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Portrait of Adam Lanza and
his family begins to emerge

Washington Post, by Rick Maese and Peter Hermann

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 12/17/2012 10:21:35 PM

STAMFORD, Conn. — The parents of Adam Lanza, identified by police as the gunman in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, divorced in 2009 after 28 years of marriage because their relationship had “broken down irretrievably,” court records show. Nancy Lanza had no income at the time the marriage was legally dissolved, in September 2009. Her ex-husband, Peter Lanza, earned an annual salary of nearly $445,000 as an executive at General Electric and agreed to pay annual alimony of $240,000. That figure was scheduled to increase steadily for cost of living considerations

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: stablemoney, 12/17/2012 10:27:01 PM     (No. 9071835)

The WaPo rehashes last weeks news. How long did it take for police authorities to get to the school after the 911 call?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/17/2012 10:52:32 PM     (No. 9071857)

The police got there so quickly that it was said today that their sirens probably kept Adam Lanza from doing any more shooting. Except himself.

As for this article, there is much that is new, but nothing we really need to know. What it really says was that this was a fairly normal family, the divorce notwithstanding, and that his mother loved Adam so much that she was planning to move with him to Washington State so that he could attend a school she believed would be beneficial.

Earlier in his life she had homeschooled him. He completed his high school coursework by the time he was 16, and enrolled at a Connecticut college.

His mother was encouraging him to learn to drive so that his life would be more mainstream.

Asperger´s is not mental disease. He was not known to be angry or violent. Something made this kid snap. Perhaps his being so different, so shy (that is Asperger´s) for so many years? He had no friends. Zero.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/17/2012 10:55:14 PM     (No. 9071861)

Perhaps before someone jumps on it, I should have said Asperger´s is not a mental disease in the sense that the person is insane or psychotic.

The one thing that is missing from this article is the report that his father never lived in the Newtown house after Nancy Lanza and the boys moved there. They were separated for 17 years, but only divorced a few years ago. He has remarried.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: texaspast, 12/17/2012 11:12:04 PM     (No. 9071883)

#3, Asperger´s is not a disease the same way autism is not a disease. She should have taken him fishing, not to a shooting range. And not bought him the first-person-shooter games.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: miceal, 12/17/2012 11:50:38 PM     (No. 9071915)

I don´t care to view a "portrait" of this sorry loser, I just wish someone had terminated him BEFORE he committed this horror...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: thelmalou, 12/18/2012 1:36:48 AM     (No. 9071974)

Just now getting to this story. RE: #3 - separated for 17 years...to quote Capt. Raydor on The Closer and Major Crimes, "It´s all very Catholic." hahahaha


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Reply 7 - Posted by: PatPiano, 12/18/2012 1:43:00 AM     (No. 9071977)

#3, separated for 17 years? The article said Adam was 17 when they got divorced, so that means they were separated when Adam was born, or they were separated when he was 3 years old.

No wonder he grew up weird. No fatherly influence in his life.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Jloophole, 12/18/2012 4:54:03 AM     (No. 9072054)

One commenter under the article wondered about childhood Lyme disease and whether Adam had ever been tested for it.

Interesting. My husband has a co worker whose wife and son both have Lyme disease. Before they finally figured out what was going on, their son (early 20s) had gone through a major personality shift, and they thought his wife had heart problems. With treatment, they are both doing much better but this guy says it was several years of sheer hell, trying to make sense of the symptoms. They traced the timeline back to a canoe trip in Canada.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 12/18/2012 7:45:26 AM     (No. 9072207)

This father sounds like a man willing to sacrifice a lot of money not to have to live with and cope with this difficult situation. The mother seems to have been wholly devoted to her son, but introducing him to the shooting range and exposing him to all of her end of the world talk were both tragic mistakes.
It could be that all the talk about uprooting this kid to Washington state set him off. Not that he would be leaving friends behind, but the thought of being in unfamiliar surroundings as the economy collapsed was a fate worse than death to him. His rage was evident in the shots to his mother´s face.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: LZK, 12/18/2012 7:46:45 AM     (No. 9072209)

AND the compost writes about "nothing" WE know.....

They are speculating.

Leave it alone....

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 12/18/2012 7:51:38 AM     (No. 9072217)

I´s like to hear from the estranged older brother. The extraordinary dedication which seems to have been shown by the mother does not preclude a generous amount of denial n her part both about the nature of the problem and the odds for a favorable solution. As for the father, marriages have ended over differences about how to care for a disabled child.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 12/18/2012 8:03:52 AM     (No. 9072238)

I hope Adam´s Dad wanted to continue being involved in his life. Much is being left to speculation in this family´s story. It seems Mr. Lanza was busy with his career and new wife, and Adam´s mother seemed to have outlets for her stress that weren´t particularly healthy.

I don´t know if Adam´s parents working together more as a team would have helped him, or if Mr. Lanza approved of his ex´s use of guns to expand Adam´s interests. It´s easy to analyze horrible stories like this in hindsight, but analyzing them doesn´t seem to prevent the next one from happening.

May God be with everyone who survived this horrific event.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Felixcat, 12/18/2012 8:21:09 AM     (No. 9072263)

Adam and Nancy Lanza are dead and we will probably never really know what caused him to "snap." I don´t know if she needs defending but she certainly is not able to tell her side of the story.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mseegal, 12/18/2012 8:39:36 AM     (No. 9072295)

A comment under this article says an uncle stated that the killer was on Fanapt, a drug for schizophrenia. Suicide is a side effect of that drug. If the uncle is correct, that is a whole different scenario than Aspergers.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: raisedright2, 12/18/2012 8:59:47 AM     (No. 9072334)

#9 is the best post I have read on this subject.

Both of my kids are different. ADD inattentive (not hyper), sensory integration disorder, being on the cusp of asperger´s all play a part in who they are, and they get it from me. There are so many different degrees of this stuff.

If people would stop judging who is "normal" and be more accepting of differences, it would be a good step in the right direction towards changing our mental health system. Schools are the worst places, as all are expected to learn the same way, which is ridiculous. Being called "weird" and "odd" by classmates and even relatives only makes things worse.

Back to #9, start with the law. Allow family to get help for older relatives based on both testing by professionals and interviews with family members.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: asu86pe, 12/18/2012 9:03:47 AM     (No. 9072344)

THE NO´s that raised a boy into a killer.

It is my contention that the following list of items which should be a part of every boys life which are "categorically" missing in every recollection of male serial killers lives.

NO:
Regular church attendance,
close father/mother relationship,
regular socializing events,
close friends,
sports competition,
camping, hunting, surfing, walking, running, or any outdoor activities,

AND MY BIGGY
ANY achievement acknowledged by the social peers,such as, camping leadership/Scouting Awards, or any Outstanding Achievement Award for a "years long" accomplishments.


I give similar advise to parents that bring their young boys to our church camping organization. Boys need acknowledgement of achievements, challenges, and maturing in their early stages fromm 5-15 years of age. Without it they will seek it in more and more deviant behavior until their acts of deviancy are "acknowledged" or ARRESTED.

IMHO,this was the parent´s failure in this killer´s life.



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Reply 17 - Posted by: Rinktum, 12/18/2012 9:39:48 AM     (No. 9072401)

Close family will have the best input on the situation. It is human nature to try and find out why these kinds of acts happen, therfore, speculation on everyone´s part is to be expected. We all want to understand this, but it will take time and patience. Hopefully, one of the outcomes from this tragedy is a hard look at how we can change the way we look at those suffering from mental disorders. Many families suffer the pain of watching a loved one deteriorate and are helpless to do anything because of privacy issues and commitment requirements. This has to change because we have to recognize that a mental health problem is very different from a physical health condition. The same rules and regulations should not apply. It makes no sense that people with serious mental disorders can just check themselves out of a psychiatric facility.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 12/18/2012 9:58:08 AM     (No. 9072430)

We don´t know why Adam Lanza did what he did. However, after reading that the victims were shot multiple times, I wonder if Lanza saw the victims as "target practice". Most, if not all, the victims, were shot at least twice. Some were shot as much as eleven times.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: TexasRose, 12/18/2012 10:20:17 AM     (No. 9072471)

#18 - that was so good, I copied and pasted it in my FB (telling how I got it). I hope that was ok.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: RancherJack, 12/18/2012 10:23:17 AM     (No. 9072478)

#1 - average Police response time nationwide is between 7-10 minutes.

Average response time of a .45 is 1,300 feet/second.

Ed Schultz can´t do that math.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: pineledger, 12/18/2012 10:32:21 AM     (No. 9072497)

I tend to agree with 12, except that "extraordinary dedication" may have played a role in causing this. We don´t know which came first. It´s possible to go overboard with concern and doing so can just exacerbate any potential problem.

I pity kids who have helicopter parents.

Yesterday the report was that the mother withdrew him from school in high school and that he did not graduate with his class because he was being home-schooled.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: sgtfox of the jarhead clan, 12/18/2012 10:40:54 AM     (No. 9072520)

Is it just me or do others see a massive invasion of the family´s privacy. . It´s really nobody´s business how much ammo Nancy Lanza stored or how many shotguns she owned or what her salary was. Her son screwed up. That doesn´t mean combing through her bank accounts or under wear drawer and reporting the findings is suddenly ok. This is all just to paint gun owners as a bunch of nuts. I hope she sues.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Hermoine, 12/18/2012 10:53:33 AM     (No. 9072542)

Asperger´s is not mental disease. He was not known to be angry or violent. Something made this kid snap. Perhaps his being so different, so shy (that is Asperger´s) for so many years? He had no friends. Zero.

Therein lies the problem. If all he was ever diagnosed with was Asperger´s, then he was either misdiagnosed or his mother never sought another diagnosis. From the few reports we´ve all read so far, we know that this guy was mentally ill. We don´t know how he was being treated. Was he on prescription drugs? If so, what were they and had he shown improvement or deterioration under them? Was he under the care of psychiatrist or psychologist? If so, for how long? Did he play violent video games? Do we know if he ever threatened anyone?

I have a family member who has mental illness. We KNOW he is mentally ill. He has been taken to numerous psychiatrists and psychologists. None, and I mean, none of them will give him a proper diagnosis. Instead, they have him so doped up that his brain is in a constant fog. They´ve put him on Adderall (speed) and anti-depressants AT THE SAME TIME...continued.



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Reply 24 - Posted by: Hermoine, 12/18/2012 10:53:54 AM     (No. 9072544)

from above...

And, #18 -- this kid was a boy scout, even got his Eagle Scout, was in a string band, extremely social...social chair of his fraternity. He is now so introverted that he hardly talks at family gatherings and when he does talk, often breaks in mid-way through a thought in his head, so it makes no sense.

Mental illness and the treatment of it is very, very tough and very heart-wrenching. Sadly, the only thing that would´ve stopped this deranged guy would´ve been someone at the school with a weapon who was able to "meet" him upon arrival at the school.


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Reply 25 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 12/18/2012 10:58:05 AM     (No. 9072551)

#24,

She can´t sue. Adam shot her to death.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 12/18/2012 11:27:27 AM     (No. 9072602)

America to join our petition to ban ALL assaultive media outlets.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Mike43, 12/18/2012 11:28:45 AM     (No. 9072607)

Lots of questions:
-She filed for divorce.
-She was receiving 240K a year. After taxes.
-That meant the ex when taking home 320K a year was fine with 80K take home.
-She got the house.
-He got a 5 year old car.

I have seen and worked with many Asperger´s kids, I don´t think that´s the problem. But it is the upper middle class explanation, or if you will, cache diagnosis.

There´s a lot more to this story, and the family dynamics. And we may never really know all of it.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: K.I.S.S., 12/18/2012 11:58:58 AM     (No. 9072689)

...sadly the mother was delusional...she likely truly believed her love would see her son through his ever growing problems...she was wrong...mental illness and mind altering drugs only work in institutions with high walls, a medical staff and guards.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: suncitypro, 12/18/2012 12:25:34 PM     (No. 9072756)

I don´t personally give two hoots in hell about the Lanza family--they let their problems become the agony of so many undeserving families, and they deserve no ink in the media for any reason.
I don´t want to know what their family portrait looks like. I can´t waste sympathy on these losers--I´m praying for the families of the lost children and teachers.
And don´t blame the gun--it did not fire itself at anyone.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: shamus, 12/18/2012 2:14:33 PM     (No. 9072966)

The study of psychiatry has thus far produced little of practical value. Trying to use mental health programs to prevent further tragedies is probably just a waste of money.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/18/2012 3:09:55 PM     (No. 9073039)

The comment that they had been separated for 17 years was badly stated.

Those who knew the family in Newtown said that she had moved there 17 years ago with the boys and had lived alone in the house, that they had never known her husband to live there, even though the house was owned by both of them.

That would have made Adam about 3 when they moved there. Ryan 7.

There is no report that the boys never saw their father, but he was known to be closer to Ryan and is to this day. Ryan is "following in his footsteps" at the company where he works.

Some have latched on to the parenting counseling both parents had to go through as part of the divorce. That is a requirement when parents of a minor child divorce in Connecticut.

Better?


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Reply 32 - Posted by: Mother of AL, 12/18/2012 3:14:29 PM     (No. 9073047)

The healthcare laws we have today are a big part of this problem. Mainly HIPAA. Posters are correct about families and the patients. Several years ago, in Albuquerque, a fellow, around the age of 35 - 50 so not a child, with a number of mental health problems finally went off the deep end, and killed 5 completely unrelated (to him or each other) people. A brother had for years, and increasingly in the months preceeding the incident had been calling the police, his brother´s doctor, and the local mental health hosp, to try and tell all them that his brother was getting worse, begging for help. NO ONE COULD/WOULD HELP, due to HIPAA. The authorities were quoted in the paper saying that very thing, they COULD NOT DISCUSS THE SHOOTER´S CASE WITH FAMILY MEMBERS DUE TO THE LAW. So 5 families, actually 6 lost loved ones, seemingly out of the blue.
As an aside, when anyone goes to their doctor, ask for the form noting exactly who can be informed about your case. Get a notorized statement to carry in your billfold saying who can be included in your care, and list all circumstances;car wreck, emergency heart probs, etc, or believe me...YOU WILL BE LEFT SITTING ON YOUR A** OUTSIDE THE ER.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/19/2012 12:52:55 AM     (No. 9073643)

#26, since the boy in your family had abrupt changes in his behavior, having been an Eagle Scout (a very great accomplishment) and sociable, please tell his parents to have him evaluated for things like Lyme Disease and something called PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders). There was a boy, whose story was told in the book Sammy´s Story, who showed severe psychiatric symptoms due to strepococcal infections.

There is a lot of disbelief about PANDAS, but some doctors are looking into it. There is information about it available.

As to Adam Lanza, Drudge has a report that his mother had reached the end of her endurance, and was seeking to be appointed his guardian. As others here have stated, the law is the enemy of parents of kids with mental disabilities who have reached the age of adulthood. HIPAA laws prevent parents from getting their child´s records and participating in their care.

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Many Americans have been watching with great consternation the ongoing struggle between the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Marshals against Cliven Bundy and his family. There are no signs of either side relinquishing their position. Many onlookers have been informed that this dispute is over protecting the desert tortoise. But it is nothing of the sort. In fact, the reality of the dispute goes far underneath what is being talked about. The more appropriate source of the dispute is ground water as well as surface water -- this is a war over water. Cliven Bundy and his

Nevada Cattle Rancher Wins
´Range War´ With Feds

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ABC News, by Liz Fields    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/12/2014 3:33:27 PM     Post Reply
A Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters. Cliven Bundy went head to head with the Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the government said they were grazing illegally. Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870 and threatened a "range war" against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after one of

Barbara Boxer Says Keystone
Pipeline a Cancer Risk

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Breitbart California, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/12/2014 6:54:45 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is now accusing the Keystone pipeline of being a cancer risk. Her first point was that the pipeline “will bring 830,000 barrels of dirty tar sands oil into our nation every day.” She then segued to point #2 by asserting that the heavy tar sands oil will put people who live near refineries at risk for cancer: Significantly higher levels of dangerous air pollutants and carcinogens have been documented downwind from tar sands refineries, and in these areas people are suffering higher rates of the types of cancers linked to these toxic chemicals, including leukemia and

Why The Feds Chickened Out
On A Nevada Ranch

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Townhall, by Kevin McCullough    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/13/2014 11:55:18 AM     Post Reply
Let me obliterate a bit of confusion here: the Obama administration attempted to go to war with a rancher in Nevada. Let me amplify a little bit of truth: They tucked tail and have returned home. And let me add a bit of clarity: they had no choice! As the nation began to become familiar with the plight of the family of Cliven Bundy, many of us harkened back to another standoff in which the Federal government attempted to bully it´s outcome: Waco, Texas and the Branch Davidian massacre. It is telling that in the Nevada case the feds pulled out so

President Obama stands by Rev. Al Sharpton
while accusing Republicans of trying
to restrict the right to vote

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New York Daily News, by Celeste Katz & Annie Karni    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 4/12/2014 7:02:39 AM     Post Reply
President Obama stood Friday with the Rev. Al Sharpton and accused Republicans of trying to keep millions of Americans from voting, in a fiery speech days after new revelations about Sharpton’s past as an FBI informant. “The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Obama told the annual convention of Sharpton’s National Action Network in Manhattan. Obama’s appearance represented a presidential seal of approval of Sharpton’s role as a civil rights activist, amid the new revelations about how Sharpton used a wire to record

Why Hillary v. Jeb Would
Be Great for America

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Daily Beast, by Mark McKinnon    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 6:11:32 PM     Post Reply
They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016? When you mention the prospect of Clinton vs. Bush 2016 a funny thing happens. First, there is the reflexive response: "Oh no, not again. We don´t need more dynastic politics in this country." But upon further reflection, you realize Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton would be a great race and actually good for the country. Let´s review. QUALIFICATIONS—THEY’VE BOTH GOT THEM. Barack Obama won the presidency because in an election where the premium was on change, it mattered little

The world must shift to solar and wind
power rapidly to avoid catastrophic global
warming, say UN scientists in major report

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ben Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 7:15:31 PM     Post Reply
A rapid shift to wind and solar power is needed if the world is to avoid catastrophic global warming, the United Nations warns in a crucial report today. Emissions of greenhouse gases need to be cut by up to 70 per cent before 2050 to control climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says. ‘Large-scale changes in energy systems’ are required, with coal power stations to be switched off and replaced by wind and solar. And the transformation needs to be made in the next 15 years or controlling climate change will become increasingly harder and more expensive. The report was published

Nevada GOP removes social issues from platform,
moves ahead with pre-primary endorsements

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Associated Press, by Sandra Chereb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/13/2014 3:48:58 PM     Post Reply
LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion. Many Republicans are re-evaluating their strong stances on conservative social issues as public

Goodbye tea party, hello big tent
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Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/13/2014 5:08:01 AM     Post Reply
Say what you will about Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but they know a train wreck when they see it. They also know when to separate themselves from the cranks and the losers on the right. Although both supported the shutdown and were heartily supported by tea party groups in their own Senate races, neither one has endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Milton Wolf in Kansas or Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. In fact, Cruz’s office confirms he hasn’t endorsed anyone in the primaries. He may weigh in after the primaries. Rand Paul has endorsed two very establishment

Video: Flash mob of women steal
$20,000 worth of sunglasses
from California store

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New York Daily News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/13/2014 10:50:38 AM     Post Reply
A brazen flash mob has been caught on camera storming a California store and making off with $20,000 worth of sunglasses. Surveillance footage shows eight women piling into a Sunglass Hut and crowding around display cases. Shielding workers from what they´re doing, they quickly stuff dozens of fashion specs into their bags. A store clerk pleads with them to stop, before running out of the shot to get help and dial 911. The thieves then all bolt outside and escape in a waiting SUV. The incident occurred at the Valencia Town Center mall, in Santa Clarita, at 3 p.m. on

Democrat Center Folds
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American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: real fifi- 4/13/2014 7:44:30 AM     Post Reply
It’s hardly been a secret that in recent years the moderate center of the Democrat party has been driven away and what remains is a conglomeration of disparate blocs which, to date, the party has been able to treat as if there were no conflicting interests between them. As the midterm elections approach and the administration’s incompetence, along with the distaste for the president’s signature ObamaCare legislation, drive the party’s chances down further, the make-believe coalition of opposites may well crumble if the opposition doesn’t blow it. Democrats hope to retain control of the Senate and recapture the House by driving


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