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December 20 –

“WILL THEY GET THE CARD?” …
OBAMA: “KIDS KILLED, SO RAISE TAXES” ...
WHERE'S THE FUROR OVER MAJOR HASAN?


We have now reached that terrifying part of the season when we ask ourselves, "Will that greeting card I sent to the person who wasn't on my list but sent me one so I had to respond ... actually arrive before Christmas?"

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Survey (Rasmussen) says … 60% of Americans now think … think … their home is worth more than the mortgage on it. That's encouraging, but the reality is the same as always: It's only worth what someone is willing to pay for it and every realtor and agent knows that people almost always think their home is worth more than the actual market value.

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GM is buying some of its stock from the government, which financed the bailout of the company – or, more accurately, the union. The taxpayers are losing billions of dollars on the deal.
     Biiiig surprise.


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Just when you think Obama has hit bottom in demagogic sleaze, he finds a new bottom. How can any rational person not be offended by his demand that the Republicans acquiesce to another insane, debt-expanding budget based upon the slaughter of children by a crazed murderer?

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To all the posturing pols and media hyenas demanding precipitate action to stop mass murder: Why are you not demanding that Muslim U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan, who slaughtered 13 of his fellow soldiers and injured 29 others at Ft. Hood, Texas, more than three years ago finally be tried?
    Note to Boob Schiefer of CBS, whose latest rant about demands for more gun control in the wake of the school killings in Connecticut include his absurd observation that the outcry would be louder if a Muslim were the killer: Have you forgotten Ft. Hood, in your own native Texas? And you dare pose as a “journalist”?


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A fact-check from Jacob Sullum (Reason Magazine) …
    “Although Friday's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has prompted renewed calls for reinstating the federal 'assault weapon' ban, we know for a fact that such a law would not have stopped Adam Lanza or made his attack less deadly, because it didn't. The rifle he used, a .223-caliber Bushmaster M4 carbine, was actually legal under Connecticut's 'assault weapon' ban, which is similar to the federal law that expired in 2004.”

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Jonah Goldberg's warning about hasty action in heated response to the Connecticut tragedy …
    “I think we need better mental-health screening and treatment for potential murderers. I’m also completely open to gun laws — limiting the sale of large clips perhaps — that would reduce this kind of slaughter. I don’t know how to implement such ideas in ways that would actually work. Indeed, all I’m sure of is that we should be very careful about making big decisions when we are so angry and mourning so deeply.”

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People ask, “Are there more of these awful mass-murder incidents – or do we just hear more about them?”
Consider this, then decide: There were 42 such incidents in the decade of the '90's … 26 in the first decade of this century.


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Peter Ferrara (The American Spectator) summarizes Prof. John Lott's in-depth study of armed citizens vs. crime …
    “What the results show is that in localities where there are more guns, there is less crime. That is because criminals avoid victims who are or might be armed, and prefer to prey on the defenseless and unarmed. It is this unparalleled scholarship that has swept the states with newly enacted 'concealed carry' laws. Those laws require local authorities to issue permits to carry concealed handguns to those who meet the specified qualifications (known as 'shall issue' laws). Lott describes the sweeping change in his latest Third Edition of More Guns, Less Crime:
    “There are large drops in overall violent crime, murder, rape, and aggravated assault that begin right after the right to carry laws have gone into effect. In all those crime categories, the crime rates consistently stay much lower than they were before the law. The murder rate for these right to carry states fell consistently every year relative to non-right-to-carry states.
Lott adds:
“All the results indicate that violent crime falls after right-to-carry laws are passed…. There is a large, statistically significant drop in murder rates across all specifications. The before-and-after average comparison implies that right-to-carry laws reduce murder by roughly 20 percent. In all cases, right-to-carry laws cause the trends in murder, rape, and robbery rates to fall.”
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If, as many suspect, the "Fast & Furious" plot by Eric Holder's Justice Department allowed the sale of guns they knew were going to be smuggled to Mexican criminals, his supporters can dwell on this:
     The murdered Mexican beauty queen who was evidently being used as a hostage and human shield by a crime gang was found dead where they shot it out with police. One of the guns the murderers left behind was -- guess what! -- one of the guns Holder's people sold to a smuggler who then sent it on to Mexico.
     And Holder and his Big Boss still blather about "gun control" ...

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So VP Joe Biden is assigned by Obama to come up with a solution to mass murder. Wonder which reporter will be first to ask Joltin' Joe if this job is also “A BFD,” to use the term he once applied to one of his boss' grand ideas?
    Joltin' Joe is going to head a “task force” to discuss gun-control issues. And we know from long experience just how effective “task forces” or “blue ribbon panels” are when it comes to getting actual results. They're just a way of appearing to take action. Just more Washington bullfeathers.


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Piers Morgan is the ratings-deficient British talk-show host on CNN (his is consistently the lowest-rated show in prime-time among the “news” cable networks). He is virulently anti-gun.
    One might suspect he'd like to make his views retroactive to 1776, in which case the American colonists would still be British subjects … unarmed in the face of tyranny.


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The slowly dying Time Magazine (Newsweek's already dead) chooses Obama as their “Man of the Year.”
     Of course.


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Actors, authors and assorted other showbiz riff-raff are proclaiming their wish that NRA members die by gunfire.
     Has no one told these simpletons that it is unwise to antagonize armed people?


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The Chinese government news agency is demanding that all U.S. citizens be disarmed. Perhaps someone in the Chinese government recalls that the Japanese warlords of the 1940's decided against invading the U.S. mainland precisely because of all those armed Americans. One said to his colleagues at the time, “If we do that, we will find an American with a gun behind every tree.”

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Tim Tebow has asked for his release from the wretched Jets. If he weren't such a decent man and gentleman, he'd probably be harboring an urge to beat hell out of that stupid Rex Ryan on his way out. Anybody taking bets on whether “coach” Ryan will get another head-coaching job in the NFL – if the idiotic Jets' management fires him, as expected?

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The Mayan calendar says it's all over for the world tomorrow. Finished. Kaput. Time to put on that sandwich board and run thru the streets screaming, “The end is near!”
    If true believers are putting their houses up for sale, there may be some excellent real estate buys.


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Jim Eason offers a wager on that Mayan calendar doom-date …
    “You bet me one dollar the world WILL end on Thursday (Friday in some time zones);
    “I'll match that bet with A THOUSAND DOLLARS...for I don't believe it will end.
    “So, if the world doesn't end...I win and collect your dollar.
    “If the world DOES end...you win and collect from me.”

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Cindy Adams' (NY Post) report on the state of the nation's youth …
    “HOT & Crusty on 23rd and Eighth, NYC. Young girl’s purse opens. Out flies a floorful of coins. She exits leaving more than $5 strewn all over. She says: 'I’m too tired to pick it up.'”

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Re the ongoing war against Christmas: Recommended reading for today is the latest column on the subject by Burt Prelutsky. Rather than excerpting the highlights, I recommend reading the entirety at BURTPRELUTSKY.COM
    I would appreciate hearing/reading your reaction.


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Wisdom from Wes, a reader …
    “I see where some computer folks are trying to prove whether or not we (our universe) exist as a computer simulation program being run by a much more advanced species. That really does make a whole lot of sense and explains a lot... a whole bunch of the idiots around us are just programming errors!”
… so now we know how Obama got elected. – LR

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Argus Hamilton --
      "Les Miserables opens on Christmas about the French Revolution. The musical is set in a period of random violence, social upheaval, mob rule and execution of the rich. The studio is releasing it on Christmas Day so it'll be eligible for an Oscar for best documentary."
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