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Ed Koch's Tombstone Inscribed with Daniel Pearl's Last Words

Feb 1, 2013 5:26 AM PT

Three-term New York Mayor Ed Koch died today at the age of 88. Though a lifelong (and larger-than-life) Democrat, in 2004, he vigorously endorsed George W. Bush over fellow Democrat John Kerry because he felt everything was "trumped by the issue of terrorism."

Koch will be laid to rest at Trinity Church Cemetery, where a marker has stood since 2009. On it is the Star of David, a Hebrew prayer, and this inscription:

"My father is Jewish. My mother is Jewish. I am Jewish."

(Daniel Pearl, 2002, just before he was beheaded by a Muslim terrorist.)

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Commies Hack Commie Hacks

Jan 31, 2013 5:13 PM PT

Talk about carrying your coals to Newcastle: in what may be the greatest waste of espionage assets in human history, computer spies from the People's Republic of China have infiltrated the New York Times.

What were these inscrutable visitors from the Orient hoping to find behind the Times' Great Firewall? Paul Krugman's secret Keynesian multiplier formulas and cat-breeding tips? Maureen Dowd's private cache of 1983 pop culture references? Will Shortz's collection of 4-letter shore birds?

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Sandy Hook Parent Says More Gun Laws Are Not the Answer

Jan 31, 2013 4:29 PM PT

Neil Heslin is the parent of a child killed at Sandy Hook elementary school. His call for additional gun control laws--made during a Connecticut hearing on gun violence prevention--received lots of attention after some news outlets claimed he'd been heckled.

Heslin was never heckled. He also wasn't the only parent who testified this Monday. Mark Mattioli, whose six year old son James was killed in the shooting, offered a very different perspective on gun laws.

"I don't think the gun laws are protecting the people. What have those gun laws done to make Chicago a safer city? I want responsible legislation. It needs to be simple and it needs to be enforced.

"We need much stricter enforcement. I believe in a few simple gun laws. I think we have more than enough on the books. We should hold people individually accountable for their actions."

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WaPo Fact-Check: 'Verdict Pending' on Obama Skeet Shooting Claim

Jan 31, 2013 4:10 PM PT

The Washington Post Fact-Checker, Glenn Kessler reported that 'a number of readers have raised questions about the president’s statement that he goes skeet shooting “all the time.”' So he thought some fact checking might be in order.

He actually did a pretty thorough investigation of the last four years: "We searched high and low through hundreds of news reports to see if there was ever any other mention of Obama engaged in skeet shooting."

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When You've Lost the Porn Star Vote...

Jan 31, 2013 4:01 PM PT

In response to Porn Stars In The News:

Javier, where have you been???  The most famous (former) porn star of all time is on our side.  Jenna Jameson's endorsement of Mitt Romney was lukewarm at first, but once she took to Twitter and saw all the negativity from the Left it pushed her over the edge and she became a lot more vocal about her political beliefs.  Twitchy has documented much of the hate she gets for daring to criticize the President.

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2013 National School Choice Week Whistle Stop Tour

Jan 31, 2013 3:06 PM PT

In response to In Honor Of School Choice Week:

Sonnie, one Governor missing from that list is Pat Quinn of Illinois, and there's tons of support for school choice in his state because of Chicago's failing public schools. A recent study by the IL Policy Inst. found that charter schools held the top nine spots for 2012 ACT scores for open-enrollment, non-selective public high schools in Chicago. 

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