In the wake of past mass shootings, when the “national conversation” has focused exclusively on guns, I have argued that our appallingly inadequate mental-health system was a better subject of reform. At least half of the shooters in the rampage killings that are ripping our hearts out are young men with serious mental illnesses, and our system has neither the legal nor the financial resources to get them the treatment and restraint that they, and we, desperately need.This time, mental-health reform has received passing mention, along with the usual pleas for gun control
The gun control debate, like all debates with the left, is reducible to the question of whether we are individuals who make our own decisions or a great squishy social mass that helplessly responds to stimuli. Do people kill with guns or does the availability of guns kill people? Do bad eating habits kill people or does the availability of junk food kill people? To the left these are distinctions without a difference. If a thing is available then it is the cause of the problem.
Most Americans want President Obama and congressional Republicans to compromise on a budget agreement, though they, too, are unhappy about the options that would avert the “fiscal cliff,” according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The strong support for compromise belies widespread public opposition to big spending cuts that are likely to be part of any deal. Most Americans oppose slashing spending on Medicaid and the military, as well as raising the age for Medicare eligibility and slowing the increase of Social Security benefits, all of which appear to be on the table in negotiations. Majorities call
We’re told she collapsed and hit her head and got a concussion, and that’s why she can’t testify about Benghazi this week. And we’re supposed to just take her word for it.Investor’s Business Daily editorializes: Outside the frothy bubble of U.S. political concerns lie only the hard realities of the real world. That’s why hard questions should be asked — and real answers demanded — of U.S. secretaries of state and those who would be them. That’s not the case with either Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,
Senator Dianne Feinstein´s ghoulish eagerness to exploit the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut for political gain is reminiscent of stock horror movie villains who need and crave the blood of innocents for their unholy agendas. Feinstein´s agenda is an "assault weapon" ban, and it needs to be shut down before it gets started. Suppose that Feinstein had somehow been able to make all magazines larger than 10 rounds disappear overnight. Mass murderer Adam Lanza would have had to switch magazines more frequently (snip) The next question is as to whether teachers should carry guns in the classroom. Israeli teachers often do
Yesterday we brought you reports of NRA President David Keene and NRA members receiving death threats in light of the Sandy Hook tragedy and now, Campus Reform has reported that University of Rhode Island Professor Erik Loomis has called for NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre´s "head on a stick" during a rant on his Twitter page. Loomis also called the NRA a terrorist organization. “[I] want Wayne LaPierre’s head on a stick,” Erik Loomis, a professor at the University of Rhode Island (URI), tweeted. It “looks like the National Rifle Association has murdered some more children,” he added.”
Before he set off on his heinous rampage, Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza tried to cover his deadly tracks by smashing the hard drive of at least one of his cherished computers, according to investigators. The shattered drive was recovered during a search of the home of Nancy Lanza, the killer’s doting mom — and his first victim. Forensics experts were trying yesterday to piece the broken hard drive together, hoping it will help reveal clues about the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School slaughter, which left 20 little kids and six educators dead.
Richard Engel, NBC’s award-winning chief foreign correspondent, was kidnapped in war-torn Syria and held for five days before being released unharmed, the network announced today.The network said early today that Engel and his crew had been kidnapped by "an unknown group," but that are currently out of the country.A Turkish media report yesterday that Engel and Aziz Akyavas, a Turkish journalist working with Engel, had been missing since last week quickly went viral and fueled fears they had been killed in the fighting.
This March will mark three years since Obamacare became law, and it still has not had any serious effect on most Americans´ lives. That´s the way President Obama and the law´s Democratic authors planned it; they conveniently pushed the dislocations and unhappy consequences of national health care well past their re-election campaigns.But Obamacare will be here soon, with an Oct. 1, 2013, start of enrollment in insurance exchanges and a Jan. 1, 2014, deadline for full implementation. The political results could be deeply painful for democrats
Though five years have passed since North Carolina’s attorney general exonerated three former Duke University lacrosse players of phony rape allegations, the lawsuits they filed against the prosecutor, the city of Durham, its top administrators and law enforcement officers remain open in federal court.But on Monday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that takes the heft out of much of the former players’ claims.
When liberals sound out on religious fundamentalism they never seem to think of Islam. Yet the Religion of Surrender -- Islam means "surrender," not "peace" -- is by far the most fundamentalist religion in the world. Everything is supposed to go back to the Qur´an, written in the Arabian Desert in the 7th century, straight from the mouth of Allah and therefore impossible to question. If you can´t question something you´re set for mind-lock, and all the troubles flow from that.
Back in the good old days, when a few million humans were evenly distributed across the planet, every young man was a rampage killer. In the dawn raid, the idea was to kill all the men in the neighboring village and grab a few women. (Snip) A mere thousand years ago, the Vikings liked nothing better in the autumn than to rampage up the rivers of southern England. Now we have the modern rampage killer, who, with benefit of modern technology, can kill a whole classroom of children on his own, without benefit of a band of brothers.
Five Pakistani polio vaccination workers--four of them women--have been shot dead in the country´s largest city Karachi, officials say. The victims were reportedly working with a UN-backed programme to eradicate polio, which is endemic in Pakistan. No group has said it carried out the shootings, but the Taliban have issued threats against the polio drive and are active in parts of Karachi. The attacks took place in three separate locations in the city. Meanwhile, a teenage girl was wounded in an attack when gunmen opened fire on a team of female health workers on the outskirts of Peshawar in the
While our fumbling politicians and toothless regulators aren´t having much success at dealing with out-of-control, too-big-to fail-banks, it seems that online cyber-jihadis are having some success in damaging them. Last week, a group calling itself the "Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters" (named for an islamic militant killed by British Troops in Palestine in the 1930s) issued a warning on Pastebin that it would target US banks, in protest over YouTube not removing the film The Innocence of Muslims. Since then, they´ve made good on their threat. Institutions including Bank of America, PNC Financial Services Group, and SunTrust have seen large-scale
In the wake of Friday’s shootings at a school in Connecticut which left 26 dead, arts events across America were cancelled. But director of ultra-violent film Django Unchained went ahead with a press junket on Saturday, and went on to remark that he is tired of defending his films every time American is rocked by gun violence. Speaking in New York Quentin Tarantino said: “I just think you know there´s violence in the world, tragedies happen, blame the playmakers. It´s a western. Give me a break."
The Conservatives are in real trouble. Unless they can stage a reconciliation with the large numbers of former Tory voters who now intend to support Ukip, they can give up any hope of challenging Labour at the next election. This morning´s polling data underscores the point. The Times (£) and the Independent both hand the opposition a double-digit lead, the result of Ukip polling around 10pc. At the weekend, ComRes put Ukip on 14pc. In the past two months alone, the Tories have lost a sixth of their support. Liberal social policies are not winning voters from the Left
In the old days, there were fans. They listened to albums, read books, went to films. Every so often one of them went mad and started stalking the object of their devotion, or got a tattoo of their face on their face, or shot them in a hotel corridor while holding a copy of The Catcher in the Rye.[Snip] But in the last few years, we have seen the rise of the anti-fan. They are everywhere. They hate the person they´re reading or listening to, but can´t seem to stop. They obsessively hang around on the YouTube channels or blogs
To realize that the N.R.A. is waning, just read the newspapers. Although the group has been powerful in the past, “there are signs that the N.R.A. may be losing some of its almost legendary clout,” reported The Los Angeles Times. As a Senate staffer told that paper, “The N.R.A. doesn’t carry as much weight anymore because they’ve gone over the edge.” (Snip) All the above is the narrative that the gun prohibition lobbies and their media enablers are promoting today. Does it sound familiar? It should. All of the quotes come from 1988-99,
Must every tragic mass shooting bring out the shrill ignorance of “gun control” advocates? The key fallacy of so-called gun control laws is that such laws do not in fact control guns. They simply disarm law-abiding citizens, while people bent on violence find firearms readily available. If gun control zealots had any respect for facts, they would have discovered this long ago, because there have been too many factual studies over the years to leave any serious doubt about gun control laws being not merely futile but counterproductive.
Perhaps the most remarkable part of her story is that today she sleeps just fine. On April 20, 1999, Crystal Woodman, 16, was studying for a test in the library at Columbine High School when Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris walked in and began shooting. For seven and a half minutes she hid beneath a table listening to screams, gunfire and the two teenagers’ laughter. (Snip)And while the tender age of the Newtown schoolchildren has yielded speculation that they could be more deeply or irreversibly scarred, research does not bear out the theory, Dr. Saxe says.
Immigration policy is an unimaginable mess. Which seems strange for a nation of immigrants. Yet today many descendents of immigrants want to pull up the drawbridge. But the political dynamic is changing. While the majority of people still may prefer less immigration, they typically vote on other issues. Hispanics react more negatively to restrictive immigration policy—and especially the impression of being anti-immigrant. That is one reason Mitt Romney received little more than a quarter of that community’s votes in November.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People isn’t too excited about the appointment of Rep. Tim Scott to South Carolina’s soon-to-be-vacated U.S. Senate seat. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced her appointment of the black Republican during a noon press conference in Columbia, South Carolina. Scott will replace Sen. Jim DeMint, who is leaving to take the top position at the conservative Heritage Foundation. That appointment will make Scott the only black U.S. senator, at least until 2014, when he runs for re-election. The last black senator was Illinois Democrat Roland Burris, who left office in November of 2010.
Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina has appointed Rep. Tim Scott to fill the Senate seat held by Jim DeMint, who has resigned to become head of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank. Scott will serve for two years and then have to run in November 2014 for the remaining two years of DeMint’s term. This just abounds in delicious political and historical irony. In 2010 Scott defeated Paul Thurmond, the son of the late Senator Strom Thurmond, to win the Republican nomination to the 1st congressional district seat in the House.
In the movie "The Terminal," actor Tom Hanks plays a man who suddenly finds himself stateless when his country ceases to exist. New York’s JFK Airport becomes his only home. That movie was loosely based on a true story, but for Mikhail Sebastian being stateless is a dilemma that is all too real. Sebastian is stateless. He is an ethnic Armenian born in Azerbaijan in what was the Soviet Union. He was forced to flee when the Soviet bloc began to crumble in the 1990s. He tried to take refuge in Armenia but eventually wound up
So M. Stanley Dukakis says he’s not a “candidate” to temporarily replace his former lieutenant governor, Liveshot Kerry, in the U.S. Senate. Maybe. But this wouldn’t be the first “lead-pipe cinch” guarantee he’s issued that didn’t turn out to be true. Personally, I think the governor once known as Pee Wee Dukakis would be a fine pick, especially for Gov. Deval Patrick. If Deval appoints him, it’ll be the first time in his six years as governor that he gets to stand beside someone shorter than himself. One thing we know for sure: