Tennessee has emerged this week as a center of the “the answer is more guns in schools” sentiment following the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting.
A member of the Republican-controlled legislature plans during its upcoming session to introduce a bill that would allow the state to pay for secretly armed teachers in classrooms so, the sponsor told TPM, potential shooters don’t know who has a gun and who doesn’t.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) has said the idea will be part of his discussions about how to prevent a shooting like the one in Newtown from happening in the Volunteer State.
Mass shooting in Pennsylvania: At least four reported dead (Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar)
At least four people are reported dead after a shooter opened fire early Friday in Frankstown Township in Central Pennsylvania. More…
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Iconic: President Barack Obama has been named as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2012 More…
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There used to be an established order to the world. A structure to things. You couldn’t print a gun like a term paper. It was impossible to wreck a nuclear production plant with a few lines of code. Flying robots didn’t descend on you in the dead of night and kill you in your home. More…
The anti-Hagel campaign reveals the psychopathology of radical Zionism
The campaign to demonize Chuck Hagel in the run up to his possible confirmation hearings as Secretary of Defense is going full swing. As I told my readers the other day, “get ready for a mudslide of smears and innuendo as the [Israel] Lobby homes in for the kill.” Twenty-four hours later, there are so many entrants into what appears to be a competition to see who can come up with the nastiest smears that one has a hard time deciding on a winner. After some deliberation, however, I have to give Bret Stephens, the Wall Street Journal’s foreign affairs editor, the prize.
As I predicted, the “Jewish lobby” comment has taken center stage in this manufactured controversy, and Stephens is quick to jump on it: More…
According to the FBI’s uniform crime report, rifles are the least used class of weapon by any kind of killer in the United States. Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and West Virginia reported ZERO killings by rifle in 2010.
The state with the highest rifle killings in 2010 was California where assault rifles are banned. If you look at the data, every state in the US reported more killings by ‘knives or cutting instruments’ — with the exceptions of Alaska and Wyoming.
The FBI has yet to release 2011’s ‘by state, types of weapons’ report.
U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters/Larry Downing)
US President Barack Obama supports a proposal from Senator Diane Feinstein (D-California) that would reinstate a ban on the sale of assault weapons in the United States. More…
William La Jeunesse
The prospect of a renewed assault weapons ban in the wake of the Connecticut school massacre has set of a round of buying, as thousands of Americans head to their local gun store to secure the popular AR-15 — the model used by the school gunman — before potential government prohibitions on their purchase.
They are also buying the .223 ammunition used by the AR-15 and the type of high-capacity magazines covered under the last federal assault weapons ban, which Congress let expire without renewing. More…
When people talk about guns in the aftermath of a public shooting tragedy, they argue about what “we” should do about guns in America.
“We should limit the capacity of magazines. No one needs the ability to fire off hundreds of rounds.”
“We should ban assault rifles. No one needs that kind of gun. It was designed for the military.”
“We should stop people from buying body armor. No one needs that kind of protection.”
“We should prevent the ‘mentally unstable’ from getting access to guns.” More…
by Shepherd Bliss
Our Veterans Writing Group met the morning after Pearl Harbor Day for our regular winter gathering, as we have convened seasonally for twenty years. Two dozen of us came from throughout Northern California to a spacious redwood home in the Sebastopol countryside. More…
by SALVADOR HERNANDEZ, MIKE REICHER, SARAH de CRESCENZO, JOSH FRANCIS and KEITH SHARON / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
NEWPORT BEACH Sadness for far away victims turned to up-close terror Saturday evening as shots rang out at Fashion Island, sending holiday shoppers scrambling for their lives. More…
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — Hours before a gunman opened fire at a Connecticut elementary school, police in Oklahoma arrested a teenager for allegedly plotting to attack his high school and trying to recruit classmates to help him.
Police in Bartlesville, a community about 40 miles north of Tulsa, arrested 18-year-old Sammie Eaglebear Chavez shortly before 5 a.m. Friday on charges of conspiring to cause serious bodily harm or death. He remained in Washington County Jail on Saturday on $1 million bond, and he is due in court Jan. 11.
Court documents didn’t list an attorney for Chavez, and calls to a number listed in court documents as his reached a recorded message saying the line wasn’t available. More…
From Paul Myerberg of USA Today’s Twitter:
For the overwhelming majority of Americans, there’s nothing to do in response to the horrific news of a gunman who killed 18 children in a Connecticut elementary school.
So, in what’s becoming an emerging trend in response to news of mass shootings, many gun control advocates are directing their horror at the National Rifle Association online.
As of press time, the NRA, the most visible pro-gun lobby in the U.S., hasn’t addressed this shooting on its social media sites. Its most recent announcement on both Facebook and Twitter is from early Friday morning, before news of the shootings broke: A contest to give away an unspecified “auto emergency tool.” More…
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Fifteen times more troops were discharged from the US Army this year due to obesity than five years prior. With scores of recruits unfit to serve due to the extra pounds, the country’s top brass have deemed it a national security concern. More…
Artificial limbs like these could be only the beginning of man-machine interfaces, the National Intelligence Council predicts. Photo: DoD
3-D printed organs. Brain chips providing superhuman abilities. Megacities, built from scratch. The U.S. intelligence community is taking a look at the world of 2030. And it is very, very sci-fi. More…
Sudanese security forces have captured what they describe as an electronically tagged vulture which was dispatched by the Israeli military on a surveillance mission over Sudan; the Sudanese claimed the vulture was equipped with a camera, a solar-powered satellite uplink, and a GPS device; the Sudanese also claimed that the surveillance gear was produced by the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and that it was stamped with the university’s logo
Sudanese officials told the Egyptian Web site El Balad that Sudanese security forces have captures an electronically tagged vulture which was dispatched by the Israeli military on a surveillance mission over Sudan. More…
Packaged M75 perfume bottles are displayed at the “Stay Stylish” shop in Gaza City on December 10, 2012. (AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)
A cosmetic company in Gaza has launched M75, a new perfume named after a long-range missile used by Palestinian militants to target Jerusalem and Tel Aviv during Israel’s recent Operation Pillar of Defense.
The name for the scent was chosen to commemorate the “victory in the Gaza Strip,” Shadi Adwan, the owner of the Gaza-based “Stay Stylish” cosmetic company said.
“The fragrance is pleasant and attractive, like the missiles of the Palestinian resistance, and especially the M75,” Adwan told local media outlet Al-Resalah. More…
The United States and some of its European have issues contracts to defense contractors to train Syrian rebels on how to identify, handle, and secure chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria; some of the training is done in Jordan, but some of the contractors are already inside Syria, where they, and U.S. intelligence operatives, are working closely with friendly rebel groups to monitor Syria’s chemical weapons production and storage sites
Free Syrian forces are being trained in control of chemical weapons // Source: innlebanon.com
The United States, Israel, Jordan, and Turkey have been closely following the chemical weapons situation in Syria – and coordinating their likely action should such action be required.
The two latest signs of the heightened state of readiness: More…