Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Thursday revealed his own brush with a school-shooting massacre in defending the far-reaching package of gun-control regulations that President Obama endorsed this week. Mr. Biden told a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington that it was “pure coincidence” that he was in Lancaster County, Pa., on Oct. 2, 2006, when a deranged gunman was killing students nearby at a tiny Amish school. “I happened to be literally — probably, it turned out, to be a quarter of a mile [away] at an outing when I heard gunshots in the woods,” Mr. Biden recounted.
College students will face a couple of new challenges and opportunities as they begin applying for financial aid for the 2013-14 school year. Students filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, will be encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which will automatically transfer information from tax returns into the application. This tool is supposed to save time and reduce errors (and fraud). It also reduces the chance that a student´s application will be selected for verification. But its usefulness could be limited this year because the "fiscal cliff" negotiations delayed the start
TRENTON – Gov. Christie blasted the NRA’s new ad focusing on President Obama’s daughters – he called it “reprehensible” – but he wouldn’t given an opinion about a proposed federal assault weapons ban. Christie’s extensive comments on the issues of guns and violence came during a news conference this afternoon at the Statehouse in which Christie announced the creation of a task force to examine “violence control” measures in the wake of the shooting massacre in Sandy Hook. Led by two former state attorneys general, one Republican and one Democrat, and made up of
Washington - Non-U.S. pension funds and mutual funds were spared the full brunt of new U.S. information-reporting rules on overseas accounts meant to catch Americans who dodge U.S. taxes by keeping their assets offshore. Chiefly targeting banks, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) rules, published by the U.S. Treasury on Thursday, require foreign financial institutions with $50,000 of any American taxpayer´s assets to report the holdings to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. (Snip) The law, the first of its kind globally, has been decried by companies and U.S.-ally countries as
RUSH: Okay, so the media has a conniption fit about me every day. I supposedly cross the line of propriety. I am always pushing the envelope. Yet whatever I say, I think, pales in comparison to what Bob Schieffer said yesterday. Where is the media outrage when Bob Schieffer of CBS compares Obama´s gun initiatives to defeating Hitler? In other words, taking on the NRA is the equivalent of taking on Adolf Hitler. Now, is there room for that in our discourse today? Why is that not an example of over-the-top defamation, exaggeration? Why isn´t it insulting, not
A software developer has been busted for outsourcing his own job to a programmer in China, while he watched cat videos at work. The man, an employee who worked for a client of Verizon Enterprise Solutions in the United States, which published a blog post about the incident, ABC News in the US reports. "We´ve seen plenty of employee misconduct cases, but not typically like this," principal Andrew Valentine said. Mr Valentine said the incident was discovered when he was contacted by another company in the US for assistance over "anomalous activity" it had noticed in records.
RUSH: I want to go back to an earlier sound bite that I played on this program. I have received more than the usual number of emails about something. I get e-mails from people who complain, conservatives who are unhappy or disappointed with something they see, or somebody they see or hear in what they think is conservative media. They´ll send me e-mails, either to point it out or ask me why.
Shellfish such as crabs, lobsters and shrimp feel pain, suggests a new study that calls into question how food and aquaculture industries treat these animals. Researchers have suspected for some time that live lobsters dunked into boiling water and rubber-banded crustaceans stored in crowded fish market tanks experience tremendous pain. Discovery News reported on that some years back. But it’s always a challenge for scientists to prove conclusively that a non-human is feeling pain. “On a philosophical point, it is impossible to demonstrate absolutely that an animal experiences pain,” researcher
Russ Millette was elected chairman of the Alaska Republican Party in April when a group of Ron Paul supporters, tea party backers, and anti-establishment delegates showed up at the state party´s convention in large numbers. In Alaska, the Republican Party chairman is elected in an even numbered year and begins his term at the beginning of the next year. Outgoing chairman Randy Ruedrich supported Lisa Murkowski, the incumbent Senator who lost the 2012 Republican primary to tea party backed Joe Miller, only to defeat him as a write-in candidate in the general election.
As some of you may have already heard, the state of North Dakota is currently experiencing a politically incorrect and politically inconvenient economic boom in the midst of Obama´s national economic program of stagnation. Thanks to the discovery of oil and a government´s willingness to get out of the way so industrious, risk-taking individuals can go after it, North Dakota is now a working, breathing, real-life repudiation of everything Obama and his media worshipers stand for. This of course makes news outlets like the New York Times uncomfortable.
Bamako- French troops surrounded the Malian town of Diabaly on Thursday, keeping Islamists rebels who had seized it three days ago bottled up while a West African military force took shape. The French held back from launching a full-out assault on the town as the Al Qaeda linked rebels had taken refuge in the homes of civilians. (Snip) The vanguard of around 900 Nigerian troops was due to arrive in Mali´s capital Bamako on Thursday in the first wave of a 2,000-strong African force to fight alongside the French. A convoy of armoured vehicles, fuel tankers and ambulances and
Michelle Obama, who turns 49 today, has proven her fashion savvy time and again since she was introduced as first lady in a yellow sheath and coat by Isabel Toledo on Inauguration Day 2009 - so much so that we don´t discuss it nearly as much as we used to. Four years ago, there was a daily barrage in the media: Jason Wu gown! J. Crew gloves! Jimmy Choo shoes! It remained that way for months and even years. There was the Naeem Khan beaded strapless gown for the first state dinner in the Obama White House,
The Department of Homeland Security has released their 2011 "Analysts Desktop Binder," detailing how the department has been monitoring activity on the internet and social networks. The binder includes an extensive list of key words and search terms carefully watched by analysts in multiple agencies including the Directorate for National Protection and Programs, Directorate for Science and Technology, Office of Health Affairs, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and others. Many monitored search terms are basic and used on a regular basis by every day American citizens and journalists.
Where is the liberal outrage? Where is the liberal suspicion about powerful, unchecked governments? Where is the liberal unflinching devotion to individual liberty? We have a president who has radically reshaped the landscape of American government so that it is more of a behemoth than at any time in history and more involved in every aspect of our lives. It is also more unanswerable than ever before. Now this president is issuing 23 new edicts aimed at curbing individuals’ gun rights. At the same time, his federal agencies are stockpiling more and more weapons and ammunition.
Britain is braced for the “worst snowstorm in years” to strike tonight bringing up to a foot of snow across the country. The Met Office has issued a nationwide severe weather warning with an almost unheard of red alert for Wales. The entire country faces heavy snowfall and blizzards with up to a foot expected on high ground and several inches elsewhere. The Met Office warned of severe disruption and “severe drifting” of lying snow with bitter gales adding to the mayhem. The worst affected areas are likely to be Wales, Central England, the Midlands, and the South-west although Headline resplit by staff.
ALBANY, N.Y. — The National Rifle Association says the secret negotiations and lightning-fast passage of New York’s tough new gun control laws squelched the powerful gun lobby’s ability to mount opposition. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he had to engineer quick enactment to prevent a counterproductive buying spree of now-outlawed guns. The legislation was introduced and signed into law in less than two days.
The world is moving step by step towards a de facto Gold Standard, without any meetings of G20 leaders to announce the idea or bless the project. Some readers will already have seen the GFMS Gold Survey for 2012 which reported that central banks around the world bought more bullion last year in terms of tonnage than at any time in almost half a century. They added a net 536 tonnes in 2012 as they diversified fresh reserves away from the four fiat suspects: dollar, euro, sterling, and yen. The Washington Accord, where Britain, Spain, Holland, South Africa, Switzerland, and
Zero Dark Thirty is already the most talked about film of the year. The Sony Pictures release about the 10-year hunt for Osama bin Laden has been nominated for five Academy Awards, and raked in an impressive $24 million in its first weekend on wide release, a huge figure for January, normally a quiet period at the US box office.[Snip]Zero Dark Thirty has also become the most controversial film of the year, with some members of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (including Martin Sheen) calling for a boycott of the film for its depiction of the
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey backs off the F-word in part because, while fairly accurate and defensible, it hurts the feelings of people who have no problem using it inaccurately and indefensibly all of the time: JOHN MACKEY: I made a bad choice of language. I was trying to distinguish it between socialism so I took the dictionary definition of fascism, which is when the means of production are still owned privately but the government controls it — that’s a type of fascism. However, I realize that that word has so much baggage associated with it
Back in the mid-1920s, the head of the German Central Bank, Herr Hjalmar Schacht, went to New York to see Germany’s gold.(Snip) (H/T The Real Asset Company) (Snip) Which is why, following in the footsteps of Venezuela´s Hugo Chavez (who may be an idiot but is definitely no fool), Germany is repatriatriating its gold from the US federal reserve. It will now be stored in Frankfurt. This is an important story. One of the most spectacular con tricks of the last twelve months, pulled off by our political class with the connivance of much of the media Snips added by staff.
Half of GPs believe the NHS provision for immigrants is too generous, a survey has suggested, as many now break the rules by refusing treatment to those who cannot prove residency. While NHS hospitals are allowed to charge foreign patients for treatment if they do not come from a country with a reciprocal arrangement, GPs are forced to take on people without charging. A survey of GPs has found that the majority think this is too generous and the rules should be changed. Some family doctors are asking some patients for proof of residency before allowing them to register
Los Angeles,- Chantel Blunk´s husband Jonathan, 26, a Navy veteran and father of two, was among the 12 people who died when James Holmes opened fire during a movie screening in the city of Aurora on July 20 last year. Mrs Blunk is also suing the University of Colorado where Holmes was a PhD neuroscience student. She alleges that Dr Lynne Fenton advised campus police after Holmes told her about the fantasy the month before the shooting. According to the lawsuit, police offered to apprehend Holmes for 72 hours so he could undergo psychiatric assessment, but Headline resplit by staff.
An amateur prospector hunting for gold in Australia has astonished experts after stumbling across a mammoth nugget worth some £200,000. The Y-shaped nugget, weighing 5.5kg (177 ounces), was buried 60cm beneath the ground near the town of Ballarat in Victoria. Local experts said they could not recall any nugget even approaching that size being discovered in the area previously. The prospector, who has not been named, was using a top-of-the-line handheld metal detector when he found the nugget. Video footage of the find was posted online by user TroyAurum, who wrote that the prospector described the sound given off by the detector as being "like the bonnet of a car through the headphones". Content added by staff.
The Association of Teacher Educators has recruited Chicago professor – and former domestic terrorist – William Ayers to speak at their the 2013 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia which will be held next month. William Ayers, a co-founder of the radical Weather Underground domestic terror group, was a key figure during the 2008 presidential campaign due to his Chicago ties to then-Senator Obama. The organization’s executive director, David Ritchey, confirmed that Ayers would be a keynote speaker at the conference although he admitted that he wasn’t involved in the selection process.
Charleston County’s Sheriff Al Cannon voiced his opposition to proposed national gun restrictions in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shooting. During a press conference this morning, Cannon said people are “taking advantage of broken hearts” to push the gun agenda. He also told reporters he would be violating the law if he enforced a law that was unconstutional. “An officer is obligated not to follow any unlawful order,” Cannon said. During the press conference, Cannon dumped bullets out of a revolver and said: “The only way I can hurt you with this is if I hit you with it.”
The horrific Newtown, Conn., mass shooting has unleashed a frenzy to pass new gun-control legislation. But the war over restricting firearms is not just between liberals and conservatives, it also pits the first two amendments to the U.S. Constitution against each other. Apparently, in the sequential thinking of James Madison and the Founding Fathers, the right to free expression and the guarantee to own arms were the two most important personal liberties. But now these two cherished rights seem to be at odds with each other and have caused bitter exchanges between interpreters of the Constitution.