the schools," Arpaio said. "If you have a cop that's armed you don't need a teacher that's armed."
However, Arpaio stopped short of committing to a stance on arming teachers.  “[Politicians] are going to be talking about the guns now for years.  But I have certain resources at my disposal and I'm not going to talk about it. I'm going to do it,” Arpaio said about putting his plan into action without the need for political maneuvering.

 

SMOKE POT, BAN GUNS, KILL KIDS

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Smoke Pot, Ban Guns, Kill Kids


We don’t talk about the first day of spring in 1974. It’s been that way for as long as I could remember. March 20th started off like any other as my 8 year old brother headed off to school wearing his blue ball cap and backpack. My mom remembers him yelling back into the house, ‘I Love You Mom” before shutting the door.
That was the last time she saw my brother, Cliff.
The Dekalb County Chief of Police told my mother we would never know what exactly happened in the bedroom of the nanny that afternoon. The police report later revealed the nanny heard Cliff begging, “Please help me.” A shot rang out. When she ran into the room it was too late. Her 12-year-old son was standing over my brother’s lifeless body. In his hands was his parent’s rifle, which he had just used to shoot my brother through the heart at point blank range.
The motive was never determined. One suspicion was the boy was possibly jealous of the affection his mother showed my brother. Cliff had been dubbed “The Mayor” by the neighborhood because of his outgoing personality. He spent many hours playing games with the seniors who lived in the complex.
Losing Cliff was too much for my mother to bear. She had recently been divorced. Within the year before my brother’s murder, she had lost her father and mother to cancer. In a rare moment of remembrance she once told me that the loss of her parents was heartbreaking enough – but the loss of Cliff was so devastating that for years she wished every breath taken would be her last.
Last Monday, like so many parents of young children across America, I found an excuse to visit my child’s classroom. As I stood outside the door of my son’s Kindergarten classroom before lunch, I heard his teacher remark to the class that there was a new rule: every classroom door was going to be closed and locked. If someone came to the door, the students were to first get the teacher before opening even if it was a parent or a fellow student.
I fought back tears as I listened to the little voices ask questions regarding the new policy and a sense of anger was rekindled. Adam Lanza not only took the lives of 26 innocent victims on December 14th, but he also stole the security of many families across this nation. Gone are the days where you could walk down a school hallway and hear a chorus of children’s voices, answering questions, or laughing at a story being read by their teacher. Now, school hallways are becoming as sterile as the corridors of a hospital. It makes one wonder if a child can really grow in such a cold, silent environment.
My anger turns to pain as I hear the children, excitedly lining up for lunch, debating over whose dessert was better or what side dish they were going to be serving. I realized there were 20 sets of parents who were never going to hear the chatter or any other debate again from their child and I immediately thought of my mother.
While you might think my mother would be a strong anti- gun proponent, she realized it was not the guns’ fault for the death of Cliff. It was a failed system and irresponsible parenting who were as much to blame as anything.
As I grew up, my mother insisted I learned to defend myself. If Cliff’s death had taught her anything it was that. Whether it be hand to hand self-defense, environmental defense or with a gun, I have been raised to respect the power of a weapon I received the highest accuracy rating and grade in my concealed hand gun permit class. I also pride myself on better aim then my former Army officer husband.
Since the events of December 14th, there have been countless numbers of articles and interviews over gun owner’s rights, particularly from those opposed to them. I am beginning to think those on the left were waiting for a tragedy like this to happen just so they could reignite the argument over gun control. Taking the advice of Rahm Emanuel, they were quick to “not let a serious crisis go to waste.”
The hypocrisy of their claims are amazing considering this is the same administration who put guns in the hands of Mexican drug lords to use against law enforcement. The propagandists also cavalierly dismiss the numerous examples of public shooting sprees halted because of a legal gun permit holder’s actions for fear it would encourage legal gun ownership.
Real gun control looks like a land where upstanding, responsible, law abiding citizens actually carry their guns with them in almost any location. Crimes are reduced based on the fact that criminals don’t know if their target is packing a weapon or not. Real gun control looks like a competitive health care system where insurance agencies don’t determine the mental health status of a person rather than a doctor, and our politically-correct society allows dangerous people to be identified, labeled and hospitalized before they commit a crime.
Just look across the pond at countries like the UK and Norway that recently passed gun ownership restrictions. Within those countries, the number of mass shootings has escalated because no one had any way to stop the offender.
Over the next few weeks, the left will use the shooting in Connecticut and the victims as pawns in their mission to inject more Federal Government control into our daily lives. These same opportunists will try and discredit and shame anyone who speaks out in defense of their 2nd Amendment right I am very scared of a Country whose states continue to vote in the legal use of Marijuana yet strongly restrict the ability to defend yourself.
My mother never prosecuted the boy who shot Cliff. In fact, the day she left to bury my brother on our small farm in Illinois was the last day she ever saw the nanny’s child.
I now have my own 6 year old son. I like to imagine he has the same personality and spirit which shined bright in my brother. My son will go to school after the first of the New Year to a learning environment much different from what he left in 2012. His classroom has been transformed more into a jail cell not to keep him locked in, but rather to keep the world locked out.
My child might not remember these differences down the road. But I will. Most of us will. We will weep at the loss of this innocence and wonder how did our Country change from being a Norman Rockwell portrait to a scene from inside a horror film?
Evil will use whatever tools its needs to commit its crime. We must remember in the next few months as the victims of Connecticut are used as propaganda by those who want to see evil prevail, their first move will be to take away from the virtuous their ability to defend and protect their own.

NO WORD REGARDING EYEWITNESS STORY ON AURORA - LEAST WE FORGET THE ORIG REPORTS ?

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GUESS THERE JUST NEVER GONNA TELL US ANYMORE ?

VERY QUIET OUT THERE ISN'T IT ? AND WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE TWO PEOPLE ARRESTED BEHIND THE SCHOOL AND FIRE STATION IN SANDY HOOK ? THAT SEEMS TO HAVE FELL BY THE WAYSIDE ALSO ? OH WELL,  SUCH IS LIFE.

DON'T TREAD ON SIX-TOED CATS

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Don't Tread on Six-Toed Cats

One of my New Year's resolutions is to work harder to persuade ideological friends and foes alike that the way to reduce partisanship and maximize happiness in America is to embrace federalism -- the view that we should push as many decisions as possible to the lowest local level feasible.
Federalism reduces partisanship by shrinking the importance of the federal government. It increases happiness by maximizing the number of people who get to live the way they want to live.
Unfortunately, proponents of federalism tend to start the conversation with the really big issues: gay marriage, drugs, guns, abortion, etc.
I'm for making all of those things local issues wherever possible, too. But, admittedly, those questions are complicated or emotionally freighted. Some questions do cut to the heart of what it means to be an American.
But many don't. So let's start there.
For instance, consider the case of Ernest Hemingway's six-toed cats. According to legend, the writer was given a polydactyl (six-toed) feline named Snowball. Under a deadline, I could not determine whether Snowball was in fact male or female, but assuming he was a he, Snowball managed to overcome the limitations of his emasculating name to leave behind generations of progeny.
Snowball's six-toed descendants live on at the Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, Fla. Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit every year to see where Hemingway lived when he wrote "To Have and Have Not" and to see 50 or so cats of Snowballian lineage lounge about the grounds of the Spanish colonial.
The cats get weekly veterinary visits and regular belly-scratchings from tourists. The Hemingway Home website says that the cats even have a corporate sponsor, Pfizer, which provides free medicine for them. Most are spayed or neutered to keep the number of Snowball's descendants from snowballing.
The property has a high wall, but as cats are wont to do, they occasionally get out and wantonly rub up against the legs of passersby.
In short, the whole scene is one of sickening cuteness and laid-back charm, consecrated by time and local tradition.
And the federal government cannot abide that.
The Department of Agriculture insists that the cats, with their flagrant sidewalk-napping and unauthorized public self-grooming, must be regulated like lions or elephants or any other "animal exhibit." As a result, the owners of the museum must:
"obtain an exhibitor's license; contain and cage the cats in individual shelters at night, or alternatively, construct a higher fence or an electric wire atop the existing brick wall, or alternatively, hire a night watchman to monitor the cats; tag each cat for identification purposes; construct additional elevated resting surfaces for the cats within their existing enclosures; and pay fines for the museum's non-compliance with the Animal Welfare Act."
I don't have the space here to get into all of the details of this 10-year-old legal dispute. But, in short, it's all incredibly stupid.
The fracas began when a neighbor felt that one of the Hemingway cats -- Ivan -- was getting, in her words, too "macho" with the street cats she fed a couple doors down. So, obviously, she complained to the government in Washington about Ivan the Terrible, and Uncle Sam sprang into action.
After a decade of squabbling, a federal appeals court recently sided with the Obama administration, ruling the museum must comply with the federal diktat or get rid of the cats.
To be fair, maybe the cats are a problem. But you know what? If they are, they're not my problem. I don't live in Key West.
In other words, what on earth is Washington doing setting cat policy -- polydactyl or otherwise -- for Key West, Fla.?
I'm always amazed by people who love visiting exotic locales abroad -- and are often sanctimonious about keeping them exotic -- but simultaneously support a government at war with exoticism here at home.
The federal government has plenty on its plate already. It should not be the cavalry of busybody neighbors or aggrieved cat ladies who can't win an argument at the local level.
Key West is not Mogadishu. It has a functioning government, as does the state of Florida. Residents there -- and across America -- are capable of self-rule, which includes the right to live in ways other Americans might think is crazy or wrong. If the six-toed cats launch an insurrection, complete with an updated feline "Don't tread on me" feline flag, by all means send in the feds.
Otherwise, the locals can work it out for themselves. They'll be happier, and Key West will be a more interesting place to visit.


TELLING IT LIKE IT IS! BY PROF LAURA HOLLIS

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A thought provoking analysis of the state of the electorate, and why obama won the election.
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Meet Laura Hollis - Prof of Law Notre Dame

Laura Hollis is:


·         Current: Associate Professional Specialist and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at University of Notre Dame. Past:  Director at Gigot Center for Enrepreneurial Studies, Associate Director and Clinical Professor at University of Illinois at  Urbana-Champaign. Education: University of Notre Dame Law School, University of Notre Dame. Summary:  She has 20+ years' experience in curriculum and other program development and delivery.
 
Laura Hollis Says":
"I am already reading so many pundits and other talking heads analyzing the disaster that was this year's elections. I am adding my own ten cents. Here goes:


1. We are outnumbered 
We accurately foresaw the enthusiasm, the passion, the commitment, the determination, and the turnout. Married women, men, independents, Catholics,
evangelicals - they all went for Romney in percentages as high or higher than the groups which voted for McCain in 2008. It wasn't enough. What we
saw in the election on Tuesday was a tipping point: we are now at a place where there are legitimately fewer Americans who desire a free republic with
a free people than there are those who think the government should give them stuff. There are fewer of us who believe in the value of free exchange and
free enterprise. There are fewer of us who do not wish to demonize successful people in order to justify taking from them. We are outnumbered.
For the moment. It's just that simple.
2. It wasn't the candidate(s)
Some are already saying, "Romney was the wrong guy"; "He should have picked Marco Rubio to get Florida/Rob Portman to get Ohio/Chris Christie to get
[someplace else]." With all due respect, these assessments are incorrect.Romney ran a strategic and well-organized campaign. Yes, he could have hit harder
on Benghazi. But for those who would have loved that, there are those who would have found it distasteful. No matter what tactic you could point
to that Romney could have done better, it would have been spun in a way that was detrimental to his chances. Romney would have been an excellent
president, and Ryan was an inspired choice. No matter who we ran this year, they would have lost. See #1, above.
3. It's the culture, stupid!
We have been trying to fight this battle every four years at the voting booth. It is long past time we admit that is not where the battle really is.
We abdicated control of the culture - starting back in the 1960s. And now our largest primary social institutions - education, the media, Hollywood
(entertainment) have become really nothing more than an assembly line for cranking out reliable little Leftists. Furthermore, we have allowed the
government to undermine the institutions that instill good character - marriage, the family, communities, schools, our churches. So, here we are,
at least two full generations later - we are reaping what we have sown. It took nearly fifty years to get here; it will take another fifty years to get
back. But it starts with the determination to reclaim education, the media, and the entertainment business. If we fail to do that, we can kiss every
election goodbye from here on out. And much more.


4. America has become a nation of adolescentsThe real loser in this election was adulthood: Maturity. Responsibility. The understanding that liberty must be accompanied by self-restraint. Obama is a
spoiled child, and the behavior and language of his followers and their advertisements throughout the campaign makes it clear how many of them are,
as well. Romney is a grown-up. Romney should have won. Those of us who expected him to win assumed that voters would act like grownups. Because if
we were a nation of grownups, he would have won.But what did win? Sex. Drugs. Bad language. Bad manners. Vulgarity. Lies.Cheating. Name-calling. Finger-pointing. Blaming. And irresponsible spending. This does not bode well. People grow up one of two ways: either they choose to, or circumstances force them to. The warnings are all there, whether it is the looming economic disaster, or the inability of the government to respond to crises like Hurricane Sandy, or the growing
strength and brazenness of our enemies. American voters stick their fingers in their ears and say, "Lalalalalala, I can't hear you." It is unpleasant to
think about the circumstances it will take to force Americans to grow up. It is even more unpleasant to think about Obama at the helm when those
circumstances arrive.
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GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE BUT BIG PHARMA DOES

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10.  Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) is an antidepressant associated with 7.9 times more violence than many other drugs.
9.  Venlafaxine (Effexor) is related to Pristiq and is an antidepressant also used in treating those with anxiety disorders. Effexor is 8.3 times more associated with violent behavior than other drugs.

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Guns Don’t Kill People But Big Pharma Does
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Purported Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza was, according to a man reported to be his uncle, on the antipsychotic drug Fanapt. The “uncle” turned out to be a fraud, but given that most news reports describe Lanza as being emotionally or mentally disturbed, it’s quite likely he was on some sort of mind-altering drug or drug combination.
Documented side effects of Fanapt are aggression, confusion, delirium, hostility, impulse-control disorder, mania, mood swings, paranoia, panic attack and suicide. Sound familiar?
Gun grabbers have gone almost apoplectic since the shooting, blaming the (misnamed) assault rifle—which was reportedly still in Lanza’s car when police arrived at the school—for the deaths of the children and teacher. Lanza has since been pushed into the memory hole—along with the man in camouflage plucked from the nearby woods and many other anomalies— and the focus has been on the AR15 and its links in other recent mass shootings.
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SHOULD WE ARM OUR TEACHERS

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“Would you feel safer with a sign on your house saying ‘this house is a gun-free zone’? But if you wouldn’t put these signs on your home, why put them elsewhere?”

BY CHIP WOOD

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Should We Arm Our Teachers?
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Gun free zones are easy targets for criminals.
There are several things that are not going to happen in this country in the aftermath of the terrible tragedy that struck Newtown, Conn., two weeks ago.
First of all, despite the recommendations of National Rifle Association top honcho Wayne LaPierre, we are not going to post armed guards in all of our nation’s schools. There are something like 135,000 schools in this country. The cost to put armed guards in all of them for every hour they are open would be staggering. I can’t imagine there are very many local communities that would be willing to pay the price.
Nor is there any chance that Congress will vote to strip our various entitlement programs to cover the costs, or to slash the military budget to do so. Yes, I know, only a heartless cretin would try to put a price tag on the value of saving the lives of those 20 6- and 7-year-olds, not to mention the six adults who were also murdered by the same deranged gunman. But let’s face facts here, folks. Would we really be willing to pay the costs of sending armed guards into our schools every day (and night) they are open, to prevent one or two incidents a year? I don’t think so.
Another idea some people have proposed is to arm some of our teachers. While I agree with the sentiment that the best way to stop a bad man with a gun is by a good man (or woman) with one, can you really see very many school boards that would approve such an effort?
As the father of five children, I’ve known a lot of teachers over the years. And frankly, there aren’t too many of them I would like to see armed and ready at any of the schools my children attended.
Yes, I’ve seen the emails circulating on the Internet claiming that school teachers in Israel routinely go to school armed and ready to deter terrorists. But the story is false. Israel has no such policy. Although I confess, it would make a lot more sense to do so in a country where military service is compulsory for every young person, male and female. Presumably they all have had some weapons training, which is not the case in the United States.
But let me play the devil’s advocate here for a moment and point out that it isn’t necessary for every teacher to be armed and ready to fend off an attack. All it takes is one. And there is a lot of evidence that responsible gun owners who have taken the steps necessary to comply with concealed-carry laws in their community can save lives.
Mass shootings at public schools in this country were extremely rare prior to 1995. That was the year that Congress approved the national Gun-Free School Zone Act. The assumption was that banning anyone from carrying a weapon into any of our public schools would make them safer.
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VIDEO: PJTV: A Debt that Will Live In Infamy: America's Ticking Debt Bomb

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A very passionate Bill Whittle says on this week’s Trifecta that he’s done entertaining ideas that incompetence is the reason for our fiscal insanity and that going forward he’s operating under the assumption that the people running this country are trying to destroy it and they are succeeding.
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2013: IT'S GOING TO BE A ROUGH YEAR BY REV CHUCK BALDWIN

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2013: IT'S GOING TO BE A ROUGH YEAR

By  Chuck Baldwin
December 28, 2012


I candidly confess that I am not very superstitious. I don't care how many cracks I step on on a sidewalk; I don't care how many cracked mirrors I look at; I've never thrown salt over my shoulder; I've never rubbed a red-headed boy's head for luck; I don't carry four-leaf clovers or rabbit's feet in my pocket; and the number 13 doesn't scare me a bit. All of that notwithstanding, however, I can't help but believe that 2013 is going to be a rough year.

One thing is certainly clear: the last year that ended in 13 was a horrific year for the people of the United States. In fact, 1913 was one of the worst years of the Twentieth Century. Consider the following:

February 3, 1913

This is the date when the 16th Amendment was ratified, and the direct income tax and IRS were instituted. This was a flagrant repudiation of freedom principles. What began as a temporary measure to support the War of Northern Aggression became a permanent income revenue stream for an unconstitutional--and ever-growing--central government.

April 8, 1913

This is the date when the 17th Amendment was ratified. This amendment overturned the power of the State legislatures to elect their own senators and replaced it with a direct, popular vote. This was another serious blow against State sovereignty. The framers of the Constitution desired that the influence and power in Washington, D.C., be kept as close to the people and states as possible. For example, the number of representatives in the House of Representatives was to be decided by a limited number of voters. In the original Constitution, the ratio of "people of the several States" deciding their House member could not exceed "one for every thirty thousand." (Article. I. Section. 2. Paragraph. 3.) And when it came to the US Senate, the framers also recognized the authority of each State legislature to select its own senators, thereby keeping power and influence from aggregating in Washington, D.C. The 17th Amendment seriously damaged the influence and power of the states by forcing them to elect their US senators by popular vote. The bigger the State, the less influence the State legislature has in determining its US senator. Senators who answered to State legislators, each answering to a limited number of voters, were much more accountable to the "citizens of the several States" than those who were elected by a large number (many times numbering into the millions) of people. For all intents and purposes (at least in the larger states), US Senators are more like "mini-Presidents" than they are representatives of sovereign states.

December 23, 1913

This is the date when the Federal Reserve Act was passed. This Act placed oversight of America's financial matters into the hands of a cabal of private international bankers, who have completely destroyed the constitutional principles of sound money and (for the most part) free enterprise. No longer would the marketplace (private consumption, thrift, growth, etc.) be the determinant of the US economy (which is what freedom is all about), but now a private, unaccountable international banking cartel would have total power and authority to micromanage (for their own private, parochial purposes) America's financial sector. Virtually every recession, depression, and downturn (including the one we are now experiencing) has been the direct result of the Fed's manipulation (again, for its own purposes and with Washington's cooperation) of the market.

Already, 2013 is shaping up to rival the monstrous year of 1913. Here are some of the reasons why:
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Retired General H. Norman Schwarzkopf dies at 78 BY MATT SCHUDEL

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 Retired Gen. Schwarzkopf dies at 78

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View Photo Gallery — Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf dies at 78: The four-star general and commander of a U.S.-led international coalition drove Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991 in the Persian Gulf War, but the retired general kept a low public profile in controversies over the war against Iraq that began in 2003.

By Matt Schudel, Thursday, December 27, 9:59 PM


H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the four-star Army general who led allied forces to a stunningly quick and decisive victory over Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi military in the 1991 Persian Gulf War and who became the most celebrated U.S. military hero of his generation, died Thursday in Tampa. He was 78.
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta confirmed the death in a statement. Gen. Schwarzkopf’s sister, Ruth Barenbaum, told the Associated Press he had complications from pneumonia.

Little known outside the U.S. military before Hussein’s Republican Guard invaded Kuwait in early August 1990, Gen. Schwarzkopf planned and led one of the most lopsided victories in modern military history.
Even before the rapid victory, the general was known as “Stormin’ Norman” for his sometimes volcanic temper.
The campaign, designed to expel Hussein’s forces and liberate Kuwait, commenced in January 1990 with a 43-day high-tech air assault on Iraq before a massive armored assault force launched a 100-hour ground offensive that inflicted swift and heavy losses on the Iraqis. Gen. Schwarzkopf commanded more than 540,000 U.S. troops and an allied force of more than 200,000 from 28 countries, plus hundreds of ships and thousands of aircraft, armored vehicles and tanks during the war.
Broadcast to the nation nonstop on CNN, the war gave the nation and the world its first look at a new American military strategy that used precision-guided bombs dropped from hundreds of aircraft and Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from ships. Both Gen. Schwarzkopf and his boss at the Pentagon, Army Gen. Colin L. Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were Vietnam War veterans who had helped rebuild this force.
Gen. Schwarzkopf was accessible to the media throughout the war and became a familiar figure addressing reporters in his desert fatigues. He spoke in plain English, instead of using military jargon. 
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Thursday, December 27, 2012

If Gun Control Works, Why Are Chicago’s Kids Getting Shot?

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 If Gun Control Works, Why Are Chicago’s Kids Getting Shot?
December 27, 2012
While America is swept up in a wave of discussions circling around gun control issues, the media narrative has overwhelmingly framed the call for stricter gun control measures as much-needed reforms to create a safer place for children.
As celebrities cry out for stricter gun control and as grandstanding politicians move to the forefront of the crowd to call for “common sense” hindrances upon gun ownership, all while shouting, “for the children,” the debate has boiled down to a question of what is logic-based and what is emotion-based.
Everybody wants to stop gun violence. Everybody certainly does not want tragedy wrought upon innocent children. But many studies have shown that gun control measures are ineffective at stopping shootings by the hand of a criminal with mal-intent.
Recently, The New Yorker, a bastion of liberal ideology since 1925, discussed the recent tragedy in Newtown and claimed,
“The overwhelming majority of those children would have been saved with effective gun control. We know that this is so, because, in societies that have effective gun control, children rarely, rarely, rarely die of gunshots. Let’s worry tomorrow about the problem of Evil. Let’s worry more about making sure that when the Problem of Evil appears in a first-grade classroom, it is armed with a penknife.”
However, this really isn’t the case. Chicago, a town with arguably the strictest gun control policies in the country, saw an astounding 440 school-age children shot by firearms! While it should be noted that not all 440 who were shot died from their wounds, the actual number of children killed was around 60 - far too high for a city that prides itself on its long history of fierce gun control policies.
Furthermore, the number is not even an anomaly. The year before, Chicago saw 319 children of school-age shot.
Violence happens. Monsters run around in society, unchecked and undeterred by knowing that their guns- the instruments for destruction- are illegal. If places with strict gun control policies like Chicago, Washington D.C. and Newark serve as an illustration for the kind of peace America can expect from enhanced gun control measures, we should all question if gun control is any kind of solution at all.

WND NAMES IT'S 2012 "WOMAN OF THE YEAR"

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.
WASHINGTON – For her extraordinary dedication to America’s founding principles and steadfast defense of the Constitution, WND has named Rep. Michele Bachmann 2012 “Woman of the Year.”
Bachmann is a gutsy, pro-life fiscal conservative who dared to vote against raising the debt ceiling. She’s a God-fearing, gun-loving advocate of tax cuts and domestic oil drilling – and has proven to be one of Obamacare’s worst nightmares.
Born in Waterloo, Iowa, to Norwegian immigrants, Bachmann grew up in a Democrat family, but became a Republican in college. Bachmann, now a four-term congresswoman and chairwoman of the Tea Party Caucus, began her political career in 2000 upon winning a seat in the Minnesota state Senate. From there, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006.
Just last year, she released “Core of Conviction: My Story,” an inspiring book that reveals why Bachmann believes ordinary people can take on the establishment and win.

Since her ascension to the House, she has been a persistent defender of the American way of life, championing America’s Christian heritage and the values of limited government.
WND’s “Woman of the Year” award is presented to the woman who “did the most to represent goodness, womanliness, perseverance and character” and “had an impact on wider American, and global opinion.”
Runners-up for the honor included Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer; Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers; Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany and party leader of the Christian Democratic Union; and Phyllis Schlafly, a guiding light conservative movement and recipient of WND’s 2012 “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
WND Editor Joseph Farah has said of Bachmann, “She is extremely smart, articulate, sincere, honest, principled and maintains unshakable core convictions about preserving America’s heritage of constitutionally limited government and the rule of law rather than the rule of men.”
Bachmann has been a favorite target of the political left. Though she was once dubbed “The Queen of Rage” by the left-leaning and now-defunct Newsweek magazine, WND Managing Editor David Kupelian said nothing could be further from the truth.
“I remember when Newsweek did that hit piece on her,” Kupelian said, “plastering a maniacal ‘evil eye’ photo of her on the cover and headlining it ‘The Queen of Rage.’ All I could think of was: How ridiculous, that’s exactly the opposite of reality. Michele Bachmann is one of the most gracious and genuinely caring people I know. And caring for a couple dozen foster children, as she and husband Marcus have done (not to mention five of their own) takes love – not rage.”
Reflections on 2012 Congress
In an exclusive interview with WND, Bachmann reflected on her past year in Congress and shared her hopes for the nation’s future.
“Most people will say the biggest story of 2012 was the president’s re-election,” Bachmann said, looking back at this year’s most memorable moments. “I actually think the most consequential story of the year, and the one with the most enduring impact, happened on June 28 when the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, voted 5-4 to uphold Obamacare.”
When she witnessed the Court’s decision on Obamacare, Bachmann said she was dumbfounded.
“I was inside the Supreme Court when the decision was passed down,” she told WND. “I was stunned. The highest court in the land had just ruled that it was constitutional for the federal government to mandate that Americans purchase a particular service. The implications will be felt for years to come – higher premiums, longer wait times and more government intrusion are just the foretaste.”
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Col. David Hunt: Obama’s Benghazi Accountability Report Is “Crap”

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 Col. David Hunt: Obama’s Benghazi Accountability Report Is “Crap”
December 27,
Obama’s 39-page Benghazi Accountability Report is “crap” according to retired Colonel David Hunt. Obama wants America to believe we couldn’t have gone into Benghazi to save the four Americans murdered by the al-Qaeda-linked terrorists? The attack took place over eight hours.

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Blogger Retaliates Against Paper That Published Gun Owner Addresses by Creating Interactive Map of Its Employees

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In retaliation against the New York newspaper — the Journal News — that published the addresses of those pistol permit holders in two of the state’s counties, a blogger has created a map pinpointing the addresses of the newspaper’s employees.
Mimicking the title of the Journal News’ original article, Robert Cox with “Talk of the Sound” headlined his post: Map: Where are the Journal News employees in your neighborhood?
Robert Cox With Talk of the Sound Creates Map of Journal News Employees in Retaliation to Gun Permit Map
Screenshot of Journal News employee address map. (Image: Robert Cox/ Talk of the Sound)
He wrote:
The map indicates the addresses of all Journal News Employees in the New York Tri-State area. Each dot represents an individual Journal News employee — a reporter, editor or staffer. The data does not include freelancers — reporters or photographers — which can be hired without being an employee. Being included in this map does not mean the individual at a specific location is a responsible reporter or editor, just that they are a reporter or editor.
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To create the map, Talk of the Sound submitted Google searches for the names and addresses of all Journal News employees in the New York Tri-State area. By state law, the information is public record.
Cox went onto explain that putting together the map has been a crowd-sourced effort between other bloggers and readers. He wrote the map will be updated as more information continues to become available.
He also noted that since the publication has downsized in recent years, some of the names of employees might not be current. So far, dozens of names and addresses have been collected and published.
See the full-size map here.
Another blogger has been curating the names and addresses of News Journal employees as well (via Beta Beat). Christopher Fountain, a Greenwich, Conn., real estate agent on his blog For What It’s Worth, generally composes posts about real estate and home improvement, has been voicing his thoughts on the News Journal’s publishing of gun owner addresses and also recently linked Cox’s interactive map of employee addresses.
Fountain told CNN the newspaper publishing the map was putting gun owners in general on the same level as the Newtown, Conn. shooter. He compared it to bulling and also pointed out that he has gotten emails from ”from abused women who were under protective order and in hiding and they’re terribly afraid that now their names and addresses are all over the Internet and accessible through that map.”


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