Two events, each more than a century old, instruct us about how we should act in the face of what happened Friday in Newtown, Conn. On March 25, 1911, fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in lower Manhattan. Because the owners had locked the doors and stairwells, in an effort to prevent theft and unauthorized work breaks, the garment workers were trapped in the fire; 146 of them, almost all young female immigrants, died. In the wake of the disaster, New York politicians–including future Gov. Al Smith and future Sen. Robert Wagner–“exploited the tragedy.” How? By helping push
Comments: I suppose the Left also wants the funerals of the children to be political pep rallies too. Disgusting.
Jeff is right. We should implement an assault weapons ban so that this will never happen again. Just like it did the last time we had one. And once that is done, we should expand the gun free zones. Say extend it to the ghetto and around crack houses. Thus, no more gun violence. And should never, ever in a thousand years do a dang thing about mentally ill nut jobs and trying to put them in places where they can´t hurt people. Isn’t the very definition of inanity doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result? Well, looks like we have proof positive that liberals are insane.
The only way to truly get rid of most the gun problem is to go house to house, searching for all weapons and confiscating them. Some will never be found and criminals and the mentally disturbed will somehow find a way to inflict pain on society, with guns or other means. When one is in pain, or if mentally disturbed they will cause pain on others by any means. We must identify the disturbed and see to it that they are treated properly or put them away safely and humanely.
An extremely irresponsible man is lecturing us here.
I would prefer to see some legislation that restricts the First Amendment rights of Mr. Greenfield and his presstitute friends to lie with impunity. We have just been through an astonishing election cycle that was filled with spin, lies and corruption. most of which came from Greenfield and his ilk.
Anyone who thought that NØbama and the Demon-RATS didn´t have every intention of destroying the 2nd amendment and taking away guns from law abiding citizens as soon as the election results rolled in on November 6th, was truly living in a fantasy world.
This most recent mass murder is just a very convenient excuse to get started.
Our republic and our Constitution both died on 11-6-2012. This is just the continued rotting of the corpse that remains...
Wow! # 6 did you make that up? No sarcasm at all. I think that bit of Haiku is brilliantly stated. You can´t legislate away evil. The world is a dangerous place filled with evil people and no more evil people than those who would use the deaths of innocents to take away our liberty.
Since we´re taking a big cut from defense dept., let´s pass a law that says every elementary school must fire an assistant assistant principal in charge of diversity and condom distribution and hire one of the laid off soldiers to guard the school. Oh, and authorize them to use their full auto m-16´s....
THANK you Jeff Greenfield. You reminded me that we SHOULD politicize the root cause of most of our current problems, Democrats. Using YOUR methodology, I´ve cited the time Democrats murdered all those black orphans in NYC. No, really, it happened, it was beyond belief, but only one of many examples of what the Democrats will do for power. Too harsh? What has the war on poverty done to all of us? Forget the shambles their open back door to the world´s most desperate, criminal, illiterate, dependent, class has done to our demographics. Just read about the purposeful horror that the Democrats cheered on. - http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/317749.html
Greenfield, Schumer, Bloomberg, Durbin, Feinstein, Emanuel, Boxer ..... Why are these people constantly on the radical left side of politics?
Dennis Prager, a conservative Jew, sums it up this way: ´If you believe that leftist ideas and policies are good for America and for the world, then you are particularly pleased to know how deeply Jews — with their moral passion, intellectual energies and abilities, and financial clout — are involved with the Left. If, on the other hand, you believe that the Left is morally confused and largely a destructive force in America and the world, then the Jews´ disproportionate involvement on the Left is nothing less than a tragedy — for the world and especially for the Jews.´
Want to know the worst ever school massacre: May 18, 1927 - Former school board member Andrew Kehoe set off three bombs in Bath Township, Michigan killing 45 people and wounding 58. Kehoe killed himself and the superintendent by blowing up his own vehicle.
Didn´t need an assault rifle, did he? There was also a guy who attacked a school with insecticide and a flame thrower. Why don´t liberals get it that evil, crazy people are creative? Self-righteous, knee-jerk politicization of a crisis by taking away guns from innocent people (who want to protect themselves from evil, crazy people) is not the answer.
People that want to be destructive will find a way to accomplish their goal with whatever is at hand. Anyone seriously discussing this problem KNOWS there is no real solution. Lock up mentally ill people? We tried that and it was liberals that decided it was a violation of their rights. Now many of those are street people, unable to work or care for themselves and a threat to those around them. Can we identify WHICH of the Goth kids are dangerous? Nope. Can we fix them with treatment? Probably not. Will banning automatic weapons or even all guns stop them? No! If we were serious about trying to prevent deaths we would ban automobiles since 30,000 die in auto accidents every year, 5000 age 14 or under.
But we have seen that this country has degenerated so far that results no longer matter. Politicians have become very good at talking about the things they are doing as successful, even when they are the opposite, and the public is dopey enough to go along with them. The politicians are simply playing to the dopes who just reelected them.
#20, et al, the LPs (libtards/Progtards) don´t ´get it´ because they aren´t about security - Oh, I know they bleat that talking point constantly, about security, safety and ´for the children´, but they are actually all about power and control. They use any means to get power and control. The LPs (aka socialists/communists/fascists/ etc) can´t do what they want to do to us until we as a nation are disarmed. They will not stop trying to overthrow the constitution until the day they die. You can´t reason with them. You can´t trust them. You can only eradicate them. They are made up of foreign and domestic enemies of the constitution and this Republic. BTW, burying weapons in the ground to hide them misses the point of having them. Hide them until what? The founders were quite clear about what true citizens of the Republic must do to those who pursue tyranny and seek to destroy the constitution. Those of you who think hiding weapons is the answer, I´d suggest you educate yourself by researching the writings and statements made by the founders of our Republic. For the treasonous quislings who claim the citizenry can´t deal with a much smaller number of soldiers - the populace contains millions of veterans who still know how to shoot, execute small unit tactics, handle crew-served weapons platforms, execute strategic plans, and so forth. The quislings hope those hearing them can´t think and will give up hope.
What a maroon. Jeff cites two fine examples of disasters that provoked changes in the behavior of people who did wrong. Therefore, the logical conclusion to his Newtown disaster scenario would be to bring legislation and restriction against crazy people who want to kill others. Instead, he wants the equivalent of preventing nails from being pounded into wood by outlawing hammers.
I can live perfectly well without crazy people in my midst but don´t touch my weapons.
Adam Lanza had a Glock. Jared Loughner used a Glock. You know who sings about killing people with Glocks? Jay-Z - who is a big friend of our Dear Leader. Why don´t we start with getting Jay-Z to change his tune.
Moscow -- Russia has opened a criminal case on an American band after one of its members stuffed the Russian flag into his pants, pulled it out his backside and whipped it between his legs, state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported Monday. (Snip) A member of the band´s crew, who asked to not be named for security reasons, told CNN the band was attacked Saturday by Russian nationalists inside Anapa airport in Krasnodar Krai. The band members were "beaten up" by a crowd of men who punched and kicked them, the crew member said, adding that some of the attackers
A last-minute appeal that could have stopped Billy Slagle’s execution — without opposition from state attorneys — was poised to be filed this morning with the Ohio Supreme Court. But the convicted Cleveland killer’s attorneys were unable to reach him over the weekend on Death Row at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution. Yesterday morning, they got the call: Slagle hanged himself in his cell about 5 a.m. and was declared dead about an hour later. Vicki Werneke and Joseph Wilhelm, Slagle’s federal public defenders, are left to wonder “what if?” “I don’t know what more we could have done,” Werneke said.
Two children died after a python got into an apartment in Campbellton, N.B., RCMP say. "Police are investigating two sudden deaths of two young boys," Const. Julie Rogers-Marsh said Monday. It´s believed the snake escaped from a pet store called Reptile Ocean. The victims were boys aged five and seven. They were in the apartment above the store. "The preliminary investigation has led police to believe that a python snake escaped its enclosure in the store sometime overnight," the constable said. Rogers-Marsh said it went through the ventilation. "It´s believed the two boys were strangled by the snake," she said.
WASHINGTON - The United States extended the closures of some embassies and consulates in the Middle East - which had been closed Sunday due to an al Qaeda threat - through August 10 due to caution but not the emergence of any new threat, the State Department said. Other U.S. diplomatic posts, including in Kabul, Baghdad and Algiers, that had been closed on Sunday, will reopen on Monday, the State Department said. Posts in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Cairo, Riyadh, Dhahran, Jeddah, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Manama, Muscat, Sanaa, Tripoli, Antanarivo, Bujumbura, Djibouti, Khartoum, Kigali, and Port Louis will be closed through Saturday.
PROVO, Utah — Time may be running short for hardcore "Star Wars" fans to see the real-life set used to portray Anakin Skywalker´s childhood home of Mos Espa on the planet Tatooine. Brigham Young University planetary scientist Jani Radebaugh said new research shows a fast-moving sand dune is spilling onto streets of the set in the Tunisian desert and will eventually bury buildings. The dune was measured at 20 feet tall and 300 feet wide in 2009, and it´s been moving toward the set about 50 feet per year since 2002, she said. Research by her and two colleagues
The closure of 19 embassies Sunday and the issuing of a month-long global travel alert for all Americans abroad shows how Al Qaeda´s threat to the United States has evolved since 9/11 – and how the US response has evolved, too. The closed embassies are all in an arc that runs from North Africa through the Middle East to Afghanistan, and the information suggests that the primary threat comes from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula – the Yemen-based Al Qaeda branch that many experts say is now the movement´s strongest. Officials with knowledge of the intelligence
WASHINGTON -- The 162,000 jobs the economy added in July were a disappointment. The quality of the jobs was even worse. A disproportionate number of the added jobs were part-time or low-paying — or both. Part-time work accounted for more than 65 percent of the positions employers added in July. Low-paying retailers, restaurants and bars supplied more than half July´s job gain. "You´re getting jobs added, but they might not be the best-quality job," says John Canally, an economist with LPL Financial in Boston. So far this year, low-paying industries have provided 61 percent of the nation´s job growth
Two beliefs continue to shape debate on Obamacare. First, pre-existing medical conditions shouldn’t prevent people from obtaining affordable health insurance. And second, people who don’t want health insurance shouldn’t be forced by the government to purchase it. These may seem to be reasonable positions. But they are incompatible. That’s been shown by historical events, and it’s now being strikingly confirmed by recent experience in the emerging Obamacare insurance exchanges. The crux of the matter is what economists call the adverse-selection problem. Uninsured people with pre-existing conditions often face tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in
MOSCOW — The American rock group Bloodhound Gang was kicked out of a Russian music festival and pelted with eggs after videos emerged of its bass player shoving a Russian flag down his pants at a recent concert in Ukraine. Russian prosecutors are even considering whether to open a criminal case in the matter, which comes amid a rise in U.S.-Russian tensions. Videos posted online of Wednesday´s concert in the Ukrainian city of Odessa show bass player Jared Hasselhoff pushing the Russian white, blue and red flag down the front of his pants and pulling it out the back.
Aetna Inc has withdrawn its applications to sell insurance plans on Maryland´s individual health exchange after it was asked to lower its rates by up to 29 percent, according to the state´s department of insurance. In an Aug. 1 letter sent to the Department of Insurance, Aetna said the required rate modifications cut premiums too low on both its Aetna and Coventry products. Aetna closed on the acquisition of Coventry Health Care this spring. "Unfortunately, we believe the modifications to the rates filed by Aetna and Coventry would not allow us to collect enough premiums to cover the cost
Bears are known for their smarts, especially when it comes to getting access to food. It´s fair to say that commercial dumpsters are especially inviting to the creatures. Remember the video of the young bear cubs who were stuck in a dumpster after their curiosity got the better of them? Well, video footage captured by a Colorado Springs, Colorado restaurant is making the rounds and is equally interesting to watch. Twice in the last week, a large bear has lumbered to the back of a popular German restaurant with a penchant for authentic weiner schnitzel, and on both occasions
Some of the earliest clues scientists had that Earth´s climate has changed over time were mismatches between the fossil record and a current ecosystem. How could this palm tree have grown in Wyoming? Why have fossils of the tropical breadfruit tree been found as far north as Greenland? These cold places must have once been warm and wet. The world is not as it has always been. And somehow, despite the tumult, species adapted, moving thousands of miles to habitats where they could survive. Won´t species today just do the same as temperatures rise in the years ahead?
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”
In 2008 and then again in 2012, after retired four-star General Colin Powell endorsed and then voted for Barack Obama, the former Secretary of State´s sanity was already in question. At least now, after having his email account hacked by high-level security-breacher Guccifer, Colin Powell´s besmirching of the Republican Party´s "shift to the right" and "identity crisis" finally makes sense. It seems that for years the mannerly and always professional Colin Powell has been cyber-comporting with a 46-year-old Romanian European Parliament member, Social Democrat, and past spokesperson for Romanian president Ion Iliescu named Corina Cretu
Conservatives have for years attempted to put our finger upon precisely why Barack Obama strikes us as queer in precisely the way he does. There is an alienness about him, which in the fever swamps is expressed in all that ridiculous Kenyan-Muslim hokum, but his citizen-of-the-world shtick is strictly sophomore year — the great globalist does not even speak a foreign language. Obama has been called many things — radical, socialist — labels that may have him dead to rights at the phylum level but not down at his genus or species. His social circle includes
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”
For nearly a year, we have had no answer to why the administration lied about Benghazi — why it told the world, not to mention the parents of our murdered SEALs at the funeral of their sons, that the cause of that fatal conflagration was an anti-Islamic video no one saw, when the various arms of our executive branch (White House, State and intelligence) already knew, or strongly suspected, it was a terror attack orchestrated by al-Qaeda affiliates. You only have to read the now infamous talking points to know that. That this lie was deeply immoral is obvious.
Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.
Today, across Africa, Araby and Asia, from Nouakchott to Dhaka, the diplomatic facilities of the United States are closed. There’s a Tsarnaev out there, somewhere – could be the Mahgreb, the Levant, the Horn of Africa, the Indian sub-continent – who knows? So, as Richard Fernandez writes, “Shelter in place, this time globally.” Maybe it will work. Maybe by the end of the day there will be, unlike Benghazi a year on, men in custody. But if not? Daniel Pipes: Don’t know about you, but I find this pre-emptive cringing unworthy of a great country, even humiliating.
Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way. Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar. Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion, reports the Daily Mail. Kids don’t need to waste time on those things, see. State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make
Common sense tells me that cops don´t need a Taser or a shotgun to subdue a 95-year-old man. When John Wrana was a young man, fit and strong and fighting in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, did he ever think he´d end this way? Just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, in need of a walker to move about, cops coming through the door of his retirement home with a Taser and a shotgun.
Not only should President Obama cancel a bilateral summit with "schoolyard bully" Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on "Face the Nation," but considering the country granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, U.S. allies should try to move next month´s G-20 gathering from St. Petersburg. "President Putin´s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I´ve learned, unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more," Schumer said. "He´s always going out of his way, President Putin is, to seem to poke us in
I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.
Police shot and killed an armed teen in the South Bronx early today after the suspect opened fire and refused to drop his gun, police said. Two rookie cops heard shots fired near East 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue around 3 a.m. and ran in the direction of fire, police said. The uniformed officers saw Shaaliver Douse, 14, of the South Bronx, chasing another person through the streets, according to cops. Douse, who was arrested in May on attempted murder charges for shooting a 15-year-old, fired at the man running on East 151st Street this morning, police said.