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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Video: Attack on Syrian Tanks Near Damascus



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Completing those Home Repairs

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Are Democrats Smarter Than Republicans

The Headlines say it all “Boehner offers debt-ceiling increase in cliff compromise” or “Boehner Reported to Offer Millionaire Tax Rate Increase.”  Yet behind the headlines the meat of the stories shows House Speaker Boehner once again folding like a house of cards before President Obama and the Progressive juggernaut.  

Concerning the debt ceiling, while Mr. Obama wants a blank check Mr. Boehner offers to push any debate over the federal debt limit off until 2014.  This is a concession effectively depriving Republicans of any leverage in the current budget battle over the looming fiscal cliff.  However it is said to be breathing new life into stalled talks with the triumphant Obama Outfit that has taken control of America.  Nothing like surrendering your best cards before the game is over unless it’s accepting the opponent’s major demand before serious negotiations really begin as in the case of the tax rate increase. 

According to news reports Speaker Boehner has offered to let tax rates rise on higher incomes.  However, the trusty Republican negotiator isn’t offering that without demanding something in return.  He is demanding unspecified changes in the entitlement spending that is sinking the government in red ink.  Increasing tax rates now for promises of spending cuts later; how could that ever go wrong?  Except for every time it has ever been tried, besides being exactly what the Obama Organization offered, this same bait-and-switch scam tripped up President Reagan in 1982 and Bush the Elder in 1990.

Like Charley Brown trying to kick the football over and over again only to have Lucy pull it away; each time the Democrats keep running the same play and the Republicans keep falling for it.  This brings us to the question of the day, “Are Democrats smarter than Republicans?”

I was a fourth generation Republican who cut my teeth in Barry Goldwater’s failed Presidential bid and then in Nixon’s first presidential campaign back in 1960.  I worked for Goldwater, Reagan, and all the following Conservative flag wavers who tried to rally the country to a return to limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom.  That is I did until Trent Lott’s Republican Senate Majority gave us the impeachment debacle and the explosion of government growth and spending under Hastert, Lott, and Bush.  When the Republican Senate refused to impeach President Clinton for crimes he later admitted and when they and their House brethren became Democrat Lite as the party of power, I mailed my membership card to the party that was no longer the Grand Old Party of my great grandfather and became an Independent.

For most of my life I was a party man: accepting some things I didn’t agree with for the greater good of electing a party with a platform I could agree with.  However, once it became apparent that as far as the budget went we had elected the foxes to watch the hen house, that the conservative social agenda received a tip-of-the-hat during elections followed by no action, and that the only victims of the impeachment were those brave enough to bring the charges the scales fell from my eyes.  Once I saw that the Republicans had lost their moorings and were swilling at the public trough, I realized the platform we conservatives battle so hard for and hold so dear is merely a mirage held in front of social and fiscal conservatives to keep them loyal to a Party captured by the Progressives.

Back in the Dream Time, when my mind was still locked in the glow of Ronald Reagan and all his example and message meant to America, even then I wondered, “What’s wrong with these leaders of ours?  Why do the Democrats always seem to outsmart them at every turn?”

Even Reagan, the best of the best, was hoodwinked by Tip O’Neal in the amnesty bargain: we would grant amnesty and then seal the border.  The problem is the illegal immigrants got the amnesty; however, America’s border was never sealed.  He also signed several tax deals with the Democratic majority.  We the People lost many deductions in exchange for lower rates.  The deductions never came back even though the rates started rising again as soon as the Gipper said good night and George the First forgot to read his own lips.

George Bush the Elder was out maneuvered by the Progressives so many times that 20% of his base ran to Perot opening the door for Clinton and the first attempt to ram national health care down America’s throat.  That time they overplayed their hand and the last great strategist among the Republicans, Newt Gingrich, was able to sell a Contract with America and bring the first Republican majority in Congress in 40 years. 

Newt kept the promises and brought some fiscal sanity back to Washington.  Within a few short years the Republican led Congress ended welfare as we had known it for generations and balanced the budget.  Unfortunately the Party of Lincoln then nominated someone who campaigned as if he had voted for Lincoln.  The 1996 Republican campaign would have had to improve several thousand percent to make it to dull.  Suddenly, with an assist from the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media it was Clinton, who had been dragged kicking and screaming to the benefit and spending cutting table, who was the author of everything positive Congress had accomplished.  The Republicans had been outmaneuvered and outsmarted again.

According to every one of the serial re-counts Bush the younger won Florida and legitimately the presidential race of 2000.  Yet, to this day people talk of him being selected not elected.  After the dastardly deeds of 9-11 the rhetorically-challenged George captured the hearts of America and the admiration of the Western world by taking a bullhorn and talking to a crowd at ground zero.  Yet by fighting and winning America’s first preemptive war and then losing the peace through the lack of planning he soon lost the PR campaign which led to the Pelosi-Reid Congress in 2006 and eventually to the absolute triumph of Progressivism in 2008.

Once their secular messiah was enthroned at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue the Progressives with their filibuster proof majority took the reins of single-party rule and imposed their radical agenda to transform America into a Nanny-state based upon the re-distribution of wealth.  This wanton destruction of the traditional American society based on limited government and free enterprise sparked a vast rebellion of the silent majority resulting in the teanami of 2010 which brought a Republican majority back to the People’s House and an expanded minority to the Senate.

And what is the first thing these political savants do?  They reaffirm the same tired leadership and strike a deal that anyone who was paying attention could see was tailor made to save the discredited Obama presidency and set the stage for him to follow in Mr. Clinton’s footsteps taking credit for anything good the historic election might have made possible.  What were these so-called leaders thinking?  They turned the victory of the grassroots into capitulation.  Not only did they sign a deal that extended uncertainty and raised estate taxes, they gave the Administration cover for a stealth stimulus filled with pork designed to help re-elect the President. 

Along comes 2012 and the Republican establishment and their friends in the Progressive Media engineer the nomination of the one man who couldn’t beat the worst president in American History with the worst economy since 1932.  They surrender the issue of a massively unpopular Obamacare by nominating the author of its prototype.  Mr. Romney spends the last debate agreeing with the President’s handling of foreign policy and ignoring the raging controversy over the debacle in Benghazi.  If he didn’t throw the election he tossed it away.

So, “Are Democrats smarter than Republicans?”  The answer is they aren’t.  It isn’t a matter of intelligence it’s a matter of people with dedication to something larger than themselves, as opposed to people with dedication to seeing themselves as something larger than they are. 

The leadership of the Democrats is committed radical Progressives.  They have a long term agenda to transform America into a socialist welfare state with an unlimited government, and they never lose sight of that goal.  They’re willing to commit political suicide, or more accurately they’re willing to encourage their follow travelers who do not occupy safe seats to commit political suicide.  They never take their eyes off the ball.  They’re constantly pushing to move closer to the goal line even if it’s one inch at a time.

By comparison, the leadership of the Republicans is composed of professional politicians. They’re pragmatists who do whatever they have to do and say whatever they have to say to retain their seats, their power, and their perks.  They believe the inside the beltway press who tell them how visionary they are to compromise, losing sight of those back home in fly-over country who instead believed the campaign promises and expect their representatives to stand up for principles.

The Party of Lincoln over-and-over chooses to be on the receiving end of Pickett’s Charge instead of behind the spit-rail fence firing point blank as their enemy wastes itself in a senseless charge against an immovable barrier.  The Republicans still control the House.  They could be that immovable barrier holding back the advancing forces of bankruptcy and collapse.  Instead the Progressives of the right have once again embraced the Progressives of left in a bi-partisan campaign to continue the spending, increase the debt, and fool the public.

Paraphrasing the first Republican President, Historian Will Durant once wisely observed, “It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.”

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com View the trailer for Dr. Owens’ latest book @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ypkoS0gGn8 © 2010 Robert R. Owens dr.owens@comcast.net  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are Democrats Smarter Than Republicans

The Headlines say it all “Boehner offers debt-ceiling increase in cliff compromise” or “Boehner Reported to Offer Millionaire Tax Rate Increase.”  Yet behind the headlines the meat of the stories shows House Speaker Boehner once again folding like a house of cards before President Obama and the Progressive juggernaut.  

Concerning the debt ceiling, while Mr. Obama wants a blank check Mr. Boehner offers to push any debate over the federal debt limit off until 2014.  This is a concession effectively depriving Republicans of any leverage in the current budget battle over the looming fiscal cliff.  However it is said to be breathing new life into stalled talks with the triumphant Obama Outfit that has taken control of America.  Nothing like surrendering your best cards before the game is over unless it’s accepting the opponent’s major demand before serious negotiations really begin as in the case of the tax rate increase. 

According to news reports Speaker Boehner has offered to let tax rates rise on higher incomes.  However, the trusty Republican negotiator isn’t offering that without demanding something in return.  He is demanding unspecified changes in the entitlement spending that is sinking the government in red ink.  Increasing tax rates now for promises of spending cuts later; how could that ever go wrong?  Except for every time it has ever been tried, besides being exactly what the Obama Organization offered, this same bait-and-switch scam tripped up President Reagan in 1982 and Bush the Elder in 1990.

Like Charley Brown trying to kick the football over and over again only to have Lucy pull it away; each time the Democrats keep running the same play and the Republicans keep falling for it.  This brings us to the question of the day, “Are Democrats smarter than Republicans?”

I was a fourth generation Republican who cut my teeth in Barry Goldwater’s failed Presidential bid and then in Nixon’s first presidential campaign back in 1960.  I worked for Goldwater, Reagan, and all the following Conservative flag wavers who tried to rally the country to a return to limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom.  That is I did until Trent Lott’s Republican Senate Majority gave us the impeachment debacle and the explosion of government growth and spending under Hastert, Lott, and Bush.  When the Republican Senate refused to impeach President Clinton for crimes he later admitted and when they and their House brethren became Democrat Lite as the party of power, I mailed my membership card to the party that was no longer the Grand Old Party of my great grandfather and became an Independent.

For most of my life I was a party man: accepting some things I didn’t agree with for the greater good of electing a party with a platform I could agree with.  However, once it became apparent that as far as the budget went we had elected the foxes to watch the hen house, that the conservative social agenda received a tip-of-the-hat during elections followed by no action, and that the only victims of the impeachment were those brave enough to bring the charges the scales fell from my eyes.  Once I saw that the Republicans had lost their moorings and were swilling at the public trough, I realized the platform we conservatives battle so hard for and hold so dear is merely a mirage held in front of social and fiscal conservatives to keep them loyal to a Party captured by the Progressives.

Back in the Dream Time, when my mind was still locked in the glow of Ronald Reagan and all his example and message meant to America, even then I wondered, “What’s wrong with these leaders of ours?  Why do the Democrats always seem to outsmart them at every turn?”

Even Reagan, the best of the best, was hoodwinked by Tip O’Neal in the amnesty bargain: we would grant amnesty and then seal the border.  The problem is the illegal immigrants got the amnesty; however, America’s border was never sealed.  He also signed several tax deals with the Democratic majority.  We the People lost many deductions in exchange for lower rates.  The deductions never came back even though the rates started rising again as soon as the Gipper said good night and George the First forgot to read his own lips.

George Bush the Elder was out maneuvered by the Progressives so many times that 20% of his base ran to Perot opening the door for Clinton and the first attempt to ram national health care down America’s throat.  That time they overplayed their hand and the last great strategist among the Republicans, Newt Gingrich, was able to sell a Contract with America and bring the first Republican majority in Congress in 40 years. 

Newt kept the promises and brought some fiscal sanity back to Washington.  Within a few short years the Republican led Congress ended welfare as we had known it for generations and balanced the budget.  Unfortunately the Party of Lincoln then nominated someone who campaigned as if he had voted for Lincoln.  The 1996 Republican campaign would have had to improve several thousand percent to make it to dull.  Suddenly, with an assist from the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media it was Clinton, who had been dragged kicking and screaming to the benefit and spending cutting table, who was the author of everything positive Congress had accomplished.  The Republicans had been outmaneuvered and outsmarted again.

According to every one of the serial re-counts Bush the younger won Florida and legitimately the presidential race of 2000.  Yet, to this day people talk of him being selected not elected.  After the dastardly deeds of 9-11 the rhetorically-challenged George captured the hearts of America and the admiration of the Western world by taking a bullhorn and talking to a crowd at ground zero.  Yet by fighting and winning America’s first preemptive war and then losing the peace through the lack of planning he soon lost the PR campaign which led to the Pelosi-Reid Congress in 2006 and eventually to the absolute triumph of Progressivism in 2008.

Once their secular messiah was enthroned at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue the Progressives with their filibuster proof majority took the reins of single-party rule and imposed their radical agenda to transform America into a Nanny-state based upon the re-distribution of wealth.  This wanton destruction of the traditional American society based on limited government and free enterprise sparked a vast rebellion of the silent majority resulting in the teanami of 2010 which brought a Republican majority back to the People’s House and an expanded minority to the Senate.

And what is the first thing these political savants do?  They reaffirm the same tired leadership and strike a deal that anyone who was paying attention could see was tailor made to save the discredited Obama presidency and set the stage for him to follow in Mr. Clinton’s footsteps taking credit for anything good the historic election might have made possible.  What were these so-called leaders thinking?  They turned the victory of the grassroots into capitulation.  Not only did they sign a deal that extended uncertainty and raised estate taxes, they gave the Administration cover for a stealth stimulus filled with pork designed to help re-elect the President. 

Along comes 2012 and the Republican establishment and their friends in the Progressive Media engineer the nomination of the one man who couldn’t beat the worst president in American History with the worst economy since 1932.  They surrender the issue of a massively unpopular Obamacare by nominating the author of its prototype.  Mr. Romney spends the last debate agreeing with the President’s handling of foreign policy and ignoring the raging controversy over the debacle in Benghazi.  If he didn’t throw the election he tossed it away.

So, “Are Democrats smarter than Republicans?”  The answer is they aren’t.  It isn’t a matter of intelligence it’s a matter of people with dedication to something larger than themselves, as opposed to people with dedication to seeing themselves as something larger than they are. 

The leadership of the Democrats is committed radical Progressives.  They have a long term agenda to transform America into a socialist welfare state with an unlimited government, and they never lose sight of that goal.  They’re willing to commit political suicide, or more accurately they’re willing to encourage their follow travelers who do not occupy safe seats to commit political suicide.  They never take their eyes off the ball.  They’re constantly pushing to move closer to the goal line even if it’s one inch at a time.

By comparison, the leadership of the Republicans is composed of professional politicians. They’re pragmatists who do whatever they have to do and say whatever they have to say to retain their seats, their power, and their perks.  They believe the inside the beltway press who tell them how visionary they are to compromise, losing sight of those back home in fly-over country who instead believed the campaign promises and expect their representatives to stand up for principles.

The Party of Lincoln over-and-over chooses to be on the receiving end of Pickett’s Charge instead of behind the spit-rail fence firing point blank as their enemy wastes itself in a senseless charge against an immovable barrier.  The Republicans still control the House.  They could be that immovable barrier holding back the advancing forces of bankruptcy and collapse.  Instead the Progressives of the right have once again embraced the Progressives of left in a bi-partisan campaign to continue the spending, increase the debt, and fool the public.

Paraphrasing the first Republican President, Historian Will Durant once wisely observed, “It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.”

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com View the trailer for Dr. Owens’ latest book @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ypkoS0gGn8 © 2010 Robert R. Owens dr.owens@comcast.net  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Spangler Facebook Found?

William Spangler has been identified as the Webster shooter:

As of yet, we have not been able to find any social media presence of his.

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191 Lake Rd., Webster, NY: Shots Fired

Update: Unfortunately, two firefighters who were shot have passed away.

Update 2: CNN reports that the gunman is dead as well.

Original article below:

From ABC 13:
13WHAM News has learned that at least two firefighters have been shot at the scene of a fire on Lake Road in Webster.

The fire is at 191 Lake Rd. near Bay Rd. Webster Fire tells 13WHAM News that an unknown gunman opened fire on fire crews as they arrived on scene.

Strong Hospital confirms two firefighters are being treated there. No fatalities have been confirmed.

The fire has now spread to three houses. Firefighters are waiting for police to finish evacuating people from the area before they move in.
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Pope Pardons Paolo Gabriele, Former Butler Behind Vatileaks Scandal

From Fox News:
Pope Benedict XVI has granted a Christmas pardon to his former butler, who stole the pope's private papers and leaked them to a journalist in one of the gravest Vatican security breaches in recent times.

The Vatican said Benedict visited Gabriele in the Vatican police barracks Saturday morning, told him he had pardoned him, and Gabriele was subsequently freed.

Gabriele was arrested May 23 after Vatican police found heaps of papal documents in his Vatican City apartment. He was convicted of aggravated theft by a Vatican tribunal Oct. 6 and has been serving his 18-month sentence in the Vatican police barracks.
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Obama Nominates John Kerry for Secretary of State


Setting the mood for his administration's second term foreign policy right before Christmas, President Obama announced yesterday afternoon that he has nominated former Democratic nominee for the Oval Office and current Massachusetts Senator John Kerry to become our Secretary of State at the retirement of Hillary Clinton.

Kerry, who has served in leading positions on foreign policy since joining Congress almost 3 decades ago, is likely to be approved without much opposition from Republicans - due to his likability across the aisle, being the only probable nominee with actual experience and the big preference he is not Susan Rice...

Plus the fact the Senate almost never opposes one of their own for a cabinet position (with a couple of notable exceptions, John Tower and Scoop Jackson among them) and probably wont start here..

How this will effect foreign policy is likely minimal at this point, as its rather impossible for us to do any worse the next term then the previous one in regards to international relations and actually achieving anything, but Kerry is known as a "bridge builder" and a good talker diplomatically, so maybe this wont be all bad.

But I digress...

What say you?

"Who's On First?": The Sequel (w/ Jimmy Fallon, Billy Crystal & Jerry Se...



I must say that Jimmy Fallon and his excellent assortment of assistants really made this "sequel" to Abbott and Costello's masterful Who's on First act quite amusing and worthwhile.

And with baseball in mind... Only three or so odd months until Opening Day!!! I cannot wait.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Video: Why Gun Control is Bullshit



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The NRA Goes All Orwellian


There, I said it.  I am so astonished, flabbergasted, and appalled at the presser that Wayne La Pierre and the NRA held today.  While he started out just fine, it just got creepier and yes Orwellian as it went along.  

A federal program that puts an armed guard in every school across the country?  Uh, no.  The security of a particular school system is a local/state issue, not a federal one.  Smitty over at The Other McCain accused me of being so federalist.  My reply, you're damn skippy I am.  What conservative can get behind this suggestion?  This is something that the left would do, not the right.  Not the gun part, but the federal government control part.  I mean the irony of all this is so thick you can cut it with a knife.  Some on the right are heralding this as the great cure-all, and the left is screaming about it.  Neither of things are true.  

First and foremost, I am 100% against forcing a teacher to become a gun toter.  Many teachers would not want to do this, and as an American citizen that is their right.  The second amendment says nothing about every American must bear arms, it says the government can't infringe upon that right.  Even if the teacher was someone who liked guns, I still think it is a bad idea.  All the students would know that the teacher is armed and I believed it could be a huge distraction; especially in schools were violence is an everyday part of life for the student body.  What I would be willing to go along with would be highly trained and certified guard of some sort.  I know where I live the police department has a unit of people who are hired out to all kinds of locations, even to some jewelry stores in the area.  But only if the school system wants this type of thing.  I don't think it should be forced on a federal level.  This is something that state/locality should decide upon.  I know here in Virginia there is discussion if our Constitution would even allow the commonwealth to force this on every school system.  A bill is expected to be put into our legislature next month.  We will see how it goes.  

But the thing that really takes the cake for me is the national database of the mentally ill.  What???????  Does he really think that a person like me deserves to have my name put into a national database simply because I have a chemical imbalance in my brain?   I have been very open and honest about my mental illness on this blog.  It didn't start out that way, but over time I have come to realize that in a very small way I could try to lift the stigma that surrounds mental illness.  

Mental illness isn't really a science.  There is no blood test to determine if you have it or not.  It is more of an art when it comes to getting a proper diagnosis.  Which, by the way, is part of the problem.  There is no way to determine who is going to become violent.  The vast majority of mentally ill people are not in any dangerous to other people.  They are in many ways self-destructive, but not dangerous.  The differences between the two is huge.  

I have been having a discussion about this on my Facebook page and have been told that I am already in a database about my MDD.  True, but that is for purposes of insurance.  While the police/government could get access to that information if they really needed to, but it would take a court order to do so.  The differences between a private company having this information for those type of purposes and the federal government creating one that they alone have access to don't compare in any way, shape, or form.  

Am I going to have to start wearing a scarlet letter to identify myself to others too?  

I have already seen comparisons between La Pierre and Hitler around the intertubes.   I am sorry, but that isn't so far off.  Hitler didn't like the mentally ill either.  I am was not considered a good person to continue breeding, heaven knows I shouldn't create any more mentally unstable people to mess up the landscape and the perfect utopia that due to be created in the imagination of that madman.  

Under no circumstances should anyone be heralding the idea of a national database about mental illness.  If you are, ask yourself, who gets to determine who is mentally ill or not?  Does a woman who goes through postpartum depression get added?  Postpartum depression is something that last a few months and is curable (yes curable) by a short round of meds.  Many women don't even go the route of meds, they push their way through it.  Does a person who experiences a bout of depression after a divorce get added?  Do we add all the over medicated children we have across the country too?  Does he have any idea how this hinder getting medical treatment for such illnesses?  Did he even remotely think this through?  We already have a huge problem with stigma about mental illness in this country.  This would make an already big problem even more unmanageable.  

This is a violation of our freedoms and rights of epic proportions.  It needs to be ridiculed for what it is.  A Orwellian overreach of government.  Wayne La Pierre should be deeply ashamed of his performance today, deeply and profoundly.  SMDH.


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Four Dead in Altoona, PA Shooting

Four people, including the gunman, are dead today after a shooting that took place in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Three state troopers are also wounded.

The suspect, who has yet to be identified, shot at people "randomly." He had killed three people before being confronted by troopers.
Photo via ABC
During the confrontation, one officer was shot and two others were injured. The police were then able to shoot and kill the suspect.

The trooper who was shot is expected to survive; the ammunition used by the gunman did not breach the officer's bulletproof vest.

Other than the suspect, two men were killed and one woman. Their identities have not been released.

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Altoona Shooting: Six Shot, Four Dead

From CBS:
Emergency officials are on the scene of a deadly shooting in Altoona.

Right now, sources tell KDKA-TV that 4 people are dead, and two Pennsylvania State Troopers were also shot, but expected to be survive. Troopers did shoot and kill the suspect.

Sources say the suspect was on a rural road in the Altoona – Hollidaysburg area shooting at random.
Sources also stated that the shooter was killing people at random.

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David Burch, Fort Lauderdale Man, Screams at Children to Frighten Them After Newtown Shooting


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Threats of Shootings at Dozens of Schools Throughout US Today

A combination of people thinking the world will end, the last day before Christmas vacation, and the one-week anniversary of the tragic shooting at Newtown, CT has resulted in a tremendous amount of shooting threats at schools across the United States.

A simple search on twitter, Google, or Facebook reveals a shocking number of threats. Here is just a small sample:

"I'm scared:"
"School assembly:"
"Cops at school:"
"I'm honestly freaking out:"
"Gonna happen:"
"Help:"
"Oh my God:"
 "Doomsday:"
 "Shooting threat:"
 "Worried:"
God forbid any of these threats are followed through on.

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Oh... We're All Still Here


It's December twenty-first, everyone... The day of the mythical prophecy foretold by the ancient Mayans when the planets would align and for some unexplained reason, the entire world would basically end...

And we're all still freaking here.

Are you really surprised? Really?

Although the Mayans were one of the more sophisticated ancient civilizations, particularly among the native populations of the Americas, and their well discussed calendars are proof of this (being honest, I'm more impressed by their water irrigation methods and construction of pyramids, etc... just me), they never actually predicted the end of the world.

Their calender just ended.

Many have speculated it represents an Mayan belief that the world has cycles and once you reach a certain day, you enter into a new one, or others, albeit crude, hold they were likely overwhelmed by disease and plague brought by the Spanish conquistadors and simply didn't finish the thing...

Or, my personal belief, they probably just got bored of continuously adding days to a calender none of them would use in their lifetimes and decided a good 'ole fashion Mayan human sacrifice to the river god was a more worthwhile expenditure of time...

Regardless, we're all still here...

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Europe: The Final Countdown

In tandem with my other post, still not sick and tired of all the hype on the world "ending" in a couple of hours? Enjoy the Final Countdown:

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R.E.M. - It's The End Of The World (As We Know It)

Not sick and tired of all the hype on the world "ending" in a couple of hours? Enjoy REM's famed song below:

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"Plan B" Collapses, No Vote; House Recesses for Christmas

The plot thickens. From Yahoo:
In a stinging setback for Republican House Speaker John Boehner, a lack of support from inside his own party for his “fiscal cliff” fall-back plan forced him late Thursday to cancel a much-trumpeted vote on the measure.

“The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass,” Boehner said in a written statement released after an emergency meeting of House Republicans.

The measure, dubbed “Plan B,” would have let Bush-era tax cuts expire on income above $1 million annually, while extending them for everyone else. It appeared that Boehner faced a rebellion from conservatives opposed to any tax hike, while House Democrats starved the bill of their support, making passage impossible.

Boehner’s dramatic defeat cast fresh doubt on efforts to avert the “fiscal cliff” and spare Americans across-the-board income tax hikes come Jan. 1. Those increases, coupled with deep automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect the same day, could plunge the fragile economy into a new recession. Talks between the speaker and President Barack Obama were at a stalemate, according to aides on both sides.
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Disgusting: The Children of the Westboro Baptist Church

What the hell?

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Cosmo the God and the Westboro Baptist Church

Someone going by the moniker of 'Cosmo the God' has been taking it to the Westboro Baptist Church. Many of their Twitter accounts have been taken down by Mr. Cosmo, as Wired reports:
It feels a little bit like hacker Groundhog Day. After hijacking a Westboro Baptist Church leader’s Twitter account on Monday, Wired has confirmed that the 15-year-old hacker known as Cosmo the God took over another account belonging to one of the of the same church members on Wednesday, using much the same method.

A source with direct knowledge of the attack who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed to Wired that Cosmo had in fact taken possession of Fred Phelps Jr.’s Twitter account. Phelps Jr. is the son of church leader Fred Phelps Sr. Cosmo took over the @WBCFredJR Twitter account via Phelps’ Hotmail account, which he gained entry to by forwarding the password-reset phone number on the Hotmail account to the phone number he controlled, according to Wired’s source.

Previously, Cosmo had control of church spokesperson and attorney Shirley Lynn Phelps-Roper’s @DearShirley Twitter account for about 24 hours before the account was suspended. During that time, Wired’s source also claims that Cosmo remotely recorded gay porn to her DVR, before canceling her internet service.
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Reid Rules Out Vote on 'Plan B'

And the Democrats want to tell us that they're the 'reasonable' ones. Harry Reid won't even let the Senate consider Speaker Boehner's 'Plan B' approach:
“We are not taking up any of the things that they’re working on over there now,” Reid told reporters. “It’s very, very, very unfortunate the Republicans have wasted an entire week on a number of pointless political stunts.” “The bill has no future, if they don’t know it now, tell them what I said,” he added.

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34 Casualties in Massive Long Island Pileup

From Fox News:
A tractor-trailer smashed into several vehicles on a major highway on Wednesday afternoon, setting off a chain reaction of fiery crashes, killing one person and injuring 33 others, police said.

The accident on the Long Island Expressway, about 70 miles east of New York City, left at least two dozen vehicles strewn across several hundred yards of the eastbound lanes. At least three vehicles, including the tractor-trailer, which was carrying storm debris, caught fire and were still smoldering into the early evening, a fire official said.

A 68-year-old Blue Point woman, who was driving a Toyota Camry eastbound on the expressway, died at the scene, police said. The injured were taken to three area hospitals.

The tractor-trailer driver, 42-year-old Raymond Simoneau, of Rockingham, Vt., was heading eastbound when the truck struck a number of cars, triggering a pileup involving 35 vehicles, Suffolk County police said. He was uninjured, police said.
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Obama: Best Way to Honor Deaths of Sandy Hook Children is to 'Give Me Money'

Sometimes I am shocked by the depths to which this Administration will go. Forget that the election ended last month and that the President is still fundraising. Forget how you fell about him using a tragedy to push his agenda. Conservative or liberal, no one should support Mr. Obama using the death of twenty children to raise money.

In a mass email, the Obama campaign pleaded for cash. It crassly explained that people should give money because:
As we reflect on the lives lost last week, we must also, as the President urged, consider how each of us can play a part in making our country worthy of the memory of those little children.
How do we honor the loss of elementary-aged children, according to President Obama? By giving him money.

It's utterly disgusting.

A screenshot of the disturbing email via IS:
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Boehner Press Conference: Obama Will be Responsible for "Largest Tax Increase in American History"


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Getting Programming Code

If you are working on a website, there are many things that you need to do and need to learn so that your site can be the most competitive and grow in its field. Growing a website can be fun, especially as you learn and are able to use these lessons to help create and nourish other parts of your growing online presence. You can do your research and make sure that you become better knowledgeable about the field you are getting in and how your sites can grow on their own. When you have theses skills under your belt, you will be able to use them not only for yourself but also for other potential clients. When you have the ability to program code you can sell it on the open marketplace while benefiting a potential client. On the other hand, if you are not as strong on your coding, you can purchase some code to use on your own services. When you have a site that can offer you PHP Scripts you can use it to your own advantage. Using the site as a place to buy and sell code can be a great chance to show off your skills while getting what you need for your own sites or business. When you are able to get a hold of this code you can feel more confident or even sell it for some extra scratch in case you need it or would like to build up your resume. Do your research and see what is best for you and your future online plans. When you have these priorities, finding the best sites to build up what you need can be a great advantage. Check out your sources and see which ones may be able to help you find the scripts that you need.

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Classmate: Adam Lanza was Devil Worshiper, Had Website Devoted to Satan

Pure evil. From the Daily Mail:
The Sandy Hook gunman worshiped the devil and had an online page dedicated to Satan, a former classmate revealed, as his childhood barber recalls Adam Lanza never spoke and would stare at the floor every time he had his hair cut.

Lanza's worshiping page had the word 'Devil' written in red, Gothic-style letters against a black background, Trevor L. Todd told The National Enquirer, something which he said was 'weird' and 'gave him the chills'.

The FBI are trying to piece together his smashed up hard drive to see if his online footprint will reveal any motive for the killing, but they strongly believe he made use of devil-worshiping and suicide sites and boasted of his murder plans on message forums.

Adam Lanza's childhood barber Bob Skuba revealed today that Nancy Lanza stopped bringing her son in for haircuts a few years ago so he thought he had moved away from the area.
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Westboro Baptist Church Address

The address of the founder of the Westboro Baptist "Church." I wonder if anyone's had the thought of sending them really nasty gay porn and the like. They may even enjoy it:

Westboro Baptist Church 4791 SW 12th Street, Topeka KS 66604

Related: They're douchebags.

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Photo: Westboro Baptist Church "Protesting" Sandy Hook Funerals

A picture is worth a thousand words. Police and firemen are protecting the families from the WBC scum. The Westboro douches are so bad that even the KKK thinks they're loony.

UPDATE: You can volunteer to stand with the FDNY against the "protests." Photo credit: the New York City Firefighter Brotherhood Foundation.



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Blair County Shooting: 4 Dead, 6 Shot

From CBS:
Emergency officials are on the scene of a deadly shooting in Altoona.

Right now, sources tell KDKA-TV that 4 people are dead, and two Pennsylvania State Troopers were also shot, but expected to be survive. Troopers did shoot and kill the suspect.

Sources say the suspect was on a rural road in the Altoona – Hollidaysburg area shooting at random.
Sources also stated that the shooter was killing people at random.

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Shooting in Holidaysburg: Six Shot, Four Dead

From CBS:
Emergency officials are on the scene of a deadly shooting in Altoona.

Right now, sources tell KDKA-TV that 4 people are dead, and two Pennsylvania State Troopers were also shot, but expected to be survive. Troopers did shoot and kill the suspect.

Sources say the suspect was on a rural road in the Altoona – Hollidaysburg area shooting at random.
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Why Didn't the World End Today?

Wondering why the world didn't end today? I mean seriously, are you? If you are, then you are an imbecile. But just to answer the question "Why did the world end today:"

The Mayans were a group of ancient people who couldn't even predict their own demise, let alone European invaders. Did you honestly believe a nearly extinct people who were slaughtered 500 years ago could predict the end of the world using the Gregorian calendar (which they didn't have) on the shockingly Western date of 12/21/12 at 11:11 GMT? Honestly? The Mayans didn't even know there was a Greenwich.

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Independent Panel: State Department Failed Repeatedly, Had "Gross Security Lapses" in Benghazi

In other news, water is wet. From the AP:
The leaders of an independent panel that blamed systematic State Department management and leadership failures for gross security lapses in the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya will explain their findings to Congress on Wednesday.

The two most senior members of the Accountability Review Board are set to testify behind closed doors before the House and Senate foreign affairs committees on the classified findings of their harshly critical report.

An unclassified version released late Tuesday said serious bureaucratic mismanagement was responsible for the inadequate security at the mission in Benghazi where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed.

"Systematic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department resulted in a Special Mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place," the panel said.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Motive of Adam Lanza Emerges: Fear of Being "Sent Away"

Adam Lanza was afraid of being committed to a mental health facility by his mother. And this assclown's logic? Murder dozens of innocent children. There is a special place in hell for him.
From Fox News:
The gunman who slaughtered 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school may have snapped because his mother was planning to commit him to a psychiatric facility, according to a lifelong resident of the area who was familiar with the killer’s family and several of the victims’ families.

Adam Lanza, 20, targeted Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown after killing his mother early Friday because he believed she loved the school “more than she loved him,” said Joshua Flashman, 25, who grew up not far from where the shooting took place. Flashman, a U.S. Marine, is the son of a pastor at an area church where many of the victims' families worship.

“From what I've been told, Adam was aware of her petitioning the court for conservatorship and (her) plans to have him committed," Flashman told FoxNews.com. "Adam was apparently very upset about this. He thought she just wanted to send him away. From what I understand, he was really, really angry. I think this could have been it, what set him off.”
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Mayan End of the World Countdown Clock

Update: Well, looks like the world didn't end. What a freaking shock. Original article below:

Still dumb enough to completely ignore facts? Utterly oblivious to the fact that actual Mayans refute the claim that the world is going to end? If so, or you just want to have a nice countdown to when people shut the hell up about 2012, enjoy the up to the second doomsday countdown clock blow:

End of the World Countdown: December 21, 2012

Still dumb enough to completely ignore facts? Utterly oblivious to the fact that actual Mayans refute the claim that the world is going to end? If so, or you just want to have a nice countdown to when people shut the hell up about 2012, enjoy the up to the second doomsday countdown clock blow:

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Countdown to Mayan End of the World

Still dumb enough to completely ignore facts? Utterly oblivious to the fact that actual Mayans refute the claim that the world is going to end? If so, or you just want to have a nice countdown to when people shut the hell up about 2012, enjoy the up to the second doomsday countdown clock blow:



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Monday, December 17, 2012

Mayan End of the World Predictions

The Mayan civilization had one of the most advanced calendars outside of Europe or Asia. When crafting their calendar, they ended it on December 21, 2012. What's going to happen that day? Surely, most people aren't afraid, but what are some of the theories out there? National Geographic says nothing:

Houston and Stuart's initial interpretation indicated that a god will descend at the end of Bak'tun 13. What would happen next is uncertain, although the scholars suggested this might have been a prophecy of some sort.This 1996 analysis was picked up "on many New Age websites, associated forum discussions, and even a few book chapters" as evidence that the Maya calendar had predicted the end of the world, according to Stuart.Houston and Stuart, however, independently revisited the glyphs recently and concluded that the inscription may actually contain no prophetic statements about 2012 at all.Rather, the mention of the end of Bak'tun 13 is likely a forward-looking statement that refers back to the main subject of the inscription, which is the dedication of Monument 6.


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Holder in 2005: Hey, Let's Brainwash People Against Guns

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NBC News Correspondent, Richard Engel, Missing in Syria

Bad news. From the Inquisitr:
Richard Engel has reportedly gone missing in Syria, with the NBC News foreign correspondent out of touch since last Thursday.

Reports of Engel’s disappearance have come from Turkish news sources, which also note that a Turkish journalist working with Engel, Aziz Akyava┼č, has also gone missing. Engel had been reporting on the ongoing conflict between rebels and forces backing President Bashar al-Assad.

News of Richard Engel’s disappearance in Syria have reportedly been blacked out of NBC News. Gawker noted that it had agreed to the blackout for the past 24 hours, but broke the news on Monday afternoon.

Engel’s disappearance has been widely reported in Turkish media, with the newspaper Hurriyet reporting that Engel and Akyavas were last in contact with NBC News on Thursday morning.
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Haley Selects Tim Scott to Replace Retiring DeMint in Senate


Excellent news from beautiful South Carolina this afternoon: Governor Nikki Haley has reportedly selected Republican Congressman Tim Scott to replace Jim DeMint in the U.S. Senate, elevating the young and inspiring two-term Scott to a position of prominence in a rather short time.

Scott, who will be the only African-American in the United States Senate the 113th Congress, is an inspiring case as he lifted himself from lowly poverty as a child to become a successful businessman and now U.S. Senator from, historically speaking, the heart of the old, and oppressive Confederacy.

And even more ironic.... He defeated former U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond's son in the primary back in 2010, but now he's serving in the seat the old segregationist once served in for decades and decades. I wonder what the South Carolinian's of the 1800s would say to an Indian-American woman as Governor appointing an African-American man to become Senator...

My have we come a long way as a nation birthed in equality.

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