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Reader Selected News, Week Dec 29 – Jan 4

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This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Reader Selected News, Week Dec 29 – Jan 4”

  1. captstubby says:

    Boehner swore at Reid after ‘dictatorship’ comment, sources say
    Published January 2, 2013 | FoxNews.com
    As nasty as the battle over the fiscal crisis bill looked on the floors of Congress, it was even nastier behind the scenes.

    Sources confirmed to Fox News that House Speaker John Boehner told Harry Reid to “go f— yourself” while passing by the Senate majority leader at the White House Friday.

    The outburst came after Reid, on Thursday, took to the floor and likened Boehner to a dictator. Reid had claimed Boehner was holding back a bill out of concern for his speakership.

    “John Boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than about keeping the nation on firm financial footing,” Reid said Thursday, claiming the chamber was “being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker.”

    Boehner did not take kindly to the accusation. Politico first reported that Boehner swore at Reid when he saw him the next day at the White House, where congressional leaders were convening for a meeting.

    Reid reportedly seemed startled, asking, “What are you talking about?” Boehner then repeated, “Go f— yourself.”

    Boehner’s office offered “no comment” on the incident.

    almost as good as when Boehner rang Reid’s doorbell and ran away.

  2. Anonymoose says:


    “I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America.”

    “We, the people, deserve better than you.”

    Exactly. Just like Senator Boxer chiding a general because he called her M’am. Politicians need to remember they serve the public, not rule the public and know “what’s best” for us.

  3. Anonymoose says:


    To be honest early in my life I had conflicting views about abortion, and it was because I’d been raised with the liberal/progressive agenda about it. I remember a girl I went out with a couple of times who was going to drive all the way to DC to participate in an abortion rights rally; and many many other young women talking about how having a child would ruin their careers–yet I never ran into someone who’d faced that. And today? They have mandatory maternity leave.

    Really, the environment today on college campuses isn’t that much different from the conservative 80’s, just the liberals are much more out in the open and hateful.

    I’d always thought it would be a very serious decision–and the first thing that got me was where was the man’s input? What were his thoughts on being a father?

    But the real turning point was a girl in college I’d never met, just heard about, who’d gotten pregnant. Being a minor (under 21) she’d gone to another state where her parents wouldn’t be notified. Afterwards, her body reacted as if she’d given birth, and she was mad she couldn’t party on the beach. The father’s input wasn’t even considered, she may not have even known who he was.

  4. Anonymoose says:


    A little surprised to see this on Fox, but then it came from the Associated Press. It’s a little sad seeing the writer trying to spin it into another “assault weapons” story, but when they keep saying generically the bad guy was:

    “Armed with a Swiss military rifle and a handgun,”

    And finally the “The suspect was using a military rifle that was once standard issue in the Swiss army during the first half of the 20th century,” which sounds like a Swedish Mauser. A bolt action rifle that today is considered a “sporting weapon.”

    And again it’s the “ease of access” and the “unregulated secondary sales,” rather than the real problem, someone on a disability pension who’d been admitted to a psychiatric hospital and had been receiving care since 2005.

    Once again, it’s not the gun, it’s the person with problems who is responsible.

  5. captstubby says:

    snopes.com: Media Quiet About San Antonio Theater Shooting

    San Antonio Theater Shooting
    Claim: An off-duty sheriff’s officer apprehended a gunman by
    shooting him in a San Antonio movie theater.


    Media Quiet About San Antonio Theater Shooting

    On Sunday December 17, 2012, 2 days after the CT shooting, a man
    went to a restaurant in San Antonio to kill his X-girlfriend. After
    he shot her, most of the people in the restaurant fled next door to
    a theater. The gunman followed them and entered the theater so he
    could shoot more people. He started shooting and people in the
    theater started running and screaming. It’s like the Aurora, CO
    theater story plus a restaurant!

    Now aren’t you wondering why this isn’t a lead story in the national
    media along with the school shooting?

    There was an off duty county deputy at the theater. SHE pulled out
    her gun and shot the man 4 times before he had a chance to kill
    anyone. So since this story makes the point that the best thing to
    stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun, the media
    is treating it like it never happened.

    Only the local media covered it. The city is giving her a medal next
    Origins: According to news accounts, on the evening of 16 December
    2012, a 19-year-old man named Jesus Manuel Garcia showed up at the
    China Garden restaurant in San Antonio with a gun in an incident
    believed to have something to do with his former girlfriend (who
    worked at the restaurant). After Garcia opened fire at the
    restaurant, a number of employees fled across a parking lot to an
    adjacent theater, where they were pursued by Garcia: The employees
    inside the restaurant fled out a side door into the parking lot.
    Investigators said Garcia began chasing the employees and continued
    firing at them as they ran through the parking lot and into the
    Mayan Palace Theatre next door.

    As Garcia was running through the parking lot, he shot the
    windshield of a San Antonio Police patrol car after an officer in
    the car shined a spotlight on him. The
    officer was not injured.

    Garcia then ran inside the movie theater, where he continued his
    search for the restaurant employees. Movie-goers in the lobby,
    bathroom, and some theaters reported hearing multiple gunshots. The
    gunshots caused people inside the theater to panic.

    “Everybody was just coming out of the side of the theater, running
    out the emergency exits. And everyone was screaming and running,” a
    woman who was at the theater said.

    Authorities said one person was shot by Garcia.

    Garcia was finally stopped by an off-duty Bexar County Sheriff’s
    Department officer who was working security at the theater.
    Officials said the officer, Sgt. Lisa Castellano, heard the gunfire
    inside the theater and ran towards the sound of the shooting to find
    out what was going on. Sgt. Castellano spotted Garcia coming out of
    a bathroom with his gun drawn and fired at him, shooting him four
    Sgt. Castellano was awarded with a Medal of Valor on 19 December
    2012 for her efforts in stopping the gunman at the scene of the
    shooting: Sgt. Lisa Cuello Castellano was met with a standing

    Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz presented the 13-year veteran with
    the Medal of Valor for taking down a gunman inside a south-side
    movie theater.

    According to police and deputies at the scene, 19-year-old Jesus
    Garcia ran into the Santikos Mayan Palace after firing several shots
    inside a nearby restaurant [and] in the parking lot.

    Castellano, who was off duty, yelled for people inside the theater
    to get down on the ground. When Garcia came out of the restroom,
    Castellano ordered him to drop his weapon. When he refused, she shot
    him multiple times.

    “I’m not going to lie; it was frightening,” she said. “But, you
    know, the training kicks in. And thank you to the sheriff’s office
    for all of the training that we’re given.”
    Some of the details in the example at the head of this article
    appear to be inaccurate: news reports indicate Garcia didn’t shoot
    his ex-girlfriend (she wasn’t even present at the restaurant at the
    time), and it isn’t yet clear whether he was deliberately intending
    to shoot innocent victims at the theater (as the gunman did in the
    July 2012 Aurora, Colorado, theater shootings) or whether he was
    firing aimlessly in a fit of rage.

    In general, the San Antonio theater shooting received little
    coverage outside of local news media, primarily because it didn’t
    include any of the factors that typically propel such stories from
    local to national news: it was not an especially horrific crime (or
    part of a larger crime), it did not involve any deaths or the
    wounding of large numbers of people, and it featured no prominent
    persons: it was a shooting incident in which a single person was
    injured. The possibility that an armed off-duty law enforcement
    official may have prevented additional casualties by shooting the
    gunman might have made the incident more newsworthy than usual, but
    that aspect of the story is speculative, and as others have
    observed, the news media tend to highlight negative events rather
    than positive ones: “reporters don’t report buildings that don’t

    Last updated: 30 December 2012

    Urban Legends Reference Pages © 1995-2013 by Barbara and David P.

    “The possibility that an armed off-duty law enforcement
    official may have prevented additional casualties by shooting the
    gunman might have made the incident more newsworthy than usual, but
    that aspect of the story is speculative, ”

    no bias here.

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