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Liberals continue to play armchair psychiatrists
Regardless of the mounting evidence that the alleged Tucson shooter Jared Lee Loughner was not inspired by talk-radio or "right wing rhetoric" to go to a Tucson shopping center and shoot at both private citizens, a federal judge, and Democratic Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, liberals continue to spread the myth that conservatives are the cause of violence.
Published 2:16 p.m., January 13 2011 in Water Cooler
Lawful gun owners become the target yet again
As a result of last weekend’s massacre in Tucson that left Arizona Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life and six people murdered, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have already proposed further gun control legislation. While it was unsurprising that gun control advocate Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, New York Democrat, was one of the first to propose such legislation, fellow New Yorker Rep. Peter King, a Republican, has proposed a bill that would make it unlawful to carry a legal firearm within 1000 feet of a member of Congress. Congresswoman Giffords herself is a gun owner herself. She, in fact, told The New York Times in a 2010 interview, she is the proud owner of the now vilified and very popular Glock model caliber weapon that Mr. Loughner used last Saturday. “I have a Glock 9 millimeter, and I’m a pretty good shot,” she said. Other than revolvers, the Glock is actually pretty popular among females, particularly instructors, who shoot firearms. Ms. Giffords represents the rising demographic of women, including myself, who have shot the well-favored Glock.
Published 12:12 p.m., January 13 2011 in Water Cooler
AMBER alerts now available to Facebook users
Making "the social network" even more responsive, Facebook is adding access to AMBER Alerts.
Published 11:04 a.m., January 12 2011 in Technology
Dupnik's own daughter faced drug charges, but did he find her help?
Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has managed to place himself in the media spotlight by blaming the political and media climate as the reason for last weekend's Tucson's massacre. In fact, the Pima County Sheriff went as far as to blame talk radio host Rush Limbaugh for the tragic shooting that took the lives of six and wounded 14. However, if Sheriff Dupnik is willing to use this line of logic, is he then willing to take responsibility for the fact that his own adult daughter was arrested on drug charges in his own county?
Published 9:58 a.m., January 12 2011 in Water Cooler
Ariz. lawmakers pass bill banning funeral picketing
As a result of Westboro Baptist Church members who plan to picket the funeral of Christina Taylor Green, a nine-year old girl who was gunned down on Saturday among other victims, Arizona lawmakers approved emergency legislation that would ban protests at funerals in Arizona reports the Tucson Sentinel.
Published 7:54 p.m., January 11 2011 in Water Cooler
Verizon gets iPhone, but without 4G
Verizon scored a win with its addition of Apple's iPhone, but there are caveats, and AT&T; has something to say in all of this, too.
Published 2:28 p.m., January 11 2011 in Technology
Cain team 'debating' 2012 announcement for next week
Herman Cain has long made it clear he has his eyes set on the presidency and according to an inside source, Mr. Cain may announce at the CORE (Congress of Racial Equality)Dinner in New York City next Monday his intention to run for the Republican nomination for the President of the United States in 2012.
Published 11:43 p.m., January 10 2011 in Water Cooler
Mentally ill hidden by liberal 'good intentions', revealed by public tragedy
Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged gunman who critically wounded among others Arizona Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed six, including: Gifford’s aide, a federal judge, and a nine-year old girl has been described as a mentally ill individual who is a drug user. Despite the fact that Mr. Loughner’s community college suspected he had mental illness issues, he was able to purchase a 9 mm weapon. Many wonder why someone like Jared Loughner’s mental illness information did not appear in the FBI background check the store used at the time Mr. Loughner purchased his weapon.
Published 1:34 p.m., January 10 2011 in Water Cooler
Obama's first call for national moment of silence in first term
As a result of a deranged gunman’s deadly shooting that critically wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Democrat, and killed six others including: her aide, a federal judge, and a nine-year old girl in Tucson, President Barack Obama called for and led a moment of silence at 11 a.m. on Monday.
Published 10:50 a.m., January 10 2011 in Water Cooler
Liberals blast Palin and 'rhetoric' following AZ shooting
Did liberals like Congressman Raul Grijalva, Arizona Democrat, Markos, Moulitsas, and Andrew Sullivan speak too soon for the sake of hoping that the Tucson shooter could have had a tea party or a right of center affiliation? From all of their statements today, both said and written, it sure seems like it.
Published 7:42 p.m., January 8 2011 in Water Cooler
Identified AZ shooter You Tube video gives further clues
Jared Lee Loughner has been identified by police as the individual who allegedly shot 18 individuals including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Democrat. At least six persons died from their wounds. A person with Mr. Loughner's name has a video posted above on You Tube.
Published 4:56 p.m., January 8 2011 in Water Cooler
Report: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition after being shot
UPDATE 2: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is reportedly in critical condition after being shot according to hospital representatives. At least 12 are wounded and 5 individuals have died in the shooting attack that took place at a local Safeway in Tuscon, Arizona on Saturday.
Published 2:12 p.m., January 8 2011 in Water Cooler
District pitches a cost cutter to Boehner
The D.C. government is among the first to offer to help GOP House Speaker John Boehner cut the chamber's office budgets and other government waste.
Published 11:23 a.m., January 7 2011 in Inside Politics
Birthright citizenship likely to be re-examined in near future
A bipartisan reading of the Constitution on the House floor on Thursday made a number of lawmakers reflect on their own hopes for the future of the new Congress. Congressman Phil Gingrey, Georgia Republican, spoke to reporters about the reading and what he hopes will come out of the re-examination of the 14th amendment.
Published 9:59 a.m., January 7 2011 in Water Cooler
Congress messes up Constitution reading
The House of Representatives managed to muck up reading the Constitution Thursday, dropping 115 words in Articles IV and V during the nearly 90-minute recitation on the House floor.
Published 3:34 p.m., January 6 2011 in Inside Politics
New GOP lawmakers have day in the sun and prep for future battles
Republicans had their big day on Capitol Hill on Wednesday as they moved into the majority on the House side and elevated their numbers in the Senate. Of the 94 freshman lawmakers in the 112th Congress, 85 Republicans joined their Party in Washington to help hand the House gavel over to now Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican.
Published 7:21 p.m., January 5 2011 in Water Cooler
The anti-Pelosi vote
When Rep. Nancy Pelosi lost 19 Democrats on Wednesday's vote to be House speaker, it marked the worst showing for a party's nominee in more than 80 years.
Published 5:33 p.m., January 5 2011 in Inside Politics
New GOP House majority comes out swinging
The 112th Congress convenes on Wednesday afternoon with many fresh faces from the Republican Party ready to answer many pieces of Democratic legislation long criticized by both GOP and conservative activists alike.
Published 10:55 p.m., January 4 2011 in Water Cooler
NY GOP Chair: Steele doesn't practice what he preaches
Americans for Tax Reform and the Daily Caller hosted the first Republican National Committee Chairman candidates debate at the National Press Club on Monday afternoon. RNC Chairman Michael Steele defended his time at the helm of the GOP organization.
Published 5:25 p.m., January 3 2011 in Water Cooler
Gallup looks back at key 2010 polling results
Gallup.com has gathered together some of their various polling results from 2010. Polling topics include: political, economic, well being, and world news. Here are a few highlights mentioned from each month.
Published 11:55 a.m., December 31 2010 in Water Cooler
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TSA chief seeks less 'invasive' methods
By Joseph Weber - The Washington Times
Transportation Safety Administration chief John Pistole said Thursday the agency is looking at new technology such as scanner images that show passengers as "stick figures" and security methods used in Israeli airports as part of his pledge to make air travel "as minimally invasive as possible." Published 10:13 a.m. January 13, 2011
Banks repossessed 1 million homes in 2010
By Janna Herron - Associated Press
Lenders are poised to take back more homes this year than any other since the U.S. housing meltdown began in 2006. About 5 million borrowers are at least two months behind on their mortgages and more will miss payments as they struggle with job losses and loans worth more than their home's value, industry analysts forecast. Published 9:07 a.m. January 13, 2011
Lebanese coalition collapses in turmoil over probe
By Shaun Waterman - The Washington Times
Lebanon's year-old coalition government collapsed Wednesday amid fears that a United Nations report into the 2005 assassination of the country's prime minister will trigger a new civil war and plunge the Middle East into another conflict. Published 8:36 p.m. January 12, 2011
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