An official with knowledge of a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school says 27 people are dead, including 18 children. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way. Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity for the same reason, says the gunman is among the dead. A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps said a teacher had been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital. Andrea Rynn, a spokeswoman at the hospital, said it had three patients from the school but she did not have information
Reports are coming in that this school housed Kindergarten through 4th grade (age 6 thru 9). Shooter possibly parent of a student. Truly, a wolf picking off innocent sheep. Prayers for those affected by this carnage.
How about training and arming all teachers who feel the need ? Schools are the easiest targets when some whacko goes over the edge. As liberals most of those teachers have been taught to fear of guns but training can fix that. Another nice law would be to allow all veterans to carry weapons , and with no fee required. Watch your crime rate drop drastically.
I saw a report that the shooter was from NJ as well. It may be that the authorities are still trying to piece it together themselves. We all want answers for this unspeakable act, but it will take a while.
How truly, truly awful; words fail. My heart goes out to those families who have lost children today. Instead of looking forward to the sounds of joy and laughter on Christmas morning they will now be faced with planning funeral services. May God bless those littles ones and may He take them straight to Heaven. My condolences to all.
Horrible tragedy. I can´t imagine what the parents are going through.
Just like some of the readers have been talking abour racially profiling arab muslims at airport, we need to start racial profiling of young white males in their 20s-30s at all schools and malls.
Search Google for major shootings in the USA… search the shooters name…. there are wackos of every size, shape, color and ethnicity… The school shooters are almost all young white males in their 20’s-30s.
I believe in responsible gun ownership… but too many crazies out there and unfortunately you and I have to put up with the inconvenience …. Just my two cents.
Someone, probably many someones, were aware the shooter was not right in the head. I find it impossible to believe that this guy suddenly snapped, had no previous strange or bizarre behavior, was a perfectly normal guy. Nope! This is not something a well balanced person could do.
Washington - Eight Democratic senators and congressmen have asked Attorney General Eric Holder to answer questions about a Reuters report that the National Security Agency supplies the Drug Enforcement Administration with intelligence information used to make non-terrorism cases against American citizens. The August report revealed that a secretive DEA unit passes the NSA information to agents in the field, including those from the Internal Revenue Service, the FBI and Homeland Security, with instructions to never disclose the original source, even in court.
Months before the Ft. Hood shooting in November 2009, the Army psychiatrist convicted Friday of killing 13 and wounding more than 30 was completing a fellowship at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where military supervisors praised his unique interest in Islam´s impact on soldiers, according to documents provided to The Times. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan´s supervisors had also repeatedly recommended him for promotion, according to documents. (Snip) Among Hasan´s "unique skills," the report listed "Islamic studies" and "traumatic stress spectrum psychiatric disorders,"
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer found not guilty in the February 2012 shooting death of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, will ask the state of Florida to cover some of his legal fees, a lawyer´s spokesman says. Mark O´Mara, Zimmerman´s lawyer, plans to file a motion to recoup between $200,000 and $300,000 in legal fees from the state of Florida, (Snip) A Florida statute allows defendants who win their cases to file such motions, Vincent said. More than a month after Zimmerman was acquitted, his attorneys have now had the time to begin preparing their motion.
In the four years since the Great Recession officially ended, the productivity of American workers — those lucky enough to have jobs — has risen smartly. But the United States still has two million fewer jobs than before the downturn, the unemployment rate is stuck at levels not seen since the early 1990s and the proportion of adults who are working is four percentage points off its peak in 2000. This job drought has spurred pundits to wonder whether a profound employment sickness has overtaken us. And from there, it’s only a short leap to ask whether that illness isn’t
“There was such a total lack of awareness from the firms that paid big bonuses during this extraordinary time.” That is what Henry M. Paulson Jr., the former Treasury secretary, said last week. (Snip) Five years on, Mr. Paulson, assessing the success of a bailout program that clearly helped stabilize the economy, said that the bonuses that the banks paid after the bailouts — a record $140 billion in 2009 — were a primary reason for the public outrage over the program he worked so hard to persuade Congress to pass and the country to support. “To say I was disappointed is an understatement,” he said.
The United States helped Saddam Hussein attack Iran with chemical weapons in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq war, it has been claimed. Ronald Regan´s administration, who supported the Iraqi dictator topple two decades later by the Bush government, fed information to Baghdad that helped them launch strikes. U.S. officials gave Saddam´s army details about the whereabouts of Iranian forces in 1988 knowing that he would deploy chemical weapons, Foreign Policy magazine reported. Iraq used mustard gas and sarin in early 1988 in four major offensives which helped bring about the end of the
Berlin - Continuing revelations, based on documents leaked by Edward J. Snowden, of sweeping American digital surveillance around the world are rattling the close ties between the United States and Germany. (Snip) The latest of the Snowden revelations came on Sunday, when the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel published a report, citing documents Mr. Snowden obtained while he worked as a contractor for the National Security Agency, that said the agency had succeeded in tapping into videoconferences at the United Nations in New York, into the European Union’s mission to the United Nations, and into other diplomatic missions around the world.
Amanda Knox will not return to Italy for a retrial in the murder of the British student Meredith Kercher, a spokesman for her family said. Italy’s high court ordered that Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito be retried for the killing after their initial convictions were overturned for "lack of evidence." The new trial is due to begin next month. David Marriott, a spokesman for the Knox family, told US network CNN the 26-year-old would not travel to Italy for the trial and that there is “no requirement she be there”. However, there is still the possibility she could be forced to return
In a sign of the state´s cultural and religious diversity, Muhammad is now officially one of our most popular baby names. The moniker cracked the state´s top 100 baby names for the first time last year - but varying spellings have actually seen it in sitting in the top quarter of NSW baby boy names for the last three years, figures from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages reveal. Boys named Muhammed, Mohamed, Muhammed or Mohammed combined to make the top 25 most popular names in NSW for the first time in 2010, with a total of 312 NSW parents naming their child after the Islamic
London - Britain said on Sunday that evidence of a chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus could have already been destroyed ahead of UN inspectors visiting the site. "We have to be realistic now about what the UN team can achieve," Foreign Secretary William Hague told reporters. "The fact is that much of the evidence could have been destroyed by that artillery bombardment. Other evidence could have degraded over the last few days and other evidence could have been tampered with," he said, referring to opposition activists´ reports that the army has shelled the area in the last
Washington - Secretary of State Colin Powell said the situation in Syria was beyond the capability of the United States to influence to any major extent. Appearing on CBS´ "Face the Nation" Sunday, Powell said the two sides of the conflict were too shaky for the United States to effectively take sides. "In both Egypt and Syria, America has to take a much more clever role," said Powell, who added he considers the Syrian conflict to be a civil war. "We shouldn´t go around thinking that we can really make things happen." Powell advised the United States should wait for the war to be settled and then offer
Jonathan Wajskol, an Italian graphic designer who moved to the United States about three decades ago, has a life with the hallmarks of an immigrant success story: graduate studies at an American university; a successful international firm with partners in Milan and Beijing; and a residence in Greenwich Village that he shares with his wife and two children. One thing he does not have, however, is American citizenship — and that is a deliberate choice. (Snip) “I would feel that if I get the American citizenship, I would feel a little less Italian,” he explained. “I really don’t feel American.”
Faces of Evil - that was the headline of the Australian Herald Sun when reporting the depraved murder of Aussie Christopher Lane. It is instructive to carry that theme further with a few more faces. (snip)There is an explosion of black mob violence. If you doubt that, read "White Girl Bleed A Lot" by Colin Flaherty. Across the country, degenerate people are violently attacking strangers in "the knockout game" ... just for ´fun´. Flash mobs swarm stores to plunder and pillage. They are eliminating the government middle-man and taking what they want directly.
I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the “Million Muslim March” planned in Washington D.C. on 9/11. If you haven’t, you can watch the group’s organizer refusing to denounce hateful groups like the Muslim Brotherhood here. Now in response to the march, a bunch of bikers are planning their own party in DC on 9/11…with two million people. Thousands of America’s patriotic bikers are organizing an enormous counter protest to the planned Million Muslim March on DC this Sept. 11. The Facebook Page, “2 Million Bikers to DC,” has over 18 thousand “likes,” as of Thursday morning and individual state chapters of riders
On Saturday, Martin Luther King III, son of the civil rights icon, used a rally that honored the 50th anniversary of the Reverend Doctor´s "I Have a Dream" to politicize and inject race into the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, asserting he was killed because of the color of his skin. "Sadly, the tears of Trayvon Martin´s mother and father remind us that far too frequently the color of one´s skin remains a license to profile, arrest, and to even murder with no regard to the content of one´s character," Martin Luther King III declared. "Regressive ´stand your ground´ laws must
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says the jury verdict that freed the killer of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was "questionable." But he isn´t sure it will have staying power in the public consciousness. Speaking on CBS´s Face the Nation, Powell said cases like Martin´s "blaze across the midnight sky" and are forgotten. The first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and first black secretary of state, Powell says America has come a long way toward racial equality 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.´s "I Have a Dream" speech. Powell recalled being refused service when trying to
In a statement released this morning, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham call for the U.S. to "take limited military actions in Syria." “Recent reports and information from Syria lend additional credibility to what has been clear since last week: Assad and his forces have once again used chemical weapons against civilians in Syria and are, in fact, escalating their use. Their recent massacre of hundreds of men, women, and children around Damascus clearly constitutes the commission of a war crime, and it is the responsibility of civilized nations everywhere to ensure that those responsible are held accountable," the statement reads. “Now
On This Week With George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning, Cokie Roberts attacked the GOP’s recent slew of legislation increasing voting restrictions as “downright evil,” and argued that it threatened to undue the progress made since the civil rights movement. “Having grown up in the deep south in the era of Jim Crow, the difference is dramatic,” Roberts said. “The fact that Andy Young was Mayor of Atlanta and John Lewis is a member of Congress from Georgia, is a great testament to the fact that when you do something like pass a voting rights bill, that it makes a difference.
WEST MELBOURNE -- Investigators say a Brevard County pizza delivery man took action into his own hands -- shooting and killing a would-be robber. Investigators said Byron Park, a Domino´s employee, had just delivered a pizza to one of the rooms at the Days Inn off US-192 near Interstate 95. Park, 54, went back to his car, sat down and starting counting his money and tip, waiting for his next call for a delivery. That’s when investigators said 32-year-old Fredrick Kelly Jr. approached him with a knife, demanding money and threatening to kill him. Park pulled out his firearm and fired once toward Kelly,
The Obama administration hardened its stance against Syria´s regime and stepped up preparations for possible military action, saying it believed Damascus used chemical weapons in an offensive last week and rebuffing its offer to let United Nations officials inspect the affected areas. The White House, in statements issued by senior officials, signaled it wasn´t backing away from a showdown with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad despite apparent efforts by Damascus to ease tensions by letting U.N. inspectors visit areas near Damascus that were allegedly hit with chemical weapons. In recent days, the Pentagon has moved more warships into place in the eastern Mediterranean
The day after thousands rallied to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, the National Mall looks like a trash dump. The grass from the Lincoln Memorial to the World War II Memorial is covered Sunday with empty soda cans, water bottles, boxed lunches, newspapers, a broken chair and rally signs. The Reflecting Pool also was filled with trash. Although the trash cans were full along the expanse, the attendees did not attempt to leave their garbage near the bins. Instead, they left everything on the grass where they stood. On Saturday, prominent Democrats such as Attorney General
There they crouch. The words "cat" and "courage" lurking in the same sentence. As an American man, I understand how I´m supposed to react. "Cats?" I should object. "Give me a good mud-loving hound any day." Despising felines—or pretending to—is a sex-role rule for us males as powerful as pulling on pants. Buddies of mine complain on and on about the fact that cats don´t "come when called." Some friends insist that they´re arrogant—measurably more so than we men. Above all, there is the threatening realization that women obviously seem to enjoy cats to emotional and cerebral depths that we guys don´t
"If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan." — President Obama, Aug. 11, 2009 So said President Obama again and again through 2009 and 2010 as he sold Obamacare to the country. He promised. He put his personal integrity on the line. His word. How many UPS employees voted for the president in 2008 and again in 2012? Because on Friday, UPS announced it was dumping 15,000 spouses of UPS employees from their UPS health plans despite the president´s many, many promises to the contrary.
Speaking before a group of State Department workers last week, Secretary of State John Kerry gave voice to the frustration authoritarians experience because of the easy access to information on the internet. Secretary Kerry told the audience that the world had been "complicated" by "... this little thing called the internet and the ability of people everywhere to communicate instantaneously and to have more information coming at them in one day than most people can process in months or a year." This pesky internet, Kerry says, "makes it much harder to govern, makes it much harder to organize people, much harder