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Gun control in Chicago: 3 dead among 21 wounded in afternoon, overnight shootings

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Chicago Tribune: Three people were killed and at least 18 wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning, including two officers wounded in a Far South Side shootout.

The shootout was one of two officer-involved shootings overnight. The violence stretched from Rogers Park to as far south as 93rd Street and into the Austin neighborhood on the western edge of the city.

Two officers, a man in a car who started shooting at them and a woman that was in that car were wounded in an exchange of gunfire about 11:30 p.m. Friday in the 9300 block of South Wallace Street in the Brainerd neighborhood. The man shot by police was in surgery overnight but all three of the others are expected to survive.

About 3 a.m. Saturday in the 3600 block of West Shakespeare Avenue in the Logan Square neighborhood, police shot at a man they saw shoot someone else. The police officers missed and the man fled on foot. Information about the person he shot wasn’t immediately available from police.

Two shootings happened in the Bronzeville neighborhood about a block apart during the 13-hour stretch of shootings. Two people were shot in the 4600 block of South Ellis Avenue about 3:10 a.m. Saturday. A 20-year-old woman was shot in the face and a 21-year-old man suffered “multiple” gunshot wounds. They were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said; their conditions weren’t available.

About 6 p.m. Friday in the 4600 block of South Drexel Boulevard, a 30-year-old man was shot in the right leg and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in stable condition, police said. Details about the shooting weren’t immediately available. It’s not clear if this shooting is related to the one on Ellis.

Four other shootings happened in the Austin neighborhood, three within a few blocks of each other.

The first happened about 4:15 p.m. Friday in the 4900 block of West Augusta Avenue, where a 27-year-old man was shot in the upper left thigh. He was taken to West Suburban Medical Center but details about that weren’t immediately available.

Two others were shot in the 500 block of North Leclaire Avenue about 10:15 p.m. A 27-year-old woman was grazed in the shoulder and a 15-year-old boy was grazed in the back. The boy refused to be treated at the scene. He had been walking on the street when someone fired from inside a car. The woman was taken to West Suburban Medical Center and was stopped in a car when the shooting started and she was wounded, police said.

Twenty minutes later in the 1000 block of North Lamon Avenue, someone shot a 16-year-old boy in the back. He was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. He was walking with friends when someone on foot opened fire, police said. The 16-year-old  ran and was found by police near the intersection of Leclaire Avenue and Thomas Street, about two blocks away.

Near the corner of Cicero Avenue and Quincy Street in the Austin neighborhood about 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning, a 20-year-old man was grazed in the foot. He was standing outside when someone got out of a blue car and started shooting, wounding the man. He was taken to Loretto Hospital in good condition, police said. That happened about 3:30 a.m.

Four people were shot, one fatally, in the Washington Park neighborhood overnight.

An 18-year-old man was shot in the leg and a 19-year-old man was shot in the arm about 11:55 p.m. Friday in the 6100 block of South Wabash Avenue. The two were approached by three young men, one of whom opened fire, hitting the pair. They were both taken to Stroger hospital in stable condition, police said.

About 90 minutes later Saturday morning and five blocks north, in the 5600 block of South Wabash, someone shot two young men in an alley. A black car sped away and police gave chase but lost sight of the car on the Dan Ryan Expressway, though it was spotted again near North Avenue and Lake Shore Drive. Police responded to the block for a shots fired call and found the two men on the ground, unresponsive, and a large crowd nearby. An 18-year-old man died at the scene and a 20-year-old man was taken in critical condition to Stroger hospital, police said. The man who died was identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office as Brian Weekly, of the 1400 block of West 79th Street.

At 10:42 p.m. in the Washington Heights neighborhood, a 22-year-old man was shot as he walked on the sidewalk in the 10100 block of South Aberdeen Street, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan. The man told police he heard shots and felt pain in his ankle. He was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, where his condition had stabilized.

Just minutes later in the 100 block of N. Keeler Avenue in the West Garfield Park neighborhood about 10:45 p.m. Friday, someone shot a 22-year-old woman to death. She was shot in the torso and was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital, where police said she had been taken in critical condition. A spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office identified her as Carnesha Fort, 22. She lived where she was shot, police said.

Earlier in the Morgan Park neighborhood, a 23-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 11200 block of South Marshfield Avenue about 2 p.m., Cooper said. The man was in good condition at an area hospital, but the exact hospital and the circumstances of the shooting were not immediately available.

An 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old man were shot in the 1900 block of West Howard Avenue in the Rogers Park neighborhood about 1:45 p.m. Friday. Alante Vallejo was pronounced dead about a half hour later at Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston and the 20-year-old was treated for a foot wound. Vallejo lived in the 200 block of Ridge Avenue in Evanston, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Chicago’s violence is out of control. Yet Mayor Emanuel’s solution is to require gun dealers to videotape the sales “to discourage traffickers and buyers who use false identification”. I’m sure that will solve the city’s crime problem…

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‘Rahm will look good’: Emails show how CNN producers worked with Chicago mayor’s office to portray him as a ‘star’ of documentary series

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as President of the United States in Washington

DailyMail: Chicago is no stranger to corruption so perhaps it’s unsurprising that recently released emails show how CNN worked with city officials to portray Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a positive light for “unscripted” documentary series “Chicagoland”.

The Chicago Tribune obtained more than 700 emails that reveal how the CNN production team filming the eight-hour series worked with the mayor’s office to develop storylines – getting their input on details like camera angles and the working of press releases for the show.

The emails are made all the more inflammatory by the fact that Emanuel is currently running for re-election in 2015, and the documentary appears to be reinforcing his campaign.

“Make no mistake” This is Rahm Emanuel’s story, his re-election campaign vehicle. This is the boss of Chicago selling his heroic narrative to American voters,” Tribune columnist John Cass wrote following the report.

The pandering starts as early as October 2013, when director Marc Benjamin writes Emanuel’s director of communications, asking for more access to the mayor in the series which was shot the following spring.

“I know I am needy but we want more of Rahm in the series, I know I sound like a [broken] record, but in the Feb. 14 broadcast, Rahm will look good making “his” points,” Benjamin writes.

By February, CNN seems to have struck a deal with Emanuel when executive producer Marc Levin sends off an email to a press aide, saying he is “thrilled that City Hall and the Mayor have agreed to assist our production team, help steer us to strong stories and participate directly in the CNN series.”

When they started filming the series, Emanuel was planning on closing 50 public schools, the largest school closure in the city’s history.

The CNN producers hoped to take advantage of that moment to “highlight the Mayor’s leadership” going into detail on exactly what kind of shots they needed – such as the mayor talking on his phone in the car.

“I know we still have time to round out the mayor’s story and present him as the star he really is,” Levin writes in another email.

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The mayor’s press office was so involved in the production that they even edited news releases prepared by CNN to announce the show, as shown in one email.

Besides the shady staging of Emanuel in the documentary, there are some other noted conflicts of interests.

Producers Levin and Benjamin are both represented by the William Morris talent agency, which is run by Ari Emanuel - the mayor’s brother.

When reached by the Tribune for comment, Levin said that everything Emanuel does is “stage-managed”.

“This is the way he operates, so I’m not going to dispute that,” Levin said. “I would be the first to acknowledge that you don’t get into Chicago…and get access without having to do a certain dance.”

CNN reinforced that message in a statement to Mediaite Friday. “The mayor’s office was never granted editorial control over the content or the press communications for Chicagoland, and no agency was ever granted authority to offer the mayor’s office editorial approval for the content or the promotional materials for the series.”

Chicagoland premiered March 6 on CNN after being showcased at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It was produced by Robert Redford.

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Hillary Clinton has INDUCED mental disorder to prevent her from running for POTUS

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There are rumors that, contrary to popular belief, Hillary “what difference does it make” Clinton won’t be running for president in 2016 because of her ill health. Recall that right before she stepped down as the POS’s secretary of state, she had that strange health incident wherein she supposedly fainted, fell, struck her head and sustained a concussion.

But Rev./Dr. James David Manning says that Hillary’s disorder is “mental.” More intriguing still, Manning claims that his source says her mental disorder has been “induced,” the purpose of which is to ensure that Obama will continue as POTUS beyond his second term and in violation of the Constitution’s 22nd Amendment.

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~Eowyn

Obamacare architect says private health insurance companies will die by 2020

Ezekiel Emanuel is a medical doctor, the brother of Chicago mayor and former Obama White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, and an architect of the unAffordable Care Act, better and more appropriately known as Obamacare.

E. Emanuel is also a proponent of “universal health care,” which really should more correctly be called nationalized, government-paid, or taxpayer-paid health care. Another euphemism for nationalized health care is “single payer.”

A prerequisite for such a socialist health care system to be put in place is, of course, the elimination of private insurance companies, which critics have long suspected to be one of Obamacare’s real goals.

In an op/ed for The New Republic, March 2, 2014, Ezekiel Emanuel confirms our suspicion. The op/ed is excerpted from his 2014 book, Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act will Improve our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System.

H/t The Blaze and FOTM’s Miss May.

~Eowyn

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Insurance Companies as We Know Are About to Die And here’s what’s going to replace them

By Ezekiel J. Emanuel

Americans hate health insurance companies. They are easy targets for everyone to beat up on. When premiums go up, we blame insurance companies; we do not blame the underlying hospitals or physicians who charge high prices that drive up insurance costs. When people with cancer, heart attacks, or other diseases are denied insurance, we blame insurance companies; we do not blame the underlying voluntary insurance market that necessitates underwriting. When our wish for a new high-priced drug is denied, we blame insurance companies; we do not blame drug companies that set the price at over $100,000. Politicians can always elicit an applause by attacking the health insurance companies, reinforcing this bad-guy image of insurance companies.

This is not to say that insurance companies are angels, but they are also not the devil incarnate. A lot of what people consider to be their bad behavior is the inevitable result of the way the health care system is structured and how it incentivizes and forces certain behaviors.

The good news is you won’t have insurance companies to kick around much longer. The system is changing. As a result, insurance companies as they are now will be going away. Indeed, they are already evolving. For the next few years insurance companies will both continue to provide services to employers and, increasingly, compete against each other in the health insurance exchanges. In that role they will put together networks of physicians and hospitals and other services and set a premium. But because of health care reform, new actors will force insurance companies to evolve or become extinct. The accountable care organizations (ACOs) (which I discuss in Chapter 8 of my new book) and hospital systems will begin competing directly in the exchanges and for exclusive contracts with employers. These new organizations are delivery systems with networks of physicians and hospitals that provide comprehensive care. This health delivery structure is in its infancy. Today there are hundreds of these organizations being created and gaining experience within government-sponsored programs or getting contracts from private insurers. They are developing and testing ways to coordinate, standardize, and provide care more efficiently and at consistently higher quality standards. Over the next decade many of these ACOs and hospital systems will succeed at integrating all the components of care and provide efficient, coordinated care. They will have the physician and hospital networks. They will have standardized, guideline-driven care plans for most major conditions and procedures to increase efficiency. They will have figured out how to harness their electronic medical records to better identify patients who will become sick and how to intervene early as well as how to care for the well-identified chronically ill so as to reduce costs.

The key skill these ACOs and hospital systems lack—the skill insurance companies specialize in—is the actuarial capacity to predict and manage financial risk. But over the next decade this is something they will develop—or purchase. After all, actuarial science is not rocket science, even if it involves a lot of mathematical equations. And with that skill, ACOs and hospital systems will become integrated delivery systems like Kaiser or Group Health of Puget Sound. Then they will cut out the insurance company middle man—and keep the insurance company profits for themselves. Therefore, increasingly these ACOs and hospital systems will transform themselves into integrated delivery systems, entering insurance exchanges and negotiating with employers, in direct competition with insurance companies.

This trend is already beginning. A recent article noted,

More health systems are seeking to contract directly with employers with deals to bundle the price for certain services or serve as exclusive contractor for all healthcare services for a company’s employees, as in a recent agreement between Intel and Presbyterian Healthcare Services in New Mexico. The direct deals have emerged as hospitals and doctors face mounting pressure to keep healthcare spending in check.

As they gain more experience in managing groups of patients, such contracts between health systems and employers—cutting out insurance companies—will become more common. At that time the health systems will make the jump to offering coverage in the exchanges. In turn, the health insurance companies will have three possible responses. First, they can refuse to change, in which case they will eventually go out of business. Second, they can shift their business to focus on offering services they have expertise in, particularly analytics, actuarial modeling, risk management, and other management services. An example that foreshadows this evolutionary path is United Healthcare’s Optum subsidiary, which sells management services to ACOs, hospitals, physicians, and health plans. As these customers need more help with analytics, risk management, and disease management, Optum will grow.

The third evolutionary path is that health insurance companies may transform themselves into integrated delivery systems. ACOs begin with the delivery system and will need to add the actuarial capacities to become integrated delivery systems. Insurance companies, however, start at the other end: they begin with the actuarial skills and need to add the actual providers of care. The easiest way for them to accomplish this is to buy or enter into exclusive agreements with efficient hospital systems, ACOs, or physician groups. This is just beginning to occur. A foreshadow of this future was the 2011 purchase by Wellpoint, one of the five largest for-profit insurers, of CareMore for $800 million. CareMore is a Medicare Advantage health plan headquartered in southern California with facilities in Arizona and Nevada. It delivers very high-quality care at costs that are about 20% below competitors. Presumably, in anticipation of developing efficient delivery systems, Wellpoint wanted the “secret sauce” on how to deliver high-quality, low-cost care to a sick population. Similarly, hedging its bets, Optum owns physician practices with about 5,000 primary care physicians and is on its way to developing integrated delivery systems in 75 different health care markets.

In January 2012 Jeffrey Liebman and I predicted in The New York Times the end of health insurance companies by 2020. We might have been a bit optimistic—or provocative. But it is certain they will end. Insurance companies will largely cease to be the middle man—taking premiums, paying providers, saying no to consumers, and making a profit—that we blame. Whether we will come to love them is another matter. That depends on how well they actually care for patients. Some people may be concerned about the prospect of having to choose among large integrated delivery systems with selective physician and hospital networks. The worried well might wonder what happens if they contract a serious illness, such as cancer or some rare disease, will they be restricted only to the physicians in the delivery system? We should note that many people pick Kaiser or Group Health and get all of their care from those integrated systems, and they don’t seem to worry that they are not getting the highest-quality care. The real issue is not whether there is a selective network of physicians and hospitals; the real issue is whether the network is of high quality. Having the assurance of a high-quality network is the key. These integrated-delivery systems will begin competing with their objectively validated, high-quality networks.

More importantly, health systems have learned from the managed-care backlash; just saying “no” really aggravates people, especially well-off, powerful people. Although it may be cheaper in the short run, it can be expensive, especially in terms of reputation, in the longer term. There are better ways to approach this.

I suspect these integrated delivery systems of the future will adopt two strategies. For rare but serious conditions they will identify recognized centers of excellence—the absolute best places in the country— and contract special arrangements for the referral and treatment of their patients. These centers of excellence may have slightly higher sticker prices, but forging these special arrangements will be worth it for integrated delivery systems because then they will be able to boast negotiated rates, better outcomes, and fewer complications. Second, richer and, thus, more expensive benefit packages, such as platinum plans in the exchanges, would cover second opinions. In addition, there will be a market for supplemental insurance that covers second opinions for serious conditions. The well-heeled and worried will be a prime target for such plans.

So be prepared to kiss your insurance company good-bye forever.

Illinois House approves gun plan opposed by governor

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House passes gun bill over Quinn, Emanuel objections

Chicago Tribune:  Over objections of Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the House approved a concealed weapons bill today that is aimed at ending Illinois’ status as the last state in the nation without a law to allow its citizens to carry guns in public.

But the gun bill backed by House Speaker Michael Madigan goes to a Senate where President John Cullerton has denounced the proposal because it would override local gun laws like Chicago’s assault weapons ban.

Cullerton’s stance tempered the House victory, but sponsoring Rep. Brandon Phelps contended it is critical to move forward because Illinois faces next Friday’s deadline for the spring session’s adjournment and a court order that gives the state June 9 to fashion a law. A federal appeals court struck down the state’s ban on concealed carry.

“After years of debating this issue,” said Phelps, the state legislature’s leading gun rights advocate, “it is incredibly difficult if not darn near impossible to come to a middle ground on this issue. Every legislator on this floor has a different opinion when it comes to concealed-carry policy.

“Even among us gun-rights legislators and even among the gun-control legislators, our ideals of the perfect concealed-carry legislation is not identical,” Phelps said. “There is not a bill that we could possibly draw up in which every single legislator on this floor would be perfectly happy with. We live in Illinois. We never thought this day would come.” The House passed the bill 85-30, with one lawmaker voting present.

“This bill is a massive overreach. It is dangerous,” said Rep. Christian Mitchell, D-Chicago, who lashed out at the often verbose NRA for taking no position on the legislation. “The idea somehow that the NRA is neutral on this is like saying that there’s a fox neutral on an appropriation to defund hen house security.”

The bill is designed to create a law that spells out who can carry concealed weapons in Illinois and where they can carry them, but the legislation’s removal of home-rule powers also wiped out local firearms laws—giving more fuel to the opposition of Quinn, Cullerton and Emanuel.

Chicago Democratic Rep. Ann Williams said the bill would wipe off the books local assault weapon bans and taxes on gun purchases, Williams called for the defeat of the Phelps bill and for support of a stricter, New York-styled law to “reflect the realities” of differences between rural areas and urban areas like Chicago.

A longtime opponent of concealed weapons, Madigan rose on the House floor and carefully went over the appeals court ruling. He pointed out requirements of reporting  mental health problems represented a “dramatic improvement” from current law. And he said the Emanuel administration got a prohibition of carrying guns at everything site where it wanted concealed weapons banned.

Madigan noted that anti-gun lawmakers got only 31 of 60 votes need for a strict, New York-styled bill called in the House in April. But he said gun rights lawmakers– whose legislation overrode home-rule and required 71 votes ended up with 64– even significantly after the speaker said he worked against the bill.

Madigan said gun rights advocates had estimated they had as many as 75 votes at the “high-water mark” before the speaker worked against that version of the bill. “Those vote counts are very telling,” Madigan said. “They tell the reason why I stand before you today, changing the position which I’ve advocated for well over 20 years. But that’s what happens in a democracy.”

Over time, he said, it is expected in a democracy that “there will be changes in thinking” by people in legislatures consistent with the thoughts of constituencies. Quinn quickly issued a statement vowing to block passage in the Senate. “This legislation is wrong for Illinois,” he said.

“The principle of home rule is an important one. As written, this legislation is a massive overreach that would repeal critical gun safety ordinances in Chicago, Cook County, and across Illinois. We need strong gun safety laws that protect the people of our state. Instead, this measure puts public safety at risk. I will not support this bill and I will work with members of the Illinois Senate to stop it in its tracks,” the statement read.

After lawmakers had gone home for the day, Emanuel’s office issued a statement opposing Madigan’s plan, saying the mayor is “committed to working with the leaders” on legislation to combat gun crimes and keep illegal guns off the street.

Cullerton’s attack on what he sees as a pro-gun tilt in the House bill escalated the drama between two chambers already at a standoff over how to fix a nearly $100 billion pension debt with only a week left in the spring session.

Unlike the Senate bill, the Phelps legislation would be no opportunity for communities to add specific locations where guns would be banned based on local sensitivities.

The Senate version would have set up a two-tiered system with one permit to carry outside Chicago and the Chicago Police Department issuing carrying privileges within the city. The House bill creates one statewide permit as long as qualifications are met. Overriding home-rule authority meant the bill would require a three-fifths majority of 71 House votes to pass.

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Rahm “murder mayor” Emanuel

Under the Senate bill, a person had to show proper reason to carry a gun. That restriction is not in the House bill.

The House version would put the Illinois State Police in charge of conducting background checks that include reviewing state and federal databases and doing additional interviews if necessary. Any law enforcement agency, including federal authorities, could object to an applicant getting a concealed carry permit.

But the measure also would let citizens who are denied applications appeal that decision to a new review board dominated by people with law enforcement experience, such as former judges or FBI agents. The Senate version had such appeals going to the same state police agency that denied them.

But Rep. Scott Drury, D-Highland Park, contended the penalties are weak, and he said law enforcement authorities should have a chance to appeal a review board decision just as citizens do. “This bill is not ready,” Drury said.

Both bills set out a long list of places people could not carry guns. Among them: CTA buses and trains, public parks, stadiums, zoos, casinos and government buildings. The two bills differ, however, when it comes to alcohol. The House version would ban guns in bars where more than 50 percent of sales come from liquor. The Senate bill has a more restrictive standard.

To qualify for a concealed carry permit, a person must be 21 and cannot have been convicted for a crime in which they served at least one year in prison. A person cannot be addicted to drugs or alcohol, or adjudicated as a mentally disabled person.

Permits could not go to a person who has been convicted of a serious crime or been in a mental health facility within the last five years. A mental health professional would have to certify that a person is not a clear and present danger to himself or others.

The legislation would require 16 hours of training, including shooting exercises. The cost of a concealed weapons permit would be $150 for five years, with $120 going to the state police, $20 for a mental health reporting fund and $10 to the state crime lab fund to help undo backlogs.

I almost feel sorry for people who live in Chicago. Their murder rate is so high that Mayor Emanuel has the “murder mayor” nickname now. Yet elections have consequences. And so does not being allowed to conceal carry in Chicago.

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Shop owner fights off gun robber with baseball bat

BJ Lutz and Natalie Martinez report for Channel 5 NBC Chicago that on April 10, 2013, at about 5:30 p.m., two black men walked into Quizhpe’s Gifts & Sports, in the 2200 block of North Western Avenue in Chicago’s Logan Square, intent on robbing the store.

One of the two men had a gun.

But they had idea what they were in for.

Shop owner Luis Aucaquizhpi had been robbed in the past and was in no mood to be a victim. He and his brother-in-law, 62-year-old Luis Quizphe, furiously fought back with an assault weapon — a baseball bat — as you can see in this video taken by the store surveillance cameras.

Aucaquizhpi said, “One of the guys, he said, ‘Give me the money or you are dead,’ and after that I was close to him and I tried to hit him with the bat, and the other guy he started shooting.”

Quizphe fended off the gunman with a baseball bat for a moment before the shooter tried to run away. Little did the robber know, however, that customers need to be buzzed in and out of the store. Seeing that they couldn’t get out, one of the attackers returned to the counter and continued shooting.

Aucaquizhpi is seen in the video tossing a stool at the gunman and later chasing him with a fire extinguisher after the two robbers buzzed themselves out of the shop.

Quizphe was shot in the leg during the ordeal and was listed in good condition at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital. The man with the gun appears to also have shot his accomplice. Police said they found 10 shell casings on the floor.

Quizphe’s son, Juan, credited God for being on his dad’s side: “I thank God that nothing worse happened to him, that he’s alive. I’m grateful for that.”

Police said no arrests had been made in the case as of Wednesday afternoon. After getting away, the men, whom Aucaquizhpi described only as being black men, ran north on Western Avenue and then west on Belden Avenue before getting into a gray car.

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I am shocked! Just shocked!

Chicago has strict gun-control laws, requiring all firearms to be registered with the police department, and all gun owners to have a Chicago Firearm Permit. So how did the punk get hold of a gun to rob Quizhpe’s Gifts & Sports — and in broad daylight!

Snark.

Will mayor Rahm Emanuel now demand a ban on owning baseball bats?

Smirk.

~Eowyn

It’s open season on gun rights

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In the wake of the horrible Sandy Hook school massacre on December 14, 2012, true to Obama’s former chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel’s advice to “never let a crisis go to waste,” the Left have been busy little beavers, churning out one gun control initiative after another.

Here’s the rundown.

At the National or Federal Level:

1. On the first day of the new 113th Congress last Thursday, 10 bills were introduced relating to gun violence, most of which came from Demoncrats seeking new restrictions on gun ownership. They are:

  • H.R. 137: requires people prohibited from buying firearms to be listed in a national database.
  • H.R. 138: prohibits the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition clips.
  • H.R. 141: requires criminal background checks on all firearms transactions at gun shows, which would close the so-called gun-show loophole.
  • H.R. 142: requires face-to-face purchases of ammunition, the licensing of ammunition dealers, and the reporting of bulk ammo purchases. HR 137, 138, 141, and 142 were introduced by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), whose husband was shot to death in 1993.
  • H.R. 34 and H.R. 177: tighten firearms licensing requirements. Introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) and Rush Holt (D-N.J.), respectively.
  • H.R. 65: raises the eligibility age to carry a handgun from 18 to 21. Proposed by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas).
  • H.R. 21: requires background checks for all gun sales; gun owners must report when their guns have been stolen. Reintroduced by Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.).
  • Countering the above are H.R. 35 and H.R. 133 that would end federal law requiring that areas around schools be designated as “gun free zones.” Introduced by two freshman Republicans, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) and H.R. 133 from Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), in response to findings that violence in and around schools has increased since the gun free zone law took effect in 1990.

2. Companion bills to the above proposed House legislation could be introduced on the Senate side, but Senate leaders have reserved January 22 as the first day on which new Senate legislation can be proposed. However, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Ca.) already has prepared a bill, provisionally called the “2013 Feinstein Assault Weapons Legislation,” which seeks to ban the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of some 120 specifically-named firearms, including semiautomatic rifles, shotguns, and certain handguns; as well as requires that grandfathered firearms be registered.

3. Yesterday, VPOS Joe Biden revealed that the POS might use yet another executive order to deal with guns: “”There are executive orders, there’s executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet. But we’re compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required.”

4. In remarks today before a meeting with the NRA, VPOS Joe Biden intimated the Obama regime is seriously considering outlawing unregulated “private” gun sales.

At the State Level (source: Breitbart):

1. In Connecticut, where alleged Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza violated dozens of gun laws, the legislature thinks the solution is more laws. A new bill proposed by State Senator Beth Bye would create a massive 50% sales tax on the sale of ammo and magazines, ban ammo buying via internet, and limit the sale of ammo to those with a gun permit.

2. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has actually publicly pitched all-out gun confiscation (or alternatively, forced gun buybacks), is now preparing new legislation designed to strip New Yorkers of “assault weapons,” as well as restrict the size of magazines.

3. In Illinois, the state legislature is considering a bill to ban vast swaths of semi-automatic weapons and magazines, as well as destroy shooting ranges.

4. In Chicago, which has the distinction of having some of America’s worst rates of crimes involving guns despite stringent gun control laws, there are calls for more gun regulation. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is asking the Illinois legislature to ban “assault weapons”.

5. In Maryland, Gov. Martin O’Malley is pushing for more gun regulation.

6. In California, legislators are considering harsh regulation on sale of ammunition.

7. In Florida, the Democratic House is looking to prevent concealed weapon permit holders from taking their guns to public events.

8. In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie says, “you’ve got to do stuff on guns.”

10. In Iowa, State Rep. Dan Muhlbauer told a local newspaper, “We cannot have big guns out here … the semi-automatics and all of them…. Those are not hunting weapons. We need to get them off the streets…. Those guns should not be in the public’s hands. There are just too many guns.”

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~Eowyn

Was Sandy Hook a “false flag” operation by the Obama regime?

It is now more than two weeks since the horrible massacre of 20 little children and 6 adults in Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut.

Shocking though it was, the massacre already is beginning to recede from news headlines and our consciousness, Americans being prone to short attention spans. Except for the Left’s exploitation of the terrible tragedy to redouble their perennial calls for “gun control.” Make hay while the sun shines! For as Obama’s former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel instructs, one should never let a crisis go to waste.

But there are those, prone to skepticism and suspicion, who are not letting Sandy Hook fade away. They are asking if Sandy Hook and other recent mass shootings (Batman and Sikh temple) are “false flag” incidents — events contrived and manipulated by government in order to provoke mass fear and panic that are then used to achieve some covert agenda.

Such skeptics are dismissed as conspiracy kooks by the establishment media. I am not a conspiracist for this reason: If they are right, it means there are people so utterly evil that they would stoop to killing innocent little children to achieve their political ends. That in turn means our government is in the hands of people so malevolent and diabolical, calling them psychopaths doesn’t even begin to describe what they are. That is a frightening thought.

No matter how dubious you and I are about the conspiracy nuts, they are asking very troubling questions that demand answers. Those questions are reducible to one:

If 20-year-old Adam Lanza indeed was the lone gunman who single-handedly killed 28 people in Newtown (26 in Sandy Hook, as well as his mother and himself), why are there reports of other suspicious individuals at the scene?

Here are the reports:

1. In this audio recording on the night of the Sandy Hook massacre of unedited Newtown Police and Fire Dept. and Connecticut State Police radio traffic, you will hear the police referring to two strange individuals seen wearing ski masks and a nun outfit:

Beginning at the 1:34:19 mark, a male voice says “Danbury’s reporting a vehicle, a purple van, two occupants with possible ski masks that may be involved in this incident.”

At 1:35:07 into the audio, referring to the two occupants in the purple van, the same male voice says “One may be wearing a nun outfit, headed toward Danbury and Stoney Hill, purple van”.

The audio recording was provided by Radioreference.com and uploaded onto YouTube by Radioman911.com who writes: “There is information about two occupants in a van which turned out to be either unrelated or unfounded. There is also speculation that some unintelligible radio traffic that seems to contain the word ‘Adam’ is referring to the suspect. The word Adam is the police phonetic alphabet for the letter ‘A’, often used as part of a unit identifier.”

2. In this next video, an eyewitness told CBS News that he saw police lead a “grown man” “out of the woods” “in handcuffs”. The man was “wearing camo (camouflage) pants and a dark jacket” and was still sitting in front of the police car as they spoke. The eyewitness said as the man was led past him, the man said “I didn’t do it.”

Who is the man who was handcuffed and taken into police custody? Why didn’t CBS News follow up on this story?

Update (1/26/2012):

It is said the man in camo pants is Chris Manfredonia, a father of one of the students allegedly on his way to the Sandy Hook school to bake gingerbread cookies with students. But then the Newtown Bee reported that the man was an off-duty tactical squad police officer: “A man with a gun who was spotted in the woods near the school on the day of the incident was an off-duty tactical squad police officer from another town, according to the source.” However, Intelhub. points out that the timeline indicates that the camo guy would have to be hanging around int he woods almost 3 hours after the massacre. Why would either a parent or an off-duty police officer be doing that? The man’s name was never revealed to the media, and with the media everywhere that fateful day, why is there no video of this man, although such footage reportedly exists.

3. In this next video, another eyewitness, a boy, says as he and other school children “ran down to the firehouse,” he saw “a man pinned down to the ground with handcuffs on.” Was this the same man “wearing camo pants” whom the CBS eyewitness had seen, or is he yet another suspect?

4. Dave Hodges, who describes himself as “an award winning psychology, statistics and research professor, a college basketball coach, a mental health counselor, a political activist and writer who has published dozens of editorials and articles in several publications such as Freedoms Phoenix, News With Views and The Arizona Republic,” writes in the Activist Post, Dec. 28, 2012:

“Former FBI informant, Larry Grathwohl, an infiltrator of Obama’s original backers from the Weathermen Underground with Bill Ayers, has also told me that the word on the street is that two teachers took down Lanza. Another unnamed source told me that there were at least 3 other shooters, not including Lanza. I must say that the evidence is compelling as we listen to the raw police radio recordings where the police are clearly stating that they have two shooters in custody, after two teachers reported seeing two shooters run by the gym.”

These reports by police (audio recording) and civilian eyewitnesses of other suspects may just be false sightings and false arrests of innocent suspects which often happen in the midst of traumatic and very chaotic events like Sandy Hook.

Or they may not.

If they are bogus, Newtown police should publicly and convincingly counter these rumors — if only to prove that “false flag” conspiracists really are nuts. But then, nearly five months after the Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, the police still haven’t countered eyewitness reports of multiple gunmen (“a four-man team in a coordinated attack”) instead of a lone gunman, who did the killing.

Then there’s this sane-looking eyewitness who said James Holmes wasn’t alone but “had someone with him” in that dark Century movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Why? Because there was a second can of tear gas which didn’t come from the side of the theater where Holmes was.

Is our government capable of perpetrating these evil deeds for “false flag” purpose?

I don’t want to think so. But then I remind myself that there are human beings who are that evil. Just ask the millions of innocent men, women, and children whom the Nazis killed, and the hundreds of millions of innocent men, women, and children whom the Communists killed in the Soviet Union, People’s Republic of China, and in North Korea today….

H/t Activist Post and FOTM’s May, Tina, and Joan W.

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~Eowyn

Going After Our Guns

In the wake of the terrible massacre of 20 first-grade kiddies (and 6 adults) by an evil, likely-deranged lone gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the usual gun-control hyenas are braying.

This time, however, they may succeed in their gun control agenda, at least in getting assault weapons banned.

The Usual Hyenas:

Don Lemon

CNN anchor Don Lemon (pic above) went on an anti-gun rant on Monday morning: “We need to get guns and bullets and automatic weapons off the streets. They should only be available to police officers and to hunt al-Qaeda and the Taliban and not hunt elementary school children.”

In a Twitter exchange on Saturday, MSNBC host Ed Schultz asked “Why should anyone own an assault rifle ?” and proposed a “confiscation of these types of weapons”. He also told one poster that “a Glock pistol qualifies as an assault weapon.”

On NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg renewed his perennial call for punitive federal gun control laws in the United States by lying that shooting deaths “only happen in America.” Not true. There have been shootings in other post-industrial societies, including Oslo, Norway; Winnendon, Germany; Kauhajoki, Finland; Beslan, Russia; Monash University, Australia; Dunblane, Scotland. (For those shootings, go here.)

Chicago mayor and former Obama White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel is calling for a nation-wide ban on assault weapons. When he was Obama’s COS, Emanuel famously said that “No crisis should go to waste.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) has pledged to revive a law banning assault weapons at the opening of the next session of Congress in January.

Ominous Signs:

The powerful pro-2nd Amendment National Rifle Association (NRA) shut down their Facebook page and have not had any Twitter activity since the massacre on Friday morning. NRA officials have kept quiet. On Twitter, NRA president David Keene and NRA members have received death threats — calls for them to be shot. The irony of anti-gun people issuing death threats appears to be lost on everyone.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), who has been a strong supporter of 2nd Amendment rights with an A rating from the NRA — is signaling he’s changing his mind. On Monday outside the Virginia Capitol, Warner said: “I‘ve been a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights. I’ve got an A rating from the NRA. But the status quo isn’t acceptable. I’ve got three daughters. They asked me on Friday evening, ‘Dad, what are you gonna do about this?’ There’s got to be a way to put reasonable restrictions, particularly as we look at assault weapons, as we look at these fast clips of ammunition.”

Obama’s Hypocrisy

Gun rights advocates believe Obama will now focus on making gun control a top issue; one said, “It’s in his DNA to push this issue. This would be his crowning achievement, if he can ban guns.”

What is noteworthy is that, despite Obama’s decrying of gun violence, since he has been president, prosecutions for breaking gun laws have diminished sharply — a drop of 40% since the zenith reached under George W. Bush, which was 11,000.

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Meanwhile, the American people are responding with an upsurge of gun purchases, even more than the marked increases in gun buying since Obama first occupied the White House.

In Colorado, for example, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation received 4,154 requests for background checks from potential gun buyers on Saturday, the day after the Connecticut shooting. That was so many the CBI couldn’t process them all and the backlog grew to nearly 18 hours. Extra staff was brought in over the weekend and workers are still trying to clear the backlog.

~Eowyn

What Obama means by “we are standing behind” the victims of Frankenstorm Sandy

“Never let a crisis go to waste.” -Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s first WH chief of staff.

The POS is not letting Frankenstorm Sandy go to waste, but is using the human misery and destruction wrought by Sandy to portray himself as a caring take-charge leader.

Yesterday, he paid a visit to the American Red Cross national headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. where, feigning compassion, he said to the victims of Sandy: “America is with you; we are standing behind you; and we are going to do everything we can to get you back on your feet.”

No sh#t!

I bet Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, and ex-Navy SEALS Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods would disagree with that statement — if they’re alive to actually disagree, that is.

Top l to r: Amb. Christopher Stevens; Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith. Bottom l to r: ex Navy SEALS Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

Lest you’ve forgotten, on September 23, 2012, on CBS’ 60 Minutes, Obama referred to the four as “bumps in the road.” Stevens, Smith, Doherty and Woods were murdered by Islamic jihadists in Benghazi, Libya, which Obama kept insisting was a spontaneous mob riot for days and weeks after the attack, although he knew full well it wasn’t since he had watched the attack IN REAL TIME in the White House Situation Room.

Hope the victims of Frankenstorm Sandy don’t get the same treatment.

H/t FOTM’s Maziel

~Eowyn