It's the day after Christmas, I have very little time before our host needs the internet cable for work, so here are a few interesting news items:
NRA Prez Wayne LaPierre's news conference gets fact-checked
In the 1994 crime bill that included the original assault weapons ban, Bill Clinton included a new program called "Community Oriented Policing Services" that meant to add 100,000 new police officers to our streets (which LaPierre is essentially now proposing by putting cops in every school.) The NRA opposed that bill in 1994 and later mocked the COPS program for failing to meet its promise. Now he's complaining about the loss of "Secure Our Schools" grants. They were administered by COPS.
Common wisdom may have pegged the wrong Bethlehem
as the birthplace of Jesus:
According to NPR and the London Times, the son of Mary wasn't born in the little town of Bethlehem in Palestine's West Bank area. Instead, archaeologists think it's the little village called Bethlehem of the Galilee, about 100 miles north.
"It makes much more sense that Mary rode on a donkey, while she was at the end of the pregnancy, from Nazareth to Bethlehem of Galilee which is only 7 kilometers rather then the other Bethlehem which is 150 kilometers," IAA senior archaeologist Aviram Oshri explained to NPR, adding that West Bank's Bethlehem (also called Judea) didn't even have residents back in the first century.
And finally, FreedomWorks leader accuses Dick Armey of a trying to do a hostile takeover
The president of the conservative activist group FreedomWorks accused former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) of trying to hijack the group as part of an “attempted hostile takeover” of the organization, according to documents obtained by Mother Jones.
In the memo, [Freedomworks President] Matt Kibbe says Armey, who founded and led the group before resigning on Dec. 4, voted to oust Kibbe from the board in September. Kibbe said fellow board member James Burnley IV helped Armey carry out his plan of having him replaced by C. Boyden Gray on the board.
The angry correspondence is the latest episode in the acrimonious parting between Armey and FreedomWorks. At the time of his departure, Armey forbade the group from using his name and likeness in perpetuity.
Sounds like trouble in paradise.
Have a great day everyone...