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Dorner manhunt: Maids surprised suspect in cabin, escaped, called cops

Dorner manhunt: Maids surprised suspect in cabin, escaped, called cops | Littlebytesnews Current Events | Scoop.it
The discovery of a man who police believe to be Christopher Dorner began when two maids ran into him Tuesday morning as they arrived to clean a vacant cabin in the Big Bear area near where the fugitive ex-cop’s car was set ablaze last week.

 

The two maids entered a cabin in the 1200 block of Club View Drive, close to Snow Summit and Bear Mountain Resort, and surprised a man who they said resembled the fugitive, a law enforcement official said. The man tied up the maids, and then took off in a purple Nissan parked near the cabin, authorities said.

One of the maids was eventually able to break free and called 911 at 12:20 p.m., officials said

 

Nearly half an hour later, officials said, the suspect was driving on California 38 when he passed a marked vehicle driven by officers of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

They recognized the suspect as he passed and swung their vehicle around in pursuit, officials said.

The suspect attempted to evade them by turning off onto Glass Road, and at some point crashed and abandoned the small car.

 

A short time later, authorities said, the suspect carjacked a light-colored pickup truck. Allan Laframboise said the truck belonged to his friend Rick Heltebrake, who works at a nearby Boy Scout camp.

Heltebrake was driving on Glass Road with his Dalmatian, Suni, when a hulking African American man stepped into the road, Laframboise said. Heltebrake stopped. The man told him to get out of the truck.

"Can I take my dog?" Heltebrake asked, according to his friend.

 

"You can leave and you can take your dog," the man reportedly said. He then sped off in the Dodge extended-cab pickup — and quickly encountered two Department of Fish and Wildlife trucks.

As the suspect zoomed past the officers, he rolled down his window and fired about 15 to 20 rounds, officials said. One of the officers jumped out and shot a high-powered rifle at the fleeing truck, they said.

The suspect subsequently crashed that truck and ran into the woods, authorities said. He ended up in a cabin, and a firefight ensued, they said. Two San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were shot; one was pronounced dead at a hospital, and the other underwent surgery. Hundreds of rounds were fired in the firefight.

 

Just before 5 p.m., authorities smashed the cabin's windows, pumped in tear gas and called for the suspect to surrender. They got no response, officials said. Then, using a demolition vehicle, they tore down the cabin's walls one by one. By the time they got to the last wall, authorities heard a single gunshot, a source said.

Then flames began to spread through the structure, and gunshots, probably set off by the fire, were heard, officials said. 

Charred human remains have been found in the debris of the cabin, authorities said late Tuesday night.

 

Investigators will attempt to identify the remains through forensic means, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

 

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Latest updates via twitter:Authorities say women who encountered man resembling Christopher Dorner in Big Bear cabin were 2 maids -@latimesFeb. 13, 2013, 4:35 p.m. GMT from latimesblogs.latimes.com by editor

 

Investigation doesn't stop just because suspect believed dead, LAPD spokesman Lt. Andy Neiman says - @ABC7Feb. 13, 2013, 4:10 p.m. GMT by editor

 

LAPD official: No estimates yet for cost of investigation; investigation will continue, task force still in place - live videoFeb. 13, 2013, 4:07 p.m. GMT by editor

 

Official: LAPD moved back into normal state of police operation, normal patrols late last night - live video

 

Man carjacked in Big Bear mountains says Christopher Dorner told him, 'I don't want to hurt you' - @todayshow 2 hours ago from todaynews.today.com by editor

 

Funeral service is scheduled for police officer slain in alleged ambush by ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner -@latimes

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READ: The President’s State of the Union address

READ: The President’s State of the Union address | Littlebytesnews Current Events | Scoop.it
Here's the full speech that President Barack Obama will deliver as his fourth State of the Union address.

 

 

President Barack Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address, as prepared for delivery.

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, fellow citizens:

 

Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this Chamber that “the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress…It is my task,” he said, “to report the State of the Union – to improve it is the task of us all.”

 

Tonight, thanks to the grit and determination of the American people, there is much progress to report. After a decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home. After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over six million new jobs. We buy more American cars than we have in five years, and less foreign oil than we have in twenty. Our housing market is healing, our stock market is rebounding, and consumers, patients, and homeowners enjoy stronger protections than ever before.

 

Together, we have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is stronger.

But we gather here knowing that there are millions of Americans whose hard work and dedication have not yet been rewarded. Our economy is adding jobs – but too many people still can’t find full-time employment. Corporate profits have rocketed to all-time highs – but for more than a decade, wages and incomes have barely budged.

It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.

It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.

It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few; that it encourages free enterprise, rewards individual initiative, and opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great nation.

The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem. They don’t expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. But they do expect us to put the nation’s interests before party. They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can. For they know that America moves forward only when we do so together; and that the responsibility of improving this union remains the task of us all.

Our work must begin by making some basic decisions about our budget – decisions that will have a huge impact on the strength of our recovery.

Over the last few years, both parties have worked together to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion – mostly through spending cuts, but also by raising tax rates on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. As a result, we are more than halfway towards the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances.

Now we need to finish the job. And the question is, how?

In 2011, Congress passed a law saying that if both parties couldn’t agree on a plan to reach our deficit goal, about a trillion dollars’ worth of budget cuts would automatically go into effect this year. These sudden, harsh, arbitrary cuts would jeopardize our military readiness. They’d devastate priorities like education, energy, and medical research. They would certainly slow our recovery, and cost us hundreds of thousands of jobs. That’s why Democrats, Republicans, business leaders, and economists have already said that these cuts, known here in Washington as “the sequester,” are a really bad idea.

Now, some in this Congress have proposed preventing only the defense cuts by making even bigger cuts to things like education and job training; Medicare and Social Security benefits.

That idea is even worse. Yes, the biggest driver of our long-term debt is the rising cost of health care for an aging population. And those of us who care deeply about programs like Medicare must embrace the need for modest reforms – otherwise, our retirement programs will crowd out the investments we need for our children, and jeopardize the promise of a secure retirement for future generations.

But we can’t ask senior citizens and working families to shoulder the entire burden of deficit reduction while asking nothing more from the wealthiest and most powerful. We won’t grow the middle class simply by shifting the cost of health care or college onto families that are already struggling, or by forcing communities to lay off more teachers, cops, and firefighters. Most Americans – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – understand that we can’t just cut our way to prosperity. They know that broad-based economic growth requires a balanced approach to deficit reduction, with spending cuts and revenue, and with everybody doing their fair share. And that’s the approach I offer tonight.

On Medicare, I’m prepared to enact reforms that will achieve the same amount of health care savings by the beginning of the next decade as the reforms proposed by the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission. Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health care costs. The reforms I’m proposing go even further. We’ll reduce taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies and ask more from the wealthiest seniors. We’ll bring down costs by changing the way our government pays for Medicare, because our medical bills shouldn’t be based on the number of tests ordered or days spent in the hospital – they should be based on the quality of care that our seniors receive. And I am open to additional reforms from both parties, so long as they don’t violate the guarantee of a secure retirement. Our government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep – but we must keep the promises we’ve already made.

To hit the rest of our deficit reduction target, we should do what leaders in both parties have already suggested, and save hundreds of billions of dollars by getting rid of tax loopholes and deductions for the well-off and well-connected. After all, why would we choose to make deeper cuts to education and Medicare just to protect special interest tax breaks? How is that fair? How does that promote growth?

Now is our best chance for bipartisan, comprehensive tax reform that encourages job creation and helps bring down the deficit. The American people deserve a tax code that helps small businesses spend less time filling out complicated forms, and more time expanding and hiring; a tax code that ensures billionaires with high-powered accountants can’t pay a lower rate than their hard-working secretaries; a tax code that lowers incentives to move jobs overseas, and lowers tax rates for businesses and manufacturers that create jobs right here in America. That’s what tax reform can deliver. That’s what we can do together.

I realize that tax reform and entitlement reform won’t be easy. The politics will be hard for both sides. None of us will get 100 percent of what we want. But the alternative will cost us jobs, hurt our economy, and visit hardship on millions of hardworking Americans. So let’s set party interests aside, and work to pass a budget that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments in our future. And let’s do it without the brinksmanship that stresses consumers and scares off investors. The greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next. Let’s agree, right here, right now, to keep the people’s government open, pay our bills on time, and always uphold the full faith and credit of the United States of America. The American people have worked too hard, for too long, rebuilding from one crisis to see their elected officials cause another.

 

Now, most of us agree that a plan to reduce the deficit must be part of our agenda. But let’s be clear: deficit reduction alone is not an economic plan. A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs – that must be the North Star that guides our efforts. Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a nation: How do we attract more jobs to our shores? How do we equip our people with the skills needed to do those jobs? And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?

A year and a half ago, I put forward an American Jobs Act that independent economists said would create more than one million new jobs. I thank the last Congress for passing some of that agenda, and I urge this Congress to pass the rest. Tonight, I’ll lay out additional proposals that are fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget framework both parties agreed to just 18 months ago. Let me repeat – nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth.

Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing.

After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. After locating plants in other countries like China, Intel is opening its most advanced plant right here at home. And this year, Apple will start making Macs in America again.

There are things we can do, right now, to accelerate this trend. Last year, we created our first manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio. A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. There’s no reason this can’t happen in other towns. So tonight, I’m announcing the launch of three more of these manufacturing hubs, where businesses will partner with the Departments of Defense and Energy to turn regions left behind by globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs. And I ask this Congress to help create a network of fifteen of these hubs and guarantee that the next revolution in manufacturing is Made in America.

If we want to make the best products, we also have to invest in the best ideas. Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy. Today, our scientists are mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to Alzheimer’s; developing drugs to regenerate damaged organs; devising new material to make batteries ten times more powerful. Now is not the time to gut these job-creating investments in science and innovation. Now is the time to reach a level of research and development not seen since the height of the Space Race. And today, no area holds more promise than our investments in American energy.

After years of talking about it, we are finally poised to control our own energy future. We produce more oil at home than we have in 15 years. We have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas, and the amount of renewable energy we generate from sources like wind and solar – with tens of thousands of good, American jobs to show for it. We produce more natural gas than ever before – and nearly everyone’s energy bill is lower because of it. And over the last four years, our emissions of the dangerous carbon pollution that threatens our planet have actually fallen.

But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. Yes, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods – all are now more frequent and intense. We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late.

The good news is, we can make meaningful progress on this issue while driving strong economic growth. I urge this Congress to pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change, like the one John McCain and Joe Lieberman worked on together a few years ago. But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.

Four years ago, other countries dominated the clean energy market and the jobs that came with it. We’ve begun to change that. Last year, wind energy added nearly half of all new power capacity in America. So let’s generate even more. Solar energy gets cheaper by the year – so let’s drive costs down even further. As long as countries like China keep going all-in on clean energy, so must we.

In the meantime, the natural gas boom has led to cleaner power and greater energy independence. That’s why my Administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits. But I also want to work with this Congress to encourage the research and technology that helps natural gas burn even cleaner and protects our air and water.

Indeed, much of our new-found energy is drawn from lands and waters that we, the public, own together. So tonight, I propose we use some of our oil and gas revenues to fund an Energy Security Trust that will drive new research and technology to shift our cars and trucks off oil for good. If a non-partisan coalition of CEOs and retired generals and admirals can get behind this idea, then so can we. Let’s take their advice and free our families and businesses from the painful spikes in gas prices we’ve put up with for far too long. I’m also issuing a new goal for America: let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty years. The states with the best ideas to create jobs and lower energy bills by constructing more efficient buildings will receive federal support to help make it happen.

America’s energy sector is just one part of an aging infrastructure badly in need of repair. Ask any CEO where they’d rather locate and hire: a country with deteriorating roads and bridges, or one with high-speed rail and internet; high-tech schools and self-healing power grids. The CEO of Siemens America – a company that brought hundreds of new jobs to North Carolina – has said that if we upgrade our infrastructure, they’ll bring even more jobs. And I know that you want these job-creating projects in your districts. I’ve seen you all at the ribbon-cuttings.

Tonight, I propose a “Fix-It-First” program to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs, like the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country. And to make sure taxpayers don’t shoulder the whole burden, I’m also proposing a Partnership to Rebuild America that attracts private capital to upgrade what our businesses need most: modern ports to move our goods; modern pipelines to withstand a storm; modern schools worthy of our children. Let’s prove that there is no better place to do business than the United States of America. And let’s start right away.

Part of our rebuilding effort must also involve our housing sector. Today, our housing market is finally healing from the collapse of 2007. Home prices are rising at the fastest pace in six years, home purchases are up nearly 50 percent, and construction is expanding again.

But even with mortgage rates near a 50-year low, too many families with solid credit who want to buy a home are being rejected. Too many families who have never missed a payment and want to refinance are being told no. That’s holding our entire economy back, and we need to fix it. Right now, there’s a bill in this Congress that would give every responsible homeowner in America the chance to save $3,000 a year by refinancing at today’s rates. Democrats and Republicans have supported it before. What are we waiting for? Take a vote, and send me that bill. Right now, overlapping regulations keep responsible young families from buying their first home. What’s holding us back? Let’s streamline the process, and help our economy grow.

These initiatives in manufacturing, energy, infrastructure, and housing will help entrepreneurs and small business owners expand and create new jobs. But none of it will matter unless we also equip our citizens with the skills and training to fill those jobs. And that has to start at the earliest possible age.

Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road. But today, fewer than 3 in 10 four year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program. Most middle-class parents can’t afford a few hundred bucks a week for private preschool. And for poor kids who need help the most, this lack of access to preschool education can shadow them for the rest of their lives.

Tonight, I propose working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America. Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on – by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime. In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children, like Georgia or Oklahoma, studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school, hold a job, and form more stable families of their own. So let’s do what works, and make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind. Let’s give our kids that chance.

Let’s also make sure that a high school diploma puts our kids on a path to a good job. Right now, countries like Germany focus on graduating their high school students with the equivalent of a technical degree from one of our community colleges, so that they’re ready for a job. At schools like P-Tech in Brooklyn, a collaboration between New York Public Schools, the City University of New York, and IBM, students will graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree in computers or engineering.

We need to give every American student opportunities like this. Four years ago, we started Race to the Top – a competition that convinced almost every state to develop smarter curricula and higher standards, for about 1 percent of what we spend on education each year. Tonight, I’m announcing a new challenge to redesign America’s high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy. We’ll reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math – the skills today’s employers are looking for to fill jobs right now and in the future.

Now, even with better high schools, most young people will need some higher education. It’s a simple fact: the more education you have, the more likely you are to have a job and work your way into the middle class. But today, skyrocketing costs price way too many young people out of a higher education, or saddle them with unsustainable debt.

Through tax credits, grants, and better loans, we have made college more affordable for millions of students and families over the last few years. But taxpayers cannot continue to subsidize the soaring cost of higher education. Colleges must do their part to keep costs down, and it’s our job to make sure they do. Tonight, I ask Congress to change the Higher Education Act, so that affordability and value are included in determining which colleges receive certain types of federal aid. And tomorrow, my Administration will release a new “College Scorecard” that parents and students can use to compare schools based on a simple criteria: where you can get the most bang for your educational buck.

To grow our middle class, our citizens must have access to the education and training that today’s jobs require. But we also have to make sure that America remains a place where everyone who’s willing to work hard has the chance to get ahead.

Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants. And right now, leaders from the business, labor, law enforcement, and faith communities all agree that the time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Real reform means strong border security, and we can build on the progress my Administration has already made – putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history, and reducing illegal crossings to their lowest levels in 40 years.

Real reform means establishing a responsible pathway to earned citizenship – a path that includes passing a background check, paying taxes and a meaningful penalty, learning English, and going to the back of the line behind the folks trying to come here legally.

And real reform means fixing the legal immigration system to cut waiting periods, reduce bureaucracy, and attract the highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers that will help create jobs and grow our economy.

In other words, we know what needs to be done. As we speak, bipartisan groups in both chambers are working diligently to draft a bill, and I applaud their efforts. Now let’s get this done. Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months, and I will sign it right away.

But we can’t stop there. We know our economy is stronger when our wives, mothers, and daughters can live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace, and free from the fear of domestic violence. Today, the Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act that Joe Biden originally wrote almost 20 years ago. I urge the House to do the same. And I ask this Congress to declare that women should earn a living equal to their efforts, and finally pass the Paycheck Fairness Act this year.

We know our economy is stronger when we reward an honest day’s work with honest wages. But today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year. Even with the tax relief we’ve put in place, a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. That’s wrong. That’s why, since the last time this Congress raised the minimum wage, nineteen states have chosen to bump theirs even higher.

Tonight, let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour. This single step would raise the incomes of millions of working families. It could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank; rent or eviction; scraping by or finally getting ahead. For businesses across the country, it would mean customers with more money in their pockets. In fact, working folks shouldn’t have to wait year after year for the minimum wage to go up while CEO pay has never been higher. So here’s an idea that Governor Romney and I actually agreed on last year: let’s tie the minimum wage to the cost of living, so that it finally becomes a wage you can live on.

Tonight, let’s also recognize that there are communities in this country where no matter how hard you work, it’s virtually impossible to get ahead. Factory towns decimated from years of plants packing up. Inescapable pockets of poverty, urban and rural, where young adults are still fighting for their first job. America is not a place where chance of birth or circumstance should decide our destiny. And that is why we need to build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class for all who are willing to climb them.

Let’s offer incentives to companies that hire Americans who’ve got what it takes to fill that job opening, but have been out of work so long that no one will give them a chance. Let’s put people back to work rebuilding vacant homes in run-down neighborhoods. And this year, my Administration will begin to partner with 20 of the hardest-hit towns in America to get these communities back on their feet. We’ll work with local leaders to target resources at public safety, education, and housing. We’ll give new tax credits to businesses that hire and invest. And we’ll work to strengthen families by removing the financial deterrents to marriage for low-income couples, and doing more to encourage fatherhood – because what makes you a man isn’t the ability to conceive a child; it’s having the courage to raise one.

Stronger families. Stronger communities. A stronger America. It is this kind of prosperity – broad, shared, and built on a thriving middle class – that has always been the source of our progress at home. It is also the foundation of our power and influence throughout the world.

Tonight, we stand united in saluting the troops and civilians who sacrifice every day to protect us. Because of them, we can say with confidence that America will complete its mission in Afghanistan, and achieve our objective of defeating the core of al Qaeda. Already, we have brought home 33,000 of our brave servicemen and women. This spring, our forces will move into a support role, while Afghan security forces take the lead. Tonight, I can announce that over the next year, another 34,000 American troops will come home from Afghanistan. This drawdown will continue. And by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over.

Beyond 2014, America’s commitment to a unified and sovereign Afghanistan will endure, but the nature of our commitment will change. We are negotiating an agreement with the Afghan government that focuses on two missions: training and equipping Afghan forces so that the country does not again slip into chaos, and counter-terrorism efforts that allow us to pursue the remnants of al Qaeda and their affiliates.

Today, the organization that attacked us on 9/11 is a shadow of its former self. Different al Qaeda affiliates and extremist groups have emerged – from the Arabian Peninsula to Africa. The threat these groups pose is evolving. But to meet this threat, we don’t need to send tens of thousands of our sons and daughters abroad, or occupy other nations. Instead, we will need to help countries like Yemen, Libya, and Somalia provide for their own security, and help allies who take the fight to terrorists, as we have in Mali. And, where necessary, through a range of capabilities, we will continue to take direct action against those terrorists who pose the gravest threat to Americans.

As we do, we must enlist our values in the fight. That is why my Administration has worked tirelessly to forge a durable legal and policy framework to guide our counterterrorism operations. Throughout, we have kept Congress fully informed of our efforts. I recognize that in our democracy, no one should just take my word that we’re doing things the right way. So, in the months ahead, I will continue to engage with Congress to ensure not only that our targeting, detention, and prosecution of terrorists remains consistent with our laws and system of checks and balances, but that our efforts are even more transparent to the American people and to the world.

Of course, our challenges don’t end with al Qaeda. America will continue to lead the effort to prevent the spread of the world’s most dangerous weapons. The regime in North Korea must know that they will only achieve security and prosperity by meeting their international obligations. Provocations of the sort we saw last night will only isolate them further, as we stand by our allies, strengthen our own missile defense, and lead the world in taking firm action in response to these threats.

Likewise, the leaders of Iran must recognize that now is the time for a diplomatic solution, because a coalition stands united in demanding that they meet their obligations, and we will do what is necessary to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon. At the same time, we will engage Russia to seek further reductions in our nuclear arsenals, and continue leading the global effort to secure nuclear materials that could fall into the wrong hands – because our ability to influence others depends on our willingness to lead.

America must also face the rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks. We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private e-mail. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems. We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy.

That’s why, earlier today, I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information sharing, and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy. Now, Congress must act as well, by passing legislation to give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks.

Even as we protect our people, we should remember that today’s world presents not only dangers, but opportunities. To boost American exports, support American jobs, and level the playing field in the growing markets of Asia, we intend to complete negotiations on a Trans-Pacific Partnership. And tonight, I am announcing that we will launch talks on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union – because trade that is free and fair across the Atlantic supports millions of good-paying American jobs.

We also know that progress in the most impoverished parts of our world enriches us all. In many places, people live on little more than a dollar a day. So the United States will join with our allies to eradicate such extreme poverty in the next two decades: by connecting more people to the global economy and empowering women; by giving our young and brightest minds new opportunities to serve and helping communities to feed, power, and educate themselves; by saving the world’s children from preventable deaths; and by realizing the promise of an AIDS-free generation.

Above all, America must remain a beacon to all who seek freedom during this period of historic change. I saw the power of hope last year in Rangoon – when Aung San Suu Kyi welcomed an American President into the home where she had been imprisoned for years; when thousands of Burmese lined the streets, waving American flags, including a man who said, “There is justice and law in the United States. I want our country to be like that.”

In defense of freedom, we will remain the anchor of strong alliances from the Americas to Africa; from Europe to Asia. In the Middle East, we will stand with citizens as they demand their universal rights, and support stable transitions to democracy. The process will be messy, and we cannot presume to dictate the course of change in countries like Egypt; but we can – and will – insist on respect for the fundamental rights of all people. We will keep the pressure on a Syrian regime that has murdered its own people, and support opposition leaders that respect the rights of every Syrian. And we will stand steadfast with Israel in pursuit of security and a lasting peace. These are the messages I will deliver when I travel to the Middle East next month.

All this work depends on the courage and sacrifice of those who serve in dangerous places at great personal risk – our diplomats, our intelligence officers, and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. As long as I’m Commander-in-Chief, we will do whatever we must to protect those who serve their country abroad, and we will maintain the best military in the world. We will invest in new capabilities, even as we reduce waste and wartime spending. We will ensure equal treatment for all service members, and equal benefits for their families – gay and straight. We will draw upon the courage and skills of our sisters and daughters, because women have proven under fire that they are ready for combat. We will keep faith with our veterans – investing in world-class care, including mental health care, for our wounded warriors; supporting our military families; and giving our veterans the benefits, education, and job opportunities they have earned. And I want to thank my wife Michelle and Dr. Jill Biden for their continued dedication to serving our military families as well as they serve us.

But defending our freedom is not the job of our military alone. We must all do our part to make sure our God-given rights are protected here at home. That includes our most fundamental right as citizens: the right to vote. When any Americans – no matter where they live or what their party – are denied that right simply because they can’t wait for five, six, seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals. That’s why, tonight, I’m announcing a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience in America. And I’m asking two long-time experts in the field, who’ve recently served as the top attorneys for my campaign and for Governor Romney’s campaign, to lead it. We can fix this, and we will. The American people demand it. And so does our democracy.

Of course, what I’ve said tonight matters little if we don’t come together to protect our most precious resource – our children.

It has been two months since Newtown. I know this is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence. But this time is different. Overwhelming majorities of Americans – Americans who believe in the 2nd Amendment – have come together around commonsense reform – like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun. Senators of both parties are working together on tough new laws to prevent anyone from buying guns for resale to criminals. Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets, because they are tired of being outgunned.

Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress. If you want to vote no, that’s your choice. But these proposals deserve a vote. Because in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun.

One of those we lost was a young girl named Hadiya Pendleton. She was 15 years old. She loved Fig Newtons and lip gloss. She was a majorette. She was so good to her friends, they all thought they were her best friend. Just three weeks ago, she was here, in Washington, with her classmates, performing for her country at my inauguration. And a week later, she was shot and killed in a Chicago park after school, just a mile away from my house.

Hadiya’s parents, Nate and Cleo, are in this chamber tonight, along with more than two dozen Americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. They deserve a vote.

Gabby Giffords deserves a vote.

The families of Newtown deserve a vote.

The families of Aurora deserve a vote.

The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence – they deserve a simple vote.

Our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country. Indeed, no laws, no initiatives, no administrative acts will perfectly solve all the challenges I’ve outlined tonight. But we were never sent here to be perfect. We were sent here to make what difference we can, to secure this nation, expand opportunity, and uphold our ideals through the hard, often frustrating, but absolutely necessary work of self-government.

We were sent here to look out for our fellow Americans the same way they look out for one another, every single day, usually without fanfare, all across this country. We should follow their example.

We should follow the example of a New York City nurse named Menchu Sanchez. When Hurricane Sandy plunged her hospital into darkness, her thoughts were not with how her own home was faring – they were with the twenty precious newborns in her care and the rescue plan she devised that kept them all safe.

We should follow the example of a North Miami woman named Desiline Victor. When she arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours. And as time ticked by, her concern was not with her tired body or aching feet, but whether folks like her would get to have their say. Hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line in support of her. Because Desiline is 102 years old. And they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a sticker that read “I Voted.”

We should follow the example of a police officer named Brian Murphy. When a gunman opened fire on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and Brian was the first to arrive, he did not consider his own safety. He fought back until help arrived, and ordered his fellow officers to protect the safety of the Americans worshiping inside – even as he lay bleeding from twelve bullet wounds.

When asked how he did that, Brian said, “That’s just the way we’re made.”

That’s just the way we’re made.

We may do different jobs, and wear different uniforms, and hold different views than the person beside us. But as Americans, we all share the same proud title:

We are citizens. It’s a word that doesn’t just describe our nationality or legal status. It describes the way we’re made. It describes what we believe. It captures the enduring idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations; that our rights are wrapped up in the rights of others; and that well into our third century as a nation, it remains the task of us all, as citizens of these United States, to be the authors of the next great chapter in our American story.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

 
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Same campaign speech, different day...

 

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Full transcript of Sen. Marco Rubio's response to the State of the Union - via @washingtonposthttp://ht.ly/2uQlxL

 

Obama Urges Congress to Create Jobs with Gov't Money: President Barack Obama urged a deeply...http://dlvr.it/2xPqH7


 Obama's Dubious Claim that Global Warming Caused Superstorm Sandy: #SOTU http://bit.ly/Xy4ay4


 Sen. Rand Paul Gives the Tea Party Response to SOTU http://bit.ly/UcCMpM  //will he accomplish what his dad didn't?


Video: Obama: Newtown families 'deserve a vote' on gun laws: http://nbcnews.to/XyhSBe  //yeah and they voted for armed security


Cruz:Under Obama the economy is entering 5th yr of substandard annual growth(0.8% on avg)vs avg of 3.3% for last 70 yrs"


Will somebody please tell the president China’s green energy investments are failing too? http://bit.ly/XyfjPo


Obama Pushes For Massive Hike In Minimum Wage http://t.co/g154OxcA  //great make employers hire less people


Ted Nugent: Obama Has ‘Defied Everything He Said’ In First State Of The Union  http://t.co/1JzNN0la ;


Obama: Nation stronger, GOP should back his plans:Uncompromising and politically emboldened, ... http://yhoo.it/X0N1Mp


Analysis: Obama isn't in the mood for compromise: (AP) -- http://apne.ws/Wk9tjy  //we knew that, that's why economy stagnate


AP Fact Check Destroys Obama SOTU http://t.co/EfnmW9lo ;


RT @mattmackowiak: Summing up Obama's #SOTU: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help." //best summary yet


US Rep. Paul Ryan calls Obama's State of the Union remarks on immigration 'productive' - @politicohttp://ht.ly/2uQnmL


Obama lays groundwork to bypass Congress in second term http://bit.ly/XyrtIi  //he's been doing it since 1st term


President Rejects Raising Eligibility Age for Medicare: President Obama is against raising the...http://dlvr.it/2xQpgt


RT @davidlimbaugh: Bravo. RT @USAlivestrong: RUSH: "I can't believe DC will stand and applaud this epic failure, an economy struggling, our nation divided!" 

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Toddler is Cambodia's 6th bird flu death of year

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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A 3-year-old Cambodian girl has become the sixth person to die from bird flu in the country this year.
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‘He ain’t dead:’ #TeamDorner cheers news that no body has been found yet | Twitchy

‘He ain’t dead:’ #TeamDorner cheers news that no body has been found yet | Twitchy | Littlebytesnews Current Events | Scoop.it

Charred body found in cabin did not match the size of #ChrisDorner. One Officer & Car still unaccounted for. #TeamDorner #HeAintDead

— 
Elliott Smith (@radiantthings) February 13, 2013

#TeamDorner http://t.co/y3fwfSzm— ;
Stephany Anaya⚓ (@BIGPapiStephh) February 13, 2013

Twitchy has been tracking the vile cheerleaders who have supported fugitive murder suspect Christopher Dorner on Twitter over the past week. Tonight’s announcement from law enforcement that no body has been recovered yet at the site of the Big Bear cabin fire has #TeamDorner waving its social media pom-poms in triumph. Seriously, these sickos are about to do a collective Harlem Shake over the news.

I refuse to believe #ChrisDorner is dead. Its a #LAPD cover up to make it seem like they werent out smarted by one black man. #teamdorner— 
Elliott Smith (@radiantthings) February 13, 2013

Really? #TeamDorner? What the fuck is wrong with you people?— 
Blank (@DSLVFU) February 13, 2013

 

If you want to know what's wrong with America you don't have to look much further then the fact #teamdorner is trending.— 
Daniel Todd (@danieltodd04) February 13, 2013

 

 

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Amazing, sad and pathetic, these are the same people who likely voted for Obama, cheered on or participated with the Occupy Wallstreet Movement and now they are cheering for a cop killer because he feels he was wronged in life and his name tarnished. Boo hoo...we have all been wronged in life, lost jobs we felt we were unjustly fired from but we didin't all turn to violence and take it out on innocent victims.

 

He made his story heard in his manifesto, he didn't need to go on a killing spree. He could have written a book, talked to the media about his grievances but instead he chose to do evil and commit crimes. 

 

Today one of his victims was an officer whose wife just had a baby, now that poor baby will never know his/her dad. He has killed four innocent people who had nothing to do with his firing and ruined the lives of many others. What a baby...and then he may have ended it like a coward. Hopefully they will be able to ID the body and confirm it was  him....otherwise this will go on longer, emboldening his cheerleaders to support violence against police.

 

Related:

 

http://twitchy.com/2013/02/12/sick-teamdorner-cretins-root-for-dorner-to-kill-more-police-officers-during-gunfight/

 

http://twitchy.com/2013/02/12/report-christopher-dorner-exchanges-gunfire-with-police-in-big-bear-officers-down/

 

http://twitchy.com/2013/02/09/75-moral-cretins-who-think-christopher-dorner-is-a-hero/

 

http://twitchy.com/2013/02/08/sick-moral-degenerates-embrace-christopher-dorner-across-social-media/

 

http://twitchy.com/2013/02/07/disturbing-supporters-admirers-leap-to-alleged-murderer-christopher-dorners-defense/

 

http://twitchy.com/2013/02/08/twitter-users-declare-murder-suspect-christopher-dorner-a-modern-day-real-life-django/

 

http://twitchy.com/2013/02/12/body/

 

More updates and related articles:

 

http://littlebytesnews.wordpress.com/?s=Dorner

 

 

 


 

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Gallup: Americans Disapprove Of Obama Policy On Almost Every Issue

Gallup: Americans Disapprove Of Obama Policy On Almost Every Issue | Littlebytesnews Current Events | Scoop.it

PRINCETON, NJ -- President Obama earns a 39% job approval rating for his handling of the economy, similar to his ratings on the issue one year ago. Among domestic issues, Obama's rating on the economy is above only his 31% rating for handling the federal deficit. Across nine issues, Americans give Obama his highest approval ratings for handling national defense (53%), followed by foreign affairs and immigration, each at 46%. 









Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/gallup-poll/2013/02/12/gallup-americans-disapprove-obama-policy-almost-every-issue#ixzz2Kl64LrR8

 

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Obama's Job Approval Ratings on Nine Issues

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LOOK: A 2nd Ex-Cop's Manifesto Surfaces

LOOK: A 2nd Ex-Cop's Manifesto Surfaces | Littlebytesnews Current Events | Scoop.it
A former LAPD officer has written a manifesto sympathizing with Christopher Dorner, the fugitive ex-LA cop who has declared "war" on the LAPD. "The 1st thing I would say to [Dorner] is, I feel your pains!

 

A former LAPD officer has written a manifesto sympathizing with Christopher Dorner, the fugitive ex-LA cop who has declared "war" on the LAPD.

"The 1st thing I would say to [Dorner] is, I feel your pains!," Joe Jones wrote in his manifesto, circulated Tuesday by hacker group Anonymous and posted to Jones' Facebook. "But you are going about this the wrong way. To take innocent lives could never be the answer to anything. I say this as a Man who experienced the same pain, betrayal, anger, suffering, litigation and agony that you did in many ways."

Jones, 48, was a patrol officer for nine years, retired in 1998 and now has an event-planning company in LA, the LA Weekly reports. It appears that Jones' Facebook may have been disabled hours after posting his manifesto (see full manifesto below).

He expressed his condolences for Dorner's victims as well as victims of "the injustices of Police Corruption, Scandal, Lies, Deception and Brutality."

Jones said he himself has been a victim of such corruption. "I need you to first assume that I would not surface 16 years later with lies about a situation that has me with PTSD to this very day," he wrote. "The pain forces me to speak as I have yet to shake the Ill's of my experience as an LAPD Officer."

Jones' accounts of personally being wrong by the LAPD include:

1) I had my home viciously attacked by a gunman with my family and myself inside the house. No arrests were made and my family and I Received very little support. 
2) I had my Civil Rights violated on several occasions. I was falsely arrested at gunpoint by the Sheriffs as an Officer who ID'd himself and was conspired against by both LAPD and the Sheriffs when my Civil case went to Trial. 
3) I was falsely accused on more than one occasion and simply placed in a position that the trust was so compromised that I could no longer wear the Uniform. Also know there were many more episodes. All of these issues are well documented
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Joe Jones Manifesto:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/125027919 ;

 

So is he going to go on a shooting rampage next?? HKow soon before the Dorner sympathizers start encouraging this ex-cop to go rogue?? Hopefully he learned his lesson from Dorner's actions. If you want to clear your name you don't go on a shooting rampage and kill innocent people...write a book, go to the media, killing innocent people isn't the solution. 

 

Update:

Fox:According to the LAPD police spokesman they are going to treat this as an active investigation, they haven't confirmed the body in the cabin is Chris Dorner despite what news reports have said. Likely acting precautioniary, but it could take weeks to ID a burned body.

 

The body is likely Chris Dorner but it's too soon to confirm since nobody has entered the building yet because it is still too hot according to LAPD.

 

The next news conference is scheduled for 8am PST,Wednesday morning.

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Christopher Dorner: Police demolish cabin, hear single gunshot

Christopher Dorner: Police demolish cabin, hear single gunshot | Littlebytesnews Current Events | Scoop.it
A single gunshot was heard as authorities moved into the cabin where Christopher Dorner was believed holed up.

A single gunshot was heard as authorities moved into the cabin where Christopher Dorner was believed holed up.

According to a law enforcement source, police had broken down windows, pumped in tear gas and blasted a loud speaker urging Dorner to give up. When they got no response, police deployed a vehicle to rip down the walls of cabin "one by one, like peeling an onion," one law enforcement official said.

By the time they got to the last wall, authorities heard a single gunshot, the source said. Then flames began to spread through the structure.

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Guess he's dead and police scanner reports of an anonymous call from the cabin basement were wrong??

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Updates:Dorner shootout: 'Hundreds of rounds' fired during gun battle;that wounded two police offiers

Updates:Dorner shootout: 'Hundreds of rounds' fired during gun battle;that wounded two police offiers | Littlebytesnews Current Events | Scoop.it
"Hundreds of rounds" were exchanged in about half an hour during the gun battle between fugitive former police officer Christopher Dorner and law enforcement officers Tuesday afternoon, sources said.
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Fox: #breaking LATimes reporting Dorner may have hostages inside the cabin where he is surrounded by SWAT teams and police near Big Bear

 

scary audio of the shootout earlier today in Big Bear between officials and #Dorner http://kp.cc/X355H3 http://ht.ly/hF3vq

 

@myfoxla

We've just learned 1 of the deputies wounded in the initial gun fight in #BigBear has died. Updates here: http://bit.ly/VRuxBg #Dorner


RT @HuffingtonPost: A 2nd ex-LAPD cop writes a manifesto, sympathizing w/alleged cop killer #Dornerhttp://huff.to/12JH2R6

 

 

33mChristopher Dorner @Better_Red

there are military vehicles and unmanned helicopters coming in #dorner http://www.mediaite.com/tv/watch-live-cop-killer-chris-dorner-shoot-out-with-police-in-progress/ ;

 

Carter Evans, CBS Reporter, Caught In Christopher#Dorner Firefight (VIDEO) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/12/carter-evans-christopher-dorner-ktla_n_2672431.html ;… via @HuffingtonPost


MT @LADNMarMendoza Reports are that civilians are holding signs that read: "Don't Kill Dorner" near #Dornerstandoff in #BigBear


Cabin where #Dorner holed up has no phone, cable or Internet. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/02/dorner-shootout-cabin-owner-.html ;


 RT @sbcountyda: The sheriff has asked all members of the press to stop tweeting immediately. It is hindering officer safety. #Dorner


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Watch Live Arlington, TX:Thousands Attending American Sniper’s Memorial At Cowboys Stadium « Pat Dollard

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Sadly today is the memorial for American Sniper, War Hero,  and Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and our President is silent on his sudden and tragic death. I wonder if Michelle Obama or Biden plan to attend the funeral tomorrow?? Doubtful… While many of us can’t be there physically, we are there in spirit. RIP Chris Kyle, you may be gone but not forgotten!

Excerpted NBCDFW:

Watch the Memorial Live Here

Beginning live at 1 p.m., the memorial for slain Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle can be seen in the video player above.

Monday Memorial Service: Cowboys Stadium

On Monday, thousands of people, military and non-military will attend a memorial service at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington for former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.

Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield were shot and killed last weekend at a gun range in Erath County.

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2 persons of interest questioned in Hadiya Pendleton's death |  http://sco.lt/96z54j

 

You know Michelle Obama wouldn't have attended the funeral if Hadiya died in a hit and run or car accident,but since Obama is pushing his gun control agenda she showed her face in a show of support for Obama's gun control policies...as stated in the article, her funeral placed a greater spotlight on the national debate over gun control. 

As a result Obama is planning to go on a campaign to push his agenda starting in Atlanta on Thursday, Chicago on Friday after State of the Union http://t.co/nUxM6Xme ;

 

Yet in the meantime, as I mentioned earlier in a previous post here...Obama has been silent about the murder of American war hero and Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield who were shot and killed by a deranged Marine veteran last weekend.

Obama Still Silent On Murder of War Hero SEAL Chris Kyle >>RT @toddstarnes: It took Obama less than 24 hours to address the… http://twy.la/11zPcwc

 

Hadiya Pendleton Funeral Attended by First Lady Michelle Obama-Yet Obama's Silent About War Hero Chris Kyle http://sco.lt/78oC1J ;

 

Of course Obama is only doing what he's been told...'never let a good crisis go to waste' and now suddenly gun violence means something to him...an opportunity to save 'just one life' while taking away law abiding citizens right to save their own life and that of their families. While at the same time the hypocrite supports the slaughter of human beings in their mother's wombs by abortion, at least 3,000/day in the US.

 

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MICHELLE OBAMA ATTENDS FUNERAL OF TEEN SHOT DEAD IN CHICAGO IN SUPPORT OF GUN CONTROL AGENDA;OBAMA SILENT ON MURDER OF WAR HERO SEAL CHRIS KYLE

http://patdollard.com/2013/02/michelle-obama-attends-funeral-of-teen-shot-dead-in-chicago-in-support-of-gun-control-agendaobama-silent-on-murder-of-war-hero-seal-chris-kyle/

 

 

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Day 5: Search Continues for Cop Killer-Dorner had history of complaints against fellow LAPD officers

Day 5: Search Continues for Cop Killer-Dorner had history of complaints against fellow LAPD officers | Littlebytesnews Current Events | Scoop.it

The fugitive ex-policeman Christopher Dorner, suspected of killing three people and injuring two, had a history of making complaints against fellow officers within the Los Angeles Police Department, and one officer said he had a reputation as a "hot head," according to internal affairs records.

Dorner was accused of punching a recruit in the chest while he was in the Police Academy in 2006. That recruit, Abraham Schefres, was wearing a bulletproof vest and a trauma plate, when Dorner allegedly punched him. After being hit, he glared at Dorner, whom Schefres said responded as though he had made a mistake, records show. Schefres said he believed that Dorner had not been trying to hurt him but that the punch was "more of a 'hello'" and to appear tough.

Schefres told an investigator that he "believed this was part of Dorner’s persona," records show. Schefres described Dorner as "a hot head" who would walk up to fellow recruits and "get in their faces in an aggressive" but joking way.

In 2006, Schefres was interviewed about the punching incident during an investigation into allegations that Dorner slapped the hand of another recruit officer, internal affairs records show. Dorner had accused that second recruit--as well as another recruit -- of using a racial slur while they were traveling in a police vehicle during their time in the academy.

The department confirmed Dorner’s slur allegation against one of the recruits but not the other, the records said. The agency concluded that Dorner's punch of Schefres did not rise to the level of misconduct.

By then, Dorner was serving a military deployment overseas for the Navy. He returned to the LAPD in the summer of 2007, and in August accused his training officer, Teresa Evans, of kicking a mentally ill man during an arrest in San Pedro.

Two months later, Dorner lodged another complaint against fellow cops, according to an LAPD complaint review report. Dorner said that after work on Oct. 10, 2007, he discovered that his jacket, on top of his duty bag, "was wet and dirty," according to the report.

He believed someone had urinated on it. Dorner testified at a disciplinary hearing that he believed that he had been singled out in retaliation for his complaint against Evans.

 

The department found no misconduct involving Dorner’s jacket. An analysis of the clothing showed no sign of urine.

Meanwhile, an internal affairs investigation into Dorner’s accusations against Evans concluded that the training officer had not kicked the mentally ill man and that Dorner’s statements were false. Dorner was notified he was to be fired.

During an LAPD Board of Rights hearing into the case, Sgt. Sherrielyn Anderson argued that Dorner "lacks the integrity necessary" to be a cop and "should receive the harshest penalty for violating the trust of his peers, his department and the public he was sworn to serve," according to a transcript of the hearing.

The board rejected suggestions that Dorner might be given additional training instead of being dismissed, noting that he had received extensive training already.

Capt. Phillip C. Tingirides, the board’s chairman, announced that he would be fired, saying Dorner’s "credibility is damaged beyond repair."

Dorner was dismayed upon learning the board found him guilty of making false statements, according to the transcript. "I don’t understand that you guys came to guilty," Dorner blurted out in the hearing room. "I told the truth. I don’t understand how – I told the truth. How can this happen?"

His attorney, Randal K. Quan, asked whether he wanted to say anything before the board decided his fate. "I told the truth," Dorner repeated, according to the transcript.

 

 

 

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2/11/13 11:15pm MST Fox: Someone in a call traced to Vancouver claiming to be Dorner called to taunt the father of Monica Quan, who was one of Dorner's first victims.[see: http://patdollard.com/2013/02/revealed-democrat-partys-psycho-killer-hero-chris-dorner-called-father-of-victim-to-taunt-him-after-killing-her/ ]
Each day Dorner evades his capture, embolden's and strengthens him according to Dr. Lipman, Criminal Psychologist, filling him with more grandiose feelings of power.


Dorner went from good cop to bad cop...killer, according to Dr. Lipman, because of his narcissistic personality causing him to explode from his anger and aggression. He has a history of violence from high school...he was kicked out of high school and the football team.


Dr. Lipman says he can be caught because he is someone who wants to prove himself by telling his story which could lead him to making a critical mistake.


Perhaps he's right...posting on Facebook could help lead police right to him, as well as calling and taunting victims families...if they are both incidents he did himself. If they are not, someone is impersonating him and disrupting a police investigation by misleading police on his present whereabouts and actions.

 

Related:

Breaking: Chris Dorner Posts on Facebook?? @PatDollard http://patdollard.com/2013/02/breaking-chris-dorner-posts-on-facebook/  //Did he post to facebook recently??Or is this a hoax by one of his fans?

 

Police Using Drones To Hunt For Accused Cop-Killer

http://patdollard.com/2013/02/police-using-drones-to-hunt-for-accused-cop-killer/

 

Day 3 INTO MANHUNT – LAPD TO REOPEN PROBE INTO FUGITIVE EX-COPS FIRING

http://patdollard.com/2013/02/day-3-into-manhunt-lapd-to-reopen-probe-into-fugitive-ex-cops-firing/

 

Manifesto Of Christopher Dorner, Ex-LAPD Officer Wanted In Ongoing Cop-Killing Spree

http://patdollard.com/2013/02/manifesto-of-christopher-dorner-ex-lapd-cop-wanted-in-killing-three-people/

 

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When Did We Declare War on Somalia?Militants and civilians killed in multiple US Somalia strikes

When Did We Declare War on Somalia?Militants and civilians killed in multiple US Somalia strikes | Littlebytesnews Current Events | Scoop.it
Up to 21 US military strikes in Somalia since 2007 have killed as many as 169 people
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2 persons of interest questioned in Hadiya Pendleton's death

2 persons of interest questioned in Hadiya Pendleton's death | Littlebytesnews Current Events | Scoop.it

Chicago police are questioning two persons of interest in the slaying of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, a day after first lady Michelle Obama attended the funeral for the teenager whose death has become a symbol of escalating violence in Chicago, according to law enforcement sources.

The two men, one in his late teens and the other 20, were pulled over near East 67th Street and South Chicago Avenue late Saturday night or early Sunday morning after detectives canvassed the area of the park where she was shot and killed Jan. 29 and tracked down witnesses, the sources said. No charges have been filed.Hadiya was fatally shot in Vivian Gordon Harsh Park, about a mile north of President Barack Obama's Kenwood neighborhood home on the South Side, a little more than a week after the honor student performed with the King College Prep band in Washington during inauguration festivities.

The shooter escaped in what has been described as white Nissan vehicle, possibly driven by a getaway driver.

One of the sources said at least one of the men brought into custody was riding in a Nissan Sentra, one of the two vehicles police pulled over when bringing the pair into custody. The source didn't know that Nissan's color.

Police have insisted that the teens in Hadiya's group who had gathered in the park were not involved in gangs. But police have been looking into whether the gunman may have mistaken them for rival gang members.

While police and neighbors have generally described Harsh Park and its immediate surroundings as safe, there has been an internal gang conflict brewing in the area between factions of the Gangster Disciples, police said. The two men being questioned Sunday are alleged members of the Gangster Disciples, sources said.

One of the two men has a previous weapons conviction, according to court records.

In addition to Hadiya's homicide, there have been at least three other shootings within blocks of Harsh Park so far this year, according to police records.

No charges have been filed against the men, who are being held at Area Central police headquarters on the South Side.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel personally called Hadiya's parents, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathaniel Pendleton, to inform them of the development, according to a source.

Hadiya's death occurred during the deadliest January for Chicago since 2002. It also came on the heels of a homicide total last year that was the highest since 2008, and the second highest since 2003.

The playground where Hadiya was shot was the setting for an amateur rap video posted to YouTube. The video, which also highlights the intersection at South Oakenwald and East 44th Place, uses the moniker of a local gang in an opening credit and features a rapper shown leaving the Cook County Jail, then threatening to shoot down his foes.

The video ends at a house party with a smiling teenage girl flashing gang signs at the camera.

The first lady's attendance at Hadiya's funeral placed Chicago even further into the spotlight of a national debate over gun violence that has polarized Congress and led the president to take his gun-control initiatives on the road to garner more public support.

 

 

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You know Michelle Obama wouldn't have attended the funeral if Hadiya died in a hit and run or car accident,but since Obama is pushing his gun control agenda she showed her face in a show of support for Obama's gun control policies...as stated in the article, her funeral placed a greater spotlight on the national debate over gun control. 

As a result Obama is planning to go on a campaign to push his agenda starting in Atlanta on Thursday, Chicago on Friday after State of the Union http://t.co/nUxM6Xme ;

 

Yet in the meantime, as I mentioned earlier in a previous post here...Obama has been silent about the murder of American war hero and Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield who were shot and killed by a deranged Marine veteran last weekend.

Obama Still Silent On Murder of War Hero SEAL Chris Kyle >>RT @toddstarnes: It took Obama less than 24 hours to address the… http://twy.la/11zPcwc

 

Hadiya Pendleton Funeral Attended by First Lady Michelle Obama-Yet Obama's Silent About War Hero Chris Kyle http://sco.lt/78oC1J ;

 

Of course Obama is only doing what he's been told...'never let a good crisis go to waste' and now suddenly gun violence means something to him...an opportunity to save 'just one life' while taking away law abiding citizens right to save their own life and that of their families. While at the same time the hypocrite supports the slaughter of human beings in their mother's wombs by abortion, at least 3,000/day in the US.

 

Related:

MICHELLE OBAMA ATTENDS FUNERAL OF TEEN SHOT DEAD IN CHICAGO IN SUPPORT OF GUN CONTROL AGENDA;OBAMA SILENT ON MURDER OF WAR HERO SEAL CHRIS KYLE

http://patdollard.com/2013/02/michelle-obama-attends-funeral-of-teen-shot-dead-in-chicago-in-support-of-gun-control-agendaobama-silent-on-murder-of-war-hero-seal-chris-kyle/

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UK:Elderly Care Bills To Be Capped At £75,000

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A £75,000 cap to elderly care bills will be announced today - but some campaigners have already criticised the reform.
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UK/NHS Government health care rationing continues in the UK. Can't wait for Obamacare to kick in as more Americans end up without health care and the govt panels start to put caps on how much care or what health care procedures are funded...NOT.

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Did Dorner or the Cops torch cabin where Christopher Dorner was held up??

Scanner recording of Cop Killer Christopher Dorner Held up in cabin.Listen to the actual conversation between the police as they plan and burn the cabin down...
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Dale Ward • 3 hours ago at PatDollard.com left this comment:

Not alleged, confirmed. I'm a professional though semi-retired journalist, I monitored on www.radioreference.com, and at approx. 3:49pm Eastern I heard on the San Bernadino feed the following: "We're going to go ahead with the plan on the burners. Just like we talked about."

At 4:12pm "imbedded" journalist Carter Evans reported the deployment of tear gas and smoke rising from the cabin.

At 4:14pm I heard: "Copy 7, burners deployed. We have a fire."

At 6:15pm I heard: "Be ready on the north side. We have a fire on the front. He might come out the back."

At 6:16pm I heard: "We have one side fully engulfed."

Immediately after this Evans reported that the white smoke might not be tear gas after all.

it's so badass that you guys caught this. It's true. I'd swear it in court and take a lie detector.

This is also interesting, but I can't personally confirm its veracity.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T6cG7FC71c

 

Interesting....I'm not a fan of Dorner, but they do need to verify how the fire started. I don't think the police are supposed to set fire to a home/building because there is a fugitive hiding inside....but try to negotiate them to come out unless there is a hostage situation and someone's life is in danger like the little boy abducted in AL a couple weeks ago. http://gma.yahoo.com/ala-hostage-hard-time-sleeping-154747993--abc-news-topstories.html ;

 

While Dorner may have started the fire himself and shot himself, since Police say they heard a gunshot after the fire started, there needs to be an investigation and confirmation this is what happened otherwise it will make police look guilty of burning the place down without trying to negotiate with him to come out.

 

I remember hearing on the police scanner that they were going to let it burn out and police told the fire department to stand down...but I guess they claim it was unsafe because they didn't know if Dorner was in a position to shoot at fire fighters. 

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Sheriff's office: Remains found in Calif. cabin--Still Unconfirmed if Dorner

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(AP) — A sheriff's spokeswomansays charred human remains have been found in the burned-out cabin where a fugitive former Los Angeles police officer was believed to be.

San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller says the remains were found late Tuesday after a shootout that killed one sheriff's deputy and injured another. Authorities believe Christopher Dorner barricaded himself inside the cabin and a fire later ensued.

Investigators will attempt to determine if the remains are Dorner's through forensic tests.

 

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Starting to look more likely Dorner didn't survive, unless there was someone else in the cabin with him and he escaped...there were some reports that people heard there were tunnels or exits in the basement of the house he was barricaded. I haven't heard any mainstream news reports or police confirmation on this though.

About five hours ago I heard:

Police scanner: says received an anonymous call from the basement of the cabin??? Is #Dorner still alive??


So until they have a body ID'd they are going to consider it an active investigation and continue search according to LAPD earlier.


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Esquire article wrongly claims SEAL who killed bin Laden is denied healthcare

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Esquire magazine claims “The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden ... Is Screwed.”

 

Esquire magazine claims “The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden ... Is Screwed.” 

The story details the life of the Navy SEAL after the successful raid to take out the No. 1 terrorist, and it asserts that once the SEAL got out of the military he was left to fend for himself.

“...here is what he gets from his employer and a grateful nation:

Nothing. No pension, no health care, and no protection for himself or his family.”

Except the claim about health care is wrong. And no servicemember who does less than 20 years gets a pension, unless he has to medically retire.

Like every combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the former SEAL, who is identified in the story only as “the Shooter”, is automatically eligible for five years of free healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs.http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/returning_servicemembers.asp ;

But the story doesn’t mention that. 

The writer, Phil Bronstein, who heads up the Center for Investigative Reporting, stands by the story. He said the assertion that the government gave the SEAL “nothing” in terms of health care is both fair and accurate, because the SEAL didn’t know the VA benefits existed. 

“No one ever told him that this is available,” Bronstein said. 

He said there wasn’t space in the article to explain that the former SEAL’s lack of healthcare was driven by an ignorance of the benefits to which he is entitled. 

“That’s a different story,” Bronstein said in a phone interview with Stars and Stripes about what he omitted from the article.

The Center for Investigating Reporting posted a story on its website today that goes into greater detail about the SEAL's interactions with the VA, including that he has a disability claim that is stuck in the backlog.

http://cironline.org/reports/vas-disability-backlog-hurts-navy-seal-who-killed-bin-laden-4196 ;

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I was wondering about this story myself because as far as I knew all veterans are eligible through the VA, however, their families aren't always covered and maybe this was the issue the SEAL was getting at and the reason he still had to purchase private health insurance?

 

What gets me is our military serve there country and risk their lives, especially those in combat situations, and yet Congress gets lifetime pensions after they leave service even after only serving a couple years??

 

Something is wrong with that....if a veteran has served more than two years he/she should get the same pension plan as anyone in Congress, otherwise it's just wrong!

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President omits Chris Kyle from list of gun deaths in SOTU address

President omits Chris Kyle from list of gun deaths in SOTU address | Littlebytesnews Current Events | Scoop.it

Some of the loudest applause for the president tonight during his state of the union address came during his call for a vote on an assault weapons ban. President Obama listed a number of high-profile gun deaths and name-checked Gabby Giffords, who was in the audience. One high-profile shooting was overlooked, though, but not by Twitter.

https://twitter.com/DLoesch/status/301525478521569282

https://twitter.com/KatiePavlich/status/301515021433856001

https://twitter.com/KatiePavlich/status/301524864433541120

https://twitter.com/alliedwrites/status/301533720505114625…;

Read more… 254 more words

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Not surprised...he is a worthless Commander in Chief and even worse President. He is a disgrace to the office and hasn't said a word about a war heroes death, but spoke out about drug addict Whitney Houston after she died...over a week has passed and still nothing about Navy SEAL, American Sniper Chris Kyle :(


I've attached an image of the funeral procession as Chris Kyle's hearse drives by near Midlothian, TX [a friend who lives there took the picture]


I've noticed Obama's silence on Chris Kyle's death all week:


Related: http://littlebytesnews.wordpress.com/?s=Chris+Kyle

 

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Lawsuit filed on behalf of agents shot in Mexico

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MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — The family of a U.S. agent killed in a 2011 ambush on a Mexican highway and another agent who survived the attack on Tuesday sued the government and nearly two-dozen other defendants.
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I wonder if they were shot by weapons from Holder,&Obama's fast and furious failed gun operation??

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Body of Accused Cop Killer, Chris Dorner, Believed To Be Found Dead in Burned Cabin

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BIG BEAR -- An LAPD source confirmed to KTLA that a body found inside a burned out cabin in Big Bear is believed to be that of accused cop-killer Christopher Dorner. Authorities are in the process of removing his body from the cabin.

 

The fugitive former officer had been holed up in the cabin for several hours on Tuesday afternoon.

 

At one point, police broke windows, pumped in tear gas and blasted a loud speaker urging Dorner to surrender.

When they got no response, police deployed a vehicle to rip down the walls of the cabin “one by one, like peeling an onion,” a law enforcement official said.

By the time they got to the last wall, authorities heard a single gunshot, the source said.

Then flames began to spread through the structure, and gunshots, probably set off by the fire, were heard.

A tall plume of smoke was rising from the area where the standoff occurred.

Hundreds of law enforcement personnel swooped down on the site near Big Bear after the gun battles between Dorner and officers that broke out in the snow-covered mountains where the fugitive had been eluding a massive manhunt since his truck was found burning in the area late last week.

 

Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/02/12/cabin-dormer-believed-to-be-holed-up-in-on-fire/#ixzz2KkQ1RT4B

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How can they confirm w/o dental records? Is body not completely burned??

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LA Manhunt: 'Swat Team Storms Dorner Cabin'

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TV footage shows black smoke billowing from near a cabin where ex-cop and murder suspect Christopher Dorner is said to be hiding.

Earlier police urged the fugitive to turn himself in as authorities surrounded the cabin where he was reportedly holed up with an arsenal of weapons.

Dorner earlier exchanged gunfire with federal authorities and San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon told a news conference that a sheriff's deputy had died of wounds he suffered during the shootout. Another deputy was also injured in the exchange.

Authorities have focused their hunt for Dorner in the mountainous area since they said he launched a campaign to exact revenge against the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for his firing.

Earlier LAPD Commander Andrew Smith urged Dorner to surrender, telling him: "Enough is enough."

It is believed the 33-year-old - who is suspected of three murders - may have held a couple hostage in a holiday home before police tracked him down.

Cmdr Smith said: "It's time for you to turn yourself in. It's time to end the bloodshed."

Another police officer told the Associated Press that Dorner robbed the cabin and tied up the holidaymakers, but one was able to get away and make a phone call.

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Fox:Tactical op now underway at cabin;making sure area is secure before letting fire dept to put out fire??...I thought they entered?

ws5:52pm via HootSuite

#breaking #news Loma Linda Med Center to hold briefing shortly on 2 officers injured in Big Bear manhunt - @KNX1070 http://ht.ly/2uQaPG ;

littlebytesnews5:52pm via HootSuite

#breaking #news Reports: 1 deputy dead after gun battle in Big Bear, California, in manhunt for ex-officer, law enfo... http://ht.ly/2uQaPE ;

 

Police scanner:firefighters entered cabin;ceiling and floor are concrete,the rest is wood #Dorner #manhunt

littlebytesnews5:47pm via Twylah

LIVE VIDEO: SWAT team entering cabin where Dorner is believed to be. Cabin is also reported to be on fire http://twy.la/X6iUBk  #tcot

 

 

 

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Video:Gabrielle Giffords New Anti-Gun Ad: "Let's Get This done" And The Truth About Gun Statistics

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USA Today:

Gabrielle Giffords is starring in a new TV ad urging Congress to act on gun-control measures such as universal background checks.

"Let's get this done," says Giffords, a former Arizona congresswoman and Democrat who has become a leading gun-control advocate since she was shot in the head in January 2011.

Giffords speaks slowly but clearly as she narrates the ad paid for by Americans for Responsible Solutions, the new PAC she and her husband Mark Kelly co-founded to promote gun control. Somber images reminding viewers of mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., Oak Creek, Wis., and Tucson — where six people died in the rampage that wounded Giffords — pass on the screen as Giffords speaks.

"We have a problem. Where we shop; where we pray; where our children go to school," Giffords says. "But there are solutions we can agree on, even gun owners like us."

The ad is the first by Giffords' super PAC and will run in Washington and the districts of the top four congressional leaders: House Speaker John Boehner (Cincinnati), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (San Francisco), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Las Vegas) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Louisville, Ky.)

Americans for Responsible Solutions says the ad is backed by a "significant, six-figure buy" and will run this week on Fox, MSNBC and CNN, including on Tuesday as a bookend to President Obama's State of the Union address. There will also be an "aggressive and strategic presence" on the Internet, including on Facebook.

Giffords and Kelly will be attending Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.

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The ad claims: "9/10 Americans support universal background checks, a finding that came in a CBS/New York Times poll released in January. Such a requirement would mean criminals and the mentally ill would not be able to buy weapons. Kelly has said a background check would prevented Jared Loughner, the shooter in Tucson, from purchasing a gun because he had a history of mental illness."

 

However, this is a liberal leaning poll, and is untrue because the mentally ill and criminals/felons are already not legally allowed to purchase guns. The 1968 - Gun Control Act expanded licensing and record-keeping; banned felons and the mentally ill from buying guns; banned the mail order sale of guns.

 

The problem is you can pass a trillion laws, but criminals and crazy people will always find a way to get a weapon, even through stealing it like Adam Lanza did from his mother who he then shot and killed before slaughtering 20 children and six teachers in Newtown or they can buy them on the black market.

 

In addition, the problem with much of the gun violence is that the laws we already have are not being enforced:

http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/html/bcft/2009/bcft09st.pdf

The gov't knows there are criminals trying to buy guns illegally and ignores it. 71,000 denials and 1,500 arrests? Thats absurd. Our gov't is simply failing to enforce the laws we have. Just like immigration laws.

 

According to this DOJ study: almost 40% of felons get their guns from family or a friend while another almost 40% got them from what is euphemistically described as “street/illegal source.” http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/fuo.pdf

 

As WND reports:

With the national debate focused on civilian gun control, is perhaps the biggest armed threat within the U.S. being minimized?

According to the FBI, criminal street gangs – mostly comprised of illegal aliens – are acquiring high-powered, military-style weapons to potentially engage in lethal encounters with law enforcement members and citizens alike.

 

Criminal street gangs are responsible for the majority of violent crimes within the U.S. and are the primary distributors of most illicit drugs, according to a 2009 report by the Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center, or NDIC.

http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/real-gun-threat-illegal-alien-street-gangs/

 

In addition, as The Blaze reports, veterans who are deemed mentally incompetent to manage their finances are appointed fiduciaries:

Currently, the VA appoints fiduciaries, often family members, to manage the pensions and disability benefits of veterans who are declared incompetent. When that happens, the department automatically enters the veteran’s name in the Criminal Background Check System. This process could prevent some veterans from having a right to purchase a weapon and hinder some from seeking help if they know they will be denied their right to bear arms and it is determined they pose no threat/danger to others, except lack the competence or ability to manage their finances because of a disability.

 

However...A core group of lawmakers led by Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., has for several years wanted to prohibit the VA from submitting those names to the gun-check registry unless a judge or magistrate deems the veteran to be a danger. This year’s version of the bill has 21 co-sponsors. It passed the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee by voice vote, a tactic generally reserved for noncontroversial legislation. Coburn’s amendment to the defense bill contained comparable language.

 

“All I am saying is, let them at least have their day in court if you are going to take away a fundamental right given under the Constitution,” Coburn said in the Senate debate last Thursday night.

 

Congressional aides said Coburn will likely drop his effort to amend the defense bill with his proposal, but that he intends to try again on other bills coming to the Senate floor.

The number of veterans directly affected by the VA’s policy doesn’t appear to very large. Only 185 out of some 127,000 veterans added to the gun-check registry since 1998 have sought to have their names taken off, according to data that the VA shared with lawmakers during a hearing last June.

Still, the legislation over the years has attracted strong support from the National Rifle Association and various advocacy groups for veterans.

“We consider it an abject tragedy that so many of our veterans return home, after risking life and limb to defend our freedom, only to be stripped of their Second Amendment rights because they need help managing their compensation,” Chris Cox, the NRA’s chief lobbyist, wrote last year in an editorial.

 

Dan Gross, president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said gun control advocates consider the VA’s current policy reasonable.

 

“We’re talking about people who have some form of disability to the extent that they’re unable to manage their own affairs,” Gross said. “If you’re deemed unable to handle your own affairs, that’s likely to constitute a high percentage of people who are dangerously mentally ill.”

 

Tom Tarantino, chief policy officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said veterans with a traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder but who pose no threat to others are possibly being barred from gun ownership. The current restrictions might even be a disincentive for veterans to seek needed treatment, he said.

 

“We want to remove these stigmas for mental health treatment. It’s a combat injury,” Tarantino said. “They wouldn’t be doing this if you were missing your right hand, so they shouldn’t be doing it if you’re seeking treatment for post-traumatic-stress-disorder or traumatic brain injury.”

 

VA officials have told lawmakers they believe veterans deemed incompetent already have adequate protections.

 

For example, they said, veterans can appeal the finding of incompetency based on new evidence. And even if the VA maintains a veteran is incompetent, he can petition the agency to have his firearm rights restored on the basis of not posing a threat to public safety.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/12/03/should-mentally-ill-veterans-be-banned-from-purchasing-guns/

 

And of course after the recent killing of American Sniper,Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield this could cause the gun control nuts to consider banning all veterans from owning a weapon if they have been diagnosed with any form of disability, including PTSD, depression or anxiety. Where would they draw the line and is this fair to do to the men and women who served our country and protect our freedoms??

 

TheTruthAboutGuns.com has this interesting article which cites several interesting statistics and debunks the anti-gun claim that "more guns equal more violence":

 

John Lott Jr. wrote a controversial book titled "More Guns, Less Crime" which liberals try to claim has been "debunked'' by peer review studies, however....since its publication there have been 29 peer-reviewed national studies by criminologists and economists on the topic. Eighteen of those supported his conclusions, ten found that shall-issue laws had no effect on violent crime and only one claimed an increase; a temporary increase of one single type of crime. http://www.gunlies.com/gl/lott.htm 

 

In addition Dr. Lott has made his entire dataset available to anyone who has asked; more than 45 different universities have taken advantage of this and not one unbiased & non-agendized academic group refuted Dr. Lott’s conclusions.

 

Finally, I just came across an article by Don Kates and Gary Mauser which was published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide? It meticulously and thoroughly discredits this oft-spouted mantra that “more guns = more death.”

 

The authors break down the argument:

 

There is a compound assertion that (a) guns are uniquely ava

The USSR lied about crime in their workers’ paradise. In common with many other repressive regimes, however, they had stringent gun laws; handguns were prohibited to civilians and long guns for hunting were strictly controlled. This did not, however, limit their homicide rates:

In the 1960s and early 1970s, the gun‐less Soviet Union’s murder rates paralleled or generally exceeded those of gun‐ridden America. While American rates stabilized and then steeply declined, however, Russian murder increased so drastically that by the early 1990s the Russian rate was three times higher than that of the United States.

The authors break down the argument:

There is a compound assertion that (a) guns are uniquely available in the United States compared with other modern developed nations, which is why (b) the United States has by far the highest murder rate. Though these assertions have been endlessly repeated, statement (b) is, in fact, false and statement (a) is substantially so.

Since at least 1965, the false assertion that the United States has the industrialized world’s highest murder rate has been an artifact of politically motivated Soviet minimization designed to hide the true homicide rates.

The USSR lied about crime in their workers’ paradise. In common with many other repressive regimes, however, they had stringent gun laws; handguns were prohibited to civilians and long guns for hunting were strictly controlled. This did not, however, limit their homicide rates:

In the 1960s and early 1970s, the gun‐less Soviet Union’s murder rates paralleled or generally exceeded those of gun‐ridden America. While American rates stabilized and then steeply declined, however, Russian murder increased so drastically that by the early 1990s the Russian rate was three times higher than that of the United States.

 

Note that Kates and Mauser are very careful to avoid the implication that strict gun control causes an increase in crime; unlike so many antis, they don’t confuse correlation with causation. But at the same time, their data show that strict gun control most assuredly does not reduce crime.

The authors also shoot down (sorry, couldn’t resist) the idea that “access to guns” leads average law-abiding citizens to become murderers. As they explain:

One reason the extent of gun ownership in a society does not spur the murder rate is that murderers are not spread evenly throughout the population. Analysis of perpetrator studies shows that violent criminals—especially murderers—“almost uniformly have a long history of involvement in criminal behavior.”

 

Kates and Mauser also point out that antis frequently (as they put it) ‘ask the wrong question’ by focusing on rates of firearm related homicide or suicide and ignoring the overall rates. To wit:

Epitomizing this theme is a World Health Organization (WHO) report asserting, “The easy availability of firearms has been associated with higher firearm mortality rates.”[7] The authors, in noting that the presence of a gun in a home corresponds to a higher risk of suicide, apparently assume that if denied firearms, potential suicides will decide to live rather than turning to the numerous alternative suicide mechanisms. The evidence, however, indicates that denying one particular means to people who are motivated to commit suicide by social, economic, cultural, or other circumstances simply pushes them to some other means.[8]

Indeed K&M repeatedly point out that social, economic, cultural, or other circumstances are far more relevant to “gun violence” than any sort of easy access to firearms.

Read more about this interesting article that debunks many of the gun control nuts claims at: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2013/02/bruce-w-krafft/debunking-the-debunker-part-01/ 

 

Lastly,John Woodman researched the issues in detail for himself, he was rather in favor of the idea that we should enact restrictive gun control legislation in order to reduce the number of firearms in society. He would therefore have opposed concealed carry provisions. John has recently launched a web site to help sort through the distortions and misinformation on both sides of the debate, and get at the truth about gun control issues. This web site is at  www.GunLies.com.[site may be down this was as of 2002]

Woodman found that out of 39 researchers, 20 believe concealed carry laws reduce crime and 19 don't.

 

If concealed carry were to cause a limited increase in any one category of violent crime, the overall effect might still be considered positive, if such laws caused a sufficient decrease in other categories. However, there's no credible, substantial evidence to suggest that concealed carry laws do any significant harm in any category of violent crime -- or in accidental gun deaths either. According to about half of academic researchers, such laws have positive effects on society.
 
License-to-carry laws may reduce the overall number of homicides, rapes, and serious assaults. In addition, evidence from Utah suggests that since citizens voluntarily receive additional firearms safety training in order to get permits, such laws that also contain safety training provisions may reduce the number of accidental firearms deaths as well.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/648703/posts 

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Pentagon announces extension of benefits to same-sex partners--While cuts Vet pensions, health care,etc

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Defense Secretary Panetta says benefits previously available only to heterosexual couples will be extended to same-sex partners
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Yet War Heroes like the man who shot Bin Laden have no health care benefits?? see: http://patdollard.com/2013/02/go-fuck-yourself-military-yanks-health-care-of-navy-seal-who-killed-osama-bin-laden/ ;  see: http://patdollard.com/2013/02/navy-seal-who-says-he-killed-bin-laden-speaks-out-for-first-time-says-military-abandoned-him-cant-find-job/ and Obama is making cuts to our military pensions, health care and our national security weapons

http://patdollard.com/2013/02/obama-to-cut-u-s-nuclear-arsenal-almost-in-half/ ;

http://patdollard.com/2013/02/navy-unable-to-refuel-carrier-due-to-budget-cuts-will-hurt-readiness/

 

As CBS News reports:

President Obama's upcoming State of the Union address on Tuesday is expected to focus on economic revitalization in America, according to presidential aides.

 

But Mr. Obama's account of the U.S. economic recovery will carry with it an asterisk: the automatic spending cuts of the so-called sequester, due to land at the beginning of March, could deal severe a severe blow to the economy. And less than three weeks out from the onset of sequestration, there is no resolution in sight.

 

Based on the punchy performance of several key congressional players on the Sunday political talk shows, the parties remain deeply divided on the best path to avert the sequester, with disputes over spending, taxation, and entitlement reform threatening to scuttle any eventual deal.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57568600/as-obama-readies-economy-focused-state-of-the-union-speech-defense-cuts-loom/

GOP: National daefense is not a 'bargaining chip'

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50140489n 

 

In the meantime, tyrant Obama plans to bypass Congress again, this time on gay rights, environmental policies, cybersecurity and more:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57568721/report-obama-to-bypass-congress-on-gay-rights-environment/ ;

 

 

 

 

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What would you like to ask Obama during his Google “Fireside Hangout” session on Thursday? « Pat Dollard

What would you like to ask Obama during his Google “Fireside Hangout” session on Thursday? « Pat Dollard | Littlebytesnews Current Events | Scoop.it

Obama’s Google Hangout is scheduled for Thursday at 4:50 p.m. ET. It will stream live on the White House’s Google+ profile as well as its YouTube channel, according to Google.

If you have a question for Obama, you can submit it to the White House YouTube channel by 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday evening. You can also vote on questions submitted by others.

littlebytesnews's insight:

What would you like to ask Obama during his Google Hangout session? What questions do you think he will answer?

Do you think he will answer any questions on Benghazi?

I know what I’d like to say to him, but I don’t think they would allow my submission.

Submit your questions to the White House for a chance to hear his response.

  
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Ask him when did he realize he was channeling Hitler..?
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Obama coming to Chicago to 'talk about the gun violence'--Campaigning To Push Gun Control Agenda

Obama coming to Chicago to 'talk about the gun violence'--Campaigning To Push Gun Control Agenda | Littlebytesnews Current Events | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama will visit Chicago on Friday, when he will discuss gun violence as he focuses on his economic message from Tuesday's State of the Union address, according to the White House.

Obama will "talk about the gun violence that has tragically affected too many families in communities across Chicago and across the country," a White House official said in a statement.

The president's visit answers calls from Chicago anti-violence activists that Obama talk about the recent spate of gun violence in the city, several of the activists said.

"This is an important issue," said Cathy Cohen, founder of the Black Youth Project, which attracted about 45,000 signatures by Sunday night in an online petition that urges Obama to speak up. "We think of this as a victory for all of us."

The group posted the petition on change.org shortly after Hadiya Pendleton, 15, was shot to death last month at a South Side park. The King College Prep student was slain about a week after performing with her school band at Obama's inaugural festivities.

Since Hadiya was shot about a mile from the president's Kenwood neighborhood home Jan. 29, during the deadliest January for Chicago since 2002, pastors, parents and activists have demanded that more be done about the city's violence.

First lady Michelle Obama attended Hadiya's funeral Saturday. Hadiya's mother, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton, will also attend the president's State of the Union speech on Tuesday, family spokeswoman Shatira Wilks said late Sunday.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said the president's remarks in Chicago will play a different role than Michelle Obama's attendance at Hadiya's funeral. The first lady didn't speak publicly about the events surrounding the teenager's death.

"Her being there is very important since it was her neighborhood," Jackson said. "I think the president's coming is important because she did not deal with the politics. … She dealt with the calming concern for a broken-hearted family," he said.

Jackson made a public appeal this month for the president to speak to the bloodshed in Chicago.

The White House said the president's visits to Asheville, N.C., Atlanta and Chicago this week will also press issues that he will raise in his State of the Union speech Tuesday.

"The president will travel to Chicago for an event amplifying some of the policy proposals included in the State of the Union that focus on strengthening the economy for the middle class and the Americans striving to get there," a White House official said in a statement.

Clergy on Sunday praised Obama's decision to speak in Chicago, arguing his speech could bring greater attention to the killings plaguing communities here.

"Hopefully and prayerfully, his coming will make a real impact," said the Rev. Kenneth Giles of Second Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in the South Austin neighborhood. "Now that the nation is focused on (gun violence), maybe they will hear his voice and hear what he has to say."

The Rev. Michael Pfleger, senior pastor of the South Side's St. Sabina Catholic Church, said he's grateful the president is "zooming in" on the issue.

"What better place to address it than his home and a city that has really become, let's face it, the poster boy of gun violence," Pfleger said.

Tio Hardiman, director of Cure Violence Illinois, said the president's visit was an important symbolic gesture that could influence local youth to help fight violence in their communities.

"This will put Chicago on the forefront, and hopefully this will trickle down to the young people involved in a violent lifestyle," Hardiman said. "Hopefully, by the president coming to Chicago, the guys involved in violence will pay attention."

Clergy, activists, parents and others agreed that they are eager to hear a plan of action from the president to curb violence.

Nance-Holt said that if the president can set up a task force in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school Dec. 14, he can do the same in Chicago. The Black Youth Project's Cohen said she hopes to hear a plan on how to get illegal guns off the street and how to get young people working. Jackson said neighborhoods such as Englewood, Lawndale and Roseland need a plan for reconstruction.

Clergy said they hope the president talks about broader factors contributing to the city's violence, such as a high unemployment rate and a lack of adequate funding for local schools.

Chicago's homicides in recent years have numbered far below their annual total of more than 900 in the early 1990s. But while Chicago topped 500 homicides last year, the total fell below 500 in New York City, which has about three times the population of Chicago.

While the president's speech is a step in the right direction, Chicagoans can also play a role in stemming the violence, the Rev. Giles said.

"Some (part) of the problem we can solve ourselves," he said. "For instance, the no-snitch rule on the street. … You don't need the president for that. We just need to step up and tell the truth."

Hardiman agreed that it isn't solely incumbent upon the president to solve the problem.

"The families have got to challenge their teenage sons and daughters," Hardiman said. "It starts at home as well. The president should challenge the responsibility of the homes and the families."

littlebytesnews's insight:

The bottom line is what director Hardiman of Cure Violence Illinois said: "it starts at home"....you can't expect government and more laws to teach your children well. Raise them to learn respect,to take responsibility for their actions, and with morals and values and they will grow up to be productive and law abiding citizens 99% of the time.

 

You know Michelle Obama wouldn't have attended the funeral if Hadiya died in a hit and run or car accident,but since Obama is pushing his gun control agenda she showed her face in a show of support for Obama's gun control policies...yet, as stated in the previous article about Hadiya's funeral,"2 persons of interest questioned in Hadiya Pendleton's death" http://sco.lt/96z54j ; her funeral placed a greater spotlight on the national debate over gun control. 

 

As a result Obama is planning to go on a campaign to push his agenda starting in Atlanta on Thursday, Chicago on Friday after State of the Union http://t.co/nUxM6Xme ; and of course he plans to surround himself at the State of the Union address with families who have lost loved ones due to gun violence...http://www.lohud.com/usatoday/article/1903219?odyssey=mod_sectionstories ;

More than 20 survivors of gun violence and their family members will be in the House chamber on Tuesday as President Obama gives the first State of the Union address of his second term.

The effort, organized in part by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and congressional advocates of stricter gun laws, may be the first coordinated attempt to pack the gallery with a group of people pushing for one issue, according to House historians and longtime congressional observers.

 

"Never let a crisis go to waste..."

 

Yet in the meantime, as I mentioned earlier in a previous post here...Obama has been silent about the murder of American war hero and Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield who were shot and killed by a deranged Marine veteran last weekend.

Obama Still Silent On Murder of War Hero SEAL Chris Kyle >>RT @toddstarnes: It took Obama less than 24 hours to address the… http://twy.la/11zPcwc

 

Hadiya Pendleton Funeral Attended by First Lady Michelle Obama-Yet Obama's Silent About War Hero Chris Kyle http://sco.lt/78oC1J ;

 

Of course Obama is only doing what he's been told...'never let a good crisis go to waste' and now suddenly gun violence means something to him...an opportunity to save 'just one life' while taking away law abiding citizens right to save their own life and that of their families. While at the same time the hypocrite supports the slaughter of human beings in their mother's wombs by abortion, at least 3,000/day in the US.

 

Related:

MICHELLE OBAMA ATTENDS FUNERAL OF TEEN SHOT DEAD IN CHICAGO IN SUPPORT OF GUN CONTROL AGENDA;OBAMA SILENT ON MURDER OF WAR HERO SEAL CHRIS KYLE

http://patdollard.com/2013/02/michelle-obama-attends-funeral-of-teen-shot-dead-in-chicago-in-support-of-gun-control-agendaobama-silent-on-murder-of-war-hero-seal-chris-kyle/ ;

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Press discuss freezing inheritance tax plans to pay for long-term care...Socialism Fails Again

Press discuss freezing inheritance tax plans to pay for long-term care...Socialism Fails Again | Littlebytesnews Current Events | Scoop.it
Many of the day's newspapers are taken aback by the government's plans to freeze the thresholds for inheritance tax to pay for the long-term care for the elderly in England.
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Once you put the government in control of your health,or anything else they are always looking for other ways to take your money to pay for unsustainable programs. 

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